It was all smiles for Dave Gendell of Arnold and the crew aboard his Lindenberg 28 Bang when they returned from a convincing Class A victory in the 1995 MORC Midwinters, March 24-26 off Tampa, Fla.
The three-day, six-race event was presented by the Davis Island Yacht Club in breezes ranging from 5-20 knots.
Finishes of 1-1-3-1-1-1 put Bang into the top spot in Class A, beating several Tampa favorites as well as others from around the nation.
The Bang team led at 15 of the 17 marks in the five closed-course races, after beginning the regatta on a strong note by taking class and line honors in a 27-mile distance race on Tampa Bay the first day.
"With our almost total lack of local knowledge, we knew the distance race would be our weak spot," Gendell said.
"It was very satisfying to win that race. Once we got that out of the way, we entered the round-the-buoys races with quite a bit of confidence and inspiration. The crew work was tremendous."
Sailing with the senior Gendell were sons Dave and Greg and daughter-in-law Pam Gendell. Tactics were called by Rich Lambird, a longtime veteran of the Bang team, as is sail trimmer Dave Fowler. Rounding out the crew was Annapolis sailor Shane
Crusader is sales leader
Crusader Yacht Sales Inc. of Annapolis recently was honored with the "World Wide Sales Leader Award" from Pacific Seacraft Corporation.
Pacific Seacraft markets the line of offshore cruising yachts including the Flicka 20, Dana 24, Pacific Seacraft 31, Pacific Seacraft Pilothouse 32, Crealock 34, 37, and 44, as well as Ericson Sailboats. Its dealer organization stretches from Europe to Japan and Singapore.
Founded by Nancy and Jerry Cann in 1982, Crusader Yacht Sales operates out of Port Annapolis Marina. Crusader represents Pacific Seacraft in the mid-Atlantic region from New Jersey to North Carolina. In addition, the Canns market the Nonsuch, Niagara and Melges lines of sailboats in the Chesapeake region.
The Crusader Yacht Sales team previously had been named "Top Performer" by Pacific Seacraft in five of the past eight years.
J/22, J/24 Speed Weekends
J/World Annapolis invites J/24 and J/22 skippers to rig up, tune up and accelerate for 1995 at a preseason jump start offered by the school.
Next weekend, April 8-9, J/22 champion Chris Larson and J/24 expert Terry Hutchinson will be on hand to coach skippers and crews in the weekend-long clinic, along with the regular J/World staff of coaches.
Each fleet will go through the paces of collegiate-style drills, including numerous starts and short-course races during two days of total immersion sailing practice, focusing on pulling crew work together, getting weight movement and kinetics dialed in, and all the fine points of shifting gears, learning the latest thinking on rig tune and tactics.
This is a bring-your-own-boat and crew program; J/World organizes everything else. The cost of $250 per boat and crew includes shoreside and on-water activities, keg beer, refreshments and a barbecue on Saturday evening. All shoreside activities will be at J/World, 213 Eastern Ave. in Annapolis; launching and dockage is available.
Space is limited; call for more details or reservations: 1 (800) 966-2038 or (410) 280-2040, fax (410) 280-2079.
New series for J/Meter boats
Owners of J/80s, J/92s, J/105s and J/120s have a new opportunity for competition and learning this year with the incorporation of Rhode River Boat Club's Spring Series, Saturdays, April 8-22, and Fall Series in November, into a new Chesapeake Bay One-Design Championship Series for the boats.
The boats previously had been given their own start in both annual Rhode River Boat Club series, but this year competition will be enhanced with the combination of both series for an overall championship.
To kick off the series, J/Port Annapolis will offer a free seminar, "The Racing Rules Simplified," with guest speaker Will Keyworth of North Sails, on Friday, at 7 p.m. at J/Port, 213 Eastern Ave. in Eastport. Reservations are required.
The racing series begins the next day, with a mandatory skippers' meeting at 8:30 a.m. at J/Port. Two races are planned for each of the first two weeks, followed by social events at J/Port, with the Spring Series' final day featuring a single race and a party at the Severn River Yacht Club at Mears Marina.
Entry fees for the Championship Series are $50 per boat; daily and overall trophies will be awarded.
For information or reservations for the rules seminar, call J/Port, (410) 280-2038, or 1 (800) 357-SAIL (357-7245).