SCUTTLEBUTT #428 - October 28, 1999
American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) and SailSportMed, have joined
forces with sailors and clinicians from all eleven America's Cup syndicates
to conduct a landmark study on sports medicine injuries in sailing. One of
the world's oldest and most prestigious athletic pursuits, sailing has
received surprisingly limited research on injuries, treatment, or
prevention. With the newly announced study on America's Cup sailing
injuries, ASMI and SailSportMed aim to aid competing teams and sports
medicine clinicians in general, in the appropriate diagnosis and treatment
of sailing specific injuries as well as to assist the sailing athlete in
prevention of such injuries.
Dr. Anne Allen, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, is
SailSportMed's founder and director of the new study. Dr. Allen explains,
"For highly competitive world-class yacht racers sports injuries are a part
of life. In 1995, we conducted a benchmark study on sailing injuries with
the help of Dick Dent and the America3 team. For America's Cup 2000, we
have expanded the study significantly under the guidance of ASMI's Dr.
James R. Andrews, Dr. Kim Fagan, and Glenn Fleisig. It is our hope that the
information we are gathering on sailing injuries during America's Cup 2000
will be helpful to not only the top America's Cup sailors, but to sailors
at all levels of endeavor."
Dr. Anne Allen advises that the information collected from the eleven teams
competing in America's Cup 2000 will be made available to all syndicates as
well as to the general public. "We value the support and assistance of the
sailing athletes, the syndicates and other interested parties as the
information gathered from this Cup match will improve the health and
wellness of all of those who love to sail," Dr. Allen concluded. -- DJ
VOLVO OCEAN RACE
Mark Rudiger, a Bay area native and Professional Ocean racer, announces
this week his official team entry into The Volvo Ocean Race Round the World
at the San Francisco Yacht Club.Often called the "Mt. Everest of sailing,"
this premier event is the world's most watched sailboat race. Mark was the
navigator of the winning program in the last race aboard EF Language
(1997-98), the first victory by an American navigator in the event.
Today, Mark announces his entry into the Volvo as head of his own two-boat
race program. Mark and his wife, Lori, will seek program sponsorship from
technology companies with global branding and marketing objectives. Mark
will provide contributions to all areas of the program, including
navigation, tactical planning and co-skipper responsibilities. Several key
ocean racing professionals have committed to Mark's program already. Mark
plans to begin boat design and testing early next year.
Mark and Lori have registered their program with Volvo's Event Management
as TeamRudiger. For more information: http://www.TeamRudiger.com
There is a lot of stuff you need (and really should have) when sailing
offshore. And that list grows when you're racing under ORC 0-4. But not to
worry -- you can do all of your shopping online at the West Marine website.
It's all there -- charts, flares, communications gear and even the life
raft(s). You probably will also want to look at the personal strobes,
EPIRBs, harnesses, jack lines and maybe even a survival suit. They even
have a small, portable, manual watermaker in the section with other safety
* After a late night jury decision, two of yesterday's races are to be
resailed this afternoon. The matches involve Stars & Stripes against Young
Australia, and Luna Rossa against Abracadabra. Both Young Australia and
Abracadabra requested redress after the Race Committee wouldn't grant them
postponements due to gear failure before their races. The International
Jury granted their requests.
Today's other matches involve AmericaOne races that have been postponed to
allow the team to repair damage from a collision last week. In the morning,
AmericaOne will race Young Australia, in the afternoon, they line-up
against Young America.
The decision also means the Stars & Stripes crew will be out on the water
today, instead of preparing for any boat changes they may have planned
before Round Robin Two. No team can make significant changes while races
are still being sailed, but teams may prepare the boat for work. Being
required to sail sets Team Dennis Conner back by nearly a full day.
The forecast is for good racing in winds building towards 20 knots. The
boats and crews should be challenged by gusty conditions, and heavy seas.
-- -- Louis Vuitton Cup website, http://www.louisvuittoncup.com/
* The Louis Vuitton Cup First Round Robin finished with a whimper today,
after equipment damage prevented a much anticipated match-up. AmericaOne
and Young America were scheduled to sail in the afternoon to determine the
top U.S. challenger behind Prada. But AmericaOne couldn't raise its
mainsail in the afternoon and started the race under jib alone. Cayard and
his team eventually retired.
All racing is now complete barring protests. The Italian Prada Challenge
sailed to an unblemished ten win record in the first round. It will be the
team to beat when racing resumes with Round Robin Two on 6 November 1999.
AMERICAONE BEAT YOUNG AUSTRALIA 2000 DELTA 01:32
Young Australia (AUS-29) had a one second lead over the AmericaOne (USA-49)
at the start. Both boats were on opposite tacks. Just after the start
Spithill was in the lead and maybe could have crossed ahead. But Paul
Cayard on AmericaOne had the favoured side of the course and went around
the top mark first leading by fifty-three seconds. Young Australia 2000 did
relatively well. They worked hard to stay in touch but never had a chance
to control the match. AmericaOne finished with a man up the mast fixing a
batten popping out of a pocket
LUNA ROSSA BEAT ABRACADABRA - DELTA 02:02
In the pre start Abracadabra (USA-54) was in control of Luna Rossa (ITA 45)
with only 30 seconds to go to the start. Then the Italians showed their
winning form of Round Robin One. Within seconds they managed to turn the
tide. From an unfavoured position they found overdrive, pointed higher and
positioned themselves ahead and to windward of Kolius. On the start line
the Italians forced Kolius to tack away. Delta, nine seconds. Especially
when going upwind, Prada showed better speed, tactics and pointing ability.
At the first top mark Prada was leading. Delta 01:10. Prada went on to win
the race and remains unbeaten for Round Robin One.
STARS & STRIPES BEAT YOUNG AUSTRALIA DELTA 01:07
Once again, Young Australia (AUS-29) skipper James Spithill earned respect
for his start against Stars & Stripes (USA-55). Spithill held his own,
nipping a windward position thirty seconds from the start. As Ken Read
brought the American boat up, Spithill tacked away, and both boats crossed
the line at the gun, the Americans sailing out to the left, the Aussies to
the right. They had several good approaches on the early part of the leg,
Read tacking into a lee-bow position several times before he was finally
able to cross in front. Stars & Stripes built its lead on every leg,
finally finishing 1:00 ahead of Young Australia.
YOUNG AMERICA WINS, AMERICAONE DID NOT FINISH
This match was eagerly anticipated, as both Young America (USA-58) and
AmericaOne (USA-49) have shown they have the speed to be around in
February. But the match fizzled when AmericaOne couldn't fix a mast problem
incurred during the morning. AmericaOne started under jib only, with a man
up the mast, and Young America sailed away. AmericaOne fought on, sailing
one full windward and leeward leg without a mainsail, before retiring at
the bottom mark. Young America finished the course alone to collect a
valuable point. -- Louis Vuitton Cup website, http://www.louisvuittoncup.com/
STANDINGS at the end of Round One:
|1. || Prada || 10 -0 || 10
|2. ||Young America || 8-2 || 8
|3. || AmericaOne || 8-2 || 8
|4. ||America True ||6-4 || 6
|5. || Nippon || 6-4 || 5.5*
|6. || Spain || 5-5 || 5
|7. ||Stars & Stripes || 5-5 || 4.5*
|8. ||Abracadabra || 4-6 || 4
|9. ||Le Defi BTT || 2-8 || 2
|10. ||Young Australia || 1-9 || 1
|11. ||FAST 2000 || 0-10 || 0
* Half point penalty imposed by International Jury for boat contact.
* Oh my! There is a line drawing of the underbody of the Swiss boat on the
Louis Vuitton Cup website. The rudder on Be Happy appears to be attached to
the trailing edge of their aft keel. Two keels, two bulbs -- too weird!
* During today's first race with Young Australia, AmericaOne suffered some
damage to the mast and we decided to take it easy during that race as to
not further aggravate the damaged area. We were able to make a repair
between races but then "the next link in the chain" broke. As soon as this
happened we radioed the Race Committee and asked for a postponement. They
dispatched the umpires to have a look. By this time Curtis was up the rig
and the main was on its way down. The call came back from the race
committee that the schedule would not be moved and they fired the warning
signal four minutes later.
Obviously frustrated by our inability to confront one of our strongest
opponents, we intended to ask for redress due to the decision of the
committee. The race was a non-issue as AmericaOne was never able to raise
her main. We sailed the first lap of the course just to make sure that
Young America would not have a worse breakdown and then we peeled off and
headed for our base.
Upon further reflection I decided not to request redress, with the hope of
re-sailing the race. Last night there were flurries of requests for redress
and many of the other teams were out there again today re-racing yesterdays
races. However, I think this "opportunity" has gotten pushed too far. You
have to be ready to race. If you are not ready and another yacht is not at
fault, then you don't deserve to be in the race. So we will not seek
redress. The round is over and we will be better prepared in Round Robin 2.
-- Paul Cayard, http://www.americaone.org
* Gateway New Zealand has signed on as a corporate sponsor of the New York
Yacht Club/Young America Challenge. As part of the sponsorship, Gateway New
Zealand is providing the America's Cup team with computer hardware that is
being used both by the land-based shore support team and the on-the-water
The science team bases itself on the 68-foot support vessel Weetamoe which
is equipped to receive telemetry from the racing boats. Young America Test
Manager Dave Hulse monitors Young America's performance with the Gateway
equipment on board the Weetamoe. The flat panel screens display the boat
parameters while testing.
Gateway hardware also allows team meteorologist Chris Bedford to conduct
predictive analysis on the race course. Bedford continually monitors and
updates his custom forecasts from his mobile weather station on board the
Weetamoe. The data collected on the water is readily available to the
design, sailmaking and test analysis teams from a central server. -- Jane
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. But you only get one letter per
subject, so think it through carefully.
-- From Jack King -- Coincidence? I don't think so. Every time Dee Smith
gets on a boat, that boat just seems to go faster. He was the
tactician/navigator on the Dutch IMS 50 Innovision 7, and they won the
Admirals Cup, the North Seas Regatta and the IMS Worlds. And when he was on
the maxi Alexia they were overall winners of the Troeo Comde de Godo' and
second overall in the Fastnet Race. On Katie in the Tour de France de
Voile, he drove in addition to being the tactician /navigator, and they
Doug Baker's Turbosled Magnitude was first to finish the Puerto Vallarta
Race with Dee as the navigator, and he navigated RX Sight to second in this
year's Pineapple Cup. And Smith races on small boats too. Dee was the
tactician when the 1D35 Roxanne won the Verve Cup.
The only thing Dee Smith lacks is a Rolex watch, but US Sailing will
undoubtedly give him one early next year when he's named 1999 Yachtsman of
-- From Bruce Hollis, Sydney, Aus. -- Howie Hamlin and Mike Martin have
been competing in the Giltinan Shield on Sydney Harbour over the last few
years. They have added to the media interest in the event by being very
competitive - they are talented sailors and technicians and their
achievements in the 505 are tremendous. Howie and Mike are good blokes.
There are many people here who would enjoy seeing two such down to earth
gentlemen formally recognised by their sports' national authority.
-- From Charlie McKee -- Mike Shoettle's comments on Morgan Larson, Kevin
Hall, and the rest of the 49er fleet are right on the mark. Our group in
the US came about not because people wanted to chase Olympic glory, but
because the boats, the racing, and the people made getting together and
racing a really neat experience for all. In fact, there were some concerns
from the fleet when the Olympic selection was announced, bringing visions
of too-serious racing, rivalries, and not enough fun.
It is a credit to the character of Morgan, Kevin, and the entire fleet that
none of the negatives came to pass. Virtually the entire fleet considers
each other best of friends, and everyone shares information, advice and
support. Even throughout the tensest moments of the trials, people would
sail over to us after a finish, say "nice race guys", and we knew that they
For Morgan and Kevin to be able to write what they did right after what had
to be such a disappointing moment shows their true class, as well as
epitomizing the spirit and camaraderie of the entire group. Jonathan and I
feel extremely honored to be able to represent such a fantastic group of
sailors at the Oympics. Their support and friendship over the past years
and throughout the coming year are the reason that we keep at this great
sport of sailing.
From Mark Michaelsen (With regard to Dick Lemke's assertion that sailing
loses great numbers of junior participants due to expense and that the
attrition rate exceeds that of other sports) -- I beg to differ. Perhaps
the area I live in is atypical of most of America but here in Newport
Beach, CA the cost of a juniors program is actually quite reasonable in
comparison to other sports. There is NO YACHT CLUB membership required at
most of the clubs for a junior or at the most a VERY* nominal fee. The boat
runs $400 or less if you do your looking early in the season and will be
sold for the same when you are done at the end of the season. The cost of
the program is 1/10 that of regular daycare and runs from 8:30 AM to noon
or 2:30 PM depending on the age of the junior. Yes, you will need a
lifejacket so add $30.00 and maybe some gloves so add another $20.00. Your
snowboard one day lift ticket will run $30.00 for a junior EVERYDAY of the
class or at least $10.00 a day if they package the program with the
mountain. Let's face it, sailing is pretty cheap.
It's not as much about money as it is about sailing's inability to
effectively market itself to "the next generation" and keep them
interested. I hate it when I read stuff like this (a bunch of my own finger
pointing) without solutions so--go to http://www.cisasailing.org to learn
more about how a clinic and some grass roots efforts can make a difference
in your area.
-- From Bruce B. Nairn -- (re " Robin Baker's comments about, "Our
sport...Keep it out of the hands of the professionals.") It was not the
"professionals" who created the new rules. Better that we check and see who
did. As far as I know it was "us" read: Pro, Amateur and the twos in
between. I have never liked rules that allow for a lot of "wiggle room"
for the burdened yacht. The anti barging rule change of years ago is a
classic example of this, and we all know how well this rule can been
exploited. As far as I'm concerned it should be changed to mirror the same
burden that the "hunting rule" creates: Burdened vessel beware. Yes, that's
right, and you'll have to think ahead too.
Further, we should go back and reinforce the "anti collision" rule. Those
who are the "hitters" who create any damage get chucked, regardless of who
is in the right, period. In my experience there's virtually no instance
where the collision couldn't have been avoided. Those sailors who may be a
little "shakey" on the racecourse would thereby be protected from the nasty
pros who would rather spear them than get on with the race. This would
promote good, safe sailing. I think we would all be happy to see an end to
the last two decades of "bumper car" yacht racing.
-- From Hogan Beatie -- Peter Gilmour knows the difference between
Sparcraft, Gibb, or Tylaska shackles, and I'll bet he even knows which type
is in use on board Nippon. My experience has shown that these types of
shackles (all manufacturers, all materials) will open when subjected to
extreme loads, but cannot be " neglected to snap properly" as in that case,
they would not be closed at all.
As far as the "hunting" issue goes, the rule makers simply legalized a
manuever that had been used for years, more so in large fleet races than in
any other areas of the sport, Close the thread...
Curmudgeon's Comment: I agree with Hogan (again). The hunting thread is
From Andy Besheer -- Is it just me, or do other 'buttheads get the sense
that there are alot of Kiwis laughing their backsides off right now at the
chaos occurring on the Louis Vuitton Cup challengers course. Once upon a
time, I thought that the challenger series would be an advantage in
prepping the best boat and ensuring it was ready to bring back the cup (to
NY, 'Frisco, Milan, SD or wherever). Don't think so any more following the
follies of the first round where we've already seen more sailovers,
requests for postponement, men overboard, serious contact between yachts,
injuries and blown gear then in most whole seasons (or for that matter even
more than Idler had at the Admiral's Cup!)...and all in 20 knots or less!
And through it all, the guys in the red socks and black boats punch their
timecards and tote their lunchbuckets through daily practice rounds like
they were born to it. Maybe they were.
-- From Russ Lenarz -- After reading all the latest reports from Aukland
concerning the troubles that some of the AC boats had in sailing in 18
knots and above, one must wonder if this is really the top level of our
sport. What is going to happen if the Cup is won by one of the San
Francisco teams? If 18 knots is the limit then it would take forever to run
the entire event due to all the delays. Let us remember that it takes wind
to make the boat move and most of the sailors I know like to see the wind
reach the double digits. People were complaining that San Diego was not a
good venue for Cup because of all the light. Now there are complaints that
18 knots is too much
-- From Robert Bethune, Editor, Freshwater Seas -- Give a gun to a grizzly!
Support your right to arm bears!
ISAF WOMEN'S MATCH RACING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Just a note to let you know that we are underway and racing in Genoa. The
24-boat fleet from 16 countries has been divided into four groups; two got
races off yesterday, two today. It has been extremely light air (5 knots is
a BIG puff) and challenging, to say the least. Betsy Alison (USA) has won
all five of her first round robin matches; there are several other teams
with 4 wins. We are supposed to finish the first round robin tomorrow (five
races for each group) and start the second, which will be the top four
split into four separate groups again. We are hoping for better conditions.
-- Carol Newman Cronin
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CONGRESSIONAL CUP 2000
Congressional Cup chairperson Camille Daniels has made it official: to
avoid conflict with the Steinlager Cup at Auckland March 20-26 and the
Australia Cup at Perth March 27-April 2, the Congressional Cup has moved
out of its usual March slot to April 8-14. The Down Under events moved
previously to avoid conflicts with the America's Cup, which could run into
early March if both the challenger and defender defy recent tradition by
sailing competitively in the best-of-9 Match.
Also, the Congressional Cup has boosted its prize money to $25,000 from
$15,000 each of the past two years. It will continue to have the ISAF's
blessing as a Grade 1 event on the world match-racing circuit. The
two-time defending champion is Peter Holmberg of the U.S. Virgin Islands,
currently competing in Auckland as tactician for Team Dennis Conner's Stars
& Stripes. -- Rich Roberts, http://www.lbyc.org
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATION
The only time the world beats a path to your door is if you're in the bathroom