SCUTTLEBUTT No. 1167 - September 30, 2002
Scuttlebutt is a digest of yacht racing news of major significance; commentary, opinions, features and dock talk . . . with a North American emphasis. Corrections, contributions, press releases, constructive criticism and contrasting viewpoints are always welcome, but save your bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.
The America's Cup summer starts tomorrow with a knockout Challenger series that will put most of the syndicates out of the contest by Christmas. Defending skipper Dean Barker said the new format for the Louis Vuitton series was a huge shame. "It'll be a ghost town walking up and down here by the New Year," he told the Herald.
A system of elimination, sought by the strongest contenders, will leave just two challengers slugging it out on the water over New Zealand's peak holiday period. Almost all racing will be over by the end of this year, unlike the last Cup regatta when the six-boat semifinals coincided with the millennium celebrations, and the Challenger finals with Auckland's anniversary holiday and Waitangi Day.
Now, the four-boat semifinals will be over by the end of the year, and the only racing in January will be the Louis Vuitton Cup final, a best-of-nine series, between January 11 and 21. Then there is a gap of more than three weeks before the America's Cup match, starting on February 15. Budget constraints mean overseas syndicates are likely to take apart their leased Viaduct Harbour bases soon after being knocked out of the contest. - Helen Tunnah, NZ Herald, full story: www.nzherald.co.nz/sports/
Match 1 - Alinghi (SUI 64) - Le Defi (FRA 69)
Match 2 - Wight Lightning (GBR 70) - Stars & Stripes (USA 66)
Match 3 - Luna Rossa (ITA 74) - Oracle BMW Racing (USA 76)
Match 4 - Mascalzone Latino (ITA 72) - OneWorld (USA 67)
Off - Orn (SWE 63)
Match 1 - Stars & Stripes (USA 66) - Luna Rossa (ITA 74)
Match 2 - OneWorld (USA 67) - Alinghi (SUI 64)
Match 3 - Oracle BMW Racing (USA 76) - Mascalzone Latino (ITA 72)
Match 4 - Orn (SWE 63) - Le Defi (FRA 69)
Off - Wight Lightning (GBR 70)
REMINDER: October 1 in Auckland is September 30 in the US.
LOUIS VUITTON SERIES ON US TV
Monday, September 30: 9:00PM - 11:00PM EDT - OLN
Tuesday, October 1: 9:00PM - 11:00PM EDT - OLN
Wednesday, October 2: 9:00PM - 11:00PM EDT - OLN
OLN Canada's cable broadcast schedule of LVC races can be found at: www.facetheelements.com.
Peter Gilmour, the sailing director and nominal skipper of the Seattle Yacht Club's OneWorld Challenge will delegate the steering and skippering duties to young James Spithill in Round Robin One of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Spithill, 23, became the youngest skipper of an America's Cup challenger when he helmed Young Australia through the 1999 Louis Vuitton Cup. Gilmour is a veteran of four previous America's Cup campaigns and was skipper of the Nippon Challenge in the 1999 Louis Vuitton Cup.
* The announced plan is to initially have Spithill backed up by Gilmour, who will call tactics from the back of the boat, and 'Gilly' made clear that his helming days are far from over. "Look, I'm certainly going to steer my share of the races as this goes on, but experience tells me it's just going to get harder and harder to get James in as the series develops. This is a way of putting his feet to the fire a bit and letting him find his way. We very much look at this as a marathon, not a sprint, and it's important that we have everybody ready to sail all of the time. This is the best way to achieve that with James." - Peter Rusch, Louis Vuitton Cup website, full story: www.lvcup.com/lvcup/
(Team New Zealand's Tom Schnackenberg was interviewed by Murray Deaker on New Zealand radio. Include in his remarks were comments about modifications to the Americas Cup boat, as well as his observations of the boats of the other syndicates. Here are two excerpts from that conversataion.)
* We are allowed to change the boat as much as 50% of its hull surface without needing a new sail number. So, we're only allowed to build two boats and if we were to change a boat more than 50%, it would be a third boat under the America's Cup class rules. But 50 percents a lot - a huge amount. You can change it 5% here, 5% there and 10% here and add up to something a little less than 50%. So we've got an enormous amount of freedom there. As well we can change the appendages ad infinitum. We can add as many different appendages as we think are sensible. Now, what we are doing, of course, is for us to know and for other people to speculate.
* There's a reasonably large similarity between a lot of the boats, you know. The bow angles and the stern angles are similar to what we saw last time with 60 and 57. The beams they vary over quite a tight range. Although as you mentioned Oracle is a little bit slimmer and it seems that Stars and Stripes is also a bit slimmer. Oracle has a smaller sail. That's significant because it means that they've gone to a different space in the parameter set. You know, you've got length and sail area and displacement that you can change within a range. The boat has smaller sails - that means that the length or the displacement or both or something else is different than another boat. So they're a little bit out to one side there and so that'll be interesting to watch.
Alinghi has two different boats in appearance. One's wider than the other. They look quite different when you see them physically and yet they sail quite similarly around the race course - which just shows you can have quite a wide range of shape and sizes and similar performances. So we see an interesting range of boats.
The British seem to have their rig well forward on one of their yachts which is intriguing. They even have a little bowsprit on the bow to take the foreguy, which they use to hold the pole down when they are sailing with a gennaker and the spinnaker. And so that suggests that something is a little bit different underneath.
We see the other boats and think, "Oh, that's interesting." The Prada people have come up with rigging with twin rods going up the side which is interesting. We've seen quite a good variety.
Cheryl as posted more of this interview on the 2003AC website: isuzu21.webcrossing.com
SPREADIN' THE LOVE TO AUCKLAND - KAENON POLARIZED
John Kostecki and the boys on illbruck started it. The best in dinghy, skiff, scow, cat, Olympic and youth were infected summer past. Now the technology driven America's Cup has discovered it. In Auckland tomorrow, you'll see big-name helmsmen, breeze-readers and trimmers using Kaenon Polarized. It's about technology. It's about advantages. Kaenon Polarized. Evolve Optically. Available at Line-7 in Auckland and Sydney, Alain Mikli in NYC, Paris, Dusseldorf and Hong Kong, TeamOne Newport and West Marine. www.kaenon.com
* Auckland, NZ - A windy and overcast Sunday marked the 48-hour countdown to Race One of the Louis Vuitton Cup. With a brutal forecast for gale-force winds, none of the challengers tempted fate by going sailing.
* Virtual Spectator begins broadcasting the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup races over the Internet from 1 October - live and in 3D. Now the latest version of Virtual Spectator is bringing you all 120 races live and in 3D for only USD$24.95, or EUR 24.95, or GBP£15.95, or NZD 49.95. To get the latest Virtual Spectator, go to: www.louisvuittoncup.yahoo.com/section7.html
* Jesper Bank has been named helmsman for Victory Challenge's first match in the Louis Vuitton Cup, the challenge competition for the America's Cup. Stefan Rahm will be tactician with Johan Barne navigator and Magnus Holmberg strategist. It will be …rn (SWE 63) that Victory Challenge uses in the first round robin of the Louis Vuitton Cup. The Swedish America's Cup challenge has been sailing in Auckland with the first of their two new generation boats since the middle of December last year. www.victorychallenge.com
* Britain will sail their first America's Cup challenge race in 15 years with two helmsmen in the hope of gaining an edge in the important pre-start manoeuvres, GBR Challenge syndicate leaders said on Saturday. Syndicate chairman Peter Harrison said 28-year-old Andy Green, eighth in the 2000 World Match Racing rankings, would helm the silver and blue British boat for the start of the first race on Tuesday before handing over to team skipper Ian Walker. There are some pros and cons. One of the disadvantages is that you have to change at some point, so you've got to make sure that change is smooth and efficient," Walker said. "There are some advantages in that the starting helmsman is normally pretty emotional after the start, especially if it's been either very good or very bad, whereas I'd be far more detached from that," he said. - Reuters, as posted on theStuffNZ website, full story: www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2064601a7313,00.html
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(Letters selected for publication must include the writer's name and may be edited for clarity or space - 250 words max. This is not a chat room or a bulletin board - you only get one letter per subject, so give it your best shot and don't whine if others disagree.)
* From Paul Notary, Sydney: The thing about yacht racing is that sometimes you have 3 hrs. of riveting stuff or just 5 minutes - depending on weather, good tactics, relative boatspeed & luck of the draw. This was evident in our first 18'er TV series held live in 1983. Even the speed & drama of the skiffs was,well,"not riveting!"
Bill Mc C. realized this quickly and formatted the racing to suit the TV and the international ratings & interest proved that 24 minutes of tightly edited footage was a winner. Some races editing was heartbreaking ,too much to choose from, other races -how do we pad this out?
The attraction of watching the expensive lead-mines live & raw is not really how we wish to show sailing, pre start action, when edited can be built into riveting stuff but live, the dilemma is by the time a replay is shown, during the pacing on a beat to windward stage relevance is lost & confusing to the non sailor. Keep it tight-Keep it Sweet
* From Jim Swan: I have to agree with Andrew Besheer's take on the Around Alone website. It's confusing to navigate, short on info and the position chart is practically unreadable with no legend to identify the boats easily. I've also had problems loading at times. It makes the event kind of ho-hum for the desk bound.
* From Scott Ridgeway: Andrew Besheer is spot on about the Around Alone website. The well written reports and frequent summaries that allowed us all to vicariously experience the excitement of the Volvo Ocean Race are simply missing from the Around Alone website. Pity.
* From Brad Everingham: While I won't comment on Andrew Beesher comments about the adequacy of the content of the Around Alone website, a review of the "Skippers' Logs" for Everest Horizontal on the site reveals a lot about Tim Kent's misfortunes with equipment and weather, and explain a little better why Tim appears to be on the "road less traveled". Check it out.
* From Steve Schupak: I find it hard to sit back and watch the inaccuracy of the sailing press go on so ignorantly about the "new twin rudder technology". As you may recall from your personal experience from sailing aboard the Schock 40 two and three years ago, that the design team of Dynayachts (Matt Brown, and Bill Burns), have successfully mastered this technology, and W.D. Schock Corp is building a production boat using the "Canting Ballast Twin Foil" system. This production boat has been successfully racing for over four seasons and is a proven technology.
I would hope that the writers/commentators over at CNN would take note and try to report the events down in New Zealand with a little more accuracy and a little less blind sensationalism. I'll be the first to admit that a boat with two rudders is a little different from the "norm", it is not however a massive technological leap forward anymore.
At a recent meeting at Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, members of the Swedish Victory Challenge syndicate were asked whom they expect to see in the finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series. "Victory Challenge and Alinghi", came the answer from both helmsmen - Jesper Bank and Magnus Holmberg. Project manager and skipper Mats Johansson had a different answer: "Victory Challenge and OneWorld." www.victorychallenge.com
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QUOTE / UNQUOTE
"Yes, you will see Larry (Ellison) on board tomorrow. He will be a crewmember aboard. He will be driving part of the time I'm sure, he'll be helping the afterguard as he's one of our afterguard members and he'll be the skipper of our boat. ," - Peter Holmberg, from a story by Mathew Sheahan, Yachting World website, www.yachting-world.com
Darren Bundock and John Forbes are the Exact Software 2002 Tornado World Champions! The turned in a brilliant performance with finishes of 2, (6), 1, 1, 2 5, 1, 4 for a total of 16 points. This is the 5th time that John Forbes has won the Tornado World Championship (1989, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2002) , breaking the record that he set in 2001. Darren Bundock now becomes a 3-time Tornado World Champion (1998, 2001, 2002 ) - Sailing-Online, full story: www.sailing-online.com
Final results (57 boats - eight races with one discard): 1. BUNDOCK / FORBES, AUS 16; 2. BACKES / VOIRON, FRA, 19; 3. BOOTH / DERCKSEN, NED, 28; 4. HAGARA / STEINACHER, AUT, 39; 5. LANGE / ESPINOLA, ARG, 58; 17. GUCK / FARRAR, USA, 117; 27. HOLDEN / COAKLEY, CAN, 172. - www.aclass-tornado-worlds2002.org/results-director.htm
MUMM 30 WORLDS
Annapolis, MD - It came right down to the wire for the fourth and final day of racing in the Champagne Mumm 2002 Mumm 30 World Championship. Going into the last two races of the regatta with 2001 Mumm 30 World Champion Guiseppe Abba's Alina (ITA) and Paolo Cristofori's Printel Wind (ITA) tied for first place and the next boat, Canadian Fred Sherratt's Steadfast, just one point away, stakes were high as it was anyone's guess who would return to the dock victorious.
A high-pressure system had moved in overnight and brought with it a sharp northeasterly breeze that made the battle flags on the boats snap to attention as they left the docks at the Annapolis Yacht Club. Guiseppe Abba's Alina won the worlds for a second time without winning a race in this regatta. Final results, 34 boats, 11 races:
1 ALINA, Guiseppe Abba, ITALY, 66
2 PRINTEL WIND ,Paolo Cristofori, ITALY, 73
3 STEADFAST, Fred Sherratt, CANADA, 76
4 ILLUSION, John Podmajersky, USA, 83
5 FOREIGN AFFAIR, Richard Perini, AUSTRALIA, 88
SNIPE WESTERN HEMISPHERES
Alamitos Bay YC, Long Beach, CA - A final day with more twists and turns than an Agatha Christie mystery led Americans Augie Diaz and crew Jon Rogers to a dramatic victory over Brazil's world champions Alexandre Paradeda and Flavio Fernandes in the 2002 Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship Saturday.
Amid wild wind shifts and intermittent rain squalls that ultimately sucked the breeze right out of the race course, Diaz couldn't beat Paradeda in the last race but pounded him hard enough at the start to send him off to a seventh-place finish when the Brazilian needed to finish no worse than fourth to win the title. - Rich Roberts
Top finishers (7 races, one throw-out):
1. Augie Diaz/Jon Rogers, Miami, Fla, 15 points.
2. Alexandre Paradeda/Flavio Fernandes, Brazil, 17.25.
3. Marcos Mascarenhas/Pedro Caldas, Brazil, 30.
4. George Szabo/Brian Janney, San Diego, 35.
5. Randy Lake/Piet Van Os, San Diego, 5.
Complete results & photos: www.abyc.org
LASER MASTERS WORLDS
Hyannis YC, Cape Cod USA - The regatta is over but nothing is posted (?): www.laserworlds2002.com/masters/
Eastern Yacht Club, Marblehead, MA - We have a new gold standard - move over Jesper Bank and Jochen Schumann - here's Bill Abbott! Five firsts - and one third! Dave Curtis was here - and Gustavo Warburg - and Dave Franzel sailing very well - and a host of lesser champions - so it wasn't easy - Bill just made it look that way. Bronze medalist Paul Davis in the middle helped - and a very eager son who has the genes to be a quick study - and may take over from Dad - as Dad did in the years to come. - Stu Walker
Final results (six races with one discard):
1 CAN1 Bill Abbott, Paul Davis & Bill Abbott, 5pts
2 USA830 Dave Curtis, George Iverson & Ben Richardson, 11
3 USA780 Dave Franzel, Dave Carlson & Wade Edwards, 26
4 ARG32 Gustavo Warburg, Hernan Celedoni & Maximo Smith, 29
5 USA835 Don Cohan, Drew Buttner & Andrew Herlihy, 30
Full results: www.solingworlds.com/worlds/2002/results.htm
Leg one standings: CLASS ONE finishers:
1. Bernard Stamm, Bobst Group - 10 days 22 hrs 33 mins 38 secs
2. Thierry Dubois, Solidaires -11 days 9 hrs 17 mins 28 secs
3. Patrick de Radigues, Garnier - 13 days 13 hrs 53 minutes 18 secs
4. Emma Richards, Pindar - 13 days 14 hrs 06 mins 18 secs
5. Simone Bianchetti, Tiscali- 13 days 17hrs 50 mins 53 secs
6. Graham Dalton, Hexagon -13 days 20hrs 5 mins 55 secs
7. Bruce Schwab, Ocean Planet - ETA Tuesday morning.
CLASS TWO (0226 UTC September 30): 1 Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America, Brad Van Liew, 26 miles to finish; 2. Spirit of Canada, Derek Hatfield, 584 miles behind leader 3. Bayer Ascensia, John Dennis, 668 miles behind leader. - www.aroundalone.com
BACARDI CUP NATIONAL MATCH RACING CHAMPIONSHIP
Peter Bromby today won the Bacardi Cup, Bermuda's National Match Racing Championship, with a 3-2 victory over defending champion Adam Barboza. The winner and runner up of the Bacardi Cup traditionally have their entries paid for by Bacardi in the Bermuda Gold Cup. As Bromby had already entered, Barboza and Glenn Astwood, who finished third overall, will sail as "Team Bacardi" in the Swedish Match Tour event scheduled at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club on October 12-20 in International One Design class boats. - Dana Paxton, www.rbyc.bm
Bahia Corinthian YC - US Men's Championship for the Clifford D. Mallory Cup Trophy. Final Results: 1. Charles Quigley, David Bryan, Leo Fallon, Bill Hooper Area A, 28pts; 2. David Bolyard, Benz Faget, Thomas Baker, Brock Schmid, Area D, 31pts; 3. Pete Sauer, Mike Blair, Tim Sauer, Kaci Yachechak, Area HE, 56pts. - www.ussailing.org/mallory/2002/Results.asp
THE CURMUDGEON'S CONFUSION
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