SCUTTLEBUTT 3430 - Tuesday, September 20, 2011
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A huge Plymouth welcome for the America's Cup World Series has delighted
the organisers. More than 100,000 people watched a series of thrilling
races on Plymouth Sound between nine high-tech catamarans racing at speeds
of 30mph or more. "Of course we want to come back to Plymouth," America's
Cup boss Richard Worth said at the end of the nine-day sailing
"The city has exceeded our expectations in terms of the way it has been
organised, the number of visitors and the quality of the racing. We have
had a great welcome and people have taken real pleasure in the event. There
is no reason why you wouldn't say, 'Plymouth was great, let's go back'.
"But in the end it comes down to the nasty business of money." He said that
"more than a handful" of Plymouth people had asked him, "How do we make
this come back to the city?"
"The answer is, Plymouth would need to find millions of pounds - but the
return on that would be many times more. What it costs us to stage the
event runs into the millions. If we are going to break even we're going to
need to find a way to create a commercial model that generates millions. We
could ask the council to pay up, or work with local businesses."
Plymouth University is to carry out a study of the economic benefit to the
city. Mr Worth said: "It would be a surprise if it was not 10 million
pounds or more. It has clearly driven up visitor numbers and there are a
lot of benefits to the city. But he said Plymouth was in competition with a
number of other cities. "It's a world series, so it has to go around the
world, and the world is a big place." -- Read on:
BINOCULARS NOT NEEDED
The last time America's Cup competition was in North America, the year was
1995, the venue was San Diego, and the race course was far offshore. But
this fall race fans can shed their binoculars as the 'new and improved'
America's Cup race format comes to Southern California.
With the second stop for the America's Cup World Series in Plymouth
concluding last Sunday, attention now shifts to the next event in San Diego
on November 12-20- the first time the series will be in North America.
Pack-up started in the Race Village began Sunday night, with the cargo ship
HR Constitution being loaded with the AC45 race boats, 102 shipping
containers, 20 support boats, and one of the cranes used to hoist the AC45s
into the water. The ship is scheduled to depart Plymouth Sound on Sunday
and to arrive in San Diego by October 24, approximately three weeks ahead
of the first race day.
Teams are expected to begin sailing in San Diego on November 8, with
official practice racing scheduled to begin November 12-13. Live broadcast
coverage of racing starts for the San Diego Match Racing Championship (Nov
16-19) and continues through to the Fleet Racing Championship (Nov 20). The
Speed Trials is currently scheduled for Nov 16 and 20.
Heading into the AC World Series - San Diego, Emirates Team New Zealand is
the leader in the combined overall standings after two World Series events.
The Kiwis hold a four point lead over ORACLE Racing Spithill, with ORACLE
Racing Coutts and Artemis Racing on equal points in the battle for the
third podium slot. Following a strong performance in Plymouth, Team Korea
is just two points further back. -- Full report:
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RACERS AND THE RULES QUIZ
A boat finishing hits the finish mark, crosses the finish line, and sails
straight to the yacht club. No boat files a protest, but the Race
Committee, who saw her hit the mark, scores her DSQ (disqualified). Has a
rule been broken? (Answer below)
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CORRECTIONS AND SUPERSTITIONS
The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex, an amateur
fleet racing regatta held in Swan 42 Class yachts, was first held in 2009
by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) in Newport, Rhode Island. The second
edition has held last week, with Terry McLaughlin leading a team from Royal
Canadian Yacht Club to victory over the 22 boat field.
In Scuttlebutt 3429, the regatta report mistakenly listed Terry's tactician
as John Togerson. "Our tactician was my long time friend John Hele. John
was not only the tactician onboard, but he is also the owner of our Swan 42
Daring, and without whom our success would not have been possible." Here is
the complete crew of the winning team:
Helmsman - Terry McLaughlin
Tactician/Owner - John Hele
Mainsail Trimmer - David Jarvis
Jib Trimmer - Andrew McTavish
Offside Jib Trimmer - John Millen
Spinnaker Trimmer - Rob Gale
Pit/Boat Captain - Jib Gibson
Pit Assist/Team Manager - Allan Megarry
Mastman - Will Gyles
Bowman - Sandy Andrews
The team has roots, as John Millen, Allan Megarry, and Sandy Andrews sailed
with Terry when he skippered Canada 1 in the 1983 America's Cup challenger
series in Newport, RI. And in the 2009 inaugural event, all but David
Jarvis and Will Gyles were onboard when Royal Canadian Yacht Club finished
However, the success of this team may be bigger than the people onboard.
Terry, who won a silver medal in the Flying Dutchman class in the 1984 Los
Angeles Olympics, explains:
"In the 2009 Invitational, we were awarded bow and sail #17. That has been
my favourite/ lucky number since 1976. I have had all of my Flying
Dutchmans, Frostbite boats, Canada's Cup Farr 40s (Defiant), Ideal 18s,
along with hockey jersey numbers, street address in Toronto, kid's hockey
and soccer numbers, etc. as #17. When I couldn't get #17, as in the Star
class, I once picked 7271 as the sail number.
"We tried to get #17 this year but weren't able to arrange it. We were
awarded, by draw, bow and sail #07. By the time I arrived in Newport last
Monday the crew had put a clear piece of tape on the both sides of the bow
to make the number 017 but of course only the 07 was visible from any
distance. I don't think I would be the only sailor to be a little
Event website: http://www.invitationalcup.org/
CAN YOU COMBINE COLLEGE SAILING AND OLYMPIC SAILING?
There was a time when a sailor's success in college competition was a
proving ground for an Olympic campaign. But now the question is frequently
asked whether four years of college competition is four lost years of
Kenneth Andreasen, US SAILING's High Performance Director and Head Coach,
answers the question "Can you combine college sailing and Olympic sailing?"
"I think the answer is yes, but there has to be a variation based on where
you are in your sailing career and where you want to go. For some sailors
it makes sense to do four years of college sailing and pick up all you can
learn in that environment, for others college sailing isn't the right path
and it makes sense to go straight into an Olympic boat.
"From my perspective the answer lies somewhere in between; it doesn't have
to be all or nothing. Perhaps after two years of college sailing you'll
find you have all you need and then feel that you are in a better position
to start your Olympic campaigning.
"My goal as High Performance Director and Head Coach of the US Sailing Team
AlphaGraphics is to win as many medals at the Olympics as we can. A college
coach's goal is to win Nationals. We both have goals of achieving the
highest goals in our fields of sailing. We both have a common goal of
developing sailors to their maximum potential.
"Some sailors fit really well into Olympic sailing and for some Olympic
sailing is not the right path. If you think you're headed toward an Olympic
campaign, here are the key points to keep in mind."
Read on: http://tinyurl.com/USSTAG-091911
BIG, REALLY BIG
The big news from the J/24 Annual meeting is that their 2012 World
Championship in Rochester, NY will be an open event. In the past, each
country was limited to a limited number of slots that were doled out in
Qualifier regattas. This is typical of most one design classes. However,
the downside of this is that class enthusiasts could race for years or
decades and never have the opportunity to sail in a World Championship.
With the qualifying limits lifted, these are now uncharted waters for
anticipating the event size. "Most guesses are that entries will settle in
at around 150 boats," said Will Harris of Waterline Systems. "Additionally,
Rochester Yacht Club is saying they won't split the fleet, which could make
for some epic starting lines." But up to the task is RYC PRO Hank Stuart,
who is one of the best and easily managed the 100 boat J/22 Worlds that RYC
hosted in 2008.
Event details: http://2012j24worlds.com/
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USING THE CLASSIFICATION CODE
The International Melges 32 Class Association will be holding its third
World Championship when twenty-nine entries from eight countries converge
on the Mediterranean venue of Palma de Mallorca for racing on September
The Melges 32 class utilizes the ISAF Sailor Classification Code to manage
the influence of professional sailors in the class. The Code exists as a
service to provide an international system of classification for sailors,
and the Melges 32 class rules have a limit of no more than three Group 3
'professional' sailors onboard each boat.
To enter sanctioned class regattas, owners must list each crewmember and
their classification status. In the event that the status of a crew listed
as Group 1 (ie, non-professional) is questioned, a review process involving
the ISAF Classification Commission occurs.
For the 2011 Melges 32 Worlds, Classification Commission chairman Antony
Matusch was on site to interview those who the class thought should be
queried on their Group status. The use of the ISAF Sailor Classification
Code does warrant diligence on the part of each owner to insure that their
crew is not banned from an event. And the interview is designed to provide
some teeth to the rule.
For the 2011 Worlds, the drama associated with a crew getting banned from
the event was averted as all the teams were cleared to go racing on
Tuesday. Here is the Melges 32 Worlds crew list along with each person's
status as a Group 1 (ie, non-pro) or Group 3 (ie, pro):
ISAF Sailor Classification Code:
* Nineteen teams turned out for the 2011 J/30 North American Championship,
hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club on September 16-18. David McConaughy's White
Boat (Hampton YC) didn't start strong, but winning three straight races put
them into the lead, and surviving the final races with a pair of eights
allowed them to edge out Stephen Buzbee's Blue Meanie (Raritan YC) for the
win. -- Results: http://tinyurl.com/J30-NA-2011
* The 2011 MC National Championship saw 45 scow teams compete at Lake Keuka
in Bath, NY, one of the Finger Lakes in Western New York on September
14-17. The four race event included two in medium winds, one barn burner
and one crazy Ivan light air spinner. Joe Rotunda from Spring Lake,
Michigan won his first national championship coming off last year's second
place at the National Championship. Results:
* (September 19, 2011) - It has just been announced that Ben Ainslie,
Britain's most successful Olympic sailor with three gold medals and one
silver, has been selected to represent his country in the Finn event at the
2012 Olympics. If he were to medal at the Games, Ainslie would join Torben
Grael (BRA) as holding the most sailing medals with five. If Ben were to
win, he would equal that of Paul Elvstrom (DEN) who won four consecutive
Olympics. In short, Ben would become the greatest sailing Olympian ever. --
* The 2011 U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships has attracted sailors
representing three countries, including several Paralympic hopefuls, to
compete on Long Island Sound in the single-, double- and triplehanded
classes chosen for the Paralympic Games. The 2011 event, hosted by the
Larchmont Yacht Club and American Yacht Club, begins Friday, September 23
and concludes Sunday, September 25. -- Full report:
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RULE QUIZ ANSWER
Regarding the rule quiz about hitting the finishing line mark, two rules
actually had been broken. First, the boat hit a mark of the course, thus
breaking Rule 31 - Touching a Mark. She could have exonerated herself by
getting clear, doing a one-turn penalty, and finishing again, but she
didn't. (Rule 44.2) The Race Committee broke a rule (A5) by scoring her
DSQ. A Race Committee never can score a boat DSQ. Only a Protest Committee
can do that. The Race Committee could have protested the boat under Rule
60.3(a). Since the Race Committee did not protest and the boat did finish,
the race Committee's only option is to score the boat where she finished.
-- Courtesy of Southern Bay Racing News You Can Use
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* From Pete Thomas:
I watched the America's Cup World Series highlights show on Versus from the
Plymouth event, and was amazed how much of the nine day event they tried to
include in the show. Maybe they want to give the lesser teams some
exposure, but it was just way too much to follow.
If they are interested in attracting a new audience, my advice is to keep
it simple. Near as I can tell, Saturday through Tuesday only count for team
training and are not show worthy. The five remaining days (Wednesday
through Sunday) provide the path for the match and fleet race championship.
If they focus on that story, and hopefully do it with a more vibrant
commentator, I think they will have a much better show.
* From Wayne Otero:
If you watched the America's Cup World Series last week, you would have to
agree with Coutts' vision for the future of the event. More exciting than
any AC sailing I've seen since Perth, and no weather delays. Large crowds
at Plymouth. Maybe the former English team will be sorry now that they
didn't join in with the new AC. I'm looking forward to SD and will be in
Newport next year. Thanks Oracle, it's working!
* From Matt Younkle:
Just read your post about the continued strength of college sailing
programs on the east coast, but thought I'd point out that the University
of Wisconsin - Madison placed 1st in the Harry Anderson Intersectional
Regatta at Yale last weekend:
As far as I know, it's the first time ever that an MCSA team has finished
first in an out-of-district intersectional regatta. College sailing in the
Midwest still has a long way to go, but that's a solid start!
* From Kent Fox:
As a long-time resident of South Florida I am often asked why my son chose
to attend the University of Wisconsin. They are absolutely dumbfounded when
I respond, "because of sailing." The problem with most collegiate sailing
programs in the Midwest, including UW-Madison, is that they fail to
communicate the positive aspects of what their university has to offer to
student athletes who sail.
The University of Chicago, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Michigan, and
Wisconsin all boast top-50 rankings by U.S. News and World Report. Many
Midwestern universities offer a college-town experience like few others and
a culture of genuine kindness that is often difficult to find in other
parts of the country. Wisconsin even boasts an on-campus sailing venue and
a sailing center literally inside the school's student union.
However, very little of this is used to promote the sailing programs at
these schools. My son arrived at the idea of sailing in Madison primarily
on his own. He knew that an elite sailor had chosen Wisconsin the year
before, and his college counselor advised him of the merits of four years
in Madison both academically and socially. UW has been fortunate that so
many of the talented sailors who decided to remain in the Midwest have
decided to attend Wisconsin. Their current ranking and recent performances
prove they can compete with the schools in the East.
The idea that assistance should come from the ICSA to help teams in certain
districts is ridiculous. And the concept of sailing scholarships, although
appealing to a father of a sailor in high school, would accomplish the
exact opposite of the claim "leveling the playing field." -- Forum, read
* From David Greene:
Outside of high performance racers and one design, the boats like mine a C
& C 39 1972 vintage needs the balance of a 3 legged course to be a viable
competitor. It is only on the reach that I am able to make up for my lack
of upwind performance.
I also currently sail jib and main and unless all the competitors sail the
same configuration there is no way a windward leeward course is fair to
PHRF boats of all different sizes, ages, and shapes.
We raced on Sunday in a point to point race from Bayview Yacht Club "in
Detroit River" 15 miles out into the lake and back. Beating out of the
river we were sitting in last place as we got out into the lake it was a
close reach "my boat loves this point of sail" and then the route home
provided for two choices, go low cut distance "my course" or stay high get
the river current and pop a chute as you turned into the river.
I thought the Benateau 36.7 were going to take it all but as it turned out
a Morgan 42 took second "they went high popped a chute" and I took third
"stayed low and did a little downwind tacking in the river using current"
If this was a windward leeward course no way could the Morgan or I have any
I think all competition outside of one design and high performance should
provide for a reach.
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