SCUTTLEBUTT 3745 - Wednesday, January 2, 2013
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LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEW YEAR
Volvo Ocean Race chief executive Knut Frostad has taken a frank look back
at the last edition which finished in July and spoken candidly about his
aims for 2013 and beyond in a special New Year's Day interview.
* In mid-2012 you announced in Lorient the fundamental switch to a
one-design boat model. Six months on, how confident are you that the
2014-15 Race made the right decision with this?
KNUT FROSTAD: I knew this was a bold decision but from the moment we made
it, the reactions and feedback I have had from exciting potential teams,
the sailors and in particular the sponsors, have been 100% positive.
In fact the more we get into the project the more it makes sense. That
said, the project is also complex and demanding on our organisation as we
now have added a whole new dimension and area to our team. There is a lot
more to it than what was obvious to us when we started.
No one has ever created a true one-design class in high performance
offshore racing before and I know why. It is not easy and it is a huge
undertaking both financially and in terms of resources to make it all
happen on time while working to the smallest possible tolerances.
But we are on track to achieve a great result and I can't wait to see the
first boat out of the yard in the end of June 2013.
* What are the other key advancements that you would like to see in the
Race for the next edition?
KNUT FROSTAD: Apart from growing the fleet slightly, the biggest change
must come in television and online video. There is so much untapped
potential there and so much to tell - we have worked hard on this and will
work even harder next race. To bring the race and its sailors to a wider
audience in a compelling way. I think we can make a giant step next time -
Another area is getting more and some new nations involved - in particular
I am hopeful of seeing a South American team again. That also has an impact
on what further we can build the race to become.
Full interview: http://tinyurl.com/VOR-010113
NOTICE OF RACE: Teams will be allowed an extra crew member for In-Port
Races in the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15, in one of a
series of rule changes announced in the Notice of Race which was released
on December 21. Details: http://tinyurl.com/NOR-010113
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NEW YEARS AT CAPE HORN
(January 1, 2013; Day 53) - Racing in his first ever Vendee Globe, Francois
Gabart (FRA), the youngest skipper in the solo nonstop around the world
race, passed the longitude of Cape Horn this evening at 1820hrs UTC,
setting a new record for the passage from the start line in Les Sables
d'Olonne of 52 days 6 hours 18 minutes.
Gabart, 29, solo skipper of Macif, broke the existing record, which was set
in January 2009 by his mentor Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA), by a significant
margin, 4 days 8 hours and 50 minutes. As he passed Cape Horn the young
French skipper lead second placed Armel Le Cleac'h (Banque Populaire) by
around 25 miles, approximately two hours.
"I exchanged text messages with François, very short messages," said
Desjoyeaux, the only skipper to win the Vendee Globe twice, and whose
company manages Gabart's campaign. "He told me the visibility was under two
miles, he's sailing ahead of a (cold) front and approaching Cape Horn. So
he has his hands full right now.
"It is a very emotional moment, but I'm afraid he doesn't have time to
enjoy it because the data collected by CLS shows there's ice all over the
area. It's hard to tell exactly what type of ice blocks there is - growlers
or icebergs - but they definitely need to be out on the deck and visually
check. You need to stand next to the helm, even if the autopilot is on,
because you can grab the helm if necessary or work on the sails if you need
to change the heading of the boat very quickly. Radars aren't enough
because they can't detect smaller objects."
Top 5 of 20 - Rankings as of Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 20h00 (FR)
1. Francois Gabart (FRA), Macif: 7012.2 nm Distance to Finish
2. Armel Le Cleac'h (FRA), Banque Populaire: 24.9 nm Distance to Lead
3. Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), Virbac Paprec 3: 468.9 nm DTL
4. Alex Thomson (GBR), Hugo Boss: 928.0 nm DTL
5. Jean Le Cam (FRA), SynerCiel: 2092.7 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/
QUOTE / UNQUOTE
"(Gabart & Le Cleac'h) have sailed an amazing race, it's almost like
they've been glued together. I've never seen anything quite like the
changing places, the continuous high speeds - they seem to have another
layer of performance that we have not seen before. We have seen 19, 20, 21
knot averages which we have never seen that before; it is quite
extraordinary." - Mike Golding, competing in the 2012-13 Vendee Globe race
KIWIS TO BOYCOTT AMERICA'S CUP WORLD SERIES
Team New Zealand will boycott the 2013 America's Cup World Series
pre-regattas as the team believes it will be a distraction from the main
event. In what is certain to create further tension between Grant Dalton
and Oracle chief executive Sir Russell Coutts, the mastermind behind the
new-look event, the Kiwi team will instead concentrate on their AC72
Three America's Cup World Series events, which are sailed in the scaled
down AC45 catamarans, are scheduled for next year - one in Naples in April,
and two in an as yet unconfirmed venue in the United States, believed to be
Emirates Team New Zealand have decided to bypass these events as Dalton
believes they are an unnecessary distraction when they should be focusing
on sailing their AC72 - the boat the Louis Vuitton Cup and America's Cup
will be contested in.
After launching their first AC72 in July, Team New Zealand's performances
in the ACWS events dropped away as the team struggled to balance their
testing and development programme in the AC72 with staying race-sharp in
the smaller boat.
Under the protocols governing the next America's Cup, Team New Zealand are
required to take part in the pre-regattas but Dalton has a plan to
circumvent the rules - he will send their youth team, led by Olympic silver
medallist Peter Burling.
"The AC45s are not the main event anymore, so it's a bit of a pain trying
to juggle the two boats," said Dalton.
"There's two (ACWS events) towards the end of May, which is absolutely a
distraction and although under the protocol we can't sail our 72 while the
event is on, there's little chance that Dean (Barker) and co will do that
regatta. The boat will - it has to - but we will likely send a youth team
up there." -- NZ Herald, read on: http://tinyurl.com/NZH-010113
MORE: TNZ skipper Dean Barker reflects on 30 days of sailing the AC72:
ROLEX SYDNEY HOBART YACHT RACE
The Reichel/Pugh 100-foot Wild Oats XI, owned by Bob Oatley and skippered
by Mark Richards, cemented their place in history as the first to twice
claim the 628 nm Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race treble; line honours, first
overall and the race record.
As the overall winner of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's 2012
edition, the yacht shaved 16 minutes and 58 seconds off her 2005 record
when she crossed the finish line on Friday 28 December at 07.23.12 AEDT.
They completed the course in 01:18:23:12 for an average speed of 14.8
knots. Seventy-one yachts completed the race with five yachts retiring.
"There are only a couple of boats competing for line honours, but the
Tattersall's Cup - it's nearly the whole fleet - it's a big deal," Richards
said. "You get close to something like that and it becomes a real goal for
us. I'm sure there'll be bigger and better boats out next year, so we'll
just see what happens."
Only one other yacht has ever won the trifecta; Captain John Illingworth's
Rani in the inaugural race in 1945. This is Wild Oats' sixth line honours
victory. Only one other yacht Morna, later re-named Kurrewa IV, has done
better. She won line honours seven times, but never won the race outright.
-- Race website: http://rolexsydneyhobart.com/
Carlo Borlenghi photos: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/12/1231/
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* The Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta in Miami, FL on December
27-30 attracted 577 boats in six events from across the continent and
throughout the world. Winners were Optimist - Max Clapp (GBR); Optimist
Green - Cesare Allocco (USA); Club 420 - Will LaDow/ Nikki Obel (USA);
Laser - Avery Fanniing (USA); Laser Radial - William Marshall (USA); Laser
4.7 - Alexander Boite (FRA). Complete results: http://tinyurl.com/OB-010113
* (December 29, 2012) - The International Jury for the 34th America's Cup
has deducted five sailing days from Oracle Team USA as the final decision
in the espionage case brought against the defender by Italian syndicate
Luna Rossa Challenge 2013. The International Jury determined that Oracle
Team USA had breached part of the Protocol by being within 200 meters of
the Italian AC72 during a training session in New Zealand in early
November. Oracle Team USA has returned 10 photos as instructed and was also
fined approximately $15,200. Details: http://tinyurl.com/ACUP-010113
* Russell Coutts income of $13.4m NZD ($11.1m USD) from America's Cup
defender Oracle Team USA has made Coutts the 2012 highest paid sportsman in
New Zealand. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/Stuff-010113
* Italian Giovanni Soldini and his eight crew on the VO70 Maserati began on
December 31 an attempt to establish a 13,225 nm New York to San Francisco
record. There is no current monohull record, but a benchmark was set in
1998 by skipper Yves Parlier aboard Aquitaine Innovations of 57 days, 3
hours and 2 minutes. -- http://maserati.soldini.it/?lang=en
* Ben Ainslie, the most decorated Olympic sailor of all time, has capped
off his record-breaking 2012 with a Knighthood (CBE) in Britain's New Year
Honours list. 'Sir Ben' claimed his fourth straight Olympic gold - and
fifth Olympic medal in total - on the waters of Weymouth and Portland this
summer. In addition to Ainslie, honors were also extended to his coach
David Howlett and Paralympic sailing gold medallist Helena Lucas, who were
both named as Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). -- Full
* The World Sailing Speed Record Council ratified new Open and Women's 500
meter World Records in the 10 square meter Windsurfer Division. Antoine
Albeau (FRA) set a new open record in Luderitz, Namibia on November 21 of
52.05 knots. Zara Davis (GBR) set a new women's record in Luderitz, Namibia
on November 17 of 45.83 knots. The previous records were 49.09 and 41.25
knots, respectively. -- Full report:
EIGHT BELLS - HENRY STRZELECKI
Henry Strzelecki, co-founder of Henri-Lloyd marine apparel, died on Boxing
Day (Dec. 26) at age 87 years. Universally known as "Mr. Henri", he devoted
much of his life to the benefit of others. Born in Poland, he became as
English as the next man in his adopted city of Manchester. The
transformation was neither easy nor immediate, but it was determined; he
did not, however, shun his native land as could be evidenced by some of his
later business developments.
Born in Brodnica, midway between Warsaw and Gdansk, he fled occupied
Poland, the scene of much human suffering, after making himself a nuisance
to the Nazis, to join the Polish 2nd Corps in Italy; it became part of the
British Eighth Army. He fought with Corps in many campaigns, notably in the
liberation of Bologna, earning recognition in the form of medals from both
the Polish and the British authorities. He was demobilised in Britain and
opted to stay here as by then his native Poland was in the hands of the
He worked and studied in the textile industry. It was while working in the
Double Two shirt factory that he met and married his wife, Sheila, a
strong-minded Yorkshire woman, in 1952. She became the rock at home so that
he could devote all his energies to the clothing business he was to start
ten years later when he felt he had absorbed as much as he could of the
essential details of every aspect of the trade. He only needed a suitable
"cause" to develop.
It came from one of his recreational activities. "Henri" was a keen sailor
and knew as well as any that the available clothing for that sport was
woefully inadequate. Materials constructed from man-made fibres were in
their infancy, but true to the traditions of the garment industry, "Henri"
uncovered those that were suitable for his purpose - that of producing
wearable weather-proof clothing - among them Bri-nylon, which was to become
the base cloth of his early foul-weather gear.
Entering a partnership with Angus Lloyd in 1963 to form Henri-Lloyd
Limited, he devoted the rest of his working life for the benefit of others.
-- Read on:
EIGHT BELLS - LYNN WATTERS
It is with great sadness I tell the sailing world that my dad, Lynn
Watters, died on Christmas day at the age of 96. He made significant
contributions to the sport we all love.
During his tenure as head of the IYRU (ISAF) Rules Committee he shaped the
way we all race today. He created the International Judging system which is
now universally used for all major regattas. As an International Judge
himself, he officiated at almost every major regatta worldwide at one time
or another. The list is far too long but some standouts are the America's
Cup and the Olympics. Dad sailed in two Olympics, 1960 and 1964 in the
Dragon class. He was universally known as one of the great tacticians in
Dad called a number of Royalty his friends; he was one of a select group of
400 invited guests (including the Queen Mother) who attended King Olaf's
80th birthday. He gave much to the sport and the sport gave back to him. --
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* From Steve Lopez
As a long time competitor and friend of Moose McClintock, I read with
interest his article in Scuttlebutt 3740 about professionalism in youth
I am at least partially responsible for this. My son came through the Opti
class when these "now standard training techniques" were developing. At
that time training was only provided to those who made the National Team.
It was obvious to anyone paying attention that it worked well. The best got
better and the rest wanted the same.
This growth in training devolved into what we have today: huge sums of
money on coaching, travel and equipment. Phony antisocial elitist "Teams"
that do nothing to actually encourage "team playing". It has done the
opposite. When the kids are part of the "team" they are encouraged to stay
with the team, eat with the team, sail with the team, etc. They hardly
socialize with the other sailors.
The thing is, this is going on everywhere, not just sailing. I see hundreds
of 8-10 year old kids in the neighborhood playing lacrosse. By the time
they're 12, there is travel teams and the number is reduced to 40 or so. By
the time they get to high school, maybe 10 can make the team. At college
level you're lucky if two are still playing.
A kid these days has every waking second scheduled with adult supervised
activities. It's simply a different world now. The times of simply messing
around with boats down by the river are over forever. Those born in the 50s
lived the last golden era to grow up in this country.....and it was great.
COMMENT: The "soccerization" of sailing may have helped to grow youth
sailing, but there seems to be unintended consequences for growing lifelong
sailors. I was born in 1962, and my last U.S. Youth Champs was in the newly
released Laser 2. Was this the point in time when 'youth sailing' was
splintered off from 'open sailing'? - Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
* From Chris Wentz:
Reporting in Scuttlebutt 3744, it says the titanium keel on Safran broke
during the 2012-13 Vendee Globe Race due to metal fatigue. While it
certainly did do just that, the most significant thing the report said was.
"...the loads experienced by the keel were undoubtedly far higher than the
standard values used by the design teams..."
Put another way, the engineers designing the keel have but little idea of
what the keel loadings will be. That is no surprise given that these boats
are built to a development rule. What does surprise is that the designers
evidently don't cover their ass and their skipper's ass with a healthy
safety factor, aka factor of ignorance.
More is learned from one failure than from 100 successes but that can't
ease the minds of the skippers deep in the Southern Ocean who know beyond
doubt that the designers of their boats are merely guessing.
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