Frostbite series finally finishes its course

SAILING

April 03, 1994|By NANCY NOYES

The Annapolis Yacht Club's Frostbite Series (Second Half) got off to a weak start in January, with only a single Sunday afternoon of racing before the ice set in and the boats went nowhere.

Icy conditions lasted well into February, so postseason make-up weekends of racing in March were scheduled to bring the total of races sailed from January's paltry two to a full complement of 12 -- complete with two worst-race throw-outs.

During these final two add-on weekends, three races were completed each Saturday, with two more each Sunday.

Blustery March winds kept things exciting as the fleet resumed racing after a two-month hiatus on the first Saturday in a 20- to 25-knot blow. Although conditions for the subsequent days of racing were not quite as windy, good breeze made for lively competition through the series.

With a complement of 10 aces to his credit (and two second-place finishes as his throw-outs), winner of the PHRF 1 class was Heinz Scheidemandel and his crew aboard Jezebel.

Taking second in this class after throw-out corrections was Neil Murphy and his team on Warp Speed, moving up after deducting an 11th-race retirement. He bumped Bill Sutton and crew on Blonde Attack and Chuck Coyer's Accomplice team, tied for second without adjustment, into third and fourth, respectively.

Bob Muller and his team on Caper maintained a clear lead on PHRF 2 class through the series, while the Munz/Geothert team on Vivacious came up to second to replace unadjusted second-placer Tony Sanpers and his crew on Cayenne, in third after throw-outs were deducted from the total scores.

And although the Mayes/McKay team on Cosmic Muffin established and held an early lead in the J/22 class, there was plenty of motion in the ranks below them as the series developed.

When the scoring shook out, the Sherwood/Dent team on Double Nickel was able to throw out two DNCs -- ironically in the first two races back in January -- and climb into second, with the Zinn brothers on Spreckets falling in behind in third.

John Sherwood's performance with Double Nickel, although he succeeded in gaining second place overall rather than first, is still noteworthy in several respects. Sherwood, a veteran sailor with a long list of successes to his credit, suffered a heart attack on Jan. 13, and as he recovered, one of his concerns was that he might miss the Frostbite Series.

As things turned out, he got the green light from his doctors to go back to sailing and work -- in that order -- just as the make-up weekends began, having only missed the first two races of the series, before the illness. "I never would have believed I wouldn't have missed any races in the series," he said.

AYC Frostbite Series Second Half Final Results

PHRF 1 (17 entries): 1. Jezebel, H. Scheidemandel, Falls Church, Va., 7.5 (1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2-1-1-1-2); 2. Warp Speed, N. Murphy, Falls Church, Va., 24.5 (3-6-5-2-2-4-3-1-2-2-ret-1); 3. Blonde Attack, B. Sutton, Arlington, Va., 31 (7-2-2-3-3-3-4-5-4-3-2-5).

PHRF 2 (27 entries): 1. Caper, R. Muller, Annapolis, 13.76 (3-1-2-2-2-3-1-1-2-1-2-1); 2. Vivacious, Munz/Geothert, Annapolis, 37.75 (4-2-1-4-4-10-6-5-4-4-5-5).

PHRF 3 (22 entries): 1. Nevrenuf, K & P Geis, Severna Park, 15.75 (2-3-1-12-2-1-1-2-4); 2. Huron, K. Von Schwarz, Annapolis, 21 (5-5-4-1-1-2-4-1-2-2-4-1); 3. Finesse, Baxter/Becker, Bowie, 28.75 (1-2-6-3-5-3-2-3-3-4-7-3).

J/22 (23 entries): 1. Cosmic Muffin, Hayes/McKay, Annapolis, 14.75 (1-2-3-2-1-1-2-1-1-3-4-2); 2. Double Nickel, Sherwood/Dent, Annapolis, 18 (DNC-DNC-1-1-3-4-1-2-2-2-2-1); 3. Spreckets, D & D Zinn, Annapolis, 21.25 (2-1-2-3-2-3-4-DNC-RET-1-1-3).

New sailing TV show

Annapolis' own Gary Johnson will be on the air with a new weekly sailing TV show on ESPN2.

NTC "Power Sailing" starting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. In June, the show will move to 7 p.m.

Johnson's co-host is former Miss America Sharlene Hawkes, sideline reporter for ESPN's coverage of Big Ten college football and host of ESPN's "Fitness Club" each weekday morning.

Weekly cover story segments will highlight a variety of features. Among the topics to be featured are the Whitbread Round the World Race, a grueling trip around Cape Horn, Yachting Race Week at Key West, a sailing adventure to Antarctica, the 1994 Etchells 22 World Championships and updates on the 1996 America's Cup competition.

Another segment will profile a personality who has made a mark on the sport.

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