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9th Annual International Match Race for the Detroit Cup

World-class sailing just yards off the dock

Bayview Yacht Club's 2016 edition of the International Match Race for the Detroit Cup August 25 - 28 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 on racecourses set just yards away from the shoreline. Live, on-site commentary will bring all the competitive tension and excitement of match race sailing to audiences like no other form of the sport.

One of four events on the 2016 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, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and throughout the United States 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 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 will receive the coveted Detroit Cup, the World Match Racing Tour's Grand Slam Trophy and an invitation to the 2017 Congressional Cup help in Long Beach, Calif.

Become a Friend of the Detroit Cup

The Detroit Cup depends on the support of its sponsors and Friends. Show your support for this year's race with a donation of $100 and you will receive an exclusive 2016 Detroit Cup ball cap, and recognition as an official "Friend" on the Detroit Cup website, Facebook page and event program. Or become a contributing sponsor for $500.

For more information about supporting the 2016 International Match Race for the Detroit Cup, contact Linda Rosiek at lmr519@att.net or visit detroitcup.com.



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