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Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta in Detroit - Day 2

by Dana Paxton 3 Jun 2007 09:33 BST 1-3 June 2007

Two days down, one to go -- anything is possible

On the second day of racing at the Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design (N.O.O.D.) Regatta in Detroit, Mich. class leaders were established in the 19 competing classes. After a disappointing one-race opening day, competitors were looking forward to a full day of sailing. Wind cooperated in the 5-10 knot range on all three racecourses giving the Bayview Yacht Club’s race committee the chance to run three races on Circle A and two races on both Circle B and C. For some, the light wind caused some trouble and for others, a little bit of luck was the difference between difficulty and success.

“We didn’t have our customary good starts,” said Ed Bayer (Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.), the current leader of the J/35 class on his Falcon. “However, we got lucky. We picked a couple of good shifts, we had some decent mark roundings, and in a crowd we came out in front.” Bayer said that his main rival throughout the day was Scandal, owned by Karl Kuspa and Chuck Stormes (Warren, Mich.), which finished third to him at the class North American championship. Falcon had a 1-3 finish going into the day’s last race and Bayer knew he had to do well to keep the lead in the 9-boat class. “We had bad luck at the start and we kind of clawed through the fleet,” he said. “We kept working and managed to catch some shifts. We got closer to Scandal in the first spinnaker run. They came in on starboard at the (leeward) mark, and we came in on port. We picked through the fleet, each of them had something to slow them up. We came through cleanly and found ourselves from fourth to first.” Falcon has six points for the overall lead, while Scandal is in second place with 11 points, followed by Double Shot, owned by William Jenkins (Grosse Point Park), in third with 14 points.

The most consistent competitor in the 201-boat fleet might be James Gerometta on his C& 40 Collina in the Warhorse class. As one of two IRC fleets in this year’s NOOD in Detroit, the 7-boat Warhorse class is comprised of somewhat similar boats that sail with their IRC handicap rating, instead of against the exact same design boat. Gerometta strung together finishes of 1-1-1-2 for five points over Hellion, owned by Dane Christy and Dave Lockhart (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), which has eight total points including the first-place to Collina’s only second-place finish in today’s last race. Titan, the C&C 41 owned by Michael Schultes (Grosse Pointe) is in third with 13 points.

In the Ultimate 20 Class, yesterday’s leader American Honour, owned by Eric Vigrass (Port Huron, Mich) continued its winning ways, posting a 1-2 to keep the lead in the 9-boat class over Jim Pearson (Wheatley, Ontario, CAN) in second wth seven points and Mini Me, owned by Cody Hines (Cambridge, Ontario, CAN) in third with 12 points.

The C&C 35 Class is still led by Brian Geraghty’s (Grosse Pointe Shores) Siochail with Frank Tenkel’s (Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.) Bravo in second and Spirit, owned by Jim Bennett (Sarnia, Ontario), in third.

Racing concludes tomorrow Sunday, June 3 where the overall winner will be named. That boat will receive a Sunsail charter during the 2007 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta Championship, in the British Virgin Islands, where they will compete against the overall winners from each stop on the nine-regatta Sperry Top-Sider NOOD circuit.

For more information on the 2007 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta in Detroit, including daily reports, results and exclusive web reports by Sailing World editors, go to www.sailingworld.com

Sperry Top-Sider is the national title sponsor of the Detroit, Mich. N.O.O.D. which is presented by Sailing World. Support sponsors who will join the event include Audi, Active Network, Budweiser Select, Gill, Sunsail, North Sails and Mount Gay Rum.

The 2007 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regattas will sail next into Chicago, Ill. from June 15-17 and onto Toronto, Ontario, Canada from June 22-24. Additional venues for 2007 include Annapolis, Md.; Boston, Mass.; Detroit, Mich.; Houston, Texas; Larchmont, N.Y.; San Diego, Calif.; and St. Petersburg, Fla.;

Created by Sailing World in 1988, the NOODs attract close to 2,000 boats and more than 30,000 competitors and spectators annually. Each event in the series features three 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.

Results after Day 2:

IRC A (IRC - 13 Boats)
1. Burden IV, Burt Jones, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, USA, 3-1-4-1;9
2. Saturn, Wally Tsuha, Rochester Hills, MI, USA, 1-4-1-3;9
3. Schock & All, Russell Krock, Granville, OH, USA, 4-2-2-4;12

Warhorse (IRC - 7 Boats)
1. Collina, James J. Gerometta, Oakland, MI, USA, 1-1-1-2;5
2. Hellion, Dane Christy / Dave Lockhart, Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA, 2-3-2-1;8
3. Titan, Michael Schultes, Grosse Pointe, MI, USA, 3-4-3-3;13

Beneteau 36.7 (One Design - 14 Boats)
1. First Today, Gary Tisdale, Lewiston, NY, USA, 3-1-2-2;8
2. Legend, Dave Shriner, Sterling Hgts., MI, USA, 1-3-6-3;13
3. Zingara, Richard Reid, Port Credit, Ontario, CAN, 4-9-1-1;15

J 35 / T 35 (One Design - 9 Boats)
1. Falcon, Ed Bayer, Grosse Pointe Park, MI, USA, 1-1-3-1;6
2. Scandal, Karl Kuspa / Chuck Storms, Warren, MI, USA, 5-3-1-2;11
3. Double Shot, William Jenkins, Grosse Pointe Park, MI, USA, 4-2-5-3;14

J 120 (One Design - 7 Boats)
1. Ihnsanity, Marvin Ihnen, Troy, MI, USA, 3-1-3-1;8
2. Capers, Don Hudak, Mentor, OH, USA, 2-3-1-5;11
3. Merlin, Robert Amsler, Clinton Township, MI, USA, 1-4-7-4;16

Tartan 10 (One Design - 20 Boats)
1. Perfect, Ted Pinkerton, Aurora, OH, USA, 4-1-6;11
2. Demon Rum, Mike / Beth Eckstein, Royal Oak, MI, USA, 5-5-3;13
3. Think Blue, Gary Disbrow, Avon Lake, OH, USA, 10-2-2;14

C & C 35 (One Design - 9 Boats)
1. Siochail, Brian Geraghty, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI, USA, 1-2-1;4
2. Bravo, Frank Tenkel, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI, USA, 4-1-4;9
3. Spirit, Jim Bennett, Sarnia, Ontario, CAN, 2-6-3;11

NA 40 (One Design - 6 Boats)
1. Velero VII, John S. Barbour, Grosse Pointe, MI, USA, 1-1-2;4
2. Majic Star, John F. Rummel, Sterling Heights, MI, USA, 2-4-1;7
3. Montombi, Michael Conrad, Northville, MI, USA, 3-2-3;8

J 105 (One Design - 12 Boats)
1. Junto, Michael Morin / Duane Rose, Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA, 2-3-6;11
2. Sorcery, Brian Smith, St. Clair Shores, MI, USA, 5-2-4;11
3. Tenacious, Rick Listwan / Ed Palm, Grosse Pointe, MI, USA, 4-6-2;12

Level 126 (One Design - 10 Boats)
1. Lionheart II, Len Strahl, Windsor, Ontario, CAN, 1-3-1;5
2. Rebel, Jim Brown / Chuck Williams, Ruby, MI, USA, 2-1-10;13
3. Slapshot, Tom Freeman, St. Thomas, Ontario, CAN, 9-4-2;15

J 29 (One Design - 6 Boats)
1. Rhumb Punch, John & Linda Edwards, California, MD, USA, 2-2-1;5
2. Blitz, John Amyot, LaSalle, OH, USA, 4-1-2;7
3. Rooster Tale, Brian Rice, Fenwick, Ontario, CAN, 1-3-3;7

Melges 24 (One Design - 33 Boats)
1. USA 511, John Podmajersky, Chicago, IL, USA, 2-1-7;10
2. Flying Toaster, Mike Dow (C), Traverse City, MI, USA, 1-4-13;18
3. Pied Piper, Jack Jennings, Chicago, IL, USA, 10-7-2;19

Express 27 (One Design - 7 Boats)
1. Just the Tip, John VanTol, Grosse Pointe Park, MI, USA, 1-2-4;7
2. Trim, Bob Harvey, Norton Shores, MI, USA, 6-1-1;8
3. Air Force, Peter Fortune, Grosse Pointe, MI, USA, 2-3-3;8

Cal 25 (One Design - 25 Boats)
1. Draco, Brian Shenstone & Bob Orr, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, USA, 2-4-3;9
2. Clytie, Dale T. Marshall, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, USA, 7-1-6;14
3. Holme Brew, David Holme, Grosse Pointe, MI, USA, 1-12-4;17

Crescent (One Design - 6 Boats)
1. Utopia, David Hume, Detroit, MI, USA, 1-1-2;4
2. Manon, Stephen Hume, Detroit, MI, USA, 2-3-1;6
3. Blue Moon, Kevin Cohan, Detroit, MI, USA, 3-4-4;11

J 24 (One Design - 9 Boats)
1. Mind Games, Jim VanDeVelde, Macomb, MI, USA, 3-1-1;5
2. Instant Karma, Josh Kerst, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, 1-2-2;5
3. Doh!!, Dan Webb, Harrison Township, MI, USA, 2-3-3;8

Ultimate 20 (One Design - 9 Boats)
1. American Honour, Eric Vigrass, Port Huron, MI, USA, 1-1-2;4
2. Jim Pearson, Wheatley, Ontario, CAN, 4-2-1;7
3. Mini Me, Cody Hines, Cambridge, Ontario, CAN, 3-6-3;12