Action Remains Tight at Marblehead NOOD Regatta

An incoming cell of thunderstorms stole the wind, and, well, the thunder, from Day 3 of the 2007 Sperry Top-Sider Marblehead NOOD Regatta. However first place is very much for grabs in most of the 12 classes.

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Stuart Streuli

MARBLEHEAD, Mass.-After today's races, 11 of the 12 fleets at the Marblehead NOOD regatta have no clear-cut winners. The Skud-18, Corinthian, Rhodes 19, Town Class, J/105, J/24, Colgate 26, Etchells, J/30, Sonar, and IOD fleets all have boats within five points or less of the top spot. With points so close between boats, series winners will be decided by tomorrow's outcomes. The Viper 640 class, led by 2006 Marblehead NOOD regatta overall winner, Rob Gorman (Marblehead, MA) is the only fleet that appears to have a definitive winner at this point, with Gorman's 14 point advantage over the next closest competitor, Justin Scott (Marblehead, MA). Should Gorman win tomorrow, the Marblehead sailor will have earned his fourth consecutive victory on hometown waters. The largest fleet competing in Marblehead, the Sonar class, was again led today by Bill Lynn & Ed Keller (Marblehead, MA). Lynn & Keller have a solid five point lead over the next closest competitor, Robert Wilber (Stony Creek, CT). Mark Luckes (Marblehead, MA) is now positioned at the top spot in the Etchells class. However, Gregory Hefler (Milton, MA) and Patricia Stadel San Diego, CA) both sit behind Luckes by only one point. David Bows (Marblehead, MA) remains the leader of the J/30 class after today's race and could capture the series win tomorrow. However, Bows cannot afford any mistakes as Robert Cunningham (Cohasset, MA) trails behind the Marblehead sailor by only one point. The J/105 fleet also retained a Marblehead boat as the series leader with Peter & Doug Morgan pacing the class by two points. David Carlson (Boston, MA) continues to lead the J-24 class by three points, while Charlie VanVoorhis (Mattapoisett, MA) retains his lead in the IOD class by two points. Doug Trees & Chris Small (Hamilton, MA) now lead the Rhodes 19 fleet after today's race. However, the Hamilton sailors are vying for the series win tomorrow against Jonathan Cressy (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA), who trails by one point, and Kim & Christina Pandapas (Marblehead, MA), who are only five points behind and are seeking their sixth straight victory in Marblehead. 2005 Town Class fleet winner Arthur O'Neill (Swampscott, MA) retained the lead in the series after today's race, but Dave Anderson (Marblehead, MA) could capture his first win on hometown waters, as the local sailor is only three points behind O'Neill. The Corinthian fleet was again led by Marblehead sailor Ron Vener, who leads the series now by three points. John A. Devine (Lynn, MA) remains the series leader for the Colgate 26 class after today's race, but needs to continue sailing well to win, as Jack Cochrane (Boston, MA) only trails behind by three points. The closest series is the Skud-18 class, with Nick Scandone (Mountain Valley, CA) and Scott Whitman (Brick, NJ) tying as the leaders of the fleet after today's race, each with a score of seven points. Racing concludes tomorrow Sunday, July 29 where the overall winner will be named. That boat will receive a Sunsail charter during the 2007 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta Championship, in the British Virgin Islands, where they will compete against the overall winners from each stop on the nine-regatta Sperry Top-Sider NOOD circuit. For more information on the 2007 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta in Marblehead, including daily reports, results and exclusive Web reports by Sailing World editors, go to www.sailingworld.com. Sperry Top-Sider is the national title sponsor of the Marblehead, Mass., NOOD, which is presented by Sailing World. Support sponsors joining the event include Gill, Sunsail, North Sails, Mount Gay Rum, Active Network, Ocean Equipment and Budweiser Select. The 2007 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta Series will sail next into Larchmont, New York, on Sept. 8-9. Additional venues for 2007 include Annapolis, Md., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Detroit, Mich., Houston, Texas, Chicago, Ill., San Diego, Calif., and St. Petersburg, Fla. Created by Sailing World in 1988, the NOODs attract close to 2,000 boats and more than 30,000 competitors and spectators annually. Each event in the series features three days of sailboat racing for one-design models from 20 to 70 feet in length. In addition to local sailors, sailing's top stars - including America's Cup and Olympic champions - are well-represented at the NOODs. Competitive sailors rate the NOODs as the top national event in each region of the country. Day Two Results: (low score winning)Class Boat Race Total Points City/StateViper 6401. Rob Gorman Tijuca 1,3,1,1,3,1,1 8 Marblehead, MA2. Justin Scott Tusker 6,2,7,9,1,3,3 22 Marblehead, MA3. Daniel Gilden Quetzal Coatl 2,4,3,4,9,2,8 23 Cambridge, MAIOD1. Charlie VanVoorhis Jester 5,1,1,1,1,1 10 Mattapoisett, MA2. Bill Widnall Javelin 1,2,2,2,3,2 12 Lexington, MA3. Bruce Dyson Gypsy 4,4,4,3,2,4 21 Marblehead, MARhodes 191. Doug Tree & Chris Small SwingRoom 4,3,4,1,3,10,5 20 Hamilton, MA2. Jonathan Cressy The Opera Ain't Over Till The 1,6,3,2,1,8,24 21 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA3. Kim & Christina Pandapas MoHotta MoBetta 6,2,2,3,7,6,6 25 Marblehead, MATown Class 1. Arthur O'Neill Frolic 3,1,3,3,1,1,2 11 Swampscott, MA2. Dave Anderson Wabi Sabi 4,2,1,2,2,3,5 14 Marblehead, MA3. Ron Geddes & Lew Livermoore Rosy II 2,3,2,4,4,(7/DNS),1 16 Boston, MAEtchells1. Mark Luckes Perezoso 6,2,3,2,7,1 14 Marblehead, MA2. Gregory Helfer Chemical Imbalance 1,1,2,3,20/OCS,8 15 Milton, MA3. Patricia Stadel Crapshoot 2,4,1,5,3,5 15 San Diego, CAColgate 261. John A. Devine Ananda 1,2,2,1 6 Lynn, MA2. Jack Cochrane Fall Line 2,3,1,3 9 Boston, MA3. Shawna Gauthier Alannah 4,1,3,2 10 Marblehead, MASkud-181. Nick Scandone Aloveforsailing.com 2,1,3,1 7 Tiverton, RI2. Scott Whitman 1,3,1,2 7 Brick, NJ3. Sarah Everhart Skeels United Shores 3,2,2,3 10 Mountain Valley, CA Corinthian1. Ron Vener Cerulean 1,1,1 3 Marblehead, MA2. Janet Maher Windsong 2,2,2 6 Marblehead, MA3. Bill McGrail Stardust 3,5/DNF,5DNC 13 Marblehead, MAJ-24 1. David Carlson Mojo 1,3,2,3 9 Boston, MA 2. Jeff Earl Usual Suspect 3,4,3,2 12 Beverley, MA3. David Smith & John Denman Airodoodle 8,1,4,1 14 Salem, MAJ-301. David Bows Mallorca 2,1,1,1 5 Marblehead, MA2. Robert Cunningham Ruffian 1,2,2,2 7 Cohasset, MA3. Bill Kneller Rhapsody 3,3,3,3 12 Portsmouth, RIJ-1051. Peter & Doug Morgan Steelaway 3 7,1,2,1 11 Marblehead, MA2. Kenneth Colburn Ghost 4,3,4,2 13 Dover, MA3. Kevin Colcord Circe's Cup 1,8,1,10 20 Marblehead, MASonar1. Bill Lynn & Ed Keller 1,4,3,1 8 Marblehead, MA2. Robert Wilber Cinghiale 3,2,5,17 10 Stony Creek, CT3. Dave Curtis Jumbo 2,1,8,23 11 Marblehead, MA