SCUTTLEBUTT 3748 - Monday, January 7, 2013
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INAUGURAL ROB MOORE MEMORIAL REGATTA
The Corinthian Yacht Club of San Francisco (CYC) and the Bay Area Racing
Federation (BARF) have announced the inaugural Rob Moore Memorial Regatta,
to be held on February 16, 2013 in conjunction with CYC's popular Midwinter
Race Series. The event will honor Rob's legacy in the San Francisco Bay
sailing community by promoting a well-run, fun regatta, while raising money
for lung cancer research.
As racing editor of Latitude 38 for eighteen years, as a boat owner and
racer, and as crew on many large and small racing programs, Rob Moore made
innumerable contributions to San Francisco Bay sailing. He was an honorary
member of CYC for nearly as long, and actively supported the club's
midwinter and Friday night racing series.
As he penned in his "Ten Commandments of Beercan Racing," first published
in Latitude 38 in 1989, Rob believed strongly that sailboat racing should
be competitive and fun, and encourage participation at all levels. He was
discouraged by the recent downturn in participation in SF Bay racing, and
he was constantly trying to find ways to increase the number of boats on
the water. With this in mind we have launched a yearly event that will
honor Rob's contributions to our sport with a focus on upholding his Ten
Rob was only 58 years old when he succumbed to lung cancer in January 2012.
He was among the 20% of lung cancer victims with no history of smoking. It
may be surprising to some that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer
deaths in the U.S., numbering more than breast, colon, pancreatic, and
prostate combined. The five-year survival rate is only 15%, however it
receives less than a quarter of the research funding of breast cancer
alone. -- Read on:
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rob was a friend and contributor to Scuttlebutt during his
short life and we miss him dearly. Look for Rob's "Ten Commandments of
Beercan Racing" to be reprinted in Scuttlebutt as we get closer to the
summer season. However, if you want to apply his commandments now, here is
the link: http://www.latitude38.com/misc/10Command-opt.pdf
THE TRAVELLING LIFE
Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie Ben Ainslie CBE, 35, is the most decorated
Olympic sailor of all time, having won gold in four consecutive Games since
2000. He has been World Champion 10 times , European Champion nine times
and was named World Sailor of the Year 2012. Currently based in California
to train for the America's Cup, he shares some of his favourite traveling
* How many holidays do you take a year?
One: normally a sailing holiday, believe it or not. It's nice to be able to
relax and enjoy a boat, rather than race it. I wouldn't be any good at a
beach holiday; I need to be doing something active.
* Favourite holiday sailing spots?
The Greek islands and the Caribbean. Places like the British Virgin Islands
are easy to sail around and have lots of character - but if you want a bit
more adventure and a longer voyage, St Barts, St Kitts and Nevis are all
* Plans for your next holiday?
It would be nice to go skiing, because I haven't been allowed to for so
long. I went six years ago to a chalet near Chamonix and loved the fresh
air, the breathtaking scenery - and the sport.
* Favourite spots in America?
I've travelled all over - New York, Miami, Seattle. I also really enjoy San
Francisco, where I've been based for the past few months.
* Any tips for visiting the city?
I do quite a lot of cycling to keep fit and I tend to head for a beach
called Stinson , about 10 miles out, which is on a beautiful little cove.
There's a steep climb up Mount Tamalpais en route, but it's worth it.
* What about restaurants?
Ozumo, an Asian fusion restaurant downtown, is very relaxed, with a good
bar and great Asian food.
* Favourite hotel in America?
The Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District of New York is a lot of fun, and
it has a nice rooftop pool. I love New York: it is mad, and so intense.
* Great spots to sail on the US coast?
San Francisco, which has its own micro-climate. Because of its position,
air is sucked under the Golden Gate Bridge , so you are guaranteed winds,
as well as a warm climate and gorgeous scenery.
Read on: http://tinyurl.com/Tele-010613
THE JANUARY RIGGING SALE AT APS
Happy New Year! That means APS Annual January Rigging & Cordage Sale is on.
It's time to replace those halyards, sheets, shrouds, and lifelines. With
discounts up to 25% off normal retail prices, it's a practical opportunity
to get your boat ready for winter events and the season ahead. If you're
gearing up for the big breeze of Key West, let us know, and we'll put your
order through to meet your racing deadlines. More info here:
OPPORTUNITY AND ANGUISH
(January 6, 2013; Day 58) - Ever since the Vendee Globe dominate duo of
leader Francois Gabart (FRA) and Armel Le Cleac'h (FRA) began on January 1
tackling the changeable conditions and upwind angles of the south Atlantic,
third place Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) has reduced his deficit by 230 nm. With
Gabart and Le Cleac'h closely covering each other, the forecast for the
next 36 hours is sufficiently variable for Dick to seek the leverage that
may help to further crash their party.
One racer who hasn't had much to party about lately is Bernard Stamm (SUI).
Needing a pit stop in New Zealand nearly two weeks ago to repair his
hydrogenerators, his dragging anchor and some unintentional assistance from
a neighboring ship was sufficient for the International Jury to disqualify
him for a rule violation. With Stamm intent on continuing in the race and
appealing the decision, Stamm today hit an unidentified floating object,
ripping off his port side hydrogenerator. His second hydrogenerator is also
broken and is not charging.
Due to previous energy-related issues, he no longer has sufficient fuel
onboard. Stamm informed his team he was shutting down all energy-consuming
devices to conserve what little energy he had remaining for the autopilot.
"He was a little bit more than 1,000 miles away from the Horn when it
happened," explained Regis Rassouli from Stamm's team. "The weather is bad,
there is ice in the area, it's a very tricky situation. So we're working on
several possibilities to find a shelter or get additional fuel. We're
checking the weather and it's stressful because we know Bernard has no way
to receive weather data any more. The boat and Bernard's safety are clearly
Top 5 of 20 - Rankings as of Sunday, January 6, 2013, 20h00 (FR)
1. Francois Gabart (FRA), Macif: 5711.2 nm Distance to Finish
2. Armel Le Cleac'h (FRA), Banque Populaire: 41.5 nm Distance to Lead
3. Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), Virbac Paprec 3: 238.2 nm DTL
4. Alex Thomson (GBR), Hugo Boss: 615.4 nm DTL
5. Jean Le Cam (FRA), SynerCiel: 1774.8 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
"I am pretty sick of freeze dried food right now! I was pretty sick the
first time I had it! I still have a reasonable selection, but you never
have enough, enough treats and all the nice things seem to disappear." -
Mike Golding, competing in the 2012-13 Vendee Globe race
WINTER WEATHER CYCLES
By Chris Bedford, Sailing Weather Service
With the New Year the winter sailing season in Florida is ramping up and in
two weeks the focus turns toward Key West Race Week (Jan. 21-25). While it
is too early to say what weather will greet competitors this year, it is
most definitely not too early to start watching conditions and getting a
feel for the weather patterns that are common to Florida Keys this time of
During the winter months, there is a very well understood weather cycle
across the southeastern US and Gulf of Mexico which - when in progress - is
quite repeatable. Watching weather maps over the next couple of weeks
should give you a good opportunity to monitor development of the pattern.
And, unlike last year, this winter is shaping up to be much more of a
"normal" winter, suggesting that the cycle may play a key role in the
weather for this year's racing in Key West.
The cycle starts when a cold front crosses Key West while high pressure in
the Plains moves towards the Gulf Coastal States. This ushers in a fresh to
strong northerly wind with gusty and shifty conditions. The weather turns
cooler across the keys with cloudy skies and showers clearing out in the
12-24 hours following the front. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/SWS-010613
CONVICTED, FINED, SUSPENDED
It would seem that nearly every decision for the 34th America's Cup has
been in pursuit of the golden goose - the non-sailing public that can be
marketed to commercial sponsors who in turn can help pay the team budgets.
But with the non-sailing public comes the non-sailing press who can
occasionally get overly excited.
A story last week in the Huffington Post hoisted this headline" "Larry
Ellison's Team Oracle USA Convicted, Fined, Suspended". Sounds serious...
here's an excerpt:
The America's Cup is known for some risky behavior: high-speed crashes,
capsized catamarans, boats floating into the bay unmanned at night. And now
you can add espionage to the list. According to the San Francisco Business
Times, an international jury has found Oracle Team USA, the America's Cup
champion team owned by Larry Ellison, guilty of spying on Luna Rossa, the
Italian rival team.
The team was fined $15,200, forced to hand over ten photos of the Italian
team's boat and will be suspended from five days of practice as the race
approaches. According to sailing blog Sail World, both the Italian team and
another rival, New Zealand's Emirates Team, sought a substantially harsher
penalty for Oracle, but the jury denied the request.
EDITOR'S NOTE: In case your non-sailing friends expect you to be the
expert, here's the jury notice on the incident:
SCUTTLEBUTT SAILING CALENDAR
Events listed at http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar
* The 2012-13 Etchells Midwinters Series continued this weekend (January
5-6) with the Sid Doren Memorial in Miami, FL. "The Jag", as it has come to
be known, is a series of four regattas between December and March. Hosted
by Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, 57 teams came for the good weather, great
competition and even better camaraderie. With five races in the can, Ante
Razmilovic's "Swedish Blue" with Chris Larson and Stuart Flynn won. Second
went to Skip Dieball, Jon McClean and Paul Abdullah. Steve Girling sailed
his Lion Heart to third along with Ched Proctor and Dave Lutian. -- Full
* The Southern California Yachting Association will hold its 24th Annual
Women's Sailing Convention on February 2, 2013 in Corona del Mar, CA. The
event features 30 workshops and featured speaker Katie Pettibone, veteran
of two America's Cups and two Volvo Ocean Races. This event is open to all
women interested in sailing from novice/beginner to expert. Details:
* The ORC handicap rule is the platform for the 2013 ORCi World
Championship, sanctioned by ISAF as the Offshore World Championship, which
in 2013 will be held in Ancona, Italy over June 21-29. This event will
feature a week-long mix of inshore and offshore racing on the Adriatic
coast from the event venue based at Marina Dorica. As in the last two
years, the number of entries is expected to exceed 100 boats, and even now
there are already 28 entries from 7 countries on three continents. --
* CORRECTION: The results link in Scuttlebutt 3747 for the Open Orange Bowl
Regatta was faulty. Here is the correct link:
RACE TO BERMUDA - JANUARY INFO SESSIONS
Many sailors want to make the passage to Bermuda but there are so many
questions that must be answered. Information sessions to help you prepare
boat and crew will be presented by Marion Bermuda Race Organizers at New
England based Landfall Navigation and West Marine stores throughout January
2013. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see what it takes to race
to the beautiful island of Bermuda safely (and maybe win a little silver
along the way).
Info Session Dates & Locations: http://www.marionbermuda.com/#west
Safety at Sea Seminar (March 23-24): http://www.marionbermuda.com/sas
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* From Arthur Engel, US Sailing RRS committee:
Regarding the Sydney-Hobart OCS boat that was given redress (Scuttlebutt
3747), we don't have the Facts Found by the Jury but it is easy to imagine
a set of facts that would entitle a boat to redress.
The boat is close to the line but doesn't think it was over early (there
are other boats that might be over and the RC makes the visual and sound
signals correctly). The boat turns on the radio four and a half minutes
after their start to listen for OCS boats, hears nothing and turns it off
six minutes after their start. Had the RC made the correct radio
announcement they would have heard it and gone back.
Since SI 20.3 clearly states that the radio announcement will be made at
the 5-minute mark, making it earlier is probably an "improper action" by
the RC. However, that wouldn't result in redress here since no one seems to
have been prejudiced. [Had the OCS boat heard the earlier hails and gone
back then other boats presumably would have been entitled to redress for an
"improper" early radio announcement by the RC.]
This situation is exactly why long-distance races commonly impose a time
penalty (say 5, 10 or 15 minutes) to boats that are OCS but fail to return.
It isn't very competitor-friendly to be DSQed from a 2-day+ race for an
infraction that even in theory would gain you less than 1 minute or so of
* From Bill Doyle, Newport RI:
Maybe we have just found exactly what is wrong with our sport. In my
opinion, the skipper / owner challenging the Sydney Hobart race committee
to exonerate themselves from a clear and unquestioned foul is the lowest
form of unsportsmanlike conduct. Period. When Ragamuffin-Loyal learned they
were positively OCS, regardless of what the RC did, they should have
We are a self-policing sport, much like Golf, and if we can't do that our
future is bleak. We were involved in two similar situations that made us
question the honor of our fellow competitors.
In one race the RC appropriately posted an amendment that instituted a
mid-course gate. About 15 boats missed the gate, including us. All other
competitors came to protest the RC over a minimal procedural error to get
their DSQ exonerated. We refused to go along them. End results: 14 boats
were re-instituted and we were disqualified (appropriately.) In another
incident, we were involved in a significant accident and the at-fault boat
refused to accept the decisions by the protest committee, and two appeals,
and it ended up in the courts. (They lost).
If winning is so important that you are willing to trade your honor for it,
have you really won anything?
* From George Sechrist:
The incident at the Sydney Hobart Race is a great lesson to all organizing
authorities or anyone that writes NOR's or SI's. If you write it, be
absolutely sure that it is reasonable and that you can enforce it! In this
case, no problem if the words "approximately five minutes" were deleted.
The use of the word 'approximate' will always cause controversy, as 10
different protest committees can and will make their own interpretation of
what is 'approximate', a slightly different twist on this case. However,
the RC somehow determined that their attempted hails on VHF were not
approximately 5 minutes, but were they 4 minutes, 4.5 minutes, 5.5 minutes,
6 minutes, or what? It can be argued that these are all approximate, and
all are not approximate. Keep it clear and simple!
* From Shawn Millar:
What kind of silly rule is it for the Sydney Hobart race where they call
the OCS boat approximately five minutes after the start? When was the last
time you restarted after sailing a race for five minutes?
* From Andrew McIrvine, Admiral, Royal Ocean Racing Club:
Rules are rules... except they are not. This is amply demonstrated by two
recent incidents. Bernard Stamm's disqualification in the Vendee Globe Race
is supported by virtually no one, while Ragamuffin's lack of
disqualification in the Sydney Hobart is supported by even fewer. Go
COMMENT: A couple points regarding the Sydney Hobart Race. The SIs award a
boat that is a premature starter and fails to return and start a scoring
penalty of 30%. Also, the request for redress for Ragamuffin being OCS came
from the race administration headquarters after they learned about the
procedural miscue on the water by the race committee boat.
Rather than having Ragamuffin file for redress, the RC beat them to it - a
rare action for an RC. Given the fact now that an improper action by the
RC allowed Ragamuffin to start early -and receive no penalty - could the
other yachts in the fleet have filed redress, saying that their position in
race was affected by an improper action of the RC? -- Craig Leweck,
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