Columbus Cup draws wave of talent Six skippers add America's Cup flavor

September 06, 1992|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

Its promoters are calling it Maryland's America's Cup, and judging from the field of skippers lined up, the Cadillac Columbus Cup will have a certain Cup flavor to it.

Six of the skippers lined up for the match racing regatta that starts Oct. 5 in the Inner Harbor have America's Cup experience as skipper, coach or crew, including Dawn Riley of America3.

Riley, who also is involved in putting together a syndicate for the Whitbread Round the World Race and was co-skipper aboard an all-women's Whitbread boat last time around, earned her skipper's berth in this regatta by winning the Santa Maria Cup here this spring.

Also among the skippers is Kevin Mahaney, a silver medalist in the 1992 Olympics.

The other six skippers are:

Gary Jobson, Maryland -- former America's Cup tactician and current ESPN sailboat racing commentator.

Bertrand Pace, France -- Navigator for 1992 America's Cup challenger Ville de Paris; skipper in Liberty Cup, Merit Cup; navigator on Cup challenger French Kiss in 1987.

Chris Law, England -- World-class match racing sailor who finished third in the Columbus Cup last year.

Robert Fry, Japan -- Member of Nippon America's Cup challenge afterguard since 1987.

John Kolius, Texas -- Sailing coach for the Il de Moro Italian challenge for the 1992 America's Cup, skipper aboard America II in 1987 America's Cup; world champion.

Brad Butterworth, New Zealand -- Tactician aboard New Zealand America's Cup challenge in 1987, coach and part-time tactician for 1992 New Zealand challenge; watch captain for Steinlager, winner of last Whitbread Round the World Race and skipper for Dennis Conner's campaign in the next Whitbread.

Racing in the Cadillac Columbus Cup this year will be in 31-foot Benteau First 310s after several years of racing in 44-foot J/44s, the largest boats used on the world match racing circuit.

Two special events have been added to the Columbus Cup schedule, the Baltimore Regatta for the Vision Impaired and the Race to Save the Bay.

The regatta and associated activities again will be headquartered at HarborView Marina and Yacht Club.

Rockfish regulations approved

Department of Natural Resources Secretary Torrey C. Brown has approved regulations for the state's fall recreational rockfish season. As expected, in the bay and its tributaries and the Atlantic Ocean, the season will run through October and for the first three Friday, Saturday and Sunday weekends of November.

In the bay, the size limit will befrom 18 to 36 inches. In the Atlantic, there will be a 28-inch minimum but no maximum.

Charterboat customers will be allowed to keep two fish per day and all other recreational anglers will be allowed one fish per day.

Permits will be required for non-charter recreational fishermen and are expected to be available at 83 sport and tackle shops and marinas throughout the state on Tuesday.

Sea trout regulations

Regulations proposed to reduce Maryland's take of sea trout and spotted sea trout by 25 percent include: minimum size of 12 inches, up from 10 inches for sea trout but the same for spotted sea trout; recreational anglers would be limited to five of each per day; commercial harvest in coastal waters and the bay would be limited to Oct. 15-31.

The proposals are in response to a coastwide management program adopted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and will affect fishing from New England to North Carolina.

The second public hearing on the proposals will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Wicomico County Free Library, 1222 S. Division St., Salisbury.

Columbus Cup facts and figures

What: Fourth annual Cadillac Columbus Cup, a match-racing championship among eight teams from the United States, France, England, New Zealand and Japan.

When: Race week activities begin Oct. 3 and run through Oct. 10. Cup competition begins Oct. 5.

Where: Race headquarters will be at HarborView Marina and Yacht Club on Key Highway. Racing will take place off Fort McHenry.

Special events: Baltimore Regatta for the Vision Impaired on Oct. 3; Race to Save the Bay and seafood festival on Oct. 4.

Spectator boats (available at no charge): On Oct. 3, spectator boats will leave HarborView at 10 a.m.; Oct. 4, 1 p.m.; On Oct. 5-10, boats will leave at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Information: For more information on racing dates and associated activities, please call 410-385-2930.

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