SCUTTLEBUTT 3317 - Monday, April 11, 2011
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AINSLIE WINS ISAF SAILING WORLD CUP
Palma de Mallorca, Spain (April 9, 2011) - In many classes, leaders in the
42 Trofeo Princesa Sofia MAPFRE in Palma kept their early positions after
the double pointers medal race to win the title. Ben Ainslie (GBR) won the
medal race from start to finish, coming back to the Finn after taking a
break sailing in the Match racing circuit and enjoying successful following
wins in Sail Melbourne, a second in Miami and a second SWC win in Palma. The
Olympic champion also took the Ultimate Trophy at Palma which crowns the
best sailor across all classes in the event.
With victory going to Percy and Simpson (GBR) on the penultimate racing day,
the battle on the Star medal race was for Silver and Bronze. Robert Stanjeck
and Frithjof Kleen (GER) got to their best placing in the event to win
second overall on equal points with Torben Grael /Marcelo Feirrera (BRA) and
Diego Negri /Enrico Voltolini (ITA).
The Women Match racing finals were a hard fought battle with Silja Lehtinen,
Silja Kanerva, Mikaela Wulff (FIN) taking the first match by a small margin,
then Sally Barkow, Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham, Alana O'Reilly (USA) winning
the next three close matches to win the Gold medal.
"It feels really good to win a Sailing World Cup event," Barkow commented.
"We came into this event thinking it was going to be a kind of warm up
leading up to the first phase of the U.S. Trials in May. We really showed a
lot of progress through the event and that was really important."
The Finals and Petit-Finals were sailed in perfect conditions after the sea
breeze filled in around midday to a steady 7-10 knots. The Petit-Finals saw
Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer, and Deb Capozzi (USA) defeat Claire
Leroy, Marie Riou, and Claire Pruvot (FRA) in two straight matches to win
the Bronze medal.
Americans Paige Railey finished 4th in the Laser Radial, while 2008 Olympic
Finn Silver Medalist Zach Railey finished a strong second place in the final
medal race to put him into 5th overall for the event. -- Full report:
USA team report: http://tinyurl.com/3v97dcn
Canada team report: http://tinyurl.com/3que6sn
* Follow US Olympic sailors in the Princesa Sofia MAPFRE:
Brad Funk: http://www.funksailing.com
Erin Maxwell/Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar: http://www.470teamusa.com
Team Tunnicliffe: http://www.teamtunnicliffe.com
Storck Moore Sailing: http://www.storckmooresailing.com/
Campbell Sailing: http://www.campbellsailing.com/
PRICE TAG ON ACRM'S DESIGN PROGRAM
(April 10, 2011) - For teams entering the 34th America's Cup, approximately
E1.25 million ($1.811 million) will get them the design program announced by
America's Cup Race Management last week, a program that's reportedly equal
to that which the big boys like ORACLE Racing and Artemis Racing will be
using for their AC 72 design.
Talking to SailBlast in San Francisco, Iain Murray, America's Cup Race
Management CEO said that purchasing the design program will save teams a
substantial amount of money but more importantly, time in getting to the
start line with a competitive, technology-driven boat.
"What we (ACRM) are doing would cost the teams substantially more than that,
multiples of that in fact," Murray explained. "But the thing that it saves
them, most important, is 8-10 months of design work. If you're just coming
in, you can't make that up unless you started in October last year."
While all the teams expressed an interest in such a program from the outset,
and a number have said they will buy the program, Murray said it's a little
too early to say which teams will step up. For those who do, they'll also
have consultation access to the design leaders who designed the program -
high performance multihull designers VPLP of France and North Technology
Group (NTG - designers of the wing and sail package), headquartered in the
When asked how much of the AC 45 design template was used to create the
design program Murray responded, "Obviously the AC 45 has been very helpful
for all the designers around the world - they've all given it a pretty
thorough looking over. The designers we've got are no different to any other
in that they've all been swarming over the AC 45, C-class cats and I'm sure
they've been studying all sorts of stuff on USA-17. Having the AC 45 sailing
- the most relevant, scaled down boat - has been most helpful for everyone."
Teams can launch their AC 72s as early as next January but Murray said it's
hard to know when the first will actually hit the water. "Considering that
there's about an 8 month build program that would mean teams will probably
start in May/June but I think they're probably going to use the design time
as long as they can, so I could see them more realistically sailing
April/May/June 2012." -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/3pmy3cw
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NEUTROGENA TAKES 5TH IN BARCELONA RACE
(April 10, 2011) - Ryan Breymaier (USA) and Boris Herrmann (GER) crossed the
finish line of the Barcelona World Race at 1513hrs (UTC) to take fifth
place. Their elapsed time for the course was 100 days, 3 hours, 13 minutes
and 25 seconds, an average speed for the course of 10.49kts for the 25,200
miles theoretical course. They sailed an actual course of 27,850 miles, at
an average 11.59 knots.
Only the third team to finish this edition of the race without stopping,
Herrmann becomes the first German sailor ever to complete a non-stop racing
circumnavigation and to finish an IMOCA Open 60 race, whilst Breymaier, a
late adopter to sailing who only started sailing seriously at college in
1993, is the first American to finish the Barcelona World Race.
Also finishing over the weekend was Renault Z.E. Sailing Team's Pachi Rivero
and Antonio Piris who crossed the finish O647hrs (UTC) on Friday in third
place, joining MAPFRE and Neutrogena as the only three in the top five to
complete the circumnavigation non-stop. The Estrella Damm Sailing Team of
Alex Pella (38) and Pepe Ribes (39) finished at 08:45:59hrs (UTC) on
Saturday, in fourth.
Currently sixth in the rankings, record breaking British yachtswoman Dee
Caffari and her Spanish co-skipper Anna Corbella are the only all female
crew taking part in the race and will each establish two world records when
they complete the race. Dee will become the only female sailor to have
sailed non-stop around the world more times than any other in history. Anna
Corbella will become the first Spanish woman to circumnavigate the globe
non-stop. -- Full reports at event website:
Standings (top 5 of 14)
1. Virbac-Paprec 3, Jean Pierre Dick/Loick Peyron (FRA/FRA), 93:22:20:36
2. Mapfre, Iker Martinez/Xabi Fernandez (ESP/ESP), 94:21:17:35
3. Renault, Pachi Rivero/Antonio Piris (ESP/ESP), 97:18:47:36
4. Estrella Damm Sailing Team,Alex Pella/Pepe Rives (ESP/ESP), 98:20:45
5. Neutrogena, Boris Herrmann/Ryan Breymaier (GER/USA), 100:3:13:125
BACKGROUND: The Barcelona World Race is the only double-handed race around
the world. Fourteen teams competing on Open 60s started December 31st, with
the 25,000 nautical mile course extending from Barcelona to Barcelona via
three capes: Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn, Cook Strait, putting Antarctica to
CHEYENNE RIDES AGAIN
By Tim Zimmermann
(April 8, 2011) - It warms my heart to hear that Cheyenne, nee Playstation,
is about to embark on another record-breaking quest. I followed this
pace-setting catamaran from her birth in the 1990s and into her run through
every major sailing record in the books: 24-hour, Transat, Jules Verne. I
even talked my way aboard for an East-West Transatlantic record run, and
Steve Fossett, the adventure junkie behind her golden years, was kind enough
to send me a World Record certificate after he mowed down yet another mark.
My main contributions were making coffee and running sheets...
Cheyenne was a revolutionary sailing vessel, though it seems quaint to think
that her first 24-hour record, in 1999, was "just" 580 miles. Today the
record stands at 908 miles! And while the maxi-multis are so much faster
today, I'll never forget the feeling of racing past the Canary Islands in
flat water, at 36 knots, with every sheet like a steel bar and the boat
absolutely creaking and humming with speed. Pure adrenaline.
Over the years that followed, particularly after Fossett went missing in an
airplane in 2007, it always made me sad to see Cheyenne sitting abandoned on
the hard, and then acting as a mast-less camera platform for the Morning
Light project. -- Read on:
FIRST LICKS ON THE FARR 400
By Bill O'Malley
(April 8, 2011) - The anticipation has built in the weeks and days leading
up to the launching of the new Farr 400 in Dubai, UAE. The teams at Farr
Yacht Design and Premier Composite Technologies have been steadily working
toward this day over the past eight months. It's an incredible process to
witness as a design concept transitions from an idea to reality and all the
phases in between.
Premier Composite Technologies, the builder did an impressive job with
construction, meeting the design weight, match our weight calculations along
the build cycle and the boat a week ahead of schedule, something unheard of
in boatbuilding! In the final design phases, as the big picture comes into
focus, there is an opportunity to optimize performance. Shifting from a cast
iron keel fin to a fabricated steel keel fin reduced the displacement to
8,600 lbs, without increasing costs. This has a very positive impact on its
light-wind and downwind performance, without sacrificing heavy-air
performance, making the Farr 400 even more versatile.
In late March Luke Shingledecker of Farr Yacht Design I, traveled to Dubai
to visit Premier, sail the first Farr 400, and conduct a week of sea trials.
The schedule for the week was full: including launching, in- and
out-of-water IRC and ORC measurement, evening meetings to discuss class
administration and rules, and some local racing at the Dubai Offshore
Sailing Club. -- Read on:
CUP SHOWS AT STRICTLY SAIL PACIFIC
(April 10, 2011) - Before reading any further, quick, go to the following
link and get your Scuttlebutt $5 discount code for a ticket to Strictly Sail
Pacific, the largest sail only show west of the Rockies happening in the Bay
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With that done, read on.
Strictly Sail Pacific runs April 14-17, at Jack London Square in Oakland,
California. The America's Cup will be on display at the show throughout the
day on Thursday, April 14, followed by an evening presentation and reception
at the Waterfront Hotel from 6-8 pm. On hand to provide an update on what's
happening with AC 34 will be Kyri McClellan of the America's Cup Organizing
Committee (ACOC); Mike Martin, Director of Rules Administration and
Umpiring; Ian "Fresh" Burns, Design Team Coordinator with Oracle Racing; and
Stephanie Martin, Chief Communications Officer of the America's Cup Event
Authority. Great line up.
There's no doubt that the America's Cup is already providing a boost to
marine-based companies both around the Bay and further afield. Said Jonathan
Banks, Director of Sail America, the non-profit organization that organizes
Strictly Sail, "Our clients have a greater level of hope, enthusiasm and
optimism for the market that the Cup will bring, and when people are feeling
buoyant they are more likely to exhibit at shows, advertise in magazines and
try to grow their business. From a long term planning perspective there's a
stronger commitment to keep the show in the Bay Area, be it Jack London
Square or another location."
This is especially good news for the show which has had a fairly level
attendance over the past two years but a decline since 2007 due to the
recession and renovations at Jack London Square which affected space
available to the show. Banks says online ticket sales are tracking about 20%
ahead of last year, a positive indicator.
"We're hoping for attendance similar to last few years (approximately
12,000) with single to low double digit growth. With the America's Cup at
the show, it's lining up to be a good one." -- Full story:
IKER AND XABI
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from Spain? That sailing rich, heritage deep country of explorers and
conquerors? Their latest achievement.best boat, non-stop in the Barcelona
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SCUTTLEBUTT SAILING CALENDAR
Events listed at http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar
* (April 9, 2011) - The final day of racing in the Les Voiles de St Barth
took the 48-boat fleet on its final circumnavigation counter-clockwise
around the eight-square mile island: a 30-nautical mile course for the
Maxis, and a 23-nautical mile course for the Racing, Racing Cruising,
Classics, and Multihulls. Rambler 100 (USA), owned by George David and
skippered by Ken Read took first place in the Maxi division. -- Full report:
* (April 10, 2011) - Emirates Team New Zealand's new round-the-world race
yacht CAMPER left the builder's yard in Auckland at 4.30am today, just a
year after the project was announced.
The 70ft yacht was trucked to the team's Viaduct Harbour base where it will
be commissioned this week. The build started at Cookson Boats in August last
year, taking close to 35,000 man-hours. Over the next few days, keel,
rudder, dagger boards, mast and rigging will be fitted and electronic,
electrical and hydraulic systems will commissioned. -- Full story:
* Charleston, SC (April 8, 2011) - With less than a week left until a record
279 boats take to the water for 2011 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week,
preparations are ramping up to welcome the 2000 sailors and support
personnel to the largest keelboat regatta in North America in more than five
years. For the first time, the event will feature an exposition of some of
sailing's hottest boats right on the beach at event HQ. For juniors, the
latest Optimist design will be on display from Layline. RS Sailboats is
featuring their brand new RS-100 singlehanded, asymmetric spinnaker racer.
-- Even website: http://www.charlestonraceweek.com/
* The 2011 Farr 30 North American Championship will be held in San
Francisco, CA, August 26, 27 & 28. Hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club and
in conjunction with the Aldo Alessio Perpetual Trophy Regatta teams will
have a chance to test the local conditions and themselves as they compete
for the North American Championship trophy, the Irish Cup. -- Read on:
* The International Audi Melges 20 Class Association has announced the 2011
Newport Sailing Series, comprised of three events: the new Bacardi Newport
Sailing Week on June 23-26, the Coastal Living Sail Newport Regatta on July
8-10, and the U.S. National Championship serves as the grand finale on
August 26-28. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/5tdwcw7
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* From Casey Robert Baldwin (re, Scuttlebutt 3314):
I apologize for my error in referring to the new Valencia Club nominated by
the Swiss SNG Alinghi as 'Defender of Record', when it was originally chosen
to be the 'Challenger of Record' for the 2010 America's Cup. However, I
stand by my point that Denis Toothe's opinion (S'Butt 3313) that the Golden
Gate Yacht Club's current behaviour as 'Defender' is similar to the lengthy
legal circus largely promoted by previous defender Societe Nautique de
Geneve, is unfair to both the GGYC and Oracle.
The Curmudgeon's comment in Scuttlebutt 3314, that both the chosen
'Challenger of Record' for the 2013 Cup, Club Nautico di Roma and its boat
Mascalzone Latino may face financial difficulties and not compete, is not
the same as two wealthy syndicates fighting an endless legal battle leading
up to the last Cup. The Curmudgeon's further point that current 'COR' Club
Nautico di Roma appears to have had little input in shaping the multifarious
rules and regs on behalf of the challengers, which is its primary duty, not
the Defenders, may have merit. Those of us who love and hope the primacy of
the 'auld mug' is rejuvenated, pray the contest is on the water, not the
courts. With the restoration of a 'Challenger Series' and the fantastic
venue of San Francisco, please gentlemen, keep the land battles to a
* From Steve Quant, Alberqueque, NM (re, Scuttlebutt 3315):
Back in the seventies and early 80's, "down the mine" is what was known as a
pitchpole, no matter if you were on a Hobie, Prindle or Nacra.
* From Brian Hutchinson:
Re 1994 Melges 24 PCC's, we had a great time on beautiful Lake Tahoe sailing
with Tom Leweck for whom Craig Leweck called tactics. As I recall, he and I
were "professional sailors" at the time, but that didn't bother the rest of
the fleet, since they managed to beat us on a few legs and races. Many of
the others actually thanked us for showing up, and I think we all improved
Let's not join those who blame pros for the current level of participation
in the Southern West Coast M24 fleet. One glimpse at the European Melges 24
fleets and the resurgence of various US fleets (which has its share of pros)
should tell us that it is organization and good venues that helps a fleet
grow. The 33-plus, and growing, Pacific Northwest Melges 24 Fleet shows us
that a simple 6-event schedule that promotes great venues and encourages
family events is what works.
When the first Melges 24 came to town (San Diego) in 1993 it was a breath of
fresh air and so a dozen boats sprang up in the local fleet. Mark Reynolds
and Vince Brun immediately embraced the Melges 24 and have enjoyed many
enjoyable years of racing them. The boat presented an easier way to have
fun, since it was twice as fast as the Star and E22 downwind in the bigger
breeze. -- Read on at Scuttlebutt Forum: http://tinyurl.com/5uxttmf
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