SCUTTLEBUTT 3669 - Wednesday, September 5, 2012
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KEEPING THE BALL ROLLING, OLYMPICS OR NOT
The Star is one of the most prolific keelboats in the world. Designed in
1911 by Francis Sweisguth, it remains an incredible boat to sail. At the
2012 Olympic Games, it was the most senior of boats, having made its debut
in Los Angeles at the 1932 Games.
But now the Olympic status of the class remains uncertain. The fickle winds
of event selection favored a youth movement, and sought out equipment that
would favor this ideal. Keelboats, deemed expensive and frumpy, were not
selected for the 2016 Games.
While some classes rely heavily on their Olympic status, the Star is not
one of them. With over 8,000 boats built, event turnouts remain strong. The
class is well organized, its members well respected, and its history
unmatched. Not many classes can claim Lowell North, Dennis Conner, Mark
Reynolds, Vince Brun, etc. among it honor roll.
The class history is perhaps richest in South Florida, where it is now
embracing its post Olympic era by launching a new classic - the Star Winter
Series Presented by EFG International. Beginning in November, Starboat
owners and crews will have five events to maximum racing time while
minimizing hassle and expense.
There are few places on the planet that offer up the quality sailing
conditions as does South Florida in the winter, and with convenient storage
for up to 20 days of sailing through March, the class is eager to keep the
ball rolling, Olympics or not.
Class info: http://www.starclass.org
Event info: http://starwinter.com/
2012 PARALYMPIC GAMES - SAILING EVENTS
Weymouth, UK (September 4, 2012) - After a two-hour wait for wind on
Portland Harbour, racing finally got underway on day four of the 2012
Paralympic Sailing Regatta. With two days remaining to complete the 11-race
series, the leaders in the Single-Person Keelboat (2.4mR) and Three-Person
Keelboat (Sonar) are distancing themselves from the field. In the
Two-Person Keelboat event (SKUD18), while it is nearly decided which teams
will medal, it will take three more races to determine the order.
Single-Person Keelboat (2.4mR) - Top 5 of 16 (after 8 races)
1. Helena Lucas (GBR) - 13pts
2. Heiko Kroger (GER) - 24pts
3. Thierry Schmitter (NED) - 30pts
4. Paul Tingley (CAN) - 34pts
5. Damien Seguin (FRA) - 39pts
Two-Person Keelboat (SKUD18) - Top 5 of 11 (after 8 races)
1. Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch (AUS) - 11pts
2. Jen French and JP Creignou (USA) - 15pts
3. Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell (GBR) - 15pts
4. John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit (CAN) - 24pts
5. Marco Gualandris and Marta Zanetti (ITA) - 40pts
Three-Person Keelboat (Sonar) - Top 5 of 14 (after 7 races)
1. Udo Hessels, Marcel van de Veen & Mischa Rossen (NED) - 12pts
2. Jens Kroker, Siegmund Mainka & Robert Prem (GER) - 23pts
3. Paul Callahan, Tom Brown & Bradley Johnson (USA) - 27pts
4. Colin Harrison, Jonathan Harris & Stephen Churm (AUS) - 29pts
5. Bruno Jourdren, Nicolas Vimont-Vicary & Eric Flageul (FRA) - 30pts
Complete results: http://tinyurl.com/Para-2012-results
Canada report: http://tinyurl.com/CST-090412
USA report: http://tinyurl.com/USA-090412
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TUNING TO THE VENUE
By Jeremy Wilmot
I was fortunate to sail on windy San Francisco Bay with Team Bandit, from
my hometown Sydney, Australia, at the 2012 Melges 24 North Americans (Aug.
24-26). We came away victorious, making it the first victory by an all
Australian boat at an international Melges 24 event.
Something that really helped us win this regatta was how the team designed
our rig tune - driving, trimming and tactics - around the venue, Berkley
Olympic Circle, on San Francisco bay.
I am a believer in the saying, "a tactician never wins. when the boat wins,
it's the boat speed and when a boat loses it's bad tactics." This is why
tacticians are usually the grumpiest people in the boat park. It is also
why I have such respect for people on the bow. They seem to share the same
fate as a tactician.
This simple feeling is why I approach tactics with a rig tool instead of a
weather forecast; at least we might have good boat speed.
Pretty much I take the tune guide as exactly what it is: A GUIDE. Then I
tweak it around the venue and whether my tactics that day will need a high
slow VMG groove or a fast low VMG groove. This is why many of my
competitors see me doing a complete rig tune before each day sailing. I've
kind of already decided in the morning what way I'm going to go around the
For example, San Francisco is a venue that is windy and the corners pay.
For me this means I have to set the boat up for flaps, hammer or throttle
down mode. Call it what you want, I pretty much wanted to reach out to the
corners. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/M24-090412
HOW TO: SPLICING HIGH-TECH LINE
By Bob Pingel, Sailing magazine
I am going to make the bold statement that there is no reason to use wire
rope in our running rigging any longer. Single-braid, high-tech lines have
displaced the need for 7x19 wire and Nicopresses. I am not quite at a point
say we don't need wire standing rigging, steering cables and the like but
their day is coming, too. Fiber materials are far lighter, stronger pound
for pound, less expensive, more flexible, smoother running and corrosion
proof. Fiber is easy to terminate too, and something you can do yourself.
This all combines to give us a better "tool" to use on our boats.
Using 7x19 wire in backstay adjusters, boom vang cascades, halyards and
many other places used to be the norm. We also all remember dirty wire,
meat hooks and bulky Nicopress fittings. These can all be replaced with
12-strand high-tech line made from Spectra, Dyneema and Vectran. Examples
of this line are Samson Amsteel Blue (www.samsonrope.com) and New England
Ropes Endura 12 (www.neropes.com). Even something as simple as lazy jacks
can be better implemented in very small Spectra. The rope is very slippery
so the sail slides down easily and so small that it has very little
windage. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/SM-090412
BACK TO BASICS TEST
We have all been there before, going up the beat and things are just not
going well. You have missed some shifts and are staring to fall behind. The
trick is how to get back into making gains and sailing smart. This scenario
happened to us quite a few times at MWE and how we rebounded was the key to
our success. When this happens, the best thing to do is to get back to the
basics. Thistle National Champion Allan Terhune asks himself four simple
questions to get him back on track. What do you think they are? (Answer
NORTH SAILS-POWERED BOATS TAKE TOP 10 AT MELGES 24 NA'S
Congratulations to Team 'Bandit' who won the 2012 Melges 24 NA's in San
Francisco last week. Powered by a complete North Sails inventory, Team
'Bandit' consisted of an all Australian crew including North's
Connecticut-based sales representative Jeremy Wilmot calling tactics.
"Something that really helped us win this regatta was how the team designed
our rig tune, driving, trimming and tactics around the venue, Berkeley
Olympic Circle, on San Francisco Bay," explained Wilmot. The top 10 boats
racing in the regatta were powered by North Sails (only the 3rd place boat
had a partial inventory). Read full story: http://www.onedesign.com
SEND US YOUR RACE REPORTS
Posting your event information on the free, self-serve Scuttlebutt Event
Calendar tool is the easiest way to communicate to both sailors and sailing
media. But don't stop there... send us your race reports too. Here are some
of the upcoming events listed on the calendar:
Sept 6-9 - Beneteau First 36.7 North Americans - Cleveland, OH, USA
Sept 6-9 - Viper 640 North Americans - Marblehead, MA, USA
Sept 6-9 - Rolex Big Boat Series - San Francisco, CA, USA
Sept 7-9 - E-Scow National Championship - Lakeview, NY, USA
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* Christopher Dragon and Kyrie emerged as the top winners in this weekend's
78th running of the Vineyard Race hosted by Stamford Yacht Club.
Christopher Dragon, a J 122 sailed by Andrew Weiss of Larchmont Yacht Club
and Storm Trysail Club, was the winner of the IRC handicap class for the
238-mile Vineyard Race. Kyrie, a Tartan 4100 sailed by John DiMatteo of
Centerport Yacht Club, was the top corrected finisher in the PHRF handicap
class on the Vineyard course. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/VR-090412
* Porto Cervo, Italy (September 4, 2012) - Torrential rain, hail, thunder
and lightning, churning seas and 35 knots of wind forced the abandonment of
racing on the second day of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. The 34 competing
yachts, divided into Mini Maxi, Racing, Racing/Cruising, Supermaxi and
Wally divisions, had a delay on the docks followed by an hour's wait out on
the water for conditions to stabilize. The shifty breeze, however, swung
from south-east to west and then developed into a full blown rainstorm
forcing all boats back to Porto Cervo Marina at approximately 1 p.m. --
Full report: http://tinyurl.com/YCCS-090412
* Newport, RI (September 4, 2012) - Twenty-four Corinthian (amateur) teams
from around the U.S. have settled into Narragansett Bay to ready for the
first gun on Wednesday in the second ever U.S. Qualifying Series for the
New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. Using the new J/70 one design sport
boat and New York's fleet of Sonars, the top three teams will qualify to
race NYYC Swan 42s against an elite international field in the 2013
Invitational Cup. -- Full report:
* Work on the new VO 65-foot one-design that will contest the next two
editions of the Volvo Ocean Race is underway at Persico Spa, in Bergamo,
Italy - one of the four boatyards responsible for the manufacture of the
high-performance racing yacht that will take the start line in Alicante in
2014. Built out of a polystyrene block, the plug is now being shaped by a
high-tech milling machine. The first boat is expected to be launched by
June 2013. -- Report/photos: http://tinyurl.com/VOR-090412
When things aren't go well upwind, Thistle National Champion Allan Terhune
asks himself four simple questions to get him back on track.
1. Where is there more pressure?
2. Which tack aims us closer to the mark?
3. Are we in a clean lane?
4. Is the boat going fast?
While these seem too simplistic, this is the beauty of it and will get you
back on track. Let's take a look at each one. Read on:
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* From Debi Schoenherr, NJ, IU, Great Lakes Sailor:
Claire Titgemeyer was a consummate Volunteer! Always a smile on her face,
loved all the sailors, and had many other 'sons' besides Mikie! She will be
sorely missed; I am blessed to have known her for so many years. Hugs to
* From Toby Cooper:
For the moment it's all over, but the flavor of the August 2012 AC World
Series lingers on. In the words of KFOX DJ Big Rick Stewart, a non-sailing
rock-and-roll motorcycle buff, "It was all they said it would be and more."
It is possible that the Bay Area sailing landscape and our sailing lives
will never be quite the same. And this is even before the big AC72s come to
town. Here in my view, anyway, is why.
For one thing, Larry Ellison and his team understand that a key part of
successful sports marketing is to make heroes out of the athletes. So they
made a deal with the Giants with mutual benefits. The Giants hosted an
America's Cup Day in which the flamboyant Spithill waved to the crowd and
threw the first pitch (a low-outside strike at that) and the die was cast.
During the sailing week they played highlights on the Big Screen at games,
screaming cats and overlaps at the finish line. As a result, tens of
thousands of Giants fans now own a piece of the AC, with more to come I am
It didn't hurt that the understated Russell Coutts provided triple theater
on the water. It's all about attitude. Crash the line or crash the boat.
Make the play or die trying. Ask Buster Posey. Sports fans understand this
I for one would like to thank the AC Event Authority for hiring a
Sustainability Director and giving her a real set of teeth. As a result, no
plastic water bottles, no "6,000 pink balloons", and no plastic logo bow
stickers peeling off in the Bay. There was more than ample exposure for
sponsors on all fronts, but without the plastic trash in the Bay, on its
shores, and in the Berkeley hills. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. -- Read
EDITOR'S NOTE: Will Baillieu's commentary in Scuttlebutt 3668 brought out
the fight from both corners. Rather than sling mud in the newsletter, we
have posted the comments in the forum along with the positive report above
* From Dwight Gertz:
It was fun to read the creation story of the Club 420 in Scuttlebutt 3666,
but like all good stories, it has some complications that are worth
mentioning. My memory is hazy but I think that the process went through
three stages over several years.
We first tried to strengthen the original (1967?) Lanaverre boats by
rebuilding them with new side tanks and other enhancements, but that really
didn't make them durable enough. The next step was the purchase in 1972 of
a new fleet from the Israeli builder, Snapir. These boats were more
durable, still fast enough to win national and international 420
championships, and incorporated some of the thinking that eventually became
part of the next fleet, widely credited with being the first "club" 420's.
The important part of the story is that the whole process was led by
undergraduates and recent alumni of the club. In particular, Steve Taylor
('73) invested endless hours testing new ideas, talking with other schools
(Navy had also purchased a fleet of strengthened boats), visiting potential
builders, and raising the money for the project from alumni. I was the
commodore of the club in 1972 and I remember Steve as a force of nature,
pushing things ahead on all fronts. His success should be an inspiration
for the undergraduate leaders of any college sailing team.
* From Bruce Thompson:
Looking at the list of the members of the U S Sailing Olympic Review
committee shown in 'Butt 3667, I immediately see one glaring fault. There
is only one woman, Cory Sertl. If you intend to develop youth sailors, the
first person you want to win over is MOM! College football coaches recruit
the parents. One of the greatest assets my Junior Fleet has is the group of
As for youth development, the organizing authority for the 2009 U.S.
Championship of Champions specifically recruited the national champions of
the four largest youth classes, Club 420, Club Flying Junior, Opti and
Laser Radial. The Opti champion, Christopher Williford, was only 14 at the
time, and now he is on the Olympic Development team sailing 29ers. What a
growth experience it must have been to sail Lightnings with a jib,
spinnaker, and an adult crew to mentor him.
Back to moms...I have seen lots of 'helicopter parents'. His mother was the
opposite; a quiet, smiling presence on the periphery of the meetings who
let her son fend for himself with her obvious approval. Everyone's happy if
Mom is happy! Youth sailors will get nowhere without the support of their
families and a program that does not recognize that fact is doomed to
* From Bob Colpitts:
About how the Big Boat Series is opening up to multihulls (SBUTT 3668),
I've been reading how multihulls are the wave of the future for over fifty
years. It was nonsense then and is still nonsense now.
For the average sailor who balances cruising with club racing, or enjoys
casual daysailing, multihulls present many problems. Unless they are
stripped out and high tech, multihulls perform very poorly close hauled or
downwind, and are only marginally faster on a reach, and that's only in a
good breeze. Once you load them for cruising things get even worse. They
must stay light to be fast.
Then there is the problem of berthage and storage ashore. Their wide beam
and large foot print is a serious and expensive issue with the clubs and
marinas that must deal with them.
I've sailed and owned beach cats and thoroughly enjoyed them. But for most
sailors, multihulls will always be a minor aspect of their sailing
experience. Sailors who sail monohulls are legion; sailors who only sail
multihulls will always be a small minority.
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a
touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."
- Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel (1969-74)
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