The O.C. Princess described by its owners as the ultimate fishing, and cruising boat, has been added to the fleet of party boats that serve Ocean City fishermen.
The 88-foot O.C. Princess, which operates out of the Shantytown Pier, will run to the fishing grounds at 30 miles per hour. Its cabin is heated and air-conditioned, and is equipped with a galley to serve breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The reason for the speed and accommodations is, said Charles Nichols, vice president of the Shantytown Marina, that fishing should be pleasant for families that come to Ocean City.
The O.C. Princess was scheduled to begin night trips for tuna yesterday.
Full-day offshore trips for sea bass, ling, tautog, sea trout and other species also are offered. For more information and bookings, call (301) 289-0926.
* The Russians are not coming -- at least not yet.
The Red Star Syndicate, the Soviet Union's challenger for the America's Cup, has decided not to train in San Diego because the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard have objected to the berthing of a Soviet flag vessel in San Diego, a restricted U.S. military harbor.
"In order to best prepare for a serious challenge to the Cup." said Douglas Smith, U.S. representative for Red Star, "we have decided it would be in the best interest of the syndicate to train the crew in Tallinn, beginning June 1."
The bulk of the crew's training will be on the Baltic Sea aboard an aluminum boat, but by August Red Star plans to be in San Diego with a carbon fiber boat.
* Three Maryland sailors will compete in the USYRU-Nautica U.S. Youth Sailing Championship in the single-handed Laser class in Milwaukee June 21-28.
John Torgerson and Andrew Scott of Annapolis and Jennifer Lovell of Westminster were selected by a United States Yacht racing Union panel as members of a 70 sailor group of top sailors from around the country to compete in their class.
* The Offshore Sailing School will hold comprehensive, five-day learn-to-sail courses in Galesville May 22 and in Annapolis May 29. The course is a combination of classroom instruction and on-water training. Students sail 27-foot Olympic Class Soling sloops.
The cost of the 23-hour course is $595 per person. For more information, call (800) 221-4326.