International Detroit Cup Sailboat Racing in the Detroit River

Olympic gold medalist to race in Detroit
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DETROIT, Sept. 1, 2009 – Top-ranked match racing sailors from five countries – including 2008 Beijing Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe — will race sailboats September 3-6 in the second annual Bayview Yacht Club International Match Race for the Detroit Cup.

The regatta will be sailed on the Detroit River on Bayview’s club owned fleet of Ultimate 20 sailboats and is one of the most prestigious match racing events in North America in 2009 as measured by the International Sailing Federation criteria.

“This event represents Bayview’s commitment to match racing and solidifies our club’s reputation as the home to world class sailing in the Great Lakes,” said BYC Commodore Robert Amsler, D.O. Winners of the regatta will have an opportunity to compete in Brazil on the World Tour.

Who: Two Olympians and other world class sailors from five countries will compete for the International Detroit Cup this Labor Day weekend.

What: 2nd Annual International Detroit Cup

Where: Bayview Yacht Club, 100 Clairpointe, Detroit. MI 48215 (313) 822-1853

When: September 2, Wednesday 6 p.m. Opening Ceremonies

September 3, Thursday  10 a.m. start of practice

September 4, Friday, 10 a.m. Skipper briefing and match racing
September 5, Saturday, 10 a.m. Skipper briefing and match racing c
September 6, Sunday, 10 a.m. Skipper’s briefing and final match series.

International sailors to race in Detroit Labor Day weekend

Racing Skippers include: 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe, Olympian Sall Barkow – both past Rolex US Yachtswomen of the Year. Sailors from Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand, U.S. Virgin Islands and the United States will compete for the Detroit Cup. Local sailors include Chris Van Tol and Adam Hollerbach, who placed 6th in the inaugural event last year. Winner of the BYC spring invitational, Nathan Hollerbach, will make his Detroit Cup debut.

Bayview Yacht Club, recognized as the premier sailing club in Michigan and one of the most storied and historical club’s in the world, is noted for hosting the longest continuous run fresh water regatta in North America – the annual Bayview Mackinac Island Race that starts in Port Huron.

Media inquires on the International Detroit Cup or other Bayview Yacht Club issues should be directed to Bruce Babiarz, BAB Associates, LLC at Babiarz@comcast.net or 248-890-5030 or Kerrie Barno, kerrie@byc.com, BYC Assistant Manager at 313-822-1853. Website: www.byc.com.

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