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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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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80