Merlin Dazzles at Marblehead NOOD

Of the nine classes competing in the Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta at Marblehead Race Week July 28-30, two winners were local sailors including Charlie Garrard on Merlin in the J/105 fleet. Garrard, who was also the recipient of Sunday’s North Sails Boat of the Day and the Cressy Award said the key to his success this weekend was having his teenage kids, Emily (pit) and Jack (bow), onboard. "Without them it wouldn’t happen," Garrard said. "Together, we make it work."

Marblehead NOOD Recap from Fred deNapoli: Fleet 2 (Mass Bay) wrapped up three days of racing at the final stop on the National Offshore One Design regatta tour in Marblehead, MA. Local BYC sailor Charlie Garrard’s Merlin did an amazing job with four firsts and a second to utterly dominate the 13-boat fleet of J/105s in the light/moderate conditions of Friday and Sunday. Saturday's conditions were anything but light/moderate....20-25 knots with gusts higher and 4-6' seas (very short and very steep) on the offshore course where we were. The CYC committee tried their best, but it was just too rough to even keep the committee boat on station in 150+ feet of water, let alone the marks. The three mark boats and their crews were battered for hours. The fleet blasted around the starting area under postponement for over an hour trying to assimilate to the conditions while experimenting with settings. Photographer Paul Todd did a great job catching a 105 launching off a wave going upwind, tuning with Two Feathers, a team from Texas who come up each year for this event. Eventually, the committee had to abandon the outside line. On the final day of racing (Sunday), the weather turned another 180 degrees for an absolutely perfect 10-15 with flat water. When the smoke cleared, second overall went to Fred deNapoli’s allegro semplicita, while Steve Goldberg’s Air Express from Beverly, MA came third. Here’s a video interviewing the winner, Charlie Garrard:

Final Results – Top Three
J/105 (One Design – 13 Boats)

  1. Merlin, Charlie Garrard, USA – -1 -1 -1 -1 -[2]; 4
  2. Allegro Semplicita, Fred deNapoli, USA – -2 -2 -6 -2 -[10]; 12
  3. Air Express, Steven J. Goldberg, USA – -[10] -3 -2 -9 -1; 15
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