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SCUTTLEBUTT 3361 - Monday, June 13, 2011
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HARDESTY REGAINS ETCHELLS WORLD TITLE
San Diego, CA (June 11, 2011) - The 2011 Etchells World Championship began
as a six day, nine race series, but it ended a day early for Bill Hardesty
(USA) when his team of Steve Hunt, Mandi Markee, and Craig Leweck secured
the title without needing to sail the final race on Saturday. For Hardesty,
who also won the championship in 2008 when the Worlds were held in Chicago,
it was the end to a focused training program to regain the title. "We
didn't take anything for granted," admitted Hardesty. "The past four months
were filled with sail testing, tuning, crew training, and racing. Of the
four races in the Worlds we won, we never led until the finish line. All
the preparation helped to keep us moving through the fleet."
While Hardesty's team sat out the final day, only three points separated
Volvo Ocean Race and the America's Cup winner Noel Drennan (AUS) and 2000
Etchells World Champ Vince Brun (USA) when they towed for the ninth race.
Both teams were deep early, and after sailing two laps of the windward
leeward course, Drennan was in 17th with Brun in 20th for the final beat to
the finish. With Drennan protecting the favored left side, Brun's attempt
to gain leverage on the right failed to provide the points needed.
Don Jesberg (USA) with crew Scott Mason and Zarko Draganic finished fifth
overall and were the top Corinthian (non-professional) team.
Event reports and video: http://www.etchellsworlds2011.com/press
Final results (Top 10 of 81)
1. USA, Bill Hardesty, 1-1-19-7-1-6-1-2-(84/DNC), 38
2. AUS, Noel Drennan, (21)-9-8-2-8-3-5-3-8, 46
3. USA, Vincent Brun, 3-4-2-4-7-14-9-12-(25), 55
4. USA, Chris Busch, 4-18-5-(38)-3-12-7-4-6, 59
5. USA, Don Jesberg, 25-(51)-3-5-4-4-2-18-18, 79
6. USA, Dennis Conner, 15-5-30-1-(36)-9-6-16-5, 87
7. AUS, Michael John Hiatt, 20-2-1-36-6-8-(48)-8-7, 88
8. USA, Keith Whittemore, 23-14-4-12-2-16-17-(53)-1, 89
9. USA, Bruce Golison, (37)-8-16-8-15-10-10-28-11, 106
10. USA, Craig Healy, 10-3-32-3-17-17-26-1-(50), 109
Complete results: http://www.etchellsworlds2011.com/race-results
Crew list: http://www.etchellsworlds2011.com/entry-list
ISAF SAILING WORLD CUP: SKANDIA SAIL FOR GOLD
Weymouth, U.K. (June 11, 2011) - With the Summer Olympics just a year away,
the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta hosted a record-breaking fleet of the
worlds top Olympic and Paralympic sailors seeking early supremacy on the
venue for the 2012 sailing events in Weymouth and Portland. An entry count
of 740 boats from 62 nations sought to show their Olympic selectors why
they should be in contention to represent their country at next year's
Games. No fewer than 11 reigning Olympic and Paralympic champions, and a
whole host of Beijing 2008 and World medallists, competed in the six day
As has been the case all season, the highlights for the North American
contingent were in the women's match racing. US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
athletes won two medals in women's match racing: gold for Anna Tunnicliffe,
Debbie Capozzi and Molly Vandemoer; and bronze for Sally Barkow, Alana
O'Reilly and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham.
After taking the first two wins in the "first-to-three-wins" final match
against GBR's Lucy MacGregor, Tunnicliffe had the advantage in the third
race as MacGregor had to luff up around the pin end of the starting line.
At the first cross, it was Tunnicliffe's Team Maclaren ahead but close.
Rounding the first weather mark by one and a half boat lengths, it was
close downwind to the leeward mark with Tunnicliffe just ahead. She
continued to control the match upwind and fought her off to the finish and
a gold medal.
Event website: http://www.skandiasailforgoldregatta.co.uk/
U.S. reports: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/2011/SFG.htm
Canadian reports: http://www.sailing.ca/features/2011_skandia_sail_for_gold
GEAR REPORT: WindCheck magazine asked a handful of top USSTAG sailors about
the type of clothing and accessories they rely on to perform consistently
at peak levels and to keep them comfortable and looking good. Here is their
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WORLD MATCH RACING TOUR: KOREA MATCH CUP
Gyeonggi Province, Korea (June 12, 2011) - Bjorn Hansen was named king of
the Korea Match Cup for the first time today beating Francesco Bruni in a
thrilling finale to the third stage of the World Match Racing Tour. Hansen
(SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team held onto his nerve as the Final went to
sudden death, eventually defeating Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing by three wins
It is Hansen's first win on the World Match Racing Tour since he claimed
Match Cup Sweden in 2007 and only his second ever Tour victory. Despite
losing out to Hansen, Bruni also had reason to celebrate as the result
moves him to the top of the World Match Racing Tour overall standings.
"We had a tough start to the World Match Racing Tour, coming last at Match
Race France and then third to bottom at Match Race Germany so we knew we
had to really raise our game," Hansen said. "We also knew we love this
event and had a good chance to get a result here in Korea. Fransceco has
been sailing really well this season and we knew we were going to have to
sail really well to beat him. To beat him round the course we knew we had
to win the starts and thankfully we did that three times in the Final." --
Full report: http://tinyurl.com/WMRT-061211
Final Positions at the 2011 Korea Match Cup:
1. Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team, 69,181.81 USD
2. Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing, 47,043.63 USD
3. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, 38,741.81 USD
4. Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, 27,672.72 USD
5. Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 22,138.18 USD
6. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat, 19,370.91 USD
7. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team, 16,603.63 USD
8. Paul Campbell-James (UK) Dream Team, 13,836.36 USD
9. Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing, 9,685.45 USD
10. Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 5,534.54 USD
11. Sung Wook Kim (KOR) Busan Match Team, 4,150.91 USD
12. Reuben Corbett (NZL) AON Racing Team, 2,767.27 USD
(Prize money converted from South Korean Won to US Dollar on 6/12/11)
STANDINGS: The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the leading professional
sailing series, featuring 8 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". After three events, the
overall leader is Francesco Bruni (ITA) with Peter Gilmour (AUS) in second
and Damien Iehl (FRA) in third.
EARLY PREVIEW ON SF BAY
That whoosh, splash and blur on San Francisco bay this week is a first peek
at the upcoming America's Cup. Two menacing black 45-foot America's Cup
"AC45" catamarans owned by Oracle Racing will face off for test racing from
1 to 3:30 p.m. each weekday from Monday through June 20. They were spied
jetting around the bay last Thursday.
The boats are here to fine-tune race management technology and the shape of
race courses, says principal race officer John Craig. The boats fly along
faster than 30 mph and turn so swiftly that their crews of only five (plus
one guest) sometimes can't make it across the boat fast enough. It's almost
like watching race versions of the bay's high-speed ferries in a game of
chicken, with collision just an arm's length away.
Also in San Francisco this week is a news conference on Wednesday when San
Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, race officials and team leaders will announce the
final lineup of teams that will be participating in the 34th America's Cup.
The new era of America's Cup racing had originally attracted 15 teams from
12 countries, but many of the entries were not sufficiently funded. At last
count there were 13 teams still entered, but it is believed that number has
Among the drop outs was the original Challenger of Record - Italian team
Mascalzone Latino - owned by shipping magnate Vincenzo Onorato and
representing Club Nautico di Roma. Onorato withdrew in early May because of
fundraising challenges, but now he is upset as in late May the race
officials changed the rules for team costs. Onorato officials said they
would not have withdrawn under the new rules. A race spokesperson says the
team is welcome to reapply, but Onorato's staying out.
Excerpts from story in SF Chronicle by Paul Oliva:
ATTRITION: The only four teams that appear financially solid at this stage
are Oracle Racing (USA), Artemis Racing (SWE), Emirates Team New Zealand
(NZL), and China Team (CHN). All four teams have purchased the AC45 to
pursue training on that platform. Among the fringe teams is Energy Team
(FRA), which seems even less committed with the announcement last week that
principle Loick Peyron will be at the helm of the maxi trimaran Banque
Populaire V for the Jules Verne Trophy (crewed non-stop around the world
record) this winter. Details: http://tinyurl.com/Energy-061211
BIGGEST AND BEST EVER
Newport, RI (June 12, 2011) - With 135 boats competing, the New York Yacht
Club's 157th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, held June 10-12, broke all
of its past attendance records, and with winds whipping into the high teens
for buoy racing over the weekend, it certainly is in line for being the
most memorable Annual Regatta in recent history.
The oldest regatta in the country kicked off with an optional 18-nautical
mile Around the Island Race on Friday that yielded Richard Oland's (St.
John, New Brunswick) Southern Cross 52 Vela Veloce as the IRC 2 class and
overall winner, his performance worthy of a Rolex timepiece as prize. In
weekend racing, Oland's team continued to fare well but was ultimately
outmatched in IRC 2 by David and Sandra Askew's (Annapolis, Md.) TP 52
Flying Jenny, which won and was followed in the standing by Peter
Cunningham's (CAY) IRC 52 PowerPlay, leaving third for Vela Veloce.
An additional five IRC classes sailed, with PHRF and Classics (each with a
spinnaker and non-spinnaker class) rounding out the racing action, along
with one-design competitions for J/105, Herreshoff S, 12 Metre, 6 Metre and
Swan 42 classes.
"It was bloody hard work," said Ken Read (Newport, R.I.), skipper of Puma
Ocean Racing's Volvo Open 70 mar mostro, which beat out Dan Meyers'
(Boston, Mass.) JV 66 Numbers in IRC 1 class, "but anytime you have good
breeze and gnarly conditions you feel like you actually accomplished
something." -- Read on: http://nyyc.org/archives_public/article_1051/
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LIGHT WINDS FRUSTRATE FLEET
The original quote "patience is a virtue" can be traced back to the poem
"Piers Plowman" written in the mid 1300s.it may have seemed to some
competitors that the 2011 Annapolis-Newport Race started in the 14th
century and took until the 21st to cross the finish line.
By 0615 on the morning of June 8, all 70 boats in the 64th running of the
475 mile biennial race had either finished or retired. Light winds
contributed to the frustrations of many of whom retired due to time
restrictions while others patiently waited to make their decisions as to
which side of Block Island to pass in hopes of finding breeze that eluded
them on their trip out of the Bay.
Nicole Weaver, Watch Captain on PHRF I boat, Shinnecock reported "if it had
been a cruise it would have been really pleasant.one of the best. Trying to
get somewhere quickly was challenging and we had to anchor for a few hours
right outside the Chesapeake Bay Bridge tunnel."
Peter Gibbon-Neff, Co-Owner with his wife Debbie of the Farr 395 Upgrade,
said that it was "one of the most frustrating Annapolis-Newport Races he's
ever done and appreciated the patience and sense of humor of his crew,"
which included his son Peter, a Class of 2011 graduate of the US Naval
Academy. Gibbons-Neff celebrated the 50th anniversary of his doing his
first A2N race on his family's boat Prim, a boat with a long history with
this race having first competed in 1955 and most recently in 2009. -- Read
* Long Beach, CA (June 12, 2011) - Racing concluded today at the U.S. Youth
Multihull Championship hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. Fourteen teams
had qualified for the event by their sailing resume, which was raced using
Australian High Performance Catamaran Viper F16s provided by Red Gear
Racing. In the end, it was the team of Taylor Reiss (Panama City, Fla.) and
Matthew Whitehead (Panama City, Fla.) who won the title, with Whitehead
also winning the W. Darline Hobock Sportsmanship Prize. -- Full report:
* (June 11, 2011) - Thirty-three teams competed for the Star class Western
Hemisphere Championship on Lake Springfield in the Capital of the State of
Illinois. As the only team to manage all top ten scores through the three
day seven race series, locals Tom Londrigan Jr and Steve Cutting took the
title. Details: http://www.starclass.org/artman/publish/article_571.shtml
* Rye, NY (June 12, 2011) - Eleven teams competed at the 2011 U.S. Melges
32 National Championship, hosted by the American Yacht Club (AYC).
Dominating the three day eight race series was Jason Carroll aboard Argo.
After rolling with five first place finishes in the first seven races,
Carroll and his team of Cameron Appleton (Tactician), Scott Norris, Chad
Corning, Charles Swanson, Lindsay Bartel, Peter Crawford, and Andrew Koch
secured the win with a race to spare. Details:
* The 103rd Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac has announced 355 paid
entries, including a tremendous growth in the Cruising Division. The
division currently has 49 registered boats - a 23% growth over 2010 and a
206% growth since the division started just five years ago. The Cruising
Division will start on July 15th with the Racing Divisions starting on July
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* From Roger Marshall:
Having checked into bottom paints and seen the results over many years,
I'll add my two cents worth. Different boats need different paints. Racing
sailboats that move at higher speeds need a harder bottom paint which
usually has less copper. Conventional slow speed boats can use a rosin
based paint. Most boats use an ablative paint.
Ablative paints wear away as the boat moves and the new surface exposes
more copper. However, slime build up can cut down on any paint's
effectiveness, so most manufacturers use Irgarol or Biolux to prevent slime
The California problem according to people (paint manufacturers) who have
looked at the problem carefully, occurs mostly in San Diego harbor where
boats are cleaned by divers. Each time a boat is cleaned a cloud of copper
residue sinks to the bottom. In San Diego the tides don't scour the ocean
bed like they do in say, Narragansett Bay, and the residues build up in the
Copper occurs naturally in seawater - in fact, I once saw an estimate that
said, all boats add less than 1% copper to the amount already in the ocean.
It is used for water pipes in most homes. In fact, I remember Steve
Schultz, former president of Interlux and now with Boero, telling me that
the company used scrap water pipes to make the copper compound in their
paints until China started buying most of the US scrap metals. Copper
bottom paint is only toxic in high concentrations and that occurs within a
few millimeters of the hull paint.
Where copper is banned, manufacturers will use other less effective (and
possibly more hazardous), chemicals. I'd say beware of what you legislate
Here is an article published by IBI Magazine from November 17, 2006 titled
'Copper is low-risk to marine life, new antifouling study reveals' that
disputes the copper threat:
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