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SCUTTLEBUTT 3342 - Monday, May 16, 2011
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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
While the Women’s International Match Racing Association was originally
formed in 1996, the organization got a significant boost when the Women’s
Match-Racing Event was selected for the 2012 Olympic Games. Now with the
event pulled from the 2016 Games before its debut next summer, WIMRA
Executive Director Liz Baylis (USA) comments on the situation:
Obviously this is a great disappointment to us and perhaps a decision they
will regret. But it is done and we must now look forward and not backwards.
We have seen an incredible growth of women’s match racing throughout the
world over the last 10 years:
- from 20 events in 2000 to over 80 in 2010;
- from 115 skippers on the ranking list in 2000 to 320 now;
- women’s match racing happening in many new countries including RSA, SLO,
CRO, PER, ESA, KOR, IND, and more;
Though this has been in part due to the inclusion in the Olympic programme
for 2012, it is mainly due to the tremendous effort that all of you have
put into growing our sport. I do not see the recent decision diminishing
the fact that women’s match racing is a dynamic and exciting discipline and
many of our most talented sailors will continue to participate.
As WIMRA Vice President, Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen (DEN) said in a recent
note to the ISAF Women’s Forum:
"I don’t think that match racing has ever been adopted by the Sailing World
Cups to use its full potential, so not really a surprise that women’s
keelboat/match racing is out again. I’m sure match racing will be fantastic
events at the Pre-Olympics, ISAF Worlds in Perth and at the Olympic Games
2012. And match racing will for sure survive also outside the Olympic
programme, no doubt about that."
So where do we go from here? WIMRA is committed to helping ensure that the
events Lotte mentioned are all fantastic events and that the Olympic
Women’s Match Racing event in 2012 showcases our sport for what it is:
exciting, athletic, media friendly, and riveting. But, we will also be
working outside of the Olympic programme to further develop women’s match
racing in new areas as well as bolster the existing excellent events and
help develop new events. -- http://www.wimra.org/news_detail.asp?rk=888
SAILING’S EQUIVALENT OF THE WILD, WILD WEST
The leading international sportboat class has come to cowboy country to
take on sailing’s equivalent of the wild, wild west: Corpus Christi, Texas.
With the sailing venue short on family friendly attractions but long on big
winds, a thin but focused fleet of 32 boats have come to the 2011 Melges 24
World Championship, hosted by the Corpus Christi Yacht Club, Texas on May
16-21. A top quality international field has travelled from Australia,
Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and throughout the USA for
the perfect storm: high performance boat, warm temperatures, and ‘manly’
According to Principal Race Officer Mark Foster, weather conditions are set
to be close to perfect for the main world championship series. "The
thunderstorms that are rumbling around the area right now are forecast to
clear out over the next 48 hours and we should then see a return to the
classic Corpus Christi wind conditions. 15 - 18 knots is typical in the
early afternoon with the possibility of 20 knots plus in the mid to late
afternoon. The added bonus is that both the air and sea temperatures are
predicted to be around 80 degrees Fahrenheit."
The reigning champions, Italy's Uka Uka Racing, will be hoping to repeat
the form which saw them clinch last year's world championship in Tallinn,
Estonia with a race to spare. "We have exactly the same team as last year,”
explained tactician Jonathan McKee (USA). “Our first priority is to make
the choice on what sails we are going to use. Although it is generally
always quite windy here, I think there is a chance we may actually get a
range of conditions for the series." -- Pre-report:
PRE-WORLDS: Norwegian Eivind Melleby and Full Medal Jacket team won the
Melges 24 Pre-Worlds, edging out Italian Lorenzo Bressani and UkaUka Racing
on a tie-breaker. The twelve race World Championship Series begins on
Monday and runs through until Saturday, May 21st with two races scheduled
per day. Pre-Worlds results:
BEHIND THE SCENES
Among the top teams at the Melges 24 World Championship is U.S. National
Champion Alan Field, with his tactician Steve Hunt sharing some of the
‘behind the scenes’ challenges that this windy and wet venue is presenting:
“Trying to find sunscreen that does not sting your eyes with all the spray
hasn’t been easy, and also getting off the dock without looking like a
rookie is tough too. It blows so hard our 3.5 horse power engine doesn't
power us out of the slip. Teams on the upwind side of the dock run a line
across the channel to the windward shore and pull their boats out, then
sails go up and off you go. It's the reverse when you come home; you luff
up to the windward shore and ease the boat back into the slip with a long
“Another challenge is keeping things organized because it is so windy. The
other day when I took off my sailing shoes, one of them literally was
starting to blow across the parking lot. That's windy! And the breeze also
makes it hard to tune the rig. Your tensions change with so much wind
hitting the mast, especially if the breeze is side-to. You have to bow hang
so the wind hits the rig square for equal readings side to side.
Additionally, small tasks that you could normally do with two people take
three or four, such as rolling a main, just to keep it under control, so
teamwork is critical. You better get along with your team in Corpus Christi
because you have to work together all the time!”
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The ISAF Classification system is a service to classes and events who want
to define who they want to sail. If there is a limit on the number
professional sailors that can participate on a boat, the Classification
Code is the system that must be used.
The challenge of the Code is to fairly determine what types of activity
warrant a sailor to be classified as Group 3 (professional), and what is
permitted within the Group 1 (amateur) classification. One of the tools of
the Code is a list of over 120 frequently asked questions (FAQs), with
their answers helping to define Group 1 and 3.
Here are the FAQs for Sailmakers:
Q. Are all employees of sailmakers automatically Group 3?
A. No. Employees of sailmakers are usually Group 3 but Classification
depends on the exact nature of the work and the relationship between the
sailor’s work and his racing. For example those who have not been involved
in providing the sails and whose work does not require knowledge or skill
capable of enhancing the performance of the boat whilst on board in a race
such as accountants, clerks and those who sew sails may be Group 1.
Q. A sailor working for a sailmaker has work that requires knowledge and
skill capable of enhancing performance in a race whilst racing but does not
race with the customers of the sailmaker. Is he Group1?
A. No, he is Group 3. [22.2.2(c)].
Q. A sailor working for a sailmaker or as an agent is involved in sales or
marketing of sails and races with customers. Is he Group 3?
A. Yes. Even if he does not have knowledge or skill capable of enhancing
performance. [22.2.2(b) applies]. If he does not race with his customers he
could be a Group 1 if he does not have knowledge or skill capable of
Q. A sailor working for a sailmaker is involved in sales or marketing and
uses his employer’s sails when racing on his own boat. Is he Group 3?
A. Yes. Even if he does not have knowledge or skill capable of enhancing
Q. Is a sailor working for a sailmaker as a sail designer of racing sails
always a Group 3?
Q. Can a sailor who has only been paid for work repairing racing sails be a
A. Yes, but if he races with customers or if he has knowledge and skill
capable of enhancing performance he would be Group 3.
Q. Is a sailor working for a sailmaker in a purely administrative role
Group 1 even if he races on a boat which uses his company’s sails?
A. He knows whether he has any influence on the choice of sails, their
purchase and or their cut and their performance, but normally he would be
Q. A sailmaker makes sails only for boats that do not race. Can he be Group
Q. An active partner in a sailmaking loft races with a friend who has now
become a customer. He has known him and sailed with him for many years. Can
he be Group 1?
A. No, he is Group 3.
Q. A sailmaker makes a sail for himself for his own boat. Does this make
him Group 3?
A. Yes. His work requires knowledge and skill capable of improving a boat's
performance and which can be utilised whilst on board a boat when racing
ISAF Sailor Classification Code: http://tinyurl.com/ISAF-CODE-0111
ISAF Sailor Classification Code FAQS: http://tinyurl.com/CODE-FAQS-0111
WORLD MATCH RACING TOUR
Marseille, France (May 14, 2011) - Damien Iehl and his French Match Racing
Team made the perfect start to their World Match Racing Tour season after
defeating Bertrand Pace's Aleph Sailing Team in an all French Final at
Match Race France in Marseille.
This was Iehl’s second ever victory on the World Match Racing Tour
following his win at Match Race Germany in 2008 and his early justification
for being awarded a Tour Card for the 2011 season. The victory caps a week
in which the Frenchman has been in majestic form, firstly by Qualifying in
second position, then defeating the 2003 Tour Champion Jesper Radich (DEN)
3-1 in the Semi-Finals and finally Pace in the first all French Final on
the Tour since 2007.
Commenting on his win, Iehl said: “It has been a tense week but to win the
event here is perfect. It’s a reward for all the hard work we’ve been doing
over the last six years. We feel it’s our time now. We know Mathieu
[Richard] won Match Race France last year but didn’t win the Tour so
winning it is our objective now.” Iehl attended three of the nine 2010 tour
events, earning a seventh at St. Moritz Match Race as his top finish.
The second event of the 2011 World Match Racing Tour is Match Race Germany
(May 24-29), where teams will sail the Bavaria 35 Match on Lake Constance
in Langenargen. -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/WMRT-051511
Final: Damien Iehl (FRA) wins 2-0 over Bertrand Pace (FRA)
Petit-Final: Torvar Mirsky (AUS) wins 2-1 over Jesper Radich (DEN),
Teams earning prize money
1. Damien Iehl - $14,078
2. Bertrand Pace - $11,262
3. Torvar Mirsky - $9,854
4. Jesper Radich - $8,447
5. Pierre Antoine Morvan - $7,392
6. Francesco Bruni - $7,040
7. Peter Gilmour - $6,336
8. Alvaro Marinho - $5,984
NOTE: Prize money converted from Euros to U.S. Dollars on May 15, 2011.
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QUOTE / UNQUOTE
“The America’s Cup has never been, in its long tradition, a low-budget
event. In fact, it has always been an event with escalating budgets. What
we did - I mean the Challenger of Record and the Defender - was to build an
event that had lower costs for the start ups. Costs that would allow anyone
to participate. So we lowered the lower limit of expenditure. We haven’t
touched the upper limit. This has never been the case in the America’s Cup.
It wouldn’t have been right to change it.” - Vincenzo Onorato, Mascalzone
Latino owner, after withdrawing from the 34th America’s Cup. Full interview
* Sheboygan, WI (May 15, 2011) - The four top U.S. women match racers faced
off in a USSTAG qualifying series event to determine the entry priority in
upcoming Olympic Women’s Match Racing events. Winning the event was Sally
Barkow, Alana O'Reilly and Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham, whose
come-from-behind win over Team Tunnicliffe capped an exciting day of racing
in 28-30 knots of wind. By virtue of winning, Barkow will represent the
U.S. at the London 2012 Olympic Test Event (Weymouth and Portland
International Regatta) to be held at the Olympic venue on July 31-August
13, 2011. -- http://sailsheboygan.org/USSTAG-2011.php
* Gmunden, Austria (May 15, 2011) - Oracle Racing (USA) proved to be the
masters of Lake Traunsee winning the 2011 RC44 Austria Cup. Their score
line said it all, with three firsts and three seconds out of the nine races
sailed, and only one race outside of the top five. Steve Howe (USA),
currently campaigning on the Melges 32 circuit, was the replacement helm
for owner Larry Ellison (USA). ORACLE Racing also takes the lead now after
two events on the RC44 Championship Tour, with Team Aqua (GBR) moving up to
second and Katusha (RUS) falling two places to third. -- Class website:
* Charleston, SC (May 15, 2011) - Ocean sprint five, the final leg of the
VELUX 5 OCEANS solo round the world yacht race, got underway today when
four international solo sailors raced their Eco 60s out of Charleston
Harbor and bound for the North Atlantic and their ultimate goal, the finish
line in La Rochelle, France. Canadian Derek Hatfield led the fleet across
the line for the 3,600-mile leg that will be the culmination of more than
eight months of gruelling solo sailing through five of the world’s oceans.
The first boat is expected to complete the leg in around 12 days. --
* Led by skipper Franck Cammas, Groupama 4, the first Volvo 70 built in
France, was launched May 14th opposite Groupama Sailing Team's base in
Lorient, France. Sail trials of the Juan Kouyoumdjian design VO 70 are to
begin on May 17 for the sailing crew, with plans to compete in the Fastnet
Race in the UK on August 14. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/GC-051511
* Miami, FL (May 15, 2011) - South Florida thunderstorms won the third day
of the US Snipe Masters Championship at Coral Reef Yacht Club, so the races
from the two previous day would have to suffice as Biscayne Bay was
littered with lightning and torrential rain and winds. When the fleet is
older than dirt, a Masters event can get muddy. The overall results found
locals Augie Diaz and Pam Kelly in first place, with fellow old timers
Peter Commette and Carol Cronin in second, and Doug Hart and his Snipe
World Champ crew Enrique Quintero from Miami in third. -- Photos/report:
Arent H. Kits van Heyningen, 95, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011 in Newport,
RI. Born in Apeldoorn, Netherlands on April 9, 1916, he moved to Newport to
join the Raytheon Submarine Signal division in Portsmouth where he worked
as a principal engineer until retiring in 1986.
In 1982, Mr. Kits van Heyningen started Sailcomp Industries along with his
two sons, Robert and Martin. Sailcomp became KVH Industries in 1986 and he
served as Chief Scientist until 2010. An avid sailor, he was a longtime
member of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club. He sailed locally in many regattas and
sailed in the Newport to Bermuda race regularly. Last year, at 94, he
became the oldest sailor to compete in this classic yacht race.
Mr. Kits van Heyningen was a prolific inventor with numerous patents and
enjoyed combining his love of engineering with his favorite sport. He
worked on the electronics for several America's Cup campaigns, starting
with the French challenge in 1980. He invented several innovative sailing
instruments that are still produced to this day. --
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* From Craig Fletcher:
After reading the ISAF classification questions I can see why those who
administer sailing rival the US Government for being totally out of touch.
Is the person who makes the golf clubs a pro golfer? Is the caddie? How
about the greenskeeper? NO. So why are you a Group 3 (professional) if you
work on a boat or deliver a boat you race on? The whole rule makes no
sense. The rule need not be no more than one sentence:
“If you are paid in any form to race sailboats (including prize money), you
are a professional sailor.”
Simple. If you’re not paid to race sailboats you are an amateur.
* From Manfred C. Schreiber:
Kudos to Grant Dalton and the NZ Government for keeping on with their
national America’s Cup team. One can only congratulate them for their wise
decision which has so many consequences in a difficult world of keeping
employment numbers and national pride high on any countries priority list.
My view from working in the marine environment for more than 35 years is
that kids look up to the heroes from the America´s Cup if marketed right.
With this comes the education of the sailing juniors. Outstanding success
here for England and New Zealand. The kids are growing, they succeed and
they are spreading the message.
Many of them are looking for jobs in the marine industry of course in their
home country. Become boatbuilders, sailmakers, sparbuilders, and all sorts
of producers and suppliers. They are obviously keeping their network
running. Look at what happens today: A prospering boatbuilding industry
around these people in both countries which I have mentioned. Lots of
innovations and jobs. Payback time for the government.
The Mr. Bean Guide to Fun in an Elevator: Stare, grinning at another
passenger for a while, and then announce, "I have new socks on."
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