SCUTTLEBUTT 3632 - Friday, July 13, 2012
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IMPROVING YACHT CLUB SAFETY
As the Associate Executive Director of US Sailing and Rear Commodore of the
Beverly Yacht Club (BYC; Marion MA), Dan Cooney sees safety issues through
multiple lenses - what more can US Sailing do to help clubs and sailors
become more educated about the issues and what practical steps can his club
take to leverage US Sailing resources. This was the case when US Sailing
organized an independent review panel to research a tragic accident that
occurred on Severn River with a junior sailing program participant in 2011.
Cooney took the US Sailing recommendations to the BYC with the goal of
implementing new and revised procedures in safety planning. In this Q&A
with US Sailing, Cooney discusses how the Beverly Yacht Club put these
safety recommendations in motion. Here is an excerpt:
US Sailing: What did you look at first?
Dan Cooney: The US Sailing investigation of the SSA tragedy put 420 trapeze
harnesses at the top of our list. We also were committed to do something to
support PRO decision-making on GO/NO-GO calls.
US Sailing: How did you end up on the harness issue?
Dan Cooney: Our Junior Sailing representatives on the Committee looked at
all the options, but we ended up retrofitting 17 harnesses with a quick
release hook system. We are also going to require every 420 sailor to go
through drills where, under controlled circumstances, they will capsize to
windward with their harnesses on. We will have US Sailing-certified
instructors on scene and a rescue diver in the water that happens to be an
MD. The idea is to simulate a situation that young sailors may encounter
and to help them to understand how to self-rescue if necessary. The thing
that got me personally about the SSA incident was that at first people were
saying that this was a freak accident and what the investigation found out
was that while the tragic consequence was rare, entrapment itself was not
uncommon. I should have known that but I didn't.
What will be the average age of the Finn competitors at the 2012 Olympic
Games? (Answer below)
GO TIME BEGINS MONDAY
Forty-six boats racing in the 17th edition of the Pacific Cup will leave
from the San Francisco city front (off the St Francis Yacht Club) at noon
on Monday July 16, sailing under the famed Golden Gate Bridge to Kaneohe
Bay, Hawaii. The 2070 nautical mile race runs every even year.
A staggered start from July 16 through July 20 will see the slower boats
take the line first, followed by the rest of the fleet throughout the week.
Even so, an early start may not be enough of an advantage for the slower
Andy Costello, skipper and owner of the very competitive J/125 Double
Trouble, is racing Pac Cup for the first time and has taken a glimpse at
the long range forecast, "We've started to look at the weather and it's
looking better for our start later in the week than it is for the earlier
starts, so that may help us get to Hawaii faster."
Like Costello's going to need much help, stacked as his boat is with
accomplished Hawaii racers, including Skip and Jody McCormack, Matt Noble
and Trevor Baylis. Nonetheless, Costello's playing it cautious after a
disappointing experience in last year's Trans Pac race. After months of
ocean prepping Double Trouble, just three days into that race something
broke that he never thought would break. They had to turn back.
"The issue was totally unexpected so we decided it was best to go through
the whole structure of the boat this time to make sure it won't happen
again," Costello said.
As for most Pac Cup racers, the preparation - both boat and crew - is
daunting. "It's been a six month project," Costello said. "We've double
checked, modified, strengthened the boat, found new ways to get weight off
the boat - we've done a lot but when you sail with crew like mine, they
really prepare." -- SailFast, read on: http://tinyurl.com/Pac-Cup-071212
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MOST SUCCESSFUL RACE YET
The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 was not only the closest race in the 39-year
history of the event but also the most successful, CEO Knut Frostad said on
Thursday, with hundreds of thousands of fans visiting Galway in Ireland for
a buoyant finale and outstanding growth across media platforms set to be
confirmed once final data is in.
"Despite the tough economic climate globally, the threat of piracy in the
Indian Ocean and more damage to the boats than we would have liked, we
delivered the most successful Race in our history. Millions of fans visited
our Race Villages and we also had huge increases in news coverage of the
race, with everything pointing to double the number of online articles
about the Race and double the number of page views to our site once the
final figures are in. The racing was also incredibly close, with four teams
still challenging for victory a matter of days before the finish."
Organisers of the Galway Stopover, Let's Do It Global, said in a press
release this week that 900,000 people had visited the event's Race Village
and Global Village over a nine-day period.
Frostad unveiled in Lorient last month plans for a new one-design boat that
will be considerably less expensive than the Volvo Open 70s used in the
last three editions and should enable teams to put together competitive
campaigns for 12-15 million euros. The start port will again be Alicante,
where the Race HQ and newly opened Museum are housed.
"Being able to announce plans for the next two editions puts us in a
stronger position than ever," said Frostad. "We have dozens of cities
interested in hosting the Race and the backing we have from Volvo means I'm
very confident we will have at least eight boats on the start line for the
next two races."
Timetable for 2014-15 edition:
August 2012: New boat mould construction starts
December 2012: Notice of Race published
December 2012: New route for 2014-15 edition to be announced
June 2013: First boat launched. A new boat will be completed every seven
Late 2014: 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race to start from Alicante,
Full report: http://tinyurl.com/VOR-071212
SUCCESSFUL INAUGURAL EVENT
Yann Guichard and the five men aboard Spindrift racing, Pascal Bidegorry,
Leo Lucet, Jean-Baptiste Levaillant, Jacques Guichard and Kevin Escoffier,
have just won the Krys Ocean Race, the first transatlantic race between New
York and Brest (France) opened to 70 feet One Design Multihulls (MOD70
Spindrift racing crossed the finish line today Thursday July 12th at 14:00
hours, 08 minutes and 37 seconds, French local time. They covered the 2,950
miles theoretical course in 4 days, 21 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds,
averaging 25.3 knots. Their actual course was 3,284 miles long, at 28.04
knots. Sebastien Josse (Groupe Edmond de Rothschird) finished 1h 11m 12s
behind the winner, with double Vendee Globe winner Michel Desjoyeaux and
the crew of FONCIA finishing third, 28 minutes 8 seconds behind them.
"There are not that many boats this size that can cross the Atlantic in so
few days," said Bidegorry. "It is really nice to get the feeling of the old
60 footers; I think we had all forgotten just how wet it is on board and
that we live like dogs. There are no comforts. Sometimes you are at the
helm on a one and a half hour watch and the last fifteen minutes can be
really tough. It is not easy keeping your eyes open with the bucket loads
of water constantly spaying in your face. My eyes are knackered!"
Next on the MOD70 schedule is their 2012 European Tour. Starting on August
29, five weeks of intensive racing will see the MOD70s race nearly 5,000
miles in a mix of offshore competition, and races in the heart of five
cities in five countries: Germany, Ireland, Portugal, France and Italy.
Race website: http://www.krys-oceanrace.com/en/
MOD70 website: http://www.multionedesign.com/en/
* An effort is progressing to launch the first 'round-the-world race that
starts and ends on San Francisco Bay. The race, named SF2SF, will use a new
60 foot monohull, is scheduled for Fall 2015 with a course around Cape Horn
and Cape of Good Hope. It is essentially a non-stop race, though boats will
be allowed to stop as needed, with the clock continuing to tick. -- Full
* Newport, RI (July 12, 2012) - The Technical Committee of the High
Performance Rule (HPR) has issued its latest draft - Version 3A - of the
HPR Rule Book and Rating Calculator. HPR is a single number spreadsheet
development rule intended to rate fast type-formed planing racing boat
designs between 26 and 72 feet. The rule does not presently have provision
for course or wind content, nor does it use a VPP for rating calculation or
utilize assigned factors. Comments for improvement are solicited from
owners, designers, brokers, sailors, boat builders, rulemakers, and
everyone interested in the new rule. Details here:
* Chicago, IL (July 12, 2012) - After two days of racing, current World
Match Racing Tour leader Bjorn Hansen (SWE) has now finished the round
robins at Chicago Match Cup at the top of the leaderboard. Hansen, Ian
Williams (GBR), Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA), and Jordan Reece (AUS) have
all confirmed their berth in the quarterfinals, while the repechage round
on Friday will determine the remaining four quarterfinal slots. -- Tour
* The Newport Regatta featuring BACARDI Newport Sailing Week Presented by
EFG is set to take place from July 13-15, 2012. At press time over 200
boats had entered the regatta which will provide competition in 19
one-design classes. Among them are the J/80, Star and Viper 640 classes
which will race for both the Newport Regatta and BACARDI Newport Sailing
Week trophies. -- Full report:
* (July 12, 2012; Day 13) - A clocking wind finds Brian VanderZanden's
Hobie 33 'Turbo Camper' lifting above the finish of the 2120nm Singlehanded
TransPac Race, so a critical gybe will be needed to get to the Mai Tais
that are waiting in Kauai, Hawaii. With 149.8nm miles to go, VanderZanden
will be the second boat to finish, and is currently leading his class and
is third overall behind a Cal 40 and a Tarten Ten. Race website:
* Emirates Team New Zealand is scheduled to launch its AC72 in a public
ceremony at the Viaduct Harbour on Saturday, July 21 at around 6.00pm. The
event will be screened live on the prime TV news, and will be attended by
John Key, the New Zealand Prime Minister. First sailing day is expected the
following week. -- Sail-World, http://tinyurl.com/SW-071212
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include kids hiking, record crushing, duo masting, Rolex giving, Formula 18
showcasing, problem solving, bottom revealing, presidential spectating, and
stern mounting. Here are this week's photos:
* The C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta is North America's
premier event for sailors with disabilities, with the 10 year anniversary
of this event hosted on July 6-9 in Newport, RI. The Clagett utilizes the
same boats as the Paralympic Games - the three-person Sonar, the two-person
SKUD-18 and the singlehanded 2.4 Metre. Photos:
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
This week's video takes onboard with Snipe World Champions Alexandre Tinoco
and Gabriel Borges (BRA) as they train in Talamone, Italy. Curious what it
takes to compete at the very top of this Pan American class? Get ready to
get athletic: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/media/12/0713/
* Daily highlights were produced by T2PTV of the four day Rolex Farr 40
North American Championship (July 4-7) in Newport, Rhode Island:
* This week on America's Cup Uncovered Episode 47, we are in Newport
reviewing the Match Racing Finals against the Oracle Team USA boats:
Spithill v Coutts. All sailors know a good start is essential in match
racing; Russell powers off the line ahead of Jimmy....and victory is award
to Oracle Team USA Coutts. Then we get the latest AC72 news from the teams,
including asking Terry what happened to Artemis Racing's AC72 wing earlier
this year. Are you superstitious? Tune in on Saturday July 14 at approx
0800 PDT 1600 BST and learn about the color green, bananas onboard, shaving
to reset the clock, and more: http://www.youtube.com/americascup
* The biggest yacht race in the world leads out the July 13th "World on
Water" sailing news Report. The JP Morgan Asset Management "Round the
Island Race" record is missed by 1 minute 28 seconds, the MOD70 Trimarans
race from Newport, R.I to New York and on to Brest, a local wins the Alpari
Match Race Sweden, the beautiful J Class yachts race at Falmouth, UK, the
Farr40's North Americans are also in Newport and in "Fresh to Frightening"
we say farewell to the VO70's under a wall of water. What a beast! See it
on http://www.boatson.tv or download our "boatsontv" app and download it
onto your phone or tablet to watch anywhere anytime.
SEND US YOUR VIDEOS: If you have clips to share for the Video of the Week,
send them to the Scuttlebutt editor: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
The average age of the Finn competitors at the 2012 Olympic Games will be
30 years (Trivia courtesy of David Munge).
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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 Howard Paul:
The fact is anyone with a coach/support boat has an unfair advantage if
there is any communication after the boats leave the docks until the finish
of the first race (Scuttlebutt 3631). My rationale is that as the boats are
going out to the start line the coach boat can go upwind, they can check
last minute weather forecasts. By giving the "fair" advantage which they
already have with professional coaches it only adds to the arms race that
Not so long ago in a one-design fleet I sailed in, we had a discussion
about sail purchase limitations and some of our more affluent owners wanted
to be able to purchase as many sails as they wanted. Their rationale was
that if one member bought a sail that was significantly faster they would
be at a disadvantage for the rest of the year. The fleet voted for the sail
limitations. One of the votes for limiting sails came from one of the most
affluent members in the name of the more fair things are, the better the
* From Peter L. Wilson:
I think there is fair balance in the "Coach and Support Boat" rules based
on many years helping to manage this in USODA. However, I would offer a
couple of suggestions to 'tighten up' these rules (listed in Scuttlebutt
#2 should require that only OA provided identification is allowed to be
displayed. This prevents a coach flying a large team flag that can be seen
by his sailor(s) going up the favored side of the race course.
#4 allows voice communication by coaches between races, but #7 disallows
'going alongside'. So 'alongside' needs to be clarified, e.g. within a
certain distance or with no boat or personal contact.
Since only a competitor can break rule 41 (not a coach), there should be a
clear statement that goes something like; 'a competitor attached to a coach
that breaks any of the coach and support boat rules may break rule 41. This
changes rule 41.'
* From Chris Zaleski:
I was flabbergasted reading the story in Scuttlebutt 3630 regarding the
penalized boat "Carina" in the Newport Bermuda Race. In my opinion, the
story was an insult to the intelligence of sailors. Here are a few examples
of what I mean:
1. Two days before the race start, Will applied to ISAF and was classified
as a Category 3 professional sailor. NOR says very clearly that there is a
crew documentation deadline 14 days before the start.
2. Will did not inform Potts that he had been reclassified as a Category 3
until after Carina finished the race in Bermuda. It is not responsibility
of the crew to inform the captain, but rather the captain's responsibility
to know his crew and their status!!!
3. "During the race Mr. Will steered the boat on two occasions for brief
periods amounting to several minutes." The Jury imposed the 15-minute
This is what I really cannot understand! How did the Jury get these facts?
Was the witness also the accused? And if the rules were broken, then how
can they be considered broken only for several minutes and not for the
duration of the race?
I understand that there were fathers and sons on board. As a father I think
that we should be very careful what we teach our youngsters! Maybe the
citation by Paul Elvstrom will summarize the point: "You haven't won the
race, if in winning the race you have lost the respect of your
* From Fred Roswold:
The assumption that allowing three pro crew aboard a 48' boat trashes the
ethos of amateur competition is rather harsh (letter in Scuttlebutt 3631).
Given that some of one's friends among the sailing community might make
their living working in the industry and be categorized as pros, not to
allow them to go racing seems unfair. Pros like sailing too, otherwise they
would probably have other jobs.
The conditions imposed for the amateur division in the Newport Bermuda race
make sense to me. Sure, some owners might abuse the right, but it seems
like this owner, who returned the trophy when he learned of the change in
status of his crew member, is not one of these. Is anyone saying that this
person was paid by the owner, in any way, to sail the boat?
The only thing worse than a captain who never flew as copilot is a copilot
who once was a captain.
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