Navy teams enjoy smooth sailing over the weekend Single-handers sweep events

SAILING

April 01, 1993|By NANCY NOYES

On its home waters near Annapolis last weekend, Navy's Intercollegiate Sailing Team took the top three places in two separate regattas, and the team's road-trippers also came home victorious with a first and a second in competition.

In Annapolis, in 5- to 15-knot northeasterlies and light rain, Navy's single-handers walked away with all of the silverware for the 10-race Atlantic Coast Mono Championships, sailed in Lasers. Mid. 2/C Marc Schneider of Keemah, Texas, was first by a point over Mid. 2/C Greg Hryniewicz of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Mid. 2/C Eric Naranjo of Oyster Bay, N.Y., was not far behind on points in third.

Thirty sailors from more than a dozen East Coast schools competed in the two-day event.

Sharing the glory of the single-handers, Navy's boardsailors also dominated the competition in the Navy Invite Windsurfing Regatta when Mid. 2/C Brent Sadler of Woodbridge, Va., earned first place with Mid. 2/C Mark Stufflebeam of Annapolis just one point behind him and Mid. 3/C Jon Townsend of New Woodstock, N.Y., in third for another clean sweep of top honors.

This five-race event last Saturday was sailed by 12 competitors, using IMCO class boards.

Away from home, Navy sailors missed first place on a tiebreaker won by Tufts to finish second of eight schools in the Old Dominion University Team Racing Regatta.

Sailed in Norfolk, the regatta was a double round robin, followed by a championship round robin among the top four teams in three-on-three team racing.

And up on the Hudson River at King's Point, Navy sailors were victorious in the Owen Trophy Regatta, taking first over second-place Dartmouth and third-place Tufts by an 11-point lead overall.

In this event, each of the A and B divisions completed 14 races using 420s and Tech dinghies, and overall standings were determined by combined scores from each school's A and B sailors.

Navy A division skipper Mid. 1/C Bert Rice of Gulf Breeze, Fla., and crew Mid. 2/C Leah Nelson of West Bloomfield, Mich., were fourth in the division, and B division skipper Mid. 3/C Ryan Cox of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and crew Mid. 3/C Kathleen Dunne of Morris Plains, N.J., were third in their division.

Atlantic Coast Mono championship 1. Schneider, USNA, 33; 2. Hryniewicz, USNA, 34; 3. Naranjo, USNA, 39; 4. Jim Johnstone, Univ. Rhode Island, 42; 5. Steve Sparkman, St. Mary's College, 90; 6. Jay Shimshack, Cornell, 95; Luke Buxton, Salem State, 95; 8. Chad Wilson, King's Point, 97; 9. Pete Beavis, USCGA, 99; 10. Jay Koch, King's Point, 104.

( Navy Windsurf Invite 1. Sadler, USNA, 8; 2. Stufflebeam, USNA, 9; 3. Townsend, USNA, 15.

Double-Handed Race

Shearwater Sailing Club will play host to its fourth Chesapeake Tour Double-Handed Race on April 17.

This unique event, using relatively long courses and limited to boats of at least 29 feet LOA, provides the opportunity for sailors to face a different set of challenges on a race course than usually are encountered in fleet racing, because only two people are allowed on each boat, rather than a full racing crew.

Double-handing races for large boats are unusual in this area, and generally attract a different breed of sailor than the average weekend melee with a crew of five or more to help out on a boat going all-out around the buoys on a short course.

Although many cruisers typically sail short-handed, most of the area's weekend warriors, in search of a finely honed performance edge, put a high premium on the teamwork and movable ballast advantages of a large racing crew, with each member having a specialized set of duties.

The Chesapeake Tour race was created to give competitors who enjoy cruising their boats short-handed an opportunity to race in a long-distance, big-boat event, said race creator and organizer Kevin McLaughlin of Annapolis.

McLaughlin said that from the outset four years ago, the objective has been to provide a full day of good sailing over a course that would challenge each boat's ability to sail and navigate efficiently.

Thus, this race should be attractive not only to those among the active racing community who enjoy short-handed sailing, but also has appeal for those who do not normally race.

In past years, courses have stretched over more than 20 miles, with the biggest boats in A division often sailing more than 30 miles.

Because the race is relatively unique, a set of special sailing instructions is necessary for those who plan to compete.

In the past, for example, spinnakers have been allowed while the use of autopilots has not been permitted, and additional requirements that everyone wear a PFD and each boat monitor its VHF radio throughout the race have been added.

For additional information on this year's double-handed race, or to register and obtain a copy of the special sailing instructions, call McLaughlin at (410) 757-5917.

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