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SCUTTLEBUTT 3457 - Thursday, October 27, 2011
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VOLVO OCEAN RACE - THE WAY IT USED TO BE
By Kevin Shoebridge, ETNZ
In less than two weeks the Volvo Ocean Race starts. It's an exciting time
for Emirates Team New Zealand after 18 months hard work by everyone
involved in the CAMPER project.
It's tempting to draw comparisons with round-the-world races of the 70s and
Back then we raced what were essentially cruising boats; they were slow and
the gear was not very good. There were only four legs and half the race was
in the Southern Ocean where large lumps of ice capable of sinking a yacht
were our constant companions.
But there were some luxuries. On my first race (Lion New Zealand in
1985-86) were had a couple of microwave ovens and we had hot scones every
second day. Each bunk had a reading light, a fan, we had books and walkmen
and plenty of music tapes.
Those were the amateur days. Then as professionalism and the weight
watching took hold the finer things of life started to disappear. Less
weight equalled more speed so non-essentials had to go. While the Whitbread
as it was then called was one big adventure the yachties still wanted to
Hot scones were gone, in their place free dried food, bunk lights and fans
went so there was no need for books; sleeping bags were shared.
The professional era got its start at the end of the 80s with the
Steinlager 2 and Fisher and Paykel campaigns. Four years later New Zealand
Endeavour took it further.
Today the boats are faster, the equipment is fantastic and there are nine
legs with stopovers at exotic places.
Roughly 70% of the work on a Volvo Ocean Race campaign goes in before the
boat is launched. That's the way it has to be if you want to win. For the
CAMPER project we started by selecting the key people then pouring effort
into design, research, weather and assembling the right people for shore
and sailing crews.
One of the big changes is in the communications from on board - HD video
off the boats every day, GPS tracking so race hq knows where he fleet is at
all times. That makes it easier to follow the racing from on shore.
So it's a different race. But is still as tough physically and mentally -
and as potentially dangerous - as it ever was. What's more every boat has a
chance to win. -- http://etnzblog.com/#!2011/10/shoebs-blog-the-way-it-was
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:
QUOTE / UNQUOTE
"It used to be that the race had already been won three months before the
start, but I think this race is different," said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut
Frostad. "The teams have similar boats, similar crew levels, similar
budgets and they've had similar time to prepare. The human factor will
become more important than ever before. Whoever manages to build an
atmosphere of enjoyment on their team will be the quickest. They will be
fast when the going is good and will be best equipped to deal with the dark
days." -- http://tinyurl.com/VOR-102611
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TAKE PART IN THE ADVENTURE
The Volvo Ocean Race Game now allows everyone to participate in this round
the world race.
During the nine months of the Volvo Ocean Race, which starts in Alicante,
Spain in October 2011 and concludes in Galway, Ireland, during early July
2012, your entry in the Volvo Ocean Race Game will compete alongside the
teams as they sail over 39,000 nautical miles of the world's most
treacherous seas via Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, around Cape
Horn to Itajai, Miami, Lisbon, and Lorient.
While the crews on the six competing Volvo Open 70s test their sailing
skills, physical endurance and competitive spirit as they race day and
night for more than 20 days on some of the legs, you too will be tested.
Gamers will endure sleepless nights, fast food, and computer blindness as
they follow the race and adjust to its conditions.
The Volvo Ocean Race Game will have a Pre Race on October 29 to November 2.
The course is from Alicante to Palma and back. Participate in the game and
take part in the adventure. Join this pre-race on Saturday October 29 at
14:00 CEST / 12:00 UTC. The race will be open until Wednesday November 2nd
12:00 CET / 11:00 UTC.
The Volvo Ocean Race Game is hosted on the Scuttlebutt website:
TESTING CONFIRMS DANGERS OF ETHANOL IN MARINE ENGINES
On Friday (Oct. 21, 2011) the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy
Efficiency & Renewable Energy released the results of two studies on the
effects of using fuel that is 15 percent ethanol in volume (E15) in marine
engines. The studies were conducted on engines provided by two marine
engine manufactures; Both are members of National Marine Manufacturers
The long-awaited reports show significant problems with outboard, stern
drive and inboard engines. Results of the reports show severe damage to
engine components and an increase in exhaust emissions, reinforcing the
recreational boating industry's concern that E15 is not a suitable fuel for
Emissions and durability testing compared E15 fuel and fuel containing zero
percent ethanol (E0) and examined exhaust emissions, exhaust gas
temperature, torque, power, barometric pressure, air temperature, and fuel
flow. Specifically, the report showed degraded emissions performance
outside of engine certification limits as well as increased fuel
In separate testing on engine durability, each tested engine showed
deterioration, including two of the three outboard engines, with damages
severe enough to prevent them from completing the test cycle. The E0 test
engines did not exhibit any fuel related issues. -- Read on:
SPEED, SPEED, SPEED... ALL OVER THE GLOBE
By Tim Zimmermann, Sailing World
It's Speed Week here on Planet Earth. Amid all the noise of the imminent
Volvo Ocean Race, the imminent Transat Jacques Vabre, the not-that-imminent
America's Cup (but imminent Act in San Diego), the ongoing Mini Transat,
and the ongoing Global Ocean Race, I urge you to take a moment to turn your
attention to the crazed fraternity that cares for only one thing: going
faster under sail than any human has before.
Here's why. Down in Namibia, you've got Paul Larsen, who after years of
persistence has finally bootstrapped his wacky SailRocket design into the
50-plus knots zone, and is seemingly within striking distance of the
current record of 55.65 knots.
Larsen is still tweaking - and this week is racing to repair a broken beam
- and hoping for record-breaking conditions.
And a few hundred miles south of Larsen's course at Walvis Bay, at
Luderitz, the kiteboarders are not sitting idly by while SailRocket stalks
their speed-sailing crown. They have organized the Luderitz Speed Challenge
2011, their custom ditch is all set up, they've gathered a crowd of top
kite "sailors," and they are waiting for the wind to blow really hard
(forecast for next week looks good). I've never been comfortable thinking
of what they do as pure "sailing," but it sure looks cool in this teaser
from last year:
And that's not all. Thousands of miles away from the Namibia action, the
current world-record holder, Rob Douglas, has been kiting with some buds up
in Martha's Vineyard, at the 2011 North American Speed Sailing
Invitational, laying down some fast times and having a lot of fun.
I've watched Paul Larsen plug away at this speed-sailing title for what
seems like a decade. At first, it looked like Mission Impossible, with
SailRocket again and again delivering spectacular disappointment. But
Larsen never, ever, gave up. He kept rebuilding, refining, and coming back.
His craft is also closer to what I would consider a sailing vessel than the
modified skimboards the kiters traverse the waves on, so for now my heart
is with him and the SailRocket team. I loved it when Hydroptere stole the
record back in 2009 (how can you not love this?). And SailRocket deserves
its 15 minutes, too. -- Full story with videos:
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IT'S SHOW TIME
Key Biscayne, FL (October 26, 2011) - While the U.S. Olympic program as a
whole is not as dominate as it once was, it is working hard to return to
the forefront, and it is being led by its women. Nowhere is the country's
contingent strongest and deepest than in the Women's Match Racing event.
With teams led by Anna Tunnicliffe and Sally Barkow internationally ranked
1st and 3rd respectively, and Genny Tulloch's team ranked 11th, whichever
team is selected to represent the country will be favored to medal at the
2012 Olympics. And now it's time to figure out who that will be.
After the first day of round robin racing at the U.S. Olympic Team
Qualifying Regatta, Tulloch's team was the only team of the eight competing
to win all of their matches. "We had a lot of close races, and especially
two close races: one against Anna and one against Sally," shared Tulloch.
"There were lead changes downwind, but in each we were able to draw
penalties and lead after the penalties."
Biscayne Bay is ideal for match racing in the fall and today's conditions
didn't disappoint with the wind ranging from 12-15 all day. The
temperatures, however, were very hot. "At the end of some of the races we
were dying sweating and all we could think about was getting water and
rehydrate and cool down," explained Tulloch.
The event format will consist of two round robin series, with the top four
advancing to the semi and final series. The top four will also then advance
to the second selection event, where they will compete on May 4-7 at the
Weymouth & Portland National Academy, in England, the site of the 2012
Olympic sailing venue. The winner of the second selection event will be
nominated to represent the U.S. at the Games. -- Full report:
TIRED OF THE SAME OLD COURSES
Before inflatable marks were developed, buoy racing consisted of courses
using government or other types of permanent marks. But nowadays these
bulbous shapes allow us to set the perfect course for the wind direction.
And most times that is a windward-leeward course... again and again.
The debate regarding monotonous race course selection occasionally surfaces
in Scuttlebutt, but as we have now learned, it has been raging on far
longer than we realized. Here is an excerpt from the December 1935 issue of
'Rudder', in a column titled 'Long Island Soundings':
The old argument about whether to move all starting lines for championship
regattas away from Execution Light broke out with renewed fury at the last
Yacht Racing Association meeting, with the usual lack of decisive results.
Van Merle-Smith, Corny Shields and some others got up and protested against
the monotony of eternally following the same beaten path around the
Execution courses, to say nothing of the tide and wind peculiarities that
sometimes beset that locality.
Those who would move the starts all to the eastward even impute the cause
of the slight falling-off of Y.R.A. yacht registration to people getting
tired of the same old courses. The use of a standard starting point oa
couple of miles to the eastward, with some such selective course system as
that worked out by Ned Hodge at American and later elaborated by Commodore
Moxham for the Manhasset Bay club world make things much more interesting,
they say. -- Read on: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/11/1020/
* US SAILING's 2011 Annual Meeting gets started Thursday in Annapolis, Md.
at the Loews Annapolis Hotel and concludes on Saturday night. Among the
presentations to take place will be the independent study reports,
including the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, youth sailing 420
tragedy on Severn River, and the capsizing of Rambler 100 during the 2011
Fastnet Race. Other informative seminars will be presented by Stan Honey,
Chuck Hawley, John Craig, Chris Larson, John Rousmaniere and others. Full
details here: http://about.ussailing.org/US_SAILING_Meetings.htm
* The San Francisco Yacht Club's Sixth Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta raised
this year a record breaking $1,020,000 for the cause and is ranked the top
fundraising regatta in the country for the fifth consecutive year. Since
its inception, the San Francisco Leukemia Cup Regatta has raised a total of
$3.5 million. Top overall individual fundraisers were Anne Feinberg
($35,055), Charles Froeb ($29,813), and Bill Nolan ($25,900). -- Full
* La Trinite-sur-Mer, France (October 26, 2011) - The Student Yachting
World Cup was able to complete four windward-leeward races today, raising
their total to eight races completed. Preliminary results list Euromed
Arthur Loyd (FRA) as leading the field for the second day, with Dalhousie
University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and Maine Maritime Academy (Castine,
Maine) in fifth and sixth, respectively. Fifteen university teams
representing 14 countries are racing in the 9.54 m Grand Surprise through
October 28th. Event website: http://www.sywoc.org/
TEMPERATURES FALLING - ENTRY LIST RISING: QUANTUM KEY WEST 2012
From Mini-maxis to Melges 24s, the growing scratch sheet for Quantum Key
West 2012 promises top-notch, exciting racing. High performance, special
J/Boats classes, popular one designs, and design debuts are all there.
Don't miss North America's premiere winter regatta and Key West fun.
January 15-20, 2012. Details: http://www.premiere-racing.com
CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS (Sponsored by West Marine)
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Oct 28-30 - J/105 East Coast Championship - Annapolis, MD, USA
Oct 28-30 - J/24 Hawaii Championships - Kaneohe, HI, USA
Oct 29-30 - Club 420 Gulf States Championships - New Orleans, LA, USA
Oct 29-30 - Texas J/Fest - Houston, TX, USA
View all the events at http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar
INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES
The Industry News category of the Scuttlebutt Forum provides an opportunity
for companies to announce new products and services. Here are some of
* Kaenon Polarized Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
* Olivia Constants Foundation Launches Website
* Green Product of the Year Contest
View updates here: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/forum/industry_news
Scuttlebutt strongly encourages feedback from the Scuttlebutt community.
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 Wes Oliver:
Bruce Golison encourages top competitors to join a race management team for
the racing expertise they would bring to the party (in Scuttlebutt 3455-6).
As a longtime PRO, I would like to suggest that the competitors can learn a
lot from RC service that would help them be better competitors on the race
course. I have found that many do not have a clue about what goes into
managing a regatta on the water, and why PRO's make the decisions they do.
* From J. Dwight LeBlanc, Jr.:
Enjoyed article about Bruce Golison (in Scuttlebutt 3455-6). Another who
fits this category is Hank Stuart. I had the pleasure of working with Hank
in the Sugar Bowl J22 World Championship where he was the PRO. I have
worked with a lot of PROs and he is by far the best I have ever worked with
and he is an avid sailor. Enjoy reading SCUTTLEBUTT.
* From Pete Thomas:
Commenting on the PRO thread, kudos to Bruce Golison and all the other race
officers that have embraced radio communications with their racers. Nothing
has broken down the Us vs. Them conflict like open dialogue.
"All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing." -
Edmund Burke, British politician, writer
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