SCUTTLEBUTT #359 - July 14, 1999
* The International Jury governing the 1999 Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup
has ruled on the rating certificate of the French IMS Big Boat in the
regatta, Krazy Kyote Two. The Jury has rejected an application by the owner
of Krazy K-Yote to have the rating certificate of his boat re-instated. The
certificate had been withdrawn on the instructions of Nicola Sironi, Chief
Measurer of the Offshore Racing Council (ORC). The Jury has confirmed that
the ORC is entitled 'to give a rating it considers appropriate in the case
of innovation in design and construction' and has found as a fact that the
mast of Krazy K-Yote Two is innovative in design and construction.
The Jury's decision effectively endorses the actions of John Warren, Chief
Measurer of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, in withdrawing the certificate
previously issued to Krazy K-Yote Two as soon as he was instructed to do so
by Sironi. It also gives the ORC the go-ahead to issue a rating which
'does not result from actual measurement, in order to take into account
reduced windage'. Such a rating has already been prepared, by Nicola
Sironi and Andy Claughton of the Southampton Institute, using the IMS's
computer model which normally produces the rating from measured figures.
The Jury has also ruled that should that certificate be issued, it is to be
deemed to have been issued on or before 11th July 1999 - in other words, it
is to be the rating used if the boat races in this year's Champagne Mumm
Another issue which would appear to be settled, if only by inference from
the Jury's decision and the proposal by the ORC to issue a certificate, is
the question of the legality of the boat's highly unusual mast. The mast
is essentially a carbon-fibre I-beam set athwartships with lightweight
Kevlar fairings fore-and-aft. The legality under the IMS Rule and its
various Regulations of the materials used in the mast's construction, and
indeed of its design and operation, had all at some stage been questioned
in the past two days. Since the ORC now proposes to issue a certificate,
the assumption must be that the mast, however unusual, is legal. Equally,
the ORC's contention that the unusual features of the mast - in particular
its aerofoil shape, its exaggerated fore-and-aft length and the way it is
designed to twist - gave a performance advantage upwind which the ordinary
IMS computer model could not fairly compensate would also appear to have
been accepted by the Jury, and this is why the Jury has ruled that rule 101
of the IMS can be properly and legitimately invoked to give the boat a
rating other than the one which would result purely from using the actual
measurements of the mast. - Susan McKeag
* The entire French team has withdrawn from the 1999 Champagne Mumm
Admiral's Cup after Stefan Kandler, owner of their Big Boat Krazy K-Yote
Two, failed to persuade the International Jury to re-instate the boat's
original rating certificate and refused, instead, to accept a theoretically
assessed rating for the boat calculated by Nicola Sironi, Chief Measurer of
the Offshore Racing Council. The Jury had earlier endorsed the Chief
Measurer's action in ordering the withdrawing of Krazy-K-Yote Two's rating
certificate on the grounds that the innovative aerofoil mast could not be
fairly rated by the existing rule. They had also confirmed the Chief
Measurer's right to calculate an independent rating for the boat.
Acknowledging the Jury's support for the ORC position, Stefan Kandler
nonetheless maintained that his boat was being unfairly victimised, and
withdrew. 'A penalty against one of our boats is a penalty against the
entire team' said Jean-Louis Fabry, whose Mumm 36 Bloo is the French small
boat - and he and Bernard Moreau, owner of the French Sydney 40, also and
reluctantly withdrew their boats.
David Minords, General Manager of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, and Gerard
de Ayala, who since 1977 has represented Champagne Mumm's interests as
long-serving sponsors of the series, made no secret of their 'very profound
dismay' at the turn events had taken.
'It is a great disappointment indeed' said Minords. 'RORC and Champagne
Mumm have in the past two years worked extremely hard both to re-structure
the event and in particular to have a French team here. For this to happen
now is very painful to us.' The French have not been represented in
Cowes since 1993 when, ironically, they won the Cup.
* The United States team preparing to defend the Champagne Mumm Admiral's
Cup enters the ocean racing series for international three-boat teams with
high hopes of retaining the prestigious gold trophy. Racing starts today,
Wednesday, July 14.
Last weekend, the team's boats finished first in two of three classes in
the Berthon Source Lymington Regatta. Virtually all of the boats from the
eight international teams contesting the Admiral's Cup raced in the event
as a warm-up for the 13-day Cup series. There were nine teams but the
French contingent withdrew its entry in protest late today, after the
International Jury ruled that the Offshore Racing Council had the right to
add a penalty to the boat's rating certificate to compensate for an
innovative, free-standing mast on their big boat Krazy K-Yote Two.
George David's 50-foot Nelson/Marek sloop Idler from Hartford, CT, won the
big boat class in the Berthon Regatta, as did Matt Whitaker's Mumm 36 Ciao
Baby, from Houston, TX, racing in the small boat class. Bob Towse's Sydney
40 Blue Yankee Pride, from Stamford, CT, finished sixth in the middle-sized
boat class after steadily improving all weekend.
Idler, the big boat in the US Team, has the same afterguard that won the
Cup two years ago aboard the US entry Flash Gordon III. Newport sailmaker
and Rolex Yachtsman of the year Ken Read is steering, Olympic silver
medalist and J/24 World Champion Jim Brady, from Greenwich, CT, is again
the tactician. They are joined by renowned British ocean racer Derek Clark,
returning as navigator.
Towse is coming back to the event for the fourth time, and has chartered
the new one-design Sydney 40 Blue Yankee Pride. He is joined by his regular
helmsman, sailmaker, Olympic and ocean racing champion Steve Benjamin, from
South Norwalk, Ct. Their tactician is America's Cup navigator and ESPN and
Speed Vision television analyst Peter Isler, from La Jolla, CA.
Whittaker, a three-time Admiral's Cup veteran, has chartered the Mumm 36
Jameson and named it Ciao Baby. This is the same boat his helmsman Chris
Larson, from Annapolis, MD, steered to victory in the 1998 World
championships and sailed to win the Admiral's Cup two years ago. Their
navigator is New Zealander Mike Drummond, who has also sailed three
Admiral's Cup and is a designer for Team New Zealand, defending the
America's Cup. - Keith Taylor
Regular updates about the regatta can be found on:
AmericaOne, the San Francisco-based St. Francis Yacht Club's America's Cup
2000 challenger, today announced that the christening of their
International America's Cup Class (IACC) boat, will be carried on the
Internet, July 17 at 3:00 PM/PDT.
The special "webcast" at http://www.americaone.org will be presented live
from San Pedro and will feature a video, pre-show compound tour and
christening of AmericaOne's first IACC boat, USA 49. Virtual guests are
invited to log onto the AmericaOne website to pre-register for the event,
as well as to download the viewer that will allow them to tune in for the
christening. Attendees of the pre-show will enjoy both a pre-show video and
a "virtual" tour of the AmericaOne compound, featuring a behind-the-scenes
look at the different workshops the AmericaOne team has used to operate the
boat and run its business operations including the sail loft, Tech Bay and
a number of other shops utilized for rigging, electronics and machine work.
The webcast marks the first time such an America's Cup christening ceremony
has been shared with the public-at-large in what are usually private events
reserved for individual challengers' sponsors, members of the press, and
international VIPs. SAIC was also responsible for developing "America's Cup
On-Line" during the '95 Cup - the official website which provided news and
information about the Cup races.
"Call it the democratization of the America's Cup," says AmericaOne's Paul
Cayard. "The broadcasting of AmericaOne's christening is a small step
toward broadening the appeal of sailing's Holy Grail to a worldwide
audience." - Gina von Esmarch
-- Log on to the AmericaOne website at http://www.americaone.org
-- Pre-register for the christening of USA 49
-- Check configuration by viewing AmericaOne video highlights
-- Tune in for virtual pre-show compound tour
-- Join the AmericaOne Team virtual christening ceremonies on Saturday,
July 17th at 3:00 PM/PDT
The B-25 Vapor, has not been in contact since it started the Transpac on
June 29. The crew is known to have had radio trouble even before the race.
No other boat has reported sighting Vapor, but that is not unusual. In
fact, it is very unusual for one boat to see another from a day or two
after the start until after the finish. Also, no distress signals, such as
an automatic EPIRB system, have been sent from the boat.
According to its performance rating, Vapor would not be expected to arrive
in Honolulu until Tuesday night or Wednesday -- perhaps even later
depending on wind conditions or possible gear failure. Transpac officials
are concerned because of the lack of communication, but because of the
above points and the ocean sailing experience of Bill Boyd and Scott Atwood
they are confident the boat could arrive unannounced at any time. -
Transpac Media Center
MATT JONES TRANSPAC TRIVIA QUESTION
Daily Transpac position reports were inaugurated in what year: 1936 - 1939
- 1941 or 1947?
Answer at the end of this issue of 'Butt.
FAST AND FASTER
157 505s raced in the class's recent World Championship in Quiberon,
France, but the top two boats were both powered by Ullman Sails. And Ullman
Sails also powered Giovanni Soldini's 'Fila' to victory in the Around Alone
Racewithout a significant failure. Although the Marina del Rey Cal 20
Fleet Championship was of somewhat lesser significance, the results were
certainly important to members of that well-established group (especially
the curmudgeon) and the top three boats there also relied on Ullman
Sails. Going fast is important at all levels of racing. Isn't it time you
learned more about Ullman Sails?
You can't follow the players without a program. What follows is the current
complete list of web sites that are relevant to the Champagne Mumm
Admiral's Cup. We'll advise of additional sites as we discover them. --
CMAC OFFICIAL WEBSITES
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
Letters selected to be printed are routinely edited for clarity, space (250
words max) or to exclude personal attacks.
-- From Jeffrey Littell -- I have learned of proposed changes to the
advertising code of the ISAF regulations that apparently:
-take control of advertising away from the organizing authority and give
this control to the Class or ISAF;
-can be changed every 90 days apparently as ISAF sees fit;
-will make it almost impossible for an organizing authority to issue a
Notice of Race more than 90 days in advance if the "OA" desires to deal
-has designated certain regattas as being under the control of ISAF whether
or not the "OA" wants to be included in this category.
Please seek medical advice at once for treatment of mad cow disease for all
of you are certainly out of your minds.
-- From Mark A. Michaelsen -- More than ten years ago I was a speaker at
the first "Sponsorship in yachting" conference. This meeting was sure to
spell "the beginning of the end" of yacht racing as we knew it if you
listened to the men in blue blazers who sat in the back shaking their heads
at this "horrendous turn of events" in what had previously been a stuffed
shirt sport. Well, a decade has passed, and it's obvious that USSA can
stop worrying about floating billboards coming to a town near you.
Americans are just not ready to watch "yachting" as a spectator sport and
without that draw sponsorship will never be a big part of the sport here in
the states the way it is in other parts of the world. If no one wants to
watch, your advertising "reach" is limited and the value of graphics and
other advertising is greatly limited.
Let the decision rest with the class and I think you will find that the
pressures within the groups will keep things in relative check all by
themselves. Yeah, there might be one yahoo who wants to put his company
logo all over the boat and sail around the buoys to get "the write off" but
there won't be a check at the end of the event for his crew anymore than
there is right now. Take a deep breath and try it this way. It certainly
can't hurt the turnout we have been seeing lately
--From Mark Jardine, Editor of Intersail Yachting Magazine, UK -- I read
with interest the article giving US Sailing's view on the ISAF advertising
code. Apart from their comments about the 'Special Events' list growing
without forewarning I am wondering what their concern is.
The new code in my reading gives more power to the Member National
Authority (MNA) as to what levels of advertising are permitted and how it
should be governed:
Quote: 'In respect of fees paid, with the exception of those events/classes
falling under ISAF's responsibility, then the respective MNA will be
responsible to determine whether a fee will be charged and an Advertising
Licence System introduced.'
I sail in the UK where many boats use the existing category B rules to
advertise their own businesses. This is not necessarily sponsorship but
does provide the owner with a floating billboard if they want it. If the
MNA choose not to charge for Category C advertising to a similar level of
the current category B then where is ISAF gaining more control ?
Dan Nowlan suggests 'race organizers, member yacht clubs and sailing
associations should voice their opposition to the proposed additions and
the Advertising Code by contacting ISAF'. I reckon everyone should read the
ISAF proposals and make up their own minds.
-- From Peter Huston -- While I prefer one-design racing, I've sailed in
and enjoyed plenty of PHRF racing. There is no question that the rule
isn't perfect, but alot of one-design rules aren't either. I certainly
don't pretend to know everything about the mathematics involved in PHRF, or
any other rating rule for that matter. It is my understanding that PHRF
bases it's ratings on certain assumptions such as the boat being "well
prepared", or some such wording.
Am I correct in also understanding that PHRF assumes a new suit of sails on
each boat when a rating is assigned? If that is the case, then don't those
who show up with "old" sails carry a de facto penalty? Given that the vast
majority of boats that race under PHRF do not buy a new inventory each
year, would it not be better for the rule to assume what the average racer
uses for sails? Would it be better for all concerned if the rule assumed a
"fairly new" inventory - and assigned a penalty for "new" sails?
If the goal is to increase participation, it would seem to me that if the
average recreational racer perceived that they had more of a chance of
winning, more of them who do not now compete because they think they have
no chance of winning given an "old" inventory just might show up on the
line if they had a "rating credit" for using "old" sails against the people
who have the crispy new rags.
--From Ken Brooke, Aus -- Orchids to Jeff Martin for his comments on World
championships. The reason we have so many is that there are so many classes
capable of holding them. It is a pity that so many yachts of a similar size
capability and performance have been introduced to our sport. To me the
arguments put forward by Messrs Unger and Fritze for reducing the number of
World events do not hold water. How do you tell a class that they can no
longer hold a World Championship when they take on all of the organising,
arrange the venue, the infrastructure and the money to run it.
OK maybe the ISAF will refuse to sanction a particular event. What a furore
this would create. Equal opportunity, parochial arguments, etc. etc. and
the class would just go ahead and do it anyway. The Etchells ran a
brilliant World Championship in Perth WA with over 50 entries and I believe
there were only 5 countries represented. D Connor, and J Bertram were
amongst them. The winner was truly a champion. The whole thought is
ridiculous and really is hardly worth debating. (So why am I??)
From Jordan J. Dobrikin -- As I remember the discussions at the US Sailing
AGM, in Seattle, the basic idea was to inform boats that were, ACTUALLY,
OCS, after the start signal, as quickly and as effectively, as possible. So
as to give those boats an opportunity to to return to race as soon as
possible. Thus allowing them the opportunity to participate in the race in
a meaningful way. This to be done using any/all of the following: radio,
loud hailer, marks boat(s), work boat(s), judge boat(s), etc.; in addition
to the use of the prescribed Rules for Individual Recall. "Bottom line",
IMHO, after hearing all/most of the arguments against, is that it is good
for the sport.
Betsy Altman's proposal of a continuous, running, commentary, PRIOR to the
start, IMHO, is not good for the SPORT. One of the most interesting,
exciting, and challenging aspects of the Sport is the pre start and "start
melee", as well as the post start adjusting. Getting "outsiders" involved
with the dynamics is fundamentally wrong: informing the losers, after the
fact, is acceptable, even beneficial, to the overall health and growth of
-- From US Admiral's Cup Team member, Big Mike Howard -- THE FRENCH TEAM
HAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE ADMIRAL'S CUP. BECAUSE OF THE CONTROVERSY OVER THEIR
BIG BOAT. IT IS A SHAME TO HAVE THIS HAPPEN WHEN WE ARE TRYING TO ADVANCE
OUR SPORT AND NOT SET IT BACK TO THE DINOSAUR AGES. THERE IS NO MAST
RIGGING -- THE TALL TOPSIDE BOAT WAS PRETTY IMPRESSIVE. OBVIOUSLY
IMPRESSIVE ENOUGH TO SCARE OFF THE COMPETITION AND HAVE ITS RATING CHANGED
ARBITRARILY. IT SADDENS ME THAT 30 GUYS WILL NOT HAVE THE CHANCE TO SAIL AS
A TEAM. INSTEAD THEY WILL SIT ON THE SIDELINES WATCHING. I APPLAUD THE
INTELLIGENCE OF A 27-YEAR-OLD DESIGNER TO FIGURE OUT THE FLAWS IN THE IMS
(Reprinted with permission from DEFENCE 2000, which is available for US $48
per year from John@roake.gen.nz)
* The French America's Cup Bouygues Telecom Transiciel yacht, Sixieme Sens
(Sixth Sense), has been launched and reporters only got meager glimpses of
the rudder and keel during the launching. The bulb of the keel is very
voluminous and the rudder is a very deep 3.5 metres. Painted orange and
blue, the boat does not seem to be either radical or revolutionary. It
follows the lines of other known challenger boats so far launched. Long,
heavy, narrow, and banana- shaped. If there is anything new, it relates to
the bulb and the yacht's immense rudder.
* The ailing Cousteau Society has high expectations of Sir Peter Blake
when he takes control of the Society, immediately after the America's Cup.
Reports emanating from Paris report that the Society is virtually bankrupt,
and Sir Peter will have a major task on his hands to solve the society's
problems. The French weekly magazine Le Point reports the the Cousteau
Society has been brought to the brink of disaster by excessive ambitions,
poor management, equally poor financial controls and declining membership.
Hostility between Cousteau's widow (his second wife) and Michel Cousteau,
son from his earlier marriage, has exacerbated the situation, with both
branches of the family claiming to be the flag bearer for the deceased
former leader. Further, the situation is not helped by an unauthorised
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ANSWER TO THE TRANSPAC TRIVIA QUESTION
Transpac began taking daily position reports in 1939.
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATION
A ship in a harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.