SCUTTLEBUTT 1348 - June 11, 2003
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TOP YACHTING NATION
Plans are under way to hold an annual Sir Peter Blake memorial regatta at
the Viaduct Harbour to decide the top yachting nation. Yachting veterans
John Street, a life member of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, and Tom
Ehman, who was Oracle's rules adviser at the last America's Cup, are trying
to organize the regatta, which will be known as the Blake Cup.
Mr Street, who was a director of the America's Cup Village in the 2000
defence, said the idea came after New Zealand lost the America's Cup and
Alinghi changed the nationality rule. "We thought, 'Now the cup is gone, we
have to utilize the facility in the Viaduct Harbour and put it to some
other use'." And with Alinghi taking away the nationality qualification, we
thought, 'Why don't we have a nation to nation sailing competition'."
The details of the proposed regatta will not be finalized until next month,
but it is hoped the first race will be next February. Mr Street said the
regatta, which will last for 10 to 12 days, would be divided into four
* Junior class sailing in Optimists.
* Olympic class in 49ers or 470s.
* Fleet division racing in Etchells.
* Offshore division racing in 50-70ft keel yachts.
There will be one team per country, with each member having to hold a
passport for that country. Organizers say the regatta will always be held
at the Viaduct Harbour, irrespective of which country wins.
Mr. Ehman, who is American, has been meeting a series of yachting's big
names, such as Larry Ellison, Dennis Conner and Paul Cayard, to discuss
sponsorship and participation. - Ainsley Thomson, NZ Herald, full story:
After placing second for the past two years by a combined 9 points, today
Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.) won the 2003 Inter-Collegiate Sailing
Association (ICSA) / Gill North American Coed Dinghy Championship at
Bayview Yacht Club by 69 points. Following Harvard's 165 point tally was
University of Hawaii (Honolulu, Hawaii) with 234 points. With 238 points,
St. Mary's College (St. Mary's City, Md.) finished third, followed by the
University of Southern California (264) and Tufts (270).
Strong currents and a wide range of wind conditions made for good racing
over the past three days on the Detroit River. ICSA President Mitch
Brindley (Smithfield, Va.) was pleased with "the range of conditions which
made for close competition." Each division sailed 18 races in new Vanguard
420s provided by Vanguard Sailboats (Portsmouth, R.I.)
In A-division, Senior Clay Bischoff (Miami, Fla.) sailed with senior Lema
Kikuchi (Bethesda, Md.) and sophomore David Darst (Greenwich, Ct.). Junior
Cardwell Potts (New Orleans, La.) sailed with senior Michelle Yu (Mountain
View, Calif.) and juniors Diana Rodin (West Roxbury, Mass.) and Gabe
Dorfman (Port Angeles, Wash.) in the B-division. Bischoff, Potts and Yu are
returning All-Americans. Derek Webster, http://www.gillna.com
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OLDEST FRESHWATER CHALLENGE TROPHY
The Canada's Cup International Match- Race Series has been contested on the
waters of the Great Lakes since 1896. It is only slightly younger than the
venerable America's Cup. It pits Canada against the US and has been sailed
19 times with the US holding an 11-8 lead in the series.
In 2001, breaking with tradition but hoping to stage the Series on a more
regular basis the one design Farr 40 was agreed upon by RCYC and Bayview
Yacht Club . It proved to be an ideal choice, providing exciting world
class match racing. The combined delta for the first three races was 24
seconds. Terry McLaughlin's Team Defiant won the best of 13 series in 12
races to return the prestigious Cup to Canada after a 13 year absence. The
Farr 40 has again been chosen for the 2003 Canada's Cup.
From June 13-18 The Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto will host the
Canada's Cup Trials to select the Canadian Defender for the September
Canada's Cup Defense against the US Challenger. Terry McLaughlin is
returning with his successful 2001 Team Defiant crew of Olympians and
trusted pros while Alek Krstajc with Honour has brought in some big guns
from Oracle BMW Racing to aid with his efforts to be the Canadian Defender.
John Cutler, Jon Ziskind, and Cameron Dunn were all part of the Oracle BMW
Racing Team that was the 2002/2003 Louis Vuitton finalist as well as winner
of the 2002 Swedish Match Racing Tour Season Championship. - www.canadascup.com
FARR 40 WORLDS
The 2003 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will be sailed on the waters off
Porto Cervo, Sardinia over four days 2nd 5th July, hosted by the Yacht
Club Costa Smeralda. Twelve countries, France, Italy, Switzerland, United
States, Great Britain, Greece, Germany, Norway, Japan, the Netherlands,
Belgium and Australia will race for an ISAF endorsed World Championship
title. 36 boats, the largest ever assembly of the class in Europe, will
race a ten race series where all races count.
In the days before racing gets underway in Sardinia the fleet will be put
through rigorous safety controls and test measurements. The number and size
of sails as well as the total crew weight are all strictly controlled.
Random spot checks will also be made after each race day to ensure rules
compliance throughout the event.
The Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, held alternately on either side of the Atlantic
each year, will be the culmination of a busy programme of racing in
European waters this year. The 2001 Champion Ernesto Bertarelli, fresh from
winning the America s Cup, will be joined by some elements of his Alinghi
Team crew, back sailing together again for the first time since the
America's Cup in Auckland. - Media Pro Int'l
The Complete Entry List for the 2003 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship can
be found at:
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Veteran American sailor John Kostecki could be sailing for Team New Zealand
in the next America's Cup. Team New Zealand head Grant Dalton met Kostecki
in the United States last month and the American is now expected in
Auckland this month for a second meeting with Dalton and Team New Zealand
skipper Dean Barker. "I have been in talks with John," Dalton said. "We are
planning further talks with him later this month, when he will meet Dean
An Olympic silver medallist, two-time America's Cup tactician, 10-time
world champion in a range of one-design classes and Whitbread veteran,
Kostecki would be a huge boost for Team New Zealand. His leadership and
sailing skills would strengthen Team New Zealand's inexperienced
afterguard, which was heavily criticised after the 5-0 loss to Swiss
Kostecki was tactician on Young America in 1995 and on America One in 2000.
His most recent success was in the 2001-02 Volvo Ocean race, in which he
skipped German entry Illbruck to first place. With half-a-dozen New
Zealanders aboard, Illbruck dominated the race, winning four of the nine legs.
The plan was for Illbruck to finish the round-the-world race then move to
Auckland and challenge for the America's Cup. But the team could not find
enough money to pay for their campaign and it fell over, despite the hull
of GER 68 being almost completed and a base already set up in Auckland. -
Julie Ash, NZ Herald, full story:
FINN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Royal Gothenburg YC - On the penultimate day of the Finn European
championships Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie scored two first places to
successfully defend his European title with a day to spare. Ainslie sailed
a perfect day crossing the line first in both races in winds varying from
15-16 knots on the first race and 12-14 in the second. Ainslie won from
Finn Olympic gold medallist Mateusz Kusznierewicz of Poland and silver
medallist Sebastien Godefroid of Belgium. - Yachts and Yachting website,
After seven races, the top North Americans in the 79-boat Finn fleet are:
19. Mo Hart, USA; 24. Chris Cook, CAN. -
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* From Peter Evans: Awww, come on Jill Nickerson! A sense of proportion
please! Since when did a 'dislocated shoulder and minor cuts and bruises'
equate to 'practically killed'?
* From Stephen A Van Dyck (edited to our 250-word limit): Gary Jobson's
article in Sailing World sure struck a cord with me. Having sailed in five
Americas Cup campaigns in the 12-meter days that Olin Stephens referred to,
I have had a pretty traditional view of the sport. We sailed for the sheer
thrill of it. We loved the boats, the spectacle, the competition and
especially the friendships that were formed in the crucible of the
campaigns. When we won it was the thrill of a lifetime. And when Gary
Jobson eliminated us in 1977 Cup trials we celebrated his victory.
As I grew older I was able to buy a series of ocean racing boats including
two forty-eight footers. My crews were largely ex-Cup sailors and friends.
We won a lot of races and had a lot of fun. Then it started to change.
Other owners started paying crew members in contravention to the then
rules. It became more and more necessary to have a paid crew if you wanted
I no longer own a racing boat even though I love it. When the fleets
started shrinking and the number of paid crews/ boats started outnumbering
the Corinthians I stopped. I was obviously an anachronism, coming from a
time when it was a thrill to just show up on the starting line of the
Fastnet, Bermuda or Transatlantic. And it certainly was no fun to go the
bar after a race and overhear a pro complain about the owner wanting to
steer his own boat.
* From Seth A. Radow: Messers Stephens and Jobson are true men of passion
when it comes to sailing. They have given, selflessly, of themselves to the
sport of sailing with a zeal and zest that is virtually unmatched for most
of their lives. To all of those owners who labor to build a crew of
amateurs into finely tunes machines on the water, my hat's off to you. Only
with passion amongst the entire crew can each individual learn to work
together as a true team. It takes time on the water, time off the water,
books to read, drills to run, dinners with the crew and their families. All
of this builds that camaraderie that no paycheck can match. It builds an
extended family that lives and sails together, week after week, year after
year. It builds a team where the crew learn to love and respect one another
as true friends.
This is what I enjoy so much about sailing. It is what keeps me coming back
time and again, win or lose, year after year. This is what brought the crew
of Bull together as friends. It is what brought us together as sailors
competing in and winning Transpac 2001. That's a memory that all of us will
remember forever. We all earned that victory. We all worked as
professionals for the love of the sport. Thanks Gary and Olin for putting
this in words.
* From Max Rosenberg: Sailing/ Boat owning is truly a rich mans sport. Gary
Jobson is wrong. Sailing used to be loose and easy and now it is equalized
and fair to crewmembers and owners. In the old days ... the 70's that
Jobson refers to, sailors did get perks and payment. It was just on the
sly. Mr. Jobson knows this. This is not the time to destroy what has taken
years to regulate and formalize. Getting paid to sail is good for the
sport. Limit pro's, like the J/105 class does. Acknowledgement that paid
sailors exist has helped the sport. Everyone knows that paid sailors sail
boats like A-Cup boats or Farr 40's.
* From Bill Stump: 1. From 'Butt 1344, Jochen Schumann and Alinghi's AC
organizing "company" wants races be one and a half to two hours. Fine -
deep six the finish line and fire the "finish" gun after the allotted time
has elapsed. First boat to cross the other, intersecting their rhumb line
to the next mark, wins. Neither can cross - keep sailing.
2. From 'Butt 1345, the Chief Measurer for the RORC asserts there are no
subjective elements to the IRC ratings. Assuming this system didn't appear
on the 11th stone tablet, it has to be subjective - somebody made it up.
Just because a computer spits out the numbers doesn't automatically make it
better. Velocity Prediction Programs and any other design calculations or
performance forecasts start with assumptions - assumptions made by very
un-objective humans. Fact is, get enough like-sized boats with similar
sailing characteristics on the same starting line and almost any rating
system will be great! By the way, if rocket scientists can reverse-engineer
other countries' space craft, sailboat rating calculations are never
"secret" for long.
3. From New Jersey, each player on the winning Stanley Cup team (that's
hockey, mate) gets to take the Cup home with him for a short period of time
during the ensuing year. The America's Cup may be well served by making it
immensely more public - it's a trophy, not the crown jewels.
* From Bill Munster: The case for the US Sailing Power Boat Course really
comes to light with the unfortunate accident involving the German Tornado
sailors...and who can forget the Board sailng accident a couple of years
ago that nearly took the life of our top womens board sailor. If the people
who are or have to be on the course are trained properly we can save lives
and serious injuries to the racers and the RC volunteers. Lets support US
Sailing and not always find something wrong with the things they are doing
for the good of all of us. The organization is manned by volunteers who are
trying to help us all on the water.
* From Jon Rogers: There has been a growing problem in all of the Olympic
classes with too much powerboat traffic on race courses. As the Olympic
Classes become increasingly professional more powerboats are escorting the
fleets in the form of coach boats, spectator craft, RC support boats, press
boats, and sponsor/VIP entertainment boats.
During the Star Olympic Trials in 2000 my partner and I were nearly run
over by a coach boat while we were racing because the coach had stopped on
the race course to take wind readings and was not looking where he was
going. Only after evasive action did we avoid a collision. This scenario
was again repeated at the Bacardi Cup this year.
The situation is out of control and many of us have been waiting for
someone to take action. It seems we are going to have to wait until there
is a loss of life before something is done. Thankfully, the Tornado crew
survived the accident. I hope that organizers will take notice of these
incidents and begin to put measures in place to help protect competitors.
* From Robert T. King: As a prior Fleet Captain Race of Corinthian Yacht
Club in Seattle, I would like to respond to Enrico Ferrari's 'leftout' in
Seattle commentary. CYC operates one of the most successful racing programs
in the United States, and provides racing on salt and freshwater venues.
Behind the racing program exists an infrastructure of Fleet Councils
comprised of Class Fleet Captains representing sailors in respective classes.
Many past and present Class Fleet Captains are proficient at fleet
building. For example, Dick Rose contributed to the local success of the
Laser Class. Paul Bieker and Kris Bundy contribute to the ongoing success
of the I-14. Keith Whittemore and Harry Dursch have been active in the J/24
Fleet from the onset of the class. Currently, on a CYC One-Design Thursday
night, one can race Tasars against Carl and Carol Buchan and Jonathan and
Libby McKee, or compete in Etchells Fleet 3, active in Seattle since the
boats were first built. If you enjoy the Star, Bill Buchan and Mark Brink
will be happy to show you around Shilshole Bay.
My point: dedicated sailors create proactive Fleets, not the boat.
Motivated sailors can effect changes through established channels. Rather
than complain about perceived shortfalls in our local infrastructure,
become involved. Present your Utility Start and rating system ideas to the
Club. Build a Utility Fleet comprised of a variety of boats, apply for
Fleet status at CYC, and come join us on the racecourse. Don't feel left
out, for you are welcome.
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