SCUTTLEBUTT 1314 - April 23, 2003
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TEAM NEW ZEALAND
Veteran sailor Grant Dalton will take over the running of Team New Zealand
although the syndicate has not yet said if it will again challenge for the
America's Cup. Team New Zealand's trustees said today Dalton will fill the
new role of managing director while Dean Barker retains the skipper's role.
The trustees did not say who will be appointed to the other new position
they established, that of sailing director.
Team New Zealand have been undergoing an internal review since their failed
bid to defend the America's Cup this year when the Swiss team Alinghi beat
them 5-0. Limited findings from that review will be released next month.
Dalton said today he believed Team New Zealand could mount a successful
challenge in 2007 when Alinghi defends the Cup somewhere in Europe. "My
immediate priority is to retain core people," Dalton said. "I have started
this process and it should be completed within a few days."
As well as Barker, the other three members of Team New Zealand's management
team for the 2003 defence will stay with the team. Former chief executive
Ross Blackman will lead the business organisation while Tony Thomas will
remain involved in fundraising. Syndicate head and key designer Tom
Schnackenberg is also staying in the team, although Dalton has not said in
Trustees spokesman Peter Menzies said they had undertaken a wide search for
a person to lead the syndicate, and Dalton was the outstanding candidate.
"His track record in major sailing events, his people leadership skills and
his single minded drive will give Team New Zealand new direction and
focus," Menzies said.
Dalton's task now was to complete a feasibility study into whether Team New
Zealand can afford to challenge in Europe, with Alinghi yet to say where
the next defence will be sailed. It is expected to cost at least $150
million to mount a European bid, about twice that spent on the failed
defence. The Government has already pledged $5.6 million for the team, and
may contribute more funding if a challenge goes ahead. - New Zealand
Herald, full story:
STATEMENT BY GRANT DALTON
My immediate priority is to retain core people. I have started this process
and it should be completed within a few days. I am pleased to announce that
Dean Barker has given me a commitment to stay with Team New Zealand as
skipper. That is a very important starting point for the job that lies
ahead over the next four years. Ross Blackman will continue to lead the
business of Team New Zealand and Tony Thomas will continue his involvement
in fund raising. Tom Schnackenberg will also stay with the team. Tom has
been involved with the America's Cup for 20 years and I am pleased he has
agreed to continue. Retaining their expertise and experience is, I believe,
of paramount importance.
I still have much to learn about Team New Zealand but I am convinced that
we can mount a successful challenge for the 2007 America's Cup. We have a
great depth of knowledge and experience and we can build from that
established base. We have the continuing support of many sponsors and there
is no doubt that the New Zealand public is still behind the team.
A successful Team New Zealand is important for New Zealand. Holding the
America's Cup made Auckland the sailing capital of the world. It projected
an image of New Zealand that promoted high-value tourism; it was good for
our boat design, building and refurbishing industry. It was good business
for the companies that provided goods and services to the syndicates and to
the many thousands of people who came to watch the regatta.
Team New Zealand gave us all pride in our achievements against the best in
the world and I feel privileged to be involved.
ULLMAN SAILS WINS 4 OF 6 CLASSES
Ullman Sails customers win 4 of 6 classes at Newport Harbor Yacht Club's
Ahmanson, Skylark, and Dickson Regatta. Congratulations to the following
teams: PHRF A: Wasabi (2nd*), Silver Bullet (3rd*); PHRF B Black Knight
(1st*); PHRF C: Willpower (1st*); Schock 35 Class: Outlier (1st), Piranha
(2nd), Whiplash (3rd), Super Gnat (4th); J/105 Class: Bold Forbes (2nd),
Wings (3rd), Mischief (4th), Indigo (5th), Ancara (6th); Santana 30/30
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The race is tightening up as the Around Alone fleet roars through the
tropics heading for cooler waters. The frontrunners, Bernard Stamm on Bobst
Group Armor lux and Simone Bianchetti on Tiscali still enjoy a sizeable
lead over the rest of the fleet, but the race for third in Class 1 is
getting closer and Bruce Schwab on Ocean Planet is anxiously looking over
The strategy that Thierry Dubois on Solidaires and Emma Richards on Pindar
played early in the leg is finally paying off and they are well situated to
roll over the top of the slim Tom Wiley design. Schwab is hoping to make it
through a patch of lighter air and into fresher winds before getting
rolled. . The pressure lies mainly on the shoulders of British skipper Emma
Richards if she is to ensure finishing ahead or just behind Tiscali to
retain overall 3rd place.
Between Schwab and his pursuers is Class 2 leader Brad Van Liew on Tommy
Hilfiger Freedom America just over 30 miles behind Ocean Planet. If Bruce
is nervous about being overtaken, he should give Van Liew a call. Brad see
things differently as he wrote in his daily log. "Man I wish I could just
coax a wee bit more out of Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America so I could reel
in Bruce Schwab.
Meanwhile on Leg Four: Derek Hatfield on Open 40 Spirit of Canada has
survived another thrashing after a huge low pressure system kicked in with
40 - 50 knot winds for two days: "I have been knocked down at least 10
times over the past two days. With the rollover at Cape Horn fresh in my
mind, my biggest fear was the mast.
The boat has suffered some minor damage, the most frustrating being damage
to the new mainsail. It is down on the deck right now and I should have it
back up tomorrow. It was torn along the luff for about two feet when the
boom hit the water during one of the knockdowns and the lazy jack system
broke under the load." Hatfield also suffered some bruising on his shoulder
blade when he fell and winded his back hitting the cockpit during the
storm. - Mary Ambler & Brian Hancock, http://www.aroundalone.com/
STANDINGS: 2200 UTC April 22 CLASS 1. Bobst Group-Armor Lux, Bernard
Stamm, 1643 miles from finish; 2. Tiscali, Simone Bianchetti, 155 miles
from leader; 3. Ocean Planet, Bruce Schwab, 365 mfl. 4. Solidaires, Thierry
Dubois, 393 mfl; 5. Pindar, Emma Richards, 451 mfl;
CLASS 2: 1. Tommy Hilfiger, Brad Van Liew, 2045 miles from finish; 2.
Everest Horizontal, Tim Kent, 193 mfl; 3. Spirit of yukoh, Kojiro
Shiraishi, 506 mfl; 4. BTC Velocity, Alan Paris, 738 mfl. - Spirit of
Canada, Derek Hatfield, still sailing leg 4.
There's a party at Pacific Sail Expo tomorrow evening (Thursday, April 24)
for all members of the Scuttlebutt Sailing Club - 5:00 PM in the Bitter End
YC's booth (#208). Dry Creek Vineyards is hosting a reception for the
BEYC's Pro Am Regatta, and for the concurrently staged Scuttlebutt Sailing
Club Championship Regatta. Major announcements will be made, and someone
will win a four day/ three night vacation for two at the Bitter End during
these November 1-8 regattas. But even if you don't win the freebee, every
SSC member (that's you) is eligible for discounted rates during these
events. - http://www.beyc.com
Treasure Island Sailing Center in San Francisco, CA - The Team Racing
Pacific Coast Championship was held in near perfect conditions this past
weekend with 12 teams competing for a berth in the 2003 Hinman. The
rotation format consisted of a single round robin followed by a seeded
final 4, bracket-style championship round. A total of 80 races were
completed using a fully umpired format.
Final results: 1. San Diego Yacht Club I - Bill Hardesty/ Andrea Cabito,
Will Stout/ Jessica Amen, Tyler Pruett/ Sonja Bebber; 2. San Diego Yacht
Club II - Rob Hallawell/ Adam Roberts, Keith Davids/ Graham Biehl, Zach
Brown/ Danielle Richards; 3. Team Hoover Stanford I - David Kenney/ Jess
Gray, Ted Conrads/ Amy Halversen, Dave Phillips/Sue Bohlen. - complete
The center of the Scuttlebutt universe has been determined, and it is the
Northeast region of the United States. Props go out to both the Northeast
and the Southwest sectors of the US for the weeklong dogfight that resulted
in less than one percent differential between these two powerhouses. These
two legged out from the rest, but it was another close finish between Great
Lakes-US, Europe, and Pacific NW-US, which finished in that order.
Scuttlebutt thanks all those that participated, and particularly those
areas that finished in the top five. We promise to reward you soon.
THE BOAT SHOW
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta had a near record number of entrants
representing an extraordinary variety of classic yachts. Two of the
magnificent J Class yachts, Velsheda and Shamrock V, made stunning
appearances and there was an enthusiastic turnout of smaller vintage,
classic and traditional yachts.
Belle Aventure the William Fife ketch built in 1929 made a special trip
from the Mediterranean just for the Regatta as did Aello a 1921 gaff-rigged
schooner. Mariella the Alfred Milne yawl built in 1938 at the Fife yard,
returned from her recent round the world cruise as did Seljm the 107ft
Boretti Staysail Schooner after a seven year circumnavigation and just
before she sets out on another extended trip. Windrose of Amsterdam the
recently launched 151ft schooner called in for the regatta in preparation
for her private "Atlantic Challenge" race with Adix from New York next month.
The turnout of large and luxurious superyachts (100ft plus) in the Spirit
of Tradition class was even greater this year, with Victoria of Strathearn
and Windrose of Amsterdam (both recent Builds), Hetairos and Shamoun. In
the Tall Ship class it was good to see Star Clipper a regular entrant in
the regatta joined this year by the brigantine Eye of the Wind recently
massively refitted as a private yacht. The restored Charm III a 1928 Alden
schooner and Johanna a 1958 double-ended ketch added to the interest.
Three yachts did exceptionally well - Sumurun, Velsheda and Vixen II with a
charter party on board, took several prizes with Sumurun being the overall
winner. Judging in the Concours d'Elegance sponsored by Boat International
Magazine, was made especially difficult this year by the very impressive
turnout. Shamrock V was the winner with Edna Frandsena 72ft wooden
gaff-rigged cutter built in 1930 and Seljm deserving special mention. -
Curmudgeon's Comment: Anyone who has been in Antigua while this event is
happening will always be disappointed with any other boat show!
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This week's Scuttlebutt survey takes on the subject of sponsorship, and how
we feel about regattas being renamed for sponsor support. Just as sports
stadiums are named after a title sponsor, regattas now are too. "Terra Nova
Trading Key West" (formerly known as, Key West Race Week), "BoatU.S. Santa
Maria Cup," "West Marine Bermuda Cup," etc. Title sponsors are providing
vital support to event organizers, and they deserve the marketing exposure
to justify their involvement. But is renaming the event too high a price,
or is it an accepted cost for doing business. Let us know how you feel at
the Scuttlebutt survey. - http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com
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 Jean Reynolds: You reported that after two years, CNN has
broadcast the last of its monthly Inside Sailing programs on CNN
International and that the CNN Inside Sailing website will also cease. It's
disheartening to see this, especially when such great strides were recently
made in the mainstream media during the America's Cup.
Two of the major newspapers in the U.S., The Washington Post and The New
York Times, both had superb writers - Angus Phillips and Warren St. John,
respectively- based in Auckland throughout the event. After concerns aired
in Scuttlebutt that The New York Times would abandon their coverage of the
event, the readers spoke out and in the end received unprecedented space
and prominent placements about the America's Cup, bringing the event and
sport to new readers. Warren St. John tackled the assignment with obvious
enthusiasm, telling his stories in an engaging way that could be enjoyed by
the racing sailor and armchair sailor alike.
In the case of CNN, perhaps it's not the quality of the reporting but the
lack of advertising dollars generated by the program. I intend to voice my
opinion to CNN that they will be losing a valuable audience and hope other
"Butt" readers will do the same (write to email@example.com). This is
also the time to acknowledge the Washington Post and The New York Times for
giving our sport's pinnacle event such generous coverage by two talented
writers. We can only hope their sailing coverage will extend through the
* From Paul Pascoe: Perhaps we could pass on our "wisdom" of running
World Championships to other sports? If Athletics were to get on board,
they could run the Shotput World Championships in Norway in May, the Discus
in USA in June, the High Jump sometime in July. Swimming could have their
100m Breastroke World Championships in Australia, the 200m Backstroke in
India, and the 1500m Freestyle in South Africa.
Sounds ridiculous doesn't it, but that's exactly what we do. Can you
imagine how much publicity these sports would generate if events were
spread out, and how many media organisations would send journos to cover
the event, and more importantly how much of a buzz it would be for the
athletes? Come on everyone, until we get a single event that the public,
the sailors and the media can focus on, we are going to remain a minority
sport, divided and struggling to get anyone to take us seriously.
* From Phil Olbert: It seems that virtually every long distance ocean
race has at least one serious whale encounter. Someone said that this is
usually because the whale was sleeping and was unaware of the boats
approach. People that study whales are well aware of the different sounds
whales make, which include distress signals.
It seems to me a simple thing to add an acoustic transducer (a simple depth
sounder transducer) to the front of the boat and to send a distress signal
every few seconds. This would be technically absurdly simple and cheap and
would surely have the desired effect of adequately warning the whales of an
approaching boat. It seems hard for me to understand why this hasn't been a
common item on all racing sailboats, not only for the protection of the
whales but also to prevent damage to the boats.
* From Jack Dreyfuss (response to Gordon Ettie post): Gordon, I believe
the best way to promote fairness and amateur involvement is by setting a
good example. It's saddening to hear you leave the Etchells class because
some crews are paid. It doesn't help sailing amateurs to see you protest in
this manner. These 'problems' you mention are a reflection/ extension of
our society (litigate everything and anyone, lack of free time and the
vaporizing of the middle class, etc.).
May I suggest you rejoin the Lighting and Etchells classes and show the
fleets that an Corinthian can relish the competition no matter what their
tactics. The Star fleet has many sailors that play the game of fair
sailing. Sometimes they even win gold medals. A good example to follow.
* From Ralph Taylor: Thank you for publishing the responses of Paco Sola
and Frank Anderson regarding the OCS redress at the Lightning World
Championships. I see no "taint" here. If the original correspondent had
seen something that indicated the competitor was "over early" he should
have made himself available as a witness and testified at the redress hearing.
Not there and unburdened by any facts besides what you've published, I'm
free of bias. But, on a 60-boat line with a competitive fleet, the RC can
get screened (despite best precautions) and there can be confusion
identifying OCS boats. Sounds like that's what the tape showed, so the jury
had to weigh RC confusion against the competitor's (probably) clear
testimony as to where he was. The jury either believed him and supporting
witnesses or decided the situation was too unclear to, in effect,
disqualify the boat. These situations are why we have a redress procedure
and why there are juries independent of the race committee.
Seems to me like a victory for the Rules.
On the other hand, imagine the post-race confusion. Scores are posted with
the OCS, then the hearing is held; the scores are revised and re-posted.
Now, many aren't doing as well as they were before. And some ain't happy.
Yes it's messy, but the alternative is to perpetuate injustice.
THE CURMUDGEON'S COUNSEL
Never pass a snow plow on the right.