SCUTTLEBUTT #394 - September 10, 1999
MAXI YACHT ROLEX CUP
Following are two reports on the long distance race at the Maxi worlds in
Sardinia. The first from Paul Cayard aboard George Coumantaros' Boomerang,
and the second from Mark Rudiger, navigator on Larry Ellison's Maxi, Sayonara.
* Porto Cervo, Italy -On Wednesday, the fleet raced the "long race", a
total of 50 miles. The course took us from Porto Cervo, up to the
Straights of Bonnifacio which is between Sardinia and Corsica, then back
down through the islands which are along the north eastern coast of
Sardinia, which is a very scenic route. The winds was blowing 14 knots
from the north east which made for reaching the entire way except for a
short two mile beat to windward off of the start.
John Coumantaros, at the helm of Boomerang, got a very good start and got
us to the first mark in 2nd place just behind Alexia. We proceeded to
reach over Alexia on our way to the Straights of Bonnifacio while Sayonara
closed in on us. We rounded the turning mark in the straights, Torre di
Lavezzi, in first place with Sayonara nipping at our heels. As we entered
the channels through all the islands we had to constantly avoid rocks and
other hazards at the same time as defending ourselves from Sayonara.
Finally, the wind picked-up and as the lead boat we were able to stretch
out ahead of Sayonara to win by three minutes.
The points are now: 1. Boomerang- 1,2,4,1,1= 9, 2. Sayonara- 2,1,1,3,2=9,
3. Alexia- 3, 3,3,3,3=15, 4. Sagamore- 4,4,2,4,4=18
Friday we will have two windward-leeward races and on Saturday we will have
one. Obviously it is shaping up to be a match between Boomerang and
Sayonara for the title but the other two boats will no doubt play a role in
the outcome. -- Paul Cayard
* Close exciting racing here in Sardinia. Yesterday was our long distance
race on Sayonara and completes race five of eight. The day before we had
gained a one point lead on Boomerang after an inshore race which we won and
Boomerang was fourth, and a W/L race which Boomer won and we were third.
Alexia and Sagamore continue slipping out of contention and it's boiling
down to a match race between Boomer and us.
Starting in an 11 Knot NE breeze, we were windward boat with starboard
advantage, but Boomerang to leeward with George's son driving and Cayard
calling the shots made it tough for us to live there. We tacked away on
what seemed like good shift, but it wasn't to last and the left paid and
Boomerang was able to control us to the weather mark allowing Alexia and
Sagamore around ahead as well.
This was a fifty mile race so not to worry too much yet. On the 40-minute
reach to a mark south of Corsica, we sailed higher trying to work through
the "W" division, which started 10 minutes ahead and consisted of the
bigger Wally and custom boats. In doing this we were able get the building
breeze from the right first and with Larry, Chris (Dickson), and crew
working the boat hard were able to pass Sagamore and Alexia and get to
within a few boat lengths of Boomer.
From there it was thirty miles of reaching and little beating around the
islands dodging rocks and shallows. At one point we were almost bow to bow
with Boomerang and had a small chance to pass, but Cayard and crew held us
off well and we had to settle for following them across the finish line.
We're now tied with them again on points with three races to go.
Thursday we have a much-needed day off and start the battle again tomorrow
with probable two races. We feel we have a slight edge with better crew
work so just need to start ahead and stretch!
Stay tuned here and check out "www.teamrudiger.com" for daily audio
updates and " www.yccs.it" for other results. - Mark Rudiger, Navigator,
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With the single discard coming into effect today, provisional results show
Eric Doyle and Tom Olson (USA) leading the regatta by five points from 1992
Olympic Bronze Medallist Ross Macdonald (Canada. The regatta concludes
Friday. - Nigel Cherie, RYA
Standings: 1. Doyle / Olsen, USA, 20 points; 2. Macdonald / Bjorn, CAN, 25;
3. Hoesch / Fendt, GER, 29; 4. Reynolds / Liljedahl, USA, 34; 5. Walker /
Covell, GBR, 22; 6. Hagen / Witt, GER, 52; 7. Dali / Colaninno, ITA, 41; 8.
Grael / Ferreira, BRA, 25; 9. MacCausland / Iverson, USA, 51; 10. Andersen
/ JUST, DEN, 52; 15. Schiebler / Peters, USA 61; 17. Brun / Meireles, USA, 68.
Event site: http://www.ouverture.it/ycpa/mondiale.htm
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MAJORICA ONE TON CUP, COREL 45 ISAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Provisional results after 5 races: 1. Atalanti X, Greece, G. Andreadis/J.
Schuemann (Germany), 5-1-5-4-1, (16 points) 2. Faster K-Yote 2, Germany, O.
Kandler/B. Pace (France), 1-5-6-5-4, (22) 3. Investor, Sweden, T. Blixt,
3-3-3-6-7, (22) 4. Cavale Bleu, France, M. Duquenne/F. Brenac, 6-9-1-1-6,
(23) 5. Babbalaas, Great Britain, D. McLean/E.Warden-Owen, 7-6-9-2-2, (25)
6. Aifos, Spain, Armada Espagnola, SAR Felipe de Borbon, 4-8-4-7-3, (26) 7.
La Casera, Spain, E. Jaudenes/G. Weisman (USA), DSQ-2-7-3-5, (28) 8.
Bounder, Great Britain, Chris Little/J. Robinson, 9-4-2-10-10, (35) 9.
Indulgence, Great Britain, T.Buckingham, 2-10-10-9-8, (39) 10. Mallorca
Yachting, Spain, J. Jaudenes, 8-7-8-8-9, (40) - Laura Jelmini
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
Letters selected to be printed are routinely edited for clarity, space (250
words max) or to exclude personal attacks.
-- Tom Ehman (In response to Mr. Steinberg's letter in #393) -- No doubt
the America's Cup IS complex and demanding, and great sport. But the
unparalleled technical logistics? What about a NFL team that uses, what, at
least 25 different players per game and dresses half again that many? To
say nothing of all the coaches, staff, technicians, and practice players.
Better yet, look in on Formula One (motorsport). Roughly every other
weekend from March through October, each of 12 teams has upwards to 100
engineers, mechanics, computer and communications experts, and support
personnel working 16 hour days, and that does not include the engineers and
workers back in the factories who actually make the cars and other bits.
And between races the entire operation moves from one circuit (track) to
another across four continents -- North America, South America, Eruope and
Asia. Year in and year out most of the teams operate in the black, more
than a few very much so.
More interesting question is how to modernize this otherwise great
America's Cup event so that the teams can operate in the black; so that
designers, sailmakers, boat builders and professional racing sailors are
not faced with a continual cycle of boom and bust (which keeps forcing them
back into the amateur/recreational side of our sport); and so that the best
skippers in the world are not having to go around hat-in-hand begging for
charitable contributions every three years or so.
-- From Tom Adams -- The Scuttlebutt out of Newport R.I. is that Endeavor
will be sold, and is going to N.Z. Also Shamrock V is in England being
--Diego Yacht Club this current year and at least the previous year; in his
spare time, he maintained a successful marine insurance brokerage in Point
Loma at the corner of Scott and Canon. He assiduously maintained and
campaigned a pre-Tupperware (i.e., wood) Cal 46, and was single-handedly
responsible for creating and promoting the Bishop Rock offshore race. A
memorial service is planned at SDYC for this coming Sunday, at 1:00 PM.
WORLD DISABLED SAILING CHAMPIONSHIP
Due to Easterly winds of 25 knots, gusting 30 and rising, racing has been
abandoned for the day. This means that the placings of yesterday stand as
the final results of the 1999 World Disabled Sailing Championship.
Final Results, Sonar: 1, Cassell / Millband / Harding, GBR, 14 points;
1(tie), Kroker / Munter / Reichi, GER, 14; 3, Hessels / Ruesink / Russn,
NED, 15 ; 4, Efrati / Cohen / Spector, ISR, 30; 5, Fresk / Bagge / Jan
Edbom, SWE, 33; 6, Callahan / Huges / Burhans, USA, 40; 7, Robertson /
Suckling / Long, GBR, 42; 8, Ross-Duggan / Esparza / Aucreman, USA, 43; 9,
Robins / Martin / Dunross, AUS, 44; 10, Garcia / Emerteri / Mastra, CAN, 51.
International 2.4 Metre Class: 1, Heiko Kroger, GER, 6 points; 2, Jens Als
Andersen, DEN, 25; 3, Philippe Balle, FRA, 31; 4, Mike Browne, GBR, 33; 5,
Marco Turbiglio, ITA, 34; 6, Jostein Stordahl, NOR, 46; 7, Dan McCoy, CAN,
47; 8, Claes Hultling, SWE, 50; 9, David Schroeder, USA, 53; 10, Ian
Harrison, GBR, 56.
Event website: http://ifds.org
Lake Garda, Italy -- For those not familiar with the Scandinavian Gold Cup
format, the rules are simple and unique. Only one team per country. One
point is awarded for first place in each race. After three races, only
those teams who have scored one or more points are allowed to continue, and
all others are invited to race in a consolation fleet race. The first team
to score three points wins the Gold Cup, an impressive Faberge piece dating
back to the first Gold Cup competition in 1919 (that's not a typo).
The American team of Glen Foster, Bill Bennett and Ron Rosenberg came out
of the blocks quickly to win the first race in their 1993 Doug Peterson
designed, Melges built 5.5 Meter. The next two races were dominated from
wire to wire by the very fast Swiss Team led by Jurg Menzi in a new state
of the art Swiss (Schmidt) designed and built 5.5 Meter. The new Swiss
boat, which has gone undefeated on the Swiss lakes during her maiden
season, sporting an extremely narrow waterline, a surprisingly small keel,
rather large genoa, with the sail plan set quite far aft.
The fourth race was a head to head match race between the Swiss and
American teams. Foster aggressively pinned Menzi for most of the first
four minutes, only to have Menzi slip free on the final approach to the
line. As the boats battled up the first beat, Foster luffed Menzi. Menzi
appeared slow to respond, as light contact was made between the boats. Both
boats protested. After 9 long miles of close match racing, Menzi led
Foster across the finish line, however Menzi was disqualified by the
International Jury after a protest hearing.
With the score 2-2, the fifth and final race of the Gold Cup again
showcased intense pre-start match race maneuvering with Foster controlling
Menzi off the start line. Foster nailed the first shift and then did his
best to stay on top of Menzi tack for tack in the shifty, puffy lake
conditions. Foster ultimately managed to stretch his lead and sail to his
third Gold Cup victory. The fact that the 69 year old Glen Foster has been
battling cancer since October has made this Gold Cup victory particularly
sweet. The 5.5 Meter World Championship begins on Saturday. -- Ron Rosenberg
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* AUCKLAND, NZ - Abracadabra 2000 Sponsor P&O Nedlloyd will be off-loading
the team's yachts, support vessels and equipment arriving from Honolulu
Saturday morning. Both Abracadabra 2000 IACC yachts will be in cradles
with their Wyland-painted hulls visible. - DJ Cathcart, Aloha Racing
* Team New Zealand's cloak of secrecy about the shape and configuration of
the first of their two new boats (NZL-57) was mostly lifted in Auckland
to-day. With the help of 50 children sailing Optimist dinghies in the
vicinity, Lady Pippa Blake, wife of syndicate head Sir Peter Blake,
christened New Zealand's first ever defender candidate, in front of 500
The boat, delivered from the builder's yard to the syndicate base a couple
of weeks ago, had been locked away inside the team's shore base shed
emerging only a couple of days ago to have her mast stepped. That 'rollout'
was really only partial, as an all-over skirt, hanging from the sheer line
from bow to the stern, completely obscured the hull from prying eyes. The
team had even gone to the extent of placing frame-work between the grey
tarpaulin and the hull to further trick the trained observer's point of view.
But this evening in Auckland the highly burnished stealth fighter-like matt
black hull was almost fully revealed. As Tim Finn, New Zealand's best known
popular singer, strummed his guitar on the narrow foredeck, a closer look
of this unusual looking boat was possible.
It is definitely different in shape from the 10 or so new challengers that
have already been launched. The boat has a spoon bow configuration but with
a very steep rise and hence a short bow overhang. At the other end, the
stern has a really long and narrow overhang, the narrowness accentuated by
the relatively wide mid-sections.
The boat appears big, with a high freeboard, and a lot of volume.
Initially, a standard minimum dimension IACC mast has been stepped, unlike
the long chord mast currently stepped in NZL-32, the new boat's first trial
horse for early speed comparisons which start tomorrow.
The date chosen for the launching, the 9th day of the 9th month of the 99th
year is not, in Sir Peter Blake's opinion, without significance. The second
Team New Zealand defender NZL-60, is expected to emerge from the boat shed
before Christmas. -- Louis Vuitton Cup website:
* The crew of Team New Zealand were resplendent in black suit, grey tie
... and red socks.
Yes, the red socks are back with a vengeance for the 2000 campaign after
Sir Peter Blake made them a national icon in '95. This time around, the New
Zealand crew will wear them on and off the boat.
In San Diego, they were worn only by the superstitious Sir Peter - a
Christmas present from his wife, Pippa. The socks took on a life of their
own after they were missing from the boat in the only race Team New Zealand
lost in 1995.
Four years ago they wore more casual attire to official functions. But the
team have gone for a more professional look in the new millennium. Mastman
Matt Mason described his new outfit as beautiful. "We will be the flashest
team out there," he said. "We'll be squaring it off with the Prada boys,
but our suits should get the nod."
The black suit is made of New Zealand merino wool woven into fabric by
leading Italian mill Loro Piana. The Italian manufacturers are marketing
the wool around the world as Zealanda. The suit was designed by Cambridge,
contracted by Team New Zealand's official clothing supplier, Line 7.
The Team New Zealand men have made a fashion statement with their grey
shirts and tie - the in-colour this spring. And there are no TNZ logos on
the jackets Work is still being done on the team's sailing garb.
The traditional dark blue polo shirts have proved too hot at the height of
an Auckland summer, so Line 7 is researching new fabrics and lighter
colours. But the red socks will stay. -- Suzanne McFadden, NZ Herald,
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