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SCUTTLEBUTT 3364 - Thursday, June 16, 2011
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LIFTING THE FOG
Since winning the America’s Cup in February 2010, the Golden Gate Yacht
Club (GGYC) has held the pedal to the medal with their efforts to reinvent
the series for the 2013 Match. But once the rubber hit the road, economic
reality has forced changes to keep the plan afloat. Here is an update
announced today by the GGYC:
TEAMS: Nine teams remain among the 15 teams that had initially entered on
March 31st. Each of the surviving teams is to have submitted payment for
the AC45 catamaran that will be used in the America’s Cup World Series
events that will be hosted in 2011 and 2012. The teams are...
Defender - 1
Oracle Racing, Golden Gate Yacht Club (USA)
Challenger - 8
Aleph-Equipe de France, Aleph Yacht Club (FRA)
Artemis Racing, Kungliga Svenska Segal Sallskapet (SWE)
China Team, Mei Fan Yacht Club (CHN)
Emirates Team New Zealand, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (NZL)
Energy Challenge, Yacht Club de France (FRA)
Venezia Challenge, Club Canottieri Roggero di Lauria (ITA)
White Tiger Challenge, Sail Korea Yacht Club (ROK)
One additional challenge entry to be revealed June 23.
Among the challenging nations, Republic of Korea is new to the America’s
Cup, while China is entering for just the second time.
WORLD SERIES: The nine competitors will face-off for the first time August
6-14 at the inaugural America’s Cup World Series event in Cascais, Portugal
where a fleet of ten AC45s will do battle in both fleet and match racing.
Oracle Racing will enter two teams in the 2011 AC World Series. The second
stop on the circuit will be Plymouth, England on September 10-18, followed
by the final stop in 2011 in San Diego, USA on November 12-20.
Full report: http://tinyurl.com/ACUP-061511
WHAT PARENTS CAN DO TO BUILD A STRONG FOUNDATION
Jessica Mohler is a clinical and sports psychologist, and a sailing mom
too. In this article, Mohler provides an interesting outlook on parenting
youth athletes from a sailing perspective and makes recommendations that
will help you build a strong foundation for your youth sailor.
I am a sailor. I started at sailing camp at the age of 10. I competed in
Lasers during high school and as a varsity sailor in college. I went on to
teach and coach the sport to children and adults. My current sailing
endeavors include crewing on a J-22. Along the way I became a clinical and
sport psychologist. I have now taken on my most challenging role, being a
parent of a child who is interested in sport, including sailing.
If you are reading this, there is a good chance you are a parent who enjoys
the sport of sailing and wants the best for your child, whether that means
simply learning how to sail, or competing in sailboat racing. Sailing is a
skill that when taught at a young age can become a lifelong sport and
While parents want their children to succeed, providing guidance can be
challenging and there is never one right answer. I hope these
recommendations will help you build a strong foundation for your youth
sailor, not only for competing at a high level, but also to develop a
lifelong enjoyment of sailing.
Sport psychologists agree that sport participation can help children learn
important lessons, however, they also agree that it is not the sport
itself, but the people who surround the child in the sport, such as
parents, coaches, teammates, competitors and administrators, who build
character in our children. Building a foundation for excellence as an
athlete and as an adult, in many ways, can take the same path. In fact
sailing provides a great analogy for this process of development.
If you think about a day of sailing, many of the decisions you make as you
get ready and sail to your destination are similar to raising your child.
First, you choose where you are going, and gather information about the
weather, the current, the time you have and the distance. Similarly setting
goals, deciding where you are going and what is important while thinking
about what is realistic for your child factoring in his or her abilities is
an important step. You pack all your gear for the day, selecting what is
necessary for a day sail, just as your child builds his abilities and
skills that are consistent with his goals as a sailor. You decide who is
going to take the tiller, and as the parent you decide when to let your
child steer or when it is best that you take the helm through a narrow
Just as you provide guidance and rules for your child, parents need to know
when to let their child be independent and when he needs you to intervene
to provide guidance. -- Read on:
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RECREATIONAL BOATING FATALITIES AT RECORD LOW
(June 14, 2011) - The U.S. Coast Guard released its official 2010
Recreational Boating Statistics today. Total fatalities fell to 672, the
lowest number on record. Coast Guard officials, while heartened by the
drop, were quick to caution that this number remains unacceptably high.
They noted that the 2010 total is only slightly lower than the 676 deaths
in 2004, the previous record low; but 26 deaths lower than the average
number of fatalities for the last 10 years.
Total reported accidents were 4,604 in 2010, down from 4,730 in 2009, while
injuries totaled 3,153, down from 3,358. Property damage was estimated at
"We're glad to see the numbers decline," said Rear Admiral Kevin Cook,
Director of Prevention Policy for the U. S. Coast Guard, "but the real
tragedy is that so many of these deaths are needless and could have been
prevented had boaters taken some simple steps. I am optimistic that the
number of deaths and injuries can continue to be reduced further because of
the strong commitment to safe boating from our partners in the States,
non-government advocacy groups, and the boating industry."
Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive
speed, and alcohol use rank as the top five primary contributing factors in
accidents. Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating
accidents; it was listed as the leading factor in 19% of the deaths.
COMING TO AMERICA
The Extreme Sailing Season is embarking on its fifth season, and is now
heading Boston in the USA - the first time the circuit has staged an
official event in the United States. Sailed in Extreme 40 catamarans, the
nine event tour will travel through Asia, Europe, and North America this
year. The 2011 ESS has grown in part due to the multihull format planned
for the 34th America’s Cup in 2013.
The Boston event will be staged at Fan Pier as part of the Boston
Harborfest celebrations and it is lining up to be a very special event.
Taking place from Thursday, 30th June to Monday, 4th July, every day is
open to the public and there will be plenty of attractions. The 11-boat
Extreme 40 fleet will showcase their close combat ‘stadium’ style of racing
in front of the spectators at Fan Pier, a 21-acre site on Boston’s
waterfront spanning nine city blocks.
The Extreme 40s will be supported by 49er racing, Laser and J22s racing for
the official charity Courageous Sailing, fireworks, live music and street
performers, and aerial demos from the Red Bull Air Force skydivers. Media
partner Boston’s Fox25 TV will be capturing all the action as part of their
scheduled live programming from Fan Pier.
After three events in Muscat (Oman), Qingdao (China) and Istanbul (Turkey),
three different teams have so far claimed victories - Groupe Edmond de
Rothschild (Muscat), Luna Rossa (Qingdao) and Artemis Racing (Istanbul)
skippered by American Terry Hutchinson. Current season leader is Groupe
Edmond de Rothschild followed by Emirates Team New Zealand , and Artemis
Racing. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/ESS-061511
OUT ON THE STUMP
The Snipe, a hard chine two person racing dinghy designed in 1931, is
taking their show on the road. Their promotion plan, ‘The Traveling Snipe
Fleet’, is being run by the USA Snipe Sailboat Class, and after one month
is already making a positive impact.
Don Hackbarth, Fleet Administrator, explained that “the program involves a
coach/Class Rep traveling the USA in a van with 3 boats, presenting the
Snipe sailboat to people not previously exposed to the product. Clinics are
held during the week to allow multiple people to ‘test drive’ and on the
weekend the boats are made available to prospects for a regatta.”
The Fleet started out in Miami in mid May with its shake down and
introduction at the USA Masters Championship, and then traveled to Dallas
for several clinics and a regatta during the week leading up to the 75th
Southwestern Snipe Championship hosted by Snipe Fleet # 1 on Memorial Day
weekend. As an immediate result of this exposure, one participant bought a
Snipe and another decided to participate in the next major Snipe Regatta
where the Traveling Snipe Fleet was heading, in Annapolis, MD for the
Colonial Cup Regatta.
Again several clinics were held and the boats were made available for use
in the Colonial Cup. The results in Annapolis were encouraging also, with
one father and son team looking to buy a boat and other teams planning
follow-up test drives. This past week the Fleet headed to Surf City, NJ for
an introduction clinic and a regatta.
“The boats are being used at capacity,” reports Austin Kana, Fleet Coach
and Class Rep, “and the response of those exposed to the Snipe product and
membership has been extremely positive.” Lee Griffith, past Commodore of
the Class and host for the Surf City Regatta, sees the program as possibly
the best marketing and promotion plan the class has ever had. “I know that
is a strong statement and it is premature, but so far so good,” said
Griffith. “Boats are full and full of the right people....young experienced
sailors from other classes who are sailing the boat and going....Wow, this
Snipe is pretty cool.....”
The Traveling Snipe Fleet will continue through this summer working up the
northeast coast and then heading west to the Midwest. For more information
on the Traveling Snipe Fleet and the USA Snipe Sailboat Class, visit
http://www.sailingsnipes.org or contact Don Hackbarth at
SUMMER SCHOOL AT IYRS
While full-time students at IYRS are off enjoying summer, the school’s
faculty and facilities are made available to marine professionals and
serious enthusiasts who want to deepen their knowledge about classic and
modern boats and their systems. Summer Continuing Education courses at IYRS
cover a wide range of topics: from composites repair and refinishing, to
surveying wooden and composite-construction boats, to lofting and learning
about alternative and hybrid power systems. Courses are one- or two-day,
9-to-5 sessions so individuals from outside the area can pair a trip to
Rhode Island with a valuable educational opportunity. Learn more at:
* The 2011 Great Lakes Championship Series calendar has been finalized by
the Offshore Racing Rule Owners Association (ORROA), consisting of five
great events to bring the best Great Lakes racers together and be scored in
a single series. ORROA, in cooperation with the Offshore Racing Association
(ORA) and Offshore Racing Rule (ORR), developed the series for Great Lakes
sailors and hopes to offer similar series on both coasts. ORROA hopes that
by encouraging the use of a common, objective rule, participation in
regattas will increase across the country. -- Details:
* Tuscany, Italy (June 15, 2011) - Due to the multiple flight schedule
needed for the 273 competitors at the Finn World Masters in championship,
the top two boats finally got to race each other head to head today in an
individual heat. Defending World Masters Champion Michael Maier (CZE) now
has small advantage over Allen Burrell (GBR), though both are still tied on
four points, and they have a one point lead over Thomas Moerup Petersen
(DEN) and Uli Breuer (GER) who both won their heats. -- Full report:
* (June 15, 2011) - With eight races completed after three days of
competition at the Sunfish World Championship, Matheus Dellagnelo (BRA) has
stretched his lead over the 72 boat fleet in Curaçao. Sixteen countries are
represented. Racing concludes on Friday. --Event website:
* Marseille, France (June 15, 2011) - The second stop of the five event TP
52Audi MedCup Circuit opened today with Quantum Racing leading the
Marseille Trophy on countback, sharing the same points aggregate as Bribon.
Quantum Racing recovered from a poor start in race one to finish fourth,
and then convincingly won the second race of the day. -- Full report:
The sailing world lost a great friend the night of June 13. Surrounded by
his family, Walter Fischer passed away peacefully in his sleep after a two
year battle with cancer.
Walter joined luxury retailer Little Switzerland in St Thomas in 1961.
Starting as a watchmaker, he rose to become President and CEO. In 1989, he
joined Rolex as head of sales for the Caribbean and Latin America. In 1999,
he was named President and CEO of Rolex Watch USA.
While in St Thomas, Walter was responsible for the creation of the
International Rolex Regatta in 1972. It has long been known as the "Jewel
of the Caribbean." in the early 80s, Walter and a group of friends brought
the first J/24 to the Caribbean. He also served as the head of the Race
Committee and Commodore of St. Thomas YC. Walter sailed all kinds of boats
from steering his J/24 Sting to grinding winches on a maxi, which he always
referred to as "grind til you puke."
As President of Rolex US, Walter expanded the company's relationship with
the New York YC, of which he was a proud member; many aspects of US
SAILING, including sailors with disabilities; Storm Trysail Club's Block
Island Race Week and Collegiate Regatta; the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes
Regatta; and the Rolex Big Boat Series at St. Francis YC. Perhaps Walter's
greatest joy was watching his 8 year old granddaughter, Caroline, sail her
Opti off the beach at the St. Thomas YC.
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LONG ON LONG BEACH
As host of the sailing events at the 1984 Olympics, Long Beach has long
been considered the premier sailing venue of Southern California. And when
the sailing ends, the sailors go to the region’s number one restaurant:
Gladestone’s. As host to the Congressional Cup, Farr 40 North Americans,
and Los Angeles to Hawaii Transpac race - and seeking to host a 2012
America’s Cup World Series event - Gladestone’s Long Beach tops a good day
of sailing with large portions of fresh seafood, grilled steaks and chops,
healthy salads, and eye-opening desserts. Details at
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* From Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer, USSTAG:
I completely agree with Craig’s article (Freely Pursuing All Types of
Sailing, Scuttlebutt 3563) about the young girl at the Etchells Worlds.
I was being interviewed last week by people from Sperry Top-Siders and was
asked who inspired me, what was a favorite memory, why I got so hooked on
sailing, etc. Besides being surrounded by all the talented sailors at San
Diego Yacht Club, I was brought back to racing by my dad and his friends on
Lehmans, local handicap events, and especially some of the Southern
California cruising options.
Sailing is so encompassing and such a lifelong sport. If you only see the
10 to 15 year olds racing in the junior series you miss 80 percent of what
sailing is all about. I am so glad that this is being discussed, and to
hear about how this has gotten a little girl stoked on sailing!
* From Chip Pitcairn: (re, Etchells Worlds story in Scuttlebutt 3563)
I will never forget sailing on a Star in the Sugar Bowl regatta at Southern
Yacht Club. I was a pick up crew with a skipper I didn't know; I was 16 and
about 140 pounds, not exactly ideal Star crew. We won the class and Roy
Trundle, my skipper, told me to go to the award presentation, pick up the
trophy and he said I should keep it. I remember how proud I was.
That was in 1971 and that trophy still sits in a place of honor in my home,
and reminds me of how much a gesture like that means to a young person. I
bet that girl will remember that trophy in 40 years.
* From John Schimert:
There are many self absorbed and acutely self absorbed characters in
sailing. Your two articles in Scuttlebutt 3563 appear to place you among
the later. Generally, I believe you do a great job with Scuttlebutt.
However, today you chose hubris over humility.
* From Jim Champ:
Interesting to note Carrie Howe's comment (in Scuttlebutt 3563) that mixed
catamaran sailing is not a common practice. Every country's sailing scene
is different of course, but looking at some Championship results from the
UK it seems that over here it is - at least in the more moderate sized
At this year’s Dart 18 Champs, for instance, of 78 entries, if I am
matching name to sex correctly, 42 had male helms and female crews, 4 had
female helms and male crews, and one had an all female crew, leaving 31
with all male crews, so actually a majority of mixed crews.
The similar sized Spitfire class, which carries a spinnaker, from 27 boats
seems to have had 9 male helm/female crew, 2 female helm/male crew, one all
female and 15 all male crews. Once you look at more powerful boats like the
F18 the numbers of women sailing appear to diminish significantly.
* From Peter W. Grimm:
After viewing the video of the AC 45 capsizing several times on Fox News
this morning, I may have a new sailing term for modern times...
Here is the video if you have missed it: http://youtu.be/x1MOsI1BfbM
* From Tom Arthur, NZ:
Regarding the article by Steve Pyatt in Scuttlebutt 3362 on handicapping,
congratulations to the NZ Zephyr fleet for coming up with such a simple
system. In hindsight it seems so obvious that I wonder how I have never
dreamed of this myself. I am involved with two dinghy classes and also with
radio controlled yachting, and find that some regattas are reluctant to
record times and with RC yachting that is an impossibility, so handicapping
has always been a subject of much debate. This system will solve all that.
I know all good things must come to an end; I just want to know when they
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