Blue Yankee, a 46-footer designed by Bruce Farr of Annapolis for the upcoming Admiral's Cup sailing competition in England, was the overall winner of the Annapolis-Newport race completed last week.
Blue Yankee, owned by Robert Towse of Connecticut, was the third boat to finish the race, but its corrected time moved it into first place (2 days, 15 hours, 21 minutes and 4 seconds).
Larry Bulman of Annapolis, sailing Javelin, won the race among the PHRF fleet in Class III.
Crescendo, Stephen Hiltabidle's Farr 37, won Class IV, 21 minutes ahead of Incessant, Paul Kaplan's Baltic 42. Hiltabidle is from Annapolis and Kaplan is from Galesville.
The race, which is sailed every two years, was dogged by light winds as the fleet sailed down the Chesapeake from Annapolis and made the turn north in the Atlantic. But winds picked up to 10 to 15 knots on the leg north.
Race results (top three and Maryland boats):
IMS Fleet: 1. Blue Yankee, Robert Towse, Stamford, Conn., 2:15:21:04; 2. Wonder, Stephan van Dyck, Philadelphia, 2:15:39:03; 3. Reindeer, E.N. Smith, Philadelphia, 2:17:12:24; 5. Three Cheers, Howard Siemers, Annapolis, 2:18:40:13; 7. Gaucho, Peter Gordon, Annapolis, 2:19:20:48; 10. Suzanne Marie, Gerald Dowling, Annapolis, 2:19:59:19; 11. Success, USNA, 2:20:09:37; 13. Donnybrook, James Muldoon, Annapolis, 2:22:29:24.
PHRF Fleet: 1. Javelin, Larry Bulman, Annapolis, 3:15:08:36; 2. Crescendo, Stephen Hiltabidle, Annapolis, 3:15:15:14; 3. Incessant, Paul Kaplan, Galesville, 3:15:36:09; 4. True North, Mark Myers, Annapolis, 3:15:54:41; 6. Moxie, George Collins, Gibson Island, 3:16:18:11; 7. Snow White, Edwin Shuman III, Annapolis, 3:16:21:14; 8. Nicole, T. Coleman DuPont, St. Michael's, 3:17:31:42; 9. Bang, USNA, 3:18:00:01; 10. Zephyr 2, David Schaeffer, Annapolis, 3:18:04:39; 13. Trepidation, Tom Carrico, Annapolis, 3:20:05:59; 16. Nora Y Cristobal, Scott Silver, Annapolis, 3:20:55:50; 17. Stinger, Frietag-Slifes, Annapolis, 3:20:58:19.
Tangier Sound netters
The issue of multifilament drift gill nets is not fading away -- especially in Tangier Sound, where charter boat and recreational fishermen say they have been dogged by a handful of commercial fishermen.
"The other day, one netter with a mile of that new net caught 4,400 pounds of croakers," said one Somerset County charter-boat captain. "Now that was a real good day, no doubt about it. But imagine what it will be like once 60 percent of the multifilament netters are working the sound."
The multifilament nets, which are made of twisted strands of monofilament line, are being allowed in limited numbers in the bay and sounds this year under a test program monitored by the Department of Natural Resources. As many as 10 netters will be licensed to fish the nets, but six of the 10 already were working Tangier Sound.
"That's 60 percent of them fishing in the best bottom fishing area in the bay," said a charter-boat captain who asked that his name not be used. "And when you get each of them setting a mile of net, that's really going to kill the fishing. With just two of them actively fishing now, they're already putting a big hurt on charter boat and pleasure fishermen."
Last Sunday, for example, a group of four charter-boat parties were drifting near the Puppy Hole buoy and doing well, when a netter moved in and set his nets across the direction of the boats' drift.
"Well, of course, that killed a part of the day right there," said one angler. "We couldn't fish through the nets, so we had to pick up and move."
One complaint about the multifilament nets is that, because of the way they're set up, they don't drift, but stay in place "no matter how hard the tide runs or the wind blows," said one Crisfield captain.
"Contrary to their definition," he said, "these are not really drift nets."
Brennan, Haberland win
Danielle Brennan, the St. Mary's College sailor who was the 1994 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, won the U.S. Women's Open championship in the Laser Radial class last weekend.
Brennan finished first in seven of nine races in the series sponsored by the Severn Sailing Association.
Navy coach Nancy Haberland, with crew Carol Newman, took the Snipe Class by winning every race.