SCUTTLEBUTT No. 994 - January 28, 2002
Scuttlebutt is a digest of yacht racing news of major significance; commentary, opinions, features and dock talk . . . with a North American emphasis. Corrections, contributions, press releases, constructive criticism and contrasting viewpoints are always welcome, but save your bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.
HALL OF FAME
The Sailing World Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 1982 to
commemorate our 20th year of publication, and most of the living members
came to compete-including the likes of Dennis Conner, Eric Tabarly, Buddy
Melges and Paul Elvström. Since then we've named 15 more members, and each
time we've done so, readers have helped with the process. Naturally, our
Hall of Fame has a North American focus, but it also includes sailors and
designers from overseas who have compiled outstanding records in elite
championships and/or made watershed contributions to competitive sailing
through technical expertise or vision.
We plan to name several new members this spring, and if you look at the
list, I'm sure some missing names will come to you. We encourage your
nominations, which may be made to Sailing World Hall of Fame, P.O. Box
3400, Newport, RI 02840, by e-mail to email@example.com, or via
the www.sailingworld.com website.
Speaking of sailingworld.com, please stop by the new Hall of Fame section
we are building there. We hope to have a physical home for the Hall of Fame
one day, but in the meantime, we're building an online venue. It's
important that we continue to acknowledge the best and most influential
people in sailboat racing and capture their stories. Time passes, the next
season comes and goes, new champions rise as old ones move on, and the
history of our sport grows longer. - John Burnham, Sailing World website,
TERRA NOVA TRADING/YACHTING KEY WEST RACE WEEK
KEY WEST, Fla.-A subtropical climate that presented nearly 3,000 sailors
with three days of dream conditions had no more to give Terra Nova
Trading/Yachting Key West Race Week Friday. Racing, scheduled to start at
10 a.m., was abandoned at 11:25 a.m. local time when the outlook became
hopeless. What wind there was of 2-3 knots peaked at 10 o'clock and died.
That made Thursday's leaders regatta winners and expanded celebrations
around the globe. Grecian George Andreadis' Atalanti XI led the
cork-popping. The former banker was the Farr 40 winner for the third
consecutive year and Yachting Magazine Trophy winner as Boat Of the Week
for winning the most competitive class for the second year in a row. Othmar
von Blumencron, a former German and Swiss Olympian, now home ported at
Annapolis, Md., won the Key West Trophy as PHRF Boat of the Week by
outsailing a tight PHRF-5 fleet.
Italian veteran Flavio Favini, under siege by the rest of a powerful flock
of 76 rivals hoping to check his runaway victory, won the 2001 Melges 24
world championship, which was resurrected after its cancellation at Ft.
Lauderdale last autumn. Runner up Harry Melges (helming for Jeff Ecklund)
was disappointed not to get a final chance to go up against Favini for the
title but was philosophical about the situation. "Unfortunately the wind
was too light to get any racing in today. We were hoping for some light to
moderate winds so we could maybe mix things up a little bit with Flavio and
Franco and their team, but it didn't happen for us.
Overnight the protest between Brian Porter and Favini, following an
incident in race 8, was dismissed by the jury as it was lodged out of time
so the final results after 8 races stand for the overall rankings. Vince
Brun, who had been hoping to take a record third Melges 24 World title, had
to content himself with 3rd overall while Britain's Jamie Lea (helming for
Richard Thompson) took 4th. U.S. National Champion Argyle Campbell of
Newport Beach, Calif., won the class's Corinthian award as the top amateur.
Bob Johnstone repeated last year's win in the 28-boat J/105 fleet and the
winners of three classes were decided with a day to spare. Australia's
Richard Perini, clinched the Mumm 30 title on Thursday, as did Chris & Kara
Busch's 1D35, and Trice & Chris Bouzaid's Thompson 30 sailing in PHRF 3. -
Rich Roberts & Fiona Brown
Complete results and photos: www.Premiere-Racing.com
CURMUDGEON'S COMMENT: The Yacht Racing website has an very graphic photo
taken by Rich Roberts of the hole in the side of the Andrews Turbo sled
Titan (ex Victoria) left by the T-bone collision with Decision (ex Pegasus
& Cheval). Please note that the primary winch is gone - battered to the
cockpit sole by the impact. www.yachtracing.com
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Leg Four of the Volvo Ocean Race started at 1300 hours on Sunday. By 0830
the Viaduct Basin in downtown Auckland was already crammed with curious
observers lining the dockside expectantly, watching the families and shore
crews hovering around the race boats; the race crews, the stars of the
show, yet to make an appearance.
By 1000 there was no space for latecomers. Forty-five thousand people
crammed into every available space. The balconies were full to capacity.
Just as many chose to follow them out on the water instead, in a myriad of
spectator crafts. The Auckland crowd cheered, waved and clapped, as the
boats left the dock, accompanied by the now-familiar rock music, for the
start of leg four of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Auckland, New Zealand to
Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
The 15-knot easterly wind at the start began to build quickly and by yhe
first turning mark was 17 knots.At first turning mark, four miles from the
start, Tyco led illbruck, Amer Sports One and SEB. News Corp, Djuice, Amer
Sports Too and Assa Abloy followed.
With No 2 jib and the full main, the yachts started beating through a
building seaway towards the second mark. Tyco led to the second mark,
followed by Amer Sports One 28 seconds behind, with illbruck 34 seconds
behind and SEB 39 seconds News Corp led the trailing pack, one minute 25
seconds behind Tyco followed by djuice at 1 min 42 sec, Assa Abloy at 2min
6 sec and finally Amer Sports Too 2min 20 sec.
At 0400 hours on Day Two the fleet had bunched up together close to the
coast at East Cape as they struggle to beat around the point in the
predicted lighter winds.
Positions on January 28 at 0400 GMT:
1. Team Tyco, 6512 miles from finish
2. Amer Sports One, 2 miles behind leader
3. djuice, 3 mbl
4. illbruck, 4 mbl
5. Team SEB, 4 mbl
6. News Corp, 5 mbl
7. Assa Abloy, 7 mbl
8. Amer Sports Too, 12 mbl
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
(Letters selected for publication must include the writer's name and may be
edited for clarity or space - 250 words max. This is not a chat room or a
bulletin board - you only get one letter per subject, so give it your best
shot and don't whine if others disagree.)
* From Malcolm McKeag: re multiple rules and multiple entries. There was a
story a couple of 'Butts back about a boat that won three of the four
divisions in her race, and missed a clean sweep only because she didn't
enter the fourth category. Such clean-ups certainly emphasize the
superiority (or maybe just better luck) of one entrant over all the others
- but do they do anything for anyone else? Surely the whole point of
running a race under several different rule types is to encourage as wide a
participation as possible. Having one boat clean up all the silverware soon
discourages all the others (as well as calling in question the credibility
of the handicap systems involved). Is there a case, therefore, for running
a mutli-system race, but at the same time saying that participants will be
eligible for only one prize list?
* From Ross Cameron Chair of CORK: Chris Johannessen has good comments
but his assertion that overall awards not be presented need not be the
case. In CORK's Offshore division we've continued to present an 'Overall'
award but the criteria don't require us to make all boats (big and small)
sail the same course. The overall award is based on score in division with
ties being broken in favour of the larger division. This approach allowed
us to give faster divisions longer races and allowed us the flexibility to
shorten races as needed. In other words, it isn't necessary to compare
corrected times to be able to assess an overall performance. It's just a
* From Kirt Simmons: I was wondering why only one multiple crew boat in
the upcoming ISAF World Sailing Games has a fleet for "mixed" or (all) male
crews and one for (all) female crews? Seems a bit prejudicial as well as
hypocritical somehow, at least on the part of the other crewed boats, that
this "option" is not also offered for those boats (470 and J80)? As a
catamaran sailor I am proud of the fact that our representative fleet does
allow this option.
TEAM DENNIS CONNER
(Following are three of Dennis Conner's quotes from an interview he
recently gave to Murray Deaker on RadioNZ)
* Obviously the well-funded teams will go into the event as favorites.
It's no secret that Larry Ellison is the second richest guy in the world
and has a wonderful team there including Bruce Farr who arguably could be
the finest designer in the world. Then, of course, Paul Allen with One
World and Peter Gilmore - a class act. A very experienced guy who can't be
counted out. Then there's the man who everyone loves to hate - that's
Russell. He's the talent and he's the defending champion. I think that to
win the AC you've got to beat the Swiss. These are the three that come to
mind along with Prada. So those are the four at the top of the leader board
in my mind.
* We have a good boat now; we have a trial horse that we're going to use
in Long Beach. We'd like to think we have a chance as things are today. On
the other hand, it's been a long time since someone won without two boats.
It would be better to have two as long as you can afford it and it doesn't
cut into the overall budget. So we're keeping our fingers crossed for a two
boat program. But we don't feel it would be an excuse to lose if
it didn't happen.
* If I can raise the money and have all my fulfillment in place then I'd
love to do nothing more than sail. On the other hand, if we're still
scratching for funds I need to do the fulfillment to make this a win-win
deal for the sponsors. I think in the big picture of things, the best
interests of TDC is for me to watch out for the money and take care of the
sponsors. You never know - the boat could be fast enough that I get on there
and make her go without a lot of practice. Otherwise I think I would be
selling my team short to step aboard and think I could sail as well as Tom
Whidden and Kenny Read.
Read the transcript of the full interview in the forum section of the
2003AC website: www.2003ac.com
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Ever wondered just how many people it takes to run an America's Cup
campaign? Try anywhere between 60 and 100. Switzerland's Alinghi have 95
people working to try to win the America's Cup. That 95 includes 31
sailors, 14 designers, 21 boat builders, seven shore crew, six support
people and six marketing and communications people. In comparison, Team New
Zealand have around 85 people involved in their campaign. - Julie Ash, NZ
(Following are two excerpts from Herb McCormick column in Sunday's New York
It is tempting to say that Paul Cayard, the San Francisco-based sailor of
America's Cup and Whitbread Race fame, has had a winter of discontent. But
that is not exactly true. More accurately, Cayard has had a season of
disconnect. It was not supposed to be so. When the five-time Cup campaigner
was handed the keys to drive the sailing program for the software
entrepreneur Larry Ellison, it appeared Cayard was headed back to New
Zealand to chase sailing's grandest prize once again.
That is, until Ellison booted him off the boat and Cayard found himself in
a most unusual position: landlocked. No one in Ellison's Oracle Racing camp
is saying precisely what happened, or why Ellison would bench one of his
most experienced and talented crewmen. The Oracle team is training off
Auckland, and Ellison has proclaimed that he will serve as one of its helmsmen.
Meanwhile, Cayard, who is still on Ellison's payroll, has been cooling his
heels in California and remaining philosophical. "In some ways it was very
much needed for me to spend three months at home with my family," Cayard
said in a recent phone interview. "I would've never had the guts to quit at
anything, so Larry's decision to sideline me was a bummer from an America's
Cup standpoint but really good for me from my family's standpoint."
That said, Cayard still remains a competitive yachtsman. And now, it is
time for him to cut loose from his enforced vacation and go to sea. Today,
Cayard will set out from Auckland aboard Amer Sports One to begin Leg 4 of
the around-the- world Volvo Ocean Race to Rio de Janeiro.
* As unlikely as it might seem, Cayard did not rule out a possible return
to the Oracle Racing campaign before all is said and done. "The whole
thing's an odd situation and there's really nothing any of us can do about
it," Cayard said. "It's Larry's call. We'll see what happens later in the
summer." Until then, Cayard will take it as it comes.
For the time being, he is no longer the captain of his immediate destiny.
But, always the sailor, he is going sailing anyway. - Herb McCormick, New
Full story: www.nytimes.com/2002/01/27/sports/othersports/27BOAT.html
QUOTE / UNQUOTE
I chased Paul (Cayard) around the world four years ago and I would rather
have him sailing with me than against me. Psychologically it's good for us
and other teams looking in." - Amer Sports One skipper Grant Dalton, CNN
Inside Sailing, www.cnn.com/WORLD/sailing/
The curmudgeon has just returned from a wonderful week of racing in Key
West - totally appreciative of the good work David McCreary did editing
'Butt during my absence.
It would be really hard not to have a good time at KWRW - sailing in warm
water with 15 knots of breeze wearing tee shirts and shorts. And Peter
Craig's race committee worked diligently to add to the enjoyment with
constant and enlightened use of the VHF radio to insure all the competitors
know the course their sailing, the distance and bearing to the weather
marks, and even the precise time of the next starting sequence. A great
daily regatta newspaper provides race results and keeps everyone informed
about what's happening. Also, in the spirit of good communications, the RC
thoughtfully chose to modify the ISAF starting sequence so it looked a lot
like the old system with some extra guns and flags thrown in.
However, I came home from KWRW with the feeling that it was not the racing
itself that make this regatta so special. It's the fact that the event
organizers have provided the venue and facilities for the ultimate weeklong
reunion for racing sailors. The event provides a wonderful opportunity to
spend time with people we don't get to see often enough. And after all -
isn't it the people who make our sport so special?
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATIONS
The three elements of happiness: something to do; someone to love;
something to look forward to.