Locals make an impact in Race Week...


Locals make an impact in Race Week feeder event

A dozen or so locally connected boats are in Florida taking part in the annual Yachting Race Week, but the turnout for the 160-mile feeder race from Fort Lauderdale to Key West, which began Thursday, included only several in the nine-class fleet of about 100.

In Class 1, the single IMS division in the otherwise PHRF fleet (even the multihulls had their own PHRF division in Class 9), the overall winner was Annapolis resident Peter Gordon's Farr 44 Gaucho, skippered by defending Key West Race Week champion Geoff Stagg, also of Annapolis.

Gaucho won the nine-starter class by a convincing margin of more than 17 minutes corrected time.

First over the finish line in this class was Ted Turner Jr.'s Farr 80 Challenge America, followed just under an hour later by Annapolis-based Merrythought, a Frers 62 owned by Jack King and skippered by Gary Jobson.

But Merrythought fell to sixth after correction and Challenge America ended up ninth. Bob Crompton's new Farr 50 Full Cry did not start.

Bill Steitz and his crew aboard his Concordia 47 Dancer fared well in Class 2 PHRF, taking third on elapsed time and correcting up into second by five minutes behind Ice Nine, a Frers 48, which Dancer owed two hours on handicap.

In other action involving local sailors, Bill Kar-- and the crew on his CSY 50 Dear Friend were sixth in Class 7 PHRF.

Yachting Race Week at Key West continues through Friday, and local sailors are already in contention for some of the top honors, with first-day victories in Monday's racing in 10- to 15-knot breeze for Seward Lawlor and the Chesapeake team in Class D PHRF; Charlie Powell and his team, including Max Skelley and John Boone on his J/92 Killer-Puppy in Class F PHRF; and Jervis Dorton and his Flying Circus crew in Class I PHRF.

Finishing third in the first race was Merrythought in Class A IMS, and Pendleton Alexander on Short Story in Class F PHRF.

Seminar on making sails

Shore Sails Annapolis will offer a four-session seminar on making and designing sails, starting Jan. 27 and running weekly through Feb. 17.

Led by loft manager Jeff Reidle, class sessions will be conducted from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Shore loft in the Yacht Haven complex at 326 First St., Annapolis.

The seminar series will cover all basic aspects of sail-building from initial design considerations through discussions of cloth selections and characteristics and the process of construction.

During the series, sailmakers will build a sail while the seminar participants observe and discuss the procedure.

Emergency repair procedures also will be covered.

Cost of the seminar series is $35 for those who register before the close of business Friday; the fee is $50 thereafter.

For more information or to register, call Shore Sails Annapolis, (410) 268-6501.

Woodstock of sailing

It's being billed as "the Woodstock of sailing," and receiving heavy promotions from U.S. SAILING, numerous manufacturers of boats and boating equipment, and just about anyone else involved in the field.

It's the first Sail Expo, a "winter rendezvous for sailors," organized by the sailing industry's non-profit American Sail Advancement Program, at the Atlantic City (N.J.) Convention Center on Feb. 4-7.

This new indoor show will have more than 100 fully rigged sailboats -- including America3 -- in the main hall, seminars, one-design class meetings and displays, the latest in electronics and navigational gear, and lots more boats, gear and displays in the Pool Hall.

A filled pool will be set up to allow for test-sailing the new Expo sail trainer using wind from a series of fans.

US SAILING will offer seminars on the new rules changes and sessions for women, multihull sailors, beginners' orientations and safety.

The ODCC will present Advanced Small Boat Racing sessions with Greg Fisher and others.

A banquet for up to 2,000 will honor 1992 Collegiate All-Americans and several successful Olympians.

To help local sailors get to Atlantic City with as little hassle as possible, the Sail Annapolis Committee is offering a bus cruise to Sail Expo '93.

The one-day-only package, including transportation and admission to Sail Expo, leaves Annapolis on Feb. 6 at 7 a.m. and returns at about 9 p.m. It costs $36.

A two-day overnight package, for $160, departs Annapolis at 7 a.m. on Feb. 6 and returns Feb. 7, at around 9 p.m.

It includes transportation, overnight lodging and a multi-day ticket to Sail Expo.

The Saturday night banquet also is available in this package for an additional $40.

Reservations must be made by Friday due to space limitations. Call Heather Holme at (410) 263-6606.

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