SCUTTLEBUTT #214 -- November 10, 1998
By ISAF President Paul Henderson
I have just returned from Palma to read the comments attributed to Terry
Harper (Dan Nowlan's Guest Editorial in 'Butt #210) regarding the changes
in media rights and Category "C". As usual a little myopic information is
180 degrees off base. With regard to Category "C," ISAF is turning more and
more over to the Int. Classes and therefore the sailors and their
respective National Sailing Authorities.
ISAF will not take any portion of any fee for the Int. Classes. All
National Events are totally between the sailors and their National
Authority so again ISAF receives nothing. Event organizers have asked ISAF
that the events not be the fee collectors from the "Category C" big boats
and the syndicates have asked for a yearly license so they are not unduly
taxed at each event. ISAF therefore will take the responsibility off the
shoulders of the Events and will deal directly with the top yachts in
International events. The net result is that ISAF will get less fees not
more. Category "B" has not been deleted and it is under discussion what to
do because it is very difficult to police. (The) ISAF Secretary General has
suggested we return to the original categories which were easy to
understand. Category "A" no advertising at all. All classes are here unless
the owners vote to go further and allow advertising. Category "B" Hulls
only. This allows most regional sailors to get expenses written-off and is
totally in the domain of the National Authority. Category "C" Everything is
allowed. It is recommended that the first 25% be kept clean for the Event
Sponsor as is now in "B". ISAF will allow a class to chose what they want
and limit the degree as they see fit except the Olympic Classes must be
Category "C". All the above helps the organizers and should be cleaner for
The World of Commercial Sport has changed in 10 years and ISAF is
endeavoring to address it. Media rights are being protected and that is a
very complicated situation and we are reacting to what the International
Intellectual Property Rights Lawyers are saying all sports must do to
protect the events. It is a legal maneuver of protection especially in
Europe not a power play or revenue producer.
ISAF is an above the table transparent organization. Nothing is done
without due process. It is always annoying when these rumours are
circulated. All sailors should note that the sophisticated National
Authorities receive much greater positive $$$ to service the Corinthian
Sailors in their respective countries than they pay to ISAF. In fact the
final resolution of the America's Cup negotiations provide that for the
first time the National Authorities of each Challenger Syndicate will
receive a contribution all negotiated by ISAF on their behalf. USSA should
get $75,000 which they would not have got without the initiative of ISAF.
-- Paul Henderson
ISAF ANNUAL CONFERENCE REPORT
The following is a brief summary of the just concluded ISAF Annual
Conference in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. More than 500 delegates from more
than 70 nations attended.
One of the greatest achievements of the week has to be the inclusion of
women in all ISAF Committees. The initiative from the ISAF Executive
Committee, now sees over 10% female representation within ISAF, with 37 of
the 287 nominated committee members, being women.
The newly elected female Vice-President, Nucci Novi Ceppellini of Italy,
who becomes the seventh member of the ISAF Executive Committee, will ensure
that the voice of women sailors around the world is heard at the highest
levels of the sportęs administration.
The Womenęs Representative on Council, the ultimate decision making body of
ISAF, Jane Moon of the Cayman Islands, is also charged with co-ordinating a
womenęs forum each year, to bring together all the women within the ISAF
Committee Structure to focus on issues effecting women in sport. With the
support of the ISAF Womenęs Committee, chaired by Teresa Whelan of Great
Britain, women's issues will be debated and presented to Council.
ISAF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE -- President Paul Henderson was unopposed and
will continue to lead ISAF for the next two years. Seven Vice President
positions those elected: George Andreadis GRE Fernando Bolin ESP David
Kellett AUS Nucci Novi Ceppellini ITA Goran Petersson SWE Ken Ryan IRL Ding
2004 OLYMPIC REGATTA
The events for the 2004 Olympic Regatta will be:
Single-handed dinghy men
Single-handed dinghy women
Double-handed dinghy men
Double-handed dinghy women
The equipment (classes of boat) to fit the events will be selected at the
2000 ISAF November Conference.
2000 OLYMPIC REGATTA -- The Events Committee recommendation that in Sydney
2000 the national flag or emblem of each athlete in all eleven events
should be displayed on the mainsail and spinnaker was well received. ISAF
will continue looking into this proposal and work out the details and
ISAF COMMITTEES -- Council approved the formation of a new Empirical
Handicapping. The ISAF website will soon have a very comprehensive database
of Empirical Handicapping information.
ISAF EVENTS -- Team Racing World Championship - there is a bid from the
Czech republic for the 2001 Team Racing Worlds. For the future, ISAF will
encourage more countries to participate in this Championship.
Offshore One-Design Classes World Championships - bids have been received
from France and Dubai, which ISAF will now formally consider, together with
any other bids, prior to a final decision being made.
ISAF Womenęs Match Racing World Championship - the bid by the Yacht Club
Italiano to hold the first ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds was approved,
which will take place in October 1999 in J/22s.
1999 ISAF Match Racing World Championship - the Knickerbocker Yacht Club
were given until 16 November 1998, to confirm their intent to host the 1999
Championship. Bids have already been received from Dubai and Spain to host
the event in 1999, if the Knickerbocker Yacht Club withdraw.
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship - there was a move to give the
Youth World Championship greater freedom of choice of boats to be used and
they may now use "any International or Recognised Class suitable for Youth
Sailing". Bidders for the Championship must say three years in advance
which classes will be raced.
Volvo is to sponsor the ISAF World Youth Championships for the next three
years, which will further improve the entire organisation of the
INTERNATIONAL CLASS STATUS -- ISAF International status was granted to the
49er Class, with ISAF recognised status granted to the Buzz , Splash, Farr
40, Open 60 Monohull, Maxi One Design, Hobie Tiger and the Open 60 Multihull.
The application for Recognised status was not granted to the Sydney 40
Class, but it was accepted in principle, so the Class will be able to hold
a World Championship in 1999. The J80's application was deferred.
OFFSHORE RACING COUNCIL -- The International Sailing Federation and the ORC
announced their agreement to merge the two Secretariats of the two
organisations, under the jurisdiction of ISAF. The ISAF will be the only
sailing governing body in the world, and the ORC will become a part of ISAF
maintaining autonomy in policy and technical decisions through the ORC
The Executive Committee presented to Council their proposals for a new
Advertising Code. Whilst the proposals were accepted in principle, the
existing Advertising system will apply until an implementation plan of the
new Code is produced by the Executive Committee for confirmation at the
1999 Mid-Year Meetings.
The full report will be posted later today on the ISAF Website:
FARR 40 WORLDS
For its first-ever World Championship regatta, the Farr 40 One Design class
has drawn nineteen entries from around the globe to compete in a series of
races held off Florida's South Miami Beach. Over November 10-14, 1998,
amateur-driven teams hailing from Australia, Great Britain, Greece, and the
USA will do battle in a series of eight inshore races, with the winner
awarded the coveted World Cup, a prestigious trophy last awarded in the
International 50' Class and generously donated to the Farr 40 Class by
Some of the favorites to watch during next week's competition are the two
most successful veterans to class racing, John Thomson's 'Solution' and
Steve and Helga Garland's 'Wired'. These two finished as winner and
runner-up, respectively, in the 1998 US season championship and are well
into their second year of campaigning their boats successfully in both
class and handicap racing.
The Farr 40 One Design class rules level the skill of the helmsmen through
the helmsman eligibility committee, and by having a limited number of
pro-level players on each crew. Class rules also specify that only amateurs
are allowed to take the helm in class competitions. However, among the
quota of pro-level crew, there will be a considerable depth of talent
present on Miami next week, with numerous Olympic, America's Cup, and
current and former World Champions from other competitive classes.
A survey of this afterguard talent includes: reigning J/24 World Champion
Terry Hutchinson on Alexis Michas' entry 'Phish Food' from New York, NY,
while past J/24 World Champion Bill Fortenberry will be aboard 'Wired';
Soling Gold Medalist Robbie Haines on 'Atalanti XI', while Soling Silver
Medalist Jim Brady will be with Bill Steitz from Pittsburgh, PA on 'Flyer';
former America's Cup winning tactician Tom Whidden on 'Solution', while
John Kostecki, tactician for the AmericaOne challenge for next year's
America's Cup, will be aboard Edgar Cato's Charlotte, NC-based effort on
'Hissar'. -- Renee Mehl
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:
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LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (250-word limit)
>> From Bob Fisher -- I hope I can help Norman Davant, who seems to have
discovered what we in Britain, France and 18 other countries have
understood for several years, although IR2000 is not due to come into force
until 1st January 1999. But IRC, the 'unmeasured' version (in which owners
are asked to submit the crucial measurements of their yachts AND have them
weighed) is simply a modified version of Channel Handicap System (CHS). The
rule is secret and the owners' measurements have to be submitted to a
recognized rating office that is licensed to deal with the rule.
IRM, the measured version of IR2000, doesn't come in until 1st January
2000. It will be published in June of 1999 and there is no secrecy about
it. I have had a more than cursory glance at IRM and believe that those who
have formulated it knew what they were trying to achieve and have managed
to do so. To me, it would seem that the type it will form (as do all rules
of this type) will be the sort of boats we will all want to sail - fast and
exciting and as far as possible from the lead mines of other rules. It
should work for 25 years - by then, there will be other considerations and
it will be time for a new rule.
IRM is aimed at providing a grand prix rule essentially for new boats - it
is not in business to rate 1964 clunkers with 1999 flyers.
>> From Ali Meller -- Rolex Yachtsman of the Year - should be the team of
Nick Trotman & Mike Mills. This year they not only won the International
505 Class World Championship - the first US team to do so since 1982, but
along the way won the 505 North American Championship and the 505 Canadian
Championship. Nick also led his team to victory in the World Team Racing
Championship...so Nick has not only won World Championships in two classes
this year, but did so it in two different sailing disciplines.
These two don't just race the boats either, they actively support the
class. Trotman served as VP of the 505 Class American Section this past
year, and the person who replaces him is... Mike Mills.
Nick and Mike accomplished all this while keeping their [non sailing] full
time jobs. To top it off, they are two of the most helpful guys in the 505
class, always having the time to answer questions and help others.
>> From Chris Corlett -- You do not have to like him, but it has to be Paul
Cayard for Rolex Yachtsman of the year!
>> From Mort Weintraub -- Kudos to Jack Mallinckrodt for his succinct
detailing of what's right about IMS. I would only add, look at the easily
driven, pleasant-to-sail, boats that Farr, Nelson-Marek, Tripp and others
have designed to the rule. Contrast them with the boats that came at the
end of IOR.
>> From Chip Donnelly-- I think it would be a serious mistake to require
sailors of the age of consent to wear PFDs at all times when racing. If
the object is to save the lives of sailors, encourage them to get prostate
exams, or to smoke, eat, and drink less, and engage only in safe sex, as
these represent hugely more statistically significant threats to health
than being PFD-less.
We assume risks when we hop in the car, but are we compelled to wear
helmets? Helmet wearing while driving would save orders of magnitude more
lives than PFD-wearing while sailboat racing. Helmet wearing while
recreational skiing would have saved the lives of Mr. Bono and Mr. Kennedy
recently, but skiers understand that skiing is a dangerous sport, and the
participants assume liability for participating in it. People need to
understand that about sailing as well. It's cute that alot of sailing
instructors try to wear PFDs when racing, to carry the torch in the PFD
march. But if they want to be consistent, they would do more for their
health by donning a helmet before hopping in their automobiles or skiing.
Not to mention leaving that third Mai-Tai on the counter.
>> From Peter Huston -- To Dobbs Davis - Appendix R has been around in
various forms for probably 10-12 years. It was previously called A1A.
Does it work? Can this be verified by any quantified data? The owners of
the various new offshore one-design classes seem to embrace racing under
this format, and put their hard cash on the line to do so. I wonder where
these owners would be racing absent Appendix R. Would they have have
bought new boats, or just raced under PHRF and be less satisfied?
Do I fully support Appendix R in it's current form? Am I happy with the
manner in which this rule is administered? Absolutely not, not even close.
Were it my call, I'd have Appendix R undergo serious revision, and I'd
create some other form of eliligibility appendix, perhaps taking a very
hard look at SALT.
So that everyone understand my personal agenda - this has nothing to do
with not wanting to sail with or against "pro's". I've done that my whole
life, and with more than a reasonable degree of success. But I know that
for the sport to grow, it is essential that a personal ability/experienced
based handicap system has to be created. I will never suggest that this be
forced on any class, it is my notion that this just be a tool which active
class members can use as they see fit for the benefit of their class.
Appendix R is but the first step in this process.
>> From Mike Schoettle -- Upgrading US SAILING'S woefully inadequate web
site to where it becomes "a primary source of information on sailing in the
United States" was one of the Priority Goals approved by the Board at the
annual meeting in October. We have a long way to go to achieve this, and it
will not be accomplished soon. However, it will be upgraded this year to
something that will be much better than the present. If you or any of the
readers of your newsletter have any specific suggestions or expertise they
could bring to bear on this problem, I would like to hear from them.
Principal private enterprise sponsors of the America's Cup Village have
announced the development of a major AMEX Yacht Club bar facility for their
American Express card holders. The gigantic membership charges will
undoubtedly frighten even the most avid Cup follower. The membership fee
ranges from NZ$1250 to NZ$3000. (You can put it on the card and pay it off
over six months). Planned to be built on a barge in the middle of the
village complex, there can be no doubt the observation possibilities from
the multi-storied complex are endless. Planned opening is March 1999, and
it will remain open until after the completion of the Defender series in
February 2000. As an aside to this story, club members go into a draw for
the 17th position on one of the Defender series yachts, which someone tells
us is worth ,US$120,000 on the open market. Now how did they value that? --
Excerpt from DEFENCE 2000 which is available from John@roake.gen.nz for US
$48 per year.
Have you seen the new North Sails Fall catalog? It's got 44 pages full of
really neat stuff. Sailing clothes? Oh Yea -- all kinds of really stylish
duds for the race course-- and for the parties after the races. But they have
much more than just clothes. Wanna buy a radio-controlled sailboat, a golf
bag, or, or a huge model of the boat used in the 1899 America's Cup, or
books, or watches, or a solar-powered "boom box"? This catalog has it all.
Check out their web site -- you can order your own free catalog online.
ROUTE DU RHUM
For the large multihulls, Paul Vatine and Marc Guillemot's strategy is
paying off. The txo skippers have chosen the option off the coasts of
Ireland on Monday to go down to the direct route afterwards, getting around
the depression. The situation is far from being stable between those in the
North (Paul Vatine, Mark Guillemot) and those taking the direct route
(Laurent Bourgnon, Francis Joyon) and those in the South (Loick Peyron).
The Northerners had the advantage last night with the wind changing to
Northwest, which allowed them to get closer to the direct route but the
gaps in distance are still insignificant after only 44 hours of racing.
THE CUMUDGEON'S OXYMORON