After two days of hiding out in the FBI's weather protection program, breezes made a grand entrance yesterday on the final day of the Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One-design regatta.
With winds out of the northwest at 15 knots, all 19 classes got in two races. In the case of sailors aboard J/35, C&C 115 and Beneteau 36.7 class boats, that was the only competition they saw during the three-day event in Annapolis.
Annapolitan Greg Fisher aboard the Leading Edge defended his J/22 class title by holding off a challenge from the 2005 winner, Peter McChesney, aboard Palmer Legal Staffing. McChesney, also of Annapolis, took the first race, with Fisher finishing seventh. In the second race, Fisher finished second, with McChesney fifth.
In the J/24 class, Paul Van Ravenswaay also held onto his crown with consistent performances that included top-three finishes in his first four races. The Annapolis resident began the day with a comfortable six-point lead, but watched as Tony Parker of Washington roared from fourth to second place, to end the day just two points back.
Van Ravenswaay's performance aboard Millennium Falcon also won the overall Annapolis NOOD title. He will go to the British Virgin Islands this fall to compete against the overall winners of the eight other NOOD regattas.
Three classes used the Annapolis NOOD to determine their East Coast champion.
Steve Stollman of Key Biscayne, Fla., took the C&C 115 title to add to his Charleston Race Week win last weekend in the 12-boat PHRF-C class. The Melges 32 class and East Coast titles went to Mike Carroll and Marty Kullman, of Tampa, Fla. The J/80 class and regional winner was Les Beckwith of Wolfeboro, N.H.
In winning the Alberg 30 competition, Arnold resident T.C. Williams also secured the Maple Leaf Trophy, signifying the class national championship.