SCUTTLEBUTT 3712 - Monday, November 5, 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
States. To help recovery efforts, Scuttlebutt seeks to share information
from those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Here are a few updates:
From Harlan Fredericksen, Commodore, Niantic Bay Yacht Club (Niantic, CT):
Niantic Bay Yacht Club is a small sailing club located on the Connecticut
shore of eastern Long Island Sound. Our modest clubhouse sits on a sea wall
about 7' above normal high water. A concrete capped stone breakwater, about
3' above high water, helps protect the clubhouse and floating docks.
All club boats were removed to high ground, the upper section of our 70'
flagpole removed, clubhouse doors sealed and sandbagged. Floating docks
were pulled and placed in our parking lot and available mushroom anchors
tied to them. We have a brand new steel-with-concrete-piers crane dock with
a 2000# and 6000# crane. A section of dock decking was removed to relieve
wave pressure from underneath.
We were fortunate. The tide was estimated at about 5' above normal high.
The clubhouse was not damaged other than wet carpet from leaking doors. The
crane dock had minor damage as some of the wood deck was lifted. The
floating docks did just that - float! The anchors held most in the vicinity
of the club but a few were in the streets or neighbor's yards several
hundred yards from the club. One decorative fisherman anchor that was
pressed into duty at the last minute snagged a telephone pole and saved a
group of 8 docks from floating away!
Beach erosion was the biggest problem. The concrete breakwater cap, where
it meets the beach, was undermined and broken. The town road that parallels
the beach as well as our parking lot was totally impassible with two feet
of sand covering it.
We were far more fortunate that several homes just a few hundred yards
away. The fronts of the homes were completely broken, the foundations
washed away and the homes destroyed. The road in that area has up to four
feet of sand covering it from the severe beach erosion.
While our electric power is out and probably will be for several more days,
we have functioning city water and propane heat. We have opened the club
locker rooms as a shower and cleaning facility for those in the
While we have repairs to do (and a lot of sand to move!), we expect to be
fully functional by next spring. Our thoughts and prayers are with those
who we know have not been as fortunate.
Please send your report to:
US SAILING ANNUAL MEETING
The 2012 US Sailing Annual Meeting was held October 31-November 3 in San
Francisco. Here are some updates from the event:
* The results of US Sailing's 2012 Board of Directors Election have filled
three seats for one three-year term. John Craig (San Rafael, Calif.), JJ
Fetter (San Diego, Calif.) and Jim Walsh (Brick, N.J.) were officially
elected. Thomas Hubbell (Delaware, Ohio) was elected by the new Board of
Directors as the next President of US Sailing. Last July, the US Sailing's
Nominating Committee nominated Hubbell as the organization's next
President. The US Sailing President serves for a one three year term.
Previous US Sailing President Gary Jobson (Annapolis, Md.) has led the
organization since October of 2009. Full report:
* US Sailing's Annual Meeting Awards Dinner recognized Dick Rose (Seattle,
Wash.), Joni Palmer (Annapolis, Md.), Corinthian Sailing Club on White Rock
Lake in Dallas, Texas, Pat Seidenspinner (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Fred
Hagedorn (Chicago, Ill.), Leslie Keller (Kirkland, Wash.), Stan Honey (Palo
Alto, Calif.), Walter Chamberlain (Bay St. Louis, Miss.), Gary Jobson
(Annapolis, Md.) Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.), Charley Cook
(Marblehead, Mass), Tom Farquhar (St. Petersburg, Fla.), and Peter
Reichelsdorfer (Sheboygan, Wis.) for their contributions to the sport. Full
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FINALLY... ALL SYSTEMS GO
(November 3, 2012) - The America's Cup Challenger of Record, Artemis Racing
(SWE), is ready for some good luck. They destroyed their wing in May, which
has delayed their training schedule on their AC72. And when the wing was
ready to go, their AC72 platform incurred damage during structural testing
last month. But on Saturday, it was... finally... all systems go.
It was a long tiresome day for the Artemis team, one which began before
dawn. The hull moved to waters edge in the darkness and loaded via crane
slowly as the sun began to rise. By noon, the wing was attached to the hull
for the first time and the shore crew and tech team assured all was well
for the Christening ceremony.
It was a brief, diligent affair with member of the Artemis Team in
attendance, many children running about as parents kept a watchful eye. The
would be no smashing of a champagne bottle, no sir, after what has
transpired in recent weeks, shaking the bottle and spritzing the starboard
hull would suffice just fine, thank you very much!
The crew will be testing the functions of all the operating system with a
fine tooth comb before the big red machine takes her first sail on San
Francisco Bay...hopefully next week. But with weather systems headed
towards the Northern California area by mid week, the hope would be sooner
rather than later. -- Pressure Drop, photos: http://tinyurl.com/PD-110412
More photos: http://tinyurl.com/AR-FB-110412
COLLEGE NATIONALS - SINGLEHANDED
Long Beach, CA (November 4, 2012) - The top 18 men and 18 women
singlehanded college sailors from around the country competed in the 2012
LaserPerformance/ICSA Singlehanded Nationals off of the Belmont Veterans
Memorial Pier November 2-4. Eighteen races were completed in 4-10 knots of
In the Men's division, Georgetown's Chris Barnard ('13) opened the first
day strongly, but it was Juan Maegli ('13) sailing for the College of
Charleston that pulled ahead on day two and left the fleet in the dust
today to take the title over Barnard by 24 points.
Meanwhile, Erika Reineke ('16) of Boston College left the women's fleet in
the dust from the first race, sealing the victory before sailing today.
Reineke won 15 of the 18 races, beating St. Mary's Mayumi Roller ('13) by
COLLEGE NATIONALS - BIG BOAT
Annapolis, MD (November 4, 2012) - The Kennedy Cup, Intercollegiate
Sailing's Big Boat National Championship, was contested in the Chesapeake
Bay on November 2-4. Although Hurricane Sandy delayed preparation and made
travel difficult for many schools, all ten teams from around the country
were able to attend.
Two races were run on Friday with NW winds ranging from 12-25 knots. Cal
Maritime demonstrated great comfort with the strong wind by leading the
fleet with a score of 2-1. They were closely followed by the Naval Academy
and NY Maritime.
On Saturday, sailors faced even colder and windier conditions. Temperatures
reached the upper 40s and the wind speed increased throughout the day from
15 knots to near 30 by the end of the day. Naval Academy sailed near
flawless races to lead the day with three first place finishes. Cal
Maritime and Kings Point rounded out the top three places.
Sunny skies and gentler winds came in for Sunday's two races. Genoas were
used for the first time all regatta, which proved much to the liking of
Mass Maritime who scored 3-1 to lead the day.
Winning five of seven races, Navy took the title, earning them the right to
represent the U.S. at the Student Yachting World Cup in France in 2013.
Sailing for the Naval Academy were skipper Steve Jaenke, Charlie Johnson,
Sam Ross, Kelsey Ragsdale, Sean Brown, Andy Beeler, Roscoe Thomas, and
1. US Naval Academy, 1-3-1-1-1-1-4, 12 points
2. Cal Maritime, 2-1-2-2-4-7-3, 21
3. Kings Point, 3-5-3-3-4-2-8, 28
4. NY Maritime, 5-2-6-4-3-8-5, 33
5. Maine Maritime, 7-11- 4-4-8-5-2, 41
6. Coast Guard Academy, 4-4-5-5-9-6-9, 42
7. Mass Maritime, 6-9-9-9-7-3-1, 44
8. U. of Michigan, 9-8-11- 6-5-4-7, 50
9. St. Mary's, 8-6-8-10-10- 9-6, 57
10. Army, 11-7-7-7-6 -10- 10, 58
STEP INSIDE THE IYRS WORKSHOPS
Two Open Houses at the IYRS campuses in Newport and Bristol this month will
give career seekers a chance to step inside the school's workshops and
learn about training programs that have led to interesting careers for
alumni - from business owners, to boat builders, furniture makers, Volvo
Ocean Race land crew, and even those working at the leading edge of the
composites field. On November 7 the Newport campus and the Boatbuilding &
Restoration program will be showcased; on November 14 visit Bristol and the
Marine Systems and Composites Technology programs. For more information:
KEANE WINS J/80 NORTH AMERICANS
Fort Worth, TX (November 4, 2012) - Brian Keane of Beverly Yacht Club
(Marion, MA) sailing Savasana with his team of Steve Hunt, Mike Wolfs and
Ben Powers has been crowned 2012 J/80 North American Champion. Thirty teams
competed November 2-4 on Eagle Mountain Lake.
Terry Flynn and David Whelan aboard Quantum GC Racing got out of the gate
first, but their day one leader status evaporated on day two as Keane's
team took the lead once they were able to throw-out their 28th. Light winds
prevailed for the third day, with defending champions Glenn Darden and
Reese Hillard on Le Tigre coming within a point of the title after posting
Event website: http://www.j80northamericans.com
Final results: http://tinyurl.com/J80-NA-110412
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 2, 2012) There were high fives all around on Taylor Canfield's
IC24 as his crew - made up of guests of the Bitter End Yacht Club - crossed
the finish line just in front of Dave Ullman's team to clinch the overall
championship of the BEYC's 26th annual Pro Am Regatta sponsored by
It took a full week of racing to get to that point, with 12 fleet races
completed to "seed" the eight invited skippers for the match racing finals.
Bill Hardesty, won the fleet racing portion of the regatta, but had to
leave Virgin Gorda before the match racing began because of a previous
racing commitment. That moved the 23-year old Canfield up to the top seeded
position to match race for the championship against veteran Dave Ullman.
Canfield was obviously pleased with the match racing format used in the
finals. He's currently the top ranked US match racer - ranked ninth in the
world. As a resident of St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, he also felt
very comfortable in the IC24, a popular Caribbean one-design class.
Canfield skippered his first IC24 class regatta when he was just 13 years
old and has racked up lots of competitive miles in them ever since.
Nonetheless, Ullman pushed Canfield hard in their aggressive match races,
before yielding, 3-1.
The battle for third spot on the podium came down to the final run in the
fifth and final race between the third and fourth place fleet race
finishers - Dave Perry and 470 Silver Medallist, Stu Bithell. Veteran match
racer Perry was able to hold off the determined British Olympian by a
single boat length to claim third overall in the Pro Am. Andrew Campbell
took fifth overall with a 3-1 match race series win over Rob Crane.
Outside Television captured all of the action on video and it's now posted
Event reports: http://tinyurl.com/BEYC-ProAm-2012
* Miami, FL (November 3, 2012) - Despite travel problems due to Hurricane
Sandy, 100 racers from 14 countries and 5 continents competed at the World
O'Pen Bic Cup on November 1-3. Lighter winds prevailed during the eleven
races. Showing the growing international diversity of the O'Pen BIC Class,
nine different countries reached the podium in the five classes. The
winners were Sean Herbert, New Zealand (U13 Boys); Kristen Wadley,
Australia (U13 Girls); Geronimo Nores, USA (U15 Boys); Cecilia Wollman,
Bermuda (U15 Girls); and Nic Muller, USA (Open). -- Full report:
* La Rochelle, France (November 2, 2012) - For the second day in the row,
no races were sailed today in the 32nd edition of the Student Yachting
World Cup due to stormy weather. This was the last day of racing, with
University of Dublin (IRL) winning by 12 points over Dalhousie University
(CAN) after 13 races. Fourteen teams competed in the 31-foot one-design
Grand Surprise. -- http://www.sywoc.org/
* Odile van Aanholt from Curacao won the North American Optimist
Championship, taking both the overall and girls titles. Held in Valle de
Bravo, Mexico on October 20-28, a field of 149 sailors from 18 countries
and 5 continents competed on the manmade mountain lake. -- Full report:
* The Volvo Ocean Race has published the first version of the Class Rules
for the one-design Volvo Ocean 65 that will contest the next two editions
of the race. The new boat, designed by Farr Yacht Design in the United
States, is being built by a consortium of four boatyards - Green Marine in
the UK, Persico in Italy, Decision in Switzerland and Multiplast in France.
As the designs and specifications are finalised the class rule will be
'amended' or updated, with the final version being posted when Boat 1 is
delivered in June 2013. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/VOR-110412
SCUTTLEBUTT SAILING CALENDAR
Events listed at http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar
Stephen W. Moore died in a hospice on October 22nd, 2012 - 4 days after his
66th birthday. In his junior days, Steve was the outstanding junior sailor
on Long Island Sound, winning the Clinton M. Bell Trophy three times, with
crew Peter Rugg. Thereafter, as Long Island Sound sailors know so well, he
became a top notch helmsman and navigator on boats large and small, from
his IC dinghy to many an ocean racing boat. During his sailmaking career,
Steve worked for Hard Sails, North Sails and UK.
Through the 35 years of our Carter 39 Blaze and then our Express 37 Lora
Ann, Steve was our tactician. Always grumbling at anyone within earshot,
Steve pushed us all hard. He had a great sense of humor and an uncanny
ability to write humorous songs ("du Moulin the Long Island Pervert "
probably the most famous) and New Years Frostbite Regatta Awards (for
skulling, capsizing, getting stuck in the mud, ramming your old man, etc).
Ten years ago Steve had triple bypass the same year he was diagnosed with
diabetes. That spring he could only get around with a two-wheeled
"walker." We invited Steve to join our house at Block Island Race Week
with the understanding he would stay ashore for festivities but not sail.
As we prepared to depart Payne's Dock for the first race, Steve came
"rolling" down Payne's, sat on the edge of the dock and slid aboard. He
hung the walker over the stern pulpit and proceeded to wrap himself around
the backstay daring anyone to put him ashore. He resumed his tactician
role and led Lora Ann to a class win at Race Week, with the walker hanging
over the stern. Some bright competitor placed a "Team AARP" sticker on the
transom where it still resides.
In December there will be a service at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club for Steve.
-- Richard du Moulin, full obituary:
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* From Steve Pyatt:
One thing strikes me about the Bounty incident was just how good Captains
Blythe and Cook were to sail these boats around the World with no power at
all, or weather forecasts to even give them the chance of making a decision
to avoid storms.
* From Dick Enersen:
With all respect to my old friend Chink (John Longley, Sbutt 3710),
strapping Bounty to a dock and risking "significant damage" would have been
preferable to the outcome we witnessed.
* From Giancarlo Basile:
Reading "Back When Men Were Men" in Scuttlebutt 3710, I remembered how I
had the good fortune to meet Jim Kilroy in 1968, when I was the Captain of
the 72-foot Sparkman & Stephens yawl Stella Polare that belonged to the
We were in Bermuda, getting ready for the Transatlantic race to Travemunde,
Germany, and Kialoa II was moored close to Stella Polare at the Princess
Hotel. Jim Kilroy was very kind with me and my crew of young midshipmen who
were having the great opportunity of racing against the best American,
German and Dutch boats of those times, hoping to end up winners.
Stella Polare incredibly won the race! She had sailed the most northern
route, Kialoa the most southern. At the passage through the Orcnay Islands,
after more than two weeks, we were in sight of each other!
Jim Kilroy very sportingly congratulated me and my crew at the prize-giving
ceremony at the Hamburg yacht club who had organized the Transatlantic race
for the 100 years from its beginning.
* From William Sandberg:
I'd like to strongly support Darrell Nicholson's editorial (Sbutt 3710)
concerning the US Coast Guard. This is an organization that does a
spectacular job without getting a lot of the credit the services in DoD
get. As sailors, we should do everything we can to support their mission. I
urge every reader to contact their elected officials and fight to save
their budget. These are incredibly brave men and women who make our waters
and country safe.
I am going to change all my passwords to 'incorrect'. That way, when I
forget and log in with the wrong password, the computer will tell
me..."Your password is incorrect".
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