SCUTTLEBUTT 3654 - Tuesday, August 14, 2012
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WHAT IS RED BULL STORM CHASE?
The 2006 Red Bull Storm Chase Europe introduced the concept of windsurfing
in genuine storm conditions. This time it's going global. The plan is to
seek out three storms above 10 Beaufort, organize 10 sailors, and use the
entire planet as a stage. These are the breathtaking ingredients for the
most-challenging windsurfing wave contest of all time.
To guarantee raging conditions, Red Bull Storm Chase will be completely
mobile with a four-month holding period (Aug. 1-Nov. 30), and just 48 hours
to rally sailors and global contest crew on-site before the storm strikes.
The starting flag goes up when the winds exceed 54 knots.
The contest format is simple: Ten sailors compete in the first mission. Six
of them advance to mission number two. In the final mission, the top four
sailors will battle for the ultimate Storm Chaser's crown.
Robby Naish (49), one of the first athletes to have gained long-lasting
international fame in the sport of windsurfing, has helped develop the
event. "Honestly, windsurfing as a sport needs events," explained Naish.
"It is still an amazing, dynamic, and very popular sport around the world,
but its image is somehow a bit "tired" and undeservingly so. Events like
this showcase the extreme side of the sport, chasing weather and ocean
conditions that the rest of the world runs away from. It is radical and
Naish headed an expert jury that shortlisted 50 sailors, with the top 10
emerging from a public online vote. They now remain on call, waiting for
the extreme conditions to arrive at any of these seven selected
USA - Cape Hatteras
Iceland - SW Coast
Ireland - NW Coast
Spain - Galicia
France - Brittany
Japan - SE Coast
Australia - Tasmania, NW Territory
Possible storm activity soon in Tasmania. Follow at the event website:
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By Stuart Streuli, Sailing World
Like this Olympic regatta, the medal race didn't go as planned for Amanda
Clark and Sarah Lihan. The American 470 team was out of the medals, but in
a position to move up a spot or two with a good race. They got caught on
the wrong side of the first run (along with the British team that had a
50-50 shot at gold) and could never close the gap, finishing 10th in the
race and ninth overall.
International Olympic Committee rules prohibit members of the written press
from publishing audio or video from the mixed zone, which is something for
which Clark is probably thankful. After a long Olympic career and a
disappointing result for the entire U.S. Sailing Team, Clark was very
emotional as she spoke in defense of her teammates.
* The team is taking some heat back home about the lack of medals. You've
been with this team for quite a few years (more on than off since 1998). Is
there a trend we should worry about or is this merely a bump along the
Amanda Clark: "I'm so glad that I have an opportunity to speak right now on
the team's behalf. This team was so motivating. It's a shame, because
everybody put so much heart into this Olympics. And the fact that the
scoreboard does not show it is really hard because I watched everyone on
the team work so hard to mark changes from 2008, everybody worked together,
everybody motivated each other, it's going to give us such a positive
future. I know that for sure. It's hard to see my teammates not get the
respect they deserve from people who haven't been watching it from the
beginning. This team sailed with heart, and I'm so proud to be a part of
* How has the team changed since you first made until now? Read on:
EDITOR'S NOTE: Look for a lengthy interview in the Wednesday edition with
U.S. Team Leader Dean Brenner.
ON LOSING WITHOUT GRACE
By Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
Some days I just shake my head. Like when the International Sailing
Federation selects the Women's Match Race event for the 2012 Olympics, and
then eliminates it from the 2016 Games. These decisions impact countless
people and cost extraordinary sums of money. But that's not where I am
The Women's Match Race was likely the only event at the 2012 Olympics well
suited to the desires of the new order to locate the event near where
people can watch. Of course, the venue proved to be quite comical, as it
was in an area where the locals don't sail. Why is that? Because people
tend to avoid crummy sailing venues. But as American Anna Tunnicliffe
noted, "for match racers we generally race in anything." However, again
that's not where I am headed.
The Women's Match Race was the only Olympic event where it is all decided
on the course. Both racing and officiating stays between the lines.
Decisions might not be pleasing, but they are final. So what event caused
the most grief at the 2012 Olympics? Quite possibly it was the Women's
Match Race. I will let Charley Cook, Sailing Event Principal Race Officer,
pick up the story here....
There were two disputes presented by the Russian Women's' Match Race Team
in the final two days of the competition - in the Semi-Finals and in the
The Semi-Finals were held on 10 August. The Sailing Instructions stated
that the Semi-Finals were a first to 3 knock-out series. Notice 13, posted
before the start of the competition, stated that the series would be
terminated at 1730 hours on 10 August (to allow for the Finals and
Petite-Finals the following day).
The Semi-Finals were terminated at 1729 hours on 10 August. At that time,
Spain led Russia by a score of 2-1. In accordance with Racing Rules of
Sailing C10.5, Spain was declared the winner.
Russia filed no Request for Redress concerning these decisions.
At 0800 hours on 11 August, Russia filed a petition for arbitration with
the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). In that petition, Russia sought
several remedies: (1) that the Finals and Petit-Finals be stayed, (2) that
the Semi-Finals be continued, and (3) that the rules governing the event be
ISAF was advised of the arbitration at 0942 hours on 11 August. The
Petit-Finals were scheduled to commence at 1200 hours. ISAF filed its brief
in opposition at 1045 hours.
Less than an hour later, the arbitrator dismissed Russia's petition. But
there is more... read on:
For the past three weeks, l'Hydroptere DCNS has been on stand-by in Los
Angeles. This 60-foot foiling trimaran, which holds the world record of
50.17 knots of average speed over one nautical mile, is awaiting their
first favourable weather window to set a new transpacific record to
Honolulu. Jacques Vincent, co-skipper of the boat, provides an update:
* What is the main weather parameter that will trigger the start procedure?
"We're targeting a phase when the North Pacific High is in the perfect
position so we're keeping an eye on how this zone is evolving. Ideally, the
zone of high pressure has to be further North and slightly across to the
East or West if possible. That would enable us to be as close to the direct
course to Honolulu as possible and provide us with some good gybing angles
for approaching the islands. From such scenarios, we'd prefer for the zone
of high pressure to be set slightly over to the West. That would ensure we
have lighter winds along the Californian coast and hence a more moderate
sea state along the first quarter of the crossing."
* Why have you chosen this timeframe to come to California?
"The ideal timeframe begins in mid-June, continues through July and closes
up again over the course of August/ early September. In summer, the
anticyclone climbs North and the depressions become increasingly rare.
These weather conditions enable you to take a more direct route towards
Hawaii, without being disturbed by a northerly swell. A second favourable
factor is the thermal breeze, which is highly active during this period. "
* And the upcoming weather windows?
"We haven't lost hope. With a bit of luck, a weather window may present
itself between now and the end of August. On our files, we can view the
situation over a ten-day period. In any case, for now we're fully focused
on the routing and l'Hydroptere DCNS is ready for take-off."
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DEVELOPING A LIFELONG SAILOR
In a recent issue of WindCheck magazine, clinical and sport psychologist
Jessica M. Mohler provides guidance to help parents maximize the value of
sports, and quite possibly develop a lifelong sailor. Here is an excerpt:
In the book 'Whose Game is it Anyway?' (by Richard Ginsburg, Steve Durant
and Amy Baltzell), the authors suggest that the first step to building
excellence in your child is to develop a family mission statement. While
many families can involve their children in this process, as parents you
decide what is important for your child.
Most parents probably have some ideas about the characteristics and values
they want their child to have, but it is easy to get caught up in everyday
life and what other families are doing, which can detract from your ideals.
Developing a mission statement is not simply a thought you have one time,
but should be written down and posted around your home, so that both you
and your children are reminded about what is important. These authors
suggest that building a mission statement can be facilitated by answering
1. When my child is 21 years old, what kind of person do I want him or her
to be, and how will sports help us, as parents, get our child there?
2. What are the three most important virtues or lessons that I want my
child to learn through involvement in sports?
If you have answered these two questions for your family, you have built a
foundation to help your child not only learn how to sail well, but to also
learn life lessons that will serve them beyond the water.
For example, your 12-year-old daughter comes home from sailing after her
first week of summer sailing, and asks if she can be part of the traveling
team. To answer this question you may try to see how this decision fits
with your values of compassion, honesty and pursuit of excellence. Can
being part of the traveling team build these values and how as a parent can
you ensure those values come first?
Let's say as a parent you decide it does fit with your family mission and
you decide to let her travel. After her second regatta, she comes to you
because the girls on the race team are not as friendly to her as her
friends from summer camp. What will you say? How will you guide her
decision to stay on the team or to go back to the-learn-to-sail program?
Alternatively, what if your son comes home from sailing one day and says he
wants to quit because he keeps coming in last around the buoys. How will
you provide guidance? Is doing well in racing the only reason you continue
to sail? Having a family mission statement may help your daughter and son
cope more effectively with the challenges they will face. When you build a
family mission statement, decision making becomes more meaningful.
Complete story: http://tinyurl.com/WC-081312
* (August 12, 2012) - The 2012 29er U.S. National Championship concluded
Sunday in Cascade Locks, OR, with the San Diego team of Judge Ryan and Hans
Henken on top of the leaderboard. Thirty-four competitors from around the
country saw a range of conditions, from 30-knot puffs on Friday to a
decidedly un-Gorge-like 10-knot easterly on Sunday. Final results after 10
races are posted at http://tinyurl.com/29er-081312
* Chicago, IL (August 12, 2012) - After losing the first day of sailing due
to gale force winds, the crew of Evolution spent the second and third days
of the 142-boat Verve Cup Offshore Regatta just trying their best to make
up some ground. And their efforts paid off when the SC 70 owned by Pete
Reichelsdorfer and Terry Kohler of Sheboygan, WI, won 1st place in the ORR
1 Division and the overall Verve Cup Trophy, which is determined by
calculating the most competitive section in the race. -- Full report:
* The event format for the AC World Series San Francisco (August 22-26) has
been tuned-up ahead of racing this month. The updated format features a
clear separation between the match racing and fleet racing disciplines and
preserves the importance of the 'Super Sunday' fleet race. Details here:
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* From John Longley:
Regarding the story by Bomani Jones about removing sailing from the
Olympics (Scuttlebutt 3653), I am always surprised by people who have media
access thinking this gives them a right to comment on something they
obviously know nothing about.
On the same basis it would be inappropriate for me to comment on the
subject of access to sailing in the US but from an Australian point of
view, sailing is open to anybody who walks in through the gate of any yacht
club in Australia.
My yacht club, the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Perth, has a bosun at
a table just inside the gate, who makes a point of finding a crew position
on a boat for Saturday afternoon sailing for anybody, whether they be a
sailor or not, whether they are a member of any yacht club or not -
Any child who wishes to sail has simply to walk in at any time and ask to
be involved and they will be welcomed and encouraged to take up the sport.
I came from a fairly humble background and my family had no interest or
contact within the sport. I was one of those kids who wandered in the gate
and I ended up sailing in five America's Cup matches.
I believe the situation is very similar in the UK, and as Australia and
Great Britain have finished on top of the sailing medal tally, I suspect
access is one of the contributing factors.
* From Carl Boller:
I am trying hard to understand why Bomani Jones article in the NY Times was
even necessary, let alone worthy of publication. Just what we need is more
divisive and, yes, racist commentary. What's the point?
* From John McNeill, San Francisco:
Although I am quite sure that Mr. Jones rant about sailings exclusivity has
brought him a wealth of reactive connections, it is sad to see the state of
journalism brought to such a low level. Mr. Jones cannot be so obtuse as to
believe what he has written, so one must conclude that his aim is to engage
with the audience with a radical and unsupportable rant in hopes of
rejuvenating a languid career.
His need to do this is understandable, but he might be better served
considering a change of career to something like mortgage brokering. On the
other hand, the New York Times should be ashamed running this sort of
diatribe under their once esteemed banner. Journalism really shouldn't be
tainted with such blatant prostitution.
* From Bill Canfield:
ISAF will have an opportunity in November to hear two submissions and prove
they are serious about maintaining the Olympics as a showplace for sailing
and not an organization that uses the Olympics to test new classes and
boats. Both the Boards and match racing need a 75% vote of Council to right
the wrongs committed at the annual meeting last year to bring in kites and
a women's Skiff.
I may be wrong but kites are in their infancy in development and women's
skiff world championships don't currently exist on the ISAF schedule. Now
due to politically motivated votes and lack of positive leadership they are
Backing these submissions to bring credibility back to sailing is a
wonderful opportunity for Presidential candidates Eric Tulla and David
Kellett to step up and show the real leadership they are promising. You
might not have loved past president Paul Henderson but you always knew what
he stood, and this has been lacking in ISAF the past 8 years. Eric... you
are pushing hard for North American and Group O support in your efforts to
gain the presidency... where do you stand on these submissions? Love to
hear it on scuttlebutt.
Match Racing has been a big hit in Weymouth and brought out huge crowds who
actually paid to watch our wonderful sport. Is this not what sailing has
been striving for? Let's put some pressure on those that can influence
decisions and save our sport at the Olympic level.
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