Last weekend's Ted Osius Memorial Regatta brought out a crowd of 51 boats for Saturday's IMS and PHRF A-1, A-2, and B racing, and a bigger group of 68 PHRF C and cruising one-design crews for a somewhat abortive event on Sunday.
The organizing Sailing Club of the Chesapeake did a good job setting up the competition, but didn't have much luck coaxing the wind.
Actually, Saturday's light northeasterly was shifty, and died out altogether at one point, but held well enough for the fleet to complete a 10.8-mile windward-leeward course, but Sunday was another matter entirely when the course had to be set at 4.7 miles, below the minimum distance required for the race to "count" for CBYRA High Point scoring, and the Alberg 30s and Cal 25s had to deal with a shortened 1.5-miler.
"It was an unusual race," said Chuck O'Malley, winner of Saturday's PHRF B class with his crew aboard Rude Awakening, describing breezes ranging from nine or 10 knots apparent at the start down to zero, and back up to 14 or 15 on the last leg.
"We had a nice race going until the wind died at the last leeward mark," he said. "The current was going south down the bay pretty hard, so we sat there and watched the rest of our class drift down toward us. Then our bowman spotted some wind to the left. We had lost steerage in the current, so we tacked over hard left [toward Bay Ridge] and it seemed to pay off big for us -- it was dramatic the difference it made."
Sunday's contest was another unusual one, according to Marty Kiely, who finished second in PHRF C with his crew aboard Marilyn.
"When we started out, it was blowing great out of the north-northeast, but it gradually lightened up and the wind kept clocking around," Kiely said.
As the breeze continued to lighten and shift, things went topsy-turvy at the leeward mark, as the southerly sea breeze began to fill in while the ebb current continued against racers now trying to complete what had been shortened to the final leg, and should have been a beat rather than the spinnaker run it became.
Ted Osius Memorial Regatta
IMS III (7 starters): 1. Uh-Oh, C.R. 'Sonny' Smith, Annapolis, 0:19:47 c.t.; 2. Good Times, William Schwarz, Randallstown, 0:25:50 c.t.; 3. Black Powder, J.L. Hosmer, Annapolis, 0:35:53 c.t.
PHRF A-1 (15 starters): 1. Sundog, Paul & Kathy Parks, Shady Side, 1:55:57 c.t.; 2. Predator, Steve Kaminer, Washington, DC, 2:07:12 c.t.; 3. Quintessence, Benjamin Michaelson, Annapolis, 2:08:22 c.t.
PHRF A-2 (18 starters): 1. Neato-Torpedo, Thomas French, Olney, 2:24:21 c.t.; 2. Mountain Lion Eater, George Prout, Grasonville, 2:38:04 c.t.; 3. Think Fast, Albert Holt, Annapolis, 2:40:15 c.t.
PHRF B (11 starters): 1. Rude Awakening, Chuck O'Malley, Annapolis, 2:49:41 c.t.; 2. Flying Circus, Jervis Dorton, Columbia, 2:57:22 c.t.; 3. Making Waves, Miller/Praley, Davidsonville, 2:57:43 c.t.
PHRF C (9 starters): 1. Rebecca, Bill & Carolyn Paul, Pasadena, 2:37:39 c.t.; 2. Marilyn, Martin Kiely, Berwyn Heights, 2:39:08 c.t.; 3. Courstormer, W.P. McKelway, Bethesda, 2:43:04 c.t.
Alberg 30 (3 starters): 1. Incredible, Karl Gerhard, Crofton.
Cal 25 (8 starters): 1. Chicken Little, Charlie Husar, Annapolis; 2. Dominica, Jim Hobson, Annapolis; 3. Harlequin, Leo Surla, Washington, DC.
Catalina 27 (11 starters): 1. Cheshire Cat, Francis Wright, Annapolis; 2. Swell, Derick Lynch, Arnold.
J/24 (10 starters): 1. Show Dog, Ben Capuco, Annapolis; 2. Peace Frog, Rob Kyle, Annapolis.
J/30 (24 starters): 1. Houdini, Scott/Smith, Annapolis/Cambridge; 2. BeBop, Bill Rutsch, Chevy Chase; 3. Avita, Nassetta/Watson, Vienna, Va.
Pearson 30 (3 starters): 1. Kinvarra, Dan Kral, Severna Park.