SCUTTLEBUTT #430 - November 1, 1999
ISAF WOMEN'S MATCH RACING WORLDS
After four long days of 0-5 knots, we finally had decent (and beyond) wind
for the quarter finals. With only eight teams competing, matches went off
quick, although there were a few breakdowns as brand new J-22's experienced
15-20 knots for the first time. When the wind died down to 10-15 after the
first three matches, we finally got to do some match racing moves!
Final four were determined to be Dorte Jensen (DEN), Betsy Alison (USA),
Cory Sertl (USA), and Klaartje Zuiderbaan (NED). The winners of the semi
finals (Alison and Jensen) went on to the finals today.
The petit finals (between Sertl and Zuiderbaan to determine 3-4) went to
the first team to win 2 points. Zuiderbaan won the first match in a light
breeze, but Sertl won the next one and after a short break to wait for the
breeze Sertl won a close match to finish third. Meanwhile, Alison and
Jensen had to get 3 points to win. Thye split the first two matches, but
when Jensenled back to the starting line by several boat lengths, the
writing was on the wall. And when she again led Alison back to the start to
establish an early lead, she won her first world match racing championship.
-- Carol Newman Cronin
Final Results: 1. Dorte Jensen (DEN) 2. Betsy Alision (USA) 3. Cory Sertl
(USA) 4. Klaartje Zuiderbaan (NED) .
At a gala dinner at the U.S. Naval Academy, some 250 volunteers honored one
individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of
sailing. "Gary Jobson is the person who singlehandedly brought sailing into
America's living rooms-and made it understandable to them," said former US
SAILING President Bill Martin. Jobson (Annapolis, Md.) was awarded the
Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, the accolade considered to be US SAILING's
most prestigious honor, for his contributions as a writer, television
journalist, and lecturer who has conveyed the excitement and allure of
sailing to millions of people.
As a commentator for ESPN, Jobson has covered sailing in some 340
television shows. He won an Emmy for his coverage of the 1988 Olympic
Games. He has given some 1,300 lectures, written 12 books, and produced 50
videos on sailing. As National Regatta Chairman of the Leukemia Society of
America's sailing program, Jobson has helped these regattas grow in
fund-raising potential over the past five years, from zero dollars to some
$1.5 million per year. In 1994, Jobson helped establish the first sailing
team at Hampton University. As a world-class sailor, his successes on the
racecourse have been numerous-with victories in the America's Cup, in
one-design fleets, and in the college arena. But, "This award is not for
sailing," said US SAILING Vice President Janet Baxter, who helped Martin
present this award. "It's for serving sailing."
In accepting, Jobson noted the honor he felt in joining the roster of
sailing greats who have won this award in past years. "Looking at this list
of past winners," he said, "I feel quite humbled. Every single one is a
giant in the sport. . . I have won the America's Cup, an Emmy for the
Olympics, and been named College Sailor of the year twice. But none of
these means as much as this award tonight."
Named for the preeminent marine designer and builder Nathanael G.
Herreshoff, this trophy is awarded annually to an individual who has made
an outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing in the United States in
any associated activity. The award was donated in 1957 by the National
Marine Manufacturers Association.
THE CAPTAIN JOE PROSSER AWARD -- US SAILING Board member Steve Colgate
presented the Captian Joe Prosser Award to John Kantor (Westport, Conn.).
The Prosser Award, considered US SAILING's highest honor for training, is
awarded each year to recognize outstanding contributions to sailing
education by an individual or a program.
Kantor has shown a longtime commitment to teaching more people how to sail,
and-personally-"It gets my batteries charged," he said, after accepting
this award. Kantor particularly enjoys helping beginners gain their first
experience as skipper of their own boat. "It's like riding a bicycle on two
wheels for the first time: You look back, and no one is holding you up. . .
It's a moment that you never forget."
This year, Kantor celebrates his 35th year of running Longshore Sailing
School in Westport. In 1997, he started a second Connecticut school,
Greenwich Community Sailing in Old Greenwich. Since its inception, this new
school has shown rapid growth by tripling its enrollment over the past two
ST. PETERSBURG YACHT CLUB TROPHY -- North Carolina's Lake Norman Yacht Club
was recognized tonight for its outstanding race management of the 1999
Thistle Nationals. The club is the recipient of the St. Petersburg Yacht
Club Trophy. Marcia Everingham, chair of the Race Management Committee,
made the presentation this evening during the dinner that capped the
Competing sailors themselves make the initial selection for this accolade
by rating the club's handling of race management duties. "The event
provided a unique challenge, held three-hundred-plus miles from the host
club. The Race Committee made it clear: They were there to serve the
competitors," said one racer.
We expect that US Sailing will be issuing a final report soon. Until then,
there are updates on: http://www.ussailing.org/events/meet99fall/
While the racing in the first round of the Louis Vuitton Cup Series has
been a bit bizarre, it's produced some really great photos. You can see the
best of them on the Quokka website and so much more. Quokka has audio and
video reports, plus some old-fashioned written summaries and commentary by
the most experienced team of journalists in Auckland. Just because the
racing does not resume until Saturday does not mean that you shouldn't
check in at least once a day. It's the best way to stay really current:
LOUIS VUITTON SERIES
* The Swiss FAST 2000 boat Be hAPpy (SUI-59) has shown itself to be
neither fast and consequently, not too happy yet. FAST 2000 is the only
team to finish Round Robin One of the Louis Vuitton Cup without a single
point. On Saturday, the Swiss team unveiled their boat and showed off the
radical underwater design configuration of their bright yellow boat.
Be hAPpy boasts not one, but two keels, placed fore and aft. Both keels
have big bulbs at the bottom. The leading keel is a moveable foil over the
fixed bulb and the trailing keel is a more conventional fixed foil with a
large trim tab. Both bulbs had winglets on them for Round Robin One that
have now been removed.
Peter van Oossanen, part of the design team for Be hAPpy said the major
advantage of the design was reduced drag. 'We discovered in the towing tank
that the resistance of two small bulbs separated along the hull is less
than a conventional design with one keel and bulb in the centre,' he said.
The trade-off is maneuverability. Van Oosanen said the team recognised that
it would be a problem. 'When we took the decision to build this boat, we
knew it was going to be a difficult boat to steer,' he said. But the team
felt they would have enough time to learn the boat. 'Unfortunately, because
of our financial problems halfway through the year, we were not able to
come to Auckland early enough. We only got out sailing eight times before
the first race,' he said.
Steering is complicated because both the fore and aft fins need to be
turned independently. This makes it difficult not just to turn the boat,
but also to just sail straight. According to helmsman Jochen Shumann, the
problem comes in finding the right balance between the two rudders. 'It's
very challenging,' he said. 'We are getting deeper and deeper into the
problem of balance. We don't know what the problem is, and we don't have
the solution yet. We've had a few moments, but we haven't been able to sail
it for a long time period in the groove.'
For this time, every moment on the water is crucial. Van Oosanen says the
team is learning every day, and expects better results in Round Robin Two.
'It's a very difficult boat to steer,' he said. 'We are still in the steep
part of our learning curve.' 'It is hard because there's no feeling on the
helm,' Shumann said. 'My feel is based on a normal keel configuration. And
on this boat, the steering is hydraulic, so I need the instruments to know
if we're going fast. It's a very uncommon way for me to drive.'
The FAST 2000 team is upbeat. 'The whole team is still behind this
complicated program,' said Shumann. 'We'll sail every day from now until
Round Robin Two. We have nothing to lose!' -- Louis Vuitton Cup website,
* Dennis Conner's longtime America's Cup teammate Tom Whidden, President
and CEO of North Marine Group, will be joining the Stars & Stripes
syndicate this week in Auckland. Whidden has been a part of Conner's
America's Cup campaigns for more than two decades, beginning in 1979 with
the Freedom / Enterprise program.
"It's hard to overstate the importance of Tom's role to our campaigns,"
Conner said. "He's been the key to so much of our success. I'm delighted
that he is able to join our team for Round Two of the Louis Vuitton Cup
Series." -- Stars & Stripes website, http://stars-stripes.com
* Abracadabra 2000 announced today the addition of a new chase boat to its
support team funded by the members of Lakewood Yacht Club of Seabrook,
Texas. Lakewood Yacht Club has been extremely supportive of Abracadabra
2000 skipper John Kolius' past America's Cup campaigns. Their contribution
of a new Rayglass 12-meter Protector chase boat, a sister ship to the
team's present chase boat, is a great boost to Abracadabra 2000's two-boat
sailing program. -- DJ Cathcart, http://www.aloharacing.org
* On Monday, the leading teams from Round Robin One were out on the water
doing two boat testing. The Prada Challenge, and the New York Yacht Club's
Young America team have sailed every day since the end of first round
racing, in a case of the rich getting richer. -- Louis Vuitton Cup website,
* What may have been the largest armada of boats ever assembled inside the
Viaduct Basin staged a non-hostile invasion of the Stars & Stripes base
camp on October 31. More than 100 Optimist dinghies sailed from the
Kohimarama YC to the Stars & Stripes base, and literally took over the
place. There were no secrets during this visit. And every place the kids
went there were members of the Stars & Stripes team to explain and
demonstrate the workings of the facility.
With the help of McDonalds, Coca Cola and Griffins, the 'invaders' were
also treated to lunch on the facility. "It's fun for people to see the boat
and learn how it works," Stars & Stripes helmsman Ken Read said. "I wish it
had been like that when I grew up in Rhode Island." -- Stars & Stripes
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. But you only get one letter per
subject, so think it through carefully, and be ready to take any flack it
generates without whining.
-- From Bill Trenkle, Team Dennis Conner -- Larry Law's letter brought back
a lot of bad memories of breakdowns in 12 meters in Newport and Fremantle
and even IACC boats in San Diego. These are custom high tech race machines
where you have to push everything to the limit. It is not surprising to
anyone on the teams that learning how to get these new generation IACC
boats around the course is difficult. Likewise getting 12 meters around the
course in Fremantle was no picnic. We went through the same teething pains
trying to upgrade the boats from Newport mode. That is not to say that I
do not believe the present rules for postponement have been abused in Round
Robin #1 or that I even would have expected that we would have had to sail
around the race course alone for our long anticipated big race against
Young America or against what we expected was a battle ready Young
Anyway do not get discouraged with the 2000 America's Cup it is going to be
a great event right down to the finish. This is my seventh cup campaign and
I cannot describe how exciting it is down here with the most unbelievable
fleet of Cup boats and the best of the best sailors from all over the world
out there doing battle in a natural sailing arena called the Hauraki Gulf,
that is as beautiful a place as I have ever sailed with a mix of winds and
sea conditions that are challenging both physically and tactically.
-- From Paul Henderson, ISAF President -- Maybe now you a seeing why I
pushed so hard to have an independently appointed and approved
International Jury and Umpires to adjudicate the integrity and Fair Play of
the most brutal Sailing Event: "The America's Cup". This is a pure case of
the "inmates running the asylum" and then when all hell breaks loose they
realize their inadequacies but never learn using the same mentality each
ISAF should have written the Notice of Race and Race Instructions not the
competitors as the ISAF Officials are the ones who have to interpret them
and make the calls. ISAF does not want to be involved the Event Management
nor all commercial interests leaving that to the combatants. They should
leave the integrity of Sailing as practiced in the AC to ISAF.
-- From Alan Johnson --18 knots-What bunch of wimps. Do they have to go in
if it rains? Bring back Perth!! DC ripping a genoa and still winning the
race, Whitbread southern ocean legs. Cheer for San Francisco!! Please no
Newport, Rhode Island!! I can hear the snoring in front of the television
now. We want sailing on the edge not grass growing.
-- From Brent R. Boyd --I would like to know who imposed the 18 knot no
sail rule. Was this decided before the boats were designed? Were the
designers and builders informed of this decision? It seems like 5-18 is a
very narrow wind range for the top echelon of sailing. Even high school
sailing continues above 18 knots. The most exciting Cup matches I remember
were the 12's pounding it out in Australia.
Curmudgeon's comment: Let me try to tackle this one. It was the Challengers
who agreed to the 18-knot rule. The reason -- it's expected that the
conditions later in the Summer during the Cup itself will be lighter than
the Spring winds now being encountered. The 18-knot rule was imposed to
insure that the boat that won the Louis Vuitton Series would not be too
heavily skewed towards heavy air and thus potentially less competitive
during the America's Cup itself if indeed the light air does materialize
in February and March.
-- From Mort Weintraub -- I think the guys running this regatta have it
almost perfectly right. The objective for this first round was to have
boats race against each other. Allowing a fair amount of time for repairs
was in line with that objective. That's why each victoy in this first round
was worth only one point. In the next round, the process will tighten. And,
for the final round I think we can assume AC rules. I know that I am having
a great time following the racing on Quokka. The one guy I know with
Virtual Spectator says it's just awesome!
Curmudgeon's comment: The guy with Virtual Spectator is spot-on. Just do it!
-- From Russ Lenarz -- I find it interesting that there is so much hype
about the Fast 2000 revealing its new unconventional keel. It is clear that
it has not worked well along with the fact that the boat is falling apart
as well. Maybe by going public they are saying that this is not how to
build an AC boat. In reading the report from the press conference it is
clear that the crew is not happy about Be Happy.
--From Keith Lorence -- How soon we forget!! Your notice about Mark
Rutiger's Volvo race entry states that he was the first American navigator
to win the Whitbread RTWR. In fact, Mark wasn't even the first American
navigator from the bay area to win it. "Radar" Ray Conrady, from San
Francisco proper, was the first American navigator to win the race sailing
aboard "Sayula II" in the 73'-74' race. "Radar" did it without the aid of
G.P.S., Weatherfaxes, E-Mail, cell phones, polar pants, and waterproof
foulweather gear! "Radar used a sextant, and took his weather info by morse
code from Chile, and had Spanish speaking crewmwmbers translate for him!
Not to take anything away from EF Language's great achievement, it was
really something, but Americans have been in and won this race before.
Curmudgeon's comment: For those who may not have figured it out, Keith
Lorence was a part of Sayula II's winning crew.
The Registation Committee is pleased to announce that the Vic-Maui 2000 now
has 28 entries on the Provisional Entry List. This is amazing when compared
to the sametime of the Vic-Maui 1998 of where there were 6 entries on the
list. The majority of the entries are from the Pacific Northwest area where
the Vic-Maui has been a favorite race for all comers. Starts are on June
26rd and 28th in the year 2000 in Victoria BC with the finish 2308 miles
later in Lahaina, Maui.
Deb Rigas in Seattle announced on Oct. 8/99, that a very serious group of
international women sailors will be competing in the Vic Maui 2000 Yacht
Race. It will be 16 years since the last and only all womens campaign by a
Victoria team who raced "Emily Carr" back in 1984. For those women who are
interested in completing the crew, please check their website at:
http://www.navgates.com/vmcontents.html and go to Crew Search.
Event website: http://www.vicmaui.org
DRESS FOR SUCCESS
It's been proven over and over again - if look successful you'll feel
successfuland ultimately be successful. It applies in business. It works
on the racecourse. So what are you waiting for? Go where the winners go for
their crew shirts and regatta apparel. Frank Whitton at Pacific Yacht
Embroidery can help you as he's helped so many successful racing programs:
619-226-8033 / email@example.com
LLOYD PHOENIX TROPHY -- USSA Offshore Championship
(This special report is from Scott Dickson, who sailed with Area J skipper,
For the final race the breeze was lighter (if that is at all possible).
Although starts were important, staying in the pressure was golden. But
then again, tacking these 44' monsters in 2-3 knots of wind was not a
decision to be taken lightly. Great crew work and trim in the first race
today propelled us throught the fleet to 3rd at the finish. Going into the
last race, 4 teams could have won the championship. Unfortunately for us we
were unable in this race (which was probably the lightest of the regatta)
to make any comeback from a below average 1st mark placing. Team H
(Seattle) sailed a solid last day to secure 1st place.
Final Results: 1. Area H (12 points) 2. D (14) 3. J (19) 4. E (23) 5. B
(27) 6. C (31) 7. Navy Gold (32) 7. Navy Blue (34) 8. K (44) 9. A (46)
PLAYSTATION -- Code Green
Stan (Honey) and I believe we should go (for our Trans-Atlantic Record
attempt) on this weather window. Currently we estimate the start line at
midday Wednesday and we need to leave the dock 3 hours before the start. We
would take the start after the Low passes Wednesday morning, and the winds
shift to the west of North. We expect gale force winds on the beam
Wednesday night, then winds should moderate to the 20-25 kt range. After
Cape Race, Newfoundland, we will be sailing downwind to the finish. This
will entail sailing north of the Great Circle Route until we gybe then
south of route as we approach England. -- Steve Fossett,
THE CURMUDGEON'S COUNSEL
It's not the pace of life that concerns me -- it's the sudden stop at the end.