SCUTTLEBUTT 3370 - Friday, June 24, 2011
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A plane crash may have taken Brad Kendell's lower limbs, but not his sea
legs. The mainsheet trimmer from Clearwater (FL) is preparing for the 2012
Paralympics in Weymouth, England, carrying with him his love of sailing,
introduced to him by his dad.
"It took a lot to get back to normal, everyday life, not to mention losing
a great friend and losing my Dad. It was probably the hardest part of the
whole thing," Kendell said. "The whole thing" is the 2003 plane crash in
St. Augustine that killed his father Bruce, and friend Daniel Griffith, Jr.
Kendell was the only survivor. He lost both his legs in the accident.
He started sailing at the age of seven, and continued through high school.
He took a break from it during his time at the University of South Florida.
After the accident, with prosthetics, water - and competition - lured him
back. "Competing, really, helps with healing, and it does for a lot of
people...anything on the water...I love it," Kendell said.
The trio of Kendell, skipper Rick Doerr, and jibsheet trimmer Hugh Freund
make up TeamUSA 674. It has already racked up honors including US SAILING's
2010 Paralympic Team of the Year, the bronze medal in the Sonar class at
the Rolex Miami OCR. As part of their training for the Paralympics, they
race in regattas around the country - usually against teams of able-bodied
sailors. "Winning a major regatta against everyday sailors - able-bodied,
we like to call them - is a huge reward. To know we can do it, that we
still got it," Kendell said.
To pay for their passion, they hold full-time jobs since they're not
professional athletes. Kendell is a construction estimator. Sponsors help
with the costs, so do fundraisers like the ones recently held at local BMW
dealerships, allowing supporters to test drive convertibles. For every test
driver, BMW donated $10 to TeamUSA 674.
The next step to the ultimate international race - the 2012 Paralympics -
will come in January. That's the trials, and Kendell hopes that TeamUSA 674
will have a little bit of an edge: they'll be racing in "home water", Miami
and Fort Myers. -- BHSN, http://tinyurl.com/BM9-062311
CRASH: This was the story in Scuttlebutt Extra on August 23, 2003:
Bruce Kendell, who captained three Kialoas and was one of the giants of the
maxi class, died on Thursday when the twin-engined Piper Navajo he co-owned
crashed short of the Clearwater Executive Airport, in Clearwater, Florida.
His son Bradley 22, was seriously injured. A friend of Bradley's, Daniel
Griffin, 24 was killed. Kendell, 56, a New Zealander who supervised the
building of Kialoa III and Kialoa IV for Jim Kilroy, was later an executive
in Kilroy's construction company before starting his own business in
Clearwater. -- Read on:
MASTERS OF SPEED
(June 23, 2011) - Oracle Racing’s AC45 catamarans, blasting up and down San
Francisco Bay, have inspired a torrent of breathless prose. But are they
AC45 #4, skippered by Jimmy Spithill, and #5, skippered by Russell Coutts,
have generally used the Golden Gate Bridge as a windward boundary for their
race training, which places their turning point right off Crissy Field, one
of the world’s great sites for windsurfing and kiting. And the kite guys,
especially, have been keen to take on the cats. After all, the 500-meter
speed sailing record presently belongs to American Rob Douglas at 55.65
knots. With a kite.
Top gun kiter Johnny Heineken, off today for Silt, Germany and the
Kiteboard Course Racing Worlds - a kiting discipline developed on San
Francisco Bay, by people who sail on San Francisco Bay - checked in with
“You got to go sailing on one of the cats. Jealous! I’ve been close,
though. On two days we lined up with them on kites. Pretty amazing. The
first day, they were racing, so I didn’t want to get too close, but I
jumped in on a downwind leg and paced them for a while.
“Later, Joey Pasquali (who will be joining John Craig ((AC34 PRO)) as a
mark-set boat driver), Bryan Lake and I followed them around for an hour or
so on our courseboards. I would say that on upwind angles we were even, but
they had a tiny speed advantage with that not-slowing-down-over-chop thing
they’ve got going. We get bounced on our 6-foot boards. Their leeward hulls
just drive through it. But it was pretty amazing to sail half a boatlength
away from one of those things, just to leeward, off their bow, and hang
“Downwind we were close, but I can’t honestly say I was faster. Once again,
their advantage …hmm …doubling their sail area downwind. If only I could
magically turn my 9-meter kite into a 15-meter kite when I round the top
mark.” -- Kimball Livingston, read on: http://blueplanettimes.com/?p=7283
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PFDS AND THE NANNY STATE
By Bill Sisson, TradeOnlyToday.com
Broad-based mandatory life jacket wear rules - mandatory as in for all
boaters, on all pleasure boats, regardless of size, across the board - are
misguided. It’s like hunting squirrels with an elephant gun. Not only is it
overkill, but I’m also not sure they will accomplish what well-meaning
safety advocates hope they will.
I don’t mean to sound like a Pollyanna, but the sort of behavioral change
needed to reduce boating fatalities is best accomplished through education.
If you and your buddy and your 90-pound black Lab are hunkered down in an
aluminum skiff in January shooting sea ducks and you’re not wearing a life
jacket - well, you had better be able to walk on water if you wind up in
the drink. That happens every year, too often with tragic consequences.
Somewhere the educational process failed that crew. Or perhaps they chose
to ignore good advice and common sense.
But that doesn’t mean you should penalize the majority of experienced
boaters who can recognize when it’s appropriate to put on a PFD and when
it’s fine to leave it in its locker. Slip and fall on a 40-foot trawler,
and you’re more likely to be treated for banging your noggin on a step or a
stanchion than be fished out of the water.
Boats aren’t cars, and life jackets aren’t seat belts. It’s apples and
oranges. There’s far too much variation in size and type of vessel, how
they’re used and the wide range of conditions for a one-size-fits-all
solution. That’s why education is so critical. Sound judgment and good
decision-making are key elements of seamanship.
One shouldn’t overlook, either, the strong sense of personal freedom that
boating affords so many people. The feeling that you are the captain of
your ship, small as she may be, and that you willingly accept the
responsibilities that go with it. Traditionally it has been an activity
that rewards self-reliance and resourcefulness.
I think we all hope boating can remain an antidote to the nanny state and
not just the latest manifestation of it. We need to preserve a place in
this shrinking world where capable people are still permitted to make the
right call. -- Read on: http://blog.tradeonlytoday.com/tradetalk/?p=294"
The Volvo Ocean Racing is coming round fast and we’ve already seen the
first two new generation boats hit the water. What makes this race more
exciting than ever is the diversity in mast and rigging suppliers.
The first two editions of the race sailed in the VOR70’s where much more
clear cut than what we are about to see this year. First time round, Future
Fibres rigging system completely dominated while in the last edition
Southern Spars EC6+ lateral system was on every boat, bar one. In terms of
masts, Southern Spars has been the majority ‘shareholder’ over the first
two editions with Hall Spars supplying the odd mast or two.
However, this is all about to change in this year’s edition. There are
currently 5 teams entered (not counting the Mike Sanderson's entry which is
still shrouded in mystery) and there will be no fewer than 4 different mast
and 3 standing rigging suppliers on the start line. -- Full report:
WORLD MATCH RACING TOUR
Portimao, Portugal (June 23, 2011) - Torvar Mirsky and Ian Williams have
booked their places in the Quarter-Finals of the Portimão Portugal Match
Cup after commanding displays on the second day of Qualifying. Mirsky (AUS)
The Wave Muscat was the standout skipper of the day winning all of his
matches to progress to the next round as the man to beat. Williams (GBR)
Team GAC Pindar added another three wins to his tally to secure his place
in the Quarter-Finals.
The day also saw the departure of Reuben Corbett (NZL) AON Racing and
Olli-Pekka Lumijarvi (FIN) Siragusawa Sailing Team who cannot advance to
the Quarter-Finals after finishing Qualifying Session Two with respective
scores of 3-7 and 2-7. The fates of the remaining eight teams are this
evening hanging in the balance, with each team needing to claim points in
the final Qualifying Session to ensure their continuation in the event.
Current World Match Racing Tour leader Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing
is another needing to put in a big display tomorrow to stay in the
competition with only three wins to his name so far. With three matches
left to sail tomorrow, the pressure is on the Tour leader to prove his
skill as Qualifying reaches its climax.
Standings after the second Qualifying Session:
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat, 6-1
Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, 6-4
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 5.5-4
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team, 5-5
Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 5-3
Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners, 5-3
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, 4-4
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team, 4-4
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing, 3-4
Alvaro Marinho (POR) Seth Sailing Team, 3-6
Reuben Corbett (NZL) Aon Racing Team, 3-7
Olli-Pekka Lumijarvi (FIN) Siragusawa Sailing Team, 2-7
BACKGROUND: 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". -- http://www.wmrt.com
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A SPECIAL RACE AROUND A SPECIAL ISLAND
Block Island, RI (June 23, 2011) - After Wednesday’s “no blow” for zero
races, today’s 12-15 knots of breeze brought big smiles to the faces of
more than 1,000 sailors competing in the Storm Trysail Club’s (STC)
biennial Block Island Race Week XXIV presented by Rolex. Forecasted heavy
rain did not hit until late afternoon, and that was well after the fleet of
134 boats was safely back at the docks after enjoying an 18.2 nautical mile
As spectators traveled to different vantage points around the tiny island
of only 21 square miles, it couldn’t be denied that the biggest boats from
IRC 1 and 2 were the best of show, especially as they found it advantageous
to tuck in close to the beach near North Light right after they started on
the west side of the island.
At Southeast Lighthouse, a full array of colorful spinnakers added to the
visual impact, and by then it was clear that Austin and Gwen Fragomen’s
(Newport, R.I.) JV 52 Interlodge had a hold over the whole pack, and more
important, was keeping its closest competitor in IRC 1, Peter Cunningham’s
(George Town, Grand Cayman, CAY) 52-foot PowerPlay, well at bay. Interlodge
eventually was first-to-finish in the race and in its class, and the
performance brought it into a podium-position third from fourth yesterday.
(Powerplay is currently second overall with Jim Swartz’s IRC 52 Vesper
leading by a slim margin of two points.) -- Read on:
PHOTOS: A gallery by Karen Ryan:
* (June 23, 2011) - The Real Club Nautico de Valencia (RCNV) and Green Comm
Racing announced the details of their Challenge for the 34th America’s Cup
at a press conference Thursday afternoon in Valencia, Spain. The Green Comm
Racing team, representing Spain’s RCNV, completes the field of nine teams
from eight nations that will be on the starting line in 10 AC 45 catamarans
at the first America’s Cup World Series event in August in Cascais,
Portugal, the first competition in the lead-up to the 34th America’s Cup.
Olympic silver medalist Zach Railey (USA) is shown in the team photo. --
Full report: http://tinyurl.com/ACUP-062311
* Cres, Croatia (June 23, 2011) - The locals claim that in over a decade of
June championship racing in Cres, it’s never been like this: four
consecutive days of light wind. But this is what Principal Race Officer
Bojan Gale has had to contend with at the 2011 ORCi World Championship,
along with an unruly group of competitors in both classes of the 119-boat
fleet. Inshore racing will resume Friday, with Bura conditions predicted
for the final two days of racing which ends on Saturday. -- Full report:
* Wayfarer Marine and Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding have teamed up for a new
regatta for sail and power: The Penobscot Bay Rendezvous on August 18-21.
The expected fleet of at least 100 yachts ranging from super yachts, to
classics to performance racers, Picnic Boats and lobster yachts will gather
in Rockland Harbor for Thursday night and will move to Camden Harbor for
the following two nights. Details:
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include flying marks, snowy mountains, spirited ships, month of July,
anniversary party, celebrating crew, championship sailing, helicopter
photography. Here are this week’s photos:
BONUS: Last week we shared photos taken by George Bekris of the J Class
racing between the 140 foot Ranger and Velsheda on Narragansett Bay in
Newport, RI. Now added to that gallery are images from Daniel Forster,
Karen Ryan, and Emily Ferguson:
SEND US YOUR PHOTOS: If you have images to share for the Photos of the
Week, send them to the Scuttlebutt editor:
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Most people will sail a lifetime without seeing the kind of waves that can
tear a boat apart. In case you are among this group, this week’s videos
provide three short clips of these kind of waves. One boat gets away lucky,
one boat gets away with just some frame damage, and one boat gets torn
apart. . Click here for this week’s videos:
BONUS: Photographer Leighton O'Connor is racing in 2011 Block Island Race
Week on Indra, a Beneteau First 44.7 racing in IRC3. Leighton strapped a
video camera to his body while fulfilling his crewing responsibilities.
Here is a three minute edit set to the music of Lotus Crush:
BONUS: This week’s June 24 “World on Water” Global Sailing Video News
Report features the Rolex Giraglia Cup, The new China Team announcement of
the skipper for their yacht “Team Sanya” in this year’s Volvo Ocean Race,
Audi MedCup Marseille Trophy, Mark Foy 18 footer Championships in Denmark,
the beautiful J Class Regatta in Newport R.I and in our regular “Fresh to
Frightening” action segment we look at the huge Alinghi crash in the recent
Extreme sailing Series Istanbul Cup. See it at 1200 GMT Friday June 24:
SEND US YOUR VIDEOS: If you have clips to share for the Video of the Week,
send them to the Scuttlebutt editor: mailto:email@example.com
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* From Chris Ericksen:
Did I read that right? Did Andrew Burton really refer to the men and women
of the United States Coast Guard as "jack-booted thugs" ('Butt 3369)?
Unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable.
That there is often a "faceless...bureaucrat" around does not surprise me,
but to conflate such a bureaucrat with the men and women who maintain the
buoys around which we race and that make navigation safe, that patrol our
coasts and borders and that perform rescues in all weather on all seas--and
worse, to do so with a term that brings to mind the terrorism of the
Nazis--is completely unconscionable and completely unforgivable. If he did
say that, then shame on him.
Let me counter with a link
rmen/) to a report of a rescue made on the high seas. Not a jack-boot to be
seen, only members of the latest generation of Americans who go to sea to
serve. Semper Paratus.
* From Bill Elmer, Puget Sound:
I know you posted this guy’s rant to stir things up on a slow day, but
Burton, jeeze dude, chill. Have you been living under a rock? Permits have
been around for years, and quite easy to get; just need to plan ahead.
Sounds like your flag officer was knowledgeable but didn’t pass the word
down the line.
And while I’m no fan of safety inspections, and while the kiddies doing
them haven’t a clue how a sailboat operates and its limitations (the order
to “stop right now” is classic), I have never experienced “jack booted
thugs” but rather mostly polite children that call you “sir” in somewhat
intimidating and unnecessary garb, with non marking boots. My favorite
story was when they sent some E-2 below to see if the head valves were
aligned correctly for holding tank discharge. I shouldn’t say this but they
weren’t yet the youngster still reported to his PO that all was “in order
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