SCUTTLEBUTT 3358 - Wednesday, June 8, 2011
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TEAM TUNNICLIFFE UNDEFEATED AT SAIL FOR GOLD
Weymouth, U.K. (June 6, 2011) - Strong and plentiful wind was the theme for
the second day of racing at Skandia Sail for Gold, the sixth stop on ISAF
(International Sailing Federation) World Cup circuit. US Sailing Team
AlphaGraphics has a training base in Weymouth, venue of the 2012 Olympic and
Paralympic Games, and the extra time invested here paid off for American
athletes who hold top-10 positions in nine classes and top the women's match
racing round robins.
Undefeated with seven wins is Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) with her
"Team Maclaren" crew Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi
(Bayport, N.Y.). They advance to the Women's Match Racing Gold Round on
Wednesday, hoping for another day of big breeze.
"We had a great day again today," Tunnicliffe said. "We had three races and
came away with three wins to win our Group C round. Our last race was
against the Brits. They controlled us for the first minute or so of the
pre-start, but then we managed to get control of them after that. We led
them into the start a few seconds late, and matched their tack off the line.
We had great speed and were able to pin them to the layline. Downwind, they
closed the gap at the leeward mark, but we pulled ahead again up the next
beat and held our lead to the finish. The conditions were windy so boat
control and speed were important."
After a shake-up overnight in the Women's 470 class, Erin Maxwell (Wilton,
Conn.) and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar (New York, N.Y,) found themselves in
first overall and donned the yellow leaders' pinnies for today's two races.
With a 8-24, they now stand in 6th overall. Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
relished the big breeze conditions and turned three race finishes into a 7th
Star sailors Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih (both Miami, Fla.) moved into
4th overall by putting in two strong finishes, 5-6. They are two places
ahead of USSTAG teammates George Szabo (San Diego, Calif.) and Mark Strube
(Punta Gorda, Fla.). In the Skud-18 (mixed 2-person keelboat), U.S. teams of
Jennifer French/Jean-Paul Creignou (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Scott Whitman
(Brick, N.J.) and Julia Dorsett (Westchester, PA), sit in 4th and 5th places
Event website: http://www.skandiasailforgoldregatta.co.uk/
U.S. reports: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/2011/SFG.htm
* U.S. Olympic Committee's Sports Psychologist Dr. Wendy Borlabi who usually
keeps a low profile according to US Sailing sources has been on hand for the
full training period leading up to Sail For Gold, assisting US Sailing Team
AlphaGraphics with performance enhancement, building skills and dealing with
the pressure of being an Olympic-caliber athlete. Borlabi is interviewed
VINCE BRUN LEADS ON DAY 2 ETCHELLS WORLDS
San Diego, CA (June 7, 2011) - On day 2 of the 37th Etchells World
Championship racing continued under sunny skies for 81 boats from 11
countries and four continents. Conditions were lighter today with a steady
8-10 knot breeze that held fairly steady throughout the racing.
Vince Brun sits in first place overall with 13 points after four races,
taking a second and fourth today. Currently ranked number one US match racer
Bill Hardesty, sailing "Line Honors" with crew Craig Leweck, Mandi Markee
and Steve Hunt are still in the hunt sitting in second overall with 28
points after scoring a disappointing 19th in race one today, followed by a
seventh in race two. Australian Noel Drennan is in third with 40 points,
taking an eighth and second today.
Former Etchells World Champion Dennis Connor reminded the fleet that he's
well in the game, pulling a convincing first in race four, which put him in
fifth overall with 51 points.
The Etchells is a racing sailboat designed in 1966 by Skip Etchells. The
boat weighs a minimum f 1508 kilos, and is crewed by a crew of three or four
with a maximum combined crew weight of 285 kilos or 628.3 pounds. Known for
its strong adherence to one design rules, the class has grown from
approximately six boats in 1967 to almost 1400 boats worldwide. The 2011
Etchells World Championship is being hosted by SDYC from June 6-11. --
Results at: http://www.etchellsworlds2011.com/race-results
* Check out an interview on the event website with the youngest sailor in
this year's Etchells Worlds fleet, 13-year old Johannes McElvain, crew on
Vince Brun's USA 1227, where he discusses his Day 1 experience on the water.
MIKE SANDERSON JOINS DOYLE
Doyle Sailmakers is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Sanderson.
Mike was awarded ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year in 2006 and is a
veteran of three America's Cup campaigns and a two times Whitbread/Volvo
Ocean Race winner. Mike brings with him a wealth of offshore sailing
experience in addition to extensive experience on the technical side of sail
programs. Mike will be joining the Doyle team as Director of Sales and
Partner for the Doyle New Zealand and Sydney operations. The design and
sailmaking knowledge base at Doyle is now second to none.
CAN'T MISS THIS MONSTER
Boston, MA (June 7, 2011) - PUMA's Mar Mostro, the "Monster of the Sea," has
splashed into the waters of Newport, Rhode Island, USA, and training is
underway for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 under the skilled hand of PUMA
Ocean Racing Skipper Ken Read.
Designed by Juan Yacht Design of Valencia, Spain, and constructed at New
England Boatworks, Inc., in Portsmouth, R.I., the third generation Volvo
Open 70 monohull was uniquely created to sail around the world and face
extreme conditions. With a distinct chine that runs from bow to stern,
PUMA's Mar Mostro design was tested thoroughly by Juan Kouyoumdjian's team
based on input by the veteran PUMA Sailing Team. The yacht weighs 14 metric
tons, with a 4.5 meter draft and 5.5 meter beam, and it can reach speeds of
more than 40 knots during the race.
Giant octopus tentacles grip hold of PUMA's Mar Mostro in a dynamic and
energetic graphic scheme that wraps around the boat and sails. The vibrant
red tentacles encircle the boat, merging into the PUMA formstrip on the port
and starboard sides, and popping against a black backdrop of
stingray-influenced scales. The design continues up the black aramid sails.
The headsails and mainsail feature the new PUMA "Aqua Cat," a liquid
explosion of the iconic PUMA cat emerging from the waves.
On the hull, the PUMA "Cavitation Cat" forms out of the bubbles spun from
the red painted BERG propellers. A bright orange propeller, measuring 5
square meters, is painted in a spinning pattern and serves as the safety
mark underneath. Additionally, surprise aqua details ranging from an octopus
with the caption "All Hands on Deck" to a skull and crossbones pop up in
hidden spots across the boat in a hugely detailed and unconventional scheme.
-- Full story: http://www.puma.com/sailing/news/training-days
* Meanwhile, Emirates Team New Zealand is putting their Volvo entry, CAMPER,
to the test in the Auckland to Musket Cove (Fiji) Race. It's been slow going
as Hamish Hooper reports on the team blog:
A long day of slow progress as we eased further and further into the
expected high-pressure system, which put the brakes on everything. I was
amazed that very early in the day they said we would slowly lose wind all
day until it would fill back in around 6pm. At 5:55 this looked impossible,
as we had been doing about 1.5 knots for the past hour and Daryl swinging
from the top of the mast couldn't see a line of breeze in any direction.
Ten minutes later, up the breeze comes and we are back doing in excess of 10
knots. Nothing like lightening speed, but compared to what we had all day it
feels like it. Now we just hope our competitors don't avoid what we had just
As I sat on deck all day, I kept an eye on the guys as they rotate through
their watches. Not one of them ever stopped trying to do something useful to
help make the boat go faster. Grant Dalton is clearly enjoying his time back
at sea. He and Tony Rae are in fits of laughter with endless stories of
their days in generations past on board Lion New Zealand, speaking of which,
Lion is 160 miles behind us right now, that's a long way as we have covered
only about 400 miles. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/3vh9rz5
ANDY FOX WINS 32ND ORLANDO WEBB MC REGATTA
By Eric Hood
(June 6, 2011) - Wow, hot was the buzz word this weekend at this great
annual regatta just outside Kansas City on one of our most unique Scow
racing lakes. Temps were predicted in the 90s and that is what we had for
the three days or sailing and training. Fortunately we had good breeze that
ranged from 4-17 mph over the three days of sailing.
Lake Lotawana which is shaped like a T and the long part of the T being just
short of two miles long and the top of the T being just short of a mile
long. A very narrow lake averaging 200 yards wide with high hills. I have
sailed there in 5 different decades. My parents first took there in the
early 60s as this was one of the big Snipe venues during the 50s-60s-70s.
Also known for great C Scow regattas over the years, Butterfly National
Championships and fantastic MC events that always average 40-55 boats. This
year we had 45 registered and 40 on the starting line each day..
Andy Fox and I conducted a free training event starting with Andy having
them sail Thursday afternoon and Friday morning then with both of us leading
a 90 minute indoors - Mini Zenda U style event. Lots of give and take.
Everyone put up on the white board one thing they wanted to improve on which
was great. Everyone was heard and we all learned from each other.
Onto some racing. It was tight, crazy, fast breaking and exciting. Lots of
lead changes on all races. The key to this weekend was being able to tack
and gybe quickly to get in the new dark water that would appear in very
short order dropping down from the tall hills and trees surrounding the
entire lake. It paid to clear your air every time someone tacked or gybed on
you. So boathandling first but coupled with boatspeed. As Billy Allen used
to tell me sometimes you make more money at the back of puffs that you do at
the front by shifting gears. This was a weekend for focus and quick
thinking. A ton of fun for sure. -- Full story:
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* With two stages of the World Match Racing Tour down, the Korea Match Cup
kicks off on Jeongok Harbor in Gyeonggi Province from 8-12 June. Pre-season
favourites Torvar Mirsky and Ian Williams return to the Tour after missing
Germany and will be looking to make up for lost time, defending Korea Match
Cup champion Richard will be hoping to reignite his campaign after a shaky
start in Germany, while Damien Iehl and Francesco Bruni will look to
continue their fine form. -- Event website: http://www.wmrt.com
* (June 6, 2011) - In just two months' time, the inaugural America's Cup
World Series (AC World Series) will get under way in the port city of
Cascais, Portugal, from 6th to the 14th of August and will showcase the AC45
wing-sailed catamaran in the first-ever competition for this new class. The
event will feature both fleet and match racing, dates as follows: August 6-7
fleet racing, August 10-12 both fleet and match racing, August 13 match
racing finals, and August 14 - fleet racing finals. -- Full report:
* (June 7, 2011) - The oldest solo ocean race of them all, The TransatT,
started as the OSTAR in 1960, has been rescheduled away from its habitual
2012 slot. The event has been organised every four years since its
inception, and has been the breeding ground for both technology like the
multihull itself, and the heroes that have made the sport what it is today.
Event organizers cite the need to divert resources including time slots for
other IMOCA events until such a time the Class can once again attract new
sponsors at both team and event level. -- Full report:
* (June 7, 2011) - The social media wave hits the open seas with Sailing
Spoken Here, a website launched by Mt. Gay Rum and geared toward sailors,
rum tipplers and Caribbean island regulars. Described as "a community that
celebrates the sport of sailing," it gives casual cruisers, racing fans,
competitive sailors, and all other potential Mt. Gay Red Caps, a place
online to connect and talk about upcoming events and the sailing lifestyle.
The site offers different online tools including the Crew Finder and
Cruising Life. -- Read on:
EIGHT BELLS - Owen "O.B" Morgan
Last week one of the "great guys" of sailing passed away. Born in 1928, Owen
"O.B" Morgan was a bigger than life size kind of guy. His tremendous smile
and intuitive business acumen transferred onto the water in the same manner
as it did around friends and in the boardroom. O.B was one of the
visionaries who converted the idea of CORK into the world class annual
regatta it became. On the water he was a great competitor. His series of
boats all had impressive records and trophies at KYC were all more
meaningful because of his presence.
The Morgan family home became renowned as the place to stay when sailing in
Kingston. The gatherings included almost every now "famous" name in sailing.
His knowledge of the race course became as well respected in the jury room
as he turned his attention to judging and arbitrating on water issues. KYC
as it is today owes much of its charm to Owen. When sailing loses the
"O.B's" of our world - we all lose a piece of what makes sailing such a
wonderful way of life. -- By Greg Scott
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* From Andrew Burton (re, Scuttlebutt 3357):
With all due respect (that's a lot of respect) to Ken Legler, not too many
years ago I witnessed examples of rocking being effective in 420s. I was
judging a light-air regatta in the Charles River and watched a young star
work his way from very deep at the top mark to the front of the fleet
within half a leg by subtly rocking his boat--just enough to get the leech
* From Richard Hinterhoeller (re, Scuttlebutt 3357):
I think the math used in the Los Angeles Times article is misleading. It's
not the amount of sun that is blocked that's the concern, but the amount of
sun that is permitted to reach the skin. Thus SPF 15 permits 6.7% of the
damaging rays through whereas SPF30 permits 3.3%. Thus the math proves that
double the SPF equals half the damaging rays.
* From Mark Eustis (re, Scuttlebutt 3357):
Cartography and reality are loosely aligned. Labeling and representational
conventions all affect how a particular feature, or series of features, are
shown on paper. Matters of scale also come into play; features of a certain
size, though known, may not meet scale-dependent representation
Here's an example of scale dependency: take a standard ballpoint pen and
make a single dot on a piece of paper.tap! On a 1:25,000 scale chart that
dot will cover an area roughly 40+ feet (12+m) in diameter. As you'd
imagine, it's a difficult task for a cartographer (ahem, chart maker) to
represent ALL of the features that may be physically present at varying
scales. So smaller bits and pieces are "generalized" into larger shapes, or
not represented at all.
At 1:40,000 scale, as is the case for the NOAA charts most commonly used
for the mouth of the Chesapeake, smaller piles of rock and big hunks of
jetsam are almost certainly "invisible". The prudent naviguesser is best
advised to stay well away from rocky-looking lumps, blobs and shoals. Just
because there's nothing showing on a chart doesn't mean it's not there.
* From Bud Thompson:
Re AC45s on the Bay, I sure hope all the other teams will be able to get
their boats to the Bay for practice. Lots of little weather wind and current
tricks to learn about for all parties involved.
* From Tim Patterson:
As of this morning, a number of high ranking teams in the 470 (at Skandia
Sail for Gold) were listed as DSQ and Erin Maxwell and Izzy Kinsolving
Farrar are now listed as 1st. Izzy just graduated from law school last week
and she and Erin are sailing full-time as of that graduation. To be anywhere
in the top ten in a world class fleet of 45 boats has always struck me as
remarkable, to do it while finishing law school must be some sort of magic.
Even snakes are afraid of snakes.
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