Please select your home edition
P&B 2019 - Leaderboard

Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta St. Petersburg off to a light start

by Jennifer Mitchell 16 Feb 01:00 PST 15-17 February 2019
2019 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in St. Petersburg © Paul Todd / Outside Images

The first day of racing for the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta St. Petersburg had a late start due to a postponement for light winds in the morning. Racing was under way by 1:30, allowing three races on most circles.

The light winds gave the A Class Classic Catamarans an advantage over their foiling course mates, who did not have enough wind to take advantage of their foils. It will be a different story when the wind picks up, but today it was a stand-out performance for Bob Webbon, who had three first-place finishes.

"It was just disgusting, it was terrible today," Webbon says jokingly of the beautiful weather. "The boats that we sail are very good in the light stuff and it's typical that the foils are slower in these conditions. Because we're not really racing the foilers, I block them out and I am looking at all the other guys in the classic fleet on the course."

Webbon, who travelled from Seabrook, Texas, felt well-tuned today having recently returned from the world championship in Australia in November where he finished in fifth place.

"I put a lot of work into the boat and before I went to the worlds I spent a lot of time practicing, getting the boat together and getting in shape. Quite a few of the guys were there and we just got our boats back from the containers," he says.

"I don't know how I could improve for tomorrow," he says, "there will be a bit more breeze and it will be a lot tighter racing. I had a really nice sail up today so it kind of gave me a little edge. When the wind comes up it will be a different story."

The competition was not lost on Maddy Ploch sailing on the J/70 circle. The high school student jumped into the boat for the first time in over a year and a half. Despite shaking off rust today she and her crew - including her father as tactician - finished the day in third overall.

"You look over your shoulder for one second and you already lose two boat lengths looking at the guy next to you," Ploch says. "It's really good competition here and I am actually really excited to come back again tomorrow and use some of the information I got today and apply it for every race that comes after."

Ploch's forte is offshore long distance racing - she has a few thousand miles under her belt from racing to Bermuda twice and doing boat deliveries - but she is no stranger to NOOD regattas having competed in her first one when she was 12 years old.

"It's very different racing, you have to be in a different mindset," she says. "The start is one third of the race on a short course. It's always about boat speed, tactics and strategy - when to cut your losses and when to duck and bite the bullet. I was glad to have some light wind today to get my bearings straight and remember the feel of the boat, but I would appreciate having more breeze in the coming days to keep things exciting and have the regatta have all conditions."

A unique class at the events is the Flying Tiger class, who have traveled here as part of a clinic, with practice leading up to the racing. Reed Baldridge, a coach in the leading boat, Team Torch, says the sailors, lead by skipper Bill Wagner have been sailing together for some time.

"It's been a really good transition for them to use their experience together in a new boat," Baldridge says. "They work really well together and have good communication and sail really well." During the beginning of the week during the clinic, the team had trouble with upwind speed and boat handing.

"Today was good off the start and we worked on speed," Baldridge explains. "Today was a tricky day tactically and I kept them in the middle of the course and in it all the time and they did all the work, which was great. We came away with a 2,3,3. The things to work on were staying calm around all of the marks and getting into the modes early and consistently."

"I let them learn a few things the hard way and helped them out a little bit with aspects of the racing," he says. The takeaway for this team was staying consistent in their fleet.

Another team that has come together for the Helly Hansen NOOD St. Petersburg is the Gen 5 crew in the Lightnings, who raced at the NOOD St. Petersburg two years ago.

"Sailing in the NOOD is our magic," says Steve Hayden who is joined by tactician David Hood and bow Amy Simonsen. "We teamed up at this event three years ago and were lucky to win. This is the first time we have sailed together since then," he says. Their scheduled aligned and they are able to reunite this weekend.

"We were fortunate because we didn't have the best starts today but we got out clean and found a lane," Hayden says. "We were in survival mode at times and fortunate to come out with the scores we did. It's a good crowd and there are good teams here. This weekend we will try to minimize mistakes and stay out of sticky situations and keep the boat moving through the water. Keep the thing rolling."

Racing is set to continue tomorrow at 10 a.m. and will continue through Sunday afternoon.

First Day Preliminary Results (Top Three):

Flying Tiger (One Design - 9 Boats)

  1. Team Torch, Flying Tiger 7.5, Bill Wagner,, 2 -3 -3; 8
  2. Hogfish Racing, Flying Tiger 7.5, Nigel Brownett,, 6 -1 -4; 11
  3. Business, Flying Tiger 7.5, Team Rod Favela,, 1 -4 -7; 12
J 24 (One Design - 8 Boats)
  1. YouRegatta, J 24, Carter White, Portland, ME, 1 -2 -3; 6
  2. Ice Cube, J 24, Michael Quaid, Williston, VT, 2 -6 -1; 9
  3. Angel of Harlem, J 24, Robby Brown, St. Petersburg, FL, 3 -1 -6; 10
Lightning (One Design - 19 Boats)
  1. Gen 5, Lightning, Steve Hayden, Lake Mary, FL, 1 -2 -3; 6
  2. Hard Asset, Lightning, Josh Goldman, Westport, CT, 2 -11 -1; 14
  3. El Magnifico, Lightning, Gustavo Tamayo, Bogota, Columbia, 7 -5 -2; 14
Sonar (One Design - 5 Boats)
  1. Valiant, Sonar, Rick Doerr, Clifton, NJ, 1 -1 -1; 3
  2. SPYC, Sonar, Kevin Holmberg, Tampa, FL, 2 -2 -2; 6
  3. Shamrock, Sonar, John Twomey, Cork, Ireland, 3 -3 -3; 9
A Cats Classics (One Design - 14 Boats)
  1. USA 165, A Cat, Bob Webbon, Seabrook, TX, 1 -1 -1; 3
  2. Black and Blue, A Cat, Ben Hall, Bokeelia, FL, 3 -3 -3; 9
  3. Cowbell, A Cat, Woody Cope, Tampa, FL, 2 -7 -2; 11
A Class Foiling (One Design - 24 Boats)
  1. USA 311, A Cat, Bruce Mahoney, La Porte, TX, 1 -1 -3; 5
  2. Bas Clas, A Cat, Bob Hodges, Covington, LA, 6 -4 -2; 12
  3. ShackAttack, A Cat, Ken Marshack, Key Largo, FL, 2 -8 -4; 14
Melges 24 (One Design - 12 Boats)
  1. Notorious, Melges 24, Robert Wigny, Ontario, Canada, 1 -7 -2; 10
  2. Rogue, Melges 24, Bob Kroetsch, Tampa, FL, 3 -6 -1; 10
  3. Hermes, Melges 24, Tony Stanley, Grayson, GA, 2 -5 -4; 11
J 88 (One Design - 6 Boats)
  1. Whirlwind, J 88, William Purdy, New York, NY, 4 -4 -1; 9
  2. Wings, J 88, Mike Bruno, Armonk, NY, 1 -7/RET -2; 10
  3. Exile, J 88, Andy & Sarah Graff, Chicago, IL, 5 -2 -3; 10
J 70 (One Design - 14 Boats)
  1. Tea Dance Snake, J 70, Peter Bowe, Baltimore, MD, 2 -1 -1; 4
  2. Honeybadger, J 70, Travis Odenbach, Pittsford, NY, 3 -2 -3; 8
  3. USA 88, J 70, Maddy Ploch, Pelham, NY, 4 -3 -4; 11
J 111 (One Design - 5 Boats)
  1. Spaceman Spiff, J 111, Rob Ruhlman, Cleveland, OH, 2 -3 -1; 6
  2. Sitella, J 111, Ian Hill, Chesapeake, VA, 1 -2 -3; 6
  3. Shamrock, J 111, Jeffrey Davis, Cleveland, OH 4 -1 -2; 7
PHRF 1 (PHRF - 11 Boats)
  1. Wasabi, Farr 395, Eric Lopez, Palm Harbor, FL, 51.0, 4 -1 -1; 6
  2. My Sharona, C&C 30, George Gamble, Pensacola, FL, 42.0, 1 -4 -2; 7
  3. Arista, Melges 32, Jody Abrams, Lakewood Ranch, FL, 27.0, 3 -2 -6; 11
PHRF 2 (PHRF - 8 Boats)
  1. Back Off, Soverel 33, Tony Barrett, St. Petersburg, FL, 87.0, 1 -1; 2
  2. YardGoat, Carrera, Jamie Myers, Tampa, FL, 99.0, 4 -2; 6
  3. Fire & Ice, J 105, George Cussins, Apollo Beach, FL, 87.0, 2 -4; 6
PHFR 3 (PHRF - 5 Boats)
  1. Polished Off, Soverel 26, Andy and Carrie Camarda, Chicago, IL, 165.0, 1 -2; 3
  2. Bill the Cat, wavelength, William Quinn, Loganville, GA, 159.0, 2 -3; 5
  3. Meltemi, S2 9.1, Alexander Korakis, Tampa, FL, 132.0, 6/DNS -1; 7
S2 7.9 (One Design - 12 Boats)
  1. Rebel, S2 7.9, John Spierling, Shelby Twp, MI, 1 -1; 2
  2. Just One More, S2 7.9, Jeff Mootz and Michael Doyle, Le Sueur, MN, 2 -2; 4
  3. Matros, S2 7.9, Tom Bryant, Holland, MI, 3 -4; 7
Melges 24 (One Design Corinthian - 6 Boats)
  1. Notorious, Melges 24, Robert Wigny, Ontario, Canada, 1 -7 -2; 10
  2. Rogue, Melges 24, Bob Kroetsch, Tampa, FL, 3 -6 -1; 10
  3. Hermes, Melges 24, Tony Stanley, Grayson, GA, 2 -5 -4; 11
J 70 (One Design Corinthian - 8 Boats)
  1. Tea Dance Snake, J 70, Peter Bowe, Baltimore, MD, 2 -1 -1; 4
  2. Victory, J 70, Buddy Cribb, Jupiter, FL, 1 -4 -7; 12
  3. 6, J 70, Mark Hillman, Bethesda, MD, 9 -8 -5; 22
For race results each day, visit

For more information on the NOOD events, visit

Related Articles

Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta at Annapolis overall
Local skipper John White wins J/80 Class and Championship Berth Top J/80 class skipper John White (Annapolis, MD) won three of eight races over three days, finishing the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta weekend series 21-points ahead of runner-up Daniel Wittig's Turbo Sloth. Posted on 6 May
Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta at Annapolis day 2
College rivals tied atop NOOD Regatta's competitive fleet Over two days of racing at the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Annapolis, 190 teams have endured light and shifty winds on the Chesapeake Bay, with the competition especially tight in the 23-boat J/22 fleet. Posted on 5 May
Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta at Annapolis day 1
Local teams claim top spots in season opener Consistency was key for skipper Matt Lalumiere (Chester, MD) in the nine-boat Etchells fleet. Lalumiere and his teammates won two races and never finished below fourth place to lead his class after the first day of three Posted on 4 May
Annapolis NOOD Regatta preview
The first major regatta of the 2019 Chesapeake Bay sailing season is ready to roll As one of the largest of Sailing World's NOOD Regattas held nationwide, the Annapolis event also ranks as the one perhaps most dominated by the various J/One-design classes- 130 J's in an overall fleet of 178 boats Posted on 3 May
Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Series visits Annapolis
Third stop of the 2019 season this weekend The Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta Series — the largest national sailboat racing circuit in the United States — returns to Annapolis, Md., this weekend for the third stop of the 2019 season Posted on 1 May
Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta returns to Annapolis
Annapolis Yacht Club will host nearly 180 teams in early May One-design racing is held in identical boats, placing success at the hands of the sailors. As the first major regatta of the Chesapeake's 2019 season, teams returning experienced from southern winter regattas have an advantage. Posted on 27 Apr
Rosebud tops San Diego NOOD Regatta!
J/Teams and their dozens of sailors predominated in the event Pamela Rose's J/70 team on ROSEBUD from Chicago/ San Diego emerged as the top team in a talent-laden class and was selected as the San Diego NOOD Challenger for the Helly Hansen NOOD Caribbean Championship! Posted on 21 Mar
Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego overall
Rose's Rosebud emerges as J/70 winner and San Diego NOOD Challenger The third and final day of the 2019 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego showcased plenty of tight racing across 12 one-design fleets. The regatta's Ocean Course was set south of Point Loma and the two Bay Courses were set on South San Diego Bay. Posted on 18 Mar
Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego day 2
Competition ramps up on the San Diego NOOD's second day Racing continued on the second day of the 2019 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego (March 15-17). With the addition of one-design keelboat fleets on the ocean course, there was plenty of action in the waters off San Diego. Posted on 17 Mar
Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego day 1
Plenty to play for on the first day There was plenty to play for on the first day of the 2019 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego (March 15-17). Friday's action was focused on the regatta's San Diego Bay course with four races conducted by the Coronado and San Diego Yacht Club. Posted on 16 Mar
Zhik 2018 Yacht 728x90 BOTTOMMarine Resources BOTTOMGul 2018 October - Code Zero FOOTER