SCUTTLEBUTT 3422 - Thursday, September 8, 2011
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A FRIENDLY COMPETITION BETWEEN NATIONS
Crowning the world's best match racing nation, the Grand Final of the ISAF
Nations Cup comes to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA on September 13-18. Hosted
by Sail Sheboygan, one of four US Sailing Centers, the competition on Lake
Michigan is the culmination of a series of eight match racing regattas that
started in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on 24 March.
The ISAF Nations Cup is a global competition to find the world's top match
racing nation in open and women's events. The 2011 Nations Cup included
seven regional finals, from which the top teams will compete in Sheboygan.
The Grand Final will be sailed in the Sonar class for the open event and
the Elliott 6m for the women's event.
Asia - Rauf Zahid (PAK)
Europe I - Stratis Andreadis (GRE)
Europe II - Przemek Tarnacki (POL)
North America - Peter Wickwire (CAN)
Oceania - Laurie Jury (NZL)
South America - Henrique Haddad (BRA)
Host - Shawn Bennett (USA)
Wild Card - Mads Ebler (DEN)
Wild Card - Lucy Macgregor (GBR)
Wild Card - Yasar Celal Tumsen (TUR)
Africa - Dominique Provoyeur (RSA)
Asia - Ru Wang - (CHN)
Europe I - Katarzyna Pie (POL)
Europe II - Mandy Mulder (DEN)
North America - Sharon Ferris-Choat (CAN)
Oceania - Olivia Price (AUS)
South America - Juliana Senfft (BRA)
Defender - Claire Leroy (FRA)
Host - Genevieve Tulloch (USA)
Wild Card - Rita Goncalves (POR)
Full report: http://www.sailing.org/36595.php
EXPECT THE THRILL METER TO RISE
Following the inaugural event of the America's Cup World Series in Caiscais
(Portugal), teams have moved their AC45s to Plymouth (England) in order to
prepare for the second leg of the AC World Series (Sept. 10-18), which is
due to start on Saturday. And expectations are for the thrill meter to
Loick Peyron and the crew of Energy Team (FRA) have been training since
last Thursday in Plymouth Sound, which is famous for hosting the start of
the transatlantic race. The French challenger has been through five busy
days of training in conditions that have often been quite rough. In fact,
yesterday, the crew was forced to remain ashore.
* What difference is there between Plymouth and Cascais?
LOICK PEYRON: In Plymouth, the sea is bound to be rather choppy. This is
particularly true when the wind is from the south in spite of the
breakwater, because that doesn't hold back the sea completely, so we're
looking at conditions that are rather more like the open sea.
But this is a great place to race, and offers a good view to spectators
from the famous Hoe with its green lawns. This is the place where the
legendary transatlantic races begin (OSTAR). The sailing area is rather
tricky with currents and extremely unstable winds. For the moment, we've
been training in windy conditions in general. There have been quite strong
winds to the extent that yesterday we weren't able to go out sailing.
* How does the AC45 behave in such winds?
LOICK PEYRON: The boat is designed for that, so that's not a problem.
Occasionally, it means taking it to the edge and the precise limits are not
that easy to find. When there are windy conditions, the only tricky
manoeuvre is bearing away. Everything else is easy enough to deal with...
sailing downwind and indeed upwind, especially in courses set up in the
direction of the wind.
But bearing away at the windward buoy requires you to find the right
moment, the crew has to be in the right place, and you have to know whether
it is risky or not to bear away and not accelerate too fast, which means
that it becomes fairly complicated. As soon as there is too much wind, you
reach a critical point. You have to be really careful, as the slightest
mistake is hardly ever excused. We saw that on Monday with the Spaniards
Full interview: http://tinyurl.com/ACUP-090711
Plymouth schedule: http://tinyurl.com/ACWS-Plymouth-2011
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SCORING CHANGE MAY BOOST TOUR LEADER
When the World Match Racing Tour was forced to cancel the 2011 Danish Open,
it created a problem as there were several top teams that had chosen that
event as one of their scheduled events to contribute to their overall tour
The fix was to devise a system to award points for that event which could
yet add a twist to the season. "The Tour Card Holders who chose Denmark as
one of their 6 allocated events (everyone except Francesco Bruni) will
receive an average points score based on their other 5 allocated events,"
explains Tour Director Craig Mitchell. "If that average is one of their
best 5 scores this season it will count towards their Championship total."
At this stage of the Tour, with six of the eight events completed, the big
winner from this adjustment looks to be Ian Williams (GBR), who vaulted
last week to the top of the standings following his third place finish at
the St. Moritz Match Race. "As it stands Williams would benefit the most,"
Mitchell observers, "as he could replace the tenth place (2 points) he
scored at Match Race France with his average which is high at 18 points
because he has two firsts and two third places to his name. That would give
him a 16 point advantage over his current total score of 90."
The points adjustment will not be made until after the Argo Group Gold Cup
(Oct. 3-9). "If we put the average points in right now," said Mitchell,
"Ian Williams would maintain his overall lead and actually increase the gap
between him and second, from one point to 17. It's clear though that Ian
Williams's Team GAC Pindar will be the team everyone will want to beat in
Bermuda so they can stay within overtaking distance going into the finale
Full report: http://tinyurl.com/WMRT-090711
During a race, a Laser sailor wears hiking pants with stiffeners under his
thighs. He is protested for breaking rule 49.1, Crew Position. You are on
the protest committee; how would you decide this? Answer below.
ECONOMIC REALITY SHRINKS FIELD
Over the past three months, the harsh reality of securing offshore yacht
racing sponsorship in a fragile and unpredictable financial environment has
come sharply into focus for the teams in the double-handed, Class40 Global
Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR). In the early summer, 19 teams were officially
entered and this number has gradually been reduced to six confirmed entries
for the 2011-12 circumnavigation to start September 25th.
As official organisers of Class40 round-the-world racing until 2016, 90 per
cent of the withdrawn entries have requested a slot on the start line of
Josh Hall's single-handed and double-handed Class40 Global Ocean Race
2013-14 allowing the teams to re-group and plan well-funded and competitive
campaigns. While this determination by the skippers is encouraging, it
highlights the immense struggle and effort that can often hamper teams.
Confirmed double-handed Class40 entry list for the Global Ocean Race
1. Sec. Hayai, Nico Budel with team entry of Ruud van Rijsewijk, Frans
Budel, Bas Bax-Kiburg, Erik van Vuuren (NED). 2007 Akilaria Class40
2. Desafio Mallorca, Conrad Colman and Hugo Ramon (NZL/SPA). 2011 Akilaria
3. Nannini/Peggs, Marco Nannini and Paul Peggs (ITA/GBR). 2007 Akilaria
4. Phesheya-Racing, Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire (RSA). 2006
5. Campagne de France, Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron (FRA/GBR). 2011
6. BSL, Ross Field and Campbell Field (NZL). 2008 Tyker40 Class40
Full story: http://globaloceanrace.com/?page=news&news_id=510&lang=en
* San Francisco (September 7, 2011) - Some intriguing class battles promise
to highlight this year's Rolex Big Boat Series, which starts tomorrow
(Thursday) and slates four full days of racing action on the San Francisco
waterfront that is now home to the America's Cup. Adding spice to what's
cooking for 81 entered teams is a class stocked with TP52s; one conceived
especially for "fast forties"; another harboring no less than 21 fiercely
competitive one-design teams and yet another devoted to determining a new
world champion. (A total of eight classes - four for IRC and four for
one-design--will be sailing.) -- Read on:
* (September 7, 2011) - The release today of the ISAF Match Race Rankings
finds Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) has moved to the top of the Women's Match Race
Rankings for the first time whilst Ian Williams (GBR) maintained top spot
in the Open Match Race Rankings. The American broke into the top ten in the
Women's Rankings in December 2009 and has steadily worked her way up to
take top spot. Meanwhile in the Open Rankings another good performance by
Williams in the sixth stop of the World Match Race Tour in St. Moritz
Switzerland strengthened his position as World #1. -- Read on:
* San Francisco, CA (September 6, 2011) - John Demourkas (USA) went against
an age-old superstition today as he locked down the Farr 30 Pre-Worlds
fleet to take an 8-point victory in the four-race regatta. Competition for
the Farr 30 World Championship starts Thursday and runs through Sunday as
part of the Rolex Big Boat Series. -- Full report:
* Co. Dublin, Ireland (September 7, 2011) - Race three of the Star European
Championship (September 2-10) was successfully started on Dublin Bay this
morning as gales finally abated for the 26-boat fleet gathered at the Royal
St. George Yacht Club. The 2006 European champion Diego Negri (ITA) with
Enrico Voltolini remain as overall leader after their second win of the
series. A 30-plus knot squall scuppered the plan to sail three races to
catch-up on the programme. A fifth today by Canadians Richard Clarke/Tyler
Bjorn moved them up to fourth overall. -- Event website:
* Porto Cervo, Italy (September 7, 2011) - After Tuesday's Mistral-inspired
abandonment, racing got started early at the 2011 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup as
wind speeds were predicted to rise dramatically across the day. Principal
Race Officer Peter Craig called for a coastal course of approx.
23.5-nautical miles for all four classes, with the winners to be Niklas
Zennstrom's Ran 2 (GBR) in the Mini Maxi World Championship, Claus-Peter
Offen's Y3K (GER) in the Wally division, Highland Fling (MON) in the Racing
Maxis; DSK Pioneer Investments (ITA) in the Racing/Cruising Maxi division
and Nilaya (GBR) as the top Supermaxi. Strong winds are again forecast for
Thursday. -- Full report:
* Chicago Match Race Center's fall season kicks off with the Autumn Open
Grade 3 A and B Events September 9-12. With the combined events, this
weekend maximizes a travel time for points awarded for the teams from five
nations travelling to Chicago to compete. Many of the teams competing are
using the events as a tune-up for the Grand Final of the ISAF Nations Cup
in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA on September 13-18. -- Full report:
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Concerning the protest against the Laser sailor wearing hiking pants, the
protest disallowed. Rule 49.1 states, "Competitors shall use no device
designed to position their bodies outboard, other than hiking straps and
stiffeners worn under the thighs." Therefore, wearing stiffeners under the
thighs does not break rule 49.1. Details at
EXCEPTION: The only caveat to Rule 49.1 is when the class rules override
it. An example is the Etchells whose rules state that "No ... special
device shall be used by any member of the crew for the purpose of
supporting his weight outboard of the sheerline." --
US visionary in classic yacht restoration, Adrian Pearsall, passed away on
Tuesday, September 6th. After a successful career in modern age furniture
design in the 1950's-1980's, Adrian Pearsall never really retired. Instead
he turned his passion for preservation and meticulous craftsmanship to the
hobby of sailing and classic yacht restoration.
Long before many would appreciate the beauty in these treasured relics, he
rescued and personally restored numerous classic yachts, including the
famous 44ft Herreshoff NY-30, AMORITA (1905); a 50ft Burgess P-Class Sloop
CHIPS (1913); a Wm. Fife Six Metre, CLARITY (1926); and a Herreshoff Watch
Hill 15, EMMA (1924).
But most notably, he was solely responsible for the rescue and re-build of
the long time Fastnet Race (elapsed time) record holder, the 72ft Wm. Fife
designed HALLOWE'EN (1926), which was completely restored over a four year
period in a shed he built behind the Museum of Yachting, in Newport, RI. --
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* From Scott Brown, Minneapolis, MN:
I applaud the forward-thinking comments in Gary Jobson's address regarding
yacht clubs (in Scuttlebutt 3421); specifically his thoughts regarding the
old guard and communication. However, the suggestion that printed
communication on its own can improve club participation falls short of the
From major corporations to soccer clubs -- everyone is trying to balance
the tradition of print with the immediacy and low-cost of digital. But the
form in which we communicate is not the problem -- it's what we
communicate. A few suggestions:
1. Be on time. Communicating anything late has minimal value.
2. Deliver information that helps members be better members, and then stop.
This keeps content focused on the core of the club -- sailing.
3. Keep the format simple. It reduces the time requirement of this
volunteer position without hurting performance.
4. Assign the newsletter to a new person every year. It'a huge job. Share
5. Leave out the drivel. How many Spring newsletters begin with, "Well,
it's been a long winter, the snow is almost gone, and it's time we dust off
our boats and . . . . . blah, blah, blah." Just get to the meat.
6. Provide balance. Cover the entire club, not just the part of the club of
special interest to the newsletter editor.
7. Have a sense of humor. You're not producing the Wall Street Journal.
It's a club, and clubs are fun!
* From Lorne Cheeseman:
As someone who is interested in sailing, has sailed a bit but does not
currently own a boat, one thing that Yacht clubs could do is to encourage
members to bring new people onto their boats. For example, adding a
requirement in addition to serving on the race committee or other club
service to bring in new members, or to have bonus points offered for new
crew during regular club regattas.
I do want to get into sailing but am not going to go out and buy a boat
right away just to do it. I find that some of the walls that one has to get
over to get into sailing are far too steep for many people in a time when
the sailing community should be removing barriers... not putting them up.
* From Luiz Kahl:
The re-direct suggestion by Jared Wohlgemuth in Scuttlebutt 3421 would
still not work. The problem is that people outside (i.e. media, etc) would
link their sites to the custom URL which you created and used to market the
event and once you let that domain lapsed and die, all outside links to it
would now be broken.
The solution is to create and market "sdyc.org/snipeworlds2009" as that
domain would remain live forever. The classes (in this case, Snipe) should
have a single domain for their worlds - snipeworlds.com - which would have
links to your files on the SDYC web server.
Another option would be to use services such as yachtscoring.com which
would run your events and maintain all of the data live for you for years
to come - outside links would not be broken.
* From R. G. Newbury:
Regarding custom event URLs, quite a number of years ago I attempted to do
this for the Etchells Class. I obtained (and paid for!) the domain
The idea was to have ONE static page, consisting of links to the actual
event sites, so that, at the least, an outsider could *find* the event
site, without having to worry about domain name oddities.
But the event organizers never seemed to like the idea and it never went
anywhere. Personally, I would love to be able to just type in
snipeworlds.org or starworlds.org and click on one further link to have
access to the latest news. Easier on the brain cells.
The domain has since been transferred to the Etchells Class. A page is
there, but no-one has permission to access it!
COMMENT: The most significant value of an event site for a one design class
is marketing. Yet, these sites are typically in the control of the event
organizer, whose interest is regatta management and not class marketing.
More details on event communication here:
* From Marc Jacobi:
While reading Scuttlebutt 3421, I was flabbergasted at the write up about
the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. 25-28 knots is now considered so "menacing" that
racing is canceled?
Geez, when I was growing up in Honolulu they were racing squirrelly IOR
Maxi lead mines in stronger winds than that without incident. The swells
were 10-20 feet too.
I've one word for a professionally-crewed fleet (or professional race
committee) that can't handle that amount of wind: pitiful.
COMMENT: I haven't spoken to PRO Peter Craig about the cancellation of
racing, but I am reminded of the comments made by Naval Architect Bruce
Nelson in Scuttlebutt 3305. Bruce had filed a thoughtful report about the
flaws of modern yacht design following the attrition of 9 of the 15 big
boats from the 2011 Newport-to-Cabo Race. Here is an excerpt:
"Today, many races which were once a test of seamanship are now more often
a test of nerves, and the physical stamina of the crew. Every ship in the
US Navy is designed to meet minimum sea-kindliness standards so that the
sailors are not routinely injured, or seasick beyond all usefulness.
Perhaps yacht racers need to consider some similar criteria." -- Craig
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