Among the 11 Class winners at the Chicago NOOD on June 8-10 stood one above all: J/111 Kashmir, which earned the event’s overall title. The boat is co-owned by Steve Henderson, Mike Mayer and Karl Brummel. This was team Kashmir ’s first major regatta of the season in preparation for the J/111 North Americans later this summer, and the crew saw improvements in boat speed throughout the weekend as they settled in with new sails. "I thought we were fast downwind, and our speed upwind was OK on Friday, but not great," Brummel said. "We had some boathandling problems that we were able to fix." Kashmir’s results on Friday were a second and a third, but in Saturday’s first race, said Brummel, "We just got launched, and fortunately the other top three or four boats somehow got buried. We just kept getting faster and faster; our speed upwind was probably better than anybody’s at the end of the regatta. We were breaking in new jibs, so it was the first time trimming those and getting the rig right." The game plan going into the final race was to get a clean start and cover the competition, Brummel said. All they had to do was sail their boat well and sail better than everyone else. "But we failed to execute that plan," he said. "We got a horrific start. We were second row, we tacked out to port and went right. It turns out there was a nice lane of pressure on the right that wasn’t on the left, and we rounded the mark first." Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good, he added, but what also helped was that the second-place boat was over the starting line early and had to restart. "That took some pressure off of us, but the third-place boat got a good start so we were not thrilled with the first 30 seconds of the race," Brummel said. "We were flat out lucky." As the Helly Hansen Chicago NOOD’s overall winner, team Kashmir earns a berth in the Helly Hansen NOOD Caribbean Championship Regatta, presented by Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands this October. For complete results, visit

J/111 (top three - 12 Boats)

  1. Kashmir, Karl Brummel/Steve Henderson/Mike Mayer - 3 -2 -1 -3 -1; 10
  2. Shamrock, Jeffrey Davis - 4 -3 -3 -1 -5; 16
  3. Rowdy, Richard Witzel - 2 -1 -9 -4 -2; 18