HELLY HANSEN Marblehead NOOD Preview
Posted on July 30, 2017
(Marblehead, MA)- A highlight of the summer sailing season in the New England sailing community has been the annual Marblehead NOOD Regatta, presented by Sailing World and HELLY HANSEN. The event is hosted by the triumvirate of Marblehead’s leading yacht clubs- Eastern, Boston, and Corinthian YC. Sailors are treated to a first-class event on the waters of the greater Boston Harbor that emanate from that historic place in American history- e.g. remember the “Tea Party” in 1776!? Yes, sailors were revolutionaries then, as they are now.
So, clearly Boston is cool. Especially, for sailing and doing it with friends. Growing rapidly in the northeast is the J/70 class! It is the largest class in the regatta and it includes several top crews that are practicing for both the Corinthian J/70 North Americans in Buzzards Bay two weekends later as well as the J/70 North Americans at American YC in October.
The thirty-boat J/70 class includes top crews like Oivind Lorentzen’s NINE, Doug Clark’s POLAR from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Tom Bowen’s REACH AROUND, John Brim’s RIMETTE, Brian Keane’s SAVASANA, Bruno Pasquinelli’s STAMPEDE, and John & Molly Baxter’s TEAM VINEYARD VINES. The top Corinthian crews include Andrew & Melissa Fisher’s BUTTON FLY, Henry Brauer’s RASCAL, Frank McNamara’s CHINOOK, Sam Altreuter’s LEADFOOT, and Ted Johnson’s VITAMIN J.
The thirteen-boat J/105 class will always enjoy incredibly close racing. No one knows which team will be the next team to beat. Nevertheless, with so many new faces in the crowd, it would be safe to say that top contenders like Fred De Napoli’s ALLEGRO SEMPLICITA (past two-times winner) and Mark Masur’s TWO FEATHERS (a perennial contender from Fort Worth Boat Club in Texas) will be amongst the favorites! For more Marblehead NOOD sailing regatta informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.