3/18/2014

NORTH SAILS RALLY RACE DEBUTS IN SAN DIEGO, CA

Bridgid Murphy

A debrief from the Sperry Top-Sider San Diego NOOD Regatta

North U Regatta Services Debrief at San Diego NOOD
North U Regatta Services continued their 2014 regatta tour, hitting the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta in San Diego from March 13-16. Sail performance analysts Chuck Allen and Andreas (AJ) Josenhans were on the water shooting video and photos daily, followed by post-race debriefs each evening during the NOOD parties. North U’s Regatta Services set-up is quickly becoming a requested service at many regattas in North America, with crowds gathering around the TV to collect a few performance enhancing tips for the next day.

A ‘local knowledge’ panel discussion was hosted by North Sails early Friday morning at Coronado Yacht Club. North Sails’ Chris Snow, Scuttlebutt’s Craig Leweck and local J/70 sailor Willem Van Waay served as panelists. Immediately after sailing, Viper SCYA Midwinters Champ Jay Golison and Chris Snow hosted a fleet dock talk followed by a J/70 dock talk featuring Vince Brun, Steve Pickel and Snow, all North One Design experts.

“It was awesome to see all the support each fleet received from North Sails during the San Diego NOOD,” said North Sails One Design President Vince Brun. “Many of our west coast clients commented on North’s renewed commitment to the NOOD Regattas. We’re looking forward to an even bigger and better event in 2015.”

NOOD organizers have named the Saturday at each 2014 NOOD regatta ‘North Sails Saturday.’ In San Diego, this day was highlighted by the inaugural North Sail Rally Race based at the San Diego Yacht Club. The Rally Race is a PHRF-scored distance race designed to include sailors who shy away from racing but still want to participate in a weekend regatta and have fun. The North Sails Rally Race is incorporated into three 2014 NOOD events: San Diego, CA; Seattle, WA; and Chicago, IL. “The Rally Race is a great opportunity for new-to-racing sailors, families, and experienced racers who may only have one day available in their schedule to still participate and have fun,” said North Sails president Ken Read. “The more sailors we can get on the water having fun, the better.”

North Sails Rally Race at San Diego NOOD
Sailing World editor Meredith Powlison joined the Rally Race onboard the Kiwi-Peterson 37, Accord. “We squeezed out a second-place finish two hours after our start time,” said Powlison. “As we headed back to the dock, we were all beaming and owner Mike Smith and his crew started talking about their next race while I just soaked in the mellow-ness of it all: the perfect balance of fun and competition on a picture perfect day in San Diego.”

All ten crews sailing in the first-ever North Sails Rally Race returned to the dock with smiles on their faces and the feeling of success under their belts. Tom Taylor and his crew onboard Beneteau 47.7 Garbo won the ‘most spirited’ award for their St. Patrick’s Day attire. During the post-race party, one of Garbo’s crew was overheard saying: “We got to finish all of our drinks onboard, so the 11nm course was the perfect length!”

Also new this year, North Sails will present a local “Boat of the Day” award at all six NOOD events to the skipper who demonstrates exceptional local knowledge of the race course. Local sailor Rick Goebel, sailing his J/105 Sanity, took home the award in San Diego for his 6, 1, 1, 1 performance during the first two days of racing. Goebel and team Sanity finished the regatta second overall in the 14-boat class.

Congratulations to the North Sails-powered teams who won their respective classes at Sperry Top-Sider San Diego NOOD: Bob Lang (Corsair F-28R, Rush Hour); Victor Wild (TP52, Bud); David Spira (Buccaneer 18, Euphoria) and Terence Gleeson (I-14, Morningstar). A special congratulations to the inaugural North Sails Rally Race winners John Dagostino and Tom Fisher and crew on their J/105 Viggen. Team Viggen had the best PHRF-rated time among the ten boats who participated in this distance race. The North Sails Rally Race will be held next at the Seattle NOOD on Saturday, May 17. Registration is now open.