SCUTTLEBUTT 3383 - Thursday, July 14, 2011
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LITMUS TEST FOR COACH BOATS
By John Longley
As the Event Director of Perth2011 (ie, ISAF Sailing World Championships),
Andrew Hurst's article in Seahorse and now Scuttlebutt 3381 got me thinking
as to the impact of coach boats on organizing a regatta of the complexity
of Perth 2011.
A regatta of this size (1200 athletes, 850 boats, 80 nations, 10 World
Championships) is a massively expensive exercise. Our budget is AUD20
million (US$21million). The RHIBS (rigid-hulled inflatable boats) add
significantly to the cost of the event as we need to find a mooring system
for 300 RHIBS. We also have little idea how many will come. We have
estimates ranging from 200 to 500.
Being in arguably the most remote city in the world (Perth, Australia) it
is also expensive for national authorities to compete here especially given
the current strength of the AUD.
There are not many RHIBS in Perth because the local boat owners prefer
aluminum or fiberglass centre console boats owing to the strength of the
sun and the sea conditions. Most teams will therefore need to bring their
own RHIBS which is not cheap. The wealthy countries will be able to do so,
the poorer ones less likely to do so and they will find it difficult to
charter a RHIB while they are here, so the disadvantage between the rich
and poor nations that Andrew describes will be magnified.
We are trying to run an environmentally sustainable regatta. 300+ RHIBS
racing around the place does not help.
Given that this is a windy destination and safety is paramount, having all
these additional boats out on the course, with usually very experienced
drivers and sailors, is a bonus.
300 RHIBS, means 300 to 500 coaches which adds to the economic impact of
the event and helps us meet our KPIs in this area for our government
funders and commercial sponsors.
There will be coach boats at Perth2011. Given the size of the regatta and
because this issue is being openly discussed, Perth2011 could become a
litmus test for coach boats.
If the coaches act poorly, as a few did in our test event last November,
and in a self-centered way, it will not add to their cause. I suggest that
they consider the following,
1. Strictly obey the coach boat rules
2. Speed only when necessary
3. Consider helping out poorer nations that have no coach boat on the
course - carrying spare gear for them, towing them home, etc.
4. Understand that the greatest argument for them being out there is safety
backup and to keep this front and centre when out on the course.
Since 2003, the ISAF Sailing World Championships have been held every four
years - the year prior to the Summer Olympic Games. Like its predecessors,
Perth2011 will be used as a key event for countries and sailors to qualify
for the 2012 Olympics. All ten Olympic events will hold their annual world
championship at Perth2011, which is expected to be the biggest event ever
for Olympic sailing. Event website: http://www.perth2011.com
UNFINISHED BUSINESS INDEED
During this past Fourth of July weekend, the New York Yacht Club hosted
what is quickly becoming the most heartfelt gatherings of classic boat
owners from around the world. First started over 30 years ago as a casual,
early season regatta for classic yachts by Newport sailor Don Glassie and
his friend, local bar owner David Kilroy.
The Landing Regatta immediately took off in popularity, and through several
name and venue changes over the years, continued to represent the best of
camaraderie among those sailors that prefer classic style made with wood
and varnish, over the latest craze in sailboat designs.
Eventually the regatta was re-named, to honor the loss of prominent
yachtsman Robert Tiedemann, best known for establishing a new life for post
America's Cup career 12 meter yachts by starting a charter business
allowing everyday people to feel the thrill of competition aboard his two
classic 12's, Gleam & Northern Light.
It was during this same event, back in 2007, where one of the most
well-known classic racers in the U.S., the 1905 Herreshoff NY-30 class
yacht, AMORITA, was run down and sunk by a much larger, 94' ketch. It took
four years of dedication by her owners, Jed Pearsall and Bill Doyle, to
persevere through the long process of insurance wrangling and boat
re-building, but in celebration of the Robert H. Tiedemann Classic Yachting
Weekend, the recently re-launched AMORITA proudly made her return home to
And AMORITA did it in style. Followed by a helicopter and support boats
filming her every move, she went out and promptly won her first race --
which just happened to be the exact same race around Jamestown where she
was struck down four years ago. Unfinished business indeed! -- Full report:
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THE OPTIONS NARROW
(July 13, 2011) - As Transpac reporting and transponder tracking switches
to Hawaii Standard Time (reminder to navigators), we're seeing not much
change in the leaderboard, with the biggest chance of a turnover looming as
boats make their tactical gybes to line up for the Molokai Channel.
What we're watching: Aboard Magnitude 80, Doug Baker and navigator Ernie
Richau have determined that they're not going to pass Bella Mente by
following her, and they've made a heavy commitment to the south. They've
bought a lot of leverage, if they find something to leverage against.
Dan Nowlan, Offshore Director of US Sailing, lives and breathes this stuff.
Dan's comment today: "It looks to me as if Magnitude is sailing as deep as
they dare, hoping to gain while Bella Mente goes off on her optimum gybe
angle. Magnitude is really light and has a very flat set of run polars. She
can sail deep without giving up a lot. There's room for this to get
The report from Bella Mente, looking good for a Friday morning finish:
"Overall, we are happy, but nervous about covering Magnitude."
At this point it's a wide "cover." Hap Fauth's 69-footer crossed north of
the rhumb line this morning, and we know of at least one race analyst,
following through routing software, who is figuring she won't stray far
from rhumb from here forward. It looks like a port-pole approach to the
Molokai Channel. -- Read on:
Race website: http://www.transpacrace.com
CAN'T TELL THE PLAYERS WITHOUT A PROGRAM
The nine teams entered in the 34th America's Cup are coming to Cascais,
Portugal in August (6-14) for the opening event of the 34th America's Cup.
The America's Cup World Series - Cascais will feature 10 boats, sailed by
nine teams, representing eight countries.
Crews filled with previous America's Cup winners, Olympic medalists, world
champions, plus round-the-world racers and record setters will contest the
first event of the revitalized Cup competition. While some of the more
established teams will rely on more experienced hands, new teams from new
countries to the Cup are bringing in talent from other disciplines, shaking
up the old guard.
Here is a rundown of the top sailors leading each crew:
James Spithill (AUS), helmsman, ORACLE Racing (United States)
Terry Hutchinson (USA), helmsman, Artemis Racing (Sweden)
Dean Barker (NZL), skipper, Emirates Team New Zealand (New Zealand)
Bertrand Pace (FRA), skipper, Aleph (France)
Mitch Booth (AUS), sports director, China Team (China)
Loick Peyron (FRA), skipper, Energy Team (France)
Vasilij Zbogar (SLO), helmsman, Green Comm Racing (Spain)
Chris Draper (GBR), skipper, Team Korea (South Korea)
Torvar Mirsky (AUS), skipper, Venezia Challenge (Italy)
Russell Coutts (NZL), helmsman, ORACLE Racing (United States)
Full bios: http://tinyurl.com/AC-071311
THERE'S THUNDER DOWN UNDER
* Team New Zealand's yacht design team will get a quantum leap in computing
power after identifying that they were technologically "undercooked" for
the last America's Cup. Team NZ announced that the Texas-based
multinational Dell would be a partner in their challenge for the Cup in San
Francisco in 2013. Dell is involved in a similar partnership with Formula
One motor-racing team Lotus. Team NZ managing director Grant Dalton said it
would be the biggest private sector computational cluster in New Zealand,
and was similar in scale to those at Canterbury University and the National
Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa). -- Full story:
* Emirates Team New Zealand has launched two 33ft catamarans ahead of the
34th America's Cup. The boats have a dual role - crew training for the
sailing team and as test platforms for the design team. Managing director
Grant Dalton says the yachts will be modified to test design concepts for
the AC72 catamarans that will race in the 2013 America's Cup. Dalton said
today: "We needed a way to get the entire sailing team working on the water
and the design team wanted to be able to test in the real world. The SL33
was designed by American firm Morelli Melvin which is also part of the
Emirates Team New Zealand design team. The yachts were built by Hakes
Marine of Wellington. -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/YW-071311
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* (July 13, 2011) - For the remaining 19 boats yet to finish the
Transatlantic Race 2011, progress is agonizingly slow. Most of the yachts
out on the racecourse are approximately 250 miles from the finish, and
looking at the tracker, it resembles the start line for a foot race, with
the competitors waiting for the starting pistol. Fair winds still elude the
yachts; however, more wind is expected to arrive from the south or
southwest in about 24 hours' time, which should increase in strength,
giving the yachts a roaring finish into The Lizard. Most of the yachts
should finish the Transatlantic Race over the coming weekend. -- Full
* Zadar, Croatia (July 13, 2011) - Light conditions continue at the ISAF
Youth Sailing World Championship, with two more days of competition
remaining for the eight events. Tops among the North American contingent
are American Morgan Kiss/ Christina Lewis and Nikole Barnes/ Agustina
Barbuto of the USVI, who are in second and third respectively in the
doublehanded Girls 420 event. A starting penalty by Laser Radial sailor
Erika Reineke (USA) has moved her down from second to fourth, and the 29er
team of Antoine Screve/ Mac Agnese (USA) are now in third but tied on
points with second overall. Event website:
* The Cal 20 will celebrate its golden anniversary with its 50th annual
Class Championship at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, CA on Aug.
12-14. A Junior Championship is scheduled for Aug. 20. Organizers are
hustling to attract an appropriate entry list of 50 boats, including a
"Bronze" fleet for recreational Cal 20 owners. Among champions over the
last three decades is 1984 winner John Kostecki, whose later successes
include an Olympic silver medal in 1988, a win in the 2002 Volvo Ocean Race
on Illbruck and the America's Cup with BMW Oracle in 2010. -- Full report:
* The 13th annual Boston Fall Boat Show (Oct. 1-3) has been cancelled for
2011 due to the current economic climate, according to a release from the
show's owner, Boat Shows Inc. "Due to the current economic climate, the
local marine marketplace cannot support a show at this time. We simply
could not get enough additional exhibitor support to make the numbers work
for 2011," Warren Kelly, manager of the show, said in the release. --
Boating Industry, full story:
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* From Richard Jepsen, OCSC Sailing School:
Regarding the letter in Scuttlebutt 3382 by John Diggins, I'm really
encouraged to hear that TSA agents can be persuaded to follow TSA's own
rules for gas cartridges for lifejackets. I'd be interested to hear if
others have had success with TSA convincing them that the cartridges are OK
to put in checked baggage and carry-ons. (Best would be a bulletin from TSA
HQ to all its officers reminding them of this very occasional circumstance)
In the past, I've had graduates traveling to a charter make the same claim
with TSA agents refusing to 'look it up'. Pretty inconvenient and expensive
experiment if you lose up to four cartridges and the use of your lifejacket
during your sail because you found the wrong TSA agent before boarding.
Here's another snippet from that same website: "The prohibited items list
is not intended to be all-inclusive and is updated as necessary. To ensure
travelers' security, Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) may determine
that an item not on the Prohibited Items List is prohibited".
* From Paul Henderson:
Your lead story in Scuttlebutt 3382 was a treat. As usual a fine sailor
like Torben Grael is right on all points! Well put.
* From Don Bedford:
Torben is the man! I could not agree more with his take on the current
state of sailing. If you're not thrilled with the direction that the
competition for the Auld Mug has taken then you might want to question
where sailing in general is going.
Maybe If you like TV watching then you're happy but if you like to take
your family out on your dinghy for some weekend racing then it seems the
sport is leaving you behind. Coach boats, on-the-water judging, no reaches
* From Hans "Oily" Liniger:
On Torben Grael's comments in Scuttlebutt 3382, they are dead to the point!
Thank you for being so outspoken. He just forgot to mention one other
unnecessary modernism: match racing. Bringing sailing to the mindless
champagne sipping ignorants in order to get some TV attention? No thank you
guys. Looking forward to the next Volvo campaign.
* From Jeremy McGeary, Farnham, Virginia:
With reference to Scuttlebutt 3382: " . . . trash talking every America's
Cup event that has come before is not good for the America's Cup brand . .
." Call me Rip Van Winkle if you like, but when did the America's Cup
become merely a "brand?"
I'm pretty sure it wasn't a "brand" when I was sharpening pencils for Dave
Pedrick in 1980 and '83. If I want to see a bunch of brands, I can go to
the local drugstore. Is that where the America's Cup belongs? On the shelf
next to Old Spice? Please, this is the longest-running sporting competition
in history; can we restore to it just a little bit of dignity?
* From Mark Lehcim:
Cannot agree more with this excellent contribution by YachtSponsorship.com
in Scuttlebutt 3382 titled 'Trash Talking the Old America's Cup Is Getting
Boring'. It tells everything abut the spirit of those currently responsible
for the America's Cup. The door of history is wide open for the America's
Cup Event Authority, et al to show what they can do. So show us the way!
* From Bill Spalding:
Your story in the Sailing Shorts (Scuttlebutt 3382) about a change of
policy of Canadian Border Crossing Reporting was prompted by a change in
their enforcement this year. A recreational fisherman in the Thousand
Island area of the St Lawrence River was boarded and his boat was seized by
Canadian border patrol agents. He was able to pay a $1000.00 fine on the
spot to avoid arrest. Details in the paper can be read at
* From Andre Corkum:
The 2011 Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race (starting on July 10th) was
another great race, my sixth. I was sailing on the C & C 115 Triumph out of
RNSYS in Halifax. Nice weather, never becalmed, 10 to 30 knots SE & SW.
Sunny for the first day, warm fog the last 18 hrs. We had Triumph up to
15.4 knots in between blowing two chutes. Saw the usual whales and some
sailfish. Three boats broke the record: Bella Pita in 30:46:52 (on her way
to the Fastnet Race), Halifax based Valkarie (31:50:18) and Canadian owned
Unfortunately that this east coast classic gets so little coverage from
Scuttlebutt and the media in general. Here is the race website where
updates are now posted: http://www.marbleheadtohalifax.com
COMMENT: Often times events do not receive suitable media coverage because
they do not distribute updates about their event. Tips on how to help your
event's media profile are posted here: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/pr
The early worm deserves the bird.
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