SCUTTLEBUTT 3598 - Thursday, May 24, 2012
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WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN ELEPHANT HERDER
By Carrie Gentile, SpinSheet
It's not a hot-shot fleet. The boats are not particularly handsome or fast.
In fact, Sailing World dubbed them the "dancing elephants" based on their
wide berth and billowy spinnakers resembling an elephant's behind. The PHRF
rating is 222, and the last new Cal 25 was built before I was born. Despite
all this, it's a Chesapeake Bay fleet that won't die and that's mostly
because of Charlie Husar.
He's called the Godfather of the fleet. He's been racing on Cal 25s in
Annapolis since the early 1990s, and owns two of them: Chicken Little and
Farfegnugen. He also cruises his Cal 40 when he's not racing in the Sperry
Top-Sider National Offshore One Design or NOOD Regatta, Chesapeake Bay YRA
(CBYRA) Annapolis Race Week, Annapolis YC Frostbites, or Eastport YC's
Friday night beer can series.
All that racing has earned him six or seven (he can't recall the exact
number) top finishes in CBYRA's High Point series. "I'm not the best racer
out there, but I am consistent. I always show up," Husar says.
His method of growing, or more truthfully, maintaining fleet numbers and
participation is to teach his crew members all he knows about racing, then
persuade them to fly the coop and purchase their own Cal 25. "The
survivability of a fleet relies on the third and fourth generation of
owners. The key is to get people interested, keep them interested with good
competition, and help them develop their skills."
His theory has worked. Husar has spawned six or so Cal owners from his own
"It has hurt a number of times," he says, referring to teaching tactics and
boat handling to his crew and then having them take these skills to their
own boat. "But, that's how it's done. Get the crew excited and make them
According to Husar, the more competitive the fleet is, the stronger the
fleet is. He says, "It's not fun to race if the fleet as a whole is not
That's why he shares his knowledge with anyone who asks. A few years ago,
he organized pre-frostbite seminars as a chance for skippers to share
tactics. He's also the fleet's social chair and organizes all the fleet
dinners and unofficial races across the Bay to Hemingway's on Kent Island,
MD. Charlie Husar "I'm not the best racer out there, but I am consistent. I
always show up."
For all his success in cultivating the fleet, Husar seems a bit glum about
the future. In the last few years, he has noticed a shift in mentality of
new crew members and says that dedication seems to be missing.
"When I started out racing on my friend's Bristol 22, we raced year-round
for six years, and I only missed three races. Back then, it was a privilege
to crew for someone. But there seems to be a whole different attitude now
with young people. Back then, being on a team was important. People are
much more self-centered now." -- Read on:
SpinSheet, the Annapolis-based magazine for Chesapeake Bay sailors:
BETTING AND ANTI-CORRUPTION REGULATIONS
By Jos Spijkerman
As a judge and umpire at events I'm privileged to hear a lot of information
that is not (yet) readily available to the public. I must be aware of my
limitations to blog about such information. I have made mistakes in that
regard in the past.
That's why I'm always on the look out for anything that is published or
written by ISAF about this subject. In this years mid-year meeting a
submission has been approved that has gone into effect on 05/04/2012:
Betting and Anti-Corruption - New Appendix 5
Purpose or Objective of the submission: To establish rules on betting and
anti-corruption. Proposal: To adopt the ASOIF Model rules on betting and
anti-corruption as Appendix 5.
1. The Constitution Committee to complete the relevant details.
2. The Executive Committee to publish draft sanctions by the end of July
2012 for final consideration and ratification by Council in November 2012.
The approved text still has a lot of holes and still needs a lot of work
before it is clear. But there are also paragraphs which raise more
questions than answer them:
Let's have a look at 'inside information'. This is defined as:
"Inside Information" means any information relating to any Competition or
Event that a Participant possesses by virtue of his position within the
sport. Such information includes, but is not limited to, factual
information regarding the competitors, the conditions, tactical
considerations or any other aspect of the Competition or Event, but does
not include such information that is already published or a matter of
public record, readily acquired by an interested member of the public or
disclosed according to the rules and regulations governing the relevant
Competition or Event;
Example: Racing has been postponed. But at one o'clock the jury is told
racing will start at three. This is not yet announced on the noticeboard or
anywhere else, in other words; it's inside information.
Back to the text... read on: http://tinyurl.com/RRS-052312
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ALERT: PIVOTAL MOMENT APPROACHING
(May 23, 2012; Day 4) - Telefonica continues to prove their northern track
to be the right track as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet tackles the tactical
options that remain following their encounter with Tropical Storm Alberto.
But the hopes in the fleet for a direct route to Lisbon, away from the more
traditional (and much colder) route high into the North Atlantic, may soon
"Probably the most important decision will come in the next day and a half
when we approach the light air and the high pressure," Telefonica skipper
Iker Martinez explained. "That's when all the boats will make their big
moves. We will have to think about how to position for that and that is
going to be the most interesting moment for sure."
"It looks as if the wind will shift astern of us and may open up the leg a
bit more," observed Telefonica media crew Diego Fructuoso, "because it will
mean having to jibe and according to when each boat chooses to make the
move, the result might be better or worse. Cape (navigator Andrew Cape) and
Iker are concentrating hard at the chart table, thinking about where the
best option might lie."
Unstable weather conditions ahead could see the teams cut their losses and
head north on a more customary route as far north as Canada. A clocking
breeze to the SW, which has provided for broader reaching angles, was
enough incentive for CAMPER to cash in their fading position to the south
of the fleet and dodge an area of light winds ahead that threatened to
Leg 7 - Miami, USA to Lisbon, Portugal (3,590 nm)
Standings as of Wednesday, 23 May 2012, 22:05:06 UTC
1. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), 2481.0 nm Distance to Finish
2. Groupama 4 (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), 3.3 nm Distance to Lead
3. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), 24.6 nm DTL
4. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), 48.1 nm DTL
5. Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), 78.5 nm DTL
6. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 85.4 nm DTL
Video reports: http://www.youtube.com/user/volvooceanracevideos
BACKGROUND: During the nine months of the Volvo Ocean Race, which started
in Alicante, Spain (Oct. 29) and concludes in Galway, Ireland during early
July 2012, six professional teams will sail over 39,000 nautical miles
around the world via Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, around Cape
Horn to Itajai, Miami, Lisbon, and Lorient. Teams accumulate points through
nine distance legs and ten In-Port races. - http://www.volvooceanrace.com
THEY'RE COMING... THEY'RE HERE... THEY'RE GONE...
The route around the world for the Volvo Ocean Race is determined by the 10
international ports that host the fleet during the event. The 2011-12
edition arrived in Miami on May 9 from Brazil, re-starting their next leg
to Portugal on May 20. Providing a debrief from the host committee Volvo
Ocean Race Miami, Inc. is Wendy Kamilar...
For more than two years, VORMiami, Inc. had planned for a big event and big
turnout for the big boats to arrive in Miami. The local Miami team formed
as a charitable foundation and is ALL VOLUNTEERS. Our mission is to support
water based sports, activities and education with any monies left after the
big event. For those of us who worked tirelessly to bring the race to Miami
we are proud to have put on a great event, built a fantastic village,
filled it with great exhibits, food, entertainment, beautiful docks, and
showcased Miami and Sailing to the U.S. and the world.
A little History...
In 2002 the Volvo Ocean Race made its last stop in Miami. The 2002 Village
was on a 3 acre lot behind the AA Arena. There were 4 large tents and of
course the boats. When the race left town it did so with little fanfare and
several hundred thousand dollars in unpaid bills. Our goals were simple: to
build a great village, run great races, give people a reason to come, tell
them we're here and pay our bills.
The challenges were large. Logistics came first. There is only one place
with deep enough draft, enough room for the village and open access to the
public for the boats to go - Bicentennial Park. The park has no
infrastructure. No electrical power, only 1 fire hydrant for water, plenty
of uneven unusable surfaces, and no docks. And the boats had to pass
through a federal channel, impassable when cruise ships were in port.
Permits, immigration, environmental issues, Federal, state and local
authorities all coming together. We had to drive pilings to attach the
temporary docks, get special permits for the temporary structures in a
hurricane zone, bring in generators and water and fuel and thousands of
pounds of mulch.
The second challenge was the racing, which was the easiest to tackle with
the help of Biscayne Bay and Coral Reef Yacht Clubs. These two
organizations stepped up as host clubs, staffed and administered the racing
needs of the Youth Team Racing and Volvo Ocean Race finish, Practice race,
Pro-Am races, In-Port Race and Leg Restart. With over 130 local RC
volunteers coordinating with the 20 VOR staff and countless press and
spectator boat captains it was a flawless execution.
Next challenge was to give people a reason to come. Volvo Ocean Race comes
with a traveling set of pavilions and activities; a bounce house, grinding
challenge, 3D Cinema, sailing simulator, cultural showcases, movie dome,
shops, boats to sail and lots more. Our challenge was to add the
entertainment and local activation part. We signed a deal with Sony
Entertainment to put on 3-4 major headliner concerts in the Village. The
names of artist being talked about was amazing. But after 7 months of
unsuccessfully trying to obtain sponsors to pay for the concerts Sony had
to drop out in January 2012. -- Read on:
U.S. EXPLAINS THEIR SUPPORT OF OLYMPIC KITEBOARDING
By Dean Brenner, Chairman, US Olympic Sailing Committee
Every four years, difficult decisions are made about Olympic sailing
events. The choices made always leave some part of the sailing community
frustrated and feeling, at least on some level, disenfranchised. I say this
as a former Soling sailor who was quite upset with decisions made in
November 2000, and a long-time keelboat sailor who did not agree with the
recent decisions to exclude keelboats from the Games entirely. I know,
first hand, how it feels to have the part of the sport I care most about
There is no right and wrong here, or good and bad. On behalf of US Sailing,
I would like to raise my hand and explain the reasoning behind the votes.
While the Board of US Sailing makes final decisions on all recommendations
to our ISAF delegation, much of the thinking on Olympic events and
equipment originates in the Olympic Sailing Committee, which I lead. The
OSC believes, and I continue to support this 100%, that kites will be good
for the sport of sailing, worldwide. The reasons are simple... read on:
"FIDELIS II" SCORES PODIUM FINISH IN REGATA AL SOL
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"Fidelis II" team managed hardware breakdowns and breezes ranging from
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* Nevin Snow, the 18 year old San Diego match racer, is now the #1 ranked
match racer in the United States, and #31 in the World, based on the May
2012 ISAF Match Racing Open Ranking list. He jumps from the #5 spot he held
this winter. Snow won the 2011 Governor's Cup, and has recently won the
Italiana Cup and an event at the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC). In the
Women's Division, Anna Tunnicliffe from Plantation, Florida remains the
number one ranked skipper in the ISAF Rankings. -- Full report:
* There are still a couple more places available in the Rose Cup, a U.S.
national youth match racing event for competitors ages 16-20 years (in
2012). Hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club in St. Petersburg, Florida on
June 20-24, with racing to be held in Sonars. The entry fee is $250 a team,
and includes coaching throughout the event by Dave Perry, current national
match racing champion. The winning skipper from the event will be invited
to the 2012 Governor's Cup at Balboa Yacht Club, an international youth
match racing event July 17-22. Details: http://tinyurl.com/SPYC-052312
* A ship's captain was convicted of obstructing a Coast Guard inspection
last September in the port of Mobile, Ala., after the vessel discharged
hundreds of plastic pipes into the ocean. The plastic pipes had previously
contained insecticide and were used to fumigate a grain shipment. --
Soundings Trade Only, full report: http://tinyurl.com/STO-052312
* Artemis Racing, which represents the Royal Swedish Yacht Club and is the
challenger of record for the America's Cup, is leasing a
110,000-square-foot former airplane hangar at Alameda Point, across the Bay
from the piers that have been designated for the event in San Francisco. --
SF Chronicle, full story: http://tinyurl.com/SFC-052312
INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES
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* Harken PowerSeat
* Ockam GPS Interface 041D3
* Morris Yachts Opens Newport, RI Office
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* From Andreas Borrink, Hamburg, Germany:
As a long time competitor of Joerg's in the Laser Class, I want to put some
things into perspective from the story, "THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOCK", in
Jorg is by no means an over sponsored young talent having to care for
nothing. Quite the opposite applies: he is one of the toughest and most
determined fighters I have ever met.
He started his professional career in an old Mini and has climbed up the
ladder the hard way, paying bills by himself and happily competing in
underequipped boats. His first own building campaign ended in a complete
disaster when an incompetent "boatbuilder" took his money and supplied a
real dog which immediately started and never stopped falling apart. Others
would have quit at this point - not so Jorg. He got back on his feet and
finally found some luck with his Sponsor Mare who never failed to believe
in his skills and strengths.
It has also to be taken into account that Jorg is a German. Germany is a
country with limited access to the sea and thus a rather small sailing
audience. A generously estimated 2 million people of a total of 82 million
citizens maybe, just maybe interested in competitive sailing. This figure
will go further down the drain when looking at open ocean racing. Finding a
big-time sponsor is next to impossible in this country, as numerous
unsuccessful campaigns in all the big sailing events (America's Cup,
Formula 40 etc.) have proved. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/SW-052312
* From Dana Timmer:
I am interested in how these suspensions (listed in Scuttlebutt 3597) come
about, are arbitrated and what kinds of offenses are considered a breach of
good manners and sportsmanship.
COMMENT: I am too. If ISAF is to maintain a list of sailors who have been
suspended from the sport, it would seem fair that a report of their due
process, and an explanation of their infringement, be available too. -
Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
* From John Riise:
Regarding Alex Stout's query (in Scuttlebutt 3597) about a hammerhead sprit
- it's been done. Or at least tried. In its original configuration, Warren
Luhrs' Open 60 Hunters Child (later Thurdays Child), built in the early
80s, had a hammerhead on the bow for exactly the purpose Alex notes.
However, although the thing looked pretty cool, there were apparently
enough glitches with it that it was removed. Luhrs and 2 or 3 crew set a
new sailing record from NY to SF with the boat in the mid 80s. The original
intent was for Luhrs to do a BOC (now called Five oceans), but he never
did. The boat did though - Steve Pettingill solo'd it round the world in
the late 80s.
Herman was driving down the freeway when his wife called. "Herman," she
said. "I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on
the Interstate. Be careful!" "It's not just one car," said Herman. "It's
hundreds of them!"
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