SCUTTLEBUTT #384 - August 25, 1999
GUEST EDITORIAL -- By Glenn T. McCarthy
Do you have a Junior program that is funded by a 501(c)3 that needs to be
jumped started? Do you have a need to get a community sailing program up
and running and wish to fund it through donations? Or are you like us and
wish to help fund your local sailors get to national, international
championships and Olympics through donations?
On October 28, 1999 from 4:00-5:30 at the US SAILING Annual General Meeting
(AGM) in Baltimore, MD, I will run a seminar on how to set up a 501(c)3 and
how my sailing charity has put over $250,000 in the bank in 5 years.
Before you show up, go to www.ussailing.org and check the AGM schedule for
A guest speaker will explain the "how to become a 501(c)3" and I will be
lecturing on "How to bring the boats & money in". For participants there,
I will go over brochures to entice donations, contracts used in our
program, tips of traps to be aware of, tips on relationships with the IRS
and tips on working with boat dealers (a major resource), responsibilities
of owning a donated boat and systems Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation
(LMSRF) has set up that allows the program to operate smoothly. If it
sounds complicated, it really isn't, heck a simple sailor like me is doing it.
LMSRF (pronounced L. M. SuRF) was set up 19 years ago as an IRS 501(c)3
(Tax Deductible Charitable Organization). Money was raised primarily
through life memberships, those sailors got a tax break and we got $1,000 a
piece. After 14 years in business, we had $50,000 in what we call the
Endowment Fund, giving away the interest earned off of that each year in
grants to "Sailors in Need". Don't bother calling for one of these folks,
we are extremely myopic.
Grants are given to college kids who need to be US SAILING certified to
teach sailing school. We give them the scratch for transportation to the
seminar, seminar fees, housing and meals. Others are given to kids who
need scratch to make it to the next regatta away from the Lake Michigan
region. With the Bemis and Smythe out in Hawaii this year, we expect to
give generously to get our areas representatives out there and back. Up
until now, we have given partial expenses for grants. I hope we can
generate enough money, that our sailors can be fully funded, which
hopefully will attract greater local competition for those spots in
national championships. A fascinating thing about grants is that to the
receiver of the grant, it is not taxable income. We hope we are funding
the new blood.
We would like to see other programs invigorated around the country to make
those first steps in sailing an enjoyable and affordable one. Think big,
some universities are doing Billion dollar fundraisers, it's time sailing
gets into the act.
Come to Baltimore, MD at the end of October, get your donation program up
on wheels and rolling and while there, enjoy learning the in's and out's of
US SAILING! To register, go to http://www.ussailing.org/events/meet99fall.
Kingston, Ontario - Two races were scored Tuesday in the Laser Gold, Laser
Radial Gold and Laser II fleets, with one counted in the Byte and Laser
Radial Silver while the Olympic class Tornadoes, 49ers and 470s remained on
shore. Winds blew up to a maximum of five knots from the southeast, as an
incoming storm system kept the usual thermal away.
The conditions didn't have much effect on the Olympic class Laser Gold
fleet as leader Mark Mendelblatt of St.Petersburg, FL won the second race
and posted a ninth in the first, to leave him with 10 points after one drop
in the seven races held to date. He's got a comfortable lead over Mike
Simms of Halifax, NS who scored a first and 11th today and stands with 36
points overall. Chris Cook of Whitby, Ontario is in third with 42 points.
There are 69 boats in the fleet. -- Julie White
Complete standings: http://www.cork.org
NEW ISAF MATCH RACE RANKINGS
Issued August 24, 1999, Men's rankings: 1. Peter GILMOUR JPN, 2 Bertrand
PACE 3 Gavin BRADY, NZL, 4 Jesper BANK, DEN, 5 Dean BARKER, NZL, 6 Markus
WIESER, GER, 7 Jes GRAM-HANSEN, DEN, 8 Sten MOHR, DEN, 9 Magnus HOLMBERG,
SWE, 10 Morten HENRIKSEN, DEN, 11 Peter HOLMBERG, ISV, 12 Chris LAW, GBR.
Women's rankings: 1. Shirley Robertson, Great Britain, 2. Paula Lewin,
Bermuda, 3. Klaartje Zuiderbaan, Netherlands, 4. Dorte Jensen, Denmark, 5.
Cordelia Eglin, Great Britain, 6. Betsy Alison U.S.A. 7. Malin Hulten,
Sweden, 8. Marie Klok, Denmark.
Complete list: http://www.sailing.org/
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* The first of the New York Yacht Club/Young America Challenge's two new
America's Cup racing boats, USA 53, arrived safely in New Zealand last
Friday where it is now being fitted out at the team's Auckland base camp.
The team plans to sail USA 53 for the first time ever within the week. The
Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Races for the America's Cup begin October 18
The Young America shore team, headed by NYYC/Young America Vice President
of Operations Bob Campbell and Shore Team Manager Stewart Wiley, received
the boats in Auckland and immediately began the boat's final assembly. The
racing yacht will be tuned-up on the Hauraki Gulf. NYYC/Young America
skipper Ed Baird arrives in New Zealand later this week.
The team's second new IACC racing boat, USA 58, is being completed at Goetz
Custom Sailboats in Bristol, RI. The boat will be shipped to New Zealand
and is expected to be sailing by the end of September. The balance of the
NYYC/Young America sailing team arrives in New Zealand mid-September. The
team will test and train on the America's Cup race course with the two
Bruce Farr designed boats. -- Jane Eagleson
Syndicate website: http://www.youngamerica.org/
* Abracadabra 2000's IACC yacht, USA54, was painted by internationally
renowned environmental marine artist Wyland last week, and is currently
being prepared for transport to Auckland, New Zealand for competition in
America's Cup XXX. Unlike the team's first Wyland painted yacht, USA50,
that has been sail training all summer in the waters off Ko Olina, Hawaii,
USA54's inaugural sail will take place in Auckland next month.
Hull #1 grabbed the sailing world's attention with its bold Wyland marine
life graphics, when it was unveiled in Honolulu last June. With the
painting of hull #2, Wyland has taken on an even greater challenge to
realistically depict the marine life indigenous to the waters of Hawaii and
New Zealand. "I wanted to create the experience of sailing alongside a
forty-seven foot, forty-ton humpback whale. It's forty-seven feet
alright... we measured!" In addition to the life-size humpback whale,
swordfish, dolphins and flying fish are also depicted on the high-tech
carbon fiber hull. Dolphins occupy the entire starboard side. We need to
think about protecting our world's oceans," notes Wyland.
"I wanted to paint a good omen...", "a whole pod of dolphins accompanying
Abracadabra 2000 on its quest to win the Cup." Since the 1970s Wyland has
been presenting his unique style of marine life art. The preservation of
sea life is an issue dear to his heart. "Art is a powerful medium. It
really inspires people. And I have a very clear message in my art. In 1981
the artist declared he would paint 100 Whaling Wall murals before the year
2011, to promote the protection of marine life. Last June, Wyland
officially announced Abracadabra 2000 USA50 as his 83rd Whaling Wall. "USA
50 is the first Whaling Wall that will be travelling across the ocean, and
the first one that will be literally encountering the marine life painted."
Wyland feels both Abracadabra 2000 boats will provide a mirror in the ocean
for the sea life within. "The walls on land are for the people to see, but
for the whales to see themselves depicted is a fantastic concept." Wyland's
Whaling Wall murals appear throughout North America, and in Japan,
Australia, Mexico and France. His art depicts marine creatures in vibrant
and lively settings designed to raise awareness of the oceans and the
multitude of life within. Representing the Waikiki Yacht Club, Abracadabra
2000 yachts USA50 and USA54 are slated to compete in the Louis Vuitton Cup
Challenger Series for the America's Cup, in Auckland, New Zealand beginning
this October. -- DJ Cathcart
Syndicate website: http://www.aloharacing.org
* America's Cup history was made when veteran challenger Syd Fischer
announced the youngest ever crew to challenge for the "Auld Mug", sailing
his yacht Young Australia 2000. For Fischer, this will be his fifth tilt at
the America's Cup, for his crew of 16 athletic young sailors aged between
18-25 it will be their first but not their last.
Skipper of Young Australia 2000 will be 20-year-old Sydney sailor James
Spithill, the junior world match-racing champion, with his crew from
throughout Australia selected after a month of trials on Sydney Harbour.
Fischer does not expect to win the Cup in 2000, but he does see his concept
of the Young Australia 2000 campaign, using his 1995 International
America's Cup Class yacht, as an exercise in experience and training
towards a full-on challenge three or four years down the track.
"This is the first time a team like this has put been together," Fischer
said at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia through which he has
challenged. "We are aiming to not only launch a challenge this year, but to
create a pool of talent from which Australian sailing can draw for future
challenges. "The enthusiasm and skills of these young sailors gives me
every confidence in the future of yacht racing in Australia, and our
chances of one day regaining the Cup.
In addition to Spithill, who hails from Newport on Sydney's Northern
Beaches, the young crew comprises: Nick Bice, North Haven, SA, Chris
Carroll, Como, WA, Ben Durham, Claremont, WA, Andy Fethers, Claremont, WA,
Phil Harmer, Mosman, NSW,Adam Hawkins, Williamstown, Vic, Brad Kellett,
Terrey Hills, NSW. Paul Montague, Mosman, NSW, Wade Morgan, Jewells, NSW,
David Morris, Airlie Beach, Qld, Ben Morrison-Jack, Melbourne, Vic, Joe
Newton, Manly, Qld, Mal Parker, Bellerive, Tas, Nick Partridge, Black Rock,
Vic, Paul Spencer, Mt Lawley, WA, Josh Whittaker, Mona Vale, NSW
Four experienced mentors will guide and support the young crew - Andrew
Crowe, Mosman, NSW; Greg Kay, Dolls Point, NSW; Campbell Knox, Mona Vale,
NSW; and Greg Johnstone, North Bondi, NSW. Coach, and likely to be part of
the afterguard, is Rob Brown, who was part of the winning Australia II crew
After a refurbishing and hull painting, Young Australia 2000 will be
shipped to Auckland on September 17 with the crew starting sailing on
September 23 in a near month-long preparation to the opening round robin of
the Louis Vuitton Cup. -- Peter Campbell
NEW YORK, August 17, 1999 -- George M. Isdale Jr., commodore of the New
York Yacht Club (NYYC), announced that nine teams have been awarded entries
for the fourth annual NYYC Interclub Team Race. To the victor goes the
Glencairn Trophy - the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound's
team-racing championship. The trophy was first dedicated in 1964, and the
NYYC has presented the event since 1996. The regatta will be staged
September 17-19, 1999, on western Long Island Sound near Larchmont, New York.
Competitors in this year's event include the New York Yacht Club, which as
last year's winner holds the Glencairn Trophy; Indian Harbor Yacht Club of
Greenwich, CT, the 1998 runner-up, and Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, NY,
this year's host club. Other participating clubs are American Yacht Club of
Rye, NY; Pequot Yacht Club of Southport, CT; Noroton Yacht Club of Noroton,
CT; Riverside Yacht Club from Riverside, CT; Sea Cliff Yacht Club of Sea
Cliff, NY, and Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club of Center Island, NY.
The largest event of its kind in the U.S., it is a unique sailing
competition in that each of the nine entries represents not a single boat
but a yacht-club team. Team-racing is a growing aspect of competitive
sailing. It pits teams of four identical boats against each other in a
format where combined scores, of which there are many possible winning
combinations, determine the outcome. The racing is strategic, combining
boatspeed, tactics, boat-handling and team coordination in an on-the-water
choreography unlike fleet racing or match racing.
The regatta, to be sailed in Ideal 18s, will feature three days of racing
between the nine teams. Each team consists of four boats with a crew of
two. "Over 150 sailors and 25 race committee and jury members will
participate," said Peter Benedetto, event chair.
Unique to the format of the NYYC Interclub Team Race is that the regatta
consists of three distinct stages. On the first day, clubs sail four-boat
Masters teams in a round-robin format of up to 28 races. Each two-person
crew must include a skipper over 50 years of age and must have a combined
age of over 100. The second day is a Varsity, or open, round, again with up
to 28 races, with clubs fielding their top teams regardless of age. Scores
from the Masters and Varsity rounds are combined. Then, the two top-scoring
teams sail a best two-out-of-three series on the final day to decide the
winner of the Glencairn Trophy. Remaining teams compete in a consolation
round to determine their respective places. -- Michael Levitt
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
Letters selected to be printed are routinely edited for clarity, space (250
words max) or to exclude personal attacks.
Well over 100 messages poured into my email box yesterday from 'Buttheads
who had some very flattering things to say about my new association with
Team Dennis Conner's America's Cup campaign. While it would be
inappropriate to print any of them, and I simply can not reply to all of
them ... I certainly do appreciate them.
The 1999 Southern California PHRF Championship Regatta was sailed off
Newport Beach Pier August 14 & 15. Hosted by Balboa Yacht Club, there were
54 boats entered. The event drew boats from as far away as Ventura and San
Diego. Winds remained light and shifty for the event, reaching nearly 7
Knots on Saturday and 10 Kts. on Sunday. Seas were calm with some wind
chop in the afternoon. There were five PHRF Classes racing on
windward/leeward courses and one Random Leg Class racing one long course
The winning Yacht Club Team was led by MAX Q a Melges 30 that was last in
the first race, 3rd in the 2nd race, 2nd in the 3rd race and bulleted the
last two races! She won on a tiebreaker with Invicible, a N/M 29. Amorous,
a Capo 26 had two firsts and was a member of the winning BCYC Team. --
Final results: Class A: 1. Cantata (10) 2. Flyer (13) 3. Bravura (14) Class
B: 1. Max Q (16) 2. Invincible (16) 3. Defiance (18) Class C: 1.Intense
(11) 2. Sorcerer (18) 3. (19) Class D: 1. Amorous (12) 2. Whippet (15) 3.
Scooter (18) Class E: 1. Sinister Smile (6) 2. Krytonite (14) 3. Babe (16)
RLC: 1. Altheris (5) 2. XS (5) 3. Snoopy (6)
Blue skies, strong winds and the possibility of record times greeted the
115 boats in the Sydney to Hobart Race fleet on December 26, 1998. Only 40
of those boats would make it to Hobart. What began as a battle of tactics
and speed, quickly became a race for survival -- a race six men would
ultimately lose. With exclusive footage from cameras on board the boats,
the OFFICIAL RACE VIDEOTAPE documents the bravery, the terror and the
extraordinary rescue efforts. You've got to see it to believe it -- 80-foot
seas and 80-knot winds. This impressive videotape is now available online:
A fleet of ten boats will be ready on the starting line of the "Majorica
One Ton Cup", one of the most important trophies ever awarded in a sailing
race. The regata will be held at Puerto Portals (Mallorca), from the 6th to
the 11th of September. In the year of its 100th birthday and four years
after the last edition raced with the modern one tonners, the silver trophy
will be awarded to the winner of the Corel 45 World Championship.
Six nations will be represented in a series of races that will be sailed on
the waters of the Bay of Palma de Mallorca: the event seems to be one of
the most interesting of the summer with teams including the most famous
sailors and skippers from the Grand Prix Circuits around the world such as
CMAC, Farr 40s, America's Cup.
In this event Spain will be represented by SAR Felipe de Borbon helming
"Aifos" the Spanish Navy boat , by "La Casera" owned by Eugenio Jaudenes,
with Javier Jaudenes at the helm and by the yacht "Mallorca Yaching".
Among the fleet three yachts will represent Great Britain: "Babbalaas"
owned by David McLean owner of David McLean Group,which was founded in 1972
and has grown to be the largest privately owned construction, civil
engineering, commercial development and private housing group in the
country. The skipper will be Eddie Warden-Owen. The other two British teams
will be "Bounder" owned by Chris Little and helmed by Jeremy Robinson (505
world champion) with Mike Richards calling tactics and "Indulgence" of
Graham Walker skippered by Tony Buckingham (owner driver of Farr 40 Class)
and includes Peter Morton (tactics, 7 times at CMAC and 3/4 ton world
champion), Oz Stewart (Olympic bronze medallist, Mumm 30 world champion),
Neil McDonald (Whitbread on "Silk Cut", CMAC), Kensall Law (trimmer, CMAC),
Mark Lamy (trimmer, 3/4 ton world champion).
The German entry "Faster K-Yote 2" , European champion in 1998, is owned by
Ortwin Kandler. This boat finished second at last year's Corel 45 Worlds
and for the Centenary Regatta will be helmed by French Bertrand Pace
withThierry Peponnet calling tactics. The team has been sailing for three
years on the Corel 45 and includes Luc Gellusseau Manager of the French
team for the America's Cup Yaka with some members of the same syndicate who
will be racing in New Zealand.
The Greek entry "Atlanti XI" , defending the title won last year in Athens,
is owned by George Andreadis and the team will include the German olympic
gold medallist Jochen Schuemann at the helm and the Italian Star world
champion Enrico Chieffi as tactician.
The fleet will as well include the French boat "Cavale Bleu" owned by
Michel Duquenne and helmed by Francois Brenac (match racer and 1997 ISAF
World Champion) with the assistance of Luc Pillot (gold medallist in the
1988 olympics on a 470 together with Thierry Peponnet at that time )in the
position of tactician and a Swedish boat owned and helmed by Thomas Blixt.
-- Laura Jelmini
ACTION SLIDE SHOW
If you enjoy watching a spinnaker round-down, with the pole pounding
through the water, the boom crashing across the deck and the foredeck crew
being dragged through the ocean you'll love the sequential slide show on
Daniel Forster's website: http://yachtphoto.com/show.html
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATION
Nothing you NEVER said, ever did you any harm.