Kahlua Cup: The 14th annual Kahlua Cup regatta begins Saturday afternoon off Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach. The longest race of the Captain Morgan Suncoast Boat of the Year series, the Kahlua Cup traditionally draws about 100 sailboats from Florida and other Gulf states. The race has been shortened in recent years, but with a "short" course of 85.4 nautical miles, and a 106.6-nautical-mile Boat of the Year course, it is still one of the season's most grueling yacht races. Competitors start out of Clearwater at 2 p.m. Saturday and race between Anclote Key and Tampa Bay overnight Saturday. Depending on wind conditions, boats should return to the Clearwater Yacht Club by mid-day Sunday. Pier 60 should be the best place to watch the start. For more information, call 870-5133 in Pinellas._ AMY SMITH
Joe DiMaio of Oldsmar outfished 197 anglers to capture first place in the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) Federation Central Regional Tournament last weekend on the Harris Chain. His two-day total of bass was 13.2 pounds. The Dunedin Bassmasters team, captained by J.D. Smith and including Jim Broderick, Mike Shelleby, Bill Richmond, Richard Strickland and DiMaio, placed third in the 31-team event. They will represent the region at the BASS state finals on Lake Okeechobee early next year. Additional state qualifiers from the Dunedin club include Cliff Rosinski, Wayne Reynolds and Bob Lively.
Robert Redmon of New Port Richey, L.W. Boully of Brandon, and R.W. Knighton of Lutz are among 31 Florida anglers to qualify for Operation Bass' $50,000 Red Man Regional Classic Nov.
7-10 on Lake Demopolis in Alabama. The 31 anglers represent the top finishers in the Red Man Tournament Trail's Gator Division after six qualifying tournaments this year. For information on Operation Bass, Inc., call (502) 362-4880.
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