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SCUTTLEBUTT 3366 - Monday, June 20, 2011
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AMERICAN CHARGE AT KIELER-WOCHE
Kiel, Germany (June 19, 2011) - The seventh and last event in the ISAF
Sailing World Cup circuit started in full gear with three difficult races
sailed in shifty and wet conditions in Kiel. It was a good second day at
Kieler-Woche for the Americans as Paige Railey strengthened her lead in the
Laser Radial, Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving took the top spot in the
Women’s 470, and Zach Railey closed the gap on the Finn leader to just two
points. Anna Tunnicliffe also enjoyed a good second day winning nine races
in the first round robin of the Women’s Match Racing.
Paige Railey, the younger sister of Zach, added two Laser Radial race
victories to the two she recorded on the opening day in Kiel. The World #3
leads the 51-boat Laser Radial fleet on four points. Her nearest rivals,
Lisa Fasselt (GER) and Krystal Weir (AUS), trail the American by ten points
in second and third place.
Five German teams continue to occupy top ten spots in the Women’s 470 but it
is the American duo of Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving who came out on
top after a fourth place finish and a race victory on the second day. With
eight points they lead Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke (GER) who went 1-2 to sit
on 11 points.
Zach Railey (USA), who is world #1 in the Finn, entered day two in second
place trailing Jonathan Lobert by five points. But with two fourth place
finishes and a fifth place Railey has closed the gap on Lobert to just two
points after five races.
Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) ended the first round robin of the Women’s Match
Racing competition on top with nine race wins. Genny Tulloch (USA) and
Olivia Price (AUS) finished behind Tunnicliffe with seven race wins. The
competition has now moved to the second Round Robin phase where the eight
quarter finalists will be decided. Tunnicliffe has sailed two races in the
second phase winning both.
Three races are scheduled in Kiel tomorrow with gusty winds and more
difficult conditions that could easily reshuffle the leader-board position.
-- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/42tnp83
* Zach Railey’s young team mate Caleb Paine (USA) commented on the first
racing day in Kiel:
“It was tough racing out there with lots of shifts and rain showers, and
puffs and lulls; there were many opportunities for making gains especially
on the first beat and run. At one stage during the second race, it rained so
much upwind that we couldn't see the weather mark until we were fairly close
to it! It was tough for everybody but it is all part of sailing!”
About his racing, Caleb Paine says his objective in the regatta is top 5.
The 21 year-old started in the Finn in 2009 with Kiel week as his first
international event. This year, intense training with Zach Railey has been
paying off, with Paine placing 10th in the Rolex Miami OCR and 11th at the
Delta Lloyd regatta. He is in seventh place after a solid start and a fourth
US MULTIHULL CHAMPIONSHIP GOES TO MATT STRUBLE
Long Beach, CA (June 18, 2011) - Skipper Matt Struble (San Diego, Calif.)
won his fourth Hobie Alter Trophy Saturday afternoon on an exciting final
day of racing at US SAILING’s U.S. Multihull Championship. Struble and crew
Damon Lacasella (San Diego, Calif.) withstood a late push from Taylor Reiss
(Panama City, Fla.) and Matthew Whitehead (Panama City, Fla.) to claim the
title. The 2011 championship was hosted by the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and
raced in Viper F16s on San Pedro Bay.
Struble and Lacasella finished third and second in today’s two races, which
was good enough to hold off last week’s U.S. Youth Multihull Champions Reiss
and Whitehead. The winners finished with 29 points through 11 races. They
won by a point despite Reiss and Whitehead winning five of the 11 races,
including four of the final six.
Stronger winds prevailed Saturday, which suited Struble and Lacasella. Wind
speed increased from 9 knots earlier in the day to 18 knots by later in the
“The whole week we were hanging on by a thread with the light winds,” said
Struble. “Our weakness was being too heavy for this boat and most of our
competitors were in the prime weight category. Our strength was our tactics.
We took chances when we needed to and were conservative at the right times.”
Struble has won all four U.S. Multihull Championships he has competed in. He
won three straight titles from 2001 to 2003. Each title has been won with a
different crewmate and in a different boat class.
“I’ve never seen the Viper F16s before,” said Struble. “I didn’t set out to
win with different crews. It just worked out that way,” he added. -- Read
STAR CLASS WINS WEYMOUTH TO WESTERN’S
Congratulations to Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih for winning the medal
race at the Skandia Sail for Gold held in Weymouth. They were the top
American finishers in the strong 41-boat Star Class and will go on to
represent the USA at the pre-Olympics in Weymouth in early August.
Meanwhile, 4,000 miles away in Springfield, Illinois, Tom Londrigan, Jr. and
Steve Cutting won the 2011 Star Class Western Hemisphere Championship using
a new Doyle M11 main and J8 jib. When the one designs come down to one, it's
Doyle. The big difference in one design. http://www.doylesails.com/news
THE AMERICA’S CUP, TRANSLATED FOR TELEVSION
(June 18, 2011) - The yacht-club crowd may turn out to cheer at regattas,
but sailboat racing hasn’t been a big hit with mainstream television
audiences - perhaps because they have trouble following what’s happening on
Experts in the sport may appreciate a helmsman’s split-second tactical
decisions or a crew’s athleticism, yet the drama often goes over the heads
of landlubbers who don’t know how points are scored, or even who is ahead.
Now technology may change that. Starting in August, a two-year series of
regattas, culminating in the 34th America’s Cup in 2013 at San Francisco,
will have a feature intended to demystify the sport for television and Web
audiences. Live footage will be superimposed with ingenious graphics -
including lines and pointers that show who is ahead or behind in the welter
of foam and hulls, and tags that identify yachts as they race to coveted
The graphics system is still being tested, and TV networks have yet to
announce interest in the events. But the graphics may attract a new
generation of viewers, said Claude Ruibal, head of sports content at
“The races are hard to view right now,” Mr. Ruibal said. “But if you add
graphical elements, consumers will have a richer experience. We feel there
is a real opportunity here to get a whole group of young consumers excited.”
-- Full story: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/19/business/19novel.html?_r=1
Preeminent international sailing correspondent Bob Fisher talks about San
Francisco as the ideal locale for the 34th America’s Cup and the multihull
the perfect choice of boat: “Swap the AC-45s for AC-72s with their wings
twice as high and their loadings more than five times as high, and the 34th
America’s Cup will be everything that Russell Coutts has promised. Somewhat
prophetically he declared: 'The closer you design to the edge, the faster
you will go, but please not over the edge.' And with every crewman ‘miked’
for sound to provide an additional dimension, Coutts admitted: 'I’m going to
have to learn a whole new language.' And that was before he capsized!” --
Full report: http://tinyurl.com/43x4rdb
GERMANY’S CONTAINER WINS 52 SERIES MARSEILLE TROPHY
Marseille, France (June 19, 2011) - The Mistral won the day but Germany’s
Container won the regatta, as the infamous strong NW’ly wind, kicking up
big, awkward seas on the course area and at the entrance to Marseille
harbour, meant the one final showdown race scheduled could not be run today,
leaving Udo Schuetz’s Container team victorious in the 52 Series Marseille
Trophy. Spain’s Ibedrola Team won the 40 Series Marseille Trophy.
Skippered by Markus Wieser (GER) the Container crew become the first German
flagged team ever to win a regatta on the Audi MedCup Circuit, a victory for
renowned owner Schuetz, formerly successful sportscar racer who won the 1993
Admiral’s Cup with a three boat German team.
The inception of the Container TP52 has been late into the 2011 program -
originally Marseille was supposed to be their first regatta in the class,
however with a very experienced crew and assured tactics they proved
consistent recently in Portugal. In France over eight races they beat the
world champions and Cascais Trophy winners Quantum Racing (USA) five times,
to emerge this afternoon just 1.5pts clear of the America’s Cup winning
skipper-helm Ed Baird and crew of Quantum Racing who took second.
Said Ed Baird, Skipper, Quantum Racing USA, “We are disappointed because we
would´ve liked to have a chance to go out there today and get some points
back, but the weather is the weather. Container sailed really well this
week, especially in the last three or four races, the deserved to win.
Basically, we stretched our lead from a lot of the teams and only lost to
them. We are happy so far. Now we have to wait for the next opportunity to
race everybody in Italy.” -- Full story:
FATHER AND DAUGHTER TEAM UP FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN GREECE
By Doug Barber
(June 17, 2011) - Frank Bertucci of Gulfport counts it as a privilege to be
sailing with his daughter, Lee Anne, in the upcoming Special Olympics World
Summer Games in Greece. Lee Anne approached Special Olympics Mississippi
Executive Director Helen Parish to request that her father be her unified
partner for the sailing competition.
She had sailed in two previous Special Olympics World Games in 1999 and 2003
with other unified partners. Hurricane Katrina prevented them from competing
in the Games in China, but now they have the opportunity to go for the gold
medal in Athens. The Bertuccis fly out of Jackson today from Baltimore to
Greece and opening ceremonies on June 25. Competition follows, with closing
ceremonies on July 4.
The Bertuccis have been training on Hobie Cats on the Coast but they will be
sailing in 420 monohulls in Greece. Lee Anne handles the jib sail while
Frank handles the tiller and main sail. Lee Anne describes the 420 as “quite
narrow” in comparison to the wider 16-foot Hobie Cat.
“We have to be more cautious on moving and shifting because of the balance
issue,” Frank Bertucci said. Frank also salutes his daughter for her
“A year ago we found out she had a brain tumor,” he said. “Last March we
went to Rochester, Minn., to the Mayo Clinic. They removed a 3-inch in
diameter tumor - an acoustic neuroma tumor. At that point we didn’t know if
she could continue to sail. It affected her balance and she lost all the
hearing in her left ear. She’s an amazing young lady. She fought back and
was determined to not give up her spot on the team. She worked real hard in
rehab.” -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/3c43psj
BREEZE ON FOR COASTAL CUP
San Francisco, CA (June 17, 2011) - For the 16 boats in the Encinal YC's
Coastal Cup, it hasn't taken long to get down the coast. The first of
Wednesday's starters to reach the finish off the West End of Catalina
Island, Steve Stroub's Tiburon-based SC 37 Tiburon, finished at 6:11 this
morning in 10-12 knots of breeze, only 45 hours after starting. But that
10-12 knots was a far cry from the 30-plus they saw throughout the race.
"These were the biggest waves I've ever surfed, apart from in the Molokai
Channel," said Tiburon navigator Will Paxton. "I didn't think she could do
it, but she just rampaged. We were seeing sustained surfs of 20-plus knots
and even put up a 23.5-knot top speed on the GPS. The bow wave was back at
the primary winches!"
Paxton gave credit to an old-style 77-sq-meter J/105 kite they brought along
as a backup. After tearing their main four hours into the race, Tiburon
sailed with a reef and that kite all the way to the finish.
"About a week before the race, I was thinking that the last time I did this
race, I had to drop out because we blew up all of our kites," Stroub said.
"So I called up the guy who bought my old J/105, and asked him if we could
buy back the kite. It's a 1.5-oz kite that I'd bought right before the rule
changed (to allow larger spinnakers) and had only been used once. That sail
rocked! It was about six feet short on the hoist and two feet short on the
tack, and it was perfect."
The 'sharks' didn't have an otherwise trouble-free race. Fifty miles out
from the finish, the steering system exploded, and they spent 45 minutes on
their side, hove-to - or in certain cases, dry-heaving - while Paxton
rebuilt the steering system.
"It was the epic downhill, heavy air, gear-busting race it's supposed to
be," Paxton said. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/3zttjn5
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* Block Island, RI (June 19, 2011) – The Storm Trysail Club’s (STC) Block
Island Race Week presented by Rolex, in the 24th edition of this biennial
regatta, starts Monday with 133 boats registered. Racing includes five full
days of around-the-buoys competition, and one day devoted to an around the
island race. Teams will be sailing in either IRC (four handicap classes for
39 boats), PHRF (six handicap classes for 48 boats) or one-design (four
classes - Swan 42, J/44, J/109 and J/105--for 46 boats). -- Event website:
* (June 19, 2011) - Following a highly tactical race, Alinghi, skippered by
Ernesto Bertarelli, won the 73rd edition of the Bol d'Or Mirabaud, knocking
1.5 hours off previous D35 Bol d'Or records. Taking advantage of a stiff
breeze, Bertarelli won the regatta in 6 hours and 25 minutes, just ahead of
Michel Desjoyeaux on Foncia, Arnaud Psarofaghis on Ylliam and Loic Peyron on
Okalys-Corum. More than 3,000 sailors and 477 boats gathered for this year’s
Bol d’Or on Lake Geneva, Switzerland, one of the largest regattas in the
world to be raced on a lake. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/3qbfrhr
* (June 19, 2011) - Silicon Valley's top CEOs got a hefty bump in their
paychecks for 2010, after two years of recession-driven pay declines. Median
compensation for chiefs of the valley’s biggest public companies rose 37% to
$2,756,621 in 2010, after declining nearly 5% in 2009 and 6% in 2008 - more
than 20 times the average increase for all workers. Not everyone got a
raise. Oracle’s Larry Ellison was the reigning pay champ in 2010 just as he
had been the previous three years. While Ellison took a 17% pay cut last
year, his total pay was still valued at $70 million. -- Full story:
* (June 19, 2011) - Dallas Race Week is underway through June 24th, with
races held each evening from 7pm to 8:30pm. Dallas Race Week is a corporate
sponsored sailing event benefiting community service projects of the
Rockwall Breakfast Rotary Club. The event dates back to 1982, always
bridging the week of Summer Solstice in June and held on Lake Ray Hubbard,
TX. -- Info at: http://www.dallasraceweek.com
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* From Jesse Coburn, Nayarit, Mexico (re, Scuttlebutt 3363, edited to 250
Re, another 9 year girl sailing an Opti in the Mexican National Olympics
where, for me, she was the true competitor. Day 1 we had 50 boys and 29
girls in the Opti class, 2 starts. Race 2, the wind was NE at 17 knots with
gust to 22. At only 5 meters deep the waves were fairly steep and close
together. Sailing downwind in reasonable control was 9 year old Freida. She
was obviously not having fun and wanted to tie on to the signal boat.
On the last day, Freida was sailing back and forth, sitting too far aft and
sail not completely trimmed but in excellent control. Who knows how many
times she tacked. But she was GOING to make the windward mark. It took 34
minutes for her to cover the 600-700 meters but she did it. She sailed to
the jibe mark then headed to the lee mark then went in by herself.
She had been sailing only 6 months and it was her first regatta. At the
medal ceremonies Frieda was given, to her surprise, a “Spirit of the Games”
award, an impromptu presentation invented by the staff of the signal boat
who also gave her a standing “O” when she rounded that mark. Her race was
not against the other girls but against the wind and sea and improving her
ability! One day Frieda will be a champion, maybe sailing or some other
event in life but she will be on top. -- Full letter:
* From Jamie Leopold, Burlington, VT (re, Scuttlebutt 3365):
Nice thanks for DC! Many years ago when I was actively racing Star boats in
New England we went to a regatta at Lake Sunapee that Joe Duplin was sailing
in. He passed up on the first light air run, and we watched him going by
sailing his boat with a different technique than we were sailing ours.
Well, after the race we re-rigged our boat to be able to do what Joe had
The next day on the first light air run, we passed several other boats
including Joe, employing the same technique he had been using the day
before. We never got the chance to say ‘Thanks Joe’, but he certainly
If something is done wrong often enough, it becomes right.
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