SCUTTLEBUTT 1643 - August 10, 2004
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STAR CLASS OLYMPIC PREVIEW
Paul Cayard and Phil Trinter are to carry the Star boat legacy of the USA
into 2004. No fewer than seven of the fifteen Olympic Gold medals in the
Keelboat Men event have been won by the nation that invented the Star Class
and this year's generation will no doubt be trying to make it an eighth.
Current World Champions Freddie Loof and Anders Elkstom (SWE) may well have
something to say about that however. Going into Athens ranked first on the
ISAF World Sailing Rankings, Loof, who has been to the last three Olympic
Games in the Finn, and won a bronze medal in the Finn class in 2000, has
been on top form since moving into the Star class. Completing an historic
double in winning this year's European Championship as well as the Worlds,
Freddie and Anders have staked an early claim on the top step of the podium
and will be very difficult to beat when it comes down to racing.
Of the 17 teams and 34 athletes in the 2004 competition, 19 athletes have
previously competed at Olympic Games in the past, either in the Star class
itself, or in one of the other five men's events. Of those nineteen, six
sailors already have Olympic medals, including Loof. Another sailor already
with a medal to his name is Britain's Iain Percy. He finished first in the
Finn Class in Sydney and then decided to move into the Star. Sailing with
Steve Mitchell, the pair took the fleet by storm initially, winning the
World Championship in 2002 after barely having sailed the class for 12
months. Since that time they seem to have gone slightly off the boil and
been overshadowed somewhat by Loof and Elkstrom, but they are determined
and hard workers and they are almost unbeatable in the stronger winds. If
Athens delivers, so will this team.
Looking to the 2004 Star Class World Championship, mention has already been
made of Freddie Loof the defending World Champion, but perhaps more note
should be made of the slightly surprise silver medallists Flavio Marazzi
and Enrico De Maria (SUI). The 2004 Worlds marked their best ever result,
and whilst they are ranked 11 in the world and 2004 will be their first
Olympic appearance, they clearly have what it takes.
Back to the sailors at the top of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings for the
Keelboat Men fleet who will also be in Athens, keep your eyes on Top of
Form Peter Bromby and Lee White (BER), Mark Neeleman and Peter Van Niekerk
(NED), and Mark Mannsfield and Killian Collins (IRL), world ranked 3, 4 and
5 respectively. - Excerpts from a story on the ISAF website, full story:
America's Cup skipper Dean Barker is rediscovering the joys of sailing by
tacking back to the "grassroots" of his sport off the Athens coastline.
Barker, the public face of New Zealand's calamitous America's Cup defense,
has only spent about three weeks at home since January. After the trials
and tribulations of the America's Cup defense, Barker was understandably
under whelmed by the prospect of jumping off the deep end into the match
racing circuit. Saltwater still ran through his veins, he just needed a
source of inspiration to reignite his passion.
The catalyst came in the form of a "very focused guy" -- British double
Olympian Ben Ainslie. A three-time Finn world champion, Ainslie offered an
avenue to get Barker out of the doldrums when the pair linked up to compete
in the Bermuda Gold Cup match racing regatta last October. "Last year with
the Cup and everything I found it hard to get motivated," Barker told NZPA
from the Olympic Sailing Centre at Agio Kosmas. "He'd just won the worlds
and we talked about me trying to qualify for the Olympics," said Barker,
who missed selection for Atlanta 1996 on a count back to 1992 bronze
medallist Craig Monk.
Barker duly qualified for Athens by finishing fourth in the European
championships in La Rochelle in May and any doubts he may have had about
returning to single-handed racing have gradually evaporated in the heat off
Athens. Barker has been based in Athens for seven weeks and trains
alongside Ainslie, who has recently joined Team New Zealand as a member of
the afterguard. "I've been very lucky, he's short-cutted my learning curve.
He's obviously very good in this class," said Barker, who last sailed a
Finn seriously in the 18 months leading up to the 1996 Games.
The Team New Zealand doesn't stop there with another new addition to the
organization, American navigator Kevin Hall, also lining up in the Finn
class. While the trio obviously get on well, Sailing team manager Don Cowie
said friendships would obviously be put on hold once racing started on
Saturday. - Excerpts from a NZPA story posted on the NZ Herald website,
full story: http://tinyurl.com/5o5eo
KING OF SPAIN DEPARTS IMS
2005 year will be the new stage for the regattas team Bribón, which after
10 years participating in the most important regattas in the world, with
pure IMS boats, decided to order a design, among Transpac 52 class, for its
fourteenth boat for the Bribón team. After several seasons, José Cusí, as
owner of Bribón and other European owners, were waiting that the union of
ORC (Offshore Racing Council), RORC (Royal Ocean Racing Club) and US
Sailing (United States Sailing) to agree the parameters of the new Grand
Prix Rule, but due to some disagreements, US Sailing pulled out of this
partnership in April 2004.
Because of this and the demand to make decision about building a new boat
for the 2005 season the Bribon team have decided to build a Transpac 52, on
the basis that it is estimated that within two years there will be ten
boats of this type in Europe. - Excerpts from a story on The Daily Sail
website, full story: http://tinyurl.com/4w3ej
AROUND THE WORLD ON THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE
Once again, the Camet Clothing has been chosen by teams who will sail in
the Global Challenge. Teams will be using the lightweight breathable and
fast drying Camet shorts, with the foam pads. They also will use Coolmax
long and short sleeved shirts for the long stretches in the hot sunny
weather and for the best sun protection. Around the world or just on a day
sail, Camet clothing is the Number One choice. Shorts, Coolmax shirts,
Boardshorts, Bags, Belts etc. http://www.camet.com
Last summer an e-mailed video clip made the rounds of the sailing
community. Set to the Venture's classic surf tune "Wipe Out," it showed a
large performance cruising cat, Peter Johnstone's Gunboat 62 Tribe, tearing
past an 80-foot raceboat moving at top speeed on a beam reach. The
multihull community loved the clip; the maxi-boat's project manager was
less enthused. For many, however, it was a first glimpse of Johnstone's
brainchild, a South African-built, Melvin and Morrelli-designed cat that's
more worthy of the title performance cruiser than almost any other on the
Johnstone had spent some time on the largest, fastest cats in the world
(Team Adventure, PlayStation), and had previously owned a 68-foot sled
refurbished for cruising, so he knew the rewards of high-speed sailing.
When he decided his monohull was too uncomfortable when the weather got
ugly, he knew the path to follow.
Sailing the 62-footer was one of the highlights of the SW Boat of the Year
competition, and it left us dreaming about high-speed ocean passages. The
Crusing World magazine judges liked it to, crowning it their "Most
Innovative Boat". Johnstone, who now has thousands of miles of Gunboat
sailing under his belt, told us what it's like to sail one offshore.
"On the delivery of Tribe to the Caribbean last fall," he says, "we're
going along in a storm, three or four days of 35 to 45 knots of breeze. The
top speed we saw on the speedo was 36.6 knots. We had three reefs in the
main and a storm jib up and it was totally relaxing. It's nice standing
watch from from inside your studio apartment wearing pajamas and slippers,
without even putting on foul-weather gear." - Excerpts From a story by Tony
Bessinger on the Sailing World website, full story: http://tinyurl.com/46o33
MELGES 24 WORLDS
The 83 strong fleet from 15 nations experienced mixed fortunes on the
opening day of the 2004 Melges 24 Worlds in Marstrand, Sweden. As we go to
press there are still a number of ourstanding protests against the race
committee which could considerably affect the overall results. Prior to the
results of the protests and after two races in light to moderate winds it
is currently Flavio Favini, helming for Switzerland's Franco Rossini, who
heads the leader board from Italy's Nicola Celon, Germans Alba Batzill and
Dietrich Scheder and Rob Smith, helming for Britain's Stuart Simpson. Among
those protesting are first race winner Sebastien Col and defending World
Champion Shark Kahn.
Although both races got away at the first attempt in each case there were a
significant number of individual recalls. Unfortunately the committee was
very slow in calling numbers and anyone who waited for the radio call
before returning had little hope of ever of fighting their way back into
the pack. Luca Santella and Kenneth Thelen had the misfortune to be over in
both races whilst defending champion Shark was over in the first and
started cautiously in the second. Col claims that he realised he was over
the line before the radio calls were made and had already returned and
cleared himself before his number was called. - Fiona Brown, full story:
Bailer fights and beginner bewilderment grace the pages of Scuttlebutt's
First Junior Sailing Photo Contest. Thirteen programs contributed seventy
photographic memories from the summer of 2004, with the judges awarding the
top three entrants with prizes courtesy of Vanguard Sailboats. If you are
active in youth sailing, or can still remember when you were, you will
enjoy the images that the freedom of sailing presents in this contest
gallery. http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/04/juniorsailing The
judges still working on who are the winners.
SWEDISH MATCH TOUR
The 2004-2005 Swedish Match professional match racing tour continues this
week with stop number two - the 8th annual Danish Open in Skovshoved,
Denmark. This event offers approximately $32,900 in prize money, with
approximately $9,850 slated for the winner. Reigning champion Magnus
Holmberg (SWE), skipper of the SeaLife Rangers crew, won't be in
attendance, nor will Ed Baird or Russell Coutts who finished 1-2 at the
most recent Tour stop in Portugal two weeks ago. However, for the first
time in Danish Open history the field features a female entry. Lotte
Meldgaard-Pedersen (DEN), skipper of Team Gerimax, is the world's No.
1-ranked women's match-racer. Medgaard-Pedersen and crew placed sixth last
weekend in the Lysekil Women's Match Race, billed as the largest women's
match-race regatta in the world.
The field also includes Michael Dunstan (AUS) of the OzBoyz Challenge,
Kelvin Harrap (NZL) of Team New Zealand, Ulf Jonson (SWE), Chris Law (GBR)
of "The Outlaws", Staffan Lindberg (FIN), Lars Nordbjaerg (DEN), Philippe
Presti (FRA) of le Défi Français, Mathieu Richard (FRA) and Peter Wibroe
(DEN). Racing begins Thursday, Aug. 12, and continues through Sunday, Aug.
15. - Sean McNeill, www.swedishmatchtour.com
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THIS WAS NOT IN THE NOR . . .
At Wimbledon the court would have been covered and at Lord's the players
would have been offered the light, but at Skandia Cowes Week some 10,000
sailors had to grin and bear the brunt of the British summer weather. It
was grey and drenchingly wet, with too little wind for too much tide. The
smaller dayboat classes struggled to get their starts away towards the end
of the 2hr 20min sequences for the 30 classes and finishing was not much
Among those hardest hit in the misery stakes was the most numerous class,
the 79 XODs which are the last away at 12.45 after a 20-minute pause. Some
16 were deemed over line, including Peter Baines, thwarted for a second
time in his bid for a record fifth Captain's Cup. He won on Sunday but was
one of those who missed the time limit in Saturday's ambitiously long race.
"It's my series gone," said Baines. "OK, it was my fault that I was over
the line but, looking at the video, so many were over it should have been a
general recall." - Tim Jeffery, The Daily Telegraph, full story:
Event website: www.cowesweek.co.uk
* Augie Diaz, former Snipe World Champion and current Rolex Yachtsman of
the Year, has just won the Snipe Masters Worlds on Lake Bracciano outside
of Rome, Italy. Dian and his crew Lisa Griffith beat Bibi Juetz/ Dante
Bianchi (BRA) by 21.75 points with Mauro Maurizi/ Fabio Nocera, 17 point
further back in the 83-boat fleet. - http://snipeworldmaster2004.snipers.it/
* It took less than eight and a half hours for Richard and Mary Compton's
Alchemy 77 to finish the 81-mile downhill Californian coastal race from
Santa Barbara to King Harbor. However, after the wind turned off, many of
the race boats drifted around the Santa Monica Bay for an additional 15-
even 16 - hours, and dozen of others turned on their engines and retired.
Lee Lewis' and Mike Downing's Martin 243, Gimme Shelter, finished just
before midnight to claim the lowest corrected time in the 144-boat fleet.
Results are now posted on the SBYC website: www.sbyc.org/KingHarborResults.pdf
* Although there is less than eight weeks to go before the start of the
first leg of the round the world Global Challenge Race, berths available
for some of the legs. To participate in a leg requires two five-day
training sessions on the Global Challenge Race Yachts. To download the
Information Pack: www.challengebusiness.com/global/downld.html
* Tight quarters, police boats and an extremely high level of match racing
was the buzz from the most recent J-World San Diego Match Race Series. The
two-day event consisted of tight racing across the board in J-World's J-80
sailboats in 7-14 knots of wind. Final results: 1. Bill Hardesty, 2 Scott
Dickson, 3 Peter Isler, 4 David Ridley. The next San Diego Match Race
Series regatta is scheduled for November 6-7, 2004. - firstname.lastname@example.org
* Oops: In 'Butt 1642 we wanted to provide the names of crew who sailed on
Marie Björling's winning team in the Lysekil Woman's Match. However, we
inadvertently listed the crew names of Claire Leroy's Team Ideactor. Here's
Team Panorama's correct crew list: Nina Bake, Annika Carlunger, Elisabeth
Nilsson, Jenny Axhede and Åsa Aronsson.
RESCUE AT SEA
Four British rowers attempting the fastest crossing from St John's,
Newfoundland to Falmouth, Cornwall were picked up by the Scandinavian
Reefer in heavy seas about 370 miles west of Bishop's Rock Lighthouse. The
four men, who were wearing survival suits, are currently on the ship, after
their Pink Lady boat split in two having been hit by very poor weather.
Shore Team Manager Bob Barnsley spoke to the skipper Mark Stubbs this
morning while he was still in the life raft who confirmed that the crew
were 'rattled but safe' and had suffered minor bumps and bruises. The
weather locally is described as Force 7 with heavy seas. The men were
tipped to break the world record for the fastest Atlantic row from Canada.
The Pink Lady apples sponsored row was the culmination of six years of boat
development and two years of endurance training in British coastal waters.
The crew were raising funds for the British Heart Foundation. - Excerpts
from a story posted on the Yachting World website, full story:
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LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
(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 Craig Hamilton (In response to Deanna Wilson, regarding Grant
Dalton's comments towards Dennis Conner): You may have a very short memory,
but I seem to recall in the 1987 challenge when New Zealand raced KZ7, some
very cheap shots and verbal abuse was heard coming out of Mr Conner's
mouth, directed at Chris Dickson & Michael Fay, I think that it was some of
these comments followed by his next campaign that gave him the nickname
Dirty Dennis. I believe that Grant Dalton's comments were just and fair, if
you are offended by those comments I think you should start reading a
different publication. I am sure that Dennis is a big boy and will let the
a bit of yachting slander will be like water off a ducks back.
* From Sue Reilly: I know you have closed the Coutts/ Cayard Berterelli/
Ellison thread but one thing not pointed out is that Coutts didn't win the
America's Cup all by himself. If it was then why have we not heard that it
was Spithill that lost it, not New Zealand? Often I have read here comments
about scores only reflecting the skipper and not the crew, and how the
whole crew was the reason for the win. I doubt that Coutts could have one
it single-handed. Seams like a bit of double standards here.
* From Simon Smith: Deanna Wilson must be either very young or very
forgetful. We all heard DC's comments at the Americas Cup in Perth when at
a world press conference he asked the question, aimed of course at the
kiwis, 'Why would you build a fiberglass boat unless you wanted to cheat?"
At least Dalton didn't stoop that low.
* From R. C. Keefe: It seems that we read more and more about super maxi's
being built all over the world to break various speed and distance records,
"men against the sea". Often they are designed by somebody that nobody ever
heard of. One must assume that these designers have a credential that
warrants sending radical 115' mono hulls and their crews to and around
distant oceans. Who is Juan Kouyoumdjian?
Curmudgeon's Comment: There is not much on the Google search engine about
Juan K other than he was on the 2003 Prada America's Cup design team and
has designed the ABN AMRO V70 for the next Volvo Ocean Race. A visit to the
designer's website reveals nothing? http://www.juanyachtdesign.com/
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATION
There are two theories about how to win arguments with a boat's tactician.
Neither one works.