SCUTTLEBUTT 3788 - Tuesday, March 5, 2013
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INFILTRATING THE SAILING COMMUNITY
Two-time Kiteboarding Course Racing World Champion Johnny Heineken was
honored last week at St. Francis Yacht Club as the US Sailing's 2012 Rolex
Yachtsman of the Year. Johnny became the first male recipient to win the
award in board sport, and in typical fashion, became the first award
recipient to promptly trade his blazer for a wetsuit and go kiting after
the presentation in San Francisco Bay.
Here are a few of the nuggets from Johnny's acceptance speech:
"My dad and I got a 29er when I was in the eighth grade, and that was the
first boat that got me totally hooked on sailing. Going 25 knots downwind,
out on the trapeze... it was the most exciting sailing I had done at that
point. So my dad and I started racing together. I was learning a lot from
him, because he had a lot of high performance experience, but I really
hadn't raced that much. So we were switching skipper and crew positions
during the race. I was too nervous to start, but I could drive upwind, and
he was too clumsy to be on the wire downwind. I am sure it looked pretty
odd to see him, at the weather mark, running around behind me. I would grab
the trapeze from him and he would grab the tiller. It was kind of a
nightmare but we got pretty good at sailing the boat. But eventually I
traded dad in for a younger more nimble crew, and our highlight was getting
third at the 2005 29er Worlds."
"In 2008 I learned how to kiteboard, and among the crew of kiters in San
Francisco, we have been pushing the sport forward to where we are now. The
equipment has come a long, long way, and the sport has grown to become
global that is now infiltrating the sailing community. We are really proud
to be accepted into the mainstream, and it means a lot to be given this
award, as much for the sport of kiting as it is for me personally."
"I think kiting is one of the purest forms of sailing. For those of you
that haven't done it, imagine if all the power from the sails goes directly
through you and into the water. You are the direct connection; in a way you
are the boat. There are so many subtleties to get the board to go fast
through the water, to harness this sail that is 25 meters and transfer the
power through the body and into the fins that are just skipping across the
water. To get all these elements to perfectly work together is one of the
most amazing feelings I have had in sailing. It is why I love kiting and
racing; I am having so much fun with it. It is not just about the racing.
As long as I continue to love kiting than I will continue to be out there
Award ceremony video: http://youtu.be/bnKhuwlkh0g
Two overlapped close-hauled port tack boats are approaching a starboard
tacker. The windward port tacker could cross the starboard boat. The
leeward boat hails, "I need Room to Tack!" Now What? Would it make a
difference if they were approaching a finish boat? See answer below.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A KITE MAKES
Kiteboard course racing continues to grow, and while kiteboards ably
compete on a typical buoy course, they have enough unique attributes that
required the establishment of Appendix F - Kiteboard Racing Rules - in The
Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS).
Here are excerpts from Appendix F in the RRS:
CAPSIZED: A kiteboard is capsized if her kite is in the water, her lines
are tangled with another kiteboard's lines, or the competitor has, clearly
by accident and for a significant period of time, fallen into the water or
become disconnected from the hull. If possible, a kiteboard shall avoid a
kiteboard that is capsized or has not regained control after capsizing, is
aground, or is trying to help a person or vessel in danger. A kiteboard
that is capsized or aground shall not interfere with another kiteboard.
STARTING: During the last minute before her starting signal, a kiteboard
that stops, slows down significantly, or one that is not making significant
forward progress shall keep clear of all others unless she is accidentally
JUMPING: A kiteboard is jumping when her hull, its appendages and the
competitor are clear of the water. A kiteboard that is jumping shall keep
clear of one that is not.
RULES QUIZ ANSWER
Even if the windward boat could fetch the obstruction, Rule 20 requires the
windward boat to either tack or hail "You Tack." If the port tackers were
approaching the finish then the hail would result in a foul on the hailing
boat. Learn more about this and dozens of other tactical scenarios at North
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CHANGES IN THE SAILING LANDSCAPE
Grant Dalton, Managing Director of Emirates Team New Zealand, provides his
view of the America's Cup activity from the southern hemisphere...
A lot has happened over the last few weeks in this run up to America's Cup
although to many observers it may tend to look like business as usual.
Well it is to a degree, I guess, but firstly Oracle has re-emerged and
Artemis has gone back to the shed. The landscape changed for us on those
couple of days that Oracle and Artemis trained together.
We got an answer to the questions: Is foiling correct? Is the trade off
worth it? We always thought we were right but could never be sure. Even if
the answer is still not totally clear, all teams are headed in the foiling
direction so that helps us put that one to bed.
Our present view of Oracle's sailing probably matches those of other
observers: They look really nice up-wind and are starting to sail well
They look like they are getting their act together really well now
(shouldn't be surprised by that) and, with the new boat coming on stream
soon, they will take a big step up.
Should we make the America's Cup final, we will have our work seriously cut
out to beat them.
Within Emirates Team New Zealand, it's all about the boat at present. Base
set up in San Francisco is underway, the sponsors are great; it's still
very much summer in Auckland and the wind has been perfect for testing.
Next on the horizon is the AC45 regatta in Naples. We will be there with a
full-strength crew. Is it just us or does anyone else think it is hypocrisy
that neither Artemis nor Oracle is sending their A team to Naples?
These are the teams that said Emirates Team New Zealand wouldn't support
To be clear we simply didn't support linking the AC brand (shackling a
future Trustee if in fact that could even be done) to a class that may or
may not exist in the future (read cost).
Whether the AC45 exists in its own right is not up to us, we fully
supported, and still do, the establishment of a 'future' series if that's
what Coutts and Cayard want. It's not ours to prevent. So why not send
their A teams if the AC45 is the future?
I imagine they intend lobbying for permission to sail their AC72s when the
Naples regatta is being raced (which under the Protocol is not allowed
without prior approval).
To compete seriously at the ACWS regattas, teams need to be there to train
a week or so before the first race if they're to have any chance of a good
showing. That means another week of AC72 sailing lost.
We've even heard that Artemis was thinking of paying the US$100K fine if
they don't get approval. Now that would be a beauty! --
DETAILS: Jack Griffin of CupExperience.com explains the mechanics of the
"The three challengers, Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand and Prada
Luna Rossa will begin with a round robin starting on July 7. There will be
one race per day, of approximately one hour. The leader at the end of the
round robin will advance to the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals. The other two
teams will sail off in a "semi-final" match. The Louis Vuitton Cup
semi-final will be best of seven one hour races, one race per day starting
August 6. The Louis Vuitton Cup finals (beginning August 17) will be best
of 13 (first to win 7), with two 30 minute races per day." -- Full report:
BUDGET BUMMER: As the city of San Francisco seeks to shore up its budget
woes, they won't get help from the Italian sailing team Luna Rossa
Challenge 2013 which has announced that they will be based across the Bay
in Alameda for the 34th America's Cup this summer. Luna Rossa will join
Sweden's Artemis Racing at Alameda Point, or the former Alameda Naval Air
Station. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/MN-030413
MOST BIZARRE MOMENT
"Probably the most bizarre thing I ever did was diving off my Snipe in the
middle of a national championships race. We were drifting in no wind on a
Midwest lake in the middle of the summer and the heat combined with the
flies all over, I couldn't take it anymore and just stood up and dove in
the water. If I remember correctly the race was abandoned soon after but my
wife wasn't too happy about me jumping off the boat." - Mark Reynolds
(USA), three-time Olympic medalist, http://tinyurl.com/Zagnation-1
GREAT NEW BOOK!
G. Bruce Knecht, the author of The Proving Ground, the bestselling account
of the deadly 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race, has a new page-turner: GRAND
AMBITION: An Extraordinary Yacht, the People Who Built It, and the
Millionaire Who Can't Really Afford It.
The book describes the construction of a $40 million,187-foot-long floating
palace. The main characters are the laborers who actually do the work as
well as the private equity investor who, in 2006, agreed to pay for it. But
a new character emerged in 2008: the global economy. The yacht's would-be
owner suddenly discovered that his lifestyle was unsustainable. Then it got
worse: eager to reverse his losses, he sunk much of his remaining fortune,
more than $100 million, into what looked like a great investment
opportunity...but turned out to be an extraordinary Ponzi scheme.
Published by Simon & Schuster, Grand Ambition has received glowing reviews
from Tom Brokaw, Steve Forbes and others. "Reads like a novel of suspense
and financial intrigue, proving that fact is often stranger and more
unbelievable than fiction," says Nelson DeMille. "A great read and a
cautionary tale for all of us whose ambitions exceed our means."
Amazon link for the book: http://tinyurl.com/Grand-Ambition
* A wide range of excellent conditions tested the sailors at the Techno 293
North American Championships at Merritt Island, Florida on February 28-
March 3, 2013. Strong teams from USA, Peru, and Mexico, in particular, were
duking it out in the U17 and U15 age groups. Steven Cramer of Miami, FL not
only bested his U15 age group, but was low point sailor overall. On the
calendar later this year are the Techno 293 U.S. Nationals on Martha's
Vineyard, MA (July 19-21) and the Worlds in Sopot, Poland (July 27-August
3). -- Full report:
* Sixty teams competed in the Etchells Midwinters Regatta, held March 1-3
in Miami, FL. Peter Duncan with crew Jud Smith and Tom Blackwell easily
took the title after eight races, posting a 20 point margin over Phil
Weherheim in second. Finishing in third was Marvin Beckmann with crew Steve
Hunt and Andrew Lee, which was enough to seal the victory in the four event
Jaguar Series that began in December. -- Complete report:
* Miami, FL (March 4, 2013) - Light air and chilly temperatures marked the
start of the Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, limiting the 56-boat Star class to
a single race which saw Lars Grael/ Mario Logos (BRA), Peter O'Leary/
Rodney Hagebols (IRL), and Augie Diaz/ Arnis Baltins (USA) take the top
three positions. Racing for the Stars continues daily to March 9, with all
other classes (J/70, Melges 20, Melges 24, Viper 640) racing on March 7-9.
-- Event details: http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=729
* Newport, RI (March 5, 2013) - North Sails announced today that Kimo
Worthington, former general manager of PUMA Ocean Racing for the past two
Volvo Ocean Race events, has been named sales manager of North Sails in
North America. An experienced sailor and marine industry opinion leader,
Worthington will work at the new North Sails corporate office in downtown
Newport, RI. -- Details:
* Buzios, Brazil (March 3, 2013) - Three races were completed for both men
and women on the third day of competition at the RS:X World Championship.
With gusts up to 18 knots from the northeast, Olympic gold medalist Dorian
van Rijsselberghe (NED) took the lead with one victory and two second
places. Among girls, the Israeli Lee El Korsiz had a perfect day, winning
all three races to take the lead. The men and women on Tuesday will have
the last three races, with the top ten advancing on Wednesday to the medal
race. -- Event website: http://tinyurl.com/RSX-030313
* Simpson Bay, St. Maarten (March 3, 2013) - The 33rd running of the St.
Maarten Heineken Regatta completed three days of racing for the 202 yachts.
Entries were divided into CSA, Melges 24, Bareboat, Multihull, and Lottery
classes. -- Event website: http://www.heinekenregatta.com
* There will be eight Extreme 40 teams in the starting blocks for Act 1 of
the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series beginning March 5 in Muscat, Oman. All eyes
will be on the Alinghi team with helm Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI) joined by
tactician Morgan Larson (USA), who helmed Oman Air to second overall in
2012. Also of interest is Team Korea with helm Peter Burling (NZL) and
tactician Blair Tuke (NZL), who together won the 49er silver medal at the
2012 Olympics, and later this year will be competing in the Red Bull Youth
America's Cup. Online live video streaming Wednesday through Friday. --
* Pacifica, CA. (March 4, 2013) - Three suspects have been arrested after a
stolen 82-foot sailboat ran aground at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica. Two men
and a woman were onboard the $2.7 million "Darling" when it was reported
stolen from the Sausalito Yacht Harbor. The owner of the boat is at the
scene; he called police to report the vessel stolen after watching TV news
reports this morning. -- Full report and video:
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* From David Cook:
I totally agree with Jen French (in Scuttlebutt 3787) that the SKUD 18 is a
very exciting boat. Five years ago I remember planing downwind at 14.8
knots in 20 odd knots of wind on Tampa Bay. Regarding the name, SKUD 18 is
an acronym for SKiff Universal Design. The founder and visionary was Aussie
Chris Mitchell, who then hired Julian Bethwaite to design what would become
the doublehanded Paralympic boat.
Disabled sailors get a raw deal when it comes to opportunities to race
against ABs (able-bodies). I have been disabled all my life, started open
sailing and racing at the age of 18 but didn't start disabled sailing until
I was 30 (now 54). At that time I thought I was too good and didn't want to
rain on their parade, but I soon learned that disabled sailors are equals.
One reason ABs don't want to get into a 'gimp' class is because their ego
can't take getting beat by people who obviously have more of a disadvantage
The SKUD18 is a fantastic sportboat and it probably costs a fraction of
what the latest fad ones do. If you want to go fast, have fun, don't want
to spend an arm and a leg and have some top notch competition, go buy a
SKUD18 and race against some of the gimps.
* From Frederic Berg:
In response to the question, How expensive is sailing?" in Scuttlebutt
3785, I remember getting a used Laser in 1976, sailing at least twice a
week and selling it in 1981. Here are the hard numbers: Yacht club dues
($120), storage fees ($120), new sails (2 @ $100), new upper mast section
($75), replacing broken equipment (est. $100), purchase price ($600) and
resale ($900), total cost $315.
With that I learned a lifelong skill, sailed all my college sailing team
practices and learned fiberglass repair. At that time bowling cost about
$.50 per game and shoes were $.75. Assuming two games and one shoe rental
per bowling session, bowling over the same five years would have cost:
$1.75 X 2 times per week X 52 weeks per year X 5 years or $910. Today, I
can go anywhere in the world and find a "ride" for free - priceless!
* From Mike Esposito, Chicago:
Am I the only one who read all the words in Glenn McCarthy's opinion item
in Scuttlebutt 3785? His point was to have an answer ready to explain why
sailing is NOT (at least not entirely) a millionaire pursuit, and how there
are price points for nearly anyone who wants to go sailing.
It's similar to something I wrote in the July 29, 2009, Chicago Tribune
explaining who is attracted to the Chicago to Mackinac Race: "You never
know who might be on the starting line. In the crowd you could find
doctors, lawyers, teachers, firefighters, chefs, truck drivers, stock
brokers and even professional sailors."
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