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SCUTTLEBUTT 2549 – March 10, 2008

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Founded in 1929, Sparkman & Stephens has been a veritable breeding ground
for some of the best-known yacht designers and naval architects in the
world. None among them though, holds the stature of company co-founder Olin
J. Stephens II. Stephens, who turns 100 in April, is the subject of several
celebrations in his honor.

“Olin is a titan among twentieth century yacht designers,” says S&S
Executive Vice President and Chief Designer Bruce Johnson. “His influence
and indeed, many of the creations he was responsible for have carried over
into the twenty-first century. The principles and design philosophies that
Olin and his brother Rod adhered to such as strong and seaworthy performance
yachts are still respected at the firm today.”

By any measure, a man who has lived a hundred years has lived a full life.
But some centenarians live fuller lives than others. Stephens is a case in
point. The soon-to-be-centenarian is still building on a legacy that began
in the 1920s with seminal early offshore racing yachts such as Dorade and
Stormy Weather, and carried through countless small-boat designs, the
influential J-Class America’s Cup yacht Ranger and a number of the most
revered early 12-Meters including Columbia, Constellation and Intrepid. --
Read on:

Within the minutes of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Executive
Committee meeting of February 15-17, 2008 (see link in Issue 2547), there
was a discussion regarding the events for the 2012 Olympics and the position
taken by ISAF as to the process which resulted in the event selection.
Despite pressure from individuals, sailing groups, and national sailing
organization, mostly due to the elimination of the multihull event, ISAF
does appear pleased with their event decision, and does not seem eager to
reconsider it. However, for those that disagree with this decision, they
have not yet thrown in the towel.

Among those leading the charge is Nick Dewhirst, who is both Chairman of the
United Kingdom Catamaran Racing Association, and also Secretary General of
the newly formed International Multihull Council. Over the weekend he
distributed an update, of which is posted on the Scuttlebutt Forum. Within
this is information regarding a widely circulated petition to overturn the
event decision and comments on alleged inconsistencies within ISAF
concerning their decisions, but perhaps the most interesting information is
in a detailed report which maps out how the event decision was made in the
first place, including how each country voted. --

Miami Beach, Fla. (March 9, 2008) – There was no slam dunk choice for the
Boat of the Week honoree at the 2008 Acura Miami Grand Prix. That’s because
all four classes were hotly contested throughout the regatta. Colm
Barrington and his crew aboard Flash Glove counted all first and second
place finishes and did not need to sail the final race en route to winning
IRC 1 class in convincing fashion. Andy Fisher skippered Bandit to a
hard-earned victory in IRC 2, which had four different leaders over the
course of the four-day regatta. Michael Illbruck and the Pinta team led at
the end of each day in Melges 32, an amazing feat considering it was the
German skipper’s second regatta in the highly competitive class. Ultimately,
the three-part criteria that officials with Premiere Racing use to select
the Acura Trophy winner favored the Farr 40 Barking Mad, owned by Jim
Richardson of Newport, R.I. won three of 10 races and overcame some
double-digit results to capture what proved to be the closest, most
competitive class at Acura Miami Grand Prix.

Farr 40 (28 entries)
1. Barking Mad, James Richardson (Newport, RI), 2-2-11-18-1-1-1-6-3-17, 62
2. Mascalzone Latino, Vincenzo Onorato (ITA), 1-1-14-9-6-3-9-12-9-2, 66
3. Warpath, Fred & Steve Howe (San Diego, CA), 5-6-6-3-14-18-5-5-1-4, 67

Melges 32 (20 entries)
1. Pinta, Michael Illbruck (GER), 2-3-1-3-2-1-1-2-1-(5), 16
2. New Wave, M Carroll/M Kullman (Clearwater, FL),6-1-3-1-1-7-3-(9)-2-2, 26
3. Star, Jeff Ecklund (Fort Lauderdale, FL), 5-2-4-2-4-(8)-6-4-7-3, 37

IRC 1 (6 entries)
1. Flash Glove, Colm Barrington (IRL), JV 52, 1-2-2-1-1-2-1-2-2-(7/DNC), 14
2. Windquest, Doug DeVos (Holland, MI), TP52, 2-(5)-3-3-2-3-2-1-4-3, 23
3. Rusal Synergy, Sergey Pichugin (RUS), TP52, (5)-3-1-2-3-4-3-4-3-2, 25

IRC 2 (6 entries)
1. Bandit, Andy Fisher (RI), Swan 42, 4-2-2-3-1-3-2-4-4-(5), 25
2. Teamwork, Robin Team (NC), J/122, 1-1-4-4-4-(6)-3.5-1-5-2, 25.5
3. Gold Digger, James Bishop (RI), J/44, 3-(6)-1-2-3-1-3.5-3-6-4, 26.5
Event website:

* WARNING: Photographers Sharon Green, Amory Ross, and John Payne have
provided the Scuttlebutt website with four pages of images from Acura Miami
Grand Prix. Avoid viewing this gallery if you are offended by big wind, warm
weather, and exciting action:

* Video reports from the Acura Miami Grand Prix by Jobson Sailing can be
viewed at

While most of us were McLubing items around the house and garage all winter
(, the Etchells class was
out racing. During the Etchells Jaguar Mid-winter Championship, the first
three teams all tested the new citrus-based hull polish from Harken/McLube.
This revolutionary polish is enviro-friendly, looks beautiful, applies much
more quickly and easily, keeps your hull cleaner longer, has superior UV,
and appears to be very fast. From windward gates, to environmentally
friendly citrus-based speed polishes, the Etchells are a class act. When
these open-minded, talented and friendly one-design racers try new ideas, we
all benefit. More info coming soon…

“The truth is, I am happy that we ‘fouled’ someone and did our penalty turn.
There are way too many fouls going on out on the race course that never get
absolved by the offending party. This situation has gotten a lot worse since
I last raced in this class three years ago.” -- Paul Cayard, sailing on the
Farr 40 Warpath in the Acura Miami Grand Prix, regarding an alleged port
tack crossing violation in the last race on Saturday. --

Miami, FL (March 7, 2008) Portugal’s Afonso Domingos and crew Bernardo
Santos won the 2008 Bacardi Cup Star Class Regatta on the waters of Biscayne
Bay Friday, edging 2002 Star Class World Champion Iain Percy and crew Andrew
Simpson in a tiebreaker. Aided by substantial gains on each of the reach
legs in both races, Domingos and Santos sailed to two second place finishes
Friday – and a first place tie with Percy and Simpson, who held the lead
entering the final day of the regatta, but finished fifth and ninth in
Friday’s two races. The teams’ finishes in the regatta’s final race were
used to determine the overall winner of the 81st Bacardi Cup. The 2004 and
now 2008 Bacardi Cup champions, Domingos and Santos remain the only European
sailors ever to win the Bacardi Cup in the regatta’s 81-year history.

Final results (top 10 of 118)
1. POR, Afonso Domingos/ Bernardo Santos, (12)-9-7-2-2, 20
2. GBR, Iain Percy/ Andrew Simpson, 3-(14)-3-5-9, 20
3. USA, John Dane/ Austin Sperry, 20-(39)-2-3-5, 30
4. POL, Mateusz Kusznierewicz/ Dominik Zycki, 11-8-(45)-6-7, 32
5. AUT, Hans Spitzauer/ Christian Nehammer, 5-(55)-10-4-14, 33
6. BRA, Robert Scheidt / Bruno Prada, 4-12-21-1-(119/BFD), 38
7. ITA, Alberto Barovier/ Nando Colaninno, (23)-4-9-18-10, 41
8. ITA, Diego Negri/ Luigi Viale, (16)-7-12-14-8, 41
9. IRL, Peter O'Leary/ Stephen Milne, 14-15-1-(39)-12, 42
10. USA, Augie Diaz/ Phil Trinter, 9-3-(29)-10-20, 42
Daily reports, mark rounding positions, and complete results:

This may come as a shock to offshore racers around the world, but distance
races that originate in Southern California are intended to do one thing:
race downwind. Wait… it gets better. These races also aim toward destination
ports that generally have wind and warm temperatures. Say what you want
about this aspect of the sport, but if you are into distance racing, surfing
for days in shorts and flip-flops is a pretty good way to do it.

Since 1953, San Diego Yacht Club has been sending racers down the Baja
California coastline for distance races to Acapulco, Manzanillo, Mazatlan,
and Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. Prior to the Vallarta Race a couple weeks ago,
and the judges deemed a story by Chuck Simmons to be their favorite. In the
'98 SD-PV race, Simmons was to sail with Ron Kuntz, who had taken delivery
of the Andrews 52' Cantata the day of the race. However, they blew out their
rig shortly after the start, but Simmons was able to hop on Dr Hal Ward’s
sled Cheval for the big boat start the next day. Here is an excerpt:

“It was a beautiful sail to the Cape and a power reach to PV across the
Gulf. We had caught a few boats and weren't looking bad, and at three in the
morning I got woken up to help with a sail change. We were just charging
along at 15-18 knots, and since I'm groggy from sleep, they put me on
mainsheet. The boys are getting the new kite ready when Keith Kilpatrick,
who's trimming the kite, yells to watch out for that reef. Well, it wasn't a
reef… it was a whale sleeping on the surface. The boat T-bones the whale. We
didn’t know if the keel was still there or what. Behind us we can hear the
whale huffing and puffing like he got kneed in the nuts with the keel bulb
and can't catch his breath.” -- Read complete story, along with all the
others, at

* Casey Schnoor, navigator onboard Andy Rasdal’s DK46 Valkyrie, provides
onboard commentary from the 2008 Vallarta Race, where he reports on
“spectacular sea life (whales, turtles, seals, flying rays and friendly
birds) and a great finish fiesta of margaritas, beers, mariachis, and
sombreros to top off a great adventure!” -- Complete story:

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* Following the press release issued last week by Emirates Team New Zealand
regarding the filing of two law suits, one with the New York Supreme Court
and one with the United States District Court, Alinghi has prepared the
following insights into the issues raised:

* Nearly a third of Team New Zealand's staff have been laid off as the
yachting syndicate faces a lengthy wait until the next America's Cup regatta
and embarks on a legal tussle with another syndicate. More than 20 people
have been made redundant as the Team New Zealand struggles to stretch its
budget to take into account the ongoing delays. -- Complete report:,nrhl

* Forbes magazine in the United States has published its annual list of the
world's wealthiest people, and among the eight people with Swiss
citizenship, the 42-year-old Ernesto Bertarelli remains the wealthiest, with
an estimated fortune of $10.3 billion, up $1.5b in the past year. He ranks
76th worldwide, while his America’s Cup rival, Oracle Chairman and CEO Larry
Ellison, is the third-richest in the U.S., coming in No. 14 on the global
list with $25 billion. -- Read on:

* Justice Cahn, the NY State Supreme Court judge in charge of the lawsuit
brought by BMW Oracle against Alinghi, will also judge the lawsuit Team New
Zealand filed against Ernesto Bertarelli, Alinghi and ACM last Thursday (see
‘Butt 2548). One of the first things Justice Cahn did right after Grant
Dalton and the team's lawyers filed their papers on Thursday was to issue an
"ex parte order to compel preservation of records", meaning that Team New
Zealand (the Plaintiff) and Ernesto Bertarelli, Alinghi and ACM (the
Defendants) are "restrained from destroying, erasing, mutilating,
concealing, altering, transferring, writing over, or otherwise disposing of
in any manner, directly or indirectly, any documents or records of any kind
that relate to the case". -- Valencia Sailing, complete story:

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* While Scuttlebutt is largely the domain of the monohull segment of
sailing, the door remains wide open to the multihull world. Photographer
Pierrick Contin has been in Langebaan, South Africa shooting the Hobie Tiger
& Dragoon Worlds, capturing the action from some of these modern Hobie
classes. The Tiger comes from Hobie Cat Europe, has double trapeze and
spinnaker, is designed to conform to Formula 18 racing rules, and is an ISAF
recognized class. The Dragoon is another product from Hobie Cat Europe, and
is a simpler design that is suitable for both youth and adult sailors. See
photos and the event website:

* Nassau, Bahamas -- The International 5.5 meter class completed the
Scandinavian Gold Cup last weekend, which was won by Kristian Nergaard, Mark
Strube, and Harry Meges III onboard Artemis XIV (NOR). The World
Championship will be held on March 10-14. --

* St. Maarten, N.A. (February 9) – The 28th edition of the St. Maarten
Heineken Regatta wrapped up today, in similar fashion to the way it began:
with clear skies and a steady breeze offering ideal conditions for a
record-setting fleet of 289 competitors. Among the 21 classes, there were
seven fleets of top-flight racers in the spinnaker groups, plus multihulls,
bareboaters, non-spinnaker racers, etc., with a strong J/Boat contingent and
the Caribbean debut of the SeaCart 30, True Look, an innovative trimaran
designed by noted French naval architect Marc Lombard. -- Event website:

* St Petersburg, FL (March 2-7, 2008) -- While winds at the Thistle
Midwinters East didn't cooperate all the time, the 58-boat fleet did get in
five races, with Greg Griffin, Karl Felger and Dave Decamp picking up a
great finish in the final race to nip the overall title over second place
Brent Barbehenn, Chris Murphy and Jess Murphy. The MWE is the first leg of
the Thistle Southern Circuit, which moves on next weekend to the Orange Peel
Regatta in Jacksonville, FL. -- Skip Dieball, full report:

Bill Sill, who earned a stellar reputation as a youth sailor in Rhodes
Bantams and Lasers, before graduating to J/24's. He also skippered 8 Meters,
Offshore boats and other One Designs throughout the country before elevating
the level of competition in Disabled Sailing. Bill used up the last of his
nine lives, and died March 7 at the age of 55. For most of his life, Bill
was forced to deal with the debilitating effects of juvenile diabetes. He
was a tough survivor though. During his adult years, Bill endured multiple
kidney and pancreas transplants, severe visual impairment, he emerged from a
coma after six weeks, and had rods implanted in his legs. All of which
earned Bill the endearing nickname of "Trainwreck" in disabled sailing
circles and not surprisingly, brought a beaming smile to his face.

Bill was a masterful craftsman, and started the company, William Sill Yacht
Designs. He recently completed the building and sea trials of the prototype
of his 14' runabout design. Bill is survived by his wife Sue, his parents
Dawn and Stew, and his sister Charlene.

His family has requested that Memorial gifts be directed to:
Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Medical Arts Building, Suite 400
3708 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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* From John Sherwood, Annapolis: (comments from ‘Butt 2548) The Miami Acura
Grand Prix fleet gets in two races last Thursday in up to 14 knots of ocean
southeasterly while the Star Bacardi sailors have no wind five or so miles
away on Biscayne Bay? Hmm! As for downwind starts, there are usually several
such starts in Wednesday Night racing here in Annapolis, and I can testify
that at the leeward mark two miles away most of the fleet of 15 or so
Etchells is usually overlapped. It is very difficult to get separation in a
competitive one design fleet with a downwind start, so the
traffic-at-the-mark problem cannot be solved this way.

* From Bob Billingham: In response to TNZ and Dalt's filings last week with
the New York State Supreme Court, what else can you say but - "Good on ya,
Mate !!!"

* From John C. Quigley: What is most galling is that for many of us in the
industry, this is not just a sport that we love, live and breathe but also a
job and how we make our living - lucky us! Certain parties in this debacle
may be 'quite comfortably off' and have perhaps forgotten that careers and
businesses are being built and run on the back of a growing interest and
awareness of the sport and its media and communications potential and value
in the corporate and public arenas.

With holding Rights to an Event, and in this case being Defender of the
Challenge come responsibilities too, primarily to promote and enhance the
value and perception of the said event. I have said it before and will say
it again - take the Cup away - put it on display for future generations to
remember the amazing times and stories of the past - do not damage it
further. Start again with a new Cup - the 'Blake Cup' - that will stand for
all the good things like sportsmanship, professionalism, commitment,
courage, humility, endeavor, passion, energy, and social responsibility.

* From Steve Gregory: When the RORC Rating Office (in SBUTT 2546) says that
canters cannot be accurately rated under their rule – the IRC rule – you
have to wonder how these swinging keels ever got to be allowed in mainstream
racing in the first place. However, with that said, I am puzzled why they
can’t be fairly rated. Isn’t it all about the variables? With their bonus
righting moment, they will suffer rating-wise in light air when the keel isn
’t canted, much like when an ultralight boat suffers in breeze when they don
’t have sufficient righting moment. Can some smart people help the rest of
us out here?

* From Michael van Stom: I am in complete agreement with Franklin Tulloch"s
comments in ‘Butt 2547 re: JJ Giltinan trophy for 18' skiffs. If you have
ever seen a fleet of modern 18's at full pelt, you will know what an
impressive sight it is. They are an amazing class and always have been, even
back in the early 1900's. Many of the innovations seen on today's Grand Prix
racing machines had their gestation in the 18's. I am currently racing in
the historic replica 18' skiffs on Sydney Harbour and I can assure you that
the old girls get up and plane hard. "Aberdare" a 1930's 18'skiff was
clocked at 26 knots on the Brisbane River in 1932. The 18's deserve full
ISAF recognition.
* From Rex Denton: (regarding the 2012 Olympic event decision in ‘Butt 2547)
The decision followed a designed procedure, but it was hardly proper. While
it was a decision, an endorsement of the US Sailing and RYC agenda (going
all the way back to around August 2007) to exclude more exciting, athletic
sailing events while lobbying to keep moribund classes, while procedurally
correct, lacks integrity, and shows no vision for the future growth of
yachting. So 'the surgery was a success, but the patient died anyway'. We
need better leadership, or we can expect the sport of yachting to suffer.

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