SCUTTLEBUTT #322 - May 13, 1999
After two withdrawals, the entry list of 25 boats is virtually what it was
at the same point for the previous race in 1997 when 26 were listed and 38
showed up to start. Entry chairman Dan Nowlan reported up to 40 "possibles"
but only 25 with entry fees paid.
Entries as of May 12, 1999:
DIVISION I (starts July 3 at 1 p.m.)
|Pyewacket || Roy E. Disney || R/P maxi 75
|Zephyrus IV || Bob McNeil/John Parrish || R/P maxi 75
|Magnitude || Doug Baker || Andrews 70 turbo
DIVISION II (starts July 3, 1 p.m.)
|Grand Illusion || James McDowell || Santa Cruz 70
|Mongoose || Robert Saielli || Santa Cruz 70
|Velos || Kjeld Hestehave || Tanton 73
|Medicine Man || Bob Lane || Andrews 56 turbo
DIVISION III (starts July 3, 1 p.m.)
|Stealth Chicken || Bruce Anderson || Perry 56
|Gone With the Wind || LeRoy/Caseino || SC 50 turbo
|Estupendo || Antonio Luttman || Schock 40
DIVISION IV (starts July 2, 1 p.m.)
|Uproarious || Robert Bussard || Olson 40
|Sweet Caroline || William Rawson || Dubois 43
|Prime Time || Borkowski/Sherlock || Olson 40
|Apollo V || Ned Knight || Peterson 42
|Bolt || Craig Reynolds || CF 41 M
|Tower || Don Clothier || Lidgard 45
|Great Scot || Tom Garnier || J/35
DOUBLEHANDED (starts July 2, 1 p.m.)
|Vendetta || Ernie Richau || Olson 30
|Kiwi || Dawson/Coolidge || Hobie 33
CRUISING DIVISION (starts June 29, 1 p.m.)
|Esprit || Robert Pace || Kelly Peterson 46
|Goodnight Moon || Carlton Vanderbeek || IOR Swan 431
|Willow Wind || Wendy Siegal || Cal 40
|Endeavor III || Bell/Clitheroe || C&C 40
|Pacifica || Douglas Jones || S&S 49
|Hurricane || Kim Stebbens || Septre 41
Race website: http://www.transpacificyc.org/
The best college teams from seven Inter-Collegiate Yacht Racing Association
(ICYRA) districts across the country will gather in St. Petersburg, Fla.,
May 26-June 4 to vie for national titles in three disciplines: Women's
Dinghy, Team Race and Coed Dinghy racing.
The ICYRA National Sailing Championships, hosted by Eckerd College and
supported by Vanguard Sailboats, a partner in the ICYRA Growth and
Development Project, will be raced on Boca Ciega Bay in company-supplied
Vanguard 420s. The championships signify the culmination of the college
sailing year, which spans both the fall and spring seasons. They are
critical in the development of athletes who go on to participate in
Olympic, America's Cup and other world-class competitions.
For the coed ICYRA National Dinghy Championship, sponsored by New England
Ropes, and the ICYRA National Women's Dinghy Championship, which will have
its awards dinner sponsored by Layline, each college will field a separate
A and B division team. Weather permitting, each division will sail sixteen
20- to 30-minute fleet races over three days for a total of 32 races.
The ICYRA/Ronstan Team Race Championship will pit each college's three-boat
team against another's in a round robin series of matches (66 races). The
top four teams will then sail two mini-rounds to determine the winner.
All racing is one-design, which means the two-person Vanguard 420s are
built and rigged exactly alike. This places the emphasis on the skill and
tactics of the sailors rather than on the speed of the boat.
In the Coed and Women's Dinghy events, a team's final score is determined
by the combined results of its sailors in A and B divisions. In the Team
Race event, the team with the best win-loss record in matches against all
other teams is the winner.
At the conclusion of racing on June 4, the ICYRA/Ronstan All-American
Sailing Team will be announced. The Team will include both skippers and
crews who have recorded outstanding achievements in college regattas
throughout the year. The College Sailor of the Year, Sportsman of the Year
and Team of the Year also will be announced. Ronstan International is one
of the sailing world's most recognized marine hardware companies. -- Barby
MacGowan, Media Pro Int'l
ICYRA website: http://www.icyra.org/index.shtml
BERMUDA RACE WEEK
After a score of boats had been disqualified on the Alpha course Tuesday
for sailing through the start/finish line gate, Peter Bromby (Bermuda)
almost did it himself in Thursday's first race.
Sailing downwind in the International Etchells Class Bromby was confused
and thought he was finishing. Luckily, one of his crew warned him at the
last minute before he would have crossed the line to DSQ. He headed up and
barely scraped by the bow of the committee boat flagging his spinnaker then
set off on the proper course.
Peter Allen (Toronto) in the J-24 "Tempest" sailed boom and mainless
through the two races. And he did very well considering. Allen sailed to
5th and 6th for the day. And ended the series in 4th place only one point
behind Jim Burns (Vancouver BC). Stuart Jardine (UK) was first with 12
points in the eight race series.
The protest room was active again with two competitors protesting Frank
Keesling for an infringement of J-24 class rules by using a spinnaker which
was not measured for the regatta. Each J-24 skipper provides one measured
mainsail, one measured genoa, and one measured spinnaker. These sails are
approved by the Bermuda J-24 Class Association and no other sails may be
used without the Bermuda J-24 Class Association's written approval.
Keesling was given a "DND" for Races 7 and 8. He was not allowed to drop the
The I.O.D. Class saw another injury and a breakdown. Terri Hart (Bermuda)
was struck in the head by the boom as the boat was doing penalty turns. She
was briefly unconscious. As Terri was being taken ashore she asked five
times, "How did it happen?" She has a huge egg on her head, but was not
seriously injured. She will be a spectator on Friday.
Winds were good at 15-20 kts at 075 degrees for the morning and about 12kts
at 090 degrees in the afternoon. I.O.D.'s race without spinnakers in the
first race because the wind was over 29.
On the Bravo course there were races, not too much carnage. Christian
Luthi broke his boom in the first race. All classes saw lots of retirees
and DNC's. Two more races will be sailed tomorrow for the Snipes and comets
to finish their series.
The Lasers finished on Thursday with Sunfish champion Malcolm Smith coming
first with 5pts, Brett Wright was 2nd with 10.75. He was followed by
Christian Luthi with 13.75pts.
Racing concludes Friday and the prizes will be awarded Saturday evening at
the final Bacardi cocktail party for Bermuda International Invitational
1999. -- Talbot Wilson
Results, commentary and photos: http://www.rbyc.bm
DRESS FOR SUCCESS
It's been proven over and over again - if look successful you'll feel
successfuland ultimately be successful. It applies in business. It works
on the racecourse. So what are you waiting for? Go where the winners go for
their crew shirts and regatta apparel. Frank Whitton at Pacific Yacht
Embroidery can help you as he's helped so many successful racing programs:
619-226-8033 / email@example.com
"Nobody calls this race fun - it's a destruction derby for 20-foot
catamarans and their crews." -- Motor Boating & Sailing Magazine
The twelve remaining competitors started into a light northeast wind
Wednesday morning. Pomodoro, Taipan, and Chick's Beach had little control
in the light wind, and the surf almost pushed them into a muddled heap. At
the last minute Randy Smyth, in Chick's Beach caught a puff and sailed off
into second place behind Rudee's Restaurant. All the competitors had to
tack out to get around a big pier just north of the starting line.
Big Bros./Big Sisters and Lions Club International rounded the pier in
third and fourth place. Guy Selsmeyer of Big Bros./Big Sisters is from from
Michigan and Little Suamico, Wisconsin. Carl Roberts of Lions Inter. is
from Brighton, Michigan. Both have necessarily learned to sail in the light
airs of the Great Lakes and may continue to do well with this wind. A
stronger sea breeze is expected to fill in from the south at 15 to 18 knots.
1 Chick's Beach (Randy L. Smith / Keith I Notary) 29:39:56; 2. Rudee's
Rest. (Brett A. Dryland / Rod J. Waterhouse) 29:47:34 00:07:38; 3. Pomodoro
(Hans H. Meijer / Brian J. Lambert)
30:40:45 01:00:49; 4. Worrell Bros. Rest. 31:06:08 01:26:12; 5. Tybee
Island 31:16:34 01:36:38
Event website: http://www.worrell1000.com/
CHICAGO WOMEN'S SAILING CLINIC
The Chicago Women's Sailing network is sponsoring a sailing clinic
featuring 5 time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Betsy Allison. This 2-day
clinic is this weekend Saturday May 15 and Sunday May 16. On Saturday will
conduct an on the water clinic in J 22's.
The clinic will run from 0800 to 1600 with a reception to follow. Saturday
night will see Betsy giving a presentation titled, "Get Psyched for
Sailing". This program is open to all with a $ 10.00 admission fee. Sunday
will see Alison presiding over a regatta. Again J 22's will be the boats.
The regatta is off at 0800.
The cost is $ 75.00 for both days or $ 50.00 for one day. Call Alice Martin
312-214-8316 or Patti Smith for a registration form. Make checks payable to
Patti Smith who can be reached by phone at 773-935-6503 or Fax at
773-935-1347. The location for this event is Chicago Yacht Club's Belmont
Harbor station. -- Courtesy of the Torresen Sailing Site,
For more on the Chicago Women's Sailing Network: http://www.torresen.com/cwsn
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
The curmudgeon reads all of your 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 Robert Bethune regarding yesterday's curmudgeon's observation --
The world has a lot more elbows than you do, so keep yours to yourself!
-- From Kyle Clark, San Diego -- The basic premise of country vs. country
in all-out technical warfare is not only a foundation of the event but adds
lots of intrigue and pride. Switching to a strict one-design format would
eliminate this all-important aspect. We need to make the A-Cup exciting to
the masses who don't necessarily understand what is going on.
When I worked the last two cups, the most popular portions were the fleet
racing we saw in the World Championship Regattas and the exhibition races
that were held in the bay. The public didn't really understand the nuances
of what was going on but they could see the potential for carnage on the
racecourse. 10 boats converging on the start, crossing tacks and rounding
marks at the same time was infinitely more interesting than two boats
drag-racing to one corner of the course.
My suggestion is to get rid of the match-racing format. Let's have a
series of fleet races a week at a time with three weeks between each
series. Points would increase with each series, weighting the later
series' more than the beginning races. During each break, the teams would
be allowed to tweak the boats to try to improve over the competition. I
believe this type of scenario would make for an extremely interesting event
for landlubbers and be even more interesting to those of us interested in
the technical aspects. If the public interest is there, cost won't be such
an issue because the sponsorship will also increase.
-- From John Fracisco- The following quotes came out of 'yesterday' but
they echo a lot of the same sentiments expressed in the new issue of
"Sailing World", and by other recipients of "Scuttlebutt."
From the book "Racing with Cornelius Shields and the Masters", by
Cornelius Shields -- "I'd like to see the America's Cup races become a
competition purely between sailors. To accomplish this, the races should
be sailed in truly one-design boats, and the skippers and crews should
switch boats after each race. If the cup races were sailed this way, a
debacle such as that of 1958 would be avoided--the possible differences
between sailors are not nearly as great as the possible differences between
"There are those who say that the point of the America's Cup competition
has always been to allow designers and sailmakers to compete against one
another. This is simply putting the emphasis in the wrong place, and I
want to see it put where I believe it belongs: on the sailors. Other
people contend that racing in one-design boats would rob the competition of
some of its glamour. I maintain that the boats can be as glamorous--as
beautiful as and big--as the two countries involved care to make them. As
long as they're identical, I--and, I believe a lot of sailors, too--would
"Probably the sort of competition I suggest will never come to pass. If it
should, however, we'd have truly fair and interesting racing. It's the only
way to find out who the real champions are.
"I repeat: let's put the emphasis where it belongs--on the sailors." --
-- From Seth Radow - Mr. Puckett and others have expressed many good ideas
re the America's Cup:
1. One Design Racing. Never, in the history of the event was this what the
event was about. It should never be.
2. Banning or limiting the use of exotic would limit innovation: Bad idea
3. Ban Asymmetric Spinnakers: I don't think this is where the big money is
going. Some would argue that this would limit innovation as well.
4. Stability limits: potentially a good idea but it can limit innovation.
I don't see how this will save big $ without limiting exotic materials
which will limit innovation. Bad idea.
5. Scale the rule to make the boats smaller. This might reduce cost of
each boat by about the 20%. The big money is not going into the boat
however. It is going into R&D and maintaining the team. 60 feet does seem
to be a sweet spot for boating. The size and grandeur of the 75-foot boats
does add to the spectacle.
6. Fleet Racing??? In an America's Cup??? Now this will be a
spectacle!!! I could imagine a fight for the TV rights to this. I like
it... but I have no idea how this would reduce costs. I could see them
going through the roof in terms of damage and repairs!
Bigger, faster, stronger... in a word...better! That is what the America's
Cup is about! All the mystery, intrigue, bickering and personalities...
this is all part of the game from day one.
-- From Eric Steinberg -- Ban Asymmetrical Spinnakers from the America's
Cup? Please, let's not go there. I guess he's thinking that now that asyo
kite are really popular and incredibly functional that we can take them
away from AC racing? Seems to me that asyos were hardly seen before the
AC, so I am glad the ban didn't occur in the AC years ago or we may never
have seen the J/105, etc!
After doing the PV race with asyos and long poles, I can't see why anyone
would want to sail slower with symmetrical kites again. Long live the
asyo! And no, I am not on a sailmaker's payroll...
(The following are excerpts from DEFENCE 2000, which is available from
John@roake.gen.nz -- US $48 per year.)
The order book for New Zealand boat builders is at an all time high, and we
are seeing New Zealand companies beating United States and European yards
for business, all materially assisted by our lower than usual exchange
rate. Northland Port Corporation has just won a contract to convert a
former Greek tug boat into a luxury charter yacht, a contract worth
NZ$5million. Meanwhile Alloy Yachts of Auckland have been receiving "call
after call" for new luxury yachts since the exchange rate started falling
last year. Sensation Yachts, also of Auckland, say they have NZ$70milllion
worth of new luxury boat contracts ahead of them, an amount that would
normally be done over a three-year period.
Transpac veteran Ray Wallace of San Pedro died in April after a brief
illness. He was 81. Wallace sailed several Transpacs in the 50s as
navigator on various boats and was No. 19 on the Transpacific Yacht Club
Wallace, a staff commodore of Los Angeles YC and a renowned designer of
classic boats and waterfront theme villages, is survived by his wife,
Barbara; sons Jim and Rob, daughter Mari, brother Bill Steel and sister
Still at sea in Class II: 3.Yazykov (565 from finish) 4. Van Liew (1395)
Event website: http://www.aroundalone.com
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