SCUTTLEBUTT #366 - July 27, 1999
We are surprised US Sailing is, at this late stage, apparently seeking to
sabotage the good intentions of ISAF in the revisions of the advertising
rule especially after the code has been fully debated at ISAF meetings last
November and again at the mid year meeting in Vancouver. Last November
the principles of the new code were supported by the vast majority of
national authorities and received the unanimous support of the
International classes committee. At the ISAF mid year meeting the same
principles were again fully endorsed by the ISAF Council.
Why didn't US Sailing raise it's objections then? The proposed new code
addresses a number of problems with the existing rule which US Sailing has
probably not been exposed to but certainly have arisen in a number of other
countries on the main regatta circuit. The new code places the
responsibility for the level of advertising on the sailors where it rightly
belongs and more significantly still allows others a piece of the cake or
the option not to run events for those sailors who wish to take advantage
of the opportunities now available. In that respect nothing has changed.
It seems that US Sailing is seeking to hang on to the right of an event
organiser to restrict an individuals right to advertise and risk losing
everything in the process. Why? Clash of sponsors interest? Under the
old rules and the new code there is always a risk of a conflict of
sponsors. Indeed most of the world has happily accepted that for the last
10 years. Surely it is better to be open about it so that everyone can
work aware of that conflict.
If a club or event organiser for some reason has an aversion to individual
advertising it doesn't have to run an event. Under the current rules
sailors and national teams who fund Olympic campaigns with significant
sponsors and the weekend sailor who may be able to fund a new sail or an
air ticket for an international regatta with a little bit of advertising do
not know from one regatta to the next whether their advertising will be
accepted. How are they supposed to negotiate a deal with a sponsor? A the
bottom end of the scale the need to have 2 suits of sails, one with
sponsorship and one without, would probably cancel out any sponsorship
There may well be a need to fine tune certain areas of the code which is
why having a flexible code is important. It is impossible to solve all
the problems for everyone at once (the history of the existing rule teaches
us that) but at least lets get the new code in operation now to allow the
majors problems to be fixed.
For those few clubs and event organisers that wish to remain in the 20th
Century just take advantage of rule 76.1 but don't come crying when the
entries are down or the dynamic classes boycott those events where the
organisers are not prepared to move with the times. -- Jeremy Pudney and
Jeff Martin, Chair and Vice Chair - ISAF International Classes Committee
US SAILING'S POSITION
US SAILING is gratified to learn that ISAF's Executive Committee has
decided against adding other events to those identified as "Special Events"
in the Advertising Code. US SAILING is also very pleased to hear that
ISAF's Executive Committee plans to propose a change in the manner by which
events are designated "Special Events." US SAILING supports the concept
that event organizers and classes may apply for that designation, subject
to Council approval. That approach is consistent with US SAILING's belief
that events should not be designated as "Special Events" without the
consent of the event organizer and class.
US SAILING hopes that ISAF will work with US SAILING to address our
remaining concerns about the Advertising Code. Those concerns are:
1) Effective Date -- The Events Committee recommended that the effective
date should be March 1, 2001, when changes in the racing rules take effect.
US SAILING agrees. The date approved by Council, January 1, 2000, does not
give classes, MNAs (member national authority) and event organizers
sufficient time. The final Advertising Code, and applicable regulations,
will not be voted on until November 1999. It can take up to one year for
classes to adopt or approve changes in their rules (electing an advertising
Category would have the effect of adopting or changing a class rule). Many
classes have chosen to wait until the final Council vote in November.
Finally, since the Olympic classes have already signed contracts governing
such matters as advertising, US SAILING assumes that those classes would
not be subject to the Advertising Code until after the 2000 Olympic
regatta. For all of these reasons, an effective date of March 1, 2001 is
2) Handicapped Boats -- Many boats race under IMS, PHRF or other
handicapping systems. There is no class association in these instances.
The current draft of the Advertising Code could be interpreted to permit
each owner of a boat racing in a handicap event to make his/her own choice
on advertising. US SAILING thinks that decision should be left to the
event organizer or member national authority.
3) Role of Event -- Organizer US SAILING believes that an event organizer
must have a role in any decision regarding advertising at its event. We
hope to work with ISAF to find a better balance between the interests of
class associations and the clubs that invest considerable resources to host
events for those classes.
US SAILING thinks that an Advertising Code which addresses these concerns
will be good for the sport, MNAs, classes, event organizers and sailors. We
look forward to working to accomplish that objective. -- Jim Muldoon,
President, US Sailing
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Whitton (619-226-8033) for details on how to offset regatta costs while
supplying high quality, affordable apparel to the racers. No event is too
small to qualify for this program so just do it!
PAN AM GAMES
Having a blast-the right blast of breeze at the right time, that is--was
the key to success for leaders among the 111 sailors competing today at the
Pan Am Games sailing event on Lake Winnipeg. For a second day, brisk 18-20
knot breezes kicked in, and the challenge was to harness 25-knot gusts that
flipped boats with ease. Team USA held on to five medal positions in five
of 10 classes, each of which completed two races today. With seven
scheduled races remaining, the U.S. sailors are within striking distance in
the other five classes.
Finn sailor Russ Silvestri (Tiburon, Calif.) took two second-place finishes
today behind Canada's Richard Clarke. "I made the same mistake in both
races," said Silvestri, explaining that he was in a close tacking scenario
with Clarke much of the day. "I worried about clearing my air instead of
playing the shifts to get ahead of Richard." Silvestri, a three-time Finn
North American champion in second overall, has both the tenacity and the
talent to knock off Clarke, whose performance moved him to the top of the
Lightning sailors Andy Horton (Shelburne, Vt.), Bill Fastiggi (Burlington,
Vt.) and Heather Rowe (Peru, N.Y.) had another good day, taking a 2-4 to
maintain a silver-medal position. The second-place race finish was despite
a 720 degree turn the trio took to exonerate itself from a port-starboard
infringement shortly after the start. "Getting back to fourth was real
important," said Horton. "A fourth is a keeper, not a throwout." As in all
of the classes, with four races completed, each team is allowed to discard
one race. Most are using the privilege to eliminate an ill-fated race
posted in either today's or yesterday's high winds. "Our mistake today
didn't cost us," added Horton, explaining that USA and Argentina are the
only two entrants in the Lightning class that have not capsized during this
Laser sailor Mark Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg, Fla.) posted a 1-2 to break
yesterday's four-way tie for second and put himself in a silver-medal
position. Being alert paid off handsomely in race one when Mendelblatt-in
5th place at the time--observed an M flag flying from a downwind mark boat.
The flag designated that competitors were to round it instead of a mark
further downwind that had unanchored itself and was drifting away. "I
heard that some sailors wanted to protest the race," said Mendelblatt, "but
the race committee did the right thing." In the second race, Mendelblatt
battled with overall leader Robert Scheidt to the first mark, but then
Brazil's '96 Olympic gold medalist began extending his lead and won.
Repeating yesterday's performance, boardsailor Lanee Butler (Dana Point,
Calif.) traded off victory in her two Mistral races with defending Pan Am
Gold Medalist Caroll-Ann Alie. Again as well, the longtime rivals each
finished second in the race they did not win and are tied for first.
"Caroll-Ann and I both fell in the first race, but she got caught up on the
windward mark and I recovered pretty quickly," said Butler. "The gusts
were extreme, because they set our marks close to shore and the land
affected them." While Butler and Alie are way ahead of the rest of their
fleet at mark roundings and finish lines, the men's Mistral sailors are
more tightly packed.
Mike Gebhardt (Ft. Pierce/Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) maintained his
fourth-place position with two third-place finishes today but expressed
disappointment that he didn't cover--in the second race--Argentina's
current leader Marcos Galvan, who had won the first race. "It's basic
stuff really," said Gebhardt. "Marcos peeled off and went left. He came
out golden, winning the race. The guy I stayed with was in second place,
so that didn't do me any good. Every little mistake is amplified in a
small fleet like this.
Lynn Olinger (Westminster/San Francisco, Calif.) is in fourth after turning
in a 4-3 in Europe class. "I tried a go-fast strategy that didn't work,"
said Olinger, who-along with most of the fleet--flipped her boat several
times. "I should have been conservative and just worked my way through the
USA's 14-person sailing squad is assisted by Team Leader Hal Haenel (Los
Angeles, Calif.), US Sailing Team Head Coach Gary Bodie (Hampton, Va.),
Assistant Coach Scott Ikle (Geneva/Manhasset, N.Y.) and Boatwright Carl
Eichenlaub (San Diego, Calif.). -- Barby MacGowan
For more information and complete scores: http://www.olympic-usa.org
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
Letters selected to be printed are routinely edited for clarity, space (250
words max) or to exclude personal attacks.
-- From Keith Taylor -- In addition to Ken Read and crew doing their best
to break his boat, Idler's owner George David also had to suffer my
attempts to mangle his name. I referred to him in error as David George in
my wrapup release about the US Team at the Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup.
-- From Campbell Field (Re Harold Cudmores comments on Chris
Law/Arbitrators performance) -- How damaging to the sport can this kind of
childish finger-pointing be? While some people are conversing in this forum
of the difficulty in attracting sponsorship, we have the Harolds of the
sport bleating in the press in this unprofessional manner. You don't see
the top athletes in any other professional sport being dragged before the
cameras and made scapegoats due to a fumbled ball, a missed goal or a
dropped catch. Grow up Harold. What ever happened to team work and
supporting those within the team?
-- From Scott Truesdell -- I have always been attracted to the aesthetics
of sailing-- long sleek boats with acres of pristine canvas spread aloft--
and dread the day when race boats resemble logo-covered NASCAR racers.
-- From Seth A. Radow (and savagely edited to our 250-word limit) --Every
measured rule, almost by definition, is type forming. Measured Rule Racing
therefore becomes and should remain, a Grand Prix format. I have
criticized PHRF in past discussions, and will continue to do so until the
system is "cleaned up". Many in S'Butt have offered phenomenal suggestions
to alleviate and eliminate many of the concerns relative to PHRF. Hopefully
US Sailing will implement some of these suggestions. I believe that PHRF
remains the ideal format for recreational racing. PHRF remains the only
way for boats designed to different rules or no rules at all to be
handicapped for fair and equitable (albeit somewhat inaccurately scored)
racing. With a little help from US Sailing and ongoing input from S'Butt
readers PHRF can go from "Good" to "Great".
From a Grand Prix perspective, PHRF is simply not good enough and never can
be. Sure, One Design racing is an ideal format for Grand Prix, but the
format will remain limited in scope. A measured rule attempts to keep all
boats on a level playing field within certain design parameters, so long as
they are designed to that rule (and so long as the rule is not developmental).
IRM apparently aims to correct the problems of IMS, and might deserve the
support of US Sailing for a Grand Prix format. I have become familiar with
its design concepts... and they appear quite reasonable. If worthwhile,
maybe we can put some weight behind the concept for Grand Prix Racing
throughout the States.
-- From Tom Ehman -- I agree with Robbie Haines comments in 'Butt #364. On
the other hand, I'm sitting here in Boston having just raced up from
Plymouth today on the NYYC Cruise (day 5) on the NY 40 HORNET -- my first
time racing under the USSA prescription. We are dutifully putting on our
life jackets at the start and finish as required by the infamous
prescription; and, in my opinion, it is asinine. The Transpac rule makes
much more sense than the current USSA prescription.
-- From Michael Foster SRO, former SDYC R/C -- I concur wholeheartedly with
Robbie Haines' comments regarding wearing lifesaving gear at night. On a
post Transpac race to Kauai we "pooped" a wave over the cockpit and only my
hand in the back of a crewman's trunks kept him from going over the
lifelines. Owners should require that the delivery crew should wear the
gear on the return trip!
-- Dan Nowlan, Transpac Entry Chairman (Response to Chris Welsh) --
Transpac participants are required to meet the ORC Special Regulations
Governing Offshore Racing for Category 1. The description of that category
states "Races of long distance and well offshore, where yachts must be
completely self-sufficient for extended periods of time, capable of
withstanding heavy storms and prepared to meet serious emergencies without
the expectation of outside assistance." Included in the substantial list of
required equipment for this category is a VHF radio that did Vapor carry.
According to her post race report, Vapor contacted at least one passing
ship via VHF and asked her to notify Transpac that she could receive but
not send on her single side band radio and was proceeding to Honolulu. That
message did not reach Transpac.
Those regulations are well thought out and address most critical
situations. The emergency steering gear requirement allowed Vapor to
complete her passage when her rudder failed. The comments of Robbie Haines
and others regarding the wearing of PFD's at night are meant to identify
possible improvements to make a comprehensive and proven even better.
-- From Glenn T. McCarthy -- Well after the black hole of information on
the Chicago Mackinac passed, now the J/24 North Americans just competed at
Chicago Yacht Club. Will we be seeing anything on the J/24's in Scuttlebutt?
Curmudgeon's comment: I'd love to publish a report. However, I checked both
the Chicago YC and the J/24 Association websites and found nothing. In
fact, CYC does not even show the event on their race schedule?
Nippon Challenge invited the general public to make name suggestions for
their two new IACC yachts and received 2,482 replies, finally settling on
two ancient Indian gods for their inspiration. The yachts will be called
Asura and Idaten. Asura is a Buddhist deity famous for its three faces and
six arms and Nippon believes that, like its namesake, their yacht JPN-44,
will be a great warrior. Idaten has six faces and 12 arms and wages war
with spears and bows from the back of a peacock. Idaten is revered as a
hero for recovering the Buddha's ashes from a demon thief, a feat that
required great speed. -- America's Cup 2000
The Walter Cooper Photography website has an incredible photo of the mast
going over the side on Terry Kohler's Santa Cruz 70 Cynosure at the start
of the Port Huron Mac Race: http://www.waltercooperphoto.com/
PAN AM GAMES NOTES
The U.S. Sailing Team's Boatwright Carl Eichenlaub of San Diego, Calif.,
has a story to tell for every one of the Pan Am and Olympic Games in which
he has participated since 1976. (And the 69-year-old HAS participated in
every one since then, fulfilling the all-important mission of fixing and
fine-tuning boats and equipment.) Before these Games started, a therapist
told Carl he couldn't attend, due to three pins in his shoulder that were
helping to heal a broken humerus bone suffered in a car accident. "I fired
him and got a new therapist," said Eichenlaub, who brings with him his own
workshop and kindly offers to help other countries when he can. -- Barby
SYDNEY, Australia-Fears of possible litigation as a consequence of events
surrounding the tragic 1998 Sydney to Hobart race has forced the Queensland
Cruising YC to cancel this year's Australia to New Caledonia race and may
result in the historic Brisbane to Gladstone race next Easter facing a
similar fate. The club's commodore, Ian Gidlow, said major offshore
yachting events remained in limbo while the Australian Yachting Federation
considered the rules governing the sport as a result of the Cruising YC of
Australia's review of the 1998 Hobart race which claimed six lives. -- Rob
Mundle, Grand Prix Sailor
For the full story: http://www.sailingworld.com
(Reprinted with permission from DEFENCE 2000, which is available for US $48
per year from John@roake.gen.nz)
* "Dennis would like to drive. He didn't in '95 because Paul Cayard was
there, but he would like to steer in Auckland. He's still very hot." --
Bill Trenkle, Conner's operations director.
* Isn't it funny that a Kiwi should just turn up to watch the Prada team
practising and putting their new boat through its paces. "And so" says a
member of the Italian team in a message to Defence 2000, "How can the
Kiwis cry foul with a straight face," referring to their New York spying
charges. According to our correspondent "We had a spy of our own shadowing
our boats just a week or two ago but instead of whining to the local press
and charging rules violations, we invited the Kiwi to dine with us,
declaring it was all a big laugh. There was no hope that the Kiwi spy could
remain incognito when there are at least a dozen Kiwis working for Prada."
For sure, intrigue is still alive, well and prevails on all America's Cup
fronts which is par the course. Red faces all round!
Racing legend Chris Bouzaid has created a very interesting PHRF web page.
This is a personal page and it is not affiliated or endorsed by any PHRF
organization or official group. The purpose of this site is to help racers
understand the PHRF system and have discussions with other people about the
rule and how it works. This site is meant to be a constructive
forward-looking site. It is hoped that comments, discussions and
suggestions will help the progression and participation of the rule and the
sport of yachting: http://www.phrf.com/
For as long as I can remember, I've used my tired, beat up old shorts for
sailing. But no more. I've gotten spoiled by my fast drying Supplex Camet
shorts, and with their foam pads that pamper my aging butt. And the Camet
shorts do have a good look. So now I have a problem - what do I do with my
old shorts? http://www.camet.com/
SNIPE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Mission Bay YC, (90 boats) After two races: 1. Doug Hart / Gus Wirth (2.75)
2. George Szabo / Eric Wilcox (3.75) 3. Craig and Lisa Leweck (4) Chuck
Sinks / Andrea Nilsen (7) 5. Rick and Carol Merriman (7.75) 6. Ken and
Julie Redler (10).
For some reason MBYC has still not yet posted the final results of the
Women's and Junior Nationals which ended Sunday. However, we did hear that
Robbie Haines' son Brian won the Snipe Junior Nationals. Perhaps we'll be
able to confirm that tomorrow. Perhaps not.
Regatta website: http://www.snipe.org/
INDIGO ISAF WORLDS UNDERWAY
The first race of the Indigo ISAF World Team Racing Championship started in
Dun Laoghaire Harbour (Dublin, Ireland) this morning at 0900 (local) in
bright sunshine and a fresh easterly breeze. The opening race saw USA1 beat
GBR2 though with 30 (at time of writing) out of 153 races scheduled for
round one, team form will only become apparent later this afternoon.
A total of 18 teams from 13 nations are competing at the event with two
squads each from Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, South Africa and USA.
Also competing are Czech Republic, France, Switzerland, New Zealand,
Netherlands, Spain, Sri Lanka and Canada. India had been expected until
last Friday when the entry was withdrawn. An international team had been
planned to even out the fleet to 20 teams but was dropped from the event as
a result. -- David Branigan
PORT HURON MAC RACE
Your patience is rewarded! The results of the Port Huron Mackinac Race are
now posted on the race website: http://www.byc.com/mack99/index.html
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATIONS
Schizophrenia is better than eating alone.