For all your commentary, questions, and updates.|
Click here to view.
SCUTTLEBUTT 3350 - Thursday, May 26, 2011
Scuttlebutt is published each weekday with the support of its sponsors,
providing a digest of major sailing news, commentary, opinions, features
and dock talk . . . with a North American focus.
Today's sponsors: Ullman Sails and Hall Spars & Rigging.
MERGING BUSINESS AND PLEASURE
When the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship commences this
Saturday through Monday in Long Beach, CA, it will be the first time that
this grand prix class hosted its continental title event on the West Coast
since the series was launched in 1998, a year after the boat was introduced
to the world.
The class has global popularity with 152 boats in 17 countries and,
locally, the Southern California group is seen as "the fastest growing Farr
40 fleet in the world," according to David Voss, president of the West
Coast flotilla. While Long Beach Yacht Club is the event host, facility
upgrades required a location change, so now the boats will be based and
hosted by Gladstone's restaurant at nearby Rainbow Harbor downtown.
The partnership between Gladstone's and local sporting events is not new.
John Sangmeister, operator of Gladstone's, was successful in attracting the
Los Angeles to Hawaii Transpac race fleet to Rainbow Harbor for their pre
race staging. His restaurant was also the backdrop for two recent Red Bull
events: New Year - No Limits and Flugtag. In one event, Travis Pastrana
successfully jumped his Subaru Impreza 269 feet from the adjacent pier to a
barge. In the other event, homemade, human-powered flying machines were
piloted off the pier... with much less success.
"Having been fortunate to participate in two America's Cup campaigns
(Fremantle and San Diego), I've witnessed firsthand the positive
transformations that came about as a direct result of prominent sporting
events," said Sangmeister. "Gladstone's Long Beach aspires to be a
quintessential California waterfront restaurant experience and we rely on
the promise of an attractive and vibrant destination. Sailing, sailboats
and activity enhance our aesthetic."
When offering advice on how events and businesses can have a mutually
beneficial sponsor arrangement, he explains how it's important that roles
and responsibilities are well defined. "Where we've experienced challenges
are in assumptions or third party communications that were inconsistent and
unexpected," said Sangmeister. "At these times flexibility and cooperation
are essential. Finally, as marketing budgets receive closer scrutiny,
organizers would improve their ability to attract and retain sponsors with
greater preparation of the benefits and reach of each event."
Ten teams will begin racing on Saturday at 1:00 pm PT. Full details:
WHY AUSTRALIA NEEDS TO WIN THE AMERICA'S CUP
By MySailing.com editor
As I sat having a quiet beer at one of the dozens of bars in Auckland's
viaduct complex recently, I couldn't help but reflect on the benefits that
accrue from hosting an America's Cup challenge.
When I left Perth to wander the world in 1976, Fremantle was a grotty port
city that you didn't venture into after dark. In fact, I had survived a
severe bashing there one Sunday night only because I could run faster than
my five attackers.
When I returned for the America's Cup defence in 1986, I was staggered at
the change. All the old pubs and other colonial buildings had been given a
total make-over. There were new pedestrian malls with dozens of cafes and
restaurants, and of course the new Challenger Boat Harbour had been built,
where all the teams had their bases.
Perth 2011, the major qualifier for next year's Olympics, would never have
been allocated to Fremantle had Australia not hosted the Cup. The benefits
are lasting, with all the Cup infrastructure still in place, along with the
purpose-built marine business area of Henderson, just down the road, which
continues to build large commercial vessels as well as servicing the oil
and gas industry and the booming recreational boating market in WA. -- Read
ULLMAN SAILS - DELIVERING THE SERVICE YOU DESERVE
Are you debating between performance sails for the racecourse or durable
sails for weekend cruising with the family? Or you maybe you only have the
budget for one new sail this year? At Ullman Sails, we're dedicated to
personally working with each customer to determine the best sails for their
sailing goals and budget. And it doesn't matter whether you're investing in
a Blue Line Cruising spinnaker or buying a FiberPath GP Race genoa for your
race inventory, our sail consultants will go the extra mile to make sure
every customer is satisfied.
Invest in your performance. http://www.ullmansails.com
GREAT PORTS MAKE GREAT CITIES
By Michelle Slade, SailBlast
As I've alluded to more than once, the City of San Francisco is not losing
time in checking off the boxes when it comes to the infrastructure work
that's required to put on an America's Cup event in 2013. It's well
recorded by former AC cities (Perth, Auckland, Valencia) that the Cup
leaves behind a legacy that continues to be enjoyed - and continues to
provide financial benefit - for everyone. The City is proving to be the
rock amongst the ever changing tides of Cup chaos (who really knows how
many teams will show come Judgment Day?) but then it's really never been
any different. And, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that there's still
two years to go.
At the Port of San Francisco, Jonathan Stern, Asst. Deputy Director,
Waterfront Development, filled SailBlast in on what's happening in his
domain. Most of that which he and his team are focusing on right now is
related to the entitlement process (the People Plan is the public part of
that) and working on drafting the EIR to get the environmental clearance.
Stern says there's a lot of technical analysis that has to be done about
the event and understanding better what the event is. He's also working
with the America's Cup Environmental Coalition - a local stakeholder group
which has been following the Cup and generally has a stake in the
waterfront, being concerned with waterfront development and other related
issues. -- Read on:
FRENCH MATCH RACING TEAM ON A ROLL
Langenargen, Germany (May 25, 2011) - At the opening event of the 2011
World Match Racing Tour, for Damien Iehl (FRA) and his French Match Racing
Team lost only 5 of his 21 races to take the Match Race French event title.
Two weeks later, Iehl has continued his imperious form at second event on
the tour - Match Race Germany - where he is joined by Francesco Bruni and
Phil Robertson at the top of the standings after each team posted unbeaten
records in the first Qualifying Session on Lake Constance.
The Frenchman didn't have it all his own way though having to come from
behind in his opening match against Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing. He
then benefited from a mistake by Eugeny Neugodnikov (RUS) Team Synergy to
claim his next scalp. Iehl's wins against William Tiller (NZL), Bjorn
Hansen (SWE), and Jesper Radich (DEN) were easier to come by, with the
perfect performance mirroring his opening day in France. -- Full report:
Standings After the First Qualifying Session:
Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 5-0
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Mascalzone Latino, 3-0
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing Team, 3-0
Eugeney Neugodnikov (RUS) Team Synergy, 3-2
Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners, 3-2
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 2-1
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, 2-3
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team, 2-3
Eric Monnin (SUI) Team Ocalys Corum, 1-2
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team, 0-4
Stefan Meister (GER), 0-4
William Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket Racing, 0-5
UPDATES: A live blog will run on the tour website throughout the day to
give flight by flight updates, plus video programming before and after the
BACKGROUND: The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the leading professional
sailing series, featuring 9 events across the globe, sanctioned by the
International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with "Special Event" status. Prize
money is awarded for each event, with event points culminating in the
crowning of the "ISAF Match Racing World Champion". -- http://www.wmrt.com
(May 25, 2011) - The first day of the Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 in
Istanbul, Turkey has attracted 11 international teams to compete in the
Extreme 40 event, with several aspiring America's Cup teams amid the field.
American skipper Terry Hutchinson led Artemis Racing to the top spot with
52 points, only a single point ahead of Act 2 winners Luna Rossa and
Alinghi on 47. For six out of seven races today a different team crossed
the finish line first, only Luna Rossa scored two bullets.
"The venue itself is tricky," explained Hutchinson. "It's one of those
places where you are never really out of it until the race is over. You
fight for every point because you know they are so valuable. We had seven
races between 1400 and 1700 hours and I can tell you I am completely
knackered and I have the somewhat easy job on the boat.
"With me for this event are Rodney Ardern, Julien Cressant and Morgan
Trubovich, and at any given moment they are running around the boat
furling, unfurling, kite up. You get the point.....it's a fire storm pretty
much all the time. We ended the day at the top of the leader-board and
really that is about as good as the paper it is written on; 28 more races
and plenty of opportunity."
Daily report: http://tinyurl.com/ESS-052511
HALL SPARS' 1-2 PUNCH
Congratulations to the Hall-rigged TP52s Quantum Racing and Container for
their 1-2 finish at the first MedCup event of 2011. Quantum won five of the
nine races for a convincing win. Synergy, also rigged by Hall, finished
fourth overall after winning the first race. For all three new boats, this
was their first regatta. If you want to win right out of the box, too,
contact Hall. We can build you a spectacular new carbon mast or refit your
current rig with our extraordinary SCR Airfoil rigging. Or choose both for
a 1-2 punch. http://www.hallspars.com
TRAINING THE NEXT GENERATION
In the fall of 2007, the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association
(NEISA) decided that they wanted to raise the level of officiating at their
top level events. They turned to Peter Johns (Osterville, Mass.) to make it
As the NEISA Jury Coordinator, Peter was tasked with finding protest
committee members and umpires for the numerous weekly events held between
Connecticut and Maine during the fall and spring, including the NEISA
Conference Championships and Intersectionals. One of Peter's first steps
was to seek out seniors graduating from NEISA schools and ask them to
participate in US SAILING certification programs for race management,
umpiring and judging. Over a three year period, Peter has significantly
grown this group of certified judges and umpires.
"We have successfully added several sailors after their college careers to
the ranks of US SAILING certified judges and umpires," said Peter. "I will
continue asking our former college sailors to learn more about their sport
by participating in these programs, it simply makes them a better sailor."
Peter also believes that the level of competition has improved in the NEISA
by raising the level of quality officiating. During his tenure he not only
introduced many sailors to a new side of the sport, but he has led the
charge in getting umpire seminars and examinations conducted for a large
group of sailors under the age of 30.
Peter's last event in this role was the NEISA Team Racing Championship two
weeks ago. He started the weekend with another US SAILING Umpire Seminar
and then assembled a team of 16 umpires, more than half of whom were recent
college graduates. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/USSAILING-052511
COLLEGE NATIONALS UPDATE: Cascade Locks, OR (May 25, 2011) - Today was the
third day of the Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women's National Championship hosted
by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association and the Northwest Intercollegiate
Sailing Association. Light winds forced several postponements during the
day, in part due to the six knot current that the fleet must sail against
on the downwind legs. At press time it appeared that both A and B division
would complete six races going into the final day of the Women's Nationals
on Thursday. -- Event website: http://2011nationals.collegesailing.info/
* Medemblik, Holland (May 25, 2011) - After a windy opening day, the Delta
Lloyd regatta provided sailors with challenging conditions with shifty
winds on day two of the fifth ISAF Sailing World Cup event. Thursday will
be the last chances for classes racing in groups to qualify for the Gold
fleet. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/DL-052511
* (May 25, 2011; Day 12) - VELUX 5 OCEANS overall leader Brad Van Liew
(USA) is just days away from a clean sweep of the race's five leg. Holding
a 76nm lead over Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski (POL), Brad is now 679 nm from
the finish in La Rochelle, France, with his arrival time estimated to be
afternoon on Friday, May 27. -- Race website: http://www.velux5oceans.com
* The Eco 60 Class, for Open 60s built before 2003, was devised as an
affordable, more sustainable alternative to the high-end campaigns of late
which have seen solo ocean racing become accessible only to those with
multi-million pound budgets. Following the completion of the VELUX 5 OCEANS
2010-11, the Class is hosting an inaugural discussion forum on Friday June
3rd in La Rochelle (France) to formalise an independent Class and define
the future development of the Eco 60 racing circuit. Details:
* CORRECTION: The lead story in Scuttlebutt 3349 mistakenly made reference
to the 1988 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. The venue was actually Pusan,
South Korea. Australia hosted the 2000 Games.
DOES YOUR EVENT NEED RAFFLE PRIZES?
Scuttlebutt has special ordered t-shirts to provide for raffles to any of
the championship events occurring this season in North America. Are you an
event organizer in need of raffle prizes? Post your event details in the
Forum. A random drawing will be held May 27th. Here is the link:
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
May 27 - Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race - Stamford, CT, USA
May 27-29 - Puerto Rice Vela Cup - Humacao, Puerto Rico, USA
May 27-29 - Swiftsure International Yacht Race - Victoria, BC, Canada
May 28-29 - Around Catalina Race - Cabrillo Beach/Dana Point, CA, USA
May 28-30 - Rolex Farr 40 North American Champs - Long Beach, 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
* Meetings Afloat!
* Yacht Broker Paul Buttrose Joins Sparkman & Stephens
* NEW! RIB designed specially for coaching/ sailor support
View and/or post Industry News updates here:
Scuttlebutt strongly encourages feedback from the Scuttlebutt community.
Either submit comments by email or post them on the Forum. Submitted
comments chosen to be published in the newsletter may be limited to 250
words. Authors may have one published submission per subject, and should
save their bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.
* From Roger McBride (re, Scuttlebutt 3348):
Yes Tim, you and those saying what you said miss the point. The
Professionals are getting financially rewarded indirectly much of the time.
That is why the ISAF code is complicated. Note that ISAF restricts no one
from racing on a boat. The classes do that. The classes do it because that
is what the owners want, mainly for cost control. The number of classes
with restrictions are relatively small.
And Steve, Group 2 was eliminated because the classes were lumping 2 & 3
anyway. I don't have the stats, but my impression is that the
classification system has actually increased the demand for the true pros.
The pros by classification only are losers in this by getting shut out of
some classes. Would they really be able to get on that Farr 40 or Melges 32
* From Lynn Fitzpatrick (re, "The Flintstones are back", SBUTT 3349):
As the former Executive Director of a Defense Aspirant, I have been saying
all along that the format is wrong for this 'New Zealand Cup'. It is
completely unsustainable, yet reversible and I do have recommendations for
a very viable America's Cup to be held in the United States of America,
where the Cup resided for over 130 years. When the Flintstones run out of
options, maybe they'll take interest.
* From Peter Commette:
I agree with Andrew Campbell (Butt 3348) that the missing component for
junior sailing seems to be the lack of exposure to classes of boats with
older sailors. However, there are exceptions. The Snipe (one example)
provides all of the opportunities that Andrew bemoans have been lost to
youth sailors. Andrew felt lucky for the Laser providing his entree at a
young age into the world of sailing with adults, but the Laser also ushered
in the rise of the dumbed-down, simplified boats.
Unfortunately, the rise of the dumbed-down boats also has paralleled the
high school/college sailing explosion. Those strictly controlled one-design
boats, together with the high school/college sailing format, have combined
to turn out great tactical sailors and team racers, with great feel for
evenly rigged boats. However, when those sailors tackle international
competition in Olympic class boats (except the Laser), they finish in the
back, because they are dog meat slow.
By the time they catch on with all the tuning, building and rigging tricks,
it's time to get a real job. I've spoken about this problem with US Olympic
Team leaders Dean Brenner and Leandro Spina; they absolutely "get it" and
have lots of pokers in the fire to turn things around. Until then, those
young sailors, parents and coaches who catch on and get the kids
"cross-training" in the age integrated, open one design classes will be the
ones with the best chance of succeeding.
* From csewing (re, youth sailing of technical boats in the U.S.):
I, too, think the 29er is on the way up in the U.S. So much so that we
bought our son a used boat, he's going to CORK this summer to race and I
talked the race committee chairman at Coconut Grove Sailing Club into
giving the 29ers and XX's a start in their December Orange Bowl event. We
are going to work on getting other regattas here in Miami or on the East
Coast during the winter to try to build some interest on this side
(California already hosts a lot of regattas), so stay tuned. I think there
are good things to come with this class, especially with Melges on board as
a builder. -- Forum,
* From Holly O'Hare:
Parents are spread thin these days with all the different activities kids
are involved in and we can all agree sailing is not an inexpensive sport.
If a family chooses to buy their own boat for their son or daughter, than
factors like cost, size of local fleet, resale value, and classes sailed in
junior programs, high school and college will be considered. The 29er is
high in cost, small or no local fleets, low resale value, and not sailed in
junior programs, high school, or college. Would you buy your kid a Corvette
or a Camry?
If NASCAR is in their future - or the Olympics in the case of sailing -
then it seems pretty logical why the class has not taken off. We have seen
a lot of great double handed boats for juniors hit the market over the
years but the FJ and 420 seem to hang in there as durable training boats
with competitive classes. The 29er is certainly a great stepping stone to
the Olympics but the reality is that only a handful of kids have the
talent, drive, and resources to reach that level. Guessing about 15 boats
Is "tired old cliche" one?
SPONSORS THIS WEEK
Summit Yachts - Harken - North Sails - North U - Gowrie Group
Team One Newport - New England Rope - Ullman Sails
Hall Spars & Rigging - LaserPerformance - BIC Sport - Doyle Sails
Need stuff? Look here: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/ssc/suppliers