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SCUTTLEBUTT 2525 - February 4, 2008

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Miami, Fla. (February 2, 2008) – While the winds were generally light last
week at the US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, the competition was extremely high
among the 369 sailors from 34 countries, with many using this ISAF Grade 1
world-ranking event as a qualifier for the Olympic Games this summer in
Qingdao, China. Racing began Monday for all three Paralympic classes, and
for the four Olympic classes that could attend, as the other seven events
were in the Southern Hemisphere for their class championships. By Friday,
the scores for the Paralympic classes were final, while the top ten for the
Olympic classes advanced to Saturday’s “Medal Race,” where race scores are
doubled and cannot be dropped.

The format of the final race is to produce exciting endings, and this was
the case in at least two of the classes. Before Laser Radial class winner
Paige Railey could top the podium, she first had to overcome her premature
start. Her closest competitor in overall scoring, Anna Tunnicliffe, also had
jumped the gun and was working her way up from sixth at that top mark to
eventually win the race. "I knew that if Anna got a first, I had to get at
least an eighth to still win overall," said Railey, who began picking off
boats by playing a lane that was clear of wind-shadowing boats. In the end,
she finished seventh, a score good enough to put her three points ahead of
Tunnicliffe in the final standings.

France's Xavier Rohart, sailing with crew Pascal Rambeau, emerged as the
overall Star class winner after winning that class's medal race. Entering
the final race in second overall, Rohart thought his chances of walking away
with a gold medal were slim, due to the strength of previous leader Elvind
Melleby with crew Petter Morland Pedersen (NOR) and the rest of the fleet,
which has no less than six world champions in it, Rohart counting as one.
However, when the Norwegian team started prematurely, Xavier said "the plan
got easier." Elvind and Pedersen finished seventh in today's race, good for
the silver medal, while Flavio Marazzi and Enrico De Maria (SUI) took the
bronze. -- Daily reports for each day can be read here:

* Thanks to photogs Ingrid Abery and Jan Pehrson for the event images posted
on the Scuttlebutt website:
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Final Results (Top three plus top North American)
Laser (23 boats) -- 13 races
1. Maciej Grabowski (POL), 2-1-6-4-2-5-[8]-1-2-3-4-2-6, 38
2. Marcin Rudawski (POL), [11]-3-4-2-4-4-2-5-7-2-5-5-2, 45
3. Anders Nyholm (DEN), [10]-5-2-1-10-3-5-4-3-4-1-4-4, 46
4. Kyle Rogachenko (USA) 1-4-1-[24/OCS]-6-1-7-7-1-1-3-6-10, 48

Laser Radial (39 boats) -- 12 races
1. Paige Railey (USA), 1-4-1-1-3-5-7-2-[16]-2-1-14, 41
2. Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), 3-1-3-2-1-12-2-1-9-8-[16]-2, 44
3. Karin Soderstrom (SWE), 7-[40/OCS]-10-5-4-1-12-6-2-7-2-6, 62

Star (66 boats) – 9 races
1. Xavier Rohart/Pascal Rambeau (FRA), 7-1-4-[34/BFD]-5-3-3-5-2, 30
2. Eivind Melleby/Petter Morland Pedersen (NOR), 6-2-1-5-7-1-[8]-2-14, 38
3. Flavio Marazzi/Enrico De Maria (SUI), 2-1-6-11-4-2-4-[17]-16, 46
9. Mark Reynolds/ Steve Erickson (USA) 3-6-9/ZFP-6-3-14-[28]-9-18, 68

Yngling (28 boats) -- 13 races
1. Mandy Mulder/Mary Faber/Merel Witteveen (NED), 76
2. Ekaterina Skudina,/Diana Krutskikh/Natalia Ivanova (RUS), 86
3. Renee Groeneveld/ Annemieke Bes/ Marge Kampen (NED), 104
6. Sally Barkow/ Carrie Howe/ Debbie Capozzi (USA), 111

2.4mR (25 boats) -- 12 races
1. Damien Seguin (FRA), 4-2-1-3-1-3-[11]-4-4-4-7-2, 35
2. Stellan Berlin (SWE), 2-7-2-4-2-6-7-2-[18]-8-5-5, 50
3. Paul Tingley (CAN), 1-9-[26/OCS]-2-4-1-3-10-8-7-4-12, 61

SKUD-18 (10 boats) -- 11 races
1. Nick Scandone/Maureen McKinnon-Tucker (USA), 14
2. Scott Whitman/Julia Dorsett (USA), 21
3. John McRoberts/Stacie Louttit (CAN), 33

Sonar (11 boats) -- 10 races
1. Jens Kroker/Tobias Schuetz/Siegmund Mainka (GER), 19
2. Bruno Jourden/Herve Larhant/Nicolas Vimont Vicary (FRA), 32
3. Paul McCarthy/Richard Whealey/Paul Ryan (IRL), 40
3. Paul McCarthy/Richard Whealey/Paul Ryan (IRL), 40
Complete results:

Among the classes unable to attend the US SAILING Miami OCR was the Laser
class, where racing for their World Championships will begin this Thursday,
February 7th. American Olympic representative Andrew Campbell offers this

“The fleet has arrived in full force here in Terrigal, Australia awaiting
the upcoming 2008 Laser World Championships. With less than a week to go,
the fleet is in full training mode, which means there are easily 100 boats
on the water often lining up for impromptu rabbit starts with as many as
seventy boats. As if the numbers aren’t wild enough, the 3-4 foot swell
running under an open ocean wind chop make the racing extremely difficult.
For a group this size, this is one of the most competitive environments in
sailboat racing, and because it is still informal racing, rules and general
standards are thrown to the wind, making it a take-no-prisoners,
testosterone-filled brawl. While the sailing is good, the crazy “No speak
English” attitude you get from a guy not making a close cross gets old after
the first time, especially when they don’t give you the same leeway that
they expect from you. Speaking up hardly helps because there are so many
guys doing it, and essentially it is the greatest motivation to be out in
front early. From about 7th place to 70th is a knife fight that you are
bound to see multiple times daily.” --
Worlds website:

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“Is there a lot of gamesmanship in sailing? We did want to psychologically
twist the knife on our opponents at the Olympic test event (in Qingdao,
China last summer), but I have the theory that if we go out every day and do
as well as we can, it does enough damage. We haven't an equivalent in
sailing as they do, say, in rugby. We can't flatten opponents. You need
favors, because if you fall out with opposition crews, they could punish
you. There is always the element over several races that those not at the
top on points have a choice of who they allow/assist with a win. We try to
keep friendly with everyone, especially in the Star class. What goes around
comes around.” -- Iain Percy, British 2008 Olympic star skipper --

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

(Day 85 – February 3, 2008) After tacking overnight, the leader of the
Barcelona World Race, Paprec-Virbac 2, is now heading towards Gibraltar, the
penultimate scoring gate of the race, and the doorway to the Mediterranean
Sea. Entering the Med and finishing off the race can’t come soon enough for
the race leaders. This latter stage of the race has been a tough, and at
times slow, slog for the leaders as they battle upwind in the Atlantic
Ocean. It’s hard on the crew and it’s hard on the boat as well. And when the
wind comes and the speed rises, that brings its own set of problems as
Damian explained. “It's nice to see the speedo up but it brings some stress
as well. The boat is always on our minds, especially now as we're doing a
lot of banging and crashing. It's a bit worrying every time you jump off a
wave and land on the other side of it.” --

Positions at 18:00 GMT
1-Paprec-Virbac 2, Jean-Pierre Dick/ Damian Foxall, 1,525 nm DTF
2-Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson/ Andrew Cape, 538 nm DTL
3-Temenos II, Dominique Wavre/ Michéle Paret, 1,418
4-Mutua Madrilena, Javier Sanso Windmann/ Pachi Rivero, 1,492
5-Educación sin Fronteras, Servane Escoffier/ Albert Bargues, 2,862
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)

* Jules Verne Trophy (crewed circumnavigation around the three capes):
(Day 10 - February 3, 2008; 19:45 UTC) After a sequence of six gybes on
Saturday, the 103-foot maxi trimaran Groupama 3 hooked her trajectory once
again Sunday morning to catch onto a front, the prelude to an initial
austral low, which should push the giant trimaran at least as far as the
Crozet Islands. Now at 36-degrees South latitude with a 625 nm advance on
the current record, Franck Cammas and his nine crew are on a direct course
towards the tip of South Africa at an average of nearly thirty knots in a 25
knot N to NW'ly breeze. The temperatures are still moderate, and with the
current forecast, the team expects three good days at over 650 miles a day,
which would carry Groupama 3 to the South of Cape Town by Wednesday. --

* Route de l'Or (crewed route from New York to San Francisco):
(Day 17 - February 3, 2008; 19:30 UTC) During the weekend, the crew aboard
the 110-foot maxi-catamaran Gitana 13 faced two successive cold fronts,
where Lionel Lemonchois and his nine-man crew were beating to windward in
40-45 knots in their approach to the tip of South America. Their report from
Saturday had the team rounding Cape Horn that evening, but their tracker
display on Sunday shows that the team has turned around, now making less
than 10 knots of speed in a north-northeasterly direction. No details on the
cause of this course change were available. --

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known as Team 7 Sailing. Team 7, comprised of world champion sailors Sally
Barkow, Debbie Capozzi and Carrie Howe, are a unique collection of
passionate and talented sailors who will be vying for a gold medal together
in the Yngling class next summer in Beijing, China. -- Complete

* The Port Captain in Isla Mujeres, Mexico is now requiring boats coming
from the U.S. to have a notarized crew list - in other words, a crew list
that is drawn up and notarized in the U.S. prior to departure, similar to an
exit zarpe from other countries. Four boats recently arrived in Isla Mujeres
from Key West without crew documentation, and while the Port Captain
permitted their entrance this time, he stated that fines would be levied
next time. -- Details:

* The Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC) has announced the official
schedule for the 29th Pineapple Cup - Montego Bay Race. The 810-mile race
kicks off February 6th 2009 just outside of Fort Lauderdale’s Port
Everglades and finishes just off Montego Bay Harbor on the North coast of
Jamaica. The race is sponsored by the Lauderdale Yacht Club (Fort
Lauderdale, FL), the Montego Bay Yacht Club (Montego Bay, Jamaica), and the
Jamaican Yachting Association (Kingston, Jamaica), and managed by SORC with
the collective group. --

* The M30 Class Association has announced that the 2008 M 30 World
Championship will be raced on October 1-4, 2008 in Newport, RI, USA. The
event will be hosted by Sail Newport, with Peter “Luigi” Reggio as the
Principal Race Officer. --

* The ESPN production team that was at 2008 Acura Key West is reviewing 40
hours of footage shot during the regatta for a show that will air on ESPN2
at 2:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 23. Featured boats will include Numbers,
Rima2, Amelia, Boat of the Week Barking Mad, Full Throttle, Star, Rumor, and
an interesting interview with embattled America's Cup syndicate head Ernesto
Bertarelli. --

* The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in the US has teamed
up with the International Marine Certification Institute (IMCI) to offer a
seminar on CE Certification. The new seminar, which runs from March 3-5 at
the Hilton Hotel in St Petersburg, Florida, will provide US boatbuilders
that are currently exporting or are planning to export boats to the EU with
the information needed to ensure proper standards are being met. -- IBI
Magazine, full story:

* The Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) announced that it has received
formal approval from Industry Canada for the restructuring of the CYA Board
of Directors. The new Board structure for CYA is significantly reduced from
as many as 21 Directors, representing the President, and six portfolio based
Vice Presidents, ten Provincial representatives and directors at large. The
new non-portfolio Board is comprised of eight Directors, elected by the
membership at large. Each year two of the Board positions can be elected,
for three year terms and election of the President will take place every
second year. -- Complete report:

* Chicago, IL (February 1, 2008) – The US SAILING booth at the Strictly Sail
Chicago show last week won the Best of Show award in the large booth
category. The US SAILING display, located in the center of the boat show at
Navy Pier in Chicago, includes several Olympic and Paralympic class
sailboats and a wide range of information about the organization. The award
winners are selected on the following criteria: accessibility to audience,
good traffic control, quality surroundings, sailing appeal, and staff
presentation. --

* On February 1st, Fedor Konyukhov entered the Antarctica Cup Racetrack to
become the first sailor to take on the 14,000 nautical mile journey solo
around Antarctica below Latitude 45 South. The record attempt is expected to
take 60 days before the 56 year old Russian adventurer complete the voyage
in Albany,W. Australia. --

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* From Christian Fevrier: I must point that the Nigel Irens’s testimony (on
behalf of the Swiss) about the non-existence of keeled multihulls surprises
me a lot. Nigel has a huge historical knowledge of the multihulls
development. How can he forget suddenly that Mike Henderson’s catamaran
Misty Miller, built in the end of the 50’s, was fitted with two keels? Or
the great navigator David Lewis, who modified the Colin Mudie original
design during his circumnavigation aboard Rehu Mohana? Lewis added a 17ft
long wood keel bolted to each hull to his great satisfaction. Hey, he sailed
41,609 miles in 3 years and 2 months. It was Nigel himself who recommended
me to read the Lewis’s great book “Children of Three Oceans”. And if you
look further back in history, you will find a catamaran built by John
Mackensie in 1868 that had keels beneath the hulls. It is not to the ISAF to
say that multihulls cannot have a keel. It simply belongs to the navigators
or designers decisions.

* From Damian Christie: Before judging the validity of GGYC’s challenge,
Justice Cahn should study Justice Ciparick’s July 1988 ruling in the Mercury
Bay/San Diego case. Before the 1988 America’s Cup match, Michael Fay sought
an order from Ciparick that SDYC sail a monohull (not a catamaran) against
his big boat.

Ciparick ruled that Fay’s motion was premature and that she was not deciding
on the question of yacht design. She concluded that as the Deed of Gift
permitted SDYC to not name its yacht until the start of the match, it would
not be in contempt until the ‘foreseeable future’. She directed the two
parties to ‘proceed with the races and to reserve their protests’ until
after the completion of the Cup match.

In 2008, the same logic could apply. SNG contends that GGYC’s challenge is
invalid because it is building a multihull, but cited a ‘keel yacht’ in its
certificate. However, as the Deed stipulates that the challenger’s
dimensions in its certificate ‘shall not be exceeded’, this suggests SNG
cannot reasonably arrive at this conclusion until it measures GGYC’s yacht
shortly before the start of the Cup match. Therefore, Cahn could order SNG
and GGYC to prepare for the Cup match and direct SNG to reserve any protests
until shortly before (or during) the Cup match.

The downside of such a ruling is that it could mean this ridiculous dispute
could continue long after the Cup match is completed (as happened
post-1988), but at least we might see some bloody sailing!

* From John Sherwood, Annapolis, MD: The photo of winning 470 Women's Worlds
team Erin Maxwell/Isabelle Kinsolving and their great coach Skip Whyte shows
Skip apparently wearing a medal similar to those worn by the ladies. I am
unaware of competitor awards being given to coaches in sailing. Is this a
first, or is it just that we rank amateurs (without coaches) simply don't
see it at our level? If it is now standard procedure, it underlines the
accepted status of coaches in the sport. -- Photo:

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Says Skip, “The ladies certainly did an outstanding
job, constantly growing throughout the events and sailing with increasing
confidence. The ‘bling’ I am wearing are the medals from Sail Melbourne and
the Worlds, on temporary loan from the ladies.”

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