SCUTTLEBUTT 3501 - Monday, January 9, 2012
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(January 7, 2012) - Three and a half years after being launched in August
2008 and after her second attempt, the 131-foot maxi trimaran Banque
Populaire V has entered records' history by taking the Jules Verne Trophy
at the end of a circumnavigation of 45 days 13 hours 42 minutes 53 seconds
around the globe.
By crossing the Jules Verne Trophy start/finish line between Ushant
(France) and Lizard Point (England) at 22hrs 14 minutes 35 seconds GMT on
Friday January, 6th, Loick Peyron and thirteen crew members, including
eight rookies, have completed an unprecedented exploit, covering 29,002
miles at an average speed of 26.51 knots.
On the morning of November 22nd, the Team Banque Populaire triggered the
countdown by crossing the starting line to attack the reference time of 48
days 7 hours 44 minutes and 52 seconds held since March 2010 by Franck
Cammas and Groupama 3.
With remarkable conditions south through the Atlantic Ocean, she made her
entry into the Indian Ocean less than twelve days after kicking-off,
reaching a lead of 2,364 miles of advance, what would be the largest delta
on the entire race. Her final lead over Groupama 3 would be 1,649.30 nm. --
Read on: http://tinyurl.com/BP-010812
Brit Brian Thompson was the lone non-French member of the crew. Here are
some comments from the helmsman/trimmer:
Q: What were the high points of the voyage?
A: Seeing an iceberg as big as half of the Isle of Wight, seeing a new
comet on Christmas Day and sailing with a fantastic team!
Q: .and the lows?
A: Losing two days due to weather delays both in the Pacific and North
Atlantic and missing Christmas and New Year ashore with family and friends.
Q: Did you notice any major environmental differences this time around?
A: There was a distinct lack of birds in North Atlantic compared to rest of
the oceans and I am not sure what the reason was for this. Thankfully we
did not come across too much rubbish pollution except when passing the
coast of South America in Atlantic Ocean, which was sad to see.
WHO'S WHO: Who did what among the crew of the Banque Populaire V? Here's
the list: http://tinyurl.com/Telegraph-010812
Follow their track: http://tinyurl.com/BP-JV-Tracking-2011-12
BACKGROUND: The Jules Verne Trophy is a prize for the fastest
circumnavigation of the world by any type of yacht with no restrictions on
the size of the crew provided the vessel has registered with the
organization and paid an entry fee. The start/finish line is between the
Creach lighthouse on Ouessant (Ushant) Island, France, and the Lizard
Lighthouse, UK. Circumnavigate the world leaving the capes of Good Hope,
Leeuwin, and Horn to port.
In 2004 Steve Fossett sailed the Jules Verne Trophy course on the catamaran
Cheyenne, setting a circumnavigation record of 58 days 9 hours 32 minutes
45 seconds. However, he did not pay the fee to qualify for the Jules Verne
Trophy beforehand. He did try to pay the fee to be awarded the Trophy a
week before arriving but was declined. Fossett's record was acknowledged by
the World Sailing Speed Record Council, while the Jules Verne trophy was
awarded to Geronimo for its five-days slower time.
SIGN OF THE TIMES
(January 7, 2012) - As the "Everest of Sailing" reached its third port of
call in Abu Dhabi last week, major international media outlets aren't the
only ones covering the Volvo Ocean Race action. They will soon be joined by
a small bevy of bloggers set loose by one of the competing boats' sponsors
to give documentation of the race a new twist.
Ten handpicked Tumblr and Instagram users will arrive in Abu Dhabi on
Monday, transported and lodged there for a week by the sportswear company
Puma to photograph and post updates as the competing sailors rest and
recharge while participating in short sprints before departing on Jan. 15
for the race's next stop in Sanya, China.
Puma says the sponsored bloggers will have "free reign" to cover and
document what they wish, and the trip reflects the growing mainstream
recognition and validity of bloggers' influence over public opinion and
what is considered hip or interesting. They will also document their
experiences via Twitter and Facebook.
"The idea is to fly in these prominent bloggers and Instagramers and just
have it be known that they're there because of Puma and because they
deserve it," Andrew Schmidt, Puma's manager of digital media projects,
Schmidt says Puma was inspired by Tumblr itself sending groups of bloggers
to New York Fashion Week the past two years. Tumblr has long attracted
fashion-focused users and, as a sportswear company, Puma's involvement
makes sense. But the Volvo Ocean Race junket also represents a new step to
major brand-sponsored blogger coverage of an international sporting match.
"I think it's a really good model for showcasing events," Schmidt says.
Puma gains goodwill from the bloggers and increased visibility at the
event. The race itself gains exposure to unlikely online audiences. And
bloggers eager to turn their Tumblr and Instagram passions into full-time
work could find their big breaks in Abu Dhabi. -- Full story:
UPDATE: Team Sanya resumed racing the first stage of Leg 2 on Saturday,
sailing shorthanded with a crew of six sailors and their Media Crew Member.
They expect to reach the loading/unloading port in the Indian Ocean, which
is not being named due to the threat of piracy, in less than two weeks.
Assuming Team Sanya reach the safe haven port under racing conditions, they
will collect four points for sixth place for the first stage of Leg 2 and
then automatically add one more under race rules for the second stage and a
further two points for the Abu Dhabi In-Port Race.
Overall leaderboard after Leg 2
1. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), 6-1-1-1, 66 pts
2. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 3-2-2-2, 58 pts
3. Groupama (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), 5-3-5-4, 42 pts
4. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), 2-DNF-3-3, 28 pts
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), 1-DNF-4-5, 19 pts
6. Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), 4-DNF-6-6-0**, 4 pts
** Still racing
Video reports: http://www.youtube.com/user/volvooceanracevideos
Course details: http://tinyurl.com/Piracy-121111
RACE SCHEDULE: The five teams will are in Abu Dhabi now preparing for the
Pro-Am Race on Thursday (Jan. 12), the In-Port Race on Friday (Jan. 13),
and the start of Leg 3 to Sanya, China on Saturday (Jan. 14). As in Leg 2,
Leg 3 will be similar with a Stage 1 short sprint to meet the ship which
will transport the five boats to the safe haven port. If all goes to plan,
Team Sanya will join the fleet there, and all six boats will compete in
Stage 2 to Sanya. - http://tinyurl.com/VOR-2011-12-schedule
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. -
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America's Cup race organizers say they have fulfilled their first mandate
to raise $12 million in 2011. To cover the city's costs for the regatta,
the America's Cup Organizing Committee, a newly formed team of local
entrepreneurs and philanthropists, pledged to raise $32 million over three
The 2011 funds came from two streams. The first source was pledges from at
least 16 individual donors and four organizations, according to
fundraisers. Donors include the family foundations of late philanthropist
Warren Hellman and Silicon Valley investor Ron Conway, venture capitalist
Tom Perkins, San Francisco Ballet trustee Lucy Jewett and philanthropist
Another, less conventional source took the form of a deal with the Event
Authority, which is the marketing arm, fundraisers said. Under an initial
arrangement, the Organizing Committee had the rights to solicit sponsors
within the local market, while the Event Authority had access to national
and international sponsors.
The two later agreed to combine those efforts into a single outreach
campaign to advertisers. The Event Authority paid the Organizing Committee
an undisclosed sum of money for its set of rights.
The city is obligated to pay for the basic services for the event. But if
fundraising falls short or the bill exceeds the projected costs, the city
will have to find money elsewhere, according to Michael Martin, the city's
point man on the project. That could be tricky. When San Francisco was
negotiating to host the America's Cup, one of the event's main selling
points was there would be no costs to the city.
This month begins a mad dash to finalize preparations for the races. The
Board of Supervisors is planning to consider two appeals filed against the
project's final environmental impact report, which the state requires be
completed before construction can begin.
SF Chronicle, full story: http://tinyurl.com/SFC-010812
SCUTTLEBUTT SAILING CALENDAR
Events listed at http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar
* Miami, FL (January 8, 2012) - This past weekend was the Sidney Doren
Memorial, the second event of the 2011-2012 Etchells Jaguar Series. Wind
conditions on Saturday failed to materialize for the 51-boat fleet, with
Sunday proving slightly better at 6-11 knots for the two races. Rolling a
3-6 for the win was Californian Argyle Campbell with Dwight Beldon and
Jamie Hardenbergh. Rounding out the top five was Ernie Pomerleau, George
Andreadis, Shannon Bush and Jud Smith. The Florida State Championship (Feb
4-5) and the Mid-Winters East Regatta (Feb 24-26) complete the Jaguar
Series. -- Full report/results:
* Napier, New Zealand (January 8, 2012) - On the penultimate day at the
Optimist World Championship, the 210 fleet race participants fought through
strong winds, rain, and fog. Tomorrow is the last day of the event, with
winds between 11 and 19 knots expected. The provisional leader board (for
the individual racing) after 11 races shows: 1. Kimberly Lim (SIN), 2. Bart
Lambriex (NED), 3. Ryan Lo (SIN), 4. Javier Arribas (PER), 5. Francisco
Ducasse (CHI), 6. Ahmad Syukri Abdul Aziz (MAS), 7. Wade Waddell (USA), 8.
Gabriel Elstrodt (BRA), 9. Rodrigo Luz (BRA), 10. Leonard Takahashi-Fry
(NZL). -- Event website: http://www.optiworldsnz.org.nz/
* (January 6, 2012) - After eight races in the nine race series, Glenn
Ashby, seven times A Class Catamaran World Champion, has won the 2012 John
Cootes Furniture A Class Australian Championships being sailed on Lake
Macquarie, NSW. The 70 boat fleet was a whos-who of the class and world
sailing. In second was 49er World Champion Nathan Outteridge and 2011 A
Class Wolrd Champion Steve Brewin in third. From the Oracle Racing
America's Cup Syndicate was Darren Bundock and James Spithill in fourth and
fifth, respectively. -- Complete story:
* A Team Racing summit meeting/conference will be held in Annapolis, MD ON
January 21st at Annapolis Yacht Club. This summit will focus on keelboat
team racing and specifically growing team racing in the Chesapeake Bay
region. The panel of speakers and presenters will have extensive experience
in the success and growth of keelboat team racing programs at their home
clubs around the country. -- Details:
Last Friday the sailing community learned that Rob Moore had lost his
courageous battle with lung cancer. He passed away peacefully at his home
in Mill Valley, California, surrounded by his family. The outpouring of
comments on Facebook provides some insight into the loss people felt:
- "A 'good one' has left the room."
- "Sailing in San Francisco just got a lot less friendly."
- "One of the greats, on and off the water."
- "A source of much encouragement in my sailing career."
- "Always interested in others, their lives, and their perspective."
- "Never had more fun sailing then a late night watch with Rob!"
- "A prince among men and always helpful, not to mention genuine."
- "Treasured and wonderful memories."
- "Probably one of the nicest, kindest men I would ever call my friend."
- "Always interested in others, their lives, and their perspective."
- "One of the nicest people on Earth."
- "TRULY one of the good ones!"
Many people got to know Rob through the racing column that he wrote for
Latitude 38 for 18 years. San Francisco Bay was where Rob honed his racing
skills, and those skills coupled with his unfaltering enthusiasm opened up
endless opportunities for him to sail on high-end programs all over the
world. Offshore to Hawaii, Mexican races a plenty, the Caribbean, the Med a
bunch, Europe, the East Coast - Rob did it all.
But there is little doubt that the unending stream of race invitations he
received had as much to do with who Rob was, as they did with the obvious
skills he brought to any program. He was warm and caring, with solid values
and not a trace of ego. Rob always made you feel like you were the most
important person in the room. Always - which probably has a lot to do with
why so many of us will forever cherish the memories of time we spent with
him - both on and off the water.
Rob was 58 - far too young to be taken from us, and from his very devoted
wife, Leslie Richter. Perhaps Laura Priest said it best in her Facebook
posting, "Rob - the world was a better place with you in it!" - Tom Leweck
MORE: The family will be planning a celebration of life in the not too
distant future, and 'Lectronic Latitude has posted an excellent tribute to
Rob on their website: http://tinyurl.com/L38-010812
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* From Ken Legler:
I had to laugh when I saw Dave Perry's rules question about a man overboard
(in Scuttlebutt 3497). I wondered what made him think of this case (Rule 41
- Outside Help). Was it the time he slowed his Soling at Kiel to assist a
Swedish sailor who had fallen off his boat while he (we) dragged the poor
fellow gibbering in Swedish until a coach boat came to assist? Or was it
the time Dave was lecturing in Japan and a guy asked, in his best choppy
English, "5-0-5 dinghy sailing into gybe mark, crew falls off, skipper
rounds mark, then picks up crew. Can boat continue racing?"
* From Steve Schupak:
On the thread started by Dave Perry's rule discussion in Scuttlebutt 3497,
maybe I'm just naive and becoming apathetic towards racing, but can someone
please tell me what the big deficiency in our life would be if we dropped
out of a race to help someone on the racecourse without a complete
guarantee of immunity and compensation for our actions?
I know from personal experience in "the room", and anytime someone has come
in to my hearing looking for redress for giving aid they were first treated
as hero's, then given the most equitable outcome available, as well as
being thanked by the jury for their actions.
As a sport we need to encourage and reward doing the right thing, and if at
the end of the day you give up a race and there's no way to get credit on
the podium then so be it. There will always be another race, unless in
pursuit of a "pickle dish" you pass up the opportunity to lend aid, is that
dish worth the lifetime of anguish from losing a competitor forever you
could have helped?
Let's try and keep sailing in perspective.
* From John McNeill:
With all respect, I believe that it is VERY important that Scuttlebutt
revisit this issue to prevent the possibility of daunting the primary rule,
of saving a life. It would actually be even better if ISAF or another such
body would comment to the same intent. The law of unintended consequences,
* From John Evans:
According to the Royal Yachting Association, Rule 41 (Outside Help) will be
changed in January 2013 so that the situation envisaged by Dave Perry (in
Scuttlebutt 3497) will not result in a DSQ. The rule has already been
changed by the RYA Prescriptions.
COMMENT: Let's hope John is right. It is interesting to note that Rule 41
was changed at the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship due to shark
concerns in the waters off Fremantle, Australia. Getting people out of the
water was deemed vital for safety. This thread is now dead in the
newsletter, but all the comments are in the Forum... where more can be
posted if desired:
For every credibility gap there is a gullibility fill.
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