SCUTTLEBUTT 1552 - April 1, 2004
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NEW AMERICA'S CUP SYNDICATE
Hall Spars & Rigging has formed its own America's Cup team, company
president Eric Hall announced today. "We're proud of our work with the
winning team in the last cup," says Hall, "but we realized early on in this
Cup cycle, that have all the necessary components in-house to field our own
team. We have the design expertise, boat- and spar-building talent, and we
can assemble an outstanding sailing team from within our own staff.
'Team Hall' has signed only two sailors from outside the company to work
with the crew. Rod Davis (Prada starting helmsman in 2003 and sailing coach
in 2000) will coach the sailing team and Moose McClintock (trimmer
AmericaOne and Pact 95) will be starting helmsman. Hall Vice President Phil
Garland is slated as navigator; Hall employees will vie for the other
positions in training camps starting this summer.
The two-boat program will use designs supplied by a consortium from the
University of Michigan graduate program in Naval Architecture. Ben Hall's
daughter, Caroline, (who will graduate from the program in May) coordinated
the school's effort. Tank testing, wind tunnel testing, and extensive FEA
analysis have all been completed. Eric Hall (UM '65) worked closely with
the students over the past year.
"Hall's recent acquisition of additional property makes this the perfect
time to expand into boatbuilding," says Ben Hall. "We'll begin construction
of the first boat at the new 70,000 sq.ft. facility in September. Lead
carbon technician Ken Madeiro will implement a patented, proprietary system
to build the boats to the exact specifications of the design team.
Hall has acquired the former OneWorld boats for practice. "We intend to be
on the line at the UBS event in Newport this summer. We plan to give
Alinghi and Oracle a run for their money," says Ben Hall. "We have a
significant local knowledge advantage with Dave Moffet, Hall project
manager, on our team. We expect he'll spend a lot of time up the rig.
Sail Newport, Rhode Island's public sailing facility, will be the team's
home club. In the shadow of the New York YC, Sail Newport offers
outstanding facilities for practice. At the end of the campaign, the boats
will be donated to the Sail Newport youth sailing program.
An important aspect of Team Hall is its co-ed orientation. "We have a
natural blending of talent here at Hall," say Eric Hall. "Ben's wife, Nan,
and daughters Caroline and Liz are world class sailors, and should fit
nicely into the afterguard. In addition, rigger Laura Slye will be an
invaluable member of the foredeck team. Backing her up will be Kristan
McClintock and Cara Read, who have many national and international sailing
titles in both fleet and match racing. Most importantly, we have a real
synergy in the office that should translate well onto the water.
Eric and Ben Hall will trade filling the strategist's role and helming the
second boat in practice. In addition, the Halls will commit $75 million of
their own money to fund the campaign. "We had a very good year in 2003,
says Eric Hall. Eric Hall is currently in Valencia scouting locations for
the team's compound. - Kristan McClintock, www.hallspars.com/
There is growing interest in France in expanding the dual-purpose concept
of water-ballasted boats like the new Finot 40 into a simple offshore
development class. The Finot 40 has now gone into series production as the
Pogo 40, while Pierre Rolland and Francois Lucas also have new designs
underway at this size and to a similar concept.
The Class 40 was officially launched during the Paris Boat Show in December
and the rule will be finalized shortly. The principles of our new rule are
low price, fun and safety, and the ability to race or cruise fast with a
small family crew. No canting keels but (limited) water ballast are
permitted. No carbon in the hull but it is allowed in the mast, a minimum
weight (measured off a crane) and a maximum draft, plus a maximum height of
the mast and length of the boom and bowsprit/ spinnaker pole. It is a
simple box rule inspired by the successful Mini 6.5 Rule.
Interest in France is growing very quickly, and as soon as the rule is
finalized it will be translated into English and sent to the right people.
It should take up no more than two typed pages. Keep it simple … which is
not an especially simple task. - Excerpts from a story by Patrice
Carpentier in the April issue of Seahorse magazine, www.seahorsemagazine.com
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Former America's Cup challenger OneWorld has a date with its ex-operations
manager Sean Reeves at the High Court at Auckland next Wednesday over a
long-running confidentiality dispute between the pair. OneWorld is
attempting to enforce a summary judgment it won against Reeves, and collect
the $US1 million it was awarded by a Seattle court in September 2002.
Reeves views the United States judgment as fraudulent. Because the US isn't
a party to New Zealand's Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgments Act and Reeves
is a NZ citizen, he hasn't paid the $US1 million awarded against him.
Reeves says his lawyers will fight the summary judgment application by
arguing he has an arguable defence. "I have a hell of a lot more faith in
the NZ judicial system than I do in the US judicial system. The basis for
my defence is due process effectively, and the denial of substantial
justice [in the US]," Reeves says.
In the Seattle judgment Judge Barbara Rothstein ruled Reeves retained and
disclosed OneWorld's confidential information without justification or
excuse in violation of a confidentiality agreement. OneWorld's Kiwi lawyer,
Iain Thain, says OneWorld's bringing the case on the basis of a debt and is
suing for the money awarded against Reeves in Seattle. The US judgment is
evidence of the debt and Reeves being a New Zealander is the basis for
jurisdiction. - Full story:
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ROUND THE WORLD RECORD ATTEMPTS
* Steady tradewinds from the East have carried Steve Fossett and Cheyenne
244 nm over the past 12 hours (avg 20.3 kts), leaving the 125' maxi-cat a
lead over the 2002 RTW position of Orange I of over 4 days and only 2269
miles remaining to the official WSSRC finish line on Ouessant island in
France. "The weather outlook is excellent. We hope to hook up with the
leading edge of a Low pressure system midday on Thursday and ride it to the
finish at Ouessant. If the forecast holds, we hope to score 4 consecutive
500 mile days and arrive on Monday afternoon 5 April.," Fossett said. "Our
stated goal has been to break the 64 day 8 hour record of Orange, but our
secret ambition has been to crack 60 days - which we believe is the
potential of these maxi-multihulls. Now we find there is even the prospect
of a 58-day time." - http://www.fossettchallenge.com
* Skipper Oliver de Kersauson looked back on what Geronimo has experienced
in the last few days and the difficulties of life on board the Cap Gemini
and Schneider Electric trimaran. "Thankfully, what we have now is less
violent than before, otherwise we wouldn't have headed south again. It was
impracticable - multihulls are designed to surf, not to force their way
through the sea. Back there, we were in conditions where the sea was very
aggressive. We're now trying to see if we can get through by going a long
way south in conditions that are at least sailable. de Kersauson is poring
over the meteorological data and examining every option that might permit
Geronimo to continue to the famous rocky tip of South America. The choice
will have to be made in the next 48 hours: whether to head a long way south
and risk the ice or to try a more northerly route which would considerably
increase the distance and offer no guarantee of escaping the deep
depressions over the Pacific. - http://www.trimaran-geronimo.com
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* The deadline for submitting an Application for Entry in the 2004 Newport
Bermuda Race has been extended from April 1st to April 30th because of
delays in getting the on-line entry system up and running. The full entry
process must still be completed by May 15th. "We have over 135 boats in the
system now. With all the new boats and the regulars who tend to enter late,
we hope to break the record of 182 entries this time out," said Race
Chairman John Winder. - www.bermudarace.com
* Sweden's Prince Carl Philip has agreed to become patron of the next Volvo
Ocean Race. The next Volvo Ocean Race (formerly called the Whitbread Race)
will be the ninth since its inception. This time it will start in November
2005 from Galicia, Spain. The first port after the start will be in South
Africa. From there the boats will run towards Australia and New Zealand
followed by Brazil, and the USA. The fleet will then return to Europe,
where the finish is set to be. - www.Volvooceanrace.org
* The US Coast Guard is changing the way in which we make Local Notices to
Mariners available to the public. They will continue to publish electronic
versions of these notices and make them available free of charge via the
Internet, but we will no longer print and mail copies of each notice. This
change takes effect April 1, 2004. - http://tinyurl.com/24o3w
* As expecting, the Luna Rossa Challenge transferred the main assets of the
former Prada Challenge to their rented base in Real Club Náutico de
Valencia. The two more recent IACC (ITA 70 & ITA 80), their appendages and
their equipments were unloaded Wednesday from the cargo ship that left
Livorno three days ago and arrived in Spain this week-end. - Cp in Europe
* Next week, the Irishman Killian Bushe starts building the two boats with
which ABN AMRO will participate in the Volvo Ocean Race. One of the hangars
of Schaap Shipcare in Lelystad (the Netherlands), will be used for these
building works. Bushe was responsible for building the Illbruck, the
winning boat in the last Volvo Ocean Race. In total, twenty people will be
involved in building the boat. Dutchman Roy Heiner is in charge of the
sailing part of the project. Juan Kouyoumdjian, from Argentina is
responsible for the boat design. - www.volvooceanrace.org
* The official word from the 64-boat Star European Championships in Spain
is, "Avui ha finalitzat el Campionat d'Europa de Star amb Xavier Rohart com
a vencedor del dia." - 1. Frederik Lööf (SWE) 8 punts; 2. Xavier Rohart
(FRA) 12 punts; 3. Mark Neeleman (NED) 22 punts; 4. Alexandre Hagen (GER)
23 punts; 5. Ross McDonald (CAN) 31 punts. - http://star.nauticescala.com/
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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 Peter R. Szasz: Re Adrian Morgan comments on Paul Cayard's $100K
"investment" in their Olympic campaign. In today's world of $25K 505's,
$60K plus Melges24's, $160K J105's, cost of boat transportation, support
boat, coaching, accommodations, etc. $100,000.00 does not seem outrageous
at all. Just ask the Kahn family. Cayard's and Trinter's skills, dedication
and training are more responsible for the results then their checkbook.
* From Steven Levy: No one would suggest an 80-average golfer is better
than one who averages 70. But golf handicapping allows both to enjoy the
excitement of competing against each other; a competition is exciting to
the degree that the outcome is in doubt. Tiger Woods is still the better
golfer; a handicap win by a club duffer changes nothing.
When racing gets serious, handicaps aren't used. Just as golfers compete
even-up in tournaments, so serious racers compete in one-designs and major
championships. For most of us, though, racing sailboats is a hobby. Some
race with the best equipment and crew money can buy, some live-aboards race
their homes, and most race for the beer with friends and family. The core,
I think, is fun and friendly competition.
One of the coolest things about our sport is that while I can't play a
round with Tiger, I can sail against the McKees and Buchans. I know they're
better than I am, incomprehensibly better. It's good simply sailing against
them. But it's not a contest.
* From David Shulman: Frank Sticovich's comments ('butt 1550) that "in golf
the losing of a stroke is considered a compliment…" ignores the issue of
members of a PHRF committee protecting their own turf. Handicapping is far
from the same in all sports. In golf, it's you and your clubs against the
course on a given day. There are many more variables in sailing (how many
can you name- I'm up to a dozen in 20 seconds). I once sailed on a C&C 35
M3 and saw the entire class literally rated off the water by a local
committee protecting some of it's own members. Now let's figure a way to
get a trophy to the guy in DFL! (why don't we just take him/her sailing
with us and leave the rule alone)
I am more concerned, however, about yet another rule/rating system that
will obsolete more boats. While I know that there are businesses within our
community that constantly wish for obsolescence-creating developments, the
progress of sailboat development should come naturally, not by fiat, and
with an eye toward moving away from the "dispos-a-boat" attitude that
suddenly changing the game creates. Every time a new rating system appears
it creates uncompetitive boats. The owners and crew must decide what to do.
Sometimes (more often that I would like) it's to get out of racing.
Let's tweak around the edges of our rating systems and keep as many boats
competitive as is possible. Being in a racing bracket of three is called
* From Sterling Farnsworth: Hey curmudgeon - you don't have to write the
April Fool's stories this year - eBay is doing it for you.
* From Fin Beven: Regarding handicapping. It occurred to me that a valuable
and inexpensive handicapping input could be gained from towing a particular
boat at its theoretical hull-speed, and measuring the resistance with some
sort of strain-gauge.
* From Ken Inglis (edited to our 250-word limit): I love getting my copy of
Curmudgeon daily and I must admit that I read most of it. My problem is
that I am just an average Joe, (Ken actually, but not married to Barbie) I
don't have a 65 metre catamaran, nor am I planning to sail around the world
solo and darn it all, I have to admit that I think the America's Cup
probably does more harm to the status of the average sailor that good. I
sail a well used M-16 Scow that goes like Hell, gets me soaking wet in even
a modest breeze but in fact gets my old heart just a pumping every time the
start gun fires.
I know Paul Henderson personally and love to hear his views on sailing
(which I believe are right on the mark, most of the time) and I also know
David Sprague, President of the Canadian Yachting Association who is a
died-in-the- wool, small boat sailor.
What I am saying is, - keep me informed on what is controversial in the
sport I love. Let me read the banter between the voices but for Pete's sake
I really don't care who is pouring tons of money into some freak boat for
the purpose of racing around the world or who is drumming up some rule
change to win the America's Cup by default. I would just like to know what
the guy did to win the Wood Pussy 14 regatta.
* From Lloyd Causey: In Butt 1551 Art Ahrens says that any handicapping
rule can be beaten and that One Design is the answer. There is a foolish
notion that one design boats are equal. He mentions the Farr 40, but when a
group of them were measured for the Mac race, it was found that they got
very different handicap ratings. It is just a fable that all boats are
equal because they are in a one design class.
The truth is that one design is a good way to train because the boats are
close in speed and you develop tactics and maneuvering skills. However if
you want to go to the top of your class, you must buy the best boat, get
perfect sails, get excellent crew, train non stop, and make no mistakes.
That same effort will get you to the top in most handicap classes. The
difference is that when you get to the top of your handicapped class, folks
say you bought your way there, but never say that in one design even though
the formula was the same.
* From Rick Nelson (Re: Jim Marta/Steve Johnson's comments on PHRF and
their inability to "rate" sport boats): A few of us are building a fleet of
International Tempest at ABYC in Long Beach and in the process we race PHRF
to create exposure for the boats. Rated at 144 in SoCal, in light winds we
can stay competitive but in a breeze we are hard pressed to keep the boat
on her lines as we cannot use the trapeze. Don't get me wrong, we still
have a hoot but would love to trap out and enjoy the boat as designed and
keep the fun meter on high.
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATIONS
Yes - it's April 1, and we simply can not take responsibility for the
information contained in all of the press releases or ads in this issue.
Special note to Rod Davis: I don't think it's necessary to send us another
letter, but that's your call.