SCUTTLEBUTT 1481 - December 18, 2003
Powered by SAIC (www.saic.com), an employee-owned company. Scuttlebutt is a
digest of major yacht racing news, commentary, opinions, features and dock
talk . . . with a North American focus. Corrections, contributions, press
releases, constructive criticism and contrasting viewpoints are always
welcome, but save your bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.
The (Mediterranean IMS) fleet was fascinating to look at even when static.
Advertiser's logos, extreme graphics, and trick deck layouts were eye candy
for raceboat aficionados walking the docks. Yacht racing is a popular sport
in Europe and racing teams know that a flashy, well-sailed boat will
attract sponsors. One of the more striking examples was X-Sport a Grand
Soleil 56R racing in the IMS Division 1. Designed by Botin & Carkeek, a
Spanish design firm, marketed by the Italian production boatbuilder
Cantiere del Pardo, and built by Green Marine in England, X-Sport carries
the latest dictates of the IMS rule to the extreme. It's slab-sided,
flush-decked boat that carries it ballast in the bilge and the top of the
keel, and has no overlapping headsails. "These are specific boats," says
Marcelino Botin. "To start with, they're very narrow, very flat in the bow
and the stern, and they tend to pound going upwind. Until recently, IMS
designs were pretty regular shapes, but what we see now is boats are
getting more and more specialized all the time."
Nipping at X-Sport's heels all week was the latest Farr IMS 50, Orlanda, a
53-footer that the Farr office acknowledges as a direct descendant of
Esmeralda, the first of the IMS boats to begin the march towards the outer
edges of the rule. "The biggest difference between Orlanda and its
predecessors is beam; it's a fair bit narrower both on the waterline and
overall," says James Schmicker, a senior naval architect at Farr Yacht
Design. "The last few generations of boats designed expressly for the Med
are specialized for windward/ leeward racing in light to moderate
conditions with little consideration given to good reaching performance.
Therefore, the boats are getting heavier and heavier, with just enough sail
area to get downwind." - Excerpt from a comprehensive story by Tony
Bessinger on the Sailing World magazine website, full story:
The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) announced that it will move the IMS rule
forward with the demands of the offshore community, taking the rule back to
its roots to encompass all offshore racing boats. This will be achieved
with the continual correction of the type forming that has occurred and
will be delivered through the ORC International Technical Committee (ITC).
The corrections will be in the areas of: stability, Dynamic Allowance,
propeller drag coefficients and hull windage. The simplified single number
scoring system, which has always been available, will be promoted for
widespread use. A choice of 2 new windows based scoring systems will be
helping race organisers and committees. This software will be available to
download, for free, from the ORC website.
The ORC also announced the formation of 2 new classes, the IMS 670, the
natural replacement of the ILC 30 class, and the ORC Sportboat class, which
will include the old ILC 25 class and many of the other modern sports
boats. A schedule of the 2004 major events was also published - all of
which are in Europe. www.orc.org
The general impression is that the new IMS heel correction factor will make
all our best boats around five to seven seconds per mile faster, and that
probably the (hugely successful) 2003 Botin and Carkeek designs (Caixa
Galicia, X-Sports and the Grand Soleil 42) will not be unduly penalized. -
Carlos Pich in Spain; January Seahorse magazine, www.seahorsemagazine.com
Mike Golding won the Defi Atlantique on the team's Owen Clarke Open 60
Ecover, crossing the finish line at 05:24:10 GMT Wednesday morning
traveling at 12 knots. It took Golding 16 days, 14 hours, 24 minutes and 10
seconds to complete the single-handed 4,100-nautical mile transatlantic
race from Salvador, Brazil to La Rochelle, France. He beat Vincent Riou's
Finot-Conq PRB by two hours and 43 minutes. Ecover lead the race for a
total of 6 days and stayed in podium positions for 14 out of 16 days of racing.
Final Results: 1. Mike Golding, Ecover; 2. Vincent Riou, PRB; 3. Alex
Thomson, AT Racing; 4. Sebastien Josse, VMI; 5. Nick Moloney, Team Cowes.
Event website: http://www.defi-atlantique.org/fr/
A SAILOR'S CHRISTMAS
Sailing Angles' last minute Christmas stocking stuffers are ready for next
day, second and third day service to your home/office (most orders ship
same day if in stock). Padded Sailing Shorts for sore butts, Knee Sleeves
for sore knees, Kontrol racing gloves for maximum line control, Gear Bags,
Foul Weather Gear, the Dawn Riley Line, Sunblocker sailing shirts for sun
protection are a few of the fun things that will make the perfect gift for
your favorite sailor. Find many of these products at APS, Layline or online
at the Sailing Angles website (and have a Happy Holiday!)-
THE SECRETS OF SUCCESS
Sailing program organizers and presenters from across the country are
traveling to the National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS) to share ideas
on how to run a successful sailing program. Organized by US Sailing and
sponsored by Vanguard Sailboats, the symposium is scheduled for January 28
through February 1 at the Oakland Marriott City Center in Oakland,
California. Topics that will be addressed include:
- The nuts and bolts of a community sailing program
- Fun and learning when the weather doesn't cooperate
- Fundraising for your program
- Hiring and managing your staff
- Afternoon sessions, hands-on workshops and sailing at local sailing
school, OCSC Sailing
- Tours of a several local sailing schools, community programs, and yacht
Each day will have a morning and afternoon keynote followed by workshops
dedicated to four different tracks: youth, community, keelboat, and
general. Some of the daily keynotes feature Chip Johns, president of
Vanguard Sailboats, speaking on promoting sailing at the grass roots level;
Steve Prime of Gowrie Barden & Brett with an overview on insurance; Tina
Syer, Director of Partner Programs for Positive Coaching Alliance, who will
speak on the subject of positive coaching for youth racers; Margaret
Podlich of BoatU.S. Foundation who will speak on Women in Boating; Duane
Silverstein who will speak on protecting our sailing environment.
The finale will be a keynote presentation by the world-famous sailor Dawn
Riley, the CEO of America True, which, among other programs, operates True
Youth, a program designed to take at-risk kids for a day of sailing and
team building. Riley will discuss how organizations can work together to
find creative solutions for their programs.
For a complete calendar of events: http://www.ussailing.org/training/nsps/2004/
Over the weekend Martin Tasker (TVNZ) reported that of the three potential
Australian challengers, two had made enquiries about leasing NZL-60 and
NZL-57 from Team NZ. If the challenges go ahead the syndicates are
interested in training and working their campaigns up from the Viaduct
Harbor in Auckland.
One of them should be the project representing the Royal Melbourne Yacht
Squadron which is henceforth named "C7 Syndicate" (like the Australian
sports channels Seven Network's C7 ?). Kristine Condell, C7 syndicate CEO,
said the team will not make a final decision either way on the bid until
March 1, 2004.
On the other hand, it was not disclosed if the second one is the
Destremau's Ozboyz Challenge, the only official candidate so far. Or a
third project which could be the new team evoked by Syd Fisher (who has
organized teams for the past five challenger series). - The Cup in Europe
website citing the 2003ac.com forum,
With backing from Airbus the men in lab coats at Invictus Challenge are
forging ahead with their new C-Class catamaran in what could be the
Britain's strongest challenge for the Little America's Cup in 35 years.
Team Invictus has strong links with the UK arm of European aircraft
manufacturer Airbus based in Filton near Bristol.
Among the other 'names' involved with the project are Martyn Smith former
Chief Engineer for British Aerospace who has also designed a number of
racing multihulls including Tony Bullimore's 60ft trimaran Spirit of
Apricot, the Firebird 26 and the rigs on Team Philips. - James Boyd, The
Daily Sail, full story: http://www.thedailysail.com
'TIS THE SEASON FROM SAMSON ROPE TECHNOLOGIES
There are lots of uses for Samson products during the holidays: hoisting
your tree with a new WarpSpeed halyard; towing the car out of the ditch
with low stretch Validator 12; wrapping presents with HPS Twine; stringing
beautiful Color Match 24 cores on the eves; stick candles in ICE heat
resistant covers; or, better yet, give your sailor a coupon for new Samson
line at your local rig shop or marine store for his/her boat. Happy
Holidays from your friends at Samson. http://www.samsonrope.com
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia announced its Ocean Racer of the Year
Awards, recognizing excellence in four categories of ocean racing. All
three of nominees for Ocean Racer of the Year, Bob Oatley, Neville Crichton
and Bob Steel were recognized by the CYCA with a Special Commendation going
to each of them, a first in the 16 years of the awards.
Following this presentation, Commodore John Messenger announced that the
panel had selected Bob Steel as the Ocean Racer of the Year, for a long
list of handicap wins with his Nelson/Marek 46 Quest in Australia's major
ocean racing events and offshore regattas, including the CYCA Blue Water
Championship 2002-2003, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2002, the 2003
Australian IRC Offshore Championship and IMS and IRC Division 1 of the 2003
Sydney Mooloolaba Race.
The 2003 Ocean Racing Crewperson this year went to David Ellis, crewman on
last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Overall winner, Quest. Christian
Jackson from the Royal Geelong Yacht Club received the Rookie of the Year.
Christian, from Victoria's surf coast has been a Club member for only two
years but in that time has completely immersed himself in yachting and
presently successfully campaigns his IMS Elliott 49, Prowler.
John Walker, who is skippering his boat Impeccable in this year's Rolex
Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, his 20th, collected the Ocean Racing Veteran of
the Year Award. At 81, John is the oldest skipper in the fleet, and
remarkably, he has completed all 19 Hobarts on Impeccable, last year
picking up a 3rd in division for both IMS and IRC divisions of the Rolex
Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. - Peter Campbell
THE SAILING COMMUNITY
For the past seven months Olivia Ceraolo, a 15-year-old Laser Radial
sailor, has been undergoing chemotherapy, but is showing the same
determination in fighting her cancer that has made her such a good
competitor on the racecourse. To honor this competitor, the members of the
Clearwater Community Sailing Center and Clearwater Yacht Club's Youth
Sailing Team jointly hosted the "Regatta For Olivia" at the Clearwater
Community Sailing Center on Saturday December 13th. And who would have ever
believed how successful it would be?
Just 12 days before Christmas, right in the middle of party season and on
the same day as the Clearwater boat parade. 110 sailors, their families,
coaches and friends came from all over to support Olivia. 38 people
volunteered for race committee, the silent auction, the banner, the food,
the fantastic slide show, the Hydrosport complete with candy canes and on
Smooth water and 3 knots of wind wasn't exactly perfect for racing, but
somehow no one really cared. It was just perfect for Olivia to drive around
the racecourses in that beautifully decorated Hydrosport waving to her
friends. All courses did manage to fight the current long enough to
complete one race and then head for shore to enjoy the cookout and an
incredibly moving awards ceremony to honor our friend and teammate Olivia.
All 110 sailors sailed for Team Olivia and all came up winners.
Who said there's no "I" in team? - http://www.clwyc.org/olivia/
NAKED IN KEY WEST
That's how you'll feel without your Official Custom Crew Gear at Terra Nova
Trading Key West 2004, presented by Nautica. Technical Gear, Bags, Vests,
Polos, and Caps. Add your boat name to the only official logo'd event gear.
Act now! Order deadline is December 26.
LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (email@example.com)
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 Thomas Hubbell, Vice President, US Sailing: Rewriting the racing
rules won't do much to change behavior, although continuous editing and
revision has merit. The most effective way to improve behavior in the sport
is for all of us "who know better" to formally teach our peers and the
youth and to scrupulously exemplify sportsmanlike conduct ourselves. (No
small task, but we can do it.) The veteran (respected) sailor has a
profound opportunity to help the sport when he calmly confronts a wayward
competitor ashore and clearly states what was and was not acceptable
conduct in today's race situation.
(For example, "Joe, I don't know what the facts are about that incident
today, but I hope you will carefully consider what you did and said and
will have the courage to withdraw if you were wrong. I don't like what I
have heard and I hope I don't hear those comments about your sailing/
conduct again. You can do better." Or, if you're a person of few words,
"Bill, that's not how we race these boats."
This is an ancient, proven method. I learned it by watching my mentors and
I have used it myself. It doesn't always work, but your effort will be
noticed by the individual and also by the fleet (via local scuttlebutt,)
and it will have impact. This is still a self-policing sport. Arise and
speak-up fellow 'Buttheads.
* From Ed von Wolffersdorff (Concerning simplifying the Racing Rules of
Sailing): For Jim Mahaffy and Craig Coulsen and their discussions
concerning making racing rules simpler to understand and use: With the
1997-2000 Racing Rules, major changes were made. Additional tuning was
incorporated for the 2001-2004 versions of our rules.
Working with various protest committees here in NorthWestern US and Western
Canada, we have seen a tremendous decrease in the number of protests filed.
Further, as Chairman of Pacific International Yachting Association's
Appeals Committee, I can report a drop, since the modifications in 1997,
from 12 appeals a year to as few as one or two in the past four or five years.
Hey, the proof is in! The new rules are simpler to sail to and easier to
understand. They have, in addition, made our sport more fun to engage in!
* From Nat Ives: Mr Finckle has been mis-led into believing that "racy"
features are not encouraged under IRC. It is true that on smaller yachts
the use of composite rigging for example is more heavily penalized than on
larger ones (over 60ft) but this is simply because the cost of the
technology is currently prohibitive for the majority of small boat owners
and IRC is attempting to keep the sport as accessible as possible.
In its attempt to rate all boats fairly IRC does indeed single out more
advanced features, but only in order to account for their performance
enhancing characteristics rather than to discourage their use. Far from it,
IRC is very responsive to developments in the sport and through annual
refinement over the years it has quickly adapted to encompass
water-ballast, carbon rigs, canting keels and composite rigging, becoming
more lenient on these features as they become more widely accessible to the
average club racer.
Carbon rigs have featured on successful IRC yachts alongside aluminum ones
in both one-off and production yachts even as far back as 1997. I can
therefore only assume that the Benetau 44.7 has a "clunky" untapered
aluminum rig with cable shrouds for economical reasons rather than by
design or rule preference.
* From Arthur Mitchel (edited to our 250-word limit): More history on the
'64 Olympic Team noted by Bob Merrick. Peter Barrett was truly "under
funded" in his 1964 effort to make the Olympic Team ... a family man with
his boys Kevin and Bruce under five, going to UW law School, working part
time for a patent attorney, teaching at the UW Mechanical Engineering
School, and training with Dick Tillman and I on Lake Mendota, Madison
Wisconsin, in his "free time". This was his second qualification to the US
Team. Barrett went on to Tokyo to win a Silver Medal, meet Lowell North,
landed a job with Lowell, advanced to Executive VP of North Sails, and help
build the dominant sailmaker of the World.
In Barrett's first Trials, 1960, Peter and I hitchhiked from Wisconsin to
Marblehead Mass to sail borrowed Finns, a new class. There was "no room at
the Inn" (Corinthian YC) and no money, so we camped out under the big
navigation light and horn at the entrance to Marblehead. Barrett won a
narrow victory over Tom Allen, went to Rome, finished 11th, met Paul
Elvstrom and became ever more inspired for '64.
It sure was a different time and place for our sport 40 years ago and it's
always fun to be reminded from where we have come. Today, a campaign is
infinity more complex and funding is at the core of success. Similarities
remain, however; determination and love of sailing must burn deep within
the winning sailors. No doubt the '64 Team possessed these passions.
* From Mike Blecher: In response to Bill King's wondering about what part
of a boat the mizzen needs to be aft of in order for it to be called a yawl
(Butt 1479), it is neither the "steering" or the "waterline," but actually,
the rudderpost. A mast shorter than the one forward of it and also forward
of the rudderpost is a ketch. The shorter mast stepped forward of the
taller one, then it's a schooner. No one cares where the "steering" is
(think center cockpits) and aft of the waterline would only be possible on
the old CCA designs, or Don Street's "Iolaire." There are many modern
examples of ketch rigs on boats with no overhangs at all, like Steve
We don't see many yawls anymore, though, because on modern designs there
usually isn't much room left to step a mast aft of the rudderpost. Many
sailors say that the yawls are a very inefficient design anyway.
Personally, I wouldn't say that too loudly if Mr. Street were in the club's
bar when the subject came up.
The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of