George Peet, a Michigan native who's a local hero as a result of his jaunt around the world on ABN AMRO 2 in the last edition of the Volvo Race, is sailing aboard the Beneteau 36.7 Natalie J. "I've sailed with them a bit, normally on their Nelson-Marek 46, the original Bright Star," said Peet. "This one-design sailing is kind of new for the owner, Phil O'Neil, so we're giving it a run. This is the first time I've sailed on the boat, it's good for the Great Lakes, there are a lot of 36.7s in the Lakes. I think the class here is 11-13 boats, which is really good. It's probably the best big-boat one-design fleet that we've seen at the Detroit NOOD, so I'm happy to be a part of that." Peet and his tesammates had a pretty good day, ending up with a 2,5,1. "The one-design class is definitely representing itself as one-design, everyone goes the same speed, so you have to be on your toes" said Peet. "The guys in the first race who won the start won the race, so really pretty standard lessons all across the board, you've just got to start in the right place, you've got to be fast, and you've got to know your competition and know where the race is. I was off trimmer all day today. The boats are actually pretty hard to sail, the cockpit's really cramped, so I was actually just cleaning up rope all day, trying to keep things going." Peet's guest shot in Detroit is a brief one, he's off to Sardinia tomorrow for the J/24 Worlds, then Bermuda Race, the Moth Worlds, and Ireland's Cork Week.