SCUTTLEBUTT 2737 - Thursday, December 4, 2008
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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE GETTING UNDERWAY...
by Anne F. Newton, Petty Officer 1st Class, United States Coast Guard
I was recently transferred to work at the Coast Guard Pacific Area Rescue
Coordination Center in Alameda, CA. One of the main things we do here is deal
with all the EPIRB's that go off in the Pacific and calls from family members
worried about a loved one. Just in the 6 months I have been here I have seen
many cases that could have been easily solved if the boater would have done a
few simple things before they left on a voyage. It would have saved the Coast
Guard a lot of time, the family members a lot of heartache and (in some cases)
maybe even saved the lives of the people on board.
First let's talk about EPIRB's. When your EPIRB is activated, a satellite
hopefully picks up the signal and through a few steps it appears on our computer
screens. When we pull up that alert there is extremely important information in
it that is only as good as what the boaters put in it. What I mean is that the
boater is responsible for that information and to ensure it is up to date and
correct. One of the biggest mistakes we see is that boaters do not have the
correct information on the electronic registration of the EPIRB. We need vessel
details, contact information, family or friends contact information - just all
kinds of stuff. We desperately need this information to help us with the case.
The most common thing we get is the information in the EPIRB alert is from the
previous owner so we spend valuable time trying to figure out the current owner
and their information. If you own an EPIRB, it is incredibly important to
register it with your most recent information. This can easily be done online.
-- Read on: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/08/1203/
By Ben Barger, 2008 US Olympic RS:X Men representative
As with anything in life change is met by much resistance, but change can be for
the better, as long as you make use of every change and opportunity that comes
your way. I went through all the options in front of me. I took out my notebook
and listed all the goods, bads, and uglys that I had done in the past four
years. I then decided there is nothing in my life that could quite compare to
competing at the Olympic Games again.
If I could be there one more time, I’d do it differently, and I think I could
win with proper preparation this next time around. The reality is I've found
renewed energy for competition, something found deep inside my heart. I have not
ever felt so motivated to compete again. The reception since the Olympic Games
has been a heartwarming delight and to share with schools and organizations has
inspired me as well to continue competing. I’ve heard plenty of “you must be so
proud to have just been there”, and I was, but I left empty handed. Deep inside
of me I want to win, and now in my new circumstances, I can do just that
unequivocally. -- Complete report: http://benbarger.com/olympics/?p=254
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THE FLEET IS IN - LET THE PARTY BEGIN
(Dec. 3, 2008) Andreas Hanakamp and his men onboard Kosatka Team Russia were the
final finisher of leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race in Cochin when they crossed
the line at 16:02:06 GMT after being at sea for 18 days, 2 hours 3 minutes and
30 seconds - over two days longer than seventh place Green Dragon. They were
treated to a raucous welcome onshore as their arrival happened to coincide with
the inauguration of the race village in Cochin. Thousands turned out to cheer
the eighth place finisher. Team Russia skipper Andreas Hanakamp/AUT was in good
spirits as the boat pulled alongside the pontoon, and philosophical about their
“It's been up and down. It was our conditions in the Southern Ocean and we felt
really comfortable there, we had a lot of fun and kept pushing hard. The first
transition zone I don't think we got it perfect and then we had this meeting
where we decided to go to the east, which made a lot of sense at the time, so we
sacrificed 100 miles there in the hope we'd gain a couple of hundred miles,
but...well, you know what happened. We risked, we went for it, and it didn't
work – that’s sailing.”
As a final insult, the team became entangled in an unlit fishing net on Monday
night, which required them to lower the sails and stop the boat for upwards of
two hours as the crew set about freeing themselves. Leg Three from Cochin to
Singapore is 1,950 nm, begins December 13th with the finish estimated on
Current standings after Leg Two of the ten leg event:
1. Ericsson 4 (SWE), Torben Grael/BRA, 26 points
2. Telefónica Blue (ESP), Bouwe Bekking/NED, 19 points
3. PUMA (USA), Ken Read/USA, 18 points
4. Green Dragon (IRL/CHN), Ian Walker/GBR, 16 points
5. Ericsson 3 (SWE), Anders Lewander/SWE, 14.5 points
6. Telefonica Black (ESP), F. Echavarri/ESP, 13.5 points
7. Delta Lloyd (IRL), Roberto Bermudez/ESP, 7.5 points
8. Team Russia (RUS), Andreas Hanakamp/AUT, 7.5 points
Overall scores: http://www.volvooceanrace.org/rdc/#tab4
Race tracking: http://volvooceanrace.geovoile.com
Race website: http://www.volvooceanrace.org
FULL ON HORSE RACE AT 42 DEGREES SOUTH
(Dec, 3, 2008; Day 24) - As expected Seb Josse (BT) and Yann Eliès (Generali)
were first and second to pass the first of eight ice gates that are intended to
prevent the Vendee Globe fleet from dipping too far south into iceberg country.
They effectively satisfied the rule - that one part of their boat must pass with
the gate to their south - during the afternoon as they passed heading SE across
the N-S transit of the west end of the gate. Eliès had closed over thirty miles
in the past day, effectively leveraging his northern latitude route, and then
gybing to starboard to head south toward the gate where he met up with Josse,
who gybed inside of him to pace his rival to the gate. These former crewmates,
who cut their teeth in the Southern Ocean together as crew on the maxi cat
Orange, will now be faced with how to balance the need to push their boats
versus protecting the gear and conserving energy.
Following the last observations regarding ice movements, the Race Committee has
decided to move the second ice gate - the Kerguelen Ice Gate - further north.
“We might still see some ice," explained Josse. "But to go further south would
have been quite risky, so I'm happy with their decision." Speeds among the
chasing pack have risen sharply as the stronger winds kick in from astern,
heralding the arrival of the expected low pressure system. Notably rising
through the rankings is 2001 winner Michel Desjoyeaux (Foncia), now 176.5 nm
behind the leaders in tenth after starting nearly two days late after returning
to fix a water ballast system leak and faulty engine. -- Race tracking:
Solo, non-stop, around the world race in Open 60s.
Standings as of 18:30 UTC (Top 5 plus of 30 entrants):
1. Sébastien Josse (FRA), BT, 18190.5 nm Distance to finish
2. Yann Eliès (FRA), Generali, 5.6 nm DTL
3. Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), Paprec-Virbac 2, 40.1 nm DTL
4. Loïck Peyron (FRA), Gitana Eighty, 55 nm Distance to leader
5. Jean Le Cam (FRA), VM Matériaux, 77.3 nm DTL
14. Samantha Davies (GBR), Roxy, 594.9 nm DTL
15. Dee Caffari (GBR), Aviva, 658.8 nm DTL
20. Rich Wilson (USA), Great American III, 923.2 nm DTL
22. Derek Hatfield (CAN), Algimouss Spirit of Canada, 1488.7 nm DTL
Complete standings: http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/ranking.html
Event website: http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/
MATCH RACING WORLD TITLE UP FOR GRABS
(Dec. 3, 2008) - The first day of the Monsoon Cup started with pomp and ceremony
as the fourth edition of the final event in the World Match Racing Tour was
officially launched today in Terengganu, Malaysia. On the water three flights
were conducted in the late afternoon breeze with tactics and strategy the key
factor in achieving success on a race course with challenging tidal conditions
and shifting breezes.
In Flight 1 the toughest match was between Sebastien Col, who is vying for the
World Title and Ben Ainslie, selected as the International Sailing Federation
2008 World Sailor of the Year. From the start Ainslie kept a tight cover on Col.
On the last leg Col gybed to get into less current, but Ainslie still held the
lead. Col then tried to use the left-hand side of the course to utilise the
western river current successfully closing the gap between the boats. The finish
was a heart-stopper as both boats slipped gently towards the finish with only a
matter of half a boat length between them on the line.
The day concluded with defending Monsoon Cup and Match Racing World Champion Ian
Williams and his old foe Paolo Cian. Cian went into the match unbeaten in the
regatta with two wins already to his name. Cian won the start with Williams
squeezed under the start boat. A red flag penalty on the start did not deter
Cian from hunting Williams around the course as the breeze softened and shifted.
On the last leg Williams covered Cian gybe to gybe to win his first match in the
2008 Monsoon Cup. -- Full story:
Round robin standings after 3 of 17 flights:
Ian Williams (GBR) 1-0
Sebastien Col (FRA) 1-2
Mathieu Richard (FRA) 1-2
Adam Minoprio (NZL) 1-0
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) 2-0
Magnus Holmberg (SWE) 1-1
Paolo Cian (ITA) 2-1
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) 0-2
Ben Ainslie (GRB) 2-1
Peter Gilmour (AUS) 1-0
Keith Swinton (AUS) 0-2
Nurul Ain bt Md Isa (MAL) 0-1
Event website: http://www.monsooncup.com.my
* The Monsoon Cup is the final event of the World Match Race Tour, with the
points earned from this event used to determine the International Sailing
Federation 2008 Match Racing World Champion title. The remaining skippers with a
chance at the World title are Ian Williams, Sebastien Col, and Mathieu Richard.
ULLMAN SAILS GOES CLASSIC
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TALK IS CHEAP… SHOW ME THE CHANGES
by Russell Coutts, CEO and Skipper, BMW Oracle Racing
Dear America’s Cup colleagues, as you know, my colleagues and I at BMW ORACLE
Racing are eager to join the Challengers for AC33 and we’ve made genuinely
constructive suggestions and concessions to make that happen, including
embracing ISAF’s willingness to mediate this dispute. We share your interest in
having a world-class field of Challengers for our sport’s pinnacle event, and
appreciate your belief that BMW Oracle’s participation is essential.
We are willing to consider entering the competition by 15 December even though
it is a totally arbitrary deadline. However, inasmuch as we’ve been excluded to
date from the discussions, we need further clarity on fundamental issues (which
you say have been addressed) to meet our concerns, and those of others, about
fair and competitive rules. Specifically, we ask that you arrange to have the
Defender send us by Monday, 8 December the current drafts of the protocol, event
regulations, and competition regulations. This would give us a week to properly
review them against our Ten Point Plan and determine our course of action before
the 15 December deadline. -- Read on:
OBSERVATIONS FROM METS
by David Barrow, Barrow International
The Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS), the premier European exhibition of
equipment, materials, systems and services for the international leisure craft
trade and industry, concluded last month in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It was
certainly noticed that there was more activity from Adriatic, Poland, Czech
Republic, Russia, Turkey, and some activity from the Far East. The quality of
attendee was good and there are certain trends becoming apparent:
> The boat building business in the smaller end of the market below 50, maybe
even up to 60 feet, is in general in crisis.
> There is a headlong dash by many equipment suppliers towards the aftermarket
as it is believed that existing boat owners will be looking to keep boating.
However they will also be looking to reduce costs wherever possible and product
that can be pitched in that area will see good opportunities. -- Read on, and
post additional comments here:
* In co-operation with US-IRC, US SAILING has agreed that all new 2008
certificates or re-validations issued after September 30, 2008 will be priced at
50% off the regular price. Discounted certificates issued after September 30th
will be valid for all IRC events from October 1 through December 31, 2008 and
for Lauderdale to Key West and Acura Key West in 2009. For more information, go
* With the second leg of the Portimão Global Ocean Race from Cape Town to
Wellington, New Zealand to begin December 13th, race officials have announced
that this first time event has been renewed and will occur again with the same
course in 2010. -- Event website: http://portimaorace.com
* The US boating industry has dodged a bullet that could have put many US marine
manufacturers out of business, according to a statement from the National Marine
Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The NMMA, and other industry partners,
including the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), took issue with a
trade regulation called "10 plus 2", proposed by the US Customs and Border
Protection (CBP). -- IBI Magazine, read on:
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* From Andi Robertson: (re, story in SBUTT 2736) The Vendee Globe rules with
regard to the first Ice Gate may not have been very clear but there is no direct
requirement to pass between the two points, only that at some point the gate
marks must lie to the south, hence Generali may indeed pass with both gates to
her south, or alternately a skipper on a more southerly route may pass between
both 'marks', south to north, gybe once through the gate, and return south.
* From Richard Hazelton, Editor 48 ° North Sailing Magazine: It's fun to read
the Ted Turner stories that have been in Scuttlebutt of late. I've just finished
"Call Me Ted," and many of those stories are in there. Shows how much the guy
did in his life when winning the America's Cup only takes a chapter of your
biography. I don't think there was a sailor, other than a few stuffed shirts,
that didn't get a chuckle out of his "celebration" after winning the cup.
Regarding the speed records: Times have changed, add some new categories. People
will know what pertains to their view of sailing. As an example, when the old
Clipper ship records fell to the modern, lightweight racing yachts, I always
liked to ask, "how many goats did they have on board."
* From David Foscarini: Interesting quote (in SBUTT 2735) from Wikipedia
regarding the entry for “Kites”. But a modern Kite Sail has no spars! They have
rigging. I say make up another category. Didn’t Hydroptere just reset the Class
“D” record? I say let them at it. Something that floats, some wind (ok a lot of
wind), some cloth (probably a loose definition), a “person” and let’er rip.
And another thing... I am so glad that there are few 4 day weekends in the year.
By Saturday I am suffering from Scuttlebutt withdrawal!! Keep up the great work
* From Roger Willcox, Norwalk, CT: In 1957, Bus Mosbacher, Howie McMichael, and
my younger brother, Warner M. Willcox -- all top flight amateur sailors at the
time -- joined in creating the Mamaroneck Frostbite Association (MFA), sailing
out of Mamaroneck, Westchester County, NY. We sailed 8-foot Dyer Dhows, like
several other frostbite fleets on Long Island Sound.
Two of the original MFA members are still racing with this fleet, both in "A"
division. Sandy Waters is MFA's Chair and I am Safety Officer. I got lucky in
2003-2004 and won the fleet championship that year when I was 84 years old.
Sandy is a few years younger. I can't successfully race when the wind is much
over ten knots now, but Sandy can still sail in any weather.
My reason for writing this is to proclaim that dinghy racing is a challenging
winter sport for even those in their seventies and eighties! We can still take
on and compete against sailors fifty or more years younger!
My weight is perfect for my height ... which varies.
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