SCUTTLEBUTT 3596 - Tuesday, May 22, 2012
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TWENTY YEARS OF SAVING LIVES
The 2012 Annapolis Leukemia Cup Regatta, hosted by Eastport Yacht Club and
Annapolis Yacht Club, marks the 20th anniversary of an event that was
conceptualized in Annapolis by members of Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis
Yacht Club, key opinion leaders within the community, and the Leukemia and
Lymphoma Society. That concept today has blossomed into 47 Leukemia Cups
across the country and Canada.
To honor the event, America's Cup Challenger Artemis Racing and their
American skipper Terry Hutchinson and have thrown their support behind the
event on June 1-2. The team has donated the chance to sail with them during
the AC45 World Series event in Newport, RI (June 26 - July 1, 2012). This
auction item will be available during the upcoming Leukemia Cup Summer Gala
& Auction, taking place on June 1st at the Annapolis Yacht Club.
To date, 33 million dollars have been raised for research in finding a cure
for blood related cancers, providing financial assistance to patients and
their families, and patient education. For more information, go to
GIVING BACK: Professional sailor Dee Smith, who has had his personal battle
with cancer, will be racing on a Farr 400 for this year's 20th Anniversary
Leukemia Cup. And he is fundraising too. "As some of you already know, that
in the past I have dedicated our sailing and fundraising efforts to an old
friend Mark Rudiger, who lost his courageous battle to Lymphoma a few years
back now," said Smith. "This year I would like to dedicate the regatta and
fundraising efforts to two, very dear sailing friends, Rob Moore and John
Cook who lost their battles with cancer earlier this year. Both guys were
avid sailors." -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/DS-052112
RAISING THE BAR ON ATHLETICISM
Anna Tunnicliffe was born and raised in England. And she has the British
accent to prove it. "With certain words it comes out," she acknowledged.
But that does not, she insists, make this summer's Olympic Games a
homecoming. "I'm American," said Tunnicliffe, who became a U.S. citizen in
2003 and an Olympic gold medalist five years later.
"I've spent more than half my life in America. I'm going to England to
compete. I love the country. But no, I'm not going home."
In England, where boating remains a popular and passionate pastime,
confessions like that have made Tunnicliffe the most famous sailor to
abandon the Union Jack for the colonies since the War of 1812. Yet
Tunnicliffe's biggest contribution to the sport may be in helping redefine
what it takes to be a sailor.
Where once sailing was thought to be the bastion of people such as Dennis
Conner, the pudgy skipper of America's Cup fame - or Alan Hale, the pudgy
skipper of "Gilligan's Island" fame - Tunnicliffe represents a new reality:
sailors who are both fast and fit.
Tunnicliffe, a swimmer and record-setting middle-distance runner in high
school, turned down more traditional athletic scholarship offers to attend
Old Dominion, which has a sailing program.
"There's a lot of sailors - besides just myself - that have proved you have
to be a great athlete. You have to be really strong," said Tunnicliffe as
she sat atop a platform, legs crossed, at last week's USOC media summit in
Dallas. "You're in a static hold for five minutes up to 25 minutes. And you
have to have a lot of strength to do that.
"You have to have endurance to make it through an hour-long race. In our
case, we have up to eight races a day. So in addition to the physical side,
you have to be mentally strong. And the more physically fit you can be, the
easier the mental side is in the sense that you don't get as tired."
Sometimes, however, you can get bored. Which is why, two years ago,
Tunnicliffe abandoned ship in the Laser Radial - the single-handed dinghy
she had steered to victory in the Beijing Games, becoming the first U.S.
women to win gold in sailing in two decades - for the challenge of match
racing with a three-woman crew in the Elliott six-meter.
The move paid off this month when Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie
Capozzi rode to victory in the U.S. Olympic trials in Weymouth and
Portland, site of the Olympic regatta. -- LA Times, read on:
NOTE: Since ISAF has excluded the Women's Match Race event from the 2016
Olympics, Tunnicliffe will need to make another switch to continue her
Olympic careers after this summer's Games. Fortunately for her, there are
two new events in 2016 that might draw her interest: mixed multihull and
women's doublehanded skiff.
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SAFE PLANNING AND EXECUTION
By Gary Jobson, US Sailing President
The extremely unfortunate incidents over the past month in California,
coupled with those from last summer, have caught the attention of the
authorities and participants, and raised questions as to the safety of our
sport. While no tragedy should be discounted, we will learn from these
events and work to prevent incidents like this in the future.
Through it all, sailing remains one of the safest water-based recreational
activities. Sailing accounts for an extremely small percentage of the total
boating accidents and an even smaller portion of the fatalities. A lot of
this has to do with the fact that safety, and respect for the weather and
waters has always been a priority for sailors.
As we enter the busy sailing season, these incidents should not dampen our
passion nor discourage people from participating, but rather serve as
reminders and impress upon all of us the importance of diligence as we
plan, organize and participate in upcoming events. We are currently
conducting independent panel reviews into the sailing accidents in
California, and expect that our findings will identify areas for improved
safety and preparation, as well as reinforce the practices and standards
To help as you prepare for your upcoming events and programs, below are
some resources and things to consider that can assist you in your planning
and execution. This is not an all inclusive list, but highlights some key
areas and should spark additional ideas for your organizations.
Read on: http://tinyurl.com/USSA-052112
SLEEP IS OVERRATED
(May 21, 2012; Day 2) - It's hard to ignore the powerful current of the
Gulf Stream. Leaving Miami, the typical decision for the Volvo Ocean Race
fleet is not whether you aim north to ride the flow, but for how long. Easy
miles, warm water.
But with Tropical Storm Alberto blocking the road, Volvo Ocean Race weather
expert Gonzalo Infante pre-race prediction expected there to be the option
to 'cut the corner' and sail a non-traditional route almost direct to
Lisbon. "The door is definitely open - but timing is everything."
Groupama was the first to go for the door, and their relatively
conservative approach to Tropical Storm Alberto has paid huge dividend.
Rather than head for the stronger winds close to the centre of the storm,
Franck Cammas' crew timed a turn east to perfection ahead of the rest of
the fleet - and what a move it was proving to be as they turned the
smallest of advantages into a comfortable lead.
The next 24 hours doesn't look any easier. Sleep is overrated, right? --
Leg 7 - Miami, USA to Lisbon, Portugal (3,590 nm)
Standings as of Monday, 21 May 2012, 22:02:10 UTC
1. Groupama 4 (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), 3240.7 nm Distance to Finish
2. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), 38.3 nm Distance to Lead
3. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), 43.6 nm DTL
4. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), 56.5 nm DTL
5. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 59.3 nm DTL
6. Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), 69.1 nm DTL
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
BEHIND THE SCENES
Scuttlebutt correspondent Leighton O'Conner was in Miami and caught up with
PUMA's media crew member Amory Ross, with 'Amo' sharing some of the details
of his duties:
"It starts very early. My job as the MCM entails a lot more than just the
photos and the video. I handle all the cooking and the bailing, and to be
honest, I spend most of my time doing that and less of my time creating the
content that I send off the boat. I will start refreshing the snacks at
about midnight, then will have a 2 to 2 ½ hour window to sleep before I
start cooking the first meal which is ready at 3:30am. We do three meals a
day. Depending on the weather, it might be cereal for breakfast, or it
might be freeze dried. But the meals are 4 in the morning, 12 in the
afternoon, and 8 at night. For me, that is my most important
responsibility. If they're not well fed and happy, I can't stick a camera
in their face without feeling a little bit guilty."
Full video interview: http://youtu.be/0rID-8cCRbg
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WITHOUT HUMAN INTERVENTION
The aptly-named "RoBoat" has been taking home the World Robotic Sailing
Championship (WRSC) crown for three years, but this July the team behind
the world's winningest autonomous watercraft will attempt to snag another
record for the longest robotic sailing expedition.
The Austrian Society for Innovative Computer Sciences (INNOC) has been
tweaking and iterating the RoBoat since its inception in 2006, adding an
array of batteries and solar panels good for a maximum of 285 kW of juice,
along with a back-up methanol-powered fuel cell that can provide another 65
kW of power if things get cloudy.
Combined with a three-stage communication system that utilizes WLAN,
UMTS/GPRS, an IRIDIUM satellite setup for tracking and navigation, and an
NMEA200 partnered with a PC running Linux, the RoBoat can sail human-free
as the computers control everything from rudder position to tack and sails.
All this technology is fitted to 12-foot Laering keelboat originally
designed as an instructional craft for young sea-lovers, complete with a
130-pound keel-ballast that keeps things upright in even the most torturous
of off-shore conditions.
When the RoBoat sets out into the Baltic Sea on July 9, it aims to cover
some 150 nautical miles for up to 100 hours without human intervention.
That will put the INNOC team ahead of the current world record holder - a
research team from ENSTA Brest, France - which set a distance of 78.9
nautical miles in March of this year. -- Read on:
While not exactly March Madness, it is now championship season for college
sailing. The University of Texas will host the Intercollegiate Sailing
Association 2012 Spring National Championships at Austin Yacht Club in
Austin, Texas May 30 - June 8.
The events on Lake Travis will run back to back, starting with the Sperry
Top-Sider / ICSA Women's National Semifinals and Championship, followed by
the ICSA / APS Team Race Nationals and wrapping up with the ICSA / Gill
Here are some updates:
* For the first time ever, online fans will have real-time updates, photos,
video highlights and live streaming video. Each regatta will have some form
of live coverage. Details here:
* Sailing World's Conference Rankings as of May 21, 2012 offer the final
look at the 2011-12 season in how the top teams stack up in their
College national's website: http://2012nationals.collegesailing.org/
* Sail America, the U.S. industry trade organization committed to growing
the sailing market, has opened registration for its 2012 Sailing Industry
Conference. Taking place June 25-27, 2012 at the Newport Harbor Hotel,
Newport, RI, the Sailing Industry Conference provides a range of conference
topics designed to stimulate new thinking and help attendees grow and
prosper in the new economy. An important event to network with fellow
sailing industry members, the conference is ideal for individuals and
companies involved in the sailing industry, and promises to be thought
provoking and motivating. Details:
* A strong fleet of 12 boats descends upon Annapolis for the Farr 40 East
Coast Championship, being held May 24-27 on the Chesapeake Bay. This is
third stop on the United States Circuit leading up to the world
championships, slated for Chicago from Sept. 17-20. Italian entry Enfant
Terrible, skippered by Alberto Rossi, leads the U.S. Circuit after two
events - having captured the Miami regatta and placed second at Quantum Key
West 2012. -- Full report:
* Newport, RI (May 21, 2012) - The Atlantic Cup completed its second and
final leg of offshore racing with Bodacious Dream, skippered by Dave
Rearick and Matt Scharl, crossing the finish line first with an elapsed
time today of 38:06:34 to complete the 231 nautical mile leg from New York
Harbor to Newport, RI. In second was Mare sailed by JorgRiechers, Ryan
Breymaier, who now hold a narrow overall lead over Bodacious Dream. The
final stage on May 26-27 will host an inshore series in Newport with six
crew onboard. -- Full report:
* The 2012 Charles River Open Team Race took place May 19-20 on the Charles
River at the MIT Sailing Pavilion in Cambridge, MA. Using FJs and
Fireflies, 25 teams plus last year's winner BOOM! competed in over 200
races on the digital N course. Larchmont Yacht Club won the 2012 event over
Jet Lag in a first-to-two-wins final. Sailing for LYC was Danny Pletch,
Emily Anderson, Cardwell Potts, Amelia Quinn, Clay Bischoff, and Jennifer
Watkins. Details: http://tinyurl.com/MIT-052112
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Either submit comments by email or post them on the Forum. Submitted
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words. Authors may have one published submission per subject, and should
save their bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.
* From Andy Kostanecki:
Allow me a bit of perspective and a bit of speculation. More years ago than
I care to remember, Heinz Staudt, a German co- member of the Centerboard
Boat Committee of the IYRU (now ISAF) and I were charged with investigating
this phenomena called Windsurfing and were asked to report back to the IYRU
Permanent Committee (Governing Council) and make a proposal.
Our report was that Windsurfing was for real and that we should form a
Windsurfing Committee, thus opening the way to incorporate Windsurfing into
the Olympics. The Windsurfing Community was furious, of course, simply
because they (it) had no idea of IOC policies and politics and the manner
in which sport disciplines are admitted into the Olympics. They didn't want
to be part of what they saw as a blue blazered, stuffed shirt organization
corrupting their sport and culture. That's not the point of my comments.
I have a hunch about what is behind the ISAF decision to embrace Kite
Sailing under the umbrella of ISAF and as a discipline in the Olympic Games
under Sailing. -- Read on:
* From Pat Healy:
Although I hesitate distracting from the current
classes discussion, I can't help notice it is
following the same pattern
as all of the eighteen Olympic event debates
going back to 1948
(and maybe even those from 1900).
How should ISAF decide when and if a boat or event should be changed?
When does updating of the Olympic format outweigh the investment of member
countries in the development of sailors towards an Olympic dream? Is there
a big picture that federations and parents can trust when deciding to
invest in youth programs, or do they need to roll the dice each time?
Should ISAF ask its Council representatives to vote on what they think is
best for sailing or on behalf of the federation that is paying their
expenses to attend the meeting?
There is six months before the next leadership elections in ISAF. Perhaps
Scuttlebutt would consider asking the candidates for ISAF president for
their vision on this, and other issues?
COMMENT: The first ISAF presidential candidate to offer their vision gets a
complimentary Scuttlebutt coffee mug. Bring it! - Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
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