SCUTTLEBUTT 3705 - Thursday, October 25, 2012
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MAY NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN
Americans Johnny and Erika Heineken accomplished something that not many
siblings on this planet can boast about.
They are the 2012 Kiteboarding Course Racing World Champions, a first for
Erika and Johnny's second consecutive World Champion title. It's the first
time that an American woman has taken the championship title, and the first
time that a brother-sister team have simultaneously won both the men's and
women's titles in the sport of kiteboarding. In fact, it's rarely occurred
in any sport.
"It's probably unlikely to happen anytime soon in kiting - perhaps never,"
Johnny said, with well-deserved pride.
The Course Racing World Championship was held off Poetto Beach in Cagliari
located in the southern part of Sardinia, Italy a few weeks ago. Going into
the event Erika, 26, had no idea what to expect. With 42 entries in the
women's fleet, she knew that four-time world kiterace champion Steph Bridge
(from Britain) was the fastest.
"I was hoping I'd be competitive with her," said Erika. "It came down to
the first race where we actually got to line up, and I was just above and
beyond. I had a whole new gear she couldn't keep up with so from then on it
was 'don't make any mistakes' and I pretty much had it in the bag."
Their parents, Janet and Paul Heineken, were in Cagliari to watch the
racing. "I was really proud of Erika because she's newer to the racing,"
Janet said. "She hasn't really dealt with conditions other than San
Francisco, or the kite choices she had to make for lighter air."
To offer a sense of the difference in kite size that the Heinekens dealt
with due to the lighter breeze, Erika typically lives on a 9-meter kite on
the bay, but for much of their time in Italy both she and Johnny were on
"Kiting's like being in a single person dinghy but you take up much more
space and it's three-dimensional," Johnny explained. "The 17 is slow - you
actually don't move it much - just when you tack and jibe - so in a way it
feels very similar to a smaller kite only it's huge. On the start, they
take up more space in the sky and there's less wind so it all combines to
being harder to get up and plane."
Not the types to let success get in the way of a good time, Erika and
Johnny greeted the question of how it feels to be the best in the world
with a massive outburst of laughter. "I don't feel the best when I'm racing
against the guys here (in San Francisco), that puts me back in my place,"
Erika said. -- Michelle Slade, Marin Independent Journal, full story:
WHEN BOATING AND BASEBALL MEET
The Coast Guard reminds boaters the importance of safe boating during the
World Series games in San Francisco this week on Wednesday and Thursday.
Beyond right field of AT&T Park is China Basin, a section of San Francisco
Bay, which is dubbed McCovey Cove after famed Giants first baseman and
left-handed slugger Willie McCovey.
The target for 85 home runs in the park's 12 year history, McCovey Cove has
become a popular boating location for those seeking out the long ball. But
boaters who plan to gather during the World Series are advised to carry the
required safety equipment and exercise good judgment while on the water.
A life jacket is required for each person aboard a vessel, sized
accordingly and easily accessible. Children younger than 13 years old are
required by federal law to wear a life jacket at all times. Boaters are
also reminded to equip their vessels with flares and an Emergency Position
Indicating Radio Beacon with 406 MHz capabilities to enable a faster
response by the Coast Guard in the event of an emergency.
It is against the law for anyone to operate a vessel on the water under the
influence of alcohol. The legal limit while operating a vessel is .08 BAC.
Consumption of alcohol by anyone else aboard is discouraged.
Boaters should have an operational marine VHF radio to contact the Coast
Guard on channel 16 in the event an emergency. Boaters should not rely on
their cell phones as a means of communication. Channel 16 is an emergency
channel and is to be used only in urgent situations. Improper transmissions
hamper Coast Guard response times. False maydays are punishable under
All boaters should file a float plan with a friend or family member on
land, with an approximate time of return and point of destination. It is
recommended that you regularly check in with those who are aware of your
plan, especially if it should change.
Everyone is reminded "If you See Something, Say Something." If you see any
suspicious behavior, activities or threats on your way to, during, or after
the games report it to local law enforcement. --
MELGES WINTER SERIES
The famous Melges Winter Series for all Melges Sport Boats will kick off in
mid November. The Melges 24 class ramps up their series in preparation for
the 2013 World Championships in San Francisco. Davis Island in Florida
hosts the 24 fleet. For the Melges 32 class, the Gold Cup is at the
Lauderdale Yacht Club. The Audi Melges 20 begins their series in Miami on
December 7. Great racing, professional race committee and serious fun -
join The Melges Experience. Race to http://www.melges.com
KNOW WHEN TO HOLD, KNOW WHEN TO FOLD
Islamorada, FL (October 24, 2012) - The 2012 Ronstan A-Class Catamaran
World Championship, faced with extremely high wind speeds and difficult
conditions during the first three days, concluded the event early and
announced Mischa Heemskerk of the Netherlands as the winner.
With Hurricane Sandy parked off of Cuba, and forecasted winds near or above
30 knots through Saturday, event organizers focused today to complete two
races so as to meet the minimum of five races for an official event.
Heemskerk won both races, posting a 2-3-2-1-1 to beat second place
Australian Andrew Landenberger by 15 points. Heemskerk had been clearly
more comfortable in the strong conditions in his new DNA boat.
Racing today was moved up to 9 am in an effort to squeeze two races in
before the breeze fully turned on. Australian Nathan Outteridge won the pin
at the first start and maintained his lead for two laps, but was passed by
Heemskerk after miscounting laps and attempting to finish early, dropping
After holding at around 18 knots for most of race one, winds were gusting
up to 26 knots for the second race. American Lars Guck won the pin at the
start of race five, and rounded second behind Heemskerk at the first
windward mark. In the interest of safety, the race committee shortened
course, finishing the fleet at the leeward mark to complete the day. This
caused some confusion among the competitors, and while Heemskerk was well
in front, Guck dropped to fourth.
Only 36 of the 112 boats completed both races today. Full results on the
event website along with photos and videos:
SURVIVING THE INEVITABLE
Emirates Team New Zealand coach Rod Davis, himself a double Olympic
medalist and America's Cup competitor since 1987, comments on the Kiwi
team's rescue and recovery plan in the event of a capsize.
At Emirates Team New Zealand we have spent a great deal of time studying
the Oracle 72 capsize - pitch pole to be precise. Every team has a
contingency plan in the event of a capsize and hopes it never has to use
it. The reality is that nothing can prepare crew for the real thing... and
when you are the first, as Oracle was last week, the problem is magnified
Team plans are based on AC45 capsizes and recovery which have been adjusted
for the bigger boats which are more difficult to recover. We learned an
enormous amount from the Oracle recovery operation. Here is the hypothesis
for capsize and recovery when we launched our 72 back in July.
1. We may be dealing with injuries, possibly significant injuries, as well
as the capsized boat. An AC72 is 14m wide and, when a crewman falls, and
someone will fall, he will have a good chance to hitting something nasty on
the way down. Wing, rigging, wheel, grinder pedestals - something hard.
2. Crew members will be separated from the boat. If there is enough wind to
capsize the boat, there will be enough to blow it along on its side, faster
than crew can swim.
3. Recover people and deal with injuries first, boat recovery second.
4. The plan for righting the boat is straight forward enough. Just like the
45 "righting" lines, ropes run under the forward beam and attach where the
hull and beam meet, on both sides as you don't know which tack you will be
on when you roll her over.
The 45s have taught us a lot about righting cats. For example, use a short
towline to the righting line, 45 degrees from the high hull down to tow
boat is about right. This will allow the hull in the water to dig in and
trip the boat so it can be pulled up right. If the towline is too long, the
cat will just skip over the water and never "bite".
Have strong tow/righting lines, we broke several at Newport, and when they
break, they come flying back into the chase boat, so stay out of there, or
you will join the injured list. The quicker the boat is head to wind and
righted the less the damage. A problem is two of our three chase boats
can't keep up with the cat in anything other than smooth water. Read more:
PIT ROW RETURNS...SORT OF
After seemingly endless negotiations with the City of San Francisco to
secure Piers 30-32 for the America's Cup fans to see all the competing
teams at one location, it was announced October 1st that the teams were no
longer required to be based at that location.
While that announcement seemed to end the 'Pit Row' vision for the 34th
America's Cup, there remained a condition in the Protocol that required
teams to be based in the "City of San Francisco". And for now, this
condition isn't going to get changed.
A proposed Protocol change to amend this stipulation, which can be made by
majority vote of the competing teams, failed this week, with the teams
deadlocked at 2-2. Voting teams were Oracle Team USA, Artemis Racing (SWE),
Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA).
The Protocol change would have allowed Artemis Racing to remain at their
current location in Alameda instead of relocating across the bay to the
City. As a result, the challengers have now all selected bases on Piers
30-32 along the city front, while Oracle Team USA will remain 2.5 miles
away at its current location on Pier 80.
It is interesting to note that Team Korea was not allowed to participate in
the vote or the base selection process, as they have yet to begin building
an AC72. While the voting details are kept confidential, it is believed
that the New Zealand and Italian teams voted together to insure that
Artemis would be based alongside them on Piers 30-32.
SPECTATING: For the boat owner eager to get on San Francisco Bay to watch
the America's Cup races, the event authority has now built a virtual wall
around the race course to allow only paid access to the best viewing areas.
Free access will still be available, but it will be behind the high dollar
private yachts and large commercial charter endeavors that are expected to
fill this inner circle of the race course. Details here:
LIVE WITH JIMMY: Oracle Team USA Skipper Jimmy Spithill will host an
hour-long live Q&A on his Facebook page on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at
11am PDT. All fans posting a question to Jimmy's wall will be eligible to
win a signed piece of the damaged wing. The winner will be determined by
Jimmy based on his favorite question from the session. Post questions here:
COURTS: The attorney representing the French America's Cup World Series
team and its vessel rebutted the salvage claim filed by the man who
returned the sailboat after it became unmoored, calling his motion
"demonstrably false." A 23-page response to the salvage claim filed in U.S.
District Court of Northern California by Noah Hagey is asking the judge to
vacate the "arrest warrant" placed on the boat after Todd Tholke filed a
claim seeking $200,000 for returning the boat after it became unmoored
during the America's Cup World Series races in San Francisco. -- Soundings,
read on: http://tinyurl.com/ST-102412
JALAPENO DELIVERS THE HEAT AT J/30 NORTH AMERICANS
Congratulations to Billy Ross and Ken Buhler's "Jalapeno" who won the J/30
North American Championships last weekend in New Orleans! Fully powered by
Ullman Sails, the team raced an excellent regatta to claim the 2012 title
with three bullets and 15 points in seven races. "Jalapeno" was one of
three Ullman Sails customers who finished in the top five of the
championships series. Harley Nethken's "Land Shark" sealed second overall
with two bullets in the final two races. And Jeff Water's team on "Gritz"
claimed fifth overall in the 11-boat fleet filled with multiple past J/30
North American champs! -- http://www.ullmansails.com
PHOTOS: Leighton O'Connor provides images from the J/30 NAs:
Collegiate competition will have its first National Championship of the
2012-13 season when the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Men's and
Women's Singlehanded Nationals are held in Long Beach, CA adjacent to
Belmont Memorial Pier on November 2-4. Here are the sailors and schools
that have qualified from the seven districts, with the number of
representatives from each district based on the number of schools that
compete in that district.
MEN'S NATIONALS - Laser Standard
Mid Atlantic: Olin Paine/Fordham University, Chris Barnard/Georgetown
University, Nevin Snow/Georgetown University, John Wallace/St. Mary's
College of Maryland
Midwest: Chris Loew-Blosser/University of Minnesota, Andrew Fox/University
New England: Colin Smith/ Brown University, Lucas Adams/Brown University,
Michael Zonnenberg/University of Vermont, Cameron Cullman/Yale University
Northwest: Philip Gordon/University of Oregon
Pacific Coast: Oliver Toole/Stanford University, Kieran Chung/Stanford
South Atlantic: Juan Maegli/College of Charleston, William
Heausler/University of Florida
Southeast: Carson Crain/Rice University, Trey Hartman/Texas A&M University
WOMEN'S NATIONALS - Laser Radial
Mid Atlantic: Nancy Hagood/Georgetown University, Marissa Lihan/U.S. Naval
Academy, Mary Hall/U.S. Naval Academy, Mayumi Roller/St. Mary's College of
Maryland, Catherine Shanahan/St. Mary's College of Maryland
Midwest: Alison Kent/University of Minnesota
New England: Erika Reineke/Boston College, Lauren Cefali/U.S. Coast Guard
Academy, Christina Frost/U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Claire Dennis/Yale
University, Emily Billing/Yale University
Northwest: Lily Grimshaw/University of Washington
Pacific Coast: McKenzie Wilson/Stanford University, Rebecca King/Stanford
South Atlantic: Abby Featherstone/University of South Florida, Laura
Hernandez/University of Miami
Southeast: Margot Provensal/Texas A&M University Galveston, Alexandra
Event website: http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/5465
COACHING: The event rules have a 'No Tolerance' policy for coaching,
wherein all team leaders, chaperones, coaches, parents, advisors, etc shall
not 'go afloat' in the sailing area during racing (unless explicitly
permitted by the regatta chairperson). The penalty for failing to comply
with this requirement may be the disqualification of all boats, competitors
and teams associated with the infringing support personnel. --
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* Oct 25-28 - J/24 East Coast Championship - Annapolis, MD, USA
* Oct 26-28 - IRC East Coast Championship - Annapolis, MD, USA
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* Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS), the world's biggest and best attended
marine equipment trade show, will be held November 13-15 in Amsterdam,
Netherlands. An annual attraction of METS is its prestigious design
competition for new marine equipment and accessories. From a total of 115
products from 25 countries, 39 have now been nominated. The category
winners and overall winner will be announced in the morning prior to the
start of METS on November 13. Here is the list of nominees:
* In Sailing World's College Rankings as of October 24, 2012, the leaders
of the coed and women's - Georgetown and Yale, respectively - maintain
their top spots in the fourth ranking of the fall season. Charleston and
Yale round out the top three in the coed rankings, while Boston College and
Dartmouth take second and third in the women's rankings. -- Full report:
* The U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships open to any sailor with a
physical disability, will be held in San Diego Bay on October 26-28.
Competition in the singlehanded division will be sailed in the 2.4 mR, the
doublehanded division will race in the Martin 16, and the triplehanded
fleet will sail in the Capri 22. -- Full report:
* Two families who grieved together following the deaths of the crew in a
coastal yacht race are headed for what might be a contentious court battle
over money. Four men died during the 2012 Newport Beach to Ensenada
regatta, with the family of one of the crew now filing court paperwork that
could lead to a wrongful death lawsuit against the skipper of the boat. The
accident occurred when the 37-foot Hunter sailboat ran aground on North
Coronado Island. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/N2E-102412
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* From Steve Johnson:
I would add to Morgan Larson's comment (SBUTT 3704) about Waikiki Yacht
Club's deepwater mark setting. It may not be in 1000-feet, but Corinthian
Yacht Club in Seattle has been deep water mark setting for decades in water
200-600-feet deep, with custom-designed high speed reels fabricated by a
member, the late, great George Trusk. Setting square start lines and fair
leeward gates in water that deep is an art form for the race committee, as
are making fast course changes. Each mark is set on line that is
carabineered in sections for quick depth adjustment.
We, too, started out by dumping cinder blocks and string over the side,
pulling up the line and cutting it away at the end of the day, but that
practice changed in the 70s. Since then, everything has been fully
recoverable and reusable.
* From David Redfern:
I remember the marks were set pretty deep off San Diego for the Dennis
Conner catamaran versus Michael Fay big boat America's Cup fiasco. The
method was piano wire which was trusted to rust and dissolve.
There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.
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