SCUTTLEBUTT 3337 - Monday, May 9, 2011
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KEELBOATS ELIMINATED FROM 2016 OLYMPICS
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) confirmed on Saturday the ten
events for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition at 2011 ISAF Mid-Year
Meeting in St Petersburg, Russia.
ISAF President Goran Petersson led the ISAF Council in more than three
hours of debate and discussion before the ten events were decided. Over 50
Submissions were received for consideration following the changes to the
process for selecting events and equipment that was agreed in November
2010. The ten events selected by the ISAF Council for the 2016 Olympic
Sailing Competition are:
Men's Board and/or Kiteboard - evaluation
Women's Board and/or Kiteboard - evaluation
Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser
Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Men's 2nd One Person Dinghy - Finn
Men's Skiff - 49er
Women's Skiff - evaluation
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Mixed Two Person Multihull - evaluation
With the Men's Keelboat event having been eliminated from the provisional
event list that came from the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference held last
November in Greece, there were two changes from the provisional list to the
final event list.
The first change was in the Two Person Dinghy, which was suggested to be a
single mixed event but returned to be individual men's and women's events
as they will be for the 2012 Olympics. But because of the ten event limit,
one event now had to be eliminated, and the Women's Keelboat event was
selected for elimination.
A two-stage voting process, similar to that used by the IOC when choosing a
host city for the Olympic Games, was used by the ISAF Council to decide the
final list. After the first stage, 7 of the 50 submissions went through to
the second stage of voting.
The ISAF Council is comprised of the President and seven Vice-Presidents,
along with other members of the Executive Committee (two Presidents of
Honour and a Treasurer - all non-voting). There are also 29 appointed
members who represent each of the regional groups of sailing nations, and
representatives of the Oceanic and Offshore Committee, the ISAF Classes
Committee, the Women's Forum and the Athlete's Commission (non-voting).
A full report of the decisions made in St Petersburg will be published in
the minutes, these include:
- Decisions on the core events for 2020 were deferred until the 2011 Annual
Conference in November.
- 29er XX granted Recognized Class Status.
- 2014 Youth Olympic Games Events confirmed as: Boy's Windsurfer, Girl's
Windsurfer, Boy's One Person Dinghy and Girl's One Person Dinghy.
- Olympic Class World Championships set to continue.
- A single ranking system for the Olympic events to be operational from
PRAISE BE TO MOTHER TERESA FOR SAVING ISAF FROM ITSELF
By Andy Rice, SailJuice
(May 7, 2011) - It all came down to one vote. In a tense face-off around
the ISAF Council table, the 37 members voted 19 to 18 in favour of keeping
skiffs on the Olympic sailing roster, at the expense of the keelboats.
The seven vice-presidents of ISAF Executive Committee had agreed to block
vote in favour of the keelboats. But I've been told that Teresa Lara, the
Venezuelan VP, broke ranks with her colleagues and voted in line with the
recommendations of the Events Committee (ie, the skiffs). If this is the
case, then praise be to Teresa Lara for having the political courage to go
with her own convictions, and not be swayed by the last-minute 'volte face'
of her VP colleagues.
It's sad to see the keelboat not represented at the 2016 Games (although
with some more enlightened thinking there could have been room for everyone
- more of that another time). However, the past four years - the fallout
from the multihull's exclusion, the subsequent formation of the Olympic
Commission, the proposal tabled at last November's ISAF meeting - have all
been about a forging a new direction for Olympic sailing. Keelboats - or
more specifically the Star - were struggling to justify their place in that
So, while today's announcement offers plenty of reasons to be cheerful, we
also know that the leadership of ISAF have learned absolutely nothing from
the debacle of Cascais 2007. The past four years of hard work by the
sub-committees of ISAF came perilously close to being unraveled by three
crazy days in St Petersburg. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/SJ-050811
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NEW SEASON - GOOD. OLYMPIC DECISION - NOT SO MUCH
By Ian Williams, '07, '08 Match Racing World Champion
The World Match Racing Tour starts this week at Match Race France in
Marseille and Team GAC Pindar are the best prepared that we have been since
2008. By securing the funding and committing to the Tour before the start
of the year, we have been able to plan effectively and I feel confident
that we can give a good account of ourselves this year.
We have done two warm-up regattas, the Congressional Cup (Long Beach, CA)
in March and last week's Open de Espana (Calpe, Spain). Both were Grade 1
events (the level directly below WMRT) and we have won both. In fact, we
have not been beaten in a race in the final rounds of either regatta, with
10 wins from 10 races. So we deserve to feel confident.
Of course, one of the hardest things about the WMRT is that every event is
so different. We have been successful in Catalina 37s and Tom 28s (the
boats used in the two warm up regattas), but now the question is whether we
can continue that success in J/80s (which will be used at MRF).
The J/80 is probably the hardest boat for us on the Tour as we tend to
favour the bigger, more tactical, boats. The smaller boats are much faster
to manouevre and the kinetics around the boat are more critical which tends
to favour the younger teams and those with a stronger dinghy sailing
background. That aspect can be a great leveler and we are expecting a tough
challenge from any of the other 11 teams in the Event. Round robin racing
starts on Wednesday.
This past week the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has been meeting
in St. Petersburg for their mid-year meetings. The governing body of
sailing has a huge job in governing such a diverse sport and makes
decisions on wide ranging aspects of the sport, but the decisions that
everybody seems to focus on is its choice of Olympic Events.
I have some bitter experiences with this decision making process, having
been all set to campaign a Soling for the 2004 Olympics before it was
dropped only 3 1/2 years before the Athens Games. The reality of Olympic
campaigning is that you rarely make it to the Olympics on your first
attempt so really it is an eight year commitment just to go to the
Olympics. And if you build up your skill level in one class or discipline,
it is very difficult to change.
Four years ago, ISAF voted multihulls out of the Olympics. That decision
made them look pretty silly as the rest of the sailing world began to
embrace the multihull, most notably with the introduction of the AC72 for
the America's Cup. This time around, the multihull is back (as a "mixed"
event) and the keelboats are out.
I have to say I really feel for the sailors who have committed a great deal
of time and resources to Olympic keelboat sailing as their skills are no
longer relevant to the Olympics. I think that many of the top Star sailors
will find another outlet in professional sailing, however, rightly or
wrongly, professional sailing is predominantly a man's world so the top
female keelboat sailors will be extremely frustrated by this twist.
Story source: http://www.williamssailracing.com/
Open de Espana story: http://www.sailing.org/35892.php
34th America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray told Sail-World that one of
the teams that had lodged a Notice of Challenge with the Defender, Golden
Gate Yacht Club had been declined.
When the entries were announced at the closing date at the end of March
2011, there were ten named teams, five teams who had asked their details be
kept confidential, and two of those were listed as being subject to vetting
by the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club. The fifteen teams listed included
Oracle Racing, the America's Cup Defender.
While Murray would not reveal the name or details of the team, it must be
assumed that it did not comply with the requirements of the Protocol for
the 34th America's Cup in some way. Later in the interview, Murray
responded that he expected that there could be a late entry made, but would
not say if it was on the Challenger or Defender side of the entry list.
Last Saturday, 30 April marked the date required under the Protocol for the
posting of the first Performance Bond for an amount of USD200,000 which
could be either by bank deposit or a documentary form payable on demand.
Murray confirmed that not all teams had met the deadline, but would not
disclose if more than just one had missed or who the teams were.
He did say that the matter would now be passed to the International Jury to
investigate and possibly hold a Hearing. It may well be that the teams had
in fact complied with the required with the requirements of the Protocol,
but due to Bank Holidays etc in various parts of the world the required
instruments had not been fully processed.
Sail-World was told earlier last week that in the past there had been
substantial delays in processing payments, and that a slide of several days
was not unusual if the payment was made close to the due date. It may well
be that the issue has its roots in bank administration issues, and that
there is nothing untoward.
However the matter is now for the International Jury to determine, and if
an omission has occurred, then that is a matter for them to determine and
penalise, if required. A second Performance Bond of USD800,000 is required
to be lodged by 31 December 2011.
Watch video of interview: http://tinyurl.com/SW-050811
MIGRATION: Four America's Cup teams - Artemis Racing, China Team, ORACLE
Racing, and Emirates Team New Zealand - have been in Auckland, NZL,
training on their AC45s in preparation for the first America's Cup World
Series event in Cascais, Portugal (August 6-14). But with the approach of
the southern hemisphere winter, the AC45s have begun their move to Europe.
Part of the design brief for the AC45 was that it be easy to ship. With
removable sterns on both hulls, the canoe bodies of the catamarans just
squeeze into a standard 40 foot shipping container. The wings too get
pulled apart and before long, the high-tech racing catamarans are ready for
transport. -- Full report: http://www.americascup.com/blog/over-and-out_128
EXTREME TEAM RACING CHAMPIONSHIP
The Wilson Trophy British Open Team Racing Championship, hosted and
organised by West Kirby Sailing Club, was held May 6-8 at the Marine Lake
in West Kirby. The 32 selected teams, representing the United Kingdom,
Ireland and the United States, came to compete in what is considered one of
two elite international team racing events, the other being the Team Racing
World Championship held every two years. And all the top teams qualified
for the 2011 Team Racing World Championship in Ireland (Aug 27-Sept 11)
were at The Wilson.
By the end of the 20 round, 320 race, Swiss League competition, two U.S.
teams - NYYC Team Extreme and Buns & Ammo - were among the quarter
finalists, but it would only be the defending champions NYYC Team Extreme
that would advance to the semi-finals. Representing the U.S. team was Zach
Brown and Emmet Smith, Thomas Barrows and Marla Menninger, and Stuart McNay
and Michael Hession.
With hordes of spectators now lining the shoreline and packing the
grandstand, the semi-finals provided a breathtaking display of the highest
quality team racing. NYYC Team Extreme was matched against West Kirby SC,
with the host club team narrowly taking the first race. NYYC Team Extreme
struck back in the second race, rounding the final mark holding first and
second, a position they were comfortably able to maintain to the finish.
The deciding race of this match hung in the balance until the final beat,
when the NYYC Team Extreme turned on the team racing style, to take the win
and set up a repeat of last year's Grand Final against West Kirby Hawks.
By the time the Grand Final got underway the wind had risen considerably
again and with the boats still on full rigs, the crews had some real boat
handling challenges to deal with. As expected, the Grand Final was a
spectacular affair, with the two teams putting on a full bore team racing
masterclass, much to the appreciation of the hundreds of delighted
spectators, who loudly cheered every maneuver.
The first race went to NYYC Team Extreme after West Kirby Hawks squandered
a potentially winning position on the final beat. Quickly regrouping, the
Hawks struck back in the wild and windy second race, to level the score.
NYYC Team Extreme then took the next race to establish a 2 - 1 advantage.
With the wind now topping twenty knots in the gusts, the race committee in
the interests of fair team racing, made the sensible decision to send the
teams ashore to change to the smaller rigs.
Given the extreme conditions, the pre-start action in the third race was
surprisingly intense, with the two teams hurling themselves at each other
like a couple of street gangs in a turf war. However, from the moment the
start gun sounded, the Hawks knew they were in trouble - with two boats
over early and forced to restart. NYYC Team Extreme were simply too good a
squad to hand such an advantage to, and given control so early in the race,
they rocketed away to close out the Grand Final with a comprehensive win.
Event website: http://www.wksc.net/wilsontrophy
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* Austin, TX (May 8, 2011) - Antilles School of St Thomas, USVI won the
2011 Mallory Championship, emblematic of the high school national
doublehanded championship. Hosted by
Austin Yacht Club on May 7-8, twenty teams competed in FJs on Lake Travis,
with both A and B teams completing 19 races. Finishing second and third
were Southern California rivals Coronado HS (Coronado, CA) and Point Loma
HS (San Diego, CA), respectively. Complete results:
* The United States Optimist Dinghy Association completed their Team Trials
regatta, where 172 sailors were hosted by the San Francisco Yacht Club. The
four day regatta (May 4-7) will be used by the US to determine their
representatives at the Optimist World Championships in New Zealand, the
European Championships in Portugal, the Asian Championships in Singapore,
the North American Championships in Cabrillo Beach (Calif.), the British
Nationals and the Flanders regatta in Nieuwport Belgium. With 12 races
completed, Wade Waddell dominated the competition with five firsts (29
points), followed by Russell Clarida (60 pts) and top female Martina Sly
(67 pts). Full results: http://tinyurl.com/US-050811
* Portland State Sailing will be hosting The Afterguard event in
conjunction with their annual Gorge Invite Regatta on May 14th & 15th, in
the Gorge at Cascade Lock, Oregon. The regatta is open to NWICSA and ICSA
alumni. Details: http://www.tinyurl.com/psualum
* Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law Wednesday his
controversial budget that raises the state sales tax and includes a 0.65
percent luxury tax on boats. Under the new budget the Connecticut sales tax
will increase from 6 percent to 6.35 percent. A 0.65 percent luxury tax
will be added on boats that sell for $100,000 and more, for a total tax of
7 percent. -- Soundings, full report: http://tinyurl.com/TOT-050811
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* From Dobbs Davis (re, Barry Dunning letter in SBUTT 3336)
I have to respond to the misunderstandings surrounding the ISAF
Classification scheme. Here are some points to make to hopefully help clear
- The Classification system is a service to classes and events who want to
define who they want to sail; it is not a requirement imposed by ISAF on
- The system has been in use now for over a decade, and has its roots in
the US Sailing and RYA systems of the 1990's;
- The system is completely free and web-based;
- Classification Commission members are from all continents, and represent
a broad cross section of both pro and amateur sailors, industry members,
race committee members, judges and umpires;
- Many classes who have crew restrictions word this so that they limit the
number of non-Group 1's, and require Group 1's to prove this by having them
apply through the system;
- The system is devised this way because most classes and events want to
promote amateur sailor participation, and therefore use the ISAF guidelines
to help define what that means;
- ISAF regularly consults with its users (events and classes) to help keep
these definitions and interpretations relevant.
Some classes assume in their crew administrative functions that those who
are not Group 1 are Group 3, but this may not necessarily be the case, and
does not have to be certified by ISAF...each team merely needs to meet
their requirements under class rules to certify their Group 1's.
So, the system is not a mockery, the writer merely misunderstands how
classes use it: the only crew members who need to be 'properly registered'
are those complying with their own class rules to be certified by ISAF to
be Group 1. No one requires Group 3's to be certified by ISAF.
* From Ted Beier: (re, rust in swaged cable end fittings - SBUTT 3333)
Besides the lack of oxygen, the wire and inside surfaces of the fitting are
highly stressed from the swaging process, which also promote corrosion. The
corrosion may be inhibited by treating the ends with a wickable epoxy like
Git Rot right after the swaging process and before the new stays are
exposed to weather and salt.
Arrange the fittings vertically with the cable end up. Put drops of the
epoxy on the cable at the edge of the end fitting, and allow it to wick in.
Repeat the process until the fitting will not "drink" any more just as the
product would be used for rotted wood. I have been treating stays that I
have made for my customers headed for salt water for years, and have never
seen any further corrosion adjacent/inside end fittings.
Another corrosion source is the split vinyl stay covers. If you are going
to use them, treat the entire length of stay that will be covered with Git
Rot as well.
People do not change, they only become more so.
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