SCUTTLEBUTT 3689 - Wednesday, October 3, 2012
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Jeremy Leonard of Sail Revolution shares a story about a sailing community
coming together to get a sailor's lost Velocitek back to him against
Even though Santa Cruz (CA) is a small, tight knit beach community, Warren
Pelz and Doug Wood might have never crossed paths if not for a set of
random circumstances. Culminating with an epic act of good samaritanism,
and aided by the technology built into an incredibly sturdy Velocitek
ProStart, Warren and Doug met at the hoist in front of the Santa Cruz Yacht
Club to make an amazing exchange.
Doug begins, "I was walking my dog on the beach, and there was this thing
lying upside-down in the surf. I thought it must be a GPS of some sort." It
certainly was a GPS, it was a Velocitek ProStart that had fallen overboard
a week prior as Warren and his family were sailing in the Jack and Jill
Regatta off of Santa Cruz.
Doug had to do some legwork to figure out what he found on the beach that
day. He recalls, "I didn't know what a Velocitek was, so I took it home,
cleaned it off, put some batteries in it, looked it up on the web, and
figured out what it was. I contacted Velocitek, and they were able to use
the data files to pinpoint a dock location right in front of the Santa Cruz
Yacht Club. I contacted the Yacht Club, and several people from the club
hung fliers here on the docks and spread the word."
So after rolling around in the surf at one of Santa Cruz's more crushing
beach breaks for more than a week, not only did the computer fire up, but
the track data was still useable! Velocitek immediately posted the track on
their blog and the word was out. The news spread like wildfire on various
sailing centric social media sites, and the hunt was on!
The story gets better...Read on:
SO MUCH FOR PIT ROW
After seemingly endless negotiations with the City of San Francisco to
secure Piers 30-32 so the America's Cup fans could see all the competing
teams at one location, it was announced Monday that the teams were no
longer required to be based at that location. So much for pit row at the
34th America's Cup.
What happened? "The vision remains to give the fans interaction with the
teams," explained Stephen Barclay, CEO of the AC Event Authority. "After
observing the fans during the August AC World Series event in San
Francisco, we under-estimated the desire for people to watch the races from
the Marina Green and the peninsula. The popularity for this viewing area
and the hospitality provisions that were provided showed us how 2013 should
"So we decided to use the budget that was dedicated to hospitality and fan
engagement at Piers 30-32, which was going to cost in excess of $1 million,
and move it to the Marina Green region. This, by the way, does not affect
our commitment to creating an engaging fan experience in the Event Village
at Piers 27-29, which is where the stage and big screen viewing area will
"The push for this change came from the lack of foot traffic at Piers 30-32
during the August AC World Series event, which is where the AC45s were
based. It is our expectation now that people who come to watch the
America's Cup will primarily locate either at the Event Village or the
Marina Green region. The distance between the Marina Green and Piers 30-32
may have simply been too great, so we are focusing our funds on where the
fans want to be."
While these changes may prove beneficial for the fans, at least one team
isn't too thrilled with the bait and switch. "I am sitting here completely
stunned," said Dean Barker, skipper for Emirates Team New Zealand. "We are
a little over 6 months from relocating our base to San Fran to what we have
been told would be a fully functioning base area complete with Team
hospitality spaces and full access for the public to watch the teams
preparing and launching their boats. It is now going to be a concrete slab
with absolutely nothing on it which will now require us to secure cranes,
jettys, and all services required to function. We have never budgeted for
this and to be dropped on us now is quite unbelievable."
Barclay admits this move will adversely affect the Kiwis, who were counting
on the facilities at Piers 30-32 to stage an extensive hospitality program,
but he clarifies that each team was already responsible for their share of
the costs for the launching equipment needed. However, if some teams elect
not to base themselves now at Pier 30-32, these costs will proportionately
"I have to say we are a long long way from the vision presented to us back
in September 2010," adds Barker. -- Read on:
COMMENT: Non-sailors might not know much about racing, but they are easily
impressed when up close to the buzz of the fleet. The lack of foot traffic
at Piers 30-32 in August may have had less to do with desire and more to do
with transportation logistics. Given the longer schedule of the Louis
Vuitton Cup (July 4 - Sept. 1) and America's Cup (Sept. 7-22), it's hard to
imagine the promotion of a single venue for all team bases wouldn't draw
interest. -- Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
VISIT IYRS AT THE ANNAPOLIS BOAT SHOWS
A trip to the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis 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 Annapolis sail and power shows to talk about the school's programs in
Boatbuilding & Restoration, Marine Systems and Advanced Composites. Now run
on a six-month schedule, the next Composites and Systems classes will begin
in March. Visit http://www.iyrs.org, or connect with IYRS in Annapolis this
HUGE EXPECTATIONS FOR MASSIVE CROWDS
The second America's Cup World Series San Francisco begins Wednesday with
qualifying racing for the match racing championship. A day later, the first
two of seven scheduled fleet races kick off the event championship, which
concludes Sunday, Oct. 7.
The America's Cup World Series San Francisco is part of what is being
billed as the busiest week of events in the city's history. As many as one
million people are expected for events such Oracle OpenWorld (the largest
technology conference in the world), the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music
festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival, home games for the San Francisco
Giants and San Francisco 49ers, and San Francisco's annual Fleet Week.
Due to the AC World Series regatta coinciding with Fleet Week, racing this
week will start later than at previous events.
"We have a challenging program this week," said regatta director Iain
Murray. "We're working with Fleet Week, so most of our racing will be later
in the day. On Super Sunday we'll be participating in the air show with
Fleet Week. The air show will start and then stop, we'll sail our Super
Sunday fleet race (scheduled to start at 1:55 pm PDT), and then the air
show will resume.
"We have huge expectations for massive crowds that have never really been
seen before in sailing to be here on Marina Green watching our event,"
All 11 teams that raced the first AC World Series San Francisco in August
return, including (in order of standing): ORACLE TEAM USA SPITHILL (Jimmy
Spithill), Luna Rossa Piranha (Chris Draper), Team Korea (Peter Burling),
Energy Team (Loick Peyron), Luna Rossa Swordfish (Iker Martinez), Artemis
Racing - White (Terry Hutchinson), Emirates Team New Zealand (Dean Barker),
ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS (Russell Coutts), Artemis Racing - Red (Nathan
Outteridge), J.P. Morgan BAR (Ben Ainslie) and China Team (Phil Robertson).
Complete story: http://media.americascup.com/pressreleases/?id=945
BROADCAST: Here's some information on how to follow the AC World Series in
San Francisco (Oct. 3-7)...
* For live spectating, the broadcast commentary (Oct. 4-7) can be heard on
marine VHF channel 20.
* All the racing this week (October 2-7) can be followed using the free
CupExperience app which brings the LiveLine data to your smartphone. For
both Android and iPhones, search for the 'AC Race Tracker' app by
* The racing on Wednesday will be available at VirtualEye, with the racing
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 Thursday through Saturday, and then will move over to NBC to host
the 'Super Sunday' final races. Details: http://tinyurl.com/ACUP-093012
BEST IN THE WORLD
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and Rolex have announced the
nominees for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2012. The
nominees are put forward based on achievements made during the qualifying
period of 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012. Only one nominee wins from
both the male and female category. The nominees are:
Ben Ainslie (GBR) - Finn, Olympic Gold Medal
Mathew Belcher/ Malcolm Page (AUS) - Men's 470, Olympic Gold Medal
Nathan Outteridge/ Iain Jensen (AUS) - 49er, Olympic Gold Medal
Loick Peyron (FRA), Outright Around the World Record
Tom Slingsby (AUS) - Laser, Olympic Gold Medal
Tamara Echegoyen/Angela Pumariega/Sofio Toro(ESP) - WMR, Olympic Gold Medal
Helena Lucas (GBR) - 2.4mR, Paralympic Gold Medal
Saskia Sills (GBR) - RS:X, ISAF Youth Sailing World Champion
Lijia Xu (CHN) - Laser Radial, Olympic Gold Medal
The qualifying accomplishments for each nominee can be read here:
COMMENT: This will be an interesting vote. Among the men, it is hard to
match the star power of Ben and Loick, but the accomplishments of the other
three nominees are arguably superior. Among the women, I predict Helena
will win on a close vote over Lijia. Helena won the gold medal in an open
event, dominating a field that included three former Paralympic gold
medalists to become Great Britain's first ever Paralympic sailing medalist.
-- Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
QUICK START FOR ISLAND TEAMS
Hamilton, Bermuda (October 2, 2012) - Bermuda National Match Racing
Champion Blythe Walker and youngster Lance Fraser have gotten their Argo
Group Gold Cup challenge off to a strong start on the first day of
competition, as the local favourites both posted 3-1 scores at the Alpari
World Match Racing Tour's (AWMRT) penultimate stage.
Walker (BER) and Fraser (BER) draw the majority of local support on the
island and finished first and second respectively at the National
Championships. "Having the local support out there is great for all of us
and it feels good. When we're racing we have to be single-minded but it
certainly helps to know that people want us to do well."
Taylor Canfield, another islander representing the US Virgin Islands, got
off to a hot start, posting a 3-0 score in hopes of improving on his Semi
Final finish at the Chicago Match Cup Tour event earlier in the season. The
20 teams competing in IODs will continue their qualifying until the Finals
on October 7. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/WMRT-100212
CONGRATS MELGES 32 WORLD CHAMPIONS ONBOARD SAMBA PA TI!
Congratulations to John Kilroy, Jr. and his crew onboard Samba Pa Ti for
winning the 2012 Melges 32 Worlds in Newport, RI last week! Powered by a
complete North sails inventory, Kilroy and crew won the World Championship
by an impressive 10 points! North-powered boats took 7 of the top 10 spots
finishing 1st, 2nd and 6th-10th! When performance counts, the choice is
HOW TO TACKLE A SPEED PROBLEM
By David Dellenbaugh, Speed & Smarts
When you are trying to cure a case of the 'slows,' ask a lot of questions.
Find out what other people think, especially those sailors who are always
faster than you. Most racers are willing to share their knowledge!
In sailboat racing, speed is almost everything. It's important to be smart
at tactics and strategy, of course, but if you're not pretty fast you will
never be consistently at the top of your fleet. Therefore, good speed is
worth a large investment of time and effort.
Every racing sailor has issues with speed from time to time, but these
won't normally turn into big problems unless you don't make any concerted
effort to fix them. The key for curing a case of 'the slows' is to be
logical, organized and persistent in your search for an answer. Attack the
problem before it destroys your confidence.
Speed issues often cannot be solved in just an hour or a day. If you really
want to be faster and win more races, you need to be ready for a long-term
"speed improvement campaign," not just a quick fix.
Once you realize you are going slow, the key is to figure out why. Approach
this as you would look for a solution to any other major problem - explore
the situation from many different angles so you can understand everything
possible about your boat, yourself, your class, the conditions in which you
sail and your teammates.
Here are a bunch of ideas for tackling a speed problem.... read on:
* The Endeavour Trophy is taking place at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club,
Burnham-on-Crouch on October 5-7. This invitation-only event, to determine
the overall dinghy champion of champions from the UK's most popular dinghy
racing classes, is recognised as an ultimate achievement in British dinghy
racing. A total of 25 British national champions are signed up for the
event, including 470 Olympic silver medallists Stuart Bithell and Luke
Patience, plus last year's Endeavour champions Nick Craig and Toby Lewis.
-- Full report:
* The 2012 RC44 season has its grand finale this week in Rovinj on
Croatia's Istrian peninsula. In addition to this being the showdown for the
five event match racing and fleet racing series, it also stands alone as
the class' World Championship. Valentin Zavadnikov and Leonid Lebedev's
Synergy Russian Sailing Team with American helm Ed Baird lead the match
race series while Chris Bake's Team Aqua with tactician Cameron Appleton
(NZL) leads the fleet race series. Racing gets under way Wednesday for the
15 teams. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/RC44-100212
* For the 34 teams at the 2012 Long Island Sound Sonar Championship (Sept.
29-30), host Noroton Yacht Club in Darien, CT could only offer a weekend of
traditional July weather with light and remarkably shifty northerly zephyrs
during the event. But the cream rises to the top even when the milk is a
bit sour, and Colin Gordon demonstrated remarkable consistency in such
squirrely conditions. Gordon was guided through the bumps and potholes by
tactician Bill Lynn, Bill's son Peter and sail maker Tom "TK" Kinney. --
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* From Hugh Elliot:
I read Glenn McCarthy's piece in Scuttlebutt 3688 with interest. He is
right as far as he goes.
This last weekend I was working a Snipe regatta as a judge (it was a
qualifier for the 2013 Worlds) and we were doing Appendix P on water. For
Sunday, we were short one judge and it seemed like a no-brainer to ask if
one of the High School kids that sail out of our club would like to come
over to the 'Dark Side' and see Rule 42 enforcement from a judge boat.
Of the 24 kids who were practicing at our club on Friday afternoon, not one
- not a single one - was interested in working with two International
Judges and a Canadian Provincial Judge.
Sounds a bit like self segregation to me.
* From Jay Cross:
I loved Glenn McCarthy's piece. So true and, by the way, I would have given
anything to sail on Inferno but growing up in Toronto had to make do with
Bonaventure - those great days of C&C!
* From Larry Colantuono:
The lead article by Glenn McCarthy in Scuttlebutt 3688 is spot on.
* From Tom Priest:
Two items jumped at me in Scuttlebutt 3688 that needed comment:
#1: In the letter's section Roger Vaughan said, "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
No truer words were ever spoken! That's why/how we got to the moon in seven
years back in the 60's and now it would take DECADES to get back there
(there is absolutely no appetite for risk.)
#2: Curmudgeon's Observation: "Do women really think that giving their
spouse the 'silent treatment' is punishment?"
Shhhhhhhh! Are you crazy?!? THAT is a married-dude's well-kept
* From Skip Novak:
Zach Berkowitz's interview with Scott Oslter hit the nail on the head
(Scuttlebutt 3687). You can say the same phenomenon exists in the Volvo
Ocean Race. Not many Americans compete, in spite of the American stopovers
as a feature since Volvo took over the event in the early 90's.
In the Whitbread era there was only a handful of American crew involved. It
was perceived as a crackpot game by the mainstream sailors of those years.
I used to ask myself, while I was searching for American sponsorship in the
80's, albeit prematurely for many reasons, where is the sense of adventure?
There was none. There were no takers. And where were the icons of the
sailing genre? We had none. The French had Tabarly and Moitessier, the
British had Knox-Johnston and Blyth, New Zealand had Blake. Well, we did
have Dennis, but he hardly fit the bill as an adventurous sort - sorry
Dennis. -- Read on:
* From Captain Paul Warren:
Congrats to Michael Holden ('Not Just a Snacktician', SBUTT 3688)!
Obviously, he's a great Dad and a note-worthy sailor. He's helping to fill
in the ranks of future sailors by showing them both the fun of sailing as
well as the responsibility-side of the sport. Getting young Jack involved
makes him a legitimate part of the crew/team and helps to solidify his
involvement in our sport. Good on you, both Mike and Jack. Keep up the good
The happiest people don't have the best of everything...they just make the
best of everything.
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