SCUTTLEBUTT #317 - May 5, 1999
ISAF WORLD MATCH RACE RANKINGS
Issue Date: 4 May 1999
|1 || Peter GILMOUR ||(JPN)
|2 || Gavin BRADY || (NZL)
|3 || Bertrand PACE ||(FRA)
|4 || Chris LAW ||(GBR) 3
|5 || Peter HOLMBERG || (ISV)
|6 || Markus WIESER || (GER)
|7 || Sten MOHR ||(DEN)
|8 || Magnus HOLMBERG ||(SWE)
|9 || Jesper BANK ||(DEN) 10
|10 || Jochen SCHUMANN || (GER)
|11 || Morten HENRIKSEN || (DEN)
|12 || Dean BARKER ||(NZL)
|13 || Tomislav BASIC ||(CRO)
|14 || Luc PILLOT || (FRA)
|15 || Jes GRAM-HANSEN || (DEN)
|16 || Francois BRENAC || (FRA)
|17 || Paula LEWIN || (BER) 15
|18 || Neville WITTEY || (AUS)
|19 || Murray JONES ||(NZL)
|20 || Andy BEADSWORTH ||(GBR)
|21 || Geir Dahl ANDERSEN ||(NOR)
|1 || Paula LEWIN ||(BER)
|2 || Betsy ALISON ||(USA)
|3 || Dorte O. JENSEN ||(DEN)
|4 || Klaartje ZUIDERBAAN ||(NED)
|5 || Nadine STEGENWALNER || (GER)
|6 || Shirley ROBERTSON ||(GBR)
|7 || Marie KLOK || (DEN)
|8 || Susanne MADSEN ||(DEN)
|9 || Cordelia EGLIN ||(GBR)
|10 || Christine BRIAND ||(FRA)
|11 || Marie BJORLING ||(SWE)
|12 || Annette STROM ||(DEN)
|13 || Cory SERTL || (USA)
|14 || Dru SLATTERY || (USA)
|15 || Maria SVEDIN ||(SWE)
ISAF website: http://www.sailing.org
AMERICA'S CUP ROUNDUP
* With less than six months remaining before the start of the America's
Cup Challenger Selection Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup, the field of new
International America's Cup Class (IACC) yachts is rapidly taking shape.
Historically, a key indication of syndicate activity levels and progress
prior to the America's Cup has been the status of construction of each
team's IACC yachts. Sail numbers, issued prior to the start of
construction, provide a revealing glimpse at the present status of the
America's Cup 2000 Challengers.
The latest update provided by Ken McAlpine, Technical Director of the
International America's Cup Class, (IACC), indicates that twelve new IACC
sail numbers have been issued to date. Three teams, Nippon, Prada
America's Cup Challenge, and Aloha Racing have been issued two sail numbers.
| Sail Number || Syndicate
| 44 || Nippon
| 45 || Prada America's Cup Challenge
| 46 || YAKA France America's Cup 2000
| 47 || Copa America Desafio Espanol
| 48 || Prada America's Cup Challenge (Boat 2)
| 49 || AmericaOne
| 50 || Aloha Racing
| 51 || America True
| 52 || Nippon (Boat 2)
| 53 || Young America
| 54 || Aloha Racing (Boat 2)
| 55 || Team Dennis Conner
Of the 15 Challengers originally entered in America's Cup XXX this current
list indicates only nine teams with yachts currently under construction.
While not as large a fleet as originally anticipated, this would still be a
strong showing for Auckland in October.
The Abracadabra 2000 entry, from the 50th State of the United States,
announced its first-- and very fitting sail number-- as USA 50. With the
announcement of the team's second sail number, USA 54, Abracadabra 2000 now
becomes one of only three Challengers to date to field a two-boat campaign.
With designers and competitors in agreement on the varied weather
conditions that will face America's Cup XXX Challengers in Auckland between
October and March, having a two-boat program is anticipated to provide a
significant advantage in America's Cup 2000. -- DJ Cathcart, Abracadabra 2000
* FAST 2000 is happy and proud to announce the support of another new
partner for the Swiss Challenge for the America's Cup: Movenpick Foods Ltd.
Movenpick Foods Ltd is market leader in Switzerland and Germany for premium
ice cream, while enjoying a quick development on the many other markets it
is operating in.
Marc Pajot, Skipper and Project Manager: "To greet Movenpick among our
supporting partners while we are facing some difficult times is certainly
very stimulating. In the name of all our team members, I express my sincere
thanks to Movenpick and Mr Gaillard. This support will enable us to keep
the yard working at finishing the mold of the hull, a critical step in the
production of our racing yacht. Our design team and the EPFL engineers have
developed what we consider to be a break-through design and we will do
whatever possible to see it realized!" -- Hans U. Bernhard, FAST 2000
* Two previous America's Cup winners -- Rock FERRIGNO and Wally HENRY --
have signed on with the New York Yacht Club/Young America Challenge Sailing
Team, NYYC/Young America President John K. Marshall and skipper Ed Baird
Ferrigno is a medical student at Yale University who sailed with America's
Cup winner America3 in 1992 and Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes in 1995 as
a grinder. Ferrigno sailed with Maxi World Champions Matador2 in 1991 and
Sayonara in 1997. He has sailed as mastman with the Windquest sailing team
since 1992. A resident of New Haven, Conn., Ferrigno grew up in Fairfield,
Henry is a three-time America's Cup veteran and world-class big boat
sailor. Henry was with the winning America3 Defense in 1992, the Heart of
America campaign in 1987, and Stars & Stripes in 1995. Henry has won two
Maxi World Championships, two Southern Ocean Racing Conferences including
this year with Idler. In 1997, he sailed with Admiral's Cup winner Flash
Gordon. A resident of San Diego, Calif., Henry grew up in Port Jefferson, N.Y.
The NYYC/Young America Sailing Team has 24 sailors signed to date, 11 have
won the America's Cup. Sailing team members have a range of other
world-class experience including Whitbread Round the World Races, Maxi Boat
campaigns, and the Olympics. In addition, the NYYC/Young America program
includes another 13 past Cup winners working in other facets of the program
such as management, shore and technical support, and design and technology.
-- Jane Eagleson, Young America
NYYC/Young America website: http://www.youngamerica.org
* America True, The San Francisco Yacht Club challenge for America's Cup
2000, welcomes Ben BEER as its newest team member. Beer will serve on the
foredeck of America True beginning this August, and throughout the Cup races.
Beer is a world class sailor who won his first regatta at the age of nine,
and he has crewed on scores of grand prix racers around the world,
including many with Peter Holmberg. Beer decided to give up his current
post with Holmberg and a chance to crew the newly merged VI Challenge with
Team Dennis Conner to join America True. "It was a very difficult decision
for me," said Beer. "I had to weigh many factors. Peter has taught me a
great deal, as well as bringing this opportunity to me. In the end, I had
to make the choice that was best for me."
Currently, Beer is in Connecticut running the Sydney 40 entry for the US
Admirals Cup Team. He will serve as captain and bowman for the team
throughout the races in July. Beer will then compete in the Pan American
games, sailing his Finn before he goes on to New Zealand to join the
America True team. In addition to America's Cup 2000, Beer is pursuing a
Finn Class entry for the 2000 Olympic Games.
Although Beer primarily serves as a trimmer or a bowman, he has a
respectable list of victories as skipper and tactician, including the
American Yacht Club Series, the Block Island Race, and two victories in the
Rolex Cup Regatta. As a bowman, Beer won the 1998-99 Congressional Cup and
the 1998 Bermuda Race. - Grace Kim, America True
America True website: http://www.americatrue.org
BERMUDA INTERNATIONAL INVITATIONAL RACE WEEK
The Bermuda International Invitational Race Week was sailed April 25th
through April 30th out of Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, and the week offered a
variety of wind from 3kts to 30kts.
The Etchells Class sailed six races with one drop. Bailey was 4,8,2,1,6,4
and dropped the 8 for a total of 16.75 pts. Andreas Lewin (Bermuda),
brother of women's match race champion Paula Lewin, also had 16.75 points
with 5,10,1,4,4,3. Bailey's 2nd in the 3rd race gave him first place. Peter
Bromby was 3rd with 18.5.
Going into the last race four boats had a chance to win the series. Winds
were 10-12 with 20 degree shifts not uncommon. Many of the leaders ended
the day in the double digits, but Bailey and Lewin held their position by
playing the conservative middle.
On Tuesday, the 30kt day, an I.O.D. sailed by American Tony Huston sank an
Etchells sailed by Bill Steele an Aussie who lives in Hants UK four months
per year and sails out of Lymington. Steele was approaching close to the
starboard layline for the finish when the crash occured.
The jury awarded him n 11th place finish. For races 4 and 5, Steel was
given another boat to sail, but it had a sloppy tiller that made the boat
dangerous to steer, and he retired. The jury awarded him average points
from races 1 and 2. Steele got a 5th in the final race and finished in
10th place with 33.75pts.
Bruce Dyson (Marblehead, Mass) dominated the International One Design
class. The I.O.D. racing is nine races divided into three parts. The
Bermuda Race Week Championship "A" is the first five races. Dyson won this
with 7.75 points (one race score is dropped). The Norwegian Series "B" is
the final four races. Dyson won this with 10.5 points (no drops). All the
races combine in competition for the Vrengen Gold Cup. Dyson won this with
13.5 points (two drops). For the nine race series Dyson had a
Second in the The Bermuda Race Week Championship "A" was Harry Powell
(Bermuda) with 14 points and Urban Ristorp (Sweden) was third with 14.5.
Second in the Norwegian Series "B" was Jan Petter Roed (Norway) with 11.5
and third was J.C. McAulay (Scotland). Second in the Vrengen Gold Cup
series was Jan Petter Roed and third was Harry Powell. - Talbot W)lson
For complete scores, commentary and photos: http://www.rbyc.bm
The US Sailing website of the future is up and runningbut certainly not
finished yet. Take a peak and let them know what you think -- they are
interested in member input: http://ussailing.pshift.com/
ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK
It was more than just a squall. The skies opened up during the first race
at Antigua, drenching everyone in pouring rain. The curmudgeon smiled as he
slipped into his lightweight red rain jacket. Although my mates were
unprepared, I was ready. WRONG! My red jacket looked bitchin' but was no
match for the downpour. Damn!
As I sat there freezing, all I could think about was how Whitbread veteran
Joan Touchette described her breathable Douglas Gill Dinghy Smock at last
week's Congressional Cup Regatta. "It's my new favorite top," she declared
enthusiastically. Right then I decided that as soon as my Social Security
check came in, I too would own a Gill Dinghy Smock.!
SAILING IN THE NOOD
This week sailors from Canada, the Great Lakes, and the East Coast will
travel to the Chesapeake Bay to usher in the sailing season with a
three-day battle for regional honors at the Annapolis GMC Yukon/Sailing
World NOOD (National Offshore One-Design) Regatta, a new regatta that has
developed into a major springtime opener for the region.
Hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club, the Annapolis NOOD regatta has drawn
some 1,100 sailors from 18 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada.
The fleet numbers 180 boats, in 16 one-design classes. This participation
represents the largest first-year fleet in the history of the NOOD series.
The Annapolis NOOD is a new addition to a nine-event national racing
circuit sponsored by GMC Yukon and organized by Sailing World Magazine. The
circuit includes nine events in: San Diego (CA), St. Petersburg (FL),
Annapolis (MD), Chicago (IL), Detroit (MI), Larchmont (NY), Marblehead
(MA), San Francisco (CA), and Houston (TX). -- Cynthia Goss
Event website: http://www.sailingworld.com
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 Giles Anderson (re ISAF Meeting report) - Unlimited pumping? Are
they nuts? That means that almost every dinghy regatta held in less than
10 kts will just be a pump/rock/scull contest. Imagine the sight, 100 Laser
sailors standing in their cockpits, rocking and pumping. The new look of
sailing? No thanks.
-- From Skip Ely -- A quick note on the Corinthian debate. I am proud to
participate in a sport which has a unique word that describes the behavior
expected of the participants. Corinthian to me, and my mates, has nothing
to do with wealth or breading. It means to me that I will conduct myself
in an honorable, moral and honest manner. When I was growing up tennis had
a similar set of unwritten rules. However, today, at the top level of that
sport these rules have been all but forgotten, why? Probably for two
reasons, number one is money (not the lack of it), and, to a lesser degree,
it may be because tennis does not have a word that encompasses and defines
the expected behavior of the participants.
Let's hope that greed, money and fame do not rob our sport of its heritage
and steal the true meaning from the word Corinthian. Yacht Clubs have
written rules that enforce "Corinthian" Behavior. However in reality if we
each don't behave in this manner, on our own, on the race course, in the
Yacht club, in the hotel court yard, or where ever we are as sailors then
the sport we love will be changed for the worse, forever.
-- From Max Rosenberg -- Corinthian, I feel means to be
"sportsmanlike-fair-polite-respectful". Sailing is a gentleman/woman sport
(hard to believe sometimes at the leeward mark with 5 boats overlapped) but
the word never means "barbarick-rude-crude-crass or flagrant" Sailing is
-- From Peter Huston -- What's all this fuss about "Corinthian"? Having
grown up as part of the TV generation, I have obviously then been under the
mistaken impression that "Corinthian" was a type of crushed leather that
was so rare it graced the cabin of only mid '70's era Ricardo Montleban
signature edition Chrysler Cordoba's.
THE GOLDEN AGE
StFYC Staff Commodore Robert C. Keefe looks at "The Golden Age of Sailing:
The Big Boats 1925 to 1975." at a dinner program at the California YC.
However the real stars of this onscreen presentation will be BARUNA,
BOLERO, DORADE, GOOD NEWS, GOODWILL, KIALOA, MORNING STAR, RAMONA, SANTANA,
ZACA, NAM SANG and other ocean racers of that era.
The public is invited to this dinner program which is scheduled for 7:00 PM
on Friday, May 14. $25 includes dinner / tax / service / parking if payment
recieved by May 13; $30 after that IF any seats available. Reservations and
information at CYC, 310.823.4567.
A new IMS 40 Association has been formed group consisting of a mixed fleet
of IMS racers and cruiser/racers from 39 to 43 foot in length overall that
rate IMS 1998 GP of 558-575. At the current time they have 12 members-boats
and their center of activity is Long Island Sound (http://www.ims40.org/).
-- Jordan Murphy
The Mumm 30 class now has their website up and running:
http://www.mumm30.org. The site features an owner's forum for open
discussion, international regatta schedules and links to regatta websites
where applicable, the class newsletter, and class rulebook, along with
other features. The website was donated to the class by the owners of Mumm
30 USA 48 - Ed Collins and Barry Allardice. ISAF web-magician David
McCreary was contracted for the site design. -- Renee Mehl
VOLVO OCEAN RACE
The illbruck Round the World Challenge wrapped up its training session
after five weeks of testing and training in Sanxenxo, Spain. We are just
finishing up the final steps of packing everything up for the next stage of
the campaign. This included, going thru all of our newly acquired
equipment, looking at and evaluating our 80 sails and begin setting a
structure for the campaign so when it is time to become full time we will
have everything in place. We were able to conduct over 50 quality tests
offshore which will provide our technical team the information they need to
make the next step forward from the previous Whitbread 60's. I was able to
sail with many new people that I have not sailed with before which gives us
a headstart in the crew selection process.
We were very fortunate to have 7 people from 7 different boats in the last
Whitbread race including Mark Christensen from the winning EF Language and
Ross Halcrow, who was on the America's Cup winner Team New Zealand in 1995.
With this vast experience we were able to start this session at a very high
level gathering everyone's ideas and thoughts on how to improve the boats,
sails, spars and other equipment for the next Volvo Ocean Race.
Our next step is competing in the Fastnet Race and testing some of our new
equipment and ideas from this training session. Then, most of our team will
be competing in the America's Cup races in Auckland, New Zealand
October-February 2000. We hope to restart our training after the America's
Cup in Sanxenxo, Spain in the early Spring of 2000. -- John Kostecki,
Skipper-illbruck, Round the World Challenge
Race website: http://www.volvooceanrace.org
SMALL BOAT HEAVEN
If your thing is performance race boats, you've got to check into the Small
Craft Advisories website. These folks specialize in sport boats, the
MX-Ray, Lasers, all of the hot multihulls including Hobies, NACRAs and
Prindles, and the entire WD Schock line, including the awesome new canting
keel Schock 40. The site is loaded with go-fast tips plus price lists for
parts and accessories - both new and used. You can order on line or give
them a call at their toll-free number: (800) 354-7245 http://www.justsail.com/
* Grand Prix sailor and former Project Manager for Farr International, Tom
Weaver announced the launch of his new marine project management company,
Leave It To Weaver, LLC. Weaver will work with clients interested in
building a world class yacht by developing and implementing a management
plan based on client interests and needs. He will oversee all phases of
project development, from consulting with yacht designers, managing the
construction phase to supervising the launch of composite racing and
cruising yachts. Weaver joined Farr International as Project Manager three
years ago and continues an excellent working relationship with this company.
* J/105 sales and fleet growth has been pretty amazing - even better than
the J/35 success of the 80's. New boat orders are now out to hull #303 for
delivery in January 2000. J Boats/TPI have been building one boat per week
for more than a year, and are looking for ways to increase output because
of strong demand due to fleet activity in the Chesapeake, San Francisco,
Chicago, the Southeast, New England and the UK. Several factors seem to be
contributing to this success: an owner/driver rule; only 3 sails (Dacron
mainsail on slides, roller furling Pentex #3 jib, and 1 asymmetric
spinnaker); sail limitations; plus a J/24 size crew limit of 5 people or
880 lbs. (http://www.jboats.com/)
* Tod M. Schneider has accepted a position in Hilton Head Island, South
Carolina as production manager for Gleason Sailmakers, a dealer for Quantum
Sails. Schneider has been a Sales Executive with the Omohundro Company in
THE CURMUDGEON'S CONUNDRUM
If work is so terrific, how come they have to pay you to do it?