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SCUTTLEBUTT 3456 - Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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RECOGNITION AND INSPIRATION
By Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
The inaugural induction ceremony for the U.S. National Sailing Hall of Fame
(NSHOF) this past weekend at San Diego Yacht Club (Oct. 22-23) was one of
those once in a lifetime moments. It was a treat to attend a special dinner
for the inductees, where all the people I looked up to as a youth, whose
exploits were among the magazine clippings I had saved, were around me.
I was not prepared for the privilege to be seated with Buddy Melges and his
wife Gloria for dinner. My wife quickly became fast friends with Gloria -
an absolute treat of a person. And at some time during our meal, Gloria
became the very first mail subscriber to Scuttlebutt. While I'm sure the
internet has reached Wisconsin, apparently it has yet to reach the Melges
It's not often Ted Turner is seated at the table beside me, and I could not
let the opportunity pass without sharing with him my gratitude. I
introduced myself, and quickly was certain he had no idea who I or
Scuttlebutt was. But I had to tell him how much I miss the manner in which
he carried himself during his heyday. He was entertaining and honest with
an endearing southern manner. To watch today's elite sailors speak on
camera, they seem more prepared for political office than winning boat
races. Speaking safely might help job security, but it doesn't make for
During the weekend festivities, I felt as if the sport had stopped in time,
allowing us to embrace what we have. It was repeated in the speeches how
sailing, like in so many sports, could now refer to its leaders as 'future
hall of famers'. The institution would now exist to truly honor its high
achievers, and provide inspiration to all sailing enthusiasts.
Betsy Alison, who has been voted Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year a record
five times, and is now the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Paralympic Coach,
provided these comments during her speech as a 2011 NSHOF inductee:
"As a young girl on Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, I never ever dreamed of being
a hall of famer. I never would have expected the passion that I have for
this sport would have taken me to the heights that I have achieved or the
places that I have gone. When my two brothers and I were little kids, my
dad and mom joined a little local yacht club. My dad then said to the three
of us, 'You guys will learn to sail because sailing is a sport that you can
do for the rest of your life. It doesn't matter if you are 9 or 90, and
whether you choose to race is your own choice. It's your decision but we
will support you whatever you choose to do.'
"And I really think that to be successful in this sport, you have to be
determined, you have to have a passion, and you have to dedicate yourself
to making things happen. You have to dream, and you have to reach for the
opportunity when they are presented to you, and I feel really fortunate to
have had the ability to do both."
NSHOF website: http://www.nshof.org
Scuttlebutt Facebook photos: http://tinyurl.com/Scuttlebutt-FB-102411
WEARING BOTH HATS
It's a short list of people that are as dominant as a competitor as they
are competent as a principle race officer. Our list only has one...
California's Bruce Golison.
After a decade in the PRO position at Key West Race week, and more recently
traveling the country to run Melges 32, Melges 24 and Melges 20 events,
Golison is as likely to be running races as he is to be winning them in his
Etchells or Lido 14.
Here is Part 2 of Scuttlebutt's interview with Golison about his experience
wearing both hats:
* Have you noticed any changes that have occurred over the years within the
BRUCE GOLISON: The biggest change that I have seen over the past fifteen
years is in the attitude of many PRO's relative to the race committee's
communication with the competitors. While this is still not an accepted
practice across the board by PRO's, it is growing in popularity among the
competitors. By the PRO's communicating to the fleet over the VHF radio,
most of the guesswork is removed from the competitors' on the water
* Is running races as fulfilling as competing in races?
BRUCE GOLISON: For me personally, running races is much more stressful than
competing in them. As the PRO, all the competitors are looking to me to
make the regatta a good event, and to make all the "right calls". I take it
very personally, so I consider every decision very carefully. When racing,
it's all about you and your crew competing at an acceptable level based on
your own goals. How we, as a competitor, do on the race course only affects
our boat and team on any given day.
Another component the PRO takes on is managing a group of race committee
volunteers that is much larger than your own boat's crew. This number,
sometimes as many as 30 - 40 people over the course of a multiple race day
regatta, adds a lot to your management considerations, especially given the
fact that the race committee team is spread out over numerous support boats
at both ends of the course.
Racing sailboats is a lot of fun for me. Running a major regatta is very
rewarding and provides a great way to give back to the sport. While the two
experiences are different, both are very fulfilling at the end of the day.
* Would you suggest this challenge to other top competitors?
BRUCE GOLISON: I am enjoying both aspects of our sport. I spent the last
two years heavily campaigning my Etchells for the 2010 North American
Championship (winning the event) and the 2011 World Championship (placing
9th), both held in San Diego. It was intense. During this same period, I
was the PRO for the Melges 32 NA's and Nationals, multiple Melges 20
regattas and the 2011 Etchells NA's.
I am really hoping that we can get more of the top guys, and gals, in our
sport to come out and help run a regatta or two a year. These top sailors
would bring so much knowledge to a regatta's race management team. We all
know how talented the top guys are while racing, image having that
expertise on a race committee team! It's good for everyone.
Complete interview: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/11/1024/
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ALL TO PLAY FOR
The 2011 ISAF Match Racing World Championship will be decided at the
Monsoon Cup which takes place from November 22-27 in Kuala Terengganu,
Malaysia. Two-time World Match Racing Tour winner and current leader Ian
Williams will be entering the finale with just over six points separating
the Brit and arch rivals Francesco Bruni and Torvar Mirsky.
After a dominant mid-season catapulted Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar
to the top of the Tour standings, a recent run of comparative poor form has
crept in - he was beaten 3-0 at the first opportunity in the knockout
rounds at both the St Moritz Match Race and the Argo Group Gold Cup. Add
the fact that Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat won both those events
together with Williams' indifferent form at the Monsoon Cup over the past 3
years and he could be forgiven for feeling the pressure as he bids to claim
a third world title.
The Brit though is not surprised that it's come down to the last event
especially after 2010 saw five teams head to Malaysia each with a
legitimate title chance, but believes his experience will only serve to
"Looking back over the past years it's always come down to the Monsoon Cup
and has often been just three teams vying for the championship title. It's
also usually the team that wins the Monsoon Cup that wins the title so
while there really is all to play for it's not an unexpected position to be
in." -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/WMRT-102511
In the 2008-9 Volvo Ocean Race, Bouwe Bekking and his TELEFONICA BLUE team
were the hard luck story. Overcoming damage and design issues, their third
place finish was a picture of perseverance. Here Bouwe provides his
observations on the six Volvo Open 70s of the 2011-12 edition.
The biggest difference is that there actually one boat from the last race,
my "old" boat, Telefonica Blue, designed by Farr and now sailing under the
Chinese flag named Sanya. Let me start with this boat as I know that one
very well. First of all I think it was a smart choice, as this design has
proven to be a good overall performer, really fast in light air and superb
in the inshore races. Remember this boat won the inshore trophy in the last
race and was on the podium on each single in-port race. Maybe the boat will
not win the overall race, but besides good results in the inshore races as
well can win several legs, meaning a lot of publicity for the sponsors.
As well I think the choice was good, as this boat is different than the
other three Juan K designs. Team Sanya could have chosen Ericsson 3 or 4,
but most likely the newer design will outperform the previous one. In the
last race the boat (Telefonica Blue) improved dramatically downwind in big
breeze, after new rudders and shifting interior weight aft. Since then a
new bulb, rudders and so-called dagggerboards have been fitted. As well
having an advantage of 200 kg heavier bulb compare to all the newer
designs, they might be actually in for a surprise. We were the first boat
with one big open cockpit, which made stacking the sails so much easier and
as well the center of gravity became lower.
In this edition this boat will have small theoretical disadvantage, as the
crews are not allowed to stack their food and spare anymore behind the
water tight bulkhead. Sanya will not be able to get as much weight aft as
the newer designs as they have less space downstairs. -- Read on:
The six Volvo Open 70s will get their first test on October 29th at the
In-Port Race in Alicante, Spain before they take on the 6,500 nm race from
to Cape Town, South Africa on November 5th - the first of the nine offshore
Skipper, Team, Yacht Design
Frank Cammas, Groupama, Juan Kouyoumdjian design
Iker Martinez, Team Telefonica, Juan Kouyoumdjian design
Ken Read, PUMA Ocean Racing, Juan Kouyoumdjian design
Chris Nicholson, CAMPER, Marcelino Botin design
Mike Sanderson, Team Sanya, Farr Yacht Design
Ian Walker, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Farr Yacht Design
Photo of all the teams can be seen here:
PERSON IN CHARGE
Jos Spijkerman, International Umpire/Judge, takes a look at Case 40 from
the ISAF Casebook 2009-2012 with amendments for 2010. This is an official
interpretation by the ISAF committees on how the relevant Racing Rules of
Sailing - Rule 46 in this case - should be used or interpreted. This case
is copied from the Casebook with comments added by Jos.
Summary of the Facts:
In a series, A was entered by the owner, who steered her in race 1. In
races 2 and 3 she was steered by another person from whom no entry had been
received. The race committee, without a hearing, considered him to be a
non-entrant and a non-starter, changed A's results, and awarded her a
nonstarter's points in races 2 and 3.
The relevant class rule 11(e) read: 'Distribution of duties between
helmsman and crew shall be entirely at the discretion of the helmsman,
unless otherwise stipulated in the sailing instructions.'
The race committee held that class rule 11(e) did not allow permanent
substitution by the crew at the helm for an entire race or races, since the
only purpose of that would be to improve a boat's chances of winning a
A's appeal is upheld. The owner of a boat may appoint another person to
steer her. It is the boat that is entered in a race and, unless otherwise
specifically provided in the class rules, notice of the race or sailing
instructions (which was not so in this case), it is a matter for the owner
or other person in charge of her to decide who steers her at any time,
provided that rule 46 is not broken. A is to be reinstated in the race
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DEVELOPMENT CLASS CONSIDERING ONE DESIGN RULES
Founded in 1991 and recognised by ISAF since 1998, the IMOCA class and its
Open 60 monohull has risen to the top of the distance ocean racing world.
The boat is extreme in every sense, and their events have attracted the
elite sailors of this genre.
The growth of commercialization in their events is due in part to the
publicity afforded these events, and the inherent costs of participating in
this development class. But everything has its limits, and with the rising
cost to compete exceeding the availability of sponsor dollars, the class
has hit a wall that it now must decide how to summit.
As the 4,730nm Transat Jacques Vabre is about to get underway this weekend
with thirteen boats in the IMOCA fleet, including five from the latest
generation, the Class has held a General Meeting to examine what lies ahead
after the 2012 Vendee Globe - its elite non-stop singlehanded event.
The Board has decided to work towards changing the class rules, bearing in
mind two particular aspects: they wish to make the boats more reliable and
less expensive. It has became increasingly clear that by keeping Open
rules, the Class continues to favour the development of boats. But
experience shows that that the constraints are huge, with progress costing
a lot and with real gains often seen as minute.
The Board is now considering the idea of a one-design alternative. This
solution would certainly have an effect on costs, reliability and, of
course, competitiveness. The goal that is being put forward is to cut costs
by 30% a year without any loss in performance and competitiveness. The Open
rules enabled some amazing and fantastic changes to occur, but today to
win, it is not enough to be a talented skipper, as you also need an
exceptional technical team bringing together specialists and engineers
The first decisions are due to be taken in January 2012 with the aim of
ensuring the best possible future for the Class. -- Full report:
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* La Trinite-sur-Mer, France (October 25, 2011) - After the first two days
of competition at the Student Yachting World Cup were cancelled due to
excessive winds, sailable conditions today permitted two windward-leeward
races, one inshore race and one night race. After four races, Euromed
Arthur Loyd (FRA) leads the field, with Maine Maritime Academy (Castine,
Maine) and Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) in fourth and fifth,
respectively. Fifteen university teams representing 14 countries are racing
in the 9.54 m Grand Surprise through October 28th. Event website:
* The third biennial New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, hosted by the
NYYC in Newport, Rhode Island, will be held September 7-14, 2013. The
Invitational Cup is a regatta for yacht clubs from around the world and
their Corinthian sailors, with racing in NYYC Swan 42s. Clubs from the
United States will have the opportunity to earn invitations to the 2013
Invitational Cup by competing in the U.S. Qualifying Series to be held on
September 4-8, 2012 in Newport where the top three clubs will earn an
invitation. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/IC-102511
* Lone Wolf Documentary Group and SeaAcher Productions, two television
documentary production companies, have teamed up to produce a television
reality series about the adventure and drama of offshore sailing and
cruising. -- Soundings, read on: http://tinyurl.com/Soundings-102011
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* From Chris Oliver, CT:
As a senior at the University of Michigan, my size of 6'4" 210lbs is not
too compatible with the boat used in collegiate racing. But I have found
that serving on the RC has made me a better competitor, learning more about
the rules and the other side of the situations that normally result in the
RC getting boo'd out of the bar.
So I've been making lemonade in college - traveling with my team to assist
the event host with race management. I am working to expand my horizons as
an umpire-in-training. Even if you can't sail in an event, if you're
available and want a new take on racing, get out with the RC. We're always
looking for more help!
* From Steve Gregory:
That was a pretty significant clarification that Dan Nowlan provided in
Scuttlebutt 3455, regarding the capsized boat in the Chi-Mac Race. What Dan
doesn't mention is whether Chicago Yacht Clubhas minimum limits for the
measurements taken in the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) stability test. By not
mentioning it, I infer that there were no limits, and I also will guess
that the US SAILING Independent Panel investigating the accident will say
that there should be limits.
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