San Diego, Calif., March 20, 2021 — The complete Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta San Diego roster took to the waters off San Diego today for a mix of fleet and distance racing, including the inaugural North Sails Doublehanded Distance Race. 

A new element to the NOOD Regatta series, the doublehanded race sent nine two-person teams on boats ranging from 28- to 48-feet around a 30-mile long course spanning San Diego Bay and offshore near Point Loma, rounding virtual and navigational marks. 

Tim Forderer and his teammate Christopher Dalton, on HolyToledo West, earned the top spot. HolyToledo West was one of four Hobie 33s in the fleet. The Hobie 33s have long been a favorite boat for distance racing, and Forderer has sailed the lightweight, planing sportboat since he stepped on board Hull No. 1—named Holy Toledo—in the 1980s. Forderer now owns HolyToledo West, which is hull No. 3. “It’s super sentimental for me to race this boat,” he says.” 

He credits COVID restrictions for elevating his appreciation for the boat, having spent much of last year singlehanding it around the San Diego area. He teamed up with Dalton for today’s distance race and the two had an “absolute blast, even if conditions didn’t quite live up to the boat’s potential.”

Kyle Vanderspek, on the Hobie 33 Aloha, also enjoyed the new doublehanded format. “We had a good start, and the lighter conditions gave us a chance to get in the groove of doublehanded sailing, which we don’t do a lot of here in SoCal,” said Vanderspek, who finished third overall.  

“Upwind, we struggled a bit, and we watched HolyToledo West extend their lead on the rest of the Hobies,” Vanderspek said. “Then, they even overtook the Santa Cruz 37, which was great to see. Overall, it was a sunny day, nice and relaxing. What more can you ask for?” 

The Ocean Course hosted the Etchells, J/105s, Beneteau 36.7s and 40.7s for three races in four to 10 knots of wind, with the added challenge of an unexpected large ocean swell.

Argyle Campbell and his Rock On team are currently leading the 19-boat Etchells fleet. According to Campbell, racing on the same course with the larger 40-foot boats of the other fleets presents yet another challenge for the smaller Etchells, for better or worse. “You can hear some of the other teams grousing a bit about sailing with the larger boats — and I could even hear it on board our boat a little bit,” Campbell said.

“That is, until the last race when we were in third place, and the first two boats got blanketed by a 40.7. We sailed right by them to win the race, and all the grousing on board our boat just kind of stopped,” he said with a laugh.  

A familiar name topping the Beneteau 36.7 scoreboard is local champion Chick Pyle and the Kea crew, which began the regatta with three first places today. Pyle has been racing Beneteau 36.7s for almost 20 years, and he attributes Kea’s success to its longtime, loyal and talented crew, who essentially help “drag him around the course.”He also enjoyed welcoming a new crew on board—former America’s Cup sailor and current San Diego YC Commodore Bill Campbell—who Pyle calls a special guest star tactician.

On the South Bay circle, the J/24s joined the International 14s, Viper 640s and 29ers and F18 catamarans. Longtime catamaran sailor and boat designer Pete Melvin quickly established his lead in the F18s, sailing with his son James.

In the five-strong J/24 fleet, four San Diego teams welcomed first-time NOOD competitor Brian Dolan and his Calamity team from Tucson, Ariz. Dolan currently sits in third place behind leaders Christian Seidel on Cygnet 2, and William Ramacciotti on Greenback Boogie, in first and second place respectively.

The Vipers, International 14s and 29ers have now completed between six to eight races, with Geoff Faudy’s Boomslang, Kris Bundy’s I-14 and Ian Nyenhuis’s 994 continuing to lead their respective fleets. 

Racing concludes tomorrow and the overall winner will be selected to represent San Diego at the Helly Hansen NOOD Caribbean Championship.

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For more information on the NOOD events, visit sailingworld.com/nood-regattas.
For comprehensive results, visityachtscoring.com.

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About the National Offshore One Design Regattas
The National Offshore One-Design (NOOD) Regattas are the largest sailing regatta series in North America. Founded in 1988 by Sailing World, the NOODs, showcasing five or more events every year, have grown to become the largest and most popular sailing regatta series in the United States The NOOD Regattas are recognized as officially sanctioned US SAILING events and sponsored by Helly Hansen, Mount Gay Rum, North Sails, Torqeedo, Sunsail, Regatta Craft Mixers, and Anchor Brewing.
 
About Sailing World
Sailing World connects the community of racing sailors through words, images and shared experiences. Across its many channels, 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.
 
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 both technical sailing and performance ski apparel. 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 http://www.hellyhansen.com.

At the annual Boating Writer’s International Awards, Boating took away six awards, most notably completely sweeping the ”Boating Video” category.

In the Boating Videos category, Boating earned First, Second and Third places, plus a Merit Award. For the Boat Tests category, Boating garnered Second Place. In the print-web category of Seamanship Rescue and Safety, boating scored a Third Place prize.

“I am proud and fortunate to work with these award-winning pros,” said Boating Editor-in-Chief, Kevin Falvey. “My respect to them, and my great thanks and kudos to the support staff – those behind the faces and bylines, the videographers, editors, producers, and art directors – who helped these winners achieve greatness and helped further Boating’s leadership position at the forefront of marine enthusiast media.”

Randy Vance, BoatingLAB Director, prolific video producer and presenter for Boating commented on his win:

“Video is the fastest, perhaps the only, growing form of media in the world, today. Participating in it is a rewarding challenge in team work. While writers are solely responsible for crafting their story, video writer/hosts’ projects succeed only with the team work of screen editors and videographers who share the vision of the presenter’s story. Editors and videographers can, and usually do, have equal impact on the story created for the audience.”

This award is the result of contributions by Bonnier Production Manager and videographer Shalley Chapman, staff editor Kenneth Johnson and lead videographer, freelancer Luke Yong Falvey, who’s also Editorial Director of Bonnier’s Boating and Watersports titles, cited the sweep of the video category as significant. “We’ve worked hard to evolve as a media brand. Boating’s team creates compelling and engaging content on all platforms including print, web, social media and video. These wins validate that evolution.”

Interestingly, while Boating produces some 200 videos per year covering a range of topics from boat reviews to how-to, two of the award-winning videos concerned boating safety, and in fact, were produced under a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Links to Boating’s award winning content:Boating Video

First Place, Randy Vance: ”Deep Impact: BUI Touches Law Enforcement”

Second Place, Jeff Hemel: “Sea-Doo Lifestyle”

Third Place, Jeff Hemel: “PWC Safety”

Merit Award, Randy Vance: “Blackfin Boats Factory Tour”

Boat Tests

Second Place, Chris Caswell, Boat Tests: “Marquis 42”

Seamanship Rescue and Safety

Third Place, Chris Caswell: “Conception Tragedy”

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wisc. (March 18, 2021) — Leading industry experts headline the Seminar Series presented by U.S. LawShield at the Wisconsin Open Season Sportsman’s Expo at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in Wisconsin Dells, Wisc., March 26-28, 2021.

The Seminar Series presented by U.S. LawShield will educate and inform outdoor enthusiasts, while a number of the features will offer enhanced entertainment value.  See the full lineup and schedule by CLICKING HERE.

Travis “T-Bone” Turner from Bone Collector on the Outdoor Channel will be at the Wisconsin Expo all weekend, hosting one seminar each of the three days. Turner is one of the most respected archers and hunters in the outdoor industry. He earned his status as an ASA and APA Certified Pro shooter, competing on the pro tour for over 15 years, winning the 1991 ASA Archery World Championship, many podium finishes and several state titles during that time.

Another of the highlights for attendees of all ages will be Byron Ferguson performing his always popular Trick Shot Archery Show. The native of Alabama has been known to shoot a Lifesaver candy with his traditional bow and also shares various entertaining and often humorous stories from hunting excursions over the years.

Also part of the Seminar Series presented by U.S. LawShield, will be Eddie Salter, the “Turkey Man,” who has been hunting since the age of eight and harvested his first gobbler at 10-years-old. Salter has a remarkable record in Turkey Calling competition, claiming seven Southeastern Open Turkey Calling Championships, six Alabama State Championships and two World Open Championships.

Alan Probst, who is a master trapper of coyotes, will share his methods and best practices as part of the Seminar Series presented by U.S. LawShield. Probst is well known for being the host and producer of the Wild Pennsylvania TV show and has appeared on numerous TV shows across the country.

Raptors Up Close, led by Jason Caldwell, will educate attendees about the fascinating world of raptors, illustrating the different species, biology, predation of prey, the ancient sport of falconry, and raptors relationship to man in the past and present as part of the Seminar Series.

Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois will be hosting Wild Game Cooking Demonstrations. The Louisiana native began his career in the kitchen began a long time ago boiling crawfish, crabs and shrimp at a local seafood shack in his hometown of Thibodaux, La. For the past 15 years, Jean-Paul has served as a chef in a number of different restaurants in San Francisco, St. Thomas and New York City.

Jason Clark will be hosting his always entertaining and educational Snake Show. Known as The Southeastern Snake Encounter, Clark utilizes venomous and nonvenomous snakes of the Southeastern U.S. Clark is a nationally recognized reptile handler with over 30 years of wildlife experience and is a certified Master Naturalist through the University of Georgia.

Randy Flannery, a Master Guide in Maine, will be discussing the time-tested and time-honored methods of hunting and stalking whitetails. He will show how to master the skills of aging, sexing, and reading deer tracks.

Tom Mesnard will be sharing his insight on Hunting Land Management. The TLM system, which he developed, has helped thousands of hunters in 27 states, dating back to 1984.

Jared Scheffler will lead one seminar on Saturday only on Public Land Whitetail Hunting. Also, on Saturday only, Laurie Seale, will lead a pair of sessions on CWD Facts and Current Research.

For more information on the Wisconsin Open Season Sportsman’s Expo and to purchase tickets online, visit www.OpenSeasonSportsmansExpo.com.

The Wisconsin Open Season Sportsman’s Expo is sponsored by: Budweiser, Wisconsin RV World, Toys for Trucks, Mad City Windows, Bowhunters United, “Try Before You Buy” Shooting Lanes Sponsor and U.S. LawShield, sponsor of the Seminar Series.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 16, 2021) —  The 2021 Ohio Open Season Sportsman’s Expo will take place July 30-August 1 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus. The Expo (formerly the Outdoor Life/Field & Steam Expo) was originally scheduled for March 19-21 at the Ohio Expo Center, but rescheduled and re-located due to COVID.

The Ohio Open Season Sportsman’s Expo will spotlight new products and learning experiences for hunting, fishing and outdoor enthusiasts. The Expo will feature everything from bow trials and archery trick shooting, to the always-popular trophy deer contest and much more.

For more information on the Ohio Open Season Sportsman’s Expo as well as the full schedule of 2021 Expos, visit: 
www.OpenSeasonSportsmansExpo.com.

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