SCUTTLEBUTT 1415 - September 16, 2003
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In front of a spectator fleet of close to 100 boats, and with a sizeable
crowd lining the shore and filling the VIP tents, America's Cup holder
Alinghi and Challenger of Record Oracle BMW Racing staged a match-racing
clinic on San Francisco bay Monday afternoon.
In the first race of the day, Larry Ellison gained a measure of revenge for
the Louis Vuitton Cup final. Ellison was at the helm of his Oracle BMW
Racing boat (USA-71) to beat Ernesto Bertarelli on Alinghi (SUI-64), in the
first race of the Moët Cup. With the win, Ellison jumps ahead 1-0 in the
For the second race, the pro-drivers took the helm. Oracle BMW Racing
helmsman Gavin Brady appeared happy with his start to leeward of Alinghi
and the teams began short tacking up the San Francisco shoreline, with
Brady pushed right in along Fisherman's Wharf and the Aquatic Centre.
The teams switched sides approaching the top mark, and with Brady in a
powerful position on the right, the USA-71 helmsman simply ran out of room,
the shoreline forcing him to tack before the port tack layline. Schuemann
was able to get around the mark with a 10-second lead.
Alinghi was fast downwind all day, and this race was no exception with the
Swiss extending to a 14-second lead. The second lap of the course changed
nothing, and Schuemann earned his first win as skipper of SUI-64. The
Alinghi team takes a 1-0 lead in the pro-driver series, with the 26-second
Quotes of the day:
Jochen Schuemann (Alinghi) on having to give 'sea-room' when the boats tack
up the shoreline:
For America's Cup boats it's not usual but in other match races it does
happen often and we agreed from the beginning, because we don't want to
risk any of our boats, that whenever the inner boat asks for water, we will
give it and we did. There was no problem at all and it all worked very safely.
Chris Dickson (Oracle BMW Racing) on his team's performance in the second race:
We had more bad tacks than we would have liked this afternoon and we had a
couple of small pieces of equipment on the boat that weren't working as we
would have liked…we all get used to seeing these boats work perfectly and
the reality is that there's a huge amount of crew co-ordination needed to
sail these boats at a top level. Usually the guys make it look a lot easier
than it really is. Today we had a 95% day on some issues instead of 99%.
Ellen Macarthur, on her experience sailing as a guest on Oracle BMW Racing:
I learned that you can't sail an America's Cup class boat by
yourself…there's such a number of people working so hard. The race actually
takes a long time but it goes just like that on the boat because everyone
is so busy every second. It just shows how important the training is and
how much time on the water you really need. That was the most impressive thing.
Racing continues on Tuesday. - Peter Rusch, Golden Gate YC website, full
Editor's note: The Moet Cup is awarded to the low point team with the best
combined scores from both series. The winner of Series 2 (Pro Series) will
be awarded a model of the Yacht America, a perpetual trophy. A reminder of
The Outdoor Life Network (OLN) TV Schedule:
September 16-19 at 7pm and 2am ET
September 20-21 at 2:30pm ET
ISAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Following a day of more strong, hot breeze, racing was completed in both
Mistral fleets, and the Yngling fleet, who all had two races. Tomorrow in
Puerto Sherry we shall be seeing the first qualification races for the Star
classes after racing was cancelled today. The Finns continue measurement
and hold a practice race, whilst racing carries on for the Mistrals and
Ynglings. After a lay-day, the final series of races start for the Europe
class as the competition really gets going. Measurement for the 470's
continues in Rota, whilst in Elcano, the 63 nations competing in the Laser
class, continue with kit allocation.
Results (top three plus top NA entrants)
Europe (6 races - 1 drop): 1. NOR, Siren Sundby, 10 pts; 2. NZL,Sarah
Macky, 19; 3. CZE, Lenka Smidova, 22; 5. USA, Mary Gaillard, 27; 25. CAN,
Magalie Bonneau-Marcil, 70; 27. MEX, Tania Elias Calles, 74.
Yngling (4 races): 1. DEN, Jensen/ Jespersen/ Kiel, 30 pts; 2. USA,
Swanson/ Sertl/ Kratzig, 31; 3. RUS, Skudina/ Diana/ Lartseva, 35; 4. USA,
Swett/ Touchette/ Purdy, 37; 5. USA, Barkow/ Howe/ Capozzi, 41; 12. BER,
Lewin/ Lewin/ Lopez, 57.
Mistral-Women (2 races): 1. NZL, Barbara Kendall, 3 pts; 2. ISR, Lee
Korsitz, 5; 3. POL, Zofia Klepacka, 9; 25. USA, Lanee Beashel, 49; 41. CAN,
Dominique Vallee, 84.
Mistral-Men (2 races): 1. POL, Przemek Miarczynski, 2 pts; 2. FRA, Julien
Bontemps, 3; 3. FRA, Alexandre Guyader, 6; 45. USA, Pete Wells, 45; 56.
CAN, Alain Bolduc, 58; 74. MEX, David Mie y Teran, 77.
Full story: ISAF website, http://www.sailing.org
Complete results: Event website, http://www.cadizworlds2003.com
SWEDISH MATCH TOUR
The Swedish Match Tour has announced the addition of the Nippon Cup 2003,
November 17-23, in Hayama, Japan, to the Swedish Match Tour 2003/2004
schedule. Hosted by the Hayama Marina Yacht Club, the Nippon Cup 2003, the
third event on Swedish Match Tour 2003/2004, will be raced on Hayama's
Shinjuku Bay in Yamaha 30S racing yachts, offering a total prize purse of
The format for the Nippon Cup 2003 will featured 12 teams, nine
international skippers and crews and three Japanese teams, competing in a
single round robin, with the top four teams advancing to the semifinal
round to be followed by a first-to-three wins final. The addition of the
Nippon Cup grows Swedish Match Tour 2003/2004 to eight events on three
continents. - Shawn McBride, http://www.swedishmatchtour.com
MIKE MOVES UP TO MUSTO
Mike Golding will be flying the Musto flag on his new Owen Clarke Open 60
'Ecover' during the challenging 2004 Vendée Globe Race and the qualifiers
leading up to the event. "Musto has a fantastic range of technical
clothing, which will be a great asset and help to enhance my performance,"
says Mike. "Musto doesn't just wave you off and wish you luck. They're
effectively with you all the way - which is a great advantage in a
single-handed race!" You don't need to sail an Open 60 to experience Musto.
Give it a try next time: http://www.musto.co.uk
In the lead in the protos, the race is a back and forth between Samuel
Manuard, who resumed the top position, and Jonathan McKee who pushes at
full speed. With a little less than 500 miles to Lanzarote and after six
days of race, no one can say who will be the first one to cross the finish
line. In fact, from the last one radioed position, some six miles separated
Manuard and McKee. In command of the race since passing the first mark at
Fort Boyard, on the day of the departure, the two skippers have increased
the gap the last 24 hours with, Armel Tripon, directly behind them solidly
in third place and staying close to the lead duo. Behind him, the fleet
remains very grouped behind Cian McCarthy, classified fourth who continues
to climb up one by one. Sail-Online, http://www.sail-online.com
Standings on September 15: Protos : 1. Samuel Manuard, Tip Top Too, 494.3
miles from finish; 2. Jonathan McKee, Team Mc Lube, 500.1 mff; 3. Armel
Tripon, Moulin Roty, 505.6 mff. - http://www.transat650.org
VOLVO OCEAN RACE
The race will start on November 5, 2005 from a southern European port,
which is looking increasing likely to be Spain, on the Atlantic coast.
Negotiations are ongoing and we expect to confirm the start port by the end
of October 2003.
Leg one start port to Cape Town
Leg two Cape Town to Melbourne
Leg three Melbourne to New Zealand (pit-stop)
Leg four New Zealand to Rio de Janeiro
Leg five Rio to Baltimore/Annapolis
Leg six Baltimore/Annapolis to New York (pit-stop)
Leg seven New York to Southampton
Leg eight Southampton to Gothenburg
Leg nine Gothenburg to Baltic finish port
Each of the ocean legs will score full points and there will be a fleet
restart from each of the two pit-stops (one in New Zealand and one in New
Crew limits offshore legs: An all-male crew will be limited to nine; for a
mixed crew of a least five women the number will be increased to 10 and an
all-female team may have up to 11 crewmembers, plus, an additional person
nominated by the skipper may supplement each team, defined in the Notice of
Race as follows: "A crewmember nominated by the Person in Charge and who
shall be an accredited media person, a sponsor's representative, the owner
or owner's representative or other person as deemed appropriate by the
Person in Charge."
Crew limits in-port racing: crew limits will be extended, over and above
the offshore limit, to allow for one extra crewmember, perhaps a member of
the shore crew, a 'star' sailor, a fleet racing specialist or a local
expert. In addition, three guests will be invited on board each boat,
comprising a syndicate nominee (who could be the owner), a member of the
media and a Volvo representative.
We now have 25 preliminary entries from Australia (x3), Brazil, Czech
Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands (x2), New
Zealand (x2), Russia, Singapore, Spain (x2) UK (x5) and the USA (x3).
Preliminary entries are teams who have paid their preliminary entry fee of
£1,500. All but three of these teams wish to remain confidential at
present, while negotiations are taking place with potential sponsors. -
Lizzie Green, Volvo Ocean Race
* The 20th J/35 North Americans were held this weekend at Etobicoke Yacht
Club in Toronto, Canada. Fantastic weather on Lake Ontario for the 27
entrants, completing a total of eight races in varied conditions. The event
was won for the third time by David Ogden and crew of Buckaroo Banzai. Full
* The Canadian Albacore National Championships were conducted out of the
Outer Harbor Federation of community clubs in Toronto, Ontario on September
12, 13, and 14, 2003. An A and a B fleet sailed in Lake Ontario on separate
courses. A total 47 boats competed with entries from the UK, Canada, and
the United States. Barney Harris and David Byron posted a perfect series of
eight bullets to win the A fleet convincingly. In the B fleet, Nona
Johnstone and Teresa Mastracci prevailed over ten other teams in a ten race
series sailed on a separate course from the A fleet. Full results:
* Event management for The Antarctica Cup is providing two options for
obtaining an Antarctica Cup Class Maxi Boat for the 100-day Antarctica Cup
race regatta and the one-class Maxi-Boat series of races planned for the
20-month gap in between Antarctica Cup races. One option is to own the
Maxi-Boat, total including race fees of Euros 4.625 million ($5.2 million
US). The other option is to lease the Maxi-Boat for the 100 day Antarctica
Cup Regatta - total including race fees of Euros 3.250 million ($3.67
million US). - http://www.antarcticacup.com
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Correction: In the 12-Metre Class North American Championships, the overall
Modern division winner was Jack Curtin's US-22 Intrepid, not US-26
Courageous as previously reported. Also the correct event link is
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* From Matthew Reid (edited to our 250-word limit): In a country that
supposedly fosters individuality, self-reliance and independence, I am
amazed at the lack of coverage in the media of sailing ...both of local, as
well as, greater national and international events. This is a sport that
epitomizes these characteristics, especially on long, blue water races,
whether solo, or by some complement of crew.
There is the complaint that TV coverage is boring and the masses don't
respond to it. I rebut that with the comparison to the coverage of golf,
bowling, poker, cooking (a whole channel), etc. Given that most people are
naturally attracted to large bodies of water and the cultures they foster,
it would seem easy to integrate general populace interest with the sport of
sailing. The east coast, west coast, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Oz, New
Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, Dubai, Japan blue water crossings - these
don't conjure up visions of food, fun and frivolity?
There is much, if not more, that goes on around a regatta and it's venue/
finish that the race(s) itself/ themselves. The more interest that is
generated, the more people will come and the more income will be generated.
Newspapers have just as easy access to race results as the rest of us ...
we just need to feed it to them at the local level. However, without
dedicated advocates promoting and assisting the local media in their
information gathering, I fear that cobwebs will continue to gather amongst
the rigging of the media's coverage of sailing.
* From Chris Caswell: As to Kimball Livingston's letter about SAIL being
the only magazine to have a full-time staffer on the Left Coast, au
contraire, mon ami. At a time when SAIL was but an itch in Bernie
Goldhirsh's wallet, One-Design Yachtsman editor Bruce Kirby had the
brilliance to hire a young Chris Caswell as full-time West Coast Editor.
The magazine, of course, moved thru a variety of names in search of
ads--One-Design & Offshore Yachtsman, Yacht Racing, Yacht Racing &
Cruising, and now Sailing World. It also had the very capable Bruce Brown
as a later West Coast editor. Yachting, while not a pure sail mag, had the
illustrious John Rousmaniere as West Coast editor followed by the same
Caswell. During all of those periods, West Coast racing got its share of
coverage, which has sadly declined in most of the national mags.
* From Stuart Lochner (captain of the old Ondine III - now Atalanta): I
have to echo Brooks Magruder's praise for Latitude 38's coverage of sailing
in the Bay Area (and the world for that matter). Though not glossy, the rag
is the best anywhere at any price- and it's free in California! Editor
Richard Spindler does what amounts to practically a sailor's public service
in covering all aspects of sailing. A shrewd traveler can make fast friends
distributing a couple of copies of "Latitude" to cruisers in almost any
port in the world.
As for Mari Cha IV and other new maxi's approaching the upper limits of
speed, wasn't that the concept of the Max Z-86 boats? Forget theoretical
hull speed- how big a hull can you build and still get it to plane and
remain in one piece, within the limits of current technology (and to a
lesser degree budgets)? In the right conditions shouldn't a Z-86 be able to
beat boats like MC IV and Alpha Romeo?
* From Ian Duff: To further comments by Ralph Taylor in 'Butt 1414,
remember the 1976 OSTAR and Club Mediterranée, the 236 footer? Sailed
single-handedly!?!?!? Alain Colas had his hands full.
* From Peter Johnstone: The courses around the world, and for most major
records are reaches. Did anyone watch the 1988 America's Cup (the nimble
cat versus the kiwi dinosaur)? Why would anyone seeking records build a
large monohull? The only records worth pursuing are the outright records.
* From Rob Drury: I'm encouraged by Chris Little's (RORC Commodore and
Chairman of Admirals Cup Management) quoted comments in the September issue
of Seahorse magazine, regarding the need to restore offshore racing and in
particular his (inferred?) reference to the Admirals Cup regatta. I'm
disappointed though that he uses the phrase "One thing needed to restore
offshore racing is a new rating rule"----why a 'rating' rule as this
implies a handicap based system! Why not box rules, i.e. length divisions,
no handicaps? Imagine an Admirals Cup with say, box rules of 40ft, 50ft and
60ft divisions with a national team comprising a yacht in each division,
pitting yacht designer against yacht designer, sail maker against sail
maker, builder against builder, national crew against national crew---now
that would be a yacht race/regatta! With a box rule format, each length
division would progress along the course in close company with other
similar length boats and in the same weather conditions, thus eliminating
the chance element of weather favouring a big/small boat as happens in
rating based race formats. First across the line in each division wins! The
result is known immediately. No more waiting around for days by the big
boats till the little boats come in---and the media and sponsors would love
it, I'm sure! And if the organisers want, there could be a weighting across
divisions to give a group/national result! Forget handicap/rating based
racing systems, they stink!
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