Friday, May 27, 2011
(Seattle, WA)- The fourth of nine events in the 2011 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD series was sailed this past Friday-Saturday-Sunday in Seattle, Washington. More than 150 teams in 22 divisions raced on Puget Sound. Leaders from past regattas faired well and not so well, such is the nature of racing sailboats in Seattle's capricious waters surrounded by the spectacular, majestic Cascade mountain ranges that form the western ridge of the America's Rocky Mountains.
Last year's overall champion sailing J/24s, Michael Johnson, returned with HOT PURSUIT but could only manage a third overall in the J/24 class. Winning was SELF ABUSE skippered by Harry Dursch from Corinthian YC in Seattle and second was fellow CYC member Scott Milnes sailing TREMENDOUS SLOUCH.
Within the J/80 fleet, it was Chris White's CRAZY IVAN that ran away with fleet honors after winning the first race. Second was Bill McKinnon's SKYE ROCKET and third was Joel Shapiro's HEART ATTACK.
In a strong upswing from last year's event, Lorenzo Migliorini's J/105 ALLEGRO VIVACE from CYC was not only dueling for the top spots in the regatta for J/105 class supremacy, they sailed a very strong series to end up winning by three points after 9 races, with a 3-2-1-2-4-4-1-1-1. Their string of firsts at the end sealing the fate of their contender, Jerr Diercks on DELIRIUM with 22 points. Third was Erik Kristen on JUBILEE with a 4-1-4-3-3-1-5-4-3 tally.
The J/109s in Seattle continue to have fun racing with one another and the spirited competition is interesting to follow as each team goes up and down the standings. Not easy to place in this fleet as the boats are so evenly matched. Nevertheless, Stu Burnell's team on TANTIVY won with a 14 point score. They were followed by Jack Christiansen on JEOPARDY with 26 points, narrowly squeezing ahead of Dave MacLean's well-campaigned ILLUSIONIST.
"The NOOD team and co-hosts Seattle YC & Corinthian YC did a great job organizing and showing once again that this is one regatta not to be missed," said Jack Christiansen of North's Seattle loft. For more Sperry Topsider Seattle NOOD Sailing information Sailing photo credits- Tim Wilkes Photography