SCUTTLEBUTT #338 - June 7, 1999
SANTA MARIA CUP
Dawn Riley with teammates Melissa Purdy, Liz Baylis, and Lisa Charles
sailed to victory in the ninth annual BOAT/U.S. Santa Maria Cup at the
Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis. Riley beat Shirley Robertson of Great
Britain in the finals of the cup Sunday. In the Petit-finals, Drusilla
Slattery of Marblehead, MA beat Cory Sertl of Rochester, NY in a hard
fought battle for third and fourth place respectively. Since Dawn Riley has
said that she cannot attend the Woman's Match Racing World Championships in
Italy this fall, Slatttery will be named the U.S. nominee to the Worlds.
For the fourth day in a row, the weather held, providing competitors with
10 - 12 knot winds and beautiful sunny skies. Jeff Borland & Susan J Anthony
Scores from the double round robin: Cory Sertl (USA) 17-5; Dawn Riley
(USA) 17-5; Dru Slattery (USA) 16-6; Shirley Robertson (GBR) 15-7; Betsy
Alison (USA) 14-7; Klaartje Zuiderbaan (NED) 13-9; Paula Lewin (BER)
10-12; Marie Klok (DEN) 10-12; Marie Bjorling (SWE) 9-13; Sandy Grosvenor
(USA) 8-14; Jane Moon (CAY) 2-20; Charlie Arms (USA) 0-22.
Event website: http://www.eastportyc.org/santamariacup/default.htm
Photographs from the Santa Maria Cup
US SOLING PRE-TRIALS
Final Results: First Place: Ed Baird / Bean Brenner / Tom Burnham; Second
Place: Jeff Madrigali / Hartwell Jordan / Craig Healy; Third Place: Harry
Melges III / Brian Porter / Hans Melges
St. Francis Yacht Club website: http://www.stfyc.com
A total of nineteen classes competed at the Detroit NOOD. Winds on Day 1
were light and shifty, and 30- to 50-degree shifts moved through on all
three racecourses. The second day of racing saw teen-strength southerlies
that remained generally steady, despite 15-degree oscillations and some big
variations in pressure on the course. The 206-boat fleet raced their final
legs in a southwest breeze that topped out at approximately 12 knots, with
big variations in wind pressure throughout the course. -- Cynthia Flanagan
FINAL RESULTS: C&C 35 1 Brian Geraghty SIOCHAIL (14) 2. Frank G. Tenkel
BRAVO (15) 3. Don Ragan GANDALF (17) Cal 25 (24 bts) 1 Wick Smith/ Rob
Boggs 5 GUYS NAMED MOE (17) 2 Rodney Rask ENTROPY (24) 3 Dale T. Marshall
CLYTIE (32) Crescent (10 bts) 1 Jennifer Wheeler Dales UTOPIA (17) 2 Diane
Janeski ZOOMER (18) 3 Stephen Hume MANON (19) Etchells (9 bts) 1 William
Zemmin FIRE! (17) 2 John Harper ERACER (22) 3 Chris Clark Birmingham (22)
Express 27 (11 bts) 1 Paul Deeds LORAX (16) 2 Peter Fortune AIR FORCE
(17) 3 Mitch Hnatt HOT SHEET (19) Grand Prix A (8 bts) 1 Sanford A.Burris
ORACLE (12) 2 Tom Ritter INSATIABLE (13) 3 Promotion Synd. PROMOTION (13)
Grand Prix B (10 bt) 1 Rick Johnson BOUNDER (9)2 Steve Liebel/ Chris SPEED
RACER (18) 3 Jim Pearson, PADDY WAGON (24) Hobie 33 (7 bts) 1 Stu & Sandy
Kevelighan STEALTH (5) 2 Tom Andrews HOLY TOLEDO (17) 3 Christian
Schaumhoffel RAGE (17) J-120 (9 bts) 1 Don Hudak CAPERS (14) 2 Rob Amsler.
MERLIN (17) 3 Henry E. Mistele NIGHT MOVES (17) J-24 (11 bts) 1 Josh Kerst
INSTANT KARMA (8) 2 Laurie Poppen BOX LUNCH (18) 3 Mike Vining/ HUMMER
(24) Level 114 (7 bts) 1 Thomas A. Kleinhardt FORTE (8) 2 David J. Caracci
Port Clinton HURRICANE (13) 3 Richard T. Abbott/Tom Couvreur Sterling
Heights ADRENALINE (16) Level 141 (8 bts) 1 William Margolin Southfield
CADENZA (12) 2 Richard Galaska BREEZIN (16) 3 Damian A. McGuire LOOMING
DEBAUCHERY (17) Level 35 (16 bts) 1 William Wildner Mr. BILLS WILD RIDE
(13) 2 George Bergh CRACKER JACK (14) 3 Lance Smotherman DARK STAR (26)
Level 40 (7 bts) 1 Dennis Turner RICOCHET (6) 2 John S. Barbour VELERO (13)
3 Bill Alcott/ Peter Griffin KEMOSABE (16) Level 66 (7 bts) 1 William
Henderson/Rich Grow ECLIPSE (10) 2 H. Burton Jones BURDEN IV (11) 3 Curtis
Kime SILVER CLOUD (11) S2 7.9 (14 bts) 1 Steve Tepel St. PARROT HEAD (11) 2
Frank Lyons Canton GAUNTLET (15) 3 David Grover PRIME TIME (16) Santana 35
(8 bts) 1 Fred Hubble DESPERADO (10) 2 Andy Unger AHAU (17) 3 Jim Best
PHANTOM II (17) Tartan Ten (24 bts) 1 Bill Buckles/ Simon Lorain LIQUOR BOX
(10) 2 Heidi Riddle NUTS (31) 3 Len Chamberlain WILDCAT 32 Warhorse (8 bts)
1 Todd Jones THE GREAT WHISPER (10) 2 J. Trost/ G. Thomas PENDRAGON (12) 3
Dane Christy HELLION (14)
For complete fleet results: http://www.sailingworld.com
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* Steve Fossett, sailing solo on his 60-foot trimaran Lakota, broke the
existing Newport RI. to Bermuda Record by 13 hours, 4 minutes. The previous
record was held by Jean-Pierre Mouligne onboard CCP/Cray Valley and stood
at 53 hours, 55 minutes. Steve's new record now stands at 40 hours, 51
The record setting adventurer, yachtsman & balloonist who this autumn and
winter will once again take the helm of the 32m maxi catamaran PlayStation
when he attacks the Trans Atlantic and Round the World records, took to his
faithful record breaker Lakota whilst PlayStation is being repaired from
the damage inflicted by a battery fire in March. At the half way mark Steve
commented: "It's been wild so far with winds up to 28 knots and boat speeds
up to 28.5." The average speed over the first 10 hours: 18 knots and after
20 hours: 16.5 knots.
* The 86-foot catamaran Explorer, skippered by veteran French marathon
sailor Bruno Peyron, will attempt to set a new Transatlantic sailing record
from the USA to England in early June. She is presently on standby in New
York City, waiting for an ideal weather window,.
Last week, The 86-foot world-girdling catamaran set a Miami to New York
speed record of two days, 22 hours, 50 minutes and 14 seconds for the
947-nautical-mile voyage, for an average speed of 13.37 knots.
Explorer holds speed records across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and was
the first boat to break the 80-day Around the World barrier when she won
the Trophe Jules Verne in 1993 with Peyron skippering. Chicago's Skip
Novak, one of the best known Whitbread round-the-world skippers, will join
Peyron on the record run along with other crew.
Explorer will start from the former location of the Ambrose Light Tower,
off the entrance to New York Harbor and will finish at the entrance to the
English Channel, crossing an imaginary line between Lizard Point in England
and Ushant on the French coast. The World Sailing Speed Record Council
(WSSRC) will formally record and ratify the Explorer voyage. - Keith Taylor
* Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA), Club Nautique Morgien and
FAST 2000 today announced that CA has signed on as a lead corporate sponsor
in the construction of the Swiss racing yacht for the 1999/2000 America's
Cup Challenge. Leveraging CA as a technology partner, the FAST 2000 team
will also deploy Unicenter TNG, CA's advanced enterprise management
solution, to monitor and analyze the yacht's performance data while competing.
Construction of the yacht is scheduled to be complete at the end of August
1999. The first challengers race of the Louis Vuitton Cup for the America's
Cup officially begins on October 18, 1999 in New Zealand. FAST 2000 is
managing the Swiss Challenge to the America's Cup for the Club Nautique
Syndicate website: http://www.fast2000.com
* Australian Challenge for the America's Cup (ACAC) representatives Syd
Fischer OBE and Sir James Hardy OBE today unveiled their "new generation"
2000 challenge syndicate - YOUNG AUSTRALIA 2000. The skipper will be
prominent 19 year old Sydney sailor, and world junior match racing
champion, James Spithill. He is the youngest ever skipper of an America's
Cup entry. In another world first, the crew will consist of 11 talented
young sailors aged 18-22 as well as four experienced "mentor sailors".
Crew selection has begun on a national basis and an intensive two-month
training campaign will begin on Sydney Harbour from July 6. Youth sailors
will be selected from the various Youth Sailing academies and schemes
promoted by Australia's leading yacht clubs. Spithill will be taking the
opportunity before training begins to compete in the internationally
renowned Cento Cup match racing series in Italy hoping to improve on his
already impressive world ranking.
While the boat, rigging, sails and infrastructure has been supplied by the
ACAC, YOUNG AUSTRALIA 2000 syndicate is now in negotiation with youth
market sponsors to ensure the young crew have every chance of success in
New Zealand. -- Adam Wilson
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 Doug Van Der Aa --I found Craig Fletcher's sour grapes amusing and
informative: "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."
He clings to his Group 1 Corinthian status, shedding tears about the
unfairness of not being able to drive. But in the next breath he shows us
where his heart is - he wants to be paid as a Group 3 Pro. He wants full
pro crews and full paychecks. Nice work if you can get it. But short of
America's Cup and Whitbread/Volvo, fully professional sailing circuits
(e.g. the ultimate 30) haven't been able to support themselves in this
Why has the Farr 40 class thrived compared to the 1D 48 class with its
unlimited professionals (stuck at 8 boats, most of which are purportedly
still owned by DeVos and leased to the campaigning teams)? The Farr 40
class seems to have developed a niche with its limits that seems to appeal
to the guys who pay the bills. The owners want to be able to sail their
boats, not sit in the back as a tourist or get left on the dock as excess
-- From Maxwell Rosenberg -- In response to Craig Fletcher's writing about
being excluded as a alternate driver in the Farr 40 class even though he is
not a pro. Craig has hit upon a point that needs to be addressed. Not all
pro's are secret weapons, much as not all amateurs are slow. Craig is a top
driver, but he is a amateur and the Farr 40 class needs to stop there
selective discrimination based on skill. Are they afraid the owner has a
secret weapon? Craig is not pro -- they must let him drive.
-- From Peter Huston -- The various debates on the many topics which 'Butt
brings to the forefront are very valuable for the sport. Regatta reports
are typically pretty boring - and do nothing to advance the sport. The
reality is that 'butt is by far and way the best source of information
exchange within the sport, and without question the leader in stirring the
pot. Sure, people are complaining about a wide variety of things, but it
is the identification of these issues that will ultimately help to create a
better sport. In time, people begin to focus on solutions to these problems.
Here's one such solution. People have this week been asking for a "how to"
source of professional information on obtaining sponsorship for their event
or team. International Events Group (IEG) in Chicago is probably the
leading supplier in the world for informational services within the general
sponsorship community. They publish several valuable tools - a bi-weekly
sponsorship report, a legal guide to sponsorship, a directory, and a host
of other specialized services. They can be reached by phone at
312-944-1727, or on the web at www.sponsorship.com. For the beginner,
there are no better tools than those offered by IEG. You shouldn't even
think of writing a sponsor contract without first reading their Legal Guide
to Sponsorship - they even site an America's Cup case in the edition that I
have which was published 10 years ago.
-- From Phil Lever, Dorset, England -- As an Englishman I can't say that I
have noticed your lack of sponsorship at regattas or on sailing teams. I
have had the pleasure of doing a few events in the 'states over the past 7
years or so (J24 worlds, S.P.O.R.T., Miami OCR), and the level of
organistion (measurement, RC, met etc) and hospitality (free beer, food,
accommodation etc) all of which were healthily supported by sponsors and
very dedicated and kind club members. They were far superior to anything
I've experienced in Europe.
To add to the debate on sponsorship. Most of us do this sport for fun, as a
hobby. We should expect to shoulder the costs ourselves unless we head
down the Olympic/Professional road. Would you sponsor a game of soccer in
the park, or a bunch of grown ups to go fishing and drinking beer for the
weekend? Neither would I.
-- From Scott MacDonald, Director of Sales, BOATSCAPE.COM-- When I read the
first statements from Mr. Harken I was afraid. I was afraid that the
sailing community would not understand the combination of economic interest
and passion for the sport. I was wrong. The initial response was my
favorite, "you the man."
We are sponsoring over 50 "grass root" events this summer with tangible
product for each participant. This represents a significant commitment of
people and money. Very often an event postures itself as too Corinthian
for logo placement but still wants money, or wants a fee for the privilege
to access their participants. These are barriers to entry.
Anyone who has seen an NHL hockey game, knows the boards are no longer a
pristine white panel, but now key logo space. Many of these sponsors are
non-hockey specific, and it didn't change the game. There is an enormous
gap between one of the most powerful demographics in the world and the
companies desperately trying to reach them.
From Tom Priest (Re: Lipton Cup format). --.I'm reminded of a simple
quote..."If it works, don't fix it." Any YC serious about a Lipton
campaign is already laying a pretty large chunk of change down for a suit
of sails, fair bottoms, paint, charter fee, etc. for a Schock 35. Why
escalate that with a boat that costs so much more? Asymmetries merely
create a reach-a-rama oval race track.
I seem to remember a certain San Diego event that included a "Z-leg" to
create excitement. (Is there a SDYC connection here?) That went over about
as well as a fart in church, when it merely created parades on the course
and extra costs for the program. Excitement comes in numbers, as in fleet
size. Fleet size comes with planning, PR, and affordability.
-- From Colin Cases -- All the sponsorship discussions and today's
Curmudgeon's Counsel prompts recall of the plastic surgeon many years ago
at Antigua Race Week who had many of his clients (topless, of course)
sitting on the rail. He was protested for advertising.
-- From Carol Boe -- Re Alan Johnson's suggestion to change Lipton Cup
boats from Schock 35's to "sprit boat" because "so many are on the market":
OK -- so I've never raced on a boat with an asymmetrical spinnaker but
knowing it negates the need for foredeck crewwork, I must question his
theory. Speaking from experience, getting 9 or 10 crew to perform mark
roundings flawlessly has not come without a lot of hard work, practice
..."TEAMWORK." Taking away a HUGE part of that by using boats with
asymmetrical chutes seems, well ... too easy! and I feel would NOT
represent the true sport of competitive sailing.
-- From James Nichols -- One advantage to the J120 is that it's a fairly
new class. Before making a decision on any class, talk to the class
association and see if enough owners are willing to charter their boats:
the supply + demand equation will take care of what the charter costs. But
if I owned a J120 (or anything), and Dave Ullman (insert MIR here) wanted
to charter my boat (and dial it in) . . . we could talk about it! My
objection to the J120 is the crew size. Seems to me that would be as big or
bigger obstacle to smaller yacht clubs in putting a program together -
assuming the idea is for the crew to actually represent the club they sail
for. Strange concept, I know.
Curmudgeon's comment: According to the class rules, the maximum crew weight
allowed on a J/120 is significantly LESS than the Schock 35 max crew weight.
VOLVO OCEAN RACE
* Volvo Ocean Race officials in Paris today announced that the historic
port of La Rochelle is to host the French stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race.
In 1998 the first French stopover in the history of the race met with huge
success and the competitors as well as the race sponsors and partners were
impressed by the quality of the La Rochelle welcome. The stopover was
well supported by the French public, with more than 100,000 people visiting
the race village, and a large international audience was able to see at
first hand the development of the new Bassin des Grand Yachts where the
fleet was berthed. More than 2,000 boats accompanied the fleet for the
start of the last leg of the race to England, which was started by the
French Prime Minister, Lionel Jospin.
The economical feedback of the 1998 event could be counted in tens of
millions of French francs, and the choice of La Rochelle as the French
stopover in 2002 confirms the "sailing" image of this town which is steeped
in maritime history. Once again, the fleet will be berthed in the
completely renovated Bassin des Grand Yachts - the last building in this
ambitious programme, the new Aquarium, will be opened in January 2001.
Frenchman Christophe Auguin's entry, officially announced today, confirms
the return of France to this major sailing grand prix, known previously as
The Whitbread, and now renamed the Volvo Ocean Race, Round The World
2001-2002. -- Dirk De Muynck
* United Productions, the television arm of United News and Media, a huge
international media and information group specialising in news production
and distribution, and Quokka Sports Inc., the digital sports entertainment
company responsible for producing the highly acclaimed website for the last
[Whitbread] Round the World Race, will work in tandem with the Volvo Ocean
Race as media partners.
Volvo's integrated approach to the media and long history and experience in
grand prix sporting events has called for a fresh approach to the
management of the media and communication of this premier ocean race.
Volvo Ocean Race headquarters, situated on the south coast of England, will
be equipped with its own studio and digital facilities where both media
partners will operate, under the administration of Volvo's own Executive
Together United News & Media and Quokka Sports Inc. will jointly
co-ordinate and produce coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race as well as provide
a comprehensive news gathering and distribution service working with the
race' s own press office operation. This structure will ensure
broadcasters and news channels will get the best possible service and are
guaranteed that specific requests will be catered for, as well as provide
instant access to the race studio and information service. -- Dirk De Muynck
Event Website: http://www.VolvoOceanRace.org
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NEWPORT GOLD REGATTA
Newport, RI - Kip Meadow's 'roXanne' won the 1D35 class yesterday in a
hard-fought battle in the final day of racing at the Newport Gold regatta,
held over June 4-6. This is the second consecutive class win for the
'roXanne' team, who won the last 1D35 season championship event in
Annapolis four weeks ago at the GMC Yukon/Sailing World Annapolis NOOD
Regatta. -- Dobbs Davis
Final results, 1D35 Class (14 boats): 1. RoXanne, Kip Meadows 22 points; 2.
War Bride, Pete DuPOnt 22; 3. Smiling Bulldog, Garth Dennis 34; 4.
Avalanche, Sledd Shelhorse 38; 5. Widowmaker, Nick & Tina Worth 41; 6.
Canvasback, Doug Croker 53; 7. Joss, Owen Krantz 54; 8. Heartbreaker,
Robert Hughes 57; 9. Southern Spirit, Greg Johnson 60; 10. Northern Bear,
Steve Pfeifer 68.
Class website: http://www.1d35.com
(Reprinted with permission from DEFENCE 2000, which is available for US $48
per year from John@roake.gen.nz)
* The Australian built replica of Captain Cook's Endeavour is returning to
New Zealand and will be on display at Devonport, early February 2000. The
33 metre wooden ship is expected to arrive in New Zealand on Boxing day
after completing a journey round the globe. She will be open to the public
during her stay in Auckland.
* Twelve new IACC sail numbers have been issued to date. Four teams, Prada
of Italy, Nippon Challenge, the Spanish Challenge and Aloha Challenge are
already working on their second yachts, which makes nine syndicates in
total as we go to press. Russia has not yet applied for a number. Sail
numbers issued so far are: JAP44 (Nippon); ITA45 (Prada America's Cup
Challenge): FRA46 (Le Defi Bouygues Telecom-Transiciel); ESP47 (Copa
America Desafio Espanol); ITA48 (Prada America's Cup Challenge - Boat
#2); USA49 (AmericaOne); USA50 (Aloha Racing); USA51 (America True);
JAP52 (Nippon -Boat #2); USA53 (Young America); USA54 (Aloha Racing
- Boat #2); USA55 (Team Dennis Conner) ESP56 (Copa America Desafio
THE CURMUDGEON'S CONUNDRUM
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