SCUTTLEBUTT #263 - January 22, 1999
KWRW - Report by Sean McNeill
Reveling in wind conditions more typical to the Straits of Florida off Key
West class battles intensified at the 12th anniversary GMC Yukon Yachting
Key West Race Week today. All 18 classes have completed seven races, but
tomorrow's one race will be pivotal for overall class honors because many
classes are up for grabs.
Today's easterly winds between 12 and 18 knots dismantled many leads
achieved through hard work and thorough concentration in the light, 8- to
12-knot winds that dominated the first three days of racing. Some highlights:
A tie exists for the Melges 24 Midwinter Championship. o One point
separates the top two in the Viper 830 Class and the J/105 Class. o Two
points separate the top three in IMS 1. o Three points separate the top
three in IMS 2. o Four points separate the top three in the Farr 40 Class.
As expected, Race Week's record-size fleet of 274 boats has been
astoundingly competitive. "I've been running this regatta for six years and
it's outrageous how close the racing is this year," said Race Chairman
Peter Craig. "We thought we had close racing last year, but this is head
and shoulders above that."
While many classes tightened up in the windy conditions, no one enjoyed the
day more than Tom Thayer's (Jamestown, R.I.) crew on the J/105 Hi-Jinx, the
winner of Thursday's Boat of the Day award. First through fifth in the
J/105 class was separated by 63 seconds, and the class's time-to-distance
ratio of 7.31 is the best among the four Boat of the Day winners this week.
The award is determined using a time and distance formula. A smaller ratio
indicates a more competitive class. For his efforts, owner Thayer received
a Casio MR G Tactician watch from event sponsor Casio Watches.
Additionally, his team moved within 1 point of Bob Swirbalus' (Boston,
Mass.) class leader Phenix.
Today's results in the IMS classes reflect the different optimization
programs of the competitors. Yesterday's leader, Bache Renshaw's
(Portsmouth, R.I.) Virago, is oriented toward light air, and suffered when
the wind topped 12 knots. Virago's 6-6 today allowed Irvine Laidlaw's (Isle
of Man, England) early series leader Hi Fling to recapture the top spot,
albeit by 1 point. Karl Kwok's (Hong Kong, China) Beau Geste finished 3-4
today, and trails Hi Fling by 2 points.
Anyone who says sailing isn't a spectator sport should watch the start of
this class tomorrow. Not only do 2 points separate the top three, but Paolo
Gaia's (Milan, Italy) fourth-placed Breeze and George David's (Hartford,
Conn.) fifth-placed Idler trail Hi Fling by 4 and 6 points, respectively.
This class will be decided at the start.
J. Craig Speck's (Grand Rapids, Mich.) crew on VIM III finally broke into
the lead in IMS 2. After threatening Pasquale Landolfi's (Porto Cervo,
Italy) early series leader Brava Q8 for two days, VIM III finished 2-2 to
Brava's 4-5 to create the tie. Lurking 3 points behind is Sal Giordano's
Heatwave, which won both races today. In fact, Heatwave beat VIM III by 34
and 13 seconds on corrected time in the two races.
"It was fantastic sailing," said a jubilant Ken Read, helmsman on Heatwave.
"These races showed that the IMS Rule works. You had two well-sailed boats
battling for the lead. We finished a few minutes ahead boat for boat, but
were separated by only a few seconds."
John Thomson's (Port Washington, N.Y.) Solution regained the series lead in
the Farr 40 class. Thomson, the defending class champion, finished 1-2 in
today's racing. Edgar Cato's (Coconut Grove, Fla.) Hissar, yesterday's Boat
of the Day, finished 3-1 today and continued its climb out of the hole it
created with a 19th on Day 1. Yesterday's leader, Jack Woodhull's (Newport
Beach, Calif.) Persephone, fell to third with a 7-3. Solution now leads
Hissar and Persephone by 4 points.
"This was the best day conditions-wise; the breeze had some punch," said
Solution's mainsail trimmer Chuck Brown, who also serves as the crew's
resident one-liner expert. "Sailing in this class is like racing in NASCAR.
You get ahead on a leg, they throw the yellow flag at each mark rounding,
we bunch up and start all over again."
The Melges 24 Class, one of the most difficult classes at Race Week the
last four years, proved its competitiveness again. Brian Porter's (Lake
Geneva, Ill.) Full Throttle finished 5-2 and gained 2 points on Scott
Elliott's (Charlotte, N.C.) leader White Loaf, which finished 4-5, to
create the tie for the class's Midwinter Championship. Vince Brun's (San
Diego, Calif.) third-placed Team Henri Lloyd trails the duo by 15 points,
but could overtake both if they get locked into a match-race battle and
lose sight of the big picture.
Although the regatta's spotlight shines brightly on the close racing, two
classes were essentially wrapped-up today. Peter De Beukelaer's (Jackson,
Miss.) Fortune Cookie, a B/25, finished second in Race 7 and leads PHRF 7
(13 boats) by 15 points. Overall, Fortune Cookie has been one of the most
consistent entrants with finishes of 1-2-1-1-1-1-2.
Steve Liebel's (Sarasota, Fla.) Speedracer also secured its victory today
when it won Race 7 in the Henderson 30 Class. Similar to Fortune Cookie,
Speedracer has a string of firsts in its scoreline, 1-1-1-1-1-2-1, and
leads the 11-boat class by 12 points.
Team Italy has all but secured the competition for the Yukon Cup, presented
by title sponsor GMC Yukon to the winning three-boat team. The
international teams are comprised of entries from the IMS, Mumm 30 and
Melges 24 classes.
DIVISION I STANDINGS (provisional through 7 races) CLASS A -- IMS1 1. Hi
Fling/Irvine Laidlaw (Isle of Man, England) 2-5-2-7-1-4-2--23, 2.
Virago/Bache Renshaw (Portsmouth, RI) 4-2-3-1-2-6-6--24, 3. Beau Geste/Karl
Kwok (Hong Kong, China) 5-3-1-4-5-3-4--25. CLASS B -- IMS2 1. VIM III/J.
Craig Speck (Grand Rapids, MI) 4-1-2-2-4-2-2--17, 2. Brava Q8/Pasquale
Landolfi (Porto Cervo, Italy) 1-2-1-1-3-4-5--17, 3. Heatwave/Sal Giordano
(Edgartown, MA) 3-3-4-6-2-1-1--20. CLASS C -- Farr 40 1. Solution/John
Thomson (Port Washington, NY) 1-2-8-9-5-1-2--28, 2. Hissar/Edgar Cato,
Coconut Grove, FL) 19-1-6-1-1-3-1--32, 3. Persephone/Jack Woodhull (Newport
Beach, CA) 2-8-7-3-2-7-3--32. CLASS D -- PHRF1 1. Starlight/Jay Ecklund
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) 1-1-1-3-1-2-1--10, 2. Fatal Attraction/F. Gray Kiger
(Norfolk, VA) 3-5-2-2-2-4-2--20, 3. Wahoo/Fintan Cairns (Dublin, Ireland)
4-3-3-1-4-1-5--21. CLASS E -- 1D35 1. War Bride/Pete DuPont (Rockland, ME)
9-7-2-2-2-1-5--28, 2. Windquest/Doug DeVos (Holland, MI) 3-4-9-4-4-9-3--36,
3. Avalanche/W.S. Shelhorse (Lake Wesley, VA) 17-1-8-3-1-4-8--42. CLASS F
-- PHRF2 1. Letter of Marque/W. Colahan & D. Halsted (Marblehead, MA)
2-2-1-3-1-1-1--11, 2. Wai Rere/Chris Bouzaid (Jamestown, RI)
1-1-2-1-3-8-3--19 3. Full Circle/Sanford Richardson (Hampton, VA)
3-7-3-8-6-3-2--32. CLASS G -- PHRF3 1. Fitikoko/Andrew Wilson (Annapolis,
MD) 1-1-1-1-2-5-5--16, 2. Spirit/David Fleishman (New Smyrna Beach, FL)
4-4-8-3-1-2-1--23, 3.Lunatic Fringe/Eric Wynsma (Grand Rapids, MI)
DIVISION 2 STANDINGS (provisional through 7 races) CLASS A -- PHRF 4 1.
Snake Eyes/Tom Ballard (Annapolis, MD) 1-2-2-3-2-2-1--13, 2. Surprise/Joan
Tryzelaar (Portland, ME) 4-1-1-1-1-1-OCS--25, 3. Ragamuffin/Richard Harris
(New Orleans, LA) 3-3-7-2-4-9-2--30. CLASS B1 -- Viper 830 1. RE/Guy de
Boer (Detroit, MI) 4-2-2-1-1-2-5--17, 2. Extreme Measures/Doug Harkrider
(Flowery Banch, GA) 5-1-1-2-2-3-4--18, 3. Impulsive Response/Ted Balfour
(Randolph, NJ) 1-3-4-3-4-4-1--20. CLASS B2 -- J/105 1. Phenix/Bob Swirbalus
(Boston, MA) 3-2-7-2-1-1-4--20, 2. Hi-Jinx/Tom Thayer (Jamestown, RI)
1-5-6-3-2-3-1--21, 3. Wet Paint/Donald Priestly (Newport, RI)
4-4-2-4-6-4-2--26. CLASS C -- J/29 1. WOW/W. Rojek & A. Zaleski (City
Island, NY) 4-5-3-1-1-3-3--20, 2. Tomahawk/Bruce Lockwood (Ludlow, VT)
1-1-5-2-11-5-1--26, 3. Titillation/Paul Anderson (Deltaville, VA)
1-6-2-8-2-1-4--30 CLASS D -- J/80 1. Hustle/Tim McAdams (E. Greenwich, RI)
2-5-1-2-3-2-4--19, 2. Thrown Together/Vicky Jo Neiner (Perth Amboy, NJ)
3-4-4-1-6-3-2--23, 3. Kicks/David Balfour (Austin, TX) 1-7-2-6-6-6-1--29.
CLASS E -- PHRF 5 1. Claddagh/L. Fallon & J. Flanagan (Marblehead, MA)
1-2-1-1-2-2-1--10, 2. Think Blue/Gary Disbrow (Vermillion, OH)
3-3-3-6-5-1-2--23, 3..Liquor Box/Chuck Simon (Bay Village, OH)
6-4-2-2-1-7-3--25. CLASS F -- PHRF 6 1. Synchronicity/Michael Phelan
(Coconut Grove, FL) 1-2-1-4-1-2-3--14, 2. Sazerac/Gordon Ettie
(Minneapolis, MN) 4-4-2-1-3-1-1--16, 3. Creola/Jack Cavalier (Tampa, FL)
3-1-3-2-4-3-4--20. CLASS G -- PHRF 7 1. Fourtune Cookie/Peter De Beukelaer
(Jackson, MS) 1-2-1-1-1-1-2--9, 2. Hot Sheet/Mitch Hnatt (Brick, NJ)
3-3-4-3-6-4-1--24, 3.Fluffy Flanks/Barry Parkoff (San Antonio, TX)
DIVISION 3 STANDINGS (provisional through 7 races) CLASS A -- Henderson 30
1. Speedracer/Steve Liebel (Sarasota, FL) 1-1-1-1-1-2-1--8, 2. New
Wave/Michael Carroll (Clearwater, FL) 2-3-3-2-7-1-2--20, 3. Girlfriend/J.
Holt & P. Dimartino (Wickford, RI) 7-6-2-5-2-4-4--30. CLASS B -- Mumm 30 1.
Sector/Carla Silva (Portofino, Italy) 4-3-2-1-1-8-2--21, 2.
Malinda/Invicta/Massimo Mezzaroma (Rome, Italy) 2-4-4-3-7-4-9--33, 3. USA
48/B. Allardice & E. Collins (TriBeCa) 1-8-1-11-10-3-1--35. CLASS C --
Melges 24 1. Whit Loaf/Scott Elliott (Charlotte, NC) 6-7-2-2-1-4-5--27, 2.
Full Throttle/Brian Porter (Lake Geneva, IL) 7-2-1-5-5-5-2--27, 3. Team
Henri Lloyd/Vince Brun (San Diego, Calif.) 15-5-8-6-4-1-3--42.
A complete set of provisional results and scratch sheet can be found on
Race Week's web page at http://www.yachtingnet.com
TINY, TINY, TINY!
There are 9 billion pores per square inch in Douglas Gill's Ocean
Technology laminate. While that's 20,000 times SMALLER than a droplet of
water, it's also 700 time LARGER than moisture vapor, so it easily 'wicks
away' perspiration. That all translates into unparalleled comfort in even
the most miserable conditions. You really can't afford to let another day
go before you check out Gill's complete line of foul weather gear:
99 WORLDS - Report by Peter Campbell
The 99 World Sailing Championships, the largest regatta of its kind ever
staged in the world and the first combined world championships for seven
Olympic classes, ended this afternoon on Melbourne's Port Phillip - with
ideal sailing conditions on the bay. The last of the 16 world titles to be
decided was the Laser Masters, in fact, comprising a number of
championships for sailors 35 years of age and beyond. The oldest competitor
was 76. The Laser Masters attracted 250 competitors from some 25 nations,
the largest of fleet of all the championships which in total drew 1800
sailors from 58 nations to Melbourne and Port Phillip.
It is estimated the sailors and their supporters poured an extra $AUS 30
million and more into the economy Melbourne and State of Victoria. So
successful has the 99 Worlds been that the International Sailing Federation
plans wants a similar regatta staged in 2003 in Europe as a lead-up to the
Athens Games in 2004. Nations will again compete for the IOC President's
Cup, presented for the first time at the 99 Worlds in Melbourne. Victoria's
Premier Jeff Kennett has also promised $AUS 100,000 for prize money for an
international sailing regatta in January 2000.
Today's final two races for the Laser Masters were sailed in a light
northerly breeze and flat water, well appreciated by the older sailors in
this vast fleet. However, the race committee then elected - we don't know
exactly why - to discard the 11th race. So final results are calculated on
10 races with one discard, with a protest against this decision being
dismissed half an hour before the trophy presentation. So the end result saw:
-- Australian Graham Read, at 66 years of age become the oldest world
champion of the 99 Worlds, winning the Laser Great Grand Masters, sailed in
the smaller rig Laser Radials in deference to the age of competitors (65
years of age and upwards). Graham comes from Roseville in Sydney and sails
from the Vaucluse Yacht Club. He won by just two points from Japan's
Haruyoshi Kimura, with 70-year-old South African Geoffrey Myburgh five
points further back.
-- Britain's Mark Littlejohn, a youngster at 36 from the Lancing Sailing
Club, take out the Apprentice Masters (35-44 years of age) with a
remarkable seven wins in 11 races, winning the 10th race just to make sure.
Runner-up was Andreas John from Germany with Britain's Alan Davis third.
-- Another British sailor, Keith Wilkins, 54, from Kidderminster in
Worcester and a member of the Chelmarsh Sailing Club, win the highly
competitive Laser Master world title after a hard fought battle with
Sweden's Peter Sundelin who won the 10th race, and Doug Peckover from the
USA who came in second in that race.
-- Colourful Australian sailor Graham Oborn, 59, a former offshore
yachtsman, win the Grand Masters title, following his success at the 1998
Nike World Masters. Runner-sup was New Zealander Jack Hansen, third going
to another Kiwi, Keith Vann, who won what was to be the last race. Graham
lives at Morpeth near Newcastle, NSW, sails with the Port Stephens Sailing
& Aquatic Club .
-- Former Laser world women's champion Lyndall Patterson (nee Coxon) win
the final two races to score a runaway victory in the Masters Radial world
title for women. In all, Lyndall who now lives on Queensland's Sunshine
Coast, won seven of the ten races, to win comfortably from fellow
Australian Helen Cooksley and Sally Sharp from the USA.
And so ends, with a spectacular thunderstorm tonight rivaling the fireworks
on the Yarra River at the end of regatta party and presentation. And we
will be sailing on Port Phillip again in January 2000 - the big year for Oz!
Event website: http://99worlds.org
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
Letters may be edited for clarity, space (250 words max) or to exclude
-- From Chris Freeman -- In one of the previous issues of Butt someone
asked who would enforce the PFD/strobe light rule. Has Corinthian sailing
really decayed along with the rest of the planet to the point that rules
like this need to be enforced with babysitters? Who enforces whether or not
you use the engine during a race? At the risk of sounding slightly
religious, if you follow overboard in you are not wearing a PFD, then God
just enforced the rule. Not to mention, when they finally recovered the
body (if ever) you would look pretty stupid if you weren't wearing it.
Maybe it wasn't comfortable while you were treading water!
-- Frank Whitton--- William Henderson...I share not only your thoughts but
your politics as well. US Sailing has long since abandoned its stated goal
to "Serving Sailors" and replaced it with "Serving Themselves". This sounds
a bit harsh but unfortunately I feel it true. With regards to a change, my
vote would be to start with the Offshore Office. They have done more to
destroy the sport of handicap sailing than any other single factor and
nowhere have I seen them being held responsible for it. Communication is
the single biggest factor they have failed miserably at. I could give you
example after example of this but I long since stopped trying to change
things because they fell on deaf ears at US Sailing. Maybe through
Scuttlebutt and other sources people can find a forum for good
communication. I find it interesting that in past discussions in
Scuttlebutt US Sailing's Offshore office has never responded pro or con
even when I bait them regarding issues of IMS ratings and promotion of IMS.
-- From Peter Huston -- Whether US SAILING wants to listen or not, the most
important grass roots communication tool for the sport of sailboat racing
in the US, if not the world, is now "scuttlebutt". While I applaude their
new web site development initiative, US SAILING is so far behind in
communication technique and responsiveness they may never recover. Long
live the "curmudgeon".
Curmudgeon's Comment: I've shamelessly come to realization that this Huston
chap is a very insightful 'Butthead.
--From Glenn McCarthy -- All I was saying was when the US SAILING meeting
comes to your town, come on out and express yourself (Dallas this spring,
Baltimore this fall). Many committees of US SAILING work via E-mail and
attendance is not always required. Simply show up when the meetings attend
your area, you'll find it a rewarding experience.
Second, the entire Board of US SAILING has recognized that their Web site
is behind the eight ball. Upgrading the website is a top priority project.
They have allocated serious cash to move the page into the future.
The illbruck Round the World challenge (IRWC) has announced the first
partners for its campaign to win the Volvo Ocean Race Round the World
2001-2. The announcement was made this week at the "boot'99" boat show in
Duesseldorf, Germany. The British clothing company Douglas Gill will supply
its "Gill" brand crew clothing and foulweather gear to the campaign. As the
official supplier for clothing, Douglas Gill will provide the crew with
sailing wear that includes light and heavy foul weather gear, fleece
jackets, life-jackets and other apparel items. During the last Whitbread
Round the World Race the company was the official supplier to "Chessie
During the Volvo Ocean Race - one of the world's toughest - crew will be
exposed to extreme weather conditions including saltwater spray and waves
in storms, cloudbursts in thunderstorms, icy conditions in Antarctic waters
and the heat and humidity of the Equator. In addition to keeping them dry,
the crew's gear should also offer maximum insulation coupled with
breathability to handle perspiration. -- Kieth Taylor
illbruck Round the World Challenge web site: http://www.illbruck-pinta.com
TIP O' THE WEEK
Cross 'Em When You Can -- This is a classic rule of thumb offered many
years ago by Stuart Walker in his book Advanced Racing Tactics. When
sailing upwind in an oscillating breeze and the opportunity presents itself
such that the boats on your stern quarter are pointing down enough that you
can tack and get across their bows... do it. Seizing this opportunity sets
you up for the next shift. To defend, the other boats' only option is to
tack in front and to leeward of your bow and wait for the next shift that
will cause you to point down at them. However, if the group you are
crossing sticks it out and allows you to cross, the gain you realize will
be even greater when that next shift arrives and you are lifted and inside.
Note, the same principle applies when jibing downwind in an oscillating
breeze. -- the Coach at Sailweb.net.
SUN MICROSYSTEMS AUSTRALIA CUP
It's another new year, with another circuit of International Grand Prix
Match Racing regattas, and as usual the Royal Perth Yacht Club's Sun
Microsystems is the first event of the year. This year the Royal Perth
Yacht Club and Sun Microsystems have attracted a star-studded line up, the
best for a number of years, including the top three skippers in the world,
and eight of the top twenty. Nine nations are in the line up, and four
America's Cup challenger teams will be represented. The competitors are:
|RANKING ||NAME || NATION
|1. || PETER GILMOUR || Japan
|2. || CHRIS LAW || Britain
|3. || GAVIN BRADY || New Zealand
|10. || LUC PILLOT || France
|11. || MAGNUS HOLMBERG || Sweden
|12. || NEVILLE WITTEY || Australia
|14. || TOMASLAV BASIC || Croatia
|15. || MORTON HENRIKSEN || Denmark
|21. || NICOLA CELON || Italy
|34. || SEBASTIEN DESTREMAU || Australia
The crews arrive in Perth over the weekend of 30th/31st January, with
practice sessions on Monday and Tuesday 1st/2nd February. The round robin
racing starts Wednesday 3rd, with the finals Sunday 7th. - John Roberson
THE CURMUDGEON'S COUNSEL
Don't judge people by their relatives.