SCUTTLEBUTT No. 738 - January 26, 2001
Scuttlebutt is a digest of yacht racing news,
commentary, opinions, features and dock talk . . . with a North American
emphasis. Corrections, contributions, press releases and contrasting
viewpoints are always welcome.
ISAF ELIGIBILITY CODE
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More than 600 miles distant, Lo•ck Peyron's Innovation Explorer continues
to whittle away at Grant Dalton's race-leader Club Med. In the last 24
hours, Innovation Explorer has cut its deficit by 91 miles to 681 miles
late Thursday afternoon. The two boats are so far apart, separated by
almost five degrees of latitude and more than 22 degrees of longitude, that
they're sailing in completely different weather systems. Club Med is in a
northwesterly breeze and Innovation Explorer in a southwesterly.
But both boats have conditions that allowed them to open the throttles.
According to the 1800 GMT position reports, Club Med had logged a 24-hour
run of 599.2 miles (average speed 24.96 knots) and Innovation Explorer
584.5 miles (average speed 24.35 knots).
* "We are struggling to put more time on Innovation Explorer, although we
are certainly trying hard," Dalton said. "They are sailing well. They had a
tricky weather scenario they had to work through over the past 36 hours,
and they have done it perfectly. Now they are sailing on the front of the
high in a completely different weather pattern to us, so anything could
Novak readily dismissed that news. "Club Med, yet again, looks to be in a
better weather pattern, and we expect her to increase the lead even further
during the next few days," he said last night. "Grant Dalton is reporting
that he is worried about high pressure on the horizon near New Zealand and
that his position might be threatened. "With almost 1,000 miles ahead of us
- the second boat, a boat with half the number of sails that he has - I
would suggest he is exaggerating and could spend his time more effectively,
like worrying about his stock portfolio. That's right, I am jealous of the
1,000 miles, and the portfolio!" Novak said.
Back in Cape Town, Team Adventure skipper Cam Lewis reported today that he
and his nine crewmembers plan to return to sea tomorrow morning. "Departure
tomorrow morning, Friday, at 0900 precisely," Lewis announced. - Sean
McNeill, for Quokka Sports
POSITIONS - January 26 @ 02:11 GMT: 1 Club Med, 2. Innovation Explorer +949
miles, 3. Team Adventure +3177 miles, 4. Warta Polpharma +3587 miles, 5.
Team Legato, +4734 miles.
* Live on the NOW Player today, Team Adventure skipper Cam Lewis
confirmed he had asked the other captains in The Race to allow him to
replace two injured crew with fresh hands. Speaking from Cape Town, where
his boat has now finished two days of repairs following last Thursday's
front beam damage, Lewis confirmed he would be rejoining The Race with four
less crew than he arrived with in the South African port.
With two other crewmen 'jumping ship' in Cape Town, reducing his original
14 man crew to 10, Lewis had hoped to appeal to the other skipper's sense
of 'fair play'. Although it is outside the agreed rules of The Race, Lewis
petitioned the other four challengers to replace two crewmen, injured in
last week's accident.
In his interview, Lewis told NOW: "We have thought about the rules and have
asked all the other skippers to see if they would mind if we bring on extra
crew. We asked for only two, that would bring our number up to 12. Grant
Dalton and the Poles had no problem, didn't hear back from Bullimore. But,
Innovation Explorer skipper Skip Novak said 'Definitely not!'"
Lewis continued: "Without unanimous approval from the other skippers we
left it there. If all the other skippers would have said yes, then we
probably would have made an appeal to the International Jury to see if they
could change the rules." He finished by saying: "Rules are meant to be
changed, I think." - Colin M Jarman, NOW Sports website.
Full story: http://www.now.com/feature.now?cid=997704&fid=1217953
* In response to Cam Lewis' revelation live on NOW this afternoon, The
Race Office, in Paris, has moved quickly to confirm the official line on
replacement crew. As far as the Race directors are concerned, there was
never any question of Team Adventure replacing crew in Cape Town," said
co-Race director David Adams.
On Tuesday 23 January, Team Adventure co-navigator Larry Rosenfeld applied
to the co-Race Directors, Denis Horeau and David Adams, who refused the
request. The Race rules are quite clear on this point: Each competitor's
skipper may only put ashore members of his crew during The Race period for
medical reasons. Any members of the crew put ashore may not be replaced.
Adams continued his statement, saying: "Cam and Larry wanted to get a vote
on the issue from the other skippers, and if all the skippers agreed with
them, they were going to apply to the international jury.
"Whether the other boats said yes or no to Cam had no bearing on the rules
and the position of The Race directors. The skippers all agreed to the
rules before The Race started, and it's our job to apply them." - Colin M
Jarman, NOW Sports website.
Full story: http://www.now.com/feature.now?cid=997704&fid=1218797
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VENDEE GLOBE-By Philippe Jeantot
VendŽe Globe fleet leader, Michel Desjoyeaux (PRB), has just passed under
the 4000 mile barrier, the remaining distance to the finish in Les Sables
d'Olonne. At an average of 10 knots, he should arrive in the VendŽen port
in 16 days, which means around the 10th February. Between Cape Horn and the
finish, Desjoyeaux is keeping up with the time record of 34 days, which
Alain Gautier holds.
After Desjoyeaux and second placed Ellen MacArthur (Kingfisher) yesterday,
the Saint Helen high pressure system has released a few more prisoners. The
following four boats have felt the North Easterly breeze building, enabling
them to head North at last. No great boat speeds are being clocked, but
every mile gained to the North is invaluable now for them.
The two leaders are reaching 13 and 12 knots, fairly impressive speeds
considering that the wind has barely stabilised in direction or strength.
However, it's not a cruise in these irregular Easterly winds. Ellen
remarked briefly: "Life's not at all easy. Right now I've got a lot of work
on deck to do, "and at that had to excuse herself to get back up and fine
tune the sails to the shifting breeze.
On a sadder note, Russian skipper Fedor Konyukhov (Modern University for
the Humanities) has officially announced his retirement from the VendŽe
Globe. He sent a letter to the VendŽe Globe race office to say that, 10
days after his first kidney troubles and serious technical problems, he has
decided to stop in Sydney, Australia. "I endured very bad storm, the third
one in the last 10 days, which completely destroyed everything that I had
repaired before. It was a test storm for myself and the boat. Now I am
sailing under staysail, heading to Sydney. Due to my health problem and
sail damage, I will have to stop in the port to repair the boat and receive
Therefore, when he reaches port in Sydney, Fedor will officially be
retiring from the race, the rules clearly stating that it is "non-stop,
without assistance." Fedor added that he would not continue the VendŽe
route back to Les Sables d'Olonne afterwards. Taking into account the
length of time he is behind the fleet, he knows that most of the skippers
racing would all be in the North Atlantic by the time he reaches Sydney.
Fedor is the 8th skipper to announce his retirement from the VendŽe Globe.
STANDINGS: 1. PRB, Michel Desjoyeaux, 3949 TO FINISH, 2. Kingfisher, Ellen
MacArthur, 96 miles behind leader, 3. Active Wear, Marc Thiercelin, 512
mbl, 4. Sill Matines & La PotagŹre, Roland Jourdain, 598 mbl, 5. Union
Bancaire PrivŽe, Dominique Wavre, 827 mbl, 6. Sodebo Savourons la Vie,
Thomas Coville, 848 mbl. http://www.vendeeglobe.com
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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* From: David Raymond Reich <DAVID@ReichCompanies.com> Weigh in daily
should not be a problem if done following the days racing activities. Crew
weight is generally lower after a day on the boat.
* From: "Hugh Elliot" <email@example.com> I have recently had my
second leg amputated (no sympathy required - it was well past its "best
used by" date) and was, last week, asked the question: "What do you weigh?"
To which I responded: "In what configuration?"
On a Sonar, I will wear one prosthesis - on the side where I have a knee -
as jib trimmer and tactician. As helmsman, I will wear both. On a larger
keelboat, I may well be more mobile with neither!
* From: Glenn McCarthy <firstname.lastname@example.org> Imagine being 6' 2"
and 225 lbs., walking around at a championship, feeling and looking like a
kid at an adults party. Being this size, it is a strange feeling to look
upwards to talk to your competition. They are all huge. But more
importantly than that, they all got pounds on you and those pounds have
proven to be significant over the length of the course.
A few years ago, weight limits were brought into the Star Class. Clearly
the gargantuan's had to lose weight and for those that compete frequently,
there is no sense to binge and purge like a bulimic and many have lost the
weight and kept it off. What positive benefits are happening? Crew are
healthier. They can effectively carry their new weight and lead a longer
I know a couple that teamed up last year and combined had to lose 65 pounds
to make weight. They did it. Now 7 months later, each has added single
digit pounds back, but for their health, what a great benefit. Carrying the
excess weight needed in the past, is no longer a necessity.
It's not like the scale has forced anyone to look like Twiggy anyway. Was
it a land based or water based operation that came up with the phrase,
"Shape up, or Ship out!"
* From: "Bruce Berriman" <email@example.com> I agree with Jon
Rogers, the AC is a unique event and deserves a unique boat. Let us also
remember that the America's Cup is an event for developmental vessels.
Among the original owners of the yacht America were shipowners, interested
in designing and building faster more seaworthy vessels which could give
them an advantage in trading. They were able to beat the Brits with a
better design and better sails based on designs similar to New York pilot
boats, which also needed both a speed advantage and being more weatherly.
They also challenged the Brits in the hope of benefiting financially so
little has changed. This may be trite but all sailors will eventually
probably benefit somehow from developments seen in the AC just as we have
all benefited from developments in the space program.
Travel and financial services company American Express is the new naming
rights sponsor of New Zealand's Viaduct Harbour. The spectacular harbour
created on the Auckland waterfront for the America's Cup defence is now
officially called the American Express Harbour. It will also be referred to
as the "Home of the America's Cup Regatta. The naming rights sponsorship of
the area is for at least the next three years.
CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS
* February 28-March 4: 60th Annual Acura SORC Regatta, Miami Beach
Marina, Miami, FL, with up to four days of racing for One-Designs
(including Farr 40s, 1D35s, Mumm 30s, J/105s, Hobie 33s and Melges 24s),
IMS Racers, IMS Racer-Cruisers, PHRF, Multihulls, and MORC.
* March 21-24: Melges 24 U.S. National Championships, Southwestern Yacht
Club, San Diego, CA - http://www.southwesternyc.org/2001_melges24_u.html
* April 13-15: International Rolex Cup Regatta hosted by St. Thomas Yacht
Club in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Contact: LReid@islands.vi
SEATTLE TO KEY WEST AND EVERYWHERE IN BETWEEN
People from every corner of the US are realizing the benefits of owning a
Protector Cabin RIB. Not only do they make great tenders for race boats but
they are also being used for commuting, spectating, fishing, picnic
boating, sea kayaking, camping and more. Last week many had chance to see
these boats first hand. We were at Key West Race Week and the Seattle Boat
Show, but if you missed us there go to www.protectorusa.com or call
(You'll want to read the following excerpts from a story Angus Phillips
wrote for the Washington Post . . . which will make you want to read the
* Rick Deppe is a seasoned offshore racer, but he was never comfortable
speeding through the night, dodging icebergs in the Southern Ocean at 25 to
30 knots on a 110-foot catamaran. "We were down there 48 hours and I kept
saying, 'Get me off this boat. I hate water, I hate water' " he said by
phone from Cape Town, South Africa, yesterday. "You should be careful what
you wish for," said Deppe, an ex-Briton living in Annapolis. He got an
unlikely chance to jump ship when the boat smashed into a wave and was
damaged so badly it went into Cape Town for repairs. Deppe seized the
opportunity to quit The Race, a 26,000-mile nonstop plunge around the world.
With 1 1/2 Whitbread 'Round-the-World Races and scores of ocean passages
behind him, Deppe knew the waters he was getting into. But he said nothing
prepared him for the staggering speeds of Team Adventure as it slammed
through waves and eluded icebergs 1,000 miles south of the Cape of Good
Hope. "It's inherently dangerous. I found my threshold and had the
opportunity to deal with it. If we hadn't come in I would have found
another way. I might have gone to [skipper Cam Lewis] and said, 'Look, I'm
a monohull sailor, I'm used to going 10 knots. I can't deal with this.'
"I feel badly for breaking up a team, but I promised my family I wouldn't
do anything I wasn't comfortable with," said Deppe, who has two young
children. "When we got back to the dock and had a beer, I got that warm,
fuzzy feeling and thought, 'Let's go on.' But then I gave myself a reality
check." Deppe and fellow crewman Rob Myles both dropped out, leaving Lewis
with nine mates to get the rest of the way around the world.
* Once into the latitudes known as the Roaring 40s, the wind kicked up and
the catamaran lit out at breakneck speed. "The boat is so incredibly fast,"
said Deppe, who counted icebergs during the day and worried about hitting
them, or capsizing, at night. "In the Whitbread, you know if you get
knocked down, the boat will right itself. In this, I kept thinking if you
flip it won't come back up. It's a cumulative thing. You get a little
anxious, then a little more anxious. Then you can't sleep and it all
compounds itself." - Angus Phillips, Washington Post
It appears likely that Friday evening's ABC-TV World News Tonight will
provide coverage of Team Adventure's departure from Cape Town.
THE CURMUDGEON'S QUOTATIONS
"Life is not fair - get used to it." - Bill Gates