SCUTTLEBUTT 1466 - November 26, 2003
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US OLYMPIC TRIALS
US Sailing is considering adopting the International Sailing Federation's
new Olympic Games system of no throwout races for the remainder of its
Olympic Trials in February and March. As Americans in five of the 11
classes---men's and women's 470, men's and women's sailboard and
Laser---were winding up their Trials earlier this month, ISAF blindsided
the world with its surprise ruling that competitors in all classes must
count all of their races at Athens next August.
Fred Hagedorn, chairman of the Olympic Sailing Committee for US Sailing,
said Tuesday, "I am sending out e-mails to the classes that have had no
Trials yet. I want to take a position that is in concert with the athletes.
I think it's important for us to listen to the people who are actually
playing the game."
US Sailing's Olympic director, Jonathan Harley, said, "This is going to
throw a whole new wrinkle into the system. People are going to sail
differently. They're not going to be taking chances."
San Diego's Mark Reynolds, who has been his country's Star class
representative in the last four Olympics, winning two gold medals and a
silver, was glad it's being considered but confessed to having mixed
feelings about it. "The thing that bothered me is that they did it so
suddenly," Reynolds said. "I don't think they talked to any sailors."
Hagedorn said, "From a process perspective, this was horrid. It came out of
left field." The seeds of the change, Hagedorn suggested, were planted by
ISAF President Paul Henderson of Canada in what was described as an
"emergency submission" that would have required everyone to sail the final
* Hagedorn felt that the ISAF Council was faced with two options, which did
not include the status quo---compel everyone to sail the last race or
institute a no-drop system---and that the ensuing discussion was that
forcing people to sail "doesn't make a whole lot of sense. "So then they
jumped to a conclusion that maybe we should just do it this other way. . .
. [and] the U.S. people on the council said no throwouts are better than
the other option. So they voted in favor of it."
Thus, it makes sense for the remaining U.S. Trials to conform to the new
Olympic system so the U.S. reps can get used to a different style of sailing.
* U.S. Trials remaining are for the Yngling, Europe, Finn, 49er and Tornado
classes in February, concluding with the Stars in March. All will be in
Florida. - Rich Roberts, YachtRacing.com website, full story:
THE NEW LOOK AMERICA'S CUP
Hours before the name of the south European port which will host the next
America's Cup is revealed, the Swiss organizers have pledged to give
yachting's oldest trophy a facelift on its return to Europe for the first
time. Details of the new features of the Louis Vuitton challenge trophy and
the America's Cup in 2007 will be unveiled on Wednesday in Geneva when
organizers AC management announce the location of the event.
"It's going to evolve in coming to Europe," Michel Bonnefous, head of AC
management, said. "We'll have regattas and events every year until the
America's Cup itself. They'll count from the moment the deadline for
registration is over," Bonnefous told AFP.
The organizers of the 2007 event have indicated that they would like to
hold two or three pre-regattas already next year, according to an official
from one of the candidate cities. Organizers have also made it clear that
the challenge series will be shorter, while decent shoreline viewing was
one of the conditions for the candidate cities on the final shortlist. -
Yahoo News, http://tinyurl.com/wkp4
Now approaching the Canaries, Francis Joyon, the solo French skipper aboard
the 110-trimaran IDEC, has profited from a slight lull, after the battering
the boat got last night in 50-knot breezes. The 100 km winds did not
impress either the skipper, or the trimaran itself, although as Joyon noted
this morning, "It was a bit more violent than I had envisaged, but I had no
real times when I was concerned. I spent most of the evening under bare
poles, which in 50 knots of wind is the only thing to do. I only had one
real tense moment, the boat took off on the crest of a wave, and began to
surf down it sideways, but it was not a real problem" -
IDEC Website: www.trimaran-idec.com
What is the origin of the term, "Shake A Leg?" (Answer below)
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A CHANGE OF PLANS
The 2,800 mile ARC 2003 (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) just started on
Monday but already several yachts have had to return to Gran Canaria with
problems. Sweden 70, Paper Moon, put out a PAN-PAN call, after they
discovered leaking keel bolts were flooding their bilge. The pumps are
holding and they are making good speed for Gran Canaria expected in tonight
or early tomorrow.
The crew of Jeanneau 52.2 Great Escapes, also had an unpleasant surprise,
when they discovered that the top rudder bearing was moving. Although it is
not leaking. as a precaution, the yacht is now returning to Las Palmas to
effect repairs and they hope to restart soon. Maxi Lodka Sport have also
joined those making a pit-stop back in Las Palmas, having returned to drop
off an injured crew member who had dislocated his shoulder. The crewman is
receiving medical attention and the yacht has now restarted.
Mike Koopman sailing aboard VOR60 Spirit reports hitting a top speed of
19.8 knots, and during a 4 hour period yesterday covering 55 miles! At the
front, a pack of large yachts are pushing for the lead, including Venom
another VOR60, Liara a Dixon 65 and a veritable pod of Farr 65's; all
hoping to take a bite out of the ARC course record of 11days 23hrs, 41
minutes and 43 seconds set by Farr 65 Spirit of Diana in ARC 2001. -
* US Sailing recently launched a major fund raising initiative for the U.S.
Olympic Sailing Team: Winning is a Team Effort - The Voyage to Athens. A
colorful and informative package has gone out to all US Sailing members
that includes information about the Sailing Teams, the Olympic classes, and
what it takes to make it to the Olympic Games. Additionally, a section of
their website has been set up to support the campaign. To learn more about
the program: http://www.ussailing.org/olympics/2004/Winning/index.htm
* For the first time in the history of Russian sailing, an Olympic class
world championship will be held in Moscow, on the Reservoir at Kliazma 40
kilometres outside the city centre. World Championships have been held
before in the old Soviet Union (in Estonia), but this will be the first
time for Russia. The successfully bid for the 2005 49er Worlds against
other strong contenders from Australia, Italy, Hungary, Holland and
Denmark. - ISAF website,
*According to the last edition of the Swiss business magazine "Bilan",
Alinghi's Ernesto Bertarelli is fourth on a list of the 300 richest people
in Switzerland. The 38-year-old chairman of alpine biotech firm Serono (and
a director at UBS) is worth FS10/11 billion (€6,5/7 billion), up FS2
billion from a year ago (peak was FS14 billion in 2001). - Cup in Europe
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If you followed the 2003 America's Cup in Scuttlebutt, the best we could
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Sailing World and Cruising World magazines came away with top awards from
the recent Folio:Show 2003. They took first and second place, respectively,
in the Editorial Excellence category among boating and yachting consumer
magazines. Sponsored by Folio magazine, the awards were based on how well
each publication fulfilled its mission statement. A panel of 90 judges went
through more than 2,000 entries in the most competitive year ever for the
Sailing World's winning entry was its November 2002 issue which focused
entirely on previewing the last America's Cup. "Our edit and art team
pushed into some new territory in several articles, and the result was both
comprehensive and fun," said editor John Burnham. Sailing World also earned
a Cover Design honorable mention for its March 2003 issue.
This marks the second consecutive year that Cruising World has been honored
at the Folio:Show awards program. The magazine placed first among its peers
in the Editorial Excellence category in 2002. Both magazines are published
by World Publications.
ULLMAN SAILS GET A+ FOR SPEED
On November 11th through 14th, Ponchartrain Yacht Club hosted the A Class
catamaran North American Championships. Thirty-nine A Cats from across
North America came to compete for national honors. Congratulations to Pease
Glaser for winning the title of 2003 A Class National Champion. Ullman
Sails won all five races and finished 1st through 4th overall. Ullman Sails
also won both the Grand Masters and Masters Divisions. If you and your crew
are ready to install the Ullman Sails Speed Advantage into your 2004 Racing
Program, call or visit your local Ullman Sail loft. http://www.ullmansails.com
The term "Shake A Leg" originated in Portsmouth, where women would come
aboard naval vessels to aid ship morale. Each morning the petty officer
would shout for the occupants of hammocks to shake a leg. If the leg was
smooth and shapely, the occupant was allowed to sleep in; if the leg was
hairy, the officer turned out the hammock for the sailor to swab the deck.
We will not publish a Scuttlebutt on Thursday, which is of course,
Thanksgiving. However, there will be an issue of Scuttlebutt on Friday.
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 Craig Coulsen: To those developing the new offshore rule please
listen carefully for as an owner of an IMS and IRC rated 43 footer every
week buying a cruising boat gets more appealing.
- Any new rule must not penalize stability (like IOR and IMS have for the
most part done).
- Any new rule must discourage low lateral resistance (IMS seems the
encourage it and I suggest you all do a short handed ocean delivery in a
modern IMS to convince yourselves of this).
- Any new rule must have adequate construction scantlings for ocean
passages not day sailing
- There must be no politics driven exceptions or loopholes especially
where these add to cost (the IRC code zero rule is just plain cr*p )
- Any new rule must discourage people from optimizing for particular
conditions in an undue manner (again IRC has issues here especially in
respect to downwind races).
It does not seem to matter whether the rule is a box rule or formula rule
and it does not matter whether it is a public or secret rule. The real
issue is whether the rule is to be a real offshore rule or just another
round the cans inshore rule that forces responsible owners who take safe
boats offshore to be uncompetitive in day racing. If the rule committee is
not interested in developing an ocean rule but just a day sailing rule let
the owners know so they can make their own arrangements
* From Malcolm McKeag: Not sure what sort of motor racing Cory (Friedman)
is referring to when he says that sport has discards in its scoring - but
it is not the motor sport that I know. In the Formula One World Drivers
championship there is no discard - and no redress. The champion is the
driver who gets most points, period. If a car breaks down - tough. Nil
points. If a driver gets run off the track by another - tough. Nil Points.
The offending driver may be penalized, but there is no such thing in motor
racing as average points for a driver whose finishing position has been
made significantly worse by the actions of a car that should have kept clear.
Imagine how many world champions we would end up with if there were. If the
number 2 driver in a team holds up the opposition while the number gets one
away, or slows down to let the number one driver pass and win - tough.
Number 1 gets the championship points - and the answer to any driver who
cries foul is always the same. 'Go Faster.' 'Twas ever thus.
* From Michael Foster: The recent banter about alternative scoring of races
with time limits has merit. This time of year in San Diego we have the
three race Hot Rum Series. This is an 11 mile race that is started in the
harbor, run around 4 random leg marks in the ocean and finished again in
the harbor. Pursuit starts are used where the starting times are based upon
each boat's handicap. Entries range from 21' to IACC. In theory, if the
handicaps were perfect everyone would finish at the same time. This weekend
we had little to light breezes in the harbor and 8+ knots in the ocean at
times. There was also a 3 knot outgoing current in the harbor starting area
causing many starters to be OCS. Of the 154 entries 34 completed the course
by the 1700 time limit. Present scoring is based upon the number of
entries. Awarding scores based upon the number of finishers doesn't put
such a hefty penalty on those that are unable to finish for whatever
reason. The scoring policy for 2004 will be reviewed.
* From Tripp Alyn: Ditto to Anson Stookey's comments regarding alternative
funding vehicles. I believe there is also at least one in Texas ... and
don't forget the wonderful work done for many decades by the generous folks
at Southern YC, namely the late Herbie O'Donnell, the late Shelby
Friedrichs, Dwight LeBlanc, Gus Lorber, Barton Jahncke and many others!
There are two gold medals as proof (1932-Star w/Gray, Libano and
1968-Dragon w/Friedrichs, Jahncke & Schreck). Is there a list of other
sailing foundations out there?
* From Rod Davis (re: rules changes for the Olympics): If you're going to
change the rules after the game has started, you should consult the
players. Now we are talking of OCS systems, changing the rules for DNFs and
the like. Logic says, these things would have come to light and been sorted
out before the change is done to scoring system. Before trials for most
counties have started - done in time to test them in the Pre Olympics and
to be used in the country qualification regattas.
I hear we are going to fix the newly created problems. If they are not
fixed are going back to the rules as they were? One can only wonder what
the media, possible sponsors or the general public think off all these last
second changes for Olympic Yachting. Not a slick act by anyone's book.
* From Chris Ericksen: I gotta admit that, as a competitor, I agreed with
Ben Ainslie on 'Butt 1459 when he decried the elimination of a discard in
the Olympic regatta. But, as a regatta organizer, and as a competitor who
has seen sailors jump the line and not go back, or foul someone and not do
turns, or press a bad line at a mark and hit it without doing his turn -
and depend on the discard to take it all away - I see Tom Ehman's point as
raised in 'Butt 1460.
I remain an advocate of the discard in the basic scoring system and do not
advocate its elimination in general--but I'd love to watch next summer to
see if its elimination in the 2004 Olympic Regatta will eliminate or reduce
all those things Tom suggests it will eliminate. Best that they try it out
in a limited series of regattas rather than making a controversial change
that will be binding on the entire sport.
* From Steve Bodner: Congratulations to Peter Wells and his accomplishment
of winning the US Olympic boardsailing trials. He has shown with the proper
dedication, training, focus and of course fundraising, anything is
possible. Wouldn't it be great if he could just focus on tactics,
board-handling and getting faster and not have to worry about raising tens
of thousands of dollars before the Olympics?
* From Peter M. Durant: (Regarding Anson Stookey's Letter to the
Curmudgeon) The Southern Massachusetts Sailing Association (SM SAILING)
established a foundation in 1997 through which Olympic hopefuls can channel
tax-free donations at no cost. The foundation is currently assisting
several Olympic hopefuls in achieving their Olympic dreams.
* From Chris Caswell: I'm delighted to say that Scuttlebutt classifieds
work better than eBay! Just sold the Shrink Wrap System to one of the many
people who contacted me, so would appreciate having it deleted so as not to
disappoint too many more of your readers.
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