This year's Friday Night Beer Can Series at Eastport Yacht Club, which begins this week, has a new look and some significant additions and promises to be at least as much fun for casual racing as it has been in the past.
New this year, in tribute to the new EYC clubhouse on First Street in Eastport as a premier vantage point for watching the action, all courses will be set in the mouth of the Severn so the entire race can be viewed from the clubhouse deck.
The starting area, at Quick-Flash '15' off the Naval Station, will stay the same, but the finish will be a line between the deck flagpole and harbor can '1' in the mouth of Spa Creek.
One of the most significant new additions to the series, which traditionally has been a PHRF Nonspinnaker event with ratings assigned as necessary for those who do not already have them, is a cruising class.
The new Cruising Class will be strictly limited to those who are true cruisers, said series organizer Kathy Weber.
Weber said that EYC's fleet captain will help organize a crew pool for Cruising Class competitors who are unfamiliar with the ,, rules and starting procedures and want extra help.
The Cruising Class will have the first start after the 6:30 p.m. warning signal, and will be followed by the Racing Class. The final start of the evening will be for one-designs, with J/22s and Stars invited to join the E-Scows for that division.
Entry fee for the entire series of three Friday night races per month through August, is $15. As in the past, club membership is not required to race, but this year the race committee will not accept entries at the Committee Boat -- competitors must register in advance at the club.
For more information, call EYC, (410) 267-8986, or (410) 267-9549.
Weeknight sailing program
Since taking over the former Bridgeview restaurant in Eastport and rechristening it Dr. Bob's 911 Club, host Bob Miller has developed some ambitious plans for the summer season.
Miller has contracted with Richard Breed of Sail U.S.A. Television to videotape five evenings of racing each week, to be shown after the finish each night at the restaurant. In addition he is awarding trophies for some of the nightly winners in each of the five series to be covered.
Chesapeake Sailing School's Monday night Bar Wars series willstart off the week, once it gets under way on June 7. In the meantime, Severn Sailing Association's Tuesday Night dinghy series, the Annapolis Yacht Club's Wednesday Night Series, J/World's Thursday night J/22 and J/24 series and Eastport Yacht Club's Friday Night Beer Can Series will fill the schedule.
On nights where there is no racing, footage from Miller's archival collection of Chesapeake Bay racing will be shown on the restaurant's numerous television screens.
"We are not just going to offer these videotapes," Miller said. "We are putting together a total involvement and support package, which will include several promotional products, trophy presentations, and discounts for yacht club and [sailing] association members."
Each weeknight there is a race in one of the covered series, a trophy presentation will be conducted at Dr. Bob's at 10 p.m. to honor the winner of that evening's racing in a selected class. The trophies are traditional victory cups, plated in 24-carat gold, on a teak base.
For information, visit the restaurant or contact Miller, (410) 280-0700.
'Be Current' available
With the CBYRA racing season under way, there's still time to subscribe to Nolan Associates' tidal current prediction series, "Be Current."
Each "Be Current" document provides hour-by-hour predictions of tidal current flow over racing areas for the time of the races, including actual predicted times of maximum flow and slack water at each NOAA current station in the area, supplemented by captioned charts giving a quick visual readout.
This useful and popular series of charts and tables, which can help racing sailors make successful choices on the water, is available by individual issue or in a 14-volume subscription series. Additional issues cover distance races such as the Cape St. Claire Yacht Club's Chesapeake Lighthouse Challenge Race May 28, the Annapolis-to-Newport Race starting June 12, and the Virginia Cruising Cup race from Annapolis to Hampton, Va., on July 8.
Several important New England events also are covered this year, including Block Island Race Week and the Marion to Bermuda Race in June, the Marblehead to Halifax Race in July and the race to Martha's Vineyard in September.
Single issues, priced from $10 to $15 for the regular CBYRA series and $15 to $25 for the other events, are available at Fawcett Boat Supplies and CBYRA headquarters in Annapolis, or can be ordered directly from Nolan Associates.
A 14-volume subscription, covering CBYRA events from now through the end of October, costs $100 -- a $73 savings over single-issue prices -- and entitles the subscriber to a free distance race issue of his choice. The subscription deadline is June 1.
For more information, or to order or subscribe, call (301) 986-8948, or write Nolan Associates, 5415 Burling Road, Bethesda, Md. 20814.