Sunday, June 13, 2010

Chicago NOOD Regatta Winners Awarded

June 13, 2010

The 2010 SAILING WORLD Chicag NOOD  Regatta came to a close today under a last minute rainstorm from mother nature.  Sailors, weary from a weekend of rain delays and light breeze saw mother nature punctuate the weekend as the skies opened up for one last shower almost as if to say- "Ha!". 

Beneteau had a very solid showing at the regatta.   "First Series" boats had some of the largest one-design fleets in the regatta.  We'll summarize them in order of size for our recap.

First 36.7 Class:

The First 36.7 Lake Michigan Fleet had the second largest showing of boats in the regatta.  The sixteen boat section has grown into one of the most competitive One-Design classes on Lake Michigan.  The Lake Michigan Championship Series is comprised of the COLORS, NOOD regatta, Chicago Race to Mackinac and Verve Cup.  A series champion is crowned based on point totals for competitors in the series. 

This weekend saw a variety of weather ranging from light intermittent breeze to 22 knots of wind and rainstorms that peppered the fleet throughout the three day regatta.  On Circle B- Dan and Peter Wright's 'MAGGIE MAE' put on a clinic for the fleet running an almost perfect 1-1-1-1-1-2 for the series.  The 2010 season marks "MAGGIE MAE's" second season in the competitive fleet.   The competition was much tighter than the 'picket fence' finish might indicate as the lead boats changed hands on varied windward /leeward mark roundings.  The Wright's nearest competition was Bob Foley's "Tried and True" (last year's NOOD champion) with 21 points and Steve Pelke's 'Stingray' just a mere 7 points behind. 

Collaboration 2 and Team during races (photo credit: Stuart Streuli)

First 40.7 Class:

In one-design action for the sister fleet of 40.7's, it was Robert Vickery and Chris Jungmann's 'Collaboration 2' that had the top showing winning by a mere 1 point advantage (21) over Fleet Captain Ron Buzi'ls 'Vayu'.   Tied for third place were Team MOJO and Tom Weber's 'La Tempete'.

Vickery and Jungmann's 'Collaboration 2' went on to win the 'OVERALL' spot for the Chicago NOOD regatta.  A great honor for the veteran racer Vickery who is no stranger to the winner's podium in many of the key local regattas such as the Race to Mackinac.

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