SCUTTLEBUTT 1498 - January 16, 2004
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GUEST EDITORIAL - Peter Harken
There are not enough superlatives to describe our buddy and Rolex winner,
Augie Diaz. In the heydays of the Olympic 470 Class in the 70s and 80s our
affections and respect were numbered in the amounts of insults and pranks
we heaped upon each other at the many regattas we attended. Augie was one
of the top of that class and so in respect we rigged his boat for him, at
midnight, ready to go, sails and all! There was a flurry of four letter
Spanish words and such upon the following morn at the Davis Island YC
swimming pool where Augie's boat floated serenely, but ready!
Many of those top sailors would come to our factory in Pewaukee Wis. and
"help" us during the build of their boat and so did Augie - arriving in
January when our waters are hard and the sailing fast. A few intelligent
pointers from us like "aw, it's simple and brainless" and off we sent an
excited Augie into the dim late afternoon light on his first iceboat ride,
solo! The ice was black and hard and in seconds he was gone into the void!
About 30 seconds later we heard an anguished yelling mixture of Spanish and
English four letter words and others including "muerte" and "I could have
died" from somewhere out on the lake. We jumped into our own iceboats and
found him jumping up and down and waving his arms and rather wet to boot.
Our "Ice boat version of the Miami Heat" had found the lone hole in the
lake! His hot Latin blood and words kept him from freezing, and after
insulting his predicament with laughter we sailed him back to the bar and
pumped hot chili and copious amounts of beer into him and soon he was
laughing and bragging his exploits like a true ice!
Augie Diaz, the best - and he did it all himself!
OFFICIAL WORD FROM THE US COAST GUARD:
The USCG is exploring many options to improve PFD wear rates, including
possible rulemaking. However, there are no current proposed legislation or
regulatory action. We are looking forward to getting input from the meeting
at the Miami Boat Show on Feb. 13th that Mr. Hawley will be moderating, as
to suggestions from the boating public and industry on possible efforts to
increase PFD wear within the world of boating. We will take that input back
to the National Boating Safety Advisory Committee (NBSAC) who may advise us
further concerning this subject. - Richard V Kanehl, Recreational Boating
Safety Specialist, USCG, G-OPB-3, 202-267-0976
AT LONG LAST . . .
Three years of waiting is almost at an end for more than 200 crew
volunteers who will discover on Saturday (17th January 2004) who they will
race around the world with in the Global Challenge 2004/5. Dubbed "the
world's toughest yacht race," this around the globe the "wrong way" against
the prevailing winds and currents was full before the BT Global Challenge
2000/1 had even set sail. Crew Volunteers have had to wait all this time to
find out which yacht they will be in, who their skipper is, and who their
The crew lists, which have been kept secret, even from staff at race
organisers Challenge Business, will be announced at 18.00 in the Waterfront
Rooms at this year's Schroders London Boat Show, ExCeL, by Sir Chay Blyth.
Crewmembers have traveled from far and wide to hear the announcement. One
volunteer, Maro Antonio Prieto Barreto, is journeying to London from
Brazil, even though he is a reserve crewmember and not guaranteed a place
on a boat.
After a party on Saturday night, the crews will settle down to the serious
process of getting to know each other and learning to work together
essential since they face more than 18 months in each other's company in
the build up to and during the race. The overall cost of a berth for Global
Challenge is £26,750. - Rachel Anning, http://www.challengebusiness.com/
HIT THE MARK
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Team New Zealand's America's Cup loss may boost New Zealand's medal chances
at this year's Olympics as several professional sailors return to the mix.
New Zealand has so far qualified in seven out of a possible 11 Olympic
sailing classes. Trials begin today to determine which New Zealanders will
sail in five of those classes - the men's 470, women's 470, Laser, Europe
and men's Mistral. The Finn representative will be selected after a series
of regattas in Europe.
Team New Zealand's loss of the Auld Mug has seen skipper Dean Barker turn
his focus to securing the Finn spot while his former America's Cup
team-mates Hamish Pepper and Dan Slater are in contention for the Laser
spot. Adam Beashel has teamed up with former OneWorld sailor Ed Smyth to
try to qualify New Zealand a place in the 49ers.
"The America's Cup, although it was fantastic to have it here, it actually
was pretty tough on our Olympic programme because you lost so many people,"
says Yachting New Zealand's high performance manager Peter Lester. "So to
have a few of them come back is great." - Julie ash, NZ Herald, full story:
* 505s from across the country trekked south to St. Petersburg last weekend
for the 2004 505 Midwinter Championship. While the weekend temperatures
were warmer than those in the northeast, the cold air mass sweeping the
nation still chilled Florida, with morning temps in the 40s, never going
higher than the low 50s and gusts over 20 kts. Ethan Bixby and Erik Boothe
dominated the regatta for the 4th consecutive year, winning 7 of the 8
races. Ali Meller and Jesse Falsone finished in second place followed by
Macy Nelson and Tom Hurwitch. - Full results: http://tinyurl.com/2medl
* Former SP Systems Germany changed their name to Composit Technologie &
Material GmbH (CTM) to conform with the SP trademark and corporate identity
standards. Except for the name, nothing else changes. C T M GmbH located at
Schleswig in North Germany supplies composite technology and materials,
stocks the comprehensive product range of SP Systems, UK, as well as
related materials and is the SP representative for the German, Polish and
Baltic States marine market. www.CTMat.de
* As Jean Luc Van den Heede is preparing to round Cape Leeuwin, the second
mythical marker in his 'backwards' round the world record attempt, the
Indian Ocean has decided to give him a very warm welcome. On the 69th day
of the passage, the 84-foot aluminum VDH has reached the point where record
holder Philippe Monnet was after 87 days at sea. - www.vdh.fr
* Bernice McArdle has written back to Scuttlebutt to advise us that the
NBSAC is not a Committee, but a Council.
* The nine applicant cities for the Games of the XXX Olympiad in 2012 had
to return the questionnaire that the IOC asked them to complete by 15
January 2004. Paris (FRA), Leipzig (GER), New York (USA), Moscow (RUS),
Istanbul (TUR), Havana (CUB), London (GBR), Madrid (ESP) and Rio de Janeiro
(BRA) are in the running to take the next step: to convert from an
"applicant city" to a "candidate city". The election of the city that will
organize the Games of the XXX Olympiad will be held during the IOC Session
in July 2005 in Singapore. - ISAF website, http://www.sailing.org/
CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS (Sponsored by West Marine)
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* Clay Eich, 23, of Palmetto, formerly of St. Petersburg, died Tuesday
(Jan. 13, 2004) at home. A native of St. Petersburg, he had recently moved
to Palmetto. He was a 1999 graduate of St. Petersburg High School. He
received an associate of arts degree from St. Petersburg College in 2003.
He sailed for St. Petersburg Yacht Club for 10 years. He represented the
United States at three European championships in Ireland, Holland and
Turkey before the age of 15. He raced for St. Petersburg High School's
sailing team for four years.
* The curmudgeon has just learned that one of Southern California's most
successful offshore racers, Dick Pennington, passed away Wednesday evening
at his home in Huntington Beach. I believe Dick was 72 years old. We
understand that funeral services will be held this weekend.
I had the pleasure of doing two Transpac races with Dick, at least a half
dozen Mexican races and a lot of regattas. During the period his
Peterson-designed ULDB 70 set a new elapsed time record for the Los Angles
Yacht Club's race around Guadalupe Island to Cabo San Lucas; won line
honors in the Ensenada Race and came within a freckle of winning the
California Cup. Dick was truly one of the good guys in our sport … and gave
new meaning to the term 'colorful.' He had a heart as big as the Hollywood
sign, and certainly enjoyed life to the fullest. Those of us who were
privileged to sail with Dick Pennington were easily recognized after the
regatta by the big smiles on our faces.
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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 Art Engel: The ISAF Advertising Code can be confusing.
Unfortunately, Nick Barran's letter (Scuttlebutt 1497) may make matters
worse. ISAF Reg. 20.10(h) defines "Competitor Advertising." However, as
pointed out in the preamble to Reg. 20.10 not all definitions are actually
used and "Competitor Advertising" is one of those that is not used.
The definition of "Advertising" is set forth in Reg. 20.1 and is "the name,
logo, slogan, description, depiction, a variation or distortion thereof, or
any other form of communication that promotes an organization, person,
product, service, brand or idea so as to call attention to it or to
persuade persons or organizations to buy, approve or otherwise support it."
Even the lightning bolt on a Lightning sail is "advertising" [but is
exempted under Reg. 20.3(a)]. Clearly, the name and logo of a business
would be "advertising" regardless of whether any money changed hands.
At the recent ISAF Meeting Reg. 20.8 was amended to change the word
"should" to "shall" so the provision now says "There shall be no variation
of entry fees based on the competitor's category of advertising for the
boat in which he is competing." Presumably the new 2004 ISAF Regulations
will contain the new language when they are released sometime later in 2004.
* From Alan Newcomb: Nick Barran's dissertation in Issue 1497 about
advertising is badly flawed. He quotes the ISAF definition of "Competitor
Advertising" which says that there must be a correlation between the
advertising on the competitor's boat and the compensation for such
advertising. True, but the ISAF Advertising Code (Appendix 1, Rule 20)
speaks of and restricts "Advertising," which has a definition that does not
require this correlation. But even if it did, Nick's example of a business
owner wanting to advertise their business on their boat, and stating that
the business owner is not receiving compensation for such advertising, is
I would want to be checking that business owner's company expense logs
before making that assumption. I would imagine that pretty soon his regatta
expenses are going to get laundered through his business accounting as a
marketing expense, which seems like sufficient compensation to violate the
definition of "Competitor Advertising."
* From Kimball Livingston, Senior Editor, West Coast, Sail magazine: I
wrote the item that gave David Sligh the opportunity to (good-naturedly)
flail SAIL Magazine for writing as if soft-water sailing speed records are
the records, period. I am reminded of my late mother in law, a powerful
woman who insisted upon adding, "with the help of God," to any promise or
plan. I loved her dearly. But it was always my premise that God was smart
enough to know that I implicitly placed a lot of qualifiers in front of any
statement I might ever make (As in, "It will be a 3-day passage.")
In the same vein, even though Sail runs stories about hard-water sailing, I
don't think we have to explain too often that we're keenly focused on
On a different note, I've talked twice this week with keenly-focused Daniel
Kampo, who is set up at Ferry Canyon Lake, Montana in his ongoing effort to
break the ice sailing speed record. He calls his boat Miss Wisconsin, and
you can check out the latest pics at his web site at
http://www.miswislandiceyacht.com. The current record--143 mph in a 72 mph
breeze--was set in 1938 on Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin by John Buckstaff in
the stern steerer Debutante. That's a record that has its believers and its
doubters, but either way it's a hard mark to beat. And I admit, even half
that is way-doggies fast.
Keep fighting for what you love, David, because we love people who love
* From Gregory Scott (edited to our 250-word limit): I have read the
various PFD references and appreciate enough is enough and points have been
well addressed on both sides. No one advocates for reckless use of our
water ways! However, I must wade in on this because of a statement made in
today's editorial section of Butt. The words; "At the NASBLA conference
last October, a lengthy discussion took place about Canada's implementation
of mandatory lifejacket legislation for all boaters."
I am a Canadian boater and was surprised to learn something that I wasn't
aware of. I then spoke to a representative from the Canadian Coast Guard
and queried this news. They were not aware of this "mandatory legislation"
being referenced in Butt So I contacted the writer, Bernice McArdle and
according to Ms. McArdle there seems to be a mistake. The error was not in
what Butt published but what was submitted.
Somewhere along the way the words "proposed" legislation - became
"implemented" legislation. And what was really being suggested was that
Canada was considering heading in this direction - not that Canada was
already leading the pack. Anyone interested can find the Canadian rules
online. They do not say you must wear a PFD, they say you must have one on
board. I wanted to assure my Canadian friends that they haven't missed
something slipped past us over the holidays.
* From Gregory Scott: I was one of the many who supported Derek's dash
around the world. It was quite rewarding seeing the faces of my four
children as they saw their names printed on the side of Spirit of Canada
knowing their names were going around the world. They had no doubt he was
going to make it. I am very proud of Derek and those who came to his
further support to bring those names home and allow him to "finish" his
* From Graham Kelly: It was interesting to see Jerry Kaye's letter in
S'butt 1497 which noted the reluctance of protest committees to throw out
cheaters, and suggested a change in the rules designed to help the
committee sort out the facts presented at protest hearings. He also
complained about arrogance, and judges who are unwilling to apply the rules
in a uniform manner.
I don't know where Mr. Kaye does his sailing, but his observations suggest
that his area may be plagued by a shortage of qualified judges, and the
lack of judges with sailing experience makes it difficult to successfully
protest the cheaters and lineshavers in his sailing area.
My suggestion is that he assemble a group of like-minded individuals to
attend a judges' seminar, pass the test, and become judges. I think that
nothing is more likely to deter the cheaters than the likelihood that
protests will be heard by judges with sailing experience and the
willingness to punish habitual offenders.
And all of the sailors who attend would become well versed in the
requirements for filing a protest, so that no future PC could ever say
"It's too late" to enforce the Rules.
* From Jeff Carlile: According to the ISAF website presenting the Q&A --
"Unlike the ISAF Cases, which are authoritative interpretations and
explanations of the rules, these answers are solely to assist judges in
applying the rules in a consistent way."
By my reading of the rules, I agree with the general answer that 'yes, a
race committee is allowed to score a boat under rule A5 after the race,'
but not for the reason given. A5 clearly states: A boat that did not start,
comply with rule 30.2 or 30.3, or finish, or that takes a penalty under
rule 44.3 or retires after finishing, shall be scored accordingly by the
race committee without a hearing. Only the protest committee may take other
scoring actions that worsen a boat's score.
Given the rule, particularly the last sentence, it is a bit misleading to
say that "Under rule A5, the race committee may score a boat, or correct a
score, at any time." Clearly, there are limits to the race committee's
scoring actions.As for the specific example in Q&A #115, the race committee
decision to score Boat C OCS under rule A5 without a hearing is appropriate
since Boat C did not, by definition, start ("A boat starts when after her
starting signal any part of her hull, crew or equipment first crosses the
starting line and she has complied with rule 29.1 and rule 30.1 if it
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