The Columbus Cup match-racing regatta has been finalized as an eight-team event, with skippers and crews from seven countries scheduled to sail a round-robin series of races on Chesapeake Bay the week of Oct. 8.
Among the returning foreign skippers, who will bring three crewmen with them and be complemented by as many as six American crews, are Russell Coutts of New Zealand and Makoto Namba of Japan.
Coutts, who is ranked No. 4 in World Match Racing Conference standings, placed second to Peter Gilmour of Australia last year. Gilmour will not sail here this year.
Namba, who has sailed well on the World Match Racing Conference circuit this year, finished fourth in 1989, losing to American Gary Jobson by a slight margin.
Kin Yellott again will head Team Baltimore in the regatta, which is a recognized event on the World Match Racing Conference circuit.
The regatta again will be sailed in J/44s, the largest boats in use on the circuit.
The remainder of the skippers are Larry Klein of California, Rolex Yachtsman of the Year in 1989 and involved in the Triumph America syndicate seeking to defend the America's Cup; Marcos Soares of Brazil, a 1980 Olympic gold medalist; Juan Carlos Toubes of Spain, a maxiboat racer who is involved in an America's Cup challenge; Pelle Petterson of Sweden, a well-known Olympic medalist and match racer; and Valdimar Bandolowski of Denmark, who raced here last year.
Races will be sailed on a windward-leeward course set off the mouth of the Patapsco River.
The J/44s will arrive in Baltimore the afternoon of Oct. 7 at the finish of a race from Annapolis.
The centers of regatta activity will be at the Finger Piers area of the Inner Harbor and the new HarborView Marina and Yacht Club.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has initiated a five-year plan to reintroduce ruffed grouse to the state's coastal plain.
The Forest, Park and Wildlife Service plan will be assisted by the Ruffed Grouse Society, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Rev. J. Stewart Brinsfield of Charles County.
To reintroduce ruffed grouse, FPWS personnel will trap live grouse in Western Maryland and Pennsylvania and transport them to the Rev. Brinsfield's Timberneck Farm in Charles dTC County. After the grouse have been released at Timberneck, which is adjacent to suitable habitat that once supported populations of wild grouse, FPWS biologists will monitor survival and movements of the birds.
The Ruffed Grouse Society assistance will include funding, technical support, equipment and personnel.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission will provide access to suitable areas in which ruffed grouse may be live-trapped.
Waterfowl seasons and bag limits in Pennsylvania again will be limited to 30 days and daily possession limits of three and six birds. Until 1988, Pennsylvania permitted 40-day seasons and a daily bag limit of four birds.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission sets it regulations under guidelines established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
According to PGC statistics, the overall duck population is 22 percent below the 1955-1989 average. Mallards are 27 percent below the average and pintails are 52 percent below the average.