The Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association season got off to a strong start last weekend with the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron's Spring Race.
The race used a new format, with the 61 PHRF and MORC racers and 31 cruising one-design boats competing Saturday, and a 22-boat all-IMS fleet racing Sunday.
Saturday's contest went off quickly, enabling the fleet to complete the 13.7-mile government-marked course.
Sunday's could not begin until about 1 p.m., forcing a shortening of the course to 7.8 miles.
"For the competitors, the sportsmanship was great. It was unbelievable," said race committee chairman Maurice Pollard. "They had good, serious racing, and they had fun at the same time."
Host Navy did very well in the regatta, earning second in PHRF A-1 and second through fourth in PHRF A-2 on Saturday, and taking all six top slots in IMS II on Sunday.
Saturday's fleet turned in some close results in several classes, with victory margins of less than a minute in PHRF A-1, PHRF A-2 and the J/30 class, but in other classes much greater margins were the rule.
Bob Muller of Annapolis and his crew aboard Stingray had the largest margin of victory, winning the MORC class by more than 18 minutes over Bob Dunning and his team on Skylarkn.
Sunday's racing was very close through the three-class fleet, but the largest margin of victory was turned in by the Yeigh/Tullman team on Fast Track in IMS III, with a win by more than 3 1/2 minutes over Len Eastman and his team on Hilite.
NASS Spring Race
Saturday, May 1
PHRF A-1 (15 starters): 1. Patriot, Davis/Seidel Syndicate, Bel Air, 3:24:18 c.t.; 2. Moxie, Mid. 1/C Oliver Vietor, USNA, 3:24:42 c.t.; 3. Sundog, Paul & Kathy Parks, Shady Side, 3:28:05 c.t.; 4. Airwaves, Robert Michel, Baltimore, 3:29:06 c.t.
PHRF A-2 (20 starters): 1. White Lie, Glenn Robbins, Severna Park, 3:58:07 c.t.; 2. Swift, Mid. 1/C Ara Barton, USNA, 3:58:49 c.t.; 3. Lively, Mid. 1/C Alex del Castillo, USNA, 4:05:31 c.t.; 4. Vigilant, Mid. 1/C Richard "Tex" Kelly, USNA, 4:08:40 c.t.; 5. Fast Track, Yeigh/Tullman, Annapolis, 4:11:38 c.t.
PHRF B (10 starters): 1. Flying Circus, Jervis Dorton, Columbia, 4:17:43 c.t.; 2. Irresponsible, Joseph Matera, Kensington, 4:24:50 c.t.; 3. Vitality, Richard Altman, Baltimore, 4:33:09 c.t.
PHRF C (7 starters): 1. Natural Motion, Ike Lawton, Fort Mead, 4:47:31 c.t.; 2. Marschallin, Art Cecelski, Springfield, Va., 4:56:09 c.t.; 3. Sea Deuced, Gary Hodges, (address unavailable), 4:56:10 c.t.
MORC (9 starters): 1. Stingray, Robert Muller, Annapolis, 3:59:01 c.t.; 2. Skylarkn, Bob Dunning, Easton, 4:17:44 c.t.; 3. Mirage, Lewis/Salvesen, Edgewater, 4:24:02 c.t.
J/24 (7 starters): 1. The Price of Eggs, Al Goldin, Churchton, 5:11:19 e.t.; 2. Dream Girl, Russ Potee, Arnold, 5:14:37 e.t.; 3. Peace Frog, Rob Kyle, Annapolis, 5:16:11 e.t.
J/30 (24 starters): 1. BeBop, Rutsch/Aras, Chevy Chase/Annapolis, 4:52:26 e.t.; 2. Turbo Duck, Bodo von der Wense, Gulph Mills, Pa., 4:53:18 c.t.; 3. Valhalla, Steve Bardelman, Sherwood Forest, 4:54:31 e.t.; 4. Avita, Nassetta/Watson, Vienna, Va., 4:56:26 e.t.; 5. Sea Biscuit, Dorsey Owings, Millington, 4:57:33 e.t.
Sunday, May 2
IMS I (5 starters): 1. Sundog, P. & K. Parks, 1:48:20 c.t.; 2. Full Cry, Robert Crompton, Coatesville, Pa., 1:50:00 c.t.; 3. Quintessence, Benjamin Michaelson Jr., Annapolis, 1:50:03 c.t.
IMS II (10 starters): 1. Vigilant, Mid. Kelly, 1:49:57 c.t.; 2. Constellation, Mid. 1/C Andrew Ulak, USNA, 1:52:11 c.t.; 3. Lively, Mid. del Castillo, 1:52:32 c.t.
IMS III (7 starters): 1. Fast Track, Yeigh/Balaam, Annapolis, 1:47:13 c.t.; 2. Hilite, Len Eastman, Annapolis, 1:50:56 c.t.; 3. Uh-Oh, C. R. "Sonny" Smith Jr., Annapolis, 1:54:23 c.t.
So you saw the demonstrations at the Naval Academy's Safety at Sea Seminar -- or maybe you didn't -- and you'd like to try some of this stuff for yourself, or see more demonstrations.
Or maybe you'd just like to learn more about boating safety and safety equipment.
Coast Navigation's annual Safety First Weekend, tomorrow through Saturday at the store on Legion Avenue in Annapolis, may be the event for you.
Using Coast's test tank in the parking lot, folks will be able to try safety gear, such as immersion suits, inflatables and life-raft inflation and boarding.
Seminars, exhibits and displays and demonstrations are scheduled, covering topics such as abandon-ship bags (Friday, 7 p.m.), navigational rules (Saturday, 10 a.m.) and first-aid kits (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.).
For more information, call (410) 268-3120.