SCUTTLEBUTT #267 - January 28, 1999
Hosting 189 boats and 279 sailors, the tenth annual Miami Olympic Classes
Regatta (OCR) blasted off today on Biscayne Bay in a welcome 15-knot
breeze. The event's brilliant first day allowed the Finn, 470, Laser,
Mistral Men, Mistral Women, Soling and Star classes to complete three races
each, while the Tornado class completed four. Due to lack of attendance,
49er class racing was cancelled.
Today's leaders in the Mistral Women, Soling and Tornado classes each
posted victories in all races. Lars Guck and PJ Schaffer of Bristol, R.I.,
swept the 21-boat Tornado fleet with a four-win score of four points, while
1996 Olympians John Lovell and Charlie Ogletree (New Orleans, La) trailed
in overall scoring with 15 points. Harry Melges, Hans Melges and Brian
Porter (Fontana, Ill.) posted three victories for three points in the
11-boat Soling class. A team lead by Miami's John Gochberg is close behind
with seven overall points.
Mistral sailor Lanee Butler (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) consistently topped the
14 women in her co-ed fleet of 45. "The racing is intense since we're
racing against the men," said Butler, a 1996 Olympian, "and we are using
the regatta to determine US Sailing Team rankings. Also, several countries
are using the regatta for a Pan Am Games qualifier, so the best people are
here." Great Britain's Helen Cartwright was Butler's closest female
competitor after total scores were posted.
As the name implies, the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta attracts hopefuls
for the 2000 Olympics and is known for its competitive international field.
It is co-hosted by the U.S. Sailing Center; Coral Reef, Biscayne Bay, Key
Biscayne and Miami Yacht Clubs; and the Coconut Grove Sailing Club.
Sailing concludes this Saturday. Complete scores will be posted at
and http://ussailing.org. -- Barby MacGowan
DAY 1 RESULTS (PROTESTS PENDING) FINN (18 Boats) 1. Fabio Bodra, BRA,
2-1-1; 4. 2. Rodrigo Meireles, San Diego, Calif., 1-3-2; 6. 3. Jeff
Ewenson, Annapolis, Md., 4-4-3; 11. 4. Eric Oetgen, Savannah, GA, 7-2-4;
13. 5.(t) Akif Maslubas,TUR, 3-6-6; 15 6.(t) Brian Huntsman, Drexel Hill,
Penn., 5-5-5; 15. 7. Ben Beer, USVI, 6-8-7; 21. 8. Patrick Weaver, Redwood
City, Calif., 9-9-8; 26. 9. Emil De Balthazar, Pensacola Beach, Fla.,
8-10-9; 27 10. Daniel Kurbiel, CAN, 10-7-11; 28.
470 MEN & WOMEN (7 BOATS) 1. JJ Isler/Pease Glaser, La Jolla, Calif.,
1-1-3; 5 2. Graham Vials/Magnus Leask, GBR, 2-2-1; 5 3. Tracy Hayley/Louise
Van Voorhis, Miami, Fla.,3-4-2; 9. 4. Larry Suter/Ryan Donahue, Key
Biscayne, Fla, 4-3-4; 11 5. Peter Stanton/Chris Stanton, ISV, 5-5-5; 15.
6. Kevin Teborek/Talbot Ingram, Winnetka, Ill., DNC-DNC-DNC; 24. 7. Peter
Katcha/Jim Elvart, Tampa, Fla., DNC-DNC-DNC; 24.
LASER (42 Boats) 1. Peer Moberg, NOR, OCS-1-3-1; 5. 2. Mark Mendelblatt,
St. Petersburg, Fla., 2-1-2; 5. 3. Brett Davis, St. Petersburg, Fla.,
5-2-3; 10. 4. Bill Hardesty, San Diego, Calif., 3-4-4; 11. 5. John
Torgerson, Annapolis, Md., 4-5-5; 14. 6. Ben Richardson, Gloucester, Mass.,
6-7-6; 19. 7.Greg Skidmore, Riverside, Conn., 10-9-8; 27 8.(t) Jack
Dreyfuss, Miami, Fla., 18-6-7; 31. 9.(t) Kurt Taulbee, Buffalo, N.Y.,
9-11-11; 31. 10.(t) Oskar Johanson, CAN, 5-11-10-10; 31.
MISTRAL Men (36 Boats) 1. Mike Gebhardt, Ft. Pierce, Fla, 1-4-1; 6. 2.
Jerome Corba, NED, 8-1-3; 12. 3.(t) Alain Bolduc, CAN, 2-6-7; 15. 4.(t)
Olivier Carteret, FRA, 3-3-9; 15 5. Randy Somnitz, Cocoa Beach, Fla, 9-2-5;
16. 6. Jean Raas, Seminole, Fla., 4-10-8; 22. 7. Kevin Stittle, CAN,
10-8-6; 24. 8. David Mier Y Teran, MEX,11-9-19; 39. 9. Federico
Villalpando, MEX, 15-11-16; 42. 10. Greg Despins, CAN, 19-12-17; 48.
MISTRAL WOMEN (14 Boats) 1. Lanee Butler, Aliso Viejo, Calif., 13-7-12; 32.
2. Helen Cartwright, GBR, 18-14-20; 52. 3. Kelly McCaig, CAN, 21-16-23; 60.
4. Cara Reid, Cocoa Beach, Fla., 26-22-22; 70. 5. Kimberly Birkenfeld, ENG,
24-23-32; 78. 6. Caroll-Ann Alie, CAN, 14-OCS-15; 80 7. Mariel Devesa,
Torrence, Calif., 29-24-33; 86. 8. Dominique Vallee, CAN, 32-25-34; 91. 9.
Gabriela DaSilva, VEN, 34-28-39; 101. 10. Beth Powell, Cocoa Beach, Fla.,
SOLING (11 Boats) 1. Harry Melges/Porter/Melges, Zenda, Wis.,1-1-1; 3. 2.
John Gotchberg/Enos/Boston, Miami, Fla., 3-2-2; 7. 3. Andrew
Horton/Herlihy/Buttner, Shelbourne, Vt., 2-4-3; 9. 4.(t) Richard
Grunsten/Flynn/Olson, Chicago, Ill., 7-3-5; 15. 5.(t) Tom
Brown/Wilson/Hale, NE Harbor, Me., 6-5-4; 15. 6. Adam
Barbozsa/Jones/Davis, BER, 5-6-8; 19. 7. Alex Abell/Kinney/Niemann,
Somerville, Mass.,4-9-9; 22. 8.(t) Kent Heitzinger/Manion/Culver, Wilmette,
Ill., OCS-7-6; 25. 9.(t) Warner Montario/Findlater/Toth, CAN, 8-10-7; 25.
10. Andrew Moon/Whittaker/Farrington, CAY, OCS-8-10; 30
STAR (40 Boats) 1. Mark Reynolds/Liljedahl, San Diego, Calif., 1-7-1; 9. 2.
Marc Pickel/Auracher, GER, 3-3-5; 11. 3. Colin Beashel/Giles, AUS, 6-4-3;
13. 4. John MacCausland/Iverson, Medford, N.J., 5-1-8; 14. 5. Ross
MacDonald/Bjorn, CAN, 11-5-7; 23. 6. Alex Hagen/Helmert, GER, 8-6-9; 23. 7.
Howie Sheibler/Rick Peters, San Francisco, Calif., 2-2-21; 25. 8. Mats
Johansson/Moller, SWE, 9-10-6; 25. 9. Eric Doyle/Terhar, San Diego, Calif.,
12-14-2; 28. 10. Kevin McNeil/Baltins, Annapolis, Md., 4-12-13; 29.
TORNADO (21 Boats) 1. Lars Guck/PJ Schaffer, Bristol, R.I., 1-1-1-1; 4. 2.
John Lovell/Charlie Ogletree, New Orleans, La., 3-3-4-5; 15. 3. David
Sweeney/Kevin Smith, CAN, 4-4-2-6; 16. 4. Mike Ingham/Erik Goethert,
Rochester, N.Y., 2-5-6-4; 17. 5. Bob Hodges/James Liebl, Metairie, La.,
5-6-5-8; 24. 6. Richard Feeney/Ezra Smith, Bristol, R.I., 9-9-7-3; 28. 7.
Robbie Daniel/Jacques Bernier, Clearwater, Fla., OCS-2-3-2; 29 8. Doug
Camp/Carrie Jones, Boerne, Texas, 7-8-8-7; 30. 9. Hans Barth/Jamie
Livington, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 6-7-11-9; 33. 10. Brian Lambert/W. Rundell
Curtis, Birmingham, Ala., 10-11-9- 10; 40.
HIGH SEAS RADIOTELEPHONE SERVICE - A special report by Eric Steinberg
After many phone calls and faxes, the following info should benefit all of
us interested in voicing our opinion of AT&Ts February 28 closure of their
High Seas Radiotelephone service from their three transmitter locations,
KMI (California), WOO (New Jersey) and WOM (Florida).
In our letters, we will strongly encourage AT&T to either 1) keep the
stations open or 2) give assistance to other stations in order to fill the
void they will leave in marine communications. We will also mention WLO as
being a likely recipient of AT&Ts help since WLO owns a station in Seattle
and has frequency allocations from the FCC.
As a business owner, I don't take issue with AT&T wanting to divest in an
operation that is not profitable. We do think it is bad business however
to "orphan" customers, as many of our customers feel they have been. The
WLO option is a good one for AT&T and the public.
Address you snailmail to:
Federal Communications Commission
Office of the Secretary
Attn.: International Bureau
1919M Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20554
Reference application # ITC-MSC-19981229-00905
Also copy a letter to:
Federal Communications Commission
Mr. Troy Tanner
Chief, Policy & Facilities
2000 M Street N.W., Suite 849
Washington, DC 20554
Reference application # ITC-MSC-19981229-00905
We are of the opinion that the service AT&T provides via High Seas Radio is
one that many of our customers use infrequently if at all. However High
Seas is always regarded as a "safety net" that is there IF and WHEN needed.
The AT&T radio operators have saved many a bad situation at sea from
getting worse. I, for one, would like to have High Seas service available
when the going gets a little too wild. -- Eric Steinberg, Farallon
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Young America, the New York Yacht Club Challenge for the America's Cup,
will be featured in the Strictly Sail Chicago boat show centerpiece
attraction saluting New Zealand, the site of America's Cup 2000. Skipper Ed
Baird will join New Zealand Ambassador Jim Bolger in opening the show at
Chicago's Navy Pier on January 28. The show runs through Sunday, January 31.
Show visitors can meet Ed Baird at the Young America booth Thursday,
January 28 and Friday, January 29. The NYYC/Young America exhibit is part
of the Destination New Zealand feature hosted by New Zealand Tourism Board.
Activities at the Young America exhibit will include interactive
demonstrations and limited edition Young America sponsor product and
service packages. Show visitors can enter to win a trip to New Zealand at
Travel package information from Air New Zealand, the NYYC/Young America
preferred international airline, and Candler Travel will provide show-goers
with details on how to join the team in New Zealand for the racing action
that begins October 18, 1999 in Auckland, New Zealand, with the Louis
Vuitton Cup Challenger Races for the America's Cup. The winner of the Louis
Vuitton Cup faces defender Team New Zealand in the best-of-nine Match
beginning February 19, 2000. - Jane Eagleson
NYYC/Young America website: http://www.youngamerica.org
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
We read all of your letters, but simply can't publish them all. Those that
we do publish are routinely edited for clarity, space (250 words max) or to
exclude personal attacks.
-- From Michael C. Ford -- I have watched the last several weeks of
Scuttlebutt amazed at the number of complaints about US Sailing. Now that
we all agree there is a problem, let's work towards a solution. Let's post
some proposals for US Sailing to mull over for how to rebuild the
organization and get things back on track. Nothing is going to happen if we
just sit back and complain. Once some solid ideas are proposed maybe we'll
see some changes in those upcoming meetings.
-- From Alan Andrews -- In Scuttlebutt #265 Craig Fletcher the
re-examination of twin genoas flown downwind in non-spinnaker racing to
take some jabs at US Sailing and IMS in general. The twin jib situation
however shows that the IMS Committee endeavors to meet the needs of all of
its constituents, including non-spinnaker racers. When the issue was
brought up in open forum at the AGM, a review showed that only a single
genoa, whether or not poled out, was used in the VPP's aerodynamics. The
choice was then to either generate new aerodynamics for dual poled out
headsails or limit the types of sails flown to those for which handicapping
data were available.
With no available budget and limited available hours from the volunteer
committee it was a simple decision to recommend adjusting the rule to match
the VPP model. Then the committee could move on to other more important
issues such as hull resistance, keel draft and righting moment which affect
all IMS constituents from non-spinnaker to grand prix.
IMS is by no means perfect. The US IMS Committee and ORC's ITC are aware of
problem areas and are working on improvements in several areas. Many local
fleets, including Southern California, are declining to non-existent, but
nationally the trend is changing. There were about the same number of IMS
certificates issued in 1998 as in 1997. Similarly, the racing at major
events is also quite good as evidenced by last week's Key West Race Week
where the IMS divisions often had closer corrected time finishes than the
one design classes.
-- From Glenn McCarthy -- US SAILING is a multidepartmental,
multidivisional, $3,000,000 a year operating budget, with 40,000 members.
The communications out of this "Volunteer" organization just isn't cutting
it, not only do Butthead's agree with this assessment, but the Board of US
SAILING agrees too. There are about 35 committees with titles from
Offshore to Inshore to Judges to Race Committee to Sports Medicine to
Olympic to High School Sailing and more. I attend the semi-annual meetings
and there is no-way one individual could keep on top of all of the
activities happening in this far reaching organization. Keeping up on the
information gathering and distribution is a full time job, besides the
volunteers from each committee who would aid in providing reports to be
uploaded. The Board of Directors comprises 46 members. How many of those
current volunteer webheads have to answer to 46 bosses, who all have
different goals, responsibilities and agenda's? Do these smaller
organizations you refer to with volunteer help have such a large diverse
melting pot they are trying to describe?
-- From Bruce Kirby -- Having promised the curmudgeon that I would not send
him any commercial messages I neverthless find it difficult to ignore the
suggestion that one design sailing is declining everywhere. Due to
diligence on the part of marketer Skip Shumway in Rochester, and with
tremendous help from members of several East Coast clubs, the IDEAL 18 now
has fleets at the following clubs on Long Island Sound - Pequot (7)
Norwalk (6) Noroton (3) Riverside (8) American (7) Indian Harbor (8)
Larchmont (10) Bell Haven (4) Stamford (6) Beach Point (4) Sea Cliff (4)
and the Community Sailing club in Fairfield, CT. (2.) This is 69 boats
along about 30 miles of coastline. There is great interclub racing and team
events involving some of the big names found in these waters, and it has
all happened in the past five years, and does not include the spread of
this class to areas away from Long Island Sound.
NATIONAL SAIL TRAINING SYMPOSIUM - Special report by Betsy Altman
One of the most energetic groups of people met in San Diego to last week
participate in the first National Sail Training Symposium sponsored by US
SAILING, a combination of previous events into one for junior sailing and
community sailing professionals and volunteers. The atmosphere was electric
and the attendance was extraordinary with more than 250 people registered.
These committed people exuded their interest and excitement in the
contributions they are making to our sport.
Sail training is designed to reduce barriers to sailing, certify
instructors and impart high standards for teaching sailing. Access and
education in sailing are beleived to be significant cornerstones for the
future of US SAILING, achieved through the efforts of these dedicated
people and others.
The week included a Level 3 Coaching Seminar, so college coaches were in
abundance, too. 16 people were certified in a new safety and rescue course.
This course looks magnificent for sailing programs with dinghies. It is
something we have struggled with at Chicago Yacht Club and will meet an
immediate need of ours.
About half of the people were attending this seminar for the first time. A
handful was enjoying their return to the seminar (as the junior training
symposium) for a decade, more or less. The attendees represented parks and
recreation programs, camps, adult only programs, many junior sailing
programs, some commercial sailing programs, some at-risk or disability
focused programs all taught in dinghies and keelboats. Full and part-time
paid and volunteer staff attended. Many people stopped on their way back
from Australia/Melbourne so we learned first hand of the various world
championships just completed. Several US SAILING executive committee
members and Board members attended, as well.
Joni Palmer organized this seminar with direction from Glen Brandenburg
(Community Sailing Council Chair, Steve Colgate (Training Committee Chair)
and US SAILING's Training staff. She established a format with general
interest and challenging topics followed by break-out groups on special
interest topics. We heard from representative of the US Olympic Center in
Colorado Springs and Chula Vista (south of San Diego, new in 1995, run with
35 paid staff and 150 volunteers!) The topics ranged from endurance in
sailing (short term during the activity and the success of sustaining a
winning performance over many years), using and developing volunteers,
disabled training for the Olympics, statistics on the growth of
participation in the sport and marketing programs (offer a blue light
special when you are slow, like Target or Denny's do). Break-outs included
business subjects like insurance, liability, tax-exempt foundations,
funding, as well as teaching tips, games to play with kids and how to work
with parents. Some sessions were conducted by professional consultants and
others were done by dedicated hands-on sail trainers who were eager to
share their experiences.
For three days, these 250 people moved from one session to the next,
networking and learning as much as possible to take back to their programs.
It was stunningly marvelous. We toured San Diego Yacht Club and its
facilities and Mission Bay Aquatic Center, where we lunched and sailed a
variety of junior boats and community sailing boats in bright sunshine,
which was totally thearpeutic for those of use from snowy climates.
Many community service awards were given on the last evening including one
very special to me, the new Virginia Long Award for training contributions,
which was awarded to Ruth Creighton for her contributions to Regional
Training Coordinators (and many other aspects of training) and succeeded in
being a TOTAL surprise to her. Gary Jobson contributed his time to share a
look into sailing in the next millenium with the group which was wonderful
and exciting, as his talks often are.
I attended to participate in general and to promote interest in Sailing
Smart. I was deluged with requests to participate in our program in 1999.
Many people want a designated and progressive curriculum to use and enjoy
the added benefits of Sailing Smart that it will be a national program
developed by US SAILING (Ginny Long, John Kantor, Joni Palmer) and will
achieve certification in the 30 states requiring boating licensing.
If you get a chance to witness this symposium next year in Florida, don't
miss it. This is the future of our sport. These enthusiastic people will
show you where it is going, how it will get there and embroil in helping in
all ways. It's wonderful. - Betsy Altman
John Wright's fax number at US Sailing is 401/683-0840. The phone number is
The University of Southern California has a new college sailing website
designed and built by a college sailing alumni (USC '98, now Graduate
Student at Cornell): http://www.uscsailing.org
After a miserable, painful drift down the east coast of New Zealand's North
Island, Minoru Saito and Neal Petersen sailed into Auckland to complete Leg
2 of Around Alone. With their arrivals, just three sailors--Neil Hunter,
Fedor Konioukhov, and Robin Davie--still remain on the race course. - Herb
Around Alone website: http://www.aroundalone.com/
THE CURMUDGEON'S OXYMORONS