Peter Baker's journal

August 13, 1992

NAMES AND PLACES

* Mississippi bass fisherman Robert Hamilton first had the premonition last October. "I was driving to a tournament in South Carolina when I crossed this lake on the I-20 causeway and a feeling came over me that was not like anything I had ever felt before," Hamilton said. "I really didn't know what it was and I kind of shook it off."

But over the next several months, each time Hamilton crossed the lake he got the feeling that something good was going to happen to him there. On Aug. 1, Hamilton won the BASS Masters Classic on that same lake, Logan Martin, 35 miles outside Birmingham, Ala.

* The Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association is holding its first Ocean City Offshore Tournament on Aug. 22. Based at the Marlin Club in Ocean City, the tournament will award cash prizes for heaviest catches of marlin, tuna, dolphin/king mackerel and bluefish. Skippers' meeting will be Aug. 21 at the Marlin Club. Entry fee required and added skill-level pools available. Call (410) 768-8666.

* In case you missed it, the U.S. Senate recently voted unanimously to repeal the user fee tax on recreational boats. If the bill repealing the tax becomes law, boats 21 feet and under would be freed from the tax on Oct. 1, boats 37 feet and under on Oct. 1, 1993, and all remaining boats on Oct. 1, 1994.

* The Cambridge Power Boat Regatta, including the North American Championships in the 6-litre hydroplane class, will be held at Hambrooks Bay in Cambridge on Saturday and Sunday. Racing begins at noon Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Spectator and pit area will be at Great Marsh. Nine classes of racers are included.

* USA Team 1 won the inaugural Rolex Commodore's Cup at Cowes, England, an international IMS regatta organized by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. Gaucho, a Farr 44 owned by Peter Gordon of Annapolis, finished second overall.

CALENDAR

Saturday-Sunday: Cambridge Classic sponsored by the Cambridge Power Boat Regatta Association. Seven classes of racers, corn roast and crab feast. Call (301) 228-0291.

Aug. 19: Mountain Club of Maryland hike at Little Gunpowder Falls. Call (410) 682-2424.

Aug. 22: Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen's Association first Offshore Tournament at the Marlin Club in Ocean City. Entry fees required, added entry skill levels available. Cash prizes for marlin, tuna, dolphin/mackerel, bluefish. Call (410) 768-8666.

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