Last weekend's IMS regatta put on jointly by the Sailing Club of the Chesapeake and the Chesapeake Station of the Storm Trysail Club was a success on all counts, according to racers and organizers.
The Saturday event was made up of three windward-leeward races on courses ranging in length from three to eight miles and drew 19 contenders, with the Grand Prix speed machines in Class I and the racer-cruisers in II and III.
In breezes averaging 12 knots on one of the summer's most beautiful days, the three classes battled it out, with top honors in the eight-boat IMS III class going to Sonny Smith of Annapolis and crew on his Farr 33 Uh Oh, with finishes of 1-2-1.
"We got real lucky out there," Smith said. "I guess the boat just fit the breeze we had out there, and we had a real good crew. It was just one of those days."
Sailing the scratch boat in his division, Smith said, "There were boats behind us we had to worry about all the time. But we got some good shifts, we had good crew work, and we just kept the boat going."
"We saw some excellent sail handling out there," Race Committee Chairman Wayne Bretsch said, "in particular, on Fast Track, which had some amazing floater [spinnaker] takedowns without the pole from about 30 seconds before the mark. There were excellent takedowns by Uh Oh, and of course [Division I winner Peter Gordon's Farr 44] Gaucho was sailed consistently well."
SCC/Storm Trysail IMS Regatta
IMS I (3 starters): 1. Gaucho, Peter Gordon, Annapolis, 3.5 (1-1-2); 2. Ramrod, Bert Jabin, Annapolis, 6.75 (3-3-1); 3. Predator, Steve Kaminer, Washington, 7 (2-2-3).
IMS II (8 starters): 1. Yellow Jacket, BS&W; Syndicate, Annapolis, 4.75 (2-2-1); 2. Three Cheers, Howard Siemers, Potomac, 7.5 (1-1-6); 3. Sounion, Charles Sullivan, University Park, 12 (7-3-2).
IMS III (8 starters): 1. Uh Oh, C.R. Smith Jr., Annapolis, 3.5 (1-2-1); 2. Fast Track, Yeigh/Jones, 4.75 (2-1-2); 3. Hilite, Len Eastman, Annapolis, 9 (3-3-3).
J/29 North Americans
In virtually ideal sailing conditions on the southern Chesapeake near Fishing Bay, a seven-race series last weekend produced a solid win for former Annapolitan Paul Andersen and his crew aboard Posse in the annual J/29 North Americans.
The series, which ran last Friday through Sunday, drew 12 crews of competitors, mostly from home ports stretching the length of the bay from Baltimore to Hampton.
Andersen, now living in Urbanna, Va., said the key to his success was largely boat speed. He took the gun four times.
Wind conditions on the uncrowded lower bay waters ranged from Friday's 10- to 12-knot air to Saturday's 12 to 18, before falling off on Sunday to a fluky 5 to 7, Andersen said.
"On Friday we had good upwind speed, and real good downwind speed," he said. "On Saturday we had incredible upwind speed. We won two races, and won both of them by about five minutes."
Andersen said in Saturday's relatively heavy air, all competitors opted for No. 3 working jibs. His, he said, is "a bullet-proof 4-year-old" sail made of Kevlar remnants from the 1987 America's Cup sails built by the Annapolis Sobstad loft.
Courses were windward-leeward for all races except Friday's third, an Olympic triangle.
Series scores included deduction of a worst-race throwout, which in Andersen's case was the third race on Friday, when he was a premature starter. When he found out he had been called over early, he was already halfway down the first leg of the course, and after returning to start properly, he finished dead last in that contest.
"That was the race from hell," he said. "Not only were we over the line early, but we blew out the 3/4 -ounce chute."
Otherwise, he said, the regatta was "great sailing" on virtually every count. Host Fishing Bay Yacht Club's race organizers did their usual superb job both on the water and off, he said.
Some of the closest action took place between Baltimore-based The Fish, sailed by the Lippshinn Syndicate and its crew, and Annapolitan Steve Olinger's Tops Optional team, finishing the regatta in third and fourth, respectively.
J/29 North Americans
1. Posse, Paul Andersen, Urbanna, Va., 14 (1-1--1-5-1-6); 2. Encore II, E. D'Agostino, Pt. Lookout, N.Y., 20 (2-6-4-3-3-2-); The Fish, Lippshinn Syndicate, Baltimore, 22.75 (3- -1-7-2-3-7); 4. Tops Optional, Steve Olinger, Annapolis, 22.75 (-4-3-2-1-5-8).
Ed Hoyt Regatta
Severn Sailing Association
J/24 (19 starters): 1. Project X, Clarke McKinney, Leonardtown, 14.75 (1-3-7-2-2); 2. Dream Girl, Russ Potee, Arnold, 19.75 (2-4-2-11-1); 3. Greg Cutt, Annapolis, 25.75 (4-12-6-1-3); 4. Spot, Margaret Podlich, Annapolis, 26 (6-5-3-7-5); 5. Latent Defect, Stewart Spettel, Alexandria, Va., 30.75 (3-10-1-6-11).
Soling (7 starters): 1. Peter Gleitz, Annapolis, 6.25 (2-1-1-2-1); 2. Tom Davies, Annapolis, 11.75 (1-2-2-5-2); 3. John Harper, Great Falls, Va., 17 (3-4-3-4-3).
Tempest (8 starters): 1. Edgar Hoyt, Annapolis, 7.5 (2-1-2-1-2); 2. C.B. Currier, (hometown unavailable), 9.5 (1-2-1-3-3); 3. Ed White, Clinton, 22 (4-6-4-4-4).
Rock Crusher Regatta
Cape St. Claire YC/Rock Creek Racing Assn.
Saturday, Aug. 21, 15.3 NM
PHRF A (5 starters, provisional results): 1. Albatrossi, Dave Rossi, Severna Park, 2:40:40 c.t.; 2. Dragon Fly, Jeffrey Klein, Pikesville, 2:42:19 c.t.; 3. Alize, Christopher Chamberlin, Washington, 3:07:20 c.t.
PHRF B (9 starters, provisional results): 1. Torch, Paul & Willard Scott, Baltimore, 2:51:00 c.t.; 2. Airwaves, David Wiemer,
Baltimore, 2:52:49 c.t.; 3. Desperado, Elwood Snyder, Newark, Del., 2:59:14 c.t.
PHRF C (3 starters, provisional results): 1. Desperado, Frank Courtwright, Columbia, 2:55:47 c.t.
PHRF Nonspinnaker (7 starters, provisional results): 1. Chapter II, Craig Doyle, (hometown not available), 3:03:55 c.t.; 2. Albar II, Allen Keiser, Towson, 3:05:48 c.t.; 3. Morning Star, Don Clemens, Lafayette Hill, Pa., 3:33:06 c.t.