SCUTTLEBUTT #383 - August 24, 1999
LOUIS VUITTON CUP
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, August 24, 1999 - The America's Cup Challenge
Association (ACCA) is pleased to announce its partners in the creation of
the Official Web Site for the Louis Vuitton Cup, Challenger Races for the
America's Cup (www.louisvuittoncup.com). Hewlett-Packard (HP), PSINet Inc.
and TWIinteractive will collaborate on the development of a Web Site, set
to launch September 1, 1999, offering unprecedented coverage of on-line
racing action during sailing's crown jewel event.
The Louis Vuitton Cup will take place in the home waters of the reigning
victor - Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron - from October 1999 through March
2000. The winner will go forward to race in a best of nine match race
series for the America's Cup.
Features exclusive to www.louisvuittoncup.com include:
- Live racing action using 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional
interactive graphics created from a data stream providing positioning
information from the boats on the Louis Vuitton Cup racecourse.
- Live text commentary from the racecourse.
- Up-to-the-minute digital photography and weather data from the
- Details of all official results, timing deltas and statistics.
- Access to archives of video feeds from all Louis Vuitton Cup races.
- Access to live video feeds from press conferences.
- Access to a high-resolution photo gallery.
David Elwell, Chairman of ACCA remarked, "Traditionally, extended coverage
of America's Cup action has not been available until the semi-final rounds
of the Louis Vuitton Cup. The Internet promises to change that. New media
technologies created by our partners will provide broadcasters, competing
syndicates and their sponsors with maximum visibility and return on
investment in the early rounds. More importantly it will provide the
sailing enthusiast as well as the general public with a level of coverage
never before seen."
PSINet, HP, and TWIinteractive have developed a state-of-the-art Internet
network to power the ultimate sailing Web Site. In this strategic
marketing and technology alliance, PSINet is the Official Internet Supplier
for the Site, providing global Internet access, hosting, and network
management expertise. HP, as the Official Hardware Supplier, is providing
enterprise server equipment and services expertise. Sports marketing and
site development talent is supplied by TWIinteractive, the new media group
of IMG, the world's leading international sports marketing agency. Both
PSINet and the HP have been designated Founding Technology Partners of the
ACCA Web Site.
Connectivity and hosting is provided on an integrated server system in
Auckland, NZ with dispersed "server farms" in the US, Australia and the UK.
TWIinteractive will manage and produce the Site on behalf of ACCA. For
all three organizations, this partnership marks an unprecedented
enhancement in this prestigious event.
PSINet and HP have collaborated to provide mission-critical hosting for a
variety of high-profile Web sites, including www.spaceflight.nasa.gov, the
official NASA Shuttle Web Site that supported John Glenn's return to space
and www.france98.com, the official 1998 FIFA World Cup Soccer Site.
Together, PSINet and HP have rapidly become the market leaders in
supporting high-volume Internet event traffic.
The America's Cup Challenge Association is the organizing authority for the
Louis Vuitton Cup. Its objectives are to produce a successful challenger
for the 30th America's Cup Match by offering the highest competition
possible during the regatta and to represent the interests of all
Challenging Yacht Clubs in its dealings with Royal New Zealand Yacht
Squadron. -- Heather M. Pike, ACCA
Event website: http://www.louisvuittoncup.com
Kingston, Ontario - Robbie Daniel and Jacques Bernier of Clearwater, FL
continue to lead in the Tornado North American championship posting three
more wins in today's three races. Moving into second place were John Lovell
and Charlie Ogletree, who vaulted up from fourth place, posting two seconds
and a third on the day. Lars Guck and Eric Jacobsen of Bristol, RI slid
into third position after a second, seventh and third place today.
In the Olympic class Laser Gold fleet, Mark Mendelblatt of St.Petersburg,
FL is in the lead, with a first, second and third on the day, leaving his
with 6 pts after one drop is calculated. Peter Hurley of New York, NY is in
second with 11 pts. In third is John Torgerson of Annapolis, MD. -- Julie
Other results: 470: 1 REESER, MORGAN (10.00) USA 2.. BASKETT, PAUL 1
(16.00) CAN 3. GOODING, ANDY (24.00) JAM; LASER II YOUTH: 1. HAINES, BRIAN
/LAUREN MAXAM (5.00) USA 2. ANDERSON-MITTERLING, MICHAEL (8.00) USA 3.
MIS, ADAM /CHARLES MACPHAIL (16.00) CAN
Complete results: http://cork.org
Many of the crews at the J/120 North Americans were sporting new crew
apparel from Pacific Embroidery. However, Frank Whitton reports that the
Chick Pyle and Chuck Nichols ordered more shirts for their crew on CC Rider
than any other team. And CC Rider won the North American Championship. Hmm
-- could there be a relationship? One thing for sure, the embroidered
A-Sails on the CC Rider shirts were all in perfect trim. Call Frank to find
out to upgrade your crew apparel. It's more affordable than you think.
(619) 226-8033 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
* Englishman Bryan Willis has been appointed Chief Umpire and Chairman of
the Jury for both the America's Cup Match and the Louis Vuitton Cup. The
appointment was jointly confirmed today by the two organising bodies,
America's Cup 2000 and the America's Cup Challenge Association (NZ) Ltd.
Bryan Willis will chair the International Jury which will hear protests off
the water and assign umpires to matches throughout the regatta. He has a
wealth of America's Cup experience having served as rules advisor with the
Swedish Challenge in 1980, the British Victory Challenge in 1983 and
Australia's Kookaburra defence in 1987. In San Diego in 1992 he served on
the jury and was lead umpire when umpiring was first used for the event.
He is currently Chairman of the Race Officials Committee of the
International Sailing Federation (ISAF).
As Chief Umpire, Willis will manage a team of 16 ISAF certified
international umpires and judges from eight countries - Australia, Canada,
Denmark, France, New Zealand, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United
States, together with the US Virgin Islands.
Willis recently spent several days in Auckland surveying office and housing
sites for the team of umpires and judges. He will return to New Zealand to
take up his duties in late September. "The organisers for the Challenge and
the Defence have succeeded in putting together a great team of ISAF
umpires," says Willis. "I look forward to the challenge of providing a fair
and independent umpiring service and jury facility to the high standard
appropriate to this prestigious event." -- Heather Pike, ACCA
* Newport Harbor YC is hosting Paul Cayard Thursday, August 26th, for a
presentation on the AmericaOne Syndicate. It will be in the style of NHYC's
"Big Wednesday" Series, although, obviously, it is on a Thursday. Also,
since Thursday night Twilight racing is still going on, the talk will be a
little more casual and will follow the racing at about 8:00 PM. Dinner is
the standard Twilight Burger Bash. NHYC would like to invite interested
local sailors to attend Cayard's presentation. No RSVP required, however we
expect a strong turnout, so if guests are planning on eating dinner they
should arrive early (6:30 PM). -- Chris Welsh
* Political turmoil in Russia may impact on the Age of Russia syndicate's
chances of competing in America's Cup 2000. Vladimir Kuhlbida, Commodore of
the St Petersburg Yacht Club, visited Auckland last week but expressed
concern that the sacking of the Prime Minister by President Boris Yeltsin
had deprived the syndicate of a crucial political ally. Whether the new
Prime Minister would continue to support the Russian campaign remained to
be seen. He left New Zealand armed with a letter of support and
encouragement from the America's Cup Challenge Associaion, whose president,
Dyer Jones, expressed the hope that the syndicate would be on the startline
on October 18 when the Louis Vuitton Challenger series gets under way. --
America 's Cup 2000, http://www.americascup2000.org.nz/fs.html
AND THE WINNERS ARE: Andy Horton, Kate Sheahan and Scott Ilke. They got in
the last race Sunday morning, so both fleets got a throwout. It was very
close competition. Despite that one day we got no races, a lot of sailors
are taking home the memory (and the bruises) from the big winds yesterday
Final results: CHAMPIONSHIP: 1 Andy Horton (20) 2 Jim Allen (21) 3 Tom
Allen, Jr. (24) 4 Paul Wurtzebach (33) 5 Phil Grotheer (34) PRESIDENT'S
CUP: 1. Rafael Tamayo (14) 2 Patrick Hylant (15) 3 Charles Hess (16).
Complete results: http://www.ussailing.org/
I think my favorite part is the deep pockets. Sure, I like the great look
of my Camet sailing shorts; and the fact that Supplex really dries quickly;
and the way the Cordura seat patch stands up to course non-skid patterns.
And Lord knows I love the 1/4-inch foam pads that can be inserted into the
seat patch to eliminate fanny fatigue. But I still think I like the deep
pockets best. They hold lots of stuff, but more importantly -- nothing ever
falls out. NEVER. Take a look for yourself - they come in four great colors
(Red, Navy Blue, Khaki, Grey): http://www.camet.com/
SNIPE JUNIOR WORLDS
CLUB MAR ALMERIA, ALMERIA, SPAIN (22 boats) Final results: 1. ARG, LUCAS
GOMES /MARCOS (20.50) 2 ESP, FRANCISCO SANCHEZ /MATIAS ROS (21.50) ESP RAUL
VALENZUELA /CARLOS CARMONA (22) 4. BRA, 3 ROBERTO PARADERA /DANIEL ORTEGA
(27) 5. URU PABLO DEFAZIO /DIEGO STEFANI (29.75) 13. USA DUSTIN KAYS /SEAN
ADAMS (57) 17. USA LEE SACKETT /GRANT GLASS (83).
Class website: http://www.snipe.org
REGATTA INSIGHT -- Jonathan McKee
After previous stops in Italy and France, the European Grand Prix for 49ers
moved north to Germany, with the third leg just completed in the North Sea
town of Eckernforde. 73 teams assembled from around the world, making this
the biggest 49er event ever outside of the World Champs. As always, the
format was 2 days of qualifying to pick the top 25, then 2 days of finals
The regatta began in classic North Sea conditions, with 20-30 knots of
cold, blustery wind and driving rain. The fleet split into two groups,
with four races scheduled for each. By the last red fleet race, the puffs
had increased to over 30 knots, and the race committee pulled the plug,
rescheduling for the following morning. The day was filled with drama,
including spectacular cartwheels, jibs ripped in half, numerous broken
masts, and the usual assortment of other pitfalls. At one point a large
German naval vessel clogged up the downwind gate, wreaking havoc with a
fleet already out of control.
At the end of the day, the Spaniards Lopez and de la Plaza on Talgo were on
top with an impressive 3 first place finishes in the yellow group. Team
McLube, sailed by Jonathan and Charlie McKee, had a solid day to lead the
red group with a 1, 2, 4. The Germans Marcus Bauer and Phillip Barth were
right on the heels with 3 thirds. Brits Brotherton and Gray had a 1,4, but
their rig came tumbling down in the third race. Pre-regatta favorite
Renault, winner of Kiel Week and the French Grand Prix, sailed by
Australians Adam Beashal and Teague Czislowski, had a rough day, with an
OCS in the first race and a broken shroud in the second race. They were
leading the final race when the naval ship incident occurred, allowing
McLube to slip by just before the finish for the victory. World Champions
Chris Nicholson and Daniel Phillips, sailing Bandol, survived the brutal
day with a 5, 5, 8.
As the fleet scrambled to put their boats back together, day 2 began rainy
but lighter, with an offshore wind featuring big shifts and puffs. The
speedy Spaniards continued their winning ways with 2 more good scores.
Bandol got on track, with a 1st and 3rd. Brotherton and Gray continued to
sail well in the tricky conditions, with all top 4 races. The Germans on
Volkswagen had another good day, with only one race out of the top five.
Team McLube started off slowly, with a poor first race, but then rallied
with a 1, 2, 4 to end the qualifying series in the lead, 1 point ahead of
the Brits. Volkswagen's consistency earned them a third. Talgo faded at
the end, but hung on to finish the qualifying 4th, just ahead of Nicholson
and Phillips in 5th. The French team of Dimitri Deuelle and Phillipe
Gasparini rallied to take 6th, followed by Spa regatta winner TNT, sailed
by the Bruni brothers from Italy. Eighth was former 505 class World
Champion Ian Barker and Simon Hiscock from England on Holt Allen. Both
other North American teams qualified for the Gold Fleet, with Tina and
Trevor Baylis of Canada in 22nd, and Andy Mack/Adam Lowery on Team Revo
squeaking by in 25th.
Each team's qualifying score counts as one race in the finals, with 7 more
races to be sailed on the weekend, and no discards. Saturday again saw
the shifty offshore breeze of 10-15 knots. The breeze was particularly
random at the top of the course, nearest the shore, creating opportunity
for boats behind and heartbreak for those missing the last puffs. Race 1
began with Audi from Finland, sailed by Thomas Johanson and Jirky Jarvi,
jumping out to an early lead and holding on for the victory. Next were the
Italians and Spanish. Team McLube had a poor race, culminating in a
disastrous first leeward mark rounding. The 21st place finish did not bode
well at the beginning of a no-discard series!
The following race was won convincingly by Bauer and Barth of Germany,
after a 6th place in Race 1, giving them the series lead. The Budgen
brothers from Britain were second. The McKee brothers had an awesome
second beat to finish third, keeping them in contention. Bandol had a rare
falter with a 20th place. This was clearly going to be a long,
nerve-wracking series with the spoils going to those who could avoid disaster.
Race 3 was dominated by the unknown German team of Markus Steeg and Deml
Moritz, sailing their first Gold Fleet regatta. The ever-consistent Bruni
brothers were second, moving them past Volkswagen for the series lead, who
scored an 10th. Nicholson got back on track with a 3rd, followed by Holt
Allen and Team McLube.
The day's final race saw more breeze but a big left shift at the start,
causing most of the fleet to start on port tack. As the mayhem cleared,
Bauer/Barth, Talgo, Audi and the French emerged in the front row. The
Germans rounded just ahead of the snarling pack and skated away on a big
puff downwind to take the gun, and re-capture the lead for the regatta.
Bruni slipped with a 13th, to end the day 9 points behind in second place.
Chris and Dan on Bandol had another solid race, a 4th, to move into 3rd
overall despite their previous 20th. Team McLube finished seventh, good
enough to secure fourth place, tied with the Finns on Audi. The Spaniards
on Talgo were second in this race, moving them up to 6th overall, just
ahead of the French and Brits. The Baylis team finished with 3 top 10
scores to hold down 11th place.
Sunday dawned with almost identical conditions, another tactician's
nightmare. With 3 races and no discards, it was still anyone's regatta.
Holt Allen started out with a bang, playing the left side perfectly to win
convincingly. Rensch/Haverland of Germany were second, with Bandol third.
Series leader Volkswagen stumbled with an 18th, while Bruni had a solid 5th
to retake the lead. McLube rallied to 8th to stay in contention, but just.
The penultimate heat was another runaway victory, this time for the Swiss
Team of Chris Rast and Bruno Zeltner. Audi moved through the fleet to
finish second, after being nearly last the race before. Bandol from
Australia was again rock solid with a third place, while Bruni slipped
badly with a 20th. McLube was running about 10th most of the race, but
suffered a disastrous last run to finish 17th, taking them out of the running.
So going into the deciding race, World Champs Nicholson and Phillips were
the only ones to be consistent all day, and now held the lead for the first
time all week. Second was Volkswagen and third Bruni on TNT, both still
close enough to win. Barker and Hiscock scored a 5th to moved them into
4th place, just ahead of the French. Team McLube and Audi were tied for
sixth, only 2 points back. So realistically, McLube was looking at 4th to
7th going into the last race.
On the final start the black flag was hoisted, so any boat over the line is
scored DSQ. The first start was a general recall, with 4 boats nailed,
including the French and Team Revo. The next start was a go, with McLube
taking the leeward end, counting on more breeze on the left. The fleet
split, but coming together mid-beat, it was clear the right pack had a
better shift, led by the Ukrainians, Bandol and the Spanish. McLube was
leading the right pack but fell out of breeze just before the mark, and
boats slipped by on both sides, including the wily Audi team. The McKees
rounded the first mark 10th, well behind Audi and just in front of Barker
and Hiscock. So it wasn't looking good for moving up in the standings.
Bandol maintained their second position, with the Germans out the back and
the Italians in 8th, locking up the regatta win. The second beat was
pivotal in deciding the other places. McLube worked the right and got
close to Audi, but the Audi started covering closely, with the Brits still
lurking close behind. But as the breeze got weird at the top of the course
Team McLube finlly caught the puff they had been looking for, rounding the
last weather mark overlapped with Audi in 5th place. Slipping by on the
spinnaker set, it was back and forth down the run in the puffy breeze, but
coming through the gate McLube held a 2 length lead, jibing just in front
of Audi heading for the finish. McLube caught the boat just ahead right at
the finish pin to finish fourth, enough to beat the Finns and the Brits.
The Italians held onto 8th, good enough for second in the series. But the
Germans on Volkswagen never rallied and finished 21st, allowing the
Americans to slip by them for 3rd overall. The other North American teams,
Baylis and Revo, wound up 19th and 22nd respectively.
In the end, the German Grand Prix was an unqualified success despite very
tricky winds. The Gold Fleet is tougher than ever, with a different race
winner each heat. Nicholson and Phillips reasserted their dominance,
scoring all top 5 races except one. They now lead the prize money total
with a 1, 2, 3 in the first 3 Grand Prixs. The Bruni brothers on TNT
continued their solid sailing of late with a well earned second place. Team
McLube showed a lot of strength, but made a few too many mistakes to win.
Their third puts them in second for overall prize money, combined with
their win in the Italian Grand Prix. The record attendance and great TV
footage bodes well for the continued success of the Grand Prix series in
So now it's further north to Goteborg, Sweden for the final leg of the 1999
European Grand Prix, with racing beginning Thursday. The overall prize
money total is still up for grabs, with the McKees and Brunis ready to
pounce if the Australians falter.
Final Results, Gold Fleet top 10: 1 Bandol Nicholson/Phillips Australia 44
pts. 2 TNT Bruni/Bruni Italy 63 3 Team McLube McKee/McKee USA 66 4 Holt
Allen Barker/Hiscock Great Britain 67 5 Volkswagen Bauer/Barth Germany 68 6
Audi Johanson/Jarvi Finland 68 7 Talgo Lopez/de la Plaza Spain 77 8
Produitts Latiers Deruelle/Gasparini France 85 9 Produitts Latiers
Audineau/Farnarier France 93 10 Rensch/Haverland Germany 105.
MORE AMERICA'S CUP
Auckland, NZ -- Dennis Conner announced the appointment of the curmudgeon,
Tom Leweck, as his America's Cup syndicate's Public Relations Officer.
"It's great to have Tom as part of our team," Conner said. "His PR skills
and experience coupled with his understanding of the sport will be very
valuable to our team."
A retired Public Relations executive, Leweck left corporate life in 1988 as
Director of Public Affairs for GTE California. Since retiring, he has
written extensively for yachting magazines. Prior to starting his widely
read racing e-mail newsletter Scuttlebutt in 1997, he was the West Coast
editor of Sailing World magazine.
Leweck has actively and successfully campaigned racing sailboats on the
West Coast since the mid-60s. As a skipper, he's won six National and North
American championships in both dinghies and keelboats. He's also raced a
total of 52 long distance Mexican races -- a record that will stand for a
while -- and completed seven Transpac Races to Honolulu.
A former commodore of the California Yacht Club, Leweck was the ULDB 70
Association's Executive Director for seven years. He has also served as
president of PHRF of Southern California and of the Cal 20 Class
Association. In 1997, the Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs named
him Yachtsman of the Year.
Leweck will join the Team Dennis Conner sailing team in Auckland later this
month for the christening of the new Reichel/Pugh designed Stars & Stripes,
Team Dennis Conner is one of thirteen teams challenging Team New Zealand
for the America's Cup. Starting October 18th 1999, the Challenger teams
will compete for the Louis Vuitton Cup. The winner will race the New
Zealanders in a best of nine series beginning February 19th, 2000.
This will be Dennis Conner's eighth America's Cup campaign, having
qualified in six of his seven attempts, winning the America's Cup four
times. Conner is the only Challenger ever to win the America's Cup and
with a determined and focused group of experienced and committed team
members he hopes to return the America's Cup to the United States once again.
Team Dennis Conner website: http://www.stars-stripes.com/
Curmudgeon's comments: So what's going to happen to Scuttlebutt now that
the curmudgeon has a real 'day job?' Hopefully, very little. DC has
encouraged me to keep 'Butt going while I'm in Auckland with his syndicate,
and I'm certainly going to try. I'm also going to try very hard to maintain
its current level objectivity.
'Butt has always been a 'cut and paste' operation -- consolidating material
from websites, press releases and e-mail. That's not going to change. While
there may be a bit more of an America's Cup flavor during this period, we
will certainly not ignore the rest of the racing scene.
So while Scuttlebutt will originate from a different part of the world, and
will undoubtedly be issued at a different time of the day, it will still be
instantly recognizable as 'Butt. At least, that's the plan.
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATION
Living in the lap of luxury isn't bad, but you never know when luxury is
going to stand up.