SCUTTLEBUTT 3443 - Friday, October 7, 2011
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TAKING CUES FROM YOUR CHILD TO DEVELOP SUCCESS
By Jessica M. Mohler, Clinical and Sport Psychologist
The summer sailing season has come to an end. You may be attending your end
of summer banquet or barbecue, and talking with instructors and coaches
about how your child did in their summer sailing program. You may have some
hopes or expectations about your child's experience based upon your own
observations or conversations you had with your child over the summer.
You may also have hopes or expectations based on a comparison between your
child and another or with a sibling, but how do you really know what to
expect from your child? Your child's finish around the race course or end
of year regatta tell you very little about your child's development. So as
parents, what can we expect our child to learn from the sport of sailing?
Ginsburg, Durant, and Batzell (2006) suggest six areas of development for
parents to consider when trying to understand and learn about their
Elementary school children build confidence through mastery. Learning the
skills of sailing; how to rig a boat, tacking, and reading wind on the
water are all skills that once learned, build confidence in your sailor. It
is not until the beginning of middle school that children begin to
understand that they have strengths and weaknesses and can understand, "I
may not be the first off the line, but I am good at reading wind shifts so
I will be great at crewing!"
Elementary school children are discovering their likes and dislikes.
Exposing them to a wide range of activities is ideal, including
singlehanded and doublehanded dinghies, big boats, cruising and racing. At
the end of elementary school, many parents and children are making
decisions about whether to continue in the sport of sailing or whether to
pursue other interests. As you move towards middle school, the challenge is
to find balance. The time involved in travel and racing can be demanding
and not the right fit for every child. This may be the age your child tells
you that he does not want to race anymore, but would like to find a boat to
crew on or take day sails.
While the goal for elementary school aged children is finding friends and
developing strong bonds, these are the relationships that may eventually
provide peer pressure, both positive and negative. Just think about how
much time you spend with your child during a week of sailing school, it is
much less than the time they spend with their sailing friends. Developing
early childhood friendships is important for healthy development, but
pressure to compete at this age can cause strain in those friendships. As
she or he gets older, teachers and coaches begin to have more influence,
and knowing these instructors can be the key to ensuring not only a
healthy, but also a skilled sailor.
US Sailing, read on: http://tinyurl.com/US-Sailing-100611
AND SOON THERE WILL BE EIGHT
Hamilton, Bermuda (October 6, 2011) - Tour leader Ian Williams (GBR)
continued his great run of form by qualifying for the knock out stages of
the 2011 Argo Group Gold Cup after an epic third Qualifying Session in
Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda. Wildcard Staffan Lindberg (FIN) was the sole
non-Tour Card Holder to automatically qualify for the knock out stages
after finishing top of his group.
Now complete, the qualifying round robin series advanced the top two teams
in each of the three separate groups to the quarterfinals. With six of the
eight slots filled, a repechage round for the next two teams in each of the
three groups will complete the process of whittling the fleet of 24 teams
down to 8 finalists.
Francesco Bruni (ITA), currently second in the tour standings, is
optimistic about his plight in the repechage. "The repechage round is hard
but if you get through you're in a stronger position as you have five extra
races behind you," noted Bruni. "We struggled with the strong winds this
morning but feel we've sorted the problem. Hopefully we sail well and go
through even stronger." -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/WMRT-100611
COVERAGE: The repechage and quarter-finals get underway at 0900 local time
(0800 EDT) on Friday (Oct. 7). Catch the preview on The WMRT Morning Show
with Hannah White and a daily review on The WMRT Today Show after racing
finishes. Live coverage of the quarter-finals start at 1300 local time
(1200 EDT). All coverage on www.wmrt.com
BACKGROUND: The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the leading professional
sailing series, with Argo Group Gold Cup as the seventh stage of the eight
event circuit sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF)
with "Special Event" status. Prize money is awarded for each event, with
event points culminating in the crowning of the "ISAF Match Racing World
Champion". Ian Williams is the current tour leader. -- http://www.wmrt.com
LEGACIES: Alongside the Argo Group Gold Cup this week is the ninth annual
RenaissanceRe Junior Gold Cup in Bermuda, where 39 Optimist skippers are
soaking up the shadow of the international match race event. Seventeen
international sailors made the trip, 11 of who are national champions. Not
long ago this young field included Argo Group Gold Cup skipper Taylor
Canfield, 22 of the USVI.
"I came here in 2003 to compete in the RenRe Junior Gold Cup and Peter
Holmberg was racing in the Gold Cup," Canfield said. "We are both from the
US Virgin Islands and he was my mentor and he coached me a lot both at home
and here. Today, I am racing at the Gold Cup, but I am also keeping my eye
on Scott McKenzie of the USVI who is racing here in the Optis. That means
three sailors from the USVI have been here both as juniors and senior
sailors."-- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/RenRe-100611
Congratulations to Bora Gulari and his National Championship winning team.
The Melges 24 Nationals on Lake Geneva this past week was a tremendous
championship. The official Melges Rocks party on Saturday night for all in
attendance was epic! Thank you to all of our Melges customers. We
appreciate all of you and look forward to the major Melges Championships
coming up! Melges Rocks! http://www.melges.com
ONE MILLION DOLLARS SAVES LIVES
By Michelle Slade, SailBlast
The sad news on Wednesday of Steve Jobs' death at the way-too-young age of
56 of a rare form of pancreatic cancer got me off my butt to write up my
notes on the fabulously successful 6th annual Leukemia Cup, hosted by the
San Francisco Yacht Club (last weekend), raising a massive one million
dollars for cancer research.
In fact, I may not be writing this today if it weren't for my MacBook,
iPhone, iPod and multiple other iAccessories, and I extend my gratitude to
Jobs for his ingenuity, creativity and courage to continue his incredible
contribution to life as we know it today, especially in the light of
multiple misfortunes he encountered in his own life.
I like a quote that Jobs made six years ago, talking about how a sense of
his mortality was a major driver behind his vision: "Remembering that you
are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you
have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to
follow your heart."
Jobs' words lend meaning to the all-around success of last weekend's
Leukemia Cup. It was one filled with stories of local sailors who have
survived the disease and live to continue their passion - racing sailboats.
Guest speaker at Saturday night's VIP dinner was no less than John Doerr,
of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the world's most famous venture
capital firm based in Silicon Valley. Doerr's first words Saturday night?
Any thoughts I initially had that Doerr's speech may be on the dry side
were quelled pretty much instantly. He held a spellbound audience for a
good 45 minutes and they/I would have happily let him continue. -- Read on:
SPONSOR BRAINSTORM SESSION
Regatta organizers are already gearing up for the 2012 events, and the
bigger events are on the hunt for sponsors. The following note sent to
Scuttlebutt stirred up a brainstorming session:
"We are planning a North American championship in 2012 and need sponsors.
Who in your opinion are sponsor friendly/willing in our sport? I have
gotten a lot of interest in 'in kind' donations but we actually need money
to do this right. Any advice?"
Here were some of our immediate thoughts:
- View sponsorship as a partnership rather than a donation.
- Seek advice from the previous North American event hosts.
- Determine the demographics of who the sponsor will be getting exposed to.
- How will the sponsor be exposed? (website, event comms, site banners,
- Any sponsor perks? (ie, sponsor spectator boat with eats and treats).
- Can 'in kind' donations help reduce operating cost/participant expense?
- Everyone who advertises in the class publications are potential sponsors.
- Are there companies with a history of sponsoring the class?
- Are there companies with a history of sponsoring similar type events?
- Are there companies with a history of sponsoring events from host club?
- Are there people who make donations for important events?
Any comments or additions? Email them to the Editor or post them on
ANNOUNCING 2012 BOTY NOMINEES
At the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., Sailing World - and sister
publication, Cruising World - announced nominees for the 2012 Boat of the
Year awards. The BOTY awards recognize and honor the best new sailboat
models introduced to the North American market.
The new sailboat models were examined by special nominating panels,
consisting of each magazine's editors and select members of the judging
"This year's collection of nominees represents a broad cross-section of
excellent cruising boats and high-performance ocean voyagers," says Herb
McCormick, Cruising World's Boat of the Year director. "The judges are
really looking forward to getting on the water and putting the boats
through their paces."
Sailing World nominated 12 performance-oriented models for its awards:
Performance Multihulls PT-11; Bavaria 32 and 54; Corsair Sprint 750 Mark
II; Aquila RP45; VX One-Design; Farr 400 One-Design; Jeanneau Sun Odyssey
379; Dufour 445 GL; Topaz 14CX; Tartan 4000; and J/108.
Cruising World nominated the following 21 boats in five categories... read
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* Porto Cervo, Italy (October 6, 2011; Day 3) - Light winds again pervaded
the Audi TP52 World Championships, allowing for the completion of only one
race which defending world champion Quantum Racing lead from start to
finish. Their win, with Tony Langley's Gladiator (GBR) taking second and
Ignacio Triay's Paramount Park Murcia team stealing a third, leaves all
three locked on the same 10 points aggregate. Strong winds forecasted for
Friday may cancel racing, with moderate winds expected for the final race
day on Saturday. -- Full story:
* The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 5 October 2011 have been released.
The women lead the top North American standings, with the U.S. Women's
Doublehanded team Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Farrar in second, and U.S.
Women's Match Racing team Anna Tunnicliffe, Debbie Capozzi and Molly
O'Bryan Vandemoer in first. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing
Rankings will be on 30 November and will include Sail Melbourne, the first
of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas. -- Full rankings:
* The Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta, organized by the Storm Trysail
Foundation and the Larchmont Yacht Club, has grown to become the largest
college sailing event in the country thanks to the support of Long Island
Sound boat owners. Over 300 collegiate sailors raced on nearly 40 offshore
boats in 2010. The regatta introduces college sailors to the challenge and
teamwork of big boat racing and gives them a chance to race evenly-matched
boats. This weekend, Oct. 8-9, 2011, 47 boats will be sailed by 400
collegiate sailors making the regatta the largest college sailing event in
the world. -- Read on:
* The 72nd Richardson Trophy presented by the Yacht Racing Union of the
Great Lakes has 11 Great Lakes teams ready for the last event of the season
at the Chicago Match Race Center. Second to only the America's Cup, this
Great Lakes Match Racing Championship is the longest-running, continuously
held match race competition in the world. To encourage match racing in the
Great Lakes, Commodore S.O. Richardson Jr. of the Toledo Yacht Club donated
a Tiffany silver trophy. Racing will be held October 7-9 using the CMRC's
identically, matched TOM 28's. -- Read on:
* (October 6, 2011) - Sally Helme, publisher of Cruising World and Sailing
World magazines has received the 2011 Sail Industry Leadership Award for
her efforts on behalf of the sailing industry. The award was presented to
her by Sail magazine publisher Josh Adams, during the company's annual
lunch on the opening day of the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland.
-- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/SILA-100611
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include king of the world, small cockpit, dry dock, high tech, October
photo, UK champs, woodie, wealthy, retro, and holiday cheer. Here are this
week's photos: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/11/1007/
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
The Chicago Match Race Center hosted the ISAF Grade 1 Chicago Match Cup
(Sept. 28-Oct. 1) for 12 teams from 7 nations, where stormy weather stirred
up the fight for grading points and a share of the $65,000 prize money
purse. In this week's 2:01 clip, you get the full vibe of this electric
event, plus you get a charge from the song ' Steve McQueen' by Automatic.
Click here for this week's video:
BONUS: David Parrott had his Alden 58 on the Intracoastal Waterway, and had
to get its 80 foot mast under a bridge with a fixed height of 65 feet.
Here's how he did it:
BONUS: Canadians Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn, who have consistently been
the top North American team pursuing an Olympic bid in the Men's Keelboat
event, had a big outing this week on Weymouth Harbour, UK. While training
on Thursday at the Olympic venue, this video shows what it's like to
survive 30 knot winds in a Star boat...aptly edited to 'Welcome To The
Jungle' by Guns N' Roses: http://youtu.be/TpRZsol3Les
SEND US YOUR VIDEOS: If you have clips to share for the Video of the Week,
send them to the Scuttlebutt editor: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 Richard Schulz:
It's been several years, but I recall a column in Scuttlebutt that
described the correct procedure for renaming a boat so that Neptune and his
associates could update the register of boats that sail upon the seas and
the boat owner could avoid the bad luck that is often associated with
renaming a boat. I also recall that adult beverages are involved in the
procedure. If my recollection is correct, can you tell me which archived
version of Scuttlebutt has the column I described?
COMMENT: It was in 2007 when Scuttlebutt posted two authoritative articles
for renaming boats. Here are the links:
* From John Alofsin, Newport RI:
Regarding the comments made by competitors to the judges, in other pro
sports if an athlete calls an official "an idiot" then he/she is tossed
from the event and fined as well. There should be no hesitation by a judge
to do the same in sailing - professional or otherwise. What are kids going
to think if they see the sport's elite calling judges names with no
consequences? If pro sailors misbehave then they should be punished where
it hurts - in the wallet.
* From Charlie Hartman, Canandaigua, NY:
As sad as I am to say it, I don't think that sailing is a suitable sport
for the Olympics. The Olympics is a spectator event, while a sailing
regatta is primarily a participants event. Sure, there can be spectators,
but a pretty thorough knowledge of sailing and its rules are necessary to
appreciate what is going on on the course. How many other Olympic events
can be won without even participating in the finals. Many of the changes in
Olympic sailing rules are to address this very issue.
I enjoy watching the extensive coverage of the sailing events like the
America's Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race, but these contests have been
designed with extensive on board and airborne cameras,and even in the case
of the Volvo Ocean Race on board commentary. This isn't possible or even
appropriate for the Olympic classes.
For myself, I would rather sail than watch.
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to
be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only
way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet,
keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know
when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and
better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't
settle." - Steve Jobs
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