SCUTTLEBUTT #262 - January 21, 1999
KWRW - Report by Sean McNeill
While the working world labored through hump day blues
competitors at the 12th annual GMC Yukon Yachting Key
West Race Week used the week's mid-point to help define
their future. There were nine ties for either first,
second or third in the 18 classes at Race Week when
racing began today. At the end of the day there were two.
"Wednesday is always make or break day at Race Week,"
said Race Chairman Peter Craig. "With so many of the
classes knotted at the start of the day, those that
placed well improved their chances for finding the
winners' circle at the end of the week."
Edgar Cato's (Coconut Grove, Fla.) Hissar sees its future
in the winners' circle. Hissar posted double bullets
today in the Farr 40 Class, which helped it improve from
eighth to fourth in the 20-boat class. The strong showing
earned Hissar Boat of the Day honors for conquering the
class with the closest racing, and Cato a Casio MR G
Tactician watch. The award is determined using a time and
distance formula. A smaller ratio indicates a more
competitive class. The combined delta for first through
fifth in both of today's Farr 40 races was 2 minutes, 46
"Today was our best day of the week," said Cato at the
post-race awards ceremony. "We had a bad day Monday when
we made some bad decisions. But we have a great crew and
we never give up. We led each race from start to finish."
Hissar, which moved to fourth in the class, trails Jack
Woodhull's (Newport Beach, Calif.) leader Persephone by 6
points. John Thomson's (Port Washington, N.Y.) Solution
and John Kilroy's (San Francisco, Calif.) Samba Pa Ti
hold second and third, respectively.
The PHRF 2 30-foot sportboat class remains the only one
tied at the end of Day 3. Wayne Colahan and Doug
Halstead's (Marblehead, Mass.) Letter of Marque and Chris
Bouzaid's (Jamestown, R.I.) Wai Rere swapped a first and
a third to remain tied with 10 points. Michael Finn's
(Slidell, La.) Surfinn holds third with 20 points.
In other action, IMS 1 continued to live up to its
billing as one of the toughest classes in the regatta,
but it features an unexpected leader. Elder statesman
Bache Renshaw (Portsmouth, R.I.) has shared the helm of
his 47-footer Virago with Star class champion Peter
Bromby (Hamilton, Bermuda) and leads the class dominated
by professionals. Virago holds a 5-point lead over Irvine
Laidlaw's (Isle of Man, England) 60-footer Hi Fling, with
Karl Kwok's (Hong Kong, China) third-placed 50-footer
Beau Geste 6 points behind. "We made some modifications
to speed up before the regatta," said Renshaw of the
alterations made to his boat after the International
Measurement System Rule was rewritten last month. "We
opted for a light-air configuration and we're going like
The end of Day 3 also saw a third overall leader in the
highly competitive 1D35 class, which has been a contender
for Boat of the Day honors all week. Pete DuPont's
(Rockland, Me.) War Bride took the lead with two
second-place finishes today, improving from fifth at the
start of the day. Stephen Pfeifer's (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Northern Bear, yesterday's leader, fell to third with a
disappointing 6-10. Doug DeVos' (Holland, Mich.)
Windquest moved into second with two fourths. Three
points separate the top three in the 1D35 class.
Upheaval occurred in the Melges 24 class, which is
hosting its Midwinter Championship at Race Week. Charlie
Ogletree's (Newport Beach, Calif.) Planet Loaf, the class
leader the first two days, dropped to sixth when it fell
afoul of double digit, 16-25 finishes in the 50-boat
class. At the other end of the spectrum, Scott Elliott's
(Charlotte, N.C.) White Loaf took over the class lead
with finishes of 2-1, bringing its total to 18 points.
Trailing 2 points in arrears is National Champion Brian
Porter's (Lake Geneva, Ill.) Full Throttle. World
Champion Vince Brun's (San Diego, Calif) Team Henri Lloyd
holds third, 20 points behind the leader.
In the battle for the Yukon Cup, Team Italy leads Team
Far East by 12 points, half of the advantage it held this
morning. Awarded by title sponsor GMC Yukon, the Yukon
Cup is presented to the top international three-boat team
comprised of entries from the IMS, Mumm 30 and Melges 24
Team Far East closed the gap today when Team Italy's
Planet Loaf placed ninth among the 10 Melges 24s in the
team competition. Team Italy's Breeze, Malinda/Invicta
and Planet Loaf now have the low score of 49 points,
while Team Far East -- Beau Geste, Esmeralda and White
Loaf -- have 61 points. Team United Kingdom -- Hi Fling,
Turbo Duck and Snickers Workwear -- is third with 65
In order to generate broad interest, team composition may
be one country or regional when there aren't a sufficient
number of boats from a single country. Two of the three
boats on each team must hail from the country or region
represented, with at least 30 percent of the crew on
those two boats citizens or legal residents of the
The record-size fleet of 274 boats will sail a total of
eight races through Friday, January 22, at the 12th
annual GMC Yukon Yachting Key West Race Week. A complete
set of provisional results and scratch sheet can be found
on Race Week's web page at http://www.yachtingnet.com
DIVISION I STANDINGS (provisional after 5 races) -- CLASS
A -- IMS1 1. Virago/Bache Renshaw (Portsmouth, RI)
4-2-3-1-2--12, 2. Hi Fling/Irvine Laidlaw (Isle of Man,
England) 2-5-2-7-1--17 3. (tie among) Beau Geste/Karl
Kwok (Hong Kong, China) 5-3-1-4-5-18 and Breeze/Paolo
Gaia (Milan, Italy) 1-7-4-3-3--18. CLASS B -- IMS2 1.
Brava Q8/Pasquale Landolfi (Porto Cervo, Italy)
1-2-1-1-3--8, 2. VIM III/J. Craig Speck (Grand Rapids,
MI) 4-1-2-2-4--13, 3. Heatwave/Sal Giordano (Edgartown,
MA) 3-3-4-6-2--18. CLASS C -- Farr 40 1. Persephone/Jack
Woodhull (Newport Beach, CA) 2-8-7-3-2--22, 2.
Solution/John Thomson (Port Washington, NY)
1-2-8-9-5--25, 3. Samba Pa Ti/John Kilroy (San Francisco,
CA) 11-5-1-4-6--27. CLASS D -- PHRF1 1. Starlight/Jay
Ecklund (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) 1-1-1-3-1--7, 2. Fatal
Attraction/F. Gray Kiger (Norfolk, VA) 3-5-2-2-2--14, 3.
Wahoo/Fintan Cairns (Dublin, Ireland) 4-3-3-1-4--15.
CLASS E -- 1D35 1. War Bride/Pete DuPont (Rockland, ME)
9-7-2-2-2--22, 2. Windquest/Doug DeVos (Holland, MI)
3-4-9-4-4--24, 3. Northern Bear/Stephan Pfeifer
(Milwaukee, WI) 2-2-5-6-10--25. CLASS F -- PHRF2 1. (tie
between) Wai Rere/Chris Bouzaid (Jamestown, RI)
1-1-4-1-3--10 and Letter of Marque/W. Colahan & D.
Halsted (Marblehead, MA) 2-2-2-3-1--10, 3.
Surfinn/Michael Finn (Slidell, LA) 4-3-6-2-5--20. CLASS G
-- PHRF3 1. Fitikoko/Andrew Wilson (Annapolis, MD)
1-1-1-2-2--7, 2. Lunatic Fringe/Eric Wynsma (Grand
Rapids, MI) 3-3-2-4-4--16, 3. Spirit/Square Knot Partners
(New Smyrna Beach, FL) 4-4-8-3-1--20.
DIVISION 2 STANDINGS (provisional after 5 races, unless
noted) -- CLASS A -- PHRF 4 1. Surprise/Joan Tryzelaar
(Portland, ME) 1-1-1-1-1--5, 2. Snake Eyes/Tom Ballard
(Annapolis, MD) 2-2-3-2-2--11, 3. Kicks/Peter Hartleb
(Cape Coral, FL) 6-3-4-7-4--24. CLASS B1 -- Viper 830 1.
RE/Guy de Boer (Detroit, MI) 2-2-1-1-2--8, 2. Extreme
Measures/Doug Harkrider (Flowery Banch, GA) 1-1-2-2-3--9,
3. Blue Genes/Keith McCullagh (Bucks, England)
4-3-4-3-1--15. CLASS B2 -- J/105 (provisional after 6
races) 1. Phenix/Bob Swirbalus (Boston, MA)
3-2-7-2-1-1--16, 2. Hi-Jinx/Tom Thayer (Jamestown, RI)
1-5-6-3-2-3--20, 3. Elizabeth/Bill Helming (Acton, MA)
5-3-3-1-5-6--23. CLASS C -- J/29 1. WOW/W. Rojek & A.
Zaleski (City Island, NY) 5-3-1-1-3--13, 2.
Titillation/Paul Anderson (Deltaville, VA) 6-2-8-2-1--19,
3. Hustler/John Esposito (City Island, NY) 2-4-3-8-6--23.
CLASS D -- J/80 (provisional after 6 races) 1. Hustle/Tim
McAdams (E. Greenwich, RI) 2-5-1-2-3-2--15, 2. Thrown
Together/Vicky Jo Neiner (Perth Amboy, NJ)
3-4-4-1-6-3--21, 3. Monster Lady/Martin Kald (Pt.
Washington, NY) 4-2-9-5-1-5--26. CLASS E -- PHRF 5c 1.
Claddagh/L. Fallon & J. Flanagan (Marblehead, MA)
1-2-1-1-2-2--9, 2. Storm Front/James Wells (Evansville,
IN) 2-1-4-3-3-3--16, 3. Think Blue/Gary Disbrow
(Vermillion, OH) 3-3-3-6-5-1--21. CLASS F -- PHRF 6
(provisional after 6 races) 1. Synchronicity/Michael
Phelan (Coconut Grove, FL) 1-2-1-4-1-2--11, 2.
Sazerac/Gordon Ettie (Minneapolis, MN) 4-4-2-1-3-1--15,
3. Creola/Jack Cavalier (Tampa, FL) 3-1-3-2-4-3--16.
CLASS G -- PHRF 7 (provisional after 6 races) 1. Fourtune
Cookie/Peter De Beukelaer (Jackson, MS) 1-2-1-1-1-1--7,
2. Fluffy Flanks/Barry Parkoff (San Antonio, TX)
2-1-2-9-2-3--19, 3. Hot Sheet/Mitch Hnatt (Brick, NJ)
DIVISION 3 STANDINGS (provisional after 5 races) -- CLASS
A -- Henderson 30 1. Speedracer/Steve Liebel (Sarasota,
FL) 1-1-1-1-1--5, 2. New Wave/Michael Carroll
(Clearwater, FL) 2-3-3-2-7--17, 3. Girlfriend/J. Holt &
P. Dimartino (Wickford, RI) 7-6-2-5-2--22. CLASS B --
Mumm 30 1. Sector/Carla Silva (Portofino, Italy)
4-3-2-1-1--11, 2. Malinda/Invicta/Massimo Mezzaroma
(Rome, Italy) 2-4-4-3-7--20, 3. USA 48/B. Allardice & E.
Collins (TriBeCa) 1-8-1-11-10--31. CLASS C -- Melges 24
1. Whit Loaf/Scott Elliott (Charlotte, NC) 6-7-2-2-1--18,
2. Full Throttle/Brian Porter (Lake Geneva, IL)
7-2-1-5-5--20, 3. Team Henri Lloyd/Vince Brun (San Diego,
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WORLD SOLING MATCH RACING - Report by Peter Campbell
Swedish yachtsman Hans Wallen has won the magnificent
Infanta Dona Cristina Trophy presented by the Spanish
Royal Family for the Soling world match racing
championship at Melbourne's Port Phillip. Coming from
behind in both the semi-final and the final, Wallen beat
a rather luckless Jeff Madrigali from the USA to decide
the gold and silver medals - and win the solid silver
model of Columbus' ship Santa Maria donated by the
Infanta Dona Cristina of Spain.
Wallen is a relative newcomer to the Soling class, having
moved from the Stars in which he beat Australia's Colin
Beashel to win the silver medal at the 1966 Atlanta
Olympics. However, he has a highly experienced crew in
Johan Barne and Magnus Augustson, creating a brilliant
combination of sailing skills and tactical talent, the
key to success in match racing.
The Netherland's Roy Heiner won the bronze medal, beating
New Zealand's Rod Davis in the petite final to decide the
bronze medal in what has to be the most talented line-up
of the huge 99 Worlds regatta.
In what has been called the America's Cup of racing in
Olympic sailing, the world's best sailors in this
three-man keelboat have sailed boat-for-boat over the
past four days, using boatspeed and often aggressive
tactics to beat their opponent. In fact, all four
finalists are Olympic medallists in a variety of classes,
Wallen being the Star silver medallist at Savannah, while
Madrigali was the bronze medallist in the Soling class,
the finals there being decided on match racing. Heiner
won the bronze medal in the single-handed Finn dinghy
class at Savannah, while Davis has won a gold medal as a
Soling crew (Los Angeles) and a bronze as a Star class
skipper at Barcelona.
Today's racing began in only a 6 knots of wind, with the
south-easterly seabreeze building up during the afternoon
to 10-12 knots, ideal conditions for match racing. Wallen
fought back after losing the first flight of both his
semi-final and final, going on to win 3-1 against Heiner
in the semi-final and Madrigali in the final.
Magridali had slightly better boatspeed in the final, but
lost the second and last races after leading Wallen.In
the second race, he was leading to the finish but had to
take a penalty turn for an earlier infringement, allowing
Wallen to break through and get the gun. In the last
race, both skippers edged close inshore in a tacking
duel, with Wallen outfoxing the American and gaining a
vital break in the still light and flukey breeze to again
edge through to the lead.
SEMI-FINALS: Hans Wallen (SWE) d Roy Heiner (NED) 3-1;
Jeff Madrigali (USA) de Rod Davis (NZL) 3-1. FINAL:
Wallen d Madrigali 3-1 - Wallen wins gold, Madrigali wins
silver. PETIT FINAL: Heiner d Davis 2-1 - Heiner wins
The full story.
Hall Spars, the Bristol, R.I.-based high-performance
manufacturers of masts, spars and rigging, will work
exclusively for the NYYC/Young America Challenge in the
manufacture of the masts, booms, and spinnaker poles for
NYYC/Young America's International America's Cup Class
Hall Spars also works exclusively with Young America's
design/technology team in the research and development of
the carbon fiber spars that are lightweight yet strong
enough for America's Cup racing in New Zealand's rugged
conditions. This exclusive arrangement allows for a fully
integrated hull and rig design of NYYC/Young America's
two new IACC boats for America's Cup 2000.
Hall's spar development work for NYYC/Young America began
during the two-boat testing sessions in Rhode Island in
1997 when various modifications were tested on the team's
two 1995 IACC training boats, Young America (USA 36) and
Spirit of Rhode Island (USA 39). A new mast was built for
the 1998 testing season. The team at Hall worked together
with Young America's principal designer, Bruce Farr &
Associates, and the Young America design team in
designing and developing the new mast that was tested
extensively during the 1998 sessions in Rhode Island and
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
Letters may be edited for clarity, space (250 words max)
or to exclude personal attacks.
-- From Peter Huston (NYYC/Fox deal) -- Why on earth
would the NYYC controlled Challengers organization, ACCA,
do a deal with ESPN for event broadcast rights, and then
have the NYYC sailing team ambush their very own event
organizing authority, by doing a team media deal with an
arch rival like Fox which gives Fox signage rights on the
sails and hull during an ESPN broadcast? I have a hard
time believing ESPN is happy about this turn of events.
I wonder if the NYYC sailing team will have to take on
the persona of Fox TV characters - Ed Baird as Homer
Simpson saying "DOOOOOH, I let Cayard slam dunk me
again". John Marshall as Hank Hill waxing philosophical
with down east stories. And Kimo Worthington as Bart
Simpson arriving at Young America just before a race on a
powered surfboard saying "Outta my way Baird dude, I'm
gonna drive this sea slug now".
Irreverant Fox and the genteel NYYC - yeah, there's a
combination that makes a ton of sense. I'll bet the
general membership of NYYC is jumping for joy at the
prospect of hosting something like a "Married with
Children" cast reunion at Harbour Court this summer.
-- Craig Fletcher -- Let's not forget that PHRF has the
largest big boat membership in the USA. Remember a phrase
from the early 80's, "I love to hate".
-- From Allan Johnson - In 'Butt #261 Sean McNeill wrote
"Some participant at GMC Yukon Yachting Key West Race
Week '99 forgot to offer their weekly sacrifice to Huey,
sailing's legendary wind God." I realize that McNeill is
an esteemed journalist for one of our finest sailing
magazines, but have I been praying to the wrong god? Up
here in the Pacific Northwest our crew of Scandinavian
descent worship "Odin"-Supreme Deity, creator of the
cosmos, god of wisdom, war, art, culture. It seems the
creator of the cosmos certainly controls the weather and
wind or is this just a bunch of Huey?
-- Scott Truesdell -- Glenn McCarthy admonishes all US
SAILING members to attend the semi-annual meetings as a
means for being included in the legislative process. I
maintain it is neither practical nor desireable for large
numbers of US SAILING members to attend the bi-annual
meetings. Would US SAILING want to make provisions for
attendance that could vary by several orders of
magnitude? We are not required to make a pilgrimage to
Washington D.C. to vote on legislative propositions.
Mr. McCarthy asks: "Did you express yourself?" This is
exactly what the members are asking for: an opportunity
to express ourselves. We can not all attend every
meeting, therefore, US SAILING should publish the
proceedings in American Sailor or on the web and solicit
comments. Rewrite the propositions to reflect the
comments, then submit for wide membership vote. It's a
simple legislative model that is used by countless
numbers of organizations worldwide. Not until
legislation-in-progress is widely disseminated will the
question "Did you express yourself?" have any pertinence.
US SAILING will further expand the USA Junior Olympic
Sailing Festivals in 1999 to 18 regional festivals
nationwide, plus the USA Junior Olympic National Sailing
Championship. Run in cooperation with the U.S. Olympic
Committee, the program was introduced in 1997 with six
regional events, attended by 1,400 youth sailors.
Participation doubled in 1998, to 2,800 sailors at 13
events. US SAILING developed the program to boost
grassroots participation in junior sailing.
The 1999 events will use the same formula that made the
1998 events a hit-fun, learning and competition, with an
emphasis on fun. Each event will have a distinct,
regional flavor. Some festivals will concentrate on
clinics and learning, while others will include lots of
fun and games. All regional festivals will have
on-the-water racing, and all will offer fun activities
for new or entry level sailors. Age limits vary at each
event but include ages 8 to 19, for the most part.
US Junior Sailing Team-For the first time, US SAILING
honored 19 youth sailors by naming them to the 1998 US
Junior Sailing Team. This will be continued, and another
team will be named in 1999. It will be comprised of the
winners of this year's major national youth sailing
championships. These include the US SAILING Junior
Women's Singlehanded & Doublehanded Championships (Leiter
& Ida Lewis trophies), US SAILING Junior Sailing
Championships (Sears, Bemis & Smythe trophies) and the
USA Junior Olympic National Sailing Championship. The
Team will also include U.S. representatives to the 1999
ISAF World Youth Sailing Championships who are not
already named above. US Junior Sailing Team members are
role models for younger sailors and will be considered
for future Olympic campaigns.
USA Junior Olympic Sailing events are an element of US
SAILING's Olympic Path, which was started in 1997 to
enhance youth development opportunities in the U.S., and
to provide a head start into Olympic sailing. It achieves
this through activities and strategies that will promote
lifelong interest in the sport of sailing. US SAILING's
plan is to put a Junior Olympic Sailing Festival in each
region of the country in years to come.
Mike Guccione, Race Management Chair for the Association
of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs (ASMBYC), announced that
a racers' forum will be held on February 3 at 7:00 PM at
Windjammers' Yacht Club. This forum will provide an
opportunity for competitors to meet with the race chairs
of each of the yacht clubs which are members of ASMBYC to
share ideas on how to improve racing in Santa Monica Bay.
The idea for the forum originated from interactive
discussions regarding race participation which occurred
on the Yacht Racers' Resource Center, a not-for-profit
web site (www.yrrc.com). Guccione anticipates that a
broad range of topics will be covered at the forum
including the schedule of races, the type of races
offered and potential enhancements to the current course
chart. However, time limitations may permit only fleet
captains of the one design and PHRF fleets to speak.
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATIONS
Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.