SCUTTLEBUTT #323 - May 14, 1999
Sir Peter Blake's Team New Zealand, who are to defend the America's Cup,
are the first to try a wing-section mast on an America's Cup-class boat.
The towering carbon fibre spar has a five-spreader configuration with an
unusual topmast arrangement and is part of package of significant new
developments TNZ are said to have made with deck gear and sail handling. It
is understood that a second mast is already in progress which makes another
technological jump. This mast will rotate so that the crew can trim its
angle of attack.
Italy's Prada challenge, who share the same Southern Spars mastmaker in
Auckland, are known to have wind tunnel-tested a wing mast. - Electronic
For the full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
Team New York Yacht Club went undefeated through the entire championship
round of this Golden Jubilee celebration to capture what is arguably the
most sought after trophy in team racing. The victory represented only the
second time in the storied history of the Wilson Trophy that a US team has
been able to wrestle the title away from the British.
New York YC was represented by club members Karl Ziegler (Helm), Kara
Forman (Crew) and Mike Zani (Helm). The six-person team was rounded out
with formidable team racing talent in Morgan Larson (Helm), Becky Bendick
(Crew) and Mike Huang (Crew).
The traditional host, West Kirby Sailing Club, waived the 32-team limit and
in the spirit of the golden anniversary, invited 50 teams representing 6
different countries. In order to handle the additional teams, 12 extra
fireflies were brought in to compliment West Kirby SC's fleet of 24, which
allowed 6 races to be sailed simultaniously on two circles. Over the
course of the three day event, race control completed an impressive 415
races. New York finished with a combined record of 20 wins versus 2 loses.
The only teams to take a race off of the eventual champions were Pablo
Picasso, the reigning ISAF World Champions, and an unheard of local team
called South Staffs which proved to be just the wake-up call Team New York
YC needed. Coming from the fourth seed, New York dominated the
championship round going 2-nil in the Qurterfinals against fifth seeded
Rickmansworth, and 2-nil in a fantastic Semifinals versus the 1995 ISAF
World Champions and top seeded team, Spinnaker Sailing Club. In a building
25 knot breeze, New York capped the regatta with a dismantling of the third
seeded Wessex Exiles 2-nil to take the Championship and earn a spot on the
According to team captain Mike Zani, "our success could easily be
attributed to extremely solid starting, which in the past had always been
our achilles heal." With consultation from Morgan Larson, a team member of
the America One match racing syndicate, Team New York YC employed a much
more aggressive match racing style before the starts. This pre-race tactic
"seemed to consistently take the Brits out of their rhythm" quoted Karl
Ziegler, "giving New York the upper hand from the gun."
For results and more information on the Wilson Trophy:
New York Yacht Club Team Racing log: http://www.nyyc.org
WHITBREAD / VOLVO OCEAN RACE
You may not want to race around the planet, but there is no reason not to
benefit from the lessons learned on these adventures. Douglas Gill tested
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HIGH SCHOOL MALLORY CUP
Grosse Pointe, MI, May 7- May 9, 1999 - Final Results: 1. Univ of San Diego
HS (CA) 71+ 81= 152, 2. Coronado HS (CA) 88+ 78=166, 3. Newport Harbor HS
(CA) 107+ 63 =170, 4. San Marcos HS (CA) 137+92 = 229, 5. Tabor Academy
(MA) 142 + 102 = 244, 6. Moses Brown (RI) 152 + 98= 250, 7. Lakewood HS
(FL) 167 + 94 = 261, 8. Williams School (CT) 128 + 157 = 285, 9. St
Petersburg HS (FL) 146 + 153 = 299, 10. Brunswick School (CT) 116 + 183 = 299
The Australian yacht Sayernara is expected to take line honhours in the
OSAKA CUP Melbourne/Osaka Double-Handed Yacht Race 1999 at the weekend or
early next week.Sailed by designer Jon Sayers (42)from Queensland and owner
Rob Drury (53) from Sydney, Sayernara early today was 705 nautical miles
The race fleet of 20 yachts started in Melbourne on April 17 heading for
Osaka over 5,500 nautical miles away. So far, seven boats have retired and
13 boats are making their way to the finishing line in the Port of Osaka.
At last report, Sayernara was more than 300 miles ahead of the Melbourne
cruising yacht Yoko, followed by two Japanese entries, Luna Prominence and
Lucky Lady V. Last boat in the fleet is David Hannah from Adelaide, which
has more than 3000 nm still to sail after sheltering in Eden on the NSW
South Coast soon after the start. -- Peter Campbell and Masumi Yamaoka
Event website: http://www.osakacup.com
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 Jay Sinclair -- I agree with Bob Fisher, it is time for an
independent entity to run AC. There are just too many problems associated
with the winner running the next race. Yes these rules have been around for
eons, but the overall image of both the race and the sport have to be
considered and I do not think that the host country can be unbiased.
As far as Jim Puckett's comments I agree with the fact that the AC should
be raced with a Box rule design rather than a one-design rule. I have
always shuddered at the amount of money thrown at these campaigns, but when
push comes to shove this is where we get most of our technology. Most (if
not all) people cannot afford the R&D that these campaigns are doing, but
the advantage is that three or four years later we get to play with the
toys that were designed for AC.
By limiting the ability of a country to flex it's technological muscles we
will kill most of the R&D needed to advance the sport. By setting either a
Campaign cap or a one-design rule, we are the ones that will ultimately loose.
An Exclusive race that not everyone can afford to race in? Yes. A Race
where money usually wins it? Yes -- but it is also the breeding ground for
Invention and technology.
-- From Dean Brenner -- Why do so many people suggest changes that would
make the America's Cup into what it is not. It is NOT meant to be a
one-design championship -- we have plenty of those already. I believe it
serves many purposes for our sport, specifically regarding improvements in
boat building and sail making. It is NOT meant to be solely a battle
between sailors. Certainly there is some interest in the competition on
that level, but the bulk of the interest lies in the technological
advancements made during each Cup. Last time I checked, the entire sport
was benefiting from materials like carbon fiber, spectra, mylar, etc.
Where were these materials first employed on a regular basis? It wasn't in
the Puddlejumper 29 Western Hemisphere Championship.
Th only change I would suggest is an outside group to manage, host and run
the regatta. The current set up is somewhat akin to having the Yankees
organize, host and set the rules for the coming World Series.
As for the comment that there are too many American teams, chasing too few
dollars, and that none of these regional efforts will be enough to get the
Cup back.... I suggest that we let the process take care of itself. If we
eventually discover that diluted, "regional" efforts are in fact not enough
to get the Cup back, eventually there will be some consolidation and a more
"national" effort will occur. Otherwise, nations a fraction of our size
will continue to hold onto the trophy.
-- From Bruce Van Deventer -- Rather than try to change the America's Cup
design rules to control cost, why not just cap the cost directly? We do
this in elections here in the US; I don't see why the same principle of
open financial disclosure couldn't be applied to a competitive sporting
event like the America's cup. It may make sponsorship more attractive
because the total cost of the effort would be well known at the outset and
approximately equal across competitors.
-- From Chris Ericksen -- In 'Butt #321, Bob Fisher says, "The general
public doesn't understand the anachronism within the Deed of Gift (of the
America's Cup), and if it doesn't understand it, it will turn off its
television and turn the page of its newspapers. Ratings will plummet and
the air time and column lengths will become less and less. The sponsors
will run away."
And that would be bad?
Rudee's Restaraunt (Brett Dryland) finished first at Tybee Island, 2
minutes and 12 seconds ahead of Chicks Beach (Randy Smyth). The duel
between the two champions Smyth and Dryland continues, with Dryland
regaining the overall lead. Brett Dryland said that he was in about sixth
or seventh place at one point, but regained the lead by heading in shore.
Until the seabreeze set in the fleet of boats was caught in variable winds.
First one boat would forge ahead... then another.
According to Brett Tybee Island was threatening for the lead until she was
caught just a little bit too far off shore. At that point Brett and Randy
took the lead near the shore while those further out were left behind. The
two boats pulled further ahead, being swept forward in advance of a
thunderstorm. The same storm cell caught the rest of the fleet, slowing
Team Pomodoro came in third after capsizing twice, once in a thunder storm
and once in a dead calm (it happens). Tybee Island came in fourth, having
pitch-poled in a gust about five miles out. The crowd cheered as they swept
up the beach without their spinnaker. Steven Lohmayer and Rick Pierce
couldn't get the grins off their faces after an exhilarating ride. There
were congratulations all around. The sponsors gathered by the big green
truck trading team tee shirts.
Big Bros./Big Sisters finished in fifth place. Team Taipan finished in
sixth. -- Thatcher Drew
Overall Standings 1. Chick's Beach (Brett Dryland); 2. Rudee's Rest. (Randy
Smyth) 00:05:26; 3. Pomodoro 02:03:42; 4. Tybee Island 02:44:32; 5. Taipan
Event website: http://www.worrell1000.com
MORE AMERICA'S CUP
Thirty-one teams representing 21 middle and high schools from nine states
will compete in the Second Annual Young America Cup National Championship
at St. Michael's School in Newport, RI, Saturday, May 22. The teams
qualified at six regional events around the country this spring to earn a
berth in the nationals of this educational competition. The Young America
Cup is one facet of the National Education Program of Young America, the
New York Yacht Club's Challenge for America's Cup 2000.
NYYC/Young America skipper Ed Baird will attend the event to meet the
students and watch the competition. The New Zealand Ambassador to the
United States, The Right Honorable James Bolger, will join Baird in opening
the competition. Baird and the NYYC/Young America team are trying to win
the Cup back from New Zealand. First, the team faces 14 other Challengers
from around the world in the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Selection Races
beginning October 18 in Auckland, New Zealand. The winner of that series
will face Team New Zealand in the America's Cup Match beginning February
The final field of students represents the best of the teams that competed
at the regional level for this national test of science, math and
technology skills in this multi-disciplinary contest. The students design,
build and race their own model sailboats and present in-depth written and
oral reports on their research. The top teams from the regional
championships will represent two divisions: Grades 5-8 and Grades 9-12.
The Young America Cup is a comprehensive educational competition designed
to enhance the scientific literacy of students by involving them in a
hands-on, inter-disciplinary challenge that parallels the rigors of
mounting a successful quest for the legendary America's Cup. Along with the
scientific elements of the boat design and construction competition, each
team selects a nation to represent and conducts comprehensive research
about that challenging nation.
"This competition is an important facet of our national education program
that was founded at the outset of our campaign for the 1995 America's Cup,"
said John Marshall, president of the NYYC/Young America Challenge. "We are
proud to see the continued growth of this program and are dedicated to its
ongoing success. There is nothing more gratifying than to see the
excitement for learning that this program instills in young people."
Following are the schools that will compete in the Young America Cup
National Championship: California: Thurgood Marshall Middle School, San
Diego; Granite Hills High School, El Cajon; Point Loma High School, San
Diego. Connecticut: East Hampton Middle School, East Hampton. Maine:
Piscataquis Community Middle School, Guilford; Old Orchard Beach HS, Old
Orchard Beach; Old Town High School, Old Town. (In addition to these
schools, a team of home school students from Vinalhaven, ME will compete.)
Maryland: Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Springs.Massachusetts:
Pentucket Regional High School, West Newbury. Michigan: Pinckney Middle
School, Pinckney; Pinckney High School, Pinckney; Garber High School,
Essexville; H.H. Dow High School, Midland. New York: Manhasset Middle
School, Manhasset; Half Hollow Hills High School, Dix Hills; Smithtown High
School, Smithtown. Rhode Island: Burrillville High School, Johnston.
Virginia: Frederick County Middle School, Winchester; Taylor Middle School,
Warrenton; Marshall Middle School, Marshall; James Wood High School,
The students arrive in Rhode Island Thursday, May 20 for a full weekend of
activities. The Championship takes place Saturday, May 22 from 8 a.m. until
3 p.m. Students will race their 16-inch boats in a 12-foot-long tank. The
portfolios of their written research will be on display. The final scores
are based on boat performance, aesthetic displays, and scores from oral and
written reports on their research. The top placing teams will win Young
America team gear from Official Clothier Helly Hansen and trophies. Awards
and trophies donated by Creative Awards of Scarborough, ME. The Young
America National Education Program also offers a comprehensive Teacher's
Guide of hands-on activities that is currently in use in classrooms around
the country. The education program is based on the premise that the
challenge and excitement of developing an America's Cup yacht can be used
to inspire students to value science and math subjects. The program,
developed with teachers and leading education publishers, underscores our
belief that a "hands-on," "minds-on" approach, linked to a high-profile
technological competition, is an ideal way to improve the scientific
literacy of students and teach them about decision making and the
importance of taking intellectual risk. -- Jane Eagleson, Young America
NYYC/Young America web site: http://www.youngamerica.org
New Zealand's major casino, Sky City, is planning a Millennium night bash
to cater for the rich boys in town on their super yachts. Billed as
Auckland's most exclusive millennium party (at NZ$1500 a head), they plan a
night of revelry and gambling, cumulating with dawn celebrations atop the
Skytower in their observation deck. Large corporate sponsors in New
Zealand, the casino is playing it cool, obviously not wanting to upset any
of the Cup challengers. They have decided not to sponsor any nation, and
are trying to build relationships with as many syndicates as they can.
Sensible! -- Exerpt from DEFENCE 2000, which is available from
John@roake.gen.nz -- US $48 per year.
Bill Jenkins of Thoroughbred Yacht Sales just sold Roy Disney's
record-setting, turbo Santa Cruz 70 PYEWACKET to George Collins of
Annapolis Md. The boat's new name will be CHESSIE RACING, and its first
race will be Annapolis to Newport, Rhode Island on June 12th. The white
TurboSled left San Diego Wednesday and will be arriving on the East Coast
early next week.
Disney is undoubtedly happy that the old boat will be the Atlantic so his
new R/P 73 TurboSled (also called PYEWACKET) will never have to line up
against it DDW.
SAFETY AT SEA
The Sailing Foundation in Seattle, who developed the Lifesling that many
sailors now depend on, took to task to take commercially available
Harnesses and Tethers and apply the drop test as defined in the ORC Special
Regulations, Appendix 1B, by making a 220 pound dummy to fall 6.6 feet
while using the various tehters and harnesses.
8% of the devices tested resulted in failures.
The study is now available, with color photo's, that will shock you when
you see them. Parts that you would guess wouldn't break in a million
years, broke. It lists the manufacturer/model of the devices that passed
and those that failed.
Copies are available from The Sailing Foundation, PO Box 4213, Tumwater, WA
98501. The cost will be $20 which just handles the cost of reproduction
and mailing. The new copies will include responses from those
manufacturers who responded to the test. Copies will be available within
the next 2-3 weeks. -- Frank Shriver of the Sailing Foundation, Tacoma, WA
A synopsis of the report by John Rousmaniere can be found at:
If you think A-Cat's are fast, you obviously haven't seen or sailed the
ultra-high performance Lehman 12. This Saturday, May 15, from 1:30pm on,
the NHYC Lehman Fleet will be hosting an informal Lehman 12 open house.
Come see the "Legend."
Despite being the original fiberglass one-design, Lehman's continue to be
the most active and competitive one design fiberglass boat in So Cal.
Competitive used boats available are for as little as $500 (where else can
you find more competition for your money?), and 40 year old boats can still
win major regattas. At the same time, Schock boats is now selling a brand
new, all-glass Lehman 12 as well.
We get 25+ boats on the line every Thursday night, all summer long, and we
have over 65 active members in our fleet! Please join us for sailing off
the dock. Saturday, May 15. 1:30pm. Newport Harbor Yacht Club. -- John
The CHS / IRC rule reached a milestone today when the RORC Rating Office in
Lymington issued an IRC certificate to Mustang 30 "Warhorse", owned by
George and Fiona Brown in Edinburgh. "Warhorse" has certificate number
10000, making her the 10,000th boat to be rated by the RORC under the
CHS/IRC rating rules since January 1985. The lowest certificate number
still in use is 6 belonging to the Folkboat Celia Mary who has held a
certificate every year since 1985. She is still winning races under IRC!
The RORC Rating Office rates around 3000 boats annually under the IRC, with
a further 2500 being rated by the UNCL in Paris. IRC is now used in some 30
countries worldwide. IRM, the racing division of IR2000, continues to make
good progress for release later this year and implementation on 1st January
2000. Significant interest has already been shown in IRM from around the
world. A number of designers and production boat builders are already at
the advanced planning stages for boats ranging in size from 30' to 50'.
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATIONS
Someday we'll look back on all of this, laugh nervously and change the