SCUTTLEBUTT 3638 - Monday, July 23, 2012
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AC72 TAKES A BOW TO ENTHUSIASTIC NZ AUDIENCE
Auckland, New Zealand (July 21, 2012) - Emirates Team New Zealand's
America's Cup AC72 catamaran made its debut to the New Zealand public on
Saturday evening. On a cool winter's evening at Auckland's Viaduct Harbor,
an audience of more than 6000 watched skipper Dean Barker's wife Mandy
splash the yacht with champagne.
Simultaneously, flame gas lines around the yacht and fireworks lit the sky
as 18 months of work by the design and build teams were revealed for all to
see. Mandy Barker named the cat "New Zealand" - team members' acknowledgment
of their gratitude for the country's support through the difficult times
since Valencia in 2007.
Team managing director Grant Dalton said the night could not have happened
without the support of the Government and sponsors who backed the team with
"New Zealanders should be proud that their team attracts the support of
these major international companies," Dalton said. "The same can be said for
the international designers, engineers and analysts who augmented our design
team. We are proud of what we have achieved so far, working in a tin shed in
Auckland. We carry the New Zealand flag sponsors' brands proudly and pledge
that the mission of every member of this team is to bring the America's Cup
back to New Zealand."
As the countdown to the big moment got underway Prime Minster John Key,
Auckland Mayor Len Brown and sponsor representatives were led to the yacht
by a Maori warrior. With the yacht in the background, 1000 people pulled on
a hemp rope to "load" the catapult which smashed the champagne bottle and
sprayed the boat.
It was a proud moment for the team and signaled the beginning of the next
stage of preparations for the 2013 America's Cup. -- Full story:
* Sail-World took (iPhone) video of Emirates Team NZ's new AC72 as she
passed through Auckland's Viaduct Harbor bridge. It shows the best view yet
of the deck layout of the AC72, and how ETNZ have approached the issue of
developing the winch-power necessary to sail the 72ft catamaran, providing a
platform that can be crossed at pace during tacks and gybes, and the
structural layout of the beams and supporting structure. -- Check it out at:
CLOSE FINISHES CONCLUDE NYYC RACE WEEK
NEWPORT, R.I. (July 22, 2012) - With the coveted Rolex watches on the line,
the two divisions and entire IRC fleet vying for these trophies pulled out
all the stops on the final day of NYYC Race Week that saw a building
southerly and many finishes too close to call.
It was the Swan 42s that were contesting their National Championship, and
the J/109s looking to crown their North American Champion. In the end it was
Ken Colburn and his team aboard the Swan 42 Apparition who wound up
capturing the prize and Rick Lyall aboard Storm in the J/109 class who
captured the title and a Rolex watch.
Maxi racer George David and his crew aboard Rambler in IRC 1 showed a
dominant performance over NYYC Commodore Bob Towse's Blue Yankee to claim
the Best Performance Overall in IRC. David, Colburn and Lyall will all
receive their own Oyster Perpetual Submariner watch.
Vesper and Temptation-Oakcliff kept up their winning ways in IRC 2 and 3,
with several points between them and their competitors. The biggest upset of
Race Week, occurred in IRC 4 where Dolphin and Down Time overtook Craig
Albrecht's Avalanche, leader going into Sunday, to top the leader board.
Just a half-point separated the two with Ed and Molly Freitag's Down Time
taking the title.
At press time the other one design results were not finalized including the
J/111, J/105 and Beneteau 36.7. In the Navigator's Race for the PHRF title,
the Melges 24 Velocita won with two firsts. -- Report: http://nyyc.org/
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ROB CRANE AIMING HIGH IN OLYMPIC LASER
Weymouth and Portland, U.K. (July 20, 2012) - Rob Crane will represent the
USA in the Laser class. He was born into a family that is passionate about
sailing. His competitive sailing began in the Optimist class, and in 1998 he
won the Optimist North American Championship. Soon after, Rob advanced to
the Laser Radial and it wasn't before long that he was highly-competitive in
the full-rig Laser. Crane, 26, had his breakout performance at the 2011 ISAF
Sailing World Championships, where he qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic
How and when did you first get involved in sailing?
RC: I first got involved in sailing through my parents. My Dad was a sail
maker for many years. My Mom's father built Lightnings for a living. Due to
this family history it was almost a given that I would sail. I first started
sailing when I was five or six, but did not sail competitively until I was
seven or eight.
Who has been the most influential person in your sailing career and why?
RC: My Dad has been the most influential person due to his extensive sailing
knowledge and participation in my sailing career.
What would winning an Olympic medal mean to you?
RC: It would mean the world. It is hard to quantify exactly what, but I
would be elated. It would be the culmination of years of hard work.
What is your training regimen?
I try to sail three days on, one day off, for three hours a day. Then off
the water I go to the gym to lift 3-4 times a week, with 3-4 cardio sessions
a week. -- Full story:
THE GAMES ARE COMING
By Bill Sandberg, WindCheck
The start of the Olympic Games in Weymouth, England are only days away (July
27) and the sailing events in the Paralympics begin August 29. I'm happy to
say that the USA will be sending strong teams to both, with a number of
excellent medal opportunities.
While the USA continues to lead the world in Olympic sailing medals (59),
the Brits have won more golds (23 vs. 19). The world of Olympic sailing has
changed dramatically. More countries are sending better prepared teams than
ever before, and money is the king. Who's won the most sailing medals in the
recent games? The UK. Which team has the most money? The UK. And this year
they also have the advantage of sailing in their home waters.
Having co-chaired two fundraising events for the teams in the last nine
months, I've had the opportunity to get to know the sailors, as well as
their coaches and the management team led by US Olympic Sailing Chair Dean
Brenner, from Wallingford, Connecticut. I can say without a moment's
hesitation that the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider (never knew there was a
hyphen in Top-Sider) is composed of sailors we can be justifiably proud of.
That they are great sailors is a given, but they are also a group of
individuals that will represent the country with honor. You will not likely
find any of these sailors jumping on a media boat and threatening a
photographer, or using language that would make a marine blush. They are
gentlemen and ladies to the core.
The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is one that is built for the long haul.
The sailors have financial backing far in excess of what they have ever had
before, although there is still a long way to go there. Equally important,
there is now a development team (created in 2007), which is divided into two
First is the Olympic Development Team, whose sailors race Olympic classes
(i.e. 49er, Finn, etc.). Then there is the Youth Development Team, whose
sailors' race boats used in the Youth Worlds (i.e. International 420).
Planning for the future always pays off. Unlike professional sports, sailing
can't trade for big name athletes with other countries. -- Read on:
COMMENT: As Bill notes, the two key elements to Olympic success is the
development of young sailors, and the financial support they need once at
the highest level. The past U.S. template of short-course college racing and
personally organized Olympic campaigns after graduation no longer works. The
fork in the road - dividing focused Olympic training and pleasure
competitive sailing - must now come sooner. -- Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
LUCKY FOR SOME
(July 21, 2012) - 46 boats are now well underway in Pac Cup 2012. With the
weather presenting itself as it did earlier in the week, it's no surprise
that the boats that left Monday/Tuesday are quickly being caught by those
who left later in the week.
At 0730 hours Saturday morning, the double-handers were leading the pack, as
they have done since their departure last Monday. The J/120 Jamani has
maintained a solid lead on the fleet and has logged 592 nm just under five
days. 45 nm behind is Naos 30, with Relentless 28 nm behind Naos 30. The
breeze was at 8+ knots from 032 degrees.
The rest of the fleet sits loosely clustered behind the three lead boats,
except Juanita, the Phoenix 38 on her maiden Pac Cup, who is well at the
back of the fleet having gotten stuck in a wind hole some distance north
early on to only track south again and find her groove along with the more
northerly situated of the gang, which could end up working out well for her.
-- Read on: http://pacificcup.org/news/21jul2012
*Feeling more Pac Cup luck than others is the crew on J World's Hula Girl,
as expressed in an excerpt taken from their blog, "We're not sure how we sit
in the standings, we aren't sure this breeze will hold, we aren't sure about
much at all, in fact, except this one thing: we are sure that we were able
to get away from the California coast a LOT less painfully than our brethren
aboard the smaller boats that started before us! Pure luck of the draw, to
be sure, but still we are happy we didn't hit the hole they found. Some of
those boats did a fantastic job punching thru it... nicely done... now we
have to catch them. -- Full report: http://tinyurl.com/crxebhg
CLIPPER 11-12 RACE GOES TO THE AUSSIES
Southampton, England (July 22, 2012) - It was a spectacular scene today as
thousands of people turned out to watch the end of the Clipper 11-12 Round
the World Yacht Race in Southampton, England. After 51 weeks of racing, Gold
Coast Australia secured overall victory, as the non-professional crew on
board all ten ocean racing yachts marked the end of a 40,000-mile challenge
of a lifetime.
Visit Finland finished in second, while a battle towards the end saw
Singapore pip De Lage Landen to the post for third place - finishing seconds
The fleet crossed the final finish line in Race 15 in the early hours of the
morning, where Clipper Race Founder and Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston,
the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world, led a parade of
sail up Southampton Water to welcome back the fleet of ten identical 68-foot
Tasmanian skipper Richard Hewson and his crew proudly stood on the helm of
the Clipper Race yacht as thousands of people applauded the victorious
"It has been an amazing adventure. From the start we've had plans to
dominate the race and we've definitely done that. We've been racing against
some fantastic teams and very tough competition all the way. -- Full story:
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ISAF YOUTH SAILING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CONCLUDES
Dublin Bay, Ireland (July 20, 2012) - Cool heads and steely nerves were
among the vital attributes required to achieve ultimate success as the 2012
Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships finished on Dublin
Bay in Ireland. Across the seven different classes the finale was marked by
light, conflicting breezes with at least as many title upsets unfolding
through the day as there were expected winning scenarios playing out on cue.
-- Full report: http://www.isafyouthworlds.com/news/38959.php
Top Positions - North America
Boy's Laser Radial - 4. Mitchell Kiss (USA)
Girl's Laser Radial - 15. Natalia Montemayor (MEX)
Boy's 420 - 19. Max Flinn/Andrew Burns (CAN)
Girl's 420 - 11. Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick/ Abigail Rohman (USA)
Boy's RS:X - 10. Ignacio Berenguer (MEX)
Girl's RS:X - 19. Cristina Ortiz (MEX)
Open SL16 - 8. Jeremy Herrin/ Sam Armington (USA)
Open 29er - 4. Quinn Wilson/ Dane Wilson (USA)
ISAF Nations Trophy - 13 (USA)
Complete results: http://www.isafyouthworlds.com/editions/2012/results.php
SCUTTLEBUTT SAILING CALENDAR
Events listed at http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar
* Cascade Locks, OR (July 22, 2012) - With a race or two to spare, Chris
Barnard skipped the last of three races sailed on the final day of the Laser
North Americans hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association. After
sailing an almost faultless regatta this week, the 21-year old College
Sailor of the Year was relieved to get off the water knowing that he'd taken
the championship title with 12 points to spare. Conditions today were good
for racing, cooler with a breeze up to 23 knots. -- Read on:
* New Zealand Northland businesses and council leaders are gutted at losing
out on a potential $10 million windfall after America's Cup holders Oracle
scuppered plans to train in New Zealand this summer. Oracle ground crew was
arriving in October with the yachtsmen, including Sir Russell Coutts coming
in January and staying until the end of May next year. But plans were dashed
when Oracle revealed this week it was staying in San Francisco instead. --
Full story: http://tinyurl.com/d2goog2
* Marstrand, Sweden (July 22, 2012) - Team Aqua has won the RC44 Sweden Cup
for the second year in a row with a race to spare, on a day where the wind
increased and the sea state made for some exciting downwind sleigh rides in
Marstrand. For the overall RC44 Championship Tour, each of the teams can now
discard their worst event of the season. The final event of the season,
which doubles as the class World Championship, will take place in the
beautiful fishing town of Rovinj, Croatia from 3rd-7th October. -- Full
* (July 21, 2012) - The final and third day of racing at the MC-Masters
National Championship hosted by the Cedar Lake Yacht Club, West Bend, WI,
delivered some big surprises, much like days one and two, with solid racing
in great conditions for races four and five. Bruce Gallagher (Pine Lake) is
the new 2012 Masters National Champion. He survived the day with a 1-6. Dave
Koch had a 3-8 to finish second and Stu Oltrogge had the Cedar Shake-up with
a 23-2.Top Grand Master went to Bill Biersach, Top Mega Master to Dr. Jack
Kern, and top Old Salt to Dick Booth. -- Full story:
* After a Thursday afternoon of sunshine and breeze and an evening of music
and food in the rum tent on the lawn of the Oak Harbor Yacht Club, the
racers aboard the 115 race boats competing in Whidbey Island Race Week 2012
stumbled from their nearby tents and returned to the waters of Penn Cove the
morning of Friday, July 20 for one final day of fun. -- Results and report
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* From Robert Wilkes (re, Scuttlebutt 3637):
Ref the potted biography of Zach it may be of interest that he was a member
of the USA Optimist 'Dream Team' of 1997, which contained three of the 2012
Olympic team and two other members of Team AlphaGraphics.
The USA Optimist Worlds team of 1997 in Carrickfergus, Ireland included
Amanda Clark (aged 15, weight 58kg/130lb) who was 4th girl, Trevor Moore who
placed 22nd, Clay Johnson, the runner-up in the 2012 USA Laser trials, and
Peter Must who campaigned for the 2012 49er spot. Three Olympians and two
strong trialists from one 5-person team.
Zach had a precocious talent and had made the USA team at the exceptionally
young age of 11. In 1997 he was in fact fully 13 (born May 1984) but failed
to match the 6th place he had taken the previous year. His weight of
53kg/119lb meant that he was ready to leave the Class though it was Peter
who won the 1998 USA Radial Championship.
All the boat skippers on the 2012 USA Olympic team are former Optimist
sailors. Details at http://tinyurl.com/cvbytpk
* From Jim Thompson, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI:
Over the coming days it will continue to happen, but can we please stop
referring to the Chicago Race to Mackinac as 333 miles long? Since when are
yacht races measured in statute miles? This little annual nautical event is
298 nautical miles long. It is sailing and we sailors use nautical miles. No
one cares the race is less than 300 miles long. really.
Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.
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