One-design racing sails into Annapolis for Lasers


April 22, 1993|By NANCY NOYES

One-design sailing in Annapolis will start off with a bang this year when more than 100 boats are expected to be on the line for the Laser Atlantic Coast Championship Regatta at Severn Sailing Association April 30 to May 2.

With SSA and Laser Fleet 10 as hosts, the event will attract some of the nation's top competitors, because it is the final portion of a four-regatta series that will determine Olympic campaign funding recipients in this newest Olympic sailing class. Regatta organizers plan to sail seven races, with three each scheduled for Friday and Saturday, and a final wrap-up contest on Sunday. Courses will be Olympic triangles or windward-leeward.

Regatta chairman and fleet captain Delrie Hobbs said that world-class sailor and ESPN commentator Gary Jobson and Olympic silver medalist Jim Brady are expected to be on hand.

"We are definitely excited about the regatta, and are planning like crazy to make sure everything goes smoothly and everyone has a great time," Hobbs said.

Hobbs said that although there is a contingency plan to split the fleet if it grows too large, regatta organizers are hoping to be able to start the entire group of up to 110 in a single group.

The regatta, which is an open event and does not require prequalification, will offer trophies for the top 10 in the overall fleet and the top finisher in the junior, women's, and three masters' divisions.

Laser speed circle

As part of the preparations for the Laser Atlantic Coast Championships, Sailing World Magazine and Sunfish Laser Inc. will present the Sailing World Speed Circle at SSA Saturday and Sunday.

The Speed Circle is a time trial around a circular course. It uses a floating central hub with eight long arms extending like spokes to define the course. Sailors compete against a clock rather than against each other, and the best time wins. Prizes will be awarded in four categories: Open class, Master, Women, and Junior (under 17).

The event is designed to challenge all levels of sailors to test their boat speed and handling against the clock and will be sailed in Lasers.

Sunfish Laser Inc. will provide demonstration boats, and local SSA Laser fleet members also will have boats on hand so all comers can try their skills.

The Speed Circle will operate from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Cost is $5 for three times around the circle, with proceeds going to benefit the SSA Junior Program.

J/22 speed weekend

Area J/22 sailors can get a jump on high-performance competitive sailing this weekend at J/World Annapolis with the J/22 Speed Weekend, a two-day, total-immersion program led by the J/World coaching staff and other expert J/22 sailors including national champion Chris Larson.

The agenda begins Saturday morning with upwind and downwind sailing videos, and Larson's lecture on organizing crew, specific boat-handling tips, and tuning a J/22 for maximum performance.

Then it's on to the water for practical exercises including hands-on work at perfecting boat-handling skills on a short course, harmonizing the crew, multiple starting drills using a variety of methods and some short-course windward-leeward racing.

After an onshore review of the day's racing from the coaches' point of view and a question-and-answer session, sailors are invited to a BYO barbecue at J/Port, the J/World headquarters at 213 Eastern Ave. on Back Creek in Eastport.

Sunday's program also begins with a lecture on changes in the racing rules for 1993-96 and their tactical applications on the race course, followed by more sailing, including a chance to try some new-style racing courses with gates and slaloms, and a multiple-race mini-regatta.

The weekend concludes with an onshore race review and awards ceremony.

Cost for the weekend, for which sailors can bring their own boats or charter one of the J/World 22s, is $200 per boat, and includes coaching, lunches, and beer.

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