Satisfaction in San Diego

The sun returns with wind, delivering top-notch racing for the final day of the Sailing World San Diego NOOD Regatta.

Jen Davies

Satisfaction in San Diego
Race Day 3, March 16, 2003

The second of nine stops on Sailing World Magazine’s National Offshore One Design Regatta (NOOD) tour wrapped up today in San Diego with the crowning of 16 class champions. After three days of racing in a variety of weather conditions off San Diego’s Point Loma, and on San Diego Bay, only two of 156 teams went undefeated.

For Jed Olenick on the J/120 Doctor No, from Olivenhain, Calif., his team’s sweep was a first in the four years they’ve raced together. “We sailed extremely well this weekend,” said Olenik, who bought the boat in 1998. “As far as I can remember, we had only one major boathandling error the entire weekend, which is unbelievable considering how tough the conditions were.” The J/120 racecourse was set several miles offshore, where ocean swells reached 10 feet today.

|

|

| |

|

|

| |

| Dave Reed|

| |

|

|

| |

| Pole set, and looking for room to round, Solings prepare to set.* * *|

| |

|

|

|

David Hammett, of Anaheim, Calif., racing in the five-boat J/80 class, mirrored Olenick's performance for his first NOOD regatta win.
In the event's two largest classes, the Etchells and J/105s, class leaders Vince Brun and Dennis Case, respectively, maintained their overall leads with solid performances. Throughout the day, Brun, of San Diego, traded tacks with his Stars & Stripes America's Cup crewmate Peter Isler, who won today's first race and finished second in the next. But thanks to Brun's healthy overall points lead at the start of the day, Isler's late-series charge couldn't upset the standings. Case, also of San Diego, and his crew onboard the J/105 Wings, however, were never threatened, winning the final two races convincingly for their second consecutive NOOD victory in the J/105.

Three classes contended for individual class titles at this year's event, including the International 14 class, which also sailed its Western Championship. 2002 world champion Zach Berkowitz and Mike Martin, of San Francisco, controlled the I-14 NOOD series from Day 1, winning the 14-boat class by 18 points. Berkowitz and Martin also won the Hall Spars and Rigging Boat of the Day Trophy on Friday, an award given to the team with the best overall performance.
David Trude, of Oxnard, Calif., won the Martin 16 class and its U.S. National Championship, and Christopher Nesbitt, of San Diego, won the Capri 22 Western Regional Championship.

Complete results for all other classes are posted at http://www.sailingworld.com/adm1n/articleedit.php?articleID=1730