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One of the Great Lakes first major intersectional regattas begins tomorrow at Bayview Yacht Club. The 200 or so entries will be split into 19 classes all racing on a one design or level basis. 12 classes will see sailors attempting to defend their 1998 Detroit NOOD titles.
Two of the biggest classes are expected to be the Cal 25, with 22 entries and the Tartan Ten also with 22 entries. The Cal 25 will have last years 2nd and 3rd place finishers looking to move up a place this year.
The Detroit NOOD will be the Great Lakes Championships for the Express 27. 9 of these west coast designed boats will be on the line.
Other classes will include the 9 entry C&C 35 class, the 9 entry Crescent fleet, an 8 boat Etchells 22 group, 10 boats including 3 Henderson 30's in Grand Prix B, 7 boats including Cheryl Cameron's new Nelson Marek 40 in Grand Prix A. Cameron's just launched Sea Spray will sail the single handed trans atlantic race next year.
There will be a class of 7 Hobie 33's, 10 J-24's, along with a mixed fleet (Hunter 37.5, J-30, S2 9.1etc.) racing on a boat for boat basis in the Level 141 class. The Level 35 class will be 4 Thomas 35's along with 11 J-35's. Level 40 will have 7 boast most being NA 40's. Level 66 will see 4 C&C 41's race again 3 other boats. 11 S2 7.9's plan to sail the NOODS along with 8 Santana 35's.
Racing is scheduled to begin tomorrow and conclude Sunday.
English Regatta sees 77 boats Capsize
The Dart catamaran class had a sudden storm rip through an event they were sailing in Weymouth England. Weymouth is 120 miles south of London. A fast developing squall capsized the entire fleet of 18 foot catamarans.
Although over 150 sailors were sent into the water all returned safely to shore. One sailor headed to the hospital with hypothermia.
At 1320 Eastern Yesterday co-skippers Cam Lewis and Bruno Peyron sailed the maxi catamaran Explorer past Ambrose Light Tower. This marked the completion of their 2 day 22 hour 50 minute and 14 second voyage from Miami. Explorer posted an average speed of 13.37 knots.
The actual distance Explorer sailed as she tacked and gibed to New York was 1076 nautical miles, at an average speed of 15.2 knots. The best burst of speed her crew recorded was 32.3 knots. Her best 24-hour run was 440 miles on the first day at sea.
Co-skipper Cam Lewis commented: ""It's great to establish a time that I expect will stand for some time to come."
Explorer sails off New York