SCUTTLEBUTT 3693 - Tuesday, October 9, 2012
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WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU
This article by Saving Sailing author Nick Hayes first appeared in the
October 2012 issue of Spinsheet.
Children benefit emotionally and socially from ritual. PhD researchers Mary
Spagnola and Barbara Fiese at the University of Washington write,
"naturally occurring family routines and meaningful rituals provide both a
predictable structure that guides behavior and an emotional climate that
supports early development."
But kids learn by experience. Sometimes experiences teach skills or
consequences. Other times, things out of control turn experiences into
adventures, and teach about fear, risk, determination and things larger
Sailing, of course, can provide both the ritual and the experience, and of
course, the adventure. So it is simply an ideal instrument of parenting; a
way to make great kids.
But this article won't be about the kids. It's about you. What's in it for
you if you make sailing with kids your family ritual and experience? What
if you dropped enough other things - soccer, baseball, the long commute,
your mani/pedi appointment - and made enough time, over and over, to go
sailing with your kids?
Let me start by talking about what family sailing is not.
Sailing with kids isn't a game. It's a way of being. You might play games
while sailing with kids, and it will be fun and frustrating for everyone,
as any game can be. But imagine a soccer match where you're not stuck
cheering on the sidelines, but sprint down the field, take a clothesline
pass from your daughter and headbutt the winning goal. The crowd goes wild.
Daughter hoists dad on shoulders. Well, perhaps that's a stretch, but you
get the point. Moms and dads who sail with kids have a chance to be heroes.
And who better?
Sailing with kids isn't dangerous. Not sailing with kids is. The Kaiser
Family Foundation reports that American children spend more time consuming
media than any other non-school activity, and the result is that most kids
won't develop important problem solving and social skills, and their health
and welfare is at severe risk. But as a parent, how does one limit TV or
video game time? The virtual world is virtually everywhere right? No.
Nothing is virtual on a sailboat. Like a remote island, a sailboat is
refuge of reality. An actual place with only real things, like wind, water
and people working together to make something from them.
From the parent's perspective, sailing is the perfect tool to distract from
screens and attract to new things. Sail with kids and they'll be too busy,
bored, excited, or happy to miss media. Since there isn't any available
anyway, they'll inevitably self-determine. They might make up a game or
sing for entertainment. Or maybe you will. We often break out Queen's "Fat
Bottom Girls." And I play a mean air guitar. -- Read on:
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I WAS THERE - A NON-SAILOR'S STORY
When events come to our town, we either run from them to avoid their crowds
or our curiosity pulls us toward them. Joe Eskenazi from San Francisco
Weekly wanted to see what the AC World Series was all about. Here is his
Your humble narrator is no sailor. This was my third time on a sailboat
since age 3. And, like that young voyage, this one involved a hefty dose of
Dramamine and a subsequent dizzy nap below deck (I was jolted awake when
our small boat rocked like a bathtub toy in the wake of a paddlewheel
steamer -- a first for me). Another first was being passed like we were
standing still by a pair of America's Cup catamarans.
Most everyone who didn't flee San Francisco over the weekend can relate to
the (Fleet Week) experience of fighter jets, cargo planes, or even a
lumbering 747 soaring ominously low overhead. Well, that all happened to
those bobbing about the bay, too.
The highlight of the weekend was something you couldn't have done on dry
land. Out on the water, the America's Cup vessels stand out like basketball
players navigating a normal-sized crowd. En route to the starting line, the
catamarans sail through the assemblage of weekend boats, which is a nice
touch. A pair of racing vessels from the Artemis team approached us. They
deftly split, and straddled us, each passing only 15 yards or so from our
small boat as they blasted past us toward Marina Green. It's worth noting
that both boats shot past us with perhaps seven times our velocity while
riding the same wind and current.
Say what you will about the America's Cup -- and we have, again and again
-- but this was a fairly breathtaking experience. As for who won the race,
no one much cared about that (Apparently, however, it was a good day for
the home team). I can't profess much interest in the outcome of the
Indianapolis 500 either, but being straddled by race cars on the way to the
stadium would have been notable too. --
TRANSIT: The buses were crowded and the streets were full of revelers, but
gridlock did not suffocate San Francisco on a frenzied weekend of big
crowds at events spread across the city. Muni managed to haul hundreds of
thousands of extra passengers, and while some buses and streetcars were
packed full or moved slowly, the transit agency's strategy of flooding key
lines with extra service seemed to work. "America's Cup will be a breeze
compared to this," said Jim Kelly, deputy transit director for the
Municipal Transportation Agency. Read more: http://tinyurl.com/SFC-100812
CAN COPPER ANTIFOULING PAINT BE KIND?
By Darrell Nicholson, Practical Sailor
As we point out in the October 2012 of Practical Sailor, cuprous oxide
(copper) still rules the roost when it comes to long-term antifouling
protection, with hard paints and ablative paints fairly evenly matched for
durability. For those who care about reducing their impact on the ocean,
this raises a question: If we want to stick with copper (as opposed to an
eco-friendly, copper-free antifouling), which type of paint - hard or
ablative - is easier on the environment?
Copper leaching is the main concern among environmentalists, so it would
seem a simple matter to discern which paints have the most copper in them.
However, when comparing copper paints, it is important to note that the
copper percentages listed on the can are usually calculated by weight.
Which means that a paint that has heavier solids and resin may actually
have more copper than a "thinner" paint that boasts a higher copper
percentage. While some low-copper freshwater antifouling paints clearly
have less copper than saltwater blends boasting 65-percent copper, there
may only be a small difference in the amount of cuprous oxide in a paint
that advertises 39-percent copper versus one that shows 45 percent.
To see whether we could nail down a more definitive answer this question,
we turned to Interlux's Jim Seidel (who, as far as I can tell, talks about
bottom paint in his sleep). While he wasn't able to provide a simple,
clear-cut answer to our question, Seidel did provide some extremely useful
insight into the way bottom paints work, which will help you make an
informed decision when choosing a bottom paint-whether or not
eco-friendliness is your top concern. -- Read on:
YELLOW BIRDS AND MEASUREMENT RULES
The Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) measurers recently congregated in
Antigua for their annual review meeting in advance of the 2013 racing
season. The managers of the CSA rating rule travelled from Barbados, St.
Maarten, the British Virgin Islands, Grenada and St. Thomas to agree on
their approach to the 2013 season with respect to any concerns with the
Their objective is to ensure the written rule effectively takes account of
new technology and changes in boat configurations and to assess the
interpretation of the rule to be certain that it is the same across all
islands to ensure continuity as boats race in regattas across the region.
Over the next three months CSA measurers will be reviewing the rule to
accommodate changes in new sail cuts and designs, carbon standing rigging,
swing keels and asymmetric dagger boards and will amend the rule as
necessary prior to the start of the season. Following the meeting,
discussion among measurers, boat designers and high profile sailors will
continue to ensure the adjustments made are well thought through.
Having been in use for more than 50 years, the CSA rating rule, first
developed by Al Rapier from Trinidad, has continued to work well as a
measurement rule throughout the Caribbean. During the 2011/12 racing season
350 certificates were issued. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/CSA-100812
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* Long Beach, CA (October 7, 2012) - Dustin Durant won the 2012 ISAF Grade
3 Butler Cup-Long Beach Stop match race regatta, hosted by Long Beach Yacht
Club and part of the three event 2012-2013 California Dreamin' Series.
Durant is no stranger to the Catalina 37s, having won the 2012 Grade 2
Ficker Cup and competed in the 2012 Grade 1 Congressional Cup. The next
stop is at San Diego Yacht Club, Jan. 12-13, 2013. The overall winner is
invited to the 2013 Ficker Cup on April 5-7 in Long Beach, CA. -- Full
* Last year Australia's Steve Brewin won his second A-Class Catamaran world
title, besting a field of 96 competitors to secure the top spot at the 2011
A-Class Catamaran World Championship in Aarhus, Denmark. This October he
looks to defend his title when the A-Cat fleet arrives in Islamorada,
Florida for the 2012 Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championship. Well
over 100 top sailors are set to do battle in the Florida Keys when the
regatta kicks off on October 20th. -- Full report:
* The Canadian Yachting Association High Performance review is under way
this week with a stacked agenda in Toronto, ON. Discussions will continue
from the strategic work already developed earlier this year at the HP
summit in Toronto. The spring summit was the starting point for developing
a High Performance Plan for the next Olympic quadrennial and beyond. Input
has been provided by coaches, sailors, PSAs and CYA's High Performance
Advisor at 'Own the Podium' (OTP). -- Full report:
* Sailing World magazine has announced their nominees for the 2013 Boat of
the Year awards. The BOTY awards recognize and honor the best new sailboat
models introduced to the North American market. Sailing World nominated 14
performance-oriented models for its awards. Nominees include the Bavaria
B/One, C&C 101, Carkeek HPR40, Dufour 36 Performance, Harbor 30, J/70, K1,
McConaghy 38, Motive 25R, RS Venture, Sparkman & Stephens 30, SeaRail 21,
and the X-Yachts Xp 38. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/SW-100812
* Beneteau Group elevated Wayne Burdick to president of the holding company
for Beneteau's U.S. group entities and tapped Laurent Fabre, formerly
director of sales and marketing for Beneteau's North American powerboats
division, to replace Burdick as president of Beneteau America. Under
Burdick's direction as president of Beneteau in North America since 1997,
the company became the leading brand of high-quality production sailboats
in the United States. In his new position Burdick will manage relationships
with industry partners on behalf of all Groupe Beneteau marine brands. --
Soundings, full report: http://tinyurl.com/TOT-100812
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* From Keith Kenitzer:
While I never had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Len Ruby, I found his
obituary very touching and inspiring (in Scuttlebutt 3692). Clearly he led
a life well lived. When I was kid and young adult, like many, I aspired to
be like the professional athletes that I was a fan of. Now, as a 50+ year
old "weekend warrior", I aspire to be like Dr. Len Ruby, enjoying my
passions of sailing and playing hockey for a long as I can. I offer
condolences to Dr. Ruby's family. I know they are celebrating his very rich
life rather than mourning his passing.
* From Elizabeth Kratzig:
Congratulations to Taylor Canfield for winning the Bermuda Gold Cup!
Certainly he did not do this by himself.....who was on the TEAM? Let's give
them all Credit. Match Racing is about the Team, as much as the Skipper.
COMMENT: Since details about the crew on each team for each event is
typically not provided on the World Match Racing Tour website, this is a
frequent problem we face. Our apologies for not acknowledging Taylor's team
of Mike Rehe, Dan Morris, and Josh McCaffrey. -- Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
* From John Cole:
I traveled to San Francisco and was at Piers 30-32 on Thursday (10-4-12) to
catch a charter and watch the match racing on the water for the morning. I
decided to head over to the Marina Green for the afternoon racing. Over 10
cabs turned me down to take me to the Marina district. I had to hoof it to
a major hotel to find a cab. No big deal but a pain for one guy, and I
suspect a huge pain if you have a volume of people from out of town with no
vehicles. There is no parking in the Marina district to speak of.
On the water I was with 50 non sailors. We need to educate non sailors
about how the race works. They all enjoyed watching but needed the
commentary to keep them on track.
One other note - there is no food in AC village. A hot dog stand would make
a killing. Better yet have some good food. There are not many close
restaurants. The wine bars were nice. The Marina Green is ideal for
watching the race because it's relaxed and right in front of the finish
line. With the use of the AC app you can keep in touch with the race and
enjoy the finish.
We spent a lot of money for a trip to SF. I have not been there in 40
years. The organizers need to get it dialed in a little but they have a
real opportunity. The staff that ran the village were really good. They
should be commended.
* From Ryan Hamm, Charleston, SC:
In response to Scot Citrin and George Morris total trashing of television
coverage (Scuttlebutt 3692), all I have heard for years on Scuttlebutt is
about the lack of television coverage of sailing. Now that we have major
coverage on weekends that is as good as any in decades, the naysayers start
up. Can we please give it a chance? What's next you asked... nothing if we
all complain all the time. For those of us that love the coverage, would
you negative guys please just keep it to yourself.
Several of my friends tell me how great the coverage of the Americas Cup
has been. And these are friends that used to sail but quit after childhood.
If ex-sailors and non-sailors are entertained and it gives them any
inclination to get back in the sport, than this is a huge success. Heck, I
have raced against at least five of the skippers and many of the crew in
the AC races from this past Sunday and I thought the coverage and racing
was great. What does that say about me? I guess I don't know anything about
I think Gary Jobson is one of the best ambassadors of the sport we have
ever had and is respected outside our sport. Please don't buy into it
people. Let's grow the sport instead of shrinking it by trashing those that
have done more for it than almost anyone. It was fantastic coverage and
fantastic sailing and these boats are incredible machines.
* From John Fretwell:
With all the supposed emphasis of this America's Cup to convince the
general public that ours is an exciting spectator sport, I was disappointed
to see that my TV Guide labeled the program "Yachting."
Hmm...Football or Yachting?
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