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Riley joins the crew of America3


America3, the women's team challenging for the defender's berth in the 1995 America's Cup, has been piling up major sponsors for the past few months, and last week added Dawn Riley to its crew list.

Riley, who was with Bill Koch's America3 team in the last cup trials, but did not sail in the final series against Italy, recently completed the Whitbread Round the World Race with an all-woman crew.

"I don't know what my position will be exactly," Riley said Thursday from Newport, R.I., where she was racing a series aboard Matador. "I expect I will be somewhere in the back of the boat [as skipper, tactician or navigator]."

Riley said she recently spent a week and a half sailing with the America3 crew and will resume practice and sail and appendage testing in August off San Diego.

The America3 team, the first all-woman group of competitors in America's Cup history, also includes two Annapolis sailors, Diana Klybert and Susanne Leech Nairn.

Among the major sponsors of America3 are Chevrolet, The Gillette Company, Glamour Magazine, Hewlett Packard Company, BOAT/U.S. and Citizen Watch Company.

The trials for potential defenders and challengers begin in January in San Diego.

New drum catch proposed

The Department of Natural Resources is proposing changes in catch regulations for red drum (channel bass) and black drum taken from Maryland waters.

For recreational fishermen, the new regulations would implement 16-inch minimum size for black drum and a limit of one per day.

The minimum for red drum would be increased to 18 inches with a creel limit of five per day, only one of which could be longer than 27 inches.

Changes in black drum regulations for commercial fishermen, who are allowed a total of 30,000 pounds annually, would require application for a free permit and catch reports.

Public meetings on the proposed regulations will be held at 6 p.m. at the following sites and dates:

* Tuesday, Department of Agriculture, Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis.

* Wednesday, Wicomico County Public Library, 122 S. Division St., Salisbury.

* Thursday, Carter State Office Building, Washington Street, Leonardtown.

Written comment will be accepted by DNR's Fisheries Division through Aug. 12.

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