Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta celebrates 30-year anniversary

San Diego Yacht Club and Coronado Yacht Club will host the second race in the series of North America’s longest running one-design sailing event.

SAN DIEGO — The Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta will return to San Diego, celebrating 30 years of sailing, and hosted by San Diego Yacht Club and Coronado Yacht Club. Sailing World magazine launched the one-of-a-kind event in 1988.

This year, the second of the regatta series in San Diego will take place Mar. 16-18.

The NOOD Regatta, an annual event and North America’s longest-running sailboat racing series, is a three-day, one-design racing affair. In one-design racing, identical boats set sail in an endeavor to accumulate the fewest points of the competition. The point-giving system is based on the finishing position in each race.

Hundreds of sailors – local, regional and national – gather for their chance to win top marks in more than 10 classes. Competitors will contend to earn a spot at the Helly Hansen Caribbean NOOD Championship Regatta, hosted by Sunsail in the British Virgin Island from Oct. 21-26, for the title of Overall Winner.

Skipper Argyle Campbell of Newport Beach took home the top honor during the NOOD San Diego Regatta as Overall Winner in 2017, sailing with his team aboard Rock n’ Roll, prevailing in the Etchells class.

According to the Notice of Race, “The regatta is open to any boat that is either: a) an active member of a recognized class association for entry in this regatta’s One-Design classes or; b) a boat that meets the criteria established for this regatta by the class coordinator for entry in a level class.”

All official entry forms must be received by Mar. 5; late applications are accepted solely at Sailing World’s discretion.

Fees for entry are $100 for up to 19 feet; $140 for 20-26 feet; $150 for 27-30 feet; $160 for 31-35 feet; $175 for 36-40 feet; $185 for 41 feet and over.

After the completion of the race, prizes will be awarded categorized by class at San Diego YC.

Helly Hansen, a manufacturer of professional-grade sailing gear, began in 1877 by a Norwegian sea captain is the title sponsor for the fourth consecutive year.

For more information, including Notice of Race and registration, visit the website at sailingworld.com/nood-regattas/san-diego. If other queries arise, contact Sailing World NOOD Regatta by phone at 401-845-4408 or by email at nood@sailingworld.com.

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