The third annual Chesapeake Olympic Classes Regatta, organized by Eastport Yacht Club, Severn Sailing Association and West River Sailing Club, and coordinated by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association,has been set for May 2-3.
Starts both days will be for Albacores,Flying Dutchmen, International 14s, International 470s, International 5-0-5s, Lightnings, Snipes, Stars and Tempests, as well as USWA IMCO, Production and Unlimited class wind surfers.
Dinghies and keelboats will compete on one of three race-course areas spread out from Annapolis to West River.
Stars, 470s, and 5-0-5s Stars will launch from WRSC, because they will use the southernmost course area, while the other two sub-fleets will launch in Eastport, with Albacores launching from EYC at Sycamore Point and all othersusing facilities at SSA.
Last year's regatta drew more than 200 boats, and a similar turnout is expected this time, although fewer classes will be taking part this year in the face of scheduling conflicts with the Olympic Trials for several classes.
The Olympic ClassesRegatta is an important one-design event
that attracts sailors from the length of the East Coast, Canada and other distant ports, as well as healthy contingents of local competitors.
Though only in its third year, the event quickly has gained prestige on the national and international circuit and has been part of the Canadian Olympic trial series.
Regatta entry fees are $50 for double-handed boats such as Albacores, Stars, FDs or Snipes, or $60 for the triple-handed Lightnings. A $10 discount is still available for those who act fast and get their entries postmarked or delivered to CBYRA by Monday.
Registration includes admission for all crew members to a bull roast and regatta party on Saturday evening at the Annapolis Elks Club on Rowe Boulevard.
Other social events include a cookout Friday evening at WRSC in Galesville.
To be eligible for the regatta, competitorsmust be members in good standing of their appropriate class associations.
Special instructions for the wind surfers are available fromJames Coutts at 267-3747.
For more information on the Chesapeake Olympic Classes Regatta, contact CBYRA, 612 Third St., Suite 201, Annapolis, Md. 21403, or call 269-1194.
It's time to start thinking about junior sailing programs for your kids this summer.
Formal sail training for youngsters, generally in the 8-year-old or 10-16 range, is a good idea from many points of view.
First, it's important to find a program that will qualify a young boater for the Department of Natural Resources certification to operate a boat, a requirement that went into effect several years ago and affects young boaters.
Second, it's fun, and sailing is a skill that will last a lifetime. Learning good safety and sportsmanship habits early can lead to years of future enjoyment.
And let's face it, the future of sailingis in those kids out there knocking around in prams and dinghies.
A number of excellent programs for young sailors are available in the area, ranging from a few days or a week to a full sea
The first logical point of contact for parents of potential junior sailors is their home yacht club. For those whose yacht club doesnot have a formal junior program, a number of other options exist tochoose from.
West River Sailing Club, Severn Sailing Association,Annapolis Yacht Club, Cape St. Claire Yacht Club, Magothy River Sailing Association and several other local clubs and organizations offerexcellent stand-alone junior sailing training, covering all of it from basic boat handling skills to competition.
Shorter-term exposure to sailing also can be had commercially, from operations such as KidShip, out of the Chesapeake Sailing School, which offers weekend or mid-week courses of two to five days' duration.
Check with your yacht club, or talk to friends and neighbors about what's available. There's still time to sign up with most programs before all the spaces are filled.
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.