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SCUTTLEBUTT 2199 – October 11, 2006

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(Tuesday, October 10, 2006) Junior sailing programs are doing a tremendous
job of introducing children to sailing. The support that clubs and teams
provide, from coaching to getting the boats and kids to distant events, is
very comprehensive. When children grow up and out of the pram, they
transition into the next boat or boats that are popular in their area. Some
go to Lasers, but most are in a double-handed boat that is suited for young
sailors. These are often club-owned boats, where the great support

The arrival of High School sailing has proven to be a successful step from
the junior program, and has provided a training ground prior to a youth’s
college years, and the intercollegiate sailing programs offered at many
campuses. From junior programs to high school sailing to college sailing,
there is a continuous track of development. From those first teary days in
beginner sailing, to the moment of college graduation, our young sailors
have had the support and boats that provided the foundation to experience
competitive sailing.

But through this process, have we lost a generation of sailors? Have these
sailors ever crewed for someone from a nearby one-design dinghy fleet
(Lightning, Thistle, Snipe, etc.)? Have they tinkered with the tuning of
their own boat, or with a type of boat that rewards a speed advantage to
such attentiveness? Have they ever competed regularly on a keelboat from
their yacht club, and learned what it is like to work within a team of
sailors? Have they gotten really vested in the sport, and gained the kinds
of experiences that will carry them beyond their college years?

At the 2006 US Sailboat Show last week, I had many interesting conversations
with some very bright industry people, and the answer that often came up
with was… no. These twenty-somethings have been so busy on their junior
track, and have hence grown up sailing within a bubble. Once out of college,
the bubble bursts, they are stranded, and can easily drift away from the
sport. One idea bantered about was how the US Olympic sailing program may
have even suffered by this current youth program, where American sailors
have been strapped sailing low-performance boats that emphasize short course
tactics, and lack the technical skills and experiences to exceed within
Olympic classes.

Have we possibly lost a generation of sailors? Has the junior track done
damage to the US Olympic effort? Please submit your comments. - Craig
Leweck, Scuttleblog,

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The Volvo Ocean Race organizers are currently running both a competition and
also an eBay auction, with all the proceeds going to Petra and her children
in memory of her partner Hans Horrevoets, a crewmember of ABN Amro Two who
lost his life in the North Atlantic earlier this year on the Volvo Ocean
Race ‘05/06. Among the auction items include some unique Volvo Ocean Race
crew equipment, taken straight from Brasil 1 and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Additionally, participants in the competition will be vying for a complete
Musto HPX Ocean Dry Suit (worth $1,537.34 USD), as worn by Torben Grael
himself! On behalf of the winner, the VOR will be donating GBP1000 (approx.
$1,853.93 USD) in memory of Hans.

For eBay auction and competition information:

Curmudgeon’s Comment: Scuttlebutt has been trying for some time to gather
information for anyone who would like to donate funds directly to the
Horrevoets’ family. Details have been VERY slow in coming, but perhaps this
comment will move things along.

The World Speed Sailing Record council announced that the reported
forthcoming voyage of Maud de Fontenoy is not being attempted under the WSSR
Rules and her route has not received approval. Although her proposed voyage
may have merit, it cannot be considered as an attempt on Dee Caffari's World
Record. The WSSR Rule for Around the World - rule 26a - calls for a minimum
orthodromic track distance of the vessel of at least 21,600 nautical miles
(the distance of the great circle). To achieve this it is necessary to start
off Ushant, France or some other remote place in the Northern Hemisphere.

Starting in the Southern Ocean and then sailing around the Antarctic is
probably a major achievement in itself, but as this distance will be around
12,000 nm it cannot be described as an Around the World voyage under the
WSSR Rules. Caffari’s elapsed time record for around the world westabout,
singlehanded non-stop women is 178 days 3 hours 5 minutes 34 seconds,
occurring 21st November 2005 to 18th May 2006 on the 72-foot monohull
“Aviva”. - John Reed. Secretary to the WSSR Council,

Now that Team One Newport has a drive-thru window (see Scuttlebutt Photo
Gallery), they’re having a Super Size Sale!! What’s a Super Size Sale?? It’s
great deals for products that are sized XL and XXL. Heck, there may even be
some Larges that sneak thru that window, just like the car that smashed into
the store. Everyone is safe, re-construction on the store has started, but
you can take advantage of our Super Size Sale by visiting the website and
clicking on ‘Super Size” or call 800-VIP-GEAR for this 2 week sale. Hurry
because inventory is limited and once it's gone, that's it!

Curmudgeon’s Comment: Here are the photos of the car that crashed into the
Team One Newport store:

Long Beach, CA (October 10, 2006) - With just ten points after five races at
the U.S. Offshore Championship, sailed at Long Beach Yacht Club on Catalina
37s, Robert Hobbs (Tampa, FL) and his team from Davis Island Yacht Club won
the regatta and the Lloyd Phoenix Trophy last Sunday. This marks the first
time in the 21-year history of the Championship that a team from Florida won
the event. Led by Robert Hobbs, the team consisted of James Traun (Valrico,
FL), Mike Gable (Tampa, FL), Cory Thompson (Valrico, FL), Alan Thompson
(Lithia, FL), Josh Wilus (Tampa, FL) and Cameron Salmon (Tampa, FL).

The lead changed several times throughout the three-day regatta. Eventual
champion Robert Hobbs started off the event with a fourth place, but managed
to pick up the pace to finish the regatta with two race wins and two second
place finishes. Washington DC sailor Erik Wulff took his team to second
place overall while the team from the state of Washington led by John Buchan
finished third overall. Proving that local knowledge did not pay off at this
year's event which was plagued by flaky winds, the highest finishing
Californian team, led by Claudia Wainer, finished fourth overall. - Marlieke
de Lange Eaton, US Sailing

Final results (skipper, race finishes, overall points):
1. Robert Hobbs: 4-1-2-2-1: 10 points
2. Erik Wulff: 2-4-3-1-5: 15 points
3. John Buchan: 1-6-1-7-2: 17 points
4. Claudia Wainer: 3-2-5-6-9: 25 points
5. Joe Campbell: 9-3-7-4-6: 29 points

Event website:

* Neal McDonald, 43 is the latest recruit to the Victory Challenge America’s
Cup team. McDonald was skipper in the two most recent Volvo Ocean Race, and
was mainsail trimmer and tactician for the America’s Cup challenger Sydney ’
95 in 1995. Along with the recent signings of Morgan Larson and McDonald
today, a total of 15 new sailors have been recruited during the last four
months for the now ongoing two-boat training. –

* (October 10, 2006) It was announced today that the first America’s Cup
boat ever built in China will carry the sail number CHN 95. CHN 95 will be
delivered directly to Valencia from Hong Kong and is expected to arrive
mid-December. Also announced was the Desafío Español 2007 team’s second boat
has been assigned sail number, ESP 97. The boat is scheduled to be completed
by the beginning of January. - 32nd America's Cup official website, full

* Number 96 was issued Tuesday, with an announcement pending this week as to
which team it was assigned.

Mike Siau from Syracuse, NY, bought his first Hobie 16, off the side of the
road for $650 of his own money, at age 16. His mom made a call to local
Hobie Fleet 204 and dad brought him to that Thursday night’s fleet race. The
rest is history. Mike is a part of the growing number of Hobie youths in the
northeast. On any given day during the summer you can find Mike and a pack
of Fleet 204 kids in the middle of Oneida Lake, blasting around, flying a
hull and sometimes flipping over. If there isn’t any wind, they load as many
kids as possible onto a Hobie 16 for some fun. Packed with kids and barely
above sinking, they head out onto the lake for “hull jumping." The gang
flips the boat and take turns jumping from the top hull. In 2005, Mike
teamed up with local Optimist star Sam Ingham in 2005 to win the U.S. Youth
Multihull Championship. Later that year, the pair also went to South Africa
for their first Hobie 16 World Championship. Mike Siau is leading the charge
for the next generation of Hobie sailors and making some of the old
stalwarts proud in the process. - US Sailing,

California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey is used to seeing top-level Star
boats show up in their parking lot. They hosted the Star Worlds in 2002 and
the Star NAs last year. However, as the first boats started showing up for
the Star Olympic Pre-Trials Regatta, which starts next week, it was obvious
that the ante has been raised in this class. The first two boats that rolled
in had special double-decked trailers. The lower lever has the Star boat,
with its quiver of masts, in the normal location, but double-decked on top
was a personal RIB coach boat. Here’s a photo from one of the teams:

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* Harken Yacht Equipment has announced the promotion of Robert Sweet from
corporate controller to chief financial officer and corporate treasurer of
Harken, Inc. His responsibilities are to manage the global financial
operations of Harken, Inc, which include the parent company in Pewaukee,
Wisconsin, USA, as well as wholly owned subsidiaries in Italy, France, the
UK, Slovenia, Australia, and New Zealand. Harken also has ownership
interests in Harken Sweden and Harken Japan. - IBI Magazine, full story,

* The Challenge Business International Limited, a company established by Sir
Chay Blyth to organise the Global Challenge round-the-world yacht race, has
gone into administration. The first Global Challenge race, The British Steel
Challenge, took place in 1992 to 1993 and the race was run four times. The
company has also managed or participated in the Round Britain and Ireland
Challenge, Transat Challenge, and Rolex Fastnet Race. The assets are
comprised largely of five 67ft yachts and thirteen 72ft yachts that have
participated in the Challenge Series. - IBI Magazine/Michael Verdon,

* The Moore 24 class held its 30th National Championship regatta October
5-8, 2006 at Santa Cruz YC, where 39 entrants showed up for an 11 race, one
throwout series. After the smoke cleared on Sunday, it was Rowan Fennell’s
Paramour, with Will Baylis aboard, who edged out Scott Walecka and Dave
Hodges on Adios, and Bart Hackworth’s Gruntled, finishing second and third
respectively. Although he won the PCCs at the Tiburon YC in May, this was
Fennell’s first National Championship. Under the leadership of Scott
Sorensen, the Moore 24 class is enjoying a healthy resurgence this year. -
by John Siegel, complete results:

* Sailing World magazine has posted its college rankings on their website,
which are based on results through October 3rd:

* In Issue 2198, Scuttlebutt carried the final report and results from the
Storm Trysail Club’s 2006 Intercollegiate Offshore regatta at Larchmont
Yacht Club. Additional details from the event can be found at

We haven’t come across a game lately that is worth adding to the Scuttlebutt
Game list, but now we have. If you think you are a whiz at driving, or like
to boast about your keyboarding skills, now is the time to put up or shut
up. The Scuttlebutt staff has been busy denting fenders as we tested this
game. Now it’s your turn…enjoy:

Letters selected for publication must include the writer's name, and may be
edited for clarity or space (letters shall be no longer than 250 words). You
only get one letter per subject, so give it your best shot, don't whine if
others disagree, and save your bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.
As an alternative, there are no word or frequency limits on comments sent to
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* From Bill Hooper: Forgive me if I find this new development of "Temporary"
weather bouys installed on the right, on the left and at the top, way over
the top. All this feeding the "Coach" information to pass along to the boat.
Then let’s have the same computers that are receiving this weather data
handle the sail trim and monitor VMG. We're taking the sailing out of the
sailing, please leave it alone! Just one sailor’s opinion.

* From John Leitzinger: As a self proclaimed techno-geek I am initially
impressed with the Land Space X-5 weather buoy concept but I have to ask the
question: Can anyone explain how floating robot weather buoys will improve
the quality of inshore sailboat racing anywhere? Understanding weather,
currents, local conditions etc. is all part of the game that technology
could simplify... but at what cost?

* From Terry Burke, St. Louis, MO: For the education of Doran Cushing, Gary
Comer was a major sailing figure in the Chicago area in the 1960's. He was a
Star NA champ and Star Worlds runner-up and the Pan Am Bronze medallist. His
Lands' End yacht hardware yearly catalog was the bible of all sailors. More
can be read about his beginnings working our of the Murphy&Nye sail loft can
be read in Gary's own words here: (you might need
to cut and paste into browser)

* From Gene McCarthy: In addition to being a world-class sailor, Gary Comer
volunteered to help run regattas when he didn't qualify. In l959 after
winning the North American Star Championship in Chicago, he packed up and
went to Newport Harbor, CA, calling his boss at Young and Rubicam to let him
know he would be late returning from his vacation. The boss said" Gary,
anything worth doing in life, do in excess". He was second in the Star
World's that year and he took that advice into his new company Lands' End.

* From Peter O. Allen, Sr., Rochester, NY: Well, nobody mentioned it in
Letters/'Butt 2198, so I will: The following is from the second paragraph of
USSA's report on the recent U.S. Match Racing Championship in Fort Worth:

“The Petit Final, the battle for third place, turned out to be just as
exciting as the competitors went to the best-out-of-three limit.”

I find it "interesting" that a group that claims to uphold egalitarian
principles, a group that several years ago eschewed the word "Yacht" as part
of its own name, can still include the phrase "Petit Final" in its
discussion of a regatta. "Petit final" my butt! (If the Curmudgeon will
excuse the phrase!) How about "semi final?" Is it really necessary to use
any flimsy excuse to introduce the French language into race reports? And
for a regatta in Texas, no less. Yes, we do live in "interesting" times.

* From Josie Gavieres: In response to the CURMUDGEON's OBSERVATION: Anything
free is worth what you pay for it (except for Scuttlebutt). San Diego travel
agent and sailor, Kenny Eisele, always reminds me, "If you want cheap,
you're gonna have to pay for it!"

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