SCUTTLEBUTT 3447 - Thursday, October 13, 2011
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FRIENDS AND MENTORS
Dawn Nelson, who sails out of Chandlers Landing Yacht Club in Rockwall,
Texas, is a Child & Family Therapist and a sailing mom. Here she provides
her professional and personal experience regarding one design fleet growth:
Ever walked into a party and felt like the whole room stopped and stared at
If you're part of a fleet that is trying to encourage kids to sail with
you, being a "strong fleet" won't help at all if everyone is staring at the
kids when they come to the big party, aka the regatta. There are two things
you should consider:
1) Are you making the kids feel welcome, off the water as well as on the
water? It's easy for adults to sail with the kids, teach them during the
races, and then at the dock, walk over to the keg and talk 'above' the
kids. If they aren't welcome at your table, they won't want to be on the
boat for very long. If you answered 'yes', are the kids being included in
the sailing discussions at the table? Are adults talking to them, not
condescending down to them?
2) Speaking of condescending, when you get an experienced youth sailor in a
regatta, cheating is a really good way to get kids to choose a different
boat class. That kid at the helm of that keelboat, the one that another
boat's skipper is yelling at, trying to intimidate him to get off the
starting line, has probably sailed in more regattas because he doesn't have
to work all summer. If he wanted to, the kid could quote the RRS sections
and numbers, and successfully protest for violating his right-of-way and
lack of sportsmanship. But he won't do that; he'll just never sail your
boat class again (true story)!
At 9, 7, and 4 years old, my sons fell in love with sailing on a J/22; just
them and one extremely patient skipper. The boys have since raced in
national and international championships in eight different boat classes in
eight years. Yes, they love high-tech and speed, and are currently begging
for a Nacra F18, but on any given Wednesday night, you'll find a 17 year
old working spin on a J/92, the 15 year old on the helm of a J/22, and the
12 year old cranking sheets on a Hunter 35....because it's the
relationships that make the difference.
The sailing crowd are friends AND mentors.
COMMENT: We can talk all day long about how great youth sailing is these
days, but if there isn't a bridge to connect youth sailors with the rest of
the sport, than youth sailing is no better than youth soccer or youth
baseball. With no alternatives, when a young sailor ages out of the youth
sailing programs, they age out of the sport. -- Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
HIGH-TECH WILL NOT THE AMERICA'S CUP MAKE
There are a lot of questions surrounding the format for the 34th America's
Cup. The two big ones are at the root of the changes: 1) will AC34 draw
interest to the event and, 2) will AC34 draw interest to sailing. Bill
Sandberg, in his October column for WindCheck Magazine, remains unconvinced
One year ago this month, my column was entitled "America's Cup. R.I.P." I'm
happy to report that I stand by my statement one year later.
I must admit, I'm not an ardent follower of the America's Cup, as I belong
to the Flintstones generation, but I think I keep up enough to be somewhat
What I see is the America's Cup being turned into a video game. The AC
Committee was very smart in enlisting the aid of world-class sailor and
Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Stan Honey. Among Stan's non-sailing
achievements was the creation of the yellow line you see on your TV screen
showing where the first down line is in football games. However, technology
will not the America's Cup make.
This is yet another high-tech way to attract non-sailing young people into
sailing. In my opinion, it's not going to work. While these boats may be
fast, 40 knots is a turtle's pace compared to the 200 mph speeds of NASCAR.
If someone doesn't know port from starboard, they still won't care.
What are the most exciting parts of match racing to a sailor? Dial-ups
before the start and tacking duels upwind. Those won't happen with
I contend what might get non-sailors involved in the AC. Going back to
nation vs. nation would help - look what it did for the Miracle on Ice of
the 1980 hockey Olympics? Not a lot of hockey fans in the U.S., but the
storybook tale took the country by storm. But why do that when with the
proper checkbook you can have the best designer, builder, sailmaker or
sailor that money can buy.
A noted yachting writer recently commented to a friend of mine that the
America's Cup has a long history of contentious sorts, but it has continued
and technological breakthroughs have trickled down and benefitted the
general sailing public. There have certainly been disagreements in the past
involving huge egos and some cheating going on, but it was played on a far
The fighting that went on between Bertarelli and Ellison was played out in
court. Sailing gets very little coverage from the mainstream media, but
this battle got picked up by everyone. Even the New York Times, which gives
more coverage to the Dog Show than it does to sailing, ran item after item.
Of course, it only played to the perception of the sport by the average
non-sailor: It's a rich guy's sport. Anyone say Cliff Robertson's (may he
rest in peace) role in 'Wind'? -- Read on:
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PAN AM GAMES
The XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico are scheduled for October
13-29, with the sailing competition to take place at the Vallarta Yacht
Club located in Puerto Vallarta, approximately five hours away from
Guadalajara. Racing begins on October 17th with medal racing on the 23rd.
The sailing competition will feature nine events, including four Olympic
classes - Laser (Men), Laser Radial (Women) and RS:X (Men and Women) - and
five non-Olympic, open classes - Hobie 16, J/24, Lightning, Snipe and
Canada will send 13 athletes to compete in 7 events. Here is the roster:
USA will send 16 athletes to compete in 9 events. Here is the roster:
With the 2011 Pacific hurricane season not ending until November 30th,
Hurricane Jova landed just south of Puerto Vallarta as a Category 2 storm
early Wednesday, delivering 100 mph winds and heavy rains to the Mexican
port of Manzanillo before dawn. US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics meteorologist
Doug Charko provides early insight as to how this will affect the sailing
"Hurricane Jova has weakened to tropical storm strength Wednesday evening.
Despite its close proximity, Puerto Vallarta was protected from the
stronger winds due to sheltering of the surrounding mountains. Rain has
been the issue in Puerto Vallarta with surface flooding in some areas. The
rain and thunderstorms will end overnight and conditions will be much
brighter on Thursday as the leftovers of Jova continue to move north.
"Even so, the remnants of Jova and ex-hurricane Irwin to the southwest will
modify the normal surface gradient pattern for a few days yet, so the wind
may not be typical for this time of year although no strong winds are
expected. Over the weekend the normal pattern should re-establish with the
afternoon SW winds expected for the first day of racing on Monday."
HURRICANE KATRINA - SIX YEARS LATER
Although the Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans, LA has made it back to
nearly full strength, allowing it to be able to host the J/22 Worlds this
week and several other regional and national regattas in recent years,
other marinas in the area are nowhere near their pre-Katrina levels,
hampering the sailing community.
The Municipal Yacht Harbor was the area's largest marina before Katrina
with approximately 650 boat slips. But Warner Tureaud, president of the
Municipal Yacht Harbor Management Corporation Board, said the city-owned
harbor is working with 135 slips, none with running water or power.
"The storm destroyed the greater majority of the slips, and it left a lot
of the other ones in a state that aren't safe to use," Tureaud said.
He added that the 135 slips that are available are being rented but at a
"vastly reduced" rate. However, the board has been working with FEMA to
determine the amount of damage the harbor suffered and how much money it
should receive for repairs. But the two organizations haven't seen eye to
eye, Tureaud said. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/NOLA-101211
WORLDS: New Orleans, LA (October 12, 2011) - Local Benz Faget scored two
bullets and a sixth-place tally to lead the 64-boat fleet at the Allstate
Sugar Bowl J/22 World Championship on the first day of racing. With crew
Randall Richmond and Thomas Sweeney, Fats stands with 8 points. Jim
Barnash, helming his Rochester, NY team, has 14 points in second place;
Fred Hunger from Cleveland, OH rests in third with 23 points. During the
day's races, breeze started at 5-8 knots but decreased throughout the
afternoon, with sunny skies and temperatures around 80 degrees. -- Full
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* The Vanguard 15 U.S. Nationals were held at Houston Yacht Club in
Shoreacres, Texas on October 8-9. Seven races were completed on Saturday,
with Sunday opening as stormy and overcast. A strong storm blew through the
first race on Sunday, resulting in that race and all others being cancelled
for the day. Danny Pletsch from Larchmont Yacht Club dominated the fleet,
winning every race. Philip Crain from Houston was second and Katy Cummings
from Seabrook, Texas was third. Results: http://tinyurl.com/V15-101211
* Islamorada, FL (October 12, 2011) - After calm winds cancelled the
practice races on Tuesday at the 2011 A Class North American Championship,
light winds today again foiled the 40 entrants on the first day of
competition. Racing will continue through Sunday. -- http://www.usaca.info
* Almeria, Spain (October 12, 2011) - The public literally arrived in their
thousands on the opening day of the Extreme Sailing Series Act 8, making
the most of Spain's national Bank Holiday. The 11 Extreme 40s took to the
water for the opening salvo of the stadium racing, where a light sea breeze
dominated the day of this penultimate round. The three-time Olympic gold
medalist Ben Ainslie and his team on Oman Air are at the top of the
leaderboard after four races. -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/ESS-101211
* (October 12, 2011) - The rankings released by ISAF today show that Anna
Tunnicliffe (USA) has retained her place as World #1 in the Women's Match
Race Rankings whilst Francesco Bruni (ITA) has moved to the top of the Open
Match Race Rankings for the first time. -- Full report:
* This weekend three fleets of ocean racing sailboats power up for the
third annual Campbell Cup, hosted by the Long Beach Yacht Club (CA). The
event is named for the late Michael (Mike) J. Campbell, a longtime member
of Long Beach Yacht Club and the keenly competitive co-owner of the Kernan
70, Peligroso. Campbell died of cancer in 2008, but his boat sails on, now
raced successfully by Mexican businessman Lorenzo Berho. Seven boats are
entered in the West Coast 70 class, which will be joined by eight Farr 40s
and four i52s, a spinoff of the TP52 class. -- Full report:
* United States Yacht Shows, organiser of the annual sailboat show in
Annapolis, Maryland, has reported that the 42nd version of the sailboat
exhibition drew over 50,000 visitors, slightly ahead of 2010's show. Final
tallies are yet to be completed. This year's United States Sailboat Show
had 200 boats, three dozen catamarans, and nearly 20 premiering boats in
water, including a display of antique and classic boats. The show featured
daily seminars, and interactive workshop and demos. -- IBI Plus, read on:
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* From Mark Reynolds:
I find it hard to fathom that I won't see Hugo Schreiner (Eight Bells,
Scuttlebutt 3446) anymore or crack up from his quick wit. He could crack a
joke about any subject that would come up. The first time I sailed with
him, as we left the dock and he was putting away the paddle, I reached
forward to help pull the jib in and he made it very clear that was his
area. With the paddle in his hand he said if I touched it again he would
use the paddle to make me look like a beaver.
Hugo was a super crew, physically fit like no other at that time, and
focused on doing the best he could at all times. He would straight leg hike
off the starting line, all 6'7". One time in the final race of the Bacardi
Cup, we had to beat John Kostecki and started just to leeward of him. Hugo
went into a straight leg hike and the strap broke. He had kept one hand on
the jib sheet and was able to get back into the boat but we had lost John.
Hugo was pumped up and hiked without a strap on that beat and we came back
and got John.
When Hugo did something he did it all the way. When he got his first BMW
bike, Hal Haenel had a bike, Vince got one and I got one too. The
difference was Hugo got fully into it, riding everywhere. I asked him one
day on the phone if he had ridden his bike to work and he replied "you
leave your dick at home?" He also got a Ducati that he would take to the
track and even laid it down one day and broke some ribs. Of course he was
wearing a helmet!
Hugo didn't waste any time; he bought a house about a year ago and had a
housewarming party the first night he had it. He had already gutted most of
the interior earlier that day. I will really miss Hugo. -- Forum,
* From Ian Morrison:
Regarding the story about helmets in Scuttlebutt 3445, anyone who is
concerned about the appearance of wearing head protection while sailing
should consider a bump cap insert for a baseball cap. Go to Amazon and type
"bump cap insert" into the search line. Options exist for all wallets. My
wife has been wearing one for years (no-one has noticed!)
* From Seymour Dodds:
On the topic of helmets for sailing safety, how many is it that get bonked
by the boom? The U.S. Coast Guard (Dept of Homeland Security) publishes
annual accident statistics, but unfortunately they don't have a boom
Based on 40 years of boating accident reports, they say to wear lifejackets
and - the big one - don't drink alcohol. Not a one boom bonking death in
last year's 23 sail-related deaths. That's cruising, racing and big ocean
deliveries. Wanker, pros and wannabees.
Still helmet hustlers could argue yacht racing accidents are
under-reported. Only the insurance companies know for sure, but the
Machiavelli in me has a sneaky solution.
Usually the S.I.s say "all boats must obey State and Federal laws." I know
of a compound fracture finger at this year's Big Boat Series which clearly
needed something beyond first aid, which also means an accident report was
required within 48 hours. If it was not filed you could protest and get the
boat tossed. Boy I'd love to see the US Sailing Appeal on that one!
Helmet manufacturers should support their claims with data - not anecdotes.
And with the "Wear Helmets" pennant up just below the "wear lifejackets"
flag, those who need advertising revenue could move on to another issue to
drum up reader response.
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