SCUTTLEBUTT #425 - October 25, 1999
US OLYMPIC TRIALS - Final Results
470 Men: 1 Paul Foerster / Bob Merrick Garland, 19.00, 2. Morgan Reeser
/Kevin Burnham, 36.00 3. Steven Hunt /Michael Miller, 48.00, 4. Kevin
Teborek /Talbott Ingram, 48.00 5. Peter Katcha /Jim Elvart Dalles, 50.00.
470 Women: 1 JJ Isler /Pease Glaser, 21.00 2. Courtenay Dey /Alice Manard,
25.00 3. Whitney Connor /Elizabeth Kratzig Noank, 34.00. (
49er: 1. Jonathan McKee /Charlie McKee, 29.00, 2. Morgan Larson /Kevin
Hall, 34.00, 3. Andy Mack /Adam Lowry, 51.00, 4. Jay Renehan /Chris
Lanzinger, 58.00, 5. Kris Henderson /Allan Johnson, 92.00.
Mistral Men: 1. Gebhardt, Mike, 13 2. Somnitz, Randy, 28, 3. Wells, Peter,
35, 4. James, Alden, 45, 5. Raas, Jean, 47.
Mistal Women: 1. Butler, Lanee, 12, 2. Reid, Cara, 32, 3. Birkenfeld,
Kimberly, 35, 4. Devesa, Mariel, 36, 5. Powell, Beth, 58.
Complete results: http://www.ussailing.org/
Curmudgeon's comment: Congratulations to all of our Olympians, with special
congratulations to JJ Isler and Pease Glaser. It's hard to believe that 13
months ago JJ was pregnant, expecting the birth of her second child. This
was certainly an "interesting" year for her . . .
THE REST OF THE STORY -- Morgan Larson
Over the last 9 days Kevin (Hall) and I have poured every ounce of blood,
sweat and tears into sailing our 49er against America's best. Today we
entered the final four of 22 races with a 5-point deficit behind The McKee
brothers from Seattle. These two have been our nemesis throughout the last
three years of racing. Our goal was to match race them hard at the start,
either trying to draw a foul or make sure they had a bad start.
In race one we luffed them with 20 seconds to start, they fell behind and
we were off to a good start. We rounded the first mark in 2nd with the
McKee's in 4th. With some great down wind sailing (in the rough 18 knots of
wind) we took the lead and finished 1st. The McKee's made their way to 2nd.
Now 3 races to go and 4 points behind we still had our work to do.
Race #2 we forced them into a tight pack of boats after some dueling at the
start. Coming into Mark 1 they tacked in front of us and we crashed into
them! Now they had to do a 360 degree turn, a tough task in a 49er in these
conditions. We took another win and again the McKee's battled from 6th back
Now two races to go and 3 points to make up. It wasn't looking like we
would get any help from the fleet as the McKee's were able to always battle
back to a 2nd. We decided to get more aggressive! With 2 minutes to go we
pinned the McKee's away from the line and well to leeward. At the gun we
broke away and fled to the right with the McKee's well behind. This looked
to be our chance as the course was shorter giving us a better opportunity
for someone to hang on behind us helping us gain points on the leader.
Now the wind starts to get very unstable with puffs of 18 knots and lulls
of 5 knots. We got stuck in a light spot and watched them sail around us
and into the lead. If they beat us in this race the regatta was over (due
to the amount of throwouts). This is where the experience and great sailing
by Jonathan and Charlie McKee showed. They sailed away from us to never
look back and now are on their way to Sydney for the 2000 Olympic Games.
After three great years of sailing together Kevin Hall and myself can only
look back at the memories, people we met, and the great places we have
been. This has been by far the best sailing of my life and I will never
forget it. There were many highs and lows that we went through together and
Kevin always helped me learn from every experience and I am very lucky to
have sailed with him. Now we both are headed to Auckland, NZ to sail with
the AmericaOne team and help bring the Cup back to San Francisco.
We will now focus our efforts on making sure our teammates and great
friends, Jonathan and Charlie McKee go on to win a Gold Medal for the
United States. We will most likely train and race with them in the spring
in Mexico and Europe and back in the US. Congratulations on an amazing
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* The decision of the Louis Vuitton Cup Jury to delay racing for three
days affects each challenging syndicate differently. Although the
unexpected days off are a respite from the rigours of racing, the break
cuts into the time between Round Robins One and Two. And, as challengers
are not allowed to make changes to their boats until the final race in each
series has been sailed, the new schedule greatly reduces the work a team
can put into improving it's boat. The greatest disadvantage will be to
campaigns with only one boat.
Team Dennis Conner is a one boat campaign that doesn't find the break
offensive. The team says the delay won't affect any changes they had
planned for Stars & Stripes. But Dawn Riley's America True syndicate is
disappointed. They see the break as cutting into their boat development
time before Round Robin Two and on Sunday, America True filed a protest but
refused to comment on its details.
AmericaOne, the ones who suggested a three-day break to the jury, are busy
using this assigned time to rebuild the stern of their boat.
For Spain, the break is an opportunity to fix damage sustained in a
collision with Nippon. The team has estimated it will take 50-60 hours of
work to repair Bravo Espana. But this is another team that will suffer as
the new schedule cuts into time between Rounds. 'We're disappointed for
sure. We were planning some changes, but I can't say how much we want to do.'
Perhaps the happiest team is the Swiss FAST 2000 challenge. Be Happy
suffered massive damage when the backstay runner separated from the support
bulkhead. Constantin Capsis, speaking for the team said the Swiss will take
all the time necessary to repair their boat, even if it means not racing on
Wednesday. 'The most important thing is to fix the boat perfectly, and then
to worry about the racing. We don't want it to break again, and the races
are only worth one point just now.'
But some teams are definitely unhappy with the situation. Young Australia
for example, doesn't have the budget for a big shore crew to do work on
their 1995 vintage cup boat. The sailing crew is also the maintenance team.
Coach Rob Brown said the team's pretty disappointed. 'We had planned to do
some work before the next Round Robin, and wanted the full two weeks to
make some changes. We'll still go at it, but it's really going to be hard
now. I'd wanted to give the guys some time off, but it looks like it's
going to be a real grind.'
The French syndicate, Le Defi, is also upset. They had planned extensive
surgery to their boat's hull as well as a complete keel and bulb change.
All of this takes time and then the boat has to be remeasured. Losing at
least three days out of the 12 between these two rounds will affect their
programme more than most. - Peter Rusch, Louis Vuitton website,
* The International Jury stood firm today on two counts. It disallowed
America True's request to reconsider the postponement to the schedule and
it also deducted a half-point from Team Dennis Conner. Both rulings confirm
precedents established in rulings made late Saturday night.
The jury initiated a protest against Team Dennis Conner after hearing
AmericaOne's request for redress on Saturday night. In their match earlier
that afternoon, Stars & Stripes collided with AmericaOne's transom while
jousting for control in the pre-start. Stars & Stripes was penalised by the
on-the-water umpires for the infraction that ultimately led to a three-day
delay to the racing schedule while AmericaOne was repaired.
Team Dennis Conner didn't agree with the jury's action. "We felt a little
blindsided," said Bill Trenkle, the port trimmer aboard Stars & Stripes.
"The jury usually doesn't protest unless there's new light shed in a
Chief Umpire Bryan Willis disagreed with that sentiment. "Almost every time
in a protest hearing or request hearing where there is serious damage
discovered, the jury would take action. It happens all the time," he said.
-- Sean McNeill, Quokka Sports, http://www.americascup.org/
* The (Louis Vuitton Series) protective mindset was first revealed in the
upper limit wind strengths established for the challenger regatta. Races
will not commence if the wind blows more than 18 knots for a sustained five
minutes during the 15 minutes before a start. Racing will be abandoned if
the wind exceeds 23 knots for five minutes after the start.
The America's Cup Match has no such declared upper wind limits. The
decision to race or not will be made on a judgement of safety, not an
arbitrary wind strength. There is a distinct possibility that racing in the
Match will start and continue in considerably higher wind ranges than the
Louis Vuitton Cup. Statements from Team New Zealand have strengthened that
impression. Just last week, Team New Zealand tactician Brad Butterworth
said anything between 20 and 30 knots seemed just fine.
There was talk early on that syndicates would have to design two distinctly
different yachts, one for the heavy airs of spring and another for the
light airs of summer (as if Auckland's weather could be reliably
pre-packaged in such terms). This was intimidating for syndicates with no
hope of building two boats so the narrower wind range made sense because it
gave the one-boat teams a realistic option of being competitive. It also
made sense, if one followed the argument that the summer winds are more
likely to be down in those ranges anyway. But, based on the high winds of
the last two summers, any such assumption is a huge gamble. -- Ivor
Wilkins, Quokka Sports, http://www.americascup.org/
* The two teams suffering the slows are European neighbors, France and
Switzerland. The French arrived with a strikingly narrow boat. With
friendly candor, skipper Bertrand Pace has revealed they have already
ordered a new keel and are planning to lengthen the boat between rounds. By
how much? "A lot."
Slow as the French are, their landlocked Swiss neighbors are slower. Aerial
photographs have clearly shown a complicated underwater arrangement with
two struts, both supporting large bulbs. The forward strut is well forward,
between the keel and the forestay, while the aft strut is well back, close
to where a conventional rudder would be. Apparently, both struts rotate to
steer the boat. In light airs, the performance has been dismal and the boat
has lost every match, some of them by depressing margins of up to 17
minutes. When the breeze freshened above 10 knots, however, it was more
promising. It appears difficult to sail and at times-German helmsman Jochen
Schumann takes one wheel, while French skipper Marc Pajot takes the other.
If they didn't know it already, all the teams are quickly learning that
Auckland is a fickle and tricky place to sail. Serious shifts in wind
direction (up to 40 degrees on the first day) and strength pose significant
challenges. -- Ivor Wilkins, Grand Prix Sailor, http://www.sailingworld.com
America's Cup Standings: 1. Prada Challenge, 8 points, 2. America One, 7,
2. Young America, 7, 4. America True, 5, 5. Nippon Challenge, 3.5, 5.
Spanish Challenge, 4, 5. Abracadabra, 4, 8. Team Dennis Conner, 2.5, 9. Le
Defi BTT, 2, 10. Young Australia, 1, 11. Fast 2000, 0,
MATT JONES' TRIVIA QUIZ
Who was the relief helmsman for Bus Mosbacker Jr.. successful Americas Cup
defense in 1962 on "Weatherly" over "Gretel" and in 1967 with "Intrepid"
over "Dame Pattie"?
A Arthur Knapp
B George O'Day
C Robert W. McCallough
D Bob Bavier
Answer at the end of this issue of Scuttlebutt.
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Letters selected to be printed are routinely edited for clarity, space (250
words max) or to exclude personal attacks.
-- From Tom Pollack -- Hunting should only be allowed in small light weight
boats made of plastic (like Sea Kayaks) that do not go more than 4 knots.
That way if either party screws up, no one gets seriously hurt. I know when
I am going 22 knots upwind in my Trifoiler on starboard tack, the last
thing on my mind is to hunt another Trifoiler on port tack. As each
Trifoiler bears off in the hunting game, closing speeds accelerate to over
70 knots if we go head to head. Forget about the protest room, someone's
going to a funeral parlor.
Obviously not everyone sails a high performance multihull, but the point
here is that the Hunting rule is dangerous to most Fleet Racing sailors who
aren't thinking 10 steps ahead of the game like the average Butthead
Reader. Bob Burns seems to believe that hunting will discourage port
tackers, but what happens when starboard tackers hunt a little to
aggressively and bury their bow pulpits into the port boats chainplates as
he tries to get out of the way. A lot of the newer boats (Farr 40's, ID 35,
) pick up a lot of steam when they bear of from closehauled, unlike the Cal
20's slugs of 30 years ago. For general Fleet racing purposes, hunting
should be disallowed. Huntings proper venue is in the Olympic Classes,
Professional Match Racing, Collegiate Team Racing and America's Cup, not
fleet racing. Besides when was the last time
-- From Cole Price -- Just because you can hunt doesn't mean that it's open
season. Check out rule 14. If there is a collision resulting in damage
(damage is almost unavoidable on a port/starboard T-Bone) and the starboard
boat didn't act to avoid contact, he/she is DSQ. The punch line is that the
port tack boat can do a 720 (or 360 if modified by the race instructions)
to absolve itself. Lets not change the racing rules, thereby adding
subjectivity and obscurity. The starboard tack boat has rights, requiring
the port tack boat to keep clear (rule 10). It doesn't get any more simple,
or clear than that.
-- From Alan Capellin -- Greg Fisher hit the nail on the head. Carol is
"the best" crew and deserves the recognition. She has got my vote.
Curmudgeon's comment. At this point, US Sailing is not looking for votes --
they want their members to nominate suitable candidates. From those
nominations, a short list of suitable candidates is prepared. The voting to
determine who will get the Rolex watches is NOT done by the members -- it's
limited to an unidentified group of esteemed yachting journalists.
-- From Peter Huston -- I used to really enjoy attending USYRU/US SAILING
meetings. It was always such an inspiration to meet and discuss the sport
of sailboat racing with really bright, inspired minds. I sat on numerous
committees, and learned a great deal about sailing, the sport and life from
this experience. But over time the meetings became less about racing
sailboats and more about stuff that just didn't appeal to me. I gave up my
As this week is the AGM, the past few weeks I have been getting the usual
barage of pre-meeting information. There is a recurring theme in all of it
- Training. It seems that it must now be a requirement of all committee
chairs to start their reports with Training.
-- "Inshore Trained 1,273 people this year how to stay ashore because
racing is boring if you have a 3 mile sail to the starting line".
-- "Offshore Trained 274 rich guys how to really waste money TRAINING
themselves to spend a gob of money racing at a really high level of
competition before they knew how to sail"
The "new" Mission statement had all this emphasis on training. We are the
best trainers for sailing. We train everything and everyone in the sport.
OK, so forget the "new" Mission statement, and trying to squeeze the notion
that US SAILING's prime objective is to train the world to sail. Just
change the name of the organization to US TRAINING.
-- From Mike Lawrence -- As a rigger, I am very curious what kind of snap
shackles accidentally opened on both the Japanese and Italian AC boats,
injuring the point man on the Japanese boat.
Curmudgeon's comment: Young America also had one open up on the sheet of
the asymmetrical kite. It undoubtedly cost them the race against Prada, but
I sure don't know what kind they were using. Anyone?
What do the following have in common: Sailing Solutions, Fast Lane Sailing
Center, Sailing Supply, Boathouse, Westin Marine, Boat Locker, Annapolis
Performance Sailing and Vanguard Sailboats? Give up? Shame on you. You
should have known these quality retailers all carry Camet products in their
inventories. And there soooo many more outlets -- in the US, Europe and
South America too. When you look for sailing shorts, hiking pants, spray
tops, bags, thermal tops or other quality sailing products from Camet,
start with the complete list of Camet retailers listed here:
MUMM 30 NAs
October 24, 1999 - Annapolis, MD. -- The final day of racing for the Lewmar
Mumm 30 Cup, North American Championship was a crystal clear, cool, breezy
day on the Chesapeake Bay. An 18-22 knot northeasterly breeze blew across
flat water for the last five-leg windward/leeward race. Phil Garland and
Richard Shulman's Trouble was in the lead, with Mike Dressell's 'USA 65' 14
points behind. The committee boat end of the line was favored, and Trouble
decided to go for a conservative start at the boat end just a little behind
the line. As Garland recounted later, about 10 other boats had the same
idea and started in front of him.
The Trouble crew was a little worried when they saw USA 65 lead around the
first mark, and they rounded in 15th. A big right shift on the first run
helped Mike Lathrope's Twisted Lizard from Chicago and Blurr move into
first and second place respectively, which they held to the finish. USA 65
dropped back in the fleet to sixth, but worked their way back into third by
the finish, "by tacking a lot up the last beat, just playing the shifts,"
according to Dressell.
Garland's crew had their work cut out for them after their slow start, but
they managed to close the gap between the competition to hold on to their
lead for the series. -- Renee Mehl
Final Results: 1. Trouble, Garland/Shulman 23 2. USA 65, Dressell, 30, 3.
Surprise, Irish, 45, 4. Blurr, Clarkson, 47 5. Turbo Duck, von der Wense, 56.
Full results: http://www.mumm30.org
Results will be posted daily at http://www.mumm30.org
TRIVIA QUIZ ANSWER
George O'Day was the relief helmsman for Bus Mosbacker Jr.
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATION
Talk is cheap . . . because the supply exceeds demand.