Ocean Race Chesapeake party

Around The Harbor

May 05, 2002|By SLOANE BROWN

Port Discovery's front hall filled with 750 Volvo Ocean Race folks and fans for the prize-giving ceremony and party. However, finding the crews of the eight boats competing in the round-the-world sailing contest wasn't much of a challenge. The sun-bleached hair and deeply tanned faces were dead giveaways. So were the laughs -- letting you know something's an inside joke -- coming from the audience as they watched a video from the last leg of the race, which ended in Maryland.

The Ocean Race Chesapeake party after the prize ceremony gave everyone a chance at being an insider. Race fans mingled with the contestants -- with additional congratulations for the News Corporation crew on winning first prize in the Chesapeake leg. And everyone enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, along with tales of sailing the high seas.

Among those in the throng: Greg Barnhill, Ocean Race Chesapeake board president; Bill Beale, Craig E. Eney, Gary Jobson, Dean Kenderdine, and Sarah Taylor-Rogers, board members; Lee Tawney, Ocean Race Chesapeake secretary; Dick Frisch, Ocean Race Chesapeake syndicate liaison coordinator; Helge Alten, Volvo Ocean Race CEO; Jez Fanstone, News Corp skipper; Hans Olsson, Volvo Car America president / CEO; Jim Dolan, Clear Channel Communications vice president / market manager; Linda Christenson, Pride of Baltimore executive director; Betsy Kulle, Maryland Natural Resources public affairs officer; Mel Pyatt, Volvo Event Management Group president / CEO; Bryn Parchman, Port Discovery chief operating officer; Jay Brooks, Salomon Smith Barney first vice president; Tom Darling, Darling Ventures director; Parker Pennington, Richard Polan designer; Jeanine Turner, Baltimore real estate developer; Jim Abromitis, Exelon Corporation vice president / general manager; David Gundersen, Gundersen Machinery president; Susan Cole, Xerox account executive; Scott Robertson, Engine Performance president, and Robin Kelley O'Connor, Bordeaux Wine Bureau trade liaison.

The party raised $45,000 for Ocean Race Chesapeake -- which made arrangements for the Volvo Ocean Race Chesapeake stopover.

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