SCUTTLEBUTT 3665 - Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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'THE GAMBLER' READY TO ROLL AGAIN
Paul Tingley isn't in London to "defend" his Paralympic Games sailing
title. Make no mistake about it - the 42-year-old from Halifax believes
he's more than capable of repeating as the champion of the 2.4mR class he
mastered in 2008 in Beijing.
He's done everything possible to get ready for his fourth Paralympic
competition, including training with Swedish coach Stellan Berlin in waters
off the English coast to prepare himself for the conditions he'll face in
the days to come.
But defence doesn't seem to be in the playbook of the sailor nicknamed The
Gambler in some circles for his penchant for taking risks - many of which
tend to pay off in a big way.
"I have to just look at it as a new game, everyone's got a legitimate shot
at it and I've gotta go out with a strong offence and not try to defend,"
"That (2008) was yesterday's news. I think I would be silly to look back
and pump myself up as defending gold medallist because that's not going to
help me on the race course."
Tingley, paralyzed in a skiing accident when he was 24, won the 2008 mixed
single-person keelboat regatta in Beijing with a gamble.
One of five competitors with a shot at gold entering the final race, he and
another sailor opted to go against conventional wisdom and split away from
the other 14 boats. It paid off with a Paralympic championship.
"There was a lot of kind of make your calls from your gut and this was no
time to shy away from a tough decision," he said. "We chose the opposite
side that everyone else went to and, lo and behold, it ended up being the
Tingley has a second Paralympic medal, a bronze, from 2000 in Australia as
a member of a three-person sonar boat. He won a 2.4-metre solo keelboat
world championship in the Netherlands in 2010, beating 85 sailors - many of
them able-bodied - for the title.
He and Berlin, a seven-time world champion, trained off England to get a
feel for the conditions and the equipment that will be required at Weymouth
Bay and Portland Harbour, on the country's south coast.
He qualified as Canada's lone entry in his class at the Olympic venue last
year. In January, he finished third in the world championships off Port
Charlotte, Fla., and second in a World Cup event off Miami. -- Full story:
* Competition at the Paralympic Games is on September 1-6 in three sailing
events. The complete Canadian team is:
Single-Person Keelboat (2.4mR) - Paul Tingley
Two-Person Keelboat (SKUD18) - John McRoberts/ Stacie Louttit
Three-Person Keelboat (Sonar) - Bruce Millar/ Logan Campbell/ Scott Lutes
Event website: http://www.london2012.com/paralympics/sailing/
* OLYMPIC VIDEO: An official DVD of the sailing competition at the 2012
Olympic Games in Weymouth, Great Britain is currently in production and is
expected to be offered by October 2012. Purchase details to be published in
Scuttlebutt when available.
SAY A PRAYER
(August 28, 2012) - Hurricane Isaac gathered strength as it bore down on
New Orleans on Tuesday, bringing high winds and soaking rains that will
pose the first major test to the city's multibillion-dollar flood
protections, seven years after Katrina devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Hundreds of U.S. Army National Guard troops took up strategic positions
around New Orleans, preparation meant to avoid the chaos seen in the days
and weeks after Katrina in August 2005.
Isaac's storm surge poses a major test of the so-called Crescent City's new
flood-control systems and reinforced levees that failed in 2005, leaving
parts of the city underwater. Forecasts from the U.S. National Hurricane
Center showed the storm coming ashore in the Mississippi Delta late on
Tuesday, possibly taking direct aim at New Orleans.
New Orleans is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, which swept across
it on August 29, 2005, killing more than 1,800 people and causing billions
of dollars of damage. -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/R-082812
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public service, providing free access to their subscriber data which comes
from their weather stations positioned in the path of the storm:
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ANATOMY OF A COLLISION - WHO WAS AT FAULT, AND WHY?
By Chuck Fort, BoatU.S
The International Regulations for Preventing Collision at Sea, also called
COLREGS or Rules of the Road, were adopted in the United States in 1864.
Based on common sense, it has been said if all vessels always abided by the
Rules, there would be no collisions at sea. In this issue of eLine, we'll
take a look at one claim that supports the idea that Rules are meant to be
Two sailboats on San Francisco Bay are approaching each other, bow-to-bow,
on a collision course. Both boats are under power, each traveling at four
to five knots, and are closing quickly. A few seconds before impact, the
skipper of the larger boat, a 40-footer, throws the helm hard over to
starboard and yells at the skipper of the smaller boat, who responds by
turning sharply to port. The two boats collide, with the smaller boat
ramping up onto the deck of the larger boat. There were no injuries, but
both boats suffered extensive damage (Claim # 0810161).
As is often the case when two boats collide, both skippers insisted the
other was at fault. There were no outside witnesses. These sorts of
disagreements are routine and are typically settled by the respective
insurance companies. In this case, however, no agreement was reached and
the claim went to arbitration. Who was at fault?
Sails were neatly furled on the larger boat but on the smaller boat the
mainsail was up. The smaller boat's skipper claimed he was "sailing" (A
power-driven vessel underway shall keep out of the way of a sailing vessel)
but a check of nearby weather buoys confirmed that San Francisco Bay was
uncharacteristically calm that day and his argument was quickly dismissed
The skipper of the larger boat claimed the collision was solely the
responsibility of the smaller boat; after all, it hit him. Again, the
investigators were not convinced. One of the primary Navigation Rules (rule
five) was ignored by both skippers: Every vessel shall at all times
maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all available
means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to
make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision. Had
either skipper been paying attention, the collision would not have
The Judgment... click here:
QUOTE / UNQUOTE
"He yelled out. I think he was expecting me to come back, but there was no
way I was coming back." - Russell Coutts, skipper of Oracle Team USA, about
when gold medal sprinter Michael Johnson fell off during a race. Video:
Here is the most current public list of those sailors who have their ISAF
Jeff Carter, Australia
Offense not listed; November 3, 2011 - November 2, 2013
Sam Price, Australia
Offense not listed; November 23, 2011 - November 22, 2012
Anne Caseneuve, France
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; December 28, 2011 - February
Frank Bode, Germany
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; December 1, 2011 - December 31,
Andrejs Buls, Latvia
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; Aug. 2011 - Dec. 2012
Alberto Campos Perez, Mexico
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; May 7, 2011 - May 6, 2013
Maria del Mar Campos Perez, Mexico
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; May 7, 2011 - May 6, 2013
A competitor whose ISAF eligibility has been suspended or revoked shall not
engage in any competition in the sport of sailing. Source:
Sailor list: http://www.sailing.org/sailors/suspended-sailors.php
ISAF Eligibility Rules, Rule 19: http://tinyurl.com/ISAF-Reg-19
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* Racing is set to begin Wednesday for the Craig & Ross Canadian Youth
National Championship at Gimli Yacht Club, in Gimli, Manitoba. With 104
boats registered in the U19 event, it is sure to be a week of tight racing
in the Laser, Radial, Bic, 420 and 29er fleets. The Youth National
Championships is the first event in the selection trials for the 2013 ISAF
Youth World Team in the Boys' and Girls' Laser Radial, Boys' and Girls'
420, Boys' and Girls' RS:X and the Open 29er classes. -- Full report:
* The Welsh capital Cardiff will be hosting the fifth stop of the eight
event 2012 Extreme Sailing Series August 31-September 2. Nine Extreme 40s
will race on the UK's Cardiff Bay, with American Olympian Anna Tunnicliffe
joining the circuit for the first time on GAC Pindar. The fleet will race
in the stadium race mode that is synonymous with the Extreme Sailing
Series, with live video streaming and an interactive blog from 1400 local
time (CEST - 1). -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/ESS-082812
* The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship is ISAFs longest running event,
having taken place every year since the first championships hosted by
Sweden in 1971. In advance of the 2012 ISAF Annual Conference this fall in
Ireland, ISAF is inviting bids to host the 2016 ISAF Youth Sailing World
Championship. The 2012 edition took place in Dublin Bay, Ireland with
Cyprus set to host the 2013 version, Portugal to host in 2014 and Malaysia
to host in 2015. -- Full report: http://www.sailing.org/news/32124.php
EIGHT BELLS ~ ALAN P. GURNEY
By Ted Jones
Alan Gurney designed boats the old fashioned way with drafting pencil on
velum, using splines and ducks (weights), a planimeter, and a seaman's eye.
He thought like the water through which he had sailed, in England,
transatlantic, the USA, both polar regions and much of what lay in between.
As a young lad, he would make boats out of toilet tissue (which at that
time had characteristics of waxed paper) and float them in his bath. He
spurned a career in the army to pursue a career as a yacht designer, and
ultimately moved on to an early passion, Antarctic exploration. He had
amassed an impressive collection of hundreds of photographs of every known
Antarctic penguin species.
I had the great good fortune -- a privilege -- to be his friend, and to
have had lunch with him frequently as he was in the process of drawing the
myriad details of what was to become "Windward Passage", the world famous
dream boat of lumber tycoon, Robert F. Johnson. During each lunch-time
visit, I would meet Alan in his basement studio on New York's East 54th
Street, and he would show me the most recent drawings.
Johnson had selected Gurney for the new design having been impressed by the
performance of George Moffett's "Guinevere", a 48 foot Jacobsen-built
aluminum yawl which had won the SORC in 1966, the second of two ocean
racers Alan had designed for Moffett. The first was a wood-built boat, the
Nantucket 38, aboard which I had the sailed in the 1964 Bermuda Race.
Later, I transferred to Humphrey Simson for whom Alan had designed a yawl
similar to "Guinevere", the 47 foot Derecktor built "Kittiwake", aboard
which I sailed in the 1966 SORC, Bermuda, and Transatlantic races.
"Kittiwake" did well in her class in the SORC series, overshadowed only by
Ted Turner's legendary Cal-40, "Vamp X" which won everything in her class
that year including the Transatlantic race from Bermuda to Copenhagen.
I had met Alan Gurney in 1960 following that year's Bermuda Race. I was a
yacht broker in the office of Tripp & Campbell in New York City when
Englishman Gurney was brought around by G. Colin Ratsey (of the English
sailmaking firm) to meet yacht designer Bill Tripp. Still only 24, Alan had
won a prestigious competition for a modern "club racer" sponsored by the
British magazine, "Yachting World" which brought him to the attention of
Chesapeake Bay yachtsman Jack Lacy for whom Alan had designed a 35 foot
sloop. While nothing came immediately of the meeting with Tripp, both
partners at Tripp & Campbell had been impressed, and when Tripp's design
assistant resigned a short time later. The firm offered the job to Gurney
who flew back to New York to accept it. -- Read on:
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* From Bruno Trouble, Louis Vuitton:
Following Bruce's comments in Scuttlebutt 3663, I also would like to say
how much I have been impressed by the success of America's Cup World Series
event last week in San Francisco. At last, the AC Event Authority has been
flooded with luck:
- Wonderful weather and wind
- Multiple lead changes
- Drama: Coutts hitting the Race Committee at full throttle
- A few capsizes (but not too many)
- Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson falling overboard
- Multiple come-from-behind situations (Spithill on Super Sunday)
- Breathtaking finish (3 boats in 3 seconds!)
- Extraordinary TV package which will change our sport forever!
Sailing is very diverse and complicated to follow for the general public.
Russell Coutts, Iain Murray and Stephen Barclay have delivered something
which will attract a huge and young audience. This will be great for our
At Louis Vuitton, we are proud to be associated with the event through the
Official Timing and the Louis Vuitton Cup. Only four boats on the starting
line next year is not very good, but we have the strong teams. We are only
missing the low budget teams which, in the past, participated with no real
hopes of winning. You CAN'T compete next year unless you have 30-40
million. In the past we saw teams with 5 to 10 millions Euros (China, South
I have never missed a day in the America's Cup since 1977, and I say with
confidence that the 34th America's Cup will be a huge success in the U.S.
and the 35th will be even bigger with many more teams if we manage to keep
the budgets at a reasonable level.
Changes in the America's Cup have been brutal and extreme in a short period
of time. The world of sailing was so far a monohull world, but the top of
our sport is now multihulls on TV. We all have to swallow this revolution.
It takes some time but the future is bright.
* From By Baldridge:
The America's Cup World Series races in San Francisco and elsewhere have
been exciting to watch. The Fleet races put on display the great boat
handling in crowded waters which these pros make look a lot easier than I
know it is. However, as long as they continue to use gate marks for the
match racing, it will never be classic match racing. With the gate marks,
there is no covering and control of your opponent. The legs become a series
of split tacks with fairly close crosses until one competitor gets a shift
that turns it into a parade until the next gate where they split again.
EDITOR'S NOTE: More fan reaction, along with crowd photos, is posted on
* From Tim Patterson:
Well said, Mr. Jacobi (Scuttlebutt 3663): the sea could care less. And man
has not built the vessel that the ocean could not sink or damage beyond
usefulness. All of us who go offshore must be respectful of the risks we
* From Gerard Wolf:
Thanks so much to Rich Hayes (ever since Tom B I have never worn boots!)
and especially Roger Marshall for their posts regarding MOB issues (in
Scuttlebutt 3663). While I have tested inflatable PFD's, I have never tried
to re-board a boat with one on. Your advice is quite sage and I will be
forwarding it to all shipmates, past and present, as I consider what you
have disclosed to be quite important in a life sustaining situation. While
I have never been overboard, which usually happens in nasty conditions,
what you wrote Roger, will likely save many lives.
* From Norbert Marin:
Quoting Bernard Shaw "Statistics is a science that shows that if my
neighbor has two cars and I none, we both have one."
In Response to Rich Hayes (Scuttlebutt 3664) regarding National Water
Safety Forum Statistics, you have to bear in mind that the figure of six
deaths under "sailing" in 2012 would have been much bigger if sailors would
not wear PFD's as a norm either voluntarily or by law. So the way I read
this statistic is that thanks to PFD's, there were only 6 deaths in 2010
relating to sailing.
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