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SCUTTLEBUTT 3463 - Friday, November 4, 2011
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A SKIPPER'S GREATEST FEAR - NOT GETTING EVERYONE HOME
Alicante, Spain (November 3, 2011) - What keeps sailors coming back to a
race that offers no prize money for winning, nothing but hardship when it
comes to life on board and an ever-present risk of physical harm?
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet sets out on Saturday along its longest ever
course, a 39,000-nautical miles haul through four hostile oceans, where they
will face 15-metre waves, hurricane force winds and the potential threat of
pirates and boat-breaking icebergs.
There is no room for fear of anything other than failure in this high-stakes
sporting contest, but no one is unwise enough to ignore the very real
dangers in a race that has claimed the lives of five competitors in its
The death of Hans Horrevoets in the 2005-06 edition was a shocking reminder
of exactly what's on the line when the men - all sons, many husbands and
some fathers - take to the seas. The 32-year-old Dutch sailor was washed
overboard on May 18 when ABN AMRO TWO nosedived in heavy seas while racing
from New York to Portsmouth. Forty-five minutes later Horrevoets was
retrieved from the surging sea and despite the crew's best efforts to
resuscitate him he died.
The death of Horrevoets, who was a married father with a second child on the
way, hit the tight-knit sailing fraternity hard. Team Sanya skipper Mike
Sanderson, who led ABN AMRO ONE to victory in the 2005-06 race, described
the event as one of the most emotionally charged of his life.
"My biggest fear is not getting everyone home safely. Having lived through
that, albeit on our sister-ship, getting everyone home safely is top
priority. At the end of the day sailing is a sport and we need to remember
that." But Sanderson, who will be competing for the first time as a father,
said the moment that fear gets the better of you, you have to get out.
"One of the things I have been quite apprehensive about is what it's going
to be like being back at sea doing 30 knots downwind, huge waves, water
rushing down the deck in dangerous conditions. Will I still enjoy it now I'm
a dad? I think the day it makes you more cautious, you have to get out." --
Full story: http://tinyurl.com/6bqu7fw
BACKGROUND: During the nine months of the Volvo Ocean Race, which starts in
Alicante, Spain and concludes in Galway, Ireland, during early July 2012,
six professional teams will 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.
FOLLOWING THE RACE: The teams set off on Leg 1 to Cape Town on Saturday at
1400 local time in Spain (1300 GMT) and there are plenty of ways to follow
the action, whether you're in front of a TV or on the move with a mobile
device. -- Read on:
ON SITE EVENT COACHING RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
Trying new ideas to boost participation at the 2011 J24 East Coast
Championship, held in Annapolis, MY October 28-30, the opportunity to work
with professional sailors on a one on one basis was offered to the
competitors for the first time.
The organizers enlisted the help of North Sails Chesapeake sales rep and
professional Mike Coe, Quantum Sail Design Group sail designer and head
instructor Bary Gately, and Hyde Sails representative and previous Olympic
medalist Scott Steele to work with the almost 30 skippers who signed on
during the registration process.
The three contacted competitors prior to the event and then met them last
Thursday evening; setting up morning weather briefs and afternoon debriefs
after competition for each day of the regatta. Despite the diverse
experience of the participants (Pat Fitzgerald, Annapolis, MD, and 25 year
veteran of the event to first time competitor David Duquette, Raritan, NJ),
the Coaches were able to distinguish and address common themes within each
Dan Busch, of Atlantic Highlands, NJ, took advantage of the coaching and put
it to good use. "It was a great to spend a few minutes before Sunday's
racing talking with my coach about the tactical priorities for the day. We
agreed that with a NNW breeze coming over land we should expect the wind to
be pretty shifty.
Bary pointed out the ebb tide would be very strong because of all the rain
we had on Saturday, but because of the wind it was important to focus on
speed, stay on the lifted tack, and to push for the front row on the start,
which I had done a poor job of on Friday. We had a focused effort to start
about a 1/3 of the way from the favored end and took advantage of the
mid-line sag to get to the front row. Not surprisingly, we had our best 3
races of the regatta." -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/3tmvmrp
DON'T DELAY: REGISTER EARLY FOR QUANTUM KEY WEST 2012
Quantum Sail Design Group is proud to be the title sponsor and official
sailmaker for Quantum Key West 2012. Online registration is underway and
entries now top 75. If you are planning to attend, join the pacesetter group
by registering early; payment is not due until December 20th. Updated marina
and docking information is now available online. Quantum's sailing pros can
also answer questions and help you get ready. Don't miss out on the
excitement of this flagship regatta. For more information, visit the
official website at http://www.premiere-racing.com/ or contact a Quantum
loft near you.
AMERICA'S CUP SUPER-YACHT PLAN FACES VOTE
San Francisco, CA (November 3, 2011) - A plan to scale back super-yacht
mooring along the Embarcadero during the 2013 America's Cup could take a
step forward today. Staff at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and
Development Commission, a government body charged with preserving public
access to the coastline, is recommending that commissioners approve
temporary parking for massive yachts along Pier 14 and Pier 9.
If the plan is OK'd, the BCDC will hold a public hearing Jan. 5, 2012 to
consider final adoption. The current proposal contrasts with a previous
suggestion by America's Cup officials that an entire stretch of the
Embarcadero between Pier 14 and Pier 22 1/2 be used to berth super-yachts.
While super-yachts create economic benefits, the initial super-yacht plan
concerned environmental stewards. Concerns include blocking public views of
the bay. Moreover, bringing fuel and supplies to the docked mega-vessels
might also prove difficult, environmental groups said, because of the
limited truck access along the Embarcadero between Pier 14 and Pier 22 1/2.
-- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/427tckl
Dean Barker, Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, said of ETNZ's newly inked
deal with Italian America's Cup syndicate Luna Rossa that the real benefits
will come when the teams sail side-by-side in their AC 72 catamarans.
"Trying to do it on our own is a big challenge so to be able to be able to
spend time tuning and training with another boat is a valuable opportunity."
-- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/426e8ef
IT'S NEVER LIKE THIS
Virgin Gorda, BVI (November 3, 2011) - The race committee at the Bitter End
YC's Maclaren Pro-Am regatta was only able to complete one race today, a
result of a huge rain cell that put on a spectacular light show, providing
the dense island vegetation with a heavy watering...and totally sucking all
of the wind out of the North Sound.
With amateur guests crewing onboard the IC24s, Anna Tunnicliffe won the
short, shifty single sausage affair, which moved her into third place, while
Ed Baird solidified his overall lead with a second place finish. The six
teams that qualified to race in the Gill Scuttlebutt Sailing Club
Championship finals never left the marina. Sadly, no wind meant there will
be no SSC champion this year.
So, with a free afternoon, BEYC staged a Laser exhibition - the "Rock and
Roll Relay." It was a team race with Ed Baird and Anna Tunnicliffe
challenging Andrew Campbell and his partner Zach Railey. Rule 42 was ignored
- all manner of kinetics were allowed, encouraged and very necessary in the
Any hope of the Railey/Campbell team prevailing were dashed when Andrew
Campbell capsized on the opening leg while doing an overly aggressive
rocking maneuver...and lost his daggerboard in the process. As a result,
Anna Tunnicliffe had a sizable lead when she turned over her Laser to
teammate Ed Baird, who had no trouble holding off the charging Zach Railey
in front of a cheering crowd of appreciative fans.
The Maclaren Pro-Am concludes on Friday with three scheduled fleet races in
the morning before match racing finals in the afternoon. -- Results/Daily
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
Charleston, SC (November 3, 2011) - As American Brad Van Liew readied
himself for the ultimate solo challenge of circling the globe under sail,
his children had questions. Wyatt, 6, asked about the weather and the
sharks. Tate, 8, wanted to know why he had to go. She also wondered about
the oceans he would be crossing and what might happen at sea. The
unpredictable environment worried her.
Before Van Liew raced across the start line in France to conquer what would
be his third globetrotting track of victory under sail, young Tate asked if
he would take a moment at the equator to send off a message in a bottle from
her, with the hopes that it might be found some day and she would know where
"I was off the coast of Brazil headed for Cape Town, South Africa," said Van
Liew. "I had cleared the doldrums and the southeasterly trades were pushing
me along at 15 knots. Despite the racing, Tate's message was a priority as I
crossed the equator. I videotaped myself sending off the message in a
bottle, knowing full well it may never reach another human and Tate's
questions may go unanswered."
Nine months later the delicate glass bottle had acquired some barnacles and
seagrass before washing onto the small, secluded beach of Guana Bay on the
island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean. Seven year old Michael Raczynski, a
2nd grader and a karate enthusiast from the Warsaw suburbs of Poland, found
the bottle and opened it to find Tate's message. -- Full story:
* Meet Brad Van Liew for a personal tour of his ECO 60 race boat Le Pingouin
on Saturday November 5, at Cooper River Marina (Charleston, SC). Info at:
* (November 3, 2011) - With the first 24 hours of fast racing behind them,
participants in the Transat Jacques Vabre are settling into the rhythm, and
the pace in each of the three classes (Multi 50, IMOCA Open 60 and Class 40)
is firmly established. While the high speeds of the first night and early
morning reduced slightly with the abating breeze, so the early realities are
starting to hit home. Winner of this year's Barcelona World Race Jean-Pierre
Dick had a small lead on Virbac-Paprec 3, with the leading duo drag racing
within sight of each other. -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/3ebwewl
* World class sailors are in Australia for Sail Melbourne, the first regatta
of the 2011-2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup which runs from November 6-12, 2011,
hosted by the Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne. With 57 entries, the
Laser fleet has the most including Nick Thompson (GBR), who took gold last
year. Out to give Thompson a tough challenge is Australia's Tom Slingsby,
2010 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, who finished third at the regatta
in 2010. Sail Melbourne welcomes sailors preparing for the Perth 2011 ISAF
Sailing World Championships, which takes place from December 3-18, 2011. --
Full story: http://www.sailing.org/news/37305.php
* The deadline is November 4, 2011 to register for the US SAILING
Development Clinic for Aspiring Olympians in the Laser and Radial. US
SAILING's Olympic Sailing Development Program has added an additional Laser
and Laser Radial Open Clinic to the schedule. The clinic will be hosted on
November 12-13, in Houston, Texas, and run by US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
coaches Luther Carpenter and Mike Kalin. Interested sailors should register
online and submit their four best sailing results from 2010-2011. Info at:
THE 30TH EDITION: ULTIMATE SAILING CALENDAR
If it's lasted three decades - it's got to be good! Sharon Green presents
the 30th edition of the Ultimate Sailing Calendar: possibly the best yet!
Bursting with color and excitement, the 2012 calendar sweeps you around the
globe to sailing's most elite events, in 24 breathtaking images so close to
the action, you'll feel the salty spray of the sea as you turn from month to
month. Order yours now at www.ultimatesailing.com. Get $4US off (and a BFF)
if you buy an extra for a friend.
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include Halloween, renderings, November calendar, bulbous bow, game time,
the other half, rail riding, and this week's go-fast tip for beer can races.
Here are this week's photos:
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
In October, the 2011 North American Speed Sailing Invitational attracted the
fastest sailors in the world to compete for $27,000 and bragging rights on
the beautiful waters of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The field included
multiple world record holder Alex Caizergues, the fastest women sailor
Charlotte Consorti and current Outright World Record holder Rob Douglas.
This proved to be the first kitesurfing speed event in North American
history, the first kitesurfing speed event with port tack racing in world
history, and added Martha's Vineyard as only the second venue to have
produced a 50.99 knot average speed and a 55 knot maximum speed during a
speed sailing competition.
Enjoy these five highlight videos from the event:
BONUS: This week on Episode 15 of 'America's Cup Uncovered' we meet Energy
Team's bowman Christophe Andre; he takes us through his rigorous training
regime. In San Diego we take a behind the scenes tour of the USS Midway,
which is among the attractions when the America's Cup competitors race in
the 3rd of the inaugural America's Cup World Series events in San Diego on
November 12-20. Then back in San Francisco we go inside Pier 80 to get an
exclusive glimpse at the work of the ORACLE Racing design team, followed by
a trip up in the air with one of ACTV's helicopter cameramen. Tune in on
Saturday 5 November approx 0800 PDT 1600 BST at
BONUS: This week's episode of "World on Water" features Volvo In-Port race
Alicante, Spain, Clipper Race Leg 4 Finish Geraldton, Australia, Transat
Jacques Vabre non-start and the Transat 6.50 finish in Brazil. (David
Raison's prototype yacht TeamWork Evolution is featured), Student Yachting
World Cup France, Rolex Middle Sea Race Malta, Gosford-Lord Howe Island Race
Australia and in our popular "Fresh to Frightening" sailing "action" segment
we see the wild action in last year's Cork week when high winds hit the
racing fleet. Yachting Journalist Louay Habib reports - see the report on
www.boatson.tv 1200 GMT and 0800 EDT.
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* From David Greene (re Scuttlebutt 3459):
When I was 13 years old "1967", I participated in the Junior Sailing program
and my first Port Huron to Mackinaw race. The first evening the wind started
building and I was sent forward to douse the shoot. Standing on the bow
pulpit I lost my footing and was fortunate to have grabbed the pulpit as my
body slipped through it, no life preserver and no harness. Not uncommon at
the time. In retrospect I think I was too young for the task assigned.
My point is there has been no discussion that Olivia was too young to be on
a boat requiring a trapeze and using a spinnaker. Maybe the discussion
should be raising the age upon which we allow our children to participate in
specific racing activities. My suggestion would be using Jib and Main only
until one is 15 or 16 years old and even then having required tests with an
adult on board. Which side of the scale "fun in sailing or win at all
costs"? At 14 or even 15, I am not sure one is mature enough to handle all
the potential dangers.
Having lost our son at age 18 "died following a swimming incident" I am
sensitive to the things we allow our children to do possibly not realizing
all the dangers presented. My heart goes out to her parents as I know the
pain they are suffering.
* From Tim Prophit:
After reading the Chi-Mac report on Wingnuts, and, having been a participant
in this year's Chi- Mac, I have a question for the powers that be for ORR:
Why are bloopers banned?
I know this may be a ridiculous question, however, I sail a 33 year old boat
that was heavily influenced by IOR, and was originally conceived to sail
with a blooper.
After wrestling with the wheel all Sunday, and cursing the ORR for not
allowing a blooper (which would not have made us any faster), but surely
would've made us more stable and less likely to wipe out (we didn't), I have
to wonder what the purpose for the blooper ban in ORR is. As someone pointed
out to me (I'd credit them if I could remember who it was), banning bloopers
in ORR is like a rating rule 30 years from now banning sprits. It makes no
"Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but
you have ceased to live." - Mark Twain
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