SCUTTLEBUTT 1538 - March 12, 2004
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AMERICA'S CUP HALL OF FAME
Four legends of America's Cup sailing Tom Whidden (Essex, Conn.), Brad
Butterworth (New Zealand), the U.S.A.'s Hank Haff and England's William
Fife III (both deceased) have been named as the 2004 inductees to the
America's Cup Hall of Fame. The inductees will be honored on the occasion
of the Rolex America's Cup Hall of Fame 12th Annual Induction Ceremony to
be held Thursday, June 10, 2004.
- Bradley William Butterworth OBE (1959-) - In the Cup's long history, no
other afterguard member has won so many races in succession as Butterworth.
As tactician aboard three winning boats (New Zealand's Black Magic in 1995
and 2000, and Switzerland's Alinghi in 2003), Butterworth set a new Cup
record with 15 consecutive America's Cup race victories.
- William Fife III (1857-1944) The designer of two of Sir Thomas
Lipton's early Cup challengers, as well as hundreds of other beautiful,
fast yachts, William Fife III (sometimes referred to as William Fife, Jr.)
was born into his trade in his father's and grandfather's shipyard in
Fairlie, Scotland. By the age of 30 he was designing and building noted
racing boats for clients who included many Americans and Canadians. With G.
L. Watson, Fife dominated the design of large sailing yachts in Britain in
the 1890s before Watson turned his attention to the design of steam yachts.
- Henry Coleman Haff (1837-1906) Nobody in America's Cup history has
sailed in the afterguard of more successful Cup boats than Hank Haff,
skipper and/or tactician of four winners between 1881 and 1895. As of 2004,
only Nathanael G. Herreshoff, C. Oliver Iselin, and Dennis Conner have
matched his remarkable record.
- Thomas A. Whidden (1948-) Tom Whidden was the most successful
America's Cup tactician of the 1980's, helping to win three of the contests
(1980, 1987, and 1988). He has been active with the Cup ever since. "When I
was 16 my dream was to become a sailmaker and race in the America's Cup,"
said Whidden of his years as a junior sailor on Long Island Sound. He
fulfilled both wishes: as a sailmaker he became President of North Sails,
and, after he earned Dennis Conner's respect by besting him in ocean races,
Whidden was asked by Conner to help out with the ultimately successful
Freedom campaign. - Jan Harley
1993-2004 Hall of Fame Honor Roll: Charles Francis Adams, James L. Ashbury,
Charles Barr, J. Burr Bartram, Robert N. Bavier, Jr., John Bertrand, Baron
Marcel Bich, Sir Peter Blake, Alan Bond, Dick Brown, Edward Burgess, W.
Starling Burgess, Malin Burnham, Bradley W. Butterworth OBE, James E.
Buttersworth, William F. Carstens, Dennis Conner, Russell Coutts, Briggs S.
Cunningham, Sir Michael Fay, William P. Ficker, William Fife III, Henry
Coleman Haff, Sir James Hardy, Nathanael G. Herreshoff, F.E. "Ted" Hood,
Chandler Hovey, Sherman Hoyt, C. Oliver Iselin, Gary Jobson, Arthur Knapp,
Jr., William I. Koch, Sir Thomas J. Lipton, Harry "Buddy" Melges, Edward I.
du Moulin, E.D. Morgan, Henry Sturgis Morgan, Emil "Bus" Mosbacher, Jr.,
Frank J. Murdoch, Charles E. Nicholson, Sir Frank Packer, General Charles
J. Paine, Victor A. Romagna, Morris Rosenfeld, Stanley Rosenfeld, Tom
Schnackenberg, George L. Schuyler, Henry Sears, T.O.M. Sopwith, George
Steers, John Cox Stevens, Olin J. Stephens, II, Roderick Stephens, Jr.,
R.E. "Ted" Turner, Harold S.Vanderbilt, Gertrude Vanderbilt, George L.
Watson, Thomas A. Whidden, The Earl of Wilton.
Full story: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEID=362&Nid=12821
Thirty one year old professional skipper Conrad Humphreys and the O6T ocean
racing team announced Motorola Inc. as their title sponsor. Together, they
are forming the Motorola Ocean Racing Team to compete in the international
ocean racing circuit for the 2004-5 FICO-Lacoste World Championship title.
The Plymouth, UK based Motorola Ocean Racing Team has acquired the 1998
Finot design Open 60 boat previously raced as 'Team Group 4' and 'Ecover'
under British skipper Mike Golding, which is currently undergoing a winter
refit in France. She will be named HELLOMOTO and re-launched in the spring
of this year.
The 2004-05 FICO-Lacoste World Championship will kick off with The Transat
classic, single-handed yacht race (ex-OSTAR), which starts from Plymouth on
31st May 2004, crossing the North Atlantic to arrive in Boston, USA some 14
days later. The main event, the solo, non-stop round-the-world Vendée Globe
yacht race starts from Les Sables d'Olonne in the Vendée region of Western
France on 7th November 2004. The 2005 programme includes the fully-crewed
Calais Round Britain Race, the Rolex Fastnet and two-handed Transat Jacques
Vabre race. Conrad Humphreys will be representing Britain amongst a field
of top international skippers with the overall goal to win the FICO-Lacoste
In 2001 Conrad Humphreys triumphed in world-class yachting as the winning
skipper of the BT Global Challenge round-the-world yacht race. In 2003,
Motorola backed his own project to race the Open 50 HELLOMOTO to class
victory in the two-handed Transat Jacques Vabre race from France to Brazil.
The Motorola Ocean Racing Team is now actively looking for additional
partners and sponsors. - www.conradhumphreys.com
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FOR THE RECORD
* Steve Fossett and crew on Cheyenne covered 263 miles past 12 hours and
are still 2000+ miles ahead of the Orange 2002 route. Brian Thompson on
Cheyenne writes: "We have been making steady progress eastwards towards the
Horn. The low we were promised has turned out to be weaker than predicted,
especially as we have gone southwards and closer to the low, where in this
case the winds are less. We have spent most of the day sailing downwind
with one reef, blast reacher and staysail. Just at sunset the cold front
from the low has passed through, swinging the wind into the south. We are
now carrying 2 reefs and the storm jib, and reaching eastwards. The
forecasts are showing good amounts of moderate reaching winds for much of
the passage to the Horn so that is good news. Yesterday we were looking at
2 gales to navigate so that has brought an improvement of a day in our
projected ETA and reduced the risk of breakages. www.brianthompsonsailing.com/
Steve Fossett Challenges: http://www.fossettchallenge.com
* By the end of her 14th day at sea, the Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric
trimaran had added another 468 nautical miles to her counter, with an
average point-to-point speed of 19.5 knots. The northwesterly winds
strengthened during the night and Geronimo attacked the Southern Ocean with
the bit between her teeth. Between 23:18 GMT last night and 11:18 GMT this
morning, the 11-man crew had covered over 300 nautical miles in 12 hours -
an average point-to-point speed of over 25 knots. Her lead over the current
record continues to lengthen, and conditions seem set fair for good average
times all the way to the Cape of Good Hope. "We're extending our lead well,
there's plenty of wind and it's manageable with good gliding conditions,
said skipper Olivier de Kersauson. "The crew is really happy because the
boat is making much better progress than last year, with a 5 to 7% higher
average overall. And despite having mediocre conditions all the way down
through the Atlantic, we're still ahead of the record." -
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The tallest mast built by Auckland-based Southern Spars was stepped in the
super-yacht Tiara. At 63 metres (206ft) long, the carbon fibre mast is too
tall to sail under the Auckland Harbour Bridge which has a clearance of
43m. It will clear, but only just, the bridge of the America's which spans
the Panama Canal, an important consideration for a yacht that will be based
in the Caribbean. Built at Auckland by Alloy Yachts, Tiara is 54m (178ft)
overall with a beam of 11m (36ft). The sloop was designed by Dubois Naval
Architects. Tiara's rig gave Southern Spars' designers one unusual problem
to solve: the crew has to be able to remove the backstay to allow a
helicopter to land on the afterdeck. - www.southernspars.com
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Miami, FL Alfonso Domingos and crew Bernardo Santos of Portugal assured
themselves of the 2004 Bacardi Cup championship after the fifth race in the
six-race Star Class Regatta on Thursday. Their first place overall of 17
points is enough to make them the first Europeans to win the coveted
Bacardi Cup since the race began in Cuba in 1927. British world champions
Iain Percy and crew Steve Mitchell took first place for the second day in a
row and moved into10th overall. They finished today with a long lead on the
rest of the 93-boat fleet after passing the Danish team at the third mark
in 15-knot winds coming in from the northeast.
Six-time Bacardi Cup champion Mark Reynolds moves into fourth place in the
overall standings. Howie Shiebler and crew Will Stout of San Francisco are
in second place overall and Canadians Ross Macdonald and crew Mike Wolfs
are in third. Sailors were allowed to drop their worst finish after the
fifth race today. The final race of the Bacardi Cup will be sailed on
Friday. - Janet Maizner
Standings after five races without one discard:
1. Afonso Domingos & Bernardo Santos, POR, 17
2. Howie Shiebler & Will Stout, USA, 23
3. Ross Macdonald & Mike Wolfs, CAN, 24
4. Mark Reynolds & Steve Erickson, USA, 35
5. Flavio Marazzi & Enrico De Maria, SUI, 43
6. Marc Pickel & Ingo Borkowski, GER, 44
7. Colin Beashel & David Giles, AUS, 44
8. Peter Bromby & Lee White, BER, 47
9. Hans Spitzauer & Andreas Hanakamp, AUT, 48
10. Iain Percy & Steve Mitchell, GBR, 54
Full results: http://www.bacardicup.com/press.asp
* The Calema Midwinters Windsurfing Festival held in Florida had more than
170 racers, including a fleet of 120+ Formula racers, from 12 countries.
Australian Steve Allen won first place in the Formula Pro division, second
place went to Wojtek Brzozowski from Poland and currently ranked number two
in the world, with Ross Williams of Great Britain placing third. The
regatta was also a qualifier for the World Cup 2004 - Seth Besse, Steve
Bodner, Jason Voss and Mike Zajicek, from the United States qualified, plus
Antoine Questel from France and Keith Atkinson from Great Britain. -
* After one windy day match racing J/80s in the Marseilles International
Match Race series, Bertrand Pacé (FRA) leads the pack with six points. Luc
Pillot (FRA) and Mathieu Richard (FRA) are one point back with five points
while Dimitri Deruelle (FRA) holds the fourth spot with four points. Racing
continues on Friday for the 10 European skippers in the event. -
A HAPPY ENDING
Jean Luc Van den Heede is very discreet, but found it difficult to hide his
emotion, as he brought Adrien alongside the Vendée Globe landing stage in
Les Sables d'Olonne. In Les Sables d'Olonne, the naval tradition grows ever
stronger. In the hearts of the local people, the four "Vendée Globe" events
clearly set a precedent in terms of the enthusiasm and admiration they feel
for yachtsmen. Jean Luc Van den Heede is now one of them. By smashing
Philippe Monnet's record by 29 days, VDH entered marine legend last Tuesday.
The welcome that was given to him late today was that much more heartfelt,
as a few years back the sailor from Amiens made Les Sables his home port.
Among the crowds that had gathered on the landing stages, his loyal
partners waited with pride and eagerness. It must have taken a lot of
courage and solid commitment for Jean Luc to set out on four occasions to
attempt this challenge, and his three sponsors also showed unwavering
trust, loyalty and support through all those years.
It was also a moving occasion for Michel Adrien, a stalwart supporter and
former sailor himself. He could easily imagine the difficulties Jean-Luc
must have encountered in order to achieve his performance: 'If a record was
well deserved, it was this one' was the essence of what he said, while
breathing a sigh of relief. - www.vdh.fr
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* From Ed Furry (edited to our 250-word limit): It is a bit frustrating to
me to hear that some of the top pro sailors including Paul Cayard and World
Champion Freddie Loof are dropping out of the Bacardi Cup when they are
doing poorly and/or don't like that sailing conditions. What kind of
example are they setting for the young sailors growing up in the World? I
guess it tells them that if you are doing poorly in a regatta or don't like
the weather, which no one can control, then you may as well give up.
I may not be as good of a sailor as these guys but I have race against most
of them in the Farr 40 class and I am embarrassed for them. I am sure if it
were the Olympics they would stick it out. I think I remember Mark Reynolds
being pretty deep in the last Olympics and was still able to win a Gold
medal. If they are resting up for the Trials then they shouldn't have even
started this regatta.
Hopefully some of the other top pros like Ian Piercy, Mark Reynolds and
George Szabo, that have bad races, BFD's or OCS's in this regatta will
continue to push through it and work there way back up the standings. I
would say we should commend them for this but in reality they are just
doing what they are supposed to. But in this case we should at least say
thanks for setting an example.
Curmudgeon's Comment: I fairness to Canard, one look at his website
(www.cayardsailing.com) documents fully how much time he and Phil Trinter
have spent in Florida and how hard they have trained for what has been
their single goal for more than a year - the US Olympic Trials, that begin
in just six days. Cayard's Thursday report states, "I left Miami feeling
that the boat is in good shape for the trials. Everything on our list was
done. We sailed with both masts and all four mainsails in the first four
races of Bacardi Cup. I am now in Kentfield CA with my family. Sleeping in
my own bed for the first time in a month was great."
Personally - considering what's on the line for Cayard and Trinter - taking
a short break now may be exactly the right thing for them to do to insure
they're rested and ready for the important 11-day grind that begins on
* From Jack Attridge: It is sad that Joe McCoy has to make the weight issue
in the Star Class personal. George Iverson is one of the most respected
sailors in our club and is very fit. He happens to be "big boned" and
obviously loves sailing in a class that he has been passionate about for
years. He is the 2001 recipient of the Governor Foss Trophy, along with the
likes of Jud Smith, JB Braun, Jack Slattery and Dru Slattery. This award
recognizes "outstanding yacht racing achievements by Eastern Yacht Club
Members". George is standing up for what he feels is fair and he has every
right to do that given the fact that he has 6 top 10 finishes in the
association's North American Championships since 1990. This is about a
passion for sailing and the desire of someone trying to stay in a class
that they have enjoyed for many years.
* From John McNeill: I find the presumptive superiority Joe McCoy conveys
as 'slender and fit' is offensive. Fitness has little to do with size or
conformation, as the most obtuse can observe in the animal world. You may
be a slender and fit gazelle, but this tiger is still going to have you for
lunch. The limitation tyranny that is being visited on some classes of our
sport will, in due course, prove to be detrimental to their popularity as
we are unable to be 'inclusive' in participation and those who would enjoy
open competition leave for more welcome situations. Hope you all enjoy the
grand regatta for the Weight Watchers Cup, if you can put a fleet together.
* From Peter W. Wickwire (re Joe Coy's missive): I'm a large fit person who
has sailed competitively my entire life. At 6'4", and consistently working
hard to stay at 225lbs, you've no idea the number of classes I'd love to
race and can't due to size. Imagine the problem I faced at age 17 when,
just as all my training was paying off, I grew too large for my Laser.
While fit and strong at 17, I wasn't ready for a Finn on a number of
levels. It frustrated me I could no longer race against or train with my
friends. It would've been fun, not to mention beneficial, to mature as a
person and sailor a few more years in Lasers before moving to a Finn. As
such I switched my focus towards football for college.
Now in my early 30s I'll weigh my "fattie" fitness against most. As
evidence there are large fit sailors, I've now completed nine marathons and
I've qualified for Boston four times and ran it under 3:h at 225lbs.. There
are plenty of fit and skilled "fatties" working hard on and off the water
to sail faster.
* From Paul France, Bay of Islands, New Zealand: These days I sail an aging
1970/71 One-Tonner and find it hard to relate to complaints over weight
rules for crew in the Star Class. Tonight we battled hard for second place
in our club Wednesday night series. When the crew asked for my "pleasure
quotient" my smile could not have been wider. I accept the aspirants for
top honours tread different floorboards from me but I hope the requirements
they have will not reduce my pleasure quotient as I battle it out with my
friends and sailing colleagues.
Never pass up an opportunity to pee.