Rowers rally

In an upscale version of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” six collegiate teams will compete Saturday in the 18th annual Lubbers Cup Regatta on Spring Lake.
Marie Havenga
Apr 11, 2013

It will begin at 9 a.m. from the Spring Lake Yacht Club.

With any luck, the participants may someday be motoring down a career path in Northwest Ottawa County.

Rowing teams from Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, and the universities of Illinois, Kansas and Michigan will race from the yacht club into Smith's Bayou and across to Lakeside Beach at the north end of Lake Avenue.

The regatta will conclude around 2 p.m. with an awards ceremony.

The event is free and open to the public.

Joy Gaasch, president of the local Chamber of Commerce, said the regatta creates a welcome wake in local economic activity during a season that may otherwise be slow.

“We do not have definite numbers, but last year the Holiday Inn, Days Inn and Best Western (hotels) were all full on the Lubbers Cup weekend,” she said. “There are generally 450-650 individuals competing in the event, and many of their parents and grandparents attend to see them compete.”

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IF YOU GO:

What: Lubbers Cup Regatta

Where: Spring Lake Yacht Club, 17500 W. Spring Lake Road

When: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday

Admission: Free

Parking: Available at the Emmanuel Free Church, 17771 W. Spring Lake Road, with a $1 shuttle transport to the yacht club.

Alternative viewing spots: Lakeside Beach at the north end of Lake Avenue in Spring Lake, along roadways on the south and north side of the lake, and from the Smith's Bayou Bridge in Ferrysburg.

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