SCUTTLEBUTT 1356 - June 23, 2003
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DAIMLERCHRYSLER NORTH ATLANTIC CHALLENGE
The entire crew of the yacht Monsun are safely aboard a ship, after being
rescued from a liferaft yesterday in the Atlantic Ocean. The 46-foot,
double-masted ketch was competing in the DaimlerChrysler North Atlantic
Challenge at the time of the incident. A mayday report from Monsun,
confirmed by the fleet duty yacht, stated that it was "encountering 40-knot
winds from the south and taking on water." The crew was forced to abandon
their yacht and deploy a liferaft.
The British Army yacht Discoverer, which was in second place overall and
some 400 miles away, reportedly received Monsun's call as part of a general
safety call and passed it on to the rescue directing center in Falmouth,
England. The U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center, in Norfolk, Va.,
was contacted and coordinated the rescue.
Polaris and Salute, two of the 57 yachts competing in the race, were in
close position to Monsun and assisted in communications with the Canadian
Coast Guard aircraft en route to the location. The crew spent approximately
three hours in their life raft. Monsun is owned by Peter Flügge of Bremen,
Germany and five of the six crewmembers are family members. Monsun has
crossed the Atlantic four times.
* Five of the world's most exotic yachts departed Newport Saturday at
2:10 p.m. (EDT) in the final group of entries in the DaimlerChrysler North
Atlantic Challenge: Zephyrus V, owned by Robert McNeil of San Francisco,
Calif.; Windrose, owned by Chris Gongriep of the Netherlands; UCA, owned by
Klaus Murmann of Germany; Team888, the re-named Kingfisher, chartered by
Mark Denton and Jonny Malbon of the U.K.; and HSH Nordbank, the re-named
and chartered Morning Glory.
The five speedsters started the race in 10-12 knot winds under cloudy skies
on Newport Harbor and within minutes Zephyrus V quickly charged ahead,
leaving the large spectator fleet behind in its wake. The first group of 57
yachts started on June 14 in this 3,600 nautical mile race across the
Atlantic Ocean to Cuxhaven, Germany.
* Following is an excerpt of a report filed by Sail magazine's deputy
editor Josh Adams crewing aboard the 66-foot Zaraffa that started a week ago:
"Welcome to the North Atlantic of my dreams. Our latitude is 55 N. Sea
temperature is 49 degrees; the air can't be much warmer. The low to the
northwest has settled in, pushing us along in 25-knot winds from the
southwest. The seas are big enough to surf Zaraffa; big enough to make me
feel queezy at this keyboard.
Step into my foul-weather gear and imagine being just warm enough for the
conditions, save 10 cold toes. I have on a silk base layer, a layer of
capilene, and heavy mid layers underneath new Musto offshore smock top and
pants. I have on a balaclava, Gore Tex gloves that leak, and thick woolies
underneath my Dubarry boots. Next watch I'll add a Gore Tex sock layer and
hope they do the job. Winches and tether clips are cold to the touch.
Judging by the waiting line at the winch grinder, the boys can't be much
warmer than I.
There are upsides to this weather. Skip's oatmeal is so warm and good it
could be eggs benedict. Today's snack-beek jerky-goes down like hot slices
of pizza. The heads are now to leeward, a big improvement compared to the
battle against gravity in the Gulfstream. Most satisfying is the sailing.
Being at the helm of Zaraffa today is reason for being. Surfing with our
power-reaching setup (jib top, staysail, full main) is effortless in the
right wave pattern-the helmsman might as well be Longboard Larry riding a
Santa Cruz swell. - Josh Adams, Sail magazine website, full story:
The organizers of the DaimlerChrysler North Atlantic Challenge have added a
new feature to the event's website. The provisional results of the fleet
are instantly now available by clicking on a link on the homepage titled
"ranking list." Information on each boat's position (latitude and
longitude), speed, distance to the finish line, distance to the leader,
elapsed time and preliminary overall rankings based on IRC and IMS ratings
are listed. The data can be sorted alphabetically by boat name, by elapsed
time and by handicap to find the overall leader and each boat's projected
time and distance to the leading boat. There is also a link to download the
data into an Excel spreadsheet. All of this information is updated hourly
by polling each entry's InmarSat D+ tracking device. - www.dcnac.de
MUSTO SWAN AROUND IN COWES AND NEWPORT, RI
For the second year running, Musto have been appointed official clothing
supplier to the Nautor's Swan European and American international regattas.
Musto's connection with Nautor is further strengthened by their appointment
as official clothing supplier to the Swan 45 Class. Why did they choose
Musto? Few sailing brands are instantly recognized as representing the best
in their fields of technology. Nautor's Swan is one and Musto are another -
a perfect fit. Musto's range of Swan branded clothing is exclusively
available to those participating in Swan Racing Events in 2003.
Thursday night while en route to Block Island Race Week in thick fog, the
J/105 Hilaria was hit by a 122' chartered motor yacht, Mariner III. Hilaria
sank in 85' of water almost instantly. All three crew were recovered by the
motor yacht and fortunately two of them suffered very minor injuries.
I am extremely saddened to report that my good friend and long time sailing
companion Joe Schulz-Heik was not so lucky and perished in route to the
hospital. A heroic effort was made by the Yacht's crew, the Coast Guard and
paramedics to resuscitate Joe but without success. I have sailed with many
but none like Joe. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to be his
friend and shipmate. He will be missed by many. - David Florence
Story in the New York Post: http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/36963.htm
Mariner III website: http://www.marineriii.com/index.html
WOMEN'S MATCH RACING WORLDS
Sundsvall, Sweden - Local sailor Malin Millbourn from Sweden won the ISAF
Women's Match Racing World Championship by dispatching Marie Bjorling,
ranked first in the ISAF Women's Match Race rankings, 3-1 in the semi-finals.
Millbourn then and faced Lotte Meldgaard Pederse in the finals. After going
2-2, Millbourn won the final race by the smallest of margins and with it
took the World Championship title.
1. Malin Millbourn SWE
2. Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen DEN
3. Marie Björling SWE
4. Liz Baylis USA
5. Betsy Alison USA
6. Nina Braestrup DEN
7. Marie Faure FRA
8. Gwen Joulie FRA
9. Deborah Willits USA
10. Sabrina Gurioli ITA
11. Linda Rahm SWE
12. Ines Montefusco ITA
Event Website: www.matchrace.gegga.com
Twenty three year old Australian sailor and two times America's Cup
helmsman James Spithill led his OneWorld team to a comprehensive 2-nil win
over team Alinghi, skippered by triple Olympic gold medallist Jochen
Schumann in the final round of the 2003 La Sfida Nations Cup sailed at
Yacht Club Adriaco, Trieste, Italy overnight Sydney time. The ISAF Grade 2
match race invitational event is open to Americas Cup sailors only and
featured six teams from AC2003. The winners circle is becoming familiar
territory for Spithill who has added his name to an elite list of America's
Cup skippers who have won this event; Russell Coutts (2000), Paul Cayard
(2001) and Dean Barker (2002). - Sail-World website, full story:
1. James Spithill - Team OneWorld
2. Jochen Schumann - Team Alinghi
3. Magnus Holmberg - Team Victory
4. Vascco Vascotta - Team Mascalzone
5. Tomassi Chieffi - Team Oracle
6. Andy Beadsworth - Team GBR
Pegasus 77, the ultimate Turbo Sled, winner of Transpac 2001, is for sale.
Launched in 2001, she is the very best in every aspect. Designed by
Reichel-Pugh as the next generation Turbo Sled, Pegasus 77 will be
available August 2003 right after Transpac. Details and photographs are at
* The 'Site of the Month' on US Sailing's website focuses on On-Line
education - from knot tying to navigation. There are calculators to give
you estimates on Maximum Hull Speed, Capsize Formula, Angle of Vanishing
Stability, Sail Area/Displacement, Motion Comfort, amongst seven others.
Contained on the site are five boating courses with over 269 pages of
narrative text and pictures; a Rules of the Road Java program, 18 animated
gifs demonstrating docking and boat handling techniques; and 37 videos on
sailing, windsurfing, and knot tying. Each course has a test and if passed
awards an online-course certificate. www.ussailing.org
* Jim Andersen, a 20-year marine industry professional from Jamestown,
R.I., has been named Chief Operating Officer of USWatercraft, located in
Portsmouth, R.I. At USWatercraft, Andersen will oversee the construction of
several lines of boats including the International J/24, International J/22
and the Herreshoff Alerion 26. His goal is to add more products and improve
the current product lines.
San Francisco Bay - Larry Ellison and a crack team aboard USA-76 handily
dispatched a fleet of 1992-vintage (IACC) boats in three days of racing,
Friday through Sunday. As regattas go, this was more of a pageant - unless
you were racing for second, where things did get very back and forth
between ITA-1 (Farr 40 Shadow skipper Peter Stoneberg) and NZL-20 (Karie
and David Thomson, who in addition to NZL-20 own the Farr 40 Peregrine).
With finish-line deltas of 5-15 minutes (over second place, mind you),
little was proved about state-of-the-art IACC racing. - Sail magazine
website, full story: http://www.sailmagazine.com/news/NEWS/
Event website: http://www.challenge-series.com/
RESCUE AT SEA
Around Alone competitor Tim Kent was sailing with Rick McKenna in the
Bermuda 1-2 race on Friday, June 20, when his keel bulb fell off Kent's
Open 50, Everest Horizontal, causing the boat to flip upside down 110 miles
from Bermuda. The two clung to the upturned hull of Everest Horizontal as
the winds reached 30 knots and waves swept over them at 10-15 feet.
Fortunately, they were both rescued by the Nordic Empress, a Royal
Caribbean cruise ship. Knowing that the boat is Kent's livelihood, Alan
Paris and Brad Van Liew - Kent's fellow skippers from the Around Alone Race
- have started research to salvage the boat.
Read the full story which is posted on the Yacht Racing website:
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CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS
October 14-15: US Sailing Judge Training Workshop and test, Adams Mark
Hotel, St Louis, Missouri. The principal instructors are Tom Farquhar and
Ted Everingham. Details are cleverly hidden at:
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* From Ned Glenn: While Sea Cliff may have abandoned the C-Class, the
"Little America's Cup" will still be raced in C-class Cats. "The race known
as "The Little Americas Cup" will be sailed off Rhode Island in September
2004. Australian Catamaran Challenge syndicate will come up against
previous winner Steve Clark's Cogito and the British Invictus team to
decide who can build the fastest boat on the planet." For more information:
* From Stephen G. Kasnet: Sailing in virtually any type of craft has
always captured two elements: a constant effort to improve one's skills
both against competitors and the elements and enjoying sailing with and
against like-minded mates. The thrill of participating in the higher levels
of our sport: Admiral's Cup. Onion Patch Series, 12 metres doesn't change
whether or not payment for services is involved. Nor does the simple
enjoyment of spending a few days cruising. In short, the camaraderie and
knowledge that one gains through our sport is not affected by the owner's
checkbook and its use. There is a great deal of truth in Jim Kilroy's
statement regarding one rich owner and 25 less well-off happy crew members.
The follow on, however is more important: those 25 crew are now enjoying
the friendships and benefiting from the experiences gained.
* From Geoffrey Emanuel: Team Voodoo played by the rules at the Chicago
NOOD and won what must have been a very competitive regatta. I'd like to
point out that our sport remains one of the only ones that pits amateurs
directly against top-level sailors. I always revel in the opportunity to
compete against the pros and while usually losing to them, always benefit
from the experience.
* From Bruce Bates: I would like someone to explain to me what the fun is
owning a racing boat and having a crew of professionals sail it? I have
been racing and sailing my own boats and crewing on others for more than 40
years and I have never felt I needed a professional on board to do my
sailing for me. I can't understand the guy that buys a boat and sits in the
companionway while somebody else makes all the decisions. Is getting a
silver pickle dish that much of a thrill?
* From Cole Price (Regarding participation by professionals): One of the
great things about racing sailboats is that you have the opportunity to
square off against the pros. Since they set the bar, it gives you and your
crew a real gauge on your progression as an effective team. Additionally,
by competing against teams partially staffed by professionals who set a
higher standard, you and your team improve your own performance. If you
want to limit or restrict participation by professionals in some regattas,
you can add words to the Notice of Race, and Sailing Instructions. You can
even have a local regulation like the "MIR Rule" adopted by PHRF of
Southern California that establishes some limits on participation by
professionals. But, leave it to the locals to decide whether they want to
play with the big boys (and girls), or just with themselves.
Curmudgeon's Comment: This looks to me like a good spot to end this thread
- it's officially dead.
* From Sandi Carl: I have enjoyed this thread about whether coaches or
parents should be allowed on the course, but have resisted adding any
redundant comments, however when it was suggested that "parents should not
be allowed on the water" I have to speak up! Have you lost your mind?
Coaches and parents are much needed assets of junior racing. There will
always be a few who do not act properly (in any sport!), but for the vast
majority who do behave, we want to be there and our children want us there.
I whole heartedly agree with Ginny Lovell that the more support boats
available, the safer the kids are. The reason we have encouraged racing is
that it is a sport that includes the entire family. How many times have you
heard "the problem with sail boat racing is that it is not a good spectator
sport", not junior racing!
* From Thomas Newcomb: Can we stick a fork in this coach debate? Anyone
who has spent an afternoon at a youth baseball field knows that days of
just "messing around" are over. Those that want to hold down the standard
of athletic ability might want to go live on another planet. For better or
worse, our world has changed. Not just sailing, but all sports. These are
competitive events that are attracting competitive kids. Blame the parents
if the kids burn out from too much pushing and pressure. Parents need to
insure that the proper balance exists between work and play. However, let's
give the coaches a break.
Curmudgeon's Comment: Good idea - this thread is now also officially
* From Chris Welsh (Re: Philippe Kahn & sailing courtesy): A story was
relayed to me yesterday about a coach's seminar for little league baseball.
The leader stood up and asked the assembled fathers why they were coaching.
Various answers were given along the lines of teach the sport, spend time
with the kids, etc. The leader then said sorry guys, you've missed it -
it's not about baseball - we're out here to teach the boys to be
responsible members of society and to treat women well.
* From Carl Hancock (re Philippe Kahn's Rules of the Boat): About 30
years ago, a crewmember of Jack Sutphen's Scorpion, gave him this framed
saying, which now sits on a cross-member in the PC we race: "In certain
trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances,
profanity offers a relief denied even to prayer." - Mark Twain
A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.