Larchmont (N.Y.) September 8, 2002 — Sailors who collected trophies at the Larchmont Sailing World NOOD regatta–hosted September 6-8 by the Larchmont Yacht Club–had their light-air skills down. During three days of racing on Long Island Sound, knotmeters never pegged above two digits. But even though the racing at the NOOD was played out in slow motion–in light winds that ranged four to eight knots–there were down-to-the-wire moments when inches made the different between victory and defeat.
“We won this regatta on the last puff,” said Soverel 33 crewmember Paul Beaudin. Beaudin and his crewmates onboard OUTRAGEOUS (Matthews, NC) entered the final day of racing with high hopes, only one point out of first place. But as this crew sailed the final quarter-mile to the finish line, gaining enough points for a class win looked impossible. Until the final puff.
OUTRAGEOUS, with Jim Bost at the helm, used the last breath of wind to gain a winning position, finishing 5th in the final race to capture the class win and the 2002 Soverel 33 National Championships. According to skipper Richard Jones, this crew sails on North Carolinas Lake Norman–and they came to Long Island Sound armed with plenty of light-air practice.
A fleet of 91 boats competed in the Larchmont NOOD in eleven classes. Five classes used the event to run class championships (see results, below).
For skipper Adam Loory (Mamaroneck, NY), winning the Express 37 class carried a dubious distinction. Loory and his crew on SOULMATES won the Express class by a four-point margin. At the awards ceremony, the SOULMATES crew collected their kudos: a class trophy and the class 2002 East Coast Championship title. Then Loory was whisked off the podium by a pack of Express 37 sailors and dumped ceremoniously into Long Island Sound.
This end-of-the-regatta swim after the Larchmont NOOD has become a tradition in this class. “If youre close to winning, you know youd better wear your bathing suit,” said Al Minella, who won the class last year and was one of the first to step up to carry Loory to his honorary swim.
Jim Sorensen of Sag Harbor (N.Y.), won the J/105 class onboard WET LEOPARD. With 21 boats, the J/105s were the largest class in the regatta. Sorensen captured the class win by five points.
The J/30 class ran their East Coast Championships at the NOOD. Joe McCann of Glen Cove (N.Y.) captured the East Coast title with this crew onboard PADDY WAGON. McCann finished with a slim one-point margin over the second-place boat.
Erik Will of Sodus Point, NY, was named the Hall Spars & Rigging Boat of the Day after logging a perfect 1-1 record on Saturday in the Soverel 33 class. Support sponsor Hall Spars & Rigging recognizes the top performing boat in the fleet at each stop on the NOOD circuit.
The Larchmont NOOD is part of a nine-event national racing circuit owned and organized by Sailing World magazine. The event was presented by Mount Gay Rum and hosted by the Larchmont Yacht Club. Support sponsors of the regatta include: Frederiksen, Hall Spars & Rigging, Marlow Ropes, Maserati, North Sails, Raymarine, Ronstan, Samuel Adams and The Boston Beer Company, and Sunsail.
The 2002 NOOD regatta circuit concludes on Galveston Bay (Texas), September 20-22.
Hall Spars & Rigging Boat of the Day Award –
Erik Will, Sodus Point, NY, Soverel 33 BUSHWACKER
Class Results (top-3 in each class):
J/105 (21 boats)
1) Jim Sorensen, Sag Harbor, NY, 307, WET LEOPARD, 19 points
2) Joerg Esdorn, Rye, NY, 324, KINCSEM, 24
3) David Florence/Joe Shultz-Heik, Larchmont, NY, 94, HILARIA, 25
J/80 (6 boats)
1) Geoffrey Pierini, Metuchen, NJ, 285, BADA BING!, 5
2) Jason Balich, Beverly, MA, USA 116, OVER ACH2) Jan Ivarsson, Old
3) Michael Lague/Waters, Stewartsville, NJ, USA31, FLASH, 14
J/30 (9 boats) EAST COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS
1) PADDY WAGON, Joe McCann, Glen Cove, NY, 274, PADDY WAGON, 5
2) John McArthur, Stratford, CT, 30001, SMILES, 6
3) R. Dorsey Owings, Millington, MD, 24743, SEA BISCUIT, 7
J/24 (9 boats) LONG ISLAND SOUND CHAMPIONSHIPS
1) Tim Ryan, New York, NY, 1131, RACER X, 4
2) Jan Ivarsson, Old Greenwich, CT, 2807, ALPHA DOG, 7
3) Chris Scheuing, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, 1327, OUTRAGEOUS, 12
J/27 (5 boats) LONG ISLAND SOUND CHAMPIONSHIPS
1) Edward Tillinghast III, New York, NY, 41909, AREOPAGUS, 6
2) Douglas Davies, Stony Brook, NY, 421, AMETHYST, 7
3) Kurt Weiss, New York, NY, 153, EORAPTOR, 11
FARR 40 (6 boats)
1) Alex Krstajic, Toronto, Ont., CAN, 141, HONOUR, 5
2) Dominick Porco, New York, NY, 22, ALLIANCE, 11
3) Steve Phillips, Arnold, MD, 40076, LE RENARD, 24
J/44 (6 boats)
1) Eduardo Salvati, New York, NY, 43944, MABUHAY II, 4
2) Scott Dinhofer, Chappaqua, NY, 44007, Brown-eyed Girl, 8
3) Malcolm Clarke, Jr., Mamaroneck, NY, 25244, DIOGENES 2, 11
EXPRESS 37/LEVEL 72 (7 boats)
1) Adam Loory, Mamaronek, NY, 18321, SOULMATES, 4
2) Rich duMoulin, Larchmont, NY, 40789, LORA ANN, 8
3) Al Minella, Ridgefield, CT, 40237, WALRUS, 9
HENDERSON 30 (6 boats)
1) Neil Rattan, Westport, CT, 119, Love Letter, 7
2) Kevin Young, Solon, OHIO, 129, DARK & STORMY, 14
3) Walter Kennedy, Charlotte, NC, SAVANNAH, 17
FRERS 33 (6 boats)
1) Greg Ames, East Hampton, NY, 42345, WINDSWEPT, 5
2) Edward Woolsey, Tenafly, NJ, 41193, BABY BOOMER, 5
3) Arnold Lesser, Centerport, NY, 41464, BON COEURS, 11
SOVEREL 33 (11 boats) NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
1) Team Lake Norman, Matthews, NC, 42933, OUTRAGEOUS, 15
2) Erik Will, Sodus Point, NY, 26, BUSHWACKER, 17
3) Jerry Dodge, Williamson, NY, 33560, YANKEE, 22