St. Mary's, Navy women prevail on home waters

SAILING

March 25, 1993|By NANCY NOYES

The weather still may be a little chilly, but collegiate sailin was heating up on the Severn and on the St. Mary's River, sites of two major intersectional events last weekend.

St. Mary's College was host to 17 teams from around the nation for the Women's Intersectionals.

With Annapolitans Bell Hughes and Perry Reeves as skippers of the St. Mary's A and B teams, respectively, the home team won over the visiting sailors in southeasterly breezes four- to seven-knots.

With all but two of the top 10 nationally ranked women's teams in the fleet, competition was intense during the two-day event.

That prompted some observers to suggest that the regatta was a kind of early season preview for the national championships in late May, which also will be at St. Mary's.

In January, St. Mary's was ranked fifth nationally in women's sailing, and Navy, which finished last weekend's Women's Intersectionals in ninth, was ranked 12th.

At the Naval Academy last weekend the Truxton Umsted Regatta drew teams from 20 schools for competition in two double-handed and two single-handed divisions.

Navy dominated the competition, winning the regatta, and St. Mary's was fourth, behind Tufts and the University of Hawaii. St. Mary's sailors included A division crew Barb Seal and B division skipper Chad Carleton, both of Severna Park.

St. Mary's Women's Intersectional

1. St. Mary's College, 79; 2. Tufts, 82; 3. Boston University, 105; 4. MIT, 112; 5. Old Dominion, 122.

Truxton Umsted Regatta

1. Navy, 305; 2. Tufts, 340; 3. U. of Hawaii, 400; 4. St. Mary's, 408; 5. College of Charleston, 442.

Seminar series continues

Fawcett Boat Supplies on City Dock and West Marine in the Bay Ridge Plaza at Hillsmere and Forest Drive in Annapolis continue their winter/spring seminars.

Fawcett's series, which runs Tuesday's at 5:30 p.m. at the store, will wrap up with factory reps Adna Mumford on Woolsey and ZSPAR paints on Tuesday, Dave Akehurst of Interlux on that company's paint systems on April 6, rep Arthur Libby on Samson Cordage on April 13, and surveyor Pat Kearns on how to survive a marine survey on April 20.

The West Marine series, which is set for Thursdays 7 p.m. at the store, will close out with West Marine associate Bob Murphy on heads and holding tanks on April 1, technical adviser Chuck Hawley on 12-volt power systems on April 7 (a Wednesday evening exception), Harvey Smith of Annapolis Marine Diesel on engine fuel systems on April 15, and on transmissions, props and exhaust systems on April 22.

All events at both stores are free. For more information, call Fawcett's at (410) 267-8681, or West Marine at (410) 268-0129.

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