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August 23, 2000


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This week's Stories:
Verve Cup
Short Tack: Featured Brokerage: Freeport 41
1D35 Top in class at Rolex Commodore's Cup
Short Tack: 1D35 "Hippy Chick"
The "Q" Race
Michigan's Inland Waterway
Watery World News: Eco Challenge Sailing 
Boatsmart - Are you prepared?


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2000 Verve Cup

Chicago Yacht Club hosted the 2000 Verve Cup regatta this past Friday, 
Saturday and Sunday. Offshore boats from T 10's to ULDB 70's raced on 
Lake Michigan, filling three racing circles.

All three days saw winds courtesy of Lake Michigan's east shore and 
Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Friday saw a 20 knot nor-easter and 
significant waves of over 5 feet. It was number 3's and tough 
spinnaker handling on day 1.

Day 2 saw an easterly breeze. Velocity ranged from 6 to 10 knots. 
Much of the breeze was off the water, bringing wind shear into play. 
Changes in velocity mattered more than direction changes. If you had 
10 knots you were lifted, if you had 6 you were fattening the boat up 
to punch through the seas left by the north easter.

Sunday's single race was sailed in a moderate southeasterly. The 
easiest, most consistent breeze of the weekend.

Boats sailed in 9 PHRF sections and 6 one-design divisions. Of these 
PHRF Section 2 was closest. The Sydney 38 Tiamo tied with the One 
Design 35 Détente on points. A last race win by Tiamo gave them 2 
wins and the tiebreaker edge on Détente. Other Sydney 35's finished
3rd,4th and 5th in this section. The only other One Design 35 was 6th. 
This gives the Sydney 38 a reversal of form victory from June's NOOD 
regatta when the One Design 35's posted better results.

Two other one-design classes were decided in the final race. The J-35 
Ragtime finished 2nd on Sunday. Going into the final race Touch of 
Grey was tied with Ragtime, but finished 5th giving Ragtime a 3 point 
win in the class.

The J-105 Lucky Dubie won the final race with Messy Jessy 2nd. This 
final race was Lucky Dubie's margin of victory.

In the Beneteau 42's Can Can edged Mirage by 1 point.

Two classes used the Verve Cup as the final event in their class 
championship series. In the Great Lakes 70's Mongoose was 4th with 
22 points, good enough to finish out on top. Voodoo was 1st in the 
Farr 40 class with an 8 point margin over Defiant. This regatta 
victory gave Voodoo the season title also.

Judging by point scores the PHRF racing was not as close, with margins 
of victory as much as 14 points (Spitfire in Section 4). Section 3 
La Tempte was also the PHRF overall winner.

In PHRF section 1 which was won by the Tripp 47 Goblin, a major 
starting line collision between Success and Airwaves sent Airwaves' 
skipper to the infirmary with a broken arm.

For most boats, this is Lake Michigan's final 'intersectional' regatta 
of the summer. Several One Design classes such as the J 35's and One 
Design 35's do have their respective classes Great Lakes Championship 
regattas yet to sail. Look for coverage of these events in ATWOS.

For complete Verve Cup results see:


Featured Brokerage: Freeport 41
This weeks featured boat from West Michigan's largest sailboat 
brokerage is a Freeport 41. This substantial ketch rigged boat is for 
the cruiser- coastal or blue water.
Proof of the serious cruising worthiness of 'Soft Touch' is
in the tankage numbers. Fuel, Holding and Water tanks are all 200
The ketch rig helps the boat balance on passages and splits
up the sail-handling load. Combine the mizzen with a roller furler
and sailing-handling difficulty is minimized.
On deck equipment includes several anchors, and an autopilot.
Dual heads and showers highlight the interior.
Soft Touch is in the water in Muskegon. For more information



Biennial international series features debut of IRM handicap use

Cowes, Isle of Wight, England -- Tony Rayer's 1D35 
'' has emerged as top boat in Class A at the 
Royal Ocean Racing Club's (RORC) Rolex Commodore's Cup regatta, 
which concluded this past weekend. This biennial international 
series, which was raced over August 13-19 in Cowes, featured 
inshore and short offshore pro-am competition among seven
three-boat teams from five countries. Rayer, who hails from 
Wales, sailed on the Commonwealth Team to an overall third 
place team finish in the event.

"It was a great week, great fun, and a great mix of weather. We 
were really pleased with the boat's performance, and nothing broke," 
said Rayer, who won a Rolex watch for his efforts. This last 
comment was not just an idle remark, as two of Rayer's tough 
competitors in the event broke spars and were forced to retire.

Rayer recounted the long offshore race: "Day 3 was the 120-mile 
offshore in 20+ knots. A 50-mile beat favored the IRM designs 
but the Kerr 10.7 'Roaring Meg II' dropped it's rig in the Needles 
Passage - this was the second rig that had failed on this boat in 
the past 4 weeks. We had a clear lead, but not on handicap over 
the fleet, though we had a great 15 mile downwind leg in the dark 
with 28 knots of breeze. Planing at 12.8 to 17.7 knots and averaging 
13.4 knots on the leg...we pulled distance and our time back on the 
fleet. Following the downwind leg, we had 2 windward-leewards 
totaling 48 miles, but the wind died out at dawn and so we missed 
first place by 4 minutes in 21 hours."

Among the mixed fleet of seven boats, the 1D35 prevailed over 2 Mumm 
30's, 2 Kerr IRM 9 metres, a Kerr IRM 10.7, and a Reflex 30. "The Kerr 
10.7 was really fast in the breeze, being designed specifically to 
this rule, but we felt we had an edge in the light," said Rayer. "They 
were winning the class going into the long offshore race, but broke 
their spar in that race and were forced to retire from the rest of 
the series. It would have been tough to beat them overall, but you 
do after all have to keep the boat in one piece!"

While in the US most 1D35's race as a one-design class, this 
performance at a major IRM event confirms its versatility when sailed 
under handicap as well. This news follows close on Steve Pfeifer's 
1D35 'Northern Bear' finishing second overall only to Larry Ellison's 
IRC Maxi 'Sayonara' in the 333-mile Chicago-Mackinac Race a few weeks 

The 1D35 is a high-performance, amateur-driven yacht built to 
exacting one design standards by Carroll Marine of Bristol, RI, 
and designed by Nelson/Marek Yacht Design of San Diego, CA. To date 
there are over 45 1D35's built or on order, with owners distributed 
throughout the US, Asia, and Europe.

For more information on the Rolex Commodore's Cup, visit the RORC's 
web site at For more information on the 1D35 Class, 
contact class coordinator Dobbs Davis on phone +1-410-263-8092, 
fax +1-410-263-8091, e-mail at, or visit the 
class' website at


Featured Brokerage #2

The 1D35 "Hippy Chick" Hull #2 is available at the reduced price
of $158,000. If you would like more information on this fully
equipped racing vessel check
or contact Torresen Marine at (231) 759-8596


The Q Race - 
By Ben Broughton

Alan Veenstra sailed his Valiant 47, Parvenu, to first overall in the 
Lake Michigan Singlehanded Society's Q Race 2000, a 69.25 nautical mile 
solo event from Racine, WI to Muskegon, MI on August 18, 2000. True 
wind for almost the entire race was from the north at about 16 to 20 knots. This kept the apparent wind at between 45 and 65 degrees, primarily a very close reach. Parvenu's elapsed time of 9:31:50 and the final boat's time of 13:03:17 was evidence of a fast crossing by all. The last boats arrived in Muskegon just in time to view the fireworks celebrating the 100th anniversary of the paper mill.

Easy to sail offshore cruising boats found the conditions more to their 
liking than lighter racing boats which were designed with movable human 
ballast in mind. There were no major equipment failures other than the 
inability of some autopilots to keep up with the conditions. The overall 
results were as follows:

Yacht Boat Sailor Corr. Time
Parvenu Valiant 47 Alan Veenstra 07:07:34
Mañana Freedom 36 Ben Broughton 07:26:54
Relentless J-29 George Petritz 08:18:47
El Niño Kirby 30 Bob Graves 08:20:18
Pegasus Catalina 27 Kevin Novak 08:33:26
Seaquel C&C 41 Mike Rogers 09:00:13
Inflexible Pretorian 35 Mark Richardson 09:12:11
Geronimo SR 33 Dave Rearick 09:16:33
Impulse Hunter 336 John Lemke 09:27:19
Surprise Scampi 30 Neil Donovan 09:52:51

The top three places in Division I went to Manana, Pegasus, and Surprise 
and in Division II to Parvenu, Relentless, and El Nino.

Next year LMSS will be doing its long Solo Race -- 132 nautical miles 
from Muskegon around Wind Point North Shoal Buoy and back. The Solo is 
the second longest singlehanded race on Lake Michigan and is a qualifier 
for the Chicago to Mackinaw Solo.


Michigan's Inland Waterway
When you think of inland waterway's in the United States, my
mind defaults to the Inter Coastal Waterway that runs through the 
American south. If not the Inter Coastal then the Tennessee-Tombigbee 
Waterway that runs through Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. My brain 
did not call up an Inland Waterway in Michigan.
A recent trip to Cheboygan, Michigan revealed a well used 
inland waterway in Michigan. The word waterway is defined as a 
navigable body of water. Michigan's Inland waterway certainly 
The waterway runs on a east/west line across the northern 
portion of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The west side starts at 
Crooked Lake running east to the Cheboygan River and Lake Huron.
The Waterway, is a route of historic importance. Native 
Americans, fur trappers and lumberman all used the Inland waterway. 
Essentially all for the same reason, to avoid the hazards of Lake 
Michigan and the Straits of Mackinac. 
In the steamship era the waterway was also part of a passenger 
route called the 'Circular Route'. Passengers voyaged from Harbor 
Springs to Mackinac City. They then returned via the Inland Waterway.
For the modern sailor the Inland Waterway offers a unique 
voyaging opportunity. The 40-mile passage runs from Conway/Crooked 
Lake towards locks in Alanson. Then it's onto Burt Lake, Indian River, 
Mullet Lake, the Cheboygan River and Lake Huron. 
Starting on Crooked Lake, you will pick up the daymarkers that 
define the Inland Waterway route all the way to Cheboygan. Crooked
River is aptly named and home to the waterway's first lock. Also
after leaving the lock in less than a mile you will see the Alanson
Swing Bridge which townsfolk claim is the shortest swing bridge in
America. The route of the Inland Waterway covers only the south end of 
Burt Lake a 9.8 mile long lake with an average depth of 23 feet. Indian 
River is part of what is known as walleye alley for the outstanding 
fishing. Mullet Lake is home to a catamaran regatta in September. 
On the Cheboygan River stretch there are locks, operated by the 
Michigan DNR. The locks are located next to Great Lakes Tissue 
It's not all muddy rivers on the waterway. Burt Lake is 73 
feet deep, Crooked Lake 61 feet and Mullet Lake 120 feet deep.
In the late 50's a 30 foot wide, 5-foot deep channel was 
dredged to assist pleasure boats. As with all bodies of water in 
Michigan depth is certainly a concern. I recently saw a dredging 
barge on the Indian River.
Boat launches are available in Cheboygan, Mullet Lake, Burt 
Lake State Park, and Crooked Lake. Marinas can be found in: Indian 
River, Oden, Mullet Lake Village and Cheboygan. 
My observations tell me that cruising part of a river and 
then pulling in at a marina at night is a popular option. The Days 
Inn in Cheboygan has a marina where you can tie up and then get a 
hotel room for shut eye purposes.
If you have a boat shallow enough, the Michigan Inland 
Waterway would give you a unique addition to your sailing logbook.


Watery World News is a new feature dedicated to our watery
planet and the things that people do on the water other than sail.
Whether it's tug-barges, kayaks, rowing shells, PWC's, swimming
or other water activities Watery World News will attempt to give 
the sailing audience of ATWOS a look at other water activities.

This years Eco Challenge adventure race in Borneo will be held from 
20 August to 1 September. Amongst the disciplines the athletes will 
try during the 320 mile course is sailing. Other watery disciplines 
are: canoeing, kayaking and swimming.

Teams will sail Perahu Outrigger Canoes. The teams will sail the 
canoes in open waters. Amongst the equipment, teams will be required 
to carry: TYPE III or IV PFD, whistle, knife, 3 meters of cordage for 
lashing down gear, and a bailer or bilge pump.

Several accomplished sailors are part of the teams that will compete
in the Eco Challenge. Team Sunlight's Jeff Macinnis led the team
that was the first to sail the Northwest Passage, this feat in an
18 foot boat.

Team Ericsso Turk member Zeynep Atabay is a member of the Turksih
National Sailing Team. He sails windsurfers.

Team Targus Captain Tim Costello has sailed the Cape Town to Rio race.

The actual course of the race will not be revealed until 18 August.
Until then athletes will not know exactly when their sailing leg will

To follow the race and how the teams adapt to sailing outrigger 
canoes visit:


Boat Smart

Boat Smart is a weekly column written by Chief Tom Rau, 
Group Grand Haven, U.S. Coast Guard and appears in a number of 
newspapers. Chief Rau has been writing and promoting safe boating 
since 1986. Many of his columns are taken from real life experiences 
from Station Muskegon, where Chief Rau is currently serving, or 
from the Group Grand Haven Area of Responsibility.

Within a heartbeat the three fishermen were in the water, clinging 
to their swamped 22-foot fiberglass boat two miles off the White Lake 
entrance, Lake Michigan. Fortunately the fiberglass boat didn't sink, 
although it did roll over trapping lifejackets and other safety 
equipment inside the hull.

A nearby boater spotted the floundering trio and plucked them from 
the lake. Lucky? You bet. Several miles off shore, 2-3 foot seas, 
safety equipment, including life jackets trapped in the capsized hull, 
60-degree water- not a pretty picture, possibly made less pretty had 
there not been boaters nearby to assist.

Later I spoke with the captain when he came to Station Muskegon to 
claim a few boat items that our rescue crew had nabbed from the water. 
The captain said he was trolling in 2-3 foot seas when a large wave 
crashed over the stern; smaller waves then crawled over the stern and 
within seconds the boat swamped, yawed and capsized. 

He was lucky the fiberglass hull prevented the boat from sinking. 
It also provided a means of floatation since none of the fishermen 
were wearing life jackets. I asked him what lessons, if any, he 
learned from the ordeal. "Having the life jackets readily at hand," 
he said. "We would've had to dive under to reach the jackets and 
the flares if help had not arrived." He went on to tell me that he 
almost took his wife along. Oh my goodness, I thought, your boating 
days would've been over, or least, your boating days without 
wearing a life jacket would have been over.

I told him the story of the young men whose boat sank in Manistee 
Lake in the spring and how one of them attempted to put on a life 
jacket in the water and nearly choked himself when he put his head 
through the shoulder slot. Laugh you might. You'd be surprised, or 
maybe not, the number of times I request boaters to demonstrate 
donning a life jacket, especially the Type III life jacket, and 
they can't. 

The Type III is a floatation device that slips around the neck 
(like a ox collar) and fastens at the waist with a strap that runs 
around the backside and snaps in the front. Confusing. Apparently 
so, since many times boaters fail to properly don the Type lll. In 
some cases it doesn't surprise me, especially when the Type III was 
sealed in the manufacturer's plastic wrap and never opened, which 
tells its own story.

I wouldn't concern myself with such blind optimism but the fact is 
nearly 7,000 recreational boaters have died over the last ten years 
simply because they failed to wear a life jacket. In other words 
they were not prepared. Make no mistake about it, the marine 
environment is a dangerous environment and to go out into it 
unprepared is foolish. I hear boaters glibly boast how if it's 
their time, so be it. Well, let me say this, if they end up in 
the water without a life jacket they may have more time than they 
would like to think about "their time" as they struggle to stay 

By the way, trying to locate a person in the water especially 
without a life jacket offers a tremendous challenge to rescuers. 
A Coastie at Station Michigan City recently told me that when he 
was stationed in Florida he would conduct "person in the water 
(PIW)" search drills. The crew would take a coconut and paint a 
smiling face on it and drop it in the water then steam several 
hundred yards away and then steam back to see if they could find 
the smiling coconut. Often, the nut ended up with a sad face, as 
crews failed to locate it. And when they did spot it, it was 
usually within yards of their boat. Undoubtedly, Lake Michigan's 
close choppy wave action would offer a huge challenge to rescuers.

So, don't be nuts, Boat Smart- be prepared, wear a life jacket 
and a bright orange one at that if your heading out into Lake 


Around the World of Sailing Staff
Written by: Ike Stephenson marine informationist
Edited: Kathleen Torresen(
Thanks be to: 1D35 News Release
Tom Rau - Boatsmart
Ben Broughton - Q-Race


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