SCUTTLEBUTT 3713 - Tuesday, November 6, 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 Jackie Cattanach, 3rd Rear Commodore, Monmouth Boat Club:
Hurricane Sandy certainly devastated Monmouth Boat Club (Red Bank, NJ). The
Navesink River rose 8 to 11 feet, washing away most of our docks and boats
stored in the yard. One stack of three docks remains in the yard, one is
behind the ice boat clubhouse which shares the same parking lot, one is on
top of the marina's dock next door, and many floated across the river as
did most of our boats.
One Carolina boat was upside down in the lagoon but rescued by a number of
members including one who donned his dry suit and jumped in the water. The
other Carolina boat was right side up and found down the river. The
Committee Boat was already on land at a marina and is fine. Most of the
missing Optis have been found and many of the boats left in the yard for
winter storage floated across the river. The club's Flying Scots were
located and towed back to the club, one still attached to the trailer, a
testament to the sturdiness of the boat.
As for the clubhouse, even though it has weathered flooding before, most
recently with Hurricane Irene, this time the water was 6 feet deep. The
single door facing the water was ripped off the hinges and the first floor
was flooded with water and mud. The water made it almost to the second
floor and the electrical panel was destroyed as was the ice machine. We
were very lucky the building did not catch fire, as transformers popped all
across the area. The wiring on the first floor will have to be replaced,
along with the furnace, water heater and ice machine. The utilities have
been turned off until further assessment can be made.
Photos can be viewed at:
We are a club that depends on volunteers to maintain the facilities and run
the operations and many of those same volunteers were adversely affected by
the storm on a personal level. Despite the destruction, the members will
pull together to restore and improve our beautiful house on the river.
Please send your report to:
BOAT SALVAGE EFFORTS SLOWED IN NEW JERSEY
"Layers upon layers of problems" are preventing any progress in the salvage
of boats in an area of New Jersey that was struck hard by Hurricane Sandy.
Things are the same or no better than they were a few days ago in our
'ground zero' area and now we have this nor'easter coming," Tom Hurst,
owner of TowBoatUS Manasquan and Budget Boat Towing and Salvage, said this
morning from Brick, N.J.
"There's just no infrastructure - everyone is just holding on to what five
gallons of gas they have. We have gas rationing right now. We have no
power, no Internet, and we don't even know what is going on outside of our
bubble here, which is pretty much Ocean and Monmouth counties."
Hurst's building is being used as fire and police headquarters. "I am
feeding 200 people a day out of here."
Salvaging boats has been nearly impossible, he said.
"When you talk to people who just lost their houses completely and say you
have a problem with a boat and are trying to salvage it, they don't want to
hear it," he said. "They are actually insulted that you want to worry about
a boat right now." -- Soundings, read on:
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DUAL SCORING EXERCISE
The High Performance Rule (HPR), in development for two years, seeks to
meet the needs of rating today's modern high performance monohulls. The
Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco last September allowed a dual
scoring exercise to compare HPR against IRC for this breed of speedy boat,
and the IRC East Coast championships in Annapolis last month hosted a
similar drill. Here is an excerpt from observations provided by Dee Smith,
Farr 400 Class Development Manager:
We had eight boats: two very good east coast TP52s, Interlodge and Flying
Jenny 7 that was just donated to USMMA; Catapult, a new Kerr 40; Stray Dog,
a B/C GP 42; OOAH, a new MC 38; Spookie, a new Carkeek 40; and two Farr
400's. I had the pleasure to sail on Team Premier, Farr 400 403.
The Kerr 40 was a bit of an odd ball in the group as it was a real IRC
optimized 40'. She rated the least of all the boats in IRC and finish
mostly behind the other 40's except the MC 38. But her IRC rating came in
well and she ended up second to FJ7 for the IRC series. The HPR does not
give the Kerr the go slow credits and she dropped to 7th . The Farr 400's
rated not so well in IRC but good in HPR as the lowest rated of them all.
We went from 5th in IRC to 4th in HPR.
My take on the whole boat comparison is as follows. The TP52s still have an
advantage in both rating systems. I believe this come from two areas. First
there has been years of development in these boats by some of the best
sailors/designers in the world. Second, there seems to be a dynamic
advantage of this size of boats over the 40s. They just go better upwind
and downwind. Biggest advantage is in light air where they can do more
apparent wind sailing.
In the 40s, it is more interesting. Spooky is a high tech latest thing from
Carkeek. She is a direct development form the TP52s and also designed to
what was to be the HPR fast boat. She is definitely the fastest 40. She is
also the most expensive by far. Carkeek has a more reasonable version
coming out from PCT. She did not fare as well in the light air and was
slower than the Farr 400.
Full report: http://tinyurl.com/DS-110512
IF THE AMERICA'S CUP WAS RACED TODAY....
On the Catamaran Racing, News & Design website, images of the U.S., Sweden,
and New Zealand-Italy AC72 designs have been posted with editorial
As a reference it gives an idea of the different concepts used. Needless to
say ETNZ-Luna Rossa is the best hull-platform in my view. Artemis is not a
flying AC72; it is only assisted by curved daggers. Not even T rudders at
The front beam position is quite extreme although the wing support vertex
is a little backwards due to the V shape of the beam. The concept behind
this is to gain structural benefits on the forward beam position, and the
ability to have a better range for wing trimming/rake to backwards, thus
compensating that forward load.
To avoid pitching or to maintain the bow up on this configuration, they
totally rely on the daggers lift. But we already saw what happened to that
concept in Oracle. Let's wait to see her sail, but I'm glad (Loick) Peyron
will be there helming at least in the initial tests. So Artemis played safe
on the flying area, but went quite extreme on the front beam and hull.
After confirming that Oracle was going down in the bearaways, I have strong
doubts that this incredible piece of machinery (Artemis) will work any
different in the same situation or maybe their dagger lift configuration
will prevent it.
It is easy now to choose an option; I would have go ETNZ platform with
Artemis conservative non-foiling solution. Clearly the most 'standard' &
safe solution for San Francisco conditions. I still donīt get why designers
are going for extra foiling lift plus less aero/hydro drag to the extreme,
risking the whole project when you are going to race in +20 knots. Someone
would quickly answer: "Cause we want a design edge to win the Cup."
The only issue is that they are working in unknown terrain for these kinds
of beasts on the worst venue possible for a first try, and a rock solid
bullet proof design right now would have won easily, as we donīt know if
any of these extreme boats will end a single race in +20 knots!
See photos: http://www.catsailingnews.com/2012/11/ac72-design.html
COMMENT: The racing period for the successful challenger in 2013 is two and
a half months, most of which is occurring in the +20 knot range, while the
defender need only survive for two weeks in more moderate conditions.
Either the challenger will be battle tested and formidable, or battle weary
and fatigued. - Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
QUOTE / UNQUOTE
"Our boat, in terms of windage, is far from complete. All the fairings are
still to come. The boat will look significantly different in race mode. One
of the issues with putting all the fairings on the boat is that it makes a
lot of the systems difficult to get at and tune, so we chose to put the
boat in the water in a raw state to facilitate that development process."
-- Emirates Team New Zealand technical director Nick Holroyd,
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* The United States been named as the fifth venue of the ISAF Sailing World
Cup. Set to be held at US Sailing Center Miami January 26-February 2, 2013,
the regatta will form part of the ISAF Sailing World Cup until 2016 and
will be the second stop in the 2012-2013 series following on from Australia
and preceding Spain, France, and China. -- Full report:
* The Lake Michigan/Huron system is at great risk of seeing an all-time-low
water level in the next six months, according to statistical projections
that will be released today by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After a
winter with little snow followed by a spring with little rain, each of the
Great Lakes endured a 2012 boating season challenged by low water,
according to the Detroit News. The water loss shortened the recreational
boating season for many and forced the shipping industry to reduce the
amount of tonnage its vessels can carry. -- Soundings, read on:
* Ben Richardson has been named as chairman of the U.S. Olympic Sailing
Committee (OSC). Richardson takes over from outgoing chairman Dean Brenner,
who has served as chairman since 2008. In his new role, Richardson will
oversee the OSC, an advisory board to U.S. Olympic Sailing made up of
sailors with Olympic and Paralympic sailing experience. He will serve as
the senior advisor of this committee and represent the OSC as a voting
member of US Sailing's Board of Directors, along with Josh Adams, Managing
Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing. -- Full report:
* Robbie Douglas has claimed the 2012 North American Speed Sailing Project
Invitational at Martha's Vineyard on October 15-31. The kitesurfing speed
event kicked off with 12 kiteboarders and one windsurfer, with Douglas
posting the top speed of 48,960 knots to earn the $10,000 prize. -- Full
* The Global Ocean Race (GOR) has initiated several revisions for its third
round-the-world event for Class40 yachts, now scheduled to start in
September 2014. Changes include expanding the number of classes in the
race, so that entries can now be single-handed, two-handed or fully-crewed.
Also, delaying the start from 2013 to 2014. -- Full report:
* The Northern California Offshore Racing Council Safety Committee has
posted a draft of the minimum equipment requirements for offshore races,
and is seeking public comment. The NORCAL ORC was established after the
tragic Full Crew Farallones Race in April when five out of eight
crewmembers aboard the Sydney 38 Low Speed Chase perished when the boat
went up on Southeast Farallon Island. The council has been tasked with
developing and implementing standard race requirements for all offshore
races that start from San Francisco Bay, and they would like to hear your
feedback by November 16. -- Latitude 38, full report:
* Long time Canadian Sailing Team member Kelly Hand was inducted into the
Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. As an athlete, Hand captured Gold at the
Laser Radial World Championship and Pan American Games in 1999. She also
has been five-time national champion. Hand's coaching career includes
working with Canada's 470 Men and Women teams leading up to the 2000 Sydney
Olympic qualifiers, Canada's Europe dinghy coach at the 2000 Sydney Games,
and Canada's 470 women's coach at the Athens' Olympics. -- Full report:
John Folting, an active member of the San Diego Yacht Club race management
team, died October 29, 2012 at the age of 71 years.
John served as the Chairman of the SDYC Race Committee in 1987-1988 and
2007-2008, duing which time he was Race Committee Chairman for the
America's Cup in 1988 and 1992, and ran the U.S. Olympic Trials for the
Stars and Solings classes in 1988. He met his future wife, Ann Gausewitz in
1987 when they were both members of the SDYC Race Committee. Ann and John
were married in 1989.
It was during the 1992 America's Cup when John called the finish of the
closest race in the history of the final Cup match - Italian Il Moro di
Venezia's three-second win over America 3 that evened the best-of-seven
series at 1-1.
"Il Moro came off from the right, and the Cubens came in behind 'em," John
explained. "It looked like (America 3) was gonna catch 'em for a while...
(but) then their chute collapsed for a moment. I was right on the line. (Il
Moro's) chute was the first across the line. It was a clean win - very
America 3 considered protesting the finish on the official rules
definition: "A yacht finishes when any part of her hull, or of her crew or
equipment, in normal position, crosses the finish line...." America 3
thought Il Moro might have purposely released its gennaker to blow forward
across the line.
"We thought our bow crossed the line first," Koch said. "We thought the
Italian boat blew its sheets to get its (gennaker) out in front of ours,
which the videotape showed that they did. But in going back and analyzing
the videotapes we found that their bow crossed the line a fraction ahead of
our bow." America 3 went on to win 4-1 over Il Moro di Venezia.
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* From Rodger Martin:
I made my longest voyage in a square rigger from Fall River to New Bedford,
Mass several years ago in the Bounty. They call me Shellback.
On that little trip I was told that she'd been made 20% longer than the
original when built for the '62 film Mutiny on the Bounty. This was done
for pragmatic reasons: she was to carry a complement of sailing crew, the
entire film company of actors, film crew and the film developers, editors
and projectionist so they could see the daily rushes. And they wanted to be
able to stand up.
The entire company was fully independent while shooting in the South
Pacific so that they could ensure the footage they needed was in the can
before returning to 'civilization' to check the results.
* From Peter Rugg:
It is interesting to note (in Scuttlebutt 3712) that 80% of the College Big
Boat National Championship leader board are marine or military academies.
These are the institutions with the facilities to accept tax-deductible
donations of big boats. If we are going to develop this generation of
junior sailors into lifelong sailors, we need to find more and better ways
to expose them to safe sailing in big boats.
* From Warren A. Brown:
I read with interest (in Scuttlebutt 3712) the comments of skipper
Giancarlo Basile on the Transatlantic race between Stella Polare and Kialoa
I was supposed to be racing as watch captain of Tom Watson`s Palawan but
unfortunately Tom had to cancel at the last minute. He had been given the
duty of inspecting the yachts and giving them his approval for the race to
Germany. As Tom could not come to Bermuda I was appointed the inspector and
had the privilege of boarding all the yachts which I always remember.
Without a doubt I would congratulate Mr. Basile and his crew for having
Stella Polare in impeccable condition, in fact, better than any other yacht
in the fleet. This was in contrast to another naval yacht, which will be
nameless, that had more than fifty violations. I gave them 48 hours to put
their act together otherwise this yacht would not have been a participant.
One could not forget the contrast.
My congratulations again to Giancarlo.
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