SCUTTLEBUTT 3706 - Friday, October 26, 2012
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MARK IVEY: THE ZEN OF COACHING FOR GOLD
Thirty-five-year old American Mark Ivey found himself in a more curious
sailing role this year - coaching the Swedish Star team of Freddy Loof and
partner Max Salminen. Curious because it was Loof's sixth Olympic campaign
and Salminen's first, and because the relationship wasn't initially
intended to be a full-time coaching situation but more to help to Freddy
evaluate how to get his program back on track.
Whatever, the three-some went all the way to gold. Ivey joins Morgan Reeser,
who coached the Greek Women's 470 team to gold at the 2004 Olympics, as one of
the few Americans to coach a foreign gold medal winner in the history of Olympic
sailing. For Swedes, it was the only gold medal they
won in the Summer Games and
the first in eight years. Here Ivey tells how it
* How did you connect with Freddy?
MARK IVEY: Freddy and I first met in 2004 at the US Star Olympic Trials in
Miami. We became friends and really connected in California working for
Pegasus and Phillipe Kahn in 2005-06. We raced a Melges 24 Worlds and an
Etchells Worlds together, and did a lot of sailing out of Santa Cruz and
the Bay. We stayed in touch throughout the Star events when I was working
for the US as a Star coach.
After the pre-Olympic regattas in Weymouth (August 2011), Freddy called me
and said he thought he needed to make a coaching change and would I be
interested in helping him out. At first I thought it would be more of a
come-and-evaluate-life scenario, helping him get the right focus and
getting him set up for the campaign. We really get along super well - we're
good mates. It evolved from there and the next thing I knew, I was there
with him at every event.
* What was not going right for Freddy that you were able to correct?
MARK IVEY: I think he wanted an outside perspective - someone not directly
involved with what he had been doing. Rather than the mechanics or the
tuning side of it - I have all that in my skill set but it's not what he
needed - we worked on regatta management and the tactical side of it,
performance at events. I tried to help him get back to the passion and
enjoyment of it. It often turns into such a business and it's a grind when
you're going through the same thing repeatedly. We'd had fun when we sailed
together previously and I think he respected my tactics and the fact that I
was still actively racing.
Complete interview on SailBlast: http://tinyurl.com/SB-102512
Who was the last American team to win the Star World Championship? (Answer
THE EIGHT MOST ENDURING ONE DESIGN CLASSES (PLUS ONE)
Rankings are part of life. We like to measure, we like to compare. But
rankings aren't perfect.
Rankings are often subjective, with their accuracy influenced by the
pollsters. The latest national collegiate sailing team ranking was mostly
east coast schools, though 18 out of 19 voters were also from the Eastern
Time zone. But formulas are flawed too. The international ranking system
for Olympic sailors is influenced by participation. How else does Ben
Ainslie (GBR), who won both the 2012 Finn Worlds and Olympic Gold, be
ranked 13th in the world?
No system is perfect.
So when the October 2012 edition of Sailing World presented their list of
the eight most enduring one design classes, it was destined to be disputed.
The list included the Highlander, Optimist, Lightning, Sunfish, Snipe,
Dragon, International 14 and 505. The glaring omission, at least in the
eyes of the Flying Scot Sailing Association, was the Flying Scot. Class
president Diane Kampf explains why...
"The Flying Scot is still being produced after 55 years, and is a very
active class. It is a great boat to sail for both families and racers. We
have about 100 active fleets around the U.S. with new fleets added this
year. We race thousands of races a year, more than 60 at my home club
alone, with four nationally sanctioned events, and have district
championships in each area of the country.
"The Flying Scot has been used in both the Mallory and Adams Cup Men's and
Women's Championships more than once over the last 5 years. It has also
been used in the Sears and Champion of Champions, as well as the Special
Olympics. We have over 6,000 boats built to date, and have 1,300 members in
the Flying Scot Sailing Association, with new boats built by a dedicated
builder and sold on a regular basis.
"At our 2007 North American Championships (NACs), also celebrating 50 years
in the class, we featured over 100 boats on the starting line. Since then,
we have had a very respectable 65-80 boats at our NACs each year. In 2007,
right after our 50th anniversary NACs, Sailing World featured Flying Scot
as one of the top 5 enduring classes at our 50 year anniversary. Not much
has changed since then to make anyone think differently!
"We will proudly continue to see the Flying Scot as an enduring class. We
have many more years of sailing and competition ahead of us in this fine
COMMENT: There are a lot of elite southern sailors that have cut their
teeth in the Flying Scot, which provides a sturdy platform to teach the
fundamentals of spinnaker sailing. I would have a hard time omitting the
Flying Scot, but I am curious if there are other classes that have the
credentials to match those on the list. Let me know. - Craig Leweck,
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HOW MUCH DOES SAFETY AT SEA COST?
By Elaine Bunting, Yachting World
OK, that's a trick question, but did you know an offshore safety inventory
can cost over £3,500 ($5600+)?
Some argue that safety on a yacht is a state of mind. I don't disagree at
all. You certainly don't buy it in a big yellow plastic package, that's for
But if you are doing a race or a rally, or you're running a coded yacht,
there's a long list of big packages you'd need to buy, and gear you must
carry, service and keep in date. And it all costs. A lot.
Vendee Globe skipper Jean-Pierre Dick has written an interesting blog on
the importance of safety (if your French is up to it) here in which he
discusses the types of gear required for the solo round the world race. The
teams are in the process of being scrutineered in advance of setting off in
a few weeks.
For the ordinary sailor planning an ocean passage, safety gear is also a
major consideration and expense. I've totted up the cost of the equipment
you'd want or need to carry on an ISAF Category 1 event such as the ARC
If you were sailing independently, no-one would force you to carry all this
stuff, but if you look at the list below you'll see it's fairly basic and
there's nothing here that most people would find controversial, or too
frivolous if sailing with friends or family.
By my reckoning, if you started from scratch, you'd need to spend around
£3,600 ($5800) on gear. Here's how it breaks down, with approximate costs:
QUOTE / UNQUOTE
"There was a host of reasons that lead to the pitchpole, but ultimately it
was my mistake, not a mistake of the boat." - Oracle Team USA helm Jimmy
Spithill regarding their AC72 capsize. Relive the incident in this video
produced by Amory Ross: http://youtu.be/cRW21FubyY4
A LONG TIME TO HOLD YOUR BREATH
By Hamish Hooper, Emirates Team NZ
The organisers wanted drama in their new America's Cup - well they have it.
Arguably in greater quantity than they wanted. The past week has
illustrated just how much this edition of the America's Cup is on a
One day you look good and the very next day you look disastrous ...
literally. As a result people are suggesting that right now Emirates Team
New Zealand is significantly ahead of the competitors.
You can believe this or read into it as much as you want, but the reality
from within the team is that each day the AC72 goes out on the Hauraki Gulf
to test there is not a person in the team not on tenterhooks just hoping
nothing big goes wrong.
These boats seem to be continuously like a domino on a knife-edge. If it
falls, it has major consequences all the way down the line. And the bottom
line is, if the domino falls off the knife within seconds we will be back
to, if not behind, where some other teams are right now.
The stressful thing is that this situation, the worry and concern, will
never stop. Not until one boat - hopefully our boat - crosses the finish
line first in the final race of the America's Cup Match. It's not until
that moment will everyone in this team be able to take a massive sigh of
That's a long time to hold your breath, but whatever it takes. Read more:
TOO BIG, TOO EXPENSIVE
After the 34th America's Cup is held next year, the used market for AC 72s
will be flooded. This class is one and done. Everyone agrees the boat is
bigger than it needed to be, the wing is more complex than imagined, and as
a result, the program cost is far more than most people can afford.
"We are getting back to the 1930s J Class scenario where there are just two
or three challengers," observed Italian America's Cup boss Patrizio
Bertelli." It takes 40 people just to put the (AC72) boat in the water."
Bertelli is the latest to be critical of the giant catamarans being used
for next year's racing in San Francisco. "Whatever solution makes it more
affordable for more challengers to participate," remarked Bertelli, "that
is the solution." Bertelli revealed Luna Rossa's budget was $90m.
Luna Rossa hopes to get their boat on the water by next Wednesday and be in
a situation to be able to race and test with the Kiwis by the middle of
"We still have to discover a lot about this boat. It might well turn out to
be pretty dangerous," Bertelli said. "Our big concern is that if you damage
a wingsail in training, you just stop training. If you had trouble before
with a mast or a sail, you replace it - that's not a problem."
Luna Rossa will have only the one boat but will build a second wingsail.
Team New Zealand are building a second boat for their challenge.
Bertelli said their partnership with Team New Zealand allowed them to "get
things going" otherwise they would have been too late. To have two
identical boats is mutually beneficial."
The boats will have different sails and foils which will be compared during
The last American team to win the Star World Championship was George Szabo
and Rick Peters, taking the 2009 title in Sweden. Their coach was Mark
Ivey. Read more: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/09/0811/
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* (October 25, 2012) - Hurricane Sandy began today to blow through the
Bahamas after pummeling eastern Cuba, posting Category 2 winds of 105 mph.
The center of the storm churned 125 miles east-southeast of Nassau on
Thursday. The five-day forecast from the National Hurricane Center predicts
the center of the storm will shadow the East Coast in the coming days with
Sandy potentially making landfall as a tropical storm in New Jersey the day
before Halloween. -- CNN, full report: http://tinyurl.com/CNN-102512
* Three new cities and two old favourites have been announced as the host
venues for the 2013 RC44 Championship Tour. Racing will kick off at The
Wave, Muscat the capital city of the Sultanate of Oman, with the successful
format remaining the same; one day of match racing followed by four days of
fleet racing. The RC44 champion will be crowned in November, when the final
event of the Tour is hosted at a brand new marina being built at the old
commercial port of Arrecife, Lanzarote. -- Full report:
* Sailing Billboards Canada will begin operations in Toronto during the
summer of 2013. Sailing Billboards brings a new focus to sail-based
advertising. Sail advertising has traditionally been associated with racing
boats, but races typically take place in open water far from shore. As a
result, the ads are seen only by other racers or in race photos. Sailing
Billboards will focus on the needs of advertisers rather than those of
racing teams. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/Yahoo-102512
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include race committee equipment, big birds flying south, big boat getting
rebuilt, blow job, kelp avoider, headcount, batten importer needed,
contrasting conditions, and the last of the graceful days. Here are this
week's photos: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/12/1026/
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
The 32nd edition of Student Yachting World Cup will be held in 2012 on
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
The SYWoC is an annual sailing competition organized by students at the
Ecole 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.
Click here for this week's video:
* An annual gathering of the New England sailing community, 40 boats and
close to 100 people, for a 5km pursuit race. Everything from classic wooden
skiffs to short round plastic dinghies, experimental sailing canoes [by
cutting edge yacht designers] to windsurfers. View this recap:
* In this week's America's Cup Discovered we look at the devastating
capsize of Oracle Team USA'S AC72 in San Francisco Bay. The capsize made
headline news around the globe; conjecture and speculation rife as to the
consequence of the capsize. The team is shock, and will now have to
reevaluate their defence strategy for the 34th America's Cup. Tune in on
Saturday October 27 approx 0800 PDT 1100 EDT:
* This week on Chalk Talk Presented by US Sailing, we have a jam-packed
episode that includes footage and photos from around ICSA, a look ahead at
the weekend and the rest of the season, an interview with coach Matt
Linblad, a check-in with rankings guru Meredith Powlison at Sailing World,
and more. View here: http://youtu.be/kVpKHZzR-BQ
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* From R. G. Newbury:
Hans Fogh engineered a visit and talk by the late David McFaull (silver
medal, Tornado, 1976) at the Boulevard Club, Toronto, in April or May,
1977. One thing I remember were the tales of the problems of setting marks
for the Kenwood Cup in 25 knots, 20 foot seas and an up to 10,000 foot
If I remember correctly, they needed power boats in the 45 foot class to be
able to hold station (by Loran) for the 3 minutes per thousand feet it took
for the concrete blocks to reach the bottom.
The genius trick was (and probably still is) to use a larger line for the
top 100 feet or so of the mark line, and run that line over a block
attached to the bottom of the mark and back down to a large lead pig riding
on the anchor line. This weight auto-magically reduces the scope as the
mark rides over swells and keeps the wandering radius quite small whatever
the wind and waves.
Without that, there is enough scope for the starboard and port line marks
to swap places, which happened a few times till that trick was learned. It
makes Lake Ontario's 300 foot depth off Toronto look like a puddle.
"Nothing has more retarded the advancement of learning than the disposition
of vulgar minds to ridicule and vilify what they cannot comprehend." -
Samuel Johnson, English author
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