SCUTTLEBUTT 3635 - Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Scuttlebutt is published each weekday with the support of its sponsors,
providing a digest of major sailing news, commentary, opinions, features
and dock talk . . . with a North American focus.
Today's sponsors: IYRS, Doyle Sails, and Bill Smith Real Estate.
UNLEASHING THE BEAST ON THE GREAT LAKES
By Leighton O'Connor
Chicago's light fixture mogul Peter Thornton purchased PUMA's Volvo Open 70
il mostro, which they sailed in the 2008-9 Volvo Ocean Race, in hopes of
breaking the elapsed record of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac on
July 21. And he's reuniting il mostro with its previous skipper for the 333
mile race up Lake Michigan to Mackinac Island.... Kenny Read.
Roy Disney set the current record in 2002 on his Reichel Pugh 75 Pyewacket,
an elapsed time of 23 hours 30 minutes and 34 seconds. This year Thornton
will be up against the very well sailed MaxZ86 Windquest.
Thornton had been out of sailing since 2006, but got the bug again and was
itching to go sailing again. What a big itch! His previous boat was the
GL70 Holua. His track record was pretty good with a first to finish in the
2005 Mac and winning his division 5 times.
"Some people think that we have may have over stepped our challenge," said
Thorton. "But with any challenge you have to step up to it and try to meet
the challenge. We are all out to have fun too. We are up against the
DeVos's family on board Windquest. They are incredible sailors, great
people and I really enjoy sailing against them. They might just blow us of
the map. Which can always happen when you are racing a new boat and don't
know how to tweak it yet.
"il mostro has created a lot enthusiasm in the Chicago Sailing Community
and it's my intent to get more people interested in sailing. I'm working
with the Chicago School Board and we will be taking students sailing on il
mostro. We have to introduce sailing to kids from the inner city. We have
too great of a sailing venue not to try to promote sailing."
I caught up with Kenny, fresh off the boat in Galway at the end of the
2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, and got a few Kennyisms about his upcoming ride
on his old flame.
LOC: Ken have you done the Mackinac before?
KR: Twice, and I don't really remember what years to be honest, but we had
some reasonable success. First time we were first to finish on the 72 foot
Andrews sled Renegade and the second time aboard the brand new TP 52
Esmeralda where we won our class and were first in fleet on corrected time.
Not bad for a fresh water rookie!
LOC: What do you remember about the Mac?
KR: I always tell people that after sailing around the world 2 1/3 times,
that the windiest conditions I have ever sailed in was about 5 hours after
the start of the Chicago Mac! I believe we saw 65 knots on the wind speed
dial. I remember a really black cloud coming at us on Renegade and Wally
Cross asking me if I wanted to drive. I said "sure what the heck" but the
next thing I know we are careening downwind with a full main and no jib in
50 knots of wind.
Read on: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/12/0717/
DO WHAT YOU LOVE
One IYRS grad now out in the workforce said it all: "I love going to work
every day." Come find out what this graduate is talking about this
Thursday, at an Open House at the IYRS Newport campus on Thames Street
where the school runs its Boatbuilding & Restoration program. Students come
to IYRS from all walks of life and they leave with a passion for what they
are trained to do. Learn more about the program in a short film-then join
us on Thursday, from 4 to 7 pm. http://tinyurl.com/IYRS-Open-House
TWENTY-EIGHT YEARS AGO
The Olympics of 1984 in Long Beach, California certainly seemed to have a
home advantage. The Americans came away with an outstanding result of three
Golds and four Silvers which meant that every American sailor won a medal,
breaking an Olympic record previously held by the Norwegians in 1920.
Not only was the standard of sailing raised but so too was the media
coverage and security measures. A fleet of 100 Coast Guard vessels hovered
around the Olympic courses just in case someone should stray and interfere
with the racing. Furthermore, ABC Network covered every mark rounding as
well as having a cameraman in the water to get even closer to the action.
Whilst the Americans gave it their all and succeeded, the battle of the
classes began as the Olympic committee sought the 'Olympic ideal'.
The numbers in the Flying Dutchman were down reflecting concern that the
price for these boats was just too high. The Tornado, which was previously
under threat of being removed, became the ideal Olympic boat due to them
being simple, relatively cheap and virtually one design. The opposite
reasons for their exit in 2008. -- Yachting World, read on:
PHOTO: 1984 U.S. Sailing Team: http://tinyurl.com/FB-071712
STAY UP TO DATE ON THE LONDON OLYMPICS
Curious about how to watch the sailing events at the 2012 Olympic Games?
Here are some tips:
* In the U.S., sailing will be live online daily at NBCOlympics.com, with
archived video, with commentary by Gary Jobson. Their content team has
already begun uploading original content as well as our content:
* Updates for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team can be received by subscribing
to the daily reports through their Medalist newsletter:
* The plan is not yet finalized in Canada, but the Canadian Yachting
Authority reports that CTV has agreed to link to the live tracking but are
waiting to hear back from ISAF to ensure this connection occurs. --
Additionally, the Scuttlebutt website has added news widgets to help you
stay up to date on the London Olympics without leaving your favorite site.
Now you will have the latest Olympic video, news, slideshows, schedules and
more... all at Scuttlebutt Sailing News: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/
Is it permissible for a competitor to hold the sheet of a headsail or
spinnaker outboard? (Answer below)
THROW A PARTY AND THEY WILL COME
While the Midwest and East Coast of the United States prepared to bake in
yet another wave of heat or be pummeled by golf-ball sized hail and
devastating winds, the Pacific Northwest was providing an alternative.
Sailors on 115 boats traveled from 15 states, four countries and two
Canadian provinces to the Whidbey Island Race Week 2012 for mid-70s and
partly sunny skies, with perhaps a sprinkle or two included to keep it
clean and green (in true Norwest fashion).
As race organizer Gary Stuntz noted, the best advice he got from previous
Race Week organizer Bob Ross was, "Throw a party for 1,000 of your closest
friends, and they will come." Now in its thirtieth year, WIRW 2012 began
with Brigadoon-like perfection. Dozens and dozens of tents sprung overnight
from the ground like mushrooms on the Navy base adjacent to the Oak Harbor
Local restaurants, grocery stores and businesses prepared for the welcomed
onslaught of the sailors and their shore support crews that converged in
the playground of Penn Cove to officially kick off one of the few remaining
true race "week" regattas in the United States.
The 26-foot Thunderbird class, the Northwest born-and-bred 1958 design by
Seattle naval architect Ben Seaborn, selected Whidbey Island Race Week to
hold their 2012 World Championship. The Viper 640, a sporty two- or
three-person high-performance sprit boat, also chose the Oak Harbor venue
this year for their Pacific Coast Championships.
Stay tuned for the racing highlights through Friday at
1925 MACKINAC WINNER BERNIDA WINS AGAIN
In 1925 "Bernida" skippered by Russ Pouliot beat 12 yachts to win the first
race to Mackinac. Racing this year for the first time since the 1920s,
"Bernida", skippered by Al Declercq, beat 117 other yachts to win the Shore
Course of the 2012 Bayview Mackinac Race. The 32-foot long "Bernida" was
built in 1921 to the R boat rule. Doyle Sailmaker's Al Declercq designed
the ideal sail inventory, leading "Bernida" to victory over her newer
rivals. For more information on how Doyle can power your boat to victory,
* Cascade Locks, OR (July 17, 2012) - The Columbia Gorge Racing Association
pulled off another infamous Gorge Blowout race today in conditions not
quite the norm, with torturously light gusty air for the first part of the
downwinder, and eventually big breeze on as the competitors approached the
finish at the Hood River Marina. First place went to Chris Barnard, 2012
College Sailor of the Year, with a time of 2:48:24, second to Alexander
Heinzemann (CAN) in 2:49:50, and third to Robert Davis (CAN) with 2:50:42 -
an extremely tight finish over 18 miles of racing. Full story:
* The second season of the America's Cup World Series kicks off next month
in San Francisco when 11 AC45s compete for the first time at the venue for
the 34th America's Cup. This event will mark the first time Artemis Racing
fields two teams, and it will be the debut for Ben Ainslie Racing.
Competition is planned for August 22-26. See schedule here:
* (July 17, 2012) - The 2308nm Vic-Maui International Yacht Race is nearing
the end for Tom Huseby's J/145 Double Take, the elapsed and handicap leader
of the race. With their bow aimed at the Lahaina finish, there remains only
78 nm between them and tropical umbrella drinks. Race website:
* Newport, RI (July 17, 2012) - After putting to bed a lively weekend of
racing for classic yachts, the New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport
presented by Rolex continues tomorrow (Wednesday, July 18) with an Around
the (Conanicut) Island Race, followed by buoy racing on Thursday through
Sunday (July 19-22) for IRC, Swan 42, J/109, Melges 32, Beneteau 36.7,
J/105, J/111 and PHRF classes. -- Read on:
FREE CLASSIFIED ADS
The Scuttlebutt Classified Ads provide a marketplace for private parties to
buy and sell, or for businesses to post job openings. Here are recent ads:
For Sale: J/24 4468
For Sale: Soling 791
Now Hiring: California Maritime Academy - Part-Time Sailing Coach
Now Hiring: Coach - U.S. Coast Guard Academy
View/post ads here: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/forum/classified_ads
The rules question what whether it was permissible for a competitor to hold
the sheet of a headsail or spinnaker outboard. Rule 50.3(a) prohibits the
use of an outrigger and defines it to be a fitting or other device. A
competitor is neither a fitting nor a device. It is therefore permissible
for a competitor to hold a sheet outboard, provided that rule 49 is
complied with. For those of you who are wondering about rule 49:
AMERICA'S CUP FRONT ROW SEAT
Exquisite waterfront home on Corinthian Island in Belvedere, CA with direct
access to San Francisco Bay and AC race course in minutes. Custom built for
well-known sailboat racer in 2008. Large deck, 12,000 lb.lift, floating
dock. $11,950,000. Info at http://www.BillSmithRealEstate.com
PHOTOS: Emirates Team New Zealand is the first challenger for the 34th
America's Cup to reveal their AC72. Here are photos by Chris Cameron/ETNZ:
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 Steve Caulfield:
As Chairman of the Nantucket Yacht Club's Race Committee which oversees our
sailing instructional programs and Mr. Assad, I must strongly challenge Mr
Buchanan's comments (in Scuttlebutt 3634) on our concerns for our young
people learning to use the trapeze safely and provide them with the safest
To suggest that Mr Assad (also the head coach at Dartmouth) is "missing
personal responsibility" is both uninformed and callous. Thanks in part to
the thorough coverage of the death of Miss Constants by Scuttlebutt, the
three sailing programs on Nantucket, ours at NYC, the program at Great
Harbor Y C, and Nantucket Community Sailing (where I am also a member of
the Executive Committee) under took a "clean sheet of paper" exercise over
several months to review and rewrite every aspect of our safety programs.
Had Mr. Buchanan asked, he would have learned that personal responsibility
at every level is the basis of all we do on the water and off, but our
leaders and instructors have a greater personal responsibility than our
students or their parents. Our work on safety reaches all levels
particularly training of our instructors, equipping all of our
instructional support boats and instructors appropriately, and working with
our local Coast Guard personnel and Harbor Master.
What particularly galled me was Mr. Buchanan's comment, "What's wrong with
calling Miss Constants death a tragedy and leaving it at that". I'll tell
him what is wrong with that; you do not honor that poor soul's death unless
you commit to a thorough and thoughtful analysis of how it could have been
avoided, and implementing all learning from that analysis. That's what Mr.
Assad is doing, and what we all should be doing.
* From John Rousmaniere:
Thanks to Scuttlebutt for assembling and publicizing the valuable thread on
dinghy safety. Testing is ongoing at sailing clubs and associations around
the country. I'd like to hear from people working in this area. You can
find me on Facebook.
EDITOR'S NOTE: As mentioned in Scuttlebutt 3634, since the drowning death
that occurred on June 23, 2011 in Annapolis, MD, there has been a lot of
thought put into why the accident happened. We have now compiled it all in
a Forum thread for easy access. Here is the link:
* From Wes Oliver
In Scuttlebutt 3634, the reference is made to the RWO trapeze hook as being
available from Oceanair in the US. Oceanair has just dropped their
distributorship of RWO, so the US is currently without an RWO distributor.
* From Gregory Scott:
With all of the words written and the votes taken, ISAF will never match
the exploits of Dennis Connor. The 12 meters were slow "lead mines" but we
watched. And we were literally on the edge of our seats. But why?
Nationality was a big part. The biggest loss ever ('83) followed by the
biggest comeback ever ('87). But the main reason... because they had done a
great job being human. We all love watching F1 cars go absurdly fast, but
we oddly loved watching 12 meters go slowly with tremendous passion because
it wasn't about boats, it was about people. Just like Ferrari was about
Schumacher as much as it was about his car
* From Guy Chester, Organiser, Louisiades Rally:
Need to make a point regarding Max Huseby's article where he mentioned
"tossing articles overboard if they get too stench-ey".
The MARPOL rules prohibit disposal of plastics. Us sailors should be
promoting clean seas not adding to the mess. Sounds like great
racing...just let's take our dirty laundry with us!
* From Alexander Meller:
While I am not there, I am following the 2012 505 World Championship and
Pre-Worlds in La Rochelle, France.
Apparently there are 101 teams racing the Pre-Worlds (July 17-19) and 191
registered for the World Championship (July 21-27). This is one fleet with
one start, and not split into divisions. The major reason the 505s can do
this is the use of the gate start. But it is also the nature of the boat
and the class (clear air matters more than jamming it in at a mark
rounding, no one wants collisions, and similar).
While I read comments in Scuttlebutt and Scuttlebutt Europe bemoaning the
state of sailing, complaining about the (your choice: Olympic Sailing,
Olympic Class selection, America's Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, handicap racing,
one design sailing, courses, etc.), I think it is amazing that the
International 505 class draws 191 teams (the largest turnout ever) for a
I am obviously biased (having raced 505s since 1977), but I think the 505
class is doing a lot of things really well. Btw, SAP is once again doing
the real time tracking and real time analysis for the 505 World
Championship. Way cool! Here is the event website:
* From Rob Overton:
I think the Melges 24 Worlds rules concerning support and coach boats are a
step in the right direction (in Scuttlebutt 3631), though they could use
For example, rule 4 says that coach and support boats shall communicate
with their competitors "only by means of voice between races," which
presumably bans electronic communications. But then the rule continues,
"Closed VHF or mobile telephone communication is prohibited." What is a
"closed VHF"? Does this rule imply that "open VHF" is permitted, despite
the previous sentence?
Private communication on an "open VHF" is no great challenge -- there are a
dozen or so available US-legal VHF channels on my hand-held plus another
half-dozen on International and Canadian frequencies, and this doesn't
count the channels allowed by other nations such as the UK that aren't
available on my set but will be available on VHF transceivers owned by
competitors and coaches from those countries.
But in my opinion the biggest shortcoming of this set of rules is its
failure to require coach and support boats to render assistance to ANY
competitor in danger. This is not a moot point; I have seen coach boats
motor right past capsized boats without so much as a glance to see if the
crew needed help.
I suggest a rule saying something like "The requirements of RRS rule 1 are
extended to coach and support boats. Assistance to boats or crew in danger
shall be rendered without regard to what boat or boats the coach or support
boat is attached to."
* From David Chivers:
Banning coaches and support boats from the regatta is probably the only
fair way to ensure a "level playing field" and I would not disagree with
The Melges 24 rules were written as an attempt to balance this with the
desire of many teams to still have support boats present. Yes there is an
advantage to a tow home, of course, but don't forget the M24 does carry an
engine so the flat calm return is not necessarily a disaster.
The allowance to communicate buy "shouting" was designed to hopefully keep
boats in the same area and allow an element of self-policing in that boats
can watch others to what is happening. It was felt at the time that to ban
communication of any sort would see boats and support boats gong off in
opposite directions and then using mobile phones to communicate. Sadly it
was thought that sailors and coaches could not be trusted.
The rules may not be perfect but they have worked well over several years
now and are monitored should they need to be changed.
I like work. It fascinates me. I sit and look at it for hours.
SPONSORS THIS WEEK
Kaenon Polarized - Vineyard Race - North Sails
J Boats - Point Loma Outfitting - Pure Yachting
Ullman Sails - APS - New England Boatworks
Need stuff? Look here: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/ssc/suppliers