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SCUTTLEBUTT 2523 - January 31, 2008

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Miami, Fla. (January 30, 2008) – After three days of fleet racing at US
SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, the cream is rising to the top for the 369
sailors competing from 34 countries. The regatta, which is hosting fewer
classes than normal due to conflicting world championships overseas, has
shown no shortage of intensity or talent in the four Olympic classes (Laser,
Laser Radial, Star, Yngling) and three Paralympic classes (SKUD-18, Sonar,
2.4mR) competing here on Biscayne Bay.

On the subject of attracting top sailors, perhaps more pertinent than the
regatta counting toward world rankings has been the plays that athletes must
still make in this Olympic/Paralympic year. Not only must some still gain a
nod of selection to their national teams but also several countries
themselves must qualify for berths in China. With the Yngling Worlds
following this event here next week and the Star Worlds scheduled for here
as well in April, these two classes have proven to be the deepest in talent.
"At the last Star Worlds there were teams from 32 countries, and only 15
countries can qualify for the Olympics," said Olympic Gold Medalist Mark
Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.). "Now there are four slots left and 12
countries vying for them, so out of all the Olympic classes, this is the
toughest for getting into the Games." -- Read on:

Day 3 Results
Laser (24 boats) -- 7 races
1. Marcin Rudawski (POL), [11]-3-4-2-4-4-2, 19
2. Kyle Rogachenko (USA), 1-4-1-[24/OCS]-6-1-7, 20
3. Maciej Grabowski (POL), 2-1-6-4-2-5-[8], 20

Laser Radial (39 boats) -- 6 races
1. Paige Railey (USA), 1-4-1-1-3-[5], 10
2. Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), 3-1-3-2-1-[12], 10
3. Penny Clark (GBR), 6-2-6-[9]-9-2, 25

Star (70 boats) -- 5 races
1. Rick Merriman/Brian Sharp (USA), 1-4-2-1-[22]; 8
2. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria (SUI) 2-1-5-(11)-4; 13
3. Eivind Melleby/Petter Morland Pedersen (NOR), 6-2-1-5-(7); 14

Yngling (28 boats) -- 7 races
1. Ekaterina Skudina/ Krutskikh/ Ivanova (RUS), [19]-2-3-3-9-1-5; 23
2. Mandy Mulder/ Faber/ Witteveen (NED), 10-5-(22)-5-2-11-1; 34
3. Monica Azon/ Azon/ Pisonero (ESP), [16]-3-2-2-13-8-7, 35

2.4mR (25 boats) -- 7 races
1. Damien Seguin (FRA), 4-2-1-3-1-3-[11], 14
2. Paul Tingley (CAN), 1-9-[26/OCS]-2-4-1-3, 20
3. Stellan Berlin (SWE), 2-[7]-2-4-2-6-7, 23

SKUD-18 (10 boats) -- 6 races
1. Nick Scandone/Maureen McKinnon-Tucker (USA), 1-1-1-1-1-(2), 5
2. John McRoberts/Stacie Louttit (CAN), 3-2-3-[4]-4-1; 13
3. Scott Whitman/Julia Dorsett (USA), 5-3-2-2-2-[11/DNS], 14

Sonar (11 boats) -- 6 races
1. Jens Kroker/ Schuetz/ Mainka (GER), 1-3-2-2-1-2, 8
2. Bruno Jourden/ Larhant/ Vimont Vicary (FRA), 2-4-3-7-[8]-1, 17
3. John Robertson/ Stodel/ Thomas (GBR), 6-2-1-5-4-[7], 18
Complete results:

by Lynn Fitzpatrick
Who has more fun, Jon Vandermolen or Iain Percy, the decorated Finn, Star,
and America’s Cup sailor from Britain? Let’s rephrase the question, how much
more fun does Jon Vandermolen’s V3 Racing Team have than Iain Percy? Forget
it. It’s not even a question. Jon Vandermolen - competing this week at the
Miami OCR - has taken irreverence in the Star class to heights he alone can

Percy’s first generation of sponsorship logos opened up a whole new sandbox
for the three Vandermolen brothers and V3 Racing was born. Percy, whose Star
was flown in from Europe and arrived few days before US Sailing’s Miami OCR,
lifted the boat cover to reveal the latest in Team Skandia GBR graphics. The
blue swish has disappeared. Skandia has gone green with its corporate logo.
When you look at it, you know that the graphic artists had a difficult time
blending the green with the Union Jack. Vandermolen kept his latest NASTAR
paint job simple and stuck with primary colors seemingly applied by his
youngest son with magic markers. This gave him more time to trademark “…who
has more fun …” and to give more thought to where to place all of his
sponsors’ logos on the team jackets. Vandermolen, a Corinthian All Star has
lined up No.7 Bourbon, Team Enzyte and the North American Sailing Center to
fund his genuinely fun and well-funded campaign. -- Read on:

(January 30, 2008) - Erin Maxwell (Stonington, Conn.) and Isabelle
Kinsolving (New York, N.Y.) concluded their winning streak down under by
winning the 470 Women's World Championship. The impressive victory follows
their win earlier this month at Sail Melbourne, an ISAF Grade 1 event. The
team of 28-year-olds defeated a very competitive fleet of 58 boats from
across the globe, finishing an emphatic ten points ahead of world's number
one ranked team and silver medalists in this event, Italians Giulia Conti
and Giovanna Micol.

Last fall, Maxwell and Kinsolving finished second at the U.S. Olympic Team
Trials for Sailing, narrowly missing the spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.
"If there was ever a way to make me feel better about not being selected for
the Olympics ... this is it," an ecstatic Maxwell said. "I don't know what
the future holds but we're going to savor today, that's for sure. "We're
going to campaign for 2012 but jobs, graduate school and marriages come
before that," Maxwell added. Also representing the USA at the 2008 470
Women's World Championship were 2008 U.S. Olympic Team members Amanda Clark
and Sarah Mergenthaler, who finished 11th overall.

* Brits Nic Asher and Elliot Willis overcame great odds this week to pull
off a stunning 470 Men’s world championship victory, rallying from a nasty
mid-race collision in Race 8. Willis was out of action for 24 hours with
severely bruised ribs, but following a successful application for redress
points for Races 8, 9 and 10, he and Asher were elevated into the bronze
medal position for the start of the medal race, which the 2006 world
champions won to earn their second world title by just 0.9 of a point.
Similar to the women’s winner, Asher and Willis were not chosen by Britain
for the Olympics, but rather Nick Rogers and Joe Glanfield who finished
ninth overall. -- Event website:

Big breeze and close racing on the final day of Acura Key West 2008 ended
with Ullman Sails customers sweeping the top four places in the Corsair 28R
division. Tom Reese and crew on ‘Flight Simulator’ won the division by just
half a point, beating out Peter Katcha and team on ‘Relentless.’ The two
boats battled closely over the week, staying within points of each other
every day. Kathryn Garlick’s ‘Evolution’ finished in third, followed by
Valdek Kwasniewski on ‘Hi Five.’ For more information on the ‘Fastest Sails
on the Planet,’ contact an Ullman Sails loft and visit

San Francisco, CA -- Youth sailing coach Adam Bennett didn't take home a big
trophy full of oranges from the Orange Bowl Regatta. But he did get respect.
Held each year between Christmas and New Years in Miami, the Orange Bowl
International Youth Regatta is the largest Junior Olympic Sailing Festival
in North America. This year 680 competitors represented 17 countries and 24
states. When Kentfield's Antoine Screve won top honors in the Optimist
Dinghy class, the 7-foot long boat in which young people of the world learn
to sail, Bennett, his coach, won recognition as well.

"Adam is a great coach," said 14-year-old Screve, who trains under Bennett
at the San Francisco Yacht Club on the Belvedere Lagoon. "I think coaching
is vital to any opti sailor because coaches help you make the right
decisions and push you to race at 100 percent of your level." As the sport
of sailing becomes increasingly professional, coaches are everywhere on the
opti scene and Bennett is the man to see in Marin. -- Jan Pehrson, Marin
Independent Journal, read on:

by Cory E. Friedman, America’s Cup legal analyst
I have been trying to avoid AC litigation fatigue, so I will keep this
update short. On Monday, as reported in Part 15, Société Nautique Genève
(SNG) had managed to maneuver Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) into a hole,
with GGYC stuck without an optimum presentation of its arguments and SNG
sailing in decent pressure with a full presentation of its argument that
GGYC’s Notice of Challenge is defective and hence GGYC is not a valid
challenger. In New York practice, there is a simple solution when all the
papers are in and you have not made your argument – forget about rules and
submit more papers, usually in the form of a letter to the judge.

GGYC did exactly that in a succinct, forcefully argued, back to the basics
letter to Justice Cahn. Stripped for action of any discussion of what a
“keel yacht” is or is not, GGYC argues that it has provided all the
information (rig and dimensions) required by the Deed, the parties can race
what they please within the parameters of the Deed and that neither has to
disclose the type of vessel or configuration until they line up at the
starting line for the first race for all to see. GGYC goes on to argue that
the defender cannot cherry pick amongst challengers by quibbling over the
Notice of Challenge, but can always negotiate for more information from the
challenger. Finally, GGYC argues that SNG has refused to specify the
applicable rules for the match, which cannot contravene the Deed, so SNG
cannot rely upon ISAF rules or pronouncements, which are not applicable in
any event. In short, GGYC argues that Justice Cahn should only consider
three criteria: the Deed, the Deed, and the Deed. -- Read on (including
Parts 1-15):

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

(Day 81 – January 30, 2008) Over the past five days, Hugo Boss has managed
to cut the lead of Paprec-Virbac 2 in half, gaining nearly 450 miles in
terms of distance to finish. It’s a phenomenal pace, aided in no small part
by their quick passage of the doldrums over the past day or so, when Alex
Thomson’s Hugo Boss roared through what is typically a hard roadblock with
10 knots of boatspeed. But skipper Alex Thomson says the gain on the
leaderboard is a bit misleading, due to what he predicts to be the upwind
nature of the remainder of the race. However, Damian Foxall, from the
leading Paprec-Virbac 2, cautions, “It can change from an upwind situation
to a downwind one quite quickly. If we had a cold front or a low come
through they could maybe pick up into that behind us and in that scenario
they could come back to us further...I think we have to be careful.” --

Positions at 18:00 GMT (+gain/-loss from leader since previous day)
1-Paprec-Virbac 2, Jean-Pierre Dick/ Damian Foxall, 2,294 nm DTF (+175)
2-Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson/ Andrew Cape, 442 nm DTL (+10)
3-Temenos II, Dominique Wavre/ Michéle Paret, 1,537 (+75)
4-Mutua Madrilena, Javier Sanso Windmann/ Pachi Rivero, 1,620 (+59)
5-Educación sin Fronteras, Servane Escoffier/ Albert Bargues, 2,828 (+7)
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

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. While you are there, the Bitter End Yacht
Club will be hosting some tropical cheer and awesome snacks, Friday February
1st, 2008, from 6 pm to 8 pm, Booth #182 at the Strictly Sail Chicago Boat
Show (at Navy Pier). Join BEYC's General Manager Mikhail Shamkin, Director
of Reservations Robert Gorman, V.P. of N.A. Sales John Glynn, and BEYC owner
Dana Hokin. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the show and let your
thoughts sail away to Virgin Gorda. Hear the latest from West Marine's Pam
Wall on the 16th Annual Women on the Water Week, plus learn about the 22nd
Annual Pro Am Regatta and the 7th Annual Scuttlebutt Sailing Club
Championships. -- Details:

(Day 6 - January 30, 2008; 18:38 UTC) The passage of the equator is the
first intermediary time, which enables a direct insight into how capable a
candidate is of winning the Jules Verne Trophy. Nearly a day ahead over the
round the world reference course, the 103-foot maxi trimaran Groupama 3 has
gained a 408 mile lead and has just achieved the best ever time by a yacht
between Ushant, France and the equator: 6 days 6 hours 24 minutes! Already
sailing in the Southern hemisphere this Wednesday afternoon, Groupama 3
confirms what it had already demonstrated last summer when it racked up four
Atlantic records: though it has no inhibitions in wind in excess of 25
knots, in relation to Bruno Peyron's catamaran, it has demonstrated
remarkable pace below fifteen knots of breeze! Weather conditions haven’t
been particularly favorable to this point, and Cammas theorizes that a time
of five days would have been achievable given a similar weather sequence
that Francis Joyon enjoyed during his recent solo round the world record
run. --

* Route de l'Or (crewed route from New York to San Francisco):
(Day 13 - January 30, 2008; 23:30 UTC) Conditions for the 110-foot
maxi-catamaran Gitana 13 have been mild, averaging 13.3 knots over the past
24 hour period, and accumulating just 320 nm to be now 7,118 nm from the
finish. Their current route has them cruising at 20 knots along the
Argentinean coast, positioned south of Buenos Aires (ARG) at 43.2 degrees S
latitude, and about 900 nm from Cape Horn. --

* The Farr 40 Class announced the venues for the Rolex Farr 40 World
Championships from 2009-2011. Following this year’s Worlds in Miami, FL
(April 16-19), the class will take the event to Porto Cervo, Sardinia (June
24-27, 2009), Dominican Republic (2010), and Sydney, Australia (2011). --

* St. Thomas Yacht Club in the U.S. Virgin Islands has announced that they
will host the Inaugural Carlos Aguilar Memorial Match Race Championship for
December 5-7. Match Racing teams from both within and outside of the
Caribbean are invited to submit their resumes. Slots are available for up to
eight teams in the Open Division and up to six teams in the Woman's
Division. IC24s, equipped with competitive sails, will be available. An
application has been submitted for the event to have Category 3 grade. --
Additional details:

* Twenty-four Buccaneer 18s battled Jan 18-20 in the East/West Buccaneer 18
Showdown between Key Largo Upper Keys Sailing Club's Fleet Captains Regatta
(East) and Arizona Yacht Club Birthday/Leukemia Cup Regatta (West). In the
blustery East, Alabama's Rick Scarborough with visiting Vermont crew Max
Birnbaum lead the way. Out West, Bucc newcomers Nick Mockridge & Dennis
Martinelli topped the podium. The Leukemia Lymphoma Society was the big
winner with over $25,000 in donations raised by the Bucc 18 fleets.;#5761

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* From Jim Mahaffy: You stated in ‘Butt 2252 that Dave Ullman didn’t qualify
for the Olympics, but I believe that he qualified for the 1980 Games that
President Carter boycotted. At least that what I remember him telling me.

* From Russ Wasden: A few years back I sent a post to Scuttlebutt that
criticized the Olympics in general and China in particular. Go to today's
New York Times article at to view what
you are funding when you follow the Olympics and patronize its sponsors. I'm
not telling anyone what to do. We're all free to make our own choices (that
is, all of us who aren't located in China are).

* From Charles J. Doane: As ever, I am enjoying Cory Friedman's account of
the AC legal battle but am now utterly baffled as to why the GGYC and the
court are stumbling so over CNEV's specious argument with respect to the
definition of "keel." Whatever GGYC's 90x90 foot vessel will be, it will
certainly have some sort of underwater foil to resist leeway and create
lift. It will either be fixed or will slide up and down like a daggerboard.
In that the Deed of Gift specifically permits "sliding keels" and has no
requirement with respect to ballast or, more specifically, ballast keels, it
seems GGYC's presumably unballasted mystery yacht cannot fail to have a keel
in the larger sense of the term as it is used in the Deed itself. End of
argument, as far as I'm concerned. Or am I missing something???

* From David F. Clinnin, Towson, Maryland: Relative to Paul Henderson's
comments in Issue 2522 on the AC Cup legal battle - can I get an Amen? Can
all right thinking sailors not agree that "enough is enough?" If the crown
jewel of the sport of sailing has devolved into a flock of legal scholars
debating the definition of "keel", can't the sailing community as a whole
cry out in protest and petition the players in this game, Bertarelli and
Ellison, to stop acting like spoiled brats and play nice in the sandbox? I
propose a writing campaign by all Scuttlebutt subscribers to the parties in
this disgraceful action demanding that they work out a compromise either
inter se or in binding arbitration that will allow the AC Cup to go forward
in 2010 at the latest. Will Scuttlebutt provide the email addresses for this
campaign and follow through to see that all possible pressure is brought to
bear on those who have managed to hold hostage the World's oldest
continuously contested sporting trophy?

To you the subscribers: Scuttlebutt represents a powerful force - no less
than the length and breadth of the sailing community from names as well
known as Henderson, Rousmaniere, and Holland to names as little known as,
well me. We, the sailing community, carry in our hearts the love of this
sport and cannot, shall not, and must not stand by silently in the presence
of forces that threaten to ruin, nay make a mockery of the principles for
which the sport stands. Honor and integrity. Think - how will you feel if
there is a repeat of the absurd contest of 1988? Time is slipping by. Speak

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Here is the info:
Team Bertarelli:
Team Ellison:

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