SCUTTLEBUTT 3756 - Thursday, January 17, 2013
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KEN READ - EXCITED ABOUT MULTIHULLS
After skippering the past two Volvo Ocean Races, Kenny Read is looking
forward to sleeping in his own bed, and getting connected with his local
sailing scene in Newport, RI. However, despite all the existing boat
options on Narragansett Bay, Kenny has organized something different...the
Marstrom 32 catamaran. Here Ken explains:
My friend Hakan Svensson from Berg Propulsion, which had sponsored my last
Volvo ride, got hooked on the Marstrom 32 about a year ago, and he wouldn't
stop talking about them throughout the Volvo race. After the 2011-12 race
was over, we had a pretty big party that Hakan threw for his company and
the team. The "Berg 100th Anniversary and PUMA/Berg finish's a successful
Volvo Ocean Race" party, near Gothenburg Sweden, was a week after the race
ended and we even got the Volvo 70 there on time.
His plan was not only to have a party, but to have his Marstrom 32 and an
additional Marstrom 32 owned by Goran Marstrom to be at the party. He would
then have our Volvo team crew on the boats along with his party guests
during an afternoon of match racing for fun.
Thank the lord that there was no wind because if there had been any breeze
it would have become a "death match". We were talking about it for months.
Creating strategies for pretty much ruining the two boats as well as the
lives of all ten of the crew who had successfully navigated the world's
five oceans. All fueled by just a bit of alcohol as you might imagine.
Anyway, I met Goran and the other guys from Marstrom the morning of the
party and they asked if I wanted to go for a quick spin just to tune up one
of the boats and amazingly I said yes. Imagine wanting to go sailing after
just completing 50,000 miles? But not only did I go but I stayed out there
for three hours just sailing around for fun. I had a blast. It brought me
back to my old Formula 40 days, and to be honest, I couldn't remember the
last time I just went sailing for fun.
So that is where it started. I came home, decided that if I was to go
racing again for fun I just wasn't psyched to jump back into one of the
current local one design classes. So I sent out an email to 20 or so local
racers to see if there was interest in starting a new multihull class. And
of course there was, based on the recent success of the America's Cup World
Series event in Newport.
Multi's (as I am writing about for next month's Sailing World magazine) are
becoming "in" finally because of the ACWS. I contacted Marstrom about the
M-32 as well as the folks who sell the SL33 and the GC32 (the other new
competing brand catamaran designs) and decided the simplicity, price and
flat out excitement of the M-32 was for me. As it appears to be for a lot
So we have five locals here in Newport who have already bought a boat, many
others are interested, and there seems to be a buzz around North America to
make this into a great new class... read on:
EDITOR'S NOTE: There is a demo day for the M-32 in Miami on Feb 1-15.
WHAT SAILING CAN LEARN FROM SURFING
American professional surfer Kelly Slater (41 years) is an 11-time winner
of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour. He is the
most successful champion in the history of the sport, with career earnings
estimated at 3.4 million dollars. But based on a recent interview, he would
be willing to give it all up.
You see, professional surfing relies heavily on sponsorship. There are no
ticket sales and there is very limited television (just like sailing). As
Kelly states it, he loves surfing for surfing, and while he has gained
wealth from the professionalism of surfing, he is not a fan of how it has
become a tool for commercial interests.
As the sport of sailing seeks to grow its professional side, there may be
lessons to be learned from surfing. Here Kelly comments about how
professional surfing events have progressed to being on major television
networks getting broadcast to a wide non-surfing audience.
"I don't actually care," Slater bluntly admits. "It doesn't really matter
to me. I know what surfing is. Surfers know what surfing is. I don't care
if surfing becomes the biggest thing in the world or disappears and there
is no pro surfing.
"Basically our sport is run by the sponsors, and it is a really strange and
peculiar set-up. The sponsors have a duty to the companies ahead of
surfing. My point being that surfing has never had an independent
organization that runs surfing, yet surfing has this professional sport. It
has been propped up by the sponsors. Because of that, it has become a
marketing project for all these companies.
"Imagine Nike, Adidas, Puma and other companies all coming together to run
a major sport association. It's not going to happen, and it shouldn't
happen, but that's what we have in surfing. However, there is an
opportunity now where the surfing association will be run separately from
the sponsors, which it should be, and once that happens we will actually
see what kind of a sport we have.
"Whether that goes good or bad, I don't really care because I know that my
experience going surfing isn't based on either of those things happening."
Source: Shane Corwin and TransWorldSURF (http://tinyurl.com/STW-011613)
COMMENT: The Volvo Ocean Race route will soon be disclosed, and it will be
no surprise to see the course decisions having more to do with sponsor
needs than sporting needs. - Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
STORM TRYSAIL BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK, JUNE 23-28, 2013
The Storm Trysail Club plans a bang-up race week celebrating the 25th
running of the East Coast's premier five day race week. Compete for the
Rolex in the 'Round Block Island Race; North American Championships in IRC,
HPR and J80's; East Coast Championships in PHRF and J109's. Swan 42 New
England and Beneteau 36.7 Northeast Championships. Navigator-style courses
for Double Handers, Cruising and Classic classes. Don't miss out! Get your
crew together, book your house, make your ferry reservations and enter now.
Details on Block Island travel, accommodations, marinas and Block Island
Race Week at: http://blockislandraceweek.com
COMPRESSION AT THE DOLDRUMS
(January 16, 2013; Day 68) - Forty-eight hours ago Francois Gabart (MACIF)
was 269 miles ahead of a stalling Armel Le Cleac'h (Banque Populaire) and
some had begun crowning the young king. However, it was a different picture
today as the doldrums - and their 100 degree (F) temperatures - have pulled
Le Cleac'h back within reach.
Gabart is technically now north of the doldrums and Le Cleac'h is still in
them, but weather files and what one finds on the water are not always the
same, especially in this dreaded part of the ocean. "The weather files
aren't always reliable in this complicated area," Le Cleac'h said. "So we
also use satellite images to see how different reality is."
Seeing Gabart's struggles from before he entered the doldrums, Le Cleac'h
headed slightly east, only 30 miles, but perhaps enough to find a passing
Top 5 of 20 - Rankings as of Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 20h00 (FR)
1. Francois Gabart (FRA), Macif: 2911.8 nm Distance to Finish
2. Armel Le Cleac'h (FRA), Banque Populaire: 61.9 nm Distance to Lead
3. Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), Virbac Paprec 3: 486.2 nm DTL
4. Alex Thomson (GBR), Hugo Boss: 788.6 nm DTL
5. Jean Le Cam (FRA), SynerCiel: 1994.3 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/
ONE-DESIGN LEADERS HONORED
Five awards were recently presented by US Sailing to recognize outstanding
individual and organizational achievements in one-design sailing.
* Fletcher Driscoll (Saint Paul, Minn.) has received the John H. Gardiner,
Jr. Trophy for Service award. The award recognizes distinguished service
and exceptional leadership in the promotion of one-design sailing and class
organization. Driscoll is responsible for the tremendous resurgence of the
A Scow class on White Bear Lake over the past decade. His restoration of a
classic fleet got more people involved in sailing, especially women.
Driscoll was instrumental in building one of the largest A Scow fleets in
* Mike Martin (Mill Valley, Calif.) was the recipient of the Creativity
Award for his contributions in the development of the new electronic
umpiring system used in the America's Cup World Series. This innovative
system uses positional data displayed in real-time to enhance the accuracy
of race officiating, improving the performances of the Umpires and sailors.
This technology is now positively influencing other sailing events around
* Kathleen Tocke (Newport, R.I.) won the Leadership Award for her efforts
in the development of the Miami Snipe Invitational. The event was a huge
success in attracting new sailors 30 years and under to the Snipe class,
while providing quality instruction in a fun, exciting atmosphere.
* The Bayview Yacht Club (Detroit, Mich.) won the Regatta Award for the
first annual Bayview One-Design Regatta they held last summer. The new
regatta replaced a longstanding event with fresh ideas including options
for classes to choose between a two or three day event, addition of a
dinghy circle, lowered entry fees, discounted food and drink specials, and
improved shore-side activities. They increased participation by over 100
boats from the previous year's event.
* The Pewaukee Yacht Club (Pewaukee, Wis.) received the Club Award for the
display of administrative excellence, fleet growth, creative programming,
regatta support and member contributions. The club hosted eight events this
past season, including the A Scow National Championship and US Sailing's
Championship of Champions. The PYC was successful in running these first
class regattas, largely due to the high level of volunteers they utilized
in various roles. The club's members often sacrificed their own racing to
provide other local and national sailors with top notch events.
"MADE IN SANTA CRUZ" RACE WEEK
For nearly three decades, from the mid 60s to the early 90s, Santa Cruz
(CA) was the innovative epicenter of the Ultra Light Displacement Boat
(ULDB) movement. That is to say, building sailboats that plane on top of
the water, which is much faster going than digging a hole through the
water. This iconic era of yacht design led to many boats whose names are
sailing staples: Magic, Pacific High, Summer Time, Eclipse, Panache,
Chutzpah, Grendel, Blondie, Summertime Dream and the infamous 70 footer
Many of the cutting-edge boat building techniques that were developed and
perfected in Santa Cruz during that era are still used in the industry to
this day. Cored hulls and decks, elegantly simplistic interiors, the use of
vinylester, epoxy, S-glass, carbon, and vacuum-bagging were all perfected
in Santa Cruz by the various sailboat builders. It is said that Grendel,
the precursor to the famous Moore 24, was the first boat to use a computer
to aid its design. Santa Cruz was on the forefront!
Inspired by surfing, and fueled by the well-established and flourishing
surfing industry of the time, it was inevitable that Santa Cruz would
become a hotbed of sailing development. The blue blazer establishment
scoffed, at the "hippies" from Santa Cruz when they came to town to race,
only to be dismayed at seeing nothing but the hippies' transoms as they
blasted around the racecourse.
Tales from the era read like Tom Wolfe novel, and in true sailing fashion
the stories kept getting better as the years went by. The cast of
characters is long, with names like the Moore Brothers, Lee, Olson, Spruit,
Tuttle, Alsberg, Laurela, Tracy and Wortanen, at the top, and about a
million others fleshing out the list. The family tree of Santa Cruz boat
building is vast and incestuous to say the least; Santa Cruz has always had
an ethos of unconventionality.
By the early 90s, due to changing times, high costs, and a host of other
factors, boat building in Santa Cruz had all but halted, with just a few
straggling builders hanging on. The innovative spirit, and friendships that
were spawned during the SC boatbuilding heyday lives on to this day; if
you've ever sailed, raced, or crossed an ocean on a Santa Cruz built boat,
you're a part of the family!
The Santa Cruz Yacht Club figured that it was time to have a family
reunion, and the "Made in Santa Cruz Race Week" has been launched for this
spring on May 25-June 2. -- Read on:
NO MORE EXCUSES - GET ON THE WATER
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SUNFISH BY THE NUMBERS
This past year the venerable and yet forever young Sunfish marked its 60th
year and 50th North American Nationals regatta. Since Alex Bryan and
Cortlandt Heyniger first created the 129lb, 13ft 10in lateen-rigged boat in
1952, it has introduced untold thousands of sailors to the sport and
provided countless hours of fun.
Some other numbers to consider:
320,000: total number of Sunfish sold
838: distance in miles if every Sunfish ever made was lined up bow to stern
300: number of Sunfish fleets in the United States
74: number of sailors at the 2012 Sunfish Worlds in St. Petersburg, FL
16: number of countries with active fleets
5: the value in pennies of the coin that was reportedly traced to make the
first Sunfish logo--just add a tail and fins and, presto!
Source: Sail Magazine,
QUOTE / UNQUOTE
"Regarding the first generation AC72 boats, the targets of the three design
teams are quite different, with TNZ/LR on the flying side and Artemis
Racing on the all-arounder one. Oracle seems to be somewhere in between.
(Ultimately) I think conditions will be important, but maneuvering and
accelerations (will be important) as well." -- Gonzalo Redondo, former
member of Artemis Racing design team,
* (January 16, 2013) - The 38th Annual Fort Lauderdale - Key West Race got
underway today with 32 boats competing in IRC, PHRF, and Multihull classes.
As of press time, Hap Fauth's J/V72 Bella Mente was leading the fleet at
near the approximate midpoint of the 160-mile route. Race website:
* The list of the International Sailing Federation Committee Members for
2013-2016 have now been approved by the new ISAF Council and are available
to view on the ISAF websie: http://www.sailing.org/news/33810.php
* (January 16, 2013) - Piracy on the world's seas has reached a five-year
low, with 297 ships attacked in 2012, compared with 439 in 2011, the
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB)
global piracy report revealed today. Worldwide figures were brought down by
a huge reduction in Somali piracy, though East and West Africa remain the
worst hit areas, with 150 attacks in 2012. -- Full report:
* Montego Bay, Jamaica (January 16, 2013) - The 31st biennial Pineapple Cup
- Montego Bay Race Presented by Appleton Estate Rum is living up to its
reputation as one of the marquee offshore sailboat races in the world by,
once again, welcoming a fleet of high profile boats, both newcomers and
veterans, to compete. Starting on February 8, just outside Fort Lauderdale,
Florida's Port Everglades, this ocean racing classic will take competitors
on a challenging all$B!>(Bpoints$B!>(Bof$B!>(Bsail course, stretching 811 nautical
miles to the legendary destination of Montego Bay, Jamaica. -- Read on:
* Cooper Capital Specialty Salvage LLC is hosting an online auction of
storm-damaged boats from Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall Oct. 29 near
Atlantic City, N.J., packing hurricane-force winds in a rising tide that
created an unprecedented storm surge. Cooper Capital expects to list
several hundred Sandy-damaged boats for auction on its website, which is
updated daily. -- Soundings, full report: http://tinyurl.com/TOT-011613
INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES
The Industry News category of the Scuttlebutt Forum provides an opportunity
for companies to announce new products and services. Here are some of
* Super lightweight Teflon B&G mast cable
* SUDDENLY OVERBOARD: True Stories of Sailors in Fatal Trouble
* Team McLube Announces The World's First Antifoul Alternative Speed Polish
View updates here: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/forum/industry_news
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* From David B. Ginsburg, Annapolis:
Whenever I see a mention of Wayne Bretch (Scuttlebutt 3755) and his service
as PRO, I cannot control the urge to hit the send button to share in the
chorus of attaboys. A great sailor and a great guy who still enjoys a great
cigar. Wayne is simply the best!
* From Bill Sandberg:
It's time for US SAILING to change the name of the award for their top
sailors to the Sailor of the Year. They got rid of the name Yachting in
their own title years ago. Even ISAF uses Sailor of the Year.
Congratulations to the panel that elected this year's winners. Kiteboarding
is cool and here to stay. Johnny is the best n the world. My friend Jen
French is not only a great sailor but one of the most inspirational people
I know. Both Johnny and Jen are great ambassadors for our sport.
Celebrate Ben Franklin's birthday today: Go Fly a Kite.
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