SCUTTLEBUTT 1375 - July 21, 2003
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Monday 21st July 2003 - 0330 - The Australian team from the Royal Prince
Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney, have just been declared winners of the 2003
Admiral's Cup, after a somewhat nerve wracking wait for boats to finish,
and points to be calculated.
Bob Oatley, whose boat Wild Oats had stormed home to win the final race,
and snatch the trophy from the hands of the Spanish team, was almost
overcome with pride when he got the news. "It's really special, we're just
so happy," enthused Oatley, "we just can't believe it, people are waking up
everywhere and coming in the door, it's absolutely unbelievable, the thrill
of a lifetime. To win it on the last race, and in a pretty convincing
fashion, also top boat of the regatta, it's really spectacular."
Owner of Aftershock, the other boat in the team, Colin O'Neil was equally
overwhelmed by the occasion, "this is wonderful, unbelievable," was his
emotional summing up of the achievement, "it's been a long night waiting, a
lot of combinations had to come our way, but it finally did."
The series of nine races has been pretty much a two horse race from the
start, between Spain's Real Club Nautico de Sangenjo, and the Australians,
with the Spanish going into the final race with a one point lead.
Aftershock was the first of the two Australian boats to finish, at 19:16:27
on Sunday evening, and it soon became evident that they were third on
handicap, with the Spanish boat Telefonica Movistar winning the small boat
class. This meant that Wild Oats had to win the big boat class, with their
Spanish rivals on the King of Spain's Bribon Telefonica Movistar in fourth
place or worse, an unlikely scenario considering her seven first places and
one second in the series to date.
Mark Richards steered Wild Oats across the finishing line at 22:07:37, and
the long and agonizing wait began for the other big boats to finish. The
minutes and hours ticked by, and eventually the race organizers worked out
the handicaps and Australia were declared provisional winners, which will
be confirmed provided no protests are submitted.
Helmsman of Wild Oats, Mark Richards, broke the news to his team mates,
"It's 2 am here in England, and the Australian Admiral's Cup team has just
been informed that they've just won the Admiral's Cup, and we are very
proud, the convicts have come through." - Susan McKeag, www.rorc.org
OPTI NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Valle de Bravo, México - Twelve year-old Sean Bouchard produced an
impeccable win in the final race to take the 2003 IODA North American
Championship. And Bermuda's 1-2-3 in the continental event coupled with
their victory in the Team Racing Championship showed total domination of
the week. (Although Armando Zulian from Argentina finished third in the
'open' regatta, only the results of North American sailors figured in the
standings for the North American Championship.)
OK, so this is their first team in competition with the second teams of
most of the other countries. But it is a fantastic performance for a fleet
which numbers just 75 boats and maybe half that number competing in the
national trials. Bermuda only started to compete internationally in 1998
but an open-house policy giving access to all, 12- month a year sailing and
good sponsorship of their programme have led quickly to the highest levels.
- Robert Wilkes,
Final Results - Open (122-boats)
1. Sean Bouchard, Bermuda
2. Jesse Kirkland, Bermuda
3. Armando Zulian, Argentina
4. Elijah Simmons, Bermuda
5. Marc Salvisberg, Venezuela
6. Sasagawa,Masao, Japan
7. Baepi Lacativa, Brasil
8. Isozaki,Yuya, Japan
9. Zeke Horrowitz, U.S.A.
10. Sam Williams, U.S.A.
J/24 SILVER ANNIVERSARY REGATTA
Brad Read and Tim Healy* in the 52-boat Silver Fleet and Chris and Vicki
Field in the Regatta Fleet (for competitors who didn't have to meet the
crew weight requirements) won their respective divisions in the J/24 Silver
Anniversary Regatta. Each crew snared the silverware by completing the
regatta with two top three finishes. The final two races were held Saturday
in southerly winds between 8 and 12 knots.
Read and Healy's day was made easier when their main competition had to
perform a penalty turn in the day's first race. Scott Milnes, racing his
family's long-owned Sugar Plum, trailed Read and Healy by just 4 points.
But they were involved in a pile-up at the committee boat end and had to
perform a 720-degree penalty turn to exonerate the infraction. Then they
picked the wrong side of the beat. They finished 40th in the race - their
only double digit finish in the regatta - and Read and Healy placed second.
Joining Read and Healy on US Watercraft were Gordon Borges, Dave Crocker
and Nick Judson.
The big movers on the day were Waldek and Kris Zaleski (Norwalk, CT) and
their boat Twins. The Zaleskis, winners of the J/24 East Coast Championship
last fall, finished 1-2 to move up to second overall, two points ahead of
The Fields weren't on hand to collect their trophies. They celebrated their
18th wedding anniversary during the regatta (they've owned their J/24
longer) and after dropping the crew ashore they sailed out to Block Island
for some quiet time. - Sean McNeill
Complete results: http://www.j24silver.org/j24silver/m/_general/fleet.asp
* CORRECTION: It was reported in Scuttlebutt 1374 that J/24 Silver
Anniversary Regatta competitor Tim Healy was a three-time All American
sailor at the University of Rhode Island. In fact, his collegiate sailing
accomplishments occurred at St Mary's College.
2003 KEANE SNIPE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Andrew Pimental and Kathleen Tocke bested a fleet of fifty-one boats to win
the 2003 Keane Snipe National Championship last week at Beverly YC in
Marion, MA. Pimental and Tocke also won the Crosby qualification series,
overcoming the superstition which holds that the winner of the Crosby will
not go on to win the championship. The weeklong event also included the
Womens and Junior Championships and a new Partnership competition that
paired teams up from different parts of the country to increase learning
and comraderie. Results, photos and info on the 2004 National Championships
in Cleveland, OH. at http://www.snipeus.org
Curmudgeon's comment: Photos of the trophy winners at Snipe Nationals are
posted on the Scuttlebutt website:
The International 420 world qualifiers have been completed separating the
men's and women's fleet into gold and silver. Team USA faired well in the
qualifiers with five of seven men's teams making the gold fleet cut and two
of three women's teams going on to the gold fleet finals. Team racing will
be held July 21. Four days of world championships begin on Tuesday July 22.
The US team is being coached by Zachary Leonard who is the head coach at
Yale University. Team USA is partially funded by Roy Disney through the
California International Sailing Association (CISA). The world championship
is staged on Hayling Island, England with racing on the Solent. - The
Sunday, July 20, Warnemünder Segel-Club - Team USA set the standard Sunday
in our first chance to line up with the Europeans since Kiel. With finishes
of 2,3,4,5,6 for the five American women's teams, we couldn't have showed
off better. Team Cronin was smack in the middle of the US pack with a fourth.
We are currently in the middle of a European heat wave with temps in the
90s and no air conditioning to be found. Hopefully tomorrow's cold front
will bring some relief, as well as a bit more wind for the first races of
the regatta. - Carol Cronin, Team Atkins (Carol Cronin, Liz Filter &
Bridget Hallawell), http://www.teamatkins.com/
Event website: http://www.yngling-worlds.de/
Yesterday saw the first day of racing from the world's pinnacle event for
youth sailors which is underway in Madeira, Portugal, the 33rd ISAF Youth
Sailing World Championship. Unlike the Olympics that is held every four
years, this annual event first held in 1971 is the pinnacle of youth
sailing and development in our sport. No other ISAF event touches the
Member National Authorities like this one. It drives the domestic program
of most of the Nationals Authorities around the word and it symbolizes the
next generation of Olympic and World Champion sailors. Past champions are
impressive and reflect a roll call of today's elite Olympic, America's Cup,
Volvo Ocean Race and other sailors.
The offshore wind of 15-20 knots, brought very shifty conditions, testing
the sailors on the first day. Such conditions clearly appealed to some of
the sailors, with some early leads being carved out. Being an island in the
Atlantic, Madeira has a very steeply shelving coastline, and as a result it
can be difficult to lay marks in the 150 metre depth. Consequently, the PRO
took the decision yesterday to bring all the course areas inshore, and with
the limitations on area, make the courses windward/leeward rather than the
anticipated trapezoid. However, this did not seem to bother the sailors who
particularly enjoyed the first day's sailing. - ISAF website, full story:
Event website: http://www.isafyouthworld2003.com/
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* Mike Mottl has received Transpac's top individual award - the selection
by his mates on Pegasus 77 for the Don Vaughn Memorial Trophy as the most
valuable crew member on the boat. An Australian among five nationalities on
Pegasus 77, Mottl was involved in the sail development program and was a
trimmer and a driver. Also, Dan Doyle and Bruce Burgess, Two Guys On the
Edge, were awarded the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Gary Jobson Perpetual
Trophy for first doublehanded on corrected time. www.transpacificyc.org
* There are pictures of the Barn Door winners of lots of other TP images
on the Scuttlebutt website:
* A cohort of New Zealand marine industry companies have agreed to
combine to deliver 10 Antarctica Cup Class 25m Maxi-Boats boat prior to the
race, now scheduled to begin on February 12, 2005. Details will be
announced in the coming weeks. - http://antarcticacup.com/
* It is now possible to buy a copy of Seahorse magazine at a large number
of West Marine stores. If your local West Marine outlet does not have a
copy, they will happily get one for you in short order.
* Having lost the Volvo round-the-world-yacht race to Melbourne, the
Auckland City Council is preparing a $1.5 million bid to lure another
international yachting event. Auckland is competing with Tauranga and
Wellington to host the 2004-2005 Global Challenge, in which 12 identical
yachts, crewed by amateur sailors, sail around the world "the wrong way" -
against prevailing winds and currents. The loss of the America's Cup to
Switzerland and the Volvo race change have left a big hole in the City of
Sails' international yachting calendar.
At 01:28 GMT Friday, skipper Ross Daniel and the crew of New York Clipper
sailed over the Salvador finish line to victory, winning Race 13 of the
Clipper 2002 Round the World Series from Cape Town to Brazil. After a
tactical decision to dash to the North thus avoiding the calms of the South
Atlantic High, New York Clipper has proved to be unstoppable. For the last
10 days of the 3,375 nautical mile race, the New Yorkers have led the fleet
as they raced across the Southern Atlantic.
This has not been a straightforward race for the crew of the New York
Clipper. They managed to keep the opposition at bay despite suffering some
serious damage to both their heavy and medium weight spinnakers. As they
approached the coast of Brazil, wind conditions towards the coast became
increasingly squally and variable, resulting in some tough sailing and much
sewing time below decks in order to maintain their lead.
Bristol Clipper finished at 06:10 taking second place with Cape Town less
than an hour and a half behind in third place for the leg. - Loretta Spridgeon
Overall standings after 13 races:
1. Bristol, 75
2. Jersey, 72
3. Liverpool, 54.5
4. Hong Kong, 54
5. London, 52
6. Glasgow, 48
7. New York, 46
8. Cape Town, 22
MARI CHA AND MUSTO
The Mari Cha team has once again chosen Musto to supply the crew protection
for Mari Cha IV. Musto also supplied the technical clothing to Mari Cha
III, which has done some real damage to the record book over the past few
years. Teams like this only come back to a supplier if the product has done
its job well the first time around. At Musto it is a compliment we are very
used to. You don't need to attempt to break transatlantic records to
experience Musto. Give it a try next time. http://www.musto.co.uk
St. Moritz, ISAF Grade 3 Match Race - Another great sailing day with
excellent matches and a big crowd ashore following the event. The
fast-turning small boats, the complexity with spinnaker and trapez, the
good breeze and the attractive winner's price money (10000 Euro or
US$12,000) inevitably created a very heated-up atmosphere. The umpires were
more than busy.
Mark Mendelblatt (USA, OneWorld), who joined the finalist thru the
repechage, not only defeated Jesper Bank (DEN, Victory) in the semi-final,
but he also succeeded to beat the "local" favorite Murray Jones (SUI,
Alinghi) in the final to win the event. Thierry Peponnet (FRA, K-Challenge)
won the petite final against Jesper Bank.
FINN NORTH AMERICANS
CORK, Kingston, Canada - Final results: 1. Christopher Cook, CAN, 7; 2.
Kevin Hall, USA, 12; Geoff Ewenson, USA, 22; 4. Andy Kern, USA, 25; 5. Jon
Clark, USA, 25. http://www.cork.org/FNQ.HTM
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* From Duncan Nevard: That wireless instrument stuff sounds great. I
can't wait for the hackers to figure out how to intercept the information
from all the other boats during the race! Who needs a laser range finder if
you can "see" where they are in realtime.
* From R. Geoffrey Newbury (re using wireless technology) Lets consider:
Is it a breach of Rule 41, for the crew of Yacht 'A' to review after racing
has concluded for the day, the downloaded data of yacht 'B', obtained for
'A' from 'B' while racing so as to advantage Yacht 'A' during future
racing? I think it clear that 'A' could not intercept these transmissions
herself, and use them in real time. As presently written, having the coach
boat do it does not breach Rule 41, since Rule 41 (interacting with Rule 1)
does not deal with situations outside the racing time-frame. Yet this is
clearly 'outside assistance' (a phrase which no longer appears in the
rules), in that 'A' is benefiting by information obtained while both 'A'
and 'B' are racing. Rule 41 needs to be updated. And wireless instruments
need strong encryption enabled at all times.
* From Steve Silverman: Like to thank you for opening my eyes to racing.
Having been only a cruiser I'd ignored racing assuming it was all pro's in
specially designed & built boats, but the Transpac showed me that even
modest cruisers can have fun and possibly win in their class.
* From John Winder, Chairman, Newport to Bermuda Race 2004 Organizing
Committee: The Hall Spars & Rigging July 17th ad was incorrect. In 2000,
Eric Crawford in 'Restless' was first on corrected time in the IMS C/R
Division and won the St. David's Lighthouse Trophy. 'Zaraffa' was first to
finish in the IMS C/R Division and won the Herbert L. Stone Memorial
Trophy. On corrected time, 'Zaraffa' was 17th in Class 7 and 131st in the
IMS C/R Fleet. Zaraffa's performance has been absolutely phenomenal but we
want to be sure "the little guy" gets his proper recognition.
Editor's note- We were provided the following by Kristan McClintock,
Director of Marketing, Hall Spars & Rigging: "Our sincere apologizes for
the error, and our congratulations to Restless in their victory. Thank you
also to all Bermuda Race veterans who thankfully provided the correct
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