SCUTTLEBUTT 1613 - June 28, 2004
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UBS TROPHY RHODE ISLAND
26th June, 2004 - A heavy fog enveloped Newport for the second consecutive
day on Saturday morning, but by noon, the fog had lifted, although there
was very little wind. The Race Committee postponed racing until 14:00, when
a light, five to seven knot Southerly filled in over East Passage.
Previously, a Jury decision on Friday night had set the stage for a
spectacular Saturday of racing at the UBS Trophy - Saturday would see one
race in each of the Pro-Driver and Owner-Driver series, with the winner in
each match, winning the overall series title.
The Pro-Drivers were underway first, and Oracle Racing helmsman Gavin Brady
and his team were again dominant in the pre-start, setting the table for a
strong race. Team Alinghi never really threatened after the start in this
race, and Oracle Racing won its seventh match of the Pro series, to earn
the UBS Trophy.
When the Owner-Drivers took the helm, the wind was up to 10 to 12 knots,
although fog was hovering and receding throughout the contest. Alinghi
started the race strongly, but BMW Oracle Racing held a powerful advantage
on the right side of the race course, and Larry Ellison went on to win the
Owner-Driver series in the UBS Trophy.
Quote of the Day-
Peter Holmberg, Team Alinghi, relating the lessons learned by Alinghi this
week: "A reminder, a nice one, of the value and importance of the time
training. I think you saw BMW Oracle come in here with their campaign fully
up and running for probably close to a year and it's a good reminder for
us, nice that it happened this far out, that the other teams are strong and
powerful and they've made gains."
Friday: Pro-Driver Series - Race 10 of 12
Alinghi beats BMW Oracle Racing - Delta 00:27
Friday: Owner-Driver Series - Race Three
Alinghi beats BMW Oracle Racing - Delta 00:11
Saturday: Pro-Driver Series - Race 11 of 11
BMW Oracle Racing beats Alinghi - Delta 01:04
BMW Oracle Racing wins the Pro-Driver Series 16 points to 6 (7 races to 4)
Saturday: Owner-Driver Series - Race Four
Alinghi beats BMW Oracle Racing - Delta 00:29
BMW Oracle Racing wins the Owner-Driver Series 4 points to 2 (3 races to 1)
Event website: http://www.ubstrophy.com
Thanks to Thierry Martinez for providing these great daily photo galleries:
What do Rod Davis, Russell Coutts, and Paul Cayard have in common - besides
the obvious? Among world-class sailors they share a deeper bond, which they
discussed during a brief reunion this month when they sailed as tacticians
aboard rival boats in the Farr 40 North Americans in Los Angeles.
Rewind two decades. It's 1984 and the Olympic sailing is winding down at
Long Beach. Until now, these guys were nobodies, especially the young and
nervous Kiwi who has just finished first in the Finn class but now faces
disqualification from the last race because his weight jacket is too heavy.
Recounts Coutts, "(Fortunately) on the third weigh-in, it weighed in under.
It was really close."
A day earlier Davis had secured his as a member of Robbie Haines' Soling
crew, along with Ed Trevelyan. Then he was introduced as skipper of the
12-Meter Eagle, the Newport Harbor YC's challenger in the 1986-87 America's
Cup at Fremantle. Cayard was hanging around anonymously, absorbing the
Olympic grandeur as an alternate on the U.S. team. His first medal shot
would come in 2004 at Athens, long after his immortality in the sport had
All benefited from and appreciate the transition from a time when sailors
were lucky to find room and board to when their sport was a true
profession, with paychecks. Davis and Cayard had been friends for years,
through the days of unpaid America's Cups at Newport, R.I. when an
ambitious young sailor would sell his car, as Cayard did, or empty his
savings, as Davis did, just for a chance to crew on a boat that might not
even make it to the final match.
Now (Coutts and Cayard) are partners in a mysterious venture. Just after
Cayard, with crew Phil Trinter, won the U.S. Olympic Trials in the Star
class, he flew with Coutts to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Coutts
said, "Right now it's just ideas. We've seen some things in the sport over
the years that we think, with our experience, we can capitalize on."
Speaking separately, Cayard said, "Yeah, we've got a little scheme going on."
That scheme may be an alternative to the America's Cup, which has become a
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A good wind is filling the sails of Olympian Kevin Hall, who has been
cleared to compete in Athens by the International Olympic Committee and the
international organization that governs his sport.
Hall, 34, is a survivor of testicular cancer who requires monthly
injections of the hormone testosterone to replace what his body can no
longer produce. But those shots put him at odds with anti-doping policies
and require a waiver called a Therapeutic Use Exemption. On the surface,
securing that waiver would seem to be "a matter of the right person lifting
the right rubber stamp at the right time," as Hall himself said back in April.
But the process dragged out until this month as three different agencies
debated which one should handle Hall's case. Finally, the IOC and the World
Anti-Doping Agency stepped aside to let the medical board of the
International Sailing Federation conduct the review. "We're dealing with
international individuals - volunteers - in different time zones responding
by e-mail," said Jonathan Harley, the executive director of US Sailing.
Once the protocol was settled, getting the waiver was easy. - Candus
Thomson, Baltimore Sun, full story: http://tinyurl.com/3hcl2
The recent letters about sailing and television got us to thinking about
creating a single listing where all scheduled sailing programming could be
found. Now, on the Scuttlebutt Event Calendar, you can click on the TV icon
to find the shows have been listed so far. If you get OLN, you may be
interested in this week's schedule, which includes three shows on the UBS
Trophy Rhode Island. - http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar
FOR THE RECORD
26 June, 1400GMT (Day 6): What is hoped to be the final gybe, Ellen
MacArthur is now on starboard and again aiming for the finish in her bid to
set a new west-east solo transatlantic record. Currently 56 miles/3hr 15min
behind the record, it won't be for lack of trying if the75-foot trimaran
B&Q falls short.
As of last Thursday, Ellen had trailed the record pace by approximately
twenty-four hours. The deficit has largely been due to challenging wind
patterns that have rarely allowed her to sail toward the target, forcing
her to sail nearly 20% further distance than Laurent Bourgnon's record run
Now with the wind forecast due to increase up to 35 knots Sunday night, the
big question may be if Ellen has enough energy to complete this comeback.
Said Ellen, "I feel really tired. Last night was terrible. Pretty hard to
get rest when you've got the gennaker up."
Average speed now required to break the record is 18.5 knots down the
direct route. Tough if the wind dies or forces her to gybe. Tough if any
equipment fails after 5 full-on days of pressure. Tough if skipper hits the
fatigue wall that she is very close to. But doable. B&Q will have to cross
the finish line by 00:44:42 GMT on Tuesday 29th June 2004 to set a new
record. - Team Kingfisher, http://www.teamkingfisher.com
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* America's Cup syndicate Team New Zealand officially lodged their
challenge Friday with the ACM in Geneva, Switzerland on behalf of
Auckland's Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. The Team New Zealand 2007 is
the fourth challenger after the South African America's Cup Challenge and
the Italian Circolo Vela Gargnano Yacht Club's Clan des Team sailing team
to join the Golden Gate Yacht Club's Oracle BMW Racing team in challenging
for the 32nd America's Cup. TNZ plan to take part in the first America's
Cup pre-regatta in Marseille in September but have yet to officially enter.
- Cup in Europe: http://www.cupineurope.com
* Toronto, Canada - Competing in the first-ever international stop of
Sailing World's Rogers Wireless National Offshore One Design (NOOD)
Regatta, local sailors proved they knew the waters and winds of Lake
Ontario the best. Toronto sailors won seven of the 22 classes, as the
prestigious sailing tour wrapped up its three-day stop Sunday. Overall,
Canadians won 16 divisions. This first-ever NOOD stop outside the United
States drew the most number of sailors of any sailing event in the city of
Toronto in 20 years. More than 200 sailboats carrying 800-plus sailors took
part. Event website:
* Porto Cervo, Italy: The Sardinia Rolex Cup 2004, hosted by the Yacht Club
Costa Smeralda, culminated Saturday with the final 13 mile, decisive
windward/leeward race to determine the title of ISAF Offshore Team World
Champion between Spain and the US. Both teams dropped back in the fleet for
a game of "cat and mouse", but in the end it was the Spanish who claimed
the title with 55 points. The United States team takes second with 58
points and Italy Blue comes in third with 67 points. -
Great photo gallery by Carlo Borlenghi:
* Kiel, Germany: Over 5,000 sailors from 50 countries attended Kieler
Woche, sailing in 27 classes. A small contingent of Olympic sailors from
North America competed last week, many using the event as a final build-up
for the Olympic Games. Final results: 470 Men- 15. USA, Paul Foerster/
Kevin Burnham; 470 Women- 7. USA, Katie McDowell/ Isabelle Kinsolving, 11.
CAN, Jennifer Provan/ Nikola Girke; Laser- 33. CAN, Michael Leigh; 11. USA,
Benjamin Barger; Star- 1. BER, Peter Bromby/ Lee White, 4. CAN, Ross
Macdonald/ Mike Wolfs; 7. USA, Mark Reynolds/ Rick Peters; Tornado- 7. CAN,
Oskar Johansson/ John Curtis -
* One hundred and seventeen boats competed in eleven classes last weekend
at the 20th anniversary of North Sails Race Week, held in the waters off of
Long Beach, CA. Boat of the Week honors went to Ed Cummins/Jack Franco's
J/105 Bold Forbes, winner of the largest class. Event reports and final
results at http://tinyurl.com/3ago2
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LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (email@example.com)
(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
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* From Bruce Parsons, Institute for Ocean Technology, National Research
Council of Canada: (re Jay Handfield's on Russell Coutts and his speaking
style - edited to our 250 word limit) Russell came here to Newfoundland
when we first started to do the model testing for Alinghi at the beginning
of the last round. I prevailed upon him to speak to the undergraduate naval
architects, but word got out in our small sailing community and the lecture
hall was packed.
Russell came with what appeared to be almost no preparation, slides or any
audio-visual support. He spoke for three quarters of an hour, and you could
feel the warmth in the room in response to his talk, the affection for him.
He went through some history of the America's Cup, had some good anecdotes,
and spoke of his management style. I think that alone was what made the
biggest impression on everyone there - how to make it possible for everyone
on a team to have personal goals that meshed with the team goal.
Coutts was a gentleman throughout - fielding questions from a disgruntled
New Zealander, accommodating the numerous requests to have his picture
taken, taking time to talk with some naval arch students - remember -
Coutts is an engineer. It was overall a truly impressive performance and he
made a lasting impression on everyone there - perhaps more so on those with
no previous understanding that this was the Gretzky, the Tiger, the MJ of
* From John Sutherland: I was lucky enough to get some time off and watch
Thursday's races at Newport. This is the way to get people interested in
sailboat racing! A classical venue with a narrow and short course, easily
visible to spectators on land. The smart way to go is to have bikes on the
back of your car. Park (for free) in Fort Adams, and bike up and down the
course so that you can catch every piece of the action. If there is
something happening out on the course, the WADK team provide excellent
commentary; they had Andy Green on the water, Dawn Riley on land, and
input, when needed from the umpires. The only way to make it better would
be to be out there on one of the boats! Well, dreaming doesn't hurt!
* From Edward Matus: I was a volunteer for the markset boats in the last
two A-cups in San Diego. First for the challengers and the second time for
the defenders. I remember wandering around in awe trying to get a glimpse
of the boats at the various compounds and feeling like an interloper and a
spy whenever I would see the boats out of the water.
This approach in Newport sounds like fun and an event that everyone can
identify with. I'm always dismayed at the way much of sailing promotes the
appearance of being exclusive. Most of the people I sail with own boats
that cost less than their cars and sail on a shoe string budget. We have a
great time and I don't think that the extra thousands spent at the more
exclusive clubs offers any more enjoyment.
So I hope there are a lot more open events like what is going on in
Newport, right on!!!
* From Art Ahrens: Regarding dinghy venues on the Ocean, you missed one.
Every February, the Palm Beach Sailing Club and the Royal Turkey Yacht Club
sponsor the Laser Masters regatta in the Atlantic Ocean off of the Palm
Beach Inlet. The ocean can get pretty hairy in the winter, but the Masters
insist on racing out there!!
* From David Hartman: (Your Panel of Experts) overlooked Palm Beach for
dinghy ocean racing. There is a great Laser Masters Regatta sailed there
every February which attracts the wisened old men from afar (even CA!!) to
bask in the Florida sunshine and sail in the crystal blue waters warmed by
the near by Gulfstream. From time to time, we locals will venture out from
there to enjoy great afternoons of sailing.
* From David Redfern, Bristol, England: Andy Colloton is right, the
demographic of a sailing programme has little wastage in viewers. A few
years ago, Channel 4 here in England broadcast a sailing series. The
audience was only 400,000, but that was justified by Ch 4 in that just
about everyone watching was in the perfect demographic for selling adverts
to BMW, etc. An audience of 400,000 doesn't seem much for television, The
ad rates of course reflect this in being cheaper, but where will an
advertiser to this group of people find a sailing magazine with 400,000
subscribers? On a cost per viewer ratio, the advertisers obviously did
their sums and found it satisfactory.
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