Read holds lead in rough water off Annapolis


ANNAPOLIS -- In brisk northeasterly winds ranging from 15 to 20 knots and choppy seas, the 16th biennial Lightning World Championship Regatta continued through its second day yesterday, with two more 12.25-mile double-triangle races for the 39 top international competitors from the United States, South America and Europe.

At the halfway point, with three races completed, the regatta has reached its halfway point, and scores are tight. Leading at the close of yesterday's racing with series finishes of 6-6-5 was Brad Read of Newport, R.I., and his crew: three-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Betsy Allison on the bow and Harwood native Terry Hutchinson as tactician.

After all six races have been completed, the worst race will be thrown out.

"We're pretty psyched," said Hutchinson, a two-time Collegiate Sailor of the Year who grew up sailing near the race course. "We've been focusing totally on being consistent, because we think that's the way to win the regatta. We ripped our spinnaker out there today and broke the boom vang, so those were problems we had to contend with, and being a local today didn't really matter. It was more just staying in the breeze and not doing anything risky."

Those who took risks or were not on their toes got wetter than the others yesterday, when several boats capsized in each of the two races as they maneuvered at the jibe mark.

The regatta will continue with single races today, tomorrow and Friday.

Series standings: 1) US 14296, Brad Read, 17 pts. (6-6-5); 2) US 11346, David Dellenbaugh, 20 pts. (7-2-10); 3) KC 14499, Larry MacDonald, 23 pts. (9-13-1); 4) US 12065, Jim Alman, 28 pts. (16- 10-2); 5) US 14073, John Oldham III, 29 pts. (19-7-2).

Race No. 2: 1) X 11011, Tito Gonzales; 2) US 11346, David Dellenbaugh; 3) X 14307, Manuel Gonzales; 4) US 11136, Stu Nickerson; 5) US 14176, David Starck.

Race No. 3: 1) KC 14499, Larry MacDonald; 2) US 14073, John Oldham III; 3) US 14455, James Crane; 4) US 11958, Frank Mergenthaler; 5) US 14296, Brad Read.

Note: "X" in a sail number is Chile; "KC" is Canada.

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