North Sails NEWS
A wet and wild NOOD Regatta makes waves with record numbers and stormy weather
In one of the biggest NOOD events we’ve seen in years, Annapolis provided all the necessities for fun this weekend, leaving sailors on over 200 boats exhausted yet happy with their final results.
Friday was an absolute blowout, forcing the race committee to cancel racing for the day. Saturday served a full day on the water, followed by a debrief with North Sails experts Zeke Horowitz, Jackson Benvenutti, and Skip Dieball for the Viper 640 class. Viper sailors collected pointers from the North class experts on how to improve trimming techniques and find the best ways to tune their rigs in big breeze and waves. Discussion surrounding how to survive when your rig is too tight, different sailing angles, and adjusting head stay tension, created a great environment for sailors to unwind and think about improving their boat speed for the next day.
North Sails Saturday also opened the signature Rally Race – a one-day pursuit distance race. The Rally Race had a great turnout for both spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions, with North clients taking 1st in both divisions. Conditions were superb with a WNW Breeze at 15-22 knots. Bill Adam and the Race Committee team selected an 18-mile race with the start and finish just East of the US Naval Academy. All competitors in the Rally Race enjoyed the North Sails party back onshore and had fun stories from the day to share over libations with fellow competitors.
Sunday was a full on thrill for sailors with big puffs and sustained winds over 20+ knots. Solid conditions to top off another great NOOD regatta on the Chesapeake. Congratulations to our clients for their outstanding performance this weekend!