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SCUTTLEBUTT 2424 - September 4, 2007

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Copenhagen, Denmark (September 1, 2007) -- Despite the cold and rainy
weather on Friday, good breeze allowed for three races, with some clarity
now being provided to how the event may end. Among those teams pressing at
the top was Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi, but the Swiss team effectively
lessened their chances for the title when they were over the starting line
early in the last race of the day and had to return to restart. Jim
Richardson's Barking Mad (USA) rolled a 14-6-2 to rise to second overall,
but it was Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino (ITA) appearing almost
untouchable, now 24 points in the lead.

For the final racing on Saturday, the good winds had departed, causing
esteemed PRO Peter Reggio and the Royal Danish Yacht Club race committee to
delay over three hours, after which they managed to add one final race to
the scoreline, with nine races run in total. The final race did provide a
few shake-ups in the top of the scoreboard as Barking Mad's (USA) 26th place
and Alinghi's 7th place resulted in the American team finishing 3rd overall.
Also moving up in the standings was John Thomson's Infinity (USA) which,
with a 3rd place, moved from 15th to 7th overall.

Overall winner and World Champion Vincenzo Onorato and his team on
Mascalzone Latino (ITA) finished with healthy 35-point margin, making them
only the second team to win the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds twice (Jim Richardson's
Barking Mad is the other), though the Italian team is the first to do it
back to back. The opportunity to ‘three-peat’ will come soon, as the 2008
Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will be held in Miami Beach, Florida, USA
from April 16-19. -- Daily reports:

Final Results (top 10 of 36)
Position – Country – Helm – Tactician – Points
1. Mascalzone Latino - ITA - Vincenzo Onorato - Adrian Stead, 47 pts
2. Alinghi - SUI - Ernesto Bertarelli - Brad Butterworth, 82
3. Barking Mad - USA - Jim Richardson - Terry Hutchinson, 87
4. Sputnik - AUS - Ivan Wheen - Tom King, 91
5. Opus One - GER - Wolfgang Stolz - Kelvin Harrap, 101
6. Nerone - ITA - Antonio Sodo Migliori - Vasco Vascotto, 112
7. Infinity - USA - John B. Thomson Jr, - Jens Christensen, 129
8. Nanoq - DEN - HRH Crown Prince Frederik - Bouwe Bekking, 132
9. Warpath - USA - Steve Howe - Ian Williams, 132
10. Twins - FRA - Erik Maris - Gildas Philippe, 133
-- Complete results:
-- Entry and crew list:

* Elite shooter ‘King’ Carlo Borlenghi was onsite, and his photos are as
much art as they are a record of the action. The weather was very “un-Key
West like” as shown by the choice of gear worn by the crew, and these
conditions are no picnic for the photogs either. However, Borlenghi
triumphs, with Scuttlebutt hosting three pages of his imagery:

* In Issue 2423, Scuttlebutt reported that earlier in the event, Ernesto
Bertarelli’s Alinghi asked that the chairman of the jury, Tom Ehman, should
step down. As Ehman is at the center 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. After review by the jury, the class, and
ISAF, the protest was disallowed. A side note through this incident was that
the PRO of the Farr 40 Worlds was ACM employee Peter Reggio, who is as good
and honest as they come, and perhaps furthered his legend when boss
Bertarelli’s team was called OCS in the eighth race.

Is it really true that Melges Performance Sailboats is introducing yet
another fun sportboat? Rumors say it's a Melges 20. If it's as cool and
simple to sail like the Melges 17, Melges 24 and Melges 32, it will be
something to see! With Melges making appearances at boat shows in Newport
(September 13-16) and Annapolis (October 4-8), be on the lookout for what

There is one factor at the critical, central, fulcrum point of everything
that has to do with America's Cup, 33rd edition. It's really not Alinghi,
although Alinghi is right there in the vest pocket. It's not America's Cup
Management, although that's a puppet for Alinghi and Ernesto Bertarelli.
It's not Valencia, Spain, or the European sailing venues. Goodness me, it's

Everything that has to do with bizarre undertakings of the 33rd Protocol and
its impacts on every America's Cup team, devolves to Ernesto. It's about
him. It's his call. It's his judgment. Always. Ernesto, to be frank, what
does anyone have to do to crack your code? What has to happen before you
think and act like the sportsman you really are?

You are the great sportsman who funded an entry-level Team New Zealand (32),
and if we believe what the pundits are saying, an entry level South Africa
Team (33). You are a great sailor, a great leader, a great player in the
world of sport. Literally. What on earth are you giving up if you reinstate
the 32nd Protocol, or install one just like it? In our view, and in the view
of everyone else on the planet, nothing. -- Read on:

* BMW Oracle Racing’s Tom Ehman had recently heard the rumor of how Société
Nautique Genève (SNG) might escape their legal situation in the NY courts by
playing a game of “Cup, Cup, who has the Cup?” The Deed of Gift contains a
provision of how the ownership of it can be transferred, and Ehman believed
a scheme might be in the works between the Swiss and Team New Zealand.
However, an interview on the BYM News website with John Crawford, Commodore
of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, appears to shoot down this theory.
When asked about this, Crawford replies, “I’m astounded. It’s unthinkable;
there is only way the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron wants to get the
America’s Cup back, and that is by winning on the water. That’s why we’ve
entered; we don’t like the protocol, but you can't win on the water if you
aren't there, so we entered.” -- Complete interview:

* If Ernesto Bertarelli and Brad Butterworth had much concern with public
perception, it was not apparent at the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds. After coming in
second overall, the team leaders no-showed at the awards presentation.

The beauty of college sailing programs is their variety is size and nature.
With hundreds of schools and teams involved with this years fight for the
six national titles and the Fowle trophy, there are many ways to win.
However, there are some pieces of advice that translate across the board
from big schools with small teams to small schools with big teams, from
teams with student administrators to two-coach programs. Here are some
excerpts provided by 2007 College Sailor of the Year Andrew Campbell:

1. Try and get your schoolwork done: Sure, for all the sailors moving their
mouse up to the top of the screen and clicking to another site because they
don’t need another person besides their parents telling them to ‘finish
their homework,’ think again. The best way to be a better college sailor,
and indeed a better high school, middle school, or elementary school sailor,
is to finish your work before you focus on sailing.

2. Treat sailing like it should be treated - as a sport: At the top level of
College Sailing, our game can be played at the varsity level. This means
that sailboat racing is taken as seriously as any other varsity sport at the
university. As it should be. Even if your team is a club sport, the best
programs in the country take hold themselves to varsity standards.
Regimented practice schedule, workouts, chalktalks, and meetings are
necessities to any championship level team.

3. On the water focus on your Fundamental Skills, be Conservative, always
Pass Boats: Once at the regatta, whether it is an A and B division event
with 8 schools or a National Championship Teamrace, there is still one
guaranteed way to win: Low Scores. The best way to do that is to remember a
three-part mantra that should improve not only your college team’s
experience, but also your racing in general. -- Read on:

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

Howtoons -- the comic strip for kids that explains how to build cool
stuff -- has just launched on the Web. The artwork is great and the projects
are interesting. While perusing the site, I came across this great cartoon
that illustrates wind strengths on the Beaufort scale. When I was sailing
Optimists as a kid in England we used to refer to wind strength using the
Beaufort scale instead of using knots. No one seems to use it in the US, but
I always liked it because it is based on observations, which are easy to
differentiate, rather than wind speeds which are hard to judge. For example,
the difference between a Force 3 and a Force 4 is that white caps have
started to form. -- Litoralis blog,

* The cartoon states, “Over thousands of years sailors have learnt to
estimate the speed of wind just by looking about. This technique matured
into what we now call the Beufort scale. The universe tells you everything
you need to know about it as long as your prepared to watch, to listen, to
smell, in short observe.” -- Here’s a link to the cartoon:

Camet International Clothing expands their line of technical gear with the
new Hobart Extreme Technical shorts. Designed to be the lightest shorts on
the market, they weigh in at only 9 ounces, and are designed with offset
side seams to reduce chafing. The improved design provides extreme
flexibility, while the Titanium silver nylon fabric has a durable water
repellent finish that dries quickly, and has a UV rating of 40+. Features
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deep side-pockets, and a Cordura-reinforced seat for added protection from
abrasive surfaces. View all the Camet products:

* Hood River, OR -- Twenty one boats and nearly 100 sailors from across the
country came to compete in the 2007 Moore 24 National Championship Regatta
on August 24-26. After a 12th in the opening race, Morgan and Christa Larson
gradually scratched their way back into contention, with a win in the final
race to narrowly claim the title. Brad Butler's Morphine finished in second
just three points behind, with Bill Erkelen's Tortuga just one point further
back in third place. Conditions ranged from 10-15 knots on Friday to classic
Gorge conditions on Saturday and Sunday, with 20-25 knot winds and gusts
above 30 knots. -- Complete report, photos, and results:

* Stamford, CT (September 2, 2007) -- Of the 50 boats competing in Stamford
Yacht Club’s Vineyard Race this weekend, 43 sailed the 238-mile Vinyard
course that takes the fleet heads to Buzzards Bay Light Tower, rounding
Block Island on their return. Blue Yankee, a Reichel Pugh 66 sailed by Bob
and Farley Towse, won the IRC division as well as breaking the course
record. In the PHRF division, Tenacity III, a Hunter 466 sailed by Peter
Gould, was first. Seven boats sailed the 116-mile Cornfield Point race,
which takes boats to a point off the Connecticut River and back. Quest, a
Cambria 40 sailed by Dennis Powers, took fleet honors. --

* Sarasota, FL (September 2, 2007) The 61st Sarasota Labor Day Regatta
enjoyed 294 competing out of Sarasota Sailing Squadron, with nine one-design
classes dominating the event, plus a sprinkling of handicap fleets rounding
out the action. Complete results at

* Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy (September 3, 2007) The 18th edition of the
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, saw 38
yachts from 11 countries begin their racing today under blue sky, warm sun
and building breeze - classic Porto Cervo. The fleet of colossus are divided
into 5 divisions for a week of competition over a mixture of
windward/leeward, coastal and island courses. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda
sent the fleet on a 30-mile blast up and down the main channel between the
Maddalena Islands and mainland Sardinia.
-- Daily report:
-- Results:

* The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that 11 cities have
been put forward by their respective National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to
apply to host the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010. The Candidate
Cities, in alphabetical order, are: Algiers 2010 (Algeria), Athens 2010
(Greece), Bangkok 2010 (Thailand), Belgrade 2010 (Republic of Serbia),
Debrecen 2010 (Hungary), Guatemala City 2010 (Guatemala), Kuala Lumpur 2010
(Malaysia), Moscow 2010 (Russian Federation), Poznan 2010 (Poland),
Singapore 2010 (Singapore) and Turin 2010 (Italy). The election of the host
city for the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games is expected by February 2008. --
Full report:

* Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker’s wife Mandy gave birth to the
couple's second child Saturday, a daughter they have named Olivia. -- NZ

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* From Mike Ingham: (Re: Far 40 Worlds) It is interesting that the Farr 40
Worlds gets so much coverage, with it being your lead article on only day 2
of the event. You list the top 10 (the top quarter of the fleet) and have a
good long article and I am sure there is more to come. I am not taking away
anything from the Farr 40 and they have big names involved, but there are
plenty of classes with MUCH bigger regattas that get but a small blurb and
list the top 5 after the event is done. Even our local Thistle events rival
the Farr 40 worlds in size. I guess the big $ programs that get the best

Curmudgeon’ Comment: We could only hope that other events provide the
quality of news information as events that are sponsored by Rolex, wherein
their event sponsorship (of the Farr 40 Worlds and many other events)
includes a media component. There were so many prominent one-design events
this year that we were hoping to cover well, only to be skunked by a dearth
of information. Quite often, the only event information available is the
results, forcing us to piece some words together from that. Many times, the
results are not even available. Long story short, if events want better
media coverage, it has to come from within. Create a media list, send out
several pre-event notices to get the word out, and then promptly post
results and stories during the event (both by email and on the event
website). The only limitations on our end are relevancy and room. If the
event is important to our broad audience, it gets in. However, the length of
each newsletter is limited, which might impact the kind of report we can
provide. For any other questions, send me an email at

* From John Longley: Roger Vaughn stated (in Issue 2423) that, "Whoever wins
the Cup tries to slant the playing field in his favor." I take exception to
that comment with regard to the 26th match in Fremantle. All the RPYC did
was set about to hold a great regatta that would move the Cup forward. In
doing so they promptly lost the Cup but there is no doubt that the event
they produced was possibly one of the best matches, rivaled only by the
recent 32nd match. It is such a shame that we have descended back into the
chaos that the Cup had to endure surrounding the non America's Cup of the
Big Boat vs. Dennis's cat.

* From Clark Chapin: Words fail me. I have known Tom Ehman Jr. since
adolescence. I have observed him as a fellow competitor, judge, race
officer, volunteer, and professional in our sport. He and his family have
taught me lessons in the highest standards of sportsmanship and fair play.
We have often disagreed and I have known others who have disagreed with him.
I have never known him to carry out duties as a race officer, official, or
member of a jury in any way that does not reflect the highest standards of
our sport. Shame on Alinghi and Brad Butterworth!

* From James Gatz: In his article (in Issue 2423), Stuart says "... Which
leaves the case of the validity, under the terms of the Deed of Gift, of the
CNEV challenge. That will doubtless give rise to long arguments over
previous challenging clubs, not least the Mercury Bay and the SNG. But they
went ahead, and so have the power of precedent. "

Power of precedent comes from court decisions. Arguments, long or otherwise,
about previous challenges are meaningless. Here's why:

If you want to predict how the court case might go, read the decision from
the 1988 AC case, available at:
Key point from the Headnotes of the decision: To the extent the language of
the Deed of Gift is unambiguous, the court will not look "beyond the four
corners of the deed". So if they decide that the deed unambiguously requires
the challenger to have held an annual regatta at the time of its challenge,
then it seems to me that CNEV would not be a valid challenger. It won't
matter whether Mercury Bay in 1987, SNG in 2003 or Desafio in 2007 were
valid challengers. That is all "extrinsic evidence" from outside the four

* From Gregory Scott: (regarding items in Issue 2423) Those photos couldn't
say it any better.... re my comment about getting a chair and watching the
goings on around a crane. An American humorist wrote a very funny book about
his marina observations. Butterworth .... geez . This is getting silly.
Remember the days when we could scream and yell at each other at a mark
rounding and then go have a beer after the race.

A recent survey revealed that the average American walks 900 miles per year.
Another survey revealed that the average American consumes 20 gallons of
beer per year. Conclusion: The average American gets 45 miles per gallon.

Special thanks to Melges Performance Sailboats, Camet International, and
Onne van der Wal Gallery.