SCUTTLEBUTT 3536 - Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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THE SUPER TUESDAY THAT WASN'T
(February 27, 2012) - It was supposed to be Super Tuesday, the
make-or-break hearing with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Their
vote on February 28th was for a key component of the America's Cup vision.
For the races in 2013. And then everything changed today.
But let's back up a touch...
The America's Cup Event Authority had developed a plan where two main hubs
- just over a mile apart - would be dedicated to fan fare. And between
these two hubs would be a series of linkages that created interest along
the wharf. It was a good plan.
One hub is Piers 27-29 - the site of the Event Village which will be the
focal point for of hospitality, entertainment, and spectator viewing. This
site has already been approved by the City and construction has begun.
The second hub - Piers 30-32 was to be the site for all the team bases -
was not confirmed. This was going to be pit row, and provided unprecedented
access to spectators. But the site was going require significant investment
($80+ million) and nine months of construction.
It proved to be a complicated deal... and February 28th was the deadline.
If it didn't get approved by the Supervisors... well... it seemed like a
Oracle Racing COO Stephen Barclay dodged the question by Scuttlebutt editor
Craig Leweck when asked if the event would be held in San Francisco without
Piers 30-32. Said Barclay last Friday, "If we don't get the needed approval
on 30-32 this Tuesday, we would really need to think about that. That's not
the sort of event that we really want to have. This is a fundamental part
of what we had planned in San Francisco."
However, rather than roll the dice with the Supervisors on Tuesday, this
announcement came from City Hall today:
"Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) announced
today a consolidated venue plan for the 34th America's Cup, removing Piers
30-32 for use during the America's Cup events, consolidating all racing
teams at Pier 80 and build a race village at Pier 27-29."
And with this announcement, a good plan becomes a different plan. Pier 80
is further away, in many ways. It's 5 miles from the event village, it's no
longer along the foot of the City, and it's in an area where the Cab
drivers don't often go. Let's call it... industrial.
The bottom line became time and money. Piers 30-32 became too risky. That's
the bad news. The good news is that the event is going forward in San
Francisco. For sure. And it is a sailing event, right. The race course will
be great, the event village will be great. The focus need not be on the
piers. Piers should be for fishing... or in the case of San Francisco...
Details on the layout for Pier 80 have not been released, but with all the
team bases at that location, it should be assumed that spectator access
will be available. It should also be noted that Pier 80 currently is the
home of Oracle Racing. This is where their AC45s train, and where they are
constructing the hulls for their AC72.
Pier 80 is also surrounded by tall fences and barb wire, likely more so to
keep the 'locals' out than the spies. Nothing a little urban renewal can't
As City Hall announced today, "The additional development at Pier 80 in
Dogpatch and the Bayview (neighborhoods) will mean millions of dollars in
improvements and job opportunities in one of the City's most underserved
Plan B... full speed ahead. Here is a copy of today's announcement:
COMMENT: If you had planned to attend the San Francisco Board of
Supervisors hearing on February 28th, the America's Cup business has now
been removed. Also, the second part of the interview with Stephen Barclay
is now online, though it is relatively irrelevant with this change of
plans. But here is the link if you want to read how close this came to the
edge of the cliff: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/12/0226/#part2
PLEASE NO CIALIS AND VIAGRA COMMERCIALS
Remember the 'Bud Cam' from the 1987 America's Cup? That fixed angle camera
mounted on the mast was ground breaking. Never before had the broadcast
audience been brought onboard an America's Cup yacht.
Despite the passage of 25 years, there have been few opportunities to
further develop onboard broadcasting. But the 34th America's Cup next year
is changing that.
Unlike past matches, where the broadcast is organized late and commercial
support is minimal, significant investment has been made early in the cycle
to capture the onboard experience, salty language and all.
An update distributed by the race management on February 22nd indicates the
following equipment will be on each AC72:
* Each Yacht shall be fitted with up to seven HD agile cameras, located
throughout the platform to capture the speed of the boat and the action of
* Each Yacht will carry a Surround Sound microphone, 3 to 5 effect
microphones and a wireless mono microphone system on each crew member.
There will also be countless cameras on the water and in the air to film
each race. The broadcast will be award-winning, which will hopefully
attract commercial support as well... hopefully something other than Cialis
and Viagra commercials.
Media details: http://tinyurl.com/ACUP-022612
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THE WATER BOTTLE DEBATE
By Annie Brett, Sailors for the Sea
We here at Sailors for the Sea have been reading with great interest the
recent debate over water bottles happening in Scuttlebutt. Kay Kilpatrick's
efforts to combat disposable bottle use at college regattas is inspiring,
but we also understand the questions that followed it. Like so many other
environmental issues, conflicting facts and opinions can be confusing when
it comes to disposable water bottles. But ultimately, eliminating plastic
water bottle use is one of the easiest and most positive things you can do
as a sailor to protect the ocean.
There are many lifecycle analyses of the overall impact of disposable vs.
reusable bottles - contact us if you're interested in the specifics.
Reusable bottles almost always come out ahead, provided they are actually
reused, but in terms of overall energy use, the difference is often much
smaller than people are led to believe.
That being said, the impact of disposable PET bottles on our oceans is
undeniable. The average American consumed only 1.6 gallons of bottled water
in 1976. By 2006, that number had jumped to 28.3 gallons. In the best case
scenario, all the bottles we use while sailing return to shore and are
properly recycled - though only a small portion of all single-use plastic
water bottles used in the U.S. (of which more than 75% never make it to
recycling) - such action has a positive impact on local waters and marine
ecosystems. But even then, bottles cannot be recycled forever. Eventually
that plastic bottle will end up in a landfill or similar, leeching into the
streams that feed the ocean.
In a more realistic scenario, and one that we see frequently while working
with regattas around the world, bottles end up in trash cans, on docks, or
blown into the water. This is not only unsightly, a point made earlier, but
incredibly harmful to the marine environment. In the ocean, plastics break
down quickly into tiny pieces, attracting toxic chemicals in the process.
In recent studies, 100% of surface water samples taken from sites around
the world contained plastic. These plastics are eaten by all forms of
marine life, accumulating as they move up the food chain and into the fish
We believe strongly the use of reusable water bottles is a simple move
easily adopted by all sailors that can greatly reduce the dangers caused by
plastics introduced to the marine ecosystem. For more information on
plastics, or on more general questions about sailing and sustainability,
check out the Sailors for the Sea website at www.sailorsforthesea.org and
feel free to contact us with any questions.
BACKGROUND: Sailors for the Sea educates and engages the boating community
in the worldwide protection of the oceans. Their 'Clean Regattas' program
is a third party certification program that helps regattas, yacht clubs and
sailing programs voluntarily achieve higher environmental standards.
ETCHELLS AROUND THE WORLD
This past week saw the Etchells class in both hemispheres...
* Photographer Ingrid Abery provides Scuttlebutt with this stunning gallery
from the World Championships in Sydney, Australia:
* A bit closer to home, the four event Jaguar Cup series finished with the
class Midwinter Championship in Miami, FL. Thanks to John Payne for the
SLOWLY BENDING TOWARD AUCKLAND
(February 27, 2012; Day 8) - Groupama sailing team are leading the charge
to trade winds that promise to slingshot the first to reach them into a
powerful position in the race to Auckland.
Despite holding pole position Groupama 4 skipper Cammas knows that the next
24 hours are crucial, and reaching the trades is key to getting across the
"For now we have to get into the trades tomorrow (Tuesday) night and then
maybe one day after we have to decide exactly where we go in the
Doldrums,'' he said. "Nothing is decided in this leg for sure. We don't
know what is going to happen at the end of the leg on the approach to
And a reminder, it is still early to get too enamored with the position
reports. "What's interesting right now is the balance between what you do
short term to make yourself look good on the leaderboard and get close to
Auckland, or whether you keep investing in the east to set yourself up for
the longer term,'' Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker said.
"We're one of the more eastern boats now, following Groupama's track," said
Walker. "It's a little bit scary for us, it looks like we're losing miles
to Telefonica, CAMPER and Sanya. But in reality we're setting ourselves up
hundreds of miles to the east, which hopefully will pay back but probably
not for a week's time, by which time you don't really know the weather
situation." -- Event website: http://www.volvooceanrace.com
Leg 4 - Sanya, China to Auckland, NZL (5,220 nm)
Standings as of Tuesday, 28 February 2012, 1:01:10 UTC
1. Groupama 4 (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), 3837.2 nm Distance to Finish
2. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 33.7 nm Distance to Lead
3. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), 62.7 nm DTL
4. Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), 81.7 nm DTL
5. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), 100.6 nm DTL
6. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), 115.9 nm DTL
Video reports: http://www.youtube.com/user/volvooceanracevideos
Race schedule: http://tinyurl.com/VOR-2011-12-schedule
BACKGROUND: During the nine months of the Volvo Ocean Race, which started
in Alicante, Spain (Oct. 29) and concludes in Galway, Ireland during early
July 2012, six professional teams will sail over 39,000 nautical miles
around the world 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. - http://www.volvooceanrace.com
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WORLD TOUR ANNOUNCES SPONSOR, CALENDAR, SKIPPERS
London, UK (February 27, 2012) - Alpari, a global association of companies
providing online foreign exchange ("Forex", "FX"), precious metals and CFD
trading services, today announced a five-year title partnership with the
World Match Racing Tour.
The World Match Racing Tour will host the world's best match racers as they
compete toward the ISAF Match Racing World Championship title and the
largest prize purse in the world of sailing (US$1.75 million).
Britain's Ian Williams, who captured his third world title in 2011, is once
again on the list of nine skippers, also announced today, to have secured a
Tour Card for the 2012 season. Selected by the Tour, the list of Tour Card
Holders includes a mix of current and former World Champions, Olympic and
America's Cup campaigners as well as an exciting breed of promising younger
sailors from around the world.
The Alpari World Match Racing Tour also announced the 2012 Tour Calendar
which now includes a new event, the Chicago Match Cup in the US, to
complement the other regattas in Germany, Korea, Portugal, Sweden,
Switzerland, France, Bermuda and Malaysia.
2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour Calendar:
Stage 1: May 23-28, Match Race Germany, Langenargen, Germany
Stage 2: May 29-June 3, Korea Match Cup, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Stage 3: July 2-7, Stena Match Cup Sweden, Marstrand, Sweden
Stage 4: July 10-15, Chicago Match Cup, Chicago, USA
Stage 5: July 24-29, Portimao Portugal Match Cup, Portimao, Portugal
Stage 6: Aug 28-Sep 2, St. Moritz Match Race, St. Moritz, Switzerland
Stage 7: Sep 24-29, Match Race France, Marseille, France
Stage 8: Oct 1-7, Argo Group Gold Cup, Hamilton, Bermuda
Stage 9: Dec 4-9, Monsoon Cup, K.Terengganu, Malaysia
2012 Tour Card Holders:
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team
Simone Ferrarese (ITA) Ferrarese Racing Team
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team
Laurie Jury (NZL) Zoke Kiwi Match
Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Extreme Team Morbihan
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing
Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing
Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar
Full story: http://tinyurl.com/WMRT-022712
CHICAGO: The Chicago Match Cup will bring 12 of the world's top-ranked
skippers and their teams to compete for their share of the $100,000 total
prize money purse and points earned towards the Tour's overall World
Championship. In true 'stadium sailing' style, a race village will be
constructed at the end of Chicago's Navy Pier, just meters away from where
the action will be held in equally-matched TOM 28 class keelboats.
Bleachers for spectators, tents for sponsors and vendors, and live
commentary will all be part of the show. -- Full report:
* Despite the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) move on February
14 to revoke approval of a new broadband telephone network by LightSquared
shown to interfere with the country's GPS navigational system boat owners
are urged to submit comments to the FCC by a Thursday, March 1 deadline to
ensure the nation's system of global positioning remains unaffected. --
* The Upper Keys Sailing Club in Key Largo, FL played host to 34 sailors
participating in the annual Force 5 Class Midwinter Championships Feb.
23-25 at the club on Buttonwood Sound. Local sailors along with others from
around the nation sailed a total of eight races over the three day event.
Fred Meno III of Ft. Worth Sailing Club (Texas) won the Force 5 Standard
Rig division and John Barrrere of Lake Yosemite Sailing Association
(California) won the Force 5 Short Rig division. -- Full report:
* The World Sailing Speed Record Council has ratified two new world records
set by Loick Peyron (FRA) and a crew of 13 on the 131-foot maxi trimaran
Banque Populaire 5. While setting a new Jules Verne Record, a new Equator
to Equator record of 32 days 11 hours, and 52 minutes was established.
Also, a new Indian Ocean crossing record of 8 days 7 hours, and 23 minutes
was set. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/WSSR-022712
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