When the Olympic sailing competition begins Saturday, Jim Brady of Annapolis will be the bowman aboard the U.S. team in the soling class.
When the soling competition closes, there is every reason to believe that Brady, skipper Kevin Mahaney of Bangor, Maine, and middle Doug Kern of Austin, Texas, will come home with the gold medal.
This time, the soling class will sail seven fleet races to qualify six countries for a match-racing round robin that will determine the medalists.
Sailing as Team Exxon, Mahaney, Brady and Kern recently won the Corum Match Race and Kiel Week in the soling and were the winning crew aboard Dennis Conner's boat in the BMW Baltic Match Race.
Mahaney said that there is little chance that the trio has peaked too soon for the Olympics.
"I don't believe there is such a thing in sailing because it is not overly physical like some other Olympic sports," Mahaney said. "We will sail every day for a week, and that is a lot different than sprinting in a race on one day."
Creel hearings set
The public hearing on proposed regulations and creel limits for the 1992 fall striped bass season will be held at 6 p.m. July 28 at the Department of Agriculture building in Annapolis.
The proposal allows a 40-day season that includes all of October, plus first three weekends of November.
The creel limit would be one fish per person per day for recreational anglers and two fish per day for charter boat customers.
Minimum size would be 18 inches, with a 36-inch maximum.
Written comment will be accepted through Aug. 14 by DNR's Tidewater Administration. For more information, call (410) 974-3558.
The Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association has joined the Maryland Aquatic Resource Coalition, raising the constituency of the sportsmen's political network to nearly 10,000.
M.A.R.C., which was formed several months ago to work against the Baltimore Department of Public Works' ban of boat fishermen from Liberty, Prettyboy and Loch Raven reservoirs, also is supported by the Maryland BASS Federation, American Bass Association of Maryland and the North American Bass Anglers M.A.
"The support of the MSSA is very important to us," said M.A.R.C. chairman Duke Nohe. "They have a background of successful involvement in dealing with state and federal government agencies."
Groups or individuals interested in learning more about M.A.R.C. are encouraged to call Nohe at (410) 327-6942.