The United States Sailing Association has awarded an Arthur B. Hanson US SAILING Rescue Medal to the crew of Frolic, a Navy 44 sloop, for their rescue of three powerboaters earlier this year.
During an overnight plebe training cruise on the Chesapeake in early September, Frolic was traveling north past the Bay Bridge when a powerboat passed it at a high rate of speed.
The boat cut across Frolic's bow and then hit a large wake.
"It went airborne and broke apart as it landed," said Cmdr. Ken Reis, one of only two experienced sailors on board. "I saw two bodies fall into the water at first, but then a third person appeared. The boat continued on about 100 yards before it began to sink at the stern with two more people still aboard."
Ens. Kurt Muller, the other experienced sailor on board, knew what to do, and showed the plebes how to use the jib and spinnaker lines to winch people on board the sloop.
One man complained of neck and back injuries and seemed to be in shock. Another had severe lacerations on his leg and was bleeding heavily. The plebes attended to the shock victim and applied first aid and compresses to the other victim, using a shirt as a bandage to help stop the bleeding.
By the time the three from the water were on board Frolic, another powerboat had helped the two people left on the sinking boat. The boat radioed the Coast Guard for further assistance, and an auxiliary Coast Guard boat arrived soon after to bring the injured off Frolic to Sandy Point State Park, where an ambulance was waiting.
The medal was presented on Sept. 23 by US SAILING Vice President Mason Chrisman, with Academy Superintendent RAdm. Thomas C. Lynch accepting on behalf of the crew of Frolic.
The Arthur B. Hanson US SAILING Rescue Medal is given to skippers of pleasure vessels who aid in rescues of victims from the water. The award is made for rescues in U.S. waters or in
races originating or terminating in a U.S. port.
Salvaging the Michelob Cup
West River Sailing Club was the site of the annual finale in the area's Star boat racing season, the Michelob Cup Regatta, last weekend.
Although 25 crews and boats showed up for the event, after Saturday's race was abandoned in light, shifty and dying air, only 18 went on to compete the next day in what turned out to be a two-race series.
Sailors came from as far away as New England and Ohio for the regatta, which also drew a healthy contingent of Chesapeake Bay competitors.
Overall winner was New Jersey sailor John MacCausland, a 1992 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team alternate, with finishes of 2-1, while Annapolis' Jonathan Bartlett, who had been unable to compete on Saturday, got a lucky break in respect to that day's canceled contest and took second in the series with finishes of 1-4 on Sunday. Third in both completed races and in the series was Kevin McNeil of Annapolis.
"The Race Committee did a great job under difficult dTC circumstances," said Steve Kling of Annapolis, who finished fifth in the series. "And we also want to acknowledge our gratitude to Katcef Brothers and Michelob for their support of the event."
1. John MacCausland, Cooper River, N.J., 3 (2-1); 2) Jonathan Bartlett, Annapolis, 8 (1-4); 3. Kevin McNeil, Annapolis, 11.4 (3-3); 4. Hank Rowan, Rancocas, N.J., 17 (8-2); 5. Steve Kling, Annapolis, 22 (4-8).
Lightning Frigid Digit
Last weekend was a busy one at Severn Sailing Association, when 30 three-man crews showed up for the annual Lightning class Frigid Digit regatta, an always popular event that brings sailors in from nearly all parts of the Eastern U.S.
1. Matt Fisher, (hometown unavailable), 8.75 (6-1-2); 2. Stu Nickerson, (hometown unavailable), 16 (2-8-6); 3. Bob Wardwell, Richmond, Va., 17 (8-2-7); 4. Phil Grotheer, Annapolis, 21 (7-10- 4); 5. Simeon Coxe, Annapolis, 21 (3-9-14).
Thompson Regatta canceled
Severn Sailing Association has canceled the Acors Thompson Regatta, scheduled for Solings and Tempests for Nov. 6-7. Planned renovations to the bulkhead at the club was cited as the primary reason.
Maritime classes at AACC
Two marine-related courses are on the November schedule at Anne Arundel Community College.
Marina owner/manager Peter Tucker will offer "Advanced Marina Management" (BSN 357) from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 2-18, at Broadneck High School. Cost of the course, which will cover business and financial aspects of successfully managing a marina, is $70.
In a one-day seminar, veteran offshore sailor Louise Burke will offer "Bluewater Voyaging" (MAR 360), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at the college. Tuition is $40.
For information or to register, call (410) 541-2315.