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SCUTTLEBUTT 3423 - Friday, September 9, 2011
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THE ROAD TO RIO
Following a successful collegiate coaching career, Gary Bodie was head
coach for the US Sailing Team at the Olympic Games in 2000 Sydney, 2004
Athens and 2008 Beijing. Under his leadership, the program won 8 medals at
the Olympic Games, 5 medals at the Paralympic Games, and 12 medals at the
Pan Am Games. Bodie continues to be involved with US SAILING's Rolex Miami
OCR as Regatta Chairperson and is a member of the ISAF Events Committee.
Here is an excerpt from a recent interview on Clever Pig:
* Can you give us an overview of the 2016 Olympics for the sport of
sailing? What are the major changes compared to the 2012 Olympics?
GARY BODIE: The 2016 Olympic Games will not have any keelboats. The
venerable Star class will be eliminated after 2012. Women's Match Racing
will only make one appearance in 2012, and then it is gone for 2016. The
Rio Games will however include a women's skiff event and a first ever mixed
event in multihulls. There are also likely to be significant changes in
format for 2016 that have not been determined yet. These format changes may
be even more significant than the boat changes.
* How does the outlook to Rio 2016 change the game for Youth Sailing?
GARY BODIE: My advice is don't be afraid to try something really different.
Too often our best sailors do not consider all of the options simply
because they have the most experience with a club 420 or FJ, and those look
the most like a 470. Go for the multihull, the board and the skiff. Listen
to our elite coaches from the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. If they tell
you that you're too small, too short, or too large for one event then get
their advice on which event is best suited to your body type.
And carefully consider your pathway. If you are truly one of the elite
youth sailors in the USA, then you don't need to spend eight years roll
tacking an FJ in High School and College. Move on already. And finally,
don't expect to win the US Trials or an Olympic Medal in a two year
campaign after college, no matter how good you think you are. Those days
are long, long gone. The future pathway toward an Olympic medal is getting
involved with the US Sailing Development Team and its collaborative team
culture and coaching by the best in the world.
Full interview: http://tinyurl.com/CleverPig-090811
MUST HAVE MASS TV EXPOSURE
Where can I watch the Volvo Ocean Race on TV? That's the question that
people will be asking as the teams line up on the start line in Alicante
this October and as the race makes its way around the world.
Thanks to an increasing number of channels requiring high-quality content,
fans of sailing events like the Volvo Ocean Race can follow the stories of
the sailors offshore around the world and in shorter in-port races. In many
cases coverage for the 11th Volvo Ocean Race will be live.
The Volvo Ocean Race and host broadcaster, IMG Media, have announced the
first group of broadcast partners for the 2011-12 edition of the race. The
coverage will be distributed to 57 broadcasters covering over 50 countries.
More than 75 percent of the outlets have agreed to take the live production
of the In-Port Races and Leg Starts.
YachtRacing.biz asked Adam Binns, Director of Television (for the VOR)
about how TV fits into the Volvo media package.
* Much has been made of live-streaming sailing free via the internet, why
is TV still important?
ADAM BINNS: While online streaming is an ever-growing medium for sports
viewing on the whole, TV is still the best way to reach a general sports
audience and mainstream viewers. Without mass TV exposure, be that through
news or dedicated slots, growth is constrained by the size of the online
community aware of your event.
We're confident that our offerings online, with the live events, video
conferencing, video diaries and daily highlights, will keep the sailing
fans engaged but TV will provide the platform by which we can showcase the
incredible stories the Race will generate over course of the nine months to
many who have never been touched by the Race before.
Full interview: http://tinyurl.com/YachtingRacingBiz-090811
VOR broadcast announcement: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/11/0908/
SURVEY: In November 2010, Scuttlebutt surveyed its readers about their
viewing preferences. When asked to make a choice between watching the Volvo
Ocean Race, the America's Cup, and the sailing events at the Olympics,
48.16% of the respondents said they would prefer the VOR while the
America's Cup and the Olympics received 28.76% and 23.08% of the vote,
respectively. -- http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/polls/10/1116/
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PRACTICALITIES OF SEAWORTHINESS
When mistral conditions cancelled the first day of racing this week at the
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo, Italy, a cry of 'What The F#@K' came
from the sidelines. Was this another instance of offshore race boats being
unsuitable to go offshore? Hugh Welbourn, Principal at Hugh Welbourn Design
in Southampton, United Kingdom, joins the conversation:
Pitiful indeed to be cancelling because of 25 knots, when I can well
remember frequently starting and racing in Sardinia in full Mistral
conditions and having some of the best racing and fun days ever. One of
those days was the first of many occasions racing with Bruce (Naval
Architect Bruce Nelson) in fact, and rolling the good old IOR boats
downhill in seriously interesting conditions around the many rocks off
But how have we got to this stage?
You have to lay some of the blame on currently having rules and race
organisers that on the whole take no interest in the actual practicalities
of seaworthiness. That's something that is totally separate from basic
issues of stability and structures which have mostly been dealt with, but
is more along the lines of ensuring that it is possible to work the boat
both above and below decks in severe conditions if necessary.
Ever increasing pressure on short course racing results has created super
efficient sail handling and deck layouts for sure, but 'conveniently'
brushed under the table are such basic seaworthiness points of no deck
penetrations that allow water below, or indeed as with current TP52's then
the sheer mass of string running all through the internals of the boat. And
watertight integrity? Got to be joking!
Of course the TP52's and some others in current guise would run a mile from
doing any real offshore event and even deliveries between events are cause
for looking for benign weather windows.
But yachts of this ilk shouldn't be sailing in events such as Sardinia
where challenging conditions are so often encountered and also should be so
much of the fun.
Yes, the modern boats are harder on the crew, the motions are more violent,
but sanitising the racing because some of the boats can't deal with the
conditions is plain crazy.
So surely its time that the rules and race organisers recognise that this
state of affairs must not be allowed to continue - racing boat numbers are
shrinking everywhere and part of the issue is for sure that they are
becoming less and less suitable for the general mix of offshore/inshore
Killing off the races in such great waters as Sardinia just because some of
the fleet can't deal with it?
BACKGROUND: Regarding the sailing conditions on the first day, Scuttlebutt
has learned that the race committee stationed a RIB at the starting area
and was recording winds of 28-31 knots on the deck. The morning winds were
already stronger than predicted and the forecast was for stronger winds to
come. The RC postponed until approximately 2:00pm before cancelling for the
day. -- http://www.regattanews.com/event.aspx?eid=192&year=2011
A SHOW OF PATRIOTISM
This Sunday, Sept. 11, on the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on
the U.S., Sail Newport along with the local sailing community will hold a
race to commemorate the tenth anniversary of that fateful moment in history
and to raise funds for wounded veterans and Rhode Island servicemen and
"We want to help those servicemen and women and their families who have
suffered or are suffering as a result of fighting for our freedom since
9-11," says Scott Murray, co-founder of the annual sailing event. "We don't
want to take their sacrifices for granted.and we will never forget," he
The original Sail for Pride was organized three weeks after the 9 -11
terrorist attacks when over 200 boats sailed and over $100,000 was raised
for 9-11 charities. The sailing event has been held every year and since
2001 in excess of $800,000 has been donated to over a dozen charities.
The regatta was founded by three local sailors, Brad Read and Scotty
Murray, both from Middletown, RI and Newporter Mick Harvey. In 2001, the
name "Sail for Pride" was retired and the event was renamed "Sail for Hope"
which incorporated the Ocean State's motto. The name Sail for Pride will be
used again this year to commemorate the tenth anniversary event.
For a show of patriotism, entrants will be asked to fly their ensigns
during racing as the boats navigate around Conanicut Island and into
Newport Harbor. -- Full report:
A MOST APPROPRIATE MALAPROPISM
While word processing software can catch our typos, it can't save us when
we correctly type the wrong word. So when Darrell Nicholson - editor at
Practical Sailor - received a letter from a subscriber asking for his
opinion about a J/24 for 'cursing', Darrell couldn't resist. Here is his
In my opinion, a J/24 is a little too small for serious offshore cursing.
They are pretty sensitive boats and might not hold up to well to a long,
hard curse. Then again, I know plenty of sailors who wouldn't hesitate to
curse a J/24. I should mention that these are mostly racing sailors, and
they do a lot of cursing.
Some people will tell you too that cursing any boat under 30 feet is
madness. I completely disagree. A friend and I cursed a Balboa 26 during a
one-week charter down in the Florida Gulf. It's only a little bigger than a
J/24, and it was fine for cursing - particularly when we ran aground. We
would just lift the centerboard and carry on cursing. If you really want to
do some intense cursing, try exploring shallow waters in the Gulf some
I must warn you, however. Once you start cursing, it's hard to stop. I have
this problem myself. My wife blames the rum - says that the more I drink,
the more I want to curse. I say that's crazy, cursing is in my blood. And
she says, that's her point.
She doesn't curse as much as she used to. Neither do I. But we're looking
forward to the day when our boys are old enough so we can curse together as
Fair winds and happy cursing!
More comments here: http://www.practical-sailor.com/blog/-10592-1.html
QUANTUM SAILS POWER FARR 30 NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION
Congratulations to Deneen Demourkas on the Quantum-equipped Groovederci 706
on her Farr 30 North American Championship. This is Deneen's second North
American title and a great warm-up to this week's World Championship.
Strong contenders for the World title also include Groovederci 35 and
Barking Mad - both with Q sails and strong finishers at the NAs. Quantum's
Farr 30 guru Scott Nixon is at Worlds and available for boat tuning and
set-up assistance. The Quantum Pacific Loft is providing overnight sail
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* San Francisco, CA (September 8, 2011) - If two- and three-way ties for
first are indicative of heated competition, four classes set the stage in
today's opener at the Rolex Big Boat Series for some fiery showdowns over
the next three days of competition. A total of 81 boats took to San
Francisco Bay for the 47th annual event, with seven classes--four for IRC
and three for one-design (J/105s, J/120s, Express 37s)--completing two
races each and an eighth for one-designs (Farr 30s) completing three. --
Full report: http://www.rolexbigboatseries.com/Files/Day%201-1.pdf
* San Francisco, CA (September 8, 2011) -Rough ebb-against-tide waves and a
constantly building breeze gave an emphatic welcome to the Farr 30 World
Championship fleet with three races to open the event. Race 1 started
shortly after 11 AM in less than 15 knots of wind, but the Bay's famous
thermals built quickly to a recorded 30 knots before the end of the final
race. Local rigger Scott Easom aboard 8-Ball sailed the most consistent day
with a 2-4-1 scoreline to take the overall lead. -- Full report:
* Co. Dublin, Ireland (September 8, 2011) - The weather gods finally
allowed a full day of racing at the Star European Championship on Dublin
Bay as a moderate westerly breeze allowed for three races. With their form
unchanged since Sunday, Italians Diego Negri and Enrico Voltolini extended
their overall lead in the 26-boat fleet, counting one win plus a third
place while discarding their eighth place in race six. Canadians Richard
Clarke/Tyler Bjorn rolled a 2-13-7 to move up to third overall. -- Event
* Porto Cervo, Italy (September 8, 2011) - As the wind abated for the third
day of the 2011 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, the majority of the 45-boat Maxi
fleet were dispatched on a 36-nautical mile coastal race, while the Mini
Maxi yachts had three windward/leeward courses of 8.8-nautical miles each.
Top of the class were: Y3K (GER), amongst the Wallys; Aegir 2 (GBR) in the
Racing/Cruising Maxi division; Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) in Maxi Racing;
Hetairos (CAY) in the Supermaxi class; and Niklas Zennstrom's 72-ft Ran 2
(GBR) won two of the three Mini Maxi races. -- Full report:
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include classics, backwards, victories, planning, sunsets, triplets, twins,
and 40s. Here are this week's photos:
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
What do you eat, drink, sleep, breathe? This week's video titled 'Eat,
Drink, Sleep, Breathe Windsurfing' takes us to the Hawaiian Islands, and
provides some highly revealing footage of what it means to be addicted to
wave sailing. Click here for this week's video:
BONUS: This Sunday is the 10th anniversary of the September 11 suicide
attacks against targets in New York and Washington, D.C. which resulted in
nearly 3,000 deaths. This video, HERO, is an amazing accomplishment, a
performance you watch with your heart, and a tribute to safety personnel
BONUS: Viewers can watch the racing at the America's Cup World Series in
Plymouth (Sept. 10-18) at the America's Cup YouTube channel at
http://www.youtube.com/americascup. Featuring a multi-screen player,
viewers can choose from live onboard footage, a graphical overview or an
eagle's eye view, as well as from expert sailing or standard sports
commentary as part of the daily livestreaming. The racing will also be
available on demand. Race schedule here:
BONUS: In this week's September 9 "World on Water" Global Boating Video
News Report we feature the WMRT finals St Moritz, the finish of Leg 2 of
the Clipper Round the world race in Rio de Janeiro, the Perini Navi Cup in
Porto Cervo, the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships on Lake
Ontario, The roll-out of the Vitruvius Yachts "Galileo G" Ice Class Motor
Yacht, the Audi MedCup Soto 40 Class finals Cartegna, the 29er XX Women's
Downhill Skiff Cross Event in Cesme Turkey, and the capsize of the new
America's Cup Spanish entry Green Com Racing in Plymouth. See it on
www.boatson.tv approx 1200 BST, 0700 EDT September 09.
SEND US YOUR VIDEOS: If you have clips to share for the Video of the Week,
send them to the Scuttlebutt editor: mailto:email@example.com
Scuttlebutt strongly encourages feedback from the Scuttlebutt community.
Either submit comments by email or post them on the Forum. Submitted
comments chosen to be published in the newsletter may be limited to 250
words. Authors may have one published submission per subject, and should
save their bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.
* From Jerelyn Biehl, One Design Management:
Having managed international one design classes for 18+ years, we've seen
regatta communication evolve from magazines to faxes to the internet to
social media and we are always trying to keep our sailors and fans
informed. From the regatta management end, some yacht clubs are up to the
task, and some not so much, and it's a give/take on imposing a website on
organizers vs. having them create their own.
The 9er classes have evolved and now have 49erworlds.org, 29erworlds.org,
49ereuropeans.org, 29ereuropeans.org as well as 29erxxregattas.org. The
Snipe Class has archived its Worlds results on snipe.org from the 1934
Worlds to present as the early years were published in Rudder Magazine and
as we know, many domains go dormant after the event is over. Either way,
you must be diligent to archive if you want to keep your history alive.
* From Scott Murray:
I read Mac Jacobi's letter (in Scuttlebutt 3422) regarding racing being
postponed in Porto Cervo Maxi series with some interest. What Marc may be
unaware of is that in the glory days of Clipper/Kenwood cups there was a
relatively protected harbor from which to leave and return to and, once
outside, a long swell and sea state, which, though challenging provided
perfect conditions. I have no doubt that the boats competing in Porto Cervo
would relish the conditions we enjoyed so much in those days.
Trying to leave and re-enter the harbor in Porto Cervo in a full blown
mistral can be a sketchy prospect, and once outside, the short ugly sea
state bears no resemblance to the perfect conditions in Hawaii. I remember
several occasions in the same era where the old maxi fleet was held in port
due to similar conditions described in the Sardinia report, although the
wind speeds were similar to those found in Hawaii.
* From Steve Greatrex:
Depending on where Lorne Cheesman wants to sail (Scuttlebutt 3422), he
should be able to find a local, online Crew List service, where he can find
a listing of skippers looking for crew, or crew looking for crew positions.
Here in the San Diego area, there is one at sdwaterfront.com, and some of
the local yacht clubs have their own crew lists, as well. Perhaps
Scuttlebutt could gather a listing of crew lists from around the country.
COMMENT: There is a section on the Scuttlebutt website where Local Sailing
Resources are listed. We just added sdwaterfront.com for San Diego, and
will welcome any other sites for North American sailing venues. The current
list is on the Suppliers & Resources page:
My karma ran over your dogma.
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