This weekend provided perfect sailing conditions for the 2010 Sperry Top-Sider Nood Regatta. Good wind pressure was in attendance all weekend. The mostly warm southerly winds worked against the 50 degree water temperature, making spray tops handy for the early morning hike.
There was an excellent turn-out of boats for the Nood. Sixteen fleets competed in 8 races over the 3-day event.
The J/80's had quite the competition with 36 boats total in the fleet. I sailed on Saturday and Sunday with Bill and Shannon Lockwood from New Jersey on their J/80, Shenanigans, originally called Shenanigan until they realized you can never have just one. We had some good races for the most part. Being my first time on a J/80, I learned how manage the bow and jibe an asymmetrical-which was exciting until I dropped the tack. It was also wonderful having a 14 year old aboard- Bill Lockwood Jr. who had never raced in a regatta prior. He was a fast learner and did a great job helping out with the spinnaker pole and keeping the boat flat.
Most of the J/80 fleet had completed the Nood for their 4th event in the USA Tour and will be heading North to wrap it up. Congratulations to the local J/80 sailors Chris Johnson, John White and Brian Robinson for finishing top 10 in the fleet. We look forward to seeing more J-80 sailors out on the water this season.
Another congratulations goes out to Warren Richter in Customer Service, who wins the consistency award for finishing in the same position for the Nood Regatta as last year. Way to go Warren!