SCUTTLEBUTT 3419 - Friday, September 2, 2011
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FALSE START AT CANADA'S CUP
Holland, MI (September 1, 2011) - The first day of the highly anticipated
Canada's Cup international match race sailing competition was delayed on
Lake Michigan due to lack of wind.
Team Heritage of Macatawa Bay Yacht Club of Holland, MI is defending the
Cup against Team Vincere, representing the Royal Canadian Yacht Club of
Toronto, Canada. Heritage defeated Team Convexity of the Chicago Match Race
Center last weekend in the Defender's series by a final result of five wins
and one loss.
Canada's Cup racing rules require a steady wind in a consistent direction
with a minimum wind speed of 5-6 knots to initiate the pre-race sequence.
When a late afternoon breeze failed to materialize, the Race Committee
postponed racing until tomorrow when winds are forecast to be strong. The
winner of the Canada's Cup is the first team to win five races. Racing
continues through Sunday if needed.
DEFENDER: Team Heritage of Macatawa Bay Yacht Club
Bob Hughes, 49, Helm, Ada, Michigan
Morgan Larson, 40, Tactician, Hood River, Oregon
Warwick Fleury, 50, Mainsail Trimmer, Auckland, New Zeeland
Sean "Doggie" Couvreux, 32, Bow, White Salmon, Washington
Willem van Waay, 38, Trimmer, Coronado, California
Will Ryan, 22, Offside Trim, Lake Macquarie, Australia
Matt (Matty) Noreen, 43, Pit, Spring Lake, Michigan
Nate Reynolds, 32, Floater, Traverse City, Michigan
David Sligh, Jr. 39, Floater, Holland, Michigan
Bill Sleeman- 48, Mast, Ada, Michigan
CHALLENGER: Vincere - Royal Canadian Yacht Club
Oskar Johansson, 34, Helm, Toronto, ON
Andy Horton, 36, Tactician, Burlington, VT
Geoff Moore, 50, Main Trimmer, Toronto, ON
Mike Wolf, 40, Trimmer, Port Credit, ON
Jeff Brock, 43, Jib Trimmer, Nova Scotia
Tony Bowman, 41, Pit, Toronto, ON
Ian Hogan, 27, Mast, Toronto, ON
Ian "Pedro" Nowell, 40, Mid bow, Oakville, ON
Max Bulger, 21, Bowman, Boston, MA
DRAMATIC FINALE TO DETERMINE WINNER
Rochester, N.Y., USA (September 1, 2011) - Only Hollywood could have
scripted a more dramatic and exciting finale as racing for US SAILING's
Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship (Rolex IWKC) came to its
nail-biting conclusion today on Lake Ontario.
When the 36 teams of all-women sailors - who hail from 16 U.S. states,
Canada, Great Britain and The Netherlands - left Rochester Yacht Club this
morning, there were eight races on the scoreboard and a very tight point
spread among the top-three in the standings. First overall was skipper Anna
Tunnicliffe, the defending champion, followed by Sally Barkow, equal on
points at 24. Just five points back was local favorite Cory Sertl, while
Carol Cronin and JoAnn Fisher rounded out the top-five tied on 38 points.
The goal was to complete an 11 race series, which meant there were three
races on the day's schedule. After Tunnicliffe posted an 18th in the tenth
race, the focus turned to Barkow and Sertl who were now tied with a six
point margin on Tunnicliffe. With only 30 minutes left before the 3:00 pm
deadline, the 11th and final race of the day began in 10-11 knots of breeze
from the east. But the race would conclude with a protest between the two
While Barkow won the race, she lost the protest, which awarded Sertl the
title. Sertl has won this title twice previously: as crew for Betsy Alison
at the first running of this event in 1985 at Ida Lewis Yacht Club in
Newport, R.I.; and as skipper in 2001 when the event was held at Annapolis
Yacht Club in Maryland. A two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, Sertl has
competed in the Rolex IWKC 11 out of the 14 times is has been held over the
26 years since its inception.
Final Standings - Top 5 of 36; 11 races with one drop
1. Cory Sertl/Amy Moran/Annemarie Cook/Jane Mastrandrea, 39 pts.
2. Anna Tunnicliffe/Debbie Capozzi/Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer/Liz Bower, 44
3. Sally Barkow/Annie Lush/Alana O'Reilly/Jacqueline Campbell, 54
4. Carol Cronin/Margaret/Bonds Podlich/Karina Vogen Shelton/Kim Couranz, 58
5. Kirsten Werner/Samantha Webster/Brandy Cocoroch/Katelyn Thompson, 60
Complete results: http://tinyurl.com/RIWKC-2011-results
Event website: http://riwkc.ussailing.org/
Daily videos: http://www.T2P.tv
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QUALIFYING NEAR COMPLETE
St. Moritz, Switzerland (September 1, 2011) - Ian Williams (GBR) took one
step closer to qualifying directly for the semi-finals of the 2011 St.
Moritz Match Race today after dispatching his joint overnight leader Johnie
Bertnsson (SWE) in a tie-break match in the second Qualifying Session on
Lake St. Moritz. Williams' Team GAC Pindar has now secured seven wins and
sits above a group of teams in a tense battle for the seven quarter-final
With both Team GAC Pindar and Berntsson Sailing Team on six wins and one
loss, their match in flight 17 could prove crucial in deciding who
qualifies directly for the semi-finals. Both Williams and Berntsson wanted
the favoured left however Berntsson was forced to tack just after the start
and was forced right. As has been the case all week, Williams found more
pressure on the left and built an unassailable lead.
Williams was clear in the build-up to the event that he was focused on
winning Qualifying: "The win against Johnie was a really big one for us",
commented Williams. "We'd seen that Johnie had been sailing really well so
it was an important one for us to win to help achieve our aim to win
Qualifying. We do have a habit of losing to teams that don't do so well, as
we showed today, so that's something we need to work on for tomorrow."
Williams' lone loss was against last placed Swiss Jerome Clerc.
St. Moritz features the Blu26, a newly designed four person keelboat called
that's highly manouvreable boat with a big rig The final races of the
Qualifying round for the twelve teams will be tomorrow to determine who
advances to the knock-out rounds. -- Full report:
Standings after the second day of qualifying:
Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar 7-1
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 6-2
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat 6-2
Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team 5-3
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team 4-4
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing 4-4
Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Extreme Team Morbihan 4-4
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 4-5
Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners 3-5
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 3-6
Eric Monnin (SUI) Oklays Corum Sailing Team 2-7
Jerome Clerc (SUI) Team CER 1-8
COVERAGE: Live coverage continues Friday. The preview of the conclusion to
Qualifying is on The WMRT Morning Show with Hannah White from 1100 local
time (GMT +2) and a review of the day on The WMRT Today Show after racing
finishes. Details: http://www.wmrt.com/live.html
BACKGROUND: The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the leading professional
sailing series, with St. Moritz Match Race as the sixth stage of the eight
event circuit sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF)
with "Special Event" status. Prize money is awarded for each event, with
event points culminating in the crowning of the "ISAF Match Racing World
Champion". -- http://www.wmrt.com
OGLETREE GETS PROMOTION
China Team, the official Chinese challenger for the 34th America's Cup, has
created a new lineup of sailors for the next AC World Series event in
Plymouth, September 10-18, 2011.
Charlie Ogletree (USA) is China Team's Skipper. Charlie has been with China
Team since its start, in the role of tactician, and will now take on the
lead as Team Captain/Skipper. Charlie is a legend in the world of multihull
sailing, as an Olympic medalist (2004), World Champion, as well as numerous
#1 rankings worldwide and in the US. He was runner-up Rolex Yachtsman of
the Year in Olympic Racing (2005), and holds many other world titles as
Newly joining China Team is Andreas Hagara (AUT), who will take on the role
of helmsman. Charlie and Andreas have a long history of working together
and Andreas brings with him his extensive multihull proven skills, as a
World Champion, European Champion and World Champion bronze medalist as
recently as 2010.
These changes follow the team's announcement after the inaugural ACWS event
in Cascais that they had decided to part ways with its skipper Mitch Booth.
In Plymouth, Booth will be working with ACTV as a broadcast commentator. --
Full report: http://tinyurl.com/ACUP-090111
'BLIND' MAN TO SAIL AROUND THE WORLD ALONE
Veteran sailor Dennis Howard is preparing for one of the most challenging
journeys of his life -- a solo voyage around the world. But on top of all
the dangers associated with such a trip, including sleep deprivation,
stormy seas and the threat of pirates, the 62-year-old American has an
additional challenge to face.
Howard is legally blind. "There's no question in my mind that I can do
this," he said. "There is also no question in my mind that I absolutely
have to take it seriously 24/7, I need to be vigilant."
After suffering a severe form of glaucoma, which causes damage to the optic
nerves, Howard had his right eye removed and lost most of the vision in his
"My doctor estimates around 5% of my vision remains," he said. "To see what
I see you can cover your right eye and then look through a drinking straw
with the other -- that's what I see.
"I can read a license plate from across the road, I just can't see the
car," he continued.
He plans to depart on his specially designed 20-foot (6.1 meter) boat the
"Avalo" from San Diego, California, in late October. The voyage is expected
to take around one and a half to two years, with Howard hoping to end the
journey in France. -- CNN, read on:
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* Oyster Bay, NY (September 1, 2011) - Following the racing on day two, the
lead at the Grade 2 Oakcliff International Grade 2 Match Race Regatta now
belongs to Laurie Jury (New Zealand), who is also leading in the Grand Slam
series. He and his crew won all eight races today, for a total record of
10-1. Just behind him are Will Tiller (New Zealand) who is 8-3, and Dave
Perry (USA), also 8-3. The event is sailed in Swedish Match 40s, with
racing through September 3rd. -- Full report:
* A call for nominations at the Canadian Yachting Association is for the
position of President and two Directors at Large are now open. Nominations
are to be received by CYA no later than September 10, 2011. -- Details:
* The Trihedral CYA Canadian Youth Championships at St Margarets Sailing
Club in Glen Haven, Nova Scotia was completed after four days of
competition. On the Laser Course, Kyle Martin from RVanYC in Vancouver
topped the fleet for the overall win. Violet Stafford also from Kingston
Yacht Club topped the 20 boat women's fleet.The 29er was won by Fredrique
Tougas and Florence Pepin Delhaes from PCYC in Montreal. In the 420 fleet,
Meredith Megarry and Emily Mcilquham sailing from RCYC in Toronto were tops
in the women's fleet while Max Flinn and Andrew Burns from RNSYS bested the
17 boat men's fleet. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/CYA-090111b
* Boating Ontario dealers and Discover Boating will be teaming up on
BoatDealers.ca to create interest in recreational boating through increased
online marketing. Over the next two months, BoatDealers.ca will feature a
Boating Ontario landing page aimed at trying to generate new leads for
potential boaters. -- Boating Industry, read on:
* On Sunday 11 September, the double-handed, round-the-world, Class40
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) and UnitedGames are launching a
free-to-play test race for players to discover the game's features prior to
the intense competition in the event's main Virtual Race. The GOR's Virtual
Race Game will run from the actual start of the GOR on 25 September,
through to the finish next June with 30,000 miles of racing through the
Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Southern Oceans with five separate legs split
by four stopovers in ports around the world. -- Details:
* Schull, West Cork, Ireland (September 1, 2011) - At the end of racing on
day two of the ISAF Team Racing World Championships in Schull Harbour, top
ranked British team West Kirby Hawks (GBR 1) and USA 1 (Team Extreme)
remain deadlocked at the top of the rankings. BUSA (GBR 3) and the USA 2
team (the Rockets) from Newport, Rhode Island are in third and fourth
positions, respectively. -- Full report:
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include lunch tables, drifter, poopy pants, team racing, Curmudgeon
sightings, and the famed September computer photo by Cory Silken. Here are
this week's photos: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/11/0902/
SEND US YOUR PHOTOS: If you have images to share for the Photos of the
Week, send them to the Scuttlebutt editor:
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
This week's video comes from the Bermuda Fitted Dinghy racing scene in
Granaway Deep, Bermuda. Using a Go-Pro camera attached to their alternate
skipper's head (and then to the end of their 20 ft boom for the last shot),
skipper Lance Fraser's team on Elizabeth II managed to capture the inside
of a fitted dinghy race and some of the quirks of racing them.
The 14 ft wooden boats have fixed keels, wooden spars (this was their
second biggest rig of 39 ft) and as many crew as they want. This video
shows the starts (hauling off of a tugboat), the lack of starboard/port
rules (both boats hail each other and tack away), the fact that you don't
have to finish the racing with anything you started (throwing the spinnaker
pole off after the downwind) and even the bagpipes upon finishing.
Soundtracks by Portable Payback (Relax) and Paper Tongues (Trinity). Click
here for this week's video:
BONUS: When a famously large and fast boat (Rambler 100) loses its keel in
a famously historic race (Fastnet), and its crew of 21 famously survives a
near disastrous event (turtle boat), you can count on the YouTubers to
provide footage of the event. Here is what the boat looks like today:
BONUS: The weekly 'America's Cup Uncovered' magazine show on the America's
Cup YouTube channel provides behind-the-scenes sneak-peeks, athlete
profiles and up-close action on and off the water. The first five episodes
are online, with the sixth show to be released by Saturday:
BONUS: This week's edition of the "World on Water" Global Sailing Video
News Report, look for coverage on the Trophy Multi 50 Prince de Bretagne in
France, the Clipper Round the World Race nearing Rio de Janeiro, Audi
Hamilton Island Race Week Australia, the righting of super maxi Rambler 100
in Ireland, 18 Footer International Regatta San Francisco USA, Audi MedCup
Cartegna Spain, and finish of the exciting la Solitaire du Figaro France.
See it on www.boatson.tv approx 1200 BST, 0700 EDT Sept 2.
SEND US YOUR VIDEOS: If you have clips to share for the Video of the Week,
send them to the Scuttlebutt editor: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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* From Rob Brown, ACTV commentator:
If you wouldn't mind correcting the article in Scuttlebutt 3418 on the AC
Commentary. I am from Australia not NEW ZEALAND.
I would like to add to what Gary Lovejoy has said, in so far that one of
the main focuses of the coverage of the World Series events is to attract
new audience to sailing. Getting the right balance between explaining
sailing terminology without losing those who have intimate sailing
knowledge, is the challenge and that is what we are striving to achieve.
Even though we have two different TV feeds (sport feed - General Audience
and also to the sailing feed - Higher level for sailing enthusiasts),
There will be an ever increasing stream of new audience to both over the
next few years leading into the Cup in 2013. Never before has sailing had
an opportunity like this, to present our sport in a truly exciting and
visual way. As I have explained to people, we will be taking the audiences
along this journey, increasing their knowledge of sailing and in particular
giving them the onboard experience, sharing all the adrenalin and drama
associated with the crews going about their work under the stress of top
level competition. How many other sports have the players Mic' ed up?
This is great for our sport, and it will only get better.
* From Theo Muller, Wellington, New Zealand:
Commentators of the America's Cup Series in Cascais, including our own
Peter Montgomery, were totally over the top. At times they were screaming
at the top of their voice, which was most annoying and did not add anything
to the excitement of the races. Commentators may well have been instructed
to liven things up, but this was horrible. Please tone it down for Plymouth
and future regattas.
* From Scott Truesdell:
Regarding the AC World Series coverage of Cascais, it was about half way
through the regatta they offered a choice of audio streams. I forget the
exact wording, but it was something like "audio for general audience" and
"audio for racers". I think that most readers of Scuttlebutt would enjoy
the "racer" commentary MUCH better. The MedCup commentators also struggle
with these issues.
* From Byron Glover:
I sincerely appreciate Scuttlebutt. I began racing Sunfish, Fireballs and
Snipe in the mid 60's. I raced J-24's in the 80's & 90's. I enjoy keeping
up with today's racing scene through Scuttlebutt. However, I do have one
observation. It seems to me that you rarely give the type of boat being
used in regattas such as the Rolex or Match Race. I find this very
frustrating. Maybe the type of boat is listed and I just got hit by the
boom too many times. If that's the case - sorry to bother you.
In the United States, the first Monday in September is deemed Labor Day,
one of the eleven recognized federal holidays in the country. With many
public schools beginning classes after the weekend, it is also celebrated
by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer.
Hopefully, at the very least, it will represent a restful weekend for the
Scuttlebutt community. Taking advantage of the holiday weekend, Scuttlebutt
HQ will not be publishing the Monday edition, but will return to our normal
schedule on Tuesday, September 6th.
We know of a herd of cows, a flock of chickens, and a school of fish. But
what is the collective noun for a group of baboons? They are the loudest,
most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least
intelligent of all primates. Believe it or not ... a Congress!
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