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SCUTTLEBUTT 3319 - Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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COACHES EJECTED FROM REGATTA
By Chris Love, SailGroove
It's not the least bit uncommon for a baseball umpire to stand toe to toe
with a manager, mask in hand, shoulders relaxed, stoically taking an earful
of harsh words and a fateful of spit as the coach reams him out for a call
he doesn't like, only to burst to life, dramatically point to the dugout
and yell "you're out of here!" It's generally part of the ceremony for the
coach to kick some dirt, insult the man's mother, saunter back down the
steps to the boos or cheers (or both) from the crowd and hand off the
clipboard to the assistant manager so the game may continue. Not uncommon
at all - in fact, it's one of the sport's great traditions.
But compared to the barbaric sport of flying balls and dirty mitts, sailing
is a gentleman's game. Coaches and sailing officials would never interact
in such a crude and brutish way. A combination of complicated litigation
and cocktails at the bar is enough to solve our differences. No need to
shout or make a scene by kicking someone off the water, right?
Well, in collegiate sailing this weekend, a scene was made. Two coaches
were asked to leave and/or not return on the second day, per a sailing
instruction that has been on the books at MIT for some time. It basically
says that if a coach says something negative to an umpire, they may be
banned from the premises for the rest of the regatta. This was the first
time it has been utilized. Without getting into the unpleasant business of
who said what to whom (and I honestly don't know as I wasn't there myself)
I think this incident opens up an interesting and potentially positive
discussion for collegiate sailing. Is this a good rule and should it be
implemented more widely? Is it necessary and is it effective in its goal to
protect Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association's staff of volunteer umpires?
You can't argue the fact that being a sports official is hard - no matter
what you're going to piss people off, even if you're right all the time
(which isn't possible either given the limitations of powerboats as vantage
points for the complex game of team racing.) There should be some level of
shielding for these kind souls who give their weekends away accepting this
thankless job for no compensation. But is removing a coach a necessary
measure in our sport? What must someone do to need to be removed from the
Have your say, but please don't turn this thread into a firing range on
those who were involved in this particular incident. Post your comments
By Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
(April 12, 2011) - Team Telefonica announced today their participation in
the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 that begins this October. The company will
sponsor Pedro Campos' team for the third consecutive time. The latest
generation Volvo Open 70, to be called "Telefonica", is under construction
at a shipyard in Valencia, Spain.
The only problem with this announcement is that all this information was
already known. Just like several of the recent America's Cup team
challenges, the details are not too detailed. Yachting journalist Mark
Chisnell tweeted, "So much for the Telefonica announcement for the #VOR -
not a single crewman named in the release... doh!" The Daily Sail editor
James Boyd added on Twitter, "Telefonica announce their A-boat (a new Juan
K design) but name no names, nor details of their B-boat."
Boyd later posted this comment on The Daily Sail website: "Snail's pace.
This is an unbelievably lame announcement. We know that Telefonica is doing
a two boat campaign. The new boat is a Juan K-designed sistership to Puma
and Groupama. It will probably be skippered by Iker Martinez (an
announcement formally is due next week). A modified Telefonica Blue is
going again with a youth crew. Having learned their lessons from last time
when they were based in Alicante, the crew has been training out of Vigo on
the Atlantic coast where there are some waves."
The reality is that events like the Volvo Ocean Race and the America's Cup
are now attracting teams not necessarily organized by the rock stars of the
sport, but instead by management groups who are piecing together programs
for profit. And when the details are not ready, such as with the Telefonica
announcement, it begs the question whether the team is really in the race
Mark Chisnell: http://twitter.com/markchisnell
The Daily Sail: http://tinyurl.com/DS-041211
Volvo Ocean Race: http://tinyurl.com/VOR-041211
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THE NEW RULES
The Atlantis WeatherGear blog "Under The Crane" posted the following
suggestions to consider this season:
We hate it when people tell us what to do and how to think. And while we
are 110% in favor of all initiatives geared to make our world a better
place to live and our oceans better places to sail, we try to stop short of
preaching to our customers.
That said, however, we spend a lot of time around the sport of sailing, and
we thought it might be interesting to share a list of the basic rules that
we try to live by. It's certainly not a complete list, and we welcome
additions to it if you think we're missing things.
Herewith, in no particular order, the New Rules:
- Make your competitors glad you're there - even when you win
- Take your kids sailing - and let them fish if they'd rather do that
- Teach them how to take care of their boats
- Sail when you can (even if it's upwind) - motor when you can't
- Wear your life jacket
- Learn the rules
- Try team racing
- Do your turns
- Compliment the winner
- Learn to catch a striper
- Help out with your local junior sailing program
- Go to the party and pick up your award - the sponsors appreciate it, and
you might just meet someone new
- Thank the sponsors
- Play fair & have fun
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SO YOU WANT TO BE A SINGLEHANDED SAILOR?
Canadian Andrew Evans is a single handed sailor who has spent a bundle of
tiller time alone, and has now written a book about singlehanded sailing
which takes in almost every nuance and sheds light on subject matter others
have neglected. The 146 page book can be downloaded for free... here is
Over the past nine years I've gone singlehanded sailing more than seven
hundred times. I started just four days after getting my first boat and
have rarely looked back. Included in this are more than 200 individual
races. In total, it adds up to perhaps 3,000 hours of singlehanded sailing
- a reasonable start.
With all of these times that I have left the dock, I have never - not even
once - had a bad day on the water. I've had days when things went wrong;
difficult things, expensive things. I've had days when the wind blew more
than most could handle, and I've had days when it didn't blow at all. But I
have never had a day that didn't live up to its full potential, when I
wished I had been somewhere else. I am certain that very few sailors in the
world can make the same claim.
Sailing gives me a sense of joy that is quite rare. I imagine it is the
same sense that the monks in Tibet achieve. It is certainly the sense that
the Dalai Lama seems to show every time he laughs. But not all sailing
gives me this feeling, only single-handing. I have raced many times with a
full crew, but found myself frustrated more often than not. Why is this?
I've had some great crewmates; friendly people who were fantastic to spend
time with. Perhaps I found it too exhausting, as skipper, to be responsible
for not only my own actions, but the actions of every other person on the
When I'm alone, I rarely need to consider what I'm doing. The boat just
reacts to my desires - automatically. One day I was sailing alongside
another yacht and the skipper told me that I "wear my boat like a glove."
So I guess it could be said that for me, sailing alone is like putting on a
comfortable body suit that reacts to my every whim; but sailing with a crew
is like wearing a suit of armor, where every move must be considered,
communicated, then performed. It's just too much work.
I do know that if singlehanded sailing was not possible, I wouldn't sail at
all; I'd take up some other hobby - perhaps jigsaw puzzles. -- Read on:
THANKS FOR THE COLLEGE EDUCATION, BUT I'M GOING SAILING
By Dawn Riley, Oakcliff Sailing Center Executive Director
I hear this all the time from young people, and from older people, "I think
I might want to change careers", "You are so lucky you are a professional
sailor," or "What a lifestyle!"
The reality is that being a professional sailor is a lot of hard work,
without a lot of monetary compensation. You have about a 15% chance of
ending up wealthy. if you already started out wealthy. If you also dream of
a home with 2.3 children and a significant other having dinner on the table
each night after you come home from a day of sailing. keep dreaming.
However, if you have a burning desire to take a risk and can't explain
exactly why, but just know that you have to try or you will spend the rest
of your life disappointed, then you need a plan. You need a serious plan
that has to-do lists, and project maps and budgets. Your budgets need a lot
of contingencies. You need to be flexible as in, "Yes I'll be on the plane
to Abu Dabi in the morning."
But that flexibility doesn't go two ways, because when you make a
commitment you need to honor that commitment. You need to learn to sleep on
a couch, a pipe berth, in a trailer and if necessary in the back of a van.
Understand what it truly means to be a nipper (translation, youngest, most
inexperienced grunt in a big boat program). Be quiet, listen and don't
complain, and you will learn. If you are a mainsail trimmer you need to
know how to do the mast. If you are a grinder you need to know how to trim
a sail as well as how to fix a winch. -- Read on:
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* Entries are already being received for the 30th edition of the San Diego
to Puerto Vallarta yacht race, to be held March 1-10, 2012, which includes
a multi-hull class for the first time. The conclusion of the 1000 mile race
is on the picturesque beaches of Nuevo Vallarta, just minutes north of
Puerto Vallarta. The 22nd edition of the MEXORC (Mexican Ocean Racing
Circuit) regatta and the Regatta Copa Mexico will follow the 2012 San Diego
to Puerto Vallarta race. PV race entries received before May 31, 2011
receive an early entry discount of $200. Details:
* The U.S. Snipe class is in full recruiting mode looking for women to
participate in its 2011 Women's National Championship at the Jubilee Yacht
Club in Beverly, MA on July 16-17. The availability of boats is
unprecedented plus the event organizers are planning on awarding youth
oriented trophies as well as Snipe class novice trophies. Additionally, a
reduced entry fee is available for younger participants. Details:
* For any junior sailors who are on the fence about coming to the T293
World Championships this summer in San Francisco, act quickly as there are
only 20 of the 150 charter boards left. April 15 is the last date for
National Teams to reserve charters and then it opens up to individuals on
first come/first serve basis. There is also the option to purchase new gear
at discounted price delivered to StFYC. More information is available at
* The organizers of the 473 nm Annapolis to Newport Race and the 363 nm
Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race have announced a new competition for boats
competing in both events - the Chelsea Clock Mariner Trophy. The
competition will be for boats that race in the IRC, PHRF, PHRF Cruising
Canvas and Double-handed Divisions in both races. The 2011 races will begin
June 3rd and July 10th, respectively. Details:
* The Extreme Sailing Series is in Qingdao, China this week for the second
stop of the nine event tour that will travel through Europe, Asia, and
North America this year. Eleven teams competing in the Extreme 40 catamaran
event include America's Cup teams Artemis Racing (SWE) and Emirates Team
New Zealand (NZL), which finished 2nd and 4th respectively at the first
event in Oman. Argentinean Santiago Lange, who is skippering Artemis Racing
in place of Terry Hutchinson (USA) for Act 2, secured the Olympic bronze
medal in the catamaran event when Qingdao hosted the 2008 Olympic sailing
events. -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/ESS-041211
* (April 12, 2011; Day 17; 18:55 UTC) - Velux 5 Oceans skipper Zbigniew
'Gutek' Gutkowski (POL), who was forced to the Brazilian port of Fortaleza
on Sunday after a string of problems on his ECO 60 which culminated in
breaking his forestay, will remain in port for the time being on doctor's
orders after being diagnosed with a broken rib. American Brad Van Liew, who
leads the fourth leg from Punta del Este in Uruguay to Charleston in the
USA, is 1575 nm from the finish, with a margin of 153 nm over second place
Derek Hatfield (CAN). -- http://www.velux5oceans.com/
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* From Jim Champ:
Quoted from the US SAILING appeal in Scuttlebutt 3318: "When the sailing
instructions do not identify which marks are rounding marks as required by
the rules, boats are not required to treat any marks as rounding marks.
When this omission results in some boats sailing farther than others, those
boats may be entitled to redress."
Does anyone else think that the decision to give redress is a very strange
one and not a good precedent? I hope that one doesn't get to the ISAF case
book so the rest of us have to pay attention to it...
The whole business of port/starboard rounding/passing marks and the string
rule is a source of confusion, and could do with tidying up. It's all too
easy for a stressed RC, faced with a major wind change or some other
problem at the last minute, to create a contradictory course.
I for one would like to see an amendment to the string rule so that loops
round a mark like that can never be legitimate because of the collision
potential - no mark rounding should ever be significantly more than 180
degrees, but I don't know I can figure out quite how to do it and keep
nominating Port and starboard roundings which is also desirable.
* From Robert Wilkes:
With reference to Ari Barshi's suggestion in Butt 3318 that Optimists might
race in weight divisions this could be an interesting idea as a training
However, data collected at IODA Worlds over many years suggests that top
level sailors between 40 and 55kg (90-125 lb) can compete on level terms.
Examples on the IODA website are at http://www.optiworld.org/top10-07.html
I don't see much mention on the Cabarete website of the Laser 4.7 or any
2-person dinghy. Why not move sailors between boats according to the wind
forecast? There is some evidence that "cross-training", sailing a different
boat sometimes, is beneficial in developing sailing skills. And no one
denies that there are sailors who really do get too heavy for the Optimist
at 13 and should move on.
Finally there may be some risk that Under-16s might indulge in the sort of
weight adjustment by diet common in some adult classes. I am not sure
weigh-ins at this age is a good idea.
People who complain about the way the ball bounces usually dropped it.
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