20 Md. yachts going from Newport to Bermuda Fleet of 160 boats is largest in 16 years

June 14, 1998|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Twenty Maryland yachts are entered in a near-record fleet for the Newport-Bermuda Race, which starts in Rhode Island on Friday. The fleet of 160 racers is the largest in 16 years.

In previous races, the progress of the fleet was largely unknown until it approached the finish line off St. David's Lighthouse, but this year's race will be tracked by a 117-foot motor vessel that will run with the fleet and serve as a communications center.

Boomerang, skippered by George Coumantaros of New York, was the overall winner in the 1996 race and will race again this year.

Boomerang and several other maxi racers are using the 635-mile race as part of the ILC Maxi World Championships.

A pair of new Farr 60s, Rima and Deep Powder, will make their debuts in the race.

Defiance, a Swan 68 owned by Ken Morrell of Annapolis, won the cruiser-racer division in the last race but is not included in the entry list for this year's race.

Guides on line

Looking for a guide or outfitter for a hunting or fishing trip a couple of counties away or across the country? A Dallas, Texas, company claims to be able to shorten your search.

Outdoor International has established a Web site (http: //outdoorinternational.com) that lists more than 18,000 guides and outfitters and can be searched by city, state, game or fish species, saltwater areas or freshwater areas.

Troubled waters

The Pocomoke and Potomac have been included in the 20 most endangered rivers in the country by American Rivers, a watchdog organization dedicated to preserving and restoring water courses.

The group says the Pocomoke, which was the site of Pfiesteria outbreaks last year, is No. 3 on the list and imperiled by runoff from farm fields covered with chicken manure used as fertilizer.

The Potomac is No. 12 on the list. According to the group, runoff from poultry farms and feed lots in the headwaters and residential and commercial development downstream are major threats.

Pub Date: 6/14/98

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