At noon today at the New York Yacht Club, Jim Brady of Annapolis will be named the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, which, in sailing circles, is something like being named the Most ZTC Valuable Player in the Super Bowl or the World Series.
Brady, who works for North Sails-Chesapeake, was selected by a panel of journalists from a list of United States Yacht Racing Union nominees.
This past year, Brady won world championships in the J/22 and J/24, as well as the J/24 European and East Coast championsips and the J/24 class at Kiel Week in Germany.
Brady, 27, also performed well in the Soling class, is campaigning toward the 1992 Olymics in that class and will skipper a Farr One Ton as a member of the U.S. Admiral's Cup team.
"My record this year was the result of a lot of good sailing on the part of my teammates and crew," Brady said. "It is an honor to have been selected. . . . I just wish I could share the honor, as I have my victories, with the great sailors who made it possible."
Courtenay Becker of Rye, N.Y., will be honored as Yachtswoman of the Year. Becker is No. 1 in the U.S. sailing team rankings in the Europe class.
In 1990, Becker finished first in eight major international competitions, and is considered a leading contender to win a gold medal in the 1992 Olympics when the women's single-handed events debut.
Two new boat shows are scheduled this spring at the Annapolis Yacht Basin and Harbor.
From April 25-28, The Marine Trades Association of Maryland will sponsor the first Annapolis Spring Boat Show, where some 200 boats will be on display in the water, and smaller power, sail and utility boats and nautical equipment will be displayed on land.
The first weekend in May, the Yacht Brokers and Architects Association will sponsor the Annapolis Brokerage Boat Show to showcase new and previously owned boats, as well as nautical equipment and services.
The admission for each show will be $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.
Ocean Racing Group, based in Newport, R.I., is the latest potential U.S. competitor in the 1993-1994 Whitbread Round the World Race, which never has had an American team finish the course. Last time 'round, Nance Frank's Annapolis-based group, U.S. Women's Challenge, got to the starting line but did not compete in the race.
ORG is headed by Bill Biewenga of Newport, John Jourdane of Los Angeles and Rick Jakaus of Boston. Among them, they have more than 500,000 miles of sea time and a total of six completions of the Whitbread.