SCUTTLEBUTT #454 - December 6, 1999
ISAF Grade 1 Women's Match Racing Event -- After a disappointing day on
Friday, when only two flights were completed, the Osprey Cup racing resumed
on Saturday morning. Winds in the 6-8 knot range held throughout the
morning. There was a brief lull at midday and then somewhat shifty winds of
5-8 knots continued through the afternoon. The first round robin was
completed as well as seven of nine flights of the second round robin.
Lewin, Alison, Slattery and Briand advance to the semi-finals which begin
at 0900 on Sunday. A consolation round will be held for the others.
First Semi-final Series : Paula Lewin defeated Christine Briand 2-1
Second Semi-final Series:Betsy Alison defeated Dru Slattery 2-1
Petit-final Series: Dru Slattery defeated Christine Briand 1-0
Final Series: Betsy Alison defeated Paula Lewin 1-0
Petit-final and Final Series
|1 || Betsy Alison || USA
|2 || Paula Lewin || Bermuda
|3 || Dru Slattery || USA
|4 || Christine Briand || France
|5 || Shirley Robertson || Great Britain
|6 || Sandy Grosvenor || USA
|7 || Cordelia Eglin ||Great Britain
|8 || Maria Svedin || Sweden
|9 || Arabella Denvir || USA
St. Petersburg YC site: http://spyc.org
Two significant things happened over the weekend. The Swiss Fast 2000
syndicate 'threw in the towel' and officially retired for the LVC series.
They could not gather the necessary support to be allowed to use the mast
Spain had offered to replace their fractured rig. And they could not repair
their fractured rig. The best quote of the day came from Peter van
Oossanen, co-designer of 'be hAPpy': "In hindsight two masts would have
been probably better than two keels."
Also, Team Dennis Conner broke their only boat. The structural bulkhead to
which the running backstays are anchored separated from the hull. In the
process the aft end of the deck got ripped up to about a 45-degree angel
sending the 17th man tumbling forward. However, no one was injured and the
crew was able to prevent damage to the rig. "This boat will race again in
Round Robin Three," said skipper Dennis Conner. TDC was granted a 48
postponement to repair the significant damage to Stars & Stripes and the
compound lights have been on ever since.
LOUIS VUITTON CUP
* AmericaOne and Nippon scored victories over Prada and the Spanish
Challenge respectively today by gaining the upper hand in pre-start
manoeuvres. For the series-leading Prada Challenge, it was just their
second loss in 24 starts. Nonetheless, the Italians remain atop the
leaderboard, although their lead is down to one point over AmericaOne.
Light winds returned to the inner Hauraki Gulf today for the first time
since Day 6 of Round 2. The first four days of this round were dominated by
12- to 20-knot southwesterlies. Today the southwesterlies blew between 11
and 14 knots, and the seas were flat.
AmericaOne's advantage was gained through a penalty to Prada. The Italians
were penalised when skipper Francesco de Angelis stuck his bow in
AmericaOne's stern scoop. Nippon's Peter Gilmour gained his pre-start
advantage the old-fashioned way: he earned it. He so thoroughly dominated
the Spanish Challenge that the match could have been halted a minute before
the start; the outcome would have been the same. America True maintained
its winning pace with its third victory in four starts this round, while
Young Australia picked up nine free points by completing the course in a
walkover against the withdrawn FAST 2000. -- Quokka Sports,
IDATEN BEAT BRAVO ESPANA - DELTA 01:19
Idaten's (JPN-52) Peter Gilmour has been a terror in Round Robin Three and
he built on that reputation today. Gilmour capitalised when Luis Doreste on
Bravo Espana (ESP-56) was late entering the start box and quickly gained a
position of control over the Spanish boat. Gilmour worked his bow to
leeward of Bravo Espana and forced Doreste to tack away. Idaten followed
and when Spain gybed away, Gilmour hardened up for the line. Doreste was
slow in the light breeze and ended up 31 seconds late for the start. The
Spanish nearly gained it all back on a massive right shift, but when the
wind squared again Gilmour regained the lead. Bravo Espana gained on the
each of the first two downwind legs, but Gilmour was strong going upwind
and was never really threatened. Spain is still holding down sixth place on
the points table but is only two points clear of Young America in the
battle to qualify for the Semi-Finals. The Americans have sailed one less
AMERICAONE BEAT LUNA ROSSA - DELTA 00:23
Luna Rossa (ITA-48) managed to get on the stern of AmericaOne (USA-49) with
two minutes to go before the start. De Angelis was trying to push Cayard
towards the start line but he came too close and hit AmericaOne's transom
square in the middle. He had not kept clear of Cayard who was clear ahead
and as a result the umpires penalised Luna Rossa for infringing Racing Rule
12. The collision damaged the Italian bow and AmericaOne's scoop. Cayard
won the start by eight seconds on starboard tack with Prada crossing the
line on port tack. Straight after the start Prada found more wind and
sailed away from AmericaOne. The Italians led by 18 seconds at the top
mark. The boats looked pretty similar in speed. Today was all about finding
the new breeze first. Luna Rossa managed to slowly sail away from
AmericaOne on the first run and the second beat. On the second run Cayard
found more wind and reduced Prada's lead to just 15 seconds on the run. On
the last beat Prada accelerated better from each tack and extended its lead
again to 37 seconds. AmericaOne sailed well downwind and reduced Prada's
lead again before the finish, not leaving De Angelis enough time to execute
a penalty turn. While AmericaOne finished Luna Rossa was still turning
around the pin end of the finish line.
AMERICA TRUE BEAT ABRACADABRA - DELTA 01:35
Three minutes and two tacks into this match Dawn Riley's America True
(USA-51) steered by John Cutler had established the lead it would
consolidate over the next two and a half hours. Abracadabra (USA-50) led
into the starting box at the five-minute gun but skipper John Kolius played
it conservatively, running away from his opponent. After three circles,
Cutler led back to the line, taking and defending the left. They started
together, on starboard with Abracadabra to weather. The Hawaiians survived
in the weather berth for barely a minute and a half before tacking away.
They were within a boat length for two quick tacks before America True
began to ease away. Riley's San Francisco challenger extended on every leg
except the second two runs.
Louis Vuitton Cup Website: http://www.louisvuittoncup.com/
|1. || Prada || 22-2 || 73 points
|2. || AmericaOne || 19-6 || 71
|3. || Nippon || 16-8 || 65.5
|4. || America True || 17-7 || 65
|5. ||Stars & Stripes || 14-10 || 45.5
|6. ||Spain || 11-14 || 44
|7. ||Young America || 14-10 || 42
|8. || Abracadabra || 8-17 || 25
|9. ||Le Defi BTT || 7-17 || 32
|10. ||Young Australia || 3-21 || 18
|11. ||FAST 2000 || 2-22 || 8
Victories are worth one point each in Round One, four points in Round Two
and nine points in Round Three.
* U.S. Naval Academy sailing coach Brad Dellenbaugh joins the New York
Yacht Club/Young America Challenge as coach and racing rules advisor,
skipper Ed Baird announced. A resident of Alexandria, VA, Dellenbaugh is on
loan to the Young America program from the U.S. Naval Academy. Dellenbaugh
joined the Naval Academy in 1992 to run the offshore sailing program. Under
his leadership, the Naval Academy has won the coveted Kennedy Cup three
times and the MacMillan Trophy four times.
Dellenbaugh is an International Judge and Umpire, allowing him to provide
the Young America sailing team with invaluable insights into the racing
rules in his position as the team's rules advisor. -- Jane Eagleson,
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Letters selected to be printed are routinely edited for clarity, space (250
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so give it your best shot and don't whine if people disagree.
-- From Peter Huston -- We can talk all we want about how to get sailing on
TV by using smaller, faster boats on tighter more live-spectator friendly
courses, and probably throwing some aspect of sex into the equation, and
sooner or later the ratings numbers will bounce into the stratosphere of
something that approaches the numbers generated by the George Foreman No
Fat Grilling Machine half hour infomercial.
The only way the rating numbers for sailing to move significantly is with
the introduction of prize money - serious prize money - and not prize money
for the sailors so much as for the viewers.
We have these silly new game shows in the US right now, each one a copy of
the other - "I need to be a Greedy Zillionaire" or some such thing. The
ratings suggest that many people enjoy this sort of programming. What will
happen when real interactivity is married to this sort of content?
When sailing offers viewers the chance to bet via the internet on their
favorite hero and walk away with a pile of cash, only then the sport will
grow in popularity with the general public. Internet gambling is illegal
some will say - uh huh - like that ever stopped a programmer from trying to
get ratings. Click on - "Here's a $100 on Team Trump to show, and give me
a $1,000 worth of chances on the Billionaire Sailing lottery".
Be careful what you wish for. That is my final answer.
-- From Leslie DeMeuse -- I really, really appreciate Rob Mundle's comments
on the need to make sailing more entertaining on television. We need to
reach a broader audience if sailing is ever going to get better airtime on
television. I've been producing broadcast television for nearly 20 years.
A dear friend of mine, who is an entertainment executive, gave me good
advice many years ago about how to reach the masses on TV.
The television Emmy that sits behind my desk is proof that sailing can be
entertaining to the masses. How do we reach the masses? Focus on the
people, the competitors, profile them, find a hero, someone the viewers can
relate to,... and more importantly, someone the viewers can RESPECT.
People can relate to people no matter how much they know about sailing.
People love to hear about how someone made it to the top of their sport...
no matter what sport!
With all the channel surfing that goes on in television, watching a couple
of sailboats going around the bouys isn't going to keep the non-sailing
viewers long... WE NEED TO TARGET non-sailors... The sailing audience is
too small. The only way the sport of sailing will be able to stay on the
air or get better time slots is more viewership.
-- From Tim Bohan -- To make sailing TV "marketable" it has to show some
excitement. Fast is exciting, and fun. The younger generation is into
"extreme sports"...sailing a skiff in high winds would certainly qualify!
Now we have an opportunity with the 49er in the Olympics, as well as the
18's circuit and any good catamaran racing in high winds. How do you get
up close and make it TV friendly? I think you have to go with the onboard
cameras to get anyone to want to watch it.
Watching a "traditional" America's Cup race from a helicopter is about as
exiting as watching paint dry and even I won't waste an afternoon watching
it. TV producers want excitement with the possibility of carnage! Why else
would NASCAR Racing be so popular? Why would anyone want to spend 3 hours
watching cars go around in circles? The speed and the thrilling crashes is
what people want to see. Why do people who don't windsurf watch Hawaii
Wave Jumping? To see the wipeouts!
While I'm not all for crash and burn...you have got to have that as a
possibility to keep up the interest level. The sport needs more exciting
boats like the 49er and the 18's and catamarans if it is ever to capture
the TV interest of the non sailors. Perhaps we need to set a minimum on
the wind for racing as well...minimum of 10 knots...no maximum. How about
wave jumping on an 18 foot skiff? Now that's what I'd like to see!
-- From Chris Welsh (Re: Mast for the Swiss) -- Design & build origin is
fundamental to the America's Cup? Have I missed something? Let's start with
the crew nationalities (for real, not adopted), then talk origin of the
sail and boat fiber technology, where the sails are being produced (and who
invented that technology), the origin of the hardware and software being
used to design the boats and lastly where the designers are located! These
boats have worldwide roots from start to finish! Peter Gilmour, hmmmm,
doesn't sound like a Japanese name....somebody loan or sell the Swiss a
mast and get on with it - and no carping about design & build origin - the
real origin rules went out with the concept that the boat had to sail to
the race location on its own hull.
From Mark Callahan -- I have a slight correction for you. The present 24hr
distance record is held by Steve Fossett and crew on board his yacht
"PlayStation". Steve set this record in the waters North of New Zealand and
at present the record stands at 580Nm.
800 entries are expected at Ford Cork Week 2000 to be held between 15th and
21st July next. This Regatta had grown at an enormous rate since the middle
80's and is now considered to be the biggest of its kind in the World.
There will be racing in everything from Sportsboats to Maxi's over 5 days.
The races will include Windward / Leeward, Olympic, Round the Cans and
Coastal Courses with as many as 8, different and fully independent, Race
Officer teams, directing operations.
The regatta's new web site.com is now in operation with the Notice of Race
and Entry Information. -- Donal McClement, http://www.fordcorkweek
Sometimes the curmudgeon has been known to buy a Christmas present for a
close family member that turns out to something I want for myself. If you
too are into that 'game, let me make a suggestion. You can still get a copy
of the official videotape of last year's Sydney-Hobart Race for only $29.95
plus postage and handling. The footage from cameras on board the boats
documents the bravery, the terror and the extraordinary rescue efforts.
This impressive videotape is available online:
On Friday we mistakenly ran an announcement promoting a seminar Dave Ullman
gave last month. It was a great seminar, but it's been over for weeks, so
don't try to sign up. Instead, consider checking out tomorrow night's
seminar at the Ullman loft in Newport Beach, California. At 7pm Scott
Dickson will be speaking on preparation for regattas. No matter whether
your goal is the World Champs or the Wednesday night Intergalactics, you'll
want to hear this one. Scott's experience includes Transpacs, Kenwood Cups,
Tour De France A La Voile, America's Cup '95 and a string of international
match race and one design regattas and will have plenty to offer your local
racing program. For more information, 949-675-6970
U.S. skipper Cam Lewis officially announced that he will be on the starting
line of The Race in Barcelona (Spain) on Dec. 31, 2000. The construction of
his 33-m maxi-catamaran, a sister ship of Club Med, will soon begin at the
JMV boatyard in Cherbourg (France). The official launching of the boat is
scheduled for September 2000. Cam Lewis is America's most experienced
multihull sailor. He was part of Bruno Peyron's crew on board Commodore
Explorer during the first Jules Verne Trophy around the world in 1993.
Guillermo Altadill from Spain as well as Skip Novak and Larry Rosenfeld
from the United States should be part of Team Adventure.
A little more than a year now remains to finalise the organisation of The
Race. To date, 7 boats are confirmed to take part in The Race/La Course du
Millenaire: PlayStation/Steve Fossett (USA), Team Philips/Pete Goss (UK),
Club Med/Grant Dalton (NZ), Code Zero 2, Team Adventure/Cam Lewis (USA),
Millennium Challenge/Tony Bullimore (UK), Polpharma-Warta (ex
Explorer)/Roman Paszke (Poland). To round up the "Top Ten", the three
remaining entries would go to ongoing projects such as the 40-m
maxi-catamaran of Henk de Velde (Netherlands) and the 36-m trimaran "Rave"
of Earl Edwards (USA) under construction in Hawaii.
Event website: http://www.therace.org/english/
Sydney, Australia - 4 December, 1999 -- Two Olympic Tornado catamaran
sailors from Canada early this afternoon were found safe and well after a
15 hour sea and air search in the Tasman Sea off the coast of Sydney. The
sailors, Noah Purves-Smith and Jonathan Dick, arrived in Australia just
over a week ago to prepare for the Tornado World Championships to be
conducted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club in early January.
The pair had been training with about a dozen other Tornado crews from
Australia and overseas on the Olympic course area off Sydney Heads, sailing
in a 25 knot north-easterly seabreeze. Although, not confirmed, they appear
to have broken their mast. The alarm was not raised until about 9 o'clock
last night, well after dark, when another Canadian team member reported to
Water Police that the pair had not returned from sailing.
The sailors were located on their catamaran off Little Marley, an inlet
near Cronulla, a southern beach suburb of Sydney, around midday today after
police had extended the search pattern to 50 square miles. They have been
admitted to hospital for medical checks, but are believed to be in good
John Forbes, the Australian World President of the Tornado class
association worked closely with police from early this morning, bringing
together all the other Tornado sailors in an effort to find who had last
seen the Canadians at sea. Forbes said the men had been wearing dry suits
and buoyancy vests, had water with them but no food. They had some
signaling devices but did not have an EPIRB, radio or flares. -- Peter
It saddens me to let you know that my friend Michael Braney passed away
Saturday morning. Mike had just finished a 15-mile training run for the LA
Marathon when he collapsed. Several of his fellow runners began CPR
immediately while the paramedics were en route. Unfortunately, neither the
paramedics nor the hospital staff were not able to revive him, as it
appears his heart just stopped beating at the end of his run.
Mike will be deeply missed, but we can be comforted in knowing that he
spent Saturday morning enjoying an activity that he loved and he was among
many friends when he passed. As you know, there are not enough good things
that can be said about Mike and the contributions that he made to our yacht
club, the sport of sailing, and to all of our lives. He was a good man and
a great friend.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, 11 December at 1330 hours at the
California Yacht Club.
QUOTE / UNQUOTE
Peter Gilmour, skipper of Idaten, on progress: "At this point we think
we're probably in reasonably good shape to get through to the main part of
the regatta. We are reasonably pleased with that, it's obviously
interesting to sail against boats of different speeds and different
performance and I think that it's quite good for the team to have struggled
as far as we have in previous rounds. We have learnt a lot and been able to
translate that into better sailing."
Paul Cayard, on his success against Luna Rossa: "I think it's just one
day's race. It's a long road here, the interesting stuff is going to happen
in four to six weeks time from now. Prada is still the favourite. They are
sailing really well and today we were just fortunate we were able to get a
race off them."
Francesco de Angelis, skipper of Luna Rossa, on using his new boat: "It was
very interesting to use that boat today, as it has been in the other days.
I look forward to using it in the next two days to come. The plan was to
get the experience so any opportunity is welcome."
Nippon Challenge's Toshiki Shibata, on when he wears his hard hat: "It's
dangerous not only on the boat but (smiling) walking in the city too so it
Louis Vuitton Cup website: http://www.louisvuittoncup.com
Bill Trenkle on the repair progress on Stars & Stripes: "It's going to be
tight, real tight but our whole team is cautiously optimistic that we
will be out on the starting line Wednesday for our scheduled race with
Young America. Our boat-building team worked straight through last night,
and made great progress. And this will be another all-nighter for sure.
However, their efforts are really starting to show -- Stars & Stripes is
coming back together very nicely."
Team Dennis Conner website: http://www.stars-stripes.com
THE CURMUDGEON'S CONUNDRUM
An optimist thinks that this is the best possible world. A pessimist fears
that this might be true.