Keelboat race attracts some familiar names


On The Water

September 07, 2005|By Annie Linskey | Annie Linskey,SUN STAFF

Former Olympic partners Carol Cronin and Liz Filter are set to compete against one another in the biennial Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship, which will be held in Annapolis this month.

Cronin, who was born in Maryland but lives in Jamestown, R.I., will be at the helm of Team Spidey. Filter had said she was leaving competitive sailing, but is set to crew for Lorie Stout of Annapolis.

Another notable name on the list of 41 entries is the race's 2003 winner, Sally Barkow from Nashotah, Wis. She is set to sail with the same three crew members who helped her win last time.

The one-design race has been held every other year since 1985. And, since 2001, it has been hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club.

Registration for the regatta is closed. Opening ceremonies are Sept. 18 and awards will be presented Sept. 23.

Maryland Seafood Festival

Organizers of this weekend's Maryland Seafood Festival expect between 18,000 and 20,000 people to visit Sandy Point State Park during the three-day event.

"It is kind of the last big hurrah before winter sets in and the boat shows take over," said Karma O'Neill, president of the festival's board of directors.

The festival starts at 11 a.m. Friday and goes through Sunday. General admission is $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 7 to 12, and free for children age 6 and younger. Park admission is $5 per car Friday, and $5 per person Saturday and Sunday. The festival raises about $250,000 for local charities.

There will be plenty of seafood from all over the world. Attendees can taste crab dishes, shrimp, clams, fish and lobster.

Organizers said the event will include entertainment.

"What is little-known about the festival is that it has really become a music festival," said Clare G. Vanderbeek, an organizer for the event. "There are 40 different bands playing, continuous music on three different stages."

Also expect crafts, wine, beer and activities for children.

DNR adds boat to fleet

The Department of Natural Resources commissioned a new boat at a ceremony in Annapolis yesterday.

The 45-foot Sea Ark will be stationed in Solomons. Among other duties, it may be used to help protect the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant, said DNR spokesman Ken Turner in a news release.

In addition to the new boat, DNR has a fleet of 24 large patrol boats and 75 smaller vessels.

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