Collins tries new boat in Newport race

America's Cup challengers also part of larger field


May 23, 1999|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

The biennial Annapolis-Newport sailing race already has a larger field than in 1997, including George Collins' new speedster and a Farr 60 chartered for Young America, a U.S. challenge team for the America's Cup.

Collins, who spearheaded Chessie Racing, the Maryland entry in the last Whitbread Round the World Race, has purchased Pyewacket, a Santa Cruz 70, and will race it in the Annapolis-Newport event.

He is expected to rename the boat. Except for Chessie Racing, Collins has named all of his racing boats Moxie.

As Pyewacket, the boat set numerous speed records in West Coast offshore races, including the 2,225-mile run from Los Angeles to Honolulu in 7 days, 15 hours, 24 minutes and 40 seconds in 1996.

Collins' Annapolis-Newport crew will include well-known Annapolis sailors Gary Jobson of ESPN and Jim Allsopp of North Sails-Chesapeake, as well as Whitbread and America's Cup veterans.

Young America, the New York Yacht Club's challenge, will sail Rima, which has been chartered by Fairfax, Va., builder and long-time racer Al Van Metre. Van Metre, a major contributor to the Young America campaign, sailed the Annapolis-Newport race many times in Running Tide.

Young America skipper Ed Baird will be aboard Rima, along with his tactician, Kimo Worthington.

The entry deadline for the race is Tuesday. The 473-mile event will start off Annapolis on June 12.

Greenbrier Lake update

The popular lake at Greenbrier State Park near Boonsboro will be closed to swimming this summer because of low water levels. Access to fishing areas is expected to be difficult.

The water level was lowered last fall to replace a control valve, and minimal precipitation has left the lake only 35 percent full.

According to DNR, boat launching may be done only by hand, but there are fish in the lake for anglers who can get to them.

The park will be open for picnicking, camping, hiking, mountain biking and other recreational activities, and service charges have been reduced.

Pub Date: 5/23/99

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