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ISAF Classification is Back Online

After a long rebuild of the World Sailing site, the ISAF classification portal is back up and running. This is great, because in order to race One Design within the class, everyone onboard must have their own ID number, to ensure fair racing for everyone.

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N/A Charter Options Available

The Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championships may not be for a few more months, but the time to start planning is now! Whether you're coming from out of the country, out of state, or just out of town, everyone is welcomed and encouraged to get involved.

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2022 North Americans Announced!

Beneteau 36.7s will sail up to eleven races through the 3-day event on racecourse located on Lake Ontario Southwest of the Toronto Islands. The 36.7 fleet has seen a resurgence of new owners who come with a lot of racing experience from other fleets. At any given regatta, there will be a different champion on the podium. It’s going to be a roll of the dice! Local skipper Richard Reid and crew, sailing “Zingara,” have won 5 of 10 of the North American Championships they have entered...problem is, never in Toronto when they placed 2nd after a hard-fought series with First Today from Youngstown the regatta in 2011.

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San Diego NOOD Results

The 2022 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in San Diego provided a great opportunity for the boats, and their crews to show their colors, and in some cases, their patience! The wind was mostly light and shifty, but the weather remained sunny! The fleet had a standing of six boats on the line each day. The final results are: First. Kea - Chick Pyle Second. Sailhook - Peter Andreasen Third. PI - Larry Smith Fourth. Melokia - Mike Whittemore Fifth. Sorcerer - Michael Grupp Sixth. XLR8 - Gabriel Nistor

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San Diego NOOD Results

The 2022 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in San Diego provided a great opportunity for the boats, and their crews to show their colors, and in some cases their patience! The wind was mostly light and shifty, but the weather remained sunny. The fleet had a standing of six boats on the line each day. The final results are:

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Registration Opens for the MAC races!

The regrestration portals have opened for both the Bayview Yacht Club, Port Huron to Mac race, and the Chicago to Mac race. There are nearly 20 36.7's predictied to be on the line for the Chicago race this year, and we are looking forward to some very competive racing. Please Visit the race websites to request an invitation!

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Register NOW for the San Diego NOOD regatta!

Registration opens now for the San Diego NOOD Regatta. Join the fleet on March 25 – 27 at the San Diego Yacht Club! For more information, visit the race website at:

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13 strong at the COLORS Regatta

The Chicago COLORS Regatta is a great event for the First 36.7 class. This year, there will be 13 Beneteau 36.7's on the line battling it out during this two day weekend race. Stay tuned for the results, and some great pictures. Click here to see the current entry list. Even after nearly 20 years, the First 36.7 class remains one of the biggest keelboat classes in the great lakes, and it's great to see the Chicago fleet getting out on their first regatta of the season. The weather looks solid, and it should be a great time.

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2022 Chicago to Mac race

The 2022 Chicago to Mac race saw 20 Beneteau First 36.7's on the starting line. Every boat that started, finished despite the extreme conditions. The race started Saturday morning with about 20 knots of wind, right behind the fleet. Everyone hoisted kites and started rocketing their way north. The wind built for a bit, and then lightened. In the late afternoon the predicted servere storm front started revealing itself on the horizon. The fleet entered the storm at around 7:00pm, and was hit with 50-70knot winds, hail, lightning, and large steep waves. Sevral storm fronts hit throughout the night, and the fleet had 6-7 hours of constant storm sailing. Sunday morning saw

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Verve Cup - Results

The 2022 Verve Cup presented some pretty difficult conditions for the Beneteau 36.7 class. 12 Boats were on the line each day, making us once again the largest One Design fleet. Here are the results for the whole event!

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North American Results

National Yacht Club, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada earned the right to boast after hosting an incredible weekend of racing at this year’s 2022 Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championship Regatta, held September 9-11, 2022. Everybody in the fleet, lucky enough to race in this year’s event, was treated to a welcoming, beautiful venue (NYC), in a gorgeous environment (downtown Toronto) and friendly atmosphere amongst fellow racers, as well as many supportive club members. Fabulous meals were enjoyed nightly, immediately following the free-flow of beer at social gatherings, debriefs with tip-sharing, and daily awards. It became readily apparent that crews were sharing and learning from each other, primarily about rig tuning, sail trim and strategy for light air conditions, as vast improvement was seen in most teams, tightening things up in each subsequent race. Although we barely saw double-digit b

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2022 Season Recap

As the 2022 season comes to an end, let’s recap some notable races, finishes, and fleet events. The season largely kicked off with the San Diego NOOD’s. The fleet battled light and shifty conditions, with Chick Pyle’s Kea easily taking first place, Sailhook taking second, and Larry Smith’s PI taking third. The San Diego fleet is one of the largest and most competitive 36.7 fleets around. SDYC also hosted the Yachting Cup, which brought 36.7's from around the state, once again with Kea taking the win, Peter Cohran’s Rhode Rage taking second, and Thomas Shepherd’s Kraken taking third. With boats launching in the midwest, the Great Lakes fleet kicked off their season with the Chicago NOOD regatta. The conditions were mixed, and the fleet was large. 11 36.7’s in all. Jarrett Altmin’s Soulshine took first place, Antoni Czupryna’s Erizo De Mar took second, and James Clouser’s Joie De Vie

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