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Local sailor crowned

at Annapolis NOOD

Neil Sullivan earned the overall champion honors of the 2005 Lands’ End Annapolis NOOD held on his home waters. Sailing with longtime helmsman Morgan Reeser, local sailmaker Max Skelley, and keelboat veteran Karl Anderson, Sullivan’s M-Fatic blitzed the 39-boat Melges 24 fleet assembled to contest the class’s National Championship.

With no finish worse than a sixth, Sullivan finished with less than half the points of Brian Porter’s Full Throttle, the second-place boat. For being named the Overall Champion of the regatta, Sullivan earns himself a free week’s stay in a villa at Sunsail’s Club Colonna for the NOOD Caribbean Rendezvous in January.

In Division 1, a sailing circle that included the Etchells, J/24s and J/22s, all three classes were won by crews from Annapolis. These classes were three of the most competitive in the regatta with at least 20 boats in each class.

In the Etchells class, sailing legend Gary Jobson skippered an all-star crew to victory with only one finish in seven races out of the top five.

In the J/22 class Annapolis’ Peter McChesney stood on top of the heap of over 30 boats. McChesney finished all seven races in the top 10, taking a victory in the final race of the weekend on Sunday.

Like Sullivan, Jim Richardson has been on the top of the podium before. He’s a two-time world champion in the Farr 40 class. But this was his first regatta in the Mumm 30. Richardson and his Barking Mad team were tuning up for the 2005 Mumm 30 Worlds in France.

With the shifting winds, difficult currents and competitive fleets, perfection on the race course across the regatta was tough to find. The closest was John Edwards’ Rhumb Punch team in the J/29 class. They won the first five races, took second in the sixth, and were winning the final race by a good margin when they stopped racing to help a sailor who fell overboard in another class. They crossed the line in fifth, but were awarded first in a redress hearing and finished with just eight points in seven races.

Barker beats Coutts

for Congressional Cup

Dean Barker, the bruised and humbled former apprentice, lived to defeat his mentor, Russell Coutts, for victory in the 41st Congressional Cup. Coutts said the better man won.

“We had a chance to win, but we never really deserved to win,” said Coutts, who sailed with Jes Gram-Hansen and his Danish crew. “It’s not a bad situation. They sailed great all week. They were a little sharper than us.”

Coutts had eliminated Chris Dickson, CEO and skipper for BMW Oracle Racing’s America’s Cup team, 2-1, in the semifinals while Barker was coming from behind to oust France’s Mathieu Richard by the same score. When Dickson beat Richard, 2-1, for third place, it meant that Kiwis would finish 1-2-3, but the top two remained to be settled in a match rife with human elements.

Barker again has donned the Crimson Blazer he first wore when he won the Congressional Cup in 2000 — the year Coutts let him drive the clinching race against Prada.

National sailing team

named for 2005

US Sailing announced the 2005 U.S. Sailing Team, the top-five ranked sailors in each of the boat-classes selected for the next Olympic competition.

For the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, those classes are: 49er, 470 (men and women), Finn, Laser, Laser Radial, RS:X (men and women), Star, Tornado and Yngling.

Athletes who have qualified for the U.S. Sailing Team are identified as strong contenders for an Olympic berth and will be assisted with coaching, training and other benefits.

The members of the 2005 U.S. Sailing Team are: 49er class, Morgan Larson of Capitola, Calif., and Pete Spaulding of Miami Beach, Fla.; Dalton Bergan of Seattle, and Zack Maxam of Coronado, Calif.; Ty Reed of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Bora Gulari of Detroit; David Fagen of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Ned Goss of Madison, Conn.; and Sam Kahn of Aptos, Calif., and Paul Allen of Santa Cruz, Calif.

In the 470 Men’s class, Mike Anderson-Mitterling of Coronado, Calif., and David Hughes of San Diego; Stu McNay of Boston and Graham Biehl of Point Loma, Calif.; Seth Siegler of Charleston, S.C., and Michael Miller of Charleston; David Dabney of Charleston, and Hunter Stunzi of Marblehead, Mass.; and Aubrey Mayer of Orient, N.Y., and Cotton Kelley of Annapolis, Md.

In the 470 Women’s class, Amanda Clark of Shelter Island, N.Y., and Sarah Mergenthaler of Harvey Cedars, N.J.; Erin Maxwell of Stonington, Conn. and Alice Manard of New Orleans, La.; Allison Jolly of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Isabelle Kinsolving of New York; Molly Carapiet of Belvedere, Calif., and Whitney Besse of Guilford, Conn.; and Genny Tulloch of Houston and Lauren Maxam of Coronado, Calif.

In the Finn class, Kevin Hall of Ventura, Calif., Zach Railey of Clearwater, Fla., Bryan Boyd of Annapolis, Md., Darrell Peck of Gresham, Ore.; and Andrew Casey of Mill Valley, Calif.

In the Laser class, Brad Funk of Belleair Bluffs, Fla., Andrew Campbell of San Diego, John Pearce of Ithaca, N.Y., Ryan Minth of New York City and Matthew Sterett of Corpus Christi, Texas.

In the Laser Radial class, Paige Railey of Clearwater, Fla., Anna Tunnicliffe of Norfolk, Va., Leah Hoepfner of Corpus Christi, Lindsay Buchan of Seattle, and Stephanie Roble of East Troy, Wis.

In the Star class, Andy Horton of Newport, R.I., and Brad Nichol of Hanover, N.H.; Mark Mendelblatt of St. Petersburg, Fla. and no qualified crew; Mark Reynolds of San Diego and Phil Trinter of Lorain, Ohio; John MacCausland of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Brian Fatih of Miami, Fla.; and Eric Doyle of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Brian Sharp of Franklin, Mass.

In the Tornado class, John Lovell of New Orleans and Charlie Ogletree of Kemah, Texas; Rob Parrish of Brunswick, Maine, and Lars Guck of Bristol, R.I.; Robbie Daniel of Clearwater, Fla. and Enrique Rodriguez of Key Largo, Fla.; Don Thinschmidt of Holland, Mich., and Andrew Wierda of Miami; and Michael Grandfield of Oak Bluffs, Mass., and Mike Kuschner of Coon Rapids, Minn.

In the Yngling class, Sally Barkow of Chenequa, Wis., Deb Capozzi of Bayport, N.Y., and Carrie Howe of Grosse Pointe, Mich.; Carol Cronin of Jamestown, R.I., Kate Fears of Ocean City, Md., and Jaime Haines of Jamestown, R.I.; J.J. Isler of San Diego, Pease Glaser of Long Beach, Calif., and Laura Schmidt of Chicago; and Liz Baylis of San Rafael, Calif., Nancy Haberland of Annapolis, Md., and Katie Pettibone of Port Huron, Mich.

High performance director Gary Bodie of Hampton, Va., and Olympic coaches Luther Carpenter of Laporte, Texas, and Skip Whyte of Wickford, R.I., coach the 2005 U.S. Sailing Team.

Brilliant last day lets

Bermuda winners shine

A Fresh NNE breeze and plenty of sunshine gave sailors perfect conditions for the final races in Bermuda International Invitational Race Week sponsored by Bacardi. Winners were decided by some spectacular, close competition in all classes: IODs: Charles Van Voorhis (USA) J-24s: Anthony Parker (USA) J-105s: Tom Coates (USA) Etchells: Peter Bromby (BDA) Lasers: Malcolm Smith (BDA) Snipes: Michael Irgens (USA).

On the final day of racing, Charlie Van Voorhis came on strong in the last three races to win the IOD class and take the Vrengan Gold Cup. Sailing with a strong U.S. team including past Race Week champion Kevin Farrar, the crew got 1-1-2 on the last day to nip Jon Pope by 19 to 21. Both Pope and Van Voorhis come from Mattapoisett, Mass.

In the J/24 Class Tony Parker from Washington led from start to finish and ended the series for the Gripper Trophy with 15 points.

Bermuda took the top three spots in the International Etchells Class. Peter Bromby, Bermuda Olympian and Star Class champion sailed his Etchells to perfection all week and once again won the K.F. Trimingham Trophy.

Tom Coates of San Francisco won the B.W. Walker Memorial Trophy as champion of the J/105 Class. Coates, who missed the title and came second in 2004, scored six bullets and one third place to take the title.

Race Week concluded Friday evening with the traditional prizegiving presented by Bacardi and bolstered by plenty of Bacardi brand spirits. Class parties with special prize presentations and much celebration followed.