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2019 Annapolis to Newport Race - Weather and Strategy
Participating skippers and navigators will not want to miss the final Annapolis-to-Newport Race seminar, which will focus on weather and strategy.

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2019 Annapolis to newport Race - Weather and Strategy


Participating skippers and navigators will not want to miss the final Annapolis-to-Newport Race seminar, which will focus on weather and strategy. The seminar will be held on Saturday, May 18 in the AYC Sailing Center, 510 Severn Avenue at 10 am.

Featured panelist for the seminar is Joe Sienkiewicz, is Chief, Ocean Applications Branch, NWS Ocean Prediction Center. 

The Ocean Prediction Center is responsible for weather warnings and forecasts for the high seas and offshore waters of the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Sienkiewicz’s expertise is in the application of satellite derived ocean surface winds and waves in marine forecasting, the evolution of ocean storms, and usage of numerical models to predict ocean weather. He was one of the forecasters for the 1991 Halloween (Perfect) Storm and worked with the National Hurricane Center during Sandy to assist with storm surge forecasting.

Sienkiewicz has been with NOAA for over 25 years and served as a marine forecaster, senior marine forecaster, science officer, techniques development chief and now Acting Director. The Calvert County resident is a graduate of SUNY-Maritime College, earning a B.S. in Meteorology and Oceanography and the University of Washington with an M.S. in Atmospheric Science.

Sienkiewicz held a United States Coast Guard third mate, oceans unlimited license and Master of Freight and Towing vessels license. Joe worked for five years as mate and captain aboard tugboats based in New York and is a lifelong sailboat racer and cruiser on the Chesapeake Bay. The Huntingtown resident currently crews aboard a Beneteau 36.7 in the Pirates Cove Racing Club series on the West River.

“During a lengthy offshore race such as this it is imperative to have access to up-to-date and accurate weather information,” said Jim Praley, Chairman of the Annapolis-to-Newport Race in 2017 & 2019. “We have many first-time participants and they need to learn about the various ways to receive weather and wind reports once out of VHF and cell phone range.”

Also back by popular demand for this seminar are two extremely experienced offshore navigators in Annapolis residents Tom Schubert and Tarry Lomax. Both veterans of the Annapolis-to-Newport Race will discuss the navigational and strategic challenges of the 475-nautical mile passage. Schubert has been a long time crew member on Shinnecock, the J/120 owned by Event Chair Jim Praley and his son Jimmy. This year Jim will serve as navigator with Jimmy as Skipper.  

Lomax was a surface warfare officer in the United States Navy from 1969 through 1972, serving on three destroyers. He first competed in the Newport-to-Bermuda Race in 1976 aboard a 33- foot sailboat and that spawned a lifelong love of offshore sailing.

Lomax has served as navigator and watch captain a total of 15 times in either the Annapolis-to- Newport Race, Annapolis-to-Bermuda Race, Fort Lauderdale-to-Montego Bay Race, or Newport-Bermuda Race. He was honored for being the winning navigator aboard Y2K when it finished first overall in the Annapolis-Newport Race, and was also navigator aboard Raider when it was first to finish the Annapolis-Bermuda Race with a course record time of 85 hours.

Schubert is a 1969 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and spent nearly a decade as a sea-going officer in that service. He has served as navigator aboard a wide variety of boats in 17 Bermuda races – 10 Newport-Bermuda, 4 Annapolis-Bermuda, three Marion-Bermuda. He has also been navigator for 10 Annapolis-Newport races, 6 Marblehead-Halifax races, 5 Fort Lauderdale-Key West races, and 5 Lauderdale-Montego Bay races.

Schubert has been the winning navigator in six of the aforementioned races as well as for the Onion Patch Series on two occasions. In 2003, he was presented with the prestigious Richard Stimson Navigation Award by the Storm Trysail Club. In 1994, he earned the Bermuda Ocean Race Navigator’s Trophy.

“Tarry and Tom are two of the finest offshore navigators on the East Coast and have always done a superb job on behalf of their boats and skippers,” Praley said. “These two gentlemen bring immense experience and expertise to our seminar and those attending would be wise to listen carefully to what they have to say.”

Annapolis-to-Newport Race participants planning to attend the May 18 seminar should contact the Annapolis Yacht Club front desk at 410-263-9279 to reserve your seat(s). 

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