Call Maggie Weir an accomplished athlete and she'll laugh at you. Just don't ever, ever call her a selfish one.
Weir, 55, of Lexington Park, skippered the winning sailboat during the 25th Annual Ladies Day (Marcy) Race Series held last weekend in the Chesapeake Bay off the Patuxent River. But in a telephone interview Thursday evening, all she could do was sing the praises of her crew: Char Frost, Nancy Kaumeyer and Donna Taylor. And her family. And the race committee.
The series consisted of four races -- two on Saturday, two on Sunday -- between boats ranging from 22 to 36 feet in length, with handicap ratings to equalize for the competition. Weir's 24-foot craft pulled off an upset by beating out Barbara Herbig's boat by nine seconds in a close and eventful race that fielded just three other crews.
"It's not a big race, and it's difficult to find enough women that feel confident to helm a boat under racing circumstances," said Weir, who also won in 1994.
The race, named in memory of the mother of a longtime Southern Maryland Sailing Association member, is for women skippers only.
"Most of the crew members were women," too, said Weir, who started sailing as a youngster and has been active in Southern Maryland sailing for about 20 years. "Some of the boats had male advisers on board. I did not. ... I think women should be able to do anything they want to."
Weir was particularly proud of the fact that last weekend's competition featured three generations of her family, including daughter Peggy Stanley and granddaughter Rebeckah.
Weir will be on the race committee for the SMSA's flagship event, the Seventh Annual Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge regatta, to be held July 18-20. In September, SMSA will sponsor a Fall Race Series for women.
Bamber Wins Again
Richard Bamber continues to roll.
The St. Mary's Ryken High School sophomore shot a 35 to win the 16-18-year-old boys title Tuesday at Breton Bay, Stop No. 3 of the Southern Maryland Optimist Junior Golf Championships.
It was his second victory of the six-stop tour. His first -- May 27 at Wicomico Shores, Stop No. 1 -- qualified him for Maryland-South Delaware District of Optimist International Tournament on June 21 at Lake Forest in Baltimore. The winner of that tournament will go to the Optimist International Tournament, to be held in late July at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Others headed for the district tournament include Jamie Mascianponio, winner of two of the three 16-18 girls events thus far; Eddie Bowie, also of Ryken; and Kevin Conlon, who qualified as a runner-up at Stop No. 3 because Bamber already had earned a spot.
The second half of the championships season continues tomorrow at Twin Shields, with the final two events being held at Chesapeake Hills on Thursday and at Hawthorne on June 21. All tournaments will begin at 3 p.m., and Twin Shields and Chesapeake Hills will both produce district qualifiers.
Guy Takes a Break
Jessica Guy won't be playing any sports this summer. But, hey -- she deserves the break.
The 1999 St. Mary's Ryken High graduate was named female athlete of the year at the school's recent sports banquet for her accomplishments in three varsity sports: volleyball, basketball and tennis.
She is too old for most summer leagues, so Guy will be working at a volleyball clinic teaching high school players on Wednesdays starting in July. She chose this clinic to help her stay in shape, and because she wants to be a teacher and loves working with kids.
Last month, Guy and Britt Farrell -- the No. 1 doubles team for the Knights' tennis program -- wrapped up their second straight undefeated regular season and were chosen first-team all-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference for the second year. In fact, Guy made first-team all-SMAC in all three sports this past year.
Her next challenge begins this fall.
Guy and Linda Stefko, Guy's best friend and four-year varsity teammate, have both signed to play volleyball at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. They each received athletic and academic money (right now, Guy's scholarship covers two-thirds of her expenses; she will find out this month whether it can be upgraded to a full ride).
Guy carried a 4.3 grade-point average at Ryken, and earned straight A's from first grade through her senior year in high school. Stefko's GPA was 4.1. ...
Pat Haley was named the Knights' male athlete of the year for his accomplishments in soccer and lacrosse.
CAPTION: Maggie Weir, of Lexington Park, skippered her 24-foot sailboat to victory in last weekend's 25th Annual Ladies Day (Marcy) Race Series.