SCUTTLEBUTT 3599 - Friday, May 25, 2012
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PRELIMINARY FINDINGS IN FARALLONES RACE TRAGEDY
Portsmouth, RI (May 24, 2012) - A US Sailing Independent Review Panel has
released a set of preliminary findings and recommendations from the
research conducted on the 2012 Crewed Farallones Race that resulted in the
deaths of five sailors from sailboat, Low Speed Chase, on April 14, 2012.
The panel presented this information to the new San Francisco Bay Offshore
Racing Council, which includes local race organizers and yacht clubs, on
Tuesday, May 22. The council has developed its goals to enhance safety and
communications practices for all upcoming offshore events in the Bay area.
The US Sailing preliminary recommendations are as follows:
1 - Enhanced training of sailors in seamanship and piloting, including
understanding of wave development in shoaling waters and safe distance off
a lee shore.
2 - Once-a-season training seminars in appropriate safety gear and
mandatory skippers' meeting for offshore races.
3 - Assurance of compliance with existing Minimum Equipment Requirements,
including post-race inspections.
4 - Improved race management, including accountability for boats on the
course, crew members' information, compliance with Coast Guard Marine Event
Permit conditions, and improved communication with sailors and Coast Guard.
5 - Consistency of protocol and requirements for all Bay Area offshore
Panel Chairman, Sally Honey (Palo Alto, Calif.) explains, "The US Sailing
Independent Review Panel for the Low Speed Chase accident has completed a
substantial amount of its fact-finding agenda, including a questionnaire to
all racers in the Fully-crewed Farallones Race; personal interviews with
racers, including survivors and witnesses; and plots and analysis of two
dozen GPS tracks around Southeast Farallon Island."
A full report from the panel will be released by US Sailing in June.
Complete release: http://tinyurl.com/USS-052412
FIRST BOAT TO WIN MACKINAC TO SAIL IT AGAIN
Talk about making a comeback. Bernida, the first boat to win the Bayview
Port Huron to Mackinac Race in 1925, will sail this year's 88th event
starting July 14.
Bought last autumn by Grosse Pointe Park's Al Declercq, the boat is a
32-foot R-class sloop with an open cockpit. There is no cabin for the crew.
In terms of size, it's significantly smaller than other boats in the field.
"It's only 48 hours, who the heck cares?" said Declercq, who has entered
two races this year with Bernida and won both. "It might be nice, it might
be ugly, but when it's rough out there, no boats are comfortable. We'll
just be a little less comfortable than the rest of them."
Bernida was built approximately 92 years ago and won the 1927 Mackinac
race, as well. It raced years later, but essentially was lost until a
sailing enthusiast found it in Frankfort in 1995 in shabby condition.
Several owners later, Roman Barnwell of Mackinac Island restored it with
the help of island residents. Declercq, who owns sailmaker Doyle Detroit
and has over 50,000 miles of racing experience, purchased the boat from
Barnwell after that restoration.
"It was sailable but wasn't race-ready," Declercq said. "We had to make
everything stronger and update a number of things and now we'll go sail the
race." -- The Detroit News, read on: http://tinyurl.com/DN-052412
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THOSE CUPS AREN'T MEANT FOR DRINKING
By Jos Spijkerman, International Judge
In the Netherlands we have - whatever you might think - a strict anti
doping regulation in sports. Including in the sport of sailing. Most jury
members will think first off, this is already covered in the fundamental
rules, particularly in rule 5, the Anti-Doping rule.
Recently, however, our national doping agency has been investigating sports
in our country, on compliance with the rules. Specifically the rules about
their authority to inspect during an event. Our MNA (Watersportverbond) has
been made aware that most events do NOT comply with their rules.
In the Notice of Race and in the Sailing Instructions, the NATIONAL Anti-
Doping regulations have to be declared as a governing document. In that
regulation the way inspections are conducted are described and how
competitors should act and what rights they have.
Our MNA has now amended all championship NOR and SI to comply. And make
available a room (toilet is enough) available for the Doping Authority
during events. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/RSS-052412
WANTED: EASTBOUND TRAIN TO LISBON
(May 24, 2012; Day 5) - The quick Atlantic crossing for the Volvo Ocean
Race to Lisbon, Portugal has taken an unexpected twist, as the cold front
the fleet had been hoping to hook into for a fast ride fast across the
North Atlantic was moving too quickly, slamming the door shut and forcing
some quick thinking.
"We all missed the train and we're waiting for the next one, which is
expected to come in from the northwest and that's while we are climbing up
(north)," explained Xabi Fernandez, trimmer with leg leaders Telefonica
The Spanish team has taken the biggest hit, and their position at the top
of the leaderboard is tenuous at best. They may be closer to Portugal, but
they have separated from the fleet, which is now 70 nm to the northwest and
much closer to the next front.
Abu Dhabi is leading the northern charge, which has them heading towards
the chance of ice brought south on the cold Labrador current. "The latest
bit of ice was spotted at latitude 46 degrees north. At the moment we're
headed to get above it. Bring on the freeze," said Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's
navigator, Jules Salter.
After getting caught too far south of the fleet, CAMPER has been the
biggest benefactor of the weather shuffle. "We took a couple of big shifts
to the north. The remains of tropical storm Alberto were still around, so
we got a bit of a shove from that. Right at the moment, we are reaping some
of the benefits from it," explained navigator Will Oxley.
Leg 7 - Miami, USA to Lisbon, Portugal (3,590 nm)
Standings as of Thursday, 24 May 2012, 22:03:20 UTC
1. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), 2237.5 nm Distance to Finish
2. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), 7.2 nm Distance to Lead
3. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 13.0 nm DTL
4. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), 21.5 nm DTL
5. Groupama 4 (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), 40.0 nm DTL
6. Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), 54.2 nm DTL
Video reports: http://www.youtube.com/user/volvooceanracevideos
DID YOU KNOW: The amount of information transferred to the teams is
severely limited. Despite the technology available, regulations are in
place to manage costs and maintain parity. For outside sailing news,
Scuttlebutt is the ONLY distribution available to the boats.
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
* Annapolis, MD (May 24, 2012) - Local knowledge sprinkled with some
world-class talent allowed Annapolis-based Rod Jabin and his Ramrod team to
take an early lead in today's first of four days of racing in the 2012 Farr
40 East Coast Championship. After three races, Ramrod leads the 11-boat
fleet by three points. Teams from Germany, Italy, Monaco, Turkey and the US
are competing, many of which are training for the Rolex Farr 40 World
Championship held in Chicago in September. -- Full report:
* Langenargen, Germany (May 24, 2012) - The launch of the nine event 2012
World Match Racing Tour saw Phil Robertson (NZL) and new Tour Card Holder
Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) make the most of a difficult first day's racing
at Match Race Germany to lead the field. -- Full report:
* The 2012 Newport Bermuda Race program, featuring new thoughts on safety,
Carina's round the world sprint to the Newport start, deciphering the Gulf
Stream, a Bermuda Race sea bag, cruising in Bermuda's historic waters,
classy cheap eats in Newport, the funny side of family sailing, the Onion
Patch Series and . Notice of Race. Available at:
* If you are a C & C owner within sailing distance of Mystic, CT, the C & C
Northeast Rendezvous will be held September 21-23 at the Mystic Seaport
Marina. Among the highlights is Rob Ball, noted naval architect for C & C
Yachts for over 20 years, who Saturday evening will regale attendees with
the history and stories behind C & C Yachts. To check out the full
itinerary and to register: http://www.cncrendezvous.myevent.com.
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include wet and wonderful, pool sailing, Bermuda is on, so right, teen
scene, foiling, and gut hiking. Here are this week's photos:
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
When it comes to knowledge, we only know what we know. We can only assess
what we have experienced. We can only recall what we have seen. And while
these truths remain certain, the window to the world keeps opening wider as
technology moves along.
For example, this week's video shows what's possible when several small
waterproof cameras are strategically mounted on a Foiling Moth. Top of the
mast. Bottom of the hull. Front of the boat. Back of the boat. One sailors,
surrounded by cameras. A voyeur video.
Click here for this week's video:
* This week on America's Cup Uncovered Episode 40, we are in Italy for the
America's Cup World Series Venice. In addition to the AC45 racing, we
announced the Red Bull Youth America's Cup while in Venice; a few youth
sailors from Northern Italy had the chance to test their hiking skills
alongside ORACLE TEAM USA's Jimmy Spithill. Tune in on Saturday May 26 at
approx 0800 PDT 1600 BST: http://www.youtube.com/americascup
* In the May 25th "World on Water" we show our exclusive on-board video on
the 1A Antigua Race Week winner Antipodes, the Finn Gold Cup, finish of the
Transat AG2R La Mondiale, 470 Worlds, the 2 Volvo races in Miami and in
"Fresh to Frightening" the death of a J-122 when it crashed onto rocks. See
it on http://www.boatson.tv 1000 BST, 0500 EDT 1100 CEST.
SEND US YOUR VIDEOS: If you have clips to share for the Video of the Week,
send them to the Scuttlebutt editor: mailto:email@example.com
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Either submit comments by email or post them on the Forum. Submitted
comments chosen to be published in the newsletter may be limited to 250
words. Authors may have one published submission per subject, and should
save their bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.
* From Steve Gregory:
Good on ISAF for working on betting guidelines (Scuttlebutt 3598). With all
the talk about how to broaden the appeal of sailing through broadcast
coverage, nothing heightens the spectating experience like gambling. We are
all screwed up thinking that stadium sailing is how to package the sport
for viewing. All it does is provide crummy conditions. It's time to take
the course and cameras three miles offshore, and we'll see sailing
broadcast in every Las Vegas casino.
* From Ryan O'Grady:
I actually had the chance to sail with Jorg Reichers and Ryan Breymaier on
Mare in Leg 1 of the Atlantic Cup. You can read my account of the leg here:
Jorg, Ryan, and Mare were excellent hosts, and Jorg's talent is undeniable.
He does possess a unique personality, the drive to win suits him well, and
I look forward to seeing what he can do if he gets an IMOCA 60. Yet for all
of the successes out there like Jorg, there are still plenty of talented
sailors who need good sponsors like Mare to reach their potential, and the
article (in Scuttlebutt 3597) was meant to highlight two of the many
There is also another point that needs clarification. Emma Creighton was
the only female to compete in the Proto class of the Mini Transat. Pip
Hare, Marie Duvignac, Fabienne Robin, and Suzanne Beyer also finished the
2011 Mini Transat in the production class, though Emma beat all of them to
* From Dan Knox:
I would like to thank Dean Brenner, Chairman, US Olympic Sailing Committee
on his views posted on Scuttlebutt 3598. I look as thing a bit differently
but would like to think him for all his efforts. I'm sure it is not easy to
make a decision regarding which boats to kick out of the Olympics.
Let me start by saying that I have a lot of admiration for anyone that even
tries to become an Olympic Sailor. The dedication and skill required is
beyond anything I could ever do in sailing.
I started sailing when I was 50 and now 9 year later I love sailing. I go
sailing two times a week, every week, all year round. If there is an YRA
race on San Francisco Bay, we'll be there sailing our 33 year old One
Design keelboat. If the AC World Series is on the internet, I'm watching
it. I check the Volvo Ocean Race standings every day. But frankly, I don't
care at all about the Olympics or Olympic Sailing. It has nothing to do
with the type of sailing that I do or anybody I know does.
I view the Olympics as a Made-For-TV event. It costs billions of dollars to
put on, and the funds are so large that everything associated with the
Olympics is just overrun by the money. Whenever anyone associated with the
Olympics talks about the "popularity" of sailing, I think they are really
talking about the amount of money that will trickle down from the number of
viewers watching Olympic sailing on TV. -- Read on:
* From Nevin Sayre:
It seems US Sailing didn't have all the information before casting three
votes for kitesurf course racing at the expense of windsurf racing for the
2016 Olympics. A more careful evaluation questions Dean Brenner's
explanation for the U.S. votes at the ISAF Council.
1) No argument kiteboarding is an exciting and rapidly growing area of the
sport. However, US Sailing and ISAF voted for what is currently practiced
by a very small percentage of kiteboarders - kiteboard course racing.
That's like noticing all these skiers at the mountain and then choosing
telemark racing as the Olympic discipline. Kite board racing uses very
different equipment and skills than what you see at the beach. No doubt
kiteboard racing is cutting edge and could one day evolve into an Olympic
sport, but we're just not there yet. That's the point. There are estimates
that at most 200-300 persons world-wide have been on a kite course board.
This includes but a handful of juniors.
But let's look at the facts: 80 women from 37 countries competed in the
RS:X World Championships. 12 women from 10 countries competed in the Kite
Course Racing World Championships. Only two women were able to complete all
the races at the Kite Course Worlds. Does this qualify as Olympic-ready for
There is currently no known active Youth Kite Course Racing. Compare that
to 400 kids (age 16 and younger) who are expected at the Techno Windsurfing
World Championships this summer.
2) According to Dean/US Sailing's justification, "The infrastructure
required will be minimal." Agreed, infrastructure required for staging
events is an important consideration. I wonder if US Sailing is aware that
kitesurfing, due to safety concerns, is prohibited from many premier ISAF
In Sydney Harbour, site of the 2000 Olympics, kitesurfing is banned.
In Singapore, site of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, kitesurfing in banned.
In Cyprus, site of the 2013 ISAF Youth Worlds, kitesurfing is banned.
In Lake Garda, Italy, site of the EUROSAF Olympic Regatta, kitesurfing is
COMMENT: The switch from windsurfing to kitesurfing is clearly a leap of
faith. Few dispute that kitesurfing is an appropriate Olympic event, yet
most agree the event is currently not ready. For better or worse, Olympic
events are chosen by ISAF for one regatta that occurs every four years,
with voters making choices that will insure their country's success at that
regatta. Big picture thinking, like what is good for growing the sport, is
not necessarily part of the equation. - Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
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