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SCUTTLEBUTT 2211 - October 27, 2006

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San Francisco (Oct. 26, 2006) — With the fleet divided into two groups for
the early rounds, Wednesday’s races saw the current leader of the match
racing world championship standings, Ian Williams, the 29-year-old skipper
of Team Pindar, win Group A with a 5-2 record. He topped a three-way
tiebreaker with Peter Holmberg of Alinghi and Ben Ainslie of Emirates Team
New Zealand, two syndicates for the America’s Cup, defeating both in
head-to-head matches for the tiebreaker. Holmberg defeated Ainslie in their
Flight 2 match to place second and Ainslie third. Those three advance to
Friday’s Quarterfinal Round, a knockout series with the first to 3 points

During Thursday’s racing, Italy’s Paolo Cian, tied for fifth in the match
racing world championship standings, leads the Group B round robin at the
Allianz Cup Presented by Oracle after four flights. Cian has a perfect 4-0
record at Stage 5 of the 2006-’07 World Match Racing Tour. Cian won Stage 3,
the St. Moritz Match Race, in August for his first World Tour victory.
Thursday he defeated Larry Ellison, Brian Angel, Cameron Dunn and Jesper
Bank in light winds for his undefeated record. After Cian there’s a tie for
second, at 3-1, between old foes Ed Baird of Alinghi and Peter Gilmour of

Friday’s schedule calls for a Pro-Am regatta in the morning, beginning at
10:00 a.m. Group B racing is scheduled to resume around 1:30 p.m. and, time
permitting, the race committee would also like to start the repechage round
tomorrow afternoon. The racing will be broadcast live on the Internet at beginning around 1:30 p.m. PT.

Allianz Cup site:
World Match Racing Tour site:

The BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, presented by Nanny Cay, is
known for its innovation and the 2007 event, March 26 - April 1, will be no
exception. This year the BVI Spring Regatta wants to bring sailors back into
the protest room, on the judge’s side of the table.

Over the last ten years, sailors have been supplanted on protest juries by
professional jurists, International Judge’s (IJ’s), and regatta chairman Bob
Phillips believes that this has deprived the competitors of a learning
opportunity. “Quite often the competitors have a different view of the
on-water action and actual sailing conditions and this is what we are trying
to get back into the protest room. I expect that they will interject a very
pragmatic and practical approach to this process.”

The 2007 BVI Spring Regatta will re-involve the sailors in the protest
process by asking each skipper at registration if there is someone on board
who is conversant enough with the Rules to serve on a Protest Committee. No
competitor will sit on a committee that hears a protest that would affect
results of the class in which he sails and, if necessary, competitors will
be given the opportunity to appeal a decision to an International Jury. -
BYM News, full report:

Event website:

(Long Beach, CA) Along with draw poker and American Idol, sailing is one of
the few competitions where women can face off with men on equal terms.
Stuart McNay of Chestnut Hill, Mass. and crew Graham Biehl, San Diego,
emerged as the early leaders with two first places and a second, but the
women's teams of Erin Maxwell/Kinsolving, Canada's Jennifer Provan/Carol
Luttmer and the Czech Republic's Lenka Smidova with Elizabeth Kratzig of
Miami Beach as crew grace the next three positions after the first of four
days' racing.

The genders are separated in the RS:X windsurfer classes nearer the beach
east of Long Beach, with Ben Barger of Tampa, Fla., runnerup to Peter Wells
in the 2004 U.S. Trials, posting two runaway victories on the new Olympic
board and Nancy Rios and Farrah Hall swapping firsts and seconds to share
the women's lead after two races.

Following morning Santa Ana desert winds up to 15 knots, the breeze shifted
180 degrees to onshore for the rest of the day but only flirted with
double-digit velocity, raising the opinion that the light wind favored the
women because they're smaller. Kinsolving, a slim six feet tall and an
Olympic participant at Athens, wasn't buying any of that. - Rich Roberts,
full report:

Current Leaders
470 (men and women combined; 12 boats, after 3 of 10 races):
1. Stuart McNay, Chestnut Hill, MA/Graham Biehl, San Diego, 2-1-1, 4 pts.
2. Erin Maxwell, Norwalk, CT/Isabelle Kinsolving, New York, 3-3-4, 10.
3. Jennifer Provan, Toronto, Can./Carol Luttmer, Kingston, Ont., 1-2-8, 11.

MEN'S RS:X (5 boats, after 2 of 10 races):
1. Ben Barger, Tampa, FL, 1-1, 2.
2. Mark Powell, Miami, FL, 2-2, 4.
3. Seth Besse, Guilford, CT, 4-3, 7.

WOMEN'S RS:X (5 boats, after 2of 10 races):
1. Nancy Rios, Cocoa, FL, 2-1, 3
1. Farrah Hall, Annapolis, MD, 1-2, 3.
3. Karen Marriott, Lakewood, CO, 3-3, 6.

470 results:
RS:X results:

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(The US Sailing ‘Sailor of the Week’ recognition aptly goes to Gonzalo Diaz,
Sr. this week, the Miami resident whose name is synonymous with Snipe class
promotion, and is enjoying the international class community in his town
this week for the Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship. Here is
the report.)

Gonzalo Diaz, Sr., affectionately called "the old man" by many, is a
meticulously organized man. At 76, he is the patriarch of a wonderful
family, a successful business, and three generations of Snipe sailors
throughout the United States. In 1963, Gonzalo Sr. breathed several sighs of
relief. Not only had he left behind a thriving business in Cuba and
successfully relocated his family to the United States, he also managed to
get his Snipe, a 15 ½-foot racing sailboat, to North America. He was as
calculated in his plans for his family as he was in making arrangements for
his boat. Many of the United States’ most accomplished sailors are forever
indebted to Gonzalo. Not only did he introduce his two sons and daughter to
sailing, he has perpetuated the Snipe Class in Southeast Florida. His
daughter Anne and sons Gonzalo Jr. (Gonzo) and Augie can regularly be found
on the water and are accomplished sailors (Augie is the 2003 US Sailing
Rolex Yachtsman of the Year). Having his son, Augie, win the title of Snipe
World Champion in 2005, was probably Gonzalo’s proudest sailing moment. The
Old Man spends the better part of his day at the office and the majority of
his leisure time organizing the Miami Snipe Fleet. This week, Gonzalo can be
found at the Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship in Miami with
his long-time friends from the Snipe class. -

If you were wondering how far innovators could take the whole idea of
harnessing the power of the wind, then this week’s video is not to be
missed. It’s a sail that can thrust you forward, and it’s an airplane wing
that can lift you. Strapped to your feet might be skiis, skates,
rollerblades, or anything else you ride. When combined together you have the
next level of extreme activity, where you can glide in the air, or sail on
the ground. Blend the footage with action music, and you have 3:40 minutes
worth of sweet dreams. Thanks to Skip Ridgeway for sending us a link to this
week’s video. If you have a video you like, please send us your suggestions
for next week’s Video of the Week. Click here for this week’s video:

The Italian +39 Challenge sailed its new boat, ITA 85, for the first time on
Thursday. The debut marks an enormous milestone for the young team, with the
boat representing nearly 40 000 man hours of work. Helmsman Iain Percy said
the plan was to tow the boat out, test some systems, and if the weather
permitted to raise the mainsail. The boat must have passed all structural
tests quickly, because within minutes the mainsail and then the genoa was

Conditions were perfect for testing a brand new boat, with a light six knot
breeze and a slow, long swell on the Mediterranean. Team leader Luca Devoti
was beaming like a proud parent from a nearby support boat as the new blue
boat found the wind and sailed away with helmsman Iain Percy at the wheel. -
Full report:

(Thursday 26 October 18:05 GMT) At the 15:00 GMT position poll, Bernard
Stamm and Cheminées Poujoulat were 150 miles north of Madeira with Kojiro
Shiraishi 161 miles astern, closing the gap over the past three hours.
Earlier today, the Japanese skipper spent an exhausting three hours
recovering a sail dragged overboard, but is overwhelmed by the strength of
his boat, Spirit of Yukoh, and how she handled the storm earlier this week.

Just north-east of Cape Finisterre, Mike Golding restarted racing off the
Spanish port of La Coruna when his 48 hour penalty expired at 14:11 GMT this
afternoon and sailed into light headwinds. Twenty miles north-east of
Ecover, Alex Thomson and Hugo Boss are rounding the headland north of La
Coruna as daylight fades. Golding has had to play catch-up before - most
memorably after restarting in the 2001-02 Vendée Globe and carving through
the entire fleet - so for the British skipper, anything is achievable: "Alex
is the immediate target" he commented, shortly before setting off, "but the
bigger goal is catching Bernard."

At 11:00 GMT, shortly before Ecover left the dock, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
shook hands with Golding on the pontoons in La Coruna before returning to
work on SAGA Insurance, a boat which he described today as "a very tough
little girl". Knox-Johnston's in port, 48 hour time penalty expires at 14:55
GMT tomorrow (Friday) and the sixty-seven year-old mariner is keen to rejoin
the race. Puerto Deportivo marina in Gexto, just outside Bilbao, will be
busy tomorrow (Friday) morning. Unai Basurko is scheduled to restart racing
with Pakea at 08:00 GMT and Kiwi skipper, Graham Dalton, will start racing
at around the same time. A scheduled start time for Tim Troy on Magaret Anna
has not been announced, as he continues to make final adjustments to his
boat in La Rochelle, France to meet IMOCA requirements. - Velux 5 Oceans
website, full report:,,12345~918367,00.html

Whether you are looking to crew at Acura Key West Race Week in January, or
you are the crew boss trying to fill holes in your roster for the event, the
Scuttlebutt website is the official crew sign-up board for the regatta.
Newly posted on the crew board is an announcement from Roy Disney’s Morning
Light team, as members of the crew are looking for crewing positions in Key
West as additional practice for the film being produced . Look for their
listing on the crew board (and all the others), or contact team
representative Genny Tulloch, who will field all requests:

Don’t let any hurdles stand in your way from attending the 20th anniversary
of this outstanding event. Crew board link:

The Scuttlebutt community is encouraged to comment on the Forum threads:
--- Looking for sailing info on St. Augustine, FL and Charleston SC.
--- Whaddup wid zee Germans (jumping in the water at Soling Worlds)?
--- Seeking information on a used 420
--- Baltimore's Downtown Sailing Center
--- Changing the 2007 Team Race Worlds location

Forums link:

* (Miami, FL - Oct 26) With 6-12 knots for the final day of the Snipe
Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship, the Uruguayan team of Pablo
Defazio/ Eduardo Medici were able to overcome early event leaders Bruno
Bethlem/ Dante Bianchi (BRA) for the overall win. The Brasil team did fare
well for themselves, with Bethlem/ Bianchi in second, Alexandre Paradeda/
Pedro Tinoco (BRA) in third, Augie Diaz/ Mark Ivey (USA) in fourth, and
Carlos Wanderly/ Richard Zietemann (BRA) in fifth. - Full results:

* Snipe Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship photos:

* Last Wednesday, New England Boat Boatworks, Sparkman & Stephens yacht
design, North Cove Marina at the World Financial Center and avid Scuttlebutt
reader and top sailor Jordan Murphy all got together for the launch of a new
65-foot power cruiser. For Jordan’s comments and photos:

* The Italian magazine Vela e Motore elected the new Beneteau First 50 "Boat
of the Year" during the Genoa International Boat Show. The jury, composed by
naval architects Andrea Ratti, Sergio Abrami, and editor Antonio Vettese,
chose the boat for the very interesting industrial balance among design,
price, contents and sailing capabilities. The prize "Gran Premio
dell'Innovazione" (Innovation Grand Prix) went to the new Lagoon 420 with
electric engines. The megayacht prize to the Tomas Perkins's Perini Navi
Maltese Falcon for the impresive new "clipper" rig. - Antonio Vettese,

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* From Kai Derby: (re Challenge Business in administration in Issue 2210):
The US term for the same thing is Chapter 11. It is my understanding that
the business is up for sale as a going concern and the yachts are also up
for sale individually as well (including Aviva, Dee Caffari's record-making

* From Larry Leveille: Just wanted to correct a statement in Thursday’s
Scuttlebutt (Issue 2210) about the 1984 Olympic boardsailing events. They
were not held in Long Beach that year. As a first-time demonstration sport,
the events were held in Santa Barbara, about 95 miles up the coast from Long
Beach. Both freestyle and slalom events were held over three days. Many of
us from Santa Barbara assisted in the events. I still have a green/orange
Olympic pennant from that regatta.

* From Bud Thompson: (re Velux 5 Oceans race video in Issue 2210) It looked
to me that a small jib would have helped as he (Stramm) was wallowing around
a bit. But who am I to second gas those boys!

* From Adrian Morgan: May I be allowed to reply to Craig Davis's open
invitation (letter section in Issue 2210) to join the next Volvo Race?
Writer in residence for the Southern Ocean? How can I refuse. At the first
sign of bad weather strap me to the binnacle (if there is one) with a
(waterproof) notebook. I suspect my first attempt would begin with
"Aaaaaaaaghhhhhhh...." and end, six stanzas (or the length of an average
surf) later with ...ghhhhhhhh." It would improve. Incidentally, has anyone
read Das Boot (the book)? The descriptions of the North Atlantic are
unmatched; the author was also a wartime submariner.

* From Joe Cazana: (Re Mr. Duffy's response to social memberships in Issue
2210) After so many letters about a shrinking sailing community and how to
expand it, what better source of potential sailing material is there than
those landlubbers who join a yacht club as social members? Did they really
join so they could vote to build a swimming pool and tennis courts or did
they join because they were drawn to the water like every sailor and sailor
wannabe I know?

* From Andy Stagg: The problem with keeping youth interested is rooted right
along side the problem plaguing the rest of the sailing industry - there is
too much hypocrisy, drama, and red tape. People say "keep sailing fun", and
then go protest the hell out of a competitor. "Kids like new fast exciting
boats"... yeah I'm sure they'll love the price tag and learning curve too.
If anyone has ever had a run in with a "big boat" program, the amount of
drama involved is enough to drive a man to drink (which would explains the
after parties). US Sailing as a governing body is so concerned about the
legalities of the minutest detail that it's near impossible to get a boat on
the water.

But these aren't only trends in sailing; no, it would be very short sighted
to say that. These are trends throughout our society. If you want to fix
junior sailing, you'll first need to tackle everything else. My suggestion-
Ease up!

* From Ted Livingston: Hats off to David Doody (regarding his letter in
2209). I say that he is right regarding "Messing about in boats." Here’s an
example from the life and times of Carl Eichenlaub: While still a teen-ager,
he had built an International 14. He had become so good, already, that he
was named to represent the West Coast in the very first Mallory Cup (won
eventually by "Corny" Shields). After another regatta for the I-14 fleet, at
Newport Harbor YC, instead of hauling out onto a trailer, he and his crew
were seen loading sleeping bags and bags of food into the '14. Here is what
Carl said, as retold to me years ago by the late Chuck Kober:
"Whither bound, Carl?"
"Home to San Diego."
"You can't sail a '14 to San Diego!"
"How do you think we got here?"

* From N. Bourdow: (Re: George Bailey letter in Issue 2210) George, you need
to either get a new life, or a new Club. You're 'way' out of touch!

-- Curmudgeon’s Comment: With so many references to Issue 2210, here is a
link for that newsletter, which is parked on the Scuttlebutt website with
all the other back issues in the Archives section:

Great minds discuss idea; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss

Special thanks to UK-Halsey and all the loyal Scuttlebutt readers. For the
San Francisco readers, hopefully we will get to meet some of you on Friday
as we attend the Allianz Cup.

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