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SCUTTLEBUTT 3321 - Friday, April 15, 2011
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WHAT COLLEGE COACHES DO
By Ken Legler, Tufts University
In response to Mr Richard Clark's "I could never understand why coaches
were allowed at sailing regattas" (in Scuttlebutt 3320), I have heard this
on occasion throughout my career as a college sailing coach. I think the
perception from those without coaches is that coaches are paid to beat you
without sailing. They also create water, air, noise, and even wave
pollution with their Mommy boats as they coddle their kiddies with blankets
and baby (water) bottles. Allow me to explain some of the other things
sailing coaches do.
College coaches run races, about 1000 per year, more with team racing.
Coaches hear protests, assist umpires, and help coach those teams without
coaches. College coaches work with trainers and health services
professionals assisting athletes in injury and illness recovery and
prevention. They teach life-long skills in conditioning, nutrition and even
sleeping. College coaches are also academic advisors either passively or
directly starting while their potential students are still in high school.
They teach how to be a good guest, driving safety, teamwork and leadership
skills. In short, college coaches pick up where kindergarten teachers left
off in teaching life skills.
The role of coaches at regattas is just as important. After an often long
and safe drive, coaches assist race committees, judges, and umpires; both
physically and with professional expertise. They coach their sailors how to
win and lose gracefully by explaining speed, tactics, strategy, technique,
rules and sportsmanship. And yes, coaches question race committees, judges,
and umpires. This process helps teach the student/sailors what they did
that got them flagged and helps umpires in the present and future explain
their process and decision making. Questioning on the water is hard since
you have to raise your voice to be heard but questioning during the
post-race umpire's debrief is a great advance in our sport.
What do college sailing coaches do during the off-season? They run junior
programs at yacht clubs and community programs; help programs find
instructors; run, judge, and umpire races, coach advanced racing clinics,
write articles, repair boats, and race as sailing pros training boat owners
and entire crews. With any time and resources left, coaches sail and even
race once in awhile too.
I too am an old sailing curmudgeon from the days of wood boats, no 720's,
few coaches and self reliance. You do not want me hearing your request for
redress. However, I can no longer imagine what our sport would be like
without the incredible contributions of sailing coaches, including the
likes of Dave Perry, Betsy Allison, Mike Segerblom, Gary Bodie, Greg
Fisher, Adam Werblow, Mitch Brindley, Brad Churchill, Mike Horn, Hatch
Brown, and countless others.
PIRATE ATTACKS HIT AN ALL-TIME HIGH WORLDWIDE
Piracy hit an all-time high worldwide in the first three months of 2011 led
by a surge in incidents off the coast of Somalia, a maritime watchdog said
Thursday. The International Maritime Bureau said a record high of 142
attacks in the first quarter came as Somalian pirates become more violent
The International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center said 97 of the
attacks occurred off the coast of Somalia, up sharply from 35 in the same
period last year. It said attackers seized 18 vessels worldwide, including
three big tankers, in the January-March period and captured 344 crew
members. Pirates also murdered seven crew members and injured 34 during the
The Kuala Lumpur-based center's director Pottengal Mukundan said Thursday
that there was a "dramatic increase in the violence and techniques" used by
Somali pirates to counter increased patrols by international navies.
Mukundan said that Somali pirates were holding captive 596 crew members on
28 ships as of March 31 this year.
Foreign navies have been deployed off the Gulf of Aden - used by ships
traveling between Asia and Europe - since the start of 2009, but the number
of attacks has increased with pirates striking further away from Somalia's
shores to avoid naval patrols. The pirates are typically motivated by the
potential for millions of dollars in ransom money. -- MSNBC, read on:
REALITY: We gaze at the National Enquirer in the grocery store checkout
line, and we slow on freeways to look at the latest accident. Our penchant
for disaster viewing may also bring huge online traffic to the 2011-12
Volvo Ocean Race during the leg from Cape Town, SA to Abu Dhabi, UAE, which
takes the fleet on a course THROUGH the piracy zone (beginning Dec. 11th).
And my guess is that this leg will see significant ad dollars spent to take
advantage of the high viewership. -- Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt editor
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SHUFFLING THE DECK
Qingdao, China (April 14, 2011) - Six 'open water' races were raced
today/Thursday on the second day of Act 2 at the Extreme Sailing Series
Qingdao, with the breeze outside the breakwater of Fushan Bay up and down
but predominantly strong enough to see the Extreme 40 fleet flying their
hulls. Despite the longer ocean courses, the 11-boat close combat racing
resulted in two collisions.
The Austrian Red Bull Extreme Sailing team thought they had snatched the
overall lead from Emirates Team New Zealand in the final race only to find
their victory in tatters after Dean Barker's team were given redress (a
rare occasion on this circuit). After the Kiwi team rolled a 3-2-4-1, they
stumbled with a 9th, and then were called over in the sixth race. However,
post-race video footage proved they were not in fact over the line and
redress upgraded the team from 7th to 4th place.
The big stumble of the day came from Artemis Racing which fell from second
to seventh in the standings. "Today was a reminder that we are racing
against the best and that there is very little separating the guys that are
winning from the guys who are last," noted trimmer Morgan Trubovich. "When
you make a mistake in this fleet you are made to pay immediately, and pay
huge. Our results today were: 10,8,7,3,10,11."
The performance of Artemis Racing wasn't the only thing that wasn't hot
today. "There is a constant haze in Qingdao," observed Trubovich. "Mostly
caused by the freezing water temperature. And today it was bone chilling.
We basically wore everything we had. But when those random waves made it
onto your face....yikes!"
Tomorrow is the first of three days of "Stadium Racing", which brings the
course along the land for spectating, with much shorter of legs of 100
metres in length.
Results after Day 2 - Top 5 of 11
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker (NZL) - 98 points
2. Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT), Roman Hagara (AUT) - 96 points
3. Alinghi (SUI), Tanguy Cariou (FRA) - 92 points
4. Luna Rossa (ITA), Paul Campbell James (GBR), 92
5. Groupe Edmond De Rothschild (FRA), Pierre Pennec (FRA), 84
Full report/scores: http://tinyurl.com/ESS-041411
Day 2 video highlights: http://youtu.be/6kMeLAnG4lc
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/
SUSTAINABLE POWER CONSUMPTION
The Eco 60s competing in the VELUX 5 OCEANS boast four sources of power:
the engine, wind generators, solar panels and hydrogenerators. However,
with a strong emphasis on sustainability in this edition of the VELUX 5
OCEANS, our skippers go to great lengths to rely as much as they can on
wind and solar power as sustainable forms of producing electricity. It's
all part of the race's 'green' scheme TAKING ON THE ELEMENTS, a commitment
by all the race stakeholders to understand and improve the impact our event
has on the world.
"Using the engine is really the last resort for us," said Active House
skipper Derek Hatfield. "There are some circumstances where I don't use the
engine to power the boat at all. During ocean sprint one I used it for less
than 20 per cent of my power. The wind generator is really the main source
of power onboard these boats. Running the engine produces about 80 amps an
hour but it burns lots of fossil fuels. My wind generator on Active House
produces 12 to 14 amps per hour. I only use seven amps an hour so the wind
generator provides everything I need. Solar panels produce another three or
four amps an hour on top of that. Providing there is wind, and or sun, I
don't need to run the engine at all."
Derek added. "During the time when the wind generator and solar panels are
not providing enough energy I start to think of other ways to conserve
power. I shut instruments and computers down and I change to my light wind
autopilot which consumes half of what the normal pilot does. I bring the
boat right back to basics. Then the boat will just be consuming three or
four amps an hour."
Two of the VELUX 5 OCEANS skippers are trialling state-of-the-art
hydrogenerators. The 'hydros' are little foils with propellers attached
that sit in the water off the back of the yachts. Using the movement of the
boat through the water they are capable of providing all of the power needs
of a yacht. The concept is not a new one, however the hydrogenerator has
always been a very inefficient way to create electricity because the
hydrogenerators themselves were very high drag which slowed the boats down.
For ocean racing they were just no good, but that is all about to change.
"The hydros we have on Le Pingouin have been designed by a French company
Watt & Sea who set out to design a modern day hydrogenerator," said
American skipper Brad Van Liew. "They created a low drag, carbon fibre foil
that sits in the water off the back of the boat. The propellers also adjust
their pitch automatically to further reduce their drag. A computer on the
boat calculates the optimum angle for the blades to be at so they create
the maximum amount of power with the least drag. -- Full story:
A story in Scuttlebutt 3318 by Elaine Bunting (Don't Leave The Lights On
For Tailenders) noted how the rules of the Barcelona World Race make note
of minimum time penalties for teams that stop for repairs, but not maximum
time penalties. It was simply never envisaged that a crew would spend
almost a month carrying out a mini refit, although in hindsight the option
was going to appeal most to tailenders whose victory is in finishing the
But that's what happened when the last place team of Fran Palacio and Juan
Merediz on Central Lechera went to port in Wellington (NZL) to have their
broken mast rebuilt and major hull structure repairs made. Other than the
race officials seeking to conclude a race that saw its first finisher on
April 4th, there was nothing to keep this team from sailing two more months
toward the finish. But then Mother Nature spoke.
In New Zealand, the Spanish team now confirms their retirement because of
safety fears if they were to repair and carry on. While their damage could
be repaired by the team, the onset of Southern winter in the Pacific
crossing and especially for a Cape Horn passage would be extremely tough
and is considered much too risky. -- http://www.barcelonaworldrace.org/en
INTERESTING: It should be noted that an experienced doublehanded team
decided this stretch of ocean was too dangerous, while nearly a year ago
the young solo sailor Abby Sunderland did not. Sunderland, who was seeking
to be the youngest person to complete a circumnavigation, needed to be
rescued last June when winter storms in the Indian Ocean broke her mast and
required the abandonment of her boat. Did I mention that this week Abby is
now promoting her book on the adventure? -- Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
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CHINA TEAM - ENTHUSIASTIC...& FUNDED
By Michelle Slade, SailBlast
Even if the next America's Cup dispenses only a handful of truly
competitive teams, which is the way it's currently lining up (thinking
ORACLE Racing, Artemis Racing and Emirates Team NZ), there's no lack of
enthusiasm among the less established teams, and for one of those teams -
China Team - no lack of funding. In fact, I think large amounts of both
enthusiasm and dollars can probably take a team a long way, and it appears
that China Team's Thierry Barot, CEO, concurs.
"In terms of sponsorship, we have over 50% of the budget that we need,"
53-year old Barot said. "We are very lucky - in China we are on the top of
the biggest marketing wave in the world. When you see what China did with
the Olympics it gives you an idea as to how the country will support us.
When the Chinese decide to do something, they make the decision and go all
out. It's impressive."
Barot's history with yachting in China goes back to 1987 when, after racing
on French Kiss in Fremantle in the 27th America's Cup, he ended up in China
managing yachts and related services. Barot, who is from Montauban, a small
country city in southwest France known for its interest in rugby and not
sailing, returned to Europe and back to professional sailing in 1998. In
2004, he was offered work back in China and subsequently became involved
with China Team for the 32nd America's Cup in Valencia.
Barot says the new China Team in no way resembles the previous version,
which was run by the former French syndicate Le Defi along with Mr. Wang
Chao Yong, the current China Team investor. Barot received a call last
November from Mr. Wang Chao Yong to see if he would lead a new China Team
program, and immediately began putting together the Team. "Today, it is
really a 100% Chinese program, with just a little outside knowledge," Barot
explained. -- Read on:
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include the beginning of Paul Cayard, the problems with energy drinks,
happy campers, the new PUMA boat, the cowboy country, a swim in the Med,
SoCal's finest, and youth conquest. Here are this week's photos:
SEND US YOUR PHOTOS: If you have images to share for the Photos of the
Week, send them to the Scuttlebutt editor:
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
The quality of video content for most sailing races is either highly
produced, and thus delayed, or is very low end but might be streaming live.
There is little middle ground... until possibly now. A live demonstration
of a new scheme by Sail Video System will be held April 16th at a Formula
18 catamaran event in the Netherlands. Remote and onboard cameras readily
capture the action and transmit it to shore for easy spectating. The race
starts at 17:00hrs CET and will be broadcasted live on internet. This
week's video provides a tease:
BONUS 1: Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand is the first of the teams to
reach the major milestone of getting their brand new Volvo Open 70 into the
water. Here is video of its very first sail in the Hauraki Gulf in New
BONUS 2: Amory Ross brought along video gear for his ride on Rambler 100
during the Les Voiles de St. Barth. Curious what it's like to sail on a
maxi... in the Caribbean... with Kenny Read and the PUMA Ocean Racing team?
Wonder no more: http://vimeo.com/22370266
BONUS 3: T2PTV (t2p.tv), the online network for On Demand sailing coverage,
has recently produced programming from the International Rolex Regatta,
Congressional Cup, and the Ficker Cup: http://t2p.tv/
BONUS 4: Boats on TV (boatson.tv) covers all aspects of the sport, with
their April 8th "World on Water" weekly global boating report including the
Star South Americans, 505 Worlds, Barcelona World Race, and the ISAF
Sailing World Cup event in Palma de Mallorca, Spain: http://www.boatson.tv/
SEND US YOUR VIDEOS: If you have clips to share for the Video of the Week,
send them to the Scuttlebutt editor: mailto:email@example.com
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* From Brian Hancock:
I have to say something. There was a time when sailing around the world was
a big deal. And it still is a big deal. The people who used to finish a
grueling circumnavigation were gnarled and hardened. But then there is
Dee... and Anna Corbella... who just double-handed it around the planet.
These are two simply amazing women. Have you ever sailed on Open 60? Those
boats are monsters... these two sailors are absolute gems. We should all be
proud to be a small part of this community we call sailors. Dee and Anna,
like a rising tide, lift us all.
* From Paul Pascoe: (re: Sailing with your Spouse 'butt 3320)
I sailed with my wife for 25 years and had only two yelling matches during
all that time ("I don't know why God invented spinnakers" - I seem to
recall was one of her comments). The two big advantages for me were that
crew meetings and scheduling were a lot easier to arrange (lying in a nice
warm bed at 7am on Sunday morning "weather doesn't look good ... how about
we just stay here"), and so were finances. Jen was always a lot more
competitive than me, so on the way home after a poor performance I would
occasionally hear "our sails are shot - we need a new set", or "time for a
new boat". There was never any begging from me for funds from the household
budget for new or replacement equipment, just a polite "yes dear, if you
* From John Culter, Vancouver: (re, rounding/passing marks in #3318/3319)
Two things: No race committee would ever specify a course where boats
should do a 360 to round a mark. Too dangerous if there is more than one
Secondly, it feels like the two or three boats that actually did the
buttonhook rounding were trying to get in the protest room what they
couldn't get on the race course. Too bad the appeals committee recommended
consideration of redress. They shouldn't get any. While the story isn't
pretty, the intention of the RC was clear.
* From Bruce Thompson:
As someone with a lifetime appointment as a U S Sailing Senior Race Officer
(i.e. an antique who remembers how things used to work), I tend to agree
that this recent appeal leaves more questions than it answers. I would love
to hear the Appeals Committee's explanation to Farrah Hall why she was
subjected to rule 62.2 and this appellant isn't. It seems that in an effort
to make the rules simple and keep competitors happy, the judges have
forgotten that some of the best learning experiences are found in the
school of hard knocks.
A passing mark is one where 28.1(a) applies, a rounding mark is where
28.1(b) applies. A mark is either one or the other. They might also take a
whack at how a guideline from Appendix J, which recognizes several levels
of guidelines to race committees including the appendix, the simplified
guide and the ISAF guide, can qualify as an italicized rule.
* From Eric Johnson:
I have been a Judge since NAYRU days and have never had a Collegiate Coach
give me a problem or lip and only a few collegiate sailors. However, more
than a few Opti and Laser Coaches seem to have interesting views on the
rules, what constitutes illegal propulsion and the appropriate way to
address a question about a ruling to a Judge, Umpire or Race Official. So
this is very uncommon in my experience.
* From Stephen A Van Dyck, Umpire and Competitor:
No competitor expects to be, or wants to be, treated rudely,
disrespectfully, or abused by an umpire or a race official. Why should a
volunteer umpire (or race official) expect anything but the same from
competitors or Coaches? Every sailing competitor can and should expect
respectful and thoughtful officials conduct, and every Umpire (or race
official) deserves the same in return. It naturally falls to the Umpire(s)
to promote an appropriate deportment standard, set the example and enforce
ZERO tolerance for unacceptable behaviors.
It is true that officials make mistakes, but the Umpire only becomes
necessary to sort out the (alleged) mistakes of the competitors.
Lecture: An art of transferring information from the notes of the lecturer
to the notes of the students without passing through the minds of either.
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