SCUTTLEBUTT 3328 - Tuesday, April 26, 2011
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PUMA'S MAR MOSTRO SEES THE LIGHT OF DAY
By Ken Read, Skipper, PUMA Ocean Racing
As a team, about a year ago we set May 1, 2011, as our date to have PUMA's
new Volvo Open 70 in the water sailing. The fact that we are closing in on
that date and it looks as if we'll meet our goal is practically a miracle.
There are typically a million reasons during a boat build to continually
move the schedule backwards -- all good reasons, by the way. But, the build
team refused to buckle under, and everyone has double shifted for nearly
the entire build and worked around the clock for the last six weeks to make
sure that our sailing date would be met without a loss of quality.
What did this extraordinary effort give us? Lots and lots of design time.
We started the build as late as possible to give the Juan K (design) office
several weeks more than our schedule allowed, which immediately put our
build team under the gun. Hopefully it was time well spent -- we certainly
think so. Yet even with all that design time, our boat will be the second,
third generation V-70 in the water. Fantastic!
This is certainly the week to praise our 40+ person build team lead by
Brandon Linton, Tim Hacket and their spectacular construction "swat team,"
as well as the entire work force and management group at New England
Boatworks. Brad Jackson has been a fantastic build coordinator from the
sailing side, working daily with Nahuel Wilson from the Juan K office on
every single detail on the boat. As I have said before, these races are won
or lost before the start. Our entire build team has done their job
amazingly well, now it's up to the sailors to keep the momentum going.
As we stand here on Monday, April 26, we have a complete Volvo Open 70.
Over the next week, the entire team (both shore and sailing) will put the
finishing touches on Mar Mostro. The boat has moved today from the low roof
"building" shed to a high roof "finishing" shed to have the keel put on and
the remaining big bits and pieces installed. Later this week, the completed
boat will come out of the high roof shed to have the mast stepped. And
after a "thank you party" for all the builders and suppliers and a day or
so of stress tests, we get to go sailing early next week.
I have to admit, we're all antsy to get on our new boat. The final few
build weeks is always hard on the team. Each of the sailors has their area
of expertise and they're all dying to get on our new toy to try everything
out. In a little over a week, we'll start the process of testing this
amazing new piece of hardware and try to prove whether this boat will live
up to very lofty expectations. -- Read on:
Volvo Ocean Race begins in Alicante, Spain on October 29, 2011. Event
In the final days before Christmas last year, San Francisco City Hall
emptied out in typical fashion, but a handful of people stayed behind. They
included then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, two high-level aides and Kyri McClellan,
a San Rafael mother of two who worked in the mayor's Office of Economic and
McClellan had been the mayor's point person in the bid to host the 34th
America's Cup sailing race, and she was now facilitating last-minute
negotiations in the face of a looming deadline on New Year's Day. "The joke
around my house was, 'we'll celebrate Christmas and New Year's next year,'"
On Dec. 31, race officials finally announced San Francisco would be the
host, but that only marked the beginning of McClellan's work. For months,
she had helped craft a complex scheme whereby an independent group would
help cover the city's costs as host. Earlier this month, she became
executive director of that very group, the San Francisco America's Cup
Organizing Committee, charged with raising $32 million before the 2013
event. The money helps ensure the launch of the world's third-largest
sporting event, projected to pump more than $1 billion into the Bay Area
"It definitely is the culmination of a lot of different experiences with
public service and primarily with City Hall," McClellan said of the new
job. "It's also daunting and humbling, and I'm sort of catching the wave
and riding it. I guess that's the way I'm approaching it. I'm holding on
for dear life." -- Marin IJ, full story:
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KIWI AMERICA'S CUP FUNDING BAFFLING
By Martin Devlin, TVNZ columnist/broadcaster
I'm confused. Here I am thinking I should be dancing cartwheels, flipping
head-over-heels upon hearing the joyous news that we, us taxpayers, have
just committed another $36 million to help fund Team New Zealand's 2013
America's Cup challenge - but I'm not. In fact I feel quite the opposite,
both underwhelmed and unconvinced.
It's an easy decision to criticise and one that, no matter how they attempt
to spin, the government knows is nigh impossible to sell to a country
reeling from catastrophic natural and industrial tragedies, while still
well within the grip of a global economic downturn acknowledged to be among
the worst the world has ever had to bear - all of which, in election year,
only serves to confuse me more.
For a government known to research potential voter reaction to virtually
every debatable issue ever raised, it seems nonsensical they'd approve such
bloated funding for something so contentious when knowing, in advance, that
the majority of Kiwis already utterly oppose it.
$36 million is pretty much what RWC boss Martin Snedden estimates we'll
lose from hosting that tournament - an amount the government, i.e. us
taxpayers, are again expected to underwrite. The counter-weight being, that
the event's also expected to inject (an estimated) $500mill into the local
economy. Accurately calculating any financial windfall we might receive
from an America's Cup campaign two years from now in San Francisco, is the
fiscal equivalent of correctly predicting the same regatta's every
When you add in the $33.75mill given to Team NZ's 2007 Valencia challenge,
plus the $10mill approved by (then Sport and Recreation Minister) Trevor
Mallard in the immediate aftermath "to contract vital team members while
negotiations continue around details of commercial sponsorship", the
running total (in the last five years that we know of) is now at least
$79.75million of taxpayer money. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/TVNZ-042511
Gary Lovejoy has the challenging job of heading up production for all media
- all moving pictures and audio - for the 34th America’s Cup. The first and
last time he worked in the America’s Cup was in Perth in ‘86/87, as
producer for ITV in the UK.
Fifty-six year old Lovejoy, who hails from Plymouth, England (and NO, he
swears he’s not the reason the World Series is headed to that city in a few
months), comes to the prestigious position at America’s Cup Event Authority
with 34 years in broadcasting behind him. In a positive way, Lovejoy is
quietly philosophical about the task ahead…
SailBlast: Many promises have been made regarding media for AC 34. What’s
the most challenging aspect of pulling this off with the new format?
Lovejoy: I think doing it all justice, really. We’ve got a fantastic
opportunity here which may not be repeated - if we make a mess of this no
one may want to try again. We’ve been given the chance with the new boats,
with a Cup holder who has vision, with a venue that’s world famous, and the
chance to go around the world in the interim and take our traveling road
show to lots of different cultures and venues. The crews will be sharp from
all that racing, and we’ll have to be sharp by the end of it all. The
challenge is to live up to all those things that have been put in place for
us. We are privileged in that regard and now have to make it all work.
SailBlast: What’s the plan for these next few test weeks in NZ?
Lovejoy: The principle reason is to look at the onboard cameras that will
go on the AC 45s and also to look at the graphic system that Stan Honey and
Ken Milnes have been developing. It’s unique and important enough for us to
trial them in NZ several months before the first race. We’ll look at other
things as well - like what’s the pace of the whole game now because these
boats move so quickly. We’ll be fitting two AC 45s out with their racing
kit and we’ll be looking to see how the pictures begin to fit together, how
a two-leg sequence for example works, and how much do we rely on these
onboard cameras. Are they providing us with more or less than we thought
they would? That then dictates what we do with the other cameras.
SailBlast: What’s behind managing the sheer number of cameras & equipment?
Lovejoy: It’s complicated and it’s not just the video, it’s the audio as
well... read on:
KEY PRINCIPLES OF STRENGTH TRAINING
Australian Michael Blackburn, a Laser World Champion and an Olympic
medalist, also has a PhD in Sports Science. Here he provides tips for
conditioning the body for sailing:
1. Overload: You must gradually work the muscles harder and harder to get
stronger. Gradually add to your training - weight, number of repetitions,
variety and/or number of sets.
2. Overhaul: Every 4 weeks or so you should revamp your program to give the
muscles completely new exercises and loads.
3. Specificity: Your strength gains are specific to the movements and speed
of movement you do in training. If you need high arm speed and moderate
strength to pull up a kite, then your gym training should reflect this
movement speed and muscle groups used.
4. Progression & periodisation: Sequence training such that you start with
a period of building muscles, then move towards very sport-specific
exercises, loads and movement speeds. As an example, given a period of,
say, 6 months to develop your strength, begin with 1 build-up month of 3 x
12-15 reps, followed by 2 months of gradually heavier weights and fewer
reps to get you really strong (eg 3-4 sets x 6-10 reps). Then turn towards
endurance with a month of 3 x 15-25 followed with a month of circuit-style
exercises (40s on, 20s off). Finish with a month of pure strength/endurance
work - higher reps of very sailing-specific exercises (see below for
5. Recovery: Allow 48 hours between strength sessions.
And, talking of sailing, these are the two key things are especially
important when weight training for sailing:
1. Include exercises that improve posture, balance, joint stability,
abdominal and back muscles.
2. Be prepared to modify and fine tune your training each day to allow for
not feeling 100%, persistent windy weather (meaning harder on-water
training) and a desire to add variety.
After a seeing the BIG MELGES CIRCLE at Charleston Race Week, many have
moved to the Audi Melges 20 and the Melges 24. Summer sailing in Newport,
RI is the feature of the Melges 20 class this summer with the National
Championship there in August. The Melges 24 hits Texas for the M24 Worlds
and then the Nationals are in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin - the official home of
the Melges 24. Many Melges events in between. Check it out at
UPDATE: The Melges 24 results at Charleston Race Week have been revised due
to a scoring error in the last race. It is unclear when they will become
the final results, as they continue to be labeled as ‘preliminary’ despite
the event being completed on April 17th. Results:
ISAF SAILING WORLD CUP - EVENT FOUR
Hyeres, France (April 25, 2011) - With decreasing winds forecasted for
later in the week, it was a day of hurry up and wait on day two of the
Semaine Olympique Française as start times were moved up to stay on
schedule, but morning winds proved insufficient for racing. Following
postponements, light to medium winds brought new leaders in five of the
classes thirteen Olympic and Paralympic classes.
The Star class had one of the longest day on the water with three long
races. Three places in the top four have given early leaders Robert Scheidt
and Bruno Prada (BRA) a ten points lead over George Szabo and Mark Strube
(USA). “We arrived at the yacht club early for a 9am start time, but were
postponed on shore,” noted Szabo. “It was a tough day on the water starting
off with a big 30-plus degree wind shift on first beat of first race. The
race committee did a good job getting us three races, although we had lots
of recalls. We finally got back on land around 6pm.”
In the women Match-racing, the top six teams from the 24 entrants advanced
to the Gold group. Among the Gold group is Sally Barkow/ Elizabeth Kratzig/
Alana O'Reilly (USA). Strong performances among the North Americans are
also found in the Paralympic classes, with singlehander Mark LeBlanc (USA)
and triplehanders Rick Doerr/ Brad Kendell/ Hugh Freund (USA) are both in
Several national teams have chosen the Semaine Olympique Française as one
of the selection event for these regattas. The Italians have started their
Olympic selection in Palma and the SOF is the second of three events.
Czechs, Slovenians, and French are starting in Hyeres. “Hyeres has always a
very high level of competition and it is the opportunity for us to see how
our athletes are handling the pressure;” explains Philippe Gouard, French
Racing continues each day this week and concludes on April 29. Daily
THINNING THE HERD
The 2010-11 sailing season for the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association
held the Mens/ Womens Singlehanded and Match Racing National Championships
last fall, and will conclude the season at Cascade Locks in Oregon for the
final three National Championships on May 23-June 1: Team Race, Women’s
Dinghy and Open Dinghy.
The seven ICSA districts have been hosting their qualifiers for these
Nationals, and while the top Team Race and Women’s Dinghy teams will go
straight to Oregon, the Open Dinghy teams still must survive the Eastern
and Western Semifinals that will be held this weekend in Long Beach, CA.
The top 36 Open Dinghy colleges will be travelling to US Sailing Center -
Long Beach in hopes of finishing in the top half of their group to qualify
for the Nationals. Hosted by the University of Southern California Sailing
Team, teams will compete in Flying Juniors, with the race venue near the
Belmont Pier on the Long Beach Harbor. Here is a list of the teams that
qualified for the Semifinals:
- Brown University
- College Of Charleston
- Connecticut College
- Cornell University
- Georgetown University
- Harvard University
- Ohio State University
- Old Dominion University
- Texas A&M University
- Tufts University
- U.S. Naval Academy
- UC Los Angeles
- University Of Florida
- University Of Michigan
- University Of Minnesota
- Western Washington University
- Boston College
- Eckerd College
- Hobart and William Smith College
- Marquette University
- Northwestern University
- Roger Williams University
- St. Mary’s College Of Maryland
- SUNY Maritime College
- UC Santa Barbara
- University Of Miami
- University Of Oregon
- University Of Rhode Island
- University Of South Florida
- University Of Southern California
- University Of Texas
- University Of Wisconsin
- Washington College
- Yale University
Semifinals website: http://2011semis.collegesailing.info/
* At the conclusion of last weekend's New England Inter-Collegiate Sailing
Association Women's Championships, the NEISA Awards Committee announced the
2011 All-NEISA Women's Teams. In addition to First and Second Team Skippers
and Crews, the Committee named the Women's Sailor of the Year and the
Women's Rookie of the Year. Competitors named the 2011 Women's Sportsman Of
the Year - three sailors tied in the selection process and each was named
2011 Sportsman of the Year. -- Read on:
* US SAILING's Webinar Series on Tuesday, April 26 at 8:15 p.m. EDT is
hosted by Chuck Hawley, a US SAILING Safety at Sea Moderator and US SAILING
Powerboat Instructor. Hawley will discuss the "Top Ten Items to Take
Offshore" during the instructional 30 minute webinar. This webinar is free
and open to the public. Register here: http://tinyurl.com/USSA-042511
* A tax break for big yachts might seem like a long shot in these tough
times, but a Houston lawmaker is floating the idea as an economic issue.
Republican Rep. John Davis said other states have paved the way for his
proposal - primarily Florida, which backers of his bill say is No. 1 in
boat sales to Texas' No. 2. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/TX-042511
* CORRECTION: Easter treats and adult libations blurred our vision for the
lead story in Scuttlebutt 3327. Next month, ISAF will be making decision on
the sailing events and equipment for the 2016 Olympics, not the 2012
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* From Charlie Baker, Etchells 1012:
Regarding recent comments on coaching, in sports like golf, golfing
professional teachers are common. Every course I'm familiar with has at
least one. Why shouldn't sailors want to increase their skills just as
much, employ such methods, and benefit themselves and the sport as a whole?
Some golf pros are better than others. Some golfers use them more than
others. But as far as I'm aware no one thinks they should be outlawed or
limited. It seems to me the same should be true for sailing.
* From Chris Ericksen:
At the risk of sounding bitter and cynical, I relate well to your comments
about coaching in response to the letter from Alfred C. Constants III
('Butt 3327). The 2011 Etchells Worlds is happening just over a hundred
miles from my home; while I might have qualified to go, I did not even
participate in my local Etchells fleet qualifying series as I refuse to
sail in a regatta where some of the teams are working with professional
coaches and some of the crews are being paid more than it would cost me to
I am one of those sailors who feel that "the bar (got) pushed up too high"
and I have stopped "trying to chase it." No offense to those who can afford
professional crew and coaches - more power to you all; yours is just not a
league in which I care to compete. But I hope you all have fun!
Heroes: What a guy in a boat does.
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