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SCUTTLEBUTT 2532 – February 13, 2008

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by Rich Roberts
If you think the America's Cup has turned ugly in 2008, consider this: it's
been tea at the Ritz compared to the '88 defense in San Diego. On the 20th
anniversary of courtroom collisions, mudslinging and name-calling cloaking
the mismatch between Michael Fay's 130-foot monohull, KZ-1, and Dennis
Conner's 60-foot catamaran, Stars & Stripes, the current dust-up is a faint
echo of that fiasco.

In '88, following Fay's rogue challenge, it quickly became the Acrimonious
Cup. When New York Supreme Court Justice Carmen Ciparick (1988's Herman
Cahn) had dissected the Deed of Gift and decided she had heard enough legal
squabbling she told the adversaries to try to settle it on the water --- and
then come back to court if they still had a problem.

Describing the actual racing as a mind-numbing bore would be generous. It
entered America's Cup lore as the "Coma off Point Loma." While reporters and
photographers on press boats nodded off through the best-of-three series,
the cat swept the Kiwi colossus by just over and under 20 minutes in two
races over a 40-mile course.

But Fay appealed his defeat, so . . . hello, Justice Ciparick, here we are
again, back in the AC's glorified protest room. Six months later Ciparick
stripped Stars & Stripes of its shallow victory and awarded the Auld Mug to
New Zealand. Later, that call was switched back to S&S, but by then nobody
cared because all of the wonderful vibes from DC's glorious victory at
Fremantle in '87 that had lifted sailing to new heights of interest and
enthusiasm in the world---especially America---had died of disenchantment.
As the racing of 2007 is dying now.

The 1988 drama hit its low point at the final press conference which ended
with Bruce Farr, who designed the New Zealand boat, calling Stars & Stripes
design chief John Marshall "a liar" and Conner calling Farr "a loser." --
Really good stuff, read on:

by John Reed, Secretary to the WSSR Council
There have always been unsubstantiated speed record claims, to such an
extent that this was the reason for the establishment of the ISAF World
Sailing Speed Record rules in the early 1970s. As WSSR rule 1 states, "the
purpose of these rules is to enable attempts to be made on Sailing Speed
Records in any part of the world under comparable conditions."

There can be a number of ambiguities connected to any claim - for example:
1. The course length (500m) may be inaccurate.
2. The timing equipment may not be accurate.
3. The record craft may be power assisted or even be a powerboat.
4. The record attempt may be current or tide assisted.

The independent ISAF WSSR Council has initiated a series of safeguards to
cover any such eventualities, with the sole reason of fulfilling the
principle of rule 1. In the same order as above, these are:
1. A qualified surveyor shall carry out all necessary measurements and
provide a report for the WSSRC.
2. Timing equipment shall have a certificate of accuracy published by an
official timekeeping body. The attempt shall be videoed so that the timing
can be subsequently checked.
3. Attempts shall be made in the presence of a WSSR Commissioner (one of a
small group of experienced officials appointed as a result of their
experience and probity).
4. Current is checked by our commissioner and allowance made for the
resolved component of any tide or current. A venue is not suitable for
record breaking if the current is more than 1 knot.
Complete report:

* Curmudgeon’s Comment: John’s comments above are in response to other
media – and not Scuttlebutt – reporting that there had been a new world
sailing speed record established. The current record holder is Finian
Maynard with a speed of 48.70 kts and, to date, there has been no claim to
the WSSR Council that this record has been exceeded.

by Len Bose
Newport Beach, CA - I am sure you will all remember the Cuban Missile
Standoff of the 1960s, and then the term Mexican Standoff of the 1970s, and
I am sure none of you will ever forget the Surf Board Standoff on Oahu’s
North Shore. Well, the Newport Standoff may begin this Wednesday, February
13, 2008 at 6:00 pm in the Newport City Council Chambers.

Recently the Harbor Department has changed their interpretation of a number
of policies and the one bringing the issue to a boil is enforcing the speed
limit for sailboats racing in the bay. This strict enforcement of the 5 mph
will shut down all keelboat racing in Newport Harbor. That’s right, no
Monday night American Legion races, and no Beer Can races this summer. I am
sure someone else will point out all the other type of boating that exceeds
the speed limit, and if we have to stop exceeding the speed limit, why don’t
they have to as well? -- Read on:

* Curmudgeon’s Comment: Len is encouraging all SoCal yachties to attend the
meeting Wednesday night. While the confines of the harbor are cramped, it
remains a prominent host of countless events in the region, and I can see
every local racing fleet hitting the 5 mph mark when the conditions are

Numbers, Dan Meyers’ new Judel-Vrolijk 66’, was the winner of the IRC 1
class at Key West Race Week 2008. Built by Goetz Custom Boats in 2007, she
finished with five bullets out of eight races, and has a full competition
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* Terrigal, Australia (February 12, 2008) - World champion Tom Slingsby
(AUS) stayed cool under pressure at the Laser World Championship on Tuesday,
grabbing two wins to snatch the lead back from Julio Alsogaray (ARG). With
Alsogaray finishing sixth and ninth in Races 9 and 10, he trails Slingsby by
a mere two points going into the final day of racing on Wednesday. With ten
races now completed, the fleet was permitted a second drop race, which
helped raise American Brad Funk up to now 10th overall, despite him having
his worst day yet with a 33-18. --

* Miami, FL (February 12, 2008) - After six races at the Yngling Worlds, the
GBR team of Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb, and Pippa Wilson is beginning to
distance themselves from the field. The top North American team – Sally
Barkow, Carrie Howe, and Debbie Capozzi (USA) – helped their cause by
winning Tuesday’s final race, and remain a strong contender for a podium
finish. Racing continues for the twenty-eight boat fleet on Wednesday and
Thursday before the top ten face off in the final medal race on Friday. As
the Worlds is the final opportunity for a country to qualify for one of the
fifteen slots at the 2008 Olympics, there is a big battle amongst the eight
nations fighting for the four Olympic places that are still up for grabs. Of
those countries vying for the slots, the pecking order is presently France,
Norway, Greece, Italy, Canada that are in, with Denmark, Japan, and Ukraine
on the outside. --

As team captain and an All American from Boston College, American Carrie
Howe was a formidable competitor at the helm and in the bow of two person
dinghies. Among her biggest competitors were the women from ODU, including
Sally Barkow, Debbie Capozzi and Anna Tunnicliffe.

When Sally Barkow called Carrie and asked if she could be the third person
on an Yngling for a couple of regattas, she didn’t think anything about it.
She just thought that Sally and Debbie knew that she had a lot of experience
sailing three person boats and that she was the right size to sail with
them. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t set whether she would do the bow or the
middle and she had no idea that it was going to turn into an Olympic

“We won the 2003 Miami OCR and the next thing I knew, Gary Bodie (head US
Olympic sailing coach) was asking what my plan was for the summer. I was
just thinking about going back to school because I had to take a finance
exam. The win had qualified us for the US Sailing Team and Sally kept
pushing on the schedule,” said Howe, recounting the story of how the US
Olympic Women’s Keelboat crew came together. “We did some campaigning for
the 2004 US Trials, but 2008 was always our plan,” said Howe. -- Read on:

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

(Day 94 - February 12, 2008) After 93 days at sea, exactly three months
after the start, Paprec-Virbac 2 won the inaugural Barcelona World Race when
skippers Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall crossed the finish line at 20:49
GMT Monday night. Hugo Boss will be the next team scheduled to finish (est.
by Wednesday), but conditions remain uncomfortable for Alex Thomson and
Andrew Cape as strong headwinds of up to 30 knots are forecast between their
position and the finish in Barcelona, Spain, making their last days of the
race to be among the hardest they’ve faced. In third is Temenos II, who is
on track to reach the Strait of Gibraltar - the gateway to the Mediterranean
Sea - by Thursday morning. --

Positions at 18:00 UTC
1-Paprec-Virbac 2, Jean-Pierre Dick/ Damian Foxall, finished
2-Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson/ Andrew Cape, 296 nm distance to finish
3-Temenos II, Dominique Wavre/ Michéle Paret, 903 nm DTF
4-Mutua Madrilena, Javier Sanso Windmann/ Pachi Rivero, 1,178 nm DTF
5-Educación sin Fronteras, Servane Escoffier/ Albert Bargues, 2,645 nm DTF
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)

* Photographer Thierry Martinez shares his finish line photos of the winner:

25,000 miles, sailing short-handed, non-stop round-the-world.…Paprec-Virbac
2’s victory was totally rigged by Southern Spars and EC6+ rigging. In a race
that saw nearly half the fleet drop out from breakages, Southern wishes to
acknowledge Paprec-Virbac 2’s outstanding performance in the

Barcelona-World-Race, along with the four other finishing teams’ equally
brilliant achievements. All 5 yachts use Southern Spars. Paprec-Virbac 2
also uses EC6+ carbon-rigging. “We’re thrilled with this result. Having our
spars on yachts that undergo the harshest conditions for 3 months along with
the winning yacht using EC6+ rigging, says everything,” comments Mark
Hauser, Southern Spars.

* Curmudgeon’s Comment: Southern Spars is being pretty humble here.
Considering all the broken masts that occurred in the race, none of those
entries were using Southern Spars. Over half the fleet had Southern Spars,
and unless something changes, those will be the only boats that finish.

Few racetracks can demonstrate the difference between right and wrong
sailing gear like the Southern Ocean. During the stretch from South Africa
to Australia, when Barcelona World Race winner Paprec-Virbac 2 came across
their first icebergs and were faced with equally freezing temperatures
inside their boat, here is the clothing schedule worn by skippers
Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall:

3 pairs of socks
1 pair of Gore-Tex oversocks
1 pair of boots
1 long john
2 fleece trousers
1 waterproof fleece salopette
1 undervest
2 fleece jackets
1 waterproof jacket
1 pair of Neoprene gloves
1 Gore-Tex survival suit
1 pair of Arnette goggles
Race recap:

* Jules Verne Trophy (crewed circumnavigation around the three capes):
(Day 19 - February 12, 2008; 22:15 UTC) Whilst the situation is improving
along 51-degrees South, the 103-foot maxi trimaran Groupama 3 is wondering
just what this Deep South is all about as conditions have not been very
favourable and after three days of swell on the beam, a day of transition,
and a good 24 hours of slipping along nicely, the giant multihull has found
itself under a front, which it is unable to overtake, lying just 160 miles
ahead. With winds no more than 25 knots, Franck Cammas and his men are
making headway all the same, and expect to pass the longitude of Cape
Leeuwin (Western Australia) on Wednesday. For the past 24-hours, their
average speed has risen to 25.3 knots while gaining 607.6 nm down the track,
but their advance over the record has slipped slightly to 490.7 nm. --

* Route de l'Or (crewed route from New York to San Francisco):
(Day 27 - February 12, 2008; 22:30 UTC) The 110-foot maxi-catamaran Gitana
13 is currently sailing up the coast of Chile at the 30-degree South
latitude, taking full advantage of the trade winds today. Under full main
and the big gennaker, Gitana 13 is using the breeze of around 15 knots to
improve their average speed of 17.6 knots over the past 24 hours while
traveling 421.2 nm along the route, and are now 4,779 nm from the finish.
The ten sailors could, however, face a weakening breeze in the next few
days. --

* An upcoming show on The History Channel will take a historical look at the
development of sailing ships beginning back a few thousand years before
Christ, where ancient Egyptians used sails on Nile barges and reed boats as
early as 2000 BC. Host Hunter Ellis trains with Navy midshipmen onboard a
sail-driven 44-footer, and goes to sea with an America's Cup team for time
trials. The show will be on Thursday, February 14, at 07:00 am EST. --

* Sparkman & Stephens announced the resignation and departure of Greg
Matzat, who had been with the firm for 19 years and most recently as
President, and Chief Naval Architect. Located on New York’s Fifth Avenue,
S&S was established in 1929 to engage in the practice of naval architecture
and to conduct the business of yacht brokerage, charter and insurance. The
company, founded by then-21-year-old yacht designer Olin J. Stephens II and
yacht broker Drake Sparkman, remains one of the most enduring and venerated
brands in yachting having delivered more than 2,700 commercial, military and
pleasure craft designs throughout its storied history. -- Complete

* An online version of the 2008 IRC Yearbook is now available for viewing or
download from the RORC website. The online version is complimentary, and not
an alternative to the hugely popular hard copy version that will continue to
be available. --

* The entry deadline of 15th February is looming for the 13th edition of The
Artemis Transat, the next prominent shorthanded race on the international
schedule. Originally known as the OSTAR when founded in 1960, this
singlehanded 2,800-mile dash from Plymouth, England to Boston, MA will start
May 11, 2008. The fleet seems a bit thin with six in the Open 60’ class and
six in Class 40 class, though the event has so far attracted the likes of
Dee Caffari, Mike Golding, Sebastien Josse, Jonny Malbon, and Brian
Thompson. -- Event site:

* Tampa, FL (February 12, 2008) After three days of racing at the J/24
Midwinter Championship, Chris/ Waldek Zaleski hold a twelve-point lead in
the 42-boat fleet. Tied for second are Tony Parker and Mark Hillman, with
racing concluding on Wednesday. --

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* From David Redfern, Kent, England: (in ref to Lucia Nebel White’s letter
in Issue 2531): Regarding the America’s Cup, or the Hundred Pound Cup as it
was originally titled, if ever there was a neutral club, a not-for-profit
organization, and a paragon of tradition with a table where the Cup could
stand, it must surely be from whence it came - the Royal Yacht Squadron in
Cowes, England. That's where it all started! Remember the 150th anniversary
races run by the RYS?

* From Chip Nilsen: For the past few years I have enjoyed reading
Scuttlebutt as it brought a voice to the sailing community, but in the last
few months the whole America’s Cup thing has turned the daily sailing voice
into lawyer issues. Frankly, there is so much more to sailing than the Cup.
I am interested in the Cup, but let’s get back to sailing. We have so much
in sailing that should not be overshadowed by this lawyer stuff.

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