Newport, R.I. (Jan. 6, 2016) — Sailing World is pleased to announce that 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 brand’s elite sailing series, the NOOD Regattas. In its 28th consecutive year after beginning in 1988, the National Offshore One Design Regattas, also known as the “NOODs,” are the longest-running and most popular sailboat racing series in North America.  The national regatta series kicks off with its first event in February, at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club in Florida.


More than 700 boats and thousands of sailors participated in the 2015 NOOD season. Competitors in raceboats both large and small, took to the waters around the United States to compete in the five-stop racing series for a chance to win a berth at the championship in the British Virgin Islands in October.


“Sailing is at the core of Helly Hansen’s DNA”, said Erik Burbank, CMO of Helly Hansen. “We’re excited to continue supporting and celebrating the sport through this great series. We look forward to more great sailing in 2016.”


The 2016 Helly Hansen NOOD Regattas will return to six fantastic sailing venues including:

  • St. Petersburg, FL: Feb. 12-14 at St Petersburg Yacht Club
  • San Diego, CA: March 18-20 at San Diego Yacht Club and Coronado Yacht Club
  • Annapolis, MD: April 29-May 1 at Annapolis Yacht Club
  • Chicago, IL: June 17-19 at Chicago Yacht Club
  • Marblehead, MA: July 28-31 at Boston Yacht Club
  • British Virgin Islands: Oct. 23-28 hosted by Sunsail


“As one of the global leaders in technical sailing apparel with a distinct history in the sport, we are proud to have Helly Hansen remain at the helm of the NOOD Regattas,” said Sally Helme, group publisher of Cruising WorldSailing World and the NOOD Regattas.


Other 2016 sponsors include North Sails, Mount Gay Rum, West Marine and Sunsail.


For more information on the 2016 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta series, visit For more information, visit


About Helly Hansen
Founded in Norway in 1877, Helly Hansen continues to protect and enable professionals making their living on oceans and mountains around the world. The company has a long list of first-to-market innovations including the first supple, waterproof fabrics more than 130 years ago, the first fleece fabrics in the 1960s, the first technical base layers made with Lifa® Stay Dry Technology in the 1970s, and today’s award winning and patented H2Flow temperature regulating technology. Helly Hansen is the global leader in technical sailing apparel. Its ski uniforms are worn by more than 50,000 professionals across 100+ski resorts and mountain guiding operations around the world, as well as national ski teams, Olympians and discerning outdoor enthusiasts. The brand’s outerwear, base layers, sportswear and footwear are sold in more than 40 countries. To learn more about Helly Hansen’s latest collections, visit


About Sailing World
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