The Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta in Chicago came to a close Sunday after three days of stellar sailing weather on Lake Michigan. The conditions varied over the weekend, allowing sailors to showcase multiple facets of their abilities. Friday afternoon brought light breezes, while the North Sails Rally participants battled wind up to 35 knots.
From more than 145 teams competing in the annual three-day event, Chicago Yacht Club member John Schellenbach’s crew aboard the Tartan Ten Mutiny was crowned the Overall Winner on Sunday evening, selected by regatta organizers for the strongest finish in the most competitive class.
The Tartan Ten fleet—a mostly local, tight-knit group of teams—have been longtime supporters of the NOOD Regattas, which are organized by Sailing World and have included Chicago on the schedule for all 29 seasons.
The weekend’s windy weather “made things exciting” for Schellenbach, who said his team sailed conservatively Saturday because of the intense conditions.
“I thought we had taken ourselves out of the running, and then today [Sunday] we had a good performance using a somewhat old main,” said Schellenbach, who flew a nine-year-old mainsail to avoid damage to his newer sails by the heavy wind. “It did the trick, and we managed to make things work out.”
Schellenbach said the win—his first in 10 years competing in his own boat at this event—was “still sinking in.” His team received an invitation to represent Chicago in the Helly Hansen NOOD Caribbean Championship Regatta, hosted by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands Oct. 22-29.
Team Mutiny weren’t the only Chicago locals to score fleet wins in the Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD. Father-son duo Helmut and Evan Jahn led their crew aboard Flash Gordon 6 to the top of the Farr 40 class, and Clark Pellett’s Sealark won in the J/105 division. Four local teens specially selected for the Helly Hansen Junior Crew completed the regatta with a respectable twelfth-place finish out of 20 boats.