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SCUTTLEBUTT 3404 - Friday, August 12, 2011
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KIWIS ROLLING OVER THE COMPETITION IN CASCAIS
Cascais, Portugal (August 11, 2010) -- Emirates Team New Zealand is quickly
becoming the star of the show at the America's Cup World Series, Cascais.
For the second consecutive day, the Kiwis earned maximum points, after
beating Artemis Racing in a match racing duel for first place to conclude a
full day of racing.
The Emirates team picked up where they left off yesterday, winning two of
the three fleet races to qualify at the top of the pile for the match racing
final. Then, they beat the Artemis Racing crew handily, when the Swedish
team accumulated a series of penalties around the race course.
"It's very satisfying for us to feel like we are really improving and
starting to get more and more to grips with the multihulls," said a very
understated Dean Barker, the New Zealand skipper, when he returned to the
The battle for third and fourth on the day was between ORACLE Racing stable
mates Russell Coutts and James Spithill. But the highly anticipated match
was nearly over before it began, as Coutts was forced to restart after he
jumped the line ahead of the starting gun, handing an insurmountable lead to
Team Korea, Energy Team and China Team all performed well at various times
during the day. The Koreans beat Energy Team for fifth place, while China
Team led for much of the third fleet race before it all unraveled during the
second lap of the course.
"It's been a difficult day," admitted China Team skipper Mitch Booth. "We
sort of saw glory and ran the other way. In the last race we were leading
for the first lap but then we had a crew handling error and that cost us
from qualifying for the match racing. But we are happy with the team's
performance and the improvement."
Among the guest racers on Thursday was America's Cup legend John Bertrand,
the skipper of Australia II, the first challenger to win the Cup in 1983.
"This was my first race on an AC45," he said. "The boats are extremely
physical and the racing puts the crews under tremendous pressure to make the
right decision at the right time. There is no margin for error. We haven't
seen anything yet!"
The daily seeding points from yesterday and today's races will be added to
points earned on Friday to determine Saturday's finalists for the AC Match
Race Championship. Only the top six teams will advance to race on Saturday.
The event concludes on Sunday with the AC World Series - Cascais
Championship, a 'winner takes all' fleet race that will determine the winner
of the first stage on this new global professional circuit. -- Full story:
Match Race Championship - Seeding points after Thursday's races
1. Emirates Team NZ: 10, 10 - 20
2. Oracle Racing Spithill: 9, 8 - 17
3. Artemis Racing: 6, 9 - 15
4. Team Korea: 8, 6 - 14
5. Oracle Racing Coutts: 5, 7 - 12
6. Energy Team: 7, 5 - 12
7. China Team: 3, 4 - 7
8. Aleph: 4, 3 - 7
9. Green Comm Racing: 3, 3 - 6
Match Race Results
Match 1/2 - Emirates Team New Zealand beat Artemis Racing: 1-0
Match 3/4 - Oracle Racing Spithill beat Oracle Racing Coutts: 1-0
Match 4/5 - Team Korea beat Energy Team: 1-0
Seeding Fleet Race Results - Thursday August 11 (place, points)
1. Emirates Team NZ: 5, 1, 1 - 26
2. Artemis Racing: 1, 5, 2 - 25
3. Oracle Racing Spithill: 3, 2, 3 - 25
4. Oracle Racing Coutts: 2, 3, 7 - 21
5. Team Korea: 4, 6, 5 - 18
6. Energy Team: 6, 8, 4 - 15
7. China Team: 8, 4, 6 - 15
9. Green Comm Racing: 9, 7, 8 - 10
7. Aleph: 7, 9, 9 - 10
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
UPDATE FROM CASCAIS: AMERICA'S CUP PRO JOHN CRAIG
SailBlast chatted today with America's Cup PRO John Craig just after he'd
come in off the water after Day 4 in Cascais. Unusually light conditions
have been a bit of a surprise for all involved but Craig and his team are
doing their best to keep the racing interesting. "We're learning more as we
keep going along but all in all the racing's proved to be pretty exciting
with the nine boats and short racing, little reaches."
SB: How are the bottom tiered teams faring against the better teams?
Craig: They're actually doing really well. They're probably not as
consistent yet but they're all having flashes of brilliance and in all
honesty, at any given race, somebody could take it on and I've been
impressed. I figured some of them would be a lot further behind and they're
speed in catching up has been really good. Both Team Korea and China have
had some good races. Team NZ and Oracle and Artemis definitely have more
players on the ground here and are more advanced but I think the speed with
which these other teams will come up is probably a lot better than I thought
it would be.
SB: How are the starts working out?
Craig: It's good - we originally figured that they would approach the line
all at speed and it appears now that they're fighting a little bit more for
position and then they turn the speed on but we actually had to increase the
side of the virtual boundary below the starting line because they all gone
into there and go into point mode up towards the pin and the committee boat
then when they get on the line they turn and let it rip. That's been a
little different to work out. But it's so critical to what end you pick with
respect to how windy you think it's going to be and what your apparent wind
is going to do because sometimes guys start at the leeward end and think,
'ok, I can kind of live here and beat' and there's other times if you're up
in the top end you can get over and get a little bit of speed and bear off.
So there's definite tactics and people are picking ends. It's not a line up
and go, so that's good.
SB: Wind conditions seem unusually light?
Craig: It was light today and we had to go outside and find some breeze. We
weren't able to tuck into the bay for a while. Historically they'll tell you
that it's never like this but.this morning we started a race at 2pm and had
huge wind shifts, couldn't get them around the track properly so we had to
abandon that race which was fine. Outside was better breeze so we went out
there which was great - got some good racing in there. It wasn't inside like
sometimes you wish it would be so sometimes it's just a balance and ensuring
everyone's fully engaged and also that you've got quality racing going on.
-- Full interview: http://tinyurl.com/3t4cad6
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HIGH WINDS PLAGUE OLYMPIC TEST EVENT
Weymouth - Portland, GBR (August 11, 2011) - Sailors had another day of
blasting wind on Day 10 at the London 2012 Olympic Test Event. One of the
few classes to make it off the docks was the Star class, which completed
Race 7 and 8. Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (BRA) continue to lead on 12
points. The day's race wins went to Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson in Race 7
and Flavio Marazzi and Enrico de Maria in Race 8. USA's Mark Mendelblatt and
Brian Fatih scored a 10th and 5th to hold the overall 8th position.
Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED), Zofia Klepacka (POL) and Silja Lehtinen (FIN)
picked up the first gold medals. Van Rijsselberge had been tussling with
Great Britain's Nick Dempsey throughout the week in the Men's RS:X with the
pair locked on equal points after eight races. But the deadlock was broken
ahead of the Medal Race after Van Rijsselberge had a better fifth day of
sailing than Dempsey to enter the Medal Race with a seven point lead.
No racing was possible in the Finn class and they will race Friday as will
the 49er, Star fleets, the Laser, Laser Radial and Men's and Women's 470.
American Women's 470 duo Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar along
with Laser Radial sailor Paige Railey will race their medal races on Friday.
At the event's first prize-giving on Thursday night, Sally Barkow, Alana
O'Reilly and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham received a bronze medal in Women's
Match Racing. Saturday is the concluding day of the 2011 Weymouth and
Portland International Regatta. -- Full report at:
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.
THE WAVE, MUSCAT LEADS X-40s INTO FINAL DAY
Cowes, GBR (August 11, 2011) - After winds gusting into the 30s for most of
the day, by late afternoon the wind dropped below 20 knots and the turning
tide flattened out the sea to allow racing to begin on the penultimate day
of the Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.
Nonetheless, a huge turn-out of spectators crowding to Egypt Point, and the
beach surrounding the Extreme Sailing Series Race Village.
The 11 Extreme 40s were divided into groups as conditions were still on the
limit to race the fleet in one group with reefed mainsails but gennakers
permitted after the first two races much to the public's delight. With half
of the fleet racing at a time, the tactical objective for the crews was to
get as far into the shore as possible on the beat to make the best of the
favourable eddy off Eygpt Point and definitely out of the 2.5 knot counter
At the close of play The Wave, Muscat continues to lead with a margin of 10
points on Luna Rossa, Alinghi third with Groupe Edmond de Rothschild fourth,
now just six points shy of the podium. Friday is the final day of racing for
Act 5. -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/3ckze82
Overall standings - day 6
1. The Wave, Muscat (OMA) - 138 pts
2. Luna Rossa (ITA) - 128 pts
3. Alinghi (SUI) - 117 pts
4. Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (FRA) - 111 pts*
5. Red Bull Extreme Sailing (AUT) - 104 pts
6. Oman Air (OMA) - 101 pts
7. Team GAC Pindar (GBR) - 93 pts*
8. Niceforyou (ITA) - 81 pts
9. Emirates Team NZ (NZL) - 73 pts
10. Aberdeen Asset Management (EUR) - 69 pts
11. Team Extreme (EUR) -51 pts
12. Artemis Racing (SWE) - 23 pts*
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/
SURFING OR SAILING?
San Francisco, CA (August 11, 2011) - Racing resumed today in the Laser
Masters Worlds under mostly cloudy skies and 10 to 15 knots of wind that
later piped up to 20. With the ebb tide going against the westerly wind,
waves were up making for great downwind surfing. The 30 sailors in the Great
Grand Masters fleet, who must be at least 65 on the first day of racing,
started racing later today, in hopes of bigger breezes, which they certainly
Keith Wilkins (GBR) sailing in this fleet, in eight races has taken six
firsts, a tenth (his dropped race) and a fifth in his last race today. He's
21 points ahead of James Quinn (NZL) in second place. Wilkins has been in
the Laser since he was 29 and has won the Masters Worlds 11 times.
In the Grand Master fleet, racing started close with Americans Bill Symes
and Bruce Martinson just 1 point apart. After the first race, they were tied
and by the second race Symes edged out over Martinson. "Bill is just truly
fast upwind," Martinson said, "and just extended on the downwind, which is
exactly what he's supposed to do." Symes, who's leading the fleet said,
"It's nice," he said, to have a day where everything just goes your way."
Racing continues through Saturday. -- Full report and results at:
* Marblehead, MA - Henry Brauer and Stewart Neff on Scimitar hold a narrow
lead over Brian Keane on Savasana after today, the first day of racing at
the J/105 North American Championship where a fleet of 42 teams are
competing. Scimitar started the event brilliantly with a 2, 1, 4, followed
by a 10 in the day's last race for a total of 17 points. Savasana's second
in that last race brought them to 18 points after previous scores of 4, 9
and 3. Bill Lakenmacher on Radiance rounds out the top three with 31 points.
Racing continues through Sunday. -- Full results:
* (August 10, 2011) - At the Nespresso Cup in Portofino, sailing legends
discussed the challenges facing the sport of sailing including Loick Peyron,
Jochen Schuman, Francesco de Angelis, Samantha Davies and Emirates Team New
Zealand boss, Grant Dalton, who recently announced the support of Nespresso
in their mission to win back the Cup. The Olympics, the Volvo Ocean Race,
the America's Cup were some of the topics taken to task as these five
sailors gave an insight into their own personal views on the sport today. --
To watch (full version duration 22 mins):
* Maine Built Boats will hold its second annual "Open Boatyard Days" on
August 15-16. During this two-day event, participating boatbuilders,
boatyards, and marine-related businesses from Kittery to Eastport will open
their doors to the public and even offer guided tours (on the hour, between
10 a.m. and 3 p.m.). From refits of existing yachts to new builds of both
power and sail boats, participants will enjoy a rare opportunity to witness
firsthand one of Maine's signature industries. -- Read on:
QUANTUM SAILS WIN 7 OUT OF 8 RACES AT M32 NORTH AMERICANS
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* From Cameron McIntyre (re Scuttlebutt 3403):
The [AC World Series] commentators are horrible. Why is there an assumption
that everyone watching knows absolutely nothing about sailing?
* From Craig Rowell, Santa Cruz, CA (re Scuttlebutt 3403):
Woa....Things are really getting going in San Francisco...Debra Self, what
an appropriate name, is heading up a group and they are lined up behind her
to put the kebash on the San Francisco Americas Cup. This was so
predictable. It is just unbelievable how S.F. the State of California and
the rest of the empowered folks with not much better to do will line up to
kill a fantastic opportunity for San Francisco and the rest of the US to put
on a world class event.
Rather than focusing on coordinating their concerns in a constructive manner
it is going to be about finding anything that folks can hang their hats on
including seaweed to stop this event.
Predictable but sad.
* From Rich Hayes (re Scuttlebutt 3403):
I'm not sure I understand the point that Paul is making by quoting that well
known ditty! Apart from the fact that the yacht is the give-way vessel and
not the stand-on vessel, he may not be aware of the local regulations which
state: "Vessels over 150 metres have a 'Moving Prohibited Zone' 1000 metres
long x 200 metres wide ahead of them. Vessels under 20 metres long are
prohibited from entering this zone".
And if that isn't clear enough, the UK sailing bible (Reed's Almanac) goes
to great length to explain exactly what that means to the small vessel, and
what she should do about it.
Reviewing the video, the yacht was lucky only to lose her rig and a couple
of sails; a few feet difference and she would have been hit. It doesn't bare
thinking about. It is likely that the skipper will be prosecuted.
You know times are tough when CEO's are now playing miniature golf.
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