Local Sailors swamp podium at NOOD regatta
Andrew Fisher and his crew aboard Bandit in the competitive Sonar class was declared the overall winner during the St. Petersburg leg of the multicity National Offshore One-Design regatta series. The team of Connecticut-based sailors outperformed more than 125 teams that competed over two days on the waters of Tampa Bay. Fisher won a Caribbean sail charter aboard a Sunsail 44i. Top local finishers included Andrew Walford (St. Petersburg, second, VX One class), Ethan Bixby (St. Petersburg, first, Contender), Zeke Durica (Dunedin, first, Ensign), Robby Brown (St. Petersburg, second, J-24), Rob Britts (St. Petersburg, second, Melges 24) and David King (Bradenton, third, Melges 24), and Michael Siedlecki (St. Petersburg, first), Ed German (Tampa, second) and Adam Rosen (Crystal Beach, third) in the PHRF 1 Division. Largo's Raymond Mannix and St. Petersburg's Harvey Ford were first and third, respectively, in the PHRF 2 class.
And now for a gulfside event …
Nearly 200 of the nation's top small-boat sailors are on the waters off Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach today through Sunday for the Laser Midwinters East Regatta. The Laser boats are built with identical specifications, meaning the best sailor wins.
What's happening in the Everglades?
Dan. B. Kimball, superintendent of the Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks, will talk about the 1.5 million acres of ecosystem he is charged to protect at 10 a.m. Monday at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (100 Eighth Ave. SE) in St. Petersburg.
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