Detroit – The Detroit River got the best of former Gold Cup winner Jean Theoret in the opening heat Sunday morning in the Spirit of Detroit Hydrofest.
Theoret, who won the 2006 Gold Cup, had the fastest qualifying time among the Unlimited Hydroplane's 12-boat field Saturday in the U-96 boat for owner Erick Ellstrom.
On Sunday morning, Theoret was leading Heat 2-A when he hit rough water going out of Turn 1 at approximately 170 mph, flipping the boat upward before landing right-side up. He opened the hatch, showing he was unharmed.
Theoret will now have a tough time to make the six-boat final Sunday afternoon. He finished fourth in his first heat Saturday after getting two penalties, including one for jumping the gun.