SCUTTLEBUTT 3356 - Monday, June 6, 2011
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SAIL FOR GOLD FIRST SELECTION EVENT FOR US OLYMPIC SAILORS
Over 50 members of US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) are in Weymouth,
U.K. this week competing in Sail for Gold, the first of two Selection Events
for the U.S. Olympic Team - Sailing. The regatta marks an important
milestone for USSTAG athletes in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games. In
addition to the venue being the same as the one used for the 2012 Games, the
top performing American sailors in nine of 10 Olympic classes will qualify
for the 2011 Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, which serves as a
pre-Olympic test event.
Organizers expect over 1,000 athletes from 62 nations to compete at Sail for
Gold. As the final stop on the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) World
Cup circuit, ISAF will award medals for the overall season standings.
“This is the event that our athletes have been working toward all year,”
said USSTAG’s High Performance Director/Head Coach Kenneth Andreasen (Tampa,
Fla.). “We have put countless hours in at the gym and on the water to
prepare. Our sailors have spent many days here in Weymouth training in
preparation for this regatta.”
“As the first of two Selection Events, Sail for Gold is where U.S. athletes
begin to stake their claim on an Olympic berth,” said Olympic Sailing
Committee Chairman Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.). “The best combined
performance at this and at the second Selection Event, ISAF Sailing World
Championship, in December, 2011, will determine our Olympic Team in all
classes except Women’s Match Racing. We’re confident that this process will
select our best prospect for medals in 2012.”
Racing starts Monday, June 6 in all classes and concludes with the medal
race on Saturday, June 11. Sailors accrue points at each of the seven ISAF
Sailing World Cup events to earn an overall Series Score. A first place win
translates into 20 points, a second place earns 19 points and so on.
(Twentieth place earns one point.) The skipper/crew with the highest Series
Score at the end of the season wins the ISAF Sailing World Cup Trophy.
Exclusive photos, video interviews and reports from the racecourse will be
posted on USSTAG’s Facebook and Twitter channels. For a full list of USSTAG
athletes competing at the 2011 Skandia Sail for Gold regatta, visit:
DONNYBROOK ON THE ROCKS
By Talbot Wilson
(June 5, 2011) - Our Annapolis to Newport Race on James Muldoon's Donnybrook
started Friday afternoon and ended abruptly early Saturday morning when the
keel of the big black boat met the rocks of the south jetty of the
Chesapeake Bay tunnel near Norfolk, Virginia.
We were reaching up toward the channel at 6:45AM and bore off to cross over
the tunnel. With all hands on deck, getting ready to launch a spinnaker for
the next leg of our course around the 'middle ground.' The chart indicated
18 feet of water on the line we took, but the 12 foot deep keel proved the
We were doing 12-14kts when Donnybrook hit a solid wall of rock and the 73
foot 30 ton racer stopped in an instant. She spun to the right and bounced
along in a jarring series of lesser hits. The crew were scattered in the
cockpit and deck like fallen pins in the ally. Three of our mates were taken
to the hospital as soon as the Coast Guard could get out to help us. One
will have have surgery on a compound fracture of his forearm, the other two
were treated and released.
I was trimming the mainsail, sitting on the deck in the cockpit and was
thrown down on my right side. On the morning after "Donnybrook on the Rocks"
I've got a hangover-headache from the bump on my head and a pretty sore
Owner Jim Muldoon was driving. He practically went through the port side
steering wheel. He caught the wheel on his throat. Captain of the Black
Watch, Peter Manickas, was bruised after hitting the other wheel, bending
some spokes and braking the weld at the hub. Will Keyworth, the Green Watch
Captain, flew forward from mid-cockpit and hit his nose on the bulkhead
above the starboard instrument displays. He looked like Rocky after the
fifth round. All hands on deck were down and surely all eighteen of us have
some pain somewhere today.
Abby Sayer was below fixing breakfast sandwiches. She hit the counter by the
sink. Her glasses and the sandwich she was making wound up in a forward
berth. She narrowly missed being bashed by the companionway steps which flew
across the cabin after being driven off the bulkhead by the weight of three
life rafts stacked behind them. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/42no7d5
* At 1600 hours, Sunday, June 5, ICAP Leopard had finished the 2011
Annapolis to Newport Race in second after Line Honors Winner, Rambler 100,
in the 70-boat fleet. Third finisher to date was Beau Geste, also the third
boat to finish in IRC I. Rambler 100 missed the course record by 22 minutes.
The estimate for the next to cross was Vanquish, the All-American Offshore
Team. -- Results at: http://www.race.annapolisyc.org
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WHY COLLEGE SAILING CHANGED THE PROPULSION RULE
The 2010-11 college sailing season ended last week at the Inter-Collegiate
Sailing Association Nationals in Cascade Locks, Oregon, and competitors will
be leaving behind more than just boat rotation schedules and 18 race
weekends. They must also leave behind some of the propulsion rule
modifications that college sailing has adjusted. Here is an explanation of
these changes by Matt Knowles (Harvard '07), US SAILING Racing Rules
The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) makes two changes to Rule
42. First, college sailing allows ooching to initiate planning or surfing,
in appropriate conditions. Second, the ISAF rule on tacking and gybing
(which says that you may roll to facilitate the tack or gybe, but may not be
going faster upon completing it than you were before the maneuver) is
changed to say that an increase in speed is OK, so long as the mast does not
leave vertical more than once during the tack or gybe. Of course, you still
aren't allowed to simply tack or gybe continuously to work your way up the
course absent tactical justification.
These changes make our game more athletic, more fun, and fairer. The first
two -- more athletic and more fun -- are easy to see. College sailors are
young, in good shape, and generally spend a lot of time practicing boat
handling. A powerful college roll tack is fun to do and fun to watch, and
adds an athletic element to our game that might not otherwise be present
sailing small, slow boats on short courses. Likewise, a well-timed ooch in
big waves is both difficult and rewarding. Adding these skills to our game
is a net positive.
Why do the changes make our game fairer? If you ask most any ISAF judge (at
least after a beer or two), he or she will admit that the ISAF
tacking/gybing rule is very difficult to enforce in practice. Try standing
on a moving platform and trying to figure out whether a boat has gained
speed after it changed directions. Now try doing the same while watching 18
boats on a leg.
Under the ISAF rule, illegal tacks often go unpunished, and sometimes legal
ones are mistakenly flagged. In contrast, the ICSA rule is very easy to
enforce, even from a distance while watching several boats. By having a rule
that is clearly defined and easily policed, we put the focus back on sailing
skill and reduce judges' role in the game. This, I hope all would agree, is
a good thing.
DESIGNER KAIKO ONTO WORLD MATCH RACING TOUR
(June 3, 2011) - Two boat designs submitted by leading Australian based boat
designers Fred Barrett and Phil Kaiko are amongst the seven winning
proposals that will be made available to the World Match Racing Tour’s host
venues. The Australian designs form a key part of the series’ wider
development plan which will see a further six new venues added to its
current calendar of eight regattas by 2013.
New host venues being added to the Tour will select which boat design best
fits their needs while existing venues will also be given the opportunity to
update their fleet with one of the new designs. Barrett’s design, the FB-YD
‘Regatta XTR and XTR Pro’ Series, along with Kaiko’s
BlueBottle/RedBack/WhitePointer are two of seven selected from 18 entries
submitted by pioneering boat design houses around the globe.
Sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with ‘Special
Event’ status, the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the preeminent match
racing circuit in the world. It attracts the leading sailors who fight not
only for the title of World Champion but also for $1.75million, the biggest
prize purse in sailing.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Kaiko is now based in Fremantle,
Australia, and is excited to be involved in the Tour, as his career has
previously been dominated by the America’s Cup. “I’m completely excited
about the direction of the World Match Racing Tour and the style of events
being developed. It’s a great opportunity to develop something complementary
to the other big sailing franchises,” Kaiko said.
Kaiko is hoping to bring some of that know-how from the America’s Cup to the
fast-growing match racing circuit. “This kind of boat is not dissimilar to
America’s Cup, but it does have to be more forgiving because it needs to
earn an income when not racing.”
This is why his design has three different versions and resembles a Lego
like construction, “where you can pick and choose components like the keel
or rig depending on the skill levels of the sailors,” he said. -- Full
WHO CAN AFFORD THE VENDEE GLOBE?
By Bruce Gain
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend a small community event in Les
Sables-d'Olonne, a resort town on France’s West Coast that hosts the start
and finish of the Vendee Globe. There, Luc Van Den Heede, who placed third
in the first Vendée Globe in 1989 and then second in 1993, and up-and-comer
Arnaud Boissières, who placed seventh in the last race, were on hand to
speak to a crowd of just a hundred or so at the local community center about
Long-distance sailors in France can enjoy a rock star-like status, and
setting up just a phone interview often requires convincing PR reps or
publicists that it's worth their sponsors’ time to get their yachtsman on
the phone. It was thus a refreshing change of pace to attend such a
laid-back event where two of France’s great sailors were so accessible.
Community members on hand that night were eager to hear about the racers'
experiences sailing around the world. During the Q&A session, they asked
about what life on board was like, jibing in 20-feet waves in the middle of
the Indian Ocean, how much sleep they got, how they ate and washed, and a
host of other basic yet hardly naïve questions.
After their talk on stage, both yachtsmen were kind enough to share with me
their thoughts about the direction the Vendée Globe has taken over the past
two decades. They gave me a better understanding of an issue that keeps
creeping up in conversations I have around France: the insane costs required
to compete in the fabled race.
If there's one truism about how the Vendée Globe has evolved during the past
two decades, it's that any sailor who dares to pursue his or her dream of
sailing alone around the world in the race needs a very large sum of money
to be a true contender. Dodging icebergs and low pressure fronts in the
terrible forties, dealing with breakages thousands of miles from help, or
facing anything else Mother Nature might unleash on you in the middle of
nowhere will cost well over a million dollars if you want to stand a chance
of finishing near the top, that is, if you manage to finish at all,
considering that no more than 15 sailors ever completed the race in one
year. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/3ep2jon
JK3 is Selling Boats!
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month, we've sold a wide range of both sail and power yachts and have
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* San Diego, CA (June 5, 2011) - The Etchells Worlds 2011 kicked off today
under bright blue skies with a skippers meeting lead by PRO Bill Stump
outside of the SDYC Malin Burnham Sailing Center in front of an audience of
several hundred Etchells sailors, regatta and race committee volunteers.
About half the fleet participated in the May ORCA Bowl regatta which served
as a warm up event with similar race conditions and course layout. The boats
were all in the water and on tow lines by about 10:00 AM headed out 4 miles
southeast to the race course location for a day of practice starts and
races. Racing runs June 6-8. -- Event website: http://tinyurl.com/3npyqwx
* (June 3, 2011) - At prizegiving celebrations in La Rochelle, France, it
was announced that the The Ultimate Solo Challenge, the 5 OCEANS race will
continue with the ninth edition of the event in autumn 2014. Round the world
yachting legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man ever to sail solo
around the world non-stop, revealed plans for the 2014 event at the ceremony
for the VELUX 5 OCEANS 2010-11, which earlier this week reached a thrilling
climax in La Rochelle, France, with Brad Van Liew claiming the title, the
first time an American skipper has taken the historical Class I crown. --
Full story: http://tinyurl.com/449bggz
* (June 2, 2011) - Regatta Network, Inc., one of the premier sailing event
management services is celebrating the milestone of processing 100,000
registrations. Since 2007, Regatta Network has partnered with US SAILING to
provide a comprehensive online registration and event management solution
designed specifically for sailing events. The milestone was celebrated today
at the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta at the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit.
-- Full story: http://www.regattanetwork.com/PR/100K_release.html
* (June 4, 2011) - Simpson Marine announced that it has contracted to supply
a fleet of 33 Lagoon catamarans to a customer in China, the largest ever
single order of yachts for delivery into the growing China market. The fleet
will comprise a mix of Lagoons ranging in size from 40 to 62 feet and will
be used by the buyer, Guangzhou based luxury members club, Tiger Club World,
to introduce its high net worth members to the pleasures of yachting. Mike
Simpson, Managing Director of Simpson Marine said the order eclipses the
order for 30 Beneteau First 40.7s for the China Cup five years ago. -- Full
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* From Frank Quealey, Australian 18 Footers League (re, Scuttlebutt 3355):
U.S. champion Howie Hamlin has won every available International 18ft Skiff
championship with the exception of just one - the Mark Foy Trophy. Now the
American is determined to add that trophy to his already impressive
international record (which extends beyond the 18 Footers) with a strong
challenge for the 2011 Mark Foy Trophy to be sailed at Sonderborg, Denmark
from 6-11 June.
Howie is a numerous winner of the U.S. Championship and six times winner of
the San Francisco International Championship. He has also won four European
Championships, but undoubtedly his greatest achievement in the 18s has been
his back-to-back wins in the 2002 and 2003 Giltinan Championships with GE-US
Challenge on Sydney Harbour.
Ever the perfectionist, Howie is planning an all out attack on the Mark Foy
Trophy with a totally new team. Joining him in CST Composites will be
Australian Scott Babbage and Matt McKinlay from the U.S. There is little
doubt that the CST Composites team will be a one of the hardest to beat when
the flag drops on 6 June in Sonderborg for the start of the Mark Foy Trophy.
-- Full letter posted at: http://tinyurl.com/3psq2fb
* From Joe Buck (re, Scuttlebutt 3323):
In a comment in the April 19, 2011 ‘Butt, in what has been called a
“knuckle-rapping” lecture, I objected to the use of the meaningless phrase,
“amps per hour” and suggested using appropriate terms, amps and amp-hours.
Please let me give some context to my comment.
Some time ago on the Santa Cruz 70, OEX, I had been complaining about a
certain device consuming xx amps, and that device consuming xx amps, and
turning this and that devise off when not in use. After listening for some
time to me fussing about such things, Peter Tong, the urbane owner of the
sleds Orient Express and OEX, told me, “Joe, don’t be an amp-hole.”
Perhaps other owners in similar circumstances may want to offer such advice.
In school, every period ends with a bell. Every sentence ends with a period.
Every crime ends with a sentence.
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