The Gibson Island Yacht Squadron teamed up with the Corsica River Yacht Club over the weekend to provide a memorable regatta.
GIYS managed Saturday's 18.34-mile race from Baltimore Light to the Corsica River, and CRYC played host for a dinner/dance at Conquest Farm Saturday night, followed by a 19.76-mile race back from the mouth of the Corsica River on Sunday.
With starts for four PHRF splits, as well as a multihull divisionand cruising one-design classes for Alberg 30s, Tritons, and Cal 25s, the race drew 46 starters Saturday and Sunday.
The largest classboth days was PHRF B, with eight starters in both directions. As usual, the competition was heated, and no one team dominated the weekend.
"Going over on Saturday, it was an interesting race because the tide was really rolling," said Tom Price, who sailed his Laser 28 Hyder-Ally to third on Saturday and a win on Sunday.
"We had about 18knots of a wet kind of northeasterly, so from the start we went intothe Eastern Shore. We draw about five feet, so we were watching until we had about two feet under the keel and then we'd tack back out. We draw less than some of the bigger boats, and it was interesting howeach time we went in a little farther than they could, we picked up a little."
After rounding Love Point fourth in the fleet, Price said, "We had a nice race up the river. The wind eased up a bit and thewater was nice and flat. In smoother water and less air we were pretty fast. The J/30 ahead of us (Bodo Von Der Wense's Turbo Duck) had areal heart-breaker when they ran aground. They got off pretty quickly, but we were able to pass them at that point."
Although Price and his team finished before them, Von Der Wense and his team managed to hold onto second after corrections, just five seconds behind Don Zinn and his team on Goldfish, who got the gun and saved the win after corrections.
Sunday's race was particularly challenging, although there was less wind, Price explained.
"We had a downwind start up in the river, and in flat water downwind, the Laser 28 is really fast," he said. "Then, we got out into the bay and it was like a washing machine from all of the power boats. There was a pretty good tide running down the bay, so we sailed a little lower than the rest of the fleet and stayed out ahead.
"There was a lot of bobble down to the finish, and apparently the rest of the fleet had died up in the Chester and couldn't get over the sloppy chop. It was nice up in the Chester, though, and you got kind of spoiled when you had to go out in thebay after that."
Price said that in addition to winning the race -- something that always is memorable -- Sunday's sky offered a rare treat, as well.
"There were these high cirrus clouds, up around jet stream height," Price said, "and there was this spectacular rainbow-- or I guess it was really a sundog from the ice crystals -- that lasted about 45 minutes. It was really beautiful. I don't think I've ever seen the reds and blues that clear."
GIYS SUMMER RACE TO CORSICA RIVER
PHRF A (5 starters): 1. Flying Colors, Robert MichelJr., Baltimore, 3:08:17 c.t.; 2. Au Revoir, George Fox, Coopersburg,PA, 3:09:31 c.t.; 3. Moving Violation, Samuel Owings, Annapolis, 3:12:59 c.t.
PHRF B (8 starters): 1. Goldfish, Donald Zinn, Annapolis, 3:07:11 c.t.; 2. Turbo Duck, Bodo Von Der Wense, Gulph Mills, PA, 3:07:16 c.t.; 3. Hyder-Ally, Thomas Price, Pasadena, 3:11:00 c.t.
PHRF C (5 starters): 1. Severn Run, Norman Baldwin, Annapolis, 3:31:04c.t.; 2. L*A*S*S, Andrew Davis, Annapolis, 3:31:43 c.t.; 3. Ingenuity, Joe Lombardo, Annapolis, 3:35:58 c.t.
PHRF Nonspinnaker (4 starters): 1. Snallygaster, Charles Stein, Baltimore, 3:18:14 c.t.; 2. Plum Fun, Gary Meyer, Severn, 3:37:45 c.t.; 3. Albar II, Allen Keiser, Towson, 3:38:36 c.t.
Multihull (6 starters): 1. Leading Lady, Michael Beaver, New Cumberland, PA, 3.6957 c.t.; 2. Threeway Split, Carolyn Loving, Pasadena, 3:9704 c.t.; 3. Frisky, Margery Ware, Bethesda, 4:0221 c.t.
Alberg 30 (4 starters): 1. Lingin, Bruce Rankin, Annapolis, 4:41:51 e.t.; 2. Winter's Beat, Lee Leonard, Dayton, 5:30:44 e.t.; 3. Tern II, S. K. Barnett, Gibson Island, 5:36:49 e.t.
Triton (6 starters): 1. Overdraft, David Hoyt, Glen Burnie, 5:19:05 e.t.; 2.Pylasteki, Leb Brown, Silver Spring, 5:33:00 e.t.; 3. Winsome, Jack Hayes, Crofton, 5:40:30 e.t.
Cal 25 (8 starters): 1. Callipygian, Myron Miller, Arnold, 4:38:00 e.t.; 2. Chicken Little, Charlie Husar,Annapolis, 4:40:56 e.t.; 3. Ronin, Dave Godwin, Arlington, VA, 4:47:37 e.t.
CRYC ANNUAL REGATTA
PHRF A (4 starters): 1. MovingViolation, Samuel Owings, 3:16:59 c.t.; 2. Repeat Offender, Long/Baechtold, Annapolis, 3:17:07 c.t.; 3. Snallygaster, Charles Stein, 3:27:33 c.t.
PHRF B (8 starters): 1. Hyder-Ally, Thomas Price, 3:13:08c.t.; 2. Goldfish, Donald Zinn, 3:14:50 c.t.; 3. Turbo Duck, Bodo Von Der Wense, 3:21:29 c.t.
PHRF C (6 starters): 1. L*A*S*S, Andrew Davis, 3:23:18 c.t.; 2. Ingenuity, Joe Lombardo, 3:32:27 c.t.; 3. Severn Run, Nor
man Baldwin, 3:32:59 c.t.