SCUTTLEBUTT #309 - April 13, 1999
SAN FRANCISCO SINGLEHANDED FARLLONES RACE
Thirty one boats started on the annual Singlehanded Sailing Society's (of
SF Bay) annual solo race from the Golden Gate YC out and around the S. E.
Farallon Island, a distance of 58 miles. All but two finished the race
which started at 0830 Saturday, April 10. Participation this year was down
about 50%. A long series of shorthanded ocean races at the beginning of
the season, iffy weather, and the numerous dismastings and the sobering
death of SSS Treasurer Harvey Schlasky on the BAMA Doublehanded Farallones
race probably contributed to the decline.
The first boat to finish was "Sundowner" a custom Santa Cruz 50 with an
elapsed time of 7 hours, 30 minutes. The final boat to finish, "Nightmare"
a Chrysler 22, finished at 2124, for an elapsed time of 12 hours, 44 minutes.
Racers reported a quick, but wet and lumpy ride out to the island along the
rhumbline and back. Late finishers contended with "squirrley
currents"around the GG Bridge South Tower all the way to the finish line,
with several boats having to tack in order to get to and around the
finishing mark off the GGYC. No significant problems were reported, just
Results: Class II (PHRF 129 and under): 1st Place: "Lanikai" Douglas
McClaflin, Catalina 42. 2nd Place: "Punk Dolphin" Jonathan Livingston,
Custom Wylie 39. 3rd Place: "Berserker" Marke Deppe, Ericson 38. Class III
(PHRF 130-168): 1st Place "Uno" Peter Jones, Wyliecat 30. 2nd Place:
"Pelagic Fantasy" Rick Holway, Newport 33-PH. 3rd Place: "Sail A Vie"
Phil McFarlane, Ericson 35. Class IV (PHRF 169 and over): 1st Place
"Sabrina" Thomas Hoynes, Coronado 34. 2nd Place: "Tchoupitoulas" Stephen
Buckingham, Santana 22. 3rd Place: "Go Dog GO" Bill Vanderslice, Santana
22. Class V (Non-spinnaker): 1st Place "Sensei" Terry McKelvey, Cal 2/27.
2nd Place "Big Dot" Doug Graham, Pacific Dolphin. 3rd Place: "Bravo" Bob
Gay, Pretorian 35. Class VI (Ultralight Boats): 1st Place: "Starbuck" Greg
Nelson, Blacksoo. 2nd Place: "My Rubber Ducky" Lee Garami, Hobie 33. 3rd
Place: "Motorcycle Irene: Will Paxton, Express 27.
The next SSS Ocean Race is the LongPac, out 200 miles and back scheduled
for August 18. -- The Brodericks
AMERICA'S CUP - The controversy heats up
A major row has broken out over the involvement of the National Institute
of Water & Atmosphere (NIWA) in the provision of weather data to a
challenger on an exclusive basis. At the heart of the row is the fact that
NIWA is a taxpayer-funded organisation (namely a Crown Research Institute),
who also undertake some commercial activities.
The issue was raised on a the leading NZ-wide sportstalk back radio show
today, Sunday (NZT) and featured interviews from Gavin Fisher of NIWA, Brad
Butterworth (TNZ) and Vince Cooke (ACCA). The view is that as a taxpayer
funded organisation, NIWA must take into account the wider New Zealand
interest, and not act against that interest. Simply put, it is not in NZ's
best interest to lose the America's Cup, and therefore CRI's such as NIWA
should not be assisting Challengers in this way. More particularly they
should not be working on an exclusive basis with a Challenger.
Whether or not TNZ wishes to use the NIWA provided data is not an issue,
but simply that it should not be provided to those who wish to beat NZ in
the America's Cup, next February. If those groups wish to obtain their
weather data then they can do it by themselves, or acting as a group, but
should not be using the resources of a NZ taxpayer funded organisation.
According to Gavin Fisher the unique feature of the NIWA buoy is its
ability to record wind data at a height of up to 4, 6 and 10 metres,
whereas most buoys will only record at sea level. The buoy was developed in
NZ. It seen as a commercial opportunity by NIWA, and has to show a return
on assets used. Initially the idea was to supply the information to TNZ, or
to the group of challengers. America One was the only group to come up with
the money sought when it was required.
Fisher agreed with the proposition that the assistance of NIWA could take
the Cup away from NZ. NIWA claim they have 'bent over backwards to keep TNZ
in the loop'. Fisher confirmed that the cost of the project had been NZD
250,000 (USD 132,500), well above the funding paid by America One, however
NIWA claim that not one cent of the funding for the project has come from
the NZ taxpayer.
The issue is likely to escalate this week. As a CRI, NIWA is answerable to
a Minister of the Crown, in this case the responsible minister is Hon.
Maurice Williamson, in whose electorate also falls the Bucklands Beach
Yacht Club ' headquarters of the organisers of the race management for the
Louis Vuitton Cup. -- Richard Gladwell
For the full story: http://www.sailing.org/today/whatsnew.html
SAILING IN THE NOOD
Next month, the GMC Yukon/Sailing World NOOD circuit--a national sailboat
racing series sponsored by GMC Yukon and organized by Sailing World
Magazine--visits the Chesapeake Bay for the first time in its 12-year
history. Sailors from the Great Lakes, Canada, and along the length of the
Eastern Seaboard--from as far south as Florida and as far north as New
Hampshire--have already entered. Seventeen one-design classes, with boats
ranging 21 to 35 feet in length, are expected on the starting line.
Competitors from 17 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada are
already on the entry list.
The three-day Annapolis NOOD will be hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club.
Racing begins Friday, May 7, and concludes Sunday, May 9. Trophies will be
awarded on Sunday, at the Annapolis YC, following the conclusion of racing.
Eastport Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Club of the Chesapeake will join
Annapolis YC to carry out race committee duties. A total of four separate
racing circles, set up at the mouth of the Severn River, are planned for
Entries from the following one-design fleets will contend with tough
competition and the challenges of Chesapeake Bay wind conditions:
- A fleet of 8 to 10 local Alberg 30s are expected on the starting line.
Built between 1964 and 1974, this fleet celebrates its 35th anniversary
- With a fleet of some 10 boats, the 1998-launched 1D35s will be the most
recent design competing.
- Since its launching in 1995, the locally designed Mumm 30-from Bruce Farr
& Associates (Annapolis)-has fleets racing in 14 countries. Expect to see a
fleet of 15 boats.
- The Viper 640 class opens its 1999 Viper 640 NOOD Overall Championship at
the Annapolis NOOD. The class expects 10 to 15 boats from as far south as
Florida and as far north as Massachusetts. Several classes of J/Boats
(Newport, R.I.) will be on the starting line.
At presstime, the largest fleets are the J/105s (15 entries) and the J/30s
(12 entries). J/24s, J/29s, J/35s, and a large fleet of J/22s, with a heavy
quotient of local talent, are expected. For the Laser 28 class, the
Annapolis NOOD will be a chance to mix Canadian contenders with a handful
of local boats that have not had much opportunity to race one-design.
Expect to see some 20 Melges 24s and the following classes: Cal 25s,
Catalina 27s, Pearson 30s, S2 7.9s, and Ultimate 20s.
The GMC Yukon/Sailing World NOOD series includes nine events. In addition
to Annapolis, the circuit stops in: St. Petersburg, Florida (February); San
Diego, California (March); Detroit, Michigan (June); Chicago, Illinois
(June); Marblehead, Massachusetts (July), San Francisco, California
(September); Larchmont, New York (September), and Houston, Texas
(September). -- Cynthia Flanagan Goss
Event website: http://www.sailingworld.com
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LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
We read all e-mail (except jokes) but simply can't publish every letter.
Those printed here are routinely edited for clarity, space (250 words max)
or to exclude personal attacks.
-- From Bruce Golison -- After nine months of hearings and protocol, I am
glad to see that U.S. Sailing took a stand against fighting and poor
conduct at a sailing event by suspending the people most involved in the
brawl at our trophy presentation during Coast Cadillac / North Sails Race
Week. I hope that these suspensions will send a clear message out to the
sailing community - that sailing is a Corinthian sport, regardless of the
level of competition and that we must all act in a civilized manner.
I can tell you that there are a number of race organizers that are greatly
relieved to hear this news. I have spoken to a few of them over the past
months and everyone of them felt that this behavior cannot be tolerated and
that USSA must send down a strong message to the sailing community that
this type of behavior will not be tolerated.
What would have happened if this brawl had occurred on the front patio of
San Diego Yacht Club, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, California Yacht Club or
inside the St. Francis Yacht Club...or at any other Yacht Club? Hopefully
-- From Chris Welsh -- We seem to have hit an absurd set of rules regarding
no talking to sailing competitors even between races. This weekend, while
visiting the NHYC Bettina Bents Regatta I was shooed away by a competitor
when I floated over to say Hello. This was proper according to the race
instructions, but absurd. In virtually no other sport is outright coaching
banned during the event, much less coaching between events. I am not aware
of any sport where camaraderie and cheering is outlawed.
Football, baseball, basketball, soccer, auto racing, etc, all have coaching
going on at all times! If a coach really wanted to cheat and show a
competitor where to go on the race course, etc, all they have to do is take
their spectator boat to that side of the course, or use some similar "code".
Come to think of it, on the water active coaching might actually shorten
the learning curve for everyone - instant feedback and correction is
arguably the quickest teacher and lets the student see what the teacher is
seeing at the same time.
Last on this item: cell phone usage. If you want more competitors, let the
guy who needs to keep in touch with his office/wife/kids stay in touch. For
every competitor calling ahead for wind readings there will be 10,000
calling home. It's a worthwhile tradeoff, especially as systems like
Iridium meet Transpac length races. (Iridium would be a good race
sponsor...but not likely to do so if their product is outlawed)
(The following are excerpts from DEFENCE 2000, which is available from
John@roake.gen.nz -- US $48 per year.)
* We reported earlier that Louis Vuitton have done a deal with the
Buckland's Beach Yacht Club to use their club house as a base for the
Challenger series. Well the club's facilities are in the Manukau City area
and the city has indicated they will support the Challenger series. (No
mention of money though). But in return they are suggesting that all Louis
Vuitton merchandise should be branded with the Manukau City Logo. Some hope!
* When Bruno Trouble (from Louis Vuitton) was in town recently, he firmed
up arrangements for the America's Cup media centre, a complex with 1300 sq
metres of floor area for conferences and a newsroom. Whilst in New Zealand
he joined Paul Cayard's call for a single independent body to run future
America's Cup regattas and like Cayard, he maintains that neutral control
over the event is a must for the future. "If we are not careful," he said,
"and we do not take away some of the controversy of the cup - another race
will take over the premier spot in the yachting world."
LIPTON CUP TUNE-UP
The Thompson Offshore One-Design Regatta for Schock 35's will be held on
the 8th of May in San Diego South Bay. This one-day regatta will be run by
CorYC in the same area as the Lipton Cup, which follows the next weekend.
As in previous years, this regatta is used as a tuneup for the Lipton, with
many Lipton Cup crews testing their sails and crews. The Thompson also
allows the Schock 35 owner the chance to race against the best on the coast.
With three races scheduled in one day, the competition should be
outstanding, with some of the top names in Southern California in attendance.
IT JUST KEEPS GOING AND GOING
Everyone has a favorite sea bag, but the one the curmudgeon always carries
to weekend regattas is a lot like the 'energizer bunny' - it just keeps
going and going. It's a Camet bag I got in 1997 when I served as a judge
for the Star Class NAs. After two years of weekly workouts plus some trips
to some pretty exotic places, it still looks as fresh and stylish as it did
in '97. Check out the whole line of Camet bags, backpacks and briefcases:
TIP O' THE WEEK
Three Ways to Maintain Boatspeed Downwind in Light Air:
1.Minimize steering, the rudder is only an inefficient way to steer the
boat... it turns the boat by braking right, or braking left. A bit of
leeward heel to head the boat up and a slight heel to winward or flat to
2.Keep your weight centered, together and low. Crew weight out of the ends
of the boat so you are not dragging the stearn; keep your crew sitting
together to reduce hobby-horsing; and if they can stand it get your crew as
low as possible, i.e. under the water line is best to allow the boat to
punch through any chop.
3.Remember to sail up in the lulls (for more speed), and down in the puffs
(to stay near rhumbline and sail in the puff longer). The Coach at
Although Lew Beery sold his Andrew 43 "It's OK!" he's put his plans "on
hold" for a new custom, lightweight 50-foot Andrews design while he plays
with his new toy -- an Etchells that he bought from Larry Harvey. Berry's
crew is having a contest to name the Etchells. Entries include "Marginally
OK," "Just Barely OK," and "Baby OK!"
AROUND ALONE DISMASTING UPDATE
Following the unfortunate dismasting of Brad Van Liew's Balance Bar, Class
I skipper Marc Thiercelin offered the use of his spare aluminum mast and
sails. Mike Garside and Mouligne also promised sails. Van Liew's project
manager, Alan Nebauer, cancelled his flight home. So too did Mouligne's
right-hand man, Phil Lee. It's all part of a grand Around Alone tradition
of helping fellow skippers in trouble. In fact, in the last Around Alone,
Lee was one of the craftsmen who helped build a new rudder for Nebauer when
he lost his on the approach to Punta, in the same boat Van Liew is now
"The support's been amazing. I don't know what's going to happen, but I
decided I needed to keep my options open," Van Liew said. So, using his
lone spinnaker pole as an emergency mast, Van Liew set up a jury rig and
hoisted a spare, sideways staysail for a foresail, and his storm trysail
for a main. "I got lucky, the pole is the perfect length," he said.
He also reflected on the lost spar. "The mast was in the water countless
times on the last leg, and maybe there was some fatigue. Alan and I also
thought there might've been some stretch in the rod, the upper shrouds
looked a bit stretched out. But we weren't worried about using it for the
Now Van Liew's looking forward.
Unfortunately, Thiercelin's mast is too big, but Nebauer and Lee are on the
prowl for another. At roughly 1100 GMT Monday, Van Liew was 51 miles from
Punta del Este and making about four knots. "We're down," he said. "But
we're not out yet..." - Herb McCormick
Standings at 0400 GMT (distance to leader in parenthesis) Class I: 1:
Soldini 2. Thiercelin (0.2) Class II: 1. Garside 2. Mouligne (6.5) 3.
Event website: http://www.aroundalone.com/
THE CURMUDGEON'S CONUNDRUM
Where do you find the grapes in a grapefruit?