SCUTTLEBUTT #336 - June 3, 1999
SANTA MARIA CUP
Wednesday marked day 1 of the BOAT US Santa Maria Cup, a women1s
international match racing regatta sailed out of Eastport YC on the
Chesapeake Bay. Some of the very best female match racers in the world
make up the fleet, with no fewer than a half dozen ranked in the top eight
in the world! Twelve teams from 6 countries are sailing in the double
round robin event, including Paula Lewin from Bermuda - defending 1998
Champion and #1 world ranked, Dawn Riley of America True, Shirley Robertson
from the UK - a top British Olympic hopeful, and Betsy Alison - current
women1s match racing world champion.
After a morning of practice in shifty, unstable southwesterly breezes, the
competitors took to the Bay for the first four races of the series. The
winds backed into the southeast for the first race, but subsequently caused
a myriad of problems for the race committee. The wind gods decided that it
was a day to try the patience of the organizers and racers with an
unsettled breeze shifting through a range of 75 to 80 degrees. No one came
away with a perfect string of races, though several people came close.
Finishing the day with 3-1 records were: Marie Klok (DEN), Dawn Riley(USA),
Shirley Robertson (GBR),Cory Sertl (USA), Klaartje Zuiderbaan (NED), and
Drusilla Slattery (USA). Team Hall Spars/Douglas Gill, skippered by Betsy
Alison with teammates Kristan McClintock, Dini Hall, and Nancy Haberland,
sailed to a 3-1 score but had more than just a close encounter with Dru
Slattery on the race course. A collision between the two boats resulted in
a bit of damage, forcing the umpires to deduct 1 point from Alison1s
score--- leaving the team with a 2-1 day. This is a penalty being imposed
at the Santa Maria Cup for the first time, in an attempt to prevent
accidents from happening. A similar penalty was imposed at the
Congressional Cup in March, setting a precedent for this type of scoring.
The biggest surprise was the performance of Paula Lewin (#1 in the World)
of Bermuda. She and her team had a disappointing day, finishing 0-4 at the
end of racing today.
But, as we all know, tomorrow is another day, holding lots of surprises in
store for all of us. With 18 races to go in the double round robin,
anything can happen. The forecast is calling for a bit of breeze and
possible thunderstorms. Though today was bright and sunny, with shorts and
t-shirts the apparel for Thursday could see us donning our Douglas Gill
breathable smock tops and pants. -- Susan J Anthony
Standings: Dawn Riley (USA) 3-1; Cory Sertl (USA) 3-1; Shirley
Robertson (GBR) 3-1; Marie Klok (DEN) 3-1; Betsy Alison (USA) 2-1 + 1
Point Penalty; Klaartje Zuiderbaan (NED) 3-1; Dru Slattery (USA) 3-1;
Marie Bjorling (SWE) 2-2; Sandy Grosvenor (USA) 1-3; Paula Lewin (BER)
0-4; Jane Moon (CAY) 0-4; Charlie Arms (USA) 0-4.
Event web site: http://www.eastportyc.org/santamariacup/default.htm
Co-skippers Bruno Peyron and Cam Lewis sailed the big French catamaran
Explorer past Ambrose Tower at 1:20 PM Eastern Daylight Time today, setting
a formidable sailing record from Miami, FL to New York, NY. The 86-foot
world-girdling catamaran logged her finish time at Ambrose Tower at the
entrance to the harbor. Her elapsed time was two days, 22 hours, 50 minutes
and 14 seconds for the 947-nautical-mile voyage, for an average speed of
The actual distance Explorer sailed as she tacked and gibed to New York was
1076 nautical miles, at an average speed of 15.2 knots. The best burst of
speed her crew recorded was 32.3 knots. Her best 24-hour run was 440 miles
on the first day at sea. The World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC),
based in England, must formally ratify Explorer's unofficial time.
Campaigning Explorer in 1993, Peyron and Lewis were the first sailors to
break the 80-day Around the World barrier, winning the Trophee Jules Verne.
Peyron headed a crew of five on that occasion. Lewis was the only American.
The two also set the Los Angeles to Honolulu sailing record in 1995. They
were joined on this attempt by a crew of eight.
Explorer's navigator, Larry Rosenfeld, from Marblehead, MA, and Lewis are
partners in Team Adventure USA which is preparing to build a 110-foot
catamaran to compete in The Race/La Course du Millenaire, a non-stop,
no-limits sailing sprint around the world which Peyron has organized to
celebrate the beginning of the new Millennium. The Race, which is open by
invitation to the biggest and fastest sailing craft in the world, will
start from a Mediterranean port on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2000.
For Peyron, the Miami to New York record attempt is a tune-up for his
upcoming attempt to set a new Atlantic crossing record. It is also an
occasion for him to pursue his promotional campaign for The Race/La Course
du Millenaire along the East coast of the United States.
Agence France Press photographed the start and the finish. Television
cameraman and ocean racing sailor Rick Deppe sailed on Explorer and filmed
the voyage for the television production and distributioncompany TWI which
will produce a video news release and free feature. -- Keith Taylor
Weymouth, England - A major sea rescue has saved 154 people thrown from
their boats in a 70-knot squall in Weymouth Bay, Dorset, after 77 yachts
capsized during a regatta. A mass launch of coastguard helicopters,
lifeboats was put into action to save the sailors. Weymouth Coastguard Mark
Clark described it as "not wonderful weather", and said people were knocked
off their 18ft Dart catamarans by a south-easterly wind of up to force 6.
The two-person crews had been taking part in the Dart 18 National
Weymouth and District General Hospital was immediately put on "major
incident alert", said a hospital spokeswoman. She said preparation for the
first casualties had already been made, with a "significant" number of
additional nurses and doctors arriving. "We are anticipating many cases of
hypothermia," she said.
For the full story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/
Cal Race Week was great event for Marina del Reybut Ullman Sails enjoyed
it too. Boats with Ullman Sails swept three of the four one-design /
level-rating classes in the regatta, where speed -- not handicaps --
determines the winners. Ullman had full inventories on the top five boats
in the 18-boat Schock 35 class; the top two boats in the J/120 class; and
the R/P 70 Taxi Dancer won its third consecutive ULDB 70 championship buoy
regatta. Students of history will notice a pattern here.
NATIONAL TEAM RACE CHAMPIONSHIP
With a near perfect record, St. Mary's College won the Intercollegiate
Yacht Racing Association (ICYRA)/Ronstan National Team Race Championship,
held May 30-June 1 on Boca Ciega Bay. Twelve colleges qualified through
district eliminations for the event, which was raced in two-person Vanguard
420s and hosted by Eckerd College as the second of a triumvirate of ICYRA
championships signifying the culmination of the fall and spring collegiate
Team racing, which has been called "sailing's highest art form," pits each
college's three-boat team against another's in a round-robin series. Using
plays that employ the racing rules and different covering techniques,
competitors pin, block or slow opponents in order to move their teammates
into a winning combination.
Based on a win-loss record of 11-0, St. Mary's progressed with College of
Charleston, Hobart/William Smith College and University of Southern
California to sail in two final-four championship rounds, which determined
the winner. Again, St Mary's College dominated, winning all of the six
finals races save one, which was taken by eventual third-place finisher
Hobart/William Smith College.
The three-day event began with light and shifty wind conditions, but a
southeast wind of 15-18 knots kicked in on the final day to provide some
extra excitement for sailors and spectators alike. With St. Mary's holding
tightly to their early lead, the race was for second. College of
Charleston posted a 4-2 record to Hobart/William Smith College's 3-3. --
Barby MacGowan, Media Pro Int'l
Final Results for Final Four: 1. St. Mary's College, St. Mary's City, Md.,
5-1 2. College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C., 4-2 3. Hobart/William Smith
College, Geneva, N.Y., 3-3 4. University of Southern California, Los
Angeles, Calif., 0-6
Final Results Overall: 1. St. Mary's College, St. Mary's City, Md., 16-1 2.
College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C., 13-4 3. Hobart/William Smith
College, Geneva, N.Y., 12-5 4. University of Southern California, Los
Angeles, Calif., 8-9 5. Tufts University, Medford, Mass., 7-4 6. Dartmouth
College, Hanover, N.H., 7-4 7. Tulane University, New Orleans, La., 5-6 8.
University of California, Santa Barbara, Calif., 3-8 9. University of South
Florida, St. Petersburg, Fla., 3-8 10. University of Washington, Seattle,
Wash., 2-9 11. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2-9 12.
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., 0-11
Event website: http://www.icyra.org
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
Letters selected to be printed here are routinely edited for clarity, space
(250 words max) or to exclude personal attacks.
-- From John Roberson, Australia -- While the sponsorship debate is hot on
the Scuttlebutt topic list, there is one "basic principle" of sponsorship
that so many people forget. Whatever sum of money a company puts into a
sponsorship, they need to spend at least the same amount on promoting that
So, if "Flyaway Airlines" give the inner Mongolian Olympic sailing team
$100,000, they need to spend at least $100,000 letting the world know what
they have done.
There are many different ways of achieving this, depending on the product
the sponsor is selling. If you have a consumer product that is in all the
supermarkets, you can run a competition to send someone who buys you goods
to the Olympics, or you can use the team you have sponsored in advertisements.
If you are in the corporate world, say a re-insurance company, public
advertising or supermarket promotions are obviously not for you, but
entertaining your best, or potential clients at the event your teams is
competing it can be very beneficial.
Also looking at sponsorship like betting on a horse race is dumb. If you
are banking on your team winning to get the return from your sponsorship,
you are in the wrong game. Sponsorship should be structured around getting
a return from the team participating, with winning a bonus.
-- From Ray Wulff -- Fundraising - It's all about visability. Has the US
Sailing team members ever considered putting on "US Sailing Team Clinics /
Seminars" to put a face with the name. I know tons of people who would pay
up to hear some of the best ideas from America's talent. Locations to do
it? Newport, Annapolis, Chicago, San Diego, St Petersburg, LI Sound. ( Or
maybe in conjunction with Oylmpic Class regattas so the members are already
there) Being a member of the US Sailing Team is a very prestigious title.
Local sailors crave for these types of events.
It doesn't have to be dinghy specific - how 'bout tactics, sail trim,
weight placement, mental preparation. The only clinics I've seen of this
nature is only for juniors. If we had a clinic put on by one of the Laser
US Sailing Team Members, in a day I could find 50 Laser sailors willing to
listen to what he has to say. Your best resource is your experience - Let's
hear about it
-- From Mike Wathen -- Before everyone throws in the towel and waits for
San Diego Yacht Club to revamp the Cup venue, I would like to point out the
following 1994 Protocol adopted by the SDYC Board of Directors. This
"modification to the Deed of Gift" was designed to keep just such things
from being overly manipulated by one or two individuals at one club. I
would hope the good folks at SDYC will not overlook this document. This
philosophy helped restore the venue to where it has returned to today.
(Copies of the Protocol are available from the curmudgeon upon request.)
-- From Ken Signorello -- Secure US Sailing membership renewal is now
available on line:
-- From Jeffrey Littell -- My observation: The most recent issues of
Scuttlebutt have been filled with letters complaining about one thing or
another. If it isn't United Airlines, it is US Sailing or Olympic campaign
funding or sponsorship. Guys (and gals), maybe it is time for a reality
check. Let's all get our tails on the starting line and go sailing. Take
the energy directed towards these situations and redirect it towards making
a better tack, gybe or start. Then let's fill Scuttlebutt with interesting
regatta reports and get back on track to what is really important: sailing!
Daniel T. Nowlan of San Diego, CA, will move to Newport, Rhode Island, to
become the Offshore Director of US SAILING, the National Governing Body of
the sport. Dan brings to US SAILING a strong science and technology
background, as well as program management, planning, and business skills. A
1962 graduate of MIT (Aeronautics & Astronautics) and Case Institute of
Technology (M.S., Fluid, Thermal and Aerospace Sciences, 1967), Dan has
been a Technology Management Consultant in San Diego for the past 5 years.
From 1980 to 1994, Dan was instrumental in developing a small company,
Sparta, Inc. into one ranked as one of the 500 fastest growing US companies
by INC. Magazine.
A former owner of a Santa Cruz 50 sailboat, Dan has raced under the
International Measurement System (IMS), which is administered in the United
States by US SAILING, and under PHRF. Before accepting his current
position, he was the chief PHRF handicapper for Southern California, fleet
captain and handicapper for the California 50 fleet, and Entry Chairman,
and chief handicapper for the Transpac Yacht Club's biennial Los Angeles -
Dan has been involved on a volunteer basis with US SAILING's PHRF Committee
for the past four years. In February 1999, he was one of several people
throughout the United States invited to participate in a working party to
develop US SAILING's continuing ability to provide services to offshore
sailors, and has been instrumental in the development of a new program
whose working title is "The Handicapper's Toolbox."
"I, for one, am delighted that Dan became interested and available for this
position," said US SALING's Executive Director, Terry Harper. "Dan and I
worked together on the 1992 America's Cup in San Diego, and I thoroughly
enjoyed the experience. Dan brings great skills to us, but he also brings
a new perspective."
"I have been a user of US SAILING's products and services for offshore
sailing," said Dan Nowlan, "They are very useful, but everything can be
improved. I have a very good idea what the Offshore Department does, what
it provides, what we can improve upon, and what we need to add."
Dan is tying up loose ends on the West Coast, and should complete his move
to Newport by June 21.
SYDNEY - HOBART RACE INQUIRY
Australian skipper Richard Purcell said yesterday that he took the decision
not to stop and help a stricken Sydney-Hobart race yacht, from which
British Olympian Glyn Charles was swept to his death because he feared for
his own crew in a severe storm. The yacht Margaret Rintoul II faces two
separate inquiries into why it did not stop to help as Sword of Orion
floundered in appalling conditions during last year's race.
"Much misinformation has been circulated but many basic facts have not been
mentioned relevant to the extraordinary conditions at the time," said
Purcell, Margaret Rintoul II's skipper. "I am confident my decisions and
actions, supported by my crew, will be fully vindicated," he said in a
statement. "The total responsibility number one I have got is to my crew,"
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) have referred the incident to
the state coroner as part of an investigation into the race in which six
yachtsmen died, 55 were rescued and 12 boats abandoned or sunk. Purcell
must first face the race's protest committee, who on Tuesday will examine
whether Purcell and Margaret Rintoul II were guilty of gross misconduct
under Rule 69 of the International Sailing Federation's racing rules. --
Nelson Clare, Electronic Telegraph, UK
For the full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
VOLVO OCEAN RACE
LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY -- After five weeks of intensive training in Spain, the
crew of the illbruck Round the World Challenge is eagerly looking forward
to the Fastnet Race in August. This traditional long offshore race is the
next test the team faces in its preparations for the Volvo Ocean Race
2001-2002. illbruck, an international plastics fabricator headquatered in
Leverkusen, Germany, has entered its own boat in the Volvo Ocean Race, the
toughest sailing regatta in the world.
"We accomplished a lot more than we expected to from the first training
camp", says Skipper John Kostecki. Sixteen sailors from six nations came
together in Sanxenxo, Spain, on the Atlantic shores of Galicia. Their first
task was thorough testing of the campaign's two used Volvo Ocean 60 racers,
including their equipment.
Kostecki noted: "We've assessed and compared the performance potential of
80 sails. Our navigators Juan Vila (Spain) and Ed Adams (USA) developed a
big database using two laptops. The data they collected included a variety
of sail trim combinations. During the testing we encountered virtually all
the conditions that we expect to find in the Round the World Race - winds
exceeding Force Eight and five meter high waves, as well as light breezes."
The database will now be analyzed and will influence the development of the
new boat that will be built for the race around the world. illbruck is
planning to construct its V.O.60 racer in-house next year in Leverkusen to
the drawings of the well-known US design office Bruce Farr & Associates
located in Annapolis, Maryland.
Members of the training team that auditioned in Spain for the 12 crew jobs
for the race in 2001 included seven participants from seven different boats
in the last Whitbread Race. "We want to distill their experiences, to
install the optimal equipment," says the 34-year-old Kostecki. "We need
their input about everything from the deck layout down to the shape of the
Crew already named for the Volvo Ocean Race are Kostecki, Sailing Manager
Tim Kroeger from Hamburg, Germany, who coordinates the boat handling, and
New Zealand-born Ross Halcrow, who is responsible for sail development.
Three more names should be under contract this summer.
Kostecki will continue crew selection during the Fastnet Race, which starts
on August 7 at Cowes on the Isle of Wight on the south shore of England.
illbruck will participate with one of its two boats in this 605-nautical
miles long race. The Fastnet will take the V.O.60's between two and three
days. For the first time the illbruck Round the World Challenge will meet
other competitors for the Volvo Ocean Race.
The Fastnet will be the last gathering of the core illbruck crew before
most of them head to the America's Cup to Auckland, New Zealand, where they
will scatter to work for different syndicates.
The V.O.60 training yachts will begin a second base camp running from the
beginning of July to the end of October in Kiel, Germany. This camp will
concentrate on corporate sailing activities with clients and employees. The
potential race crew will meet again for more testing in April 2000 in
Sanxenxo. The final training, with the new boat, might be conducted in the
rough lonely wastes of the Southern Ocean in 2001. "Then we really would
have tested all conditions," says Kostecki. - Keith Taylor
Event website: http://188.8.131.52/
(Reprinted with permission from DEFENCE 2000, which is available for US $48
per year from John@roake.gen.nz)
"The America's Cup is a battle of two organizations - A battle that just
happens to be settled in sailboats." Dennis Conner
* The FAST 2000 team, Switzerland's first America's Cup challenge, have
received yet another setback. A writ has been attached to their tune-up
boat in Auckland, served by America's Cup Village. Money owing for berthing
and storage in the Viaduct Basin, the syndicate's Auckland base, remains
unpaid. The writ involves over NZ$100,000. The issue is complicated by the
fact that the French syndicate Le Defi Sud owns the boat and has plans to
sail it in the challenger series. America's Cup Village could persue legal
rights to auction the boat to recover their debt.
Meanwhile some help has arrived for this beleaguered challenger. Movenpick
is giving a firm hand to the Swiss Challenge at a crucial moment! Movenpick
Foods Ltd is a market leader in ice cream and have declared "we are happy
to offer our support to the Swiss Challenge during this critical period. As
a Swiss company with worldwide operations, we are very sensitive to
Switzerland's international image, which can affect, in one way or another,
our economic activities. FAST 2000 is a project able to demonstrate
internationally our capacity to tackle daring enterprises. There is hardly
any success without taking some calculated risk!" This support, believed to
be only SF150,000, is a very small percentage of what is needed but has
enabled FAST 2000 to keep the yard working at finishing the mould of the
hull. There is still a lot of money yet to be found.
THE CURMUDGEON'S CONUNDRUMS
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