SCUTTLEBUTT 3400 - Monday, August 8, 2011
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EMIRATES TEAM NZ SMOKE WORLD SERIES FLEET RACING
Cascais, Portugal (August 7, 2011) - Emirates Team New Zealand were double
winners on Sunday, Day 2 of the AC World Series, claiming top spot in the AC
Cascais Preliminaries after four fleet races and then going on to record the
fastest run in the AC 500 Speed Trial.
"We are happy how it went," said skipper Dean Barker. "But we know we have
a lot to keep up with. It's nice; a good feeling to start the week, but
there is a lot we need to improve on."
ORACLE Racing Coutts won today's long fleet race, stealing victory from
Emirates Team New Zealand after a member of the crew fell overboard. The
Kiwis did their best to hang on, but Coutts managed to grind down the
shorthanded New Zealand crew just a few hundred meters from the finish,
giving the American team victory in the race and second place overall, with
Sweden's Artemis Racing in third spot.
In the AC500 Speed Trial, the top three teams needed their third and final
runs to record their fastest speeds. The Kiwis, after a disappointing first
two tries, had a perfect set-up for their final attempt, screaming down the
track at an average speed of 42.35 kph.
They were followed closely by Team Korea (39.28) and China Team (37.43), two
of the newer, less-practiced teams in the AC45 catamaran. Despite a relative
lack of time on the boats, China Team's skipper shared his philosophy for
recording a fast run: "There are only two speeds to these boats," said Mitch
Booth. "Flat out, and stopped!"
But the headline incident on the day was the man overboard on Emirates Team
Winston Macfarlane, one of the big grinders on board, was washed overboard
during a fast maneuver at a turning mark halfway through the race.
Macfarlane was grinding a winch when the winch handle snapped, meaning he
lost his balance as the boat accelerated out of the turn. While Macfarlane
swam to safety and hauled himself on to the nearby mark-boat, Barker's crew
was obliged to sail the rest of the course short-handed. -- Full story:
Positions after 4 fleet races (place, total pts)
1. Emirates Team NZ: 3, 2, 2, 2 - 35
2. Oracle Racing Coutts: 4, 3, 5, 1 - 31
3. Artemis Racing: 1, 4, 3, 7 - 29
4. Oracle Racing Spithill: DSQ, 1, 1, 3 - 28
5. China Team: 6, 6, 6, 4 - 22
6. Team Korea: 5, 7, 4, 6 - 22
7. Energy Team: 2, 8, 8, 5 - 21
8. Aleph: 7, 5, 9, 8 - 16
9. Green Comm Racing: 8, 9, 7, 9 - 13
AC 500 Speed Trials results at:
Cascais race program: http://tinyurl.com/2011-ACWS-Cascais
Fan features: http://tinyurl.com/ACWS-fan-features
CALENDAR: Following the inaugural America's Cup World Series event in
Cascais, the second stop on the circuit will be Plymouth, England on
September 10-18, followed by the final 2011 stop in San Diego, USA on
"We had a great day today, one of the most important days in the long
history of the America's Cup. The reaching start is extremely spectacular
and a great move to make racing - at least the first minutes which are so
essential - more understandable to the general public. I am a happy man
tonight." -- Bruno Trouble, spokesperson for Louis Vuitton. Trouble, skipper
of FRANCE 1 in 1977, holds the distinction of 34 years continuous
involvement with the America's Cup.
WILL THEY PREVAIL OFF THE RACECOURSE?
(August 7, 2011) - A statement from Emirates Team New Zealand on Sunday
August 7, advised that Emirates Team New Zealand's dispute with the
America's Cup over restrictions on the team's freedom to host its own
America's Cup web site goes to arbitration tomorrow.
The protocol for the 34th America's Cup mandates that teams' America's Cup
content should be consolidated on the AC web site. Emirates Team New
Zealand's position is that teams should be free to host their own sites,
effectively creating a mirrored site with the America's Cup site. Managing
director Grant Dalton says this freedom is essential for commercial teams
which must fund their campaigns through sponsorship.
"Sponsors are not interested in being on a site which features competitors.
We have a prime example of that - our sponsor Camper, a family owned
company, competes with the massive multi-national brand Puma which sponsors
not only Oracle Racing, but also the event.
"The restriction on independent sites hampers the ability of commercial
teams to raise funds. We know how difficult the market is right now. We are
relatively well off in comparison to some of the other teams, but we still
need to find more funding." -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/3o4p4k5
* Camper, the family-owned shoe company based in Mallorca, confirmed last
week that it will join Emirates Team New Zealand as a sponsor of their
America's Cup campaign. http://tinyurl.com/3noaldn
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LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC TEST EVENT
Weymouth/Portland, GBR (August 7, 2011) - The sixth day of the Weymouth and
Portland International Regatta saw blustery winds ranging from 19-24 knots
welcome the sailors racing at, the Olympic Test Event. It was the
Australians who excelled throughout the day as Tom Slingsby took the lead in
the Laser, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen went ahead in the 49er, and
Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page notched up double bullets.
Belcher and Page put their poor start to the regatta behind them as they won
both of their races to move up to second overall in the Men's 470 behind
leaders Pierre LeBoucher and Vincent Garas (FRA). Belcher said, "It was nice
to be racing inside the harbour and to have that experience again. It felt
more like our boat today. We settled down a little bit and we are getting
used to the Olympic course."
US sailors Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih won the second Star class race
of the day to stand 7th overall, while in the Finn, Zach Railey held onto a
top-10 spot despite today's 26th in race 3. He explained that the conditions
were so unpredictable and the wind so shifty that his tactics didn't pay off
quite the way he wanted to, and he wound up being one of many sailors to
capsize. -- Event report: http://www.sailing.org/london2012/news/36439.php
Canadian Sailing Team: http://tinyurl.com/CYA-080411
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics: http://tinyurl.com/USSTAG-073111
BACKGROUND: The 2011 Weymouth and Portland International Regatta is designed
to test the Olympic sailing venue and its operations in advance of the 2012
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.
RACE-ENDING CRASH ON DAY 2 EXTREME SAILING SERIES
Cowes, GBR (August 7, 2011) - In the fourth race on the second day of the
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 from Cowes, France's Groupe Edmond de
Rothschild ploughed into Sweden's Artemis Racing at the top mark resulting
in severe damage to both boats - bad enough to end their racing for the day.
A busy night in the pitlanes is expected to get them racing again tomorrow.
The breezy conditions on the second day of Act 5, with 20-25 knots steady
breeze with bigger gusts earlier in the day, the 12-boat fleet was split
into two groups of 6 and raced with reefed mainsails and no gennakers. The
first group raced three races and the action was pretty spectacular as the
Extreme 40 crews manhandled their boats around the tight stadium racecourse
off Egypt Point, Cowes. It was in the first race for the second group that
the collision happened between Artemis Racing and Groupe Edmond de
Artemis Racing, helmed by Santiago Lange, tacked in for the top mark on to
starboard in front of Groupe Edmond to Rothschild on port. Artemis Racing
went through the tack and Pierre Pennec attempted to bear away around her
stern, but the boats crashed - two of the French crew were thrown into the
water. As a matter of course, the jury will hold a hearing in the morning.
-- Full story and results: http://tinyurl.com/3svec4p
Overall standings after 10 races
1. Luna Rossa (ITA) - 60 pts
2. The Wave, Muscat (OMA) - 51 pts
3. Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA) - 43 pts
4. Alinghi (SUI) - 42 pts
5. Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT) - 42 pts
6. Team GAC Pindar (GBR) - 42 pts
7. Oman Air (OMA) - 33 pts
8. Artemis Racing (SWE) - 27 pts
9. Emirates Team NZ (NZL) - 26 pts
10. Niceforyou (ITA) - 24 pts
11. Aberdeen Asset Management (EUR) - 23 pts
12. Team Extreme (EUR) - 12 pts
* Check out the Artemis Racing and Groupe Edmond de Rothschild crash:
NUKIN' IN THE GORGE FOR 29ER & 49ER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Cascade Locks, OR (August 7, 2011) - "It has been blowing consistently over
20 knots for the past three days and it's amazing," said Jon Ladha of
Newfoundland, Canada, after the final race of this year's Zhik 29erXX and
49er US National Championship. "It's so awesome here that we've just decided
that we're staying another week," he continued. That sentiment pretty much
sums up what turned out to be a solid weekend of racing in the renowned
Columbia River Gorge.
In the end, Johnny Goldsberry and Charlie Smythe bested their Canadian
training partners, Ladha & Inkpen, by one point to take the overall and US
National title in the Olympic 49er class. Nevertheless, the two top boats
duked it out right through the last race which decided the title. Johnny and
Charlie will be happy with this finish as they battle to stay alive for
Olympic selection this December in Perth, Australia.
"We had a blast here in Cascade Locks," said Johnny. "Next year we should
have our Nationals here again and we should have 25 boats! This place is
incredible - the race committee got the races off quickly and sent us in
when it was above 30 knots - they really know their stuff. This was great
Meanwhile, in the inaugural 29erXX US National Championship, class president
Kristen Lane and Olympic medalist Charlie McKee walked away with the title,
besting the hot shot Kiwi team of Alex Maloney and Molly Meach. Lane & McKee
carried nine bullets over 11 races, clearly setting the gold standard for XX
sailing. -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/3mbk9mu
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TEAM SANYA ANNOUNCE VOLVO OCEAN RACE SAILING TEAM
Hamble, GBR (August 6, 2011) - Mike Sanderson, CEO and Skipper of TEAM
SANYA, the Chinese entry in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) announced
today nine of his eleven sailing team members for the forthcoming VOR and
unveiled the team's new look.
The Team Sanya crew: Mike Sanderson, Skipper, Cameron Dunn,Watch Leader,
Chris Main, Watch Leader, Aksel Magdahl, Navigator, Richard Mason,
Helm/Trimmer, David Swete, Helm/Trimmer, Andy Meiklejohn, Bow, Ryan Houston,
Bow, Frankie Leonard, Media crew member. Two further sailing team members
are still to be announced.
In an unprecedented short period of time of just one and a half months, this
new entry in the race has managed to recruit a world class team and put
their Volvo Open 70 race boat through a refit and re-brand to ensure it was
ready for sailing on Sunday 7th August 2011.
Mike Sanderson commented on the team he has recruited so far. "Despite
starting this campaign late in the day, I am really excited about the team
we have gathered together and that applies to both the sailing and shore
team. Without realising it, we have a really young and ambitious sailing
team - the average age is 33 and I am the oldest at 40! -- Story at:
SCUTTLEBUTT SAILING CALENDAR
Events listed at http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar
In Scuttlebutt 3399 it was incorrectly reported that Scott Ferguson took
second place in the St Francis Yacht Club's Heavy Weather Slalom event.
Ferguson took third while Ben Richardson took second place.
* The overall winner in the Melges 32 class of the 30th Copa del Rey Audi
Mapfre in Palma de Mallorca, Spain is the all-American crew of
owner/helmsman Jason Carroll aboard Argo. Carroll's team of talent included
tactician Cameron Appleton, Anthony Kotoun, Scott Norris, Charles Swanson,
Lindsay Bartel, Peter Crawford and Andrew Koch. Since the first day of the
championship, Carroll led series. The team of Carroll and Appleton defended
their leadership from the attacks of John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti, who won the
final race. -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/446dyfa
* The Laser Masters Worlds kicked off in San Francisco on Sunday, hosted by
the St. Francis Yacht Club. The Masters fleets, divided by age, are
comprised of seasoned Laser sailors from 35 to over 70 years old. This
particular event hosts 240 sailors from 25 countries in seven classes on two
side by side race courses. An elite line up of competitors includes Grand
Master John Andron (former America's Cup crew), Master Scott Ferguson (2009
and 2010 Masters champion and AC wing designer), and Olympic Medalist Russ
Silvestri. Racing continues through Saturday August 13th. -- Report at:
* GE Capital, Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) has issued its 2011
Mid-season Update for the marine industry. Bruce Van Wagoner, managing
director of the Marine division at CDF cites year-to-date results across the
nation despite challenging regional weather conditions and an overall
"mixed" macro-economic climate. Wholesale shipments in units are up 16%
through May, and retail registration data on a like data set through June is
indicating a slightly improved overall market performance compared to the
same time frame last year. -- Full story:
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*From John Sangmeister (re, Day 1 World Series, Cascais, Portugal):
Congratulations! Thought it was a great first day despite the challenges.
Clearly you still need windy venues for compelling television. Crowds would
The onboard live footage was much more interesting than the commentators or
Finally, the show could use some humor. Bob Roles is the clown of the TdF
and Jeremy Clarkson makes Top Gear. Some personality with a mild case of
tourrettes (like Blackaller RIP) would be a great addition.
* From Leland Smith (re, Scuttlebutt 3399):
Stadium sailing, Americas Cup viewing, formidable challenges, and some sound
out-of-the-box solutions; but something doesn't ring true. What's the end
game here? Providing a couch potato option? I'll take college football any
day I'm not sailing. Getting people into high speed catamarans? If that's
what we want, OK, but I'm guessing not many Butt readers have that in mind.
Getting people into racing? Probably, but not realistic, any more than the
Super Bowl gets people into amateur football leagues.
What seems realistic to me is the possibility of someone watching a sailboat
race, seeing a great Catalina commercial, buying a Catalina 27 (as an
example), and getting out on the water. A friend once observed that two
boats cruising in the same area in the same direction will soon be racing.
Promote sailing and let nature take its course. We all love to sail, don't
we? No solution here, I know, but let's rethink starting with a mission.
* From Charlie Leighton (re, Scuttlebutt 3399):
You gave the names of three of the US Sailing Board nominees but there is a
fourth Shannon Bush. From my former vantage point as a Executive Director,
like the others, is an outstanding nominee. A most competent and tireless
volunteer responsible for running many of our Junior Championships.
* From John Glynn:
I'd like to think that North Sound, Virgin Gorda, BVI (just off Bitter End
Yacht Club) is perhaps the best venue for stadium sailing. Consider this:
it's 3 miles long by 1.5 miles wide. It always blows "the long way." And it
pretty much always blows 13-19K (considerably more in the winter, a little
less in the summer). It's protected by reefs and small islands, yielding
flat water. Halfway down the Sound is a large beach with over 100 lounge
chairs, ideal for viewing the racing on the Sound. And that beach has a bar.
The water temperature is 80+, and the air temperature is 85+, so the racers
and spectators are both "photo friendly."
* From Gunther E. Hering, Hamburg, Germany
Sailing has always been a sport for participants, not spectators. We want to
sail and compete on open water, enjoy the breeze and the freedom of the sea.
If promoters want to turn sailing into a stadium sport in order to pay for
professional sailors, then send them to the Roman Coliseum and let them duke
it out up to last man standing. But please spare me the nonsense of having
to bow to greedy promoters and TV execs and their minions in my sport.
You know times are tough when Exxon-Mobil lays off 25 Congressmen.
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