LARCHMONT, N.Y. — On Saturday light winds caused only half of the 132-boat fleet to complete a race. The regatta took a different turn on Sunday when an easterly wind hit Long Island Sound, setting the stage for picture-perfect racing and finding 14 classes of winners awarded in the Larchmont Sailing World NOOD (National Offshore One-Design).
On Sunday, all classes completed two windward-leeward races in winds reported to be 8 to 10 knots. After travelling a 1,800 miles to get to its class' North American championships, the Henderson 30 Speed Racer emerged victorious, taking the North American title after a six-race series.
Crewmembers (and brothers) Scott, Steve and Chris Liebel credit their success with heavy campaigning at regattas throughout the U.S. rather than a lot of rigorous practice.
On the title-winning race, Chris Libel said, "Our crew work was perfect."
Fourteen classes of winners include:
Hilaria won the 22-boat J/105 class, with Tern coming in second.
Tern received the Sail.Net.com Boat of the Day award.
Lone Star J won the J/80 North Americans.
Elizabeth Taylor and her crew on the J/92 Questzal won the J92 North American championship.
The Larchmont NOOD, hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club, reported 132 participating boats from 12 states and Canada. Originally debuting in 1999, this year's event enjoyed a 40-percent increase. Organizers said that the regatta might be changed to three days for 2001.
The NOOD circuit will finish up its 2000 season Sept. 22-24 on Galveston Bay in Texas and will be hosted by the Lakewood Yacht Club.
For a complete listing of race results, please visit www.sailingworld.com.