SCUTTLEBUTT 3681 - Friday, September 21, 2012
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CHANGES AT TEAM KOREA
(September 20, 2012) - The revolving door marked skipper at America’s Cup
challenger Team Korea is spinning again as Australian Olympic gold medalist
Nathan Outteridge departs after just seven months, about the same tenure as
his predecessor Chris Draper, an Olympic bronze medalist.
Outteridge, who, with crew Iain Jensen, blitzed the 49er fleet in the London
2012 regatta last month, is expected to join one of the three confirmed
challengers for next year’s 34 America’s Cup with the Swedish-based Artemis
as the front runner. Draper is with Italy’s Prada-backed Luna Rosa
challenge. The third is Emirates Team New Zealand.
The imminent official announcement by Korea team boss Dong-Young Kim, which
will name Outteridge’s successor, may also be coupled with final
confirmation that Team Korea is putting its current Cup challenge on hold,
though it has paid the $200,000 entry fee, and aiming at AC35.
But the cost of mounting a viable challenge in the new class of 72-foot
wing-powered catamarans is upwards of $100m. So far Team Korea, which also
has links with English premier league soccer club Sunderland, has failed to
announce that it has raised any significant budget. Among the Team Korea
crew in Naples, Venice, Newport, Rhode Island, and San Francisco this year
have been three top British talents, Giles Scott, Mark Bulkily, and Matt
Announcing a new skipper implies that Team Korea will race at the America’s
Cup World Series regatta in San Francisco early next month. If so, the crew
will then need to be confirmed. -- Full story at: http://tinyurl.com/d92zz36
*21-year old New Zealander Peter Burling has been named as the new skipper
for Team Korea’s White Tiger Challenge, which will contest the next round of
the America’s Cup World Series in San Francisco 2-7 October. A compatriot of
Outteridge in the 49er, Burling took a silver medal at the London 2012
Olympics in the two-person skiff.
At just 21, Burling becomes the youngest skipper in the competition by a
considerable margin, a position he is familiar with, having been the
youngest ever sailor to represent New Zealand at the Olympic Games, when he
sailed in the 470 class in 2008 in China.
Dong Young-Kim, founder of Team Korea, said, “Peter is the type of young
talented newcomer who has been attracted by the high performance boats used
in the America’s Cup World Series and we look forward to continuing the
team’s strong performances. We are proud of what our new team has achieved
in its first-ever participation in the America’s Cup.” -- Read on:
FLASH GORDON 6 WINS FARR 40 WORLDS
Chicago, IL (September 20, 2012) - Chicago architect Helmut Jahn on Flash
Gordon 6 (USA) has won the 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship after nine
races across four days of competition on Lake Michigan. A stalwart of the
grand-prix class, Jahn’s previous best result was a fourth place at last
year’s Rolex Farr 40 World Championship which was contested in Sydney,
Australia. After more than a dozen times racing in the world championship,
it seems fitting that Jahn claims the 2012 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship
title while racing from his home club, Chicago Yacht Club, against a
backdrop of the city that is graced by some of his work.
The winner of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship was crowned based on the
sum of all races for each yacht (i.e. no discards). Flash Gordon 6 won the
series with 41 points. The win of the last race today by Alberto Rossi on
Enfant Terrible (ITA) moved them up two spots in the overall standings to
take second with 51 points. The defending champion, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis
on Transfusion (AUS), took the remaining spot on the podium with 52 points.
Wolfgang Schaefer on Struntje light was fourth overall with 62 points,
followed by John Demourkas on Groovederci (USA) with 66 points. -- Full
Complete results: http://tinyurl.com/F40-Worlds-results-2012
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SLAM DUNK FOR TOP GUN AT J/24 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Rochester, NY (September 20, 2012) - Mauricio Santa Cruz is on the verge of
being crowned the 2012 J/24 World Champion. With nine races in the books,
Bruschetta holds a 42-point advantage over its closest competitor. In the
96-boat fleet at the Rochester Yacht Club in New York, Santa Cruz has led
from day 1 of the week-long event. On Thursday, he tallied a 19 and 3, but
after dropping the 19, he has notched seven top-10 finishes and a 13. No
other team has approached the consistency exhibited by Bruschetta this week.
With only one more race to go, the battle is for the remaining top spots,
with only two points separating second through fourth place. Mike Ingham’s
11th Hour Racing of the USA has 81 points, Nicolas Cubria’s Elvis of
Argentina has 82 and John Mollicone’s 11th Hour Racing of the USA has 83.
In Thursday’s first race, American Will Welles won his second race of the
regatta on Cougar, trailed by Mollicone and Matias Pereira’s Luca of
Argentina. In the day’s other contest, two U.S. teams collected the top
spots - Peter Bream’s Team Tarheel and Mike Marshall. Santa Cruz grabbed
Winds on Lake Ontario ranged from 6-16 knots offshore, providing relatively
flat conditions. A twenty-degree oscillation throughout the day allowed for
several lead changes. Racing concludes on Friday with one more race planned.
Live updates at: http://www.2012j24worlds.com
Current Results - Top 10 of 96 (after 9 races, 1 throwout)
1. Bruschetta, Mauricio Santa Cruz (BRA), 2-6-9-1-4-13-1-(19)-3, 39 pts
2. 11th Hour Racing, Mike Ingham (USA), (30)-9-20-18-1-14-2-7-10, 81 pts
3. ELVIS, Nicolas Cubria (ARG), 6-11-35-12-2-6-(39)-6-4, 82 pts
4. 11th Hour Racing, John Mollicone (USA), 13-17-(18)-4-15-9-14-2-9, 83 pts
5. Bangor Packet, Tony Parker (USA), 12-12-2-(37)-17-20-5-16-5, 89 pts
6. Luca, Matias Pereira (ARG), 3-14-(32)-30-9-11-7-3-19, 96 pts
7. Clear Air, Rossi Milev (CAN), (74)-16-19-2-13-5-12-4-31, 102 pts
8. Team Tarheel, Peter Bream (USA), 23-20-22-7-8-(52)-19-15-1, 115 pts
9. Scaramoush, Luis Olcese (PER), 1-15-4-21-25-(28)-4-23-26, 119 pts
10. JJone, Frithjof Schade (GER), 14-8-7-14-(56)-4-20-38-15, 120
Complete results (protests pending at publishing):
DAY 1 US MATCH RACING CHAMPIONSHIP
Marblehead, MA (September 20, 2012) - Ten talented teams started the first
of four days of racing in Marblehead on Thursday at the U.S. Match Racing
Championship, hosted by the Boston Yacht Club. The first Round Robin stage
was completed and Taylor Canfield got off to another great start by winning
8 of 9 races to lead the way.
Canfield (St. Thomas, USVI), who is sailing with crewmates Stephanie Roble
(East Troy, Wis.), Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.), and Janel Zarkowsky
(Annapolis, Md.), gained impressive victories today over the likes of
four-time U.S. Match Racing Champion Dave Perry (Southport, Conn.) and
two-time champion Dave Dellenbaugh (Easton, Conn.). His only loss came
against Brad Funk (Plantation, Fla.). Canfield lost in the Finals in each of
the last two U.S. Match Racing Championships. Ranked 11th by ISAF, Canfield
is the highest ranked match racer competing at this week’s championship.
Perry and crewmates Mike Rehe (Harper Woods, Mich.) and Chris Museler
(Portsmouth, R.I.) went 7-2 in the first Round Robin. Perry, Rehe and
Museler won last year’s championship in Newport Beach, Calif. The two-time
Congressional Cup winner is the 39th ranked match racer in the world by
Dellenbaugh, who is sailing with his daughter Rebecca Dellenbaugh (Easton,
Conn.), and US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider members Debbie Capozzi
(Bayport, N.Y.) and Stuart McNay (Boston, Mass.), got off to a good start to
the championship. They also went 7-2 on Thursday, including a win over
Perry. Dellenbaugh’s losses came against Canfield and Dustin Durant (Long
Beach, Calif.). -- Full report:
MOD70S UNDERWAY TO MARSEILLE
(September 20, 2012) - The five MOD70s in the MOD70 (Multi One Design)
European Tour 2012 are now heading south under mainsail and gennaker in six
knots of breeze, bound for the first turning mark of the course at Cape St.
Vincent. With at least 1071 miles to sail to Marseille, the routing for leg
four, through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean and on to the
south of France, is suggesting it will take even the rapid MOD70 trimarans
four days to complete.
“This leg to Marseille is really important with some difficult transition
areas like Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea,” said Yann Guichard. “This is
further complicated by the forecast that is not easy to decipher.”
While the forecast is showing the conditions to be decidedly fickle and
changing, the outcome of leg 4 could also prove decisive overall in the
MOD70 European Tour. With four points now separating leaders FONCIA from
Spindrift racing after today’s inshore course, the pressure is on Yann
Guichard’s team to reduce further that deficit as much as possible.
In Marseille there are two days of intense City Racing and just the final
offshore, Leg 5, to Genoa left as scoring opportunities. So, although the
event has only just passed its midpoint, time is running out and the final
finish is on the horizon. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/8buudbu
Cascais Scoring gate:
1 - Spindrift racing (Yann Guichard) = 3 points
2 - Race for Water (Steve Ravussin) = 2 points
3 - FONCIA (Michel Desjoyeaux) = 1 point
4 - Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (Sébastien Josse)
5 - Musandam, Oman Sail (Sidney Gavignet)
MOD70 European Tour Standings:
(After 3 offshore legs, 3 City Races and Leg 4 bonus)
1- FONCIA (Michel Desjoyeaux) 183 points
2- Spindrift racing (Yann Guichard) 179 points
3- Groupe Edmond de Rothschild (Sébastien Josse) 152 points
4- Race for Water (Stève Ravussin) 147 points
5- Musandam-Oman Sail (Sidney Gavignet) 143 points
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* Photographer Sara Proctor followed the Farr 40 fleet to Chicago, capturing
the energy of the action at their World Championship. Photos here:
* There must be something in the water when the Formula 18 World
Championship were held in Long Beach, CA and attracted 118 entries from 13
countries and five continents. Photos by Christophe Favreau:
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Perhaps this week's video should be slotted in the "don't try this at home"
category, or at the very least, raise a debate about proper parenting. But
who are we to judge... maybe it's normal in Brazil for three year old
children to kiteboard.
Here we have Davi Ribeiro on a 1m foil kite and his dad's surfboard. With
kiteboarding as one of the sailing events in the 2016 Olympic Games when
they come to Rio de Janeiro, Davi should be ready to go as a 7 year old.
Click here for this week’s video:
* This week's America's Cup Discovered follows Artemis Racing as they have
uprooted moving lock stock and barrel from Valencia, Spain to San Francisco.
Their America's Cup Challenger countdown has well and truly begun. We also
take a look at their AC72 proposed schedule....are they on track for launch?
Tune in on Saturday September 22 at approx 0800 PDT 1100 EDT:
* The new 65-foot Volvo Ocean Race one-design is well underway in Italy and
France with this video footage detailing the process. We hear from project
manager James Dadd, Persico's Mark Somville and Pat Shaunessy of Farr Yacht
Design, as well as former CAMPER skipper and shore manager Chris Nicholson
and Neil Cox: http://www.youtube.com/embed/vunDNb_6B68
* Ever have a seagull steal your GoPro video camera... while it was
recording? Watch the flight of this camera as it travels over San Francisco
Bay and is deposited at St Francis Yacht Club:
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* Lake Garda, Italy (September 20, 2012) - Day 4 of the Tornado World
Championships was the complete opposite to Day 3 with sailors waking up to
beautiful sunshine across Lake Garda and the wind building. Top three at end
of Day 4: in first place is Greek team Iordanis Paschalidis and Kostas
Trigonis, Matteo Ferraglia and Lorenzo Bianchini (ITA) second and Brett
Burvill and Ryan Duffield (AUS) who sit in 3rd overall. The Greeks are now
only one race away from winning the World Championships for the second time
in a row. -- Report at:
* Point Richmond, CA (September 20, 2012) - Artist, sailor and nautical
innovator Jim DeWitt has been named the America’s Cup artist-in-residence by
the Golden Gate Yacht Club, the host club for the 34th America’s Cup on San
Francisco Bay. The Golden Gate Yacht Club also awarded DeWitt an honorary
membership for his artistic contributions to the sailing world. A reception
and showing of Jim’s work will be held on Thursday, October 18th from 5:30
pm to 9:00 pm at the Point Richmond Art Collective. -- Read on:
* Strictly Sail Long Beach will offer a US SAILING Sanctioned Safety-at-Sea
Seminar for the first time at this year’s show. This full-day seminar on
October 20 is modeled after the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman training that
features live demonstrations and renowned keynote speakers to cover
practical ways to stay safe on the water. --Information at:
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* From Casey Baldwin, Nova Scotia:
Yikes, what an astonishing sight in the latest 'Americas Cup Discovered' - a
new AC 72 sailing with both hulls out of the water using hydrofoils. Given
some skippers in the ACWSeries have frequently commented the AC 45's are a
real challenge to sail, requiring precision teamwork of the five crew aboard
to avoid capsizing, using foils in the new bigger cats poses a very large
One challenger skipper in the two part video stated the foils were legal,
but any new additional elements to control the fore/aft attitude of the boat
while foilborne were prohibited. Many experts involved in next year's Cup
had already stated the new 72 foot cats with a wing 130 feet high are going
to be a lot faster and more difficult to handle for their 11 crew-members.
And this was before the use of hydrofoils was unveiled.
All this begs some very important design decisions, particularly since Cup
rules stipulate there will only be 30 test sailing days permitted until next
February. One noted designer told me at least some 72's may not use foils,
because when tacking you come off the foils and they would make the already
slow tacks of these cats even slower. But perhaps an extra ten knots(?) off
the wind would overcome that penalty.
In short, nobody knows at this point if foils are the way to go with these
extreme leading edge boats. If they are used, the 72's promise a
hair-raising fifty knots under ideal conditions. Foils or not, the Cup next
year will be an exciting contest, a must watch for sailors and many who are
* From Peter ‘Luigi’ Reggio (re, Scuttlebutt 3680):
As posted in yesterday’s ‘Butt, I did talk with a journalist regarding the
depth of the lake, and the waves piling up as gets shallow toward Chicago.
However, I was surprised to read myself being “quoted” regarding local
knowledge. When I read the piece, I just chalked it up to “editorial
license”. (Believe me, it’s happened to me before). I’ve been to Chicago
many times over the years and have always found it to be tricky as hell,
whether running races or sailing. I truly don’t recall talking about local
knowledge at all.
If Mr. Diamond thinks that he knows me so well as to determine that my
attitude “smells of East Coast sailing arrogance”, I will be more than happy
to stand downwind of him if we are ever personally introduced.
* From Tom Duggan:
Regarding Scott Diamond's assessment of my pal Peter Reggio's 'east coast
sailing arrogance': I didn't actually notice the part of the article about
local sailing knowledge. I was just so happy Luigi got the part right about
lakes being deeper out in the middle than at the edges that I'm afraid I
missed the rest.
* From Bruce Brown, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Pete Kent selected me as his Congressional Cup Chairman for 1983. As he
worked through the flag of Long Beach Yacht Club he taught me principles of
leadership that continued with me through my three years of preparation to
become the chairman of that event (Douglas Cup Chairman, Congressional Cup
Vice Chairman and then Congressional Cup Chairman), carried into working at
1984 Olympic Sailing Venue and then into my 35+ years in my own business.
Pete's great advice was "Select the best people to do any job – give them
the tools to be successful – stand out of their way while they do things
"their way" and celebrate the results together."
Never one to grab the spotlight, he was always helping to share success.
Sailing trophies were a family victory. It seemed that when PopNUs won it
was the Kent Family victory – with Pete's skilled hand on the tiller. Pete's
gentle hand on my shoulder allowed me to do things my way.
I always considered him to be one of my life mentors.
I tried cooking dinner with wine. Didn’t go so well. After five glasses I
forgot why I was in the kitchen.
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