SCUTTLEBUTT #318 - May 6, 1999
"Luna Rossa", the new IACC - International America's Cup Class - yacht of
team Prada was launched Wednesday in Punta Ala by Miuccia Prada. The
ceremony took place in the Prada Operations Base where all the team,
family, friends, official suppliers and journalists were gathered for the
event. The boat, off the water and completely covered, was baptised by the
local priest Sandro Spinelli with the whole team reciting a prayer. Amongst
the guests were FIAT magnate Giovanni Agnelli, BILL KOCH (winner of the
1992 America's Cup) and the Italian popular showman Renzo Arbore.
Miuccia Prada, wife of team Prada C.E.O Patrizio Bertelli, then broke the
bottle on the bow calling out the name "Luna Rossa". Patrizio Bertelli
said: "I decided to call the boat Luna Rossa one evening over dinner under
a full moon; the name, which I find very romantic, evocates to me fantasy
and has a kind of magic feeling which relates to the boat Black Magic of
Team New Zealand, winner of the past America's Cup. -- Alessandra Ghezzi
Syndicate website: http://www.Prada-press.com
The ISAF Rankings for all Olympic Classes:
Men's Board (IMCO Mistral One-Design):
|1 || Aaron MCINTOSH ||NZL
|2 || Joao RODRIGUES || POR
|3 || Amith INBAR || ISR
|45 || Mike GEBHARDT || USA
|50 || Peter WELLS || USA
Women's Board (IMCO Mistral One-Design):
|1 || Lai Shan LEE || HKG
|2 || Alessandra SENSINI || ITA
|3 || Barbara KENDALL || NZL
|9 || Lanee BUTLER || USA
|46 || Cara REID || USA
Men's Single-handed Dinghy (Finn)
|1 || Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ || POL
|2 || Sebastien GODEFROID || BEL
|3 || Fredrik LOOF || SWE
|35 || Darrell PECK || USA
Single-handed Dinghy women (Europe)
|1 || Carolijn BROUWER || NED
|2 || Margriet MATTHIJSSE || NED
|3 || Shirley ROBERTSON || GBR
|34 || Hannah SWETT || USA
|43 || Meg GAILLARD || USA
Double-handed Dinghy men (470)
|1 || Gildas PHILIPPE ||Tanguy CARIOU || FRA
|2 || BRASLAVETS || MATVIYENKO || UKR
|3 || Johan MOLUND || Mattias RAHM || SWE
|7 || Paul FOERSTER || Bob MERRICK || USA
|43 || Steven HUNT || Michael MILLER || USA
Double-handed Dinghy women (470)
|1 || Ruslana TARAN || Elena PAKHOLCHIK || UKR
|2 || Susanne WARD || Michaela WARD || DEN
|3 || Frederica SALVA ||Emanuela SOSSI || ITA
|10 || Whitney CONNOR || Elizabeth KRATZIG || USA
|22 || Tracy HAYLEY || Louise VAN VOORHIS || USA
|35 || Courtenay BECKER-DEY || Alice MANARD || USA
Dinghy Open (Laser)
|1 || Ben AINSLIE || GBR
|2 || Robert SCHEIDT || BRA
|3 || M. BLACKBURN || AUS
|44 || John TORGERSON ||USA
|47 || Bill HARDESTY || USA
High Performance Dinghy Open (49er)
|1 || Marc AUDINEAU || Julien FARNARIER || FRA
|2 || Andy BUDGEN || Ian BUDGEN || GBR
|3 || Francesco BRUNI || Gabriele BRUNI || ITA
|4 || Chris NICHOLSON || D.PHILLIPS || AUS
|13 || Morgan LARSON || Kevin HALL || USA
|17 || Jonathan McKEE ||Charlie McKEE || USA
Multihull Open (Tornado)
|1 || Darren BUNDOCK John FORBES || AUS
|2 || Pierre PENNEC Yann GUICHARD || FRA
|3 || Mitch BOOTH A. LANDENBERGER || AUS
|19 || Robbie DANIEL Jacques BERNIER || USA
|31 || Richard FEANY Ezra SMITH || USA
|32 || Lars GUCK P.J.SCHAFFER || USA
|35 || Michael INGHAM Erik GOETHERT || USA
Two Person Keelboat (Star)
|1 || John MACCAUSLAND || Phil TRINTER || USA
|2 || Mark REYNOLDS || Magnus LILJEDAHL || USA
|3 || Peter VESSELLA || Mike DORGAN || USA
|7 || Eric DOYLE || Brian TERHAAR || USA
|14 || James FREEMAN || Paul SKENIN || USA
|15 || Howard SHIEBLER || Rick PETERS || USA
|16 || Cuyler MORRIS || Tom OLSEN || USA
|30 || Vincent BRUN || Rick PETERS || USA
|34 || Jock KOHLHAS || Brian FAITH || USA
|35 || Larry WHIPPLE || Jason HASTINGS || USA
|36 || Ross ADAMS || Chuck NEVEL || USA
|37 || Jeremy DAVIDSON || Jeff DAVIDSON || USA
|38 || Augie DIAZ || Hal HAENEL || USA
|40 || Bill ALLEN || John UPTON || USA
|45 || Terry NEILSON || Doug BROPHY || USA
|46 || Ben MITCHELL || Mike GEORGE || USA
|50 || Rob MAINE || Andrew HIGGS || USA
Fleet/Match Race Keelboat (Soling)
|1 || Stig WESTERGAARD\MOLLER\Bjorn WESTERGAARD || DEN
|2 || Sergei PICHUGIN\Roman SADCHIKOV\V.KOROTKOV || UKR
|3 || Philippe PRESTI\Pascal RAMBEAU\Jean M DAURIS || FRA
|13 || Tony REY\Dean BRENNER\Tom BURNHAM || USA
|14 || Jeff MADRIGALI\Craig HEALY\Hartwell JORDAN || USA
|17 || David A CURTIS\Karl ANDERSON\MOFFET || USA
|23 || Kent HEITZINGER\CULVER\MANION || USA
|33 || Donald COHAN\Tom OLSON\Greg STEVENS || USA
The full O'Neill World Sailing Rankings, lists of graded events throughout
1999 and the method of calculation for the Rankings may be found on the
ISAF website: http://www.sailing.org
In the current issue of Sailing World, Scott MacLeod and Gary Jobson each
took a look at the America's Cup and both found flaws with the present
structure and format. While the two have different ideas for 'fixing' the
event, they solidly agree that the cost of the event has gotten way out of
In their separate editorials, Jobson and MacLeod offered the following ideas:
- Hold the event more frequently - every two or three years.
- Shorten the competition to a three-month period.
- Make the boats (more) one-design to shift the emphasis from technology to
- sailing skill.
- Limit the number of boats a team could have.
- Build national pride by allowing only nationals to compete on the team.
- Sail without instruments like the Olympic classes.
- Establish a syndicate salary cap like other professional sports.
- Establish a commissioner to remove the controls from one of the competitors.
- Create a course that encourages lead changes
What do you think?
THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE
Until recently, there were two very serious Sydney 40 programs competing
for a single berth on the Italian Admiral Cup team. No more - the Sydney 40
with the Ullman Sails won the trials and will be at Cowes this summer.
Ullman Sails are fast in any language. Isn't it time for you to find out
how affordable improved performance can be for your boat? --
The America's Cup has always been as much a race of technologies as a race
of sailboats. The competition to take on defending New Zealand in 2000 has
taken technological innovation to places it's never been. "What's really
neat about the America's Cup is, for some reason, these high-tech science
companies seem to really love the Cup as a project to exercise their
technology and their people," said Bob Billingham, chief operating officer
for AmericaOne. "It also is a very legitimate sports-marketing venue. If HP
[Hewlett-Packard] wanted to tout its technology, it would have a really
hard time with the NFL, or even ice hockey.
"The America's Cup is about technology and teamwork, and that's what HP
feels we're all about ... so it's really a perfect vehicle for us to show
our technological prowess," explained Knute Christensen, market development
manager at HP's high-performance systems division. Christensen works with
supercomputers, including the one used by the AmericaOne team to create
unprecedented computer modeling of design concepts.
"The process is very advanced from '95. In '92 and '95, the third-scale
models you built and the tank-testing and the wind-tunnel work really gave
you your model of development.
"There was a lot of computer modeling there, but it was secondary to the
physical modeling. People didn't trust it yet. Now the computer modeling is
really leading the charge. We still build the physical models and put them
in the tank and the wind tunnel, but we do less of it and with great
confidence that the computer has already picked out the designs,"
Billingham concluded. -- Steve Kettmann, Wired magazine
For the full story:
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 John Fracisco -- I wanted to correct the information on the J/105
class crew weight. According to their class website: "The maximum crew
weight (in swimming apparel) for one-design racing is 440 kilograms (970
lbs.) with no limit on numbers of crew."
FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
All eyes are going to be on the mythical West/East Atlantic crossing this
year. It will be on the programme of a lot of yachtsmen in the coming
months. The record for this crossing which is one of the qualification
courses for The Race, has been in the hands of Frenchman Serge Madec since
1990 in 6 days, 13 h, 3 min and 32s at an average speed of 18.62 knots
(34.5 kph) on the catamaran Jet Services V. It has not been improved since
that date. The company Jet Services, owner of the big multihull at the
time, has recently confirmed that they are maintaining the bonus of 200 000
FF for whoever reduces the reference time of almost ten years standing.
Ever since, several skippers have attempted the adventure without success,
Bruno Peyron, Laurent Bourgnon and Steve Fossett are the current declared
THE EXPLORER CAMPAIGN -- Within the scope of the international promotion
campaign for The Race, Bruno Peyron will have another go at the record in
June. This will not be a first for the catamaran Explorer which had a go in
November 95. Within the record time, Explorer/Pays de Loire was forced to
abandon a short distance from England, in the grips of a powerful low and
mountainous seas. At that time Bruno Peyron took the wise decision to give
up the attempt, not wanting to risk breaking his fabulous machine holder of
the 1st Jules Verne.
Explorer has spent 6 months in the yard in San Francisco and has been
fitted with two inboard engines. Before leaving the mythical bay, she was
the star of the Oakland (San Francisco bay) boat show and tacked a few
times under the Golden Gate with as temporary skipper the American Cam
Lewis. He chartered the catamaran for a promotional operation for his The
Race challenge, Team Adventure USA.
BOURGNON, LEWIS AND LOICK PEYRON ON THE RECORD -- The two times winner of
the Route du Rhum, the single-handed transat between St Malo (F) and
Point-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe), should be the first to set off along the
distance. In association with his brother Yvan, co-skipper, Laurent intends
driving his 60 ft trimaran ex-Primagaz now renamed Foncia, as soon as a
favourable weather window cracks open. The standby will start on May 10th.
PLAYSTATION DELAYED -- The first maxi catamaran launched for The Race,
Steve Fossett's PlayStation was scheduled to attack the record sometime in
June. A "rush" that everyone has been waiting for, since the Morelli &
Melvin catamaran beat the record for the greatest distance covered by a
sailing boat in 24 hours, or 580.30 miles. Unfortunately, a fire in the
cat's starboard hull, while she was docked in Auckland (Nz) on April 22nd
last, has modified the programme. "It's just been put back a bit" Steve
Fossett told us. " it is going to take 2 or 3 months to carry out repairs,
which means that our project to attack the Atlantic record this summer has
been delayed. We are now aiming for a New York / England record run in the
fall". An opening for Explorer and Foncia (ex-Primagaz) which could just
benefit from this respite, and get their names inscribed, just for a
season, in the famous honours list.
Full story: http://www.therace.org/english/actualite/index.htm
(The following are excerpts from DEFENCE 2000, which is available from
John@roake.gen.nz -- US $48 per year.)
* American Express executives from Europe, who recently had a
familiarization visit to New Zealand, have spoken out about the likely
shortage of first class seats to New Zealand and top level accommodation at
America's Cup time. They are predicting that the perceived shortage may
well dampen their big spending Platinum Cardholders enthusiasm. There is
undoubtedly limited capacity in the lodges they visited in Christchurch,
Queenstown and Wellington, although they are capable of meeting their
* This is how the Auckland motel industry is viewing the America's Cup
challenge and defence in New Zealand. A survey of motels overlooking the
America's Cup yachting course shows that there is virtually no interest at
all for booking over the summer racing period. A number of motels on the
North Shore have yet to register accommodation requests. Anzac Court motel
manager, Dave Armstrong, said he had received hardly any calls from folk
wanting accommodation specifically for the America's Cup. Likewise the City
of Sails motel, and the Browns Bay Olive Tree motel. They have come to the
conclusion that the focus will be more in Auckland City, where people
interested in yachting can get onto a boat and then go back to the clubs
and restaurants afterwards. Lack of interest has held back many operators
putting together a special America's Cup package for their establishment.
So the message for overseas readers, is that there is an abundance of motel
accommodation available handy to the city, and the situation is best summed
up by Sea View motel manager, Lee Dombroksi, who says "I don't believe the
America's Cup will make any difference to us."
* The America True team returns (to Auckland) in July and will one of the
first to be on site in preparation for the challenger series starting on
October 18. They have a long list of "must do's" in the intervening period,
and Dawn Riley, their CEO, says the most of important "will be working hard
on the team's fund raising". But John Cutler, the team's skipper, said that
"REST is at the top of his program. Then work on the technical aspects of
the new boat, match racing, and organising more crew for the winter."
Meanwhile David Barnes stays on site, and will be deeply involved in the
building of their new compound in Auckland, complete with sail loft,
offices, and boat shed.
THE PROPER INGREDIENTS
What do steady breezes, awesome courses, Corona Beer, Mount Gay Rum and
Ullman Sails all have in common? Of course, they are all part of the 1999
Long Beach Race Week. This year's event is June 18-20, beginning with a
4:00 P.M. race on Friday afternoon. 6 races with a throwout are scheduled.
One Design and PHRF classes are invited. The Notice of Race is in the mail.
For more info or to enter: http://www.lbyc.org
The 19th Annual "Around Catalina" race sponsored by Dana Point Yacht Club &
Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club will be held on May 29-30. This year's race will
include a "big boat" class with six already confirmed entries. This might
provide another opportunity for Transpac tune-up. There will also be a
Cruising class that will not round the island. For further information:
The Walter Cooper Photo Web Site has been updated with images from the 1999
1D48 Grand Prix regatta, held last weekend in Baltimore, MD. If you weren't
able to be there in person, stop by the site and check out the action:
And Tim Wright has his photos of Antigua Sailing week posted on the web:
One of the great, sad ironies about the fifth running of the Around Alone
race is that, when all is said and done, French skipper Marc Thiercelin may
well be better remembered for what he didn't do, not for all he did.
Thiercelin, a quiet man whose silence is often minsconstrued in the
full-frontal, gregarious social whirl that accompanies Around Alone, is a
sailor of immense talent. Against long odds, after a devastating dismasting
that would have sent lesser sailors scurrying to the sidelines, Thiercelin
has already accomplished something that Isabelle Autissier, Mike Golding
and Josh Hall could not. He's on the back stretch of an epic journey. He's
never given up. But Thiercelin has seen troubled times on this race. Many
an armchair sailor, who wouldn't know the Southern Ocean from South Dakota,
villified Thiercelin for his actions during Autissier's remarkable rescue.
To them, Thiercelin will never be thought of as the seasoned mariner who
sailed the fastest solo 24-hour run ever, who pulled into Cape Town nursing
a mainsail that exploded seconds after crossing the finish line, who once
led the race but kept on pushing even when all hope for victory was dashed.
He'll always be the guy who didn't turn around. Thiercelin deserves better.
- Herb McCormick
To read the whole story: http://www.aroundalone.com
Standings (distance to finish in parenthesis): Class I: 1. Soldini (374) 2.
Thiercelin (570) CLASS II: 1. Garside (915) 2. Mouligne (1115) 3. Yazykov
(1545) 7. Van Liew (2751)
The next few days are supposed to be gorgeous here in SoCal, so the
curmudgeon is off to Catalina for a looooong weekend. I'm leaving in about
ten minutes - so there will be no 'Butt tomorrow.
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATIONS
If you aren't making waves, you probably aren't kicking hard enough!