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SCUTTLEBUTT 3385 - Monday, July 18, 2011
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A GRAND ILLUSION AND MORE
(July 17, 2011) - There's one thing, well, more than one but one great
thing the Transpacific Yacht Race has going for it. The big finish. The
Molokai Channel. Maybe you got stuck in the fog off Catalina and spent
years, yes, years getting out of town. Maybe the Pacific High Pressure Zone
pulled a gotcha and reached down and swallowed the lane that you thought
was going to sweep you to glory, but instead you watched the little
transponder blips that represent the competition just walk away on a
different latitude line.
Maybe you swore off this madness once and for all a thousand miles out as
you crawled through the drips into your alleged bed for a couple of hours
sleep, if you're lucky.
And then you get here. The islands rise on the horizon, clear and lovely.
The breeze rises behind you and funnels down the Molokai Channel and there
you are on the ride of a lifetime, and the water is whitecapped and
tropical blue, and the sky is tropical blue with puffy tradewind clouds,
and ahead lies that iconic Diamond Head finish line that has beckoned
racing sailors for over a century, generation after generation. This is the
ride of the legends. So go ahead, "Dr. Laura" Schlessinger, first-time
Transpac finisher as of Sunday morning at 1036. Go ahead and joke about how
you're "joining Transpac Anonymous." Welcome to the club. I signed up after
my first Transpac, about three Transpacs ago. About your finish on Katana I
"What can you say when the wind is 30 knots and the waves are boiling eight
feet high, and I'm driving? The water was coming down the deck, and
sometimes I couldn't even see out. And I didn't lose the boat.
Through the night and into the day (and continuing overnight) there are
finishers arriving at Transpac Row with that peculiar thousand-yard-stare
of fatigue on top of a crazed grin of thrills and accomplishment. But the
leaderboard stabilized for most divisions hundreds of miles ago.
Representing the Waikiki Yacht Club, James McDowell's SC70, Grand Illusion,
ran 1-1 most of the way across, 2,225 miles, Los Angeles to Honolulu, and
finished at 02:59 a.m. Sunday from a July 8 start. (results are not
official, but Grand Illusion has no obvious threats) -- Read on:
COMMENT: It was a busy weekend in Transpac land, with Hap Fauth earning
first to finish honors when his 74 foot mini maxi Bella Mente finished on
Friday at 05:44:28, edging Doug Baker's Magnitude 80 by a margin of 2
hours, 51 minutes. To get caught up, here are the daily race reports:
Sharon Green photos: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/11/0717/
Race website: http://www.transpacrace.com
CAPSIZE ON THE HUDSON RIVER
Here are the pictures from the evening race at the Manhattan Sailing Club
on July 14, 2011. During the race, a brief but vicious thunderstorm came
through New York Harbor, with winds of 45-50 knots and driving rain. One of
the boats, a J/24 named Great Republic, capsized, almost righted itself,
and then went over for good, sinking just northeast of Ellis Island.
There were no injuries. The skipper and crew were calm and professional,
organizing themselves at the safest positions on the overturned boat. Help
from the Manhattan Sailing Club support boats came quickly, and the crew
was pulled out of the water. Other sailing boats from the race that were
close by came to assist as well.
And then, of course, after the storm... a beautiful rainbow. View the
pictures and additional details here:
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WHAT IS THE 'CLEAN REGATTAS' PROGRAM?
The America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA), which is responsible for
marketing, communications, and realizing the full commercial potential of
the event, has partnered with Sailors for the Sea, an organization that was
founded to educate and engage the boating community in the worldwide
protection of the oceans.
"Sailors for the Sea is proud to work with the America's Cup Event
Authority to implement our Clean Regattas program that supports a clean and
healthy ocean ecosystem while reducing the environmental footprint of the
America's Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup
Finals," said Sailors for the Sea CEO Daniel Pingaro.
So what is the 'Clean Regattas' program? To become a part of the Clean
Regattas Program, follow these steps:
1. Register online for Clean Regattas.
2. Complete the administrative tasks and engage on at least one best
practice (see below).
3. Regattas that wish to be certified at the Bronze, Silver or Gold Level
must engage on enough practices to be certified at that level (5 for
Bronze, 10 for Silver, 15 for Gold).
4. Fill out online post-regatta feedback form.
1. Water Bottle Reduction - Reduce single-use, disposable water bottles at
the event site by providing Water Stations and Reusable Bottles to
participants (participants can also be expected to provide their own
reusable bottles). SfS has several proven strategies for carrying this out.
2. Green Team - Assemble a team to work on shore and sea cleanup, oversee
recycling operations and communicate the goals and agenda of the program
throughout the event.
3. Trash Free Regatta - Keep your shores and waters clear of debris.
Overboard discharge of trash and littering at shore facilities (e.g.,
rigging tape, cigarette butts, bottles and cans) should be prevented
4. No Discharge - Prevent discharge of untreated sewage or blackwater in
harbor areas and on race courses throughout the event.
5. Recycling - Provide recycling services at shore facilities for
participants to deposit separated recyclable materials (e.g. bottles, cans,
paper). The more that can be separated and hauled away the better
Read on for Best Practices 6 through 19:
PUMA'S SUMMER TRAINING HEADQUARTERS
When the PUMA Ocean Racing team crossed the finish line for the
Transatlantic Race last Monday at Lizard Point in the U.K., they knew they
had secured the provisional win in both IRC Class 1 and IRC Overall on
corrected time. After PUMA's Mar Mostro and crew had completed the 2,975
nautical mile course in 7 days, 11 hours and 40 minutes, one would think
they would drop sails and celebrate. But that was never the plan for this
team preparing for the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race.
After the finish, skipper Ken Read continued on south to Lanzarote, Spain,
in the Canary Islands, arriving last Friday. "The shore team met us at the
dock, and there was a really nice celebration from the team, marina and the
locals here in Lanzarote," said skipper Ken Read. "After a well-earned
shower, the first steps are always to eat as much as you can possibly stuff
down, have a few beers and relax. Then, the next couple days we'll go back
to work hard."
With the PUMA shore base set up, the Puerto Calero Marina in Lanzarote is
now the team's summer training headquarters. The crew will use the next two
months to test the boat, sails, people and systems.
"Lanzarote was selected for a few reasons," Read said. "First of all, the
guys on our team who sailed with Ericsson 4 last time trained here and had
a fantastic experience - from the community to the sailing. And, it is the
sailing conditions that we need now in this next phase. This amount of
breeze will allow us to test things that we weren't able to check in
Newport. That's the beauty of training in two different places - two
completely different areas, different weather patterns, different water
temperatures - there are all kinds of variables that are critical to
"Now that we've had almost four days to reflect upon the race, we're all
really pleased with not only the result, but also with the boat and the
people. We talked about what we can do better and how we can improve. So,
our work list is that much better because of the last four days we've spent
together." -- Full report:
ALONE IN FRANCE
The 2011 Mini Transat starts on September 25 off of La Rochelle, France.
From there, the 84 registered boats will race 1,100 miles across the Bay of
Biscay, then down the coast of Portugal to Madeira, where the fleet rests
and makes repairs before re-starting and racing the final 3,100 miles to
the finishing line in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. All told, the 2011 Mini
Transat represents 4,200 miles of racing, a 1,000-mile qualifier and many,
many months of preparation, planning and training.
In the world of European offshore sailing, having a dialed-in shore team
and plenty of sponsorship is rapidly becoming the norm, making it much
harder for "regular" sailors to participate. Amongst her fellow skippers
participating in the 2011 Mini Transat Race, American Emma Creighton stands
out for several important reasons.
If successful, she will become the second American female skipper to
complete the 4,200-mile ocean race that starts in La Rochelle, France and
ends in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. But unlike her fully sponsored rivals,
Creighton is also preparing USA 574 - her 21-foot carbon-fiber Classe Mini
raceboat - alone in France, without a title sponsor and without speaking
French. She is also one of just four women competing in the 2011 Mini
Transat, and the only female skipper racing in the prestigious Prototype
Despite these hurdles, Creighton remains steadfast and confident in her
goal. "Running this campaign has been the most complex challenge of my
life," said Creighton. "I grew up on a small island in Maine - I was around
boats my whole life, but I didn't start racing until I got to college. This
is on a whole new level." Like all sane singlehanded skippers, Creighton
built up to her Mini Transat campaign. After graduating from Tufts
University in 2007, Creighton worked delivering boats up and down the east
coast, before relocating to San Francisco in early 2009 to take advantage
of its big-breeze and high-seas training conditions.
In 2010 Creighton raced in the Pacific Cup, sailing USA 574 from Los
Angeles to Hawaii with co-skipper Andy Hamilton. "Racing to Hawaii was a
great time, but I had Andy with me," said Creighton. "For the Mini Transat,
I'll be facing every sail change and gear failure myself. That's a lot of
responsibility, but I'm confident that I have the miles and the experience
to safely get myself - and USA 574 - to Brazil." -- Read on:
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WINDSURFING SPOTLIGHT SWINGS TO SAN FRANCISCO
The 2011 Bic Techno 293 (T293) Windsurfing World Championships is set to
take San Francisco Bay by storm this upcoming July 19th through the 24th.
There will be 200+ competitors taking it to the water all vying for the
World Championship Title.
It has been nearly two decades since the infamous waters of San Francisco
Bay hosted a World Championship level windsurfing regatta and the world's
biggest One Design windsurfing fleet looks to change that in a big way.
This year's event will see competitors representing 26 countries from five
continents including: Argentina, New Zealand, Singapore, Israel, United
Kingdom, Russia, and Mexico coming to do battle with the top American
windsurfers with the World titles on the line.
The event features divisions segregated by age with the biggest fleet
comprised of the Under 17 (U17) age division. Sailing right alongside U17
fleet will be the Under 15 (U15) division and the increasingly popular Open
Age division that allows for competitors 17 years old and older to still
get in on the racing. All the competitors, in both Girls and Boys fleets,
will be riding the Bic Techno 293 One Design Windsurfing race board. The
T293 platform offers up all the exciting action of high speed windsurfing
while still maintaining the integrity of One Design racing - ensuring that
it's the best sailors who reach the podium.
Luckily for racers and spectators alike, the venue for racing will be in
the heart of San Francisco Bay centered on the hosting St. Francis Yacht
Club. Spectators will enjoy front row seats for all the racing action at
Crissy Field's East Beach while competitors will be treated to all the
trappings of an America's Cup style regatta by the prestigious St. Francis
The schedule for racing is somewhat dependent on the wind but given the
exceptional performance of the T293 and Raceboard classes in light winds,
in concert with the incredibly dependable San Francisco sea breeze and
world class St. Francis Race Committee team, expect racing to run like
clockwork. Here is the planned schedule: http://tinyurl.com/T293-071711
Preview video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7RTVNoRazI
THE NEW OLD FASHIONED WAY
Believe it or not, there was a day - not so long ago - when the Internet
did not rule people's lives.
True, information moved slower, but the pace of life was also a bit slower
then as well (example: horses, not cars). For distance-racing sailors, this
offered a beautiful respite from life ashore. The problem, of course, was
that family and friends couldn't track their loved ones as they raced to
Flash forward to 2011: The Internet rules the airwaves and distance racers
have nowhere to hide, thanks to the magical little boxes that upload all
sorts of germane information to satellites, which in turn update
race-tracking web pages. Problem solved.mostly. As anyone who has ever
stepped foot aboard a racing sailboat knows, electronics work great until
they stop working.
Due to technical troubles, the race-tracking system for the 103rd Race to
Mackinac, presented by Veuve Clicquot, stopped working some ten hours after
the 361 entrants started on Saturday for this 333-mile classic race,
presenting a 'new-old problem': How to determine where boats are, and how
far they are from the finishing line. -- Read on:
COMMENT: Here is the link if you are curious about the tracking system
being used by Chicago Yacht Club:
* Zadar, Croatia (July 15, 2011) - The final day of the ISAF Youth Sailing
World Championship saw a surge upwards for the North American contingent.
Americans Morgan Kiss/ Christina Lewis finished tied for the win in the
doublehanded Girls 420 event, finishing second with Nikole Barnes/ Agustina
Barbuto of the USVI getting third. Laser Radial sailor Erika Reineke (USA)
raised her final position from fourth to second, as did the 29er team of
Antoine Screve/ Mac Agnese (USA) moving from third to second overall. For
the third consecutive year France won the ISAF Nations Trophy, followed by
Spain, Poland, Italy, and USA. Event website:
* Newport, RI (July 17, 2011) - As Sunday dawned a full 18 points separated
Ken Colburn and Apparition from Phil Lotz and Arethusa at the Swan 42 US
Nationals, sailed July 14-17 at the New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court.
But when Phil Lotz's Arethusa won the last two races today, the two teams
were tied after 11 races. But on the strength of Colburn's five first-place
finishes to Lotz's two, Colburn was named the winner of the US Nationals. A
total of 19 yachts sailed. -- Full report:
* Brant Beach, NJ (July 14, 2011) - The Laser/Radial North American
Championships were held at the Brant Beach Yacht Club with over 210 boats
participating from July 12-14. Ten races were completed with conditions
ranging from light air upwards to 30 knots. Leading the Laser fleet from
the beginning of the regatta was local sailor and Olympic hopeful Clay
Johnson (Little Egg Harbor, NJ), followed by Chris Dodd of the Royal
Canadian YC and Rob Crane of Noroton, CT. In the Radial Gold Fleet the lead
switched several times with Avery Fanning of Charleston/Lauderdale YC
winning, followed by Ian Barrows of Pleon/St. Thomas and Max Lopez of
Raritan YC. Event website: http://bbyc.net/LaserNAC/
* Westport, CT (July 15, 2011) - While on paper there were 74 teams
competing in the Flying Scot North American Championships, hosted by Cedar
Point Yacht Club, on the water there were two teams that dominated the
rankings. Tied for the lead during qualifiers, Andrew Eagan/ Jackson
Benvenutti of New Orleans (LA) and Allan Terhune Jr./ Katie Terhune of
Annapolis (MD) competed as closely during the five race championship
series. Winning the final race, Team Terhune needed to overcome a three
point deficit on Eagan, but came up just short when the southerner finished
third to take the title by a point. -- Results:
* More than 1150 sailors representing 77 nations are registered to compete
at the Perth2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. The Perth 2011 ISAF
Sailing World Championships will take place in Fremantle, Western Australia
on December 3-18f or the ten events of the Olympic Sailing Competition. The
next deadline in the entries process is 31 July, after which the
accreditation system will be formally opened and the competing athletes
confirmed. -- Full report: http://www.sailing.org/36328.php
* CORRECTION: The Friday edition of Scuttlebutt carries the Photos of the
Week feature, and last week we stumbled geographically in our caption
referring to Helsinki as being in Poland. Thanks to our readers for
pointing out we had the wrong 'land' and that Helsinki was further north in
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* From Peter Commette:
The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship last week had Lauderdale Yacht
Club (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) members on each of the three silver medal winning
teams: Christina Lewis in the Girls 420, Erika Reineke in the Laser Radial,
and Mac Agnese in the 29er. But even more amazing is that Mac Agnese did it
on the wire with a broken hand.
* From Hiro Nakajima:
Torben's commentary is right on (in Scuttlebutt 3382). I thought I was
being overly old school and not open to modernization of our sport. I am
relieved to see that one of our sport's great icon shares the same
observations and comments to the current state of our sport.
We need to look at possibly rolling back some of the complicated and
unnecessary aspects that has permeated into our sport today. It certainly
has not attracted any more people to our sport so it is hard to argue it
was the right thing to do.
* From Tom Arthur NZ:
I have been reading all the letters backing Torben's views. When I read the
original article by him my first impression was," this sounds like a great
sailor becoming tired of his sport". Am I the only one to think this way?
Some of his points I think are valid, but regarding the RRS, I think they
get better with each revision. After all the revisers are getting rid of
the problem areas that arise, I'm sure they aren't doing it just to make
life difficult for us.
* From Craig Fletcher:
Is a competitor using a sat phone in the Transpac to check on a rudder
bearing considered to be illegal outside assistance? Would this not be the
same as a coach boat speaking to a competitor during a race?
COMMENT: We had a feeling this was more than just a hypothetical question,
and learned that the R/P 45 Criminal Mischief had used their satellite
phone to problem solve a grinding noise with their JP3 bearings. We didn't
check the sailing instructions, but assume the rules allowed this. Right?
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