SCUTTLEBUTT 3450 - Tuesday, October 18, 2011
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IT'S GOOD TO BE KING.
When the Oracle Racing team outlined their defense plans for the 34th
America's Cup in 2010, there was 'shock and awe' with all the changes. The
theme as presented was to instill new interest and excitement in the event,
and to make the event affordable again. While the change to catamarans has
definitely attracted the 'wow' factor, the reality of cost containment has
One of the measures to manage the cost to compete are in limiting the
training time in the America's Cup boats, or in boats similar to those
being used for the America' Cup. But considering that the defender helped
to write the rules, this might have given them an advantage on how to
leverage them too.
While every challenger has one AC 45 to use in the America's Cup World
Series events, the Oracle Racing team now has four AC 45s. So what are
these rules helping to contain costs for the teams entered in the 34th
Currently there are no limits in place. Hamish Ross, rules guru for
America's Cup Race Management (ACRW), explains the limits that will become
active as of January 1, 2012:
"ACRM does not control other teams. There are rules and any breach is
protestable by any competitor (as well as ACRM) to the Jury, who then
determine if a breach has occurred and if so, the penalty to be applied.
"The surrogate rule in article 29.4 (and definition of "surrogate yacht" in
art 1.1(xx)) is an attempt to control R&D expenditure. The definition in
article 1.1 limits use of yachts more than 10m LOA, but with a carve out
for the AC45's which are intended to also provide a development platform on
which to test scale model wings and boards, in addition to their use in the
"The surrogate rule takes effect only after January 1, 2012, and limits the
use of yachts greater than 10m LOA for testing or training. However, if a
competitor wishes to race a surrogate yacht in a bona fide regatta (such as
an Extreme 40), it can do so with the Race Director's approval.
"The Race Director will be concerned to ensure the regatta is for a class
yacht, and is not a testing program "in drag" for an AC72 yacht. A
competitor can apply for permission from the Race Director to sail a
surrogate yacht for promotional purposes, who must be satisfied sailing
will not provide a competitor with design data for an AC72 yacht."
In fairness, leading challengers Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) and
Artemis Racing (SWE) have been actively training in boats that fit within
the cost containment limits. Why didn't they get AC45s too? Maybe it was
the one million dollar price tag per boat... which is the fee being charged
by the builder... which is owned by the defender.
It is good to be king.
Here is the link to the protocol governing the 34th America's Cup:
COACHES HAVE THEIR PLACE
By Gary Jobson, Sailing World
Thirty years ago, the only places you'd ever see sailing coaches were in
junior clubhouses, college boathouses, and sailing schools. I know from
years of experience that coaching is effective, which is why, for the past
decade there's been a tremendous growth in the use of coaching. It's mostly
happening at opposite ends of the sport's spectrum: competitive youth
sailing and the Olympics. The bulk of amateur sailors - from one-design to
club-racing PHRF teams - have yet to catch on.
Competitive sports such as tennis and golf thrive on teaching professionals
and coaches. They're fundamental to their sports. Sailing pros should be
just as integral to ours. Lessons can take place on an individual boat, or
with an entire fleet sharing the expense and learning together. Many
sailors spend freely on sails, boats, equipment, and professional crew, but
miss the opportunity to really improve by having someone else evaluate
their performance. Self-analysis is always difficult, and a coach that
joins a team and watches from off the boat can offer insight you can't get
any other way.
There has to be a balance though. Coaching is now standard in a few
one-design classes, especially grand-prix classes, and it's here where
excessive coaching creates tension. This is where the "haves-and-have-nots"
issue comes to a head. With coaching to be encouraged, class managers must
regulate it with the class's longevity in mind. -- Read on:
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WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN
The difference between good and great in racing has a lot to do with
anticipation. Looking ahead, seeing how boats are coming together, and
positioning oneself to take advantage of the situation is how the great
sailors take control of the good sailors.
With the growth of high performance sailing, whether it is on an
International Moth or the AC 45, the value of anticipation remains the
same. It just gets harder when the boats get faster. And when our brain
lags behind the actions of the boats around us, bad things happen.
An example of this occurred at the Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 in Almeria,
Spain this past weekend. With Extreme 40 catamarans converging on an upwind
leg, a boat stopping crash involved Emirates Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa
International Judge/Umpire Jos Spijkerman was working the event, and has
created an animation to detail the incident and the rules involved. Here is
the link: http://rrsstudy.blogspot.com/2011/10/ess-act-8-almeria-crash.html
Here is a video of the incident: http://youtu.be/1rQBDJMXz2Q
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LET THE GAMES BEGIN
The sailing events for the XVI Pan American Games are being held at the
Vallarta Yacht Club in Puerto Vallarta, with racing scheduled for October
17-23. Laser (Men), Laser Radial (Women) and RS:X (Men and Women) - and
five non-Olympic, open classes - Hobie 16, J/24, Lightning, Snipe and
Here is an update from USA team Manager Dave Johnson:
(October 17, 2011) - Today was a great start to the PAG for Team USA. All
three courses sailed today in 6-12kts breeze and lots of sun. On the far
course Charlie (J/24, Lightning, Snipe) got the first race off with
consistently more breeze. The J/24 team of Mollicone, Rabin, Becker, and
Abdullah went 1-1 as their boatspeed proved superior on the long course.
"We really used speed to our advantage," said John Mollicone, skipper for
the J/24. "The races are really long, even longer than Worlds." With a much
smaller fleet of boats in the Pan Am Games, John pointed out that keeping
your competition in check is critical in the long races.
And what John said makes sense because one boat going out on a flyer could
be a hero or a zero, as they say. In their 7-boat fleet, one boat is nearly
15% of the fleet.
Our Lightning Team of the Lutz brothers (Jody - skipper, Jay - crew) and
Greg Thomas also sailed a top performance today, going 1-3 and tied for the
lead with Brazil. They too had long races today but their fleet was
intense. With teams not leaving any good 'lanes' open, having clear air and
a clean lane is important.
Other good performances include four-time Olympian, Paul Foerster, sitting
atop the Sunfish fleet with a 1-2. Augie Diaz and Kathleen Tocke finished
2-4 in the Snipe class while Paige Railey went 5-1 in the Radial. -- Read
Canada team: http://tinyurl.com/CYA-Pan-Am-2011
USA team: http://tinyurl.com/USSTAG-Pan-Am-2011
Event website: http://www.guadalajara2011.org.mx/ENG/01_inicio
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WHO WAS THE BEST IN 2011?
Who do you think are the best American sailors of 2011? Nominations are now
being submitted for the 2011 Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year
Awards. These prestigious awards recognize one male sailor and one female
sailor for their outstanding achievements within the calendar year and are
viewed as the nation's top sailing honors. Here are some of the World
Champion winners this year:
Ed Baird - TP52 World Champion
Deneen Demourkas - Farr 30 World Champion
William Douglass - Melges 32 World Champion
Bill Hardesty - Etchells World Champion
Johnny Heineken - Kiteboard Course Racing World Champion
Rob Johnston - J/22 World Champion
These winners are all possible nominees. Who else should be included?
US SAILING members can submit their nominations online. Deadline is
November 30, 2011. Here is the link:
If you are not a US SAILING member, please email to Scuttlebutt who you
think is worthy and why, and we will consider making the submission on your
behalf. Remember that your nominee must be a United States citizen and have
won a national or international event in the 2011 calendar year. Send your
email to email@example.com
* Sailmaker Des McWilliam (62), who is based in Crosshaven, Co Cork, is to
become president of UK-Halsey. McWilliam's appointment was sanctioned at
the company's annual meeting in New York last week. He will replace company
founder and former US marine Butch Ulmer, who is retiring. -- Full story:
* Rye, NY (October 16, 2011) - American Yacht Club hosted the 2011
International 505 Class North American Championship, where 27 teams
completed 4 races per day on the first two days and 2 good races in a
building south westerly on the last day before sending the fleet in as
conditions worsened. Tyler Moore and Geoff Ewenson of Hampton Yacht Club
crushed the fleet with 6 wins and only a drop of 4 from the 10 races
sailed. -- Complete report:
* The Student Yachting World Cup has been organized since 1979 by students
at the École Polytechnique in France. Each year, the best sailing teams
from universities all around the world come together, with the 2011 event
in La Trinité-sur-Mer to be raced in the 9.54 m Grand Surprise on October
21-28. Among the 15 teams are Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
and Maine Maritime Academy (Castine, Maine). Event website:
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Captain William J. Hurst, United States Navy (Retired), age 93, passed away
Tuesday, October 4, 2011, after a short period of declining health.
He was a member of the class of 1942 at the United States Naval Academy,
having served as captain of their sailing team, and was commissioned as an
Ensign on December 19, 1941. During WWII he served on three destroyers:
Gunnery Officer USS Talbot, Gunnery Officer USS John Hood, and Executive
Officer USS Stoddard. His ships took part in campaigns in the Aleutians,
Solomon Islands, Okinawa, and the Third Fleet operations off of Japan.
His last active duty was as Professor of Naval Science, Dartmouth College,
retiring in 1972 after 30 1/2 years of Naval service. From 1968-1993 he was
the volunteer head coach of the Dartmouth Sailing Teams, and was largely
responsible for the existence of Varsity Sailing as a sport at Dartmouth
During his tenure as coach, he brought four national championships home to
Hanover, and had a profound influence on the many college sailors who
sailed for him during those 26 years. He left John Storck with a great
quote: "More than results, they should remember to do their best and always
try to have fun. Sailing is the greatest thing in the world. May you always
have fair winds and following seas."
In 1999 he was inducted into the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association of
North America Hall of Fame. -- Justin Assad, Dartmouth College Sailing
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* From Jim Gardiner
I was crew for Tom Grossman delivering his maxi trimaran Kriter VII across
the Atlantic to England for the 1980 OSTAR. It was just the two of us, but
as it was a singlehander most sail and course changes were a one man
operation. You often reefed by tacking the boat, backing the jib and then
putting the helm down to hove to the boat.
While Tom was sleeping, I was shaking out a reef but the helm released and
jibed the boat with my back to the boom. I was swatted across the boat like
a baseball, and only just caught the lifelines as I was looking at the
water upside down. Tom never woke and I never told him. I am sure to get an
email about this now.
Later in 1988 I raced with someone in England who made a cap that had a
skull plate inside. I bought one and still have it somewhere. It was
discounted because it was not a good seller. I rather thought it was a good
* From Lynne Shore, Olympic gold medalist:
In response to Margaret Herzog comments about her son's head injury and
wearing a helmet for safety - I am a believer in wearing one after a freaky
accident occurred while I was racing Lasers this summer.
In avoiding a collision with a sailor after rounding the weather mark in a
windy 18-20 knot breeze with big seas, another sailor tacked in front of me
on port tack. Even though I was on starboard, my Laser was hooked into a
large wave going fast, and my maneuverability was minimal. The choice I had
was my bow hitting the other sailor square in the head - and possibly
killing him - or healing very far to weather to get the boat to bear down
hard and try to avoid a dangerous situation.
In a split second, boats collided, I avoided injuring the other sailor, but
I got pinned between the two boats and my boom hit me in the head. The
boats then twisted together, flipped back and I was clocked in the head
with the boom again. Down I went under.
Extremely dazed and confused, I was lucky that a line was tangled around me
and I surfaced. I have to commend highly Hyannis Yacht Club for their
excellent strong execution of rescuing me. Within minutes, they were on top
of me, they accompanied me in, had a team take my boat, and I went in the
rescue wagon to the hospital.
This head injury - a massive sub-dermal hematoma extending from my left eye
to the back of my head 5 inches wide and an internal rattling of the brain
- was a major concussion which put me out of commission from work for two
weeks, sailing for eight weeks, and included many doctor's visits, CT scans
and a black face that my kids had a good time chuckling at my expense. --
Forum, read on:
* From Gary E. Benner:
Thanks for linking to the article ('In Too Deep - Behind The Race To
Mackinac Tragedy', Sbutt 3449) but you need to get your facts straight
concerning the longest annual freshwater race. It is in fact the Lake
Ontario 300 at just over 300 Nautical Miles. The Chicago Mac is 333 Statute
Miles which is only 289 Nautical Miles.
COMMENT: The tag line - "The world's longest annual freshwater distance
race" - is what the Chi-Mac race had used for years. Now Chicago Yacht Club
calls the Chi-Mac the "oldest annual freshwater distance race in the
world". There was a post in Scuttleblog (July 13, 2009) about the mileage
"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." - Napoleon
Bonaparte, French military and political leader
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