San Francisco Stop Returns to Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta Series in 2010
Sailing World, owner and organizer of the Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta series, recently announced a San Francisco Bay stop in 2010 that will be hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club on June 26-27. This mark the series’ first return to San Francisco in six years.
“As title sponsor of the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta series, we are very pleased to add the Bay area to our lineup of exciting regattas in 2010,” said Craig Reingold, President of Sperry Top-Sider. “We are looking forward to working with the St. Francis Yacht Club to offer an outstanding event to Bay-area sailors, and to sharing our passion for the sport of sailing.”
“The club is very much looking forward to the return of the NOOD to the San Francisco Bay waters,” said John Siegel, chairman of the St. Francis Yacht Club’s Executive Race Committee. “We are committed to providing a very high-quality event that is affordable and includes the great parties and festivities associated with the NOOD Regattas.” In order to encourage a large turnout, the San Francisco NOOD is planning to have three courses: one for dinghies, one for one-design keelboats, and one for larger keelboats racing one-design or under IRC.
The addition of San Francisco will round out the NOOD’s presence on the West Coast, following its events in San Diego and Seattle.
The 2010 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta series schedule will also include stops in St. Petersburg, FL, Annapolis, MD., Detroit, MI., Chicago, IL., Marblehead, MA. and Larchmont, NY.
For more information on the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta series, visit www.sailingworld.com.
2010 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta Schedule:
||St. Petersburg, FL
||St. Petersburg Yacht Club
||San Diego, CA
||San Diego Yacht Club
|April 30-May 2
||Annapolis Yacht Club
||Seattle Yacht Club,
Corinthian Yacht Club
||Bayview Yacht Club
||Chicago Yacht Club
||San Francisco, CA
||St. Francis Yacht Club
||Boston Yacht Club
||Larchmont Yacht Club
Gowrie Group Announces Corporate Challenge and Staff Relocation
Two recent news announcements from the Gowrie Group.
First, for the sixth year, the company has issued a corporate challenge to benefit The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.
The focus of the fundraiser, which runs from November 15th through December 31, 2009, is to raise much needed money for The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSKP). Gowrie will match dollar for dollar up to $25,000. For the second year, the LC Doane Company will match the next $5,000 for funds raised over $25,000. Between the two companies and generous donations of other local companies, the group expects to raise $60,000 or more, which it reports will provide 240,000+ meals.
According to a Gowrie spokesperson, previous efforts involving Gowrie, its clients and local participating companies resulted last year in raising $74,289 for the SSKP.
To complement the company’s financial support, Gowrie employees also donate their time as volunteers at the SSKP. Employees can be found helping out at the food distribution sites and spending time planting and harvesting from the SSKP's garden. This year during the campaign, in the early weeks of December when the SSKP typically sees a lull in support, Gowrie employees will be cooking and serving lunch at the Old Saybrook SSKP location and having an employee canned food drive at their Westbrook, Darien, and Newport locations.
Industry donations and support are welcomed and should be sent to:
Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries/Gowrie, Att: Gowrie Corporate Challenge
P.O. Box 804, Essex, Connecticut 06426.
Second, the company has relocated 20-year marine insurance veteran and Senior Yacht Advisor Dawn Speros to the company’s Newport, RI office, which is located in the recently restored Aquidneck Mill Building on the waterfront campus of the International Yacht Restoration School. She joins company EVP Steve Prime who has been located in the area for quite some time.
Sail Names New Senior Editor
SAIL Magazine Editor Peter Nielsen recently announced the appointment of Adam Cort as senior editor. In this capacity, Cort will oversee numerous editorial departments, contribute his own feature stories and manage the online content for www.sailmagazine.com.
A passionate lifelong cruiser and racer, Cort joins the magazine after stints as a newspaper reporter, merchant sailor, member of the U.S. Peace Corp and as an associate editor for Sailing Magazine. Most recently he worked as a senior editor for a B2B technology publication in the Midwest. He has also published two books including Getting Started in Sailboat Racing, co-authored with Richard Sterns, and The Blue Book of Sailing.
2010 Best Boats Winners Announced by SAIL Magazine
SAIL Magazine, in cooperation with sponsor Raymarine, recently announced its Best Boats Awards for 2010 in the December issue of SAIL and at sailmagazine.com as judged by its team including Nigel Calder, Charles Doane, Tom Dove, Peter Nielsen and David Schmidt.
"Every year, builders raise the bar in terms of build quality and attention to detail," said Peter Nielsen, SAIL editor. "This makes for some spirited debate among the judges, and it also means better deals for new-boat buyers."
2010 Winners Include:
No award was presented this year in the Flagship category.
Visit sailmagazine.com/boat-reviews/bestboats/best_boats2010 for complete coverage, including video profiles of each winner.