SCUTTLEBUTT 3413 - Thursday, August 25, 2011
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IN DEFENSE OF THE CANADA'S CUP
Bob Hughes helped bring the Canada's Cup to the Holland-based Macatawa Bay
Yacht Club in 2007, and now he and his crew are going to do all they can to
make sure it stays there. Hughes served as the helmsman on Heartbreaker,
which beat the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto four years ago.
Hughes' Team Heritage has spent the past four years preparing its defense
of the Cup, a huge silver trophy that the United States and Canada have
been fighting over since the match race was introduced between the two
nations on the Great Lakes in 1896.
But Team Heritage first must earn the right to face the Canadians. Macatawa
Bay is hosting the Defender's Trial off Holland Harbor on Lake Michigan
beginning Friday. Team Heritage will race Chicago Match Race Center, with
this weekend's winner representing the United States in the Canada's Cup on
"We got the Cup here and we want to defend it, and we want to defend it on
our home turf," Hughes said. "Every preparation has gone into it. Now, it's
time to perform on the water."
The race pits Farr 40's against each other, and it marks the first time it
has been contested in West Michigan. The first team to win five races will
advance to the Labor Day Weekend showdown, which also is a best-of-nine
There have been 22 races in the Canada's Cup 115-year history, with the
United States winning 13 of them. -- Read on:
DETAILS: The defender trials for the Canada's Cup between U.S. teams
Macatawa Bay Yacht Club (Bob Hughes, Heritage) and Chicago Match Racing
Center (Don Wilson, Convexity) are Aug 26-29. The winner will advance to
compete against challenger Royal Canadian Yacht Club (Grant Hood, Vincere)
for the Canada's Cup on September 1-4. Event website:
BIG INLAND BRED
By Sam Rogers
Scow sailing within the Inland Lakes Yachting Association sometimes gets
the reputation from outsiders of being "in-bred", and it is not hard to
figure out why when the people you compete against are the same as when you
were 8 years old and a large number of the sailors are from the same
families that have been doing it for generations.
Maybe it is wrong to be proud of having this connation, but when it comes
to racing scows in the ILYA, it truly is a big family and the annual Big
Inland is our reunion, the only difference from a normal family is we have
500 crazy uncles instead of a few. Throw in some of the fastest one-design
boats on the planet, extremely talented sailors all vying for beautiful
trophies dating back to the late 1800s, and it makes for the greatest
regatta of the year which just concluded with 4 champions being crowned in
4 different classes over 10 days of racing. I never thought being in-bred
would be so much fun.
Being hosted on our home waters of Lake Minnetonka, I was able to witness
the massive volunteer effort that took place to make this one of the more
memorable "Big Inland" regattas in a long time. Regatta co-chairs Tony
Jewett and Rick Kotovic enlisted their friends, families, in-laws and long
lost cousins to ensure that everything from housing, social activities, and
even helping to retrieve halyards was taken care of so every competitor
could make it to the racecourse without a hassle.
Phone calls were made over our long winter helping to provide each fleet
with their highest numbers in years; 26 A Scows, 58 E Scows, 54 C Scows, 50
MC Scows. Out of all the sailors in these fleets, 30% were 25 or younger.
The final Saturday night party on MYC's Lighthouse Island saw over 400
guests and would have made the Pillsbury's proud, and the entire event
could serve as an effective rebuttal to Saving Sailing. -- Full report:
* The 2011 Inland Lake Yachting Association Championship Regatta was August
11-21 on Lake Minnetonka in Deephaven, MN. Video, results, etc. here:
GIRLS CAUGHT SPEEDING AT UK OPTI NATIONALS
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IT'S ALL ABOUT THE HEAD GAMES
By Ken Read, Sailing World
I graduated from Boston University and moved to Newport, R.I., in the
summer of 1983, the same summer Australia II took away the America's Cup
and forever changed Newport. We learned then that the Australians were very
good at playing the game of keeping secrets. Every time Australia II came
out of the water, the team would drape a "skirt" around the underbody,
which kept the shape and style of the keel a mystery to prying and curious
It's widely known that there was a whole lot of espionage happening along
the waterfront that summer. The most intriguing boat by far was Australia
II. It didn't look like the rest of the 12 Meters in town and, on the
water, it sure was smoking the competition. There were even rumors that the
Australians were sandbagging their races in order to keep the challenger
trials close, just so the Americans wouldn't push to get to the bottom of
what was behind the curtain. It was the talk of the town, and the
Australians had the mental edge before they ever even started the Cup
The day the Aussies won the Cup, I "borrowed" a dinghy with three friends,
rowed under a few piers, and all of a sudden we found ourselves holding on
to the side of Australia II as the victory celebration began to boil. It
was an unforgettable experience seeing Alan Bond standing on the aft deck
of the team's tender, raising his arms to the sky as the rowdy crowd
chanted, "Show us the keel!"
And up she came, the unconventional keel finally in full view: the reverse
sweep, the wings, and the camouflage blue paint scheme used to create the
illusion of a regular keel. It was an absolutely surreal moment.
And so began a trend. "Skirts" and secrecy became commonplace with the
America's Cup. Everybody did it. Why? Because in each program's opinion
they were hiding something their competition didn't have. The skirt
validates the notion that "we are smarter than the other guys, and, for
sure, if someone saw what was behind the veil, then everybody would copy
But that's some crazy logic, and with the America's Cup and the Volvo,
we're all guilty of it: all this secrecy is pointless, yet we continue to
perpetuate it. -- Read on:
EAST COAST BRACES FOR HURRICANE IRENE
Hurricane Irene grew into a major storm on Wednesday as it battered parts
of the Bahamas with 115-mile-per-hour winds and up to a foot of rain and
made its way north toward the East Coast. The storm, now classified as a
Category 3 hurricane, could make landfall in eastern North Carolina on
Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
"It may get a little stronger over the next day or two," said Dennis
Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center.
Hurricane Irene, which was over the southeastern Bahamas on Wednesday
morning, moving at about 9 m.p.h., was expected to remain over the island
nation for at least the next day or so. Tide levels in the Bahamas could
reach as high as 11-feet above normal and a storm surge is expected to
create dangerous waves near the coast, the National Hurricane Center said.
As it moves over the Bahamas, the storm may head in a more northwesterly
direction, which would put it roughly in line with the North Carolina
coast, forecasters said. Federal and state authorities however warned
residents in other places not to be complacent; they said the hurricane
would probably affect nearly every state along the East Coast. -- NY Times,
full story: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/25/us/25hurricane.html
National Hurricane Center:
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
After three days of racing at the 10th annual 18ft Skiff International
Regatta hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, Wednesday was a layday to
mend both boats and crew.
And it would be hard to find more dedicated sailors anywhere than the dozen
or so competitors from the Skiff Sailing Foundation racing on their home
waters of San Francisco this week.
The thrust of the Skiff Sailing Foundation comes from Chad Freitas, a local
yacht broker, and Dan Malpis, also in the boat business, who founded the
non-profit group about eight years ago.
It's free for participants eager for extra excitement in sailing, but
they're expected to help maintain the fleet of seven 18s. All were
discarded as charitable donations to the Skiff Sailing Foundation by owners
like Howie Hamlin who replaced them with new boats.
Growth has been gradual but encouraging. "You have to be committed," Ladha
said. "We want people who can spend two or three hours on it at least one
day a week."
Racing resumes on Thursday and concludes Friday.
Top 5 of 15 (after 6 of 10 races)
1. Yandoo, AUS, John Winning/David Gibson/Andrew Hay, 11 points.
2. CST Composites, USA, Howie Hamlin/Matt Noble/Paul Allen, 12
3. Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, AUS, Trevor Barnabas/Aaron Links/Trent
4. Mounts Bay WA, AUS, Grant Rollerson/Justin Healey/Marco Schuermann,18
5. CT Sailbattens, NZL, Alex Vallings/Chris Hiller/Josh McCormack, 19
Daily reports, results, photos, video, etc. here:
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* Kingston, ONT (August 24, 2011) - High winds for the fifth and final day
of the CORK OCR Regatta kept sailors ashore for safety reasons. It was the
North American Championship for the new 29erXX class, which was won by
Kristen Lane and Matt Pistay of the St. Francis Yacht Club. CORK was an
ISAF Grade 1 event for the Laser Full-rig with Andy Maloney of Auckland,
New Zealand taking gold. -- Full report:
* Rochester, NY (August 24, 2011) - US SAILING's 2011 Rolex International
Women's Keelboat Championship (IWKC), hosted by the Rochester Yacht Club
(N.Y.) gets underway on Monday, August 29 in the first of four days of
fleet racing in J/22s on Lake Ontario. This year's edition of the Rolex
IWKC features 36 teams representing 16 U.S. states and three foreign
countries (Canada, Great Britain and The Netherlands). This biennial
regatta, marking its 14th edition in 26 years, will offer these top sailors
the opportunity to experience high-level competition along with social
activities designed to promote camaraderie. -- Read on:
* Cartagena, Spain (August 24, 2011) - The penultimate event on the TP52
Audi MedCup Circuit dished out light winds to the 7-boat fleet, allowing
just one race to be completed to begin the five day schedule. Russia's
Synergy Sailing Team - fourth in the overall standings - lead from the
first windward mark, ahead of Jose Cusi's Spanish boat Bribon. Both
extended noticeably on the second beat when they gained from a right
windshift and were comfortably clear of circuit leader Quantum Racing (USA,
who finished third. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/MedCup-082411
* Following a win at Coed Dinghy Nationals this Spring, Boston College
starts out the Fall 2011 season at the top of the coed rankings. While Yale
tops the women's rankings, they are closely trailed by URI who claimed
their first championship title at 2011 Women's Nationals. Full report:
* (August 24, 2011) - Francis Joyon (FRA) and the 30 meters long trimaran
IDEC are now in the small port of Montauk (East Hampton / NY) after
capsizing Monday in an attempt to set a new west-east Transatlantic Race.
After divers helped Joyon exit the interior of the overturned IDEC, a tug
pulling the inverted trimaran arrived Tuesday night to the northern tip of
Long Island off New York where a crane had been reserved to allow the
reversal of the boat. -- http://www.trimaran-idec.com
* The Buffalo Canoe Club hosted the O'Pen BIC North American Championships
for 28 competitors in Ridgeway, ON, Canada. Twelve races were scored with a
variety of unconventional courses, required freestyle moves, Le Mans
starts, and Giant Slalom. In the end one point separated Ben Folds over
Robbie Robinson, with Tanner Probst closely in third. The 2012 O'Pen BIC
World Championships will be hosted by Miami YC, November 1 -3, 2012. --
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Along with many, many other sailors of all ages, I was so sad to find out
this week about the premature passing of Finn Gold Cup winner Vernon
Stratton at the young age of 83. I anticipate widespread comment will
follow from his beloved Finn - and more recently Illusion - fleets, but it
is essential to also set down on paper just how much of Great Britain's
current success in Olympic sailing is a direct consequence of seeds sown by
Vernon's strong leadership back in the 1960s, 70s and early 80s.
Vernon Stratton was in charge of British Olympic sailing for the successful
1968 and 1972 Olympic Regattas and was on course to do a similarly good job
as team manager in 1980 - before UK authorities bowed to peer-pressure and
withdrew a strong British Olympic Sailing Team from the 1980 Olympic Games
in Moscow, along with our Equestrian, Rowing and Shooting teams.
A fine sailor himself, and married to another fine sailor - Pepe Stratton
was a rather magnificent Firefly and Finn sailor in the days when such
things were not usual - Vernon knew only one approach to managing
sportsmen: pick only winners and then back them as hard as you can.
Vernon Stratton was not a man for management by committee; when Great
Britain's 'on-paper' extremely strong 1976 Olympic sailing team raced in
Montreal, it would not be presumptuous to suggest that they missed Vernon's
strong hand and failed to deliver all of the medals of which they were
beyond doubt capable. -- Andrew Hurst, Editor, Seahorse magazine, read on:
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* From Eric Feigel:
As a follow-up to the CORK redress report in Scuttlebutt 3412, the PRO for
the Laser fleet submitted a request for redress on behalf of the two
(American) competitors. The PRO thought that it was unfair that some boats
were denied redress and some were granted redress.
As the results now show - the OCS for Clay and Rob was changed to their
recorded finish place. Nice to see a PRO doing the right thing for the
* From Terry Bischoff:
Regarding the Case 31 report in Scuttlebutt 3412, we learned in the Inland
Lake Yachting Association long ago that the only effective and fair way to
start large fleets was to have an anchored pin end.
What's the point of having a "floating observer" and a buoy at the leeward
end? Simply anchor the boat, and replace the boat with a mark or gate after
the start. Or better yet, have the gate set before the start. Then you can
get the most accurate "look" for OCS competitors.
It took a few years at the Miami Rolex OCR during my 10 years as a PRO
there to replace the buoy and a "floating observer" with an anchored boat
for the pin. In conversations with competitors about the change, they felt
more comfortable with our calls, and our control of the starting line was
enhanced. Very simple procedure.
No comment on why two Canadian boats were granted redress for the improper
race committee actions described and two others were not in the same race.
* From Steve Gregory:
Note to organizers of team race events: List the names of the team members!
When I saw the report in Scuttlebutt 3412 about the 2011 Commodore George
R. Hinman Masters Invitational Trophy, I was curious who sailed for the
winning St. Francis Yacht Club team. After clicking through all the
available links, I remain curious. Anybody else want to try? Here is the
* From Peter O. Frisch:
In reading the write up of the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta 2011
(Scuttlebutt 3411/3412), I noticed that there was little mention of the
Blind Sailing U.S. Nationals. What a great regatta ... here are my thoughts
as one of the sighted guides on the second place boat:
I loved sailing with blind sailors, whom I call my blind dates. At this
year's Nationals, the sailing was really tight. Any mistakes, especially
when it came to crew work, were very costly. The most exciting part of the
regatta for me was Monday afternoon, when my boat was on starboard, right
on the lay line to the windward mark, and the first place boat crossed on
port with only two feet separating us. No foul was committed and the
sailing downwind was extremely competitive and harrowing thereafter,
considering the breeze was a Northwester, blowing between 15 and 18 and I
sent the blind crew member to the bow to wing the jib.
Another place to read about this Blind Sail Nationals is this website:
There is one final important point to make about the Clagett. I met many
disable sailors whose courage and fortitude is exemplary for all of us
fully able folks.
* From David Redfern:
I hope that John Baker of Issaquah, WA (Butt 3412) doesn't have a problem
in English waters. I am sure the Lifeboats and helicopters that always
attend any rescue will respect his views and stand off whilst he is in the
water and phoning Issaquah (where dat?) and arranges a commercial company
to rescue him and his boat.
* From Ronald McCracken:
Regarding his letter in Scuttlebutt 3412, how self centered John Baker is
about the rescue of Francis Joyan. When a certain U.S. boat capsized -
after losing its keel - in the recent Fastnet Race, the crew was rescued by
the joint efforts of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Irish Coast
guard helicopters, French Coastguard and local boats. All of this was done
at no cost and the likely location of the keel was also buoyed. A local tug
also salvaged the hull and towed it into Ballymore. Nobody even considered
asking for payment first and the U.S. Coastguard would have done the same.
I hope Mr. 'Scrooge' Baker never finds himself in such a position in the
I believe for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows. And a
foundation leaks and a ball game gets rained out and a car rusts and...
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