Columbus Cup will test smaller waters

September 25, 1994|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Sun Staff Writer

During the last half of a decade, the Columbus Cup sailing regatta held at the Inner Harbor each fall has changed its format several times.

Initially it was a match-racing championship sailed in 44-foot sloops, the largest boats used in such championships outside the America's Cup.

Last year, the event went to a team-racing format, with venues split between Annapolis and Baltimore, in 31-foot sloops.

This year, on Oct. 8 and 9, the Columbus Cup will continue with team racing, but the boats have been downsized to 15-foot Vanguards.

Sailors selected to race the Vanguards, which are light, responsive boats with high speeds downwind, will be competing for $6,000 in prize money, and the event is sanctioned by the U.S. Team Racing Circuit.

Team racing, like other team sports, involves strategies that attack or defend courses sailed by other teams. The three-boat team that finishes with the best combined score, based on order of finish, wins.

According to race organizers, the use of Vanguards will allow for spirited racing within view of spectators around the Inner Harbor. In previous years, the larger boats have sailed courses from the mouth of the Patapsco to Fort McHenry.

The regatta again will be based at HarborView Marina and Yacht Club on Key Highway.

Managed deer hunts

The Department of Natural Resources will hold managed deer hunts at Patapsco Valley State Park in Baltimore County and Morgan Run Natural Environment Area in Carroll County this year.

Hunting at both sites will be by permit only. At the Patapsco Valley park, bow hunting will be allowed from Oct. 17 through Jan. 31, with a maximum of 16 hunters per day.

Bow hunting for antlerless deer only will be allowed at Morgan Run from Nov. 2 through Nov. 25, with a maximum of 10 hunters per day.

From Dec. 5 to Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 to Dec. 24, muzzleloader hunting for antlerless deer will be permitted at Morgan Run, with a maximum of 10 hunters per day.

The lottery drawings for both areas will be held at Patapsco Valley park headquarters at 10 a.m., Oct. 1.

For information on permit application and fees, call (410) 461-5005.

Dates not filled by lottery drawings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Goose pit lottery

A lottery drawing for use of goose pits at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore will be held Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. at the park.

Registration forms must be submitted by 2 p.m., Oct. 7.

Applications are available at the park office. For information, call (410) 634-2810.


The following quotas for the allocation of 4,390 antlerless deer permits have been set for the 1994-1995 modern firearms and muzzleloader hunting seasons:

County ....... Zone ... Permits

Garrett ........ 1 ...... 550

....... ........ 2 ...... 840

....... ...... Total .. 1,390

Allegany ....... 1 ...... 630

........ ....... 2 ...... 770

........ ..... Total .. 1,400

Washington ..... 2 ...... 600

Frederick ...... 1 .... 1,000

Overall total ......... 4,390

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