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SCUTTLEBUTT 2506 – January 8, 2008

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There was the time a wave swamped his sailboat in Biscayne Bay (Miami, FL)
and John Ruf found himself in a bit of a precarious position, being that he
is paralyzed from the waist down and momentarily was holding the key to Davy
Jones' locker. "That was a little tense," Ruf said with a laugh. Was he
afraid? No, that's not Ruf. A 15-hour international flight and no access to a
bathroom might give him pause, but wind and water? Bring it on. "I figure the
worst thing that can happen is I wind up in a wheelchair," he said, "and I've
already got that one covered."

Ruf, 39, of Pewaukee, WI, was paralyzed from surgical complications following
a 1998 auto accident and had to stop racing his 28-foot E Scow. Determined
not to give up sailing entirely, he switched to a 2.4-meter single-handed
boat, a difficult transition because he had never sailed without a crew. It's
safe to say he's gotten up to speed. In October, Ruf won the U.S. Paralympic
Team Trials in Newport, R.I., and qualified for the 2008 Paralympic Games in
Beijing, China. He will be America's lone representative in the 2.4-meter
class. "I won my share of races over the years, but the trials is the first
regatta I've ever won," he said. "It was the right time to win one." -- JS
Online, read on:

Melbourne, Australia (January 7, 2008) -- With the qualifying series at the
49er World Championship completed on Sunday, Monday was the first day of Gold
flight racing. Qualifying scores were carried over for the final series, with
top North American entrant Tim Wadlow/ Chris Rast (USA) moving up from tenth
to fifth place overall with scores of 10-5-1. Here is their report:

“The racing today was very difficult. We raced in an offshore wind that was
light, shifty, and puffy. Teams were moving from the front of the fleet to
the back, or from the back to the front with each wind shift and puff. We
kept a relaxed attitude through the ups and downs, and managed to finish all
the races on a positive trend.

“The highlight of the day was winning the third and final race of the day. We
had a great start at the boat end, and then lady luck shinned on us with our
own private puff that launched us into a considerable lead after racing only
a couple of minutes. We shared the puff with overall leaders Iker Martinez
and Xabier Fernandez from Spain, and spent the rest of the race match racing
them well in front of the rest of the fleet. We did our job holding them off,
and went on to win the race by a considerable margin. It was a nice way to
finish up the day.” --
Racing continues through Wednesday; complete results:

Of all the seven confirmed entries in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009, the
Alicante camp has been the most guarded with finer details about their
campaign. This has led to speculation among the sailing fraternity and
spawned a number of Spanish media theories. Initial rumours of an all-female
entry have given way to the prospect of a Spanish ‘youth’ boat styled on the
ABN AMRO TWO entry in the previous race. All will be revealed, we are told,

One thing is for certain, there will be two boats and Bouwe Bekking, the
skipper of the 2005-06 Spanish campaign backed by telecommunications giant
telefonica movistar, will be at the helm again. Armed with an exclusive deal
with Farr Yacht Design (FYD), the Spanish campaign is well advanced.
Construction is under way on the first boat which is due to be launched in
the spring of 2008. Racing begins with an in Alicante, Spain with an In-Port
race on October 4, 2008. -- Full story:

Dave Perry, David Dellenbaugh, and Brad Dellenbaugh are teaching Rules and
Tactics Seminars this winter. Perhaps you could learn a thing or two... From
fundamental principles to nuances highlighting the difference between
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rules dictate. The case-based curriculum teaches situations, not rule
numbers. Enrollment is limited. Sign up now (risk free) and receive Perry’s
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Open 60 doublehanded round the world race (started Nov 11; 25,000-miles)

(Day 58 – January 7, 2008) There are a few tough days ahead for Hugo Boss as
the race leader, Paprec-Virbac 2 has hooked into a nice Southern Ocean low
and is running away, while Hugo Boss is stuck in very mild conditions – in
every sense of the word. Describing their current situation, the words of
Jean-Pierre Dick on Paprec-Virbac 2 and Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss couldn’t
have been more different.

“There is a lot of rain and gusty winds, up to 35 knots. It’s very difficult
to sail the boat,” Jean-Pierre said. “It’s very, very cold here, so just
checking the sails and adjusting the sheets is torture. It’s terrible
really.” The consolation is a boat speed approaching 20 knots. Meanwhile,
Hugo Boss is in the same ‘Furious Fifties’ latitude, but struggling to make 5
knots on a sunny, warm, windless day. --

Positions at 18:00 GMT (+gain/-loss from leader since previous day)
1-Paprec-Virbac 2, Jean-Pierre Dick/ Damian Foxall, 7,745 nm DTF (+366)
2-Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson/ Andrew Cape, 901 nm DTL (-139)
3-Temenos II, Dominique Wavre/ Michéle Paret, 2,850 (-83)
4-Mutua Madrilena, Javier Sanso Windmann/ Pachi Rivero, 2,957 (-33)
5-Educación sin Fronteras, Servane Escoffier/ Albert Bargues, 3,341 (-97)
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

* (Day 45 – January 7, 2008 - 19:50 UTC) Meager progress continues for
Francis Joyon and his maxi-trimaran IDEC in their solo round the world record
attempt, with speed and distance numbers for the latest 24 hour speed average
at only 10.2 knots while covering 244.7 nm. With 4,364 nm remaining toward
the finish at Brest, France, Joyon has lost 138 miles in the past day on his
advance over the record set by Ellen MacArthur in 2005, which is now at 2,523
nm. --

(Sausalito, CA) Ken Neal, Executive Director of Call of the Sea, a Sausalito
based non-profit organization, thinks of the 82-foot Schooner Seaward - the
group's flagship - as a floating park. "She's a community boat," Neal said.
"We all feel like she is ours." On land, parks introduce young people to
nature, so they have a glimpse of what it's like in the wide-open spaces, far
from the cities. But there are no parks at sea. How can kids, or teenagers,
get out on the water to see the sea?

Call of the Sea, through Seaward, is dedicated to connecting people to the
sea through the unique hands-on experiences aboard a sailing ship. In the
spring, summer and fall, Seaward serves as a floating classroom, taking
groups of kids out on the waters near Sausalito for day trips and week-long
seagoing adventures. Call of the Sea provides many scholarships, and works
with community groups to ensure that all kids are invited. In the winter,
Seaward leaves Sausalito and earns her keep, taking paying passengers, up to
10 at a time, on adventures in Mexico. The money that Seaward earns in the
winter goes towards her outreach programs throughout the rest of the year.
Jan Pehrson, Marin Independent Journal, read on:

Although the cleanliness of the water for the 2008 Olympics sailing events
has come into question, at least the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center is
attempting to be environmentally friendly. The center will be using two solar
energy systems -- one at the Logistics Center and one at the Athletes'
Center -- to provide air conditioning and hot water. Additionally,
solar-powered landscape lights and wind-powered street lamps also make up
part of the scenery in the Olympic sailing center. Forty-one wind-powered
lights are installed along the main seawall. This design causes the windmill
above the lights to rotate, when the wind speed reaches three meters/s. The
lowest wind speed for the sailing events is also three meters/s. Therefore,
when the windmill rotates, the spectators will know the competition will
begin. -- Complete story:

* On July 24, 2008, the Olympic flame will pass by the Olympic Sailing Center
in Qingdao. The Olympic torch relay will start off on March 25 from Olympia,
Greece and arrive in Beijing on August 8. On the day of its arrival, it will
be used to light the main cauldron of the National Stadium, signaling the
opening of the 29th Olympiad. -- Complete story:

* There has been a fear of extremely light winds for the 2008 Olympic sailing
events. However, a recent report from the Chinese press said “that the
organizers would take measures to prevent bad weather from spoiling the
(opening) ceremony.” Perhaps they will also have special powers to insure
steady breeze for the racing too. -- Scuttleblog,

Congratulations to Bob Oatley and his team aboard Wild Oats XI, for earning
their third consecutive line honor in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.
Congratulations also to Roger Sturgeon and his team aboard Rosebud for
winning the overall IRC trophy. Both Wild Oats XI and Rosebud race with
complete North Sails inventories including 3DL upwind sails and V-Series
spinnakers. For more information, visit

* Following the merger in April 2007 of Performance Sailcraft Europe and
Vanguard Sailboats (USA) to become the world’s largest producer of small
sailboats, they have now rebranded the global company as LaserPerformance.
“Leveraging Laser as an integral part of our name was a natural. It’s the
best known name in small boat sailing and represents our dedication to the
sport. Performance goes beyond just our products. It speaks to our DNA and
how we as an organization approach the market,” according to Chip Wilkerson,
Vice President of Marketing. --

* Long Beach, CA -- Hardly a drop of water from a weekend of West Coast
storms fell on the 23rd Rose Bowl Regatta Saturday and Sunday, but after
nightfall when the sailing was done the skies re-opened to rain all over
Boston College's parade to the championship. A protest by Stanford knocked
BC---ranked No. 1 nationally---into second place and lifted St. Mary's
College of Maryland into first place for the second year in a row. Point Loma
High also repeated in the high school Gold fleet competition with a Sunday
comeback that brought it from 25 points behind to a 35-point edge over
archrival Newport Harbor. -- Complete report:

* Miami, Florida -- The Sid Doren Memorial, the second regatta of the four
event Etchells class Jaguar Series hosted by Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, saw 85
entries compete on Biscayne Bay last weekend, with Chris Busch rolling a
second place in the final race to rally for the win over Canadian Dirk
Kneulman in second and Bill Hardesty in third. The next two events are the
Florida State Championship (February 9-10) and the Jaguar Mid-Winters
(February 29-March 2). -- Complete results:

* Melbourne, Australia -- The 2008 International Canoe World Championship
concluded last week with Hayden Virtue (AUS) as the new IC World Champion,
Chris Maas (USA) as the Development Canoe champion, and John Robson (GBR)
winning the Assymmetric event. – Complete results:

* (January 7, 2008) A Sebastopol (CA) man who was pulled from the chilly
waters of Tomales Bay Sunday after his skiff capsized died shortly after
being rescued, Marin County fire officials said Monday. The unidentified man,
69, was plucked from the water after spending about 20 minutes waiting to be
rescued. A Coast Guard spokesman estimated the bay's water temperature to be
in the low 50s. Officials couldn't verify what the man was doing in the water
and what may have caused his small vessel to overturn. – Marin Independent

* (January 7, 2008) A Melbourne, Australia man who took a yacht sailing in
the Pacific has been missing at sea for seven months, police said today. Neil
Stanley Qualtrough, 64, had little sailing experience when he sailed out of
Honolulu alone in a 16m yacht called Pasado Manana on June 5 last year, and
was planning to arrive in Tahiti, Fiji or Samoa about two weeks later.
Police, who have been in touch with authorities including the US Coastguard,
Interpol, Australian Federal Police and the Australian Maritime Safety
Authority, said the yacht was equipped with safety equipment. -- The
Australian, full story:

* Correction: In Issue 2505, it was stated that the winners of the 2007 US
Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards would be announced this
week. The winners will be, in fact, announced next week.

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* From Eric A Sorensen: As regards the story in 2504 with the 42' boat
carrying 10,000 lbs of coffee. I did some silly number crunching. Given 3lbs
of coffee = 1 gallon and there are 7.48 gallons in a cubic foot = 22 lbs a
cubic foot which would add floatation if swamped since water is about 56 lbs
per cubic foot.

Now on to the nebulous part... a 42-foot boat could be as much as 14-feet
wide and have an average headroom of 6-feet (rounding). As a failed calculus
student, I merely divided the beam in half to calculate a rough interior
volume of 1764 cubic ft (which would allow for 38,000 lbs of coffee if it was
a stripped out interior). If we assume there were berths, tanks, head, and
galley taking up 1/3 of the space that would allow 1164 cu. ft = 25613 lbs of
coffee with no room to maneuver below.

Take away some coffee to make a pathway and sleeping space etc.... and you
might be able to get 10,000 lbs down there but the real question is why?
Coffee has been known to be the importers friend or the captain just wanted
to try and make his boat into a working business.

* From Gregory Scott: With the New Year brings reflection, and while we’re
musing over who's the greatest and pondering their accomplishments, I want to
add a name to the list. Ted Ison may not be familiar to many, but to anyone
who has raced in Kingston, Ontario (CAN), he sure is. I can't count the
CORKs, Worlds, Youth Fests, etc. that Ted has been part of. His love of the
sport and his willingness to share his time always makes the sailing
experience better. While generous, Ted is not a saint. He has recounted less
than enjoyable days dealing with twerps being twerps, rainy days, no wind,
too much wind, enough wind to make everyone puke, and through it all, there's

Now to say "Ted" really isn't the complete story. I have to include Bernie
because without her “Cub Scout Leader” demeanor added to the mix, I think
some days would have really gone off the rails. Numerous books have been
written about learning life through sailing, Ted is a chapter. Mentoring,
coaching, driving countless miles with college kids, his shared knowledge has
improved many lives. When I hear “this is the last year," I nod knowing that
one phone call & he’ll be setting another start line. Every “kid” who "grew
up" sailing in Kingston, either on a “greatest hits" list or adding your
opinion, has a story. If we added up the time Ted and Bernie have sat on a
start line they could have sailed the world. So to the "Ted and Bernie's" of
sailing,.thanks and have another great year on the water.

* From Jennifer Martin: Thanks for another great analysis by Cory Friedman
(in Issue 2505) regarding the latest in America’s Cup legal maneuvering. Cory
must get quite a kick at all the armchair attorneys that provide their
opinion. It would not be hard to buy into the Alinghi logic, but fortunately
for the ‘buttheads, Cory is able to dive down into a level of legal speak
that is foreign to most of us, and once again, tell it like it is. And once
again, the Alinghi lawyers are making Brad Butterworth look like the most
conservative tactician on god’s green earth. They play the edges, they split
from the fleet, they jump the line, they use experimental gear, and as is
usually the case with such an approach, they get burned. Sizzle!

* Curmudgeon’s Comment: A recent thread discussing the proper outfitting for
the US Coast Guard may have provided some misinformation. Based on the USCG
policy manual, when water temperature is above 60 degrees and air temperature
is above 50 degrees, personnel are required to wear their Work Uniform, Type
III PFD, and a Boat Crew Survival Vest. An excerpt from the policy manual is

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