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70 DCB Boats and 300 guests attend annual owners regatta on Lake Havasu
More than 300 people and 70 fabulous DCB boats gathered in Lake Havasu, Az., Oct. 6-8 for the 32nd DCB Performance Boats Owners Regatta. This owner-appreciation event has been held annually since 1990 save for missing one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is still going strong.
“We really enjoy this event, which is why we keep hosting it,” said Tony Chiaramonte, the vice president of sales at DCB, which is based in El Cajon, Calif. “The regatta is an opportunity for DCB to appreciate its customers, and for our boat customers to gather together and reflect on the enjoyment they get from owning one of these custom performance boats. In that regard it’s a different from a poker run, where you have a mix of brands and owners. This is the DCB community.”
The event kicked off with a lunch run to Havasu Springs and an evening party at the London Bridge Hotel. On Friday, the DCB crew kicked off the day by lowering a giant American flag from London Bridge, and then ran as a group to Pirate’s Cove. The day wrapped up with a formal banquet back at the London Bridge. A highlight of the evening was the auction of a custom skateboard, which raised $23,000 for the Mohave County Sheriff Rescue Divers and River Medical paramedics team. The award for longest distance travelled to the event went to Grant Bernardy, who towed a DCB M37R more than 1,800 miles from Minnesota, with an honorable mention to Terry Amman of Alberta, Canada, who trailered his DCB 1,700 miles and across an international border. The newest DCB owner took delivery at the regatta of a brilliant yellow M37R model powered by a pair of Mercury Racing 450R outboards.
This was clearly a Wide Open crowd as Chiaramonte estimates that 90 percent of the boats were powered by Mercury Racing engines.