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SCUTTLEBUTT 2511 – January 15, 2008

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US Sailing announced that it has signed a multi-year partnership agreement
with AlphaGraphics - a leading print, graphics, and marketing communications
network - to be the first-ever title sponsor of the US Sailing Team. The new
partnership takes immediate effect and runs through 2012. The US Sailing
Team, which annually recognizes the top three athletes in the classes
selected for the next Olympic and Paralympic Games, will now be known as "US
Sailing Team AlphaGraphics."

The sponsorship agreement includes direct financial support for the Team as
well as visual communications and marketing support for individual Team
members from U.S. AlphaGraphics locations. The partnership also envisions
leveraging the power of the AlphaGraphics franchise network to raise
additional funds for the Team. AlphaGraphics, headquartered in Salt Lake
City, Utah, is a visual communications franchisor. The company is owned by
Pindar Group, a leading print and electronic media company, which over the
years has become known for its support of sailing through its sponsorship of
several world-class sailors and sailing teams. -- Complete announcement:

* (January 14, 2008) With many of the Olympic classes set to begin their
World Championships within the next couple months in either Australia or New
Zealand, many of the top contenders are competing this week in the Sail
Melbourne event. After the first day of qualifying on Monday, the top
performance from the North American contingent was turned in by Erin Maxwell
and Isabelle Kinsolving (USA), leading the Women’s 470 class. Also turning in
good efforts was Abe Torchinsky (CAN), third in Laser, and Tania Elias
Calles, fourth in Laser Radial. -- Complete results:

by CCA Fleet Surgeon
The incidence of injury from accidental or premature jibes is unknown but the
problem is not insignificant. I became aware of the immediacy and seriousness
of such accidents during the 1989 Marion Bermuda Race when a pediatrician at
the helm of a fellow neurosurgeon’s boat had a fatal head injury during an
accidental jibe at night. He was struck by the mainsheet as it whipped across
the cockpit. The binnacle was also badly damaged by the mainsheet.
Subsequently I assembled an incomplete list of 18 fatal head and/or neck
injuries that occurred on “offshore” yachts during accidental jibes. A
surprising number occurred in various racing venues, as follows.

Racing Venues with Well Documented Fatal Jibe Head Injuries
1979 SORC boom injury
1981 Practice - USCG Academy Sailing Team boom injury
1989 Marion Bermuda Race mainsheet injury
1992 Cowe’s Week mainsheet injury
1996 Antigua Race Week mainsheet injury
1998 Ft. Lauderdale-Key West Race boom injury
2007 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) boom or mainsheet injury
In addition, in 1990 a midshipman at the US Naval Academy was in coma after a
head injury during an accidental jibe and his recovery was not good enough to
return to school. -- Cruising Club of America website, complete report:

Remember Victor Kiam? The American entrepreneur of the 70s liked Remington
shavers so much he bought the company. He then went on to make a career as a
talking head in Remington TV commercials extolling the virtues of his
acquisition. For Victor Kiam read Oleg Zherebtsov. The St Petersburg
businessman liked the Volvo Ocean Race so much he bought his own boat and
intends to sail on it. This despite never having contested a serious offshore
race before this year’s Fastnet.

Zherebtsov, the founder of the Russian hypermarket chain Lenta, is
bankrolling the Russian Challenge campaign and will be a fully paid up member
of the crew, warts and all. Thirty-nine-year-old Zherebtsov stepped on a
yacht for the first time in his life two years ago. In business and in life
it is fair to say he likes a challenge. "I like adventure and I love
sailing,” he says. As for free-dried food, sleep deprivation, mountainous
seas and close shaves with icebergs, time will tell. -- Read on:

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

(Day 65 – January 14, 2008) The fastest boat in the Barcelona World Race over
the last 24 hours has been Temenos II, who have taken advantage of stronger
conditions to rack up 358 miles over the last 24 hours. Conditions are
significantly softer at the front of the fleet as race leader Paprec-Virbac 2
has dropped 66 miles to Hugo Boss in the past day. Comments co-skipper Damian
Foxall on Paprec-Virbac 2, “We’ve just found our little high pressure ridge
which is slowing us down and giving us nice, gentle sailing conditions – just
what we need,” Damian said. “We’re sailing into and around a high pressure
ridge. We’ve got a day or two of pain coming up and they’ll be in nice
reaching conditions straight at the mark. And the routing I ran this morning
put Hugo Boss just 200 miles back by the time we get to the tip of Brazil. It
’s going to keep us on our toes.” The leader is currently sailing upwind
angles along the South American continent in the South Atlantic, roughly
abeam of Uruguay at the 39-degree South latitude. --

Positions at 18:00 GMT (+gain/-loss from leader since previous day)
1-Paprec-Virbac 2, Jean-Pierre Dick/ Damian Foxall, 5,622 nm DTF (+240)
2-Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson/ Andrew Cape, 765 nm DTL (+91)
3-Temenos II, Dominique Wavre/ Michéle Paret, 2,554 (+102)
4-Mutua Madrilena, Javier Sanso Windmann/ Pachi Rivero, 2,754 (+32)
5-Educación sin Fronteras, Servane Escoffier/ Albert Bargues, 3,582 (+13)
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)

(Day 52 – January 14, 2008 - 18:58 UTC) "It’s a bit hard going," was how
Francis Joyon described the situation in a few short words without any
emotional overtone. This little sentence takes on a different meaning for
those, who know Joyon, as you can read a lot into what lies behind the words
and the modesty, about the violence and difficulties he went through during
the night. In a trade wind, which was far removed from the typical chocolate
box cover representation, IDEC was well and truly shaken around in some very
rough seas in a series of squalls. The route is taking its toll on his 98ft
trimaran, and beyond the concern that the starboard shroud is in danger of
parting at the top of the mast, most recently the staysail stay broke,
damaging the furling drum, and a broken block caused a hole in the deck

In spite of the damage which is handicapping the maxi-trimaran IDEC in her
climb back up the North Atlantic, and if the technical problems do not
worsen, Francis Joyon should complete his extraordinary record-breaking
single-handed round the world voyage after sixty days of sailing. The ETA in
Brest, France at the moment is calculated to be between Sunday and Monday,
January 20th and 21st. In the past 24 hours, he clocked an average speed of
17.6 knots while covering 422.1 nm. With only 2,130 nm remaining to the
finish at Brest, France, his advance over the 2005 record set by Ellen
MacArthur (71d 14h 18m 33s) is at 2,816 nm. -- Complete translated report:

If you need to lose some weight for your team to stay under the limit at the
weigh-in, either at Key West or some time down the road, there is definitely
a right way and wrong way to manage this short term need. Jennifer Langille
provides a few tips on how to properly lose the pounds:

* LOTS of water - sipping water all day will keep hunger at bay!
* Avoid sugars (fruit, candy, juices and soft drinks, sports drinks, yogurts
and cereals with lots of sugar, etc)
* Avoid high sodium foods (they retain water and make you feel bloated ~
terrible for the mental game)
* DO eat mini meals with a smart complex-carbohydrate and lean protein (whole
grain toast with low fat cottage cheese; low fat cheese with whole grain
cracker or rice cakes; dark green salad with tuna on top) ~ this will curb
* Avoid late day meals
* Avoid alcohol till after weigh-in
* DO find creative ways to add in physical activity (wake up and do 10min of
jumping jacks before getting into the shower; take the stairs and park much
further away from work and walk).
* Drink your AM cup of coffee as black as you can...maybe a little milk but
cut back on the sugar added

Remember, pay attention to how you feel physically and look to your health
first. If you have any pre-existing medical concerns, always seek medical
advise before extreme dieting. -- The Dock Box,

Dave Perry, Dave Dellenbaugh, and Brad Dellenbaugh are teaching Rules and
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The latest round of legal maneuvers took place on January 14th between
Société Nautique Genève (SNG), Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC), and Justice
Cahn of the New York Supreme Court. Here is Scuttlebutt legal analyst Cory
Friedman’s report – the thirteenth in a series of articles spanning the
entire legal process:

“Who won today before Justice Cahn? Nobody. Everybody. SNG got a 9 day
reprieve, but not 9 days more to prepare for the match. The date of the match
will be determined – if the parties do not take the Court’s repeated
suggestions that they agree – at a hearing before Justice Cahn on January 23,
2008 at 2:00 pm. The reason for the delay is straightforward.

“First of all, I have to point out that no ‘on the record’ hearing was held.
Instead, as the appearance was scheduled as a conference, rather than
argument, the Court convened an 18th century type scrum at the bench, just
like the very first appearance, which allows Justice Cahn a degree of
informality to explore the issues which would not be possible on the record.
For that reason, even though I could hear much of the conference, it would
not be appropriate to quote Justice Cahn. What is clear is that he wants to
get an order entered which will finish this stage of the litigation.

“As SNG has stated, it will appeal whatever the order provides, so it does
not make a lot of sense to beat the order to death. That is the Appellate
Division’s problem. Ordinarily, the order settled by the motion winner is
signed, with any valid points from the order counter-settled by the motion
loser added. That makes sense, because the motion winner will have to defend
the order on appeal to the Appellate Division. If the winner asks for more
than he or she is entitled to, it increases the chances of reversal, but the
motion winner bears that risk. Indeed, a motion loser might be better off
with an overreaching order to appeal, rather than one more carefully drawn.
It is a fatter target.” – Read on:

* Curmudgeon’s Comment: With each passing day of litigation, the fun factor
dives exponentially. However, what remains a giggle are the differing
opinions expressed by each team’s press releases following the day’s events.
After reading Cory’s analysis, which team do you believe to be expressing a
more accurate account?
> SNG release:
> GGYC release:

* The Valencia Sailing website reports that the Alinghi team has acquired two
Extreme 40 catamarans and that they arrived in Valencia on January 14th.
Apparently Alinghi has rented the former China Team base to use as a training
base, and it is there where the catamarans are now being assembled. But
training for what (wink, wink)? -- Full report:

* Following the retirement of Arve Sundheim (NOR), who retired after almost
12 years in the role of ISAF Secretary General, Jerome Pels (NED) took over
in the position on January 1, 2008. Since joining the ISAF Secretariat in
1997, Pels has most recently been in the role of Deputy Secretary General and
was responsible for the overall running of the sailing competition at the
2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympic Games. -- Read on for interview:

* The Hall Spars & Rigging factory in Breskens, Holland has planned a 3000m2
expansion that will more than double the current 2500m2 they constructed five
years ago. The working space of the carbon shop will be lengthened to 63
meters and a new, 60-meter paint booth will be installed. Ground breaking is
scheduled for early this year with completion expected by the fall of
2008. -- Complete report:

* Cabarete, Dominican Republic -- The 6th Caribbean Laser Midwinter Regatta
featured a light wind day, a strong wind day with big waves, and a third day
with moderate winds, along with a brief interruption by a humpback whale
during the second race start. The competition included current North American
Champion Thomas Barrows (USVI) and several Canadian Olympic team sailors, and
was won by Raul Aguayo (DOM), with Canadians Lee Parkhill and Antoine Boueilh
following. First place Masters with Handicap was Ari Barshi (DOM), followed
by 10 times world champion Keith Wilkins (GBR), and Tim Landt (USA). Complete

* Peter Wykeham-Martin and John Grandy of GWM Racing Limited have been
appointed to run the on-water aspects of The Superyacht Cup events planned
for 2008. The calendar includes The Superyacht Cup Transatlantic Challenge
starting in Antigua in April, The Superyacht Cup Palma in June, and The
Superyacht Cup Antigua in December. GWM Racing specialises in the preparation
and execution of international yachting events and will advise and assist on
all aspects of on-water management of the regattas, including the format of
the racing, notice of race, sailing instructions, ratings and handicapping,
tracking and associated website systems, and race management and results. --
Read on:

* Milan, Italy -- The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) has announced the
immediate availability of its new Velocity Prediction Program (VPP), the
computational core the new ORC International and ORC Club rating systems.
This Designer’s Version of the rule can be downloaded directly from the ORC
website, and will enable sailors and designers to process data through the
VPP to analyze the effects of design changes to ratings. Already 50 designers
representing 18 countries from around the world have taken advantage of the
opportunity to download, test, and comment on the beta version of the
Windows-based software. --

* 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:

* Former America's Cup yachting skipper Chris Dickson is to join a new
attempt to set a world record Cook Strait crossing by an amphibious vehicle.
Sealegs, which owns the amphibious inflatable boat (a RIB with wheels that
can be lowered and driven on land), abandoned a previous attempt last year
due to weather conditions. Now Dickson, a new Sealegs board member, will join
chief executive officer of Sealegs, David McKee Wright in a new attempt on
January 23rd. -- Complete story:

After participating in Boot Dusseldorf January 19-27 and Seattle Boats Afloat
January 24- February 2, Team Morris will be headed to sunny and warm Miami’s
Strictly Sail Show Miamarina at Bayside. A M36 and M42 will be on view. Grab
your sunglasses and sunscreen and come see us. Details: 207-244-5509 or

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* From Benjamin Barger, 2008 US Olympic RS:X representative: (regarding
letter in Issue 2510) What Steve Bodner brings up is exactly why the
windsurfing sport is in shambles. There is no strategy or vision for the
sport, just bouncing from one wave to another, always thinking everything is
greener on the other side. Steve should know from competing for decades on
the Olympic gear, before quitting this quad, that the new equipment is more
modern and reflective of the times. Unfortunately, however, it keeps on
getting tougher as there are development programs across the world except in
the US.

But things are changing...although my funding from US sailing is less than my
competitors outside the US, it is 12 times greater than our last Olympic
contender Peter Wells received in 2004. I, along with others, were skeptical
about US sailing, personally giving hell to US Olympic Chairman Dean Brenner
as well. But as my performance rose this quad, so did their support, and when
you work with them they work back for you. I am no world champ yet, but they
do support those not getting last place.

The sport in the US I believe is finally changing for the better, with more
youth involved than before, and the stupidity of the trials soon to be in the
rear-view mirror of what not to do at your Olympic selection. I hope to
energize youth and show them that this is a great outlet to test themselves
and compete in a clean sport. Let kids choose to be like Kevin Pritchard or a
Gold Medalist, but don't dissuade them from the latter because you got your
butt kicked by Olympic Windsurfers and would rather go wave sailing. I
wavesail on vacation and I train for the Olympics as a my true challenge of
strengths and capabilities, more than 30 hours a week for around 10 years
with it always costing me more money than I raise. Why do I do it? I'll be
there this summer.

* From George Carmany: Congratulations to Gordon Ingate, known around the
world as a relentless competitor, who two months short of his 82nd birthday
won the Australian Dragon championship against a strong fleet in Hobart,
which included FD world champion Ian McCrossin. Gordon becomes the oldest
person to win a major Australian championship, perhaps one of the oldest
anywhere. And he'll be racing his 5.5 in Europe next summer after stopping on
the way to race in the NYYC Cruise for something like the 26th time.

* From R. Alemeet: Seems to me if they are going to debate the definition of
"keel yacht" as pertains to a 90' x 90' vessel then maybe Kenneth Starr and
Bill Clinton might need to be on retainer as well, to assist in the debate,
since they've already been through years of haggling over the definition of
"the" or "that woman". I can see OJ and maybe F. Lee Bailey adding value as
well, and maybe Cato Kalin... Has the National Enquirer set up an office in

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on a winding, two-lane road.

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