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06-06-2010, 12:50 PM
After a long absence the NOOD's have returned to San Francisco. Anyone know why they left, and what has brought them back ?

Almost three weeks off the entry list consists of ~ 70 boats across 17 divisions. This looks to have the potential to be one of the larger regattas on the SF Bay this summer.

It's been awhile since I've participated in a NOOD regatta - do these guys put on a good show ?

What can we expect ?

06-06-2010, 02:15 PM
The reviews from San Diego and Seattle seem positive. They run a well organized event, wish they would ditch Mt Gay and get some real rum.

It's all about marketing and the decision to depart SF last time was to open additional markets?

70 boats in 17 divisions? = 4.1 boats per class?

06-07-2010, 05:11 PM
If other sportboats are interested it would be fun to try to get a sportboats division together. JetStream would do it. The Antrim's have their own class and the Vipers seem to be going south. So we need to recruit from others... Tigers, Mumm's (hmm Farr 30), Azurra, Henderson??? I think we need six boats.

Buzz Light Beer
06-15-2010, 09:39 AM
Funny thing, the Wetas have just as many boats as the 105's and the F-18's twice as many!

PD Staff
06-25-2010, 08:15 AM
San Francisco, Calif. – The largest and most storied sailboat racing tour in the United States will make its seventh stop of the 2010 season, on June 26 & 27, when the Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design (NOOD) regatta series returns to San Francisco. More than 1,000 sailors, crewing over 150 boats will hit the waters of San Francisco Bay for two days of racing to contend for individual fleet trophies and the event’s top prize – a trip to the British Virgin Islands to compete in the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Championship regatta.

The 2010 Sperry Top-Sider San Francisco NOOD marks the series’ return to the Bay area after a six-year absence. San Francisco was an annual regatta in the NOOD series from 1990-2003.

The St. Francis Yacht club will again host the NOOD regatta, with a record turnout of 156 boats within 18 different boat classes. The previous record in San Francisco was set in 1996 with 153 boats within 13 classes.

Throughout the regatta, boats within each fleet will compete in a series of races, accumulating points based on final placement in each race. The boat finishing with the fewest total points will be declared the winner of its respective class, earning a fleet trophy.

Race officials will determine an overall winner, based on the strongest finish in the most competitive fleet.

The overall winner in San Francisco will be invited to participate in the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Championship regatta in the British Virgin Islands in November to compete aboard Sunsail 39s against the overall winners from each of the eight other stops in the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD regatta series.

Following San Francisco, the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD regatta series will sail on to its next stop, Marblehead, Mass., on July 22-25. Additional venues for 2010 include St. Petersburg, Fla., San Diego, Calif., Annapolis, Md., Seattle, Wash., Detroit, Mich., Chicago, Ill., and Larchmont, N.Y.

Created by Sailing World in 1988, the NOODs attract nearly 2,000 boats and more than 30,000 competitors and spectators annually. Each event in the series features multiple days of sailboat racing for one-design models from 20 to 70 feet in length. In addition to local sailors, sailing’s top stars — including America’s Cup and Olympic champions — are well-represented at the NOODs. Competitive sailors rate the NOODs as the top national event in each region of the country.

For more information on the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD regatta series, please visit www.sailingworld.com <http://www.sailingworld.com> <http://www.sailingworld.com> .

PD Staff
06-25-2010, 08:19 AM
Registrants For
June 26-27, 2010


Skipper/Crew Boatname Bow/Sail# Class/Division Hometown Yacht Club
1. Peter Adams
Gaijin 314 Corsair 24 Benicia, CA USA Bay Area Multihull Assn.
2. Richard Allen
Nowhere Fast 023 Corsair 24 Denver, CO USA Denver Sailing Association
3. William Cook
Wings 27062 Corsair 24 Oakley, -CA USA Benicia Yacht Club
4. Richard Hall
BLOWN AWAY 60153 Corsair 24 San Diego, California USA CRA
5. Adam Helms
6. Brett Nelson
Flash 103 Corsair 24 Benicia, CA USA BAMA
7. Ross Stein
Origami 357 Corsair 24 Redwood City, CA USA BAMA


1. Zachery Anderson
Motorcycle Irene 28137 Express 27 San Francisco, CA USA SAYC
2. Michael Arbuckle
Attack From Mars 46 Express 27 Alameda, CA USA Brickyard Cove Marina
3. Brendan Busch
Get Happy!! 1 Express 27 La Honda, CA USA stfyc
4. Eric Deeds
Magic Bus 41 Express 27 Burlingame, CA USA St. Francis Yacht Club
5. Bernie Eddy
Tenacity 18409 Express 27 Clayton, CA USA RYC
6. Tom Hintz
OPA! 18070 Express 27 San Francisco, CA USA St Francis YC
7. Thomas Jenkins
Witchy Woman usa116 Express 27 Arroyo Grande, Ca USA Morro Bay Yacht Club
8. Ray Lotto
El Raton 28050 Express 27 San Francisco, CA USA St Francis Yacht Club
9. Dan Pruzan
Wile E Coyote 11 Express 27 Redwood City, CA USA EYC
10. Mike Reed
Magic 80 Express 27 Menlo Park, CA USA none
11. John Rivlin
Peaches 18364 Express 27 Palo Alto, CA USA STFYC
12. Marcia Schnapp
LIBRA 113 Express 27 Granite Bay, CA USA SFYC


1. Mark Chaffey
Loca Motion 18410 Express 37 Monterey, CA USA MPYC
2. Mark Dowdy
Eclipse 18495 Express 37 San Francisco, CA USA San Francisco YC
3. Robert A Harford
Stewball 18278 Express 37 Sacramento, Ca USA BYC
4. Robert Lugliani
pHat Jack 18257 Express 37 Burlingame, California USA South Beach YC
5. Michael Maloney
Bullet 40311 Express 37 San Jose, CA USA Encinal YC
6. Kame Richards
Golden Moon 18488 Express 37 Alameda, Ca USA Encianl YC
7. Bartz Schneider
Expeditious 18478 Express 37 Crystal Bay, NV USA San Francisco YC


1. Don Atchley
Highly Catfeinated 2507 F 18 Mill Creek, Washington USA Sail Sand Point
2. Will Baylis
Kaos vs Control 2490 F 18 Tiburon, CA USA San Francisco
3. Bryan Colwell
Laser Tag 2538 F 18 Stanwood, WA USA fleet 95
4. Ben Colwell
Barely 18 1799 F 18 Stanwood, Wa USA Fleet 95
5. Daniel DeLave
Sweet Siren 651 F 18 Long Beach, Ca USA ABYC
6. Brian Hunt
Team Storm CAN2384 F 18 Vancouver, BC CAN JSCA - Vancouver, BC
7. Mark Jones
Nauti Gear 2587 F 18 North Vancouver, BC CAN Jericho Yacht Club
8. Pete Melvin
Infusion 1143 F 18 Huntington Beach, CA USA Alamitos Bay YC
9. Phillip Meredith
Phillip Meredith 2218 F 18 Palo Alto, CA USA Phillip Meredith
10. Jason Moore
Tiger 2591 F 18 Fresno, CA USA FYC / HCA
11. Ian Sammis
Kansas 222 F 18 long beach, ca USA ABYC
12. Ian Sloan
Temptress 2477 F 18 Anacortes, WA USA AYC
13. Frank J. Ternullo
For Play 2540 F 18 Santa Rosa, Calif USA Fleet 281
14. Greg Thomas
Red on the Head 91 F 18 Temecula, CA USA Hobie Class Association
15. Eric Thor
Cat-a-strophic 2215 F 18 Vancouver, BC CAN JSCA
16. Alex Van Brunt
Gonzo 1682 F 18 Santa Barbara, CA USA SBSC
17. Richard Vilvens
Gettin' Tacky 5150 F 18 eureka, ca USA hobie division 3
18. John Williams
Spun! USA 70 F 18 Long Beach, CA USA ABYC


1. Andrew Casey
Henry Should Retire USA 5 Finn Clearwater, Florida USA TAYC
2. Forrest Gay
Kathmandu USA30 Finn tiburon, CA USA San Francisco Yacht Club
3. David Giles
Pegasus 253 AUS 253 Finn Santa Cruz, CA USA n/a
4. Charles Heimler
Free Tibet USA 32 Finn Berkeley, CA USA Finn Club California
5. Philippe Kahn
Pegasus 88 USA 88 Finn Soquel, CA USA StFYC/SFYC
6. Robert Kinney
AK 47 USA47 Finn Balboa, CA USA NHYC / ABYC
7. Erik Lidecis
Team Corinthian 505 Finn Huntington Beach, CA USA BCYC
8. D Scott Mason
Finn USA 8 Finn Corona del Mar, CA USA NHYC
9. Henry Sprague
KERN vs CASEY 74 Finn Long Beach, CA USA N/A


1. Jeff Bassett
Flying Dutchman 1488 Flying Dutchman Albuquerque, New Mexico USA Club Crucero LA Paz Mexico
2. Gary Boell
No Boat for Old Men 1444 Flying Dutchman Richmond, CA USA Richmond
3. Zhenya Kirueshkin-Stepanoff
Anger Management 1 Flying Dutchman Mount Hamilton, CA USA Santa Cruz YC + BVBC
4. Saul Schumsky
Mio Gusto Preferito h Flying Dutchman oakland, ca USA Cal Sailing Club
5. Alain Yergeau
Joie 214 Flying Dutchman Montreal, Quebec CAN CLub de Montreal


1. George Cathey
Emma 116 Folkboat San Francisco, CA USA SSS
2. George Cruys (for Bill DuMoulin)
Little Svendle F-112 Folkboat Mill Valley, CA USA None
3. Brock deLappe
Faith USA-121 Folkboat Alameda, CA USA Aeolian Yacht Club
4. Michael Goebel
elsie 109 Folkboat San Francisco, ca USA bvbc
5. Chris Herrmann
Thea 108 Folkboat Mill Valley, CA USA San Francisco YC
6. Peter Jeal
POLPERRO F 113 Folkboat San Francisco, Ca USA bvbc
7. Eric Kaiser
Josephine 122 Folkboat Mill Valley, CA USA St Francis Yacht Club
8. Tom Reed Jr
Freja USA 111 Folkboat Hayward, CA USA BVBC
9. Mark Slichter
Shanty 56 Folkboat San Mateo, CA USA Bayview Boat Club
10. David Wilson
Windansea 106 Folkboat San francisco, CA USA Cal Sailing


1. Timothy Ballard
Inspired Environments 28423 IRC San Rafael, CA USA CYC
2. Brad Copper
TNT USA 43690 IRC Pt. Richmond, Ca. USA RYC
3. Frank Morrow
Hawkeye 50444 IRC San Francisco, CA USA US Naval Academy Sailing Squadron
4. Philippe Paturel
CIAO ! 975 IRC Halifax, NS CAN RNSYS
5. Michael (Tony) Pohl
Twisted 40046 IRC San Francisco, Ca USA ST Francis
6. Gerard Sheridan
Tupelo Honey 28908 IRC San Francisco, CA USA South Beach YC
7. Daniel Woolery
SOOZAL USA60408 IRC Alamo, CA USA Richmond Yacht Club


1. Phillip Laby /Rich Pipkin
Racer X USA375 J/105 Alameda, CA USA Encinal Yacht Club
2. Patrick Benedict
Advantage3 USA84 J/105 Danville, CA USA Emeryville YC
3. Theresa Brandner-Allen
157 J/105 San Franciso, CA CAN STFYC
4. Tom Kennelly
Wonder 266 J/105 San Rafael, CA USA RYC
5. Jeff Littfin
Mojo 119 J/105 San Mateo, CA USA None
6. Walter Sanford
Alchemy 275 J/105 Tiburon, CA USA SFYC
7. Scooter Simmons
Blackhawk 40 J/105 Belvedere, CA USA SFYC
8. Adam Spiegel
Jam Session 434 J/105 San Franciso, CA CAN Treasure Island
9. Bruce Stone
Arbitrage 116 J/105 San Francisco, CA USA St. Francis YC
10. Don Wieneke
lulu 400 J/105 Sausalito, CA USA CYC
11. Jason Woodley
Risk 196 J/105 Seattle, WA USA St. Francis YC


1. Shawn Bennett
Travieso 636 J/22 Tiburon, Ca USA SFYC
2. Greg/Cam Greenlee/Lewis
Trinity USA 132 J/22 Monterey, CA USA MPYC
3. Peter Lane
Cheeseburger 1061 J/22 Park City, UT USA StFYC
4. Kristen Lane
CMA 1 660 J/22 Tiburon, CA USA St. Francis Yacht Club
5. Jay Palace
Lost & Found 827 J/22 Sausalito, CA USA STFYC


1. Darren Cumming
Downtown Uproar 2394 J/24 San Francisco, CA USA SSS
2. Richard Jepsen
Rail to Rail 4782 J/24 Berleley, CA USA STFYC
3. Val/Zane Lulevich/Starke
Shut up and drive 513 J/24 Berkeley CA, California USA Brickyardcove
4. Don Taylor
On Belay 1036 J/24 Pt. Richmond, CA USA Richmond Yacht Club
5. Knut Westby
Vitamin J 4526 J/24 Oakland, ca USA OCSC
6. Michael Whitfield
TMC Racing 4906 J/24 Orinda, CA USA Berkeley Yacht Club
7. Wally Whittier
woof 3316 J/24 Palo Alto, CA USA none


1. Mark Dahm
Benino 102 Knarr Portola Valley, CA USA StFYC
2. Dimitrios Dimitrelis
EOS 107 Knarr Atherton, CA USA StFYC
3. Thomas Dobroth
Knarrmageddon 115 Knarr Sunnyvale, CA USA StFYC
4. Larry Drew
wintersmoon 116 Knarr Belvedere Tiburon, CA USA SFYC
5. Eric Gray
134 134 Knarr *, * USA StFYC
6. John Jenkins
Narcissus 143 Knarr Belvedere, Ca., USA St. Francis Y.C.
7. Don Nazzal
adelante 130 Knarr san francisco, california USA stfyc
8. Chris Perkins
Three Boys and a Girl 141 Knarr San Francisco, CA USA StFYC
9. Thomas S Reed
Sophia 103 Knarr Tiburon, CA USA STFYC
10. George Rygg
Huttetu 100 Knarr Belvedere, CA CAN SFYC
11. Risley Sams
Kraken 47 Knarr San Francisco, CA USA StFYC
12. Knud Wibroe
Snapps III 129 Knarr Sausalto, CA CAN STFYC


PD Staff
06-25-2010, 08:19 AM
1. Jon Andron lifestylesofthepoor and unknow 188709 Laser lafayette, california USA st. francis
2. David Anthes Fingernails of Justice 195943 Laser So. Lake Tahoe, CA USA SSC
3. Nick Burke Exodus 171638 Laser San Francisco, CA USA RYC
4. John-Bernard Duler C'est la vie 2201 Laser San Francisco, CA USA St. Francis YC
5. Karen Huie Little Red 32290 Laser Fremont, CA USA byc
6. Jacques Kerrest Fremojul 174236 Laser Palo Alto, CA USA Palo Alto
7. Richard Leland greased lightning 9740 Laser Chico, CA USA Butte Sailing Club
8. Will Lowe D'oh! 155477 Laser Berkeley, CA USA Richmond Yacht Club
9. Sean McGinn Daisy Cutter 173200 Laser Belmont, CA USA Cottage Park YC, Winthrop, MA
10. Stephen Orosz Dean Wormer Was Wrong 179426 Laser El Cerrito, CA USA SSC
11. Ken Popplewell Eclipse 185535 Laser Fremont, CA USA OCSC
12. Walt Spevak No Excuses 187394 Laser Mill Valley, CA USA Okoboji YC
13. Christy Usher Desperate Laserwives 160222 Laser Montara, CA USA StFYC
14. Kurt Wessels Downspeed Manuever 188888 Laser San Francisco, CA USA StFYC
1. Burke Blackman Lemonhead USA 171 Melges 20 Sioux Falls, SD USA Okoboji Yacht Club
2. Sid Gorham Funner 133 Melges 20 Belvedere, CA USA San Francisco Yacht Club
3. Tom Kassberg USA 134 134 Melges 20 Mill Valley, CA USA South Beach YC
4. Daniel Thielman Kuai 114 Melges 20 Tiburon, CA USA CYC
5. Joe Williams Habit 132 Melges 20 Mercer Island, WA USA Seattle Yacht Club
1. Kevin Clark Smokin USA24 Melges 24 Orinda, CA USA Encinal
2. Christopher Farkas practice girl USA 222 Melges 24 Sausalito, CA USA San Francisco Yacht Club
3. Robert Harf BONES USA 77 Melges 24 Sonoma, CA USA Richmond Yacht Club
4. David Joyner Full Throttle 449 Melges 24 Tiburon, CA USA SFYC
5. Kristian Notto American Lady 632 Melges 24 San Francisco, CA NOR Royal Norwegian Yacht Club
6. Douglas Wilhelm Wilco 540 Melges 24 San Francisco, California USA Grand Lake Yacht Club
1. Tom Cavers Rock On 18198 Olson 25 Kensington, CA USA None
2. Daniel Coleman Balien 74 Olson 25 San Francisco, CA USA Berkeley
3. Falk Meissner Shark On Bluegrass 18201 Olson 25 Berkeley, CA USA BYC
4. Reuben Rocci Sweetness 97399 Olson 25 BENICIA, CA USA RYC
5. David Russell Intrepid 18341 Olson 25 Palo Alto, CA USA BYC
6. Mark Simpson Shadowfax 91 Olson 25 alameda, CA USA Lake Tahoe Windjammers
1. Dean Anderson Chiquita 154 Weta Richmond, CA USA Richmond Yacht Club
2. David Anderson Mothra 000 Weta Walnut Creek, CA USA Singlehanded Sailing Society
3. David Berntsen Weta 4.4 350 Weta corte madera, ca USA RYC
4. Chris Boome Curly Moe and Larry 375 Weta Burlingame, CA USA StFYC
5. Bruce Fleming AKAHELE 276 Weta San Diego, CA USA Kaneohe Yacht Club
6. Robert Hyde Bobanja 151 Weta Benicia, CA USA Richmond Yacht Club
7. Chris Kitchen TBD Weta Auckland, Auckland NZL Auckland Sailing Club
8. Gregory Mitchell Cartoon Ninja 152 Weta Burlingame, CA USA Richmond YC
9. Alan Prussia pitchpole 69 Weta *, * USA stfyc
10. John Rizzi Magic 323 Weta San Jose, CA USA BAMA
11. Stephan Sonnenschein Weta 272 Weta San Francisco, CA USA RYC

06-25-2010, 07:57 PM
The forecast looks to be light both days - we'll see what mother nature provides.

A weekend on the water is always better than a weekend pulling weeds.

war dog
06-26-2010, 07:21 AM
Sailing Weather Service Forecast
Sponsored by North Sails & Southern Spars
Sperry Topsider San Francisco NOOD Regatta
San Francisco Bay, CA
Issued 0700 LT 26 June 2010

------------- WARNINGS, ADVISORIES, AND HAZARDS -------------
The National Weather Service has posted a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY effective all day today for winds 15-25 knots. Competitors and organizers should monitor NOAA All Hazards Radio for any future warnings and advisories from The National Weather Service.

FEEDBACK: Sailing Weather Service and North Sails encourage feedback. A few observations from the racing area can greatly improve our understanding of the day’s weather and increase the accuracy of future weather forecasts. When able, please send us daily weather notes so we can improve YOUR forecast at: feedback@sailwx.com. Thanks!

TODAY’S SYNOPSIS: The weather pattern is quite favorable for a fresh sea breeze on San Francisco Bay today – much like the one that built over the central Bay area yesterday afternoon. This morning’s weather map shows a well established high pressure over the central Pacific with a ridge extending southeast toward a secondary high center off Baja. The typical summer thermal low pressure is well established over interior CA and the SW US. This pattern is producing a moderate to fresh NW’ly gradient flow across the area. Very warm temperatures over the interior.

Marine layer cloud this morning will break up with a veering wind through late morning and early afternoon. Winds may ease during this veering trend, but then clearing skies to the east will signal developing thermal component and building winds for the afternoon.

CURRENT CONDITIONS: W to SW winds central Bay at 10-18 knots. Strongest reported winds around Angel Island. Lighter on backed SSW winds Crissy to the city front. Shallow flow follows the topography of the bay with S/SE winds at Richmond.

Satellite shows extensive marine layer cloud across the entire bay. Some fog and drizzle reported on the Pacific side, but haven’t seen any reports on the bay as of this time.

FORECAST DISCUSSION: SSW around 5-15 knots this morning. Speed strongest around Angel Island/mid-bay and much lighter along the city front/Crissy. Mid-/late- morning, winds veering to SW and easing at first through late morning through mid-day. Then building again early afternoon to 13-20 knots and veering to WSW. Becoming 20-25 mid-afternoon onward from the GG Bridge to Treasure Island and east of Angel Island.

WEATHER: A well established marine layer of low cloud demonstrates the moderate NW gradient flow. Some fog on the coast – mainly west of GG Bridge. Clouds will break up from east to west across the bay with a developing thermal component. Clouds may clear this afternoon although fog is likely to continue pushing into the bay from GG Bridge and over the Presidio.

TEMPERATURE: A cool start 51-55F. Warming to 65-70F (of course much warmer away from the bay inland). Cooler on the strongest winds of the afternoon.

SEAS: Light chop 1-2 ft. Building to 2-3 ft on the stronger afternoon sea breeze. Roughest where wind opposes tide.

Detailed Wind Forecast for Today
Time Wind Speed Wind Direction (MAG)
(LT) Mean Range Mean Range
0900 13 09-15 205 190-225 …max left
1000 12 08-14 210 200-230 …right trend
1100 11 08-14 220 210-240 …maybe a little while veering
1200 11 08-14 235 220-250
1300 13 09-16 240 225-255 …building central bay
1400 16 12-20 250 235-260
1500 19 15-22 255 240-265 …stable wind direction; solid breeze
1600 20 17-24 255 240-265
1700 21 17-25 260 245-270
1800 20 16-24 260 245-270
1900 17 14-21 255 240-265

HEDGE: Forecast Confidence: AVERAGE.
1) Models are all in good agreement for a pretty classic SF Bay breeze this afternoon. Peak winds are forecast to be mid-/late-afternoon and solidly 20-25 knots in the favored areas from Crissy Field across the Angel Island and Treasure Island. A little later and possibly lighter build up to Richmond in the afternoon.

2) Expect the breeze to be unstable and patchy for a short time late morning when it is veering from SSW to SW. Solidly building pressure when veeeinf SW to WSW in the early afternoon.

3) Clouds will need to break up over inner bay in order for breeze to build to potential this afternoon. Marine layer cloud may hold on the western Bay across GG Bridge and Sausalito all day. Late push of fog back into the bay 1600/1700.

4) Returning marine layer could be a little lower and more patchy this evening signally warmer, veered wind developing aloft. If the veering of upper winds happens earlier, then sea breeze may not be as strong in the late afternoon/evening. This is more likely an issue to tomorrow.

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06-26-2010, 06:08 PM
Who's gonna give the Cats the love and coverage they deserve?

Pressure Drop, that's who....look for some stellar in your face imagery and full reports right here!




06-26-2010, 07:47 PM
From the adreneline of mark sets

to the edge of your seat anticipation

leading the pack from start to finish

or just packing it in for the day


we got you covered, from head to toe!

Todays scores:


06-27-2010, 11:32 AM
There are some pictures from Saturday posted (< 90 of ~250).
I will push more pics online when I get to Seattle this evening.

http://22j5tq.bay.livefilestore.com/y1pp_qOjM6bX-Vii2vtqeI2p1A29jxjwbQA9jf8_PTjnaMXob559kw2ccNfZxV7 0BXQHv5aAoMpfaB5JF2hHF2zR_aOKBpYd99A/IMG_1393.JPG?psid=1

http://22j5tq.bay.livefilestore.com/y1pI2L1YFfwXcXF2Gs_KIdGjdWtVtJliI_I1hhLlec39pE9HcD 4zpdMBcGhOVJWzkyq6On54j0sX-YyqatIR_Z7v--rUp43fLyN/IMG_1041.JPG?psid=1

Link http://cid-16fa8d944f627867.photos.live.com/browse.aspx/2010%5E_NOOD%5E_June26

PD Staff
06-27-2010, 01:01 PM
It's been six years since the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta was raced on San Francisco Bay, and with classic San Fran conditions for the opening day, it sure felt good to be back.


© Dave Reed/sailing World

As I scanned across San Francisco Bay from the race deck of the St. Francis YC, with winds whipping through the gates and numerous classes short tacking the City Front, only one thought kept coming to mind: it's great to be back in San Fran.

After a six-year hiatus, the Sperry Top-Sider San Francisco NOOD, a two-day affair here, is back on, hosting the most diverse collection of classes of any other NOOD (with 164 entries). We've got trimarans (Corsair 24s, Wetas), beach cats (Formula 18s), dinghies (Lasers, Finns, and Flying Dutchmen), IRC boats, new and old one-designs (J/105s, Olson 25, Folkboats, Express 37s and 27s, J/24s, J/22, and Melges 24s and 20s), and yes, even kiteboarders. It's not the big-boat fest it was way back when, but the diversity of the 18 classes is a perfect snapshot of the sport today.

As far as the numbers go, the Formula 18 catamarans have rallied the most entries (19) and they've come from far and wide to set up shop on nearby Chrissy Field Beach and take advantage of the primo racecourse between the Golden Gate Bridge and St. Francis YC. With the F-18 class being a “box rule” design, there's a lot of variety in the fleet in terms of hull shapes, designers, and builders, but by design they “should” all be the same speed around the racecourse.

Boathandling is still the dividing factor, though, as evidenced by the finish deltas as winds kicked into the mid-20s by mid-day today. Leading the teams vying for the West Coast title are Hobie Cat team riders Greg Thomas and Jacques Bernier, who are using the event as a final tune-up to the massive 150-boat F-18 Worlds in France next week.

The bright-red sails of their Hobie Tiger were easy to spot as they front of the fleet in each of the first two races. They were leading on the final run of the third and final race of the day as well before pitchpoling on the last jibe into the mark, allowing all-star multihull sailor and designer Pete Melvin's blue Nacra to sneak past.

“It was a big puff,” said Thomas. “The bows went in and Jacques went flying around the front of the boat.” They managed to get back on the racetrack quickly, and were nipping at Melvin's transoms as the two reached into the finish. “It's awesome sailing here,” added Thomas, a first timer to the City Front, “and really cool to have people sitting onshore watching.”

The Weta 4.4s (a New Zealand-built 14-foot trimaran and SW's Best Dinghy in it's 2010 Boat of the Year program) and the Corsair 24s have assembled for their West Coast Championship as well. The Weta, fleet, which has a strong local presence, spent the day chasing the boat's designer Chris Kichen, who swept the four-races of the day, and

As the onsite rep for the magazine, the SW editor onsite plays host on the sponsor VIP, so that's where yours truly spent the day, motoring up and down the City Front circle with spectators and sponsors from Sperry Top-Sider, Essex Credit, and Mount Gay Rum. We jealously watched the close racing of the classic white-sailed Knarrs, and Folkboats, hooted for F-18s as they went tearing by, and ogled the big hardware of the 7-boat IRC class, namely Dan Woolery's Summit 40 Soozal, looking in fine form as usual.

It was impossible not to get excited about it all: the big flood tide, a snotty 25-knot westerly, and, of course, a thin veil of fog shrouding the Golden Gate Bridge to make it feel like home. It's good to back. Tomorrow we get to see the action of Berkeley Circle, and we're looking forward to it.

06-27-2010, 05:21 PM

F-18 Gallery Now posted! (http://www.printroom.com/ViewGallery.asp?userid=the_REAL_photoboy&gallery_id=2145268)

Results Berkely Circle Course (http://www.stfyc.com/files/2010%20NOOD%20C2%20Results.pdf)

Results South Berkeley Course (http://www.stfyc.com/files/2010%20NOOD%20C3%20Results.pdf)

Results City Front Course (http://www.stfyc.com/files/2010%20NOOD%20C1%20Results.pdf)

06-27-2010, 07:48 PM
The wind increased Saturday as the day went on and the fog came and it got a lot colder, ...

The Hobie Tiger ~probably had more crew weight than the Infusion;
playing the windshift off the shore to the layline was interesting.
http://22j5tq.bay.livefilestore.com/y1pnDrhXMQiGcXIy_NC0_8n0gT_XQnvxFWR68YOtrWl52dza_o JqYP36uI-aP39E46hKPxB3B65vTeI4t19UDQAAcHyYXfYlnmQ/IMG_1558-960.JPG
Gallery-Link (http://cid-16fa8d944f627867.photos.live.com/self.aspx/2010%5E_NOOD%5E_June26/IMG%5E_1558.JPG), picture underneath is ~3MB.

IRC racing was close enough on the course,
Galllery-Link (http://cid-16fa8d944f627867.photos.live.com/self.aspx/2010%5E_NOOD%5E_June26/IMG%5E_1623.JPG).

06-27-2010, 10:36 PM
We posted a story this evening on the new NOOD regatta, including a visit with the F18 fleet.

Team Storm took advantage of the windy conditions here on SF Bay as a tune-up for next week's F18 Worlds in Erquy, France, in Brittany on the English Channel.
Photo copyright 2010 http://www.norcalsailing.com

Please see
http://www.norcalsailing.com/entries/2010/06/27/NOOD.html for lots more great photos and comments from the racers.

06-29-2010, 08:03 AM

The Wetas magically grew to 11 and Kiwi Chris Kitchen never looked back as he took 8 out of 8 1st


Joe William mad a "Habit" of scoring aces in the Melges 20s fleet and dominated the 5 boat strong class


IRC once again went to Soozla


J-22's had 6 boat register and 4 race. Cam Lewis and Greg Greenlee drove Trinity to victory over Cheeseburger


Corsair 24's boasted a 7 boat fleet with Ross Stein's Oragami 4 bullets shooting him into 1st


J 105's 12 boats were a dramatic reduction from NOODs past. The duo of Woodley and Whitney claimed top spot aboard Risk


Mark Dowdys Eclipse, eclipsed Golden Moon for planetary alignment bragging rights in the Express 37's

All Images Courtesy Peter Lyons

Buzz Light Beer
06-29-2010, 09:34 AM
The forecast looks to be light both days - we'll see what mother nature provides.

A weekend on the water is always better than a weekend pulling weeds.

Forecasters once again, not exactly on the money.

What other profession gets paid so much to be so wrong so often?

06-29-2010, 06:08 PM
That was the NOAA forecast on Friday at ~ 7:00 PM. The updated 3:00 AM forecast was pretty accurate for both days, which is also reflected in the North Sails NOOD forecast, much more detailed;

Today: WSW wind 21 to 25 kt. Patchy fog before 11am.

Tonight: SW wind 20 to 25 kt decreasing to 8 to 13 kt after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 31 kt. Patchy fog after 11pm.

Sunday: SW wind 8 to 17 kt. Patchy fog before 11am

Forecast accuracy and reliability with light forecasts is also notoriously questionable, which is why I checked again early Saturday. NOAA can be surprisingly accurate, at times. Other times, not so much.

PD Staff
07-02-2010, 12:50 PM
If you were anywhere within eyeshot of The Bay last weekend, chances are you saw a fleet of 18
F18's tearing up the City Front. The F18 West Coast Championships, hosted by StFYC, drew sailors from Canada to SoCal. This 18 foot multihull class, controlled by a strict box rule, are evolved versions of the Hobie 16 of the 80s that you may be familiar with. If you haven’t sailed a modern beach cat with a spinnaker, I can tell you first hand that it’s a radical experience. You should get on one!


Greg Thomas and Jacques Bernier blast past

The F18 WCCs was sailed over 2 days in fairly benign Bay conditions; never piping up to over 20 knots on course. The Hobie Factory team of Greg Thomas and Jacques Bernier made the journey from San Diego with Hobie’s new F18, the Wild Cat. A striking boat with bright red Pentex sails, wave piercing hulls and molded-in spray rails. It is the crux of beach cat technology. Several other well-known sailors made the journey including Bay Area sailor, Will Baylis, and designer Pete Melvin.


Pete Melvin and son Josh on the Nacra, a cat Pete designed

For the entire weekend Pete, sailing with his son James, and Greg and Jacques match raced up the course, sometimes over a mile ahead of the 3rd place boat. Though the conditions were fairly light, there was some carnage. Ian Sammis from Long Beach pitch-poled and ended up with a broken rig of his brand new C2. At the end of the first day Greg and Jacques got 2 bullets, and Pete and his son got one in a photo finish.

Saturday evening’s dinner and Mount Gay Rum party at the StFYC was off the hook, and I was told later that the sailors consumed 10 cases of rum. The F18 sailors, conglomerating at one table, fired up the football chant Ole’Ole’, and were definitely the life of the party.


A herd of cats at start

The conditions Sunday were similar to Saturday just a little warmer; overall fairly benign for The Bay. The wind never really reached above 20 and the brutal bay chop never really developed. The Hobie Factory Team got 3 bullets with Pete Melvin and his son filling the second spot. At the end of the day, local boys Jason Moore and Jake Sailor finished in the 3rd spot by sailing consistently and finishing all of the races. Way to go boys! Greg and Jacques used this event to get warmed up for the F18 Worlds in Europe, which they left for right after this event.

The F18 WCCs was one of the best catamaran regattas that I’ve ever been to. The Bay conditions and the amenities of the StFYC made for one epic event. Thank you to all of the volunteers, organizers, and sponsors who pulled together and made it all work. We will be back, hopefully next time with 50 boats. For more photos of the event, check out the link below!

Surf City Photos (http://surfcityracing.smugmug.com/Other/F18-West-Coast-Champs-2010/12722552_FuLSX#915847746_EXBaa)


We thank Jeremy of Surf City Catamarans for his effort!

If you are interested in checking out the latest and greatest from Hobie or Nacra you can find it at Jeremy's store front on the south side of the Main Harbor in Santa Cruz. They also do demo and rentals for catamarans and Hobie SUP boards.

Surf City Catamarans
2214 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, Ca 95062
In the Santa Cruz Harbor
(831) 475-7245(SAIL)