SCUTTLEBUTT #213-- November 9 1998
-- Norman Davant
After re reading Andrew Hurst's article in the latest Seahorse and reading
your commentary on some of our problems with US sailing I find myself in a
predicament concerning next years Big Boat Series. As the head of the
rating committee attempting to rate a great group of 40 footers in a
modified PHRF class (since they blew off IMS 3 years ago) we are looking at
other avenues to explore for next year since using the dartboard approach
is getting a little old.
Personally I like the new IR 2000 concept. The actual weighing of boats
(what a concept) and simplified scoring. I understand the boats will
actually look good as well. Since IMS is dead in Northern California I am
looking very seriously into giving IR 2000 a try in Northern California.
There are several "unqualified" measurers in California that I am sure I
would like to see how the new rule works and since the rule will be
available to everyone it should be no problem running the numbers to get
the ratings. I'll bet we could even find someone in England to run them for
us if we wanted to really be official. Just think the owners would not even
have to deal with the US offshore office, much less the measurers trying to
get ratings run.
If anyone out there in Cyberspace could offer some more information on IR
2000 please forward it so we can see just how extensive it will be to
administer. -- Norman Davant
Paul Cayard emerged victorious at the end of the Iridium Pro Am Regatta in
the British Virgin Islands. Sailing with John Kostecki as mainsheet trimmer
Cayard proved to be tough competition, winning 11 out of the 13 races he
The finals saw new teammate Terry Hutchinson, a recent addition to the
America One challenge for the America's Cup, taking on his new boss.
Although Terry managed to lead from the start of each of the three races
and gave Cayard a good run for his money, Cayard's superior boatspeed in
the light winds coupled with some good tactical moves enabled him to slip
past to gain three straight bullets.
Cayard had defeated Ken Read in the semifinals leaving Read to battle it
out in the petite-finals with the Islers for the third place slot. In the
best of three races, the Islers won the first race and a contentious
penalty call against Read by the umpires lost him the second race to
relegate him to fourth place. The Islers, having sailing extremely well
throughout the event matching Cayard by winning six out of seven races in
the round robin, took third place.
Russell Coutts (3-4), Harold Cudmore (3-4), Chris Larson (2-5) and Paula
Lewin (1-6) were eliminated in the preliminary 28 match round robin.
The final placings:
1. Paul Cayard
2. Terry Hutchinson
3. Peter & JJ Isler
4. Ken Read
5. Russell Coutts
6. Harold Cudmore
7. Chris Larson
** Aloha Racing, the Hawaii America's Cup Challenge, and Columbia
Sportswear Company, one of the nation's largest outerwear manufacturers,
announced a major sponsorship agreement. With the agreement, Columbia, a
veteran America's Cup sponsor, will outfit the Aloha Racing America's Cup
Team as well as design and market a collection of Official Aloha Racing
apparel through retailers around the globe.
Aloha Racing, sailing out of the Waikiki Yacht Club is supported by a
growing number of private and corporate sponsors including: international
marine shipping company P&O Nedlloyd, Amoco, Attco, Corporate Care,
Digitel, EMA Office Machines, Enterprise Leasing of Seabrook, GE Capital
Modular Space Hawaii, Hagadone Printing, Houston Yacht Club, Ko Olina
Resort and Marina, MacNeal-Schwendler, Marisco Ltd., National Aerospace
Engineered Materials, Pacific Machinery, Parametric Technology Corporation,
F.T. Opperman Co., Plywood Hawaii, Ridgway's, Silicon Graphics, The State
of Hawaii, and Tradewinds U-Drive. -- DJ Cathcart
Aloha Racing website:
** Yaka France is going to choose the 20 young sailors under 25 years of
age for the next America's Cup in Auckland, New Zealand. The crew will be
composed of 16 sailors and 4 replacements who will sail with Bertrand Pace
who participated in the 1992 and 1995 editions of the America's Cup.
At the beginning, there were 400 young men trying out for a position on the
Yaka France. Forty were chosen from there and are now undergoing testing
aboard two maxi boats. The construction of a new Class America boat will
begin on December 15th, in Vannes, France.
ROUTE DU RHUM
The public in there thousands brought the French town of St. Malo to a
standstill - and it wasn't another French transport strike! The quaysides
were jammed packed for days before the start of the Route du Rhum
single-handed transatlantic race. The race was live on France 3, with
literally millions of people watching - plus an estimated 250,000 people at
Cap Frehel, the first headland the skippers must pass on their way to
Ushant and on to Guadaloupe.
Laurent Bourgnon (Primagaz) was the first to round Cap Frehel in a lighter
breeze than that which was forecasted (south - southwest winds, 15-20
knots). He reached Cap Frehel after and hour and a half of racing at an
average of 22 knots. Francis Joyon (Banque Populaire) followed around two
minutes behind. As for the monohulls, Thomas Coville (Aquitaine
Innovations) was leading in front of Raphael Dinelli (Sodebo) and Catherine
Chabaud (Whirpool-Europe 2).
It is quite probable that the wind is going to turn west and the fleet will
have to do some tacking in the hours to come in order to slip progressively
into the South before the new depression forecasted for Tuesday arrives,
generating winds up to 30 knots from the South.
Event website(work of art, a must see):
VIVA LA DIFFERENCE
In September, Nick Trotman and Mike Mills were winning the 505 Worlds on
the East Coast, while the ULDB 70 Taxi Dancer owned by Don Hughes and RP
Richards was winning the Sled Class at the Big Boat Series in San
Francisco. There is a lot of difference between a Reichel-Pugh 70 and a
505·but there was one common thread. Both boats had a full inventory of
Ullman Sails. This is a great time for you to improve the performance of
your boat--the Fall discounts still apply:
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
>> From Glenn McCarthy -- I serve on the Safety-at-Sea Committee of US
SAILING and would like to invite Mr. Yeager (Butt #211) and all sailors to
attend the meetings, there is no "Ivory Tower", quite the reverse. Come
out and speak your peace and get involved, where it counts.
When the PFD Prescription was written, the concept is thus, putting on a
PFD at the start verifies that everyone on board has one, and it fits,
since each one zips, straps, buttons ties and velcro's differently. If
conditions are "dehydrating" like Mr. Yeager suggests, the Prescription has
the allowance to set the PFD aside. Last wearing one at the finish assures
that they stay handy and each crew knows where theirs is, should conditions
change and warrant wearing them. It's hard to legislate common sense, yet
that was clearly at work in the creation of the wording.
I am convinced that this Prescription would not have seen daylight 5 years
ago, but with the USCG approving inflatables, this whole concept became a
non-issue. Go buy a fanny pack inflatable with 35 pounds of flotation,
save your, your crews and your loved ones lives. The darn things don't have
a chance of working if they aren't worn.
>> From Chris Welsh -- To anyone who thinks the Whitbread is "one spotlight
event", I went to Ullman Sails to hear the presentation by Mark Rudiger -
It is not a spotlight event!!!! The videos and slides shown reinforced to
me the incredible planning, teamwork, and 24 hour a day commitment it takes
to win the Whitbread Race. No one pursuing a world championship can claim
to have as much invested, as much ventured, or to have competed as long in
conditions that move beyond the extreme.
I was left with impression that Cayard's Whitbread was raced with an
intensity of a buoy race from the moment the decision was made to undertake
the task until the final finish line. One day after hitting port between
legs in the Southern Ocean the EF boat was back out to sea for 48 hours of
offshore sail testing. This is Focus with a billboard sized capital F.
Cayard's win was a supreme accomplishment.
>> From John Welty -- The Rolex goes to Cayard. Terry is going to win all
those other races again next year. I agree with Mark Yeager, the whole USSA
site is like looking at the little catalogs that came with my membership
>> Trevor Baylis -- As to who is Rolex's female choice...it'd have to be
Betsy Alison. Although I think my wife (Tina Baylis) deserves it because
she puts up with me crewing for her in our 49er -- which I'm told is not
all peaches & cream.
>> From Andy Green -- Great choice of Cedar Point YC (for the St.
Petersburg trophy). I was there with the two UK teams and we were looked
after in the best possible way, the billeting was REALLY first class
accommodations. The race organization was some of the best that I have seen
with great boats and a very busy schedule. They probably ran in excess of
45 races a day.
PS Nick Trottman has clearly had an awesome year in events that are widely
varying, a skill that Terry Hutchinson clearly also enjoys?
>> From Jeffrey Littell -- Having the ISAF approve the individual race
committee members for a World Championship regatta sounds nice and in a few
circumstances might be a good idea. However, how many major YC's around
the USA would for even one second consider having an outsider come in and
take over the race management for an event? Judging and umpiring are one
thing, but R/C matters are another.
It looks to me that some at ISAF are desirous of having our sport become
like professional golf and tennis. If so, I don't think YC's will be
willing to take on the financial responsibilities to host an event, thereby
making major changes to our sport. Perhaps it is inevitable, but I don't
think I like it!
>> From Dobbs Davis -- A few words on Frank Whitton's views on IMS: His
last note asked of the "powers to be...how it has an infinite number of
ratings for boats based on predicted velocities and how just picking one
that is close to race conditions is an order of magnitude better than IOR
ever was and PHRF ever will be." Now, I'm not a 'power to be', but perhaps
Frank is unfamiliar with the IMS' Performance Curve Scoring (PCS) method
where a competitor's elapsed time is divided into the course's distance and
model geometry (windward-leeward, ocean course, etc.) to arrive at an
'implied wind', where he who has the highest implied wind wins. PCS has
been in use for several years now at most, if not all, major events, and is
an objective method for determing results without subjective guesswork by
race managers. The only drawbacks occur when the actual race deviates from
the model (by wind shifts or current effects), but astute race managers
have the ability to correct for that in the model.
I think we all agree that IOR produced some pretty beastly boats, but IMS
boats are light years better, and it's too bad that problems in the IMS
have been so poorly managed by the ORC. Certainly there must be a need for
a scientifically based measurement handicap system that reflects a boat's
changing performance in changing conditions. Why is that so difficult for
people to grasp? Is the single-number, locally (and often
politically)-controlled PHRF system really that preferable? I agree, John
Wright should be here to defend Americap and IMS...
>> From Peter Huston -- In as much as NYYC/Young American has announced
that they have signed yet another top flight technician from the world of
aerospace, will they then soon announce that they will be doing research on
old sailors during the Cup and that they have signed John Glenn ·and are
negotiating with the curmudgeon?
'99 MAXI ONE DESIGN CHAMPIONSHIP
Pierre Fehlmann announced a new 1999 World Championship series for the Maxi
One Design, a new ISAF Recognized Class. There will be a total of eight
races in the series, starting on May 14 (North Sea Race) and ending after
the Fastnet on August 9. Prize money of CHF 1 million ($740,000 USD) is set
to attract the top skippers and crews. All yachts are chartered. The prize
money is shared between the top three contestants in the classifications,
with CHF 600,000 first prize and CHF 300,000 and CHF 100,000 to the second
and third places respectively.
For further information:
(Conference notes by Bob Fisher found on the ISAF website. This is NOT
official -- if anything upsets you, don't blame the ISAF -- it's Bob's
fault. 'Butt will post the official ISAF conference summary either tomorrow
PEACE HAS BEEN DECLARED
The war is finally over. The ISAF and the ORC
have kissed and made up and are now the firmest of friends. Hans
Zuiderbaan, the charman of the Offshore Racing Council announced to the
ISAF Council that the initiative to bring theORC under the wing of the
federation was now complete.
To an attentive audience he said that the letter of intent to merge with
the ISAF had been drafted. It is something of a personal triumph for
Zuiderbaan who, when he took over as chairman of the ORC, joined a group
which was seriously animous to any form of union with the ISAF. Zuiderbaan
realized that there was little point in the ORC being out on a limb and
entered fruitful discussions with ISAF President Paul Henderson and the
result of these together with his diplomatic handling of the ORC has
resulted in a union which strengthens the federation as the world body of
WAR BREAKS OUT
It was halfway through a long afternoon at the final
council meeting when Mary Pera, the vice chairman of the Racing Rules
Committee, was presenting the recommendations to the ISAF Council that one
item was suddenly removed from a series of 52 submissions. It was one
submitted by US Sailing and concerned Rule 16 (changing course). The
American federation had suggested that the changing course, Appendix C2.2
and Appendix D 1.1 needed change. The Racing Rules Committee had rejected
this, eleven of them voting against it, with only 2 in favor. A similar
submission two years ago was lost by only one vote which Mrs. Pera pointed
out indicated a big change of heart in favor of the new rule by the Racing
Rules Committee. The US delegation, Tom Ehman and Pease Glaser, fought hard
and had this submission removed from the block voting of the recommendation
to the council. And when it was voted upon separately had spoken eloquently
and strongly about the possibility of collisions that might occur if the
rule was to be retained in its present status. The vote of the Council was
14 for rejecting any change, and 14 (including President Paul Henderson)
against with 9 abstentions.
Without, under Robert's Rules of Order, a further casting vote, Paul
Henderson suggested that therefore this submission be returned to the
Racing Rules Committee with an expression of concern from the Council.
MORE ISAF CONFERENCE
The following is another special "non-official" report to the 'Butt-heads
from the just concluded ISAF Annual Conference in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Canadian Steve Tupper reporting:
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE -- Recommended that Council create regulations
defining which groups will use the different levels of advertising. All
major professional events (America's Cup, Volvo round the world race, etc)
will be Category C and the ISAF Executive will individually negotiate fees.
The International and Recognized Classes will be able to define either A
(totally restricted) or C (open). However if they select C they will be
able to set levels of restriction within it. This will mean that a regatta
organizer will have to decide if it wants the type of advertising used by a
class before hosting its event. This will answer one of the major problems
that sailors have in not knowing what events will allow what type of
advertising. Event Organizers will probably be able to charge an extra fee
to compensate them for providing the place for this advertising to be
displayed. Local events will be able to specify A advertising only. This
may exclude the elite sailor from local events but not likely.
Olympic Classes will remain the way they are until after the 2000 Olympics
as they have a contract with ISAF covering advertising. Several including
49er will probably ask to change to the new regulation and allow their
sailors to display more advertising.
All other sailing, non International and Recognized classes and non class
(PHRF) will stay the same for the time being but we should anticipate a
change to a program allowing the individual to decide the level of use of
advertising. As above organizers of local events will be able to specify
It is felt that this change of advertising reflects the similar programs in
most other sports and will enable those at the elite levels to use
advertising they need to fund their programs.
After considering reorganization it was decided to keep virtually the same
committee structure for the next two years.
ISAF will explore an eligibility code similar to the US Sailing one which
grade sailors at three levels ranging from totally amateur to professional.
This will be highly debated before a final decision is taken.
RACING RULES COMMITTEE -- There were three very minor changes to the RRS
that will take effect immediately. All other submissions are in effect
delayed to the preparation of the 2001 - 2004 Rule Book. A US Sailing
submission to implement a no "hunting" rule was rejected by the Rules
Committee and then debated at Council. It was voted on and nearly passed
with a tie vote. The decision was then to send it to a study group. There
is clearly a big split around the world in relation to the significance of
this problem. Canada's Submission of a Case for the Appeals Manual dealing
with this subject was rejected.
MATCH RACING COMMITTEE -- There will be a Women's Match Racing Worlds in
Italy in late October 1999 and at the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead in
July of 2000. There will be a 1999 Men's Match Racing Championship in
either the US or Dubai and the 2000 one will be in Croatia. They made a
strong recommendation that their not be any combined fleet match events in
the 2004 Olympics.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY-- There was no election for President. Paul Henderson
will lead us all over the next two years. A very closely contested election
was held for the seven Vice President positions those elected are; George
Andreadis GRE Fernando Bolin ESP David Kellett AUS Nucci Novi Ceppellini
ITA Goran Petersson SWE Ken Ryan IRL Ding Schoonmaker USA
The next Annual meeting will be held in Sydney Australia November 6 - 12,
LMSRF CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
The Lake Michigan Sailing Federation recently released the results of its
season 1998 "Championship Series'. The LMSRF series are season long
affairs. Included are events such as: Queens Cup, Chicago to Mac, NOOD
regatta, Verve Cup, Harbor Springs etc.
In the inaugural season for the new One Design 35, Robert Hughes
Heartbreaker scored a 4 point win over David Bowen's Hippy Chick. The J/35
series was won by William Newman's Aftershock, with Copernicus 2nd.
Revelation was the top J/105. 2nd by 4 points was En Garde. Winner of the
PHRF series was Guy Heistand's Gauntlet. A mere 1 point back was Joel
Krisoff's Pronto. The IMS fleet winner was Fred Pipin's V-Max. In 2nd was
Thomas Neill's Nitemare. The T-10 fleet also had a close contest for the
top spot. First was Rick Strillky's US, with 13 points. Only 1 point back
was Water Works owned by Lillie/Snyder. Michael Leland's EIR was the Mumm
30 winner, followed by Thomas Papanek's Fuzzy Logic. -- Courtesy of the
Torresen Sailing Site
For complete results please visit:
Following J.P. Mouligne's first place in Class II Friday, Mike Garside
crossed the Cape Town finish line at 0316 Greenwich Mean Time Saturday to
grab second, just ahead of Brad Van Liew at 0443 GMT. Garside had mounted a
furious comeback to erase a several-hundred-mile deficit, and ultimately
overtook Van Liew in the trip's last 36 hours. "I was [inshore of Van Liew]
and I didn't think I'd be able to hold on," he said. "I was counting on a
southeast breeze to come off the land and it did. At that point I was able
to skid up towards the finish line."
Garside's heroics came at the tail end of a wild last week at sea: "I had a
blizzard about three days ago. The whole boat was covered in snow. We'd
been surfing along on one long surf, making 24 knots for a half hour. And I
didn't bring my bloody gloves!" -- Herb McCormick
Curmudgeon's comment: There are still seven Around Alone boats out at sea
-- two of which have more than 2000 miles to go. They're going to have to
hustle in order to make it to Cape Town for the December 5 start of the
THE CURMUDGEON COUNSEL
Don't run through life so fast that you forget not only where you've been,
but also where you are going.