SCUTTLEBUTT #340 - June 9, 1999
HIGH SPEED SAILING
Tuesday, 10.30 GMT - The maxi-catamaran Explorer, co-skippered by Bruno
Peyron and the American Skip Novak notched up 36 hours racing this midday
and was right on schedule in their attempt to break the speed record for an
Atlantic Crossing between New York and the Lizard (south westerly point of
England). She clicked off some 518 miles during her first day at sea.
During the last 3 hours, the boat recorded an average of 24.5 knots. So
over the water Explorer is going faster than Jet Services V during her
record in 1990, but she is on a more southerly route which is taking her
further from the great circle or shortest route. For the next 24 hours, the
router Pierre Lasnier confirms the rotation of the WSW wind to SSW, which
should permit Explorer to latch onto the direct route and gallop.
On board the crew have got into the routine, the boat is going very fast
and the noise doesn't allow them to get much sleep. A first incident is to
be deplored: the boat hooked a fishing net that stopped her in her stride,
causing a slight leak in the starboard hull. We don't know yet how much
damage there is, but the situation doesn't seem to be alarming. In
addition, 2 mainsail battens have broken. - Pierre Giboire
Follow the progress: http://www.therace.org/english/
ICYRA NATIONAL DINGHY CHAMPIONSHIP
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA - After three days of light and shifty winds and many
postponements, Boston University emerged as winner of the Inter-Collegiate
Yacht Racing Association (ICYRA) National Dinghy Championship sponsored by
New England Ropes. The event, hosted by Eckerd College in St. Petersburg,
Fla., and sailed on Boca Ciega Bay, began on June 2nd with 16 colleges
fielding A and B division teams.
Sailing for Boston University's A team was skipper Stan Schreyer (Woodbury,
N.J.) with crew Rich Bell (Hingham, Mass.) and alternate Justin Morel
(Oyster Bay, N.Y.). B division fielded skipper Brian Stanford (San Diego,
Calif.) with crew Christine Retlev (Miami, Fla.) and alternate Brendan
Dwyer-McNally (Brockport, N.Y -- Barby MacGowan, Media Pro Int'l
Final results: 1. Boston University, Boston, Mass., 61, 43, 104; 2. St.
Mary's College, St. Mary's City, Md., 60, 63, 123; 3. Harvard University,
Cambridge, Mass., 76, 52, 128; 4. Tuft's University, Medford, Mass., 51,
83, 134; 5. Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va., 57, 91, 148.
The full story and results can be found at: http://www.icyra.org
PARIS, FRANCE - Registered entries for the 505 World Championship and
pre-worlds has reached 141, organizers of the event announced today. The
entries hale from 12 countries, on four continents; the total number of two
person teams is expected to be higher by June 30th, when the pre-worlds
event starts. To date, registrations have been received from Switzerland,
Australia, Germany, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Sweden, South Africa,
Zimbabwe, Belgium, Finland and the United States.
The 505 World Championship and pre-worlds, will be held June 30th through
July 10th, at l'Ecole Nationale de Voile at St. Pierre-Quiberon - the
French National Sailing School in St. Pierre-Quiberon. -- Ali Meller
Event Website: http://asso.ffv.fr/cinquo//World99.html
Complete list of 505 class websites:
Weight does make a difference - at least to the organizers of the Volvo
Inshore Series. And the difference has shown up in the series results for
their PHRF 2 Division, which has a mixed bag of ULDBs racing against heavy
boats like Swans and Baltics. To compensate for the apparent disparity, the
series organizers have decided award some extra trophies to heavy
displacement boats in PHRF 2 at the final event of the Series - North Sails
Race Week-plus some special overall series trophies to top heavy
displacement boats in that class.
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The Singlehanded Sailing Society of San Francisco Bay's "Great Pacific
Longitude Race" (LongPac) is scheduled for an August 18 start from the
Golden Gate Yacht Club. This is a qualifier for next year's SSS 12th
Bienneial Singlehanded Transpac -- SF Bay to Hanalei Bay, Kauai'i The
course is 200 miles west to any point on longitude 126 degrees 40 minutes
west, and then return to the finish at the GGYC. The calculated distance
is 400 miles. Contact SSS Commodore Patrick Broderick (707/528-2109) or
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 Robert Eger -- The current debate over professional status in yacht
racing is very interesting. I have remained apathetic about the entire
issue until I read the suggestion in Scuttlebutt #339 that a sailor be
defined as a pro if he or she races in major events more than 30 days a year.
I define myself as an amateur sailor. I have never been paid to race on a
sailboat and I do not earn my living from anything related to marine
industry. My sailing experience ranges from Cal 25's put together for NOOD
regattas, to battle weary 50 footers in Mackinac races, to Andrews 70's
racing to Jamaica. I currently race on a J-120 in Southern California (Hot
Almost always the "pay" only includes fresh regatta shirts on shore with
sandwiches and iced beer after a race. There are other rewards on the
water. Sailing is a great escape from work, the competition is great, and
most of my friends sail. This is all most amateurs need. To us 30 days of
racing in a year is simply a great year, not the makings of a pro career.
-- From Alexander "Ali" Meller, VP International 505 Class Yacht Racing
Association -- If restrictions have to exist at all, they should be
consistent and not defined differently by national sailing authorities; so
I agree with what Mr. Henderson proposes.
The International 505 Class is, has been, and I expect will remain, open to
all. I am personally not interested in racing in a class that restricts
who can race, or who can drive, as I want to race against the best sailors
without restriction. We welcome all; rockstars, sailmakers, boatbuilders,
fully funded Olympic campaigners, all the way to enthusiastic newcomers to
dinghy racing. In fact if any of the above want to race a 505 regatta or
two, contact me, I may be able to lend you a 505. You are more than
welcome. While the majority of our members have non-sailing-industry jobs
and families and would not be considered "professional sailors" under any
reasonable definition, amongst our class's strongest supporters and most
valued members, are individuals who US Sailing would categorize as "Group
III", due to their employment as sailmakers and boatbuilders. We also have
valued members who race more than 30 days a year in major events; we
continue to look forward to racing with and against them all.
-- From John Sweeney -- I just wanted to add my two cents worth regarding
the Farr 40 Owner Driver issue. The class is set up so that owners who
enjoy driving their own boats can race and actually learn how to sail. The
whole point is to get the pros off the helm and let the guy who actually
spends the money to have the fun and drive their $400k investment. If you
don't like driving your own boat then buy an IMS or PHRF boat, not a Farr 40.
Craig Fletcher is a good helmsman, but he shouldn't be able to drive a Farr
40 unless he buys one. As soon as they let one owner bring in a good
Category 1 then the fleet will rapidly go to hell. After sailing on Samba
for several regattas I realized that the fleet is very competitive and the
boats are easy to sail. You do need a great crew and a strong tactician to
do well. If the owner wants to do better spend some time practicing and
money on John Kostecki or someone like that to coach him. After a few
regattas he should be able to be a lot more competitive.
-- From Seadon Wijsen -- I too have to agree with Craig Fletcher's comments
on the Farr 40 helmsman issue. I think the Farr 40 helmsman eligibility
process is a step in the right direction because it is performance based
unlike USSA's monetary based rule of defining an experienced sailor and a
non experienced sailor. However, I think the current Farr 40 rule is a
detriment to the class because there are no definitions or reasons in black
and white on why one helmsman is approved and another is not. The fact
that eligibility is decided on by eight Farr 40 owners could also be
considered unfair by those owners not on the committee. This rule may
allow for "sour grapes" among competitors but it also takes away from the
respect an owner may deserve from a successful regatta result because
he/she had an alternate helmsman steer parts or all of those races.
-- From Bruce Kirby -- How could Ben Stauber, whoever he may be, cast
aspersions on the magnificent San Juan 24, the most popular Quarter Tonner
ever, and the most measured IOR boat of all time? There are many hundreds
of sailors out there who have survived races of more than 100 miles in
these wee vessels, and someone even sailed one to Hawaii in the 70s!
Curmudgeon's comment: No one -- absolutely no one -- was trying to cast
aspersions on the San Juan 24. If the story in 'Butt #339 came off that
way, it was an unintended result of the editing done on the press release
that was much too long for this publication. BTW, Ben Stauber was NOT the
author of the story -- he was the skipper of the third place finisher in
the SJ 24 North American Championship Regatta.
HIGH SCHOOL SAILING
For the 11th year in a row, High School sailing has shown a remarkable and
increasing rate of growth in popularity with young sailors and others who
wanted to become involved. From 67 member schools in 1989, the
Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) now numbers 275 at near-end of
the school year, with a few yet to check in, a 20% increase over last year.
Over the recent past, the growth rate has climbed from a few percentage
points to 14, then 16 and now 20% a year.
This is a heartening sign to the many volunteers who make school sailing
go. It's worth doing. With funding and travel a challenge, school sailing
is blessed with the support of many yacht clubs and sailing associations,
community programs and colleges who lend their equipment and their people's
A basic premise is that student participants need only equip themselves,
boats and support are provided at no cost. Schools join, not individuals.
Local leagues are the key to increasing participation, and that message is
now clear. This is not just a few regattas a year, this is a
school-year-long opportunity to enjoy the fun of sailing with your friends.
- Larry White
For more information: http://www.highschoolsailingusa.org
(Reprinted with permission from DEFENCE 2000, which is available for US $48
per year from John@roake.gen.nz)
* This from Louis Vuitton's supremo, Bruno Trouble. With modern
communications and in particular, access to the Internet, there will be
fewer journalists in Auckland than was the case for the last regatta in San
Diego. There were 1300 accredited media people in San Diego in 1992, and
only 1000 in 1995. Trouble estimates that Auckland will see in the vicinity
of only 600. A far cry from what has been considered likely by New Zealand
* Construction is at a peak with 40 builders working full time
constructing the Aloha Challenge's two IACC yachts simultaneously. Hull #1
is getting close to completion for its scheduled launch date, June 12, and
the plug for hull #2 is more than 50 per cent finished. The syndicate has
increased efforts to secure State support. Both the State's House and
Senate are voicing their approval of Aloha's campaign and there is every
likelihood that the State of Hawaii will become a major sponsor of the
Aloha Racing campaign.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CAL 20 CHAMPIONSHIP
Cabrillo Beach YC (14 boats): 1 - Vientiseis, Chuck Clay 2 - 2 - 3 - 3 - 1
(11) 2. Rigormortis, Doug McLean 9 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 2 - (14) 3. Lickity Split,
Wood / Wilson - 1 - 3 - 4 - 8 - 4 - (20) 4. Shnookie, Mark Gaudio 4 - 4 - 7
- 2 - 9 (26) 5. 5 Wildebeest, Brian Dair 11 -3 - 5 - 6 - 5 (27).
TIP O' THE WEEK
Sailing is all about feel, and the most sensitive part of any sailor is the
seat of their pants. As you make your way upwind and down, use your sense
of feel to distinguish what to do to maximize your VMG.
UPWIND Angle of heel Too much, depower: Adjust body weight to weather,
steer upwind a touch, traveller down, flatten sails. Too little, power up:
Move body weight inboard, steer down to foot, ease mainsheet, adjust sails
to be fuller.
Note: When sailing from a puff into a lull, you may experience what is
known as a velocity shift. Actually, no shift has occured to the true
wind, however, sailing from a puff to a lull will look like a header
because your apparent wind has moved forward. Make your adjustments to
maintain the fast heel of the boat according to feel, however, fight the
tendency to sail away from the wind too much. Executing the transition
well can save valuable boatlengths upwind.
DOWNWIND Too much, opportunity to sail low: Adjust body weight to weather,
steer downwind a touch, traveller down, ease sails. Too little, heat it up:
Move body weight inboard, steer up to increase apparent wind, trim
mainsheet in, ease the chute.
Caveats: 1) In light air always be easing the spinnaker out; too often a
collapsing kite gets overtrimmed to compensate when what it really needs is
a little ease and the helmsman to head up just a touch to freshen the
apparent wind and fill the chute.
2) In heavier air always be easing the spinnaker out (heard this before?);
the goal is to get downwind and the trimmer can assist the helmsman by
keeping the chute eased. - The Coach at http://www.Sailweb.net
Two sailors with a disability just completed the Melbourne to Osaka
Double-handed Race. After 44 days at sea, Australian disabled sailors
reached Osaka to complete the Melbourne to Osaka Double-handed Race. -
Read their stories: http://www.sailability.org.au/vinny/list.htm
RULE 69 HEARING
A protest committee in Sydney last night adjourned the hearing on a report
that the yacht Margaret Rintoul II had failed to give all possible help to
Sword of Orion, from which British Olympic sailor Glyn Charles was lost
during the 1998 Sydney-Hobart race. On the application of barrister Norman
Hunt, for the owner/skipper of Margaret Rintoul II, Richard Purcell, the
hearing was adjourned until after the findings of the New South Wales
coroner into the deaths of six sailors in the race, including Charles. They
are not expected before November. - Electronic Telegraph, UK
For the complete story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATIONS
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