BrunelSunergy to stop in Brazil for new rudder


October 09, 1997|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

BrunelSunergy, the Whitbread Round the World Race entry damaged after colliding with a whale on Sunday, will put into Brazil to have a new rudder fitted, team officials said yesterday.

Paul Dielemans, project leader of the Dutch entry, said the decision to put into Recife this weekend was made to ensure the crew could race under the safest possible conditions.

"We can sail on with the severely damaged rudder, but it is still a long way to Cape Town and there will be more wind than what the boat is experiencing now," said Dielemans, adding that the rudder can be expected to weaken further.

"One can compare it with driving a car with a flat tire: Going slow is OK, but at high speeds it is extremely dangerous."

Under race rules, BrunelSunergy will be allowed to leave the race course at a certain point and re-enter the race at the same point after repairs have been made.

Skipper Hans Bouscholte expects to arrive in Recife on Sunday and will depart as soon as the shore team fits the new rudder, which will be flown in from the Netherlands.

Sailboat show

The U.S. Sailboat Show, with the latest models of cruisers, racers, motorsailers and multihulls, opens to the general public tomorrow at 10 a.m. The show closes Monday evening.

The queen of the show will be the Oyster 70, a 70-foot bluewater performance cruiser built by Oyster Marine Ltd., in Southampton, England.

Builders from South Africa, Japan, Finland, France, Taiwan, Canada, Italy, Australia, Denmark, Holland, Sweden, Germany China and Mauritius also will be represented.

The best U.S. builders will be present, and the Valiant 50 is among those making its debut at the show.

Shoreside, US SAILING and Sailing World Magazine will hold a series of free seminars at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Topics include outfitting for coastal cruising, Women and the Sailing Lifestyle, preparing for offshore voyaging, and marine weather. Although seminars are free, tickets must be reserved. Check with the Cruising World booth for availability.

Also shoreside will be 440 booths, a nautical mall where virtually every boating need can be served -- from financing a new purchase to buying a new motor.

Fishing updates

From the Susquehanna River to the Virginia line, the fishing effort for rockfish has been high, especially with the Indian Summer conditions of the past 10 days.

The best areas for catching stripers, however, have been the middle and lower reaches of Chesapeake Bay.

According to DNR catch reports, the upper bay, from the bridge to the Susquehanna Flats, has been sporadic, with chummers catching mostly rockfish under 18 inches, trollers catching keepers only upon occasion and drifted eels or soft crab largely ineffective. Anglers casting plugs or flies to the shallows at dusk, however, are reporting catches reaching 33 inches.

In the Middle Bay, a blitz of smallish bluefish invaded chum lines over the weekend, but The Hill, Stone Rock, Flagpole, Gas Docks and mouth of the South River remained good choices for chummers with patience. The first schooled stripers were reported at the Diamonds over the weekend, and when the weather again begins to cool, river mouths can be expected to collect numbers of stripers before they move into deeper water.

Trollers have had mixed success for rockfish to 36 inches from the Clay Banks to Dares Beach along the 35-foot contour.

Bottom fishing for white perch, sea trout, spot, croaker and blues is good from Thomas Point to Hacketts, and spot and croaker have been hitting at the mouth of the Patuxent and James Island.

In the lower bay, Buoy 72, Point No Point and the Northwest Middle Grounds have been very good for rockfish and blues. Sea trout, spot and croaker at the mouth of the Potomac and the Mud Leads. The Puppy Hole in Tangier Sound has been good for stripers on deep-trolled bucktails as well as bottom fishing for sea trout, croaker, spot and flounder.

At Ocean City, the Route 50 bridge and the inlet area have been producing a mixed bag of flounder, sea trout, spot, croaker, blues and a few keeper rockfish. Kingfish, sea trout, flounder and small blues in the surf. Yellowfin tuna offshore at the Hot Dog and Parking Lot along with Little Tunny and skipjack tuna. Head boats hitting sea trout and croaker.

In fresh water, the upper Potomac River has been providing excellent smallmouth bass fishing, with DNR reports indicating catches of 7- to 10-inch smallies at a seasonal high, and increased numbers reaching 15 inches.

Still no definite upswing in striper fishing at Liberty, but crappie have been hitting near the beaver huts.

Northern pike can be found on the flats at Loch Raven along with steady bass fishing in the shallows early and late.

Crappie, bluegill and yellow perch can be found off the points at Piney Run.

L Gravel bars at Prettyboy have been good for smallmouth bass.

At Deep Creek Lake, smallmouth fishing continues to be good in 6- to 12-foot depths and walleye fishing is improving.

U.S. Sailboat Show

What: 28th U.S. Sailboat Show, largest in-the-water fall show in the world

Where: City Dock and harbor, Annapolis

When: Trade/media/VIP day is today; public days are tomorrow through Monday at 10 a.m. each day.

Admission: General admission is $12 for adults and $6 for all children 12 and under. VIP tickets are $25 each.

Pub Date: 10/09/97

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