July 15, 2001: Bob Seger Wins Sailboat Race

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bob-seger-against-the-wind-capitol-3The man who wrote the songs “Sailing Nights” and “Against The Wind” knows of what he sings. And in both 2001 and 2002, Bob Seger won the Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Boat Race with his 52-foot Santa Cruz sailboat Lightning. Staged by Detroit’s Bayview Yacht Club, the 290-mile race from Port Huron, MI to Mackinac Island in Lake Huron is one of the longest fresh-water sailing competitions in the world.

As the skipper of the 10-man crew, the classic rock legend – who was 56-years-old – did his shifts on watch like all the other 3,000 sailors in the race. “Everybody took turns steering the boat, and he was in the rotation just like everybody else,” said crewman Mike Thompson of Detroit.

“We’re awfully excited,” said Seger after he won the race’s 78th year. “We had a great crew, that’s what did it.” The following year the classic rock star and his boat not only won their class again but bested all the boats in the competition. One might think his vessel was named for its speed; instead it was so christened because Seger lost his previous sailboat when it was struck by lightning.

The Michigan native has earned 15 Top 20 singles in his long career including a run of nine during his commercial peak years of 1978-83. On June 1, he announced his 2017 Runaway Train tour with the Silver Bullet Band beginning August 24.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or TicketNetwork.

In mid-June, he finally made his music available via streaming services. The move makes such hits as “Night Moves” (#4), “Still the Same” (#4), “Hollywood Nights” (#12), “Old Time Rock And Roll” (#28), “Against The Wind” (#5), “Mainstreet” (#24), “We’ve Got Tonight” (#13), “Like a Rock” (#12) available via these services.

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