SCUTTLEBUTT 3716 - Friday, November 9, 2012
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION
(November 8, 2012) - The 2012 ISAF Annual Conference is this week in Dun
Laoghaire, Ireland (Nov 1-11). The various committees have been meeting,
reviewing the submissions that seek to shape the sport. The committee
decisions have now been submitted to the ISAF Council, which is the
governing body of ISAF that is responsible for final decisions.
The Council began their session today, which will continue through
Saturday. ISAF President Goran Petersson delivered the President's Report
today to the ISAF Council members during their first day of meetings. Here
is the transcript:
After 8 years being the ISAF President, I now present my report to you for
the last time. It is said you should go on a 'high'. Given that you
actually can't really choose the moment of leaving the position of ISAF
President I feel that we, as an organisation, have done pretty well this
year and the Olympic Games in Weymouth were extremely successful for ISAF.
I think three aspects made these Games stand out from past ones. The first
and probably the most important was the success of the ticketed spectator
area. More than 60,000 tickets were sold and customer surveys indicated
that the people were very happy being there and enjoying the spectator
venue. The big screen and expert commentary really made it a great
experience. After an initially slow start for the number of non-ticketed
visitors, word got out that you could have an enjoyable day out in Weymouth
and the numbers of spectators lining the shores grew day by day.
The second important point was that management of the venue and the race
was excellent. ISAF Race officials blended in with the local organisers
ensuring a smooth running of the event.
Thirdly the TV production meant that there was a very good product for the
viewers at home and, as we all know, TV is very important for our position
as a sport in the Olympic Games. From my own personal experience of Olympic
Family members travelling down from London, they all had a terrific
experience. Even those who were not able to come to Weymouth were aware of
how successful our Games were from the stories that came back that Weymouth
It will be interesting to see how a good Olympic Games for ISAF will be
reflected in the Sports Evaluation Report from the IOC. As you know this is
very important as we need to stay in the list of core sports for the Games
programme when the IOC makes their decision next year.
There is one achievement in the Games that I like to single out and
mention: the island of Cyprus has a new sporting hero - Pavlos Kontides who
became the first Cypriot ever to win an Olympic medal after his sterling
silver performance in the Laser class.
The Olympic Games was followed by a very well-run Paralympic Sailing
Competition. IFDS President Linda Merkle once said to me that the Olympic
Sailing Regatta was only a test event for the Paralympics and I think she
was probably right. The success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and in
particular the increase in public interest and awareness has really moved
the importance of that event to a higher level. -- Read on:
MORE: Here are the lists of recent renewals and appointments that were
announced on Thursday at the ISAF Annual Conference:
International Race Officer: http://tinyurl.com/RO-110812
International Judge: http://tinyurl.com/J-110812
International Measurer: http://tinyurl.com/M-110812
International Umpire: http://tinyurl.com/U-110812
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BRITAIN'S SAM DAVIES WINS HEARTS
By Elaine Bunting, Yachting World
(November 8, 2012) - As crowds swarm along the pontoons in Les Sables
d'Olonne to see the fleet gathered for the Vendee Globe race, you begin to
see a picture of which are the public's greatest heroes.
Outside France, we tend to think in strictly competitive terms - who may
win, who may not - but here people put a higher value on the sailors' whole
backstory. The appreciation is as much, and maybe more, qualitative than
My preamble is by way of explaining why, while in the UK we tend to
concentrate on the prospects of Mike Golding and Alex Thomson, in France
the Brit who seems to stand out is Samantha Davies.
Today, as Sam gave interviews on board her boat Saveol, the largest crowds
gathered around her, a tight knot that formed and reformed throughout the
morning in the hope of a photo opportunity, a glimpse, a chance to wish her
"Bon courage!" people called to her. "Bravo!" Every time she looked over
there was an excited cheer.
Ironically Sam is much better known here than in the UK. People know that
she grew up sailing and that her parents live aboard a schooner. She
conjures an agreeable image, the modest, blonde girl-next-door who finished
4th in the last Vendee Globe, and who lives in France with her French
She is hugely admired, partly because she's a great sailor with a well
understood professional track record in solo Figaro and IMOCA sailing, but
also because she's the only woman in a race with a habit of minting some
colourful, ironclad heroines.
When the French magazine Voiles et Voiliers ran a poll and invited readers
to vote on their favourite Vendee skipper, thousands did, and the two who
topped it were Sam and Jean Le Cam. Between them they claimed over 60% of
Fewer people know that she became a mother last year and has a year-old son
she's leaving behind with her partner (French sailor Romain Attanasio).
That information is only sinking in and it's adding to the sheen of
admiration - as well as the routine of questions now always asked in
interviews. -- Read on:
BACKGROUND: Twenty skippers will compete in the 7th edition of the Vendee
Globe, a solo, non-stop around the world race in the IMOCA Open 60 class.
Starting in Les Sables d'Olonne, France on November 10, the west to east
course passes the three major capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn
before returning to Les Sables d'Olonne. In the 2008-9 edition, Michel
Desjoyeaux (FRA) smashed the race record by completing the race in 84 days.
A LONG TIME COMING
Among the storied college programs in the northeast is Tufts University,
which has produced four College Sailors of the Year (Sam Altreuter, Stu
Johnstone, Pede Dickey, and Senet Bischoff) and three Rolex US Sailors of
the Year (Betsy Allison, Susan Dierdorf Taylor, and Dave Curtis).
The Tufts sailing team is located on Upper Mystic Lake in West Medford
(MA), two and one half miles from campus. The fleet is comprised of 24
Larks, six Lasers, two coach boats... and one rickety boathouse.
The original Tufts sailing boathouse was an antique in every sense of the
word. Built in 1948 and featuring three rooms for storing boats, the old
boathouse wasn't given a bathroom until 1960 or proper plumbing until the
1990s. This week, construction workers are breaking ground on the new Larry
The first thing to go is the bathroom.
From there, two levels will be added to the preexisting boathouse, which
will triple the area athletes, coaches and spectators have at their
disposal. The second floor will have a locker room and additional repair
space. The top floor will have a main room for the team to gather together
after practice, an office, a kitchen, a conference room and a library, not
to mention an outdoor deck area that will stretch the length of the
For coach Ken Legler, who came to Tufts to coach over 30 years ago, the
boathouse has been a long time in the making.
"It took kind of forever," he said. "I came here in the fall of 1980 and
the undergrads were already working on fundraising to make this happen."
Last week, Thursday's practice started out normally for junior tri-captain
Will Haegar. That is, it was normal until Legler motored up in the middle
of practice from a meeting and blasted on his whistle to bring the boats
together. All Legler had to do was throw his arms in the air, a piece of
paper clutched in his fist, for the team to know that the permits for the
boathouse had finally come through.
"We all started clapping and couldn't help but smile," Haeger said. "It was
a really cool moment for us."
But the project's approval was the result of decades of hard work and
frustration.... read on: http://tinyurl.com/Tufts-110812
QUOTE / UNQUOTE
In 2012, Chinese singlehanded sailor Lijia Xu became the first Chinese
sailor to win an Olympic Gold medal in a dinghy sailing boat, and the first
sailor from China to be named ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year. On
winning the award, sailing, and English:
"I hope this award can inspire more children in China to take up the sport.
Sailing has given me the chance to chase my dreams and the stage to show my
potential. It has provided me with the opportunity to see, feel and explore
the world. Sailing leads me to a path of a better life, a life full of
vitality, excitement and joyful experiences." --
"Yao Ming (basketball) is the most famous athlete in China, but my English
is much better than his. I just learned it myself watching American movies
[and TV] like Prison Break and Desperate Housewives. It's a good way to
learn English." -- Xu, after winning the 2006 Women's Laser Radial World
18 KNOTS & OVER 1 TON OF SAILS
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* The 2012-13 U.S. High School sailing season will hold the first of its
three national championships in Long Beach, CA on November 9-11. The
Interscholastic Yacht Racing Association High School Singlehanded
Championship includes Laser and Laser Radial divisions for the entrants
that have qualified from the seven national districts. Doublehanded fleet
and team race nationals are held in the spring. Event website:
* Information sessions to prepare for the June 2013 Marion Bermuda Race
will be held at locations throughout New England in January. Details here:
* Adam Minoprio and Taylor Canfield have been confirmed as the wildcard
entries for the 2012 Monsoon Cup and will join David Gilmour, eight Tour
Card Holders and a qualifier from the Malaysian Match Racing Cup (Nov
23-26), at the finale event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. The 2012
finale event is expected to attract over 100,000 spectators to the Ri-Yaz
Heritage Marina Resort & Spa in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia between December
3-8. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/WMRT-110812
* The first ever VX ONE North American Championship launches from the
Pensacola Yacht Club (Pensacola, FL) on Friday, November 9. The three-day
event will feature 16 VX ONE's competing to become the inaugural North
American Champion. Details:
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include the Pope, the Crowd, the Kid, the Mist, the Clear, the Trace, the
Month, and the Storm. Here are this week's photos:
* Twenty-four of the best photographs from 2012, chosen by the public, will
be scrutinized by a professional and independent jury to select the Yacht
Racing Image of the Year 2012 on December 11. You can view images and make
your preferences known here: http://www.yachtracingimageoftheyear.com/
* A collection of historic competitors that included Malin Burnham, Don
Trask, Bruce Munro, Hans Fogh, Ron Holland, and Jon Andron gathered in San
Diego, CA to compete in the International Masters Regatta. Photos by Bob
* One hundred racers from 14 countries and 5 continents were in Miami for
the World O'Pen Cup. Unique courses and required moves characteristic of
O'Pen BIC events prevailed, which begs the question: Is the winner the
person who has the most fun? Photos:
* The 2012-13 college sailing season hosted its singlehanded nationals in
Long Beach for the top 18 men and women qualifiers throughout the U.S.
Photos by Glennon Stratton:
SEND US YOUR PHOTOS: If you have images to share for the Photos of the
Week, send them to the Scuttlebutt editor:
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
When the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season ends on November 30, 2012, the
Caribbean will get busier as crusiers flock to the tropical climate. For
the bareboat charter companies, this is money season, but not everyone that
charters a boat is qualified to operate it. This week's video captures an
extreme incident in a BVI anchorage which ultimately damaged six boats.
Click here for this week's video:
* This week on America's Cup Discovered we bring you the latest
developments with the Red Bull Youth America's Cup. From Stockholm to San
Francisco, six young sailors go behind the scenes with Artemis Racing,
including vigorous workouts with the team. Then we meet the "Waste Busters"
team who aim to deliver a model sustainable sporting event. Followed by a
chat with Luna Rossa's latest recruit, helmsman Iker Martinez. Tune in on
Saturday November 10 approx 0800 PT/1100 ET:
* For an update on college sailing, Chalk Talk this week and find out the
details behind the cancellation of Atlantic Coast Championship. Also
revisit the Singlehanded Champs, Sailing World Rankings, and a full preview
of Women's ACCs.
SEND US YOUR VIDEOS: If you have clips to share for the Video of the Week,
send them to the Scuttlebutt editor: mailto:email@example.com
Scuttlebutt strongly encourages feedback from the Scuttlebutt community.
Either submit comments by email or post them on the Forum. Submitted
comments chosen to be published in the newsletter may be limited to 250
words. Authors may have one published submission per subject, and should
save their bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.
* From Keith Taylor, Auckland, NZ:
"The America's Cup is match racing," says the Curmudgeon in Scuttlebutt
3715. Actually the America's Cup is about boat-on-boat racing, about design
and construction innovation, about bulging wallets and outstanding crew
work and tactics. The match racing comes as design parameters narrow with
familiarity with a new rule. Be patient. Enjoy the show and wait a few
* From Will Baillieu:
I say a pox on those that foisted the AC45 and AC72 cats on America's Cup.
America's Cup is supposed to be the very pinnacle of sailing.
The event has a history and a legacy that is deserving of competition of
the highest order.
Instead, what's being dished up is a TVcentric demolition derby, in boats
that are quite simply unseaworthy, and potentially lethal. I'm sure these
boats have a place in sailing, but that place isn't America's Cup.
When I was on the handles in 1983 when Australia II won the America's Cup,
I was very fortunate to have played a small part in America's Cup history.
But right now I'm feeling betrayed by the custodians of the Cup.
Watching these featherweight AC45s capsizing, cartwheeling and pitch poling
all over the place, on relatively flat water, is just awful.
If this is what has to be done to boost television audiences then honestly,
we'd be better off with smaller audiences. America's Cup should be about
the very best of sailing, not TV ratings.
It should never have been allowed to become a smash 'em up show, in an
effort to gain audiences of people who know little about sailing. It's a
bit like sticking nitro fuelled dragsters in a Formula One car race, for
couch surfers who want to see crashes. -- Forum, read on:
* From Thomas O'Brien:
You can't know the half of the fun of sailing with Tony Parker (Scuttlebutt
3715)! He was my coach when I was a midshipman and mentor as I tried to
learn about representing our institution in serious offshore racing. No one
is his better as a competitor. Match racing, team racing.... one should
choose to be on his team. A bit of a twisted sense of humor, but all his
friends would likely say "oh, yea!"
* From Ronnie R McCracken:
In his post (in Scuttlebutt 3715), Mr. Simmons assumes ISAF, or their
selection party, chose the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year male and
female winners. That is not the case:
1) First nominees are nominated by the Member National Authorities and then
those with the highest nominations go through to the voting procedure
2) Thereafter the list of these candidates are circulated to ALL MNA's, the
only bodies who can vote
It is solely the MNAs who make the final decision and ISAF have no
influence on this.
* From Peter Isler:
During the "qualifying period", Ben Ainslie not only won the Olympic Gold
Medal in what has historically been considered the most physically
demanding Olympic class, but also broke a legendary and long standing
Olympic record by winning his fifth Olympic sailing medal. For all of us
who love this sport, you have to admit, this latter accomplishment is
Picking our sport's national or international "MVP's" is always challenging
in an Olympic Year.... an Olympic Gold Medal is near impossible to trump -
but thankfully our sport gets more than one awarded per quadrennium -
creating a sticky wicket for the judges. But in my mind, they got this one
Congratulations to Ben. In 2012 you have set a standard of pure sailing
excellence (in a singlehanded dinghy!) that will inspire sailors (just as
Elvstrom's record has) for many years to come - you earned that Rolex!
Every time I close the door on reality, it comes in through the windows.
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