Tania Aebi learned to depend on herself the hard way -- by sailing around the world alone by the time she was 21.
Aebi's story is not new; she has written a book, "Maiden Voyage," about it, and Cruising World magazine carried articles while she was in passage.
But next month in Annapolis, those who have wondered about the discoveries and dangers Aebi experienced aboard her 26-foot sloop, Varuna, will get a chance to live vicariously through Aebi's experiences.
On Jan. 24, at the Francis Scott Key Building on the St. John's College campus, Aebi will give a three-hour lecture and slide presentation on her 27,000 mile circumnavigation and how to prepare for extensive offshore passages.
The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and must be ordered by Jan. 15. For ticket information, call Peter Ingram at (401) 847-1588.
* The American Federation of Tackle Manufacturers (AFTMA) says a survey it has conducted shows manufacturers' raw-material costs have risen between 2 percent and 15 percent in 1990 because of rising costs of oil. As a result, AFTMA members plan to raise their retail prices between 3 percent and 12 percent in 1991.
* The 14th annual Chesapeake Sportfishing Show will be held at the National Guard Armory in Annapolis on Jan. 4, 5 and 6. In addition to a well-rounded mixture of retailers offering show specials on tackle, clothing, books, etc., Chesapeake charter captains and statewide fishing guides will be on hand to accept bookings.
Another feature of the show is a clinic on fishing for striped bass in the Chesapeake.
For more information, call 301-841-6974.