SCUTTLEBUTT 3402 - Wednesday, August 10, 2011
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US TAKES BRONZE AT LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC TEST EVENT
Weymouth/Portland, GBR (August 10, 2011) - Marit Bouwmeester (NED) opened up
a 24 point lead after eight races in the Laser Radial after yet another
fantastic day at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta. After two
big wind days the conditions were lighter and shiftier with winds ranging
from 9-12 knots.
The World #1 and ISAF Sailing World Cup Laser Radial title holder has been
the standout sailor in the Laser Radial and with seven top three finishes
out of eight races she goes into Races 9 and 10 with a strong lead. Evi van
Acker is second on 35 points. Paige Railey (USA) is in third place on 56
points following a sixth in Race 7 before discarding an OCS in Race 8.
Silja Lehtinen (FIN) advanced to the final of the Women's Match Racing as
she breezed past Sally Barkow (USA) 3-0 in the first semi final. But in the
second semi final Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) met Claire Leroy (FRA) and went
2-0 up against the World #1 French match racer.
In the petit final Leroy faced Sally Barkow (USA) to decide the bronze
medal. In the first two races penalties ultimately cost Leroy the race as
she went 2-0 down, the bronze going to Barkow as Leroy lost the third flight
The 49ers, Finns and Stars resume sailing on Wednesday after their reserve
day and the 470, Laser and Laser Radials continue. -- Full report and
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.
* US Laser sailor Brad Funk is sitting in 14 place tied overall after 8
races at the Olympic Test Event. In his blog posted today he reports on the
extremely frustrating conditions that the fleet's been up against, and his
chances of making it into the medal race. -- Read on:
THE WAVE, MUSCAT LEADS EXTREME 40 FLEET AT COWES
Cowes, GBR (August 9, 2011) - After the drama and action-packed first four
days of Act 5 from Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, the breezy
conditions that cart-wheeled the Extreme 40 Aberdeen Asset Management
yesterday, eased off today at the halfway stage of the UK round of the 2011
Extreme Sailing SeriesT.
The racing started with a round of one-on-one speed duels before the 11
teams lined up to race as one fleet for the first time since day 1. It was a
case of playing the shifts, finding the best patches of pressure out of the
6-8 knots of breeze, and keeping out of the adverse tide on the upwind legs,
tacking as close into shore as they dared.
For Sidney Gavignet's Oman Air, they dared too much and went aground in the
final race right in front of the Race Village. Crew man David (Freddie) Carr
leapt into the water to manhandle the Extreme 40 off the beach.
After the seven races today, including five full-fleet races, The Wave,
Muscat skippered by Leigh McMillan has taken over the lead at the top of the
overall leaderboard from Luna Rossa. -- Full story:
Overall standings after 23 races
1. The Wave, Muscat (OMA) - 118 pts
2. Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA) - 114.4 pts*
3. Luna Rossa (ITA) - 114 pts
4. Alinghi (SUI) - 99 pts
5. Team GAC Pindar (GBR) - 89 pts
6. Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT) - 86 pts
7. Oman Air (OMA) - 83 pts
8. Niceforyou (ITA) - 66 pts
9. Emirates Team NZ (NZL) - 58 pts
10. Aberdeen Asset Management (EUR) - 58 pts
11. Team Extreme (EUR) - 48 pts
12. Artemis Racing (SWE) - 21 pts
* Redress given
BACKGROUND: The Extreme Sailing Season is embarking on its fifth season,
with Cowes as the fifth stop for the nine event tour that will travel
through Asia, Europe, and North America this year. The platform used is the
one design Extreme 40 catamaran, with each five day event combining
'open-water' racing with 'stadium' short-course racing in front of the
public. The 2011 ESS has grown in part due to the multihull format planned
for the 34th America's Cup in 2013. -- http://www.extremesailingseries.com/
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EMIRATES TEAM NZ REQUEST CHALLENGERS 'HAVE THEIR SAY'
(August 8, 2011) - In a statement released today by Emirates Team New
Zealand, the Team announced that it wants all challengers for the 34th
America's Cup to be given a say on whether or not they should be allowed to
maintain their own internet sites containing America's Cup content mirrored
with the 34th America's Cup site.
The team has been in dispute with the America's Cup Event Authority about a
protocol clause that stipulates competitors' sole America's Cup internet
presence must be on micro-sites hosted on the America's Cup web site, except
for social media.
Following mediation today, Emirates Team New Zealand managing director Grant
Dalton said teams should be given the opportunity to vote on the issue. For
that to happen Oracle Racing as the defender and Artemis Racing as the
challenger of record must co-operate.
Dalton said commercial teams should be given the opportunity to preserve
their brands and build for the future. Emirates Team New Zealand, as a
commercial team competing in the Volvo Ocean Race, the Extreme Sailing
Series and the America's Cup, feels strongly that the protocol restriction
disadvantages its ability to operate in the commercial world.
"This is an opportunity for the privately funded defender and challenger of
record to do the right thing and allow a popular vote on this important
* After two lay days, the America's Cup World Series resumes in Cascais,
Portugal on Wednesday. -- Event website: http://www.americascup.com
SURVIVING WITHOUT PROS
By Christopher Howell
The term one-design usually conjures up visions of a pack of Lasers banging
it out in the harbor or a 130 J/22s converging on Annapolis for a World
Championship. Normally, these are small trailer-able boats driven by road
warriors who drag their rides from one end of the country to the other.
Unfortunately, those road warriors grow up and many times move on to more
stable platforms that suit their lifestyle. That usually means accepting the
dreaded handicap sailboat racing. But for those who refuse to spend their
time on the water with a stop watch and a calculator, there are still a few
This year, in the height of a sputtering economic recovery, the J/105 will
have 41 boats on the line for their North American Championship in
Marblehead, MA. This 35-foot racer cruiser is made for those who will not
give up the intensity of one-design racing, with solid one-design rules
providing the foundation for growth.
Unlike the very few other one-design classes over 30-feet, there are no pro
sailors allowed in Class events. Imagine, over 5 million dollars of
fiberglass and sails on the race course at the North American Championship
and not a sailmaker in sight. What - you say - no pro to tune my boat? No
sailmaker on my ride to guide me around the course, to prove their sails are
Some say this "no pro" rule is short-sighted but frankly the owners love it.
Let's face it, this is still recreation! What is more frustrating than
investing your time and money into your race program and then getting your
ass kicked by an all-pro boat! While the ability of competitors will always
vary, and some teams will always invest more in their preparation, the "no
pro" rule manages the expense of providing an honest test for the whole
I admit I was skeptical about this "no pro" thing when I took over the Class
admin duties three years ago. But I'll be dammed if it doesn't work! The
Class Rules and bylaws are well written, and the Class never stops tweaking
and improving what they are doing. The Class Officers are extremely
dedicated, and they don't mess around when it comes to the rules. The term
one-design defines this Class, and the over 350 active racers in the US
would have it no other way.
The J/105 North American Championship is August 11-14. You may not always
recognize the names on the leader board, and that is just the way they like
it! Event website: http://tinyurl.com/J105-NA-2011
SAILING SUCCESS ALL ABOUT HARD WORK
By Justin Magill
Mahtomedi, IA (August 9, 2011) - Time, dedication and support is what it
take to be competitive in sailing. Mahtomedi High School student Willy Crary
has all of those, and he has been making the most of it this summer.
At the National X Scow Sailing Championships in Clear Lake, Iowa, he was
able to beat out more than 100 boats and win the senior division. Of the six
races he and Susie Voltz won three and finished in the top 10 in the rest,
including a second-place finish in one of them. Known as the main focal
point to the success of the races, he is quick to give credit to those who
help him, those who support him.
"Many factors contribute to my success at the Inland Championships," he
said. "One of the major factors is that I have had great coaches including
Gordy Bowers who was the head coach of the US Olympic sailing team.
"While my job on the boat is important, without a great crew I could not be
so successful. Susie Voltz has been crewing with me for five years."
Success so far has not stopped Crary and his crew. They are constantly
trying to get better and in order to test themselves, the competition must
Instead of staying put with their own age group, he insists on sailing in
the older divisions, to keep excelling and to never settle for what they
have earned so far. "Sailing against older people pushes me beyond the level
of the people my own age," he said. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/3v73xcl
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* The East Coast classic Chester Race Week, Canada's largest keel boat
regatta, starts on Wednesday, hosted by the Chester Yacht Club on the
beautiful waters of Mahone Bay, near Halifax, Canada. A fleet of over 132
yachts are pre-registered, ranging from smaller day sailors to multi-million
ocean yachts, all which will compete on three separate courses. Competition
runs from Wednesday to Saturday. -- Event website:
* The Snipe Worlds begin on Wednesday in Rungsted, Denmark, with three races
on the schedule. A practice race was held Tuesday with most of the 60 boat
fleet, representing 18 nations, out in 5-12 knots from the west northwest,
very shifty off the land, which competitors expect to see again later in the
week. Top competitors on the line tomorrow include reigning World champions
Bruno Bethlem and Dante Bianchi (BRA) and multi-world Champion Augie Diaz
(USA). -- Event website: http://snipeworlds.kdy.dk/index.php4/con32.php4
* Spartan, a 72' New York 50 Class sloop designed by the famed Nathanael G.
Herreshoff in 1912, led the Herreshoff Class fleet in the recent twelfth
annual Castine Classic Yacht Race to Camden. Spartan, skippered by Charles
Ryan, bested the 58' P Class Joyant, also built in the same year by
Herreshoff and sailed by Bob McNeil. Alera, the first 43.5' New York 30
Class sloop built in 1904, took third place, skippered by Claas van der
Linde. This year's Castine Classic drew a record fleet of 42 boats during
three days of classic boat racing. Spartan took honors in all three of these
races. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/43s99pv
* (August 9, 2011) - Gold Coast Australia, one of two Australian teams
competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race, has secured
victory in the first race from Southampton to Madeira, crossing the finish
line at 1237 local time (1137GMT). For the final part of the 1,340-mile leg
it has been a two-way battle for supremacy between the Gold Coast entry and
Visit Finland. The Finnish team is expected to cross the finish line later
this evening in second place. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/3txaocv
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There was a mistake in Sunday's edition regarding US Sailing's Board of
Director Nominees. Shannon Bush is no longer running for the Board. Shannon
is in her final year (4th year) as the Committee Chair for US SAILING's
Youth Sailing Championships, and according to US Sailing, is instead looking
ahead to an expanded role with the Championships Committee.
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* Bill Canfield, St. Thomas Yacht Club:
Where is the sport of sailing that I once loved, headed? After two hours
surfing the web I'm not sure if it's not straight to hell! Coverage of the
Americas Cup no longer reports who won but rather "how many crew remained on
the boat at the finish" or how many cartwheels were performed while sailing
on a mystery course.
Supposedly rules exist but they really don't have much to do with the RRS
and they can change event to event. No one, even the sailors seem to
understand the courses and pre starts. I'm sorry but none of this stokes my
interest. My once love and fascination with the AC is already gone.
Trying to keep up with Olympic classes is worse I checked out the 49er and
29er NA website and found that at our US National's and North American's
they expect only about 6-8 boats in each class and the dates of events can
change after they are set or be listed as "to be sailed in early September
more info to follow" Are these the sailing classes that Olympics sailing
rests it future on? Worse yet it may be the nonexistent coed Catamaran class
that really doesn't exist at this point in time or kite boards which have
more in common with flying than sailing. -- Read on at Scuttlebutt Forum:
* From George Morris (re Scuttlebutt 3401):
Thanks for posting my moan about the Cascais video coverage. I eventually
found the replay I was looking for on the AmericasCup YouTube channel
http://www.YouTube.com/user/AmericasCup. This is not the same as
AmericasCup.com. There are also two on-board feeds which are fantastic.
I downloaded all of them to RealPlayer so as to play them without streaming
problems. Sailing is indeed about participation and not about spectators but
I was so stimulated by the coverage that I went out into the wind and the
rain and the cold to sail my Weta trimaran for an hour and a half!
* From Annie Gardiner (re Scuttlebutt 3401):
Loved the article about women on the water! However, it said: "But women's
sailing seemed to go dormant in the 1990s. In fact, there was no racing for
the Queen's Cup in 1992 and 1995."
The nineties were HUGE! What about the All Women's Team of America3? Olympic
sailing for women was growing as well as lots of other one design classes.
Women's sailing organizations were forming as early as the late 70's in
Miami, early 80's in San Diego, and in a bunch of places that have water
including Europe and down under.
Cheers to the men who support women sailing (we love having men around) and
cheers to the women who get out of their comfort zone and go for it! And as
for the sweaty yellers, you guys can stick together, and cheers to the men
and women who treat each other with respect both on and off the water. The
Jekyll and Hyde, Captain Bligh syndrome is not a pleasant experience for
anyone, male or female.
* From Richard Barker (re Scuttlebutt 3401):
As the tanker is the right of way boat and is severely restricted in its
ability to maneuver and the sailboat is the give way boat the sentence in
the story about the collision in Cowes should read "sailboat hits
supertanker" not "supertanker hits sailboat". The story gives the impression
that the sailboat had the right of way when it clearly did not.
The farther away the future is, the better it looks.
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