America's Cup skippers taking aim at Baltimore race

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September 04, 1991|By PETER BAKER

A slice of the America's Cup is coming to Baltimore from Oct. 7 through Oct. 12, when the Cadillac Columbus Cup sets sail from the Inner Harbor for the third successive year.

The best-known skipper for this year's Columbus Cup, a serieof leet and one-on-one match races in 44-foot sloops, is Buddy Melges of Wisconsin, who campaigned for the challenger role in the 1987 America's Cup and has been involved in preparations for the 1992 races in San Diego.

Pedro Campos (Spain), Marc Pajot/Bertrand Pace (France) anThomasso Cheffi/Paul Cayard (Italy) are other possible skippers who are involved with America's Cup projects and who will sail here.

J. J. Isler of San Diego, who won the women's Santa Maria Cup here this spring also will skipper one of the eight J/44s.

Possible 1992 Olympic sailors who will skipper boats here arJohn Kostecki and Jim Brady (United States) and Chris Law (Britain).

Among the changes for this year's Columbus Cup are race courses inside the Key Bridge, where spectator viewing will be easier; headquarters at the HarborView Marina and Yacht Club; and possible finishes on the final two days of racing in the Inner Harbor.

... The DNR has received the go-ahead for the fall rockfish season based on a quota of 1,074,000 pounds total catch, as had been expected.

The increased catch (last year the quota was 750,000 total pounds), means that recreational fishermen will allocated 456,747 pounds and the charter boats will be allocated 161,206 pounds. The rest of the quota will go to commercial fishermen.

Chesapeake Bay recreational and charter boat fishermen will be required to have all applicable licenses and to tag the legal fish they catch. Minimum size will be 18 inches and the maximum allowed will be 36 inches.

The recreational season will run from Oct. 9 to Oct. 26, with two fish allowed per person per season. If the 456,747-pound allocation has not been caught by Oct. 26, the season will be extended at a creel limit of two fish per person per day until DNR determines the weight limit has been reached.

No tags would be required in the extended season.

The charter boat season will run from Oct. 9 to Nov. 11 with a creel limit of two fish per person per day. Charter boat captains will be responsible for tagging the legal fish and logging the total catch.

In the Maryland waters of the Atlantic, the recreational season will run from Oct. 9 to Oct. 26 with a limit of one striped bass per person per day. No permits or tags are required.

The Atlantic charter season will run from Oct. 9 to Oct. 26 with a limit of one per person per day.

DNR expects that permits and tags will be available at regional service centers and 83 sport and tackle shops statewide on Friday.

... The summer flounder has been a cause for concern in Maryland waters, and the DNR and the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies want to know more about mortality rates and the effects of summer fisheries.

To achieve that end, a tagging survey has been going on for two years. Flounder are caught in nets, weighed, measured, tagged and released.

But the rest of the survey is dependent on the cooperation of fishermen who catch tagged fish.

If you take a tagged flounder of legal size (13 inches), please mail the tag to Dr. Charles Hocutt at UMCEES (address is on the tag). If the fish is too small, fishermen are asked to call the telephone number on the tag and report the location, time and date of capture.

During 1990, 1,169 summer flounder were tagged and 55 tags were returned. This year, 1,300 had been tagged by the end of July and 77 tags were returned.

Cadillac Columbus Cup

What: The Cadillac Columbus Cup, a series of fleet and match races among 8 teams representing the United States, France, England, Spain, Italy and the Chesapeake Bay area.

Where: Activities will be based at the HarborView Marina and Yacht Club on Key Highway; racing will be held on a course inside the Key Bridge on the Patapsco River between the bridge and Fort McHenry.

BWhen: Oct. 7 -- A charity "Race to Save the Bay" will be sailed at 3:45 p.m.

Oct. 8 -- Teams will open practice at 10:30 a.m.

Oct. 9 -- Fleet racing starts at 1 p.m.

Oct. 10 -- Match racing preliminaries begin at 11 a.m.

Oct. 11 -- Match racing semifinals begin at 11 a.m.

Oct. 12 -- Match racing finals begin at 11 a.m.

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