Sailing World Article on 2019 Chicago NOOD Regatta

Brian Kaczor captured the 23-boat Tartan 10 fleet in his boat, Erica. Kaczor has been racing his boat since 2005, but claims his current crew is the best he’s ever had. “Everyone put a ton of work into the boat over the winter, which really made the difference this weekend,” Kaczor says.

Kaczor added that a mix of good tactics, boatspeed, and crewwork made all the difference yesterday. “It was pretty tough because the wind and the waves didn’t match up,” says Kaczor. “We were quick to adjust our sail trim and put the boat where we needed on the racecourse. The race committee did a great job keeping things fair, so hat’s off to them working us through the tough conditions.”

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Brian Kaczor and Erica Win the 2019 NOOD Regatta

Fog cancelled out racing on Friday and Sunday, but in the four races on Saturday Brian Kaczor and his team on Erica were clearly top dogs in the 20-boat T-10 section. Erica scored 2nd, 1st, 1st and 2nd for 6 points. Amy & Rick Cermak and their Racine-based boat took 2nd with 13 point, edging out Chicago T-10 Fleet Captain Mark Croll in 3rd with 15 points. Well done by all the racers in some tough conditions!

Complete results can be found at

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