SCUTTLEBUTT 1518 - February 13, 2004
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THE MODEL SKIPPER - Bill Gladstone
Having Trouble Building a Winning Program? Here are 21 team building
techniques we've observed.
1 - When it is time to put the jib up prior to the start on a blustery day,
sail a close reach to maximize spray across the foredeck. By soaking the
crew prior to the start they won't be so reluctant to get wet during the
race. Do not reach off in an effort to keep the foredeck dry.
2 - If things are going slowly during a late spinnaker hook up, shout
instruction from the helm. While it may be difficult to hear details, a
simple yell of "Hurry up" provides lots of inspiration. Since the crew are
generally taking their time, waiting for inspiration, the "Hurry" hail is a
3 - When you are steering upwind, pinch up above close hauled until the
foredeck crew hail back, "Stop Pinching." It's the only way you know their
head is in the game.
4 - Wait until the last possible moment to make your mark rounding call.
Jibe set? Float Drop? Don't tell anyone until the last second. The crew
loves a challenge. If you tell them too early, the challenge is gone.
(Truth is, the crew generally has it figured out long before you do, so
your late announcement won't matter much...)
5 - Sail with old sails. That way, if (when) you lose, you'll have a handy
excuse, so the crew wonąt have to take the heat. Likewise, use faulty or
broken equipment, and don't upgrade.
6 - Don't practice. How many times do I have to tell you, this is a leisure
activity, not a sport? And who's got time for practice anyway - there's
hardly enough time to make the races, much less get out for extra sailing
time. Besides, people learn best under pressure.
7 - Separate yourself from the crew. For example, buy yourself imported
beer, but treat your crew to domestic swill. This will firm up the bond
among the team members while reinforcing a critical hierarchy.
8 - Keep your starting plan a secret. Or better still, don't make a plan.
Your ability to ad-lib will show your crew that you are a "flexible
thinker," without rigid preconceptions.
9 - Claim accomplishments for yourself, and blame your crew for any
failings. For example, use the "I" word when talking about victory, and the
"they" word when describing mistakes. Remember, there is no "We" in
victory, and no "I" in screw up.
10 - Arrive late. Set a dock time well before the race to make sure the
crew is all there when you arrive. You shouldn't have to wait around for them.
This excerpt was reprinted with permission from the North U Trim book.
To read all of Gladstone's team building techniques:
FOR THE RECORD
Olivier de Kersauson's Cap Gemini et Schneider Electric sponsored trimaran
continues her charge, although her last 24 hour run of 370 miles has
dropped her back a bit on Orange's 2002 position. She has since, though,
picked up speed again and this morning, 12 February, was speeding along at
21. Further south Cheyenne has finished her tactical move to the west and
although she is 656 miles behind Orange's virtual position, she too has
picked up speed and was reporting 21 knots as well. - Andrew Bray, Yachting
* The Daily Sail's James Boyd went sailing on Bruno Peyron's new Orange II
and was surprised how different it was from the first generation of the
Ollier maxi-catamarans. Here are two brief excerpts from his story:
At 120ft long Orange II is not merely a scaled-up version of the first
generation Ollier cats. She has enormous freeboard. When we walked down the
pontoon she was tied up to off the Le Defi America's Cup base in Lorient,
you could not only not see on deck but the bottom third of the mast was
obscured. The bow of the new boat is an impressive 3.3m tall - some 0.8m
taller than the previous generation - and this enlarged freeboard extends
all the way aft.
The reason for the extra freeboard is to reduce the chance of burying the
forward cross beam into waves. "The designers had to do something about the
upwind sailing coming from the other boats because on those we had to slow
her down sometimes to 7 or 8 knots because otherwise you were slamming so
hard you just wouldn't make it," explains Orange II watch leader, Herve Jan
Orange II's hull section shape is also very different. Generally the hulls
are considerably finer but deeper. "We have been working to have a boat
that is a bit faster in upwind conditions to be able to catch the systems
faster especially in the Atlantic or to cross a ridge or something like
that," explains Bruno Peyron. The finer hull shape is also hoped to improve
light weather performance. The section is also much more V-eed in shape in
order to make for a more comfortable ride on board. - James Boyd, The Daily
Sail, full story: www.thedailysail.com/
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"If a weather window opens up in the next few days, we shall get going. The
boat and her crew are ready, in spite of the six short weeks we've had to
prepare. We would have liked to set out at the same time as the others, but
they didn't wait." - Bruno Peyron, skipper of Orange II
What is the ocean pressure at its deepest point?
* St. Petersburg, FL, USA - Sonar World Championship final results (25
boats - five races with no discard): 1 USA384, Steven Shepstone, 21; 2.
USA701, Peter Galloway, 23; 3. USA571, John Ross-Duggan, 28; 4. USA644, Ed
Sherman, 29; 5 GBR702, John Robertson, 38. Complete results:
* Constellation Energy Group has announced that it is committing $500,000
as title sponsor of the April 2006 Baltimore-Annapolis stopover of the
Volvo Ocean race. Preliminary estimates indicate that the race could
generate more than $50 million directly and indirectly from the 450,000
visitors who are expected to be drawn to Baltimore's Inner Harbour and
Annapolis City Dock. A Fortune 500 company based in Baltimore,
Constellation is a leading supplier of electricity to large commercial and
industrial customers and one of the nation's largest wholesale power sellers.
* AC Management has appointed David Gallego as the Director of
Institutional Relations for AC Management in Spain. Gallego will be
responsible for the relationships with local institutions, company
establishment in Valencia and implementation of the communications
strategy. Having worked in sports marketing and management for the past 10
years Spanish- born David Gallego brings with him specific talents and
experiences (UEFA Champions' League, Olympic Games). Most recently, Gallego
was the Managing Director of the sport of Beach Soccer which has, in less
than five years, consolidated to having its own European League.
* Jean-Luc Van Den Heede's 84-foot aluminum cutter Adrien is sailing in
just 10 knots of breeze - dead down wind. The boat is now just 5,302 miles
from the finish, having covered 218 miles in the last 24 hours. VDH is now
26 days and 7 hours ahead of Monnet's 'westabout' circumnavigation record -
* Viggo Jacobsen, president of the Optimist Class for its first eighteen
years from 1965 to 1982, celebrates on 13 February his 90th birthday in his
home of Aarhus, Denmark. When founded IODA had just just seven members
countries on two continents: by the time Viggo retired in 1982 its had 44
on all six continents and 30 nations at its Worlds. In that period he had
overseen such daring innovations as the introduction of toe-straps, metal
spars and, critical for the Class, competitive fibreglass hulls. A summary
of Optimist Class history is at:
* Samson Rope has received the 2004 Sail magazine Freeman K. Pittman
Editors' Award for the best new running rigging product of the year. Samson
ICE, a heat resistant cover for performance sailboat running rigging, was
recognized for incorporating the characteristics of product excellence and
technical innovation that were valued by Freeman Pittman, former editor of
Sail Magazine. ICE's unique blend of Vectran and Zylon helps to prevent
heat buildup and also provides additional wear protection to high
performance 12-strand ropes.
*The Cruising Club of America has awarded its 2003 Blue Water Medal to
Canadian, Tony Gooch for his 177 day, 24,340-mile non-stop, single-handed
circumnavigation in his 42-foot aluminum, pilothouse sloop, Taonui.
Departing from his home port of Victoria, British Columbia on September 28,
2002, the first time a circumnavigation has been attempted from the west
coast of North America, Tonyand Taonui averaged 137 miles per day arriving
back home on March 25, 2003. The attempt was conducted under the auspices
of the World Speed Sailing Records Council, which keeps track of offshore
sailing records. - www.cruisingclub.org/
* Sydney, Australia - Final results of the Hardy Cup, ISAF Grade 3
International Match Racing: 1. Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, NZL; 2.
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron 1, AUS; 3. King Harbor Yacht Club, Redondo
Beach, CA USA; 4. Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron 2, AUS; 5. Mission Beach
Yacht Club, San Diego, CA, USA. - http://www.rsys.com.au/
The LaSource Grenada Sailing Festival attracts a variety of boats and
sailors from all over the world for this four-day regatta. The colors of
this Caribbean event are best profiled by the Work boat action captured
here in this Scuttlebutt Photo Gallery (photos by Onne van der Wal):
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* From Jim Brady (Regarding Steve Erickson): I have been fortunate to have
sailed with Steve in boats ranging from the Star to Stars & Stripes. He is
really and truly one of the most talented sailors I have sailed with.
Regarding his abilities in the Star, we raced the Miami Olympic Class
regatta in 1993 (or 1994), my first outing skippering a Star. We borrowed a
friends old star boat, called Vince Brun to see if he could "loan" us a set
of sails and practiced for a few days. Against the likes of Kostecki,
Reynolds and others, Steve, and I do mean Steve, made us not only go fast
but help pick the way through the fleet and managed to win us the regatta.
Stunning in such a deep and talented fleet. Steve is really the glue which
melds together some of the most winning teams in our sports more recent
* From Dennis Hawkins: I agree with much of what Marc Fountain has to say
regarding the current rules lacking a clear burden of proof or onus in the
right of way rules. At the risk of being called an "Old Timer" I think one
rule change has contributed greatly to the increased amount of collisions,
aggressiveness and violation of the right of way rules. That rule is the
720 degree penalty turn or alternate penalty. Prior to this rule change
your only alternatives for breaking a right of way rule was to retire from
the race or risk a protest hearing. With the advent of the 720 degree
penalty turn racers became much more aggressive and willingly put
themselves and others into situations they probably would not have knowing
they could do their "turns" and just keep racing.
As a result their is sometimes an attitude of "lets stick it in their" or
"lets try to cross them" and see what happens. Doing "turns" in a modern
maneuverable sailboat is not that costly as opposed to watching the rest of
the race from the yacht club bar. As far as resurrecting the Corinthian
Spirit I'm not sure that is possible in this day of instant gratification.
Everything is expected to be easy and not having to take responsibility for
ones actions is accepted. I suppose that is why the rules were changed in
the first place.
* From David Bishop: Bruce Thompson's suggestion for a 1 strike prelude to
the black flag is a little draconian. Not all OCS's are caused by
over-aggressive starters, many are the result of mandated response to a
leward boat taking up the windward pack. Even if you have a safe distance
to the line and and what looks like a clean starting position, a less
skilled skipper down the line can let someone in who forces everyone up and
over. It's good staring strategy to knock your opponent's back into the
fleet, but with the black flag they would be not just disadvantaged, they
would be disqualified. The I flag imposes a much less severe penalty and
tends to elliminate the mid-line positions that make it hard for committees
to see OCS boats. (Some committees start our fleet with it by default) Some
boats may get away with an occasional OCS start, but you can't fool all the
committees all the time, and even one trip back to the line can impact a
*From Jim Mahaffy: All these various ways to avoid general recalls by doing
it and using black flags and such kind of leaves me a little mystified. For
several years, along with other races, I was race a officer for the Newport
to Ensenada race which has never had a general recall. Yes, it has some
vary aggressive fleets. Part of the reason is that legend has if you are
the Chairman that calls one you get keelhauled on the way in. The main
reason is that as PRO on the different boats I instructed the line callers
that if you saw one coming identify the boats that aren't over and get the
rest. With starters of between 20 to 25 per line this worked every time I
saw one coming. I have also used this with fleets that have reparation for
aggressive starts and it has worked every time for me. Get ten of twenty
starters and you would be surprised how well behaved they are the next
time. To me it beats a general recall or black flag every time and it keeps
the racing going..
* From Tom Erskine: Nice job Vanguard ... it won't be long now before the
navel-gazing whiners who accuse you of promoting cheating are picketing
your shop demanding equal rights for "boats of color". What a silly dustup
over a total non-issue. When it's time to pull the trigger in the middle of
a 75 boat starting line, the last thing I need in the back of my head is a
little voice saying "you know, maybe Magenta was a bad choice for topside
* From Andy Colloton: Congratulations to Chip Johns! With one ad and a
well-written and timed letter, he has created a discussion that seems to
have grown its own legs. Any marketer's goal is to create a buzz about
their product. Chip has undoubtedly done that - the likes of which I
haven't seen since the Calvin Klein ads of the 80's, albeit in a smaller
market. White hull or not, Vanguard has achieved their goal and kept us all
talking about their product long after a simple ad was placed. As a member
of the industry, it is great to see people's passions get involved-it only
means good things for all of us.
* From John Stovall: Enough of the white boat thread ... let it die. I live
in south Florida. we just finished the Etchells mid-winters - - 70 boats on
the line - All white. Just around the corner is the Star Bacardi Cup - -
another 70-100 boats on the line - all white. Maybe I'm just old, but
really, who wants a peach & teal colored boat.
* From Donald Rave: I believe that it was Commodore Vanderbilt who once
said that the only proper colors for a yacht are white and black . . .
dryly adding that one would have to be crazy to have a black boat.
Curmudgeon's Comment: This thread has been going on way tooooo long. A
couple of things to think about:
- "A long dispute means both parties are wrong." - Voltaire
- "Behind every argument is someone's ignorance." - Louis D. Brandeis
This thread is now officially dead!
Never argue with idiots, they will only drag you down to their level and
beat you with experience.