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SCUTTLEBUTT 3410 - Monday, August 22, 2011
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SURVIVAL IS NO ACCIDENT
The entire crew of 21 on the 100-foot Rambler underwent advanced man
overboard and safety training just prior to leaving Rhode Island for the
Transatlantic Race and the subsequent Rolex Fastnet Race. The training
consisted of a thorough inspection of safety equipment on shore as well as
a five-hour training session out at sea. Experienced, licensed training
professionals at Life raft and Survival Equipment (LRSE) of Tiverton, RI
conducted all the training.
Unfortunately, the training had to be put to use on August 15 th when the
100 ft. Rambler sailing yacht lost its keel in 15ft. waves and capsized
immediately throwing all 21 crew members into the frigid water off the
coast of Ireland. Fortunately, all 21 crewmembers survived.
According to Jim O’Connor, President of LRSE, “The owner and very
professional crew aboard Rambler took all the necessary steps to prepare
for this very unfortunate event. Their attention to detail and insistence
on professional equipment inspection and training no doubt served them very
well in surviving the extremely harsh and dangerous conditions that they
had to endure after the capsizing. Ultimately the PLB’s played a very key
role in locating the crew as time was running short and the five crew who
were separated from the boat did a terrific job of linking arms and forming
a circle as we emphasized in all the training exercises. The fact that
everyone survived two and one half hours in the water is a testament to
their diligent preparation.” -- Full report:
UPDATE: The 100-ft maxi yacht which lost its keel and capsized off Fastnet
Rock with 21 people on board last week has been anchored in Baltimore in
west Cork. The hull was righted on Wednesday off Barley Cove, after several
attempts, and pumped out. The vessel’s 65-metre mast is lying on the
seabed, marked with a buoy for retrieval later. The Marine Casualty
Investigation Board has spoken to crew members as part of its preliminary
inquiry into why the canting keel snapped, resulting in a sudden loss of
stability. The board has been liaising with authorities in the Cayman
Islands, where the maxi yacht, worth between $10 and $14 million, is
registered. -- Full report:
GUYS ARE STRUGGLING
Not sure how much of a secret it is that women are better than men. They
look nicer, smell better, and typically have better manners. In grade
school, girls tend to be brighter and more mature than the boys. Other than
being stronger and taller, guys are struggling these days.
This could be a continental thing. The struggles of men in North America
are in full focus. If there are medals to be won at the 2012 Olympics, bet
on a gal. The only medals won at the Pre-Olympics were from the American
women. In fact, for events with both men and women divisions (ie, RS:X,
470, and Laser), the North American women (in Canada, Mexico, and USA) beat
their male teammate in six of the eight instances (plus one tie).
This trend has wheels. At the 2011 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship last
week, girls won three of the four events. These were open events, where the
only restrictions were size and skill. The lone event won by a boy was the
Laser Full Rig. Golf clap.
Advocates for single-sex education find that it allows teachers to use
techniques geared toward the gender of their students. Like a boy’s short
attention span. Maybe they had really long race courses at the U.S. Youth
Champs. Maybe the women better handled the two week schedule at the
Pre-Olympics than the guys.
Maybe it’s as simple as... girls rule - boys drool. --
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In a recent interview with the Italian economical newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore,
2-time America’s Cup winner Ernesto Bertarelli discusses the event he lost
hold of in February 2010 with his defeat by Oracle Racing in the 33rd
* What is your opinion on the current situation of the America's Cup?
ERNESTO BERTARELLI: What’s happening is under everyone’s eyes. It’s not up
to me to express an opinion but up to the international sailing community.
For my part all I can do is remind everyone that the America's Cup in
Valencia in 2007, which has been universally recognized as the best Cup
ever, saw 12 teams on the water of which at least five were legitimate
candidates for the final victory (Team New Zealand, Oracle, Luna Rossa,
Desafío and Alinghi). Today instead, one can already guess the outcome of
the next edition, which does not leave any space except for the American
team in control of the competition.
I am also skeptical about the interest of the American public in sailing. I
cannot believe that there will not be an English or Italian team given how
many people are passionate about sailing in both countries! In Valencia in
2007 we had 6 million visitors, a television audience of over 4 billion
viewers and we guaranteed all participating teams a share in the revenues
generated by the Rights of the event commensurate to their final ranking.
* No Italian teams are participating in the next edition. What are the
ERNESTO BERTARELLI: Truly, the only team missing is Luna Rossa, the single
Italian team that has its own history, tradition, and that won a Louis
Vuitton Cup. Luna Rossa has chosen, as we have, to participate in the
Extreme 40 circuit, together with other high-profile teams. Apart from
that, I am sure that Patrizio (Bertelli) is the best person to answer this
* What about Mascalzone Latino?
ERNESTO BERTARELLI: Mascalzone Latino has the historic responsibility of
not having fulfilled its role as representative of all challengers, of
having left the Americans (Oracle) free to write the rules without any real
control, and then of having left the scene.
* Are you ruling out taking part in the America's Cup in the future?
ERNESTO BERTARELLI: Alinghi has won two consecutive editions of the
America's Cup in 2003 and 2007, bringing back the Cup to Europe for the
first time in 156 years. We are moving ahead on different race courses on
which, by the way, we are having a lot of fun and obtaining good results.
* What is your current involvement in sailing?
ERNESTO BERTARELLI: Alinghi participates in the D35 circuit (35-foot
catamarans) that takes place on Lake Geneva and, as of this year, in the
Mediterranean. In 2011, we also won the Bol d'Or, the most important
regatta on European lakes. In addition to this, we are racing in the
Extreme Sailing Series with our Extreme 40. The circuit is structured
around nine events this year in four different continents. Among other
things in September we will be in Trapani, Sicily, for the Italian leg of
HAPPY BIRTHDAY - AMERICA’S CUP
Predating The Ashes and Modern Olympics by decades, the America’s Cup is
the oldest active trophy in international sport. Today (Aug. 22) is its
birthday, celebrating 160 years as the best known event for the sport of
sailing. Here are some fun facts:
- It's the hard trophy in sport to win - since 1851 it has been won by just
four nations have won: Australia (once), New Zealand and Switzerland
(twice) and the USA (28 times!).
- It’s not named after America. The Cup is named after the boat, America,
which in 1851 raced 15 rivals from the Royal Yacht Squadron around the Isle
of Wight. America dominated the 53-mile course and beat the runner-up by a
total of eight minutes
- The Cup is shrouded in secrecy - the America’s Cup trophy is so precious
that every care is taken to ensure its safety at all times. Not only is it
stored in a secure mystery location, but when it is scheduled to make a
public appearance, it travels under armed guard, just like heads of state
and famous movie stars.
- The Cup itself is an ornate sterling silver bottomless ewer, one of
several off-the-shelf trophies crafted in 1848 by Garrad & Co. It was
purchased and donated to the Royal Yacht Squadron's 1851 Annual Regatta
around the Isle of Wight, which was won by the yacht America
Event website: http://www.americascup.com/
When the city of Qingdao held the Olympic sailing event in 2008, it showed
the world a spectacular side of itself, and it now wants to maintain that
Olympic city image by becoming the Capital of Sailing, the mayor has said.
In fact, for the past three years, Qingdao has made every effort to keep
the Olympic spirit alive by mobilizing everyone to build that 'sailing
city' image, Mayor Xia Geng told China Daily in a recent interview.
Qingdao now has the world's first Olympic sailing city museum. And, its
Olympic Sailing Center is the country's only seaside tourism-leisure
demonstration district and has been designated as a relic protection unit.
"By using the Olympic influence and venues we've popularized the sport of
sailing and have become a sailing popularization and demonstration city for
the young," Xia went on to explain.
Qingdao now has 28 professional sailing clubs and 165 sailing schools and
clubs for young people. More than 5,000 teenagers have taken part in the
city's sailing camps and more than 2,000 of them have become licensed
In addition, more than 100,000 local people have had a chance to sail and
the local government has said it will continue to promote the sport. "We're
looking for 300,000 people to get involved in the sport by 2014," Xia
After the Games, in 2009, the city established an annual international
sailing week to promote its own local brand of sailing. That same year, it
played host to a world-famous sailing event, the Volvo Global Ocean Race, a
real first for Qingdao. It followed that with the world's largest amateur
sailing event, the Clipper Global Sailing Race, its third time to host the
It also held its first International sailing week, with a deliberate doff
of the hat to Germany's Kiel Week competition, which is held annually. More
than 200 sailing celebrities turned up for the competition.
Then, in 2010, on the occasion of the Second Qingdao International Sailing
Week, it held an Olympic Sailing City Mayors & International Sailing Summit
where the Qingdao Declaration on the International Sailing Sport was
signed. Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee
(IOC), called the forum a "commendable initiative".
This past May, the city has again showed the world its impressive side when
it completed the Qingdao leg of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series.
The municipal government established an Olympic Sailing City Development
Association as the first national management center for the sport of
sailing. It has taken special steps to get sailing and related businesses
included in Qingdao's 12th five-year plan (2010 - 2015). -- Read on:
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- Certified Sea Friendly: voluntary certification program for marine
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* Thirty teams competed in the J/24 North American Championship, hosted by
Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Aug 18-20.
While the first two days saw world champions Mauricio Santa Cruz and Tim
Healy/ John Mollicone hold the top spot, it was the steady improvement of
Travis Odenbach’s team on Waterlinesystems that would ultimately win the
nine race series. -- Event website:
* Chicago, IL (August 21, 2011) - The three day Verve Cup Regatta hosted by
Chicago Yacht Club saw 123 entrants compete in ORR and one-design on three
course circles. While changing winds, rain and thunderstorms limited racing
on day two, the bookend days saw quality conditions to allow all fleets to
complete six races. The newly launched J/111 is already seeing one design
racing, with partners Karl Brummel, Steve Henderson, Mike Mayer winning the
six boat fleet. -- Daily reports:
* San Diego (August 20, 2011) - While all recent winners of the Lido 14
Class Championship live in the long shadow of 9-time winner David Ullman,
2011 winner Stu Robertson is getting closer by claiming his sixth title
this week against 29 teams in Coronado Bay. The open course venue provided
a “pick your side, win your side” style of racing, where the correct side
seemed totally random as left and right paid off about equally over the
past three day event. Steve Klotz was second and Eric Heim finished third.
Full results: http://tinyurl.com/Lido-14-Nationals-2011
* On Friday began the seventh annual Ida Lewis Distance Race (ILDR) with 35
IRC, PHRF and doublehanded boats sailing the only distance race that starts
and finishes in Newport, Rhode Island. Ron O’Hanley’s (Newport, R.I.)
Cookson 50 Privateer finished first on corrected time in the IRC Class -
consisting of eight boats sailing the Block Island Course (150 nm) - and
finished the race in just over 19 hours. In the PHRF Class, the largest
class in the fleet with 20 boats, Tristan Mouligne’s (Newport, R.I.) Quest
30 Samba took the top spot sailing the Nomans Course (122 nm) in just over
21 hours. -- Full report:
* Skipper John Dane along with celebrity tactician Sally Barkow took top
honors at Nantucket Race Week’s International One Design Celebrity
Invitational (Aug. 18-19) in Nantucket, MA. Together the Dane/Barkow team
narrowly held off a three-peat by Jim Bishop Jr. at the helm, with Dave
Ullman as celebrity tactician. Co-skippers Heather Gregg-Earl and Richard
Werdiger, with Karl Anderson as tactician, got third. Peter MacCausland
with Peter Holmberg, followed by Carlo Falcone with Mike Toppa, rounded out
the top five. U.S. Senator and past presidential nominee John Kerry with
Gary Jobson were last of the 14 teams. -- Full report:
* Detroit, MI (August 21, 2011) - Nineteen year old Australian Jordan Reece
and his team of Henry Kernot and Harry Thurston won the ISAF Grade 2
Detroit Cup in an exciting 5-match Final at the Bayview YC. The team
defeated Kiwi Laurie Jury in an exciting Final that went to all five
matches in the first-to-three point series. The Detroit Cup is the second
stop on the four-stage US GRAND SLAM Series, a series of four consecutive
ISAF Grade 2 match race events where the series winner is invited to next
year's ISAF Grade 1 Congressional Cup in Long Beach. -- Full report:
* Marstrand, Sweden (August 21, 2011) - Going into the final day of racing
at the RC44 Sweden Cup just four points separated the top four teams. It
was so tight at the top that the day would see a match race between Team
Aqua and CEEREF to decide the eventual event winner and Islas Canarias
Puerto Calero jump up the leaderboard to take third place. Next stop for
the RC44 Championship Tour is the Adris RC44 Cup in Rovinj, Croatia between
28 September and 2 October. -- Full report:
Australia's yachting community has paid tribute to ABC pilot Gary
Ticehurst, who is feared dead in a chopper crash in South Australia. His
colleagues, veteran journalist Paul Lockyer and cameraman John Bean, were
also on board the helicopter that crashed near Lake Eyre on the eve of
The flying skills of ABC helicopter pilot Gary Ticehurst brought ocean
yacht racing, with its the dramas and the exhilaration of sailing on the
open sea, into the living rooms of millions of people around the world.
Flying at extraordinarily low heights he placed his cameraman in a position
to get remarkable images of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, which were
then featured on the evening news bulletins throughout the nation between
Christmas and New Year.
“Over a quarter of a century he played a significant role in expanding the
media coverage of our great ocean race, the Rolex Sydney Hobart, a race for
which he developed a personal passion,” Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
Commodore Harry Linacre said.
“In particular, Gary will be remembered for his professional calm during
the tragic storm that hit the 1998 Sydney Hobart fleet; he reported the
positions of so many yachts in distress, resulting in the rescue of at
least 25 yachtsmen from sinking vessels or life rafts, “the Commodore
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* From Paul Warren, Redington Beach, FL:
As I see it, the Volvo Ocean Race organizers had two choices: drop Abu
Dhabi as a destination or provide security for that part of the race. I
understand that the latter is probably prohibitively expensive, but their
solution (stopping in mid-race and safely transporting the yachts and crew
to a ‘safe haven”) really just sidesteps the real issue. The real issue is
the pirates and their resources.
It seems to me that VOR was ill-advised to consider sending the racers
through such a dangerous area in the first place. Their decision to proceed
with the Abu Dhabi stopover says that politics and greed (sponsors’ $$) won
out over common sense and security.
In my view, the decision is simple: do you send the yachts into harm’s way
(against a “synthetic” threat vs. a natural threats of ocean and winds) or
do you avoid that area until the security issues are resolved.
Dropping the Abu Dhabi stopover this year might inflict enough economic and
political pain on the UAE that they’d join the fight to eradicate the
piracy problem so that ALL yachts can safely transit the Indian Ocean
without fears of becoming a hostage or dying.
* From Matt Carter:
A small correction to the information regarding the StFYC Heavy Weather
Slalom, which was highlighted as the Video of the Week on last Friday. It
said the participants were aged “18 years old to 70-something”, but my son
Joe Carter had just turned sixteen this year before competing. So the age
range was slightly greater.
NOTE: Correction made... here is the link:
Having one child makes you a parent; any more and you are a referee.
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