Brown Takes Overall at St. Pete NOOD

His boat's age—35 years—was nothing but a number as Robby Brown dominated the J/24 class at the 2013 Sperry Top-Sider St. Petersburg NOOD Regatta and earned overall honors for the first event of the 2013 NOOD Regatta Series

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Robby Brown (second from the left) and the crew of the J/24 USA 799 celebrate their overall win in the 2013 Sperry Top-Sider St. Petersburg NOOD Regatta. This is Brown's second time winning the overall honors, but after being unable to go to the Caribbean the first time he is determined to make it to the BVI in November for the NOOD Championships aboard Sunsail 44is. For more photos from the regatta, visit http://www.photo-boat.com/st-pete-nood.html.Allen Clark/photoboat.com

One of the oldest boats, in one of the most storied classes, took home overall winner honors at the 2013 Sperry Top-Sider St. Petersburg NOOD Regatta.

St. Petersburg, Fla., local Robby Brown dominated the 15-boat J/24 class winning seven of 11 races. By virtue of the impressive win over some top competition, Brown, whose boat USA 799 first touched water 35 years ago, was selected as the overall winner for the regatta. That honor includes a trip to the British Virgin Islands in November, where Brown and his crew will get a chance to battle for national bragging rights in identical Sunsail 44i's against the overall winners from the other five Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regattas.

Robby grew up racing junior boats on Biscayne Bay in Miami. FL, including Opti's and International 420's. He attended the Naval Academy and was an All American on the Dinghy Team sailing singlehanded, double handed and sloop events.

Robby has been involved with the marine industry since about 1990. Having spent a great deal of his marine career with working with medium sized keel boats, now semi-retired he is solely focused on One Design boats in everything from Flying Scots to J24s to (more recently) J70s.

Unseasonably cool conditions dominated the 16th edition of the Sperry Top-Sider St. Pete NOOD. But with the cool weather came breeze, and sailors generally prefer wind and cool weather to balmy temps and glassy seas. Those who braved the wind chill on Tampa Bay Friday through Sunday were rewarded with near perfect racing conditions, which enabled the race officials to run up to 11 races for each of the nine classes.

The biggest class at the St. Petersburg NOOD Regatta was the fledgling J/70 class, with 20 entries. As the J/24 did when it debuted the late 1970s, the J/70 is attracting a lot of interest in its first full year of one-design racing. Joel Ronning, of Minneapolis, Minn., won that competition by 20 points.

Other winners included: Tom Vigrass, of Port Huron, Mich., in the S2 7.9; Andrew Fisher, Greenwich, Conn, in the Sonar; Taylor Reiss, Panama City, Fla., in the F18 catamaran; Martin Kullman, St. Petersburg, Fla, in the Melges 24; Richard Karran, Apollo Beach, Fla., in the Wavelength 24; Grant Dumas, St. Petersburg, Fla., in PHRF 1; and Raymond Mannix, Largo, Fla., in PHRF 2.

The overall winner from each of the six Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regattas in 2013 (St. Petersburg, Fla., San Diego, Annapolis, Md., Seattle, Chicago, and Marblehead, Mass.) is invited to participate in the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Championship Regatta in the British Virgin Islands at the end of the season, aboard Sunsail 44i’s.

For more information on the 2013 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta series visit: http://www.sailingworld.com/nood-regattas.

Created by Sailing World in 1988, the NOOD series attracts over 1,000 boats and more than 20,000 competitors and spectators annually. Each event in the series features multiple 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.

Final Results from the 2013 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta St. Petersburg (top five in each class): Place, Yacht Name, Yacht Type, Owner/Skipper, City, State, Country, Individual Race Results, Total Points

Full results here.

Division A Circle

Place, Yacht Name, Type, Owner/Skipper, Hometown, Results, Total Points

J/24 (One Design - 15 Boats)

1. USA 799, J/24, Robby Brown, St Petersburg, FL, USA - 1, 5, 1, 3, 1, 1, 1, 3, 2, 1, 1, ; 20

2. Clear Air, J/24, David Ogden, Toronto, Ont, CAN - 3, 2, 4, 1, 2, 4, 6, 6, 1, 3, 4, ; 36

3. Honey Badger, J/24, Travis Odenbach, Webster, NY, USA - 6, 3, 5, 2, 4, 5, 2, 2, 3, 4, 2, ; 38

4. USA 3223, J/24, Darby Smith, Marblehead, MA, USA - 4, 7, 3, 5, 7, 2, 4, 1, 5, 8, 3, ; 49

5. Spoony Tactics, J/24, Todd/Genoa Fedyszyn, St. Petersburg, FL, USA - 2, 10, 7, 8, 3, 3, 3, 4, 6, 2, 9, ; 57

S2 7.9 (One Design - 7 Boats)

1. Radio Flyer, S2 7.9, Tom Vigrass, Port Huron, MI, USA - 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 3, 1, 3, ; 19

2. Matros, S2 7.9, Tom Bryant & Roger Gamache, Holland, MI, USA - 5, 7, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 8/DNC, 8/OCS, 1, ; 37

3. Indigo, S2 7.9, Travis Yates, Sarasota, FL, USA - 2, 2, 3, 4, 3, 3, 3, 3, 1, 8/OCS, 6, ; 38

4. Bamma Slammer, S2 7.9, Al Wolczyk, Louisville, KY, USA - 3, 3, 6, 6, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 2, 2, ; 46

5. Straight-Up, S2 7.9, Jeffrey Danhauer, Owensboro, KY, USA - 4, 5, 4, 3, 6, 4, 6, 4, 4, 3, 5, ; 48

Sonar (One Design - 12 Boats)

1. Bandit, Sonar, Andrew Fisher, Greenwich, CT, USA - 4, 1, 6, 3, 1, 3, 3, 1, 1, ; 23

2. CAN 829, Sonar, Paul Tingley, Saskatoon, SK, CAN - 1, 5, 2, 4, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, ; 24

3. Valiant, Sonar, Rick Doerr, Clifton, NJ, USA - 3, 6, 1, 7, 6, 1, 1, 4, 2, ; 31

4. Sonar, Sonar, Brian Linde, St Petersburg, FL, USA - 2, 2, 5, 1, 8, 4, 4, 2, 6, ; 34

5. Jennifer French, Sonar, Jennifer French, St. Petersburg, FL, USA - 5, 8, 4, 5, 3, 6, 5, 6, 4, ; 46

**Division B Circle **

F18 (One Design - 12 Boats)

1. C2, F18, Taylor Reiss, Panama City, FL, USA - 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, ; 6

2. Nacra MKII, F18, Sandra Tartaglino, Tiverton, RI, USA - 1, 9, 2, 3, 2, ; 17

3. None, F18, Woody Cope / Laura Muma, Flowery Branch, GA, USA - 8, 2, 5, 2, 3, ; 20

4. Unclean, F18, David Ingram, Clermont, FL, USA - 7, 5, 4, 4, 4, ; 24

5. Dynamic Sailing, F18, Todd Riccardi, Quincy, MA, USA - 3, 4, 6, 5, 13/DNS, ; 31

J/70 (One Design - 20 Boats)

1. Catapult, J/70, Joel Ronning, Minneapolis, MN, USA - 1, 4, 4, 1, 1, 2, 1, 6, 2, 2, ; 24

2. Rascal, J/70, Will Welles, Portsmouth, RI, USA - 3, 6, 3, 5, 3, 1, 8, 10, 4, 1, ; 44

3. Menace, J/70, Kerry Klingler, Larchmont, NY, USA - 6, 19, 2, 7, 4, 8, 3, 4, 1, 4, ; 58

4. Surge, J/70, Jeff Perrini, USA - 2, 16, 5, 3, 2, 5, 4, 1, 3, 21/DNS, ; 62

5. Lifted, J/70, Jim Cunningham, Tiburon, CA, USA - 9, 1, 13, 4, 21/OCS, 7, 5, 5, 6, 3, ; 74

Melges 24 (One Design - 8 Boats)

1. New Wave, Melges 24, Martin Kullman, St. Petersburg, FL, USA - 1, 1, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 9/DNS, ; 21

2. Straight Up, Melges 24, David King, Bradenton, FL, USA - 5, 3, 2, 3, 2, 4, 4, 3, 1, 1, ; 28

3. Hot Mess, Melges 24, Rob Britts, St. Petersburg, FL, USA - 3, 4, 5, 2, 3, 2, 2, 4, 4, 3, ; 32

4. Firewater, Melges 24, George Haynie, Tampa, FL, USA - 4, 5, 1, 4, 4, 6, 3, 2, 3, 2, ; 34

5. Mojito, Melges 24, Catharine Evans, Annapolis, MD, USA - 6, 7, 6, 5, 5, 3, 5, 5, 5, 9/DNS, ; 56

**Division C Circle **

Wavelength 24 (One Design - 6 Boats)

1. Mal de Mer, Wavelength 24, Richard Karran, Apollo Beach, FL, USA - 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, ; 8

2. Whattaride, Wavelength 24, Chris Cyrul, Hixson, TN, USA - 2, 5, 2, 2, 3, 1, ; 15

3. Schock Therapy, Wavelength 24, Christopher Woodle, St Petersburg, FL, USA - 3, 1, 5, 4, 4, 4, ; 21

4. Speed Racer, Wavelength 24, Matt Dubois, Grosse Ile, MI, USA - 5, 3, 6, 3, 2, 3, ; 22

5. Whatta Schock, Wavelength 24, Bob Sheppard, London, OH, USA - 6, 4, 4, 5, 6, 5, ; 30

PHRF 1 (PHRF - 8 Boats)

1. Warrior, Tripp 38, Grant Dumas, St. Petersburg, FL, USA - 2, 2, 2, 3, 2, 2, 2, 1, 3.5, ; 19.5

2. Panic Button, Farrier 26, Todd/Ryan Howe, Rochester, NY, USA - 6, 4, 6, 1, 1, 1, 1, 5, 3.5, ; 28.5

3. Madcow2, B Boats 32, Dave German / Ed Ruark, Tampa, FL, USA - 5, 5, 5, 2, 3, 3, 3, 2, 2, ; 30

4. No Limit, Farr 395, Neal Burns & Robert Hobbs, Tampa, FL, USA - 3, 3, 4, 4, 6, 5, 4, 3, 1, ; 33

5. Wired, Farr 395, Allen Thomas, Tampa, FL, USA - 4, 1, 3, 6, 4, 9/DNF, 5, 4, 5, ; 41

PHRF 2 (PHRF - 13 Boats)

1. Semper Fi, J/29, Raymond Mannix, Largo, FL, USA - 1, 3, 2, 1, 2, 1, 3, 1, 1, ; 15

2. Twisted Fate, Olson 30, Robert Bozeman, St. Petersburg, FL, USA - 5, 2, 3, 8, 5, 2, 1, 2, 8, ; 36

3. Bay Wolf, S2 9.1, John Brennan, Temple Terrace, FL, USA - 3, 8, 5, 6, 1, 3, 2, 6, 4, ; 38

4. Celebration, Olson 29, Mike Kayusa, Fort Myers, FL, USA - 4, 7, 9, 3, 3, 4, 4, 3, 6.5, ; 43.5

5. Breeze, Custom 28.4, Val Safiullin, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA - 2, 1, 1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 14/DNS, 14/DNS, ; 54