SCUTTLEBUTT 3661 - Thursday, August 23, 2012
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WHEN WE WANTED GRETEL TO WIN
By Charles Pinning, Providence Journal
As I grew up in Newport, a couple of things felt certain to me: The New
York Yankees would probably win the World Series, and America would retain
the America's Cup.
From 1950 to 1962, the Yankees made 11 World Series appearances and won 8
of them. As for the America's Cup races, America had never lost the series
since first winning it, in 1851, the longest winning streak in the history
of sport. By 1962, that translated into 18 consecutive victories. And since
1930, Newport had been home to the races.
America's Cup and Newport had become synonymous, but the truth was, very
few Newporters had anything to do with the races. It was a rich man's
sport, and the defending club was the New York Yacht Club.
So, it would filter down upon the rest of us, like Hollywood snow, mainly
through the newspapers, which is where people got their news back then.
There was extra hub-bub on lower Thames Street, but the races themselves
were held way off Brenton Point, so far off you really couldn't see them
from land. You had to be on a spectator boat to actually see the races.
During the summer of 1962, America was challenged by Australia's Royal
Sydney Yacht Squadron, which arrived with their lovely yacht named Gretel.
We, the common folk, immediately fell in love with the Aussies. Was it
their happy-go- lucky ways? Their general affability when you saw them
around town? Their accents? Or was it simply the name of their boat,
Gretel, that conjured up a fairy tale, a sweet girl in braids moving
innocently into the deep, dark forest of American dominance?
The defending American yacht was named Weatherly. A clean and windy name,
but not a personal-sounding one. It sounded like the name that was going to
So, I guess we were rooting for the underdog with the name of a little
The races were held in the middle of September, the first on a Saturday.
Weatherly won. Nuts. Here we go again. But when I got home from school on
Tuesday -- I had just entered the 5th grade -- my mother was almost in
"Gretel won," she said. "Little Gretel won!"
The whole town was really dialed in after that, waiting for her next
victory, which never came. Weatherly won the next three in a row and with
it, the Cup.
But somehow, life never felt the same after that. There was hope... read
"MALICE" SHOWS HER SPEED AT AIRLIE BEACH RW
In her first-ever regatta, the new Nacra 36 Carbon catamaran "Malice"
proved her speed last week in Australia, winning the tightly contested OMR
Multihull class at Airlie Beach RW! Congratulations to owner Mal Richardson
and team who sailed an excellent event, beating regatta leader "Trilogy" by
five points in the final race to secure the division. Ullman Sails
Whitsunday's Dale Mitchell managed the sail development for "Malice" - the
first Nacra 36 built with full carbon hulls - working closely with Ullman
Sails designer Bruce Hollis on a new set of GP Race sails and Red Line
spinnakers for the catamaran.
AINSLIE WINS CLASH OF GOLD MEDALISTS
San Francisco, CA (August 22, 2012) - Racing officially began today at
America's Cup World Series San Francisco, the first regatta of the second
season of the AC World Series featuring 11 crews racing the AC45s on San
The wind gods were hospitable today, offering breeze in the mid teens for
the match racing which dominated the schedule. Three pairs competed for the
right to advance to the quarterfinal round of the event's match racing
championship (scheduled Thursday and Friday).
The three matches of the qualifying round for the ACWS San Francisco Match
Racing Championship have all concluded with scores of 2-0: Luna Rossa
Swordfish (Paul Campbell James, GBR) defeated China Team (Phil Robertson,
NZL), Luna Rossa Piranha (Chris Draper, GBR) defeated Artemis Racing Red
(Santiago Lange, ARG) and J.P. Morgan BAR (Ben Ainslie, GBR) defeated Team
Korea (Nathan Outteridge, AUS).
The final match was easily the most entertaining of the three, pitting
Olympic gold medalists Ainslie against Outteridge, with the British star
posting a come-from-behind win in both matches to win by 13 and 29 seconds.
The winners move onto the quarterfinal round which begins Thursday, with
two fleet races also scheduled. Racing is planned for 2 to 4 pm PDT. 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
PHOTOS: The big boys are rolling into town, with Artemis Racing's AC72
photographed as it is unloaded off the freighter and into San Francisco
LIGHTS EQUAL ACTION
Jack Griffin of CupExperience.com explains what all the flashing lights
mean on an AC45 catamaran:
"In strong winds there's just too much noise to call 'Protest' to another
boat, and the LiveLine system give the umpires and Race Committee some
amazing new ways to run a race. The 'aft media post' on the back of the
AC45 carries the GPS antennas that allow tracking the boat's position to
within 2 cm! It also carries the remote control camera with pan, tilt and
zoom (plus a remotely controlled wiper!). And, it carries the 'warning
light stack' - green to show when a boat is within 3 boat lengths of a
course limit or a turning mark, red to indicate a protest and blue to
indicate a penalty." -- Photos/full report: http://tinyurl.com/CE-082212
(August 22, 2012) - l'Hydroptere DCNS, the fastest sailboat on the planet,
arrived under the Golden Gate Bridge and moored in San Francisco Bay at 4
a.m. Wednesday following an intense sail up the California coast from Los
Angeles. The 60-foot foiling trimaran is visiting the legendary San
Francisco Bay to take in America's Cup World Series racing and demonstrate
its record-breaking technology in the area's tough sailing conditions while
on weather standby to break the world sailing speed record for the
Transpacific route from Los Angeles to Honolulu.
"All the sailing we're doing on l'Hydroptere DCNS helps us prepare for the
Transpacific record attempt," said skipper Alain Thebault. "Deprived of
wind so far in our bid to take off for Hawaii, we needed to trial the boat
during a delivery spanning several days, and it was the perfect moment to
head up to San Francisco. As we await the awaking of the wind god on the
route to Hawaii, we'll endeavor to create some very fine images here."
The boat was shipped to Los Angeles in July for assembly, installation of
new systems, and Pacific Ocean testing in her bid to break the Transpacific
world speed sailing record. Deprived of optimum weather for a record run,
the San Francisco Bay visit is an opportunity for the flying trimaran,
accompanied by its title sponsor DCNS, to share the bay with the famous
America's Cup AC45 catamarans that are racing in the bay through Sunday. It
is also an opportunity to present its technology in the San Francisco Bay /
Silicon Valley region, one of the world's great centers of innovation.
"We left Long Beach in very sunny conditions and almost no wind," said
Jacques Vincent, the boat's co-skipper. "When we entered Northern
California waters, the weather changed radically, with up to 30 knots of
wind and tough sea conditions. We battled upwind for 2 days, and the boat
proved again its seaworthiness. During the passage, we tested absolutely
everything aboard. On site we'll be carrying out a few sea trials and
doubtless we'll be gunning for a record time between the Golden Gate Bridge
and Bay Bridge. Naturally, at the slightest hint of a favourable weather
window to Honolulu, we'll drop back down to position ourselves at Long
l'Hydroptere DCNS established a new world speed record in 2009 when it
average 50.17 knots over one nautical mile, as ratified by the World Speed
Record Council. Standing 60 feet long, 79 feet wide, and over nine stories
tall, it combines aerospace and marine technologies, using hydrofoils and a
newly developed stabilization system to lift the boat and attain stable,
wind-powered high speeds on the open ocean. -- http://www.hydroptere.com
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* Kingston, ONT (August 22, 2012) - The CORK OCR (Olympic Classes Regatta)
concluded today for Olympic and elite development classes (Aug. 18-22).
Included was the Finn North Americans, which saw Canada's future battle its
presen, with Canadian Olympic Finn sailor Greg Douglas barely holding off
young team mate, Finn Youth Worlds Champion Martin Robataille. The eight
events included Kite Course Racing, which was won by Andy Wong (CAN).
Details here: http://www.cork.org/results/2012-results-resultats-2012/
* (August 22, 2012) - The 42 yachts competing in the Atlantic Nationals in
Blue Hill, Maine, finally got off to a great start Tuesday with three races
in 10-12 knot winds and sparkling conditions. Most consistent was former
champion Norm Peck III from Niantic Bay Yacht Club, who ended the day with
a very consistent 1,2,4. In joint second place with 13 points each are Bill
Barton from the home club, Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club, and Steve Benjamin,
representing Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club. Three more races are
scheduled for the next two days. -- Daily reports:
* (August 22, 2012) - Tropical Storm Isaac is holding its own as it moves
through the northern Lesser Antilles, and is expected to gradually
strengthen trend as it moves west through the northeastern Caribbean on
Thursday. The official forecast calls for Isaac to become a hurricane by
Friday morning, but perhaps the more ominous threat in the short term is
the potential for extremely heavy rainfall over the islands near Isaac's
path. Over a foot of rainfall, and potentially as much as 20 inches in a
few locales, is possible on the island of Hispaniola, home to Haiti and the
Dominican Republic. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/W-082212
* (August 22, 2012) - US Sailing and Sperry Top-Sider have agreed on a new
multi-year sponsorship deal, which follows the April announcement that
Sperry Top-Sider had become the title sponsor of the US Sailing Team.
Sperry will expand their sponsorship involvement of US Sailing National
Championship events along with the US Sailing Road Show, a grassroots sail
education program that contributes to community sailing organizations
throughout the summer. -- Full report:
* Campione del Garda, Italy (August 22, 2012) - Scott Babbage (AUS)
continues to set the pace at the 117-boat Zhik Nautica Moth World
Championship, winning the first six races before posting an 11th in the
seventh race. Conditions today started with a 25-knot "Peler" and 1-meter
waves early in the morning to a dying "Ora" late in the afternoon. Baggage
hold an eight point lead over second-placed Anthony Kotoun (ISV), with
Joshua McKnight (AUS), Bora Gulari (USA), and Joe Turner (AUS) completing
the top five. Similar conditions are expected for racing on Thursday;
racing concludes Sunday. -- http://www.mothworlds.org/campione/
INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES
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for companies to announce new products and services. Here are some of
* Weather Underground launches new boating weather page
* RYA Tactics new eBook by Mark Rushall
* Samson - Introducing Xceed-78
View updates here: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/forum/industry_news
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* From Paul Tara:
Regarding "A Sailor's Rule For Wearing a Life Vest" (Scuttlebutt 3659),
here's a fairly accurate description of hypothermic shock for Bill Schanen
and Scuttlebutt readers to consider. Let's see if they can identify the
author and work without Googling.
"How I went over I do not know, though I did know, and instantly, why those
in the water were so desirous of getting back on the steamer. The water was
cold -- so cold that it was painful. The pang, as I plunged into it, was as
quick and sharp as that of fire. It bit to the marrow. It was like the grip
of death. I gasped with the anguish and shock of it, filling my lungs
before the life-preserver popped me to the surface. The taste of the salt
was strong in my mouth, and I was strangling with the acrid stuff in my
throat and lungs."
Me, even after 30 years racing 505's, I don't swim that well. I don't care
if it's a fat keelboat, a ski boat, a bass boat, a dinghy, or a RIB, I
always wear my PFD, and I find the backstroke to be reasonably effective
when I have it on.
* From Gerard Wolf:
Regarding Bill Schanen's missive regarding mandatory use of pfd's at all
times. Right On Bill!. I have met Bill over the years and consider him an
excellent seaman and judge of sailing requirements. Requiring PFD's at all
times is an onerous mandate.
* From Craig Fletcher:
Reading in Scuttlebutt 3660, we have a New Zealand computer expert
controlling an Australian helmsmen with a New Zealand crew (one American)
led by a New Zealand CEO funded by an American billionaire, who uses the
America's Cup as his personal toy. Please explain to me as an American, why
I should care who wins the AMERICA'S CUP? With no national pride on the
line, the America's Cup will be fun to watch, but who really cares who
EDITOR'S NOTE: Defender CEO Russell Coutts has acknowledged the mistake of
not including a nationality clause in the 34th America's Cup. However, a
bigger concern now for the U.S. is the 35th America's Cup will likely have
a nationality clause, but will there be any Americans prepared to compete
* From Kent Gardam:
The article on 'Wind, Water and WI-FI' in Scuttlebutt 3660 leads me to ask
that with the advance in technology on the new AC boats that is making the
decisions for the sailors on when to tack, gybe and how to trim the sails,
isn't the logical next step to employ computer controls to also do those
tasks and eliminate the need for having to accommodate any sailors on board
at all? That would certainly finally put to rest that conundrum of whether
the nationality of the sailors on any entry should be an issue.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Thankfully, the rules of the event (as agreed upon by
defender and challenger of record) have excluded this possibility. It was
an important measure, in my opinion, for the 34th America's Cup to require
manpower as opposed to stored power to turn the winches. But without such
restrictions, the America's Cup could quickly become a battle between
teenagers with game controllers. The umpires are already on land. The
sailors could be too.
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