SCUTTLEBUTT 1482 - December 19, 2003
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Subsequent to the ISAF November Conference 2003 when the ISAF Council
decided to introduce "no drop races" for the 2004 Olympic Regatta, the ISAF
Council has today reviewed and reversed the decision made. Whilst the
Council, the final decision making body of ISAF, supported the decision
made in November, after ensuing communications it was felt that the
decision was too important a change from the original submission
(Submission 048A-03) and should be further debated.
ISAF therefore confirms that the system for the 2004 Olympic Regatta will
remain as before, with all events, except the double-handed dinghy open -
49er, scheduled to sail an eleven race series with one discard when five to
eleven races have been completed, and the 49er scheduled to sail a sixteen
race series with one discard when five to eleven races have been completed
and two discards when twelve or more races have been completed.
Submission 048A-03 is consequently deferred for discussion at the ISAF
Mid-Year Meetings in June 2004. However, ISAF is pleased by the valuable
and productive debate which has developed as a result of the original
decision on Submission 048A-03. Not only have issues been raised on the
various implications of introducing no drop races, but also a number of
other matters which ISAF will now review. These include, but are not
limited to, the scoring system when boats finish outside of the race time
limit, the maximum number of races allowed each day per event and informing
sailors when they are OCS (on course side).
Responding to the requests of ISAF Member National Authorities and Council
Members, the ISAF Executive Committee will further discuss these issues at
their meeting in February 2004, and a report will be presented to the ISAF
Council for their consideration at the ISAF Mid-Year Meetings in June 2004.
- ISAF website: www.sailing.org/Article_content.asp?ArticleID=6033
The content of Submission 048A-03 is online:
PRESIDENT HENDERSON'S REACTION
ISAF Council has reviewed and reversed the decision to do away with a Drop
Race at the Olympic Games. The Athens Olympic Regatta will be run under the
Drop Race System previously announced which means the sailor can drop 1 race.
The No Drop Debate has, in my opinion, been very productive as many issues
which previously had only been "Boat Park Rumours" were put on the table
mostly by the sailors. The sailors have challenged ISAF to correct the
issues that concern them which made them demand that they be protected from
arbitrary decisions by Officials. They believed that the Drop Race lessened
the chance of their results being impacted by either a discriminatory
decision or a mistake by the Race Officials.
Some of the issues which were put on the table which must be corrected are:
- Scoring when the Time Limit kicks in.
- Number of races allowed in each class each day.
- OCS and informing the sailors. With the small Olympic fleets this should
not be difficult.
- Perception of an unbiased Rule 42 assessment.
- Measurement issues especially impounding of sails.
One issue which was put forward which I personally did not agree with was
the need to stop one sailor legally driving another sailor back in the last
race as happened in Sydney in the Laser. This has always been part of
sailing where you sit on your closest competitor so as to give them "Bad
Air". It is a traditional part of Sailing. - Paul Henderson, ISAF website,
full story: http://www.sailing.org/Article_content.asp?ArticleID=6034
AMERICAS CUP WORK TO START
Work is to start on the improvement of Valencia Port for the Americas Cup
is to begin next month, according to Jose Salinas, the director general of
the consortium Valencia 2007. This was decided at the first meeting of the
Consortium, which also included Rita Barbera, the Mayoress of Valencia, the
Madrid Conseller for health, and Manuel Lamela, the vice president of the
Consortium as well as Economy Conseller Gerardo Camps.
The construction of a canal to the sea that will join the regatta site, the
improvement of the interior parts of the port and the final improvements on
the team bases all form part of this first wave of works. Some of these are
to be finished by next summer, in time for the first of the 'pre-regattas',
and Mr. Salinas added: "Nineteen days ago we were awarded the Cup, and we
have begin a complicated process, but we will be able to offer a serious
programme, so that both public and private companies may participate."
Valencia 2007 will also be an important feature of the stand of the
Valencian Community in the upcoming FITUR trade fair in Madrid next
January. FITUR is the largest Trade fair in Spain dealing with tourism. -
Valencia Life, www.valencialife.net
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BEATING THE BUSHES
What is it about Marylanders and their futile attempts to race scary-fast
sailboats in the world's roughest waters? First it was Nance Frank, who in
the early 1990s based her U.S. Women's Challenge in Annapolis and put
together a threadbare campaign in the Whitbread 'Round-the-World Race. Her
crewmates helped her off at the first stop in South America so she never
got to face the fearsome Southern Ocean, but the boat made it all the way
around under replacement skipper Dawn Riley.
Then came Baltimore financier George Collins, who headed Chessie Racing in
the next Whitbread in 1997-98. He, too, hoped to share the work onboard,
but a few hard ocean training passages convinced him tackling the wilds
around Antarctica on a 60-foot seagoing sled was no job for a gentleman in
retirement. Chessie made it around thanks to Collins, but not with him aboard.
Now comes Patrick Bischoff, a strapping, 35-year-old German-born
entrepreneur with a fistful of money from his share in a pair of successful
dot-com startups. He's the inspiration behind Maryland-based Team Kan-Do.
Bischoff and partner John Alden of Annapolis are beating the bushes for
sponsors for an entry in the 2005-06 Volvo Ocean Race, the successor to the
Like his Maryland predecessors, Bischoff, who resides in Ellicott City with
a wife and two small children, wants to be in the middle of it all when
Team Kan-Do goes smashing past icebergs at 25 knots in the roughest,
coldest seas on Earth. "If I wasn't going to be on the boat," he said at a
posh champagne reception for the team in Annapolis last month, "I wouldn't
be doing this." Asked whether he had any previous ocean racing experience,
Bischoff looked his inquisitor squarely in the eye and said no, then asked,
aggressively, "Do you think I should?"
* I asked Alden how he rated Team Kan-Do's chances for success. He smiled.
His face lit with a glow you could only describe as entrepreneurial. "One
hundred percent," he said. - Excerpts from a story by Angus Phillips in the
Washington Post, full story: http://tinyurl.com/z70l
* More than 575 junior sailors will be in Miami December 26-30 to race in
US Sailing's Junior Olympic Sailing Festival Orange Bowl at the Coral
Reef Yacht Club and US Sailing Center. This is a record number in the 27
years this event has been held and 26 percent increase over last year's
event. Sailors are coming from 26 states and four countries to race in the
* The Ida Lewis Yacht Club will host its inaugural Distance Race for
single-hulled boats of 29 feet or more on August 19. Two courses, one
covering 242 nautical miles and another covering 160 nautical miles will be
offered for IMS Racing and IMS Cruiser/ Racer Divisons as well as PHRF
Spinnaker and PHRF Non-Spinnaker Divisions. The Distance Race has been
included as one of the qualifying events for the New England Lighthouse
Series (NELS) and Northern Ocean Racing Trophy (NORT), which are
administered annually by the Stamford (Conn.) YC. A Preliminary Notice of
Race is available: www.ilyc.org
* Petit Bateau 2004 is a new European singlehanded yacht race for monohull
and multihull sailors who have neither the time nor the budget for a Mini
Transat, Figaro or an Open 50/60 campaign. The race has been designed to
fit into a two week holiday period. The 200 mile Leg One from Falmouth -
Kinsale, Ireland starts Saturday 17 July. Hopefully, the 500 mile Leg Two
will count as a qualifying passage for the 2005 Singlehanded Transatlantic
Race for small boats. Leg three is a 300-miler from Gijon Spain to Camaret,
France. - www.petitbateau.org.uk
* Team Alinghi received the "Team of the year award" last Saturday, 13
December 2003, in Bern, during the CS Sports awards ceremony. The sailing
team is in good company: Roger Federer (Wimbledon and Masters tennis
tournament winner) and Simone Niggli-Luder have both been elected too in
the "individual sports" category. The sport of sailing has never received
such an award in the past in Switzerland. On 14 December, Alinghi received
another prestigious award in France and was named: "Lauréat de l'Académie
française des sports." - ISAF website,
* Carol Cronin's Team Atkins Yngling campaign has just finished a two week
training camp in Miami where they worked out with a number of training
partners. The team - Carol, Liz Merrifield Filter and Nancy Haberland -
have take up residence in Miami until after the US Olympic Trial, February
12-22. Between now and then, Team Atkins has two more training camps on
their schedule, plus the Winter Regatta and the Miami OCR Regatta.
* Two MaxZ86s, Pyewacket, owned by Roy Disney, and Morning Glory owned by
Dr Hasso Plattner, joined by the similar Amity, with canting keels, state
of the art everything and the cream of the top professional crews, will
cause a big headache for the Caribbean Sailing Association handicappers.
The canting keel is a newcomer to Caribbean racing and there are few
precedents to guide the committee. Few, however, doubt that these behemoths
will be leading the fleet home during the St Maarten Heineken Regatta from
March 5-7. But who cares - the regatta motto is, "Serious fun!" -
* Ellen MacArthur, who once re-invested her saved school dinner money in a
boat, does not just sail. She now runs a company, Offshore Challenges,
employing 26 people. Remarkably in an era of contract workers, when sailors
habitually lurch from campaign to campaign, the majority of her staff are
permanent employees. Talent, work ethic and determination aside,
MacArthur's greatest quality is that she can win anyone over within 20
seconds flat of meeting her. - Excerpts from a long story by Tim Jeffery's
in the Daily Telegraph, http://tinyurl.com/32fzq
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* From Graham Kelly: Craig Coulson's suggestion (#1479) to jettison the RRS
raises the serious issue of how to encourage compliance with the rules and
avoid collisions. I don't understand what Mr. Coulson is proposing as an
alternative; maybe a "Golden Rule"*, with the larger boat having
right-of-way in every situation. Interesting possibility, but I suspect
owners of smaller boats might object. Wholesale replacement with a new set
of Rules would not alleviate the problems of intentional noncompliance, and
would introduce new problems from unfamiliarity with the new rules.
Perhaps Mr. Coulson is not familiar with Rule 14, which permits
disqualification of both boats in collisions that cause damage. Adoption of
policies such as reduced penalties (360, in place of 720), arbitration
(with 40% penalty), and expedited hearings make competitors more likely to
accept penalties when they violate the Rules. Educational seminars can help
encourage compliance. However, competitors may be required to adopt a
practice of protesting every violation by habitual offenders. This is
especially effective if the race and protest committees adopt procedures to
*Golden Rule: often stated as, "You got the gold, you make the rules."
* From Peter Harken: Peter Barrett didn't have a given or inherited dime in
his quests for the three Olympics he participated in, one silver and one
gold! He worked his way all through his life with every odd job he could
get his hands on. Engineering degree, law degree, teacher, plus a super
sports athlete in the many he did especially sailing. Iceboating, white
water canoeing, rock climbing, football, basketball, alpine skiing, and
always the leader with a big grin and total abandon to fear. I know because
I was with him on many of these escapades and got good and banged up trying
to keep up with him. Man, he was a hoot!
Lowell North said and I quote, "He's never known a man with more
determination, than Barrett!" We lost Peter to cancer several years ago,
but his legacy of "sheer determination" will forever be remembered by the
hundreds and hundreds of sailors throughout the world that were lucky
enough to know him and especially those that heard his bow wave coming on
regardless of their gut wrenching hiking efforts, knowing full well who it
was and feeling that big grin boring through the back of their heads as he
ground them down!
It is a different world now for Olympic aspirants to compete against the
heavily financed teams and we should back those who earned it with Barrett
* From Malcolm McKeag: Beware pedantry. There are no hard-and-fast rules
about what defines a yawl, a ketch, a schooner, a cutter or any other sort
of boat, simply because all these terms have evolved over seafaring history
and in different contexts have meant different craft. Many if not most were
originally used to describe the craft's function - and in that the hull
shape, rather than the rig, was the deteminator. The rig suited the hull
shape, and it is only laterally (since the invention of the yacht club
bar?) that arguments have raged over what rig defines which type,
especially in smaller craft.
Since at least the 17th century a ketch has been a broad-hulled, load
carrying vessel, usually with two masts (sometimes square-rigged - Du
Quesne's bomb ketches used to bombard Algiers in 1682); a yawl a sleeker
vessel used for communication. A schooner is another sleek-hulled craft,
where speed is of the essence, and where the shape of the hull - or the
task to be performed - has dictated that the bulk of the sail plan be aft.
Hence the usual definition of any two-masted sailer with a foremast and
mainmast, rather than mainmast and mizzen.
The rudder-post argument about yawls/ ketches is entirely artificial and
stems from early British rating rules. I prefer the (I believe American)
seaman's distinction - in a ketch, the mizzen is relatively large and is a
driving sail, in a yawl the mizzen is smaller and is there principally for
* From Simon Corner (Re: Don Finckle's comments on IRC): Don, Have you ever
raced in an IRC fleet? Perhaps you should before you publicly dismiss the
rule as nonsense.
* From Tyler Carder (re IMS Evolution): Based on the comments of designers
Marcelino Botin of Botin & Carkeek and James Schmicker of Farr Yacht Design
about the attributes of X-Sport and Orlanda and other IMS boats designed at
the extreme edges of the rule for racing in the Med ("...tend to pound
upwind...", "...getting heavier and heavier....", "....just enough sail
area to get downwind...") one wonders whether the article should have been
titled IMS Devolution
* From Steve Johnson: First, regarding Ed von Wolffersdorff's comments on
the racing rules. If any other area of the country is as lucky to have a
guy like Ed von Wolffersdorff chair their protest committees as we are in
the Northwest, they are very lucky indeed! Ed has written the most
informative rules column I've seen for the last 17 years in the local mag
"48 degrees north" (and thanks to them for publishing it!), has been
tireless in his participation and - most important - he has made sailboat
racing in the Puget Sound area fairer and more fun for everyone involved.
Second, regarding the Mediterranean IMS boats, all I can say is "Can anyone
say IOR?" Bilge-ballasted, high-freeboard, ugly, slow, single locale
dinosaurs sound way too familiar and are a dead end for the sport.
Thankfully IMS has died in the US, and we have PHRF available so I can race
my "old" (1996) 40' IMS boat that is quick, fun, can plane in a good
breeze, has an interior, and can be safely taken off-shore reasonably
fairly against boats as diverse as J-125's, Riptide 35's and Santa Cruzes.
Fast is fun.
* From Norris Bourdow: I read these pages each day. I am sometimes
disgruntled that most of what I read is of the huge multi million $$
ventures of those around the world campaigns. Or the words of those
crabbing about the current or proposed rules, etc. I very seldom see
'anything' in this column, Sailing World, or other so called prestigious
publications about the smaller "one design" classes. We seem to have
forgotten (at least in my opinion) that the "grass roots" of our sport
starts with our younger sailors.
The article about "Olivia" really touched a nerve and shed a tear or two.
What a wonderful and thoughtful thing for Clearwater YC to do for this
young, and still aspiring sailor. This is "truly" what our sport is and
should be about. To encourage youngsters in the sport and art of sailing.
Many similarities exist between sailing and life experiences themselves.
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