SCUTTLEBUTT No. 608 - July 19, 2000
MILLENNIUM 600 RACE
A new record was set this morning when Doug Baker's, Magnitude, from Long
Beach, CA, crossed the Millennium 600 Race finish line at 03:25:02. The
record was reduced by some 24 hours. After a light to medium breeze at the
start in Port Huron, Lake Ontario, and the vessels requiring two days to
pass Mackinac Island, a front came through roaring the big boats down the
length of Lake Michigan to Chicago in just 26 hours(286 nm). Second to
finish 2 hours and 14 minutes behind Magnitude was Peter Thornton's, Holua
(GL70), closely following in order were Nitemare, Tom Neill; Pied Piper,
Dick Jennings; Stripes, Bill Martin. Bob Saielle's San Diego entry
Mongoose followed Stripes across some 40 minutes later with Mike Brotz',
Chance one hour after that and finally at press time Windancer VI, John
Nedeau's N/M 68 from Muskegon, MI. The PHRF fleet is expected to begin to
arrive late Tuesday. - Gene McCarthy
NYYC RACE WEEK AT NEWPORT
Superb racing conditions kicked in for the final day of the PHRF
competition at the New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by
Rolex. Southwest breezes ranging from 14-17 knots in one race and 15-20
for a second race cleared out an early morning fog, making way for 51
entries in six classes to complete their four-day competition.
The PHRF competition has been held simultaneously with IMS racing, which
concludes tomorrow. One-Design competition in seven classes will start this
Friday and conclude Sunday.
Deemed by the organizers as turning in the best PHRF performance for the
week was Avalanche, a J/105 owned and skippered by Craig Albrecht of Glen
Head, N.Y. Posting nothing deeper than a third-place finish over seven
races, and with only one of those popping up in a string of firsts and
seconds, the Avalanche team won Class H. Albrecht was presented with the
New York Yacht Club Trophy and a Rolex timepiece at awards ceremonies on
the lawn of the New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court clubhouse. The
difference was boathandling, especially on the first day when we were doing
15 knots on the downwind legs and still stayed in control," said Albrecht.
Other PHRF boats had not fared so well on opening day, when the winds reach
30 knots atop dramatically choppy waves. The Mumm 36 Caliente lost its
mast, and several other boats suffered equipment failure. With two
victories today, Donald Opatrny's (Greenwich, Conn.) Moondance won Class F.
Today's performance gave the Swan 48 a total of five victories over seven
races, which included a distance race yesterday.
Tim Woodhouse's new Thompson 35 Rumours succumbed to Chris Bouzaids'
Wairere, a Thompson 30, when it finished 3-4 today to Wairere's 1-1. After
winning his class at Block Island Race Week, Woodhouse's handicap rating
for Rumours changed by 9 seconds. For this regatta, he owed Wairere 41
seconds a mile. "It's like golf, you go out and play and they change your
handicap," said Woodhouse. "It's hard for me to pull out on Wairere, going
In Class D for 12-Meters, Edgar Cato of Newport, R.I., prevailed with
Newport's beloved state ship Courageous. Gambler, a Frers 41, owned by
John Downey of Canton, Mass. won Class G, and Hustler, a J/29 owned by John
Esposito of New Rochelle, N.Y., topped Class J, the largest with 13 boats.
In the IMS fleet, the two Italian boats showed local Newport sailors the
way home in the long distance race of the Rolex IMS Offshore World
Championship 2000. The outcome of the 128-mile race, which was given a
weighting 2.5 times that of an inshore race, has changed the complexion of
the regatta dramatically. The body language aboard Vim, owned by Craig
Speck of Grand Rapids, Mich., said it all as Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis,
Md., steered the Nelson/Marek 43 across the line off Newport just before
10am. "We got ground in the last 25 miles. The breeze came in behind us
which compressed the fleet, but the wind never actually reached us,"
Doing tactics aboard David George's Nelson/Marek 50 Idler is another
America's Cup sailor Ken Read of Newport, R.I., who was delighted with the
performance of boat and crew. "Today we won an important battle. Tomorrow
we will go and sail to win a world championship. That is the war we want to
win." But just fractions of a point behind Idler is the Italian entry
Atlantico Yah Man, whose race win today has elevated Tomasso Chieffi's team
to third place overall - and right back into contention for defending their
title from last year's Rolex IMS Offshore World Championship in Sardinia.
It was Jim Richardson's turn to surprise the IMS specialists, bringing his
one-design Farr 40 home first in class and fourth in the racing division.
"That was the first long distance race I've done in 20 years, so I'm
delighted. Bouwe Bekking [the Dutch Whitbread sailor] did an excellent job
on tactics, and the crew made the right calls at the right time
IMS Overall standings - Racer Division: 1.Vim 3, N/M43, Craig Speck,
(14.75) 2. Idler, N/M50, George David, (17.5) 3. Atlantico Yah-Man, FRS39,
Vittorio Rava, (17.87) Cruiser Division: 1. Mascalzone Latino, FRR43,
Vincenzo Onorato, (5.37) 2. Agincourt, N/M43, Paul Lowell/R. Atkin, (15.5)
3. Sforzando, TAY45, Blair Brown, (21)
NYYC website: http://www.nyyc.org
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of my Camet sailing shorts; and the fact that Supplex really dries quickly;
and the way the Cordura seat patch stands up to course non-skid patterns.
And Lord knows I love the 1/4-inch foam pads that can be inserted into the
seat patch to eliminate fanny fatigue. But I still think I like the deep
pockets best. They hold lots of stuff, but more importantly - nothing ever
falls out. NEVER. Take a look for yourself - they come in four great colors
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Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (38 boats) -
New Zealand America's Cup skipper Russell Coutts won three of the six races
on his way to claiming the 2000 Etchells North American Championship.
Former Etchells world champion Jud Smith was the only skipper with all
Results: 1. RUSSELL COUTTS (18.25) 2. JUD SMITH (19) 3. WILLIAM LYNN (25)
4. PAUL SUSTRONK (26) 5. STEW HEBB (30.75)
Complete results: http://smyles.net/etchells/results.htm
Five more yachts withdrew from competition in the San Francisco-Kaneohe
race as concerns for supplies and work schedules kick in. "While there
seems to be an image of yacht racing as a rich man's sport, both boat
owners and crew members have jobs and responsibilities. For many, this
annual vacation is the Pacific Cup and they have to get back to work" noted
the Kaneohe Yacht Club's Pacific Cup General Chair, Lou Ickler. He went on
to note that there will be people getting off their boats and heading
directly for the airport.
After several days of good winds, La Diana had a below average wind day but
still retained a lead of 170 miles over the fleet in the West Marine
Pacific Cup. The Doublehanded Division 1, yacht still has a major cushion
over the other boats. Punk Dolphin regained first place in the Doublehanded
Division 2 over Oeno, Diminished Capacity kept the fully crewed Division A
lead, Alicante still leads Division B, Elan is in front of the Division C
yachts, Bodacious leads Division D and Osprey maintained a first place in
this morning's roll call in Division E.
The larger yachts are making the most headway as Lina covered 183 miles in
the battle of the Santa Cruz 50s in Division F while Triumph held onto the
Division G, Santa Cruz 52 lead. Best run of the day goes to the Wylie 70,
Rage with 201 miles. The 1996 record breaker appears to be unlikely to
bruise any transpacific records, this year.
Here are all of the leaders: Division 1 - La Diana, Division A - Diminished
Capacity, Division B - Alicante, Division 2 - Punk Dolphin, Division C -
Elan, Division D - E.T., Division E - Osprey, Division F - Lina, Division G
- Triumph, Division H - Rage.
ANOTHER VIEW OF THE PACIFIC CUP
(The website for Philippe Kahn's Pegasus is loaded with Pacific Cup
information, photos and insight as seen from the deck of an Andrews 70
TurboSled. Here's an excerpt from Kahn's daily reports.)
Away from the coasts, any form of direct urban pollution, the water is
perfectly pure and of a very deep blue color. What better diving platform
than Pegasus. I can't describe with words the sensation of being able to
swim in the middle of the Pacific. To me it is similar to getting first
tracks snowboarding or skiing in virgin knee-deep powder. If you haven't
tried, you should. That's because every year that you don't try it, is one
year less that you will get to do it! This was a decisive and eventful day
on the North Pacific. - Philippe Kahn, Pegasus.
Tuesday afternoon Kahn wrote: "We are now in 15 knot trade winds! Life is
Pegasus website: http://www.starsail.com/pacificcup2000.html
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Letters selected to be printed are routinely edited for clarity, space (250
words max) and to exclude unfounded speculation or personal attacks. You
only get one letter per subject, so give it your best shot and don't whine
if others disagree.
-- From Pete Troxler (In response to Peter Harken's comments in the 'Butt
607) While you might argue that the respect for privacy in embarassing
proceedings should be required, I feel it's far outweighed by the
requirement for full disclosure of what the activities of our Organization
are. The Court systems operate in very much the same fashion after
completion of proceedings and I feel the members of the community have a
right to know what the governing body is up to. This is not only as a check
against the Organization but also as a warning as to what standards it is
It's fine to say that your mom and dad taught you right from wrong. But at
least your brother(s) and/or sister(s) also got the lesson because they
knew what the findings of facts were and how they were enforced. It's my
opinion that we, the sailing community, are very much in the same position
as the sibling(s) and we have a right to understand (and possibly question)
whether our parents are being fair and how they are enforcing the laws of
-- From Ken Guyer - I understand Peter Harkins response to inquiries
regarding the recent punishment of Blom. The punishment was harsh.
Punishment is meant to teach a lesson not only for the one committing the
violation, but also for others to learn from. Normally I would not care
what the violation was, just that violations are being dealt with. Due to
the harshness of this particular penalty, knowing the actions which caused
USSA to be so harsh sends a message to the other young sailors (and some
adults) where the upper reaches of the bar are set.
(The following excerpt is from a story by Andrea Falcon on the Quokka
Move over, Patrizio Bertelli and the Prada Challenge, there's a new
high-rolling Italian in town who aspires to win the America's Cup. Vincenzo
Onorato from Naples revealed many details of his planned challenge last
weekend in Newport, R.I., where he's overall leader of the racer/cruiser
division in the Rolex IMS Offshore World Championship at the helm of his
new Farr 43 Mascalzone Latino-Yasuda Kasai.
Onorato, 42, has a successful racing career that began in 1978. Earlier
this year he finished second in the Farr 40 division at GMC Yukon Yachting
Key West Race Week and sixth at the Boats.com Farr 40 World Championship.
Last year he finished runner-up at the Farr 40 World Championship and was
also part of the European Team that finished second at the Admiral's Cup.
He owns the shipping company Moby Lines, which operates a fleet of
ferryboats in the Mediterranean Sea and tugboats working in harbors around
Onorato says that competing in the America's Cup is a dream that he would
now like to turn into reality. "My idea is to organize an all-Italian
America's Cup team, with the help of some international, well-experienced
sailors only to start the activity, but who won't have a role onboard
during the races," said Onorato.
Onorato, however, hasn't officially announced a campaign. He says he's in
the feasibility stage, exploring whether it would be worthwhile to
challenge. "I am a quiet and reserved person. I don't have to invent
stories to promote myself, my maritime company or to focus the attention on
me," said Onorato. "This is the reason why I haven't organized an official
announcement yet, because I prefer to work with facts instead of words."
One thing he's sure of: He won't win in his first attempt. "Whoever thinks
it's possible to win the America's Cup at the first attempt is ingenuous,"
said Onorato. "I will try to form a group that might not be too competitive
at the beginning, but will grow up together and become very strong after
time." - Andrea Falcon, for Quokka Sports.
Full story: http://sailing.quokka.com/stories/07/SLQ__0717_s_onorato_WFC.html
IMPROVING YOUR PERFORMANCE
(Dan Dickison explains how to shave valuable seconds off a boat's elapsed
time for any race. Here's an excerpt from his story on the SailNet website.)
I think one sure-fire approach to individual race preparation includes
running through a basic, pre-race checklist. I've learned to do this
mentally, but doing it on paper is a good way to start. By creating a
checklist and following it you can eliminate unforeseen variables that
might trip you up during the race and cost you valuable seconds. Everyone's
individual approach to a checklist will vary, depending upon the kind of
boat and the kind of racing involved, but take a look at the following
model and consider adapting it for your boat.
1. All racing sails and race gear on board; all cruising amenities and
extraneous gear on the dock or in the garage.
2. Adjust rig tune for the race conditions.
3. Read and know the sailing instructions.
4. Make sure everyone on board understands their respective positions and
5. Get individual crew to set up their parts of the boat for racing-bow
person packs the kite, sets up the pole, lubricates the headfoil; jib
trimmers set up jib sheet leads and spin gear; mainsail trimmer checks the
traveler, outhaul, vang, and backstay (and running backstays and checks if
you have them).
6. Make sure all working parts are lubricated if needed.
7. Once sails are selected and hoisted, and the engine is off, check and
align the prop.
8. Head upwind with everyone in race mode to check headings, adjust sail
controls, and practice a few tacks.
9. If time permits, do a practice set, a few jibes, and a douse.
10. Take note of the tidal conditions and keep them in mind.
11. Make sure you know the course and everyone on board understands where
you'll be going. If government marks are being used, get the navigator to
identify them on a chart, and plot basic compass courses.
12. Decide on a starting strategy and make sure it's understood by everyone
13. Establish a dedicated person to count down the time and have them call
it every 20 seconds until you reach 20 seconds, and then every two seconds
until the gun.
14. Take a look around the course for potential problems with commercial
traffic, and have a look at who's in your class so you'll know who your
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RACING ON THE TUBE
* Saturday, July 22, 9:00 PT - PAX TV will carry a 13-minute segment on
the Olympic Sailing Trials, produced by Gary Jobson. (During the same
two-hour program you also get to see the trials for Men's Volleyball and
Greco Roman wrestling.)
* Monday, July 24, 8:00 PM ET - PIER 39 - Wells Fargo Spring Cup regatta
on the Outdoor Life Network. This half hour program looks at the 11 Meter
regatta that took place May 5 &6 off PIER 39 on the waterfront of San
Francisco. its a fleet race event with 10 races over 2 days with no throw
outs with $10K in prize money for the top 5 places. Teams from Sweden,
Switzerland and the United States. three of the US teams had sailors fresh
from the America's Cup - Chris Perkins and Morgan Larson each headed teams
with AmericaOne sailors on board and John Sweeney headed a team heavily
laded with America True talent.
FORD CORK WEEK
Rural Ireland has never been more cosmopolitan. Witness the battle for
Class 0 honours at Ford Cork Week. Two days in and it has turned into a
three-cornered fight between the Californian lightweight 70 footer
Pyewacket, owned by Roy Disney, heir to no ordinary Mickey Mouse fortune,
Richard Matthews's Essex-based Oystercatcher 23, which is carrying the
pan-European sponsorship of Barlo Plastics and counting British Olympic
sailor Andy Beadsworth at the wheel, and David McLean's Babbalaas, a Corel
45 which has spent the winter sailing in the class's Mediterranean circuit.
Throughout the 630 boats, similar stories can be told. Barlo Plastics,
skippered by Harold Cudmore, now holds a narrow three-point lead in the
class with a first and fourth in its two races yesterday, and Babbalaas,
steered by Andy Green, won the first race and is tied overall with Pyewacket.
Hot from success in the Transpac race to Hawaii, Pyewacket was trucked
across America to South Carolina and shipped to Bristol to take part. Two
years ago, Disney brought his previous Pyewacket, a modified Santa Cruz 70,
and charged around at the head of the fleet but struggled to save her time
on handicap. - Tim Jeffery, Daily Telegraph, UK
THE CURMUDGEON'S OXYMORONS