2011 Detroit Cup match racing

today I took my 3 boys down to the Bayview Yacht Club right on the Detroit River to watch some of the one-on-one match racing for the 2011 Detroit Cup (here is the Facebook page).  my boys immediately found an old anchor on the yacht club lawn to climb on like a pack of monkeys.

we got to the yacht club just as the racers were coming in from the morning races, but the sailors got right back in their boats to pick up some children from the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Metropolitan Detroit to give them a ride on the sailboats.

the boat above was sailed by Taylor Canfield with Anna Tunnicliffe riding along, as they took a few of the BBBS children out towards the race course for a quick, 1-lap fleet race. for the match racing, Anna is sailing as a crew member with her husband, Brad Funk.

the racing course is set up right in front of the Bayview Yacht Club, which is set on the Detroit River, right near the end of Belle Isle.  as the Detroit River is a major thoroughfare for shipping through the Great Lakes, there were several freighters that passed by on the other side of the river in the shipping channel, but still seemingly close to the edge of the racing area.  the land in the background is Windsor, Canada, on the opposite side of the Detroit River.

here is a shot of the first leg of the fleet race with the Big Brother Big Sister children on board the Ultimate 20 sailboats.

after the fleet race, a few of the sailors went right back out to the race course to continue the match-racing for the Detroit Cup. I was told that the winds had been light, so they were a tad behind schedule.  the match-racing leaderboard while we were there looked as follows:

Matthew Steven from New Zealand was sitting at the top of the leaderboard with a 9-2 record, but several sailors had a few matches left before the standings could be finalized to determine who would continue on to the quarterfinals.  here is a shot of Taylor Canfield in a match race against William Tiller of New Zealand, flying their spinnakers with the wind, but against the current of the river.

as we were hanging around watching the sailors out on the water, I mentioned to my oldest son that Anna Tunnicliffe was a really amazing sailor and pointed her out to him, as she was sitting out on the club’s patio watching the racing.  he pretty much immediately just went over and started talking to her, and then she walked over and I  introduced myself and talked with her a bit.  my son later asked her for her autograph – he was extremely excited to have met “someone famous” as he put it, and an Olympic Gold medalist as well.

we didn’t stick around all afternoon – the 2 younger boys were getting antsy, so we drove a few miles down the road from the yacht club, and took the bridge over to Belle Isle.  I’ll post some pictures from the rest of our afternoon there sometime soon.

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4 Responses to “2011 Detroit Cup match racing”


  1. 1 Kir August 20, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Since we’re all name dropping here, I’d just like to say that I saw Sean Connery in NYC once. And he was wearing a kilt.
    (Alas, I didn’t talk to him or get his autograph, but it was still pretty darn cool.)

  2. 3 Captain Peter F. Black August 21, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Very cool! Sounds like it was a great time!


  1. 1 Saturday afternoon on Belle Isle « my2fish: a blog about sunfish sailing Trackback on August 24, 2011 at 7:54 pm

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