SCUTTLEBUTT #387 - August 30, 1999
1999 AUDI Star Class World Championship registered a record of 149 entries
from 32 countries from 5 continents, including the greatest number of
former Olympic classes world, European and North American champions,
Americas Cup sailors, Whitbread sailors, Admirals Cupper and IMS, CHS
sailors. This represent the record of entries of ever to a World Champ.,
for a mono type keel boat and for the "double men keelboat fleet" Olympic
discipline Including the Helly Hansen Italian Open Championship (27/31
August) there will be a total of 170 different star crews turning over in
To help the media understanding at the event, first of the Olympic Classes,
we synchronized the bow recall number with the last issued ISAF ranking
list (i.e. bow #1 will go to the sailor ranked 1 in the ISAF ranking list).
A full video will be professionally ( helicopter included) produced and
later transmitted by the most important TV circuits in Europe and USA (
eurosport, ESPN, SKY etc..). National and international TV live coverage
has been also agreed. This will include logos of ISAF, Star Class and
Olympic. A 40 minutes tape, to be ordered on the internet, will be produced
in PAL, NSTC and SECAM system at the price of US$ 22, mailing and packging
included. A short version will be posted on the Internet for downloading.
Due to the importance of the event, the Star Class applied (thanks to the
support and help of the Italian Sailing Federation ) for an International
ISAF Race Comm.for both these events. PRO at the Italian Open will be Elias
Caronis from Greece and PRO at the World will be Charley COOK from USA with
Elias Caronis R:O and Hans Highlander RIO.. The International Jury will be
chaired by J. Ripard from Malta. - Riccardo Simoneschi
US SAILING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Milwaukee YC, US Men's Sailing Championship (Mallory Cup) Final Results: 1.
(Area D) Faget (31 points) 2. (J) Klatt (44) 3. (K) Faude (48) 4. (A)
Wilson 8 4 (52) 5. (F) Dyer (53).
US Women's Sailing Championship ((Adams Trophy) Final results: 1. (Area B)
Hurban (21 points) 2.(J) Spangler (31) 3. (K) Reichelsdorfer (39) 4. (A)
Dooley (46) 5. (C) Ingram (51)
Event website/complete results: http://www.milwaukeeyc.com/adams/
1D35 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Macatawa, MI (23 boats) - Dan Cheresh's 'Extreme' was crowned the new
National Champion in the 1D35 class Sunday, winning the hotly-contested
seven-race series by only one point. The win was the first for Cheresh in
1D35 class racing, and earns him valuable bonus points in the 1999 1D35
Season Championship series.
"I'm really happy with the way our crew stuck to it in a really difficult
series," said Cheresh in accepting the Tiffany-built perpetual trophy.
'Extreme' started the series well deep in the pack, but in the last four
races had no finish worse than third, including scoring a win in the last
After two days of light air and frustrating racing conditions on Lake
Michigan, competitors, race managers, and spectators were all relieved on
this final day of competition to have the last two races of the series run
in a brisk 10-18 knot northeasterly breeze. The short steep waves
accompanying this breeze made for fast and fun sailing on the downwind
legs, and the teams that were more aggressive at working these waves made
huge gains on their rivals.
Garth Dennis' 'Smiling Bulldog' pulled off another remarkable win in the
first race today by tacking immediately to the right side of the course
after the start and benefiting from a 15-degree right shift. This gave them
a substantial lead that was never challenged, even though John Wylie's
runner-up 'Tabasco' was always there in case 'Bulldog' slipped.
And while Cheresh's win remained unaffected, the final standings throughout
the remainder of the scoreboard were shuffled when a controversial jury
decision to award redress to five competitors in Race 3 yesterday was
overturned by the same jury today. In this race, several of the lead boats
overstood a relocated second weather mark whose position had been lost in
the fog. - Dobbs Davis
Final Top Ten Results: 1. Extreme, Dan Cheresh, (44 points) 2. Windquest,
Dick DeVos (45) 3. Heart Breaker, Bob Hughes (49) 4. Avalanche, Sledd
Shelhorse (58) 5. Tabasco, John Wylie (60) 6. Smiling Bulldog, Garth Dennis
(63) 7. RoXanne, Kip Meadows (65) 8. Northern Bear, Steve Pfeifer (69) 9.
Sotet Lo, Phil Kubat (70) 10. Hippy Chick, David Bowen (71)
1D35 website: http://www.1d35.com
Action photos of the event: http://www.waltercooperphoto.com
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* Training for the Young Australia 2000 challenge for the America's Cup
shifts to Italy this week when four crew members will compete in Europe's
top match racing event, the 1999 Trofeo Roberto Trombini. Skipper James
Spithill (NSW) and crewmen Ben Durham (WA), Andy Fethers (WA) and Paul
Spencer (WA) will compete for the $60,000 in prize money while also honing
their skills as a team in preparation for the first races of the Louis
Vuitton Cup in Auckland in October.
In a tough field including some of the world's top-ranked sailors, the crew
will compete in a double round robin format on one of 10 matched purpose
built TOM 28" yachts. Spithill has sailed against most of the competitors
previously. In the Cento Cup in June he beat Markus Weiser (ranked 6th) and
Morten Henriksen (9th). The main competition is expected to come from Sten
Mohr who last week won 3rd place in the world match racing championships,
and Francesco DeAngelis who is skipper of the Prada America's Cup challenge.
"For the first time, Young Australia has the luxury of a hand-picked crew
of individual match race specialists well oiled from weeks of intensive
training on Sydney Harbour," Spithill said. "These guys are all experienced
on the world circuit and we're working well together as a team. "We're
hoping this will provide us with the edge in this race, as well as helping
us to gain further experience sailing together before we reach Auckland."
-- Julie Sheather
* Charter boat operators are "ecstatic" over winning a prolonged battle to
retain their operating base in the New Zealand Cup Village. Initially,
America's Cup Village Ltd ordered the charter boats out of the village
area, but the new chief executive, Ian Collinson, has taken a more
pragmatic approach and an agreement has been reached to accommodate the
six-boat charter fleet. Geoff Parsonage, who operates two of the bigger
boats in the village, said the charter operators had always been fighting
for a right that was enshrined within their lease agreements and detailed
in the management policy. -- America's Cup 2000,
* A replica of the schooner America, which began the Cup saga by winning
the Royal Yacht Squadron's race around the Isle of Wight in 1851, is among
the yachts that will visit Auckland during America's Cup 2000. The America
has taken up a booking in the AMEX Cup Village and will turn heads as its
joins the spectator fleets watching the current class of America's Cup
campaigners waging their battles on the Hauraki Gulf. Another recent
booking at the Cup Village is the 45m Mari Cha III, which is the current
holder of the trans-Atlantic sailing record. Mari Cha III was built in New
Zealand and this is its first time back since it was launched in 1997
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
Letters selected to be printed are routinely edited for clarity, space (250
words max) or to exclude personal attacks.
-- From Matt Jones -- Oops! Kimo was the A3 coach and the guy who put the
boat together. He did not sail, but he was a vital part of that winning team.
-- From Richard Cosgrove -- Yes I believe Con Finlay did in the Double
Sculls (2X) but I don't remember at which games it occurred. I know he did
win the gold and there has been only one other US 2X crew to repeat that
feat. In 1984 Brad Lewis won the gold with his partner (can't remember his
name) and Lewis was also a grinder in Perth on 'USA' (Blackaller's boat),
but of course we know they did not make it to the Finals. Lewis wrote a
couple of good books that are very popular in the rowing circles...
'Assault on Lake Casitas' which is about his pursuit of the '84 games, and
'Confessions of a Grinder' which is about his AC experience in Perth. -
-- From Annie Becker (Re: your list of Olympic medal winners and A Cup
winning sailors) Here's one more : John Marshall -- 1972 Bronze medal in
the Dragon class plus AC 1980 sailed on Freedom; AC 1987 sailed Challenger
trials on Stars & Stripes and managed design team; AC 1988 managed Stars &
Stripes design team.
Not sure how you want to count that, but those are all his winning
campaigns. He's currently on his 9th America's Cup campaign with Young
-- From John Rumsey --Conn Findlay won 3 Rowing medals, 2 gold and a
bronze, plus one sailing silver medal with Dennis Conner in the Tempest.
-- From Chris Tutmark -- Don't forget Carl Buchan on this list. Gold in the
FD in Los Angeles ('84) and crewed for DC on the catamaran against the NZ K
-- From James Nicholsn -- Laser John Bertrand, of Annapolis, MD won a Finn
Silver Medal and the Cup with Dennis Conner in San Diego; to my knowledge,
the other John Bertrand (Australia) does not have an Olympic medal under
49ER EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX
Despite coming 7th overall in the Swedish round of the 49er European Grand
Prix, Chris Nicholson and Daniel Phillips take the title prize for the
series to add to their world championship victories in the 49er. The Bruni
Brothers of Italy (TNT) were second overall, having been tied in second
palce with Jonathon and Charlie McKee (McLube) going into this event. The
McKees didn't finish in the top ten in this event, hence gained no series
points. Event winner Marucs Bauer and Philip Barth (Volkswagen) nearly
repeated their previous disaster in the last race, but the point cushion
was sufficient to support a 15th position. This was enough to secure 3rd
Sunday's racing continued to be a very closely contested final stage,
despite the light and sometimes shifty wind. The large number of spectators
have been entertained in the brilliant sunshine of Goteborg by this
The Canadian team of Tina & Trevor Baylis have maintained their overnight
lead to win the Silver Fleet, despite only scoring a 4th and 9th. Having
only qualified in 11th place, they finished 2 points ahead of top
qualifiers for the Silver Fleet Christopher Rast and Bruno Zeltner from
Switzerland. - Edward Stevens
Websites: http://www.eventsbandol.com and http://www.gkss.se
I 14 CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 1999 I 14 US Nationals and West Coast Champs were held as a combined
event at Cascade Locks in the Columbia River Gorge Aug 18 - 22. The West
Coast Champs were held on Wednesday and Thursday with a five race series
with one throwout. The Nationals were held Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
with ten races completed and two throwouts. The Gorgeo Bastardo Trophy was
presented for both events with all races counting.
20 boats made the trek to the Gorge for this event including two Canadian
boats with a 40 hour journey from Toronto, as well as Chris Turner from
Britain and Grant Bourke from New Zealand, who came over to see what the
fuss about the Gorge was all about. They were not disappointed as we were
rewarded with five days of great weather, great scenery and great wind. It
was neither too hot nor too cool and only one race was held in wind less
than 18 kts. That race was held in a comparatively light 10 to 15.
This was a breezy regatta, Windcall.com had the wind at Stevenson averaging
20 with gusts over 25 for every day and on Big Friday for the long distance
race, also known as the day the River kicked Pete and Ron's ass, the wind
was 20 to 30 ave. 22 at Stevenson and 20 to 35 ave. 25 at the next
recording station up river, right near the bottom mark.
The level of skill in the fleet is getting better and better, it was
anybody's regatta, and more that one race finished with three boats
overlapped at the finish. Gone are the days when you could sit back in
safety mode and wait for everyone to crash to collect a win. Now you must
push it. Two wire down wind until it gets silly. Boats completely airborne
was an everyday occurrence. Needless to say it was relatively flat, but
the waves did stack up a bit in the current and at the bottom mark,
especially at the bottom mark for the long distance race, near where the
name for the Windcall.com site is called swell city.
I am pretty sure that we went faster at this regatta than anywhere before.
We were calling it turbo mode, and it was unbelievable. Another great
experience was twin wiring down wind in formation with one or two other
boats, 20 kts boat speed twenty feet apart is mighty interesting. We were
sailing right next to guys watching them and thinking, they are going to
die. Then we realized we must look exactly the same.
The program went like this, out on the water at 11:00, try for three races,
back to the shore for lunch and repairs, then back on the water at 3:30, if
it wasn't too crazy, to get a couple more off. Then back to the shore to
tell stories and drink beer.
We were all pretty beat up, Nurse Nan used up half or her new first aid kit
patching sailors. She said we were just a bunch of whiners and what did we
expect anyway. Interestingly, the only major boat failures were two old
rules metal masts that failed. One overbent up wind and one failed
spreaders and overbent downwind. All of the carbon stuff is finally getting
sorted out. -- Pete Mohler, USIFA President
Final results: WEST COAST CHAMPS: 1. Bundy/ Hansler, USA 2. Boehm/ Mohler,
USA 3. Mitchell/ Bourke USA/ NZ/ 4. Henderson/Schmidt -USA 5. Goodson/
NATIONAL CHAMPS: 1. Berkowitz/ Baldoff USA 2. Berridge/ Turner USA 3.
Bundy/ Hansler -USA 4. Macaulay/ Lemieux - CAN 5. Mitchell/ Bourke USA/ NZ.
GORGEO BASTARDO TROPHY: Bundy, Hansler
(Reprinted with permission from DEFENCE 2000, which is available for US $48
per year from John@roake.gen.nz)
* The 36 metre Yanneke Too, currently sailing around Asia, will be one of
the first superyachts to dock in Viaduct Harbour. It is expected during the
first week of September. Meanwhile, Mari Cha III has announced that it
will cross the Tasman to join in Cup mayhem after competing in this year's
Sydney Hobart race. This New Zealand built (1997) 45 metre yacht currently
holds the Trans Atlantic Crossing record. The schooner America, a replica
of the boat that the actual cup is named after, will also be occupying one
of the mega yacht berths in the AMEX Cup Village. It was in 1851 that the
original America won the 100 guineas Cup, earning it the right to rename
the trophy - hence the America's Cup. The yacht is an immaculate replica
of the original which the American yachting press proclaim is 'breathtaking."
* The Auckland City Council has budgeted to spend an addition NZ$100,000
to keep Auckland streets clean over the Cup regatta. Meantime, the North
Shore City Council have cancelled their annual inorganic rubbish
collections between October and March so visitors will not see unsightly
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EIGHT-METER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The International Eight-Meter Association completed its World Championship
competition this past weekend at Rochester, New York. Rochester Yacht Club
was the host club, and six days of competition among a dozen gorgeous meter
yachts produced a new champion for Eric Voss's Golden Feather, the winner
of the 1985 championship, designed by Peter Norlin. Although Sarissa was
the tough boat to beat for the first three days, Golden Feather picked up
her skirts and ran after that.
The Sira Cup, for the best performance by a vintage Eight Meter yacht (one
built before 1960 to the traditional Eight Meter rule) was won by C. Gyles
Sr.'s Norseman, built in 1930 as a Canada's Cup contender to designs by
William J. Roue, who designed the famous yacht Bluenose. Norseman was
absolutely unbeatable--six races, six bullets. - Robert Bethune,
Pictures, results, stories and lots of photos: http://www.freshwaterseas.com
The curmudgeon has lowered his 'personal best' time to 11:37 minutes. Who
can top that? Those who don't know what I'm talking about should download
the game (it's free) and start wasting time like the rest of us:
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATION
No one cares about the storms you've encountered, but only if you've
brought the ship in!