2015 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in Marblehead: Weekend Recap

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2015 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in Marblehead: Weekend Recap

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Marblehead 2015 NOOD Regatta Overall Winner

It's a family affair at the Marblehead NOOD for Jamie Holley and his crew aboard Manikiki, who finished four days of racing with both the class title for the Rhodes 19 fleet, as well as the regatta’s overall prize. The win secures his team a berth at the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Championship, hosted by Sunsail, in the British Virgin Islands in October. When asked what his favorite part of race week was, Jamie answered, “My family. My wife crewed the first few days, and then my son did the last.”

Holley and his crew beat out second place co-skippers Ken Cormier and Steve Dalton in an overall points tie because Holley had more bullets overall. “It was a very tough week of sailing,” said Holley. “We were only one of two fleets that had to sail all four days. We were 12 points down coming into the last day of sailing, and we pulled through.”

He added, “There was everything from light air and flat water, to heavy air and high seas. I want to say it takes consistency to win, but we weren’t very consistent. There were at times five boats wide round the mark, and sometimes other factors made it a very complicated regatta." Interestingly, in the 33-boat fleet, the top 13 boats had at least one first place finish during the NOOD.

Fred deNapoli’s Allegro Semplicita, the J/105 class winner, took home the black Wilmington Trust Leader Spinnaker. The “leader spinnaker” was given to the winning boat of each day, and switched owners a few times over the regatta. Ultimately, the overall class winner took it home for good. In second place in the class was Mark Marsur’s Two Feathers, followed by Mark Lindquist’s Sterling.

Holley and his team from the Marblehead NOOD will join Ron Buzil’s crew of the Beneteau First 40.7 Vayu, Grant Dumas of St. Petersburg, Fla., and his crew of the Tripp 38 Warrior and John Laun’s Caper crew of San Diego, Calif., along with Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, Terry Hutchinson, winner of the Annapolis NOOD and other victors in the British Virgin Islands to compete in the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Championship hosted by Sunsail. Each overall winning team will be outfitted with new sailing gear, compliments of Helly Hansen.

At the Marblehead NOOD, along with new title sponsor Helly Hansen, we welcome back renewing sponsors including: Mount Gay Rum, North Sails, Sunsail, West Marine and Wilmington Trust.

Marblehead 2015 NOOD Regatta Overall Winner

It's a family affair at the Marblehead NOOD for Jamie Holley and his crew aboard Manikiki, who finished four days of racing with both the class title for the Rhodes 19 fleet, as well as the regatta’s overall prize. The win secures his team a berth at the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Championship, hosted by Sunsail, in the British Virgin Islands in October. When asked what his favorite part of race week was, Jamie answered, “My family. My wife crewed the first few days, and then my son did the last.”

Holley and his crew beat out second place co-skippers Ken Cormier and Steve Dalton in an overall points tie because Holley had more bullets overall. “It was a very tough week of sailing,” said Holley. “We were only one of two fleets that had to sail all four days. We were 12 points down coming into the last day of sailing, and we pulled through.”

He added, “There was everything from light air and flat water, to heavy air and high seas. I want to say it takes consistency to win, but we weren’t very consistent. There were at times five boats wide round the mark, and sometimes other factors made it a very complicated regatta." Interestingly, in the 33-boat fleet, the top 13 boats had at least one first place finish during the NOOD.

Fred deNapoli’s Allegro Semplicita, the J/105 class winner, took home the black Wilmington Trust Leader Spinnaker. The “leader spinnaker” was given to the winning boat of each day, and switched owners a few times over the regatta. Ultimately, the overall class winner took it home for good. In second place in the class was Mark Marsur’s Two Feathers, followed by Mark Lindquist’s Sterling.

Holley and his team from the Marblehead NOOD will join Ron Buzil’s crew of the Beneteau First 40.7 Vayu, Grant Dumas of St. Petersburg, Fla., and his crew of the Tripp 38 Warrior and John Laun’s Caper crew of San Diego, Calif., along with Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, Terry Hutchinson, winner of the Annapolis NOOD and other victors in the British Virgin Islands to compete in the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Championship hosted by Sunsail. Each overall winning team will be outfitted with new sailing gear, compliments of Helly Hansen.

At the Marblehead NOOD, along with new title sponsor Helly Hansen, we welcome back renewing sponsors including: Mount Gay Rum, North Sails, Sunsail, West Marine and Wilmington Trust.

The First Voyage of Isbjörn

Episode 113 is an essay about the first passage of Andy & Mia’s Swan 48 Isbjorn. They sailed to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, departing Annapolis on July 4, with Charly, Dan, John and Sean onboard as the inaugural crew. Andy talks about the passage and reflects a bit on how it all went down and what it felt like to reach this milestone. To see some photos of the trip, go to 59-north.com/passagelogs.

Cruising Praslin Island, Seychelles

DSC_2577We spent much of our first month in Seychelles anchored off Victoria. With a watermaker on the fritz, it’s been helpful to be near the (very welcoming!) Seychelles Yacht Club and the drinking water tap at their boat ramp. Victoria is also the hub where we can do everything from buy locally grown produce to see new releases at a little cinema. The working harbor has its charm, but we craved clean beaches, water we can swim in, and a bit of peace and quiet.

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The kicker was when boats in the harbor were targeted by thieves over a series of events, and petty theft escalated to the assault of a cruising couple. We try not to be naive, and avoid opportunistic theft, similar to the view that’s really nicely expressed here by Diane from Ceilydh (one of the boats that was boarded). So with a couple of weeks of waiting for our watermaker parts to arrive before we can head south, we decided it was just one more reason to change the scenery and sailed across to Seychelles’ second largest island, Praslin.

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Watch out for that surf landing in the dinghy!

Arriving in the open bay at Anse Lazio, it’s immediately apparent why the vessel ‘Divanty’ – anchored nearby – has termed this Velcro Bay. I never want to leave! It’s beautiful, with turquoise water and a long stretch of beach interrupted by the red granite boulders that make up most of Praslin. There is no development visible at all; this end of the island is tropical forest with a few modest homes tucked in the hillside…not even lights at night, except those from other vessels in the bay.

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Our singlehander buddy Bill on Solstice, snuggling up to the all-women crew on Shakespeare. Hey wouldn’t you?!

In 2011, there was a spate of shark attacks; two people were killed here in a span of just a few weeks. It hasn’t kept us from swimming, but we pay a little more attention. When I toss a few food scraps overboard, they’re tackled by our new resident fleet of remoras, and I can’t help but be reminded that they are commonly in company with sharks- a commensal host remoras attach to with the suckers on their heads.

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For the record, they adore pasta but won’t touch greens.

A couple of the crew from Shakespeare gave me a tour to some favorite snorkeling spots. They’re serious freedivers – a joy to swim with! Fancy fins now on my wish list. Not just because they give you mile-long legs…OK maybe partly…

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On shore, the hiking is beautiful. The kids bushwhacked their way to the top of the ridge behind the bay; we chosen tamer paths to follow, but still have to beat through the underbrush occasionally.

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Always treasures to find: feather in the hand, birds in the bush.

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One mark of a special place is a retail operation based entirely on trust. At home, it might be a fruit and vegetable stand in season. Here in Anse Lazio, there’s Honesty Bar. A small sign on the beach points to up a path.

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A short distance behind the beach, Honesty Bar overlooks the curve of the bay. Wooden tables and scattered chairs take up the space. The owner keeps a refrigerator full of beer and soft drinks; a price list and a bowl are on the counter. Take what you want. Leave what you owe. There aren’t a lot of places in the world you can do this…I think it must be part of the definition for places I’d want to settle.

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A mellow evening with friends at Honesty Bar

I wondered if getting away from the Victoria’s diesel generator would help my sinus problems. They’ve improved! Probably not a surprise.

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Goooood morning Victoria!

We’ll head back to Victoria towards the end of this week to refill the water tanks. And then, we will be sorely tempted to make a U-turn back to Praslin until our packages arrive.

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