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AYC HOSTS FIRST ANNUAL TWO BRIDGE FIASCO

Big Turn Out On The Bay

Charles Kowalyshyn’s “Coalition” rips downwind at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge  © Will Keyworth / North Sails

On Sunday August 2nd, Annapolis Yacht Club hosted the first annual “2 Bridge Fiasco.” A “run what ya brung” pursuit style race between the Chesapeake bay bridge and the Severn River bridge with a start line smack in the middle. Boats all shapes, sizes, and even foilers showed up for this unique event. With 133 participants, it was one of the largest regattas of 2020.

There was one restriction for the race. Boats must be sailed either single or double handed. The smallest boats included a foiling windsurfer and waszp, with the bigger boats ranging into the mid 40 footers. Classes included PHRF, PHRF non spin, Portsmouth, Portsmouth multihull, Etchells, Harbor 20, J/22, J/24, J/105, and J/70.

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Mary and Geoff Ewenson heading upwind on the “Evil Hiss” in the Viper 640 class © Will Keyworth / North Sails

Typically, this time of year in Annapolis would not have much to offer in terms of wind at 11AM on an August day, but the wind gods cooperated by delivering a 10-15 knot southerly to keep the conditions fresh for all of the shorthanded crews. North customer’s had victories in multiple classes and the results can be found here.

The next big event on the calendar is the Annapolis Nood held over August 28-30. We hope for everyone to sign up for a fun and safe three day regatta. Registration can be found here.

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John Loe’s Hornet a J/33 on a kite reach surfing down waves out in the bay © Will Keyworth / North Sails
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© Will Keyworth / North Sails

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Austin Powers

Sail Expert — Annapolis, Maryland

Austin started his sailing career at Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville, VA, racing Optis and Laser Radials in the FBYC junior race program and sailing with his parents on their cruising boat. The sailmaking industry was always on his...

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