Ronstan regatta due this week


Next weekend the Bruce Farr-designed Mumm 36 one-design keelboat class will meet in Annapolis for its 1995 Ronstan East Coast Championship, the third time the class has gathered here within the past year.

On-water action begins on Friday and runs through Sunday.

The regatta will be based out of Pusser's Landing Restaurant at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel on City Dock, with race management by the Chesapeake Station of the Storm Trysail Club.

A fleet of 16 boats is expected, and regatta organizers expect an extremely close series that will provide entertaining watching.

The schedule calls for three races each day Friday and Saturday, and two races on Sunday.

The official spectator boat is the schooner Woodwind, which departs the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel dock for two-hour cruises at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Cost is $22 per person, which includes nonalcoholic beverages and snacks. For information call (410) 263-7837.

Star Wars Regatta coming

Top sailors in all Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association-sanctioned classes from the length of the Chesapeake Bay have been invited to the Eastport Yacht Club's first Star Wars regatta on Saturday.

A contest among 1994 CBYRA High Point champions for bragging rights as "best on the bay," the multi-race regatta will be sailed as a one-design contest in J/24s.

The public is invited to join the bay's best 1994 sailors and their crews at a pre-regatta party from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at Pusser's Landing at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Noncompetitor tickets, available at the door, are $10 per person.

EYC will send spectator boats for those who are interested in watching the action. Spectators should bring their own lunches. The boat ride is free. Sign-up sheets for spectators will be at Eastport Yacht Club. For information or reservations, call Dee Hill, (410) 268-5592.

High school competition

It was an accomplishment of sailing performance to celebrate for several Annapolis-area high school teams last Saturday, when they convened at St. Mary's College in southern Maryland for the Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Sailing Association's regional qualifying regatta.

This year, 45 sailors from seven Baltimore-Annapolis area high school teams are being coached in a six-day-a-week program led by head coach Tucker Thompson and program director Rob Shapiro out of Annapolis Yacht Club.

The six teams who went to the MASSA event came home having finished first, second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh in the highly competitive 16-race, two-division event contested by 11 schools.

"The regatta was nailed by St. Mary's High School by more than 20 points," Thompson said, "but it was the closest high school competition I've ever seen for second through fifth. The positions changed over and over, and Severn School just squeaked into third on the last leg of the last race."

Sailing for St. Mary's were A Division skipper Miles Conway with crew Pat Dougherty, and B Division skipper Tim Olson with crew Stasha Cwiklinski.

In second place was the Severna Park High School team made up of A Division skipper Greg Miernicki and crew Fritz Musser, and B Division skipper Brad Elsaesser, with A Division's Miernicki as crew.

The top three teams will head to San Diego over May 6-7 for the Mallory High School National Championship regatta.

Local women in California

With J/22 sailor Melinda Berge of Annapolis Yacht Club as skipper, a team of eight local women sailors took part over April 5-8 in the U.S. Women's Challenge Regatta for the Bettina Betts Memorial Trophy at Newport Harbor Yacht Club in Newport Beach, Cal.

Joining Berge on the Annapolis-based team against nine other teams from across the nation were Barbara Vosbury, Sandy Grosvenor, Julie Lynch, Susan Meredith, Eileen Tully Monius, Ann Holt and Heather Rowe.

After a day of practice racing in the fleet of Catalina 37s, which also are used for the Congressional Cup and other West Coast events, three races were contested Thursday and Friday, before the regatta concluded with two more contests on Saturday.

Berge said her Annapolis team might have finished in the money if a request for redress based on a defect in the boat the team sailed the first day to finishes of 10-9-7 had been granted.

The next day, however, in a different boat, the team's results were 1-2-4.

On Saturday the Annapolis team finished first in one race, but was called premature at the start of the other contest, leaving Berge and company sixth overall.

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