Bay Regatta Challenges Olympic And Other Classes


May 12, 1991|By Nancy Noyes

About 140 one-design boats, sailing in 20 classes, occupied six racecourses between Sandy Point State Park and West River last weekend in the second annual Chesapeake Bay Olympic Classes Regatta.

Although the name of the event implies that only the classes used in the Olympic Games competed, that was far from the case.

The regatta also included starts for Albacores, International 5-0-5s, Lasers, Lightnings, Snipes and J/24s, as well as eight windsurfing classes. And of course, the six Olympic classes -- Europe Dinghies, Finns, Flying Dutchmen, International 470s, Solings, and Stars -- were represented.

Expert race management was handled by the Eastport Yacht Club, Severn Sailing Association and West River Sailing Club,and the regatta took place under the aegis of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association.

The event was a kind of dinghy-racing and windsurfing equivalent to the autumn CBYRA Race Week for bigger boats in the handicap and cruising one-design divisions.

In Friday's stiff breezes, only the Europes, Finns, 470s, Flying Dutchmen, Snipes, 5-0-5s, Solings and Stars were scheduled to compete, and conditions proved an exciting and challenging contrast to last year's unseasonal weekend-long drifting match.

"It howled on Friday," said Regatta Chairman Steve Kling, whoalso took part in the competition in the Star class. "There were extended 20-knot-plus breezes, and a lot of Finn and Snipe capsizes, and one Star dismasting."

With pleasant but shifting light to moderate breezes Saturday and Sunday, the regatta became more of an intellectual than a physical challenge as the weekend wore on.

"I thought the Soling and J/24 turnout was disappointing,"said Kling, pointing to only two and five teams, respectively, in those classes. "But I was pleased with the event as a whole," he added,"especially with the Finn turnout. That shows that this is an event that the sailors take seriously."

The Finn class, the highly athletic and challenging men's single-handed Olympic class, showed up in strength for the regatta, with 27 sailors on the line and intense competition through the three-day event.

After the dust settled Sundayafternoon, Canadian sailors had placed one-two in the class. Navy Ens. Alec Cutler, an alumnus of the Naval Academy's Intercollegiate Sailing Team and the sole representative in this class of the U.S. Sailing Team, was third.

Pulling out a solid win in the 11-boat International 470 class were Annapolitan Charlie Ogletree and Naval Academy sailing coach James Appel. These two newcomers to Olympic campaigningdistinguished themselves against tough competition in their seven-race series.

"We had practiced there in that area off West River in the fall," Ogletree said. "It was partly a matter of being comfortable there. It was our first big win, which was nice, and we definitely know we're improving since the last regatta. Things are definitely looking up. It's a great way to start the summer."

After finishing sixth in the Olympic Pre-Trials last month in California, the pair floated to the top on the Chesapeake. They won both heavy-air races Friday, as well as the lightest-air race Sunday morning.

Their other finishes included two fourths and a second on Saturday and a third in the seventh and final race on Sunday.

"It was pretty much all the same people that were at the regatta in California," Ogletree said. He noted that last weekend's win in varied wind strengths was especially satisfying since "now we

know we have speed in all conditions."

Ogletree and Appel have established a non-profit corporation, Barcelona Gold, to raise money for a campaign that includes two regattasin Rhode Island in June, the Canadian Nationals and Canadian OlympicRegatta at Kingston, Ontario in August and the Marblehead OCR in September. Then they start to prepare for the Olympic Trials next spring.

Ogletree, who is associated with Shore Sails Chesapeake, also isin the middle of an active J/22 campaign aimed at the J/22 Worlds inNew Orleans in July.

For more information or to make a donation to the Ogletree- Appel campaign, call Ogletree at Shore at 268-6501, or write Barcelona Gold, 702 Boulevard East, Suite 35E, Guttenburg, N.J. 07093.

Chesapeake Olympic Classes Regatta Results

Albacore* (8 boats): 1) Jasper Craig, Pasadena, 10 pts.; 2) R. Douglas Howson, Red Bank, N.J., 17.4 pts.; 3) Bill MacRea, Reading, Pa., 32.7 pts.

Europe Dinghy (5 boats): 1) Julia Trotman, Syosset, N.Y., 3 pts.; 2)Dianne Groome, Toronto, Ont., 17.4 pts.; 3) Carolyn Ulander, Costa Mesa, Calif., 17.4 pts.

Finn (27 boats): 1) Hank Lammens, Guilderland, N.Y., 14.4 pts.; 2) Gordie Anderson, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 24 pts.; 3) Alec Cutler, Madison, Conn., 42 pts.

Flying Dutchman (5 boats): 1) Guido Bertocci, Freehold, N.J., 30 pts.; 2) Mark McCrindle, Windsor, Ontario, 33 pts.; 3) Jeffrey and Charles Wrenn, Downington, Pa., 48 pts.

International 470 (11 boats): 1) Charlie Ogletree/James Appel, Annapolis, 24.7

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