SCUTTLEBUTT 1391 - August 12, 2003
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The rich have been getting richer in the 608-mile Fastnet Race. As some of
the smaller boats in the fleet of 248 were at anchor in foul tides because
winds were too light to make progress, the big boats in the lead have been
making much faster passage than predicted down the south coast of England
and out into the Irish Sea. But conditions were light again as the leaders,
including Neville Crichton's 90-foot Shockwave and John McNeil's 86-foot
Zephyrus V, rounded the lighthouse on the rock off the south-west tip of
Ireland last night. Leading the multi-hulls was Tony Bullimore in the
100-foot catamaran, Legato.
Sébastien Josse has engineered a jump of nearly 20 miles in the Open 60
class in VMI, ahead of Vincent Riou, who, in PRB, recently won the Calais
Round Britain Race. In third place, 26 miles behind Josse, was Mike
Golding's Ecover as the quintet approached the halfway mark.
The first boat has to be back in Plymouth just after 3pm today if it is to
beat the record of 53hr 8min set by Ross Field in 1999. As all the weather
predictions have so far proved as unreliable as the breeze itself, the
behaviour of the high-pressure zone in the early hours this morning was
expected to hold the key. - Stuart Alexander, The Independent, full story:
Event website: http://www.rorc.org
The Commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, Chris Little, has swiftly
rebutted an article in the Sunday Telegraph, speculating that the Admiral's
Cup may be moved to 2006, with consequent implications for the Rolex
Commodores Cup. Chris Little stated that it is planned to hold the Rolex
Commodores Cup in Cowes in 2004 from 25 to 31 July, and that the Club
intends to hold the Admiral's Cup in 2005. "Whilst ideally the RORC would
like to take advantage of work currently underway on drafting a new
international rule for the Admiral's Cup, this will not affect our plans to
hold the Admiral's Cup in 2005."
Questions hang over the future of the blakexpeditions environmental project
inspired by Sir Peter Blake after the announcement that its boat, the
Seamaster, is to be sold. The vessel took Sir Peter and his crew on
expeditions to Antarctica and the Amazon before Sir Peter was shot and
killed in December 2001. It has been at Newport, Rhode Island, in the
northeastern United States for about a year since a lack of sponsorship
ended crew hopes of expeditions to the Arctic, the South Pacific, Southeast
Asia and a return trip to the Antarctic.
With no missions in the pipeline, Lady Pippa Blake decided to sell it and
told the Herald blakexpeditions could be "winding down". "We are selling
the boat and that is probably the end of blakexpeditions as it was," she
said. "Peter's two business partners Alan Sefton and Scott Chapman have
worked very, very hard over the last year and a half to try to keep it
going. But I feel that without Peter it is hard to see it keep going and it
has come to a natural end."
Sir Peter's blakexpeditions business partner Alan Sefton said the sale had
"serious implications" for the project, which had been seeking sponsorship
for the past 15 months. "I'll be back in Britain next week, and then we
will get serious about reassessing it and see whether we can make it fly.
The legacy is still very powerful." - Clair Trevett, NZ Herald, full story:
The Camet shorts have raced around the world, winning Transpac,
Chicago-Mackinac, Etchells Worlds, Farr 40 and many others. Today, we would
like to congratulate the 2003 Snipe World champions in Sweden who used the
Camet Neoprene Hiking pants during this regatta. For more information on
the Camet Hiking pants, Camet Padded shorts, Bermuda Padded shorts and
Pants, Coolmax, T- shirts, Bubble tops, Mylar bags, etc contact our dealers
or visit the Camet web page at http://www.camet.com
SWEDISH MATCH TOUR
Seven America's Cup veterans headline the roster of skippers for Danish
Open 2003, the first event on Swedish Match Tour 2003/2004, August 13 - 17,
at the KDY/ SKS Match Race Center on Skovshoved Harbor, north of Copenhagen.
Complete List of Danish Open 2003 Competitors:
- Jesper Radich (recently crowned Swedish Match Tour 2002/2003 champion)
- Jes Gram-Hansen (defending event champion)
- Magnus Holmberg (won the regatta in 2000 and 2001)
- Karol Jablonski
- Paolo Cian
- Luc Pillot
- Andy Beadsworth
- Roy Heiner
- Kelvin Harrap
- Peter Gilmour
- Lars Nordbjerg
Event website: www.swedishmatchtour.com
* Paul Cayard will host the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards
Presentation on November 12, 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. ISAF invites additional nominations -
the official Nomination Form is available online:
* Brad Van Liew, class winner of this year's Around Alone race and the
fastest American to sail solo around the globe, joins a lineup of notable
sailors that also includes current America's Cup champion Russell Coutts,
who are bringing their stories to the New York/New Jersey Sail Expo. The
four-day boat show takes place September 25 to 28 at the Liberty Landing
Marina (Jersey City, NJ). - www.nysailexpo.com
* The Notice of Race and Entry Application for Terra Nova Trading Key
West 2004 are now available. Scheduled for January 19-23, invited classes
include Corsair 28R, Farr 40, IMS, J/105, J/109, J/29, J/80, Melges 24,
MORC, Mumm 30, PHRF, Swan 45, Open Swan and T-10. Entry packages will
arrive in mailboxes in August. All entry documents, planning information
and past results are posted on the event web site: www.Premiere-Racing.com
* We've moved the Scuttlebutt CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS to our website,
and have made it easy for regatta organizers to post their event(s)
on-line. Take a peek: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar/
* The Liberty Cup Transatlantic Race (June 14, 2004) from Marblehead,
Massachusetts to Lorient France has been modified from a Category 0 to
Category 1, and a Multihull class is being considered. The Safety
Regulations are now available on website. www.libertycup.ne
The Recreation Marine Research Center (at Michigan State University) is now
in the process of recruiting the first National Recreational Boater Panel.
They have already recruited more than 3,500 boaters from around the country
and we are hoping to recruit 7-9,000 more over the next several months. So
far, RMRC has recruited only by emailing a sample of West Marine's
customers. RMRC will be sending out to 100,000 more to their customers this
week. Another 70,000 emails will be sent to boat show visitors from around
the country very soon.
The on-line panel will provide the boating industry agencies, businesses,
and organizations an efficient means to conduct on-going boating research.
The increased cost of conducting mail and telephone surveys coupled with
the growing number of states that will not release boater registration
lists, and the number of persons being added to "no call lists" has reduced
RMRC's ability to do the certain types of research, such as boating
economic impacts, boater participation levels and opinions and attitudes.
RMRC will use the Panel and various sub-samples (e.g., sailors, boaters who
keep their boats at marinas) to conduct nationally and regionally
SNIPE TEAM USA HAMMERS THE WORLDS
Last week at the 2003 Snipe Worlds in Landskrona, Sweden, all of the US
Snipe teams were in the top half of the fleet. This is probably a record,
and quite an accomplishment, considering the recent domination by the South
Americans. It has been 22 years since the world title was won by an
American, however this year Americans placed: 1st Diaz-Rogers, 2nd
Szabo-Janney, 7th Gilreath-Liebl, 9th Lake-Biehl, 14th Manderson-Manderson,
16th Commette-Commette, 18th Hallawell-Hallawell, 19th Arneson-Wirth, 23rd,
and 31st MacRae-Evans. Check out the Snipe US website for all the details:
THE STORY HAS A HAPPY ENDING
Caribbean sailors and locals alike - led by Jost Van Dyke musician and
entrepreneur Foxy - have been raising funds to purchase and preserve the
romantic islets of Sandy Spit and Green Cay, favored stopovers in the
British Virgin Islands and easily the source of more Madison Avenue-fueled
daydreams than any other outcropping of tropical sand and palm trees
anywhere on the Blue Planet.
Apparently, the pressure is off. Our correspondent in the BVI, Peter
Muilenberg, reports that the government of BVI has announced plans to buy
the islands and join them with the country's national park system. That's
exactly the goal shared by Foxy and friends, so this is excellent news. The
islands remain pristine, and they are important rookeries as well as a
nesting ground for endangered sea turtles. Foxy's Wooden Boat Regatta North
will go on, of course. That's an August 30-31 fun regatta at Corinthian YC,
Marblehead, that was set up this year as a fundraiser to help purchase and
preserve the islands. The good folks at Corinthian YC haven't gotten back
to us, but we hear through the grapevine that fundraising will continue.
After all, there's more good work to do. - - Sail magazine website, full
LASER ATLANTIC COAST CHAMPIONSHIP
Surf City YC - Final results, six races with one discard (78 boats): 1. Pat
Curran, 18; 2. Trevor Moore, 23; 3. Ryan Minth, 28; 4. Giancalo Nucci, 29;
5. T.J. Tullo, 30.
Complete results: http://www.laser.org/c/cnt/down/accresults.pdf
BLAST FROM THE PAST
Next week the Royal Yacht Club of Nieuwpoort will be hosting the Half Ton
Classic Cup, a regatta with and for vintage racing yachts. 25 boats from
five European countries are currently entered, but this number may change
in the last days before the start.
This regatta for old IOR-half tonners emanated from the enthusiasm and the
hearts of the owners themselves: Skippers that sailed these boats in the
1970s and 1980s and continue to do so or young sailors who appreciate the
simplicity and the democratic spirit, like for instance the Belgian
youngsters racing the legendary Waverider. The half tonner prototypes were
designed and build to fit into the handicap system that ruled the heyday of
yacht racing: the IOR (International Offshore Rule).
In fact all these boats had similar performances and it was the crews that
made the difference - this was the theory behind the handicap rule. The
half tonners were tremendously popular in both short inshore races as long
distance races such as the Solitaire du Figaro and the Fastnet Race. The
actual owners are true skippers: they sail at their own expense. Boats will
be arriving in Belgium from as far afield as La Rochelle, Dublin or even …
Helsinki (thanks to the ferry). - The Daily Sail website, Full story:
Pegasus 77, winner of Transpac 2003 (and 2001), is for sale. Launched in
2001, she has proven again to be the ultimate Turbo Sled. Designed by
Reichel-Pugh, she remains the very best in every aspect and is immediately
available for purchase. Additional details and photographs at
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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shot and don't whine if others disagree.)
* From Skip Lissiman: (in response to Butt 1390 - Adrian Morgan's
question why Alan Bond was not in the Hall of Fame) Good question! I asked
America's Cup Hall of Fame and Museum President, Halsey Herreshoff the same
question in Auckland in December 2002.. Halsey was also the navigator on
Liberty in 1983. The reason Halsey gave for not including Alan Bond in the
Hall of Fame was that he still believed that Australia II was designed by
the Dutch and not Ben Lexcen. Which we all know is simply wrong.
For the record - Ben Lexcen was playing around with end plates on
centerboards for 18 foot skiffs years before Australia II. And by the way -
on the final deciding race - Australia II sailed past Liberty downwind -
when the winged keel was a liability not an asset.
Guess who else is not in the Americas Cup Hall of Fame? You guessed it! -
the late Ben Lexcen.
* From Ian Jenkins: (re letter from Adrian Morgan) I think the word is
"inducted" into the Hall of Fame. Alan Bond has had his fair share of being
indicted since 1883! And its result has been infamy rather than fame.
* From Carl Schellbach: I don't necessarily want to reopen an old thread,
but I found it interesting that 2/3 of the letters in today's Butt dealt
with the safety of coach boats, yet the good folks at US Sailing were taken
to task for introducing a powerboat course. Cam's got (yet another) great
idea with the jet prop motors. I'd be willing to bet the good folks at
Yamaha will take notice and perhaps include coaches and other RIB-type
owners in their marketing.
* From Matt Clifford: TNZ would surely never have secured Kostecki due to
their presumably on-going Loyal campaign. I can hardly believe TNZ was even
considering bringing non-kiwi's into the team.
* From Richard Jepsen: Regarding Ralph Taylor's comments in #1390 on
licensing/ accreditation of sailing coaches to keep elite sailors safer; US
Sailing has both coaching certifications and safety boat/ rescue boat
certifications, along with all of the practical training, texts and manuals
as well as a cadre of skilled instructors and instructor trainers to
provide what Ralph Taylor suggests. The RYA, I believe, also has a fairly
rigorous safety boat training program. Not sure ISAF is the best choice to
create a world wide program, but ISAF could certainly provide some
visibility to the problem and encourage its member organizations to develop
their own versions.
* From Bruce Sutphen: For many years the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS)
have included specific rules prohibiting the movement of ballast and dead
weight and limiting to manual power the actions of trimming of sails and
moving appendages. Those rules are still fully in force all the time for
most boats (see RRS 51 & 52). However the rulemakers did not want to limit
the development of technology or sailing techniques so they specifically
allow these rules to be changed. RRS 86.1 b & c allow these two rules (51 &
52) to be changed by the sailing instructions and/or the class rules (which
includes handicap rules like PHRF & AMERICAP).
For years, boats with water ballast and movable ballasted appendages have
been racing legally too. For example the Volvo 60 class which was featured
in the last three runnings of the Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race employed
engine power to move the water ballast from side to side. This was
perfectly legal under the RRS because the V 60 class rules had modified RRS
51 & 52 accordingly.
Today's advanced CBTF boats are allowed to employ their moveable ballast
systems in many handicap races because either the handicap rules (eg. PHRF
and AMERICAP) and/or the sailing instructions have modified RRS 51 & 52 for
these boats. Of course the handicap systems also consider the speed
potential of CBTF and rate them accordingly.
* From Megan Sprague: (re Pan Am Games): Congratulations to the Americans
on their two gold medals, but the Canadians did well, too! In fact, we tied
with Brazil for the most number of medals. Mistral Women's sailor Dominique
Vallée claimed Silver after starting off the Games with some bad luck.
Mistral Men's sailor Kevin Stittle had a lock on Bronze with one race to
go, so he watched race 12 from the coach boat. Radial sailor Keamia Rasa
finished with a silver medal after consistently placing in the top three.
Laser sailor Bernard Luttmer pulled off 2 nail-biter bullets to catapult
into the Silver position.
More information is available on the Canadian Yachting Association website
(www.sailing.ca) and the direct link to the news item that was regularly
updated by team members from the Dominican is
The most wasted day of all is one in which we have not laughed.