SCUTTLEBUTT 3682 - Monday, September 24, 2012
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VOLVO OCEAN RACE: DRIVEN TO CHANGE
By Ken Read
I've spent the last six years living, working, sailing, and selling the
Volvo Ocean Race. I'm part of the family, now. It's in my blood. And that's
why I'm involved both physically and emotionally with decisions involving
its future. I can tell you this: If this race is to carry on, it needs more
entries. It is that simple.
To attract more entries, the overall cost to compete must come down. Not
just a little down, but 25 percent down. I know the powers-to-be in the
Volvo Ocean Race have been working hard on reducing the cost of entry. Knut
Frostad (the race's CEO) told me specifically that the Volvo Ocean Race
Board of Directors gave him a mandate on the number of boats for the next
race. If he fails to fulfill that mandate, there may not be another Volvo
Ocean Race. So what to do?
My first inclination was to give it another go with the Volvo Open 70. The
race's DNA is in the Volvo Open 70. I've spent a lot of time on these boats.
They're awesome, brutal machines. When we pull into the harbor - any harbor
- the fleet turns heads. Sponsors love them because they are incredible
platforms for sponsor days, and fabulous floating billboards. And, because
they're custom built, teams can utilize home country expertise and
employment - which is often another key criteria for a sponsor. The sailors
love them because they separate the men from the boys.
So when I first heard that race organizers were considering a one-design for
the next race, I cringed. There were all kinds of rumors floating around,
including one about a dumbed-down monohull similar to the old Whitbread 60,
with fixed keels and water ballast. That, for sure, would've been a huge
mistake. High performance is crucial when you are talking about the best of
the best, especially if we're to deliver the type of jaw-dropping footage
that the media crewmembers delivered during the most recent lap.
Then there was talk of hybrid canting-keel boats, simplified and quite a bit
slower than the current class, and even talk of multihulls like the current
fleet of MOD70s. But the race's decision makers correctly identified that
the VOR is a monohull race. Completely changing that part of the DNA was of
no interest to them. Besides, who would ever be crazy enough to change a
successful monohull event into a multihull event? (Said with a wink.) --
12 METRE NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Newport, RI (September 23, 2012) - Each of three racing days at the 2012 12
Metre North American Championships (Sept. 21-23) started out chilly and
overcast but gave way to sunshine and wind ample enough to conduct eight
races off Newport, R.I., where the America's Cup took place for over five
decades and from 1958 to 1983 was sailed in the illustrious 12 metre yachts.
Taking overall victory in the event, with a performance in Modern Division
that topped all others from the Grand Prix and Traditional Divisions and
earned them the Pine Brothers Trophy, was Dennis Williams (Hobe Sound, Fla.)
and his Victory '83 team.
Victory '83 won all of its races over Ralph Isham's (New York, N.Y.)/Alex
Aursberg's (Newport, R.I.) Courageous and Jack Curtin's (New York, N.Y.)
Intrepid, which took second and third in the Modern Division, respectively.
In fact, Victory '83 could have sat out the last day's final two races and
still won its class, but that would have made for one less day of
satisfaction and disrupted the team's "take no prisoners" enthusiasm for the
"We want to be the best boat in the regatta," said Williams, the two-time
defending North American Champion and 2009 World Champion in this class,
before sweeping clean on Sunday to seal his perfect score line.
Upon receiving the Pine Brothers Trophy, he elaborated on his team's
performance: "I'm not sure anyone has ever done that (all firsts) in this
regatta. The difference was crew work and tactics, which were virtually
flawless. It's not by accident those things happen; we spend a lot of time
putting this together." -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/94jb6kw
SUMMIT YACHTS WINS ON BOTH COASTS
The Summit 40 "Soozal" owned by Dan Woolery topped the IRC 2 class at San
Francisco's Big Boat Series this past week, while on the East Coast, "Down
Time", a Summit 40 owned by Ed Freitag took the top spot in IRC 2 at the
Long Island Sound IRC Championships. "Soozal" just keeps adding to the
impressive list of wins that she has amassed since being built several years
ago, and "Down Time", a much more recent build, is on its way to a stellar
list of successes. Check out the Summit 40 and the other great boats in the
Summit line at http://www.summit-yachts.com
FIRST US MATCH RACING CHAMPIONSHIP WIN FOR CANFIELD
Marblehead, MA (September 23, 2012) - After finishing second at the last two
U.S. Match Racing Championships, Taylor Canfield and his crew rose to the
occasion on Sunday and defeated two-time champion Dave Dellenbaugh in the
Finals, 3-2. Canfield's team was representing the Chicago Match Race Center.
This year's U.S. Match Racing Championship was hosted by the Boston Yacht
Club in Marblehead, Mass.
"This has always been a championship I've wanted to win and it feels great
to get it this week," said Canfield. "I've been coming to this event ever
since I started match racing."
It was an exciting Final as Dellenbaugh nearly overcame a 2-0 deficit.
Canfield (St. Thomas, USVI), who is sailing this week with crewmates
Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wis.), Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.), and Janel
Zarkowsky (Annapolis, Md.), had big leads early in each of the first two
races with Dellenbaugh to take a 2-0 advantage. Dellenbaugh and crew Rebecca
Dellenbaugh (Easton, Conn.), and US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider members
Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) and Stuart McNay (Boston, Mass.), sailed
their way back into the series with back to back wins
In race three, Canfield had a lead at the gate, but Dellenbaugh came from
behind for the win. In race four, Dellenbaugh took an early lead when
Canfield was tagged with an OCS. Dellenbaugh tied the series at 2-2.
However, Canfield answered and took a commanding five boat length lead
upwind and coasted to victory. Team Dellenbaugh was representing the Pequot
Yacht Club this week. -- Report at: http://tinyurl.com/9ru9uaz
MAURICIO SANTA CRUZ CROWNED J/24 WORLD CHAMPION
Rochester, NY (September 22, 2012) - Mauricio Santa Cruz snatched the lead
on day one of the Quantum Loop Solutions J/24 World Championship and never
looked back. He is now the reigning J/24 World Champion. Bruschetta with
trimmer Daniel Santiago, tactician Alex Saldanha, mastman Sergio Bittencourt
and bowman Alfredo Rovere, Santa Cruz earned his fourth J/24 World title. At
the Rochester Yacht Club in New York, Bruschetta achieved a remarkably
consistent performance of seven top-ten tallies, a 13 and 19 in the ten-race
series (including one discard).
The team stacked up a 42-point advantage heading into Friday's final race
and was able to stay ashore and let the others fight it out for the
remaining podium spots among the 96-boat fleet.
American John Mollicone's 11th Hour Racing gained momentum throughout the
week and seized second place with 101 points, followed by fellow American
Tony Parker's Bangor Packet with 108 points. The 96 teams represented 12
countries-Argentina, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France,
Germany, Italy, Japan, Peru and the United States.
"The venue was very shifty, and the team worked hard to stay on top of them.
We had good sails and good speed," Santa Cruz summarized. "We used an old
boat, but the old and new boats are fairly equal. The mast, keel and rudder
have a good shape so we knew we would be fine. Our team has sailed together
for eight years, and that is a big help." -- Report at:
1. Mauricio Santa Cruz (BRA) 58pts
2. John Mollicone (USA) 101pts
3. Tony Parker (USA) 108pts
4. Mike Ingham (USA) 111pts
5. Matias Pereira (ARG) 111pts
View highlights from the J/24 Worlds on the ISAF TV Player:
US SAILING ISSUES STATEMENT ON DINGHY CAPSIZE REPORT
Portsmouth, RI (September 21, 2012) - In response to a 2011 fatal sailing
accident in Annapolis, Md., members of US Sailing recently conducted three
days of intensive on-water tests of dinghy safety methods and equipment.
Held in California and New York, the tests evaluated ways to recover people
in the water and right dinghies from capsize and inversion. Sailor
entrapment and the causes were also addressed.
The tests were organized by Chuck Hawley (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Chair of US
Sailing's Safety-at-Sea Committee, and Timmy Larr (Oyster Bay, N.Y.), member
of US Sailing's Training Committee National Faculty. They were assisted by
John Rousmaniere (New York, N.Y.), author of the U.S. Sailing report on the
Annapolis accident and Safety-at-Sea Seminar moderator. Hawley, Larr,
Rousmaniere and the 25 other volunteers participated as individuals, not in
their official capacities.
An illustrated report of these tests, written by John Rousmaniere describes
and evaluates each of the methods and equipment that were tested, and offers
recommendations for policies, rules, and further testing.
Gary Jobson (Annapolis, Md.), President of US Sailing, said, "The volunteers
who undertook these rigorous tests deserve our thanks. Anything we can learn
that advances our understanding of the causes and solutions of sailing
accidents is important." -- Full story:
* Dinghy Capsize report:
SPEEDDREAM27 CHRISTENED AND TESTED
(September 19, 2012) - Finally, after eight months of construction
SpeedDream 27's bright red keel made contact with cold Maine water after
being launched and christened last week. Brian Hancock, author of seven
books, himself a multiple circumnavigator and currently the Creative and
Media Director for SpeedDream, describes in his blog where the SpeedDream
team is at in its quest to build the world's fastest sailboat.
Earlier (last) week SpeedDream27 was fully rigged with all sails hoisted and
all the lines, sheets and deck hardware put through their paces. There is an
elegant simplicity to the entire layout that will allow the crew to manage
the boat at high speeds and in a very wet and fast moving environment. The
intricate keel canting mechanism was fully tested in a dry run without the
keel attached, and it went off without a hitch. The mechanism is push button
controlled from the helmsman's station and allows minor adjustments to the
keel angle as well as a single button push for a complete side-to-side cant
through a tack or gybe.
With the christening and dry sailing completed the next phase is a series of
in-the-water tests that will place increasing loads on the keel mechanism
and the rest of the boat. This critical area of the overall SpeedDream
design is truly revolutionary and while in theory and in dry sailing it has
performed as designed and engineered, there will be a need for refinement
over the next couple of weeks.
With the leaves changing in Maine and crisp, cool fall breezes blowing it's
tempting to cut the lines and leave the dock for a sail, but despite the
temptation to do so these next few weeks are the most important to the
success of the project so it's slow and steady with careful step-by-step
analysis before the maiden sail. -- Full report:
HOWELLS WINS 2012 UK ETCHELLS NATIONALS
James Howells, David Bedford and Mark Lees dominated the 2012 UK Etchells
Nationals. In conditions ranging from light wind to gusting over 25 knots,
Team Gelert sailed a remarkably consistent regatta posting four wins in the
9-race event to win by 14-points. Whether your goals are racing, cruising or
anything in between, teaming up with Doyle will deliver the results you
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
If you thought we left out part of our photo selection from last week, we
did and our apologies. Some of the random photos from the sport received
last week at Scuttlebutt include stadium sailing, motherly advice, nicest
day, small meters, sweet sixteen, sweet catamaran, aerial view, long day,
and double up. Here are those photos:
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* Milwaukee, WI ( September 23, 2012) - After three days of racing, it was
the Canadians who took the podium in the top three places at the 2012 Soling
World Champions. Reigning champions Peter Hall, Paul Davis and William (CAN
225) Hall easily scooped first place with 8 points after 8 races sailed (1
discard). In second was Billy Abbott, Joanne Abbott and Tom Freeman (CAN
001) with 20 points, and Hans Fogh, John Finch and Gordon Devries (CAN 230)
in third with 22 points. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/94h8jcx
* (September 21, 2012) - Artemis Racing announced today that Australian gold
medalist, Nathan Outteridge has joined the Swedish Challenger for the 34th
America's Cup. Outteridge will begin training with the team next week in
Alameda in advance of the upcoming America's Cup World Series in San
Francisco where he will helm Artemis Racing-Red. -- Full story:
*Newport, RI (September 23, 2012) - With a record-breaking fully confirmed
thirty-three Melges 32s representing eight countries, the International
Melges 32 Class Association (IM32CA) is proud to present its largest World
Championship ever, hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC). Boat
measurement came to a close early Saturday morning, while registration, crew
weigh-in and sail measurement is scheduled to wrap up on Monday afternoon.
-- Event website: http://www.nyyc.org/melges32worlds-sep20-29/
* The 2012 Open 5.70 North American Championship took place from September
21-23 in San Francisco, CA, hosted by the Golden Gate Yacht Club. 20 boats
competed for the coveted Open 5.70 Keel perpetual trophy. Tom Baffico on his
boat The Maker entered this regatta as Northern California's point leader
and took the championship title with a score of 16, just one point ahead of
the 2012 Pacific Coast Champion Tracey Kenney and her team aboard
SoCal-based Mor Shenanigans, with 17 points. NorCal Fleet Captain Marc Finot
rounded out the leader board with 25 points for a third place finish. --
* San Francisco, CA (September 22, 2012) - Blustering winds served as a
catalyst for a highly-competitive first day of action at the 2012 Sperry
Top-Sider NOOD Regatta San Francisco, which saw each boat class complete
multiple races, the stiff competition paving the way for a pivotal day two
of sailing. Among the most competitive fleets today was the Melges 20, which
saw four neck-to-neck races. Leading the way was Atlas out of Chicago Yacht
Club. However, two local boats, Funner and Diamante, finished in second and
third place respectively and look to figure into the equation for tomorrow's
finals. Racing concludes Sunday. --Full story: http://tinyurl.com/9uw3f48
* Weymouth Speed Week, the oldest and longest-running speed sailing event in
the world, will celebrate its 40th anniversary October 6-12. Held annually
since 1972 in Weymouth, UK, it has challenged sailors of a wide variety of
wind-powered craft to sail as fast as they can over a distance of 500m, with
competitor's speed recorded as the average speed over that distance.
Competitors comprise kite boarders, sail boarders and boaters. -- Event
* Due to popular demand, the ISAF Sea Survival Course will be held again at
the San Francisco Yacht Club in two courses of two days each November 10th
and 11th, and November 17th-18th. Courses are limited to 16 people and cost
is $240 per person. Participants receive a certificate valid for 5 years
from ISAF and US Sailing. Most offshore races including Pac Cup, Fastnet,
Sydney Hobart, Newport Bermuda require that 30% of the crew and the skipper
have this certificate. For registration and further information, email:
* The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission has
announced that the graceful yacht Weatherly, which successfully defended the
America's Cup 50 years ago this month, has been honored by a listing on the
National Register of Historic Places. The Weatherly is now one of three
vessels in Rhode Island waters to achieve the distinction, listing the
others as the O.K., a sailboat in Wickford Harbor, and the yacht Coronet.
Weatherly is significant as an early and notable example of the 12-meter
class of racing yachts and of wooden and laminate yacht construction. --
Read on: http://www.preservation.ri.gov/news/press.php
* ISAF has published the qualification system for the sailing competition at
the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, the second Youth Olympic Games (YOG) which
will be held in Nanjing, China from August 16-24, 2014. Each of the four
sailing events are open to sailors aged 15-16 years old born between 1
January 1998 and 31 December 1999. For each of events, there are seven Youth
Olympic Qualification Events. Details of the qualification system including
the continental quotas are available in the full qualification system
document at: http://www.sailing.org/regattainfo.php?rgtaid=13407
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* Kimball Livingston, Sailing Correspondent, blogs on the latest America's
I can't count it as good news regarding Team Korea's prospects that Nathan
Outteridge has moved out of the Team Korea camp and into the Artemis Racing
camp. No doubt that means more salary and more certainty for Outteridge, but
it's imaginable that this year's 49er gold medalist would have stuck with
Korea if he saw himself at the helm of an America's Cup challenger in 2013.
To say that in another way, four participants in the Louis Vuitton Cup is
qualitatively more than the quantitative difference between four and three.
Slotting in behind Outteridge on the Team Korea helm is this year's 49er
silver medalist, Peter Burling.
One thing remains the same. With Outteridge hailing from Australia and
Burling from New Zealand, the Anzac thing is humming right along.
And Oracle Team USA is back on the water with their AC72...Read at:
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