Interview: Chicago NOOD Overall Winner

We hear from Jim McDonnell--winner of the Beneteau 40.7 class and the Sperry Top-Sider Chicago NOOD Overall Winner.


Team_ Spanker took top honors as the Chicago NOOD Overall Winner for 2013. Team Spanker is a Beneteau 40.7 owned by brothers Dennis & Jim McDonnell. Winning the Chicago NOOD was not this team's first accomplishment; they are a 2-time Chicago NOOD Winner, 4-time Chicago to Mackinac Island Race class winner and a Beneteau 40.7 North American Championship Winner as well.

They typically sail with 8-10 of their 14 deep roster that spans ages from 30-65. Jim and Dennis consider themselves very lucky to have such a deep and talented crew list. According the brothers, the crew also enjoys their rum, which will come in handy in the Caribbean. Apparently neither Dennis nor Jim can attend the Caribbean NOOD but they will be well represented by their crew, especially at the parties.

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