The 2015 International Match Race for the Detroit Cup brings high profile international sailing to the Detroit Riverfront.
8th annual event at Bayview Yacht Club features both elite athleticism and community outreach for sailing in Detroit.
Detroit, MI – The Bayview Yacht Club’s 2015 edition of the annual Detroit Cup being held will once again feature top international sailing talent competing on the Detroit River in a spectator-friendly venue and format. Teams from all over the world will compete over August 27-30th on race courses set just yards away from the shoreline, and with live on-site commentary all the competitive tension and excitement of match race sailing will be brought to the audience like no other form of the sport.
One of four events on the 2015 US Grand Slam match racing series, the Detroit Cup has in the past few years increased its global reach, attracting top-ranked teams from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Ireland, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Finland, and the US Virgin Islands, as well as throughout the US and Canada. The excellence of race management, venue, hospitality and points offered on the International Sailing Federation’s Match Race Ranking List have all contributed to the popularity and competitiveness of this high-level sailing event.
What attracts spectators, media and sponsors to match race sailing at the Detroit Cup is the format: one team races against another in an intense display of impressive physical and tactical prowess in the Ultimate 20 class boats used in the event. Both teams in each match use all their skills of boat handling, reading the wind and the current, and knowledge of the rules to gain the upper hand against their opponent to win each 20-minute race.
The competition is sailed in groups of four matches during a Round Robin held over the first two days, followed by two days of elimination stages of Quarter Final, Semi-Final, and Final rounds to reach an ultimate overall winner. That winner wins the coveted Detroit Cup along with valuable points earned for the international Ranking List and on the US Grand Slam tour.
Yet with all the high-level talent assembled for this event, Bayview Yacht Club’s dedication to the local community is also on display with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. This is a unique mentoring program that gives Detroit community youth the opportunity to get out on the water and through sailing learn important lessons of preparation, teamwork and self-reliance – as well as just to have fun. The Detroit Cup supports Big Brothers Big Sisters as an important charity effort to help improve the lives of young people in the Detroit community through sailing.
“We are excited to partner with the Bayview Yacht Club,” said Cheryl Haithco, Vice President of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit. “Experiencing sailing with professionals, racing, and learning about water safety is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of the youth in our program. We are grateful for the experience and memories our Littles will receive through this event.”
“We are very excited about hosting our 8th edition of the Detroit Cup,” said Dr. Gary Shoemaker, Bayview YC Chairman of the 2015 event. “This year we expect not only another fantastic field of competitors from all over the world, but also increased awareness and support for this event as part of the renaissance we’re seeing in the waterfront life of Detroit. Bayview YC is proud to be part of this renewal.”
For more information about supporting the 2015 Detroit Cup, contact either Richard White at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Spencer Colpaert at email@example.com.
watch live at www.detroitcup.com
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