Shifty winds challenge Dutchman fleets


Light and shifty air on the Choptank River made for highly challenging competition in this year's Flying Dutchman Nationals, sailed out of the Cambridge Yacht Club Friday through Sunday.

A fleet of 15 from across the country was on hand for the seven-race series, which began with a full-fleet series of three races on Friday. After that the group was split for scoring purposes into two separate fleets based on each team's best two scores of the three races sailed.

The Proctor Fleet, made up of the top seven from the preliminary series, sailed for the championship title, while the others competed in the Carling Fleet, although both divisions continued to start at once.

Winning overall in the championship fleet was the team of Mike Loeb, a former U.S. Olympian and past FD National champion who lives in Toronto, and New Jersey sailor Guido Bertocci, with the Naval Academy's own Dave Fagen in second, sailing with Dennis Anderson of Greenville, N.C., as his crew.

In second in the Carling Fleet was Fagen's father Dave Sr., crewing for Gene Henkel of St. Petersburg.

Wind conditions for the series ranged from brief highs of 10 to 12 knots, sending the sailors out onto trapezes a couple of times, to virtually nothing.

"It was typical Chesapeake Bay in August," said Annapolitan Bill Bernard, an FD mainstay who also sailed in the event. "Sometimes the wind came to a complete halt, died, and then clocked around to the other direction."

Despite abandonment of Saturday's first race by the committee after circumstances like that, with the fleet just short of the finish line, three races were completed that day before the series ended with a single race on Sunday.

- Flying Dutchman Nationals Proctor (championship) Fleet 1. Mike Loeb/Guido Bertocci (Toronto/N.J.), 14.4; 2. Dave Fagen/Dennis Anderson (USNA/Greenville, N.C.), 17.4; 3. Gary Schwartz/Craig Taple, Austin, Texas, 20.4.

! Carling Fleet 1. Bill & Doug Hamilton, Albany, N.Y., 71.0; 2. Gene Hinkle/Dave Fagen Sr., St. Petersburg, Fla., 79.7; 3. Mike Braun/Kevin Taslinger, St. Petersburg, Fla., 80.7.

Annapolis Race Week

With just under two weeks to go until the 27th annual Annapolis Race Week, it's time to get moving on nailing down crew and turning in entries for this popular Labor Day Weekend event.

Three separate fleets will compete each day on courses spread from the Bay Bridge to the West River, with race management by Annapolis Yacht Club, the Baltimore City Yacht Association, Eastport Yacht Club, the Gibson Island Yacht Squadron, the Magothy River Sailing Association, the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron, the Sailing Club of the Chesapeake, Shearwater Sailing Club and West River Sailing Club.

The event is run under the overall aegis of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association.

Racing begins Saturday morning, Sept. 4, and runs through Monday, Sept. 6, with up to two races daily for each fleet -- depending, of course, on cooperative wind conditions.

Fleet 1 includes starts for IMS I and II, and PHRF A-1 and A-2, while Fleet 2's racers include IMS III, PHRF B, MORC, and the J/30s.

Fleet 3 provides racing for PHRF C and Nonspinnaker, and J/24s, Catalina 27s and Cal 25s.

Regatta headquarters will remain at Annapolis Yacht Club, but social activities have a new venue this year, with nightly awards parties at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel on City Dock.

The mezzanine-level deck and ballroom will be open for competitors from 4:30 to 10 p.m. each of the three evenings with live music from Fat Ammon's Band on Saturday and Mama Jama on Sunday; Davis Deejays will provide the music on Monday.

Soft drinks and food, including hot dogs, hamburgers, pit beef and crab cakes, will be available at the party site, and Katcef Brothers will offer the traditional $1 beers.

In addition, the City of Annapolis has offered to provide docking for a limited number of competitors at City Dock. Requests for reservations should be made to CBYRA as soon as possible. Sponsor booths also will be set up on City Dock.

Entry fees for the regatta are $75 per boat for entries postmarked or received by Aug. 31; a $10 surcharge will apply to late entries.

Sailing World, which is producing the Race Week program with the special sailing instructions, has promised that the sailing instructions will be available by Wednesday.

So fill out a standard CBYRA entry form (copy one from the back of the Green Book or stop by the office to pick one up), and send it on in to CBYRA, 612 Third St., Suite 201, Annapolis, Md. 21403.

L For more information, call (410) 269-1194 or (301) 261-1194.

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