Chesapeake team takes Offshore

SAILING

November 14, 1993|By NANCY NOYES

Last weekend, the Chesapeake Bay team, led by William "Sledd" Shelhorse of Hampton, Va., beat representatives of six other U.S. Sailing Regions from Maine to California to take the Lloyd Phoenix Trophy for the U.S. Sailing National Offshore Championship.

The regatta was at the Naval Academy in Navy 44 sloops and included two round-the-buoys races Friday, a long-distance race Saturday, and a pair of buoys races on Sunday.

The fleet also included a Navy team skippered by Mid. 1/C John Schedel, and each team also included a midshipman from the Varsity Offshore Sailing Team.

Shelhorse, who was last year's winner of CBYRA's Labrot Trophy for top performance on the Chesapeake Bay in a handicap division class, was selected as this year's U.S. Sailing Chesapeake Bay area representative.

Sailing with Shelhorse were Ned Williams, Rob Powell, Walter Boatwright, Dan Gilbreath, Beau Warren, John Hillis, Ron McLean and Mid. 3/C Kepper Pickard.

The Area E team, headed by Tim Prophit of the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, Mich., held an early lead with two aces in Friday's races, but Shelhorse's team moved up from second and took the lead Saturday after the Michiganders were disqualified over a mark-rounding situation.

And despite finishing no race better than second -- their position in the first three races of the series -- Shelhorse and his crew maintained their lead when a sixth-place finish in Sunday's first race was scored as a fourth on breakdown points due to a ripped headsail, and they finished the final contest third.

The Navy team fared respectably, finishing fifth, a point out of fourth.

St. Mary's takes national title

St. Mary's College of Maryland is the 1993 Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association Sloop National Champion, after a regatta at Gull Lake Yacht Club in Richland, Mich., over Nov. 5-7, sailed in Lightnings.

It was St. Mary's first national collegiate title, and its first time in competition at the national level in sloops, but skipper Tim Healy, a two-time collegiate All-American sailor, is a three-time Lightning Atlantic Coast champion.

Healy, with crew Rob Oberg and Tucker Thompson, steadily built a lead over the first two days and held on through near-disasters in the two races of the final day, when an early snowstorm froze boat fittings and iced the foredecks.

Sunday, the Hawaiian team pushed the St. Mary's crew over the starting line early, but after returning to restart and working through the fleet, Healy and crew finished fifth and held their lead by four points over Charleston and seven over defending champion Old Dominion.

Spinnaker trouble in the final race dropped St. Mary's to ninth at the last mark, but skillful sailing and a lucky wind shift on the final beat moved the team up to a sixth-place finish and overall victory in the regatta. Old Dominion, even with its second win of the day in that race, finished second, and Charleston took third.

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