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60/ Technique
Top dinghy coach Brian Doyle takes
us step-by-step through the roll tack.
64/ Tactics
Follow Stuart Walkers advice on com-
ing out on top in downwind finishes.
66/ Monday Morning Tactician
Terry Hutchinson shows how easy it
is to gainand loseon the offset leg.

68/ Winners Debrief


Zephryus, the repeat IRC champion.

72/ Rules
Dick Rose examines two issues race
committees and racers often face.

Addiction, a Farr 49, enjoys GRAND PRIX


74 a new life on Puget Sound. 74/ Big Boats Rise In Seattle
F E AT U R E S A rekindled rivaly brings new life to a
regatta that expired five years ago.
2006 Sailing World Boat of the Year Awards 30
80/ Grand Prix Launches
We wanted boats wed love to race, and found what we were Peligroso, Tim Kernan 68.
looking forthe C&C 115, RS Feva, Wyliecat 44, and Reynolds 33.
B y To n y B e s s i n g e r, P h o t o s b y Wa l t e r C o o p e r 82/ According to Tom Stark
His philosophy is simple: get in, get
fast, get out. Repeat.
A Completely Relaxing Racing Experience 36
Why limit yourself to cruising the Caribbean with the family CO LU M N S
when theres a regatta nearby? Heres proof you can have it all. Editors Letter 7
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Starting Line 12
Schooled in the Volvo 70 40 Jobson Report 21
The opening leg of the Volvo Ocean Race conrmed the new For the Record 25
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machines would be fast, and that they wouldnt be kind. Finish Line 84
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Ask Dr. Crash 96
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Nicest All Around Ten Years After college due to the prevailing attitudes re-
HOW APPROPRIATE THAT THE NICEST GUY IN READING LAURIE FULLERTONS ARTICLE garding what women can or cannot
sailing, Greg Fisher, interviewed the nicest Women in Sailing: 10 Years After A do on big boats. I run a high school sail-
woman in sailing, Jody Swanson (For Cubed (Oct. 05) I found myself agree- ing center and my only hope is that the
The Record, Oct. 05). Ive had the privi- ing that more women need to be in the energetic young females Im working with
lege to sail with and against both Greg and sport. I run a small junior sailing program now dont have to face resistance to stay
Jody; their ability to compete at the high- at our yacht club in which we had almost in a sport that they excel at and love. I ap-
est level in a range of classes never inter- 50 percent girls last Julythe best weve peal to all owners to take on female crew
feres with their desire to share a beer and a ever had. I hope this trend in junior sail- members, put them in key positions, and
laugh at the end of the day. Our sport ing continues. see what some of these women can do.
would be better if more of us were able to One thing the article didnt address is a SARAH SCHAILL
match their desire to win and their ability change of priority as we age. Out of col- CHARLESTON, S.C.
to maintain perspective about that desire. lege I raced with a group of friends in our
Greg has a crowded trophy shelf, but local PHRF eet on the Hudson River and READING LAURIE FULLERTONS ARTICLE
one of his most prized awards is the top Long Island Sound. We had many suc- struck me profoundly. I sail on Bob
female trophy he won at a regional cesses and a happy boat with multiple Smiths New World, a J/105 on Lake
championship a few years ago. He fin- women on board, including the mainsail Michigan. We have a simple, yet most en-
ished third overall, and the trophies had trimmer (now shes my wife) and the joyable sailing situationraces with Bob
been engraved before anyone realized genoa trimmer (now married to the bow- driving and his two daughters, Laura and
that womens teams would take the top man). As a whole our racing has de- Di, in the crew. This pair works the boat
two slots. Others might have been em- creased due to other obligations, and both like no other crews I have raced with:
barrassed, but his response was Wow, of these women have now stopped racing Laura is our bowwoman and Di trims the
thanks! I know Ill never win another to spend their spare time with their chil- kite. Last year we earned second place in a
one of those. His ability to laugh at dren. This is another reason why women eet of 20 in Chicago YCs Boat of the Year
himself has never interfered with a suc- are short on the racecourse (and they de- competition. I feel blessed to witness rst-
cessful career in sailmaking, and after serve our thanks). Now we need to come hand how we work together and the deep-
more years than he would like counted up with a way to bring them back out on rooted love that Bob Smith has for his
of working to make customers fast, he the water as soon as theyre ready. daughters . . . and his boat. It makes for a
still manages to find fun in each day on GUY MAY great summer on Lake Michigan.
the water. CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. MICHAEL BROWN
I do take issue, however, with Gregs de- CHICAGO
scription of Jody as one of the sports THANK YOU FOR YOUR OCTOBER 05 STORY
greatest women competitorsthe fe- on women (or lack there of) in perfor-
male modier is completely unnecessary. mance keelboat racing. Its shocking to Clear Ahead Exhibit
CAROL CRONIN, me to see so many talented female college I REALLY LIKED THE PICTURE OF A3 AND Il
JAMESTOWN, R.I. sailors lose interest in the sport post- Moro in your most recent issue (Nov./Dec.
05). It does appear that A3 is port tacking
Il Moro and clearing by about a half
Mistaken Identity: Lightning Champs
boatlength. Im sure that this was Bills idea.
I SAW THE WEEKEND WARRIOR SECTION ON Dan Moriarty. Although my local fleet is JOHN MCLEOD
page 16 of the October edition and having a lot of fun with this (Dan is an GRAND RIVER SC, OHIO
thank you for writing about me. One excellent skipper in his own right), I
thing is funny though: the picture next guess I need to gain the ve years in age,
to the article isnt methats my crew, lose the 8 inches in height, and just be Photo Corrections
myself. WE MISTAKENLY IDENTIFIED THE PHOTOGRA-
MATT BURRIDGE, pher of the excellent photo from the 2005
ST. LOUIS, MO. Hobie 16 NAs (Finish Line, Oct. 05).
The photographer was Nate Simpson,
At Sailing World we always feel that crews www.natesimpsonphoto.com. Also, the
rarely get the ink they deserve, but it photo of the Brenta 122 Ghost on p. 72
appears this time weve gone too far. This is (Nov./Dec. 05) was taken by Max Ranchi,
especially unfortunate considering your www.maxranchi.com.
Lightning NAs victory was sensational. In EDITORS
WILLIAM CLAUSEN

making good on our error, we present the


entire championship team (Matt, at right, Address letters to Editor, Sailing World, 55
Dan, and Tobi Moriarty.) Hammarlund Way, Middletown, RI 02842
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Starting Line

Tris Try, But Many Fail to Finish


PIERRE CABAN/MARINE INTERNATIONALE/DPPI (2)

THE 10 ORMA 60 TRIMARANS reported to race officials on ject and Foncia both capsized mainsail [down] and fought
were barely 12 hours into the Nov. 7. The crack has ex- and Sodebo lost its port float to get the boat facing down-
5,000-mile Transat Jacques tended along half the main hull and, consequently, its mast. wind, to be less exposed. But
Vabre doublehanded race now,and is 3 centimeters wide. The seas were immense, the mast fell down, smashing
when Yvan Bourgnon and In the next 36 hours, the Thomas Coville, the skipper the leeward oat.
Charles Caudreliers Brossard strong southwest winds in of Sodebo, reported to race Two days later Groupama
retired with hull damage. which the race had started headquarters. A huge wave capsized in rough conditions.
All of a sudden, I heard a whipped around to the north- suddenly slammed violently On Nov. 14, a week into the
massive cracking sound and west, creating large, uneven into the boat and the port race, TIM Progetto followed
saw the hull opening over my seas, and three other tri- float opened up in two right suit when skipper Giovanni
head on the deck, Bourgnon marans fell apart. Orange Pro- in the middle. We took the Soldini put the boat on
12 SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6
FIGHTING 50S
The rivalry between American
solo ocean racers Joe Harris and
Kip Stone sparked to life again in
the doublehanded Transat
Jacques Vabre. Harris and co-
skipper Josh Hall took the lead
when Stone made a pit stop to
replace a torn main, leaving him
350 miles behind. However, like
nearly every aspect of the race,
holding the lead wasnt easy.
To finish is an accomplishment.
How different was it to win?
Quite different. The Transat
Race [in 2004] was my first big
offshore solo race. My goal was
to survive, finish, and win, in
that order. For this race I had my
sights set higher. It was gratify-
ing to have all the effort pay off.
You took a tumble early in the
race. How did that happen?
It was blowing 30-plus and
20-foot seas. I got vaulted
across the cabin and landed
against a carbon post. I laid
there in a heap for a while. I was
really worried that I broke my
ribs. I took a little time off and
laid in the bunk. I kept taking
painkillers for the next week or
so and slowly it got better.
After the pit stop, Kip Stones
Artforms surged back. Were you
nervous?
As we came down past
Madeira, the routing was showing
the western route was favored,
but Vedettes de Brhat [then in
second] had made a move to the
east. We covered Vedettes.
Artforms got back in the race;
SIX DOWN, FOUR UP
they had very favorable reaching
Orange Project and Foncia were two conditions across the Bay of
of the early casualties in the Transat
Biscay, and in no time our lead
Jacques Vabre. Only four of the 10
ORMA 60 trimarans that started the was down to 150 miles. We were
doublehanded race made it to the pretty worried. What decided it is
finish line. Pascal Bidegorry and we made a smooth passage
Lionel Lemonchois on Banque Popu- through the Doldrums and Art-
laire won, averaging nearly 18 knots. forms had a more painful passage.
How will you transition back
autopilot for a moment to We knew to control our singlehanded race from into your job as CFO of the New
trim the sails and it failed. speed, said Bidegorry, when France to the Caribbean, only Boston Fund?
With 3,300 miles still to sail asked how his boat survived three of 18 finished. But the Thats going to be interesting.
the 10-boat fleet had been the first two days. Quickly, sailors wont get any sympathy Coming back from the Transat, I
reduced to four. but not too quickly to preserve from race organizers. was on an emotional high for
THIERRY MARTINEZ (2)

The rest of the race was rel- the boat. A successful race is a Were not going to change three months. I expect itll be
atively uneventful. Banque race where you try to advance this race, said Jean Maurel, the same this time. Its going to
Populaire, skippered by Pascal as well as possible. TJV race director.These boats be a little hard to focus at first,
Bidegorry and Lionel Lemon- This isnt the first race to must be built to withstand bad but until I find that big sponsor
chois, won and set a new course decimate the ORMA 60 eet. weather in November. Ive got to keep the day job.
record, averaging 17.59 knots. In the 2002 Route du Rhum, a STUART STREULI SS

SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6 13
WINDSHIFTS
Ellen MacArthur and the
Spanish Tornado team of Fernando
Echavarri Erasun and Anton Paz
Vipers Recoil and Look to Rebuild
Blanco are the 2005 ISAF Rolex
D ISCOVERING THE V IPER 640
Sailors of the Year. In February
barely clinging to its one-
MacArthur completed a record- design life is a bit like nding
setting 71-day singlehanded your high school valedictori-
journey around the world. Erasun an manning the pumps at the
and Blanco are the top-ranked local Gas n Sip.
In 1997, the 21-foot, three-
Tornado team and won the
person keelboat was named
classs world and European Sailing Worlds Overall Boat of
championships in 2005. the Year. I see a lot of reasons
www.sailing.org for it to grow as a strong one-
design, said judge Peter
Vanguard Sailboats is now a Wormwood, a multihull de-
signer, in SWs March 1997
top-level sponsor of US SAILING.
issue. It denitely is a step up
The new agreement runs through to the future for one-design
2009 and includes boats for six sailors.
In the next couple of years, With hopes of jump-starting a fleet in Western Long Island Sound,
U.S. Championships and the
six Viper 640s trekked to the Lands End Larchmont NOOD.
2007 U.S. Olympic Trials (Laser designer and builder Brian
and Laser Radial), support for
Bennett sold more than 60 of starting buying Vipers. In congealing in Southern Cali-
the boats, which are remark- January 2005 there were five fornia and Florida, and theres
members of the U.S. Sailing
ably balanced upwind and can on the market. Those got a push to start one from
Team, and youth sailing develop- plane downwind in breeze. But bought up and as additional scratch in Western Long Island
ment. www.ussailing.org, his company ran into nancial ones came on the market Sound. Trying to nd dinghy
www.teamvanguard.com trouble and the molds and they sold very quickly. racing on the West Coast I
production rights were sold to This renewed interest led find extremely difficult, says
Race One, a British company the class association to inves- Nick Mockridge, one of the
Olivier de Kersausons maxi-
that primarily deals with tigate restarting production. sparkplugs behind the South-
trimaran Geronimo set a new
grand-prix raceboat charter. The group bought the molds ern California fleet. So I
record of 4d:19h:31m:37s for the Race One didnt aggressively and productions rights from wanted to nd something that
transpacific Los Angeles to Hon- market the boats and produc- Race One, and found a new had the performance of a
olulu course, averaging 19.17 tion ground to a halt. Stateside, builder in Rondar. New boats dinghy, was easy to launch,
knots over 2,215 miles. Among fleets began to shrink. By the will run just under $20,000, and still allowed me to do
early part of this decade the with fleet discounts even local PHRF racing. The boat is
the 11-man crew were Team
sole remaining active eet was lower. To improve handling so easy to sail, and its so fast
Adventure sailors Cam Lewis and in Marblehead, Mass., and and ease of rigging, the class without any effort compared
Larry Rosenfeld. www.trimaran- even that was hurting. Apart has approved a new carbon to other 21-footers. For more
geronimo.com from race week, says current rig, which will be offered at on the Viper resurgence, go to
class president Justin Scott, cost to current Viper owners. www.viper640.org
US SAILING amended its four boats was a good day. Fleets of existing boats are STUART STREULI
Scott was an avid Rhodes 19
bylaws last October, rearranging
and Sonar sailor until he went
its structure and dramatically on vacation to Minorca and I T S N O T T O O L AT E
downsizing its board of directors sailed the RS 600, a high per- Every year SWs Dr. Crash
from 49 to 14 members. A formance British dinghy. He worries that sailors will
transitional board is currently in returned with a thirst for wise up and cease provid-
place until direct elections for
something more exciting. So ing him with so much
he and the existing members of work. Fortunately, 2005
new directors are held.
the Marblehead eet gathered wasnt the year, as there
JENNIFER DAVIES, SHANNON CAIN

www.ussailing.org/bod at Maddys Sail Loft, a local wa- was a steady stream of pa-
tering hole, and made a plan to Dr. Crash tients sailing into his wait-
2006
Ultimate Sailboats has reinvigorate the Viper class. ing room. The 2006 Best
Calendar
transferred production of the Ul- The first step was getting of Dr. Crash calendar is
timate 20 sportboat to Abbott
the existing Viper owners or- chock full of disasterfrom skiffs to Americas Cup boats to
ganized and providing more catamaransand of course the Doctors sage advice. Its the
Boats in Ontario, Canada.
opportunities to race in a se- perfect last-minute, or after-the-fact, holiday gift for any sailor.
www.ultimatesailboats.com, rious way, says Scott. As a www.sailingworld.com or 888-847-2121
www.abbottboats.com result of that more people
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COLLEGE RANKINGS
Determined by Sailing World's
coaches panel: Michael Callahan
(Georgetown), Ken Legler (Tufts),
and Mike Segerblom (USC).
Rankings based on results through
Nov. 28.

COED (prev. rank)


1. Georgetown (3)
2. Harvard (6)
3. Hawaii (1)
4. Brown (2)
5. USC (4)
6. Boston College (5) CLASS NOW IN SESSION
7. Stanford (8) The new Olympic windsurfing class made its windsurfer. Even some of the good guys were
North American debut in late September at the having trouble when the breeze was up the first
8. UC Irvine (7) Neil Pryde RS:X Pacific Coast Championship, day. Formula sailors dominated the top of the
9. Tufts (9) hosted by the St. Francis YC on San Francisco standings, with Brazilian professional Wilhelm
Bay. The sail is big and when it gets windy its Schurmann winning by 2 points over Sam
10. South Florida (10)
a lot to handle, says Mark Mendelblatt, a Ireland of Canada. Seth Beese, a former U.S.
11. Hobart/Wm. Smith (11) 2004 Olympian in the Laser and a recreational junior champion, was third. www.stfyc.org
12. Dartmouth (12)

Olympic Scoring Weighted for 2008


13. Yale (13)
14. St. Marys (15)
15. Charleston (14)
16. Roger Williams (16) E NCOURAGED BY B OTH THE
17. Navy (17) International Olympic Com-
mittee and the Olympic
18. Kings Point Broadcast Services, ISAF
19. Old Dominion (18) tweaked the scoring system
for the 2008 Olympics to in-
20. MIT (19)
crease the importance of the
Also receiving votes: UC Santa
Barbara
nal race in each discipline.
In past Olympics, general
interest media have been par-
WOMEN (prev. rank) ticularly frustrated to nd the
1. Yale (1) gold medal winner on the
sidelines watching the final
2. Navy (3)
race, having already clinched
3. St. Mary's (2) the title. In Athens, three of 11 Torben Grael (left) and Marcello Ferreira celebrate clinching the
gold medals were locked up in Star gold in Athens two days before the final race. A new scoring
4. Hawaii (4)
the penultimate race. system aims to keep the drama alive until the final race.
5. Charleston (5) The new system, which was system came from a late sub- aimed at nailing down the
6. South Florida (8) approved at the annual meet- mission by ISAF President weighting system for the
CHUCK LANTZ, CARLO BORLENGHI/SEA & SEE/DPPI

ing in November in Singa- Gran Petersson with some points, which was unspecied
7. Stanford (6)
pore, will mirror the old one modifications proposed by in Peterssons original sub-
8. Georgetown (7) for the first 10 races of the US SAILINGs Charley Cook. mission. We were concerned
9. Harvard (9) Olympic regatta15 for the What [Petersson] had been that if the weighting of the last
49ersand competitors will told is that sailing is one of the race were left to the executive
10. Tufts (10) be allowed to discard their most expensive sports to tele- committee, it couldve been as
11. Brown (11) worst nish. For the nal race, vise, says Cook, and its also much as ve times, he says.
the eet will be reduced to the the least appealing to a TV au- The compromise plan
12. Dartmouth (12)
top 10 sailors. Individual n- dience. Say what you will passed the ISAF Council by re-
13. Boston College (13) ishes will count for double about TV driving sports, the sounding majority. However,
14. UC Santa Barbara (14)
points and must be kept. On- fact is the Olympics are the opinions were mixed on the
the-water judging will be used success that they are because ISAF events committee, where
15. Hobart/Wm. Smith (15) to decide any protests. of TV revenue. the vote was much closer.
Also receiving votes: USC The root of the new scoring Cooks modifications were STUART STREULI

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WEEKEND WARRIORS
Matt Bounds, 46, of Com-
merce Township, Mich., is more
than your passionate Hobie Cat
St. Pete Rolls Out Miracles
sailorhes an outright fanatic.
His personal Hobie armada in- S AILBOAT RACING AND BOAT- ment maker Olaf Harken. He ever, was lead sponsor of the
cludes a 14, 16, and Tiger. To buy shows rarely mix, but the com- also snared Olympic gold other major event of the
the latter, he had to sell his 17 in bination worked well at the medalist Allison Jolly and weekendthe Mother Tub-
order stay within his wifes strict Strictly Sail St. Petersburg sailmaker Mark Ploch. Then ber Re-Grettain which 18
three-boat limit. Never one to (Fla.) event last fall. A new se- he charged the public $100 boats of all vintages compet-
miss a big regatta, ries of fun, benefit races and per head to crew for these ed. Prizes were earned for the
Bounds borrowed a rafes called Sailing for Mira- masters in two races that foulest bottom, best and worst
1988-vintage 17 that cles used the show as a launch started in the basin next to the decorated boats, as well as rst
had been abandoned in pad and successfully raised show docks, sailed upwind to nish. That last honor went
the owners vegetable $30,000 for the local All Chil- along the Pier, then finished to Greg Clarkes 25-foot cat
garden for last years drens Hospital. downwind, back at the show boat Nadine, which was re-
H-17 NAs. The boat The local sailing industry The dark-horse winner of warded with 25 cases of
had already won a Na- group, Southeastern Sailing the two-race series was the Heineken, donated by local
tional Championship in 1997, so I Industries Association, was president of one of the three dealer, Massey Yachts.
knew it had potential, says brainstorming with the na-
Bounds, a property manager. I tional show organizer, Sail
reconditioned it over one week- America, to improve atten-
end, spending only about $200. dance at Strictly Sail and in-
His efforts paid off; he won by 25 crease visibility for sailing in
points. As the editor of the Hobie general. Sailing for Miracles
Class Associations Hotline mag- was one idea, and as it turned
azine, hes immersed in the out, the show needed some
scene, but the responsibility extra help after the early-
doesnt dip into his travel time. season Hurricane Dennis
I put about 25,000 miles on disassembled the marina
my trailer. docks the show typically uses.
Organizers moved the show
At last years Elliot 770 North across the Vinoy Basin and
Americans in Lake Lanier, Ga., built temporary docksan
Dean Cleall, 42, of Brandenton, expensive move but one that
Fla., cleaned house, winning all created an opportunity for
four races of the six-boat regatta. extra exposure. The new loca-
While the win may appear easy tion is adjacent to the St. Pe-
on paper, Cleall had to put in tersburg Pier, which juts sev- The Masters Under Sail benefit
overtime before the regatta to eral hundred yards into in St. Petersburg, Fla., featured
racing legends (left to right)
ensure the boat was up to snuff. Tampa Bay and holds 16 shops
Ted Hood, Allison Jolly, Charley
We committed to this regatta and several restaurants. Morgan, and Frank Butler,
six months out, says Cleall, who Enter Tom Casey, who like among others. St. Pete YCs
owns a prosthetics any good salesman will tell Sonars were used and starts
manufacturing company you how much better next were held in-harbor.
he founded after losing years event is going to be long largest U.S. boatbuilders,
his lower left leg in an before you can get this years Frank Butler, of Catalina
airplane accident 15 story out of him. But give Yachts, with a 2-3 score. Com-
DAVE ELLIS/AFFINITY MARKETING (2), COURTESY MATT

years ago. We got a credit to Casey, a marine in- pany sources say his secret With a cocktail party, auc-
new keel for the boat dustry veteran, who had a weapon was crewmember tion, the two regattas, and raf-
that was bigger than the keel plan for the Masters Under Deven Hull, a sailboat deal- fles for an Island Packet Big-
slot so I spent about 50 hours Sail segment, to be raced in St. er/broker and guest tactician, Fish and a Catalina 22 Sport,
fairing it down. Ive done the Petersburg YCs Sonar eet. I but it might also have been Sailing for Miracles raised
same for the rudderright down called up the two Teds, he crewmember, Wayne Bur- $30,000 for cancer research
to the glass. Cleall, who worked says. Ted Hood and Ted dick, president of rival builder and showed the public what
as a sailmaker out of high Turner. Although Turner Beneteau USA, who ponied sailboats look like underway.
school, is ambitious enough to couldnt come this year, Hood up $100 to learn Butlers secrets. This could be the start of
build his own downwind sails and said hed be there. With one The other big-three builder, something much bigger:
jibs in his garage, securing the Americas Cup winning Hunter Marine, was repre- Next year,says Casey,Hobie
panels from UK Sailmakers helmsman in his pocket, sented by distance racer Steve Alter, Ted Turner, and Buddy
in Chicago, and taping them Casey then recruited retired Pettengill, and lets just say the Melges have all told me they
himself. boatbuilders Ted Irwin and racecourses were way too want to come.
DAVE REED Charley Morgan and equip- short for him. Hunter, how- JOHN BURNHAM

18 SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6
JOBSON
REPORT
BY GARY JOBSON

Jobsons Junior All-Stars, 2005


F OR THE FIFTH STRAIGHT YEAR , WE RE PUTTING THE SPOTLIGHT ON would have to be my father [David],
Americas budding young stars. Over the past sailing season, my says Emily, because of all the things he
does to get us to regattas and his own
database lled up with the names of more than 400 over-achieving sailing achievements.
skippers and crews between the ages of 13 and 17. Each had great Both Dellenbaugh sisters play soccer,
and older sister, Rebecca Dellenbaugh,
moments during the year, and narrowing down the list was harder 17, also credits her father for her success.
than ever. When we were done, to my surprise, we had many new She won the Ida Lewis Trophy last sum-
mer (Double-
standouts to recognize. As our all-stars of the past move on to col- handed Junior
lege and international racing, theres plenty of talent behind them. Womens Cham-
pionship), also
Evan Aras, 16, of Annapolis, Md., of the eet. Thomas nished rst in the sailing with
excels as both Laser class at the U.S. Youth Champs, Leigh Hammel.
skipper and crew. second in the Smythe Trophy (U.S. Becca and
Last year, repre- Junior Singlehanded), second in the Leigh were the
senting the Baker Trophy (ISSA Team Race Nation- top female fin-
Annapolis YC, he als), and third in the ODay U.S. Single- ishers at the Club 420 NAs. Earlier, at the
sailed with Ted handed Champs. Showing his versatility, Club 420 Midwinters, Becca sailed with
Hale and Joe he and crew Nathan Rosenberg won the long-time crew Keisha Pearson and fin-
Morris to win the Club 420 class at the Hyannis Regatta, ished as the second female team. We
Sears Cup (U.S. and he competed on a young team from have a lot planned for 2006, Becca says.
Junior Triplehanded Championship). the U.S.V.I. at the Grey Goose ISAF Team So far our learning curve has been mas-
Evan sailed as middleman and tactician Race Worlds, finishing ninth. I hope to sive. As a hobby Becca also competes in
aboard the Governors Cup 21s used at one day go to the Olympics in the Laser Odyssey of the Mind, which she describes
the event. At the Inter-Scholastic Sailing or possibly the Tornado, says Thomas, as a creative problem-solving world-
Association (high school) Nationals in who hopes to follow in the footsteps of wide competition. Her team has partic-
Port Angeles, Wash., he skippered a Van- local standouts Peter Holmberg and J/24 ipated for nine years and last year placed
guard 15 and helped his team to a third- world champ Anthony Kotoun. second of 50 teams at the Worlds.
place finish; Evan also finished fifth in Joining older sister Rebecca on our all- Sailing Club 420s, Cole Hatton, 16, of
the Laser Radial class at CORK. He also star listmaking up the fourth pair of Newport Beach, Calif., won the Bemis
JOHN STRASSMAN, ALLEN CLARK/THEPHOTOBOAT.COM (4)

enjoys trapeze dinghy racing, including siblings on the list since 2001Emily Trophy (U.S. Junior Doublehanded
sailing a 505. So far, thats the most fun Dellenbaugh, 15, had quite a year. The Championship)
boat, Evan says, because of the upwind Easton, Conn., resident sailed with Leigh with his regular
planing. Looking ahead, Evan says the Hammel to an c r e w, Blair
Olympics are my ultimate goal and unprecedented Belling. Cole also
points to 470 gold medalist Kevin Burn- all-female win at races CFJs and
hams persistence as a big inuence. the U.S. Youth Laser Radials,
Thomas Bar- Champs in the and won the Ju-
rows, 17, usually Club 420 class. In nior Olympics
has to travel a addition, she won last year at San
long way from his her class at Larch- Diego YC. Like most of our all-stars he
home in St. mont Race Week. aspires to race in the Olympic Games,
Thomas, U.S.V.I., She also raced her Optimist in Gdynia, but for the near future, hes looking for a
to compete, yet Poland, and won the European Champi- college with a strong sailing team. Cole
he regularly nds onship, beating 92 girls from 41 coun- points to Michael Menninger and Char-
his way to the top tries. My greatest influence in sailing lie Buckingham (see From The
SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6 21
Experts, p. 60) as teaching him the most at the U.S. Youth Megan Magill, 17, of San Diego, likes
about racing over the years. When not Champs. Ted says International 420s because theyre so
racing, Cole likes to spend time juggling, his older brother, responsive. She grew up sailing at Mis-
which he calls a mans sport. Rip, is his biggest sion Bay YC,
Ted Hale, 17, as mentioned above, rep- influence and along with her
resented his home Annapolis YC in 2005 hopes he can fol- crew, Briana
at Americas oldest junior championship, low Rip as an un- Provancha. We
the Sears Cup, and skippered the winning dergraduate at both share the
boat, with Joe Morris and Evan Aras in Brown. Im also same passion for
his crew. Ted also races Club 420s, win- interested in the Americas Cup, says Ted. sailing and we
ning high school and summer regattas, Outside of sailing he likes snowboarding train to be com-
and sailing with Allie Nagle to nish sixth and jamming on the guitar. petitive at the
top, Megan says. We found ourselves
giving the guys a hard time, and we needed
to beat themall of them. After five
years work, the pair qualified for the
ISAF Youth Worlds and exceeded all
expectations by earning a silver medal.
Along the way they nished second over-
all at the Club 420 Midwinters. Megan
says she splits her time between sailing
and Pilates, an exercise method she says
has become my other sport because it
gives me new physical challenges and
helps me mentally. She says Zach Brown
motivated her to get to the top: He
taught me not just to be the best girl, but
to be the best sailor.
Megans teammate, Briana Provancha,
16, is frequently mentioned by many
sailors as the best crew on the junior cir-
cuit. The San
Diego sailors re-
sults in 2005
i n cluded: Baker
Trophy, 1st; Mal-
lory Cup, 1st (A
division); Youth
Worlds, Busan,
South Korea, 2nd;
Club 420 Midwinters, 2nd. Briana says

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shes been inspired by Kevin Burnham:
Watching him achieve an Olympic Gold
was an inspiration. He also seems to
always have the right answers to the
questions I ask.Briana enjoys photography
in her spare time, and she hopes to
attend a top East Coast sailing college.
After winning the Leiter Trophy (U.S.
Junior Womens Singlehanded Champi-
onship), Stephanie Robles immediate
goal is to sail on a varsity team in college.
As a high school junior Im just starting
to look at schools, says the East Troy,
Wis., resident. I
denitely want to
be on the East
Coast. Single-
handers are her
favorite boats to
sail, she says. I
like thinking for
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myself and just concentrating on what I thinks it has helped his Laser sailing. The Navy, Kings Point, or Coast Guard. Of
have to do. Stephanie credits her coaches highlight of Royces 2005 year was a fth his future, he says, The possibility of
for her development and says they in the Laser class at the Volvo Youth going to the Olympics is always on my
inspired her to race nationally and inter- ISAF Worlds in Busan, South Korea, and mind. He thanks his parents for their
nationally. After college, shed like to get a third at the U.S. Youth Champs. Royce moral and financial support and his
into Olympic sailing. covered a lot of territory last year, racing true coaches are his brothersTravis,
Kyle Rogachenko, 17, of Collegeville, his Laser in the Worlds in Brazil, at Spencer, and Ryland.
Pa., makes our CORK in Ontario, Canada, and on both Honorable Mention All-Stars: Chris
list for the third coasts of the United States. He also Barnard, Cameron Cullman, Leigh
and last time. found time to pitch for his high school Hammel, Nick Martin, Joe Morris, Jerry
Hes been accept- baseball team. Currently a junior, he Tullo, Sara Watters, Matthew Wefer,
ed to Old Domin- hopes to attend one of the academies: Morgan Wilson
ion University
and is interested
in their engi-
neering pro-
grams as well as their excellent sailing
facilities. His favorite boat to sail is a
Laser, and he says, My goal is to be
ready for the 2008 Olympics. I was in
China for the 2001 Optimist Worlds
when China was chosen to hold the
Olympics, and at that moment I knew I
wanted to return. Last year Kyle cleaned
up on the Laser Radial racecourse, win-
ning the Canadian Nationals and the
U.S. Youth Champs. He was also second
at the Laser Radial NAs, Nationals, and
at CORK.
San Diegos Tyler Sinks, 16, built on
his successful
career in Sabots
last year, leading
Point Loma High
School to its
third consecutive
Mallory Cup and
its first Baker
Trophy victories.
Tyler also won the Club 420 NAs and
placed second at the U.S. Youth Champs.
Ben Todter crewed for Tyler in the high
school events and 420 NAs. Myles
Gutenkunst teamed up with Tyler at the
Youth Champs where they also earned
the Dave Perry Sportsmanship Award for
their class. The pair went on to place an
impressive second in the International
420 Worlds in Brest, France.My Dad has
been my biggest sailing influence, says
Tyler, from giving me coaching and
advice to support. Tyler hopes to sail in
the Olympics someday, but first has his
ALLEN CLARK/THEPHOTOBOAT.COM (3)

eye on Boston
College or USC.
Like several
other junior all-
stars Royce
Weber, 17, of
Surf City, N.J.,
enjoys spending
time surfing and
SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6 23
INTERVIEW BY STUART STREULI

Dickson Grabs All of BMW Oracles Reins


In a relatively short period of time last spring and summer, weve got back to our starting lineup and
thats where well be through 2007.
three members of BMW Oracle Racings starting afterguard What about the rest of the afterguard.
abandoned ship. Yet, CEO Chris Dickson says the loss of How will that shake out for next year?
navigator Steve Hayles, tactician John Kostecki, and helmsman Our navigator is Peter Isler, as he has
been for most of the Americas Cup
Gavin Brady has only made his team stronger. If this is true events this past year. Our strategist is Eric
and a win over Alinghi in both teams final match race of Doyle, no change there. Our tactician for
the last several regattas is Bertrand Pac
the 2005 Americas Cup Class season is compelling evidence with Larry Ellision also in the afterguard
its surely because in the wake of those departures Dickson and myself as skipper and helmsman.
What happened in the Valencia events
has consolidated control of the syndicate, dle: the teams come through it with y- that made a shake-up necessary?
the sailing program, and the raceboat into ing colors. I wasnt on the boat in Valencia. But
one pair of hands, his. After watching the How does it feel to be back at the helm? from those that were . . . whats important
rst two Acts of 2005 from the sidelines, Its a tough job driving and getting the in the back of the boat isnt so much the
Dickson grasped the wheel of BMW Ora- best out of these boats. It certainly makes decisions and not so much the resultsat
cles USA-76 for the Malm regattas. He the liaison with the design team more least in the short term, in the long term
doesnt plan to let go until after he and El- streamlined. But its a tough job and it obviously it is. But whats more important
lison lay claim to the Auld Mug in June of needs a lot of effort and concentration. is the process and the way the decisions are
2007. Should BMW Oracle fall short, But its a role Im very much enjoying. made. We tried something different and it
however, Dickson will have a hard time Is this how itll stay through the Cup? wasnt working and weve moved on.
nding anyone else to share the blame. Yes. We tried something different for a What are BMW Oracles winter plans?
What is your overall assessment of couple of regattas but it didnt work and Were building new rigs, new sails, new
BMW Oracles performance during the appendages, and a new boat over the win-
2005 Americas Cup Class season? ter. Our designers are continuing the de-
Very pleased with our performance sign process, the boat builders are building,
through the end of the season and with the sailmakers are making sails, and the
our team. We lost a few races on photo sailors are out sailing all over the world.
finishes, we got beat in a match race by When does the sailing team reunite?
three seconds, and we lost on a countback The sailing team will all be back togeth-
in two regattas, so the results leave a little er in the ACC boats in March in Valencia.
bit to be desired. But I think we had great Do you intend to sail the new boat in
performances. We had a tough year and the 2006 Acts?
we finished on a very good note, with a Weve got a boat to build and launch
team thats stronger than its ever been. and sail before were blessed with the
GILLES MARTIN-RAGET/BMW ORACLE RACING

It looked like a bumpy season, high- leisure of making that decision.


lighted by the loss of Hayles, Kostecki, How would you critique Alinghis
and Brady. Was it as rough internally? performance this year?
Absolutely not. Keep in mind we have a They had a very formidable perfor-
team of around 130 people. Weve mance. Having said that, we were tied
brought new equipmenta new mast, with Alinghi in the eet racing in Malm,
new sails, and new appendageson line. they beat us on countback. The last match
We announced a new sponsor in Alliance. race of the season was against Alinghi, we
The support teams have been working beat them, we led them around every
away all year. Weve built our new base. Chris Dickson is disappointed BMW Oracle mark. In the fleet racing in Trapani we
Yes we had some bumps in the road on beat Alinghi only once in three tries, but finished tied with them on points and
the sailing team, but were over that hur- hes convinced his team is getting closer. lost on countback. Fair to say that we, the
SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6 25
challengers, have a little bit of work to do can win this Americas Cup we will be
2005 ACC Championship
still, but were not far behind and pleased coming back to the United States. We have
Alinghi finished with four straight
with our performance. Americans throughout our team, on
wins, but they showed vulnerability by
How has it been as the Cups Chal- every part of our team. Were a very inter-
dropping match races to BMW Oracle
lenger of Record? national team. But we come from the
and K-Challenge. Yet two losses in 33
We and Larry Ellison have had a huge Golden Gate YC and the United States is
races are hardly enough to jeopardize
amount of inuence over the event itself where the Cup will be coming if we win.
their position at the top. The six Acts of
in this modern era including the fact well How important is it for the chal-
2005 were the first that count toward
sail 14 or 15 regattas before we get into lengers to keep taking chunks out of Al-
bonus points for the 2007 Louis Vuitton
the Louis Vuitton Cup proper. Weve inghis advantage in 2006?
Cup. Those standingswith Alinghis re-
taken it to another level with commercial The challengers still have a gap to close
sults removed and with ties unbroken
and sponsor and media interest. The rst on Alinghi and 2006 is the year we need
differ from the season series results,
year we spent a lot of time and resources to get on with it; 2007 is looming. My
with BMW Oracle in first and +39 in fifth.
on those duties; today we have very little hope and expectation is that we and other
For more, www.americascup.com
of that role left to play and we have one challengers are getting into Alinghi even
vote on the challenger commission as Act Finishes Overall Pts. more than we were this year.
does every other team. 1. Alinghi 1, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1 71 What sailing do you have planned?
Do you worry about the public per- 2. Emirates TNZ 2, 3, 3, 4, 2, 3 61 Ill be doing match race regattas in New
ception that because BMW Oracle has 3. BMW Oracle 3, 4, 2, 2, 4, 2 61 Zealand over the next few months. We
so many international sailors that its 4. Luna Rossa 4, 1, 4, 3, 3, 6 57 also have a match race regatta in Malaysia
not a true American team? 5. Desafio Espanol 6, 8, 5, 5, 8, 4 42 to do and a huge amount of in-house
Many teams would love to get to the 6. Victory Chall. 5, 6, 8, 11, 6, 8 34 sailing in ACC boats to do next year.
starting line of this Americas Cup. Its not 7. K-Challenge 7, 7, 9, 6, 5, 12 32 Are you still improving your skills as
easy to get to the starting line. Larry Elli- 8. +39 Challenge 9, 9, 6, 8, 7, 7 32 you pass through your 40s?
son and our BMW Oracle Racing team 9. Mascalzone Lat. 8, 5, 7, 9, 9, 10 30 Absolutely. The game continues to
have put it together. We do hail from the 10. United Internet 10, 10, 10, 7, 11, 9 21 change, the rules continue to evolve, and
Golden Gate YC. We are the sole Ameri- 11. Shosholoza 12, 12, 11, 10, 10, 5 18 every day Im out there Im learning and
can challenger in this 2007 Americas Cup. 12. China Team 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 11 9 getting better. Im sure the process will
Were also the leading challenger and if we never stop. !

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Sailing Worlds
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yielded four award BEST DINGHY
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THE BOAT OF THE YEAR JUDGES AND I


spend a fair amount of time each fall
explaining to friends and family how
grueling Sailing Worlds annual BOTY
competition is. We drone on about the
number of boats entered, how many hours
we spend on the water over the course of a
week. Of course, none of them are fooled. Sailing
the hottest new production boats is hard work, but
its the type of work that makes you happy to get out
of bed in the morning. Especially this year, because it blew hard
all week in our testing. We saw more double-digit GPS readings in
four days than most see in a year. We sailed 15 different boats,
ranging from an unbelievably fast singlehanded skiff to a 44-foot
monohull that weighs only 8,400 pounds and sails like a skiff.

C&C 115
OVERALL WINNER

SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6 31
The C&C 115s performance-oriented construction
and deck layout make this dual-purpose design
fast and fun on the racecourse.

Each boat gets the same thorough


wringing-out by the BOTY team. We sail
practice starts, penalty circlesa full
gamut of evolutions. This year, at the end
of the weeks testing, four raceboats got
the ofcial nod as BOTY award winners.

Overall and Best Racer/Cruiser


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came ready to rock, loaded with a three-
man factory team from C&C led by the
boats designer Tim Jackett, and rigged
with spinnaker gear, a 108-percent head-
sail, and a full main. Even before we sailed
the C&C 115 we knew there was a lot to
like about it. The light and stiff epoxy, E-
glass, and CoreCell hull, the carbon mast,
and race-ready deck layout shouted
raceboat. After a satisfactory set of
powering tests, we headed into the
Chesapeake Bay where a big chop and a
16- to 20-knot northerly awaited.
C&C 115 boat is sailed in a heavy-air area, the
boats Harken 46 primaries could be
In these conditions, the 115 sailed 7.5 LOA 379 stepped up a size.
knots upwind with crew on the rail. The LWL 33 The C&C 115 comes standard with a
Doyle Sails-built main was super at, and Beam 1111 28-horsepower Yanmar diesel, powering
between that and a main-trimmer con- Draft 68 a Saildrive in Z-drive configuration; the
stantly ready to ease the traveler, the boat DSPL 11,800 lbs. drives mounted forward, the engine aft.
kept on its feet and tracked well upwind. SA (u/d) 780 sq. ft./1,787 sq. ft. The backdown test indicated a well-man-
Steering with the large diameter wheel Designer Tim Jackett nered boat; with the Saildrive there was
and deep rudder worked; we felt no hint Price $169,500 no obvious pull left or right, and at 2,100
of cavitation despite our best efforts. Website www.c-cyachts.com r.p.m, the 115 powered ahead at around
The fun really began when we turned 7.2 knots. Thanks to a large rudder, the
the C&C 115 off the wind. Once the tall crowded at that point, and the mainsheet hard-over turning radius was within one
symmetric spinnaker began to fill, the trimmer sometimes felt a bit too close to boatlength. We found engine access to be
boat lit up and flew downwind. In no the helmsman. Our judges thought the ne: the raw water strainer and fuel/water
time at all we had the speedo over 10 traveler and the pit area (Spinlock clutches separator were in the forward-most part
knots, and when black puffs rolled down for all control lines), were well designed, of the engine, accessed by lifting the com-
on us, we saw over 12, and could still sail but they had a few recommendations: panionway stairs. The engine-mounted
the boat comfortably at a deep angle. The traveler jam cleats should be fuel lter, dipstick, and fuel pump bleed
It was easy to forget the cruising interi- shimmed to make re-cleating easier, and screw are accessed by removing a section
or belowdecks until our crew of seven the jib inhaulers should be upgraded to of the engine box aft.
jibed the boat. The cockpit got a little allow adjustment while under load. If the The forward-facing nav station is
32 SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6
put the extra effort into this well-priced using a single-line system.
design. With 37 boats sold, a lot of boat Im not a dinghy sailor, in experience or
buyers clearly agree that the 115 will de- size, but during my solo test sail, I found
liver the height of competent duality as a the Feva one of the best small-boat rides
well-balanced racer/cruiser. Ive had since I stopped boardsailing
years ago. Theres no trapeze, but the
Best Dinghy boats 56-inch beam, together with com-
Designed and built in England, the RS fortable hiking areas and straps, made it
Feva is imported by Vanguard Sailboats an easy, comfortable boat to keep flat.
and aimed at a core group in our sport
kids whove outgrown prams and want to
sail a more technical boat. This transition
boat offers great performance in a man-
ageable doublehander. The hull is made
of rotomolded, high-density plastic,
which can be repaired (in most cases) by
using wax paper and a hot iron.
Is the RS Feva strictly for kids? Nope.
Just ask BOTY judge Meade Gougeon.

The open stern of the RS Feva


allows for rapid water drainage
and an easy way to get back
onboard after capsizing.

Designed for lightweight youth


moving from prams to double-
handers, the RS Feva can move
well even with middleweight
adults at the controls.

tucked in on the port side, just forward of


the head, which is abaft the companion-
This supposed childs dinghy is, in reality,
a little rocket ship that easily planes, even
RS Feva
way and provides a buffer zone between with two adults aboard [total weight LOA 12
the navigator and the wet outdoors. The about 320 lbs.], he said after sailing the LWL 116
L-shaped galley is to starboard and boasts RS Feva. We were achieving burst of Beam 48
a huge berglass sink. To save weight, the speeds in the mid teens and handling the DSPL 139 lbs.
galley surfaces are Granitkote laminated two- to three-foot waves with ease. SA (u/d) 90 sq. ft/163 sq. ft.
to a lightweight core. The saloon table is Two strakes running the length of the Draft 3
permanently mounted and is surrounded underside of the hull help stiffen the Feva Price $4,995
on three sides by the starboard settee and and render it beach-launch friendly. Its Website www.teamvanguard.com
faced by a bench settee to port. two-piece, aluminum mast is supported
C&C is the only yard in the United by an athwartships beam if sailing under Sailing upwind was a treat; the boats
States building epoxy laminate produc- mainsail alone, and by two shrouds when large daggerboard and rudder area made
tion racer/cruisers with carbon rigs, so sailed with the spinnaker and headsail. pointing easy, once I got used to how re-
they probably didnt have to try as hard as The asymmetric spinnaker is launched sponsive the boat was. Downwind, the
they did with the 115, but were glad they and retrieved (along with its bowsprit) Feva felt like a sportboat and planed with
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The lightweight Wyliecat 44 stopped at
nothing in its pursuit of speed and simplicity.

16 knots of breeze: A quick turn down with


the tiller; an ease of the main; a few yanks
cally. The Feva, originally designed
for children, might be just the ticket
Wyliecat 44
LOA 4311
on the kite launcher line, and off you go. for us aging seniors who still want a lit-
LWL 40
Once, when it came time to jibe, I had tle excitement in the boats we sail.
Beam 106
too many strings to pull, no hands for the
Best Innovation DSPL 8,400 lbs.
tiller, and my weight in the wrong place
SA (u/d) 1,032 sq. ft./2,482 sq. ft.
when the gust hit. Luckily, the Feva is easy OK, so most of the ideas behind the
Draft 10
to right when turtled. Wyliecat 44 arent that new. After all,
Design Tom Wylie
The RS Feva hits its target audience on Tom Wylie has been designing and build-
Price $425,000
the bullseye, but the judges thought it had ing different versions of the same shroud-
Website www.wyliecat.com
an even broader appeal. It will be perfect less, cat-rigged concept for nearly 10
for parents who want to sail with their years. This time, however, all the clever
kids, and vice versa. The kids can start out ideas that Wylie and others have come up ally). Once we settled in there were big
crewing, and probably sooner than you with meld in harmonious fashion. grins all around.
think, be commanding the helm. The judges all agreed the mast is the Wed all looked forward to sailing this
Gougeon thought the boat deserved an- key to the whole concept of the Wyliecat. unique design, and it didnt disappoint.
other award: Best Value. At $4,995, fully Its a freestanding carbon tube, wide at Upwind, in 16 to 20 knots of breeze, we
rigged and ready to go, the Feva should the base and tapered at the top. The huge locked in at 8.5 knots, and even without
attract a lot of attention from junior pro- mainsail is shaped much like an Americas the spinnaker, the 44-footer flew down-
grams at yacht clubs across the country. Cup Class main, with a big roach and a wind, easily hitting speeds in the mid-
This 150-pound, in-reasonable-shape, large, square top. Thanks to the tapered teens when power reaching. The tiller-
senior citizen looks at the RS Feva as a fun mast and the battens at the top of the sail, steered rudder is a high-performance foil,
boat that one could handle and sail well when a big puff hits the sail, the whole and as such foils are wont to do, is rela-
into old age, said Gougeon, enthusiasti- top twists off and depowers. Unlike most tively easy to cavitate, but youre warned,
of the other boats we sailed in the strong and a quick ease of the main sets things
Official BOTY support boat breezes that week, the Wyliecat didnt right immediately. Our small-boat ex-
During the breezy test week, the BOTY need a reef to sail upwind or down. pert, Chuck Allen, gave the lightweight
judges jetted around in a Ribcraft hard- Everything seemed easier on the Wylie, speedster his highest praise, saying that
bottom inflatable, feeling like Navy once we got used to sitting on a deck that the Wyliecat handled like a dinghy.
SEALs. The 20-footer carried the four of sloped outboardwhich feels ne when Wylie has made no concessions except
us, photographer Walter Cooper, and dri- the boat is heelingand had no lifelines. to weight, and thats OK for the type of
ver Matthew Veluto, and handled the Lifeline stanchion sockets are built as part buyer this boat will attract. The interior is
windy, choppy conditions with absolute of the deck, but the boat we sailed had a carbon shell designed to provide basic
ease. www.ribcraft.com none, which led to a few minutes of awk- shelter and translate the loads of the rig,
wardness (fear of leaving the vessel, actu- 10-foot keel, and 4,750-pound bulb into
34 SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6
forward motion. The center of the boat is I realized the description wed received of BOTY judge tasked with sailing (and cap-
painted white; the bow and stern interi- it as a dry boat, was a relative term. sizing) all the high-performance single-
ors clear-coated carbon. There are four While I felt perfectly comfortable and se- handers, said, Nobody touches the main
bunks whose sides double as stringers. cure leaning against the hollow wings on except for the Reynolds rep. Allen was
Theres a small galley area ahead of the the outboard sides of each hull, I was sit- right: by depowering in puffs with travel-
forward-most portside bunk, and a very ting behind only one person and getting er and sheet, our factory-team trimmer
basic tabletop nav station across from it firehosed regularly. Then I noticed the kept us on our feet and sailing fast.
with stowage underneath. Forward of the speed: With a double reef in the main and For those concerned about capsizing
galley and nav station is a bulkhead with no headsail we were sailing in the mid- and turtling a boat like the R33, Reynolds
a large oval opening for access to the toi- teens. By the time wed added a reef and is developing a new piece of equipment
let. Aft of the aftermost bunks is another set the smallest headsail, we were sailing for the mastan aerodynamic float to
area of unpainted carbon and easy access in the high teens with bursts to 22 knots. prevent the boat from turtling after a
to the back of the engine and the rudder SW Editor John Burnham sailed the 33 capsize. Reynolds also addresses the
quadrant. Three small viewports on cen- last spring (Twin Hulls with Twin question on his website, R33.com.
terline provide views of the T-bulb, Modes, Sep. 05) and gave us a good idea The R 33 is strong and safe, he
Saildrive unit, and rudder. how fast it is in lighter air; we sailed in writes. It cant sink, all sails are
Wylie has been clever enough to col- much heavier air. The best way to describe reefable, and [it] can be reefed to
lect a bunch of good ideas (carbon con- how challenging the R 33 can be in breeze bare poles in under 60 seconds.
struction, unstayed mast, wishbone (as one would expect from a boat that lifts Her deck layout and sheeting
boom) and has put them together in a a hull in only 7 knots of wind) requires an systems avoid sheet wraps,
good package, says Gougeon, summing explanation. Soon after we began sailing, her main tube design and
up the judges thoughts on the Wyliecat. Allen, a two-time seatbacks make her
For those who worship performance and college All-American incredibly dry and com-
simplicity above all, this West Coast rock- dinghy sailor, and the fortable, and Morrelli/
etship is worth a good, long look. Melvin engineering
make her exception-
Best Multihull Reynolds 33 ally strong.
After we sailed the Reynolds 33 I felt as
if I needed to go have a smoke. With a LOA 33 Ed.s note: For
triple reef in the main, a small jib, and LWL 33 our judges
two too many crew onboard, we were still Beam 14 reviews of this
averaging in the high teens with bursts of DSPL 1,870 lbs. year s win-
speed into the low 20s. At one point, as SA (u/d) 927 sq. ft./ 1,840 sq. ft. ners, visit
the weather hull lifted higher than Id Draft 511 www.sailing
seen or felt before, I uttered an epithet I Price $149,000 world.com
thought only I could hear. Alas, judge Website www.r33.com
Chuck Allen heard it and teased me about
it for the rest of our time in Annapolis. I
didnt care; I was still thinking about the
R 33 and how fast it sailed.
The Reynolds 33 isnt really a new boat.
Its more of a major refinement of a The Reynolds 33 sails
proven conceptand its not really much faster than the
meant for amateurs. Its more of a boat windspeed in light air and
for a certain subset of performance easily exceeds 20 knots
sailors, beach cat types who want to up- when the breeze is up.
size their program. You know the type:
speed freaks with engineering degrees.
In different versions, Reynolds 33s with
18- and 16-foot beams have been raging
around the West Coast for years. The new
production version is 14 feet wide and ts
in most slips. The hulls are built by Cor-
sair Marine of vacuum-bagged berglass
and vinylester resin, and fitted out by
Randy Reynolds with Harken gear, a ro-
tating aluminum mast, and three alu-
minum crossbeams. Reefing is easy,
thanks to a roller boom, and three roller-
furled sailsjib, reacher, screacher
allow for quick sail changes.
Soon after we boarded the Reynolds 33,
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The island-hopping, border-crossing,
BY JOHN BURNHAM
PHOTOS BY DANIEL FORSTER/ROLEX

r elaxing
completely ^ Charter
hen it comes to It seemed pretty simple: Wed cruise could sneak in a day or two of competi-

W
chilling out, Im around the British Virgins for a few days, tion without a mutiny in his family crew.
a loser. Fortu- run west to the U.S. Virgins, check Fortunately, because of Rachels enthu-
nately, my wifes through customs, do a quick photo siasm and because going to the islands is
not much better shoot, ferry to St. Thomas to race for two always good for you, the plan worked. In
at it. Our friends days (me), tour and snorkel on St. John the islands, youll enjoy yourself no mat-
laugh at how for two days (everyone else), then clear ter what silly plan you imposeracing,
Rachel and I always try to t in one more customs, visit Jost Van Dyke and Nor- cruising, ambitious, decadent, long
thing (soccer game, house project, fund- man Island the same day, and get back to weekend, or two months. In the
raiser, car pool, sailboat race). So when it Tortola in the morning to y home. Caribbean you get off the treadmill long
JANE PARADISE

came to planning a Virgin Islands cruise, Youre right. What the heck was I think- enough to realize just how fast youve
well, maybe we went overboard. Then ing? My scheme might have been legit, been running. And if youre creative, you
again, none of our friends were sur- but maybe the timing was off. All I want- might fit in a race or two as well. But
prised. Neither were our three daughters. ed to do was find out if a racing junkie there are a few pitfalls.
36 SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6
family-together, racing-cruising...

Tacking Donnybrooks runners took a


bit more of the authors energy than
tailing the self-tailer for Olivia during
the photo op at left.

Sailing Vacation 6450' W 6440' W 6430' W North


Sound G Cruising: Dont forget island time Your
Virgin Bitter
ANTIC OCEAN daughters may be ready to roll at 0700 but
ATL Gorda End YC
Trellis Bay
1830' N mine like to sleep. Then again, they can
Jost Van
Dyke Green Tortola sleep through engine noise, so if its East-
Cay Beef Island EL G
The Baths
Road G AN
N er Week and you have to beat a otilla of
Town H
EC 200 French doctors to the Baths, you go
AK
I S DR for it. We spent our rst nights in Trellis
Sopers Hole NC Ginger Island
UNITED STATES FRASalt Island Bay and Virgin Gordas North Sound,
VIRGIN ISLANDS
Francis Bay SIR
Cooper Island
Hawksnest Bay emphasizing sleep and books. I did sign
St. Thomas Caneel Bay St. John Peter Island BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS out a Hobie Getaway at the Bitter End YC
G 1820' N
Red Hook G Cruz Bay
G The Bight Nautical Miles for a zoom through the anchorage with
St. Thomas YC
I n t 'l Norman Island 0 5 Olivia (14). And at the Baths, besides hik-
R o le x
Cup Racing Area CARIBBEAN SEA ing through the unique rock formations,
Sophie (12) discovered how cool it is to
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snorkel along in clear waters, visiting with north side of St. John, and the tension in The 373, a Sunsail charter boat by
all sorts of sh and coral. my back subsided. Wed covered 25 miles Beneteau, sailed well and housed a family
Cruising: Navigate for queasy stomachs since rst light and now I could relax and of five. While the author appreciated the
autopilot, lazy jacks, and built-in mainsail
After our third morning (spent at the idle in the dinghy alongside Rachel as she
cover, the girls thought the zippy little
Baths), we turned west, pushed by 18 swam in the twilight about 300 yards dinghy and the snorkeling gear were much
knots of wind down Sir Francis Drake from the beach out to the boat. more important.
Channel, a beautiful sailing corridor Cruising: Let someone else run the photo
between Tortola and a string of islands to shoot After clearing customs in Cruz Bay, Still, it was only 10 minutes by dinghy to
the south. My visions of surng wing and a busy tourist town full of shops and Cruz Bay and not much farther to the
wing down the 10-mile passage didnt restaurants, we met photographer Daniel good snorkeling to the north.
pan out when I saw one crewmember Forster at the ferry from St. Thomas. I Racing: Only the sailing gloves are the
looking green. I shifted course to the had lots of sailing shots in mind, but my same Its weird to leave a Sunsail 373 called
south, nding calmer waters in the lee of family thought a snorkeling expedition to Jims Dream populated by four females
each island. nearby Hawksnest Bay would be a better and drop onto a 70-foot racer crewed by
Cruising: Look at the paperwork first visual subject. Olivia dinghied us to the 21 guys and a woman. One moment
Vacations are about leaving behind brief- beach and, led by Isabel (17) and Sophie, Rachel and I were in the dinghy discussing
cases, bills, contracts, and sailing instruc- we were soon snorkeling along a begin- snorkeling locations, the next I was grind-
tions. Yes, I had our tickets, passports, ners trail with blue and white underwa- ing the backstay winch and calling the
and cash, but when we got to Sopers Hole ter signs identifying the coral and various puffs in the International Rolex Regatta. I
to clear customs, I wished Id paid closer shes. It rained brieythe only time all still had my sunglasses, hat, sun screen,
attention to the Sunsail folks at checkout. weekbut we were warm in the water, sailing gloves, and this was also Jims
Our boat had French documention, and the sun came out by the time we were boatJim Muldoons Donnybrookbut I
which didnt look like its registration at ready to raise sails and take a few obliga- might as well have been on another planet.
rst, so I had a few anxious moments. But tory sailing photos. Racing: Enjoy the ride, take the Y ag, get
soon the helpful customs agents had us Cruising: Find a win-win anchorage For the T-shirt I perched on the rail with Jim
on our way, stern to the current between the next couple nights we decided to on the wheel behind me, laughing at the
the west end of Tortola and St. John, hang on a mooring in Caneel Bay, a quiet steady stream of jokes, race commentary,
U.S.V.I, only a mile away. Within 45 min- enough place at night despite the famous and occasional insults Jim traded with
utes we were moored in a beautiful, half- resort on shore, but by day we rolled long-time crewmate and sailmaker Will
empty anchorage in Francis Bay on the around in a succession of ferry wakes. Keyworth. Our nearly all-amateur crew
38 SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6
began to smooth out the jibes as the day then realized who our neighbor was. A swim We left early for the Sunsail base on
went by, often swapping places with the stones throw away the music was already Tortola, 8 miles upwind, and didnt both-
other 70, Equation. On the second morn- blaring from Willie Ts Grog and Grub, a er to set any sails. There was cleanup to do
ing, we ran out of runway at a downwind floating restaurant and bar with a two- and our autopilot kept us on track. We
start, fouled Equation, and had our worst story stern deck designed for patrons arrived in plenty of time, so we stopped
race. We werent gelling as a team, and with the urge to take a swan dive over the and drifted outside the harbor for 10
crew chief John Dodge had other things side now and then. That night the stars extra minutes, hesitating before ofcially
on his mind, manning his cell phone were bright with the moon yet to rise, and returning to civilization. While Isabel
between races to sort out where he and we played Old Maid, read our books for a prepped the fenders and I worried about
Linda, an airline pilot who was handling few minutes, and quickly nodded off to packing and doing our final checkout,
the halyards, were going to have their the sounds of Jimmy Buffet. Rachel dove off the stern rail into that
wedding reception the day after the regatta. Cruising: Always leave time for one more warm, clear water for one nal swim.
But after we decided to accept the Y ag
penalty for our foul, our karma improved
rapidly. In the next race. Jim had Donny-
brook groovin, sometimes edging over 10
knots upwind. Downwind, when I called
the puffs, I realized we were going so fast
that they were coming from in front of
the boat. Keyworth began hitting the
shifts on the two long beats, and the
crewwork was on target. Finishing second
to the slick, 75-foot Titan felt as good as a
victoryand my Donnybrook T-shirt
started a dozen conversations for me at
the St. Thomas YC party.
Cruising: The Easter bunny calls I felt
refreshed sitting in the cockpit that night
drinking a chilly Amstel while Rachel
lled plastic cups with Easter candy and
described the days tour of St. John. Up
early, with a glance to the west where the
Feed Your Racing Habit
crew of Donnybrook were about to polish ne of the best ways to fit a race into your island cruising is to race in a
off the regatta in second place without
me, we motored into Cruz Bay and got a
wave from the customs officials. We
fueled up and headed for Jost Van Dyke
and BVI customs at Great Harbor, then
spent the middle of the day anchored off
Green Cay (east end of Jost Van Dyke).
O charter-boat class at the BVI Spring Regatta, St. Maarten Heineken
Regatta, Angostura Tobago Sailweek, or Rolex Antigua Sailing Week.
Some companies make it easy by providing entry, yacht prep and mea-
surement, and other support for an additional fee (plus damage deposit).
By the way, the BVI Spring Regatta has been stretched to cover most of a week so it
now includes a sailing festival segment; this features point-to-point races and other
fun events that may suit crews who prefer to race with a lower adrenaline output.
Isabel, Sophie, and Rachel snorkeled, At each of these events, you can extend your stay to take time cruising the nearby
Olivia took a nap, and I read a book. islands before or after the regatta. And if your cruising crew isnt inclined to race
Cruising: Tactical engine time will make with you, they may be quite happy hanging by the pool at a resort like the Bitter End
you a winner We set sail from Jost Van YC on Virgin Gorda or Sunsails Club Colonna on Antigua.
Dyke at 3:30 p.m. and enjoyed a fast close If I were going to repeat last years trip, Id take two weeks, slow the pace in the
reach across to Sopers Hole. At the cor- BVIs, explore more of St. Johnand do all three days of the Rolex. Otherwise, Id
ner, while alongside a feisty little catama- probably simplify the program by chartering from a base in the USVIs.
ran, we ran into 2-plus knots of adverse If you dont know someone who needs crew in the islands, consider staying ashore
current, so I did what any self-respecting and chartering an IC24 from Racing In Paradise. This growing keelboat class races
racer would do when free of The Racing both the Rolex event (USVI) and the Spring Regatta (BVIs). The IC24s often dont
Rules of Sailing. I punched the switch for use chutes, so a wider range of ages can handle the boats. RIP also runs others char-
the iron genoa, winched in the roller ter race events out of the Nanny Cay resort on Tortola.
furler, tacked, and crossed that cat easily, If you work in the airline industry, dont miss The Moorings Interline Regatta in the
then motor sailed from there to the Bight BVIs each fall. This four-day regatta also has several party and lay days.
at Norman Island at 6 knots. There are many other options, but heres one more for now: Go race your boat at
Cruising: About that last available moor- your one-design midwinters, the Lands End St. Pete or San Diego NOOD, or Acura
ing I was excited to see four empty Key West or Miami Race Week, then file away the crew list and book a spring vacation
moorings in a protected spot well up in charter with the family in the Caribbean.
this large harbor, which was otherwise J.S.B.
packed with charter boats. Rachel and (Visit sailingworld.com for more info and web links to the above vacation ideas.)
Isabel snagged it on the first pass, and I
turned off the engine with satisfaction,
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Black Pearl surfs through
the Atlantic hours after the
start of the Volvo Ocean
Race from Vigo, Spain.
The following morning,
keel problems forced Paul
Cayards team to retire
from the leg.

THIERRY MARTINEZ

40 SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6
Without change
the Volvo Ocean
Race was in danger
of going stale, so
organizers upped
the stakes with a
faster, more power-
ful, and potentially
more dangerous
machine.

ith a Force 7 wind

W
on its tail, the 10-
man crew onboard
the Pirates of the
Caribbeans Black
Pearl had hunkered
down for its rst night.
With a reef in the main, a blast-
reaching spinnaker, and a stay-
sail ying they were making a
jarring 30 knots down the
course. Skipper Paul Cayard, at
the helm, felt a vibration. His
rst thought was hed snagged
a shing line, but there was no
stopping the boat to clear it.
The vibration went away 15
minutes later. Helmsman Erle

Schooled Williams went off watch soon


after and gave the boats inte-
rior a cursory check. Thats

in the
when he discovered the lid
covering the canting-keel box
bulging, seawater spewing
into the boat. The rubber

VOLVO
seals, through which the hy-
draulic ram arms pass into the
boat, were swollen like water
balloons. If either had blown,
the boat surely wouldve sunk.
Nearby, the Spanish entry

70
movistar was dealing with is-
sues of its own. After drop-
ping off a steep wave at high
speed, the crew had heard a
B Y D AV E R E E D loud crack. The main bulk-
head frame that supports the
canting-keel box had buckled
and was delaminating. Worse,
the footings for the keels hy-
draulic rams had failed as well.
The first night at sea is
SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6 41
ABN AMRO Two (and One) use
hanks instead of a forestay foil
for their headsails. Sail
changes may be slower, but
eliminating the foil saves them
weight and improves reliability.

always the hardest in this ocean As winds eased 72 hours into the leg, ber 12 did so with more questions than
marathonboth physically and however, the focus turned from survival answers. The 6,400-mile opening leg was
mentallybut this particular 24 hours to speed, and a horse race developed more than a boat raceVolvo 70 school
went into the books as the most unnerv- among the top four teams. The two nar- was in session.
ing the race had ever seen. Opening-night row boats from Farr Yacht Design still Who does well in this race will be the
disasters werent exclusive to Cayards Pi- racingBrasil 1, and Ericssonwould be team who learns the most on the first
rates or movistar, both of which retreated slippery in light winds, and the two alike three legs, said Ericsson skipper Neal Mc-
to Portugal, lucky to still have boats. The 70s conceived by Juan Kouyoumdjian for Donald before the start. Theres only a
Dutch entry ABN AMRO One was put in Team ABN AMRO, at the widest possible little development left to be done, but its
its place by a broach that sent two corner of the VO70 design box and fea- the most decisive. It will be what sepa-
crewmembers careening across the cock- turing double rudders, would be fast rates one boat from another.
pit with so much force that they took out when the breeze was on. Critical to this nal development are the
the port steering pedestal. Onboard the Despite the ABN boats finishing last sail inventories and elaborate sail charts
Swedish entry Ericsson, a steering chain and second to last in the opening in-port that plot which sails to use and when, rela-
failed, a fractional reaching spinnaker race a week earlier, Sanderson stood by tive to windspeed and direction. With only
went over the side when a halyard gave his designer, condently hinting that his 11 sails allowed for each leg, and 24 in
way, and a headsail foil had to be taken boat would og the Farr boats given the total, developing the perfect combination
down, repaired, and re-hoisted while the right conditions. His team had been of headsails to mainsail, steering angles,
boat was being tossed about. On ABN training the longest and had collected far keel angles, daggerboard positions, and
AMRO Two, a critical spinnaker was de- more usable data on the Volvo 70 than boat trim is like cracking a number-coded
stroyed when it went under the boat. anyone else. But in the same breath locksystematically testing the combina-
Sunergy and Friends, the shoestring Aus- Sanderson confessed his team had heaps tions until they get it right.
tralian entry, blew apart its gooseneck, more to learn to get their Black Betty to Last time with illbruck we knew
forcing them to pit stop in Madeira, and its potential. He wasnt alone. Every team exactly when to change sails, said ABN
leaving them hopelessly behind. that started the race in Vigo on Novem- AMRO One watch captain Mark Chris-
tensen. This time, even with the miles
Racking Up the Points weve done, we still have huge gaps in
our sail chart.
The Volvo Ocean Race is won by the team that scores the most points. As the leg progressed in the opening
LEG POINTS: The winner of an ocean leg gets points equal to the number of entries week, crews quickly turned from fixing
at the start of the race (in this case, 7 points), the second-place boat will get 6 points, the broken bits to racing and using each
and so on. If a boat drops out of the race at any stage, the subsequent leg winner still mile under sail to gather data for subse-
gets 7 points, but the last boat to finish gets 2 points instead of 1. quent legs. Onboard ABN AMRO Two,
JON NASH/ABN AMRO

IN-PORT RACE POINTS: Boats receive points equal to half the number of entries, the crew wasted no time in experiment-
less half the number of boats placed above it in the race. For example, the winner gets ing with its inventory at the possible ex-
3.5 points, second gets 3, etc. pense of a few miles.This has turned out
SCORING GATE POINTS: Legs 1, 2 (two gates), 4, 5, and 7 have scoring gates (way- to be a good gamble, wrote navigator
points on the course). The same, half-value scoring as the in-port races applies. Simon Fisher. By this morning and sev-
eral sail changes later, plus a very wet and
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Jason Carringtons Tricked-Out Volvo 70
hen it comes to use half-moon blocks with no tricked out. One final thing we managed to

W building a boat
for a high-stakes
race such as the
Volvo, you better
believe the devil is in the details,
and when it comes to detailing,
Ericsson Racing Team crewmem-
sheave. If we add up these
various bits its about 10 kilos
(2.2 lbs.) in the bulb.
How does Ericsson differ
from the other Farr boats?
Our deck layout is much dif-
ferent than the layout of say,
do is get all our tanks, fuel, and water,
directly on centerline, which helps open up
the working space.
Why is the canting-keel system the
most guarded secret in these boats?
The keel-frame area is the heart of the
boat and a lot of energy and worry went
ber and builder Jason Carrington Brasil 1, which is exactly off into ours. Were still worried about it be-
is hailed as one of the best in the the Farr drawings; we have cause if something goes wrong were like a
business, a master who stops at nothing to lots of small differences. For example, our dog with three legs. The whole keel frame
get weight into the keel bulb. We got an ex- chainplates [below, top] are angled forward tower is the strongest and heaviest part of
clusive tour of his latest masterpiece. [for less windage] and we the boatits the most
Where do you start saving weight? dont have the massive structural part of the
The designer gives you a weight thats turnbuckles you see on boat, too.
very definitiveits got every nut and bolt some of the other boats, To give you some per-
and what the boat should weigh. Then he the geometry of the spective, the keel frame
tells you what the bulb should weigh if you cockpit is narrower to get weighs 120 kilos (265
build the boat properly. Every kilo you save more room on deck for lbs.), the area between
on top of that number goes to the bulb. By stacking sails, the runner the two bulkheads
being clever with lighter deck gear and dif- tails go under the floor so weighs about 60 kilos
ferent layouts you can save that weight. when you stack the sails (132 lbs.), and the ring
What are some of your special touches? you dont put them on frame farther aft at the
There are bunch of little things we can top of the runners. companionway weighs
do to save weight The VO70 is supposed about 7 kilos (15 lbs.).
little things like the to be comfortable; is it? [With the keel hydraulics
afterguy fittings, Without water ballast themselves] there are a
which we use in- tanks you get a lot more few different suppliers,
stead of the big volume inside the boat, but none with experience
blocks you see on which helps. One thing with boats like this. We
some of the other weve done is make the had to drum into them
boats. The alu- bunks about two inches the weight implications;
minum fitting [at wider, and Ive installed a hot-air tube run- you want the most reliable and you want it
left] is only 250 ning down the hull alongside the bunks, as light as possible, and these two things
grams and it has a Teflon coating so its powered by a small diesel heater. Theres a dont go hand in hand.
really slippery. For the daggerboard fittings proper nav station with more headroom, See sailingworld.com for more of this
[at right, bottom] and the footblocks we and a separate media center, both are fairly interview and additional photos.
RICK TOMLINSON/ERICSSON RACING TEAM (5)

Looking forward from the aft watertight bulkhead, the nav station The view from the companionway shows the working area of the
is at right. Forward, and underneath the companionway stairs is boat. At center is the galley, and outboard are panels covering the
the dedicated media station. Note how every surface is rounded, hydraulic keel cylinders. Inspection ports allow them to see the
which makes moving sails from side to side easier. keels position. Behind the mast is a solid wall enclosing the head.

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The stacking never
stops on a Volvo 70.
Leg 1 winner ABN not points, Id denitely be concerned.
AMRO One sailed Ericsson passed the gate second to ABN
nearly 400 miles AMRO One after waging a 10-day battle
every day of the leg, with Brasil 1 and ABN AMRO Two and the
getting to Cape tussle continued as the boats dove south.
Town in 19 days at
an average clip of
At times the threesome shared the same
15.95 knots. body of water, spread across 30 miles or
less, waiting for the black boat to run out
of wind. ABNs lead evaporated as they
sacriced distance to the nish in favor of
a better angle to Cape Town, and for a
brief moment 14 days into the race, Brasil
1, closer to the nish on paper, stole back
the lead by 9 miles, but it was short lived.
The following day, Sanderson and crew
turned the corner towards the finish
and hooked in for a maddening tear
down the course. As the breeze built
overnight, so began an astonishing im-
promptu run at the 24-hour world
record, and when it was all said and done,
546 nautical miles were on the books, a
22.75-knot pace nearly matched by the
crew of ABN AMRO Two, with 538 miles,
which propelled them into second. Clear-
ly the Juan K boats were in their element,
and Sanderson and ABN AMRO Twos
Sbastien Josse masterfully paced their
teams. With each successive 1600 GMT
position report, ABN AMRO Ones lead
over Brasil 1 grew to 56 miles, then to 114
miles, and by the third day, the ABN var-
sity boat had piled on an insurmountable
209-mile lead.
slightly tired crew, we are back up to a right and they have the just right sail so While ABN One sped away, McDonald
pace where we might stand some chance that theyre the quickest in the fleet, lamented the loss of his most important
against the black boat [ABN One]! wrote Sanderson. The big race is who sail on that opening night, and the hole its
The same testing was happening across can be that boat the most often. absence created in Ericssons sail invento-
the eet, more so for the crew of Sunergy From the pole position he revealed that ry, but having fallen in line behind Brasil
and Friends, which had started the race both ABN boats were in 1, he remained pragmat-
with the least amount of time sailing its possession of a sail that The scary thing is if ic. We are racing the
boat before the race. Testing is essential- was allowing them to you ask any of the boat, but we are still
ly sailing along for 15 minutes or so with make steady gains on the learning a lot about her
crew theyll all tell you
a fixed set-up, and data logging all the eet. When we rst start- everyday. The more we
performance parameters, wrote naviga- ed sailing the Volvo 70s shes still capable of learn, the faster we go.
tor Campbell Field. One of the quick against each other, we a lot more Then, on the 18th night,
tests of this was to get everyone to walk to pretty quickly realized that Mike Sanderson after winning nearly 1,000 miles from
the bow of the boat and stay there for a there was a gap that need- Leg 1 with a 546-mile record. Cape Town, Ericssons
couple of minutes. ed filling and along came keel hydraulics let go.
As teams took advantage of a fast pas- the Spinnoa, said Sanderson. Unfortu- McDonalds optimism, while softening
sage to the Doldrums to better under- nately, I cant tell you too much more the sting of his teams many setbacks,
stand their boats, ABN AMRO One, fur- about it, as it is our nice little secret . . . highlighted the plight of movistar, a pre-
thest along the VO70s learning curve, At speeds greater than the windspeed, race favorite, and especially that of the
demonstrated the advantage of being rst ABN AMRO One distanced itself en route Pirates as they sat on the sidelines.
into the game. Six days into the race they to the races rst scoring gate at Fernando Were really missing an opportunity to
had their house in order, found the boats de Noronha near Brazil (see Racking Up learn the boat, the sails, and whats work-
sweet spot, and slipped into the lead for the Points, p. 42), holding a pace that no ing and what isnt, said Cayard. And
THIERRY MARTINEZ

the rst time. Two days later they blazed one could match. thats the biggest losswere going to
through a virtually non-existent Dol- The speed ABN One showed was star- show up for Leg 2 with only as much
drums and literally took off running. tling, wrote Ericssons skipper Neal Mc- knowledge as we had at the start. The
Everyone in this eet is going to have Donald.They were in a different league. If other guys have had three weeks of good
their moment when their boat is just we were looking at a race decided on time training, weve had nothing.
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B O A T S , E Q U I P M E N T, A N D T E C H N O L O G Y F O R P E R F O R M A N C E S A I L O R S

Tech Review
THE ZERO , a production-built Mini 6.50,
is built in France, but now available in
the United States.

DEVELOPMENT CLASS BY JOE COOPER

Mini Designs Arrive In North America


WHEN BOB SALMON ORGANIZED THE FIRST denitely not for the faint of heart. CCA Newport Bermuda Race, and
Mini-Transat Race from Plymouth, Eng- The challenge of getting to Europe more recently the Marion to
land, to Tenerife in the Azores, then to and completing enough qualify- Bermuda Race and the Mar-
Antigua, British West Indies, in 1977, his ing races has kept American par- blehead-Halifax Race. In
goal was to provide a venue for the aver- ticipation in check. Rhode Island, the Narra-
age guy to compete in singlehanded ocean Until recently, there were few gansett Bay Yachting
racing without the expanding budgets races in the United States Association now offers
and costs required to compete in the available for boats like the day races for double-
Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Minis, but thats changing. In handed competitors
Racethe only game in town at the time. addition to the Bermuda 1-2 in their regular sea-
Nearly 30 years later, what started as an and the Solo Transpac, an son series and its
adventure in small production boats has increasing number of races often the largest
evolved into a full-throttle adrenaline are hosting classes for dou- class. In San Fran-
CLASEZERO.COM

charge, that starts from La Rochelle, blehanders. The Block cisco, the Single-
France, has a stopover in the Canaries, and Island Race was the rst to handed Sailing Society
ends in Brazil. The high-performance 21- offer a doublehanded class, runs the Solo Transpac and
footers (Mini 6.50s) used for the race are followed by the Vineyard Race, the M65 Mini the Three Bridge Fiasco. Many
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GETTING YOUR HANDS ON A MINI
Kits and plans
Dudley Dix Plans and kits for DIY builders Virginia Beach, Va. $550 (plans only) www.dixdesign.com
CDK Boats Kits only South Africa $5,700 www.cdkboats.com

Production builders/suppliers
Minis in America (M65) Owen Clarke-designed M65 Marblehead, Mass. $39,500 www.minisinamerica.com
West Coast Minis Imports Marc Lombard-designed Zero Vancouver, Canada $40,000 www.westcoastminitransat.com
ClaseZero Spanish builder of Lombard Zero Tarragona, Spain $40,000 www.clasezero.com
Pogo Structures Builds Pogo, a Pierre Roland design France approx. $40,000 www.pogostructures.com
Super-Calin Builds SuperCalin, JP Magnan design France approx. $40,000 www.chantier-azimut.com
Tam-Tam Seb Magnen Design Quebec, Canada approx. $40,000 www.mini650.com

Custom U.S. Mini builders


Mini Challenge Builds Rod Johnstone-designed Proto Stonington, Conn. approx. $100,000 www.minichallenge.org
Solo Sailor Builds Pierre Roland-designed Proto Newport, R.I. approx. $100,000 www.solosailor.com

Class Development
Mini Class U.S. Spearheading North American Mini Class www.miniclassus.com

doublehanded races are held in the Great Salomon tapped into years ago is still alive. The Didi kits are available from the de-
Lakes and in Southern California. All There are roughly 35 Minis either in sign rm CDK in South Africa and
these races are ideal for Mini racing, so action, built and dormant, on order Rainbow Boats, located in up-
its not surprising to see a few homegrown from builders, or under construc- state N.Y.
custom builds underway. tion as of the end of 2005. One enterprising Cana-
Mini 6.50s come in two avorsProto For sailors wishing to build dian has crafted his own
(custom carbon boats with swing keels their own boats, the go-to guy variation on a theme.
and water ballast)and Series (produc- seems to be the South African Vancouver-based John
tion boats). Both are exciting to race, and designer Dudley Dix, recently Keightly, a mechanical
there are several routes to owning one. transplanted to Virginia engineer by trade,
At only 21 feet, and with a maximum Beach, Va. He reports selling purchased a set of
beam slightly less than 10 feet, the size 11 of his Didi Mini kits in the plans from Dix and
and scope of these boats are well within United States, three in Cana- then transferred the
the range of skilled backyard builders. If da, and one in the Caribbean. plans onto his shop
working with fiberglass isnt your spe- Theyre spread out across computer (he runs a
cialty, you can spend up to $40,000 for the country, with boats small engineering busi-
Series and up to $100,000 for a Proto. being built in Arizona, Pitts- RSJ Mini ness) and proceeded to cut the
A recent survey of the Mini Class in burgh and Erie, Penn., Long Island plywood on the shops Cad-
North America demonstrates the passion Sound, Virginia, and five in California. Cam CNC machine. Ten months on and
about 90 percent of the way through the
construction of the hull, hes taking the
hot ride on a cool boat approach and
admits that his participation in the Mini
Transat is a 5-percent probability. Appar-
ently, he gets as much satisfaction from the
building a Mini as he does sailing one.
Those lacking the time, skill, or space for
their own build, can turn to Adrien Blount,
of Vancouver, Canada, who is importing
Spanish-built Zero production boats. This
retired university professor is operating
on the vicarious pleasure theme. Regret-
ting not having done this sort of thing
when he was younger, the affable Blount
has invested lots of energy and a chunk of
his retirement account into setting up the
West Coast Mini Transat store. He has two
Zeros on order, with plenty of leads for
boats once theyve landed in either Van-
couver or Boston.
The basic boat, sans sails, safety gear,
BILLY BLACK

THE TAM-TAM is a highly refined


production Mini being built in Quebec.

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A PROTO MINI , designed by Pierre Roland, is under construction in Newport, R.I. Its
builders, Drew Wood and Katie Ambach, are building two for the 2007 Mini-Transat.

and electronics, can run upwards of Pricing is expected to be comparable with


$40,000. Designed by Marc Lombard, a the Zero and the Tam-Tam.
highly respected designer in the European The third way of getting a Mini is buying
Mini circle, the Zeros are built using typ- a used boat. Typically, serious U.S.-based
ical production materials and techniques aspirants travel to the nish of a Mini event
including polyester resin, E-glass, and and make their deals on the spot. Both The
PVC foam. The keel is an iron fin with Mini Store (minisinamerica.com) and the
lead bulb; there are the typical twin rud- U.S. Mini Class (miniclassus.com) have
ders. The boat comes with a Z Spars mast, classied sections as well.
boom, and bowsprit, Harken deck gear,
and a long list of top-of-the-line options. Custom build projects
Another proven production Mini is the Clay Burkhalter, of Stonington, Conn.,
Pogo 2, designed by Groupe Finot and commissioned his uncle across town,
built in France. The construction is again Rod Johnstone, to draw the full-throttle
standard fare for a production boat: poly- RSJ Mini for participation in the 2007
ester resin, E-glass, PVC foam. The rig is Mini-Transat. The hull and deck were
aluminum with wire rigging, iron keel built by Custom Composites Technology
with lead bulb, and so on. The basic boat, in Bath, Maine, of Airex foam and car-
sans sails, electronics, and numerous bon ber with engineering by SP Systems
pieces of race-required safety gear is again and epoxy applied using the resin-infu-
around $40,000, delivered in France. sion method. This is an attempt to emu-
In our September 05 issue we intro- late the flat-out approach taken by the
duced the Tam-Tam, a Mini class produc- top contenders in Europe.
tion sailboat designed by Sebastien Mag- Taking a similar approach are Drew
nena naval architect and two-time Wood and Katie Ambach, of Newport,
Mini-Transat winner. Like the Pogo 2, its R.I. Working in a tiny shop tucked away
a polyester and E-glass hull with a fixed on a side street, theyve already built and
keel and an aluminum mast. The Tam- delivered a Pierre Roland-designed Mini
Tam sails like a dream and will set your in fiberglass for the 2005 Mini-Transat.
bank account back around $40,000. Now, theyre building two Protos in car-
In the United States, but without a boat bon for themselves and have lofty plans.
afloat yet, Marblehead businessman Jeff The vision has always been to com-
Dingle has created both The Mini Store pete in the 2007 Mini-Transat in two
and the M65 production boat. The for- separate boats, says Ambach. For that
mer is an e-business aimed at providing to happen we need to have both boats in
one-stop shopping for aspiring Mini Europe in 2006 for two or three qualify-
owners. Its complemented by the M65, ing races. Until recently, the pair relied
an Owen Clarke-designed production on their own jobs and donations from
WWW.SOLOSAILOR.COM

Mini that Dingle commissioned. At the fellow sailors like J.P. Mouligne, who do-
time of writing, tooling was being com- nated carbon ber. Now, with help from
pleted by a firm in Florida, though a some experts in fundraising and corpo-
builder hadnt been selected. Dingle says rate sponsorship, they hope to get the
he has had excellent interest in the money they need to put both boats on
prospect of a U.S-built production Mini. the starting line. !
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Russell Coutts 44
LOA 43'9"
LWL 37'6
Beam 9'
DSPL 7,850 lbs.
N E W B O AT S B Y T O N Y B E S S I N G E R Upwind SA 1,399 sq.ft.
Downwind SA 2,475 sq.ft.
Draft 9'6"

Designs Inspired by Racers Price $467,000

LAST YEAR was A BANNER YEAR FOR PERFOR- piece. We wanted to have an uncompro- racing. Transportation should be a snap,
mance boats: cats, daysailers, and wickedly mised build to provide a boat that was a thanks to a canting trailer, a simple keel-
fast monohulls. If the growing pile in our real race boat at the top end of technolo- to-hull attachment, and a removable
new designs in-box is any indication, gy, says Coutts. So its a really light-dis- stern scoop. The cockpit is equipped with
2006 could turn out even better. placement carbon boat. Harken winches and deck gear, and a
Keeping Russell Coutts off the Ameri- Coutts, who worked on the project with twin-wheel steering system drives a car-
cas Cup treadmill may prove a boon for designer Andrej Justin, decided the 44 will bon quadrant. In test sails on Lake Garda,
racing sailors worldwide as hes been be an amateur owner/driver class, but the Coutts 44 sailed at 18.5 knots in 22
spending his spare time designing a at- threw a large amount of sail area and a knots of wind. www.russellcoutts.net
out raceboat. As youd expect from a man keel-mounted trim tab into the mix to
who has won the Cup three times and has keep it challenging. We wanted a degree Lightspeed 33, European roots
an engineering degree, the Russell of complexity in Another all-carbon one-design coming
Coutts 44 is a high-tech master- Lightspeed 33 the design so an down the pike is the Lightspeed 33, a cata-
LOA 32'
owner could expe- maran designed by Marc van Peteghem
LWL 31'10" rience what a top- and Vincent Lauriot Prevost, known in
Beam 18'6" end raceboat is Europe for designing multihulls such as
Draft 9"/6'6" like, says Coutts. the 110-foot trimaran Geronimo, the 60-
Weight 2,400 lbs. The trim tab, foot foiler lHydroptere, and the ORMA
Upwind SA 592 sq. ft. the spinnaker- 60 trimaran Groupama 2.
Downwind SA 1,184 sq. ft. dropping system, Commissioned by past U.S. Olympic
MAX RANCHI, COURTESY LIGHTSPEED BOATS

and the way the 470 skipper Kris Farrar Stookey and her
deck is laid outeven the way the boat husband Hunt, the Lightspeed 33 is mul-
sails, being relatively overpowered up- tifaceted; designed as a good racer and a
windwere all things we did to give an fast daysailer. In 1988, when Paul
owner that experience. Elvstrm was racing Tornados with his
Four boats have been made from daughter, he said something to the effect
female molds, and all have the older I get the faster I want to go,
carbon masts with PBO says Kris. Now I know what he meant.
rigging. Coutts says the The renderings show how the Light-
crew size will be seven for speed descends from the big European
fleet racing, and as few as cats. Plenty of freeboard in the hulls pro-
ve for professional match vides extra buoyancy, helps prevent nose-
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SIG45 OD
LOA 45'
LWL 45'
Beam 27'6"
DSPL 9,900 lbs.
Upwind SA 1,110 sq.ft.
Downwind SA 2,180 sq.ft.
Draft 3'/9'

dives, and allows crossbeams to be


mounted high to help minimize
slamming in big seas. The dreadnaught
bows highlight an hourglass shape,
which blends wave-piercing technolo-
gy with the need for buoyancy above
the static waterline.
Working from the VPLP design
and engineering by Steve Koopman
and Dirk Kramers, carbon boat-
builders Stew Wiley and
Ted Brown are build-
ing the rst set of hulls
in Portsmouth, R.I.,
from a female mold.
www.lightspeedboats.com

SIG45, fastest production cat?


Another VPLP-designed catamaran using the hourglass-
shaped-section, low-drag bows, and carbon construction is
the SIG45 OD. Hugo Le Breton, of England, wants the technol-
ogy of the French multihull circuit to be more widely available
and believes he can build the fastest 45-foot production yacht
on the market.
Unlike most large production cats, the SIG45 will have no
cabin structure spanning the distance between the two hulls. In-
stead, it will have accommodations in each hull, and a combina-
tion of netting and rigid-structure decking between the two.
The boat has tiller steering, a rotating wing mast, and sail con-
trol winches mounted aft close by the tillers. Bruno Peyron, who
holds the round-the-world and best 24-hour
run records is a technical consultant for Le
Breton. He designed the rig and the deck
layout. www.LeBreton-Yachts.com

e33, speed and style


Another sailing industry pro
with a familiar nameRobbie
Doyleis rolling out a differ-
COURTESY LE BRENTON YACHTS, E MARINE DESIGN

ent concept for the perfor-

e33
LOA 33'8"
LWL 27'1"
Beam 8'6"
Draft 5'9"
DSPL 5,750 lbs.
Upwind SA 525 sq. ft.
Downwind SA 1,075 sq.ft.

SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6 53
You Dont Need a Weatherman
to Know Which Way the Wind Blows!

Larchmont Ida Lewis


Annapolis
American

St. Francis
Southern
Storm Trysail New York

Bayview
Seawanhaka
Manhasset
Stamford

Sea Cliff
Boston Costa Smeralda

Catch the Shift in Sailboat Racing.

For More Information please contact:


US-IRC Managment Committee
PO Box 5 Tiverton, RI 02878
401-816-0421 Fax 401-816-0423 www.us-irc.org Email info@us-irc.org
mance market. Taking his cue from the Etchells, Doyle assem-
bled a team of experts and developed his version of the ultimate
daysailer/racer, and pays homage to Skip Etchells for the funda-
mental hull shape by calling it an e33.
Robbie and I have spent a lot of time sailing Etchells
together, says designer Jeremy Wurmfeld. The Etchells is the
sweetest boat anyone in this triumvirate (Doyle, Wurmfeld, and
builder Dirk Kneulman, of Ontario Yachts) have ever sailed. So
it was a good place to start. None of the three wanted to mimic
the Etchells; they wanted to take what was best and put it in a
more comfortable package with a traditional aesthetic. The
result is a daysailer with a functional, but spare interior, a large,
deep cockpit, and a carbon rig with enough sail area for the
boat to get up and go when desired.
We saw the cockpit as a key starting point, says Wurmfeld.
We also wanted the boat to be light enough to hoist with a
yacht club hoist. Fit out in the interior, usually the prime sus-
pect in overweight vessels, is at a minimum, but the e33 has
basic creature comforts such as an enclosed head and a small
Yanmar diesel powering a Saildrive. www.emarinedesign.com

X-35, a small wonder one-design


X-Yachts has a rm toehold in the racer/cruiser market and a
good reputation as a builder of strong, well-designed models
such as the IMX 38 and the IMX 45, both of which have won
their share of silver in the past few years. Now, the Danish com-
pany is offering a 35-foot one-design that should carry on the
winning tradition.

The X-35 takes deck layout


X-35 One Design
ideas from the IMX line, uses an
LOA 34'9"
aluminum 9/10 rig for non-
LWL 2911
Beam 10'7"
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INDUSTRY NEWS, TRENDS, AND TIPS

Availability of Composite Rigging Grows


AS WEVE SEEN IN THIS COLUMN RECENTLY,
the synthetic rigging market is expanding
rapidly, and with West Marine now a play-
er, its available to the masses. Working
with Applied Fibers, West Marine an-
nounced it will sell PBO rigging, which
the company describes as a low-cost, 100-
percent retrofit-compatible solution for
those whod like not only the performance
boost that comes from reducing weight
aloft, but the longer-lasting qualities of
ber standing rigging as well.
PBO has greater strength and less
stretch than most other ber out there,
says Applied Fibers sales engineer David
Hilbig. Its also much cheaper than car-
bon fiber. Like all fiber-based standing
rigging, West Marines PBO rigging
must be jacketed to protect it from has a WAAS-enabled DGPS antenna and
sunlight and moisture, which can de- uses only 1.2 watts via a USB connection
grade PBO. The jacket, which is made to a computer. $1,250, www.seacas.com West Marine
from a proprietary material thats Capitalizing on the use of lashings PBO rigging
been used in the cable industry for rather than hardware, is a new line of
years, is sealed directly to the anchors blocks from Karver. The Karver K-Blocks TackTick will reveal its latest innova-
at the end. We do a lot of things in are designed to be secured by lashings only. tions this winter, including the Micronet
the jacket and the anchor itself to As a result, they are simpler, lighter, and far Remote Display, an independent, wire-
make sure it stays totally sealed from more appealing to the eye than the type of less, palm-sized display unit and remote
moisture, says Hilbig. blocks were used to seeing on things like control, which can receive data from in-
While others have used loops of runners and mainsheets. Were seeing struments and navigation equipment. In
PBO to avoid the problems inherent them being used on ORMA 60 trimarans, addition to receiving data from its
in dead-ending ber rigging, Applied Volvo Ocean 70s, and Americas Cup Class Micronet system. The Tacktick Remote
Fibers hasnt. The PBO fibers are boats, so theyre certainly being tested at Display, when used in conjunction with a
resin impregnated and podded into the grand-prix level. Assembled with ball universal wireless interface, can transmit
the end ttings, says Hilbig. All our or roller bearings, K-Blocks accommodate data from Raymarine, B&G, Silva, and
fittings are patent-pending because a working-load range of 485 pounds to 4.4 other brands of electronics and navigation
of the design. They have very short, tons and rope diameters from gear. The Tack-
but high-strength termination 1/4" to 3/4". Tick remote,
lengths, and high strength-to-cable Karver also offers K-F Furlers, like most
ratios. Theres no spike and cone, just which are lightweight, mainte-
a resin impregnation and curing nance-free, and designed to be ei- Karver
process. www.westmarine.com ther permanently mounted xtures K-Block
As racing sailors, were all about re- on cats or tris, or temporarily mount-
ducing weight, and thats why we like ed for staysails, windseekers, etc., on
the SeaCAS dual-band AIS receiv- monohulls. One great feature is the
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which transmits position, speed, furling line. Because of a low profile
vessel name, and other crucial in- (drum and swivel height from 2/3" to just
formation, is required on commer- under 10"), K-F furlers allow a
cial vessels longer than 65 longer luff length on the sail.
feet. The Safe The upper swivel uses stainless
Passage steel ball bearings because of high loads.
Working loads range from 2,200 to 26,455
pounds. www.karver-systems.com
SeaCAS Safe Passage
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other TackTick gear, is solar-powered.
Other new items from TackTick in-
clude a solar panel designed to power
their hull transmitter, and a Triducer,
which is a transducer combining speed,
depth, and temperature transducers into
a single unit. Also on tap is a masthead
vertical wind sensor, which ensures accu-
rate gures for true wind speed
and true wind
angle by reducing
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The inexpensive,
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Fugawi Marine ENC has added weather
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Industry News
Last November, Genesis International,
the manufacturer of Elvstrm Sobstad
Genesis sails, announced a settlement
with UK International, one of several de-
fendants named in patent infringement
actions brought by Genesis relative to its
United States Patent No. 4,708,080. The
legal action against UK related to its
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manufacturing, selling, offering for sale,


and advertising the Ultra sail.
According to UK Internationals Butch
Ulmer, the company will cease building
Ultra sails, which are a UK-trademarked
product, at its Bridgeport, Conn., facility,
but will sell Ultra-branded sails built by
licensed sail manufacturers. The 080
[Genesis] patent ends June 11, 2006.
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RACING T E C H N I Q U E , S T R A T E G Y, B OATS P E E D, AND TAC T I C S

From the
TECHNIQUE
Experts
BY B R I A N D OY L E

The Roll Tack


A FAST, FLUID ROLL TACK IS MORE
than a thing of beauty, its the one
technique every dinghy sailor
must master. A roll tack done
right means speed going into and
out of the tack.
Last summer we asked Team
Vanguard riders Charlie Bucking-
ham and Cameron Stuart to show
us how they make it look so easy,
then asked top coach Brian Doyle
to tell us how its done.
1.

3. CAMERON CROSSES THE BOAT


smoothly, and at the same pace as
Charlie, which helps maximize the
boats momentum while going
directly upwind. Every inch they
gain straight into the wind is
important. We can see how fast
the boat is moving by looking at
3. the small wake coming off the
transom in each photo.
4.
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P H OTO S BY P E T E R M C G O WA N

1. APPROACH THE TACK with


relaxed confidence and a deep
breathnothing beats oxygen in
the blood stream to help your bal-
ance and flexibility. Just before
the tack, Cameron will unhook and
stay out, suspended from his arm
as long as hes able. His weight
doesnt reach the sidetank until
the jib is backwinding enough that
its helping the bow to turn
through the wind. The windier it is,
the more critical it is to uncleat
the jib perfectly in order to help
the bow rotate through the wind
without forcing the boat too far
onto its rail during the roll.
2. TURNING THE BOAT, Charlie
begins with only a small push of
the tiller. He then waits until the
boat begins to turn before increas-
ing the rate of turn by slowly
pushing the tiller farther to lee-
ward. This way, hes disrupting
water flow over the rudder as little
as possible, keeping the boat going
full speed for as long as possible in
a direction that is closer to the
wind than closehauled. He has
trimmed the main in very tight to
help the boat head up and to help
2. himself get inboard using his arm
and stomach muscles.

4. & 5. ONCE THE BOAT GOES


past head to wind, its turning at its
maximum rate and going the slow-
est it will go during the tack. The jib
luffs only once with Camerons quick
handwork. On the new side it fills
instantaneously. The end of the
tiller never passes the inboard side
of the tankgood turn. Both
Cameron and Charlies feet touch
the bottom of the boat only once as
5.
CREDIT

they transition to the new side


good footwork.

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6. 7.
6. & 7. AS CHARLIE CROSSED THE BOAT, he eased the mainsheet, the sail than at the bottom. The skipper must control the boats heel
transferred it behind his back as he turned to sit down, and smoothly while the crew gets to the wire on the new tack. If the crew has too
transitioned to a hiking position (above) where its easy to pull in the much of an uphill climb, the skipper needs to correct it by hiking,
mainsheet with his forward hand as he goes out to hike. The mains easing the main, or feathering the boat into the wind. Here, Cameron
leech should be twisted because mast movement during the flatten- gets to the wire and hooks into the trapeze easily, showing us how
ing process causes the apparent wind to be farther aft at the top of theyre working together to make this roll tack a thing of beauty.

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TA C T I C S B Y S T U A R T WA L K E R

The Intricacies of Finishing Downwind


WE ROUNDED THE SECOND WEATHER MARK tween two of the boats that had been all starting to sail higher, heading above
and started down the final leg of the ahead, and seemed to be within striking the committee boat end of the line. Kamps
fourth race of the Soling North Ameri- distance of Charlie Kamps, who had been was slowing and his spinnaker collapsing.
cans on Torontos Humber Bay, deter- 100 yards ahead at the start of the leg. Lets jibe! I called hastily.
mined to pass the four boats that were Everyone was now on port jibe, slightly On starboard, we crossed just astern of
just ahead. In the fading 8- to 10-knot above the committee boat at the left end the boat that had been to leeward, and
breeze, spotty and shifting air and left of the line (looking downwind). Kamps with good speed we headed into what
over chop, nding and keeping the opti- was to windward and about three seemed to be much better wind. The oth-
mal sailing angle was extremely difcult. boatlengths ahead, another boat was ers, continuing on their port jibe, seemed
In a puff, we had rolled over one com- about two boatlengths to windward and to be barely moving. Wed take them all!
petitor shortly after rounding, but he abeam of us, a third was two boatlengths But we then had to sail farther than I
soon found more air to leeward and to leeward and slightly ahead of us, and a had thought we would in order to lay the
caught us again. However, we both seemed fourth was two boatlengths astern and to pin. Was the wind heading us? We jibed
to be faster than three boats immediately windward. We all seemed to be sailing back to port and were now approaching
ahead as we seemed to be bringing more into a windless hole that lay between us the pin at a good angle but in less wind.
air down with us from astern. By the time and the line; the only decent breeze And now the other boats had more wind!
we were a quarter mile from the nish we looked to be off to the right (looking They were surging toward the committee
had passed the boat to leeward again, downwind). The pin end of the line looked boat. Kamps would surely be ahead and
moved up to a substantial overlap be- to be slightly closer. In the dying air we were so would the two who had been alongside
us, and now I could see that the commit-
Wind tee boat end of the line was slightly more
upwind and that we would lose the boat
that had been two lengths astern!
Wind velocity is typically the most im-
portant consideration when running, and
in gusty conditions one should always be
Walkers 5 Light- willing to jibe away to get it, but in light
Air Principles air an increase in wind velocity is always
N Sail the jibe most per- evanescent. By the time you get out of the
pendicular to the line. hole you were in, in order to get into the
N Sail in the strongest puff ahead, the wind may return to the
wind possible. hole and depart from the dark spot you
N Sail the optimal angle were seeking. Ive often said that God al-
to the wind you have. lots the wind randomly, and that youre
N Find the favored end better off sticking to your original course,
of the finish line waiting until some comes your way rather
N Every inch counts, than chasing off toward a site that has al-
but dont sacrifice too ready received its allotment!
much. Chasing better air by jibing or heading
up is required when a gust cell in an off-
shore breeze is coming down the course,
or when blanketed or at the finish as a
means of passing a lone boat ahead. But
in light and dying air, it is less than a 50/50
gamble. If the stronger air you seek will
ILLUSTRATION BY WILLIAM ROCHE

be accompanied by a shifta shift that


lifts the escape jibe so that the return jibe
to the rhumb line is headedchasing
better air becomes somewhat more ratio-
nal. But how can you arrange this? At
The author (red) jibed in search Toronto, although I had jibed away into
of better wind, violating his better air, I had jibed to starboard in a
light-air downwind principles and
lost three places in the process.
wind that was dying and backing and the
move had been counteracted by the reap-
64 SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6
pearance of stronger air from where Id comehow typical!
The five principles for sailing downwind to which I should
have paid more attention are 1. Stick to the jibe most perpen-
dicular to the linemost directly downwind. 2. Sail in the
strongest wind available, but in light and variable air, do not
alter course to reach an area of transiently increased strength. 3.
Always sail the optimal angle to the wind you have. 4. Determine
the most upwind end of the line as soon as possible and go for
that end. 5. Remember that every inch counts. You dont need to
worry about overlaps or relative speed if you have that inch, and
you should never risk losing two (or more) boats in order to
gain an additional inch.
I had violated most of these principles while achieving 10th in
a vain hope of taking sixth! We had been sailing faster, gaining
all the time, and when we jibed away we had ignored principles
No. 1 and No. 2 (and misjudged Principle No. 4). We had
forgotten Principle No. 5 and would easily have had that inch
relative to the boat immediately to windward and might have
gained it relative to the one to leeward, which nished seventh.
We had failed to correctly assess, and then sailed away from,
the most upwind end of the line and therefore sailed a longer
course than necessary. When nearing a nish line, the most im-
mediate consideration is to determine which end is closest (most

The best technique for finishing downwind is to


project your course to the line and determine
whether youre coming in perpendicular to the
line or if its at some lesser angle.

downwind when sailing upwind, most upwind when sailing


down). To windward, sailing tacks 90 degrees apart, one can
tack for the rst end that can be laid and then decide which end
is closest. Downwind, where jibing angles depend on wind
strength and can be only 20 to 40 degrees apart, detecting the
near end is far more difcult. The best technique is to project
your course to the line and ask yourself whether youre coming
in perpendicular to the line or if it is at some lesser angle. The
end that is angled toward you is the closest and you should take
the jibe that lays that end at the optimal sailing angle.
But most importantly we had violated principles No. 1 and
No. 2. When we jibed to starboard it was to the jibe across the
perpendicular to the finish, which is analagous to taking the
short, rather than the long, tack upwind. And because we were
still a quarter mile from the nish, we sailed a course that caused
us to overstand the end of the line and were adversely affected by
a wind shift toward the direction in which we were headed.
And nally we were probably sailing at higher than optimal
sailing angles on both jibes. When you sail alone, you have no
other boat by which to judge the optimal angle. We undoubted-
ly sailed higher than necessary, wanting, while on starboard,
speed out of the hole, and were forced to sail higher than neces-
sary on port as the wind had backed and I had been unable to
judge the layline precisely.
My opponents, none of whom thought that jibing was
necessary, mustve been pleased to see me go. They may not
have recognized that I was making quite so many errors, and
that the return of their wind and the back would compound
them, but they did recognize that when approaching the nish
line downwind, inches matter and that when you are sailing the
jibe most perpendicular to the line and gaining, it is foolish to
risk a jibe away. 
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M O N D AY M O R N I N G T A C T I C I A N
BY T E R RY H U TC H I N S O N

Avoid Tunnel Vision At the Offset


THE OFFSET LEG PRESENTS A NUMBER OF
unique opportunities to pass, but the key
is to consider what youre trying to
achieve, tactically, in the rst half of the
downwind leg. The rounding and your
positioning immediately after the round-
ing will dictate your position farther
down the run.
The basic concepts for the offset mark
are: 1. If you want to jibe immediately,
maximize the gap between you and the
mark. In other words, use the offset mark
as part of your turn into the jibe. 2. If you
want to extend straight after rounding,
position the boat no lower or no higher
than the boat on your sternin particu-
lar, no lower. Also, dont tempt the boat
behind to sail high by setting up low after
the offset mark.
OK, lets get to our sequence, which
shows International One-Design No. 59
with a classic case of tunnel vision,
while racing at the Worlds last year in
Tnsberg, Norway. In photo 1 we can see 1.
the bowman on No. 59 standing up, look-
ing at the overlap, and Im sure the
helmsman on No. 50 is saying, Theres
no way youre getting room. Meanwhile
life on No. 33 (yellow hull) is all good.
Theyre being patient and watching
things develop ahead of them.
In photo 2, No. 50 and No. 59 have for-
gotten the most basic part of the mark
rounding maneuverturning down at
the mark. So focused on each other, they
sail right past it. No. 33 is approaching
perfectlyentering the mark at the
proper angle, about 1.5 boatlengths high,
so their turn at the mark is tight. With
this move theyre instantly on the inside
and in complete control. No. 59 is at huge
risk of losing second because theyre now
controlled by No. 33 to leeward and No.
50 to windward.
In photo 3, we see sloppy crew work on
No. 33 and No. 50. At this point, Im sure
NANETTE LOENNECHEN (2)

the helmsman of No. 59 is cringing. His


obsession with getting the inside at the
offset has left him as the meat in a spin-
naker-less sandwich. No thanks, Im
not hungry!
Consider for a moment what would
have happened if, ve boatlengths earlier,
2.
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3.
the helmsman of No. 59 had of said, Theres no way were get-
ting the overlap, lets focus on the fastest maneuver. They
wouldve escaped to leeward of 50, carrying a full kite, with the
option to jibe. Its too late now.
In photo 4, No. 33 is now getting the kite goingstill not
greatand No. 50 is still struggling. In photo 5, kudos to the
crew of No. 59crisp spinnaker set. Now, if only the guy at the

4.
back of the boat had been as sharp as the guy at the front. His
tunnel vision has left them stuck in the middle with nowhere to
go, with no control of their destiny. Theyre completely at the
mercy of the windward and leeward boats.
My advice to alleviate this tunnel vision is to focus on the rst
10 boatlengths after the offset mark, not the last two into the off-
set. Our friends on No. 59, while getting the overlap they so de-
sired, ultimately got more than they bargained for. The entire
NANETTE LOENNECHEN (3)

5.
downwind leg wouldve been easier if there was a quick conver-
sation about what they wanted out of the offset.
If you want to jibe, a tight rounding and low exit is key. If you
want to extend, hold a normal angle, or one slightly high, to
defend your position in traffic.
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W I N N E R S D E B R I E F / I N T E R V I E W B Y D AV E R E E D

Zephyra, Rolex Big Boat Series IRC Champion


The DK46 Zephrya defended its IRC B issues. The team, put together by Jeff winches. Its what the books tell you to
title at last years Rolex Big Boat Series in Thorpe, from Quantum Sails, is excellent do: build your crew slowly, practice a lot,
San Francisco, winning four of six races, and we have a good balance. We have a and focus on the boat preparation.
some by large margins. Owner Robert couple of really strong bow people be- Whats your role on the boat?
Youngjohns, a software company execu- cause the bow is really the active area in I drive only when I think I can drive
tive from Woodside, Calif., attributes this type of racing. Last year the whole successfully and do the electronics and
Zephyras repeat performance to the most crew was own inguys whod sailed the tactics when Im not driving. I enjoy dri-
basic racing fundamentalsan immacu- boat in the U.K.but after that I decided ving, but if my skills are not up to it
particularly downwind in heavy condi-
tionsIll hand the helm over to Jeff; he
drives very well in these types of condi-
tions. I dont start either because I dont
have the right temperament for starting. I
get too stressed out. At Big Boat, Jeff was
doing the starts and driving when condi-
tions were over 25.
How soon after the start do you helm?
It varies depending on the amount of
trafc; Im not good when theres a lot of
trafc because I tend to focus on the other
boats and not on keeping the boat mov-
ing. This is part of keeping ego off the
boatmine includedId love to drive
more, but were focused on winning.
How do you switch back and forth be-
tween driving and tactics; wouldnt it be
better to have a dedicated tactician?
Thats an area we need to improve. I
have to make a decisiondo I do tactics
more completely or do I get someone
dedicated to it and try and take on more
Stiff and fast upwind, Robert Youngjohns DK46 Zephyra is a proven IRC performer on of the driving. But once you understand
San Francisco Bay. But its not just the boat that makes them fast.
the monoculture of the Bay, the tactics
lately prepared boat and a balanced crew. we needed a West Coast crew and built it sort of fall into place. In handicap rac-
But what ultimately contributed to the over the winter. We also did the Newport ing, you clear the boat-to-boat stuff fair-
win was the teams relentless pursuit of to Cabo Race, which was a good test of ly quickly so its not as critical. The big
better performance. the equipment. For example, we upgrad- issue at Big Boat is how you play the
Is Zephyra simply an ideal IRC boat? ed all the spinnaker equipment as a result J/105 fleet.
Its designed to be a good upwind/ of that race and installed bigger primary What are your tactical rules for big-
downwind boat and if that means its boat handicap racing?
optimized for IRC, then I guess it is. Its Zephyra s RBBS Crew Theres a basic rule thats often hard to
stiff and heavy, relative to the lightweight Ian Fraser Pit 1 follow: You have to sail your own race.
flyers around here, and it has a big bulb John Oldham Mainsheet Tactical whims and pushing people onto
and a deep keel so its good upwind and Will Matievich Mast other tacks is great for one-design, but in
down. We are very competitive upwind in David Anthes Bow 1 handicap racing it gets in the way. The key
almost any conditions, and downwind it Jeff Thorpe Helm 1/Tactics thing is to get clear air quickly and then
depends on planing. If were sailing Ernie Rodriguez Trimmer 2 find lanes so you dont end up in a bad
against TP 52s we can go upwind almost Ian Klitza Trimmer 1 place. At Big Boat we did have issues with
as fast. If they go off planing downwind Carlos Baddell Boat readiness/Pit 2 Swiftsure II [Schumacher 52], which is a
we get left behind. Richard Mansbridge Float 1 faster boat. We could outpoint them so a
CAROL SIMOWITZ

How did you put together the nuts and Paul Jarrett Float 2 couple of times we could get on their lee-
bolts of this team? Mark Mills Designer bow and push them off, but every time
First, Carlos Badell put a huge amount Greg Felton Bow 2 we did we were slowing ourselves down.
of attention getting the boat prepared, Robert Youngjohns Helm 2/Tactics Otherwise, we kept reminding ourselves
making sure we would have no technical that we needed a good start, not spectac-
68 SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6
How to Nail The Outside Asymmetric Jibe
1. I make sure the lazy sheet is on the batten thats fastened to
the tack of the A-sail. The batten keeps the sheet up high, pre-
venting it from falling over the pole or getting stuck in the tack
fitting. I then make sure the offside trimmer or mast man takes
the slack out of the lazy sheet so it doesnt go over the pole or
the pulpit when the loaded sheet is eased going into the jibe.
2. Next we call for the transfer and the pole goes forward. The
tack line is ground down tight, which brings the sail down and
keeps the luff tight, which creates
less sag, allowing it to fill quicker on
the new jibe. Once I see all the load
is on the bobstay and the guy has
slack, I trip the outboard end of the
pole and the mid-bow takes the pole
off the mast and slides it aft.
3. I put the new guy in the pole
and quietly tell my mid-bow [Greg
Felton] so he can get the pole back
on the mast and then he yells, The turn down
Made to the back of the boat.
Once the pole is on the mast, the
must be slow
afterguy trimmer can square back enough to let the
the pole. clew get well past
4. The turn down must be slow
the headstay.
enough to let the clew get well past
the headstaythe more wind there BOWMAN DAVID ANTHES
is the farther away from the boat it
must go. As soon as he sees its past the headstay, the driver
should do a quick turn up, which gets air in the sail and blows it
away from the headstay, and then speed up the turn. This
snap up should be less as the wind strength increases.
Through the turn the trimmer whales on the new sheet and the
mast guy [Will Matievich] overhauls the sheet by tractoring it
at the shrouds and then running it back.
5. Once the trimmer has the kite full, well tell him, We have a
kite, and he can do a huge ease15 feet or soas the driver
heads back down to our downwind VMG course. Once on the new
jibe I get the lazy sheet on top of the batten again and make sure
the lazy sheet is taken up at the cockpit.
DAVID ANTHES

ular, just one that gave us clear air, and to keep away from the
boats that are close to us in speed.
Morpheus, a custom 52-footer that nished second in IRC B,
turned out to be your biggest challenge; how did you play them?
Because they were rated as a slower boat, there wasnt much
we could do other than make sure we didnt get out of touch
with them and sail our own race. We did make one mistake in
the fourth race and did our own thing, but the rule is we want to
be in the same quadrant of the course as the boats we want to
beat. In this case, Morpheus broke off left and we kept looking
for a lane in all the trafc and kept going. We lost three or four
boatlengths right there. That was our worst race.
COURTESY DAVID ANTHES

As you built this crew, what did you focus on?


A lot of it was at the front of the boat and working on how to
jibe the asymmetric effectively, and deciding when to use the
asymmetric versus the symmetric. Short jibing down the City
Front is typically faster with a symmetric because you keep it
ying more effectively through the jibe. We also worked on out-
side jibes with the asymmetric. The only thing we learned not to
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do was use the spinnaker staysail. Its tempting to use, but it
makes for more activity at the front of the boat, and another set
of things that must happen before a jibe.
Otherwise the boat sails itself upwind as long as the main
trimmer and the helm are talking; but one big area weve fo-
cused on was learning when to foot the boat as opposed to going
for height. When you know the boat points well its tempting to
go for that higher angle but sometimes, when you need to get to
the favorable tide, for example, it makes sense to foot. It hap-
pened to us once at Big Boat. A Santa Cruz 52 just footed off, got
away from us, and got to the tidal push earlier.
Speaking of numbers, whats your electronics setup?
We use mostly Ockam instruments, a Deckman for Win-
dows, and a Toshiba remote display. Im a computer geek, and
if you have all the right tidal flow data and everything else,
you shouldnt need to make a single judgment call because its
all going to come out in the numbers. However, the comput-
ers make you think you can call the laylines; the truth is that
judgment really matters and we had excellent calls on the lay-
lines because Jeff is intuitive in the Bay. The tidal gradient is
so acute its hard to do laylines on a calculated basis. Even if
you have all the tidal GRIBsand we had themtheyre just
estimates; you have to look at the water and determine
whether to go early or late.
Howd you ensure clear-air starts?
We use the Deckman start screen, which gives us a good indi-
cation of where we are and how far we have to go to the line. Be-
cause we had a fairly small fleet we could be aggressive, close
reaching until a gap opened, and then going for it. We used the
tide, too; there was a lot of foul tide and that typically meant
gaps would open. One start in particular I thought we were
going to get shut out at the committee boat, but because of the
cross tide, boats got swept down and we went through easily.
You got ahead early in most races, howd you play the runs?
Wed typically get there before Swiftsure and we just werent
too extreme on our downwind angles. But there were a couple
of races with reach-type courses and on the really windy day, we
decided to go with the spinnaker even though it was marginal.
When we got the boat on a plane we encouraged everyone be-
hind us to go for the spinnakers, too, and watched them broach
one after another. They werent getting up on a plane and there-
fore the pressure was too high.
How do you avoid the wipeout during jibes?
The big issue is to get the main across. If you jibe the front of
the boat, but not the back, its a recipe for a nasty situation. You
cant leave the main trimmer to pump the mainsheet across
you need two people on the mast pumping the mainsheets as
you go into the jibe. If you get stuck, the only thing is to abort the
jibe. Its better to abort and deal with the problem at the front
than to jibe and wipe out.
You said the boat sails upwind by itself, but there must be
more to it.
Theres a good angle on this boat where you know youre in
the groove. In big winds theres nothing coming off the mainsail
so what youre doing is looking at the genoa angles. We have
genoa in-haulers and one of the critical tuning points on this
boat is getting them set right. In light winds we just bring them
in as far as we can, at 10 to 15 theyre on completely, and once it
gets over 20 theyre off completely. Its always tempting to have
them on to much because from the helms position you get the
impression that youre pointing better but youre creating more
leeway and not going upwind as well. !
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RULES BY DICK ROSE

Two Tricky Issues for Race Officials


CLUBS THAT ORGANIZE REGATTAS OFTEN protests and, perhaps, some serious colli-
borrow a members boat to use as the race sions at the start as boats that thought
committee boat marking one end of the they were entitled to room claimed it from
WIND
start and finish line and occasionally others who thought they were not entitled
to it. (A discussion of this issue can be
found at the Royal Yachting Associations
boats collide with that borrowed boat. website www.rya.org.uk/racing/racing
Several readers have asked what can be rules/guidancenotes.)
done to avoid such collisions. No racing rule covers damage to marks.
Many races are started using a pin mark However, the issue may be handled by a
at the port end of the start and nish lines sailing instruction that provides another
If the sailing
and the race committee boat as the mark instructions state way to keep the owner of a borrowed race
at the starboard end. The actual line is that the keep-off committee boat happy. Such a sailing
usually between the pin and the staff of a bouy and its tether instruction might read, If the race com-
are parts of the mark,
ag on the race committee boat. However, the windward boat is
mittee boat is damaged as a result of a
the starboard end mark is the entire race not entitled to room. boat breaking a rule, that boat shall pay
committee boat, but not its anchor line or for the repairs.
any objects temporarily or accidentally
attached to it (see the denition Mark). Issues with a
non-registered competitor
One reader from Florida asked some
Heres an idea for minimizing the interesting questions about a rejected
chance that a borrowed committee boat entry. The notice of race for a two-day
will be damaged during a regatta. Tie a regatta listed a cutoff date for entries. Pro-
brightly colored inflated buoy to a line crastinators entry form and entry fee
about 25 feet long and tie the other end of arrived after the cutoff. Her owner
the line to the stern of the committee attended the skippers meeting held before
boat. Then stream the line and the buoy the rst race. There, he was informed that
astern of the committee boat whenever his entry was rejected because it was
the committee boat is anchored. (Line Without such a delivered after the cutoff, and his entry
that oats works best in light winds.) This statement, the mark fee was returned to him. Not pleased, he
creates a buffer zone between the com- and its tether become announced that he intended to sail the
an obstruction and the
mittee boat and the racers as they start windward boat is course in all races, and he did just that.
and nish, and they will be much less likely entitled to room. During the series he interfered with
to hit the committee boat if theres many boats that had entered properly
barging at the start or if boats overlap changing the rules of the game for boats by forcing them to change course and by
approaching the nish. approaching the starboard-end starting blanketing or backwinding them. One of
By streaming the buoy astern through- line mark to start. Rule 18 does not apply those boats requested redress. Our reader
out the entire time the committee boat is at a starting mark surrounded by navi- asks what recourse regatta officials have
serving as either a starting or a nishing gable water or at its anchor line from the as a means to deal with an individual who
mark, competitors will not be able to time boats are approaching them to start acts in this way, and he wondered whether
argue that the buoy and its line weretem- until they have passed them (see Rule the answer would be different if, while on
porarily attached to the committee boat. 18.1(a)). However, if the buffer buoy and port tack, Procrastinator had collided with
Rule J2.1(5) states that the sailing instruc- its line are not made part of the mark by a a starboard-tack boat that had entered
tions must include a description of each sailing instruction, then the buffer buoy properly. Finally, our reader asked
starting and nishing mark. I suggest the and its line together would be an obstruc- whether a boat whose score was made sig-
following:The mark at the starboard end tion at which Rule 18 would apply. In such nificantly worse by Procrastinators
of the starting and finishing line will be a case, a barging windward boat with an actions is entitled to redress.
WILLIAM ROCHE

the committee boat with an orange buoy overlap on a leeward boat would be enti- Rule 75.1 requires a boat to comply
attached to its stern by a line about 25 feet tled to use Rule 18 and request room to with the requirements of the organizing
long. The orange buoy and its attachment pass to leeward of the obstruction. That authority to enter a race. Rule 76.1 per-
line are parts of the mark. Its important would make a tremendous game change mits the organizing authority or the race
to use this sailing instruction to avoid and probably lead to some difficult committee to reject or cancel the entry of
72 SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6
a boat, provided it does so before the start of the rst race and
states the reason for doing so. The US SAILING prescription to
Rule 76.1 states that an entry may not be rejected for an arbi-
trary or capricious reason, and Rule 76.3, which is also a US
SAILING prescription, states that a boat whose entry is rejected
is, upon written request, entitled to a hearing. Procrastinator did
not request a hearing. It appears to me that the race committee
acted properly under the rules.
However, the rules are written for boats entered in the regatta.
Procrastinator was not entered, and because she was not a com-
petitor, she received no scores, and in my opinion was not sub-
ject to protest. Also, because her crew were not competitors,
Rule 69.1 did not permit the protest committee to call a hearing
to consider penalizing them for a gross breach of good manners
or sportsmanship. The only avenue
Should redress for action is the process set out
in Rule 69.2. Any race official,
be granted if a competitor, or even a spectator,
non-registered who believed that the crew of
boat interferes Procrastinator had committed a
gross breach of good manners or
with one thats
sportsmanship or had engaged in
registered? conduct that brought the sport
into disrepute could have sent a re-
port to US SAILING describing what the crew did. Rule 69.2
then gives US SAILING authority to investigate and, if it deems
it appropriate, to take any disciplinary action within its juris-
diction against the crew or its boat. US SAILING could, for
example, penalize the crew by suspending their eligibility to sail
in US SAILING events for a specified period of time, or even
permanently.
What action could the local race officials have taken? After
Procrastinator sailed the course for the first time, they could
have asked her politely to leave the racing area. If she refused,
they couldve told her crew that, if she persisted in interfering
with the regatta, they would lodge a report with US SAILING
under Rule 69.2. That might have defused the issue at the local
level with a minimum of fuss.
Should redress have been given to boats that Procrastinator
interfered with? In most cases, no. Let me explain. Rules 62.1(a)
through (d) list the conditions under which redress may be
given. Neither the race committee nor the organizing authority
had the right to prevent Procrastinator from sailing the course,
and so redress could not be given under Rule 62.1(a). Boats that
merely had to change course to avoid Procrastinator, or whose
wind she interfered with, did not suffer physical damage
because of Procrastinators interference and, therefore, were not
entitled to redress under Rule 62.1(b). Government right-of-
way rulesnot the racing rulesapplied between Procrastinator
and a properly entered boat that was racing (see the preamble to
Part 2 of the racing rules). Under universal right-of-way rules a
sailing vessel on port tack is required to keep out of the way of
a sailing vessel on starboard tack. Therefore, if while on port tack
Procrastinator physically damaged a boat racing that was on star-
board tack, the racing boat would be entitled to redress under
Rule 62.1(b). Rule 62.1(c) did not apply, and, because Rule 69.1
does not permit the protest committee to impose a penalty to or
take disciplinary action against Procrastinator, no redress could
be given under Rule 62.1(d).

E-mail for Dick Rose may be sent to rules@sailingworld.com

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Grand Prix
S A I L I N G

Emerald Pastures
for Old Warhorses
No longer a cutting-edge grand-prix design? Theres
still life for you in the Pacific Northwest.
he renaissance of Seattle blue paint job and the latest Quantum

T big- boat racing started over


lunch at The Keg restau-
rant. Steve Travis suggested
to his mentor and former
boat partner John Buchan that he could
get a One Design 48 at a great price to
match race againsts Traviss 48.
wardrobe, was chasing Flash (ex-
illbruck) on Puget Sound. By fall, Flash
was chasing Irene.
He probably wished he never took
me to lunch, says Buchan, a high-end
homebuilder.
Nothing could be further from the
Buchana championship-level sailor truth. As the two old warhorses and a
like his older brother, Billhad been burgeoning eet of big boats gathered for
boatless for ve years and he took the bait. Seattles version of the Big Boat Series in
Two months later, Buchans new Irene late October, Travis took pride in luring
(ex-Abracadabra), sporting a new navy his former skipper back into the game
74 SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6
BY KURT HOEHNE
PHOTOS BY NEIL RABINOWITZ

The Farr 49
Addiction, a past
IMS champ,
topped Class B
at Seattles
revived Big Boat
Series while two
1D-48s (John
Buchans Irene
and Steve
Traviss Flash
(facing page,
above and below)
match-raced at
the head of
Class A.

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Neptunes Car, a The revamped Seattle Big Boat Series
70-foot Sled that wasnt staged at a yacht club (Seattle YC is
once sailed on on Lake Washington). It was at Elliott Bay
the East Coast,
Marina, a relatively young marina with a
now works for a
living, taking
great view of downtown Seattle, and,
paying customers more importantly, an understanding of
sailing in Seattle. the value of big events. Manager Dwight
Jones not only welcomed the regatta, of-
fering free dockage for the event and
hosting Saturdays barbeque, he regularly
helps organize a summer series of Thurs-
day night races that parades cruisers and
racers along the Seattle waterfront. Win-
ners of that series learn of their victory
ashore afterwards, when boat names are
drawn out of a hat amid wild cheers.

lliott Bay Marina is a fun

E place to race, but it doesnt


often have much wind. Satur-
day morning cooperated with
a good breeze and the Seattle
YC race committee sent the fleet on a
course that finished well to the north
where winds are often better. Coruba,
the Sled, stretched to a big lead on the
long run on the first race and took both
line honors and the corrected-time
win. In the two following races, sailed
in perfect Northwest fall conditions of
about 12 knots, Coruba led again, but
Buchans Irene corrected ahead. The
and herding a disparate group of North- while it seemed that Bunk Burnett was sun actually came out and the breeze
west big boats to a regatta that hadnt been singlehandedly keeping it alive. He built fluctuated, keeping foredeck teams
run for five years. Beating his friend the Davidson 72 Cassiopeia, then bought a busy between races unpacking and
would be great, but the year could be One Design 48. More recently Burnett repacking sails as the afterguards kept
deemed a success regardless. built the rst-generation Bakewell-White changing their minds.
The story of Flash and Irene is the story Transpac 52 Braveheart. But last October, The day had one casualty. A hydraulic
of big-boat racing in Seattle. Cutting- Travis and the Seattle YC pulled together a hose aboard Neptunes Car gave out,
edge boats that have been passed by else- healthy, eclectic eet featuring two Sleds, sending her back to her Seattle waterfront
where find a second or third life in the Coruba (ex-Firedrill) and Neptunes Car slip. It can be safely said that Neptunes
Pacific Northwest. Frequently, the boats (ex-Donnybrook, ex-Starlight Express). Car is one of the only racing boats around
come in waves. For a while it was Santa Three Santa Cruz 52s included Marda that actually earns a living. Paul
Cruz 50s. At another point it was IOR Phelps Marda Gras (ex-Winnetou) and LaMarches Car takes deckloads of paying
50s. Because the Northwest big-boat Brian Duchins Voodoo Child (ex-Deci- tourists for sails all summer long.
scene is fairly insulated from the high- sion). The lone IMS design was Mark Other than Irene, the big winner on
tech racing world, having the latest design Cloutiers Farr 49 Addiction (ex-Capri- Saturday was the smallest boat, Mayhem.
is hardly necessary. And its too far from corno). There was even Mayhem, the only With a 3-4-2 on corrected time (PHRF),
most other venues to make shipping a Farr 40 in the Pacific Northwest, once Robert Wolfes well-traveled 40 was clearly
boat practical. Travis, an airplane leasing known as Mascalzone Latino. In fact, Bur- giving the older, bigger boats something
company executive, charters at events netts Braveheart was one of the few boats to think about. Mayhems transom bears
such as CORK Week in Ireland when he to show up without a former identity. the names of two home clubsRVYC
feels the desire to compete elsewhere. The Northwest actually has several and OPYC. Wolfe hails from the Royal
While the boats might not be state of originals, but for various reasons they Vancouver YC, but says Mayhem spends
the art, the racing can be excellent. Top didnt join Braveheart on the line. Cas- all of its time at OPYC, which stands for
boats often have world champions and siopeia broke its mast in the Van Isle 360, Other Peoples YCs.
Olympic medalists in the afterguards and Dark Star, an innovative Paul Bieker- If there was any doubt John Buchan
not only sailors with names like Buchan designed 44-footer, was sidelined because was back, it evaporated on the last race of
and McKee, but several other collegiate, owner Jonathan McKee was busy with the the day. The two One Design 48s round-
amateur, and professional champions. Luna Rossa Americas Cup program. And ed the rst weather mark bow to stern, as
However, Seattle big-boat racing has the classy 65-foot Bob Perry cruiser/racer usual. Once again Irene led Flash, where
been on hard times in recent years. For a Icon was also snug in its slip. the mood was one of frustration, as Irene
76 SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6
The TP 52 Braveheart slides upwind
ahead of the pack.

seemed to be going faster each event. looking for.Jibe. Jibe now! Flash undays conditions were
Almost in perfect sync and only a
length apart, the sisterships jibed, Flash
attacking and Irene defending. But
something was wrong aboard Irene; was
there a chink in its armor? A tear had ap-
peared at the mainsail tack during the
jibe, offering Travis the chance he was
attacked while Irene looked vulnerable,
its crew congregated forward at the
gooseneck.
Yet there was no fuss on Irene. Buchans
crew returned to their positions, jibed,
patched the main, and covered Flash all
the way to the nish.
S more in keeping with the
Northwests reputation.
Clouds threatened rain and
there was just enough wind
for two short races. Braveheart showed its
stern to the eet in both races, venturing
left off the start and catching a shift while

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Coruba was hung out on the right. Irenes Northwest, that doesnt require the latest
afterguard also played the left, leaving and most expensive big boat.
Flash to sail in its wake. One new boat on the horizon is of the
As the crews assembled on the lawn for homegrown varietya 40-footer for
the awards, the atmosphere was reminis- Carl Buchan, Johns world champion and
cent of a class reunion. Apart from a few gold medalist nephew. While it may not
new faces, the sailors were largely the qualify as a big boat in size, the slippery
same ones whod raced the series ve years and powerful-looking carbon boat will
earlier. And the familiar threatening likely be a rocket ship. Designed by
clouds sprinkled on the assembled as if on Buchan and built locally by Kris Hender-
cue as the awards were handed out. son, the 40 is eagerly anticipated by the
Canadian boats, as is often the case, Seattle big boat gang.
brought an abundance of good humor Buchan, the uncle, has plans, too. While
and beer, then left with more than their reecting on his return to racing, he says,
share of trophies. Mayhem not only con- John Buchan, back in racing with a 1D-48,
Most of all I missed the people. But the
trolled Class 3, they had often found topped Seattles revived Big Boat Series fleet. competitive hook that was dangled at
themselves sailing through most of Class lunch with Travis seems rmly set. After a
2. Addiction handily topped the Santa purpose of this regatta was social, Travis year of match-racing against his old part-
Cruz 52s in Class 2, and its Bermuda sail says. We usually only get ve or six boats ner and chasing Braveheart, Buchan wants
numbers lent a further international feel out, and we hardly even see each other. I more.Id like to get at least a third-gener-
to the event, that, of course, only reect- gured this way wed get a good eet and ation TP 52, he says, to campaign around
ed its earlier identity. have a chance to socialize afterward. the United States beginning in 2007.
Travis saved the best for last and his old The future of big-boat racing in Seattle What of the Buchan-Travis rivalry?
friend John Buchan. Instead of a is bright, but nobody needs sunscreen Its not to end prematurely. Even if I
Trinchero Wines magnum, which the just yet. If big-boat racing is going to get the new boat, my plan is to leave
other winners had received, Buchan was grow here, says Travis, its going to be Irene here and keep racing against
handed an airplane-sized bottle to the because people see a fun eet and decide Steve, says Buchan. Apparently its just
cheers of the crowd. to move up from their 35- and 40-foot- as much fun to compete when the edge
The event itself was the triumph. The ers. Fortunately, the way its done in the isnt so cutting. 

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Grand Prix
L AU N C H E S

Peligroso, Tim Kernan 68


IN THE OPINION OF MANY WHOVE RACED ONBOARD ONE, A ULDB 70 intended to race it PHRF and level with the other 70s, so we took
is the best big boat ever created for distance racing. Its difcult to the dimensions of the old 70s and reproduced them. Peligrosos
argue: These long, lean, and low-slung downwind yers eat up freeboard is almost identical, the displacement is right in line,
SHARON GREEN/ULTIMATE SAILING

the miles on the open ocean and are no slouches around the and the draft and rig height are all similar to a Turbo 70.
cans, so its natural that Peligroso, the latest launch out of South- In its rst appearance, days after a four-month build at Den-
ern California, has more than a passing resemblance to a Sled. cho Marine, Peligroso nished second in Class A in the Newport
Mike Campbell and Dale Williams, both old hands at the West to Cabo San Lucas Race, and then won a string of regattas in-
Coast big-boat racing game, commissioned the 68-footer from cluding the Newport to Ensenada Race. For offshore racing
Tim Kernan, a naval architect based in Long Beach, Calif. Mike down the coast to Mexico, Kernan favored Peligrosos hull form
really enjoyed sailing the 70s when there were a lot of them in towards blast reaching and downwind VMG sailing. At true-
Southern California, says Kernan. The competition was great wind angles of 150 and 135, and a heel angle of between 10 and
and we felt that if he built one others would follow. He and Dale 15 degrees, the boat really develops a step, and you can feel it, he
80 SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2006
Technical Highlights
LOA 68'6
LWL 61'6
Beam 14'4
DSPL 27,500 lbs.
SA Upwind 3,101 sq. ft.
SA Downwind 5,546 sq. ft.
Draft 10'11
Design Kernan Yacht Design/Tim Kernan
Builder Dencho Marine/Dennis Choate
Sails North Sails
Paint Systems Awlgrip and Sterling
Mast/Rigging Novis Composites
Instruments B&G
Deck hardware Harken
Rigging hydraulics Navtec
Engineering Tim Kernan
Project management Mark Callahan
IRC Rating 1.45

says. The hull is different, and there were people who saw it in movies and performance data, and forward of the bulkhead is a
the shop and said, I dont think it will work, but the results have centerline phone booth-style head with shower. Sail storage is
been a good vindication. in the forepeak, and lockers and pipe berths are aft of the com-
Peligroso is set up much like a TP 52. The rig has swept spread- panionway. Such comforts havent impacted the boats perfor-
ers and carries only non-overlapping headsails and a Code Zero mance in its home waters, but at its heavy-air debut at last falls
masthead genoa. An oversized spinnaker pole holds out a healthy Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco, Peligroso ultimately
downwind inventory. But belowdecks is a level of comfort for- couldnt hang with its venue-optimized competitors. We did a
eign to stripped-out offshore raceboats. Theres a generator, fair amount of optimizing for IRC [when designing the boat]
microwave, and even a toaster with a toast capacity of eight and got the rating to where its competitive, says Kernan. But
pieces, says Kernan. A complete galley anks the nav station, and for that event we needed to be more optimized than we were
forward theres a dinette table and settees. Outboard of the set- we would have had to add three or four more feet of draft and
tees are owners berths. At the mast is an LCD screen to display maximized the stability. DAVE REED

SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6 81
have to put in your time at every phase.

Grand Prix You need to think out all the details and
then make sure youre not rushing the de-
signer or the builder. Once you have the
ACCORDING TO great toolgreat boat, mast, systems,
electronicsthen you really have to put
in the time. As an amateur driver, it takes
Tom Stark me a long time. Youre sailing this boat
upwind in 20 knots, in a seaway, you
should be going 8.35 knots and its very
easy to be sitting there going 7.9.
What do you need to focus on to pre-
Theres no way to cheat the clock. You need to pare for Key West and the Worlds?
I need to improve my downwind steer-
think out all the details and then make sure youre ing. The boat has a fine edge, where it
not rushing the designer or the builder. hops up on a plane. If its blowing 20, you
can be going 13 or 16. After you jibe
hopefully youve jibed on a wavethen
TOM STARKS PHILOSOPHY WHEN IT COMES get to put it on the race track with Michael you need to reach up to get the boat onto
to sailboats can be reduced to: Get in. Schumacher. One of the things with sail- a plane and then drive it down. It comes
Get good. Get out. While not a credo for ing against a pro fleet: if they beat you, naturally for the dinghy sailors, but less
anyone prone to sentimentality, its theyre supposed to beat you. If you beat naturally for entrepreneurs.
proved effective for the 45-year-old them, you have a magic moment. What about your crew, which is a mix
entrepreneur. He spends the necessary Using a female mold is an added ex- of amateur and pro talent?
time at the beginning of a project, throws pense. Why did you make that choice? We have consistency of crew. We dont
himself and his crew into an intense cam- I had a Farr 39 IMS boat that Mick have the same guys for every regatta, but
paign, inevitably achieves some success, Cookson built for me in the early 90s. I for 15 spots on the boat for a fairly large
and sells the boat. Then he starts plan- didnt have the boat very long, but it won campaignI think in a year were 80 days
ning his next project. This frenetic sched- 24 of 25 races and all ve major events it on the waterour crew pool is 20 and
ule has led him through a series of race- competed in. The boat was so beautifully that includes two tacticians. We have to
boatseach named Rush. The latest is a built, I wanted to work with Mick again. sail a lot together. We sail with a lot of
Farr-designed Transpac 52. Stark took Farr was putting together a deal with amateurs on board, guys whove been
delivery in October and promptly domi- some Spanish syndicates, and Mick was with me for a long time and are good
nated the Manhasset Bay Fall Series and putting together a package to build them. sailors. Its important to me we keep the
the IRC East Coast Championship, win- So we joined Bribon, Caixa Galicia, and team, not just to win, but because I want
ning nine of 10 races. But, that was just Aifos. to have a good time.
the pre-season. In early 2006 hell chal- What number is this in the Rush line? How long will this campaign run?
lenge the best amateur-driven TP 52s at Ten. I dont know whether thats a good This boat might already be sold for an
Key West and the Global Championships thing or bad thing. Its 10 boats, its 20 October 1 delivery in Ibiza, Spain. Were
in Miami before heading to Europe to years, and Id never want to count the going to race the Midwinters, Key West,
battle the all-pro teams. amount of money Ive spent yacht racing. the Worlds, and then do the six Med Cup
Tell us about your new boat. But youve obviously enjoyed it? regattas and that should tap me out on
The TP 52s are beyond cool. These Its great. every front.
boats are Formula 1 cars that you get to Why do you turn over your boats so Have you thought about whats next?
drive. Theyre raceboats designed as race- quickly? Ive already bought ita New York
boats, so theyre not pretending to be I found with family and business com- YC 42.
anything theyre not. The boat was built mitments, my best approach has been to Sounds like a family-oriented boat?
by Cookson, of New Zealand, out of a fe- spend the time on the front end of the My sons [now ages 12 and 9] want to
male toolshe has three sisterships. project to make sure the boat I get is a sail on that, and Im going to shift from
So far youve raced under IRC, but good boat. I love the intensity of a cam- sailing with the big boys to sailing with
that will change at Key West. paign. I do the campaign, then go back, the little boys. I think its going to be a
Well meet the likes of Philippe Kahn, salvage my marriage, make sure I havent very good for me. This 52 program is in-
Doug DeVos, of Windquest, Mike Bren- gone broke, reload, and do it all again. credibly intense; the whole European en-
nan, of Sjambok. These are the domestic Is this the biggest Rush to date? vironment is very intense. Theyre asking
DON DEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY

big dogs whom well be playing with for Yes. This is a big project for me. Not me to sign off on the TV rights to video
the winter in Florida. Then Im going to just extreme in the nancial sense, but in me while racing. Thats not something
take the boat to Europe for the Med Cup terms of managing a team of 15, plus we youd normally do in Newport. Its a very
and sail in the owner-driver class. travel with two in support. Just getting 17 high-level event, and Im really looking
Will you be racing in the same eet as people to breakfast is a challenge. forward to that. But by the time we nish
the pro drivers like Russell Coutts? What key lessons have you learned up next year, that will have been quite a
Thats what is so incredibly cool. You along the way? bit of yacht racing.
basically bought a Formula 1 car and you There is no way to cheat the clock. You STUART STREULI

82 SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6
Finish Line
www.sailingworld.com

SAIL FOR HOPE the American Red Cross effort of Boston, owner of the Car- the larger boats completed
REGATTA to assist victims of Hurricane roll Marine 60 Numbers do- their 27-mile course in four
NEWPORT, R.I.Sail Newport, Katrina in Louisiana, Missis- nated $10,000, and local hours. Winner of the IRC big-
10/1, 105 boats, sippi, and Alabama. Unlike members of the Storm Trysail boat class was the TP52 Light-
www.sailnewport.org other regattas, performance in Club raised $8,500. The top wave, owned by David Ford,
the race is secondary to corporate donation was from of Waban, Mass.
ORIGINALLY CREATED TO RAISE fundraising. Jeff Rabuffo, of Brewer Yacht Yards, which Behind in standings in IRC
money for the families of 9/11 Middletown, R.I., and his crew matched donations from its A, but ahead on the racecourse
victims in 2001, the fourth on Xenophon, a Swan 44, staff for a total of $35,895. were two heavily modified
edition of the Sail for Hope topped the list with a dona- The weather rewarded the Carroll Marine 60s Hissar,
Regatta raised $117,383 for tion of $10,510. Dan Meyers, participants with ideal sailing; owned by Edgar Cato, of
84 SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6
SCOREBOARD
Art Brereton, of Torch Lake,
Mich., sailing with Harry Melges
as crew, won the premier Melges
17 Natls, sailed on White Lake,
Mich., last August. Twenty-one
boats sailed the 12-race series
www.melges.com

Team TroubleMatt Allen (Glen


Oaks, N.Y.), Timothy Cain (Marl-
borough, N.J.), Brad Funk (Bel-
leair Bluffs, Fla.), Heather
Pescatello (Westerly, R.I.), Anna
Tunnicliffe (Norfolk, Va.), and
Mark Zagol (New York)won US
SAILINGs U.S. Team Racing
Championship for the George
Hinman Trophy, held last October
at Larchmont YC, N.Y.
www.larchmontyc.org

Sally Barkow and crew fought


back from two penalties to de-
fend their world title at the
2005 Virtual Spectator ISAF
Womens Worlds Match Racing
Championship, held on Great
Sound, Bermuda. Barkow defeated
Betsy Alison 3-0 to win the title.
www.sailing.org

Brain Cramp, skippered by


Mike Ingham, won the eight-race
Hillman Capital J/24 East Coast
Champs, in Annapolis, last Octo-
ber. Forty-eight teams sailed the
event, and there were many Z-
flag penalties, including one for
Ingham. www.severnsailing.org

Malin Burnham, of San Diego,


was fastest in J/105s at the
International Masters Regatta at
St. Francis YC last October. Staff
RAC I N G FO R A CAU S E
commodore Bruce Munro
In Theory, a modified Kiwi 35 owned by Mike Kehew and Mark finished second, ahead of Dick
Nannini, slides along the backside of Conanicut Island en route Tillman and a crew of fellow
to a class second in the 2005 Sail For Hope Regatta. The event
Laser sailors. www.stfyc.com
raised $117, 383 to aid hurricane victims on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

America's Disabled/Open
Regatta was sailed off St. Peters-
MATT COHEN/COHENPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Coconut Grove, Fla., and Mey- proaching Gould Island was to with a 10-boatlength gain on burg, Fla., last November, and
ers Numbers. Tactician on get on port tack, put the island Numbers, and just sat on top of Nick Scandone, of Fountain
Hissar was Sail Newport head in play, and make them choose them all the way up to the Valley, Calif., won the 2.4 Meter
honcho Brad Read, whose one side and wed pick the nish line. class. In the Martin 16s, skipper
brother Ken was calling the other, said Brad. When we Overall PHRF winner was Bob Jones and crew J.P. Creignou
shots on Numbers. Neck-and- got around the north end of Impetuous, a Farr 40 owned by scored one first and three sec-
neck for most of the race, the the island we picked up a 20- Paul Zabetakis, of Newport. ond-place finishes for the class
two boats split tacks a mile degree left shift and sailed par- Blind World Championship win. Ricky Doerr, Michael Ross,
from the nish line. allel to Gould in flat water. Team USA member Mathew and Jim Leatherman made up
We were behind Numbers When we popped out, we got a Chao won the J/22 division. the winning Sonar team.
and our goal as we were ap- 30-degree righty and came out TONY BESSINGER www.spyc.org

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HOBIE 33 NORTH
AMERICANS
LAKE TEXOMA, Texas
Cedar Mills YC, 10/21-23,
9 boats, www.hobie33.com

J UAN M AURI AND HIS M AURI


Pro Sailing team dominated
the Hobie 33 North Ameri-
cans, winning four of seven
races. Mauri took an early
lead in the regatta by starting
aggressively and then covering
the fleet. The first day had
medium to light air, said
Mauri. So we kept the boat
powered up by footing off and
giving more emphasis to hull
speed over max pointing.
X-Fly, a Grand Soleil 56R, starts the 2005 Rolex Middle Sea Race, a 608-mile race around Sicily. Day 1 ended with a tie for
With light air, only nine of 58 boats finished the race. X-Fly finished second under IMS and fifth under second between Jonathan
IRC. Atalanta II, a 70-foot Farr design, won the IRC A division. www.rolexmiddlesearace.com Swift, owned by Ron Nolan,
and the doublehanded
HARVEST MOON cian Bill Liles. So we carried Steve Conways New York 36, Transpac champs Scott Self
GALVESTON, Texas out as far as we could without Reveille won the 108-boat and Nigel Brown on Soap
Lakewood YC, 10/13, 166 boats, losing the favorable current. cruising jib class. The Alberg Opera with Bill Draheim on
www.harvestmoonregatta.com Passion held the lowest PHRF 37 yawl Shared Watch, skip- the helm.
rating in the regatta at -24 and pered by Jay Zittrer, won cruis- Racing on Day 2 was can-
corrected to 20th in class but ing spinnaker, the Corsair F27 celed for lack of wind but the
THE HARVEST MOON REGATTA nished third in Spinnaker A Blynken won the cruising mul- final day opened with gusts
starts at Galveston and takes under the new ORC Club tihull division. ORC Non- over 30. Nolans Jonathan Swift
the fleet 150 miles southwest rating system. spinnaker went to Tim Broad- crew included Olympic silver
along the Texas coast to Port ORC division A winner was head on Ragtime, a C&C 383, medalist Charlie Ogletree, who
Aransas, and as in most dis- the Mumm 36 Captain Mid- ORC Spinnaker B to Steve explained their strategy: The
tance races, selecting the best night, skippered by Don Rhynes J/109 Mojo, and in last day had lots of shifts and
course was critical for a win- Kugle, which also did well ORC Spinnaker C, Danelaw, a big velocity changes so you had
ning nish. going offshore. The Mayors Morgan 42 MKII skippered by to work to keep the boat on its
Hobie 33 partners Scott Self Trophy for rst boat to nish Roy Olsen, recorded the top feet. The main was as flat as
and Nigel Browncoming went to the F33R, Nelda Ray, corrected time. possible, and we eased the jib
off a division win in the skippered by Peter Pattulio. CHRIS LEE to help keep the boat upright.
Transpacchose the most di-
rect route. We felt the combi-
nation of favorable currents
and shortest route to the fin-
ish made staying within 10
miles of the rhumb line the
best bet, said Self. The gamble
paid off as they won the Bac-
CARLO BORLENGHI/ROLEX, RICHARD BRICKER

ardi Cup for rst place on cor-


rected time.
Many of the fastest boats
pushed offshore in search of
stronger winds. Steve Hast-
ings Santa Cruz 50 Passion
went offshore and took hon-
ors as rst monohull to nish.
Forecasts were for fair
winds inshore and strong
winds offshore with light Bill Etchiesons Flying Colors, trailered from Norman, Okla., was one of six Corsair 28Rs competing in
winds in between, said tacti- the 2005 Lands End Texas NOOD.

86 SAILING WORLD J a n u a r y/ Fe b r u a r y 2 0 0 6
Scott Self and Nigel Browns Soap Opera sweeps around a leeward mark during the 2005
Hobie 33 North Americans. Soap Opera placed third in the nine-boat regatta.

Jonathan Swift captured a third and happy to come out on top, said Miller.
two firsts, but it wasnt enough to catch The eet was so competitive that it was
Mauri Pro Sailing, which nished the re- not unusual to have several boats over-
gatta 3 points ahead. This was Mauris lapped at the nish.
third Hobie 33 championship win. In the Etchells fleet, Marvin Beck-
CHRIS LEE mans three firsts, three seconds, and a
third were no match for a disastrous
nal race when he fell victim to his hal-
LANDS END TEXAS yards. First we broke the jib halyard and
NOOD REGATTA then we let the spin halyard fly, said
LA PORTE TXHouston YC, 75 boats, Beckman. After that it was time to say
11/11-13, www.sailingworld.com congratulations to Ken Womack, be-
cause we knew he had us. Womack won
A FTER H URRICANE R ITA FORCED A ONE - the last three races to finish with a 2-
month delay, the Lands End Texas point lead over Beckman.
NOOD Regatta served up three days of Terry Flynn won the J/22 class with
excellent racing. seven rsts and a second. Fred Lindseys
J/80 owner Glenn Darden and team J/27 dominated the Level 130 fleet, and
took honors for the outstanding perfor- he was honored for his seamanship as he
mance at the regatta. Darden and his dropped his chute and gave up the lead
crew earned a free weeks stay at Sunsails in one race to rescue a man overboard
Colonna Resort in Antigua where they from another boat. Marc Waters led al-
will attend the Lands End NOOD most every leg of the regatta while earn-
Caribbean Championship. ing six bullets in the Corsair 28 fleet.
Proving the adage that nothing is guar- And in the Ensign class, Dean Snider
anteed, several crews with commanding took a rare second and a third, but man-
leads were bumped out of the winners aged to win the class handily. Steve
circle on the nal day. Star sailor Mac Kil- Rhyne continued to show consistency by
patrick saw his lead in the regatta evapo- never finishing worse than second to
rate on the starting line of the last race. win the J/109 eet.
We thought we had a great start, but Bill Zatrers Solaris won the J/105 eet
they called us over early so we went back, with four rsts and a second. Zarter cred-
SUE BODYCOMB/YACHTSHOTS.COM

said Kilpatrick. Then things went from ited a good crew that could switch gears
bad to worse; as we jibed to re-cross the quickly in the challenging conditions.
line the mast inverted and the spreader We also feel like we had good success
broke. Kilpatrick had to take a DNS and passing boats on the downwind legs by
dropped to third for the regatta. aggressively coming down on the waves,
Winning the Star eet was Ben Miller, with lots of main action and driving deep
who focused on nding fresh breezes and with lots of weight far to windward to let
making small gains each leg to work his the boat carve deeper, said Zarter.
way to the head of the fleet. Were very CHRIS LEE

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CONTRIBUTORS
 SAILBOATS WALTER COOPER
Beneteau Great Circle Marketing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
C&C Yachts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C3,C4 Cooper, 39, has been photographing
Farr International . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 SWs Boat of the Year contest since
J Boats, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 1994, just about the time he got into
Island Packet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 marine photography. Besides enjoying
Melges Performance Boats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 the time on the water, he says he learns
MJM Yachts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
something new each year. Its like get-
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Contender Sailcloth Worldwide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 clinic, says Cooper, who lives in Gold-
Forespar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 en, Colo., with his wife Debbie and
Hall Spars & Rigging. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58,83 their three dogs. I learn so many things about boats because
Navtec, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
the judges are so knowledgeable and come from such different
North Sails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
UK Sailmakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
disciplines. Cooper is a regular at all the major winter events,
Yale Cordage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 and will once again be shooting in Key West and Miami.
Selden Mast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53,55
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Harken Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Edson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
The basic technique of tacking a
Ronstan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48,87 420 hasnt really changed over the
years, says Doyle, 35, who kicks off a
 ELECTRONICS three-part series on the fine points of
Furuno. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
dinghy technique, starting this month
 PERSONAL SAILING GEAR with the roll tack (p. 60). But a few
Gill North America Ltd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 minor updates to the boat have made it
Rolex Watch USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 easier to handle. He was US SAIL-
SLAM USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
INGs Olympic Developmental Coach
 MISCELLANEOUS for six years until last year, coached at Dartmouth College for
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Adventure Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 coach to six world championships. He now works as a nancial
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Charleston to Bermuda Race . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59
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IRC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 TERRY HUTCHINSON
Leukemia Cup Regatta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Theres no off season,says Hutchin-
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ASK DR.CRASH
DEAR DR. CRASH,

Being a bowman is a difcult job in the best of times, but when the rest of the crew doesnt help its near impos-

sible. For example, theres no way I can get the pole onto the mast unless the guy is free to run and not wrapped

around somebodys foot. In our team meetings I repeatedly point this out, but in the heat of battle, I get no

love, just the skipper yelling at me to get the pole on! I sometimes feel that my crewmates are so far out of it

that theyre not even on the boat with me.

ALONE IN ALPENA

DEAR ALONE,

On the foredeck a certain amount of dynamic tension with the back of the boat is unavoidable. Theyre jealous

that youre always the rst person on the boat to win the race and that you always get your picture in the maga-

zines. However, I recommend that you occasionally take off the blinders and look at whats going on elsewhere
BARRY PICKTHALL/PPL

on the boat. The folks back there are constantly inventing new reasons why they cant ease the guy.
DR. CRASH

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