SCUTTLEBUTT 3690 - Thursday, October 4, 2012
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A DIFFERENT ERA - HOW IT USED TO BE
By Paul Newell, Sailmaker, Isle of Wight
When I was growing up we had almost free range on the sea. My father (a
boat builder and long shoreman) put the limitations down by saying "Stay in
sight. If you can't see me then I can't see you. And only sail the distance
you can comfortably row back from and be back before it's dark" (note: the
penalties were tough and rigorously enforced...no boating for a week)
With that advice we learnt to row and learnt to row well.
This gave us a decent range to play in, in almost all weather conditions.
Gale force and upwards off shore winds were always noted and we stayed
inshore but gale force and upwards onshore were always looked forward to.
If we could get the boats out through the surf then play we did. All day.
As a result big seas and heavy winds don't frighten me but it taught me
huge respect for the power of the elements and I never take the sea for
granted. This has stood me in good stead over the years in both racing and
cruising. Big boats and small.
But none of this "play" experience was under any form of instruction. We
learnt how to be self sufficient and always got ourselves back home under
our own steam and on time.
As a result we all learnt how to swim, sail, row, fish, paddle, dive, not
get sun burnt, drive with an outboard, paint, varnish, race, surf and,
above all, have fun. The mates I learnt to do all this with are still mates
today, some fifty years later. This also means we have lots of memories and
lots of tricks to teach our kids and their mates too.
This nannying of kids today is not good. I'm not suggesting that they go
feral but does everything they do have to so regimented and "by the book"
so that they all get a piece of paper to say that they can do it? It means
that they can do it "by the book" but probably without the "play" knowledge
would not be able to get themselves out of trouble when they get past their
comfort zone. And I suspect their comfort zone is not much past a force
Plowing along with a spinnaker up, in far too much wind, waiting for the
inevitable nose-dive/broach/capsize was always one of the best things and
looked on to by the old folk (parents etc.) with amusement. They, in the
safe knowledge that we knew how to fix it when it broke.
I feel this is all lost on the young of today with too many people trying
to get all the kids up to the same standard at the expense of natural
talent. Let the reins off a bit and see what happens. I'm sure that natural
talent will come to the surface without the system coming to pieces.
ITALIANS ELIMINATED FROM MATCH RACING
San Francisco (October 3, 2012) - Racing at the America's Cup World Series
San Francisco got underway today with seven races in the qualifying round
of the match racing championship.
With the wind gusting over 20 knots and creating a nasty chop on San
Francisco Bay, eight of the eleven teams competed in an elimination round
to determine who would advance to the Quarter Finals. Already pre-seeded
was Artemis Racing - White (Terry Hutchinson), Oracle Team USA Coutts
(Russell Coutts), and Oracle Team USA Spithill (Jimmy Spithill).
Joining the pre-seeded teams will be:
Artemis Racing - Red (Nathan Outteridge)
Emirates Team New Zealand (Dean Barker)
Energy Team (Loick Peyron)
J.P. Morgan BAR (Ben Ainslie)
Team Korea (Peter Burling)
Luna Rossa Piranha (Chris Draper)
Luna Rossa Swordfish (Iker Martinez)
China Team (Phil Robertson).
Quarterfinal Pairings for Thursday
Thursday (12:25 pm PDT): Team Korea vs. Artemis Racing - White
Thursday (12:42 pm PDT): Energy Team vs. Emirates Team New Zealand
The daily broadcast on Thursday (16:30-18:30 PDT) will include only fleet
racing for all 11 teams. Full report:
Race schedule: http://tinyurl.com/ACWS-100312
Tips on how to follow the AC World Series in San Francisco (Oct. 3-7)...
* LIVE: broadcast commentary can be heard on marine VHF channel 20.
* MOBILE: the 'AC Race Tracker' app by CupExperience brings the LiveLine
data to both Android and iPhone mobile devices.
* BROADCAST: 35 networks throughout the world are carrying the races. In
the U.S., commentators Gary Jobson and Todd Harris will host the YouTube
broadcast Thursday through Saturday, moving over to NBC to host the 'Super
Sunday' final races.
BEHIND THE SCENES: Scuttlebutt's favorite kiwi Michelle Slade caught up
with Emirates Team New Zealand' Dean Barker, where she succeeded in getting
the stoic skipper to crack a smile. She posted her report on Sailing World:
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The America's Cup tends to attract two types of teams: those that can
legitimately contend and those with another agenda. The China Team has
"I want to help resurrect the sailing culture that has been lost (in China)
since about 150 years ago," said Wang Chao-yong, president and CEO of China
Equity Group, who sponsors the team. "I think the spirit of the America's
Cup is what China needs today as a society. The concept of teamwork,
entrepreneurship, innovation, that's what China needs right now."
"We have had our America's Cup team, as well as the Olympic sailing in
Qingdao, the China Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race stopover, and all of these
have helped to raise the profile of sailing in China," said Wang. "All of
this has meant more public interest in sailing," he added. "People are now
looking at sailing as a leisure activity, a lifestyle choice, and this is
something new and growing very quickly.
"We have decided to take a longer-term view. Instead of working with
international talent just to get better results now, we are looking to
incubate our homegrown talent, and the Red Bull Youth America's Cup fits
into that strategy very well." -- Full report:
EDITOR'S NOTE: It should be noted that in the AC World Series events, the
China Team has mostly worked with international talent that have not
delivered better results. However, two Chinese sailors are onboard their
five man roster for the ACWS event this week.
MINOPRIO IS BACK
Hamilton, Bermuda (October 3, 2012) - Former Alpari World Match Racing Tour
(AWMRT) Champion, Adam Minoprio, went unbeaten on the second day of racing
at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda, an event he finished second at in
2008 and 2009. Now he is hoping to finish with a clean sweep on Thursday to
secure the first pick of Quarter Final opponents.
Minoprio (NZL) Argo Group BlackMatch won the Tour in 2009, becoming the
youngest ever skipper to do so, aged just 24. Having spent some time away
from match racing, sailing in the Volvo Ocean Race, he returned to the
premier international series at the recent Match Race France and now feels
that he is starting to get back in tune with the standard needed to compete
at the highest level.
"In the two years we've been out the game has changed and the level has
built so last week at Match Race France with the conditions there, it was
extremely tough," said Minoprio. "This week we've had some beautifully
light air conditions and the IOD's with their long keels put a lot on the
match racing tactics."
The Kiwi is on top of Qualifying Group 2 with a 5-1 record, while Taylor
Canfield (ISV) Canfield Racing continued his momentum on the other side of
the draw, establishing a 6-0 record to be on top of Group 1. Qualifying
will continue Thursday, with the top four teams in each group advancing to
the Quarter Finals. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/WMRT-100312
KIDS ARE BACK: The Renaissance Re Junior Gold Cup begins Thursday, which
will see 16 elite international competitors from 15 countries along with 22
Bermudians battling in Optimists on the Great Sound. The event is now
celebrating its 10th year, with past participants Lance Fraser of Bermuda,
Taylor Canfield of the USVI and Nicolai Sehested now competing as adults in
the Argo Group Gold Cup for some of the $100,000 in prize money and a spot
for their name on the King Edward VII Gold Cup. -- Full story:
PROMOTION THROUGH PARTNERSHIP
By Martha Stewart
I have become very interested in The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School,
a wonderful small public high school located on Governors Island (in Upper
New York Bay just off the southern tip of Manhattan Island), founded by
The school partners with New York City's maritime community and uses New
York Harbor's marine resources to create an extraordinary public high
school experience that instills in its students the skills and ethic of
environmental stewardship. Harbor School's mission is to graduate students
prepared for success in college and who have earned a technical credential
in one of the six marine fields: Aquaculture, Marine Biology Research,
Marine Systems Technology, Ocean Engineering, Professional SCUBA diving,
and Vessel Operations.
Last Thursday I had the thrilling opportunity of sailing in the second
annual Harbor School Regatta to benefit the Harbor School. Hannah Swett,
one of my Godchildren, who comes from a very famous sailing family, invited
me to sail with her and her mother, Ellie Burgess, upon the historic
America's Cup 12-meter boat, Intrepid.
I first met Ellie many years ago when were neighbors in New York City. I
had many exciting sails with her and her family and learned what I know
about sailing from them. Hannah's sailing credentials include Collegiate
all American, multiple world and national champion, Rolex Yachts Woman of
the Year, America's Cup Sailor, and was nominated for Rolex World Sailor of
the Year. Please enjoy these photos of the Regatta taken by photographer
Lori Hawkins: http://tinyurl.com/MB-100312
EDITOR'S NOTE: Yes, this is written by THAT Martha Stewart.
DISCOVER: THE BEST SAILING SEASON
There's something about sailing in the Fall in New England. Cooler
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* Rovinj, Croatia (October 3, 2012) - Valentin Zavadnikov and Leonid
Lebedev's Synergy Russian Sailing Team today claimed the 2012 match racing
title at the Adris RC44 World Championship, in a nail biting finale that
went to the wire on the waters off Rovinj, Croatia. With helm Ed Baird
(USA), the series extended over five regattas - in Puerto Calero, Canary
Islands; Cascais, Portgual; the Austria Cup on Lake Traunsee, Marstrand,
Sweden, and Croatia. The fleet racing for both the 2012 season prize as
well as the beginning of the Adris RC44 World Championship starts Thursday.
-- Full report:
* It was announced that the Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 team will launch
their AC72 catamaran on October 26 in Auckland, New Zealand. Additionally,
the Artemis Racing team expects to be sailing their AC72 in San Francisco
by the end of October.
* CLARIFICATION: In Scuttlebutt 3689 it was reported that the gold medal
won by Helena Lucas (singlehanded event) at the 2012 Paralympic Games was
Great Britain's first ever Paralympic sailing medalist. This information
came from the International Sailing Federation, and while it is technically
correct, a British team led by Andrew Cassell did win the gold medal in the
'mixed crewboat' event at the 1996 Paralympics Games when sailing was a
demonstration sport. Results: http://tinyurl.com/PG-100312
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* From Fredrick Roswold:
Not going to build a combined base because the looky-lous won't walk that
far (as reported in Scuttlebutt 3689)? This America's Cup is already a
fiasco with only three boats and is only one more reneged agreement or two
crashes away from becoming a disaster. When the dust has settled, the Cup
decided, the accounts totaled and losses written off, and all the fans
turned back to their tubes to watch roller derby, then maybe it will be
time for another reinvention We need to take the AC out of the realm of
stupid pandering and puts it back where it belongs, a pinnacle of sailing
that happens once in a while, and that sailors, and maybe only sailors, can
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following the report in Scuttlebutt 3689 on how the
America's Cup event organizers have scrapped the plan to keep all the team
bases together, we received emails from both AC Event Authority (ACEA) and
Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ). The former is restating the explanation
we carried in our report, while the later is now recruiting the City to
intervene. "We hope authorities are able to step in and hold organizers
accountable for this further retreat which is symptomatic of a continuing
pattern," said ETNZ managing director Grant Dalton. Complete statements
* From Roger Baker:
I must take the dissenting view on Glenn McCarthy's (Scuttlebutt 3688)
opinion. I have just come to the end of my daughter's involvement with
youth sailing. She just graduated college this spring after sailing on her
own since 6-7 years in the Opti. She is currently figuring out the next
step, grad school, work, etc. At this time she is sailing and doing some
She along with others her age are doing the same thing. It seems to me
there are many more involved now than when I was her age, some 35 + years
ago. Times have changed. We no longer have the time for the every weekend
multi-class regattas which I participated in on Great South Bay of Long
Island. These events were very "multi-generation friendly". Our leisure
time is more limited now and we must get as much out of it as we can. Hence
more class regattas, both youth and adult.
There are many current examples of multi-generation sailing. Take the
Lightening and Thistle classes. Both of these classes have sailors from
preteen to "older than dirt". I was at Cedar Point in CT a couple of years
ago for the Thistle Nationals where the age range spanned was from 10 to 70
years old. Most of the people I know who are concerned (negatively) with
youth in sailing are "older than dirt", have not been involved in youth
sailing for decades (except for the discussions with like minded geriatrics
at the bar), or are sailors who have never been involved in youth sailing.
-- Forum, read on:
* From Herb Motley:
Another element of sailing silos (Scuttlebutt 3688) is the approach to the
Racing Rules. And I'm not complaining about the various changes over the
past 15 years, here, though the attempt to make rules uniform for fleet
racing and match racing and team racing don't reflect the different nature
of those three events.
Much more important is the approach to the rules as an aggressive tactic
which has now crept up from the college ranks to the "adults" we find on
the course today. The RRS evolved from the Rules of the Road designed to
avoid collisions and damage to boats and people. The old fashioned idea was
to sail your boat fast on the best course to get there before your
competitors. The rules were there to keep you out of trouble.
Too often today, the rules are used as a tactical weapon whereby you place
your boat in position to cause your competitor to foul you and take a
penalty, giving you an advantage. This frequently is combined with loud,
sometimes abusive, verbal hails to establish the point of law.
Is this fun? Does this promote enjoyment of a day on the water sailing
against other boats? Does this attitude have anything to do with fleets
which had 30 boats on the line shrinking to 3? -- Forum, read on:
* From Antonio F. Sanpere:
In St. Croix we encourage boats to take kids onboard during regattas. This
past March, Stan Joines bought my J/36 and we raced with six teenagers and
won both the Rolex in St. Thomas and the BVI International regatta. The
look in their faces on the podium was out of this world. The crowd was
non-stop applauding. Stan is a high school teacher and has always raced
with teens from his school. We are doing our bit to continue with this
great example. During the international regatta, we allow one teen in any
boat not counting towards crew/ weight maximum.
Coffee keeps me busy until it's acceptable to drink wine.
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