SCUTTLEBUTT #337 - June 4, 1999
SPONSORSHIP FOLLOW-UP - Peter Harken
Wow! My 'flapjaw' drew a lot of response regards the problem of sponsorship
in the U.S and I'm glad to read that most of us are on the same wavelength.
It's a lot easier to repair a problem when we agree on the faults so lets
have at it!
If we make improvements in the coming year and the Millennium we must all
thank Scuttlebutt, i.e. Tom Leweck for getting this stalled train finally "
smokin down the tracks, man!" This info repair process is going to happen
in bits I suspect because we all have other jobs to concentrate on, but who
ever said life is easy? No one in the marine industry " fer shure!!"
OK -- to start; Hugh Elliot is right. In general we companies in the
sailing industry do lack clear sponsorship guidance rules and that is
something we are beginning to work on. Peter Huston is probably right
regards the non-availability of sponsorships from larger U.S. companies due
to the fact that we are a peanut size industry and sport and they want to
spend their dollars reaching millions. That is a fair general statement,
BUT we have the problem of sponsorship requests nevertheless and it does
happen all over our sailing world even though it's on a smaller scale. Not
all is bad because there is a lot of good stuff in sponsorship handling in
Rolex is apparently happy so someone involved is hard at work and I'll bet
there is a lot of company guidance and requirements. I wonder if we could
get their input on " how to?"
Nautica had a bad experience in general and has left our sport. I believe
they do smaller programs once in a while due to their name connection to
the "sea". They sponsored youth sailing so that was a bad loss. Our
We generally have very good luck with small grass roots YCs events. They
are very reasonable in their requests and we get inundated with thank you
letters; especially neat is the ones from kids. Thank you, small YCs in the
To be honest, even if I burn a bridge here and there, the nationally known
big YC regatta events are a poor return value for us because their monetary
requests are too high for the exposure they dictate they will let us have.
No more----" we be writing de rules, mon! " Otherwise go find another
wallet. The banner in the beer tent doesn't cut it!
Tom Ehman said that this is an " industry" problem and so maybe Sail
America rather than U.S. Sail should "sponsor" the attack on helping us to
correct this problem????
SANTA MARIA CUP
Today marked the halfway point of the Santa Maria Cup, an international
women1s match racing event. Early on, blustery unstable west/northwest
winds pummeled the fleet, causing changes in positions around the race
course. The shifting breeze plagued the race committee until about 3:30
PM when a more steady Northwest breeze settled in for the last two races of
the day. Seven races for each of the 12 competitors completed the first
of two round robin elimination series which will ultimately decide the
semifinalists for Sunday1s showdown. ESPN is filming the event for a half
-hour special on the event, to be aired twice on ESPN 2 on July 3.
At the end of racing today, Drusilla Slattery and her team from Marblehead,
MA sat alone at the top of the leader board, posting a 10-1 record.
Slattery is a talented Sonar sailor who seems to be finding the J-22 to her
liking. The competition is fierce behind her though, so even a slim lead
is not enough. Nipping at her heels is a pack of talent: Klaartje
Zuiderbaan (NED), Shirley Robertson (GBR), and Cory Sertl (USA) are all 8-3
having had very solid race days. Team Hall Spars/Hall Rigging skippered by
Betsy Alison is right there in the hunt with a 7-3 record, after a single
point was deducted from her 8 wins for a collision yesterday with Dru
Slattery. -- Susan J Anthony
Standings: Dru Slattery (USA) 10-1; Klaartje Zuiderbaan (NED) 8-3; Cory
Sertl (USA) 8-3; Shirley Robertson (GBR) 8-3; Betsy Alison (USA) 7-3 *
(Penalty Point Deducted); Dawn Riley (USA) 7-4; Marie Bjorling (SWE)
5-6; Marie Klok (DEN) 5-6; Paula Lewin (BER) 3-8; Sandy Grosvenor
(USA) 3-8; Jane Moon (CAY) 1-10; Charlie Arms (USA) 0-11.
Event web site: http://www.eastportyc.org/santamariacup/default.htm
WEYMOUTH STORM FOLLOWUP
There has been national press coverage concerning the storm, some of which
has been reasonably accurate, and some of which has not. All Dart 18
sailors competing in the Nationals (in Weymouth, England) have been
accounted for. There have been no serious injuries. There have been
misleading reports that 30 sailors have been hospitalised; this is not
true. No sailors have been taken to hospital, though there is an
unconfirmed report that the crew of one rescue boat was suffering from
Stronger winds had been forecast for much later in the day, long after
racing had was supposed to have finished. After postponing the morning's
start due to poor visibility, the it was decided to run one race. The vast
majority of competitors and the coastguard still agree that this decision
was taken responsibly.
In the closing stages of the race, the wind increased to around 40 knots,
and the sea state worsened considerably. Many of the competitors on the
final downwind leg were capsized by the wind and waves. The leaders, who
had rounded the leewad mark, were able to beat up to the finish, and then
struggled home; approximately 30 boats from a fleet of around 80 finished
the race.The remainder fought to right their boats, some suffering damage
to masts, rigging and sails. Many were able to drop their mainsails, and
broad reach back towards the mainland under jib alone. Others were not so
lucky, with rigging failures or broken masts; they were picked up by the
lifeboat, rescue crews, or helicopter. Their boats were abandoned; some
were later recovered, and towed back to the beach.
After approximately three hours, due to the sterling work of the rescue
crews, RNLI, coastguard, and the organising clubs' safety tally system, all
competitors were accounted for.
Event website: http://www.dart18.com/
A few years ago I bought a Gill Antigua jacket, it kept me dry and
comfortable on the bow of the Express 27 on many a beat up San Francisco
Bay. When I tried to wash out some sunscreen that had messed up the collar
by rubbing it with some liquid laundry detergent, the waterproof backing on
the fabric came off. At Pacific Sail Expo last April I stopped at the
Douglas Gill booth and mentioned this to one of the Gill representatives.
He told me to send the jacket in for them to look at. I did, and a few
weeks later I received a brand new replacement jacket. -- Ross Werner
Giant is too modest a description for the 120-foot catamaran Pete Goss is
building for The Race, a dash around the planet starting on New Year's Eve
2000 for the largest, fastest and most radical sail-powered machines in the
world. You could drive a double-decker bus under the cross-arms of the
catamaran and would need a stadium-sized pool to float it. It costs over L2
million, is being built from carbon fibre and is scheduled for launch this
The design team of Adrian Thompson, Martyn Smith and Barry Noble have
created a highly unusual concept. Lightness is everything as Goss plans to
sail with a crew of just five, less than half the norm. The hulls are
knife-like, designed to slice through waves with minimal loss of energy and
less stress on the structure. Instead of one central mast the cat has a
136ft windsurfer-style free-standing rig on each hull. -- Tim Jeffery,
Electronic Telegraph, UK
For the full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
NORTH SAILS RACE WEEK
Sailors lusting for a shot at the new Volvo Trophy are alerted that June 8
is the deadline for discount entry fees in Golison & Golison's 15th annual
North Sails Race Week, the climactic event of the new Volvo Inshore
Championships. Entries received after that date are subject to a $25 late fee.
Upwards of 150 boats are expected for North Sails Race Week, scheduled June
25-27. This year the Long Beach sailing tradition is the third and final
leg of Southern California's new Volvo Inshore Championships series,
following the Yachting Cup at San Diego and Cal Race Week at Marina del
Rey. Besides hosting the big, fast ULDB 70 sleds for the first time, NSRW
will feature the charter fleet of Catalina 37s from the Long Beach Sailing
After attending the two preceding events, NSRW producer Bruce Golison said,
"We are pleased with the success in San Diego and Marina del Rey and are
looking forward to watching the series reach its final outcome at our
event. We expect that with the addition of the Volvo Inshore Championships
component, North Sails Race Week will reach a new level of competition on
the water and greater fun ashore."
NSRW, based at the SeaPort Marina Hotel adjacent to the Alamitos Bay Marina
in east Long Beach, offers a busy schedule off the water. It leads with a
free North Sails Open Forum panel discussion Friday, June 25, at 11 a.m.
featuring North experts Gary Weisman, Vince Brun, Keith Kilpatrick and John
Friday's 4 o'clock race will be followed by a Coors party poolside. The
Rusty Pelican's dinner for leukemia will follow Saturday's races, and
awards will be presented after Sunday's windup races with hors d'oeuvres
and the Elm Street Band in the courtyard of the hotel.
Because of a disparity of boats in PHRF-2, the largest handicap class,
organizers have decided to split awards between heavy and light
displacement competitors. NSRW also offers several special competitions:
--The Yacht Club Challenge for three-boat teams representing their clubs;
--The Lydia Kent Trophy for the highest-placed boat with three or more
family members on board;
--The West Marine Trophy for the skipper with the closest near-miss for a
--The Rusty Pelican Crew Dinner in which the winning skipper is weighed to
determine twice his weight, which is his crew's dinner allowance.
Entry information is available at (714) 379-4884 or by e-mail to
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 Chris Bouzaid -- I read with interest Seth Radow's piece about how
famous the sailors are in Australiasia. This did not happen by chance. I am
often reported as the "Father of New Zealand Sailing". The reason for this
is because I was partly responsible for making the man in the street in New
Zealanders aware and understanding of sailing.
Until 1968 the three sports in New Zealand were, Rugby, Racing (Horse) and
Beer (Drinking). I remember being at an Admiral's Cup with a young fellow
named Bruce Farr. He was tired of being called an Aussie so he made a T
Shirt design with a Kiwi bird riding a horse with a Rugby ball under one
wing and a beer bottle under the other and written in big letters was "I'm
not an AUSTRUCKINFALIAN."
Whenever we went overseas for a sailing event we took a top sports reporter
with us. The reporting would be syndicated all over the country and it
would be both informative and instructional. The outcome was that the
people became more and more interested in sailing. As this interest grew so
did the sponsorship dollars. Today in New Zealand it is a country of
Sailing, Rugby, racing & Beer. Who was that great reporter? None other than
Alan Sefton, General Manager of Team New Zealand.
US Sailing would be serving a useful purpose if they put some of their
effort into getting higher understanding and the consequential interest for
sailing. This would then make it easier for them and others to raise
sponsorship dollars. Do you think anybody would watch American Football if
they didn't understand it? I certainly fall in that category.
-- From Craig Fletcher - Guess what? The Farr 40 Association turned down
Walt Logan's request to allow me to be an alternate helmsman for his boat,
Blue Chip. What is going on in the Farr 40 class is interesting. I am sure
you read Peter Isler's article in Sailing World on the cost to race a Farr
40, and the rebuttal from the Farr office. Those costs were accurate
except the amount the owners are paying the pros. This true cost is grossly
understated -- this is the new pro class. The majority of the top boats
have the maximum number (4) of pros on board. Here in lies the hypocrisy.
You may pay four people to sail with you, yet under their so-called
'Corinthian clause' a good amateur is not allowed to steer. I cannot think
of anything more un-Corinthian. I urge the Farr 40 class to increase the
number of pro's to 9 (creating more jobs) and leave the amateurs out of the
equation -- you
obviously do not want us.
Curmudgeon's comment: Craig Fletcher is a Southern California Group 1
amateur sailor who has been a trimmer on Walt Logan's Blue Chip since last
year's Kenwood Cup.
-- From Alan Johnson -- With so many "sprit boats" on the market now, it is
a good time to change the Lipton Cup. This may acquaint many new people to
the tactics and sail handling of asymmetrical spinnakers.
When a new grand-prix 50-footer sails for the first time you'd expect hours
of rig tuning, that is, unless it's a carbon/Kevlar wing mast without
shrouds, spreaders, or discontinuous rod rigging. So it was when Krazy
K-Yote Two, Ortwin Kandlers' 50-footer for the French Admiral's Cup team
set sail for the first time last week on Narragansett Bay-the rig was
pre-tuned with only the forestay, running backstays and checkstays for the
crew to control.
"IMS gives a rating credit for the rigging's drag even if there is no
rigging," said the boat's 27-year-old designer Juan Kouyoumdjian while
watching Bertrand Pace sail the boat upwind. "Also, the lack of shrouds
allows for closer sheeting angles-as close as 5 degrees compared to about
8.5 degrees with conventional rigs, and tacking will be faster."
"As a competitor, I'm terrified that it's going to work," said Ken Read,
helmsman of the American Team's Nelson/Marek 50, Idler. "But as an
innovator, all the power to them for trying something new. After the
regatta they'll probably outlaw the rig." - Michael Tamulaites, Grand Prix
Tamulaites' full story will be posted online after 9:00 AM PT:
Larger-than-life Australian cup legend Alan Bond won't get parole in time
to see the America's Cup in 2000, but his old superyacht will be here.
Southern Cross III, a 165ft boat Bond had built in Asia, has booked a berth
in the New Zealand Cup Village with its new owners. Bond is eligible for
parole from a Western Australia prison in April 2001. So far, 65
superyachts have booked space in the village, which has room for 88. - New
For the full story: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/
REGATTA INSIGHT - Report by Bill Hardesty
155 top international Laser sailors competed in the 1999 SPA regatta held
in the small town of Medemblik located in the North of Holland. The newly
finished sailing center in Medemblik is an awesome venue with new enclosed
harbor and massive regatta building. Corporate sponsorship was everywhere
with Oneil, Heineken, Volvo, and of course SPA water signs and banners
everywhere the eye looked. There was spectating of the 49ers and Soling
match racing from the beach. The breeze was usually strong which kept the
The fleet was divided into three flights for the first three days of
racing. The final two days would be sailed in championship fleets of 52 in
Gold fleet and the remaining sailed in silver and bronze divisions.
The first day of racing was in a fairly strong southwesterly of 15-20
knots. This offshore wind gave nice directional shifts and flat water. The
Americans were doing all-right with Mark Mendelblatt finishing 3,6,4; Brett
Davis 8,2,9; and myself having a rough first race finishing 24,7,12.
Unfortunately this didn't compare well to Britain's Ben Ainsle finishing
1,3,1 and Australian Brendan Casey 1,2,3.
Day two brought lighter winds (4-10 knots) from the northeast. It is very
difficult in this condition because everyone in the fleet is capable of
doing well which doesn't allow boat speed to make up for mistakes.
Personally I had an all right day finishing 22, 11, 1. The recipe for the
last race was winning the pin end start and never looking back. Brett
Davis had a solid 1, 19, 2 and Finland's Roope Suomalainen was doing very
well with a 1, 4, 2. Ainsle finished 29, 1, 3.
The Breeze was back on for the third day, 20-25 knots from the south west
and very shifty. Downwind was very fast and exciting with continuous
planing from the windward to leeward mark. Robert Scheidt from Brasil won
all three today and the last race yesterday to have four wins in a row.
Ainsle was very solid with a 3, 3, 1.
Day four was totally different with a light north easterly with longer
drawn-out oscillating shifts. There was basically one shift per beat and
you were either making gains or losing depending on which side of the
course you chose. Ainsle had two bad races finishing 33, 51, 3; Scheidt
finished 10, 39, 11. Averaging in the top ten was considered a good day! I
finished 20, 10, 5. Roope from Finland moved into the lead with a 5, 16, 7.
One race was scheduled for the afternoon of the last day. The breeze was
strong 20 knots from the north with a bit larger chop than previously in
the week. After a few general recalls, the black flag penalty of DSQ was
displayed and if a boat was caught over the line within one minute before
the start it would face disqualification. Unfortunately I was in an
aggressive group in the middle of the line and six of us were caught and
disqualified. Roope from Finland was one of these boats and dropped to
third overall. Ben Ainsle from Britain went on to win the regatta with his
rival from Brasil, Robert Scheidt, close on his tail.
Curmudgeon's comment: Bill Hardesty finished 14th at the SPA Regatta with
Brett Davis in 8th and Matt Mendelblatt 16th.
(Reprinted with permission from DEFENCE 2000, which is available for US $48
per year from John@roake.gen.nz)
* NZL10 and NZL12, the boats that formed part of Team New Zealand's
unsuccessful challenge in 1992 are for sale. There is Australian (Iain
Murray) and European interest in their purchase. Most likely purchaser is
Murray's company that operates a corporate sailing venture on Sydney
harbour. These were the two boats used in the "Road to the America's Cup"
* Talks have already been held with Ports of Auckland Ltd about the
proposed base for the Russian challenge. Their proposal is to use the ship
that will bring their challenge yacht to Auckland as a base for their
operations. Crew will live on board and the Age of Russia will be winched
up onto the boat after each day's racing. Definitely different! Auckland's
port officials say they can accommodate the ship at one of their harbour
anchorages. Sceptics amongst America's Cup circles are saying "we'll
believe it when we see it." Funding for the Russian challenge is now
reputed to be coming from a church organisation, Holy Russia, who have a
license to run a Lotto game in Russia. Pardon us, but all this seems to be
a very odd combination!
LONG BEACH RACE WEEK - JUNE 18-20
Only 2 weeks until Race Week! Cal 20s to 50 footers will be on hand for
the June Classic. Racing starts at 4:00 Friday. 6 races with a throwout
are scheduled. Parties include the Ullman Sails Crew Party Friday night,
the Mount Gay Rum Party Saturday, and the Corona Beer Awards Party after
racing on Sunday. For Entry or Notice of Race: http://www.lbyc.org
The Front Runner Association announced the 5th annual Front Runner Cup at
Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville, Virginia on Saturday August 14th and
Sunday August 15th. The event will also host many other classes on three
race courses. - Thomas Moulds
Race information: http://members.tripod.com/~FBYC/60AODRNOR.htm
THE CURMUDGEON'S COUNSEL
Never agree to plastic surgery with a doctor whose office is full of
portraits by Picasso.