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Wings' entry wins Mackinac ... again

Notso EZ Money claims 2012 Pro Team Challenge

Wednesday, 07.25.2012 / 12:01 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Wings\' entry wins Mackinac ... again

The crew of Notso EZ Money shows off their pride for the Red Wings and their sailing victory.

DETROIT – Michael Medwid didn’t exude too much confidence when first learning that his German import would fly the Red Wings’ colors in the 2012 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race this month.

In fact, Medwid, of Commerce Township, Mich., first thought it was a joke, asking, “Are you sure you have the right boat?”

Medwid’s initial pessimism was understandable, especially since the Notso EZ Money was sailing in her maiden race.

The 45-foot German-made Dehler 44SQ was victorious in winning the fourth annual Pro Team Challenge, which is sponsored by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.

It was the second straight year that a Red Wings’ boat won the team challenge. The Wings were last year’s champions when Sorcery, a 34 ½ foot Tartan based out of St. Clair Shores, Mich., raced across the finish line ahead of vessels sponsored by Detroit’s other major sports franchises, the Tigers, Lions and Pistons.

However, this month’s victory by Medwid’s 12-person crew wasn’t without controversy.

Sailing the longer 254 nautical mile Cove Island course, Notso EZ Money received a ratings adjustment from the 204 nautical mile Shore Course sailed by the Detroit Lions’ boat, Wind Toy IV, which finished first in its class and third in its division. But it could not overcome the handicap provided to Notso EZ Money that finished with a corrected time over just more than 56 ½ hours.

“The Pro team Challenge added a lot to the overall Mackinac event,” Medwid said. “It's really a cool thing and we were thrilled to be part of it and to represent the Detroit Red Wings”

Medwid was joined on the two-day voyage by his sons, Sam, of West Bloomfield, Mich., and Matt, of Commerce Township. The remaining crew of Michigan sailors included Rich Harrison, of Waterford; Jim O’Connell, of Gladwin; Rick Courson, of Grosse Pointe Park; Matt Olson, of Orchard Lake; Ian Pouliot, of Mt. Clemens; Debbie Lesinski of Detroit; and Reid Pouliot, James Baker and Jake Wolny, of Harrison Township.

Boats sponsored by the Tigers and Pistons, Chico 2 and Praeceptor, respectively, encountered calm winds off of Bois Blanc near Alpena. Without air flow for 10-12 hours, both crews struggled in Lake Huron.

The Tigers finished third, but Praeceptor did not finish the race.

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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