Light Breezes Mark Day 2 of the Annapolis NOOD
Light Breezes Mark Day 2 of the Annapolis NOOD
Three out of four divisions race
Dying breezes greeted sailors as they sailed and motored out to the four racing areas of the 2002 Sailing World Annapolis NOOD regatta Saturday. In fact, only three divisions were able to start racing after a light southwesterly—the only direction not forecast by the weatherman—came up after a three-hour postponement. We were reading the sailing instructions, trying to figure out when theyd call off racing for the day, when the wind finally came up. It was nice. said Bernie Smith of Arlington, Va., racing on the Cal 25 White Cap. While we were waiting for the breeze to happen, we had lunch, a beer, and told a lot of stories. The wait must have worked for the crew of White Cap, they broke the winning streak that class leader Love Shack had put on the class after three straight bullets on the first day of racing with their own win today. We had a good start, got ahead, covered Love Shack and stayed ahead, said Smith.
Jim Palmer of Pasadena, Md., crews on Skybird, an Arlberg 30 owned by Ralph Townshend, of Severna Park. Md. It was nice when the breeze finally came up, said Palmer. We had a poor start but caught up with everybody pretty quickly. The skipper (Townshend) is good at chewing away at the boats ahead and we ended up in second. The crew of Skybird was still a little shaken by a disqualification suffered in Fridays breezy conditions. We were shell-shocked, said Palmer. It took the wind out of our sails but were all good friends and managed to have a good time today.
Fridays big breeze was still on a lot of crewmembers minds today. We worked out some growing pains yesterday, said Matt Baldwin, a sailmaker from Norwalk, Ct., who was sailing on Love Letter, a Henderson 30. It made everybody realize that they needed to step up and concentrate. The mental step up must have worked, the crew of Love Letter were able to score a win today over class leader, Mike Carrolls New Wave, a Clearwater, Fla.-based program. We had a tough second weather leg because we were getting hammered by all the J/105s ahead of us, said Baldwin. But down wind we were able to get some clear lanes and go fast. We were pumped when we crossed ahead of NewWave and won the race. The crew ofNew Wave, in first by one point after Fridays racing, finished second and lead the 6-boat Henderson 30 class by 5 points.
Marking his seventh year with the J/30 Encounter, owned by Bruce Dowling, of Arnold, Md., is Dave Lurz, from Pasadena, Md. Im a water rat, says Lurz. You can put me out there on a piece of plywood and Im happy. Sailing on Encounterhas been the opportunity of a lifetime. Ive learned a lot and the crew are a great bunch of people. Lurz helped some new crewmembers get acclimated during Fridays trying conditions. Yesterday helped everybody get back in the groove, its early in the season for us and this regatta helps a lot.
In the 13-boat Mumm 30 class, a six boat, winner-take-all shoot-out is on tap for the final day of racing. Tomorrow will be a big one for us, said Darren Jones, a crewmember on Richard Perinis Sydney, Australia-based Foreign Affair, just four points out of first. There are six boats in contention for the top spot. Dan Cheresh of Holland, MI. is in first place with 16 points, ahead of Bent Dietrichs Rainbow, also with 16 points but losing the tiebreaker. With 17, 18, and 20 points respectively, are Mirage, Tramp, and Foreign Affair.
The 6-boat strong Pearson 30 class also boasts some tight competition. Roy Lappalainens Severn Run is in first but tied for points with Henry Starrs Constellation, a boat that won Saturdays only race in a rather strange manner. We put the spinnaker up sideways on the last run, said Doug Orr, a network engineer from McLean, VA. We left it up because we were ahead and didnt want to take any chances. It looked kind of like an asymmetric sail up there. We even jibed with it like that. Severn Run is winning the tiebreaker but Orr and the rest of the crew have their sights firmly set on the top slot. Were match racing now, said Orr. And were going to do the best we can to win tomorrow.
Jud Smith, of Marblehead, MA., took control of the 27-boat Etchells 22 fleet when sailmaker Ched Proctor, of Southport, CT, firmly in control at the end of Fridays racing with a 2,2,1, stumbled and took a 15th today. Proctor is now six points behind Smith but with a fleet this big, anything can happen on Sunday. Champing at the bit are the three classes who didnt get to race today, the J/22, J/80, and J/24 classes.