Among the few events in the sailing that have started off this year one ongoing event is the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design Regatta. Held by the Tampa Bay, this regatta brings in class A catamarans that compete in different races during the weekend of 17th to 19th February 2017.
The first event of this regatta started off with light winds that delayed the races till afternoon. However, the winds picked up comparably and the thirteen fleets that were participating were able to complete two of the races scheduled on the first day.
The class of J/70 has about 32 boats as part of the fleet. This race ended in a tie between Brian Keanie from Weston, Massachusetts and Joel Ronning from Minnesota along with their crew. There was also a race that comprised of youngsters known as the Helly Hansen Junior Crew. Here five local teenagers participated. They were able to hold their own when they competed against pros and ended at the eleventh position on day one.
Last year the overall winner of the regatta had been John Spierling of Croatian bareboat charters and this year too he gained the lead with two first places secured on the first day. In this regatta pointed are given as per the finishing position obtained in every race. Teams that gain the least points when the regatta concludes will win the class they participated in.
Regatta organizers calculated the overall winner based on the strongest finish individuals obtained in the competitive classes. Winners then are invited to be part of Helly Hansen NOOD Caribbean Championship Regatta which is scheduled to be held in October. The venue of this regatta would be the British Virgin Islands. At this moment in time most sailing enthusiasts are enjoying views of this regatta that include high performance catamarans that are part of this event.