SCUTTLEBUTT #377 - August 11, 1999
NIRVANA'S 1985 record for the fastest monohull in the Fastnet Race has
proven remarkably resilient in the biannual ocean-racing classic but it was
eclipsed overnight on Monday by another American maxi, George Coumantaros'
Boomerang. Skippered by his son, John, Boomerang sailed the 605-mile course
five hours and 52 minutes faster than Marvin Green's Nirvana. This was not
the best monohull time however, since Ross Field's Maxi One Design, New
Zealand, was seven hours and 18 minutes faster though she had the benefit
of additional ballast.
The most eyecatching performance came from Catherine Chabaud's canary
yellow Open 60 Whirlpool, which swirled into Plymouth the sixth boat home
having beaten all four ILC-70 maxis and all eight MODs save for Field's.
"Great!" said the smiling Frenchwoman, though the glow did not last long as
questions over her boat's rating were raised by two of the ILC-70 maxis,
Boomerang and Alexia, owned by Argentinian Alberto Roemmers.
Alexia, though second home among the ILC-70 maxis, was the corrected time
winner and a strong contender for the overall handicap honours and the
race's main prize, the Fastnet Trophy. Whirlpool, meanwhile, was given a
new, less favourable rating yesterday, dropping out of contention for
overall honours, after an error by omission of not recording her water
Shaping the outcome for the bigger boats was a small low pressure system.
It paid to be north of it for fresher winds on the way to the rock, and
south of it for faster sailing angles on the return. Missing out badly was
Ted Turner and Larry Ellison on Sayonara, finishing an unaccustomed last in
the ILC-70 maxi division. "The thinking part of the boat wasn't in tune,"
said Ellison of the tactical error on Saturday night which dropped Sayonara
behind. "We should have covered Alexia and Sagamore when they gybed and
stayed in the same water." Turner added: "The navigator said we'd do our
own thing and sail our own race." -- Tim Jeffery, Daily Telegraph, UK
To read Jeffery's full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/
FINISHING TIMES of the first 25 boats listed alphabetically: Alexia 0336
Tuesday; Alinghimax 0045 Tuesday; Banque Populaire 1939 Monday; Boomerang
0318 Tuesday; Broceliande 1147 Monday; Chernikeeff, 2347 Tuesday; CLM 2052
Tuesday; Defi Bouygues Telecom 0124 Tuesday; Fujicolor 1127 Monday; Goss
Challenger II 0007 Wednesday; Ilbruck 2 0213 Tuesday; Kingfisher 1946
Monday; Rainbow Magic 0158 Tuesday; RF Yachting NZ 0018 Tuesday; Rivera di
Rimini 0547 Tuesday; Sagamore 0340 Tuesday; Sayonara 0444 Tuesday; Skandia
0037 Tuesday; Swan Nokia Hamilton 2314 Tuesday; Synphony 0116 Tuesday; Team
Group 4 1941 Tuesday; Tonnerre 2317 Tuesday; Whirlpool -Europe 2 0152
Tuesday; www.torget.se 1947 Tuesday; Yess 0400 Tuesday.
Fastnet Race website: http://fastnet.org
STILL MORE FASTNET
PLYMOUTH-Storming home just after midnight, Ross Field's RF Yachting (NZL)
was the clear Maxi-One-Design class winner of the Fastnet Race which
culminated the Adecco World Championship. Field beat his nearest rival,
Ludde Ingvall with Skandia (EUR), by 18 minutes, but it was Ingvall who
took the 600,000 Swiss Francs first prize for the championship with Field
having to be content with half that sum for second overall.
It was a fast Fastnet Race and the Maxi-One-Designs displayed just how fast
it could be by decimating the monohull course record, set by Marvin Green's
80 foot Nirvana by 7 hours 32 minutes and 2 seconds. The new, ultimate
monohull record, set by Ross Field's RF Yachting, is 2 days 5 hours 8
minutes and 51 seconds. All six of the Maxi-One-Designs which completed
the course broke the old record.
The double points counting Fastnet Race began on Saturday evening from
Cowes in near calm conditions and was almost certainly won and lost in the
way in which the boats went out of the Solent and into the English Channel.
Ross Field said, 'We deliberately chose to stay to the left hand side
going out of the Solent, and we were proved to be correct. We were easily
ahead by the Needles.'
Ingvall agreed, 'The winning and losing was at the start. We had a good
start,' he said, 'but it might have paid to be bad.' By that he meant that
speed off the line was not as important as the position nearest to the
Royal Yacht Squadron and the Isle of Wight shore where the current was to
begin running to the west and become strongest.
It was a tricky time when the wind dropped to nothing and the ebb tide took
over. Without steerage way, Guido Maisto grounded Seac Banche (ITA) on the
Shingles Bank and had to be towed clear, enforcing his retirement from the
race. 'We had the anchor ready in case of something like that happening,'
said Ingvall. It was there that Field's strategy of holding as far left as
possible paid handsome dividends.
'We were first out into the Channel and the weather information that we
received from France told us to go south,' he said. 'We were the most
south boat when the wind came and we got it first,' and he added with a
broad smile, 'and from then on the rich got richer.' In no time, RF
Yachting was 20 miles ahead of the next boat and the outcome of the Fastnet
was almost assured.
It was during the first night at sea that the boats had some really hard
sailing, running before the easterly wind of 40 knots. It was fast, wet,
and furious and had it's moments for some. A steering failure for Geoff
Meek's Rainbow Magic (RSA) during a 50 knot prolonged gust necessitated a
spinnaker take-down and ground was lost to the rest of the fleet, which his
crew were never able to fully recover.
'The Championship was a fantastic event,' said Pierre Fehmann, the
President of the Maxi-One-Design Class Association, 'The level of skippers
and crews was extremely high. We are perhaps lucky to have had good winds
for all the events and to have had only one technical problem - the failure
of Team Henri-Lloyd's mast in Kieler Woche - but that was quickly and
efficiently cleared.' He added, 'I am very happy to announce that the
programme for 2000 Adecco World Championship will be much the same.' -- Bob
Fastnet Race Finishing order: 1. NZL RF Yachting Ross Field 2. EUR
Skandia Ludde Ingvall 3. SUI Alinghimax Ernesto Bertarelli 4. BEL
Synphony Hans Bouscholte 5. FRA Le Defi Bourgues Telecom - Transiciel
Jimmy Pahun 6. RSA Rainbow Magic Geoff Meek DNF ITA Seac Banche Guido
Maisto DNS SWE Team Henri-Lloyd Gunnar Krantz
Adecco World Championship Final placings: 1. EUR 74 points 2. NZL 65 3.
FRA 43 4. RSA 43 5. BEL 36.5 6. SUI 36 7. SWE 25 8. ITA 9
Event website: http://www.adecco-championship.com/uk/
August 6-8, 1999 Mission Bay Yacht Club -- The 1999 US Laser Nationals were
held in near perfect Southern California conditions. All 84 Lasers raced
in the ocean just offshore from the famous Belmont Roller Coaster. The
weekend was filled with mostly sunny skies and a decent breeze blew over
the course for most of the races. People were getting sick right and left
even though the seas were fairly moderate. I was also victim of the
illness that I think was food poisoning but no conclusions were drawn.
The first two days were a bit gloomy with mostly cloudy skies but fairly
warm temperatures. The competitors finishing scores began to separate the
fleet as nearly everyone was found to be inconsistent in the oscillating
breeze. Local San Diegans Alex Camet and myself, Bill Hardesty, were off
and running with all near top ten finishes while most others battled with
deeper mid fleet finishes that they hoped would be their one throw out
race. Camet suffered an over the starting line early in the third race
which put the pressure on him to have a good series from their on out. I
was maintaining consistent finishes near fifth with one big bummer in race
number 9 finishing 53rd, food poisoning partly to blame. Positions 3-8
were changing rapidly with people like John Myrdal, Andrew Childs, Kurt
Taulbee, Brett Davis, Peter Hurley, Charles Meade, and others having close
scores and most already using their one throw out race.
The excitement all happened on the last day with two races remaining. Camet
was in first only one point ahead of myself. Third place was still not
totally out of the picture, only 13 points behind me. Camet won the first
race on this final day while I was barely able to squeak out a second place
after coming back from sixth around the last leeward mark to take some risk
and make the necessary gains on the boats that were ahead. I still had my
work cut out for me now being two points down and only one race remaining.
I would loose any ties so I needed to have two boats finish between Camet
and myself in order to take the overall win.
Things got interesting as Camet engaged me with some match race style
circling, which we eventually broke off with 45 seconds remaining. Camet
pressed tightly into a small hole near the port end of the starting line
while I moved up further looking for more room to get a clear start. The
line was crowded and neither of us got of the start in the front row. I
still had my eye on Camet as I witnessed him being swept into the starting
mark. He exonerated himself with 360 degree penalty turn.
Around the first mark I was in 4th with Camet near tenth. It was still
quite a nail biter because if I made a small mistake and Camet made a gain
he could be back in position. I was moving fast and eventually moved up
into the lead while Camet could only move up to sixth. It is always an
exciting regatta when it comes down to the last race. -- Bill Hardesty
Final results: 1. Bill Hardesty 36, 2. Alex Camet 39, 3. John Myrdal 61, 4.
Andrew Childs 71, 5. Charles Meade 75, 6. Brett Davis 80, 7. Peter Hurley
82, 8. Matt McQueen 103, 9. Andy Lovell 106, 10. Martin Hartmanis 114.
Complete results: http://www.MBYC.org/laser99/laserhtm
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volumes about that commitment. West Marine will help you enjoy your boat.
Stop in one of their stores and you'll see what I'm talking about. I think
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AMERICA'S CUP SCHEDULE
The next deadlines for the syndicates are:
-- 18 September, yachts must be in New Zealand available for measurement
unless a measurement certificate has been issued prior to this date.
-- 4 October, yachts must be in New Zealand.
-- 16 October, all yachts shall have completed measurement.
-- 17 October, the front page of each yacht's measuring certificate must be
delivered to the Organizing Authority.
-- 18 October - 23 October '99 (6 racing days) Round One of the LOUIS
VUITTON CUP series
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 Bouzaid -- Jim Teeters, Director of Research for US Sailing
and technical developer of Ratings Plus has a real problem on his hands.
Simply stated the existing VPP programs don't work for all boats.
PHRF + will only work if someone can produce a set of VPP's that work for
all hull shapes. All the existing VPP's are only useful for specific shapes.
Take the IMS VPP's for example . My 31-foot sportboat gives time to a Farr
40 upwind in all conditions and the Farr 40 gives time to my boat downwind.
You don't need to be a Sailmaker to know the controlling element of upwind
speed is sailing waterline length and the controlling element of downwind
speed is Power to weight ratio. No 31 footer is going to sail upwind faster
than a 40 footer in normal sailing conditions.
The biggest single simple improvement that can be made in PHRF is for all
yachts to have an upwind and a downwind number and their handicap in any
race is determined by the sum of each or the time spent upwind and
downwind. See http://www.phrf.com/faq.htm for a greater explanation of the
-- From Christian Fevrier (Re the Fastnet report (Scuttlebutt #376) -- "As
it was, Fujicolor II finished at 11.27am yesterday to post a final time of
40 hours 27 mins and lower the record by 3hours 33mins" Tim Jeffery's
report is wrong about the new record. Fujicolor bettered the Primagaz
record by 5 hours 17 minutes and not 3 hours and 33 minutes. The previous
record in 1997 was 1d 21h 44' 47" (635 m) 13,88 kts average speed.
-- From Mike Leneman -- Magnitude did indeed set a new monohull record for
the Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race, 6 hrs. 54 mins. I don't know what
exactly the old record was, but it was notably more than that.
STAR NORTH AMERICANS
Cottage Park Yacht Club, Boston Harbor (36 boats) -- After two of six races:
|1 || Doyle,Eric || Olson,Tom || USA || 2
|2 || Bromby, Peter || White, Lee || Bermuda || 5
|3 || Reynolds, Mark || Rick Peters || USA || 6
|4 || MacCausland, John || Iverson, George || USA || 11
|5 || Kohlhas, Jock || Yakovenko, D. || USA || 14
|6 || Mansfield, Mark || O'Brien, David ||Ireland || 17
|7 || Schofield, Douglas || Schofield, Robert || USA || 17
|8 || Freeman, James || Van Olst, Eric || USA || 17
|9 || Braverman, S. || Rezac, Ron || USA || 19
|10 || Vessella,Peter || Murphy,Kevin || USA || 23
Event site: http://www.cpyc.org/star/na/
TIP O' THE WEEK
The End Around -- Here comes the leeward mark and we are stacked up three
boats across all overlapped. Bad news is I'm on the outside. Good news is
my bow is forward and I have a bit of clear air and speed because I am
reaching just a touch more than the other two boats. Perfect set-up for
the end around.
If I slow down and take everyone's transom I am going upwind in bad air and
have to tack. If going left is a good thing then maybe this is okay,
unless the two boats in front of me also decide that left is good. However,
if the beat is neutral or right favored, then I can come out of this
leeward mark in a safe leeward position going fast to the right. The trick
is to keep my bow poked out in front of the other two boats as they make a
fairly hairpin turn around the leeward mark. If I can use my speed to
smoothly turn upwind, keep my bow clear ahead and rely on their slowing as
they turn sharply I can pull this off.
This is a bold move and the key to making it work is to stay confident and
only give the room the inside boats absolutely need. Usually they are
yelling so much you can focus on speed and position while they are yelling
and slowing. When the end around works you look goldentake a bad position
and turn it into a good one. -- The Coach @ Sailweb.net
(Reprinted with permission from DEFENCE 2000, which is available for US $48
per year from John@roake.gen.nz)
Work has started on Team New Zealand's second boat. With the registration
NZL 60, the hull is parked alongside their No 1 boat, NZL57, which will not
be in the water for at least another month. Team New Zealand expects to
have both boats competing against each other in trials by November. There
are now 18 new America's Cup boats either under construction or already
ADVANCED RACE MANAGEMENT SEMINARS
US Sailing has scheduled two Advanced Race Management Seminars:
-- September 25-26, 1999, Corinthian YC, Marblehead, MA -- Designed for
people with race committee experience, and especially for those wishing to
become Regional and National US Sailing Certified Race Officers. The topics
to be covered include RC objectives, competition formats, sailing
instructions, RC jobs, RC equipment, race day preparations, starts, setting
the course, finishing, post race responsibilities, and scoring The
principal instructor will be Tom Farquhar.
-- November 13 14, 1999, Bayview YC, Detroit, MI -- Designed for race
committee personnel interested in refreshing and increasing their knowledge
of race management. The topics covered will include regatta organization,
competition formats, notice of race and sailing instructions, race
committee jobs and equipment, race day preparations, starts, setting and
maintaining the course, finishing and scoring. The principal instructor
will be Tom Farquhar.
For details: http://www.ussailing.org/
I've never raced Lahaina Race Week. However it must be pretty special
because Jake Wood is having Sorcery, his Mull 80 delivered from Marina del
Rey, California to Maui specifically for the two-day regatta.
THE CURMUDGEON'S COUNCIL
Aim Low; Reach Your Goals; Avoid Disappointment.