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SCUTTLEBUTT 3393 - Thursday, July 28, 2011
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John Heineken (Larkspur, Calif.) has arrived as the top Kiteboard course
racing sailor in the world. Earlier this month, John dominated the field of
62 at the 2011 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Kite Course
Racing World Championships in Sylt, Germany. He won 10 of the 12 races in
winds that reached 25 knots and wavy conditions. The top four finishers
were from the United States.
The once highly competitive 29er, 49er and FJ sailor has successfully made
the transition to kiteboarding, and he has loved every minute of it. Hear
what the former University of California at Santa Barbara stand-out sailor
had to say about his success and his admiration for kiteboarding in this
interview with US SAILING:
* What were your keys to success in winning the Kite Racing Worlds?
JOHN HEINEKEN: "I'd say there were two main factors in my success at the
Worlds. My sailing background is one of my most valuable assets. There are
a number of sailors that can make a board go fast around a course, but
being able to keep my head out of the boat and make good decisions without
slowing down is a skill I learned during my skiff sailing years.
But to really address this question I think it's important to note that San
Francisco Bay Area sailors took the top three positions at this event and
this is no coincidence. We were successful because we worked together on
technique and designs, sharing everything, always pushing the performance
envelope and improving as a group. We trained hard and effectively, living
at Sherman Island and often sailing three sessions per day. On a typical
day we'd practice tacking and jibing, mark roundings, and tons of short
course practice, often logging over 50 miles per day. I now truly believe
that training with the best is the only way to be successful."
* What do you enjoy about kiteboarding?
JOHN HEINEKEN: "I love going fast and I never push myself harder than in a
race. The adrenaline of being on the starting line with the sky full of
kites is pretty amazing and the feeling I get after surviving a big fleet
start is even better.
Kiting starts are a bit more challenging than boat racing starts because
you have to pick a hole with your kite and follow that with your board.
Just because there's a lane on the water doesn't mean you can go there, and
just because your kite fits in a gap doesn't mean there's space on the
water. This brings in a three dimensional aspect that is unique to kite
racing, and I love it!
On the other hand, kite racing is also very simple, logistically speaking.
I can fit my boat and sails in my Saab, or in my board bag.
There's no owning two boats and shipping one to a regatta halfway around
the world, it can come anywhere with me right now. I sailed the North
Americans in Puerto Rico a week after the Worlds in Germany, with the same
gear. No problem."
* How did you make the transition to kite racing? Read on:
WHAT WILL WE SEE IN CASCAIS?
When the inaugural event of the America's Cup World Series commences August
6-14 in Cascais, Portugal, it will be an event the sport has never seen
before. Professional teams, wing-powered one design AC45s, stadium setting,
specially designed race formats...this is what's possible when you combine
the intrigue of an iconic trophy with money.
The foundation of all ideas surrounding the America's Cup is to create an
event worth watching. So what will we see? In Scuttlebutt 3392, America's
Cup Principal Race Officer John Craig (USA) explained what the races might
look like, and in Part 2 below sheds some light into the event management:
* What will be noticing about the event judging system?
JOHN CRAIG: The new Umpire system is in many ways like what we have seen in
the past. It has people making the call; most of the time they get it right
and sometimes they get it wrong. The difference is the new system, through
the use of our tracking technology and use of live television, provides
another layer of information the judges can use to make the correct call.
On the water we will have 2 Umpires on jet skis and 1 Umpire in a RIB, all
providing information from their perspective back to the Umpire booth. This
will be coupled with live television feed and tracking software that shows
overlaps and zones within two centimeters. The amount and accuracy of the
information available to these Umpires hasn't been seen before. The other
side of the equation is at the speed the AC45s, and ultimately the speed
the AC72s will reach, keeping up positioning and making a call in a RIB
alone is a very daunting task.
* What RRS adjustments will appear glaring to the educated viewer?.
JOHN CRAIG: The RRS have been heavily worked over both to simplify and deal
with the closing speeds of these yachts. The rules team has worked hard to
incorporate a lot of the Race Management pieces in the RRS, allowing for a
very tight set of Sailing Instructions only two pages long.
One example on the Race Management side will be the way communications are
delivered to the teams. All communications go through a system known as RO
Comms. This system is a combination of text messages issued by the Signal
Boat or as a back up from the Umpires by radio. These messages, which
indicate starting times, postponements, course changes and penalties issued
by the Umpires, are displayed on the yachts.
The boat on boat RRS Part 2 When Yachts Meet is going to take some time for
people to get their heads around. It is going to be very different and is
going to take a while for the avid rule fan time to work through.
A ton of time and effort has been put in by the rules team and we think
they are going to meet our needs and will continue to get refined going
Online race coverage: http://www.americascup.com
Additional details: http://tinyurl.com/ACWS-1-BTSI
NEW ENGLAND ROPES SPONSORS CJ BUCKLEY REGATTA
This worthwhile event started in 2003 in memory of CJ Buckley who loved
sailing but tragically passed away from brain cancer. The event is hosted
by the East Greenwich Yacht Club and Greenwich Bay Sailing Association and
will take place from August 1-3. New England Ropes takes great pride in its
philanthropic efforts that support the sport of sailing especially these
events which encourages today's youth to get out on the water and grow
their passion for sailing. Find out more about the CJ Buckley Foundation by
visiting their website at http://www.cjbuckleyregatta.net
DEFENDING AGAINST THE SPREAD OF THE SCOURGE
Remember the 2008 Olympics in Qingdao? The sailing events were in jeopardy
when an algae bloom covered the racing area, requiring the Chinese navy and
an army of volunteers to scoop up the green stuff so as to clear the
And now, an underwater invader is taking the wind out of the sails of the
Regulators have refused to issue permits necessary for the sailing regatta
to move forward until organizers can prove the event won't significantly
spread invasive seaweed through San Francisco Bay.
Concerns over exotic seaweed, including Undaria pinnatifida, a fast-growing
Asian species that reaches 10 feet and poses dangers to native kelp
species, prompted the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control
Board on Friday to reject a 107-page permit application filed late last
month by the Port of San Francisco.
The seaweed has taken root beneath some piers in San Francisco and could
spread on the hulls of spectator boats as they enter and move around the
bay. To reduce those risks, the Port had proposed an educational campaign
that would alert boaters to the dangers of the seaweed and of the
importance of keeping hulls clean of plants.
But that proposal was not enough to satisfy the state.
"The information in the application is insufficient to determine whether
the outreach program will sufficiently mitigate for potential invasive
species impacts from spectator boats," Watershed Division Chief Shin-Roei
Lee wrote in a letter to Port and America's Cup officials.
If it appears that it will be impossible to prevent the spread of the
seaweed, Lee wrote, then the Port and America's Cup Event Authority will
need to propose compensation, such as providing funds to an invasive
species eradication program. Port environmental regulatory official Kelley
Capone said her agency is coordinating with environmentalists to prepare a
better plan for defending against the spread of the marine scourge. - The
Bay Citizen, read on: http://s.tt/12UYD
The international sailing rivalry in the Pacific Northwest goes back many
years, and in 1907 the first match for the Alexandra Cup was held between
the United States and Canada. However, the train quickly got derailed in
1909 over a measurement dispute, leaving the Cup idol until this century
long hiatus finally came to an end in June 2008.
After the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club defeated Seattle Yacht Club that year
in loaned 6 Metre sloops, Seattle challenged for 2010 using "bring your
own" R boats, but again came up short against their northern neighbor. The
Alexandra Cup will be held again this year in "R" boats, hosted by RVYC on
English Bay, Vancouver BC. Following the selection series on either side of
the boarder, the U.S. Challenger will complete against the Canadian
Defender on October 28-30.
Among the challenging groups is St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco,
CA. Here is a report from Staff Commodore Robert Keefe:
The "Old Brits" at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (RVYC) are going all out
to conduct a first class international regatta which, if we win, will bring
perhaps a half dozen "R's" to St. Francis Yacht Club in 2012. Our entry
"Ace" is in the Northwest where she was refinished, and is as perfect as
can be restored. Everything is first class; hull, rig, sails and detailing.
She is a beautiful 43' racing yacht. We will have a complete St. Francis
crew. There will be five in the boat; same as when we competed for the 6
meter championships, but "Ace" is a good bit bigger.
There were two other restored "Rs" along with "Ace". They are very well
done, and in prime condition, and should be very good competition. There is
nothing second rate about what is going on here; it is the type of
international yacht racing event we need to get back into. This is an
avenue that might very well attract a lot of attention worldwide with a
very bright future.
Sailing conditions on English Bay can be light to moderate; it certainly
isn't San Francisco Bay. But, in the late fall they have more wind that
normal. "Ace" is about as big as any "R" ever built (1926). Her waterline
is a little longer that the others; she always liked wind. However, she was
very successful in Southern California; Arthur Rousseau for 5 years and
never missed the Mid Winter regatta in Los Angeles. He won four times
against a very good fleet of Southern California "R" boats.
There will also be an "R" from the Chicago Yacht Club that will challenge
and be with us in Vancouver. We will have to eliminate against both the
Seattle Yacht Club's "Pirate" and also the Chicago boat to get into the
finals. At the same time the two Canadian "R"s" will sail an elimination
series with the winner advancing to defend in the finals.
The last time we were as a club (1969) on English Bay we sent our 6 meter,
"St.Francis IV", north for a match for the Canadian American Challenge
Trophy, Sometimes known as the Globe & Mail (Toronto) Trophy emblematic of
the North American 6 Meter Championship. The RVYC held the trophy, and we
as the Challenger with Tom Blackaller sailing along with Ed Bennett, Gary
Mull, Commodore Tompkins and Ron Anderson in the boat beat the defender in
the best 4 out of 7 match; we won the first 4 races. Time has a way of
repeating itself, and here we are again; great stuff.
ATTENTION: St. FYC Staff Commodore Robert Keefe is eager to purchase a
Vintage Universal Rule "R" Class sloop suitable for restoration. Interested
parties can contact him at email@example.com
ONE-SIXTH OF SAN FRANCISCO BAY
(July 27, 2011) - On the San Francisco cityfront, where 145 sailors and 110
volunteers wrapped the Junior Windsurfing Worlds on Sunday, Wednesday saw
the practice race - not on the first attempt - for 120 juniors entered in
the Laser 4.7 Worlds.
Kids, it's called The Ebb. One-sixth of San Francisco Bay goes out and in
twice a day, and The Ebb pushes upwind and, yes, it will sweep you over the
start line early and often. I reckon that's why we have a practice race.
PRO Kevin Reeds is proud of the international aspect, "with sailors from
"If they don't fill out the nationality line on the electronic
registration, it defaults to the first country on the list. Afghanistan.
Right now we have about a dozen entries from Afghanistan, but we're
tracking them down one by one and getting closer to 28.0."
The junior championship continues through Tuesday (of next week), with
Laser Slalom racing Wednesday and Thursday, registration and measurement
for 247 Laser Masters competitions on Friday and Saturday, and opening
How St. Frantic can it get? With the San Francisco Yacht Harbor torn up for
reconstruction, and most docks removed, the club has towed barges into the
basin for hauling the Lasers, which are having to squeeze between one
ginormous dredge and the Golden Gate Yacht Club to get to the racecourse
and back. Hey, Dutra Group, are we gonna have a harbor for the Big Boat
Series? -- Kimball Livingston, Blue Planet Times,
ULLMAN SAILS WIN BIG AT YOUNGSTOWN LEVEL REGATTA
Ullman Sails customers dominated last weekend at the Youngstown Level
Regatta on Lake Ontario, winning the highly competitive Beneteau 36.7 fleet
and sweeping five of the top six spots in the 22-boat fleet!
Congratulations to Gary Tisdale's "First Today" who took first place with
100% Ullman Sails inventory. He led the charge of Ullman-powered boats that
finished 3rd through 6th overall. The regatta also hosted the Farr 30 Great
Lakes Championship where Bill Markel and crew on "Standard Deviation"
claimed the 2011 title with full Ullman inventory. And Robert Mendenhall
cleaned up in the J/22 fleet with seven straight bullets. --
* Buzios, Brazil (July 27, 2011) - One race was completed today in the
International Lightning Class Association World Championship, putting the
regatta back on schedule after high winds and seas delayed racing on Monday
afternoon. The Chilean Team of Tito Gonzalez sailing with his son, Diego
and Cristian Herman convincingly won the race and are now the sole leader
of the regatta. The American team of David Starck sailing with his wife
Jody and Ian Jones took a 3rd today to move up to second overall. -- Full
* The 2011 U.S. Optimist National Championship concluded Sunday at the
Houston Yacht Club in Shoreacres, TX with a total of twelve races sailed in
the Medal Round. Overall winner of the event was New Zealand's current
National Champion Leonard Takahashi-Fry. The 2011 US National Champion in
second place is Wade Waddell who is one of the US team members who will
represent the USA at the 2011 IODA Worlds in New Zealand this coming
December. Skippers through third place in the Bronze Division qualified to
attend the 2012 Team Trials this coming April in Brant Beach, New Jersey.
Full results at https://sites.google.com/site/optinationals2011
* The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 27 July 2011 have been released for
the nine Olympic fleet racing events. Eight countries have top ranked
teams, with only Great Britain holding the top spots in two events (Men's
One Person Dinghy - Heavyweight and Men's One Person Dinghy). All the North
Americans ranked in the top ten come from the U.S. team, with the Women's
Two Person Dinghy team of Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Farrar as the highest
ranked in fourth position. -- Full report: http://www.sailing.org/36353.php
INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES
The Industry News category of the Scuttlebutt Forum provides an opportunity
for companies to announce new products and services. Here are some of
* Yellowbrick tracking devices chosen for top Great Lake regattas
* SOS Dan Buoy Winner of two 2011 Australian Awards
* First edition of 'Australian Sailing + Yachting' launched
* Major wins for NEB built boats in Transat & Transpac Races!
View and/or post Industry News updates here:
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Jul 29-31 - IRC Canadian Championship - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jul 29-31 - Melges 32 North Americans - Newport, RI, USA
Jul 29-Aug 1 - North American Challenge Cup - Chicago, IL, USA
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR - QUANTUM KEY WEST 2012
Are you making plans for your winter escape to Key West? There's no better
place for serious racing sailors to be January 15-20. Don't miss the
special 25th Anniversary celebration! NOR, class news, entry plans, and
lots of planning aids will be updated throughout the coming months.
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save their bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.
* From Philip D. O'Niel III:
Regarding Frank Kearn's comment in Scuttlebutt 3392, I guess that Frank
forgets he won the Bayview-Mackinac's Cove Island Race Overall in 2007
sailing under IRC. Wonder what changed in four years? Were they resentful
of Frank then? Bayview has sailed the Cove Island course (254 nm) for
decades. Yes it is longer and harder but everyone including the shortest,
slowest boat used to sail that course. When you decide to race offshore I
think you pick the most challenging course you can. Those that sailed the
Cove Island course deserve credit for their competitive spirit and I am
sure wonder about the logic of 65 foot boats and other custom one off boats
sailing the short course (204 nm). The "pick your course" certainly did not
increase participation, just diluted the competition.
* From Bora Gulari:
Regarding Frank Kern's comments about IRC and how the bigger, newer boats
always tend to win, I took a review of the past results and it seems like
the bigger, newer boats tend to always do well regardless of what rule is
Since I have been sailing the BYC Mackinac Race, the long course has been
originally run under IMS, then PHRF for a couple years after the demise of
IMS, then more recently IRC and ORR for one year. The one year ORR was also
allowed it was pretty random as everyone got to choose whatever they wanted
(either ORR or IRC). What happened was there were a lot of classes with
very few boats. Pretty ridiculous.
I have attached the results, which show that ince 1996 it is not too often
when a smaller, slower boat has legitimately beaten the big boats. It's
distance racing, and if someone gets a weather system in front of you, one
has to do a little prayer.
Results attached: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/11/BYC-Mac.xls
* From Phil Mostyn:
Referring to Tom Duggan's example in issue 3392, why didn't the RC request
Redress under rule 60.2(b)? Alternatively, of course, the PC could have
called a hearing to consider redress under rule 60.3(b).
* From Brent Boyd:
Commenting on the RRS 32.1 example by Tom Duggan in Scuttlebutt 3392, the
three tools who sailed the wrong course and would not retire should be
banned from sailing for one year - reason being "lack of sportsmanship". I
hope they will enjoy looking at their ill-gotten trophies for a year while
their fleet continues to race.
You know times are tough when you get a pre-declined credit card in the
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