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SCUTTLEBUTT 3698 - Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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THE GATEWAY TO GROWTH AND SUCCESS
By Christopher Gill, WindCheck
There is much written and discussed regarding the state of our sport, be it
junior sailor retention, professionals vs. amateurs, Olympic performance,
and so on. I am constantly provided with statistics and studies, panel
discussions and focus groups that all have differing opinions of why junior
sailors have lost interest in the sport, don't have the necessary portals
by which to continue sailing, or won't enter the maritime trades in their
late teens and twenties. I guess it's good that people are out there
talking and figuring, and I suppose everyone has a different view and
agenda. I see things a bit differently. We're at the gateway to growth and
I made an observation during my travels this summer, at junior regattas and
while attending this year's boat shows; a sense of encouragement with
respect to pursuing a career in sailing. I saw many more young sailors
crewing on big boats, apprenticeship programs gaining a foothold, young
sailors attending the boats shows, eager to see what's new and interesting
– and an industry that is responding – or at least beginning to do so - in
a pro-active manner.
I first witnessed this feeling of 'positivity' when I had the opportunity
to spend time with some of my yacht club's junior big boat team - the
supposed 'at risk' kids of the junior program. (...at risk of fading out of
sailing because of waning interest...) Not one of those sailors is leaving
the sport. In fact, many of them are looking for ways to get more involved.
Big boat racing seems to be the entry for many of them at this time, but
some spoke of frostbiting and mixing it up with their parents in Lasers or
Ideal 18s in the off-season, others of coaching and even boatbuilding.
I heard Ken Read speak at a recent Rhode Island Marine Trades Association
meeting during the Newport Boat Show, and his message was clear: Step it
up. We need to do a better job of not only retaining junior sailors, but
helping them to find their niche - whether as professional sailors,
builders, designers or consumers. Kenny cited Rome Kirby (the 23-year-old
that he'd sailed in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race with aboard PUMA Ocean
Racing's mar mostro) as an example of the great success that can be had in
sailing if you set a goal and work to attain it. Rome is now sailing in the
America's Cup for Oracle Team USA. Truly excellent - The VOR and the
America's Cup - Rome is one American sailor who is achieving his personal
goals while raising the bar for other young American sailors.
Full report: http://tinyurl.com/WC-101512
WHY AREN'T THERE MORE ELITE AMERICAN SAILORS?
While competing for Boston University, American Ken Read was a three-time
All American and College Sailor of the Year in 1982. When he graduated in
1983, he was immediately immersed in the marine industry as a sailmaker.
That was Ken's reality for 20 years before the pull of the Volvo Ocean Race
turned him into a full-time professional sailor. But for younger sailors,
the reality is much different. Ken comments on the current lack of
Americans involved in grand prix events like the Volvo Ocean Race and
America's Cup, and what is necessary to turn it around.
A new culture in this country and in the marine business world has to be
developed to promote and push the best young sailors to stay in the sport
and thrive. Without the opportunity to get into sailmaking when I got out
of college, I would never have had a chance to do what I do.
It seems as though the marine industry (and especially the racing side of
the industry) has gotten pretty old with proven people from my generation
and just a bit younger. It is time to be more aggressive, drafting the best
kids out of college and let them loose and help them become the next
generation of great sailors for this country.
And, groups like US Sailing, has to completely step up its game to promote
Professional Sailing as an option for young kids as well as continue to
promote and expand amateur sailing. Kids in every major sailing country
(like New Zealand, Australia, France and England) understand early in life
that if they have talent in sailing, there is a real chance they can make a
living at it and thrive. There aren't enough kids in the US who think
sailing is possibly a means to make a living and work at it as such.
In fact, I think professional sailing has been played up as bad for the
sport in a way, as if a pro sailor is going to do damage to the masses of
amateur sailors. It is just the opposite. The next Nathan Outteridge (AUS)
or Ben Ainslie (GBR) is here in the US somewhere. We just have to give them
the opportunity to make a career at sailing like I have been so lucky to
do. It is up to the marine world, groups like US Sailing and other opinion
leaders in the sport, to make this happen! And when there are great US
sailors, the entire sport benefits because the PR surrounding these kids
will help attract more youth to sailing and the snowball will start rolling
I spoke to 400 kids at my daughter's school the other night. I asked the
crowd how many people had been sailing before. I bet 3/4 of the auditorium
raised their hands. Then I asked how many had raced before, and it was
probably a bit less than half the room. Then I asked how many had
considered the marine industry or sailing as a future when thinking about
what they were going to do when they grew up. Not a single hand went up,
and that includes my daughter by the way.
Clearly, I have to put my money where my mouth is, and join the marine
industry to start doing a better job promoting sailing.
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HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
New Orleans, La. (October 14, 2012) - There was an abundance of Southern
hospitality and tradition in evidence today as the National Sailing Center
& Hall of Fame (NSHOF) inducted nine of the sport's significant
contributors into the National Sailing Hall of Fame during ceremonies at
the second-oldest yacht club in the U.S.A, Southern Yacht Club in New
Orleans. From the opening notes played by the US Marine Corps band to the
closing gun fired by master of ceremonies and 2011 inductee Gary Jobson,
the four living and five posthumously inducted sailors were celebrated for
having persevered to succeed in the sport.
"The reason why we really are all here is the overall long term commitment
and enjoyment to the sport of sailing," said Bruce Kirby (Rowayton, Conn.),
one of the four living sailing icons who were celebrated for their impact
on the sport. "No other sport can engage so many interests and such a broad
range of intellects. Our sport is the purest and most challenging, the
least harmful and the most restful pastime there is. Keep on sailing as
long as you can, it's real good for you. "
2012 National Sailing Hall of Fame Inductees (alphabetical):
Peter Barrett (Madison, Wis.)
Bob Bavier (New Rochelle, N.Y.)
Gregg Bemis (Boston, Mass.)
Stan Honey (Palo Alto, Calif.)
Bruce Kirby (Rowayton, Conn.)
John Kostecki (San Anselmo, Calif.)
Mark Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.)
Rod Stephens (New York, N.Y.)
John Cox Stevens (New York, N.Y.)
Full report: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/12/1015/
SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE
This past weekend Severn Sailing Association hosted the 61st Annual
Lightning Frigid Digit in Annapolis. It was a typical Annapolis fall
weekend, with Saturday welcoming sailors with light air and a strong
current. On Sunday, the fleet expected and prepared for the stronger breeze
and choppy waters.
It was in the stronger conditions when a competitor had turtled and snapped
their mast. Allan Terhune and his team decided to drop out of a race to
assist, severely damaging their results. It is acts like this that make the
Lightning Class so appealing and so popular. Allan showed that as a sailing
industry professional - sometimes helping others takes priority over your
own race results. On behalf of the ILCA, we thank you for setting a good
example. -- John Faus, President, International Lightning Class Association
* St. Petersburg, FL (October 15, 2012) - The opening day of 2012 Sunfish
World Championship saw local David Mendelblatt roll a 5-2 for a one point
lead over Columbian Juan Diego Escallon. Seventy-four entrants will
continue to compete through October 19. Full results here:
* Martha's Vineyard, MA (October 15, 2012) - Today kicked off the 2012
North American Speed Sailing Championship Invitational, with 12
Kiteboarders and 1 Windsurfer competing at Katama Bay. In winds of 17-20
knots, it was Outright World Speed Record Holder Rob Douglas who maintained
his dominance by posting the first bullet of the Event with an average
speed of his two best runs equaling 37.47 knots. Brock Callen posted an
average of 36.91 knots to currently rank second. -- Full report:
* Chicago, IL (October 15, 2012) - Chicago Match Race Center's Don Wilson
and his team of sister Jen Wilson, Sally Barkow, Tod Reynolds and Erik
Shampain have today won the Yacht Racing Union of the Great Lakes' 100th
edition of the Richardson Trophy on an impressive streak of victories: in
24 flights, Wilson and team lost only three matches in the three days of
this event. By doing so, Wilson joins a long tradition of repeat winners of
this venerable trophy, the world's oldest match racing trophy that is not a
challenge cup. -- Read on: http://www.chicagomatchrace.com/news.asp?n=1119
* The overall winners from each of the seven 2012 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD
Regattas will be in the BVI with their crews to compete at the 2012 Sperry
Top-Sider Caribbean NOOD Championship presented by Sunsail on Nov. 9-13.
This year's Caribbean NOOD Championship competitors are Fisk Hayden (San
Juan 21 Ole Yeller, St. Petersburg NOOD); J Michael Honeysett (Beneteau
40.7 Wiki Wiki, San Diego NOOD); Chris Doyle (J/22 The Jug 4 1, Annapolis
NOOD); Ben Colwell (F-18 Rum Line, Seattle NOOD); Tom Weber (Beneteau 40.7
LaTempete, Chicago NOOD); Charlie Pendleton & Jim Raisides (Rhodes 19 Bight
Me, Marblehead NOOD); and Scooter Simmons (J/105 Blackhawk, San Francisco
* The 32nd edition of Student Yachting World Cup will be held October
28-November 2 in La Rochelle, France. Thirteen teams from Australia,
Canada, Finland, France (2), Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Sweden,
Switzerland, UK, and USA will compete in the 31-foot one-design Grand
Surprise. The SYWoC is an annual sailing competition organized by students
at the École Polytechnique, a French engineering school, seeing the world's
best student sailing teams confront each other in a week-long series of
windward-leeward and coastal races. -- http://www.sywoc.org/
* Billionaire William Koch, winner of the America's Cup in 1992, is being
sued by a former employee who accuses the tycoon and his agents of
kidnapping him. Kirby Martensen claims in his lawsuit, filed October 11 in
the Northern District of California, that he was interrogated for hours at
a ranch Koch owns outside of Aspen, Colo and held against his will while
seeking to leave. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/Forbes-101512
* The 86-foot sail training vessel, Spirit of Bermuda, has organized a
father-son adventure around the picturesque island of Bermuda. This voyage
aims to establish trusting family relationships through principle centered
leadership. Board late afternoon on Fri, Nov 23, and disembark early
morning on Mon, Nov 26. Berths available for only 8 father-son pairs; sons
aged 12 to 15 years. Details here:
THE SAILING SEASON IS WINDING DOWN - CLEAN YOUR GEAR
Whether you live in the Keys, Newport or even Seattle. Fall is the best
time to make sure you gear is clean and reinvigorated. All your foulies
should be reconditioned at least once a year or before putting them away
for the season. That time (for many unfortunate souls) is now. As we say
here at Team One Newport, "Clean gear is happy gear... Happy gear lasts
longer!" Shop Team One Newport's reconditioning section for tips and
products from the best in the business. http://tinyurl.com/ton-clean
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* From Alan Veenstra:
Thank you Jahn Tihansky, for reminding us about what makes sailing so
compelling and timeless. Your story (in Scuttlebutt 3697), while common at
one time, is largely missing in today's 'risk-adverse' America.
From the moment our ancestors crawled out of the oceans, we humans have
drawn back. While some say that this is because the salinity of our spinal
column matches that of sea water, I think our attraction to open water is
just much more about our human appetite for independence and adventure and
personal challenge. Indeed, the entire history of mankind is immortalized
in our statuary, of heroes who asked just two questions: "What lies
beyond?" and; "How far can I push myself?"
It is no coincidence that there are no statues immortalizing those who
dared-not, or honoring the tort lawyers who sucked the salinity out of our
* From Shawn Pillars:
Amen for Jahn Tihansky reminding today's teenagers that there is more to
sailing than an endless diet of Club 420 windward-leewards. Before I
graduated from high school, I had raced Windsurfers, Hobie 16s, an
assortment of one design dinghies and keelboats. I knew which way to wrap a
winch and could do foredeck on dip pole gybes, a tack-change, and was
proficient at splicing. Plenty of adventures during those years. I knew
people from all corners of the sport, and these people helped to get me
involved in the sport. When I completed college, I never missed a beat.
That was 25 years ago and seemed like yesterday.
* From Karl Kirkman:
I was saddened to learn of the passing of Britton Chance, Jr. Brit was a
complex and many-faceted individual who aroused strong opinions, but his
designs were some of the most unusual and innovative of his time and we
were richer for having him.
He never wavered in his interest in using the latest engineering tools
available to him to try achieving breakthrough designs, and from time to
time was probably betrayed by some of them.
* From D. Randy West, St. Barth:
I'm terribly sorry to hear of the passing of Brit Chance. Kudos to him for
also designing such wild and wonderful boats that I experienced: The maxi
yawl, centerboard "Inverness" ex "Equation", the centerboard, 2 tonner yawl
"Pleides", and the 21st century Harken concept sloop "Amaco Procyon" The
man was the cutting edge of innovation.
* From John Olson ('14)
The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Sailing Team is looking to
connect with sailing team alumni! If you see this please shoot us an email
or join our Facebook page. A lot is going on with the team right now and
we'd love for you to see what has been happening, not to mention invite you
out to see the team and enjoy seeing old friends at the Alumni Regatta. As
always, sail fast.
Facebook: UCSD Sailing Team Alumni
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