Local Skippers Take Charge at Day Two of Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta Chicago
Published on June 8th, 2013
Chicago, IL (June 8, 2013) – Local skippers leveraged their superior knowledge of Lake Michigan to take charge during a pivotal day two of sailing at the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta. Greeted by early afternoon winds that peaked at 10-12 knots, Chicagoan sailors currently hold the lead in 10 boat classes at the country’s largest regatta series.
Highlighting the action packed day, Local Skipper Thomas Kane and crew excelled in the northeasterly wind to launch Honey Badger into first place in the Tartan 10 class, the event’s most competitive class. The crew holds a six-point lead entering tomorrow’s final day of racing and is among the favorites to earn the regatta’s coveted overall winner award.
Handling the slight chop on Lake Michigan today with ease, Chicago Skipper Kevin Saedi and crew aboard Momentus are clinging to a narrow lead in the J/109 class after two days. Trailing closely is Homer Glen, IL. based Skipper Peter Priede aboard Full Tilt, setting the stage for a dramatic final day between the two crews.
The overall winner in Chicago will be invited to participate in the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Championship Regatta in the British Virgin Islands at the end of the season to compete aboard Sunsail 44i’s against the other overall winners in the 2013 series.
Created by Sailing World in 1988, the NOOD series attracts over 1,000 boats and more than 20,000 competitors and spectators annually. Each event in the series features multiple days of sailboat racing for one-design models from 20 to 70 feet in length. In addition to local sailors, sailing’s top stars — including America’s Cup and Olympic champions — are well represented at the NOODs. Competitive sailors rate the NOODs as the top national event in each region of the country.
For more information on the 2013 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta, visit www.sailingworld.com.