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SCUTTLEBUTT 2544 – March 3, 2008

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Cowes Week organizers have decided that, for 2008, canting keels on
boats over 14 metres (46-feet) will have to be pinned in the central
position. Chieftain’s owner Ger O’Rourke says “If it wasn’t a safety
hazard it would be a joke. This shows a complete lack of understanding
of canters, their sail area would be overly canvassed over 10 knots of
TWS using same rig & sails with their keels pinned; to ask a canting
keel yacht to do so is a serious breach of safety, a total IRC joke, why
have an IRC cert at all.”

Cowes Week CEO Stuart Quarrie says “There are safety issues with canting
keels and Ger is obviously right in saying that his boat would be
over-canvassed in anything above 10 knots of breeze if its keel was
fixed. However, that does not mean that it would (or should) be
dangerous sailing in that configuration. If that was the case, then it
brings into question the validity and overall safety of his boat
offshore when, as we have seen many times in the past, the canting
mechanism could easily fail.” --

It should come as no surprise that the Club Nautico Español de Vela
(CNEV), which is the Spanish club that Alinghi had selected as the
Challenger of Record for the 33rd America’s Cup, but was later removed
from that role by the NY Supreme Court, appears to have no plans to
repeat its "annual" regatta. Per the America’s Cup Deed of Gift, hosting
an annual regatta is a requirement of the COR, and when CNEV hadn’t yet
done so, it was just the opening that the BMW Oracle Racing team needed
to try to disavow the largely lopsided protocol for the next Cup event.
CNEV later held this “annual” regatta in hopes of it being sufficient in
the eyes of the court, but based on the event’s absence from the
publication of the Spanish Sailing Federation calendar, it may very well
go down in history as the shortest annual event. -- Valencia Sailing,

New York, NY (February 29, 2008) Lightning World Champion Jeff Linton
(Tampa, Fla.) and Princess Sofia Trophy Yngling Champion Sally Barkow
(Nashotah, Wis.) took center stage Friday afternoon during a special
luncheon in the model room of the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan. The
sailors won US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year
Award, this country’s most prestigious honor in the sport. They were
recognized for their outstanding on-the-water performances during the
2007 calendar year and presented with engraved Rolex timepieces.
Emceeing the event was Gary Jobson, while Rolex Vice President and
Director of Communications Peter Nicholson awarded the watches with
assistance from US Sailing’s President Jim Capron and past Rolex
Yachtswomen of the Year Jody Swanson Starck and Cory Sertl. -- Read on:

* Jobson Sailing produced a brief video presentation of the ceremony
that can be viewed here:

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Auckland, New Zealand (March 1, 2008) - Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby
of Australia have been crowned Tornado World Champions for 2008 after
racing was abandoned on the final day of the regatta due to heavy rain
and strong north easterly winds in Takapuna, North Shore City, Auckland.
It is Bundock's 6th world title in the Tornado having won in 2006, 2003,
2002, 2001 and 1998. As predicted, Takapuna Beach was buffeted by 25-30
knot winds and breaking waves, and with low visibility on the race
course, organizers decided at 12:45pm to abandon racing for the day and
close the championship.

By winning the silver medal in a fleet stacked with the top 20 ranked
Tornado sailors in the world, Canadian's Oskar Johansson and Kevin
Stittle not only qualified Canada for an Olympic berth but have also
signaled to the fleet that they'll be serious medal contenders in China.
Canada, Austria, New Zealand and the Ukraine earned Olympic
qualification for their respective nations at this event, beating out
Russia, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Poland, and Venezuela for the final four
places that were decided at the Worlds. --

Final Results (Top 10 of 51)
1. AUS - Darren Bundock/Glen Ashby, 14-(23)-2-2-8-1-1-6, 34 pts
2. CAN - Oskar Johansson/Kevin Stittle, (21)-1-3-1-4-19-7-4, 39
3. FRA - Yann Guichard /Alexandre Guyader, 4-9-1-3-13-4-5-(23), 39
4. GER - Roland Gaebler/Gunnar Struckman, 3-3-4-9-(30)-18-2-5, 44
5. ITA - Francesco Marcolini/Edoardi Bianchi,11-7-10-5-1-(52/OCS)-10-2,46
6. NED - Mitch Booth/Pim Nieuwenhuis, 7-2-6-8-(26)-22-4-3, 52
7. ESP - Fernando Echavarri/Anton Paz, 1-14-8-11-23-(52 OCS)-6-7, 70
8. USA - John Lovell/Charlie Ogletree, 2-5-29-(52/DNF)-3-16-3-13, 71
9. FRA - Xavier Revil/Cristophe Espagnon, 18-12-14-6-6-(52 OCS)-8-8, 72
10. FRA - Billy Besson/Arnaud Jarlegan, 19-(20)-7-4-5-6-16-16, 73

* Commenting on their performance, 2004 Olympic silver medallists John
Lovell/Charlie Ogletree (USA) replied, “The biggest positive was that we
were quick in a breeze and quick in light air and able to score well in
all conditions. We came here with a clear goal. We wanted to see how the
advances we made and the things we tested at the American selection
trials stacked up against the rest of the world. We confirmed that the
equipment we are using is competitive. Also, for three years out of
every quadrennial, we are part-time professional sailors. Full-time
careers make it difficult to stay at the top of your game. However, from
now until the Olympics we’re back to full-time sailing status. We’ll be
putting jobs on hold and seeing very little of our families as we ramp
up our training and preparation; looking to peak in top form and
condition for the Olympics.” --

The Norwegian sailing team of Eivind Melleby and crew Petter Pederson
finished first in day one of sailing Sunday at the 81st Annual Bacardi
Cup Star Class Regatta on the waters of Biscayne Bay, near Miami.
Melleby and Pederson finished a boat length ahead of Brazil’s Alan
Adler, the 1989 Star Class World Champion, who sails this week with crew
Ricardo Ermel. Adler/Ermel rounded all four marks in first place before
losing cover to the Norwegians on the race’s final beat. Winds in excess
of 15 knots forced two general recalls before the race’s eventual start;
and three teams, including 2008 Rolex Miami OCR Champion Xavier Rohart
and crew Pascal Rambeau, were black-flagged and disqualified for
crossing the line early. -- Janet Maizner

After one race the top ten of the 118 teams representing 26 countries
competing in this six-day regatta are: 1. Melleby, Eivind /Pedersen,
Petter (NOR); 2. Adler, Alan /Seifert, Ronald (BRA); 3. Percy, Iain
/Simpson, Andrew (GBR); 4. Scheidt, Robert /Prada, Bruno (BRA); 5.
Spitzauer, Hans /Nehammer, Christian (AUT); 6. Bromby, Peter /White, Lee
(BER); 7. Grael, Lars /Jordao, Marcelo (BRA); 8. O'Connell, Maurice
/Cooke, Ben (IRL); 9. Diaz, Augie /Trinter, Phil (USA); 10. Reynolds,
Mark /Gale, Jamie (USA). --

* Daily video, news reports, interviews and features from the 81st
Bacardi Cup are online at

Mike Campbell and Dale Williams’ Kernan 68, Peligroso, was the overall
winner of the San Diego’s YC’s 1000 mile race to Puerto Vallarta,
Mexico. Aided by watch captains Kevin Miller and Malcolm Park from Roger
Sturgeon’s STP65 Rosebud, which just won the 2007 Rolex Sydney Hobart
Race, Peligroso corrected out over Doug Baker’s Magnitude 80 by 26
minutes to capture Class 1 and the overall prize. Other class winners in
the 18-boat, ORR-handicapped race were: Class 2 - Holua (SC 70), Brack
Duker; Class 3 - Valkyrie (DK 46), Andy Rasdal; Class 4 - Super Gnat
(Beneteau 40.7), Cliff Thompson. Magnitude 80 set a new course record,
taking more than six hours off the previous record established by Roy
Disney’s Pyewacket in 1998. --

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* March 1, 2000 - With 26-year-old rookie Dean Barker at Black Magic's
helm, New Zealand sails into America's Cup history, becoming the first
country other than the United States to defend the oldest trophy in

* March 2, 2003 - Alinghi takes the America's Cup with a five-race sweep
over Team New Zealand, winning the race by 45 seconds. The Swiss team
becomes the first European yacht to win the America's Cup in 152 years.
Boston Globe:

* March 3, 2008 - Reflecting on the good ‘ole days.

Team New Zealand has suffered its highest profile home-grown defection.
Jono Macbeth has jumped ship and joined rival America's Cup syndicate
Oracle. The 35-year-old grinder has been a fixture in the Kiwi syndicate
since he helped defend the America's Cup in 2000. But Russell Coutts,
now chief executive and skipper of the Larry Ellison-owned Oracle, has
been busy acquiring sailing talent in anticipation of a one-on-one duel
for the Auld Mug against holder Alinghi.

Macbeth isn't the only Kiwi Coutts has poached. Big Andrew "Meat" Taylor
has also switched teams. Taylor sailed for Team New Zealand in 1987-88,
1992, 1995 and 2000 then for Luna Rossa last year but the Italian
syndicate has disbanded so Coutts snapped up him and fellow Kiwi Alan
Smith, who was part of Team New Zealand's campaigns in '87 and '92.
Coutts has been actively courting others. --

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* Bill Hardesty from San Diego convincingly won the 81-boat Etchells
Midwinters for the Schoonmaker Cup in Miami, FL and with it the Etchells
Jaguar Cup Winter Regatta Series. Midwinters final results (81-boats): 1
Bill Hardesty, 21; 2. Jud Smith /Henry Frazer, 68, 3. Andy Beadsworth
/Dave Dwyer, 74; 4. Vince Brun /Michael Allen, 77. 5. Jeffrey Siegal,
82. Final results of the Etchells Jaguar Cup Series: 1. Bill Hardesty,
3pts; 2. Jud Smith /Henry Frazer, 9pts; 3. Jeffrey Siegal, 13pts; 4.
Andy Beadsworth /Dave Dwyer, 17pts; 5. Tom Lihan, 21pts. --

* Despite slight drop-offs in attendance during the 2008 installments of
Strictly Sail Chicago and Strictly Sail Miami, exhibitors at both shows
report plentiful crowds and eager buyers in their respective markets,
organizers reported in a release last week. Visitors from throughout the
Chicago and Midwest region visited Strictly Sail Chicago, with total
attendance of 18,123, which was close to last year’s gate of 18,523.
Strictly Sail Miami drew a larger audience, with a total of 22,556
attendees. That figure is down just three percent from 2007, when a
total attendance of 23,327 was recorded. -- Boat Industry, full story:

* The top ten in Sailing World’s collegiate coed rankings as determined
by Michael Callahan, Georgetown; Ken Legler, Tufts; and Mike Segerblom,
USC are: 1. St. Mary's, 2. Boston College, 3. Yale, 4. Georgetown, 5.
Charleston, 6. Brown, 7. Harvard, 8. Tufts, 9. Roger Williams, 10.
Hobart/WmSmith. The top ranked women’s teams include: 1. Yale, 2.
Stanford, 3. Georgetown, 4. Charleston, 5. St. Mary's, 6. Tufts, 7.
Navy, 8. Old Dominion, 9. Boston College, 10. Boston University. --

* The International GP42 Class announced that Quebramar, the
Portugal-based clothing brand, has agreed to sponsor the class’ 2008
international racing circuit of events, to be known collectively as the
Quebramar GP42 Cup - 2008. This season championship series, the second
for this new and development class, will include six events to be held
in Italy, Spain, France, and Portugal from May through October.

* It was standing room only as a packed audience at the 2008 RYA Dinghy
Sailing Show were given an exclusive insight into life on the Road to
Beijing by the stars of Great Britain’s China-bound sailing team.
Grilled by Yachts and Yachting editor Gael Pawson on the Main Stage at
Alexandra Palace on Saturday 1 March, RYA Olympic Manager Stephen
‘Sparky’ Park, Ben Ainslie, Paul Goodison, Stevie Morrison and Ben
Rhodes discussed in detail how their preparations for Qingdao are being
ramped up as August 9 – the Olympic Regatta start date – draws ever
closer. – BYM Sailing news, full story:

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* From David Lees: I would like to put right one point in Andy Rice's
article in Sailjuice, which you reported on in Issue 2543. The ISAF
Constitution Committee was asked by the President to give an
interpretation of the word 'urgent.' We did that by saying:

"There must be some pressing reason for the matter in the submission to
be dealt with in May; to put that in other words there must be some
reason that, if the matter were to wait until the following November,
there would be serious consequences; either the decision by then would
be too late or other matters that needed to be decided could not be the
subject of a decision because of the delay."

We also advised the President that it is for the Executive Committee
alone to decide if a submission is urgent. It is not correct that the
Constitution Committee advised that the selection issue is not urgent.
We did not address that question. It was not our place to do so.

* From Charley Cook, Member, ISAF Council/ISAF Constitution Committee:
(Regarding Recent SailJuice posting on “RYA vs ISAF” that was carried in
Scuttlebutt 2543) I wish SailJuice would take the time to get its facts
right before publishing something about me. The recent posting “RYA vs
ISAF” (re-posted on Scuttlebutt) was wrong and clearly slanted.
SailJuice Editor Andy Rice stated that I was Vice Chairman of the ISAF
Constitution Committee. Wrong. He said the Constitution Committee ruled
that the RYA submission wasn’t urgent. Wrong, the committee has never
seen the submission and made no such ruling. He said the Constitution
Committee was not unanimous in its decision. Very misleading.

The Constitution Committee was asked to interpret the word “urgent” as
used in the ISAF Regulations. Perhaps the Chairman of the Constitution
Committee (who Mr. Rice forgot to mention is an RYA appointee) had seen
the RYA submission, but the Constitution Committee wasn’t even informed
of, much less provided with a copy of, the RYA submission. We simply
interpreted the word “urgent.” Mr. Rice stated that the decision wasn’t
unanimous. He’s right. But, he forgot to mention that the only person
who disagreed with the interpretation was the RYA appointee.

There’s been a lot of vitriol from some members of the community
disappointed in the decision. Biased and inaccurate postings aren’t

* From Dennis Palmer: I noted your explanation of leap days in Issue
2543. Did you know that each year there are also leap seconds? Seems the
US military forgot about those when they implemented the GPS system, so
as time go on, the difference between GMT and GPS time grows. I think
the difference is about 15 or 20 seconds now.

* From William Tuthill, President, WISSA: Regarding what might be
required to make a World Championships, for 28 years the WISSA
( has organized a World Championship. Our
requirements are that at least 5 countries be represented in order to
qualify as a World Championships. We have managed this every year since
1980. Ironically, the WISSA Ice and Snow Sailing World Championships -
held on frozen surfaces - is the oldest international competition in the
history of windsurfing!

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the California sales tax proposal to the federal luxury tax on boats are
off target. Those of us who have paid the sales tax on the purchase of
our boats resent those who utilize loopholes to avoid paying any sales
tax on their yachts. While the California proposal may be extreme, it is
cynical for boaters whose vessels are, in reality, based in California,
to claim the right to continue their tax avoidance on the basis of
assertions that jobs will be lost if they are required to pay their
share of the sales tax.

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