NOOD continues 128 Year Tradition
Published on July 27th, 2017
Marblehead, MA (July 27, 2017) – Two of the 10 classes competing in the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta in Marblehead took to the water today to start the annual competition. A rare summer nor’easter storm may make things interesting for those sailing in the national regatta series’ final stop of the season.
In the spirit of Marblehead Race Week, which is celebrating its 128th year, the Rhodes 19 and International One Design (IOD) fleets will race four days this week, with eight other classes to join the competition throughout the weekend.
After three races, team Tough Cookie of Stoughton, Mass., leads the ultra-competitive Rhodes 19 class at the end of day one. The two-person crew came back after a fifth-place finish in the first race to win both of the remaining rounds, besting Boston-based The Mighty Rhodes by a single point.
In the classic IOD class, Peter Stahle’s Spirit of Georgetown, Mass., held steady at second place for both of the day’s races, putting the team at the head of the fleet’s leaderboard leading into day two. A local Marblehead crew on Tango and team Javelin of Lexington are tied for second.
Six additional classes will begin racing tomorrow, and Laser fleets will round out the regatta on the two-day weekend.
At the culmination of the event, regatta organizers will announce an overall winner based on the strongest individual finish in the most competitive class. The winner earns a berth in the championship regatta, held Oct. 22-29 in the British Virgin Islands.
Day One Results
Rhodes 19 (24 Boats)
1. Tough cookie, David Nelson, USA – 5 -1 -1 ; 7
2. The Mighty Rhodes, Matt Hooks, USA – 1 -4 -3 ; 8
3. Tern Too, Benjamin Richardson, USA – 8 -3 -2 ; 13
IOD (10 Boats)
1. Spirit, Peter Stahle, USA – 2 -2 ; 4
2. Javelin, Bill Widnall, USA – 5 -1 ; 6
3. Tango, Ian / Rachel Morrison, USA – 1 -5 ; 6
Source: Evily Giannopoulos