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SCUTTLEBUTT 2128 - July 3, 2006

Scuttlebutt is a digest of major yacht racing news, commentary, opinions, features and dock talk . . . with a North American focus.

Valencia, Spain - Team New Zealand flew past old rivals Alinghi in the
final America's Cup warm-up of 2006 today, winning the season but aware
that the defenders still have a new boat to launch. The New Zealanders
lavished excitement on Act 12 of the America's Cup with tight battles in
the semifinals and finals before sailing clean away on the last downwind
leg of the final race, steaming over the line 84 seconds ahead of the
Swiss team.

"We had a flamethrower on us in terms of pressure when it came down to
the last race but we didn't crack," said New Zealand tactician Terry
Hutchinson. The team was cool about their win, pointing out that they
were racing the new boat they will sail next year while Alinghi were
still in the one they used at the last America's Cup. It would be a huge
mistake to look much beyond the fact that we beat a guy in a
three-year-old tub -- and barely -- while he has a new boat sitting in
the shed," Hutchinson said. -- NZ Herald, full story:

Alinghi skipper Brad Butterworth said losing could be a positive for his
team. "If it was the America's Cup it would be a negative ... but, for
us, we learn more from the races we lose than we do from the ones we
win. "At the moment we rotate our crew a lot. We haven't got down to one
final group that will sail the boat for the Cup. "Every time we get to
race against the challengers is a bonus for us." -- NZ Herald, full

The teams were surrounded by an enormous spectator fleet who cheered
every tack and gybe. Conditions were ideal for racing again with a
moderate sea breeze generated by the sunny skies. And that will be it
for 2006. The Louis Vuitton Series racing starts again next spring in
Valencia, but there will be a lot of testing going on in the interium.
After its win on the water, Emirates Team New Zealand returned to the
Port America's Cup where it was scheduled to be presented with the Louis
Vuitton Act 12 trophy by Rita Barberá, the Mayoress of Valencia, along
with the 2006 ACC Season Championship trophy, from Yves Carcelle, the
President and CEO of Louis Vuitton. --

Final Standings - Louis Vuitton Act 12
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL84) 12 pts
2. Alinghi (SUI75) 11pts
3. BMW Oracle Racing (USA87) 10 pts
4. Luna Rossa Challenge (ITA86) 9 pts
5. Desafío Español 2007 (ESP88) 8 pts
6. Mascalzone Latino - Capitalia (ITA77) 7 pts
7. Victory Challenge (SWE63) 6 pts
8. Team Shosholoza (RSA83) 5 pts
9. Areva Challenge (FRA60) 4 pts
10. +39 Challenge (ITA59) 3 pts
11. United Internet Germany (GER72) 2 pts
12. China Team (CHN79) 1 pt

From Alinghi's point of view, perhaps there was more to be gained by
pressing the Kiwis than dealing them a thumping 2-0 defeat given that
the this would the last time Alinghi would see the Kiwis in a full on
match race before the Cup. Surely there would be more to be gained from
pressing the Kiwis hard to make them reveal as much as possible. Finding
themselves 1-0 down after the first race, a win by Alinghi would ensure
that the best of three series would be pushed to the limit, guaranteeing
another look at the Kiwis in the final match.

Furthermore, Alinghi have admitted that in recent months the team has
been focussed largely on their boat development programme, at the
expense perhaps of some of the emphasis on crew work. Being able to
compare asymmetric spinnaker configurations against symmetrical ones in
the heat of battle, close to the wind speed crossover point may have
been one example of how the testing programme was taking place on the
race course. Being issued a new measurement certificate shortly after
their win against Luna Rossa in the semi finals may be another clue as
to some of the changes and experiments that may be taking place. --
Matthew Sheahan, Yachting World, full story,

Three times America's Cup winner Russell Coutts wants to set the record
straight. He says he did not tell Swiss paper La Tribune de Geneve he
thought Italy's Luna Rossa would win the America's Cup challenger series
- meaning Emirates Team New Zealand wouldn't. Coutts said he was
misquoted. "I am upset because the story was completely wrong. I never
said that, nor I have ever thought it," he said from Geneva. Luna Rossa
was looking good, "but even that does not amount to predicting they are
going to win".It was too early to say who will win the challenger series
to take on his old team Alinghi, he said. "We all have our opinions on
who is a contender and I am happy to say that Luna Rossa, Team New
Zealand and probably some of the other teams including Oracle are
looking strong." -- Julie Ash, NZ Herald,

Against all odds, Géry Trentesaux’s France Bleu came from behind to win
the Rolex Commodores’ Cup 2006, beating twelve other nation teams in the
process, including three powerful ones from Ireland. The Irish, led by
Ireland Green, had been on top since the beginning of the week and come
the start of the final offshore race appeared to have the event all but
sewn up. But ultimately, and despite on this occasion fielding three
teams, Ireland was pipped at the post for the second consecutive time.

Ironically, France Bleu had been out of the running for the Rolex
Commodores’ Cup after Wednesday’s coastal race when all three of their
boats were disqualified for sailing the wrong course. Following a
request for redress hearing the boats were reinstated and a strong
showing in Friday’s inshore race had moved them up to fourth place
within 17.5 points of Ireland Green, leader since the start of the

With the offshore race counting for double points, between them the
three boats in France Bleu had to finish a total of nine places ahead of
Ireland Green if they were to win. In the event they far exceeded this -
Cyrille Legloahec’s Batistyl won Class 3. Ireland Green’s No Naked
Flames had been leading the class earlier in the day, but ended 11th, by
some distance her worst result of the series.

In Class 2 the story was the same where Stephane Névé’s Paprec Recyclage
finished second behind France Blanc’s Guyader L’Esprit de la Mer, while
Blondie in Ireland Green was also 11th of 13 boats – another surprise
result following a solid week otherwise. The only redeeming performance
for Ireland Green was Tim Costello’s Mills 40 Tiamat which ended up
third in class one. However, even her performance was not enough to beat
Géry Trentesaux’s Beneteau First 44.7 Courrier du Coeur, second behind
France Blanc’s Codiam ENSP.

Final Team Positions: 1. France Bleu, 76; 2. Ireland Green, 98.5; 3.
France Blanc, 115; 4. GBR Red, 117.25; 5. Ireland White, 117.25; 6.
Ireland Orange, 117.5; 7. GBR White, 131; 8. Belgium, 158.5; 9. France
Rouge, 159; 10. Russia, 164.25; 11. GBR Black, 164.75; 12. The
Netherlands, 165; 13. GBR Scotland, 186.5. -- Trish Jenkins,

* Cowes Online has posted a Rolex Commodores' Cupvideo report plus audio
interviews with the winning team captain, Gery Trentesaux; RORC's
Commodore, David Aisher; the owner of the top individual yacht, John
Shepherd; and David Atkinson - one of the RYA British team selectors.;story_id=1782;cp=

(Southern California sailor Steve Schupak provides the following
commentary about how his local sailors were able to help one of their
own, and in the end, experience the thrill of giving back to the sport.)

Olympic fundraising has always been a challenge for aspiring sailors.
Most young sailors know how to sail a boat well, but to get up in front
of a group of older adults, tell them a convincing story about how they
should open their wallets to help the aspirant live their dream is a
huge hurdle to overcome. But the funds are necessary whether you make it
to the games, or just get to the trials.

Last week I attended a special fundraiser for a unique and not so young
Olympic aspirant who's shown that through his love for sailing, we all
need to stop and help out our juniors and local Olympic aspirants when
the come asking for help. This particular story is especially personal
for me, but the needs required for training and international
competition are the same and how we need to selflessly give to help
those few try and enable them to live their dreams of making it to the
Olympic Games. -- To read Schupak’s story:

There is a piece posted in the Scuttlebutt forums about the use of
computers to help generate a winning route in the recent Bermuda Race.
Matthew Gregory maintains that the only thing computers do better people
us is crunch numbers. Thus routing programs have not replaced the
strategic sailing brain that the modern day navigator brings to the
race. They are algorithms that amalgamate wind, current, course and boat
performance polars to derive situation analyses based on those assumed
inputs. They do not give a four day long yellow brick road that leads to
OZ (Bermuda in this case) guide for the team to sail the boat along.
Instead they give strategists the computational power to play out all of
the ‘what if’ scenarios that they can dream up. -- To read Matthew
Gregory’s analysis to what worked and what didn’t:

* They’re off -- Bruno Peyron and the crew of Orange II maxi-catamaran
left New York on Sunday morning on their latest attempt at the crewed
Atlantic record. Hardly an hour after crossing the starting line the
machine was already advancing at more than 30 knots. To smash the
Atlantic record, Peyron and his men will have to finish within 4 days,
17 hours, 28 minutes and 06 seconds. They will therefore have to cross
the finishing line off The Lizard at the southwestern tip of England
before Friday 7th July at 04h, 28mins and 12 secs GMT. --

* The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and city of Estoril,
Portugal formally signed the agreement for the ISAF Centenary
Celebrations to be held over the weekend of September 1-2, 2007. Estoril
bid to host the prestigious ISAF Centenary Celebrations against 35
global cities, securing the exclusive rights to host the 'Sail the World
Festival' and 'Sailor of the Century Awards'. --`~Cw

* New free software is available that helps sailors determine optimal
tacking routes. SailTimer is a simple software program available as a
free download that allows route planning before the trip begins. --

* Magnus Woxen (SWE) / Damian Foxall (IRL) bested thirty-one Formula 18
catamarans that took part in the 500 mile Archipelago Raid 2006 on June
26-30. The unique course in the beautiful Stockholm, Åland and Finnish
Archipelagos is drawn among 100,000 rocks and islands, wherein
competitors have to find 20-25 checkpoints located on islands (pontoons,
beaches, boats, lighthouses) as described in the "Archipelago Raid Book"
(latitude, longitude). Photographer Thierry Martinez followed the fleet,
and his images from the event are now on the Scuttlebutt website:

* ACC Technical Director Ken McAlpine informed the teams via email that
he has allocated sail number 92, meaning that a team has commenced
construction of a new yacht. Notably, 92 is a pentagonal number, and the
atomic number for uranium. --

* Newport, RI -- Hawk, a 1948 Knud Reimers designed cutter has been
added to the Museum of Yachting’s classic yacht collection which already
includes the oldest remaining Wianno Sr., a gaff rig sloop from 1914,
and a 1931, 30ft Wicks built Powerboat, each donated during the 2006
season. Visitors are invited to see the collection at the Museum and
watch them participate in the Best Life Classic Yacht Regatta and Parade
on Labor Day weekend.

* Insightful and fun - that’s the way I’d describe the blog that Len
Bose posted about the recent 2.4 Nationals in Connecticut. It’s a good

* After active and successful campaigns in the Pacific Ocean, the
Capgemini and Schneider Electric trimaran Geronimo will summer in San
Diego. The program will continue in September. --

(Letters selected for publication must include the writer's name and may
be edited for clarity or space - 250 words max. You only get one letter
per subject, so give it your best shot and don't whine if others
disagree. And please save your bashing, and personal attacks for
elsewhere. For those that prefer a Forum, you can post your thought at
the Scuttlebutt website:

* From H. P. "Sandy" Purdon: It seems that Agua Limpia in Valencia is
bringing some awareness to the public on how to be good stewards of
their waters where they enjoy to sail. It all starts in that interface
area as we approach the water via our vessels. To that end we have
developed the only non-government administered or regulated Clean Marina
program called Clean Marinas California. We have no payroll and the
marina industry underwrites the small cost of this program.

I would invite Aqua Liimpia to expose the program to the marina
operators in Valencia and maybe we can add to our already 41 certified
marinas (one is in Mexico)in the last 26 months. We share our manual at
no cost or oversight. Check out the program at

* From Gerard Wolf: I miss the VO70 buzz and excitement. For a long time
it was fun getting up in the morning and checking to see what had
happened and postulate on what might happen. The coverage was good (not
spectacular) but it was at times, riveting. Perhaps the delay added to
the mystique of the actual drama. In any case, the "Acts" pale in
comparison and I can't wait for the real AC action to start. Cheers to
the VO70 publicity campaign as they made my winter much more
interesting. I am very much looking forward to ABN Amro Two arriving in
Chicago for this year's CYC Chicago-Mac race.

* From Barry Carroll: Russell Bowler probably does not need anyone to
defend him from the comments of Gilles Ollier, but having worked with
Russ and his engineering team at Farr Yacht Design for many years, I was
amazed. Russ Bowler is not only an extremely talented structural
engineer, but he is one of the best hands-on practical deisgners in the
world. In dozens of projects, and hundreds of boats, Russ was the first
guy to get out in our shop and get dirty. He was always there with equal
measures of technical ability, hands-on boatbuilding skill, and

We were only one of dozens of yards that benefited from his skill and
experience. He in turn learned a bit from each of us. I don't know the
full story of the Volvo 70's development issues. I don't think anyone
fully understood either the potential performance of these boats or the
incredible drive of their crews to push them to their limits and beyond.
But I would be very careful before I made a statement that the problems
were possibly due to lack of boatshop experience on the part of Russ

* From Michael LaBella (regarding the trivia question in 'Butt 2127):
Sorry Curmudg'. But OpSail 2000 was organized in honor of the new
millennium, not America's 224th year of Independence. The good folks at
the Customs Web site the answer was linked to missed the mark. All you
need to know can be found at

* From Bill Sandberg: It was with great sadness that I received a call
from my longtime shipmate that our skipper and good friend Frank Snyder
had passed away. Commodore Hinman of NYYC had said that if there was one
word to describe Frank, it would be visionary. But one word or set of
words could never describe this man. Great shipmate. Devoted husband.
Lifelong friend. Unparalelled seaman. Renaissance man. These are but a
few that come to mind.

Frank was a talented artist, a bass in his church's choir and a
raconteur par excellence, as most of his crew will delight in telling
you of his endless list of sea stories. I did 5 Newport-Bermuda races
with Frank and no one appreciated safety at sea more than he. I've
always said that I would sail around the Horn with Frank in a Dyer
Dhow-- he was that able a seaman. One shipmate upon learning of Frank's
passing said to me that we'll always have his stories. Now he has a
whole new audience for them. The world of sailing and the world in
general has lost a great man. I will miss him.

* From Neil Fraser: Jim Champ is correct that Johan Valentijn, the Dutch
National in question, designed 12 meters for international syndicates
prior to drawing Liberty and Magic in 1983, but I think he got the
country wrong. Valentijn helped draw Australia 1 in 1977 and is also
credited for France 3 in 1980. He also drew Eagle for the Newport Harbor
Syndicate in 1987. However, I am unaware of Valentijn collaborating on
any British designs.

* From Peter Huston: The ironic part about my friend Craig Fletcher’s
comments on nationality in the America’s Cup is that he has served as
helmsman for our mutual friend Andy Rose over thousands of miles of
sailing aboard two different “It’s OK” teams. Andy is the US citizen who
was tactician for the Australian challenger in 1977, after which the
“Andy Rose Nationality Rule” was created within the America's Cup.

The composition of the US based Golden Gate YC team is more a reflection
of the human resources that were obvious and available to the decision
makers and with which they were most comfortable forming a long term
relationship, all based on the current rules, than anything else.

To think that the America’s Cup is not about international commerce in
some sense is naïve and opposed to the sense of all that sailing has
been historically. One need only to look at the cover to Thomas
Friedman’s “The World is Flat” to see that he understands the value of
sailing as it related to the growth of the world economy over time.
Let’s celebrate the internationalism in the America’s Cup as one benefit
this event provides for the sport on the world stage. What aspect of
society has ever grown emotionally or expanded economically through
isolation or protectionism? Thankfully for the world back in the 1400's,
Queen Isabella wasn't too particular about what nationality of sailors
she hired to explore the flat earth in the ultimate match race for the
world's riches.

* From Bill Menninger (Regarding Craig Fletchers observation):
Patriotism is in the eye of the beholder. I think it is great the US has
a participant in the Americas Cup and a solid contender to boot. I
commend the corporations that contribute to our spaort, as this is also
the "American way". If we relied on government sponsorship we would
either be living in a communist state or we would be paying even higher
taxes. Thank God for corporations, free enterprise and Larry Ellison.

* From Bob King: Regarding Tim Patterns letter. It is interesting to see
that despite the alleged rule infringement Stuart Childerly and crew are
still posted as the British and European winners. I would have thought
that if they have cheated in the way it has been reported they should
not only have their title removed but they should be banned from
sailboat racing for a reasonable period. It looks like the Brits have
hushed this one up - ISAF should be involved in this. Tim Pattern also
mentions that old boats have won the Europeans and Worlds, is he not
referring to the same boat that has been found to be illegal?

At the feast of ego everyone leaves hungry