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SCUTTLEBUTT 3692 - Monday, October 8, 2012
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KING AND QUEEN OF KITING
Americans John and Erika Heineken, siblings from San Francisco, are the
2012 Men's and Women's Kiteboard Course Racing World Champions, held in
Sardinia, Italy on October 2-7.
Additionally significant is this World Championship follows the
International Sailing Federation's selection of kiteboarding as an Olympic
event for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
John Heineken has for years been one of the stars of the international
kitesurfing, and at 24 years of age has successfully defended the title he
won last year in Sylt Germany. Erika, the older sister at 26 years, has
achieved her first world title, with reigning European champion Steph
Bridge (GBR) finishing second.
The final races on Sunday would prove to be decisive to determine the
titles, with the race course laid in close proximity to the beach for the
large audience that had come early to see the finale. With only the top ten
qualifiers competing, each racer would carry their qualifying position as a
race score. They would then compete in two races on Sunday, with the
combined three scores determining the champions.
In the men's first race, the leader of qualifications (Johnny Heineken) had
scored a second place, behind compatriot Adam Koch who was in third
position in the preliminaries. Only the final victory of Johnny in the last
race gave him the title in front of Koch. "I'm so glad I won again the
world title," said Johnny. "This win had 10 times the stress of last year
because of the formula that doesn't consider the results of the
qualification rounds. But it was particularly fun to win with my sister on
The women's event would be a head-to-head between Heineken and Bridge.
After the Brit won the first race, Erika fulfilled her mission by winning
the second race to take the title. "Even after dominating the first part of
the championship (qualifiers), I found myself in the last race to decide
the fate of the championship," said Erika. "It was a difficult time but I'm
happy that I went through, it was a tough week but fantastic."
Final Results - Men
1. John Heineken (USA), 1-2-1, 4 pts
2. Adam Koch (USA), 3-1-2, 6
3. Julien Kerneur (FRA), 6-3-4, 13
4. Riccardo Andrea Leccese (ITA), 2-6-5, 13
5. Maxime Nocher (FRA), 7-4-3, 14
6. Bryan Lake (USA), 5-5-6, 16
7. Florian Gruber (GER), 4-8-7, 19
8. Olivier Dansin (FRA), 8-7-9, 24
9. Dave Robertson (NZL), 9-9-8, 26
10. Wilson Veloso (BRA), 10-10-10, 30
Final Results - Women
1. Erika Heineken (USA), 1-2-1, 4 pts
2. Steph Bridge (GBR), 2-1-2, 5
3. Caroline Adrien (FRA), 3-4-3, 10
4. Nayara Licariao (BRA), 5-3-5, 13
5. Christine Boenniger (GER), 6-5-4, 15
6. Elena Kalinina (RUS), 7-6-6, 19
7. Katja Roose (NED), 4-7-dnf, 22
8. Alice Brunacci (ITA), 8-dnf-dnf, 30
9. Lilian De Geus (NED), 9-dnf-dnf, 31
10. Justina Sellers (NZL), 10-dnf-dnf, 32
Complete results: http://www.kitecagliari.com/risultati.php
EDITOR'S NOTE: With nominees being submitted for the 2012 U.S. Rolex
Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards through November 30, 2012, it
would appear that John and Erika Heineken have now become leading
candidates for the honor. Who else should be considered? Post your nominee
SPITHILL TAKES THE DOUBLE
It was a perfect storm of events this week in San Francisco, highlighted by
the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, Fleet Week, professional football,
professional baseball playoffs, and a panoply of parades and festivals
celebrating Columbus Day. Seeking to gain exposure from this overflow of
humanity was the America's Cup World Series, where 11 AC45 teams competed
on San Francisco Bay in both match racing and fleet racing.
(October 6, 2012) - Oracle Team USA Spithill, led by skipper Jimmy
Spithill, overcame a spectacular capsize earlier in the day during the
fleet racing series to later win the Match Racing Championship.
Spithill's team beat Emirates Team New Zealand (Dean Barker) by 18 seconds
in a race that was decided on the start line. With less than 10 seconds to
the start, Spithill dove to leeward of Barker and luffed his New Zealand
opponent so hard that Barker wound up tacking to port to avoid a penalty.
Spithill sped onto the racecourse as Barker was circling around to start
and led by 31 seconds at the first reach mark.
"There was a lot of time to go to the start and he was way too early. It
was a matter of biding our time," said Spithill. "Our coach, Philippe
Presti, has done a lot of work with Ben (Ainslie), Russ (Coutts) and I, and
we've really been out-starting the other teams in the match racing. Full
credit to Philippe, he's the one who got us to this level."
Spithill advanced to the championship after beating Artemis Racing - White
(Terry Hutchinson) in the semifinals, while Emirates Team New Zealand beat
Artemis Racing - Red (Nathan Outteridge). -- Full report:
(October 7, 2012) - Skipper Jimmy Spithill and his Oracle Team USA Spithill
team rebounded from last place at the first turning mark of the "Super
Sunday" fleet race finale to win the America's Cup World Series San
Francisco Championship. Spithill and crew Dirk de Ridder, John Kostecki,
Jono MacBeth and Joe Newton steadily fought their way back through the
fleet, passing teammates Oracle Team USA Coutts (Russell Coutts) to take
the 17 second win.
Entering the race, Spithill's team trailed J.P. Morgan BAR (Ben Ainslie),
Artemis Racing - White (Terry Hutchinson), and Emirates Team New Zealand
(Dean Barker) in the overall fleet race standings. But with the heavily
weighted scoring for the finale, Spithill landed in a tie with Ainslie, who
finished fourth in the final race, but the American team took the title on
a tiebreaker. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/ACUP-100712
COMMENT: The Fleet Week air show over the Bay, which includes the famous
Blue Angels, annually attracts immense spectator numbers along the
waterfront. With quoted attendance of 1,000 boats and 500,000 people, it
was a strategic move by the America's Cup organizers to heighten their
exposure by getting in front of these crowds. But for someone eager to
attend only the racing, were the crowds manageable or did it prove to be
too much effort? I would love to hear from those of you that attended ACWS
on Saturday or Sunday. -- Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
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CONTROVERSY FUELS THE CUP
Remember the good old days, when public interest in the America's Cup was
as much about the racing as it was about the sound bites from Dennis
Conner, Ted Turner, or Tom Blackhaller? They're back.
Russell Coutts, the mastermind behind the format for next year's America's Cup, has
admitted he made a mistake with the AC72 class rule and now revealed he
even tried to scale back the size of the boat late last year.
The Oracle chief executive claims his efforts to revise the design of the
wingsail catamarans when it became apparent other teams were struggling
with the costs and complexity of the project were blocked by Team New
Zealand counterpart Grant Dalton.
But, in what is sure to bring simmering tensions between the two teams to
boiling point, Dalton has fired back at Coutts, accusing the four-time Cup
winner of trying to "spin his way out of trouble".
Coutts said he broached the topic of moving to a smaller scale boat at a
competitors meeting in San Diego in November last year, but the idea was
immediately rejected by Dalton.
"Quite a few of the teams were in favour of this, particularly the ones
that were struggling financially. Do you know who opposed that? Team New
Zealand. And now they're complaining about how difficult it is."
But Dalton has rejected Coutts' account of events, and believes the Oracle
chief executive is trying to use Team New Zealand as a scapegoat for his
own poor planning.
"(The proposal to change the class rule) was nothing more than a statement
made at a closed meeting so that one day when the wheels start falling off
he can use it as an excuse," said Dalton.
"He was proposing that we all scrap three well-advanced boats, and start
again. It is one of the biggest concessions of defeat I've ever heard."
With this latest spat following a stand-off between Team New Zealand and
America's Cup event organisers this week over a decision to abandon
development of the team bases on piers 30-32, it appears the rare period of
peace in the sport is coming to an end.
Dalton said he was becoming frustrated at the continual back-tracking from
the event's organisers. "There are a chain of things that aren't being
produced as promised."
Coutts, meanwhile, suggests Dalton "is only happy if he's having a grumble
Don't expect to see these Kiwis sharing a slice of Pavlova anytime soon.
Source: NZ Herald,
TAYLOR CANFIELD SWEEPS AGRO GROUP GOLD CUP FINALS
Hamilton, Bermuda (October 7, 2012) - Young US Virgin Islander Taylor
Canfield made a big statement of his future Alpari World Match Racing Tour
(AWMRT) intentions today, taking a 3-0 victory over Johnie Berntsson at the
Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda.
Canfield (ISV) Canfield Racing joins a list of previous winners including
Russell Coutts (7), Peter Gilmour (3) and Ben Ainslie (2), who each have
their names etched on the side of the historic King Edward VII Gold Cup. As
a non-Tour Card Holder, Canfield is now looking to appear more regularly at
the top table of match racing in the coming years.
"This is the most prestigious event we've ever won and to join names like
Russell Coutts on the trophy with seven wins, I guess that's a good goal
for us to try and aim at in the next few years," said Canfield. "Winning a
Tour event has always been a dream so this means a tonne to me and the
crew, who did so well every day. We've put a lot of time and money into
getting to this stage and for a young team, this is a great reward."
Taylor Canfield becomes the second US Virgin Islander to win the event
since Peter Holmberg lifted the trophy in 2001. The youngster has competed
at the event three times since getting his first experience of Bermudian
sailing when competing at the Junior Gold Cup in Opti's as a youth.
Reigning Tour Champion Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar was eliminated by
Berntsson in the Semi-Finals, but rebounded to beat Eric Monnin (SUI)
Okalys Corum in the Petit Final. Williams goes into the final event of the
season, the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia on December 3-8, as the 2012 season
leader. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/WMRT-100712
COMMENT: Don Wilson deserves recognition for his creation and support of
the Chicago Match Race Center, without which Taylor's accomplishment would
have been infinitely more difficult. Hopefully the first place prize of
$50,000 will help Taylor's team continue their upward trajectory. -- Craig
OPENING ACT: The finale for the 39 Optimists competing in the Renaissance
Re Junior Gold Cup was on Hamilton harbor in front of the spectator crowd
there to witness the Argo Group Gold Cup finals on Sunday. Securing the
victory was Douglas Elmes of Ireland, beating Tomas di Luciano (ARG) and
Damian Suri (SUI) who finished second and third respectively. This
invitational event attracted 16 international competitors from 15
countries. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/RRJGC-100712
SCUTTLEBUTT SAILING CALENDAR
Events listed at http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar
* Tiburon, CA (October 7, 2012) - Twenty-three teams competed in the 2012
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship, hosted by the Corinthian Yacht
Club on October 5-7. Michael Kiss' Bacio team of Chris Rast and Willie
McBride closed the event strongly, taking the title without needing to
compete in the eighth and final race. Newly crowned Melges 32 World
Champion John Kilroy, Jr. finished second. Details here:
* Rovinj, Croatia (October 7, 2012) - The 2012 RC44 season tour concluded
at the RC44 World Championship, with surprise winner John Bassadone (GBR)
along with tactician Vasco Vascotto (ITA) and his Peninsula Petroleum team
taking the World title. Chris Bake's Team Aqua with tactician Cameron
Appleton (NZL) claimed second at the Worlds to defend their season
championship title. The 2013 RC44 championship starts in February at the
new venue for the class of Oman. -- Full report:
* Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex (October 7, 2012) - Ben Saxton and Alan Roberts,
representing the RS200 class, are the new Endeavour dinghy Champion of
Champions. Twenty-two year-old Saxton from Grafham Water Sailing Club, and
Roberts from Hayling Island Sailing Class made an impressive start to the
Topper-supported Endeavour championship at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club
yesterday with three firsts and a third place, and then went on to win the
first of two races today before the wind finally disappeared. This left
them five points clear ahead of last year's Endeavour champions - Nick
Craig and Toby Lewis - who took overall second place. -- Full report:
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It is with great sadness, I announce the loss of Dr. Leonard Ruby. Len, age
70, died Oct. 3, while bringing his Laser back to the beach, after a day of
sailing by his house on Cape Cod. Len had an amazing life, serving his
country in the Vietnam War, 1968-69, and continuing in the reserves,
leaving as a Lt. Commander in 1975.
Dr. Ruby was a renowned surgeon, who established the orthopedic hand
surgery division at the Tufts-New England Medical Center. He was involved
in pioneering efforts to reattach severed fingers and enjoyed a long
career, in both, surgery and in teaching medical students at Tufts Medical
School as a full professor. He was widely published in Medical journals.
Len grew up and sailed in San Francisco, Ca. He won the El Toro Nationals
at age 17, in 1959. After moving East, he began sailing Sunfish, and fell
in love with the Class. He won the North Americans in 1982 and served as
class president in 1992-93. He also won the International and US Masters
Championships many times. He also represented his country in the Laser
Class at the Maccabiah Games in 1985.
Perhaps, Len's greatest contribution to the sport was his infectious
enthusiasm. He was constantly helping and mentoring young sailors. Len used
his knowledge and skill as a hand surgeon, combined with his love of
physical fitness, to promote fitness training for sailing. He was also
constantly patching up damaged hands and fingers for sailors, after heavy
air race days!
Unfortunately, in 1999, Len was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. While
he could no longer sail in international events, he continued to race in
regattas in New England and sailed as many days as weather permitted from
April thru October. While we all will miss him greatly, we take comfort in
knowing that he died while doing his favorite thing - Sailing on Waqouit
Bay! -- Bill Brangiforte, full obituary:
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* From John Yeigh:
In addition to Paul Newell comments in Scuttlebutt 3690 in how those of us
currently among the older generation "all learnt how to swim, sail, row,
fish, paddle, dive, not get sun burnt, drive with an outboard, paint,
varnish, race, surf", I would like to add a few of my own.
Is the current generation of young sailors learning to drill, duct tape,
screw, bolt, sand, whip/sew, windsurf (badly), scrub bottoms, splice,
swedge, saw, duct tape, water ski (badly), use a chart, tie knots, if
things failed - tie lots of knots, mix epoxy, lash, and duct tape?
My kids are proficient at perhaps half the list, but they are true experts
with a roll of duct tape.
* From George Morris:
The video coverage of the latest AC World Series in San Francisco was
absolutely superb. In the UK the live coverage is from midnight onwards so
you sit in the dark in your dressing gown with a scotch and a cup of cocoa.
Most of the niggles of previous series have been ironed out, but the
commentary is still leaden.
Why do they use Stephen Hawking to do the course description and why does
he insist that the close reach to Mark 1 is 'the fastest point of sailing'?
The boats visibly increase speed after the mark - something to do with
those gennaker things and apparent wind, I believe. Gary Jobson talks a
fair amount of nonsense and doesn't seem to understand 'the power of the
right' in crossing situations. He was completely unable to explain how
Spithill could be 8th in one race and win the next easily, suggesting he
was 'out of practice' (he has ten times more time in the boat than most of
the other skippers).
It is a principle of television commentary that you should only speak if it
adds to the picture; Gary seldom says anything that improves one's
understanding of the race. In describing the match racing starting
procedure, the other commentator unhelpfully said that they have to do a
timed run to cross the line as soon as the clock reads zero. Plausible, but
untrue, and one of the principle differences between match racing and fleet
But all in all, superb entertainment. What will we do when it's over? --
* From Scot Citrin:
AC45 Commentary: The fastest boats, the best sailors, and the boring
inaccurate commentary. Gary Jobson is good at interviewing sailors after
the racing and should be relegated to that, instead of boring the
listeners. Todd Harris has likely never raced a sailboat, doesn't
understand the mechanics of sailing, the wind, or the current. If the goal
is to alienate sailors and have them turn off the volume, they have
succeeded with this sailor.
Get any two of these (Genny Tulloch, Annie Gardner, Geordie Shaver, Jerry
Kirby). All of them have the enthusiasm, stories and knowledge to bring the
audio up to the professional level of video that is being produced, which
might actually gain viewers instead of losing them. -- Forum,
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