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Searching for

the ‘ugliest boat’

The Charleston (S.C.) Boat Show has partnered with Clear Channel Radio Group to promote a contest in search of the “ugliest boat” in the Lowcountry.

The Ugliest Boat Contest will be promoted in January on Clear Channel Radio stations and during The Charleston Boat Show to be held at the North Charleston Convention Center & Coliseum, Jan. 28 to 30.

Dragon Boat Charleston, a cancer-

survivors’ paddling organization, will be the beneficiary of all proceeds.

Clear Channel Radio stations will solicit photos of old, neglected boats in search of the “ugliest.” Owners of ugly boats are encouraged to submit photos by Jan. 20 by visiting www.thecharleston

Bennett’s heart

in Newport News, Va.

Renowned recording artist — and acclaimed painter — Tony Bennett donated a recently completed watercolor of the famous Civil War battle between ironclads USS Monitor and CSS Virginia to the Mariners’ Museum. The singer personally presented his painting at ceremonies at the museum on Sept. 1.

The painting will go into the new $30-million USS Monitor Center — a 63,500 square-foot addition to the museum that will be dedicated to the stories of the Civil War ironclads.

Bennett painted a contemporary rendition of the March 9, 1862, Battle of Hampton Roads — the first clash between ironclads, which changed naval warfare forever — in support of the new center.

Bennett began formal training as a young art student at the School of Industrial Arts, now known as the School of Art and Design, in Manhattan, and continued his studies over the years with private studios and teachers. A self-proclaimed “museum freak,” he visits museums and galleries all over the world, especially during his extensive concert tours.

Woodwind again wins

Chessy Schooner Race

The schooner Woodwind of Annapolis repeated as the overall winner of the annual Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race from Annapolis to Norfolk/Portsmouth, Va., in mid-October, with an elapsed time of 30 hours and 11 seconds (corrected to 25 hours and 25 minutes).

Ken and Ellen Kaye’s Woodwind, a charter headboat racing in Class A and a perennial top finisher, was nearly 2-1/2 hours ahead of the second boat to finish, Heron of Lusby, Md., at Thimble Shoals off Portsmouth.

Winner of Class AA was the Pride of Baltimore II with an elapsed time of 34 hours and 8 minutes (corrected to 31h, 51m, 44s).

Class A and AA schooners race 127 nautical miles to Thimble Shoals. Class B and C schooners ordinarily race a shortened course to Windmill Point Va., off the mouth of the Rappahannock River. But in this race the course was shortened to Cove Point, near Solomons off the Patuxent River (40 nautical miles) because of heavy headwinds and an adverse flood tide.

Three Class B schooners finished at Cove Point. Heron of Port Monmouth, N.J., was first with an elapsed time of 11h, 57m (corrected to 10h, 7m).

Three Class C schooners crossed the line at Cove Point. But because Malabar II of Vineyard Haven, Mass., was the only one to also cross C’s original finish at Windmill Point and continue on to Thimble Shoals, she was declared the winner of C. Her finish at Cove Point was 10h,15m, 2s (corrected to 7h, 47m, 21s).

Twenty-six schooners started the race and 37 entered.

— Jack Sherwood

Navy contract

goes to Md. business

Chesapeake Rigging Ltd./Annapolis Spars has been contracted by TPI Composites of Bristol, R.I., to build the spars and rigging for 16 new Navy-44 sail training boats for the U.S. Naval Academy.

The new McCurdy & Rhodes-designed sloops will join 20 other M&R Navy-44s for expanded sail training that will involve all midshipmen.

— Jack Sherwood