Few competitors, but plenty of competition in Summer Races


The PHRF fleet may have been short on competitors, but the courses were long in the Gibson Island Yacht Squadron's annual Summer Race to the Corsica River Saturday, and the reciprocal Corsica River Yacht Club Summer Race the following day.

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$ KEE WINS REGATTA Annapolis Star sailor Jim Kee graduated from the ranks of novice skippers when he won the annual Star Class Novice Regatta at West River Sailing Club last weekend.

Kee, who has earned several novice trophies in regional regattas, joined the class about three years ago.

Under the Star class rules, a novice is defined as one who has never competed as a skipper in a world championship regatta, or placed first, second, or third in a Star class-sanctioned event.

Novice regatta winners are no longer eligible to compete in future novice events, or for novice trophies in regular regattas, but are entitled to wear a green star, one rank up from the red star available to all competitors.

Sailing with regular crew Bob Scofield, Kee topped a 10-boat fleet in the event with strong and consistent finishes of 2-1-1-3-1 in the five-race event.

"I missed this regatta last year because I had a broken hand," Kee said. "I really would have liked to have taken care of this then, but I had to wait for this time to do it."

Even though he and Scofield finished 2-1-1 in Saturday's difficult, choppy conditions and uneven breeze, Kee said, he felt they were actually sailing better on Sunday, when winds in the 10-to 15-knot range and light chop provided perfect Star sailing conditions.

"It was a pretty challenging regatta with a lot of different conditions," he said. "We really kicked it in gear on Sunday. We had two bad starts and had to come clawing back."

- STAR CLASS NOVICE REGATTA 1. Jim Kee/Bob Scofield, Annapolis, 8.7 (2-1-1-3-1); 2. Michael Lovellett/Geof Sobering, Washington, DC, 14.7 (3-2-2-1-2); 3. Alan Summerville/Jeff Commerford, Washington, DC, 43.1 (5-3-3-5-6); 4. John Majane III/Kevin Majane, Gaithersburg, 45 (4-4-7-4-4).

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