SCUTTLEBUTT 3711 - Friday, November 2, 2012
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HELPING RECOVERY EFFORTS
Since its landfall on Monday evening October 29, Hurricane Sandy has left a
wake of destruction throughout the Mid-Atlantic and northeastern United
The sport of sailing proved particularly vulnerable to the powerful winds
and storm surge, with extensive damage being reported among the facilities
and venues the sport relies on.
To help recovery efforts, Scuttlebutt seeks to share information from those
affected by Hurricane Sandy. Here are a few updates:
* Darryl Waskow: Our fist thoughts are for everyone affected by the storm.
Surf City Yacht Club (Surf City, NJ) was damaged by Sandy, but right now the
bridge to Long Beach Island is closed and I have to thank the people still
on the island for the limited information. The reports and pictures show
there was a couple of feet of water above the bulkheads and extensive
flooding in the street, marina, and grounds. The main clubhouse is intact
but flooded, and docks and grounds will need extensive work. Once the bridge
is open again we'll have a better idea of what happened and the status of
the club. You can see photos at the SCYC Facebook page:
* Peter Rugg: Negligible impact on sailing and boating at Fishers Island, NY
for the rest of this year and next.
* Robert Bents: Tall ship LYNX was moved up to the Hudson River Maritime
Museum (Kingston, NY) to take refuge and fared well. We send our condolences
to HMS Bounty family.
* Commodore Tom McIntyre, Mantoloking Yacht Club (Mantoloking, NJ): The
pictures display the physical damage that our town has suffered. Physical
damage can be gut wrenching, heart stopping and certainly stomaching
churning, the emotions all of us must have felt as this storm tried to kill
As we all know communities are made up of physical elements, emotional ties
and a spirit. Some of our community's physical elements have been
challenged, our emotions have been stretched to almost breaking but our
spirit is undaunted. I try not to ask our Lord for a lot of things, since we
all have so much, but in this case I think it is ok to ask for his help and
guidance in this most difficult time.
Please send your report to:
GOLDEN ERA OF OFFSHORE RACING
Famous for accumulating more sailing trophies and records than just about
any other campaign was Californian Jim Kilroy and his Maxi race boats named
Kialoa. From Kialoa 1 in the '50s through to Kialoa 5 in the '80s, it was a
historic era in offshore racing.
Kilroy has released the beautifully illustrated autobiography - KIALOA US-1:
Dare to Win - which recounts the adventures of the KIALOA teams as they
raced around the world and the lessons in business, in sailing and in life
that they took away from it all. Here is an excerpt:
KIALOA III (1975-1984) - S & S 79-foot
Six years after KIALOA II's triumphant performance in the 1969 Transatlantic
Race to Cork, Ireland, the Kialoa III crew was ready to test themselves once
again in the North Atlantic. We all knew it would be a wonderful tribute to
our ongoing campaigns if we could win "back to back" races across the
rigorous Atlantic Ocean.
Ultimately, we would face two unanticipated challenges in the 1975
Transatlantic Race from Newport, Rhode Island to England's Isle of Wight.
One would come from the weather, specifically a tropical disturbance called
"Amy." The other would come from the New York Yacht Club race committee in
charge of the event. Once again, the issue would be over handicaps and
course distances. The handicap course distance for the race would be 3,160
miles, some 229 miles longer that the actual distance sailed, which was
The race started in a very light, 5-8 knot breeze at 1130 on June 29, 1975.
For the first twelve hours we made little progress, but around midnight,
both the fog and the wind rolled in. As the breeze rose from 19-26 knots,
right on the button, the seas started to build and we made several sail
changes in response. The log shows that we registered over 160 miles over
the first 24-hours.
On Day 2, still thrashing to windward, the breeze increased to 40-45 knots.
Amy, whose status was wavering between a tropical storm and a hurricane, had
suddenly become very active. KIALOA III was to the north of the depression,
and we knew that Amy would shadow us and then slowly cross our path as she
followed the Gulf Stream to the north-northeast.
The third night was very rough. Sailing on port tack, we had KIALOA III
fully reefed with our smallest headsail, the storm forstaysail, set on the
inner forestay. It was a wild ride, but thanks to our excellent helmsmen and
crew, we were always in control. At all times we had two capable drivers on
station in the cockpit, one actually steering and the other calling waves or
ready to lend a hand when necessary. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/afjwftl
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CHAD'S ANGELS SET SIGHTS ON JJ GILTINANS 2013
Next spring on Sydney Harbor, the birthplace and home of the 18's World
Championships, the JJ Giltinans 2013 are set to host not one but two
all-female teams for the first time. Earlier this summer, the Skiff Chicks
Racing team featuring Alexandra 'Alex' South (daughter of former Giltinans
champion Adam South) was announced as the first all-girl team to contest the
Giltinans Championship since it began in 1938.
San Francisco Bay native Katie Love has also been sailing the Aussie Skiff
on the Bay for several seasons and has assembled another all-girl team,
Chad's Angels, to take on the boys and the SCR girls in Sydney. Chad's
Angels is supported and coached by Chad Frietas of Skiff Sailing.org based
in San Francisco. Pressure-drop.us asked Chad's Angels - Katie, Emma and
Christine - a few questions about racing the 18 and what they hope to
You began sailing when & on what?
Katie: My mom would take me out on her Star boat when I was a baby, but I
started sailing at 6 on my own in a Naples Sabot at San Diego Yacht Club.
Boats I sailed on: Laser Radials, 470's, International 14's, 18's, 29ers,
high school sailing, keelboats of all sizes, and recently 49ers.
You want to sail in the JJ's because?
Katie: I want to sail the JJ's because it has been a dream and goal of mine
for quite some time. On rainy days in junior program we would watch the
Extreme Skiffs movie, which was a video on the legendary Grand Prix 18'
Skiff racing. I always wanted to sail one of these contraptions and finally
got the chance. Now that I have been racing the 18 for a few years in
extreme San Francisco Bay conditions, I would like to try my luck in
Australia. Not only do I want to go to Australia to race the world
championship, the pinnacle event for the 18, but I want to show the world
what a good women's 18 team can do. Accomplishing this race will bring
confidence to young women sailors worldwide and fulfill a life-long dream of
mine. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/cclupav
FANTASY CAMP, CARIBBEAN STYLE
Paradise, professional sailors and painkiller cocktails meet this week as
the Bitter End Yacht Club in Virgin Gorda, BVI hosts the 26th Annual Pro Am
Regatta. Eight elite skippers (and one original Curmudgeon) team up with
resort guests for a 'Fantasy Camp' at one of the most pleasurable sailing
venues on the planet.
(November 1, 2012) - The easterly tradewinds returned to the BVI's North
Sound and provided Californian Bill Hardesty with the steady sailing
conditions he needed to cement his overall victory in the fleet racing
portion of the Bitter End Yacht Club's 26th annual Pro Am Regatta. Sailing
in IC24s, with BEYC guests crewing for the pros, Hardesty scored a six point
win over Taylor Canfield from the US Virgin Islands. That should have set up
a match race on Friday for the overall Pro Am title between Hardesty, the
initial Director of the Chicago Match Race Center, and his successor, Taylor
Canfield. Unfortunately, that won't happen. Because of a previous racing
commitment, Hardesty is flying out early, which has set up a match race
between Canfield and Dave Ullman for the overall Pro Am Championship. Match
racing for third place in the Pro Am will be Dave Perry and Great Britain's
Olympic 470 Silver medalist Stu Bithell.
On Thursday afternoon the BEYC also hosted the finals of the Gill
Scuttlebutt Sailing Club's Championship Regatta, also sailed in IC24s. The
five finalists had earned their spots in qualifying regattas held earlier in
the week. The final result could not have been closer. But when Santa
Barbara, California I24 sailor Ron Boehm pushed his bow across the finish
line just in front of Chris Smith from Tucson, Arizona, it earned him the
Championship by a single point. Boehm's 2012 SSC title earned him and his
crew lots of prizes plus a free night for each of them at next year's BEYC
Pro Am Regatta. Mary Jordan from New Brunswick, Canada took third place.
Daily video soon on Outside Television: http://www.outsidetelevision.com
Event reports: http://tinyurl.com/BEYC-ProAm-2012
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* Alameda, CA (November 1, 2012) - Artemis Racing has announced that Loick
Peyron will sail with the Swedish team during this month's AC72 training.
Peyron has an extensive background in multihulls both inshore and offshore
racing. He's won the ORMA Championship four times, the Single-handed
Transatlantic Race three times, and this year won the Jules Verne Trophy
setting the record for the fastest global circumnavigation in 45 days.
Peyron has been the skipper for Energy Team France in the America's Cup
World Series. -- Full story: http://tinyurl.com/bkzw4ow
* Auckland, New Zealand (November 1, 2012) - After 16 days on the water
Emirates Team New Zealand is ratcheting up its AC72 sailing programme to a
focus on racing and speed development. The yacht will go into the shed for
10 days for, amongst other things, modifications that are designed to
extract greater performance from the boat. -- Read on:
* The top 18 men and 18 women singlehanded college sailors from around the
country will descend upon sunny Southern California to compete in the 2012
LaserPerformance/ ICSA Singlehanded Nationals off of the Belmont Veterans
Memorial Pier in Long Beach, CA. Racing is scheduled for November 2-4.
* La Rochelle, France (November 1, 2012) - No races were sailed today in the
32nd edition of the Student Yachting World Cup due to stormy weather.
Conditions permitting, racing will resume on Friday for the final day of
racing. -- Event website: http://www.sywoc.org/
The Offshore Racing Association (ORA) is pleased to announce the launch of
one of its new websites, this one focused on the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR).
With over 600 current certificates, ORR has enjoyed consistent use on both
coasts and the Great Lakes. Also note that the new ORR website joins its
sister HPR website, soon to be linked under a new parent ORA website. Visit
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include monster wave and monster mistake, partying without parental consent,
design review of mains and planes, small and big lake racing, angels on a
wire, and a seriously big 'whoops'. Here are this week's photos:
Sunshine and support in San Diego provided bluebird sailing for the US
Disabled Sailing Championships. Local professional photographer Bob Grieser
shares images from this inspiring event:
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
The 7th Annual Archipelago Rally, originally started by a group of college
sailing friends led by Chris Museler and Ezra Smith, has now become a casual
sailing event that is a late-fall tradition for more and more small-craft
Anything with a sail and that floats can compete in the 5k pursuit race,
with a laidback, family-friendly atmosphere embracing the event.
This year's Rally drew a fleet of 40 boats, among them 420's, Opti's, a
vintage Beetle Cat, sailing canoes, Lasers, windsurfers, Sunfish, Dyer
Dhows, a Boston Whaler Squall (who knew Whaler once made sailboats?), a
Zuma, a Sea Snark and a couple of home-built contraptions.
BoatingLocal's Tom Richardson captures the fun and festivities of this Rhode
Island classic in Scuttlebutt's Video of the Week:
*In this week's America's Cup Discovered we see Luna Rossa's impressive cat
hit the waters of New Zealand. Everyone is on social media, including
America's Cup athletes: we talk hashtags with the sailors and what role they
play to keep their followers happy. Tune in on Saturday November 3 approx
0800 PDT 1100 EDT: http://www.youtube.com/americascup
* This week Chalk Talk reviews historic Hurricane Sandy's affect on college
sailing, from the way she shaped the three district fall championships (and
one women's champs, and one freshman champs), to the damaging winds and
floodwaters she dumped on so many college sailing venues up and down the
east coast. Finally, we review the upcoming LaserPerformance/ICSA
Singlehanded Nationals and explain why even this Long Beach event is not
immune from the effects of The Storm: http://youtu.be/8zCXp5u1kT8
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KEY WEST SET TO DELIVER
Top-tier programs from Europe and the US are heading to Quantum Key West
2013. The IRC 52 US Super-Series begins here. Swan 42s are back and J/70s
will make their southernmost debut. One design, IRC and PHRF classes are
growing. Don't miss Key West's great competition and unique nightlife!
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save their bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.
* From Will Baillieu:
Two things brought the terrible tragedy of the sinking of HMS Bounty home to
First, the picture of Bounty awash and sinking, taken from the air. It was
truly horrifying, to see this sturdy little ship overcome by the massive
seas, and submerged, just before she disappeared to the bottom of the ocean.
It is a scene that has been played out many times throughout our early
maritime history, when of course there were no cameras, and more often than
not, no survivors.
Second was the amazing footage taken from one of the rescue helicopters, as
the swimmer and the winch man coordinated getting survivors out of one of
the life rafts and up to the aircraft. Incredible skill and bravery shown by
all those involved. We have all witnessed a terrible tragedy, but 14 of the
16 crew were saved, and this is a modern miracle.
* From Tony Johnson:
I am astonished at the willingness to make harsh judgments about an incident
like this (sinking of HMS Bounty) when lives have been lost and the facts
are not even close to being gathered. I saw some of the same after the Low
Speed Chase incident recently here in San Francisco. I have little reason to
doubt that those involved made a difficult decision based on the best
intentions. The US Navy makes similar calls to leave otherwise safe moorings
when a hurricane threatens. There but for the fortune go you and I.
Condolences to the bereaved.
* From David Redfern:
The sinking of the HMS Bounty must be thoroughly investigated so that there
are no unintended consequences that have future affect. A review of other
disasters may prove beneficial.
-- The 'Marques', a British sail training ship built in 1917 that was
knocked down onto her starboard side in a squall in 1984 in the Caribbean.
The weather was hot and the hatches were open and she went down very quickly
with 19 of the 28 crew dead. Over the years, extra sail area had been added
over the original design and may have been a factor in the capsize.
-- The 'Maria Asumpta', built in 1858 with the same present-day owner, and a
disaster off Padstow in Cornwall in 1985 where three crew died. Survivors
walked ashore on the Cornish rocks. The ship hit a headland when sailing too
close inland after ignoring the Harbour Master's advice and was matchwood
inside five minutes. Same owner as the 'Marques', Mark Litchfield, was
charged with the manslaughter of the three crew members who died, due to his
gross negligence in navigating and went to jail for eighteen months.
As an Englishman, I am not familiar with the intricacies of American law,
but surely there is a case for negligence in setting out in a ship of this
type with a known hazard - Hurricane Sandy - so close. Did he file a report
of the journey in advance to the Coast Guard? Was there advice on whether to
proceed or not? -- Forum, read on: http://tinyurl.com/cea56uw
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or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the
whistle to get some service. 'Wet your whistle' is the phrase inspired by
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