Shelby Township’s Spierling wins St. Petersburg NOOD

Paul Todd photo from Sailing World of John Spierling and his crew.

Congratulations to John Spierling of Shelby Township and the crew of his S2 7.9 Rebel. They won their class and were first overall in the St. Petersburg NOODS last weekend.

Also Detroit area sailors racing in the St. Petersburg NOODS were Mark Allen of Waterford with this Lightning Flying Circus andCharles Bayer of Grosse Pointe Farms with his J-70 Lil Grizzly.

Here’s what Sailing World wrote about Spierling and his win:

“Spierling and his crew came to St. Petersburg for the weekend to sail in the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta.

“Beautiful weather and competitive racing rounded out the final day of the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in St. Petersburg. Sailors hit the bay waters to duke it out for the overall winner title and a trip to the British Virgin Islands to compete in the Helly Hansen NOOD Championship Regatta, hosted by Sunsail. Skipper John Spierling and his crew aboard the S2 7.9 Rebel won their fleet, and the competitiveness of their endeavors earned them the top prize.

“The team travelled from Michigan to St. Petersburg to compete against other S2 7.9 boats in the warmer weather Florida has to offer. Nearly all 8 boats in the fleet hailed from colder climates. Spierling said, “It was a good weekend with really good conditions. The wind was pretty good, a little tricky at times as it kept shifting, but overall we were pleased with the weather.”

“Spierling has participated in the St. Petersburg NOOD Regatta almost every year since 2000, only missing a few of the events. “The location is beautiful. The St. Petersburg Yacht Club is so welcoming each year and it really makes for a great event.” The team was thrilled with the win. “It was good, tight racing. There were probably three or four boats that could have won it and we are just fortunate that we were able to get out in front and take the title,” says Spierling.

“Spierling and his crew are invited to join the NOOD Regatta Championship in October of this year, hosted by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands.”

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