SCUTTLEBUTT #319 - May 10, 1999
SAILING IN THE NOOD
Annapolis (MD) May 9, 1999 - For Rolph Townshend of Annapolis-skipper of
Alberg 30 SKYBIRD who has been sailing on the Chesapeake Bay for 60
years-the final day at the GMC Yukon/Sailing World NOOD Regatta was a
workout he will remember.
Townshend, age 69, and his crew-all of whom are retired-finished this
three-day regatta with a 3-1 day, handling the short-course racing with
near-aerobic spinnaker sets and takedowns, in a puffy, 6- to 14-knot breeze
with big shifts that had crews shifting gears quickly. The SKYBIRD crew
returned to land fatigued, bruised, and mentally overworked. But, "We had a
ball!" said Townshend, after reaching the docks to claim first place
overall in the Alberg 30 class.
Townshend's sentiments were echoed by many of the 1,100 sailors who
competed at the first NOOD Regatta (National Offshore One-Design) ever held
on the Chesapeake Bay. After three days of racing in wind that built from
4/5 knots and into the mid-teens, with shifts and oscillations and varying
pressure, the sailors who collected trophies tonight were awarded for
Sixteen one-design classes competed at the NOOD, hosted May 7-9 by
Annapolis Yacht Club, with race management assistance from Eastport YC and
the Storm Trysail Club of the Chesapeake. All classes sailed six
windward-leeward races. The fleet of 208 boats from 21 States, the District
of Columbia, and Canada was the largest first-year fleet in the 12-year
history of the NOOD regatta series. A rundown on each class' outcome follows.
-Alberg 30 skipper Rolph Townshend of Annapolis and his crew on SKYBIRD
entered the final day of racing in a tenuous position: He was only .25
points ahead of his closest competition. A 3-1 on the final day gave
Townshend the class win. Bruce Breiding's PHANTOM (Annapolis), who was
Townshend's closest rival for a win, finished in fourth place overall; the
PHANTOM crew did not complete the sixth race when a gear failure occurred.
-Cal 25 CL2 owned by Geoffrey Swanhart of Sterling (VA) lead the Cal 25
class throughout the series for a 2.75-point win over second-place CHICKEN
LITTLE, owned by Charles Husar of Annapolis.
-Catalina 27 skipper Francis Wright and his crew on CHESHIRE CAT entered
the final day of racing in the lead in this 9-boat class. A 4-6 on the
final day gave this Annapolis crew enough of a margin to take the class
win. With two bullets on the final day, John Ebell's HI TIDE (Annapolis)
came closest to toppling Wright's lead in the finale.
-Kip Meadows' One Design 35 (1D35) ROXANNE of North Carolina took an early
lead in the 13-boat 1D35 class and edged further and further to the top as
the series progressed, with tactician Terry Hutchinson in the afterguard.
But the battle for second and third turned into a more dramatic conclusion,
and Doug Croker's CANVASBACK (Oxford, MD) edged Steve Pfeifer's NORTHERN
BEAR (Cedarburg, WI) out of second place by only .25 points in the final
standings. The NOOD is part of the 1D35 Season Championship.
-The 17-boat J/22 class was won by Will Crump and his crew on BOCKSCAR
(Oxford, MD). Crump was tied with Pete McChesney of Annapolis after the
first day of racing. But Crump edged further from his rival by series' end,
finishing with a 7-point margin over McChesney and his crew on DADDY.
-The 18-boat J/24 class was topped by Thomas Sitzmann and his crew on
PATRIOT. Annapolis racer Sitzmann lead this class throughout the entire
-John Esposito's J/29 HUSTLER from City Island (NY), a past North American
champion in this class, sailed a string of four bullets on the last two
days of racing to take the J/29 class win.
-Twenty-one J/30s had a competitive battle going on the Bay. GUNSMOKE,
campaigned by McGuirk/Dallam of Bel Air (MD), moved into the lead after
four races. This boat entered the final day of racing with a slim
1.25-point leading margin but parlayed that edge into a 7-point class win
in the final tally.
-New Jersey skipper F.N. Sagerholm on J/35 AUNT JEAN took an early lead in
the series. But Rick Born's J/35 GRAYLING sailed to the finish of Race 3
with a near-minute leading edge. Today, the GRAYLING crew from Baltimore
continued their winning streak with a 2-1 record to win this class. The
J/35s return to the Chespeake this fall to race their North Americans.
-A fleet of 22 J/105s, the largest fleet in the regatta, mixed it up in the
standing more than most other classes at this event. A different boat lead
after every day of racing, and boats with a first-place race in their score
went as deep as the 10th-place boat. Steven Brice Phillips' LE-RENARD
(Arnold, MD) took an early lead with a 1-1 score; Glenn Robbins' WITCH
(Pasadena, MD), with Gary Jobson in the afetrguard, was leading after Day
2; PLUM CRAZY, owned by Andrew Skibo of Chudds Ford (PA), sailed a 1-2
finale to take the class win. Skibo counts his two sons, who handle the
foredeck, in his crew.
-A fleet of six Laser 28s from the U.S. and Canada, who had not had much
opportunity to compete against each other in a one-design format, gathered
in Annapolis to vie for class honors. Brian Lees' 2ND REPEAT from
Annaplolis moved into the lead on Day 2 with a 1-1 score, and they held
their first-place slot in the final two races.
-Ed Collins and Barry Allardice's Mumm 30 USA 48 sailed a 1-2 finale to
move into the class lead on the final day of racing. After a 9-2 opening
day, Collins used the second day of racing as "hand-to-hand combat day,"
keeping his crew aggressive and focused to move up in the standings. The
Annapolis NOOD is the third event in the Mumm 30 North American
Championship. Collins, Allardice, and their crew collected a half-hull
model for their win, which is a special trophy presented by the class.
-Three Melges 24 skippers traded leads each day, and these three skippers
entered the final race with only 1.5 points separating first to third
place. Wayne Pignolet and Nancy Sauer (Sagamore Hills, OH) on PUMBA ended
the series only .5 points ahead of second-place HOT TODDY, owned by Jeffrey
Todd of Annapolis.
-Pearson 30 RESULTS, owned by Arthur Libby, III of Annapolis, lead this
seven-boat class throughout the entire series, capturing the lead on Day 1
with a perfect 1-1 score.
-The crew on S2 7.9 BERNOULLI made their 1,500-mile trek from Linden,
Michigan, worth the mileage by winning 5 out of 6 races for the S2 7.9
class win. Mike Elliott and his crew had a perfect 1-1-1-1 record going
into the final day. BERNOULLI's only loss was a second place to Gregory
Robinson's WINED-UP TOY, who edged Elliott out at the finish line today by
-Viper 640 skipper Seamus Hourihan (Boxford, MA) lead this 10-boat fleet
throughout the series to take the Viper win by one point. By winning the
Annapolis NOOD, Hourihan leads the standings in the 1999 Viper 640 NOOD
Title sponsor GMC Yukon was joined at the Annapolis NOOD by support
sponsors Hall Spars, Hall Rigging, High Sierra Sport Company, Sunsail,
Interlux, Lewmar, North Sails, Samuel Adams, and Mount Gay Rum.
The GMC Yukon/Sailing World NOOD series is organized by Sailing World
Magazine and includes nine events. In addition to Annapolis, the circuit
stops in: St. Petersburg, Florida; San Diego, California; Detroit,
Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Marblehead, Massachusetts; San Francisco,
California; Larchmont, New York; and Houston, Texas.
The next stop on the NOOD circuit takes place in Detroit, Michigan, June
4-6, at Bayview Yacht Club. -- Cynthia Goss
FINAL RESULTS (208 boats) 1D 35 (13 boats) 1 ROXANNE Kip 17.5 2
CANVASBACK Doug Croker, III 24.5 3 NORTHERN BEAR Steve Pfeifer
24.75 Alberg 30 (12 boats) 1 SKYBIRD Rolph Townshend 10.25 2
SECOND-A-NON Harry Gamber 20.5 3 MARLIN Bryan Marshall 21 Cal 25
(6 boats) 1 CL2Geoffrey Swanhart 12.75 2 CHICKEN LITTLE Charles Husar
15.5 3 ALICE MAY Michael O'Toole 17.5 Catalina 27 (9 boats) 1 CHESHIRE
CAT Francis D Wright 20.5 2 HI TIDE John Ebell 21.5 3 FINESSE
Baxter/ Becker 21.75 J/105 (21 boats) 1 PLUM CRAZY Andrew Skibo 24.75 2
WITCH Glenn Robbins 31 3 JAVA Chris Groobey/Dan Hronek 36 J/22
(17 boats) 1 BOCKSCAR Will Crump 14.5 2 DADDY Peter McChesney
21.5 3 DIS-ALEXIA James A. Hayes, II 24.75 J/24 (18 boats) 1 PATRIOT
Thomas Sitzmann 10.5 2 DREAM GIRL Russ Potee Glen Burnie 20.5 3
BANYOR PACKET Tony Parker 24 J/29 (9 boats)1 HUSTLER John
Esposito 5.75 2 THE SIMPSONS John Thompson 12.75 3 THE FISH
JayTovey 21J/30 (21 boats) 1 GUNSMOKE Michael McGuirk/ Dallam 22.5 2
INENTIONALLY LEFT BJohn White 29.5 3 SEA BISCUITR. Dorsey Owings
33.75 J/35 (13 boats) 1 GRAYLING Rick Born 18.5 2 JAKE Sanford
Morse 24.5 3 AUNT JEAN F. N. Sagerholm, Jr. 24.75 Laser 28 (6 boats)
1 2nd Repeat Brian Lees 14.5 2 AMIGO V Bernard Coyne 18.5 3 RAGS
Judy Button 20.75 Melges 24 (17 boats) 1 PUMBAA Wayne
Pignolet/Nancy Sauer 21 2 HOT TODDY Jeffrey Todd 21.5 3 HUMMER Donald
Cameron 25.5 Mumm 30 (19 boats) 1 USA 48 Ed Collins W 17.5 2
DOWNHILL EXPRESS Tom & CindyHirsch 25.5 3 ILLUSION Timothy W.
McCarron 31 Pearson 30 (7 boats) 1 RESULTS Arthur A. Libby, III 9 2
ANDIAMO Ed Paglee 12.75 3 SERVERN RUN RoyLappalainen 16.75 S2 7.9 (9
boats) 1 BERNOULLI Michael J. Elliott 5.75 2 WINED-UP TOY Gregory
Robinson 19.75 3 SHORT CIRCUIT Daniel Kopp 20 Viper 640 (10 boats) 1
SNAKE RATTLE & ROLLSeamus Hourihan 13.5 2 UFO RobGorman 14.5 3
GROWLER Stuart Wilson/ Sharon Benton 17.75
Full results: http://www.sailingworld.com
SAILOR OF THE YEAR
The 1999 Nortel Sailor of the Year Awards have been announced in Melbourne.
Current Star Class World Champions, Sydney's Colin Beashel and David Giles
were announced as the Nortel Male Sailors of the Year, whilst current 420
Youth World Champions, Lisa Charslon and Sarah Roberts-Thomson of Brisbane
were named the P&O Nedlloyd Youth Sailors of the Year. Melbourne sailor
Melanie Dennison who finished second in the 1999 Europe World Championship,
was awarded the Nortel Female Sailor of the Year Award.
Telstra Sydney to Hobart Radio Operator, Lew Carter has been awarded the
Services to Yachting Award following his admirable service during the 1998
race. Well-know sailing journalist, Peter Campbell was awarded the Volvo
Media Award. Campbell, who has been involved in the publicity of the sport
for many years, was recognised this year for his role as the Media Director
for the Telstra Sydney to Hobart Race. -- Megan Seton
For more details: http://www.aussailing.org
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* Britain's Royal Ocean Racing Club announced that eight teams have lodged
challenges for the 1999 Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup. Two more teams have
indicated challenges in preparation but not yet ready to announce, and the
RORC's Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup Management Committee agreed that it
would extend the May 5th midnight deadline to accommodate these late entrants.
The eight teams already announced are: Australia; Europe; France; Germany;
Great Britain; Italy; Netherlands; United States. In addition, teams from
the Baltic region and the Channel Islands have lodged preliminary
challenges, pending final confirmation of the availability of boats. --
* Great Britain's new IMS 50 for the 1999 Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup was
launched and named at Hamble, England. The British Big Boat is called
Venture 99. Designed by Bruce Farr & Associates and built by 2HO in the
United Kingdom, the boat is the latest in state of the art, carbon fibre,
Venture 99's crew includes Neal McDonald as primary helmsman, Olympic
silver medallist Ian Walker as tactician and Whitbread race navigator Steve
Hales as navigator. Also in the crew and acting as crew co-ordinator is
America's Cup and Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup veteran Guy Barron.
The full story: http://www.sailing.org/today/may6.html
Event site: http://mummadmiralscup.org
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 Peter Johnson (UK) -- The 19th century English yachting author and
designer, Dixon Kemp, wrote in 1878 in his major book 'Yacht and Boat
Sailing' that the term Corinthian was synonymous with amateur. The term
Corinthian in England in the earlier in that century was commonly applied
to aristocratic patrons of various sports. It had been adopted because of
the supposed similarity of the young men of Corinth (ancient Greece) to
then then young titled Englishmen. Kemp writes ' Some clubs in Corinthian
matches do not allow any paid hands to be on board.' The Corinthian Yacht
Club was founded in London in 1872; since 1892 it has been the Royal
Corinthian and is now active with modern club house. Seawanhaka Yacht Club
was founded in 1871, proud of its amateur staus became Seawanhaka
Corinthian YC in 1882. It remains in Oyster Bay, NY. A fair number of clubs
in USA are 'Corinthian'. In England the name is used in several clubs. I
suspect the usual reason, a mundane one, has been to find a name which
differs from other clubs already in a locality.
-- From David Millet -- Thank you Mssr's Jobson and Macleod. Your ideas on
returning sanity to the America's Cup are long overdue. Three months every
three years is a great idea. 60 to 70 foot boats built under strict one
design guidelines like the Farr 40's, even better. Get rid of the
electronics. This is supposed to be a test of sailing skill not who can
read and interpret the owners manual the best.
Outside the sailors that compete in America's Cup, the event has become so
foreign to most sailors that it garners little support or following except
during the actual event. (My opinion). A little late for fund raising at
this point! It barely resembles true match racing because the boats are so
big and fragile that no serious engagements occur for fear of the massive
amounts of money that might go right over the side.
Giving management of the Cup to a professional governing body (Not the ISAF
Please) and running it like a professional sport free of host club and
challenger of record prejudices would give many more sailors and potential
team builders an opportunity to make a run at it. I hope this topic
generates a lot of new ideas and some long overdue action.
-- Stephen Jones (re the America's Cup proposals) - "Shorten the
competition to a three-month period." - Any one-on-one sport (match racing,
tennis, darts) takes a long time to produce an ultimate winner. How could
one shorten the AC to fit within a three month period? Organize it like a
tennis tournament, perhaps, such that one loss and you're out of the event.
Tennis ladders have seedings, to ensure a fair outcome. The players are
seeded based on past tournament performance. What would be the basis for a
system of seeding AC yachts? The challengers and defenders have lengthy
selection processes (round robins, and "best-of-X" series) to guard against
the lucky win.
"Make the boats (more) one-design to shift the emphasis from technology to
sailing skill." - The AC is about technology, not sailing skill. There are
plenty of matched match races to test sailing skill.
"Limit the number of boats a team could have." - Didn't they already try
this? Are not there rules already in place?
"Sail without instruments like the Olympic classes." - Rubbishand
dangerous. Ruling out instrumentation would rule out load cells as well.
"Establish a commissioner to remove the controls from one of the
competitors." - I would be in support of this idea.
"Create a course that encourages lead changes." - How can you encourage
lead changes in match racing? Marks to starboard is about all you can do.
We've seen experiments with the course in the past (e.g., Z-course); what
kind of course encourages lead changes? Concrete examples, please. I
don't believe good candidates are forthcoming.
-- From Cole Price -- The easiest way to implement the ideas that Jobson
and MacLeod offered in their edititorials would be to sail the America's
Cup in Naples Sabots. That would ensure the use of a strict one design boat
thereby shifting the emphasis from technology to sailing skill. It would
also solve most of the problems regarding instruments, cost, etc.
Truth is, most, if not all of their suggestions fly in the face of
America's Cup tradition and history. The America's Cup is, and has always
been a no-holds-barred technology race. Technology doesn't come cheap
either. National Syndicates are willing to invest incredible sums of money
to develop technology, build teams and pursue the dream of winning the Cup.
And don't think that winning the cup doesn't have its rewards because it
does . . . tangible/financial and non-tangible such as national pride,
media exposure, prestige, etc.
Most importantly, the entire sailing community, racers and cruisers alike
benefit from the technology that comes out of America's Cup campaigns. I
say, let the opulence continue.
-- From Glenn T. McCarthy -- At an international sailing symposium in
Australia a few months ago (reported in Scuttlebutt), one of the strongest
recommendations on how to improve participation in the sport of sailing is
to remove barriers. US SAILING President Jim Muldoon echoed removing
barriers in his opening remarks at the Spring meeting in Dallas. The
America's Cup is the most TV hyped sailing show out there. This is our
one-shot at convincing non-sailors to give our sport a try. The America's
Cup is a "virtual reality" barrier to our sport. Let me try to explain
why. Non-sailors observe on their TV's that it takes $50,000,000 to win.
It takes roughly 4 years of planning to even get to the race course. With
all of the cloak and dagger stuff that's going on, that does not hold any
appeal to the people we are trying to entice. Next as a sport, are we
showing athleticism? How about one of the most recognizable, popular and
successful skippers who has 3 to 4 chins (you know who I mean). What
athleticism is needed to win? In virtual reality, none.
What are we showing to the worldwide public? You need to be a rich guy to
go sailing. Abandon the America's Cup, the virtual reality version of it
completely turns away, rather than attracts new people into the sport. Do
you know of any sailors that joined our sport as a result of seeing the
America's Cup on TV?
Before the (ISAF Mid-year) meeting, it was expected that a separate women's
match racing discipline would assume the eleventh medal position, which
some say would have easily accommodated up to ten teams of three
competitors. Instead, the Events Committee favored the lobby for a women's
fleet racing discipline, possibly sailed in Ynglings or J/22s. The problem,
says (ISAF President, Paul) Henderson, is the restriction of the number of
athletes that a nation can send to the games. "International Olympic
Committees and ISAF have a limited number of athletes they can send, and
sailing is limited to 400. Truthfully, I can't see getting a boat into the
Olympics that takes more than three people because it takes too many away
from that 400. "The are a lot of people that want the same boat for the
fleet racing and the match racing, but on the other side there's the Star
lobby that's saying the Star should be the fleet boat and the Soling should
be the match-race boat, and that's going to be an interesting discussion."
- Dave Reed, Grand Prix Sailor
For the full story: http://www.sailingworld.com
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Perfect in every way! August-like temperaturesbut you knew it wasn't
August because there were virtually no boats at either Whites Landing or
Moonstone Cove, the hills were still green, the water was 62 degrees, and
the harbor cops never showed up to collect the mooring fees.
Emerging from the black night in an awesome display of speed and power --
and sweet, sweet redemption -- Giovanni Soldini shot past the finish line
off Charleston Harbor Saturday morning at 1:32 a.m. local time (0532 GMT)
to win the Around Alone solo race around-the-world in a record time of 116d
20h 07m 59s. Soldini's Leg 4 trip was nothing to write home about; his
numbers for the passage from Punta del Este, Uruguay were 27d 14h 32m 32s,
almost three days slower than those posted by race winner Christophe Auguin
the last time around. And the opening leg to South Africa wasn't much
better; Soldini finished a distant fifth, some three days off the winning
pace. But Soldini was brilliant in the Southern Ocean, taking Legs 2 and 3
in record fashion (while rescuing Isabelle Autissier in the process), and
he completed the trifecta with his Leg 4 triumph.
By winning this fifth running of Around Alone, Soldini became the first
non-French winner of a solo around-the-world race in three decades.
(Philippe Jeantot won the first two Around Alone events, and Auguin won the
next two.) Now Soldini can slow down. Other than a quick trip home to
Italy, he "doesn't know" what the future holds. Members of Soldini's shore
team say he has no desire to race in the upcoming Vendee Globe, but that he
plans to compete in some fully crewed Mediterranean events later this
summer. - Herb McCormick
Note: Marc Thiercelin finished 34 hours later to take second place in Class
I with a time of 130d, 09h, 23m, 09s. His time for the final leg from Punta
del Este was 29d, 00h, 35m, 58s.
Class II standings (distance to finish in parenthesis) 1. Garside (214) 2.
Mouligne (438) 3. Yazykov (1049) 6.Van Liew (1883)
For the full story: http://www.aroundalone.com
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATIONS
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