SCUTTLEBUTT 3636 - Thursday, July 19, 2012
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CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?
Eighty plus sailors from around the globe will be gathering this week in
San Francisco, California to sail in the 2012 Formula Windsurf and
Kiteboard North American Course Racing Championships hosted by the St.
Francis Yacht Club (July 19-22).
This is the first event of its kind to combine the two fleets in the same
championship grade event since the decision to exclude windsurfing from the
Olympic Games. And the sailing world will be watching.
At the helm of the event are two pioneering St. Francis Yacht Club Members,
John Gomes and Steve Bodner. Gomes - a veteran kiteboarder - and Bodner - a
seasoned Formula windsurfer - decided to test the waters late last year
with the idea of a combined event in order to strengthen both fleets.
"With the local Formula fleet in decline and the local kiteboarding fleet
growing, Steve and I met and discussed our options," explained Gomes. "We
came up with the idea of a combined event that both fleets could
participate in. We both thought it was a great idea." But the two veteran
sailors had no idea of the decision that was about to be made by ISAF about
their respective fleets.
Since the decision by ISAF to exclude windsurfing from the 2016 Olympics,
both Gomes and Bodner have witnessed the bickering in the local fleets. "I
don't think Steve or I would change any of our planning at this point,"
Gomes said, reflecting on the decision to hold a combined event. "The St.
Francis Yacht Club has supported both fleets in the past and will continue
to do so in the future. This event will be a bellwether for the future of
both classes and how cooperation can be good for the fleets.
"Just because a new discipline like kiteboarding is now an Olympic sport at
the expense of windsurfing doesn't mean we forget about the windsurfing
class. On the contrary, we need to embrace the class and strengthen it as
we can. Both disciplines are an important part of modern sailing."
Gomes and Bodner also agree on another thing; both classes, old and new,
are a gateway to the Corinthian spirit of sailing. Regatta details:
It's been a busy month with three distance races to the Hawaiian Islands.
Here's an update:
(July 18, 2012) - With the arrival of David Liano's Island Packet 380
Champ, the 18th Singlehanded TransPac has come to a close. The deadline for
the race is this Saturday, but all boats - with the exception of Derk
Wolmuth's Vindo 40 Bela Bartok (abandoned on July 15) - were in and swaying
in the warm Hawaiian breeze by yesterday afternoon, giving racers plenty of
time to rest up for Saturday's awards party at Tahiti Nui's new Luau
In the meantime, the racers have worked out a plan to recover Bela Bartok
before she comes ashore at Maui. Through their incredible generosity - in
time and money - they've secured a boat to go out to her location today and
drop two racers aboard to bring her safely into port. Wolmuth, who reports
that he's recovering nicely from a case of septic shock due to a staph
infection, is due into Oakland on a cargo ship today. -- Latitude 38,
(July 18, 2012) - On a hot, muggy, Lahaina Tuesday evening, Tom Huseby's
J/145 Double Take of Seattle YC became the first to finish Vic-Maui 2012.
Her unofficial time is 10 days, 12 hours, 39 minutes. "Tom wore a wide grin
as he guided the boat into the dock after finishing off Ka'anapali Shores,"
wrote Richard Ballantyne. "Brad Baker, the navigator, said that they pushed
hard all through the race, but the boat treated them well and there were no
gear failures or torn sails. They were very nervous for most of the race as
the tracker continually told them that Terremoto was right with them. Can
Terremoto, Kinetic, Turicum or another boat make up the time allowance?"
Terremoto, a Seattle-based Riptide 35, will likely finish next. They're
expected in sometime mid-day (Hawaii time) today. -- Latitude 38,
(July 18, 2012) - With more than half the 2012 Pac Cup fleet now en route
to Hawaii, albeit slowly, the remaining racers are not chomping at the bit
to get off the dock, given the dour wind pattern that has plagued the early
starters and the not-so-great outlook for the next day or so. As of 1300
hours PDT on Wednesday, current leader Jamani, the J-120 from San Francisco
skippered by Sean Mulvihill and crew Jeff Mulvihill, had only 215 nm under
their belts since their start on Monday.
"It's unfortunate that the way that these things work with the staggered
starts is that you generally have winners and losers right off the bat,"
navigator Skip McCormack, who will start on Thursday. "It's a real struggle
out there - the buoy reports are showing absolute still calm conditions
right outside the Gulf of the Farallones. It's just a bummer and I feel
pretty bad for those guys." -- SailBlast, full report:
NODS TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
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the last few weeks! Art & Scott Melendres' team on "One Time" won the Cal
25 Nationals in Long Beach in a tightly contested 3-day series. Racing with
100% Ullman Sails, "One Time" scored three bullets on the first day to help
claim the trophy. And earlier this month, John Ross and Joe Hagen's
"Gotcha" dominated the Santa Cruz 27 Nationals in San Francisco, winning
the 7-race series with five bullets and eight total points! "Gotcha"
competed with an Ullman Sails Race mainsail and Red Line spinnaker.
ISAF YOUTH SAILING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Dublin Bay, Ireland (July 18, 2012) - As the 2012 Four Star Pizza ISAF
Youth Sailing World Championships moved into its second phase on Dublin Bay
in Ireland, after a well-earned layday (on Tuesday), the mounting pressure
clearly had an effect today in several classes.
With two races sailed in very different conditions, the possibility of a
completely dry day was scuppered by a huge late afternoon cloudburst.
That particularly malicious cloud not only drenched the 343 competitors
from 61 different nations, coaches, race organisers and volunteers ashore,
but it also dragged the direction of the breeze around and made tactical
choices less than straightforward.
The pressure to take more risks in search of higher rewards was evident in
the very close Laser Radial Boys' class where a rash of Black Flag
disqualifications were a salutary punishment for those who pushed the line
too hard too early.
Class leader Mitchell Kiss was a key transgressor in the first race, but
the US Sailing Team's development sailor was able to bounce back with an
excellent third in the second heat of the day to ensure his lead remains a
useful 11 points going into the last three scheduled races.
Kiss attributes some of his improvements to training with US Olympic
representative Paige Railey. "That has helped my speed especially downwind.
She is so good, and it kind of sucks getting beat by a girl, but I
definitely want to get to the Olympics. But seeing how she works is a great
insight into how hard you have to work, how hard you have to push your
body." -- Full report: http://www.isafyouthworlds.com/news/38953.php
Top Positions - North America
Boy's Laser Radial - 1. Mitchell Kiss (USA)
Girl's Laser Radial - 20. Violet Stafford (CAN)
Boy's 420 - 10. Ian Barrows/ Ian Coyle (ISV)
Girl's 420 - 10. Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick/ Abigail Rohman (USA)
Boy's RS:X - 11. Ignacio Berenguer (MEX)
Girl's RS:X - 19. Cristina Ortiz (MEX)
Open SL16 - 9. Jeremy Herrin/ Sam Armington (USA)
Open 29er - 4. Quinn Wilson/ Dane Wilson (USA)
Complete results: http://www.isafyouthworlds.com/editions/2012/results.php
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* Boca Chica, Dominican Republic (July 18, 2012) - While the opener of the
Optimist World Championship on Tuesday enjoyed a warm, stable 8-10 knots,
there were no races today due to foul weather conditions. With two races
completed for the 230 boats, Yokoyamaelisa Yukie (SIN) holds the lead with
compatriot Juin Jie Neo Samuel in second place. Romain Screve (USA), who
posted a 9-1, sits 8th overall. Racing continues through July 25. -- Event
* Corona del Mar, CA (July 18, 2012) - The Governor's Cup youth match
racing championship began today, with brisk weather and exceptional
competition. All twelve teams completed six matches, with four teams
leading the way with five wins, including the defending champions San Diego
Yacht Club with Nevin Snow, Jake LaDow, and Jake Reynolds. Each of the
teams will race every other team in a Round Robin format. Racing will
continue through Sunday. -- Full report:
* Marstrand, Sweden (July 18, 2012) - The penultimate event of the RC44
Championship Tour kicked off with the match racing phase of the RC44 Sweden
Cup, with the day belonging to two of the four Russian team's competing in
this year's Tour. Synergy Russian Sailing Team and Team Nika, led by
professional skippers Ed Baird (USA) and Tomislav Basic (SLO), topped the
11-boat field with 5 wins and 2 losses. Four days of fleet racing for the
RC44 Sweden Cup starts on Thursday 18th July. Follow the racing on the live
blog or tracking. -- Full report:
* Newport, RI (July 18, 2012) - A predicted 1 p.m. squall never
materialized, allowing the 34 boats to safely rip around Conanicut Island
in the 19-mile Around the Island Race. While George David's RP90 Rambler
set the elapsed time pace, it was Jim Swartz's TP52 Vesper which claimed
handicap victory. "This is the ultimate windward-leeward course," said
Vesper tactician Gavin Brady, "and I think it is one of the coolest short
coastal races you can do anywhere in the world." The second half of the New
York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex begins Thursday. --
Full report: http://www.nyyc.org/archives_public/article_1228/
* America's Cup defender Oracle Team USA has announced a change to its
proposed winter training plans. Initial plans had the team moving to New
Zealand, but they will now be extending their summer and fall training
session in San Francisco, which has effectively closed the New Zealand
window. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/ACUP-071812
* CORRECTION: Apologies to the Great Lakes nation for mistakenly describing
the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac as a 333 mile route up LAKE ERIE to
Mackinac Island. Yes, we messed up... of course the race is in Lake
Michigan. We also messed up by referring to Mr. Thornton previous boat as
Hula. It was Hulua.
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* From Dick Enersen:
The '84 Olympic sailing events really were special for the U.S. Team (re,
story in Scuttlebutt 3635). Not only did they medal in every class, but the
Buchans, father Bill and son Carl, won gold medals in the Stars and FDs,
There was television coverage of Long Beach, sort of. I can say this
because, in addition to directing my own hour documentary, I directed the
television coverage for ABC. We had half a dozen cameramen, some shooting
16mm for the film, some shooting Betacam for the TV, and some alternating
between the two. Among them we had a part-time in-the-water camera man,
appropriately named Gordy Waterman, who got very interesting angles at some
I said "sort of" above, because what we were really doing was fulfilling
the ABC network's commitment, as host broadcaster, to provide "coverage" of
every discipline. In fact, this meant we produced a "world feed" from Long
Beach every afternoon. After every race day, I took the day's tapes to an
edit bay in a trailer and, with an editor, cut five minutes of highlights
into a "package" which was then offered to all the world broadcasters, as
part of their menu of choices. Each was free to use all, some bits of, or
none of our footage.
I suspect some of our stuff was used in Europe, and probably the Antipodes,
but I am pretty sure none of it "made the air" in the USA. It was, none the
less, a terrific regatta, and I am sure, with so many more "channels"
available these days, we will see a good deal of yachting from Weymouth.
* From Cory E. Friedman:
Regarding the recent Newport to Bermuda Race, there has been much sea
lawyering about Carina, the NOR, the penalty (Scuttlebutt 3630), ISAF
classifications, who is responsible for the mistake, whether touching the
wheel for an instant makes any practical difference, etc., etc. Obviously,
the organizers can run the race any way they and the potential participants
want. What I do not understand is a simple truth in advertising issue.
The St. David's Lighthouse Trophy is billed as recognizing the
accomplishment of amateur Corinthian sailors in an increasingly
professionalized sport, a worthy distinction. But if the trophy actually is
for amateurs with pros on board, even if all they do is give advice or haul
a line, what is the point, even if the NOR allows pros in the fine print?
It is not an amateurs' trophy and should not be billed as one (even if the
fine print establishes that it is not one). There is nothing morally
superior about being an amateur, but a pro is not an amateur. It should be
advertised as a trophy for mixed crews of amateurs and pros and in that
case it probably loses a lot of its luster.
* From Molly Mulhern:
I have stood at the quayside, so to speak, here in the discussion of the
tragedy of Olivia's passing for over a year, but Steve Caufield's
insightful letter in Scuttlebutt 3635, and in particular his comment "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" has encouraged me to finally say what has been
nagging me for this full long year as our community has researched,
agonized, and discussed what me might all do to prevent another such
Missing from most everything I have read, and not surprisingly, given the
commentators' and the sport's background as one in which we pride ourselves
in a certain stoic, 'machismo' (for lack of a better word) is the role that
a sailor's emotional state of mind has on their response time and ability
to react effectively. When we begin to sail we throw ourselves into a very
foreign environment. Humans were not built with fins nor gills. Over time
it is our ability to wrestle that environment, and ourselves in it, via
boats and their sails (as we gain confidence, and see that we can harness
the wind, make the boats go fast) that is part of what provides the joy and
expansiveness of the sport. But, it takes time to overcome the fears that
we all start out with. -- Read on:
* From Eric Robbins:
Guy Buchanan (in Scuttlebutt 3635) has seriously misinterpreted the safety
initiatives of Beverly YC and others. Far from creating barriers to sailing
and racing, these initiatives will enable more of our favorite activities.
As a professional race officer, I know that the fundamental principle of
race management is MAKE GOOD DECISIONS. Resources such as better weather
information, more and better trained people on powerboats, and handy lists
of emergency contacts and procedures help the race officer make good
go/no-go decisions. Having these resources, or not having them, does not
make any decision for you. Nothing in what Dan Cooney said implies that the
race officer does not remain fully in charge of all race management
Too many times I have had to curtail racing when the weather deteriorated,
when just one more powerboat with people I trust on board, no matter their
certification, would have enabled me to make the decision to continue. On
the other hand, I remember starting races in a youth championship when
thunderstorms brewed onshore just a few miles away, with the knowledge that
the finish boat was monitoring them on a notebook computer. As soon as the
storms began to move offshore, we hustled the kids back to the clubhouse
after maximizing their day of racing. -- Read on:
* From Claude Bonanni:
I am writing today to respond to the letter of Terry Bischoff in SB 3634.
While there is clearly no excuse for those coaches and competitors to tow
through another classes course, and is absolutely inexcusable, I would like
to point out the Miami OCR does not sail under the rules of the individual
classes, but under rules as defined by ISAF as part of their Sailing World
The International Star Class has for over three years sailed its
Continental and World Championship with very strict guidelines for coach
and support boats. The rule states that "a yacht shall receive no outside
assistance from support boats or otherwise once she has left the dock for
the day until the finish of the last race of the day."
It has been very well received by event organizers, PRO's, IJ's and
competitors. It is also better for our environment. As a 100 year old
class, the Star Class is again at the forefront of developing new ideas and
rules for sailing. All classes should adopt this rule.
As for ISAF, well, let's hope November elections bring stronger leadership
to move sailing in the right direction.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Sue Reilly sent to Scuttlebutt the rule used for coach boats
in the Farr 40 class, which is similar in structure as the Star class. It
is posted here in the Forum along with all the recent comments in this
There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old,
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