From the Seattle Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design Regatta:
It took three days, 230-plus boats and well over 200 races to see who would capture the first-ever Seattle Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta title. But for Stephen D. Orsini (Anacortes, WA), accomplishment came sooner than expected.
Stephen D. Orsini and his boat Inferno sailed in the Santana 20 boat class, moving around in the rankings all weekend-long. The Washington skipper and his crew finally took the lead in his fleet on the last day of the regatta. Capturing the top spot in on the most competitive fleets earned Orsini the overall title for the inaugural Seattle NOOD.
As the overall winner in Seattle, Orsini will be invited to participate in the 2008 NOOD Regatta Championships in the British Virgin Islands in November to compete aboard Sunsail 39’s against the overall winners from each stop on the nine-regatta Sperry Top-Sider NOOD circuit.
Course A was dominated by Washington skippers today, as all eight fleet winners hailed from the Evergreen State. Among today’s top winner on course A were Carl Freund (Oak Harbor) and John Hoag (Seattle) who were the only two skippers in the entire field of 231 boats to post all first-place finishes. Jeff Whitney (Mukiltco), Michael Schiltz (Bellevue), Stuart M Burnell (Seattle), Chris Winnard (Bothell), Bob Pistay (Seattle) and Mark Hood (Steilacoom) also took home their respective fleet’s title.
Chris Popich (Federal Way, WA), Chris Chambers (Sandpoint, ID) and Andy Parker (Bainbridge, WA) not only captured their fleet’s titles today, but also posted the top-three scores on course B. Harry Dursch (Bellevue, WA), Kathryn Meyer (Seattle, WA), Andy McGregor (Summerland, B.C.) and Martin Godsil (Kingston, WA) also took home fleet titles.
Scott Macdonald (Vancouver, B.C.) blew the competition out of the water, as the Canadian skipper posted the top score on course C with a nine. Other fleet winners on course C included Dalton Burgen (Seattle, WA), Ronald Watt (Issaquah, WA), Anthony Boscolo (Coupeville, WA), Ken Marshack (Fairview, OR), Gretchen Kaiser (Kirkland, WA), Stacey Wilson (Bainbridge Island, WA) and Jay Renehan (Seattle, WA).
The Seattle NOOD Regatta was the fourth stop of the nine-event series.
The Sperry Top-Sider NOOD regatta series will next set sail for Detroit, Mich., May 30-June 1, 2008. Additional venues for 2008 include St. Petersburg, Fla.; San Diego, Calif.; Annapolis, Md.; Chicago, Ill.; Marblehead, Mass.; Larchmont, N.Y.; and Houston, Texas.
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.
Sperry Top-Sider is the national title sponsor of the 2008 Seattle NOOD, which is presented by Sailing World. Support sponsors who will join the event include Mount Gay Rum, Gill, Sunsail, North Sails, ClearPoint High Definition Weather, Active.com, Fisheries Supply, Maritime Pacific Brewing Co., Shilshole Marina: a Port of Seattle Property and Furuno. Oceana, a national non-profit organization protecting the world’s oceans, is the charity partner of the NOOD Regattas.