SCUTTLEBUTT #392 - September 8, 1999
ANNAPOLIS RACE WEEK
Mt. Gay Rum/Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association's (CBYRA)annual
Annapolis Race Week took place over the three-day Labor Day weekend. Seven
handicap classes (PHRF and MORC) with 107 boats and nine one-design classes
(Mumm 30, J/35, J/105, J/30, Catalina 27, Cal 25, Melges 24, J/22 and J/24)
with 96 boats gave a total of 201 entries for the event.
Racing on Saturday was under gray skies with copious rain and a northeast
wind of 15 to 22 knots, a precursor of the visit of hurricane/tropical
depression Dennis. Two races were completed Saturday on the four courses.
Sunday's racing was cancelled as Dennis was marching up Virginia bringing
winds of 25 to 30 knots and strong rain squalls to the Chesapeake. With
Dennis safely in Pennsylvania, racing was resumed Monday in southeast
winds. Again, all four courses managed two races in 15 to 18 knots.
Three boats took four bullets for the series. John Pica's Corybantic, with
helmsman Gavin Brady, won all the races in the PHRF A1 division, Bruce
Gardner's L'Outrage won everything in the PHRF A2B class, and Todd Hiller's
Leading Edge took it all the J/22 class. Three bullets were taken by the
winner of the 14-boat J/105 class, Steve Phillips' Le Renard, and by Tom
Walsh's Four Little Ducks in the Catalina 27 class. Class winners that had
two wins to their credit was Frithiof and Jim Sagerholm's Aunt Jean - J/35,
Ron Weed/Cindy and Tom Hirsch's Mumm 30 Downhill Express, US Naval
Academy's Frolic- PHRF A2, McGuirk/Dallam's Gunsmoke - J/30, Chuck
O'Malley's Late Bloomer in MORC, Art Libby's Results in PHRF C, Scott
Allan's Razzle Dazzle in the Melges 24s, and Castleberry/Hanson's J-Tripper
in the J/24 class.
Other class winners were Bert Jabin's Ramrod - PHRF A0, Ken Comerford's
Phantom - PHRF B, and Charlie Husar's Chicken Little in the Cal 25 class.
This was the 33rd annual Annapolis Race Week which has been sponsored by
Mt. Gay Rum for 5 years. Race committees for the four courses were
provided by CBYRA member clubs - Annapolis Yacht Club, Storm Trysail
Club-Chesapeake Station, Eastport Yacht Club, Magothy River Sailing
Association, Shearwater Sailing Association, Naval Academy Sailing
Squadron, West River Sailing Association, and Sailing Club of the
Chesapeake. This year's other major sponsor was Katceff Brothers
Distributing. After-race parties were held at the Annapolis Yacht Club
annex. -- Melinda Berge
Web site: http://www.cbyra.org
Under the shadow of grey skies and big choppy seas, RYA Team GBR's Ian
Walker and Mark Covell, sailing United Airlines, turned on the power today
in the breezy conditions off Punta Ala to finish third across the line in
the third race of the Star World Championships. Coupled with their third
place in Sunday's opening race and their sixteenth yesterday, the Elite
World Class Performance duo are now third overall in the provisional
standings with only the 1992 Olympic Bronze Medallist Ross Macdonald
(Canada) and Eric Doyle (USA) ahead of them. More importantly, they are the
third non-qualified nation. They have three more races to sail with one
discard allowed. -- Nigel Cherie, RYA
Standings: 1. MacDonald / Bjorn, CAN, 15 points; 2. Doyle / Olsen, USA, 16;
3. Walker / Covell, GBR, 22; 4. Grael / Ferreira, BRA, 25; 5. Hoesch /
Fendt, GER, 29; 6. Reynolds / Liljedahl, USA, 34; 7. Dali / Colaninno, ITA,
41; 8. Sustronk / Nyhof, CAN, 47; 9. Hagen / Witt, GER, 52; 10. Shiebler /
Peters, USA, 54.
Event website: http://www.ouverture.it/ycpa/mondiale.htm
39th SNIPE WORLDS
Santiago De La Ribera, Spain (Day 2) - Today's races were held in winds
varying between 8-15 during the day. Hot, humid and some rain and thunder,
but never any lightning to threaten the fleet. The fleet even had a
rainbow on the way back to the club!
Race 2: after 2 starts, the RC hoisted the "z" flag, but that didn't deter
some, as the RC posted about 18 people over on the 2nd restart with the "z"
flag. The wind at the start was about 12-15 as they set off on on Olympic
course. At the weather mark, Aureliano Negrin/David Martin of Spain led
with fellow Spaniards Fernando Rita/Javier Sintes in 2nd. Russians
Ushkov/Vedenev were 3rd and Japanese Okinishi/Ideta in 4th. By the bottom
mark, Negin/Martni, Rita/Sintes, Okinishi/Ideta and Fonseca/Duarte of
Brazil with Ricardo Fabini/Ignacio Saralegui of Uruguay rounded out the top
5. All went right as the wind dropped to about 10 knots. Rita caught
Negrin and Fabini slipped into third past the Japanese Okinishi. Fonseca
and Ivan Pimental were close with Cubans Manzo/Lorenzo next. On the
downwind leg, the jury flagged Negrin for kinetics and he had to do a 720
on the water, but he managed to maintain some of his position. At the
finish, Rita crossed in first, Negin 2nd, Fonseca of Brazil 3rd, Fabini of
URU 4th, Ivan Pimental of BRA 5th and Cubans Manzo/Lorenzo 6th. US sailors
Szabo/Wilcox finished 10th and Augie/Old Man Diaz 11th, Lorson/Duffy about
32 and Gilreath/Stout about 34. Penalties will be applied, so you'll have
to check the final results.
Race 3: Once again, after some "practice" starts, the "z" flag was hoisted
and this time more sailors behaved. Rumors are 4 were caught with
penalties, but check the results. This race was in 8-12 knots, but varied
as some rain and squalls blew through with the sailors hunting for the
pressure. French sailors Jean Jacques Frebault and Gilles Boisaubert led
the entire race until the final mark rounding. Ricardo Fabini/Saralegui
rounded 2nd and Cubans Manzo/Lorenzo rounded 3rd. These 3 maintained their
positions until a great finish - Cubans sailed past both the French and
Fabini/Saralegui to win the race with Fabini 2nd and the French having to
settle for 3rd. The rest of the race was in the next group. At the start,
many of the leaders went right, and were fooled. There were many changes
throughout the race which made spectating a lesson in "who is where."
Pedro Lorson/Watt Duffy rounded the 1st mark in 8th and slowly ground down
the comp. to finish 6th. Spaniards Rita/Sintes sailed a strong race
finishing 4th, and regatta leaders Fonseca/Duarte sailed to 5th.
Argentines Soubie/Granucci were called on a kinetics call and spun circles
at the reach mark but finished 7th. Szabo/Wilcox - 38th at the weather
mark, finished 20th with Diaz/Diaz 23rd and Gilreath/Stout 26th.
2 races are scheduled for Wednesday. Good weather is predicted again.
Side note; British sailors Iain and Brian Gregory had to retire due to
severe heat exhaustion of Brian. He's in the local hospital and we hope to
report him back on the course soon.
Major obstacle - large jellyfish all over the course (non-stinging kind).
The problem is when they catch on the rudder - causing a large vibration!
-- Alex Pline
Provisional results after 3 races: 1 BRA 29254 ANDRE FONSECA/RODRIGO
DUARTE 20.75 2 JPN 28722 YOSHIHIRO OKINISHI/DAIKI IDETA 25.00 3 CUB
29518 NELIDO MANZO/OCTAVIO LORENZO 26.75 4 JPN 29391 SHIGEO
TAKAMURA/SATORU MARUYAMA 32.00 5 ARG 28211 MATIAS PEREIRA/MARCUS
American Team: 7 USA 29672 GEORGE SZABO/ERIC WILCOX 35.00 9 USA
28810 AUGIE DIAZ/GONZALO DIAZ 41.00 16 USA 28044 PEDRO LORSON /WATT
DUFFY 59.00 32 USA 29324 HAL GILREATH/ALEX STOUT 92.00.
Event website: http://www.snipe.org/worlds99/
ONE DESIGN RACING
When boats in the J/44 racer/cruiser class compete in their Tenth
Anniversary North American Championships here September 10-12, there is one
thing that is certain is that this one-design class offers an even playing
field for its contestants. With class-owned one-design sails that are
rotated every day, and strict adherence to one-design requirements, no one
has an edge on boat speed. The spoils go to the skippers and crews with the
best boat handling, sailing trimming and tactical calls. Although the
precedents for one-design sails flow from smaller classes like Larchmont's
Interclub Dinghy fleet, and the International One-Design (IOD) keelboats,
the J/44 Class likes to go offshore too.
Jim Bishop was elected class president after the first five years of the
class's existence, at a point when trendy one-design classes often suffer
an identity crisis. One of his first acts was proposing an end to sail
inventory wars by the simple expedient of investing in identical racing
sails for all the active racers. He recalls that the vote was 7 to 6 in
favor of the idea. One owner dropped out of class racing. The other
dissenters, Bishop is fond of saying, have become the most ardent
proponents of the plan.
The class owns 15 suits of sails, consisting of mainsails, No 1 jibs and
three-quarter ounce spinnakers. One sailmaker has the contract to clean,
repair and store the sails between races. There is only one professional in
this amateur class. He's Chip Barber, the Executive Director, whose
responsibilities include overseeing the sail inventory. That includes
tracking the conditions each sail is exposed to. If half the mainsails are
used in heavy air in one regatta, the other half are used for the next
heavy air days.
The one-design sails are only used for day racing and all procedures are
spelled out, right down to the requirement that each crew is responsible
for delivering the sail it used that day to the next boat in the rotation.
To help minimize wear and tear on heavy air days, the class signals its
members when they must lower their class jibs or spinnakers in favor of #3
jibs, or one and a half ounce spinnakers from their own sail inventory.
Once the signal is made, racers must continue with these sails, even if
"Ask any member if they like the arrangement," Bishop says. "I don't know
anyone who is not thrilled. This way we have no differences in boat speed."
The key to the success of the program, Bishop says, is for the owners to
take control and take a stance on any issues that might give individual
boats speed advantages, however small.
The class voted to install new, deeper rudders that improved boat handling,
but at the same time it insists that all boats carry their regulation two
propane tanks in the standard stern stowage, and leave the stern boarding
ladder in its place while racing. - Keith Taylor
OLD HABIT ARE HARD TO BREAK
As you might guess, the curmudgeon has a ton of sea bags in his closet.
However, when it came time to pick out one of them to use as an airline
carry-on for last week's trip to Auckland, I once again grabbed an old
favorite -- my Camet bag. Why do I always use this one? Well it's a great
looking bag. And it's made right, using strong but lightweight Mylar and
waterproof Vinyl/ Polyester laminate, with handles of heavyweight Nylon
webbing. And I love the little zipper pocket. See for yourself:
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
Letters selected to be printed are routinely edited for clarity, space (250
words max) or to exclude personal attacks.
-- From Steve Glassman -- Kudos to Tucker Thompson for his brief insight
into the training regimen for the America's Cup and to the 'Butt for
running the story. While ESPN may show us the on-board rigors of the race
itself, few outside the racing community realize how much time and effort
must be spent in training and practice long before the big day arrives. As
is so often the case, victory is a function of hard work, long hours and
dedication, all of which comes long before the final tack to the finish
line. Even Thompson knows that his crew is not the only one adhering to a
regimen. Thanks for reminding us that you just don't step on board and
sail to victory.
* Some of the globe's most influential media and politicians are in
Auckland for the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) summit. President
Bill Clinton will visit the America's Cup Village on Sunday as part of a
breakfast with business leaders and other delegates at the Louis Vuitton
media centre. President Clinton is also expected to meet representatives
from the five American challenge syndicates. Security has been beefed-up
around the village in preparation for the function. Meanwhile, security
officers from countries who will see Cup action have not let their duties
disguise their patriotism.
Retailers say American and New Zealand officers have led the way in the
apparel stakes. 'The Americans have been the big spenders,' says Pat
Sumich, manager of the America's Cup store at the heart of the village. Big
money has also been spent in ensure the City of Sails shows its best face
to the leaders. The multi-million dollar make-over includes the removal of
graffiti and rubbish, the resealing of roads and footpaths, the planting of
flower beds and the up-grading of hotel suites.
Aucklanders are anticipating a week of disruptions. Many of the main
arterial routes into the city's business district will be closed, while
many letter boxes and rubbish bins have been removed or sealed for security
Full story: http://www.louisvuittoncup.com/
* The launch of Team New Zealand's new America's Cup boat has had to move
for President Bill Clinton. Tomorrow night's christening of NZL57 was to
have taken place on the eastern edge of the Viaduct Basin, directly
opposite where the round-the-world boats usually dock. But Pippa, Lady
Blake, would have had to compete with jackhammers and trucks - as work
continues on a carpark for the American president's motorcade, when he
visits the cup village on Sunday.
Now the new black boat will park off the village island - a little further
away from the public's view. But Team New Zealand have promised to stage a
grand show to the public gallery, who will be able to see and hear the
ceremony from the Waitemata Plaza across the water.
NZL57 will be christened at sunset by Lady Blake, wife of the head of the
defence syndicate, Sir Peter Blake. Children in tiny Optimist dinghies will
circle the black boat under spotlight - representing Team New Zealand's
financial contribution to youth yachting in New Zealand.
The Team New Zealand crew were working late into the night yesterday to get
their first boat ready for her maiden sail. Her mast was stepped yesterday
By the end of this weekend, there should be nine new generation America's
Cup boats in the village.
The Spanish, Hawaiian and Swiss syndicates will have their boats delivered
- by sea and air - over the weekend. New York's Young America, the co-ed
America True and Dennis Conner's Stars and Stripes are already out sailing
on the Hauraki Gulf. -- Suzanne McFadden, NZ Herald
* Prestigious Swiss watch brand, Omega, has announced it has signed
agreements to become the official timekeeper for America's Cup 2000 and
also for the Cup Defender, Team New Zealand.
"Omega is proud to support Sir Peter Blake, the America's Cup and Team New
Zealand in this yachting event, where timing and precision are required -
the same qualities assured by every one of our watches," said Omega's
Australasian Managing Director Graham Davies. - Murray Taylor, America's
The US SAILING Annual General Meeting will be held October 27-31, 1999 at
the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, 300 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland. For
room reservations call 410/ 528-1234 (before September 27, 1999) and
identify our group name (US SAILING) to receive the group rate of $164.00,
single/$174.00, Double occupancy plus tax.
In connection with the meeting, the Judges Committee and the Racing Rules
Committee are co-hosting a National Judges Training Workshop and a Racing
Rules Seminar to be held October 26 and 27, 1999. The Judges Training
Workshop will focus on protest committee procedures and regatta operations
for the jury and will begin on Tuesday from 1PM to 5PM with a dinner break
resuming at 7PM until 9PM. The Instructor will be Tom Farquhar. The second
day of the workshop will begin at 8:30 AM with a Racing Rules Seminar.
The Racing Rules Seminar will be conducted by Racing Rules Committee
members Art Engel, Rob Overton, Dick Rose and Mary Savage. The emphasis
will be on Part 2 - When Boats Meet. The Wednesday session is available at
a reduced cost and open to any sailor interested in the rules on the water.
The Judges Training Workshop will conclude with a Judge examination and
debriefing of the examination. Participants in the Judges Training Workshop
are required to have a copy of the Judges Manual, Racing Rules of Sailing
and Appeals Decisions and ISAF Cases with them at the seminar.
For the agenda, details and registration: http://www.ussailing.org/
(Reprinted with permission from DEFENCE 2000, which is available for US $48
per year from John@roake.gen.nz)
There is a decided quickening of events in New Zealand. America's Cup
supplements are appearing in our newspapers regularly. There is a program
on the Cup and its history every Sunday on TV. Sports commentators are
talking about it on almost every sports session and the American Express
Yacht Club will be opened tomorrow, by the Prime Minister, Jenny Shipley.
The newspapers are reporting daily on happenings surrounding the Cup, and
yachts are arriving from around the globe on what seems to be almost every
ship coming into the country. We are under no illusions. The world is about
to take New Zealand on by those who don't believe we should be hanging onto
the America's Cup one day longer than February 19, 2000. There is still
construction going on and around the Village complex, but contrary to our
earlier reports, we hasten to tell you that the American Express Yacht Club
is a superb facility, described by one journalist as a floating paradise.
We reported earlier that the barge was towed from Tahiti to Auckland. It
now has a completed two story structure on its 20m x 36m deck. It can cater
for up to 800 people, includes bars, restaurants and a function room and
needs 375,000 litres of water ballast to keep it on an even keel.
Congratulations American Express. You have done a fine job.
So what will happen to the club house when it's all over? The Amex Club
house is expected to end up as a floating museum and it will be towed to
various ports around the country, promoting sailing and displaying cup
memorabilia. It will be a sort of "Thank you to the country for supporting
Team New Zealand". This from David Jung, the designer of the American
Express Yacht Club which was built in only 17 weeks. He says "Much thought
has been given to the future use of the Yacht Club when the Regatta is all
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WORLD DISABLED SAILING CHAMPIONSHIPS
After a delayed start while the race officer waited for the wind to
stabilise, both the Sonar and 2.4mR classes completed the fifth and sixth
races of the in bright sunshine and an almost perfect 10-14 knot sea breeze
off the Atlantic port of Cadiz in Spain late this afternoon. -- Nigel
Standings, SONAR: 1, Hessels / Ruesink / Russn, NED, 15 points, 2, Cassell
/ Millband / Harding, GBR, 24, 3, Kroker / Munter / Reichi, GER, 35, 4,
Fresk / Bagge / Jan Edbom, SWE, 38, 5, Efrati / Cohen / Spector, ISR, 42,
6, Robins / Martin / Dunross, AUS, 48, 7, Callahan / Huges / Burhans, USA,
50, 8, Robertson / Suckling / Long, GBR, 53, 9, Garcia / Emerteri / Mastra,
CAN, 57, 10, Ross-Duggan / Esparza / Aucreman, USA, 59.
INTERNATIONAL 2.4 METRE CLASS: 1, Heiko Kroger, GER, 9 points, 2, Jens Als
Andersen, DEN, 35, 3, Philippe Balle, FRA, 37, 3(tie), Marco Turbiglio,
ITA, 37, 5, Jostein Stordahl, NOR, 46, 6, Mike Browne, GBR, 48, 7, Ian
Harrison, GBR, 56, 8, Dan McCoy, CAN, 60, 9, Allan Smith, GBR, 66, 10,
Claes Hultling, SWE, 69.
Event site: http://ifds.org
The Yacht Racing Union of the Great Lakes, formed of the 5 Great Lakes plus
Lake St. Clair, held their 1999 Richardson Cup Trophy series this past
weekend, September 4&5, 1999. This year's event brought one team from each
of the Great Lakes to Bayview Yacht Club for the 60th running of the match
racing competition. Bayview provided their new club-owned fleet of Ultimate
20's for the six team to use with each lake fielding a crew of four.
In the double round robin event with a total of 30 races sailed, Bill
Abbott, Canadian Olympic Soling champion from Lake Huron, won with 9 wins
and 1 loss. Bayview's own Chris Van Tol was second with 8 wins and 2
losses. Third was Heidi Backus Riddle from Lake Erie with 6 wins and 4
losses. Jay Tovey from Rochester Yacht Club in Lake Ontario was 4th with 6
wins. A disappointed Kent Heitzinger, from Lake Michigan finished 5th with
4 wins and Rick Corness from Thunder Bay on Lake Superior finished 6th. --
I'm really pleased with the way Stu Johnstone has automated the maintenance
of the Scuttlebutt mailing list and the distribution function. It has
simplified my life enormously and will really be important when I return to
New Zealand early next month. The one minor down side -- it is no longer
possible for you to hit the reply key and send off a note to the
curmudgeon. However, at the very bottom of every 'Butt issue will be a link
to my current email address. I hope this one additional step will not
prevent you from sharing your thoughts with me like you always have.
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATION
He who hesitates is probably right.