December 2016

    2017 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Dates and Destinations Announced

    NEWPORT, R.I. (Dec. 13, 2016) – In 2017, Sailing World magazine’s annual racing circuit, the National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta Series, will revisit the country’s top sailing destinations for another five-stop series, culminating in a tropical championship regatta.

    For the third consecutive year, Helly Hansen—a global leader in technical sailing apparel with more than 135 years of experience protecting professionals on the water—will continue as title sponsor for the elite sailing series.

    The Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Series will return to:

    • St. Petersburg, Fla.: Feb. 17-19, St. Petersburg Yacht Club
    • San Diego, Calif.: March 17-19, San Diego Yacht Club and Coronado Yacht Club
    • Annapolis, Md.: May 5-7, Annapolis Yacht Club
    • Chicago, Ill.: June 9-11, Chicago Yacht Club
    • Marblehead, Mass.: July 27-30, Corinthian Yacht Club

    The overall winner from each event earns a berth at the Helly Hansen Caribbean NOOD Championship Regatta, hosted by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands Oct. 22-27.

    “Helly Hansen is excited to continue its partnership with a regatta series as strong as the NOOD Regatta,” said Brian Leslie, watersports sales director at Helly Hansen. “The events are a major way for us to connect with sailors, and seeing the fleets grow—as well as youth participation with programs like the Junior Crew—is great.”

    MarbleHead, Massachusetts (USA) The last event of the 2016 Helly Hansen NOOD REGATTA SERIES hosted by the Boston Yacht Club (BYC) July 28th to 31st. Saturday had a light but steady wind from the east and all racing got away on time. ©Paul Todd/OUTSIDEIMAGES.COM OUTSIDE IMAGES PHOTO AGENCY

    MarbleHead, Massachusetts (USA) The last event of the 2016 Helly Hansen NOOD REGATTA SERIES hosted by the Boston Yacht Club (BYC)


    Operating since 1988, Sailing World’s National Offshore One Design Regattas, known as the “NOODs,” are the longest-running and most popular sailboat racing series in North America. Thousands of sailors aboard hundreds of race boats competed in the 2016 NOOD season, but defending champion Dr. Jim Sears of Long Beach, Calif., and team Viper won the overall prize for the third year running.

    Other 2017 sponsors include North Sails, Mount Gay Rum, West Marine and Sunsail.

    Every NOOD regatta attracts regional, national and international talent to compete against the local community on their home waters. Registration opens approximately two months prior to each race.

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    About Helly Hansen
    Founded in Norway in 1877, Helly Hansen continues to develop professional grade apparel that helps people stay and feel alive. Through insights drawn from living and working in the world’s harshest environments, the company has developed a long list of first-to-market innovations, including the first supple waterproof fabrics almost 140 years ago. Other breakthroughs include the first fleece fabrics in the 1960s, the first technical base layers in the 1970s, made with Lifa® Stay Dry Technology, and today’s award winning and patented H2Flow™ temperature regulating system.

    Helly Hansen is a leader in technical sailing and performance ski apparel, as well as premium workwear. Its ski uniforms are worn and trusted by more than 50,000 professionals and can be found on Olympians, National Teams, and at more than 200 ski resorts and mountain guiding operations around the world.
    Helly Hansen’s outerwear, base layers, sportswear and footwear are sold in more than 40 countries and trusted by outdoor professionals and enthusiasts around the world.

    To learn more about Helly Hansen’s latest collections, visit


    About Sailing World
    Sailing World connects the community of racing sailors through words, images, and shared experiences. Across many mediums, it explores the sailor’s passion and showcases the lifestyle, destinations, and technology. It links knowledge-hungry participants to the sport’s top experts, providing unrivaled instructional content.