SCUTTLEBUTT 3586 - Tuesday, May 8, 2012
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FINAL MEMBERS OF US OLYMPIC TEAM SELECTED
Weymouth, England (May 7, 2012) - In a thrilling conclusion to four days of
women’s match racing, Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) and her Team
Maclaren crew Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi
(Bayport, N.Y.) won the 2012 US Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta by defeating
Sally Barkow (Nashotah, WI) and her Team 7 Match Race crew Elizabeth Kratzig
Burnham (Miami, Fla.) and Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.).
Tunnicliffe defeated Barkow in the “first-to-six-wins” final match-up, which
was held in Weymouth and Portland, site of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta.
With the win, Tunnicliffe, Vandemoer and Capozzi were selected for the 2012
US Olympic Team - Sailing, pending confirmation from the U.S. Olympic
Going into the final day, Tunnicliffe was up four wins to Barkow’s one. Off
the bat, Barkow won the first two wins to bring the score near even.
“Sally’s team started the day really strong and came out with two wins,”
The second race of the day saw Barkow get a penalty off the start.
Tunnicliffe lead around the two-lap course, until the last third of the
downwind run. Barkow rolled over top of Tunnicliffe and incurred a second
penalty. Quickly, they forced an offsetting penalty on Tunnicliffe and
almost instantly cleared their remaining penalty. They crossed the line
ahead to win and bring the finals to a 4-2 scoreline. -- Read on:
* An ecstatic Tunnicliffe wrote from her blog on Team MaClaren’s win: “We
are overjoyed with winning the series. It was an incredible amount of work
and as a team we are extremely proud to be representing the USA at the 2012
Olympic Games.” -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/6spjy3k
MAKING THE BEST OF IT
Auckland, New Zealand (May 7, 2012) - In a statement released on Monday,
Yachting New Zealand said it was disappointed with the decision to replace
windsurfing with kiteboarding however, that the announcement has also
brought some welcome news for the NZ Sailing Community and Marine Industry
through the confirmation of the 49er FX.
“We have recently invested significant resources into rebuilding windsurfing
within our development programmes,” said YNZ’s Chief Executive Dave
Abercrombie. “This is a major setback but if it’s a fait accompli, we will
have to adapt and get up to speed as soon as we can”.
“In the meantime will be putting our high performance team together and will
identify existing talent on the kiteboard, develop a pathway for youth to
enter the sport, and investigate a racing structure,” Abercrombie continued.
New Zealand’s MacKay Boats (who currently build the men’s 49er and other
Olympic classes) have had their equipment selected for the 2016 Women’s two
person skiff event, and the impact will settle deep within the sailing
community and marine industry.
“It is an accolade of boat design and delivery for this to be going to the
world market, and our women can be supported quickly into race mode,” said
Abercrombie. “It is the best possible outcome for Dave MacKay and John
Clinton who have put tireless effort into the development of these classes.”
The inclusion of kiteboarding, a women’s skiff, and mixed multihull will
certainly lift the excitement and visibility of the sport, and provide
inspiration to a younger generation. -- Full report:
* Meanwhile, Rory Ramsden of the RSX Class has launched a petition to
reverse the ISAF decision to replace windsurfing with kiteboarding for the
2016 Olympics. -- Read more: http://tinyurl.com/6m4q8zz
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GROUPAMA FIGHTBACK UNSETTLES STATUS QUO
(May 7, 2012, Day 16) - Groupama threatened to throw the overall race wide
open on Monday as they overhauled Team Telefónica for third place on Leg 6
and continued to make gains just as the leaders were coming to a grinding
While long-term Leg 6 leaders PUMA and second-placed CAMPER were struggling
to move at all, Groupama were making 10 knots and by 1900 UTC had closed to
within 58 nautical miles of the front.
"We’ve come to a grinding halt unfortunately," said CAMPER's Mike Pammenter.
"We made a lot of progress last night when it was supposed to be quite
still, but unfortunately it’s all kicked in this morning and there’s not a
breath of wind and we’re just flapping around."
"We’ve got 430 miles to go - hopefully 48 hours if we can get a bit of
breeze. We just have to work every bit of breeze. At the moment we’re doing
one to two knots, which is quite painful really."
Painful or not, the first boats are expected to arrive in Miami around 1200
UTC on Wednesday, May 9. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/7z7mqrr
Leg 6 - Itajai, Brazil to Miami, USA (4,800 nm)
Standings as of Monday, 07 May 2012, 22:04 UTC
1. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), 396.3 nm Distance to Finish
2. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 11.30 nm Distance to Lead
3. Groupama 4 (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), 62.2 nm DTL
4. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), 82.7 nm DTL
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), 92.7 nm DTL
6. Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), Did not start
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
LESSONS LEARNED RACING OFFSHORE
Randy Smith, navigator on board Medicine Man for the 2012 Corona del Mar to
Cabo San Lucas race, highlights just how wrong things can go racing
offshore, even for experienced sailors. Last month was a sad one for
offshore racing, but one uplifting occurrence was the remarkable comeback of
Bob Lane's Andrews 63, Medicine Man, to win the Newport to Ensenada race
after a nearly disastrous experience in the CDB to Cabo race, through the
same waters earlier in April. Smith’s report of the Cabo race, below, was
first reported in the Long Beach Yacht Club newsletter Yacht-ity Yak.
The 2012 Cabo Race confirmed what we should never take for granted. When
racing offshore in heavy conditions, things can go wrong quickly when you
least expect it. For Bob Lane’s Medicine Man crew, we all have a bit more
experience to rely upon in the future.
As LBYC was in the last two days of Congressional Cup, the Med Man crew was
busy making final preparations for the race. As the navigator, one of my
responsibilities for every race is to monitor our weather routing and keep
the crew updated in the last 3-5 days prior to the race so we can bring the
right gear, proper amount of food and determine our pre-race strategy. As we
get to the final 24 hours, I confirm my own interpretation of the weather
for the race with our professional routing services (we use two different
We all agreed that at around midnight on the first night, somewhere off of
Ensenada, a front would come through and we would have 25 knots of breeze
building into the low 30’s before sunrise. Then, it would build all day
Sunday. As usual, Bob and the crew did an excellent job checking the gear,
sails, spares and we felt completely ready for the anticipated heavy air. In
addition, swells of 20-25 feet were forecast. Medicine Man has tens of
thousands of offshore miles on her bottom. We were completely confident.
The first 12 hours of the race were uneventful as we reached Mexican waters
and as if on cue from the forecast, just after 10 PM the blast came in. Our
first big maneuver was to change from our masthead genoa to the 3A
spinnaker. As the 3A went up, the halyard (one of only 2 masthead halyards)
unexpectedly broke and the first of many “All Hands” calls came. As a rule,
I sleep in my boots and foul weather gear offshore so I am ready to go on
deck immediately. Up on deck, we were “slowed down” to 15 knots with the
whole crew gathering up the sail from over the side. We successfully got it
aboard without damage and then hoisted the 2A spinnaker, our largest sail.
We carried on until 3 AM or so with gusts into the 32-33 knot range. The
crew and helmsmen did a great job not wiping out and we were dead even with
Pendragon 6, the eventual winner. Unfortunately, after a few hours, the 2A
exploded. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/7qj7x65
THE BOAT THAT HENDRIX’S GUITAR BUILT
London, England (March 7, 2012) - A piece of rock legend Jimi Hendrix's
guitar, teak from China, a salad server and a plank of wood from a newly
constructed London Olympic venue. Each item of this unusual collection of
materials has its own unique history and now they have been put together to
create a new sailing boat.
The 30-foot yacht launched Monday in Emsworth, Hampshire on England's
southern coast, is made up of hundreds of precious items which have been
donated by people across the country's south-east. The Boat Project' is a
part of the region's contribution to the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad,
which bills itself as the largest cultural celebration in Olympic history.
"Many people don't get to be exposed to the Games unless they have a ticket
to an event," says boat builder Mark Covell. "This gives more people the
chance to be a part of the celebrations and the cultural history of the
Covell knows firsthand the thrill of being part of the Games having won a
silver medal in the Star Class at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. The Olympian
has been involved in the project from the beginning. It's been two years in
the making and Covell compares the scale of the project with his own Olympic
preparations. "It was an enormous task," explains Covell. “You needed to go
above and beyond." -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/7rrh5ns
NORTH-POWERED BOATS WIN IN THE EAST & WEST!
North Sails-powered boats performed well on both the East and West coasts
this past weekend. In Annapolis, the following boats took honors at the
Sperry Top-Sider Annapolis NOOD: One Eyed Jack (Cal 25), Winnebago (Tartan
10), Pegasus (Beneteau 36.7), Velocity (J/111), Aunt Jean (J/35), Savasana*
(J/80), Honey Badger (J/24) and The Jug (J/22), who also received boat of
the week honors! Out west, North-powered boats won six classes at the 2012
Yachting Cup: Rio (Div 1), Stark Raving Mad (Div 2), Dark Star (Farr 40),
Justice (Flying Tiger), Wiki Wiki* (Beneteau 40.7) and Grand Illusion (ORR).
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* Zadar, Croatia (May 7, 2012) - Evening showers broke to a cloudy day with
light winds keeping anxious sailors onshore for the first day of the SEIKO
49er World Championship. After three races early regatta leaders Lukasz
Przybytek and Pawel Kolodzinski (POL) are tied with Tobias Schadewaldt and
Hannes Baumann (GER) with 10 points. One point behind is a 3-way tie with
Bermuda brothers Jesse and Zander Kirkland, Justus Schmidt and Max Boehme
(GER) and Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL). -- Read on:
* Hyeres, France (May 7, 2012) - Gusty conditions again ruled on Day 3, Race
2, of the Star World Championship 2012, with race committee delaying racing
until 1400 hours. Swiss sailor Flavio Marazzi won the second race with
Robert Scheidt less than a half boat length behind him. The Irish team of
Peter O'Leary/Andrew Burrows, with finishes of 3 and 4, leads the Worlds,
just ahead of Scheidt/Prada. Percy/Simpson are in third. -- Full report:
* Papeete, Tahiti (May 7, 2012) - Steve Rander's Oregon-based Wylie 70 Rage
corrected out to win the two-boat Tahiti Race last night over Karl Kwok's
Hong Kong-based Farr 80 Beau Geste, which had arrived two days earlier. Due
to substantial stretches of light air, no speed records were set in this
year's 3,700-mile epic, but Rage holds the unique distinction of being the
first competitor to collide with a whale and still take top honors. -- Full
* (May 7, 2012) - The San Francisco Yacht Club will be running two ISAF Sea
Survival courses on June 2-3, and June 4-5. These courses meet ISAF Offshore
Regulation Training requirements; the certificate is valid for 5 years, and
is a requirement for racing offshore in ISAF races such as the Fastnet,
Sydney Hobart, and Middle Sea Race. There is a large amount of practical
teaching where participants are required to get in a life-raft, set off
flares etc. The maximum class size is 20 per course. To register, email:
* The ICSA All-America Selection Committee invites nominations for
post-season recognition in the following categories: Crew, Coed Skipper,
Women's Skipper, and Sportsmanship. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination
form. Please complete the forms and submit by the May 15 deadline. Forms are
available at: http://classic.collegesailing.org/docs/forms.asp
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From Gerard Wolf (re, Scuttlebutt 3585):
WOW! Rob Nye has done a wonderful job of putting into words my exact
sentiments concerning the recent west coast incidents. Above all else, when
going sailing (on any body of water), seamanship is the prime responsibility
of the skipper, but also the crew. When venturing offshore, navigation
becomes a critical job. Have I been lucky at times in the past to escape
navigational lapses? Yes. Have I learned from those events? YES! The
government is trying to remove individual responsibility from our lexicon,
let us please not do the same to sailing.
* From Tom Wheatley (83 years old), Long Beach, CA:
Rob Nye's comments in Scuttlebutt 3585, unfortunately, are correct and right
to the point. I've been ocean racing for over 60 years on both the Atlantic
and now the Pacific side. Every accident that I can remember, similar to the
recent ones out here, has been the result of poor seamanship, bad navigation
or alcohol. US Sailing, the sponsoring yacht club or any other governing
body should not accept responsibility for these tragic events. Crews should
be competent in all areas to race their boat in all conditions.
Unfortunately, some of them aren't, and as long as this situation exists,
these tragic accidents will happen.
* From Jim DeSilva, Windsurfing Coach, Miami Yacht Club:
As shortsighted as dropping the cats was last go round, this decision to
drop windsurfing is even more egregious. Considering the extremely large
numbers of people windsurfing across the globe, that windsurfing is an
inexpensive form of sailing competition, and that windsurfing is one of the
most exciting forms of competition, the decision to drop it from the games
is very curious. Including kiting may be a good move (as it fits with the
above criteria) but why drop windsurfing when you have such a large amount
of programs worldwide supporting training, racing and youth development into
the Olympics? There are exponentially more people windsurfing racing than
kite racing, you cannot even compare the numbers.
How many yacht clubs currently support a kite program (or will support one)
compared to windsurfing or sailing?
13,000 people against this in just a few days!
ISAF has clearly made the wrong decision. It would be nice if Mr. Cook was
somehow involved in the communities before making such a decision, he
clearly is not: We need new representation ASAP. Removing windsurfing from
the Games does not make them more modern, TV friendly, or a reflection of
the current state of the sport (sailing) in general. Congratulations to the
cat sailors, we hope to return and join you!
* From Brad Hill, Annapolis, MD:
Everyone clamors about selecting sailing classes made for TV for the
Olympics but seeing the 2016 Olympic fleet selection, the best ISAF can hope
for is making the highlight reel, even with the kiteboards, fast skiffs and
multihulls. Sorry I love to race sailboats but watching it is boring.
Team racing on the other hand is exciting to watch, it gets more sailors
involved and infuses a country's pride into a race. A non-sailor can
understand the game quickly. Everyone understands and likes to watch someone
else get "screwed". There are short quick exciting races where the outcome
can be decided by inches. Without team racing sailing will never be
* From Andrew A. Yeager, Wilmette, IL:
Interesting and not surprising to see kiteboarding supplant windsurfing in
the 2016 games. What the REAL question is, when will stand-up paddling be in
the Games? I predict with certainty, SUP will be in the 2020 games. The
fastest growing water sport cannot be denied. Flat water racing is suitable
for any summer Olympic venue. Plus, river SUP could be added with the
canoe/kayak events as well.
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