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SCUTTLEBUTT 3429 - Monday, September 19, 2011
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TILT OF TALENT TO THE EAST
The strength of college competition in the U.S. has always been to the
east. There have been a few exceptions over the years, but not many. And
since the Fowle Trophy was first awarded in 1972 to recognize the team with
the best overall performance among the various national championships, 39
of the 40 winners have come from schools between South Carolina and
This trend is in part due to the support provided by eastern schools.
Better funding leads to better facilities, which are often located near
campus. Large fleets of boats leads to large teams, which makes for great
practices. But with this comes a price...winter.
So for years there remained some balance, with schools from the west coast
and gulf region remaining competitive. But as competition has heightened
among junior sailing, the pursuit of superior sailing programs has caused a
tilt of talent to the east.
There are seven districts that comprise the Inter-Collegiate Sailing
Association (ICSA), and the water well is full in a couple regions while a
drought is invading the others. Here are comments on the trend that were
posted on the ICSA mailing list:
* Blake Middleton, Former Head Coach - Stanford University:
I've followed (on an inconsistent basis) the regular college rankings lists
in the past 15 or so years. I was one of the three coaches (along with Gary
Bodie & Ken Legler) who did the rankings for Sailing World for about 7
years back in the late 80s to early 90s.
One of the biggest problems (to my eyes) with college sailing in recent
years is the continued slide of competitive depth almost completely towards
the New England and Mid Atlantic districts. With the exception of a few
select South Atlantic and Pacific Coast teams, the rest of the country has
been ignored, and the incentive for high school sailors who are serious
about being involved at the highest levels has been diverted almost
exclusively to the EAST coast only.
In my humble opinion, it's way past time for the entire ICSA to work on
behalf of the greater good to help spread the wealth. The entire ICSA will
grow healthier if we all work to grow together. What can the ICSA do to
help the Midwest? The Northwest? The Southeast? I'll step down now off the
* Ken Legler, Head Coach - Tufts University:
I hear Blake's frustration which represents the feelings of many, I'm sure.
I have a counter argument that Blake will probably not like. Perhaps the
geographical polarization of college sailing to the coast and Northeast in
particular is a good thing. We have at least as many good teams as we did
before the Midwest talent was recruited East, but they are closer together
for shorter travel and more racing.
While club teams in the Midwest have lost home state talent, many emerging
teams in the East have gone from small club teams to powerhouses over the
last twenty years. They include Georgetown, Hobart/WS, Roger Williams, and
Boston College. Then there are the more recent small Eastern teams which
get unbelievable competition near home including UConn, Fordham, Columbia,
Providence, Salve Regina, George Washington, etc, etc. Imagine if we were
more spread out, say one powerhouse per state including Arizona, Montana,
Indiana, Tennessee, Oregon, etc.
Read on: http://forum.sailingscuttlebutt.com/cgi-bin/gforum.cgi?post=12606
Newport, RI (September 17, 2011) - In a reversal of fortunes from the
inaugural event two years ago, the Terry McLaughlin-led team from the Royal
Canadian Yacht Club persevered today to win the 2011 New York Yacht Club
Invitational Cup presented by Rolex, sailed in Swan 42s.
The Canadian entry, skippered by Olympic medalist and former America’s Cup
skipper, Terry McLaughlin, went into the day - and the final race - with a
ten-point lead over the New York Yacht Club entry. But the Canadians took
charge from the start, McLaughlin recounted their strategy, “We decided to
go after New York, but it was tricky. It was five knots at the start, but
it was very, very shifty and puffy, so if we let them sail their own race
and we had tried to sail our own race. There is a reasonable chance that
they would have put ten boats between us, so we decided that ‘ok listen’
we’ve got to be near them. If we put them back at the start and we’re back
at the start than it doesn’t matter and we couldn’t lose."
The Royal Canadian Yacht Club team, from Toronto, sailed a nearly flawless
series with seven top five finishes - out of eleven races sailed. In races
where the Canadians were deep in the fleet, McLaughlin, tactician John
Hele and crew inevitably overhauled the boats ahead. McLaughin said, “I
think we came back quite well this series. It's important because you can’t
get off the line in great shape or get around the first mark in great
shape, eleven races in a row.”
The 55-year old McLaughlin won a silver medal in the Flying Dutchman class
in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and was the skipper of Canada I in the
1983 America’s Cup challenger series. In fact, three of his current crew
were holdovers from that Cup campaign. These days his business is importing
clothing and footwear from Ireland, and his sailing more relegated to only
In a new addition to the event, the team leading in points at the end of
each day flew a “gold” spinnaker in the following day’s races. The Royal
Canadian team quickly took that honor after the first day and never
relinquished it for the week. -- Full report:
Final Results - Top 5 of 22
1. Royal Canadian Yacht Club (CAN), 2-1-4-2-4-2-8-6-6-11-1, 47 pts
2. New York Yacht Club (USA), 4-2-8-10-3-1-4-2-5-17-11, 67
3. Annapolis Yacht Club (USA), 11-10-12-6-1-3-3-16-4-2-4, 72
4. Eastern Yacht Club (USA), 6-5-6-13-23-6-5-11-1-6-7, 89
5. Newport Harbor Yacht Club (USA), 8-3-7-1-17-12-10-3-16-5-23, 105
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.
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ENDS WITH A BANG (AND CAPSIZES AND CRASHES)
Plymouth, UK (September 15, 2011) - While the conditions for the inaugural
event of the America's Cup World Series in Cascais, Portugal were milder
than expected, Plymouth provided the drama to be expected when confining
the AC45s to a short course in strong winds. As described by regatta
director Iain Murray, "Stadium sport is the catchword, but it's more like a
After Artemis Racing won the seeding series for the Plymouth Match Racing
Championship, their automatic advancement to the semi-finals was soon met
by Team Korea, Emirates Team New Zealand, and Oracle Racing Coutts. While
the Kiwis were stretched to three races before displacing the American
defender, Chris Draper’s crew on Team Korea continued their giant-killing
ways with a resounding 2-0 victory over Artemis Racing. The finals would go
to the ETNZ 2-0, while Artemis Racing beat Oracle Racing 1-0 for third
It was on Sunday when ORACLE Racing Spithill made amends for a lackluster
Match Race Championship with an emphatic victory in today’s
winner-takes-all Plymouth Fleet Racing Championship. With winds gusting up
to 30 knots, it proved to be as much about survival as performance with
collisions and capsizes littering the bay.
Sunday report: http://tinyurl.com/ACUP-091711
Sunday video: http://youtu.be/t4DOCxoqdEQ
Final results: http://tinyurl.com/ACWS-Plymouth-results
COVERAGE: If you missed the online coverage from Plymouth, you can find the
daily shows and video clips here: http://www.youtube.com/americascup
COMING SOON ...NO FREE LUNCH
If the Internet has taught us anything, it's the adage that you get what
you pay for does not apply. We have become accustomed to getting something
for nothing, and criticizing any entity that tries to directly charge us
for their services.
As the 'new' America's Cup gets its footing, there has been an epic amount
of free content online. From highly produced feature shows to live racing,
it is all free to view ... and free of advertising. But this might not be
The Sail-World website reported that the America's Cup event organisers had
blocked the America's Cup World Series coverage in Plymouth for New Zealand
fans. This block was a result of a broadcast agreement with local
broadcaster, Television New Zealand. TVNZ. And guess what... people are mad
But yachting videographer Vince Casalaina warns us that there may be more
to come. "What TVNZ requested in their agreement is exactly what most
broadcasters have requested since internet coverage was started back in
2000," explains Casalaina on the LinkedIn discussion board.
"When I worked for AmericaOne, the only way for viewers to watch the early
rounds of the LV series live in the US was to get the Virtual Eye feed -
which could not even use their own audio feed of the racing. Virtual Eye
had to type in text to describe the action. That blackout was the result of
the contract with ESPN which - just like TVNZ's contract - called for no
internet coverage even when ESPN chose not to carry the racing.
"It's certainly discouraging that the state of convergence between
broadcast and internet is still essentially in the same place 11 years
later in some countries. One can only hope that there will be better
contracts in the future - and that Europe and the US will not have the same
blackout conditions applied when broadcasters sign on for "full coverage"
contracts when they will not provide full coverage.
"I've argued for many years that if broadcasters don't bring something more
to the viewers than they can get on the internet, then they are not doing
their job. With the world feed being so good this Cup cycle - that's a
harder job, but broadcasters are creative people and should IMHO rise to
the challenge rather than diminish the experience for the fan base.
"The Sail-World article talks about viewers needing to get up in the wee
hours to watch the racing on TVNZ. The reality is that the racing will
likely be TIVO'd for time shifted viewing - which is not all that bad. It's
considerably better than the VHS recordings that got made in prior
campaigns - like Perth."
BACK ON TOP
Barcelona, Spain (September 17, 2011) - When the 2011 edition of the Audi
MedCup Circuit season began in May, there were six new designs and several
proven winners vying for the five event title. Returning for a fourth time
was Quantum Racing, which won in 2008 with a new boat and program but was
bridesmaid to the newer Emirates Team New Zealand in 2009 and 2010.
With the TP52 design rule stabilized, Quantum Racing returned for the 2011
season with a new Botin Partners design, a development of ETNZ, and a new
face at the helm. With previous skipper Terry Hutchinson (USA) committed to
the America's Cup, the team passed the baton to ISAF Rolex World Sailor of
the Year Ed Baird (USA).
Although Quantum Racing had led the 2011 Circuit since the first event in
Cascais, Portugal when the five month season began, they arrived in
Barcelona, Spain for the final event with only a 3.5 point margin. The hard
pressing Spanish led Bribon team, which were the only team to win this
season with an older design (2009 Rolf Vrolijk; ex Matador), kept it close
this week but the Q confirmed their season win with a race to spare.
After the victory in Cascais, Quantum Racing finished second in Marseille,
fifth in Cagliari, third in Cartagena and second this week to RAN in
Barcelona. Quantum Racing’s project manager Ed Reynolds, also co-architect
of their 2008 title win, smiled on the dockside today:
“Of all the MedCups this is the one I am most thrilled about. When they had
to step up, they did. We feel like we have been defending the whole season,
like we had a target on our backs since we won in Cascais at the beginning
of the season. We were defending before we were ready to. I just hate to
lose, and so I have such a sense of relief but it is so great to be part of
a team like this. In competitive sport when everything is on the line to be
a part of something which stands up and takes control that was the best
part of the whole year.”
With RAN winning in Barcelona, trophy regattas have been shared evenly
through the Audi MedCup 52 Series fleet. Quantum Racing (2011 Botín
Partners design) won in Cascais in May, Container (2011 Rolf Vrolijk) in
June in Marseille, Audi ALL4ONE (2011 Rolf Vrolijk) in July in Cagliari,
Italy. Last month Bribon (2009 Rolf Vrolijk) won in Cartagena, Spain and
RAN (2011 Rolf Vrolijk) triumph in Barcelona.
Audi MedCup Circuit: http://www.medcup.org/home/
CRUISING WORLD PRAISES MORRIS YACHTS' NEW L44
The new US Coast Guard Academy's training vessels built by Morris Yachts in
Bass Harbor, ME "blend real advances in naval architecture and boatbuilding
over the last few decades with practical features proven by centuries of
seafaring" says Cruising World magazine. The new Leadership 44s replace the
legacy 45-year-old Luder yawls previously used for Academy training. The
Academy considered 11 yards for the project and chose Morris Yachts because
of its ability to deliver quality vessels that meet specific requirements
for both layout and design functionality. See the Leadership 44 at the
Annapolis Boat Show Oct 6-10.
WORLDS OLDEST ACCORDING TO WHOM?
An earthquake, two tsunamis, giant icebergs, towering waves and five
typhoons: these may sound like typical challenges for anyone sailing around
the world on their own. But Japanese sailor Minoru Saito also had to
contend with back pain, a hernia, a knee operation and organising delivery
of his heart tablets - perhaps unsurprisingly, bearing in mind that he is
Mr Saito on Friday broke a series of records - and defied all pensioner
stereotypes - as he sailed into Yokohama port to a hero's welcome after an
epic 1,080-day journey sailing single-handed around the world.
Not only did he his arrival confirm his status as the oldest person to sail
around the world, he is also the oldest to do so the "wrong way" - from
west to east - as well as the only person to have circumnavigated the globe
alone eight times. -- Telegraph, read on: http://tinyurl.com/TG-091711
COMMENT: The problem with age-related records is that there is no one is
tracking them. The two agencies that were in the business of tracking
sailing records - World Sailing Speed Record Council and Guinness Book of
World Records - stopped monitoring records based on a person's age.
* Larchmont, NY (September 18, 2011) - The Star class hosted its Centennial
Regatta to celebrate its 100th year of existence. Larchmont Yacht Club
hosted 89 boats from seven countries spread over four continents, with
competitors ranging from relatively new owners to Olympic Gold Medalists.
The first two days was level competition for the “Classic” and “Woodie”
Stars, with boats over 56 years old racing hard. The last three days saw
the “Moderns” turning out with 78 boats on the starting line.-- Full
* Sheboygan, WI (September 19, 2011) - Open division Laurie Jury (NZL) and
women’s division Claire Leroy (FRA) won the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final in
racing marked by strong winds and big waves on Lake Michigan. Claire Leroy
(FRA) went 3-0 against Rita Goncalves (POR) in the women’s division, sailed
in Elliott 6m’s. This is the third straight Nations Cup win for Leroy, a
first in event history. Jury (NZL) had a 2-1 lead against top-seeded Mads
Ebler (DEN), pinning penalties on Ebler to take the title. -- Full report:
* The BMW J/24 Europeans Championships concluded Thursday at Howth Yacht
Club (near Dublin, Ireland) after completing the full 10-race programme
despite the fleet held ashore on Monday when winds in excess of 30 knots
and gusts over 50 knots abandoned racing. Top of the table was ‘Reloaded’
(Mike Ingham), sailing under U.S. colours, with 34 points, three ahead of
the leading European entry ‘Il Riccio’ (Ian Southworth/Chris McLaughlin)
which takes the European Championship trophy. Forty-two teams from nine
countries participated. -- Full story:
* Trapani, Sicily (September 18, 2011) - Leigh McMillan’s team on The Wave,
Muscat made it two in a row, winning Act 6 of the Extreme Sailing Series in
Trapani on the back of their Act 5 win in Cowes, UK. It was an incredibly
close finish to Act 6 - after 34 races in total, The Wave, Muscat finished
just 9 points ahead of the French team Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, and
with Ben Ainslie helming on Oman Air for his first Extreme Sailing Series
regatta in third. Max Sirena's Luna Rossa moves to the top of the overall
2011 leaderboard with three events remaining. -- Full report:
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* From David Barrow:
Concerning the dialogue about race courses, it is interesting to see the
high level of emotion shown over the humble reach - no reach issue. One
guest commentator leaves racing while another, who is a teacher, seems very
against reaching. There does not seem to be any allowance for "horses for
If sailing a planing dinghy long reaches require many skills. Good and
vigorous trim of sails and crew produces results; lighter crews get the
chance to make ground in heavy weather races. Do I go high or low on the
leg? To demonstrate a full set of sailing skills it could be argued that
you need to be able to beat, run, and reach, which is probably why they
were the original Olympic course
In heavier non-planing boats, W/L legs provide more cerebral activity and
the good guys often make up more places downwind than upwind. Incidentally,
did I not notice a bit of reaching in the America's Cup World Series races?
I believe they can even start and finish on a reach on that other taboo in
the sailing world, a catamaran.
* From Lee Griffith:
Ken Legler is really on the mark with his letter (in Scuttlebutt 3428)
about the lost art of reaching. The Snipe class still regularly moves to
the Olympic course at all levels of competition when the wind gets up close
to 20 knots. In these conditions, the reaches are every bit as tactical as
the beat or run. In fact, there are usually more passing lanes on the reach
than the others.
To all of those who have ever uttered the comment "reaches are not
tactical, just parades", come sail a Snipe in 20 knots on a properly set
reach (definitely 60-60-60, if not 65-50-65). Afterwards, see if you ever
look at the reach the same.
NOTE: The Snipe class also has a double triangle course for big breeze.
These are hardly parades, as the difference in speed among the fleet is
greater than any other point of sail. After bashing upwind, the reward was
two planning reaches and the challenge of the graveyard wing mark. Good
fun! - Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt (and 2-time Snipe U.S. National Champ)
Don't feel bad. A lot of people have no talent.
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