The weather conditions were somewhat challenging yesterday morning, but more than a 1,000 sailors made their debut on the waters to kickoff the first full day of competition at the Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta in Marblehead.
By the afternoon, the constant wind helped the racers complete the courses in each of the boat classes. After poor weather prevented the Regatta from starting on Thursday, the racers more than made up for it during opening day of Marblehead’s 124th Race Week.
The four-day event, which had several locals ranking at the top of the leader board in their respective boat classes yesterday, will crown a winner by the end of competition. The boat finishing with the fewest total points at the end of the week will win its class
In the Halfway Rockline Course Benjamin Richardson (Tern Too), out of Gloucester, earned the top spot in the Rhodes 19 class with 16 points. Richardson and crew had two first place finishes in five races of the day. Marblehead’s Pete Kaznoski and Evan Cooke (Sundance) finished in second place for the day with 24 points.
North Andover’s Marc Poirier positioned himself in first place in the Megabyte class with five points.
In the Outside Line Course, Stewart Neff (Wenham), Tomas Hornos and Paul McLaughlin both of Marblehead made up the top three in the Etchells class. In the IOD, Matt Lindblad’s Javelin was first (six points) out of the pack of 11. The J/70 raced twice, while Bennet Greenwald finished first the class. With 19 boats in the J/105 class, Robert Slattery, Jon and Stuart Wales and Ric Dexter finished at the top of the pack.
The final races of the day went along the Tinkers Line Course. Skip Shumway, Larry Ehrhardt and David Curtis made up the top three in the Sonar class, while local Mike Taber (Marblehead) was first in the J/24 class. With nine boats in the Town class, Vermont’s Berit Solstad finished the day in the lead. Boxford native Jeff Slocum wrapped up the day in first in the Viper 604 standings.
The regatta will continue today at 11 a.m. as the overall winner in Marblehead will receive an invitation to participate in the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Championship Regatta in the British Virgin Islands to compete aboard Sunsail 44i’s against the other overall winners in the 2013 series.