SCUTTLEBUTT #391 - September 7, 1999
SAN FRANCISCO NOOD
San Francisco, CA-The National Offshore One Design, or the "NOOD" Regatta
as sailors call it, finished up racing today at the City Front. The St.
Francis Yacht Club Race director, John Craig and Regatta Chairman Eric Gray
found themselves at the last minute calling upon more Race Committee
volunteers to accommodate the largest turnout ever. 174 boats showed up
and raced in 13 different one-design classes. The turnout was so huge that
for the first time in its 9-year history a second course was added in
between Treasure and Angel Island just up wind of the Berkeley Circle.
The sailing weather in the Bay during the Regatta was typical Summer
Conditions. Racing began at 11 am each day with light 10-15 mph of breeze
for the first couple of races later building to 15-20 in the afternoon. 9
one-design classes made up the 99 boats that raced at the City Front
course. The remaining 75 boats made up the 5 fleets that raced in the
second course up wind of the Berkeley Circle which included the heavily
watched Farr 40s.
The Farr40 fleet is gearing up for the Farr 40 Worlds that will be here
September 9-14th and the Big Boat Series on the 16-19th. Fifteen Farr 40's
raced this weekend and nineteen are expected to sail in the Worlds next
week. There were many professionals racing in this competitive fleet
including John Kostecki, the tactician for AmericaOne. Kostecki sailed on
the winning Farr 40, Samba Pa Ti during this regatta and will be heading
off to New Zealand soon to race for the America's Cup in Auckland. - Taylor
Complete results: http://www.stfyc.com
SNIPE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Santiago de la Ribera, Spain -- After watching, practicing, and measuring
in beautiful 15-18 kts (and maybe more) the 39th Snipe World Championships
got off the first race starting in a solid, but light, 6 kts. After a
short postponement, the fleet got off during the first sequence with only
an individual recall. In a venue which reminds the authors of a huge
Mission Bay (with the assorted weird wind angles), the right side of the
line looked good half way up the way 1st beat. Japanese sailors
Okinishi/Ideta rounded 1st with a nice lead followed by Argentinans
Pereira/Behrendt and Past 2 Time Jr. Champ Fonseca/Duarte. After that, from
our boat, it was hard to tell as Ola Nygard exclaimed "It's chaos!"
The downwind leg was pretty straight forward with no major shifts. The
Japanese stretched their lead out a bit. Fonseca started to make his move,
Gongara/Fresneda (Esp) followed, John Jackman/Steve Stewart (Canada),
Pereira/Behrendt (Arg), Augie and the "Old Man" Diaz were chasing.
Starting back upwind it looked like the left was favored, but the right
came in and Fonseca rounded the 2nd top mark a full offset mark ahead.
During the last downwind leg Fonseca continued to lead downwind. Okinishi
had closed the gap, but chose to round the left gate. The wind had gone
right and increased steadily during the race to 10-12 kts. Bruno/Krahe,
Takamura/Maruyama, Roberto Fabini/Gari, Pereira, the Diazs,
Gongora/Fresneda, and George Szabo/Eric Wilcox followed. As the RC shifted
the finish line right, the leaders (with the exception of Okinishi) headed
into the freshening puff. Szabo and Diaz started to make their move. Both
punched right, almost sailing overlapped. Everything looked straight
forward until the boats on the hard left started to dial up. The group on
the right got involved in trying to cover each other, the left angle looked
better albeit without pressure.
Unofficial results - pending protests which will be heard tomorrow morning:
check the website for the offical results once they post them. - Jerelyn
and Sean Biehl
Results: 1. Fonseca/Duarte (BRA) 2. Bethlem/Krahe (BRA), 3.
Takamura/Maruyama (JPN) 4. Pereira/Behrendt (ARG) 5. Szabo/Wilcox (USA) 6.
Diaz/Diax (USA) 7. Gongora/Fresneda (ESP) 8. Okinishi/Ideta (JPN) 9.
Fresneda/Carmona (ESP) 10. Santos/Bianchi (BRA)
Snipe website: http://www.snipe.org
DISABLED WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Twenty countries are represented in Disabled World Championship in Sonars
and International 2.4mRs, which are the Paralympics classes for Sydney in
October 2000. In the twenty-three boat Sonar fleet the U.S. teams are
fifth (Paul Callahan, Richard Hughes, Keith Burhans) and tenth (John Ross
Duggan, Waldo Esparza, Corky Aucreman) after four races. JRD has an OCS to
discard. He is the current world champion and Paul was second in the '98
Worlds, but the level of competition goes up every year. Udo Hessels of
The Netherlands is currently leading with 6-2-1-3, five points ahead of
Paralympic champion Andy Cassell of Great Britain. The U.S.'s Dave
Schroeder is 13th in the 2.4mRs and Ric Doerr is 23rd in his first
international regatta. I wish I could send you a photo of the dock with
thirty discarded wheelchairs as the fleet sets to sea. A very special
event. - Gay Lynn
Top Ten- Sonar, after today's racing: 1, Hessels / Ruesink / Russn, NED, 12
points, 2, Cassell / Millband / Harding, GBR, 17, 3, Fresk / Bagge / Jan
Edbom, SWE, 21, 4, Efrati / Cohen / Spector, ISR, 25, 5, Callahan / Huges /
Burhans, USA, 26, 6. , Robins / Martin / Dunross, AUS, 31, 7, Kroker /
Munter / Reichi, GER, 32, 8, Robertson / Suckling / Long, GBR, 34, 9, Kelly
/ Macdonald / Westergaard, CAN, 39, 10, Ross-Duggan / Esparza / Acreman,
International 2.4 Metre Class: 1, Heiko Kroger, GER, 7 points, 2, Philippe
Balle, FRA, 11, 3, Jens Als Andersen, DEN, 24, 3(tie), Jostein Stordahl,
NOR, 24, 5, Marco Turbiglio, ITA, 28, 6, Ian Harrison, GBR, 32, 7, Mike
Browne, GBR, 41, 8, Kevin Curtis, GBR, 42, 9, Antero Karjalainen, FIN, 44,
10, Dan McCoy, CAN, 45,
Event site: http://ifds.org
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* The Auckland waterfront jungle drums have picked up a strong rumour that
the J-class yacht Endeavour may be coming to New Zealand during America's
Cup 2000. Endeavour was an elegant presence during the 1995 series in San
Diego and would add a great touch of history to America's
Cup 2000. She would join Valsheda, another J-class yacht, which is already
committed to coming to Auckland. Given the competitive nature ofboth crews,
is it possible we will see a J-class match out on the America's Cup course?
- Murray Taylor, America's Cup 2000
* With a look of determination, Daintry Conner raised the bottle of
champagne high over her head and said just six words, "I christen thee
Stars and Stripes." And then the petite wife of Dennis Conner smashed the
bottle into thousands of pieces to officially launch USA 55.
The crowd of invited guests was joined by nearly 1000 'virtual guests' who
lined the sea wall surrounding the Team Dennis Conner compound. The choice
spots on the sea wall filled up early as the locals wanted to see first
hand what the underbody of Conner's new America's Cup boat looked like.
They got a good look.
Conner kept his promise to leave his boat unwrapped while other syndicates
go to huge, costly measures to keep their appendages hidden. USA 55 'let it
all hang out' as she was lowered into the water for the first time.
"This is my gift back to the people," Conner said. "Why should they have to
wait until February to see the complete boat? There was no question that
the locals appreciated the opportunity to be a part of this unprecedented
celebration. When Daintry waved to the crowd on the sea wall, many of them
responded with big 'thumbs up' gesture.
* Stars and Stripes was out of it's shed today, and had the mast stepped
late in the afternoon. It was the first chance I have had to see the hull
in profile - and even it then it was difficult to see a full side-on view.
Comparing S&S with America True and NZL-32 (which is outside the TNZ
compound, they appeared to be much of a muchness. Confirming the view that
they will all be in the same corner of the rule, I guess. Young America was
not on view and is back in the shed, I guess, after having had her mast
stepped earlier in the week.
Also on view was Tag Heuer, and the Swiss boat (FRA-41 from '95) and around
the corner is A3 from the '92 campaign. So there are a few benchmarks. The
Swiss boat is off it's keel and might be on the move. I couldn't really
pick up too much by way of difference in the canoe body of Stars and
Stripes and NZL-32 - possibly because the viewing angles are different. But
there is nothing like the variation that you see in the yellow Swiss hull
Tag Heuer (excluding the bow profile) also looks similar in the underwater
shape. There are probbaly variances in length, but it is difficult to tell
from a distance. A-True was a little harder to tell, but extending the run
off the keel from the exposed bowt, and doing the same from the stern, they
all looked very similar. NZL-32 looked to have slightly different hull
sections - however the hull colour and distance made any real comparision
Stars and Stripes has a flattened bulb keel, without winglets attached (at
this stage). launching is said to be Saturday. Neither America True or
Stars and Stripes feature the so-called wing masts. TNZ definitely has a
wider section on NZL-32, but it nothing as extreme as Young America.
America True hauled out alongside Stars and Stripes this afternoon. It was
interesting to contrast the elaborate skirt security as skirts and covers
were placed around America True, while alongside a team swarmed over Stars
and Stripes, not really bothering to look over at A-True, or being bothered
by the fact that their charge was exposed for all to see. About 20 passers
by watched the haulout from the pavement opposite. . - Richard Gladwell
For the full story: http://www.sailing.org/
* Telstra Corporation announced that Dennis Conner, one of the premier
sailors in the world, will be their advocate for Telstra Corporation in the
US market. Telstra and Team Dennis Conner signed a three-year marketing
agreement to promote the Telstra brand in the US. "We chose to back Dennis
because he personifies in many ways the Telstra philosophy of doing
business," said Peter Williamson, CEO of Telstra Incorporated. "He is known
in the sailing industry to be a resourceful, creative thinker, an
innovative solution provider and an expert team builder and leader," he added.
The announcement was made at the Christening of the Stars & Stripes on
September 4th in Auckland, New Zealand.
Dennis Conner, four-time winner of the America's Cup and Skipper of the
Stars & Stripes, is preparing a bid to win the 1999-2000 America's Cup
race. "I am delighted to be an advocate for Telstra Corporation," said
Dennis Conner. "Telstra is a truly global company that is setting records
in every hemisphere. They're a real winner," he said.
As a part of the agreement Telstra will provide pre-paid calling cards for
Team Dennis Conner and will facilitate a quality infrastructure solution
for Team Dennis Conner's Internet requirements. - Cathy Clarke, Telstra
Telstra wesite: http://www.telstra.com.
AMERICA'S CUP QUOTES
"What you can't get done in the first 24 hours of the day, you can do at
night!" - Glenn Oliver
"Good food and lots of new clothes - that's what the America's Cup is all
about." - Turk Konuk
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
Letters selected to be printed are routinely edited for clarity, space (250
words max) or to exclude personal attacks.
-- From Lance Berc -- If you hit the "r" key after a "Virtual Cup" race it
will reset into the start sequence, but without changing the current wind
angle. Leaving it turned on seems to lead to a persistant clocking - so
there's a decided starboard tack advantage. I've had several laps below
9:20 so far.
A provisional sixteenth place from RYA Team GBR members Ian Walker and Mark
Covell in the second race of the Star World Championships at Punta Ala,
Italy, this afternoon, should keep them within the top ten.
In light and shifty winds of 6 - 8 knots, Olympic Silver Medallist Ian
Walker (from Kensington in London) and crew Mark Covell (from Emsworth in
Hampshire), sailing United Airlines, slotted into the top mark of the
eleven mile windward / leeward course in the mid twenties.
Good downwind speed saw the pair move up to sixteenth place in the one
hundred and fifty boat fleet by the end of the first run and, despite some
real pressure from the pursuing pack, held their position to the finish.
"It was a good solid race for us. It's quite nerve racking going up the
beat as you have a huge startline and one hundred and fifty boats around
you. If the wind shifts one way it can look like you're at the back and if
it shifts the other you can be leading," said Ian after racing.
Canadian Ross McDonald won the race with Bermuda's Peter Bromby second. The
six race one discard series finishes on Friday, with the top four
non-qualified nations each claiming a slot in the Star class line up at
next year's Olympics in Sydney. - Nigel Cherie, RYA
Results: 1. Doyle / Olsen USA 4 3 7 points, 2. Macdonald / Bjorn CAN 10 1
11, 3. Grael/Ferreira BRA 1 10 11, 4. Shiebler / Peters USA 5 8 13, 5.
Walker / Coverll GBR 3 16 19, 6. Hoesch / Fendt GER 16 6 22, 7. Stegmeier /
Stegmeier SUI 11 13 24, 8. Sustronk / Nyhof CAN 23 4 27, 9. Hagen / Witt
GER 26 5 31, 10. Reynolds / Lilljedahl USA 15 17 31.
Event website: http://www.ouverture.it/ycpa/mondiale.htm
Officials from the Annapolis Yacht Club today presented the Star class with
their plans for the Nautica 2000 Star World Championship Regatta. The
Nautica 2000 Star World Championship will take place in Annapolis and on
the Chesapeake Bay May 10-21, 2000. The announcement came at the 1999 Star
World Championship regatta for which active Star sailors, class leaders,
and the class pantheon have gathered in Punta Ala, Italy.
This morning, Annapolis Mayor Dean Johnson and Annapolis Yacht Club
Commodore Karl von Schwarz presided over a ceremony at the Annapolis City
Dock in which a Star class flag was raised on the City Dock's flagpole. The
flag will fly on the City Dock until the regatta concludes next May.
Event website: http://www.annapolisyc.com/starworlds2000).
SYDNEY - HOBART
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has received its first entry for the
1999 Telstra Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - the little Sydney sloop
Berrimilla, which was one of only 44 boats to complete last year's
The CYCA is confident that in spite of last year's race and the attraction
of being in Sydney for the New Year's Eve festivities, more than 100 yachts
will line up on Boxing Day, December 26 for the 55th annual Sydney to
Hobart Race. - Peter Campbell
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MAXI YACHT ROLEX CUP
Lifting clouds put the seal on perfect conditions for the first day of
racing at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, held in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, by the
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. And as the clouds cleared, so did some of the
mystery that always attends the first day of any regatta.
For crews new to their boats, boats new to their crews, those who have
changed the set-ups, or just bought new sails - the first race always lifts
the veil on whether all that work and effort has been worth it. Who will be
quick, and who will be slow? That was of particular concern for Pier Luigi
Loro Piana, whose stunning IMS 85 foot cruiser/racer, My Song, made her
debut today at these championships.
My Song was designed by American firm, Reichel/Pugh, and built in New
Zealand, by Cookson's - boat builders for both the Volvo Ocean Race and the
America's Cup. Loro Piana was delighted with his new boat, "First
impressions are that she is very fast, I am already in love with this boat.
She has a lot more potential, but we have to learn how to get the best out
of her." The IMS handicap results underlined Loro Piana's words. Although
first across the line in both her races, My Song struggled on handicap,
with a seventh and ninth in the two races, for an eighth overall.
Leading the IMS fleet, with a first and a third, is George Coumantaros' ILC
Maxi, Boomerang. For the four boat fleet of ILC Maxi's, also racing within
the bigger IMS fleet, it was more a question of renewing old rivalries,
than lifting veils on new boats. Though Jim Dolan's Sagamore is new this
year, this fleet is into the final leg of their three regatta championship,
taking up where they left off after Cowes Week and the Fastnet.
For Sayonara, normal service was resumed today. Having won Cowes Week, but
come an unusual last in the Fastnet, Larry Ellison's Farr design needs a
good result to take the 1999 International Class A Yacht Association
(ICAYA) Championship. Sayonara has altered her configuration to her
established Mediterranean mode. Sailing Master, Chris Dickson commented
that they had added a little more sail area to both headsails and
spinnakers, and taken some weight out of the boat. All of which should make
her quicker in the light air - a perceived weakness during Cowes Week.
Sayonara still had enough gas in the tank to take a comfortable win in the
eighteen knot breeze of the afternoon race, leading at the first mark and
never caught. But she had to settle for second in the morning, behind
Boomerang. Tommaso Chieffi, the Italian Admiral's Cup skipper, has joined
the Sayonara crew to help out with the local hazards - of which there are
plenty. Chieffi said that in the first race, 'Boomerang had the best of the
start, and after crossing ahead, controlled the race from then on.' With a
first and a second in the ILC Class results, Sayonara and Boomerang go into
day two, dead even.
Tomorrow is another day of inshore racing before the serious business of
the offshore starts on Wednesday. And the owners and crews must leave
behind the elegant delights that this Rolex regatta and beautiful resort
have to offer. - Lucy Boxall
Results, ILC Maxi class: 1. Boomerang , G Coumantaros (USA) , 3.00, 2.
Sayonara , L Ellison (USA) , 3.00, 3. Alexia , A Roemmers (ARG) , 6.00; IMS
CLASS: 1. Boomerang , G Coumantaros (USA) , 4.00, 2. Highland Fling , I
Laidlaw (GB) , 5.00 3. Sayonara , L Ellison (USA) , 7.00
THE CURMUDGEON'S CONUNDRUM
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