Race to Newport draws 2 dozen Maryland boats Donnybrook bids to break 10-year-old course record


On June 14, the Annapolis to Newport sailing race will begin its 50th sprint to Rhode Island from a starting line near the mouth of the Severn River -- and the field of 47 will include two dozen Maryland yachts.

The biennial event is one of the oldest and most prestigious ocean races, and if the weather conditions are right, James Muldoon of Washington and his newly launched Donnybrook could break the course record of 53 hours, 31 minutes set 10 years ago.

Oddly enough, the record was set by Starlight Express, which later became Muldoon's first Donnybrook, a Santa Cruz 70 that was totaled recently during a regatta in the Caribbean.

The new Donnybrook is a custom 72-footer designed by Bruce Lee and said to be faster than the old Santa Cruz, which was a downwind sled.

George Collins, a major player in Chessie Racing's Whitbread Round the World Race campaign, has entered his Corel 45, Moxie.

Javelin, a Palmer Johnson 77 owned by Larry Bulman of Annapolis, won the 1995 race on corrected time in PHRF, and is entered again.

Other Maryland entries:

Ariel, Swan 47, James P. Thompson, Oxford; Bandana, Swan 47, Charles Benson, Oxford; Bulldog, Nelson Marek 41, USNA; Dear Friend, CSY 50, Bill Kardash, Annapolis; Deep Powder, Tripp 47, USNA; Electra, C&C; 42, Ferdinand Schoettie, Annapolis; Gaucho, Farr 44, Peter Gordon, Annapolis; Grayling, J/35, Richard Bern, Annapolis; Incessant, Baltic 42, Paul Kaplan, Annapolis; Lickety Split, C&C; 41, Charles Harker, Sassafras River; Nicole, Cal 40, T. Coleman duPont, St. Michael's; Nirvana, Tartan 41, Mike Mahoichk, Baltimore; Panther, Swan 47, Jim Rogers, Galesville; Pursuit, Custom 48, Norman and Rosemary Dawley, Baltimore; Rendezvous, Morgan 36, Roger Carter, Annapolis; Saber, Carter 2-ton, Constantine Koste, Oxford; Safari, Saber 42, Charles Schutt, St. Michael's; Sanderling, C&C; 35, Jerry Ormsby, Rose Haven; Steamboat, J/35, USNA; Tiamat, J/35, Ted Lepich, Annapolis; Trepidation, Peterson 34, Tom Carrico, Annapolis; True North, Serendipity 43, Mark Myers, Annapolis; Veritas, Palmer Johnson 46, Philip Hutchinson, Harwood.

Catch-release calculator

Aaron Adams, an entrepreneur with Baltimore roots, has begun to retail The Catch and Release Calculator, a sizing wheel that lets anglers quickly estimate their catch size before releasing it.

By spinning a 3-inch disk to register the length of catch, the calculator allows the weight of bluefish, rockfish, little tunny, Atlantic bonito, tarpon, bonefish, permit, snook, red drum, spotted sea trout and other species to be registered. Wheels are formulated for common catches off the Northeast Coast, Southeast and Gulf coasts and tropical flats.

The wheel costs $9.95 plus $3 for shipping and handling.

For information, write P.O. Box 2186, Jamaica Plain, Mass. 02130.

Pump-out stations

The Department of Natural Resources has added several pump-out stations for boaters in Maryland waters. The new sites:

Skipjack Landing, Crab Alley Creek; L.A. Thompson and Son, Crab Alley Creek; Queenstown Harbor, Little Queenstown Creek; Taylor's Island Store/Marina, Slaughter Creek; Tilghman Island Inn and Marina, Knapps Narrows; Miles River Yacht Club, Long Haul Creek; Lowes Wharf Marina, Perry Cove; Chesapeake Inn Marina, C&D; Canal, Back Creek Basin; Sailing Association, Sassafras River; and Chestnut Point Marina, North East River.

Pub Date: 6/08/97

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