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Terry Hutchinson Steers Prime Outlets To Third Place In 1D48 Chesapeake Grand Prix

ANNAPOLIS, MD - (MAY 2, 1999) -- The new One Design 48 (1D48) Prime Outlets finished third overall in the Chesapeake Grand Prix today after a spirited distance race on Chesapeake Bay off Annapolis. Prime Outlets finished fourth in the distance race.

"It has been a great week of racing and I'm very pleased with the results," said Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis, helmsman of Prime Outlets. "We came into this event with a new boat and a new crew, and only two days of practice. We finished in the middle of a world class fleet. Fifty percent gets you into the Hall of Fame in most sports!"

Hutchinson who sails in the afterguard of AmericaOne with Paul Cayard, was joined on Prime Outlets by AmericaOne bowman Curtis Blewett and by Morgan Larson from AmericaOne.

Three days of short inshore races, with three races each day, preceded today's wrapup up distance event. Prime Outlets finished the first day's racing in fourth place but moved up to third as the week progressed.

A joint crew of Canadians and New Zealanders led by America's Cup defender Russell Coutts sailed John Risley's Numbers into overall first place. They won seven of nine of the short races and finished third in the distance race.

Another Chesapeake Bay boat, George Collins Chessie Racing, steered by Newport, RI sailmaker Ken Read, won the distance race today and finished the series in second place.

The 1D48 fleet started racing today under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge watched by thousands of spectators lining the massive twin spans which were closed for the annual Bay Bridge walk. The 28-mile distance race was sailed in a brisk and shifty north-easterly breeze that varied between 12 and 18 knots.

Prime Outlets was in fifth place as the boats got clear of the starting line but she sailed a smart tactical race on the first spinnaker run to be in contention for first place as the boats approached the leeward mark. A mis-timed spinnaker takedown complicated by a windshift left her struggling in last place.

"That was the pattern for the day and, come to think of it, for the week," said Hutchinson. "We had good boat speed and good crew work and good tactics all of which got better all week. But there were times under pressure when we were just not smooth enough. You can't afford that kind of vulnerability in world class competition like this."

Well-known Annapolis racer Peter Gordon skippered Prime Outlets for Baltimore-based sponsoring company Prime Outlets. In Maryland, Prime Retail owns and operates outlet centers in Hagerstown, Perryville, and Queenstown. The company's current portfolio includes 51 outlet centers in 26 states, totaling approximately 14.4 million square feet. The company's centers are recognized in the industry for their larger size, highly accessible locations, larger and more diverse merchandising mix, extensive food and recreational amenities, and quality architecture and landscaping.

"This was great racing, all week long," Gordon said. "The Numbers team posted a terrific performance and I'm gratified that Chesapeake Bay boats finished in the second and third places in this event. Five of the six boats racing this week represented teams preparing for the next America's Cup and the sixth boat was crewed by America's Cup veterans. For Prime Outlets to finish third in this company was a strong opening performance."

FINAL RESULTS, 1D48 CHESAPEAKE GRAND PRIX:

Boat Owner Helmsman Score Pts.
1. Numbers John Risley Russell Coutts 1-1-5*-1-1-1-1-3-1-6 21
2. Chessie Racing George Collins Ken Read 2-2-2-4-2-3-2-5-4-2 28
3. Prime Outlets Peter Gordon Terry Hutchinson 4-3-4-6-5-2-3-1-3-8 39
4. Starlight Jay Ecklund Ed Baird 5-5-5-3-4-6-5-4-2-4 43
5. Windquest Doug DeVos Doug DeVos 3-6-6-2-6-4-6-2-5-10 50
6. Abracadabra Jim Andrews John Kolius 6-4-1-5-3-5-4-6-6-12 52

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