Detroit's Paul Hulsey Leads the 2008 St. Pete's NOOD

Detroit's Paul Hulsey Leads the 2008 St. Pete's NOOD ©2008 JOY | U.S. Melges 24 Class Association Related topics:

15 February 2008

Paul Hulsey from Detroit, Michigan on USA-615 Hoodlum leads the 49-strong Melges 24 fleet after one day of racing at the 2008 Sperry Top-Sider St. Petersburg NOOD Regatta. Seated in second place overall is Geoffery Pierini on USA-551 Gazoo from Bernardsville, New Jersey and fleet newcomer Billy Gooderman from Port Credit, Ontario Canada on Zingara is third.

The first day of racing on Tampa Bay spawned beautiful, almost springtime like weather, but conditions that were anything but ideal for sportboat racing. The teams cleared out the final weigh-ins on Friday morning in under twenty minutes, rushing down to the docks for a 9:30 gun. Going out to the course the breeze was nice, but it didn't stick around for long. It hung in for the first start and beat with the fleet favoring the pin end, then with a shift a little more than half way up the course to the right.

At the top mark, Pierini's bright blue spinnaker was the first to hoist. Following closely in second — there's nothing better than the sight of the 'D' — Corinthian player Paul Hulsey was determined to get out front. Chris Schoendorf from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on USA-458 Taz rounded third, then George Haynie from Tampa, Florida on USA-687 Firewater in fourth. Downwind, with the wind quickly fading, Hulsey aggressively moved into the lead position with Pierini trying to hold his own. At the finish, racing was a real challenge. The air had turned painfully light, practically non-existent as Hulsey crossed the finish line for the win.

The fleet then waited another couple of hours for suitable air as the race committee desired to get at least one more race in, but it just wasn't meant to be. All other races for the day were canceled at 3 o'clock.

Saturday's races and conditions are slated to be somewhat similar with Sunday expected to deliver a little bit more 'breeze on.'


  1. Paul Hulsey, Hoodlum
  2. Geoffery Pierini, Gazoo
  3. Billy Gooderham/Richard Reid, Zingara
  4. George Haynie, Firewater
  5. Chris Schoendorf, Taz
  6. Alex Shafer, Sweaty Betty
  7. Kristen Lane, Outhouse
  8. John Podmajersky, USA-511
  9. Alan Field, WTF
  10. John Hamilton, Mustang



Twenty-five teams out of 49 Melges 24s qualified for the 2008 Sperry Top-Sider Corinthian St. Petersburg NOOD division. Equally impressive is the fact that four Corinthian teams also populate the top ten overalls, and occupy spots within the top six. Not only did Paul Hulsey top the charts for the day, he also captured the top Corinthian spot as well. Hulsey's crew are not strangers to the Melges 24 fleet — Rychee Vetor, Todd Jones, Geoff Speilman and Mike Hoey.


  1. Paul Hulsey, Hoodlum Racing
  2. Billy Gooderham/Richard Reid, Zingara
  3. George Haynie, Firewater
  4. Alex Shafer, Sweaty Betty
  5. Jack Kern, Devil Dog
  6. Justin Chambers, Liberty 5
  7. August Hernandez, High Voltage
  8. Marc Hollerbach, Fu
  9. Joe Blouin, Wicked Witch
  10. Tom Single, Juggling Act
  11. Kelly Gough/Shawn Grisham, Bulls Eye
  12. J. A. Booker, Carmelita
  13. Gary Schwarting, Obsession
  14. Charlie Clifton, John's Boat
  15. Steve Jones/Eric Andrews, Sick Puppy
  16. Scott Baste, Room 444 Improvement
  17. Tom Wyman, Hot Seat
  18. Tom Carter, Trust Me
  19. Richard Mallinson, Speedemon
  20. Jim Gunderson, BIG SKY
  21. Sean O'Conner, Just Add Water
  22. James Whatmore, Goux Get Moma
  23. Tony Stanley, Hermes
  24. Chris Franszek, Chappy
  25. Jerry Creasman, Aiemef


The Melges 24 is designed by Reichel Pugh and considered the most unique one design Sportboat in the world as well as one of the fastest-growing classes of high performance yachts. More information can be found at the official website of the U.S. Melges 24 Class Association (USMCA), the International Melges 24 Class Association (IMCA).

For more information or press photos, please contact:

Joy Dunigan
U.S. Melges 24 Class Association
Press Officer | Class Communications Director
+1 (912) 398-5776