SCUTTLEBUTT #194 -- October 5, 1998
By Tom Leweck, the "Curmudgeon"
Scuttlebutt is an irregularly distributed, irreverent collection of news,
commentary, gossip, typos, opinions and dock talk. Brief contributions,
corrections and contrasting viewpoints are always welcome but save your
personal attacks for elsewhere.
The big wind in the early days of the regatta pale in comparison to the
final race. The statistics speak for themselves:
-- 6 broken masts
-- 2 sheered off booms
-- 3 completely swamped boats
-- 2 men overboard
-- 1 exploded mainsail
-- 10 or more busted vangs, shrouds, etc. and lots and lots of breaches,
broaches, knockdowns, spills & thrills but NO INJURIES!
Thirty seven boats started in a gusty west wind at about 18-20 knots. It
continued to build until a front came over the western hill blasting in
excess of 30 knots just as they rounded the weather mark the second time.
As boats peeled off to leeward, the shifting winds hit the fleet full force
with boats "auto-jibing", breaching, broaching, and bedlam ensued. As fast
as we could get a patrol boat to one dismasted boat, another stick would
Most of the "survivors" temporarily abandoned the race for about 20
minutes, trying just to keep their boats in tact. Some even sailed into the
islands to wait it out. When the dust settled 20 boats finished the race,
led by John MacCausland and his crew Phil Trinter (Cooper River, NJ). Rob
Maine and Ross Adams, both of Willamette Harbor, IL hung on for 2nd and 3rd
place. -- Donna Jean Wotton
1 Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljedahn, San Diego 7 Points
2 John MacCausland and Phil Trinter, Cooper River, NJ 11
3 Peter Bromby and Lee White, Bermuda 16
4 Rob Maine and Andrew Higgs, Willamette Harbor, IL 23
5 Ross Adams and Chuck Nevel, Willamette Harbor, IL 24
6. Peter Vessella and Tom Dendy 24
7. Ben Mitchell and Bill Stump 39
8. John Finch and Ruari Duffield 42
9. Terry Neilson and Doug Brophy 47
10. Rick Dhein and Keith Gardner 47
#1 Rick Burgess and Gary Schneld, Greenwood Lake, NJ (18th overall)
#2 Dave Cook and Paul Skarin, Sunapee, NH (20th overall)
#3 Hank Rowan and Glen Suplee, NLGYC (21st overall)
The ISAF has just posted the world rankings for the Olympic Class. These
lists go on and on forever, but the curmudgeon stopped reading them we he
saw the three best 49er teams in the world were ranked 5th, 17th and 18.
I'm having trouble understanding why anyone bothers to keep track of such
meaningless databut I probably don't see the big picture.
Check them out if you're curious -- they won't be published here.
Women's One-design Invitational
Held at Long Beach YC in the Catalina 37s used for the Congressional Cup.
1. Valerie Navarro, Little Ships Fleet 17.25
2. Stacie Straw, California YC 30.75
3. Gisela Camet, San Diego YC 33.00
4. Karina Vogen, CSC 34.50
5. Susanne Worthington, Seal Beach YC 36.00
A lot of racers put a lot of thought into the colors of their spinnaker,
and after a while that chute becomes their trademark. There is no reason
that trademark should not be faithfully reproduced in the embroidery on the
crew shirts. It can be, and it will be if you let Frank Whitton at Pacific
Yacht Embroidery take care of the details for you. Give him a call to learn
just how affordable quality crew attire can be. Frank delivers:
Pacyacht@aol.com / 619-226-8033
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
>> From Alex Pline -- ( Regarding the curmudgeon's comments about the Star
NAs website) Ouch!!! As both an active snipe sailor and an active
webmeister (www.snipe.org), I can see both sides of this coin. I HATE not
being able to see how friends are faring (I'm as impatient as the next),
but then again, this year after my best Midwinter Circuit ever, the last
thing I wanted to do was chase down the race committee scorer followed by
an hour sitting in my van and composing a writeup and posting the scores.
So, screw 'em, I took the night off. Bottom line is while we are all
getting used to the "instantaneous" results that we get via the net, let's
have a little compassion for the VOLUNTEERS who just want to relax and
pound a few beers after an event.
Curmudgeon's Comments -- Let me see if I understand what you're saying. We
expect the VOLUNTEERS on the race committee and the scoring committee, and
the VOLUNTEER judges to fulfill their commitments to a major championship
event in a TIMELY FASHION, but it's OK for the webmeisters to "pound down a
few beers" and get a good night's sleep before meeting their obligations.
Interesting considering more and more of the quality yacht clubs have
figured out how to get the results from their Wednesday night "Beer Can
Races" on the web at just about the same time as they are being posted on
the yacht club bulletin board. Should we expect less at the North American
Championship of an Olympic class?
>> From Susan Beckett -- I understand any PRO from LBYC can choose to put
in the SIs to hail over earlys or not to hail. It is at the full
discretion of the PRO. At the Women's One Design Regatta, the PRO chose
the path of "not to hail," and you can imagine the consequences. I think
it's most unfortunate that this is still occurring in supposedly
well-organized yachting events.
* One boat finished first in the second race...no gun and a score of 11 for
* In seven races, five finishes were scored the dreaded 11 points for being
over early (Gisela Camet, Karina Vogen, Charlie Arms and Stephanie Keefe
Additionally, the leeward gates had a distance of just less than three boat
lengths between the gate marks, leaving an unfortunate situation of
overlapping circles. LBYC's website (http://www.lbyc.com) has photos of one
of the crowded roundings - it was amazing that there were NO collisions
during the event.
(The following is a special report for yacht designer Alan Andrews who
raced on Doug Baker's Andrews TurboSled Magnitude the Southwestern YC's
Little Ensenada Race.)
Nice westerly breeze the whole way. Mostly a reach, rarely under 10 knots.
Sunny mid afternoon to sunset - a great day for sailing. We had a close
race with (Roy Diosney's SC 70 TurboSled) Pyewacket for much of the race,
probably 30 seconds to a minute apart for a long time. A couple of lead
changes and one or the other boat would have a little edge depending on
which sail was up and if it was the top or bottom end of that sail.
Big difference came just before entering the bay at Ensenada. There was a
thump on the keel, and that instant deceleration from around 11 kts.
Nothing drifted out astern and there was a horrendous swirling wake coming
off the keel. After some radical swerves up and down failed to quite the
roar and free the keel, we dropped the chute and backed the boat down. Off
floated a very large and by that time extra lethargic sunfish! We got the
boat out of irons, back on course and the big kite up again but our
competition was off in the distance now. We continued in the race and
finished just after 5:30 PM, about 5 minutes behind Pyewacket. I've been
told that this is probably a new record time.
Hope the sunfish is only slightly bruised and didn't become shark meat.
SAILING WORLD COLLEGE RANKINGS
Rankings as of September 27 (previous rank shown in parenthesis)
1 Tufts (4) 2 St. Mary's (1) 3 Old Dominion (3) 4 Dartmouth (2) 5 USC (6) 6
Hobart/Wm. Smith (12) 7 Navy (11) 8 Harvard (8) 9 U. Hawaii (7) 10
Charleston (5) 11 Georgetown (10) 12 Boston U. (13) 13 Conn. College(15) 14
Kings Point (17) 15 Boston College (14) 16 Stanford (9) 17 U. Rhode Island
(19) 18 MIT (16) 19 N.Y. Maritime (-) 20 Coast Guard (-) Also receiving
votes: UC Santa Barbara
1 Dartmouth (1) 2 Boston U. (8) 3 Tufts (4) 4 Conn. College (2) 5 Stanford
(6) 6 Charleston (10) 7 Georgetown (5) 8 Radcliffe (15) 9 MIT (-) 10 USC
(3) 11 St. Mary's (11) 12 Old Dominion (-) 13 Boston College (-) 14 UC
Irvine (13) 15 U. Hawaii (9)
America True CEO and Captain Dawn Riley will address members and guests of
the Commonwealth Club of California on Tuesday evening, October 13 at the
Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco, California. The club topic is
"Against All Odds," and Dawn will discuss her position as the first woman
to lead an America's Cup challenge syndicate. The cost is $25 for members
and $30 for guests. For reservations, call the Commonwealth Club at (415)
America True web site:
SNIPE WOMEN'S WORLDS
The puffy, shifty North Easter came in with a vengeance after the boats
arrived on the course. After a short postponement and one general recall,
the fleet was off on a double triangle course in about 15-18 knots.
1. Carol Newman/Cronin Jerelyn Biehl 0.75
2. Bonnie Shope/Lisa Griffith Persson 2.00
3. Lorie Stout/ Liz Filter 3.00
4. Lisa Pline/Sherry Eldridge 4.00
5. Ekaterina Skoudina/Tatiana Lartseva 5.00
J22 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Top ten final places:
1. Marino Fassi / Flavio Favini, ITA, 13
2. Fausto Rubbini / Gabriele Benussi, ITA, 23
3. Andrea Castrucci / Lorenzo Bressani, 27
4. Paolo Boido / Pietro D'Ali, ITA, 33
5. John Den Engelsman / not liste, NED, 48
6. Francesco Peghin / Giovanni Cassinari, ITA, 55
7. Flavia Bottaro / Paola Porta, ITA, 55
8. Giuseppe Comerio / Enrico Negri, ITA, 66
9. Tiziano Auguadro / Andrea Racchelli, ITA, 74
10. Joost Steltenpool / not listed, NED, 80
Talk about your reversal of fortunes. Yesterday, Isabelle Autissier was in
fifth place in Class I of the Around Alone race, over 100 miles astern race
leader Giovanni Soldini. At this morning's 0940 GMT position report, after
clicking off a 24-hour run of over 215 miles, she was tied for second with
fellow French sailor Marc Thiercelin. That's what you call a good day.
Soldini, who until yesterday had remained stubbornly true to the northerly
flyer he set off on just hours after the September 26 start, covered less
than 60 miles in the same period and dropped to fifth place in class. This
morning, he was barely making three knots and even trailed Class II leader
J.P. Mouligne in the overall position standings. A message to race
headquarters said it all: "My weather prediction from the Internet was no
good. Now I am in a big trouble. That is the life." That's what you call
But all is not sunshine and roses in the Autissier camp today. At 1100 GMT
she sent the following message to race headquarters: "Broken main forestay.
All the rest is okay." One can assume that Autissier's big mileage
yesterday was fueled by the large genoa that is roller-furled and set off
the forestay in question. To maintain her impressive pace, she will need to
find an answer. Soon.
CLASS I (Distance behind)
1. Hall 0.0
2. Autissier 5.6
3. Thiercelin 10.3
4. Soldini 14.2
5. Golding 17.4
1. Mouligne 0.0
2. Garside 15.4
3. Van Liew 85.1
4. Davie 192.0
5. Stricker 196.5
I have a good memory -- it's just short.
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