SCUTTLEBUTT 3330 - Thursday, April 28, 2011
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CALL TO ARMS
The following information was sent to the Commodore of Scuttlebutt Sailing
Club, with the request that it be shared with club members. So here you go:
Representatives from Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC) will be
giving testimony before the Senate Environmental Quality Committee in
Sacramento on Monday, May 2, 2011. RBOC opposes (unless amended) Senate
Bill 623 which would lead to a ban on the use of copper based anti-fouling
I would be very glad if you can apprise your members of this important
committee hearing and ask that they contact all the members of that
committee to make their views known. Contact information for each committee
member is provided, together with the bill itself and a form letter that
they could send.
RBOC relies upon the support of all boaters in the state to give us an
effective voice before our legislators.
Attached please find a call-to-arms that has been developed by the
Executive Committee on SB 623 [Kehoe] which would prohibit recreational
boaters state-wide from using copper-based anti-fouling paints on the hulls
of their boats to prevent marine organisms from growing on their hulls. The
bill would impose a January 1, 2015 ban on the sale of new recreational
boats with anti-fouling paint containing copper, and a January 1, 2019 ban
on the use or application of these paints.
Jerry Desmond, Jr., Director of Government Relations, RBOC
Cleve Hardaker, Vice President - South, RBOC
Here’s the RBOC information: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/11/0427
RE-SCORING A BOAT WITH A NEW RATING
A race committee does not have the authority to re-score a race by using a
new rating issued after the race has been completed. An appeals committee
may consider an allegation that a boat has broken a rule only when it is
deciding an appeal of a protest committee decision concerning that
allegation. Here is a recent appeal from US SAILING:
Facts and Decisions of the Protest Committee
Rocinante raced in the Queen’s Cup Race and was scored by the race
committee using the rating on her PHRF certificate that was in effect at
the time of the race. No protest against her was made. Several weeks after
the completion of the race, the regional PHRF committee changed Rocinante’s
rating. The race committee then re-scored the race using the new rating,
which made her score significantly worse.
Rocinante requested redress, claiming that it was improper for the race
committee to re-score the race without a hearing on that issue by a protest
committee. The protest committee agreed and granted her redress by
reinstating her original score.
Chance requested redress from the protest committee’s decision, claiming it
was an improper action because the rating on Rocinante’s certificate was
incorrect at the time of the race and therefore her certificate was
invalid. She further claimed that, because of the new rating, the race
committee should have treated Rocinante’s original score as a scoring error
and recalculated it accordingly, and that this action would not have made
her score “significantly worse” within the meaning of rule 62.1.
The protest committee denied Chance’s request for redress, and she
Read on for the appeal decision: http://tinyurl.com/Appeals-042711
To read more appeals, or to download the Appeals Book, go to:
The Great Dane Paul Elvstrom competed in eight Olympic Games from 1948 to
1988, and is the only person to win four consecutive sailing gold medals
(1948, '52, '56, '60). Elvstrom is best known for his accomplishments in
the Finn, where he twice won the Worlds and where he claimed three of his
medals. But before the Finn was elected as an Olympic event, Elvstrom won
his Gold medal in which event at the 1948 Games? (Answer below)
REED DRIVES “ELANDRA” TO FIRST IN CLASS AT ROLEX REGATTA
Combining speed and consistency on the racecourse, Calvin Reed and crew on
Beneteau First 40.7 “Elandra of Hamble” were crowned first in class at the
2011 International Rolex Regatta, hosted by St. Thomas YC, March 25-27th.
Reed’s team won the CSA Spinnaker 2 division with consistent finishes in
the six-race series, never placing outside the top three. “Elandra” is
powered by Ullman Sails - her inventory includes a GPL Carbon mainsail and
genoas from the Ullman GP Race Series and a new Red Line racing spinnaker.
Good luck to “Elandra” this week at Antigua Sailing Week! Invest in your
ISAF SAILING WORLD CUP - EVENT FOUR
Hyeres, France (April 27, 2011) - For the fourth event of the ISAF Sailing
World Cup season at Semaine Olympique Française, the south of France has
mostly provided sunny and warm weather but not much wind for sailing. Noted
American Andrew Campbell, “The training leading into the regatta showed why
tourist season doesn’t start until May. We had 18-30 knots for three days,
and 15-20 on the first day of racing. Early season in the Mediterranean can
be fickle like that.”
The fourth day of the regatta continued in the light air theme as each
Olympic fleet event sought to narrow the field to the top ten for Friday’s
medal race. Thirteen countries now hold podium positions amid the nine
Olympic fleet events, with France leading the field with seven teams in the
top three. The lone North American amid the top three is George Szabo/ Mark
Strube (USA), holding second in the Star keelboat event.
Additional North Americans currently in the top ten are Clay Johnson
(Laser), Zach Railey (Finn), Erin Maxwell/ Isabelle Farrar (470 Womens),
and Andrew Campbell/ Ian Coleman (Star) of the United States and Tania
Elian Calles (Laser Radial) from Mexico. In the Women’s Match Race, both
American teams - Sally Barkow/ Elizabeth Kratzig/ Alana O'Reilly and Genny
Tulloch/ Alice Manard Leonard/ Jenn Chamberlin - are among the top eight
teams that qualified for the Quarter Final round.
Racing continues each day this week and concludes on April 29. Daily
BASICS OF RECOVERY WHEN BUILDING MUSCLE
Regardless of one's ability, there are two tips that will help each
person’s sailing performance: wear the right clothes and train your body
for the activity. Australian Michael Blackburn, a Laser World Champion and
an Olympic medalist, also has a PhD in Sports Science. Here he provides
tips for your physical conditioning:
Building muscle and staying in shape go hand in hand when it comes to
fitness. There are common misconceptions like: just purely lifting weights
will enhance your muscles in a faster way - that can really hamper your
Throughout my earlier years in fitness training, I thought the more I
worked out, the larger I would get and the faster I would grow. I would
constantly do chest and arms, very confused as to why I wouldn’t see the
gains of many other lifters in the gym.
I finally broke down and decided to teach myself by actually asking several
other people around me. As time went on I learned from them how to build
muscle properly and was shocked at the simplicity and variety of
methodologies you need to apply to get the best results for muscle
building. I have highlighted a few areas below that, I believe, made all
the difference in my workout:
- When you lift you are breaking down muscle fibers and your body responds
to this by eventually healing, adapting and increasing your muscle.
- The most important point between any 2 workouts, of the same muscle
group, is the key to optimal growth. Remember, it is your recovery time,
when your muscles are being repaired, that gives them the ability to get
stronger and larger.
- Working your muscles too much can actually set your progress back if you
do not rest. Over-training is the number one reason many fitness
enthusiasts do not see results.
- It’s very easy to keep overworking the same muscles you want to be the
strongest by continuously focusing on it, but listening to your body is the
better policy. If it is sore in any way, it has not recovered yet and
therefore you should not be working it out.
Remember, if you don’t exercise your muscle can’t grow, and it’s how much
rest and recovery you applied to that body part after it has been worked
that will give you the dramatic results that have been eluding you. --
WEATHERING THE STORM
By Don Finkle, RCR Yachts
After several years of digging out of a deep hole that occurred when the
economic meltdown hit, the surviving boat builders are seeing some
encouraging signs. The smart manufacturers used the slowdown to retool and
become more efficient. Production methods were scrutinized and facilities
modernized. New machines and equipment were purchased. When staff numbers
were reduced the employees that were retained were the best and most
experienced. In a further effort to reduce costs and remain competitive in
a tough market there has been a refocus on quality control. Re-work,
whether it occurs at the plant or later as warranty work, is expensive. The
better job they do of building, the more cost-efficient they become. We
have seen the fruits of their efforts.
For example, Beneteau completely revamped their production methods so that
they can build any boat ordered at any time. They no longer build in
individual product lines segregated by model. Now they have one
nose-to-tail line that can build any model in any order. This gives them
the flexibility to build what the market is asking for at the time. Key to
this new arrangement was the acquisition of machinery to make parts in the
US plant that were formerly made in France. We dealers love this new
arrangement because it makes things much easier for us and we can more
accurately predict availability when customers ask.
Beneteau is not the only builder who has taken steps forward, but they are
one of the best examples. During a recent visit to the plant in RI where
several J/boat models are built we saw more neat processes. All the raw
fiberglass materials for the new J/111 come into the plant in a separate
box for each individual boat; all the parts are pre-cut and labeled. This
reduces waste and ensures that each hull or deck is made exactly the same.
They have a jig that positions the parts that get glassed into the hull, so
as to reduce the time it takes to measure and align. The result is fewer
man-hours and a more consistent product.
There is more to the story of how the industry weathered the storm, and one
of the key changes they made was to slow production way down. They did this
for several reasons. -- Read on:
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MISTAKES PARENTS MAKE
Last fall, Jay Kehoe won the 2010 U.S. Sailing National Developmental Coach
of the Year. In his 20 years of professional coaching, Kehoe’s experience
ranges from educational program development to collegiate coaching. Kehoe
is now the waterfront director of Annapolis Yacht Club in Annapolis,
With the next generation of sailors soon approaching a summer of activity,
Kehoe shares two valuable tips to help parents from messing up the process:
* What is the most common mistake that junior sailors make?
Kehoe: They let their parents rig their boats. Then, they don't learn how
to rig a boat.
* What is the most common mistake sailing parents make?
Kehoe: They push their kids into being overly competitive. It's the parents
who live vicariously through their kids who chase them away from the sport.
The parents' job is to facilitate their kids' learning. When they do it
well, their kids sail for the rest of their lives.
CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS (Sponsored by West Marine)
Is your event listed on the Scuttlebutt Event Calendar? This free,
self-serve tool is the easiest way to communicate to both sailors and
sailing media. These are some of the events listed on the calendar for this
Apr 29-May 1 - Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta - Annapolis, MD, USA
Apr 30-May 1 - Cow Town Classic - Westerville, OH, USA
Apr 30-May 1 - Spring C Scow Regatta - Springfield, IL, USA
Apr 30-May 1 - Laser Atlantic Coast Championships - Wrightsville Beach, NC,
Apr 30-May 1 - Yachting Cup Regatta - San Diego, CA, USA
View all the events at http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar
INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES
The Industry News category of the Scuttlebutt Forum provides an opportunity
for companies to announce new products and services. Here are some of
* TKZ Media: New Solent Handbook & Directory
* Prep for the Sailing Season with a free eBook
* Lewmar Safety Notice - Self-tailing winches
* SailLaser St. Petersburg to open this winter
* New Offshore Sailors Night Vision Nylon Cap
* Tommy Bahama announces collaboration with Transpac Yacht Race
View and/or post Industry News updates here:
* The World Sailing Speed Record Council announced the awarding of
Performance Certificate No 37 for a Singlehanded Transatlantic passage by a
boat 40 ft and under. Eric Defert (FRA) made the crossing in the 40 ft
monohull “Terralia on March 25 to April 6, 2011 for an elapsed time of 11
days 11 hours 30 minutes and 58 seconds (avg speed of 10.45 knots). --
* DSM Dyneema has completed their worldwide recruitment drive for 40
skippers to test drive running rigging made with Dyneema fibers. The
members of the 2011 Dyneema Experience Team will share their experiences on
sailing with running rigging made with Dyneema through social media, and
the skipper with the best accomplished assignments will win a sailing
master class for two persons with PUMA Ocean Racing in Alicante, Spain.
* Chicago Yacht Club now has over 350 entries for this year’s 289 nm
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Veuve Clicquot. Considered
to be the world's oldest annual freshwater sailing distance race, the 103rd
edition will start off Chicago's lakefront on July 16, 2011. --
* The list of designated house drinks for yacht clubs has grown. Additions
that were submitted on Wednesday are now posted in the Scuttlebutt Forum.
Further recommendations can be posted here:
RESOURCES AND BENEFITS
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sailing centers and classes to reinforce their purpose. US SAILING members
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Paul Elvstrom won his first gold medal at the 1948 Games held in England,
with American Ralph Evans in second and Koos de Jong (NED) in third. The
event used the Firefly, a 12-foot two-sail boat designed by Uffa Fox in
1938. Although designed as a double hander, it was sailed as a single
handed class for the 1948 Olympics but was subsequently replaced by the
The class then became popular as a double hander, as was originally
intended, becoming particularly successful as a team racing boat in the UK.
The Firefly continues to be used at the Wilson Trophy British Open Team
Racing Championship, hosted by the West Kirby Sailing Club, and long
considered to be one of the elite international team racing events.
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* From Dobbs Davis:
The article on Crew Weight in 'Butt 3329 illustrates some fundamental
problems with PHRF: the lack of universal standards, and the lack of
measurement scrutiny of whatever standards there might be. This is
unfortunate, as crew weight can have a huge effect on performance.
Defenders will say this level of scrutiny is undesired - maybe so, but then
don't gripe about any rating inaccuracies: you get what you pay for.
For reference, crew weight is a measured quantity in ORC cultures (8000
certificates in 40 countries) and ORR (700 certificates in US & Mexico),
and affects ratings from default values in both. In fact, using the Sailor
Services tool on the ORC website, anyone can examine the effect of crew
weight changes on any boat in the database by editing the measurement file
and running a Test Certificate for only 10 euros each...it takes about 10
minutes, and needs no intervention from any rating office.
* From Craig Fletcher:
Replying to the crew weight issue in Scuttlebutt 3329, I think the rules of
sailing are too simple. People are leaving the sport because the rules are
too simple, and the cost of complying is too low. To attract more people to
the sport, the rule makers need to add rules that are as costly and complex
as possible. I would add a license fee for each boat, plus a crew fee, both
to be paid to US Sailing.
NOTE: We thinks Craig was winking when he wrote this.
* From Glenn McCarthy: (re, coaching thread)
There is a different way to use coaches. At a pre-event to the Star Western
Hemisphere Championship in 2003, our fleet held races where the "outside
assistance rule" was turned off. We hired George Szabo in a coach boat who
offered advice to all competitors in the fleet. My father (Gene) and I have
been a Star team since 1973 and picked up on three pieces of advice -
upwind light air we needed our weight farther forward; reaching we needed
to remove the rake out of the mast more and tighten the headstay; running I
needed to stand at the weather side shrouds and search for wind.
One week later with the Championship full on, we sparred all the way around
the course in race four with the regatta Silver Star winner Howie Schiebler
and Rick Peters and won that race using the new tools Szabo had given us.
Consider a fleet purchase of coaching!
* From Ed Kriese:
I agree with EVERYTHING Ken Womack said (in Scuttlebutt 3329). It's a
thrill to line up in an Etchells with the best there are on an equal
footing. I think that a big part of the fun is that in sailing, compared to
other sports, the delta between a pro & a Joe is not that great and you can
improve quickly under the right circumstances. Sailing against pros is a
“My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.” - Rodney
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