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Viper 640 Team victorious at Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in San Diego

by Evily Giannopoulos 19 Mar 2018 06:09 GMT 16-18 March 2018
2018 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta - Day 3 © Paul Todd / www.outsideimages.com

The 2018 Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta — the country's largest and longest-running sailboat racing series — concluded its second stop of 2018 in San Diego on Sunday. Hundreds of sailors in more than 10 classes enjoyed a weekend of excellent sailing conditions and robust competition in the waters off of Point Loma and Coronado.

For Viper 640 Nice Asp skipper Mike Pentecost, being selected the regatta's overall winner was a bonus to the winning streak he and his teammates have been enjoying over the past few months.

The Rancho Palos Verdes resident has been racing in the Viper 640 class for only five years, but he says the team he has now is firm as they prepare for their class championship in Long Beach. He credited their teamwork for consistent finishes on a weekend with challenging racing conditions.

"There was no set menu," he said. "The wind would pay to the left, the next race would pay to the right. It was not a typical go-right scenario. It was very technical."

As the Helly Hansen San Diego NOOD's overall winner, Pentecost earns a berth in the Helly Hansen NOOD Caribbean Championship Regatta, presented by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands in October.

In the Formula 18 catamaran class, winner Travis Vetter and crew Bryan Paine tied with Sten Sorensen's The Beast, with 14 points, but team Teratornis Vetterae ultimately earned the top spot after applying the tiebreaker.

Vetter and Paine sail out of nearby Mission Bay Yacht Club, where a growing fleet with "great camaraderie" enabled Vetter to borrow a boat for the weekend. After more than 10 years of participating in NOOD Regattas, this is Vetter's first win, and the regatta doubled as the Southern California F18 Championship.

"It was fantastic competition," Vetter said of the weekend. "It couldn't have been any closer. The fleet turned inside-out several times, and we won by the narrowest possible margin. It feels really good to know that our hard work paid off."

The largest class of the weekend was the popular J/70 fleet, which was led by team Perseverance with San Diego-native Bennet Greenwald at the helm.

"The J/70s are always tough," Greenwald said, touting that the fleet this weekend boasted several world champions. "South Bay is really fun because it's flat water but the shifts come quick. It was a very exciting weekend. It feels good to win, but just being here is a privilege."

The Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design Regatta continues its 30th anniversary season May 4-6 in Annapolis, Maryland.

For more information, visit sailingworld.com/nood-regattas.

Final Results (Top Three)

Etchells (One Design - 12 Boats)

1. Lifted, Etchells, Jim Cunningham, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2 -1 -1 -1 -3 ; 8
2. Elizabeth, Etchells, Tom Carruthers, San Diego, CA, USA, 4 -2 -2 -2 -2 ; 12
3. Rhino, Etchells, Bruce Nelson, San Diego, CA, USA, 1 -3 -5 -3 -6 ; 18

Beneteau First 36.7 (One Design - 8 Boats)

1. Kea, Beneteau First 36.7, Chick Pyle, San Diego, Ca, USA, 5 -1 -1 -1 ; 8
2. Kraken, Beneteau First 36.7, Thomas Shepherd, Oceanside, CA, USA, 1 -2 -3 -4 ; 10
3. Adeline, Beneteau First 36.7, Bob Carlson, Poway, CA, USA, 4 -4 -5 -2 ; 15

J 105 (One Design - 10 Boats)

1. J-OK, J 105, Stewart Cannon, San Diego, CA, USA, 1 -5 -2 -1 -2 ; 11
2. Juiced, J 105, Tom Hurlburt / Chuck Driscoll, San Diego, CA, USA, 10 -2 -1 -2 -1 ; 16
3. Zuni Bear, J 105, Richard Bergmann, San Diego, CA, USA, 4 -3 -4 -5 -6 ; 22

Beneteau First 40.7 (One Design - 4 Boats)

1. Silhouette, Beneteau First 40.7, Warren Gross, San Diego, CA, USA, 1 -2 -2 -1 -2 -3 ; 11
2. Wiki Wiki, Beneteau First 40.7, Mike Honeysett, Ramona, CA, USA, 4 -1 -3 -2 -1 -1 ; 12
3. Lugano, Beneteau First 40.7, Mark Stratton, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2 -3 -1 -3 -3 -2 ; 14

J 120 (One Design - 6 Boats)

1. Caper, J 120, John Laun, San Diego, CA, United States, 2 -1 -2 -2 -3 -2 ; 12
2. CC Rider, J 120, Charles Nichols, San Diego, CA, USA, 5 -2 -1 -4 -4 -1 ; 17
3. Mad Men, J 120, Ernie Pennell, San Diego, CA, USA, 4 -5 -5 -3 -1 -4 ; 22

Flying Tiger 10 (One Design - 7 Boats)

1. Justice, Flying Tiger 10, John Harrop, San Diego, CA, USA, 5 -3 -1 -1 -3 -1 ; 14
2. Abacus, Flying Tiger 10, Timothy Chin, San Diego, CA, USA, 1 -1 -4 -3 -2 -3 ; 14
3. Relapse, Flying Tiger 10, Tom Hirsh, San Diego, CA, USA, 3 -2 -5 -4 -1 -2 ; 17

TP 52/Pac 52 (ORR - 3 Boats)

1. Gladiator, TP52, Tony Langley, Retford, Nottinghamshire, GBR, 2 -2 -1 -1 -1 ; 7
2. Rio, Pac52, Manouch Moshayedi, Corona del Mar, CA, USA, 1 -1 -3 -2 -2 ; 9
3. Nimbus, TP52, Eduardo Saenz, Mexico City, Mexico City, MEX, 3 -3 -2 -3 -3 ; 14

J 70 (One Design - 24 Boats)

1. Perseverance , J 70, Bennet Greenwald, San Diego, CA, USA, 9 -2 -1 -1 -8 -3 -2 -12 -2 -4 ; 44
2. Cool Story Bro, J 70, Snow/ Brigden, San Diego, CA, USA, 1 -7 -3 -4 -5 -12 -1 -8 -5 -7 ; 53
3. Minor Threat, J 70, Jeff Janov, Malibu, CA, USA, 13 -3 -10 -6 -1 -6 -9 -1 -4 -1 ; 54

J 70 Corinthian (One Design - 10 Boats)

1. 540, J 70, David Hochart, Coronado, CA, USA, 7 -11 -14 -12 -2 -7 -14 -13 -3 -9 ; 92
2. Jaya, J 70, Craig Tallman, Redondo Beach, CA, USA, 17 -15 -25 -10 -17 -11 -4 -10 -10 -6 ; 125
3. SBYC Youth Team, J 70, Paul Harteck, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, 2 -19 -6 -16 -15 -19 -19 -16 -9 -8 ; 129

I 14 (One Design - 8 Boats)

1. Astragulu, I 14, Brad Ruetenik, Encinitas, CA, USA, 1 -1 -3 -1 -2 -9 -1 -2 ; 20
2. Forty, Too, I 14, John Clark, Point Richmond, CA, USA, 5 -4 -4 -3 -1 -1 -5 -3 ; 26
3. Eris, I 14, Mikey Radziejowski, Santa Cruz, CA, USA, 2 -2 -1 -2 -3 -9 -4 -7 ; 30

Viper 640 (One Design - 16 Boats)

1. Nice ASP, Viper 640, Mike Pentecost, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA, 3 -3 -1 -4 -1 -1 -2 -5 -5 ; 25 OVERALL WINNER
2. It's All Good, Viper 640, Jay Golison, Long Beach, CA, USA, 1 -4 -2 -1 -4 -6 -4 -2 -4 ; 28
3. Venom, Viper 640, Jeff Grange, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, 2 -1 -3 -17 -2 -2 -1 -1 -2 ; 31

F 18 (One Design - 12 Boats)

1. Teratornis Vetterae, F18, Travis Vetter, San Diego, CA, USA, 4 -1 -4 -3 -1 -1 ; 14
2. The Beast, F18, sten sorensen, La jolla, CA, USA, 1 -2 -5 -1 -2 -3 ; 14
3. Casi Listo, F18, Scott Miller, Ramona, CA, USA, 5 -3 -2 -6 -3 -4 ; 23

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