SCUTTLEBUTT 3412 - Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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A HISTORY OF THE CANADA'S CUP
The defender trials for the match racing contest, The Canada's Cup, begin
this Friday (August 26-29) between U.S. teams Macatawa Bay Yacht Club (Bob
Hughes, Heritage) and Chicago Match Racing Center (Don Wilson, Convexity).
Sailed in Farr 40s, the winner will advance to compete against challenger
Royal Canadian Yacht Club (Grant Hood, Vincere) for the Canada's Cup on
September 1-4. Here is a history of the event from 'When Canvas was King'
by Robert B. Townsend:
A match having been arranged in the winter of 1895-96 between the Royal
Canadian Yacht Club and the Lincoln Park Yacht Club, Chicago, for a race
between top-notch cutters, a syndicate was formed by Canadian yachtsmen -
Aemilius Jarvis, George Gooderham, George H. Gooderham, : S.F. McKinnon and
F.. Phillips, all of Toronto and James Ross of Montreal - to provide the
These amateurs spent $6,000 and their valuable time in getting the boat,
and seven other amateurs - eight, including Jarvis, devoted their whole
summer to sailing her to victory. The seven others were J.H. Fernside of
Hamilton, and : Gerald Boulton, Wm. Moran, Edward Bailey, : Herbert
Parsons, Sidney Small and W.C. Clouson of Toronto.
The Lincoln Park club's commodore, : Charles E. Berriman, had begun to
build a fin-keel cutter, the latest wrinkle. She was designed by Theodore
Poekel, a draughtsman in the famous Herreshoff establishment, which had
produced the phenomenal cutter Niagara owned by Howard Gould, Niagara had
swept the board in British waters in 1895 racing with the 20-raters. The :
Berriman candidate, named Vencedor, was said to be a copy of her.
There were half a dozen good cutters on Lake Ontario at the time, but the
Canadian syndicate did no shopping around. They cabled to Will Fife, Jr. of
Fairlie in Scotland, the leading British designer, to let them have plans
and specifications for a fin keel cutter, of 42-ft. racing length, the
minimum agreed upon. Within two months of the arrival of the plans, the new
yacht was sailing the first of her trial races on Lake Ontario. She had
grown like a mushroom from the ballast up, in the building shed of : Capt.
James Andrew of Oakville. She was ready for caulking six weeks after her
keeltimber was cut. Her sails were by Ratsey and Lapthorne, and her
standing rigging was prepared under Fife' direction. Ten weeks after the
boat had been ordered by cable, she was launched and had sailed her maiden
race against Zelma, another Canadian build boat designed by William Fife.
Aemilius Jarvis, then 36, and manager of the Bank of Hamilton, was the
managing owner in the syndicate from the day the cable was sent to Fife -
on his suggestion - and he was not one to let the grass grow under his
Four months after her blueprints arrived from Scotland the Canada, as she
was happily christened, was racing off Toledo on Lake Erie for the trophy
which has borne her name ever since. -- Read on:
Event website: http://canadascup2011.us/
DO YOU KNOW ABOUT CASE 31?
While the elite Olympic campaigners tend to focus their summer season on
the European race circuit, the Canadian Olympic Regatta in Kingston (CORK)
Ontario still pulls a good crowd from both sides of the border. A strong
event for the Canadian Olympic program is the 47-boat Laser class, who are
also schooling the fleet on their ISAF Case Book knowledge. Here is a
report filed on Monday by American Clay Johnson, who is currently fourth
My day started with an 8:30 AM redress hearing for an alleged OCS in
yesterday's second race. I went into the room with fellow American Rob
Crane, and the two of us argued that we were unfairly called over early by
a pin boat that was not anchored, but rather hovering above the start line
(we were using a buoy as the pin end of the line).
We first started by listening to the tape recording from the Race
Committee. The tape from the Committee Boat end did not have us on there,
and we listened to the tape from the pin end a few times. The pin boat
recorded our numbers right before the gun, but our argument was confirmed.
Shortly before the start, the pin boat recorder is heard saying, "I can't
see the Committee boat, move up, move up, move up." Despite pretty solid
evidence that the pin boat was moving around and not sighting the line
properly, the Protest Committee denied us redress.
Shortly after we were denied redress, two Canadian sailors who were also
OCS in the same race filed for redress claiming that the sound signal that
should accompany an individual recall flag was not audible, and because of
ISAF Case #31, they deserve redress. It was an interesting point, and I was
actually unaware that such a case even existed. Robert Davis went in,
presented this information, and was awarded redress. Lee Parkhill went in
and walked out two minutes later with redress.
Rob and I then tried the same thing, having already acknowledged in our
first hearing that we didn't see the individual flag from the pin end of
the line, nor did we hear a sound signal. Again, we felt pretty confident,
but this time the Protest Committee decided they would not hear our case.
Again, we were denied redress.
CORK website: http://www.cork.org/events/cork-ocr/
DID YOU KNOW: While Rule 26 (Starting Races) of the Racing Rules of Sailing
states that times during a start shall be taken from the visual signals and
the absence of a sound signal shall be disregarded, a sound signal is
mandatory under Rule 29.1 (Individual Recall). --
CASE 31: "When the correct visual recall signal for individual recall is
made but the required sound signal is not, and when a recalled boat in a
position to hear a sound signal does not see the visual signal and does not
return, she is entitled to redress. However, if she realizes she is over
the line she must return and start correctly." --
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STUCK IN A CORNER
In Scuttlebutt 3410, Paul Warren commented on the Volvo Ocean Race route
change that would prevent the teams from having to sail through the
pirate-infested waters of the Indian Ocean.
"It seems to me that VOR was ill-advised to consider sending the racers
through such a dangerous area in the first place," said Warren. "Their
decision to proceed with the Abu Dhabi stopover says that politics and
greed (sponsors' $$) won out over common sense and security."
Looking at the plans for Abu Dhabi's 'Destination Village' that is being
built on the UAE capital's stunning Corniche, it is hard to argue with
Warren. Commenting on the race village model, VOR CEO Knut Frostad said:
"It's fantastic and the coolest thing is that it will leave a superb
sailing legacy on land in the heart of the city.
"It will be a magnificent stage for the city with Abu Dhabi's skyline in
the background and is shaping up to be one of the most efficient stop-over
locations. From the Corniche, the sight of the race village with the boats
lit up on the water at night will make for a very stimulating picture."
Abu Dhabi's 'Destination Village,' which in reality will be the size of
eight football pitches, will be open to public from 30th December 2011 -
14th January 2012, and is expected to welcome more than 100,000 visitors
through its gates. With such a significant investment, the VOR organizers
were stuck in a legal corner and had to deliver the fleet... somehow.
So rather than send the fleet through an East African corridor in the
Indian Ocean on the second leg from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi and again in the
third leg from Abu Dhabi to Sanya in China, the boats will now race from
Cape Town to an undisclosed 'safe haven' port, be transported closer to Abu
Dhabi, and then complete the leg from there. The process will be reversed
for the third leg before the race continues on to Sanya.
An image of the race village model was posted in the Scuttlebutt Photos of
the Week on June 17, 2011:
NEW AND IMPROVED
After the first running of what Manuka Sports Event Management called a
'proof of concept' of The Atlantic Cup in May 2011, this dedicated
professional Class 40 race will be expanded in 2012.
The inaugural event began in New York with a double-handed inshore race to
Newport, RI, which was followed by a fully crewed inshore series. But now
the starting point for the 2012 edition of the Atlantic Cup will be
Charleston, SC, which will showcase the top Class 40 sailors as they begin
the second edition with a 648 nautical mile off-shore leg double-handed
from Charleston north to New York City.
Once in New York, there will be a brief stopover before the double-handed
teams start the coastal leg along the same course as the 2011 race: 260
nautical miles, south out of New York to a turning mark off the New Jersey
coast before heading north to Newport.
But winning the distance legs alone won't be enough to be crowned Atlantic
Cup Champion. Once in Newport, competitors will race a two-day, inshore
series with a crew of six. The combined overall winner of all three stages
will be the Atlantic Cup Champion. The event's prize purse will be at least
$30,000, making it again one of the largest purses for sailing in the
United States. -- Full report: http://www.atlanticcup.org/archives/1747
AMERICA'S CUP UNCOVERED
One of the ideas to familiarize sports fans with the America's Cup is the
production of the weekly magazine show - America's Cup Uncovered. These
shows - posted on the America's Cup YouTube channel - provide
behind-the-scenes sneak-peeks, athlete profiles and up-close action on and
off the water. Ninety episodes are planned... here are the first four:
ONE: (July 29, 2011) A global first, the new weekly magazine program
America's Cup Uncovered is designed to connect viewers with the people,
places and stories that are the backbone of the America's Cup. Featuring
behind-the-scenes sneak-peeks, athlete profiles and up-close action on and
off the water: http://www.youtube.com/user/AmericasCup#p/u/85/twhiFlNupoc
TWO: (August 5, 2011) Episode 2 showcases the lead-up to the inaugural
America's Cup World Series event, with a visit to Cascais, Portugal with
some of the people who'll make it happen. Then it's to Artemis CEO Paul
Cayard, who has won everything there is to win in sailing, except an
America's Cup. We go home with him to San Francisco to find out where it
all began and his quest to win the oldest trophy in international sport.
Then, it's back in Portugal with Loick Peyron and Team Energy as they sail
the AC45 for the very first time. And finally, we're in China and Korea --
the Eastern-most frontier of the America's Cup:
THREE: (August 13, 2011) This week's episode begins with the first
America's Cup World Series Event in Cascais Portugal where we follow the
man who's responsibility for making the event happen on the water. Next, we
meet the teams who will be the center of the action. Then, it's off to
Auckland where we go back in time to see the makings of the AC45, including
a traditional Maori blessing of the boat. And finally we'll be there as the
teams line up ahead of their very first race - a look behind-the-scenes as
the athletes get prepared:
FOUR: (August 18, 2011) This week's program begins with the inaugural
America's Cup World Series event in Cascais, Portugal aboard Green Comm
Racing, the Spanish challenger as they compete in the first ever AC500
Speed Trial. Then, a day off from the sailing not just rest but also a
focus on ocean conservation - join the teams as they help preserve the
Cascais coastline. Next, it's front and center with Geordie Shaver,
America's Cup commentator and former AC bowman, as he helps take America's
Cup TV live for the first time. Then we're fresh off the race course, where
Team Korea breaks down their racing after the beating America's Cup
winningest skipper, Russell Coutts:
YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/AmericasCup
A MORRIS YACHTS OWNER REFLECTS ON HIS BERMUDA RACE WIN
Bluebird, a shoal-draft Morris Yachts Justine 36, won 1st in class and 1st
in fleet in the 2011 Bermuda 1-2 Race. Owner Gust Stringos, reflects on his
win; "Bluebird has been a safe, comfortable and forgiving cruising boat for
us - we feel that she takes care of us, rather than the other way around."
Gust and Jan Stringos bought Bluebird in 1997, intending to use her
primarily for coastal cruising from their home port in Rockland, Maine. But
after extensive cruises between Maine and Nova Scotia, they set their
sights on Bermuda. and won! http://www.morrisyachts.com/news
WE CAN'T HELP YOU IF YOU CAN'T HELP YOU
The Marine Industry News category of the Scuttlebutt Forum was created so
companies could get guaranteed exposure by posting their own personnel,
product and service updates online. But we need you to post your updates.
Each week the Scuttlebutt editors select updates to include in the Thursday
edition of the Scuttlebutt newsletter. Here is the link to post Industry
News updates: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/forum/industry_news
* Newport, RI (August 21, 2011) - After 126 races sailed, St. Francis Yacht
Club emerged the winner of the 2011 Commodore George R. Hinman Masters
(Hinman Masters) Invitational Trophy. The twelfth yearly edition of New
York Yacht Club Masters Team Race for The Hinman Masters Invitational
Trophy was held at New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court Club house on August
19, 20 and 21 with teams representing twelve clubs. -- Full report:
* Newport, RI (August 23, 2011) - There were no surprises, just a great day
of sailing, as the ninth annual C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta,
North America's premier event for sailors with disabilities, concluded
after three days of racing on Narragansett Bay. The standings leaders in
the three Paralympic classes - the three-person Sonar, the two-person
SKUD-18, and the singlehanded 2.4 Metre - were confirmed as winners once a
dying north-westerly breeze gave way to a southerly that allowed three
races to be held for the completion of the series. -- Full report:
* The 26th Summer Universiade, an International multi-sport event organized
for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation
(FISU), is often referred to in English as the World University Games. One
hundred and fifty countries competed amid the 24 sports in Shenzhen, China,
with eight events for sailing. The top North American team was Fred
Strammer (Brown '11), Colin Smith (Brown '13) and Elizabeth Barry (Brown
'11) of the United States, which won the Laser Radial Team Racing event. --
* The last major storm to make U.S. landfall was Hurricane Ike in 2008.
However, forecasters now say Hurricane Irene, currently churning near the
Bahamas, will likely skirt the east coast of Florida on Friday and is
currently predicted to make landfall on the North Carolina coast as a
Category 3 or 4 storm this weekend. Boat Owners Association of The United
States (BoatUS) is urging boaters to take steps now to prepare and has some
online help with the web's most complete Hurricane Resource Center designed
specifically for boaters at http://www.BoatUS.com/hurricanes
* Sorry for the inconvenience if you tried the North Sails link in the
Scuttlebutt 3411. If you are interested in the details on how you can
recycle your old sails and receive a 20% discount voucher for new sails,
here is the correct link:
* If you were confused in Scuttlebutt 3411 when it said that "water, which
the Jersey Shore has experienced for most of the summer, provides algae
with ideal conditions to bloom", you were not alone. What it should have
said is that "warm water" may be a contributing factor for the major algae
bloom now off the coast of New Jersey. -- Full report:
OCEAN RACING THE BOYS OF SUMMER
"Nobody on the road, nobody on the beach. I feel it in the air, the summers
out of reach..." Someone tell Don Henley there's still lots of good sailing
left. Ocean Racing is doing free shipping on Optimum Time watches,
polarized sunglasses and waterproof sailing luggage now through Labor Day.
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* From John Baker, Issaquah, WA:
Regarding Frenchman Francis Joyon and his early capsize in a transatlantic
record attempt from New York to the UK in his 30 meters long trimaran IDEC,
what "tug" are we talking of, to send to his rescue? I hope it isn't paid
for by our tax dollars. Just because some guy wants to beat a record, and a
foreigner to boot, in a great big long trimaran that can't cope with a
squall, should we care? Where is his support crew? I hope the "tug" is
operated and paid for by his backers. This whole record beating thing is
insane, and costs the rest of us money---I hope not. Good for him, if he
prearranged a rescue. This would be commendable.
UPDATE: Joyon's support team reports that while the U.S. Coast Guard has
been onsite, they have contracted a private tug and divers to help Joyon
from his position inside of the boat and to bring the trimaran back to a
U.S. port. The rescue team arrived Tuesday and reports indicate Joyon and
the boat are fine, though the rig is now resting on the ocean bottom.
* From Eric Sorensen:
Regarding the concerns rising from San Francisco about the development of
the America's Cup village, those of us living in the NW with Bill Gates and
Paul Allen have come to expect our big $$ guys to watch over the lowly
proletariat that populate our area.
* From Dr.Karl Urtz:
Scuttlebutt was so kind to help announce the introduction of my website
earlier this year. In the meantime I reorganized the site and finished the
chapters for AC 1983 and AC 1987. In this part I have published my computer
renderings of all important 12m yachts sailing either in the defender
serials or in the Louis Vuitton Cup. Further, I could issue some
interesting information about the Slovenian/Croatian SLO-4 preparing for
the AC 1992. A search machine optimization is still in the pipeline. Here
is the link: http://www.americas-cup-history.at/
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other is the husband!
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