SCUTTLEBUTT 3567 - Wednesday, April 11, 2012
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CAN YOU GUARANTEE WINNING IN HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORT?
Wayne Goldsmith is a performance enhancement professional that works with
athletes, coaches and teams. This report by Wayne was not specifically
written for sailing teams but it could have been...
Can you guarantee winning in high performance sport? Yes you can!
The Big Issues.
Without doubt, the biggest impediment to success in all sporting teams
involve leadership, personalities and politics.
When clients ask me to come in and undertake a review of their high
performance programs, they usually begin with a "brief".
The brief gives me an idea of the scope of the review, what the outcomes
will be, what specific areas they would like me to look at and time-frames
And time and time again, in spite of the brief outlining that the clients
perceive the problems with the team revolve around money, recruitment,
player depth, coaching, sports science and injury management, the solutions
to their high performance problems very often reside in leadership (or a
lack of it), personality issues and political conflicts.
The Five Assumptions.
Here are the five assumptions I have developed to underpin the process of
reviewing and then enhancing high performance programs in sport:
- Money is unlikely to be the real problem;
- Most people don't really understand the two core concepts in high
performance sport- a) how to create and sustain a high performance
environment and, b) how to create and sustain a winning culture;
- People are unlikely to reveal the real truth - mainly because most of the
time they don't know what it is;
- People will blame things and other people for a lack of performance
before they are prepared to look honestly at their performance - ego
- A fish rots from the head- most of the problems in sporting organizations
are due to poor leadership, a lack of vision and the inability of the
leaders (be that the Board, the Executive Management team or the Head
Coach) to see beyond leadership, personality and political issues.
Amazing but True.
It never ceases to amaze me. People will claim they are all about high
performance, that they understand how to create and sustain a high
performance environment, spend lots of money on recruitment, facilities,
equipment, and all the tricks of the trade; but fail to look honestly,
clearly, sincerely and professionally at the most influential high
performance of all - leadership, personalities and politics.
And why? Human nature! Buying an instant, quick fix solution is always
easier than creating and growing a more difficult, long term solution from
within. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/SCB-041012
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The Bucket Regattas, an invitation only event open to sailing yachts over
90-feet, has founded a successful formula combining glamorous boats and
swanky parties. Held annually in Newport and St. Barths, a key aspect of
the formula is safety. Participants are vetted and directed to follow
strict guidelines. Crashing is no fun, and crashing big boats is a real
But with boats the size of the J Class Yacht Velsheda, onboard accidents
are an active danger. And when the bowman on Velsheda was struck by the
spinnaker pole during a jibe at this year's St Barths Bucket Regatta (Mar
23-25), it proved to be a successful test of the event's emergency plan.
Lt. Donald Gunning of the Newport Fire Department serves as the volunteer
on-the-water EMS for the event. He answered the emergency call to Velsheda,
approached the yacht while it was still racing, transferred from the
Medical RIB and was able to begin treatment to the injured crew man
immediately. As a result of Gunning's actions, he was awarded the
prestigious Vitters Seamanship Award.
Gunning assessed the injuries, stabilized the man and immobilized him onto
a long board. With the help of the Velsheda crewmembers, the injured sailor
was carefully transported through a companionway, up and through a deck
hatch. Once on deck he was transferred to a smaller craft and delivered to
a waiting ambulance on the dock and from there to the local hospital.
Full report: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/12/0408/
AN UNPRETENTIOUS APPROACH
Originally conceived as a Chesapeake Bay publication upon its debut in
2008, 'Start Sailing Now' has widened its outreach to welcome new sailors
all over the country into the sport.
"As a regional publication, we tend to focus on sailors in Maryland,
Virginia, Washington, DC, and nearby states," says SpinSheet editor Molly
Winans. "We were pleasantly surprised by how many sailors outside our
region have sent us requests and praise for Start Sailing Now, so we
decided to broaden our scope in 2012 and the future."
The 24-page guide includes: a glossary of must-know sailing terms, ideas on
hiking or running gear that may also work for sailing, an introduction to
sailboat types, tips for trying sailing for free, smart questions to ask
before signing up for sailing school, and some suggestions about the
culture of sailors.
Helpful for newcomers and the skippers who bring them aboard, Start Sailing
Now is available by hard copy or online. Details:
(April 10, 2012; Day 24) Groupama finished the fifth leg of the Volvo Ocean
Race today, capturing third place under a jury rigged mast at 1358 UTC.
Their final approach was painfully slow in the fickle winds off the
The team had suspended racing at 1542 UTC on April 4 after their mast
snapped in two, just level with the first set of spreaders, around 10
metres above the deck. The sailors were able to recover most of the rig and
made for the Uruguayan city of Punta del Este, around 60 miles from where
the incident happened.
A round-the-clock repair effort saw a makeshift rig fashioned from the
bigger of the two broken parts of the mast in just three days. The team
resumed racing at 0500 UTC on April 7. -- Full report:
CAMPER: The team resumed racing on Sunday, five days after suspending close
to Puerto Montt in Chile where they stopped to make repairs. They are
expected to be past Cape Horn by Wednesday and on their northbound ascent
toward the finish in Itajai.
ABU DHABI: The boat left Puerto Montt, Chile by ship on Tuesday and is now
en route to Itajai with an ETA of April 17. Upon arrival, the team
estimates it will take 72 hours to complete the repairs. The team needs to
chop out 4m x 1m sections on each side of the boat, which will be replaced
by new core foam pieces. The team is confident they will be ready for the
Itajai In-Port Race on April 21 and the start of Leg 6. -- Full report:
SCHEDULE: Racing will commence in Itajai with the Pro-Am Race on April 20,
the In-Port Race on April 21, and the start of the 4800 nm Leg 6 to Miami
on April 22. -- http://tinyurl.com/VOR-2011-12-schedule
Leg 5 - Auckland, NZL to Itajai, Brazil (6,705 nm)
Standings as of Tuesday, 10 April 2012, 22:10:50 UTC
1. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), Apr 6, 019d 18h 09m 50s
2. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), Apr 6, 019d 18h 22m 28s
3. Groupama 4 (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), Apr 10, 023d 12h 58m 44s
4. Camper (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 1955.8 nm Distance to Finish
- Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), Retired
- Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), Retired
Video reports: http://www.youtube.com/user/volvooceanracevideos
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
HARKEN & TEAM MCLUBE CONGRATULATE USSTAG MEDAL WINNERS
As silver partners of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, Harken and McLube
would like to congratulate USSTAG athletes for their success at the recent
Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Anna
Tunnicliffe's "Team Maclaren" of Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi won a
gold medal in women's match racing and Zach Railey won a silver medal in
the Finn class. Harken and McLube are very proud of all sailors working
hard toward London 2012!
CORRECTIONS AND DISCOVERIES
In Scuttlebutt 3566, a Sailing World report by Ryan O'Grady sought out to
review the cause for the damage that is occurring in the 2011/12 Volvo
Ocean Race. However, in Ryan's analysis of the mast failures, Steve Wilson,
Rig Designer for Southern Spars, found some factual errors. Here Steve
clarifies the situation...
1) There have been three mast failures, not four. The fourth incident was
on Sanya, where it was not the mast that failed but a rigid carbon fibre D2
did fail and the crew did good work to notice the problem and ultimately
save the rig.
2) Groupama's rigging was from Carbo-Link - not Future Fibres. Future
Fibres supplied the rigging to Abu Dhabi and Sanya.
3) This is not the first edition of the race to allow carbon rigging. The
previous race in 2008/2009 was the first, where most teams including the
winners Ericsson used the Southern EC6 continuous product, which is being
used again for this edition by Puma, Camper, and Telefonica without any
issues to date.
Building rigging from Carbon fibre is not a problem in itself, but how it
is built and installed can create issues.
The known failure at this point in time (Sanya) indicates that rigid carbon
side stays are susceptible to failure in cyclic compression and bending
when slack on the leeward side. Given Abu Dhabi had a more or less
identical rigging system to Sanya, it is not unreasonable to speculate
their failure may have been from the same issue. Certainly the remnants of
the rig were symptomnous of a D2 failure.
The Carbo-Link system - also rigid carbon - gets around this problem with
continuous, rigid carbon rigging by having an articulated joint - in one
direction at least - for the diagonals at each spreader, and also a
floating top end of the stay, so when slack the stay does not go into
Both Future Fibre rigs on Abu Dhabi and Sanya were modified to reflect the
same change of design after Leg 1, and at the Auckland stopover Sanya
further reduced the potential risk by replacing their rigid carbon
diagonals with flexible PBO stays.
It's as if the reputation of the Southern Ocean was in jeopardy. Had
somebody disrespected this desolate region? The Volvo Ocean Race had
stumbled upon a turf war in their crossing from Auckland to Cape Horn, and
the waves were clearly winning.
The only boat to finish unscathed was Puma, and skipper Ken Read was not
attributing it to luck. His boat had been built in his home state of Rhode
Island, and he had a few good words for Portsmouth's New England Boatworks
(NEB), mast-maker Hall Spar (Bristol) and the others who designed and built
"I am very proud of the boatbuilding team, the shore team and all the
engineers and designers that put this boat together," said Read after they
narrowly won Leg 5 over Telefonica on Friday. "Your boat made it folks. It
is in great shape and lord only knows we put her through the ringer. The
sailing team salutes you all."
"I don't think a damned thing got done down here Friday," said NEB co-owner
and treasurer Tom Rich. "Everywhere I looked people were glued to their
computers. People were shouting, 'What are they doing?" ... "Oh man,
they're getting too close ...'"
All at NEB are "tickled pink that the boat held together and did so well"
in a leg that saw so many other boats damaged. "It makes us all very
proud," especially since NEB has reason to believe the hull they built is
the lightest of the bunch.
While it is natural to worry when the boat is getting slammed by waves on
the approach to Cape Horn, "You can't lie awake wondering about what might
happen ... Ken Read challenged us to build the best boat we had ever built.
You have to take faith in the fact that you did your best." -- Full story:
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Racing in the America's Cup World Series - Naples (April 11-15) gets
underway on Wednesday afternoon, with Dean Barker's Emirates Team New
Zealand crew clinging to a one point lead on the overall series leaderboard
over ORACLE Racing Spithill. Local support in Naples for the event has been
incredible, with the crowd along the waterfront over the course of a sunny
holiday Monday estimated at nearly 250,000.
Artemis Racing (SWE), Terry Hutchinson (USA)
China Team (CHN), Fred Le Peutrec (FRA)
Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Dean Barker (NZL)
Energy Team (FRA), Yann Guichard (FRA)
Luna Rossa (ITA), Chris Draper (GBR)
Luna Rossa (ITA), Paul Campbell-James (GBR)
Oracle Racing (USA), James Spithill (AUS)
Oracle Racing (USA), Darren Bundock (AUS)
Team Korea (ROK), Nathan Outteridge (AUS)
Artemis Racing, skipper, Terry Hutchinson: "Over the past couple of days
we've had a lot of weather and rain moving through, so with the mountain
behind the race course it wreaks havoc. But the forecast is more for the
traditional sea breeze we were after. I think it's going to be a very
challenging race course with all of the geographic effects around here. But
that's part of the challenge, other than the other eight boats on the
course, we have to deal with the weather. This will be one of those courses
where the race isn't over until you get across the finishing line."
Nathan Outteridge, skipper, Team Korea: "I saw that Russell Coutts had
posted on Facebook that 'America's Cup - Speed Trials' (the iphone and ipad
app) was out, so I had a spare few minutes and downloaded it. I was
thinking I haven't had much practice on the real boats, so I'd practice on
the game at least. I've got my time down around 31 seconds now, so I've
improved about four seconds. I need to get out on the water practicing, but
this is the next best thing."
Chris Draper, helmsman, Luna Rossa: "I think the biggest thing for Paul and
me is (adjusting to) the enormity of the Luna Rossa experience. The support
we've received is amazing and we're grateful for that, but it does raise
expectations a little bit. We have some very wise and smart people in our
team who are quick to point out this is our first event, we have not raced
in the AC World Series as a team, so we're trying to keep our expectations
Full report: http://tinyurl.com/ACUP-041012a
Racing on Wednesday begins at 14:15 local (05:15 PDT).
Race schedule: http://tinyurl.com/ACUP-040612
Sailing instructions: http://tinyurl.com/ACUP-041012b
Online viewing: http://www.youtube.com/americascup
Television viewing: http://www.americascup.com/en/Discover/AC-On-TV/
NORTH-POWERED BOATS OUTPERFORM COMPETITION IN CABO RACE
North Sails-powered boats outperformed the competition in the 2012 Corona
del Mar to Cabo San Lucas Race, with James McDowell and crew on his SC 70
'Grand Illusion' finishing 1st overall and 1st in ORR Class B. Peter Tong
and crew on 'OEX'* finished 2nd in the same class. Congratulations also to
John MacLaurin and crew on 'Pendragon' for taking 1st in ORR Class A and to
'Medusa*', 'Reinrag2' and 'Derivative'* for finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd
respectively in ORR Class C. (* = partial NS inventory). When performance
counts, the choice is clear: http://www.na.northsails.com
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* From Kay Kilpatrick:
As one of the Canes sailing team advisor, I loved the article on Senior
David Hernandez (in Scuttlebutt 3566), and the growth of the University of
Miami team over the last 8 years. Unfortunately there is an error in regard
to the University of Miami hosting the 2012 Semi finals in association with
the Volvo Ocean Race Miami stop-over.
It was with much regret, at the ICSA annual meeting in January, we had to
"default" as host due to the lack of anticipated/ promised sponsorship from
the Volvo Ocean Race. The local volunteer organizers of the VOR-Miami
stop-over had high hopes to be able to leave a college sailing legacy here
in the community when they encouraged the Canes to submit a bid two years
ago to host this first round of the National Championship. Unfortunately,
the economy and the reality of the exclusive non-compete rights of VOR
international sponsors prevented access to the traditional supporter of the
The sailing Canes are an all volunteer club team with a limited budget, and
while the University provides funding for our practice facility and travel
to compete locally within the SAISA District, we are totally dependent on
donations to get off the Florida peninsula and compete at the
inter-sectional and national level. We are grateful that the US Naval
Academy on short notice agreed to "back us up", and look forward to some
great competition in Annapolis.
When the North American stop-over of the Volvo Ocean Race comes to town
next month, the Canes will be heading North. We hear the stop-over is going
to be an amazing show; just wish we too could have been in town and shared
the experience with our fellow college sailors.
* From Howard Paul
Regarding the poll results in Scuttlebutt 3565, somewhere during this
discussion we lost sight of the way it was and the way it is. Thirty years
ago if you brushed up against a mark you went home. Today you can do some
circles and continue on. Today you can still get DSQ'd. Isn't that tiered?
* From David Redfern:
In Scuttlebutt 3566, Camper skipper Chris Nicholson said that he "just
can't imagine going to watch Formula 1 racing and there being no drama. It
just wouldn't have the same appeal. And nor would this race either."
He's right, except for one thing. How many people would follow a Formula 1
race (or NASCAR for that matter) that took the best part of a year to get a
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