SCUTTLEBUTT 3590 - Monday, May 14, 2012
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WEEKNIGHTS ARE ALL RIGHT - TOP 10 FOR NEWBIE RACERS
The weeknight 'beer can' season is here. SpinSheet, the Annapolis-based
magazine for Chesapeake Bay sailors, has provided this top ten list by
MacDuff Perkins (May 2012) on how to prepare for competition...
10. When in doubt, bring Heineken.
Seriously, forget the cheese plates and the crudites. It's called beer can
racing for a reason, and your only real objective should be that: a) it's
cold, and b) there's enough. And if anyone ever tells you that there's too
much beer, you're on the wrong boat.
9. A little spray never hurt anyone.
You're going to take a bucketful of water to the face at one point, just
trust us. But don't blame your skipper if your Wednesday night look is less
as it is It still beats being at the office.
8. Consistency in your position is key.
If you're on the bow, just work it without nagging your skipper to put you
somewhere else. And if you're rail meat? Well, appreciate the fact that
there's a group of people here who appreciate you for your glowing
7. Footwear is critical.
For once, I'm not talking about a pair of four-inch high Manolos here.
Whatever you do, don't show up with dark-soled shoes. That boat is your
skipper's baby, and the scuffs a black sole will leave on his deck are like
bruises on his favorite kid. Worse yet, you'll be not-so-politely asked to
scrub the deck while everyone else hits the bar. Which bar? Oh, just this
bar they all go to after racing. It's kind of a thing they do alone.
They'll, um, call you.
6. Don't call anyone else on the race course a $#%'ing idiot.
Unless you've reviewed the Rules of Racing within the last three minutes.
But if you have, then fire away.
5. Don't ever tell your skipper he's made a huge tactical error and cost
you the win.
Instead, tell him that you appreciate his willingness to think outside the
box, and that you really had a good run there. Or, just hand him a beer and
tell him the race is over.
4. Everyone has to be DFL sometime.
The key is to make everyone else at the party tent believe you're totally
fine with it. There's no sense in whining about it. One hint: lose the
race, win the party.
3. Ladies, leave the Lily Pulitzer at home.
Here's the deal: on this three hour tour, you want to be the exciting Mary
Ann, not the preppy senior citizen Mrs/ Howell. Come dressed for adventure.
2. There's no such thing as bad weather; there's just bad gear.
Remember this when it's pouring buckets and your skipper expects you on the
dock in 20 minutes. In the real world, are as big of
a joke as There's just no such thing. Go out
there and get a little wet. You'll end up loving it.
And most important of all...
1. Remember that there's nothing better than being out on the water.
It's going to be the highlight of your week, so have fun doing it. And hey
- as long as you paid attention to Rule 10, you have a cold one waiting for
DELEGATES MISUNDERSTOOD KITEBOARD VOTE
The International Sailing Federation's (ISAF) decision to drop windsurfing
from the Olympics in favour of kiteboarding likely came about because some
delegates didn't realise what they were voting for, Israel's sailing chief
said on Friday.
"The delegates were probably confused or didn't understand the motion fully
because of language difficulties, or some may have been napping at the
presentations and then cast their votes without realising the
implications," Yehuda Maayan told Reuters.
Maayan's comments came as the Spanish Sailing Federation admitted it had
voted in error.
"The RFEV (federation) made a mistake in the vote between kitesurf and
windsurf as an Olympic sport for Rio 2016. Spain supported and supports
keeping windsurf (RS:X) in the 2016 Olympic Games," the federation said in
a statement on their website.
"Despite all this, at the last moment the Spanish representative in the
ISAF Council voted in favour of kite, an error caused by the confusion in
the voting system of which the federation president, Gerardo Pombo, takes
full responsibility and for which he asks forgiveness from all the Spanish
The ISAF was not immediately available for comment when contacted by
Windsurfing is one of Israel's most successful Olympic sports, having
yielded three out of its seven medals, including its only gold, and a
number of Israelis have featured highly at world and European championships
over the years.
Maayan, the chairman of the Israel Sailing Association, did not attend the
Melbourne meeting where the decision was made but said it was surprising
that the professional committee's clear recommendation to keep the RS-X
sailboard had been voted down.
"The expert committee vote to retain the RS-X sailboard passed 17-2, but
ISAF's broader forum where many delegates do not necessarily have an
interest in windsurfing, rejected it 19-17," Maayan said. -- Read on:
NOTE: It would take a two thirds majority at ISAF's Annual General Meeting
in November to overturn the decision taken on a 19-17 vote by the ISAF
Council that occurred at its mid-term meeting last week.
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BRUTALIZING THE BODY
Andrew McLean began the Volvo Ocean Race in November as a 220-pound
heavyweight in optimum shape. When he arrived on shore Thursday after
sailing 4,800 miles in 17 days - 33,255 miles in all - he was 29 pounds
lighter and couldn't even jog a block if a pint of beer and filet mignon
were calling his name.
The pitman from CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, who also is trained
as one of three medics during the 39,270-nautical-mile race, knows how
important it is to eat right while on shore and work out the muscles that
haven't been stretched because of impossibly confined spaces at sea.
But he also knows that takes time and a carefully planned regimen for the
11 precious days each team has before sailing off on Leg 7 to Lisbon,
Portugal. "You lose muscle mass from not walking," McLean, 32, said Friday
afternoon. "Your legs disappear. Yes, you use them for lifting stuff on
board, but if I came ashore and went for a run today, I wouldn't be able to
walk for a week. We haven't used those muscles for so long that we really
have to ease into it when we get back on shore."
Enter team "physio" Paul Wilson, an athletic trainer, conditioning coach,
physical and massage therapist and acupuncturist rolled into one. Wilson,
48, also from New Zealand, moves with the CAMPER shore crew to every port
to assess each sailor's physical condition and plan a fitness regimen for
the short stay on land. "He keeps the team in one piece," McLean said. "And
he has about two weeks to put us back together for the next leg."
Like his counterparts on the Volvo's other five entries, Wilson realizes
how mentally and physically trying the sailing can be for each boat's
11-man crew. "They're putting their bodies under horrendous stresses," he
said. "The problem is that the most they've walked in a day on the boat is
maybe 150 to 200 meters, and they're barely sleeping. And if the conditions
are bad, they're trying to hold on while not eating properly, so you're
also getting a lot of muscle wasting.
"They lose strength, condition, nutrition, and at the same time they're
carrying heavy sails - which can weigh more than 1,100 pounds - from one
side of the boat to the other." Wilson said the first "two or three days on
land is about getting the guys to eat and rest properly - nutrition and
recovery before we start to push the body again with strength and
The next four days include "cycling, gentle stretching and a little bit of
gentle walking or swimming." -- Miami Herald, read on:
SOUTH BEACH IS CALLING
The Volvo Ocean Race Village in Miami is open and free! Location is
Bicentennial Park in Downtown Miami. Parking is available at public lots
near the American Airlines Arena, with a Metro Mover stop (Park West) one
short block away. Village hours are Sun-Thurs, 10a-7p and Fri-Sat, 10a-10p.
Open viewing on the water of the boats practicing (Thursday) and the Pro-Am
race (Friday). The VOR 70's will be sailing up and down Miami Beach from
Government cut to approximately 35th street. The boats will leave the docks
around 12 noon and will be returning at approximately 3pm (local time).
In-port and Leg Restart are Saturday and Sunday (5/19-20), respectively.
The starts are at 1pm local time. There will be tight restrictions on
viewing areas on the water near the start line and race course. You can
still see the VO70s race through private boat charters but be mindful of
these areas and Coast Guard rules and Marshall boats. There is a notice to
mariners and diagrams of the race courses available at
The Spectator Boat offer through Groupon is sold out for both In-Port and
Leg restart. No boats will be allowed to tie up or dock in Bicentennial
Park or the VOR Village. Things to do in the Village:
GET ON THE WATER: On Tuesday, Scuttlebutt will be giving away five VIP
guest spots on Volvo Cars VIP spectator boat to watch the action for the
PORTMIAMI In-Port Race on May 19. Follow Scuttlebutt on Twitter or Facebook
to win these VIP tickets. More details in the Tuesday edition of
Scuttlebutt sailing news.
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Overall Standings (after Leg 6)
1. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), 164 pts
2. Groupama 4 (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), 153 pts
3. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 149 pts
4. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), 147 pts
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), 68 pts
6. Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), 25 pts
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
SCUTTLEBUTT SAILING CALENDAR
Events listed at http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar
Annapolis, Md. (May 13, 2012) - Thirty-six college sailing teams descended
on the U.S. Naval Academy this weekend for the Intercollegiate Sailing
Association's (ICSA) National Championship Semi-Finals. The Semi-Finals
were divided into two fleets, with the top nine schools in each fleet
qualifying to compete in the Gill/ICSA Coed Dinghy National Championship
Finals June 6-8 in Austin, Texas. Top finishers in each of the semi-final
events were Georgetown University and University of Miami. -- Full report:
* The Royal Thames Yacht Club, in the heart of London's West End, hosted
the Cumberland Cup May 11-13. Raced in J/80s, this event is regarded as the
most important two-boat team racing event in the World. This eight club
event was dominated by the Americans which took the top four positions: New
York Yacht Club, Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Eastern Yacht Club, and
Southern Yacht Club. -- Full report:
* (May 13, 2012; Day 3) - The start of the first leg of the double-handed
Class40 Atlantic Cup on Friday from Charleston, to New York City was marred
by the dismasting of 40 Degrees, skippered by Brits Hannah Jenner and Peter
Harding. The remaining fourteen boats are led by Jorg Riechers (GER) and
Ryan Breymaier (USA) on Mare with 157 miles to go. There will be
approximately a 4-5 day stop-over in New York before the race restarts and
competitors sprint to Newport, Rhode Island. Once in Newport, skippers will
race an inshore grand prix with a crew of six. --
* West Kirby, UK (May 13, 2012) - The 63rd Wilson Trophy will be remembered
as the sunniest and windiest on record, but also for being the first time,
in as long as anyone can remember, that competition at West Kirby Sailing
Club's three day British Open Team Racing Championship had to be cut short
mid-way through the quarter finals. Because of this the final results
reverted to the last complete round, or round 16 of the Wilson Trophy's
Swiss league, where local favourites West Kirby Hawks had come out on top,
followed by New Forest Pirates. -- Daily reports:
* Barcelona, Spain (May 13, 2012) - A patient morning was in order for the
first race day of the 2012 470 World Championships, ultimately offering
tricky, shifty and light winds of around 6 knots. Only one race was
completed for the ninety-five boat 470 Men and the fifty-four boat 470
Women. Top North Americans are Canadians Luke Ramsay/ Mike Leigh and Dana
Archibald/ Karen Dexter in 64th and 17th, respectively. -- Full report:
* Hyeres, France (May 11, 2012) - After Iain Percy/Andrew Simpson (GBR)
rolled a 17th in the fifth race, their position at the top of the 72-boat
Zhik Star World Championship leaderboard grew tenuous. Robert Scheidt/Bruno
Prada (BRA) were in second with all top ten scores in the six race, one
drop series. Scheidt /Prada leveraged their position in the sixth and final
race, pulling Percy/ Simpson deep into the fleet, giving them a second drop
they could not afford. Brazil took the title with Britain in second; top
North American was Canadians Richard Clarke/Tyler Bjorn in 18th. --
* (May 13, 2012) - The opening day of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Finn
Gold Cup in Falmouth, UK produced a mixed bag of results for many sailors
with a shifty offshore breeze. After two races Ed Wright (GBR) leads Ben
Ainslie (GBR) and Deniss Karpak (EST), with Canadian Christopher Cook in
6th. Racing continues Monday with two more races scheduled in stronger
winds forecast. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/Finn-051312
* Zadar, Croatia (May 12, 2012) - Australians Nathan Outteridge and Iain
Jensen secured history by winning the 2012 49er World Championship,
although under not as joyful times as they would have liked. News arrived
as sailors awoke in Croatia that Frank Bethwaite (91), father of Julian and
an instrumental partner in the design and continued development of the
49er, had passed away overnight. While many of the current sailors may not
have known Frank, they certainly were enjoying his product and more than
likely many had read one of his books on high performance sailing. -- Read
* (May 13, 2012) - After three days navigating the icy waters southeast of
Newfoundland, the 70-foot Maserati has a "virtual" advantage of nearly 200
miles on the 140 foot Mari Cha IV (the maxi yacht that set the NY-Lizard
Point speed record with a time reference of 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes,
39 seconds). Giovanni Soldini and his international crew of seven are
facing floating icebergs and freezing 5 degree Celsius waters off the
Newfoundland coast. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/OR-051312
* The Sail1Design College Sailing Team Race Rankings as of May 11, 2012
finds College of Charleston atop the list, followed by Boston College and
Stanford. ICSA Team Race Panelists include: Ken Legler (Tufts), Bill Healy
(Yale), John Vandemoer (Stanford), Ward Cromwell (Charleston), and Brendan
Healy (Navy). Full rankings:
* America's Cup racing returns to the United States next month when the AC
World Series brings nine of the top sailing crews in the world to Newport,
R.I. Newport will host a festival of sailing from June 23 to July 1,
culminating with the AC World Series running from Tuesday, June 26 through
Sunday, July 1. The final race day will air live, nationwide, on NBC.
General admission tickets to the AC Village in Fort Adams State Park during
race days (June 28 - July 1) are $10 per person per day, with children aged
12 and under free. Details: http://tinyurl.com/AC-051312
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* From Jeremy Lucas:
I don't know what the rules are in the U.S., but in Canada drinking and
boating carry the same stiff penalties as drinking and driving, for good
reasons. I think it's great that Chris Lanza took his son out sailing
(story in Scuttlebutt 3588), and it sounds like they had a fantastic time
on a BBYRA evening race. It's a shame that his story also involved the
consumption of alcohol while sailing with his less experienced son.
I'm no saint, and I certainly drank my fair share of alcohol while sailing
when I was growing up, but that definitely changed with the arrival of my
first child. I left the beer on the dock and found myself increasingly
wearing a lifejacket. Interestingly, I still enjoyed sailing just as much
as I did when I had a beer in my hand (not to mention that my results
started to improve....)!
Maybe it's just me, and perhaps I should relax a little, but as a parent,
Chris' decision to drink while sailing with his son on a boat with no
lifelines in the dark struck me as irresponsible. Although not alcohol
related, recent tragedies highlight how dangerous our sport can be. Given
the risks, shouldn't we all start to think twice about the consumption of
alcohol while operating a boat?
* From Rob Wallace, Laguna Niguel, CA:
Just a footnote to Brad Avery's excellent comments (in Scuttlebutt 3589)
regarding safety at sea and also my associated comment about the recent
Ensenada race tragedy. Truly a tragedy it was, but we all wonder how in the
world someone could just simply smack right into a well charted island on a
well traveled route with all of today's GPS plotters and electronic
navigation devices? Well charted island? Let me explain.
I just arrived last week from bringing a yacht up from Panama and we heard
about the horrible news halfway up. My Mate had this new plotter program by
Nobeltec on his laptop, called Odyssey, described as an entry level
program. We zoomed in on the Coronado Islands and we couldn't believe our
eyes! The Satellite Photo overlay was enabled and the Coronados were
completely obscured by clouds, evidently in that area when the satellite
photo was taken! You have to look real close to make out anything that
looks like an island! This program uses what are called MapMedia mm3d
charts. Check it out if you have it. -- Forum, read on:
No matter which way you go, some days are uphill and against the wind.
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