Shifty Second Day Challenges NOOD Sailors

Shiftings winds and hide-and-seek rain showers made for challenging conditions on Day 2 of the 2005 Lands' End Annapolis NOOD. But all 17 classes got in three races in a southerly breeze. For complete results, click on the Annapolis NOOD page from the menu at left.

Annapolis NOOD Saturday
Stuart Streuli

ANNAPOLIS, Md.-For five races in the Catalina 27 class at the Lands' End Annapolis NOOD, John Anderson's team on Swell had shined under cloudy skies. They had won three races and finished second in the other two and had a three-point lead in the 10-boat class. But then in the final race, things started to unwind for Anderson, from nearby Pasadena, Md. "It was just a number of small mistakes," said Anderson, "that ended up costing us a couple of positions that were critical." With the southerly breeze dying, Anderson dropped to seventh in the race. Fortunately for him, his primary competition, James Urban on Catawampus, struggled to a fifth, his worst race of the regatta. "The good news is," continued Anderson, "we're still up by 1 point. Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day." The forecasted 15- to 25-knot breeze never materialized today and racing started in a 12- to 15-knot southerly that shifted through about 40 degrees over the course of the day and died by the final of three races. The water was decidedly lumpier than Friday, but the current was once again moving quickly. On Division 2, where the Catalina's shared the course with the Alberg 30s, J/30s, Cal 25s, and S2 7.9s, the current and the lump combined to make rounding the windward mark an adventure. "We actually found that we were overstood by quite a bit a few times," said Anderson. "There were some shifts out there so it was a bit of a challenge to call the laylines." For the final day of the regatta the conditions are expected to change significantly as the wet weather moves out and brisk northerly moves in. "We have put that bad race behind us," said Anderson, "and go out ready to sail a good race tomorrow." Anderson would be good to follow the example set by Jim Richardson and his Barking Mad team. After a third and a fifth yesterday, the two-time Farr 40 world champion put it all together today with a pair of firsts and a second and jumped from fourth to first. "We sailed pretty well yesterday," said tactician Terry Hutchinson. "We had a 3-5 and in the fifth we were over early. We had a couple of good breaks today and Jim did a way better job." The Annapolis NOOD is Richardson's first regatta in the Mumm 30. He and his team put in three days of practice before the regatta. But, said Hutchinson, they're still getting used to the boat. "It's a much smaller boat than 30 feet." Compared to the Farr 40, he added, "It's a dinghy." Racing off Taylor's Point with the other 30-something keelboats in Division 4, Hutchinson said his course offered a variety of challenges. "The first race was wind pressure," said Hutchinson when asked what was the key to each race. "The second was a wind shift. The third race was a wind shift and once the pecking order was established it was balancing the current and the windshifts. But he added, the mix of wind shifts and changing current made protecting a lead difficult. "Things can happen really quickly," he said. "If you're in the lead you can't protect against fourth of fifth." If the wind comes out of the north tomorrow it should once again be quite shifty. Richardson and Hutchinson will be looking to hold off late charges from Nelson Stephenson's TeamBOLD, in second, four points back, and Kevin Young's Dark n' Stormy in third, 10 points back. With five races in the bank, the Mumms and the rest of the boats on Division 4 will be looking for a pair of races. As will the fleets in Division 3. Divisions 1 and 2 have sailed six races and will sail just a single race on the regatta's final day. Top three results are below. For complete results, select the Annapolis NOOD page from the menu on the left. Results after Day of the 2005 Lands' End Annapolis NOOD Class Race 1,2,3,4,5,6 Total Points City/State J/22 1. Peter McChesney 8,7,1,10,3,3 32 Annapolis, MD 2. Henry Filter 1,11,2,2,4,23 43 Stevensville, MD 3. Timothy Libby 7,5,3,6,8,15 44 Annapolis, MD J/24 1. Datch/Hobsen, Michael 4,2,8,7,1,4 14 Annapolis, MD 2. Robby Brown 10,1,1,5,3,10 12 St. Petersburg, FL 3. Fraito Lugo 5,6,4,1,2,15 33 Ponce, PR Alberg 30 1. Charles Currier 1,3,1,1,1,1 8 Annapolis, MD 2. Rolph Townsend 3,2,5,2,3,2 17 Severna Park, MD 3. Tim Williams 2,4,2,5,4,4 21 Annapolis, MD Catalina 27 1. John Anderson 2,1,1,2,1,7 14 Pasadena, MD 2. James Urban 1,4,2,1,2,5 15 Annapolis, MD 3. Tom Walsh 5,2,3,3,3,3 19 Pasadena, MD S27.9 1. David Flechsig 2,1,1,1,9,1 15 Port Charlotte, FL 2. John Spierling 5,2,2,3,1,2 15 Shelby Township, MI 3. Michael Elliott 6,3,3,6,7,4 29 Linden, MI Etchells 1. Gary Jobson 2,1,2,3,6,1 15 Annapolis, MD 2. Chad Proctor 8,4,1,5,4,5 27 Southport, CT 3. Wade Edwards 3,2,8,4,5,8 30 Concord, MA J/30 1. Bob Putnam 2/MAN,2,1,1,2,2 10 Annapolis, MD 2. Bob Rutsch 1,1,3,2,4,1 12 Chevy Chase, MD 3. Larry Christy 5,6,2,6,6,3 28 Annapolis, MD J/80 1. Jahn Tihansky 1,1,1,2,2 7 Annapolis, MD 2. Storck Jr., John 2,2,3,1,3 11 Huntington, NY 3. Jean J. Daoust 3,5,5,3,1 16 Ottawa, ON Canada Tripp 26 1. Tim Dickson 2,1,1,1,1 6 Alexandria, VA 2. Stephen R. Smith 1,2,5,2,2 12 Annapolis, MD 3. Michele & Don Zinn 4,3,2,3,4 16 Annapolis, MD Beneteau 36.7 1. Wes Siegner 3,1,2,2,1 9 Chevy Chase, MD 2. Garth Hichens 2,6,1,3,3 15 Annapolis, MD 3. Cal Huge 5,2,4,1,6 18 Summerville, SC J/105 1. Hugh Bethell 9,3,5,1,9, 27 Baltimore, MD 2. Marty Hublitz 4,7,3,11,4 29 McLean, VA 3. Salvesen/Lewis 13,1,6,13,6 39 Annapolis, MD J/35 1. James Sagerholm 3,2,1,2,1 9 Annapolis, MD 2. Kevin McNeil 2,1,4,4,2 13 Annapolis, MD 3. Ted Lepich 1,3,3,3,4 14 Annapolis, MD J/29 1. John Edwards 1,1,1,1,1 5 California, MD 2. John / Tony Esposito 3,2,2,2,3 12 Mohegan Lake, NY 3. Case Whittenmore 2,3,3,3,5 16 Richmond, VA Melges 24 1. Neil Sullivan 2,1,3,6,2 14 Annapolis, MD 2. Brian Porter 6,8,4,3,6 27 Winnetka, IL 3. John Bertrand 11,10,2,8,1 32 Annapolis, MD Mumm 30 1. James B. Richardson 3,5,1,1,2 12 Boston, MA 2. Nelson Stephenson 4,2,3,6,1 16 Southport, CT 3. Kevin Young 1,10,2,3,6 22 Novelty, OH Cal 25 1. Bill Natter 1,1,3,6,1,3 15 Annapolis, MD 2. Leo T. Surla, Jr. 3,2,5,2,2,1 15 Washington, D.C. 3. Timothy Bloomfield 4,4,2,5,4,2 21 Sherwood Forest, MD C&C 99 1. Bob Wilson 1,1,1,1,3 7 Whitby, ON Canada 2. Mikie Titgemeyer 4,3,2,2,1 12 Annapolis, MD 3. Ken Karsten 2,2,3,3,4 4 Annapolis, MD