Shearwater Sailing Club of Annapolis is setting up for one of its most popular fall racing events, the Roy Smith Memorial Regatta for female skippers and crew Oct. 30-31.
In addition to the traditional classes for veteran competitors -- usually two spinnaker divisions and one nonspinnaker -- new this year are classes for beginning racers who want to compete in either the spinnaker or nonspinnaker novice class.
Also new this year is the offer of a racing coach for any skipper who requests one. Coaches will be available for practice sessions as well as the regatta.
A crew-matching service also has been instituted so that everyone who wants to race can have help finding a crew position or extra crew to fill out a team.
For several years the regatta has attracted some of the most skilled women sailors on the racing scene, including skippers from as far away as Texas and Florida, who have sailed the series aboard some of the most competitive racing machines in the Annapolis area.
Shearwater Commodore Mary McLaughlin said that the club will continue to seek out these experienced sailors, but the encouragement of less-experienced women, by giving them an opportunity to compete in an event tailored to be a learning experience, remains a primary goal of the event.
The regatta began in 1982 as a single race when Roy and Ina Smith realized how much their mostly cruising sailing friends relied on the men to do most of the boat handling.
Since 1986, the Roy Smith has been the basis for the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association's annual award for women sailors; this year the Roy Smith Bowl will be presented at the Sunday evening awards party to the sailor with the best performance overall.
Race brochures and details are available from regatta chairman Pamela Quinn, (410) 267-6885, or by writing to Shearwater Sailing Club, P.O. Box 3312, Annapolis, Md. 21403.
Last weekend at the Naval Academy was a busy one for sailors as the academy was host to the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association MacMillan Cup Eliminations in Navy 44s.
Winning the regatta was the team from New York Maritime, with Navy skippers John Schedel and P. J. Trudell in second and third, respectively.
Three races were sailed Saturday in moderate 8- to 15-knot breezes, before a front blasted through Sunday morning, bringing 30-knot gusts for the fourth, diminishing to about 20 for the fifth and final contest.
Qualifying for the MacMillan Cup finals, which will be sailed at Navy next weekend, were New York Maritime, King's Point, Hobart and Cornell in addition to Navy's Schedel and his crew, usually found aboard Fair American.
In a parallel regatta at the Coast Guard Academy last weekend for New England collegiate sailors, Coast Guard, Massachusetts Maritime, Boston College, the University of Rhode Island and Dartmouth also qualified for the finals.
Navy also was host to the Navy Women's Intersectional, sailed in 420s and FJs. Winning the regatta was St. Mary's College, led by Bell Hughes and Perry Reeves of Annapolis, while Navy was sixth of 19 teams, with the B division team, plebe Mallory Mestayer and her crew, senior Melissa Jackson, second in their division.
Away from Annapolis, Navy sailors placed second of 13 teams competing for the Hap Moore Trophy at the Coast Guard Academy, with Midshipman 1/C Marc Schneider tops in the D (Laser) Division, while teammates Midshipmen 1/C Eric Naranjo and Greg Hryniewicz were second and third, respectively, behind Old Dominion freshman John Torgerson of Annapolis at the King's Point Laser Invite.
Severn association results
Oyster Roast/I-14 Invitational
Thistle (23 starters): 1. Dave Valla, (hometown unavailable), 5.75 (2-3-1); 2. Brent Barbehenn, Moorestown, N.J., 7.5 (1-1-6); 3. Steve Nearing, (hometown unavailable), 13 (4-7-2); 4. Mark Saunders, Annapolis, 14 (5-6-3); 5. Ed Barbehenn, Moorestown, N.J., 15 (7-4-4).
International 14 (12 starters): 1. Peter Hayward, Canada, 6.5 (1-1-3-2); 2. Louis Phillips, Columbia, 13 (3-2-4-4); 3. David Wilson, (hometown unavailable), 14.75 (7-4-1-3).