SCUTTLEBUTT 3645 - Wednesday, August 1, 2012
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2012 OLYMPIC GAMES - SAILING EVENTS
Weymouth and Portland, U.K. (July 31, 2012; Day 3) - The 2012 Olympic
Sailing Regatta continued in Weymouth and Portland, U.K. with racing in the
Finn, the Star, Women's Match Racing, the Laser, Laser Radial, 49er and
beginning today, the Men's and Women's RS:X.
After six races and having opened up a ten point lead over Ben Ainslie (GBR)
in the Finn class Hogh Christensen (DEN) has blitzed the fleet and discards
his seventh place from the second day of sailing and, with three race wins
and two seconds, a total score of 7 points sees him lead the way. Jonathan
Lobert (FRA) sits in bronze medal position with 23 points.
Iain Percy/Andrew Simpson (GBR) and Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada (BRA) traded
blows in the Star today with both crews winning a race and finishing second
in the other. Fredrik Loof/Max Salminen (SWE) have pulled themselves into
medal contention with a string of solid results to put them in third place
on 17 points, seven behind the leaders.
Ireland's Annalise Murphy has won all four Laser Radial races to open up a
12 point lead over Belgium's Evi Van Acker after the second day of Radial
racing. Marit Bouwmeester (NED) is third on 18 points and Van Acker, second
Despite a capsize in the fourth race Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS)
hold the 49er lead with 15 points. After four races, Peter Burling/Blair
Tuke (NZL) are in second with 24 points, followed by Allan Norregaard/Peter
Lang (DEN) with 26 points.
Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) took center stage in the Men's RS:X, taking
two race wins in the first day of windsurfing. Whilst the Dutchman was
consistent with his bullets, so were Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL) and Toni
Wilhelm (GER) who finished second twice and third twice. Marina Alabau (ESP)
leads the Women's RS:X by 1 point over Lee El Korzits (ISR). Zofia
Noceti-Klepacka (POL) sits 3 points behind in third.
Day 3 yielded strong results for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team. Overall
after six races: Zach Railey, 12th (Finn); Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih, 6th
(Star). After four races: Erik Storck /Trevor Moore, 7th (49er); Paige
Railey, 5th (Laser Radial) and Rob Crane, 39th (Laser). Bob Willis is in 7th
in Men's RS:X, while Farrah Hall is in 21st in Women's RS:X. Anna
Tunnicliffe, Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi extended their match
racing record to four wins, two losses.
Canadians are holding their own in most classes with Greg Douglas in 15th in
the Finn, Richard Clark/Tyler Bjorn are 13th in the Star, David Wright is
18th in the Laser, Zachary Plavsic is in 8th in the Men's RS:X, Nikola Girke
is 9th in the Women's RS:X, and in the 49er Gordon Cook/Hunter Louden are in
Racing continues in all of these events on August 1, except for the Star and
Finn, which will have a reserve day.
Full report: http://www.sailing.org/olympics/london2012/news/31917.php
Canada report: http://tinyurl.com/CST-072912
USA report: http://tinyurl.com/USA-072912
Canada broadcast: http://tinyurl.com/bs5wqoj
USA broadcast: http://www.nbcolympics.com/sailing/index.html
* A freshening southerly wind is expected across western and southern areas
of England for Wednesday. For the sailing in Weymouth the winds will be
stronger than of late with a 17-23 mph southerly and there will be a higher
risk of showers around midday as the cold front sweeps in. -- Details:
According to Anna Tunnicliffe, world's #1 ranked Laser Radial sailor, it's
the mental aspect of the match racing that is most challenging:
"It is a chess game," she said. "You're always thinking two or three steps
ahead, and the five or six options that go with that play. You really like
be able to plan everything well head of time so that you're ready for
anything that your opponent throws at you." -- Full story at:
BRITISH SAILORS SAY BAY CURRENTS PROVIDE HOME ADVANTAGE
(July 30, 2012) - British sailors say their home- country experience with
Weymouth Bay may help them keep their spot as the No. 1 team at the London
Olympics and propel Ben Ainslie to a record-tying fourth gold medal. Their
American rivals say the English waters may be too challenging even for the
locals to figure out.
The southwesterly winds and counterclockwise currents of the bay, which is
off the English Channel on the country's south coast, will be easier for
British sailors to navigate because of their experience in the waters, 470
class sailor Stuart Bithell, 25, told reporters last week in Weymouth.
"Weymouth Bay is a very unique sailing venue, and it's very different to a
lot of venues with the tide and the cross- swell," Bithell said. "There's
absolutely no doubt that having done that for the last five years,
consistently, will bring a slight home advantage."
The conditions might be too variable for the British to use their
experience, according to U.S. Finn class sailor and 2008 silver medalist
"The situation out there is changing constantly," Railey said before teams
took to the water for the first time two days ago. "There is current out
there that is going every which way, there's wind which is sometimes steady,
sometimes not. I don't think anybody can honestly say that they have this
place figured out." -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/cmbwu5y
CONGRATS JASON CARROLL AND TEAM ARGO ON WINNING THE MELGES 32 NATIONALS!
Congratulations to Jason Carroll and team on Argo for winning the 2012
Melges 32 Nationals! Racing with a 100% North Sails inventory, including
North 3Di upwind sails and V-Series spinnakers, Argo came from 3rd place
going into the final day to winning by an impressive 6 points in an
extremely competitive fleet. The weekend prior, North powered boats stole
the show at NYYC Race Week winning IRC 1, IRC 2, IRC 3, IRC 4, Swan 42,
J/111, 12 Metre Grand Prix, 12 Metre Traditional and Classic Classes 2 and
3! When performance counts, the choice is clear: http://na.northsails.com
KEEPING THE CAT BACK
Auckland, NZ (July 31, 2012) - Team New Zealand kept their shiny, new
America's Cup catamaran on a predictably tight leash during the AC72s
historic maiden sail on a gloomy Hauraki Gulf this afternoon.
After craning the big cat's 40m wingsail into place around 8am, Emirates
Team NZ waited until 1pm before slipping out into the Gulf with more than a
dozen structural engineers, system engineers and sailors on board.
The 22m long multihull was nursed gingerly up Auckland's East Coast Bays to
an area off Tiritiri Matangi Island where she was then tested under
increasing loads in between rain squalls in what skipper Dean Barker
described as the moment when "science meets real life".
Not surprisingly, the first of the new version America's Cup cats to sail
was kept in check as she glided back and forward toward Rakino Island in a
nor-easterly hovering around 10-12 knots, with Team NZ giving little away to
rival syndicates Luna Rossa and Oracle who trailed behind in tenders.
During the two hours Boating New Zealand watched from a safe distance, NZL2
wasn't allowed to fly a hull despite her blood red, 12-storey wingsail
offering ample power to achieve this, even in the light conditions. The time
for pushing New Zealand, as the catamaran was christened at a public
ceremony in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour last Saturday, will come soon enough
now she has undergone her initial load and system tests.
Under new cost-cutting rules, today's short sail counts as the first of just
30 days Team NZ are able to sail the first of their two AC72s between July
1, 2012 and January 31, 2013. Data from on-board sensors was today closely
monitored from Team New Zealand's new 1200hp chase boat as loadings were
slowly increased. -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/bmbspks
ARE YOU A GOOD SPORT?
What about the rest of us? Sailing is more dependent on sportsmanship than
most sports. So how are we doing? Sailing World and Scuttlebutt have
constructed a survey to find out.
It wasn't so long ago that the penalty for any infraction during a sailboat
was as simple as it was severe: drop out. At the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo,
U.S. Finn sailor Peter Barrett brushed the rudder of an opponent while on
port tack. The contact was so slight that his opponent didn't even take
notice. But Barrett did. He retired from the race and cost himself the
chance at a gold medal. It was perhaps the ultimate example of sportsmanship
Much has changed in the last half century. The punishment for committing a
foul, for one, is much milder. But has that made it any easier, or any more
likely, for a sailor to admit when he or she has made a mistake and then
take the proper action to exonerate him or herself?
In most other organized sports, referees are present to enforce the rules of
the game. There is little responsibility for the competitors themselves to
police the action and ensure everyone competes fairly. This isn't the case
in sailing, so sportsmanship plays a bigger role, whether it's following the
rules of a particular class or fleet, admitting when you have made a
mistake, or treating your competitors civilly when trying to determine who
was at fault.
The editors of Sailing World and Scuttlebutt are curious what you think
about sportsmanship in sailing. Whether you race once a month in a local
fleet or do it for a living, we want your perspective.
To do so, we've constructed a survey. It will take a few minutes to finish.
But we think the potential reward for getting a better handle on
sportsmanship in sailing, and whether it's a problem that should or soon may
need to be fixed, it's well worth the time.
Thanks in advance for your time. Here is the survey:
BIG TECH FOR LITTLE AMERICA'S CUP
(July 31, 2012) - The catamaran that will compete in the Little America's
Cup under the Swiss flag in September 2013 is currently under construction
at the Decision SA shipyard in Ecublens, Switzerland. It will benefit from
innovative Swiss technology that has never previously been used on a yacht.
The catamaran was designed by architectural firm VPLP, which is working
exclusively with Hydros on the project, with the aim of winning the
legendary race to be held in the United Kingdom in September 2013.
Two versions of the catamaran are being built by the Decision SA shipyard,
so that the sailing team will be able to test and compare different
configurations of foils and centerboards. The construction process is
innovative and completely new: both catamarans will be built using thin ply
technology (TPT), a technique invented on the shores of Lake Geneva that has
already been used in Formula 1 and on a number of wing masts for the
forthcoming America's Cup, but which has never previously been employed in
As Gilles Rocher, Head of Marketing at North TPT explains: "This process
allows us to use exactly the right amount of material in the right place and
in the right way, thereby optimizing the yacht's structure and markedly
improving her performance."
Meanwhile Bertrand Cardis, Head of the Decision SA shipyard is of the
opinion that, "The construction method has more in common with aeronautics
than traditional racing yachts. We fine-tuned this technique when we built
the second plane for Bertrand Piccard, and we are now going to use it in the
construction of the hulls, beams and wing mast of the Hydros catamaran."
Right from when it first took place in 1961, the Little America's Cup has
symbolized fundamental research and ground-breaking technological
development, on a human scale. The yachts, which have a crew of two, must
measure a maximum of 7.62 m x 4.20 m, with a sail surface area of no more
than 27.8 m2. These restrictions are precisely what makes the class so
exciting, since the yacht designers are forced to explore cutting-edge
techniques. Furthermore, these boats have been sailing with wing masts for
over thirty years! -- Read on:
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media. But don't stop there... send us your race reports too. Here are some
of the upcoming events listed on the calendar:
Aug 1-2 - Techno 293, Kona, & RS:X Championships - Vineyard Haven, MA, USA
Aug 2-4 - Sunfish North American Championship - Lake Bluff, IL, USA
Aug 3-5 - Buzzards Bay Regatta - S. Dartmouth, MA, USA
Aug 3-5 - Monhegan Race - Falmouth , ME, USA
Aug 4-5 - O'Pen BIC North American Championships - Oshkosh, WI, USA
View all the events at http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar
RIGGED TO WIN
Southern Spars rigged yachts take out IRC0 & IRC1 at the 31st annual Copa
del Rey Audi Mapfre! The winners of the 31st Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre
regatta were determined after six days of very tight racing in the Bay of
Palma. Southern Spars' rigged RAN in IRC 0 and Southern Spars' rigged Audi
All4One in IRC1 were the teams to clinch victory in the most important
regatta of the Mediterranean. In IRC 1 Southern Spars dominated, the overall
title went to Audi All4One, Audi Azzurra Sailing Team came second overall
and Tony Langley`s Gladiator third, all sporting Southern Spars rig
packages. -- http://www.southernspars.com
* Torbole, Italy (July 31, 2012) - The second day of the Melges 24 Worlds
brought plenty of sun tanning, but very sadly no racing, as a most unusual
weather system meant that Torbole was not able to deliver her legendary Ora
wind today. The World Championship still has four days to run and tomorrow
racing is scheduled to start at 0800 to take advantage of the northerly
morning winds. Race committee will try to run three races tomorrow. -- Full
* The Thistle Nationals are currently underway in San Diego, Calif, hosted
by the Mission Bay Thistle Fleet and Mission Bay Yacht Club. Racing
continues through Aug 3. -- Event website:
* (July 31, 2012) - To coincide with the release of Boating Industry's 2012
Market Data Book, BoatingIndustry.com is hosting a free webinar to help
readers go behind the numbers featured in the annual resource. Expert
speakers from Info-Link, Spader Business Management, Dominion Marine Media
and ADP Lightspeed will be on hand to discuss what happened in 2011 and the
early part of 2012, as well as answer any questions from webinar attendees.
-- Info at: http://tinyurl.com/cwgopy3
* (July 30, 2012) - At the William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup
Regatta held July 22-28 at the California Maritime Academy Campus in
Vallejo, four teams battled in tight competition in extremely exciting
races. After 17 races the winner was Jack Donnell of Dana Point, California,
trailed by Mike Anderson and Amanda Norris of New Zealand. In third place
and only 1 point behind the New Zealand team were Niklas Kirkomaki and
Zacharia (Finland). The spread between these three and the rest of the field
was 19 points or more. -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/cr5vjh2
ONE IF BY LAND, TWO IF BY SEA, THREE IF BY FOILING TRI
The parking's improved, new guest docks are being installed permanently on
the Pine Avenue Pier, and the foiling trimaran L'Hydroptere is now based
just steps away from the restaurant. It's all happening at Gladstone's Long
Beach in Rainbow Harbor (CA). Enjoy our new patio outdoor bar serving adult
libations made with Mount Gay Rum. Because sailors need more than
cheeseburgers. View L'Hydroptere video here:
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* From Geoff Becker:
I saw this morning that a New Zealand Kayaker, competing in the 2012 London
Games, was penalized during the kayaking competition by a judge who was his
mother. I guess kayaking is a sport that appreciates talent before
When I read Appeal #107, I could not believe that US SAILING could single
out a specific group of people as automatically prejudice. The question now
is, where does the prejudice end? Aunts? Uncles? Grandparents? Best friends?
Neighbors? Coaches? Alumni?
I was the committee chairman for the ICSA (college sailing) Procedural Rules
for three rule book cycles and the attitude that college sailing took with
regard to interested parties judging was a simple one..."Everyone is from
somewhere!" Without the support of coaches and alumni at a large number of
college sailing events, those events may not happen. Using Appeal #107 as a
reference, I can see how it might have a much larger impact than originally
intended, especially with college and high school sailing.
Clear instances of prejudice are easy to spot. Having a rule that identifies
a specific and automatic prejudice is not only wrong, but it insulting to
anyone who feels they can support sailing in a management role without
* From Ari Barshi, Laser Training Center, Cabarete, Dominican Republic:
Following the intense daily sailing battles in the Olympic Games, it is time
to admit that ISAF created a very exciting addition with the medal races.
And, while we're at it, Chapeau to Oracle and their team for coming up with
the giant Cat concept. A real game changer that has the power to create a
BC, and AC acronym prior to the word sailing. (yes, before Cat, and after
* From Suzie Beattie (re, Scuttlebutt 3344):
The recent story of the Fourth of July Fireworks on Oyster Bay was just
heartbreaking to read. Another joyful day that brought a life changing
tragedy. Crowded boats are often so typical on these "special days" with
great intentions by hosts, intended to share the event with many.
The only thing we can do is learn a lesson from this. It happens too often -
it's not OK to overload any kind of water craft. So sad.
For every "10" there are 10 "1's".
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