SCUTTLEBUTT 3597 - Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOCK
By Ryan O'Grady, Sailing World
In life, there are the haves and the have nots. The same dichotomy exists
in Atlantic Cup Class 40 sailing as well. On one side are teams like
Germany's Jorg Riechers. Jorg came to Charleston armed with the newest and
most expensive Class 40, a shore team, and the resources to be able to fly
in some of the world's best crews for Leg 1 and this weekend's inshore
Thanks to the generous backing of his sponsor, Mare, there is funding for a
Class 40, a Mini, and all of the logistics needed to make things run
smoothly. It's no surprise then that Jorg has finished first in Leg 1 and
second in Leg 2 of the Atlantic Cup. He's a fantastic sailor, and he has
the luxury of not having to worry where tomorrow's funding will come from.
On the other side of the dock are Americans Emma Creighton and Rob Windsor.
At 27, Emma became only the second American woman ever to complete the
grueling 4,200-mile Mini Transat Race. Prior to that, Emma got her sea legs
by working as a delivery crew and captain. Yet with thousands of ocean
miles under her belt, she couldn't find any fully crewed American offshore
programs to take her. "They'd take 18-year-old guys who had never been
offshore before to race," Emma says, "while I'd only be called for a
Determined to beat the boys' club at their own game, Emma got her hands on
a Mini, a 24-foot, singlehanded boat popular in France, and began racing it
on the West Coast, placing third in the doublehanded Pacific Cup. She then
moved to Europe to find the competition and financial backing needed to
properly support a Mini campaign and more.
For Emma, the Mini Transat was a huge accomplishment. She was the only
female to complete the race, and one of the few mostly self-funded teams to
complete the race. Gear donations from Ronstan and Samson helped, as did
financial support from the Richmond Yacht Club. The French press is taking
notice, too, as Emma became a bit of a media darling after the Transat.
She needs that fame if she can hope to break into the world of French
sponsorship. Without it, her goal of competing first in the Class 40
circuit, and later in the Barcelona World Race will be daunting. Emma was
only able to compete in the Atlantic Cup by bartering for the use of Tanguy
De Lamotte's Initiatives in return for delivering it from the Solidaire du
Chocolat to the start of the Quebec to St. Malo Race. "When I got the boat,
it was just sitting on a mooring," Emma joked. "There weren't even any dock
lines, so don't break anything!" -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/SW-052212
SCHEDULE: After doublehanded legs from Charleston, SC to New York City, and
then from NYC to Newport, RI, The Atlantic Cup concludes with an inshore
series on May 26-27 for a crew of six on the Class40s. --
ACRONYMED TO DEATH
It's bad enough there are multiple rating rules all seeking to handicap
dissimilar boats. How many ratings must a boat owner purchase? But when one
of the rules has a multitude of names associated with it, we couldn't tell
if we were being dazzled with brilliance or baffled with bullsh#t.
A recent update from the Offshore Racing Rule Owners Association (ORROA)
was announcing their inaugural season of the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR)
East Coast Championship Series. The ORROA had developed this series for
East Coast sailors in cooperation with the Offshore Racing Association
(ORA) for those interested in racing under the ORR rule.
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The following sailors have their ISAF Eligibility suspended:
Jeff Carter, Australia
Offense not listed; November 3, 2011 - November 2, 2013
Sam Price, Australia
Offense not listed; November 23, 2011 - November 22, 2012
Anne Caseneuve, France
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; December 28, 2011 - February
Gildas Maha, France
Anti Doping; April 10, 2012 - June 14, 2012
Frank Bode, Germany
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; December 1, 2011 - December 31,
Andrejs Buls, Latvia
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; Aug. 2011 - Dec. 2012
Alberto Campos Perez, Mexico
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; May 7, 2011 - May 6, 2013
Maria del Mar Campos Perez, Mexico
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; May 7, 2011 - May 6, 2013
A competitor whose ISAF eligibility has been suspended or revoked shall not
engage in any competition in the sport of sailing. Source:
Sailor list: http://www.sailing.org/sailors/suspended-sailors.php
ISAF Regulation, Rule 19: http://www.sailing.org/20162.php
FROM THE BOTTOM UP
I recall a conversation I had with US Olympic Sailing Team Chairman Dean
Brenner, where he was describing the risks in developing rising talent for
specific events. I forgot his exact words, but he explained that it was an
expensive gamble the U.S. could not afford to make. The problem, he said,
is that the Olympic events change.
Given how the weakest U.S. event is windsurfing, it seemed that a strategic
investment in developing talent would have been good for the team. But with
the elimination now of windsurfing as an Olympic event, I was reminded of
Dean's words to me. Olympic events change.
Building elite talent, at least in the U.S., is largely done from the
bottom up. And this is why, in part, the decision to abandon windsurfing
has come as a cruel blow. Because work was being done at the bottom, at the
grass roots level, to introduce windsurfing as an option to young sailors,
and to provide the support needed on their competitive journey.
An example of this comes from the No-Excuses sailing team based in Miami,
which recently sent three of their young sailors to participate in the
European Team Racing Championship that took place as part of the World
Beach Festival in the beautiful beach of Mondello, Sicily (Italy). The team
also has their eyes on the Techno T293 Worlds to take place in Medemblik,
Holland later this summer. -- Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
Here is a recent report from the No-Excuses team:
FAR FROM CERTAIN
(May 22, 2012; Day 3) - The yacht club bar is where secrets leak. Find your
target, refresh their drink, and let the flow of tuning tips and tactical
wizardry begin. Nothing gets you to the front of the fleet faster than an
But if you really want to learn something, look to the corner stools where
the old salts gather. These guys have seen it all and still know most of
it. They were there when the sport was boiling over, when innovation
occurred daily. They were there when racing boats.... reached.
Perhaps this is part of the adventure that is the Volvo Ocean Race.
Reaching, not a staple in most racer's diet, was getting served to the six
teams that are angling toward Europe. After surviving the battering of
Tropical Storm Alberto, the fleet spent the day beam reaching in an easing
A northern and southern track has now grown to over 50 nm. Going north has
catapulted Telefonica to the lead, with the southern track doing no favors
yet for Camper. Groupama and PUMA are playing the middle, with the correct
answer far from certain.
What will be the next move? "The weather is very complicated up ahead. It
is hard to know which option we're going to take as there are a lot of
pitfalls in front," Groupama skipper Franck Cammas said.
Leg 7 - Miami, USA to Lisbon, Portugal (3,590 nm)
Standings as of Tuesday, 22 May 2012, 22:02:45 UTC
1. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), 2862.1 nm Distance to Finish
2. Groupama 4 (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), .3 nm Distance to Lead
3. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), 7.5 nm DTL
4. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), 9.5 nm DTL
5. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 20.6 nm DTL
6. Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), 30.2 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
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TWO MONTHS MORE
With a win at the AC World Series in Venice under his belt after leading
the regatta from beginning to end, the CEO of America's Cup challenger
Energy Team, Bruno Peyron, says his team must set its sights higher than
just reaching the podium at the AC World Series. He says the team has to
keep pushing, as it did in Italy, for the outright win. It's a goal he set
after an initial strong showing in San Diego last November.
"In San Diego everyone said it was wonderful we finished on the podium and
reached the final for the first time, but I was thinking, we don't have to
stop here, we have to work more," Peyron said. "It's not enough just to be
with the top guys, let's get in front of them. And now, here we are."
In Venice, Energy Team won the Fleet Racing Championship and finished
fourth in the Match Racing, equaling ORACLE TEAM USA Spithill (2-3) and
Artemis Racing (4-1) as top overall performers in the event.
While his brother Loick leads the sailing crew into battle on the water,
Bruno is concentrating on managing the team off the water, including
securing the necessary resources that will allow Energy Team to continue to
fight against the top teams all the way into the Louis Vuitton Cup in 2013.
Peyron says a Protocol change voted by the competitors in Venice will help:
"Energy Team, along with some of the other teams, requested to move the
entry deadline by two months to August 1st. Fortunately, the other
challengers and the Defender agreed and voted through a Protocol change, so
we now have a little bit more time to secure everything we need for our
He says the win on the water in Venice will help as it demonstrates how
competitive Energy Team can be, even against the best teams in the world.
But he doesn't expect this win will be a magic key that suddenly unlocks
the door to riches. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/ACUP-052212
CLARIFY: The entry deadline extension from June 1 to August 1 is huge.
Besides defender Oracle Team USA, the only challengers that are fully
funded are Artemis Racing (SWE), Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), and Luna
Rossa (ITA). The three remaining challengers have yet to submit the final
entry fee... an amount sufficiently significant to divide the haves from
the have nots. Still on the fence are China Team (CHN), Energy Team (FRA),
and Team Korea (ROK).
This is a game we call 'Match It'. We have three photo galleries from
Snipe, J/105, and AC45 events held last weekend. Match these boats with the
cities listed below:
New York: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/12/0522a/
San Diego: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/12/0522B/
* The Interscholastic Sailing Association Team Racing Championship will be
held May 26-27 at the MIT Sailing Pavilion on the Charles River in
Cambridge, MA. Defending champion Tabor Academy joins 11 other high school
teams who have qualified to compete for the Baker Trophy, to be sailed in
FJs and Fireflies. Details: http://www.hssailing.org/baker
* Matthew Hyde, most recently executive vice president at REI, will join
West Marine as president and chief executive officer on June 19. The
company's board last week named Hyde, 49, to succeed Geoff Eisenberg, 59,
who earlier this year disclosed his intention to step down when a successor
was appointed. -- Soundings Trade Only, read on:
* Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky and US Sailing introduce the
inaugural Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award. The two brands have partnered
to express appreciation to the men and women in sailing communities across
the country for their humanitarian achievements. Friends and families are
encouraged to nominate an unsung hero to give them the opportunity to
receive the recognition they deserve, whether for charitable giving,
community advocacy, sailing education or the countless other generous acts.
-- Read on:
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* From William Tuthill:
Regarding Andy Kostenecki's comments (in Scuttlebutt 3596) about kites
being viable for Winter Olympics:
1] Ice sailing held the record for human speed throughout history up until
the 1900's when railroad trains were finally able to beat iceboats.
2] DN and other ice craft using blades make inclusion into the Winter
Olympics tricky due to their specific needs, although the newly developed
Short Track Slalom [STS] could change all of that.
3] Sailing on snow was radically changed by the introduction of the
windsurfing rig. Prior to that sailing on anything less than hard ice was
foiled by the down pressure of the rig. It is the lift from a windsurf rig
that made snow sailing possible.
4] Since windsurfing, wings and kites have taken over as the best choices
for sailing in snow because of the upward lifting component of their sail
area. All three technologies have their plusses and minuses but all three
are WAY fun! Some would even say that it is the ultimate form of sailing.
Soft water sailors who have never gone hard are hereby invited to give low
friction sailing a try: http://www.wissa.org/
* From Alex Stout:
I'm looking at all these offshore racing boats (think Volvo 70) with the
prod (bowsprit), and I recall it starting with a spin pole longer than the
J dimension. Soon some boats went to the articulating bowsprit, and now the
prod. My question is, when will we see something that looks like a
hammerhead (shark) prod so a track (or blocks) can run the tack of the
asymmetrical spinnaker to weather?
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