2017 NOOD Kicks off in St. Petersburg

Published on January 18th, 2017

Newport, RI (January 18, 2017) – The largest national sailboat racing circuit in the United States, the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta series, returns to St. Petersburg, Fla., for its first stop of the season February 17-19, 2017. The event is organized by Sailing World and hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

Hundreds of local and visiting sailors in eleven classes of sailboats will compete for individual trophies and the top prize, an invitation to race in the Helly Hansen NOOD Caribbean Championship Regatta, presented by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands in October.

The annual three-day event features one-design racing, where teams compete in races against identical boats. Points are accumulated based on finishing position in each race, and the team with the fewest total points at the conclusion of the regatta wins its class. For competitors in the regatta’s one handicap class (PHRF), time allowances are used to score boats of varying sizes and designs.

Regatta organizers then calculate an overall winner based on the strongest individual finish in the most competitive class. The overall winner earns a berth in the championship regatta, held October 22-29, 2017 in the British Virgin Islands. In addition to winners from each of the five NOOD events this year, interested sailors can charter and compete against the overall winners at the championship.

Last year’s St. Petersburg winning skipper, John Spierling from Shelby, Michigan, will return with his teammates to defend the title aboard Rebel in the S2-7.9 division.

The Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta is a spectator-friendly event; races can be seen from private yachts on Tampa Bay. Start times are dependent on wind and weather, but racing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. each day.

For more information: sailingworld.com/nood-regattas.

Source: Evily Giannopoulos

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