2009 Seattle NOOD Regatta & S20 NW District Championships

May 15-17, 2009

Hosted by Seattle Yacht Club and Corinthian Yacht Club

Report by Mark Forrest

Nine teams gathered at Shilshole to vie for the Northwest District Championship at the 2009 Seattle NOOD.  The NOOD event management from registration through race committee work was smooth and professional.  After long lines at the party tent last year, the regatta came through with a better (and more timely) buffet and of course all the Mt. Gay Rum you could drink.  The three day format makes the event more than worth pulling the boat and provides some hedge in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Friday’s racing was on the lighter side of 5-10 mph winds, but the committee was able to get three races in.  Day one ended with Gordon Mattatall’s “H20 Boa” and Evert Slijper’s “Bob” dead tied for the lead, each with a first, second and fourth.

Saturday there was not a breath of wind to be found.  Racers hung out on the dock, waiting for word from the committee and socializing as sailors do… futzing with rigging, checking out the new one-designs, and downing one or two cold beverages of choice.  Team “Q” purchased a “Cheap Diver” bottom cleaning device which came with a free lesson from the inventor.  Imagine a 15 foot strand of black mesh dental floss.  The lesson provided a bit of entertainment to break up the day as it took half a dozen people standing on the bow to get the boat at the right angle.  The bottom got clean and nobody got wet.  By mid afternoon, racing was called for the day and as you would expect, dinner was served just as the evening breeze kicked up.  A few of the wilder designs, such as the Moths and I-14s, headed out and wowed the crowd as they took advantage of the evening’s fresh breeze.

An impromptu jam session paired Mark Forrest on guitar with Gertrude’s Hearse frontman Raymond John (also the local Laser SB3 dealer).  After a few tunes on the dock, the jam session moved up into the clubhouse where another GH member, guitarist Yusuf Kilgore, helped keep the jam going into the night.

Sunday’s wind forecast did not look promising, but that is part of the sport we love and we were still happy to be by the water.  After half a day on the dock, the race committee finally sent the fleet out - about one o’clock.  Why exactly remains a mystery.  Call it a Hail Mary.  After bobbing around for an hour or so, a few boats decided to bag it and race for first to the hoist.  A short medal race finally got started just before the 3pm deadline.

In the end, Evert Slijper, Shannon Clune and Ryan Mitchell took second for the day and earned the title of 2009 District Champion.  Congratulations to team “Bob.”

 

Pos

Skipper

Sail#

Boat

R1

R2

R4

R5

T

1st

Evert Slijper

115

Bob

2

4

1

2

9

2nd

Ron Fish

779

Giddy Up

5

1

3

1

10

3rd

Gordon Mattatall

649

H20 Boat

1

2

4

3

10

4th

Jim Martinez

908

Loose Nuts

6

5

2

6/DNC

19

5th

Rick Gilstrap

551

One Eyed Chicken Boat

3

6

7

5

21

6th

Stephen Orsini

918

Inferno

7

3

6

6/DNC

22

7th

Mark Forrest

931

Q

4

8

5

6/DNC

23

8th

Lyle Mayer

906

Guano Happens

8

9

9

4

30

9th

Jim Hill

586

Chief's Special

9

7

8

6/DNC

30