SCUTTLEBUTT 3363 - Wednesday, June 15, 2011
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EXPERIENCE IN BOTH WORLDS
When the decision was made to eliminate the multihull from the 2012
Olympics, the noise from the sport was deafening. With the limit of sailing
events capped at 10 for the Games, choosing which ones is never easy.
However, there was broad agreement that the multihull should be one of
Now with the multihull reinstated for the 2016 Olympics as a mixed (one
man, one woman) event, two of the most notable female Americans that have
experience in both the Olympics and multihull sailing share their comments:
PEASE GLASER, long time Tornado campaigner with her husband Jay Glaser, and
an Olympic medalist in 2000 with JJ Fetter in the Women’s Doublehanded
“For the multihull to be a mixed event is really not different than if the
event was mandated to be all men or all women. The restriction, when
compared to an open event, simply reduces the potential population of
people to sail with.
“A long time ago, I was against any women's only events. I was wrong on
that as the opportunity to train at a high level in women's Olympic events
allowed women to get good enough to move on and compete at high levels in
open events. I'm sure the mixed will offer the same opportunities.”
CARRIE HOWE, who represented the U.S. in the Women’s Keelboat event at the
2008 Olympics, and a three-time winner of the F18 North Americans with
“It is difficult to place sailing into 10 events and at the same time abide
by the number allotments, gender equality, accessibility etc. There are
many factors and influences going into these decisions, but the "creative"
solution of making a mandatory mixed catamaran event is a bit of a stretch
for a political middle point. I think either include a class or not. Don't
do it half way.
“To put it in a simpler way, I think it is fantastic that catamarans are
back in the Olympics. But to be honest, mixed catamaran sailing is not a
common practice; maybe 1 out of 20 boats are mixed... so why should it be
awarded as an Olympic event. I think it can work but the type of boat
chosen and logistics become a bit tricky.”
DEBATE: The selection of equipment to be used for the 2016 Olympic sailing
events is required for the Men's and Women’s Sailboard/Kiteboard, the
Women's Skiff, and the Mixed Two Person Multihull, with the final decision
at the 2012 ISAF Annual Meeting. It is widely believed that the choice of
multihull will be the hardest as mixed racing is not common, and the size
of boat will dictate the crew weight and skills needed to successfully
ONBOARD: In reaction to the election of a mixed-multihull event (one man,
one woman) for the 2016 Olympic Games, the catamaran culture is already
adapting. The organization of the Zwitserleven Round Texel Race 2011, the
world's biggest catamaran event, has added the division to their race. With
over 500 boats expected for the 100 km race around this Netherlands island
on June 25th, the event is eager to show their support. Said Edwin Lodder,
Race Co-ordinator, “As the leading multihull event, it is important to show
the world that we fully support the choice of mixed-multihull sailing and
that we wish to promote it.” Race website:
NEW RULES ABOUT SUNSCREEN CLAIMS
(June 14, 2011) - After 33 years of consideration, the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration took steps on Tuesday to sort out the confusing world of
sunscreens, with new rules that specify which lotions provide the best
protection against the sun and ending claims that they are truly
The F.D.A. said sunscreens must protect equally against two kinds of the
sun’s radiation, UVB and UVA, to earn the coveted designation of offering
“broad spectrum” protection. UVB rays cause burning; UVA rays cause
wrinkling; and both cause cancer.
The rules, which go into effect in a year, will also ban sunscreen
manufacturers from claiming their products are waterproof or sweatproof
because such claims are false. Instead, they will be allowed to claim in
minutes the amount of time in which the product is water resistant,
depending upon test results.
And only sunscreens that have a sun protection factor, or SPF, of 15 or
higher will be allowed to maintain that they help prevent sunburn and
reduce the risks of skin cancer and early skin aging.
The rules have been under consideration since 1978, when “Boogie Oogie
Oogie” was a hit on the radio and most beach lotions were intended to
encourage tanning, not protect against it. But federal regulators said they
had yet to decide whether to end an SPF arms race in which manufacturers
are introducing sunscreens with SPF numbers of 70, 80 and 100 even though
such lotions offer little more protection than those with an SPF of 50.
Still, dermatologists said they were thrilled. “Now, we’ll be able to tell
patients which sunscreens to get,” said Dr. Henry W. Lim, chairman of
dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and a spokesman for the
American Academy of Dermatology. -- NY Times, read on:
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HELP GROW PARTICIPATION IN SAILING
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One of the great challenges in presenting sailing to the non-sailing public
is creating a cohesive picture of the diverse and eclectic nature of
sailing. Let’s face it; if you ask someone ‘do you want to go sailing’ you
have no idea what they might be picturing. Could it be a Caribbean charter?
A seasick ocean voyage? A white-knuckle, rail-riding bash to weather? Or
maybe helping you varnish the toerail. But this weekend offers a chance to
unify it all.
Summer Sailstice is carving out a date on the calendar when all members of
the sailing community can showcase their unique niche within the world of
sailing, i.e. beach cats, bluewater cruising, kiteboards, handicap racing
or whatever kind of sailing it is that you do. By collecting all these
different ways to sail on one weekend it will help create a ‘critical mass’
of sailing activities allowing sailors to broadcast a fuller picture of how
most people sail, most of the time.
By including your event participants as part of the Summer Sailstice
holiday you can help demonstrate to the broader public the full menu of
sailing options. It’s likely once they see all the different ways of
participating they’ll gravitate towards an activity that suits them best -
trailer sailing or ocean crossing. The diversity of ways to participate in
sailing is one of its biggest curses and blessings. The curse is it’s very
hard to easily describe sailing but the blessing is it’s hard to imagine
that there isn’t some aspect of sailing that wouldn’t please almost anyone.
If you waterski you might like kiteboarding, if you’re a history buff you
might like tallships.
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FREELY PURSUING ALL TYPES OF SAILING
By Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
This past week I was privileged to have won the Etchells World Championship
in San Diego, CA. When Bill Hardesty asked if I would sail with him, he
warned me that we would be putting in the training time needed to be fully
prepared. I agreed, knowing that being physically, mentally, and
technically ready would be vital for success.
After four days of racing, our team was reaping the benefits of our
preparation, having won four of the first seven races in the 81 boat fleet.
There was a party that night, and I had just collected another daily first
trophy. As I was leaving, I met a nine year old girl who had also been
racing in the regatta. I hadn’t realized someone that young was competing,
but I thought it was pretty cool, and without much thought I gave her the
This week I received a note from her dad: “Thank you for giving your daily
first trophy to my 9-year old daughter at the Thursday night Etchells
party. It made her week and she has it prominently displayed in her room.
She could not stop talking about it, and it appears that she is completely
hooked on sailboat racing now (started sailing school this week in her
newly acquired Optimist), which in turn will hook her 7-year old sister.”
Thinking back to the regatta, there were a few young people competing, but
not many. I am now 48 years old, and the sport for young people has
dramatically changed during the past 30 years. There was not such a
division between youth sailing and open events for me as there is now, so
my experience growing up included IOR boats, MORC boats, Hobie 16s, Snipes,
Santana 20s, etc. While today’s young sailor has more opportunities now to
compete against their peers in many different venues, they are lacking the
diversity in boats and adult interaction that help them really connect to
The Worlds was an exhausting week, but meeting the young sailor and
offering her that award was one of my personal highlights. I believe that
seeing the handful of young people at the Etchells Worlds is something to
build on, and I hope that parents allow their children to freely pursue all
types of sailing, and not just what is offered on the youth sailing menu.
-- Scuttleblog, http://tinyurl.com/Scuttleblog-061411
I KNOW, SUCKS BEING ME
By Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
After nearly two weeks of training and competing in the Etchells World
Championship, I have some catching up to do in the office. As a result, I
had to decline the offer by the America’s Cup Event Authority to come to
San Francisco this week for a ride on the AC45 (I know, sucks being me).
Hopefully I will get a chance again when the America’s Cup World Series
comes to San Diego, but in the mean time I will let my friend Stuart
Streuli at Sailing World describe the experience:
Maybe Russell Coutts was saying, “Hey, what do you think of this cool
custom carbon tiller extension? Did I show you how they inlaid my initials
in gold? What a nice gesture by the guys at Core Builders.”
Or perhaps he was trying to get me to notice how light a touch on the helm
it took to drive the AC45 catamaran in typically blowy San Francisco Bay
But where I come from when someone looks you in the eye and then points to
the tiller, it means only one thing: “Do you want to drive?” And when the
boat in question is an AC45, the hottest, fastest, coolest, course-racing
boat on the planet, there’s only one way to answer: “Hell yeah!”
Actually, that’s not how I answered. Heading upwind at 17 knots in 25 knots
of breeze meant that there was somewhere north of 35 knots of apparent wind
screaming over the deck. You could only hear someone if you were right next
to them and screaming. And even then it would be a toss up between: “Of
course I want to drive?” and “Worst spot to have a hive.” And like
switching between boats in a rough sea, this was no time to be tentative,
So I didn’t bother to open my mouth. I tried to let my actions talk for me.
As quickly as I could move - which is fairly slow when the surface is a
very spare rope mesh bouncing over a choppy sea at a ridiculous speed - I
climbed from the spectator position behind the aft crossbeam to the helm
station, a distance of about 10 feet, grabbed the aforementioned tiller
extension, and held my breath. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/SW-061411
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QUOTE / UNQUOTE
Dirk Kramers, Oracle Racing designer, discussing the transition from the
AC45 to the AC72 which will be used in the 34th America’s Cup in 2013: “The
first AC72 will probably be launched in about a year from now, so between
now and then there’ll be a lot of speculation and intrigue on your part and
a lot of hard work on our part to see what these boats will be like.
Imagine the AC45 spectacle but with rigs about twice as high and five times
as powerful. We’re just really lucky we get to play with them - they’re
really exciting boats.” -- SailBlast, full story:
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* Tuscany, Italy (June 14, 2011) - The perfect conditions continued on day
two of the Finn World Masters in Punta Ala in Italy, with eight more heats
across two courses for the 273 competitors representing 28 countries. Both
Allen Burrell (GBR) and defending World Masters Champion Michael Maier
(CZE) keep their perfect scores, winning both their heats, while Uli Breuer
(GER) stays in third after another first and second. -- Full report:
* (June 14, 2011) - After two days of competition, Matheus Dellagnelo (BRA)
now leads the 72 boat fleet at the Sunfish World Championship in Curaçao.
Sixteen countries are represented. Racing concludes on Friday. --Event
* The Detroit Yacht Club is a new addition to the National Register of
Historic Places. The club, which was founded in 1868, is noted for its
history and architecturally significant clubhouse. The club is located on
Belle Isle and is the 12th oldest yacht club in the U.S. The clubhouse,
completed in 1923, was designed in a Mediterranean style. -- Boating
Industry, read on: http://www.boating-industry.com/output.cfm?id=2772235
* While approximately 450 people prepare to compete in 68-foot yachts for
the 40,000 mile Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race that begins in
August, plans are already underway for the 2013-14 edition of the race. The
search has begun for 12 skippers to take on the challenge of leading the
teams of non-professional sailors during the 12 month competition.
Successful candidates will have the opportunity of being the first to
circumnavigate on board a brand new fleet of 70-foot yachts being built
specifically for the race. For details contact Sir Robin by email at
US SAILING’S 2011 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
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* From Gregory Scott: (re, story in Scuttlebutt 3562)
In reply to the potential designation of styrene and significant impact on
all FRP (fibre reinforced plastics) industries that can have, I have the
following comment; I was an employee in that industry during the transition
from cowboy land to serious air quality control measures for all workers.
In North America, FRP work is relatively safe because of those significant
and continued advancements.
If we are going to ruin another North American industry through onerous
regulation, let’s ensure no FRP products are imported from any country
without equal or greater regulation. I am willing to speculate China has
less stringent styrene regulations (that are enforced) than will be imposed
* From John Sangmeister:
Monday's article in the SF Examiner (and in Scuttlebutt 3592) omitted
noteworthy milestones the America's Cup Organizing Committee (ACOC) has
achieved in a very short time. Specifically:
- The ACOC became operational 60 days ago. The organization's tax-exempt
status application was submitted to the IRS in April of this year and is
under standard review.
- Even without the exemption in place the ACOC has raised $2 million in
direct donations and commitments from a handful of very generous ACOC
members. We expect the IRS exemption to be granted by late summer and the
campaign will expand significantly this fall.
The ACOC is ably led by Mark Buell (Chairman), Kyri McClellan (Executive
Director) and Lucy Jewett (member of the Board of Directors). They're
extraordinary stewardship is more than up to this challenge and the event's
future remains bright.
* From George Morris:
I spent a couple of hours watching the Women’s' Match Racing in the Skandia
SailforGold regatta using their excellent tracker system. Absolutely
fascinating - except or just one thing; in the vast majority of the races
you knew who was going to win 30 seconds after the start.
Formula 1 used to have this problem but has gone some way to enabling
overtaking by installing a Drag Reduction System (DRS) which gives the
overtaking car a temporary advantage during overtaking maneuvers.
Could not some rule be devised which required the leading boat to sail a
bit further at the leeward mark, say, or perhaps limit the number of tacks
in a tacking duel to enable a split to develop? This might prolong the
length of the period when the result was in doubt.
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