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Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design Regatta returns to San Diego

by Evily Giannopoulos on 15 Feb
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The largest national sailboat racing circuit in the United States, the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta series, returns to San Diego, Calif., for its second stop of the season March 17-19. The event is organized by Sailing World and hosted by San Diego Yacht Club and Coronado Yacht Club.

Hundreds of local and visiting sailors in nearly a dozen classes of sailboats will compete for individual trophies and the top prize — an invitation to race in the Helly Hansen NOOD Caribbean Championship Regatta, presented by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands in October.

The annual three-day event features one-design racing, where teams compete in races against identical boats. Points are accumulated based on finishing position in each race, and the team with the fewest total points at the conclusion of the regatta wins its class. For competitors in the regatta’s one handicap class (PHRF), time allowances are used to score a boats of varying sizes and designs.

Regatta organizers then calculate an overall winner based on the strongest individual finish in the most competitive class. The overall winner earns a berth in the championship regatta, held Oct. 22-29 in the British Virgin Islands. In addition to winners from each of the five NOOD events this year, interested sailors can charter and compete against the overall winners at the championship.

“We’re about a month out from the start of the regatta and happy to see a great mix of local and visiting teams,” said Dave Reed, editor in chief, Sailing World. “Our San Diego event is always exciting because the out-of-town teams travel here to test themselves against a very competitive set of sailors. With races held inside San Diego Bay and on the Pacific off Point Loma, we have two of America’s very best racecourses.”

The Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta is a spectator-friendly event; the races can be seen from private yachts. Race start times are dependent on wind and weather, but racing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. each day.

For the third consecutive year, Helly Hansen—a global leader in technical sailing apparel with more than 135 years of experience protecting professionals on the water—continues as title sponsor for the elite sailing series.

Operating since 1988, Sailing World’s National Offshore One Design Regattas, known as the “NOODs,” are the longest-running and most popular sailboat racing series in North America. Every NOOD regatta attracts regional, national and international talent to compete against the local community on their home waters.
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