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SCUTTLEBUTT 2529 - February 8, 2008

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BBC Sports -- The man overseeing this year's Olympic sailing has played
down concerns that conditions at the Qingdao venue could turn medal
events into a lottery. Great Britain team manager Stephen Park believes
light winds could limit the number of races and make results
unpredictable. But Jerome Pels, secretary general of the International
Sailing Federation, told BBC Sport the Qingdao venue had performed well
in test events. Pels said conditions were not ideal but he insisted
'fair' racing was possible.

Pels, the International Olympic Committee's technical delegate for
Qingdao, is overseeing the organization of the Olympic sailing events.
He insisted there was no danger of the schedule - normally the best of
11 races in some classes, or 16 in others - being drastically shortened.
"We have used almost the maximum number of competition days in the
Games," said Pels. "I don't think we'll get a full series out of every
class, but that's not the aim. We just want fair, good racing under good
conditions." -- BBC Sport, full story:

Boat names can reveal much about the personality, lifestyle, passions or
experiences of a boat owner. For 2007, the BoatU.S. list of Top Ten Most
Popular Boat Names is particularly revealing:

1) Black Pearl: The name of a fast, stealthy and intimidating fictional
ship from the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean films, a recreational boat
with this moniker was probably named by the kids.

2) Liberty: A patriotic name that first appeared on the Top Ten List
just after 9-11, the owner of this vessel is clearly passionate about
the freedoms enjoyed in the U.S.

3) Second Wind: Perhaps this boat owner has had a life changing
experience and feels that their boat now gives them a second lease on

4) Amazing Grace: It could be that this boat name borrowed from a hymn
provides the boat owner with a new spiritual outlet.

5) Aquaholic: This name illustrates a boater’s chronic love for the
waterways. This boat is probably the first one out of the slip in the
morning and the last one back in at the end of the day.

6) Knot on Call: Perhaps named by a boater in a professional field or
industry with non-traditional work hours, this boat name affirms a
desire break away from work pressures.

7) Second Chance: See #3, Second Wind.

8) Wanderlust: Defined as “A very strong or irresistible impulse to
travel,” this boat owner clearly has a passion to cruise and explore the

9) The Dog House: Being in one (Dog House) isn’t necessarily bad for
this boat owner as their vessel likely provides a “walled-off” escape
away from the distractions of everyday life.

10) Carpe Diem or Seas the Day: This boat owner likely believes that
boating allows them to enjoy life at its fullest. --

Glenn Bourke, the former CEO for the Volvo Ocean Race round the world
and the man credited with delivering the world’s best ever Olympic
sailing regatta, is to become the new Chief Executive Officer for
Australia’s premier tropical island destination, Hamilton Island. The
island is going through an impressive phase of development that includes
the secluded ultra-luxury destination, qualia, the new 18-hole golf
course which is nearing completion, and major upgrades to existing
accommodations. The highly innovative new Hamilton Island Yacht Club and
associated luxury villa precinct is also well advanced. Brouke will be
based on the island and be responsible to the Oatley family for all
island operations -- quite a change from the extensive traveling he’s
done for the past seven years.

As a yachtsman Glenn Bourke has won seven world sailing championships
including, remarkably, three consecutive world titles in the Olympic
Laser dinghy class, in 1988, 1989 and 1990. He represented Australia in
the Finn dinghy class at the 1992 Olympics, has sailed in the America’s
Cup and Admiral’s Cup, and was named Australian Yachtsman of the Year in
1989 and 1990. -- Full story:

..if you don’t know the rules. Dave Perry, David Dellenbaugh, and Brad
Dellenbaugh are teaching Rules and Tactics Seminars this winter. From
fundamental principles to nuances highlighting the difference between
right-of-way and control, understand the rules and the tactics the rules
dictate so you can turn rules situations into tactical opportunities.
Enrollment is limited. Sign up now (risk free) and receive Perry’s Rules
Quiz book and Dellebaugh’s Rules DVDs with the course. Learn more at
NorthU. Call 800-347-2457 or

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

(Day 89 – February 7, 2008) With the finishing line just 700 miles away
for the two sailors on Paprec-Virbac 2, the wind and waves have picked
up dramatically, and the second placed boat is closing fast. To add to
the difficult circumstances on board, food is now in short supply with
the finish still four days away. Piling the pressure on the leader is
Hugo Boss. The black boat has completed a phenomenal 24 hours in gaining
just a shade under 200 miles. --

February 7 positions at 18:00 UTC
1-Paprec-Virbac 2, Jean-Pierre Dick/ Damian Foxall, 671 nm DTF
2-Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson/ Andrew Cape, 378 nm DTL
3-Temenos II, Dominique Wavre/ Michéle Paret, 1,532
4-Mutua Madrilena, Javier Sanso Windmann/ Pachi Rivero, 1,645
5-Educación sin Fronteras, Servane Escoffier/ Albert Bargues, 2,858
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):
(February 7, 18:06 UTC) While Groupama 3 has been racking up a fine
day's upwind sailing with 620 miles at an average of 26 knots, the giant
trimaran is continuing to lose its lead over the reference time set by
Orange II! And the hemorrhage is severe: half the 600 miles accumulated
two days ago, have been reduced to just 290 miles on Thursday afternoon.

* Route de l'Or (crewed route from New York to San Francisco):
(Day 22 - February 7) After waiting five days at the doorstep to Cape
Horn, the website tracking is now showing that the maxi catamaran Gitana
13 has (finally) rounded the cape and is in the Pacific Ocean - but is
still more than 6000 miles from their California destination. --

* (February 7, 2008) Race Officials at the Laser World Championship, being
sailed off Terrigal, Australia were forced to abandon attempts at racing on day
one. Racing was finally called off for the day at 15:30 local time with
reports of more thunderstorms on the way up from Sydney. Earlier in the
day, the Australian Laser Dealers Qualifier races 1 and 2 were postponed
due to extremely light shifty breezes. Then organizers sent the 160
competitors from 56 nations on the water, only to have them return when
severe south-easterly winds and a thunderstorm arrived. --

* It was just seven days ago that entries opened up for the US Women's
Junior Doublehanded Championship for the Ida Lewis Trophy. And although
this regatta is not until July, the hosting Sausalito YC reports that 20
teams have already entered the event. With a regatta limit of just 35
teams, it’s obvious that there are a lot of young female sailors who do
not want to get locked out of this championship. --

* An Australian court has upheld the conviction and large fine levied
against a yachtsman who was convicted by a customs magistrate of failing
to announce the intended arrival of his vessel and crew into Australia.
The magistrate assessed a fine of $4,000 and $15,000 in court costs. The
yachtsman appealed the lower court's conviction, but last week a
District Court dismissed the appeal and upheld the magistrate's finding.
To add slap to face, the higher court awarded costs of the appeal to the
Commonwealth. --, full story:

* Some very nice prizes will be awarded at this year’s Virgin Islands
Race Week -- March 28 to April 6. The top CSA yacht will receive a week
for two at the Bitter End Yacht Club in Virgin Gorda. The top IRC yacht
will collect a week’s complimentary stay at the new Marriott’s
Frenchman’s Cove in St. Thomas. Certificates for dinners at local
restaurants are also part of the prize package. Winners will be based on
combined scores from the International Rolex Regatta held in St.Thomas
and the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival, out of Tortola and Virgin

* US Watercraft of Portsmouth, RI has been named as the new USA builder
for the J/105, the prolific 34.5’ one-design sprit boat with over 650
boats sailing in 14 countries. The 2008 model J/105 includes several
upgrades such as race-ready keel and rudder, composite tiller, racing
mainsheet system, new galley layout and more.

* Britain’s big boat stars of the future have the chance to help realize
their yachting ambitions as the RYA stages its first of seven Open
Keelboat Training events of 2008 next week. Any young sailor between the
ages of 16-24, is welcome to attend Open Keelboat Training where they
will receive first class coaching in the RYA’s fleet of J80s. With
ongoing assessment of sailing ability, teamwork and potential taking
place over the course of the Training event, those showing the required
standards will be invited to attend the Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme
selection event in September. –

* Correction: In our report in Issue 2528 of the top ranked North American
sailors in the new ISAF ranking, we unfortunately overlooked four Canadian
sailors -- Mike Leigh, who is ranked fifth in the Lasers, the 12th ranked Finn
sailor, Christopher Cook plus Oskar Johanssson and Kevin Stittle who are
ranked sixth in Tornado. And we also overlooked Bermudians Peter Bromby
and Lee White who are ranked 14th in the Star class. Sorry about that.

Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at
Scuttlebutt include famous multihulls with keels, the first Mark
Mills-designed King 40 rolling out of the factory, training for the Ice
and Snow Sailing World Championship, Andrew Burke’s campaign to increase
cancer awareness in Barbados, a Boston fundraiser for the Courageous
Sailing Center, a creepy Homeland Security sign in Key West, and the
first winner of the Dutch Solo Challenge Award. If you have images you
would like to share, send them to the Scuttlebutt editor. Here are this
week’s photos:

* The place to be for sailing in North America right now is southern
Florida. However, for the New England and Mid-Atlantic sailors that just
won’t take no for an answer, they stay put and go frostbiting. Here are
photos from the 2008 InterClub Midwinters in Annapolis, MD, and while it
is not snowing, a look at the gear being worn will tell you that this is
definitely not Miami. --

One of the nicer stories from Key West is the J/80 class victory of the
Storck family: dad, two sons, daughter, and a family friend kicked butt
in a very competitive class. Without a single pro on board, they beat a
3x KWRW and 3x NA winner (also World Champion), who came in second
behind them. Both crews relied on UK-Halsey sails as did the equally
non-pro 2nd and 3rd J/105’s. So, if you’re racing without a professional
on board, maybe you need the edge the Storcks took to Key West: great
sails from UK-Halsey. 800-253-2002 or

Chattanooga, TN - Marge Lamb, known throughout the international Snipe
class community, died Wednesday, February 6th at the age of 78 years as
a result of a stroke she had suffered the previous week. Along with her
husband Buzz (who died in 2005), the two of them managed the Snipe Class
International Racing Association (SCIRA) office from 1971 until their
retirement in 1987. Class headquarters was their home at Privateer Yacht
Club in Chattanooga, TN, and the two of them traveled widely to provide
a "face" for the SCIRA organization. Services will be held at St.
Alban’s Episcopal Church in Hixson, TN on Tuesday, February 12th.
Contributions may be made to the Snipe Class USA Perpetual Fund, P.O.
Box 83866, Lincoln, NE 68501.

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* From Charles J. Doane: I disagree with those inclined to impugn Malin
Burnham’s proposal to reform the AC Deed of Gift (No. 2528). It would
address the enormous inherent contradiction that has prompted both the
current court battle and the last one over San Diego’s defense, which is
that the defender must act both as a trustee charged with acting
selflessly in the best interests of the trust’s beneficiaries and as a
competitor interested in defeating putative beneficiaries on the race
course. Petitioning the court to reform the trust and appoint an
independent trustee makes a great deal of sense. That independent
trustee could be a specially created entity, as Mr. Burnham suggests, or
perhaps it could be the New York Yacht Club itself, so long as it is
willing not to compete for the Cup in the future. Frankly, I think the
NYYC would make a great trustee, as it has by far the most experience
and embodies, and is presumably interested in preserving, the best
traditions of AC competition. I also don’t see why such a petition could
not be filed by any one individual wanna-be challenger or by a group of

* From Chris Ashcroft, Blue Hill, Maine (edited to our 250-word limit):
George Schuyler must be turning in his grave with sadness as he
witnesses the magnificent event turn into an utterly unattractive fiasco
by men who are evidently spoilt, nouveau riche business brats who fail
to understand the importance of sportsmanship and good sports
stewardship. I do not care who you are and what station in life you hail
from but almost all sailors and competitors alike are wonderfully
descent, fantastic people who race by the rules and have the grace and
presence to admit defeat and are invariably the first to congratulate a

The “Cup” is now the domain of ego, money and so-called clever lawyers,
the latter believing that their interpretation of the Deed of Gift
supersedes the original intention and I frankly say “bollocks to the lot
of you.” You have two choices, either race under the rules which have
survived the test of time or simply do not race. I do not see Formula
One racing, the World Series, the Super Bowl, The World Cup, succumb to
litigation simply because contestants abide by the rules. What is so
difficult about that?

Unfortunately, we started down the slippery slope of “Cup” related
litigation in the 80’s and it simply opened the door from then on. The
door should have stayed firmly shut – this is a mono-hull race with one
keel allowed. If the nouveau riche or business brats want their formula
one race with multi-hulls- then go ahead but not under the pretext of
the America’s Cup.

* From Manfred C. Schreiber: Reading with a smile Mike Titgemeyer´s AC
conspiracy in the 2527 edition, I thought the same when I first heart
about the 90 x 90 thing but due to the language barrier and possible
misunderstanding, did not like to respond or make noise about it. Maybe
our friends from the Alps, who sometimes seem to be rather humorless
have not got the message and have fallen into this ridiculous scenario
trap and now have problems to dig themselves out without looking silly.
Lawyers are not helping either as they would not understand the sarcasm
which lies in the DoG 90 x 90 challenge.

* From Bruce McPherson: As Cory Friedman notes, GGYC's appeal letter
requests Justice Cahn consider "the Deed, the Deed and the Deed."
Paragraph five, last sentence of that Deed:

"....Center-board or sliding keel vessels shall always be allowed to
compete in any race for this Cup, and no restriction nor limitation
whatever shall be placed upon the use of such center-board or sliding
keel, nor shall the centerboard or sliding keel be considered a part of
the vessel for any purposes of measurement."

Note: three times, " or sliding keel..." Always in the
singular, just one! The following phrase, " restriction nor
limitation shall be placed upon the use of such..." refers to the
movement and the timing of such use, not the permitted number. My
admission ticket may have the words "Admit holder." Again, singular,
just one; it cannot be construed to admit another even if that other is
also "holding" the ticket physically! Just because past legalities
carefully ignored such a reading is no reason to ignore it now!

* From Rick Hatch: Except for an additional year's delay when in 1987,
1992, 2000 and 2007 the defence of the America's Cup moved between the
northern and southern hemispheres, it took a World War to cause the kind
of delay between AC contests that the present trend of affairs between
the current defender and BMW Oracle Racing is precipitating.

AC #33 - likely to be in 90 ft waterline multi-hulled "keel yachts", AC
#34 - in IACC or AC90 monohulls --whatever. Like remaining in harbour
while weathering out the storm of the century, which eventually blows
itself out (they always do), I'm settling in for a long wait. In the
meantime and probably like most prospective sponsors of this
extravaganza, I'm turning my attention to other kinds of racing, the
kind that's actually entertaining - like NASCAR (which kicks into gear
again this Saturday night).

Eventually and in good time, the New York Courts will identify the
miscreant among the litigants. The America's Cup survived even a World
War; it will survive this pathetic episode.

* From David Barrow: Nothing would sort the America's cup quicker than
to starve it of the oxygen of publicity. Curmudgeon I am surprised you
have let this thread run so long. You normally lose your patience long
before this. End the thread and let them get on with it in as dark a
place as possible. They can give us a call when they get out of court.

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.
Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

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