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2017 Helly Hansen NOOD regatta. Sunday, the final day of racing with a great breeze and blue sky. © Paul Todd / www.outsideimages.com
2017 Helly Hansen NOOD regatta. Sunday, the final day of racing with a great breeze and blue sky. © Paul Todd / www.outsideimages.com

Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Series

The Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta Series — the largest national sailboat racing circuit in the United States — returns to Annapolis for the third stop of its 30th anniversary season May 4-6.

The event is organized by Sailing World and hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club.

The annual three-day event features one-design racing, where teams compete in races against identical boats. Points are accumulated based on finishing position in each race, and the team with the fewest total points at the conclusion of the regatta wins its class.

For competitors in the regatta’s handicap class (PHRF), time allowances are used to score a variety of boats of varying sizes and designs.

Every year, hundreds of local, regional and national sailors register to compete in the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Annapolis, vying for top marks in one of more than 10 classes and a chance at the Overall Winner title, which earns the winning team a berth at the Helly Hansen Caribbean NOOD Championship Regatta, hosted by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands Oct. 21-26.

Helly Hansen—a global leader in technical sailing apparel with more than 140 years of experience protecting professionals on the water—continues as title sponsor for the elite sailing series for the fourth consecutive year. As part of Helly Hansen’s commitment to the sport, the company will also continue to sponsor a team of local teens as the Helly Hansen Junior Crew at each stop in 2018.

Operating since 1988, Sailing World’s National Offshore One Design Regattas, known as the “NOODs,” are the longest-running and most popular sailboat racing series in North America. Every NOOD regatta attracts regional, national and international talent to compete against the local community on their home waters.

Other 2018 sponsors include North Sails, Mount Gay Rum and Sunsail.

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

by Evily Giannopoulos

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