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SCUTTLEBUTT 2502 – January 2, 2008

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The STP65 Rosebud, owned by Roger Sturgeon (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida), became
only the third American yacht to claim the overall title of the 628 nautical
mile Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, bridging a time when previous winners
Ted Turner's American Eagle in 1972 and Kialoa III (Jim Kilroy) in 1977 held
the honor.

An estimated 300,000 spectators, on boats and Harbour headlands, saw the
82-yacht fleet start on December 26th inside Sydney Harbour on a perfect,
warm, sunny summer day. The Reichel-Pugh 98 maxi Wild Oats XI immediately
grabbed control of the race for line honors among the three canting-keeled
98ft maxis, ultimately beating City Index Leopard (Mike Slade) by 27min
23sec, with Skandia (Grant Wharington) later limping in after breaking the
top third off her mast.

While Wild Oats XI finished two hours and 44 minutes outside the record time
of one day, 18 hours, 40 minutes, and ten seconds she set in 2005, her third
consecutive win equaled the record set in the race's very early days, by
Claude Plowman's Fife-designed and built cutter Morna in 1946, 1947 and
1948. -- Daily reports:

Division winners:
Division A: Quantum Racing, Ray Roberts, Farr Cookson 50
Division B: Rosebud, Roger Sturgeon, STP65
Division C: Chutzpah, Bruce Taylor, Reichel-Pugh 40
Division D: Mr. Beak's Ribs, David Beak, Beneteau 44.7
Division E: Zephyr, James Connell, Farr 1020
PHS A: Sailors with Disabilities, David Pescud, Lyons 54
PHS B: Namadgi, Rick Scott-Murphy, Bavaria 44
Sydney 38: The Goat, Bruce Foye & Mitchell Gordon
Cruising: Capriccio of Rhu, Michele Colenso, Oyster 55
Line Honours: Wild Oats XI, Mark Richards, Reichel-Pugh 98 maxi
Complete results:

* Thanks to photogs Carlo Borlenghi and Andrea Francolini for sharing race

* By Justin Vallejo: “I'm not afraid to admit it. As we embraced, doused each
other in beer, and took team photos, I struggled to hold back the tears. When
I went below deck for a quiet moment and actually tasted some of those
coldies, the salty eyes couldn't be stopped. It was part jubilation, part
sweet relief and, at the end, part shock. I'd just finished the Sydney to
Hobart yacht race, the most intense three days I've had the privilege of

“But it didn't end with the neck-and-neck sprint up the Derwent River against
main rival Hugo Boss. After 1170km, our near identical Volvo 60 boats were
separated by just 40-odd seconds. We barely had time for any celebration when
there was a problem bringing down the spinnaker after the finish line. So we
turned hard to starboard to avoid crashing into Constitution Dock. When the
kite suddenly refilled with air it flew high out the front of the boat and
the ropes that bear its massive loads - we're talking tonnes - flew out with
it. One hooked me around the neck before it hurled me into the air. The
impact felt more like an iron bar than woven fabric.” -- The Daily Telegraph,
read on:,22049,22987916-5001031,00.html

Joining the year-end “best of” lists is US Sailing’s short list of nominees
for the 2007 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards. Established
in 1961 by US Sailing and sponsored by Rolex Watch, U.S.A. since 1980, the
annual presentation of US Sailing's Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the
Year awards are widely regarded as the sport's ultimate recognition of an
individual's outstanding on-the-water achievements for the calendar year.

Nominees for US Sailing's 2007 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award:
Ed Baird (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Clay Bischoff (Coral Gables, Fla./New York, N.Y.)
Andrew Campbell (San Diego, Calif.)
Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.)
Greg Fisher (Columbus, Ohio/Annapolis, Md.)
Tomas Hornos (Swampscott, Mass.)
Pete Levesque (Portland, Maine/Annapolis, Md.)
Jeff Linton (Tampa, Fla.)
Colin Merrick (Portsmouth, R.I.)
Dave Ullman (Santa Ana, Calif.)

Nominees for US Sailing's 2007 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award:
Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.)
Amanda Callahan (Canton, Mass.)
Emily Dellenbaugh (Easton, Conn.)
Liz Hall (Tiverton, R.I./Washington, D.C.)
Lisa Keith (Marblehead, Mass.)
Amy Linton (Tampa, Fla.)
Karen Mitchell (Deerfield Beach, Fla.)
Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.)

The final vote to select the winners will be held later this week. For a
complete list of the nominee’s achievements, go to

The Melges 32 and Melges 24 Midwinter Championship will be taking place at
Acura Key West 2008 on January 21-25. Of the 261 boats that’ll be at the
event, the Melges classes are #1 and #3 in entries among the sixteen
divisions. No surprise really since both boats are set up to trailer, rig
easily, and even ramp launch if you choose - the perfect set up for Key West.
When you want to do some winter sailing, look to Melges. The Melges Winter
Series is very active and participants come from around the world. Check out
what all the excitement is about at,, or

Open 60 doublehanded round the world race (started Nov 11; 25,000-miles)

(Day 52 – January 1, 2008) Since the last report on Day 40 (December 20th),
Paprec-Virbac 2 maneuvered its way through Cook Strait on Day 46, the
unofficial halfway point of the Barcelona World Race that lies between the
North and South Islands of New Zealand. Hugo Boss skipper Alex Thomson, some
130 miles behind the race leader, would announce on this day that he would be
making a short pit stop in Wellington (NZL) to remedy their rudder problems.
However, it would be on Day 48 that Paprec-Virbac 2 had their own rudder
issues to deal with after hitting an 'unidentified floating object' and
damaging the starboard rudder. While HB was waiting for their required
48-hour pit-stop penalty to expire, P-V2 was able to handle their repair on
the water by covering the damaged area of the rudder with carbon material and
coating. Then on Day 51, deep in the clutches of the Southern Ocean, P-V2 was
confronted by an enormous iceberg at 54.30-degrees south latitude. For now,
P-V2 is continuing their push south in the Pacific Ocean, but will need to
get further north as they approach the ice gate at 52-degrees South latitude,
some 300 miles away. The gate will force them north, out of an area where
icebergs were reported just last week. But for now, the leading boat is still
in iceberg country. --

Positions at 18:00 GMT
1-Paprec-Virbac 2, Jean-Pierre Dick/ Damian Foxall, 9,435 nm DTF
2-Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson/ Andrew Cape, 744 nm DTL
3-Temenos II, Dominique Wavre/ Michéle Paret, 1,862
4-Mutua Madrilena, Javier Sanso Windmann/ Pachi Rivero, 2,198
5-Educación sin Fronteras, Servane Escoffier/ Albert Bargues, 2,836
Retired - PRB, Vincent Riou / Sébastien Josse (broken mast)
Retired -Delta Dore, Jérémie Beyou/ Sidney Gavignet (broken mast)
Retired - Estrella Damm, Guillermo Altadill/ Jonathan McKee, (rudder damage)
Retired - Veolia Environnement, Roland Jourdain/ Jean-Luc Nélias (broken

* The Scuttlebutt website’s weekly snapshot of the fleet finds the lead Open
60’s blazing a trail toward Cape Horn at the tip of the South American
continent. Race tracker:

* (Day 39 – January 1, 2008 - 16:22 UTC) Francis Joyon and his maxi-trimaran
IDEC now have 5,879 nm remaining in their attempt to set a new solo round the
world record. In the past 24-hours, they posted an average speed of 17.6
knots and a distance covered of 423.3 nm, and an advance of 3,453 nm over the
record set by Ellen MacArthur in 2005. Having past Cape Horn three days ago,
his course is now direct to the finish at Brest, France. --

* (Day 15 – January 1, 2008 – 15:30 UTC) In his solo round the world record
attempt, Thomas Coville and the maxi-trimaran Sodeb'O has not enjoyed an
ideal weather forecast, and while he holds a lead of 346 miles over the
record set by Ellen MacArthur in 2005, he is estimated to be around 3 days
behind Francis Joyon’s current record attempt time. Coville is still working
his way down the Atlantic Ocean toward his turn at the tip of the African
continent for the Southern Ocean leg. --

* Franck Cammas and his nine man crew onboard the 105-foot maxi trimaran
Groupama 3 are scanning a weather window that have them planning for a
departure on Thursday, January 3rd to begin their Jules Verne Trophy attempt
for the fully crewed round the world record. Bruno Peyron, aboard the
maxi-catamaran Orange 2, set the current record March 2005, when his team
sailed the course in 50 days, 16 hours, 20 minutes, and 4 seconds at an
average speed of 17.89 knots. --

The legal skirmish over the America’s Cup showed no sign of ending, with the
champion Swiss syndicate asking a judge to reconsider his decision to declare
the Golden Gate Yacht Club the main challenger for the next race. Alinghi’s
lawyers contended that the San Francisco club’s July challenge on behalf of
BMW Oracle Racing was invalid because it failed to properly describe the
yachts in which the race would be sailed. The challenge letter described a
boat that would measure 90 feet long by 90 feet wide, a dimension that could
apply only to a multihulled vessel like the catamaran that American Dennis
Connor used to defend the cup in 1988. The challenge, however, also called
the boat a “keel yacht,” a term traditionally used to describe a boat with
one hull.

Alinghi argued in court papers, filed in state court in New York on December
27. 2007, that BMW Oracle’s bid should be tossed because it proposes a boat
that doesn’t exist, or would be so misshapen because of its barge-like
dimensions that it would be unfit for racing. If the GGYC challenge was
disallowed, the next in line for the Challenger of Record seat would be South
Africa’s Team Shosholoza. The Golden Gate Yacht Club said Alinghi’s new claim
lacks merit. “If these arguments were valid they would have been presented
months ago,” BMW Oracle spokesman Tom Ehman said. -- Detroit Free Press, read

* The Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) announced on December 29th that it will
compete for the next America’s Cup according to the basic rules of the Deed
of Gift, and will seek to have an upcoming Court Order confirm the regatta
for October 2008. “It is time to move on and know where we stand,” Russell
Coutts, CEO of the club’s BMW ORACLE Racing team, said. “We had hoped to
negotiate a conventional regatta under the Deed’s mutual consent provisions.
But the Defender has made it clear to us and the America’s Cup community that
they will not negotiate. We are now fully committed to a multihull event in
2008. -- Complete statement:

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* (Miami, FL) 630 sailors from 17 countries attended the 37th Orange Bowl
International Youth Regatta, hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club on December
27-30, 2007. Red Fleeter Antoine Screve from San Francisco won the Optimist
overall class, Peru’s Stefano Peschiera won Blue Fleet, NYYC’s Ford Johnstone
won White Fleet and Ian MacDiarmid of Palm Beach won Green Fleet. Sydney
Bolger/ Caitlin Beavers from Newport Beach, CA won the 420 class, local David
Hernandez won Laser Full-Rigs, Lauderdale Yacht Club’s Philip Alley won Laser
Radials, and Holland’s Hidde Van der Molen won Laser 4.7s. The Magnus
Liljedahl Sportsmanship Trophy went to 9 year-old Miamian Grace Howie. –
Complete results:

* Durban, South Africa -- South Africa’s America’s Cup Shosholoza team
skipper, Mark Sadler dominated the 35-boat Eikos J/22 World Championship,
held December 14-22, 2007. Sadler finished with an event aggregate of 23
points and a net result of 10 points after two discards, giving him the
overall title by 12 points over runner-up Jeroen den Boer of the Netherlands
on HBB/ Slam on 22, who was only one point ahead of third-placed Ian Ainslie
on Eikos with 23. Top North American entrant was Keith Zars in 16th place. --
Complete results:

* Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC) Management, which includes members
of the Storm Trysail Club (STC) and Lauderdale Yacht Club (LYC), has
announced the formal opening for race entries for the 2008 Fort Lauderdale to
Charleston Ocean Yacht Race. Scheduled to begin April 23rd, this event marks
the rebirth of a race that originated in 1968 and ran for 10 years. The race
will start just outside of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale and finish just
outside of Charleston Harbor. -- Full report:

* The National Class E-Scow Association announced that a recent vote of their
membership has approved the change from a symmetrical spinnaker to an
asymmetrical configuration to be implemented in 2008. --

* The acquisition of Matrix Masts (NZL) by Hall Spars & Rigging (USA) became
official on December 14, 2007. Hall Spars & Rigging currently operates
factories in the U.S., Holland, and New Zealand. In addition, there is a
sales and service office in Italy. --

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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.

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* From Wes Bray: (regarding the post by Paul Henderson in Issue 2501; edited
to the 250-word limit) We are a family of cruising sailors, not really caught
up in the nuances of racing, but absolutely fascinated by the spectacle of
the America's Cup. I was in Newport in 1983, caught the bug, and have
followed every series since closely on TV/internet. My wife and I took the
kids to Valencia, which was a wonderful experience! Fantastic venue, great
access to the teams, exciting and dramatic races that were easily watched,
and of course, magnificent SPAIN! With Alinghi’s win, we all looked forward
to a return to Valencia in only two years time.

You can imagine the disappointment and disillusionment that has settled in on
my kids (and my wife and I) with all this seemingly pointless legal
wrangling. We understand what Alinghi is trying to achieve and we understand
why Oracle is concerned, but ultimately the differences seem pretty minor and
we don't see why a compromise has not been able to be reached. Moreover, we
REALLY don't understand why the "leaders" of the sport would so willingly and
casually throw away all the good momentum, mainstream awareness, strong
sponsorship, and broad scale good will that the 2007 event generated. As a
professional marketer, I know that you can't forecast or buy this outcome --
you just have to take advantage of it if you are lucky enough to have the
circumstances conspire to give it to you. It seems a terrible waste.

So, we wait, becoming more cynical about the sport with every day's delay. To
Ernesto and Larry...please listen to Paul!

* From Fred Stelle: (regarding Paul Henderson’s letter) Finally somebody
talks sense and proposes a no brainer solution that is simple and about
sailing. Let them work out the next venue and protocol while they continue to
build interest and excitement with a venue and format that worked well. I was
there for the whole event and would go back in a heartbeat. There were more
people at that event than any other by far and by a magnitude that I can only
guess at. Lets get on with it.

* From Gavin O'Hare: Congrats to US Sailing members for having nominated Team
Silver Panda (six athletes representing one team) for Rolex Yachtsmen and
Yachtswomen of Year. US Sailing only recognizes individuals for the Yachtsmen
of the Year awards. So, Team Silver Panda have been recognized as individuals
and not as the team for which they were nominated. Unfortunately for Team
Silver Panda, US Sailing does not have an award to recognize team effort.
What a shame, as never before has one team won the triple crown of team
racing: 2007 US Sailing National Championship, 2007 Wilson International Team
Racing Championship, and the 2007 ISAF World Championship. Congratulations
Silver Pandas…I think you have sparked the organization's attention to the
lack of Team Recognition!

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: The precedent for a team winning the award has
already been set, with winners including Paul Foerster & Kevin Burnham
(2004), Mark Reynolds & Magnus Liljedahl/ JJ Isler & Pease Glaser (2000), and
Allison Jolly & Lynne Jewell (1988). These teams were recognized largely for
their Olympic achievements, though no team has yet to win the Rolex award
that crosses the gender line.

* From Charlie Legeman: I was in Sydney, Australia and was amazed at the
media coverage given to the Sydney to Hobart race. There was an hour and half
program covering the start, with hourly updates on the ABC channel, with all
of the other news channels giving constant coverage. The turn out of yachts
to watch the start was amazing, probably over a thousand. I have never seen
anything like this anywhere.

The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us
our entire life, is ourselves. Be alive while you are alive.

Special thanks to Melges Performance Sailboats and North U.

Additional thanks to the Scuttlebutt community that tolerated the holiday
break taken by the newsletter’s editorial team. It is greatly appreciated.

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