Jonathan Bartlett and Rob Emmet of Annapolis topped out a && tough 28-boat fleet at West River Sailing Club last weekend to win the Star class' annual Michelob Cup Regatta.
"We were very happy to win it," Bartlett said. "It was just one of those weekends when everything went together. We didn't miss too many shifts, and our size together worked very well -- we were fast."
Bartlett described two long races in heavy air on Saturday with a strong adverse current running down the bay.
"It made for a very long day," he said. "With the start down off Sharps Island we had to beat all the way back up. Even though the tide was very strong, it was everywhere, so it wasn't really a factor since it was affecting everyone all over the course at about the same rate. We were really only worried about the wind shifts."
Sunday's race in a dying northerly had to be thrown out after the race committee, having signaled an Olympic triangle course instead of a shorter Gold Cup course, finished the race as if it had been a Gold Cup.
Star class rules prohibit shortened courses, so the race had to be discarded.
"Actually, the whole Annapolis Star fleet did really well," Bartlett said, pointing out that Craig Coltharp and crew Paul Coffin were second, with Elliott Oldak and crew Matt Boudreau in fourth.
Winning the Novice Trophy for new Star sailors who have not yet won a major regatta was Mark Bryfogle of Arlington, Va., and crew Latane Montagu, in 11th place with finishes of 8-13. The Master's Trophy for older skippers went to Hank Rowan of Rancocas, N.J., in ninth overall.
Rowan recently achieved fame as the donor of $100 million to Glassboro State College in New Jersey, which has been renamed in his honor and now is called Rowan State University.
Michelob Cup Regatta
1. Jonathan Bartlett/Rob Emmet, Annapolis, 0 (1-1); 2. Craig Coltharp/Paul Coffin, Stevensville, 8.7 (2-3); 3. Mike Hecky/Jean Paul de Pasqua, Philadelphia, Pa., 15.7 (3-5); 4. Elliott Oldak/Matt Boudreau, Annapolis, 19 (10-2); 5. John Vanderhoff/Tim McAteer, Havre de Grace, 19.7 (4-6).
Severn Sailing Association was host to 19 Lightning teams from New York, New England the Midwest and Canada, as well as a local Annapolis
LTC fleet contingent, last weekend during the annual Lightning Frigid Digit Regatta.
The annual event always has been popular, particularly with sailors from farther north, as a season-ender in the relatively warmer climes of the Chesapeake. It continues to attract top talent, including past world champion Peter Hall from Toronto, who finished fourth in the regatta.
Top local fleet finisher was Phil Grotheer of Severna Park, eighth in the fleet, but only two points behind North American champion Jody Lutz, sailing with fellow Lightning ace Ched Proctor.
"We beat them two of three races," Grotheer said, "so that was our highlight for the weekend."
Grotheer described Saturday's early conditions as "very cold and incredibly breezy," with northwesterlies in the 25-knot range.
A capsize for one of the boats on the way out to the course that morning forced a postponement and an eventual return to the dock for the fleet, which started out again about 1 p.m.
"The first race was very short," Grotheer said, describing a triangle/windward four-legged course sailed in 12 to 15 knots with gusts to 18. "It was beautiful, though, a perfect day."
The race committee's confidence restored with the completion of one good race, Grotheer said, the day's second race was a full Olympic triangle in even lighter air.
"They got off a great race," he said. "It was pretty tough, especially since all the heavies from up north were there."
Grotheer and his crew started deep in the pack in that race but were able to gain a great deal of ground on the competition downwind to fight into sixth overall in that contest.
Light air Sunday and quick action to get a race started and finished before the shifty and dying northerly air quit entirely offered a different sort of challenge.
"It started really dying at the end of the race," he said, "so we were lucky to get the race in at all. They had really good race management, though, since it was so shifty."
& Lightning Frigid Digit
1. Keith Taboada, N.J., 5.75 (2-3-1); 2. David Stark, Rochester, N.Y., 9 (5-2-2); 3. Bram Palm, Rochester, N.Y., 10.75 (7-1-3); 4. Peter Hall, Toronto, 12.75 (1-5-7); 5. George Fisher, Ohio, 14 (6-4-4).
Navy wins fall invitational
The Naval Academy played host last weekend to the 16th annual Fall Invitational Regatta, traditionally one of the major intersectionals of the fall collegiate sailing season.
For the 12th time overall and the third time in a row, Navy aced the regatta, with its winning team led by 1991-1992 College Sailor of the Year Mid. 1/C Brad Rodi and including Mids. 1/C Paul Kenney, Mike O'Bryan, Akane Saunders and Jeff Whiteway, as well as Mids. 2/C Heather Keane, Fitz Gentry, and Eric Naranjo.
Second in the regatta was Tufts, with St. Mary's College of Maryland third in the 20-team event.
On Long Island Sound, Navy also won its second major college regatta, the Coast Guard Academy's Hap Moore, topping 12 teams in the four-division regatta.
In this event, Tufts again was second, with Howard in third and host Coast Guard in fourth.
On the Potomac River out of Columbia Island Marina in Arlington, Va., Navy took second at Georgetown University's annual Thomas E. Curtis Jr. Memorial Regatta, behind host Georgetown and ahead of St. Mary's and Washington College.
Navy's team for this event included Todd Wilson, Mary Ellen Reniere, Britt Columbo and Karen Mazure.