SCUTTLEBUTT 3320 - Thursday, April 14, 2011
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SAILING WITH YOUR SPOUSE
By Jefferson Hall, married man
This article is about the ins and outs of sailing with your partner or
spouse. Based upon my experience as well as some stories I have heard it is
clear that racing as a couple is not for everyone. However, I also know
that it can be a rewarding pursuit if you have the right chemistry and
personalities. The key is all in setting expectations, respecting one
another and communication which can also be applied to most any pairing.
Perhaps it is best to preface the article with some background information.
Early in our relationship it became clear to Tracy and her family that I
have an addiction to sailing. Initially I think they believed that I was
sailing on cold weekends and driving to places like Miami, Annapolis &
Houston to avoid family dinners and quality time. If there was a race,
practice or cruise I wanted to be there, rigging & tweaking the boat, out
on the water, and analyzing it afterwards. In time they came to understand
that it was in my blood and something that I needed to do.
I used to race on a five person team which was rewarding but became too
much of a time commitment and logistical nightmare trying to make it mesh
with family life. Enter the Albacore. I had been looking at the Albacore
since I heard it was an active class in Toronto and 'easily' sailed by
husband/wife teams. For a couple of years I considered entering the class
and was searching high and low for a boat that I could afford.
One week before we were to be married I found one in Burke, Virginia. Since
I am a guy and was not overly involved in the wedding logistics I wanted to
retrieve the boat the weekend before our wedding as the seller was moving
to Texas. The answer was NO. Fair enough, provided something could have
gone wrong causing me to miss the nuptials or perhaps my input would be
needed on some last minute plans.
Wedding bells, honeymoon and a road/shopping/Albacore retrieval trip later
we were set to go for the following season. After one Harbour Master and
Friday night we were hooked and excited to compete in the 2006 North
Americans. The first day dawned with some impressive breeze which left
nearly half of the fleet ashore. Tracy was a bit daunted but we launched
and planed out to the race course barely able to breathe due to the spray
and were tired but having a blast!
Rounding the committee boat we capsized but she managed to pull the board
down as we went over so we righted quickly and struggled up the first beat.
By the top we figured out how to depower a bit and launched in pursuit of
the fleet. Gybing inside of four or five boats in the graveyard we were
excited until my knee gave out and we had to retire. The season was over,
and two kids later, this husband wife duo had spent three sailing seasons
But last year we were finally able to realize our initial goal of racing as
a husband/wife team. As the season approached some people at my club told
me I was crazy. -- Read on: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/11/0413/
TOGETHER TIME: Before I began dating my wife, she likes to remind me how
she won the only Snipe race that we ever skippered against each other. She
soon sailed with me while dating, which proved to be a good opportunity to
get to know each other. And the night before we won the 1989 Snipe North
Americans, I proposed. While sailing with my spouse would soon complicate
child care issues, having the time together made it worth it. - Craig
Leweck, Scuttlebutt editor
GO STOP - THE SHUT DOWN OF SF BAY
By Kimball Livingston, Blue Planet Times
Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts have surprised me a few times already. But
shutting down San Francisco Bay? Now, that's a trick. And that's the plan
for America's Cup 34.
According to John Craig, Principal Race Officer of America's Cup Race
Management, the TV-pleasing 45-minute races they envision will have the bay
all to themselves. Well, themselves and a spectator fleet, however that
gets worked out. South shipping lane. North shipping lane. The Golden Gate
Strait beyond the big red bridge. All for a boat race that could well
include a big lap of the entire West Bay.
A 45-minute race, with some talking-head time before and after, fits
broadcast priorities to a T(V). Then, between races, the shipping channels
will re-open for traffic. And then, on multiple race days, the bay will
close again, for the next race. And so on. That's the plan. I've heard that
money talks, and a (conservatively) projected revenue drive of $1.4 billion
to the region apparently talks real good.
Inbound heavies can be slowed at sea. Outbound heavies can be held at the
dock with departures timed accordingly. North-south traffic in the East Bay
should not be affected. Ferries can end-around the racecourse where it
approaches the San Francisco cityfront at Piers 27-29. And when we get
beyond the eliminations rounds to the Cup Finals, a race might go longer
than 45 minutes.
That groove in the sidewalk is dug by my jaw, dragging... read on:
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Staff's Viper 830 "Plankton" also took first in their respective PHRF
classes on the 91nm long course. And James Conner on his Holder 20 won his
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UMPIRES' EXPECTATIONS FOR TEAM RACERS
By Peter Wilson, US Sailing Umpire
Team racing is one of the best racing formats in our sport of sailing, and
good sportsmanship by everyone can keep it that way.
Team race umpires expect competitors to adhere to good sportsmanship
principles as well as to 'self regulate', calling on the umpires to rule
only when the competitors cannot resolve the incident themselves.
At the highest level of adult team racing, some of the best sailors have
such good reputations and respect for each other that they prefer to race
without umpires. Why, because they have enough respect for each other that
they can resolve 95% of the incidents themselves during the race. If they
break a rule, they spin. They only hail 'protest' to let the other sailor
know that they think they were fouled. They follow a simple principle:
rules in team racing are best used to control the other team, not to 'keep
them spinning'. What a great way to sail... and that is what umpires prefer
However, team racing has become very competitive at all levels and umpired
team racing is becoming more and more prevalent. So, what kinds of behavior
and good sportsmanship in team racing do umpires expect? This list is
short, and pretty simple.
- When you break a rule, you not only take your penalty turn, but you
acknowledge the foul so the other competitors and the umpires know.
- You never acknowledge a foul (for example, 'I'll spin'), and then not
take your penalty turn (waiting to see if the umpire will rule in your
- You don't break rules intentionally to gain competitive advantage - for
example body pumping on starboard so port can no longer cross.
- You don't protest to intimidate competitors, especially younger and less
- You don't yell 'protest' and not display your protest flag, just to see
if your opponent will spin.
- You don't cause contact to prove you are the right-of-way boat.
- You respect borrowed boats and treat them as your own.
- You treat all competitors, coaches, race committee members, and umpires
- You treat your teammates with respect, and don't berate them for their
mistakes, instead reinforce what they are doing well.
- You congratulate the winners, whether or not you begrudge them their
Courtesy of CleverPig: http://www.cleverpig.org
THE GLOVES ARE OFF IN QINGDAO
Qingdao, China (April 13, 2011) - The horseshoe shaped Fushan Bay hosted
six 'open water' races today to commence the second stop of the Extreme
Sailing series tour. In a good easterly breeze between 10-15 knots, the
gloves were off from the beginning, resulting in two minor crashes which
saw Groupe Edmond de Rothschild collide with Alinghi and Red Bull Extreme
Sailing barrel into the back of team Niceforyou's port hull.
It was Dean Barker's Emirates Team New Zealand who had the better day to
lead among the 11 teams with a 7-4-4-1-2-5. "It was testing today as we
haven't had the ideal preparation and I've been a little bit crook with
food poisoning but it was good to get out there," Barker said. "The racing
is really tight but it is the reason we are here, we want to test ourselves
as much as we can against the best multihull sailors in the world, and this
is the place to be."
Artemis Racing, which posted a 3-2-3-6-3-8, is among four teams tied for
second. Argentinean Santiago Lange, who is skippering in place of Terry
Hutchinson (USA), earned his second Tornado Olympic bronze medal at the
2008 Olympic Games in Qingdao. "I think we have had great wind conditions
for Qingdao," observed Lange. "We have only practiced the day before and
yesterday for a couple of hours so I felt that I was not going to perform
100%. It's the first time we sailed together and it was a challenge as I
have some issues with the language especially in the heat of the battle!"
Results after Day 1 - Top 5 of 11
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker (NZL) - 49 points
2. The Wave, Muscat (OMA), Torvar Mirsky (AUS) - 47 points
3. Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara (AUT) - 47 points
4. Artemis Racing (SWE), Santiago Lange (ARG) - 47 points
5. Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou (FRA) - 44 points
Full report/scores: http://tinyurl.com/ESS-041311
Day 1 video highlights: http://youtu.be/hc-vlyjwCTA
BACKGROUND: The Extreme Sailing Season is embarking on its fifth season,
with Qingdao as the second stop for the nine event tour that will travel
through Asia, Europe, and North America this year. The platform used is the
one design Extreme 40 catamaran, with each five day event combining
'open-water' racing with 'stadium' short-course racing in front of the
public. The 2011 ESS has grown in part due to the multihull format planned
for the 34th America's Cup in 2013. -- http://www.extremesailingseries.com/
(April 13, 2011) - Dee Caffari (GBR) and Anna Corbella (ESP) onboard the
Open 60 GAES Centros Auditivos crossed the finish line of the doublehanded
Barcelona World Race at 0917hrs (local time) to take sixth place into an
overcast Barcelona this Wednesday morning. Their finish sees Corbella enter
the record books as the first Spanish woman to sail around the world
non-stop, while Dee Caffari now has sailed non-stop around the world four
times, including three non-stop voyages, an unequalled record as a female
"I was really hoping for a top five," admitted Dee Caffari, "but four boats
didn't make it and we did make it, and we did it non-stop which is what we
wanted to do. I think overall performance-wise we've got to be happy, we've
achieved something that's quite special and we can't forget that not
everybody gets to sail around the world non-stop. But it's still in me;
I've still got to get a top five place!"
"I hope I am encouraging lots of females to take on sailing," explained
Anna Corbella, on whether her achievement will have repercussions for
female and Spanish sport. "For me personally my effort is the same whether
I'm the first, the third or the fifth. But I realize I am opening a door
for many other girls, many females who are going to see that if I did it
they can do it as well. I encourage all girls to take on ocean sailing, I
think this is a great experience for all of us." --
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* The International Lightning Class Association has announced the 2011 Boat
Grant Teams. Going into its fifth season, the innovative Boat Grant Program
puts race-ready Lightnings into the hands of young teams who might
otherwise not be able to campaign a Lightning. Caroline Patten, a senior at
Hobart/William Smith College who lives in Barnegat Light, New Jersey, and
Will Tyner of the Charleston, SC area, were selected. Both of these teams
will be sailing nearly new boats that are owned by the ILCA. -- Full
* US SAILING has awarded Hanson Rescue Medals to two crews who saved three
lives in an incident on Huntington Lake near Fresno, Calif. on July 23,
2010. A day before the 2010 Huntington Lake Yacht Club's Annual Regatta,
Don Whelan (Bonita, Calif.) and his crew, Alan Johnson (Seal Beach, Calif.)
in their 18-foot Mercury Class racing sailboat were practicing against
another boat skippered by Richard Whiteley (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and
crewed by Kate Wall (Long Beach, Calif.). Their tune-up exercises ended
when the four sailors heard shouts for help from the water in the distance.
-- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/USS-041311
* A total of 385 sailors from 185 clubs and associations attended US
SAILING's inaugural Yacht Club Summit in Chicago on April 2-3. A recap of
the presentations is now online:
* The National Boating Safety Advisory Council recently approved a
resolution for life jacket wear, asking the Coast Guard to pursue
requirements for life jacket wear for recreational boaters in certain
circumstances, the Marine Retailers Association of America reported. The
resolution asks the Coast Guard to consider requiring life jackets for
boaters on personal watercraft; human-powered vessels, such as canoes or
kayaks; any vessel less than 18 feet in length; and any person being towed
while engaging in water sports. The federal government has been pushing for
mandatory adult life jacket wear for several years, according to the MRAA.
-- Soundings, full story: http://tinyurl.com/TOT-041311
* (April 13, 2011; Day 18; 18:13 UTC) - While Polish skipper Zbnigniew
'Gutek' Gutkowski remains in port in Fortaleza, Brazil, to make repairs to
his Eco 60 yacht Operon Racing as well as recover from a broken rib, Velux
5 Oceans leader Brad Van Liew (USA) is looking over his shoulder in his
final approach to the finish in his hometown of Charleston, USA. His
southerly routing has separated him from the fleet, which now have better
winds. Van Liew currently holds a 155 nm margin over second place Derek
Hatfield (CAN) with 1813 nm to the finish. -- http://www.velux5oceans.com/
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* From Richard Clark:
Quoted from Scuttlebutt 3319: "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."
I could never understand why coaches were allowed in sailing regattas. I
never had a coach follow me around the cross country course on a quad bike.
Dunno, maybe I would have done better; they could have mowed down all those
around me :) In the words of 'The Donald' "your Fired!"
* From Roger Vaughan:
I know nothing about this incident of coaches being banned from the course.
The Butt #3319 item is the first I've heard about it. But in the gaming of
sports, the confrontation between managers/coaches and umpires falls into
In the first, the coach/manager is incensed about what he feels is a
terrible call. He's outraged, and flies off the handle about it. In the
second instance, the coach/manager is trying to do something -- anything --
as a leader, to change the dynamic of the game. He needs to wake his team
up in other words, alter the rhythm of the contest.
So that public confrontation with the umpire, that he knows he will lose,
could go something like this:
- C/M (shouting, veins standing out in neck and forehead): "I can't believe
my team is playing like a bunch of idiots!"
- Ump: "Want me to eject you?"
- C/M (flinging his hat to ground): "You're damn right I do!"
So the coach puts himself on the line, the team rallies 'round and maybe
starts paying attention. Either way it is a tactic meant to focus attention
on the task at hand, which is winning, or at least playing (sailing)
Such a confrontation also has an inescapable effect on the authority,
causing him or her to do a little soul searching about how he or she has
been calling the game, running the event. So altogether, the C/M's ability
to voice his unhappiness with the way things are going, and the authority's
option to send the C/M to the showers, is a scenario that needs to be
preserved. Not only is it a useful drama, a long-time sports tradition, but
these days it is a rare example of democracy in action that we need to
* From SailGroove comments: (re, Coaches Ejected From Regatta - SBUTT 3319)
Umpires good, bad or indifferent make team racing and match racing better
by making calls on the water. Having a hearing after the race wastes time
and isn't fun. And, more important, the outcome of the hearing is not
likely to be any more accurate than a call made immediately following the
If we accept that umpires make the game better than they need the full
authority to do what they believe is needed within the rules - in this case
by ejecting coaches. By empowering umpires they will improve their skills
over time. By empowering umpires, more people will want to help officiate
our game improving the pool of available umpires. Allowing coaches or
sailors to question umpire calls will undermine the role so important to
making our game more fun.
More comments here: http://tinyurl.com/SG-041311
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