SCUTTLEBUTT 3680 - Thursday, September 20, 2012
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Got plans for Columbus Day weekend? The annual anniversary of Christopher
Columbus's arrival in the Americas, which occurred on October 12, 1492, is
always the second Monday in October. As it's also a federal holiday in the
U.S., you may be looking at options for a three day vacation. If you are
thinking of San Francisco, rest assured, you are not alone:
October 4-8: A tradition since 1981, Fleet Week is the most anticipated
Fall event in San Francisco. With an estimated audience of 1 million,
spectators are drawn every year to the city's northern waterfront to be
awed by a parade of Navy ships, along with a spectacular aerial show that
includes the Navy Blue Angels. Also on hand are a variety of other
nighttime entertainment venues that kick off just as the sun sets over San
October 5-7: The 12th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is one of the
largest (and free-est) music festivals in the U.S. Held in Golden Gate
Park, three quarters of a million people are expected for the likes of
Patty Griffin, Les Claypool, Cowboy Junkies, Emmylou Harris, Chuck Prophet,
Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Elvis Costello, Dwight Yoakam, Lloyd Cole,
Patti Smith, Steve Earle, Vince Gill, Nick Lowe and more.
October 2-7: The second event of the 2012-13 America's Cup World Series
will be sharing the City with the iconic events above. The first America's
Cup event in San Francisco in August attracted over 150,000 fans to the
Marina Green and nearly 500 spectator boats to witness 11 of the best
sailing crews in the world battle just yards from the shoreline. In
October, the 11 AC45 will return to the Bay in hopes of attracting the
attention of the holiday crowds. Full details:
The ACWS race schedule has had to work around the Fleet Week activities.
The Cup Experience website provides some clarity on how the events will
HOW THEY RANKED
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for September 19th have been released using
the new ranking system for the ten events that will be held at the 2016
Olympic Games. Regattas that have taken place since November 6, 2011 (Sail
Melbourne) have been re-graded and the new calculation system applied.
Ranked sailors will include their best six qualifying events, with results
including the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships and the 2012 Class
World Championship as well as three of their best finishes from the
2011-2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup.
The ranking system is a reflection of a sailor's body of work (six
qualifying events), and not necessarily their most recent efforts. As the
latest rankings are a calculation of each sailor's score just prior to the
2012 Olympic Games, here is a comparison between the ISAF World Sailing
Rankings and the Gold medalists.
Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) - #1 ranked; 6th at Olympics
Mathew Belcher/Malcolm Page (AUS) - Gold medal; #2 ranked
Ai Kondo and Wakako Tabata (JPN)- #1 ranked; 14th at Olympics
Jo Aleh/ Olivia Powrie (NZL) - Gold medal; #7 ranked
Allan Norregaard/ Peter Lang (DEN) - #1 ranked; Bronze medal
Nathan Outteridge/ Iain Jensen (AUS) - Gold medal; #2 ranked
Tom Burton (AUS) - #1 ranked; Did not qualify for Olympics
Tom Slingsby (AUS) - Gold medal; #8 ranked
Marit Bouwmeester (NED) - #1 ranked; Silver medal
Lijia Xu (CHN) - Gold medal; #8 ranked
Jonas Hogh-Christensen (DEN) - #1 ranked; Silver medal
Ben Ainslie (GBR) - Gold medal; #12 ranked
The next ranking release is scheduled for October 10th which will see the
Men's and Women's Kiteboarding events joining the ISAF Sailing World
Rankings for the first time. The Nacra17 (mixed multihull) and 49erFX
(women's doublehanded skiff) are set to be introduced into the ISAF Sailing
World Cup for the first time throughout the 2012-2013 series and will
appear on the rankings following each regatta.
Olympic results: http://www.sailing.org/olympics/london2012/results_centre
'BLADE RUNNER' WINS CLASS AT BIG BOAT SERIES
Congratulations to Michael Schlens and his team on the Express 27 'Blade
Runner' who took home a class victory at the 2012 Rolex Big Boat Series
this month in San Francisco! Mick and his crew won the tightly contested
one design class by securing a first place finish in the final day, moving
into the top spot by two points. The team earned a total 17 points in the
nine-race series, including three bullets. 'Blade Runner' was fully powered
by Ullman Sails racing inventory, including Carbon GPL upwind sails and Red
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Chicago, IL (September 19, 2012) - Leaving no doubt as to the location of
the 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, the Windy City produced plenty
of breeze for the penultimate day of grand prix racing on Lake Michigan.
The southwest wind delivered as predicted, building over the course of the
day as the clouds receded and temperatures rebounded by almost 30 degrees
from their overnight low, an 18-20 knot breeze -- gusting to 32 --
propelled the 20-strong fleet for the first race of the day. In the second
race, the breeze stayed up at 20-35 knots. With results of 5-3 added to his
score line, Helmut Jahn's team on Flash Gordon 6 retain their overall lead.
"We've been able to find a little bit of speed, and trying to use that to
our advantage as much as possible," said Bill Hardesty, who is marking his
fifth world championship on Flash Gordon 6 as tactician for current
standings leader Helmut Jahn. "Starting as conservatively as possible and
trying to leg out...and in the first race we were able to do that. We
picked our time to tack and crossed the fleet and just played a couple of
wind shifts and rounded second. Had a little bit of a spinnaker pole
breakdown on the final run and dropped to fifth, but that's a keeper.
"The last race we didn't quite have the great start; we had a little bit of
a tangle with another boat in the last 30 seconds and weren't able to cross
anyone. We actually tacked and ducked about five boats, but we were still
able to use our speed which gets me to positions where I can use the wind
shifts to make good tactical calls. The guys are doing great job boat
handling and the boat is moving fast.
"We're big on routine, so we will just stick to our routine," said Hardesty
of the plan for the final day of the championship. "We ride our bikes back
and forth, go home, eat dinner, get to bed at 9:30 and wake up at 7:00. We
have Evan [Jahn] driving the starts and the first beats, Helmut drives
downwind and in either direction they're both doing a fantastic job. But
you never know what will happen so you just have to be nimble and see what
comes your way."
Racing will start at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2012, with three
races planned for the final day of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. --
Full report: http://tinyurl.com/RN-091912
Current Results - Top 5 of 20 (after 7 races)
1. Flash Gordon 6, Helmut Jahn, USA, 2-6-3-6-3-5-3; 28 pts
2. Transfusion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, AUS, 1-4-8-12/ZFP-4-8-1; 38
3. Struntje Light, Wolfgang Schaefer, GER, 18-1-1-21/ZFP-2-1-2, 46
4. Enfant Terrible, Alberto Rossi, ITA, 3-3-4-3-19-11-4; 47
5. Groovederci, John Demourkas, USA, 5-7-15-10-1-3-7; 48
Complete results: http://tinyurl.com/F40-Worlds-results-2012
Rochester, NY (September 19, 2012) Three days into the week-long J/24 World
Championship at Rochester Yacht Club, and Mauricio Santa Cruz of Brazil has
taken dominant control of the 96-boat fleet. Team Bruschetta has held the
lead on each day of the event so far, and has now opened up a 41-point
advantage with just three races to go.
A throw-out took effect on Wednesday, and Santa Cruz dropped a 13, leaving
him with all top 10 finishes in the seven races thus far. Following him in
the standings to date are American Mike Ingham who shot into second place,
and a tie for third between Frithjof Schade's JJone (Germany) and Rossi
Milev's Clear Air (Canada) with 67 points each.
Winds on Lake Ontario started at 12-14 knots, then built to 18 for most of
Race 1, decreased slightly in Race 2, then dropped to 5-7 knots in the
final race. Swells lingered from the previous night's storm throughout the
day. Racing continues through Friday, and 10 total races are planned. Live
updates are available. -- Full report:
Current Results - Top 10 of 96 (after 7 races, 1 throwout)
1. Bruschetta, Mauricio Santa Cruz (BRA), 2-6-9-1-4-(13)-1, 23 pts
2. 11th Hour Racing, Mike Ingham (USA), (30)-9-20-18-1-14-2, 64
3. JJone, Frithjof Schade (GER), 14-8-7-14-(56)-4-20, 67
3. Clear Air, Rossi Milev (CAN), (74)-16-19-2-13-5-12, 67
5. Bangor Packet, Tony Parker (USA), 12-12-2-(37)-17-20-5, 68
6. Scaramoush, Luis Olcese (PER), 1-15-4-21-25-(28)-4, 70
7. ELVIS, Nicolas Cubria (ARG), 6-11-35-12-2-6-(39), 72
7. 11th Hour Racing, John Mollicone (USA), 13-17-(18)-4-15-9-14, 72
9. Luca, Matias Pereira (ARG), 3-14-(32)-30%-9-11-7, 74
10. 3 Big Dogs, Pat Toole (USA), 4-26-6-24-3-15-(50), 78
Complete results: http://myyc.org/race/list/regatta_id/23
COMMENT: Having raced against Mauricio when he won the 1997 Snipe Worlds, I
know he is a phenomenal talent. Since then he has won the J/24 Worlds three
times, but what he and his team have done this week is blowing me away. A
reminder that this is a 96-boat fleet, where a bad start or crummy first
beat will earn you a hefty drop race. I hope I'm not jinxing him, but he is
only dropping a 13th. Are you kidding me! - Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
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* Newport, RI (September 19, 2012) - The award winning selections have been
announced from the 2012 Newport International Boat Show in Newport, RI. The
awards are made as part of the Show's Newport For New Products program to
recognize the best boats and boating products being introduced at the Show
for the coming model year. Honorees included the Motive 25R Trimaran from
Motive Trimarans of New York, NY which took Best New Sailboat honors and
Raymarine's i50 and i60 Instruments which took honors as the Show's Best
New Boating Product for the Nashua, NH company. -- Full report:
* The 2012 Open 5.70 North American Championship is going to be held in San
Francisco, CA at Golden Gate Yacht Club from September 21-23, 2012. The
regatta will see 20+ Open 5.70s competing for the coveted "Open 5.70 Keel"
perpetual trophy. The regatta will take place along the city front in San
Francisco - the same venue for the America's Cup. Details:
* The 2012 Women's Sunfish North American Championship was held September
14-16 on Lake Keystone in Oklahoma. Light winds prevailed for the event,
with first time champion Marquerite Koelher from Long Island dominating the
four race event. -- Full report:
* American match racing guru Dave Perry will attempt to capture an
unprecedented fifth U.S. Match Racing Championship this week in Marblehead,
Mass. Ten teams will compete in Sonars for the Prince of Wales Bowl at the
2012 U.S. Match Racing Championship, hosted by the Boston Yacht Club. This
four day US Sailing National Championship starts this Thursday, September
20. -- Read on:
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Family, faith, ships and the sea defined the life of Peter Kent. A resident
of Long Beach, CA for more than 60 years, Kent died Sept. 15 after a
lengthy illness at his home in Alamitos Heights. He was 84.
Kent, who grew up in Brockton, Mass., and attended Holy Cross University,
joined the Long Beach Yacht Club in 1966 for two reasons: to get a slip in
Basin Four for his Cal 20, and free ice. He had a succession of five
sailboats, all named Pop N Us to reflect a family consisting of six sons
and three daughters who made up the crew pool.
"Dad had his hands full on the course managing a crew of tacticians who
were also his kids," noted son Paul. "But he did so with grace and a pipe
in his mouth. Pretty impressive!"
Kent was the 1977 Congressional Cup chairman - the year that, after seven
tries, Ted Turner won. Turner went on to capture the America's Cup later in
the year. Kent became LBYC's Commodore in 1983.
After 38 years of marriage, Lydia Kent died in 1989. It is in her memory
and that of Connie Golison, wives and mothers of two of Long Beach's most
prominent sailing families, that the Golison & Kent Family Trophy is
annually awarded at Long Beach Race Week. The trophy recognizes the highest
placing boat with the lowest average race score, whose skipper sails the
series with a minimum of three family members aboard including the skipper.
A visitation will be held from 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Forest Lawn in Cypress
in the Church of Our Father. A funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St.
Bartholomew Church (252 Granada Ave), with a celebration at Long Beach
Yacht Club on Friday at 1:00 p.m. -- Complete obituary:
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* From BJ Jones, Tempest #197:
Here's another Conn Findlay story attesting to how nice a guy he was. The
1976 U.S. Olympic Trials for all boats was at Association Island, in
upstate New York on the Eastern shore of Lake Ontario.
A friend and I sailed in the trials for the Tempest and I encountered Conn
during measurement. Our boat was an older O'Day, and when we put it on the
scale at home we found it was a bit overweight...40 pounds overweight. So I
commenced to lop off a chunk of the bulb to reduce the weight. Well, it
turns out the scale I had used wasn't quite right, and when I measured in
at the trials, the boat was now 20 pounds too light.
The chunk of lead from the bulb was now at home, and we were in the middle
of nowhere with a boat that wouldn't measure in. I was alone waiting for my
crew to arrive from school and not sure what to do. Next to me was Conn,
measuring in his and Dennis' boat. He saw my plight, offered up the needed
lead and even helped me bolt it in. He probably wasn't worried about us as
a threat, but it still was a wonderful gesture.
After that I followed his sailing career, and always admired not only how
good a sailor he was, but how he was an even better person. I don't think I
ever heard anything negative about him. Thanks Conn.
* From Scott Diamond:
In response to Peter Reggio's comment, "not having tides, current or
shallow spots on the race course also means that local knowledge is not a
major factor when racing in Chicago" (in Scuttlebutt 3679),this smells of
east coast sailing arrogance.
As stated earlier in the week regarding the Farr 40 Worlds venue by
tactician Bill Hardesty on local boat Flash Gordon 6, "way more weather
patterns come through and the wind is all dependent on what the weather
system is at the time. Here, anything can happen on any day and so you have
to be prepared for whatever you get thrown." Is it just coincidence that
this local boat is leading?
While in many ocean venues, the local conditions are known by all the
locals and very consistent ( i.e.; the sea breeze fills in almost like
clockwork, the tides are known, shoals are known, etc.), the factors in
Chicago are dependent on other exterior factors (land temp, water temp,
previous days wind direction and sea state). Depending on where the race
course is set will even have impact on the conditions. Just look at the
Chicago NOOD regatta, where the three circles just a few miles apart often
have completely different wind conditions.
In my 40 years of sailing in Chicago, I would have to disagree and say that
local knowledge is critical in Chicago, and even harder to make sense of
some times. I remember a weather article that Olympic Star medalist Dick
Stearns wrote prior to a T-10 National Championship in Chicago. It was more
of matrix of what ifs - if this happens then this, but if that happens then
that. We have a saying in Chicago...if you don't like the weather just wait
5 minutes and it will change.
* From Ray Tostado:
Let's not forget back in the heydays of Newport, RI and wooden 12 meters
that for some crazy promotional value, a cadre of football linemen were
matched against a crew of grinders from the America's Cup roster. It was
some sort of power lift, push, lift, etc. contest. The grinders won. It was
hardly a contest.
* From Nancy Graver:
A reminder that while the US Olympic team was medal-less at the 2012 Games,
the US Paralympic team was not. The Skud-18 team out of St Petersburg, Fl -
Jen French and JP Creignou - took silver.
I'm speeding because I have to get there before I forget where I'm going.
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