SCUTTLEBUTT 1360 - June 27, 2003
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U.S. YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS
Milwaukee, WI (June 26, 2003) - In his fourth time to the US Youth
Championship, Emery Wager of Seattle, WA, dominated the Laser fleet from
the first day to win the Robert L. Johnstone III Trophy. Emery's score of
eight bullets, a fourth and a fifth for 17 total points was good enough to
keep him from having to sail in the final race. Wager credits his win to
good practice. "In Seattle, we can sail year round. I can practice in a
variety of conditions on Puget Sound as well as Lake Washington." Former
U.S. Youth Champion and Olympic medalist Carl Buchan is one of Wager's role
models. Wager says that Buchan advised him, "If you want to win, it's not
enough to just sail fast, you have to be tough." In second place in the
Laser fleet, also with a significant enough lead to sit out today's final
race, was Mike Wilde of Rochester, NY, with 32 points.
In the Club 420 fleet, last year's runners up, Zachary Brown with crew
Melanie Roberts (both from San Diego, CA) hung on to their lead to win the
championship with finishes of 1-1-3-5-4-4-4-1-2-(11)-8 for 33 total points.
It was not an easy win. According to Brown, "We were way back in the fleet
and banged the left corner to come back to eighth." With their win, Brown
and Roberts take home the Manton Scott Perpetual Trophy. The battle for
second place overall in the Club 420 fleet was won by two brothers who
overtook their sisters on the final day to place second overall. Erik
Storck (Huntington, NY) and John Kempton with 39 total point beat Leigh
Kempton and Kaitlin Storck with 48 total points.
The David M. Perry Perpetual Sportsmanship Trophies were awarded to the
sailors voted by their peers as demonstrating true sportsmanship behavior
in each fleet. The awards went to the winner of the Laser class Emery
Wager, to Club 420 skipper Zack Kavanaugh (South Dartmouth, MA) and Club
420 crew Gardiner Bowen (Wayland, MA).
Complete results at:
SWEDISH MATCH TOUR
Jesper Radich's win at Match Race Germany, his third on Swedish Match Tour
2002/2003, moved the Danish helmsman into first place on the Rankings with
one event, the Swedish Match Cup, June 30 - July 6 in Marstrand, Sweden,
remaining. In addition to Match Race Germany, which he also won last year,
Radich was victorious at the Bermuda Gold Cup and ACI HTmobile Cup, on an
up-and-down year on the world's premier professional sailing series, as
three finishes outside of the top eight, resulting in no Rankings points,
have balanced his successes.
In second place on the current Rankings is Radich's countryman Jes
Gram-Hansen of Team Victory Lane, whose eight month reign as the Rankings
leader was ended by the skipper currently sitting in third place,
Australian James Spithill, former helmsman for the OneWorld Challenge. -
1. Jesper Radich, DEN/Team Radich, 103PTS
2. Jes Gram-Hansen, DEN/Team Victory Lane, 88
3. James Spithill, AUS/Team Spithill, 86
4. Ed Baird, USA/Team Musto, 57
5. Chris Law, GBR/"The Outlaws," 51
6. Magnus Holmberg, SWE/Team Holmberg, 50
7. Paolo Cian, ITA/Riviera di Rimini Sailing Team, 47
8. Karol Jablonski, POL/Jablonski Sailing Team, 46
9. Ken Read, USA/Saucony Racing, 35
10. Mattias Rahm, SWE/Team Stena Bulk 32
Event website: http://www.swedishmatchtour.com
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Briton Andy Claughton has been given the top design job with Team New
Zealand as chief executive Grant Dalton drives the defeated America's Cup
team forward into their new role as challengers in Europe. Claughton, a
leading figure at Southampton University's highly regarded marine
technology Wolfson Unit, was on Team New Zealand's design staff in the 2003
Cup. Now Dalton has promoted him to chief co-ordinator. "Having Andy is
key," Dalton said.
American John Kostecki and Kiwi sail trimmer Ross Holcrow, cup veterans and
leaders of the winning Illbruck Volvo Ocean Race crew two years ago, have
also been hired in Dalton's recruitment drive. Kostecki will act as
tactician to retained skipper Dean Barker and be party to design decisions.
New Zealander Kevin Shoebridge fills the new post of sailing manager. A
graduate of the Peter Blake/ Grant Dalton no-nonsense school of
round-the-world sailing, he holds equal authority to Barker and Kostecki
and marks Team New Zealand's return to a sailor-driven campaign. Tim
Also, Kiwi Craig Monk announced that he has signed with his country
fellowman Gavin Brady with the Oracle BMW Racing syndicate's venture
towards the America's Cup 2007. Monk, who was grinder for OneWorld in the
last cup, was a large part of both the successful 1995 challenge and the
successful 2000 defense.
BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK
Block Island, RI, June 26, 2003-Glassy seas and fickle breezes made for
hard luck stories on Block Island Sound Thursday for day four of the Storm
Trysail Club's Block Island Race Week presented by Rolex. Fluky winds
killed any chance of racing for the big boat class, but three other classes
sailed shortened courses in patchy variable conditions after a three-hour
wait ashore in sunny, sweltering conditions with only a hint of a breeze.
For William Baxter, Jr., owner and skipper of the Abbott 33 Pirate, from
Cutchogue, NY, the race was a mixed blessing. Baxter's run of top-two
finishes came to a screeching halt when he finished fifth. Pirate was
holding second to Ed Austin's Chinook (J/30) halfway down the run to the
finish of race 6. Then the wind died, filled in from behind and brought the
trailing boats up to the front. However, with six races completed, Pirate
leads second-placed Chinook by 8 points and cannot be beaten on Friday.
Class honors have yet to be settled in the J/105 class, but Dr. Thomas
Enright's Pretty Sketchy from Bristol, RI, has a commanding lead. After
winning yesterday's sixth race in the hotly contested 34-boat class, Pretty
Sketchy has the low score of 28 points. Jim Sorensen's Wet Leopard is
second with 44 points. As long as Enright finishes in the top 11 in
Friday's race, he will win the class title.
Racing in the 20th edition of the biennial regatta for ocean racers wraps
up on Friday.
- Keith Taylor; full results available at http://www.blockislandraceweek.com
At the 60th Anniversary regatta of the Lightning class, sailors were
standing in the boat park studying a brand new example of this classic,
first sailed in 1938. Among the gathered sailors was Olin Stephens, a man
associated-in the minds of many-with America's Cup defenders and high-end
ocean racers. In the mindset of this group, however, Olin Stephens is The
Genius Who Designed the Lightning.
Someone said, "Olin, you've been looking at the Lightning as long as anyone
in the world. If you could design the boat all over again, what would you
change?" There was a pause as he considered the question. After a long time
he began to speak, "Do you think, (another pause) we really need that skeg?"
There was a round of laughter. "You're supposed to know that," was the
reply. Mr. Stephens just smiled, crouched under the boat, and ran his hand
along the skeg, "Has anyone tried sailing without it?" he said.
His listeners were stunned. Fifteen thousand Lightnings into the run, the
boat's designer was still open to a possible design improvement. Maybe
that's what made Olin Stephens the giant of his generation. The guy's still
looking for the next performance improvement. He can't turn it off. And
that's why at age 95 he always seems like the youngest person in the room.
At that moment, if anyone had produced a saw, we would gladly have hacked
off a skeg and gone out for two-boat testing. - Bill Faude, Sail magazine
website, full story:
(The Daily Sail website has a long and interesting interview with James
Spithill. Here's just a tiny excerpt.)
Spithill says that he is no longer under contract to OneWorld and whether
they go again remains to be seen but will depend upon the final choice of
venue. He doesn't have an opinion about the best choice of those
shortlisted by Alinghi. "To be honest, I haven't been to most of the places
that have been mentioned. I would obviously like to see it go to a place
where they have got good facilities and consistent breeze. It would be
really good for the spectators if they could have some sort of viaduct
set-up so that everyone can see. It would be a nice town that enjoys
sailing so we can have some good racing. You've got to have some kind of
set-up for the guys with the superyachts, because it is great having all
them down there. That encourages them to get involved and it makes the
event even bigger."
Now 24 Spithill already has the experience of driving in two America's Cups
under his belt and there is presumably the prospect for many, many more to
come. "We're pretty interested in being involved with the Cup again and a
few teams have approached us," he says of his Cup plans going ahead. - The
Daily Sail, http://thedailysail.com
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* Following the ISAF Mid-Year meeting in Oslo, ISAF have published new
criteria for the Evaluation event to be staged in September 2003 and May
2004 with a view to making recommendations for future Olympic Windsurfing
equipment. One point that should be emphasized is that ISAF is encouraging
all manufacturers to think "outside the box", which could lead to a new and
improved format; possibly including slalom and/or marathon racing (formats
that require judges are excluded). - Full story:
* The Trustees of the Museum of Yachting in Newport RI elected and
installed new officers to its' Executive Board. Kathleen S. Morton was
selected as Chairperson, William N. Doyle as Vice Chair and Patricia Ann
Jayson was re-elected to the Secretary/Treasurer position. Gerald B. Bay,
Dorsey Milot Beard, Chris Bouzaid, Robert Cooper, William N. Doyle (Vice
Chair), Tom Hazelhurst, Patricia Ann Jayson (Secretary/Treasurer), Herb
McCormick, Kathleen S. Morton (Chair), Gov. Bruce Sundlan and David B. Vietor.
* Thursday's temperatures at the J22 NA's reached the upper 70's and the
prevailing winds steadily increased upwards to over 20 knots. Hosted by
Youngstown YC, standings after seven races (47-boats): 1) Peter McChesney
Jr, Annapolis YC, 28; 2) Scott Nixon, Annapolis YC, 34; 3) Kelsom Elam,
Rush Creek YC, 35; 4) Terry Flynn, Houston YC, 39. 5) Greg Fisher, Eastport
YC, 39. Racing finishes on Saturday. - http://www.yyc.org/j22
* Reports from Kiel, Germany reveal that the conditions on Thursday were
more suitable for sunblock than for sailing at the 2003 Kieler Woche. Only
the Laser and Yngling classes were able to race, with no races completed in
any of the other classes due to lack of wind. Event website:
CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS
* July 19-27: Race Week, Larchmont Yacht Club, http://www.larchmontyc.org
* June 28-29: Opti Midwest Championship, Macatawa Bay Yacht Club. Over
115 young sailors from 17 states, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia in
Canada, as well as Barbados and Sweden. http://www.mbyc.com
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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* From John McBrearty: Regarding Dan Alpern's post about racer's being
unfamiliar with the rules. While I agree that racers should be familiar
with the RRS, to require that they take a "rules test' will only further
deplete the number of boat owners who will participate in our
sport. Perhaps the constant, ongoing, revision of the RRS should be
brought to a halt. Baseball, soccer, ice hockey and football spring to
mind as successful sports where the rules are not changed every three or
four years. In the alternative, look on the bright side, you can always
educate the ignorant in the "room" we all hate!
* From Ralph Taylor: (re Dennis Farley's question about rules): The
problem of racers who don't know or misunderstand the rules exists
everywhere. For example, I saw with dismay one of the juniors I coach
re-round a mark recently. I wouldn't have thought he was contaminated with
"old rule-itis"; he's only been sailing three years. (We reviewed the
touching a mark rule in the post-race wrap-up.)
Perhaps part of it is the "willful" in "willfully ignorant". Another part
might be mistakenly counting on the Rules to be perpetual and unchanging,
not recognizing the time-limited aspect the racing rules have taken on.
(Six years later, we're still fighting on the "mast-abeam" front.) Too few
racers actually own a current book of the Racing Rules of Sailing and some
of those haven't read it or understand it. The RRS are a bit complicated,
but not much more than the infield fly rule.
Asking your Race Committee to put on a seminar on the Racing Rules of
Sailing sounds like an excellent place to start. They could invite one or
more of the many experts in your region to give it. If you're willfully
ignorant guy doesn't attend, slap him upside the protest flag the next time
he breaks a rule.
* Gordon Livingston: In Baltimore, MD, our racing fleet of J-22's and
Sonars have a (mandatory) rules meeting for all racing skippers before the
season starts in which presentations are made by members of our "rules
committee" followed by a written test. It's all free of charge, occupies
one evening a year, and promotes a basic level of rules knowledge among
everyone out there.
* From Geoffrey Mason, Executive Director, America's Cup TV: In mounting
the global television coverage of Cup racing on the Hauraki Gulf in 2003,
Dyer Jones was our primary day-to-day contact. No one could have brought
more passion and professionalism to this sizeable challenge, and viewers
worldwide benefited immeasurably from his understanding of the
broadcasters' needs, and how best to align those demands with the integrity
of the racing. Those of us who deal every day with cameras, microphones,
helicopters, and chase boats will always be deeply indebted to Dyer for his
* From Jeffrey Littell: Bill Ficker is the first to win a triple crown of
sailing: the America's Cup, Congressional Cup, and the Star Worlds. Surely
this would make Bill worthy of consideration for election to Sailing
World's Hall of Fame.
* From: Rick Price: I agree with Ralph Deeds observation that pioneer
Bill Lapworth's name is missing from the Sailing World Hall of Fame. His
efforts gave quite a few sailors the opportunity to become famous sailors! I
* Dick Enersen: In 'Butt 1359 a reader stated, "The AC skippers train and
practice in Etchells and the 12 meters were a larger spin-off of them."
Whoa. Skip Etchells should certainly be considered for the Hall of Fame,
but the 12 Meter Class came to be long before he was born.
"A woman drove me to drink - and I hadn't even the courtesy to thank her."
- W.C. Fields