Good start for Chicago NOOD

Published on June 9th, 2017

Chicago, IL (June 9, 2017) – Hundreds of competitive sailors launched into Lake Michigan today to kick off the fourth stop of the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta Series. The event, organized by Sailing World and hosted by Chicago Yacht Club, continues through Sunday, June 11.

More than 145 teams, most of them from the greater Chicago area, raced on three courses off of Monroe Harbor for their chance at the event’s overall title and an invitation to compete in the championship regatta in the British Virgin Islands this fall.

One of the 10 sailboat classes racing on Friday was the Tartan Tens, an older design that is popular in the Midwest. Leading the fleet with two first place finishes is local skipper Lou Jacob and his crew aboard Skidmarks.

Jacob attributed his team’s success to quick, strategic calls and good old-fashioned teamwork.

“The whole team made no mistakes,” Jacob said. “The boat handling was perfect. The responses to the tactician were fast. We did have a couple situations where we had to act quickly, especially with the big wind shifts, and working together as a team made all the difference in the world.”

Jacob is hoping for more of the same tomorrow, which is expected to feature breezier conditions—a bonus for the crew aboard Skidmarks, who “tend to do well in heavier air.”

Elsewhere on Lake Michigan, the J/111 fleet completed two very competitive races. Velocity skipper Martin Roesch led his team to the top of the class with a narrow two-point lead. In the J/70 class, four local teens who were selected for the Helly Hansen Junior Crew held their own with a ninth place finish out of 20 teams.

Final awards in all classes will be presented on Sunday at the culmination of the event. The overall winner, chosen based on the strongest finish in the most competitive class, will receive an invitation to compete against winners from the other four series stops in the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Championship, hosted by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands in October.

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DAY ONE RESULTS

Farr 40 (One Design – 7 Boats)
1. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut and Evan Jahn, USA – 1 -1 ; 2
2. Hot Lips, J C Whitford, USA – 2 -4 ; 6
3. Eagles Wings, John Gottwald, USA – 4 -3 ; 7

J/70 (One Design – 20 Boats)
1. Nine, Oivind Lorentzen, USA – 1 -1 ; 2
2. Aquaholiks, Martin Johnsson, USA – 3 -2 ; 5
3. Empeiria, John Heaton, USA – 2 -5 ; 7

Beneteau 40.7 (One Design – 10 Boats)
1. La Tempete, Thomas Weber, USA – 2 -1 ; 3
2. Mojo, Gary Powell / Scot Ruhlander, USA – 1 -5 ; 6
3. Rhumb Runner, Katie Goldman & Brian Goldman, USA – 3 -6 ; 9

J/111 (One Design – 14 Boats)
1. Velocity, Martin Roesch, USA – 3 -2 ; 5
2. Kashmir, Karl Brummel, Steve Henderson, Mike Mayer, USA – 1 -6 ; 7
3. Utah, Bradley Faber, USA – 7 -1 ; 8

PHRF 2 (PHRF_ToT – 10 Boats)
1. Exile, Andy Graff, USA – 2 -1 ; 3
2. Windsong, Tim Wade, USA – 1 -3 ; 4
3. NoMaTa, Daniel Leslie, USA – 3 -2 ; 5

PHRF 1 (PHRF_ToT – 6 Boats)
1. Natalie J, Philip & Sharon O’Niel III, USA – 1 -1 ; 2
2. Heartbreaker, Eric Oesterle, USA – 3 -2 ; 5
3. Eagle, Shawn/Jerry O’Neill, USA – 2 -3.5 ; 5.5

Beneteau 36.7 (One Design – 11 Boats)
1. Split Decision, Mark and Nick Norris, USA – 2 -1 -2 ; 5
2. Soulshine, Jarrett Altmin, USA – 1 -3 -3 ; 7
3. Erizo de Mar, Antoni Czupryna / Waldemar Emmerich, USA – 4 -6 -1 ; 11

J/105 (One Design – 8 Boats)
1. Vytis, Gyt Petkus, USA – 1 -3 -3 ; 7
2. Flying Pig, Mike Sheppard, USA – 6 -1 -1 ; 8
3. Sealark, Clark Pellett, USA – 3 -4 -2 ; 9

J/109 (One Design – 8 Boats)
1. Callisto, James Murray, USA – 2 -2 -3 ; 7
2. Toa, Bruce Danly / Jim Mitchell, USA – 4 -3 -2 ; 9
3. Northstar, David Gustman, USA – 1 -8 -1 ; 10

Tartan Ten (One Design – 26 Boats)
1. Skidmarks, Lou Jacob, USA – 1 -1 ; 2
2. Diamond Girl, Amy/Rick Cermak, USA – 3 -2 ; 5
3. Mutiny, John Schellenbach, USA – 2 -4 ; 6

Source: Evily Giannopoulos

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