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SCUTTLEBUTT 3478 - Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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SISTER SAILORS LOVE THE CHALLENGE
By Erin L. Schanen, SAILING
The J/30 is sailing on the final downwind leg of the last race of the
season in the hotly contested women's series and although the boat is not
in contention for the season championship because of missed races, it's
looking pretty good in this race. It's not easy sailing: a leftover lumpy
sea and a dying breeze require a good deal of concentration and it would be
great if the boat could make it to the finish without having to jibe.
The crew is in full race mode, constantly looking over the transom to see
how the competition is doing. And then, a question pierces the
"Who is your chemistry teacher this year?"
So goes life sailing on a boat sailed by teenage girls from 14 to 18 years
old. Other quirks to expect: a constant supply of Tootsie pops, a
cornucopia of snack foods and sodas that appears in the cockpit as the race
committee's finish horn quiets, and a fair amount of gossip. And one other
thing: a whole lot of great sailing.
The leaders on Rafiki are a pair of sisters younger than most of the sails
on their boat. Whitney Kent, 18, is a freshman at the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Alison Kent, 17, is a high school senior. Both
started sailing Rafiki two years ago after their stepfather Eric Jones, a
yacht broker, found the J/30 languishing in a boatyard.
Since then the pair have been the core of a crew of teenage friends on
Monday nights, and a crew made up of other family members and good friends
for other series, and even a crew of their own. This summer the two sailed
the Queen's Cup, a nighttime race across Lake Michigan, doublehanded,
something their parents didn't allow until after a thorough quiz of what
they would do in various scenarios, their mother Cheri Kent said.
The race was one of the fastest on record, with big seas and fluctuating
winds, challenging even for the fully crewed boats.
"We took turns sort of dozing in the cockpit while the other person
steered," said Alison, affectionately known as Gator. "Our arms were so
Whitney said she likes the doublehanded sailing challenge. "It's really fun
when it's just the two of us," she said. "It's certainly harder, but I
think it's more rewarding. It's fun to try to do everything on the boat."
-- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/Sailiing-Nov11
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BETTER THAN SOME - WORSE THAN OTHERS
(November 28, 2011; Day 24) - The worst is yet to come for the frustrated
crew on board Groupama 4, as the windless ridge stretches further across
their chosen route to the finish in Cape Town and the crew play games to
keep themselves amused.
Despite the obvious frustrations, multihull sailing champion and Groupama
sailing team skipper Franck Cammas was able to remain philosophical about
this team's position, especially as third in Leg 1 and overall was all but
"Third is not that bad, some others are in a much worst situation,'' he
said. "But we are disappointed because, especially at the end of the leg,
we didn't get to come back on the others.
"The Doldrums stopped us from getting the same weather system that the
others had. We were 10 hours behind CAMPER, we are now more than two days
away - it's frustrating, for sure. But that's the sea, that's the weather,
that's sailing. It happened to us and it will happen again - that's the
Their saviour will be a low-pressure system that will build increasing
southern winds overnight. The southerly change means Groupama will be able
to gybe Monday tonight, and finally point and accelerate for the finish at
However, closer to South Africa's shores awaits a hostile greeting similar
to that afforded to CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, with winds
gusting in excess of 30 knots and confused seas from at least 50nm from the
finish line. A finish could be expected Tuesday morning, possibly 0900 UTC.
Team Sanya and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing both expect their boats to arrive in
Cape Town on Wednesday after Leg 1 offered them hull damage and a
dismasting, respectively. Upon arrival, Team Sanya boat builders will be
replacing a section of her bow while ADOR will step their replacement mast.
PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG remain in Tristan da Cunha as they wait
for a ship that left Cape Town on Monday morning. Their best hope is to get
back to South Africa on December 6, leaving little margin for error as they
get their new mast stepped in time for the start of the In-Port race on
December 10. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/VOR-112811
Standings as of Monday, 28 November 2011, 22:04:26 UTC
1. Team Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), Finished Nov. 26,
2. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), Finished Nov. 27, 21:21:48:04 GMT
3. Groupama (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), 226.2 nm Distance to Finish
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR) - Retired from Leg 1
PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA) - Retired from Leg 1
Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL) - Retired from Leg 1
Video reports: http://www.youtube.com/user/volvooceanracevideos
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. -
BACK IN THE DAY
When we saw this story in the November issue of Latitude 38, we couldn't
help but share it. This comes from an era when big fleets of IOR boats
filled the harbors, professional sailors were often the sailmaker, and top
crew gear was a matching polo. Good times!
Back in mid-August, Leading Lady, the old Peterson 40 that Bob 'Big Daddy'
Klein owned in the early '80s, gave her last performance. Neil Weinberg
from the Boat Yard at Grand Marina reported that the current owner had
passed away and, since he had no family, the county was "disposing of the
assets." A salvage company took possession of the aluminum boat and hauled
her away to be dismantled for scrap.
"It's sad to see her go," noted Paul Kamen, who sailed aboard the Lady many
times under Klein's ownership, "but it was a design from the dark years of
the IOR. In this market I can understand why she's not worth trying to save
as a cruising boat." Nevertheless, Kamen recalled two vivid memories of his
"Leading Lady had an all-aluminum hull and deck, which made it very noisy
downstairs when things were happening above your bunk. On our first Vallejo
Race to Coyote Point - back when the fleet was so big they had to split it
up into two different destinations - we were racing in the same IOR
division as Chris Corlett, who I think was sailing the Serendipity 43
Scarlett O'Hara that year. We were all in our pipe berths at around
midnight when, not two minutes after the last cabin light was turned off,
we heard a group of sailors marching down the dock to where we were
berthed. Corlett's voice was chanting 'Hup-two-three-four . . . .'
Corlett's crew climbed on board and did a full military close order drill,
stomping on the aluminum deck for five minutes, then marched back up the
"Another time, during the Big Boat Series, we still had some of the crew
from the previous campaigns. There was some friction between Bob, who
always ran a very competitive but very friendly family program, and the
self-styled pros. On the way back from one race that went badly, Bob
confided in me: 'Paul, never go racing with people you wouldn't also go
cruising with.' Words to live by!" -- Read on (page 64):
ROOM TO TACK AT AN OBSTRUCTION - CASE 35
This is an installment by International Umpire/Judge Jos M. Spijkerman
(NED) in a series of blogposts about the ISAF Call book 2009-2012 with
amendments for 2010. All calls are official interpretations by the ISAF
committees on how the Racing Rules of Sailing should be used or
As two close-hauled boats approached a shore, L hailed W for room to tack.
W replied 'You tack' and L then tacked immediately. After tacking, L bore
away in a seamanlike way and passed under W's stern, which she cleared by
three feet (1 m) or more. L protested W under rule 20.1(b). The protest
committee decided that W failed to give room as required by rule 20.1(b)
and disqualified her. W appealed.
W's appeal is upheld, and she is to be reinstated. L's actions showed that
she had room to tack and avoid W. W therefore met her obligation under rule
Jos M. Spijkerman explains:
The exact wording in rule 20.1(b) is:
... ,or by immediately replying 'You tack' and then giving the hailing boat
room to tack and avoid her; ...
In Case 35 boat L made the mistake in thinking that after she was given the
reply "You Tack" she was free to do as she pleased. That she was free to
tack and go in front of W. But the obligation to keep clear under rule 13
and then under rule 11, is not switched off. The only thing she 'gained' is
that W took the obligation to give her room to do so, and while L did
everything to keep clear, to avoid her.
Right of way is NOT changed by this rule. The hailed boat only gets an
additional obligation to give (more) room and make sure that she avoids L.
If L would not have been able to bear away - or only in an un-seamanlike
way - then W would not have given her enough room and would have broken
rule 20.1(b). The failure to keep clear by L in that case, would be
exonerated under rule 20.2
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IT ALL BEGINS THIS SATURDAY
After years of preparation, the racing for the 2011 ISAF Sailing World
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in Perth, Australia. Held every four years, over 1,100 sailors from 78
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qualify their nations for the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. Here
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Women's Match Racing (Elliott 6m), December 3-16
Women's Windsurfer (RS:X W), December 5-11
Women's One Person Dinghy (Laser Radial), December 5-11
Men's One Person Dinghy Heavy (Finn), December 5-11
Men's Two Person Dinghy (470 M), December 5-11
Men's Keelboat (Star), December 11-17
Men's Windsurfer (RS:X W), December 12-18
Men's One Person Dinghy (Laser), December 12-18
Women's Two Person Dinghy (470 W), December 12-18
Men's Skiff (49er), December 12-18
The first event to begin on Saturday is the Women's Match Race event, where
six separate winners came out of the six World Cup regattas that featured
the event. Nonetheless, ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Anna
Tunnicliffe (USA) took the overall title after finishing on the podium at
four World Cup regattas. In fact the American has finished on the podium at
11 of 13 regattas sailed in during 2011 and will be one of the front
runners in Perth. Twenty seven crews have been confirmed, with nine of the
top ten Women's Match Racers registered.
The Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships website will provide
results, tracking, live updates and all the latest news both on and off the
water. More than 25 international and national broadcasters have signed up
to take the television coverage of Perth 2011 and viewers will also be able
to watch live coverage of all ten Medal Races on the Perth 2011 website. --
Full report: http://www.sailing.org/37436.php
* (November 28, 2011; Day 7 - 23:45:00 UTC) - It has barely been a week of
racing and already good news show up for the 131-foot maxi trimaran Banque
Populaire V. By crossing the equator after 5 days 14 hours 55 minutes and
10 seconds at sea, Loick Peyron (FRA) and his men are now the fastest of
all time on this section of the Jules Verne Trophy. After a 24 hour run of
639.6nm, the team is now 178.9nm ahead of the current record of 48 days 7
hours 44 minutes 52 seconds set by Franck Cammas on the 103-foot Groupama 3
in 2010. -- http://tinyurl.com/BP-112811
* (November 28, 2011) - EUROSAF announced today that the former EUROLYMP
Sailing Circuit, which operated from 1985 until it was phased out in 2004,
will be re-introduced as the EUROLYMP Sailing League from 2013 onwards,
when the new ISAF Sailing World Cup format comes into force. The EUROLYMP
Sailing League will initially consist of up to five events, which will be
dovetailed into the European segment of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Each
event will conform with the new ISAF World Sailing Rankings system, as well
as facilitating the new European League. -- Read on:
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* From Scot Citrin:
Having followed the last couple of Volvo Ocean Races fairly regularly, I
have to say the publishing of content, commentary and media coming off the
boats has decreased by a wide margin. I understand there are fewer boats,
but what shows up on the website is minimal. Also the race data and tracker
show so much less data and options than they did in past races.
The lack of timeliness in publishing breaking news like broken masts is
also surprising (more than one schedule after they happen). Because of this
I am less engaged as a sailor, and now just looking intermittently instead
of regularly at the site.
Too bad this event has taken a step backwards in its coverage/ media
dissemination despite the advances in technology over the years. There is
still a lot of time for them to get their act together, so people will want
to follow it. I hope they do.
* From Gunther E. Hering:
If the happenings at the Monsoon Cup and the suspension of Rule 41 are a
harbinger of things to come - beyond the outrage of coaching in the
mommie's cup races - then I suggest that we start sailing races only on the
computer or TV screen with a Play Station. All can stay home, avoid bad
weather, finish their six packs and don't have to worry about tailing
lines, flogging sails etc. Burn the boats and turn the sport over to the
* From Gregory Scott, Kingston Ontario:
As I listen to yet another lead up to a climate condition meeting - this
time in Durban SA - I begin to question one of our premiere sporting
events. I really like the Volvo Ocean Race, as we all see real examples of
the techniques and technological advances developed on these campaigns. But
at what cost?
In the Whitbread era the teams set off and we did our best to follow. Now
teams fly around the world as support - three boats are now using fossil
fuels to get them to Cape Town because of breakdowns. Puma needed to
dispatch a ship to retrieve them.
Masts are in aircraft and teams of support workers are all flying to
destinations to facilitate all it takes to put Humpty Dumpty back together
again. Three of the six boats won't get to start leg two without massive
amounts of fuel to make it happen.
Yes it will be argued the flights and ships were going regardless but I
think we need to step back and think. There is great irony in the VOR being
in Cape Town while nations pretend to debate emissions and climate change
* From Peter Rugg:
If we are to change the course side references to red and green, perhaps
that 'rightie' should now be called a 'greenie', indicating it is
beneficial to boats to the green side of the competition. Hopefully this
won't create confusion as it could be mistaken for a Heineken.
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