Navy Teams Find Smooth Sailing In Weekend Regattas

SAILING

April 15, 1992|By Nancy Noyes

Navy's Intercollegiate Sailing Team members were impressive in acingfour regattas last weekend, including the prestigious Admiral's Cup at King's Point and the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association Spring Windsurfing Championship at the Naval Academy.

At the Admiral's Cup, Navy was first among 16 colleges racing 420s, Techs andLasers, marking the fifth consecutive year the academy's sailors wonthe event.

Winning the A Division were Midshipman 2nd Class Brad Rodi and crew Heather Keane and Reid McLaughlin.

In B Division, skipper Midshipman Daven Fagen and crew Kathleen Dunne and Fitz Gentry finished third, while Midshipman 3rd Class Marc Schneider won the C Division in Lasers.

A tie-breaker for second went in favor of St. Mary's College, leaving Yale University in third.

Navy also won the CNC 2-on-2Team Race at Christopher Newport College, in Newport News, Va., posting a record of 6-1 in the field of eight teams sailing Flying Juniors. Old Dominion was a close second.

Here in Annapolis, Navy playedhost to the Corny Shields Regatta in J/24s. In light and shifty winds, the Navy team led by Midshipman 4th Class Ryan Cox, came in first.Cornell was second with 27 points, while St. Mary's placed third with 28.

Midshipmen George Papich and Sean Mulligan were first and second, respectively, in the MAISA Spring Windsurfing Regatta at the academy, with Norwegian exchange student Andreas Teilman, representing the University of Pennsylvania, third.

While the dinghy sailors and windsurfers were busily engaged in winning regattas, the Varsity Offshore Team was gearing up for the coming season.

It will include quite a bit of ocean sailing beyond the Chesapeake, such as the Newport to Bermuda Race, as well as numerous local and regional events.

There will also be a series of informal practice races in Navy 44s, with coaching assistance from members of the Chesapeake Station of the famed Storm Trysail Club, a fraternity of offshore yachtsmen.

Although the Storm Trysail Club is better-known in areas such as Long Island Sound and New England than it is here, the Chesapeake Station of the club recently has become more active and visible, and this timethe midshipmen were the beneficiaries of their efforts.

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Shearwater Sailing Club, annual host of the Roy Smith Memorial Regatta for women sailors, has announced a skill development clinic for women interested in competing in this year's event.

The clinic will take place on Sunday, April 26.

The Roy Smith Memorial Regatta, set forOct. 24-25, will be one more in a long-standing and successful series of events designed to encourage women to take charge of a racing campaign and allow less-experienced sailors to participate at higher levels.

The regatta committee will provide experienced sailors and coaches from local sail lofts to lead discussions and on-the-water practice in starting, mark-rounding, navigation and tactics, sail trim, and racing rules to help participants develop racing and boat-handling skills.

Women may bring their own boats or boats they plan to borrow for the regatta to the clinic, or they can take advantage of oneof several J/30s generously volunteered for the clinic. Clinic organizers encourage skippers to bring crew members for a day of team practice.

Coaches will be assigned to each boat and will have a detailed agenda, including many important practice drills.

Following a series of practice starts, two or three short practice races will be run, weather permitting.

The clinic will wrap up with a rendezvous at Shearwater Sailing Club on Chester Avenue in Eastport for a recap of on-water events, a review of rules and techniques, and a question-and-answer session.

The Roy Smith Memorial women's regatta began as an informal contest for women skippers and crew and has evolved into a recognized annual event.

The idea for a sailing event exclusively for women came to the late Roy Smith after spending time sailing with his wife Ina -- an experienced and capable yachtswoman in her own right -- and discovering that, in many cases, women tended to be second-class crew when sailing on mixed crews.

Smith, a relative newcomer to sailing, empathized with his female friends' limited opportunity and sought to encourage them to take more active, important roles in racing.

Registration for the skill development clinic, which is free, is requested by Friday, to Mary McLaughlin, c/o Shearwater Sailing Club, P.O. Box 3312, Annapolis, Md. 21403.

For more information, contact committee members Joan Watts, 867-1312, or Cindy Souder, 974-1058.

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Catalina 27 and J/30 class members, don't forget this week

end's on-water skill-building seminar by the boys from Doyle-Allan Sailmakers in Annapolis.

All members of these two classassociations/local fleets should have received a mailing about the event. If yours got lost, hurry and call Dave Flynn at Doyle-Allan, 268-1175.

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Those who didn't want to part with the extra money earlier, when they were paying annual dues, to order a Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association Green Book -- the schedule/details/special rules for Chesapeake Bay racing this season -- and planned on waiting until the last minute before racing started to get one, the time is now.

The new, improved 1992 Green Books have arrived at the CBYRA office, 612 Third St. in Eastport. Go get yours today!

Nancy Noyes is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association and has been racing on the bay for about five years. Her Sailing column appears every Wednesday and Sunday in The Anne Arundel County Sun.

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