SCUTTLEBUTT 3672 - Monday, September 10, 2012
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EACH TIME WE PLAY, IT IS A DIFFERENT GAME. WHY?
By Glenn McCarthy
Can you imagine the rules of Football, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, etc.,
or even Corn Hole (Bags) changing every time they're played? Apparently
there are some changes in professional baseball; the home run length is
different in different ballparks across the country. But that is about it.
In sailing we have those nasty Notice of Race (NOR) and Sailing
Instructions (SIs) that every individual who writes them wants to leave
their fingerprint on. They change the game for each and every event we sail
in. Do we ever stop and realize how utterly ridiculous this is?
Most buoy courses are comparable. All we need on the water is which course
shape, what leg length, what direction the first mark is and how many times
around we're to go. The course can be standardized in the rule book and the
signals on boats can be standardized and we don't need that put in NORs and
SIs. It's not any different for port-to-port races, either. There are many
other changes organizers always mess with, and at each event we have to
adjust our thoughts and adjust our game. Really, are those changes cause
for more people to sail, or for more people to get tired of having to
figure out this weekend's new game?
Too often sailors get caught not having read the NOR or SIs and get
protested for some local rule. Is this inviting? Is this pleasureable? Do
these sailors clamor to come back next year after getting a penalty? While
maybe not the best example, a boat in this year's Pacific Cup (San
Francisco to Hawaii) obviously didn't bother reading the NOR or SI's.
Competing boats were not to look at the club's race tracking website during
the race. Not only did they look at it during the race, they posted on
their blog during the race how they were doing against their competitors,
citing the race tracking website. Of course they were protested, and they
received a 24 hour penalty. Rule after rule after rule. Does this make the
sport more enticing?
Kudos to Chicago Yacht Club for their NORs and SIs in 2012. They worked
really hard at removing superfluous information from their NORs and SIs
(did you notice that you didn't have to print very many pages and there was
little to remember)? It is a step in the right direction, with the final
stop being all we need is a rule book and signals and radio calls from Race
We really need to stop changing the game each weekend. At the end of the
day, we should be able to go around the buoys in the right order and should
get a score. Let's stop changing the game every time we race. K.I.S.S.! --
Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation, http://tinyurl.com/LMSRF-090912
U.S. CLUBS CONFIRMED
Newport, RI (September 8, 2012) - After a seeding series on Wednesday and
Thursday advanced the top twelve teams to the Gold Flight of the U.S.
Qualifying Series, this group was now being thoroughly vetted in the new
J/70s to see who would be among top three teams to advance to the amateur
2013 Invitational Cup presented by Rolex.
After seven races on Friday, the final day on Saturday delivered
12-17-knots, setting the landscape for a litany of near capsizes,
breakdowns, and penalties. In the end, the last qualifier for the Gold
fleet, Larchmont Yacht Club, climbed to the top as Seattle and San
Francisco yacht clubs held on to gain the final two spots and berths in the
2013 Invitational Cup presented by Rolex.
"We struggled in the qualifying round, but really started to feel
comfortable finally today," said Danny Pletsch, skipper for Larchmont. "The
left side of the course was heavily favored today so we started there, then
began starting at the boat to be more conservative near the end."
For the top three in the Gold fleet, preparing for the Invitational Cup is
potentially more intimidating than facing the tooth-and-nail racing each
day this week. "They'll probably be shocked to find out we qualified," said
Shawn Bennett, skipper of third place San Francisco Yacht Club. "It's a
once in a lifetime opportunity for the club." Bennett, who has experience
preparing for national and world championships, said that he is sure the
members will step up the training for next year's event.
Larchmont, Seattle, San Francisco will join New York Yacht Club as the U.S.
representatives to compete against 20 international yacht clubs in next
year's Invitational Cup to be sailed in the Club Swan 42. -- Full report:
Qualifying Team rosters:
Larchmont: Danny Pletsch, Clay Bischoff, Cardwell Potts, Rebecca Liggins
Seattle: W. Andrew Loe III, Michael Karas, Anthony Boscolo, Lindsay Bergan
San Francisco: Shawn Bennett, Melissa Purdy Feagin, Tom Purdy, Jon Perkins
Gold Fleet Final Results - Top 5 of 24 (13 races, no throw-outs)
1. Larchmont Yacht Club, 51
2. Seattle Yacht Club, 62
3. San Francisco Yacht Club, 64
4. Newport Harbor Yacht Club, 66
5. St. Francis Yacht Club, 82
Complete results: http://tinyurl.com/2012-USQS-results
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WEST COAST CLASSIC
San Francisco, CA (September 9, 2012) - On the fourth and final day of the
48th annual Rolex Big Boat Series, a majority of the eight classes
competing had bristling showdowns to determine winners, while others held
the line to establish yesterday's leaders as class victors, including IRC
A's Jim Swartz (Park City, Utah) and his team aboard the TP52 Vesper, which
also were named the IRC North American Champions for 2012.
"In my mind, sailing is all about teamwork, and we just have a fantastic
team," said Swartz, mentioning crew members Jamie Gale, Ken Keefe and Gavin
Brady as among the greatest sailors in the world. "It really helps the
program immensely when you have a group of people who know how to take care
of each other."
Keefe added that the team also won the IRC East Coast Championship earlier
this year. "After having a successful summer on the East Coast and then to
come here and do so well is just an incredible feat and shows how strong
our team is."
As it did last year here, Vesper also won the St. Francis Perpetual Trophy,
one of six coveted awards given for best performances in specific classes
at this regatta. The trophies remain on display at St. Francis Yacht Club;
however, six Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner watches are presented to
skippers as personal evidence of their teams having won them.
Today's single "Bay Tour" distance race showed all classes (four for IRC,
one for Catamarans and one each for Express 37s, J/105s and J/120s) the
four corners of San Francisco Bay, routing 66 teams on courses that
incorporated a start near Berkeley Pier to the east, mark roundings near
the Golden Gate Bridge to the west and natural obstacles such as Alcatraz
and Treasure Islands for assured testing of navigational skills. -- Read
IF IT AIN'T ONE THING, IT'S ANOTHER
It took an act of Congress for the America's Cup to stage exhibition races
last year. It may take another intervention by lawmakers to ensure good TV
coverage when the main event hits San Francisco waters in 2013.
That's because the planned America's Cup racecourse for 2013 - which sweeps
from the Golden Gate to Piers 27-29 - includes an area where flights are
restricted during Giants games at AT&T Park. Why should airspace matter for
a boat race? Because the America's Cup has helicopters hovering above the
boats at all times for race officials and TV coverage.
Restricted airspace extends about 3 nautical miles from the center of the
ballpark during the baseball season, which, it so happens, overlaps with
the entire Cup race schedule. The FAA restricts flights during baseball
games as a public safety measure.
So - like last year - the federal government likely will have to make
changes to accommodate Cup racing.
Last year Congress passed, and President Barack Obama signed, the America's
Cup Act of 2011. The legislation waived laws that restrict foreign vessels
from operating in U.S. waters. It was needed because, unlike Cups of the
past, this America's Cup is held close to shore, which would have put
foreign boats in technical violation of the Jones Act and the Passenger
Vessel Services Act. Thanks to that change, the America's Cup was able to
hold exhibitions in San Diego.
To deal with the airspace issue, San Francisco may seek an exemption for
Cup-related aircraft, said Daley Dunham, a special projects manager at the
Port of San Francisco. Dunham said he's confident a solution can be
reached. But he has started working on it because, well, this is the
federal government after all. "We've got time," he said, "but we need
time." -- SF Business Times, http://tinyurl.com/SFBJ-090912
COUNTDOWN: The 34th America's Cup is now inside a year to go, with
America's Cup defender Oracle Team USA to line-up against one of four
challenging teams - Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa
Challenge or Team Korea - for Race 1 on Sept. 7, 2013. Details:
SCUTTLEBUTT SAILING CALENDAR
Events listed at http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar
* (September 9, 2012) - Tropical Storm Leslie's outer bands buffeted
Bermuda with gusty winds to 60 mph and rain Sunday as it proceeded past the
British enclave on a path toward Canada's Newfoundland later in the week.
With no reports of any major damage or injuries, government officials were
breathing a sigh of relief since Leslie had several days ago been forecast
to be a Category 2 hurricane as it passed Bermuda, possibly as a direct
strike. U.S. forecasters said Leslie could regain hurricane strength
Tuesday over open ocean as it was expected to approach Newfoundland. --
Full report: http://tinyurl.com/WP-090912
* Cleveland, OH (September 9, 2012) - After racing was cancelled on
Saturday at the 2012 Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championship (Sept
6-9), the 19-boat fleet returned to action to complete their nine race
series. Consistency delivered Gary Tisdale's team the title, collecting
three firsts and posting all top eight scores. Details:
* Marblehead, MA (September 9, 2012) - Among the 44 teams at the Viper 640
North American Championship, the battle for the title proved to be between
Pieter Taselaar of Newport, RI and the overseas team of Glyn Locke/ David
Chapman/ Ian Nicholson from the UK. Tied after day one, the pair sank a few
clicks after day two but closed the third day with the Brits holding a two
point lead over Taselaar. With light winds permitting only one race today,
Taselaar's third place to the Brits ninth was enough to take the title.
Finishing third was three-time defending champions Brad Boston/ Lee
Shuckerow. Details: http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=640
* Porto Cervo, Italy (September 8, 2012) - The 34 crews participating in
the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2012 had a long wait before Principal Race Officer
Peter Craig abandoning the final day of racing due to insufficient winds.
Final results confirm that Hap Fauth's Bella Mente, with Dee Smith calling
tactics, took the title of Mini Maxi Rolex World Champion while Magic
Carpet 2 (Wally), Aegir (Racing Cruising), Nilaya (Super Maxi) and Esimit
Europa 2 (Racing) claimed the Rolex Trophy and timepiece in their
respective divisions. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/YCCS-090912
* Nice, France (September 8, 2012) - The finals of the ISAF Grade 3 World
University Match Racing Championship pitted the two Australian teams in the
boy's division and the two Brazilian teams in the girl's division. For the
boys, it was David Gilmour who beat Jay Griffin in two matches. For the
girls, Renata Decnop beat Juliana Senfft 2-1. Boy's and girl's bronze
medals were gleaned by Andrew Shaw (Great Britain) and Julie Bossard
(France), respectively. -- Full story:
* Monterey, CA (September 7, 2012) - Two children were rescued Friday from
a sailboat that was stolen by their father, who is accused of abducting
them from their mother's home in Central California. The Coast Guard, FBI
and South San Francisco police had been tracking the 40-foot sailboat
Unleashed, which was sailed from a harbor on San Francisco Bay on Tuesday.
Police said earlier that day, Christopher Maffei had removed his 3-year-old
daughter and 2-year-old son from their mother's home while she was out. The
children's rescue occurred in Monterey Bay. Read more:
* Oyster Bay, NY (September 9, 2012) - Will Tiller and Team Full Metal
Jacket sailed to a decisive win in the Oakcliff International Grade 2 final
over Krzysztof Rosinski of Poland who ended up second and Nicolai Sehested
who came in third. Light and variable winds prevailed on the fourth and
final day. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/OS-090912
* USVI Skipper Taylor Canfield, who finished fourth in the Oakcliff
International Grade 2, is the Grand Slam Match Race Series overall winner.
With this win he received an invitation to the 2013 Grade 1 Congressional
Cup held in Long Beach California. The Grand Slam series features ISAF
Grade 2 match racing in four consecutive events: the Invitational, held at
CMRC (Aug 17-19); the Detroit Cup at Bayview YC (Aug 23-25); the
Knickerbocker Cup at Manhasset Bay YC (Aug 30-Sept 2); and the Oakcliff
International. Canfield, 23 is ranked 15th in the open ISAF rankings. --
* Lake St. Clair, MI (September 8, 2012) - Twenty-five teams competed in
the Etchells North American Championship (Sept. 6-8), hosted by Bayview
Yacht Club. From the opening of the seven race series, Dirk Kneulman of
Burlington, Ontario never relinquished the lead, eventually closing with a
15 point margin on second place Argyle Campbell of Newport Beach, CA. --
Event website: http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=387
US SAILING TEAM SPONSORS CONGRATULATE PARALYMPIANS
Sponsors of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider would like to congratulate
all of the Paralympic sailors who represented our country in Weymouth and
Portland, England and a special recognition to Jen French and JP Creignou
who collected a silver medal in the SKUD-18 event (Two Person Keelboat).
Final standings for Team USA include Mark LeBlanc 6th in the 2.4mR (One
Person Keelboat) and Paul Callahan, Tom Brown and Bradley Johnson 7th in
the Sonar (Three Person Keelboat). GO USA!!!
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* From Peter van Muyden:
In regard to the question of how to expedite a multi-class trophy
presentation when protests are delaying the results, I would go ahead with
the trophy presentation if the outcome of the protest can't change the
trophy recipients. If the outcome of the protest can change the trophy
recipients, I would present the trophies in the classes that are not
affected. There is nothing worse for the host and volunteers having to
delay the awards ceremony and seeing people leave.
* From Andrew Riem:
Regarding the lead story in Scuttlebutt 3671 - Sailing and Team Work, I
found it to be an excellent little read...although he did forget one thing.
All things on a boat have a functional purpose and if they do not, or do
not function, they should be jettisoned as they are dead weight and simply
slowing you down (i.e. delaying you reaching your objective).
* From Pete Silvers:
Thanks for closing my week last Friday with commentary from someone who
graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in economics and computer
science and holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from MIT. I can't wait
until my next job interview where I explain how my lifetime of sailing has
made me an ideal candidate for the position.
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