SCUTTLEBUTT 1704 - November 4, 2004
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COACH OF THE YEAR
US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) is currently seeking
nominations for the Coaches of the Year Awards for 2004. The awards are
part of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Coaching Recognition Program. As
participant in the program, OSC is responsible for nominating sailing
coaches in three categories: National Coach of the Year, Developmental
Coach of the Year, and Volunteer Coach of the Year. A panel designated by
the OSC will evaluate each nominee's accomplishments during the year 2004
and the winners will be announced in mid-December.
National Coach Of The Year - Nominee is coaching an elite-level club; a
collegiate, Pan Am, or world championship team; or an elite athlete who is
competing at the highest level of the sport. Previous winners of sailing's
Coach of the Year Award are Scott Ikle (Geneva, N.Y.), Luther Carpenter
(New Orleans, La.), and Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I.).
Developmental Coach Of The Year - Nominee is a coach of a youth club, high
school or junior level coach directly responsible for developing athletes
to the elite national or junior national level. Previous winners of
sailing's Developmental Coach of the Year Award are Rob Hallawell
(Marblehead, Mass./Coronado, Calif.), Mike Zani (Bristol, R.I.), Adam
Werblow (St. Mary's, Md.), and Amy Gross-Kehoe (Bayville, N.Y.).
Volunteer Coach Of The Year - Nominee is a coach who does not receive
payment in any form for their involvement in coaching at any level. The
nominee should be involved in developing athletes, have a coaching record,
and contribute to the community and the sport. T. Park McRitchie (Port
Clinton, Ohio) won sailing's Volunteer Coach of the Year Award in 2003, the
first year the award was presented.
Nominations are accepted through December 1, 2004. - US Sailing website,
full story, http://www.ussailing.org/pressreleases/2004/coachawards.htm
F1 SAIL PRO TOUR
In July 2005, F1 Sail will introduce the world's richest international Sail
Pro Tour featuring the high performance 18-foot skiff. Professional teams
representing over 15-countries will compete in a 26-week international
television series broadcast to a global market. The concept is generating
strong interest from elite sailors & teams from around the world with the
Pro Tour soon to announce a global broadcast deal.
With over 1200-square feet of sail power the revolutionary 18ft skiff is
recognised as the world's fastest mono hull dinghy class. An advanced
version of the skiff has been introduced in an effort to push the crews to
the limit and to create a more exciting television product. The series is
scheduled to commence in Europe in August 2005, with 4 European stops and 3
through Asia/Pacific. The race locations, boat design, race course & rules
have been tailored towards television broadcast.
The series is the brainchild of former IMG Executive, Richard Scotts & is
being backed by two of the leading figures in international yachting,
Australia's Lang Walker and New Zealand's Neville Crichton. Participating
teams are expected to come from New Zealand, Australia, USA, England,
Italy, France, Japan, Russia, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Norway, Finland &
Brazil. To promote close & exciting racing the boats will be identical in
design. To encourage nationalistic rivalry the crews will also compete for
their respective countries. - Full report,
AMERICA'S CUP: CONSORTIUM MEETS
The America's Cup Consortium yesterday had its first meeting under its new
Director General Fernando Huet. With representatives of the America's Cup
Management Committee present, the Consortium stated that it was putting off
until next month any sort of decision over the large amount of works to be
carried out in Valencia Port to accommodate the America's Cup Races. The
most important of these is the creation of the bases for the various
syndicates, which carries an estimated cost of some 42 million Euros. A
statement issued after the meeting referred to an agreement over the work
methodology 'and to define the projects that are still pending'. These
include at least thirteen works projects that are late or that should have
been started last month. However, Valencia Mayoress Rita Barbera expressed
the belief that all the projects would be finished on time, with the work
on the various bases being finished by March next year. -
U/S AND SDYC WIN THE SAN FRANCISCO CHALLENGE… AGAIN!
Ullman Sails congratulates San Diego Yacht Club for defeating St. Francis
Yacht Club in the San Francisco Challenge match race event, sailed in
J-105's. Using Ullman Sails to win last year's SF Challenge, SDYC again
used a full inventory of Ullman Sails to defeat StFYC using North Sails, 3
to 1 in the best of the five-race challenge. For the fastest designed and
best constructed sails that guarantee you the "Fastest Sails on the
Planet", contact your nearest Ullman Sails loft and visit our web site at
Three days of briefing meetings organised by the IOC were successfully
concluded in Beijing Wednesday, where Athens organisers have been sharing
the lessons of their successful summer.
Under the auspices of the IOC's Transfer of Knowledge programme, the
Organising Committee for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad (ATHOC), led by
ATHOC President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, shared insights and
experience on areas including sports, finance, Games identity and vision,
venue planning and operations, Games-time operations, test events and the
Paralympic Games. Past, present and future organisers of the Olympic Games
were represented, with teams from Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010 and the
Candidate Cities bidding for the summer Games of 2012 joining executives
from all levels of the Beijing Organising Committee for the Games of the
XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG).
The IOC's Transfer of Knowledge programme consists of a knowledge base,
accessible via an extranet, comprising key reports, plans and information
from every area of Olympic Games management. An observers' programme
organised during the Games provides a framework for future hosts to fully
grasp the work done by each organising committee. A secondee programme
ensures executives and staff gain first-hand experience by working in key
Games organisation roles. - ISAF website, full story,
NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association) officials today reacted
with palpable relief and barely-concealed glee to the news that George W.
Bush had been re-elected to the US presidency. "It's great news, tremendous
news for the marine industry," said Monita Fontaine, NMMA vice president of
government relations, in Washington, DC. "This administration has always
provided us with great access to the White House and various government
agencies. They have always helped us out where they could."
Fontaine said that the change to a Kerry administration would have meant an
entirely new set of agency officials. "It takes about a year for people to
figure out what their jobs are and everything comes to a standstill,"
Fontaine said. "Now, we have continuity. Every agency knows our fundamental
concerns, and we're working with an educated group of people who know what
will be good for us to grow boating." - IBI News, full story,
With the start of the Vendee Globe on Sunday, November 7th, Nick Moloney
will attempt to be the first to race around the globe in 3 disciplines:
crewed with stops, fastest non-stop, and now solo non-stop. His analysis of
the race begins with the rolling weather systems that form a conveyor belt
effect around Antarctica - its very difficult to catch up a weather system
in front, so the boats that manage to hook in first to a Depression will
scream off downwind and will be very difficult to reel in until after Cape
Horn - as long as they survive of course.
This makes deciding how hard you push in the first 7,000 miles down the
Atlantic very difficult. Too hard, you are risking damaging the boat early
on. Not hard enough, you might be out of the race in the first 3 weeks.
Nick predicts that the boats to watch out for in the Vendée Globe are:
- Mike Golding (Ecover): A new fast boat, a great experienced skipper and
excellent preparation, this could be Mike's race. He certainly deserves it.
- Roland Jordain (Sill) & Jean Le Cam (Bonduelle) onboard the two brand
new Lombard design boats: Both are great skippers with powerful boats; the
only downside is that both boats are relatively untested.
- Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss, ex Sill): Alex will get out of the starting
blocks quick and set a pace to chase onboard one of the fastest boats of
it's generation. A case of 'blaze or bust' maybe.
- Marc Thiercelin (Pro-Form) taking part in his 3rd Vendée Globe
finishing 2nd in 1997 and 4th in 2001: Marc seems to be always up with the
front runners and will be sure to be there again; experience can really
tell in this race of nerves.
- Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac): Jean-Pierre is always one to watch and
proved what he was capable of in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2003; two
unfortunate dismastings followed but he will go out fast.
- Vincient Riou (PRB): Vincent is an excellent skipper with another well
prepared boat, one of the best of the same generation of boat as Skandia,
and of course the winning boat from the last race in 2000/01.
All the predictions are just talk when you consider that every skipper
expects to have to deal with at least one major problem while on the race
course which could jeopardize actually finishing. So no matter who gets out
of the blocks first and sails smart we still need to keep our boats and
ourselves in one piece and cross the finish line 90 days later. - Nick
International shipping schedules will keep skipper Neville Crichton's maxi
Alfa Romeo from arriving in time to compete in the 2004 Rolex Sydney to
Hobart. She recently ended her European season by taking line honours in
the Rolex Middle Sea Race, but a schedule delay for the only transport ship
to Australia has forced the cancellation of her attempt at a third straight
first to finish honor in the race. "All our efforts are now focused on the
2005 Rolex Sydney to Hobart," says Neville Crichton. "Construction is now
well underway on the successor to Alfa Romeo, which will be as advanced
over Alfa Romeo as she was over her predecessor. We plan to launch the new
yacht in July next year."
* Shipping company P&O Nedlloyd has become a major sponsor of the 2005
Hobie Tiger World Championships in Santa Barbara, California, USA, and is
providing free round-trip shipping from designated ports in Europe and
Australia. Details available on the event website:
* Sixty new products competed for the 2004 Innovation Awards at this year's
International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) in Miami,
Florida. With judging done by members of Boating Writers International,
Tacktick's Micronet wireless instrument system won the category of OEM
Electronics and Electronics Systems. Tacktick is the first company to
introduce wireless, solar powered, navigation instruments with full NMEA
interface for cruising and racing boats.
* The rumor that America's Cup team Emirates Team New Zealand had released
team member and Athens Finn Gold medalist Ben Ainslie is not true. Said Ben
from the Bitter End YC events this week in the BVI, "What can I say? It's
an honour (to be talked about) but it's a complete bollocks as usual!"
Hall Spars & Rigging is moving. Ben Hall told the sales staff that we have
to move the inventory ourselves - so we decided to have a sale! Log on to
our website and buy lengths of high-tech line from Yale, NE Ropes, Samson,
and Maffioli. We have discontinued hardware (brand-new, still in the
packaging)...even a high-performance carbon spinnaker pole tube and
lightweight carbon instrument brackets. We'd rather ship it to you than
move it, so everything is priced accordingly. Just promise that you won't
tell Ben what you paid! http://www.hallspars.com/storefront (You can read
about the move, too.)
CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS (Sponsored by West Marine)
Events listed at http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar
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 Ralph Taylor: In what other country in the world would tourists at
the Opera House be able to flake an America's Cup Class jib?
* From Robert M. Grant: As a New Zealander, my opinion of who should be the
new president of the USA was of no value. I would suggest that the result
of your survey for "More like NASCAR" for the AC past 2007 is of little
value until America wins the America Cup again.
* From Jim Morford: It is interesting to read all the comments regarding
the restructuring of US Sailing, but when are they going to recognize that
there is a vast group of sailors west of the Mississippi River. They west
coast is completely invisible to the organization.
* From Mike Milburn: I agree with Bill Doyle's assessment that improvements
in technology do not benefit our sport. In fact with every major
"improvement", many otherwise viable designs are made obsolete. Take, for
instance, the canting keels which are proving to be devastatingly fast,
devastating to conventional keeled boats that is! Very few sailors have the
budget to buy a new boat for the latest in technology.
An even greater problem is that today's racing boats are pretty much single
purpose and do not accommodate family cruising. According to Jobson's
statistics the sport of sailing is contracting at an alarming rate. I
believe the forgoing are the greatest reasons for the decline.
* From Dave Culp, KiteShip: I respectfully disagree with Bill Doyle's
aversion to innovation in sailing, particularly from his own sports
marketing point of view. It isn't necessary to leave our sport for examples
of why this doesn't work. A look at any "non-evolutionary" One Design fleet
will highlight the trends. How many in your local 110 fleet have sponsors?
How many 12 meters--a powerful photogenic boat if ever there was one--sport
big-money sponsors' logos on their spinnakers--and appear on the pages of
your local non-sailing sports rag?
You are far more likely to see articles and photos of Frank Pong's new
tungsten-keeled supermaxi, or the 30' Cone of Silence's astonishing 180
meter asym than you are of the world's best sailors, making and breaking
careers in Stars.
The fastest growing, most talked-about classes today are innovative boats
like the 49er, I-14, sportboats, and yes, kite boards. Few non-evolutionary
classes are even holding their own. You are far more likely to find a crowd
of young people ogling kite boards than Stars.
The "no evolution" concept is an old adage, similar to the "Sailing should
be for sailors" theme. It's a fine point of view, and many talented people
have their roots in these non-evolutionary classes, but the necessary
corollary is that "Sailors must pay for their own boats" and "The public
will neither be invited nor care what you are doing." There is little
enough interest in sailing today. Let's not limit sailors' and the public's
choices to our grandfathers' yachts.
* From Tom Andrewes: I have to agree with the guest editorial (Bill Doyle,
Issue 1700). It is not the technology of the boats competing that is the
problem. Match racing is the problem. It has no part in the America's Cup
as the yachts are not the same. True match racing in identical yachts is
great to watch for those of us who understand it, but to attract more
viewers, sponsors, and media the AC needs fleet racing. Bravo for the last
regattas in Europe. Now those would be interesting to watch. Televise them!
* From Brad Van Liew: I found Mr. Doyle's thoughts compelling and
insightful, but I would like to offer another point of view. I believe the
best sponsorship value in the sport of sailing is open boat racing, which
in many ways is leading the way with technology (admittedly I am biased).
Much of the modern era of development of canting keels, lightweight furling
systems, rotating and canting masts stayed with fiber rigging, and
un-imaginable power to weight ratios were all born in the Open-60's,
Open-50's and Open Class Trimarans.
These boats and their races offer the best return for a sponsor's
investment. The reasons range from having very few rules (i.e. keeping it
simple), small crews (on and off water), a 4-year revolving calendar of
races (IMOCA and ORMA circuits) and media appeal through human-interest
stories and satellite communications. Additionally, we amortize the cost of
a relatively inexpensive boat (when compared to Volvo or AC boats) over the
course 4-8 years of racing. Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America, which I sailed
in the 2002-3 Around Alone, was originally built in 1997 and will be
competitive again in 2006 with another update and refit! Watch the upcoming
Vendee Globe for 4 months of excitement as the 20 skippers unveil a race
and adventure. Then next November the same boats in the Transat Jacques Vabre.
Now, if only the U.S. market would embrace this class like Europe does, our
sport would rival "motorsports" for corporate interest as it does in Europe.
* From Jack Spithill: Peter Huston in butt 1702- "The America's Cup is what
it is. Anyone who really wants a different format ought to start their own
series." Interestingly, continuing our motorsports analogies, that is
essentially what CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) told Tony George,
the owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, that prompted him to form the
IRL (Indy Racing League). Today CART, who held a virtual monopoly on open
wheel racing in the U.S., is on its last legs. The IRL, on the other hand,
is growing steadily in popularity. If the America's Cup refuses to change
it might well go the way of CART after a more appealing successor "series"
* From Larry Law (Re: Butt 1703, Curmudgeon's Observation): I respectfully
disagree with the premise that life has no trade-in value - not to diminish
the levity provided by the Curmudgeons wonderful closing segment each day.
As history clearly illustrates, Americans (and many other peoples around
the world in many countries), value freedom more than their lives. It is a
sacrifice that possibly millions have willingly paid over time. I dare say
that is a very valuable "Trade-In Value" to say the least. A huge thank you
to all who have made the trade.
If soap is used to make you clean, why does it leave a scum?