Annapolis-to-Newport Race seminar scheduled for Oct. 7
Organizers with host Annapolis Yacht Club have announced the initial seminar for the 2017 Annapolis-to-Newport Race.
Michael Keyworth, an Annapolis native, will serve as guest speaker for a seminar being held on Oct. 7 in the Skipjack Lounge of Annapolis Yacht Club's interim clubhouse at 12 Dock Street. Seminar 1 is being held during the U.S. Sailboat Show, which is adjacent to the AYC clubhouse.
Keyworth has logged more than 200,000 nautical miles as a boat captain and has held a United States Coast Guard 100-ton license since 1976. He spent a decade as captain of sailboats ranging from 70 to 85 feet and has completed just about every major ocean race in the world.
Keyworth was sailing master and crew boss for Nirvana, an 81-foot maxi owned by Marvin Green. Under Keyworth's direction, Nirvana set elapsed time records for the Newport-to-Bermuda Race, South China Sea Race and Fastnet Race.
Keyworth recently retired following a 28-year tenure as general manager and vice president of Brewer Cove Haven Marina in Barrington, Rhode Island. He received international recognition for designing a drogue system that enabled him to easily steer his Swan 44 without a rudder. His video titled "How to Steer a Drogue" is considered essential viewing for any sailor going offshore.
"Michael is one of the most accomplished, most experienced and most respected boat captains in the United States," Willy Keyworth said of his younger brother. "He's been around the world and has truly seen and done it all."
Willy Keyworth, an Annapolis resident and longtime professional with North Sails, is serving as seminar coordinator for the 70th anniversary Annapolis-to-Newport Race. Annapolis Yacht Club plans to conduct a handful of seminars prior to the 36th edition of A2N, which starts June 2-3 on the Chesapeake Bay.