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SCUTTLEBUTT 2140 - July 19, 2006

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

(Los Angeles) The Transpacific Yacht Club board of directors has spoken:
Boats sailing the 44th Transpac a year from now may not have a hull length
overall (LOA) greater than 30 meters (96.65 feet)---and those with Barn Door
ambitions may be racing a ghost. Along with the hull length limit, the
rating limit has been established to equal the speed of a canting keel
maxZ86 on the Transpac course---specifically, a limit conforming to
Pyewacket's configuration when it sailed in the 2004 Newport to Bermuda Race
when it was first to finish. Transpac commodore Al Garnier said, "Pyewacket
is still the scratch boat even if it doesn't sail"---meaning that the rating
limit will apply even if no maxZ86s enter the race, and Pyewacket probably
won't. Roy E. Disney donated his boat to the Orange Coast College of Sailing
& Seamanship when he retired from racing after Transpac 2005.

That rating limit is secret, determined by the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) as
administered by US Sailing with the Transpac Course Mix formula and the
Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) updated for 2007 factored into the
calculations. If it were made public a competitor might find a loophole for
an advantage. Otherwise, boats may submit rating data as many as 10 times on
various setups and told each time only whether they are over or under the
limit. And they're shooting at a moving target. "The rating limit is
constantly updated by the VPP program and the Pacific Swell Factor," Garnier
said. "The program is always being updated to provide the most accurate
speed prediction based on all available and known information." - Full

Last Friday, America’s favorite pastime honored the beauty of sail by using
seven sloops and two Optis to help announce the selection of San Francisco
for the 2007 All Star baseball series, an announcement appearing tonight on
ESPN. The San Francisco Giants and Major League Baseball worked with the
South Beach Yacht Club to organize the vessels, which had distinctive
artwork for the 2007 series affixed to their mainsails. As a sign of
appreciation, the Giants made a contribution to the club’s new clubhouse,
and they comment the beauty of ballpark is enhanced by the sailing just
outside its walls. The Giants are known to cut away from stadium shots to
show boats crossing the finish line of the club’s Friday Night Series, which
ends in McCovey Cove. Story and accompanying photos at

CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS (Sponsored by West Marine)
Events listed at

(Tuesday, July 18, 2006) Light winds plagued the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF
World Championship on day five, with most of the sailors waiting for the
fickle breeze to fill in outside the breakwater. When the breeze filled in,
the RS:X class started the first of two races in front of the Weymouth and
Portland National Sailing Academy. After a few hours of postponements,
frustrated sailors were finally sent out and races kicked off in ten knots
of dying breeze. The wind slowly dropped leaving the 420 and Hobie Cat 16’s
floating around the course. The young Laser and Laser Radial sailors finally
got their start but eventually the race was abandoned, resulting in mixed
feelings across the fleet. In the afternoon, HRH The Princess Royal, joined
the young sailors on the water and watched the racing with keen eyes. Later
she met the RS:X sailors, most of which were excited but nervous to meet
royalty in such a relaxed and friendly manner. Racing continues through to
July 20, 2006.

Preliminary Results (Top team plus two North American teams)
420 Boys: 1. Sebastian Peri Brusa/ Santiago Masseroni (ARG), 15. Michael
Menninger/ Nicholas Martin (USA), 32. Erick Brockmann/ Mikel Noriega (MEX);
420 Girls: 1. Belinda Kerl/ Chelsea Hall (AUS), 4. Emily Dellenbaugh/ Briana
Provancha (USA); Laser Boys: 1. Emil Cedergard (SWE), 2. Luke Ramsay (CAN),
4. Royce Weber (USA); Laser Girls: 1. Tina Mihelic (CRO), 8. Hayley McLean
(CAN), 22. Stephanie Roble (USA); Board Boys: 1. Lukasz Grodzicki (POL), 12.
David Hayes (CAN), 21. James Sobeck (USA); Board Girls: 1. Laura Linares
(ITA), 14. Nancy Rios (USA); Hobie 16: 1. Tom Phipps/ Richard Glover (GBR)
13. Evan Miller/ Kyler Hast (USA).

Volvo Trophy for the top-scoring national team.
1. Australia, 2. Italy, 3. England, 4. Israel, 5. Poland, 14. United States,
16. Canada

-- Complete results:
-- Daily podcasts:

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Curmudgeon’s Comment: While Kokomo might be a small town in Indiana, it is
very big when it comes to boats. The 52-metre (170-foot) sloop designed by
Dubois Naval Architects is meant to be a high performance aluminum sloop
with spacious interiors and extensive accommodation. Full details and photos

Newport, RI (July 18, 2006) – In a heat wave, the New York Yacht Club Race
Week at Newport presented by Rolex completed two final races for three IRC
and three PHRF classes as well as a class for 12 Metres. This brought to a
close the first four days of handicap racing that served as the Race Week's
first half and hosted 66 entrants. Another hundred or so boats will join the
competition during the second half, designated for one-design racing. That
session starts Thursday, July 20, and will run for four days through Sunday,
July 23. Splitting the handicap and one-design portions of Race Week is
tomorrow’s Around-the-Island Race, which is scored separately.

Winning six of 11 races in IRC Class 2 was Andrew Fisher (Greenwich, CT),
skippering his Swan 45 Bandit. The Race Committee awarded him a Rolex
timepiece for the best performance among all IRC competitors. His nearest
competitor was second-place finisher Blair Brown (Newton, MA), sailing his
Taylor 45 Sforzando. Bandit will now switch gears to sail in the
Around-the-Island Race and then in the one-design session (in the Swan 45
class). Posting 11 points -- the lowest possible score over 11 races -- was
Middletown's Tom Rich aboard his Peterson 42 Settler. That performance also
earned him a Rolex watch for best overall performance in PHRF. For Rich, it
was not just about flawless crew work. It was about family, too. Among his
all-Rhode Island crew were his two daughters, two nephews, a cousin and his
wife. - For the complete story and results:

After posting photo galleries on the Scuttlebutt website for the US Sailing
Junior Olympics in Long Beach, CA and the US Snipe Nationals on Monday, we
had a contest in Issue 2140 to see who knew what skipper and crew
combination was in both galleries. With two nifty floppy hats from Ockam
Instruments going to the first two correct answers, little time was wasted
by the ‘buttheads. Congrats to Scott Barnard and Sara Morgan Watters for correctly
identifying Tyler Sinks & Benjamin Todter of San Diego, CA. Below are the
two galleries and the Forums link:

US Sailing Junior Olympics:
US Snipe Nationals:
Forums Link:

* If you caught any of the OLN coverage of the America’s Cup racing at ACT
12, we would be curious to hear if you agree or disagree with the comments
in a recent posting on Scuttleblog:

* (Honolulu, HI) Many boats berthed in the Ala Wai Boat Harbor will have to
find a new home by next week because the state is closing docks deemed
unsafe by engineers. More than 100 permanent slip occupants will "probably
lose their space" on the B, C and D docks over the next four months,
harbormaster Meghan Statts said Saturday. Statts said money to replace docks
must come from the Legislature. Peter Young, director of the Department of
Land and Natural Resources, said his department has requested about $10
million over the past three years, but received none. -

* OC Technology is set to launch a new position-reporting device for
offshore and ocean racing called the OCTracker. The OCTracker is a
self-contained, battery-powered, lightweight, tracking device capable of
reporting a boat’s position, speed and course at pre-determined intervals,
and is programmable remotely. The device works on battery power alone and is
capable of sending over 4000 position reports on one battery – the
equivalent of every half-hour for 80 days at sea or almost 14 days at
5-minute intervals. -

* Long awaited by the team members of AREVA Challenge, the future boat of
the French Team for the 32nd America’s Cup has just received its number:
FRA93. It will be a reward for the team members of AREVA Challenge who have
worked so hard to evolve their current boat, FRA60 (winner of the 2000
America’s Cup with Team New Zealand) in which the team faced all its
opponents in 2005 and 2006. The new boat is scheduled to arrive in Valencia
at the end of October. -

* Sailing north from Sydney to Hamilton Island Bob Oatley’s pocket maxi Wild
Oats X (20 metre canting keel yacht) last night came off second best, after
colliding with a whale on the NSW mid-north coast. Skipper Troy Tindall
explained the whale hit the yachts forward rudder, bending the hydraulic
steering arm, and then a few seconds later, the flukes of the whale rose
from the water and slapped the stern of the boat. The stainless steel stern
posts and stanchions were bent and the life lines were ripped from the
stern. -

* Highlights of the start of the 2006 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
presented by Lands’ End Business Outfitters on Saturday, July 22, 2006 will
be available on on July 24th. Additionally, the race will have
the services of FlagShip Race Tracking, where it will be possible to follow
the progress of the fleet online at

* The 3rd annual Portugal Match Cup kicks off the 2006-’07 World Match
Racing Tour, the eighth season of the world’s leading professional sailing
series. Racing begins Wednesday on the Bay of Cascais, where afternoon winds
are typically strong and shifty, challenging both crew handling and tactical
decisions. The SM40, the World Tour’s specially designed match-racer, is the
featured boat. Competing will be Chris Dickson (NZL), Peter Gilmour (AUS),
Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN), Magnus Holmberg (SWE), Chris Law (GBR), Staffan
Lindberg (FIN), Alvaro Marinho (POR), Lotte Meldgaard (DEN), Thierry
Peponnet (FRA), Mathieu Richard (FRA), Przemek Tarnacki (POL), Ian Williams
(GBR). -

* (Tuesday, July 18, 2006) The Australian team of Thomas Spithill, Nina
Curtis, and Andrew Hudson representing Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club won
all five of their races on the first day to lead the field of the 40th
annual Governor’s Cup, hosted by Balboa Yacht Club. Sailed off of Newport
Beach, CA, the Governor’s Cup is an invite-only match race event for 12 top
junior teams. Tied for second with four wins is Balboa Yacht Club with Casey
Schilling, Christian Emsiek, and Wade Buxton, and the Australian team from
Royal Perth Yacht Club with Robert Gibbs, Kinley Fowler, and Jonathan
Clough. -

* Correction: In Issue 2139, there was just a small typo in the section
about the US Youth Multihull Championship. The second place finishers are
Eric Raybon and Jason Bilow, and they'll be going to the ISAF Youth Worlds
in '07.

The third in UK-Halsey’s series of important instructional streaming videos
has just been posted on their website. This video demonstrates a MOB
recovery where not everything works correctly, but the situation will seem a
lot closer to what you typically find when racing. Viewing the mistakes
proves to be a great learning tool, and mastering these techniques could
save a crewmember’s life (viewing is free after logging on). Now, you have
upwind and downwind MOB recoveries and a less anticipated MOB under heavier
conditions - plus UK-Halsey’s widely praised animated rules quizzes. Have
you visited UK-Halsey recently?

(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 Tom Wheatley, a 35 year resident of Annapolis: Regarding Mark Ustis'
letter, the America met her demise in a boatyard in Eastport, MD (the old
Trumpy yard) which was across Spa creek from the Naval Academy. For years
after, bits and pieces of her were still in the yard where souvenir hunters
collected them and used them for half models and all kinds of carvings. I
have a small section of her mast.

* From Magnus Wheatley: I just can't get it out of my head. Andrew Hurst has
seriously got me excited about the 2012 Olympics and the possible inclusion
of the foiler Moth as a new class as he wrote in his editorial in the latest
Seahorse. I was utterly astonished to see Rohan Veal down in Melbourne rise
out of the water like the Star Wars land cruiser and then again when I saw
the Moth Worlds and a whole fleet blasting off the start line, three feet in
the air! This isn't the future, this is now, and we must embrace the new
technology and make sure that it has a deserved place in the Olympics,
especially now that there's an off-the-peg production Moth going into
production at a smidgen under 10,000 euros ($12,500 USD). Don't know about
you, but I want one and this 34 year old, washed-up, never-was journo has
really started dreaming about a medal. See you in Weymouth Rohan if the boat
selection committee gets their act together!

* From Adrian Morgan, UK: (Re, Paul Henderson’s notes in Issue 2135) This
notion that nobody loves America, although not entirely true, does have some
validity. From a European standpoint, America seems large and over bearing.
Europeans are used to Americans dominating at many levels, the lowest in
importance being sport. The whooping and crowing when a US golfer wins a
tournament; the Stars & Stripes T shirts worn by the women supporters of
Liberty in the 1983 America’s Cup, and the triumphalism are all alien to a
European, let alone British mindset. That is the perception. The reality,
having just returned from Florida, is a warm, generous-spirited,
open-hearted and touchingly sensitive bunch of fellow sailors, almost over
apologetic for the current stance of the US. The woes of US sailing have
nothing to do with not being loved. The pendulum will swing back before
long. I always return from the States thinking how small and mean old Europe
is; how petty their squabbles. Winning a few sailing trophies, how important
is that in the scheme of things?

* From Count Enrico Ferrari: It could be a Curmudgeonly observation but the
Paul Henderson comment is correct and I place the lack of youthful sailing
on a lack of common sense in today's society. The youth of today are good
specialists in whatever endeavor Mom or Dad send them too to be supervised
and watched over until it is not fun anymore. I suspect that sailors, more
than most sports participants, are truly endowed with common sense that
allows them to be successful when dealing with wind and water. The
precocious soccer star, baseball, slow pitch, ballet, pick an activity stars
are now so closely supervised to enhance their performance and to avoid some
stinking litigation if something goes wrong. This avoids reliance on self
and common sense when on your own. I suspect this over reliance on coaching
is a trait across the US. We, as a country, used to be the 'can do country',
but we will be the next British Empire in decline with a huge pack of
lawyers saying how the coffee was too hot.

When Dennis Connors put the AC competition training into full gear it was
the same as the Olympic Gymnasts who start at age 2. Too much training makes
it less fun. Let some spontaneity into the game. Put boats in the water, put
kids in the boats, and let them have some fun. We all know the water will
take its toll but it is ultimately up to the sailor to say what is safe and
hopefully what is fun.

* From John McNeill: The outcry regarding your use of the BN title was
regrettably predictable. Frankly, the degree of hypersensitivity exhibited
is a bit much for this reader. The ‘N’ word, used in its sole form, is
certainly offensive, and usually meant to be so in current usage. When
modified by the ‘B’ term however, it refers to a position long established
in yachting, and often held in some pride by those skilled enough to occupy
the post. Personally, in over fifty years of sailing, I have yet to meet a
BN of color, but will be perplexed as to how to apply the appellation if and
when I do. History is a great teacher, and a source of perspective for those
who are thoughtful enough to reflect on it. BN is a term of some wonderful
history filled with memorable and respected characters, which contributed
much to our treasured sport. We should not try to rewrite or obliterate any
of the richness of that history by applying current bias toward rewriting
the journals. George Orwell is likely laughing at us from somewhere out

* From Richard Clark, New Zealand: This sensitive Kiwi knows damned well
what 'B... N.....' means and is horrified that, after all my years, all
round the world, it should be still on people's lips. Surely it is one thing
to think something and something entirely different to verbalize it. I think
it great that this is being discussed, it is not at all about being 'PC',
and it is about human dignity and the wisdom to know the difference. "Boat
Nigel", come on!

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