by Erika Parker
GO NOOD -- With the Coronado Bridge and
the San Diego skyline in the
background, sailors plied their courses in San Diego Bay earlier
at the NOOD Regatta. A record 167 boats entered, and although not
this year is believed to have been the first trophy placement by the
By Wade McDaniel
For the first time in the history of the NOOD (National Offshore
One Design) regatta, the Buccaneer fleet was given a start on C
course in South Bay, San Diego, along with the rest of the dinghies
that included I-14s, Flying Dutchman's, 29ers, & 505s.
The Buccaneer 18 stood out in this crowd as the only non-trapeze
boat. The weekend sailing conditions were a rather abrupt departure
from the normal mild San Diego winter weather, and the fleets faced
stormy conditions both days, with wind ranging from 13-25 knots.
Adding to the fun was a 2-4 foot chop that made the Bucc
spinnaker snout an excellent water launcher inside the boat.
The Buccaneer fleet showed up with eight boats — six from Phoenix
and two from Northern California. The most commonly used phrase on
the water by other boat crew was, "So that's what that thing is!" —
followed by "Nice swords!"
There were many bottoms of boats to be seen in the mid-March
race, as 29ers and I-14s wiped out backwards, upside-down, and
pitch-poled. But, not one Bucc bottom was showing the entire
Several 505s and Flying Dutchman's suffered demasting and trolled
the bottom of South Bay in the mud.
Navy Yacht Club, Coronado YC, and San Diego YC hosted the event
with the drinks, food, and band located at San Diego YC. The opening
party on Friday night was greeted by rain and sharp winds that
foretold of potential doom-and-gloom weather for the weekend, but
were thankfully unrealized.
Prior to the regatta, the fun started in Phoenix with Bucc owners
Tony Chapman and Pat Blumm having a boat-stacking party, followed
promptly by Wade McDaniel leaving his rudder at the house and
remembering almost halfway across the desert.
That was then followed by one owner who shall remain nameless
running out of gas (but he has a British accent), followed by
another blowing up his trailer wheel before arriving in San Diego.
(On the bright side, getting all that out of our system boded well
for race day!
Race Days Cool And Windy
Race days greeted the Bucc sailors with 45-degree temperatures
and 25-knot winds. Fortunately, things warmed up and the wind
Race 1 was a WLW as were all the races for the Buccs. The
starting line was plenty long enough to afford everyone clear air at
the start, and it then became a game of how high a boat could point
in that wind without wiping out.
At the weather mark after close roundings, the chutes were
popped, and the surfing began. Races 2 and 3 went much like the
first, leaving the team of Dave Spira and Tony Chapman with 4 points
for the day, Wade McDaniel and Tim Batcher with 5 points, and the
team of Dave Rawstrom and Pat Blumm with 11 points.
First-time Bucc skipper Greg Jackson on a chartered boat from
Emory Heisler performed well, and that continued throughout the
regatta, as he ended up in fourth place.
On Day 2, the Bucc sailors were again greeted with temps in the
40s, with the winds a bit stronger than the day before. Everyone was
looking at each other and asking if we were really in San Diego.
Race 4 started on a more southerly course indicating a strong
storm wind all day, which was confirmed by several wipeouts at the
start. This separated the fleet on the first windward course, and
the positions remained much the same through the finish, with
McDaniel, first; Rawstrom, second; Jackson, third, and Spira,
It All Came Down To #5
So it all came down to Race 5. All boats got a clean start, and
the top three boats were going at each other. Positions shifted back
and forth until the final weather leg, which put Spira/Chapman over
the line first, followed by McDaniel/Batcher and Rawstrom/Blumm.
On Day 2 there was a spectator sailboat, temporarily christened
Good Ship Chardonnay. Many thanks to Karen Batcher and her
parents for taking some of the wives out to watch the races. Wives
from Screw Cap, Lazy Bones, and Rainie's Day all were
snapping pictures, cheering the men on, and getting rather windblown
Screw Cap, Wade McDaniel, 8 points
Lazy Bones, David Spira, 9 points
Red Fish Blue Fish, Dave Rawstrom, 16 points
Erin Morgan II, Greg Jackson, 20 points
Rainie's Day, Mike Parker, 23 points
Wind Me Up, Carole Vaillancourt, 34 points
Hailey's Comet, Rob Gibbs, 36 points
Swiss Kiss, Pierre Chatelain, 38 points
Thanks To The Sailors
After the final race, the boats sped to the dock for restacking,
packing, drying out, draining out, and refreshments. The trophy
presentation party did not disappoint, as the SD NOOD had a record
167 boats entered, and plenty of daily trophies and top three class
prizes to go around.
Although the records are hard to find, we believe that this is
the first trophy placement by AYC in the NOOD. Or at least, that's
our story, and we're sticking by it!
There was a tremendous amount of camaraderie within the group,
evidenced by everyone freely helping everyone else. Parts and tools
were borrowed, spinnakers were loaned, trailers were fixed.
A huge thank-you to all the Bucc NOOD sailors, for traveling over
and competing in one of the most prestigious races in the country.
Next year let's double the boats and have another great time!