SCUTTLEBUTT 3642 - Friday, July 27, 2012
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ALEX THOMSON SMASHES ATLANTIC RECORD
(July 26, 2012) - British solo sailor, Alex Thomson has smashed the
single-handed monohull transatlantic record, by more than 24 hours, crossing
the finish line at Lizard Point, off Falmouth in Cornwall, in time to get
back for the London Olympic Opening ceremony.
The 38 year old sailor crossed the line at 17:17 GMT (18:17 BST) setting the
new time at 8 days 22 hours 8 minutes, beating the previous record, subject
to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, which had been
held for 10 years.
"It has been a long few days," said Alex. "The first half from New York was
great with weather conditions in our favour, but things started to slow down
the closer I got. But the wind has held out this morning and it's so
fantastic to have broken this record."
Alex set sail from New York on July 17th at 19.09GMT to cover 2800 nautical
miles in a quest to break the record for what is officially known as the
'West to East Ambrose Lighthouse to Lizard Point Under 60ft Single-Handed
Monohull Record, Male', which sat at 10 days, 55 minutes and 19 seconds, and
was set by Swiss sailor Bernhard Stamm 10 years ago. His secondary aim was
to get home in time for the 2012 London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in
order to support Chairman and good friend, Sir Keith Mills.
"When I set off I had no idea if I was going to be able to do it. And it has
been hard. Lack of sleep, broken instruments on the boat and constant
exposure to the elements has really taken it out of me. But it's such a good
feeling to have beaten it by such a great margin," said Alex.
But the record breaking achievement is only half of the story. Alex is in
fact lining up to attempt to be the first Brit ever to win the grueling
single-handed round-the-world race, the Vendee Globe, leaving from France in
November on board his 60ft monohull, HUGO BOSS. And this record breaking
achievement puts him in good stead.
"This record attempt was also a training exercise for the Vendee Globe,"
said Alex. "We felt this record attempt would put me under real pressure and
stimulate race conditions and I have felt a real value in it." -- Full
BEN AINSLIE - HOPES OF A NATION
Ben Ainslie talks to Robert Deaves of the International Finn Association,
about his fifth Olympic Games and his final preparations going into what is
undoubtedly the most important regatta of his life.
After winning Silver in the Laser in 1996 and Gold in 2000, Ben Ainslie
moved into the Finn class and won back to back Gold medals in 2004 and 2008.
Now, in 2012 Ben is on the brink of becoming the most successful Olympic
sailor of all time. Currently this accolade is held by another Finn sailor,
Paul Elvstrom, who won four Olympic Gold medals from 1948 to 1960, the first
in a Firefly and then three in the Finn. If Ainslie wins Gold on Sunday, 5
August, he will beat Elvstrom's record and enter the history books yet
Though he is still the outright favourite to take a third Finn Gold, it will
be no easy task. At 35 he is one of the oldest sailors in the Finn fleet,
and sailing what could potentially be his last Olympic Games. But in this
highly competitive fleet he has almost completely dominated the 2011 and
2012 seasons, notching up impressive victories at the 2011 Olympic Test
Event and the 2012 Finn Gold Cup, his sixth Finn World Championship.
First we asked him what is so special about this Olympics."Really because
it's a home Olympics which makes it very special. I was in Trafalgar Square
when they announced that London had won the bid for 2012, the atmosphere was
electric and that's when I decided I wanted to continue my Olympic career
and be a part of it."
Ben's profile within sailing and especially within UK sport is at an all
time high. His image has been used to publicise the London 2012 Olympic
Games in a way that a sailor has never been used before, and he carries the
hopes of the whole nation to win the Gold. In light of this does he regard
the 2012 Olympics as the most important regatta in his life?
"It is the most important regatta in my life right now, but they were all
important to get to this point. In my mind I focus on the event and what I
have to do to be successful, I can't worry about anything else." -- Read on:
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SCHEDULE FOR OLYMPIC SAILING STARTING SUNDAY
The waters of Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour will be the locations for
ten sailing events in the 2012 Olympics.
The schedule for the sailing events is extensive because there are so many
races. As of right now, NBC does not have any television programming
scheduled for any sailing event, although there is a disclaimer that says
the programming could change at any time so continue to check. Below is a
detailed schedule of events - all times are EDT.
7:00 a.m. Men's Finn - Race 1
8:30 a.m. Men's Finn - Race 2
8:30 a.m. Women's Elliott 6m - Round Robin
8:35 a.m. Men's Star - Race 1
9:50 a.m. Men's Star - Race 2
Schedule at: http://tinyurl.com/d2bz8k9
* In case you don't subscribe to NBCOlympics.com email newsletters, here is
a sample from today titled Counting down to the Olympic and Paralympic
* If you didn't catch the NBC Wednesday Nightly News with Brian William,
here is the link to a profile on the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team and how elite
athletes train for the Olympic Games that aired on the show:
US SAILING CHIEF AIRS DOPING CONCERN
(July 26, 2012) - America's Olympic sailing boss Dean Brenner says it would
be naive to suggest his sport is immune from doping. Olympic sailors have
placed an increased emphasis on fitness in the run-up to the London Games,
with most spending hours in the gym building hulking physiques capable of
hauling ropes and pumping sails to gain extra speed.
Muscular bodies are more important in some sailing classes than others, but
the evidence of the gym work some sailors have put in is clearly evident at
the Olympic sailing venue in Weymouth, southwest England.
The American sailing team on Thursday highlighted the massive focus they've
placed on fitness since 2008, with Finn competitor Zach Railey saying he's
put on 18kg to cope with conditions at the Olympic venue in Weymouth,
Brenner, US Sailing's director, says he's not heard of any instances of
doping - but suggested it would be naive to think it won't happen in the
"There are systems in place and we trust the systems but like every other
sport fitness is becoming increasingly important in sailing and I think the
importance curve has got very, very steep," he told AAP. "It's changed very,
very quickly and our sport is dramatically different to what it was
certainly eight years ago, 12 years ago. I don't know of anything in our
sport yet but, you know, you'd be naive to suggest it'll never come." --
Full story: http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8506215
MODIFIED ACWS FORMAT REWARDS CONSISTENCY
San Francisco, CA (July 26, 2012) - After a variety of formulae were tried
out in the first season of the America's Cup World Series, the format of the
events has been modified for the next season beginning August 21-26 in San
Francisco confirms Iain Murray, Race Director. First, unlike last year, the
format will stay the same at every leg: five days of racing finishing with
the big final on Super Sunday. Second, the races raced before the big final
will have a higher weighting in the overall rankings. "In short, the impact
of each race in the fleet racing and match racing has been increased in the
season's overall rankings", explained Murray.
At each leg, racing will begin on Wednesday afternoon with the match racing.
Over the following three days up until Saturday, two fleet races will be run
with points counting towards qualification for the match race semi-finals.
On the closing day, Super Sunday, the top four teams in the match racing
overall rankings will meet in the semi-finals and the winners will face each
other in the final big duel.
Finally, all the teams will compete in the final race in the Fleet Race
championship. Just one small adjustment has been made to this schedule,
which will reward consistency: for the first event in San Francisco, the
semi-final and the final of the match racing (which will usually take place
on the Sunday) will be raced on Saturday afternoon, in order to make the
most of the best weather conditions, as if racing began too early on Sunday,
there would be the risk that the match racing would take place in light and
variable conditions, before the sea breezes had time to develop.
Racing will be shown on TV from Friday through Sunday, with the highlights
of Thursday's racing also being shown. -- Full story:
FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE BAR FOR FIRST PAC CUP FINISHERS
(July 26, 2012) - At 1650 hours on Thursday, the crew on Icon, the Perry 66,
was likely licking their lips knowing a frosty cold beverage sits less than
164 nm away. They're currently leading the 2012 Pac Cup fleet into Kaneohe
Yacht Club, looking to a Friday morning arrival.
Hot on their heels is Double Trouble, the J125, in the same breeze 12+ knots
from 230 degrees, with just 242.20 nm from paradise, and currently sitting
in first overall.
Said DT navigator Skip MacCormack earlier today, "This boat has been LIT UP.
We have been pushing hard. The last two nights were spent sending it into
complete darkness. There has been no visual reference what-so-ever until
last night when we had stars to drive by for 30 minutes until we were
engulfed by another big, black, horizon eating rain cloud.
No throttling back, keep pushing, pushing, pushing to get to the leverage
point first in an attempt to remove options from our competitors. We have
now gybed and are headed to Hawaii. Now we are officially allowed to talk
about that first Mai Tai. No more of this unofficial talk. So far, Jody
(MacCormack) has the boat speed record at 20.8. She is killing it, having
gained huge confidence in her driving skills."
Medusa, the Santa Cruz 52 skippered by Jay Spaulding is sitting 351.80 nm
behind Double Trouble but still comfortably in front of J World's Hula Girl
who has 415 nm left in this race.
From Hula Girl, Wayne Zittel talked of sleigh rides today, "It's been a wild
couple of days. Early Tuesday morning, we entered a solid band of breeze,
which lasted for about two days. Winds were mostly 20-25 knots, with
occasional squalls pushing things to around 30. Hula Girl was dancing with
the waves, ticking off prolonged runs at 15, 16 knots and occasional leaps
over 20. Just a complete blast, but nerve wracking... the squalls come on
fast, and last a loooong time. You see the darkness come up behind you. Then
you feel the rain. Then the wind is on you, the boat literally takes off,
and your sleigh ride has begun. You'd better bring your A game.
But we have taken some lumps too. We blew up a kite (my favorite 2A. We
broke a gooseneck pin (good on the sharp eyes of Tim for noticing it before
it became a big issue). We got some debris caught on the prop and strut,
then later caught a sheet down there... had to drop the kite and park it for
a bit to clear the tangle. We broke an after guy. And so on. Radio chatter
indicates that more than a couple boats have has issues, but luckily nothing
sounds too major."-- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/cg873bo
HATS OFF TO THE CHAMPIONS
Each day of the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championship held in Newport,
RI yielded a different leader, keeping everyone in suspense until the final
day. Congratulations to Quantum customer Jim Richardson on Barking Mad who
clinched the title by six points. The week before, the J/24s were battling
for the US National Championship in shifty winds at Lake Dillon, CO. Skipper
John Mollicone dominated the event on 11th Hour Racing, powered by Quantum
Sails, to take the title. The crew, which included Tim Healy of Quantum
Newport, finished the event with 13 points and a 21-point lead.
ILCA YOUTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DAY 2
Jarvenpaa, Finland (July 26, 2012) - Two days of racing have been completed
at the International Lightning Class Association's Youth World Championship
held at Tuusulanjarven Purjehtijatry. 16 Teams from 8 countries made the
trip to see who would take home the title of 2012 Lightning Youth World
Five races have been completed with fare competition and complimented by
very nice sailing weather. Conditions could not be any better on the Lake.
The Canadian Team of Adam MacDonald, Abby Bennett and Sam Jones hailing from
the Buffalo Canoe Club, Point Abino, Ontario are currently sitting in first
place with 11.3 total points. After a small setback in Race 3 where redress
has been given, the Team has been consistently in the top 3 of each race.
Just behind them is the USA Team of Timmy Crann from the Metedeconk River
Yacht Club, Brick NJ with crew Lauren Jones and Ali Blumenthal. Again
consistency is paying off and the team is 4 points out of first. Another
American Team from the Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland, OH, Mike
Gemperline, Scott Vining and Stu Wallace round out the top 3 with 21 points.
Racing continues tomorrow, with two scheduled races. A final 8th race is
scheduled for Friday. -- Report at: http://tinyurl.com/cmnvuha
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* Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic (July 26, 2012) - Yokoyama Elisa Yukie
is the new Optimist World Champion for 2012. Yokoyama and Neo Samuel Jiun
Jie (Singapore) had their own battle for first place and the rest of the
fleet didn't seem to be important to them. They both scored a bullet and had
only one point difference when going to the final race. Right behind them
was their compatriot Goh Jessica Kai Ling who also scored a bullet and was
only one point behind second. Singapore therefore claimed the top three
spots on the podium. -- Full results at: http://www.optiworlds2012.org/
* The fourth day of the SAP 5O5 World Championship was a good day for the
French with four teams finishing in the top 20. La Rochelle locals Bertrand
Loyal and Laurent Nevo had great boat speed and led the fleet around the
course with a comfortable lead. They had a great start, making the most of
the wind shift and held onto first place for the duration of the race.
Jorgen Bojsen-Moller/Jacob Bojsen-Moller (DEN) are in second, and Edward
Conrads / Brian Haines (USA) sit in third. -- Full story:
* (July 25, 2012) - The Marblehead Junior Race week, hosted by the Pleon
Yacht Club, saw over 350 kids actively participating and over 270 boats,
including Opti, Open Bic, Laser, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, and 420 fleets.
Conditions varied with a huge squall on day 2, and a fabulous third day with
a NW breeze. -- Results at:http://tinyurl.com/chdqwtg
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* From Lori Ruddiger:
I am very saddened to hear of Hal Ward's passing. My supportive love goes
out to his family and all the community feeling the loss of such a gracious
friend and sailing sportsman. I have so many fantastic memories that I
cherish that were created by Hal, a person who knew how to live life to the
fullest, took us along and showed us how to do the same - the best gift
I love you Hal, and please don't get Mark into too much trouble now, okay?
* From John Sweeney (re, Scuttlebutt 3640):
Pilot Advice: The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival.
Wouldn't that be 'conversely proportional to the angle of arrival'? For
example an 89 degree angle of arrival has approximately 1 percent chance of
* From David Pelling:
Curmudgeon, are you sure about that? I would have thought that if I arrive
at an angle of 90 degrees to the ground my probability of survival would be
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