SCUTTLEBUTT 3542 - Wednesday, March 7, 2012
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WHEN TWO CULTURES COLLIDE
Last weekend, when three of the Volvo Ocean Race teams couldn't quite fetch
the eastern edge of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, they were
forced to find a path through this territory of nearly a thousand
obstacles. This brought back memories for the bloggers at Practical Sailor
magazine, who envisioned what it must have been like when these two
The remote and still poorly charted Solomon Islands offered a
trickier-than-usual navigational challenge for the three boats that chose
the route through the archipelago, but they seemed to skate through without
too much problem.
When we were winding through the same islands 14 years ago, the British
Admiralty charts we relied on were riddled with errors, causing all sorts
of gastro-intestinal problems for the navigator that I'll refrain from
detailing here. Weather forecast coverage was spotty at best. Malaria and
man-eating crocodiles were lingering worries. The threat of mutiny simmered
in the galley.
The three boats that ducked between the islands of Choiseul and Santa
Isabella - Camper, Team Telefonica, and Team Sanya - skirted right past one
of the most fascinating cruising grounds we explored, the Marovo Lagoon,
site of many of James Michener's World War II tales and home to some of the
most talented wood carvers in the Pacific.
I couldn't help but notice how tantalizingly close the boats passed to the
Mbili Passage, the gap we sailed through to gain entrance to the lagoon. I
tried to imagine the look of shock on the faces of the dirt-poor fishermen
in their outrigger canoes when they caught site of one of these alien
vessels flying southward toward New Zealand.
If one of the village chiefs had caught sight, he no doubt would have tried
to collect a levy for using the local waters - a practice that perturbed
many cruisers in the Solomon Islands, but one that I didn't find
unreasonable, given the circumstances. -- Full report:
ADVANTAGE - JUAN K DESIGNS
(March 6, 2012; Day 16) - Sometimes the rich get richer. But in the case of
Franck Cammas and his team on Groupama 4, they have earned it. They have
pretty much been in phase for the past 4000nm to lead this southbound leg
of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Groupama 4 was the first boat into stronger steadier trade winds on
Wednesday, enabling them to create a much needed safety margin which bowman
Brad Marsh believes could come in handy before the finish when the weather
scenario could be very different.
"Our aim right now is to keep a buffer on the guys behind us and hopefully
if things go wrong we have enough to hold them back,'' he said. "If the
weather system changes, like with the system that is sort of threatening to
develop behind us, then it's easy to get all the boats scattered across the
The tight reaching angles of this leg have helped the top three. "I don't
think there's any secret in the fact that this sort of reaching is not our
strong point against the three Juan K boats (Groupama, PUMA and
Telefonica),'' said CAMPER navigator Will Oxley said. "It's very hard for
us to go the same speed in equal conditions."
According to race meteorologist Gonzalo Infante a 24 hour drag-race south
is on the cards before the fleet turn towards New Zealand's North Cape and
slug it out against the wind to the finish in Auckland.
Infante says the final days of Leg 4 are unlikely to be straightforward as
a low-pressure system lurking over Fiji could mean a major headache for the
"An eastern course runs the risk of falling foul of the low's light winds
but reduces the anticipated upwind sailing to the finish, while a more
western course means faster angles but sailing a greater distance against
the wind," Infante explained. - Full report: http://tinyurl.com/VOR-030612
Leg 4 - Sanya, China to Auckland, NZL (5,220 nm)
Standings as of Wednesday, 07 March 2012, 1:04:21 UTC
1. Groupama 4 (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), 874.5 nm Distance to Finish
2. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), 119.9 nm Distance to Lead
3. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), 145.0 nm DTL
4. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 199.8 nm DTL
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), 286.8 nm DTL
6. Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), 379.8 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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NEVER HESITATE TO HELP A BOAT
Jos Spijkerman, International Umpire/Judge, takes a look at Case 20 from
the ISAF Casebook 2009-2012 with amendments for 2010. This is an official
interpretation by the ISAF committees on how the relevant Racing Rules of
Sailing - Rules 1 and 62 in this case - should be used or interpreted. This
case is copied from the Casebook.
Summary of the Facts
Dinghy A capsized during a race, and seeing this, Dinghy B sailed over to
her and offered help. A accepted help and B came alongside, taking the crew
of two aboard. Then all hands worked for several minutes to right A, whose
mast was stuck in the mud. Upon reaching shore, B requested redress under
The protest committee considered several factors in its decision. First,
A's helmsman was a highly experienced sailor. Secondly, the wind was light,
and the tide was rising and would shortly have lifted the mast free.
Thirdly, she did not ask for help; it was offered. Therefore, since neither
boat nor crew was in danger, redress was refused. B appealed, stating that
rule 1.1 does not place any onus on a boat giving help to decide, or to
defend, a decision that danger was involved.
B's appeal is upheld. A boat in a position to help another that may be in
danger is bound to do so. It is not relevant that a protest committee later
decides that there was, in fact, no danger or that help was not requested.
B is entitled to redress. The protest committee is directed to reopen the
hearing and to grant appropriate redress following the requirements and
advice given in rules 64.2 and A10.
Read on for comments by Jos:
NEW YEAR - NEW SEASON
Break out the Union Jack. The world's No. 1 match racer, Ian Williams of
the UK, will return to defend his crown in the Long Beach Yacht Club's 48th
Congressional Cup March 27-31, but he won't be the only sailing celebrity
on the boat.
San Diego's Bill Hardesty, America's newly honored Rolex Yachtsman of the
Year, will be at Williams' shoulder again calling tactics off the Belmont
Veterans Memorial Pier, as he did all last season when their Team GAR
Pindar won three of seven events on the World Match Racing Tour to earn
Williams his third title in five years.
"The 2011 season [was] a long one," said Williams, who also competed on the
international Extreme Sailing Series for 40-foot catamarans. "There were
plenty of highs and lows, but overall the year was probably my most
successful since turning professional in 2005."
His year started with the Congressional Cup, but now his status will be
challenged by a fleet of nine rivals, including 2009 Congressional Cup
winner Johnie Berntsson of Sweden, currently ranked No. 7, and veteran
Gavin Brady of New Zealand, four-time winner of Congressional Cup, most
recently in 2008.
Others, in order of world rank, are Laurie Jury, New Zealand (11); Staffan
Lindberg, Finland (14); Eric Monnin, Switzerland, (15); Simon Ferrarese,
Italy (17); William Tiller, New Zealand (19), and Taylor Canfield, U.S.
Virgin Islands (27). -- Read on:
Seventy-five elite Optimist sailors braved storm-like conditions and fierce
competition last weekend at the Team FOR Invitational Regatta in
Clearwater, FL. The field, comprised of only highly ranked U.S. and
international competitors, was dominated by Sophia Reineke from Lauderdale
Reineke snared bullets in 3 out of the 4 races on day one before sustained
winds of 30+ knots and upward gusts forced an early end to the regatta on
the second day. Reineke, sister of Erica Reineke the two-time world champ
in Laser Radial, was also awarded the prize for Top Girl.
After winning, Sophia Reineke observed that, "Hiking was all that really
counted. If you had a good start and just started to hike your hardest,
that's how you would win. A lot of kids were scared of the conditions, but
you can't let it get to you. You just have sail."
This regatta is the only one in the country, except for Team Trials itself,
which limits entry to USA sailors who are Team Trials Qualified and
international sailors. Full report:
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LIVE BROADCAST SOLUTION
The live broadcast of yacht racing is mostly approached in one of two ways.
You can either spend a lot and provide a lot, or spend very little and
deliver the same. But as Wez Maynard at OC ThirdPole explains, there may
now be a middle ground.
OC ThirdPole produces the professional Extreme Sailing Series, which is now
in its sixth season of hosting stadium-style spectator events using the one
design Extreme 40 catamaran. Here Wez explains their live broadcast
The Extreme Sailing Series venues offer challenging stadium sailing in
major cities (eight event tour travelling through Asia, Europe, and South
America in 2012), with audiences often standing less than 20 feet from the
40-foot catamarans. We wanted to take that same experience to fans in a
live Webcast, but had a limited budget for doing remote production for a
show that moves all over the world.
Also, we wanted to provide a professional broadcast look and feel that fans
have come to expect, even on mobile devices. Further, we wanted to
distribute the event simultaneously on multiple platforms such as our
YouTube channel, partner sites, our iOS server for iPads and iPhones, as
well as to a local drive for program storage.
Given our budget, taking a van load of video production and satellite gear
to sites all over the world was not an option. We needed something that was
portable, in addition to being affordable. While we had had some exposure
to Telestream's Wirecast live video production and streaming software in
other events, we kept our options open and explored several other live
However, we kept coming back to Wirecast, as it offered a very high
production value at a competitive price. Wirecast operation was also
intuitive enough for crew members without video experience to easily use it
to produce Webcasts. Wirecast's ability to output to our various
distribution formats made it the natural choice for us.
We now create and stream professional-quality, live sports productions with
just a camera, an Internet connection and Wirecast running on a laptop. --
Read on: http://tinyurl.com/Live-030612
MAJOR CHANGES FOR FACEBOOK BUSINESS PAGES
Facebook has just released information to page admins saying that Timeline
is coming to Facebook business pages on March 30, 2012. To help you get a
head start and to better understand the changes coming your way, you'll
find a list of the major changes below. Use this list to help you update
Highlights of Timeline for Facebook business pages
1. You have until March 30, 2012 to make the change
2. Fans can now send your page a private message (very important to
3. Default landing pages are going away (Timeline will be the default -
except for Facebook ads)
4. Tab width (for any custom tabs you have) will change from 520 pixels to
760 pixels wide. This will allow for better page creativity.
5. A new "Admin Panel" is displayed at the top of your Facebook page that
shows resent activity and private messages. This is only visible to page
BoatingIndustry.com... read on: http://tinyurl.com/BI-030612
* Miami, FL (March 6, 2012) - At 0900 EST, with an east-northeast 29-knot
breeze gusting to 35 knots and a prediction for more of the same over the
course of the afternoon, organizers of the 85th BACARDI Cup cancelled the
day's scheduled race for the 67 registered Star teams. Headlining BACARDI
Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank, the Stars will race alone
through Thursday, March 8, after which they will be joined by the Viper
640, Audi Melges 20, Melges 24 and J/80 classes. Racing will conclude for
all classes on Saturday, March 10. -- Full report:
* St. Petersburg, FL (March 6, 2012) - Excessive winds kept the 41 teams at
the Thistle Midwinter's East Championship onshore today. Paul Abdullah
remains in the lead after his 2-1 on Monday, with defending champion Greg
Griffin two points back in second place. Racing continues through March
9th. -- Results: http://tinyurl.com/SPYC-030612
* The first 2012 event of the America's Cup World Series takes place in
Naples, Italy on April 7-15, with regatta format now released. Racing will
start each day at approximately 2:00pm local (8:00am EDT), with live
coverage of the racing on April 11-15 at youtube.com/americascup. -- Full
* With just over two months until the start of the second annual 2012
Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, Manuka Sports Event Management
has announced that there are now 10 entries representing France, England,
USA and Germany. When the event begins on May 11, this will be the largest
fleet of Class 40s ever to race in the United States. The Atlantic Cup will
feature one of the largest prize purses for sailing in the U.S. ($30,000)
and will be the first "eco-friendly" competition of its kind. -- Full
* Ten teams from across the country will compete in the Port of Los Angeles
Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta starting
Friday out of Los Angeles Yacht Club in San Pedro, CA. Using Catalina 37s
on an ocean course between the harbor entrance and Point Fermin, there will
be as many as 10 races, starting at 3 o'clock Friday and 11:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday. -- Full report:
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James Parker Nolan, Jr. (82 yr.) of Bethesda, MD passed away on February
29, 2012. Mr. Nolan graduated from the Landon School in 1947, and M.I.T. in
1951, with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He worked at Douglas Aircraft in
El Segundo, CA, and Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth, TX. He was employed by
NASA for 25 years, where he worked on the Mercury and Apollo XV projects.
He later owned and published Be Current, a marine racing chart publication.
Mr. Nolan was a sailing coach for the U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Team,
which won the 1992 Newport Bermuda Race.
There will be a memorial reception for Mr. Nolan at 10:00 am on April 14,
2012 at The Annapolis Yacht Club, 2 Compromise Street, Annapolis, MD,
21403. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ALS
Association DC/MD/VA Chapter, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855, or
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* From Len Davies, Cape Town:
Having had the pleasure of meeting & chatting with Brad Van Liew during two
of his visits to Cape Town during RTW single-handed visits, I can only
speak highly of his character. Despite the misfortune he has suffered with
Van Liew Ventures having had to file for bankruptcy, I'm sure he will
bounce back and come out stronger in the future. After all, you can't keep
a good man down!
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