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2019 Competitors (in Alphabetical Order)

Alexis Gesualdo - USA - Tropique Racing

World Sailing Ranking: 107
Crew: Owen Miller, Scotty Dickson
Home Yacht Club: Northport Yacht Club

Alexis hails from Stamford, Connecticut, but she grew up sailing and powerboating on the Long Island side of the sound. She is best known as a bowgirl, and began her match racing career on the foredeck. Three years ago, she switched from bow to helm and created Tropique Match Racing. She has since raced at Butler Cup and in the Oakcliff International, and in just the past year, she has jumped over 200 spots in the World Sailing rankings to her current position at 107. Outside the match race circuit, Alexis races a wide range of boats, from F-18 catamarans (helm) to TP-52s (bow) and the occasional superyacht, in venues from Newport to Acapulco and California to the Caribbean. Detroit remains one of her favorite venues, with fond memories from previous trips to Bayview One Design and the Bayview Mackinac Race.

Her crew packs a substantial resume as well. Trimmer Owen Miller is fresh off a win in the last Newport-Bermuda race. He travels between North America and Europe racing classic yachts, TP-52s, skiffs, superyachts and everything in between. Tactician Scotty Dickson is well-known to the match racing world, having made 20 appearances in the Congressional Cup and won the Ficker Cup 13 times.

Jackson Hamilton - USA

World Sailing Ranking: 117
Crew: Donal Ryan, David Larson
Home Yacht Club: Glen Lake Yacht Club

Jackson grew up sailing on the inland lakes of northern Michigan. In high school, he was a member of the Chicago Yacht Club race team. More recently, he sailed for Northeastern University in Boston where he was first exposed to match racing. Jackson has been steadily climbing through the rankings since he skippered his first graded match race just a year ago, a grade 4 at Oakcliff Sailing Center where he and his team took first place.

David, Donal, and Jackson all met on the Charles River in Boston while sailing for their respective colleges. David had a successful college sailing career at MIT, including a period of coaching after graduation. Donal sailed at Northeastern with Jackson, and has trimmed sails on just about every boat in Long Island Sound. The team is returning to Bayview after a strong showing at the spring invitational earlier this year, taking a close second to Ryan Seago and crew.

Nathan Hollerbach - USA - Ender Racing

World Sailing Ranking: N/R
Crew: Nick Marcolini, Austin Colpaert
Home Yacht Club: Bayview Yacht Club

A founding member of the Chicago Match Race Center and 2-time US Match Race Champion, Nathan Hollerbach steps back on the water after a long hiatus away from match racing. Joined by fellow Ender Racing alumni, Nick Marcolini (of the Grosse Pointe Marcolini's), and Austin Colpaert, the trio are eager to measure themselves against the best. "It's been a long time" said Hollerbach when asked about his return to match racing, "obviously I wish the Detroit Cup wasn't our first regatta back, I wish we could have eased into it; but my team and I have a larger goal in mind so it's important for us to compete against the best competition we can find. Fortunately the Detroit Cup pulls talent from all over the world, and the Detroit River provides us with a dynamic race-course, so there really isn't a better event for us to test ourselves."

When asked what his expectations for the weekend were, Austin simply said "look, I just hope Nathan doesn't fall down back there." Macolini declined to comment, but could be heard telling his wife "honey, you know I would love to go with you to your mom's house on Sunday but we should just assume that I am going to be sailing." So it sounds like it's full speed ahead for Ender Racing at the Detroit Cup.

Dave Perry - USA

World Sailing Ranking: 122
Crew: Wyatt Dennis, Daniel Pegg
Home Yacht Club: Pequot Yacht Club

Author of three books on racing: Winning in One-Designs, Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing, Dave Perry's 100 Best Racing Rules Quizzes

2010 Toyota International Match Race for the Detroit Cup winner
2009 Seawanhaka Cup winner
2009 North American representative at ISAF Nations Cup
2015, 2011, 2008, 2006 & 1982 U.S. Match Racing Champion
2007 South American Match Racing Champion
1998 & 1992 Knickerbocker Cup winner
1984 & 1983 Congressional Cup winner
Rules Advisor for Il Moro de Venetia, America's Cup Challenger
Rules Advisor and Afterguard Coach for Victory Challenge (Swedish America's Cup Challenge)
Rules Advisor for Artemis Racing, Challenger for the America's Cup
Rules Advisor for U.S. Olympic Sailing Team
Coach for the USSTAG Women's Match Race Team, and for Sally Barkow's team in particular
US Sailing Senior Certified Judge
Chairman of the US Sailing Appeals Committee & Match Racing Committee
National Champion in Collegiate Sailing (Yale), Ideal 18's and Tasar's

James Pinder - GBR

World Sailing Ranking: 88
Crew: Alex Smallwood, George Hopes, Jamie Webb
Home Yacht Club: Royal Thames Yacht Club

We are a group of young team racers from the UK experimenting with some match racing. We have raced at a variety of European events (as well as the Governor's Cup) and are looking forward to some more US competition. All we have heard about the Detroit Cup and the Bayview Yacht Club suggests that it should be a really fun event

Chris Poole - USA - Riptide Racing

World Sailing Ranking: 14
Home Yacht Club: Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club

Chris Poole grew up in Falmouth, Maine where he learned to sail at age 10 at Portland Yacht Club. He first got his feet wet with match racing when he was an intern at the Chicago Match Race Center in 2011. In 2012 Chris launched the Riptide Racing and their campaign for the World Match Race Tour. Since then the team has achieved a personal best ranking of 19th in the world and 1st in the United States.

Coming off a successful 2017 season that saw Riptide take 2nd in the U.S. Grand Slam Series and successfully defend the 46th Seawanhaka Cup. They hope to continue their success into 2018, which will be the teams 6th season on the match race circuit. Riptide hopes to reclaim their spot as the #1 U.S. Match Racing Team, and return to the top 20 in the world this year

Ethan Prieto-Low - AUS

World Sailing Ranking: 133
Crew: Andrew Henderson (Main Trim), Ben Walsh (Bow)
Home Yacht Club: Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club

Ethan Prieto-Low has been a national level Match Racer in Australia for the past 3 years, having been a regular sailor in many east coast regattas including the Hardy Cup, Australian Youth Match Racing Championship, Musto International as well as the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta in his home town Perth, Western Australia.

The team has a wealth of experience in a wide range of sailing disciplines with Ethan a regular keelboat racer in the Dragon and Etchells classes and recently competed in the Dragon World Championships in Fremantle 2019. Andrew was previously a national level Laser sailor and has recently been transitioning into regular keelboat racing, whilst Ben is an experienced skiff sailor competing in various 29er regattas throughout Australia and Europe as well numerous offshore regattas on Australia's West Coast. Ben also has a wealth of teams racing experience.

Although the team has never competed in the Detroit Cup at the Bayview Yacht Club they have been given invaluable guidance and insights from regular competitor and training partner Will Boulden back in Perth.

After a commendable 6th result in the 2019 Warren Jones Regatta their last event, the Swan River Sailing Team are ambitious and hungry with their sights set on all four Grand Slam Regattas in 2019 and beyond.

Ryan Seago - USA

World Sailing Ranking: 26
Crew: Matt Graham, Alex Hume
Home Yacht Club: Bayview Yacht Club

Looking forward to the 2019 Detroit Cup at our home Yacht Club in the U20s. Excited for this year's excellent competition which consists of a few luminaries of USA match racing, along with other excellent international and USA sailors.

2018 Detroit Cup Grade 2 - 1st Place
2017 Detroit Cup Grade 2 - 2nd Place
2017 & 2015 BYC Spring Invitational Grade 3 - 1st Place

Jordan Stevenson - NZL

World Sailing Ranking: 31 Crew: Mitch Jackson, George Angus, Dougie Cowan Home Yacht Club: Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

Jordan Stevenson is a member of the prestigious RNZYS performance program. He started sailing optimists at a young age out of Sandspit Yacht Club, competing in events such as the North American Championships and Bermuda Gold Cup. He soon moved into the 29er class, competing in events around New Zealand and Australia. After this Jordan made the move to the RNZYS Youth Training Program and started match racing under coach Reuben Corbett. Since then he has competed in events around Australasia, winning the Harken Youth International and placing 5th in the 2019 Governors Cup.

Jordan's Crew come from a variety of different back grounds, with George and Mitch both being teams racing national champions at some point in their high school careers. Dougie is a young and budding optimist sailor from Detroit, recently competing in regattas such as the British Optimist National Championships. The rest of team is excited to be racing in Detroit for the first time and looking to learn as much as possible during the event

Finn Tapper - AUS

World Sailing Ranking: 28
Crew: George Richardson, Jake Liddel
Home Yacht Club: Cruising Club of Australia

Finn Tapper is a member of Australia's leading youth sailing academy at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. He began sailing Optimists before transitioning into the 29er class. It was not until 2016 that Finn took up match racing joining the CYCA's development program. Since then has he has progressed to World #28, having won his first international competition at the Grade 3 CentrePort Wellington International in 2017, and claiming his second title in Wellington earlier this year. Having achieved podium results in all of the youth sailing events within Australia and New Zealand including the Harken, Nespresso, Centreport and Darwin International regattas, this is Finn's second Detroit cup as he looks to achieve his first grade 2 regatta win. Finn is also a three times NSW State Teams Racing champion and won Australian National Teams Racing Championship in 2017.

Chris Weis - USA

World Sailing Ranking: 119
Crew: Roberto Stevens, Alex Burrow
Home Yacht Club:

Chris Weis grew up in Los Angeles, California and started sailing at the age of 7 at Del Rey Yacht Club. After learning to sail sabots, he quickly found interest in competing and has competed in various classes including CFJs, lasers, and 420s where he holds regatta wins, series wins, and a National Championship. In 2014, Chris teamed up with Roberto Stevens (main trimmer), a long time teammate, and Alex Burrow (bow), originally from New Zealand, to pursue match racing. They placed 3rd in their first event together and continue to climb leaderboards at national and international events. The team finished in 3rd place at the grade 1 Governor's Cup, 3rd place at the Youth Match Race World Championships last year, and 2nd place at the grade 2 Hardy Cup earlier this year moving them up to a team best world ranking of 44th. The team is very excited to sail the Ultimate 20s for our first time and looks forward to a fun and competitive event.

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