Roxanne leads top-rated boats after 2 races

Area-owned 1D35 racers stand in 3rd, 5th places


May 08, 1999|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

The National Offshore One-Design sailing series made its debut on Chesapeake Bay off Annapolis yesterday with tight racing in difficult conditions among 16 classes ranging from J-22s to top-rated 1D35s.

Regatta officer Cynthia Gross said winds on four bay courses were from 4 to 9 knots and shifty.

Roxanne, sailed by Kip Meadows of Rocky Mount, N.C., placed second and third in two races yesterday to lead the 1D35 standings with five points.

"We made mistakes today, but we survived," said Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, the tactician aboard Roxanne.

The only two area-owned racers in the 1D35 class -- Canvasback and Moxie -- are in third and fifth place, respectively, after the first two races of the five-race series.

Canvasback, sailed by Doug Croker III of Oxford, won the first race and finished eighth in the second. Moxie, sailed by George Collins of Gibson Island, finished sixth and fourth.

Downhill Express, sailed by Tom and Cindy Hirsch of Durham, N.H., won both races in the Mumm 30 class, and Stephen Brice Phillips of Arnold sailed to two victories in the J/105 class.

Overall, five skippers are leading their divisions after winning both races yesterday.

Racing continues today and winds up tomorrow. Courses are set between the mouth of the Severn River and Thomas Point Light.

Races begin at about 11 a.m.

Pub Date: 5/08/99

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