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SCUTTLEBUTT 3395 - Monday, August 1, 2011
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CHICKEN OR THE EGG
Sprit boats and race course selection. Do you have an opinion? The sprit
boat aspect invariably surfaces when suggesting there should be more reach
legs offered to augment the current steady diet of Windward-Leeward
While the relevance of this aspect is negligible in one design racing, the
opinions get stronger when mixed boats - symmetrical spinnakers and
asymmetrical spinnakers - meet in a handicap event.
But what came first: the sprit boats or the focus on windward-leeward race
courses? Since the J/105 is considered the first production boat featuring
a retractable bowsprit - allowing for an asymmetric spinnaker to be flown -
Scuttlebutt contacted J Boats President Jeff Johnstone for some insight
into this situation:
The development of the J/105 in 1991 really had little to do with the style
of courses being sailed at the time, and much more to do with finding new
ways to sail faster with fewer crew. One-design keelboat racing was already
many years into the W/L focused courses, especially in the international
classes like the J/22, J/24 and Etchells. Handicap racing at top Race Weeks
like Block Island and Key West in the early 90s were mostly on W/L courses.
I remember racing on the last triangle course at Key West in 1994. It was a
surprise to see it posted on the RC since we had sailed W/L all week. We
were in a J/80 and it was blowing 20-25. It was an incredible ride, the
highlight of the week, and Onne van der Wal happened to capture it in a
picture that's still on the website 16 years later.
In the more local and regional venues in the 90s, there was still plenty of
triangle racing and it's probably a fair statement that the emergence of
sprit boats alongside conventional boats probably helped encourage
committees to "equalize" the set-up by going with more W/L. It was
otherwise hard to establish handicap deltas for a W/L course that would
hold up for a triangle course, and vice-versa. Of course, it wasn't long
before A-sail shapes quickly evolved to the point where sprit boats were
going downhill very well, so for handicap fleets the focus then became more
on grouping boats of similar configuration (bowsprit vs. non sprit) as well
as similar DSPL/L ratios (planing vs. non-planing) in order to get the
Reaching is the most fun point of sail there is, so I'd welcome seeing more
of it worked back into the RC course options. Besides a lot of us could use
one leg in the race where we can just go fast without thinking and then be
mentally refreshed to tackle that next beat and run.
COMMENT: In the past 30 months, Scuttlebutt has twice polled its readership
on the subject of race course selection. In both polls, when asked if they
would prefer more courses signaled that had reach legs, over 70% of the
respondents said yes.
2009 poll: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/polls/09/0131/
2010 poll: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/polls/10/1130/
MY LIFE AS PAIGE
The focus of Olympic sailing begins this week on the 2011 Weymouth and
Portland International Regatta, an event designed to test the Olympic
sailing venue and its operations in advance of the 2012 Games. It's also a
rare opportunity for the sailors to get valuable experience amid the
pressures of the Olympics - a year before the Games.
Racing for the ten Olympic sailing events is August 2-13, where 325 entries
representing 135 countries will compete across five courses on Portland
Harbor and Weymouth Bay. Consistent with the Olympic Games, each country is
allowed just one representative in each event.
Currently ranked 5th in the World, Paige Railey will be racing in the Laser
Radial for the U.S.... here is her latest update from the UK:
(July 31, 2011) - We are getting closer and closer until the first day of
the Pre-Olympics. Everything around the sailing venue is changing and
getting ready for the upcoming event. We now have credentials that allow
only the athletes and staff allowed into the regatta area. The staging
areas are set which means every sailor from their given country rig up in
the same area as their fellow team mates. I am currently getting USA and
American Flags plastered everywhere on my boat.
It's really exciting to be a part of this event. It's pretty much a mach
Olympics and as far as I can tell everyone is treating it as though it is
Let's rewind a little bit. I have been here training since July 21st. The
wind has been unusually light which is good because it has given Luther
(Coach Luther Carpenter) and I the chance to work on some of my main
weaknesses. I have been struggling all year in moderate conditions (6-10
knots, choppy waves). Luther and I have made it a main goal to improve in
this condition and lately we have been seeing some dramatic changes.
Today I sailed with Sara Winther from NZL. I believe she is one of the
fastest girls upwind in these conditions so I was glad to be able to
compare my technique. Luther and I have noticed a positive progression and
I am happy/proud to say that I was keeping pace with her today. She is very
talented and to be able to compete against her in this is very good.
Honestly my days have been very monotonous. Meaning, I wake up, read the
forecast, eat breakfast, go sailing, go to the gym, eat dinner, do computer
work and sleep. I guess it looks kind of boring, but that's my life and I
love it. Hopefully I will see all this hard work pay off in the upcoming
event. -- http://paigesailor.blogspot.com/2011/07/training-in-weymouth.html
Event link: http://www.londonpreparesseries.com/sailing/index.html
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics: http://tinyurl.com/USSTAG-073111
STRATEGIC: Despite winning 16 world junior and youth titles the last seven
years, Singapore sailors have not replicated this success at the senior and
Olympic levels. There is also a high drop-out rate. To address this, a
taskforce was formed six months ago to ensure success at the 2016 Olympic
Games in Rio de Janeiro and beyond. Six boat classes - the women's Laser
Radial, Skiff and 470, men's 470, and men's and women's windsurfing - were
identified as having "possible to best" chances of winning medals at the
Rio Games. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/Singapore-073111
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AMERICA'S CUP DESIGNER PREPS FOR LASER SLALOM
The Laser Slalom returns to the St Francis Yacht Club for two days of
action right off San Francisco's Crissy Field on Wednesday August 3rd,
turning up the heat between the Laser 4.7 World Championship and the Laser
Masters World Championship.
An invitation-only fleet of 32 competitors will face off on a course close
to the beach designed to force quick decisions.... as the event touts,
"good people go bad in conditions that would never otherwise trip them up."
The fleet is stacked with talent including LaserPerformance Ambassador and
Team Maclaren skipper Anna Tunnicliffe, Olympic Gold Medalist and US
SAILING's 2010 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year.
Also competing is Oracle Racing's Scott Ferguson, winner of the '09 and '10
Laser Masters World Championship. SailBlast caught up with Ferguson as he
was getting ready to hit the water on Saturday afternoon at St FYC to spar
with fellow Oracle design team member Dimitri Despierres.
Ferguson, from Jamestown, RI, has just this month moved to the Bay Area
with his wife Kim to be closer to the Team's HQ. He's been involved in Cup
campaigns since first working with Dennis Conner in 1995, as well as
Italian teams Luna Rossa and Prada. He managed the mast and wing design on
USA-17, followed by the AC45 wing, and is now working on Oracle's AC72 wing
program. Ferguson's also worked on numerous other big boat programs
including TP52s and the Volvo Ocean Race.
But this week he has his sights set on the Laser 4.7 and getting around the
slalom course without crashing...so why the Laser Slalom?
"The Slalom is something I've heard about forever," said Ferguson. "30
years ago I remember hearing about San Francisco and this event that goes
on out here, it being really windy and people used to wrap their sails
twice around the main spar to reduce sail area and stuff like that (LOL)
and so it's always had this lure. I heard about it, timing is good because
I'm now here so so I have to do it just because it's such a unique regatta.
I like the boat handling - a lot of tacks, a lot of jibes - I hope I'm
pretty good at that (LOL)." -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/SailBlast-073111
SKIN CANCER FACT AND FICTION
In a world of tweets and sound bites, it can be difficult to distinguish
fact from fiction. However, when it comes to skin cancer, it's imperative
to know the truth since it may help save your life.
FICTION: Getting a base suntan protects you from skin cancer.
FACT: "There are no healthy tans," said Dr. Stephen Shewmake, a
dermatologist with Palomar Pomerado Health. "A tan is a visual sign of sun
damage to the skin."
In an effort to protect itself from further sun damage, the skin cells
produce a pigment called melanin, which darkens the skin. By the time the
tan develops, permanent damage has been done and will someday show up in
the form of wrinkles, blotches, sagging tissue or skin cancer.
FICTION: Men and women are equally at risk for getting skin cancer.
FACT: Since men are less diligent about applying and reapplying sunscreen
and tend to spend more time outdoors, they are usually at higher risk.
Over a lifetime, 1 in 58 Caucasian women will develop melanoma, while the
rate is 1 in 39 for men, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. The trend
is reversed among people under 40, probably because young women spend more
FICTION: Visible signs of aging and/or skin cancer will show up within a
year or two after bad sunburns.
FACT: "I tell my patients that skin never forgets how much sun you've had
over a lifetime. The exposure and damage accumulates," said Shewmake, who
sees most skin cancer in people after the age of 40 or 50. "It's those
severe sunburns during childhood that create the greatest risk for
FICTION: You only get skin cancers on areas of the body that receive
maximum sun exposure.
FACT: Although basal-cell and squamous-cell carcinomas are more prevalent
on sun-exposed areas, it's not unusual for melanoma to show up in places
where the sun doesn't shine, including the soles of the feet, buttocks,
genitals and between the toes. Genetics can play a role in where melanoma
FICTION: A white T-shirt worn over a swimsuit protects your skin from the
FACT: The typical white T-shirt has an SPF of only 5 to 7 and even less
when it's wet. You need tightly woven garments and the darker the garment's
color, the more protection you'll get from it. Dermatologists recommend
wearing special sun-protective clothing with the equivalent of an SPF 15 to
San Diego Union-Tribune, full report:
SCUTTLEBUTT SAILING CALENDAR
Events listed at http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar
* La Rochelle, France (July 31, 2011) - Competing in the 99-boat girl's
division of the Laser Radial Youth World Championship, American Erika
Reineke dominated the field to defend the title she won last year in
Scotland. Winning seven of eleven races, and never dropping below fifth,
Reineke won by 38 points. In the boy's division, Mitchell Kiss (USA) opened
the series with a pair of bullets, but a 23-BFD at the end would drop him
to fourth in the 270-boat boy's division. Italian Giovanni Coccoluto closed
strong with a 1-2 to take the title. -- Results:
* There are two ISAF Grade 1 Women's Match Race events that have openings
for more international teams. Scheduled back to back, these events provide
an International team with the unique opportunity to spend minimal time and
money to participate in two excellent grade 1 events: the Santa Maria Cup
in Annapolis MD (28 Sep -1 Oct; J/22s) and the Rolex Osprey Cup in St.
Petersburg, FL (5-8 Oct; Sonars). Both events require a 4 person team and
are a short flight apart. Contact Jeff Borland (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for the Santa Maria Cup and Pat Seidenspinner (email@example.com) for
the Rolex Osprey Cup.
* Newport, RI (July 31, 2011) - Twenty-year old Ryan DeVos aboard Volpe
outsailed fifteen teams during the three day, eight race series to capture
the Melges 32 North American Championship. Assisted by Ed Baird on tactics
while Dick DeVos, Scott Nixon, Sam Rogers, Mike Hill, Drew Weirda, Alex
Clegg and Cary Seigler served as crew, the team held off a late surge by
Steve Howe's Warpath squad who took second. -- Event website:
* The USA Snipe Sailing Class held its National Championship Series this
past week at the North Cape Yacht Club on Lake Erie in Monroe, Michigan.
Thirty-eight teams participated in the 5 day, 10 race event. Past World
Champion and current USA National Champs Augie Diaz and Kathleen Tocke of
Miami took second in the qualifying series, then dominated the Nationals
series by winning 4 of the six races and throwing out a third place finish.
The top skipper over 70 was the long time Snipe Sailor (60 yrs +) Jerry
Thompson with Mandy Smith crewing in 15th place. -- Full report:
* Marblehead, MA (July 31, 2011) - Bill Lynn and the crew of the J/105
Shooting Star edged out Matthew Pike's Got Qi? and 29 other teams to win
their class in the Sperry Top-Sider Marblehead NOOD. For their hard-fought
victory in this highly competitive class, Lynn and company earned the
regatta's overall prize, which includes an invitation to compete against
the winners of the other NOOD regattas at the Sperry Top-Sider Caribbean
NOOD Championship, which takes place this November in the British Virgin
Islands. One hundred sixty-nine entrants competed in ten classes at this
three day event hosted at Corinthian Yacht Club. -- Full report:
* Buzios, Brazil (July 29, 2011) - With the Chilean team of Tito Gonzalez
sailing with his son, Diego and Cristian Herman clinching the 2011
International Lightning Class Association World Championship with a day to
spare, the final race on Friday would be between three teams to claim the
bridesmaid position. Brazilian Claus Biekarck, Gunner Ficker and Marcelo
Batista da Silva scored second in the race, which was good enough for
silver. Americans David Starck with his wife Jody and Ian Jones were third
in the race, but it dropped them to fourth in the rankings behind race
winner Thomas Sumner, Felipe Brito and Fillipe Gil from Brazil who took
third overall. -- Final results:
* The eighth edition of Clipper 11-12 Round The World Yacht Race began
Sunday, 31 July 2011, from Southampton on the UK south coast. Deemed the
world's longest ocean race, 500 people from all walks of life and
representing more than 40 nationalities will crew on ten identical 68-foot
racing yachts with the 40,000-mile race taking a year to visit 15 ports on
six continents. -- http://www.clipperroundtheworld.com/
* (August 1, 2011) - Last night at 9.55pm, Bruce McKay reported his yacht
Wasabi had lost her keel while racing in the Cruising Yacht Club of
Australia's (CYCA) 384 nautical mile Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race. The
39-foot Jon Sayer design was around 17 nautical miles south of Port
Macquarie and four miles north of Camden Haven on the NSW coast when her
keel fell off around 3 nautical miles offshore. Her water ballasted design
helped keep her afloat, and winds were light at the time. Crew and boat
were reported safely in Camden Haven just prior to 12.30am this morning. --
Full story: http://goldcoast.cyca.com.au/news.asp?key=5347
DOYLE CUSTOMERS DOMINATE BAYVIEW MACKINAC RACE
Doyle customers won 11 classes and 58% of the available flags at the 2011
Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. Congratulations to our customers for
winning the Beneteau 36.7, J/120, GL 70, C&C 35, PHRF A, PHRF B, PHRF C,
PHRF D, PHRF E, Cruising B and Cruising C classes. Doyle swept the Beneteau
36.7 class, with "Weather Edge III," "La Buena Vida," and "Carrera"
finishing 1-2-3. And in the J/120 class, Doyle powered "Hot Ticket,"
"Flyin' Irish," and "Carinthia" to 1-2-3. Keep connected with Doyle, visit
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* From Gregory Scott:
So walking into Canadian Tire (weekend mecca for most Canadians), there
outside the doors was the Boat Smart crew - tent - boat - fancy truck et
al..... and there they were telling Canadians the need to have "the card" -
no one shall be allowed on the water without the card.
I had just heard on the news that the police will be stationed at boat
ramps turning those away without the card and fining those arriving by
water who don't have the card. But the best part was the Boat Smart booth
and the words "you don't pay the fee if you fail the exam".
Both my girlfriend and I stopped and looked as he repeated to the subject
standing at the counter. That's right, he said "try the exam and if you
fail you don't pay" ... and with that the skeptic in me asked if somehow
the results were skewed in favour of a pass equating to the payment being
Whenever a system creates a reward such as this - I immediately suspect the
The only thing worse than a Monday is a decaffeinated Monday.
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