SCUTTLEBUTT 3464 - Monday, November 7, 2011
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RACE BEGINS IN BOAT-BREAKING CONDITIONS
(November 6, 2011) - Before the Volvo Ocean Race fleet was to start the
first leg of the 2011-12 edition in Alicante, Spain, they already knew what
lied ahead. Ken Read, skipper of PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, put it
bluntly: "It looks like we could get the crap kicked out of us getting out
of the Med."
Following the race start on Saturday (Nov. 5th), the six teams maneuvered
around several marks in 20+ knots to provide a brilliant online broadcast,
but soon were to head upwind into a building breeze of boat-breaking
conditions to begin the 6,500 nautical mile first leg to Cape Town. Two
teams would not survive the first 24 hours.
In five-metre waves and 30 knots, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing was the first
casualty, breaking their mast in two places just six hours and 84 nautical
miles from the start line. "I was steering and we just came off a big
wave," skipper Ian Walker said. "I know it's a big wave when my feet leave
the ground. You always have your heart in your mouth when that happens.
When we landed the mast just kept going." The incident was reported at 1915
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing arrived in Alicante under engine Sunday morning,
where a team of riggers will soon be met by the replacement mast. Abu Dhabi
Ocean Racing will return to the race once the mast is prepped and hull
damage repaired. "I say three days and hopefully it's two, maybe it's four,
but we'll do it as soon as we can," said Walker, who also noted they did
not lose any sails. "We are only allowed 17 sails for the race so you can't
go throwing two sails over the side." (see video:
For the five remaining teams, the attrition would continue as Team Sanya
reported at 0834 UTC Sunday, November 6 that they had suffered hull damage.
"We were looking after the boat nicely while going upwind in 35 knots of
wind," explains skipper Mike Sanderson, "and suddenly the boat went really
bow down and immediately we knew it wasn't good. The water tight bulkhead
is doing a great job, the pumps are running."
It was still unclear exactly what had caused the damage, which occurred
when the boat was 30 nautical miles southeast of Motril, on the southern
coast of Spain. "Right now we have no idea how major the damage is, we can
however see a puncture wound on the port side and streams of carbon peeling
off so it isn't good," said Sanderson immediately after the incident.
Team Sanya, which is the only boat among the fleet that is not new, is now
in the Mediterranean port of Motril assessing the hull damage, but had not
indicated whether they would return to Leg 1 by press time. The team also
announced on Sunday that bowman Andy Meikeljohn had broken his foot during
what they described as a hectic sail change.
On the racecourse, CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand has led the fleet
through the Strait of Gibraltar, where the forecast describes a
high-pressure system west of Gibraltar that should drop the wind speed to
Standings as of Monday, 07 November 2011 00:55:00 UTC
1. CAMPER with Emirates Team NZ, 6129.1 nm Distance to Finish
2. Team Telefonica, 3.4 nm Distance to leader
3. Groupama Sailing Team, 20.2 nm DTL
4. PUMA Ocean Racing by BERG, 22.1 nm DTL
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - Suspended Racing
Team Sanya - Suspended Racing
Photos - start: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/11/1105/
Video - day one: http://youtu.be/5LnQv4szZN4
Abu Dhabi report: http://tinyurl.com/AD-110611
Team Sanya report: http://tinyurl.com/TS-110611
BACKGROUND: During the nine months of the Volvo Ocean Race, which started
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. Teams accumulate
points through nine distance legs and ten In-Port races. -
POLITICS AS USUAL
(November 5, 2011) - A tiff over the shipment of a natural gas liquid out
of the Marcellus Shale, by tankers from one US port to another, almost
blocked a series of races tied to the 2013 America's Cup, but was resolved
in a rare display of bipartisan cooperation in the US Senate.
US Senator Pat Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, said this week he would
delay the America's Cup World Series sailboat races in San Diego set to
start next week (Nov. 12-20) unless Congress granted a waiver for foreign
flag tankers to carry liquefied petroleum gas on US waters.
At issue is the Jones Act, which prohibits foreign flag ships from
traveling from one US port to another without a waiver. The ships would
take ethane from Sunoco's Marcus Hook Refinery where Sunoco Logistics is
building a refrigerated ethane storage facility. Ethane is one of the
natural gas liquids produced from Marcellus Shale wells in western
Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia.
Sunoco Logistics and MarkWest first announced in June 2010 the plan to
refrigerate and transport refrigerated ethane from the Marcellus down to
the Gulf Coast for processing in petrochemical plants.
Toomey's office said the senator sought wavers for the tankers, but was
told that they would have to wait until the Coast Guard Authorization Act
was considered in a few months.
But Toomey also learned that similar waivers were being issued to 60
foreign ships to participate in the America's Cup race in San Diego next
weekend (described as an event that leads up to the 2013 America's Cup) and
would be passed immediately in the Senate.
That news prompted Toomey to threaten to put a hold on those waivers if
similar waivers were not granted to the Marcus Hook tankers. (For those not
familiar with the US legislative process, senators have a great amount of
clout to do things like this.)
The chairman of the Senate Commerce committee, US Senator Jay Rockefeller,
said he shared Toomey's concerns. A West Virginia Democrat, he said the US
House of Representatives will pass a bill that combines the America's Cup
Act of 2011 and the NGL tanker waivers. "When the bill comes to the Senate,
I will support it," he said, "and (I will) push for its immediate
Replied a satisfied Toomey: "Terrific."
COMMENT: The bill passed. "We applaud the members of the U.S. Senate and
U.S. House of Representatives who voted overwhelmingly in support of the
America's Cup Act of 2011," said Craig Thompson, Chief Executive Officer,
America's Cup Event Authority. "This Act enables our international field of
America's Cup teams to participate in the only global sporting event
currently committed to come to the United States in the next decade." --
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AULD MUG COMES TO SAN DIEGO
A preview of the America's Cup World Series Event Village in San Diego will
be open to the public on Wednesday, Nov 9th. Get an insider's look of the
village after 3:30 pm and you'll also get to see the America's Cup Trophy.
Unveiling the trophy will be Tom Ehman, Vice Commodore of Golden Gate Yacht
Club, who will be joined by Iain Murray, Bruno Trouble, and Terry
Hutchinson for 'Cupdates' at 4:00 pm (youth sailors) and 5:30 pm (open). No
RSVP necessary. Ehman will also be providing presentations (but no trophy)
this week for yacht club members at...
Nov. 8 - Los Angeles, California YC at 7:30pm
Nov. 9 - Newport Beach, Newport Harbor YC at 12:00pm (rsv. required)
Nov. 10 - Long Beach, Long Beach YC at 7:30pm (rsv. required)
Chicago, IL (November 6, 2011) - Thirty-six of college's best Laser sailors
competed at Chicago Yacht Club's Belmont Station for the LaserPerformance
Men's and Women's Singlehanded National Championships. During the course of
the three day event, temperatures ranged from upper 40s to upper 50s, with
the wind increasing each day. Final day winds saw gusts hitting over 30
knots, which ultimately halted racing after 15 of the 18 races were
Boston College's Anne Haeger ('12) became a three-time ICSA Women's
Singlehanded Champion as she dominated the women's event, winning with a
race to spare. On the men's side, Yale's Cam Cullman '13 was tied for the
lead after the first day, but then pulled away to also win before the final
Men's results (top 5 of 18)
1. Yale University, Cam Cullman '13, 57 points
2. University of South Florida, Christopher Stocke '15, 84
3. College of Charleston, Zeke Horowitz '12, 84
4. Stanford University, Mateo Vargas '14, 94
5. Brown University, Colin Smith '13, 120
Women's results (top 5 of 18)
1. Boston College, Anne Haeger '12, 34 points
2. Yale University, Claire Dennis '13, 69
3. Yale University, Emily Billing '13, 77
4. Brown University, Sky Adams '14, 104
5. U. S. Naval Academy, Marissa Lihan '14, 108
Event website: http://2011singlehanded.collegesailing.info/
BACKGROUND: The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) hosts six major
championships in each school year. The Coed Dinghy National Championship,
Team Race National Championship, and Women's Dinghy National Championship
are held in the spring, and the Men's and Women's Singlehanded National
Championship and the Match Race National Championship are held in the fall.
THE ED BAIRD SHOW
Virgin Gorda, BVI (November 4, 2011) - No matter how you look at it, the
25th running of the Bitter End YC's Maclaren Pro-Am Regatta was pretty much
the Ed Baird show. Sailing IC24s, Baird comfortably won the 12-race fleet
racing portion of the event with an eight point edge over Andrew Campbell.
Because of previous travel commitments, Campbell could not stay for the
match racing finals, so Anna Tunnicliffe, who was only a single point
behind him, moved up to match race Baird for the championship. Baird was
ahead at every mark in a one sided series (2-0) to claim the Pro-Am title
for the seventh time.
In the Petite Finals, third place fleet racing finisher Zach Railey lost
his opening match to Peter Holmberg, and was trailing on the run to the
finish line in their second race when he caught a puff that avoided
Holmberg. Railey won by perhaps a foot to set up the final and deciding
race of their series. Race three was pretty much a mirror image of race
two. Holmberg lead all the way around the course until a puff on the run to
the finish line pushed Railey's bow out in front - this time by less than a
foot - giving Railey third place in the regatta.
Dave Ullman finished the Maclaren Pro-Am in fifth place with the UK's Matt
Burge taking sixth. -- Results/Daily reports:
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* With the aim of bringing younger sailors into the Canadian 49er class, a
program has been developed to provide highly discounted charter boats to
young sailors interested in sailing the Olympic class 49er skiff. The
charter boats will be a complete 49er with dolly, a carbon mast and ready
to race for a period of one year. This is a perfect opportunity for young
Laser, C420 or 29er sailors looking to make the jump into the exciting 49er
class. Applications shall be submitted on or before Thursday, November
17th, 2011. A decision on the selected athletes will subsequently be made
by November 20th. Details here:
* Washington, DC (November 3, 2011) - Following the results that were
published in October showing the damaging effects of E15 on marine engines,
David Hilbert, one of the leads on those research studies, sat with members
of the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, from the House Committee on
Science, Space and Technology, at a U.S. Congressional hearing to discuss
the effects of E15. The subcommittee invited a number of specialists to the
Congressional hearing to testify on the effects of E15, including Hilbert,
who testified on behalf of the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
-- Boating Industry, read on: http://tinyurl.com/BI-110611
* Marinalife announced that Nantucket Boat Basin in Nantucket,
Massachusetts was voted Best Transient Marina for the second year in a row
in its second annual Best Marina Contest. Nantucket Boat Basin, a 240-slip
full-service marina located two blocks from the town of Nantucket, is known
for special touches like a hand-written confirmation note and a welcome bag
delivered to arriving boaters. A full-time concierge service is also
on-call to make restaurant reservations, tee times, and special
arrangements like a clambake on the beach. -- Full report:
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* From Howard Bentley:
Commenting on the letter in Scuttlebutt 3463 by David Greene, I am very
sorry about your son and also the recent tragedy, however, age is but one
single consideration whether risky activities are appropriate for minors.
Age does not accurately or consistently reflect one's sailing experience,
one's ability, or one's physical and mental maturity to handle all
I went to school with a man-child of 17 years old that left high school
early to sail in Perth and try to challenge for the Americas Cup. He did
the bow, at 17. That simply would not have happened with nanny state rules
specifying age minimums. Would you deny such an opportunity based on the
results of a dissimilar comparison?
Many activities can be risky and sometimes very bad things happen, even
with total preparation. The onus is ultimately on the participants, the
skipper, parents (if minors), and the sponsors of activities. We do not
need rules created based on an emotional response to tragedy.
Age restrictions only prevent people from gaining experience, experience
that is best learned early and often. I was fortunate to have skied in
nasty places early on and ended up with skills for a lifetime. Skills I
never would have had without all the early childhood risk.
* From Leslie Wilson:
Regarding the debate concerning super-yacht mooring during the 34th
America's Cup (in Scuttlebutt 3463), are we not speaking about a short term
parking spot that we should welcome into the San Francisco local economy as
well as set a precedent of hospitality for the future? I am all for
protecting the public, the land, the waterways... but come on! Politically
and economically, you need to embrace this event and then pray that Oracle
wins and your track record reflects a welcoming venue to be a potential
home for AC 35.
* From Rocky Schnaars:
Our team signed up for the coaching (described in Scuttlebutt 3463) at the
2011 East Coast Championship in Annapolis. Now I figured it to be a seminar
and hey, we have all been there. That is not what happened at all!
So while I am putting the boat together on Thursday, I get introduced to
Bary Gately from Quantum Sails. Bary is a successful sailmaker and can make
any boat faster that he gets on - (yeah we all know some guys like that).
He is a great sailmaker and a great sailor - but what Bary Gately is
passionate about is coaching.
I mean this guy is crazy about coaching!! He is there on the dock before
you, ready to answer any questions. While you are putting the boat to bed
at the end of the day he appears to answer any questions about the day.
Between races he appears on a launch to make suggestions and answer any
questions. Hell, on Saturday evening when it was 36 degrees and raining, he
came outside with us and showed us what he felt was the best way to tack
the number 3 (tuff to ignore the advice of someone who has done the J/24
Now remember, we are deep deep in the fleet after Friday. We do not have
all Quantum Sails. It is a gnarly nasty Saturday evening and we are hanging
out with a guy who is coaching us. Making the crew better, making us better
sailors, making us better people!
That was why this regatta was one of the best experiences I have had as a
sailor! -- Full comment:
* From Keith Archer:
Your item in Scuttlebutt 3463 about the message in the bottle reminded me
of a time long ago when, anchored at an island in New Zealand and wandering
along the beach, I found a bottle with a message in, giving a lady's name,
address and asking the finder to contact her.
By way of a joke, I gave the message to a friend who was heading for a
visit to California, and asked him to write to the lady saying he found the
bottle on Long Beach, California. This he did, and some time later the lady
contacted the local newspaper in Auckland telling the amazing story of how
her bottle with a message turned up so far away.
The story, prominently displayed in the newspaper, attracted a good deal of
notice, including of course a day or so later, very critical replies that
the story was a hoax - it simply wouldn't have been possible for the bottle
to travel the distance in the time available, let alone against known
currents. The lady rang the paper, very upset that she had been scammed so
I chose to own up to what I had done. She rang me and tore big strips off
me - just didn't see any humor in the story whatsoever.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
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