Winds wreaks havoc on spring event


It must not have been much fun for racers or race organizers last weekend during the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron Spring Race.

Shifty, dying winds and some race management mistakes led a day of race abandonment and attempts to sort out redress solutions on Saturday, while Sunday's IMS and J/30 racing was more successful.

Race Committee spokesmen indicated that the race may be rescheduled, perhaps the first weekend in July. All entrants in Saturday's race will be advised by mail of any decision to abandon or rescore those classes that did have finishers and of any plans to resail the event.

Things went somewhat better on Sunday, when two IMS divisions and a 16-boat J/30 class met on the water for a 7.5-mile race. Winner in the J/30s was the team of Bill Rutsch and John Aras on BeBop, while teams of Naval Academy midshipmen placed first and third in IMS II and took second in IMS I, which was aced by Peter Gordon and his Gaucho team.

Provisional Results

Sunday, April 30

IMS I (7 starters): 1. Gaucho, Peter Gordon, 0:39:23 c.t.; 2. Etoile, NASS, 0:41:26 c.t.; 3. Dancer, Bill Steitz, 0:42:54 c.t.

lTC IMS II (6 starters): 1. Swift, NASS, 0:38:23 c.t.; 2. Hilite, Len Eastman, 0:40:47 c.t.; 3. Lively, NASS, 0:41:32 c.t.

J/30 (16 starters): 1. BeBop, Rutsch/Aras; 2. Better Mousetrap, Bob Putnam; 3. Wooly Bear, Terry Rapp; 4. Tiger, Tom Donlan; 5. Summer, Ben duPont.

Women's nationals lineup

Two top regional collegiate sailing teams have qualified for this year's Inter-Collegiate Yacht Racing Association/Sperry Top- Sider National Women's Sailing Championship at the end of this month at the Navy Yacht Club in Coronado, Calif., with San Diego State University as host.

The Naval Academy team including skippers Mallory Mestayer and Julie Younger, with crew including Nancy Delavan, Blanca Funes and Jill Dintaman, will be headed for the event, along with the team from St. Mary's College made up of skippers Kerry Murphy, Elizabeth Graves and 1994 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Danielle Brennan, with crew Kate Drew, Chris Dyer and Courtney Cook.

Only 16 teams from seven geographical regions have earned slots for the event. Each school will field two two-woman teams to sail in A and B divisions, with each division sailing 16 fleet races over three days for a total of 32 races.

Other schools that made the cut and qualified for the Nationals this year include Brown University, College of Charleston, Connecticut College, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Northwestern University, Princeton University, Radcliffe College, Stanford University, Tufts University, University of Texas, University of Washington and Yale University.

Hospice Cup

Organizers of Hospice Cup XIV, scheduled this year for Sept. 16, have announced that this year's honorary chairman will be Harry C. "Buddy" Melges Jr.

Hospice Cup, the nation's oldest and largest charity regatta, raises money for more than half a dozen area hospices.

Melges not only is well known as a great sailor, a great sportsman dedicated to the Corinthian spirit in racing, but also is widely known and admired for his generosity and his willingness to have a good time, especially for a good cause.

Tred Avon Spring Fling

A record fleet of 32 J/22s joined in the fun at Oxford last weekend for the Tred Avon Yacht Club's Spring Fling, won in a second-day comeback by Pete McChesney of Annapolis, who eked out a one-point victory over first-day leader Jim Hayes of Annapolis.

Also on hand was a fleet of super-fast E-Scows, with top honors going to visitors from New Jersey.

J/22 (32 starters): 1. Pete McChesney, 24.75 (10-6-4-1-4); 2. Jim Hayes, 25.75 (4-5-1-6-10); 3. Andrew Scott, 27.75 (13-1-7-4-3).

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