This year's Annapolis Yacht Club Fall Series, staged over the past three weekends, drew plenty of local and regional interest.
Some 100 IMS, J/35, and PHRF A and B sailors were on the course on Saturdays, with similar numbers of PHRF C, MORC, and cruising one-design sailors competing on Sundays.
IMS numbers continue to be light locally, but PHRF A-1 and A- 2 hit 31 and 41 entries, respectively, bringing the PHRF overall fleet numbers for the Saturday racing to 89 entries.
AYC traditionally has scored both PHRF and IMS not only in individual class splits, but also as total fleets for Fall Series.
The Sunday fleet was swollen with J/24s as many sailors from the mid-Atlantic region arrive in late September to start racing here in preparation for the J/24 East Coasts at the end of the month. This year's J/24 fleet stood at 33 entries, and the J/30 class brought in 25 entrants.
Both fleets started off well with racing in nice air the first weekend, but blue skies and perfect Sailboat Show weather brought no breeze for the Saturday fleet the second week, although the Sunday racers had good breeze for their contest. The final weekend it blew hard for both groups in a challenging conclusion to an always hard-fought series.
Topping out the PHRF overall fleet was AYC's own George Collins with his team on his Mumm 36 Moxie, who also handily won the A-0 division. In this fleet, particularly strong individual class showings also were turned in by Mack Latz, down from New Jersey with his team aboard The Knife, acing both PHRF A-1 races, and Ron Steele and his Varmint Cong crew, taking the victory in the enormous PHRF A-2 division by a quarter-point over second-placer Brad Parker and his crew on Sugar.
Among the Sunday sailors, particularly notable scores were posted by MORC winner Chuck O'Malley and his Rude ` Awakening team, with finishes of 2-1-1; and the Schoolden/Wright team's Cold Duck crew, finishing the PHRF C series with a perfect run of aces.