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Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Annapolis: Visiting Competitors Excel on Opening Day

With 32 boats registered each, the J/22 and the J/70 fleets are tied for largest of the weekend

May 5, 2018
Peter Levesque Annapolis NOOD Regatta 2018
Peter Levesque, of Tiverton, Rhode Island, made a strong return to J/22 class racing in Annapolis, posting top-10 results to take the lead on the opening day. Paul Todd/Outsideimages.com

With 32 boats registered each, the J/22 and the J/70 fleets are tied for largest of the weekend. The J/22s have an especially competitive roster this year as competitors prepare for their world championship in Annapolis in September. The current J/22 class leader, Pete Levesque, of Tiverton, Rhode Island, said it’s still anyone’s game.

“The top five are all going fast and, even behind them, there are a bunch of people who are capable of winning races,” he said. “It’s a pretty deep fleet.”

Levesque and his crew on Dusty took a conservative approach to the day, establishing a one-point lead over Jeff Todd’s Hot Toddy, of Annapolis, after five races. Facing an “uphill current and an aggressive fleet,” Levesque wanted to get off the starting line cleanly and avoid taking risks.

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“It is my first time back at it in Annapolis in a while and first time sailing in a fleet this size in a while, so I just wanted to tip-toe into it,” he said. “We’ll probably have to take more risks as the weekend goes on.”

J/70 class leader John Brim, of Palm Beach, Florida, found success was on the western edge of the course, where, in one race, he and his crew aboard Rimette found tide relief and breeze in a pivotal moment, which resulted in a five-boat recovery that he said was a big factor in his team’s overall lead.

But the strategy didn’t work in their favor on the last race of the day, when team Rimette — already several places deep in the fleet — made its move to the west and watched as the boats sailing straight down the middle of the course gained speed. They held a strong lead most of the day, but that 10th-place finish left them narrowly ahead of class stronghold Brian Keane on Savasana.

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The Rimette skipper also found the variable conditions challenging, with shifty winds and a “fair amount of chop” thrown into the mix. He said his crew found it was best to keep sailing through the chop than try to sail around the unavoidable waves. He also credited a brand-new mainsail and “fantastic” trim and tactical work by his crew for team Rimette’s first-place standing at the end of day one.

The J/80 fleet’s opening day leader on Courageous, skipper Gary Panriello, of Sausalito, California, echoed Brim’s analysis of the conditions out on the racecourse.

“Every single race was different,” he said. “All the things we thought would work didn’t, so we just had to pay attention to what was going on during each race. The pressure was better on the west side of the course for most of the day, but by the end of the day, the right side worked just as well as the left. Which is really interesting in Annapolis, because it’s usually a much more one-sided [advantaged] racecourse.”

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Several local skippers made the top ranks on Friday, with Maryland-based crews leading the J/24, J/30, J/35, J/105, Farr 30 and Alberg 30 fleets. The Helly Hansen Junior Crew, a team of local high school students specially selected to compete in the regatta, are currently placed 15th of 21 in the J/80 class.

DAY ONE RESULTS (Top Three)

J 22 (One Design – 32 Boats)
1. Dusty, USA635, Pete Levesque – 3 -6 -3 -7 -7 ; 26
2. Hot Toddy, USA1464, Jeffrey Todd – 6 -14 -1 -5 -1 ; 27
3. Uncle Fluffy, USA1090, Zeke Horowitz – 9 -1 -23 -1 -3 ; 37

J 24 (One Design – 6 Boats)
1. Spaceman Spiff, USA2575, Pete Kassal – 2 -1 -3 -3 -1 ; 10
2. Rush Hour, USA3479, Pat FitzGerald – 1 -3 -4 -1 -2 ; 11
3. Buxton, USA4006, Peter Rich – 3 -2 -1 -2 -3 ; 11

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S2 7.9 (One Design – 5 Boats)
1. Rebel, USA496, John Spierling – 1 -1 -1 -1 -1 ; 5
2. Man-O-War, USA511, Craig Ekman – 6 -2 -2 -2 -2 ; 14
3. Defiant, USA83411, Fred Caison – 6 -6 -6 -6 -6 ; 30

Etchells (One Design – 7 Boats)
1. Three Amigos, 1167, Cuyler Morris – 3 -1 -4 -2 -2 ; 12
2. Caramba, USA1405, Jose Fuentes – 1 -5 -1 -1 -5 ; 13
3. Ca$h Money, USA105, Matt Lalumiere – 4 -3 -2 -3 -3 ; 15

Alberg 30 (One Design – 6 Boats)
1. Windswept, USA562, Lanny Helms – 1 -1 -2 -3 ; 7
2. Laughing Gull, USA197, Jonathan Adams – 3 -2 -1 -2 ; 8
3. Latika, USA11, William Woodford – 2 -4 -3 -1 ; 10

J 30 (One Design – 10 Boats)
1. TOTALed MAYHEM, USA526, Doug & Amy Stryker – 2 -6 -4 -1 -1 ; 14
2. Bebop, 53273, Bob Rutsch – 1 -2 -2 -2 -8 ; 15
3. Rag Doll, USA53260, Rob and Beth Lundahl – 4 -1 -5 -7 -4 ; 21

J 70 (One Design – 32 Boats)
1. Rimette, USA340, John Brim – 1 -1 -2 -1 -10 ; 15
2. Savasana, USA96, Brian Keane – 6 -3 -4 -4 -1 ; 18
3. Polar, USA695, Doug Clark – 2 -7 -1 -5 -4 ; 19

J 80 (One Design – 21 Boats)
1. Courageous, USA1313, Gary Panariello – 2 -2 -1 -6 -3 ; 14
2. FKA, 1151, Les Beckwith – 5 -1 -5 -5 -8 ; 24
3. Kopp-Out, USA590, Thomas Kopp – 1 -4 -17 -2 -1 ; 25

Viper 640 (One Design – 9 Boats)
1. Caterpillar, USA277, Peter Ill – 3 -1 -5 -1 -2 ; 12
2. Terminally Pretty, USA248, Mary Ewenson – 5 -2 -2 -2 -1 ; 12
3. Vapor Trails, USA230, Mark Wheeler – 1 -5 -1 -4 -3 ; 14

J 35 (One Design – 6 Boats)
1. Aunt Jean, USA53408, James Sagerholm / Jerry Christofel – 1 -1 -1 -3 -1 ; 7
2. Abientot, USA42979, Roger Lant – 4 -3 -2 -2 -2 ; 13
3. T-Bone, USA41870, Bruce Artman – 2 -4 -3 -1 -4 ; 14

J 105 (One Design – 18 Boats)
1. Mirage, USA328, Cedric Lewis/ Fredrik Salvesen – 9 -1 -2 -1 -1 ; 14
2. Two Feathers, USA344, Mark Masur – 3 -5 -6 -2 -2 ; 18
3. Bat IV, USA220, Andrew Kennedy – 4 -7 -1 -4 -4 ; 20

J 111 (One Design – 8 Boats)
1. Skeleton Key, USA115, Peter Wagner – 3 -1 -3 -1 -1 ; 9
2. Velocity, USA008, Martin Roesch – 2 -2 -1 -3 -3 ; 11
3. Spaceman Spiff, USA93, Rob Ruhlman – 1 -5 -2 -2 -2 ; 12

Farr 30 (One Design – 6 Boats)
1. Ramrod, usa683, Rodrick Jabin – 1 -2 -1 -7 -1 ; 12
2. Seabiscuit, USA40, Kevin McNeil – 2 -1 -2 -7 -2 ; 14
3. Blofish, USA41, Dailey Tipton – 5 -4 -4 -2 -3 ; 18

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