With the Seattle NOOD Regatta being the first major keelboat one-design regatta in the region in recent memory, many teams are enjoying their first taste of local one-design class competition, and that includes the two larger (in overall length) classes, such as the C&C 115 and Beneteau 36.7. "It's definitely the first time we've sailed together as a fleet," one crewmember of Carl Freund's Veloce, the leading 36.7, tells me as he waits patiently in line for his rum fill-20 or so bodies deep. "It was really tight racing though, especially at the starts, and then everyone tended to spread out as the races went on, but there were packs that stayed together to keep it close." When pressed to reveal more about what worked for his team, he could only offer, "I don't know." Something tells me he did know, but at this early stage in the regatta, he wasn't quite ready to reveal it.