Friday, May 17, 2013

Seattle NOOD Preview

Sailing Seattle's Puget Sound (Seattle, WA)- The Pacific Northwest version of the Sperry Topsider NOOD regattas have always enjoyed a strong following for sailors who enjoy the challenges and breath-taking scenery of Puget Sound.  Weather in this region of the country can certainly see the extremes, from light air, no wind and tropical downpours to spectacular 10-15 kt winds, sunny, crispy cool and a snow-capped mountainous view in crystal-clear skies that evokes the Beatles vision of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"!

Attending this year will be strong divisions of one-design J/Teams in the J/24, J/80 and J/105 classes.

The J/24s are enjoying strong turnouts from the local Corinthian YC and Seattle YC fleets with eighteen boats sailing! Sure to be amongst the top dogs in this crowd are some familiar faces, like Scott Milne's TREMENDOUS SLOUCH, Andrew Macfarlanes's TUNDRA ROSE and also Mark Laura's and Craig Suhrbier's BABA LOUIE.

The J/105s have several class leaders participating in the seven boat fleet.  Look for Lorenzo Migliorini's ALLEGRO VIVACE, Jerry Diercks's DELIRIUM, Eric Hopper's FREE BOWL OF SOUP and Jim Geros's LAST TANGO to be a factor for the top of the podium.

The J/80s also see some veterans that will be vying for the top prize in their half-dozen boat fleet.  Bill McKinnon's SKYE ROCKET, Dave Schutte's TAJ MAHAL and Bryan Rhodes's CRAZY IVAN will all be amongst the leaders.  However, so long as FEARFUL SYMMETRY (Cline) and HEART ATTACK (Shapiro) aren't falling asleep at the wheel, this could be one of the tightest classes in the entire event.  For more Sperry Topsider Seattle NOOD Regatta sailing information