Sails to fill from Cuba to Baltimore

Yacht race could finish during April festival


July 11, 1999|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

Next April, a 1,000-mile sailing race will start in Cuba and finish in Baltimore, possibly at the height of the annual Waterfront Festival at the Inner Harbor.

Baltimore City and the Storm Trysail Club are organizing the race, which will be the longest on the East Coast. The course will begin in Havana and follow the Gulf Stream through the Florida Straits and up the East Coast to Chesapeake Bay. The finish line is expected to be off Fort McHenry.

"The Havana-Baltimore race provides an opportunity to build on the people-to-people exchanges with Cuba inaugurated with the Baltimore Orioles and Cuba baseball games," said Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke. "We look forward to welcoming this historic yachting event to the city during the annual Baltimore Waterfront Festival."

The race is expected to start April 23. Dates for the waterfront festival are April 27-30.

Deer season dates

Dates for deer-hunting seasons this fall and winter include two additional days during the early muzzleloader season in all counties except for Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Carroll and part of Frederick.

On the two days added through a bill passed by the legislature this spring, only antlerless deer can be killed.

Seasons are:

Bow -- Sept. 15-Oct. 20, Oct. 25-Nov. 26, Dec. 13-17, Jan. 3-31.

Muzzleloader -- Oct. 21-23, statewide; Oct. 29-30, management zones C and D, antlerless only, and Dec. 18-Jan. 1, statewide.

Firearms -- Nov. 13, youth only, and Nov. 27-Dec. 11.

Bass fishing, live

Fox television network will broadcast the $3.5 million Ranger Millennium M1 bass tournament live on Sunday, Nov. 7. The telecast from Cypress Gardens in Florida will be the first live telecast of a major bass tourney.

"A number that is hard to ignore is that over 55 million people in the United States consider themselves anglers," said Ed Goren, executive producer for Fox Sports. "Noting the high-profile companies already signed to sponsor this event, it is marketing-friendly. That's exactly what they were saying about NASCAR just a few years ago."

The 90-minute broadcast will run either before or after regional coverage of the NFL games that Sunday.

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