Our latest event saw Neptune Racing travel to the Bayview Yacht Club, contesting for the Detroit Cup. It was tumultuous week for the team; coming out firing to be in the lead after day one, eventually qualifying fourth after two days of racing.
Neptune Racing - Detroit Cup 2014
It was the first time travelling to Detroit for the team, and the regatta certainly had its own peculiarities. Sailed on the Detroit River, there was plenty of current on the race course and meant it was a race out of the current majority of the time. On top of that, it was an interesting experience sailing Ultimate 20 class yachts which ran with asymmetric spinnakers, and could be difficult to setup at times.
We sailed relatively well during qualifying to place fourth going into finals with a seven-four scorecard. Unfortunately from here things didn't our way with some bad luck, and the race committee feeling the need to get racing off in some very marginal conditions.
At times, it was light enough for some boats to go backwards around the race course as the current outdid the wind! We were on the wrong side of the conditions in a couple of these races, eventually going down one-three to finish the regatta early in fifth place.
Pierre-Antoine Morvan went on to win the event, a result that sees him take the outright lead in the US Grand Slam Series.
We have now made our way to New York for the Knickerbocker Cup, a great event held out of the incredible Manhasset Bay Yacht Club.
Joining us at the Knickerbocker Cup will be Luke Payne, who will take on the role of pitman for the next two weeks!
We’ll be up against a number of top-ranked teams who are also coming in for the event. The full skippers lineup is as follows:
Skipper Country Rank
Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA 7
Eric Monnin SUI 9
Johnie Berntsson SWE 13
Chris Steele NZL 16
Sam Gilmour AUS 19
Mark Lees GBR 21
Chris Poole USA 28
Maximillian Soh SIN 32
Dustin Durant USA 43
David Storrs USA 47
Results Detroit Cup 2014
|Semi Final 1||1||2||3||W|
|Semi Final 2||1||2||3||W|
|5th / 6th||1||W|
|7th / 8th||1||W|
|9th / 10th||1||W|
|11th / 12th||1||W|
|Quarter Final 1||1||2||3||4||5||W|
|Quarter Final 2||1||2||3||4||5||W|
|Quarter Final 3||1||2||3||4||5||W|
|Quarter Final 4||1||2||3||4||5||W|
|Overall positions after Round Robin|