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SCUTTLEBUTT 2534 – February 15, 2008

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These days, you are much more likely to see youth sailors in the US at pram
or school events than at a keelboat regatta. A generation ago, kids were
heavily recruited as foredeck. Nowadays, there is a shortage of boats that
do end-for-end spinnaker gybes, and young sailors that know how to do them.
One effort to turn the tide is occurring in Annapolis, MD at the US Naval

In the interest of promoting big boat racing skills and experience among
youth sailors, the USNA is organizing a big boat racing clinic to be held
this coming August at the Naval Academy. There is no shortage of youth
training programs that focus on dinghies, but this effort will be to provide
young sailors who lack an offshore background with the opportunity to get
first rate training and skill development and instill in them a favorable
impression of this side of the sport. Additionally, an effort is being made
to hopefully attract young sailors from diverse demographics who may not
otherwise get the chance to become involved in big boat racing.

Led by Jahn Tihansky, USNA Director of Varsity Offshore Sailing, the clinic
will be taught aboard the Academy’s fleet of new 44’ MK2 sloops and donated
boats. Live in the school dorms, sail big boats all day, hang out in
Annapolis… sounds like a good time to be a kid. Additional details at

By Kimball Livingston, SAIL WEST
Jack Sutphen rode in the tickertape parade on New York's Fifth Avenue when
Team Dennis Conner brought the Cup home from Australia. Dare I risk
suggesting there's a new generation of sailors out there who cannot imagine
that such a thing as a ticker tape parade for sailors could have happened in
the USA? Or that a winning America's Cup team was invited to the White

I haven't had a chance to ask Jack Sutphen if he knew "Myron," who was a
one-name institution around San Francisco Bay almost in the way Jack's
friend "Dennis" is a one-name institution worldwide. Maybe I can find out,
come this Saturday, when Jack drops into the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center in
Sausalito: History meeting history.

Jack Sutphen started out as an East Coast guy (it doesn't get much more East
Coast than Larchmont Yacht Club's junior program), but I think of him as San
Diego because that's where I first found him, driving 12-Meters as a
sparring partner for Conner. His first of nine America's Cup campaigns was
1958—that was the revival year after WWII—and now Jack is an author, coming
'round for a book signing. -- Read on:

It is 1977. Heath’s Condor sails into Auckland Harbour, to be greeted at the
quayside by more than 10,000 spectators, who have travelled from all over
New Zealand to catch a glimpse of rising Kiwi star Peter Blake. At the end
of the pontoon, there is one barely noticeable sign to herald the event:
‘Whitbread Round the World Boats’ it reads usefully. That single sign apart,
there is no other significant race organiser or sponsor presence and no
facilities to speak of, though a few sheds have been made available for

The fleet is welcomed by hosts, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. It is
a low key but warm welcome as it had been at the Royal Cape Yacht Club in
Cape Town a few weeks earlier and would be at the Clube do Rio de Janeiro at
the end of the next leg. In 1977, stopover activity is driven by the race’s
Corinthian spirit. Mention of sponsorship outputs, branding, and footfall is
still some way off.

Despite the huge crowds, there are no specially built bars, no cafés, no
merchandising outlets and no sponsor pavilions. Some crews take off in their
boats to cruise round the islands and return in time for the prize-giving,
which involves plenty of alcohol and a few nibbles. Back then, the route
around the world dictated the port network and the considerations over what
made a suitable stopover centred largely on anchorages and beer. Today in
the Volvo Ocean Race, however, things are a little different. -- Read on:

* Andy Hindley, Race Director of the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race, has
resigned from his position with the VOR race to take up the role as Race and
Technical Director for P1 Powerboat racing.

Earlier this month, Scuttlebutt provided SAIL magazine’s list of winners for
the Freeman Pittman awards; you can find them in Scuttlebutt Forum under
Dock Talk. has all these winners plus lots more gear for you
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anytime, anywhere. New for 2008 are individual pages for all products. --

The Earthrace Ecoboat - the incredible 78ft wave-piercing trimaran that runs
exclusively on biodiesel - is in Sagunto, Spain in the shipyard of its
patron Vulkan, preparing for its second record attempt at circling the
globe. Its first attempt ended in May 2007, and was plagued by both
mechanical and structural issues, and an accidental collision with a fishing
vessel off the coast of Guatemala that left one fisherman lost, presumed
drowned, and a second with serious internal injuries. In pursing this
record, and by running exclusively on 100% Biodiesel fuel that has a net
zero carbon footprint, this not-for-profit project aims to demonstrate how
performance and endurance are not sacrificed by using environmentally sound

The futuristic craft will be trailing in February before starting the 24,000
nautical mile trip around the globe that will start and finish in Sagunto.
The start date is planned for March 1st, and will attempt to beat the
current record of 74 days 23 hours and 52 minutes that was set in 1998 by
the British craft Cable & Wireless. The curious looking craft, designed by
Craig Loomes at a cost of 1.3 million Euros is part plane, part boat, and
part submarine, weighs 20 tons and can resist 20 ft of water when submerged.
Its maximum speed is 40 knots and it can travel 3,700 Kms without having to
refuel. -- The Valencia Life Network,
Earthrace website:

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

(Day 96 - February 14, 2008) British sailor Alex Thomson and Australian
yachtsman Andrew Cape have raced ‘Hugo Boss’, their IMOCA Open 60 class
yacht, to a second place finish in the Barcelona World Race. They crossed
the finishing line, just off the Olympic Port in Barcelona, at 05:34:57 UTC
on Thursday morning, which was their 95th day at sea. The start of the race
was a difficult one for the new Finot-Conq designed Hugo Boss, which is
pitched towards high-speed reaching conditions, as there was precious little
of that early on. However, just under one month into the race, the black
boat set what appears to be a world record for distance within a 24-hour
period, though it has not yet been ratified by the WSSR Council. Having
finished nearly 57 hours behind winner Paprec-Virbac 2, it could have been a
close finish if Hugo Boss had not needed to stop for 2 days in Wellington,
NZL to repair a rudder.

Three boats remain at sea. Temenos II is forecast to finish on February
17th, with Mutua Madrileña some 30 to 36 hours behind. Educación sin
Fronteras is due around the February 25th or 26th. --

Positions at 18:00 UTC
1-Paprec-Virbac 2, Jean-Pierre Dick/ Damian Foxall, finished
2-Hugo Boss, Alex Thomson/ Andrew Cape, finished
3-Temenos II, Dominique Wavre/ Michéle Paret, 570 nm DTF
4-Mutua Madrilena, Javier Sanso Windmann/ Pachi Rivero, 762 nm DTF
5-Educación sin Fronteras, Servane Escoffier/ Albert Bargues, 2,288 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)

* Jules Verne Trophy (crewed circumnavigation around the three capes):
(Day 21 - February 14, 2008; 23:00 UTC) Whilst the wind has finally kicked
in again, the 103-foot maxi trimaran Groupama has passed the second
legendary point in this round the world, Cape Leeuwin to the SW of
Australia. In so doing, Franck Cammas and his nine crew have established a
new reference time between Ushant and the SW tip of Australia, in 21 days 02
hours 43 seconds, improving on the time held by Bruno Peyron and his crew
onboard Orange II in 2005 by eleven hours six minutes. For the past
24-hours, their average speed has improved slightly to 20.7 knots while
gaining 495.7 nm down the track, but their advance over the record has
slipped further to 313.7 nm. With a current boat speed of 28.8 knots, the
team hopes to soon increase its margin again over the current record. --

* Route de l'Or (crewed route from New York to San Francisco):
(Day 29 - February 14, 2008; 21:30 UTC) Lionel Lemonchois and his nine-man
crew onboard the 110-foot maxi-catamaran Gitana 13 are approximately 1500
miles from the equator, but weak southeasterly winds has required a series
of jibes over the past 48 hours in order to remain in the path of stronger
winds, which is dropping their VMG by about 4 knots. For the past 24-hours,
their average speed has increased to 18.3 knots while gaining just 438.3 nm
down the track, with 4,040 nm remaining in this 14,000-mile record
attempt. --

...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

* Miami, FL (February 14, 2008) – Defending champions Sarah Ayton, Sarah
Webb, and Pippa Wilson (GBR) won the first race of the Yngling Worlds and
never looked back, and now after 10 races, they have won the event with a
day to spare. The final medal race for the top ten positions will be held on
Friday, but even with points being doubled, the Brits’ current 31-point lead
over Krystal Weir/ Karyn Gojnich/ Angela Farrell (AUS) can not be
threatened. Climbing up the scorecard is the American team Sally Barkow,
Carrie Howe, and Debbie Capozzi (USA), who are now in fourth position, 10
points back from third. --

* The 9th International Sailing Summit is planned for December 2008, to be
held in conjunction with the Paris International Boat Show. The ISS is on
December 4th, with the show starting on the 5th. Preliminary details at

* Nine marine manufacturers were honored for innovative achievement by the
National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers
International (BWI) at the 67th Annual Miami International Boat Show.
Winners were selected among 50 products that were entered in eight different
categories. – Floatline, complete report:

* Scituate, MA - If everything works according to plan, this may be a big
year for sailing in Scituate, as the town’s recreation department has teamed
with the historical society to plan a major expansion of the town’s sailing
program. The department is raising money so it can provide advanced sailing
classes, the type that currently are not available to Scituate residents who
do not already belong to a private club. -- Complete story:

* Sailing World's College Rankings as of February 14, 2008 have St. Mary's
and Yale on top, respectively, of the Coed and Women's divisions. --
Complete rankings:

* Clarification: In Issue 2533, the story “Imagery is Powerful Stuff” failed
to correctly state that the movie "Morning Light" is being co-produced by
Roy E. Disney and Leslie DeMeuse-Disney.

Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include a slide show from the Laser Worlds, dead of winter racing in
Vancouver, Opti wave launching in Buenos Aires, TP 52 boat building in
Auckland, 18 Footers action in Sydney, fun with aluminum in San Francisco,
and the spoils of victory in Barcelona. If you have images you would like to
share, send them to the Scuttlebutt editor. Here are this week’s photos:

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* From John Reed, Secretary to the WSSR Council: The WSSR statement (in
Issue 2532) was solely concerning claims for outright speeds over 500 metre
or 1nm courses. 24 hour records are subject to a different set of rules
which can be found on 27).

Briefly, in answer to Bob Morris (letter in Issue 2533), timed GPS position
reports of yacht have to be automatically transmitted directly to an
appointed WSSR Commissioner without any action of the crew of the vessel.
These procedures have to be established prior to any attempt on a 24 hour
record is undertaken.

* From Mike Perry: Carl Franca's letter (Issue 2533) does bring up a sore
point for many offshore sailors. How do these round-the-world blokes avoid
crippling bouts of crotch rot? I remember on a long ago Cape Town to Rio
race developing a weepy case of boat butt that still brings tears to the
eyes. As the scurge crept down the back of my legs, I wrapped the nastiness
in elastic bandage that spread the pain out and made it bearable. Fresh
water, dry land, anti-biotic cream and buckets of cuparinas (nasty
Brazillian rum drinks) soon cleared up the problem. But memory remains. If a
solution has been found to the dreaded rot, please let the rest of in on the

* From Tim Patterson: Kudos to Bill Trenkle for telling it like it is (in
Issue 2534). SDYC has taken way too much grief for the Catamaran racing the
monohull. Also, we should all remember that the coverage in Australia for
1987 was thanks to Ted Turner (come on Ted, a station that shows sports
24/7?), who took it on and did it better than it had ever been done before.
Remember the blimp cam shot of the jib tearing, the sewer cam, the mast cam,
the onboard mics. That was the best!

* From Alfred Poor: Some writers to Scuttlebutt Letters advocate making the
NYYC the permanent trustee of the Cup competition. And I don’t mean to pick
on anyone in particular, but Chris Ashcroft leaves me scratching my head
when he laments “men who are evidently spoilt, nouveau riche business brats
who fail to understand the importance of sportsmanship and good sports

Excuse me? Are we talking about the same America’s Cup competition? Take the
“nouveau” out of Ashcroft’s comments, and you’ve described the people
involved with the AC competition for its first 100 years. Sportsmanship? How
did the United States hold onto to the Mug for 132 years? Perhaps the fact
that all competitors had to arrive on their own keel for the races was a
small factor. This meant the European challengers had to build an entry
suitable for an Atlantic crossing, and then race in the light summer airs
off Newport. I’m no naval architect, but I see nothing “sporting” about this
home field advantage. And who was responsible for this lopsided
“stewardship”? None other than the NYYC that some would have resume those

I’m not saying that the NYYC would behave the same way as it did in the
previous two centuries (and I’m a former member of the august institution),
but why would they be any better suited to guard the henhouse than any other
organization? Even a passing familiarity with historical events can do
wonders to provide a context for current events.

The Scuttlebutt website has been collecting stories spanning nearly the 55
years that San Diego Yacht Club has been sending racers down the Baja
California coastline for distance races to Acapulco, Manzanillo, Mazatlan,
and Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. Thanks to Dennis Conner, Tom Leweck, Dan
Schiff, Duncan Kelso, Fred Schenck, Skip Allan, Bill Kreysler, Fred Frye,
and Mike Kennedy, the adventure of sailing south of the border is alive with
mariachi music and frozen margaritas. If you have participated in a SDYC
race, please join in and send Scuttlebutt the mental snapshot you have held
on to. Special story prize to be given by Dennis Conner. Email story to
Scuttlebutt by February 28th. Additional details at

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