Sailing toward the gold

April 03, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

Going for the gold can be a costly undertaking for young

athletes -- just ask 28-year-old Harford Countian Max Skelley. He'd like to be the first American to compete in one of the Olympics' newest events, the Laser single-handed boat competition. Max began sailing Lasers about nine years ago and is one of the top Laser sailors in North America.

Here's how he got this far: After each Olympics, the U.S. Sailing Committee and the Olympic Committee form a team and schedule competitions in which the team members vie for points. Max has been among the top point-getters twice, so it's hoped he'll be on the 1996 U.S. Summer Olympics team. The Games will be held in Atlanta, with the sailing competition taking place in Savannah, Ga.

As part of Max's quest for the gold, he's going for a little green at a fund-raiser at the Sobstad Skelley Inner Harbor, a sail-making facility owned by his family and located in the Tidewater Yacht Service Center on Key Highway.

They're asking for a minimum donation of $20 a person, which is tax-deductible. World-renowned sailor Gary Jobson will be the guest speaker at the party, which will also offer hors d'oeuvres, beer and a cash bar from 8 p.m. till 11 p.m. Call (410) 939-6265 to reserve tickets.

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Out with the old and in with the new is the motto of Jim Fox, former general manager of WBSB B-104, now WSSF Soft-104. When Scripps Howard sold the station to WMIX, Fox and his people were out, but it launched him on a new career.

After a lot of research, Fox is back in the world of sales, where he seems to be completely comfortable. He's part of the team that put together "Medical Breakthroughs," which are infomercials from the world of medicine. Doctors advertising, yep -- but in a really interesting format.

Fox sells a package of Comcast cable television time on Channel 10 to area doctors and hospitals for approximately $4,625 per doctor. The shows, produced by Ken Kandell, might follow doctors on a routine day or perhaps just highlight some of their new procedures. Check it out -- show times are Tuesday through Saturday at 5:55 p.m. and 7:25 p.m.

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For the third straight year, the Save-A-Heart Foundation brings a big name to Baltimore for its annual fund-raiser. Jerry Seinfeld, the hottest comedian on television, will bring his show to the Meyerhoff on Saturday, June 18, at 8 p.m.

I don't know how they do it, but this is the same group that brought Natalie Cole and Bill Cosby to the Meyerhoff over the past two years. Tickets are already going fast. For information, call (410) 653-3131.

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Would you like to play your way around the world? Certainly appeals to me, but, alas, this trip is for well-heeled golfers who have dreamed of playing on the world's finest courses. From Aug. 29 to Sept. 22, 68 people who have paid the $35,000 fare will board a private MGM Grand Air plane in Palm Beach, Fla., and circumnavigate the globe to Atlanta, Ga.

Longtime ABC sports essayist Jack Whitaker will be on board to lead the group to Mexico, Hawaii, Japan, Hong Kong, Austria, Spain, England, Scotland, Ireland and Spain. Whitaker has wonderful golf stories, which I'm sure he'll share. Locally, Greg Fudge, executive vice president of Severna Park's Pro Golf of Maryland, is taking reservations for this incredible PerryGolf Nicholas Design World Tour, and he's also going on the trip. So give him a call at (410) 647-8862 for details.

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What are you doing for lunch next Sunday? If you don't have plans, I have a suggestion. The Grace & St. Peter's School is having a Cajun-style buffet lunch accompanied by live jazz at Benny's, 2701 N. Charles, from 1 p.m. till 3 p.m. This is a benefit for the Rex and Berniece Wilkes Scholarship Fund; call (410) 539-1395 for information.

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