By Matt Williams
---- — There may be even more sailboats than usual lining Marblehead Neck this weekend, as the 124th running of Marblehead Race Week gets underway tomorrow.
The main attraction will be the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta, a series of races that will take place Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday around Massachusetts Bay. Races will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the first three days, while Sunday’s races will run from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The overall winner of the regatta will be determined by officials from Sailing World and the race committee based on the strongest finish in the most competitive class. The regatta will feature daily races in a number of classes, with sailors earning points for their finish in each individual race. The boat with the fewest total points will win its class.
The regatta’s overall winner be earn an invitation to the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Championships, being held in the British Virgin Islands, to compete against other overall winners from the 2013 series (which includes regatta held in St. Petersburg, Fla., San Diego, Annapolis, Maryland, Seattle and Chicago).
The boat classes are schedule to race as follows: IOD and Rhodes 19 class will race Thursday through Sunday; J/105, Etchells, Town Class, Viper 640, Sonar, J/24, J/70 and Megabyte classes will race Friday through Sunday; and Vanguard 15 will compete Saturday and Sunday.
In conjunction with Junior Race Week, which began yesterday, the entire event is expected to draw nearly 200 boats to Marblehead Neck. Race Week was held for the first time in 1889, and last year’s overall winner was the Rhodes 19 class vessel “Bight Me.”