The breeze for last Saturday's Eastport Yacht Club Leftover Bowl wasanything but stale, freshening to 30 and above out in the open Chesapeake while remaining at a more manageable 20-plus on the Severn River race course.
Temperatures, on the other hand, were distinctly leftover -- practically from summer.
In all, it was a great day for a boat race, and 15 teams took part in the 4.5-mile PHRF Nonspinnaker race.
The course in this just-for-fun race, from the start at '15' off the Naval Station out to '8'downriver and back again, twice around, followed by a sprint up Spa Creek to the finish line in front of the EYC clubhouse at Annapolis City Marina, was a fast and furious reach-around for much of its length in the brisk southwesterly air. It was over just over half an hour after it started -- hardly long enough to satisfy some sailors.
The top three positions in the race were earned by some of the smallestand lightest boats competing, with Art Libby's J/22 No Problem in first, Al Graf's J/27 Fast Forward in second and Sandy Grosvenor's J/24Twisted Sisters in third.
As usual, prizes abounded for everyone,with several special awards for unique achievements.
Grosvenor earned a special award for "Startling Maneuvers" because of her decision to sail the race using her big Genoa in expectation of a dying wind-- which remained stubbornly healthy and left her overpowered for much of the race.
One of her crew, Debbie Holt, earned a "Best Dressed" award -- a pair of gold-painted antique deck shoes -- for sailingwhile wearing pearls.
Bill Stratton on Nepenthe earned the club'straditional "Thanksgiving Turkey" award -- an attractive rubber chicken -- for starting with a double-reefed main, while Charles Deakyne on Scrimshaw received special notice for filing the only valid entry form in the race.
The special "Frying Pan" award, echoing an ocean-racing tradition of recognizing the cook aboard the last boat to finish, went to Brooke and Marilyn Perkins on Passages for arriving at the finish line -- and the awards party -- last.
AH: EYC Leftover Bowl Race
1) No Problem, Art Libby, Annapolis; 2) Fast Forward, Al Graf, Annapolis; 3) Twisted Sisters, Sandy Grosvenor, Annapolis; 4) Sails Call, Rick Baucom, Davidsonville; 5) Mirage, Fred Salvesen, Edgewater; 6) Dilemma, Jack Keniley, Forestville; 7) Insipid, Mike Henderson, Riva; 8) PollyWannaCracka?, Larry Kumins, Annapolis; 9) Bandit, Ed Pologruto/Andy Hughes, Wayne, Pa./Annapolis; 10) Enduro, Peter et al. Summers, Annapolis; 11) Baby Moon, Mike Krissoff, Annapolis; 12) Nepenthe, Bill Stratton, Annapolis; 13) Madrigal, David Monius, Greenbelt; 14) Scrimshaw, Charles Deakyne, Severna Park; 15) Passages, Brooke & Marilyn Perkins.
The Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association has announced its final High Point standings for the 1991 Cruising One-Design Division season.
COD-division High Point scores arecalculated based on the total
number of points a competitor has earned for starting, finishing and beating other boats in all of the races on which he is scored, divided by the maximum number of points that he would have earned if each race scored had been won, plus a factor of 30.
COD sailors competing in races longer than 30 miles areeligible for bonus points, and one race of every eight sailed can bea worst-race throwout.
For the third year in a row the top slot in High Point for J/30 class went to the team of Bill Rutsch and John Aras sailing BeBop.
The BeBop team completed 14 races over the season, and after one throwout of a weak race last May, turned in no finish lower than sixth for the season, with most in the top three of this always substantial class.
At the other end of the class-size spectrum, in the Laser 28 class, Tom Price and his Hyder-Ally crew, whodid not qualify for High Point last year in the class, toppled long-standing L28 champion Robert Reeves and his A Train team after sailing an especially strong season with a number of finishes in the money.