SCUTTLEBUTT #418 - October 14, 1999
VOLVO OCEAN RACE
The Danish V.O.60 team Nokia is going to spend the winter in sunny
Australia, competing in the Sydney-Hobart Race and in Cannon Big Boat
Series. The three months in the South Sea waters will also be an
opportunity to test local round the world sailors.
Nokia' s team manager Morten Lorenzen says, "Only half of our crew in the
Volvo Ocean Race 2001 will be Danes. For the rest, we need yachtsmen who
can bring experience from deepwater-racing. We are especially looking for a
navigator who knows both Whitbread and Sydney-Hobart. Since half of the
crewmembers in the last Whitbread race came from this region, we think it
is the right place to start looking. We have already had contact with
sailors with impressive resumes and we are looking forward to try them out
The organiser of the Sydney-Hobart Race has formed a new class in order to
let Nokia participate with her water ballast. It is going to be a test for
all parties, since Sydney-Hobart will be a part of the Volvo Ocean Race
2001. After the Australian adventure, Nokia will return to the Danish
sailing season in the spring of 2000 to further refine crew selection, and
to test sails and equipment in European waters.
In September 2000 the big decision will be made: "Are we ready to
participate with a Danish boat in Volvo Ocean Race 2001 or do we have to
wait?" -- Lizzie Green, http://www.VolvoOceanRace.org
* The ingenious Swiss have to figure out how to stop the rain from falling
inside their America's Cup boatshed. Fast2000 are the only campaign along
Syndicate Row in the Cup village who have built a shed where their boat can
go in without having to remove its mast. The only problem is, they haven't
yet devised a way to close the hole in the roof.
Swiss skipper Marc Pajot dreamed up the idea of the slotted roof and
monster roller door. "I cannot understand why others haven't done it,"
syndicate spokesman Constantin Capsis said. "It looks so obvious that you
should put your boat totally inside the shed with the mast on.
"Obviously it's not for everyone. It is more expensive, but once you are in
the America's Cup, it becomes a matter of practicality. We wanted to save
time and to work in a dry place.
"But the only problem is closing the roof - last weekend we got soaked
inside the shed."
This is the first Swiss America's Cup campaign. -- Suzanne McFadden, NZ
* Sound fills the air around the Viaduct Basin. Sledgehammers pound away on
tarmac. Backhoes alternately scrape and groan, moving the dislodged pieces
of earth. Electric saws slice through plywood, cutting new walls and
barriers. Generators purr as spray-guns apply fresh coats of paint. Nearly
180 metres above it all, two workers hang in a basket applying the official
America's Cup 2000 logo to the Sky Tower. Final preparations are rampant as
Auckland readies for America's Cup 2000.
Although racing doesn't begin until Monday, the event officially kicks off
on Friday with the opening ceremonies jointly hosted by America's Cup 2000
and the America's Cup Challenge Association. Activities include a parade
through downtown Auckland, welcoming speeches from various personalities
and the draw that'll determine who races whom in Rounds 1 and 2. A new draw
will be held before December's Round 3. Two races per day are planned in
Round 1, and wins will be worth one point. Wins in Round 2 will be worth
four points, and in Round 3 they're worth nine points. -- Sean McNeill,
Full story: http://www.americascup.org/
Curmudgeon's comment: With parades, opening ceremonies, cocktail parties et
al, 'Butt may come out late tomorrow. But as I've demonstrated so often,
you just never know . . .
* Brown & Sharpe, the world's leading manufacturer of dimensional
metrology equipment, has increased its commitment to the New York Yacht
Club/Young America Challenge, stepping up its initial support of the
America's Cup team. Brown & Sharpe is now a Premier Partner level sponsor,
the top level of corporate support. Brown & Sharpe's logo will be displayed
on the mainsail of the Young America racing boats.
Brown & Sharpe, headquartered in North Kingstown, Rhode Island,
manufactures equipment that measures the size and shape of objects.
Virtually every industry in every country uses Brown & Sharpe measuring
products to verify the quality of their products. As part of their
sponsorship, Brown & Sharpe manages a manufacturing consortium of companies
which are building the appendage packages for the team's two America's Cup
racing boats. The appendage package includes the keel fin and tab, bulb,
winglets and rudders. Brown & Sharpe is managing the construction and is
funding the manufacture of the appendages.
In addition, Brown & Sharpe's precision measurement capabilities have been
used to ensure the shape of the appendages and were applied throughout the
construction of the two Young America hulls to ensure the accuracy of the
construction. "With Brown & Sharpe's measurement technology, we were able
to improve the accuracy of the hull shape during the construction process,"
said John Marshall, President of the NYYC/Young America Challenge. "USA 53
and USA 58 are probably the most precisely built America's Cup boats ever
made," Marshall said. "In addition, Brown & Sharpe's contacts within the
manufacturing community matched us with resources that offered a wide range
of manufacturing capabilities. Brown & Sharpe has been a partner in the
truest sense," Marshall said. Jane Eagleson, http://www.youngamerica.org
MELGES 24 WORLDS
Vince Brun put together a new Melges 24 (hull #415) to defend the world
championship he won last year in Europe. Who do you suppose Brun worked
with to develop his custom rigging? He worked with the same people who are
eager to help you; guys who are sailors themselves; fellas who have the
knowledge, experience and equipment to handle all of your rigging
requirements. Just give them a call to learn for yourself -- Sailing
Supply: (800) 532-3831 / http://www.sailingsupply.com/
Did I forget to mention Brun successfully defended his championship,
winning the Worlds by 16 points?
IRM LEVEL RATING CLASS
As the interest in IRM gains momentum around the world, the RORC is pleased
to announce a third Level Rating Class. This is based around the 40' mark
and will be known as the "IRM 12.5 Metre Class". The popularity of first
past the post racing is growing fast as sailors want to know immediately
where they stand on the race course in comparison to other competitors.
Level Rating is an excellent way to attain this goal without having a One
Design yacht with all the restrictions that go with that.
Two other Level Classes have already been announced at 9 metres and 10.7
metres. The new IRM 12.5 Metre Class will fit into both the middle and top
bands in next years' Rolex Commodores' Cup. This will be raced in the
Solent in August.
Royal Ocean Racing Club Rating Office site: http://rorc.org/rating/
ALAN JOHNSON'S TRIVIA QUESTION
What do Paul Cayard and both John Bertrands have in common with the Masters
Invitational Regatta (OFR)?
Answer at the end of this issue of Scuttlebutt
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (email@example.com)
Letters selected to be printed are routinely edited for clarity, space (250
words max) or to exclude personal attacks.
-- From Jennie Fitzhardinge -- Your account of sailing on Stars & Stripes
was the most enjoyable AC report I've read so far. At last something from
my perspective - that of a
-- From John Roberson (re Tim Jeffery's story in 'Butt 417 which stated,
"If ever there was a yachting event in which Britain ought to excel.")
Sorry, but Britain has shown absolutely no sign what so ever of excelling
in the America's Cup for more than 50 years, and no reason why that should
change. And as for this bit about "This is a country which boasts some of
the world's finest yachts designers," like who? The story goes on to say
"and where huge wealth has been generated by new technology industries", I
thought silicone valley was in California. Does Bill Gates or Larry
Ellison live in England.
Then we get "the only man to have raised the money in the 1990s is Peter de
Savary, who spent his own cash in 1983 with Victory," a contradiction
within one sentence, and what about Graham Walker who raised the money for
the '87 challenge?
I know Scuttlebutt is a "digest of yacht racing news, commentary, opinions,
features, dock talk, typos and ads." but can't we at least select the
accurate ones, and do our sub-ing properly.
-- From Tom Carruthers -- If everyone maintained the attitude that Pat
Broerick's displays in 'Butt#417 -- that it is more beneficial to him to
buy a new jib, rather than to give input to the direction of the sport --
then the next generation of sailors, and those that follow them are in
trouble. The notification for the Rules seminar had been out for sometime
prior to the announcement through Scuttlebutt. Maybe since Pat has such
strong feelings about US Sailing, and its leadership, he should become more
vocal within the organization. Then the whole sport benefits, not just the
local sail maker.
For the past several weeks US Sailing has been taking shots from your
readership. I wonder how many of those give their time to their club,
junior program, or community program to promote our sport. No one starts as
an Olympic sailor, we all started from the same point. Someone else took
the effort to nudge us into the sport. We all should make the effort to get
someone else into the sport also.
-- From Gail M. Turluck -- I'm concerned by Tom Gadbois letter in #417 that
he considers my remarks as seeking payment for volunteering. That is not
the case at all. What I'm trying to describe is the difference between the
majority of the volunteer organizations in our country and US Sailing. All
of the organizations have recognized the need for training on the part of
its volunteers so they administer in like manner so that outcomes are
similar for like situations, whatever they may be. The large majority of
other organizations have made the priority of providing their volunteers
with training at low- or no-cost--most unlike US Sailing.
Understand, I've been a member of US Sailing for over 25 years (since I was
a junior), so I've lived the entire development of the whole program. Yes,
we have great volunteers who put in countless hours and do fantastic work.
I'm just attempting to shake them up a little to encourage new approaches
so that things can continue to get better (and the sooner the better).
I wanted to give a little more detail to your description of the Prince of
Wales Bowl, which was a great event with close racing throughout the event.
I was the middle man on the winning boat, from Area B and the Watch Hill
Yacht Club. Our boat was skippered by Mason Woodworth, and Randy Shore did
The regatta ended up being primarily a three horse race throughout between
our boat, Scott Dickson's boat and Andy Horton's boat. In fact, all three
boats were tied at the end of racing each day, except the last one. There
were several other competitive boats as well, most notably those skippered
by Benz Faget (who recently won the Mallory Cup) and previous POW winner
Entering the last day of racing, Watch Hill needed to win all five of its
matches, which would include a win over Horton, and we needed Dickson to
lose to someone since we did not race him. Watch Hill did eventually win
all five of its matches, including a heated, close battle with Horton that
was decided by less than a boat length. Dickson ultimately lost his final
match giving Watch Hill the victory.
This was particularly satisfying for us since, for all intents and
purposes, this was our helmsman's first match race event. Kudos to Mason
for a great effort and performance. We had done some training prior to this
event in the Sonar, in an effort to learn the boats, and to work on
boathandling and sail setup. Our work paid huge dividends, and we routinely
passed boats both upwind and down. -- Dean Brenner
HURRY HURRY HURRY
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MORE AMERICA'S CUP
Meeting just days before for the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger
trials for the America's Cup, representatives of 11 challenging yacht clubs
today agreed on the concept of an independent organising authority for
future Cup matches, but deferred formal approval of the plan.
'There was strong sentiment in favour of an independent authority, but . .
. the devil is in the details,' said David Elwell, chairman of the
America's Cup Challenge Association (ACCA). 'We agreed to further study of
The formal report of the America's Cup Organising Committee was presented
by its chairman, Bruce Munro, of the St. Francis Yacht Club. Discussions on
reorganisation began early in the current Cup challenge cycle after a
number of challengers pushed for a change in the ground rules. The meeting
today accepted the report but did not formally approve the recommendations.
With the first race of the Louis Vuitton Cup series just four days away,
today's actions appear to have dashed any hopes of challenger unanimity.
After the first race starts on Monday, and an early pecking order is
established, there is bound to be reluctance on the part of some of the
challengers to embrace the idea.
Ever since challenges for the America's Cup began with the first British
tilt at the New York Yacht Club in 1870, the defender has been faced with
the dual role of hosting the event and providing a worthy defender.
Observers agree that it's a heavy burden, with both real and perceived
conflicts of interests.
'Now its up to each individual challenging club to decide what it should do
if it is successful and becomes the next defender of the America's Cup,'
said Dyer Jones, Executive Director of ACCA. 'How we get there remains wide
The working party proposed that the future role of America's Cup trustee
should reside with a central authority, a Board of Directors comprising
three representatives from the defending club, and three representatives of
the challengers plus three independent individuals. The Board would appoint
a professional Executive Officer. There would also be a Board of Trustees.
Four of the eleven challengers present at the meeting held at the Bucklands
Beach Yacht Club indicated their willingness to agree to the proposal. This
has given rise to hopes that these four clubs will independently sign a
letter of agreement to implement the plan. -- Keith Taylor,
OH MY GRACIOUS
Thrilling -- absolutely thrilling. Don't take the curmudgeon's word for it
-- see it yourself. I'm talking about Sharon Green's new Official America's
Cup Screen Saver.
The screen saver is 40 images from past till present. Sharon has collected
images from the Beken archives and from some of her collegues. The 40
image original program takes you from 1851 through '95. The screen saver
is available for online download or as a 40 image CDROM. During each round
robin Sharon will post a new image pack that will feature the highlights of
each round. Customers can log on and download new image packs as we go
through the challenger series and the Cup.
The screen saver is available through: http://www.ultimatesailing.com
TRIVIA QUESTION ANSWER
Cayard and both John Bertrands crewed for OFR skippers in 505's. Cayard
and Bertrand (US) sailed with Dennis Surtees and the Austrailian John
Bertrand crewed for Dick Deaver.
THE CURMUDGEON'S DEFINITIONS
Committee: A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.