The Annapolis Yacht Club was presented with the Captain Joe Prosser Award at the US Sailing Leadership Forum earlier this month in San Diego.
The Prosser Award was created in recognition of the Merchant Marine Academy's first sailing master, Captain C.A. "Joe" Prosser, USMS, and is awarded each year to an organization that, in the opinion of the U.S. Training Committee, has made an exemplary contribution toward "improving the quality and safety in the training or instruction of sailors." Additionally, nominees must embody all characteristics of sportsmanship: honor, integrity, and a selfless dedication to the sport.
Sailing director Joel Labuzetta, junior program coordinator Alana O'Reilly, junior fleet chairman Gerard VandenBerg and general manager Brian Asch accepted the award Feb. 6 on the club's behalf from Richard Jepsen, chairman of the US Sailing Training Committee.
AYC was nominated for the award based on its commitment toward leadership and excellence in the sport and sailing instruction.
The AYC junior program routinely trains more than 375 sailors, ages 5 to 18, and incorporates US Sailing training materials and methods into sailing instructions and safety practices.
In 2013, AYC junior sailors were awarded the California International Sailing Association's Advanced Racing Clinic's Sportsmanship Award, the Brooke E. Gonzalez Trophy, the US Sailing's Youth Championships Dave Perry Sportsmanship Trophy, the New York Yacht Club's National Sportsmanship Award and the Club 420 Association's "Triple Crown" Award.
During the past year, AYC offered several courses to its members and their spouses including, a U.S. Powerboating Certification course, Women's Learn to Sail program, and Women's Group Skills classes that taught basic sailing topics, such as knot tying, dinghy handling, and powerboat docking.
Deer harvest increases
Maryland hunters killed 95,863 deer during the archery, muzzleloader and firearm seasons combined (Sept. 6 through Jan. 31).
The harvest shows a 10 percent increase from the previous year's total of 87,541. Biologists attribute the higher numbers to multiple factors, including more hunters participating and better hunting conditions, with deer actively searching for acorns that were scarce in most locations.
"Our deer harvest rebounded to levels closer to what they were before last year's significant decline," said Brian Eyler, Maryland Department of Natural Resources deer project leader. "I believe we had more hunters in the woods this year and hunting conditions were better than last year."
The 2013-14 statewide harvest includes:
•30,998 antlered and 62,164 antlerless white-tailed deer
•1,116 antlered and 1,585 antlerless sika deer
The harvest in deer management Region A (Garrett, Allegany and western Washington counties) increased 6 percent from 8,675 deer last year, to 9,176 deer this year. Region A hunters reported 5,186 antlered and 3,990 antlerless deer.
Deer hunters in Region B (the remainder of the State) harvested 86,687, up 10 percent from last year's 78,866 deer. The Region B harvest was comprised of 26,928 antlered and 59,759 antlerless deer.
Hunters harvested 6,579 deer on the Sundays open for deer hunting. Archery hunters harvested 1,214 deer on Sundays, firearm hunters reported 5,352, and 13 deer were harvested with muzzleloaders for the first time in Carroll County.
Frederick County led the harvest totals this year with 8,040 deer, followed by Washington County with 6,376 and Baltimore County at 6,336. Carroll and Montgomery counties rounded out the top five with 5,915 and 5,889 deer, respectively.
Hunters with any questions may contact the Wildlife & Heritage Service at 410-260-8540.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun