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Story Contributors: Karl Kuspa


Edison Boat Club Closes Their Doors After 105 Years

On September 29th 2019, Edison Boat Club closed their doors one final time. Founded in 1914, EBC has been a mainstay in the Detroit Area Sailing Community. Earlier this Spring, DTE which owns the property where the Club sat, informed the membership that they had sold the property. The local team at North Sails in Detroit are saddened, and wish the members of Edison Boat Club the best.

A positive side of this announcement is that it gave the membership a Summer to celebrate their history and when it came time for their Annual Regatta, the DRYA membership showed up in mass to help say goodbye. This was one of the best attended DRYA regatta parties in many years. It was great to see the support from the local community.

Edison Boat Club is the club where I grew up sailing. My father Fred Kuspa was Commodore there in 1981 and has been a member now for over 55 years. On Saturday August 18th they held their Annual Flying Scot Regatta. I was fortunate enough to convince my friend Kerry Pebbles to drag his boat down there so we could sail the regatta, one last time. Kerry took the helm for the first race and despite a mix up on our end with the starting sequence (the crew’s fault), we were able to claw back from way behind to pull off a second place finish. In the second race Kerry handed the helm over to me and we sailed a pretty clean race. Note, the new crew did a better job with the starting sequence, hence we won the race. The highlight of the day for me is when Kerry gave the boat over to my sister and I so that my sister could skipper the woman’s race. My sister no longer lives in the state and has not sailed a Flying Scot since 1989. She hopped on the boat and you would have thought she had been sailing regularly ever since, taking home the victory with ease. From the smiles on our faces, this is one more memory to add to our lifetime of memories provided by Edison Boat Club.

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Karl Kuspa

Sail Expert, Loft Manager — Detroit, Michigan

Learning to sail at Edison Boat Club where his father was commodore in 1981, Karl has now been an intricate part of the marine industry for over 30 years. Beginning his racing career in the Flying Scot and Etchells, Karl...

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