Season winds down with big weekend

SAILING

October 30, 1994|By NANCY NOYES

The last big-fleet, big-boat race weekend of the season, including Baltimore City Yacht Association's Harbor Cup to Fells Point race and its reciprocal Rock Creek Racing Association Harbor Fall Back the next day, went off neatly last weekend.

That brought to a close the 1994 High Point racing season for most of us in this area. The BCYA event was one of the best ever, with a turnout of 114 starters in 12 classes.

Regatta organizer and BCYA Race Committee Chairman Lee Glenn said that in the face of light air on Saturday morning, the start of the Harbor Cup race to Fells Point was postponed and moved up bay about two miles from its original position near Baltimore Light. It otherwise continued on its traditional course up into the Patapsco to a finish in the Inner Harbor.

With predominantly southerly breezes all day, Glenn said, the race was an exercise in spinnaker reaching, and one of the most spectacular sights was to see all of the boats bunched up near Fort McHenry, spinnakers flying in a wild array of color, as the fleet came in to the finish line very tightly concentrated.

Beating even the biggest, fastest boats of PHRF A-0 to take the day's first gun was Annapolitan David Shaeffer and his crew aboard Zephyr 2, acing the PHRF A-1 class and the regatta with the only elapsed time under three hours over the 17.45-mile course. Shaeffer won his own class by about eight minutes over Glenn and his partner Roxanne Williams and their crew aboard a.k.a. Diamond.

The biggest margin of victory was earned by Jack O'Brien of Pasadena and his crew aboard Finnegan's Wake, winners of the tiny PHRF D class by 15 minutes. The best corrected time in PHRF overall was turned in by Charlie Powell of Towson and his Killer Puppy crew, acing PHRF A-2 with a time just over two minutes better than Zephyr's.

Results were not available for the Rock Creek Racing Association's Sunday race.

BCYA Harbor Cup to Fells Point

PHRF A-0 (6 starters): 1. Tolerance, St. Mary's College, 2:56:42 c.t.; 2. Etoile, Mid. 1/C Paulson, USNA, 3:01:48 c.t.; 3. Success, Mid. 1/C Wright, USNA, 3:03:14 c.t.

PHRF A-1 (12 starters): 1. Zephyr 2, David Shaeffer, 2:41:38 c.t.; 2. a.k.a. Diamond, Glenn/Williams Syndicate, 2:49:28 c.t.; 3. Beep Beep, Daniel Mitchell, 2:53:06 c.t.

PHRF A-2 (19 starters): 1. Killer Puppy, Charles Powell, 2?39:20 c.t.; 2. Windsong, James Powers, 2:43:28 c.t.; 3. Terrific, Olaf tom Felde, 2:45:25 c.t.

PHRF B (21 starters): 1. Paddy Wagon, (skipper unavailable), 2:43:48 c.t.; 2. Intuition, Howard Stroterhoff, 2:44:14 c.t.; 3. Alcohol & Firearms, (skipper unavailable), 2:46:50 c.t.

PHRF C (12 starters): 1. Cold Duck, Schoolden/Wright Syndicate, 2:51:29 c.t.; 2. Sure Cure, Craig Decker, 2:54:47 c.t.; 3. Ramshackle, Philip Sebring, 2:57:19 c.t.

PHRF D (4 starters): 1. Finnegan's Wake, Jack O'Brien, 2:47:37 c.t.; 2. Chapter 11, Craig Doyle, 3:03:04 c.t.

PHRF Nonspinnaker (15 starters): 1. Catawampus, Virgil Hobbs, 3:22:54 c.t.; 2. Albar II, Allen Keiser, 3:23:13 c.t.; 3. Long Tayle, Jim Haefner, 3:24:16 c.t.

Catalina 27 (4 starters): 1. Four Little Ducks, Thomas Walsh, 3:46:41 e.t.; 2. Hi Tide, John Ebell, 3:53:29 e.t.

J/30 (8 starters): 1. Better Mousetrap, Bob Putnam, 3:31:26 e.t.; 2. Cannonball, William Wallop, 3:31:52 e.t.; 3. Gunsmoke, Michael McGuirk, 3:32:57 e.t.

Pearson 30 (7 starters): 1. Knotbobs, Daniel Miller, 3:32:08 e.t.; 2. Severn Run, Norman Baldwin, 3:32:54 e.t.; 3. Results, Art Libby, 3:37:45 e.t.

Triton (4 starters): 1. Sandpiper, Christopher Gordon, 3:58:03 e.t.; 2. Sea Deuce, Eleanor Holmes, 4:00:59 e.t.

Multihull (2 starters): 1. The Karis, Michael Ivy, 3:11:00 c.t.

Navy qualifies for nationals

The Naval Academy Intercollegiate Sailing Team won the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association Sloop Championships last weekend in J/24s on the Severn River.

The regatta saw nine schools from the Mid-Atlantic region compete for two spots in the Sloop Nationals in late November in St. Petersburg, Fla.

A light southerly came in around noon on Saturday and continued for the rest of the day. A moderate southerly with tremendous amounts of rain plagued Sunday's racing before the wind died around 1 p.m. and a light northerly filled in for the last two races.

Navy was leading by one point over King's Point and two over Georgetown over Saturday; consistent sailing on Sunday guaranteed the Navy victory. Sailing for Navy were Mid. 1/C Ryan Cox and Carl Smit, Mid. 2/C Nick Cromwell and 3/C Walt Allman.

J/35 Championship

Gibson Island Yacht Squadron played host last weekend to 10 teams competing in the J/35 Mid-Atlantic Championships.

Walking away with the overall victory was Sag Sagerholm of Ocean City, N.J., and his crew aboard Aunt Jean, after a third-place finish in the first race with a string of three aces.

Jeff Todd of Annapolis and his crew aboard Hot Toddy won the first race in the series and finished the regatta second, after adding two thirds and a fifth to their score in the second-most consistent series of finishes to be found in the fleet.

J/35 Mid-Atlantic Championship

1. Aunt Jean, F.N. Sagerholm, 5.25 (3-1-1-1); 2. Hot Toddy, Jeff Todd, 11.75 (1-3-5-3); 3. Wild Thang, William Chambers, 18 (5-2-6-5); 4. Jake, Sandy Morse, 19 (7-5-3-4).

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