SCUTTLEBUTT 3604 - Monday, June 4, 2012
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HELPING THE (OTHER) RED, WHITE, AND BLUE
America's Cup defender and Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill spent
time at the Olympic sailing venue in Weymouth, UK last week working with US
Olympic women's match racing representative Anna Tunnicliffe and crew.
Spithill and Tunnicliffe met up in San Francisco at the team base at Pier
80 last February when she was in town to accept the US Rolex Yachtswoman of
the Year award. Tunnicliffe and her crew, including Debbie Capozzi and
Molly Vandemoer, are the world's No. 1-ranked women's match racing crew
heading into the Olympic Regatta, which begins in eight weeks on July 27.
"Anna called out of the blue one day and asked if I could come and watch
their practice session this week," said Spithill. "Their coach had a prior
commitment, and she felt it would be good to have someone else come in and
have a look.
"I walked away bloody impressed," Spithill said. "They're a good team in
women's match racing. I think they're bench mark. To be honest, I couldn't
help them much at all, they're such high caliber. There's always something
to sharpen up, but their fundamentals are there. They've won a lot of
regattas and Anna won a gold in the last games (Laser Radial, Beijing
2008), and they're a very good team.
"The thing I noticed is they're very open-minded. There are no egos,
they're willing to listen and take feedback. Off the water they have a good
time and respect each other. They have good management and setup."
As for the Olympic venue, Spithill found it also a very impressive setup.
He noted that not only were Olympians on site preparing for the Games, but
also youth sailors and paddleboarders.
"I was pretty excited to see the Weymouth venue," Spithill said. "It's an
impressive facility, a huge area and the racing should be close enough to
shore so people can watch. Every single day there, you get all sorts of
people training and racing, down to kids doing learn to sail,
paddleboards." -- http://tinyurl.com/OR-060312
* Anna's team will be competing at Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth on
June 4-9, the same site as the 2012 Olympic Games. Event website:
COMMENT: Oracle Team USA is often criticized for not being very patriotic,
with John Kostecki as the only American among the crew. But Jimmy is
getting closer. The Australian married an American, has a house in America,
and is now helping the American Olympic efforts. Lucky for him his sister
Katie, who is a top ranked match racer, won't be competing at the 2012
Games. - Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
CLOSE, REALLY CLOSE
Never in the 39-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race have four boats been
in with a realistic chance of winning with just around 10 days of offshore
sailing left to go.
After usurping long-term leaders Telefónica following Leg 7, Groupama top
the overall standings with just two offshore legs and three In-Port races
left. Telefónica's six-month stronghold came to an end with Groupama taking
second in the 3,590-nautical mile race from Miami to Lisbon while Iker
Martínez's crew had to settle for fourth.
Although delighted to be in front, Groupama skipper Franck Cammas knows
there's plenty more racing lying between his team and the Volvo Ocean Race
trophy. "We didn't expect this when we started in Alicante, so to be in
this position with just two legs to go is a dream for us as we are a new
entry team," said Cammas, skippering the first French entry in the race
since Eric Tabarly's La Poste back in 1993-94.
With two wins, a second and a third from the last four offshore legs, PUMA
Ocean Racing powered by BERG are also serious contenders. Coupled with
consistent results in the in-port races, they have scored more points than
any other team in the last two months.
Had PUMA not lost their mast during Leg 1, they would most likely be
topping the leaderboard at this crucial stage. If they are to win overall,
they will need to overcome history. No team has ever won the race without
completing every leg. -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/VOR-060312
Overall Standings (after Leg 7)
1. Groupama 4 (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), 183 pts
2. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), 180 pts
3. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), 171 pts
4. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 162 pts
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE),Ian Walker(GBR), 104 pts
6. Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), 32 pts
SCHEDULE: Racing in Lisbon, Portugal begins again with the Pro-Am Race on
June 8, the In-Port Race on June 9, and the start of the 1940nm Leg 8 from Lisbon to
Lorient, France on June 10: http://tinyurl.com/VOR-2011-12-schedule
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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COLLEGE SPRING NATIONALS
Austin, Texas (June 2, 2012) - Today was the last day of racing for the
Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women's National Championship on Lake Travis in
Austin, Texas, co-hosted by the University of Texas Sailing Team and the
Austin Yacht Club. Eighteen women's collegiate teams raced for the Gerald
C. Miller Trophy and Boston College came away with the victory.
It was close to the end, with Boston College starting the final day just
one point ahead of Georgetown University, and going into the last race of
the day, were only one point ahead of the University of Rhode Island, the
defending champions. Closely behind Boston and Rhode Island were Yale
University and Georgetown - all four teams were within ten points of each
Winning the Women's Championship title and the Gerald C. Miller Trophy for
Boston College was Anne Haeger '12, Laura McKenna '13 and Kelly Roy '13 in
A-division and Briana Provancha '12 and Beth Barnard '15 in B-division.
Winning the Madeleine Trophy for A division was Sydney Bolger '12 and
Rebecca Evans '12 for Georgetown. In B division, Yale's Morgan Kiss '15
with Urska Kosir '15 and Emily Billing '13 with Amanda Salvesen '14 won the
Judy Lawson Trophy as the low point team.
Final Overall Results - Top 5 of 18
1. Boston College, 142
2. Yale University, 146
3. University of Rhode Island, 150
4. Georgetown University, 156
5. Connecticut College, 187
Full report/results: http://tinyurl.com/Womens-060312
* Austin, Texas (June 3, 2012) - Today was the first day of racing for the
ICSA/APS Team Race National Championships on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas.
After a qualifying round robin series, the top 8 of 14 advanced to the Gold
double round robin series. The early leaders at 5-2 are College of
Charleston, St. Mary's College, and Brown University. The top four from the
Gold round will sail a single round robin, or a "final four," to determine
the final top teams. -- Complete report:
AWARDS: The finalists for the Quantum Women's College Sailor of the Year
award, given annually to an individual who has performed at the highest
level of competition in district and national championships, were Sydney
Bolger (Georgetown University) and Anne Haeger (Boston College), both
graduated seniors. Bolger came out on top having stronger finishes in
women's regattas. She won A-division in nearly every women's regatta she
sailed this year. Bolger is a four-time ICSA Women's All-American skipper
and an accomplished international competitor. She has been named to the
2012 U.S. Sailing Olympic Development Team for the Women's 470 Class. Full
list of the ICSA Women's All-American Team:
WORLD MATCH RACING TOUR - STAGE 2 OF 9
Gyeonggi, South Korea (June 3, 2012) - Defending Champion Bjorn Hansen
(SWE) fought off stiff competition from reigning Tour title-holder Ian
Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar in the final to win the Korea Match Cup, the
second event of the 2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour.
After Hansen established a 2-0 lead, Williams leveled the score at 2-2 to
set up the winner-take-all fifth match. After the teams split tacks off the
line, Williams built a lead to almost 50 meters before rounding the top
mark for the final time. However, after a shocking spinnaker hoist by
Williams early on the final leg, Hansen was able to gain the leverage
needed, using better winds to pass just before the finish.
Both skippers came into the final on good form, Ian Williams powering
through his Semi-Final 3-0 against Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Team Korea, while
Bjorn Hansen's Semi-Final against Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing went
3-2. Robertson won the Petit-Final against Torvar Mirsky. -- Full story:
Final Standings (Skipper, Team, Prize money)
1. Bjorn Hansen, Mekonomen Sailing Team, 63,669.94 USD
2. Ian Williams, Team GAC Pindar, 43,295.56 USD
3. Phil Robertson, WAKA Racing Team, 35,655.17 USD
4. Torvar Mirsky, Team Korea, 25,467.98 USD
5. Simone Ferrarese, Ferrarese Racing Team, 20,374.38 USD
6. William Tiller, Full Metal Jacket Racing, 17,827.58 USD
7. Pierre-Antoine Morvan, Vannes Agglo Sailing Team, 15,280.79 USD
8. Peter Gilmour, YANMAR Racing , 12,733.99 USD
9. Laurie Jury, Kiwi Match Sailing, 8,489.33 USD
10. Johnie Berntsson, Berntsson Sailing Team, 5,093.60 USD
11. Byeong-Ki Park, Geoje City, 3,385.73 USD
12. Tae-Jung Kim, Gyeonggi-do, 2,539.30 USD
Note: Prize money converted from the South Korea Won on June 3, 2012
Video highlights: http://new.livestream.com/WorldMRT
BACKGROUND: The nine event World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the leading
professional sailing series, and is sanctioned by the International Sailing
Federation (ISAF) with "Special Event" status. Prize money is awarded for
each event, with event points culminating in the crowning of the "ISAF
Match Racing World Champion". -- http://www.wmrt.com
SCUTTLEBUTT SAILING CALENDAR
Events listed at http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar
* Challenged America co-founder and well-known San Diego blind racing
sailor and instructor, Urban Miyares, will be doing a free, online,
internationally-accessible seminar presentation on Sailing Blind with the
Chicago-based Hadley School for the Blind's "Seminars @ Hadley" this
Tuesday, June 6, 2012, at 12 noon Pacific Coast Time. -- Read on:
* Chicago, IL (June 3, 2012) - Under sunny skies but extremely shifty
conditions at Chicago's world-famous Navy Pier, the teams exhibiting the
most patience and tenacity prevailed at the Chicago Match Race Center's
June Grade 2 Invitational presented by Eurex. Winning was 23-year old
Taylor Canfield from the US Virgin Islands, and his team of Matt Clark, Dan
Morris and Tommy Loughborough. Joining Canfield at the only U.S. stop on
the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (July 11-15) is runner-up Jordan Reece
from Australia. -- Full report:
* The teams have been announced for Balboa Yacht Club's 46th annual
Governor's Cup International Junior Match Racing Championship, which will
take place July 18 to 22, 2012. Nevin Snow, the skipper of the 2011 winning
team from San Diego Yacht Club and the youngest ever winner of the Cup,
will return to race again together with his 2011 crew. Nevin will try to
become the eighth two-time winner in Cup history. -- Full report:
* (June 3, 2012) - With only one race for the 12-boat field on the final
day of the RC44 Austria Cup, the 11 point lead by Torbjorn Tornqvist's
Artemis was enough to overcome their eighth place finish was enough to
secure the Swedish team's overall victory. Although Artemis won the RC44
World Championship in 2011, this was their first circuit event win since
2009. Next up for the RC44s, over 18-22 July, is the event in Marstrand,
Sweden on Torbjorn Tornqvist's home waters. -- Full report:
* Pwlhelli, Wales (June 1, 2012) - Michael Maier (CZE) won his fourth Finn
World Masters title on Friday with no more races sailed after the wind
failed to stabilise in time to get the final races in before the time
limit. Allen Burrell (GBR) won the silver and Laurent Hay (FRA) won the
bronze in the 133-boat fleet. -- Full report:
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* From Mark Chew
Is it just me or are kite boarding shots REALLY BORING? Having the power
source separated from the athlete by a few hundred meters of string is
going to be a hard one for the (Olympic) media machines to glamorise.
COMMENT: While dinghy photography tends to require tight framing on the
subject, kiting mandates it. I have yet to see a distant photo of kite
course racing that captures the intensity of the moment. - Craig Leweck,
* From Julian Hatherell:
It was hard not to cheer for Azzam battling to stay in front of the Volvo
70 fleet into Lisbon Thursday night. What an outstanding performance!
But then to read Mike Sanderson's Dock Talk interview after he trailed the
fleet into yet another port is even more inspirational. The race viewer
showed that these guys didn't give up pushing Sanya until they finished.
They could be forgiven for being dejected or negative; in the right boat
they could be mixing it up at the head of the fleet and have done so in the
past - but not a chance of it. They are as motivated and focused as the day
they left Alicante so many months ago.
We put up with a lot of arrogant and petulant so-called professionals in
this and other sports; what an outstanding example these folks set. How
much better would this sport be if more junior (and senior) sailors adopted
some of their attitudes? I'll be pasting the crew list
(http://tinyurl.com/Sanya-crew) in some corner of my digital life and hope
one day to congratulate one or more of the crew members in person, and
cheer them on in another race.
* From Donald Street:
Hurricane season is upon us. I have pulled together all the articles and
sections in my guides that I have written over the last 20 years regarding
hurricanes and put them on my website: http://www.street-iolaire.com/
There you will find 12 articles on all aspects of hurricanes: securing for
afloat and ashore, dodging them, cruising during hurricane season and more.
Basically there is nothing to be said regarding hurricanes that is not in
those 12 articles.
* From Moose McClintock:
In response to Alex Arnold's comment about the greatest American sailor (in
Scuttlebutt 3603), I was under the assumption when I was contacted about
being on the list that this was the greatest 'living' American sailor. I
might be wrong if that is not the intent of the poll, but it's all in good
On another view of the whole thing, I think the recognition of all these
great sailors is an honor, one which I don't fully understand includes me.
My primary contribution to sailing has been as crew; almost every one of
the people listed is a very deserving skipper. The fact that I have sailed
with over half the people the list indicates that I was very lucky and had
the opportunity to sail with some very talented sailors. There are hundreds
of other sailors out there who deserve to be on this list, all of whom I
respect for their accomplishments.
I'm not sure if it's possible, but I would prefer voters put in their own
pick in my place when they vote; I truly am not deserving of being included
with this level of sailor.
* From Jake Fish, US Sailing:
In response to some of the comments published in Scuttlebutt 3603, I'd like
to further explain the method behind our "madness" for the Greatest
First of all, the primary goal for this virtual online tournament is to
have fun and celebrate the racing sailor in this country. While creating
this tournament, we at US Sailing found this to be educational and believe
that participants of the game/sweepstakes will learn more about all these
How will fans vote on each match-up? That depends on the fans. It's up to
you! Ideally, racing resumes will play a big role, but I'm sure some fans
will vote on popularity, familiarity, or personal preference on what type
of sailing they participate in.
How were the four divisions created? We elected to mix sailors of different
backgrounds in the divisions. We pondered separating sailors by specialty
such as, Olympic medalists, America's Cup greats, Ocean racing icons, World
Champions, etc. We came to realization that so many of these sailors have
had success in multiple areas and it would have been too difficult to
designate them to one specialty. We thought that these divisions might lack
competitive balance this way as well. Also, in order to streamline the
selection process, we decided to limit the field of 64 to living sailors
We are excited for the start of the Greatest American Sailor tournament,
beginning on Monday at 12 p.m. ET. Register, play, spread the word and have
fun at http://membership.ussailing.org/sweeps.htm
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