It’s All Over

The fat lady has sung her final aria, and the 2004 Annapolis NOOD is
history. With three solid days of breeze that left even the locals
surprised, 19 classes on 4 race circles completed 7 races, crowned 3
class champions and gave 1,400 sailors some spectacular racing. When the
prize-giving ceremonies began, and the announcement was made that this
regatta was the largest in the NOOD’s 17-year history, the crowd roared
in appreciation.

Winning the J/22 class, the largest in the regatta, was Scott Nixon, of
Annapolis, who started the regatta with 2 firsts and a sixth on the
first day of racing, and was using the event as a tune-up for the J/22
Worlds to be held May 14-21 in Annapolis. How do you win an 80-boat
regatta? “We’ve sailed a lot lately,” said Nixon. “We even sailed the
J/24 Nationals last week and placed second.” Nixon has also had some
help from last year’s J/22 nationals champ, Terry Flynn, who sailed with
Nixon during the NOOD because one of Nixon’s regular crew, Mike Wolfs,
was sailing in the Star Worlds.

After starting the regatta hot, Nixon knew he’d be targeted by his
competitors. “It was tough,” he said. “On Saturday we tried to have fun
and stay out of trouble, and on Sunday, we tried to take Henry Filter,
who was only five points behind us, out of the race. We took him out to
the starboard layline and put him in traffic to keep him back.” The
tactics worked; Filter finished ninth to Nixon’s fourth, and took second


Topping the 24-boat J/105 class were Cedric Lewis and Fredrik Salveson,
both of Annapolis, who have been sailing together for 20 years, and are
sailing Cedric’s father’s shoal-draft 105. “We’ve got a strong crew
that’s been together for a long time,” said Lewis. “I trim the headsails
and Fredrik drives. We like these multi-day events.” Next stop for the
experienced crew of Mirage might be the J/105 Nationals, scheduled for
Long Island Sound this September.

One of the more impressive displays of sailing skill this NOOD was the
Melges 24 sailed by John Pollard and his team from Torquay, England,
aboard Xcellent, who earned 5 firsts and two seconds to top the 14-boat
division. Watching them sail downwind on Sunday was an education in how
to work a Melges 24 off the wind in a breeze. “There were big gains to
be made today on the downwind legs,” said Pollard. “Lots of pumping and
keeping the crew in the back of the boat works well.” Pollard sailed in
the St. Petersburg NOOD in February and placed third, which, since
Pollard is aiming for a world ranking in the class, was unacceptable. “
I replaced the crew for this regatta,” he said, “and since the class now
allows Kevlar sails, replaced the sails as well.” To make matters more
interesting, Pollard was battling it out for first with fellow Briton
Joe Woods, sailing his Silver. “It was the battle of Britain,” said
Pollard. “Our big strategic plan was our entries into the weather mark
and our exits from the leeward gate. It also helped to pay attention to
the current, which was less on the right side of the course, even though
there was more chop there. We also tended to choose the left-hand mark
because we wanted to go right on the beats.” According to Pollard,
because the Annapolis NOOD was a ranking event, his NOOD win puts him at
the top of the Melges 24 World rankings.

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Final Results:

Class Boat Race Finishes Total
Points City/State
1. Scott Nixon USA 1464 1,1,6,4,13,4,14 43
Annapolis, MD
2. David Van Cleef Team VC Perf. 9,8,11,15,1,1,13 58
Annapolis, MD
2. Henry Filter 733 4,6,10,3,2,9,26 60
Stevensville, MD

1. Wataru Sakamoto Siesta 1,1,1,2,1,1,1 8
2. Peter Rich Show Dog 3,4,3,3,4,5,6 28
Annapolis, MD
3. Paul Van Ravenswaay Sundance 2,5,5,8,3,6,6 34
Annapolis, MD


1. Aaron Serinis 2,1,4,1,1,4,1 14
Saint Michaels, MD
2. Jock Kolhlas 5,2,1,3,7,1,2 21 Miami,
3. Brian Cramer Remarc 6,5,2,4,4,2,3 26 London, ON,

Alberg 30
1. Rolph Townshend Skybird 1,1,1,2,1,2,1 9 Severna
Park, MD
2. Charles Currier Infinity 2,2,2,1,2,1,2
12 Annapolis, MD
3. Lanny Helms Windswept 3,3,3,4,4,3,3 23
Columbia, MD

Cal 25
1. Authur Libby Love Shack 1,1,4,1,1,1,1 10 Severna
Park, MD
2. Tim Bloomfield White Cap 2,3,2,2,2,2,3 16
Sherwood Forest, MD
3. Charles Husar Chicken Little 3,2,3,3,7,7,4 29
Annapolis, MD


Catalina 27
1. Julian Richards Jolly Mom 1,1,2,1,1,2,1 9
Annapolis, MD
2. Tom Walsh Four Little Ducks 2,2,1,2,2,3,4 16
Pasadena, MD
3. John Ebell Hi Tide 4,4,3,6,3,4,2 26
Annapolis, MD

Pearson 30
1. Roy Lappalainen Severn Run 1,1,3,1,1,1,1 9
Baltimore, MD
2. John Blais Stardancer 3,2,2,2,2,2,2 15
Hampton, VA
3. Roy Ericson Irish Mist 2,3,1,3,4,4,3 20
Annapolis, MD

S2 7.9
1. David Nielsen Far Fig Newton 2,3,2,3,1,1,4 16
Annapolis, MD
2. Bob Fleck Horizon 1,2,1,2,2,10,1 19
Alexandria, VA
3. Doug Frye Robyn 3,1,4,4,4,2,2 20
Spring Lake, MI

1. Slyvan Chaix Georges III 1,2,6,3,1,1,3 17 Sparks,
2. Gary Gilbert Annie 2,6,1,1,3,3,7 23
Oakton, VA
3. Wade Edwards Riva 3,7,2,2,2,4,4 24
Concord, MA

1. Douglas Davies Amethyst 1,1,2,1,2,1,1 9
Stony Brook, NY
2. Peter Johnson Piglet 2,3,3,2,1,2,2 15
Orchard Park, NY
3. Erik Fridley jebap 3,2,1,3,3,3,3 18
Annapolis, MD

1. Larry Christy Big Kahuna 6,1,2,2,3,2,2 18
Annapolis, MD
2. Bob Rutsch Bebop 5,2,1,3,1,5,7 24
Chevy Chase, MD
3. David McConaughy USA 90 14,3,3,1,2,1,1 25 Newport
News, VA

1. John Storck Rumor 1,2,1,2,1,1,1 9
Huntington, NY
2. Matt Baker Hypedrive 4,3,2,15,2,2 19
Princeton, NJ
3. David Jannetti Jibber Jabber 2,1,5,5,2,3,3 21
Sag Harbor, NY

Tripp 26
1. Michele Zinn Captain Tripps 2,2,1,1,2,3,2 13
Annapolis, MD
2. George Benisek Northern Dancer 4,3,3 ,5,3,2,4 23
Annapolis, MD
3. Tom Awalt Ego Tripp 10,1,2,4,1,5,1 24
Pasadena, MD

Beneteau 36.7
1. Garth Hichens To Be Decided 1,1,1,1,3,3,2 12
Annapolis, MD
2. Peter Firey Pegasus 3,2,2.8,3,5,1,3 19.8 Vienna,
3. Wes Siegner Abino 2,4,2,6,1,2,4 21 Chevy
Chase, MD

Henderson 30
1. Liebel Brothers Speed Racer 1,2,4,1,1,3,3 15*
St. Petersburg, FL
2. Michael Carroll New Wave 2,4,2,2,3,1,1 15
Tampa, FL
3. Neil Rattan Love Letter 4,1,3,3,2,2,6 21
Westport, CT
* won tiebreaker due to most first finishes

1. Cedric Salvesen Mirage 3,2,4,4,2,3,2 20
Annapolis, MD
2. Jim Konigsberg Inigo 1,1,12,1,8,5,15 43 Fairfax,
3. Robert Reeves A Train 6,3,7,7,9,11,10 53 Annapolis, MD

1. Jim Sagerholm Aunt Jean 1,1,3,1,1,1,1 9
Annapolis, MD
2. Peter Scheidt Maggie 2,2,1,2,3,3,4 17
Highland, MD
3. Charles Kohlerman Medicine Man 5,3,2,6,2,2,2 22
Brookhaven, PA

Melges 24
1. John Pollard Xcellent 2,1,2,2,1,1,1 9 United
2. Joe Woods Silver 3,2,4,7,4,3,2 24
3. Bob Dockery Barracuda 1,3,2,3,5,4,9 27 Longboat
Key, FL

Mumm 30
1. Thomas Ritter Tramp 5,4,3,4,1,3,1 21
Bloomfield Hills, MI
2. Dan Cheresh Team Intermec 1,1,46,4,1,9 26 Holland,
3. Fred Sherratt Steadfast 3,3,1,9,5,7,2 30
Toronto, Canada