On the anniversary of On-The-Water Anarchy’s first-ever fully live streaming video webcast, we’re heading back down to the club and the event that helped make it all possible last year – the 2010 Toyota International Match Race for the Detroit Cup. Also known as ‘The D-Cup" to those who prefer to conserve their syllables, the Grade 2 match race is just the kind we like; small, quick little boats on ultra-short and narrow river courses that force constant boat-on-boat action, all with a backdrop of hundreds of shoreside spectators watching from bleachers on the river’s edge.
We’re back for the D-Cup not only because of the surprisingly big audience that tuned in last year to watch Anna Tunicliffe win her first big open event, but also because we’re stoked to see the way that Bayview has helped spark the first serious match racing circuit in the USA, and we want to lend our support. That spark has helped ignite the widespread success of the ‘Trifecta’ of Grade 2 events, which has pulled in top match racers from 9 countries, and whose overall winner gets an automatic invite to the Congressional Cup, the only Grade 1 event in the US (for the moment, anyway). Michigan local Mike Buckley beat a tough fleet at a light-air Chicago Cup last week, and after the D-Cup, the racers will head to the Knickerbocker Cup to round out the Trifecta. And next year, three West Coast events will turn an East and Middle Coast series into a true continental one, as it becomes the North American Match Race Series, preserving the kind of close-to-shore competition that’s designed to both build match racing interest on this side of the pond while showing spectators just how exciting sailing can be when the courses and boats are chosen well.
You can read the event program here, and be sure to tune in to the D-Cup site for the latest announcements and live racing action. We’ve got some great new tools to help make it interesting for you this Thursday through Sunday, including a live tracker from IonEarth, live audio from the boats and wing umps, daily live press conferences, a live Cocktail Hour about the future of NA match racing, and much, much more. Check it.