The USODA OPTI National Youth Regatta in July 2013 will attract approximately 400-425 sailors, age 8-15 years old, to compete on Lake St. Clair in the Optimist dingy sailboat. They will travel with their families and will be in our community for up to 8 days. They will come from throughout the United States and Canada with some from foreign counties.
An economic impact study was conducted by the Detroit Convention Bureau and the Grosse Pointe Chamber to better understand the financial impact to our community of this event. The inputs for this analysis were conservative as it is the first time such an event has been conducted in our community.
The economic study shows:
“The gross economic impact of this event upon our community is roughly $2,562,585 with visitor spending and the subsequent local recycling of visitor dollar induced in a gross impact on local spending in the amount of $4,200,960.”
Beaumont Medical Transportation is providing an on-site ambulance, and a first aid station to support this great event.
About Beaumont Medical Transportation:
A Joint Venture between Beaumont Health System and Community EMS, Beaumont Medical Transportation Service (BMTS) was established in March of 2008, and has been growing actively both in size and quality of service ever since. BMTS is a not-for-profit corporation, committed to providing quality emergency and non-emergency pre-hospital care and medical transportation. It also provides educational services for health care organizations, municipalities and the general public of Southeastern Michigan.
About the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club:
The Grosse Pointe Yacht Club (GPYC) is located on Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, USA. Inaugural Member — GPYC has consistently been voted Number One Yacht Club in the United States by the Club Managers Association. It offers diverse programs from sailing, swimming, tennis, platform tennis and bowling, in addition to fine dining and children's programs, are all benefits of membership.
About the USODA
The United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) is the national class organization for Optimist sailing in the United States. It supports and sustains junior sailors, their families, and junior sailing programs with leadership, information, and organization which facilitates the growth of Optimist sailing at all levels. They accomplish this while promoting fun, safety, self-reliance, and good sportsmanship.