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Quiet waters perfect for learning sailing


An interesting cooperative program has been started at Rocky Point Park and offers the opportunity for children and adults to learn to sail in quiet waters and at a reasonable cost.

The Glenmar Community Sailing Center is a program of the Back River Neck Recreation Council, and its fleet of Dyer Dinks, Zephs and Catalina 22s is maintained by the Glenmar Sailing Club.

George Culbertson, president of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association, said the program falls in line with the CBYRA's "join the fun of sailing" theme.

"We wanted a place where we could get more people interested in sailing," Culbertson said. "This sailing center fits the bill.

"It is in Hawk's Cove and sheltered by Rocky Point and Miller and Hart islands, so a novice can get a good feel for sailing without having to worry about other boat traffic."

Sessions for children between the ages of 9 and 13 start June 22 and run through Sept. 3. The cost is $99 per four-day session.

Big fish tale

John Vrablic of Stevensville, Md., caught a 52-inch, 46-pound striper west of Bloody Point on the eighth day of the spring trophy season. The fish, taken on a large bucktail, had a girth of 30 inches.

Managing wildlife

Two wildlife workshops will be held by the Department of Natural Resources this week to seek public input on wildlife management areas statewide.

"These workshops provide an excellent opportunity for the public to learn about the [WMA] system and the opportunities they provide," said DNR secretary Torrey C. Brown. "It also provides our biologists an opportunity to seek public input on current and future desires for WMAs."

The workshops will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Soldiers Delight visitors center on Tuesday and at South Hagerstown High School on Wednesday.

Good show by shad

The fish lifts at Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River collected 3,201 American shad in their first nine days of operation this year compared to 584 over the same number of days last year.

The number of shad collected at Conowingo is considered indicative of the state of the anadromous American shad and of the quality of the water in the lower Susquehanna and the Chesapeake Bay.

Outdoor catalogs

DNR's 1993 Outdoor Adventure Maryland catalog is available by writing the Department of Natural Resources, Forest and Park Service, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, Md. 21401.

The catalog lists canoeing, hiking, biking, camping and other activities available through Maryland's Forest and Park Service.

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