West River will fill with stars for 71-boat Star championships


Starting next Sunday, many of the top sailors in the world will be racing out of the West River Sailing Club in Galesville during the Star North American Championships, running through Oct. 27.

The list of entries in the 71-boat field reads like a who's who of championship racing, including Mark Reynolds, Rod Davis, Ross MacDonald, Vince Brun, Paul Cayard, John Kostecki and Bill Buchan.

Reynolds (U.S), Davis (Australia) and MacDonald (Canada) were the gold, silver and bronze medalists in the class at the 1992 Olympics. Reynolds also is the current world champion. Brun was the world champ in 1992 and recently won the pre-Olympic regatta in Savannah, Ga.

Cayard is a former Star world titlist who took the helm of Dennis Conner's Stars and Stripes in the America's Cup earlier this year.

Kostecki, from San Francisco, was in the afterguard for PACT '95 during the recent America's Cup and was the silver medalist in the Soling class in the '88 Olympics.

At age 60, Buchan of Seattle is a three-time world champion in the class and in 1984 won the Olympic gold medal.

In all, there are 12 former Olympians, eight Star class champions and three America's Cup helmsmen entered in the regatta.

Race officials are required to get in at least one race per day.

Muzzleloader season

Maryland's early muzzleloader hunting season for deer opens Thursday, with all counties except Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington open to hunting for antlered or antlerless deer. In the five western counties, properly licensed hunters may, take only antlered deer.

Chestertown exhibition

The Chestertown Wildlife Exhibition and Sale will take over the downtown streets and shops in the Eastern Shore town Saturday with displays, sales and competitions, including cooking, waterfowl carving and duck and goose calling.

The exhibition also win include truck and boats show, slide shows on the bald eagle in Maryland and the Iditarod sled dog race in Canada and wild animal exhibits.

Two highlights of the show are the mallard duck and Canada goose calling contests held at the foot of High Street and run by world champion caller Sean Mann of Towson.

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