Lightning Class' best to sail in the bay


On June 1, sailors with an eye for top-flight racing will be able to watch the best Lightning Class sailors in the world compete in the Chesapeake Bay off Annapolis when the class world championships begin.

The Lightning Class World Championships, which are raced every two years, draw the best 40 boats among the more than 14,000 registered boats around the world.

The Lightning is a 19-foot sloop.

The regatta will be sailed through Friday, June 7, with Saturday available for makeup races. Racing will be conducted on any of three courses in the bay or a bad weather course on Round Bay up the Severn River.

The Severn Sailing Association, the International Lightning Class Association and Lightning Fleet 329 are sponsors of the event. Sailing operations will be based at the Severn Sailing Association.

* Campgrounds at nine state parks will open for the season on Wednesday -- Rocky Gap, Deep Creek Lake, Cunningham Falls' Houck Area, Greenbrier, Point Lookout, Assateague, Pocomoke River, Martinak and Elk Neck.

Seven of the parks are part of a pilot reservations system started last year, and campsites may be reserved after April 15 by providing names and addresses of the persons who will be camping, the type of equipment to be used and a nonrefundable deposit of one night's fee.

First-come campers will still be able to register for more than one night.

The seven parks that are in the pilot program are: Deep Creek, Point Lookout, Elk Neck, Pocomoke River, Greenbrier, Rocky Gap and Swallow Falls.

* Elizabeth Callahan of Upper Marlboro has been named to th National Rifle Association's pistol team that will shoot in the 1991 World Cup USA. Callahan, a member of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department, was named the 1990 High Woman Champion at the NRA National Police Shooting Championships in Jackson, Miss., last fall.

* According to Boat/U.S., nearly 25 percent of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives have co-sponsored HR 534, a bill that would repeal the new federal user tax on recreational boat owners.

The federal user fee that was approved last year will require recreational boaters to pay between $25 and $100 per year to the federal government.

However, funds raised by the tax would not be channeled to boating and fishing programs.

HR 534 was introduced by Rep. Bob Davis, R-Mich.

* The Maryland Natural Resources Police and the Potomac River Fish and Game Club of Williamsport plan to hold the first Upper Potomac River Appreciation Day on Sunday, June 30. The celebration will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the fish and game club in Williamsport and will include DNR exhibits as well as hunting, fishing, safety and arts and crafts displays.

The event will be free of charge and is intended to highlight recreational opportunities along the Upper Potomac.

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