SCUTTLEBUTT 3612 - Thursday, June 14, 2012
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BREAKFAST OF (OFFSHORE) CHAMPIONS
By Andrew Hurst, Seahorse Editor
Something interesting has been happening in international sailing. During
the late 1970s and 1980s, and on into the early 90s there was a steady flow
of talent from dinghy and Olympic classes into offshore sailing. The best
young helms were in steady demand onboard the good offshore racers of their
day, both as helmsmen and to sharpen up the tactical armoury. Other good
small boat sailors found their sail trimming knowledge had set them up for
successful careers on the end of a genoa or spinnaker sheet. Many also then
moved sideways into the sailmaking industry.
Having cut their teeth and survived the hard yards, absorbing the new
skill-set needed to perform successfully on larger boats, day and night,
fair conditions and foul, many of these younger sailors went on to make
names for themselves in the America's Cup and in the great Whitbread and
then Volvo ocean races. Many of them will still be found there today either
leading big projects or high up in a range of related businesses.
But then in the late 1990s and 'naughties' something changed. It is a
personal view, but I believe that at this point Olympic sailing became so
refined and specialised that, underwritten by the much greater funding that
was becoming available, it began to offer the prospect of a career in
itself. Also, to succeed in this now more heavily invested Olympic
atmosphere, there was little time to learn parallel skills; and if there
was then there was little appetite.
Fewer good sailors made the transition offshore, or into the Cup. Many were
complacent, others tried offshore sailing and not unreasonably decided it
wasn't for them (tough to argue when the choice is a wet night on the rail
or a warm hotel paid for by your national authority). It is hard to fault
the conflicting forces that stopped many from risking the move. And the
Olympic standard was still rising fast; as one former medallist and
offshore champion said in 2005, "Today's Olympic sailors may no longer be
able to do much other than sail a Laser or a 470, but they do that very
But now the situation is changing yet again and for the better. Since the
49er has been a part of the Olympics another new breed has emerged. Maybe
it's the greater 'adventure', maybe they are just tougher (no rude letters,
please), but whatever the reason, quite a number of skiffies like Chris
Nicholson, Martínez and Fernández, Rob Greenhalgh, even one-time 49er
sailor Ian Walker have been stepping up and doing so very successfully.
Perhaps today's much faster big boats and A-sails play their part in terms
of familiarity for skiff sailors, but I believe it is more than that. Do
skiffs demand a different set of fundamental human qualities, more mentally
flexible and pragmatic, perhaps less perfectionist, than, say a 470 or
Laser? Whatever it is, these guys seem more able than predecessors to adapt
quickly, and tolerate the discomfort as they do so. -- Read on:
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BACK IN THE DAY
At the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Sailing Competition, Yves Loday and Nicolas
Henard (FRA) took the multihull event gold medal, followed by Randy Smyth
and Keith Notary (USA) and Mitch Booth and John Forbes (AUS).
"We were all on the podium," recalled Loday, "and Randy pushed somebody and
somebody pushed the other and we all fell in the water. At that time in
Barcelona the podium was in the middle of the marina and suddenly all the
Tornado teams were all in the water. After that we had to go back and shake
the hand of the Queen and the King and we were completely wet. The Queen
had big smiles, but not the King."
With ten events on the cards, American sailors went on to medal in nine
missing out on a medal in the Women's Lechner. Mark Reynolds and Hal Haenel
took America's only sailing gold in the Star class whilst they collected
six silver medals at two bronze. The American team had hit perfection
during previous Olympic Games when they won medals in all of the events at
Los Angeles 1984. A feat that had not been seen since Sweden picked up
medals in all of the Stockholm 1912 events. -- Full report:
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HOW HARD TO PUSH?
(July 13, 2012; Day 4) - Team Telefonica led a furious charge into the eye
of a North Atlantic storm on Wednesday, and it will be how the leading
quartet of Groupama, Telefonica, PUMA and CAMPER play the risky situation
that will decide the leg... and could ultimately decide the entire race.
Thursday will be a big day. With the combination of gale force offwind
conditions up to 50 knots and waves in excess of six metres, the results
could hinge on who pushes hardest and still survives. Also up for grabs is
the world 24-hour speed record for a monohull set by Ericsson 4 during the
2008-09 race, where their mark of 596.6 nautical miles has not been
bettered since. But the runway could determine that.
The first fumble occurred today on Groupama after skipper Franck Cammas
made the call to reef the mainsail as they prepared for the storm. "It's
when we had to take this reef that we noticed the main sail was stuck at
the top of the mast," media crew Yann Riou said. The solution proved to be
sending bowman Brad Marsh to the top of the 31-metre mast.
"To give you an idea, it's already tough to stand up on deck in these
conditions," Riou added. "So, up in the air with a 31-metre lever... I
don't understand how he did it! If you're looking for the hero of the day,
he is here!" Marsh braved the climb three times to solve the problem. With
speeds almost halved for around two hours, Groupama slipped from second to
The latest ETA for the boats' arrival at Lorient, on the Brittany coast of
France, is Friday. -- Event media
Leg 8 - Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France (1,940 nm)
Standings as of Wednesday, 13 June 2012, 22:02:03 UTC
1. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), 796.3 nm Distance to Finish
2. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), 6.0 nm Distance to Lead
3. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 9.9 nm DTL
4. Groupama 4 (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), 10.5 nm DTL
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), 31.6 nm DTL
6. Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), 52.0 nm DTL
Video reports: http://www.youtube.com/user/volvooceanracevideos
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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
NOT EXACTLY BLACK AND WHITE
By Kimball Livingston, Blue Planet Times
oooKAY. I got a press release on behalf of the African Diaspora Maritime
regarding its legal action against the Golden Gate Yacht Club, Defender and
Trustee of the America's Cup.
Said press release describes the situation as, "one man's two-year attempt
to integrate the upcoming 34th America's Cup."
Which doesn't go far toward building Charles Kithcart's case for being a
viable organization, not an individual with a few associates and a bug up
his tail. But they (cisionwire.com, press releasers extraordinaire) said
it, not me.
When Martin Luther King marched on Selma, "integrate" and "de-segregate"
were functionally the same. Are we being told that the America's Cup is
segregated? It's very white, we know that, but if Mr. Kithcart's legal team
from the vast firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP is going to argue that the
Golden Gate Yacht Club turned him down as a potential fellow Defender along
with Oracle Team USA over the color of his skin, rather than because he
didn't have a snowball's chance in hell of succeeding, he and his
mysterious financial sources face a long road to the promised land.
So far, Mr. Kithcart has been very good at implying just that, without
tripping over himself by saying it. He also does not acknowledge the
distinction between accepting any Challenger that meets the standards of
play, versus accepting into the fold a would-be Defender and giving him a
badge so he can go raise money.
Come to think of it, though, that's not a bad idea. So I hereby put the
Defender on notice: The Journalistic Diaspora Maritime-USA, all of us
Fourth Estaters who have been scrambling for crumbs since the $$ shakeout
of '08, demand to be allowed to enter AC34 and build an AC72 and race for
the honor of America. I can sail, and so can my friends. Commodore Bajurin,
I expect your positive response within 48 hours so I can start making
calls. Team JDM-USA is ready to roll.
Jimmy Spithill, be very afraid.
There's more... read on: http://blueplanettimes.com/?p=9053
EDITOR'S NOTE: The case presented by African Diaspora Maritime has been
reviewed by our legal team, which has struggled to find its merit. Oral
arguments are to be heard on June 27 in the New York City courts.
* All 167 boats in the 635-mile Newport Bermuda Race are equipped with a
Yellowbrick tracking module. The 2012 races starts Friday, June 15th with
the first start scheduled for 1:00PM EST. Tracking will be delayed by 6
hours for the first 48 hours of the race and then go to near-real-time
reports every 30 minutes from each yacht. As yachts get within 15 miles of
Bermuda the timing of reports will be more frequent. Details here:
* (June 13, 2012) - The latest ISAF match race rankings remain unchanged
since the turn of 2012, with Ian Williams (GBR) and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA)
once again retaining their place at the top in the Open and Women's Match
Race Rankings. The top North American in the Open Rankings is Chicago Match
Cup Qualifier winner, Taylor Canfield (ISV), who moves up to World #19.
Full report here: http://www.sailing.org/38735.php
* Dartmouth, England (June 13, 2012) - Racing at The MIQ Logistics 2012
J/80 World Championship Powered by SLAM commenced Tuesday for the 76
competing teams, though light winds allowed for only one race to be
completed. Better conditions today allowed for four races, with Jose Maria
Van Der (ESP) having now legged out a 21 point lead over countryman Javier
Aguado. Crews from nine nations are competing, with a total of 11 races
planned through Friday. -- Event website: http://www.j80worlds2012.com
* Organizers of the America's Cup are near the finish line of San
Francisco's complicated political obstacle course, but there's still a
pending lawsuit - which if not settled could delay plans to build race
facilities on the waterfront. The City's Port Commission voted this week to
settle the suit, which was brought against The City and the Port by a group
called Waterfront Watch, for what it saw as inadequacy in the America's Cup
project's environmental analysis. -- SF Examiner, read on:
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* From Kevin Keogh:
Regarding your story about spousal membership in yacht clubs in issue 3609,
I think that American Yacht Club in Rye, New York has it exactly right. The
Club treats husband and wife each as members. While they are married, each
has the same audit number and they are jointly responsible for the payment
of one membership dues and charges although each is a member. If one spouse
dies, the membership of the other spouse continues. Divorce does not affect
the membership of either of them except that one of them will be assigned a
new audit number and each will separately be responsible for his or her own
dues and charges.
All proposals for membership with respect to married couples are considered
as proposals for the membership of the husband and the wife. Both go
through the proposal and interview process. If a member marries a person
who is not a member, the member notifies the Secretary of the Club of the
name and age of his or her new spouse who is then promptly presented for
election to membership by the Board of Trustees without any need for
proposers and seconders.
* From Cory E. Friedman:
At my club, NLGYC (in Hague, New York), we have individual memberships,
couple memberships (not sure how formal vows play into that) and family
(H&W [or H&H or W&W???]) with kids under 25, in escalating cost. If a
spouse wants privileges, the couple has to move up to couple membership. We
have no such thing as free spousal membership. Same if they have kids. As
same-sex marriage is the law in NY, I assume that will eventually have to
be dealt with, although I'm sure we somehow will get it wrong.
* From Ken Legler:
Thank you Ted Jones for your many contributions and rekindling memories of
my One-ton days. I include a picture of the "Hawk" trophy (right after
awards at the 1979 USYRU One-ton champs) and two one-tonners I competed on
in 1979 (Firewater) and 1983 (Celebration).
One-tonners were about 37' (IOR rating 27.5) until 1982, then grew to 40'
(IOR rating 30.0). Level racing was really cool with all different boats
rating the exact same. William Donovan's Not By Bread Alone, with its mast
head genoa could out point everyone while the fractionals were faster at
reaching. Old friend Moose McClintock sailed on Perry Harris' Special
Edition. He welcomed me aboard their "Ten ton Tanton Two-ton" and tweaks
got their rating level for the series.
I got to campaign "Firewater" as tactician and alternate helm for the '79
Worlds. We lost the worlds to John MacLaurin's "Pendragon," which had been
a 3/4 tonner. They elongated the boat with bow-sprit, longer daggerboard
and spin poles and won a mostly downwind series. Second was Graham Walker's
"Indulgence" a British speedster with Lowell North in charge. Bob Barton
captained "Firewater" and although winning the Worlds was our goal, winning
the NA's was pretty cool.
Indulgence had a 1-1-1 going into the LD race (240 miles crisscrossing
Rhode Island Sound). We rounded Buzzards Tower three times, on a crystal
clear night, on a hazy morning, and in a zero visibility t-storm the second
night. Indulgence dropped their chute in the water on the second time
around, cut it free, and blew by us on the long beat to Montauk. That error
may have caused their mast to go on the third time around, allowing
Firewater to win with a 5-2-2-3. "Rush," with Nelson & Marek aboard, won
easily the next year in Leland, MI.
See photos here:
* From Mick Christensen:
So disappointed that no "evidence" has been discovered (regarding Newport
to Ensenada Race tragedy). All based on the tracking data and hearsay. Why
has there been no report of anyone diving on the suspect crash site? The
keel and motor are surely there!
I can realize that diving conditions may be tough with currents and waves
in that area - I've sailed by these islands several times in smaller
sailboats. There is also the issue of Mexican waters, however, it seems
unlikely that they would bar a lawful attempt to settle the exact location
by finding the debris.
I hope the USCG will be more diligent and thorough.
COMMENT: The US Sailing report, which was included in Scuttlebutt 3611, did
indicate a complete report would be forthcoming in July. As for this
preliminary report, their headline of "Independent Review Panel Makes
Discovery" was a bit of a stretch. Probably a better word than 'discovery'
would have been 'determination' or 'confirmation'. A discovery would have
been finding the keel or motor on the ocean floor. Hope that's declared in
the final report. - Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
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