January 4, 2012

South Haven to host the Queen's Cup in 2012

The Milwaukee-based Queen's Cup annual yacht race will come to South Haven in 2012.  The Milwaukee club announced it has accepted the South Haven Yacht Club's invitation to host the 2012 Queen's Cup, the organization's 74th annual race. Next year's race will begin in Milwaukee the evening of June 29 and finish in South Haven throught the day on Saturday, June 30th.

“We are pleased to have South Haven as our finish destination in 2012,” Queen’s Cup Committee chairman Dave Wehnes said in a written statement. “All can join the excitement of the post-race festivities in South Haven where I expect that the hospitality will be outstanding.”

“The Queen's Cup is a terrific way for us to showcase South Haven, a premier Lake Michigan beach town and boater's paradise,” South Haven Mayor Bob Burr said in a news release.

More than two hundred craft take part in the event every year, and requires nearly 1,400 crew members to make the 76 mile crossing of Lake Michigan.  The finish line will be located about a mile off shore, with the replica tall ship Friends Good Will marking the official end of the race.

Visitors to the area this June should be able to spot many of the yaghts on their last leg of the journey from the beaches.  Guests of the Victoria Resort are encouraged to pack a pair of binoculars for an even better view of the participants.  Reservations for rooms in the bed and breakfast should be booked soon for the best availability.

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