Rich Harrison, of Chester, Md., has been sailing with his son, Brett for 26 years, twenty of them on their J/30 No Respect and the time spent sailing together shone through in the results. The Harrison Syndicate, as they call themselves, won the 18-boat J/30 class with a 5,1,2,2. "A lot of credit goes to Brett," said Rich. "He kept us in the right places in all the races. The big thing was knowing where you were with the shifts. When the wind blows out of the Northwest (as it did on Friday), you've got to stay on top of the oscillations. We also have a very stable crew, we've been very lucky and haven't had a lot of turnover." One of the stalwarts sailing with the Harrison Syndicate is Cheryl Cook, of Eastport, Md., who has been sailing on No Respect for 9 years. As she says: "9 years of no respect." The windy conditions on the first day of racing didn't faze her at all. "Friday was exciting," said Cook. "But we were comfortable with it. We've all been together for a long time."
The 34-boat J/105 class victors may not be a family team, but they're almost as close. Cedric Lewis and Fredrik Salvesen have been best friends since high school twenty years ago
and have been sailing together ever since, along with bowman Patrick Donnelly. " We started out a little slow on the first day," said Salvesen. "We got an eighth in the first race, then bullets in the next two. We had good starts and just ground everybody down." Despite the very strong breezes the duo stayed calm, cool, and collected." We were in control," said Lewis. "Basically because it's a J/105 and a little easier to sail in breeze. The race we barely survived was on the second day in the light air when we got a ninth." Lewis and Salvesen share tactician duties but when there's a disagreement the driver gets the final say. "I'm driving," said Salvesen. "I get to make the call." This was the fourth Annapolis NOOD regatta they've sailed together and their first class win. "After the last race of last year's NOOD," said Lewis. "As we were sailing in, everybody was congratulating us for being first overall. We found out later that we'd been called over early by the race committee, which took us out of the running. This year's win means a lot to us."