Guys, thanks for the great advice. I definitely do want a good looking repair. As you have suggested, the board is too new to experiment on. I have found a person close by who has done sandwich construction board repairs. I have spoken with previous customers who had similar damage and they have been quite happy with his work. I took it in last week and will be picking it up next week.
I like the idea of applying a nose protector and I'll be sailing with a Chinook Deviator once I'm back on the water.
December sailing here I come! (Just picked up my Dakine cold weather mitts)