There's an interesting ship anchored at HarborView Marina on Key Highway that you should check out. It's the 82-foot Fazisi, which is the only maxi-boat from the Soviet Union to enter and finish the Whitbread Round the World Race. (The 33,000 mile/nine-month Whitbread takes place every four years and is recognized in international circles as sailing's most dramatic and important event.)
Building the Fazisi was a dream come true for Russian boat designer Vladislav Murnikov, who was in Baltimore this past week doing a little fund-raising for the 1993/94 Whitbread. I joined Vladislav and his wife, Tatiana, who now live in Massachusetts on a long-term visa; Ed Maynard, HarborView's marina manager; and Vicki Leone, HarborView p.r. gal, and her husband John, for a delicious dinner prepared by Pier 500's talented chef, Brian Boston.
Vladislav told me he began working on the boat and getting a crew for the 1989/90 race the instant his government gave the green light on the free enterprise system.
The Murnikovs now own M. Yachts, a boat design business. And of course, he is the designer of the new Fazisi, which is being built in Russia and will be outfitted in the United States. Everyone's hoping the turmoil in his homeland will not delay getting the boat ready in time for the Whitbread later this year.
The old Fazisi, which he brought to HarborView from the Annapolis boat show last fall, has an uncertain future. It may be sold or could be leased for corporate events.
As you can imagine, the Whitbread is an expensive endeavor. After dinner Vladislav gave a slide presentation, "Sailing the Winds of Freedom," attended by an assortment of sailors who made a donation to the cause. If you'd like to help, send your checks to Fazisi, 1787 Scotch Pine Lane, Westport Point, Mass., 02791.
As I was leaving, Maynard showed me a 55-foot Ocean Sport yacht, which has been purchased by a Kuwaiti family that owns the Central Bank of Kuwait and Kuwaiti Airlines and is being readied to ship to Kuwait. According to Maynard, Baltimore is becoming the place to ship big ticket items abroad, because we go overboard to make things easy for everyone involved.
Doctors, dentists and nurses will be among those dancing "The Boot Scoot" at Nashville's in the Timonium Holiday Inn Sunday afternoon. From noon to 4 p.m., members and guests of Operation Smile hope to raise a lot of money for an August trip to help the children of Venezuela.
MA According to Operation Smile member Dr. Stuart Sheer, the mon
ey will be well spent. Volunteer members go all over the world to give medical help to children of developing nations. If you'd like to learn to line dance and help Operation Smile in the process, stop by Sunday. Call Nashville's for tickets which are $15.
Marylanders Skizz Cyzyk, Craig Smith, Nelson J. Ginebra, David P. Moore and Alan Price are among 20 nominees chosen from a field of 180 budding film and video makers for Rosebud Awards. (The camera work for Ginebra's film, "Rice, Beans and Salsa," was done by WBAL cameraman Steve Jones.)
All 20 films will be screened tomorrow and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Biograph Theater in Georgetown. Rosebud was formed in 1990 to promote the independent film and video community in Washington, Maryland and Virginia. Tickets are $6
and may be reserved by calling (202) 797-9081.
More than 40 members of Maryland's art world had lunch with Sen. Paul Sarbanes and six members of the Congressional delegation last week to discuss the state of the arts in Maryland. Senator Sarbanes commented that Maryland probably has the largest and strongest group of arts advocates in the country, thanks in part to Sue Hess, president of Maryland Citizens for the Arts.
Other arts advocates attending the luncheon were Keren Dement, Kathy Dwyer, Jim Backas, Mary Ann Mears, Ellot Pfanstiehl, Kate Sellers, Charles H. Trout and Martha Johnston.
Congratulations also to the Classic Catering People, who've landed two prestigious jobs. They'll be catering the 30 or so corporate tents in Preakness Festival Village on May 15, using a state-of-the-art, specially designed portable commissary. And in July, they will be catering the All-Star Gala, held the night before the All-Star Game. The gala, given by the Baltimore Orioles and Major League Baseball, is expected to draw about 2,400 people inside and outside the Maryland Science Center.