The Whitbread Round the World Race for the Volvo Trophy drew unexpectedly large numbers of spectators to Baltimore and Annapolis this spring, and this week area sailing fans have an opportunity to view a film recapping the nine-month competition.
Gary Jobson, yachting commentator for ESPN and a noted international competitor, has produced "Caution to the Wind," a one-hour film that offers highlights of the nine legs of the race, on-board footage and interviews and close racing shots.
"My goal was to try to balance the human drama of the event
with the speeds these boats go," Jobson said last week. "Not a lot of time [in the film] is spent on the ports, for example, but the film is international in scope, with every boat covered and plenty of local footage, too."
Jobson said a group of 325, including Whitbread 60 designer Bruce Farr and Chessie Racing skipper John Kostecki, attended a showing of the film in Annapolis last week.
"They all seemed pretty pleased by it," Jobson said. "But it's a hard tale to tell because there is so much footage to choose from, so many sides of the race to tell, from calm to storm and from triumph to struggle to injuries.
"But most of all, I wanted to make it a sailing show."
A screening of the film will be held Wednesday at 7: 30 p.m. at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 West Monument St. Tickets are $15. Organizers said late last week that more than 200 tickets are still available. For information, call Whitbread Chesapeake at 410-727-7223.
Jobson also has a Whitbread special on ABC today at 5 p.m.
"The ABC show is only 41 minutes, so there are 19 more minutes to be seen at the Baltimore showing," said Jobson.
Copies of the film will be on sale at the showing.
Kodiak, a 66-foot sloop skippered by Llwyd Ecclestone of Palm Beach, Fla., last week won the Bermuda Lighthouse Trophy as the amateur yacht with best corrected time in the IMS division of the race.
Ecclestone has sailed in the biennial race 14 times.
Blue Yankee, a Farr 47 from Stamford, Conn., crewed by world-class sailors Steve Benjamin, Peter Isler and Ross Field, won the racing division and took first place in GP10. Blue Yankee's corrected time was 86 hours, 50 minutes and 14 seconds.
Alexia, an 85-foot maxiboat, was first across the finish line at 10: -- 16 a.m. Monday.
Donnybrook, an Annapolis Yacht Club entry owned by James Muldoon of Washington, finished seventh in Class CR8.
Finishes for the other 15 Annapolis-Baltimore entries in the race were provisional late last week, but Sorcerer, a custom 80-footer owned by J. Craig Ventor of Annapolis, appears to have won Class CRUI2, and The Ugly Duckling, a Swan 44 owned by Bill Kardash of Annapolis, apparently was second in Class CR2.
Bermuda Ocean results
Borrowed Horse, a 53-foot Pearson ketch, won the recent Bermuda Ocean Race on corrected time. Borrowed Horse is owned by Robert Lovell of Herndon, Va.
The 756-mile race starts in Annapolis every other year. Five of 22 entries withdrew from this year's race after encountering extremely rough weather leaving Chesapeake Bay.
Obsession, a Morgan 454 owned by Sidney Harrison of Deltaville, Va., was dismasted just south of Smith Point. No one aboard was injured in the incident.
Class winners: Division I -- IO J/42, David Mooberry, 4 days, 19 hours, 33 minutes, 45 seconds; Division II -- Razor's Edge, Sabre 362, Frank Kendall, 5: 9: 28: 28; Division III -- Borrowed Horse, Pearson 530, Robert Lovell, 4: 22: 10: 03; Division IV -- Rolling Stone, Tartan 34, Harry Nield, 6: 5: 25: 20.
Pub Date: 6/28/98