SCUTTLEBUTT 2833 - Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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SAILING FINALLY HAS A HOME
by Gary Jobson
In 1998 I emceed a skipper's forum on the Annapolis (Md.) City Dock, hosting
the skippers of the Whitbread Round the World Race. Paul Cayard, skipper of
the victorious EF Language syndicate, was on the panel, explaining to more
than 1,000 people in the audience what it was like to sail in the Southern
Ocean. Dennis Conner, whose Volvo 60 Toshiba sat nearby, was another panelist,
and as he compared the Whitbread to the America's Cup, the crowd hung on his
every word. It was at this moment I realized the sport of sailing needed a
Hall of Fame to celebrate the accomplishments of these great sailors and many
I had no idea then that in 10 years time the very place where the forum was
taking place would soon be sailing's permanent home. It's long overdue.
Many of our sport's greatest moments are chronicled on film, on plaques and
trophies, and in logs, yearbooks, magazines, and websites. But sailing has
never had its own unified "place," a physical space bearing the history that
reminds us what sailing, in its many forms, is about. Sailing needs a home
that trumpets its achievements and inspires generations to excel on the water,
and to serve the sport.
The desire for such a home was the easy part; finding the best place to hang a
shingle, however, was a challenge. There are many cities and towns worthy of
the National Sailing Hall of Fame, but Annapolis, Md., emerged for many
reasons. -- Sailing World, read on: http://tinyurl.com/czjspl
THE CAMARADERIE & "SPORTSMANSHIP” SHOULD BE OVERWHELMING
by Cory Friedman, Scuttlebutt legal analyst
(April 28, 2009) In what should be a surprise only to ‘Buttheads who have
spent the last two years on Mars, Société Nautique De Genève (SNG) and Golden
Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) are back in the Commercial Division of the Supreme
Court of the State of New York with a hearing set for May 14, 2009 to
determine when the 33rd America's Cup DoG match will be sailed.
Full disclosure. I will be Oracle’s guest at the America’s Cup Hall of Fame
Dinner at NYYC on April 30. I was concerned that accepting Oracle’s offer
would have the appearance of impropriety, so I checked with the Columbia
University School of Journalism and was referred to the Society of
Professional Journalists, which opined that full disclosure would cure any
question of conflict of interest, which is why I am bringing this out. By the
way, I informed Alinghi that, had it offered, I would have accepted its offer
- or offers from both teams. In any event, if, after all that I have written
any ‘Butthead thinks I can be bought, make me an offer and I will consider it.
-- Read on: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/07/cF/#p36
ESPN story: http://tinyurl.com/ESPN-042809
Court filing: http://tinyurl.com/CONTEMPT-042809
GGYC statement: http://tinyurl.com/GGYC-042809
Alinghi statement: None yet
=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Since the America’s Cup has arguably reached soap
opera status, will the Big Apple’s paparazzi be out in force for the America’s
Cup Hall of Fame Dinner? I understand the Alinghi “Crips” will include Brad
Butterworth, Murray Jones, and Dan Meyers while the BMW Oracle “Bloods” will
include Tom Ehman, Melinda Erkelens, and Marcus Young (GGYC). Tickets still
available until April 29 at http://tinyurl.com/Party-On-Garth
THEY’VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN!
“To say the least we are thrilled with our 2009 Sperry Top-Sider Annapolis
NOOD J/30 Class victory,” said an elated David McConaughy after his team
finished 10 points ahead of the 2nd place boat last weekend. “The boat was
well prepared, our North sails were fast and we had excellent crew work.”
Peter Firey was also pumped about winning the Beneteau 36.7 class by just one
point. I've been a North customer for over 10 years because of North’s
reputation for performance and quality and because of my experience with the
products and the support the Chesapeake loft has given me.”
OLYMPIC DEBRIEF - HYERES, FRANCE
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics competed in the Semaine Olympique Francaise in
Hyeres, FRA (April 18-24, 2009), the fourth of seven International Sailing
Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup events. Kenneth Andreasen, U.S. High
Performance Director/Head Coach, provides Scuttlebutt with a debrief following
* Any unique challenges that the team or its members had to overcome?
KENNETH ANDREASEN: “We are always working on challenging ourselves to improve
every aspect of our sailing. Whether it is testing new equipment, trying a new
starting technique, or a different body movement, we always strive to find the
fastest mode. All the sailors have different goals for each event and we are
all looking to 2012 and making as many improvements as possible.”
* It seemed like there were flashes of brilliance across the board, but only
Anna Tunnicliffe (#1 U.S, #1 World) had the consistency. What will it take,
for instance, the mens and womens 470 teams that were there to be more
ANDREASEN: “If you look closely at the way the men's and women's 470 have
sailed in the past events, you will see big improvements in the way they are
sailing now. Stu McNay/Graham Biehl (#1 U.S.) have been in four medal races,
in four events. They still have things to learn and other skills to perfect,
but they have taken a big step this spring. Molly Carapiet/Molly O'Bryan
Vandemoer (#2 U.S.) are working really hard. Their starts are 80% perfect now
and that has made the biggest difference. They are now moving ahead with other
tactical and strategic ideas. Look for them to start putting more top ten
finishes in the book.
“Surely Anna sailed a great event and she did show that she had the mental
edge on the sailors in Hyeres. Coming back from a rough start to the event
shows her fantastic abilities.” -- Read on:
AROUND THE YARD
(Apr. 28, 2009) - "We are actually pretty happy," said Johnny Smullen, the
Green Dragon shore manager. It was a line chorused by all his shore-side
rivals after the 4,900-nautical mile leg from Rio de Janeiro to Boston. The
seven yachts have now all been hoisted from the water and work is underway to
ready the fleet for the May 9 in-port race.
It's a considerably lighter schedule than most have had to keep in previous
stopovers and the consensus is that four boats will go back on the water on
Monday, with Ericsson 3 and the Telefonica twins following on Tuesday. In
between, there will be much "routine maintenance and servicing", but there is
a notable absence of stress and extra staff called in to deal with the
Telefonica Black, on visual inspection, appear to have the most on. They
endured one torrid night where they hit a whale and suffered repeated failures
from their jib halyard lock. The collision has left superficial cracks around
the keel, while a sizeable hole was found in the crash bow. -- Read on:
Crewed around the world race in VO 70’s, with ten distance legs and seven
In-Port races. The next event is the Boston In-Port race on May 9th, followed
by the 2,550 nm transatlantic Leg 7 from Boston to Galway, Ireland that starts
May 16th and is expected to finish by May 23rd.
1. Ericsson 4 (SWE), Torben Grael/BRA, 77.5 points
2. Telefónica Blue (ESP), Bouwe Bekking/NED, 64.5
3. PUMA (USA), Ken Read/USA, 64.0
4. Ericsson 3 (SWE), Magnus Olsson/SWE, 53.0
5. Green Dragon (IRL/CHN), Ian Walker/GBR, 44.0
6. Telefonica Black (ESP), Fernando Echavarri/ESP, 29.0
7. Delta Lloyd (IRL), Roberto Bermudez/ESP, 21.0
8. Team Russia (RUS), Andreas Hanakamp/AUT, 10.5
Event website: http://www.volvooceanrace.org
Race tracking: http://volvooceanrace.geovoile.com
Overall scores: http://www.volvooceanrace.org/rdc/#tab4
* David Schmidt with SAIL caught up with PUMA skipper Kenny Read less than 24
hours after il mostro sailed into Boston Harbor, and recorded an audio
interview. Listen here:
* Chris Nicholson injured his knee sailing on Puma Racing on the second leg
from Cape Town to Cochin. He pressed on for the next leg to Singapore when it
became obvious that he’d really damage himself if he carried on any further.
An audio interview on SailJuice.com discusses what it’s like to be following
the progress of the Volvo Ocean Race from his home, what his thoughts are on
latest Cats n DoG developments in the America’s Cup, and his input on Olympic
campaigning. Listen here:
CHRIS LARSON: BACK ON THE BIKE
The 2009 J/24 World Championship, hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club, has 82 entries
from eighteen countries, with racing to occur May 4-8. The fleet includes five
former J/24 World Champions together with five North American champions; a
four-time European champion; two South American and five US Midwinter
Champions. Among the past World Champions competing is Chris Larson, whose
victory was back in 1996 (Porto Rotundo, Italy). Scuttlebutt checked in with
Chris for an update:
* How long has it been since you seriously competed in the class?
CHRIS LARSON: “The last time I competed in a J/24 World Championship was 1998
in San Francisco, CA (finishing third).”
* Getting back in it... just like riding a bike? Has much changed?
LARSON: “Well, I’ll have to say there has been quite a bit of rust rubbed off
over the past week. The J/24 is very “old school” by having to sail upwind
inside of the genoa all of the time. It’s taken me about 2 or 3 days to
remember that trick. Not too much has changed with sailing the boat other than
the implementation of a Kevlar genoa which just took effect in March.”
* What are the normal conditions this time of year for the Chesapeake, and is
that what you are anticipating? -- Read on:
MELGES WELCOMES FOUR NEW SERVICE & SUPPORT AGENTS
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TOP HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS OFF TO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Qualifications are now completed for the Interscholastic Sailing Association
(ISSA) High School National Doublehanded Championship for the Clifford D.
Mallory Trophy, to be held May 8-10 in St. Petersburg, FL. The teams that will
compete in this U.S. championship are:
MASSA: Christchurch School (Christchurch, VA); Norfolk Collegiate (Norfolk,
VA); Severn School (Annapolis, MD).
MISSA: New Trier HS (Winnetka, IL); Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL).
NESSA: St. George’s (Middletown, RI); Portsmouth Abbey (Portsmouth, RI); Tabor
Academy (Marion, MA); The Williams School (New London, CT).
NWISA: Orchs HS (Eastsound, WA).
PCISA: Newport Harbor HS (Newport Beach, CA); Pt Loma HS (San Diego, CA);
Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, CA); Corona del Mar (Newport Beach, CA);
Francis Parker (San Diego, CA).
SAISA: Sarasota HS (Sarasota, FL); Martin Country HS (Stuart, FL); Antilles
School (St Thomas, VI); HB Plant HS (Tampa, FL).
SEISA: Brother Martin HS (New Orleans, LA).
ISSA website: http://www.highschoolsailingusa.org
SAILING IN BERMUDA GETS JUICES FLOWING FOR FARRAR
It is somewhat difficult to fathom how a simple can of concentrated orange
juice could launch the career of one of the world's top International One
Design (IOD) sailors. But that is exactly how it all began for past IOD world
and Bermuda International Invitational Race Week champion Kevin Farrar.
"My first remembrance of sailing were basically in the bilge of my parents
sailboat. If they didn't find a babysitter then basically I was onboard for
the weekend races," he recalled.
"In those days in New England we never had fresh oranges and so we had these
cans of concentrated orange juice which made for a very good kids-sized
bailing cup. I can still remember scooping the water out with the little cup."
-- The Royal Gazette, read on: http://tinyurl.com/Bilge-Babysitter
=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: How many people had their first sailing experiences
in the bilge of a boat? I know I did... a Santana 22 to be exact. Everyone
that submits their “The Bilge Was My Babysitter” story is entered in a raffle
sponsored by McLube and could win some of their Hullkote speed polish. Raffle
to occur May 4, 2009 at 9am PT. Post your story here:
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* From Bill Gibbs, Ocean Racing Catamaran Association (ORCA) President: I have
to take exception to Steve Dashew's comments about ORCA politics. I should
mention that Steve Dashew is something of a legend and that I have fond
memories of meeting him and seeing his last Beowolf cruising mono, a very
impressive boat. He was a pioneer of early multihull racing in California. But
his recollections of old ORCA and Vic Stern are 30 years out-of-date. There
are no commercial interests in ORCA today, promoting one style of boat versus
Virtually all ORCA races today are hosted by yacht clubs primarily focused on
monohull PHRF classes. When a multihull capsizes in a race, all racers are
disrupted by the need to lend assistance and race results are now determined
after redress. When a spat of R33 capsizes occurred a few years back, there
was a mono racer backlash at the disruption to their races. They didn't like
race results determined after redress. Who can blame them? ORCA was in danger
of losing invitations. Secondly, when a beachcat/skiff capsizes, people get
wet and climb back on board. When a 30' and larger boat capsizes, boats can
break and people can get hurt. ORCA is of the opinion that capsizing in ocean
races is dangerous and disruptive to other racers. The ORCA class does not
include boats that regularly capsize, like beach cats. This is no different
than PHRF excluding skiffs from offshore classes. Does anyone want a Laser to
line up against an SC50 in a race to Mexico? -- Scuttlebutt Forum, read on:
* From Bob Clark, MetalCraft Marine: (re, New England Boatworks fire) The
CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear Explosion) Fireboats that
we built for East Providence, Providence and Cranston responded to provide
shoreside water supply to the land companies (during the New England Boatworks
fire). The boats have systems for CBRNE detection and protective suits and
breathable air plug ins for all crew, plus survivors. As you will note in the
articles 8 firemen were subject to Cyanide gas poisoning.This is the second
major fire in the last three weeks that the boats have responded to. The last
was a tug on fire tied to a pier next to the Motiva Fuel Storage facility the
largest storage facility on the East coast.
* From Bill Sandberg: Further to your story about Charleston (in Scuttlebutt
2832), I attended my first event there as a member of the Race Committee on
one of the ocean circles for PHRF boats. This was one of the best regattas I
have ever been to. The host site, Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, was
perfect. All the amenities and docks needed and a great beach to host after
sailing events. The group of volunteers was outstanding, with all local yacht
clubs pitching in. Most of all, you got a real taste of Southern hospitality.
Every volunteer, from those who drove the golf carts to ferry people from
their cars to the event organizers, had a smile on their face and aimed to
please. Add to that good wind and race management, and you have a real winner.
Congratulations to Brad Van Liew and his team for a great event. I can't wait
to go back.
* From Paul Gingras, Palm Beach, FL: Brad Butterworth's recent statement about
the reasoning for choosing a multihull America's Cup event, "In these
financial times, it's just a waste if we don't use them", (Scuttlebutt 2830)
is about the dumbest statement I have read in a long while. Both of these
billionaires, Larry and Ernesto, could walk away from their multihull efforts
and the sailing economy would barely notice. A multi challenger event in
monohulls in a year or two, however, would provide a much needed stimulus to
the boat building industry as well as to the professional sailors who man
these boats. Brad, give us a break.
* From John A. Glynn: I’d like to put out an ABP looking for the noted marine
photographer, Tom Leutwiler. Back in the 70s and early 80s, he was “top of the
game” and shot many well-recognized photos (the Yacht Racing Magazine gatefold
cover of Love Machine at the SORC, also used as a Helly Hansen ad, comes to
mind). Rumor has it he gave up marine photography about 15 years ago, and
donated some of his stuff to the Mystic Seaport library. But I’d like to track
down some of his work. Maybe some readers of Scuttlebutt would know how to
reach him. If so, email me at mailto:email@example.com
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