SCUTTLEBUTT 1313 - April 22, 2003
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Bernard Stamm has well under 2000 miles to go to the finish of the Around
Alone, and at the speeds he has been sailing and the speed he is capable of
sailing, he could be in Newport as soon as next Monday or Tuesday, well
ahead of his own optimistic ETA of May 1. Bobst Group Armor lux is
consistently knocking off days runs of over 300 miles and at last poll was
averaging a shade under 15 knots. It's a pity that some of the top French
sailors like Roland Jourdain, Michael Desjoyeaux and even the amazing
British sailor Ellen MacArthur were not racing this race. It would be
interesting to see how they would have fared against the Mighty Stamm. One
thing is for certain, Bernard's performance has consistently been up there
with the Volvo 60's who raced the same waters last year with a full crew of
some of the top professional sailors on board.
The other incredible performance is one being turned in by Brad Van Liew on
Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America. Brad had hoped to field his own Class 1
entry in the race but time ran out to build a new boat and to fund the
campaign at a level high enough to meet Brad's standards. Instead he has
been sailing a spectacular race in Class 2 and right now is ahead of two
top Class 1 boats and nipping at the transom of another. It would have been
interesting to see how Brad would have fared with his new boat racing
against the likes of Bernard and Thierry. I guess these questions are now
relegated to realm of speculation, but I like to speculate. My guess is
that the three aforementioned Open 60 skippers would have had a hard time
beating Bernard, but their campaigns were all better funded and they might
just have applied pressure when Bobst Group Armor lux faltered with boat
damage. And as for Brad, I say he too would have been up there with
Bernard, perhaps ahead if his new design had proven to be as fast as predicted.
So much for speculation. Out of the "real" racecourse the fleet is
rocketing towards the Caribbean Sea and will soon passing the latitude of
some of those well known cruising spots like Antigua and Barbados. At the
back of the pack, also sailing a great leg, is Alan Paris much recovered
from his encounter with two whales last week. His usual upbeat daily log
described life on board BTC Velocity. "Today, apart from no wind, has been
a lovely day," he wrote. "It started with an hour long rain shower, perfect
for a cockpit shower which after 7 days was desperately needed. I still
have to move slowly - the stabbing pain has been replaced with an ache." -
Brian Hancock, http://www.aroundalone.com/
Curmudgeon's Comment: If (when?)Van Liew wins this leg, he will join Yves
Dupasquier as one of two people to sweep the race. As the Class 2 race
winner, Van Liew will also join the late Mike Plant as one of two Americans
to ever win the Around Alone, or any solo round-the-world yacht race.
STANDINGS: 2200 UTC April 21 CLASS 1. Bobst Group-Armor Lux, Bernard
Stamm, 1866 miles from finish; 2. Tiscali, Simone Bianchetti, 118 miles
from leader; 3. Ocean Planet, Bruce Schwab, 400 mfl. 4. Solidaires, Thierry
Dubois, 497 mfl; 5. Pindar, Emma Richards, 526 mfl;
CLASS 2: 1. Tommy Hilfiger, Brad Van Liew, 2316 miles from finish; 2.
Everest Horizontal, Tim Kent, 155 mfl; 3. Spirit of yukoh, Kojiro
Shiraishi, 479 mfl; 4. BTC Velocity, Alan Paris, 655 mfl. - Spirit of
Canada, Derek Hatfield, still sailing leg 4.
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The Olympic Sailing Committee of US Sailing has announced the athletes who
will represent the USA at the combined world championships to be held later
this year. To date over 75 countries have indicated they will participate
in the 2003 ISAF World Sailing Championships, scheduled for September
11-25, 2003, in Cadiz, Spain. There will be a set number of berths
available per country per class in the nine Olympic classes, with all
member national authorities (MNA) of ISAF automatically receiving two
entries for each event. In addition, each MNA will receive up to four
additional entries per event based on the number of sailors the MNA has in
the top-100 of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings as of May 2003.
In each of the following events, the first two athletes will compete in
Cadiz. If the USA is awarded additional entries, they will be awarded to
the next sailor(s) in order. The 2003 US Sailing Team rankings were used to
determine which athletes receive the first four entries available to the USA.
Europe: Meg Gaillard (Pelham, N.Y./Jamestown, R.I.); Krysia Pohl (Alameda,
Calif.); Christin Feldman (Grosse Pointe, Mich.); Lauren Maxam (Coronado,
Calif.); Tanya Haddad (Portland, Ore.); and Kathleen Tocke (Newport, R.I.).
Finn: Mo Hart (Santa Cruz, Calif./S. Portland, Maine); Geoff Ewenson
(Annapolis, Md./Newport, R.I.); Greg Skidmore (Riverside, Conn.); Darrell
Peck (Gresham, Ore.); Bryan Boyd (Edgewater, Md.); and Henry Sprague (Long
470 Men (skipper and crew): Steven Hunt (Poquoson, Va.) and Michael Miller
(Fairport, N.Y.); Paul Foerster (Rockwall, Texas) and Kevin Burnham (Miami,
Fla.); Mark Ivey (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Howard Cromwell (New
Orleans, La.); Thomas Hall (Scarborough, Maine) and Dave Hughes (S.
Portland, Maine); Mikee Anderson-Mitterling (Newport Beach, Calif.) with
crew to be announced (tba); and Stuart McNay (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) with
470 Women (skipper and crew): Katie McDowell (Barrington, R.I.) and
Isabelle Kinsolving (New York, N.Y.); Erin Maxwell (Stonington, Conn.) and
Jen Morgan (Shoreline, Wash.); Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.) and
Sarah Mergenthaler (Colt's Neck, N.J.); Allison Jolly (St. Petersburg,
Fla.) and Lynne Shore (Newport, R.I.); Courtenay Dey (The Dalles, Ore.) and
Linda Wennerstrom (Miami, Fla.); and Molly O'Bryan (San Diego,
Calif./Kaneohe, Hawaii) and Annelise Moore (Monterey, Calif./Kaneohe, Hawaii).
49er (skipper and crew): Tim Wadlow (San Diego, Calif ) and Pete Spaulding
(Coral Gables, Fla.); Andy Mack (Seattle, Wash.) and Adam Lowry (San
Francisco, Calif.); Dalton Bergan (Seattle, Wash.) and Zach Maxam
(Coronado, Calif.); David Fagen (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Bora Gulari
(Detroit, Mich.); Morgan Larson (Capitola, Calif.) with crew tba; and Mike
Karas (Kirkland, Wash.) and Anthony Boscolo (Seattle, Wash.).
Laser: Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif.); Andrew Lewis (Honolulu,
Hawaii); Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.); Brad Funk (Largo, Fla.); Mark
Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg, Fla.); and Kurt Taulbee (Buffalo, N.Y.).
Mistral Men: Peter Wells (La Canada, Calif.); Ben Barger (St. Petersburg,
Fla.); Kevin Jewett (Deephaven, Minn.); Phillip Muller (Ft. Pierce, Fla.);
Steve Bodner (Toledo, Ohio/San Francisco, Calif.); and Dan Kerckhoff
Mistral Women: Lanee Butler (Aliso Viejo, Calif.); Beth Winkler (Cocoa
Beach, Fla.); Taylor Duch (Savannah, Ga.); Laura Chambers Lewandowski
(Indialantic, Fla.); Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.); and Ericka Kofkin
Star (skipper and crew): Terry Hutchinson and Andrew Scott (both Annapolis,
Md.); Andy Lovell (New Orleans, La.) and Eric Oetgen (Savannah, Ga.); Howie
Shiebler (San Francisco, Calif.) and Rick Peters (Venice Beach, Calif.);
Rick Merriman and Bill Bennett (both San Diego, Calif.); John Kostecki
(Fairfax, Calif.) and Austin Sperry (Miami, Fla.); and Tony Rey and Doug
Brophy (both Newport, R.I.).
In addition, the following skippers, as Star World Champions, have
qualified a slot for their team. They are listed with the crew who will
sail with them in Cadiz: Paul Cayard (Kentfield, Calif.) and Phil Trinter
(Lorain, Ohio); Vince Brun and Brian Terhaar (both San Diego, Calif.), Mark
Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.) and Magnus Liljedahl (Miami, Fla.); and Eric
Doyle (San Diego, Calif.) with crew tba.
Tornado (skipper and crew): Robbie Daniel (Clearwater, Fla.) and Eric
Jacobsen (Annapolis, Md.); John Lovell (New Orleans, La.) and Charlie
Ogletree (Houston, Texas); Lars Guck (Bristol, R.I.) and Jonathan Farrar
(Miami, Fla.); Stan Schreyer (Newport, R.I.) and Forbes Durdin (Houston,
Texas); Doug Camp (Boerne, Texas), and Kenny Pierce (Miami, Fla.); and Greg
and Caroline Scace (both Gaithersburg, Md.).
Yngling (skipper and two crew): Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I.), Suzy Leech
(Avon, Conn./Annapolis, Md.) and Lee Icyda (Stuart, Fla.); Sally Barkow
(Nashotah, Wisc.), Carrie Howe (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) and Debbie Capozzi
(Bayport, N.Y.); Carol Cronin (Jamestown, R.I.), Liz Filter (Stevensville,
Md.) and Bridget Hallawell (Coronado, Calif.); Hannah Swett (Jamestown,
R.I.), Joan Touchette (Newport, R.I.) and Melissa Purdy (Tiburon, Calif.);
Jody Swanson (Buffalo, N.Y.), Cory Sertl (Rochester, N.Y.) and Elizabeth
Kratzig (Corpus Christi, Texas); and Ellie Field (Little Compton, R.I.)
with crew tba. - Jan Harley
For more information: http://www.ussailing.org/Olympics/
Next Friday's Tommy Bahama Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race - the 56th annual
125-nautical mile 'Enchilada Derby' from Newport Beach, California to
Ensenada, Mexico - already has are 451 race entries, promising to surpass
last year's 452 entries, making it the largest international yacht race in
the world. Last year, Roy Disney's course record for a monohull was
shattered by five other racers, three of which return this year to battle
with Disney, who was not entered in last year's race. Dennis Conner has
entered this year on a Cal 40. - http://nosa.org/
Britain's Jamie Lea, helming Black Seal for Richard Thompson, won a record
third consecutive Melges 24 title today at the 2003 SNIM Regatta in
Marseille. The Melges fleet has become a major feature of this annual
Easter event attracting 76 boats from 10 nations. Overall Jamie Lea (Black
Seal GBR - 33) took the regatta by an impressive 31 points from Francoise
Labourdais (Minnie The Moocher FRA - 64). Third was Luca Valerio (Alina
ITA - 68) with Sebastien Col (Parter & Partner FRA - 69) fourth, Kenneth
Thelen (Suunto FIN - 73) fifth and Flavio Favini (Blue Moon SUI - 74)
sixth. - Fiona Brown, complete results: www.lanautique.com
THEY ALWAYS COME BACK FOR MORE
The lads at the top of the fleets got to where they are by insuring nothing
was left to chance, and champs like John, Paul, Mark and Tom recently
summed up the feelings of a lot of top sailors, the "Camet products are
awesome." The equipment available for today's dinghy sailor makes the game
more fun that it was year's back. The Camet Neoprene Hiking pants are great
for effective hiking and extended comfort. The breakthrough technology of
the Camet Bubble top senses how hard you are working to insure that the
trapped vapors (like sweat) disappear quickly. http://www.camet.com
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (email@example.com)
(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 Paul Henderson, ISAF President: ISAF has directed for years, that
to promote Sailing, it must be inclusive and that the men welcome the
inclusion of women athletes at the highest possible level. In 1984 in Los
Angeles there were no women's events. In 1996 Savannah Olympic Sailing was
the worst dual gender sport in the Olympic Games with only 19% women.
ISAF has now expanded to 4 women's classes and the women are guaranteed
over 35% of the 400 entries in Athens. ISAF has been dedicated to ensuring
the inclusion of the women in all aspects of the sport and being able to
sail with the men at the same regattas which the men appear to welcome not
feeling imposed upon by their presence as equal athletes all of which is
healthy for the promotion of sailing.
For many years ISAF was accused of being a closed and clandestine
organization. With the advent of Information Technology, which ISAF jumped
into in 1994, ISAF has become open and transparent which allows those with
a different viewpoint to even disagree with the beloved ISAF President.
P.S. Nelson, President Mumm 30 Class: "The Masters Golf" problem was due to
the exclusion of women and Ben Wright's comment which caused his demise was
due to his negative, direct, attack on the sexual preference of the women
golfers neither of which associations are relevant to ISAF.
* From Enrico Alfredo Ferrari: Maybe it is a Northwest thing about being
polite. Being courteous to other drivers, allowing people to pass on the
sidewalk, saying thank you when we buy a $3.00 cup of coffee. But Richard
Hazelton, editor of 48 North Sailing rag made a very valid point on
enjoying the sail win or lose.
After winning my share of hardware on various boats, from a 8' El Toros to
a custom Perry 65 and from being rookie to captain ( I enjoy being wine
steward, or tactician the most) and everything else in between for the past
30 years, I say enjoy the ride.
That is the most important thing. I recalled being white-knuckled on the
rail and asked to reef the main on my first race. Did I want to leave my
secure spot and go and flog the sail of which I knew nothing? No chance! I
did it and now think back on how much I didn't know. One should always
optimize your experience!
* From Ian Duff: Stugeron (not Sturgeon, that's a fish!) is a trade name
for cinnarizine. Interestingly, there is an entire web site devoted to
seasickness with abstracts of formal medical research on seasickness, its
treatment and potential cures. Worth a browse. http://seasickness.co.uk
* From Richard Kelton: Stugeron is also available over the counter in
Mexico. Note that recommended dose of cinnarizine (the active ingredient)
for motion sickness is 25 mg and that some tablets contain as much as 75 mg
and may need splitting. For detailed medical information see:
* From Andrew Bray, Editor, Yachting World (Ref the correspondence over
Stugeron -please note correct spelling): The first time this
anti-seasickness drug received publicity in the UK was in the 1980s when
two sailing physicians, Drs Steve Tristram and Bill Heald, carried out some
trials with remarkable results. The drug, which is used for treatment of
Meuniere's disease, an affliction of the inner ear, works by stabilising a
lack of balance experienced by sufferers, a common experience for
The results were well received by lifelong seasick sailors at last finding
something that worked but, unlike other travel sickness cures, without
making them feel drowsy. However, there was a downside as some people found
that it made them very sleepy and even more ill than before.
Stugeron is now accepted as one of the mainstream treatments for
seasickness provided dosage begins at least 24 hours before going to sea
and provided those who react badly to the drug take much reduced doses. At
least it's more civilised that the traditional cure of swallowing one end
of a bacon rind and ... I'll leave the rest to your imagination.
* From David Redfern, Bristol, England: When buying Sturgeon online,
always remember. Caviar Emptor!
Curmudgeon's Comment: These will be the final comments in Scuttlebutt about
seasick remedies for a while. The swinging door on this thread has just
been nailed shut.
* From Paco Sola, International Lightning Class Association President: I
was a competitor at the Lightning World Championships. Mr. Ettie's comments
on the OCS situation did not reflect what occurred. Simply put, the Race
Committee made a mistake and the Jury (certified ISAF judges), in due
process, corrected the mistake by reinstating the individual after
reviewing all the facts.
Personally, this is the type of fairness that I look for as a competitor. I
have known Tito Gonzalez for more than twenty years. and I believe he is
today, the best Lightning sailor there is, and to me his third World
Championship is enough to prove it.
Officially, the ILCA takes pride in the fact that the event drew 60
competitors (most from outside the US) from 11 countries, making it one of
the most attended in the history of the class and one of the toughest to
win too: the event was decided on the last race and by a one-point margin!
* From Frank Atkinson (In response to Mr. Ettie's comment in "Butt
1312"): I was somewhat dismayed by Mr. Ettie's comment that the Lightning
World Championships were "tainted" by an action of the Race Committee in
scoring. He made this statement without supportive facts and description of
the alleged event.
I too was a spectator and spoke with individuals involved, both competitors
and race support personnel. The yacht scored OCS felt that they were not in
a position on the line to warrant such score, and under the "Racing Rules
of Sailing", questioned that award. Upon review of the verbal recording of
the starting line personnel, it was determined that there was indeed some
confusion as to what the correct sail or bow numbers were. Based on that
review, the yacht in question was reinstated to their finish position. That
was the fair thing to do. If Mr. Ettie is an advocate of fair sailing, as
he mentions in the last paragraph, then he just witnessed it in action! To
say that the Lightning World Championships were tainted due to some
questionable dealing, is not fair and inaccurate.
From were I was sitting, this was a well run regatta by all individuals
and the Clubs involved. Hats off to the Judges, R.C., Clubs, and event
personnel for a "World Class" event.
* From Andrew Besheer: Perhaps Gordon Ettie post should be considered for a
Curmudgeon's Oxymoron's for using the phrase "my Swan 40" twice in a letter
complaining about cost in the sport of sailing!
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATION
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