Marylanders sail for sight

SYLVIA BADGER

May 31, 1992|By SYLVIA BADGER

Members of Maryland's racing community will hoist their sails Friday at the HarborView Marina and Yacht Club to race in the fourth annual Sail for Sight Regatta. Over the years, sailors have raised more than $60,000 for the RP Foundation.

Honorary chair for the race, which is sanctioned by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association, is Jim Dickson, who is blind because of retinitis pigmentosa. Dickson received national coverage in 1987 when he attempted a solo crossing of the Atlantic.

Participating boats must raise a minimum of $100 in pledges, and catamarans must raise a minimum of $50. If you'd like to enter the regatta, call Kate McLane at (410) 225-9400.

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More on the Distinguished Gentleman: Most everyone knows the new Eddie Murphy movie, "Distinguished Gentleman," is being shot in and around Washington and occasionally in Baltimore.

But I bet you didn't know that Murphy's co-star, Sheryl Lee Ralph, is a close friend of WMAR-TV's Beverly Burke.

Burke went to Washington last weekend, where she stayed up all night to watch Sheryl Lee and the rest of the cast shoot scenes in Union Station sans crowds. Beverly told me that Baltimorean Charles Dutton is a preacher in the movie and that she spotted Blair Underwood, one of the "L.A. Law" stars, who was also watching the filming because his girlfriend has a part in the movie.

And how do you like this for type casting -- former WMAR news reporter-anchor Jack Bowden, who works for WJLA-TV (Channel 7) in D.C., landed a role in the film as a news anchor.

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The Save-A-Heart Foundation has put together an unbelievable lineup for its annual fund-raiser Saturday night at the Lyric. Natalie Cole will sing at the gala, which honors Merry-Go-Round's Boogie Weinglass and ABC News' Sheilah Kast. More on this one later.

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It's a scramble format for the Ross Perot Open at 9 a.m. June 22 at the Queenstown Harbor Golf Links. Greg Fudge, owner of ProGolf in Severna, is hoping to attract 256 golfers at $100 a golfer.

You can meet Nathaniel Crosby, former U.S. amateur champ and son of Bing, who is the honorary chair of this Maryland Perot Petition Committee benefit. Call Fudge at (410) 647-8862 to register.

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If you loved the fabulous '50s, you'll love "Forever Plaid," the hit off-Broadway '50s musical. The Maryland Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation is bringing the show to Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College for a benefit performance June 20.

Tickets are $100, and you're invited to dress in plaid or '50s casual. This show is good enough to see twice, so you can go now for the fund-raiser and again in the fall when it plays at the Mechanic Theatre. Call (410) 356-4555 to reserve your tickets for the 20th.

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The summer of Operation Sail '92 was launched in style with the arrival of the caravels, replicas of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. Alan Villaverde, general manager of Stouffer Harborplace Hotel, invited more than 300 people to a cocktail reception Friday evening at the hotel to meet the visitors.

Among those on the guest list were H. E. Don Jaime de Ojeda, ambassador of Spain; Rafael Mazarrasa, president of Spain '92 Foundation; Lt. Commander Santiago Bolibar; Frank Donatelli, chairman of the U.S. Quincentennial Commission; Haydee Rodriguez, mayor's liaison to the Hispanic community; Audrey Thomasson, vice-president of CSX Intermodal, the event's major sponsor; Joan Davidson, Harborplace Merchants; and Abbie Chatard, Op Sail board member.

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The Lady Baltimore made its way to Annapolis carrying about 200 people who wanted to party and get a firsthand look at the precision flying of the U. S. Navy's Blue Angels. Larry Stappler, owner of Harbor Cruises, which runs the Lady Baltimore, made the trip along with Knut Aarsand, Annapolis businessman and chairman of the USS Annapolis Commemorative Committee; Gene Zarwell, Annapolis politico and businessman; and members of the Sail Annapolis Committee: Steve Hayden, Cheryl Anderson and Stuart Neff. The weather didn't dampen the spirits of these boat people.

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