SCUTTLEBUTT #256 - January 13, 1999
99 WORLDS - Reports by Peter Campbell
We have two world champions at the 99 Worlds - Ben Ainslie in the Olympic
Laser class and Brad Sumner and Amy Johnstone retaining their title in the
Hobie 18s. Great racing in every other class - two wins by an Aussie in
the Solings, tremendous competition in the 49ers and 470s, not to mention
the Finns and Europes.
LASER GOLD FLEET, Overall Results -- 1 Ben Ainslie GBR (34) 2. Robert
Scheidt BRA (38) 3. Karl Suneson SWE (48) 8. Mark Mendelblatt USA (107) 29.
Bill Hardesty USA (220)
MEN' 470 -- Southwesterly winds blowing up to 20 knots sternly tested the
470 men's fleet off Black Rock today. The winds whipped up a steep and
lumpy chop, making life difficult for the fleet in race four. The race was
won by French pairing Benoit Petit and Jean Francois Cuzon, who started the
day in fifth position overall. Atlanta gold medallists Eugene Braslavels
and Igor Matvienko came in second and are looking to boost their ranking
from ninth overall after three races. The third placed crew was the Israeli
pair of Ran and Nir Shental. World champions Gildas Philippe and Tanguy
Cariou recorded a fifth to keep them close to the top of the points score.
The 470 men are still in the mid-stages of their finals. 470 Men and Mixed
- Gold Fleet - Overall Results: 1. Benoit Petit /J Francois Cuzon, FRA (9)
2. Eugene Braslavels / Igor Matvienko UKR (24) 3. Copi Tomaz / Margan Mitja
SLO (25) 10. Morgan Reeser / Kevin Burnham USA (52)
49ER -- The final day of qualifying races for the Olympic 49er class 1999
world championship ended in chaos early this afternoon as strong
south-westerly winds kicked up short, steep seas in the northern end of
Port Phillip bay. At one stage only four boats were still sailing in one
flight, with many of the lightweight skiffs limping back to the Royal Yacht
Club of Victoria with torn sails, bent and broken masts. Support boats had
to tow several boats back to the club and at 3pm today officials cancelled
racing for the day, basing the split up of gold, silver, bronze and emerald
fleets on the 11 races completed: 1. Chris Nicholson/Ed Smyth (AUS) 14
points, 2. Adam Beashel / Czislowski (AUS) 19 points, 3. Jonathan & Charlie
McKee (USA) 20 points, 4. Francesco & Gabriele Bruni (ITA) 20 points, 5.
John & Gary Boyd (AUS) 20 points, 7. Morgan Larson/Kevin Hall (USA) 30 points.
SOLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - Overall Standing after 6 of 9 races: 1. Stig
Westergaard / Jens Bolsen Moller / Bjorn Westergaard DEN (14) 2. Jochen
Schuemann / Gunnar Bahr Ingo Borkowski GER (24) 3. Roy Heiner / Peter Van
Niekerk / Dirk De Ridder NED (29) 8. Tony Rey / Tom Burnham / Dean Brenner
USA (43) 10. Jeff Madrigali / Craig Healy / Hartwell Jordan USA (56)
EUROPE WOMEN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - Overall Standings: 1. Sari Multala (8) 2.
Margriet Matthijsse NED (9) 3. Abby Mason (12) 17. Meg Gaillaid USA (40)
31. Linda Wennerstrom (50) 42. Hannah Swett USA (62) 44. Danielle Brennan
Myrdal USA (66)
A DIVISION CATAMARAN WORLDS - Overall standing after 5 of 7 races: 1 Nils
Bunkenburg GER (4) 2. Cameron Owen AUS (11) 3. Scott Anderson AUS (13) 15.
Pete Melvin (61)
Event website: http://99worlds.org
PREVIEWS OF COMING ATTRACTIONS
Del Rey YC has added a new twist to PFD issue for next month's 1200-mile
race from Marina del Rey to Puerto Vallarta. In place of the Regulation
5.01 that requires personal flotation while starting and finishing, they
have substituted: "All personal on deck SHALL wear personal flotation, with
STROBE LIGHT and a WHISTLE attached, during the hours between dusk and
dawn." (It was the curmudgeon -- not DRYC -- that added the emphasis with
capitalized words) While this is a first for West Coast offshore racing,
it's pretty a safe bet that the Transpac YC will go down the same path.
Del Rey YC took a more moderate approach when it comes to safety harnesses.
The verbiage in their SIs reads: "It is recommended that all personnel
shall employ a safety harness whenever outside the cockpit." Interesting
phrasing! Students of the Racing Rules of Sailing will recognize that the
word "shall" normally means mandatory and removes any 'wiggle room.'
However, coupling it with the word, "recommended" changes that completely.
Both Del Rey YC and Transpac YC were working on these new regulations long
before the Sydney-Hobart tragedy, but the loss of life associated with that
race will undoubtedly minimize opposition to these rules.
Lord, I hate to open up the PFD thing againbut I'm interested in your
Every once in a while the curmudgeon has been known to give away an
official 'Butthead tee shirt. And when I gave one to my friend Paul Larsen,
he sent this nice note: "My Tee shirt has arrived and it is now one of my
proudest possessions. I can't thank you enough. As you well know,
attending sailing events is an easy way to build a wardrobe and over the
years I've acquired enough tee shirts to open my own store. The
Scuttlebutt shirt outranks all the others in quality and design!"
Frank Whitton at Pacific Yacht Embroidery made the curmudgeon look good
again, and he can do it for you. Give him a call to find out how affordable
quality crew apparel can be: (619) 226-8033.
J/24 MIDWINTERS - Key West, Florida (40 boats)
John Fracisco reported that after two days of racing, four races have been
run in "perfect weather" - 15-knots from the ENE with sun! Standings after
four races: 1 G. Moore, 2 T. Healy, 3 C. Zaledki, 4 B. Read, 5 C. Larson
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
Letters may be edited for clarity, space (250 words max) or to exclude
-- From Barby MacGowan, Media Pro Int'l -- The announcement re Hal Haenel
having been elected a US SAILING vice-president was composed for the
Olympic news media that Media Pro Int'l (not to be confused with US
SAILING's Communications Department) serves on behalf of the Olympic
Sailing Committee (OSC). The information was "repackaged" from news that
came out of US SAILING's Annual General Meeting (i.e., several new officers
were voted in, not just Hal). The subject matter was somewhat timeless
with respect to the audience it was serving. Scuttlebutt is on the OSC's
press distribution list, as is US SAILING's web page facilitator, to
receive all Olympic and US Sailing Team news. I hope your readers find
some joy in that... Keep up the great work!
-- From Bruce Van Deventer -- Here's a few ideas to increase participation
in your racing program:
1) Pay-on-the-water registration: give the race committee registration
forms and envelopes for payment. Let people pay right on the water (process
the forms later, but take their money when they get the service you are
providing). Have your whaler/utility boat person hand them the packet if
necessary. Have some zip-lock baggies handy if it's wet.
2) Handicap racing for dinghies: In the Seattle area we have lots of
dinghies that can't get to the 'critical mass' needed to get their own
start in our weekday evening race series (typically 4 boats or so). But if
there were a few of these boats out on the water every week, more people
would be interested. So let 'em come out and race. Have a single-handed and
double-handed "generic" class in addition to your regular classes. Use
time-on-time handicapping where the handicap is like a golf handicap in
that it adjusts based on all your previous results. Time-on-time means your
race committee doesn't have to measure the course length, so it's simpler.
Maximize the fun factor.
3) Publicize your results: Put everyone's results on the web ASAP after the
finish. Phone in the top 3 places in each class to the sports desk of your
local paper (or fax, e-mail, etc). Keep your sports desk happy. Send
photos, too. Know their deadline. Let your local TV news people know your
race schedule so they can send someone out to shoot a filler if it's a nice
-- From Jack Christiansen, Seattle Yacht Club Fleet Captain - HELP! We are
looking for a new computer scoring program for handicap and one design
racing, for both regattas and series' that can enable results to be easily
downloaded to our Seattle Yacht Club Web page. Any suggestions of programs
to consider please email me: Jack.Christiansen@northsails.com.
-- From Bill Myers - The 'Buttheads should know that AT&T plans to close
their three coastal stations as of February 28th. That leaves anyone doing
offshore stuff few choices. I have a hard time believing that this is the
correct thing to do in abandoning a user base network that human lives can
be dependent on, particularly on such short notice.
In their letter AT&T has given us an alternative. We can simply opt to
shell out $5,000 for an Inmarsat Mini-M terminal registered to AT&T.
Somehow I get the feeling that AT&T was not selling a lot of the Mini-M's
but figured if they shut down the old service it would help the new sales.
So how many of us have a ready $5,000 when we have SSB's that work just great.
We all recognize that technology moves forward. In this case why the rush?
Normal balance takes place when there are competing technologies, which at
the current time there is none. Why not delay this move a few years until
we have several options and
hopefully at a more competitive price?
I would urge all concerned "Buttheads" write the FCC immediately and ask
this change be delayed. The address is Federal Communications Commission,
Washington, DC 20554. They should specifically reference Section 63.71
Application of AT&T.
-- Luca Bassani Antivari, President of Wally Yachts -- I would like to pass
you my personal ideas about the tragedy of the Sidney Hobart. Today a race
like this costs a fortune in terms of general organisation, PR and other
activities. These demand money. Only Sponsors could provide that financial
need. To cut short a long story WHO, between skippers crews and officers,
would accept to go against the Gentle Sponsor?
It works the same between the crews, professional and non. The
professionals, being the most experienced, should be the firsts to propose
a postponement in these cases, but who between them would be so courageous
to do it in front of his personal sponsor?
There are too many Conflicts of Interest, and in these situations the key
world is MONEY.
After having said that, we know that we will never have the possibility to
forecast the real weather, even having a juridical responsible.
So what ?? In an Italian dialect from Genoa there are two words, " MA "
and " MA ", the first one means " Sea " the second one means " Bad ". The
sailormen from Genoa, the most skilled at that time (centuries ago) knew
perfectly that the sea could be very bad, partcularly when you want to
Only the good sense could minimize those situations, not the money.
Curmudgeon's comments - Yes, I know I declared this 'thread' OFFICIALLY
DEAD yesterday. However, I thought this letter had a different twist and
it's not very often that I get e-mail from the President of Wally Yachts.
-- From Elizabeth Meyer -- Thanks so much for Scuttlebutt. It's a favorite
on board the J Class Endeavour.
TIP O' THE WEEK
So I Communicate Better So What!
1. Good communication is the key to great teamwork. Think ahead and let the
crew know as soon as key tactical decisions are made in order to keep
everyone on the same page.
2. Always try to have a plan for the next portion of the race. Plan your
strategy for the run at the end of the beat.
3. Only talk if it contributes to better decisions or better speed; i.e.
Aim to know your boat well enough so that speed is second nature. Now you
can keep your head out of the boat and think ahead in order to maximize
4. Set up channels of communication: e.g. helmsman receives information
from trimmers, tactician and possibly someone up forward calling breeze and
waves. Trimmer receives information from Helmsman, Tactician and Bowman.
Bowman receives information from Tactician as to what move comes next.
Information should always travel through channels so that when something is
missed you have accountability for next time to get it right.
5. Before tacking, jibing or rounding a mark do a quick responsibility
check so that all tasks are covered.
6. Keep your crew happy... a post race beer or T-shirt goes a long way. --
Contributed by the Coach at Sailweb.net.
TIMES CLIPPER 2000
It was announced at the London Boat Show that The Times Clipper 2000, the
challenging round-the-world yacht race starting from the UK in October 2000
is, for the first time, offering individual boat sponsorship to major UK
cities and towns. Representatives from around forty selected cities which
have shown interest in acting as a focal point for regional and local
participation will meet with the organisers and sponsors at a presentation
at the London Boat Show next week.
The route for The Times Clipper 2000 will follow the proven successful
format of the current and earlier Clipper round-the-world races, comprising
six legs and visiting over 12 ports including major commercial centres in
Hawaii, Japan, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa, Brazil and the
U.S.A. In addition to being the only race to travel up the Yangtze river to
Shanghai, the race is the longest of all the round-the-world events and
highly demanding for skippers and crews alike, taking some 10 months to
circumnavigate the globe, a distance of over 34,000 miles from start to
Up to twelve yachts will be involved in the race and the sponsored boats
will be given the use of a free berth for each of the six legs of the race.
A number of factors has determined the initial selection of cities and
towns invited to participate including their geographical spread across the
UK and Ireland, size and special reason of interest such as historical
links with the sea or trade. - John Roberson
NEAT COMPUTER WALLPAPER
The curmudgeon recently loaded some really neat 'wallpaper' on his
computer's desktop. It's a Daniel Forster photo of the classic yacht
Shamrock reaching at high speed. You can do the same thing. Simply go to:
Next, left click on the photo to blow it up, and then RIGHT CLICK to "set
as wallpaper." There are other great photos of classic yachts on the web
site that also will make great wallpaper, or you might even want to buy one
and hang it in a special spot in your home or office. I'm sure Forster
would like that: http://www.yachtphoto.com/
After one year of extensive preparation, Dutchman Hans Bouscholte will be
crossing the Atlantic Ocean in an open 19 foot Nacra Inter catamaran,
accompanied by Frenchman Gerard Navarin. Starting in mid January from
Dakar, Senegal, they hope to reach the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe,
without assistance, in less than 18 days and 22 hours, and so beating the
current world record.
The idea to cross the Atlantic with an open catamaran was born in 1986,
when two attempts took place. The first attempt, still unbeaten after 12
years, was by Frenchman Daniel Pradel and Australian Tony Laurent who
crossed the Atlantic from Senegal to Guadeloupe with a Hobie 18. They
arrived in Guadeloupe after 18 days and 22 hours, exhausted, sick,
dehydrated and unable to walk. The same year another attempt was made by
Frenchmen Laurent Bourgnon (nowadays skipper of the 60-ft trimaran
'Primagaz', winner of the last Route du Rhum) and Frederic Geraldi. They
needed two more days for the crossing, ending up in hospital where they
were treated for severe sunburn and dehydration.
Bouscholte's boat is a custom made, 19-ft Nacra Inter, fitted with two
carbon wings, a carbon mast and is unsinkable through the construction of
separate chambers in the hulls. The latest news, updates and their position
will be posted daily on the website: http://www.bouscholte.com
At the back of the fleet, Robin Davie still had 3,114 miles to go at the
latest position report. He is in a race to arrive in Auckland before the
January 30th cutoff to be eligible for Leg 3, and his cause is not being
furthered by problems with his rudder and his self-steering equipment. In a
message to race ops today he wrote, "The last 24 hours have probably been
amongst the most difficult of any 24-hour period during any of the three
Around Alone races I've been part of. Gale force winds, with storm-force
squalls, and no proper autopilot or steering mechanism functioning
properly... - Herb McCormick
Full story: http://www.aroundalone.com
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATIONS
Light travels faster than sound, which is why some people appear bright
until you hear them speak.