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World championship race sails into Annapolis's City Dock
The only previous times a sailboat race took over City Dock were three spring weekends in 1998, 2002 and 2006, when the Volvo Ocean Race came to town. The success of those visits impressed Moyer, who says a thriving maritime industry is critical to the financial health of Annapolis and the city should do whatever it can to promote it. She reckons the Worlds will bring in at least $500,000, what with 500 or more sailors and supporters descending for two weeks.
The regatta kicks off with opening ceremonies at Susan B. Campbell Park on City Dock at 6 Sunday night. A "Juniors and Heroes" party will be held Monday at 6 p.m. and the closing ceremonies will be at the same place at 6 p.m. Saturday, when a winner is crowned.
Meantime, 55 skippers and their crews will battle wind and wave on the open Chesapeake, returning nightly to tie up at the hub of America's Sailing Capital and head off to pubs and restaurants, leaving their sleek racing yachts for the world at large to admire. It's a pretty prospect that leaves you wondering why it took so long to happen.
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We attended last week's Heroes of Conservation Awards here in the District. Field & Stream honored six folks and on Wednesday picked the 2009 winner, Howard Kern of Westlake Village, Calif., for his efforts restoring golden trout. First prize? A three-ton Toyota Tundra pickup with a V-8 gas engine.
Hmmm. Anybody else see a disconnect here?