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SCUTTLEBUTT 2510 – January 14, 2008

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Racing sailors from 18 different nations are on their way to the southernmost
point in the continental U.S. Acura Key West 2008, presented by Nautica finds
a record 60 foreign boats and US entries from 35 different states among the
261 entries. Competing in the 16 different classes on four separate courses
will include Dan Meyer’s Judel/Vrolijk 66-footer Numbers, John Brim’s R/P 55
Rima 2, a pair of new J/122s, the Mark Mills designed Sllim 37 and 2-time
Boat of the Week winner Irvine Laidlaw’s latest Highland Fling, a swing keel
Wally 80. Familiar names like Cayard, Barker, Butterworth, Bekking, Isler,
Hutchinson, and Warden-Owen are among the notables that will be in

Teams will unite to compete in the 11th annual International Team Competition
for the Nautica Watches trophy. This “side competition” with a focus on
national pride will feature eleven 3-boat teams from the Farr 40, Melges 32
and Melges 24 classes. Additionally, the PHRF US National Championship will
be decided at Acura Key West, with 55 boats in six classes competing for the
title. Nearly 70% of the entries are racing in the one design arena. Once
again the 46-boat Melges 24 class is the biggest class, and the J/105s have
an impressive 34-boat turnout. The 25-boat Farr 40s are starting their
earnest preparation for the 2008 Worlds in Miami next April while the Swan
42s will make their Key West one design debut with an impressive 12 boat
turnout. Melges 32 growth in this country and abroad is clearly exhibited
with their strong 27-boat showing.

Racing will be next week, January 21 through 25. To assist the online
audience, the website will provide regular updates during
the day from all four courses in addition to Kattack race tracking and daily
video reports by Gary Jobson. --

* Curmudgeon’s Comment: Among the attractions of Key West for the sailors are
the emerald-colored waters, sunny skies, dependable breezes, and warm
temperatures. This also attracts countless top photographers, for which
Scuttlebutt will be relying on to produce our annual event photo gallery. Any
photographers interested in participating, please submit your images by
January 24th to

For the America’s Cup faithful, with waves of disappointment crashing over
the bow, a light hearted moment can help to ease the pain of time. This
comes, unsolicited, from Bi Bof:
“Ahead of the Supreme Court's decision to be released on January 14 and
following the typo ‘Keel Yacht’ in their challenge filed in July 2007, Oracle
will be forced by the New York judge to race with a 90 x 90 feet ‘Keel Yacht.

“As Oracle's got unlimited budget, they already secretly launched a first
boat (see photo in blog) and sources are reporting that they are expected to
launch their second one within the next few days to begin their long testing
campaign. Note that this "keel yacht" is still not quite as wide as described
in their Notice of Challenge to make it ‘valid’.... but it is getting closer.
It is not known if Russell Coutts was on board for the maiden voyage of
Oracle's latest weapon.” -- Scuttleblog,

* There is a hearing scheduled for Monday, January 14th to address the terms
of the settlement order from the original lawsuit between the Swiss defender
SNG and the American challenger GGYC. On January 28th, there is another
hearing for SNG’s new lawyers to renew and reargue points from the original
lawsuit, such as the “keel yacht” debate. -- BYM News, complete report:

* Alpine wrestling champion Jörg Abderhalden has been voted "Swiss of the
Year" by television viewers of a gala event held in Zurich on Saturday
evening. Abderhalden, aged 28, took 20.38 per cent of the telephone votes,
ahead of the director of the new James Bond film, Marc Forster, and Ernesto
Bertarelli, head of the yachting team Alinghi, which successfully defended
the America's Cup in 2007. -- Complete report:

Charles H. McLubes his storm windows and shutters. Rick S. McLubes the sticky
weather stripping at his front door. Tim W./Chris R. McLube their 49er foils
to keep them moving up and down smoothly and minimize kelp issues. They also
McLube the mast track, tell tales, and the outside of the mast and spreaders
and jib so the spinnaker slides across easier during gybes. Of course they
McLube the spin, sock and retractable pole too… doesn’t everybody? For more
racing tips check out: How do you

At 40 years old, Kiwi boardsailing legend Barbara Kendall is considered one
of the veterans of the sport. But to Canada's CarolAnn Alie-Rosenberg,
Kendall is just a spring chicken. More than seven years after competing in
her last international regatta, 47-year-old Alie-Rosenberg is making her
comeback at the RS:X World Champs in Auckland. The three-time world
champion's return to boardsailing has seen her career come somewhat full
circle. In 1983 she attended her first world champs in Auckland. Now, 25
years on, she is back in Takapuna looking to qualify for what will be her
fourth Olympic Games. "I gotta tell you, five months ago I wasn't even
thinking about being here," she said. "I just thought it'd be fun and the
worst that can happen is we'll have a two-week family vacation in
Auckland." -- NZ Herald, read on:

* Racing for the RS:X Worlds began Sunday in light conditions, but both Men
and Women completed two races. Canadian Dominique Valle is currently top
female North American in 31st, with Alie-Rosenberg as next Canadian only
seven points back. The Worlds is the final event for countries that have yet
to secure an Olympic berth in the RS:X class. There are 21 countries
competing in the Worlds for the final nine Men slots (USA, CAN, and MEX have
all qualified), with 12 countries vying for the final seven Women slots (USA
and MEX have yet to qualify). --

by Kimball Livingston, SAIL
I've lost track of how many times I've walked onto the deck of a raceboat
full of strangers and walked off with a new set of friends. It tells me
something about the game. Or about the people who play the game. Or
something. Of course it's easy to make friends when you share an interest,
but there's more here than you get out of birding with strangers, perhaps
even—let's go to the wall—bowling with strangers. This sailing thing is
pretty darned committed. It takes a bit of learning to do it tolerably well.
It takes a bit of character to do it as part of a team. It can be a walk in
the park. Other days, you can kill somebody or yourself. – Read on:

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

(Day 64 – January 13, 2008) Hugo Boss crossed the Cape Horn scoring gate at
01:13 GMT overnight on Saturday, with skippers Alex Thomson and Andrew Cape
now turning their attention to chasing down race leaders Paprec-Virbac 2.
“The outlook for the next week is for a few big low pressure systems to come
off the land and deepening in front of us, so that will make life pretty
interesting. We’ll just try and pick our way through it,” said Andrew Cape.

Behind the leading pair, there is real action in the Southern Ocean with a
deep depression dishing up horrible conditions. "Last night we had some very
difficult conditions with some gusts of up to 56 knots without any visibility
near to an area where icebergs had been plotted a week ago,” wrote Javier
Sansó from on board a very ‘shaky’ Mutua Madrileña. “The waves have begun to
reach a considerable size - between 8 and 10 metres - with some of them
breaking at the top. And yesterday, we broke the speed record for the boat,
without really trying! The speedo said 36.8 knots and we sailed for quite a
while above 30 knots with 3 reefs in the main and our staysail.” --

Positions at 18:00 GMT
1-Paprec-Virbac 2, Jean-Pierre Dick/ Damian Foxall, 5,862 nm DTF
2-Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson/ Andrew Cape, 856 nm DTL
3-Temenos II, Dominique Wavre/ Michéle Paret, 2,656
4-Mutua Madrilena, Javier Sanso Windmann/ Pachi Rivero, 2,786
5-Educación sin Fronteras, Servane Escoffier/ Albert Bargues, 3,595
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 mast)

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The hard part is making it seem easier - and nothing could be truer than
Francis Joyon's attempt to shatter Ellen MacArthur's solo non-stop round the
world record which has seen mast damage, an injury and now a fierce north
Atlantic winter to nurse his 98ft trimaran back to the finish line at Ushant.
Joyon's Idec remains 20 per cent quicker than MacArthur's smaller 75 foot B &
Q, or nearly 13 days ahead at the same stage than the 71d 14hr record the
English yachtswomen set two years ago. But Joyon's difficulties have reached
new levels.

The normally measured Frenchman talked of the Sword of Damocles hanging over
him - the starboard rigging which he discovered had nearly unscrewed itself
on Friday when he scaled the 105ft mast to retrieve a broken mainsail
halyard. He has not been able to make a 100 percent repair, and conditions
are about to subject IDEC to violent, boat-breaking conditions. "I'm still
[sailing] upwind and the boat is banging around," Joyon said, "and with the
strengthening trade wind, the seas will get rougher and I still need to find
a compromise to avoid further risk of dismasting." But this will prove even
more difficult for Joyon after badly hurting his ankle on Friday when
climbing the bucking mast a second time to tighten the rigging attachment. --
Tim Jeffery, Telegraph, full story:

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

* Strictly Sail Chicago, the largest indoor sailboat show in the country,
will be held January 31 – February 3, 2008 at Navy Pier. Scuttlebutt has
discount tickets to help attend the four-day event to see the latest
sailboats and sailing accessories on the market. -- Details:

* North Sails has partnered with Sailing Weather Services to provide free
weather forecasts for Acura Key West Race Week from January 21-25. To sign up
for daily forecasts, log on to:

* Nominations will be accepted until January 16th for US Sailing's national
sportsmanship award, the W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Sportsmanship Trophy. The
trophy will be presented at US Sailing's Spring Meeting in Newport, RI, in
March. Details at

* The World Sailing Speed Record Council has ratified the new outright
singlehanded 24-hour world record set by Thomas Coville (FRA) onboard the
105-foot Trimaran "Sodebo" on January 5-6, 2008. In setting the new record,
Coville’s average speed was 25.8 knots while traveling 619.3nm. The previous
record of 25.76 knots and 610.45nm was set in 2006 by Yvan Bourgnon (SUI)
onboard the 60-foot Trimaran"Brossard”. --

* The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club will be hosting Safety-at-Sea seminars on
February 2nd & 3rd in Hamilton, Bermuda. A US SAILING Sanctioned SAS Seminar
will be run on Saturday and two ISAF approved “hands-on” sessions will be run
concurrently on Sunday. Saturday attendees will receive the certification
required for many offshore events starting from the USA, including the
Newport Bermuda Race and the Marion Bermuda Race. Attending both the Saturday
and Sunday sessions gives a person the "Pass" Certificate for the 'ISAF
Approved Offshore Personal Survival Course' required for many Cat 0,1,2
races. -- Registration information:

* A 30-foot vessel, damaged by fire and its mast broken, was found drifting
unattended off the Kauai coast on Sunday by fishermen. The boat’s owner,
Darrin Bunker, had left Dana Point Harbor three months earlier, bound for San
Diego. Bunker had very little sailing experience, and it was his maiden
voyage with the boat. It is estimated that the boat had drifted down the
coast to Baja California, where it was swept out to sea by trade winds and
currents that eventually pushed it to Hawaiian waters -- a journey of more
than 2,500 miles. -- LA Times, complete story:

With IRC wins at major events across Europe and America and orders into June,
the 40’ J/122 is already one of J Boats’ most popular introductions ever.
Fleet #1 (LI Sound) is formed and class racing begins in 2008. Best of all,
owners love their J/122’s cruising comfort.

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if others disagree, and save your bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.
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* From Geoff Newbury: (Re: Bill Buchan: story in Issue 2509) "In 18 knots of
breeze, we switched masts and stepped the new one." There is such a *MASSIVE*
universe of understatement hidden in that sentence! Just... WOW!

* From Steve Bodner: (regarding Video of the Week in Issue 2508) What an
intro for the video of the week... you hit the head on the nail on describing
why our windsurfing talent has migrated to Hawaii from its early roots in
southern California. But the weakest event for the US…come on.

Sure our Olympic program is suffering, but can you blame the sailors that are
trying with little support from US Sailing, and virtually no coach for the
past 12 years! There are no feeder programs for windsurfing like the other
Olympic classes have with junior, high school, and college sailing programs,
nor is there the support from the Olympic Sailing Committee who funds only
medal potential.

The fact that most of our talent lies in other windsurfing classes - like
wave, freestyle, slalom, and formula racing - should open the eyes of the
guys like Dean Brenner who have a say in choosing the classes for 2012. The
Olympics is begging for more modern, young, energetic, TV-friendly sports for
the next Olympics. Kevin's video footage shows us that perhaps we don't need
one design windsurf racing for the Olympic anymore. The times they are
>> Video link:

* From Rob Gauntlett: I am currently in Chile on my down South America as
part of a Pole-to-Pole expedition to raise awareness about the environment.
After leaving the North Pole in March, we have skied, dog sled, sailed, and
cycled our way down through Greenland, the North Atlantic, the US, Central
America, and now South America documenting our experiences as we go. Our next
challenge when we reach Punta Arenas will be to sail to the South Magnetic
Pole on a boat called Blizzard. However, we desperately need some funding to
make this happen and are looking at selling berths onboard to subsidize this
cost. We are nearly at the end of our penultimate leg and would really
appreciate your support in helping us cross the finish line of our carbon
neutral journey. As editor of Scuttlebutt, I was hoping you might be able to
put me in touch with any individuals that might be interested in this type of
adventure at this late notice.

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Happy to help. For anyone interested, here are the

* From Bizzy Monte-Sano (edited to the 250-word limit) I was saddened to read
of Peter O’Donnell’s death in “Scuttlebutt” Issue 2507. As you mentioned,
Poddy came to the U.S. as a member of the “Gretel” crew in 1962. That year
was Australia’s first attempt at winning the America’s Cup, and although they
did not prevail, the “Gretel” crew was superb on all fronts; they were great
sailors and competitors and terrific company ashore. I can recall, as though
it were yesterday, the “Gretel” and “Weatherly” crews drinking beer and
singing “Waltzing Matilda” at the Black Pearl after the last Cup race.
Australia’s diplomatic corps never fielded a finer set of ambassadors!

The next summer (1963), I had the pleasure of racing with Poddy and his
“Gretel” shipmate, Dick Sargent aboard Jakob Isbrandtsen’s “Windrose” in the
Trans-Atlantic Race to Plymouth and then in the Admiral’s Cup. When we were
in Cowes, the Queen’s yacht “Britannia” was also there, and as loyal
Australians puckishly eager to poke fun at the “Pommies”, Poddy and Dicko
would dip “Windrose’s” ensign, with the result that some lowly English naval
seaman would be dispensed from “Britannia’s” foredeck to run to her stern to
return the courtesy by dipping her gigantic ensign. Once the seaman had
returned to the foredeck, Poddy and Dicko would repeat the process!

I have been fortunate enough to do more than my share of sailing, but I will
always remember, and hold dear, the memories of racing with and against Poddy
during the summers of ’62 and ’63. He was great sailor and a wonderful

* From Ted Beier, Chairman, NCESA Rules Committee: Recently, Scuttlebutt
reported that the E Scow Class membership voted to convert to an asymmetrical
spinnaker (asail) rig, which is not quite correct. The proposal that was
voted in adds the asail rig as a sanctioned E Scow configuration. Sailors may
race either configuration, asail or symmetrical spinnaker, in a sanctioned
regatta, but may not switch from one to the other during the subject event.

A jiffy, as in “I’ll be there in a jiffy,” is an actual unit of time for
1/100th of a second.

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