The Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association has announced its annualcombined Region II and Region III awards ceremonies to present trophies to High Point, Annapolis Race Week and divisional/special champions from the 1991 season.
Also to be announced will be the winners of the prestigious Labrot (Handicap Division), J. F. Healy (Cruising One-Design) and Corinthian Cask (One-Design Division) trophies for overall outstanding performance.
Special awards such as the Corinthian Cask Improvement Award for the Handicap or COD skipper who has demonstrated the most improvementin racing skills over the past year also are planned.
All membersand their guests are invited to attend the awards presentation, which is set for Saturday at the Gibson Island Club at Gibson Island.
Festivities will commence with a cash bar at 11:30 a.m., followed an hour later by a reservation-only lunch at $15 per person.
Trophieswill be awarded starting at 2 p.m., and this portion of the ceremonyis open to all, whether or not they chose to attend the luncheon.
Those who plan to attend the trophy presentation only should make a point of letting the CBYRA office know their intentions so the gatehouse staff at Gibson Island can be informed to expect them.
Reservations for lunch must be received by tomorrow. Call 269-1194 or stop by the CBYRA office at 612 Third St. in the Eastport section of Annapolis to drop off reservation forms from the recently mailed December/January issue of The Traveler and/or checks payable to CBYRA.
Taking a loyal crew along to the awards luncheon/trophy presentation is a memorable and meaningful way to reward and acknowledge them for theirassistance through a successful season. Attending the presentation simply to cheer friends as they collect their hard-won silverware alsois a nice gesture.
Note to one-design sailors:
High Point scores for the One-Design Division were only received by the CBYRA officea few days ago. The scores are currently in circulation to the various fleet captains for final verification of scoring.
These confirmed results most likely will be available early next week, and will appear here as quickly as they are publishable.
In the meantime, according to a CBYRA spokesman, winners of One-Design Division High Point trophies will be notified by their fleets so that they can attend the trophy presentation next weekend.
Also on the subject of CBYRA, 1992 membership renewal notices recently have been mailed to all 1991 members.
Of particular interest in this year's renewal formis a space in which CBYRA members can take advantage of a unique andimportant opportunity to combine and save.
Under the Golden Anchor program of the U.S. Sailing Association (sometimes called U.S. Sailing or USSA, but formerly USYRU), CBYRA members can join USSA at the same time they join or renew with CBYRA for a reduced rate, while also giving CBYRA credit for publications and services provided by USSA.
USSA is the national authority for sail racing, and its high level of member services to individuals, clubs and regional authorities benefit sailors across the board, so that the association is well-deserving of expanded support from the sailing community for which it does so much annually.
Just as CBYRA President Tom Curtis and that body's board of directors have done, I urge sailors to renew their CBYRA memberships without delay and take advantage of the USSA Golden Anchor program to join that organization as well.
Healthy ranks of membership and a high level of participation in both organizations is important for a number of reasons, not least of which is to provide financial support for the kinds of services to sailors for which both have made strong reputations.
Both organizations also benefit from a wide and diverse membership base, so that the input of ideas is adequate to cover the need for well-thought-out services with the ability to expand those services to meet needs of members and member organizations.
Some classes, such as MORC, require USSA membership as a prerequisite for class membership, but most do not, even though virtually all classes benefit from services provided by the national organization.
If you are not already a member, make 1992 the year to get involved and do your part.
For more information on CBYRA or USSAmembership, contact the CBYRA office at 269-1194.
And if you havespecific questions, criticisms or suggestions, don't forget to mark your calendar for Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. when CBYRA will present an Open Sailors' Forum at the Robert Crown Sailing Center on the Naval Academy grounds.
Open to all CBYRA members, it is a chance to share views on the current racing system and discuss changes which might be beneficial.
This open, free-ranging forum is a first-time event and an important chance to help make CBYRA even more responsive to Chesapeake Bay sailors.