SCUTTLEBUTT 3616 - Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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ALIVE AND WELL AT 7000 FEET
The town of Park City, Utah brings to mind the type of world class skiing
which hosted the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. But just outside of the town is
the Jordanelle Reservoir - a six square mile body of water at 7000-feet in
elevation. In 2008, a group of sailing refugees launched the Park City
Sailing Association (PCSA), and they have been on a roll ever since. Ken
Block, VP of PCSA, provides an update...
I've been reading in Scuttlebutt the long thread of "Keeping it Fun". Here
are a few things that we have done to introduce the sport to people who
have never sailed, and to make it a fun filled family program.
We recently started the season with Sail A Palooza
(http://vibrant.co/JYntfg). It's an open house for the entire community. We
rigged a bunch of boats, rallied our instructors and some Board members,
bought a couple of $ hundred dollars of food and invited the town to come
and enjoy boat rides and a free barbeque. 150 people came and had fun and
most of them had never sailed before.
Every other Monday night during our summer season we hold Family Sailing.
We set a race course right off the shore line and the kids race, the
parents cheer, we have a few boats rigged so that newcomers can take a sail
with an instructor and we fire the grills up and give everyone a free
We bought (2) J/22's, and with a $100 PCSA membership, you can "charter"
the boat for the season for a $250 early season rate and $350 after May 20.
The boats sit in slips and have outboards. Once you show your sailing
competency you have access to the J's all season long with an on-line
reservations system. It's an amazingly affordable way to get families out
on the water.
We also donate our time and boats to Boy / Girl Scout troops and Church
groups to provide a half day program to support merit badges or simply to
get kids on the water. We have an aggressive scholarship program as we
believe that an empty boat is a wasted opportunity. Additionally we donate
free junior sailing camps and adult lessons on our J/22's to local
non-profits for them to use at their silent auction fundraising events.
In 2011, our second summer we had 143 kids sail with us and we are pretty
confident that with the relationships that we have built with some local
camps, we will have over 200 kids in the program.
Sailing is alive and well at 7000 feet.
PARADOX OF RISK MANAGEMENT
Among the features of the 635nm Newport to Bermuda Race is the
changeability of the race track. Between the Gulf Stream and the weather
systems, what the 90-foot Rambler saw in route to crushing the elapsed time
record was much different to what was seen later in the race.
Matthew Gregory was onboard Bretwalda 3, a Rogers 46 owned by Bob Pethick,
which finished just over 19 hours after Rambler (39:39:18 versus 58:59:41).
Here was their race...
The highlight is the paradox of risk management from a routing perspective.
Sail fast - really fast and furious - straight to the finish or sail an
extra 30-40 mile to the west to go find (or maybe not find) a 40-60 mile
long sliver of Gulf Stream that's only 5-10 miles wide but would give your
already 15 knots of boat speed a bonus 2-4 knot push towards Bermuda.
Sounds like a simple choice. However, all of the 160+ boats were told about
the Gulf Stream gains to the west in the pre-start briefing. Hence many
will go to the west of the rhumbline, and maybe, maybe stumble upon that
sliver of Gulf Stream core.
So hence the paradox. Low risk is to point at the finish line right out of
the blocks and focus on max VMC sailing based upon the boats sail inventory
and performance characteristics. But since you'd be bucking the advice of
the Gulf Stream experts, you're probably going to lever up on the fleet by
being one of the few rhumb liners. Hence the low risk move becomes the
highly levered one.
Ultimately this Bermuda race came down to the low pressure system in the
last 80 miles of the course (at least for our Class 8). That's the position
we played out of the blocks. For me, this race was about setting up for the
wind condition (the low over Bermuda) at the end of the race, rather than
it was to roll dice in the Gulf Stream.
Nearly all the boats are now finished, and by matching the elapsed time to
the corrected time, the 2012 edition proved that the faster boats in each
division tended to be the winners. This was certainly the case in Class 3,
where Rives Potts’ McCurdy and Rhodes 48-foot ‘Carina’ won both their
division and the St. David’s Lighthouse Trophy as the corrected time winner
of the entire amateur division. Race website: http://bermudarace.com/
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(July 19, 2012) - Volvo Ocean Race leader Groupama, along with Abu Dhabi
and Team Telefonica, face a dilemma today after the independent
international jury ruled that they would each incur two-point penalties if
they hauled their boats out of the water for repairs.
Under race rules, the fleet is required to stay in the water with their
masts in place during the Lorient stopover, but damage to a keel fairing on
Abu Dhabi, two broken rudders on Telefonica and mast problems on Groupama
led to all three making requests to the jury for dispensation.
Under the terms of the ruling posted on the race´s official noticeboard,
only repairs specified in their requests could be carried out with any
other remedial work or cleaning strictly prohibited.
Early reactions from Abu Dhbai and Groupama suggest neither is likely to
incur the points penalty with both formulating plans to carry out the
repairs with the boats in the water.
Telefonica's situation, however, is more challenging as rather than attempt
to build new rudders, they had hoped to use rudders they had previously
tested but had not declared for the race. The jury denied this request,
stating the use of non compliant rudders in any of the remaining races
would result in a penalty of one place per scoring opportunity. --
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
WE'VE COME A LONG WAY, BABY
A lot has changed since Newport last hosted an America's Cup race. In 1983,
the first-ever live coverage of an America's Cup race was televised on
Channel 10. The coverage of the seventh and deciding race between Australia
2 and Liberty was picked up by ESPN and television networks in Australia
and around the world.
"Well, the coverage on Channel 10 back in 1983 was groundbreaking. Grainy
pictures from a blimp and archaic commentary. But the fact is, a 132-race
winning streak was on the line. There were three lead changes in the
seventh race of a seven-race series. I mean, what's not to like? That was
pretty special," said NBC sailing commentator Gary Jobson.
Channel 10's coverage plan back in 1983 was hatched in less than 48 hours.
The station used a single camera on the race course which was located in
the Goodyear blimp. America's Cup races have been televised ever since, and
the media coverage has come a long way. -- Turn to 10, read on:
COMMENT: As good as the groundbreaking video content for the AC World
Series has been, a similar investment in commentating has been lacking. The
focus has been on the video feed which will then be (hopefully) sold to
television networks, who in turn will be hiring their own commentators to
talk over the video. A frequent complaint of mine is the ACWS commentators
often dumb down their observations - an insult to the core audience of
sailors. Sport is interesting when it is challenging, both for participant
and spectator. Dumbing it down demeans it. Look for the next broadcast when
the AC World Series is in Newport on June 28-July 1. - Craig Leweck,
DEAR BOAT DOCTOR,
My wife and I just bought a 1970 Olson 38. It has been a great boat so far
and we intend to do some long-term cruising on it. It is a good quality
boat, in good shape, but it is 42-years-old and I am concerned about the
condition of the rig. What should I inspect or replace to make sure it does
Wilmington, North Carolina
The Olson is a very nice boat, pretty and a good performer too. I am glad
to see you want to take care of her. The rig should be thoroughly
inspected, digging into the structure as needed.
I'd start with pulling the rig and inspecting everything up close. Start
with the masthead and tangs, looking for any cracks or corrosion; I'd pull
the throughbolts on the tangs and take a look at those, too. Look carefully
at the maststep, it can corrode and degrade. The spreader tips are cast
aluminum and they can corrode after years of interface with the stainless
The Olson used a wire main halyard and over the years the wire can chew up
the sheaves. Be aware of this, especially if you are considering switching
to a rope halyard. If you are sticking with a wire halyard you should be
able to file and polish the old sheaves. If you go with rope you are best
off getting new sheaves, with the proper profile, fabricated in Delrin. --
Sailing Magazine, read on: http://tinyurl.com/Sailing-061912
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* Team Korea has paid its entry fee for next year's Louis Vuitton Cup
(America's Cup Challenger Series), making them the fourth team to confirm
their challenge to compete. This marks the first time a team from Korea has
challenged for the America's Cup. Next, the team will need to finalize its
boat design and begin building its own AC72, for which the major components
must be constructed in Korea as per the Rules of the event. -- Full report:
* Muscat, Oman (June 19, 2012) - Oman is set to host one of the largest
international sporting events in the Sultanate's history after Oman Sail
won the rights to stage the Laser World Championships in Mussanah Sports
City in 2013. More than 1,000 visitors and their teams from around 60
nations are expected to attend the three events between November 2013 and
January 2014. -- Full report:
* The 18th biennial Bermuda Ocean Race (BOR) which began for 25 teams in
Annapolis on June 8, officially finished Saturday, June 16 in St. George's,
Bermuda. The big story of the race was Sjambok, a Reichel-Pugh 45-footer
owned by Michael Brennan of Bethesda, Md. They dominated the race and took
the lion's share of awards - placing first on both elapsed and corrected
time for the 753-nautical-mile passage from Annapolis to St. George's and
posting the best corrected time for the 628-nautical mile ocean part of the
race. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/BOR-061912
* Miami, FL (June 19, 2012) - After posting getting two seconds on the
opening day of the U.S. Snipe National Championship, Bruno Bethlem de
Amorim and Daniel Seixas Claro boosted their scoreline by winning both
races today. Day one leader Ernesto Rodriguez and Cate Gundlach are still
lurking in second overall, but two seconds today by 2011 champ Augie Diaz
and Justine O'Conner now finds them just a point back in third. Racing
continues through Friday. -- Results: http://tinyurl.com/Snipe-061912
* Chautauqua Lake, NY (June 17, 2012) - Mike Ingham with Sarah Paisley and
Kyle Finefrock dominated the 35 boat fleet in six races to win the Thistle
Great Lakes Championship. Ingham's team won four of the races, with
moderate conditions on Saturday and winds up to 18 mph on Sunday. -- Full
* Rochester, NY (June 17, 2012) - Rochester Yacht Club hosted the Great
Lakes International Challenge for 10 teams representing 4 countries. In
this Grade 3 Match Race event, American Dave Perry staked an early lead
over Canadian Terry McLaughlin, but after three days of competition,
Mclaughlin closed out 1 point over Dave Perry for the win. Peter Wickwire
(CAN) lost in the tiebreaker with Perry to finish third. -- Full report:
* Washington state officials think a Japanese boat that washed ashore last
Friday with Japanese writing on it is likely debris from the tsunami last
year, according to news reports. A marine-band radio, several life jackets
and a battery made a long sea journey with a Japanese fishing boat that
washed ashore Friday at Cape Disappointment State Park, an 1,882-acre
camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula in Pacific County where the
Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, according to the Seattle Times. --
Soundings Trade Only, read on: http://tinyurl.com/STO-061912
Bruce Brakenhoff Sr passed away at the age of 80 of a heart attack on
Friday, June 15th, 2012 at his home in Jamestown, RI. Over 50 years ago,
Bruce started his career with Orienta Marine, was a Vice President of
Northrop and Johnson, and co-founded Bartram and Brakenhoff in 1967 with
his partner and friend Joe Bartram.
Bruce grew up in Larchmont, NY and moved to Jamestown, RI in 1985. He was a
past Commodore of the Conanicut Yacht Club in Jamestown, a member of Storm
Trysail Club and an ex-member of Larchmont Yacht Club and New York Yacht
Club, as well as the Ethics Committee Chairman for the Yacht Broker's
Association of America for over 20 years, and Treasurer of the American
Yacht Charter Association. He was a mainstay in the industry, and wrote and
created some of the original charter contracts, regulations and practices
that are still in existence today. -- Read on:
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* From Clark Chapin:
About 20 years ago, US Sailing considered not allowing entrants in
Championships or their qualifying events to clubs that did not allow women
to be members. At the Board meeting in Seattle where this proposal would be
voted upon, there was a lot of heated rhetoric on both sides. The more
conservative clubs believed that it was their prerogative to set membership
policies and predicted wholesale defection from the membership ranks.
In due course, one of the observers present asked to be recognized.
"Let me relate to you the experience of my Club, which is in a reasonably
progressive Midwestern state. A few years ago, one of our members called me
one night and said that he had agreed to be nominated as President of US
Sailing. I congratulated him, but he said that he would have to resign his
club membership before his election.
"Stunned, I asked him why. He replied that as President of the National
Authority, he could not remain a member of a club whose bylaws excluded
women as members. I urged him not to resign immediately and that I would
work to correct that situation.
"I called all the living past commodores of the club and cajoled them into
meeting at my home. Then, I wouldn't let them leave until they agreed to
sign a proposal to the current board to revise the bylaws to allow women to
be members. It was a long night, but finally they all agreed. Faced with a
proposal from all the past commodores, the board agreed to put the measure
to a vote.
"Then the firestorm erupted... read on:
* From Kate Solomon:
Regarding the story in Scuttlebutt 3615, I suspect the Etchells class
thought their rules on limiting the number of sails a member could buy each
year would insure that the sails would be made from suitable material.
Clearly, DC pointed out how naive that was.
But the report also made me think about all the other racing that goes on.
While the sailmakers continually seek to make a better sail design, not yet
has the better sail been a cheaper sail. But unlike One Design classes, the
handicap racing world is not limiting what people might spend.
While it is good for there to be a grand prix tier that is wide open for
development, the bulk of the sport could use some controls to keep the
minority from outspending and ultimately pushing out the people that don't
want to play that game.
Does the average PHRF fleet really need, as one sailmaker claims, "the most
technically advanced design, lamination and shaping methods in the
industry"? With no limits, better equipment tilts the playing field, and
inevitably pushes people to seek out other forms of recreation.
* From Tony Sanpere:
It was very sad to hear that Joe passed away after falling off a race boat
(as reported in Scuttlebutt 3615). Joe sailed with me aboard my Seidelman
30 Cayenne when I lived in Marblehead and was a member of the Boston Yacht
Club. We sailed together, doing just about every race on the calendar
including overnights and up in Maine. He was a good sailor and an excellent
mechanic that could tune the Weber carburetors on a Ferrari by ear. His
wife Janet also sailed aboard Cayenne. Together with Marty Browne, we won
numerous races and season championships. I lost track of him when I moved
south but always checked the results of his J/30. He will be missed.
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