SCUTTLEBUTT 1385 - August 4, 2003
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2003 WORLD SAILOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS
The presentation of the tenth annual ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year
Awards 2003, the pinnacle award of recognition in the sport of sailing,
will take place on Wednesday 12 November 2003 in Barcelona, Spain.
The ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards are presented annually to
recognize the outstanding sailing achievements of male and female sailors,
as nominated and voted by the world of sailing. To determine the winners,
ISAF invites the world of sailing to submit nominations. A Shortlist Panel,
chaired by HM King Constantine - with representatives including past
winners, media, ISAF representatives from the key geographic regions and
Rolex - determine the shortlist of male and female sailors who in their
opinion are considered as the outstanding sailors of the year. It is based
on this shortlist that the ISAF Member National Authorities are invited to
cast their votes to determine the ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year 2003.
The criteria to be nominated is simply "outstanding achievement during the
period 1 September 2002 through to 31 August 2003". Nominations should be
made on the official Nomination Form available online at:
Complete story at http://www.sailing.org/Article_content.asp?ArticleID=5070
No boat owner has won three consecutive Barn Doors in the Transpacific
Yacht Race, and it's conditional whether Philippe Kahn will try to be the
first. "We'll be back," Kahn said, "as long as we can fit into Transpac Row."
That may be a squeeze in 2005. The bar for the monohull with the fastest
elapsed time in the 2,225-nautical mile race from Los Angeles to Honolulu
will rise to the bigger, faster maxZ86s. Kahn's boat, the "maxi sled"
Pegasus 77, was being advertised for sale well before the latest Transpac
(asking price: $1.45 million) when it scored its second successive victory.
But a maxZ86, with CBTF (canting bulb twin foil) technology, draws 15 feet
of water, which is deeper than Transpac Row in the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor at
Waikiki Beach. And if it won't fit, Kahn feels there is no point in
building one. "We believe any boat that sails Transpac should fit in the
harbor," he said. "With their draft, none of the 86s will even fit in most
harbors. That's not good for the spirit of the race."
Transpac Row, a long, single line of slips where private boats obligingly
surrender their choice locations once every two years to make room for
Transpac visitors, is a long-standing tradition of the race. Each boat is
met with a luau welcome upon arrival, no matter what time of day or night,
and a community atmosphere grows as each finisher checks in.
Kahn indicated that if the next Transpac doesn't work out for him, he'll
devote his sailing energies entirely to his one-design fleet. He has raced
Farr 40s, Mumm 30s, Finns and Melges 24s and recently bought two Stars. He
plans to compete in the Melges 24 Worlds and the Star North Americans in
San Francisco this fall and will sail a Farr 40 in the Big Boat Series on
the Bay in September. "We'd love to defend [the Barn Door] again," he said,
"but we're not tied to one boat. Most of our program in Pegasus Racing is
one-design." - Rich Roberts
Complete story at http://www.yachtracing.com/richroberts/073103.htm
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Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain- Filip Matika from Pula, Croatia, who last
year became probably the youngest sailor ever to win the event at the age
of 11 years 10 months, repeated his victory in unarguable fashion with a
victory in the final race.
Bermudan Jesse Kirkland had a 8, 3 on the final day to take silver, the
first medal ever won by his country in the 41 year-old event. Sebastian
Peri Brusa who suffered a DSQ in the penultimate race took bronze. Tomasz
Januszewski (POL) confirmed the improved standard of Polish sailing, shown
by their victory in the Europeans, to take fourth ahead of Hannah Mills (GBR)
Hannah had had to sail conservatively ever since her second OCS in Race 7
but strung together a set of excellent results to win the girls prize by a
large margin. With three sailors in the top 12 this was by far the best
British performance for decades.
Joaquin Blanco, double European champion and sailing in his own club, was
always going to be under pressure and it is a tribute to his resilience
that he achieved an excellent 6th.
1. CRO, Matika Filip, 44
2. BER, Jesse Kirkland, 65
3. ARG, Sebastian Peri Brusa, 69 pts
4. POL, Tomasz Januszewski, 78
5. GBR, Hannah Mills, 81
6. ESP, Joaquin Blanco, 92
7. JPN, Ryutaro Kawai , 33
8. GRE, Spanomanolis Jason, 90
9. SWE, Nicklas Dackhammar, 63
10. GBR, Richard Mason, 118
Top Mexican: 28. Erik Brokman, 185
Top American: 104. USA, Scott Furnay, 411
Top Canadian: 123. CAN, Evert Mclaughlin, 456
Complete reports and results at http://www.optiworld.org/ioda-news.html
Curmudgeon's comment- The above results were listed as provisional, but
also said that the final results for major placings would not change. But,
I guess that could mean the results of the remaining top North American
entrants may perhaps change.
SWAN AMERICAN REGATTA
Newport, RI- The 2003 Swan American Regatta concluded with Craig Speck's
Swan 45 VIM taking overall Swan American title and winner of Class A,
having achieved podium position in five out of the seven races completed in
this five day regatta. The Swan 45 took two out of the top three places
with Doug Douglas' Goombay Smash in second place.
The runaway winner of Class B was Martin Jacobson's Swan 44, Crescendo who
rose to the challenge of the trying conditions to win both races today and
take the class overall. Jacobson and his crew managed to beat a highly
competitive fleet of 20 Swans, including eventual second placed Vixen a
Swan 44 owned by local sailor John Wayt.
For the first time at the Swan American Regatta, Nautor provided a third
class for non-spinnaker entries, with the overall class title going to Dire
Wolf, a Swan 44 owned by Thomas Little.
The next Swan American Regatta will be run in Newport, R.I in the summer of
2005. Complete report and results at http://www.nyyc.org/index.cfm?menu=263
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* The first races of the Pan Am Games in Santa Domingo are set to start
Monday, August 4th. Scuttlebutt received a report the other day from US
Team member and Snipe crew Lisa Griffith: "We're living in a cinderblock
building...all the US team (all sports) are in one "block"...which are
arranged around a courtyard. I think there are nine blocks all
together...imagine a rubic's cube setup. We all eat in the same cafeteria,
which is quite good. We're eating way too much food and drinking water like
crazy because it's really, really hot here. We're sleeping about six people
to a room in bunk beds and fortunately we have air conditioning. Carl
(Eichenlaub) led the entire US contingent during the opening ceremonies and
the sailing team got to go in behind him in rows 2-4....row 1 is for the
officials. It was really cool!"
* Over nine hundred boats racing in forty-two classes are competing this
week in Skandia Cowes Week. Billed as the largest and longest-running
annual sailing regatta in the world, it first took place in 1826 and has
been held in August every year since then (except during the two world
wars). The event lasts for eight days and takes place in the Solent waters
off Cowes in the United Kingdon. Complete event info and daily results at
* Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton said Thursday he is no longer
confident of signing American yachtsman John Kostecki to a key role in a
2007 America's Cup campaign. He had been initially hopeful of making
Kostecki one of the leading members of New Zealand's sailing team. But
Dalton said Thursday he had little hope of topping bids for the American's
services from other, big-budget campaigns. "Everyone has options and John
has obviously got a few. I'd say it's a 50-50 thing at the moment. Good
guys like John are under offer from all over the place and he's probably
got a variety of options to consider."
* Milwaukee, WI was host to the US J/24 Nationals August 1-3, where severe
thunderstorms cancelled racing on the third day of the three-day event.
Chris Snow of San Diego, CA showed his mastery of the conditions during the
first two days to claim the title. Complete results at
Malmö, Sweden- This last day started with no wind but a gentle breeze from
South increased up to approx 6 m/s so that all races during this 48th 5o5
World Championships could be completed. Champions Hunger/Jess and runner-up
Bergstrom/Barne did not compete today, while Americans Hamlin/Alarie sealed
their third positioning overall with a victory in the finale.
1. GER, Wolfgang Hunger/ Holger Jess, 12 pts
2. SWE, Krister Bergström/ Johan Barne, 23
3. USA, Howard Hamlin/ Peter Alarie, 30
4. DEN, Jörgen Riber/ Henrik Buhl, 41
5. GER, Christian Kellner/Klaus Stammerjohann,42
6. GBR, Ian Pinnell/ Steve Hunt, 43
7. GER, Claas Lehmann/ Martin Schöler, 55
8. GER, Stefan Koechlin/ Axel Priegan, 55
9. USA, Alexander Meller/ Jesse Falsone, 63
10. USA, Daniel Thompson/ Andrew Zinn, 65
12. USA, Andy Beeckman/ Ben Benjamin, 71
21. USA, Macy Nelson/ Nick Nelson, 151
Complete results: http://mss.m.se/vm505%202003.htm
LASER EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Split, Croatia - Light air plagued the final two days of racing, where only
six points separated the first four sailors going into the final day.
Final Results (120 entrants)
1. SLO, Vasilij Zbogar, 28
2. CRO, Mate Arapov, 30
3. AUS, Michael Blackburn, 34
4. POL Maciej Grabowski, 35
5. GBR, Paul Goodison, 35 pts
Top American: 23. USA, Andrew Campbell, 119
Top Canadian: 32. CAN, Andrew Childs, 146
SNIPES WORLD WIDE THIS WEEK
The Snipe Worlds are being held this week in Borstahusen, Landskrona,
Sweden. The US is allowed eight boats based on the number of paid members.
Also we had the winner of the Western Hemispheres, who automatically
qualifies. And we had the second place boat from the Junior Worlds that
also independently qualifies. So the USA has a record ten boats at the
Worlds. Also this week Henry Filter and Lisa Griffith are representing the
USA in Pan Am Games. Snipe is a World Class boat. Follow the action at
CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS
* October 14-15: A two-day Judge Training Workshop will be presented at the
Adams Mark Hotel in St Louis, MO prior to the US Sailing Annual General
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* From Ted Livingston: Thank you, Bud Thompson, for sharing the news of the
passing of one of Hawaii's elite sailors, Capt. Robert Leary, USCG Ret.
After dropping out of the Academy to sail with Irving Johnson around the
world aboard Yankee in '39, WWII put him right back on track with the USCG,
as one of their most experienced and trustworthy SAILORS. I understand
that, as such, he was sent to Germany, after the war, to bring home the
"war prize" square-rigger "Horst Wessel," which now is the USCG bark
"Eagle." Also, three cheers for Carl Eichenlaub of your lead article this
morning. He was a member of my first junior sailing class, at Mission Bay
Yacht Club in 1946. "You've come a long way, baby."
* From Vickie Matthews: I'm delighted to hear that Carl will be
representing the entire U.S. delegation at the Pan Am Games. It is an honor
that I'm sure he humbly accepted. There are many great stories about Carl
and he always has a crowd around him that he shares his stories to.
My experience with Carl was in the Pan Am Games when our new Lightning
arrived without the required anchor. I went to Carl to ask if he had a
spare and he said no, scratched his head and said he would come up with
something. Sure enough, he came by the boat a little later with an
acceptable grappling hook welded out of some threaded rod, complete with an
eye and line attached (this wouldn't meet class rules today). We sold the
boat minus the anchor - it was a treasure. Another time in St. Pete the
power had been cut off to the island due to the Storm of the Century. Carl
hooked his motor home generator up to the hoists so that people had power
to get their boats out of the water. A very creative and innovative thinker
that Carl is!
* From Clark Chapin: To the well deserved list of Carl's accomplishments, I
feel compelled to add that upon returning to San Diego after the 2000
Olympics (broken hip and all), he traveled to New Orleans to receive the
Herreshoff Award in person before returning to Sydney for the Paralympic
Games.As an attendee of the 2000 US SAILING Annual General Meeting, I was
* Jack Spangler: Noting the story about Carl Eichenlaub reminds this
old-timer of the slogan ditty of 40-50 years ago when Carl was building
Star boats: "Any slob can win in an Eichenlaub." Thanks for the reminder.
* From Jean Pierre Martens, The Netherlands: I think it would be a good
idea to have the jury on the water being able to give penalties to
infringements other then Rule 42. I'm sailing in the Star class and I'm
surprised how many fouls are made knowingly without doing the turns and not
being protested by fellow competitors. This happens in the big events like
Spa, Kiel, etc. and by very experienced sailors! I think a jury on the
water will make people think more about what they are doing and maybe
stimulate sailors to protest more. The rules are there for good reasons!
And luckily the game isn't stopped like in NBA or NHL (bad comparison) so
it won't affect "all the viewers." I think it is about fair sailing (not
mentioning Lance Armstrong and Jan Ulrich again!). However, I think you
would need a lot of jury members on the water to see all the fouls that are
* From Mark Miller: In regards to protests and on the water faults, of late
I have heard and experienced too many cases where what may seem obvious
turns out when presented to a arbitrator or protest committee to not be
presented in its true and proper form (ie: not telling the truth or
changing the facts so as to get caught or be held libel for damage).
Unfortunately that even though sailing is suppose to be a sport where you
are on your honor to do the right thing, egos or some other influence
changes the way we do our business. Race organizers, committees, judges and
the like can not be there for all to see what occurs. My point is that if
you see something, be a witness to support the truth.
* From Pete Lawson: With all due respect to John Doerr and his substantial
contribution to the sport, I had always thought that the judge's job was to
resolve disputes, not create them.
* From Robert A. Constable (edited to our 250 word limit): I wasn't at the
un-named World Championship to witness the "atrocious" compliance with the
Part 2 rules that John Doerr refers to, and he didn't give information
about the typical age of the competitors.
My experience, admittedly limited, is that the younger sailors have neither
the experience nor the mindset to grasp the subtleties of all of the rules.
Robbie Doyle suggests that for many of these kids, failing to protest may
be exercising good judgment. Much of the griping I hear about adult
club-level racing is about those few competitors who take it too seriously.
God forbid that our kids take it so seriously that the fun is gone and they
abandon the sport. Teach them that the sport's code of honor is what makes
sailboat racing so special; that aggressive tactics bear risks; that doing
the turns is usually cheaper than the red flag; and most of all, celebrate
with them when they mess up, do the 720, press on and catch boats. But
leave some room for them to exercise their judgment.
John Doerr's suggestions on umpiring the Part 2 rules may make sense for a
high-level world championships. I certainly believe you honor the sport by
respecting the rules, but, if in the rank-and-file events, some kids decide
to let one go, rather than get heavy on their peers, I would suggest
there's a lesson in it for rest of us -- that preserving the fun may be
every bit as meaningful as preserving the integrity.
Never miss a good chance to shut up.