SCUTTLEBUTT 1402 - August 27, 2003
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SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
August 21 - George Collins was a little surprised when he saw his name in
headlines. A Volvo Ocean Race press release announcing that an
Annapolis-based syndicate had entered the around the world race blared:
Chessie Racing's George Collins is chairman of new USA syndicate. Headlines
that appeared atop a pair of newspaper articles about the new syndicate
furthered the impression that Collins, a Gibson Island resident, was the
main man behind Team Kan-do.
Collins contacted The Capital to set the record straight and emphasize that
Annapolis resident John Alden and Ellicot City resident Patrick Bischoff
are the co-founders and directors of Team Kan-do. "This is not my campaign,
I should not be at the forefront," Collins said from his summer home in
Madison, Conn. "I am one of many advisors that have been enlisted to help
get this campaign off the ground."
Collins, former CEO of T. Rowe Price, spent $7 million of his own money to
fund the Chessie Racing campaign that competed in the 1997-98 Whitbread
Round The World Race. He is not chairman of Team Kan-do, as the Volvo Ocean
Race press release indicated and is not backing the campaign financially.
"I am chairman of the advisory board, that's a big difference," he said. "I
am not funding this campaign. I promised my wife that I wouldn't put up any
money at all. I wrote the check for the last Maryland boat, I'm not doing
it for this one."
* Collins said any financial contributions he makes to Team Kan-do would
be related to the educational side of the campaign. Meanwhile, Collins will
lend his experience and expertise to Alden and Bischoff. - Bill Wagner, The
Capital, full story:
ATHENS 2003 REGATTA
There was lots of racing in Athens on Tuesday with only the Star class
taking a lay day. The Brits look really strong, with four teams in the
top-four, and three others in the top-10 in their respective classes.
Yngling (9 races- 1 discard): 1. Hannah Swett, USA, 29; 2. Shirley
Robertson, GBR, 35; 3 Wagner, GER, 26. 10: Paula Lewin, BER, 56; 13.
Clarke, CAN, 88
470 Men (10 races): 1. Molund/ Andersson, SWE, 56; 2. Rogers/ Glanfield,
GBR, 66; 3. Zandona/ Trani, ITA, 71; 5. Paul Foerster/ Kevin Burnam, USA,
85;27. Russel/ MacDonald, CAN, 217
470 Women (10 races - 1 discard): 1. Bekatorou/ Tsoulfa, GRE, 43; 2. Ward/
Ward, DEN, 63; 3. Sesto/ Reinoso, ARG, 66; 6. McDowell/ Kinsolving, USA,
83; 22. Provan/Girke, CAN, 143
Europe (9 races - 1 discard): 1. Smidova, CZE, 36;3. Desillie, BEL, 43; 3.
Sundby, NOR, 47; 5. Meg Gillard, USA, 59; 24. Marcil Bonneau, CAN, 152
49er (12 races - 2 discards): 1. Nicholson/ Boyd, AUS, 47; 2. Sibelo/
Sibelo, ITA, 48; 3. Brotherton/ Asquith, GBR, 56; 6. Wadlow/Spaulding, USA,
Mistral Men (7 races-1 discard): 1.Kaklamanakis, GRE, 17; 2. Fridman, ISR,
19; 3. Zhou, CHN, 28; 21. Bolduc, CAN, 113; 24. Barger, USA, 123.
Mistral Women, (8 races - 1 discard): 1. Senini, ITA, 9; 2. Lee, HKG, 22;
3.Merret, FRA, 28; 14. Lanee Butler, 84; 20. Valee, CAN, 110.
Laser (9 races - 1 discard): 1.Scheidt, BRA, 42; 2. Birgmark, SWE, 42; 3.
Arapov, CRO, 46; 15. Luttmer, CAN, 125; 20. Richardson, USA, 157.
Tornado (7 races - 1 discard): 1. Bundock/ Forbes, AUS, 16; 2. Lange/
Espinola, ARG, 27; 3. Hagara/ Steinacher, AUT, 35; 10. Daniel/ Jacobsen,
USA, 70; 13. Holden/ Coakley, CAN, 84
Finn (7 races- 1 discard): 1. Ben Ainslie, GBR, 26; 2. Kusznierewicz, POL,
40; 3. Trujillo, ESP, 46; 15. Cook, CAN, 101; 24. Peck, USA 158.
Star (9 races/ 1 discard): 1. Torbin Grael/ Ferreira, BRA, 35; 2. Peter
Bromby/ L.C. White, BER, 39; 3. Pickel / Kolb, GER, 39; 4. Paul Cayard/
Phil Trinter, USA 40; 6. Ross MacDonald/ K. Bjorn, CAN, 54.
Full results: http://www.athens2004.com/page/default.asp?la=2&id=16916
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ISAF MATCH RACING WORLDS
Riva del Garda - Eight of the 14 flights of Round Robin One of the ISAF
Match Racing World Championship were completed Tuesday. Racing was delayed
two hours until 11:00 AM due to the lack of win. However a Southerly filled
in, reaching 20 knots by 1 pm. Lake Garda and its surrounding mountains
provided a spectacular view to an exciting series of matches.
Not only did the sailors have a long tiring day on the water, but also the
umpires who inflicted a great number of penalties. The outcome of the much
awaited race between Russell Coutts, winner of the America's Cup, and
defending world champion Karol Jablonski, was quickly decided when the
Polish skipper got a penalty at the start. Coutts only loss came in his
match with James Spithill who also is the only skipper to beat Jesper
Radich. - http://worldchampionship.g2k.it
Russell Coutts, New Zealand 6 wins, 1 loss
James Spithill, Australia 6 wins, 1 loss
Jesper Radich, Denmark 6 wins, 1 loss
Karol Jablonski, Poland 4 wins, 2 losses
Ed Baird, USA 4 wins, 2 losses
Jes Gram-Hansen, Denmark 4 wins, 3 losses
Mathieu Richard, France 4 wins, 3 losses
Bjorn Hansen, Sweden 2 wins, 5 losses
Ian Williams, UK 2 wins, 5 losses
Mikael Lindqvist, Sweden 1 win, 5 losses
Paolo Cian, Italy 1 win, 6 losses
Staffan Lindberg, Finland 0 wins, 6 losses
* Wakayama, Japan - Rob Greenhalgh and Dan Johnson of Great Britain won
the opening race of the International 14 World Championship by two and
three quarter minutes Tuesday afternoon. Completing an outstanding day for
Great Britain, Archie Massey and George Nurton finished second, Jarrod
Simpson and Harvey Hillary finished third, followed by four more British
boats. Two Australian teams came next, while the leading Americans were
surprisingly off the pace - Berkowitz/ Martin finishing 13th and Bundy/
Hanseler in 14th. http://www.i14.jp/wakayama/
* Paraplegic Joe Guay, Barrington RI, won the C.Thomas Clagett Jr.
Memorial Regatta in a 12 race series in 12-18K Narragansett Bay breezes.
Hosted by Shake-A-Leg, and Clagett family members, the 2-day regatta was
the culmination of a 4-day teaching clinic/ regatta designed to bring
disabled sailors up to a Paralympic competitive level. Prior to the
regatta, morning classroom sessions were followed by on-water coaching by
Scott Lippert, head sailing coach at Washington College and Erin Maxwell,
#2 rank US Sailing Team 470 female skipper.
* Martin Johnnson, son of last year's Soling North American Champion
Jorgen Johnnson, won the 2003 Soling North Americans by three points over
Joe and Rose. Seven races were held over four days with decent winds.
Sixteen boats participated at the Milwaukee YC - coming from as far West as
Seattle, as far East as Connecticut, and even the US Virgin Islands. Local
sailor Charlie Kamps earned three bullets but could not make up for two
seven place finishes finishing in 3rd place. - www.soling.com/indexnews.asp
The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge,
and the President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Phil
Craven, signed an amendment to the IOC/ IPC Agreement on the organisation
of the Paralympic Games. This amendment is aimed at ensuring that
Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs) pay the IPC nine
million US dollars for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008, and 14
million dollars for the XXI Olympic Winter Games in 2010 and the Games of
the XXX Olympiad in 2012 for broadcasting and marketing related to the
2008, 2010 and 2012 Paralympic Games.
"The amendment lays an excellent foundation for the IPC's quest to fully
develop the Paralympic Movement - a huge task, which we can now begin to
explore. It also emphasizes the close partnership which continues between
the IOC and the IPC", said Mr. Craven. - ISAF website,
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POINT / COUNTERPOINT
(Scuttlebutt received letters from two prominent Principal Race Officers,
from two prominent Southern California yacht clubs. Both of these gentlemen
are former commodores of their respective yacht clubs and both have very
different opinions on the comments that ISAF President Paul Henderson made
in Scuttlebutt 1400.)
* From Chris Ericksen, Alamitos Bay YC: I could not agree more with anyone
than with ISAF President Paul Henderson on the subject of race officers
talking to the sailors "especially with regard to keeping them back at the
start so as to stop OCS and General Recalls." I've run a few races myself
and often discuss the length and angle of the lines, the length of the
courses and other issues with the racers between races. I am particularly
vocal at the starts, and have often commented on how the racers are
behaving on the line. Furthermore, I am a proponent of calling the numbers
of boats that are OCS.
I might also say that the "'olde' mentality" is alive and well: many of my
colleagues think it inappropriate to have such conversations. I can also
report, however, that the calling of the numbers of boats OCS is in common
usage in our yacht club. I am confident that I'll see it replaced in my
lifetime as the resisters retire from the game; I also hope it'll be seen
in the lives of Mr. Henderson and Mr. Harken.
* From Mike Wathen, Balboa YC: Dear Mr. Henderson, It is with alarming
reaction, that I read your comments about Race Officers not communicating
sufficiently. As soon as the Racing Rules of Sailing are changed to allow
such unnecessary communication to be accomplished, without threat of
redress, you might see things change. While changing the 'rules' though,
one must remember that the changes must apply to all forms of racing. 10
Prams, in 6 knots of breeze in a protected harbor race, or a large fleet of
70+ foot Offshore boats in 25 knots of wind in the open ocean with big seas
running. All circumstances must be treated equally by the rules.
As the Principal Race Officer, my job is to set a fair line, execute a
proper starting sequence, and signal any competitors who violate the
starting line. I have too many other things to monitor, to take time to
tutor someone who isn't properly starting his boat. There already is a
reasonably reliable form of communication, the "Individual Recall" flag.
It sounds like what ever they did in Athens may not have been a desirable
method of accomplishing the goal of notifying OCS boats, but putting the
burden of ensuring that the competitors start properly onto the PRO's
shoulders is, in my opinion, a far less desirable recommendation. If PROs'
are expected to conduct a distracting dialogue with competitors in the last
minute before the start, you will see other unbelievable/ undesirable
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An adventurer of many dimensions, Fossett has pushed himself to compete in
fields besides aviation, including swimming, skiing, dog sledding, auto
racing, and sailing. In this last field, he holds 15 world records,
including the transatlantic sailing record from New York to England in 4
days, 17 hours. http://www.fossettchallenge.com/
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LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(Letters selected for publication must include the writer's name and may be
edited for clarity or space - 250 words max. This is not a chat room nor a
bulletin board - you only get one letter per subject, so give it your best
shot and don't whine if others disagree.)
* From Todd Singer (reply to: Simon Walker, Challenge Business): There is
a vast difference in the (BT) Global Challenge race where all boats are
owned by the race organizers with amateurs onboard, and the OSTAR event,
where 100+ different boats with independent owners/sponsors are competing.
One is a "pay as you sail" event for amateur sailors to face a unique
challenge, while the other is a pro circuit event where individually
sponsored athletes go head-to-head. Unless Offshore Challenges is changing
the format of the OSTAR, I don't think it can be compared to the (BT)
Global Challenge. A conflict does exist if Offshore Challenges plans to
own/ operate the OSTAR race and have their own boats/ sailors racing in it
against other pro sailors.
* From Neil Harvey (re Bruce Kendell): Bruce the Goose. My mentor, my mate,
best man at our wedding. The man that taught me that there is a better tool
than a Crescent wrench to tighten cylinder head nuts. The captain with
which I did almost 100,000 miles at sea. The family man with whom we've
shared many happy hours and sea stories - most of which were true blue.
We've travelled together to the four corners of the globe, and now you're
waiting in the fifth for our arrival, someday.
"The tide recedes but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down but gentle warmth still lingers on the land.
The music stops and yet it echoes on in sweet refrain.
For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains."
Rest up now - you're finally off watch.
* From Tommy Mercer: I have just read that Bruce died in a plane crash.
It brings great sadness to me in a man that did so much for sailing
industry. Bruce is the one that gave me my break in getting involved and
sailing with Kialoa and the Maxi Circuit. Is dedication to sailing and
taking the time to teach others the right way in doing things goes without
words. He would always take the time and chat with you if you were not sure
about something. He will be greatly missed.
* From Giff Hammar: In response to Jon Antrup's comments ('Butt 1394), I
am the Commodore for our local racing association. This year, I instituted
an outreach program for the local media outlets to get more interest in our
activities. The Portsmouth Herald has been very happy for us to provide
them with racing results and has assigned a couple of reporters to race
with some of our crews on Thursday evenings. Partly as a result of this
increased coverage, we increased our fleet size by about 10% this year and
roughly 50% of the attendees at our Spring Fever Mixer were people who were
new to the organization.
My Rear Commodore spends a fair amount of time each week putting the
results together so that the paper can use them and coordinating other
types of media coverage. The Sports Editor likes the input because it's
"free" (to them). A glib competitor would be even better, but most of us
have real jobs we have to do. The bottom line is that we all need to make
an effort to get sailing better recognized in the media. Our efforts do pay
off, but sometimes it takes more than a simple phone call. Make friends
with the editors and reporters and the coverage will come, particularly if
you do a good job priming the pump.
* From Tyler Garrett (edited to our 250-word limit): In case you have not
noticed, Sailboat racing is much bigger in Europe. So is Windsurf racing,
and World Rally racing, and Soccer. You may also have noticed that most
European magazines do a much better job of covering their sports of sailing
and windsurfing better than the USA. Why? Well gee, could it be that the
majority of the US citizens don't care? And why should they?
Add it up; limited access to community sailing centers + fairly difficult
to get good at + a bunch of convoluted rules + far to many choices of boats
(new and used) most of which are kind of crappy (low tech and slow) + all
of which cost more than a average jet ski= who cares? And Image counts, We
like to poke fun at the supposed Beer swilling NASCAR fans, but have you
noticed the drunk pompous asses standing around you at the club bar? Who
wants to be around that all the time?
Yes, I do sail and race and have been doing so for 20+ years. I think we
will never get good coverage in the media because sailboat racing in the
USA is a very tiny sport. Yes, there are a lot of recreational boat owners
that make the industry look big, but racing is a small portion of that. So
just accept it, get over it and go on in our tiny, esoteric sport of
Father: A banker provided by nature.