SCUTTLEBUTT #231 -- December 7, 1998
MELGES 24 NORTH AMERICANS
(Lauderdale YC, 40 boats) Saturday - Big ocean swell and increasing wind
made today one of those kind of days that make us all thankful for owning,
and sailing a Melges. Once again the weather was great, with morning
showers and partly cloudy skies. The first race we saw 10-12 knots of
breeze and the fleet got off the line with only Harry Melges over early. We
had great speed and rounded the first mark at the front of the pack. Three
laps later, Harry had sailed so fast that he was only few boats back from
us. Mike Toppa with Vince Brun sailed cleanly and they led most of the way
around the course. Argyle Campbell, who led after the first day of racing,
finished third, we finished fifth, and Ullman finished eighth.
During the break between races the wind came on. It increased to 15-20 with
the waves and swells getting bigger. The start of the second race had quite
a few boats over early, including us. We rounded the weather mark in second
to last and had our work cut out for us. The downwind rides were fantastic.
We pumped and surfed and picked off a bunch of boats. Harry had an
incredible lead on the rest of the pack. Unfortunately, he was one of those
that were called over early, but we found out later that he didn't go back
Sunday -- The race committee surprised us by just having one race today,
and some of use could have used another race! Once again the weather was
terrific with not as much breeze as yesterday and a little cooler. The
weather has been perfect for racing and the venue is wonderful. All in all
this was a great regatta. LYC did a fine job across the board, and the haul
out this afternoon was well organized, and speedy.
The tie for first place was smashed by Brian Porter. He sailed fast and
lead around the course, but was beaten by Morgan Reeser steering Neil
Sullivan's boat. The #20 boat from Annapolis took two bullets in the
regatta, and the only other boat to do that was Harry Melges. Harry
finished third in the final race and was fifth overall. - Jessica Lord
1.PORTER, BRIAN (26) 2. ELLIOT, SCOTT ( 30) 3. SULLIVAN, NEIL (34) 4.
ULLMAN, DAVID (34) 5. MELGES, HARRY(37) 6. CAMPBELL, ARGYLE (37) 7. AYERS,
BRUCE (46) 8. BUCHALTER, DARIN (48) 9. SUDDATH, STEVE (52) 10.BATZER, KEN
(53) 11.TOPPA, MIKE (54) 12.PORTER, JOHN (59) 13. LORD, JESSICA (59)
14.HUGHES, ROBERT (65) 15. CLARK, (78)
Australia's current 49er World Champion, Chris Nicholson has been beaten in
the second regatta of the Schneider 49er Series, by fellow countryman Adam
Beashel and his crew, Teague Czislowski.
Sailed from Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron this afternoon in light winds
of 8-10 knots, the two Australians went into the final race of the regatta
on equal points, with the regatta to be decided in the final race.
Beashel went into the final race of the day having finished the previous
race in first position, over a minute ahead of his nearest competitor.
Primed for a big finish, both Beashel and Nicholson had disappointing
starts, with the Budgens getting off to a good start and leading most of
the way. With Beashel and Nicholson both back in the field, the Budgens
went on to win the race. Beashel, realizing the importance of the race,
lead Nicholson from the first mark, going over the line in seventh
position, two places ahead of Nicholson.
In the 470 Class, Australia's youngsters, Nathan Wilmott and Daniel Smith
came away with a great win, finishing ten points ahead of their nearest
rivals, Jamie Roberts and Adrian Manning. Tom King and Mark Turnball
finished in third position.
The Series now moves to Sydney for the Sydney International Regatta, which
kicks of on December 18. The Schneider 49er Series will also continue at
the Sydney International Regatta, with another strong fleet expected to
attend the event.
49 Finals -- 1. Adam Beashel / Teague Czislowski (18) 2. Chris Nicholson /
Ed Smyth (19) 3. Marc Audineau / Julien Farnarier (28) 4. John Boyd / Gary
Boyd (30) 5. Morgan Larson / Kevin Hall (33)
NZ NATIONAL MATCH RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS
America True's Gavin Brady was won the NZ National Match Racing
Championships held on the Waitemata Harbour. The win comes on the back of a
third placing in the ISAF World match racing Championships, in Japan, last
month. Brady reversed the Round Robin finshing positions to beat Chris
Dickson 2-0 in the best of three finals sailed today.
In the petite Final, local skipper, Dean Salthouse beat Prada's Francesco
de Angelis 2-1 , to take thrird place in the regatta.
Dickson started the regatta in strong style winning every match in the
double round robin to finish with 18 wins - not bad after a three year
break from match racing, and just a few days after his return from the
Tornado Worlds in Brazil. Brady had a good Round Robin one finishing with
just one loss to Dickson, but stumbled in the second round robin losing to
America True's John Cutler, Dickson, Dean Salthouse, and another local
skipper Brian Trubovich.
In the semi-finals, Dickson elected to sail against Salthouse winning 2-0.
Brady didn't have it all his own way in the other semi- going to one all
against de Angelis, before taking the decider.
John Cutler took fifth place in the regatta, with Prada's Torben Grael
finishing sixth both with nine wins from the two round robins. Local
skippers took the remaining places in the series.
The regatta sailed at the time of year traditionally reserved for the
Steinlager Line 7 Cup was not plagued with the normal gale force winds
(which came through last weekend) and the regatta was sailed in a good mix
of conditions with the final being held in 12-18knot NE breeze - ideal for
match racing in the shelter of the Auckland Harbour. No members ofTeam NZ
competed in the series. -- Richard Gladwell
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LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
Letters may be edited for space (250 words max) or clarity or to exclude
>> From Peter Huston -- To Steve Glassman - Beyond just the issue of
hailing OCS boats, RC's and regatta managers need to create an open forum
for discussion of all factors which pertain to racing enjoyment, well
before a regatta or series begins, not the morning of the first race. What
course configuration is preferred, both in shape and leg length? What time
should racing start and end each day? Where should the race course be
located? A web site provides this tool. Clubs and classes who hope to
grow will use this technology to better learn the desires, and serve the
interests, of their customers, the racing sailors.
>> From Hugh Elliot -- (re taking inflatable PFDs on commercial
airlines)The obvious solution is to refrain from admitting that one is in
possession of an inflatable life jacket. The real solution is to state that
FAA Exemption #14 (I think - John Bonds knows the exact number) applies
and that these devices are legal as carry on and checked baggage. What
about the PFDs that the airlines demonstrate at the beginning of any
over-water flight? Are they not substantially similar to our PFDs?
>> From Mike Guccione, DRYC Sail Committee Chair -- As the sail committee
chairman for Del Rey Yacht club I am responsible for all sailing activities
and policies. I would like to point out that Del Rey Yacht Club adopted a
policy in April of 1998 of calling OCS's either by hailer and or VHF radio
and we have followed this procedure ever since. Steve Glassman's comments
were his personal comments and do not signal a change in Del Rey Yacht
>> Geoff Ewenson, Sailing for Sydney in 2000 (Concerning growing the
sport)-- One area that has been touched upon but not really bitten into is
the TV appeal or lack thereof within sailing. I watched recently with
interest the televising of the 1998 Knockerbocker Cup held in New York
City. The event held in J-105's had all the drama of a rerun of Mr. Rodgers
Neighborhood. If I am left bored to tears by watching some poor rockstar
from the Japanese Americas cup team freehand four feet up the headstay to
untangle an unwieldy spinnaker, imagine what the guy is thinking who
normally watches Nascar in the afternoon.
We all agree that in order for the sport to grow we need to broaden the
base. Put everyone who wants to try it in an Escape and let them have a
nice safe calm experience. If we show more big boats bobbing around in the
murk of the Hudson I cannot imagine they will be beating down the doors of
the local Escape dealer.
What about showing something that truly excites the senses. Kids are
flipping on the tube and checking out Extreme in line skating,
Snowboarding, Skiing, etc. I know that when I see Glen Plake going big off
cliff it makes me feel ten foot tall and bulletproof. It is no wonder ESPN
is dropping sailing next year. Its a snoozer. Its true that we need to
broaden the base, but in order to accomplish this, we need to invent ways
to attract potential sailors to the sport without having to drag them.
HINMAN TEAM RACING TROPHY
Boston Cosmos, the defending World Team Racing champions, showed blistering
speed and great teamwork to win the 1998 U.S. Team Racing Championship with
a 3-1 victory over the Cape Cod Whishbone in the finals. After going
through the quarterfinals and semi-finals undefeated, the Cosmos found
themselves tied 1-1 in the finals before turning it on in the final two races.
After another cold front brought rain and high winds (including several
funnel clouds) overnight to southern California, the sun broke through in
the morning and the winds diminished enough to complete the final day's
competition. Breezy, gusty, jib-easing conditions persisted most of the
day, not to mention a few auto-tacks mixed in for good measure. All of the
teams demonstrated great boathandling in the challenging conditions, but
the Cosmos seemed to consistently have an edge both upwind and on the reaches.
Team spokesman Josh Adams credited much of their performance to the
exemplary sailing of their three crew Brett Davis, Victoria Wadsworth and
Suzannah Kerr. Cape Cod Whishbone battled to a 3-2 win over Kaiser Sosa in
the semi-finals and won the silver medals. Team NYYC then defeated Kaiser
Sosa 2-0 in the petit-finals to capture the bronze medals.
Race Committee chairman Chris Ericksen and his Alamitos Bay Yacht Club team
managed to complete 83 races over the three days of the regatta. -- Brad
1.BOSTON COSMOS (Josh Adams / Brett Davis, Nick Trotman / Victoria
Wadsworth, Mark Mendelblatt / Suzannah Kerr) 2. CAPE COD WHISHBONE (Tim
Wadlow / Abigail Pope, Graeme Woodworth / Megan Bohlen,Tim Fallon / Meghan
Boardman) 3. NYYC - CON LECHE (Mike Zani / Chris Museler, Chris McDowell /
Brandon Prior, Karl Ziegler / Mike Huang)
The arrival of France Telecom, third principle partner of The Race/La
Course du Millenaire, comes as a decisive step in the construction of the
event. This agreement constitutes indeed a very important turning point
which enables the challenge of live transmissions direct from the boats to
be raised. This new approach from television and the Internet reassures
challengers in the pursuit of their projects, eight months before the last
deadline for starting construction of boats.
Moreover, two years before the start, the list of challengers is becoming
clearer because to date 23 projects from 10 different nations have been
declared to the general office of the event, 16 of which are officially
Right from the start The Race set objectives in line with its other
challenges: to distribute live TV images in broadcast quality direct from
the boats, a veritable innovation in the transmission of images. So one of
the three principle partners of the event could then be none other than a
major telecommunications operator. It is in fact France Telecom, 4th
largest operator in the world.
But beyond television transmission, the arrival of France Telecom will
bring along the demonstration of its know-how in the Internet field. This
is already a giant step taken by the event which in this way finds its
financial base, and also the technological guarantee for world coverage of
At two years before the start, 16 challengers have been officially declared
to date, of which 3 remain confidential. They represent 11 different
nations. The 13 declared challengers are: Ross Field (New Zealand), Pete
Goss (Great Britain), Henk de Velde (Holland), Fedor Konioukhov (Russia),
Loick Peyron (France), Grant Dalton (New Zealand), Lawrie Smith (Great
Britain), Cam Lewis (USA), Tracy Edwards (Great Britain), Lionel Pean/Peder
Silverhjelm (France/Sweden), Tony Bullimore (Great Britain), Florence
Arthaud (France), Roman Paszke (Poland),
In addition, seven challengers present or represented at the 98 skippers'
meeting are in contact with the organisation: Steve Fossett (USA), Laurent
Bourgnon (Switzerland), Paolo Martinoni (Italy), Guillermo Altadill
(Spain), Ludde Ingvall (Sweden), Bob Miller (USA).
In (Dennis) Conner's estimation, Prada and Young America will be the
toughest challengers to overcome, by virtue of healthy funding and strong
design resources. "It is all driven by money," he said. "Without that, you
can't work on design. Without design, you can't have a fast boat. Without a
fast boat, you can't win." But, he said,Stars & Stripes was about as far as
the other challengers in its program. "We have a design as good as any and
hopefully a little better. We have kept a low profile as far along as our
funding is concerned, but we are quietly moving ahead." -- Ivor Wilkens,
Grand Prix Sailor.
For the full story:
The carnage began earlier in Leg 2 than anyone had expected. Battling 25-
to 35-knot winds, two Class II boats were heading back to port the second
day out. The worst damaged boat was George Stricker's 40-footer,
Rapscallion III, which lost a boom. "Boom is in two parts, cannot be
repaired," Stricker wrote to race operations. At the time he was just over
76 miles from Cape Town. He turned around and, sailing hard into 30-knot
winds with his headsails only, he was doing less than 5 knots when last
The second Class II boat to report trouble was Shuten-dohji II, skippered
by Japanese senior citizen Minoru Saito. Saito reported that after just a
half hour's use his electronic autopilot had malfunctioned. "Autopilot no
work. Coming back to Cape Town," Saito reported to the race office in his
characteristically clipped English. Fortunately for him, Saito was not as
far out to sea as Stricker and was able to make it back to Cape Town
quickly. He arrived at dockside at 7:15 a.m. Sunday morning local time and
10 hours later he had repaired the autopilot and was back out to sea.
Stricker was not so lucky. While Saito was only about 30 miles off Cape
Town when he turned back, Stricker had shot 75 miles down the coastline,
finally turning just east of False Bay. He must now battle his way back
without a mainsail. Assuming nothing else breaks, Stricker should make it
to port sometime Monday night. With his own boom in "two pieces" a repair
is unlikely. If he is to return to sea a new boom will have to found. With
no major sponsors or a container full of spare parts, Stricker's fate is
the most uncertain of all right now as he joins the two non-starters, Fedor
Konioukhov and Robin Davie back in port. -- Emily Robertson and and Stephen
Standings as of 1000 hours GMT December 7 (Parenthesis indicates distance
from finish): CLASS I: 1. Soldini (6620) 2. Autissier (6620) 3. Golding
(6634) 4. Thiercelin (6635) CLASS II 1. Garside (6629) 2. Yazykov (6662) 3.
Mouligne (6678) 4. Van Liew (6682)
THE CURMUDGEON'S COUNSEL
Employment applications always ask who is to be notified in case of an
emergency. I'd be inclined to write -- "A very good doctor."