Annapolis NOOD's 2004

When was the last time that a three-day regatta in Annapolis completed all
races at their scheduled times, in winds over 10 knots? Not in at least 20
years. The wind never dropped below 10 knots and peaked at 24 late Friday.
At times it looked like we'd have a gear buster, but the most dramatic
weather did not arrive until the boats were put away and the awards handed
out. How lucky can a couple of Floridians get?

This year Bonnie again invited me to Annapolis for the NOOD's and asked me to bring Frank with me. I didn't have to work hard to twist his arm! Offer to pay his plane fare and he's IN!

This was a record-breaking NOOD with 286 boats racing in 19 classes. The J/30s with thirteen boats ranked tied for seventh in class size. We sailed four legs on a one-mile windward-leeward course set near Tolley Point by an Eastport YC Race Committee. We shared the course with a combined fleet of J/80s &Tripp 26s, a group of J/27 using the regatta for their North American championship and a large fleet of Etchells.














 As usual, the parties were lively, the fireplace was warm, the Rum was cold, and the regatta was a ball!

Our race results were less than impressive, as we finished 8th in class, but we had some great starts and a few very good races.