Ovation bests field in PHRF-B class


The second day of Northern Bay Race Week was a pleasant and challenging one for the fleet of nearly 80 boats assembled off the mouth of Middle River.

Using a 10.8-mile Olympic triangle course, competitors sailed i four PHRF handicap divisions and a one-design class for J/24s yesterday under sunny skies in steady southwesterly breezes ranging from 8 to 12 knots.

Winner in the PHRF-B class for the day was artist Henry Peacoc on Ovation, a 35-footer he designed and built.

"We had fairly steady air, and the shifts were pretty marginal, said Ovation helmsman Skip Moorhouse, who also has been the sailmaker for the project since its inception last year. "The key today was getting off the [starting] line clear and sailing the boat as fast as possible. The current was real strong all day, so you had to be pretty careful with the mark roundings and on long lay lines. But we sailed the boat well, we sailed the boat

conservatively, and we had fun -- there's no yelling, and it's a really good, fun crew."

Excellent crew work and heading in toward Hart-Miller Island t stay out of the strong opposing current were the keys to PHRF-C winner Dan Miller's success with his team on his Pearson 30 Knotbobs.

"We were seventh at the windward mark," Miller said, "but w got an inside overlap on the sixth-place boat at the gybe mark, and then we got an inside overlap on the fifth-place boat at the leeward mark."

He added: "We had really good crew work, no foul-ups, an everything went pretty much the way it was supposed to go."

Miller's Knotbobs team, including Marcy O'Brien, Bunny Dadds Chuck McCaslin, Steve Braddock and Gina Bocolucci, worked into one of the closest finishes of the day, clearing their competition by less than a second after handicap corrections.

For the second day in a row, the winners in the 16-boat PHRF- class were Paul Parks and his team on his J/35 Sundog, first by a margin of more than six minutes, after what his crew described as a "really hairy start" in which Parks port-tacked the fleet and slipped through a narrow hole in the ranks of his competition, then established an early lead and went on to extend it as the race went on.

TH The regatta will conclude today with the third race of the series.

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