SCUTTLEBUTT 3757 - Friday, January 18, 2013
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BRAZILIAN CONNECTION COMES EARLY
(January 17, 2013) - A big change to the Volvo Ocean Race was revealed
today with the announcement that the first leg of the 2014-15 edition would
finish in the Brazilian capital city of Recife. The first leg has
traditionally finished in Cape Town, South Africa at a length of 6,500 nm.
A finish at Recife, which is positioned at the northeast corner of the
country, will reduce the mileage by half. As with the 2011-12 race, the
first leg will again start in Alicante, Spain.
Additionally, a Brazilian team will enter the next edition of the Volvo
Ocean Race, making it the second publicly announced team for the 12th
edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, following the SCA all-women's team
announced in last year. Details about the team, including the identity of
the skipper, will be announced in the coming weeks.
The last Brazilian team to enter the Volvo Ocean Race was Brasil 1 in
2005-06. Torben Grael (BRA) was the skipper and Knut Frostad (NOR), now the
Volvo Ocean Race's CEO, featured as a crew member on some of the legs.
Grael returned in 2008-09 to win as skipper of Ericsson 4.
Recife was one of over 80 ports to express an interest in hosting the race
when the bid process was launched in 2012. The deal announced today will
see Recife host the race for the next two editions.
The Volvo Ocean Race´s links with Brazil date back to 1973, when the first
edition of what was then known as the Whitbread Round the World Race
stopped at Rio de Janeiro as the fleet returned toward Europe. The 2011-12
edition stopped in Itajaí before the race continued to Miami, FL.
The remainder of the route will be announced over the next few weeks, with
final details, including dates of stopovers and distances to be sailed,
coming by mid-February. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/VOR-011813
OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW
By Ryan O'Grady, Sailing World
For both the Groupama Sailing Team and Puma Ocean Racing, official
announcements have been made confirming the end of their Volvo ambitions.
While a setback for the Volvo Ocean Race, both sponsors are still keenly
committed to sailing. Puma is a technical sponsor to Oracle Racing's bid to
defend the America's Cup, while Groupama will continue to support Franck
Cammas in the Little Americas Cup and France's Tour de France a la Voile.
For the other teams from the past race, no official announcements have been
made regarding their futures. Both Ian Walker (Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing) and
Pedro Campos (Telefonica) are on the record as strong supporters of the new
VO65 One Design class, and the old VO70 Telefonica has been rebranded as
MAPFRE for an upcoming attempt at the "Discovery Route" record from Spain
to the Bahamas. Hopefully, both teams will soon be announcing their
intentions to continue on in the next race.
The loss of Puma from the race has come as a gain to the all-female Team
SCA. SCA has purchased Mar Mostro, and it has been undergoing a refit to
act as a crew selection and training vessel for the challenge managed by
Atlant Ocean Racing. I caught up with Richard Brisius, head of Atlant,
before the holidays to catch up on the status of the only declared team for
the next Volvo.
"The concept of a female crew came from SCA, and we said that is an
enormous challenge" says Brisius. "There just isn't the experience. You
have to go back to Adrienne Cahalan in 2005 [one leg as navigator for
Brasil 1], and before that to 2001 [Amer Sports 2] to find any woman with
experience in this race. A lot has changed in 10 years with the
While finding experienced women to mount a team may be a challenge, to
sponsor SCA, it's worth the effort. "SCA is undergoing a change," continues
Brisius, "The company has over 100 different brands, and 80 percent of
their customers are women. The race will be an excellent way to reach out
to this global audience." So committed are SCA, that Atlant's budget for
the race is fully financed.
To reach out to the target market, SCA first needs a team. A global call
for resumes went out in the fall of 2012, and Atlant's office was swamped
with applicants. Some have Olympic medals, some extensive experience in the
Class 40 and Figaro fleets. Others were just looking for adventure. "In
most cases, in 95 percent of the cases, the best women in sailing, at least
from the people we speak to, have already applied to us, and we find that
really inspiring. I think that's not the case for the men's teams," says
Brisius. -- Read on:
EDITOR'S NOTE: Ryan is seeking to get hired as an onboard reporter for the
2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. Here is his Facebook page which includes his
virtual CV: http://tinyurl.com/ROG-FB-011813
The above story says how Groupama will continue to support Franck Cammas in
the Little Americas Cup and France's Tour de France a la Voile. What else
is Groupama and Franck teaming up on? (Answer below)
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"Find a way to have fun and you'll excel. Enjoy racing, enjoy training,
enjoy the pain and enjoy the company. Nothing is more important than fun."
- Zac Plavsic, 2012 Olympian and Rolex Canadian Sailor of the Year award
"My advice to anyone, regardless if they are female or not - would be to
enjoy their sport. Enjoy the journey, don't just focus on results. Sport is
not easy, but surrounding yourself with great people and having fun while
working hard towards your goals helps you get through the difficult times.
And girls... train with the guys!" - Nikola Girke, 2012 Olympian and Sail
Canada's 2012 Female Athlete of the Year, http://tinyurl.com/NG-011813
ESSENTIALLY A BIG WINDSURFER
When Australian Paul Larsen shattered the outright speed record in Namibia
on November 24, 2012, piloting Vestas SailRocket to 65.45 knots on the
Walvis Bay 500 meter track, it was the result of a decade of diligence.
But what is Sailrocket, and how did it eclipse the speed of 55.65 knots set
by American kiter Rob Douglas in 2010?
One of the fundamental keys to Sailrocket's performance is eliminating the
heeling force, but she's not the first to this by a long way. By canting
their rigs to windward and with the sails above their heads, windsurfers do
it all the time to balance out the forces. Once in equilibrium, as they
hammer along in straight line, there is no heeling moment on the board
itself. Instead, it's all about balancing the sail forces against the skeg.
In practice, Sailrocket is rather more complex because of her size, but
essentially she is just a big windsurfer with the hull and crew pulling
down on the tip of the mast and a strut lower down instead of sitting in a
harness attached to the wishbone.
Yachting World has posted a descriptive diagram to demonstrate how
NEXT STOP - AZORES HIGH
(January 17, 2013; Day 69) - After seeing his lead dwindle in the doldrums
to 61 miles on Wednesday night, Francois Gabart (MACIF) has edged slightly
away today from Armel Le Cleac'h (Banque Populaire). Sailing upwind angles
with the wind in the teens, Francois is within 400nm of the Cape Verde
island country off of Western Africa, with Armel directly astern.
There are now around ten days to the finish line in Les Sables, with the
last big hurdle for them to negotiate is the Azores high.
Armel had, perhaps, some of the pressure taken off him today as his sponsor
Banque Populaire announced their commitment to sailing until 2016. They
have bought the old Groupama III maxi trimaran, renamed it Banque Populaire
VII, and that Armel will skipper it in the 2014 Route du Rhum.
Top 5 of 20 - Rankings as of Thursday, January 17, 2013, 20h00 (FR)
1. Francois Gabart (FRA), Macif: 2690.9 nm Distance to Finish
2. Armel Le Cleac'h (FRA), Banque Populaire: 94.5 nm Distance to Lead
3. Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), Virbac Paprec 3: 378.2 nm DTL
4. Alex Thomson (GBR), Hugo Boss: 654.7 nm DTL
5. Jean Le Cam (FRA), SynerCiel: 2083.4 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/
FOR THE JOY AND PLEASURE OF SAILING
Some people contend the sport has progressed beyond what its participants
can keep up with, while others are eager to pursue what new developments
can be created. These two urges can exist, but perhaps not coexist.
One design classes can regulate what kind of class they want to be whereas
handicap racing tends to be the melting pot. But events can still dictate
the type of atmosphere they seek to support, and this has been the mantra
of the Marion Bermuda Race.
The 2013 race starts June 14th in Buzzards Bay off Marion MA, and seeks to
provide the opportunity for cruising style yachts and amateur crews to sail
a 645 nm ocean race to Bermuda. Here are some of the race's conditions:
* Yachts must have an enclosed cabin and be fitted out for comfortable
cruising, including permanent bunks, a permanently installed and enclosed
toilet, and permanently installed cooking facilities suitable for use at
sea. Her hull length, exclusive of spars or projections fixed to the hull,
such as bowsprits or pulpits, must be between 32.0 feet and 80.0 feet.
Fixed keels are required. Moveable ballast is not permitted.
* Professional weather routing services, professional Gulf Stream
predicting services and other private communications for routing purposes
are permitted prior to 1700 on the evening before the start of a yacht's
division and are prohibited after that time. This restriction also applies
to yacht-to-yacht or yacht-to-shore transmissions for routing purposes.
* The race is open to sailors of all ISAF Group Classifications that are
fully in keeping with the Spirit of the Race, which is that all yachts and
crew are participating for the joy and pleasure of sailing, competition,
and the camaraderie that accompanies such an off-shore event.
* If a yacht has a regular full-time paid captain or crew member, this one
person is allowed on the yacht during the race but shall take no active
part in sailing, steering or navigating the yacht unless there is an
emergency. The full-time paid captain or crew may act as the cook and
perform yacht maintenance.
Race website: http://www.marionbermuda.com
THIS WINTER'S SAILING SEASON!
Whether you are still sailing in a warm breeze, frostbiting throughout the
cold months or sitting in front of the fire thinking about the upcoming
summer sailing season, you can stay in touch with your fellow sailors at
Mount Gay Rum's Sailing Spoken Here website. With tens of thousands
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and more… The Mount Gay Rum sponsored regatta calendar is posted so you can
plan your 2013 sailing season. Stay connected here:
With a multihull event back in the Olympics, Franck Cammas has launched his
preparations for the 2016 Games. Long term, Franck has committed himself to
the 35th America's Cup.
Setting marks is a burden in our sport. When the ocean is too deep, or the
course location too remote, the popular solution is to use GPS
co-ordinates. However, under the rules it can be a tricky problem,
especially with regard to RRS 18 (Mark-Room). Australian Ken Morrison (IJ)
shares the solution that his local clubs devised:
The Racing Rules of Sailing place a heavy reliance on the presence and use
of physical marks to define the start, the course and the finish. This
paper addresses the requirements of some organising authorities who which
to use GPS locations instead of physical marks to define the course.
The key problem in using something other than a physical mark (or island,
etc) is that the definition of mark cannot be changed by Sailing
Instructions, and, that it requires that a mark be "an object". The
accepted interpretation of this definition is that the term "object"
implies physical presence.
A number of attempts have been made using variations of "obstruction" but
not have been successful within the context of the rules. This paper takes
a different tack (pun intended).... read on:
* (January 17, 2013) - Hap Fauth's J/V72 Bella Mente was the pace setter
for the 38th Annual Fort Lauderdale - Key West Race, completing the 160 nm
route in 12:59:42. This was good enough for top honors in IRC, with Steve &
Heidi Benjamin's Carkeek HP 40 SPOOKIE finishing over five hours later to
take second place. Winning PHRF overall and Division A was Frank Atkinson's
Cape Bay Fast 40 Different Drummer, with Christian Schaumloffel's Hobie 33
Mirage winning Division B. Jason Carroll's Gunboat 62 Elvis won the
multihull fleet. Thirty-two boats started on Wednesday with three not
finishing. Full results:
* On Saturday, January 12th, the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF)
hosted an invitation-only luncheon at the Stamford Yacht Club (CT) to
reveal its mission to support the science of sailing, and announce a new
challenge grant opportunity for tax-deductible donations. The event
attracted an impressive crowd of 120 sailors, owners, designers, race
managers, rule-makers and journalists to hear such prominent sailors as
Stan Honey, Steve Benjamin, and Peter Isler speak about the importance of
SYRF to their work in Grand Prix-level offshore sailing and even the
America's Cup. -- Read on:
* Peter Durant has been named as the new Association Manager of Sail
America, with immediate effect. As Association Manager for Sail America,
Durant will work with Sail America's Board of Directors to promote the
sailing lifestyle, strengthen member businesses and sustain and grow the
membership. Prior to joining Sail America, Durant spent six years as
Executive Director of the Community Boating Center of New Bedford,
Massachusetts. -- Full report:
* The same NOAA weather and climate satellites that accurately tracked
Hurricane Sandy's path in October also played a key role in rescuing 263
people in 111 emergencies in the United States and surrounding waters in
2012. In addition to their role in weather prediction, these polar-orbiting
and geostationary satellites are part of the international Search and
Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking System, called Cospas-Sarsat. This system
uses a network of satellites to quickly pinpoint the location of the
distress signals. -- Read on:
* CORRECTION: The mysteries of the internet broke the link in Scuttlebutt
3756 for the Kenny Read report about the Marstrom 32. Here is the fixed
link for the remainder of his report:
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include shoes optional, foiling mandatory, harness required, fast-growing
plants, bad ending, Opti struggles, new and improved, and 60 years later.
Here are this week's photos:
* When Key West Race Week begins next week, it will continue the history
that began with the very first edition in 1987. How far have we come? Do
you remember cruising accommodations, mis-matched crew gear, or tri-radial
sails? There was lots of competition in the 50-foot class, along with an
interesting mix of cruiser/racers in the Conch Republic. Here are the
photos from J H Peterson:
* One of the popular monthly features is the computer monitor background
produced by photographer Cory Silken. If you missed the January edition,
here it is: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/13/0111/
* Here are the photos posted by Scuttlebutt on Facebook:
* For the creepers who are into webcams, here's a collection of angles for
Auckland in New Zealand, with one of the cameras aimed directly at the
Emirates Team New Zealand base in the Viaduct Harbour (click on the image
SEND US YOUR PHOTOS: If you have images to share for the Photos of the
Week, send them to the Scuttlebutt editor:
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
A record 425 college sailors from 38 schools racing 45 borrowed boats came
together for the 2012 Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta ("IOR") hosted by
the Storm Trysail Foundation and the Larchmont Yacht Club (Larchmont, NY)
on October 6-7. A competition within the competition was the video contest
which was won by Bates College of Lewiston, ME, with video credit going to
The Bates College Sailing Team, which was comprised of Jake Barbato, Helen
Chyz, Connor Blair-Cucchiaro, Alex Frances, Geoff Ryder, Will Seider, and
Sam Wells, will be awarded $1500.00 towards their sailing program. Here is
their winning video: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/media/13/0118/
* This week on America's Cup Discovered we take a look back on a momentous
2012 America's Cup World Series. There were highs, lows, intense rivalries,
shut out starts, thrilling finishes, and epic capsizes. Tune in on Saturday
January 19 approx 0800 PST 1100 EST: http://www.youtube.com/americascup
* Matt Brooks, owner of the classic Olin Stephens designed yacht Dorade,
has put out a challenge to other classic yacht owners to inspire them to
race in the 2013 Transpac. Race organizers have agreed to give the classics
their own class if the can round up a few more boats. Here's a report from
onboard Dorade: http://youtu.be/4JmvDAZgG3M
SEND US YOUR VIDEOS: If you have clips to share for the Video of the Week,
send them to the Scuttlebutt editor: mailto:email@example.com
Don't complain about getting old - not everybody is afforded the privilege.
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