IOD Celebrity Invitational Regatta

The IOD Celebrity Invitational Regatta, a fundraising event to benefit Nantucket Community Sailing, was held August 15-17, 2012, where every team has one of America’s greatest sailors aboard calling tactics. From America’s Cup tactician, Olympic medalist to world champions, the celebrities donate their time.

There was an opening reception and dinner on August 15, with two days of racing and more social events on August 16 and 17, 2012. The series consisted of five races on Nantucket Sound, each participating team with a celebrity tactician on-board.

On the first day of racing, the race committee managed to get off one light air race. A 15-20 knot wind on the second day lead to four tight races.

Congratulations to Heather Gregg’s Team Cape Cod for winning the regatta and becoming the first female winner. Heather’s tactician was Robbie Doyle, and crew members were Miles Cameron, Michael Obuchowski and Will Christenson.

In second was Gary Jobson, President of US Sailing and Honorary Chairman of Nantucket Race Week, with tactician was Dee Smith, and crew Jud Smith, Hank Stewart, Jim Porter.

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About the Nantucket International One Design Fleet

The International One Design was the first class to achieve ‘International Classic Yacht’ status with the International Sailing Federation. Inspired by the majestic 6-Metre class, Cornelius Shields commissioned Norwegian naval architect Bjorn Aas to design a strict one-design class. In 1935, the International One Design was born. 21-feet on the waterline, with long, graceful overhangs extending to 33-feet overall, and a powerful 45-foot rig, the IOD resembles a scaled down version of a majestic J-Boat. With fleets in Northeast Harbor, Marblehead, Nantucket, Long Island Sound, San Francisco, Nova Scotia, Bermuda, Scotland, Sweden and Norway, the IOD class has a strong tradition of inter-fleet competition. The King Edward VII Gold Cup leg of the Swedish Match tour is sailed in the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club’s fleet of IODs.

IODs are typically sailed with crews of four or five. The small rudder, tall rig and heavy displacement demand focus, reflexes and strength from both helmsman and crew. In Nantucket, races are held outside of the island’s harbor on the Nantucket Sound. This is one of America’s great racing venues, where crisp August afternoons, reliable sea breezes of 15-20 knots, and uniform currents across the course make for exciting racing, with Nantucket’s legendary beauty and island life to return to after racing.

Formed in 1998, the Nantucket IOD Fleet is based on a unique concept. Rather than the traditional system of sailors owning their boats individually, the fleet is owned by an association consisting of fifteen syndicates, each of which owns an undivided interest, or share equivalent to one fifteenth of the entire fleet. The boats are identical in every way: hulls, standing and running rigging, sails, supplied equipment, instruments (just a compass!), tuning, and even the bottom paint. Syndicates rotate boats on a weekly basis. It is truly one-design racing at its purest.

Nantucket Community Sailing

Nantucket Community Sailing (NCS) was recently recognized by US Sailing as the Outstanding Seasonal Community Sailing Program in the United States. The IOD Celebrity Invitational is a fundraising event to benefit Nantucket Community Sailing. NCS is a non-profit organization focused on providing sailing instruction and affordable access to water sports for the Nantucket community. NCS serves 2,000 sailors in its sailing programs, and provides equipment and instruction through many community outreach programs, including sponsoring and coaching Nantucket’s High School Sailing Team, sailing scholarships to island youth, free water sports to other non-profits, sailboat races for all levels and teaching adaptive windsurfing for disabled athletes. Nantucket Community Sailing needs to raise over $800,000 each year to support its programs. Nantucket Race Week is an essential aspect of the fund-raising effort, contributing 25% of the total. The IOD Celebrity Invitational is a major component of this success!

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