SCUTTLEBUTT 3751 - Thursday, January 10, 2013
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THE YEAR OF THE AMERICA'S CUP IS UPON US
Scuttlebutt will be providing a monthly summary for each of the four teams
through to the Louis Vuitton Cup (July 4-Sept 1) and the 34th Match (Sept
7-22). All the teams returned this week from holiday break... here's what
they are up to in January:
* Oracle Team USA (USA), Defender -
The team returned from a holiday break to greet the arrival of wing 2.
Constructed at Core Builders Composites in New Zealand, the wing was
shipped to San Francisco, arrived Jan. 8, and will be assembled and tested
over the coming weeks.
Work continues on the first AC72 following its capsize in October.
Composite work was completed and the platform reassembled prior to
Christmas. Now, the shore team begins installing systems - hydraulics,
winch systems, nets, etc. The goal is to sail the AC72 again in early
February. All is happening concurrently with the build of the second boat
and third wing which are expected in the spring. The team ultimately plans
for two-boat testing and training this summer.
This month, the sailing team resumes the AC45 training and testing program,
as well as preparing to sail the AC72. Several members of the team also
continue working with the two squads selected by Oracle Team USA to compete
in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup.
* Artemis Racing (SWE), Challenger of Record -
The team returns from the Christmas break recharged and ready to continue
preparing for the 34th America's Cup. The Artemis team will continue to
train on the AC72 on San Francisco Bay. On days that the AC72 doesn't sail,
Iain Percy and the sailing team train in our fleet of Moths, A-Cats, F18s
and AC45s out of our base in Alameda, CA.
The teams' second wing and second boat are well under way, with the plan to
sail with the second wing in February. Boat 2 will be complete in April;
the team does not plan on training with both boats at the same time.
This week helm Nathan Outteridge is competing in the 2013 Australian Moth
Nationals, fine tuning his foiling skills. Team Founder Torbjorn Tornqvist
begins competition again on the RC 44 tour with the first event of the
season in Oman, January 30-Feb 3.
* Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), Challenger -
The team takes delivery of its second AC72 next week. Boat 1 was
decommissioned before Christmas, with some of the parts - winch drums and
hydraulic fittings for example - to be installed in the second boat.
The shore crew, most of the sailing team, and contractors will be working
on fit-out through January and into February: electronics, hydraulics, the
trampoline and all the hundreds of small fittings will be put on to the
boat in preparation for the low-key launch.
The sailing team is also planning to do some sailing during January. The
team's AC45 has been commissioned over the break and there has been talk of
some race practice with Luna Rossa.
Construction of the team's second wing is well advanced although it will
not be seen in public until later. Boat 2 will use the first wing for a few
weeks to allow the team to test the platform's structural integrity and
systems and not have any potential issues with a new wing intervene in the
* Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 (ITA), Challenger -
The plan for January is to make the most of the 13 remaining days allowed
by the Protocol to sail the AC72 prior to the January 31st deadline. This
is the only boat the team plans to build.
This coming week the team will be concentrating on match racing practice
sessions with its two AC45 catamarans Luna Rossa Swordfish and Luna Rossa
Piranha. At the same time an additional group of sailors will be training
on the SL33 catamaran to practice foiling techniques.
Starting from next week the crew will resume training on the Luna Rossa
AC72 catamaran. The main goals for this first period will be a mix of crew
training sessions around the course and speed tests. The training work on
the AC72 will be alternated in the coming weeks with practice on the AC45
boats and on the SL33.
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VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
The Sail Canada, Volunteer of the Year Award, was established in 1991 to
recognize outstanding contributions by Sail Canada volunteers. The 2012
award recipient is Fiona Kidd - here are some of her recent contributions:
ISAF Youth Championship Subcommittee Chair (2001-2012)
ISAF Women's Forum Chair (2005-2012)
ISAF Council Women's Representative (2005-2012)
ISAF Events Committee Member (2001-2012)
ISAF 2014 Youth Olympic Games Working Party Member (2011-2012)
"In her 12 years as chair of the ISAF Youth Worlds championship
sub-committee, Fiona has brought her passion and vision to the event,
making it the 'jewel in ISAF's crown,'" said New Zealander Ralph Roberts
(MBE), past ISAF Council member. "Under her stewardship, the event has
grown in participation from less than 40 countries to more than 60, with an
increasingly professional approach to the management of the event. Fiona's
leadership has engaged not only the hundreds of sailors that have taken
part, but also the thousands of volunteers that have contributed to this
After over 20 years of volunteerism, Fiona notes how important it is to
follow your passion. "As time is precious, (volunteering) must be fun and
fulfilling," she explains. "As a volunteer, you will meet wonderful people
and be part of a very special community. Volunteering time in this sport is
so important because without volunteers sailing would not be the wonderful
sport that it is today. It is the time and effort of parents, sailors, and
club members that enable all of us to enjoy our sport in a variety of
different ways year after year." -- Full report:
GROWING THE OLYMPIC PROGRAM
(January 9, 2013) - US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider announced a
partnership with Oakcliff Sailing of Oyster Bay, N.Y, naming Oakcliff an
official training center of the team. Through the generous support of
Oakcliff founder Hunt and Betsy Lawrence, Oakcliff will acquire 24 Olympic
class boats - eight each of the Nacra 17, 49er and 49er FX skiffs - that
the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider will have full access to for
Team-level training and youth development throughout the year.
"We are thrilled to have Oakcliff as a partner and grateful for the support
of Hunt and Betsy Lawrence in the U.S. effort to create winning national
teams at all levels of Olympic class sailing," said Josh Adams, Managing
Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing. "Oakcliff's fleet-building effort in the
Nacra 17, 49er and 49er FX is a tremendous asset for the U.S. Olympic
Sailing Program, providing a training platform for US Sailing Team Sperry
Top-Sider that is designed to help generate a performance edge in these
In addition to US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider training, the center will
host US Sailing Development Team training camps, and focus on regional and
national youth development in multihulls and skiffs through Oakcliff's
"Oakcliff is excited to be working with US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider,"
said Dawn Riley, Executive Director at Oakcliff. "We welcome the
opportunity to help train the best in the world and in conjunction with our
Acorn and Sapling programs led by Jay Kehoe, identify and coach the next
generation of Olympic champions."
By owning and operating fleets of multihulls and skiffs, the center will
focus on four primary goals: provide a training ground for US Sailing Team
Sperry Top-Sider; power development of three Olympic classes in which the
U.S. lacks fleet size; create an avenue of training and development for
young sailors on the rise; and expand Oakcliff's sailing programs to
feature Olympic class boats. -- http://tinyurl.com/USA-010913
"SHALL" AND "WILL" IN SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
By Rob Overton, US Racing Rules Committee Chairman
As even a casual glance at the Racing Rules of Sailing will show, the word
"shall" appears often. That's not a common word, at least in the American
idiom, but a lot of readers don't think much about it, assuming that
"shall" is simply a synonym of "will", preferred for some arcane reason by
the rules writers.
One consequence of this interpretation is that when race committee chairmen
write sailing instructions, they sometimes simply put "shall" everywhere
they normally would have written "will". This usually doesn't cause any
serious harm, but it's wrong, and I want to set the record straight.
As used in the world of contracts and specifications, and in our rules,
"shall" is compulsory and "will" is generally either promissory or factual,
depending on the context. Here's an example of a hypothetical specification
written by the US Government regarding work to be done by ABC Contractors:
The project will begin 1 January 2015. Before that date a final schedule of
meetings will be provided to ABC in conformance with paragraph 184.108.40.206.5 of
the Contract. ABC shall attend those meetings or pay a fine as specified in
paragraph 220.127.116.11.6 of the Contract. Additionally, ABC shall notify the
Government in writing at least 10 days in advance if they will not be able
to attend a meeting.
The first "will" is a statement of fact. The second is a promise by the
Government. In contrast, the "shalls" are demands made by the Government
upon the contractor. The last clause shows one other use of "will", in
conditional clauses - the non-attendance is neither mandatory nor factual,
just conjectural, but in the future. Such constructions rarely if ever come
up in sailing instructions, so we will ignore this usage.
Note that the second "will" binds the Government whereas the "shalls" bind
the contractor, ABC. Obviously, it's critical to know which party is
issuing the specification when choosing whether to use "shall" or "will".
How does this apply to sailing instructions? Well, sailing instructions are
rules issued by race committees (see rule 90.2(a)), so it's appropriate to
use "will" to describe anything that is factual or under the control of the
race committee and "shall" for anything that's under the control of the
competitor (but is being limited by the SIs). Here's an example... read on:
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AND NOW THERE ARE TWELVE
(January 9, 2013; Day 61) - With no power on board since January 6 after a
collision damaged his hydrogenerators, Bernard Stamm rounded Cape Horn this
morning in eighth position. With Stamm's race already under appeal, a
result of a jury decision that he received outside assistance during a
repair stop in New Zealand, he officially has now withdrawn from the race.
After rounding Cape Horn, Stamm met his friend Unai Basurko who provided
diesel to the Cheminees Poujoulat skipper, making it possible for him to
turn his batteries back on. Once the batteries were sufficiently charged,
the Swiss skipper officially notified the Race Direction of his intent to
Among the leaders, Alex Thomson has built over 600 nm of leverage to the
west of the top three that is now paying dividends. His 'Distance to the
Lead' has been reduced by 100 nm in the past 24 hours, but what the
rankings don't reveal is that Alex is now further north than Jean-Pierre,
and that Alex has offwind conditions while the top three are close-hauled.
Top 5 of 20 - Rankings as of Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 20h00 (FR)
1. Francois Gabart (FRA), Macif: 5009.1 nm Distance to Finish
2. Armel Le Cleac'h (FRA), Banque Populaire: 89.0 nm Distance to Lead
3. Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), Virbac Paprec 3: 424.5 nm DTL
4. Alex Thomson (GBR), Hugo Boss: 529.1 nm DTL
5. Jean Le Cam (FRA), SynerCiel: 1657.0 nm DTL
Full rankings: http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/ranking.html
FIFTEEN: That's the combined number of times that Mike Golding (GBR) and
Dominique Wavre (SUI) have passed Cape Horn, which both did Wednesday in
sixth and seventh position respectively. Golding counts six times while
Wavre is on his ninth passing. Wavre first rounded Cape Horn in 1981 during
the Whitbread round the world race and he went on to race the next three
events. He rounded the Horn again in 2000 and 2004 during the Vendee Globe,
and then in 2007 and 2010 during the Barcelona World Race.
ROLL CALL: The 2008-9 edition of the Vendee Globe saw 19 of the original 30
starters withdraw from the race. As of January 9, the current edition of
the race has seen 8 of the 20 starters withdraw. Here is the damage roll
call from both races: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/12/vg
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/
INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES
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* Quantum Sails Acquires Manufacturing Facility
* VanTol Insurance Group expands Marine Division
* Gill Announces Footwear for Sailors
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save their bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.
* From Andrew Burton:
So I learn in Scuttlebutt 3749 that we have a new rule: RRS 55 Trash
Disposal - "A competitor shall not intentionally put trash in the water."
Really? Is this what our sport has come to? How is this rule remotely
connected to sailing? As a rule of good citizenship, yes, fine. But this
ridiculous rule has no place in the RRS.
Don't get me wrong, I hate garbage going into the water, and I was one of
the first in my area to bring multiple serving beverage containers and
reusable cups on my boat (when Heineken started making mini kegs), but we
don't need to address either problem in the Racing Rules of Sailing. I
thought rule-makers were trying to reduce the number of rules for
What's next; an admonition to parents of Opti sailors not to provide their
offspring with sugary carbonated beverages?
* From Chris Bulger:
The promotion of the Storm Trysail Block Island Race Week (June 23-28) in
Scuttlebutt 3750 took me on a remarkable trip down memory lane and gave me
pause on how our sport has changed.
In a tribute to the 25th anniversary of the biannual event, the race
website (http://blockislandraceweek.com) has published the 1965 Sailing
Instructions and Crew Lists. While my first BIRW wasn't until 1975, the
sailing instructions, scratch sheets, crew names and photo of a completely
undeveloped Great Salt Pond were all immediately familiar to me. The
contrast to today is dramatic - everything is 1000% more commercial.
The '65 SI's were devoid of advertising. The organization was all
volunteer. The crew lists were filled with families - including wives.
Boats got to the event via feeder races that were organized by various
clubs who collaborated on the whole event. I wasn't there for the first
one, but in the 70's no one was suggesting there was a problem with the
quality of competition.
No one was selling anything. Today, the selling is as visible as the
Many of today's BIRW participants are there primarily to sell something.
Many are avid sailors, but they make a living off the amateur sailors -
selling sails, or boats, or their time (coaching/ sailing/ maintenance/
delivery), booze, clothe, etc. I have too much respect for capitalism to
pretend that this is insignificant. -- Forum, read on:
* From Rick Bossiter:
Beautiful concept to start distance races near land and within sight of the
family and friends that support the racers. But as you mentioned (in
Scuttlebutt 3749), an even more meaningful consideration is to put the
start in front of those people that have only dreamed of sailing. The
adventure of a distance race is such an easy story for the local media to
bite on, and positioning the start in front of the media's audience is an
easy way for everyone to benefit. Heck, it might even get a couple people
to move from "dream" to "reality".
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