SCUTTLEBUTT 1374 - July 18, 2003
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VOLVO OCEAN RACE
Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Glenn Bourke announce on Thursday that Melbourne,
Australia has won the right to host the only Australian stop-over in the
2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race, which starts November 2005 from the Mediterranean.
"There will be several significant changes to the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean
Race, highlighting a new age in performance sailing. One of the new
features of the race, which will greatly benefit host cities like
Melbourne, will be in-port racing. The new race rules outline that these
in-port races will now count towards the overall race result," Mr Bourke said.
"This will ensure that whilst the yachts are in port, spectators and media
will be able to see these grand prix yachts and elite crews in full action.
The ability to see these yachts first hand and close up will provide an
even more exciting and engaging atmosphere for the public." - Lizzie Green,
MORE VOLVO OCEAN RACE
Last month, noted professional golfer Colin Montgomery had this to say:
"When I cease to be competitive, stop being in contention to win titles,
then I'll slip away from the Tour," he says, adding, "I don't want to
become an also-ran or a parody of myself, striving to recreate past
glories, and I don't want to join the Seniors Tour."
So just what does Europe's most consistent golfer plan to do when he gives
up golf? "I was fascinated by the first Volvo Ocean Race last year, and I
would just love to get myself fit and competent enough to sail a leg of
what is the toughest race on the planet," says Monty, predictably adding,
"I would only want to do that if I was able to hold my place on merit as a
(Curmudgeon's comment: We hope Monty's sailing goes better than his opening
round at the British Open on Thursday, where he was forced to withdraw due
to injuries caused by tripping in the rain and hurting his wrist and knees
on his way to breakfast.)
After a day when winds gusting over 30 knots sorted out the men from the
boys, Spain has retaken the lead with a one point margin in the 2003
Admiral's Cup. The King of Spain's Bribon Telefonica Movistar continued its
almost perfect performance, with two more first places, while their main
rival, Bob Oatley's Wild Oats, representing Australia's Royal Prince Alfred
Yacht Club, had it's first result outside the top three, scoring sixth and
third places in the two Inshore Races sailed today.
In the small boat, IMS 600 fleet, Pedro Campos on Telefonica Movistar was
also consistent, chalking up a pair of second places, while Australia's
Aftershock, owned by Colin O'Neil, put a first and an third on the scoreboard.
Even some of the big names were seen in a state of disarray as the sail
shredding, south westerly winds blasted up the Solent, and tested any small
deficiency in boat handling skills, particularly on the down wind legs.
Bribon Telefonica Movistar, of the Real Club Nautico Sangenjo, won the
second race of the day despite a dramatic wipe out on the first downwind
leg, "it was blowing 28 knots and increasing," explained tactician Eddie
Warden Owen. "Andrew Cape (the navigator) was telling us we were past the
lay line, and we just had to turn the corner. Although we wiped out, there
was no damage to the boat or the crew, it was a good race - tough but fast."
1. Telefonica Movistar Sailing Team, 39
2. Royal Prince Alfred Team, 40
3. Sailability RORC Team, 60
4. Team Royal Southern, 78
5. Team Bear - RTYC, 99
6. Team Paprec Recyclage - UNCL, 105
7. Estrella Galicia Sailing Team, 114
8. Sailability CCYC Team, 115
Australia last won the Admiral's Cup in 1979, while the Spanish have never
put their name on this trophy, which when it was first contested in 1957,
was the first international offshore team trophy. Susan McKeag,
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BARKER AND COUTTS TO SQUARE OFF IN BERMUDA
Hamilton, Bermuda (July 17, 2003) - Organizers of the Investors Guaranty™
Presentation of the King Edward VII Gold Cup have announced that Dean
Barker and Jes Gram-Hansen will join the list of seeded skippers in
competition for one of match racing's most revered prizes.
The event, to be held October 18-26 at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, will
feature Barker lining up against his adversary and onetime boss Russell
Coutts. Rounding out the eight seeded skippers are Chris Dickson, Peter
Holmberg, Dennis Conner and Jesper Radich, recent winner of the Swedish
Match Tour 2002/2003.
Prior to Round One of The King Edward VII Gold Cup, 16 unseeded skippers
will compete in a three-day round robin qualifier round. Sailed in Bermuda'
s famous International One Design class sloops from October 18-20, the top
six skippers will advance to Round One and go head-to-head with the eight
The winner of The King Edward VII Gold Cup will receive the King Edward VII
Trophy and a share of the $100,000 prize purse.
OPTI NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIOHSHIP
Valle de Bravo, México - Baepi Lacativa (BRA) and Sean Bouchard (BER)
consolidated their lead as their overnight rivals struggled to find
consistency in the 122-boat fleet. The USA's Sam Williams has 10-OSC-3-4
series, and should move up when the first discard is taken. Racing
continues Friday after Thursday's layday.
1. Baepi Lacativa, BRA 14
2. Sean Bouchard, BER 15
3. Carl Evans, NZL 27
In the Team-Racing finals Bermuda overcame Mexico, with Argentina taking
third over-all with Argentina taking third over-al. The U.S.A. team was the
third place North American team.
In viewing results it should be remembered that, in the Optimist Class
tradition of selecting as many sailors as possible for different
championships, the larger countries have sent their second or even third
teams to this championship. Only a dozen or so of these participants will
be going on the Worlds next week. - Robert Wilkes,
PAN AM GAMES
The Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) of US Sailing has finalized its team to
represent the U.S.A. at the XIV Pan American Games. The multi-sport event,
held every four years since its inception in 1951, is scheduled for August
1-17, 2003, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and will be staged from
Club Nautico de Santo Domingo. The Pan American Games, always held the
summer preceding the Olympic Games, are attended by the world's finest
athletes from 42 nations in North, Central and South America, and the
Caribbean who compete in 288 events across 38 sports.
The U.S.A. is sending sailors to compete in seven classes (eight
disciplines that mirror those found in the Olympics). Two of them -- Laser
(men) and Mistral (men and women) utilize the same equipment used in the
Olympic Regatta. Five are non-Olympic classes -- Laser Radial (women),
Hobie 16, J/24, Snipe and Sunfish (all open).
2003 U.S.A. Pan Am Games Team-Sailing Leading the charge in the Hobie 16
(open doublehanded multihull) is the husband and wife team of Paul and Mary
Ann Hess (Napa, Calif.). Tim Healy (Newport, R.I.) will skipper the J/24
(open keelboat), with crew Nick Judson (Nantucket, Mass.), Gordon Borges
(Newport, R.I.) and Davenport Crocker (Cohasset, Mass.). Returning to the
Pan Am Games for the second time is Henry Filter (Stevensville, Md.), who
will team with Lisa Griffith (San Diego, Calif./Phillipsburg, N.J.) in the
Snipe (open doublehanded dinghy). Sailing in the Sunfish (open singlehanded
dinghy) is Jeff Linton (Tampa, Fla.).
Four sailors with Olympic campaigns will also compete in Santo Domingo.
Representing the U.S.A. in the Laser (men's singlehanded dinghy) is
Benjamin Richardson (Gloucester, Mass.), while Sally Barkow (Pine Lake,
Wisc.), who skippers a Yngling in an Olympic campaign, will compete in the
Laser Radial (women's singlehanded dinghy). Sailing in the Mistral (men and
women's windsurfer) are Peter Wells (Newport Beach, Calif.) and three-time
Olympian and Pan Am Games medalist Lanee Butler (Aliso Viejo, Calif.).
Providing coaching support to the 2003 Pan Am Games Team-Sailing will be
Head Coach Scott Ikle (Geneva, N.Y.) and Assistant Coach Geoff Becker
(Annapolis, Md.). Carl Eichenlaub (San Diego, Calif.), whose boat repair
abilities are legendary, will reprise his role as Team Boatwright.
Eichenlaub, who has attended every Pan Am Games since 1979 in this
capacity, has also supported the U.S.A.'s Olympic Team-Sailing at the last
five Olympic Regattas.
EVOLVE OPTICALLY, VIEW TACTICALLY
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As the tactician crosses the boat during a tack, he grabs a small display
panel stuck to a cockpit bulkhead with Velcro. Once settled on the rail, he
starts pressing buttons on the display and in a few moments has retrieved
SOG, current push, time to layline, windspeed and direction, and depth.
Armed with that information, he tells the skipper where to aim the boat and
on the next tack, slaps the display back on the bulkhead, set on target
speed. There's a sensor at the top of the rig beaming down instantaneous
wind readings to cockpit and mast displays as well as the nav station.
These displays, solar-powered and sprouting nary a wire, have the
capability to show users any data they could possibly want to pull up. The
nav station has no writhing mass of wiring behind it, and adding or
removing instruments is a snap. As the boat is racing, the team's coach
boat is downloading race data to a laptop computer for an after-race chalk
Is it far-fetched fantasy? Nope, we're talking here and now. - Sailing
World, full story: http://www.sailingworld.com/sw_article.php?articleID=1909
At 03:00 GMT Thursday New York Clipper's distance to the finish was less
than their distance covered over the last 24 hours, so in true ocean race
form and unless conditions change dramatically, they will finish in the
dark early hours of tomorrow morning. Although Bristol Clipper has gained
slightly, victory for the New Yorkers does seem fairly secure. The fat lady
will not start singing until they are well and truly over the line, but at
present speeds New York Clipper effectively has a five-hour lead on the
second placed Bristolians.
It is amazing to think how decisions made soon after the race start can
have such a profound effect. Resisting the temptation to go for an early
lead, skipper Ross Daniel and his crew played it by the book and headed to
the north after leaving Table Bay. They held on despite the growing gap
separating them from the rest of the fleet. Only South African skipper
Roger Steven Jennings and the Cape Town Clipper crew took the same
decision, but both then reaped the rewards as the windless South Atlantic
high-pressure system caught the boats to the south. - Loretta Spridgeon,
JUNIOR MATCH RACING
The Balboa Yacht Club in Newport Beach California has announced the 12
yachts clubs selected to send teams to what has become the premier
international junior match racing championship in the United States- the
Governor's Cup - held this year from August 13 thru August 17:
- Annapolis Yacht Club, Annapolis, MD
- Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Darling Point, NSW, Australia
- King Harbor Yacht Club, Redondo Beach, CA
- Kings Point Sailing Academy, Kings Point, NY
- Mission Bay Yacht Club, San Diego, CA
- Newport Harbor Yacht, Balboa, CA
- Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Auckland, New Zealand
- Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Newport Beach, NSW, Australia
- Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Kirribilli, NSW, Australia
- San Diego Yacht Club, San Diego, CA
- San Francisco Yacht Club, Belvedere, CA
Event website: http://www.balboayachtclub.com/
* Chris Dickson has taken sole line honours at the top of this year's
National Business Review's sporting Rich List (for New Zealand) - leaving
in his wake golfer Sir Bob Charles, with whom he shared top spot last year.
Dickson's estimated wealth now stands at $20m from yachting and property -
$5m ahead of the 67-year-old left-handed golfing legend. Another yachtie,
Brad Butterworth, is a notable addition to the list, sharing third place on
a conservative $14m with his Alinghi America's Cup teammate Russell Coutts.
* The last of the fifty-seven starters finished the 42nd Transpacific Yacht
Pipe Dream, a Choate/Feo 37 sailed by John Davis of Long Beach, finished
well before sunrise Thursday at 3:32 a.m., the 54th boat to cross the
landmark finish line off the dormant volcano called Diamond Head. The
boat's elapsed time was 15 days 17 hours 32 minutes 39 seconds, about twice
as much time as Philippe Kahn's Pegasus 77 needed to claim the Barn Door
award for the fastest elapsed time. Three others returned to the mainland
with breakdowns early in the race. Final results available at
A picture of the class winners is up on the Scuttlebutt website:
* The J/24 Silver Anniversary Regatta continued Thursday, where the two
class leaders - Chris and Vicki Field in the Regatta Fleet and Brad Read
and Tim Healy in the Silver Fleet - opened up a little breathing room on
their competition after three races were completed in idyllic summer
conditions. Healy, who will skipper the U.S. entry in the J/24 Class at the
Pan Am Games next month, won the final two races of the day. "This is
helping us for the games," said Healy, a three-time All American sailor at
the University of Rhode Island ('93-'95). "Three of the crew are going with
me to the games, so we're psyched to get more time on the water." Joining
Healy will be Dave Crocker, Gordon Borges and Nick Judson. Racing concludes
on Saturday. Complete results at
CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS
* August 23-30: International 5o5 North American Championships, Falmouth
YC, Falmouth, MA. - http://www.ne505.org/2003NA-NOR.htm
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* From Gregg Plunkett: I just want to let you know I woke up from a dead
sleep here in Singapore and decided to surf the web a bit. I read your
recap of the Transpac and see you quote a old friend of mine Sam Gloor. I
want you to know your stoke on what those guys accomplished on the Tripp 40
B'Quest is shared by a lot of us. Anyone who dreams big and lives life has
to love and admire what these guys are up too.
* From David Doody: Another note on the aspect of "different" regattas -
last weekend was the first rendition of the Larchmont Classic Yacht Regatta
at Larchmont Yacht Club on Long Island Sound. It was a terrific event
attended by nearly forty classic yachts ranging from a one-design group of
Atlantics and S boats to a half dozen Herreshoff Rozinantes, Herreshoff
Buzzard's Bay 25's, Concordia Yawls, NY 30, NY 32, Herreshoff Araminta and
the venerable Dolphin - Herreshoff Newport 29 that has, by all accounts,
won more races on Long Island Sound than any other boat ever. There is
great sailing in different corners of our sport where people compete and
truly enjoy it without politics, protests (not allowed) and hassles, and
certainly, no "obsolete" boats.
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