|2017 Competitors (in Alphabetical Order)|
- Will Boulden - AUS - World Sailing Ranking 18
Home Yacht Club: Royal Freshwater Bay Y.C.
Crew Members: Josh Whijohn (main), Andrew Briggs (bow)
The team has been racing and finishing on the podium at multiple international level match racing regattas. These include University World Championships, European Championships and many other top-level events. The team has also recently completed in the WMRT Swan River Match Cup and finished 4th amongst a field of Olympic gold medalists.
Formed in September 2014 the team has raced in 12 major international finals. With a current world sailing ranking of 18, the team will be looking to climb its way into the top 10 and be a formidable force on the World Match Racing Tour.
- Sylvain Escurat - FRA - World Sailing Ranking 158
Home Yacht Club: CVSAE France
Crew Members: Romain Matot and Hugues de Premare
Until I turned 20 years I spent all my summers doing windsurf. Then I started boat regattas (first one = Cowes Week in 1998), only one-design, mainly on Farr30, Grand Surprise, First 7.5, J80 and Etchells, usually as trimmer or tactician (Australia, France and England mainly). 4 Tours de France à la Voile in Farr30, of which 2 as skipper & tactician.
In 2014 and 2015, I moved to offshore sailing in England (RORC) to prepare the Fastnet (27th overall in 2015 out of 309 boats, on a First 40.7). End of 2015, I started Match Racing (as helm), which is now my unique focus.
Since we started Match Racing two years ago, we achieved to participate twice to the final of the French Championships, to the grade 2 in France in multihull, and finished twice in 7th position at the grades 3 in Antibes (France). We are now 158th worldwide, targeting top 100 by Mid 2018.
- Daniel Gill - IRL
Home Yacht Club: Dublin University Sailing Club
Crew Members: Richard d'Esterre Roberts, Scott Flanigan
"Plain Sailing" is composed of the three helmsman of Trinity College's highly successful team racing team; Daniel Gill (Skipper), Scott Flanigan (Tactician / Jib Trim) and Richard Roberts (Bow). The team enjoyed tremendous success on both the Irish and British team racing circuits in the 2016-17 season, culminating in the first Irish Varsity Championship victory for Trinity College in 11 years. Earlier in the year, the team finished in 3rd place at the Open Irish Team Racing Nationals and secured a highly commendable 4th place at the Oxford Magnum, one of the most prestigious team racing regattas in the UK.
The team, each of whom has also achieved considerable success in fleet racing, most notably Scott Flanigan's successful Olympic campaign at London 2012, has now turned its focus to match racing. Scott already has substantial top level match racing experience to his name, competing at World Match Racing Tour events with Team GBR, as well as at the Nations Cup and a number of US Grand Slam events. Whilst Daniel is relatively untested as a match racing helm, his extraordinary achievements in team racing thus far, coupled with his prodigious natural talent as a fleet racer (he was the U-21 GP14 World Champion in 2012), give his teammates and coach confidence that a fruitful match racing career beckons. Richard meanwhile travels to Detroit in his most successful year of sailing to date, as both a National Champion in the Irish Cruiser fleet as a bowman and also carrying the title of Ireland's sailor of the month for the month of March following his performance at College Nationals.
- Andrei Nikolaev - RUS - World Sailing Ranking 49
Home Yacht Club: Saratov, Sportceh
Crew Members: Aleksei Nikolaev, Elena Nikolaeva
The Sportceh team has been based by Andrei Nikolaev and participates in match races since 1993, having reached in 2001 the 23rd place in the world ranking. Then the eight year break has followed, and 3 years ago the team has resumed a performance in a new family structure.
- Chris Poole - USA - World Sailing Ranking 89
Home Yacht Club: Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club
Crew Members: Ryan Hope Ross, Zygmund Beatty
Chris Poole and his Riptide Racing team based out of Oyster Bay, NY return to the U.S. Grand Slam Series and Bayview's 2017 Detroit Cup after missing the 2016 U.S. Grand Slam Series. Chris and his team's best result was a 2nd place in the 2014 Detroit Cup, and this year they're looking to improve on their 2014 result. This will be the 5th Detroit Cup that Riptide Racing has competed in since they began match racing in 2012.
- Pearson Potts - USA - World Sailing Ranking 97
Home Yacht Club: Southern Yacht Club
Crew Members: Pearson Potts Sr., Nathan Housberg
We are Yankee Creole racing. We are a young and hungry team made up of recent college graduates, Yankees and Southerners. We have multiple top collegiate All-American sailing athletes along with veteran national champion keelboat sailors who are currently ranked 68th in the world with only 9 events under our belt.
Although we are young, we have secured podium finishes in a short time among some of the best match racers in the country. We make winches cry, boats spin and heads turn. we seek to keep the traditional spirit of yacht racing alive by exclusively competing in monohulls. We try to preserve the old style of sailing that's been steeped in culture and tradition over thousands of years. We are the crusaders of the monohull.
- Harry Price - AUS - World Sailing Ranking 6
Harry Price (AUS)
Home Yacht Club: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
Crew Members: Murray Jones and Cameron Seagreen
DownUnder Racing is an elite Australian youth sailing team aiming to win the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT).
We have been working together over the last two years, climbing the World Sailing World Rankings to achieve a current ranking of 6th in the World. Harry, although only turning 21 years old in October 2016, has risen rapidly in the world of match racing, stamping his dominance of international youth match racing during 2015/2016 with wins in the 2015 NZL Youth International Match Racing Championship, both the 2015 and 2016 Australian Youth Match Racing Championships, the 2015 Governor's Cup, the 2015 Harken International Youth and the 2015 Musto International Youth MR Championships. Harry continued his steep progression into 2016 winning a number of the World Match Racing's grade 2 events, the US Grand Slam including the Chicago Grand Slam and the Detroit Cup, and back to back victories in November at the Musto International Youth Match Race Championship. Just recently, he was crowned Youth Match Racing World Champion with a dramatic win in Newport Beach, California in early August.
- Ryan Seago - USA - World Sailing Ranking 178
Home Yacht Club: Bayview Yacht Club
Crew Members: Mike Hoey, Alex Hume
Our team is proud to be representing our home club, Bayview Yacht Club, for the 10th annual Detroit Cup. This will be the 3rd Detroit Cup for Ryan, 4th for Alex, and too many to count for our third team member Mike Hoey. Mike is the self proclaimed "founding father of the event" since he was involved with affiliating the event with the Grade 2 grand slam series. Lastly, we look forward to the support of the members at the event!