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Today will see day 1 of racing in the Chicago NOOD Regatta sponsored by Sailing World. This is the 11 time this event has sailed out of Chicago. Over 240 boats divided into 21 level or one design classes will be on the line today. Conditions are expected to be moderate with southeast winds of 10 knots forecast. Forecasters also see a possible late afternoon thunderstorm.
According to reports from Chicago last nite late afternoon thunderstorms are a possibility. Thursday nite saw a squall line with up to 70 knots of wind pass through. Once the squall had passed lightning sizzled out of the sky knocking out wind instruments.
Three of the most interesting classes will be of the offshore one design variety. The Mumm 30's will have 11 boats. Included is the defending champion Virago sailed by Stuart Townsend.
Two classes making their Chicago NOOD debut are the One Design 35 and the Farr 40. In 1998 3 One Design 35's sailed, but in a level rated big boat class. Robert Hughes' Heartbreaker topped the 35's and Hughes is back. Heartbreaker is among the most heavily campaigned One Design 35's. The Farr 40 had no presence at the '98 regatta. This year they expect 10 boats. Warren Levin's Program won the Boaters World Series this past weekend. Several new Farr 40's may make their racing debut this weekend.
The NOOD regatta will also serve as the venue for the S2 9.1 classes National Championship. The top returning finisher amongst the 9.1's is Muskegon Mchigan's Greg Young.
The 17 boat J/24 fleet will attempt to beat last years champion Stirred Not Shaken. Stirred sailed the Detroit NOOD regatt and finsihed 2nd.
The biggest class in number of starters will be the Tartan 10's. 37 of these venerable and competive keel boats are expected to start. Dora VI will be back to try and notch another win.
Finally the biggest class in terms of size of boats is the Great Lakes 70's. This class is comprised of 7 Santa Cruz 70's and a Nelson Marek 68. New to the class this year is Pied Piper South under charter by Paul Sammann. Cynosure edged Equation by 1 point in 1998. Both boats return in 1999.
Sailing Daily will provide NOOD results and a regatta reveiw on Monday.