SCUTTLEBUTT 1504 - January 26, 2004
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Upstaging the Farr 40 establishment, the way Peter De Ridder cleaned house
Friday at Terra Nova Trading Key West 2004, presented by Nautica, he'll be
paying excess baggage charges on his way home to Monaco and The
Netherlands. The Dutch investor is a longtime presence in world sailing
with a series of Mean Machine racers but a relative novice in the slambang
Farr 40 class. "We started low key," he said, "sneaked into second place
[Thursday] with a fourth and a second, and all of a sudden..."
Winners of the class. Terra Nova Trading Trophy Boat of the Week for
winning the most competitive class. A share of the Nautica Trophy
International Team Competition victory, courtesy of the presenting sponsor.
Mean Machine was paired with Kristian Nergaard's Melges 24, Baghdad, from
Norway as the Europe B team, which outsailed nine other Farr 40-Melges 24
Kelly, Andrew Cheney's Beneteau 1st 10 from St. Petersburg, Fla., received
the Lewmar Trophy as PHRF Boat of the Week for winning PHRF 9, where six of
the 10 racers won races but he won three. Rumor, John Storck Jr.'s J/30
from Huntington, N.Y. was Terra Nova Trading Day Boat of the Day for
winning Friday's finale, which earned fourth place overall.
France made a strong runner-up bid for the Nautica Trophy with Sebastian
Col's victory over 14-year-old Samuel (Shark) Kahn in the Melges
24s---although Kahn won his third race in a row Friday---but Erik Maris'
Twins 2 was too far back in the Farr 40s in 13th. Kahn, the current world
champion, won four of nine races and led most of the week as Col, sailing
Philippe Ligot's P&P Sailing Team entry, dragged a 59-point anchor around
the course for jumping the starting line Monday. But when Col was able to
discard that score after the seventh race, the contest turned around.
Kahn, now trailing by five points, did everything he could except put the
necessary boats between himself and the Frenchman. He match-raced Col off
the pin end of the line and chased him relentlessly around the seven-leg,
14-mile course until passing him on the last upwind beat to the finish to
win by three boat lengths, with his father Philippe a close third to claim
fifth place overall.
Rich Bergmann's Zuni Bear from San Diego, last year's Boat of the Week,
repeated its J/105 victory---by a hair---in an all-California showdown with
Tom Coates' onrushing Masquerade from San Francisco. Zuni Bear won four of
six races, then slipped to 9-6-7 as Masquerade closed out the week 1-4-1.
That left both with 28 points but Zuni Bear with more wins for the tiebreaker.
The conditions all week were such that most of the 3,000 sailors who worked
301 boats from 18 countries and 32 states were going home happy, no matter
where they finished. - Rich Roberts
Complete results: www.premiere-racing.com/04_KW_Results/kw_2004_releases.htm
There are really great photos in our Key West photo gallery:
The Swiss are demanding a £700,000 (approx. US$1,274,000) bond from teams
wanting to challenge Alinghi for the America's Cup in Valencia in 2007.
However the start-up costs for challengers have received a welcome
reduction by the waiving of the entry fee, which had been set at £320,000
Costs and the distribution of revenue are the key areas of interest for the
first America's Cup to be held in Europe. The management company is based
in Geneva. The Swiss have felt able to drop the entry fee by virtue of
holding a bidding auction for host cities. Valencia's winning offer and the
sale of title sponsor rights to Louis Vuitton and Endesa mean the Swiss
have raised at least £71 million.
Some challengers are bound to feel uncomfortable by the rights the Swiss
have locked up for themselves, claiming branding space on yacht hulls and
banning teams from selling merchandise from their own bases. - Tim Jeffery,
The Daily Telegraph, full story: http://tinyurl.com/2ylyv
QUOTE / UNQUOTE
"I've just returned from meetings in New Zealand and Australia with some
top sailors and designers. The trip yielded a healthy dose of reality of
what teams are facing this time to compete. It's clear that other than the
big two (Oracle and Alinghi), there maybe only one or two other mega teams
possible if at all. After looking at the options of what we already have in
place in San Francisco, it seems logical to take the Sausalito Yacht Club
America's Cup Challenge to the next level." - John Sweeney, www.2007ac.com
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JULES VERNE TROPHY 2004
* No Round the World start for the 125-foot catamaran Cheyenne as poor
winds are forecasted for the leg to the equator. Skipper Steve Fossett and
crew remain ready to respond to changes, but no new likely weather until
the second week of February., "What looked potentially acceptable 24 hours
ago has worsened," Fossett said. "We would be giving up too much at the
start with a slow trip south." Watch Captain David Scully added, "You have
to know when to go - and when to say no."
* Since her launch, December 22nd, the 124-foot catamaran Orange II has
been tested at sea in the perspective of the Jules Verne Trophy attempt.
The boat has returned to the shipyard for a week at the beginning of
January for a few technical modifications, and is currently carrying on a
set-up and optimisation process.
"We sailed recently in stronger wind and sea conditions, in order to
validate the choices made for the sail plan once and for all," said Bruno
Peyron. "We also had to finish working on details of the deck layout, on
the mast foot and on deck hardware. The first technical evaluation is
positive, everything is going well as far as structure, sails and deck
hardware are concerned. There's still a bit of work to be done on the deck
layout, and we need to optimize the rudder systems, as well as the rudder
Peyron said that the boat should be at the Lorient technical base by next
week. The base was formerly occupied by the Défi Français (America's Cup
French Syndicate). From this date, the catamaran will enter her final
preparation phase and should be on stand-by from February 15.
The crew selection process set up by Bruno Peyron is faithful to the values
he defends: human qualities, technical abilities, and experience sharing.
"If we respect that, we'll have a homogenous group which will work
smoothly. One must not get his priorities mixed up. The team that was with
me in 2002 of course has priority, I think that's just fair from a human
point of view." - http://www.boatsyachtsmarinas.com/orange/html/the_boat.html
NZ OLYMPIC TRIALS
Hamish Pepper, the former Team New Zealand America's Cup tactician, won the
New Zealand Olympic trials in the men's Laser with a race to spare, fending
off rivals Andrew Murdoch, Dan Slater and Rod Dawson. Others to secure a
nomination include Sarah Macky who won the Olympic nomination in the Europe
class after winning the trials with a race to spare at Torbay.
Andrew Brown and Jamie Hunt won the men's 470s while Melinda Henshaw and
Jan Shearer took out the women's 470s, pipping Shelley Hesson and Linda
Dickson. Thomas Ashley took out the men's boards, ahead of James Wells and
men's world number one, Jon Paul Tobin, while Barbara Kendall had already
qualified for the Games in the women's.
The names of the winners are now forwarded to the Yachting New Zealand
selectors, who may send those names on automatically to the New Zealand
Olympic Committee. However, if the selectors have any concerns, they can
wait for the results of some international regattas through the first few
months of the year. NZ City, full story:
* Some 450 boats competed on Sydney Harbour today in the 168th Australia
Day Regatta, the world's oldest continuous sailing regatta. Modern and
classic yachts and Sydney's famous 18-footers and historical replicas, will
sail on Sydney Harbour while many of Australia's leading ocean racing
yachts raced offshore to Botany Bay and return. The first formally
organized Australia Day Regatta was held on Sydney Harbour on 26 January
1836, with sailing and rowing events to entertain the citizens of the first
settlement in Australia, then a colony of England. Today, Sydney has a
population of near 4.5 million.
* Sixty three Star boats gathered at Coral Reef YC for the Biscayne Bay
Trophy Regatta. Sailed in 5-7 knots of breeze, only two of the three races
were scored, and 18 boats picked up a Black Flag disqualification. Final
results: 1. Freddy Loof/ Andey Ekstrom, 3pts; 2. Afonso Domingos/ Bernardo
Sanyos, 10; 3. Peter Wright/ Dan Wright, 14; 4. Mark Reynolds/ Steve
Erickson, 18; 5. George Szabo/ Mark Strube, 18; 6. Argle Campbell/ Dmitry
Yakovenko, 19; 7. Paul Cayard/ Rod Davis, 20; 8. Roberto Benamati/ Filippo
Domenical, 23; 9. Jay Makila/ Eki Heinonen, 23 10. Xavier Romart/ Pascal
Rambeau, 23. http://www.starclass.org/search.cgi?Action=view&Event_id=294
* Nick Moloney's 2004 Vendée Globe campaign was given a huge boost as
Skandia announced crucial sponsorship which enables Moloney to secure Ellen
MacArthur's Open 60 (ex-Kingfisher). Moloney will modify the boat for the
May Transat Race prior to the November start of the Vendée Globe. He will
become the first Australian to ever compete in the Vendée Globe non-stop
round the world race. - http://www.offshorechallenges.com/
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QUOTE / UNQUOTE - Josh Adams
"You have to be there to appreciate how well this regatta (Terra Nova
Trading Key West 2004) is run. In our fleet, every first race of the day
started on time and finished at 1155. Every second race finished between
1430 and 1445. They've really got this down, and it seems that every year
the event gets more streamlined ashore and afloat. They're very
professional. They have the best PROs, and they fill the time ashore with
things that make you a better sailor. There's a weather debriefing every
day, and there are lots of seminars - and yes, there's always a party, too.
In the mornings you have a regatta newspaper and a weather report, and
you're on your way." - Sail magazine deputy editor Josh Adams, complete
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* From Emma Paull: Tom Keogh and Chris Erickson in Butt 1503 are slightly
missing the point. Paul Henderson's 'rant' in Butt 1502 possibly came as
reply to Jerry Kaye's letter in Butt 1501 that said there are a lot less
than 25% active racing women sailors worldwide or in the US and the quota
appears to be a lame attempt to meet some nice girls.
ISAF looks after all forms of racing and whilst yacht racing in some
countries maybe lacking in female participation, the overall number of
women racing is high especially in dinghies, windsurfing and keelboats.
This is not always represented in the decision-making areas of the sport.
There are lots of people (like Tom and Chris) that recognize that women are
equal sailors but there are still a lot of chauvinists out there who just
don't see it. I think Paul Henderson is trying to address the problem and
his mandate is one way to make some of the older guard move over and let
some new faces in. ISAF is political but so are the RYA, US Sailing, even
your yacht/sailing club. Hopefully in a couple of years the mandate can be
binned but it's a good way to force the issue.
* From Peter Huston (edited to our 250-word limit): OK, so Paul Henderson
is a man who makes many strong points. Perhaps at times he doesn't put his
comments in a form that some would deem to be politically correct, but
perhaps they should check their bias before assaulting him in print. While
some people want to nitpick various things over his style, let's stop and
look at the big picture. One of the important things that the Henderson
legacy will have to include is the use of the internet by ISAF. While we
all take getting Henderson's viewpoints via email for granted in 2004, were
you paying attention in the early/mid 90's when he was pushing ISAF on to
the web? Compared to another major national governing body that should know
better, ISAF is light years ahead when it comes to using the web. I don't
recall past US Sailing President Jim Muldoon, or current Executive Director
Nick Craw ever opining in 'butt. What's better, a leader who communicates a
lot, even if you don't always like what you hear, or a leader you never
And anyone who took exception to Henderson's comments about "where the
girls are the boys will be" simply doesn't know the guy. That was his sly
Canadian humor coming through, and you know what, once again he's right. If
the following offends anyone, too bad, but from my bias as a flaming
heterosexual I really don't much enjoy post race socializing with only a
bunch of large males.
* From Rona Cant: I am amazed at the email from Scott Ridgeway! The Global
Challenge was my only opportunity of racing a magnificent yacht around the
world and I am grateful to Chay for that opportunity. It cost under a £1 a
mile but the money was insignificant if you look at the goal, the
achievement and the dream! If you want something badly enough with a 'gut
burning desire' it doesn't matter if you get on with them or not (read my
book 'A Challenge Too Far?') you learn to work together and get on even if
you would not be friends on dry land where there is choice! Out of a crew
of 28 (in total) there were only about 4 who really grated but you ignore
that and focus on the others.
Your reason to 'go back for more' is your reason. I have been back, I was
on the winning yacht in the Round Britain Challenge. Again I did not know
any of the crew but I wanted to sail round Britain. When we step out of our
comfort zone (for you 'sailing with the unknown') you are pleasantly
surprised and it widens your horizons. For me the key to saying 'yes' or
'no' is - do I want to do it? If the answer is 'yes' then I do it and make
a whole circle of new friends that I would not otherwise have had the
opportunity and good fortune to know.
* From Ralph Taylor (edited to our 250-word limit): When to signal an
individual or general recall is one of the key topics in the US SAILING
race management seminars. Having attended several of these, I can attest
that the approved answer in this country is closer to Mr. Brooke's
(Perfection may not be attainable.) than it is to Mr. Treacy's (Don't ever
allow any unidentified premature starters.) In short, a race officer
sometimes has to balance degrees of unfairness.
An interesting case was discussed in a recent class: How to deal with an
OCS boat unidentified by the RC at the starting signal, but later
identified by competitors. If the RC is satisfied with the information, it
can score the boat OCS without a hearing. If that boat doesn't like it,
they can file for redress from an error by the race committee. So, if your
competitor "gets a lucky head start", you can tell the RC.
An RC shouldn't automatically assign blame for general recalls to the
competitors' aggression and haul out the black flag (which can result in
more unfairness.) It should first look at whether its starting line is long
enough and square to the wind. General recalls are more likely to happen
when too many boats are trying to squeeze into too small a space or a
skewed line causes them all to bunch at one end. In real life, OCS boats
that don't get identified by the RC are screened from view by other boats,
who are also OCS.
* From Frank Whitton: I couldn't agree more with Rich du Moulin's overall
assessment of safety responsibility. As race organizer for Mexorc, and a
sailing enthusiast, I have experienced this issue that has to be addressed
by everyone at whatever level. The sailor many times is not the one best to
assess complete safety issues. Often sailors are out there because the Race
Committee fired off the gun and it wouldn't be "Macho" to not start or to
drop out. Individual abilities don't just affect those individuals. They
affect everyone out there not to mention any would be rescuers that aren't.
Over the recent past sailing platforms have become much more complex and
structural materials have greatly increased the strength to weight ratio.
Unfortunately, the human strength to weight ratio hasn't evolved at
anywhere near the same rate. The result is the loads on rigs, hulls, lines,
etc. are much higher and can be more dangerous to humans. In conclusion, if
a Race Committee or organizing authority opts to postpone or cancel a race,
don't be so quick to criticize their decision. I have been in several
sailing events that have had fatalities and when I'm sitting in the bar and
looking backwards I have to ask myself, "Was it really important in the
overall scheme of things to push ourselves and our platforms to the limit?
* From Giancarlo Basile, Italy: Let's say it again: "Any boat failing to
immediately attempt to aid a person overboard should be disqualified and
the skipper banned from racing for life". As far as the procedure to be
followed to rescue a MOB, it is absolutely unreasonable to depart from him
with the wind abeam, i.e. at maximum speed, and gybe when all hands are on
deck ready for the maneuver. This procedure is still the official one in Italy!
I hope they will understand that first thing to do is stop the boat, and
this can be done only by immediately going into the wind, letting run guy,
sheet and halyard if under spinnaker. A man's life is more important than a
Marriage is like a castle under siege - a whole lot of people on the
outside trying to get in, and a whole lot of people on the inside trying to