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SCUTTLEBUTT 3323 - Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
By Norbert Bajurin, GGYC Commodore
Regarding your 'Insider' comments in Scuttlebutt 3322, you are correct that
Golden Gate Yacht Club is the home club of ORACLE Racing, of which we are
exceptionally proud. However, your suggestion that Mr. Ellison funded the
club to gain control of our Board is false. As I am the one who in 2001
forged the deal with ORACLE Racing, I can attest that there was never any
funding exchanged for Board seats.
Your assertion that ORACLE Racing controls our Board is totally untrue. You
should check your facts before publishing such incorrect and misleading
information. There are twelve seats on our Board of Directors of which only
three are filled by individuals who also are ORACLE Racing team members.
This highly contrasts with your statement that they control half of the
And yes, Tom Ehman is our new Vice Commodore. He has been a popular GGYC
member for ten years and brings experience as both a board member and flag
officer from a number of other clubs - to say nothing of 30 years of
America's Cup experience. He was elected for those strong attributes. Tom
and the two other directors from ORACLE Racing are key assets for GGYC; I
am sure there are many other clubs that would be as proud as we are to have
them serve on their Boards.
As long as we are talking about GGYC Board members, we also have a banker
as treasurer, an attorney as a director, an engineer as our Rear Commodore,
and our Past Commodore is a marketing/communications guru. Myself? I am
just an auto air-conditioning mechanic. Perhaps your 'Insider' should visit
my shop in downtown San Francisco as it appears he or she is blowing a lot
of "hot air."
=> Curmudgeon's Comment: My apologies for the confusion. The information
posted in Scuttlebutt 3122 came from the GGYC website which lists only six
directors, three of which being from the Oracle Racing team. Norbert tells
me the website will be updated soon. -- http://www.ggyc.org/officers.php
For additional information on the partnership of Oracle Racing and Golden
Gate YC, here are two articles from SF area newspapers:
November 11, 2002: http://tinyurl.com/SFC-041811
September 26, 2007: http://www.marinij.com/ci_7005936?source=most_viewed
LET'S MAKE PROTESTING EASIER
By Rob Overton, Intl. Umpire
Last month, Scuttlebutt published an article by Peter Wilson, complaining
that we, as competitors and judges alike, are neither obeying nor enforcing
the Fundamental Principle of our sport, as stated in Sportsmanship and the
Rules at the beginning of our rulebook. In particular, he notes that
sailors are not doing their turns when they know they've broken a rule, and
they're not protesting when they know they've been fouled. I've been
thinking about that, and there's one thing we rules writers and regatta
organizers might do to address this problem: Relax the time and
notification requirements for protesting and for taking penalties.
Rule 61.1(a) says, "A boat intending to protest shall inform the other boat
at the first reasonable opportunity. When her protest concerns an incident
in the racing area that she is involved in or sees, she shall hail
'Protest' and conspicuously display a red flag at the first reasonable
opportunity for each. She shall display the flag until she is no longer
The rule goes on to say that these notification requirements are relaxed in
certain cases: no hail is required if the boats are too far apart to hear
hails, no flag is required for boats shorter than 6 meters (about 20 feet),
and none of the requirements apply if there was injury and damage and it's
clear that one boat intends to protest. But these are just common-sense
exceptions and in most cases don't relieve a protestor of the basic
requirement, which is to "inform the other boat at the first reasonable
Most protest committees give the protestor a little slack when it comes to
the flag - after all, a crewmember has to be freed up to take care of it,
and in many boats that means going below, grabbing the flag and tying it up
on the shroud or backstay - but in the case of the hail, most protest
committees interpret "first reasonable opportunity" to mean "almost
immediately". Hailing doesn't involve getting a flag out of the cabin, and
if there are no injured crewmembers to care for or damage to fix, protest
committees feel that there's really no excuse for delaying the hail. --
Read on: http://www.ukhalsey.com/blog/post/Lets-make-protesting-easier.aspx
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TAX PLAN WOULD SINK STATE'S BOATING INDUSTRY
By Rives Potts, The Hartford Courant
I have been employed at one of the most well-respected full service
boatyards in the northeast for more than 30 years. In the 1980s and early
1990s, boat owners came to us from Europe, South America and from both
coasts of the U.S. for the special skills and care of our Connecticut
craftsmen. Our future felt secure.
In the mid-'90s, Rhode Island, in an effort to give its marine industry a
boost, eliminated almost all taxes on boats and boating. Rhode Island
officials learned a valuable lesson from the disastrous effects of the
ill-conceived federal luxury tax of 1990, which caused more than 19,000
marine industry jobs to be lost nationwide, and drove many boat
manufacturers out of business. Boat sales dropped by 40 percent and the
overall tax revenue was lower than pre-luxury tax levels. It also
kick-started the continuing trend to have boats built outside the U.S. The
unemployment compensation benefits paid out were more than three times
greater than the tax revenue generated. When the federal government
realized its mistake and repealed the 1990 luxury tax in 1993, much damage
was already done to America's boating industry.
Rhode Island saw that increasing taxes caused customers to either stop
buying boats or to buy them outside of the U.S. After eliminating the taxes
on boating, Rhode Island got an immediate surge in its marine business.
Boat building blossomed, new boatyards formed and marinas expanded.
Including related businesses, by 1999, Rhode Island's marine industry grew
by more than 6,000 jobs and more than $1 billion in revenue.
Connecticut was not so smart. It kept or increased taxes on boat sales,
labor, slips and storage and lost business and jobs to Rhode Island. To
stop this slide, the Connecticut marine industry lobbied the General
Assembly for relief from these job-killing taxes in the mid-'90s. The
effort was partially successful and slowed losses to our eastern neighbor.
But because the taxes on sales and use and slips remain, Connecticut keeps
falling behind. In the past 20 years, we have gone from 15,000 jobs to
4,500 jobs in our marine industry; there are virtually no boat
manufacturers left in Connecticut; most of our marinas have empty slips;
and our boatyards have cut payrolls. At our boatyard, we've gone from
employing 104 craftsmen to 53. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/CT-041811
For the nearly 250 teams at the 2011 Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week,
the three day event tracked The Story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
One day was too windy, one day was too light, and one day was just right.
Working around six foot tides and strong currents, the five race courses
hosted 16 fleets of one design and PHRF. After bluebird conditions for the
opening day, strong winds cancelled the next day with fickle winds on the
final day allowing fleets to complete a total of 4 to 5 races.
PHOTOS: Thanks to photographers Billy Black, Joy Dunnigan, Priscilla
Parker, and Karen Ryan for contributing to the Scuttlebutt event gallery:
VIDEO: Ashley Love and Lindsay Foster from T2P.tv provide daily highlights.
Day 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_s93bjxiug
Day 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te60JZt7y08
Day 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml8oMlgdkqs
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* Winthrop, MA (April 17, 2011) - Thirty-five teams traveled to Winthrop
for the 2011 IC Nationals sponsored by Paul W. Marks Food Service Co., and
dealt with the big breeze that blew through the entire northeast, with
winds consistently in the high teens and many gusts into the low to mid
20s. While many teams suffered in the survival conditions on Saturday, two
teams from Larchmont excelled. Two-time national champions John & Molly
Baxter and Sunfish world champ Paul-Jon Patin with long-time crew Felicity
Ryan battled throughout the first day, with the later carving out a single
point lead. Racing was cancelled on Sunday in deteriorating conditions. --
* US SAILING's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has nominated 16 American
sailors to compete at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico
from Oct. 14-30. The sailing competition of the 2011 Pan American Games
will feature nine events, including four Olympic classes - Laser (Men),
Laser Radial (Women) and RS:X (Men and Women) - and five non-Olympic, open
classes - Hobie 16, J/24, Lightning, Snipe and Sunfish. US SAILING's
nominees to the 2011 U.S. Pan American Games Team are as follows:
* (April 18, 2011; Day 23; 20:27 UTC) - Velux 5 Oceans leader Brad Van Liew
(USA) is predicted to reach the finish of leg 4 in Charleston, USA on
Tuesday April 19, around 0800 EST (1300 UTC). This will be Van Liew's
fourth straight leg win, which began when the fleet of four Eco 60 solo
skipper set sail from Punta del Este, Uruguay on March 27. Derek Hatfield
(CAN) is 98 nm further back in second place. --
* Boaters are keeping their butts out of the water - and we're not talking
about the kind in swim trunks. The BoatUS Foundation reports that the 43
marinas that participated in its 2010 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program
saw an amazing 63% average reduction in the amount of cigarette litter -
which ultimately would have ended up in the water. -- Read on:
FOUR BULLETS FOR 'GAMBLER' AT CHARLESTON RACE WEEK
North Sails would like to congratulate 'Gambler' for sweeping PHRF B with
four bullets at Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week, where a record
number of 270 boats raced in the 3-day regatta. Doug Shaffer, owner of the
J/122 'Gambler,' commented on his new North 3Di jib, "I have had many
boats, upwards of six with North sails, and this 3Di sail is the BEST YET!"
Check out our Web site for some awesome videos by T2P.tv highlighting the
great racing and people who made CRW such a fun event!
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* From Jon Deutsch:
This past Saturday the line of strong storms that produced many tornado's
in North Carolina also passed through coastal parts of Virginia. While over
100 people were enjoying Opening Day Dinner at Fishing Bay Yacht Club in
Deltaville, Virginia, a Tornado passed within 3/4 of a mile of the club.
The group knew about the tornado watch that was in affect, and moved to the
interior of the club. The tornado knocked out power and blocked the only
road out of the club, causing many at the dinner to have to walk home. One
club member who had left early drove near the path of the tornado and had
minor car damage.
The tornado went directly over the home of another club member while they
were inside and while the house received significant damage, everyone
inside was ok. Overall there were no major injuries in the Deltaville area.
The tornado passed east of all of the marinas in town and only damaged
private homes, docks and boats.
Tornado path: http://www.fbyc.net/1303133573/index_html
Club member accounts: http://www.fbyc.net/1303080301/index_html
Aerial video: http://tinyurl.com/Deltaville-041811
* From Joe Buck:
The story titled "Sustainable Power Consumption" (Scuttlebutt 3321) quotes
Derek Hatfield, skipper of Active House, discussing power consumption in
terms of "amps per hour" or "amps an hour" which are meaningless, non-sense
terms. It is not clear whether Derek should, instead, have used the term
"amperes" or "ampere-hours", which have quite different meanings.
The term "amperes" or "amps" is a measure of electrical current, i.e. the
rate at which electrical charge is flowing out of a power source or into a
device that is consuming the power. (A current of one ampere represents the
transfer of one coulomb of electrical charge per second.)
The term "ampere-hours" or "amp-hours" is a measure of the total amount of
electrical charge that has been transferred, e.g. into or out of a battery.
E.g, a 100 ampere-hour battery is rated as being able to output 100
ampere-hours of electrical charge before it is completely discharged
(although, in practice, only 60 percent or so of this amount may be
available.) Thus such a battery can provide approximately 60 amperes of
electrical current for one hour, or 10 amperes of current for 6 hours, or 1
ampere of current for 60 hours, i.e. a total of 60 amp-hours of electrical
charge, before the battery must be recharged. The correct, and meaningful,
terms are "amperes" and "ampere-hours".
Derek's use of "amps per hour" needlessly confuses the discussion.
* From Michelle Slade:
After volunteering at the Leukemia Cup Regatta (San Francisco Yacht
Club/Oct 1 - sign up now!) booth on Friday at the Strictly Sail boat show,
I was reminded that if there's one person whose praises need to be sung far
and wide, it's Robin Reynolds, the key person behind what I understand is
sailing's most successful fundraising effort across the country.
Robin is not only a person of great integrity and extremely committed to
the cause she works for, she does it in the most cheerful upbeat way,
always with a smile and never a complaint (not even after four long days
working a boat show...). She's a delight to work with and I thought it
especially insightful that she viewed having the booth at the show as, more
than anything, a great vehicle to bring her community of people involved in
the Leukemia Cup together - it wouldn't surprise me if people came to the
show just to support Robin and her great efforts. The sport of sailing is
fortunate to have people like Robin involved - long may there be many more.
* From Noel M. Field, Jr.:
The subject of college coaches which has received recent comments reminds
me of an incident that occurred at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy many years
ago. I was one of the judges of an intercollegiate regatta. I was on the
top floor of the sailing center when a competitor came up and asked if I
was aware of what was happening on the dock. When I went down to the dock,
I found the coach of one of the teams "improving" one of the boats.
It seemed that the boats, (I believe they were either 420s or FJs) were
beginning to wear out the plastic gaskets which were on the bottom of the
boats alongside the centerboards. I learned that this coach and his team
were systematically pulling up on the dock the boat which would be used by
that team in the following race and were shaving off the gasket - a little
less friction for the boat for that team in the next race. We put an end to
that practice, but since that time I have never been sure just what kind of
standards of sportsmanship that coach imparted to his students.
Generally, I find coaches do a great job of instilling a spirit of
sportsmanship. Unfortunately that coach and his predecessor had set
standards which were unacceptable, but his teams succeeded in winning. I
always felt the sailors would have done just as well if they hadn't been
coached in shaving the rules.
* From Bruce Thompson: (re, letters in Scuttlebutt 3322)
I'd offer Patrick Broderick this rule of thumb, "pass all the marks you
can, round those you must and never buttonhook in either direction". That
is the essence of rule 28. Note that the RRS do not define rounding or
passing marks. And Rule 28 never requires a buttonhook.
I offer Clark Chapin the observations above plus this: he ought to look at
Appendix L which is where he will find optional guidelines for writing SIs.
But given his lawyerly bent a case study might help:
Perhaps attracted by an entry fee readily denominated in Loonies ("zero"),
four boats unexpectedly made the 24 hour round trip from Thunder Bay
Ontario south (relatively speaking) to participate in our regional regatta
last September, thereby extending their sailing season. Knowingly and
wittingly, I neglected to provide them with a written copy of U S Sailing's
prescriptions to the RRS for what had become an international regatta.
Sadly, no one even noticed my act of defiance! They all just had too much
fun to notice.
* From Jim Key:
Still bothers me that America's Cup doesn't think TV is vital to its fans.
They haven't thought of TV as a money maker for the sport. Nascar has! I
still can't get any TV coverage on America's Cup anything. No Extreme 40
stuff... no nothing!
There are cooking channels, there are shopping channels, there are
religious channels, and of course there is the SPEED channel. We will never
bring the sailing sport to the public without a TV sailing channel.
Maybe US SAILING should take the lead role in TV access. Sailing in the
Olympics Games is struggling, why? Because you can't watch it on TV. 250+
channels of stuff on TV and not a sailing channel, Golf has one, Nascar of
course has one, more than their share, ESPN, Speed, FOX, ABC - they all
fight over who gets to air Nascar.
Grow the sport, grow youth involvement, grow yacht club membership, grow
sailboat sales, grow marina use. We're going to need TV to spread the Sport
=> Curmudgeon's Comment: While North American programming has been lagging
in sailing coverage, we remain hopeful that this next America's Cup will
provoke a change. There are many aspects of the next event that are being
designed expressly for television packaging. But the reality is that media
programming is a reflection of people's interests. Sad to think how the
"core" cast member of "The Jersey Shore" will be earning at least $100,000
per episode in their upcoming fourth season.
ANNAPOLIS IS NEXT STOP FOR THE J/80 CLASS
You know a class is strong when with 1,300+ boats worldwide, you can't find
a used boat. The J/80 fun continues after Charleston with the Sperry
Annapolis NOOD followed by several New England events culminating in the
J/80 North Americans in Larchmont. For family sailing and great
competition, the J/80 hits all the buttons.... http://www.jboats.com/j80/
People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.
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