SCUTTLEBUTT #311 - April 15, 1999
SAIL EXPO 'BUTT
The curmudgeon spent yesterday at Pacific Sail Expo in Oakland, CA. This is
much more than just a boat show - "this is a real gathering of the eagles."
I spent most of yesterday just talking with people I haven't seen for a
while. As I result, I plan to go back early today to check out the show.
And because this is such a big show, that will surely take a full day.
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and the America's Cup 2000
organisers (COR/D) have confirmed an agreement to maintain the ongoing
relationship between the sport's international body and one of sailing's
premier events. The essence of the agreement is that America's Cup 2000 and
its associated events are approved by ISAF, will be held in accordance with
the Racing Rules of Sailing and comply with ISAF Eligibility Rules.
Additionally, the challengers, in the Louis Vuitton Cup, and the defending
team, in the match, will race with ISAF approved Race Officials who will
ensure fair play prevails throughout. The syndicates will display full
advertising on the boats under an agreement whereby they will make an
agreed contribution to ISAF funds, a percentage of which will be paid to
the Member National Authorities of the participating syndicates. The
balance will assist in funding ISAF development projects, such as race
officials training and grass roots sailing.
ISAF has acknowledged that the existing Racing Rules of Sailing, Appendix C
- Match Racing Rules, may require amendments and a fast-track system is in
operation to make the necessary changes prior to America's Cup 2000. Six
events scheduled between 1 December 1998 and 31 March 1999 were authorised
by ISAF to permit variations of the rules of Appendix C in the interests of
testing and subsequently proposing necessary rule changes, via the Racing
Rules Working Party, to ISAF.
For the full story: http://www.sailing.org/today/whatsnew.html
MORE SAIL EXPO
If you stop by the Ullman Sails booth at Sail Expo you can work a hell of a
deal on a new sail. But in fairness, I have to admit that any of the Ullman
lofts can help you improve the performance of your boat at price that I
think will surprise you. You can get a quote on line right now. It's more
affordable than you think:
NYYC ANNUAL REGATTA
The New York Yacht Club's 145th Annual Regatta will be held at Newport, RI,
on Friday and Saturday, June 18-19, 1999. The event begins on Friday to
accommodate the Annapolis to Newport participants as well as those checking
in at Block Island Race Week on Sunday, June 20. The regatta is open to all
eligible yachts. Yacht clubs are invited to form teams to compete for the
Great Corinthian Trophy.
Racing will be offered for yachts with a LWL of 25' or greater in the
following classes: IMS Racing, IMS Cruiser/Racer (including ORC Club), and
IMS Non-spinnaker (including ORC Club), New York Yacht Club Cruising Rule
(NYYC-members only), and 12 Metre yachts which conform to the NYYC 12 Metre
The Notice of Race and Entry Form are available on the club's web site:
MATT JONES' TRIVA QUESTION
Two sailors have won the Star Worlds as crew and then skipper. Who are they?
(The answer to Matt's question is at the end of this issue of 'Butt.)
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.
-- Chris Williams -- With all do respect to TNZ, I built sails for them in
'95, they are very organized and obviously talented sailors. However, it
seems TNZ is starting to get very political over the NIWA controversy. I
would just like to ask, was it, or was it not TNZ that spent so much time
saying that the AC was too political in '95, and that if it was in NZ, it
would much "cleaner"?
-- From Peter Huston -- I'm not sure which is more amusing - Brad
Butterworth saying that an NZL Government agency shouldn't profit from the
America's Cup by taking money from a Challenger, or John Roake's inability
to see the humor in an April Fools joke. In the scheme of the universe,
like any of this is important at all. The America's Cup is a sailboat
race, a casual entertainment event for a few people with more time and
money than they know what to do with - period. Judging from Brad's and
Roake's response, you would think the sale of weather information and a
joke is somehow more important than, oh say, the human horror we are seeing
in the Balkan region right now.
If TNZ feels threatened because Cayard has to buy weather information in
order to design a boat, they themselves probably have far greater internal
problems than anyone knows. Ultimately, it is the Challengers who have won
yet another round because TNZ has been distracted by a relative non-event.
The involvement of Parliment is totally laughable.
One has to wonder if TNZ truly understands the big picture benefits for all
of New Zealand as the host of the America's Cup. It is not so much in
keeping the Cup at all costs as it is in behaving as a gracious host to the
world. Let's hope for the sake of their fellow citizens that the rest of
the world doesn't tar the general population with the same narrow thinking
brush with which TNZ is painting themselves.
-- From Chip Evaul --As a regatta administrator for Long Beach Yacht Club,
my immediate reaction to the USSA suspension of six Southern California
sailors was' "Oh, God, how do we enforce this?" That was the question I
posed to Tom Farquhar at LBYC's judges symposium last weekend.
He considered that as a race organizing authority, we could request any
information from any boat entered in any LBYC event to help us determine
the validity of that entry, before or during the regatta. This might
include requiring crew lists from boats named in the investigation, or
gathering observed information, from a number of sources on the water. It
was also my impression (although we didn't address this point directly)
that any formal investigation of a violation would go through the normal
judging channels (ie. The Protest Route).
Tom also stressed that the Corinthian nature of our sport could be of
assistance in this case. In essence, other competitors would probably
provide ample "social approbation" in fair portion, if a violation by one
of the banned competitors becomes possible or a reality.
Southern California sailboat racing is a tight-knit community. The names
of the suspended parties, and the lengths of their suspensions are being
promptly advertised to all by the NGB. The fallout from violation of the
suspensions would be severe to the parties involved. Personally, I think
there will be little problem administering the will of USSA in this matter.
Let's hope this unfortunate turn of events is an abrogation, and not a trend.
-- From Glenn T. McCarthy -Mike Nash described the potential breakdown in
the quality of people attending regattas at locations offsite from
traditional Yacht Club venues. I would suggest that the RRS apply the same
way they do at a Yacht Club. Any unsportsmanlike conduct should be reported
to the Protest Committee and leave it to them to judge; A. Whether a
hearing is necessary and B. Once in a hearing, if the conduct was
unsporting. The same rules apply to all sailors across the board
regardless where they are sailing.
-- From Chris Ericksen -- Mike Nash's opinion that moving from yacht clubs
to hotels leads to diminishing behavior among the competitors is just plain
wrong. Thankfully, what we saw at the Coast Cadillac/North Sails Race Week
last year was an aberration in our sport: we don't need to be concerned
about yachting hooliganism in the same way soccer fans in Europe behave.
But the impetus is the same: mix too great an interest in winning with
beer, youthful exuberance and testosterone and you have the potential for
ugly incidents anywhere.
-- From Stan Gibbs -- Note to Lew Berry: get some of those padded shorts!
Having sailed that Etchells for ten years now here is my submission for
it's new name. "OK for de pain"
-- From Vince Cooke (regarding John Roake's comments about CHILDISH WRITING
FROM IRRESPONSIBLE ADULTS) -- But really, is it only Americans, or might it
be said of all inhabitants of the former colonies? This American living in
New Zealand noted a news story on New Zealand TV on April Fool's Day
commenting that the International Date Line Committee convening in
Greenwich had decided to accede to a request from Australia that the
International Date Line be moved westward so that Australia instead of New
Zealand would be the first country to welcome the new millenium. It was
said to be rationalized on the basis that Australia had a larger population
and therefore deserved to be the first. So thickly was it laid on that a
reporter was shown interviewing a purported politician just returning from
the Greenwich conference who of course had "no comment." Bottom line is
that he who lives in a glass house should not throw stones.
Santa Cruz Yachts has their first order for the Santa Cruz 63. See the
plans on board the Santa Cruz 52 'Ariel' at the Pacific Sail Expo this week
in Oakland or check out the Santa Cruz Yachts website:
(The following are excerpts from DEFENCE 2000, which is available from
John@roake.gen.nz -- US $48 per year.)
* The number of super yachts (or Gin palaces as some writers call them)
that will visit New Zealand is providing as much interest as the Cup
challengers. The major beneficiary will be the New Zealand government and
our 12.5 per cent Goods and Services tax. Nevertheless, New Zealand
providors and boat yards can expect a major increase in turnover as a
result. Some commentators are estimating that the yachts will spend not
less than NZ$300million during their stay. The latest count is 88 super
yachts with 63 at the time of writing having paid their deposits. (It will
be the largest number of these craft ever assembled in the southern
hemisphere). Should however, the boats stay over in New Zealand until the
Sydney Olympics, then the value of their stay multiplies by a factor of
three. Organisers are bound to be promoting this avenue.
Work has started at the western edge of Hobson Wharf and this marina will
cater for not only charter boats but additional large recreational boats.
Sited alongside the Maritime Museum, the first stage is due to be completed
in July and will be ready in time for the Cup challenger series.
* A rusty old barge, ex the French navy in Tahiti, is under tow to New
Zealand where it is to be refurbished before becoming the American Express
Yacht Club and moored beside the Viaduct Harbour island, Te Wero. Little
money was involved in the purchase, the big expense being the tow to New
Zealand, at a cost reported to be around NZ$400,000.
Once it arrives in New Zealand and receives its facelift, it will have a
two-story building constructed on it and will be home to American Express
cardholders who want to view the scene in the Harbour in comfort. Partners
in the barge, New Zealand's Corporate Host are saying that they will have
the capacity to entertain up 1000 persons at any one time.
Knut Frostad, Skipper of Norway's entry, Innovation Kvaerner, in the 1997 -
98 Whitbread Round the World Race for the Volvo Trophy, will make a special
appearance at Fawcett Boat Supplies, 110 Compromise Street in Annapolis, at
8 pm, April 20, 1999, to sign copies of his book "WHITBREAD ROUND THE WORLD
RACE - RESPONSIBLE FOR THE IRRESPONSIBLE".
For further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The fast growing offshore one design class the One Design 35 class will
have a busy 1999 Lake Michigan season. 12 boats are expected to contest the
One Design 35 Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation (LMSRF) Boat of the Year
Series. This series will include 4 events. The first event will be the
NOOD regatta in Chicago June 11-13. Second will be the series offshore
event the Chicago to Mackinac race starting July 10. Next up will be the
classes Great Lakes Championship which will be held in conjunction with the
Harbor Springs regatta July 23-25. The final race of this series will be
the Verve Cup August 13-15 in Chicago.
The 1999 One Design 35 National Championship regatta will be sailed on Lake
Michigan. Holland's Macatawa Bay Yacht Club will host the event. A fleet
of 25 One Design 35's are expected. This will double the 12-boat fleet that
sailed the inaugural National's in Annapolis MD. The defending champion is
Kip Meadow's Roxanne. -- Courtesy of the Torresen Sailing Site
For the full story: http://www.torresen.com
The 3rd Annual Leukemia Ton Cup will take place on Friday, April 30th at
the San Diego Yacht Club. Entrants in the SDYC Yachting Cup are invited to
teamed up to make a difference in the lives of families affected by
Leukemia. Each boat will be participating and fundraising in honor of a
local patient living with Leukemia or in memory of someone who has lost the
battle against it.
This year's race will be held in memory of Carl Saunders, a local high
school sailing captain, who lost his battle with Leukemia last September.
This San Diego bay race runs in concert with the VIC San Diego Yachting
Cup, but is scored separately. Also a separate entry is required.
Shoreside, following Friday afternoon's race, there will be a major
post-race Leukemia Ton Cup trophy presentation and party featuring food,
drink and dancing to the band CoCo Loco!
The 1999 Silent Auction, later that evening, will include all kinds of big
prizes including a Moorings Yacht Charter, a condo for a week in Maui; as
well as, sailing gear, boat hardware and much more. - John Gladstone
Event website: http://www.sdyc.org/
Late yesterday, Van Liew's camp announced that he'd secured the funding to
purchase a new aluminum spar from the South American division of Hall
Spars, the Bristol, Rhode Island-based mast maker. "I feel incredibly
awesome," Van Liew was quoted as saying. "It feels like the world has
picked me up by the scruff of the neck and said, 'You will not stop here!'"
Indeed, Van Liew has had incredible support. Balance Bar Company has
pledged to match every dollar he raises. The Conrad Resort and Casino in
Punta del Este made a significant contribution. So too did the generous
members of the Yacht Club Punta del Este. Marc Thiercelin has donated the
mainsail he used on the replacement mast that brought him to Punta from the
Falkland Islands. Fellow Class II skippers J.P. Mouligne and Mike Garside
have loaned headsails. The list goes on and on and on...
Race Director Mark Schrader has been in on the amazing effort. "The guys at
Hall said they can build the mast in 30 hours and they're already well into
it." he said. "Brad's team has ordered a crane to come at noon tomorrow.
That's a big deal here, there's only one! The feeling is the mast will be
rigged and ready. Hall Spars plans to put the mast on a ferry that will
bring it down the River Plata to Uruguay. Once it's stepped, Brad plans on
doing a test run and if all goes well he could be underway again as early
With the Punta waterfront in a mild frenzy, the action continued to unfold
on the race course. At 0940 GMT today, in Class I Giovanni Soldini held a
62 mile lead over Thiercelin. In Class II, Garside's advantage over
Mouligne had slipped to eight miles. But the frontrunners should be
concerned, because each of their antagonists are rolling up from astern on
the wings of a new southerly that has not yet reached the leaders. At the
early report Thiercelin was making an average speed of 8.4 knots, while
Soldini was doing just 4.9 knots. Likewise, Mouligne was cruising at 6.9
knots while Garside was only managing 3.9 knots. -- Herb Mc Cormick
Standings (with distance to finish in parenthesis) Class I Soldini (4816)
2. Thiercelin (4878) Class II: 1. Garside (4860) 2. Mouligne (4868)
3.Yazykov (5016) .
Event website: http://www.aroundalone.com
ANSWER TO TRIVIA QUESTION
The two sailor who have won the Star Worlds as both a skipper and a crew
are Malin Burnham (1944 crew & 1945 skipper) and Lowell North (1945 crew &
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