SCUTTLEBUTT #339 - June 8, 1999
GUEST EDITORIAL - Paul Henderson, ISAF President
The focus on the Pros is becoming a very important topic. I feel that if
ISAF could find a circuit that was attractive for those who wish to make
their living sailing it would help and ISAF will endeavor to address it.
Because the true Professional Racers do not have their own circuit they
must sail with the average racer which some classes would like to control.
The Pros must be looked upon positively not as some sort of outlaws. The
designation of who is a Pro and who is not has caused several jurisdictions
to come out with regulations. I find most of them too complicated and do
not really address the issue. The real difference is, do you work at
sailing which pays for your sailing or do you work at another job to pay
for your sailing?
Patrick de Barros has come out with a very simple designation: If you race
in major events more than 30 days a year you are a Pro. (Major is a key
word) Sure there are exceptions such as some students but the exceptions
can apply for dispensation. Patrick's rule looks after about 98% of the
problem and is easily understood and controlled with modern technology
inputting regatta entries to a central source.
Once the designation has been made it is then easy for a class to make
rules. Hopefully the top classes will be open and that a league will emerge
to ensure the top racers are accommodated. It then goes without saying that
the true Corinthian will therefore be also accommodated by being able to
compete in classes where the playing field is level.
Personally I have always been a strong supporter of Event Sponsorship such
as the Bacardi Cup where everyone benefits by reduced entry fees rather
than individual sponsors. I totally agree with the Peewaukee Mafia that
Sailing must ensure that the sponsors get value for money. Sailing does not
fit into the box of a Charitable Foundation.
ONE MILLION DOLLAR$
Sir Chay Blyth is the source of the $1 million top prize for a new race
between Europe and the United States Open 60 class yachts. Blyth's new race
is even called L'Atlantique Challenge and he is keen to attract the cream
of the Open 60 class to a race scheduled to start from St Malo in July 2001.
Team Group 4 skipper Mike Golding and Ellen MacArthur, whose new Kingfisher
is under construction, are enthusiastic for the new event which aims to
give the Open 60s high-level competition in the gaps between the Around
Alone and Vendee Globe solo round-the-world races, and the St
Malo-Guadeloupe Route du Rhum transatlantic race.
Blyth's objective is to show off the speed potential of these boats which
is not always evident in the solo races by allowing full crews. He also
wants to give the boats' sponsors a return by taking the race to France,
Germany, the United States and the UK. From St Malo the fleet heads for
Wilhelmshaven in Germany, back to Portsmouth, across the Atlantic to
Florida and Fort Lauderdale, north to Baltimore and then back to St Malo.
The $1 million can only be claimed by the winner of all five legs but
victory in four, including the finale, can still bring a $250,000 prize.
Blyth, famously shrewd in his business deals, says his Challenge Business
is underwriting the fund but is well advanced in talks with a sponsor. --
Tim Jeffery, Electronic Telegraph, UK
For the full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
NEWPORT GOLD REGATTA - Reports by Bob Fisher
* A sixth place in the final race was more than adequate for Edgar Cato's
Hissar to win the Farr 40 class at the Newport Gold Regatta. It was the
first major overall win for Hissar, steered by Augie Diaz and one which had
seemed likely if she could stay close to World Champion Jim Richardson's
Barking Mad in the 22 mile Round Conanicut Island Race. Like Mary's little
lamb, everywhere that Barking Mad went, Hissar went too; and at the end of
the day, she was one place behind her closest rival, but she had started
four points clear and no one else came close. Farr 40 results (11 boats):
1. Hissar, Edgar Cato 3-3-2-1-5-3-6 23 points; 2. Barking Mad, Jim
Richardson 2-1-5-9-3-1-5 26; 3. Alliance, Skip Purcell 4-11-4-3-1-4-1
28; 4. Sword Flounder, John Ryan 1-9-1-4-7-5-4 31; 5. Conspiracy, Jury
Hinman 6-4-8-2-8-8-3 39.
* A brilliantly sailed final race, around Conanicut Island, brought to
fruition Ed Collins' campaign to win the Mumm 30 class at the Newport Gold
Regatta with USA 48. It was his first win in seven races and brought with
it the questioning of how he had failed to lead home this sixteen boat
fleet before. It was a consummate victory and its margin was largely gained
on the long downwind leg along the western side of the island. Mumm 30
results (16 boats): 1. USA 48, Ed Collins 4-8-5-5-3-6-1 32; 2. USA 65,
Michael Dressell 10-1-4-6-1-11-4 37; 3. Downhill Express, Tom & Cindy
Hirsch 7-4-2-4-12-2-8 39; 4. Turbo Duck, Bodo Van Der Wense
9-5-1-9-2-8-9 43; 5. Go Figure, David Koski 3-11-12-3-9-3-3 44.
Compete story and results: http://sailing.org/newportgold/
SYDNEY HOBART COMMENTARY
Australia's internationally acclaimed yachting meteorologist, Roger Badham,
pulled no punches in commenting on the Bureau of Meteorology's defense of
its forecast for December 27. "Clearly they got it wrong," Badham said.
"The BOM did not provide what might be considered a proper race forecast
warning of the severity of what was essentially a cyclonic depression. If
it had, the sailors would have been more aware of the conditions they were
sailing into. If the forecaster working on the special report for the race
had any real maritime knowledge he would have been able to work out what
was happening and what was going to happen with this storm. Now they are
merely playing with numbers in a bid to protect themselves. The fact is
that their forecast was wrong." -- Rob Mundle, Grand Prix Sailor
For all of Mundle's insightful comments: http://www.sailingworld.com
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The 505 North Americans were sailed in Corpus Christi Texas from June 1-4.
The conditions were Ideal, Hot and Windy, with Temps in the 90s and the
wind 15 to 25 Knots of breeze all week. Howard Hamlin and Mike Martin won
the seven-race (one throwout) event with seven points although Bruce
Edwards and David Shelton were always right on their heels and finished the
regatta with 11 points to take second. TEAM SPOT finished an impressive
3rd with 19 points.
Final results: 1. Hamlin/Martin (7 points) 2. Edwards/Shelton (11) 3.
Harris/Falsone (19) 4. Brown/Benjamin - (23) 5. Amthor/Montague (26); 6.
Nelson/Gleason (32) 7. Harris/Mehran (42) 8. Montague/Zakaib (44) points 9.
Mackay/Treadwell, 10. James/Romey (57)
Event website: http://www.sailing.org/int505/new.htm
SOLING PRE-OLYMPIC TRIALS
New York Yacht Club/Young America skipper Ed Baird won the Pre-Olympic
Trials in the Soling class yesterday in San Francisco. Sailing with
NYYC/Young America teammate Tom Burnham and Dean Brenner, Baird filled in
for the injured Tony Rey who is vying for a berth on the U.S. team for the
2000 Olympics. Rey, a crew member in Baird's America's Cup afterguard, is
recovering from a knee injury but coached the team to victory in the match
racing only event on San Francisco Bay.
Baird and crew won the finals of the match racing event 2-0 defeating 1996
Soling Olympic bronze medalist and the U.S. Sailing Team's No. 1 ranked
Soling candidate Jeff Madrigali. NYYC/Young America crew member Hartwell
Jordan is on Madrigali's Soling team. - Jane Eagleson, Young America
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 Seth Radow (Severely edited to 250 words) -- Chris Bouzaid is right
on the money. If the average American can't relate to sailing or sailors
then there will be no big sponsorship dollars. If sailing want the big
sponsorship dollars sailing needs national heroes.
Certain companies like Rolex specifically target high net worth
individuals. Rolex (to the best of my knowledge) sponsors Big Boat
Regattas (Swan), not Dinghy Regattas. Rolex is "Target Marketing" to high
net worth sailors. Corum does the same thing with it's "Admiral's Cup"
Volvo is taking a shot at the sailing community on the US West Coast with
the Volvo Inshore Series. If Volvo does not obtain a reasonable return on
its investment they will leave. It is a matter of economics. If sailors
support the sponsors, the sponsors will stay and more will come. Volvo
wants sailors in their vehicles. If sailors buy Volvos, it pretty much
goes without saying that Volvo will stick with and might expand the program.
If sailors want sponsorships from organizations outside sailing, sailing
will have to support those organizations. The US has quite a few
sailors... US Sailing and those who need the sponsorship dollars need to
figure out who and what the sailors do and will they support! Those are
the companies that should be the prospects for sailing sponsorships.
The next question is how do we do it? Those who read Scuttlebutt appear to
be some of the most prominent people in sailing. Let's put some heads
together and make this happen.
-- From Skip Ely (responding to Craig Fletcher's complaint about the Farr
40 Fleet) -- Craig might be considered a "known rock star" and by achieving
that distinction would be precluded from driving in a few other fleets as
well. Specifically both the ULDB 70 and Santa Cruz 52 fleets (and a
several others). Both these fleets have no other significant rules as to
who can be on the boat, or how much they are paid. On the other hand it
occurs to me that there is a way Craig would be allowed to steer a Farr 40,
or SC52, or SC70 in any race he chooses - he could buy one.
-- From Craig Fletcher-- Doug Van Der Aa completely missed the point of my
comments. I do not want to be a pro and do not hold any animosity towards
the Farr Class, I just believe the selection process is unfair. The
selection committee informed Walt that I was not part of his regular crew
and was a hired gun. Since I have sailed with Walt for a year I have to
believe ability to be their main criteria not time on the boat. Banning a
person for something as subjective as ability seams very unfair. What's
next hair color?
-- From Robert Hughes, President 1D35 Class -- The other boats Farr 40's, J
120's and Schocks are using Scuttlebutt as a infomercial for their classes
regarding the Lipton Cup. Why not get the 1D35 in the debate? The owners of
the class would make additional boats for charter besides the 4 that are
already in California. The class could do the Yachting cup and owners
could charter the boats until there are more owners out there for the
Lipton Cup. No $$ spent to trick out boats except some new sails because
the boats are so equal, bottoms faired and ready to roll! It is fast like
a sprit boat with its oversize spinnaker and pole but still has the tactics
and crew work of a traditional boat and a riot to sail and super easy to
transport to Key West or San Fransisco! PS And I bet it would be a lot of
fun for your California coastal distance races!
-- From Walter Johnson -- People seem to forget the days when the Lipton
cup was run under IOR and we all raced one toners. No two where alike. One
design has been the best thing for the Lipton Cup, whether its in Schock
35's or J-120's the racing will be better then what it was in the days of
yore! In fact is takes more teamwork to get a J-120 around the corners then
a Schock 35. And with any breeze, J-120 can sail the same angles as any
symmetrical boat on the market. If the southern California J-120 owners
association is interested in being part of the Lipton Cup the move should
be made. Count my vote.
Curmudgeon's comment: I think the only votes that count are those from San
-- From Glenn Magyar -- Do you think Keith Taylor may have meant the former
location of the Ambrose Light Ship? (Explorer speed record story) Last
December the Light Tower was standing tall just off Sandy Hook, New Jersey,
near the twin lighthouse at Atlantic Highlands which is the reason I am
During my visit to the lighthouse museum there was a display that described
one of the first sporting events ever to be broadcast by radio. It was an
America's Cup race around the turn of the century just outside of NY
harbor. Yet another example of how the A-Cup has been leading with
technological advances since it's inception.
If I remember correctly there was a guy on a boat with a radio transmitter
who sent the broadcast to a receiver at the lighthouse on the highlands
which was then relayed to anyone who had a wireless available. Can't
imagine there were too many listeners then, but they made history.
I would recommend verifying the story before broadcasting to the universe
but I think I remember it correctly, since it reminded me of Doug Vann's
successful efforts of sending live video via the internet from a camera on
board the Navatec at last year's Kenwood Cup.
It was to everyone's surprise that the maxi-catamaran Explorer,
co-skippered by Bruno Peyron and the American Skip Novak left New York, on
Sunday June 6th at 21.34 GMT (23.34 French time), when the start was not
expected until some time later this week. A decision taken by the French
yachtsman because of a weather window which opened at the last minute
allowing Explorer, on stand by in New York since her arrival from Miami
last Wednesday, to start this new attempt on the Atlantic Crossing Record,
between New York and the Lizard (south westerly point of England). Five
other people are on board Explorer for this attempt. They include Frenchman
Frederic Le Peutrec, Italian Elena Caputo (already aboard Explorer for the
Pacific record last August), Frenchman Frederic Carrere and the brothers
Nicolas and Laurent Pichelin.
Explorer sailed for the first few hours of the race with a sustained
Southerly wind of 25 knots at an average of 20 knots, heading East. For the
next 24 hours, the wind should strengthen from the West/South West at 30
knots, in the southern end of a low centered on Newfoundland.
The first reference time for the Atlantic record under sail was set by the
schooner Atlantic, a three master of 56 m under the command of the famous
American Captain Charlie Barr, who in 1905 took a little over 12 days to
make the crossing. This record remained unbeaten for 75 years. Eric Tabarly
was the first to bring it down in 1980 aboard his foiler Paul Ricard,
reducing the crossing time to 10 days, Marc Pajot (Elf Aquitaine I),
Patrick Morvan (Jet Services II), Loic Caradec & Philippe Facque (Royale
II), Philippe Poupon (Fleury Michon VIII), then Serge Madec (Jet Services
V) in turn brought the record down, with a last stunning time of 6d 13h 3mn
and 32s, in June 1990 at an average speed of 18.42 knots. This time has
remained unbeaten until now, despite eleven attempts since.
The Race website: http://www.therace.org/english
SAN JUAN 24 NAs
On June 4-6 in Seattle, 18 egg-shaped San Juan 24's boats gathered at
Shilshole Bay to compete in the North American Championships. The weather
was cool with 12-22 knots of wind through out the weekend with lots of
tight races including one 18 mile long distance race. (In a San Juan 24
this is a long distance). Final results: 1) T-Bone (Chuck Skewes, Brian
Keefe, Chuck Queen, Craig Guthrie) 2) Snappy Tom (Gill Lund) 3) Play Buoy
Camet International is offering discounts on their great, quick drying,
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More than 400 sailors in Olympic classes from 40 nations participated in
the Tuborg Spring Cup in Rungsted, Denmark. Bill Hardesty, who finished a
creditable 8th in the 90-boat Laser fleet wrote the curmudgeon to say: "The
weather was cold and rainy with a series of fronts passing through during
the four days of racing. The Laser course was approximately 4 miles
offshore in Swedish waters. The racing started at 10:00 AM and we often
wouldn't return until 4-5 PM. This was not a regatta for those out for a
Among the top placing American entries were: SOLING: 14. John Gochberg;
LASER: 3. Mark Mendelblatt; 8. Bill Hardesty; 13. Peter Hurley; 16. Brett
Davis; 470 MEN: 6. Graeme Woodworth 8. Paul Foerster 10. Steven Hunt; 470
WOMEN: 5. Isler/Glaser; 6. Connor/Kratzig; EUROPE: 11. Meg Gaillard; 28.
Krysia V. Pohl; MISTRAL MEN 3. Steven Bodner; 4 Patrick Downey; TORNADO: 4.
Robbie Daniel; 6. Mike Ingham; 10. James McCarthy.
For complete results: http://www.kdy.dk/springcup/
Sharp-eyed Dieter Loibner caught us running an incomplete story yesterday
about IACC sail numbers that omitted NZL 57 and USA 58 (Young America -boat
(Reprinted with permission from DEFENCE 2000, which is available for US $48
per year from John@roake.gen.nz)
* Contracts that cover the international television feed of the America's
Cup Match and the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Races have been signed with
Television New Zealand. They cover the international television feed of the
America's Cup Match and the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Races. As host
broadcaster, TVNZ will manage and produce the international television
signals for both series starting October 18, and will be providing up to
three simultaneous live feeds from the Hauraki Gulf. Their broadcast team
will use up to 12 on-board cameras, three helicopter gyro-stabilised
cameras, and three on-the-water cameras. The video feed will be linked with
complex audio systems collecting ambient sound aboard competing yachts and
will be enhanced by real-time animation highlighting tactical manoeuvres.
The host broadcast production created by TVNZ and the purchasing rights for
coverage of America's Cup 2000, will be available to all international
broadcasters (both for competing and non-competing countries).
* Virtual Stadium is a New Zealand company with ambitious plans for cup
coverage. By buying a CD-rom labeled a "Season Ticket," 100,000 buyers (at
NZ$140 each) will have on their computer, a history of the America's Cup,
the race rules and detailed profiles of all the competitors. It also
unlocks an engine which will allow the "Season Ticket" holder to view the
race live on the Internet. This technology is a first according to a press
release and will allow Internet users access to animated versions of all
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATIONS
Sunsets over water are nature's way of asking just what is important anyway.