SCUTTLEBUTT #241 - December 21, 1998
The ORC Council voted overwhelmingly in favor of a revised IMS VPP intended
to curb a growing generation of unstable IMS designs, and bring the 1998
formula up to speed. At the heart of the revised formula is a new "twist
model." The previous formula didn't account for the common practice of
twisting sails to reduce heeling moment, which was allowing some less
stable boats to enjoy a more than favorable rating. With the inclusion of
the twist model, the VPP is said to predict more accurately a boat's
righting moment, and in turn bring its rating more in line to what it
According to ORC director Ken Weller, the initiative to update the formula
stemmed from the practice of a handful of Mediterranean-based grand prix
yachts reducing their stability. Their results were fruitful, and the
practice was beginning to spread to other parts of the world. - Dave Reed,
Grand Prix Sailor
For the full story: http://www.sailingworld.com
PROFESSIONAL SAILING DOUBLE COOP
Andy Green, whose consistent match racing performance has pushed him up 10
places this year to 32nd in the world rankings, has secured a sponsor,
Margent International Re-insurance Group, to take him and his team around
the Match Race Circuit through to the end of 2000. Andy, who made the
final 16 in the last two Bermuda Gold Cups, and won the coveted Omega Award
in 1997, expects to race in 1999 events including the Grade 1 Gold Cup and
the Knickerbocker Cup in New York.
Andy is joined by the formidable team of Jim Turner, Gerard Mitchell and
Tim Powell. All three are integral parts of the 1999 British Admirals Cup
team. Tim is a past Laser European champion and Silk Cut helmsman. Gerry
was also on Silk Cut and was part of the World Championship winning Farr 40
in 1998. Jim Turner has been sailing with the team for a year and is a two
time Fireball World Champion and Endeavour Trophy winner.
In a double coup, Andy has been signed with the Aloha Racing America's Cup
Challenge and will be on the afterguard of the tune-up boat. He explains
"Aloha Racing is building a strong B Team with a mix of top international
crew, all with additional talents that will contribute to the main
challenge effort. My role will be based around the match racing experience
I have gained in the last two years on the circuit and to give specific
rules advice." Andy will join the team in Hawaii at the start of the
training programme in the summer of '99, integrating his America's Cup
commitments with the match-racing circuit. -- John Roberson
SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL REGATTA
Sydney Harbour has provided some great conditions for the third day of
racing in the Sydney International Regatta. In breezes blowing up to 18
knots early in the day, competition in all classes was strong, with many of
the underdogs showing some great form.
In the 49ers, Adam Beashel and Teague Czislowski (AUS), sailing Smith's
Kodak Express, have continued their stunning performance today, leading
racing for the majority of the day. The pair won all three of today's
races, leaving them 13 points ahead of current World Champion, Australia's
Chris Nicholson sailing Skilled (on 17 points). In third position is Morgan
Larson and Kevin Hall of the USA on 20 points ,whilst current world
rankings' leaders, Marc Audineau and Julien Farnarier (FRA) are in fourth
position on 27 points. With the final day of racing tomorrow, Beashel and
Czislowski are looking forward to another good day.
Competition in the Tornado Class continues to be a battle between Darren
Bundock/John Forbes and Mitch Booth/Andrew Landenberger. The two Australian
crews have been fierce competitors for many years, and Bundock and Forbes
appear to have the edge at the moment. After winning the World Championship
less than a month ago, Bundock and Forbes are now leading this regatta,
after winning three races Sunday. The pair lead Booth and Landenberger by
only three points, setting up a great day of competition tomorrow as we
head towards the end of the regatta.
In the women's single handed Europe Class, '96 Gold Medallist, Margriet
Matthysse of the Netherlands is leading the fleet by 25 points. She leads
Sari Multana of Finland and Monica Bronicka of Poland. Current World
Champion, Carolijn Brouwer also of the Netherlands is currently in fourth
position, whilst Australia's Sarah Blanck is in sixth place and Melanie
Dennison is seventh overall.
Farm Cove played host to the Solings Match Racing today. Competition in
Pool A has been a tough battle with an even tie between the Australian
teams of Ian Walker, Cameron Miles and Matt Hayes. In Pool B, Australia's
Nev Wittey is leading.
Sailing offshore in 8-10 knot breezes, the Finn Class is being led by
current World Champion Mateusz Kusznierewicz. He leads Sweden's Frederich
Loof by only two points, creating a close battle for the final day of racing.
Meanwhile, in the Laser Class, Brazil's Robert Scheidt is leading local boy
Michael Blackburn. Ben Ainslie of Great Britain is sitting in third place,
with Brendan Casey of Australia doing well to be placed fourth at the end
of the day. With three races to be sailed tomorrow, competition in the Gold
Fleet is set to be tough.
Complete results: http://www.aussailing.org/saildownunder/98sir/
(The following is a special report from Team McLube (Jonathan and Charlie
McKee) racing in the Sydney Invitational Regatta (SIR) in Australia.)
The first three races in the Gold Fleet Finals of the SIR Regatta were
sailed yesterday on Sydney Harbour. A 15-18 knot NE breeze combined with a
big ebb tide and Sunday traffic combined for steep, chopy waves and
difficult sailing conditions. The course was extremely short as well,
putting a premium on course management and boat avoidance (both upright and
Race one saw the Smiths Kodak boat sailed by Adam Beashal/Teague Czislowski
take the lead from Americans Larson/Hall on the first downwind and cruise
to a comfortable victory. As has become a common theme this regatta, once
Kodak gets in the lead they rarely relinquish it. A solid combination of
good starts, consistent speed, and flawless boat-handling have left them in
the drivers seat in this regatta, and looking like the team to beat for the
upcoming World Championships.
Race 2 was more of the same, with a battle around the course between Kodak
and Larson/Hall finally won by Kodak, but the American duo fighting back
into series contention after a disappointing 6th place qualifying score.
Current World Champ Nicholson onboard Skilled was still in contention as
well, with several comebacks to score 3,4 in the first two finals races.
Things were not going as well for Team McLube however, with a pretty decent
result in race 1, emerging from the pack for a 5th, but disaster struck in
race 2. Lined up for the start with 20 seconds to go, their tiller
extension came disconnected, and they were forced to stop and tape it back
on while the fleet sailed away. McLube managed to sail their way back to a
13th placing, mostly due to numerous flipping in the fleet caused by the
short, choppy course.
The final day's race saw a wire-to-wire Kodak win to cap a dominating
performance, while Larson/Hall capsized jibing while well placed, Skilled
rallying from a poor start to score 3rd, and McLube struggling to a 7th. -
Jonathan and Charlie McKee
The three final races are scheduled for Monday:
1. Smiths Kodak, Australia (4) 2. Skilled, Australia, (17) 3.Larson/Hall,
USA (20) Audineau/Farnarier, France 4. (27) Team McLube, USA, (28) 5.
Bruni/Bruni, Italy (29) 6. Budgen/Budgen, GBR, (30) 7. Boyd/Boyd, Australia
At the request of the U.S. Melges 24 Class and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club the
International Melges 24 Class has agreed to change the date for the 1999
Worlds from early November to October 1-10. The U.S. Class organization and
ABYC requested this change in order to improve the racing conditions. We
appreciate the action of the ICA, as it involves a substantial sacrifice by
the European who want to compete. -- Steve Maseda
As technology moves forward in sail design and materials so it does in
custom embroidery as well. New machines software and techniques have been
made it possible to produce a product far superior today than in the past.
Call Frank Whitton at Pacific Yacht Embroidery and Imprintables
(619-226-8033) to stay up with the rest of the world. Don't settle for less
when for the same price you can have the best.
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
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>> From Terry Harper, Executive Director, US Sailing -- Interesting that a
couple of people have hit on this entry level. What may not be known is
that US SAILING and the National Recreation and Park Department are
currently collaborating on a learn-to-sail curriculum for R&P
water-accessible programs. The program is called "Sail Smart" and is
supported by a grant from the United States Coast Guard, among others.
NEW CALIFORNIA SERIES
San Diego Yacht Club, Golison & Golison and California Yacht Club have
announced the creation of the "Volvo In-Shore Championships." Commencing in
the spring of 1999, this three regatta high point circuit will be comprised
of San Diego Yacht Club's "Yachting / Leukemia Ton Cup", California Yacht
Club's new "Cal Race Week" and the Golison's "North Sails Race Week".
Invited classes include a standardized grand prix 40-45 footer +/- class
and a 30-footer +/- class for entire series, plus J/120's, Schock 35's,
Melges 24's, J/35's, Farr 40's, 1D35's ULDB 70's and PHRF boats with
ratings 0-174. Other one-design classes will be considered. The combined
scores of the three regattas for each class will be tallied. Trophies and
prizes for both skipper and crew will be awarded.
The entry fee for the Volvo In-Shore Championships (VIC) is $25 and is not
in lieu of entry fees for each race. VIC Entry forms will be mailed in
March. Each entrant receives:
* VIC Skipper and Crew series participation awards provided by our sponsors.
* VIC Battle Flag and Regatta Winner Flag from each event (like yellow
* Unique prizes for series class trophy winners and the overall winner.
* Preferred slip packages.
EVENT #1: Yachting/Leukemia Ton Cup, April 30-May 2, San Diego Yacht Club,
Jeff Johnson, (619) 758-6309, email@example.com
EVENT #2: Cal Race Week, May 28-30, California Yacht Club, Bill Stump:
(310) 456-2002, firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENT #3: North Sails Race Week, June 25-27, Long Beach, Bruce Golison:
(714) 379-4884, email@example.com
The America's Cup Challenge Association (NZ) Ltd. (ACCA) announced the
appointment of Vincent E. Cooke (Lillian, Ala.) as Regatta Operations
Director for the 1999-2000 Louis Vuitton Cup. Cooke was the Regatta
Operations Manager of the 1992 and 1995 for the Louis Vuitton Cup events
held in San Diego.
As Regatta Operations Director Cooke will be responsible for managing the
day to day activity on the water for the Louis Vuitton Cup. With up to 400
races scheduled to run over 65 days, Cooke has got his work cut out for
him. Among his most pressing tasks is recruiting candidates for the Race
Management Team. He will also be responsible for drafting the sailing
instructions for the Louis Vuitton Cup and securing assets for use during
Cooke recently spent several days in Auckland, New Zealand surveying sites
to host the race management fleet of boats and to meet various
representatives from local authorities whom will assist in the management
of the entire America's Cup Event. He will return to New Zealand with his
wife, Patricia, mid-January.
The America's Cup Challenge Association is an independent organization
formed by the Challenger of Record for the 30th America's Cup Match-New
York Yacht Club-to execute the responsibilities of that appointment. ACCA's
primary objectives as the organising authority for the Louis Vuitton Cup
are: to produce a successful challenger for the 30th America's Cup Match by
offering the highest competition possible during the regatta; and to
represent the interests of all Challenging Yacht Clubs in its dealings with
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron for that Match.
Presently there are 16 challengers from 10 nations. Start dates for the
Louis Vuitton Cup have been finalized:
-- Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robin 1 - 18 October 1999
-- Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robin 2 - 6 November 1999
-- Louis Vuitton Cup Round Robin 3 - 2 December 1999
-- Louis Vuitton Cup Semifinals - 2 January 2000
-- Louis Vuitton Cup Finals - 25 January 2000
For more: http://www.sailing.org/today/whatsnew.html
After braving a night of fierce thunderstorms, Chicago millionaire Steve
Fossett, British tycoon Richard Branson and a teammate soared over Central
Asia toward the Himalayas on Sunday -- day three of their attempt to circle
the globe in a balloon. The storms forced the adventurers to navigate
through a narrow corridor bringing them close to three countries that had
denied permission to fly over their territory: Iraq, Iran and Russia.
"Somebody was looking over us last night," an elated Branson told the
ground crew of ICO Global, a mobile telephone company that is supporting
Fossett, who lost a balloon in the Pacific Ocean two months ago as a result
of a thunderstorm, shouted to his teammates to put on their parachutes
Saturday as they headed north over Turkey to avoid Iraq.
"What was worse -- a possible storm ahead or the 'storms' of Iraq?" Branson
told the ground crew, according to a statement. "We decided to risk the
thunder and press on." The balloon missed Iraq by 60 miles, Iran by 7
miles, and Russia by just 10 miles. "I have never seen anything like this
in the 30 years I have been ballooning," said ICO Project Director Mike
Kendrick, saying going through such a gap was "like threading a needle."
The crew hoped to have a quiet day Monday, flying across Turkmenistan
before heading into Afghanistan and then along the Himalayas. -- Associated
For the full story:
Better late than never," two-time solo circumnavigator Robin Davie set out
from Cape Town yesterday afternoon to round out the field of 15 sailors now
underway on Leg 2 of the Around Alone race. From a competitive standpoint,
Davie is hopelessly out of contention. But he is still very much on target
to join a very select club. Two-time race winner Philippe Jeantot and
tough-as-nails South African Bertie "Biltong" Reed are the only sailors to
have completed three Around Alones. - Herb McCormick
Standings (distance to leader in parenthesis) CLASS I: 1. Soldini (0.0) 2.
Golding (95.8) 3. Thiercelin (111.8) 4. Autissier (469.0) CLASS II: 1. 1.
Mouligne (0.0) 2. Garside (104.7) 3. Van Liew (573.4) 4.Yazykov (584.9)
Event website: http://www.aroundalone.com
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