SCUTTLEBUTT #300 - March 31, 1999
MATCH RACE RANKINGS
Paul Cayard (USA) has returned to the match racing circuit in style,
winning the Steinlager Line 7 Cup this weekend and leaping up into the top
50 on the Rankings. Cayard is only counting 5 (out of a possible 8) results
towards his score, so he is likely to make further jumps up the Rankings as
he competes in more match race events.
In California, Peter Holmberg (ISV) won the 1999 Congressional Cup by just
3 seconds over Germany's Markus Wieser. Holmberg moves up one place on the
Rankings to 4th, where he now lies just 70 points behind Chris Law (GBR).
Italian Francesco de Angelis is also making his mark on the match racing
scene. Earlier this month he took third place at the Congressional Cup
(Paul Cayard finished 4th), and he then travelled to New Zealand where he
won the Steinlager Line 7 Cup Preliminary Qualification Series over veteran
John Cutler (NZL). De Angelis went on to finish 5th overall in the Grade 1
event Steinlager Line 7 Cup, and the three results have taken him up to
48th place on the Rankings.
No major international women's match race events have taken place so far
this year, so the positions on the Women's Rankings remain unaltered. Paula
Lewin (BER) heads the list, with Betsy Alison (USA) and Dorte O. Jensen
(DEN) in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
The new ISAF Rankings software is almost ready and will be in use in time
for the 4 May release of the Rankings. The new, powerful software will
enable faster administration of the Rankings and calculation of sailors'
points and greater flexibility for sailors to check their results reports
via the ISAF website. Moreover the new software will allow ISAF to
implement the new, separate ISAF Women's Match Race Ranking System. Results
of events where women skippers sailed with mixed crews will remain in the
Open Rankings, but all the results with 100% female crew will form the new
database for the new Women's Rankings.
The top 8 skippers on the Women's Rankings as issued on 24 August 1999 will
receive automatic invitations to the first ISAF Women's Match Racing World
Championship in Genoa, Italy from 23-30 October 1999. The top 10 skippers
on the Open Rankings (as issued on 30 June 1999) will be invited to compete
in the 1999 ISAF Open World Match Racing Championship.
1 Peter GILMOUR (JPN)
2 Gavin BRADY (NZL)
3 Chris LAW (GBR)
4 Peter HOLMBERG (ISV)
5 Bertrand PACE (FRA)
6 Markus WIESER (GER)
7 Tomislav BASIC (CRO)
8 Magnus HOLMBERG (SWE)
9 Jochen SCHUMANN (GER)
10 Jesper BANK (DEN)
11 Sten MOHR (DEN)
12 Luc PILLOT (FRA)
13 Dean BARKER (NZL)
14 Morten HENRIKSEN (DEN)
15 Paula LEWIN (BER)
Complete rankings: http://sailing.org/iyru/mrranking.html
49ER PACIFIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS
49er Pacific Coast Championships, hosted by the United States Sailing
Center, Long Beach, CA. Five Races held on Tuesday, March 30th. 8 Knots of
breeze in the morning building to 14 knots in the afternoon. The final four
races are scheduled for today, March 31, 1999-- Michael Segerblom,
Principal Race Officer
Standings after five races: 1. Jonathan McKee / McKee (6) 2. Morgan Larson
/ Bruno Oberhofen (15) 3. Andy Mack / Adam Lowry (19) 4. Kenji Nakamura /
Tomoyuki Sasaki (22) 5. Tina Baylis / Trevor Baylis (29) 6. Kris Henderson
/ Allan Johnson (32) 7. Sean "Doogie" Couvre / Brendon Couvreux (33) 8.
David Fagen / Jason Seifert (35) 9. Chad Hough / Dave Fox (36) 10. Bram
Dally / Tyler Bech (50)
NEW ZEALAND ETCHELLS CHAMPIONSHIP
Final results (50 boats): 1. Two Saints & a Magpie, Noel Drennan, AUS
(24.7) 2. 1060 Qanta, Dennis Conner, USA (32) 3. Banana in Pajamas, Ian
Johnson, AUS (52.4) 4. Pacesetter, Jon Scholton, AUS (63.4) 5. The Boat,
Cameron Thorpe, NZL (64.4)
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WHAT BECAME OF AUTISSIER'S BOAT?
It was a bittersweet moment when FILA pulled away from the spot where PRB
bobbed upside down in the steely, undulating seas. Isabelle Autissier was
safely aboard FILA. She was rescued on 16 February by her friend and
competitor, Giovanni Soldini, after her boat capsized in the Southern
Ocean. With a parting glance, Autissier's beloved PRB disappeared to stern:
unflatteringly prone, belly up, as it was never meant to be. Her keel
jutted awkwardly toward heaven, the remains of her proud mast, sails and
rigging strung like jellyfish tentacles down into the deep.
Even as PRB failed Autissier -- turning turtle in the Southern Ocean and
obstinately refusing to right herself -- it protected the sailor to the
end. In her final hours, PRB enveloped Autissier snug in a womb of carbon
fiber, safe from the icy fingers of death. Hypothermia in two degree
Celsius water, was a genuine threat. While she waited for her rescued,
Autissier tidied up. "I cleaned the boat because, first of all, I thought I
had to stay busy," she explained. It was, she said, the "best thing to do.
It was a feeling with my boat. "I knew she was lost and I knew I had to
leave the boat. I want to leave her as a normal boat as far as possible."
With Soldini's arrival, Autissier squeezed through the transom hatch to
salvation with only her passport in hand. She then did the only sensible
thing: she left the hatch open. PRB, Autissier's cohort and custodian, was
left vulnerable to the millions of gallons of water that would slowly
envelop her and pull her to the ocean floor.
When Autissier abandoned ship in the middle of the Southern Ocean, she left
behind more than an inanimate hull and rigging. Her hopes and ambitions
were on board; for years she had prepared for the Around Alone event. This
was the second time Autissier had seen her dreams scuttled. During the
1994-95 race (then called the BOC Challenge), again in the Southern Ocean,
Autissier's boat, Ecureuil Poitou-Charentes 2, was rolled by a rogue wave.
When the world stopped spinning, the yacht had a 17-square-meter hole in
the deck where the mast had ripped out. No longer seaworthy, the boat was a
total loss. Autissier was airlifted to a frigate after enduring three days
in the exposed vessel.
Autissier had an insurance policy to cover such disaster, but at current
prices it will cost 7 to 8 million French francs ($1.16 million US) to
replace the yacht and its gear. Autissier won't commit to future plans. She
has sworn off singlehanded racing in the Southern Ocean, leaving open the
next chapter of her adventurous life. Saying she is not in a hurry,
Autissier added, "It can be anything. The page is white."
Despite Autissier's efforts to scuttle her boat, however, emergency beacons
continued to transmit for days after the incident. The yacht was still
afloat -- and a hazard to mariners. PRB's wreckage, tucked invisibly
between towering waves, would be impossible to see by the few vessels
transiting that remote stretch of sea.
It was a poignant and inglorious end for Autissier's yacht. PRB had sailed
her final voyage. Yet Autissier looked at the situation with courage and
pragmatism. "Of course I'm very sad about my boat," she said. "But to be
alive is better." -- Betsy Crowfoot, Quokka Sports Staff
For Crowfoot's full story:
MATT JONES' RACING TRIVIA
Question: Which sailor has won the Star World Championships the most times?
a) Bill Buchan
b) Paul Elvstrom
c) Lowell North
d) Tom Blackaller
e) Buddy Melges
f) Dennis Conner
The answer can be found near the end of this issue of 'Butt.
PRIMM, NV -- Bob Dill and Bob Schumacher from Burlington, VT again extended
the landsailing world speed record to 116.7 mph on Ivanpah Dry Lake, just
across the Calif/NV border south of Las Vegas, NV. Many runs in steady 30
mph winds saw several attempts in the 110-112 mph range. Surprising after
that day the digital GPS receiver was checked on board the "Iron Duck" and
it read 119 mph. Wind angles were approximately 120 degrees from the true
wind. Iron Duck is slight asymmetrical, 1600 lbs, and was using a 88 sq ft
solid wing that day without a 12 sq ft flap. -- Mark Harris, NALSA scorekeeper
Web site http://www.nalsa.org
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
I read most of the e-mail (except jokes), but simply can't publish them
all. Those that are published are routinely edited for clarity, space (250
words max) or to exclude personal attacks.
-- From Kimball Livingston -- Just for our mutual sense of the record, re.
the information forwarded to you about the Doublehanded Farallones Race.
The sponsor is the Bay Area Multihull Association (BAMA), which borrows the
facilities of the Golden Gate Yacht Club for the event. I don't know
whether it's unique bad luck or something malignant, but this very popular
and satisfying event has the worst history of death-by-sailing of any
contest in Northern California (and, I suspect, on the entire West Coast).
-- From Colin Case -- Happy 300th !! And just a day before April Fool's.
You can be pleased (along with Frank Whitton) that a 'Butthead Tee Shirt
made it's debut at the Reunion Arena in Dallas. Most likely not the first
one to see a NHL game, but probably the first one to do so in Texas. (The
home team lost.) My crew and I are trying to convince the rest of them to
get Camet shorts along with us leaders in the van. My very best wishes,
kind regards, and many, many more 'Butts,
49ER EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX SERIES
In 1999, the 49er European Grand Prix Series will consist of four high
profile events, held in the following countries -Italy - France Germany -
. MAY 13-16 Sardinia; 20-23 Bandol
. AUGUST 19-22 Eckernforde; 25-28 Goteborg
. A fifth event may be added on the 12-15th of August.
The events will be televised, with opportunities to feature in the coverage
for all competitors - plus there will be substantial prize money for the
winning boats.PRIZE MONEY $10,000 prize money for each event -- $20,000
prize money for the top teams in the overall series
Each Grand Prix will be run Thursday to Sunday. 2 days of qualifications, 2
days of finals in 20 boats fleets according to standard 49er Class format.
The number of participants is limited to 60 teams, according to the order
of registration. Entry deadline in May 1st for the events in Sardinia and
Bandol. Entry fees Category A & B US $ 100 Category C US $ 250
The regattas are run by the local organising clubs, in partnership with the
Circuit organisers; International Events Management (Alex GAD) and the
International 49er Class Association. Each Grand Prix is a stand-alone
regatta with a US$10.000 purse. A bonus of US$20.000 will be awarded to the
top teams overall for the 1999 Grand Prix Series after the final event in
International Events Organisation is producing, a top quality, 20 minutes
TV programm from each Grand Prix to be broadcasted twice on Eurosport.
Daily news, bringing together all the best moments of the finals, will be
broadcasted on Eurosport and on the main channels of the national TV, as
well as CNNSI. A press officer will be in charge of national Press
Relationships on each Grand Prix. Participants are asked to supply
information on their own personal contacts to whom they wish to send a race
reports to. - John Reed
NOR and SI will be posted on (http://www.eventsbandol.com) by April 20th 1999
Don't make an expensive mistake, when there are experienced people who will
help you with all of your rigging questions. They not only have the
experience, they also have the right attitude and the proper equipment to
do your job right -- Harken, Samson, Yale, Douglas Gill, Forespar, Lewmar,
Ronstan, KVH, Spinlock, Marlow. Call them now, or stop by the Boat Shop --
their San Diego retail outlet. (800) 532-3831. http://www.sailingsupply.com/
TIP O' THE WEEK
The Egregious Error -- Maybe this is a life lesson, or maybe it's a sailing
lesson. Either way it's definitely one to note. There I was on the first
beat, battling for the lead. After a good start and a well executed first
leg I was approaching the weather mark and starboard layline, about 7 boat
lengths shy of the port tack layline. A nice lead on the pack and only one
boat to worry about - the starboard tacker one boat length above the
starboard tack layline. What do I do? I get greedy.
Instead of ducking and fighting for the lead on any of the remaining three
legs of the race, I leebow the starboard tacker. A mediocre tack, a little
current at the bouy, an extra long anchor line, a nice deep centerboard
(V15), and there it is: "The Egregious Error." I hit the mark, get stuck,
turn my circle and am in 5th place in the pack and the leader is launched,
Knowing your risk entering any given tactical decision is imperative to
making the right move. Sure, going for the lead is great, however, with
three legs remaining of a race, nice separation from the pack and a touch
of current, waiting for another window of opportunity looks pretty good in
retrospect. In fact, in retrospect it's a no-brainer. In the moment it
would have been a no-brainer too, if I had made a quick check of the risk
versus the gain. -- The Coach at Sailweb.net.
ANSWER TO MATT JONES' TRIVIA QUESTION
c) Lowell North has won the Star Worlds five times: 1973, 1960, 1959, 1957
and as crew for Malin Burnham in 1945.
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATIONS
A conclusion is a place where someone got tired of thinking.