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SCUTTLEBUTT 3403 - Thursday, August 11, 2011
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KIWIS TAKE FIRST MATCH RACE QUALIFIER
Cascais, Portugal (August 10, 2010) - Following a two-hour postponement due
to unusually light and fickle winds in Cascais at the America's Cup World
Series, today's three seeding fleet races were packed with thrills and
spills, the most dramatic of which was a start line collision between ORACLE
Racing Coutts and the Kiwis. The three seeding fleet races were no less
exciting than the final match. Team Korea continues to impress, finishing
the day ranked third, while France's Energy Team is fourth.
The day culminated with a one-on-one duel between Emirates Team New Zealand
and the American defender, ORACLE Racing Spithill - the first match race of
the America's Cup World Series. The race didn't disappoint with the lead
passing back and forth until late in the match.
Barker, the Kiwi skipper, stormed away off the starting line to lead at the
first mark, only to see the American team find a shift on the opposite side
of the race course. By the bottom gate, ETNZ was in the lead again. But
approaching the halfway point of the race, there was an important cross
between the two boats, which resulted in a classic match racing set piece,
giving the advantage back to Spithill.
The ping-pong battle continued on the second lap of the course until ETNZ
was able to hook into a favorable wind shift and finally shake the ORACLE
Racing boat for good. The Kiwis ended the afternoon with top points on the
day, with Spithill settling for second place.
"The guys on board are doing a fantastic job on crewing," Barker said. "Yes,
you make mistakes and it's frustrating that you make them. And not that you
are afraid, but these boats are very, very, hard on the crew. But there is
an improvement since Auckland, we are getting more comfortable in the
multihull environment." -- Read on:
Match Race Results
Emirates Team New Zealand beat ORACLE Racing Spithill: 1-0
Seeding Fleet Race Results - (place, points)
1. Emirates Team NZ: 2, 4, 1 - 26
2. Oracle Racing Spithill: 1, 2, 4 - 26
3. Team Korea: 6, 3, 2 - 22
4. Energy Team: 3, 5, 3 - 22
5. Artemis Racing: 7, 1, 6 - 19
6. Oracle Racing Coutts: 9, 7, 5 - 13
7. Aleph: 5, 9, 7 - 13
8. China Team: 4, 8, 8 - 13
9. Green Comm Racing: 8, 6, 9 - 11
* The Match Race Qualifier Championship Series continues through Thursday
and Friday. The Match Race Championship and Finals Series will be raced on
Saturday. The grand finale, the AC World Series Cascais Championship Fleet
Racing, is scheduled for Sunday.
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
LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC TEST EVENT
Weymouth/Portland, GBR (August 10, 2011) - Day 9 of the series saw the wind
howling and gusting up to 25 knots on Weymouth Bay. While Marit Bouwmeester
(NED) has sealed the gold medal in the Laser Radial with the Medal Race
still to go, Paige Railey (USA) is now hot on the heels of Evi Van Acker
after the Belgian went 8-6 on the fifth day of Laser Radial sailing. Van
Acker has 49 points and Railey is on 58 points ahead of the double points
Medal Race on Friday.
In the Laser, just two points separate Andrew Murdoch (NZL), Tom Slingsby
(AUS) and Rutger van Schaardenburg (NED) with only the Medal Race to go. Ben
Ainslie (GBR) extended his lead in the Finn after he recorded his third race
win after eight races. Ainslie won Race 7 by a comfortable 51 second margin
over Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO).
The US Team turned in impressive results including two wins in the Laser
Radial class by Railey. As the London 2012 Olympic Test Event reaches its
final stretch over the next three days, US athletes who have already
advanced to a medal race include Railey, plus Zach Railey (Finn), and Erin
Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar (Women's 470).
Racing in the Star class was abandoned today and Mark Mendelblatt and Brian
Fatih will resume their series on Thursday. 49er sailors Erik Storck and
Trevor Moore have withdrawn from racing due to an injury sustained by Storck
earlier in the week. US Laser sailor Brad Funk turned in a 12th and 20th to
end his Laser series in 14th overall. -- Full report:
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.
DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS YEAR'S VINEYARD RACE WEEKEND
Take part in the East Coast classic, presented by Thomson Reuters and hosted
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multihull division; race tracking and post-race trophy party. Join Tom
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STADIUM SAILING TRENDING
Chicago, IL (August 9, 2011) - Stadium sailing is coming to Chicago's Navy
Pier Aug 12-14 with the Chicago Match Race Center's Grade 2 Invitational.
CMRC's Grade 2 event has been upgraded considerably from last year as the
stage is set for teams to compete right in front of one of Chicago's largest
tourist attractions. CMRC is proud to also be partnering with Navy Pier's
Taste of Tall Ships Festival, which attracted more than 100,000 visitors
The event itself features 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe (USA),
World Match Race Tour Champion Bill Hardesty (USA) and Intercollegiate
Champion Taylor Canfield (ISV) amongst the field of 10 international teams.
This top-ranked talent will provide exciting match racing action for the
crowds at Navy Pier, something that last year's Chicago Match Cup winner
Mike Buckley (USA) appreciates in the new venue.
"Sailors spend so many hours racing around the ocean far from the public
eye. Stadium-style sailing finally allows the general public to relate to we
yacht racers do," explained Buckley.
Stadium sailing is at the forefront of bringing the sport to the general
public through high visibility racing. This style has been successfully
featured this year at the Oracle RC44 San Diego Cup and in Boston with the
Extreme Sailing Series, and will be brought to San Francisco in the 34th
America's Cup in 2013."
"CMRC really understands the growing changes in our sport and has worked
hard to create a venue that will help bring match racing to another level in
the US," Buckley continued. Sailing Director and competitor Taylor Canfield
and Program Director Tod Reynolds agree that CMRC is "moving ahead with the
trends." -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/3r3kvaf
SAN FRANCISCO HANDS ITS BEST TO LASER MASTERS WORLDS
San Francisco, CA (August 9, 2011) - Laser Masters from 27 countries trained
this year in the biggest wind they could find in preparation for the 2011
Laser Masters Worlds on San Francisco Bay, hosted by the St Francis Yacht
Club. On Tuesday, the third day of the event, the breeze did not disappoint.
After a postponement due to lack of wind, racing commenced at noon and the
shoot out began.
Peter Vessella (USA) racing in the Standard Grand Masters came ashore with
two bullets in his pocket and at top of the leader board. "The racing
started in the mid teens and in the second race was up to 20 knots,"
Vessella said. "We had giant waves downwind - at least six to eight feet -
it was incredible! Colin (Dibbs) caught a huge ferry boat wave and rode it
all the way to the leeward mark into first." Unfortunately Dibbs (AUS) was
OCS. In the second race with more wind, "we were hanging on for dear life
but it was fun," Vessella added. He nailed a photo finish with Mark
Bethwaite (AUS) winning by just a nose.
In the Standard Apprentice Laser Fleet, Ben Richardson from Glouster, MA has
a set of scores that most sailors would be envious of - five points after
six races, with his dropped race a second. Richardson took second overall
during the Heavy Weather Laser Slalom last week, besting Olympic Medalist
Al Clark (CAN) moved down to the Radial from the Standard rig once he
arrived in San Francisco. Why? "I go both ways," he said with a sideways
grin. When he saw the forecast and the depth of talent in the Standard
Master fleet, Clark, who had been here for the previous week coaching the
Canadian 4.7 Laser kids in the Laser Youth World Championship, thought the
better of it and put up his Radial rig. Now he's feeling that was a good
call, as he too was at the top of the front page yesterday with three points
after four races.
Competitors take a lay day on Wednesday before returning to battle in the
big breeze on Thursday for three more days of world-class Laser sailing. --
FASTNET FIRST TRIAL RUN FOR GROUPAMA 4
On August 10, Groupama 4, Franck Cammas and his men leave Lorient, France
bound for Cowes in the UK, where they'll take the start of the 44th edition
of the Rolex Fastnet Race, which is due to set off on Sunday, August 14. It
will be the first opportunity for the French team to do battle with two of
the six other Volvo Open 70 entries in the next edition of the Volvo Ocean
Among the numerous rules to which the Volvo Open 70s are subjected, there is
one which forbids carrying out speed trials with other boats. In this way,
for the past year and a half, Franck Cammas and his crew have had to make do
with racing against the clock. However, after 150 days of training, the time
for the first confrontation is upon them! On 14 August 2011, Groupama
sailing team will be in Cowes (Isle of Wight) on the start line for the
legendary Rolex Fastnet Race.
Groupama 4 will be among two other Volvo Open 70s: Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Team and Team Sanya registered to race. A total of 300 boats are expected to
participate in this year's Fastnet. The skipper of Groupama 4 is very
curious to see how the boat and her crew perform when racing.
"Our main aim is to do battle with the other two boats registered in the
Volvo Ocean Race," Cammas said. "The Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team project got
going late in the day but they have what it takes to succeed. The skipper,
Ian Walker, is very experienced and his crew comprises some real
professionals. Team Sanya only recently declared its entry but we'd best
keep an eye on them: the crew led by Mike Sanderson is one of the most
qualified. Their boat (the former Telefonica Blue) is renowned for being
very fast in light air." -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/4x587ot
NOT IN OUR BACK YARD
San Francisco, CA (August 10, 2011) - Environmental groups say they plan to
raise red flags about environmental impacts of the America's Cup sailing
event during a hearing Thursday at San Francisco City Hall. The San
Francisco Planning Commission will give the public an opportunity to comment
on a draft environmental impact report published by the city last month
regarding the regatta. Comments can also be submitted in writing.
"We were disappointed in the draft EIR," said Deb Self, executive director
of the nonprofit San Francisco Baykeeper, who is helping coordinate
environmental groups as they deal with the city regarding the regatta. "We
hear the city is committed to doing the right thing, but they have a long
way to go between now and when the final report comes out. They've got reams
of comments from us, and they just have to raise the bar."
In a press release, the 30 groups warned of water and air-quality impacts
and other side effects of an event that could draw hundreds of thousands of
people to area shorelines.
Ken Coren, vice president of the Dolphin Club, a swimming and boating
association located in Aquatic Park, raised concerns about the event's
impact on the thousands of swimmers and rowers who use the area regularly.
"It's just not appropriate use this historic maritime park for super yachts
and a floating video jumbotron," he said in the press release. -- Read on:
* The planning commission meeting begins at noon in Room 400 in San
Francisco's City Hall. The America's Cup item is expected to be heard around
1 p.m. but be warned, it could go for several hours. The draft EIR report
can be downloaded here: http://www.sfplanning.org/index.aspx?page=1828
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BIG WINS IN SANTA BARBARA-KING HARBOR RACE
In the 86-boat fleet of the Santa Barbara to King Harbor Race 2011, Ullman
Sails' customers sealed three class wins and multiple podium finishes!
Congratulations to Dave Baker's Schock 34PC "Lulu" who won PHRF Class C and
John Staff's Viper 830 "Plankton" who secured first overall in Sprit ULDB
both fully powered by Ullman Sails. In the J/105 class, John Noble's
"Escapade"* won the 81nm race by just seven minutes, followed by Thomas
Bollay's "Armida" in second and Chuck Spear's "Twelve Bar Blues" in third
place. Gary Winton on J/120 "Shenanigans" sealed 2nd overall in Sprit PHRF.
*Partial inventory. http://www.ullmansails.com
* Cowes, GBR (August 10, 2011) - Extreme', 'dangerous' and 'on the edge' -
these were the skipper's descriptions of the conditions that led to
cancelation of Day 5, Act 5 in Cowes for the first time in the circuit's
history. On the water the wind was blowing a steady 25-28 knots, combined
with a strong tide, and several boats competing in Aberdeen Asset Management
Cowes Week were to be seen in the distance limping back to port with broken
masts. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/4399dat
* La Salle, MI (August 10, 2011) - 3 races were sailed in 15-18 knots on day
4 of the 2011 Lightning North American Championships hosted by North Cape
Yacht Club. Ched Proctor, Jamie Ewing and Meredith Killion sailed
consistently with 4, 5, 3 finishes lead in the Championship Division with 13
total points. Defending Champions, David Starck sailing with his wife Jody
and Ian Jones recovered from a premature start in the second race of the day
and posted finishes of 3, 3, 5, sitting 5 points behind Team Proctor. Racing
continues Thursday. -- Full results: http://www.lightningclass.org
* US SAILING has released the Top Ten Women and Open Match sailors based on
the August 4, 2011 ISAF Ranking lists: Top Women - 1. Anna Tunnicliffe, 2.
Sally Barkow, 3. Genny Tulloch. Open Rankings - 1. Bill Hardesty, 2. Dave
Perry, 3. Donald Wilson.
Blog posts for Olympic Laser sailor Brad Funk can be found at
http://www.funksailing.com. An incorrect url was provided in Scuttlebutt
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* From Paul Henderson (re Scuttlebutt 3402):
The bible of Sailing when I was 10 yrs old now over 60 years ago was H.A.
Calahan's Learning to Sail. Chapter XXVII Rules of the The Road-Right of
"Here lies the body of Michael O'Day,
Who died maintaining the right-of-way;
He was right-dead-right as he sailed along
But he is just as dead as if he'd been wrong."
Does not matter whether the sailboat hits the supertanker or the supertanker
hits the sailboat, it is bad for the sailboat.
* From George Morris:
Ahhh the joys of retirement! Another three hours frittered away this
afternoon watching the superb coverage of the Cascais regatta. The
commentary, however, was unbelievably awful. I think most people lose the
will to live after about twenty minutes of an Australian (or New Zealand)
commentator but the nadir must have been 'Artemis is the goddess of hunting
Neither commentator seemed able to tell which boat was in front or why
during the match race. Geordie, the on the water commentator, did have a
good feel for things but we need a clear convention for what we mean by 'the
right' of the course. Is it looking upwind or down?
And the atmospheric shots of the beach where 'hundreds of people are
enjoying the view of the yachts'; it was quite apparent that the hundreds of
people on the beach were taking no notice of the yachts whatsoever. It is
going to be hard to bring match racing to the masses so in the meantime may
we assume that those watching do know what a tack and a gybe are and pitch
the commentary at an appropriate level?
* From Ken Katz:
Thanks to Scuttlebutt this morning I found the AC channel on You Tube as
George Morris indicated in his letter in Scuttlebutt 3402.
The more vital your research, the less people will understand it.
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