2021 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Chicago at Chicago Yacht Membership – Day 1
by Laura Muma / Crusing World 12 Jun 05:39 UTC
June 11-13, 2021
2021 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Chicago © Mark Albertazzi
Brave homeowners Ray Douglas and Kris Maybach jumped the gun within the opening race of the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Chicago collection, drawing an over-early penalty and forcing them to re-start behind the remainder of their eight-boat J/109 fleet. They recovered shortly sufficient to catch the fleet proper earlier than the top of the race. “Six or seven boats converged proper on the end line,” says Brave’s spinnaker trimmer Aldo Caronia. “It was so shut that the race committee declared a first-place tie between us and Slapshot II (a J/109 owned and pushed by Scott Sims).
“From lifeless final in the beginning of the race to ending with a split-first place—it is a massive win for our group,” Caronia says.
Brave is at present in second place general behind Smee Once more, owned by George Miz, Peter Dreher and David Neenan, of Chicago. “Smee Once more is certainly quick and really robust,” says Caronia, “However all the pieces is up for grabs and it’ll be a pleasant battle for tomorrow.”
Almost 150 opponents loved the primary of three days of the Chicago NOOD, which is happening throughout 4 racing circles set nearby of the Chicago skyline. Racing will proceed all through the weekend with winds anticipated to be gentle and difficult for the sailors.
In keeping with Richard Stearns, who’s main the J/105 fleet on Glider with a first- and second-place end, regardless that situations had been lighter than he prefers, he was excited to be crusing and racing once more with buddies.
“I’ve sailed with everybody earlier than, however it’s the primary time they’ve all sailed collectively. We’ve a fantastic combine on board,” says Stearns. “As we speak the breeze wasn’t that shifty; simply instantly you had some wind, otherwise you did not. It is great to get again on the water with buddies.”
For a group that hasn’t raced in two years, it solely took a few apply jibes on the best way out to the racecourse for the Beneteau 40.7 La Tempete to fall proper again into step in accordance with proprietor/driver Thomas Weber. “Our crew has been collectively for thus lengthy, all people simply is aware of what to do,” says Weber.
Weber, a earlier general Chicago NOOD winner, says the Chicago fleet of Beneteau 40.7s is greater than a fleet, it is a crusing household each actually and figuratively. “We have all been collectively for thus a few years, it is like a household of sailors. Many people have relations on board like me.”
La Tempete is main the seven-boat fleet with a 3rd, first and second right now, and Weber says their racing technique is often extra about crusing in clear air than enjoying the wind shifts. “However we discovered within the first race concerning the persistent proper shift, after which performed the precise aspect the remainder of the day.”
Within the J/88 fleet, the top-four boats are solely separated by three factors, with Dave Tufts and Mike Wilde’s Gaucho main. The group, from Rochester, New York, posted two first locations and a fifth place right now.
Wilde attributes a lot of their efficiency to nice boatspeed. “We had three strong begins right now and labored the sluggish however persistent proper shift within the first race,” Wilde says. “Within the second race, we felt like there was extra strain on the left and cut up from the fleet on the primary leg, however it simply did not repay and we led to fifth. It was good to come back again and end the final race with a win.”
In recent times, the J/88 fleet has loved a resurgence in reputation spurred by former dinghy sailors, particularly right here in Chicago the place no less than three youthful sailors now personal J/88s. “5 years in the past we had been struggling to actually have a J/88 fleet on the NOOD,” says Andy Graff, the Chicago J/88 fleet captain and proprietor/driver of the second-place boat Exile. “Now we’re one of the aggressive fleets.”
Wilde compares the J/88 to an outsized dinghy, saying, “It is a blast to sail. A high-performance sportboat, however it’s nonetheless dinghy-like sufficient the place you want to roll tack and jibe, and also you need not have professionals on board to do nicely. It is the closest factor you will get to a Melges 32 with out being a monster.”
Racing continues tomorrow morning and continues by way of Sunday, when an general winner might be determined and advance to the NOOD’s season championship within the British Virgin Islands in October.
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