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SCUTTLEBUTT 3312 - Monday, April 4, 2011
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FIFTEEN TEAMS COMMIT TO THE AMERICA'S CUP
(April 1, 2011) - Following the March 31st entry deadline, organizers
announced Friday that 14 challengers from around the globe, plus defending
champion Oracle Racing of San Francisco, have signed up for the 34th
Of the 14 challengers who've entered, 12 have been validated while the
others are being checked against qualifying requirements. Some of the
vetted teams have yet to publicly announce their challenges. Of the
undisclosed team, it's believed that Korea and Canada will be represented.
"It's obviously an acceptance of the new vision of the America's Cup," said
Iain Murray, the regatta director and CEO of America's Cup Race Management.
"People must be liking what they see, which is the World Series, the
catamarans, the 45s, new rules. They can see all that stuff now. And
there's more to come, with television production, and maybe just the event
being in San Francisco. There's a package around the America's Cup of
activity and people that's never been there before."
The first season of the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) will run into
July 2012 and be sailed in 45-foot wing-sailed catamarans. The second
season will begin in San Francisco in August 2012 with a 72-foot version of
the fast cat. The 72-footers will be used in the America's Cup itself,
replacing the plodding sloops that were used from 1992-2007. A champion
will be crowned at the end of each season.
The ACWS will begin in Cascais, Portugal, Aug. 6-14, then move to Plymouth,
England, Sept. 10-18. The San Diego regatta will be held sometime between
mid-October and early December. All three ports will allow for viewing from
the shore, one of the changes organizers have made in an attempt to make
the sometimes-confusing sport more fan friendly. In the past, America's Cup
races have been held miles offshore. -- Full story:
The current entries are...
DEFENDER: Oracle Racing, Golden Gate Yacht Club (USA)
CHALLENGERS: Aleph-Equipe de France, Aleph Yacht Club (FRA); Artemis
Racing, Kungliga Svenska Segal Sallskapet (SWE); China Team, Mei Fan Yacht
Club (CHN); Emirates Team New Zealand, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
(NZL); Energy Challenge, Yacht Club de France (FRA); Mascalzone Latino,
Club Nautico di Roma (ITA); Team Australia, Multihull Yacht Club of
Queensland (AUS); Venezia Challenge, Club Canottieri Roggero di Lauria
(ITA); Four challengers - Confirmed/Confidential; Two challengers - In
Additional details: http://tinyurl.com/ACUP-040111
BUT REALLY: It is unclear if late entries will be accepted, though there is
a provision (and late fee) to allow it. Additionally, the submission of
entry provides no guarantee that the team will be competing for the
America's Cup. The only two teams that are believed to be financially
stable as of now are Oracle Racing and Artemis Racing.
NOT NEWPORT: While it was believed that the an America's Cup World Series
event would be stage in Newport, RI this fall, it appears that the region
was not able to get organized in time. Newport remains in the running to
host a World Series regatta in the 2012-2013 cycle. -- Providence Journal,
full story: http://tinyurl.com/ProJo-040111
FAST ENOUGH BUT NOT DIRECT ENOUGH
After setting out on Saturday 29 January at 11h07'28'' (GMT) on the solo
round the world record attempt, Thomas Coville (FRA) and the 105-foot
trimaran Sodebo finally crossed the finish line off Ushant on Thursday 31
March 2011 at 12h15 (GMT) after 61 days, 7 minutes and 32 seconds at sea.
Thomas Coville took 3 days, 10 hours, 43 minutes and 26 seconds longer than
the current record set by Francis Joyon on IDEC in 2008 (57d 13h34'06'').
The paradox is that Coville was faster than the record holder, but due to
less favourable weather conditions, he wasn't able to follow as direct a
route as that of the record holder. Coville and Sodebo covered 28,431 miles
at an average of 19.42 kts, or 2,031 miles further than Francis Joyon, who
covered 26,400 miles at an average speed of 19.11 kts.
While pleased that his record still stands, Joyon was also philosophical
about man's pursuit of such dreams. "In a world where oil escaped from the
sea bed for weeks on end offshore of New Orleans, a world where nuclear
power stations are throwing out radioactive clouds and where seawater has
been irradiated to the extent that it has damaged life for generations to
come, Thomas Coville has proven, through his journey around the world under
sail, that natural energies aren't lacking in strength.
"The fact that he hasn't beaten the round the world record isn't the most
important thing. The key to this journey is that our circumnavigations of
the globe, in crewed as well as solo configuration, have been more
effective under sail than under power.
"Right now, no boat powered by an engine has managed to circumnavigate the
globe as quickly as we do under sail, due to their weight and range
associated with the massive amount of fuel required aboard.
"If our sail boats could influence the upcoming decisions about energy,
which are both vital and urgent, they could help us understand that the
only way forward is free of pollution, CO2 and radiation, using natural
energies: the wind, the current and the sun. Congratulations to Thomas for
this fast, damage-free journey across the ocean."
Find all the latest about the maxi-trimaran Sodebo on the website
Congratulations to Quantum customers Jim Swartz, Richard Oland, and Austin
and Gwen Fragomen who finished 1-2-3 in the IRC 1 Division at the
International Rolex Regatta hosted by St. Thomas Yacht Club. The 52
footers, equipped with Fusion M sails, were described throughout the
regatta as "locked in battle" by Ed Baird who crewed aboard Vela Veloce.
Still sporting Quantum Racing graphics, the TP52 Vesper/Team Moneypenny won
all but one of the six races. In the 16-boat IC 24 class, second place went
to Fraito Lugo of Quantum Puerto Rico on Orion. Anticipate the Shift...
with Quantum Sails: http://www.QuantumSails.com
FORTY YEARS LATER
Since its launch at the New York Boat Show in 1971, over 200,000 Lasers
have been sold. The strength of the class comes from its rigid one design
rules that designer Bruce Kirby approved 40 years ago. Other than
grumblings about overpriced equipment, it's hard to argue with the success
of the class.
However, the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) is now dealing
with an issue with one of its three builders and the rights holder, and is
looking to change its class rules as a solution. But Bruce Kirby is calling
bull s--t on the class. Here is an excerpt of an interview from Sail-World:
"Two and a half years ago, I sold my rights to the New Zealanders, the
Spencer families' Global Sailing. I am 82 as you know, and this move was
what you would call estate planning.
"The Spencers have been building Lasers through Performance Sailcraft
Australasia for umpteen years. I simply figured the Spencers had the good
of the class in mind - far more so than anyone else that was on the horizon
- and that they would do the best job in looking after the class and
promoting it and enhancing it.
"Now it would appear that Laser Performance Europe (one of three builders
for the ILCA) doesn't want to recognize the fact that this transfer has
taken place. It is really weird because they paid the royalties to Global
Sailing for two years as they were supposed to do, and then all of a sudden
they stopped doing that. That action has caused issues between LPE and
Global Sailing and they will have to sort it out.'
What was his response to the ILCA statement 'Lawyers also informed us that
the Kirby design patent has in fact expired.'
Kirby responded. "That's total bull s--t! There never were any patents. You
can't patent a sail boat design. These were contracts, legitimate contracts
drawn up by lawyers and there is no suggestion that I had a patent on the
boat. These were long term contracts that were renewable every so many
years. No-one's ever questioned them so I don't know what lawyer they found
that suggested this course of action. It's crazy!" -- Full report:
* Here are comments from The Laser Forum:
ONCE A BRIDESMAID, ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID
(April 1, 2011) - Reigning champions Wolfgang Hunger and Julien Kleiner
(GER) have taken out the 2011 SAP 505 World Championship at Hamilton Island
Australia today and the final race could not have been scripted better, it
had all the melodrama of movie thriller.
It was Hunger's fifth 505 world title win (he also owns two 470 world
titles) and Kleiner's second 505 title (both with Hunger). It was also the
second time Holt and Smit have had to play bridesmaid. "I have no choice
but to go to the Worlds in La Rochelle next year - I'm hooked," Holt said.
Going into the final race, the Germans held a three-point advantage over
Mike Holt/Carl Smit (USA) with a drop in place. Both pairs knew what they
had to do to claim the crown. Explained Hunger: "We got a very good start
and tacked on Michael (Holt) but we did it too late, so we went around in
the top three at the first mark. From there, we were in front of them, then
they were in front of us and so on."
Holt needed to put four boats between him and Hunger and while there were
chances early on, all that changed. So up the final beat, Holt/Smit tried
to sail the Germans back into the fleet. It had its effect, but a bit late.
"The pressure was very up and down, but shifts were only small - 10 degrees
- so there were no big gains to be made with those," Smit said.
The SAP 505 World Championship was a shortened seven-race series when
racing was abandoned for three days after the opening day due to
exceptionally heavy winds and big seas accompanied by incessant downpours
of rain. The 2012 SAP 505 World Championship will be held in La Rochelle,
France, from 17-27 July. -- Complete report:
Final standings (top 5 of 86)
1. GER, Wolfgang Hunger/ Julien Kleiner, 1-1-3-(15)-4-2-6, 17
2. USA, Mike Holt/ Carl Smit, 3-6-1-3-6-1-(7), 20
3. AUS, Sandy Higgins/ Paul Marsh, 2-7-5-1-3-7-(9), 25
4. USA, Howie Hamlin/ Andy Zinn, 4-(10)-6-4-8-3-1, 26
5. GBR, Luke Molloy/ Jim Turner, 14-11-2-5-5-(86 DNF)-3, 40
Full results: http://tinyurl.com/505-Worlds-2011-Results
WATERCRAFT MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking boaters to report how
they operate and maintain their boats as a part of determining new
recreational watercraft management practices. The deadline for comments is
"Management Practices would be methods, techniques, or tools which could
mitigate any environmental impact of normal discharges into our waters,"
said BoatUS Vice President of Government Affairs Margaret Podlich. "They
will vary according to boat type and what that vessel could potentially
discharge. For example, the EPA is looking at engine maintenance and could
create a management practice that requires the use of a bilge sock to soak
up oil in your engine compartment. Of course, this couldn't apply to a
rowboat. But it's important to understand they are looking at all
To hear boaters' concerns and suggestions, the EPA has set up two ways to
communicate: Boaters can be heard at the agency's alternative weekly online
webinars that started March 21 and end April 25; or Boaters can e-mail the
EPA directly at CleanBoatingAct-HQ@EPA.GOV until June 2. -- Read on:
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HALL OF FAME INDUCTION NOMINATION FORM NOW ONLINE
The sport of sailing in the United States is a step closer to having its
own "Hall of Famers" with the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame now
starting the process with an online form available to the general public to
use to make nominations.
Future Hall of Famers will be Americans who are 45 years of age and up, and
who have made a significant impact on the growth and development of the
sport in the U.S. in categories such as design, racing, cruising, coaching
and administration, among others.
Non-citizens may be included if they have had an impact on the sport in the
U.S., and posthumous nominations will also be accepted. The nomination
period will run from April 1 through June 1, with the inductees for 2011
determined by late August.
The historic first class of inductees will be recognized on October 23,
2011, during ceremonies scheduled to take place at the San Diego Yacht Club
To nominate your candidate online, click on the button above, or go to
www.nshof.org and click on "Induction". You can also click on the direct
=> Curmudgeon's Comment: If you're wondering who to nominate, the
Scuttlebutt Forum has a list that currently has 165 individuals who have
been suggested as candidates. Here is the link:
* (April 3, 2011, Day 92; 21:01 UTC) - While the fat lady hasn't sung yet,
the Barcelona World Race choir is getting ready. With Jean Pierre
Dick/Loick Peyron (FRA/FRA) on Virbac-Paprec 3 now only 71 nm from the
finish, and a lead of 222.8 nm over second place Iker Martinez/Xabi
Fernandez (ESP/ESP) on MAPFRE, it appears that a winner's breakfast will be
getting made for the French team. -- http://www.barcelonaworldrace.org/en
* Fort Lauderdale, FL (April 3, 2011) - The Southern Florida mafia
dominated the US Trials for the Snipe class, hosted by Lauderdale Yacht
Club to select the representative for the Pan American Games that will be
held this year in Mexico. Twenty-five teams competed, but most were mere
entry fees as Miamians Augie Diaz/Kathleen Tocke needed all seven races to
squeeze out a three point win over fleet member Ernesto Rodriguez/ Mary
Hall, with local Brian Kamilar/ Enrique Quintero just one point further
back in third. -- Photos/ reports:
* (April 3, 2011; Day 8) - The VELUX 5 OCEANS fleet continues their
northerly climb along the Brazilian coast, with heat and humidity causing
discomfort amongst the solo sailors. The stealth mode feature has been in
use by the top three entries, which blocks their position reports for a 24
hour period when enacted. This feature can be used twice by each sailor on
this leg from Uruguay to Charleston. -- http://www.velux5oceans.com/
* The April Sail1Design ICSA Team Race Rankings finds Boston College
maintaining their consensus #1 ranking, followed by Georgetown. Big movers
this time are the College of Charleston to #3, and Roger Williams, tied for
#4 with the Harvard Crimson. Full rankings:
* Exhibit space at Strictly Sail Pacific, the west coast's only all-sail
boat show slated for April 14-17 at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA, is
"sold out," posting a 20% increase compared with last year's event.
* The United States Coast Guard yesterday published a direct final rule
that removes exclusivity for Underwriters Laboratories (UL) as the only
USCG approved lab to test inflatable lifejackets. The National Marine
Manufacturers Association called the move a "positive movement in support
of more innovative lifejackets and lifejacket options for boaters." --
Boating Industry, full report:
SCUTTLEBUTT SAILING CALENDAR
Events listed at http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar
It is with deep sadness that the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club (RHADC)
regrets to announce the death of Past Commodore Geoffrey (Dickie) Bird, on
March 24, 2011.
RHADC Commodore, Robert Mason stated: "It is an especially poignant note
during a Marion Bermuda race year as Dickie was one of the founders of the
race. He remained actively connected with the race throughout his life both
as a participant, as RHADC Commodore and as a Trustee of the race
organization. Arguably without the vision of Dickie and a few others, the
race would have never been started and Bermuda would be the lesser for it.
His further contributions will be missed."
Marion Bermuda Trustee, Buddy Rego recalls "As a Committee member, Flag
Officer, and Trustee, Dickie held the most focused, determined meetings
ever. There was never room or time for matters not on the agenda or of a
long winded nature!"
Mr. Bird's ashes will be scattered in the Great Sound and a celebration of
his life will take place at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity on
Church Street in Hamilton, Bermuda at 11am on June 25, during Marion
Bermuda Race week. -- Complete report:
OPEN DOORS AT IYRS
An Open House at IYRS in Bristol on April 6 kicks off a series of events
when this Rhode Island school rolls out the welcome mat for members of the
public. Visit the school during an Open House and see student work
underway, or join the annual celebration at the school docks when students
launch their fleet of projects on graduation day. The April 6 Open House
runs from 4 to 7 pm at the Bristol campus, "Launch Day" takes place in
early June, and more Open Houses are slated for May and July. For more
Scuttlebutt strongly encourages feedback from the Scuttlebutt community.
Either submit comments by email or post them on the Forum. Submitted
comments chosen to be published in the newsletter may be limited to 250
words. Authors may have one published submission per subject, and should
save their bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.
* From Ray Godwin:
I was in the Oakland airport Saturday and picked up a copy of the S.F.
Chronicle (California's best large newspaper it said). There was a good
article about the 15 teams entered in America's Cup... but it was in the
Arts and Entertainment section. Still not much respect for the Sport.
* From Pete Sherwood: (re, drinking laws in Scuttlebutt 3310)
Iowa is a bit slow off the mark... all of Australia is 0.05 and you lose
your car and boat license no matter what you were operating at the time.
Has been like that for at least 5 years, probably 10. Good rule too,
although most prudent seaman (and motorists) are perfectly safe with a
couple of brews under their belt, you have to consider all the muppets out
there endangering others all the time... with a few beers under their belts
they are lethal!
* From Mark Lammens:
While I know that Scuttlebutt 3311 was the April Fools edition, I would
like to point out an obvious mistake on the Paul Elvstrom (DEN)
announcement. He competed at eight Olympics, not six.
Additionally, Elvstrom holds the record for most race wins with 18. Ben
Ainslie (GBR) has 12 race wins, Robert Scheidt (BRA; 2 Gold, 2 silver) has
11 race wins, Valentin Mankin (RUS; 3 Gold, 1 Silver) has 9 race wins and
Torban Grael (BRA) who has the most Olympic medals with 2 Gold, 1 Silver
and 2 Bronze, has won 8 races at the Olympics.
Jochem Schumann, GER and DDR (3 gold and 1 silver), only won 5 races but
had sixteen 2nd and 3rd place race finishes.
* From Andy Green, yachting television commentator:
The racing rules are dull to read but offer some real excitement for the
fan who wants to learn more or enjoys minutiae. Formula 1 motor racing is
built on rules controversy and interpretation, and their commentators do a
great job of keeping it simple but sucking the viewer in with detail about
the little things. Don't get rid of the rules, just explain them more
clearly and embrace them when the detail is interesting.
I only have three rules whenever I commentate on the TV. It may cause
Umpires to go queasy but I think they are simple:
1. If you're on the right you're in the right (Starboard rights over Port)
2. Windward boat keeps clear (boat closer to the wind must keep clear)
3. If you're inside at the mark, you get room to round
I never really need any others, and if I do it's time to go to the analyst
chair and get some technical help.
=> Curmudgeon's Comment: As a commentator, it also helps to be British
(because you sound smart) and to be excitable (because you convey the
action). Andy is both.
We hope you enjoyed the annual April 1st edition of Scuttlebutt. A special
thanks to everyone who submitted stories, and also thank you for your
tolerance if you're among those people who would prefer we grow up and
discontinue this tradition. And lastly, our apology if you're just now
realizing the Friday edition was a complete spoof. -- Craig Leweck,
Women may not hit harder, but they hit lower.
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