Cruel winds curtail AYC race


May 29, 1994|By NANCY NOYES

Cruel wind gods truncated the Annapolis Yacht Club Spring Race last weekend, when only the cruising one-designs and the MORC and PHRF C sailors were able to sail a complete race.

That event drew 71 starters for a six-mile CBYRA minimum course on Saturday.

The fleet of big boats in the upper ranks of PHRF, the IMS competitors and the J/35 fleet had to call it a day on Sunday after an extremely light-air start in a foul current.

On Saturday, however, despite light six- to eight-knot air the day's conditions were sailable for a three-legged NTC windward-leeward contest, particularly for Mike McGuirk and his Gunsmoke crew, who won the J/30 class, the day's largest division with 18 starters.

"We considered ourselves lucky," McGuirk said. "We were on the favorable side of a nice shift or two, which made up for a pretty bad start."

McGuirk said he was squeezed out at the pin end of the start and had to spin around and restart, putting him well at the back of the always competitive J/30 pack.

AYC Spring Regatta

J/30 (18 starters): 1. Gunsmoke, Mike McGuirk, Bel Air; 2. Valhalla, Steve Bardelman, Sherwood Forest; 3. Better Mousetrap, Bob Putnam, Greenbelt; 4. Elusive, Richard Joklik, Durham, N.C.

J/24 (10 starters): 1. AJ, Dave Scheidt, Edgewater; 2. Santa's Sled, Don Santa, Alexandria, Va.; 3. No Worries, Jeff Borland, Annapolis.

Cal 25 (7 starters): 1. White Cap, Tim Bloomfield, Chevy Chase; 2. Chicken Little, Charlie Husar, Annapolis; 3. Quintet, M. Miller (hometown unavailable).

Pearson 30 (9 starters): 1. Constellation, Henry Starr, Silver Spring; 2. Results, Art Libby, Annapolis; 3. Vahevala, David Sharp, Edgewater.

MORC (13 starters, protests pending): 1. Dilemma, Jack Keniley, Annapolis, 0:59:29 c.t.; 2. Stingray, Robert Muller, Annapolis, 0:59:46 c.t.; 3. Mirage, Lewis/Salvesen, Annapolis/Edgewater, 1:00:49 c.t.; 4. A Train, Robert Reeves, Annapolis, 1:01:00 c.t.

PHRF C (7 starters): 1. Blue Water, R. Orme, (hometown unavailable), 1:13:58 c.t.; 2. Finnegan's Wake, John O'Brien, Pasadena, 1:14:18 c.t.; 3. Courstormer, Mike McKelway, Bethesda, 1:20:55 c.t.

Alberg 30 (5 starters): 1. Limerick, Pat Gorman, Annapolis; 2. Sundance, Nye/Evans Syndicate, Annapolis; 3. Mustang, Joseph Credit, Baltimore.

Regatta for novices

Rock Creek Yachting Association will present an Open Non-Spinnaker Regatta for Novice Racers Saturday for Patapsco River sailors.

Beginning racers are invited to join the club for a day of low-stress racing, using handicaps to be assigned by the race committee at the skippers' meeting before the race. Credits will be given for non-race-equipped boats.

After the race, a picnic will take place at the community waterfront park at Cottage Grove, and the winner will receive a trophy.

The skippers' meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the Riviera Beach branch of the Anne Arundel County Public Library at 1130 Duvall Highway. Instructions on racing, the club race courses, rules and starts will be provided then. Advance copies of the handout are available by calling Stan Sunderwirth, (410) 788-6377, or John Anderson, (410) 437-8634.

Racing will start at 1 p.m. near the White Rocks at the mouth of Rock Creek. Entry in the regatta is free. RCRA members say they hope novice racers will like it enough to want to race with the club on Wednesday nights, May through September, and on Sunday afternoons in the fall.

Membership in RCRA costs $25 per year plus $20 per racing series, or $125 for membership and 25 races.

WRSC Azalea Cup Regatta

West River Sailing Club played host last weekend to its annual Azalea Cup Regatta, with starts for Flying Scots, Jet 14s, Windmills, Chesapeake 20s and E-Scows. The Flying Scots and Jet 14s sailed a four-race series, while the remainder of the fleet completed a five-race event.

Sailing was on the inside course in the West River in light and shifty air all weekend.

WRSC Azalea Cup

Flying Scot (10 starters): 1. 4884, Dan Neff, Edgewater, 5.25 (1-1-1-3); 2. Hattie III, Frank Gibson, Arlington, Va., 11 (2-3-2-4); 3. Monstro, Gabor Karafiath, Silver Spring, 15 (4-2-4-5); 4. 5th of Scot, John Burnside, Crownsville, 19 (3-6-8-2).

Jet 14 (5 starters): 1. 530, Rhett Simonds, Alexandria, Va., 5.5 (2-1-1-2); 2. 558, Dave Irey, West River, 7.5 (1-2-4-1); 3) Best Jet Yet, Randy Bruns, Arnold, 12 (3-4-2-3).

Windmill (6 starters): 1. 5069, John Danneberger, (hometown unavailable), 6.25 (1-1-2-1-2); 2. 2933, Dick Walker, Washington, 10.75 (2-3-3-2-1); 3. Tom-Fred's Natural Brother, Mark Swanson, (hometown unavailable), 12.75 (3-2-1-4-3).

Chesapeake 20 (5 starters): 1. Resolute, Alex Schlegel, West River, 8.5 (1-1-3-2-2); 2. Gracie, Bob Blomquist, Catonsville, 11.75 (2-2-4-1-3); 3. Endeavor, Preston Hartge, (hometown unavailable), 11.75 (3-3-2-3-1).

E-Scow (6 starters): 1. Sick Puppy, John Martin, Annapolis, 9.5 (3-1-1-2-3); 2. E-Ticket, Bob Turner, Stevensville, 10.75 (1-3-2-3-2); Miss E, Jeff Riedle, Annapolis, 13.75 (4-2-3-4-1).

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