The St. Pete National Offshore One Design regatta was held over Valentine’s Day weekend. One hundred thirty three boats in nine classes battled for three days in winds that averaged between ten and fifteen knots. Friday was challenging racing with forty degree shifts. Saturday, tacticians earned their pay with the breeze going light and very shifty. Sunday was breezy with chop. Eleven races in all were scored. The fleet was divided between three courses based on size and type of boat.
The S2 7.9 fleet has raced at the St. Pete NOODs since the beginning of the NOOD circuit and there is usually an MBYC entry. This year, it was Matros. The crew were; Tom Bryant, Mary Bryant, Davis Bryant, Tanner Bryant and Anne Bryant Gamache. It was a battle between John Spierling’s Rebel and Matros for first place points on Friday before losing a shroud and missing two races. In typical Bryant fashion, Matros made the repair and battled back Saturday and Sunday to end the regatta in 2nd just behind Rebel in points.
The largest class was the J70 class with twenty boats. The J70 class is currently the fastest growing class in the US and very competitive. One of the boats was Navega Racing. On board was Dr. John Arendshorst, skipper, Roger Gamache, Dani Rast, and Jackie Gamache. Navega Racing finished 13th with Marty Kullman taking 1st.
Michael Norris is continuing his strong performance in the VX One fleet with Flash Rider. Scores were very close for the top three VX One boats. Flash Rider also experienced difficulties and had to withdraw from a race. Once back on the course, it was all 1st’s and 2nd’s for the remainder of the regatta. Michael and crew put in a solid performance and ended the regatta in 2nd place behind rival VX Racing.
It was a great weekend in a beautiful setting.