The record fleet of 285 boats wound up the annual Chicago NOOD Regatta, presented by Farmers Insurance and Mount Gay Rum, in near perfect weather with a 10-knot southerley.
But the fluky lake sailing airs of the first two days suited the exuberant crew of J/29, NEMESIS (Co-skippered by father, Curt, and son, Chad Kasten, both of O'Fallon, Illinois) just as well as Sunday's perfect wind-up. Nemesis' crew were winners not only of their class overall but of two of the regatta's special trophies - The Farmers Family Award, a fleet trophy presented by Farmers Insurance Group to the top family crew in the regatta, and also the Lewmar Boat of the Day award.The Kastens and their redoubtable five person crew scored five bullets in five races, which may have had something to do with their experience with lake sailing in their home waters on Carlisle Lake.
Mumm 30 FUZZY LOGIC, skippered by Tom Papanek, won the Hall Spars & Rigging Boat of the Day Award on Saturday.
Other class winners include: Tartan Ten (48 boats) NUTS, Heidi Backus Riddle; Corsair (12 boats) HIGH PRIORITY 2, David Shneider; Farr 40 (15 boats) VOODOO, Gavin Flinn; Great Lakes 70 (11 boats) PIED PIPER, Dick Jennings; J/105 (20 boats) CARESS, Jon Weglarz; J/24 (14 boats) PIPE DREAM, John Mollicone; J/35 (10 boats) NOBLE BUFFALO, Jim Maltman; S2 7-9 (16 boats) SECOND WIND, Don & Jean Bergman; 1D35 (8 boats) HIPPY CHICK, David Bowen/Tim O¹Neil; 33' Class (8 boats) COYOTE, Mike Naugher; Beneteau; 40.7 (8 boats) LA TEMPETE, Tom & Deb Weber; Beneteau 42 (8 boats) CANCAN, Clemens Boltz; Great Lakes 50 (8 boats) GOBLIN.COM, Lindy Thomas/Bob Verb; J/30 (8 boats) SALACIOUS, Dan Darrow; Level 35 (8 boats) FIDDLER 2, Jules Altenberg; Level 60 (7 boats) REGARDLESS, Team Regardless; Melges 24 (8 boats) DEEPPOWDER, Victor John Chigas; PHRF 114-126 (14 boats) NEMESIS, Curt & Chad Kasten; PHRF 15-33 (9 boats) EAGLE, Shawn O'Neill; PHRF 39-54 (7 boats) FINE LINE, Richard Montplaisir; PHRF 78-96 (5 boats) SIREN SONG, Thomas A. Merlin; PHRF 99-113 X-PRESS, Winn Soldani; PHRF Racer-Cruiser (8 boats) BRAVO IV, Bob Foley; S2 9.1 (8 boats) KATO, Donald G. Rychlinski.