SCUTTLEBUTT 1284 - March 12, 2003
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AC SYNDICATE MERGER?
American billionaire Larry Ellison has given control of his Oracle BMW
syndicate to veteran New Zealand skipper Chris Dickson, and the Kiwi
connection has sparked rumours that Oracle and Team New Zealand may join
forces for the next America's Cup.
* Sources have told One News that the change may signal positive things
for Team New Zealand as Dickson wants to join forces with the Kiwi syndicate.
Former OneWorld skipper Peter Gilmour told One News he thought the move
would be a good idea. "Just taking the same organisation forward isn't
going to do it," said Gilmour. "There's got to be some form of X-factor to
change it and quite frankly I think it's at the upper end of management
where the changes need to be."
Oracle feel they could learn a lot from the Team New Zealand sailors and
designers and the amalgamation would mean no more money worries for Team
New Zealand. Alinghi scrapped the nationality clause in their new protocol
to govern the 2007 America's Cup, meaning sailors and designers can be
recruited from around the world.
Team New Zealand say they have had no approach from Dickson, who had no
comment on the latest speculations. - Fiona McIlroy, nzoom.com website,
An independent poll of college sailors, small boat racers, coaches and
judges show a deep divide in the Sailing community related to "Kinetics
while Tacking". College sailing has over the last decade altered the
Kinetics Rule to allow a more unrestricted style of tacking then has been
accepted by the international governing body of sailing. While college
sailors and coaches are strong supporters of the altered rule, small-boat
racers are split and Judges and those unfamiliar with the college style are
deeply opposed to the college alterations.
The poll was conducted in late January and early February of 2003 and
invited college sailors from across the country, small-boat racers, US and
International Judges to voice their views on the ISAF and College rules on
tacking. Nine questions were asked and one open anonymous comment was
available. Results were compiled and are now available for review.
Two Hundred Fifty Seven responses were gathered using an online poll.
Rarely have sailors been directly asked for their input into the wording of
fundamental rules affecting their sport. Paul Henderson President of ISAF
highlighted the issue in the Spring of 2002 as one of the most important
issues facing the sport. Just this month Dick Rose highlighted the new
enforcement plans of ISAF on the topic. The questions asked in the poll
asked about college sailing and it's impact on this rule? Is the college
rule better? Is it easier to enforce? Is it enforced? - Dierk Polzin
For the full report on Kinetics: http://www.E-Scow.org/KINETICS.pdf
AMERICA'S CUP SPARS
It's true. You can have a carbon-fiber spar built by the same company that
supplied the masts, booms, and spinnaker poles used to win the 2003
America's Cup (in fact, if you own a JBoat, you probably already have one)!
Read the background of Hall Spars & Rigging's long involvement with the
Cup, and learn why our manufacturing process and experience sets us apart:
Ecover, producers of ecological washing & cleaning products, has committed
to the long-term sponsorship of Mike Golding Yacht Racing. The sponsorship
allows Golding the opportunity to re-structure his company and run a total
of three boats from the team's base in Ocean Village, Southampton, with a
dedicated crew and support staff.
A brand new Owen Clarke Open 60 is currently being built at Southern Ocean
Marine Ltd in Tauranga. The new Open 60 will be in the UK by summer 2003.
Golding will race it in the Transat Jacques Vabre in November the Vendée
Globe in 2004. The current Finot 60 will race in all 2003 IMOCA events,
including the Round Britain Challenge and the classic Fastnet Race. The
team's Challenge 67 (winning yacht in the BT Global Challenge), now branded
in Ecover colours, will be the centerpiece of a new corporate hospitality
project, enabling the public to get a taste of sailing racing thoroughbreds.
The Mike Golding Yacht Racing commercial team is actively seeking both new
talent and sponsors to campaign the existing 60 in the Transat Jacques
Vabre and through to the Vendée Globe. - Sophy Williams, www.mikegolding.com/
GBR CHALLENGE - Magnus Wheatley
(Following are a number of excerpts from Magnus Wheatley's story posted on
the Yachts and Yachting website.)
Negative press seems to go hand in hand with Britain entering the America's
Cup so it's time to shed some positive light on what the future can hold
for another challenger. Peter Harrison's bold foray back into the murky
world of the Cup has had the 'armchair admirals' and the British yachting
press throwing their hands up in the air and saying it was a waste of time.
Far from it and if you value the views of guys like Russell Coutts, Brad
Butterworth and Murray Jones then Britain is one of the few countries that
they actually fear will be a major force in the future.
Just look at the talent that has emerged and continues to emerge from the
RYA's bold foresight in the early 1980's Youth development programme. The
guys at the top of the tree in AC terms-Walker, Covell and Stead are backed
up with the likes of Iain Percy and Ben Ainslie plus countless others for
the key positions on the next boat.
* A design team is already in place under Britain's only winner of the
America's Cup, Derek Clark. This needs to be built on and added to. Doug
Petersen, Laurie Davidson and Mani Frers are all on the market and primed
for the taking. Clay Oliver could perhaps be persuaded, wouldn't that be
great? Their experience would lend well to the likes of Rob Humphreys,
Jason Ker and Ed Dubois and would perhaps stop the team going down a
radical, unproven path.
* Now comes the one ingredient that is required to make this
happen-money. The marketing and advertising opportunities are simply huge
in Europe and a made-for-television event like Alinghi are proposing will
be massive. Sponsors that we've never seen before in sailing must have
their eyes opened to the tremendous opportunities that backing a winning
effort will have
* Harrison has been a maligned character in this Cup. Sure he's a little
egotistical and outspoken but he's the only one who's had the wherewithal
and the gumption to stand up to the British media and say we can do it. You
notice the word 'we', he can't do it on his own in 2007 and nobody expects
it and its time for corporate Europe to see the outstanding potential that
the greatest seafaring nation has in this contest.
* Technology wise Britain can easily be at the forefront of development.
We have the sailmakers and the mast-makers who can deliver alongside some
of the best engineering brains in the world. We have a marvellous
tank-testing facility in the Wolfson Unit and computing capacity that can
handle the wind-tunnel and VPP predictions.
* So the ingredients are all there and the future is very very bright for
Team GBR and the next Cup. If we can just get a bit of Sir Peter Blake's
attitude of 'this is what we're doing' and silence the naysayers who with
their attitude never get anything done, then GBR is viable and purposeful.
The sailors are there, the designers are there and the most incredible
opportunity is there to put Britain back on the pedestal of America's Cup
winners. All it takes is a bit of bloody-minded belief. - Magnus Wheatley,
Yachts and Yachting website, Full story:
JULES VERNE TROPHY - DAY 60
In the 24 hours to 03:00 GMT Tuesday, the maxi-trimaran Geronimo had
covered just 278 nautical miles; an average speed of 11.60 knots
point-to-point. The Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric crew are therefore
slightly behind Bruno Peyron and his men, but hope to take a more direct
route than Orange. Weather forecasts are changing radically every half day
as analysts struggle to anticipate the movements of the three anticyclones
and three depressions now making their erratic way through the North
Atlantic. So it remains as impossible as ever to forecast the date or time
when Geronimo will pass the Créac'h lighthouse at Ushant. -
AMERICA'S CUP OVERSIGHT
ISAF has the ultimate responsibility to the sport of sailing for the
integrity and fairness of the competition. It is essential that ISAF ensure
"Fair Play" and not only provide the services for sailors to go to sea to
race, but also to control the use and implementation of the ISAF Rules and
This responsibility should and must be fulfilled in close cooperation with
the MNA's, Yacht Clubs and Syndicates involved in the Challenge and Defence
of the America's Cup. An agreement will therefore be entered into between
the ISAF and the respective parties for the services of ISAF and its
Officials for the America's Cup and related events.
Such co-operation will include ISAF providing the Race Officials. ISAF and
its Officials will be clearly separated from the commercial or financial
interests of any of the organisations or persons involved and no financial
or other relations shall exist between the ISAF Officials and any of the
yacht clubs and syndicates involved in the event, thus maintaining the
absolute integrity of their role.
Continuing the excellent training ground established during the XXXI
America's Cup, ISAF will as required by the Defender and Challenger
Syndicates, coordinate training and education sessions and other
appropriate requirements run by ISAF Officials to support the Syndicates.
ISAF also intends to develop in conjunction with the Defender and
Challenger Syndicates a Code of Ethics, which will set values to contribute
to the overall integrity of the event. ISAF also hopes to work with the
Syndicates to form an America's Cup Arbitration Panel, which will include
Respecting the anti-doping position in sport worldwide, drug testing was
undertaken at the XXXI America's Cup, and ISAF will in future allow access
to WADA to ensure fair and scientifically responsible drug testing. - ISAF
website, full story: www.sailing.org/Article_content.asp?ArticleID=4080
The commitment needed to succeed continues to increase. Not only do you
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the support you receive from your sailmaker will determine whether you are
maximizing the performance available from your sails and boat. Leading the
customer support development at Ullman Sails is Jay Glaser, named US
National Coach of the Year, and Dave Ullman, who coached in the last two
America's Cup regattas. To insure that your program is receiving the best
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FOR THE RECORD
On March 16, Rich Wilson, 52 (Rockport, Mass.) and Rich du Moulin, 56
(Larchmont, N.Y.) will depart from Hong Kong on the 53-foot trimaran Great
American II, to take aim at the 15,000-mile non-stop Hong Kong-New York
sailing record. The current record was set in 1849 when Captain Robert
"Bully" Waterman, made the passage aboard the clipper ship Sea Witch in 74
days and 14 hours. The voyage of Great American II will be followed online
by school children from throughout the United States, and students will be
able to see how math, sciences such as meteorology and oceanography, and
even the lessons of history apply in real-time adventure. - Cynthia Goss,
According to a story on the nzoom.com website, after spending most of this
last Louis Vuitton Cup Series embroiled in design rows with Team New
Zealand and Prada, the Seattle-based OneWorld Syndicate has decided not
challenge for the next America's Cup.
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(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 Bruce Hollis: All my sailing life I have been in awe of the C
class, and as a teenager I devoured books on ICCT history. (A rare
innovation for yachting administration was the A, B and C development
rules) It is an event that you can relate to, could realistically aim at,
and that promotes the intellectual curiosity that is the basis of sailing.
To replace the event with match racing (?) in production cats is a pathetic
response. This event is unique, and deserves respect and support. Would I
have it right that an event management company has got their hands on this
trophy by convincing less than interested "trustees" that they will
"maximize" and "reinvigorate" the "brand name"?
* From Hugh Wainman-Wood: Little America's Cup? How about "World Hosts
Ordinary Catamarans and Runs Everyday Sailing" (acronym the "WHO CARES"
Cup). As a monohull owner and aficionado I always had a fascination for the
design innovations and incredible speeds that flowed out of the C-Class
catamarans, and although I didn't follow them closely I always paid
attention to the Little America's Cup as the bellwether of development in
the multihull world. Now that the organizers of the Little America's Cup
have converted it into the Worrell Cup only less interesting because it's
not sailed off the beach, I don't think I'll be checking it out.
* From E. Eric Johnson: I agree that the Class C is a fast innovative
boat and it is great to see that so many people are writing about their
interest in keeping them going. However, four years without a challenge
sure seems like a dead event to me. Where were all these class stalwarts
for the past five years? I think that Sea Cliff Yacht Club and the Trustees
should be commended for not letting another great event/ trophy become a
memory/ dust collector.
* From Russ Lenarz: I want to also show my support to Steve Clark's
decision to continue the spirit and tradition of the ICCT, despite the
trustees decision to undermine the true nature of the event. The Little
Americas Cup has always been about design and development as well as
racing. There are already a great many races in the US and the world that
cater to one design beach cats. There is absolutely nothing wrong with
these type of events, but this particular event is not like any other.
Congratulations go to the group form Perth in their efforts to continue
their development of a C - Class cat and go forward with their challenge
here in the US in 2004 no matter what the event may be.
* From John McBrearty: RNZYS's Commodore Bill Endean's "extempore" speech
did have more than the politically correct amount of sour grapes mixed in.
Consider the following quote:
" I also would like to say it was almost another precedent set in America's
Cup history with the Defender not having a team to represent it and in that
regard I would like to make a special thanks and recognition to the boys in
black who made the sacrifices, who turned down what might have been the
more attractive offer, to stay with their Team, to stay with their Club and
to stay with their Country. My appreciation to you all for the sacrifices
that you made."
That's nice! The boys that your club designated were not capable of being a
team that had the ability to represent the RNZYC, yet you congratulate them
for making "sacrifices" and turning down more attractive offers! You damned
your own representatives with faint praise while, jingoistically, branding
the Kiwis on the winning team as traitors.
* From Kelly Mathews: Sorry Commodore, nice to read the speech as a
whole, but it still sounds like sour grapes to me. After all, aren't they
still Kiwis anyway? I find it to be such a shame that the smoke and mirrors
and unveiled spite exist, even after the lady has sung, had her dinner and
gone home. Some of your old team members took up another offer, who
happened to be the better team at the time. Period.
* From Dan Meyers: I find Commodore Endean's congratulations to Ernesto
Bertarelli a bit hollow. He is commended for keeping a straight face when
he calls a man they publicly taunted a 'hero'. They supported an
organization that stalked the wives and children of their opponents and
forced them to hire security, and launched a rather nasty publicity campaign.
The icing on the cake was the current consideration of tossing two of their
members, Russell Coutts and Brad Butterworth, out of their club. These guys
only won the Cup three times and brought who know how much commerce to
Auckland. Who has brought more? And wasn't it the RNZYS that said in 1995
that they were embarrassed by a long history of effort by the New York
Yacht Club to manipulate rules and racing conditions to best suit the
defender? What just happened in New Zealand?
* From Gregory Scott Kingston: In reply to Mr. Donlan, I think he is on
the right path. While I was saddened to see only 4 IMS boats at SORC, it
does seem as though the Farr 40 is the vessel of choice. The aspect of the
size of boat and the number of bodies needed to sail a Farr 40 makes an
ideal "team" boat. The right chemistry is needed to make the campaign work.
The boat is twitchy enough that boat time in advance of a serious event is
essential. So, let's get a citizens only event going using the Farr 40. It
satisfies my desire to see a big boat added to the Olympic model. You can't
beat getting 9 or 10 crew dialing it up and making one of the big boats go.
* From Mark Weinheimer: Friendly competition among nations? It's called the
Olympics. There are national teams, sailing identical one -design boats. If
the idea is to make possible a more widely followed media event, talk some
corporate sponsors into televising the qualifying rounds and Olympic trials
regattas from around the world. It might work.
THE CURMUDGEON'S OXYMORON