Clean’s report on the Bayview One-Design regatta was accused by some of being overly rosy and overly harsh on the NOOD regatta system, but a quick look at the entry list for this coming weekend’s Chicago NOOD lends credence to everything Clean said. The Midwest’s biggest city counts nearly 10 million people in the “greater Chicago area”, and it’s a boat-crazy town with thousands of slips and moorings and a half dozen yacht clubs. Yet, once again, the NOOD is way down. From a high well over 200 boats, this year’s NOOD counts just 129 entries, more than 30 of them from one class – the Tartan 10.
In the meantime, Clean reports today that things are far rosier in Newport, where he is sailing the sexy new Carkeek 40 “Decision” in America’s longest-running regatta – the NYYC Annual Regatta. He’s there to prepare for the Bermuda race next week, and wrote to tell us that “They’ve got 130 boats, with many of them well over 50 feet, and it’s actually an all-time entry record for the Annual. That actually means something when it’s the 158th edition!” Nearly all the boats are doing Friday’s ‘”Around the Island” race for a Rolex and bragging rights.
So Detroit has a growing buoy-racing event with mostly small to medium boats in one of America’s worst-hit economies. Newport has a growing buoy-racing event with mostly Gucci racer/cruisers along with a pile of 50 and 60 footers, and their share of mini-maxis and maxi-maxis. These two regattas have nothing in common, other than that they are growing, and are not NOODs. Think about it.
We’ll have a complete report on the NYYC Annual Regatta on Monday, as well as Clean’s exciting plan to keep you all posted from the deck of “Decision” on his way to Bermuda. We’re hoping to show you the Newport to Bermuda in a way no one ever has.
Hot photo from the hot Ingrid Abery.