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SCUTTLEBUTT 3631 - Thursday, July 12, 2012
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MOD-ERNIZING OCEAN RACING
By Ryan O'Grady, Sailing World
"The fastest boats." Check. "The world's best sailors." Check again.
Newport, R.I., had it all last week, but I'm not talking about the
America's Cup World Series. Overshadowed by the wings rising over Fort
Adams were the world's real fastest sailors. Hiding in plain sight at
Newport Shipyard were the sailors of the MOD 70 circuit.
Russell Coutts may think his AC45 is fast, but Spindrift co-skipper Pascal
Bidegorry sailed over 900 miles in one day on Banque Populaire V. He's not
the only one; most of the Transatlantic record-breaking crew is spread
throughout the five-boat fleet. Current Jules Verne Trophy holder Brian
Thompson is on Mussandam-Oman Sail. His 45-day lap of the planet is still
awe-inspiring. Double Vendée Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux, skipper of
Foncia, is also present.
There's no marketing hype needed here, though maybe there should be. Even
as an estimated 60,000 sailing fans packed Fort Adams, less than 1% of them
knew that the reigning royalty of ocean racing was at their doorstep, and
that a tour of some of the fastest boats to ever cross an ocean was free
for the asking.
The first Multi One Design 70 trimaran hit the water last year. Designed to
replace the old ORMA 60 trimarans with a faster, more cost effective
platform, the MOD 70 class was supposed to be the multihull's answer to the
Volvo Ocean Race; fully crewed ocean racers on a global circuit. The
comparisons end there, though. A Volvo 70 is a brute of a boat. Just
sitting at the dock, the boat seems to say "I eat sailors for lunch."
Everything on a Volvo 70 is big and powerful.
The MOD 70, though, is an exercise in refinement. Everything on the boat is
sleek and sexy, from the ultra narrow hulls to the slick canting wing mast.
Since there's no lead to drag around in a MOD 70, it can generate a greater
power-to-weight ratio than a VO 70. In fact, the entire 6.9 ton
displacement of a MOD 70 is less than the 8.2 ton weight of a Volvo 70 keel
assembly. Things then become more manageable. The gennaker on a MOD 70 can
be dragged around by a single (strong) person. Moving the Code Zero on a
Volvo 70 requires you and a bunch of your friends.
On paper, this class has it all. Yet, halfway through the inaugural Krys
Ocean Race from New York to Brest, France, who's watching? According to
YouTube, just 500 people. Anyone who loves ocean racing should be glued to
their Internet connections. In the first 24 hours of the race, the fleet
averaged 640 miles in 24 hours, with some boats breaking the 700-mile mark.
Let's put that into perspective. On the first full day of the first
official MOD 70 race, every boat sailed faster than any monohull in
history! So why isn't there a greater following? -- Read on:
* (July 11, 2012; Day 5) - As the MOD 70 fleet approaches the tip of
Britain, the three leaders of the transatlantic KRYS Ocean Race are using
the stealth mode rule to hide their tactics toward the finish line in
Brest, France. The rules offer the five teams a nine hour stealth period.
In the middle of this afternoon, the constant transatlantic leader
Spindrift racing, with less than 500 miles to the Scillies and two 'ghosts'
in pursuit some 60 miles behind, also chose to disappear. The finish of the
race is expected at the end of the afternoon Thursday. Race website:
Who holds the record for having competing in the most Olympic Games for
sailing? (Answer below)
PROVIDING A FAIR BALANCE
The Melges 24 class has grown to become arguably the most competitive
classes in its size range. This is in large part because of the high
performance of the boat and the permissibility of professional sailors (and
the owners who are willing to pay them).
With the elite teams comes the assistance they retain in the form of
coaches and support boats. To manage this situation at the 2012 Melges 24
World Championship, which will be July 27-Aug 4 on Lake Garda, Italy, the
event has established the following rules.
Coach and Support Boats
1. Coach and support boats shall register with the race office during
registration. They shall declare which boat or boats they are attached to.
2. Coach and support boats shall display a flag, or other identification
symbol, as may be required by the race committee.
3. No coach boat or support boat shall pass information in any way to a
boat that is racing. Rule 41. Infringements of this will be taken very
4. Coach and support boats shall communicate only with the boats they are
registered to, and only by means of voice between races. Closed VHF or
mobile telephone communication is prohibited.
5. All Melges 24 boats shall proceed to the racing area under their own
6. There shall be no transfer of any goods or equipment until after the
finish of the last race of the day between Melges 24's and their coach or
7. Coach and support boats shall not go alongside their Melges 24's until
after the finish of the last race of the day.
8. Coach and support boats shall keep clear of the racing area at all times
9. Any coach or support boat that interferes with another competitor or the
racing in any way, including creating excess wash, or hinders an official
boat carrying out it duties shall have the competitor(s) to which they are
attached, liable to a penalty at the discretion of the jury.
10. Any competitor may protest under this attachment.
11. The penalty given by the jury is at their discretion, but shall be
applied to the overall score and therefore not discarded.
Event NOR: http://tinyurl.com/M24-071112
COMMENT: Meeting the needs of all members is a delicate issue for any
class, particularly when the cost of coaching and support is added to the
cost to compete. The Worlds rules have limited some of the advantages of
assistance, but not all of them. Being able to communicate with a coach up
until the starting sequence remains an advantage to the competitor, as is a
speedy tow at the end of each day. Do you think these rules provide a fair
balance? - Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
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GO FLY A KITE
Curious about Kiteboard course racing? The decision to include this event
in the 2016 Olympic Games has certainly increased awareness and interest in
this growing sector of the sport. With some of the prime events of the
International Kiteboard Association coming up, who wants to step up to the
stage? Here is where you can do it:
Kiteboard Course Racing North American Championship
July 18-22 in San Francisco, CA, USA
Kiteboard Course Racing World Championship
October 2-7 in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Many championship events appear to be requiring some level of valid third
party liability insurance, so you better get organized before attending.
The North Americans require a minimum cover of 500,000 USD while the Worlds
require a minimum cover of 1 million Euros.
YOUTH'S BIGGEST STAGE
The world's leading youth sailing event, the 2012 International Sailing
Federation Youth World Championships, will commence next week (July 14-20)
in Dublin, Ireland. Sixty-three nations will be represented among the eight
divisions, with a total of 255 entrants competing.
The United States is one of only seven countries sending sailors to compete
in all divisions. Representing the USA will be:
Laser Radial (boy's one person dinghy): Mitchell Kiss (Holland, Mich.)
Laser Radial (girl's one person dinghy): Nikki Medley (Fort Lauderdale,
International 420s (boy's two person dinghy): Harry Koeppel (Mamroneck,
N.Y.) and Charles Bocklet (Waccubuc, N.Y.)
International 420s (girl's two person dinghy): Magan Grapengeter-Rudnick
(Darien, Conn.) and Abigail Rohman (Larchmont, N.Y.)
29er (open high performance dinghy): Quinn Wilson (Ojai, Calif.) and Dane
Wilson (Ojai Calif.)
RS: X Boys: Lucas Gonzalez (Miami, Fla.)
RS: X Girls: Margo Samson (Belleair, Fla.)
Multihull: Jeremy Herrin (Sarasota, Fla.) and Sam Armington (Sarasota,
Event website: http://www.isafyouthworlds.com/
USA team: http://tinyurl.com/USA-071112
QUOTE / UNQUOTE
"OK, I admit it. I'm exhausted. This get up every hour stuff is brutal, day
after day. On top of that, I had to gybe 4 times yesterday. That's 2 over
my limit. It takes me 20 minutes or so each time. Twice yesterday I somehow
got the lazy sheet wrapped under the boat. Huh? How did that happen?
Getting hotter & more humid. Hat soaked in seawater has kept me cool so
far. Still 500 miles to go with Red Sky right next to me. This is a long
race..." - Whitall Stokes, sailing the Tarten 10 'Slacker' in the
Singlehanded TransPac Race,
NEXT GENERATION OF OLYMPIANS
Chicago, IL (July, 11 2012) - The final day of racing at the US Junior
Women's Singlehanded Championship was sailed in a mild easterly breeze of 6
to 8 knots with minimal chop. After numerous postponements and general
recalls at the start of the day, Hanne Weaver (Gig Harbor, Wash.) seized
control, and locked up an impressive victory over the field of 48.
After surging to the front after yesterday's racing, Weaver quickly
extended her lead with a win in today's opening race. The first place
finish sealed the win for Weaver. She sailed with remarkable consistency
throughout the Championship. Weaver placed in the top five in seven of ten
races, including five top three finishes, and bullets in races five and
The second day was the windiest of the three days, and opened the door for
her to jump to the front of the pack. Weaver believes that her training and
physical fitness played a huge role in her ability to capture the title.
"I was nervous coming into the regatta because I sail against all of these
girls at a lot of events," said Weaver. "I liked the breeze, and it was
noticeable during the clinic that I was one of the strongest girls in the
group. I exercise on a daily basis in addition to my sailing. I also do a
great deal of sailing at the Gorge in Oregon."
The high school senior will continue to push herself this summer. She plans
on competing in the Laser Radial North American Championship (Cascade
Locks, OR), US Singlehanded Championship (Sheboygan, WI), US Youth
Championship (Cascade Locks, OR), and CORK Olympic Class Regatta (Kingston,
ONT) later this summer. Looking ahead at next year, she has Miami OCR (in
January) marked on her calendar as a goal.
"I want to compete at OCR in Miami, and try to make the US Sailing Team".
Weaver has dreams of making the Olympic Team for the 2016 Games in Rio de
Full story: http://media.ussailing.org/Latest_News/2012/USJWS_Final.htm
Complete results: http://tinyurl.com/Results-071112
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Austrian Hubert Raudaschl holds the record of having participated in the
most sailing events at the Olympics. Raudaschl has competed in nine Games
between 1964 and 1996, winning a silver in Mexico City in 1968 in the Finn
and a silver in Moscow in 1980 in the Star.
Raudaschl is currently tied with Canadian equestrian Ian Millar for having
participated in the most games of any athlete. However, Millar will appear
in a record 10th Olympics this month when the 65-year-old enters the show
jumping ring at the London Games.
WORLD MATCH RACING TOUR
Chicago, IL (July 11, 2012) - Keith Swinton (AUS) got off to a fantastic
start on the first day of the Chicago Match Cup today, taking six wins with
just one defeat at the fourth stage of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
which runs July 11-15.
Swinton Black Swan Racing was a winner at the Chicago Grade 1 Match Race in
2011, prior to the venue joining the Tour for the first time in 2012.
Despite coming into the event with a slight illness, Swinton is upbeat
about his chances: "We're pretty comfortable in these boats so we'd have
been a bit disappointed not to have a good day today.
Swinton's mastery of the TOM 28's in today's light to moderate breeze shown
in several close matches, with probably none closer than his one and only
losing match with today's runner-up and current Tour Leader Bjorn Hansen.
The twelve competing teams includes North America's number one match racer,
23 year-old Taylor Canfield (ISV) - Canfield Racing, who feels that he can
use the event to show he has what it takes to compete at the top table of
match racing on a regular basis, saying: "I believe we have the ability to
win this event. 4-1 today is a good start." -- Full story:
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media. But don't stop there... send us your race reports too. Here are some
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Jul 13-15 - Offshore 160 - Newport, RI, USA
Jul 14 - Bayview Port Huron to Mackinac Island Race - Port Huron, MI, USA
Jul 14-15 - Blue Jay Open National Championships - Centerport, NY, USA
Jul 15-17 - Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge - Solomons, MD, USA
Jul 15-20 - Whidbey Island Race Week - Oak Harbor, WA, USA
Jul 17-22 - 46th Governor Cup Youth Match Race - Corona del Mar, CA, USA
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INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES
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for companies to announce new products and services. Here are some of
* Chinese skipper Guo Chuan has selected Inmarsat FleetBroadband
* Newport, RI Charters available
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When the Scuttlebutt editor realized his aging eyes could no longer read
the digits on his trusted Timex Ironman, it was time to search for a new
option. To narrow the hunt for a new racing watch, the requirements were
bigger numbers on a watch that would be sufficiently stylish on land.
A shout out on Scuttlebutt's Facebook page provided alot of suggestions,
which ultimately led to the selection of the Optimum Time OS 223 V from
Ocean Racing. Despite an instruction book that required close reading, the
10mm digit height seems satisfactory and the Velcro band provides
But clearly there are plenty of choices. Here is what was gathered:
Scuttlebutt strongly encourages feedback from the Scuttlebutt community.
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 Gweneth Crook:
I remember Bill Cheek fondly (Eight Bells, Scuttlebutt 3630). He worked
several Snipe regattas, always the first to reply to a request for a Jury
member from my Father. He was an excellent International Judge and a great
person, he will be missed. My thoughts are with his family.
* From Gerry Giffin, Past President, Canadian Yachting Association:
There are few whose dedication and contribution to the sport of sailing is
as great as Bill's. There are none who officiated for 3 generations of my
own family. Thank you Bill! May you rest in peace.
* From Eric Lind, Suttons Bay MI:
Sad news, but what a great life he had. I first worked w/ Bill in '98 at
the Snipe Nationals on Gull Lake (MI) and many times thereafter. He was
always full of great stories and sage advice. He was a great friend and
mentor and always the first to call when we needed a Judge.
* From Steve Gregory:
I learned a few things from the lead story in Scuttlebutt 3630 concerning
the penalized boat which won the Newport Bermuda Race. First, this 48-foot
boat had 12 crew for the race. Yikes, that is a lot of people! Then the
story said how boats competing in the amateur division can actually have
professional crew onboard. Apparently there is a formula to determine how
many pros for a given boat size, as this 48-foot boat was permitted to have
three pro sailors onboard. Since a boat of that size would seem to be
managed by fewer than 12 crew, soon the percentage of pro crew becomes
quite generous. So much for the ethos of amateur competition.
* From Paul Schaeffer:
The Appeal #107 published in Scuttlebutt 3630 is quite remarkable,
particularly as we are in the midst of summer and youth sailing events. My
guess is that parents have been regularly breaking this rule in their
participation on protest committees. This is really going to shake things
up. But why stop at protest committees? Any parent that is involved on the
race committee or boat measurement has a similar conflict. Yippee ki-yay!
* From David Hughes, 2012 US Olympic Team Coach:
We just wrapped up the 49er Olympic Coaches' Regatta in Weymouth at the
2012 Olympic venue. It was the final big event for the Olympic teams run on
the Games courses. GPS trackers, prize money, website, etc. Also, it marks
the start of a perpetual trophy regatta for the 49er class to be held prior
to the Worlds each year in non-Olympic years and prior to the Games in
Olympic years. Run by all the Olympic coaches. Four days. Lots of racing.
Entry fee was 40 pounds. A great example of value for money. Check out the
thrills and spills on the massive photo log at
Good seamanship is knowing how to get yourself out of a situation that a
better sailor would never have gotten into in the first place.
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