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SCUTTLEBUTT 2539 – February 25, 2008

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Competitive sailing could grind to a halt if Government does not revise its
planned duty hike on boats, the head of the Bermuda Sailing Association said
last week. BSA president Somers Cooper said the duty increase will halt any
new dinghy or keelboat purchases for competition in Bermuda. He is now
appealing to Finance Minister Paula Cox to take a second look at her plan to
raise duty on boats from April 1. He said the duty hike will also have a
detrimental effect on youth sailing, which "has had a meteoric rise in local
interest and global success over the past 10 years.'

With more than 1,000 enrolled in youth sailing programmes annually, it will
affect all youth programmes and runs the risk of putting the sport out of
the reach of ordinary Bermudians. He also that said while sailing is thought
of as a luxury activity, it is enjoyed by Bermudians from all walks of life
and has come closer than any other sport to putting Bermuda on the sporting
world map. Mr. Cooper fired off a letter to Ms Cox on Monday, in response to
news of the duty hike from 33.5 to 55 per cent, which was recently announced
in the Budget. -- Bermuda Sun, read on:

Regardless of the type of boat you sail, the sport of sailing has changed a
lot during this generation. Nowhere is this most evident that in the support
category. There was a time when seeing the sailmaker’s van in the parking
lot meant the event was a biggee. Nowadays, support tents and trailers from
all facets of equipment providers might be onsite, plus competitors often
now bring their own supply trailers (and let’s not even start talking about
coach support). Businesses have also emerged to act as a liaison between
competitors and the services needed, providing the supplies of the
manufacturer along with the skills of local support.

One of these such businesses is Sail22, LLC, a company geared toward
providing the coordination for everything from boat delivery to rigging,
coaching to crew gear, dinner reservations to team chefs, team fitness,
photography and event housing. However, it is a new item on their service
list that might be setting them apart from the crowd: first aid. Sail22 has
teamed up with a company called First Responder Educational Services, and
they now have an AED (automatic external defibrillator) among the supplies
in their support trailer. -- Scuttleblog, read on:

Orlando, Fla., Feb. 21, 2008 – At its bi-annual meeting during the Miami
International Boat Show last week, Marine Marketers of America announced
three major marketing initiatives to benefit the boating industry - a pro
bono cause marketing campaign, a marine industry speakers bureau and a
marketing awards competition, an industry first. MMA’s first pro bono
industry marketing project will be a test program involving boating
education programs targeted at women. Co-chairs John Wisse and Jim Rhodes
are spearheading the effort which will be tested at the local/ regional
level with the potential to grow into a national industry promotion if
successful. -- Read on:

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Alameda, CA --The late Steve Fosset's 125-ft catamaran Cheyenne is on the
hard at Nelson's Marine to assess damage reportedly caused by an exploded
liferaft canister. There's been no word yet as to the extent of the damage.
Most recently, she was converted to a power cat and served as the camera
platform for filming Roy Disney's Morning Light project in 2007 - chasing
the project's namesake Transpac 52 across the Pacific. Prior to that, she
set what's now the third fastest time around the globe under sail. She was
commissioned by Fosset, and designed by the Southern California firm Morelli
and Melvin to compete as PlayStation in Bruno Peyron's The Race at the turn
of the millenium. -- Latitude 38,

If you were wondering what Dennis Conner and Peter Isler were up to, this
week they are sailing together on Dennis’ latest Stars and Stripes, formerly
known as the Farr 60 Numbers. They are joined by eighteen other boats on the
San Diego to Puerto Vallarta race that began last Saturday. Here is their

(Sunday, Feb 24 - 14:15 PST) After 24 hours of relatively light air upwind
and close reaching, three of the four Class 2 boats are within sight of each
other - 45 miles off the Mexican coast and 190 miles down the track from the
starting line. Unfortunately for our STARS AND STRIPES, both the Santa Cruz
70’s - HOLUA and OEX - have an edge on us in these conditions. HOLUA is
better VMG on the wind than OEX and when close reaching, OEX seems to have
legs on HOLUA. We are still waiting to find out what conditions will favor
us. We awoke to the sun shimmering through the silver clouds and the sounds
of mother Pacific grey whales with their calves heading north from Mag Bay.
It made all the hard work preparing for the race worthwhile. The expected
"dry front" has just come through and we are VMG running in 13 knots of wind
and beautiful sunny skies.... 68-degree weather. We'll be abeam of Cedros
Island by early Monday morning which is where the first wolf trap will be
laid and decisions will have to be made as to when to gybe at the first turn
of the race. On corrected time, we are just okay and still in the hunt. Its
a great crew, the food is plentiful, and everyone is having a good time. --
Race website:

You know that sailing has hit the big time in the sporting world when one of
our high profile athletes is compared to a fisherman. This comes from Eric
Sharp of the Detroit Free Press:

Greenville, S.C. -- If you say "TO" to a football fan, he'll almost
certainly know you're talking about Terrell Owens. To a racing sailor, "DC"
means Dennis Conner. And to a bass angler, "KVD" can only be Kevin VanDam,
the Kalamazoo Kid from Michigan, who today hopes to win the Bassmaster
Classic for a third time and add another half-million dollars to the record
$2.6 million he has won in a spectacular career.

Terrell Owens must be proud. -- Scuttleblog,

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Of the eleven Olympic events, only the Tornado, Laser Radial, and Star have
yet to host their 2008 World Championship. The Tornado class will be next,
with racing to begin Monday in Takapuna, New Zealand… or will it? Strong
winds prevented the fleet from competing in the practice race on Sunday, but
it is the high tides that may prove to be the event’s biggest obstacle for
host Takapuna Boating Club.

For this series, it was proposed to build a new ramp off the clubhouse which
would have permitted all tide and all sea launching. However this was
delayed by a group of local residents using an Objection process.
Consequently, the new ramp was unable to be built in time for the World
Championship, and with a big drop at the end of the current ramp caused by
erosion of sand, it is impossible to launch boats. As the high tides will
continue for the rest of the week during the middle of the day, it is not
known what arrangements will be made by event organisers to facilitate the
launching of competitors without sustaining substantial damage. -- Event

* Jules Verne Trophy (crewed circumnavigation around the three capes):
(February 24, 2008) After capsizing on February 17th at 140 km to the east
of the port of Dunedin in New Zealand, Groupama 3 was towed into port last
Saturday. The 103-foot maxi trimaran had to be towed turtled, so the team
immediately set to work with pumps to facilitate righting the craft. At the
time of the capsize, which was caused when the leeward float broke in two,
leading to the breakage of the two beams, the team had been at sea for 24
days, and had amassed a day’s lead over the current record set in 2005 by
Bruno Peyron. --

* Route de l'Or (crewed route from New York to San Francisco):
(Day 39 - February 24, 2008; 22:30 UTC) Lionel Lemonchois and his nine-man
crew onboard the 110-foot maxi-catamaran Gitana 13 are just over 1,000 miles
from the finish, and currently find themselves off the tip of the Baja
California. Sailing upwind angles for the past 24-hours, their average speed
is 15.6 kt (13.9 kt VMG) while gaining 374.5 nm down the track. --

* Terrigal, Australia (February 23, 2008) Racing concluded Saturday at the
Laser Masters Worlds, which hosted four age divisions, with nearly each age
division broken into Standard or Radial rig, and Overall and Women’s fleets.
Among the 335 entrants, the top North American in each fleet were James
Liebl (USA), 1st - Apprentice Laser Radial Overall (35-44yrs); Michelle
Davis (USA), 5th - Apprentice Laser Radial Women (35-44yrs); Andy Roy (CAN),
4th - Masters Laser (45-54 yrs); Al Clark (CAN), 4th - Masters Laser Radial
Overall (45-54 yrs); Doug Peckover (USA), 12th - Grand Masters Laser Radial
Overall (55-64 yrs); and Peter Seidenberg (USA), 1st - Great Grand Masters
Laser Radial Overall (65+ yrs). -

* Clearwater, FL (February 24, 2008) Beginning last Thursday, the Midwinter’
s East Championship for the Laser, Radial, and 4.7 fleets had four days of
sailing planned, but conditions on the final two days precluded any races
except one for the 4.7’s on Sunday. Fortunately, decent winds provided for
either a six or seven race series for the fleets, with the 51-boat Laser
fleet won by Raul Aguayo Roco (Dominican Republic), the 93-boat Radial fleet
won by local Paige Railey, and Cameron Hall (St. Petersburg, FL) topping the
23 Laser 4.7’s. -- Complete results:

* The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have announced that Singapore
will host the first Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010. The result was
unveiled by the IOC President, Jacques ROGGE, at the Olympic Museum in
Lausanne. Singapore beat Moscow in the final by 53 votes to 44. The Youth
Olympic Games aim to bring together talented young athletes – age group 14
to 18 - from around the world. The first Summer Youth Olympic Games will
gather approximately 3,200 athletes and 800 officials and feature 100
sailors in four sailing events: one person dinghy men; one person dinghy
women; windsurfing men; and windsurfing women. --

* The Canadian Yachting Association’s Offshore Committee has been working
diligently through the winter months on an initiative to provide Canadian
IRC sailors with home-based measurers. The goal of this initiative is to
service IRC sailors across Canada with regional measurers. At this time, the
CYA has announced a partnership with US Sailing in pursuit of this
initiative. The CYA is now endorsing US Sailing’s IRC Measurer’s
certification program for Canadians and US Sailing is now accepting
Canadians into their certification programs. --

* Sydney, Australia - Twenty-nine entrants competed in the 18-foot Skiff JJ
Giltinan International Championship, with the crew of Seve Jarvin, Sam
Newton and Robert Bell sailing Gotta Love It 7 to victory, with lone North
American and past champion Howie Hamlin sailing Wild Oats Chardonnay to 12th
position. -- See photos and event information at

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John Kostanecki passed away at the UVA Hospital at 2:45 AM on Wednesday,
February 21, 2008, from a heart attack resulting from internal injuries and
an infection for which he was hospitalized on Monday morning. John is the
son of Andrew Kostanecki, past chairman of the U.S. Olympic Sailing
Committee, and current secretary to the U.S. Olympic Committee, who
currently resides in Orchid, Florida. John became a paraplegic in 1977
following a disabling automobile accident. However, he led a full life,
skiing, sailing and living life to the fullest with his family and friends,
blaming no one, showing malice towards none and cheerfully accepting his
life in a wheelchair.

During the 1970s, John was a top junior sailor in Long Island Sound. In 2000
John placed second in the Paraplegic Sailing Trials, narrowly missing the
right to compete in Sydney, Australia, as a representative of the United
States. He competed in several wheelchair marathon races, fly fished,
camped, and danced. Donations can be sent to Charitable Foundation,
Therapeutic Adventures, Inc., (PO Box 4668, Charlottesville, VA 22095), and
while a memorial was held last weekend, a memorial celebration of John's
life also will be held at a future date in Darien, CT, his hometown. --

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* From the Curmudgeon: To save those ‘buttheads who are desperately tired of
the America’s Cup legal maneuvering that has occurred since the closing of
the 32nd event last year, Scuttlebutt has tried to avoid some of the stories
that we find to be “non-essential.” One such recent story regards the
Décision 35 Class catamaran racing on Lake Geneva, hosted in part by Ernesto
Bertarelli’s club (Société Nautique Genève). BMW Oracle Racing purportedly
has an alliance with one of the boat owners, and has plans to compete in
some or all the eight class events.

Whatever you might think of Ernesto, it wouldn’t be a big surprise if the
guy would like to occasionally retreat to his own pond, and go sailboat
racing without all the crapola that has become the Cup following him. The
appropriateness of BOR’s entry has been much discussed amongst the class
members, and this letter by Adrian Morgan comments on the situation:

“I can't be the only one feeling a little sorry for Ernesto. Call me
perverse, but why do we fondly think that good 'ol Larry (Ellison) has any
purer motives, or that he can be regarded as anything other than another
America's Cup predator, with a cleverer legal team? To muscle in to the D35
competition strikes me as being provocative and if I were among those elite
Swiss bankers I would vote to exclude a blatantly commercial spoiler entry
from a competitor against whom I was fighting a legal battle. It would sour
the contest and spoil the fun. And I note that Ernesto was not among those
against the Oracle entry. So give the man a break.”

As I've matured, I've learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you
can do is stalk them and hope they panic and give in.

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