SCUTTLEBUTT 3753 - Monday, January 14, 2013
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BRINGING BACK THE FUN ON THE RACE COURSE
By Glenn McCarthy, Commodore, LMSRF
Over the 40+ years I've been making "left turns only" when on boats, I have
watched what was once a fun recreational activity, turn into the modern
game of a competition continually striving for perfection, almost at any
cost, where it has become like a business every time I race. I feel the
need to wear a suit and tie, wing tip shoes, and a brief case coming down
to the boat in the morning.
The fun experienced ages ago, just doesn't seem to be there in the amount
it used to be, or anywhere near close to it. While almost all competitors
who raced back then, that I was aware of, seemed to be friends, liked each
other, were from many different walks in life, today I see many with open
hostility against fellow competitors. How did we get here? Is this
hostility good or needed? It wasn't intentional to create these
hostilities; it was done in the pursuit of Olympic perfection, in my humble
ISAF is focused on one thing in the Racing Rules of Sailing and one thing
only. It is a 300-person, 14-day regatta that is held once every
four-years. The Racing Rules of Sailing cater to this group and this group
only, those we call Olympians. People who go to the Olympics are not going
for the pursuit of recreation and fun. They are going there for a
completely different purpose than we sail for. They are representing their
country in the pinnacle of performance. They are going there working as
professional sailors, serious about the "business" of sailboat racing. And
all of the rest of the world of sailboat racing is to follow in these
Just look around us, the more serious racing has become, the more rules of
eliminating luck and honing all rules on skills has led to fewer of us
recreational racers. If the pursuit of perfection was good, the sport
should be flourishing, and clearly, it is not. It really is that simple.
Strip away the fun, convert it all into being perfect, and the people who
do it for pleasure, for exercise, for a family activity, and/or for social
purposes have walked away to go to something else in life. A big part of
the fun is gone and what is left is Hardcore XXX Racing. There's a lot more
to a relationship than pounding it out ... on the race course, I mean. ;-)
For the longest time I felt the sport needed a separate set of racing
rules, designed for Club Racing. More relaxed, yet competitive, something
the newcomers wouldn't be as intimidated by, that relieves tension between
competitors, that reduces protests to as few as possible, something that
has some wit and most importantly creates bonds between competitors,
provides laughter, and builds the numbers on the race course. Then I
realized that the Racing Rules of Sailing is a decent set of rules, it just
needs a relaxing factor and some additional safety added into them.
Hang in there, as you'll see in this seven part series you'll find things
that will make sense and others you'll want to challenge. Hold off on the
challenges until you see all seven parts, as together they will all make
sense. In no way shape or form am I suggesting these are intended to stop
Hardcore Racing; that has its place in certain events - Nationals, Worlds,
Internationals, some but not all Olympic Class events, etc. It would be a
club's options when to adopt these, what I simply call the Fun Rules of
Sailing. Hang on, the ride is continuing. Courtesy of the Lake Michigan
Sail Racing Federation: http://www.lmsrf.org
EDITOR: NOTE: On Tuesday we will publish the first 12 rules of the 22 Fun
Rules of Sailing.
NEW YORK YACHT CLUB ANNOUNCES 2013 RACING SCHEDULE
NYYC will host a full calendar of regattas at its Harbour Court clubhouse
in Newport, RI in 2013. Scheduled regattas include the RI Leukemia Cup
(June 8); 159th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, first run in 1851 (June
14-16); Etchells North Americans (June 20-22); Tiedemann Classics Regatta
(July 6-7); Swan 42 Nationals (July 18-21); Rolex Farr 40 Worlds (Aug.
24-30); the 2013 NYYC Invitational Cup presented by Rolex (Sept. 7-14) with
20 yacht club teams from around the world; and Laser Masters North
Americans (Oct. 18-20). For more information, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org. Details and entry information will be posted at
CLASS OF 2012
Of the thousands of talented youth sailors plying racecourses this year,
eight caught Gary Jobson's attention because of their results and their
dedication to excel. Here is an excerpt from Gary's report from the
January/February 2013 issue of Sailing World:
From what I've seen in my travels around the United States, and from
scrutinizing the individual results of nearly 400 sailors in order to
select my Jobson Junior All-Star finalists, I'm confident the commitment of
parents, coaches, and development programs will result in young sailors
that are more advanced in boatspeed and technique than ever before. I'm
equally confident that these eight All-Star finalists are individuals we'll
be seeing much more of in the years ahead:
Jack Barton, 17, sails out of San Francisco, CA
Scott Buckstaff, recently turned 18, hails from Belvedere, CA
Allyson Donahue, 17, is from Brigantine, NJ
Audrey Giblin, 14, from Monmouth Beach, NJ
Malcolm Lamphere, 16, of Lake Forest, IL
Jonathan Lutz, 16, is from Brick, NJ
Greg Martinez, from Houston, TX is 19
Hanne Weaver, 17, is from Gig Harbor, WA
Lindsey Baab, Clay Broussard, Alex Curtiss, Chris Ford, Addison Hackstaff,
AJ Libby, Michael Madigan, Harry Melges IV, Lilli Salvesen, Margot Samson,
Nick Sertl, Ivan Shestopalov, and Max Simmons.
Read on to meet the class of 2012:
GOING GOING GABART
(January 13, 2013; Day 65) - Francois Gabart (Macif), who has been trading
the Vendee Globe race lead with Armel Le Cleac'h (Banque Populaire) across
the Indian and Pacific Oceans for the past month, is now taking full charge
in the Atlantic. In 24 hours, the situation at the head of the fleet has
changed considerably, with Francois posting a 3.4 knots faster VMG to
increase his lead by over 80 nm.
Sailing legend, double Vendee Globe winner and Gabart mentor, Michel
Desjoyeaux said that he never pushed the boat 100% and that he always held
something back. If Gabart is listening to the master then maybe now we are
seeing him release that little bit extra that he held back, just enough to
comfortably extend his lead.
Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) shortcut up the Brazilian coast, which last week
pulled him up to third position, has cooled off as he finally received the
closehauled winds his peers were facing. While slipped now to fourth, Alex
still has 360 nm leverage to the west which may help to shake the table
again in the doldrums.
Top 5 of 20 - Rankings as of Sunday, January 13, 2013, 20h00 (FR)
1. Francois Gabart (FRA), Macif: 3803.8 nm Distance to Finish
2. Armel Le Cleac'h (FRA), Banque Populaire: 263.6 nm Distance to Lead
3. Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), Virbac Paprec 3: 674.6 nm DTL
4. Alex Thomson (GBR), Hugo Boss: 784.8 nm DTL
5. Jean Le Cam (FRA), SynerCiel: 1759.2 nm DTL
Full rankings: http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/ranking.html
BACKGROUND: Twenty skippers began the 24,000-nm 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/
THE PROFESSOR'S WINNERS CLUB
By Elaine Bunting, Yachting World
How has Francois Gabart, a 29-year-old Vendee Globe rookie, come to
dominate the solo round race so conclusively? He has a commanding lead
closing the Equator on his return to France and has led for much of the
He's a quick sailor with a background of scrapping hard and ruthlessly in
one-design and other tough offshore competition. Sure. But there is so much
more to winning this race than competitive ability and it's his all-round
mastery that impresses so much.
It's worth pointing out a very important thing here: if Gabart does win
this race it will mean the unassailed master of the Vendee Globe, Michel
Desjoyeaux - aka 'le professeur' - has been the engine of four successive
victories. Two of them have been his own; another two will have been
substantially reliant on his engineering: Vincent Riou was his boat captain
and raced his Finot PRB; now Gabart, the protegee he spotted and brought on
during the Barcelona World Race and whose VPLP/Verdier design Macif owes
much to Desjoyeaux's thinking, input and experience.
What exactly does the Mich Desj tutelage mean? It means deep attention to
the minutiae of preparations before the sailing even begins. Boat design is
the most obvious area, but it extends to realms where other teams have
little expertise or close connections: autopilot software, sail
development, special tweaks to routeing software to take account of factors
such sea state as well as wind speed and angle, and a team behind the
scenes that is devoted to solving technical problems while Gabart is
sailing - plus many other factors.
"The race is won 80 per cent before the start, in the choices made by the
team, how it is organised and our experience," Desjoyeaux told me at the
finish of the last race. "It's a whole bunch of things and the remaining 20
per cent is the competition." -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/YW-011313
HAUL, ASK, HARKEN.
Time to head as far south as the car will take you for Key West Race Week!
The Harken Tech Team will be on site January 17-25 on Caroline Street near
West Marine, behind the Schooner Wharf Bar. Stop in and see Harv and the
gang at the trailer before and after racing. Pick up a free sample of
McLube Anti-Foul Alternative Speed Polish and don't forget to sign up to
win a year's supply of your favorite McLube product! Trailer hours may vary
due to hangovers and hurricanes. http://www.premiere-racing.com
The following sailors have their ISAF Eligibility suspended:
Anne Caseneuve, France
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; December 28, 2011 - February
Alberto Campos Perez, Mexico
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; May 7, 2011 - May 6, 2013
Maria del Mar Campos Perez, Mexico
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; May 7, 2011 - May 6, 2013
Ann Kuikka, Sweden
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; Oct. 19, 2012 - June 18, 2013
Anders Kuikka, Sweden
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; Oct. 19, 2012 - June 18, 2013
A competitor whose ISAF eligibility has been suspended or revoked shall not
engage in any competition in the sport of sailing.
Sailor list: http://www.sailing.org/sailors/suspended-sailors.php
ISAF Eligibility Rules, Rule 19: http://tinyurl.com/ISAF-Reg-19
COMMENT: Scuttlebutt began publishing this list in hopes that public
awareness might help to discourage sailors from acting in conflict with
Rule 69 (Gross Misconduct). We take no pleasure in affecting the reputation
of those on the list, and trust the process that finds them there. Our goal
is for this list to need not be published in the future. - Craig Leweck,
QUOTE / UNQUOTE
"Racing, rather than just day-sailing, is emphasized in the Pram program.
Experience has shown that this provides the most interest for the skippers
and that the character building aspects are better realized when
competition is involved." - Cliff McKay, founder of the Optimist pram.
* Miami, FL (January 13, 2013) - After the Star Midwinter Championship
dusted itself off from a boat battering opener on Thursday, the 24-boat
fleet safely rolled through three more days of racing to complete the seven
race event. Winning three races, locals Augie Diaz/ Arnis Baltins dominated
the Midwinters, the fourth event of the Star Winter Series which concludes
on February 9-10. Full report:
* The World Sailing Speed Record Council has ratified two new 24 hour
distance records: 60-foot Monohull and Singlehanded Monohull. Established
during the 2012/13 Vendee Globe, Francois Gabart (FRA) covered a distance
of 534.48 nm on December 9-10, 2012 at an average speed of 22.27 knots. The
previous 60-foot Monohull record had been set by Jean Pierre Dick (FRA) in
2011 (506.33 nm) and the previous Singlehanded Monohull record was set by
Alex Thomson (GBR) in 2003 (468.72 nm). -- http://tinyurl.com/WSSRC-011313
* The Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) has formed a new Regatta
Sanctioning Committee to help manage the busy Caribbean race calendar. With
the continued growth of the major international events taking place in the
Caribbean, and no central authority helping to coordinate the events, the
CSA has agreed to step in and establish policy to reduce crowding and
conflicts on the race calendar. -- Read on:
* Navico, parent company of the Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G brands,
announced that it has successfully concluded litigation with ArCzar
regarding patent infringement. In December 2011 ArCzar filed a lawsuit
against Navico, asserting patent infringement, according to a statement by
Navico. Committed to vigorously defend against such suits, Navico's policy
is to refuse speedy cash settlements. As a result, ArCzar's lawsuit
backfired and the company wound up paying Navico thousands of dollars to
resolve the matter. ArCzar alleged that Navico had infringed upon three of
its patents. However, after unsuccessful settlement discussions, ArCzar
withdrew its patent infringement lawsuit. -- Soundings, read on:
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* From Paul Fleming:
I've been reading Scuttlebutt for a long time, but Clemmie articulated
sportsmanship in sailing so beautifully that, well, there is no second
place as a certain Queen once said.
* From Paul Miller, Sint Maarten:
My main problem with Rule 55 is that it rather makes a bother out of the
section 'Terminology' in the Introduction where we are told that words
appearing in italics in the RRS as defined in the Definitions, but:
'Other words and terms are used in the sense ordinarily understood in
nautical or general use.'
Among the definitions for 'Trash' in The Oxford English Dictionary are:
- That which is broken, snapped, or lopped off anything in preparing it for
use; broken or torn pieces, as twigs, splinters...
- Broken ice mixed with water; trash-ice.
- Anything of little or no worth or value; worthless stuff; rubbish; dross.
(Said of things material or immaterial.)
- Worthless notions, talk, or writing; nonsense...
- Contemptuously applied to money or cash...
- A worthless or disreputable person; now, usually, such persons
collectively. white trash, the poor white population in the Southern States
of America; now also used outside the Southern States of American.
Now, notwithstanding the obvious protection afforded to anyone that is
amongst the 'poor white population in the Southern States of America', I
think that the choice of terms is particularly bad. Ice? Really? Can we no
longer throw ice into the water? Can we in fact throw water into the water
if it is 'of little or no worth or value'?
As for 'Worthless notions, talk...nonsense; rubbish...': I can think of no
sailor I have known that has not littered the water with these things.
But the end all has to be 'Money' - surely it is a sin against the very
sport of sailing to say that we cannot throw money into the water, as that
is essentially all that the sport of sailing is about.
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