Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in Annapolis: Friday Photos

Paul Todd captures the action at the light air racing of day one at the Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD regatta.

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The C&C 30 fleet boasts 12 boats with one additional team competing in the North Sails Rally. The fleet has grown rapidly, with new boats like Mark Bremer's City Girl hitting the water just this week.Paul Todd/Outside Images
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"The class has some growing to do, as any other young class, but we're growing fast and have an impressive number of boats already out there. This core group at the NOOD has been moving around together, and if they stick together they'll all see improvements. The qualification of the rules will help everyone improve. " – Ennio Staffini, Anema & CorePaul Todd/Outside Images
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Dan Cheresh's C&C 30 Extreme 2 comes to Annapolis after taking home the second place trophy in the one design fleet at the 2016 Key West Race Week.Paul Todd/Outside Images
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The crew of James Madden's C&C 30, Stark Raving Mad VIII prepares to douse the spinnaker during the light air racing of day one.Paul Todd/Outside Images
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"In a fleet that big it's hard to sail in clean lanes, but we managed to do that and stay out of the packs. Communication on board was great." -Ashley Love, tactician on corinthian J70 TsunamiPaul Todd/Outside Images
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Close racing in the J/70 fleet provided for tight mark roundings and lots of action on the race course.Paul Todd/Outside Images
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Light air and a large fleet made starting the J70s a challenge that required 3 attempts before the first race was sailed.Paul Todd/Outside Images
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Of the 43 boats competing in the J/70 fleet at the Annapolis NOOD, 25 are all-amateur corinthian teams with no professional sailors onboard.Paul Todd/Outside Images
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Light air meant there was little room for error when making maneuvers on the race course.Paul Todd/Outside Images
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Andrew Hiller, 14, mans the bow onboard the J/105 More Cowbell as a part of the Helly Hansen Junior Team. The team is comprised of 4 youth sailors from Annapolis Yacht Club with help of program director Jane Millman.Paul Todd/Outside Images
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19 J/105s are competing this year, coming from as far away as Bermuda to race.Paul Todd/Outside Images
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Conditions on day one were light across the four racing circles, but the J/24 fleet managed to sail several races.Paul Todd/Outside Images
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With 13 classes competing across four race courses, the Helly Hansen Annapolis NOOD Regatta is one of the largest one-design events in the area.Paul Todd/Outside Images