Md. entries take 11 of 18 classes

Winners: Familiarity didn't provide edge

Sailing

May 01, 2006|By CANDUS THOMSON | CANDUS THOMSON,SUN REPORTER

Although Maryland sailors won 11 of the 18 classes of competition at the Lands' End National Offshore One Design regatta, they were quick to dismiss any thoughts that local knowledge gave them a leg up.

The great equalizers, they said, were stiff current ripping through the four race courses just south of the Bay Bridge, lumpy seas and winds about eight knots with puffs in excess of 10 knots.

"Being local wasn't an advantage," said Annapolitan Peter McChesney, who slipped from second to third on the last of three days of sailing and could not repeat as J/22 winner. "You almost didn't know what it was going to do out there."

It wasn't just the Chesapeake Bay's quirky currents that tripped up the locals.

The J/24 Tribal Pleasures out of Annapolis was in third place after the first day, but a disastrous second day was marked by a run-in with a crab pot. Although the crew collected a first and second finish yesterday, it was not enough to pull them out of fifth place.

"We were trying to make this our regatta," said Townley Bonney, wife of skipper David Bonney. "I can't blame it on the crab pot. We made some bad decisions. But the crab pot was the icing on the cake."

The Volvo Ocean Race didn't cut into participation in the NOOD, which first came to Annapolis in 1999. Race organizers said the final count was 279 entries from 18 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.

Greg Fisher of Arnold earned the overall Annapolis NOOD title by winning the highly competitive J/22 class, the largest fleet in the regatta. He will go to British Virgin Islands in November to compete against the overall winners in the eight other NOOD regattas. Last year, the national title went to Scott Nixon of Annapolis.

Rolph Townsend of Severna Park won the Alberg 30 class and with it the class' Maple Leaf Trophy. Bob Fleck of Alexandria, Va., was named Midwinter Champion for winning the S2 7.9 division.

Results

Alberg 30 (seven entries, five races): Rolph Townsend, Severna Park, Skybird, (11 points); Timothy Williams, Arnold, LinGin (11); C.B. Currier, Annapolis, Infinity (12).

Beneteau 36.7 (15 entries, six races): Garth Hichens, Annapolis, Seahorse (20 points); Jim Keen, Solomons, Foxtrot Gorpen (22); Charles Bayer, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., Grizzly (23).

C&C 115 (six entries, seven races): Scott Dodge, Hanover, Infringer (13 points); Daniel Gourash, Rocky River, Ohio, Blue Dog (17); Richard Griner, Tracy's Landing, Coyote (20).

C&C 99 (seven entries, seven races): Heidi and Dan Bay, West River, Wildfire (12 points); Nathan Gorenstein, Wilmington, Del., Rag Trade (15); Thomas Neel, Fairfax, Va., Sailient (26).

Cal 25 (14 entries, five races): David Hoyt, no town, Zephyr (15 points); Bill Natter, Annapolis, Solitaire (19); Art Libby, Annapolis, Glory (21).

Catalina 27 (10 entries, five races): John Ebell, Annapolis, Hi Tide (10 points); Tom Walsh, Lake Shore, Four Little Ducks (11); Carl Engel, Rosedale, RedRum (12).

Etchells (18 entries, seven races): Jud Smith, Marblehead, Mass., Sail No. 1007 (23 points); Buddy Cribb, West Palm Beach, Fla., Victory (28 points); Jay Hansen, Orange, Conn., Festina (32).

J/105 (36 entries, seven races): Thomas Coates, San Francisco, Masquerade (18 points); Jack Biddle, Chevy Chase, Rum Puppy (33); Jim Konigsberg, Fairfax, Va., Inigo (41).

J/22 (39 entries, seven races): Greg Fisher, Arnold, NA (37 points); Chris Doyle, Kenmore, N.Y., t/b/a (40); Peter McChesney, Annapolis, Palmer Legal Services (42).

J/24 (21 entries, seven races): Paul Van Ravenswaay, Annapolis, Millennium Falcon (25 points); Peter Rich, no town, Show Dog (27); Robby Brown, no town, Sail No. 799 (33).

J/29 (eight entries, seven races): John Esposito, Mohegan Lake, N.Y, Hustler (15 points); John and Linda Edwards, California, Rhumb Punch (18); Rob Mairs, Edgewater, Mighty Puffin (21).

J/30 (12 entries, seven races): Bob Rutsch, Chevy Chase, Bebop (10 points); Larry Christy, Annapolis, Big Kahuna (22); John McArthur, Stratford, Conn., Smiles (31).

J/35 (nine entries, seven races): Peter Scheidt, Highland, Maggie (15 points); James Sagerholm, Annapolis, Aunt Jean (16); Ted Lepich, Annapolis, Tiamat (23).

Melges 24 (17 entries, seven races): Chuck Holzman, Detroit, Flyer (14 points); Geoff Ewenson, Annapolis, Bling Bling (17); Paul Hulsey, Birmingham, Mich., Hoodlum (31).

Mumm 30 (16 entries, seven races): Thomas Ritter, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Tramp (24 points); Dan Cheresh, Holland, Mich., Team Krav Maga, (30); James Richardson, Boston, Barking Mad (33).

S2 7.9 (14 entries, five races): Bob Fleck, Alexandria, Va., Horizon (13 points); Denny Manrique, Tonka Bay, Minn., Island Flyer (13); David Flechsig, Port Charlotte, Fla., Rooster Tail (18).

S2 9.1 (seven entries, seven races): John Stefancik, Severna Park, Hurricane Kelley (12 points); Gordon Latrobe, Baltimore, Still A Gorilla (14); Barry Moss, Bethesda, Fast Company (19).

Star (23 entries, seven races): Henry Filter, Stevensville, Any Given Sunday (16); Hans Fogh, Toronto, Landed Immigrant, (24); Jock Kohlhas, Miami, Sail No. 8043 (33).

candy.thomson@baltsun.com

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