Crusader's boat show will have plenty of vessels to look at, experts to listen to

SAILING

March 06, 1994|By NANCY NOYES

Nancy and Jerry Cann of Crusader Yacht Sales and their staff are throwing their early spring festival of sail, Crusader's annual Open House & Free Boat Show, next weekend at Port Annapolis Marina.

Guests will be Buddy Melges, the legendary "Wizard of Zenda," for the racing crowd, and designer, sailor and raconteur Bill Crealock for the cruisers.

Plenty of new boats will be on display, including the Melges24 one-design racer, the Tartan 3500, 3800 and 4600 from Tartan Yachts, and the Pilothouse 32, Crealock 34 and Crealock 37 from Pacific Seacraft.

More than 30 used boats also will be on display in Crusader's own free miniboat show.

Melges, the only sailor ever to win both an Olympic medal and the America's Cup, will speak at noon both Saturday and Sunday, discussing the America's Cup as well as covering the explosive growth of the Melges24 class.

Crealock, a legend among cruising sailors, will reveal the design background and a secret or two to his world-famous Pacific Seacraft-built blue-water yachts. He will speak at 2 p.m. each day.

Plenty of other seminars are scheduled, too, with Nancy Cann, surveyor Richard Stimson and Karen Brown of Sterling Finance on "Boat Buying Skills" at 11 a.m. Saturday; a Chesapeake Bay Melges24 class update and tuning clinic by Jerry Cann and Scott Allan of UK/Allan Sails at 1 p.m. Saturday; and Bill Gleason of Gleason & Sons on diesel engines at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Next Sunday's seminar lineup includes "Mast Tuning for Racers & Cruisers" by Garth Hitchens of Hitchens Commissioning at 11 a.m., and Allan's session on sails at 1 p.m.

In the heated exhibitors tent, reps from UK/Allan Sails, diesel mechanics Wm. J. Gleason & Sons, marine financiers Sterling Acceptance Corp., Pleiades Yacht Charters, Canvas Creations, marine insurers Jack Martin & Associates Inc., Hitchens Commissioning and Electronic Marine will be on hand to answer questions and share information, along with surveyors Stimson, Peter Hartoft and David Manning.

The show opens at 10 a.m. each day, rain or shine at Crusader's headquarters at Port Annapolis Marina at Edgewood and Bembe Beach roads in Annapolis.

Sailing demos in the pocket-rocket Melges24s will be offered between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days, although unlike the open house and show itself, these are strictly weather-permitting affairs.

For information or to reserve seating, call Crusader at (410) 269-0939.

CBYRA advanced seminar

Gary Jobson, Dave Perry and Geoff Stagg are the featured speakers for this year's Advanced Racing Seminar produced by the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19 at the Holiday Inn on Riva Road in Annapolis.

This annual event offers interesting and valuable insights into rules, speed and tactics, as well as current and future trends in sail racing in the U.S. and internationally.

All three featured guests are known not only as experts in the field of sail racing, but also as interesting and informative speakers.

Jobson, a world-famous sailor and winning America's Cup tactician, television commentator and author, will discuss tactics, boat speed, and crew management and more.

Perry, the author of "Understanding the Yacht Racing Rules" and "Winning in One-Designs" and a member of U.S.Sailing's Appeals Committee, will cover changes in yacht racing rules and significant opinions on recently published appeals. He also will offer a racing rules question-and-answer session.

Stagg, president of Farr International and a champion international offshore racer, will share his views on the state of the sport and where it is headed for the future.

Lunch and instructional materials are included in the price of admission, which is $40 for members of CBYRA, $35 for joint CBYRA/U.S. Sailing members, and $55 for non-members.

Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

Registration forms are available at the CBYRA office, 612 Third St., Annapolis, Md. 21403, or by calling (410) 269-1194.

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