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Severn Sailing Assn. season winds down

For its final formal event of the 1994 season, Severn Sailing Association conducted the Acors Thompson Regatta for Solings, International Canoes and Tempests last weekend.

Solings and ICs raced both days, for a total of five races, and the Tempests joined the fleet on Saturday for a three-race series.

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The action at SSA won't really be over until this afternoon's Closing Day regatta, for all club members regardless of class, is over, and will continue with InterClub frostbiting through the winter on Sundays.

Acors Thompson Regatta

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Soling (8 starters): 1. Peter Gleitz, 3.75 (1-1-1-1-1); 2. Tom Davies, 12 (3-2-2-3-2); 3. Tom Carrico, 18 (4-3-3-4-4).

International Canoe (10 starters): 1. Bill Beaver, 6.25 (1-1-1-2-2); 2. Erich Chase, 16.5 (5-7-3-1-1); 3. Dick White, 19 (3-4-6-3-3).

Tempest (6 starters): 1. Ray O'Hara, 2.25 (1-1-1); 2. Brigid O'Hara, 7 (3-2-2); 3. C.B. Currier, 9 (2-4-3).

Lights Parade entries due soon

It's nearly time for the Eastport Yacht Club's Lights Parade, a festive holiday event that draws boats and viewers from a wide area around Annapolis.

This year's parade is set for Dec. 10, starting at 6 p.m., and entries should be in by tomorrow for inclusion in the parade program. Otherwise, entry deadline is Dec. 1.

Entry is free. Decorating schemes don't need to be elaborate, complicated or expensive, but a pre-parade decorating seminar, featuring tips from veteran Lights Parade elves and other useful information, will held at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 20, at Eastport Yacht Club, 317 First St. in Annapolis.

Parade events begin with a mandatory skippers' meeting on Dec. 8, which will include a buffet supper. After the parade, a brunch at EYC is scheduled for Dec. 11, with a skipper and crew appreciation party some time in January.

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EYC has a 24-hour Lights Parade Hotline -- (410) 263-0415.

Annual Frostbite Series

Annapolis Yacht Club's annual Frostbite Series got under way last weekend, with racing in the Severn River between the old bridge and Back Creek, and in Spa Creek.

Races are short, so there are usually two each Sunday afternoon with a break at AYC in between to warm up. First gun for the first race is at 1 p.m. The starting line is off the Naval Academy sea wall, and the finish is in front of AYC in Spa Creek. Prime viewing spots are the Naval Academy, City Dock and shoreside in Eastport facing the Severn and Spa Creek.

The separately scored First Half of the series runs until just before Christmas, and the Second Half runs through January and February.

USNA Seamanship Awards

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At ceremonies Thursday at the Naval Academy, 49 midshipmen and volunteer coaches received their "D-Qual" certificates of accomplishment in seamanship.

Also recognized as earning "E-Qual" certification, an even higher level of seamanship recognition, were LCdr. Art Harris, LCdr. Mark Jones and Ens. Mark Sucato.

In addition, three midshipmen were singled out for the RAdm. Robert McNitt Award, signifying accomplishments in seamanship, navigation, leadership and perseverance.

Winning for Block 1 of the summer cruise was Mid. 1/C Bob McHenry, with Mid. 2/C Dexter Hoag earning the Block 2 designation, and Mid. 1/C Robert Wolfe named for seamanship during Block 3.


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