SCUTTLEBUTT 3737 - Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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TAYLOR CANFIELD - HERE TO STAY
Wildcard entry Taylor Canfield (23 years) from the US Virgin Islands won
the most coveted event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon
Cup (Dec. 3-8, 2012). As the tour's final stop, it is the hardest event to
get an invite to, and its prize purse of MYR 1.475 million (approx USD
475,000) is the largest on the tour.
Taylor, who is currently ranked ninth in the international open match race
rankings (and rising), shares his thoughts on the win:
* First off, props on representing North America at the big leagues.
TAYLOR CANFIELD: It has been a great season, but it wouldn't have been
possible without the people that have contributed to the success of USone
Sailing Team. I am extremely appreciative of these great sailors that have
given many dedicated hours from their lives to come sail with me this
season. These are the people accountable for USone's great 2012 season:
Rod Dawson, Jesse Fielding, Brian Janney, Tommy Loughborough, Hamish
Matthew, Josh McCaffrey, Alden Reid, Tod Reynolds, Stephanie Roble, Maggie
Shea, Val Smith, Cy Thompson, Mark Towill, Janel Zarkowsky, and of course
my core group of Matt Clark, Hayden Goodrick, Dan Morris, and Mike Rehe.
Among this group my crew at the Monsoon Cup was Rod Dawson, Hayden
Goodrick, Dan Morris, and Mike Rehe.
* What did it take to get an invitation to the Monsoon Cup?
TAYLOR CANFIELD: We had received invitations to two events earlier in the
World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) season, finishing fourth at the Chicago
Match Cup and we won the Argo Gold Cup in Bermuda. I believe that we
demonstrated that we could compete at the level of the sailors on the tour,
and this was likely the main reason we received an invitation to Monsoon
* The Monsoon Cup is in Malaysia. What was that like?
TAYLOR CANFIELD: Malaysia is definitely as foreign as it sounds, and as we
were going there for the first time ever. We had no idea what to expect.
First off, the trip to Malaysia was approximately 30 hours, not including
the 10 hour time difference and crossing the International Date Line.
Getting there at least three days before you actually begin competing is
needed to get your body regulated to the time change. Some other big
challenges of travelling to Malaysia was the extreme heat and local food.
You cannot drink enough water the entire time you are there. You also have
to be very careful about the restaurants you choose to eat at.
* At what point did you feel that you had a chance to win?
TAYLOR CANFIELD: I would say it was at the end of the initial qualifying
round robin that I thought we had it in us to win the event. We beat both
current World Champion Ian Williams (GBR) and former World Champion Adam
Minoprio (NZL) to simply secure our spot in quarter finals.
* What are the costs and benefits associated with the event?
TAYLOR CANFIELD: Luckily for us, there is no entry fee for non-tour card
holders to compete in the event with the wild card entry. Some of the costs
included air travel, accommodation, and food for the nine days. In the end
we won RM310,000 which comes out to just over $100,000 US (which gets split
five ways with the crew).
More here: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/12/1212/
U.S. RANKING: Don Wilson (Chicago, IL), founder of the Chicago Match Race
Center, has finished the year as the number one ranked skipper on the U.S.
Open Match Racing Ranking List. Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, FL) finishes
the year ranked number one in the Women's Match Racing Ranking List. Second
in both lists is Sally Barkow (Nashotah, WI), winner of the recent Carlos
Aguilar Grade 2 Open Match Race. -- Full report:
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FORUM HIGHLIGHTS SAILING'S POTENTIAL FOR SPONSORS
Gothenburg, Sweden (December 11, 2012) - The fifth edition of the World
Yacht Racing Forum began today with 250 delegates from all over the world.
Most of today's sessions focused on sponsorship, and were aimed at
bettering the relationship between sailors, events or teams and their
How can sponsors ensure brand activation? What are the best ways to promote
the sport of sailing? How can our sport generate an income? What should a
sponsorship proposal contain? Those were some of the questions debated by
"Sailing sponsorship, and sponsorship in general, should be envisioned in a
long term perspective," said Sven Osterberg, General Manager, Volvo Event
Management Sweden. "And it is essential to plan a long time ahead; at least
1 to 2 years."
Leslie Greenhalgh, Marketing Director, Open Sports Management, spoke about
her personal experience with Skandia Team GBR, and disclosed some of the
key elements of a successful partnership: "It was really important to get
immersed alongside the partner in order to understand their needs and
objectives. To summarise, it was important to allocate time!"
Greenhalgh, on the other hand, said she has witnessed several projects
which don't provide enough return to their partners. "This is one reason
why some brands have left the sport of sailing. In fact, the hard work
begins the day when you sign your contract."
Some interesting sessions focused on the revenue streams that can be
generated through the sport of sailing. Media visibility, public
participation and brand activation are amongst the obvious answers, whilst
TV doesn't seem to be. "All sports struggle to sell TV rights, and sailing
is virtually impossible to sell," commented Dominique Curchod (Curchod
Communications). "The revenue therefore lies in a free distribution, and
the visibility associated to it."
"The sailing industry has an obsession with television", added Richard
Moore, CEO, Capitalize. "Does sailing have a strong appeal to a wide
audience on TV? The answer is no." -- Full report:
DID YOU KNOW?
New York Yacht Club has two stations, one in Manhattan, N.Y., the other in
Newport, Rhode Is. Being the home of the America's Cup for the longest
time, they also must cater to their "social membership." Just how do they
maintain a balance of servicing two divergent members (social and
yachters)? Their bylaws require "Boats vote." You own a boat, you get to
vote. You don't own a boat, you don't get a vote. Yachting will always be
their major goal (in support of their Purpose of Being) and the social
members get to tag along for the ride. This concept is simple, and has
worked in their favor for 168 years. -- December newsletter of the Lake
Michigan Sail Racing Federation:
LEADERS GLUED TOGETHER
(December 11, 2012; Day 32) - The Vendee Globe leaders' pace across the
Indian Ocean has the top duo Francois Gabart (FRA) and Armel Le Cleac'h
(FRA) glued together. The intensity of their duel remains as close and
tight as an afternoon speed-testing off Port La Foret, the Finisterre
training centre at which the leading four French skippers train.
"These are amazing times, the boat is sliding so fast and effortlessly, the
conditions are great," said François Gabart on Macif. "Nothing is easy,
though, the VG is one of the hardest events in the world, there are
technical problems and dangerous situations. But in the middle of those,
you have magical moments, like what I'm experiencing right now."
"François and I have seen each other on our AIS for 24 hours now," said
Armel Le Cleac'h on Banque Populaire. "It's a nice way to check my speed is
good enough! There's an intense fight for the lead of the race; our daily
life isn't that easy. Our routes are quite similar, I've actually seen
François this morning as his boat wasn't far from mine. But you can't stay
outside too long because of the water crashing everywhere."
Behind the leaders, it was revealed today that Alex Thomson (GBR) had
damaged his rudder system on Hugo Boss after hitting a floating object
Sunday night. The accident, which required around 15 hours for repairs,
also destroyed one of his hydrogenerators. Now relying on a limited supply
of diesel and the one remaining hydrogenerator, Thomson will be in very
strict energy saving mode - running what his team call 'dark mode' - which
means very reduced communication with the outside world.
Top 5 of 20 - Rankings as of Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 20h00 (FR)
1. Francois Gabart (FRA), Macif: 14910.9 nm Distance to Finish
2. Armel Le Cleac'h (FRA), Banque Populaire: 14.4 nm Distance to Lead
3. Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), Virbac Paprec 3: 89.7 nm DTL
4. Alex Thomson (GBR), Hugo Boss: 177.7 nm DTL
5. Bernard Stamm (SUI), Cheminees Poujoulat: 192.6 nm DTL
Full rankings: http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/ranking.html
BACKGROUND: Twenty skippers began 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.
Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) set the course record of 84 days in the 2008-9
edition. -- http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/
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DEATH KNELL FOR THE VOLVO OCEAN RACE?
When French sailor François Gabart aboard his Open 60 Macif covered an
incredible 545.3 nautical miles in 24 hours this week in the Vendee Globe,
his pace of 22.3 knots only slightly trailed that of the fastest
fully-crewed 24-hour record speed of 24.85 knots set in the 2008-9 Volvo
Gabart, alone on a smaller boat, has been almost able to match the
incredible pace of a Torben Grael and his team of professionals aboard the
Volvo Open 70 Ericcson 4. Brian Hancock, a sailor and promoter of around
the world races, comments on the significance of Gabart's record:
So what does all of this mean, other than the obvious which is that the
French are genetically wired differently from the rest of us when it comes
to offshore racing. To me it means that the Volvo Ocean Race is in trouble,
and before anyone starts filling my inbox with hate mail, let me point out
that I am a massive fan of the VOR and veteran of the event, so I am
entitled to my opinion. Hear me out on this one.
A decade ago the Global Challenge, Chay Blyth's
around-the-world-the-wrong-way race was a thriving event that billed itself
as quite simply the toughest ocean race on the planet. You almost had to be
superhuman to race around the planet against the prevailing winds and they
marketed this point very successfully.
Then along came Dee Caffari, a pretty 33 year old British sailor who took
one of the Global Challenge yachts and sailed it single-handed, non-stop
around the world. How hard could the Global Challenge really be if one
person could do it without even stopping? A few years later Blyth's event
was gone, the myth shattered.
How does this relate to the VOR? Quite simple. In order to be the best you
have to innovate, you have to reinvent, and you must never retreat. I
understand some of the reasons behind the VOR opting for a smaller One
Design boat for their future events, but I view it as the death knell for
How do you promote your event as Life at the Extreme, the absolute pinnacle
of the sport, when the sailing public and sponsors alike are aware that the
Vendee sailors, all alone on smaller boats are matching the pace of the
Volvo Ocean Race. All of a sudden it does not seem so extreme, such the
pinnacle of the sport. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/BH-121112
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* The Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week will celebrate its 25th
Anniversary in 2013, hosting seven championship events as part of the
biennial regatta's schedule along with the introduction of new classes for
Classics, Doublehanded boats and Gunboats. Scheduled from Sunday, June 23,
through Friday, June 28, the event will host the IRC North American
Championship; HPR (High Performance Rule) North American Championship; PHRF
East Coast Championship; J/80 North American Championship; J/109 East Coast
Championship; Swan 42 New England Championship; and Beneteau 36.7 Northeast
Championship. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/STC-121112
* Invitations have been extended to 12 of the best national youth sailing
teams in the world to compete in the February Selection Series for the Red
Bull Youth America's Cup. The Red Bull Youth America's Cup, scheduled
September 1-4, 2013, begins with the Selection Series in San Francisco on
February 9-24. The Selection Series will narrow the field through a
rigorous training workshop and regatta, though the number of competitors to
advance to the September event is not known at this time. -- Read on:
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* From Skip Allan:
Fred Smales was a class act and friend to all sailors (8 Bells, SB 3736).
His pale green Cal-32 ESCAPADE regularly won races in Southern California
in the '50's and early '60's against the likes of YUCCA (Don Barber),
SPARKLE (Alex Irving), the PCC's, and other Cal-32's. Fred was always
smiling as ESCAPADE sailed to the front of the fleet. He knew the advantage
of a clean bottom, fresh sails, and knowledgeable crew.
I only ever heard Fred raise his voice once. In the summer of 1961, he had
bought a new green spinnaker from Burke Sawyer, the salesman at Watts Sails
in Torrance. No one had ever done it before. But Fred and Burke agreed it
would be really cool to have an Escapade emblem sewn on the new spinnaker.
What Fred wanted stitched on his new spinnaker was a Fleur de Lys.
Fred left the office, and Burke began scratching his head. What the hell
was a Fleur de Lys and where would he find a pattern to make such a thing?
I believe it was Bob Hanretty who suggested to Burke that he go down the
street and buy a box of Girl Scout cookies, which used a Fleur de Lys as
their emblem. Burke came back with a half eaten box of cookies and began
Fred picked up Escapade's new spinnaker with the Fleur de Lys on Friday
afternoon for the weekend race. On Monday morning, Fred was back at the
loft with the spinnaker, mad as hell at Burke. I could only catch snatches
of the conversation out on the floor. It seems Burke's cookie Fleur de Lys
emblem on ESCAPADE's spinnaker came out looking like Fred was giving
everyone the finger.
* From Joe Cooper:
With respect to Ned Hal's remarks in 'butt 3736 on the 50th reunion of the
Weatherly crew, I was a 7 year old kid in Sydney THAT day in 1962. I was
huddled under the covers avoiding getting ready for school and listening to
the radio coverage of the race by local sailing press notable Lou D'Alpuget
as Gretel surged past Weatherly.
I reckon Peter Montgomery must have either apprenticed under or listened to
Lou for he has the same furious passion in his voice as Lou had that day. I
remember thinking the he was about to bust a gut. I recall he was almost
screaming down the crackling AM transmission from Newport. That win really
made a huge impact in the whole of Australia, not just the sailing world.
The one constant that all players in the America's Cup have in spades is
Passion. It was never more in evidence than in Lou's voice that cold dank
early spring morning in Sydney's Kings Cross where a certain 7 year old kid
was ignoring the pleas from his mum to get dressed for school. I date my
contraction of the disease from that morning.
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