SCUTTLEBUTT #412 - October 6, 1999
WORLD SAILOR OF THE YEAR
The World Sailor of the Year Awards, will be presented for the sixth year,
during the ISAF Annual Conference, November 1999. The Awards recognize the
outstanding achievements of male and female sailors, regardless of
discipline of the sport, over the past year, and are acknowledged as the
ultimate recognition of achievement a sailor can receive from the world of
sailing. Two "World Sailor of the Year Awards" are presented, one to a
male sailor and one to a female sailor.
For 1999, ISAF is delighted to see eight illustrious sailors, representing
the diversity of our sport, vying for the coveted accolade `World Sailor of
ISAF and Sperry are delighted to announce the nominees for the World Sailor
of the Year Awards 1999, with details of their 1998/99 successes meriting
- Roy Heiner (NED) -- In recognition of Roy's overwhelming results in the
Soling class, after an absence of several years, combined with his
contribution as part of the winning Dutch team for the 1999 Admirals Cup.
Roy continues to hold first position in the rankings, attained as of 29
January 1999 - Soling World Championship (Grade W) - 3rd January 1999 -
Infanta Cristina Trophy 1999 (Grade 1) - 3rd April 1999 - Sete Soling Match
Racing International (Grade 2) - 3rd April 1999 - Fleet Racing Semaine
Olympique Francaise (Grade 1) - 1st April 1999 - Match Racing Semaine
Olympique Francaise (Grade 3) - 1st May 1999 - Fleet Racing Spa Regatta
(Grade 1) - 1st May 1999 - Match Racing Spa Regatta (Grade 3) - 1st July
1999 - Soling European Championship (Grade 1) - 1st July 1999 - Soling
European Match Championship (Grade 2) - 2nd August 1999 - Admiral's Cup -
1st September 1999 - Fleet Racing Sydney Harbour Olympic Test Event (Grade
1) - 6th September 1999 - Overall Sydney Harbour Olympic Test Event (Grade
3) - 3rd
- Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) -- 1999 is Mateusz' fourth year as a nominee
for the World Sailor of the Year Awards; clear indication of the years he
has been at the forefront of the Finn Class. His 1999 achievements keep
him leading the world rankings, a position he has held since 2 February 1999.
August 1998 - Finn Gold Cup (Grade W) - 1st December 1998 - Finn Australian
Nationals (Grade1) - 1st December 1998 - Sydney International (Grade 2) -
2nd December 1998 - Go for Gold (Grade 2) - 1st January 1999 - Finn Gold
Cup (Grade W) - 2nd February 1999 - New Zealand Olympic Sail (Grade 3) -
1st February 1999 - Sail Auckland (Grade 3) - 1st April 1999 - Semaine
Olympique Francaise (Grade 1) - 1st April 1999 - 30th HRH Princess Sofia
Trophy (Grade 2) - 1st May 1999 - Spa Regatta (Grade 1) - 1st June 1999 -
Kiel Week (Grade 1) - 1st June 1999 - Finn Europeans - (Grade 1) - 2nd
September 1999 - Sydney Harbour Olympic Test Event (Grade 1) - 2nd
- Fredrik Loof (SWE) -- Rival to Mateusz, Fredrik secured the Finn Gold
Cup in 1999, making this his third win since 1994, which in itself makes
Fredrik one of the best Finn sailors ever. Alongside his Finn campaign,
Fredrik has participated in various match racing events demonstrating his
versatility, with current placings of 3rd on the Finn Rankings and 22nd on
the Open Match Race Rankings.
Finn August 1998 - Finn Gold Cup (Grade W) - 2nd September 1998 - Sydney
Olympic Test Event (Grade 3) - 1st December 1998 - Sydney International
(Grade 2) - 1st January 1999 - Finn Gold Cup (Grade W) - 1st April 1999 -
Semaine Olympique Francaise (Grade 1) - 4th May 1999 - Spa Regatta (Grade
1) - 3rd May 1999 - Sailing for Ostend (Grade 3) - 3rd September 1999 -
Sydney Harbour Olympic Test Event (Grade 1) - 3rd Match Racing August 1998
- Swedish Match Race Championship (Grade 3) - 2nd October 1998 - Hostmachen
(Grade 3) - 2nd July 1999 - Trygg Hansa Cup (Grade 2) - 2nd July 1999 -
KSSS Cup (Grade 3) - 2nd August 1999 - Swedish National Match Race
Championship (Grade 3) - 2nd
- Aaron McIntosh (NZL) -- Aaron has been at the top of the Mistral Class
for a number of years, with 1998/99 his most successful year to date,
including for the second consecutive year being voted as Yachting New
Zealand Sailor of the Year in 1998. He has retained pole position on the
world rankings since January 1999.
September 1998 - Mistral Oceanic Championship (Grade 1) - 1st September
1998 - Sydney Olympic Test Event - (Grade 2) - 1st October 1998 - Mistral
World Championship (Grade W) - 1st December 1998 - Sydney International
Regatta (Grade 2) - 2nd January 1999 - Mistral Oceanic Continental
Championship (Grade 1) - 1st February 1999 - Sail Auckland (Grade 1) - 1st
February 1999 - New Zealand Olympic Sail (Grade 2) - 1st April 1999 - Sail
Sydney (Grade 3) - 3rd April 1999 - Semaine Olympique Francaise (Grade 1) -
6th May 1999 - Spa Regatta (Grade 1) - 1st July 1999 - North American
Championship - (Grade 2) - 3rd
- Chris Nicholson (AUS) -- In recognition of his outstanding successes in
the 49er Class, including his hat-trick achievement as triple 49er World
Champion (1997 Sydney, 1998 France, 1999 Melbourne).
September 1998 - Sydney Olympic Test Event (Grade 1) - 1st December 1998 -
Sail Brisbane (Grade 3) - 2nd December 1998 - Sydney International (Grade
1) - 2nd January 1999 - 49er World Championship (Grade W) - 1st April 1999
- Sail Sydney (Grade 3) - 1st May 1999 - 49er Grand Prix I (Grade 2) - 2nd
May 1999 - 49er Grand Prix II (Grade 2) - 3rd May 1999 - Spa Regatta (Grade
1) - 2nd June 1999 - Tuborg Spring Cup (Grade 2) - 1st August 1999 - 49er
Grand Prix III (Grade 1) - 2nd
-Barbara Kendall (NZL) -- Barbara is the one of the most consistent female
boardsailor during the 90's, twice Olympic Medallist and World Champion.
She is amongst the top-level performers in the history of New Zealand sport
and New Zealand's most successful Olympic yachtswoman. Her 1998 credits
September 1998 - Mistral Oceanic Championship (Grade 1) - 1st September
1998 Sydney Harbour Pre-Olympic Regatta (Grade 2) - 1st October 1998 -
Mistral World Championship (Grade W) - 1st February 1999 - Olympic Sail
Auckland (Grade 1) - 1st February 1999 - New Zealand OlympicSail (Grade 2)
- 1st April 1999 - Sail Sydney (Grade 3) - 1st May 1999 Spa Regatta (Grade
1) - 2nd June 1999 - XIV Windsurfing Festival - Sicily Grand Prix (Grade 2)
- 1st July 1999 - North American Championship (Grade 2) - 1st September
1999 - Sydney Harbour Olympic Test Event (Grade 1) - 1st
- Margriet Matthijsse (NED) -- Magriet has swept in to set the leading pace
in the Europe Class in 1999, with successive bullets taking her to the top
of the rankings from 1 June 1999.
August 1998 - Europe World Championship (Grade W) - 4th September 1998 -
Sydney Olympic Test Event (Grade W) - 3rd December 1998 - Sydney
International (Grade 1) - 1st January 1999 - Europe Open Week (Grade 2) -
1st January 1999 - Europe World Championship (Grade W) - 1st February 1999
- Sail Auckland (Grade 2) - 2nd February 1999 - New Zealand Olympic Sail
(Grade 3) - 1st April 1999 - Semaine Olympique Francaise (Grade 1) - 1st
May 1999 - Spa Regatta (Grade 1) - 1st May 1999 - Sailing for Ostend (Grade
3) - 2nd June 1999 - Tuborg Spring Cup (Grade 2) - 1st July 1999 - Europe
Dinghy European Championship (Grade 1) - 1st July 1999 - Europe Class Open
Week (Grade 2) - 2nd September 1999 - Sydney Harbour Olympic Test Event - 1st
- Shirley Robertson (GBR) -- Successes over 1998/99 at top-level whilst
competing in two entirely different disciplines of the sport at the same
time demonstrates Shirley's skill and versatility, with current placings of
1st on the Women's Match Racing Rankings, and 3rd on the Europe Class
Europe Single Handed Women August 1998 - Europe World Championship (Grade
W) - 2nd September 1998 - Sydney Harbour Olympic Test Event (Grade 1) - 5th
January 1999 - Europe World Championship (Grade W) - 3rd April 1999 -
Semaine Olympique Francaise (Grade 1) - 4th July 1999 - Europe Dinghy
European Championship (Grade 1) - 2nd September 1999 - Sydney Harbour
Olympic Test Event (Grade 1) - 3rd
Open and Women's Match Race September 1998 - Tuborg Golden Lady Cup (Grade
2) - 2nd June 1999 - Tuborg Golden Lady Cup (Grade 2) - 2nd June 1999 -
BOAT/U.S. Santa Maria Cup (Grade 1) - 2nd June 1999 - Midnight Sun Ladies
Match (Grade 2) - 3rd
The recipients of the Awards are determined by popular vote, received from
the world of sailing. Voting is currently underway and will be completed by
19 October 1999. The winners will be announced on Tuesday 9 November 1999
at the ISAF Annual Dinner and World Sailor of the Year Awards Presentation
in Sydney, Australia. To be hosted by leading sailing personalities, the
evening will be a celebration of sailing and sailors. The winners will
receive their Awards from His Majesty King Constantine. -- David McCreary,
J/24 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Day Two Report -- After a stormy night, a light to moderate northerly
breeze greeted the fleet as they left the marina outside the Yacht Club
Italiano for the scheduled two races.
The race officer once again set a course towards the Genoa coastline with a
windward mark close to the shore. During the start sequence the wind
increased to gusting above 20 knots. This caused the majority of the fleet
to change from the genoa they had set to a jib at very short notice.
Before the start sequence the line looked square but it was soon apparent
that the boats at the pin end were gaining an advantage. Several boats were
caught over the line and scored OCS. At both ends of the line incidents
went to the protest room as the top class fleet jostled to gain the best
advantage at the start. -- Mark Jardine, http://www.j24class.org
Standings after two races: 1. ITA, Vasco Vascotto; 2. CHI, Alberto Gonzales
Mas, 3. USA, Tim Healy .
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* A Queen Street parade will officially welcome the eleven challengers for
America's Cup 2000 to Auckland on Friday, October 15th. Just three days
before the start of racing in the first Round Robin of the Louis Vuitton
Cup the overseas syndicates will be brought together for the first time on
Auckland's main street.
"After five years of anticipation New Zealand is ready to host the
America's Cup. It is time to give an enthusiastic welcome to all of our
overseas visitors and to recognise what has been achieved in and around the
New Zealand Cup Village," said Sir Peter Blake.
Team New Zealand's crew will join the challengers in a Welcome Parade that
will be both colourful and noisy. The organisers will provide spectators
with a selection of 70,000 paper flags. These will represent each of the
seven nations competing in the challenger series - the United States,
Australia, Italy, France, Switzerland, Spain and Japan. There will also be
a plentiful supply of New Zealand flags.
A national flag and a banner will introduce each syndicate and thirteen
marching bands, including the New Zealand Army Band from Christchurch, will
accompany the parade. The pageantry will include more than 20 entertainment
groups, including marching teams, dance schools and cheer leaders.
Colourful costumes have been created and appropriate music will accompany
Leading the Welcome Parade will be the 150-year-old America's Cup and
following further back in the procession will be the Louis Vuitton Cup
which the challengers contest to win the right to race against Team New
Zealand in the America's Cup match. The parade will also include officials
and volunteers involved in the four and half month long event.
Each syndicate has been invited to parade their full team line-up which
will involve shore crew and administration personnel. (Oh my, that includes
the curmudgeon -- and I love a parade.) In total there will be over 1,000
people marching down Queen Street.
Auckland's gala Welcome Parade will start at 5.00 PM from the intersection
of Queen Street and Mayoral Drive. The now familiar painted blue lines on
either side of the road will indicate where the public can spectate along
the 1.4 km route which runs down Queen Street and left into Custom Street.
The procession is expected to finish at the junction of Custom Street and
Albert Street by approximately 5.45 PM.
Jointly organised by America's Cup 2000 and Louis Vuitton, with the support
of the Auckland City Council; the public Welcome Parade will be followed by
the official opening ceremony in the New Zealand Cup Village. There is
ticketed seating for invited guests and the team participants involved in
this event which is being held at Waitemata Plaza. -- Murray Taylor,
Communications Manager, America's Cup 2000, http://www.americascup.org
* John Kolius wouldn't have been surprised if he had found his Hawaiian
America's Cup crew had mutinied when he arrived in Auckland. The
Abracadabra camp had worked round the clock - three shifts a day - for a
fortnight to get their new boat USA54 seaworthy. The new Abracadabra 2000
is now in the water, but battling to be race ready for the start of round
robin one of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series in 11 days' time.
Skipper Kolius has just arrived in Auckland, after staying on in the United
States in the continuing search for more money. "When I got here I was
surprised that morale was so good," he said. "It's been tough - 40 guys
working three shifts, 24 hours a day. For the first two weeks, the lights
never went off at the base. "We've really had to put the hammer down."
How did they get into this situation? Kolius says they built their first
boat USA50, then spent too much time tinkering with it instead of
concentrating on finishing USA54 - the boat which will race in the first
round robin. When their ship came in to transport the boats from Hawaii to
New Zealand, Abracadabra No 2 was still some way off being completed.
"In a perfect world we would have left it in Hawaii for another three
weeks. "But when a free ship says it's time to go, you can't argue," he
said. "We interrupted the project and just had to pick it up at the other
"I guess we've missed a couple of weeks' sailing the boat here because of
it. "But hey, it's not a perfect world."
For now, USA50, the boat which trialled off the south-west coast of Oahu,
will stay in the shed in the cup village. The two boats won't go out
sailing together for a while yet.
The two Abracadabras have been designed for different conditions. USA54 was
always planned to race first in what are expected to be stronger winds than
the fleet will get at the business end of the draw. -- Suzanne McFadden, NZ
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (email@example.com)
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-- From Alex Pline -- It should be mentioned that this regatta (Vanguard 15
nationals) was won by two regular Snipe Sailors: Funch/Duffy. Watt Duffy in
fact just finished the Snipe Worlds in Spain as crew (with Pedro Lorson)
and is an accomplished skipper in his own right. Kevin (with brother Mike)
have a long Snipe history and just finished 9th in the Snipe NAs in Boston
in an old borrowed boat. Here's what Watt had to say:
"Just back from Chicago! Kevin Funsch and I teamed up to cross train in the
Vangaurd 15 Nationals. We are training for the Snipe South American
Championships in 2000. We picked the Vangaurd Nationals because we thought
it might be windy and wavy. This is what the SA's promises in Brazil.
"The wind was never less than 12 knots and most of the time between 20-25
knots. At times we saw winds around 28 knots. We were not the heavy guys.
We were 298 on Sat. and less on Sunday! We used our Snipe skills to change
the tune of the boat. There were other snipe sailors in the regatta -- Doug
Nugent from Canada and San Francisco won the OLD MAN award and finished 6th
with 70 points. He impressed a lot of sailors with his skills and control
of the boat.
"Kevin and I had only sailed together 3 days before the regatta in a
Vangaurd 15. These sailors were all asking us how we did it. We said it was
from years of sailing Snipe!"
-- From Matt Brown (In response to Bill Carey's comments in Butt #411
regarding bow work on a Mumm 30) -- For the past few years now I have been
sailing the latest generation sprit boats including the new Schock 40, and
I gotta say if I ever sail on a boat with a symmetric chute again it'll be
too soon! Being able to sail off shore with a crew of three or four and
not having to send anyone forward a night to jibe is so nice. The
simplicity of these rigs allows you to carry huge 1400 to 1600 square foot
kites on a40 foot boat with ease and safety. With the boats being so fast,
speeds running upwards of 30 knots, you're usually reaching down wind so
the asymmetrics perform wonderfully. I strongly suggest that everyone give
these things a try, you'll love it!
-- From Thomas Moulds (In response to Bill Carey's comment about working on
the Bow of a Mumm 30) -- I have found over the years that there are no easy
positions on any boat when you are sailing competitively, that's what I
love about the sport. From my own experiences I find the mental
aggressiveness of driving a two person dingy (Front Runner) to
physical/mental crew work as a bowman/jib trimmer on a 30 footer (S2 9.1),
it is all exciting and challenging. As for other crew positions on the
boat, evaluate the importance just after something goes wrong...as for the
difficulty of a Mumm 30, we all have things we bump our shins into...
On another subject, acknowledge the (your) crew! Most sailing is a team
sport. When I fist started sailing the skipper had a rule that if we took
first in a regatta than He would make the crew trophies (nice Jefferson
cups), it meant a lot to show my parents and friends. I still have mine on
display and carry on the tradition.
HARBOR 20 NATIONALS
This past weekend 24 boats in two fleets turned out for the second Harbor
20 Championship regatta hosted by Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Racers were
treated to fantastic sailing conditions all weekend with varied wind
strengths and varied courses which brought them to often unseen areas of
the harbor during races. It was a real family affair with John and
Jennifer Drayton running the races, while "John John" and Wells Drayton
watched their grandparents George and Phyllis Drayton race from the RC boat
Arthur Strock and Jane Schock looked like a shoe in for the crown title
until an OCS call in the final race opened the door allowing Bob Emett and
Bill Ficker to claim the top spot followed closely by Terry Gloege and
Byron Capps and finally Arthur and Jane.
B Fleet saw tight racing with Terry and Sally Welsh coming on strong in the
final two races, but didn't have the scores in initial races to bring them
the top spot. First was reserved for Anna Francis Parker and Suzanne
Spangler, followed in second place by George and Phyllis Drayton.
Results A Fleet: 1. Bob Emett/Bill Ficker 2. Terry Gloege/Byron Capps 3.
Arthur Strock/Jane Schock 4. Jack Woodhull/Dennis Durgan 5. Bob Yates/Pat
Kincaid, B Fleet: 1. Anna Francis Parker/Suzanne Spangler 2. Terry
Welsh/Sally Welsh 3. George Drayton/Phyllis Drayton 4. Tom Mitchell/Greg
Hatton 5. Neil MacFarlane/Roy Woolsey.
The curmudgeon was a happy camper after the Masters Regatta. So happy, I
picked up a neat blue "pouch jacket" with the regatta logo tastefully
embroidered on it. What a great jacket, and as you might suspect, it was
supplied by Pacific Embroidery. Pacific Embroidery supplied all of the
Masters regatta apparel and St Francis YC made a bunch of money without
taking any risks whatsoever. To find out how earn extra money for your
regatta without risk, just call Frank Whitton. While you're at it, you
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(Note: The Mini Transat is a single-handed race for boats of 6.5 meters (21
feet) in length. The fleet is currently sailing the first of two legs from
France to the Canary Islands.)
Sebastien Magnen (Voile Magazine/Jeanneau) arrived in Lanzarote at 8.40am
French time as the winner of the first leg of the Mini-Transat, completing
the 1270 miles from Concarneau in 8 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 30
seconds. Looking a little dishevelled but on good form after snatching some
sleep on the last tack, Sebastien Magnen recounted his experiences: "After
starting with a good wind which helped me to get to the front, I continued
upwind until I was 5 miles from the Spanish coast. The front came through
that first night from the West and kept me on starboard tack for nearly 3
days until I reached the Spanish coastline."
Sebastien Magnen knew exactly what was in store for him in the Gulf of
Gascogne, after thorough consultation with the weather-router Pierre
Lasnier, and this analysis prepared him mentally for the impending front.
"I kept in the shelter of the Northern Spanish coastline avoiding the front
but the wind was blowing SE 35 knots (50 in the gusts) for atleast 20
hours, and the swell was coming from the NNW - this was not helped by the
fact that I was sailing into shallower waters around Cap Finisterre - so
the seas were very heavy. But when you know what you are going into it is
easier to deal with. I slept for a total of 4 hours over this period - you
just cannot afford to sleep during those extreme conditions - and my
autopilot was broken as well. So the experience was very much like being
in a washing machine and my head was banged against the boat incessantly!"
-- Offshore Challenges
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MELGES 24 WORLDS
Competition begins today for the 1999 International Melges 24 World
Championship Regatta, hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. The 50 boats from
three European countries, Canada and the USA are all in the water.
Defending Class Champion Vince Brun of San Diego, CA, and sailmaking rival
Dave Ullman of Newport Beach, CA, have to be strong contenders, along with
Brian Porter of Winnetka, IL, US Olympic Soling sailor Jeff Madrigali of
Alameda, CA, and local favorites Mark Golison and Steve Flam of Long Beach.
And don't forget the Wizard of Zenda himself: Buddy Melges--two-time
Olympic medallist, America's Cup winner and champion in classes ranging
from Stars to 5.5 Meters to J-boats--will be a formidable presence on the
race course. -- Chris Ericksen, http://abyc.org
THE CURMUDGEON'S CONUNDRUM
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