SCUTTLEBUTT 1399 - August 22, 2003
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ATHENS PRE-OLYMPIC REGATTA
The god of the winds was in high spirits Thursday, playing with the nerves
of those racing at the Olympic Sailing Centre at Agios Kosmas. The wind
changed direction constantly, making it difficult for the sailors taking
part in the Athens 2003 Regatta. Two of the three scheduled races in the
49er class were called off, as there was relatively a dead calm at the
start of the second. But sailors are trained to compete, whether Aeolus is
on their side or not.
Elsewhere today there was an impressive performance from British Olympic
gold medallist Ben Ainslie. He won both today's races and forged ahead on
the road to the gold medal, leading the overall classification in his
class. - Athens 2004 website, http://tinyurl.com/kt1o
* It takes a significant performance for one Olympic gold medallist to
impress another. So, when Iain Percy said of Ben Ainslie's two wins in the
Finn class at the Athens Olympic Test Regatta: "It was bloody impressive,
what Ben did today was special," you knew his display was outstanding. To
most, the winds were written in code, but Ainslie saw every shift and puff
on the second day with utter clarity. "Some days it clicks, other days it
doesn't," said Ainslie, the clear leader of the Finn class. "Today was a
Contrast this with Percy and his Star class crew, Steve Mitchell, who got
called for a penalty turn under the illegal propulsion rule in the first of
yesterday's races, dropping them from first overall to seventh after four
races. Percy took issue because the crackdown on the use of body weight and
movement to boost speed means that the umpires are encouraged to police
sailors without being properly trained. "We got penalized because Steve was
standing for five seconds," Percy said. "I sympathise up to a point because
sailing is so complex you have to understand how each class of boat reacts
in different conditions. But we had an umpire who didn't even know that
it's impossible to gybe a Star without the crew standing up." - Tim
Jeffery, The Daily Telegraph, http://tinyurl.com/ksmk
Yngling (3 races): 1. Hannah Swett, USA, 6; 2. Taran, UKR, 9; Wagner, GER,
13; Paula Lewin, BER, 25; 13. Clarke, CAN, 38
49er (3 races) 1. Tim Wadlow/ P. Spaulding, USA; 12; 2. Sibelo/ Sibelo,
ITA, 14; 3. Sundby/ Bovim, Nor, 15.
Star (4 races): 1. Peter Bromby / L.C. White, BER, 14; 2. Pickel / Kolb,
GER, 20; 3. KAT/ Martens, NED, 21; 5. Paul Cayard/ Phil Trinter, USA 24;
15. Ross MacDonald/ K. Bjorn, 50.
Mistral Men (2 races): 1. van Dijk, NED, 4; Tobin, NZL, 7; Santos, BRA, 8;
19. Barger, USA 35; 21. Bolduc, 40.
Mistral Women, (1 race): 1. Senini, ITA; 2. Lee, HKG; 3. Shreeve, AUS; 13.
Lanee Butler, 19. Valee, CAN.
470 Men (3 races): Marinho/ Nunes, POR, 14; 2. Molund/ Andersson, SWE, 14;
3. Kliger/Gal, ITA, 15; 21. Paul Foerster/ Kevin Burnam, USA, 60; 27.
Russel/ MacDonald, CAN, 73
470 Women ( 4 races): 1. Ward/ Ward, DEN, 26; 2. Bekatorou/ Tsoulfa, GRE,
30; 3. Hesson/ Dickson, NZL, 34; 5. Provan/ Girke, CAN, 40; McDowell/
Kinsolving, USA, 47.
Tornado (2 races): 1. Bundock/ Forbes, AUS, 2; 2. Lange/ Espinola, ARG, 4;
3. Hagara/ Steinacher, AUT, 6; 8. Daniel/ Jacobsen, USA, 19.
Europe (2 races): 1. Sundby, NOR, 8; 2. Smidova, CZE, 11; 3. Brouwer, NED,
12; Meg Gillard, USA, 19; 22.Marcil Bonneau, CAN, 40
Finn (4 races): 1. Ben Ainslie, GBR, 10; 2. Godefroid, BEL, 23; 3. Kuret,
CRO, 26; Cook, CAN, 66; 21. Peck, USA 78.
Curmudgeon's Comment: Interestingly, major European media outlets all seem
to have their top yachting reporters covering this event, but so far we've
found no first hand or even timely coverage on North American media outlets
or websites. The websites of our major sailing magazines actually seem to
be ignoring the event. (I'd love to get a ton of letters explaining how
wrong I am.)
QUOTE / UNQUOTE - Ben Ainslie (Great Britain), Finn
"The works at the venue have progressed a great deal and the venue itself
is very impressive. It fully conforms to the standards of the 2004 Olympic
Games. It's just perfect, I could say! The only problem is the distances,
as the venue is enormous. The course is a challenge, both when the northern
winds are blowing, since the northern winds are very changeable, and when
there is very little wind, as it is very hot, which is a problem for the
North Europeans. The competition is of very high quality, because if you
want to be successful in the Olympic Games you must be here this year. That
at least is the case for my class, Finn, but I imagine it is also true of
the other classes".
While it is not official at distribution time, it looks like the team of
Lorenzo Bressani has won the J/24 worlds in the Netherlands, with a race to
spare. The eighth race was won by Italian Andrea Casale, but a third place
by Bressani will likely put him beyond the reach of the other competitors.
Results (8 races with 1 discard - 66 boats):
- 1. Lorenzo Bressani, ITA, 21
- 2. Mauricio Santa Cruz, BRA, 35
- 3. Albert Kooijman, NED, 38
- 4. Gabriele Benussi, ITA, 40
- 5. Andy Horton/ Rudi Wolfs, USA, 42
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* Allan Terhune has won Charles Schwab Lightning North American
Championship at the Cedar Point Yacht Club, Bluff Point, Westport,
Connecticut. Bill Healy finished second, JoAnne Jones third, Jody Lutz
fourth and Gianni Cuccio fifth. Jamie Brickell won the President's
Division. Results are online now:
* September 8th is the 30th anniversary of the Whitbread Round the World
Race - now the Volvo Ocean Race. While the celebration will be a family
affair, that family, in many ways, extends all around the world.
* The 2004 Acura SORC will be raced from Wednesday February 25 - Sunday,
February 29, on ocean courses off Miami Beach, FL, with all shore side
activities headquartered at the Miami Beach Marina. Entries will be
accepted from boats racing under handicap rules, IMS, and PHRF, as well as
one-design classes such as the Farr 40, Mumm 30, Melges 24, J/105, J/80,
Multihulls, Swans and any class with more than five entrants.
* CORK Series One attracted 664 sailors who enjoyed a good mix of wind.
Full results and stories are posted at: http://www.cork.org/
CAL 20 NATIONALS
Mark Golison has finished second in the Cal 20 Nationals a bunch of times,
but winning that championship has always eluded him. Until this year.
Sailing with his wife Jennifer and Steve Flam, Golison left no doubt that,
for the moment at least, he's the one with the "hot hand' in this very
competitive one-design class. During the three days of racing at the Long
Beach Yacht Club, Golison was one of only two sailors who got through the
three-race Qualification Series and the seven-race Championship without
ever logging a double digit finish.
The 46 boats that raced in this year's Cal 20 Championships were blessed
with the kind of conditions competitors dream about - bright sun, flat
water and 10-15 knots of breeze for all of the races. And most of the
racers agreed that this may have been the most competitive championship in
the history of a class that spans nearly 40 years - a point that was
underscored when several former class champions did not make it into the
- 1. Bandini Mountain, Mark Golison/Steve Flam, 23
- 2. Convicts on Tour, Mike Sentovich, 32
- 3. Basic, Tom Pollack, 37
- 4. Rigormortis, Doug McLean, 38
- 5. Lolo, Chris Raab, 56
Complete results: http://www.cal20.com/championship.html
U.S. YOUTH SAILING TEAM
US Sailing has named its 2003 U.S. Youth Sailing Team. The team members are
considered the best and brightest of young sailors in the U.S. They each
won or were the highest U.S. finishers at a US Sailing national
championship or are members of the U.S. Youth World Team, which represented
the U.S. at the 2003 ISAF Youth World Championship held last July in
Portugal. (The U.S. Youth Sailing Team is an honorary team. All members
were presented with official team uniforms at their qualifying event.) -
U.S. Youth Championship:
Emery Wager (Seattle, WA) - Laser
Frank Tybor (Coronado, CA) Club 420 skipper
Melanie Roberts (San Diego, CA) Club 420 crew
U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship:
Leigh Kempton (Island Heights, NJ) - skipper
Kaity Storck (Huntington, NY) - crew
U.S. Youth Multihull Championship:
Bret Sullivan (Matawan, NJ) - skipper
Samantha Simon (Aberdeen, NJ) - crew
U.S. Junior Women Singlehanded Championship:
Charlotte Hill (Miami, FL)
U.S. Junior Singlehanded Championship:
Kyle Kovacs (Pennington, NJ)
U.S. Junior Doublehanded Championship:
Frank Tybor (Coronado, CA) - skipper
Mandi Markee (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) - crew
U.S. Junior Triplehanded Championship:
Baker Potts (New Orleans, LA) - skipper
Allan LeBlanc (New Orleans, LA)- crew
Edward Levert (New Orleans, LA) - crew
U.S. Youth World Team:
Chris Branning (Sarasota, FL) - Laser
Paige Railey (Clearwater, FL) Laser
Zach Brown (San Diego, CA) Club 420 skipper
Graham Biehl (San Diego, CA) Club 420 crew
Caroline Young (Tampa, FL) Club 420 skipper
Shannon Heausler (Tampa, FL) Club 420 crew
Philip Muller (Fort Pierce, FL) - boardsailor
Nancy Rios (Naples, FL) - boardsailor
LAYLINE JACKS UP THE PRESSURE! CREAK, GROAN, SNAP!
In Layline's continuing quest to cut through the hype and correlate sailing
experience with our cordage manufacturer's spin, Walt has added a 42" ten
ton cylinder to the test bench. How about taking a look at it's picture and
sending in a name for the bigger and badder system. Tip: Something spoken
in the accent of California's recall election front-runner would be
appropriate. Stand by for results of upcoming testing and destruction.
1-800-542-5463 if you would like to vocalize your suggestion.
CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS
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LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (email@example.com)
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* From Peter Harken (edited to our 250-word limit): We just had a very
frustrating annual ILYA Scow Championships in Madison WI. with hot, humid
fickle, meandering, no-wind, wind from here, from there, from no-where. It
was all low-side-wet-butt-itis with panic climbs to the high side
immediately followed by back to the low side wet butt routine.
The race committee had a hellish job, trying to settle down the windward
mark compass course praying it would be within reason, plus the miserable
job of trying to set up a fair line with the huge shifts when there was
adequate wind. Needless to say it didn't always go right and as usual a few
competitors expected perfection and grumbled. But, what made it really
decent and kept the humor up among us sweating masses was the constant
information and humor of the PRO on the VHF channel before the start. You
felt very much akin to his problem, i.e. he wasn't just a silent, stoic,
grim looking race officer that only used flags and a sound warning for
I believe the handheld VHF radio in your boat with a race officer that
chats up info in a friendly manner and you can hear him talk to the mark
setters plus wind angle directions from his assistant coarse boats before
the warning gun really makes the process a whole lot friendlier and fun
especially when the conditions are brutal. It definitely closes the ranks
between the race committee and the competitors.
* From Steve Travis: Given all the articles that talk about racing and
the professional crews and the Olympic medalists, and what will interest
people and what will not, we seem to have lost the focus on general racing?
At this years Cowes week there was a class of Sunsail 37's with 40 boats in
it - no one in any of the yachting magazines will write about them.
On our Monday race ( we were in IRM) , as we were going downwind, we
watched their start and one boat Port tacked the fleet at the start -
absolutely spectacular - no idea if he won the race, but that takes guts -
will anyone read about it? Maybe in a Sunsail magazine? Has the press lost
the focus on general racing? We enjoyed Cowes week, just as Cork last year
and will go to Cork next year - more Americans should come!
* From Jamie Stern: While I think it is great that the old OSTAR race has
found a new home with Offshore Challenges taking over, and sponsorship and
professional management of the race is likely, one question seems obvious.
Isn't it a conflict of interest for one organization to own the race, own
boats in the race, and have sailors on staff competing in the race? It's
the old rule of checks and balances. What happens when Ellen McArthur or
Nick Moloney protest the race committee? Wouldn't they be protesting the
hand that feeds them? Wouldn't race organizers inherently have a preference
to please the sailors they employ and the sponsors that they have signed
for those boats? There appears to be no system of checks and balances and
certainly a situation that will prove complex at the least. The only
comparison I can draw is if the Dale Earnhardt Jr. team in NASCAR were to
purchase the Daytona 500 event. Would race rules and decisions be
preferential to their car? Their driver? Probably.
* From John Wade: I think no one is interested in sailing or sailboat
racing except sailors. Was it not Commodore Vanderbuilt who said, "Watching
a sailboat race is like watching grass grow."? No one ever complained about
the coverage of sailing races, until professional sailors began to need to
justify their salaries, and sponsors needed to justify their advertising
This talk about compromising a boat's crew to put a journalist aboard, is
about a logical as having a journalist as the 11th man on a football team,
on the field, so we could get the "real" story.
I have been sailing and racing all my life (60 plus years), and I don't
read all the "news" about sailing. Heck, I don't even read all of
"scuttlebutt"; and no one else in my family reads anything about sailing. I
think jousting with windmills is a lot more logical than trying to make
sailboat racing interesting to the non-sailor. Explain to me why Farmer Joe
in Montana, should give a damn whether or not Augie Diaz wins a snipe race
in some foreign country, and you will have the answer to this journalistic
* From Peter Campbell, Sydney: We pride ourselves on the media coverage
generated in Australia for yachting through the daily press, television,
radio and, of course, Australian and international sailing websites,
including Scuttlebutt and Sail-World. We are a already getting quite a lot
of coverage for the 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and recently had
good media coverage for the Australian team win in the Admiral's Cup and
Alfa Romeo's success in the Rolex Fastnet Race. But we have to work hard at
it. There are already lots of interesting stories on the RSHYR web site:
* From Mark Eustis (edited to our 250-word limit): Big sponsors don't
support sailing for a simple reason...no "reach." Count sailing-interested
folk vs. those interested in tennis, golf, motor racing, or ball sports. I
can buy a racket or some clubs and flail around myself; I drive a car every
day; maybe I even played some ball back in the day.
Since it takes major cake to compete in sailing, the pitch is invariably,
"these folk have lots of disposable income, so it's a rich target market."
Well, sure. But as a luxury car company, I can sell to the market where it
counts by having my local dealer throw up a banner, park a couple cars on
the Mrs. Brown's lower lawn, and give away shirts. Heck, maybe my next
national ad campaign we'll park the ZYX3300 on a dock and reach hundreds of
Case in point: Hawaiian Punch. Cadbury-Schweppes/Motts could sponsor a
series of sailing events, and it'd make a sense: lots of sunny fresh air,
clean water, athletic people having fun on hi-tech stuff wearing Punchy
shirts, that sort of thing. But where's the reach? When it comes to moving
product off the shelves in your local Safeway, will people identify with
sailing, or skateboards?
So if you don't understand why big sponsorship doesn't work in sailing, you
don't understand how big advertising works. Get over it, get some (local)
help to defray the cost of running your event, and wear their shirt around
town. That's reality...the rest is fantasy.
* From Andrew Yeager: My wife and I are in the media and both sail. I can
not think of better advice to promote sailing than that offered by
Scuttlebutt reader John Glynn: get your local media to start covering what
is happen on the water near them. We live on the North Shore of Chicago.
Between the city papers and the local rags, there is pitiful coverage of
sailing - despite thousands of racers in the area, several yacht clubs
hosting national championships, etc.
If yacht clubs don't make it a point of reaching out to the media - be it
their Commodores, secretaries, or a newly assigned officer of "media
relations" - this person might also be the club's webmaster for example,
then sailing/sailors will not see the media coverage it desires. Mr. Glynn
is right: start small - a sailing column in the village paper that might
post race results, list upcoming regattas, etc. you'd be surprised how
media is looking for content!
It matters not whether you win or lose; what matters is whether I win or
lose. - Darrin Weinberg