SCUTTLEBUTT #347 - June 23, 1999
ED BAIRD -- by Rich Hazelton, 48 Degrees North
If Young America's skipper Ed Baird were running for office, his slogan
would be "Baird is prepared". When Ed Baird says they will win the
America's Cup, you believe him. His relaxed candor is refreshing and his
enthusiasm infectious. World Champion of Match Race Sailing in 1995, and
second in '93, '96, '97, Baird's success in match racing is exceptional,
but he doesn't believe that will be the difference in winning the cup.
"We're going to win the cup because we'll be the best prepared team there."
Baird says. He believes having a technological advantage will be the key.
It was for New Zealand in '95. "Even though the America's Cup is a match
race, it's very different from the usual match racing format. In those, the
races only last about 20 minutes, so tactics, crew work and sail handling
are everything. But in the America's Cup you're talking about a race which
lasts two and a half hours, so even a minuscule difference in boat speed
develops into a tremendous advantage. You need to have a faster boat."
To have a faster boat you've got to have the latest technology which costs
lots of money. The escalation of money and technological involvement has
put many people off the America's Cup, saying it's not truly a sailor's
event, but Baird quickly puts that in perspective.
It's not about sailing, it's about winning the Cup," Baird candidly admits.
"It always has been." And he's right. The history of the America's Cup has
never been about out-sailing your competition but in winning the Cup. The
secrecy and controversy that's been played up so much in the last few Cups
has been going on since the yacht America sailed to England with the first
challenge. Baird makes the comparison between the NBA and NASCAR. Where the
NBA concentrates on it's individual stars, NASCAR focuses more on the
machines and the rivalries between the factories. In the case of the
America's Cup, it's boats and countries.
If organization and preparedness is the key, Baird already has an
advantage. Teamed up with nine time America's Cup veteran John Marshall,
legendary yacht designer Bruce Farr and the daunting presence of the New
York Yacht Club, it's an intimidating team to say the least.
With Marshall at the helm on shore, Baird can spend less time with
administrative tasks and concentrate on the sailing end. Young America has
spent over 200 days on the water with two boats testing, testing and
testing. This is where they feel they have a real advantage. All this real
data has been continually fed into developing the final designs, cutting
down on the theoretical performance hoped for by those who have put their
chances in the hands of the computers.
America's Cup competition starts in only four short months, and when the
horn goes off for the first round of racing, Ed Baird, his crew and his
boat will be ready. All the details will be in place. And, despite all the
talk of technology, in the shifty and uncertain wind and weather of New
Zealand, the sailors will make a difference. Ed Baird will make a
difference, he already has.
-- Richard Hazelton, 48 Degrees North
To read Hazelton's full story: http://www.48north.com/
BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK
BLOCK ISLAND, RI, --Looking for clear trends in the 20 classes racing at
the Storm Trysail Club's 18th biennial Race Week at Block Island is about
as easy as hitching into favorable shifts in the light weather that has
prevailed now for two days. Seven boats have doubled their points lead over
their nearest competition after two races on Tuesday in five to eight knot
southwesterly breezes. Two of those seven have perfect records of three
Greg Morash of Tiverton, RI, has a perfect score with his J/80 Adrenalin,
from Tiverton, RI. In the PHRF (84-96) Class, perennial winner Iris Vogel
from New Rochelle, NY, has also recorded three first places with her
Soverel 33 Deviation, moving well clear of the 14 points recorded by her
nearest competition, John Coughlin, Jr's Thirsty, from Milford, CT.
Coughlin's boat is also a Soverel 33.
In the hotly-contested Farr 40 Class, Edgar Cato from Coconut Grove, is in
first place with six points with his Hissar, continuing the class dominance
he showed earlier this month at the Newport Gold regatta. Cato made the
most of a wild start in the second race when half the fleet charged the
line and were called over early (OCS).
The Blue Fleet, situated to the northwest of the island, experienced breeze
and current effects that resulted from sailing closest to the North End of
Block Island. An aggressive J/105 Fleet pushed the starting line hard
enough to cause a general recall. "There were 8-10 boats over -- half of
the fleet," said PRO Charlie Cook. Eclipse continues to dominate the J/105
fleet with skipper Damien Emery's excellent mastery of the pin-end start.
Emery, from Shoreham, NY, has four points, with a clear lead over the 11
points of Thomas Coates of San Francisco, CA, sailing Masquerade. -- Keith
Standings: FARR 40: 1. Edgar Cato, Coconut Grove, FL, Hissar, Farr 40
(3-2-1), 6 pts; 2. John Ryan, New York, NY, Swordflounder, Farr 40 (5-4-2),
11; 3. George Carabetta, Meriden, CT, Diana, Farr 40 (6-7-4), 17. J/105: 1.
Damian Emery, Shoreham, NY, Eclipse, J/105 (1-1-2), 4; 2. Thomas Coates,
San Francisco, CA, Masquerade, J/105 (6-2-3), 11; 3. Andrew Skibo, Ocean
City, NJ, Plum Crazy, J/105 (8-6-1), 15. 1D35: 1. John Fisher, Peabody, MA,
Jazz, 1D35 (1-1-3), 5; 2. Victor Cribb, West Palm Beach, FL, Victory, 1D35
(2-2-2), 6; 3. Roger & Garth Dennis, Ithaca, NY, Smiling Bulldog, 1D35
(5-5-1), 11. J/120 1. Thomas Lee, Essex, CT, Ricochet, J/120 (4-1-1), 6; 2.
Larry Taitel, Bounton, NJ, Rebel, J/120 (1-4-7), 12; 3. Robert Carballal,
Centerport, NY, Sunday Driver, J/120 (2-2-8), 12. J/35 1. Peter Scheidt,
Highland, MD, Maggie, J/35 (1-3-1), 5; 2. F. N. Sagerholm, Jr, Ocean City,
NJ, Aunt Jean, J/35 (2-2-2), 6; 3. Guy Collins, Hockessin, DE, Quicksilver,
J/35 (5-1-3), 9. IMS 40-FOOT: 1. Blair Brown, S. Portsmouth, MA, Sforzando,
Taylor 40 (5-1-4), 10; 2. Steven M. Loeb, New York, NY, Sirena, Tripp 43
(2-6-5), 13; 3. William Felton, Westport, CT, Montana, Tripp 41 (3-4-6), 13.
Complete results: http://www.blockislandraceweek.com
IMS 40 website: http://www.ims40.org
ADECCO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- Report by Bob Fisher
KIEL-Ludde Ingvall's Skandia (EUR) won the 186 mile Fehmarn Race by just
over a minute from Ross Field's RF Yachting (NZL), but the attitude of all
the crews is one of apprehension after Gunnar Krantz' Team Henri-Lloyd was
dismasted. 'I have just come down from checking everything on our mast,'
said Field, two hours after the yacht had finished, 'And I do mean
The Fehmarn Race was the first in the Kieler Woche series, the second event
of the Adecco World Championship for the Maxi One Designs, and the 80-foot
yachts averaged 11.55 knots around the course. At times, according to
Pierre-Yves Jorand aboard Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghimax (SUI), 'We held
18 knots under spinnaker in 27 knots of wind.'
Event website: http://www.adecco-championship.com
TEMPORARY HALT TO MAXI RACING
KIEL-Following the dismasting of Gunnar Krantz' Team Henri-Lloyd in the
Fehmarn Race early yesterday morning, and the subsequent inspection of all
seven other masts of the Maxi One Design fleet racing in the Adecco World
Championship, it has been decided, for safety reasons, to call a temporary
halt to racing. 'We were most fortunate that no one was injured when the
mast of Team Henri-Lloyd came down,' said the Maxi One Design Class
President, Pierre Fehlmann. 'We cannot possibly put anyone at risk,' he
added, 'until we are perfectly certain that the accident will not be
Fehlmann spoke in the knowledge of the inspection of the masts which had
revealed some slight structural anomalies in the carbon fibre spars. These,
while minor, have raised cause for some concern and it is considered
fundamental to the success of racing in this exciting class that they are
rectified as soon as possible. Further, more detailed, inspections by
technical experts will be made today and estimates of the time needed to
make effective remedial action will be assessed. Only then can a date for
the restart of racing be announced. - Bob Fisher
Event website: http://www.adecco-championship.com
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VANGUARD 15 PCCs
SAN FRANCISCO -- It was obvious that competitive double-handed dingy racing
has returned the West Coast as 22 Vanguard 15s battled for their Pacific
Coast Championships at the new Treasure Island Sailing Center in Clipper
Cove. 16 races were held over 2 days:
|1. ||Sellers/Norris || 62
|2. || Adamson/Mantel || 67
|3. || Mack/Mack || 76
|4. ||Horsch/Horsch || 97
|5. ||Raymond/Macleod || 101
|6. || Graves/Carr || 102
|7. ||Wells/Purdy || 104
|8. || Forman/Shiebler || 109
|9. ||Johnson/Meade/Mun || 113
|10. ||Flannery/Semmelhack ||134
MATT JONES' TRIVIA QUESTION
Errol Flynn's yacht was named?
Answer at the end of this issue of 'Butt.
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
Letters selected to be printed are routinely edited for clarity, space (250
words max) or to exclude personal attacks.
-- From Chris Ericksen -- As a die-hard one-design guy, I listen with
barely suppressed boredom to people complaining about handicap systems.
Seth Radow's clever guest editorial ('Butt #346) seems to shed more heat
than light on this issue. Listing most of the other handicap systems did
remind me, however, of a saying attributed, I believe, to Winston Churchill
(and I paraphrase): "Democracy is the worst form of government in the
world--except for every other form of government."
PHRF may be obsolete, as Seth says, but it is apparently better than every
other form of handicap system: it remains the most successful system out
there. PHRF has outlasted CCA and IOR; is more widely applied than
Americap, IMS or Portsmouth; and is the philosophical if not statistical
basis for IR2000. I suppose that more sailors race under PHRF than all the
other handicap systems combined.
There is another favorite aphorism that comes to mind: "Everyone wants to
go to heaven, but nobody wants to die." Everyone wants a better handicap
system, but hardly anybody wants to serve on handicap boards except in
their own interest. Unless and until sailors pitch in to create, support
and work on a better system--or, God forbid, sell the Whatchamacallit.
However-Long-it-Is and buy and race a one-design boat--then nothing will
change (except another generation will complain).
-- From Peter Johnstone -- How can anyone find fault with PHRF, never mind
take it seriously? It is the world's most successful handicap system.
Perfect for fun beer can gatherings. Probably the most successful racing
format anywhere of all time, based on boat and people participation. It
only falls down when folks approach it as a grand prix campaign. Nothing
like beating up on the masses who are just trying to have a good time on
the water. For folks taking themselves a little too seriously, they should
play elsewhere, and let the PHRF folks have fun.
-- Glenn McCarthy -- I can't agree with Scott MacDonald in Butt #343 that
sponsorship is the solution to Sailing's participation problems. Right
now, don't all club's blow ALL of the money that they get through
sponsorship? For example, do the clubs use excess sponsorship money to
discount the cost of their sailing school? Discount entry fees? NIMBY
Ken Signorello made a report comparing Golf to Sailing. A synopsis is that
the USGA had its net assets increase from $10M to $113M in the past 10
years. The number of courses has increased 18% since 1986 from 13,353 to
15703. New golf courses open in the U.S. at a rate of 400 a year. The
financial growth of the USGA can be attributed to TV revenue. I still
can't see our sport being a TV media event. So how can we increase
sailing's financial worth?
In my Regional Sailing Association, we have taken the bull by the horns.
In the past 5 years, we have grown our endowment fund from $50,000 to
$300,000. It's a drop in the bucket compared to golf, but we are working
at it (and hard I might add). The interest earned off of the endowment is
granted to sailors in our area to get their US SAILING certification so
they teach sailing school. Other grants are made for youth sailors to make
it to the US SAILING ladder championships away from our area.
--From Bob Little (in response to Jennifer Golison's comments) -- Thank you
for making an intelligent observation, "Flam, Matzinger, Little, etc.
qualify as amateurs, period, and have said "no thank you" to money offers
to maintain that status." The Farr 40 class will have huge problems if
their class "rules"are subject to arbitrary interpretation] Based upon the
rules as I understand them l am baffled as to why I am not allowed to be an
alternate helmsman in the Farr 40 class. The sailing community is small and
I can say unequivocally that I have never been 'paid to sail'. Having said
that, I would hate to see the demise of "good" amateur sailors due to
uninformed opinions about my work schedule and others. If these sailors are
treated like pros then eventually they might as well sail as pros. That
means no more "good" amateurs in sailing. What was it that we were trying
-- From Rich Matzinger-- Last Friday I was offered money to race on a Farr
40 for the rest of the season. Again, I passed so as not to lose my amateur
ranking and thus be ineligible to sail in some of the more fun classes.
Maybe you can help me out, is that a Catch-22 or circular reasoning?
Regardless, it seems like advertising in Scuttlebutt is very effective!
-- Eric Wynsma (Re Nick Gibbens' insurance claim) -- OF COURSE they tried
to deny your mast claim! They get paid incrementally more money by finding
reasons to deny claims. Went through the exact scenario with my IOR 50 two
years ago; and heard the same BS from our insurance guy. Insist on
complete coverage for all related expenses (sails, halyards, cabling,
shrouds,etc), and allow them to "negotiate" you down a bit for
depreciation. Have an expert (spar manufacturer?) write a letter stating
that the reasonable life expectancy is __ years and use it aggressively.
-- From Scott Truesdell -- Nick Gibbens recently lost is Express 27 mast
and his insurance adjuster is claiming wear and tear as the cause of the
failure thus denying coverage for a new mast.
If, as he says, the mast is otherwise intact, wouldn't it be cheaper than
the deductable to buy a raw extrusion with any required welding already
preformed and transfer the hardware over himself? The tools required are a
drill motor, saber saw, rat-tail file, 50-foot tape measure, a couple of
saw horses, and pop-riveter. Takes 2-4 hours. Given: Gibbens is handy with
power tools. Paint extra.
-- From Jeff Martin -- ISAF President, Paul Henderson, writes in
Scuttlebutt #346 22 June about ISAF discussions on World Championships.
Some reading his letter might assume that I was making a case for the Laser
of which I am the Executive Secretary. This was not my intention as you
can see from the transcript of my presentation.
I was invited by the ISAF Secretary General to make a presentation to ISAF
Council in favour of not limiting World Championship. I was grateful for
the opportunity and applaud ISAF for their initiative and openness.
There is currently a wide spectrum of opinion amongst ISAF delegates
ranging from only having World Championships in Olympic classes to a
complete free for all. I do not support World Championship titles for
classes that are essentially national championships with a token non
national or two. However I do feel that events that can attract a
reasonable number of competitors, from a reasonable number of countries and
two or more continents should be allowed to use the title especially if
they are already proven events. This applies whether they are age,
gender, weight or other denomination (fire, police, university to name a few).
Just for the record the Laser class has never declared 15 World Champions
even though we have two popular rig options and active multi
country/continent support in youth and masters racing.
WALL STREET AND CORPORATE CHALLENGE CUP
Wall Street and business executives, along with disabled sailors and
celebrity skippers and crew, will recreate the glory days of America's Cup
racing when they compete in Shake-A-Leg-Newport's 1999 Wall Street and
Corporate Challenge Cup (WSCCC). The two-day regatta, scheduled for July
9-10, will be contested in vintage America's Cup 12-Meter yachts. Seven
corporate sailing syndicates will raise a minimum of $30,000 each to
benefit Shake-A-Leg-Newport, a non-profit organization that provides
post-trauma rehabilitation and progressive activities for people with
spinal cord injuries.
A firm may field up to 10 members of a 14-person 12-Meter crew. At least
two able-bodied sailors will be assigned to each boat, with top sailors
from Shake-A-Leg's adaptive sailing program rounding out the numbers on
Stephens to Sail Honored guest Olin J. Stephens (Hanover, N.H.), one of the
world's most influential American yacht designers, will co-helm Intrepid,
his 1967 design. Northern Light (1938), another of Stephens' designs, also
will set sail in the WSCCC.
Other guest skippers for the event are: Halsey C. Herreshoff (Bristol,
R.I.), president of the Herreshoff Marine Museum; Ted Hood, Sr.
(Portsmouth, R.I.), successful defender of the '74 America's Cup; 1993
Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and world record holder Cam Lewis
(Lincolnville, Maine); and America's Cup veteran Andy MacGowan (Middletown,
R.I.). Other sailing notables participating are 2000 Paralympic hopeful
Paul Callahan (Newport); Mick Harvey and Gary Lash (both of Newport); and
Billy MacGowan (Middletown, R.I.).
Racing will take place on Narragansett Bay just south of the Newport Bridge
between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Spectators may view the racing from the
west side of Goat Island or Fort Adams State Park. -- Shannon Weisleder,
Media Pro Int'
Results and livestreaming video of the event will be available at:
(Reprinted with permission from DEFENCE 2000, which is available for US $48
per year from John@roake.gen.nz)
* Very little is being said about the new generation of IACC yachts. We do
know, however, that two of the 1999 vintage, Prada's Luna Rossa and the
French 6e Sens, are considerably narrower than those that competed in San
Diego. They are designed, we learn, to handle the anticipated windy
conditions they expect to experience in the Hauraki Gulf.
* Are the Russians coming? "I don't know if we are going to see them in
Auckland, or not." That statement from Dyer Jones, president of the
America's Cup Challenge Association (ACCA) has only added to the
speculation that there is definitely some doubt as to whether or not the
Russians will make it on October 18.
Nine years after his conviction for illegally spilling oil in pristine
Alaska waters, Capt. Joseph Hazelwood has started his punishment on the
litter patrol. Hazelwood, former skipper of the tanker Exxon Valdez, spent
Monday loading up a truck with abandoned auto parts and assorted junk
thrown along the roadsides of Anchorage. The work was the beginning of his
month in Alaska doing litter patrol and other cleanup tasks as punishment
for his 1990 state conviction for his part in the nation's largest oil spill.
This will be the first of five summers Hazelwood will spend laboring in
Alaska. His sentence calls for 1,000 hours of community work, broken out as
200 hours each year. An Anchorage jury found Hazelwood guilty of
negligently discharging oil in the waters of Prince William Sound in March
1989, when the Exxon Valdez drove up onto a charted reef. -- The Associated
Certainly one of the reasons for the success of the J/105 class in San
Francisco Bay has to be the fleet's impressive website. Guy Rittger, a crew
member on the J105 'Walloping Swede' does it without charge. Now there's a
fella who deserves a crew shirt from every boat in the fleet. See what I'm
talking about: http://www.sfj105.org/
MUMM 36 WORLDS
With three races remaining the championship promises a close finish.
1. Thomas I Punkt, K. Jablinski (21 points) 2. Moby Lines, E. Cheffi (23
pts) 3. Barlo Plastics, A. Stead (25 pts) 4. Breeze 1, Terry Hutchinson (30
pts) 5. New Yorker, Chris Larson (30 pts)
Event site: http://www.kyc.de/regatta/mumm-wm/index-e.html
TRIVIA QUESTION ANSWER
Errol Flynn's yacht was named:
C. - Zaca
THE CURMUDGEON'S CONUNDRUMS
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