SCUTTLEBUTT 3545 - Monday, March 12, 2012
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Ed Baird wore them when helming Alinghi to victory in the 32nd America's
Cup. Jimmy Spithill also had them in victory at the 33rd America's Cup.
They were custom, they were technical, and they were expensive. They were
But they weren't just any pair of sunglasses. They incorporated a heads-up
display which provided boat speed, wind direction, and any number of other
details normally limited to the onboard electronic displays. On the lense.
These HUD glasses provided all the information these helmsmen needed...
without them needing to turn their heads to view it. And now you might be
able to have them soon too. This was recently published in the New York
People who constantly reach into a pocket to check a smartphone for bits of
information will soon have another option: a pair of Google-made glasses
that will be able to stream information to the wearer's eyeballs in real
According to several Google employees familiar with the project who asked
not to be named, the glasses will go on sale to the public by the end of
the year. These people said they are expected "to cost around the price of
current smartphones," or $250 to $600.
The people familiar with the Google glasses said they would be
Android-based, and will include a small screen that will sit a few inches
from someone's eye. They will also have a 3G or 4G data connection and a
number of sensors including motion and GPS.
A Google spokesman declined to comment on the project.
Seth Weintraub, a blogger for 9 to 5 Google, who first wrote about the
glasses project in December, and then discovered more information about
them this month, also said the glasses would be Android-based and cited a
source that described their look as that of a pair of Oakley Thumps.
They will also have a unique navigation system. "The navigation system
currently used is a head tilting to scroll and click," Mr. Weintraub wrote
this month. "We are told it is very quick to learn and once the user is
adept at navigation, it becomes second nature and almost indistinguishable
to outside users." -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/NYT-031112
GOOD OR BAD: No doubt there will be apps developed to connect the Google
glasses to a boat's electronic package. Presuming that benefits exist with
such glasses, should rules authorities consider limits on such gear to
minimize the cost burden of competition? Or would a restriction have no
impact on the health of the sport, and merely frustrate the sector that
seeks out such advancements? Comments welcome.
"TOUGHEST LEG SO FAR"
(March 11, 2012; Day 21) - The French Groupama 4 team rallied in eight
metre seas and 30 knot headwinds to win Leg 4 on March 10th at 10:33:47
UTC/23:33:47 local, more than 80 nautical miles ahead of their nearest
competitor. Leg 4 began in Sanya back on February 19 with a Stage 1 sprint
designed to keep the fleet out of the worst of the weather in the South
Skipper Franck Cammas, a first time Volvo Ocean Race competitor, said the
race was won and lost on a bold decision made by navigator Jean-Luc Nelias.
"The turning point in the leg was when we made a very bold call with PUMA
in the north and it paid off. That was the decisive moment."
Groupama split from CAMPER on day seven to a more northerly position. It
set them back on the leaderboard in terms of distance to finish but gave
them a position from which to control the fleet, by moving north or south
according to the wind pressure.
While the finish time of the French was late for crowds, Sunday saw
thousands of fans take to the sea on spectator boats and thousands more
brandishing binoculars and lining the viewing area at North Head and the
Race Village itself.
Most had come to see if CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand could come
back to claim second or third. After PUMA took second place at 11:55:43
local time, Telefonica held what should have been a comfortable lead on the
Kiwis, but the final stretch saw CAMPER close in but come up short by 1:33.
"It was a really close race but we just ran out of runway at the end," said
CAMPER skipper Chris Nicholson. "It was the toughest leg so far. Now we're
really tired and we're just looking forward to being home."
PUMA skipper Ken Read agreed. "My God, I feel good to be in Auckland. From
day one of this leg, ever since we sailed into the South China Sea, it's
been tough. I know that's what we signed up for but man this is a
challenging leg." PUMA gained 10 points on CAMPER, would now be in second
had she not broke her rig in Leg 1. -- Event media
Leg 4 - Sanya, China to Auckland, NZL (5,220 nm)
1. Groupama 4 (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), 019d 15h 35m 54s
2. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), 020d 03h 57m 50s
3. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), 020d 04h 45m 22s
4. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 020d 04h 46m 55s
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), 020d 05h 20m 35s
6. Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), 020d 05h 55m 43s
Overall standing after Leg 4
1. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), 121 points
2. Groupama 4 (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), 103 points
3. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 98 points
4. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), 78 points
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), 53 points
6. Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), 22 points
Video reports: http://www.youtube.com/user/volvooceanracevideos
SCHEDULE: After what has been the toughest leg so far, the sailors will
have their shortest turnaround time in port. Expect teams to be back on the
water by mid week for training, with the race schedule to begin on Friday
for the Pro-Am, the In-Port on Saturday, and the start for Leg 5 to Itajai,
Brazil on Sunday. Schedule: http://tinyurl.com/VOR-2011-12-schedule
MOMENTS: Since its inception as the Whitbread Ocean Race in 1973, the
round-the-world race has mustered an array of colourful stories as well as
its share of mishaps. Britain's The Telegraph newspaper has published their
Top 10 Volvo Ocean Race moments, which include page 3 girls, arrests, 'rock
star' sailors, all-female crews and turning turtle. Here they are:
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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NOT ALL CELEBRATION FOR FRENCH
The Leg 4 victory by the French was not all celebration, as the Groupama
team had a scare in the dying moments of the 5,220 nautical mile leg from
Sanya to Auckland when they discovered more than a tonne of water in the
bow as they raced down the coast of New Zealand.
The French team has just four days to fix the damage, caused by constant
slamming through eight metre waves, but also suspected something had hit
"The conditions we had to the north of the North Island were the worst we
have seen in the entire race due to the sea state," skipper Franck Cammas
Immediately after the finish, Groupama 4 was hauled out of the water to
start work on the damaged bow. "Our composite team will be at work 24 hours
a day," said Groupama build manager Pierre Tissier after a night of solid
work on the hull. "Right now we are still in the inspection phase, but it
looks like it will be ok."
A one-metre section of the bow was cut out to allow closer inspection of
the damage. "We have a zone under the collision bulkhead which has
delaminated, and we are now in the process of repairing it," Tissier said.
-- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/VOR-031112
BACARDI MIAMI SAILING WEEK
Miami, FL (March 10, 2012) - The leaders today became winners as the 2012
edition of BACARDI Miami Sailing Week (BMSW) presented by EFG Bank came to
a close as the final races of the series were held for the Star, Audi
Melges 20, Melges 24, Viper 640 and J/80 classes. Over 150 boats with
competitors from 16 countries and across the U.S.A. have enjoyed elite
competition on Biscayne Bay, as well as the hospitality for which BACARDI
is famous. The third annual running of BACARDI Miami Sailing Week also
marked the 150th anniversary of the BACARDI Company.
As the anchor class for the event, the 63 boat Star fleet today completed
the sixth race for the 85th BACARDI Cup, being held for the 50th year in
Miami. Briefly postponed, the final race for the Stars got underway with
just seven knots of breeze from the east southeast. After having used their
drop in the first race of the regatta, Xavier Rohart and Pierre-Alexis
Ponsot (France) had started the day with a three-point lead and maintained
the point spread to win the championship title.
In the Audi Melges 20 fleet, Michael Kiss (Holland, Mich.) won the final
race to clinch the win, as did Franco Rossini (Switzerland) in the Melges
24 division. Winners of the Viper 640 and J/80 classes, Glyn Locke (Isle of
Wight) and Glenn Darden (Ft. Worth, Texas) respectively, secured their wins
with a race to spare.
SCUTTLEBUTT SAILING CALENDAR
Events listed at http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar
* The International Lightning Class began their annual "Road Show" known as
the Lightning Southern Circuit on March 10-11, with the first of three
events starting in Savannah (GA) before the teams hit the road for Florida
to race in Miami and St. Petersburg. The Deep South regatta at Savannah
Yacht Club hosted three races, where David Starck edged out David
Dellenbaugh to win, with Matt Fisher winning the tiebreaker with his
brother Greg Fisher to claim third overall. The circuit now heads to Coral
Reef Yacht Club in Coral Gables, FL for the Miami Midwinter Regatta on
March 12-14. -- Full report:
* St. Petersburg, FL (March 9, 2012) - After big moves in the standings on
Thursday, the results at the 41-boat Thistle Midwinter's East Championship
remained unchanged today as racing was cancelled on the final day. Allan
Terhune, Jr. won by one point over Paul Abdullah, with Skip Dieball another
point back in third. Results: http://tinyurl.com/SPYC-030612
* Seabrook, TX (March 11, 2012) - Local Bill Zartler raced Solaris to a
dominant victory at the J/105 Midwinter Championship in Seabrook, TX.
Finishing with just 10 points over seven races, the team won five of the
races, and scored a second and third in the others. Solaris won Sunday's
only race, as a storm forced an end to the regatta in the late morning. The
top four overall were comprised of local sailors, with Bill Lakenmacher on
Radiance in the runner-up position (21 points), Uzi Ozeri on Inifinity in
third (29 points) and Alan Bates on Zippity in fourth (34 points). -- Full
* It was a clean sweep for Dennis Pennell and his Reichel Pugh 50 Blue
Blazes on the 1000nm San Diego to Puerto Vallarta race, arriving first in
an elapsed time of 5:16:05:15 to win class and overall honors. Although the
racers had some great days of sailing, the 2012 race will not go down in
the record books. The boats that ventured too close to Baja had periods of
drifting slowly south and the boats that went far offshore have also paid a
heavy price in extra distance traveled and periods of no wind. --
* In the second poll of the spring season, Sailing World's College Rankings
on March 8, 2012 finds Roger Williams continuing to lead the coed rankings,
but Yale and Charleston aren't far behind. Yale leads the women's rankings.
Fourteen coaches voted in this poll: Bowdoin, Brown, Charleston, Cornell,
Dartmouth, Georgetown, Hobart/Wm. Smith, Miami (Fla.), MIT, Rhode Island,
Salve Regina, South Florida, Stanford, and SUNY Maritime. Full rankings
* Brisbane, Australia (March 11, 2012) - After a pre-race thunderstorm,
perfect Laser breezes arrived for the 233 sailors from 19 countries sailing
in the first two races of the 2012 Laser World Masters Championships. Andre
Martinie from the Dominican Republic leads the Standard Grand Master
Division with a 1-2 score line. Great Britain sailor Malcolm Courts is
second, former Finn World champion and 2010 Laser World Masters Champion
Wolfgang Gerz from Germany is third, with Tracy Usher from the USA one
point back in fourth. Twelve races are planned for the eight divisions
which concludes March 17th. -- Full report:
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Charlie Dole, an iconic figure in Hawaiian sailing, passed away peacefully
at age 97 on March 9th. It is not known if a service is planned, but a HUGE
celebration of life is expected later this spring or summer.
While commenting about what is right with the sport of sailing, Tim Dick
submitted this letter in Scuttlebutt 2167 (Aug. 25, 2006):
"How about Charlie Dole, ex University of Hawaii sailing coach who still
wins on the race course regularly at just on 92. He's hard to beat in his
J/24 in the Kaneohe Yacht Club Thursday Night series and is often seen
driving the 1D35 Two Guys On the Edge to a win in the Waikiki Friday Night
"I recall a moment during a Friday night race last year aboard the Farr
ILC43 Flash Gordon when powering into the downwind mark off Honolulu Harbor
in a solid 25 knot breeze and commensurate swells. We were kind of high and
working down to the mark while hoisting the jib for the tack upwind leg. Up
from behind storms Charlie, helming Two Guys hot & fast under our bow, very
politely slamming the door from the inside on us, jib up & ready for the
tack which was perfectly executed as usual. It was a thing of beauty - we
just shook our heads in awe. We only saw his transom for the rest of the
"Ever the gentleman, Charlie always heads to the yacht club bar for a
Budweiser with his crew and everyone else's. We could all learn a little
something from him on the water and off. Hats off to you Charlie, I want to
be like you when I grow up! I owe you a Bud."
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* From John Tormey:
Seeing the report in Scuttlebutt 3544 about Morgan Larson, it helps me
believe that Americans can be active on the world stage.
My guess is the reason there is only one American on the American America's
Cup team has more to do with the foreign leaders of the American team
preferring to surround themselves with their own countrymen rather than
countrymen of the country they are competing for.
I wonder if Oracle outsources their personnel to the same degree as the
team they sponsor.
* From Bobby Hillier, Lake Geneva, WI:
I just got back from my fifth time competing in the St. Maarten Heineken
Regatta - it was one of my best Caribbean sailing experiences. Not only for
the wonderful weather, excellent breeze and gorgeous venue, but the fact
that our boat, a J/120 El Ocaso owned by Richard Wesslund, won our section
and was named "Most Worthy Performance Overall" for the 2012 Heineken
If you've never raced the Heineken, I would diffidently put this on your
"must do" Caribbean racing list. The staff at St. Maarten Yacht Club, the
Heineken staff and the RC truly do a great job organizing the event. Apres
sailing functions are second to none, culminating with a prize giving party
that is a true cultural experience. The competition is strong, competing
against top sailors from around the globe and a lot of newer yachts is what
make this event very special.
For us, we proved that we could really push our somewhat "older design" to
compete with a lot of the newer designed yachts. Be sure and make an effort
to get to the Heineken Regatta in 2013.
* From Aaron Gustofson:
I liked how the high school story (in Scuttlebutt 3544) demonstrated how
new sailors can be brought into the sport. However, what I wonder about HS
sailing is why it has become a sport for the entire school year. While
athletes in other sports may train year round, their competitive focus in
their school sport is only in fall, winter, or spring. This seasonal
division allows HS athletes to compete in other sports or school
activities. Why doesn't sailing offer this too?
"Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign
funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other." - Oscar
Ameringer, American politician 1870-1943
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