SCUTTLEBUTT 1410 - September 9, 2003
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VOLVO OCEAN RACE
Officials of the Volvo Ocean Races are predicting that the new Volvo Open
70s will be 20 or 21 days quicker around the world than the VO 60s used in
the last race - reducing the winning time to something like 103 days.
Computers projections say the new boats will achieve top speeds in excess
of 35 knots and blast through the 500 nautical mile in a day barrier. The
current monohull record for distance covered in 24 hours is 484 nautical
miles, set by illbruck in the last edition of the race.
At 21.5m (69 feet) the new boats will be 2m (6.5 feet) longer but as much
as 1000kg (2005 pounds) lighter. The Volvo Open 70 will carry up to 60
percent more sail area downwind in the spinnaker alone. The mast will be 4m
taller, the boom a metre longer and the mainsail 28 per cent bigger than on
the 60s. Using hydraulic rams mounted inside the boat, a canting keel can
be swung to one side to reduce the heeling of the boat when under sail. The
water ballast systems as used on the former Volvo 60s meant that up to 2.5
tonnes of water had to be pumped up onto the high side of the boat to help
reduce the heeling. With the water on board the boat was then up to 2.5
tonnes heavier and therefore slower.
The new boats will be allowed to have retractable prop shafts, which will
reduce drag and increase performance. With props tucked away when sailing
boats will have more efficient props for motoring than the low drag small
bladed types that have been preferred in the past when the props and shafts
were not allowed to be retractable. Carbon fibre will be allowed in the
construction of the hull and deck. Previously carbon was prohibited and the
previous VO60s were constructed from aramid and glass fibre sandwich
laminates. The new laminates will also be sandwich construction using a
foam and/or Nomex core.
Apart from more space for less crew, the new rules specify minimum bunk
sizes as well as a minimum of 10 individual berths. Fewer crew means more
emphasis on crew comfort and safety below decks. Galleys will be better
positioned and equipped. A navigation station separate from the media
station will be required under the new rules and the toilet facilities will
Each boat will have seven fixed cameras on board and teams will have to
supply 20 mins/ week of footage. Previously this was 8mins/ week. Better
editing facilities will allow crews to control the cameras and even edit
the footage from a portable machine on the weather rail!
The Royal Ocean Racing Club's Rating Office were contracted to produce the
detail of the rule but the overall concepts were drawn from a committee
including some of the most experienced designers and technicians around the
world. These included designers, Farr Yacht Design, Rob Humphreys, Jim
Pugh, Juan Kouyoumdjian, Hugh Welbourne, Rolf Vrolijk and the Wolfson Unit
in Southampton. - Lizzie Green, www.volvooceanrace.org
SIR PETER BLAKE
The life and times and the last great adventure of New Zealand yachting
icon Sir Peter Blake will be immortalized in a two-book publishing deal.
Sir Peter's long-time friend and business partner, Alan Sefton, will write
the two books, The Last Great Adventure of Sir Peter Blake, and the
Biography of Sir Peter Blake, in a deal with Penguin Books. The books have
been endorsed by Sir Peter's widow, Pippa, Lady Blake, and his company
The Last Great Adventure will be published in November as a large mat,
full-colour book featuring photographs and edited logbooks from the final
voyage of Sir Peter's yacht Seamaster from New Zealand to Antarctica and up
the Amazon and Negro rivers. Sir Peter was shot dead in December 2001, by
pirates on Seamaster near the Amazon River town of Macapa in Amapa state,
1800km north of Brasilia.
The biography spans his life and career and will contain unpublished
material about Sir Peter's relationship with the Cousteau family and his
reactions to private agendas that developed in Team New Zealand 2000. It
will be published late next year. - NZ Herald, full story:
THEY JUST KEEP GOING AND GOING.
At all the regattas around the world, just look at what the crews are
wearing. It is no surprise the Camet Padded Shorts, Bermuda Shorts, Cargo
Shorts and Pants are everywhere, from Opti sailors to the Farr 40's, Maxi's
and cruisers. The comfort of the pads, the reinforced Cordura seat, the
quick drying breathable Supplex fabrics and the 97.5% UV protection is the
solution to hours on the water. Check out the Shorts, Coolmax shirts,
Neoprene Hiking pants, Bubble Tops, Rash Guards and Mylar bags on the Camet
web site: http://www.camet.com
ISAF and Volvo signed a two-year title sponsorship agreement for the ISAF
Youth Sailing World Championship, which will in future be known as the
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship. The sponsorship agreement is
for exclusive title sponsorship including the nations' trophy, to be known
as the Volvo Trophy, presented to the best overall performing nation. The
Trophy is currently held by Australia. The two- year sponsorship covers the
2004 and 2005 World Championships to be held in Poland and Korea
respectively, and follows on from the Volvo sponsorship of the 1999, 2000,
2001 and 2002 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship. - ISAF website,
San Francisco - The Ronstan Bridge To Bridge course record was blown away
by Professional Formula Sailboarder Micah Buzianis in 16 minutes, 29
seconds - shaving one minute, 35 seconds off the previous record. Average
speed - 21 knots.
This race pits the top 18 Foot Skiffs, Formula Sailboards and Kite Surfers
on a 5.7 nautical mile downwind course from the Golden Gate Bridge to the
Bay Bridge. Second place, just twelve seconds behind Micah, was the first
Skiff - RMW Marine (Robert Greeenhalgh, Dan Johnson and Sam Gardner) -
16:41. Third place: Kiter Anthony Chavez 17:05.
Great Photo: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/03/0908RBtoB/
STAR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
After five of six races of the Star European Championship in Cascais,
Portugal there's a tie for first and a tie for third. And the leaders must
also keep an eye on the fifth or sixth place boats as well. The standings
of this 62-boat regatta after five of the six races (with one discard) are:
1. Torben Grael/ Marcelo Ferreira, BRA, 13
2. Mark Neeleman/ Peter Van Niekerk, NED, 13
3. Fredrik Loof/ Anders Ekstrom, SWE, 24
4. Peter Bromby/ Martin Siese, BER, 24
5. Iain Percy/ Steve Mitchell, GBR, 28
6. Colin Beashel/ David Giles, AUS, 31
7. Ross Macdonald/ Kai Bsorn, CAN, 44
11. Mark Reynolds/ Magnus Liljedahl, USA, 50
14. Rick Merriman/ Bill Bennett, USA; 57
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* A hundred or more Lasers are expected on Narragansett Bay next weekend
for the Rolex Laser Masters North American Championships, hosted by the New
York YC. A Rolex timepiece will be awarded to the overall winner.
* Rory MacDonald of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron won the Nova
Scotia Match Racing Championships in a double round robin sailed in light
winds, sunny skies and continually shifting wind directions. Erik
Koppernaes took second place with Tony Moore in third. www.nsmrc.com
* The official Notice of Race and Application for Entry for the Rolex
Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2003 is now available in printed format from the
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Sydney. With more than three and a half
months to the start of the 630 nautical mile race, the CYCA already has
received 10 Applications for Entry. www.rolexsydneyhobart.com
* Jan MacMillan has joined Cruising World and Sailing World magazines as
Regional Sales Manager for the Southeast, the Caribbean and portions of the
Midwest and Eastern Canada. MacMillan will be responsible for all
advertising accounts within her territories. Previously, she served as the
National Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Sales Manager for Soundings and
Soundings Trade Only.
* Bob Tan (Perryville, MD) was the overall winner of the Laser Masters
Atlantic Coasts, as well as the top Apprentice (35-44 years old). Top
Master was Martin Willard (Wrightsville Beach, NC); top Grand Master was
Mark Saunders. www.laser.org
* Engineers Australia has recognized the radical wing sailed catamaran
developed by Australian Catamaran Challenge in the 2003 Western Australian
Engineering Excellence Awards. The awards judges were impressed by the
innovative design and construction solutions developed for the project. The
unique vessel has successfully completed its first round of sea trials and
is currently being upgraded at the team's Fremantle workshop. The ultimate
goal for the award winning design is an event known as "The Little Americas
Cup" which will be sailed at Rhode Island in September 2004 against
previous winner Steve Clark's Cogito and the British Invictus team.
* Nathan Hollerbach bested Dave Rosow, Jr in the finals to win the U.S.
Match Racing Championship for the Prince of Wales Bowl. In the petit
finals, Benz Faget took third place by beating Jib Kelly. The Bayview YC
hosted the regatta in Ultimate 20s on the Detroit River where current is a
variable. Winds were, for the most part, out of the SSW, blowing 7-12.
* Sheldon Ecklund of West Palm Beach, Florida won the E-Scow Nationals
hosted by Chautauqua Lake Yacht Club in Lakewood, New York. Finishing
second was Tom Burton of Deephaven, Minnesota and 3rd was Brian Porter of
Winnetka, Illinois. Winds were strong the first day with three races being
held in 10-18 knots. The second day the winds subsided a bit with winds
8-16. Sheldon Ecklund, 37 returned to E-Scow racing this summer joining the
Lake Geneva fleet in Wisconsin and won both the ILYA Invitational and the
ILYA Championship with the help of his crew Harry and Hans Melges.
* Coverage of the July Transpac Race airs on ESPN2, today at noon EDT.
* 1D35 US Nationals, San Francisco YC, standings after six races: 1. John
Musa, Jacaibon, 10; 2. David Kirk, Detente, 26; 3. David Rillie,
Kill-A-Watt, 32; 4. Dick & Doug DeVos, Windquest, 32; 5. Bill Wright,
Zsa-Zsa, 37. - http://www.sfyc.org/Regattas2003/Results/031D35CSV.HTM
Hurricane Fabian hammered the island archipelago of Bermuda on Friday with
large waves, and winds reportedly gusting as high as 170 miles per hour.
According to a report on the Sailing World website (www.sailingworld.com),
"The (yacht) club itself survived, and the marina is intact," said Royal
Bermuda YC Vice Commodore Jane Correia Monday. "We lost two floating docks,
the 420 dock, and part of the Opti rack, but apart from that, you wouldn't
know a hurricane had hit the yacht club. We lost five IODs, and we're
making them a priority and trying to get them repaired, as we still intend
to go ahead with the Gold Cup (match racing series). We think it's very
important to run that event, not only for the community, but to show that
it's 'business in usual' in Bermuda."
Scuttlebutt reader Scott King reported, "People in Bermuda we are picking
ourselves up after having survived a Cat 3-4 hurricane on Friday. The
damage to the yachting community was extensive ... those boats that did get
pulled before the storm survived better than those on "hurricane" moorings
for the most part. While there was damage to the new yacht club marinas,
they did survive more or less intact. Boats left in the marinas suffered
from bow or stern damage against the floats ... some finger piers let go
causing collateral damage to other boats in the vicinity.
MUSTO AND THE VOLVO OCEAN RACE
Musto will be at the start, at every stop over and at the finish as the
Official Clothing Supplier of the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race. The new Volvo
Open 70 boats will be more powerful, more demanding and much faster than
have competed before. The crews will rely more than ever on their clothing
to protect them from the elements. Musto uses the latest fabrics and
technologies to ensure they will have the best clothing available. You
don't need to sail a Volvo Open 70 to experience Musto. Give it a try next
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 Jesse Falsone: John Rumsey asked an interesting question; "does it
really matter who wins a medal or trophy" in sailing. For those of us
involved in competitive sailing (either as an amateur or professional) I
believe it matters a great deal. Many of us have friends and associates who
live the Olympic dream, and we live vicariously through their experiences.
Many of us come from towns where our top sailors compete in premier events,
and we root for them just like a football fan would root for their home
team. These sailors are a product of our community. We are inspired by
people who find a way to achieve, against long odds, in a sport as
competitive as sailing. When our friends and countrymen win a medal or a
major championship, we are proud to associate ourselves with them. In so
much as who our champions are, and how these champions affect the way we
perceive our sport, it matters.
* From Tom Donlan: Olympic Yachting and US Sailing have been losing touch
with real sailors for years; this is just a tiny symptom that irks me
beyond all reason.
* From Dave Gendell (edited tour 250-word limit): I thoroughly agree with
the spirit of Paul Cayard's comments on the state of Olympic sailing in the
United State. American Olympic aspirants face unnecessary challenges off
the water. It's obvious that our "system" needs serious review.
That said, I cannot agree with his comment that funding our Olympic
athletes "is no different than any other charity." It is very different.
This past Friday night I attended the kick-off dinner for the National
Capital Area Volvo Leukemia Cup Regatta. While there I met three-year-old
Leah Holdcraft, the regatta's "Honorary Crewmate." At 21 months of age Leah
was diagnosed with Leukemia. She is about to begin another four to five
month round of chemotherapy. She has lost her hair and is feeling weak but
her parents report that she continues to have a great attitude. Her
favorite game is "doctor," which involves her performing pretend spinal
taps and bone marrow aspirates on her dolls. She also gives them "chemo"
and pretends to draw their blood. Heart-wrenching stuff. Olympic sailing
does not involve life and death. Three-year-olds are not cured of cancer as
the medal count grows.
I am thankful that there are leaders such as Paul Cayard who continue to
awe and inspire in the Olympic sailing arena and beyond. But I am more
thankful that the Leukemia Cup effort is being led nationally by Volvo and
many other committed sponsors and volunteers, including Gary Jobson. Our
community should make a stronger effort to support both of these efforts.
* From Tim Kent: I have been reading with interest all of the letters
about the lack of sportsmanship in racing, communication with the Race
Committees, etc. It is interesting that the most popular buoy race of the
year in Milwaukee Bay is one that is both a benefit for Childrens Hospital
of Wisconsin and is run under the loosest set of sailing instructions ever
written. We encourage all sailors, not just racers, to participate and the
daysailing and cruising fraternities show up in force. Both the notice of
race and the sailing instructions are fun, funny, and enormously popular.
The event pulls boats from Chicago and Port Washington and finds double the
number of sticks on the line as we find on normal race weekends. We raise
serious dollars for Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin, get in a great fall
sail and have an enormously good time all while following the request of
the RC to Play Nice. In the previous four years, not a single protest. We
always get support from North Sails, Harken, Infinity Sails and other local
businesses. And for the second year in a row, we have gotten sponsorship
from Mount Gay as well.
Read the regatta SIs:
* From Ron Baerwitz: Last weekend at the Shock 35 Nationals San Diego
Yacht Club organized a terrific event with flawless race committee work
with only one exception. They continuously broadcasted changes in the wind
direction during the race. Now, I am all for the kinder, friendlier
approach to race organizing which includes constant communication to
competitors prior to the start gun. However, once the race has begun there
should be no communication that competitors can hear with regard to course
conditions. It is like having a coach on the course which, of course, is
The "Guessing Game" of predicting wind shifts and favored sides of a course
are what tacticians are for. Broadcasting course conditions during a race
basically takes away a large dynamic of yacht racing which is the human
being trying to predict mother nature. Please stop this practice!
* From Bruce Thompson: With regard to Tom Farquhar's comments in Butt
1409, I think your readers should know that he is the current chairperson
of US Sailing's Appeals Committee. Therefore, he reflects the current
thinking on the part of the judges. My question to him is where do we find
out about this proposed rules change at ISAF? I have seen nothing of the
proposed change. There is nothing on US Sailing's or ISAF's websites. I am
unaware of any of any call for public comment. And, in my capacity as a
Senior Race Officer, I have received a half dozen emails asking me to
purchase the latest judge's manual, but have not been asked for private
comments on a change affecting race management. What gives?
A game for the over-50 crowd: Hide and go pee.