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SCUTTLEBUTT 3380 - Monday, July 11, 2011
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SAIL RACING MAGAZINE INTERVIEW: JONATHAN MCKEE
With a pair of Olympic Medals, two America's Cup campaigns, a near Mini
Transat win, as well as multiple world championship victories to his name,
Seattle's Jonathan McKee has had a more varied sailing career than most.
Sail Racing Magazine tracked him down after he had won his third Melges 24
World Championship title last May to find out more about his career so far
and what the future might hold for him now. The following interview was
originally posted in the SRM June 2011 edition.
SRM: How did your sailing career start? What are your earliest sailing
JM: Well I didn't really do the traditional junior sailing thing. My
parents were sailors and had a cruising boat. I guess the biggest sailing
influence at that time was that my parents always had a lot of sailing
books and magazines around the house. I would read the books and look at
the pictures and I was immediately captivated by them when I was pretty
young. So I actually I had a lot of book knowledge before I had any
practical experience at all.
I sailed with my parents and then started racing on some local boats. Our
house was close to a lake and I started sailing a little eight foot pram
dinghy by myself in the summers. I started racing Lasers when I was about
twelve I think, and then shortly after that my dad bought me and my two
brothers an old Soling. I was the one who was most interested and took it
the most seriously, so the boat became mine. I would ride my bike or take
the bus down to the marina to work on it and race it.
SRM: How and when did you get into professional sailing?
JM: Well that is a more complicated question than you might think. I was
only 23 when I won a Gold Medal at the 1984 Olympics in the Flying Dutchman
and following that I decided I really didn't want sailing to become my job,
because I loved it so much that I didn't want it to become 'work'. I guess
I was afraid that I might stop enjoying it. So at that point I was
intentionally not really working in sailing. I had studied as an architect
and I worked in that field for some time and that was very much my career,
rather than sailing.
I did have some professional sailing opportunities after the Olympics and I
raced on bigger boats, but I never saw it as a full time job. It was only
much later in 2000 when my brother Charlie and I won Bronze at the Olympics
in Sydney that we got the opportunity to join the One World America's Cup
squad. That was the first time that it was really full time paid sailing
work for me. That was eleven years ago when I was forty years old. -- Read
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COMPLETELY UNSUPPORTED IN A HIGH PERFORMANCE MACHINE
(July 10, 2011) - Rambler 100, skippered by George David (Hartford, Conn.)
crossed the finish line of the Transatlantic Race 2011 on Sunday 10th July
at 16h 08m UTC. The elapsed time for Rambler 100 was 6d 22h 08m 2s, which
establishes a new record for the 2,975 nautical mile course from Newport,
RI to Lizard Point, South Cornwall, UK (to be ratified by the World Sailing
Speed Record Council).
"For the first 80 hours of this race we were ripping along," explained
David. "Towards the end we hit a few holes in the wind, but the net speed
average was 15.7 knots across the Atlantic. Kenny Read is about 100 miles
behind us with his PUMA Team. The odds are he is probably going to win the
race on corrected time, but we will see what happens over the next 15
hours, which is about the amount of time that we give them.
"Flying along at 28 knots is an exhilarating experience but one that
concentrates the mind. Rambler is a finely balanced machine and anything
can go wrong and there are huge forces opposing each other. If those forces
go out of balance, bad things can happen very quickly. But as I say this
has been an exhilarating race, where we have been well out of sight of
land, completely unsupported and in a high performance machine, which you
are taking close to the edge, for a very long time - that is, without
The showdown between Rambler 100 and the Farr 100-foot ICAP Leopard failed
to materialize when ICAP Leonard broke their bowsprit on Monday (July 4),
just over a day after the start in Newport, R.I. The damage happened in
flat water after passing the George's Bank with a fractional sail flying
off the sprit. -- Race website: http://www.transatlanticrace.com/
QUANTUM KEEPS YOUR SAILS RACE READY
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providing overnight service and extended hours for drop-off and pick-up on
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OUT OF DODGE, WITH SPINNAKERS
(July 10, 2011) - Psst! Don't tell the old girl there's a replacement on
the way. Hap Fauth's mini-maxi, Bella Mente, set a blistering pace
overnight - not just another Saturday night - and in these early stages of
the 2,225 nm Transpac 2011 is threatening the 7 day, 11 hour Barn Door
record set in 1999 by Roy Disney's RP75, Pyewacket III. A record, that is,
for fixed-keel monohulls employing no stored energy. That's the regulation
for Transpac's most coveted prize, the Barn Door Trophy.
To be clear about this: Hasso Plattner's cant-keeled Morning Glory lowered
the monohull course record to 6 days, 16 hours in 2005, and Neville
Crichton's cant-keeled Alfa Romeo in 2009 lowered it to 5 days, 14 hours.
But for a lot of these boats, this year, it's about fixed keels and the
Some 32 miles astern of Bella Mente and 12 degrees to the north (at morning
roll call; not subject to the six-hour transponder delay) was Magnitude 80,
built with a canting keel but reconfigured for this race with a fixed keel
so that Doug Baker could have another crack at the Barn Door.
With the final group of 34 starters last Friday winning the luck of the
draw - a fast pass through the inner coastal waters and an easy launch into
the synoptic wind on the ocean - the navigators will soon be showing their
hand as they "pick a lane" for rounding below the calms of the Pacific High
To that end, the smaller, slower Monday starters who worked north of the
rhumb line, just to keep moving, are likely to be twice-punished. Or
thrice, in the case of Harry Zanville's SC37, Celerity, farther north than
anybody and reporting that, overnight, they tangled with a fishing net and
spent 45 minutes overboard, diving and knifing, to set themselves free. --
Full story: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/11/0710/
Race website: http://www.transpacrace.com
WILLIAMS ON A ROLL
Marstrand, Sweden (July 10, 2011) - Ian Williams scored his second
consecutive win of the 2011 World Match Racing Tour with a come from behind
victory at the Stena Match Cup Sweden over local hero Bjorn Hansen (SWE) in
a five-match finale. The win moves Williams within three points of
second-placed Peter Gilmour (AUS) and within ten points of Tour leader
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing.
"It's unbelievable to come through in that style - to come from behind. The
team is new this year - Williams, Bill Hardesty, Gerry Mitchell, Mal
Parker, and Matt Cassidy - and we needed time to settle in so while we won
some other match race events before the start of the Tour, we're now
improving with every race."
A devastated Hansen said: "We sailed well all week - we know it's not easy
to beat Ian but right now we're disappointed. We felt he should have had
two penalties and before we knew it, it was us who carried two [penalties].
It'll take a bit of time and a few beers to get over it but that's match
With five stages complete and three more remaining, the 2011 World Match
Racing Tour couldn't be more exciting. Just 28 points separate first and
eighth. The next stage of the Tour will see racing head to St Moritz in
Switzerland from August 30 to September 4 where the skippers will vie for
the title of King of the Mountain. -- Full story:
1. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, 36,779.67 USD
2. Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team, 21,911.29 USD
3. Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners, 18,624.60 USD
4. Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, 15,650.92 USD
5. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat, 13,929.32 USD
6. Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 12,207.72 USD
7. Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 10,486.12 USD
8. Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing, 7,355.93 USD
9. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team, 6,260.37 USD
10. Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing, 4,695.28 USD
11. Alvaro Marinho (POR) Seth Sailing Team, 3,130.18 USD
12. Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing, 2,347.64 USD
13. Mattias Rahm (SWE) Stena Bulk Sailing Team, 1,565.09 USD
14. Rasmus Viltoft (DEN) Team Viltoft, 1,565.09 USD
(Prize money converted from Swedish Krona to US Dollars on 7/10/11)
BACKGROUND: The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the leading professional
sailing series, with Stena Match Cup Sweden as the fifth stage of the eight
event circuit 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
MEDALS DECIDED AT 2011 IFDS DISABLED SAILING WORLDS
Weymouth, UK (July 8, 2011) - The Netherlands, Great Britain and Israel
topped the podium on the final day of the IFDS Disabled Sailing Combined
World Championships despite strong breezes gusting up to 30 knots in
Portland Harbour denying the sailors the chance of once last race today.
That meant for the third successive year the Netherlands' Thierry Schmitter
wrapped up the 2.4mR World title, while, Great Britains Helena Lucas
secured her third SKUD 18 World Championship medal since 2006. However,
there was drama before Athens 2004 Paralympic champions Dror Cohen, Benni
Vexler and Arnon Efrati (ISR) were confirmed as Sonar champions.
Following the decision to reinstate the Israeli team after an initial race
ten OCS, a decision which put them at the top of the leaderboard four
points clear of Britain's John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas,
the British crew protested their Israeli rivals today for having film
equipment on their boat, an alleged infringement of the class rules.
The protest was upheld by the jury, who found that the presence of the
video camera did breach the class rule but imposed zero penalty and
recommended that for future events, the class rules should be reviewed. The
British boat's subsequent request for redress against the race 10 OCS
decision was also dismissed, meaning the Israeli crew were crowned Sonar
World champions for the first time.
As the last chance for nations to qualify a boat in each of the three
classes for next year's Paralympics, the final list of qualified countries
is now complete as follows:
Singlehanded (2.4mR): GBR, NED, GER, CAN, FRA, NOR, DEN, GRE, USA, NZL,
FIN, ARG, AUS, ITA
Doublehanded (Skud 18): GBR, USA, AUS, CAN, SIN, MAS, NZL, ITA, ISR, ESP,
Triplehanded (Sonar): GBR, NED, GER, ISR, GRE, FRA, ITA, NOR, USA, IRL,
AUS, CAN, AUT, JPN
Full report: http://tinyurl.com/IFDS-071011
Canada report: http://www.sailing.ca/features/ifds_worlds_2011/
USA report: http://tinyurl.com/USSTAG-071011
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YACHTSMAN DIES UNDER SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES
(July 7, 2011) - Saint John Police are investigating the death of Richard
Oland, which is being described as suspicious. Richard Oland, a member of
one of the best-known families in Atlantic Canada, has died under
suspicious circumstances, according to police. Oland was 69 years old.
Saint John police spent much of last Thursday near his Canterbury Street
office in downtown Saint John, where his body was found about 9:30 a.m.
Police removed Oland's body at about 2:30 p.m. and towed his BMW from the
parking lot, at the corner of Canterbury and Princess streets. They also
searched the area with sniffer dogs.
Richard Oland was a businessman, world-class sailor and a driving force
behind the 1985 Canada Games in Saint John. (Canadian Yachting
Association)Staff Sgt. Mike King said the major crime unit and a number of
patrol officers were involved. But he wouldn't comment on how long the body
had been there, how Oland died, or whether any weapons were involved. An
autopsy is expected to be performed Friday. Oland is survived by his wife
and three children.
Oland's family has owned Moosehead Brewery since Confederation, but he left
that company in the 1980s. His brother Derek now runs the brewery. Oland
became a competitive sailor, competing with his Southern Cross 52 Vela
Veloce. Last year, he won the International Rolex Regatta in St. Thomas,
also clinching the 2010 US-IRC Gulf Stream Series. -- Full report:
A CLASSIC CLASSIC
(July 10, 2011) - Thirty-seven Kiteboarders and Windsurfers showed up for
what is the toughest race on San Francisco Bay - SF Bay Classic & UN
Challenge - and it was the Formula Boards that dominated the results with a
little help from two world champion kiteboarders.
The second longest running windsurfing race in the world showed today why
it's had such a long run. A spectacular 40+ mile long course, solid 20+ mph
winds showing up annually, and the hospitality of a world class yacht club
in the St Francis Yacht Club make for one of the don't miss races of the
season on SF Bay.
The race however is not for beginner or even intermediate racers as it
crosses some of the nastiest points on the bay, regularly sees winds near
30mph, and sends the fleet across the shipping lane multiple times with
massive container ships frequently shaking up the sailors lay lines. --
* Copenhagen, Denmark (July 8, 2011) - With sixty-eight competitors
participating in the J/80 World Championship, Ignacio Camino (ESP) repeated
his 2008 title by closing with a ten point margin for the win. After four
days and nine races of light to moderate winds for the entire event, Spain
swept the top four spots with early event leader Glenn Darden (USA) in
fifth. --Daily report:
* Zadar, Croatia (July 10, 2011) - After two days of racing at the ISAF
Youth Sailing World Championship, the pecking order is already getting
established in the eight events where 242 teams represent 58 countries.
Tops so far among the North American contingent are Nikole Barnes/ Agustina
Barbuto of the USVI and American Morgan Kiss/ Christina Lewis, who are tied
on points in the doublehanded Girls 420 event. Also lurking near the podium
is Laser Radial sailor Erika Reineke (USA) in fourth, and 29er team of
Antoine Screve/ Mac Agnese (USA) in fifth. Racing continues to Friday. --
Event website: http://www.isafyouthworlds.com/editions/2011/index.php
* Balatonfured, Hungary (July 8, 2011) - Fifty teams competed at the 2011
Formula 18 World Championship on July 1-8, where Darren Bundock (AUS)
picked up his thirteenth world title when he and crew Jeroen an Leeuwen
(NED) won the event. Bundock secured the 2011 title six points ahead Mischa
Heemskerk/ Bastiaan Tentij (NED), and 16 points ahead former Youth World
Champions Vittorio Bissaro/ Lamberto Cesari (ITA). Among the 50 teams were
43 all men, six mixed (man/woman), and one all woman team. --
* The racing program for the inaugural America's Cup World Series
competition in Cascais, Portugal has been announced. Seven days of
competition will be held August 6-14, where the format includes a mix of
speed trials, head-to-head match racing, and all-out fleet racing with ten
identical AC45s on the line. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/AC-071011
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