Eastport's Leftover regatta offers last helping of season

SAILING

November 20, 1994|By NANCY NOYES

Tired of football games on the tube and turkey sandwiches as the Thanksgiving weekend highlights? Why not get out on the water and have some fun? That's what Eastport Yacht Club's annual Leftover Bowl regatta is all about.

Initially created as a means of cleaning out the club's attic of leftover trophies and other stuff, Leftover Bowl has developed into a Thanksgiving Weekend tradition for racers and even some cruising sailors who want to get in on some informal, just-for-fun play time before putting the boat away for the winter.

Set for the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the regatta begins with a skippers' meeting at the clubhouse, 317 First St. in Eastport, at 11 a.m. Racing begins at 1 p.m. at buoy 15 off the Naval Station in the Severn River.

A key element of Leftover Bowl is its trophies, which are awarded not only for racing well, but also for other achievements, some dubious.

Because these trophies are leftovers, award winners could come away with a piece of silverware announcing them as the victor of the 420 class in a now-defunct regatta from years past, or as the winner of an unsailed and obscure I class in the Solomons Island Race.

They also could get other strange things, including the golden boat shoe award for the best-dressed crew.

Another key element of Leftover Bowl is its often highly inventive sailing instructions, which will be written this year by Bob Turner. These instructions will be available at the skippers' meeting.

Entry fees are $1 for those who are not members of U.S. SAILING, and 50 cents for those who are.

Racing will be scored using PHRF ratings, and anyone who doesn't know his boat's rating can be assigned one by the Race Committee for the day.

Club membership is not required. Awards will be presented at the club after racing. No turkeys will be available, but camaraderie and cheap chili will be.

For more information, leave a message on the Race Committee's voice mail box, (410) 263-0415, and a committee member will return the call.

Winter classes scheduled

Chesapeake Sailing School is offering a range of winter sailing courses, including "Piloting I" with a Chesapeake Bay focus, Dec. 10-11 and Jan. 8-9; "Piloting II, including ASA Certification for the Coastal Navigation Standard," Dec. 17-18, or Jan. 14-15; and "Celestial Navigation," Dec. 3 or 4, or Feb. 18 or 19. Course fees are around $130 for each.

"Piloting I" takes students from buoy identification to plotting lines and circles of position, offering an overview for the beginning navigator with an added focus on the problems and situations that can arise in exploring the Chesapeake Bay. "Piloting II" is a follow-up to this course, dealing with the subject in more depth. "Celestial Navigation" covers both sun-sight navigation and (weather permitting) early evening star sights.

For more information, call Winston Kinard at Chesapeake Sailing School, (410) 269-1594 or (301) 261-2810. The school is located at Port Annapolis Marina on Bembe Beach Road in Annapolis.

West Marine seminar

"Start Sailing Right: The Basics of Boat Handling Under Sail" is the title of a free seminar at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at West Marine in Bay Ridge Plaza, 111 Hillsmere Drive in Annapolis.

The speaker will be Jahn Tihansky, director of J/World Performance Sailing School of Annapolis. Reservations are not required. For more information, call (410) 268-0129.

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