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Second Day of Sun and Wind for Chicago NOOD

June 15, 2003
Stuart Streuli

Chicago–The 15th annual Sailing World Chicago NOOD Regatta presented by Mount Gay Rum enjoyed a second day of bright sunshine and moderate northerly winds–perfect conditions for racing. All but one fleet squeezed in two races before returning to the docks at a comfortable hour to de-rig and pack and think about the unfortunate prospect of going to work on Monday.

Bob Foley will be floating a little higher than most Monday after winning the Beneteau 36.7 class with three firsts and three seconds in the six races. Foley’s boat may be called Tried & True but he and his crew are just getting the hang of this new one-design class. “The first time we saw our symmetrical spinnakers was two days ago,” says Foley. “We had to completely re-evaluate our program for this regatta, which made it really interesting.” Foley bought his boat in November and planned on a rigorous schedule of practices during the spring to get his team in shape for the summer season. “But the weather was so bad we couldn’t get on the water,” he said. “The only big race we had was the Michigan City distance race. It’s a 30-mile port-to-port race and that’s when it came into focus.” In that race, they used mainly asymmetric spinnakers. But the class one-design rules, which applied for this regatta, required the boats to use only symmetric chutes and also limited them to two head sails. With the wind right on the edge between the No. 1 and the No. 3, Foley said that keeping the boat powered up while sailing with the blade was one of the keys to victory. “Because we lost a day of racing to fog on Day 1,” said crew member Ashton Lee, “the courses were very short. It was more keeping the boat moving and keeping people covered than banging every shift.”

The Beneteau 36.7 is a new class to the NOOD circuit. But with eight boats in racing in the Chicago NOOD and over 100 sold nationwide–not to mention the international success of it’s big sister the Beneteau 40.7–it certainly won’t be the last time these boats appear on a NOOD starting list. The Karma Sailing Group, sailing Karma, was second, two points behind Foley. Will John Hansmann’s Legacy was third.

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The S2 7.9 is anything but a newcomer to the NOOD Regatta. In fact, the trailerable keelboat had already attended three NOODs this year alone heading into this stop on the nine-event tour. At the top of the score sheet in each of those previous regattas was Mike Bremer and Spike Boston’s Frequent Flyer. Though the crew list has been anything but constant–Bremer couldn’t sail in Detroit and Brad Boston filled in for his father in Annapolis and was doing the same here in Chicago–the team hadn’t been beaten on the water. This regatta didn’t harm that streak. After a second in the first race on Saturday–which was sailed in the lightest wind of the six–Brad Boston and Bremer cranked out four straight firsts before closing the regatta with a second. “We didn’t bang the corners,” said Bremer when asked about sailing on a circle that included the 48-boat Tartan Ten fleet, which started first and did a number on the air for the fleets that followed. “But we stayed wide and we stayed clean.” A little internal competition didn’t hurt either. “[Brad and I] alternated helming the boat,” he said. “We had a little bet going as to who would have the best record. We tied, we each had two firsts and a second.” Second in the S2 7.9 class was Doug and Jeff Padnos’ K2, with Don and Jean Bergman in third.

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| A montage of the action from Circle B at the Chicago NOOD. (Top to bottom) The Soverel 33 Rampage, the New York 36 Decoy and the Andrews 30 Flags, and the J/105 Mad Dog.* * *|

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The Farr 40 class entered the final day of racing with three boats all tied on points for first place. However, that tied was soundly broken today as Robert Hughes won both races on his Farr 40 Heartbreaker. With 2002 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year John Kostecki calling tactics, Hughes and company were able to hold off Owen Kratz, sailing with tactician Terry Hutchinson, and Tom Neill. Hughes finished the regatta with 12 points. while Kratz had 14 and Neill, 17.

In the regatta’s biggest fleet, it was Richard Grunsten, sailing his refurbished Tartan Ten Voodoo, who dominated the final day of racing, winning both races, the second one by a significant margin. Aside from the second race of the regatta, where Voodoo, with Volvo veteran Chris Larson trimming the main, had to grind back from an OCS, the team won four races and placed third in the fifth. Twelve points behind in second was the Buckles & Simon crew on Liquor Box, but only five points separated them from fifth. Rick Strilky’s US was third, and Heidi Backus Riddle’s Nuts fourth. Rich Stearns’ Zoe rounded out the top five.

The NOOD circuit will pick back up with the Sailing World NOOD Regatta at Marblehead Race Week in late July. September will see NOOD Regattas in San Francisco, Galveston, Texas, and Larchmont, N.Y.

Top Three in Each Class:

Final Results

1D35
(Skipper/Boat Name) (Hometown) (Race Finishes) Points
1. David Kirk/ DETENTE Bolingbrook, IL 2-1-5-1-1-2 = 12
2. V.J. Cribb JR./ VICTORY N. Palm Beach, FL 1-5-4-2-3-3 = 18
3. Douglas DeVos/ WINDQUEST South Haven, MI 3-4-1-4 -2-6 = 20

Beneteau 36.7
1. Robert Foley/TRIED & TRUE Glencoe, IL 2-2-1-1 -2-1 = 9
2. Karma Sailing/ KARMA Chicago, IL 3-1-2-2 -1-2 = 11
3. Will Hansmann/ LEGACY Chicago, IL 1-4-4-4 -3-4 = 20

Beneteau 40.7
1. Tom Weber/ LA TEMPTE St. Charles, IL 6-3-1-1 -1-2 = 14
2. Alan McMillan/ FINESSE Palatine, IL 1-4-4-3-2-1 = 15
3. Thomas Aruffo/ REGGAE Chesterton, IN 3-2-5-5 -3-4 = 22

Beneteau 42
1. Jeff Comeaux/ OUTRAGEOUS Winnetka, IL 3-1-2-2-2-1 = 11
2. Clemens Boltz/ CANCAN Elk Grove, IL 1-3-3-1 -3-2 = 13
3. John Boyle/ MIRAGE Aurora, IL 2-4-1-3 -1-3 = 14

Corsair
1. Matt Scharl/GAMERA Chicago, IL 2-2-1-1-1-1 =8
2. James D. Lyden/PANACEA Dearborn, MI 3-1-2-2-2-2 =12
3. David Schneider/HIGH PRIORITY 2 Menomonee Falls 1-7-6-3-3-3 =23

Farr 40
1. Robert L. Hughes/HEARTBREAKER Ada, MI 3-1-2-4-1-1 =12
2. Owen Kratz/JOSS League City, TX 2-4-1-3-2-2 =14
3. Tom Neill/ NITEMARE Berkeley, IL 1-2-6-13-4=17

GL 70
1. Peter Thornton/ HOLUA Hinsdale, IL 1-1-1-4 -1 = 8
2. John Nedeau/ WINDANCER N. Muskegon, MI 2-7-2-1 -3 = 15
3. Kohler/ EVOLUTION Sheboygan, WI 4-4-3-2 -2 = 15

J 105 Class
1. Robert Smith/ NEW WORLD Addison, IL 2-5-10-1-2-3 = 23
2. David Wagner/ GIGI Chicago, IL 15-2-8-2-3-1 = 31
3. George Petkovic/ USA 370 Chicago, IL 4-3-4-11-7-4 = 32

J 24 Class
1. Kenneth Gray/ STIRRED East Grand Rapids, MI 3-1-1-1-2-1 = 9
2. Bernad Soya/ MOTORHOME Deerfield, IL 1-5-2-6 -1-3 = 18
3. Scott Lammers/ INTUIT Mt. Prospect, IL 2-2-3-8 -7-7 = 29

J 35 Class
1. Ed Bayer/ FALCON Gross Pointe Park, MI 1-1-7-1-1-1 = 12
2. J. Lawrence Taunt/ BAD DOG Keurtwood, MI 2-3-2-3 -2-7 = 19
3. Bob Azbaecher/ SOCIABLE Brookfield., WI 3-2-4-2 -3-5 = 19

Level 114-123 Class
1. Curt Kasten/NEMESIS O’Fallon, IL 4-1-2-1-1-2 = 11
2. Boston/Cherish/LIBERTE Holland, MI 1-3-3-4 -2-3 =16
3. Alan Freysinger/ RELENTLESS Chicago, IL 2-9-1-2-4-1 = 19

Level 99-113 Class
1. Bob Vickery/ COLLABORATION Barrington, IL 3-2-1-1 -1-3 = 11
2. Bob Sample/ FLAGS W. Dundee, IL 1-3-2-2 -4-5 = 17
3. Ian Fisher/ DECOY River Forest, IL 4-6-8-3-2-2 = 25

Melges 24 Class
1. Sheldon Ecklund/ TICKLER 4-2-1-1-2-1 = 11
2. Mike Dow/ FLYING TOASTER Traverse City, MI 1-1-4-6 -1-2 = 15
3. Victor Chigas/ DEEP POWDER Chicago, IL 3-3-2-2 -3-3 = 16

PHRF 126-138 Class
1. Dennis Bartley/ PLANXTY Oak Park, IL 4-1-1-2 -1-1 = 10
2. George Darrell/ PARADOX Evanston, IL 5-2-2-4-4-3 = 20
3. Dick Daniels/ ENTROPY Highland Park, IL 2-3-3-5 -5-4 = 22

PHRF 34-66 Class
1. Rick Hennig/ MORNINGSTAR Franksville, WI 2-1-1-1 -4-1 = 10
2. Rich Montplasir/ FINE LINE Chicago, IL 1-2-2-2 -3-3 = 13
3. Dave Gullo/ REGARDLESS Oak Park, IL 6-4-6-4-1-4 = 25

PHRF 69-99 Class
1. Don Draper/ SORCER Batavia, IL 4-1-2-1 -1-2 = 11
2. Jules Altenberg/ FIDDLER 2 Waukegan, IL 1-2-1-2 -5-6 = 17
3. Erik Will/ BUSHWACKER Sodus Point, NY 3-3-4-4 -2-1 = 17

PHRF Big Boat Class
1. Dorsey Ruley/ MAJIC Chicago, IL 4-1-2-3 -1-1 = 12
2. Lindy Thomas/GOBLIN Glenview, IL 2-2-1-1-4-2 = 12
3. Dr. Philip O’Niel/ NATALIE J Bloomfield Hills, MI 1-4-3-2 -3-3 = 16

S27.9 Class
1. Brad Boston/ FREQUENT FLYER Holland, MI 2-1-1-1 -1-2 = 8
2. Doug Padnos/ K2 Holland, MI 1-6-3-2 -4-3 = 19
3. Don Bergman/ SECOND WIND Holland, MI 3-2-2-4 -5-4 = 20

Sydney/Farr Class
1. Shawn O’Neill/EAGLE Skokie, IL 3-2-4-2-1-1 =13
1. Robin Munden/SERENISSIMA Chicago, IL 7-1-2-1-2-2 =15
3. Bernbaum/CHAOS Libertyville, IL 5-7-5-5-5-5 =32

Tartan 10 Class
1. Richard Grunsten/VOODOO Griffith, IN 1-12-1-3-1-1 =19
2. Bill Buckles/LIQUOR BOX Northfield, IL 16-1-7-2-3-2 =31
3. Rick Strilky/US Chicago, IL 2-3-2-6-11-9 =33

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