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SCUTTLEBUTT 3572 - Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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SEEKING MEGAGIFT TO BREAK GROUND
Lee Tawney is crisscrossing America with his hand out. His mission is
simple, raise $27 million to build, equip and operate a National Sailing
Hall of Fame. Achieving that goal has been problematic for the director of
the Hall of Fame. He is looking for an eight-figure megagift to be the
catalyst for the Hall's construction at 69 Prince George St. in Annapolis.
Tawney and his group faced fundraising headwinds the past two years.
Nonprofits across the nation have seen donations drop in the aftermath of
the recession. If there's ever been an optimal time to ask for a $10
million donation, the past two years haven't been it.
Small gifts will keep sailing education and kids programs going but they
won't trigger the laying of the first cornerstone of what is expected to be
a $12.5 million construction project and another feather in Annapolis'
tourism cap. Hall President Dick Franyo said landing an eight-figure
donation is critical to breaking ground on the proposed building.
Franyo said the Hall is focusing much of its large-donation attention to
people involved in the sailing world who might be able to write a check for
at least $10 million. The Hall is also soliciting donations from
corporations and grant-making foundations.
It's a difficult economic climate to be asking for a single donation of $10
million or more but that's what it will take to make the Hall's brick and
mortar site a reality, Franyo said.
"It's all about the money," Franyo said. "We really need a building name
In February, the state gave Tawney three more years to raise the money to
build the Hall. It was a welcomed reprieve as the Hall's fundraising tally
stalled at $3 million mark during the winter months.
Momentum has been building since the Hall's first induction ceremony in
October, Tawney said. Recognizing the first 15 members was pivotal in
transforming the Hall from idea to reality. -- The Capital, read on:
EXPERIENCED SAILORS WHO KNEW RISK
The racing yacht that was slammed by unexpectedly large waves in a tragic
accident that left one crew member dead and four missing was manned mostly
by experienced sailors who understood the risk, according to friends and
Eight people were aboard the Low Speed Chase on Saturday when a pair of
swells knocked all but one of them into the water near the Farallon Islands
and sent the yacht onto rocks.
Four had spent several years sailing together on the now-wrecked boat. They
were joined by a shared love and the various skills they brought to a day
or week at sea, said Adam McAfee, who was a member of that core crew and
typically helmed the vessel until about 18 months ago.
"There is a part of me that is thinking, `Would this have turned out
differently if I was on board?" said McAfee, 45. "Could we have gotten out
of there without anything happening, unscathed, or would I be dead Number
The owner, James "Jay" Bradford, 41, of Chicago, recognized that he did not
have the expertise to skipper a sailboat in rigorous conditions, but he
took care and pride in working with a captain and putting together a crew
he joined as a hands-on member, McAfee said.
The scion of a family that made millions through a Nashville-based
brokerage company, the low-key Bradford had lived in San Francisco until a
few years ago and bought the 38-foot vessel in 2006. He quickly began going
on local and distance races to Hawaii and Mexico with fellow sailors from
the San Francisco Yacht Club in Marin County, where he kept the boat.
"It's very much a community and very much a way of life," McAfee said.
With McAfee in the driver's seat and Bradford working in the middle of the
boat, Marc Kasanin, a professional artist and talented sailor close to
their ages, was recruited to trim the main sail. Rounding out the group of
regulars was Jordan Fromm and Nick Vos, strong young men in their 20s who
had grown up sailing with the yacht club's youth sailing program, and
Alexis Busch, Vos' girlfriend since the two were in high school.
Read more: http://tinyurl.com/SI-041712
PHOTOS: These are aerial images of the Sydney 38 Low Speed Chase on the
rocks of the Farallon Islands: http://tinyurl.com/SFC-041712
COMMENT: As tragic as this is, I hope that it is viewed for what it was: an
unfair act of nature or the result of regrettable onboard decisions. Our
sport embraces the type of adventure that this race presents, and it would
be a shame if this incident led to onerous rules and expenses that would
limit future sailors from this type of experience. - Craig Leweck,
"THESE SAILS HAVE MADE OUR LIVES EASIER"
Ken Read and PUMA Ocean Racing won a very exciting Leg 5 of the VOR from
Auckland, NZ to Itajai, Brazil. "This leg was about surviving initially and
then racing toward the end," Read said. When asked about his sail inventory
(PUMA and five of six boats in the VOR race will complete sets of North
sails), Read is clearly pumped about their North sails. "I have to give
credit where credit is due because these sails have made our lives easier.
... With North 3Di, we could do the whole 39,000 mile race with just one
mainsail..." When performance counts, the choice is clear:
* Kenny Read ducked into the Sailing World offices in Newport, R.I. this
week, and editor Dave Reed pressed Read further on the topic of sails:
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST
It was last month in Scuttlebutt 3538 that a report was published outlining
how many of the America's Cup challenging teams might find the funds to
compete in the Louis Vuitton elimination event next year.
Three of the teams were fully committed: Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New
Zealand, and Luna Rossa Challenge 2013. As for the other five teams, Aleph
(FRA) was the only team that acknowledged they could not proceed. Among the
other four teams, they all said it was their plan to proceed, though only
one said it with conviction: Green Comm Racing (ESP).
"There has been speculation whether Green Comm Racing will have an AC72
yacht," said Pierre Orphanidis, Green Comm Racing press officer. "I can
tell you that not only will we have an AC72 yacht, we are fully committed
to that, we are not involved just for fun or to play. So Grant Dalton
beware, and Dean Barker beware (both of Emirates Team New Zealand), on the
waters in San Francisco, 13 months from now, it won't be that easy."
And which team announced on Tuesday they have dropped out of the 34th
America's Cup? Green Comm Racing. Here is their announcement:
While the final competitor count may not come until June 1 when an entry
payment is to be made, here is the current list of teams:
Defender - 1
Oracle Racing, Golden Gate Yacht Club (USA)
Challenger - 6
Artemis Racing, Kungliga Svenska Segal Sallskapet (SWE)
China Team, Mei Fan Yacht Club (CHN)
Emirates Team New Zealand, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (NZL)
Energy Team, Yacht Club de France (FRA)
Luna Rossa Challenge 2013, Circolo della Vela Sicilia (ITA)
Team Korea, Sail Korea Yacht Club (ROK)
SEEKING A FOURTH CROWN
Reigning Alpari World Match Racing Tour Champion Ian Williams will begin
his bid for a fourth Tour victory next month, a feat that would put him
level with Peter Gilmour's record and affirm his status as a legend of
match racing. It would be a remarkable performance from the Brit who only
won his first World Championship in 2007 and, according to Williams, will
more than compensate for not competing in the London Olympics.
Williams has opted to begin his GAC Pindar team's campaign in South Korea
at the Korea Match Cup (May 29-June 3) which sits back-to-back with the
opening event, Match Race Germany (May 23-28). He approaches the new season
amid a backdrop of Olympic build-up dominating the sports headlines, most
noticeably back home in the UK.
"Having the Olympics in London is a big thing for me as a Brit," said
Williams, "and obviously it was a huge disappointment when they decided to
omit men's match racing after the Sydney Olympics in 2000, but you have to
move on and push your talent elsewhere.
"I didn't need to look far. There is nothing in the world like the Alpari
World Match Racing Tour. It really is the best of the best and the only
opportunity to become the recognised ISAF Match Racing World Champion. You
don't live and breathe one class of boat - the ultimate challenge is to
master different boats at each event. The teams who can do that quickly and
consistently are the ones you see challenging for the World Championship.
"Did I consider training in another discipline for the Olympics? Not really
- my results show I prefer bigger boats so it wasn't an option. I'm
enjoying being involved with the British women's Olympic team, helping our
match racing girls to prepare. I think they're in a really good place now
and I'll get my 'Olympic kick' if they do well." -- Read on:
3000+ EXTRA MILES
(April 17, 2012; Day 31) - CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand arrived in
Itajai, Brazil at 12:35:44 GMT on Tuesday (April 17) to complete its
marathon Leg Five journey that started in Auckland 30 days ago.
The crew had to sail an estimated 3000 plus extra miles compared with their
rivals - meaning a total of over 9,000 miles for the leg - after diverting
to Chile for repairs to the boat's damage bow after suffering structural
damage in brutal Southern Ocean conditions.
"Through all the trials and tribulations we've had on this leg and to still
end up with fourth place and 15 points," said co-skipper Stu Bannatyne,
"that's what this race is all about, gathering points as best you can," he
said. "No points come easy in this race and this leg has been a classic
example of that."
Despite having little time to rest, Bannatyne insisted the team would be as
competitive as ever in Saturday's in-port race. "Our next race is on
Saturday, and that's enough time to get ready and get the essential work
done," he said. "At the end of the day we'll come out racing with no
excuses not to do well." -- http://www.camper.com/en/volvo-ocean-race
ABU DHABI: Since leaving Puerto Montt, Chile by ship on Apr 10, the team
estimates their arrival to be the evening of April 18. Once in Itajai, 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 repair is estimated to take
72 hours. The In-Port Race is on April 21.
PROTEST UPDATE: The International Jury has moved up their hearing this week
from Thursday to Wednesday (2100 UTC) to review a report from the head of
the Measurement Group over the sails carried by Team Telefonica during Leg
4 from Sanya to Auckland. The protest concerns an alleged breach of the
Notice of Race 5.2.2, which specifies the sail requirements and limitations
while racing. PUMA skipper Ken Read discusses the issue on Sailing World:
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)
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), Apr 17, 030d 11h 35m 43s
- Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), Retired
- Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), Retired
Overall Points (after 5 legs)
1. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), 147 pts
2. Groupama 4 (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), 127
3. Camper (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 119
4. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), 113
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), 55
6. Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), 25
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
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* From Robert Kinney:
After you reported in Scuttlebutt 3558 on the changes that Newport Harbor
Yacht Club (Newport Beach, CA) is making to the Ahmanson Cup Series (April
21-22), I wanted to give you an update on the entry count.
Last year only 5% of the fleet was from NHYC. So far, a third of the
entries are from NHYC, and the entries don't close until Thursday. Our goal
was to have an event the membership would support, and it was their
overwhelming call to replace the windward-leeward courses with a pursuit
race format. So far so good.
Even better news is that Newport Harbor will be getting dredged in the next
few weeks and soon you will be able to bring your TP52 to the dock and
* From Scott MacLeod:
Always good and interesting insight from Mark Turner (in Scuttlebutt 3571)
who has his pulse (and wallet) committed to the sport. Having started and
run a similar professional series (Swedish Match Tour, now World Match
Racing Tour) that was directly (but not officially) tied to the America's
Cup, he is spot on in his assessment of the current AC World Series.
We survived commercially because there was no ACWS and the teams needed and
we supplied a very cost effective platform to promote themselves and their
sponsors. The Cup and the teams need a continuous platform to promote and
gain exposure for their sponsors. Waiting every three years just won't cut
it so the ACWS should fulfill that purpose... but at what cost?
Costs need to be aligned with the sponsor market value for the ACWS which
can include the AC brand, Louis Vuitton series and AC finals. However, when
costs are too high the private benefactor needs to cover that difference.
It's seems that the difference is pretty wide right now and hopefully will
narrow in time.
It's too bad that AC Event Authority and Mark's series didn't merge or
partner together rather than competing in the commercial market. However,
as they say "the biggest fights are for the smallest pieces of pie."
* From Norris & Karen Palmer:
The America's Cup, otherwise known as the "Technical Cup" is no longer a
sailing event for regular sailor's who have to use their skills to
navigate, set sails, round marks and other sailing experiences. It is now
going to be a great spectator's sport looking for high speed crashes
exactly like the NASCAR, which is also a non-event to any sailor I know.
* From Peter Brown:
I'd like to jump on the bandwagon myself! As an avid fan of the America's
Cup I like to say 'Thank You' to Mr. Ellison too. The commitment he's made
to the cup seems to make Thomas Lipton's pale. And now he's won the cup and
with an incredible investment of finances his team is changing the way
sailing is perceived, watched and sailed.
I don't know anyone who could say they weren't in awe the first time they
saw the Tri with the wing. Totally breathtaking, total risk and now we're
watching them change the nature of the America's Cup. It seems that much of
the naysaying is being debunked by the AC45 racing, and I suspect that the
72's will take our breath away when they launch.
So Mr. Ellison, Mr. Coutts and all the people involved in AC 33,
congratulations and thank you. Good luck too!
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