16-year-old wins in first race on second day of J/24 event

November 03, 1991|By Nancy Noyes | Nancy Noyes,Special to The Sun

ANNAPOLIS -- More favorable wind greeted the fleet of 79 competing in the annual J/24 East Coast Championships out of Severn Sailing Association yesterday, the second day of the three-day event.

After the Race Committee was forced to abandon the day's first race when a major wind shift during the first beat skewed the course unacceptably, the breeze settled in at 6 to 11 knots from the west-northwest and held fairly steady for the rest of the day, allowing two more windward-leeward races to be completed, and bringing the total to three, which will make the regatta a

qualifier for next October's World Championships in Annapolis.

The day's first race was won by 16-year-old Steven Hunt of Hampton, Va., who qualified for a slot in next year's Worlds by winning the Radisson Cup in Hampton over the summer, with America's Cup veteran John Wright close behind.

Wright, who won Friday's single race and was leading the series last night, was again forced to make a strong recovery from a less-than-ideal start in the middle of the huge fleet.

"We got a clear lane going to the left and hooked into it," he said. "Then we went into speed mode and held on, and at the mark we were around fourth. On the last leg, we had a really fun gybing duel with the Coleman brothers, but we finally got on the inside and had the starboard tack advantage, so we just crossed his bow at the finish."

The Coleman team, made up of Soling class Olympic hopefuls Paul, Peter and Gerard, was judged premature at the start of that race, however, and third went to Steven Lopez of Sayreville, N.J.

In the day's second race, victory went to Geoff Moore of Doyle Sailmakers in Portsmouth, R.I.

"The first race was really fluky," said Moore, who won the East Coasts three years ago. "We were 35th at the first mark and had some bad luck, but we were lucky in the second race. We were fourth at the first mark, and we were playing left, which was good since there was a big left shift. We kept on slowly picking off one boat at a time, and we were first at the last leeward mark, and just covered.

"This has been a real good regatta for us," Moore said. "We always seem to do pretty well down here."

Many protests resulted from the day's competition, and results were only provisional, pending the outcome of the protest hearings.

Provisional results, Race No. 2

1. Bandit, Steven Hunt, Hampton, Va.; 2. Kadaman, John Wright, Gulph Mills, Pa.; 3. Elvis, Steven Lopez, Sayreville, N.J.; 4. PT Blister, Kirk Reynolds, Skaneateles, N.Y.; 5. Freestyle, Bear Hovey, Trumbull, Conn.; 6. Dream Girl, Russell Potee, Glen Burnie; 7. No Smoking, Don Delorme, Annapolis; 8. Rainbo, Bo McBee, Lancaster, Pa.; 9. Dilligaff, Steve Voorhis, Annapolis; 10. KC4457, Peter Allen, Toronto.

Provisional results, Race No. 3

1. Not To Worry, Geoff Moore, Portsmouth, R.I.; 2. Bangor Packet, Tony Parker, Washington; 3. Rainbo, Bo McBee, Lancaster, Pa.; 4. Fancy That!, Paul Coleman, Coronado, Calif.; 5. KC4457, Peter Allen, Toronto; 6. US3277, Terry Hutchinson, Traverse City, Mich.; 7. PT Blister, Kirk Reynolds, Skaneateles, N.Y.; 8. Madman, Susie Minton/Bo Hornbuckle, USNA; 9. Show Dog, Benedict Capuco, Annapolis; 10. US14, Tim McKegney, address unavailable.

Provisional standings, through Race No. 3

1. Kadaman, John Wright, Gulph Mills, Pa., 17 points (1-2-14); 2. KC4457, Peter Allen, Toronto, 21 (6-10-5); 3. US3277, Terry Hutchinson, Traverse City, Mich., 27 (2-19-6); 4. Not To Worry, Geoff Moore, Portsmouth, R.I., 28 (10-17-1); 5. PT Blister, Kirk Reynolds, Skaneateles, N.Y., 34 (23-4-7); 6. Rainbo, Bo McBee, Lancaster, Pa., 35 (24-8-3); 7. Bandit, Steven Hunt, Hampton, Va., 37 (8-1-28); 8. Dilligaff, Steve Voorhis, Annapolis, 43 (17-9-17); 9. Elvis, Steven Lopez, Sayreville, N.J., 52 (16-3-33); 10. Bunky's Boat, Chip Carr/Bunky Hines, Severna Park/Annapolis, 52 (7-15-30).

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