SCUTTLEBUTT #358 - July 13, 1999
ISAF ADVERTISING CODE
Eight weeks ago at its midyear meeting, the ISAF Council (Board of
Directors) adopted an Advertising Code which dramatically changes the
current rule (as presently stated in Appendix G of the Racing Rules of
Sailing). Over US SAILING's objections, these changes are to go in effect
on January 1, 2000, even though the regulations implementing the
Advertising Code will not be presented to the ISAF Council until November
ISAF envisions that this Advertising Code will not be published in the rule
books purchased by sailors, race officials and event organizers. Unlike
Appendix G, which was intended to remain in place for four years, the
Advertising Code may be changed as frequently as every 3 months. US SAILING
believes that a rule subject to frequent change, and not widely
distributed, is bad for the sport and will lead to confusion.
Under ISAF's code Category B (advertising on hulls only) is eliminated.
Category A is virtually unchanged. Category C (unlimited advertising,
multiple advertisers, multiple locations on the boat) can no longer be
restricted by event organizers. Class associations can restrict Category C
The most astounding change is that the decision to permit, or limit,
advertising has been taken from event organizers. That decision will now
rest exclusively with class associations and ISAF. In the absence of a
class association (such as with PHRF racing), individual racers will
decide. This means that the organizer of a local PHRF race will be forced
to let sponsored boats plastered with advertising race against local
sailors who spend precious personal resources to compete. US SAILING
thinks this is bad for the sport since the overwhelming majority of sailors
are not sponsored.
For classes that permit Category C advertising, the event organizer must
accept all of the advertising permitted by the class. ISAF rationalizes
that an event organizer is free to decline to host events for classes whose
advertising rules are unacceptable. The most likely result will be fewer
events for the very classes ISAF claims to be helping.
ISAF claims that advertising is the wave of the future - pointing to
Formula One car racing as an example. That may be true for Formula One
racers and grand-prix sailors. But, it ignores the fundamental nature of
our sport. The overwhelming majority of sailors race in local one-design
and PHRF events. They don't race at the grand prix level. Unfortunately,
ISAF seems to be more concerned about the tiny number of people who race at
the Formula One level than the vast numbers of recreational sailors.
Sailors planning to advertise will be forced to obtain a license from their
National Authority plus an additional license from ISAF for a "Special
Event" A "Special Event" is one ISAF has fenced off where only it can
license the individual boat or team. All "Special Events" are defined as
Category C by this rule.
When this Advertising Code was adopted by the ISAF Council less than three
months ago, the list of "Special Events" was limited to the following: the
America's Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race, TransGlobal and TransOceanic races and
the events of a very few limited classes. US SAILING has just learned that
ISAF has expanded the list of "Special Events" and will ask its Executive
Committee to approve that list this week in a meeting in Great Britain.
These include all events of the Corel 45 class and the following regattas
or races: Admiral's Cup, Kenwood Cup, Sardinia Cup, Southern Cross Series,
Corum Cup, SORC, Copa del Rey, Key West Race Week, Transpac, Newport to
Bermuda, and Victoria to Maui. None of the organizers of these events have
been forewarned by ISAF. Many have already published Notices of Race. All
deserve the right to decide the level of advertising they wish to permit.
Yet, if the ISAF Executive Committee adopts this list at its meeting next
week, ISAF will have succeeded in dictating what will be permitted at these
events and will then demand a fee from the event organizer and sailors for
US SAILING is opposed to the Advertising Code and the proposed additions to
the list of "Special Events." At this week's ISAF Executive Committee
meeting, we will insist that the proposal be defeated. US SAILING will
also work for the repeal of the Advertising Code when the Council meets at
the 1999 Annual Conference to be held in Sydney in November. US SAILING is
also investigating the enforceability of ISAF's actions in the United States.
Race organizers, member yacht clubs and sailing associations should voice
their opposition to the proposed additions and the Advertising Code by
contacting ISAF (email: SAIL@ISAF.co.uk) - Dan Nowlan, US SAILING Offshore
For more information contact Terry D. Harper, Executive Director:
HONOLULU, H.I.-Ten boats had finished the 40th Transpacific Yacht Race at
mid-day Monday, while 19 others reported positions at the morning's roll
call. Three ULDB 70s followed the other Doublehanded entry, Two Guys On the
Edge, into Waikiki late Sunday night. Steve Popovich's Cheval from San
Pedro, Bob Lane's Medicine Man, Long Beach, and Robert Saielli's Mongoose,
San Diego, finished in that order. Medicine Man lost three spinnakers in
the last few days. The first two blew apart while flogging after gear
failures. The third ripped during a jibe.
Standings: DIV. 1: 1. Pyewacket, Roy E. Disney; 2. Magnitude, Doug Baker;
3. Zephyrus IV, Bob McNeil/John Parrish. DIV. 2: 1. Grand Illusion, James
McDowell; 2. Cheval, Steve Popovich, Cabrillo Beach YC; 3. Mongoose, Robert
Saielli. DIV. 3: 1. Gone With the Wind, Bill LeRoy/Jim Cascino, StFYC, (176
miles to go); 2. Stealth Chicken, Alamitos Bay Syndicate (148); DIV. 4: 1.
Great Scot, Tom Garnier, (448); 2. Tower, Don Clothier, (206); 3. Glama!,
Seth Radow (294).
Complete standings: http:// www.transpacificyc.org
Although there was never any question as to where the race should finish,
it took Transpac organizers more than 40 years to decide on exactly where
the race should begin. That it originally began near Los Angeles was mostly
due to coincidence, but until the start of WWI, the Transpac start remained
there, every other year.
For the first race after the war, in 1923, Transpac started off Santa
Barbara, primarily due to the organizing abilities of the city's yacht club
commodore. After another start near L.A. in 1926, the line was moved 60
miles south to Newport Beach for the 1928 race, to satisfy its chamber of
commerce and local yachtsmen.
The starting line was back in L.A. in 1930, but in '32, because of conflict
with the Olympic sailing competition there, it was again moved to Santa
Barbara. In 1936, the line was moved only slightly, to Santa Monica.
Soon after that race, Transpac organizers decided to conduct their race on
odd-numbered years. They also agreed to move the starting line for one
final time, north to San Francisco for the grand opening of the Golden Gate
Since that 1939 race, the course has remained as it was in 1906, 2,225
miles from L.A. to Honolulu. - Ron Pendelton, Hawaii Star-Bulletin
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49ER GORGE GAMES
Final results (11 races, 2 discard) 1. Team McLube, J McKee / C McKee 10;
2. Ronstan, Morgan Larson /Kevin Hall 18; 3. Renehan /C Lanzinger 28 ; 4.
Revo Mack / Lowry 32; 5. Team Baylis 45; 6. B McKee / F Lanzinger 51; 7.
Toyota, Nakamura / Sasaki 53; 8. Henderson / Johnson 78; 9. Cook / Keilty
79; 10. Crowder / Dunn 115.
* AMERICA'S Cup warhorse Dennis Conner gave a book he wrote the title No
Excuse To Lose. And that is a phrase that could readily be applied to the
British team as they nervously prepare their three boats for the first race
of the century's last Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup on Wednesday.
They have the experience, with Lawrie Smith joining the big boat and Chris
Law calling the shots on the 40-footer. And they also have hunger with the
more youthful Adrian Stead skippering the 36-footer. In addition, they are
better funded with L250,000 from sponsor Chernikeeff and better prepared
than they have been for many years. They will be on home waters when they
encounter the tricky tides of the Solent, the Kiwis are missing as they
gear up for the America's Cup and the United States, the holders, are said
to be at less than full strength.
It will come as no surprise to some that it is Europe which could block the
aspirations of a British trio especially keen to get their hands back on a
trophy that has eluded them for 10 years.
The whole concept of a Europe team, of course, is a rather contrived
affair. It has been put together in Italy, but, as Italy already has a
team, it needed a flag of convenience and, like many flag-of-convenience
ships, it has scoured the world for its crew. A few of the missing Kiwis
have found gainful employment this way during their winter.
Britain, though, is playing the same game, coming up at the 11th hour with
a B team carrying the name of the Commonwealth. All this has come about
because the Royal Ocean Racing Club does not want to be too choosy as it
tries to bump up numbers for an event which, despite being very expensive
to join, is the last remaining one on the international calendar that can
attract a fleet of genuine world championship calibre.
The RORC, under pressure from their sponsors, wanted to get the number of
entries back into double figures in the knowledge that their 10-year
contract with Mumm runs out in 2001. - Stuart Alexander, Electronic
* BRITAIN'S hopes of ending 10 years of dismal showings in the Admiral's
Cup rest on a new bigger boat specially built at a cost of L750,000.
Charged with reversing this tide is Venture '99, a new 50ft racing yacht
which forms one third of Britain's team. Peter Morton asked Kiwi designer
Bruce Farr to draw up plans for a slower boat which only makes sense in the
eyes of the IMS rule that handicaps boats by a mathematical trade-off of
their speed-producing factors against those that slow them down. Venture
'99 aims to be faster for her rating than her seven rivals. If Morton's
crew, recently joined by Lawrie Smith, can sail the 'right' distance behind
the opposition, they will be in clover when the finish times are converted
to corrected handicap results. If they finish, level or ahead of their
rivals on the water, they will have put in an exceptional performance.
"The feeling was that unless you were a small, low-rating boat and got
clean away at the start, then you'd always be struggling to get past,"
Morton explained. "You'd need to be 20-25 seconds faster per mile in order
to pass a boat irrespective of where you started, and you could not do that
and stay within the rating band for the cup. Being four to five seconds
faster wasn't going to be enough. Hence the choice to sail just behind the
bigger boats." - Tim Jeffery, Electronic Telegraph, UK
To read the full stories: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
QUOTE - UNQUOTE
This is my first America's Cup, I can tell you without detail that there is
some cool stuff being done in the sailing industry and within our camp.
This 'cool stuff' is not free and costs money to develop. That's why it is
important to protect what we learn and apply it towards winning the Cup.
I'm like the rest of you, wanting to know everything that's going on. Bare
with us, as it will all play out in New Zealand. I promise you it will be
exciting! -- Phil Trinter, AmericaOne
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
Letters selected to be printed are routinely edited for clarity, space (250
words max) or to exclude personal attacks.
-- From Chuck Queen, Seattle, WA -- Don't slam PHRF too hard, the fact of
the matter is that with boats of similar size/speed/sailors, it works. The
key is in the grouping of similar performance boats. No handicapping
system will account for the advantage the fastest boat in any class will
have over it's competitors. When they have the opportunity to get out
front early, with clear air, and concern themselves only with sailing the
wind shifts, currents, and waves without concern for other boats, they'll
win more than their share of races under any system. The real answer is
One-Design, the racing is tighter and closer, and the only handicaps are
the ones you put on yourself.
-- Scott Truesdel -- Jim Champ wonders if PHRF is popular because people
need an excuse to lose. I consider this observation absolutely right on the
mark, but I still believe it is only one small aspect of PHRF's popularity.
PHRF is also cheap, easy to handicap mentally on board during a race, and,
actually, pretty darn fair. Granting the short-comings of single-model
handicapping systems, PHRF does a decent job. In a tight competitive fleet
with a small rating spread, corrected time finishes are frequently as
compressed as one-design classes.
-- Ken Brooke, Australia -- Have given Betsy Altman's proposal (let's help
the racers OCS) a fair amount of thought. No doubt there has been positive
feedback from the guys who could have had the dreaded disq. penalty applied
without this help but how about the guys doing it right but approaching the
line badly leebowed or blanketed by the early birds. Also there will be
guys / gals who don't get called but are penalised when those blatantly
over will have been helped. Frankly I can see only trouble for the PRO's
and don't we have enough to think about in those few moments before the
signal. Starting well is a major skill and I believe the proposal degrades
On the subject of Protests---At RPYC we have been using a post race
mediation system for three years now and very few protests get to a full
protest hearing. These are the ones where serious damage has occurred,
redress asked for or the facts could not be agreed. As a mediator (every
third week) I have had only one occasion to refer a protest on. All others
have been settled in just a few minutes. The penalty for an accepted
decision by a mediator is less than disqualification which is an incentive
for the proponents to accept the mediators decision. Details of the
procedure is available and if anyone is interested email Derek Miles
firstname.lastname@example.org and he'll send you the information
-- From Jesse Falsone -- Regarding the 505 Worlds, its also interesting to
note that winning crew, Mike Martin, designed the foils used on the first
and second place boats. These foils, built by Waterat, are extremely high
aspect. The centerboard has an ingenious lifting pin that enables the
board to fit inside the trunk, which it must do to be class legal. By
contrast, most Europeans use non-gybing, lower aspect boards. It must have
been clear to the Euros that in the light to moderate winds, the American
505 setup with a stiffer mast and higher aspect boards is superior. Mike
wrote a nice design article on these foils in Sailing World a few months
ago. Kudos to Mike Martin for obsessing enough to create break-through
performance gains that helped capture an elusive world title.
-- From Tucker Strasser, Santana 20 Fleet 1 -- Just heard [with limited
information] that long time Southern California boat builder and great
guy,Tom Schock is doing well after heart surgery.
-- From John Sweeney -- It is so very important to credit Patrick O'Brien
with his brilliant navigation that saw Grand Illusion win not just in class
but overall and set the fastest time ever for a stock sled. If you remove
the Turbo sled hype, and take a look at our accomplishment, you will see
that we had to sail a near perfect race to set the new record. It was a
medium breeze year with arguably the least modified sled around and we
still did better than any Santa Cruz 70 ever. Patrick again proved that he
is in a class of Rudiger and Honey. This was my rookie try at the Transpac,
but what a way to start. This was the greatest sailing victory of my life.
(Reprinted with permission from DEFENCE 2000, which is available for US $48
per year from John@roake.gen.nz)
* The entrepreneurs are coming out of the woodwork. Motutapu Island is
actually the closest land to the America's Cup course. Corporate Venues is
offering grandstand viewing (from an old World War II gun emplacement
site). Their daily NZ$148 plus GST fee covers return ferry costs, guide
service, coach transfers, a three course lunch, reserved seating and a view
deck with TV monitors. And if you haven't got time to take a ferry, they
will arrange helicopter transfers from the city. This project has been
given a government NZ$60,000 golden handshake from the Tourism Development
Board. The grants will be used to establish a visitor's centre, with the
aim of raising thousands of dollars for restoration projects on the island.
* The Russian challenge -- The story is out! Their boat has been
officially checked out to see if it meets the rules. Not entirely truthful
about having a new boat, the Age of Russia is a "Has-been from a past
campaign" which never made the start line. It was built in 1992 for the
Russian team that entered to compete at San Diego but never quite made it.
An English measurer went to St Petersburg to check it out and establish its
eligibility. No confirmed report to hand as we go to press.
The 1999 edition of the Screwpile Regatta takes place off Solomons Island,
MD Sunday July 18-Tuesday July 20. More than 105 boats have already
registered for the seventh annual event which is hosted by the Southern
Maryland Sailing Association and enjoys the strong support of a number of
With nearly a week of registration time remaining, a quick survey of the
committed teams yields 11 J/105s, 9 J/29s, and nearly 20 MORC boats. The
MORC class is contesting their East Coast Championship within Screwpile
'99. The balance of the entries are sailing in PHRF and PHRF Non-Spinnaker.
The early entries are spread geographically throughout the Chesapeake
Country and the mid-Atlantic. More than a third are from the Annapolis area
while the nearby Solomons area boasts nearly 20 entries. The cream of the
southern Chesapeake racing fleet will be present and about a quarter of the
entries will hail from Hampton, Norfolk, and Deltaville, VA.
PHRF notables include Steve Kaminer's Farr 40 Predator, Gray Kiger's Farr
39 Fatal Attraction, Paul and Kathy Parks' Dynaflyer 40 Sundog, and Sledd
Shelhorse's One Design 35 Avalanche. - Dave Gendell
Follow the action on-line at www.screwpile.net
Photos and on-site reports will be posted at www.spinsheet.com
USSA CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTAS
This August, top men and women sailors from across the country will head to
Milwaukee (Wis.) Yacht Club to compete in US SAILING's Men's and Women's
Championships for the Mallory Trophy and the Adams Trophy, respectively.
Ten competing teams in each event, representing ten US SAILING Areas, will
have sailed through eliminations, progressing from the club to the regional
level, before earning the chance to vie for these national titles. For the
first time ever each victorious Mallory Trophy and Adams Trophy skipper
will be awarded a Rolex watch, courtesy of Rolex Watch U.S.A. and Schwanke
Kasten Jewelers of Milwaukee.
The events will be sailed concurrently August 24-29, with racing beginning
on Wednesday, August 25, and concluding on Saturday, August 28. Since 1993,
the Men's and Women's Championships have been combined in alternate years.
The two fleets use the same race course but sail different classes of
boats. This year, the men will sail J/24s while the women sail 19-foot
Well known winners of the Adams Trophy are Allegra Knapp Mertz ('50, '54,
'59, '63), Timmy Larr ('61, '65 '73), Jan O'Malley ('69, '70), Betsy Alison
('84, '90, '91) and Jody Swanson ('89 '92). The roster of winners of the
Mallory Cup reads like a who's who in sailboat racing and includes George
O'Day ('57), Buddy Melges ('59, '60, '61), John Kolius ('71), Dave Ullman
('80), Paul Foerster ('89) and Jeff Madrigali ('92). - Susan Cook
US SAILING web site: http://www.ussailing.org
TIP O' THE WEEK
Putting on Your Game Face -- Ever play ball? Baseball, basketball,
football, anything. The first thing you did on game day was to put on your
uniform, right? The process of putting on a uniform is also the
opportunity to transcend yourself from civilian to competitor. It's
precisely at this time that athletes put on their game face and begin to
focus. Sailors could definitely take a page from this book. Sailing for
the most part moves from the social scene on shore to a micro version on
the way to the race course with the cry for "let's go sailing" resulting in
everyone scrambling from their early morning soda to actual sailing.
Taking five minutes for a meeting or private meditation can move everyone's
attention from elsewhere to the present sailing conditions. Seems simple,
but the better you get the simpler things become. - The Coach at Sailweb.net.
WE'VE BROKEN THE CODE
We did a lot of introspective analysis after the Marina del Rey Cal 20
Fleet Championship to determine why the Curmudgeon's boat was so dominant
-- successfully defending the title with five straight bullets. Our crispy
new set of Ullman Sails gave us a lot of speed, but the second and third
place boats also used new Ullmans. Then it dawned on us -- crewmember
Daniel Casal and I both wore Camet sailing shorts with foam rubber butt
pads. Not only did we look like winners - the butt pads took the misery out
of sailing one of these ancient pain-boxes. If the boat you sail on can be
a pain in the butt, you really should check out the Camet website:
After 14 years with Sailing World and Cruising World magazines, Doug Logan
has left to join Avid Networks, an Internet start-up company.
THE CURMUDGEON'S CONUNDRUM
Why do people with closed minds always have their mouths open?