SCUTTLEBUTT 3202 - Wednesday, October 20, 2010
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NO SAVING NEEDED
Dallas Johnson submitted a letter in the September issue of Sailing World
magazine, where he commented that while everyone is talking these days about
“Saving Sailing”, there are still sailing areas - such as his home waters of
Lake Minnetonka - that are doing just fine. As current Commodore of Wayzata
Yacht Club, Dallas provides some insight into what’s going right at his
“inland lake fly-over world” in the U.S. state of Minnesota.
There's no magic bullet or super genius running our programs, but there are
- We focus on having a well rounded board of directors who are focused on
our club mission statement of being "a dedicated, passionate sailboat racing
club", and it's a working board where everyone is expected to be energetic
and do more than contribute their opinions. They take their jobs seriously.
- We own our club property: Year after year that Board of Directors has made
the commitment to invest in our club (often against the wishes of vocal club
members) and provided us with a substantial base of operations. We do not
live like a bird on a wire with rented or borrowed property smiling at how
little we spent to get there.
- Two tiered mooring rates. By far our biggest asset has been to provide
"owner" mooring rates to boats that race at least 15 races per year. All
other boats pay about double for a slip rate which is equivalent to
commercial marinas on the lake. This gets rid of the dead wood.
- One Design racing fed by handicap fleets: We love the simplicity and
comradeship of one design, and we structure our fleets to have different
flavors of non-competing one design fleets so that even the casual/family
racer has a one design fleet to join. It's not an accident that we are home
to J/24 and J/22 fleet #1.
- Great RC: We spend copious amounts of money on our RC equipment and paid
RC staff. They provide us with what many visitors tell me is the best staff
in the country.
- Seminars: I've lost count of how many seminars we do each year. All of
them are inexpensive and mostly volunteer run.
- Inexpensive Crew Membership levels: All those people who don't own boats
can join or club for a measly $100 per year, and it creates commitment.
- Crew Needing A Ride Table: Before every race we have a table on the patio
reserved for anyone who wants to pick up a ride (member or not). Excellent
- Women: Specifically, women sailors. We court them, encourage them, train
them. Women are half the population, it's a big market, and they are really
fun to sail with and somehow they bring in more men to the club. I am told
that many clubs are not female friendly.
There’s more, read on: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/10/1019
DAVID VS. GOLIATH
With entries for the 30th Annual Student Yachting World Cup (SYWC) at La
Rochelle, France (Oct. 24-29) nearly finalized, it is clear that for the
U.S. team from The California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, it will truly be
a case of David vs. Goliath. With its enrollment of about 850 students, Cal
Maritime will be by far the smallest school among the 11 international
universities entered from the U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, France,
Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Japan.
Cal Maritime Sailing Director Charlie Arms Cartee says she and her team
don’t worry much about those figures. “We have a history of doing well
against much larger competitors. We took the Kennedy Cup in the 2009
National Intercollegiate Offshore Championships last fall to win the right
to compete in France, and we recently beat Navy to take our fifth Shields
Trophy in seven tries at Annapolis, MD, against teams from the U.S. service
and maritime academies.”
Arms Cartee says Cal Maritime’s small size can be an advantage. “Many on
TeamUSA have sailed with each other for two and three years in a variety of
boat classifications and conditions. Going to France to sail on a brand new
class of boat (Grand Surprise 32s) and the unfamiliar waters and wind
conditions at La Rochelle doesn’t faze us. As the first team from the West
Coast to compete for the U.S. in this event in its 30-year history, we think
we have some demonstrated strengths in sailing in the kind of heavier winds
we’re told are the norm in late October on the Atlantic Coast of France.
Many on our team are comfortable with the stronger winds we often find in
northern California and especially on San Francisco Bay. But we’ve also got
team members with skills in light winds, as we demonstrated with our recent
Sail-World story: http://tinyurl.com/Sail-World-101910
Event website: http://sywoc.org/
TeamUSA website: http://followteamusa.csum.edu/
BOAT SHOWS A SUCCESS FOR SUMMIT YACHTS
Now that we have completed the Newport and Annapolis Boat Shows for 2010,
Summit Yachts considers them a rousing success! Popularity of the Summit 35
and Summit 40 is at an all time high, with sales occurring in both models.
The dual purpose nature of the Mark Mills designs, the quality of the
workmanship, and the all out ability to win races make these boats the ideal
choice in the Racer/Cruiser category. Order yours now for sailing next
summer. Check out both of these great models at http://www.summit-yachts.com
VELUX 5 OCEANS: "THE MODEL IS BROKEN"
By Elaine Bunting, Yachting World
Why is the Velux 5 Oceans solo round the world struggling by with a mere
five entries and no top skippers or boats? This, remember, is the
firestarter race of solo round the world racing. Set up as the BOC Challenge
by Philippe Jeantot in 1982 it is the precursor of the Vendée Globe, though
the upstart imitator has long since surpassed the original in profile and
Yes, these are straitened economic times, but look: the solo Route du Rhum
transatlantic race next week is brimming with over 80 entries and the
johnny-come-lately Barcelona World Race in December is groaning with
two-handed entries and the latest IMOCA 60s.
Startlingly - especially considering the Velux 5 Oceans started and finishes
in La Rochelle - it boasts not a single French entry. Arguably, you don't
have a major round the world race in Open 60s without a French skipper. They
invented this, they perfected it, they dominate it and they are the engine
of its popularity.
There are several factors at work, but I think these are the top two.
Firstly, the Velux 5 Oceans clashes every four years with the Route du Rhum.
For any French sponsor, this famous transatlantic skirmish is a must. So the
top skippers and yachts are in 'le Rhum' and most of the IMOCA 60 skippers
are following it up with the Barcelona World Race, which offers sponsors
some serious tax incentives- more of that another time.
That leaves the ‘Eco 60' class. This slightly misleading term really only
means older Open 60s that are no longer competitive, boats that would
otherwise have little prospect of a grand prix racing life. (Personally, I
think there's mileage in developing the ecological side of the tag in a more
Since these can be bought relatively cheaply, possibly 250,000 Euros or less
in some cases, the organisers, Clipper Ventures, very reasonably assumed it
would foster a sizeable second league class of adventurer-racers.
But it hasn't worked out this way. The older boats don't appeal to French
skippers - when I ask a French journalist why he thinks none of his
countrymen are here he waves a hand at the boats and pinches his nose
between finger and thumb in a mime of extreme disdain.
At the same time the lower budget adventurer campaigns from further afield
have been hard hit by the evaporation of corporate sponsorship.
Another factor is the squeeze placed by the inexorable rise of the Class
40s, which will have their own two-handed and solo round the world races in
the next few years. This class is affordable - just - to aspiring younger
professionals, is buttressed by a large group of wealthy owner-drivers, and
resale values are high. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/YW-101910
SCOREBOARD: After the race start on October 17th, Brad Van Liew is holding a
59 nm lead over Zbigniew Gutkowski on the first leg from La Rochelle, France
to Cape Town, South Africa (7500 nm). Race viewer here:
BACKGROUND: The Velux 5 Oceans is the longest running solo round the world
race, and has 28 years of rich heritage as the BOC Challenge and then the
Around Alone. This edition covers 30,000 miles and features five ocean
sprints over nine months. After setting off on October 17 from La Rochelle
to Cape Town, the race will then take in Wellington in New Zealand, Salvador
in Brazil and Charleston in the U.S. before returning back across the
Atlantic to France. -- http://www.velux5oceans.com/
Brad Van Liew (USA): http://www.oceanracing.org
Derek Hatfield (CAN): http://spiritofcanada.net
CLASSIC CHALLENGE RACING IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
The international sailing rivalry in the Pacific Northwest goes back many
years. Records show that the first international match race took place July
4th, 1891, between the Canadian cutter, Siren and the Herreshoff-designed
Ariadne. Capt. Billy Watts of Vancouver won the day and with it a purse of
gold worth $80!
Over the years competition flourished and, in 1907, Seattle and Vancouver
met in the first match for the Alexandra Cup. The cup was donated by the
Province of British Columbia’s Lt. Governor, the Rt. Hon. James Dunsmuir.
Both cities commissioned designs for racing sloops in the mid 40 foot range
built to the “29” rater rule. Seattle built Spirit designed and sailed by
Ted Geary while Vancouver responded with Alexandra designed by William Fyfe
of England and built in Vancouver by Capt. Billy Watts.
The races for the Alexandra Cup caused great excitement in both cities;
newspapers gave the match extensive front page coverage and, without radio
or television, citizens waited for the breathless dispatches that came every
few moments via telegraph. Both cities where young and booming, still small
enough to be full of local pride. The 1907 match took place in Seattle and
was won by Seattle’s Spirit in a close fought series. In 1908, the action
shifted to Vancouver where Alexandra, skippered by Jimmy Deane, won the
match for RVYC over Ted Geary in Seattle’s Spirit.
However, the train got derailed in 1909. During the match that year in
Seattle, a dispute over the measurements of the new Seattle yacht Spirit II
saw the Canadians withdraw from the event and leave for Vancouver before a
winner had been declared. After this acrimonious dispute, there was no
competition for the Alexandra Cup for 100 years. In June of 2008, this
century long hiatus finally came to an end.
In 2007, in recognition of the special relationship enjoyed today between
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and Seattle Yacht Club, a move was made to
resurrect the 100-year old rivalry for the Alexandra Cup. The following
year, the Cup was contested at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club in 40 foot,
International 6 Metre sloops that were loaned by RVYC owners, with the host
club successfully defending the cup.
Now with the train chugging forward again, Seattle Yacht Club challenged for
2010 using “bring your own” R boats. On the Canadian side, the 1923 (San
Diego YC) Aloha and RVYC’s Lady Van (1928) sailed off in the defender
series. Lady Van, skippered by Don Martin, won the defender series and raced
last week for the Cup against the 1926 Los Angeles, Geary designed Pirate
representing Seattle YC, where Martin and the Lady Van team won all nine
races to defend the Cup.
Two groups from San Francisco are restoring R-boats from the ‘20s, one of
which (the Ace group) has already issued an intent to challenge for the
Alexandra Cup representing St Francis YC. Looks like classic challenge
racing can be found again in the Pacific Northwest.
More here: http://forum.sailingscuttlebutt.com/cgi-bin/gforum.cgi?post=10701
TEAM RAMROD DOMINATES FARR 40 NORTH AMERICANS
Sailing in heavy breeze and among tough competition, Rod Jabin and crew
onboard Ramrod won the Rolex Farr 40 North Americans in Annapolis, MD this
past weekend. Team Ramrod scored eight bullets in nine races and Jabin
credited new sails, rig tune and crew work for their win. “We had the rig
right and with fresh sails we felt like we were going really well,” said
Jabin. “My hat’s off to the whole crew, especially (tactician) Chris Larson
who did a really, really special job picking the shifts.” North-powered
boats in finished 1,2,3,5. When performance counts, the choice is clear:
LUDERITZ SPEED CHALLENGE 2010
The Luderitz Speed Challenge 2010 is being held October 4 to 31 in Luderitz,
Namibia, just over 1100 miles north of Cape Town, SA along the western
African continent. This is the 4th edition of the event, which is held under
the scrutiny of the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) and the
International Sailing Federation (ISAF).
A custom trench has been dug along the shoreline to create a smooth water
surface. The trench is roughly 10m wide and 50-100cm deep, with the
challenge to see who will set the fastest average speed over a 500-meter
distance. Here is the latest update:
(October 19, 2010) - Today was spent training. It was not an official day of
racing. Wind speeds averaged in the mid 20's, peaking to 30 knots for about
30 minutes - not strong enough to open the race. The next big winds are
forecast for later this week, giving competitors a few days break. New
competitors have arrived from the USA, France and Algeria. They spent their
first day getting used to the channel and the general environment of
Luderitz 2nd Lagoon.
American Rob Douglas, who set the second fastest time in the world on
October 15th of 52.58 knots, is currently chasing Alex Caizergues’ (FRA)
leading time of 54.10 knots that he laid down on October 12th. Here is an up
close video of what it’s like to go that fast, taken from on board kiter
Sebastien Cattelan following windsurfer Anders Bringdal:
Luderitz Speed Challenge: http://www.luderitz-speed.com
World Sailing Speed Record Council: http://www.sailspeedrecords.com
Rob Douglas: http://nassp.net/nassp/
* Throughout the first half of 2010, the U.S. sailboat brokerage market
recorded gains in both unit sales and sales valuation compared to the same
month a year earlier. However, sales results from July to September, as
reported by yacht brokerage members of YachtWorld.com, reversed that trend.
Unit sales dropped 8 percent from 1586 boats sold in those months in 2009,
to 1459 boats in the same months in 2010. Sales valuation also slipped from
$111 million to $101 million. -- Full report:
* The kids of Treasure Island Sailing Center (Treasure Island, CA) received
a check for $35,000 at the 6th Annual BIG Team Regatta fundraiser held on
Friday, October 1, at OCSC SAILING in Berkeley. Six four-person corporate
teams competed in the race on San Francisco Bay for bragging rights and to
show their support for youth and adaptive sailing. The BIG Team Regatta, an
annual corporate sailing challenge founded by the team-building experts of
Group Experiential Learning (GEL), has been a critical source of funding for
TISC’s youth and adaptive sailing programs for the past six years. -- Full
* Potential America’s Cup challengers will meet this Friday in Paris with
America’s Cup Race Management CEO Iain Murray to hear about regatta programs
which begin next year in 45-foot versions of the larger AC 72 wing cat that
will be used in the 34th America’s Cup in 2013. No list of participants has
been released for the meeting, but new teams, including possibly one from
Austria, are expected to line up alongside established groups from New
Zealand, Sweden and Russia to better understand the commitment prior to the
entry period opening November 1st. --
* The 2010 Financial Results (year ended March 31, 2010) demonstrate that
the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) has maintained progress in restoring
the organization’s financial stability. The excess of revenues over expenses
for the second year running underpins the Board’s determination to ensure
the financial health of the CYA. -- Full report:
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* From Eric Sorensen:
The America’s Cup is very disconnected to my own reality of sailing,
however, I have sailed on two of the contenders/defender: Stars and Stripes
(IACC version) and Weatherly, a 12 meter that was in sad condition at the
time with an engine that was a salt pile.
It was thrilling to be able to drive the IACC with the beat up sails it had,
all duct taped to stay together. For $100 I got a 3-hour brush with another
challenger One World in San Diego along with five other paying customers on
the Stars and Stripes. We were able to grind and steer.
The steering was notable on the Stars and Stripes, with the wheel having
small line wrapped around a hub about 5 times instead of chain drive like my
Catalina 42. That must be why you didn't see more of the C-42s in the AC
I would pay more to get a ride on either of the multihulls from AC33. I did
challenge the Dogzilla (pre wing) to a double handed race when it was in
Anacortes but they must have heard we were the defending champions two years
running and declined the offer.
The connection between the AC and recreational sailing is distant and
remote, but somehow it is something that draws me in and keeps me
=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Eric lives near the BMW Oracle team’s building site
in northern Washington, where he was able to see the launch and early trials
of the 90-foot trimaran for himself. And to really ‘get’ the America’s Cup,
you just might have to be that close to the activity, as it’s hard not to be
impressed and drawn in when you are amid the boats and their teams.
* From Gunther E. Hering, Hamburg / Germany:
Regarding Nick Hayes’ comments in Scuttlebutt 3201, without the nationality
clause of the DoG and a limit on paid crew / travelling mercenaries, the
America’s Cup is dead in the water. Let’s just forget about the new version
and enjoy the memories of a historical class act.
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