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SCUTTLEBUTT 2513 – January 17, 2008

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Lightning World Champion Jeff Linton (Tampa, Fla.) and Princess Sofia Trophy
Yngling Champion Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.) were named, respectively, US
Sailing’s 2007 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. A shortlist of 10
male and nine female sailors - determined from nominations by the membership
of US Sailing - were evaluated by a panel of sailing journalists who selected
these two sailors for the noteworthy distinction. The winners will be honored
and presented with specially engraved Rolex timepieces during a luncheon on
February 29, 2008, at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.

Rolex Yachtsman of the Year
When Jeff Linton (Tampa, Fla.) received his first nomination for the Rolex
Yachtsman of the Year award in 2005, it was the result of crewing aboard
winning boats at the Etchells World Championship and the J/24 Midwinters,
combined with a string of four top-five finishes in the Lightning class. Fast
forward two years to find the 45-year-old Linton now semi-retired, having
sold his partnership interest in Masthead Enterprises, and in the helmsman’s
position, dominating the Lightning class with wins at the Worlds, South
American, and Winter Championship. Additionally, Linton won the Flying Scot
North American Championship and the Classic Moth National Championship.

Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year
Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.) was first recognized with the honor in 2005,
and this was her sixth consecutive year in being nominated to the shortlist.
She now joins a select group of women who have received the accolade more
than once. Although Barkow’s primary focus has been helming her Yngling with
a goal of representing the U.S.A. at the 2008 Olympic Games in China, her
performance in other classes, whether fleet or match racing, were what set
her apart in 2007. Barkow’s turn on the match racing circuit was highlighted
by wins at the Boat U.S. Santa Maria Cup in Annapolis, Md., and the Vitória
Brasil Women’s Cup in Brazil. Additionally, Barkow took the helm of a J/22 to
win the US Sailing’s Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship.
Complete report:

Melbourne, Australia – Top Olympic talent in the 470, Finn, Laser, Laser
Radial, and Tornado are at the Sail Melbourne regatta this week, where
conditions on Wednesday were rough due to large swells with sea breezes
between 16-18 knots in the earlier race, increasing to 18-25 knots in the
afternoon. After the third day of qualifying, Erin Maxwell and Isabelle
Kinsolving (USA) continue to lead the North American contingent by remaining
on top in the Women’s 470 class. Also in the hunt is Bernard Luttmer (CAN),
now sixth in Laser; Tania Elias Calles (MEX), now fourth in Laser Radial; and
Zach Railey (USA), now fifth in Finn. Canadians remain strong in the Laser
class with three in the top ten. -- Daily report:
-- Complete results:

The newly appointed ISAF chief executive Jerome Pels is related to which
international sailing star? (Answer below)

When U.S. Congress adjourned for 2007, they left in place two federal income
tax deductions of potential benefit to boat owners. A boat is treated like a
second home for federal tax purposes if it has a galley, a head, and sleeping
berth. Mortgage interest paid on the loan is deductible from your federal
income taxes. Taxpayers may use the mortgage interest deduction for one
primary home and one second home and must itemize deductions on their

Some boaters may be unaware of this potential tax benefit because not all
lending institutions send borrowers an Internal Revenue Service form 1098
which reports the interest paid. Not receiving the form does not preclude
taking the deduction. If a 1098 is not available, boaters should contact
their lender for the amount of interest paid and should enter it on line 11
on Schedule A along with the lender’s tax ID number. If a form 1098 is sent,
boaters should simply enter the amount on line 10 of Schedule A.

The other tax benefit is a deduction for state sales taxes. However, this may
no longer be available after the 2007 tax year if Congress does not act to
extend it. This deduction may be appropriate for boaters who paid substantial
sales tax on the purchase of a new or used vessel last year. Boaters must
choose either the state sales tax deduction or state income tax deduction on
their federal tax return - you cannot take both. -- BoatU.S., read on:

The Atlantis WeatherGear R&D Lab, better known as Dan Meyers’ new Numbers,
will be making her first appearance at Key West Race Week. Look for Dan,
Hamish, and the rest of the team in their custom Atlantis gear, and if you
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A plan to do a $4 million upgrade to one of the area’s top-notch sailing
schools got the go-ahead last week, and construction will start at the end of
January. The Orange Coast College of Sailing and Seamanship in the Newport
Harbor gained approval from the California Coastal Commission to start on the
year-long project. “We’re pretty excited,” said Brad Avery, director of
marine programs. “Beyond the nostalgia, the facility had a very nice, old,
traditional feel. Now it’s going to be more modern.”

About 200 full-time students and 3,000 part-time adults enter the sailing
courses each year, which range from beginning sailing to U.S. Coast Guard
licensing. The school also offers about 300 youth the opportunity to sail,
including a youth-at-risk program. The school has boats ranging from 14-foot
dinghies to sailboats up to 90 feet long. All boats have been donated to the
school. The Coast Community College District received bond money from Measure
C – a bond issue approved by the voters a few years ago to build new
amenities on campus. The latest project joins other improvements, such as
more libraries and classrooms.

The school is funded primarily through private funding and fees from adult
students. Big-time donors recognize the importance of the school – the latest
big gift came from Roy Disney, who handed over his $7 million sailing yacht
Pyewacket in 2005. -- OC Register, complete story:

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

(Day 67 – January 16, 2008) Over the last day, Paprec-Virbac 2 has managed to
slow the bleeding, after seeing its lead in the tumble dramatically at the
beginning of the week. Despite Hugo Boss being becalmed for much of Tuesday
night, their gains have returned on Wednesday, sailing downwind at up to 18
knots while Paprec-Virbac 2 is beating upwind against 30-knot headwinds, and
fighting to make just over 10 knots towards Barcelona. For Hugo Boss, they
can expect winds in excess of 40 knots over the coming 24 to 48 hours, though
the accompanying sea state will likely result in them having to throttle back
a little to avoid banging and crashing over waves. Nevertheless, over the
coming days, Hugo Boss is very likely to make another deep cut into
Paprec-Virbac 2’s lead. --

Positions at 18:00 GMT (+gain/-loss from leader since previous day)
1-Paprec-Virbac 2, Jean-Pierre Dick/ Damian Foxall, 5,247 nm DTF (+197)
2-Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson/ Andrew Cape, 577 nm DTL (+45)
3-Temenos II, Dominique Wavre/ Michéle Paret, 2,322 (+83)
4-Mutua Madrilena, Javier Sanso Windmann/ Pachi Rivero, 2,542 (+136)
5-Educación sin Fronteras, Servane Escoffier/ Albert Bargues, 3,453 (+84)
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)

* The Scuttlebutt website’s weekly snapshot of the fleet finds the lead Open
60’s around Cape Horn and heading up the South American continent toward the
next gate off Brazil. The slower upwind path of Paprec-Virbac 2 is apparent
by noting her tacking angles, while Hugo Boss has enjoyed an offwind track
since entering the Atlantic Ocean. Following the gate, the fleet will cross
over to Gibraltar to enter the Mediterranean Sea and bolt to the finish at
Barcelona, Spain. See photo from race tracker at

(Day 54 – January 16, 2008 - 18:00 UTC) The route to Brest, France now
appears to be open. Feeling rather less worried, Francis Joyon is going to be
concentrating now on the only job that really matters for him - his route
strategy between the Azores high and the deep North Atlantic low. This is
crucial in order to reach the finishing line for his single-handed round the
world record attempt as quickly as possible with the element of caution built
in. Taking advantage of a (relative) calm in the weather and a cleaner swell,
yesterday Joyon went back up the 32-metre mast of his maxi-trimaran, IDEC,
for the fourth time in five days. After an hour and a half of work balanced
at the top in his climbing harness, he came back down, visibly pleased with
the state of what he saw and the repair that was carried out on the weakened
anchor point for his starboard shroud. -- Read on:

* Joyon’s ETA 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
13.8 knots while covering 332 nm. With only 1,525 nm remaining to the finish
at Brest, France, his advance over the 2005 record set by Ellen MacArthur
(71d 14h 18m 33s) is at 3,111 nm. --

Ullman Sails announces three valuable additions to its international group of
sailmakers – Ullman Sails Cleveland, Ullman Sails Buffalo (NY), and Ullman
Sails Rochester (NY). Owner Greg A. Koski has worked in the sailmaking
industry for over 22 years and owned his own loft for 17 years. He is an
active sailor in the Great Lakes region, with multiple championships under
his belt including Master National Champion, Great Lakes Champion, and
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The international sailing star to whom the newly appointed ISAF chief
executive Jerome Pels is related to is none other than British triple Olympic
medallist Ben Ainslie, whose sister Fleur is married to Pels.

CEOs that have a passion for sailing will finally have the opportunity to
test their skills against fellow CEOs in a specially designed Sailing
Challenge from April 24-28, 2008. The setting for this event will be the
world famous Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda, in the British Virgin
Islands. The location was chosen specifically for its incredible setting,
reliable winds, access to sailing craft, and first-class facilities.

"We are very excited about the CEO Sailing Challenge because we have found
that there is no better way for people to bond and form friendships than an
actual competition," stated Ted Kennedy of CEO Challenges. "By allowing CEOs
to compete, we find that barriers are broken down, and they get to know each
other better in four days than they would in four months in an office
environment. As a result, the CEO competitors will leave this event with many
new friends that share their deep passions for business and sailing. Plus, it
will be a thrill to see who is the Best CEO sailor!"

Eligibility for the event is limited to CEOs, Owners, Presidents, and C-Suite
Executives of companies with at least $2 million in annual gross revenue.
Space is very limited, and registration closes on February 5th. Sign up now

The following sailors have their ISAF Eligibility suspended:
~ Mr Justin Noble (CAN) - until May 1, 2008.
~ Christine Johnston (GBR) - until May 31, 2009 - (Anti Doping) violation.
~ Shinya Kunieda (JPN) - until October 31, 2009 - Breaking RRS 5 (banned
substances and method).
~ Simon Daubney (NZL) - Provisionally suspended pending an Anti Doping
violation hearing.
~ Duarte Falcao Correia Santos (POR) - until January 25, 2008 - (Anti Doping)
Rule violation - Presence of Cannabinoids.
~ Guido E. Lugo Modesto (PUR) - until March 6, 2008.
~ Brodie L Cobb (USA) - until December 31, 2008 - Gross Breach of good
manners and sportsmanship.
~ Sean Ross (USA) - until March 31, 2008 - Gross Breach of good manners and

The above-mentioned sailors may according to ISAF Regulation 19 not
participate in the certain events listed at

* The Newport Bermuda Race online entry system is now available, where
qualified monohull yachts with a minimum ORR measured “L” length of 27.5 feet
to a maximum of 30.00 meters may now go to apply for entry. --

* The 2008 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods is now available, which
is published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and is the International
Standard identifying Substances and Methods prohibited in sport. The 2008
Prohibited List came into effect on 1 January 2008 and can be viewed 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:

* St. Thomas, USVI --The Notice of Race and on-line entry for the 2008
International Rolex Regatta, scheduled for Friday, March 28, through Sunday,
March 30, are now available at

* The International GP42 Association calendar for the GP42 2008 Cup has been
finalized, consisting of 6 events in no fewer than 4 European countries. --
Full details:

The Southern Ocean has been busy this winter, what with Open 60’s and maxi
multihulls participating in races and record attempts. We have also learned
that there are battles of a different sort taking place there as well between
the activist group Greenpeace and the Japanese whaling fleet. There is an
area of the Southern Ocean that has been designated as a whale sanctuary to
help whale populations recover after the devastating commercial whaling of
the last century. However, it is in this same area where Japanese whalers
have failed to observe this recognition, and so following a 10-day search in
Antarctic waters, the Greenpeace ship Esperanza this week was finally able to
locate and confront the fleet and immediately engaged in a high speed chase
over hundreds of miles through fog and increasingly rough seas. This week’s
video provides a report on the action. Also, if you have a video you like,
please send us your suggestions for next week’s Video of the Week. Click here
for this week’s video:

Letters selected for publication must include the writer's name, and may be
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 Bill Biewenga: (regarding boom breakage due to preventers) We broke
our boom on "Flyer" during the 1981-'82 Whitbread Round The World Race (the
predecessor to the current Volvo Round the World Race). While in the second
leg of the race going from Cape Town, S. Africa to Auckland, NZ, we were hit
from behind by a very large breaking wave. At the time, we were racing in the
Southern Ocean, and we estimated the wave heights to be in the 30' to 40'
range. The helmsman was thrown off the wheel and was washed further forward
past the wheel and into the cockpit sole. As "Flyer" spun out, she slid
sideways down the wave. The boom, with preventer still attached, was snapped
just aft of the hydraulic boom vang attachment point. Soon after we sorted
the mess out, we were able to line up and drill, tap and screw a sleeve to
the boom, and we were soon "back in business".

Four years later, a similar situation happened on another Maxi, "NCB
Ireland", in the following Whitbread. The moral to the story is that when
broaching, do a controlled ease on the preventer AND release the vang. During
the broach's flurry of activity, it's sometimes easier said than done, but
ultimately, it'll help avoid repairs.

* From Brad Van Liew: In my 100,000 miles or so of crash gybing my way across
oceans, I never broke a boom except for the one that my rig fell on. Short
and single-handed rigs and most notably the open boat classes heavily rely on
preventers (even used as reaching vangs) and booms rarely break if they are
set up with two things. The first is a fuse (normally a piece of
appropriately sized spectra) that breaks in the worst case scenarios. It
still holds everything in place long enough for everyone to get out of the
way and take cover. The second is a preventer that is permanently rigged the
whole length of the boom attached at the most fore and aft ends. Sort of a
boom bridle, so you're not creating a bending moment. A well place piece of
shock cord milked into the core of the line used keeps it nicely tucked out
of the way when not in use.

* From Jerry Manock, Burlington, Vermont: I read with great interest Cory
Friedman's latest AC posting (#13) summarized in Scuttlebutt 2511. Of
particular interest was the following. I quote...

"An even bigger problem is presented by the Deed itself. As the Court of
Appeals specifically held in Mercury Bay, whatever the challenger says in its
challenge, the defender can show up in anything it pleases, as long as it is
90 feet or less at the waterline. Thus, regardless of whether SNG is confused
by GGYC’s challenge or not, it can show up with the fastest under 90 footer
it can design."

I kept rereading the phrase "90 feet OR LESS..." Does this mean that Ernesto
could show up for the challenge on a state-of-the-art windsurfer that would
be competitive in speed in the right wind conditions but much more
maneuverable around the marks than a 90 foot trimaran? If so, the speculation
gets more and more delicious!

* From Ben Barger: Regarding Robin Wall’s letter in Issue 2512, where it was
stated the US women at the RS:X Worlds were getting “nada”, the top US
woman – 2008 Olympic rep Nancy Rios – should have received funding for the
event. I suspect she has the basic 5K grant plus what her share was from
recent Olympic team fundraisers.

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