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SCUTTLEBUTT 3427 - Thursday, September 15, 2011
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CANADIANS KEEP IT IN SINGLES
Newport, RI (September 14, 2011) - Returning to upper Narragansett Bay for
the second day of the 2011 New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented
by Rolex has proven beneficial for at least one of the 22 yacht club teams
- Royal Canadian Yacht Club - which again displayed remarkable consistency
on the race course. And in a repeat of yesterday's prevailing theme of
tight competition, today's three races were won by three different clubs
which means that there have been no repeat winners thus far in the six-race
"We were probably the biggest movers," said Peter McChesney, helm for the
Annapolis Yacht Club team who has only sailed in Newport a handful of times
previously, including the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup U.S.
Qualifying Series in 2010 in which the AYC team finished second to earn the
opportunity to race in this event.
AYC was 10th overall after yesterday's first day of racing, and moved up to
third overall with 43 points after finishes of 6-1-3 today. "We just got
off the line better today in every race, and gave our tactician [John
Torgerson] the opportunity to make good decisions. If you get a good start
it's easier to make those decisions. Our tactician took what we gave him
and did a great job of calling tactics, and the crew work was essentially
flawless. Everything just went our way."
The exciting conditions seen today on Narragansett Bay have also proven why
Newport remains such a unique place to sail. "Where else can you sail in 20
knots of breeze and have the seas be this flat?," said Chip Whipple, timmer
on the New York Yacht Club team. "It really is an anomaly. When you have as
much breeze as this [in the Med] you're sailing in big seas and a lot of
swell. And in northern Europe you have the cold water and big seas,
breaking waves. Being as protected as we are here it's just an extremely
fantastic place to sail and the boats can't sail any faster because they
are absolutely optimized for the conditions."
The Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) team has retained the overall lead
position after adding finishes of 2-4-2 to yesterday's finishes of 2-1-4
for 15 points. When they won the second race on the first day of the
contest, they were given the Rolex gold spinnaker to fly in the subsequent
race. And, as overall standings leader, RCYC carried the golden chute for
all of today's races, and will continue that way when racing resumes
tomorrow. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/NYYC-IC-091411
Results after Day Two - Top 5 of 22
1. Royal Canadian Yacht Club (CAN), 2-1-4-2-4-2, 15 pts
2. New York Yacht Club (USA), 4-2-8-10-3-1, 28
3. Annapolis Yacht Club (USA), 11-10-12-6-1-3, 43
4. Newport Harbor Yacht Club (USA), 8-3-7-1-17-12, 48
5. Japan Sailing Federation (JPN), 1-7-9-8-9-14, 48
Full results: http://www.invitationalcup.org/results-and-tracking
BACKGROUND: The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex is
an amateur fleet racing regatta held in Swan 42 Class yachts. The regatta
is hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) in Newport, Rhode Island, in
alternate years and was first held in 2009.
TIES AT THE TOP
Fifty-seven of the world's elite match racing sailors began today a
five-day battle to be named the Nations Cup champion today on Lake
Michigan. The teams, representing 15 nations, are competing in women's
(Elliott 6m) and open divisions (Sonar) sailing out of Sail Sheboygan's
facility, optimized for match racing.
In the open division, Mads Ebler (DEN) and Lucy Macgregor (GBR) were tied
at the top of the leaderboard with five points each, but Macgregor sailed
one more race than Ebler. In the women's division, three teams were tied
with five points each: 2009 Nations Cup winner Claire Leroy (FRA), Julianna
Senfft (BRA) and Mandy Mulder (NED).
Moderate to strong northwest winds varied from 10 to 17 knots throughout
the day, and shifts up to 30 degrees put a premium on course positioning.
Race organizers plan to finish the round robin Thursday. Moderate northerly
breezes and slightly bigger waves are forecast.
Full report: http://tinyurl.com/Nations-Cup-091411
Current results: http://tinyurl.com/2011-Nations-Cup-results
BACKGROUND: The Grand Final of the ISAF Nations Cup on September 14-18 is
the culmination of a series of eight match racing regattas that started in
Porto Alegre, Brazil, on March 24th. --
AUSSIE CAT "J'OUVERT" HITS A WINNING STREAK
Congratulations to Australian Peter Berry and team on 11.8M catamaran
"J'Ouvert" who recently claimed first overall in the OMR Racing Division of
the 2011 Multihull Rendezvous. It was their third straight major regatta
win this season! Powered by 100% Ullman Sails, Peter and his crew also
scored first overall in the multihull division of Airlie Beach Race Week
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NEW DYNAMIC DUO LEADS FIELD
Plymouth, UK (September 14, 2011) - Lighter breezes brought more players to
the front of the fleet on day one of the Plymouth Match Racing
Championship, with Artemis Racing winning two of today's three fleet races.
The standings from the fleet races on Wednesday and Thursday will be used
to seed the nine crews entering the match racing championship, scheduled
for Friday and Saturday.
The fast-learning challenger teams showed they can mix it with the best
when the game moves away from the strong wind boathandling of last weekend
to the more subtle, tactical game of today's lighter and trickier breezes.
And Terry Hutchinson's team on Artemis Racing was the class act of the day,
rolling a 1-4-1 to lead the field.
"We're getting more confident in our starting and putting our boat in some
good spots," said Hutchinson following racing. "All in all it was just a
good day. Boat speed is a good thing and it looks like we're going pretty
Today marked only the second time that Hutchinson and tactician Iain Percy
had raced together, but it proved to be a winning combination. "It is
absolutely full on out there," admitted Percy. "The racing is tight and
there is plenty of tacking and gybing. There is never a second to relax. I
have a bit of a chance to contribute upwind, but not as much on the
Surprisingly, both ORACLE Racing teams struggled on the day and sit in
fifth and six place on the leaderboard. While China Team and Green Comm
Racing find themselves as the bottom of the standings, they achieved moral
victories to be on the course after both teams suffered significant wing
and hull damage.
Full story: http://tinyurl.com/ACUP-091411
Video highlights: http://youtu.be/EvzRrXdtcmI
Current results: http://tinyurl.com/ACWS-Plymouth-results
ACWS-Plymouth website: http://tinyurl.com/ACWS-Plymouth
LIVESTREAM: The seeding races for the Plymouth Match Racing Championship
continue on Thursday, with three fleet races scheduled. Racing begins at
14:10 local time (09:10 EDT). Viewing online at www.youtube.com/americascup
SAN DIEGO: Entries are being accepted for a free drawing to award 4 VIP
Experience tickets to the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) San Diego (Nov.
12-20). These 4 VIP tickets grant the winner and 3 friends to an unrivalled
hospitality experience. Entry deadline is October 15th. Details here:
TOUR: It was announced Wednesday that Naples, Italy will be hosting two
stops on the America's Cup World Series. The AC World Series format
includes a mix of speed trials, match racing, and fleet racing, and provide
an opportunity to heighten the awareness of the America's Cup prior to the
2013 match. The following 2011/12 schedule has thus far been announced for
August 6-14; Cascais, Portugal
September 10-18; Plymouth, UK
November 12-20; San Diego, USA
January/February; to be confirmed
April (tba); Naples, Italy
May 12-20; Venice, Italy
June 23-July 1; Newport, USA
YOU HAVE TO BE THERE
Perhaps you don't consider yourself a car racing fan, but until you see a
race in person, you'll never know. The speed is... mesmerizing. Maybe the
multihull format of the 34th America's Cup is the same way. Here is a
description of the racing in Plymouth by Yachting World editor Matthew
Standing on the upper deck of the committee boat during Sunday's
outstanding race was an eye opener. Aside from the spectacular view from
the upper deck 15ft above the water, the breezy scene was unlike anything
I've witnessed before.
At first there was nothing particularly different to any other busy
pre-start area as competitors sniffed the stiff breeze, practiced their
beats and runs, hoists, gybes and drops. There were timed runs into the
line and plenty of spins up into the breeze to pause and check the
Yet the pace at which all this and more was happening was mildly
When an AC45 makes a practice timed run into the committee boat end of the
line in 20-27 knots of breeze, it does so at 20 knots plus. As each of them
whistled past the committee boat's transom with what looked like inches to
spare, you could hear the high pitched whistle of the foils as they passed
and almost feel the vacuum in their wake as if you were standing on a
railway platform as an express train barrels through.
At one point Loic Peyron on the French Energy Team came through flying a
hull so high that our eyes seemed to meet at the same level as the windward
hull appeared to pass up and over our aft quarter.
Helicopters screeched around the pre-start area at what felt like just a
few feet above us, while jet skis and RIBs scorched around like
snowboarders on a black run as the sea was whipped up into a foaming
frenzy. Our entire world seemed to be running on fast forward with a
battlefield soundtrack to match as the stiff breeze flogged the various
signal flags, including a giant chequered start flag so violently that it
sounded like a group of Harley Davidson motorbikes were buzzing the
Above the background din, various radio calls were being made between mark
boats and competitors, the VHF radios turned up to what felt like full
volume. How course marshal Harold Bennett could hear anything above the
noise, let alone respond, was beyond me. -- Read on:
BOTTOM PAINT FOR DUMMIES
It's easy enough to choose the most effective paint from our semi-annual
bottom paint reports, but that paint might not always be the best for your
circumstances or location. For this reason, Practical Sailor always
recommends a variety of paints, each suited for a specific preference or
situation that a sailor might face.
Unless you're prepared for more prep work than a light sanding, the first
step in selecting a bottom paint is finding one that's compatible with
what's on your hull now. All of the manufacturers in our test will provide
guidance on this, either over the phone or on the company website. If
you're voyaging internationally, Interlux (under the brand International
Paints) offers the widest distribution, simplifying finding a match.
Generally, you can repaint a hard paint with either a hard or soft paint,
while a soft ablative paint will need more sanding or a "tie-coat" primer
when being coated with a hard paint. Bare fiberglass or metal will require
a primer, and aluminum components like saildrives need a special
copper-free paint that won't induce potentially disastrous galvanic
Before plunking down nearly $100 or more a gallon, consider where your
priorities lie.... read on:
J/FEST AND THE LIDO YACHT EXPO SEPT 22-25
J/Fest is at the San Diego Yacht Club September 23th - 25th. J/Fest is
Southern California's only regatta exclusively for J/Boats. Don't miss out
on the biggest J/Boat event of the year. There will be exciting one design
racing, great prizes, and fun parties. Register online today!
http://sdyc.org/raceinfo/races11/jfest/registration/index.htm. The same
weekend is the Lido Yacht Expo in Newport Beach. Stop by the show to see
the latest from Sabre and Back Cove, along with an elegant Mochi Craft
Dolphin 44. For will call tickets, contact John Zagorski
firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you either on the water or on
* Barcelona, Spain (September 14, 2011) - Showing an impressive level of
consistency in light seabreeze conditions, Niklas Zennstrom's RAN crew and
the Spanish flagged team on Bribon today both proved able to exactly repeat
Tuesday's excellent opening day results and so step further clear of the
pack at the Conde de Godo City of Barcelona Trophy Regatta, the TP 52Audi
MedCup Circuit's title deciding finale. A seventh in the second race of the
day hurt circuit leaders Quantum Racing's chances at this regatta, but the
American flagged team still remain on track for the season's title with a
12 points margin. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/MedCup-091411
* Trapani, Sicily (September 14, 2011) - Britain's multi-Olympic medalist
Ben Ainslie had a great start to the Extreme Sailing Series winning two
races on the opening day of Act 6. Driving Oman Air at his first ever
Extreme 40 event, Ainslie also earned two penalties for being over the line
in races 2 and 4. At the end of the first day, it was the experienced Swiss
team of Alinghi skippered by Tanguy Cariou who leads after the five 'open
water' races staged in somewhat light and shifty conditions. 'Open water'
racing is on for Thursday before Act 6 switches to 'stadium' racing on
Friday. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/ESS-091411
* For the 2011-2012 College sailing season, much remains to be seen
regarding strength of many teams as last year's graduating class held many
of the top spots around the country. A form guide put together by Martha
Pitt, with contributions from Ken Legler, Bill Healy, Brendan Healy, Ward
Cromwell, and John Vandemoer, analyzes the top contenders in each of the
seven districts that comprise the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association. --
Read on: http://tinyurl.com/S1D-091411
* US SAILING has recognized nine community sailing centers that provide
exemplary training and educational programs consistent with the curriculum
standards of the US SAILING Training Department. These sailing
organizations routinely offer sailors with the highest level of education,
through US SAILING reviewed and approved curriculums, a proven track
record, quality equipment and facilities, and strong safety protocols. Here
is the list of US SAILING Sanctioned Sailing Centers:
* Franck Cammas (FRA), who will skipper Groupama in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean
Race, has been presented with the Grand Prix de l'Academie des Sports, one
of France's most prestigious sporting trophies. Cammas, who boasts seven
world records and numerous world championship wins, is only the fifth
sailor to be presented with the award: Whitbread Round the World Race
skipper Eric Tabarly, 1983 America's Cup winner John Bertrand, solo sailor
Isabelle Autissier and Alinghi bankroller Ernesto Bertarelli. Other sports
stars to have received the award in its 55-year history include Roger
Federer, Rafael Nadal, Lance Armstrong, Usain Bolt and Micheal Schumacher.
* CORRECTION: In Scuttlebutt 3426, it was reported that Bill Lynn has
skippering the Eastport Yacht Club entry in the New York Yacht Club
Invitational Cup. He is, in fact, skippering the Eastern Yacht Club entry.
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Sep 20-24 - Melges 32 World Championship - Palma Mallorca, Spain
Sep 22-25 - Sonar North American Championships - Wayzata, MN, USA
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INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES
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for companies to announce new products and services. Here are some of
* 500 more copies available: 'An Absorbing interest' by Bob Fisher
* VX One design begins production in October
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* From Gary Shaver:
You have to be of a certain age to appreciate what it meant to have a full
course chart of options, rather than today's version that has only
windward-leewards. Reaching required thinking. Determining wind angles and
sail selection, along with spinnaker handling at gybe and leeward markes,
challenged the crew. The switch to W/L races is nothing more than the
simplification of the sport, which is effectively shrinking participation
due to boredom.
* From John Irvine:
Regarding the post on W/L courses (in Scuttlebutt 3426), I for one would be
ecstatic if our local RC would return to the around-the buoys format.
Sausage courses are all the same! Same spinnaker set, repeat three times.
No navigation skills required.
SURVEY: Scuttlebutt has twice polled its readers on this topic, and both
times over 70% of the respondents said they desire an increase in how often
a race course included reach legs. Given the current propensity for W/L
courses, an increase wouldn't be hard. --
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