Letters to the Editor

Volume VI Number 19
May 14-20, 1998

Birthday Bash Was a Blast

Dear New Bay Times~Weekly:

I wanted to take the time to write and tell you want an absolutely wonderful time we had at your Birthday Bash Sunday, May 3. What a nice thing to do! We also love and read your paper every week. We look forward to all the information and events that you print. Keep up the great work.

-Gale Nogueia, Annapolis

Gov's Open Letter

To the Citizens of Maryland:

Thank you for your efforts to make the Maryland stopover the most successful on in the Whitbread-Round-the-World Race for the Volvo Trophy. The Whitbread was an unprecedented opportunity to showcase Maryland to international business leaders, tourists and media. These far-reaching efforts will bode well as we welcome back the opportunity to host the Volvo Ocean Race.

While their time "at dock" may not compare to the adventures of the globe's mighty oceans, the Whitbread 60s, and especially our hometown team, Chessie, left town on May 3 with many new friends.

While walking the Bay Bridge and visiting Sandy Point State Park's Waterfront Festival, I was greeted by citizens both young and old with tremendous enthusiasm and pride for Chessie and her crew. Without George Collins and his generosity, Whitbread officials may have by-passed the gracious hospitality and abundant resources this region has to offer. Thank you, George, former Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Gary Jobson, Greg Barnhill and countless others for all your hard work and dedication in landing the Maryland stop-over. Thank you federal, state and local officials who made the experience as comfortable as possible. Thank you volunteers, elected officials, business leaders and sponsors for memories none soon will forget.

Whitbread inspired many local efforts, such as Cape St. Claire Elementary's "Go Chessie" banner at Sandy Point or the students at the Living Classrooms, who are following every stop of the race and waited patiently for months for the arrival and departure of Whitbread. From sailing enthusiasts to out-of-town tourists, Whitbread offered something for everyone. It left behind not only a tremendous economic impact but, more importantly, a chance for Maryland to rise to the occasion as host for one of the world's largest sporting events.

After I fired the restart canon aboard the US Coast Guard cutter the Northland, I witnessed with great pride an unforgettable scene on the Chesapeake Bay. More than 4,000 boats and nearly 50,000 Bay Bridge walkers cheered on Chessie and her competitors as they raced down the Bay and into the Atlantic.

-Parris N. Glendening, Governor

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