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J/120 boats at the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego - photo © Paul Todd / www.outsideimages.com
J/120 boats at the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego - photo © Paul Todd / www.outsideimages.com

Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego

Saturday was a challenging day on the water for the hundreds of sailors competing in the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta in San Diego. Sailors faced shifty winds and rough seas on two racecourses set on the ocean off Coronado Island.

San Diego-native John Laun, the 2015 Helly Hansen NOOD San Diego Overall Winner, found the conditions demanding, but he and his crew aboard Caper established a comfortable lead in the J/120 class, which saw four different boats win each of four races.

“It was a great day,” Laun said. “The sea state was very confused for the first couple of races in particular. There were big wind shifts and big changes in wind direction, so it was very challenging.”

Those big shifts resulted in an abandoned race at the beginning of the day for the Etchells fleet. But the wind eventually shifted westerly and held steady with more reasonable oscillations, according to Lifted skipper Jim Cunningham. His crew heads into Sunday in the top spot in its class.

Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego 2018 - photo © Paul Todd / www.outsideimages.com

Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego 2018 – photo © Paul Todd / www.outsideimages.com

“The combination of the chop and the swell made the sea conditions particularly challenging,” Cunningham said. “We set our boat up pretty loose, because we needed a lot of power, and just made an effort to get off the starting line cleanly. We had three good starts, focused on keeping the bow down and going straight. We didn’t want to let conditions dictate the course of the boat.”

The crew generally sails out of San Francisco, but Cunningham looks forward to the NOOD Regatta because the fleet is “always competitive” and has “good depth” no matter how many boats come out.

“You can’t let your guard down,” he said. “People are always coming at you. So if you have a bad leg, or a portion of a leg, you’re right back at it.”

In the Beneteau First 36.7 class, team Kraken leads by one point after three races. Skipper Thomas Shepherd of Oceanside, Calif., chose to race conservatively due to the “random” wind shifts, but found that favoring the right side of the course paid off for his crew, who placed in the top three in each race.

“In the end, it came down to our crew, who were exemplary today,” Shepherd said. “I put them in some fairly sticky situations calling some last-minute changes, and they just kept making it work.”

Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego 2018 - photo © Paul Todd / www.outsideimages.com

Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego 2018 – photo © Paul Todd / www.outsideimages.com

This was Shepherd’s “best first day” at the Helly Hansen NOOD since first participating more than five years ago. Heading into the final day of the regatta, Shepherd plans to focus his energy on the top two or three boats.

“Now that we’ve established a points hierarchy, we’re going to concentrate on the boats that are our biggest opposition, covering them and making sure they can’t get away,” he said. “They’re going to give us the most trouble — so we’ll have a lot of fun with that.”

The Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design Regatta in San Diego continues through March 18.

For more information, visit sailingworld.com/nood-regattas.

Results after Day 2:

Pos Sail No Yacht Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Pts
Etchells
1   USA 1404 Lifted 2 1 1 4
2   USA 1411 Elizabeth 4 2 2 8
3   USA 986 Rhino 1 3 5 9
4   USA 1375 1375 3 4 7 14
5   USA 1177 USA 1177 6 5 3 14
6   USA 1138 Jack 5 7 4 16
7   USA 1313 Triskaidekaphobia 10 6 6 22
8   USA 1234 Pelikaan 8 8 8 24
9   USA 981 981 7 9 10 26
10   USA 1073 Four Winds 9 10 9 28
11   USA 494 Vision DNS DNS DNS 39
12   USA 294 Wambat DNS DNS DNS 39
Beneteau First 36.7
1   USA 7367 Kraken 1 2 3 6
2   USA 7031 Kea 5 1 1 7
3   USA 56360 Melokia 2 5 4 11
4   USA 7223 Adventure 3 3 6 12
5   USA 36764 Adeline 4 4 5 13
6   USA 7020 Sorcerer 6 6 2 14
7   USA 38747 Kodachrome 7 8 7 22
8   USA 56268 Carole’s Fandango 8 7 8 23
J 105
1   USA 45 J-OK 1 5 2 8
2   USA 284 Zuni Bear 4 3 4 11
3   USA 9 Juiced 10 2 1 13
4   USA 435 Blink! 2 8 3 13
5   USA 51911 Creative 3 6 5 14
6   USA 514 Sun Puffin 5 1 9 15
7   USA 561 Sweet Karen 7 4 7 18
8   USA 395 Off The Porch 6 9 6 21
9   USA 401 Air Boss 8 7 8 23
10   USA 218 J-Rabbit Slim 9 10 10 29
Beneteau First 40.7
1   USA 51504 Silhouette 1 2 2 1 6
2   USA 56456 Lugano 2 3 1 3 9
3   USA 56408 Wiki Wiki 4 1 3 2 10
4   USA 51392 Excalibur 3 4 4 4 15
J 120
1   USA 46996 caper 2 1 2 2 7
2   USA 28596 CC Rider 5 2 1 4 12
3   USA 46217 Hasl Free 3 3 4 5 15
4   USA 52511 Shamrock 6 6 3 1 16
5   USA 46604 Mad Men 4 5 5 3 17
6   USA 46714 Pole Dancer 1 4 6 DNS 18
Flying Tiger 10
1   USA 8 Abacus 1 1 4 3 9
2   USA 9 Justice 5 3 1 1 10
3   USA 83 Arsenal 2 4 2 2 10
4   USA 118 Relapse 3 2 5 4 14
5   USA 49 Ruckus 4 5 3 5 17
6   USA 18 Jelani 6 7 6 7 26
7   USA 72 Tigris 7 6 DNF 6 27
TP 52/Pac 52
1   USA 3545 Rio 1 1 3 5
2   GBR 11152X Gladiator 2 2 1 5
3   MEX 52221 Nimbus 3 3 2 8
J 70
1   USA 34 Perseverance 9 2 1 1 8 3 2 26
2   USA 369 Cool Story Bro 1 7 3 4 5 12 1 33
3   MEX 755 Rosebud 3 10 2 5 4 8 3 35
4   USA 3 Huckleberry 10 4 7 2 7 4 5 39
5   MEX 383 Vagazo 5 6 8 11 6 1 6 43
6   USA 490 Minor Threat 13 3 10 6 1 6 9 48
7   CAY 580 Sugoi 6 1 5 3 13 13 13 54
8   USA 32 USA 32 4 5 16 7 18 2 10 62
9   MEX 540 540 (Corinthian) 7 11 14 12 2 7 14 67
10   USA 58 OGS 12 9 11 8 11 9 8 68
11   USA 250 nunuhunu 8 17 4 14 10 5 12 70
12   USA 351 Cake 16 13 18 9 3 18 7 84
13   USA 1156 SBYC Youth Team (Corinthian) 2 19 6 16 15 19 19 96
14   18 Helly Hansen Jr. Crew (Corinthian) 14 8 19 15 19 10 11 96
15   USA 59 Jaya (Corinthian) 17 15 UFD 10 17 11 4 99
16   USA 201 Avet 21 (Corinthian) 15 18 9 17 9 17 15 100
17   USA 699 Fly (Corinthian) 18 14 12 18 12 16 17 107
18   USA 70 Newport Youth Team (Corinthian) 11 16 17 13 21 15 20 113
19   USA 328 Namaste 20 12 15 20 16 14 16 113
20   USA 821 Kawau Bay 19 20 13 19 14 20 18 123
21   USA 391 Cachondo (Corinthian) 21 22 20 21 22 21 21 148
22   USA 158 Pegasus (Corinthian) 22 21 21 23 20 23 UFD 155
23   USA 177 El Cucuy (Corinthian) 23 23 22 22 23 22 22 157
24   USA 81 Monkey House DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 175
I 14
1   USA 1200 Astragulu 1 1 3 1 2 3 11
2   USA 1162 Eris 2 2 1 2 3 DNS 19
3   USA 1195 Forty Too 5 4 4 3 1 2 19
4   USA 1203 Crumpedero 3 3 2 DNS 4 1 22
5   USA 1177 Lucky Dog DNS DNS DNS 4 5 4 40
6   USA 1193 USA 1193 4 DNS DNS DNS 7 DNS 47
7   USA 117 Woody DNS DNS DNS 5 6 DNS 47
8   USA 1176 James Clarkson RET DNS DNS 6 8 DNS 50
Viper 640
1   USA 223 Nice ASP 3 3 1 4 1 1 2 15
2   usa 204 It’s All Good 1 4 2 1 4 6 4 22
3   USA 149 Venom 2 1 3 DNS 2 2 1 28
4   USA 130 Amateurs 5 8 5 6 3 4 3 34
5   USA 267 Serpentine 8 2 6 3 7 3 7 36
6   USA 192 Breakaway 4 9 4 5 12 5 5 44
7   USA 64 Clown School 6 7 8 2 11 7 6 47
8   USA 221 F.N.G. 9 6 7 8 5 14 10 59
9   USA 247 Boomslang 7 5 9 7 8 11 13 60
10   129 PNW Dudes 14 11 11 11 10 10 11 78
11   CAN 191 Moistened Bint 10 15 15 12 6 8 15 81
12   USA 187 Covfefe SOG 11 10 12 13 14 13 8 81
13   USA 38 Loco 7 12 12 14 9 13 12 9 81
14   USA 26 USA 26 13 13 10 10 15 9 12 82
15   USA 212 Boiling Point 15 14 13 15 9 16 14 96
16   USA 243 Donkey Punch 16 DNF 16 14 DNF 15 DNS 112
F 18
1   1495 The Beast 1 2 5 1 9
2   USA 1543 Teratornis Vetterae 4 1 4 3 12
3   USA 1958 Casi Listo 5 3 2 6 16
4   1966 Infusion 6 6 1 4 17
5   USA 1959 Wet Rodeo 2 8 3 5 18
6   FRA 115 Zonkey 3 9 6 2 20
7   USA 1663 Double Trouble 7 5 7 8 27
8   USA 858 Bribon DNS 4 9 7 33
9   USA 007 Flight Risk 8 7 10 9 34
10   USA 1883 Diamond Girl DNS DNS 8 10 44
11   1608 Spirit DNS DNS DNS DNS 52
12   1977 Hiawatha DNS DNS DNS DNS 52
North Sails Rally A
1   USA 28770 Troublespot 1 1
2   USA 52447 Athena 2 2
3   USA 56440 Aeolos 3 3
4   ITA 065 M2 DNF 5
North Sails Rally B
1   USA 26 Junta 1 1
2   60 American Girl 2 2
3   USA 43 Sprig 3 3
4   USA 97 Rosie 4 4
5   32636 Fiasco III DNF 6
North Sails Rally M
1   USA 23 UnEven Keel 1 1
2   USA 7970 Merlot 2 2
3   USA 27065 Flexible Flyer DNF 5
4   USA 034 Rush Hour DNF 5

by Evily Giannopoulos

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