SCUTTLEBUTT 3688 - Tuesday, October 2, 2012
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WHAT DO THE INGREDIENTS OF BEER HAVE TO DO WITH SAILING?
By Glenn McCarthy, Lake Michigan SuRF Newsletter
Put hops, malt, barley and water in four concrete steel reinforced silos
and do not mix them, what do you get? Nothing good! Mix them together and
you get beer, something real good.
We broke off Junior Sailing/ Sailing Schools into their own silo. These
programs are growing, everyone involved is enthusiastic. We broke off High
School sailing into its own silo. It is one of the greatest success stories
in sailing today, more and more High Schools are signing up and competing
against one another. Collegiate Sailing is in its own silo. While more
mature, it is also growing today. Adult sailing is in its own silo. Just
like the Beer example, we leave these four ingredients in their own silos
and do not mix them. And what do we have? Nothing good at the end of the
day! Adult sailing is struggling at most levels.
There are 300,000 juniors between the ages of 5 and 21 in their three silos
in this country. By age 22, 95% of them have quit sailing. Why? It is all
about "peers." They see their peers quit without ramification, and so they
quit too - no loss (see the related story on growing your yacht club
membership through your sailing school, there is a golden lining). We have
been justifying that when sailors get out of college they are busy
establishing themselves in the working world, changing jobs frequently,
getting housing, moving regularly to get better deals, dating, going to
weddings, getting married themselves, having children, etc. Wait a moment
there, isn't that the exact same stuff we did at that age and didn't we
keep sailing? Why is this now an excuse not to sail?
We (I'm a boomer) kept sailing because when we were juniors, we sailed with
adults. They were part of our peer group. We saw sailors in their 20's,
30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and a few hanger-ons in their 90's who
all sailed. We knew that they were part of our peers. We knew that we, too,
would be sailing for a lifetime. This cycle has been broken.
It was never an intention to segregate the age groups, we enjoyed racing
with all ages on board. I remember sailing on Inferno in the early 1970's,
a red C&C 52 owned by Jim McHugh (McHugh Construction Company) when I was
about 12. This was the days of RDF, before Loran or GPS. It was a long
distance single-day course race in which we were the lead boat. The
navigator hailed to the crew "I owe a beer to whoever can spot the mark." I
said, "It's right up ahead, a little to the right of our course."
All of the crew looked and looked and couldn't see it and started to
disbelieve me. I said, "It is white on top, orange in the middle and white
on the bottom." The navigator knew the colors of the mark and said there
was no way I could have guessed that and I must be seeing it. We sailed to
it and rounded it; it was our mark. The point being, I was helpful to the
team at age 12, they understood I contributed to the team, and I became one
of them right at that moment, having earned my spot. (To the Inferno
navigator: I forgot your name, I'm old enough now and you still owe me that
beer. Call me).
If the silo system for young sailors was in place back then, I would not
have been on Inferno, I would have been at some Opti or 420 regatta
somewhere, with helicopter parents shuttling me around. Read on:
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THE DISNEY STORY ON YOUTH SAILING
By Glenn McCarthy, Lake Michigan SuRF Newsletter
I became friends with Roy Disney a decade ago when I set up a showing of a
film he made about the Transpac Race (Transpac: A Century across the
Pacific), put together by Leslie DeMuese, shown at Northwestern University,
and advertised heavily to LMSRF members. Along the way, he told me a really
His crew started out as young guys when he bought Pyewacket, a Santa Cruz
70. As the crew gelled and as they grew older, eventually they had kids.
One day someone said that a short race down to Mexico was coming up. It
wasn't a "big important race" and what if all of the dads brought their
kids along? It was done. They got to the starting line and each kid stood
next to their dad. The trimmer taught his kid to trim, the grinder taught
his kid to grind, etc. As the race continued, slowly each kid was taking
over the dad's job.
There is a buoy outside the bay a mile from the finish in Mexico where the
crew had to jibe the boat. They completed the jibe, lined the boat up for
the finish line, and all of the adults went below (including Roy). Here was
Pyewacket, a Santa Cruz 70 sailed by kids from 8-12 years old, with a 10
year old at the helm, bringing the boat across the finish line. When the
Race Committee saw all these kids running this big boat crossing the finish
line, their eyes got as big as platters.
Can you do anything as cool as this with kids on your boat in a race or
many races next year?
WHO WAS THE BEST IN 2012?
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 U.S. Rolex Yachtsman and
Yachtswoman of the Year awards, widely acknowledged as the foremost
individual sailing honors in the nation. Through November 30, 2012, every
member of US SAILING may nominate the one male and one female sailor they
think has turned in the most outstanding on-the-water performance during
the 2012 calendar year.
At the conclusion of the nomination period (October 1-November 30, 2012), a
shortlist of nominees will be presented to a panel of accomplished sailing
journalists who discuss the merits of each and vote by secret ballot to
determine the individual award winners. The winners will be honored in
February, 2013, during a luncheon at St. Francis Yacht Club in San
Francisco, when they will be presented with specially-engraved Rolex
The winners in 2011 were Anna Tunnicliffe and Bill Hardesty, and it was
expected for the 2012 winners to come from successful performances at the
Olympics. But with the U.S. team failing to medal, it opens up the nominees
to a wide range of accomplishments. Who do you think should be nominated?
US Sailing members post suggestions here: http://www.ussailing.org/awards
Non US Sailing members post suggestions here:
What marine event expects to attract as many as 100,000 visitors with an
economic impact of well over $50 million?
THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN AT THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
The Energy Team AC45 broke its mooring Saturday night and the boat drifted
into San Francisco Bay before it was secured at Treasure Island.
Fortunately, the boat has only suffered minor damage.
"The Energy Team boat drifted about a mile from its mooring at Pier 30/32.
Thankfully, it was a very calm night and the boat was returned to us
without sustaining serious damage," said Regatta Director Iain Murray.
"We're grateful for the way this ended and for the help of a good samaritan
at Treasure Island who spotted the boat and secured it before handing it
back to us."
The boat is now back at the team base at Pier 30/32 and repairs are
underway. The Energy Team AC45 is expected to be ready for the practice
race on Tuesday.
"We are thankful to everyone who was able to help us out last night," said
skipper Loick Peyron. "It's fortunate it wasn't more serious and we're
looking forward to getting back on the race course." -- Read on:
BROADCAST: The AC World Series in San Francisco (Oct. 3-7) will be
available on Wednesday by VirtualEye only, with the racing on Thursday
through Sunday picked up by 35 networks throughout the world. In the U.S.,
commentators Gary Jobson and Todd Harris will host the YouTube broadcast on
Thursday through Saturday, and then will move over to NBC to host the
'Super Sunday' final races. Details: http://tinyurl.com/ACUP-093012
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The tight kinship that is created though sailing is well documented.
Another example of this affinity took place in Davenport (Iowa) at the 51st
Polar Bear Regatta; an occasion which celebrated the life of Don Wagner -
memorializing the event in his name.
Don's contributions to the National C-Scow Sailing Association, Lake
Davenport Sailing and to his friends throughout the C Scow community will
be missed but always remembered.
Twenty-three teams competed, representing six different clubs from five
different states. This wide attraction proves once again that the Polar
Bear is more than just a local regatta - it is a signature annual event for
the C Scow class. The Lake Davenport Sailing Club truly makes every sailor
feel welcome and at home.
After Saturday's races, it was time to pay homage to a couple of great
Polar Bear traditions as the sun set Saturday evening. Following the
signature pork chop dinner, the raffling off of some truly great swag was
conducted by Dinah Wagner and aided by Courtney Benedict along with the
ever present Fry Daddy's two man band. And as her late husband Don had done
for many years, Dinah kept up with tradition and gave the shirt off of her
back to one lucky ticket holder.
In the final race on Sunday, Joe Schaub showed why he has a plethora of
Polar Bear Championships, finishing the regatta as he started, winning the
last race by a wide margin. Schaub attributed his overall victory in part
to the "mojo" found in the borrowed sail of Don Wagner. The sight of the
LD-31 sail pulling a horizon job victory on the last race at this regatta
was profoundly appropriate.
Full report: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/12/0930/
NOT JUST A SNACKTICIAN
We'd be willing to bet that the youngest sailor in the 22nm Round the Rocks
Race (on San Francisco Bay) was eight-year-old Jack Holden. Jack was
crewing for his dad Michael in the 33-boat doublehanded spinnaker division
on the family's Richmond YC-based Laser 28 Firebolt.
After the race, we asked Mike how it went, wondering if it was more like
singlehanding while babysitting than actually doublehanding. "Sailing with
Jack was fun, definitely not babysitting," replied Mike.
"What is he able to do as crew while you're racing?" we asked. "He is
officially the snacktician on the boat," said Mike, "so he gets us food and
drinks during the race, and does other cabin jobs like switching battery
banks when I start the engine." Sounds like little kid jobs so far, but
"He helps with the jib during tacks: he always loads the winch before and
he releases if it's not too choppy - otherwise he stands in the
companionway while I do it. He mans the spinnaker sheet during jibes in
case I didn't ease it enough to make the pole, and he presses the 'turn 10
degrees' button on the autopilot when I have jibed the pole to get the main
to stay over. I was driving upwind, but the autopilot steered for the
spinnaker leg, the same as if I was singlehanding. We reefed and unreefed
several times to keep it mellow for him." -- Latitude 38, read on:
* The Canadian Yachting Association Nominating Committee has released the
final list of candidates for the Board of Directors to be elected at the
CYA Annual General Meeting on Saturday, October 27, 2012. The current Board
of Directors and final list of candidates for election to the Board of
Directors are as follows: http://tinyurl.com/CYA-100112
* The Annual Regatta Organisers Conference and CSA AGM will take place on
20th and 21st October 2012 in St. Maarten. Attendees include regatta
organizers and national associations across the Caribbean. Aside from the
business of the AGM, the conference is an opportunity to be updated on the
latest in the industry from a Caribbean perspective as well as join
seminars to assist in your development of your regatta. Details here:
* Santa Cruz, CA (September 30, 2012) Hungary's Szabolcs Majthenyi and
Andras Domokos took the 2012 Flying Dutchman World title, hosted by Santa
Cruz YC (Sept. 25-30), with a day to spare. The 43-boat fleet completed
nine races, with the top North American entrant Lin Robson/Adriaan Schmal
(USA) finishing 16th. American Steve Bourdow, Olympic silver medal winning
Flying Dutchman crew at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games, finished 18th
with skipper Philippe Kahn. -- Full report:
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* From Roger Vaughan:
In Scuttlebutt 3687, Scott Ostler is right on when he says sailing has
"devolved" from an adventure to another sport run by helicopter parents and
coaches; how the crash-and-burn, push-over-the-edge by kids left to their
own devices is a thing of the past in this country. But it's not such a new
The late Bob Bavier, Yachting Magazine President, America's Cup winner
(1964), President of NAYRU (now USSailing), and inductee in the 2012 class
of the National Sailing Hall of Fame, wrote this in his monthly column 42
years ago: "We still bring up our youngsters in tame, relatively heavy
boats. We are not in tune with the rest of the world that is zeroing in on
light, sporting, two-man centerboarders often equipped with trapezes."
This is not just about sailing. It reflects a national malaise. The concept
of "risk," upon which this country was founded, has become a bad word in
some ever-expanding circles.
* From Todd R. Berman:
Zach Berkowitz is on to something with "No More Street Ball" (in
Scuttlebutt 3687). The shortcoming of American youth sailing is as much
spiritual as they are mechanical. Let kids go wild in fast boats without
coaching or adult "hyper" supervision and they will develop the instinctual
love of speed rather than the more robotic mechanical parts of being fast
in a boat.
Obviously the solution is a blend of factors but Zach's observations are a
thread that almost nobody wants to pull at in American youth sports today.
We are seeing the same things from young athletes in other sports. Today's
18 year old up and coming American soccer star may have been professionally
coached on groomed fields since being 8 years old, and that player may have
wonderful athletic and technical skills for the game. However, in many
cases they sadly lack the creativity and love that blossoms from a youth
spent without obsessive coaching in the streets and beaches of Brazil.
* From Richard Jepsen, CEO, OCSC Sailing:
I agree with the premise of the article about the biology of sea sickness
(in Scuttlebutt 3687). However, I believe the numbers quoted in the
seasickness article don't apply for sailing. Our experience with new
sailors at our sailing school are almost reversed...10 percent are prone to
seasickness. I'd say that the vast majority of our students on sailboats,
even in 20-25 knots of breeze, avoid seasickness. Admittedly, it is inshore
(SF Bay) but the waves are 2-3 feet and there's plenty of motion.
Sailing just happens to be a different motion than what the Navy research
(powerboats, offshore) points to. So, out in the ocean on a power boat
platform, the numbers of people prone to seasickness can be high. But,
sailboats tend to create MUCH less sea sickness in people whether inshore
or on the coast. Also, our most sensitive clients have great success with
the medications mentioned, especially Dramamine and Scopalomine. (We advise
students to take half doses of Dramamine over time before and during their
boating experience to maximize benefit and minimize side effects. Works
like a charm.
In answer to the question of what event expects to attract as many as
100,000 visitors with an economic impact of well over $50 million, the
focus of the marine industry is in Annapolis for the U.S. Sailboat Show
(Oct. 4-8) and U.S. Powerboat Show (Oct. 11-14). Scuttlebutt editor Craig
Leweck will be there Oct. 4-6.
Among the products being introduced at the Sailboat Show is the new McLube
Antifoul Alternative Speed Polish. They will be giving away free samples to
people who register to receive a coupon code redeemable in person at the
Harken-McLube Booth #17/18. Details here:
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