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SCUTTLEBUTT 3362 - Tuesday, June 14, 2011
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BATTLING BACK FROM HEARTBREAK
"My dad said missing the 2008 Olympics would be either the best thing that
ever happened to my sailing or the worst," said Paige Railey, U.S. Sailing
AlphaGraphics' brightest hope for an Olympic medal in the women's Laser
Radial division. Laser Radial, women's single-handed dinghy sailing,
debuted as an Olympic sport in 2008 and is one of 10 sailing classes that
will be contested at the 2012 London Games. A solo division, Laser Radial
is generally sailed by women because its smaller sail favors lighter
In 2008, Railey lost the Laser Radial trials to Anna Tunnicliffe, who went
on the win gold at the Beijing Games. "I was the favorite going into the
trails in 2007, but I let the pressure get to me and I caved before I even
got there," said Railey, now 24. "I didn't know how to handle the stress
and didn't perform the way I should have. After I lost the trials, I felt
like I'd been a huge failure because I didn't succeed in my goal of being a
young sailor at the Olympics."
But battling back from the heartbreak of missing the 2008 Games has made
Railey a more mature sailor, and rejuvenated her passion for the sport.
"It's easy to lose sight of why you're doing this when you're constantly on
the water and it's cold and raining and you're just like, bleh. But over
time, I decided I'm not going to let this defeat define me," she said. With
that peace of mind, she began to enjoy sailing again.
Heading into 2012, the seascape has changed. Tunnicliffe is now training to
represent the U.S. in a different division: women's Elliott 6m match
racing, a three-person boat that she's sailing with Molly Vandemoer and
Debbie Capozzi. Tunnicliffe's switch means both she and Railey have new
opportunities, according to Railey's coach, Luther Carpenter.
"In 2008, we had two real talents and one sat on the bench at the Olympics.
We've made an effort to see what classes we could move people around to so
that no one would have to sit this one out," Carpenter said. That should
mean mostly smooth sailing ahead for Railey in her quest to qualify.
Except that smooth sailing is seldom the case for an Olympic hopeful. At
the very least, said Carpenter, who has been coaching U.S. Sailing
AlphaGraphics' women's solo classes for 20 years, "Anna being in the other
class allows Paige to stay focused and on target with what she's doing.
Paige is one of the top four sailors in the world in her class. She's very
Of course, talent will only takes an athlete so far, so Railey has been
training hard, too. She lifts weights, sails and does cardio at the gym,
which amounts to a full-time job requiring anywhere from eight to 12 hours
per day depending on the length of her sessions on the water. -- ESPN, read
TECHNOLOGY: Paige provides details regarding a photo she had posted on
Facebook following a work out. "The black apparatus that I am wearing on my
legs and arms are compression pants/arms developed by the company called
Normatec. Basically it's all about the increase/decrease of blood flow into
the limbs thus resulting in a faster recovery. Our team is giving them a
whirl and so far they are working great!" Photo:
SAN FRANCISCO SHORT OF CASH FOR PLANNING 2013 REGATTA
America's Cup organizers have netted only a fraction of the funds The City
needs this year to plan the massive 2013 yacht race, but officials said as
soon as they receive their tax-exempt status, the money will start flowing.
If it doesn't, San Francisco taxpayers will be on the hook.
Some $12 million is budgeted in the coming fiscal year for the Mayor's
Office of Economic and Workforce Development to conduct environmental
planning and get necessary state and federal permits. Yet the nonprofit
responsible for offsetting The City's $32 million in costs has only $2
million on hand to mitigate the bill.
If the America's Cup Organizing Committee can't come up with the other $10
million, it would have to come from San Francisco's general fund, which is
dedicated to basic city services such as police, fire protection and road
construction. A big selling point of the America's Cup was that it would
provide a huge boost for the local economy while presumably coming at no
cost to taxpayers.
Kyri McClellan, executive director of the America's Cup Organizing
Committee, said the tax-exempt approval is expected in August. After that,
she predicted, donors will become more comfortable writing seven-figure
checks and the committee should raise the remaining millions by October or
November, when final impact reports are filed under the California
Environmental Quality Act. -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/SFE-061311
VALUE: The value of the event is connected to the number of participating
teams and the fans that flock to watch them. When 15 teams originally
submitted entries, optimism was high as it exceeded expectations, but
astute observers knew there was a big difference between providing an
initial $25,000 entry fee and funding a 30-100 million dollar campaign. The
event has twice reduced the funding demands in hopes of sustaining its
entry count, and will finally declare this Wednesday the lineup of teams
that will be participating in the 34th America's Cup.
PAINFUL: Four-time America's Cup champion Russell Coutts, the CEO of Oracle
Racing, capsized his 45-foot catamaran on San Francisco Bay on Monday
during a practice race against skipper Jimmy Spithill as part of a media
day. Grinder Shannon Falcone was thrown through the wing sail and examined
by paramedics on the dock and taken for precautionary X-rays. Coutts' boat
went head-over-heels and came to rest on its side. -- Full report:
DISAPPOINTMENT: The Argo Challenge, which is focused on promoting the
disabled community, is striking out in its efforts to work with the 34th
America's Cup. The group first desired to enter the America's Cup, and then
hoped to partner with the event to communicate and demonstrate the
abilities and technological advancements of the disabled community. But
that plan broke down last week during negotiations with the America's Cup
Event Authority concerning sponsorship and licensing revenue. Said
Executive Director Christian Giannini, "The Argo Challenge will continue
on, and might still participate with one of the challenger teams based on a
recent unsolicited request, but we are first digesting this hard fought and
CONGRATULATIONS JASON CARROLL/ARGO & BILL HARDESTY/USA-979
Congratulations to Jason Carroll and crew on 'Argo' for handily winning the
2011 Melges 32 National Championship in Rye, NY this past weekend. Nine of
the 12 Melges 32s racing were powered by North Class Sail Development sail
inventories including four of the top five. Congrats also to Bill Hardesty
and crew for winning the 2011 Etchells World Championship in San Diego, CA,
where nine of the top ten boats raced with North sails. When performance
counts, the choice is clear: http://na.northsails.com
ONE DESIGN CLASS HANDICAP SYSTEM
By Steve Pyatt
Whilst most one-design sailors participate for the level playing field that
class competition provides, some classes also use personal handicaps to
encourage those further down in the rankings. The Zephyr class in New
Zealand is an old Des Townson design, and amid its resurgence with several
Olympians and AC guys getting them, we have developed a simple handicapping
system that is keeping everyone engaged.
Rather than a system using time-on-time personal handicaps and a race
committee to take finish times, our system is based on seeding all sailors
from recent performance. This is easier to do than establishing time
differentials (requires observations over a variety of conditions) as
everyone knows their place in the 'pecking order'.
When scoring the regatta, each team's overall place is then compared to the
seeding to provide a difference (delta). The sailor with the largest
negative delta is the handicap winner (i.e. has achieved a result further
above their 'usual' place in the fleet than anyone else). Any ties are
broken in favour of the highest ranked of those with equal deltas overall.
The seeding approach has many advantages over the time based systems:
- It is far simpler and easier to set up than establishing time
- It is very quick and easy to calculate results.
- It means that the top guys can't win on handicap however far ahead they
are (the top seed would have to do better than win the regatta.impossible),
which is what it is all about ( i.e. encouraging mid fleet competitors).
- It means that sailors who obtain a huge time differential when the fleet
spreads out don't dominate the handicap results.
- It rewards those who genuinely have a good regatta but aren't up in the
When we hosted the Auckland Championship, the winner was eight places above
their seeding whist the majority of the fleet were on or within a place of
'Par'. By finishing seventh overall, they won on handicap. Here is the
SAILING TO COMMEMORATE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11
When Sail Newport (of Newport, RI) originally organized Sail For Pride
three weeks after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, it was a direct
response to the tragic events of that day. Scott Murray of Newport was one
of the event's founders, along with Mick Harvey of Newport and Brad Read of
Middletown. "Right after 9/11, being in the sailing business," Murray said,
"I came up with the idea of doing a yacht race to raise some money for all
of the people who were affected."
Approximately 180 boats participated in the first race. The money that was
raised went to the Widow's and Children's Charities, an organization
created to the support the families of those who were lost on Sept. 11. The
fleet has averaged 70 to 80 boats in subsequent years, but this year Murray
is hoping for as many as 150 boats. "We're hoping we can get a really big
turnout and some major fundraising," Murray said.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the historic day, Sail Newport has
once again organized a Sail For Pride race to take place on Sept. 11. Boats
of over 22 feet in length have been invited to sail the race's 18-mile
course, which begins outside of Newport Harbor, takes sailors on a
circumnavigation of Conanicut Island and returns to the harbor for the
The first Sail For Pride race was held in October 2001 and the event has
been held every year since, albeit under a different name. "After the first
year we changed the name of the event to Sail For Hope," Murray said. "The
idea for that was that 'Hope' was the state motto and our idea was to help
more local charities." To date, more than $800,000 has been raised to
support humanitarian causes. -- Jamestown Press, read on:
FROM PROJECT TO PROSPECT
No way! No way!" shouted Scott Bruesewitz, stomping up to the podium to
accept the award for first-place overall at the 2011 Sperry Top-Sider
Chicago NOOD, which includes an invitation to compete at the NOOD
Championship regatta in the British Virgin Islands come November. "You've
got to be kidding me!"
NOOD winners are always happy campers, but Bruesewitz takes the cake. He
was over the top, high on life, in utter disbelief. "I figured there was no
way," says the skipper of the Mt. Gay 30 REDRUM, which came out on top of a
PHRF 3 division in which a mere 4 points separated the top four boats -
sequentially, Jack Amedio's Farr 395 Chaos, Mitchell Padnos' J/124
Sufficient Reason, and Robert McManus' J/130 Edge. "We've won the NOODs a
few times before in the Tartan Ten, and I thought we might've had a chance
then, but we really weren't expecting it this year."
How REDRUM came to win the Chicago NOOD is something of a saga. Bruesewitz
has been working on boats at Milwaukee's Harborside Yacht Center since
1972. In his spare time, he buys beater T-10s, whips them into racing
shape, and flips them. He once restored a T-10 that had a three-foot tree
growing out of the deck. The buyer of that boat called Bruesewitz a few
years ago and said, "You like projects? I've got a project for you!"
There was a partially built Mt. Gay 30 up for grabs at Rhode Island's New
England Boatworks, and it didn't take long for Bruesewitz to show up with
his trailer. "It was just a deck and hull skin. No keel. No rudder. A mast,
but no rigging. And a bunch of parts. We showed up Thanksgiving weekend,
and when we strapped it to the trailer, the boat would squeeze in and out
like a beach ball, bowing this way and that. There was no structure.
Twenty-six ratchet straps later, we're driving down the highway to
Bruesewitz brought REDRUM to a vacant manufacturing warehouse in Milwaukee.
"The space had overhead cranes, so were were able to go up and down fitting
the bulkheads," says the 55-year-old. "I hired Jeff Van Gorkum (of Van
Gorkum Yacht Design) to help me with the project. He has a Mt. Gay 30, and
he knew just what to do. He was like, 'What do you want to do with the
boat?' And I was like, 'I want a rocketship. I want a 30-footer that will
do 20 knots.' -- Sailing World, read on: http://tinyurl.com/SW-061311
DON'T MISS THE MORRIS YACHTS BOAT SHOW, JULY 29-31
You've been studying the Morris Brokerage listings all spring, now is your
chance to see them. Morris Yachts will host the seventh annual Morris Boat
Show at their service yard in Northeast Harbor, Maine, July 29-31. This
event will showcase a variety Morris Yachts from the latest M-Series
daysailers to worthy blue water cruisers to classic Justines and other
Morris yachts. Do not miss this once a year opportunity to board the widest
selection of Morris Yachts. Show hours 10-6 on Friday and Saturday; 10-4 on
Sunday. Click here for current brokerage list:
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INDUSTRY VOWS FIGHT ON STYRENE DESIGNATION
The U.S. styrene industry will "contest vigorously" the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services' listing of styrene in its 12th Report on
Carcinogens, Jack Snyder, executive director of the Styrene Information and
Research Center, said in a statement. "The designation is completely
unjustified by the latest science and resulted from a flawed process that
focuses on only those data that support a cancer concern," Snyder said.
The comments come in response to Friday's announcement that styrene is one
of eight substances newly listed in the report. On May 26, the Styrene
Information and Research Center notified the Health and Human Services
legal counsel of its intent to seek a preliminary injunction if styrene was
Styrene, used in the building of fiberglass boats, is listed as "reasonably
anticipated to be a human carcinogen based on limited evidence of
carcinogenicity from studies in humans, sufficient evidence of
carcinogenicity from studies in experimental animals and supporting data on
mechanisms of carcinogenesis."
Snyder said research from European Union regulators determined that styrene
does not represent a human cancer concern. EU scientists reviewed the full
styrene database, weighing all of the available data in reaching their
conclusion, he added. -- Soundings, full report:
* The Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta last week was the penultimate regatta
of the ISAF Sailing World Cup series, with Kieler Woche in Kiel, Germany on
June 18-22 as the final regatta of the seven event tour. This is third
edition of the ISAF series which will be the primary international ranking
circuit for Olympic and Paralympic athletes following the 2012 Games. The
top position for four of the 13 events has been secured. Leading the
Women's Match Race event is Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) with only a one point
lead over Sally Barkow (USA). Claire Leroy (FRA) trails Tunnicliffe by
three points in third. -- Full report:
* A specially-designed 55,000 square meter 'Destination Village' is being
built in Abu Dhabi to host the Volvo Ocean Race fleet and the fans expected
to descend on the UAE capital following the second race leg from Cape Town,
SA. The size of eight football pitches, the village will open
free-of-charge to the public daily from December 30 this year to January
14, next year. The fleet is expected to finish the 5430 nm leg by January
1, 2012, and more than 100,000 visitors are expected. -- Full report:
* West Marine has announced the recipients of their annual Marine
Conservation Grants program. Grants for a total amount of $30,000 are being
awarded to non-profit organizations throughout the U.S. who are working to
"improve and protect marine habitat," which is part of West Marine's
mission. This year's grant recipients are located in Florida, North
Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland and California. Details:
* Tuscany, Italy (June 13, 2011) - Amidst a picturesque pinewood forest on
the shores of the Mediterranean, the 2011 Finn World Master Championship
began today for the 273 competitors representing 28 countries. There are
four categories of sailors: Master (40-49), Grand Master (50-59), Grand
Grand Master (60-69) and Legend (70+). The defending World Masters Champion
is Michael Maier (CZE), who is currently tied for the lead with Allen
Burrell (GBR). -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/Finn-061311
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* From Bill Pentleton:
Dr. Hugh Chandler will be celebrating his 80th birthday this week. Hugh has
raced a string of "Scherherazades" (intentionally misspelled) on the
eastern coast of the U.S. for close to 45 years. Hugh is a highly respected
orthopedic surgeon who is a stroke survivor, although he is without speech
and suffers from right side neglect which seriously effects his mobility.
Regardless, Hugh still races "Scherherazade," driving upwind whenever it is
not blowing over 15 since he can sit while driving. His wife Betsy, no
spring chicken, drives downwind. She also makes sure that the boat is kept
race ready and on the starting line. They have cut back on the schedule
this year but still manage to race 3 days a week on average.
Hugh's continued good humor and perseverance have been an example for us
all. Good on ya Hugh.
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