SCUTTLEBUTT 3326 - Friday, April 22, 2011
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PREPPING FOR A WINDY MELGES 24 WORLDS
Kristen Lane and her team Brickhouse (tactician Charlie McKee, Willem Van
Waay, Johnny Goldsberry and Matt Pistay) won the Melges 24 Charleston Race
Week Championship last weekend. In just a few weeks she'll be taking on many
of the same teams in the Melges 24 World Championships in Corpus Christi,
Texas (May 12-21). Lane, who lives in Tiburon, Calif., and turns 40 in just
a few weeks, has fast become one of the country's top match racers -
particularly impressive given that she only first stepped foot on a sailboat
in her late 20's.
Lane talked to SailBlast about winning in Charleston in one of the country's
most competitive fleets, what she expects to face in Corpus, as well as some
other fun things she's taking on to fill her dance card these days. The
following is part 1 of a 2-part interview with Lane:
SailBlast: What did you do particularly well that helped you in Charleston?
Lane: We knew going into it that the Nationals were going to be bigger in
terms of numbers than what the World Championships is going to be (for
whatever reason there's only 30+ boats registered for Corpus), so we knew it
was going to be a fun challenge from the fleet management side. We went out
and sailed the boat like we had been sailing it in all the regattas leading
up to it. We'd been working with a coach in Miami before the event so
everyone on the team felt like we were progressing every time we went
sailing and we felt that way at the regatta too. We put that all together,
executed it and it all worked out. The tactics were very challenging so it
helped that we had made a lot of really good decisions. It all came
together, it wasn't any super formula, everything was just firing on all
SailBlast: You've sailed Charleston before - was that a benefit?
Lane: I've done quite a bit of racing in Charleston so knew what to expect.
It's very challenging. Charleston is one of those places where you just
cannot sail the shifts, you have to know where to put your boat on the
racecourse - it makes all the difference in the world. The more boats you
pack onto the racecourse the harder it is to fight for that piece of real
estate that you need to keep the boat going in the fast lane for the
currents. But we love sailing there. The weather is fantastic, the time from
getting from your perfect dock to the racecourse is five minutes. It's a
perfect venue for the 24 on the inshore course.
SailBlast: What's the competition looking like for Corpus?
Lane: I have a tremendous amount of respect for what Bora Gulari has done
with his new boat not having been in the boat for long. He's very fast. We
were definitely chasing him around the racecourse more times than not. He's
one of the fastest US boats, if not the fastest. One of the strongest US
teams is Full Throttle - they're the nicest guys out there on the racecourse
as well as being the toughest competitors. I love racing against them. I'd
probably put those two at the top, but it's always great to spar with my
teammates (LOL). Peter (my husband) and I have been working alot training on
our two boats. He oftentimes is faster than me and that pushes me to work
harder. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/42xy7gc
PARENT RULES - POSITIVE SPORTS PARENTING
By Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt editor
The sailing bug lost its grasp on my oldest son, losing out to baseball.
While disappointed that I could not pass my guidance on to him in a sport I
knew well, I found watching his baseball games much more enjoyable than
watching his sailing races. Not knowing much about the finer points of
baseball proved to be an asset.
He's now a junior playing Varsity baseball, and I'm amazed that there're
still a lot of 'little league' parents in the stands. Since I doubt that
baseball is that unique, below is a list of 'Parent Rules' I received while
attending a college recruiting seminar. Most don't need to be edited to
adapt well to any sport... even sailing:
1 - Make sure your child knows win or lose, that you love them, you
appreciate their efforts and you are not disappointed in them.
2 - Try your best to be completely honest about your child's athletic
capability, competitive attitude, sportsmanship and actual skill level.
3 - Be helpful but don't "coach" on the way to the track, diamond or
court.... on the way home... at breakfast... and so on.
4 - Teach them to enjoy the thrills of competition, trying, working,
improving their skills and attitudes... taking the physical bumps and coming
back for more.
5 - Try not to relive your athletic life through your child in a way that
creates pressure. Remember, you fumbled too; you lost as well as won; you
were frightened; you backed off at times; and you were not always heroic.
Don't pressure them because of your pride.
6 - Don't compete with the coach. The young athlete often comes home and
chatters on about "coach says this, coach says that." This is often hard to
take, especially for a father or mother who has had some sports experience.
7 - Don't compare the skill, courage or attitudes of your child with that of
other members of the squad or team, at least not in front of them.
8 - You should get to know the coach, so that you can be assured that his or
her philosophy, attitudes, ethics and knowledge are a good influence on your
A parent's "Coaching Job" is the toughest one of all and takes a lot of
effort. Sometimes in your desire to help your child, best intentions can end
up being counterproductive. Applying the Rules for Parents will go a long
way towards fostering an environment your child can use to enjoy and excel
in their sport. -- Recruiting Realities:
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KIWIS MAKE IT OFFICIAL
(April 21, 2011) - Emirates Team New Zealand announced today that it was
challenging for the 34th America's Cup to be sailed at San Francisco in
2013. Managing Director Grant Dalton said the team was now in a position to
formally announce its campaign. "We believe that we can mount a credible
challenge which will have a very good chance of winning the America's Cup.
That's our mission and that is the expectation of our sponsors, partners,
suppliers and the people of New Zealand. It is an expectation that every
member of this team is determined to fulfill."
"Racing in catamarans will make the 34th America's Cup very different than
the 32nd at Valencia in 2007. In 2013, teams will be racing 72ft
catamarans. Design, engineering, logistics, and sailing skills are very
To handle this new challenge we have assembled a very accomplished group of
people both on and off the water. The Emirates Team New Zealand design team
now numbers more than 30 designers, engineers and people who bring
specialist multihull knowledge and skills. They have been working on the
72ft catamaran for some months and we believe we are right on the pace.
Our sailing team is working to acquire the skills and experience necessary
to compete well. Six months ago Dean Barker raced in a multihull regatta for
the first time. Last weekend he, James Dagg, Jeremy Lomas and Glenn Ashby
were second in an Extreme Sailing Series regatta in China. Results in the A
Class catamaran regattas in Australia earlier this year were remarkable,"
Dalton said. -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/3ongofy
* Team NZ's news doesn't come without some apprehension from the Kiwi
taxpayer, according to the following report from Radio NZ:
GOVERNMENT DEFENDS FUNDING FOR AMERICA'S CUP
The Government says it had no option but to comply with a contract set up by
the previous government to give millions of taxpayer dollars to New
Zealand's America's Cup team. Team New Zealand on Thursday confirmed it is
launching a campaign to contest the Cup in San Francisco in 2013 and will
receive $36 million from the Government to mount the challenge. The funding
was set up by the Labour Government in 2007 after Team New Zealand was
beaten at Valencia.
The money is held in a Ministry of Economic Development fund meant for major
events with potential economic benefits. Acting Minister for Economic
Development David Carter accepts the timing of the handout in tough economic
times is far from perfect, saying the Government did look at getting out of
"We gave that a brief bit of thought. The advice we got was legally, there
was no opportunity to get out of it. We therefore have to make the best of a
decision made by the previous Labour Government. I will now work with Team
New Zealand to make sure that we get the best possible economic benefit to
New Zealand from this investment." -- Full story:
REVISITING A SPRIT FOR THE 505
The International 505 fleet held its Annual General Meeting during the SAP
505 Worlds 2011 last month on Hamilton Island, Australia. Mike Martin, 2009
World Champion and recently appointed Chief Umpire of the America's Cup 34,
made some comments prior to the regatta on the possibility of the fleet
converting to a sprit pole as reported at
Following the AGM, Martin provided some feedback on what went down:
"Just to get a feeling of the class's interests we took a show of hands to
see who was in favor of going to a sprit - it wasn't an official vote - just
to see who was generally in support of it and who generally wasn't. I'd say
it was 60% in favor and 40% were against but then again, that was people at
the Worlds who are generally more progressive than the people who don't go
to the Worlds. In order for it to pass it's a vote by the majority of the
entire membership so it's still pretty on the fence.
My general pitch is that it's going to make the boat easier to sail - the
hardest part about sailing 505s is that it's really hard to find a crew.
It's a very difficult job up front and it's very busy so it'll make finding
crew easier, it's probably going to make the boat more tactical because it's
easier to jibe and it's going to make the boat cheaper because right now we
have this twin spinnaker pole system with two topping lifts and two guys,
two sheets, pole back systems and retractors - it's going to take about 40
fittings off the boat to go to a asymmetric kite so that's my pitch." --
Read on: http://tinyurl.com/3knddek
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include the trickle down of wing technology, the comforts of the cruising
division, Dacron mains, youth is king, new and improved, ivy league
superiority, and New England wave jumping. Here are this week's photos:
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
The 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race will begin in October, with teams now beginning
to complete their new boats. Making a flashy splash in the 2008-9 VOR was
PUMA Ocean Racing, sporting imaginative graphics to claim second overall.
Their latest ride will be emerging soon from New England Boatworks for final
prep before they take it across the Atlantic for the race start in Alicante,
Lisa Ann Wagenbach was a big fan of the PUMA team from the last race, so
much so that she downloaded 13 of their videos (50 minutes of footage) from
YouTube and put her spin on the team and the crew's personality to create a
Comments Lisa, "As a non-sailing fan, who has read Scuttlebutt religiously
since 2007, I can attest that in order to keep me interested in the sport of
sailing when I have never been at the helm, you have to grab my attention
with 'cool' visuals, give me a reason to connect with the team
(personalities, drama, style), and be able to tell me a story in 3-minutes
We agree... enjoy: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/media/11/0422/
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* (April 21, 2011) - With just a few days to go until the 44th Antigua
Sailing Week, English and Falmouth Harbour is filling up with yachts of all
shapes and sizes. Dockside, the air is filled with the sound of different
accents from across the globe, including Ron McKenzie and his crew racing on
First 40.7 Lancelot, from Vancouver, Canada. The Canadian sailors are not
the most distant visitors to Antigua Sailing Week: Lenjohn van der Wel's
Class 40, Ocean Warrior originally started their journey to Antigua from
Cape Town, South Africa, over 6000 miles away. -- Full report:
* (April 21, 2011) - The entry list has been finalized for the 32
ocean-going yachts, including two youth teams - one from Germany and one
from the US - who will set sail at the end of June in the Transatlantic Race
2011. The race charts a course that stretches 2,975 nautical miles from
Newport to Lizard Point, at the end of a peninsula in South Cornwall (UK).
This history-making event is organized by the Royal Yacht Squadron, New York
Yacht Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club. Three separate
starts - June 26, June 29, and July 3 - are planned to stagger the yachts of
different sizes and ability so that they will arrive in England in proximity
to each other. -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/3pgl324
* (April 20, 2011) - PUMA Ocean Racing announced that Arden Oksanen has been
added to the team as the Media Crew Member (MCM) role aboard PUMA's Mar
Mostro for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. Oksanen, 36, hails from the
worlds of extreme skiing and kayaking with 14 years experience in producing,
directing, shooting and editing action sports programming. New to sailing
but no stranger to the world of adventure sports, he will put his sea legs
to the test using his expertise as an adventure storyteller to produce
video, image and audio content of the PUMA Ocean Racing team. -- Full story:
* (April 20, 2011) - Not exactly news, but still cool to look at - a story
in the May 2, 2011 issue of ESPN The Magazine offers a list of 182 of the
world's highest-paid athletes by country. 114 play soccer, with 33 playing
in the English Premier League. But give it up for New Zealand's Russell
Coutts, who banked $10 million last year and is the only yachter on the
list. -- Report at: http://tinyurl.com/3oe7xus
* Palma de Mallorca, Spain (April 21, 2011) - The Mapfre PalmaVela begun
today on Palma Bay in easterly winds of 14 to 16 knots. The Maxi Wallies,
Maxis and TP 52s were the first fleets on the water racing on the 8.6 nm
course. The TP52 fleet, with three new builds in this year's Mapfre
PalmaVela was dominated by Audi Azzurra Sailing Team. American Ed Baird
skippering Quantum Sailing was expected to challenge the Italians but
finished six points behind. Swedish newcomer RAN finishing fourth tied in
points (11) with British Gladiator who finished third. -- Full report:
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* From Tom Hyatt (re, Scuttlebutt 3325):
I enjoyed the comments about the IACC boats in Cabo. My mind wandered to a
wonderful day in St. Maarten a few years ago when I got to helm the 12 meter
Stars and Stripes # 55 on our way back from a mock match race - the glory of
the gunmetal blue greyhound as she sailed in her element. This establishment
has five 12s from the 1987 Cup series in Perth - the two Stars and Stripes,
True North, and Canada I and II.
Much like what was described in the article, crews were picked and positions
assigned from trimmers, grinders, a timer to winch wrenches. What a
beautiful place with the 20+ trade winds replicating the Fremantle Doctor.
This experience of sailing ten knots rail down made my bucket list. It's
been a great memory having sailed the exact boat that brought the Cup home.
Long live the 12 Meters!
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