NOOD event to feature 18 classes



This weekend, some people will watch sailing and others will sail.

For the most part, the spectators will be above the Bay Bridge at the in-port race for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet, while the on-water action below the bridge will be for the Lands' End National Offshore One Design regatta.

About 270 boats are registered in 18 classes for the event, which has been coming to Annapolis since 1999.

George Brengle, marketing director for Sailing World magazine and executive director of the NOOD series, said there had been concern last fall that the Volvo race might reduce the field or cause some classes to drop out.

"But I don't think we lost any boats because of that," Brengle said. "It shows you that the participants we have really want to race."

The three-day regatta will be sailed on three courses off the mouth of the Severn River. The Annapolis Yacht Club will supervise two courses and the Eastport Yacht Club will manage the third.

For four of the classes, the NOOD is a chance to score points on their competitive circuits. Standings in the Melges 24 and the Mumm 30 classes will count toward the national series competitions. The S2 7.9 division will decide its Midwinter Champion. And the winner of the Alberg 30 class will be awarded the Maple Leaf Trophy.

As expected, the largest classes are the J/105s (36 entries) and the J/22s (33 entries). Race organizers allow late entries, so the fields could grow.

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