SCUTTLEBUTT 1502 - January 22, 2004
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THE FRENCH POISED TO GO SHARK HUNTING
KEY WEST, Fla. - To those who think Samuel (Shark) Kahn had an off-day at
Terra Nova Trading Key West 2004, presented by Nautica, Wednesday with
14th- and 10th-place finishes, think again. The 14-year-old phenom of the
Melges 24 class twice spotted his 57 rivals an advantage by having to
return to the line after crossing before the starting horn---but finished
the day by increasing his lead from 12 to 14 points. "Stuff happens," said
Mark Reynolds, coach of the Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Team Pegasus.
But a moment of reckoning is due Thursday. The worst stuff that happened to
most of the 301 boats from 18 countries and 32 states will be forgiven when
the discard rule kicks in after the seventh race - a blessed event for
especially for the French.
Philippe Ligot's P&P Sailing Team, with former European champion Sebastian
Col driving, has won half the Melges 24 races this week but remained out of
the lead pack while carrying a 59-point burden for failing to return after
an overanxious start of their own Monday. If they and the Shark both
discarded their worst scores now, the French would lead with 11 points to
Kahn's 24. But there is still a lot of sailing to do.
Only the Division 1 boats - Farr 40s, Swan 45s and Mumm 30s - must count
all of their races of the nine scheduled through Friday, so the Farr 40s
especially seem destined to continue as a dogfight. Crocodile Rock,
Alexandra Geremia and Scott Harris' defending champion from Santa Barbara,
Calif., is the third leader in three days - without winning a race. The
secret is that it's the only one of the 23 boats without a double-digit
finish, the same formula that won for them a year ago - a title last year
and in first place again without running a race the last two years.
Fred and Steve Howe's Warpath, the co-leader from San Diego a day earlier,
has a clear handle on the situation after finishing first and 19th in
Wednesday's fluky moderate winds. Warpath shares third place with Jim
Richardson's Barking Mad, Newport, R.I., five points off the pace, with a
reborn John MacLaurin, the 70-year-old phenom from L.A., holding Pendragon
V on a role only 1.8 points out of first place.
A similar scrap is going on among the biggest boats in PHRF 1, where three
rivals are within five points of Clay Deutsch's Swan 68, Chippewa, sailing
their handicaps for all they're worth against the fastest rated pair---Tom
Hill's R/P 75 Titan and Bill Alcott's Andrews 68 Equation - who are running
an easy 1-2 boat-for-boat consistently but finding it difficult to cover
from so far ahead.
With the clock calculations, Roger Sturgeon's San Francisco-based Transpac
52, Rosebud, scored a first and fourth Wednesday to win Mount Gay Rum Boat
of the Day honors---extending a sweep this week for West Coast boats,
although owner Roger Sturgeon has lived in Ft. Lauderdale the last two years.
Other significant performances came from American multihull icon Randy
Smyth, who drove Ken Winters' Corsair 28R trimaran Rocketeer II past Bob
and Doug Harkrider's Bad Boys into first place by two points, and Rich
Bergmann's Zuni Bear, the 2003 Boat of the Week from San Diego that scored
two firsts and will toss an opening day 19th Thursday. That will all but
wrap up the J/105 title again. - Rich Roberts
Complete results: www.premiere-racing.com/04_KW_Results/kw_2004_releases.htm
Our Key West photo gallery keeps growing:
"There is place for only one French Challenge", Loïck Peyron said in May
and, two months after Valencia was picked to host the next America's Cup,
one can wonder if he was not too optimistic as the three French projects
are very far from their initial goals.
"Everybody's struggling to raise funds," said Dawn Riley, team manager of
K-Challenge. "We're one of the strongest teams, and it's really hard
because of the sponsorship market. We're day to day right now, whether we
can raise the funds," she said. "Until it's over, it's still going. I check
my e-mail every night. 'Do we have a sponsor yet?' "
According to the initial plans, the K-Challenge would have to secure at
least 50 percent of its total budget (€80 million). "We are finalizing with
a partner for 10 to 15 million euros", now explained Stéphane Kandler,
K-Challenge General Manager. "We hope that it will be approved quickly
because our team members are now free to move. The priority is to start
soon the design activities", Kandler added. "Our work will be primarily
focused on research and the non-priority activities will be frozen".
In a similar scenario, the Loïck Peyron's Team France continuing to work to
preserve the hope of launching a syndicate. "We always believe in a winning
challenge because we have people with whom we want to work and the assets
are still available", Peyron said. "Everybody is waiting for ... but the
difference is that I'm not a billionaire and I had to feed my family".
The situation is not better for the former Défi Areva. In spite of the last
Cup assets, (a base in Lorient temporarily rented to Bruno Peyron, three
America's Cup Class yachts...), the economic austerity is the only way
forward for the syndicate. - Cup in Europe website, full story:
A ROUND THE WORLD RACE FOR THE MASSES
Few opportunities exist for non-professional sailors to race around the
world and most are for grand prix designs, requiring grand prix budgets or
with the emphasis on the extreme, such as single handed. The Corinthian
Challenge offers the opportunity to take a production or semi-production
racing yacht, capable of facing the extremes of weather and waves, crewed
with experienced amateurs and set off around the globe, pitting oneself
against similarly designed yachts and similarly skilled sailors.
Starting in the UK in September 2006, the course will comprise 8 legs,
heading south to the Canaries and South Africa, before turning east for
Australia, New Zealand, finally heading north to South America, the
Caribbean and a final dash home East across the Atlantic. Racing for the
pride of winning, the Corinthian Challenge is aimed at racing yachts within
a TCC rating band of 1.140 and 1.450, with a minimum length overall of 58ft
(17.66m). Yachts will be scored using the internationally accepted IRC
handicapping system, ensuring a wide range of existing and new yachts are
eligible to compete, using a fair and level rating handicap.
Following the launch of the concept last year, the early response from the
yachting community indicates that the Race has been well received and well
timed. No other race offers non-professional sailors the opportunity to
race around the world on their own yacht. - ISAF website,
Event Website: www.corinthianchallenge.com
How many oceans are on Earth? (Answer below)
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GUEST EDITORIAL - Paul Henderson
Sailing has always been an exclusive "Olde Boy's Club". That tradition must
be broken down because the women are the most important influence on their
young in what activities they take up and where the women are you can be
sure the men will be there. This means the sport will grow.
The chauvinists should know what has happened with the Yngling Class. The
class demanded an Open Worlds with men, mixed and women's crews. At the
Open Worlds this year, in a fleet of 100, the women's crews were 14 of the
top 15 with the first man 8th.
It was also amusing at the Cadiz Worlds when on the first day in a 25 kt
beautiful breeze the Yngling women were sent out to race and the big boys
in the Star were kept on the shore. The comments in the boat park were
It is shocking that in this day and age that ISAF has to decree that 25% of
the delegates must be women. It is reality and the World of Sailing and
especially ISAF will be healthier in all aspects for it. - Paul Henderson,
President, International Sailing Federation
* The Schroders London Boat Show in association with The Daily Telegraph
closed reporting a final attendance of 210,300 visitors. Exhibitors across
all sectors at the show are delighted. Sales figures are high for the show
duration suggesting the industry is set for another profitable year.
Figures for 2003 show that the industry grew by 5.2% overall, providing
£1,837 million of revenue from both domestic sales and exports. - Yachting
* After a windless day in the middle of the Indian Ocean in which he
covered only 148 miles, Jean Luc Van den Heede, sailing round the world
east to west on his 84-foot aluminum monohull Adrien, has found some breeze
and is rolling along at 10 knots again. However, to avoid some flat spots
ahead, VDH is diving back into the 'forties.' Presently, he is enjoying a
lead of 18 days and 14 hours on the present record held by Philippe Monnet.
* The Avalon & South Seas Hotels have renewed their partnership as official
host hotels for the 63rd edition of the Acura Southern Ocean Racing
Conference (SORC) regatta, February 25 - 29. The hotels will provide Acura
SORC competitors discounted room rates and will host a special hospitality
session for their guests. Competitors traveling to the Miami Beach area can
book their stay at these hotels through the regatta website: www.acurasorc.com
THE GOOD OLD DAYS - Peter Harken
My first wild trapeze boat was the great 505 while I was at the Univ. of
Wisconsin in 1958. I and a French student friend of mine got a hold of a
beat up one, fixed it all up, total new varnish job, added some funny crude
ball bearing homemade blocks I hacked together for our iceboats and ripped
off for the 505.
Classes? What classes? Maybe attend morning classes, just enough to be a
student, barely, but then the afternoons were spent tearing all over Lake
Mendota in front of the campus yelling our heads off! Foul weather gear?
Dry suits? Nah, plastic garbage bags over sweat shirts and Levis was all
the fashion we could muster.
The 505 grabbed lots of attention because it was the only boat allowed on
the lake by the Univ. Life Guard Station when it was hootin' the tops off
the waves. Showing off to the girls was an added bonus until we stepped
ashore. Looking at a couple of mad, grinning, soaked to the bone, shivering
guys wearing shredded garbage bags didn't seem to impress them. So, we
slopped beer without them and saved money to boot!
The 505, what a super boat, I was hooked! - Peter Harken
Earth is covered by one hydrosphere or one layer of connecting water. Even
though the ocean is broken up into seven ocean parts, all the oceans are
connected, one flowing into the other.
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* From Stuart Burnett: With regard to the ISAF opinion on the three OCS
boats, I would maintain that any race committee that allows the race to
continue knowing that they failed to identify an OCS competitor, has not
properly utilized the general recall. My rule of thumb is: if I can
identify every OCS boat, the race goes on; if I can't identify even one OCS
boat, there's a general recall. The entire general recall issue should
hinge on identification of offenders, not on the number of offenders.
* From Donal McClement, Cork, Ireland: I do not agree that the third person
(unidentified) can be scored OCS as a result of a protest lodged and
without a hearing. Surely this boat gets the break or the luck of the Irish
in that he was not identified. No Race Officer should recall a fleet if
there are just a few unidentified OCS's and to suggest someone can be
scored OCS after the race has been already scored is preposterous. Someone
got it wrong.
* From Bob Black <firstname.lastname@example.org>: I will be attending the PFD meeting
in Miami and am dead set against any rule making that includes mandatory
wearing of PFDs. If anyone has a position paper or a short statement they
wish to submit, I'll be pleased to hand carry it/ them to the session.
* From Patrick Dore: While reaching from Sausalito to the city front as
bowman for Loccura 50' driven by Chris Dickson, I was washed over the side.
When you first hit the water the cold penetrates your skin, you feel the
air in your lungs, and not breathing is your first thought. The bow wave
has pushed you well below the surface. You hear the bubbles, see the keel
moving away. Your first thought is you need to get to the surface, time
stops, the beautiful blue water is suddenly warm. A thought crosses your
mind, very nice place. Seconds pass, your next thought is, this is how
people die. You struggle harder wanting to break the surface and breath.
There are all these boats, fifties, cruisers, windsurfer, yet no one to
pull me out. The racing boats are under spinnaker and hard to slow down.
One passing Fifty yells "Wave if you are ok". It's 12 minutes before
Loccura gets the engine started and sails down. They dragged me over the
side like a dead seal, no energy left.
The Coast Guard shouldn't need to tell us when we should take precautions.
Sailing is dangerous, we should take the responsibility by regulating
ourselves. I was not wearing a PDF that day. A year or so later a good
friend of mine, Larry Kline drowned after an equipment failure. PDF's can't
prevent all sailing accidents but by wearing one it give you a second
chance, the life you save might be your own
* From Jamie Noyes: Thank you Rich du Moulin and Storm Trysail for not only
developing simple safety equipment guidelines, but for backing them up in
discussions with simpler logic. So many are caught up in their emotions on
this subject that they don't stop long enough to engage their brains. This
is not a complicated subject. When you take the emotion out of it you come
to some simple conclusions, and The Storm Trysail Club have found some
logical compromise in their new guidelines.
* From B. Larson: This weekend up in Madison, WI, there will be two iceboat
regattas. While PFD'S are not required, Helmets are. Eat your hearts out,
KWRW racers, we'll be going five times faster than you.
* From James Anderson: Yesterday's Key West story stated, "Shark who
stunned the sport last October by winning the Melges 24 Worlds - the
youngest sailor ever to win a major world championship, as far as anyone
knows." How about Robby Naish was propelled into the world of professional
windsurfing by winning his first world championship at the age of 13 in 1976?
Securing 22 world titles over the next 16 years sealed his reputation as
the greatest windsurfer of all time. A member of the Laureus World Sports
Academy jury. The winners are selected by the ultimate sports jury - the 41
members of the Laureus World Sports Academy. Among these legends of sport
who will be in Monaco are: Giacomo Agostini, Franz Beckenbauer, Boris
Becker, Ian Botham, Sergey Bubka, Bobby Charlton, Sebastian Coe, Nadia
Comaneci, Yaping Deng, Kapil Dev, Morné du Plessis, Emerson Fittipaldi,
Dawn Fraser, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Miguel Indurain, Michael Johnson, Kip
Keino, Franz Klammer, Dan Marino, John McEnroe, Edwin Moses, Nawal El
Moutawakel, Robbie Naish, Ilie Nastase, Martina Navratilova, Gary Player,
Hugo Porta, Mark Spitz, Daley Thompson, Alberto Tomba and Katarina Witt.
* From Mark Eustis: My spirit is willing, but my back sure ain't...so here
I sit in the great white North, jonesing for my mid-winter fix and wishing
I was back racing in ol' Key Weird. The pics at www.scuttlebutt.com and
www.premiere-racing.com are great, but they only feed the need ... I want
to see some action.
I don't know if you've seen any of their work, but a couple guys from
Annapolis have come up with a pretty cool formula...on-the-water video and
commentary, edited and mastered into a 1/2 hour "greatest hits" racing show
and served up in the party tent nightly. They're a fixture around Annapolis
for the Wednesday night races series, and they've done the same for Rolex
at a few big regattas on the East Coast. Their production is every bit as
good as the ESPN highlight shows that float by every once in a while ...
but you see it hours, not months, after the races are over.
For those of us up here in the cold, check out the nightly "shows" served
up at www.t2p.tv
It's a cheap subscription ('bout the same price as a couple Mongo
Fluffacino's at your local roastery) but they've got some archive footage
available, and it looks like there's more (SORC) to come. Now, granted,
they do compress the video a bit, and I did have to right click and use
"Save target as..." to store the shows on my hard drive, but it's dang cool
to see who's doing what to whom out on the course.
The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret. - Henny Youngman