SCUTTLEBUTT 3621 - Wednesday, June 27, 2012
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AS IF HE NEEDED THE INVITATION
The Prince of Wales has christened an Olympic sailing boat as he made a
surprise visit to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.
Charles was invited to the Olympic sailing site - the largest venue outside
London - by three-times gold medallist Ben Ainslie. The Prince's appearance
caused a stir amongst the gathered athletes from Team GB and around the
world who have come to train in the waters off Dorset's coast.
Met by the chief executive of the academy, John Tweed, and the chairman,
Edward Leask, Charles was shown the site from a balcony adorned with flags
from across the world. He went on to meet members of the Team GB Olympic
and Paralympic sailing team, as well as representatives from Australia and
Meeting Olympic hopefuls Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes, the Prince was
asked to christen their boat - which they have only had for a couple of
days. The pair - Britain's representatives in the 49er class - handed
Charles a bottle of Palmers Dorset Gold. He poured the ale over the white
sailing boat, naming it Lovely Rita.
Rhodes, 31, said: "Lovely Rita is a Beatles song and we thought it was as
British a name as it could be. Ben (Ainslie) names all his boats Rita so we
thought we should get in on the action."
Ainslie, who is seeking a fourth consecutive gold medal when he competes in
the Finn class at this year's games, said of the academy in Portland: "When
we think about 2012, and people talk about the legacy of 2012, this is a
fantastic example of that and it's great to have Prince Charles down here
and have him show his support."
US Olympic sailing team members Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan also managed
to have a chat with the prince after infiltrating a line-up of Olympic
sailors from Australia and Canada.
Clark, 30, a 470 dinghy sailor, said: "It was pretty incredible. I didn't
actually know that he was coming today, but we snuck into the line and had
a wonderful opportunity. I think that it is really, really amazing and I'm
so happy that he came down to support sailing and christen the boat for the
British - that's just so cool, absolutely incredible." --
QUOTE / UNQUOTE
"My greatest strength is probably my utter love of the sport. I love the
water, I love the people, I love the feeling of bombing down a wave, the
second before the bow drops, I love the buzz of anticipation before a windy
start, I love the calculations on a light, shifty day." - Sarah Lihan,
American 470 crew, 2012 Olympics, http://tinyurl.com/Olympics-062612a
IYRS HITS THE ROAD
IYRS hits the road this weekend, making stops at major events in Rhode
Island and Connecticut and making it easy for potential students and
supporters to learn about the school and its programs. If you are heading
to Newport to watch the action at the America's Cup World Series, visit us
at the America's Cup Exploration Zone, which is open until July 1. We will
also be at the WoodenBoat Show - hosted by Mystic Seaport, June 29 to July
1 - where you can learn about the school while spying some amazing
classics. For more information, visit
PREPARE TO BE COUNTED
It wasn't immediately noticeable when the AC World Series arrived in San
Diego last November. But a close look at the gate greeters revealed a hand
clicker that counted each arrival. And on the final weekend, a cadre of
attractive coeds was actively surveying the attendees.
What was it all about? A local investment had been made to attract the
event to San Diego, and now the city was seeking to assess its worth.
For the AC World Series event this week in Newport, attendees should expect
a similar accounting. The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation has
hired Maine-based research and planning firm Planning Decisions Inc. to
conduct its economic impact study of the event.
Planning Decisions will place team members on site at Fort Adams, where the
state and the America's Cup Host Committee has set up a viewing village for
sailing enthusiasts, to survey attendees and also will survey America's Cup
Event Authority officials on their numbers, as well as compare sales tax
revenue during the June 29-July 1 racing events.
The America's Cup Event Authority has estimated an economic benefit of $72
million to Newport during the events. The study should be completed by
Paul Harden, executive director of the America's Cup Rhode Island 2012,
said early numbers are encouraging. He had expected about 2,000 to 3,000
people to visit the Fort Adams village over its initial weekend on June
23-24. There were 4,400 there on June 23 and 4,800 on June 24, he said.
"From what I've heard, feedback is pretty positive. We're not going to
[really] know until later in the week when they're actually racing," Harden
said. "Hopefully people will see Newport and Rhode Island and what a
beautiful [place] this is, and they'll come back."
In one month, the 2012 Olympics will be held in London, which has been the
host city more times than any other city in the world. How many times has
London hosted the Olympic Games? (Answer below)
ARE YOU PLANNING TO BE A COACH POTATO THIS WEEK?
The final stop in the inaugural America's Cup World Series (AC World
Series) is this week in Newport, Rhode Island, with a schedule of both
fleet and match racing on June 28-July 1. Eight boats representing six
teams will compete. Here is the broadcast guide:
* Thursday (YouTube.com) - While racing starts at noon, a delayed broadcast
begins at 1400 EDT and will show the seeding fleet race and the deciding
race of each of the match race quarter finals.
* Friday (YouTube.com) - The live broadcast starts at 1430 EDT and will
show the match racing semi finals and the fleet races.
* Saturday (YouTube.com) - The live broadcast starts at 1430 EDT and will
show the fleet races and a selection of speed trial runs
* Sunday (NBC in USA) - The live broadcast starts at 1430 EDT and will show
the match race and fleet race finals.
Coverage on YouTube.com is subject to territorial broadcast agreements. In
the United States, the broadcast agreement with NBC means there will be no
live coverage on Sunday July 1 on YouTube. However, replays, highlights and
on-demand are unaffected and will be available on YouTube in the USA
throughout all four days of the AC World Series in Newport.
YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/AmericasCup
Race schedule: http://tinyurl.com/ACUP-062512a
FIFTY IS THE NEW THIRTY
(June 27, 2012) - Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton is so excited about
the potential of the team's new AC72 catamaran, he plans to join the crew
for the next America's Cup.
The team took delivery of their first AC72 yesterday - a significant
milestone for the syndicate as they continue to embrace multihull sailing.
And it is a world Dalton wants to experience firsthand, rather than from a
Dalton has been training with the America's Cup crew twice a day to prepare
for the gruelling physical demands of sailing the mammoth catamaran, which
is capable of 40 knots.
Oracle chief executive Sir Russell Coutts, the mastermind behind the new
multihull class, said when he unveiled the plans for next year's cup that
the new boats will encourage a new breed of sailor. The crew needs to be
strong, athletic and agile to manoeuvre the giant catamarans around the
course, and Dalton is confident his 54-year-old body will hold up.
"You can get knocked around a fair bit, at 40 knots this thing will really
fly, but I think I'm up to the challenge," said Dalton. "If I'm not up to
it, and I'll know it myself, I won't do it - simple as that." -- NZ Herald,
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MAYBE KIWIS DON'T AGE
Tony Rae will make a simple wish when he blows out the 51 candles on his
birthday cake on Tuesday -- to be back racing around the world in the next
edition of the Volvo Ocean Race at the age of 54.
New Zealander Rae, as part of the CAMPER team for the 2011-12 edition,
remains in great shape despite the physical and mental demands of what is
his fifth appearance in the Race and by far the toughest of those
"This Race is very, very different," he said. "I was just watching the
video of the last leg and there isn't any footage like that from previous
races that I've done. These boats are so much quicker, so much more
physical. When you're leaping off waves, you see the damage that's been
done and damage to people too. We're pushing a lot harder and we're all a
lot closer together. It's just push, push, push.
"If I'm still in one piece, I might get to go around again," added. "Let's
see if I get asked. My mind is still right; whether my body can hang in
"Age is just a number. If you're fit enough and injury free you're good to
go. You have to be injury free to get around on this boats otherwise it's a
mission. The next race there'll be less crew again and that closes up
again. You have to have everyone available all the time. Who knows? It
looks exciting next time by the sound of it... Never say never." --
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rae makes note that the next race will have less crew on
each boat. CEO Knut Frostad will reveal plans on June 28 for a new boat
design for the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race.
ISAF WOMEN'S MATCH RACING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Gothenburg, Sweden (June 26, 2012) - After the opening day of the 2012 ISAF
Women's Match Racing Worlds in Gothenburg, Sweden the early favourites have
proven their worth and taken control.
With a north westerly wind increasing throughout the day, the conditions
could not have been any better on Gothenburg as the sun shone down on the
16 competitors, including 10 of the 12 Women's Match Race crews who will
head to the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.
In Group A there is a clear divide with four crews with 100% records and
the other four without a race win.
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), Ekaterina
Skudina (RUS), Sally Barkow (USA) and Olivia Price (AUS) all have 100%
records leaving Anne-Claire Le Berre (FRA), Mandy Mulder (NED), Julie
Bossard (FRA) and Anna Kjellberg (SWE) with work to do.
The results in Group B were slightly more varied with only Claire Leroy
(FRA) and Silja Lehtinen (FIN) holding 100% records.
Lucy Macgregor (GBR) and Renee Groeneveld (NED) have two out of three race
wins to their name whilst Tamara Echegoyen (ESP) and Rita Goncalves (POR)
have just the one. Camilla Ulrikkeholm (DEN) and Silke Hahlbrock (GER) are
yet to record a victory.
The top four in each group advance to the Gold group and with the round
robin concluding Wednesday, the four crews with 100% records have one foot
in the next round. --
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* ESPNU will broadcast the 2012 Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship of
the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association on Friday, July 6 at 6:00pm EDT.
The top eighteen collegiate sailing teams in the nation competed June 6-8
on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas. The show will include a special feature on
collegiate sailors who have graduated and are competing in the 2012 Olympic
Games. The show re-airs on Sunday, July 8 at 9:00am EDT.
* The largest gathering of wooden boats and enthusiasts in New England will
converge at Mystic Seaport (in Mystic, CT) for the 21st annual WoodenBoat
Show Friday through Sunday, June 29 to July 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The
three-day WoodenBoat Show, hosted in a partnership with WoodenBoat
Publications, has been described by Yankee Magazine's Travel Guide as "one
of Connecticut's top 20 events for the summer." -- Read on:
* CORRECTION: It was reported in Scuttlebutt 3620 that John Kostecki won
his first World Championship at the 1981 Sunfish Worlds. Actually, it was
1982. Here is a list of past winners:
London has been the host city for the Olympic Games three times. It is the
only city for the United Kingdom to have hosted the Olympics. The United
States leads the list as having hosted the Games eight times, followed by
France (5), with the UK, Canada, Italy, Japan, and Germany as three-time
hosts. Among the countries listed above, only the United Kingdom has not
been host to both the Summer and Winter Games.
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* From Peter Harken:
Rolly Tasker was a long time living legend of the sailing world during his
stay on Earth, and now that he has sadly passed, he will be remembered as
one of the very best. I knew Rolly and his wife Kerry very well, having
spent time with him at his amazing Phuket, Thailand sail-loft and his all
Teak house plus his AC museum in Western Australia. Alistair Murray of
Ronstan and T'J Perrotti said it all in Butt 3620, so all I can add is,
"Rolly, I'm sure proud to have known you, mate!"
* From Jon Wright, Vanderstar Chair, USNA Sailing Program:
Although the North Sails press release (in Scuttlebutt 3620) is accurate, I
need to point out that my role on Invictus was purely advisory and safety.
The Midshipman crew of 14 ran the entre boat lead by skipper Patrick
Duffett and XO Mary Cox. It is a testimonial to Navy Sailing and head coach
Jahn Tihansky that the Midshipman can take a six year old TP 52 (the old
Samba Pa Ti, a very good boat) and some hand me down sails and compete with
Incidentally, Navy Sailing had two other boats in the race, both Navy 44's.
Defiance was second in class to Carina and 2nd overall in the Saint David's
Division and our other 44 Swift was third in her class and third in fleet.
For the Academy, it's not only about sailing and seamanship but most
importantly, it's about the leadership skills the Midshipman develop that
transfer directly to their careers as Naval officers.
* From Eric Sorensen:
Your article 'Achieving Success At Club Level' in #3620 prompted me to
share the story of 'Jah Mon', a Catalina 42 in Anacortes WA - the only
fully furnished furniture boat getting to the start line in our Wednesday
nighters in Class A. We rate the slowest boat in the fast class, rating the
same as a Viper 20!
The winds are light and the seas are flat. There is usually sun. Our goal,
should you choose to attend, is to not be last. The crew varies but the
attitude among them is the same. Have some fun!
Weighing in at 30,000lbs with every cruising amenity, we are twice the
weight of the next boat, a Baltic 39 which is 15,000 lbs. We go out to
seriously win the start; after that we do our best and just grin. More
boats should be out there but all is good for those that are! You should
see those Viper sailors when we loom over them as they 'try' to port start
in front of us! YIKES!
* From John Tormey:
The "Greatest American Sailor" Tournament (in Scuttlebutt 3620) would be
okay as long as there wasn't any campaigning to influence the vote. Yes,
surveys like this will always have a popularity element that will skew the
merit of each candidate, but there is only one contestant that has people
working hard on her behalf. Oops, did I give it away who it is?
A good lawyer knows the law. A great lawyer knows the judge.
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