Lin Mccarthy on Monday April 29, 2013 03:58PM

Annapolis NOOD. Friday, May 3 – Sunday, May 5.  So, far 7 southern Bay boats are going one-design racing this coming weekend in the Annapolis National OffShore One Design Regatta.  Our area will be well represented in the J70 class – all 5 owner/skippers are entered in the 48 boat fleet:  Noel Clinard (FBYC), Lud Kimbrough (FBYC), Ron Thompson (HYC), and two Vortex Marine (BBSA) entries, one sailed by Jay Matteson and the other by Basil RowlandCraig Wright (FBYC) is the southern Bay entry in the 8 boat J109 class and Mike Gravitt (HYC) will wear the mantle in the 4 boat Viper 640 class. And, also from the southern Bay, senior judge John McCarthy (HYC)  and  judge Brooks Zerkel (FBYC) have been invited to serve on the event jury. To date the J70s have the largest number of boats (48) entered, followed by the J22 class with 27.

18 COLLEGE TEAMS MOVE ON TO ICSA COED NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS IN ST. PETERSBURG. From the southern Bay,  ODU (2nd) and UVA (9th) are among the top 9 teams in the Eastern Division of the semifinals sailed this past weekend in Hampton.  ODU and Hampton U were the hosts for the event in which 35 college A and B teams competed.  The top 9 finishers of each division will race in the national finals.  ODU’s outstanding freshman skipper Esteban Forrer and junior crew Julia Wiesner won the Eastern B-Division. For complete results for the two day 13 race regatta, click on   http://2013semis.collegesailing.org/   Gary Bodie, former USA Olympic Team Head Coach and the coach credited with establishing the Hampton University sailing program, was PRO for the event.

DOWN THE BAY RACE –  Tom Carrico’s (Arnold, MD) Beneteau One Ton, Air Mail, is back to defend the Virginia Cruising Cup he won in 2012And, Greg Alden, also of Arnold, is bringing Irie to the DTB dance again, but she’s certainly not the same old gal.  Last year Alden’s Irie won the J120 one-design class and finished 2nd overall  in the competition for the Virginia Cruising Cup.  This year Irie is a TP52.  The Virginia Cruising Cup is awarded to the DTB boat with the fastest corrected PHRF time over the 120 mile course.  Irie’s listed PHRF rating is – 87.  That’s minus 87.  That means Irie gives Sledd Shelhorse’s Meridian X (a Farr 400 which rates minus 18)  69 seconds for every one of those 120 miles, or 2 hours  and 18 minutes. Last year Meridian X took line honors, but was corrected on for fleet awards.  So, finish line honors may be where the race is for the two minus raters, or maybe . . .   Entries are due this Friday, May 3rd in order to avoid the additional $50 “late entry” fee that applies May 4th  to May 22nd.   For info and  entry, www.hamptonyc.com/downthebay  (on line entry is available).  Entries currently stand at 20.  The DTB start is Friday, May 24th.

Barbados? Really?  The 505 Class is holding their World Championship in . . . Barbados, this week, April 27-May 3.  Not bad for southern Bay 505 teams Tyler Moore-Geoff Ewenson and Henry Amthor- Dustin Romey as they undertake their quest for the world title among 78 entries.  After 4 races, Tyler and Geoff are in 17th and Henry and Dustin are in 33rd.  Follow the results as they develop this week at http://www.sap505worlds.com/live-mashup/race-results/   Watch the racing in living 2D or 3D color - http://www.sap505worlds.com/gallery/

Final day for CCV Spring Series. Sunday, May 5, Day 3 / Races 4 & 5.   The CCV Spring Series will wrap up this coming Sunday – racing in Hampton Roads Harbor, first warning at 1030.  For info please contact John McCarthy, 757-850-4225. 

SBRW: Seventy-Eight (78) racers took advantage of the SBRW EARLY BIRD ENTRY offer and are all set to go racing. The Early Bird flew this past weekend.  Regular entry deadline is May 24th   -  PHRF and One-Design: $150 ($155 for non-US Sailing members);  Cruising Class: $99.    TOWNEBANK TORNADO DISCOUNT ($40) off entry fee for SBRW 2011 and/or 2012 returnees still applies!  Y’ALL COME RACIN’ !        For info and entry forms click on www.blacksealcup.com  or contact Lin McCarthy, 757-850-4225, mcbear@earthlink.net

MURPHY'S LAW:  So, folks will be sailing in the NOOD (pronounced like nude), this coming weekend.  What’s the big deal? Yrs Truly, the Racing Beagle, races in the nude all the time!     /S/  Murphy the Racing Beagle, the sailing spirit in us all.

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