SCUTTLEBUTT 3407 - Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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SURVIVING TO TELL THE STORY OF RAMBLER 100
It was Monday (Aug. 15), and the Juan K designed Rambler 100 had but 265
miles remaining in the 608 mile Fastnet Race. They had just rounded the
infamous Fastnet Rock, and needed to complete a short 7 mile beat before
they could turn left and enjoy the hayride home. But then, at 5:45pm UK
time, the unthinkable happened: the keel bulb broke off.
Here Rambler 100 navigator Peter Isler shares his story from onboard:
In 23 knots of wind, we were headed upwind after rounding Fastnet, and
heard the big bang. The boat immediately flipped to 90 degrees, and within
30 seconds it turned turtle. Five people got separated from the boat. They
luckily all had life jackets and were able to stay together. The remaining
16 crew were able to stay with the boat, three of which did the dry walk
onto the overturned hull. Everyone had their own harrowing story to get up
on the hull.
We then waited almost three hours, during which time we saw the Farr 100
Leopard go by maddeningly close and the Volvo 70s pass by at a little
greater distance. Then a lifeboat came out, which was responding to one of
the two personal EPIRBs that Mick Harvey and I had carried in our pockets.
But they came maddeningly close but did not see us. After they did a search
pattern for about 45 minutes they found us.
We then notified the rescue team of the five crew that were separated from
the boat, which a second rescue boat then located. Everyone was extremely
cold, which included owner George David and his partner Wendy Touton, who
was hypothermic and was airlifted for treatment.
The remaining twenty of us were then taken to the incredible Baltimore
Sailing Club where in very short order the club members had put together a
dinner, a stack of dry clothes, and two nice big houses to accommodate us,
and the most incredible small town welcome you could ever hope to get.
On determining the problem...
It was immediately apparent what happened. Despite being in the nav
station, I could easily tell that the boat was on its side. It couldn't be
anything else but a keel issue. Luckily I had all my gear on, including my
lifejacket. I immediately called mayday on the main ship's radio, but I
didn't get a response, so I picked up the handheld and started calling. The
sails and rig had helped to keep the hull on its side, but during this
second call the boat turtled.
I am still in the nav station, with a big jump and a swim to go. Luckily,
there was an air bubble in the cockpit, so when I exited the hatch I was
able to get a final breath before my big swim out from under the boat. I
knew I had to get really deep because the boat was going up and down in the
waves, and I had to clear the lifelines. I swam for all I was worth, but
once I was clear of the lifelines I had ran out of air.
All I had to do now was surface, but I was so weighted down with my gear
that the life jacket was not pulling me up too fast. I finally saw two dark
shapes, and reached for what turned out to be boots. As I did, a hand
reached out and Andrew Taylor pulled me up and I grabbed one of the nicest
breaths of air I have ever had.
Read on: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/11/0816/
Video with skipper Erle Williams: http://tinyurl.com/Fastnet-081611
* (August 16, 2011) - While the multihull record fell last night to Maxi
Banque Populaire (FRA), so earlier this morning the monohull record for the
Rolex Fastnet Race was also demolished. Surprisingly the new record went
not to Mike Slade's 100 foot supermaxi ICAP Leopard (GBR), which had
established the record of 1 day, 20 hours, and 18 minutes in 2007, but the
smaller Volvo Open 70 Abu Dhabi (UAE), skippered by double Olympic silver
medallist, Ian Walker. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/Fastnet-081611a
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HOPING THERE'S A WETASS GENE
By Tim Zimmermann, Sailing World
"Hey, Dad, are we winning?" my 6-year-old son, Jamie, asked me quietly, his
face conspiratorial and hopeful in equal measure. We were sailing a small
dinghy called a Topaz in the beautiful harbor of a small fishing village in
Ireland called Glandore. I looked around. We were inside boat in a leading
group of three headed toward the leeward mark, so it looked pretty good.
"We might be," I answered. "But you never know what might happen in a
sailboat race." As it turned out, we managed to hang on and crossed the
line first. It was his first victory, and also his first race. He was
thrilled - in part because I'd told him we could capsize the boat on the
way into the harbor if we won a race. I was happy, too. I want him to love
sailing, and figure it can't hurt to experience the suspense and excitement
of doing well in a sailboat race.
Of course, it's not always possible to do well. Or sail in fair winds, or
in the sun. So as much as we may try to instill a love of the water in our
kids through good times on the water, you also have to hope that they
simply have a Wetass gene - that no matter how wet and cold they get, or
what sort of bad luck the gods of sailboat racing might try to inflict on
them, something inside them makes them want to get out there for more.
Parents who sail put a lot of pressure on themselves to introduce their
kids to boating, trying to make each experience on the water a perfect
combination of fun and excitement. But being on the water is partly about
weathering the hard times and figuring stuff out for yourself, and maybe
parents should simply stop worrying so much, chuck their kids in a boat
whenever they can, and walk away. If there's a Wetass gene, that's the way
to cultivate it.-- Read on:
VERSUS IS BAAACK
Following the very first America's Cup World Series event last week in
Cascais, Portugal, race fans in the United States will now be able to view
an America's Cup World Series highlight program for each of the 2011 AC
World Series events, beginning August 16, 2011 at 11 p.m. ET on VERSUS.
The 50-minute highlight program will feature highlights from each AC World
Series event, including the tight action of the AC Match Race Championship,
the high-octane AC500 Speed Trial and the winner-takes-all race on the
final Sunday that crowns the overall event champion.
TV schedule on Versus:
ACWS Cascais, August 16 at 11:00 P.M. ET
ACWS Plymouth, September 18 at 7:00 P.M. ET
ACWS San Diego, November 22 at 5:00 P.M. ET
Full report: http://media.americascup.com/pressreleases/?id=235
All sports are rooted in history. While the sport of sailing has evolved
far more than field-type sports, it still remains deeply connected to the
people who helped shape it. One of those people is Juliette Clagett
McLennan, creator of the Clagett Regatta and a true visionary on the
Newport sailing scene.
How did the Clagett Regatta come about?
The Clagett was started in 2003 at the suggestion of Newport resident Robie
Pierce, who suggested that my daughter, Stephanie, and I start a living
memorial for my late father in the form of a Sailing Clinic and Regatta to
assist sailors with disabilities. In his late teenage years my dad had
viral meningitis which left him temporarily paralyzed. When he recovered he
was left with an appreciation of the challenges that folks with
disabilities face on a daily basis. This clinic and regatta represents the
combination of his love of sailing, and his commitment to help others have
the opportunity to "Reach for Success."
He lived those 3 words and encouraged others to do the same. Thus the
Clagett came about to help those who hope to represent the U.S.A. at the
international level of sailing including the Paralympics. The dates of this
year's Clinic and Regatta are August 20 - 23rd. It will be sailed out of
Sail Newport, Rhode Island's public sailing center. I encourage everyone to
look at the Clagett Web site and in particular watch the 2 videos. The
videos will give you a strong understanding of what this regatta does and
what it means to people.
Newport is the Capital of Sailing! This is where my late mother, a
world-class sailor in her own right, helped to start a junior sailing
program at the Ida Lewis Yacht Club in the 1950s. This is where my father
started a living memorial for my mother in the form of a clinic and regatta
sailed for The Leiter Trophy that subsequently became U.S Sailing's Jr.
Women's National Singlehanded Championship. Newport is my family's sailing
Read on at GoLocalProv:
DISCOVER: GREAT GEAR FOR A GREAT REGATTA
Regattas are where the magic happens. Where you run into people you haven't
seen since college, but your friendship picks up right where you left off
years ago. Where people who are incredibly passionate about our sport spend
all day trying to kick the crap out of each other, and then hang out
together in the bar making strange hand gestures. Where the meaning of
sportsmanship is brought to life by competitors who play the game right.
This is what the NYYC Invitational Cup is all about, and Atlantis is proud
to be a sponsor of this September's event in Newport. Check out the gear at
Discover Your Atlantis
GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS ABOUT PICKUP TRUCKS
By Norman Schultz, Trade Only Today
A standardized way of determining towing capacity as well as higher mileage
demands all seemed to descend on pickup trucks last week, leading us to
speculate on the future impact to our boating businesses.
First, the apparent good news - The Detroit Free Press reported the Society
of Automotive Engineers successfully convinced the major vehicle makers to
use a single standard test to determine the towing capacity of its
full-size pickup trucks. The standard is expected to be fully adopted by
the end of 2013, with some makers likely to apply it sooner. Toyota, for
example, says it is already using the new standard for its Tundra.
Currently, absent an industry standard, each manufacturer uses whatever
criteria they want, often embellishing the maximum towing capacity of their
pickups (go figure!) For example, one maker might assume only a 150-pound
driver is in the truck. But, realistically, the driver is likely heavier
and other passengers are probably in the cab, too. Add to that some extra
cargo that could be in the bed and it all means the truck's actual towing
capacity is lower. This makes it just about impossible for consumers to
compare truck towing performances.
While other performance criteria, like engine horsepower, are standard
across the auto industry, the fact that towing capacity has never been
comparable has put our boat sales teams in awkward positions particularly
when asked by a prospect about suitable tow vehicles or whether their
current vehicle could tow the boat they might buy. But soon, for the first
time, our sales teams will be able to offer customers comparable answers.
Now the bad news... read on:
* A mostly Canadian fleet of 55 teams competed at the 2011 IRC North
American Championship, held in Toronto, Canada on August 11-14, 2011. David
Ogden and his crew on the J/35 Buckaroo Banzai pulled off a decisive
victory in the IRC 2 fleet as well as the overall title. -- Event website:
* Eight races in the Techno Class and nine in RS:X were completed in medium
to light conditions to determine the U.S. Champion in Techno 293 and the
East Coast Champion in the RS:X Olympic Class. Held in North Chatham, MA on
August 9-11, the Canadians proved particularly quick in these conditions.
-- Full report:
* Michael Coxon, an Australian, has a bit of advice for the world-class
sailors who will soon be testing the waters of San Francisco Bay in the
buildup to the 34th America's Cup in 2013: respect. That's respect not only
for one another but even more for the beastly weather conditions that Coxon
overcame in his introduction to the lively venue with crew Trent Barnabas
and Aaron Links last year. They return to stand as the defending champions
in the 10th 18ft Skiff International Regatta next Sunday through Saturday,
Aug. 21-26, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. -- Read on:
* EUROSAF has launched a brand new website as the base for future improved
communications and upon which their development of social media and
internet communications will be based. It will also incorporate a gateway
to the EUROSAF Race Officials' Academy to be launched later in the year, as
well as providing services for EUROSAF events in the future. -- Read on:
* (August 16, 2011) - To reflect the advancement of Olympic class sailing
in the U.S. and to meet the increased demand from talented sailors to join
the US Sailing Development Team (USSDT), US SAILING's Olympic Sailing
Committee (OSC) announced a new structure for the 2012 USSDT. The team will
have two groups: the Olympic Development Team (ODT), focused on performance
in Olympic Class equipment; and the Youth Development Team (YDT), focused
on performance in the equipment used in the ISAF Youth World Championship.
-- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/USSTAG-081611
* After much deliberation, Senator Kehoe has decided to hold SB 623 -
Copper based Anti Fouling Paints - in the Assembly Appropriations
Committee. It is now a two-year bill and will not be heard in that
committee on August 17; however, the Senator plans on moving the bill next
year. Over the last couple of weeks, the Senator has received productive
input from state agencies, the Governor's office and other sources. The
author desires to use the extra time available during the fall to consider
that information and continue working with all stakeholders on the bill. --
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SMASHING THE RECORD
Congratulations to the crew of Banque Populaire on smashing the Rolex
Fastnet Race multihull record. The Lewmar-equipped 140 foot trimaran
completed the race in 32 hours and 42 minutes, setting a new outright
record. To find out how Lewmar can give you the race-winning edge, click on
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* From Mike Esposito:
The AC folks used the everywhere-but-the-U.S.-friendly km/h for their speed
run gimmick, the Kiwis on top at 42.5 km/h. So let's translate that for us
metric-repulsed Americans, that works out to a little less than 26.5 mph or
almost 23 knots. Of course, we want sailing to sound MORE EXCITING, so
let's call that 42,500 meters/hour, or even better, a bit over 139,000
feet/hour (why, that's almost 1.7 million inches/hour!!!).
Over the weekend I visited Michigan City, Ind., where some go-fasts were
zooming around. Talked to a guy with a twin-hulled (oooh . catamaran!)
go-fast powered by marine-adapted big-block V-8s. He had been doing some
test runs at 70+ knots (nearly 130 km/h) without putting it to the
firewall. I'm just sayin'..
* From Mal Emerson:
Congrats to Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand, they performed
brilliantly throughout the week as did Spithill and Oracle 4. For as little
experience as most of the other teams have on the AC 45, they performed
admirably as well.
The boats aren't just fast, they are quite maneuverable for multi hulls and
very physical to sail. The on board cameras and mics reveal the physical
exertion required to sail them well. Good crew work is rewarded and
mistakes punished heavily. Starts were rather multihull in nature for the
fleet races yet looked quite similar to the monohulls in the match races.
This was forced quite well by using a short reaching leg right after the
start taking advantage of the fast acceleration these boats are capable of
while minimizing the effect of wind shifts before the start.
Contrary to popular belief among many mono hull sailors, match racing in
the multi's is, well .... match racing. In some ways it is different but
every bit as complex and interesting to watch. Minor rule changes and the
course boundaries give it the same flavor as the monohulls. All the
elements and more are there; verything just happens faster.
Though the commentary and some of the graphics have a way to go; the
visuals, camera work, audio and most of the production was superb.
Particularly informative were the course boundaries and the boat tracks
superimposed over the live picture of the race. The boats and format were
shown very well indeed. I was entertained to say the least. -- Forum, read
COMMENT: I was on vacation last week during the ACWS, but have watched
enough of the archived footage to note the production improvement during
the event. If you gave up watching after the first day - which was a dismal
broadcast - you gave up too soon. There is still significant room for
improvement, particularly with the use of onboard audio. And they better
pray for clear skies as the helicopter footage is vital. When the choppers
are grounded, so is the broadcast. -- Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt editor
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our sport too edgy? We are working to resolve this problem.
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