SCUTTLEBUTT 3287 - Monday, February 28, 2011
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A DYNAMIC FORCE OF CHANGE
In Scuttlebutt 3267, there was a report of a newly launched initiative
called the All American Offshore Team. Scuttlebutt checked in for more
details, and received this update from Jesse Fielding. If his name is
familiar, it could be due to his being part of Disney's Morning Light film
documentary, or when he skippered the University of Rhode Island entry in
the 2009 Student Yachting World Cup. Here Jesse responds to a few of
* Tell us about your mission.
JESSE FIELDING: The mission of the All American Offshore Team is to create
seaworthy, high-performance, offshore training opportunities for the next
generation of American ocean racing leaders. To reach that end we focused on
being a dynamic force of change with regard to the level of exposure young
people have to keel boat sailing. We are working hard to create more
opportunities by setting a new bar in the U.S. for young sailors to achieve.
* How does this compare to youth sailors outside of the U.S.?
JESSE FIELDING: We see evidence that young sailors outside the U.S. have
more exposure to ocean racing and are therefore taking advantage of that. We
as a team are looking to provide as many opportunities for young sailors in
the United States as our budget allows. That being said, we are excited to
work with organizations outside our borders to create a more dynamic youth
offshore sailing environment around the world.
* Is the All American Offshore Team a 'for-profit' venture?
JESSE FIELDING: To be successful, the All-American Offshore Team needs a
large capital infusion to get off the ground and gain traction in the
sailing world. Our goal is to generate enough support to create an endowment
to fund future projects and create additional offshore racing opportunities
for youth American sailors. We are looking for substantial support to
perpetuate our mission to develop the future of ocean racers of the United
States. Any and all financial support committed to the All-American Offshore
Team will be invested in making this goal a reality. Please see our blog for
opportunities to help our team financially and provide other types of
* What is the plan for 2011, and how is this expected to evolve for 2012?
JESSE FIELDING: The plan for 2011 is to put our best possible foot forward
and most importantly secure the funding to put that foot forward. We are
actively soliciting donations from private donors and searching for
synergies within other giving communities. We are also seeking corporate
sponsors in the form of both suppliers and financial partnerships. We feel
there is something our program can offer to the entire community. That being
said we hope to be intact and racing in 2012, with a more stable financial
future and the ability to provide more offshore racing opportunities to
Additional details here: http://allamericanoffshoreteam.org/
SPECIFIC STRATEGY RELATED TO PIRACY
With the recent killing of four Americans aboard their hijacked yacht off
the coast of Oman, and the statistical data showing that attacks are
occurring throughout the northernmost region of the Indian Ocean, the focus
now turns to the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race.
The second leg of the race extends 5430 nm from Cape Town, SA to Abu Dhabi,
UAE, with the route heading directly through this zone of piracy. The first
leg of the VOR from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town begins November 5th, with
the second leg to begin December 11th, thus delivering the fleet to this
area of concern later that same month.
Curious what measures race organizers were considering, Scuttlebutt checked
in with Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race. Here was his reply:
"This is a topic we obviously take seriously, and in fact it was already
very much on the agenda in the last race, as our route through the area was
not that different (Cape Town to Cochin, India). Obviously now we are going
further north and as well the piracy activity has increased.
"Our Race Management has a specific strategy related to piracy. In brief we
are relying on professional advice and monitoring to make the right
decisions. We work with a global risk management company as well as an
agency specialised in piracy. Both were also working with us in the last
"Our most important measure is to avoid the critical areas as much as
possible by amending the route through adding gates and exclusion zones.
This we can do up until the boats leave Cape Town. We did exactly this also
in the last race. In addition we are cooperating with Official and Military
organisation for monitoring and support.
"Part of the measures we will take will be publicly known and parts will be
confidential for obvious reasons. In addition it's important to take into
account that we through our race control setup in Alicante can monitor the
fleet constantly as well as also be directly in contact with the relevant
authorities who is providing information to us."
VOR schedule: http://tinyurl.com/VOR-022711
TRACKING: It is interesting to note that Blue Water Rallies, which organizes
groups of boats to safely transit areas of piracy, does not update the fleet
location on their website when piracy is a threat. --
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QUOTE / UNQUOTE
"It's a humbling experience to be included on this Rolex Yachtsman of the
Year list of legends and a tribute to all transoceanic sailors and
navigators in our sport. I also think it is a unique characteristic of
sailing that we can pursue it throughout our lives and be honored, at age
55, with an award like this." - Stan Honey, upon accepting the 2010 Rolex
award last Friday, recognized for his victory in the Jules Verne Trophy as
navigator on an otherwise all-French crew aboard Groupama 3. Full report:
VIDEO: Here's a replay from the presentation of US SAILING's Rolex Yachtsman
and Yachtswoman of the Year that was held on February 25, 2011 at the New
York Yacht Club in Manhattan, NY: http://bcove.me/jx7t5mg5
CONSISTENCY IS KING
(February 26, 2011) A courageous fight back in the penultimate race of the
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship by Guido Belgiorno-Nettis' Transfusion and
a second place in the decider has seen the Australians once again crowned
world champions in their native habitat.
In race nine Transfusion's crew were coughing dust for the first upwind leg
and appeared to lack boat speed while defending champion Nerone was sailing
hotter angles out in front on the first downwind run. Transfusion's US
tactician, John Kostecki, now a three-time winner in the Farr 40 Worlds,
lived up to his reputation as one of the world's best as the local boat
clawed its way back to finish second behind Nerone.
Transfusion needed to finish two places ahead of Nerone to take the title.
Belgiorno-Nettis, a second generation Italian based in Sydney, gave himself
the tiniest margin for error, finishing four places ahead to take the title.
Five different boats won races during the series. Surprisingly, Nerone won
five in total, while Transfusion won only once. However, Transfusion never
dipped below a seven, with all other results in the top five. The last time
Sydney played host to the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship back in 2005,
local Richard Perini's Evolution took the victory from the internationals
and once again the Aussies have proven themselves too good for the rest of
the world. -- Event website: http://www.farr40worlds.com/
Final Results - top 5 of 20 (10 races, no drops)
1. Transfusion, AUS, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, 4-4-2-1-7-4-4-5-2-2, 35 pts
2. Nerone, ITA, Antonio Sodo Migliori/M. Mezzaroma,2-1-10-8-1-1-6-1-1-6, 37
3. Barking Mad, USA, Jim Richardson, 15-10-5-9-2-3-10-2-5-1, 62
4. Flash Gordon, USA, Helmut & Evan Jahn, 11-2-9-2-8-5-11-3-4-9, 64
5. Estate Master, AUS, Lisa & Martin Hill, 1-8-1-5-9-10-12-12-8-4, 70
Crew list: http://www.farr40worlds.com/images/stories/crewlist2011.pdf
COLLISION COURSE WITH CAPE HORN
(February 27, 2011: Day 59) - As the lead two boats closely follow each
other's tracking position, they will both be dealing with some tough weather
for the next few days. "It is icy cold and it is raining, sleet on the
deck," said Loick Peyron (FRA) on Virbac-Paprec 3. "The weather is cold so
Jean-Pierre is in the sleeping bag resting. And so I currently play with the
pilot, push button sailing. MAPFRE sails well and they are very serious
customers. We watch their position, their speed and course, one imagines
their sail combinations and their weather. The race is full of excitement,
it is thrilling."
One hopes for manageable conditions for rounding Cape Horn, but the current
outlook presents some doubt. "The routings suggests we could get to Cape
Horn on 3rd March," explained Iker Martinez (ESP) on MAPFRE. "For the moment
we have to face a weather situation, because we are going to have a heavy
storm. Looking at the routings we see that this storm is coming and if we go
fast we could arrive to the Horn just as it is starting, but if we end up
behind it could take us full on and there is no escape because we have to
round the Cape and this should be done just before or at the beginning of
this great storm and that doesn't look good at all."
Race Tracker: http://tracking.barcelonaworldrace.org
Standings (top 5 of 14 as of 20.01.08)
1. Virbac-Paprec 3, Jean Pierre Dick/Loick Peyron (FRA/FRA), 8,352 nm DTF
2. Mapfre, Iker Martinez/Xabi Fernandez (ESP/ESP), 26.3nm DTL
3. Renault, Pachi Rivero/Antonio Piris (ESP/ESP), 1361.5nm DTL
4. Neutrogena, Boris Herrmann/Ryan Breymaier (GER/USA), 1441.4nm DTL
5. Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre & Michele Paret (FRA/SUI), 1594.1nm DTF
Full rankings: http://www.barcelonaworldrace.org/en/ranking/
BACKGROUND: This is the second edition of the non-stop Barcelona World Race,
the only double-handed race around the world. Fourteen teams are competing
on Open 60s which started December 31st and is expected to finish by late
March. The 25,000 nautical mile course is from Barcelona to Barcelona via
three capes: Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn, Cook Strait, putting Antarctica to
starboard. Race website: http://www.barcelonaworldrace.org
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* Miami, FL (February 27, 2011) - The 2010-2011 Etchells Jaguar series
wrapped up over the weekend with the sailing of the Midwinter Championship.
The series is comprised of four regattas, the Piana Cup, the Sid Doren,
Florida State Champs, and Midwinter Championships. Each boat may count two
of the first three, and must count the Midwinter Champs. The Midwinter
Champs were sailed over Friday through Sunday, with the winner being Tony
Rey driving George Andreadis's boat. The Jaguar Series win came down to the
last race of the Midwinter Champs, where Jeffrey Siegal won the race and the
overall title. -- Reports, results, and photos:
* Tampa, FL (February 26, 2011) - After stumbling out of the blocks on the
first day of the Layline J/22 Midwinter Championship, Jeff Todd of
Annapolis, MD topped the rankings after day two and hung on after the third
day to narrowly win in a tie-breaker over Chris Doyle of Kenmore, NY. Seven
teams had a strong chance to win the event going into the ninth and final
race, and in the end only eight points separated the top seven finishers.
Twenty-five teams participated in the event on Tampa Bay. -- Daily reports,
President reports, and photos here:
* Clearwater, FL (February 27, 2011) - One hundred and ninety five boats
competed at the Laser Midwinter's East on February 23-27, 2011, hosted by
Clearwater Yacht Club. Amid the fleet of 77 Lasers, Brad Funk (USA) narrowly
beat out Canadian David Wright for the win. On the Radial course, American
Paige Railey conducted a clinic on the 106 boats to dominate the event.
Traveling from Switzerland was Sebastien Schneiter who won the
12-boat 4.7 fleet. -- Results: http://www.regattaprocessing.com/CLWYC/LMWE11/index.php
* (February 27, 2011; Day 22) - It's the final stretch for the third leg of
the VELUX 5 OCEANS, with leader Brad Van Liew (USA) now only 356 nm from the
finish in Punta del Este, Uruguay. With an ETA of Tuesday morning, Van
Liew's position looks secure but, the fight for second may go down to the
wire as only three miles separates Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski (POL) and
Derek Hatfield (CAN). -- http://www.velux5oceans.com
* (February 27, 2011; Day 30, 22:00 UTC) - The weekend has helped Thomas
Coville (FRA) on the 105-foot trimaran Sodebo, as he has reduced his deficit
on the solo round the world record by nearly 100 nm, and is now 1142.9 nm
behind the record set by Francis Joyon (FRA) set in 2008 on the 97-foot
trimaran IDEC. Coville's approach to Cape Horn may soon find himself amid
the Barcelona World Race fleet that are on their approach as well. --
* America's Cup competitors last week amended the AC 72 class rule, the
design rule that will govern the development of the Cup class wing-sailed
catamarans for the 34th America's Cup and the America's Cup World Series
events in 2012. The single most notable change is the reduction of the
number of wing masts required, simplifying design and logistics as well as
saving time and costs. Initially the rule called for both a small and large
wing. -- Full report:
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* From Doran Cushing, Sarasota FL:
No easy solution to piracy...are you kidding?
If the "ships" being hijacked in the Gulf of Aden were US military vessels
would the response be "no easy solution?" No F**ing way! So what if a few
"renegade sailors" (and it is no secret even on Scuttlebutt that "cruisers"
are not mainstream sailors) are killed while doing what they love. With the
technology available to read the hull numbers of a yacht in Havana's Marina
Hemingway via a spy satellite, you can't tell me the US can't protect any
vessel it DESIRES to protect anywhere in the world.
It all comes down to dirty politics and dollars...the mantra of the US
system. Look around you, boys and girls...the sky HAS fallen.
* From Scott Boye, Friday Harbor:
I've got to vehemently disagree with Wetabix0947 regarding the CPR story in
Scuttlebutt 3284. The statistics are clear; average citizens with CPR
training save lives. According to the American Heart Association's website,
- Studies have repeatedly shown the importance of immediate bystander CPR
plus defibrillation within 3-5 minutes of collapse to improve survival from
sudden VF cardiac arrest.
- In cities such as Seattle, Washington, where CPR training is widespread
and EMS response and time to defibrillation is short, the survival rate for
witnessed VF cardiac arrest is about 30 percent.
- In cities such as New York City, where few victims receive bystander CPR
and time to EMS response and defibrillation is longer, survival from sudden
VF cardiac arrest averages 1-2 percent.
Nobody plans on having a heart attack, but it happens. In fact, it's the
largest killer of people in the demographic that are out sailing - us
middle-aged folks that work stressful jobs and go sailing to relax.
It only takes a few hours to get the training and the chances of saving a
crewmate's life increase dramatically. I've had opportunity to perform CPR
and it scared the hell out of me, but there is a person alive today because
of the training. As I've slipped into middle age I realize that nowadays
it's more likely that I'll be on the receiving end.
A few weeks ago a group of us took the CPR class at the local EMS station.
It was a good refresher for those of us that had taken the class before and
it had the side effect of being a team building exercise.
Take the class; be thankful you've had the training. By the way, I live
north of Seattle and the survival rate in San Juan County is over double
that of Seattle. Yet another reason I prefer living here.
* From Damian Christie, Melbourne, Australia:
I am disappointed in David Fuller's comments in Scuttlebutt 3285 about the
Team Australia challenge for the America's Cup. There is enough cynicism
about the Cup in Australia without David adding fat to the fire! Anyway, if
he had checked his facts, David would have known that the earliest
announcement of Team Australia came in a feature in the December 2010 issue
of Sails magazine - three months before the official announcement last week.
Team Australia did not just appear out of thin air overnight! I believe it
has been under serious consideration for over a year.
As a lay person who has followed the America's Cup since the 1980s, I am
excited that someone in Australia has finally had the foresight and guts to
launch a Cup challenge. I am pragmatic though about our chances - this is
effectively a start-up team. It is not blessed with the resources of a
patron like Alan Bond of old and its sailors are certainly not yet as
talented as Jimmy Spithill, arguably Australia's best sailor. As Team
Australia's principals have acknowledged, it will take at least two to three
Cup cycles for the syndicate to become a serious contender.
How about David volunteer his services as a sports marketing professional to
assist the new team? Team Australia deserves the encouragement and support
of all Australians. I for one will be more than happy to make a modest
donation or to join a supporters club should Team Australia establish one.
Do you know what really makes me smile? Facial muscles.
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