SCUTTLEBUTT 3674 - Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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With less than a year to the 34th America's Cup, three teams have launched
their AC72s. But the Swedes blew up their wing, so their boat is idle. And
the Americans blew up their daggerboards, so their boat is idle too. Only
the Kiwis are keeping it together, but not every training day is on the
water. Coach Rod Davis explains...
The show must go on. The team programme calls for crew drills and we are
looking to create an AC72 cat racing environment complete with tacking,
gybing and rounding marks. Never mind the weather forecast is foul, we go
The boys just have to tough it out as they run to the shed that houses the
AC72. We are doing the whole short-course drill inside, out of the weather
but more importantly, it does not count as one of our sailing days.
When you are allowed only 30 days of sailing (between July 1, 2012 to
January 31, 2013), you need to get creative in how you train.
There are eight grinding pedestals, 30 buttons to change linkage to drive
different winches (twice as many as the old boats because you have two
hulls to sail from), 190kg boards to go up and down, hydraulics that make
an big jet aircraft look like a kids toy - and the boat is 46ft wide.
With only 11 crew there are more jobs than you have hands ... efficiently
going from job to job will be the key.
Think of it more like a rugby play walk through. Implant into everyone's
mind each persons position now and in the next 10 seconds and to know
instinctively what gear and linkage to be in, when to switch over to lift
the board, or operate the hydraulics. Then the walk through goes a little
faster and a little faster still.
Like a beep test, where you run from one edge of the court to the other,
except we will have them running across the trampoline, jumping into
position and grinding way.
Joe Allen, the crew coach is in charge and the whole exercise is videoed
from several angles. Pity help the ones who still haven't figured out their
job or are lagging behind at the end of the session.
Me, I am responsible for making it as realistic as possible. Bring on the
fire hose. I love this job.
ALIVE AND WELL
The 2016 Olympic Games may have eliminated the Women's Match Race event,
but the beat rocks on this week at the 2012 U.S. Women's Match Racing
Championship (Sept. 13-16). Six teams from across the United States have
come to San Francisco to compete for the title in J/22s at the St. Francis
Yacht Club. Typically strong winds are forecast for the event and the teams
will be tested not only by each other but by the conditions on the City
Front. Great spectator viewing will be available from the breakwater at St.
Nicole Breault, Evan Brown, Casey Williams, Julie Servais
Andrea Cabito, Natasha Baker, Taylor Robinson, Sally Madsen
Clerc Cooper, Elizabeth Chambers, Laura Beigel, Courtney Alexander
Sandy Hayes, Cindy Olsen, Ivy Binns, Krista Paxton
Shala Lawrence, Julie Mitchell, Samantha Treadwell, Tammy Fowles
Genny Tulloch, Jenn Chamberlin, Stephanie Roble, Maggie Shea
EDUCATION: A series of match racing clinics have been scheduled this fall
in the U.S. for men and women. Curriculum was created by Dave Perry and Liz
Baylis to introduce racing sailors to the thrills, skills and techniques of
match racing. Details: http://tinyurl.com/NU-091112
VOLUNTEERISM: During the past few weeks, the helping hands in the San
Francisco sailing community have been working overtime with the AC World
Series, Melges 24 North Americans, 18-foot Skiff International Regatta,
Rolex Big Boat Series, and now the U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship.
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WELCOME TO THE USA
Long Beach, CA (September 11, 2012) - Opening day anxiety coupled with a
misty mid-day marine layer and a bit of bad luck marked the launch of the
GLOBALTECH Formula 18 World Championship hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club,
the class's first Worlds ever contested in the USA.
The 118 entries from 13 countries and five continents include Musab Al
Hadi, skipper for the Oman entry, who with crew Ahmed Al Balushi won their
first race but was soon sidelined with a severely cut right hand early in
Race 2. "I was trapezing [hiking out] when something broke and I fell down
with the tiller in my hand," Al Hadi said.
The carbon fiber tiller splintered and gashed the base of the two fingers
in his hand. He was brought to shore by Long Beach Firemen on a rescue boat
who administered preliminary treatment before he was taken to a nearby
emergency facility, uncertain if or when he would return to sail this week.
Three races were completed to keep the event on track through the
qualifying stage. The early leader is the Belgium team of Carolijn Brouwer/
Wouter Samama who posted a 4-2-2. The fleet should be divided in half after
Thursday, with the top half fighting for the title on Friday and Saturday.
-- Daily reports:
* International shooters Daniel Forster and Sharon Green join local
photographer Erik Simonson to present a gallery of images from the Rolex
Big Boat Series. The surrounding landscape of city hills, Alcatraz Island,
and Golden Gate Bridge are the unmistakable features of San Francisco Bay,
which provided the winds and currents for this high powered event:
* After months of planning, 44 Viper 640s returned to the class's
unofficial home in Marblehead, Massachusetts to compete in the class'
largest North American Championship to date. And lucky for us, photographer
Leighton O'Connor was there too. Enjoy his images:
OLD BOATS, OLD TROPHY
Take two of San Francisco Bay's oldest racing sailboats and stack 'em up
against each other for the Bay's oldest sailing trophy and you're bound to
get one heck of a good sailboat race. At least, that's what Bill Stucky and
crew on board Polly, his 83-year old Bird Boat, are hoping for on Saturday
when they go up against Robin, another Bird, in a match race that's in its
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the first Bird Boat, a classic
wooden sailboat specifically designed for racing on San Francisco Bay and
the first one design fleet on the West Coast, while the San Francisco
Perpetual Trophy, first raced on the Bay in 1895, is purported to be the
second oldest match-racing trophy in sailing behind only the America's Cup.
The SF Perpetual Cup is held in Trust by the two senior yacht clubs of San
Francisco Bay - the Corinthian Yacht Club (CYC) and the San Francisco Yacht
Club (SFYC). It's a Challenge Cup, with the holder accepting a challenge
annually from another yacht club. Both clubs must be on the US Pacific
Cup stats indicate the long-time rivalry between the two oldest clubs in
the Bay Area. While SFYC is the current holder of the Cup, in the 103
challenges for the Perpetual Cup since 1895, the CYC leads in overall wins
with 27 and SFYC is second with 26 wins. St Francis Yacht Club is third
with 14 wins, and San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC) is fourth with 16. --
SailBlast, read on: http://tinyurl.com/SB-091112
SHOP FOR BOATS, AND A FUTURE
A trip to the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show is not only a chance
to indulge your passion for all things boating: it is also an opportunity
to learn if the industry holds a professional future for you. IYRS will be
at the Newport show from September 13-16 and staff will be on hand to talk
about training programs in Boatbuilding & Restoration, Marine Systems and
Composites Technology, where graduating classes enjoy a job-placement rate
in the 80th percentile. Combine a visit to the IYRS booth with a tour of
the school's main campus, only a short walk from the show.
* East Tawas, MI (September, 11, 2012) - Chris Doyle took over the lead on
day 2 of the J/22 North American Championship. With stellar scores on
Tuesday of 1,2,1, the team launched into first after Race 6 when the
throw-out took effect and they dropped their 22 from Race 1. Chris Doyle
now stands at 8 points heading into the final day of the regatta. Allan
Terhune trails in second with 16 points, and Terry Flynn is just one point
behind him. The 31 teams reveled in the Tawas Bay wind and waves throughout
Tuesday, with breezes between 10-18 knots and surf-able waves. Details:
* The Match Racing Association (MRA) held its 2012 Annual General Meeting
(AGM) at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club on August 31, 2012. The MRA, founded
in 1986 (formerly known as the World Match Racing Association), is a
Bermuda-based corporation with membership comprised of the leading match
race sailing events in the world and organized to promote the sport of
sailing to the public through match racing at all levels of the sport and
to support and advance the events and the sailors who compete in them. --
* Hamilton, ONT (September 11, 2012) - The 33-boat fleet completed three
races on the first day of the Star North American Championship, hosted by
Royal Hamilton Yacht Club. With winds building from 8 to 14 knots during
the day, Arthur Anosov/ David Ceasar rolled a 7-2-2 to hold a one point
lead over John Maccausland/ Guy Avelon and Jud Smith/ David Timberlake, who
are tied for second. Racing continue through Saturday. -- Full report:
The flag at Howlands in Catalina Island flew at half mast Monday (Sept. 10)
in honor of George Griffith (91 years) who passed away at 0500 aboard
Sarissa, his 48 foot power sled that he and Michael Peters designed 25
years ago. George was en route from Howlands to Long Beach, CA at the time.
George had spent the last several weeks enjoying his family and many
friends at Catalina, tied up to the A2 mooring where a bouquet of flowers
is now placed in his honor.
George was the inspiration for the Lapworth 36, built by Chapman and
Kaliajian in Newport Beach. A few years later, the Lapworth designed Cal 40
built by Jensen Marine was the result of a successful cooperation of
Griffith, Lapworth and Jensen. George's Cal 40 "Persephone" was soon famous
along the So Cal racing circuit.
George was revered for his passion for sailing and cruising, his loyalty to
Los Angeles Yacht Club, CCA, Cruising Club of America and Transpac Yacht
Club, his yacht design innovations, his abalone diving prowess (back in the
day), many years of successful yacht racing, his warm heart, generosity and
strong values. George cherished LAYC as his family. A memorial gathering at
the club will be announced shortly.
MORE: Kimball Livingston notes that there will be a memorial service at 5
pm this Sunday at the Los Angeles Yacht Club in San Pedro. Read Kimball's
tribute here: http://blueplanettimes.com/?p=9815
MORE, MORE: "It is with great sadness that I have to inform Scuttlebutt
that former MerlinRocket and National 12 sailor and boat builder, Bob
Hoare, collapsed and died Monday night whilst leading in the Flying Fifteen
Friday evening race, with his wife, at Parkstone Yacht Club in Dorset UK.
Bob was a superb boat builder, responsible for building the best Flying
Dutchman during the 1960's and 70's. Supercalifragilisticexpealedocious,
Rodney Pattison's Olympic FD, was one of his creations as was Shadow in
which John Oakeley won the 1967 World Championships. He will be greatly
missed by his family, fellow club members, and his customers." - Barry
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* From Mark Lammens:
Interesting old school concepts regarding self reliance (from Skip Novak in
Scuttlebutt 3673). A life jacket is not about self reliance, it is about
surviving the cold water shock response or staying afloat if you are
separated from your boat. Larry Klein, World champion and very accomplished
sailor could have had a better chance if he'd been wearing one. Do your
kids wear seat belts or helmets when they ski and bike? It is about
managing risks. I love my kids, they are very good skiers and swimmers, but
when they are in the Zodiac or dinghy, I have them wear a quality stylish
* From David Tabor, Leesburg, VA:
For years I have been bemoaning the lack of basic skills in many areas of
life, sailing being one of them. I see it at work (scary thought), and I
see it every day when people can't parallel park a tiny Miata!
Basic skills are being forgotten, lost, ignored in all walks of life
because things have been dumbed down. How many times have we heard of a
boat running aground after the "skipper?" punched in a waypoint set the
autopilot and took off? Oh yeah, that sandbar in between doesn't know or
care how much money you spent on the fancy geewhiz box.
I see more and more middle aged couples enthusiastically taking up sailing
and setting sail on 35, 40 or even 50 foot boats having never sailed a
dinghy, reefing when going downwind because they don't understand the
concept of apparent wind, (hey it's blowing 18 knots, better shorten sail)
not knowing any knots other than a cleat hitch (usually wrong), a figure
eight and a bowline (maybe). Because we all know if you want to tie two
lines together just tie two bowlines; no need to know a bend or two. --
Forum, read on:
* From Chris Welsh:
The to-do about helicopters filming the America's Cup races during the San
Francisco Giants games is much ado about nothing. The same prohibition
exists for Disneyland year round here in So Cal, and it contains a simple
exception to the no-fly area - being in contact with Air Traffic Control.
While the U.S. federal government makes plenty of dumb moves, in my
experience, how the flight restriction works is not one of them. The FAA,
et al, just wants to know who is up there and what their plan is;
understandably, random flight over major groups of people is a sensitive
The heli's will call ATC, state their operating area and the max altitude
they plan on, and everything will be fine. As a practical matter, one would
inform ATC you will be operating in the area anyways. It would be unusual
for flights like this to be denied, even for a simple sightseeing flight
over the city front, much less a flight on a defined mission. They do the
best they can to be helpful.
* From Derek Bouwer:
Concerning the commentary in Scuttlebutt 3672, 'Each Time We Play, It Is A
Different Game. Why?', NOR's & Sailing instructions are there for a reason.
Not all sailing waters are the same; some have very definite peculiarities,
which need to be addressed specifically within the sailing instruction, to
While agree that both NOR's and Sailing instructions should be as simple,
clear and as unambiguous as possible, we also need to remember the cardinal
rule in sailing and yacht racing in particular: "YOU SNOOZE! YOU LOSE"
Not reading both the NOR and the Sailing instructions carefully, for each
event is definitely snoozing in my book. I have my whole crew read both
before competing... six heads being better than one, in the heat of battle!
I know of a local golf course that has a specific club rule concerning
nesting birds (which happen to be the clubs crest) where their nest and
demarcated areas around their nest sites are out of bounds no matter where
they are located! In competitions, non-local player are made aware of this
rule and play accordingly and are penalized if they infringe this local and
specific rule. I do not hear them complaining. ps I do not play this
If the crew of the boat penalised had have read the Sailing instruction
carefully, committed them to memory they would not have infringed and
therefore not have been penalize.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Just thinking out loud, but would it be possible for there
to be a standard NOR and SI template that includes a section for venue and
event specific information? Rather than looking through the entire document
at each regatta for information that is specific to the event/venue, the
reader could go straight to this section. Appendix J in the RRS already
states what the NOR and SI shall include, but rather than this information
being in different places for each event, why don't the RRS require a
standard template? Note the difference in the NOR and SI from two recent
Etchells North Americans:
Melges 24 North Americans:
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