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Wings set sail in Mackinac race

Friday, 07.16.2010 / 11:37 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Wings set sail in Mackinac race
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DETROIT – David Irish has been to one Red Wings game in his 73-years.

But that won’t prevent him and his crew from flying the Red Wings’ colors at this weekend’s Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race.

Irish is the skipper of the Surprise, a IRC C Class yacht from Harbor Springs, Michigan.

For the first time in race history, Detroit’s professional sports teams are competing in the Pro Team Challenge Cup, sponsored by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. Of the 206 boats that will set sail from Port Huron Saturday, four of them will support the team colors of the Red Wings, Tigers, Lions and Pistons.

The 30-foot Surprise is representing the Red Wings.

“I think the idea was to have this event within the event to have another point of interest, if you will, something else in the game,” Irish said. “The professional teams were keen to help and they thought it would be good for the whole sporting community.

“We look at it that adds to our pleasure and interest in the race. It’s just another facet, and we’re certainly delighted to be picked to be in the Pro Team Challenge and very happy to be representing the Red Wings. We’re going to have fun with this … we’re already having fun with this.”

Irish has been racing Mackinac races since the late-60s, and the Surprise first competed in 1996.

The Surprise and its crew -- including John Ramer, Norman Berge and Trevor Davis -- will set sail on the Cove Island Course, which is about 50 miles longer than the Shore Course, which favored by many of the smaller boats in the race.

“We’ve had a number of good distance racing results, including class rims,” Irish said. “We’ve won the major division in the Port Huron race, class and fleet overall one year with this boat. By and large, we’ve always been where the action is.”

Boats will begin crossing the finish line by late Sunday evening with the majority of the vessels finishing sometime Monday.

You can track the progress of the Surprise and the other 205 boats, by clicking here.



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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
4 TBL 50 28 18 4 131 115 60
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 49 25 17 7 126 122 57
10 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
11 CAR 52 23 21 8 124 138 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 53 20 28 5 133 167 45

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 50 17 18 23 35
H. Zetterberg 51 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 50 14 16 -3 30
G. Nyquist 51 14 13 -4 27
J. Abdelkader 51 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 36 6 18 10 24
M. Green 45 3 17 -8 20
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
D. DeKeyser 47 6 8 10 14
R. Sheahan 50 7 6 -15 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 18 10 4 .931 2.06
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89