Brady, Erickson team up for win at Miami regatta

February 06, 1994|By NANCY NOYES

Annapolitan Jim Brady turned in a remarkable performances at the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta, a 20-class, 400-boat event that drew 17 Olympic medalists, world champions and others from 20 countries.

Brady, a 1992 Olympic silver medalist crew in the Soling class, past Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and five-time world champion, teamed up with crewman Steve Erickson of Bellevue, Wash., a 1984 Star gold medalist crew and two-time Star World Champion.

They walked away with a win in Stars, the oldest of the eight classes designated for the 1996 Olympics and competing in the regatta.

"I've never sailed a Star boat before in my life," said Brady, who currently is signed on with Dennis Conner's America's Cup campaign. "But I figured this was the toughest Olympic-classes regatta in the country, and the Star class is the toughest Olympic class to sail in. I like jumping into a new boat to learn as many things as possible."

Brady and Erickson climbed from their fourth-place position on the second day of the four-day, seven-race series to second place on day three, when 1992 Star gold medalists Mark Reynolds and Hal Haenel of San Diego fell from first to fourth.

That gave the lead to current Star world champion Joe Londrigan and crew Phil Trinter, also of San Diego, with the team of John Kostecki of Bangor, Maine, another Olympian and America's Cup sailor and world-champion Star crew Tom Olson in third.

By the end of the regatta, Brady/Erickson and Kostecki/Olson were even in points at the top, but with two bullets to Kostecki's single ace, Brady won the tiebreaker.

Larson second at J/24 Worlds

Annapolitan Chris Larson has returned from the Nissan 1994 J/24 World Championship in Melbourne, Australia, where he placed second.

Because temperatures were cooler than usual during the event, winds were "fickle," Larson said. He said that each day's racing was set to begin at 2 p.m. to take advantage of a sea breeze that normally comes in around noon. Instead, there were three light-air days and three heavy-air days, and the noon sea breeze never materialized.

"The last race took 2 hours and 14 minutes, and it was blowing 20 to 28 the whole time. That's a long race," he said.

Larson, sailing with Tim McKegney from Vermont, Stu Flynn from Halifax, John Alofsin from Newport, and Texan Steve Inman, fought a constant battle for the top of the 49-boat fleet with Ken Read of Newport, working to deprive Read of a sixth World Championship. But although Larson won the sixth and final race of the series, Read finished just behind him in second to beat Larson by four points.

"A turning point was the third race," Larson said. "Ken had two firsts, and we had two thirds. In the third race we pushed him back to 11th, which we knew would probably be his throwout."

With a seventh in that race for Larson, followed by an eighth in the fourth race to Read's 10th, Larson had a one-point lead before throwouts.

With a second for Read in the fifth race to Larson's sixth, the gap widened to four points.

"In the last race we knew we had to beat him by six places to win," Larson said. "We were first, but he was second."

More winter seminars

Learn how a diesel engine works at a free two-part seminar series at West Marine in Annapolis from Harvey Smith of Annapolis Marine Diesel.

Part I is on Thursday, with Part II on Feb. 17. Both begin at 7 p.m.

Author Brion Toss also will be at the store at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 to discuss rigs and rigging; an admission fee of $5 will be charged. For information, call (410) 268-0129.

Down on City Dock at Fawcett's, the series of free winter seminars continues with manufacturer Nils Kisling and rep John Stewart on Nicro-Fico hardware and ventilation on Tuesday, and factory rep Don Beck on Raritan waste-treatment systems on Feb. 15.

Both begin at 5:30 p.m., and refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required. For information, call (410) 267-8681.

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