SCUTTLEBUTT 3659 - Tuesday, August 21, 2012
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A SAILOR'S RULE FOR WEARING A LIFE VEST: YOU DECIDE
By Bill Schanen, SAILING magazine
Folks, I'm trying to get my head around the idea that we're supposed to
wear PFDs at all times on a boat.
I suppose I should be able to do this. It wouldn't be the first time I've
changed my behavior in the name of safety.
For example, I used to ride a bike without a helmet, but now I wear one
most of the time. Of course, when I started riding a two-wheeler, bike
helmets hadn't yet been invented. But I've figured out that on my
lightweight road bike with its skinny tires pumped to 140 pounds PSI and my
shoes clipped to the pedals I could be moving on downgrades at more than 35
mph and if something went wrong my head would need all the protection it
Still, I don't wear a helmet at all times when biking, not, say, on a
rented fat-tired bike on Mackinac Island trying to pedal fast enough to
stay vertical while following day-trippers and horses moving at a garden
It seems I wear the helmet when bike riding is potentially dangerous and I
don't when it's not. Hmmm, I wonder whether that has any application for
This magazine gets letters from readers asserting that it is a fundamental
rule of sailing that PFDs must be worn at all times. These same letter
writers chastise SAILING for publishing pictures of people sailing without
PFDs because this sets a bad example of unsafe boating.
This is probably a good place to say that I am all for safe boating. Let me
add that this magazine stands foursquare behind safety too.
But help me out here, people, with this PFDs all-the-time-every-time
concept. Let's say I'm on a sound, stable cruising boat sailing in zephyrs
on flat, warm water along a nearby shore. Am I really committing a sin
against the god of safe boating by not wearing a life vest?
I'm wondering, how is this scenario more dangerous than walking on a marina
pier or fishing from a river bank? Is it a safety commandment to wear PFDs
there too? Or to cinch up a life vest while eating at a dockside
I'm trying to rationalize how swimming fits into the PFD imperative. If
water is so dangerous that you always have to wear a flotation device on a
boat, you certainly have to wear one when you actually go into the water,
right? But you can't really swim wearing a life jacket. And don't even
think about diving. So no PFDs while swimming. -- Read on:
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HOW THE AUSSIE'S DID IT?
How could the North American continent come home from the 2012 Olympics
without any sailing medals? While each of the national teams take inventory
of the reasons for failure, there is one reason they must accept as
Yes, it is a disadvantage for the U.S. and its neighbors to be so far from
European competition, but don't come crying to Australia, the clear leader
in the sailing events with three golds and one silver medal. Hard to get
much further away from anything than Australia.
So how did they do it? There are likely many reasons, but among them might
be the boats the athletes sailed when younger. Of Australia's four medals,
three of them (470, 49er, and WMR) were rooted in the 11-foot Flying Eleven
The Flying Eleven is a doublehanded Australian boat designed as a high
performance racing skiff, providing a logical step in the transition
between junior classes such as the Manly Junior or Sabot and classes such
as Cherubs, I-420s, I-470s, 29ers, Moths, 13s, 49ers, etc.
"It is fast and fun," shares past Aussie Olympian and current Farr 40 world
champ Bob Wilmot. "It's good for ages 10 to 20 with combined crew weights
of 80 to 115kgs. There's no trapeze but it's very fast, and importantly,
there is plenty of gear changing through the wind range. We had 103
competitors at our Nationals two years ago and this year we had to have 4
fleets for qualification.
"I am sure we can find good charter or loaner boats if some of the
Scuttlebutt kids want to come and have a go at our Nationals in January.
Might tie it in with a family vacation to Sydney."
Class website: http://www.flying11.yachting.org.au
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
(August 20, 2012) - US Sailing has officially announced Josh Adams as the
Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing. This position was previously
held in a part-time capacity by Dean Brenner (2004-2012). This new
full-time position officially begins September 4, 2012.
Adams comes to US Sailing following a seven-year post as publisher of SAIL
magazine. He has an extensive background in Olympic sailing. Since 2005, he
has been an executive committee member of US Sailing's Olympic Sailing
Committee. As an elite competitor and member of the U.S. Sailing Team in
1995-96, he finished second at the 1996 Olympic Trials in the 470.
"The challenge ahead for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program is significant,"
said Adams. "So is the opportunity. As it stands now, 40 percent of the
classes in the Rio 2016 quadrennium will be new. We need to lead our US
Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider to be performance-centric, to adapt quickly
to the new boats, and to build depth in the established classes. At the
same time, we need to commit ourselves to a sustainable youth development
strategy. Building a program around performance and youth development is a
goal that I look forward to leading."
Full report: http://tinyurl.com/new-management
EDITOR'S NOTE: If you have any advice for Josh, feel free to post it in the
WHEN AN OLYMPIC EVENT CHANGES
Ever since a board event was introduced to the sailing competition at the
1984 Olympic Games, there has been a search for the right equipment to use.
Four different windsurfers had been used during the ensuing eight
Olympiads, with the one design RS:X as the chosen equipment for Beijing in
2008 and again for London in 2012.
The board event supplies the equipment to the Olympic Games, or
specifically, the manufacturer does. Neil Pryde, the sole manufacturer for
the RS:X class, was required by their contract with ISAF to supply free
equipment to the Olympics and Youth World Championship. Usually they can
sell that gear after these events, but when the ISAF Council chose this
past May to support kitesurfing instead of windsurfing for the 2016
Olympics, Neil Pryde now finds itself with a lot of used equipment that is
now much harder to sell.
The decision to change to kitesurfing caught most everyone offguard, not
least of which were the kitesurfers who thought their time would come for
the 2020 Olympics. It certainly was a shocker to the RS:X class, which has
now moved towards a "judicial review". The RS:X class has retained a queens
council lawyer in London to challenge whether ISAF actually followed their
regulations this past May. They are not challenging the outcome of the
vote, but rather if it was done within the rules and regulations of ISAF.
The goal of the RS:X class is to receive a positive outcome of the judicial
review, which could lead to a re-vote on the board event at the ISAF Annual
General Meeting this November, with the decision to be based on general
majority as is standard for event selection. However, if the judicial
review is not favorable to the RS:X class, then the task to change the
event will require a 75% vote in favor of windsurfing to unseat the
While a lot of the heavy lifting has thus far been on the shoulders of the
RS:X class, all stakeholders are now coming together in the battle to save
not just windsurfing as an Olympic event, but also all the feeder systems
like the Techno 293 class which the pinnacle relies upon for its future
If you feel that the ISAF Council erred in eliminating windsurfing from the
2016 Olympics, you can contact your sailing federation, your Council
members, members of the Events Committee, or anyone who you may know who
has anything to do with ISAF, and tell them how you feel.
ISAF Council: http://www.sailing.org/about/committees/isaf_council.php
Events Committee: http://www.sailing.org/about/committees/events/index.php
SEE THE LIGHT
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GOLD MEDAL SAILOR ADJUSTS FOR AMERICA'S CUP
Imagine Michael Phelps winning gold at the Olympics and then making his
debut in water polo against the best in the sport - after four days of
Maybe it's a bit of a stretch to compare Ben Ainslie's transition to that
one. He is still within the sport of sailing.
But "Big Ben," one of the most popular people in England after winning in
the Finn class, is making the switch from singlehanded sailing in a 16-foot
dinghy to skippering a 45-foot fixed-wing catamaran in this week's
America's Cup World Series on San Francisco Bay.
"For the first time in my life, I'm out of my depth a little bit," Ainslie
said. "Most of these teams have been training for over a year now in this
class of boat. I've definitely got some catching up to do."
He is being given shore and logistical support from Oracle Team USA, which
he will join after the ACWS and help its effort to retain the America's Cup
in 2013. He'll skipper an AC72 against Jimmy Spithill's crew to prepare it
for the finals.
Ainslie's crew this week is a battle-tested group of Oracle hands: Simon
Daubney, Kyle Langford, Matt Mitchell and Simeon Tienpont. Thanks to his
new sponsor, his team is called J.P. Morgan BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing).
Read more: http://tinyurl.com/SFC-082012
DETAILS: Racing for the AC World Series event is Aug. 22-26, where 11 boats
are representing eight teams: Artemis Racing (SWE), China Team (CHN),
Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Energy Team (FRA), J.P. Morgan BAR (GBR),
Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 (ITA), Oracle Team USA (USA) and Team Korea
(KOR). Here is some information to help follow the event:
- Event details: http://tinyurl.com/ACWS-Aug-21-26
- Crew list: http://tinyurl.com/ACWS-0812-Crew-List
- Latitude 38 viewing guide: http://tinyurl.com/Lat-38-ACWS-0812
- Video tour of live viewing options: http://youtu.be/BXk8lgRKIWw
- SF sports bar viewing: http://tinyurl.com/beer-and-cheer
SHADOW: l'Hydropere DCNS, the 60-foot foiling trimaran that holds the world
speed record for a nautical mile, will be in San Francisco during the AC
World Series this week. The boat has been in Long Beach (CA) preparing to
break the speed record from Los Angeles to Honolulu. --
BULL MARKET: Charles Schwab has been announced as a sponsor of the 34th
America's Cup, becoming the official investment firm for the America's Cup
World Series events in San Francisco and the Louis Vuitton Cup, America's
Cup Challenger Series, and America's Cup Finals in 2013. More:
* Long Beach, CA (August 19, 2012) - Hosted this weekend by Long Beach
Yacht Club, brothers Mark and Bruce Golison won the 51st Cal 20 Class
Championship to become three-time winners of the national championship.
Having won previously in 2003 and 2004, light conditions prevailed for much
of the event. -- Full report:
* Chicago, IL (August 19, 2012) - Taylor Canfield's intimate knowledge of
the TOM 28's helped give him the edge needed to dominate and win the
Chicago Match Race Center's August Grade 2 Invitational, which concluded
after three days of racing off Chicago's Belmont Harbor. As the first event
of the four stage US Grand Slam series, Canfield and his team of Matt
Clark, Dan Morris, and Hayden Goodrick plan to continue on this Thursday in
Bayview YC's Detroit Cup. The following week the series continues at the
Knickerbocker Cup in Manhasset Bay, NY, followed by Oakcliff Invitational
in Oyster Bay, NY. -- Full report:
* After 105 races sailed, St. Francis Yacht Club emerged the repeat winner
of the 2012 Commodore George R. Hinman Masters (Hinman Masters)
Invitational Trophy. The thirteenth yearly edition of New York Yacht Club
Masters Team Race for The Hinman Masters Invitational Trophy was held at
New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court Club house on August 17, 18 and 19 with
teams representing ten clubs. -- Full report:
* The 2012 International 420 Junior European Championships (Aug. 10-17)
were held in Riva, Italy for 113 teams representing 29 nations. As an
important feeder class for the Olympic doublehanded dinghy (I-470),
countries are limited to sending a maximum of seven teams. Of the seven
teams representing the U.S., three teams qualified for the gold division.
Top performers were Wade Waddell/Henry Fernberger (6th, open division) and
Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick/Abigail Rohman (4th, women's division). -- Event
* Kingston, ONT (August 20, 2012) - CORK OCR Regatta for Olympic and elite
development classes (Aug. 18-22) is hosting 174 entrants in the Laser
Radial, Laser, Finn, Kite, 29er, 49er, and International 14. Seventeen
entrants are competing in the 49er North Americans, with Canadians Jon
Ladha/ Daniel Inkpen blitzing the field. Details here:
* A nine-year-old Wisconsin boy died from a lightning strike, one of eight
boaters who sought shelter on a Lake Superior beach, Minnesota authorities
said. Luke Voigt, 9, of Iron River, Wis., was one of eight family members
and friends who were on a sailboat that took refuge about 5:30 p.m.
Saturday from a rapidly approaching thunderstorm near the Duluth-Superior
harbour, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said Sunday in a news
release. Lightning struck before most could get off the boat, but one
person was able to call 911. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/CBC-082012
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* From Peter Commette:
By eliminating the Women's Match Race event for the 2016 Olympics (as noted
in Scuttlebutt 3658), ISAF eliminated one of the two sailing disciplines
outsiders can readily understand. Makes no sense, just like it makes no
sense not to have adopted team racing, the other great aspect of our sport
that is so easy (and exciting) to follow.
* From Eric Sorensen:
Courage is an appropriate term to observe with what is going on in SF with
the ACWS. Thanks for your 'Butt report (#3658) on the pre-race carnage.
Three down so far in practice and many more to go with the first Oracle 72
waiting in the wings to be launched on the Bay after this initial episode
of the ACWS in its second year.
Sphincters will be tightened as race day comes on us this week. Wing repair
techs will be getting NO sleep and lots of practice in their chosen trade.
It is hoped there are plenty of spare bits for these one designs to be
applied so everyone can race. Crews are trying to get a handle on the
roughest wind and sea condition of any venue thus far.
Plymouth of last year was a fair preview but a daily dose of this will
harden UP the teams. ETNZ and Oracle have done many days of practice in
this extreme wind and should be the ones to beat. The weather mark where
the chutes are deployed will be the deciding factor between smoking away
from the opponents or taking an early bath. YEEEHAW! Cowboy up!
* From Donald Street:
After 48 years in the insurance business, I know there are a huge number of
unnecessary claims filed for flooding or sinking caused by inadequate bilge
pumps. After recently reading about the loss of the Hanse 370e Outer Limits
in May, 330 miles from Bermuda, it has prompted me to distribute this
letter to Scuttlebutt along with several prominent print magazines in hopes
of getting sailors to stop, think, and install proper bilge pumps.
The crew of Outer Limits discovered a leak, and then took the easy way out,
abandoning ship and letting the insurance company pay for the total loss.
The fact that with no one on board to pump, the boat remained afloat for 48
hours, shows the bilge pumping system on Outer Limits was grossly
inadequate as the crew of FOUR felt they could not keep ahead of the
ingress of water long enough to sail back to Bermuda. The fact that the
boat floated with no one pumping for 48 hours shows that the boat could not
have been leaking that badly.
If Outer Limits had a proper bilge pump, a permanently mounted Edson 25gpm
diaphragm bilge pump, or the same pump mounted on a board as a movable
emergency bilge pump, the crew of Outer Limits would have been able to move
1,500 gallons an hour. With four crew, one hour pumping and three hours
off, that would certainly have kept Outer Limits afloat long enough to
motor sail 330 miles back to Bermuda or close enough to have a rescue boat
come out and meet them with pumps. -- Read on:
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