From The Helm


June is here and boating season has begun for many of us. I am still in the process of trying to get our calendar of events filled with fun for everyone. Our Vice Commodore Dan is working on a fun outing for everyone, Fleet Captain Jon has a few ideas that he is working on also. We have some great ideas and if anyone has any ideas or would like to take charge of an event we would love to give you the opportunity.

In May,  I had the greatest honor to help my parents with their Diamond Queen fundraiser and I must say that it was a beautiful night on the water and so many wonderful people in attendance.  After our fun on the boat ride a few of us ventured over to Whiskey’s on the Water to reminisce about the evening we had.  Also, had the honor to represent West River along with Vice Commodore Dan and P/C Charlie at Opening of the Port held at Maumee River Yacht Club.  Unfortunately due to weather conditions the boat ride wasn’t able to happen, but we still managed to have fun boat hoping and visiting people.  It is a great feeling to be back visiting with friends and family again!  

2021 Opening of the Port, Maumee River Yacht Club

Many of you know that it’s that time of year to register for I-LYA Powerboat Regatta.  For many of us who have attended the Regatta it is a blast, for those who have not attended there are events and activities for everyone of all ages.  In years past we have had to honor to have held the title for most participation points and volunteer points for a club.  I would be so proud if we were able to pull one of these off again.  As you know my dad (Captain Bob) is the I-LYA Commodore this year, my parents chose West River to be their home club (WHAT AN HONOR).  Let us all show Commodore Bob and Lady Bobbi our support and make plans to attend the I-LYA Power Boat Regatta.  No need for a boat, they have plenty of cottages, hotels and B&B’s on the Island.  Please sign up and be part of this magnificent event!  Click on the link to register today!  //

T-Shirts for I-LYA are being sold online now (what a great idea)  here is the link to order your shirts and pick them up when you arrive at the Regatta.  Click on the link to order your shirts //

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Commodore Dawn Lang Shoemaker

From Amidship


Last month, I had the pleasure to exchange burgee with Grand Traverse Yacht Club P/C Jordan, it was a great meeting along with learning the history of their yacht club.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Opening Of The Port at Maumee River Yacht Club, with the opportunity to meet a lot of great people thanks Captain Bob and Bobbie Lang, Commodore Dawn and P/C Steve Jakubik and members of my 2022 class.  I need all of your support because Commodore Dawn and I want to make this a fun club.

I am trying to plan a outing in Detroit on Sunday August 15 for a two outing with Detroit Rolling Pub each pedal cart has electric motors to assist those who aren’t capable of pedaling, we can bring our own adult beverages and snacks.  Each unit holds a minimum of 6 to 16 people. Also do we want to rent a bus or drive ourselves?  I need to know if there is any interest in this outing, please email me at or call me 734-676-2835.  Let’s have some fun now that restrictions are being lifted.

SSBC/OOTI Fish Fry even thou OOTI was canceled they are still going to have the Fish Fry on June 11 from 6 PM to 9 PM (FIRST COME FIRST SERVE UNTIL THEY RUN OUT) Cod, French Fries, Cole Slaw and Rolls $15/pp.  Chicken available on request that dat  Entertainment 7 PM to 10:30 PM with Howlin Mercy.  There will be a shuttle Between SSBC and FYC 5 PM to 11 PM (weather permitting) limited dock space Contact Dockmaster Dale: Hail CH 69.  Adress: 28043 North Gibralter Road, Gibralter, Mi. 48173.  (MASKS ARE REQUIRED INSIDE PER STATE GUIDELINES)

From The Rear


We are in search of a Rear Commodore, if you are interested in having some additional fun please let us know


From The Fleet


During April 2021, we had 18 days below the average temperature and 12 days above average; this made April a below average temperature month.  The average high temperature beginning April 1st is 51F and at the end of April is 63F.  But May is here with the average high at the end of the month at 74F.

Currently, Lake Erie is -17” lower than it was last year at this time. This is very important so we can leave our boots at home this season and keep are feet dry when walking the docks. By the end of May, they are predicting the lake will go up two more inches.

As a couple notes of interest, the water temperature off Belle Isle is 51F.  With the water temperature rising, fishing is getting good in the Detroit River.  In fact, the U.S. fish and Wildlife recently reeled in a 7’ Sturgeon, weighing 240 lbs. right off Grosse Ile. This female Sturgeon was born in the 1920’s, which for most of us, means our great grandparents were swimming with this fish.

I will see everyone at the May membership meeting.  Until then, take care!

Flt. Cpt. Jon Allen

Member at Large

Member At Large

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.

For Sunshine and Cheer please contact Lady
Bobbi Lang.

Member At Large P/C John D. Stewart

I-LYA Delegate

I-LYA Delegate

It’s that time of year,  I-LYA Powerboat Regatta is just around the corner August 4th – 8th.  The committees have been busy planning and getting the regatta ready for all to have a good time.

Registration for the Powerboat Regatta link.


Captain Bob Lang





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I-LYA Pins$20 each (please see Bob Lang or myself to purchase pins).

2022 Commodore fundraiser – THE ULTIMATE KINGS RANSOM RAFFLE – Tickets $20 each


I-LYA Power Boat Regatta August 4th – 8th //

Detroit Rolling Pub – August 15th

Algonac Harbour Club – September 3rd – 6th

2021 Commodore fundraiser – October 2nd – Put-In-Bay Bus Trip (information coming soon)

Entertainment Chair Dawn 734-347-2085

AYC Delegate



AYC 2021 Ball Weekend will be February 18th – 20th, 2022
Check out all the fun events in the flyers


 Vice Commodore Dawn Shoemaker

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