helly hansen nood regatta — john white overall winner
Linda Ambrose, Regatta Manager
With close to 190 boats participating in the event between one design classes and handicapped entries in the North Sails Rally, Annapolis was center stage in racing over the weekend and the new Sailing Center was one of the regatta’s stars! Twelve one design classes competed on 3 circles managed by AYC, EYC, and SSA’s Race Committees. For the first time, the Cal 25s participated in Saturday’s North Sails Rally as a one design class while others competed in PHRF spin and non-spin classes. Although rain dampened the shore and on the water activities on Sunday, it didn’t get in the way of the overall success of the regatta with most circles getting in a total of 8 races for each class. Friday’s racing was almost picture-perfect, with the Race Officers on Saturday doing their best to manage their courses with a dying breeze and a ripping current. Sunday had a maximum of 2 races scheduled before the final party and awards presentation kicked off at AYC.
With an amazing performance in the J/80 class, John White’s team on USA 1162 had 3 bullets and nothing deeper than a 4th to end up 21 points ahead of the 2nd place finisher. Each NOOD Regatta 2019 Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD Wrap Up announces an overall winner of the event who represents their respective NOOD at a fall event in the Caribbean, and White along with son Kevin (bow), P/C Debbie Gosselin (pit), and V/C Jonathan Bartlett (tactician) were awarded this honor by Sailing World on Sunday evening. 2019 Annapolis NOOD Results are available on Yachtscoring with many other members seen on the podium.
At the top of the J/22 class, Matt and Lori Schubert on Bayhead, with J.R. Maxwell and Todd Hiller in 2nd and 3rd place. Tony Parker’s J/24 Bangor Packet took 1st, with Bob Rutsch and Mike Costello in 2nd place in the J/30 class after suffering major damage to Bebop in Race 2 of the regatta. Thanks to a fellow J/30 owner and class approval, Rutsch & Costello were able to sail with their team in the balance of the event, and after redress was granted by the jury, they made it on to the podium. The top 4 spots in the Etchells class went to members including Kristen and Brian Robinson who raced their Etchells for the first time at this year’s NOOD after being long time members of the J/80 class and took 4th place by winning a tie-breaker. Congratulations to Etchells overall winner, Matt Lalumiere on Marge, followed by Jeff Borland and Alan Kelly in 2nd and 3rd place. Tim Williams won the Alberg 30 class with Bruce Artman on T-Bone in 3rd place in the J/35s. Peter McChesney, skipper of Dog House, was 1st in the J/105s followed by the team of Cedric Lewis & Fredrik Salvesen in 2nd place. Jim Connelly’s J/111 Slush Fund had a 3rd place podium finish in their class. AYC will be hosting the J/111 North Americans in 2020 with Connelly as the Co-Chair for the event.
In the J/70s, a top 5 finish for Ray Wulff on Joint Custody, who was also awarded the Top Corinthian Finisher in the Class. David Andril on Vayu and Derick Lynch on Outlaws finished in the top 5 of the J/80 class which was 23 boats strong at the start of the regatta. Congratulations to Mary Ewenson on her 3rd place finish in the Viper 640 class.
The popular North Sails Rally on Saturday had 8 Cal 25s competing for top honors which went to Timothy Bloomfield on White Cap. David Robinson’s Magic Eight Ball took 4th in the non-spin division, with Bruce Bingman and Taran Teague in a 2nd place tie in the spinnaker division on Blockade Runner.
The Sailing Center, which has hosted educational events and junior program classes since its opening in January, was truly christened as an epic regatta party venue with hundreds of competitors and VIPS attending the nightly parties and awards presentation. Chef Michael and his team provided the food and AYC staff spearheaded by Leo Luistro and Vidal Torres kept things running smoothly. Helly Hansen (Title Sponsor), Sunsail, North Sails, and Highfield Boats were major sponsors of the 2019 NOOD Regatta with displays both inside the Sailing Center and in the lower Sailing Center yard.