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SCUTTLEBUTT 2423 - August 31, 2007

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Copenhagen, Denmark. (August 30, 2007) -- After day two of racing in the
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2007, the top four boats overall are all
familiar names - Mascalzone Latino, Alinghi, Nerone, and Barking Mad - all
are previous Rolex Farr 40 World Champions. Yet several other boats picked
the shifts well enough on a difficult day to move up in the standings.
Struntje Light (GER), Siragusawa (FIN), Nanoq (DEN), and Norwegian Steam
(NOR) all had a top five race finish - no mean feat in this 36-boat fleet.
The day began overcast with scattered rain and a WSW breeze at 12-14 knots
at the first race start, dropping to 8 knots for the second race. A third
race was postponed as the wind was forecast to drop further.

After winning the first race, Barking Mad’s tactician Terry Hutchinson went
on to describe the randomness of the day, with their second race, “we got an
awesome start in the middle of the line just to leeward of Alinghi and to
weather of Nerone. Got our bow out, just trucking along, sailing a left
shift, tack, cross everybody to the right of us, go for about 2-3 minutes,
sail back into a right shift and tack…looking just sweet. Cross Nerone,
cross like two lengths ahead of Nerone, Nerone goes about four lengths
beyond our line and tacks and just sheer off of us. We went from easily
launched to being engulfed by the pack. Basically the light spot was on us,
it was on no other boat. It was a little random.” Racing concludes September
1st. -- Complete report:

Preliminary Results (top 10 of 36 after 5 races)
Position – Country – Helm – Tactician – Points
1. Mascalzone Latino - ITA - Vincenzo Onorato - Adrian Stead, 24 pts
2. Alinghi - SUI - Ernesto Bertarelli - Brad Butterworth, 34
3. Nerone - ITA - Antonio Sodo Migliori - Vasco Vascotto, 39
4. Barking Mad - USA - Jim Richardson - Terry Hutchinson, 39
5. Infinity - USA - John B. Thomson Jr, - Jens Christensen, 48
6. Sputnik - AUS - Ivan Wheen - Tom King, 48
7. Opus One - GER - Wolfgang Stolz - Kelvin Harrap, 57
8. Calvi - ITA - Carlo Alberini - D Pietro, 68
9. Ichi Ban - AUS - Matt Allen - Michael Coxon - 68
10. Enfant Terrible - ITA - Serena Gianluigi - Paolo Cian, 68
-- Complete results:
-- Entry and crew list:

* While it has been cold and miserable for the Farr 40 worlds, some heat was
injected from outside when Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi asked that the
chairman of the jury, Tom Ehman, should step down. As Ehman is at the centre
of the litigation by GGYC, at the behest of BMW Oracle’s Larry Ellison,
Alinghi, as a competitor, felt there could be some conflict of interest.
Ehman did not step down, doubtless because he thought that his four
co-jurors would never allow themselves to be manipulated in what could be
seen as vindictive behavour. But Bertarelli’s skipper, Brad Butterworth, is
incensed and has written to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with
a formal complaint. -- Stuart Alexander, full report:

International Moth World Champion Rohan Veal comments on his latest
activity, “Ok, so I can now let the 'cat' out of the bag and mention on my
blog that the real reason I was up in Toronto, Canada a couple of weeks back
was to test sail Fred Eaton's foiling C Class cat. It was a bit last minute,
but seeing how I was in Detroit, it wasn't too far to head up. So how did it
sail? Well I thought it was a lot smoother, stable, and slower than
expected, but it is still very early days in development. They have done a
great job, though, and have based their development on the Prowler foils,
cable, and wand mechanisms.

"There were a lot of improvements that could be made obviously based on my
experiences, but most did not have the time or budget to complete before the
C Cat Challenge begins. I cannot comment on how it will fair against the
other C Cats as I have never sailed one before, but it certainly has
potential, especially if the crew have experience in sailing it in all
conditions.” -- For full report and photos:

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As skipper of the PUMA Ocean Racing entry in the 2008-09 race, American Ken
shares his thoughts on what it takes to tough it out when the going gets

Q: What were your first recollections of the Whitbread/Volvo race?
A: To be honest my first thought was ‘these guys have got to be nuts to do
something like this’ like any other sane person would think I imagine. I
built up a fascination and an intrigue about the race from the books I read
about it as a kid. When you delve back in to history and read some of the
tales and the adventures they were mind-boggling to a young kid.

Q: What did your experiences in 2005-06 teach you about the race?
A: What I learned most is that you need a whole new mindset for this race.
It’s a pacing rather than a pressing situation on a Volvo Open 70. The
chemistry of the people on board is crucial and the all-purpose mentality of
an individual crew member rather than a specialist is a big part of it. Then
there’s the question of how to tame the boats themselves. They are
fascinating both in design and the speed they generate. How hard you can
push a boat like this without it breaking is unbelievable. It’s like nothing
I’ve ever sailed before. In terms of learning, we all want to become better
at anything we do – whether as an accountant, a lawyer, a doctor or a sail
boat racer. And even though I jumped in late last time, because of the guys
I sailed with and because of the experience I had, I became a better sailor
and I look forward to keeping the learning curve going. -- Read on:

America’s Cup Management (ACM) is the entity that Alinghi formed to handle
the administration of the 32nd America’s Cup. ACM remains in place, with
Chief Operating Officer Michel Hodara responding here to some of Scuttlebutt’s
lingering questions regarding the 33rd edition:

* By the defender participating in the challenger trials (per the Protocol
of the 33rd event), is it not possible that the defender may influence the
ultimate outcome of the challenger trials? Given that the threat of
elimination does not exist for the defender, it would seem conceivable that
the defender may choose to lose to a lesser team, which might help this team
advance past a stronger challenger that could ultimately pose a problem for
the defender in the America's Cup. At the very least, the participation of
the defender does open the door for this type of concern.
MH: “In order to reduce costs, it has been decided to impose to sail only one
boat at a time. Therefore, it was reasonable that the Defender could take
part in the Challenger series, otherwise, the Defender would have no
opportunity to race an opponent while the challengers raced in the
Challenger Series.“

* What teams are currently participating with the defender in the design
rules for the new class of America's Cup boat?
MH: “Starting mid-September, the entered Challengers will participate in the
rule writing through a consultative process that will take place over
several meetings. At this moment of time the entered Challengers are Desafio
Espanol, Team Shosholoza, TeamOrigin, Team New Zealand and the German Team
who have submitted their entry and who will formally be accepted in the next

* The most recent press announcement by ACM stated that the Protocol for the
33rd Cup was proposed by ACM. Isn't the matter of protocol something that
the Defender and Challenger agree on?
MH: “That is correct and is exactly what happened. The Protocol is the result of
many meetings and discussions with the Challenger of Record and its
representatives, which lasted most of the duration of the 32nd AC Match. The
process was the same than in 2003 with GGYC and BOR.”

* Does ACM speak for SNG?
MH: “Because Yacht Clubs tend to appoint the appropriate professionals to deal
with all AC operational and administrative matters, ACM sometimes speaks on
behalf of Alinghi’s club, the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG).”

Newport, R.I. (August 30, 2007) – An exciting finale was on tap at the fifth
annual C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta, hosted by Sail Newport, as
three days of racing (August 28-30) for disabled sailors wrapped up on
Narragansett Bay. With five boats racing in both the SKUD 18 and 2.4 Metre
classes, and eight in the Sonar, there were no huge numbers to drop once
each fleet got to the requisite eighth race when a discard would be figured
into the overall scores. That didn’t keep the drama factor down though as
the competitors fought their way around the course through seaweed and in
light and shifty winds that never exceeded 10 knots. -- Daily reports at

Final Results (top three in each class)
2.4mR (5 boats)
1. CHN - Minq Xue Qi, 21
2. USA - Mark LeBlanc, 21
3. USA - John Ruf, 21

Skud 18 (5 boats)
1. USA - Scott Whitman/ Julia Dorsett, 17
2. USA - Karen Mitchell/ JP Creignou, 17
3. USA - Nick Scandone/ Maureen McKinnon-Tucker, 18

Sonar (8 boats)
1. USA - Rick Doerr/ Tim Angle/ Bill Donahue, 25
2. ISR - Dror Cohen/ Benny Vexter/ Arnon Efrati, 26
3. USA - Paul Callahan/ Tom Brown/ Roger Cleworth, 27
Complete results:
* Next up for the fleet is the 2007 IFDS World Championships that begin
September 7th in Rochester NY. --

Sixteen-year-old Michael Hogbin calls it "regatmosphere," the excitement
that starts to build before a big regatta. He and his family are just some
of the 100 volunteers at the Whitby Yacht Club (Whitby, Ontario, Canada)
helping host the Access Class World Championships over the next six days.
Sailors from all over the world, of all ages and abilities, will compete in
single and two-person divisions in the first-ever world championship for
access sailing.

David Staley, of the International Access Class Association, says Whitby was
a good fit for the Australian-based event because some crews will be using
it to prepare for the International Association for Disabled Sailing
Combined World Sailing Championships in Rochester, New York. The Sept. 7
regatta in Rochester is a qualifier for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.
However, access sailing is open to everyone, not just those with a physical

"The design of the boats is such that they are stable and easier to sail,"
explains Mr. Staley. "Sailors have to remain seated, so it creates a level
playing field. People who are very athletic have no advantage over someone
with a disability." Some of the boats are modified with sip and puff
controls, essentially two straws that can help someone without the use of
their arms operate the sheet and helm winches. Ame Barnbrook, who was born
without arms and only one leg, uses servo assist controls, a joystick she
manipulates with her three toes to operate a two-person SKUD 18. She and
crew member Dennis Critchley, both of Sydney, Australia, are one of three
Aussie teams hoping to qualify for Beijing in Rochester next week. -- Full

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* The Royal Thames Yacht Club in England, as the challenging club for
America’s Cup challenger TEAMORIGIN, is recruiting to fill a Head of
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* The Swan 45 Class Executive Committee has highlighted the four high
profile events which will form the International Class circuit for 2008. The
Programme is to feature: Rolex Capri Sailing Week from 21st to 24th May;
Copa del Rey, Palma from 26th July to 3rd August; and the Rolex Swan Cup,
Porto Cervo, Sardinia from 8th to 14th September. The proposed 2008 circuit
will also incorporate team racing for the Class at the Rolex Sardinia Cup in
Porto Cervo, Sardinia from 16th to 21st June. -- Complete details:

* The Cayman Islands Sailing Club (CISC) is preparing for what they say will
be one of the most exciting weekends in even its long and illustrious
history. On September 1-2, the CISC will host possibly the first full-scale,
youth-only regatta ever held in the Cayman Islands. Sponsored by leading
financial services company Scotiabank, the National Youth Sailing
Championships will involve young sailors aged 18 and under, competing in a
number of boat classes including Laser, Byte, Feva, Pico and Optimist. --
Full details:

* Correction: In Issue 2422, the list of North Americans that were in the
top twenty ISAF World Sailing Rankings was missing the 16th ranked 470 Women’s
team of Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving (USA).

Scuttlebutt World Headquarters will be closed next week on Monday, September
3rd due to the Labor Day holiday. This United States federal holiday takes
place on the first Monday in September, and dates back to 1882 from a desire
by the Central Labor Union to create a day off for the "working man". It is
still celebrated mainly as a day of rest and marks the symbolic end of
summer for many. Labor Day became a national holiday by Act of Congress in
1894. Look for the next issue of the Scuttlebutt newsletter, Issue 2424, to
be dated September 4, 2007.

Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include an engine getting ripped out of a Chesapeake Bay boat, the remaining
mast stump of a SoCal 48-footer, match race action from the Knickerbocker
Cup and Windy City Match Race, and some summer ending images of kids, water,
and boats. If you have images you would like to share, send them to the
Scuttlebutt editor. Here are this week’s photos:

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=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Please send me an email if you are able to submit a
report on any of the events above.

Letters selected for publication must include the writer's name, and may be
edited for clarity or simplicity (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, a more open environment for discussion is
available on the Scuttlebutt Forum.

-- Scuttlebutt Letters:
-- Scuttlebutt Forum:

* From Roger Vaughan: (regarding letter in Issue 2422) Thank you Cory
Friedman for that clarifier about how the New York Supreme Court will react
to the GGYC action against SNG. I second your "be happy, stop whining"

I've been puzzled myself about the whining going on. Hello, it's the
America's Cup: controversy and litigation (often threatened, sometimes real)
have always been a part of this yachting sub culture. It's people with
runaway egos backed by large fortunes going at each other tooth and nail. It
gets ugly, ridiculous at times. Always has.You want good, no-frills
competitive sailing, watch the Olympics, or any class world or national

Whoever wins the Cup tries to slant the playing field in his favor. That's a
given. The New York Yacht Club did it for 132 years. But Ernesto Bertarelli
and his cohorts took a couple giant steps over the line. GGYC has taken them
to task, and that's a good thing. Checks and balances. The New York Supreme
Court will provide a decision that we all hope will put everything back on
an even keel, and the beat will go on. It's all part of this game, which,
don't forget, is part circus.

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: We look forward to more commentary from Cory, who
is local to the NY Courts, and his profession has provided him insight into
both its operation and personnel.

* From Andy Vare: From a relatively detached standpoint, I am astounded at
the similarities between the new Pyewacket and Michael Faye's highly
discredited America's Cup challenge from Mercury Bay in 1988. It seems like
the right-side-uppers are finally coming to emulate the upside downers,
about 20 years later. I'm sure Juan K. will explain that the two are truly
different yachts, but skiff wings are skiff wings. I wonder aloud if racks
and trapezes ala Derek Baylis and Ian Murray will be allowed next Transpac?
At least during the early reaching...

* From Steve Gregory: Thanks for providing the comments from Don Finkle in
Issue 2422 regarding the bogus Beneteau First 10R rumor. Scuttlebutt
continues to be the most credible and complete source of sailing news on the

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