SCUTTLEBUTT #298 - March 26, 1999
STEINLAGER LINE 7 CUP -- Report by Ivor Wilkins
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, Friday, March 26 -- Of the four skippers who made
it through to the semi-finals of the Steinlager Line 7 Cup in Auckland
today, only Dean Barker of Team New Zealand has not won the title before.
But, the 25-year-old showed the others the way by winning the double round
robin with a 14-4 win-loss record. He was joined in the top four by Paul
Cayard, Rolex Yachtsman of the year and winner of the 1996 Steinlager Line
7 Cup, Ed Baird, a double winner in 1991 and 1995, and Chris Dickson, who
has held the title three times, in 1982, 1985 and 1989.
AmericaOne skipper Cayard finished the double rounds on 13 wins, while
Young America skipper Ed Baird was tied with Dickson on 12 wins each.
Barker was runner-up to his boss, Team New Zealand skipper Russell Coutts
in last year's regatta, narrowly losing in a remarkable debut year as a
match race skipper. Now, sailing with Team New Zealand crewmates Hamish
Pepper, Tony Rae, James Dagg and Chris Ward, he has emerged as the one to
beat for the title. He has the right to choose his semi-final opponent, but
was keeping his decision close to his chest. "I will have to consult the
crew first and make sure they are comfortable with the choice," he said.
"If I was Dean I would pick me," said Chris Dickson. "I am probably the
easiest. We are lucky to be through and happy to be through." That modest
assessment did not take account of the fact that Dickson was the clear
winner of Round Robin Two, winning every match except the last one, when he
fell to Barker. Dickson has been out of the match race circuit for nearly
five years, but showed that while he may have lost some of the polish that
led him to three world titles, he has not forgotten the basic skills and,
even in a star-studded fleet, remains a dangerous and unpredictable opponent.
Although the remaining six crews are out of the running for the title, they
will continue sailing in a round robin race off for places 5-10. The semi
finals will be decided tomorrow in a first-to-win-three (best of five)
format. The finals will be on Sunday on the same format while the petite
final (3rd & 4th) will be first to win two (best of three).
Racing to complete the second Round Robin today took place in brisk 18-23
knot north-easterly winds, with a brief stand-down as sustained winds of
over 25 knots, gusting to 31 knots, blasted down the course. Along with the
shoreside spectators who watched the action from the Royal New Zealand
Yacht Squadron, invited guests were also treated to a close view from the
Line 7 floating grandstand, a barge complete with marquee, commentary,
sit-down lunch and bar stationed next to the starting area. -- Ivor Wilkins
|Dean Barker || 14
|Paul Cayard || 13
|Chris Dickson ||12
|Ed Baird || 12
|Gavin Brady || 9
|Chris Law || 9
|Dean Salthouse || 7
|Magnus Holmberg || 5
|F. de Angelis || 4
|John Cutler || 5
NEW ZEALAND ETCHELLS CHAMPIONSHIP
50 boats -- Standings after two races (Bonus Point Scoring System): 1. 1060
Quatas, Dennis Conner, Steve Jarvin, Allan Drinkow (3) 2. The Boat, Cameron
Thorpe (15) 3. Va-Da-Dio, Barry Topple, AUS, (22.7) 4. The Grenade, Cameron
Appleton (25) 5. Feng Shui, Andrew Perkins AUS, (27.7) 6. Pacesetter, Jon
Scholton, AUS, (29)
SNIPE PAN-AM GAME TRIALS - Report by Alex Pline
Thursday, March 25, 1999 -- The Snipe Pan Am Games Trials kicked off today
at the Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans with two races in a breeze that
was, well, a little of everything. We saw some typical Lake Pontchartrain
conditions. In the race packet there was a writeup by Johnny Lovell talking
about the local conditions and his quote "There is not much I can tell y u
that will be helpful. To be honest, the lake is one of the most
unpredictable places I have ever sailed" really rang true.
The forecast for the day was SW 10 going to north 15-20 with the approach
of a cold front. When we arrived at the club, the breeze was already NW, so
we figured great, the cold front is here and we'll have some big air/big
lumps. Well, one out of two ain't bad. At the start of the first of two
scheduled races, the breeze was at full hiking strength and picking the
shifts was key (and difficult) on the first beat of the 5 leg W/L course.
By the end of the second beat, all we had was lump. The breeze got very
light and the left over chop was madning. On the last beat, there were some
huge shifts and differences in pressure, so you really had to be in the
right place at the right time, as those that went to the same side of the
course sometimes made out and sometimes didn't. In the end, Henry
Filter/Lorie Stout from Annapolis held on to win the race with Pedro
Lorson/Mimi Berry of New York in second and Jim Bowers/Myrna Chan MacRae in
third. It was a long race as the first boat made the 2 1/2 hour time limit
with not too much to spare.
The breeze picked back up for the second race, and thankfully held
throughout the race despite some pressure ups and downs to go along with
shifts and lumps. George Szabo/Carol Newman Cronin, fresh from their
domination of the Midwinter Circuit, showed their high gear that no one
else has by solidly winning the race. Alex Pline/Sherry Eldridge hovered in
the top 5, working up to and holding onto second about halfway through the
W/L course. Filter/Stout were right there again finishing a very close third.
Filter/Stout finish the day with a 1,3 at the top of the scoresheet
followed by Jibe Tech builder Andrew Pimental in second with a consistent
4,4 and Bowers/MacRae with a 3,7. Unfortunately an OCS in race 1 kept
Pline/Eldridge down on the score sheet. -Alex Pline
|1 || 28702 || 44 ||Henry Filter/ Lorie Stout || 0.75 || 3 || 3.75
|2 || 29499 || 34 || Andy Pimental/ Ste?en Davidson || 4 || 4 || 8.00
|3 || 28440 || 35 || Jim Bowers/ Myrna Chan MacRae || 3 || 7 || 10.00
|4 || 29672 || 24 || George Szabo/ Carol Cronin || 10 || 0.75 || 10.75
|5 || 27872 || 52 || Bustamante/ Bustamante || 8 || 5 || 13.00
|6 || 24702 || 27 || Jerry Thompson/ Jeff Baker || 5 || 9 || 14.00
|7 || 28044 || 38 ||Pedro Lorson/ Mimi Berry || 2 || 17 || 19.00
|8 || 28672 || 33 || Jim Richter/ Rowena Carlson || 12 || 8 || 20.00
|9 || 29552 || 43 ||Steve Callison/ Janet Callison || 7 || 13 || 20.00
|10 || 28686 || 37 ||Michael Lenkeit/ Suzanne Sellers || 18 || 6 || 24.00
Complete Results: http://snipe.org/regattas/results/1999/PanAmGames99/
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(The following is a brief excerpt from a story by Barbara Lloyd in the New
York Times on March 21.)
New York (YC's) first new (America's Cup) boat is expected to be finished
in June, and the second, which has not been started yet, is apt to take
another five months to build. Both are designed by Bruce Farr & Associates,
the race-boat firm in Annapolis, Md.
South of Bristol (at New England Boatworks), also in Rhode Island, the new
cup contender for Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes syndicate is under
construction. It was designed by Reichel/Pugh, a naval architectural firm
in San Diego.
The boats need to be shipped to Auckland, New Zealand, for the Oct. 18
start of the Louis Vuitton Challengers Series.
New Zealand's defense team is not under the same time constraints. It plans
no in-house trials, just testing. That also means New Zealand could gain
from any inside knowledge of its opponents. "It would do them a lot of good
to see what each challenge boat looks like," said Turtle Telfeyan, the
general manager of Eric Goetz Custom Sailboats.
For the full story: http://www.nytimes.com
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
We read all of your e-mail (except jokes), but simply can't publish every
submission. Those that are published are routinely edited for clarity,
space (250 words max) or to exclude personal attacks.
-- From Chris Welsh - Here's another one to add to the qualifying list for
a sailing bum:
-- You consider it acceptable to give your girlfriend a new jib for her
birthday for your Snipe! (John Drayton actually pulled that off several
-- From Alexander "Ali" Meller -- Attn: ISAF - According to <297.html">Scuttlebutt
#297, ISAF is soliciting feedback on whether "Making Waves" should continue
to be printed and mailed, or simply published on the web. For me, there are
no advantages to the printed/mailed approach. The only reason I continue
to read print (sailing) media is in case they have something I have not
already read about on the web.
Indeed most of what is included in print sailing media is long out of date
(I have followed all the events daily via web and e-mail) that I simply
ignore them in the magazines and look for information that is not already
on the web. To me the key thing is timeliness; and the web and e-mail have
significant advantages over print/mail in this regard.
-- From Mark McCrindle -- Just a sad note. George Hinterholler, creator of
Shark, C&C, Nonesuch, Niagara boats, died Tuesday March 16th, 1999.
-- From Peter Huston -- Nice to see a report on the US SAILING meeting.
This is probably the most in-depth, timely such report on a Semi/AGM sent
via email to date; a sign of communication progress.
However, I find it sadly ironic that an organization founded by and for,
and still overwhelming run by racing sailors, needs to change it's by-laws
so that "world class" sailors can be more included on the Board. Isn't
this a slap in the face to many great world class sailors who already serve
Why make yet another by-law amendment for a limited purpose? Is it not
time to revisit the entire question of Board composition? Times change,
and so too should the distribution of seats on the Board.
The only thing wrong with the "people" of US SAILING, are the handful of
"people" who would prevent a wholesale review of the reasons for certain
groups having a disproportionate number of Board seats relative to the
changing times and changing importance of those groups in relation to the
ever evolving structure of the sport.
Nothing wrong with adding a few Olympian's and International Class World
Champions to the Board - but at the same time, let's look at the manner of
inclusion and entire structure of the Board.
Mike Derusha (Menominee, Mich.) was named recipient of the US SAILING
One-Design Leadership Award Saturday, March 20, in a gala dinner that
crowned the three-day US SAILING Spring Meeting in Dallas. US SAILING
President James P. Muldoon made the award presentation. Part of a series of
awards that highlight role models of creative leadership in one-design
sailing, the Leadership Award recognizes individual initiative, enthusiasm
and organizational ability in building a one-design fleet.
Since 1992, Derusha has been a major force in the building of the Ensign
fleet at the M&M (Menominee & Michigan) Yacht Club. He obtained one of the
original three boats in the fleet. Since then, he has introduced the Ensign
and one-design racing to many local sailors by taking them for their first
sail and their first race on his boat. Derusha, who served two years as
fleet captain, has also helped to locate and inspect many of the boats
currently sailing in his fleet. Through his efforts, Derusha helped build
the fleet so it could host the 1998 Ensign National Championship, an event
that Derusha worked on as regatta chairman.
Derusha is also founder of the local Menekaunee Ice Boat Club, past
Commodore of the One-Design International Renegade Association, and a
three-time Renegade Ice Boat National Champion.
US SAILING grants a series of five one-design awards. To nominate potential
candidates for future one-design awards, visit the US SAILING Webster,
(Following item was excerpted from stories by Bob Fischer and Dave Reed in
Grand Prix Sailor.)
The British (Champagne Mumm Admirals Cup) Team Captain Stephen Bailey
issued a specific warning to those teams which will be chartering Sydney
40s. "These are not easy boats to sail well," he said, "They do not get
into a "groove" as readily as some others." Nick Griffith, the Managing
Director of Ancasta, the company, which handles Sydney Yachts in Europe,
backed his warning. "They are challenging boats, as one would expect for a
grand prix event. The guys who spend the most time in them on the water
will have an advantage."
Many other teams, including the Italians and the Australians have already
logged hours of practice time with the 40-footers. (American CMAC skipper
Bob Towse's) chartered Sydney 40 will be shipped to the U.S., and is due to
arrive by mid-April, where they will sail several regattas in the Northeast
before shipping the boat to England in time for the Worlds.
To read the full stories, check Grand Prix Sailor after 9AM PST:
American adventurer Steve Fossett will put his 105 foot catamaran
Playstation on the clock for the first time in an attempt to break the
record for distance sailed in a 24 hour period. Fossett and 8 crewmembers,
including the cat's builder Mick Cookson, left Auckland yesterday. They
headed for Great Barrier Island which is approximately 80 miles east of
Once on station off Great Barrier Island they will attempt to find a steady
easterly breeze hopefully in the 20 to 25 knot range. Although there have
been no reports from Playstation winds in the area seem to be favourable.
Reports from ship observations taken at 1200 GMT include an observed wind
of 19 knots from the east at 34 degrees south 174 degrees east and 24 knots
blowing North east by east reported from a postion of 33 degrees south 176
dgress west. These observatrions come from the area Playstation will be in.
Once underway Playsation will head north towards Fiji hoping to cover 550
miles in 24 hours. 550 miles would mean averaging 23 knots. Playstation
will spend 3 days at sea in this attempt.
The current holder of the 24 hour record is Laurent Bourgnon of France who
sailed 540.0 miles in June of 1994. -- Ike Stephenson, Torresen Sailing Site
For the full story: http://www.torresen.com/therace/24hr1.htm
SPECIAL REPORT -- TORNADO TRIALS
We are writing you from Santa Cruz, California, the site of our 1999 Pre-
Trials and Olympic Trials. We have been here since Sunday practicing for
our Pre-Trials which started today.
Santa Cruz is a beautiful little surf town where the people are super
friendly the life style is laid back. The sailing conditions here are
excellent. Santa Cruz is known for its big surf and big wind. We sail out
into the ocean through a channel that is about 100 feet wide. This small
entrance is hairy with huge swells breaking every 20 seconds. We sailed
yesterday in 20 to 25 knot winds and the outer surf buoy recorded 22 foot
swells! Quite a rush just to leave the channel.
Once outside the channel, we sail in the open Pacific Ocean. The water
temperature is a balmy 50 degrees and there is tons of sea life. We have
seen whales, seals, sea lions, sea otters and lots of birds. We haven't
seen any sharks yet, which is the other thing Santa Cruz is known for.
On to the racing. Today was day one. We had two races scheduled and
completed both. Race one was sailed in 12 to 16 knots. We started first and
tacked on the perceived layline only to learn that Santa Cruz has a pretty
big wind line and lift near the weather mark. We ended up over standing and
rounded second to Lars Guck and PJ Schaeffer. We sailed a great run and
passed them to round the next two marks first. On the next run, however,
Lars a caught one of those huge swells and rode it past us. We passed him
on the last beat when he overstood the windward mark! He was able to pass
us again on the last run to win the race with us finishing in second.
Race two started the same way and we rounded second, but Lars rounded
fourth. After what we learned in race one, we were able to round the
leeward mark first and extend our lead to win the race. Lars passed one
boat to finish third. So after day one, we are in first with Lars in
second, one point behind. It is shaping up to be a good battle. Our own
version of "March Madness." -- Charlie Ogletree and Johnny Lovell
THE CURMUDGEON'S COUNSEL
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