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SCUTTLEBUTT 2568 - April 4, 2008

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The events for the 2012 Olympics have been a hot topic ever since ISAF made
the decision at their Annual Meeting in November 2007. With the directive of
reducing the total number of events from the current eleven fleets down to
ten, something was going to be eliminated. and disappointed. When the
multihull got the short straw, the roar was load, and it came from all
corners. In short, the question was, "Shouldn't the Olympics include
exciting boats, and shouldn't the events be representative of the broad
range of boats in the sport?" The answer was often "yes" and "yes", which
made the removal of the multihull ever so puzzling.

Following a significant outcry from the sailing community, ISAF has agreed
to review the events for the 2012 Olympics at their Mid-Year Meeting to take
place in Qingdao, China on May 8-12, 2008. If the majority of the council
believes that the events need a closer look, then separate votes will occur
as to whether the selected events for the Men should be changed, and whether
the selected events for the Women need to be changed.

Let's assume that a majority of the council voted to take a closer look.
This is where you come in. We want the entire Scuttlebutt community to
review the current slate of events for 2012, and then act as if you have an
ISAF vote. Makes sense right, as you are sailors, and ISAF is your governing
agency. On the voting page is the background information, the list of
events, a quick YES-NO vote, and the opportunity to submit comments. Let
your voice be heard here:

by Kimball Livingston, SAIL WEST
There's always a lesson in an overboard recovery. Cliff Shaw looks back at
pulling two people out of the water in the recent Doublehanded Farallones
Race and says, "You see people in the water and you think, This is not a
drill; I have to get this right." The breeze was 25, up to 30 at times on
the Unpacific Ocean, outside the Golden Gate. Shaw figures the seas at, "Six
to eight feet, with an occasional twelve. I did the wrong thing on my first
approach. I tried to luff up to them and misjudged and fell short."

Hmm. Maybe I'm not sorry I missed the 2008 Doublehanded Farallones, but get
this. Shaw wasn't even racing his Crowther 36 cat. He was shadowing the
fleet for the fun of it-he's a member of sponsor Bay Area Multihull
Association-and doubledog get this: he also shadowed the whole 2006 Pacific
Cup, San Francisco to Hawaii. "I signed up to race," he says, "then I
discovered that my insurance wouldn't cover the rig if I was racing, so I
'withdrew' and went anyway." I like this guy.

Shaw's Rainbow was about 75 yards behind the Olson 40, Pterodactyl ("We were
sailing right up their transom; I was actually trying to pass them") when
Luc de Faymoreau and Disun Den Daas were ejected from the Olson. As Luc put
it, "We were SNAPPED off the boat in a violent motion, what I call a
pitchpole/broach." When Pterodactyl spun out and turned erratically upwind,
Shaw grabbed the binoculars. "I saw right away there was no one on the boat,
so I made a sweep and there they were. Bright orange and yellow inflatables
standing out very bright against cobalt blue." -- Read on:

When the 6th ranked Laser sailor in the World, 2008 Canadian Laser
representative Mike Leigh, signed up for his first Laser Radial regatta
ever. and it is the 2008 Radial World Championship, you got to figure that
his expectations are low, and that it happened to be a convenient event to
gain some extra training time. But when he goes and wins it, you have to
wonder how. Here Mike explains:

"The Men's Laser Radial World Championships ended a couple of days ago.
Being my first Radial event, I did not expect much. My preparation did not
help my confidence, as the total amount of Radial sailing I had done in my
life consisted of 4 days of training immediately prior to the event.

"Going into the event, I knew that my upwind rig setup would need the most
attention, as the Radial and Full rig setups are quite different. Being at
least 10kg overweight for the boat, I thought I would try to power up the
rig like I do in the full rig by dropping the foot out and leaving the
cunningham completely off until I started to get overpowered. However, with
the help of Brad Funk (USA) and Eric Stibbe (AUS), I quickly learnt that the
extra power was ineffective as the foot quickly became too deep, and leaving
the cunningham off meant the draft was too far aft, leading to excessive
weather helm. Also, I found the leach quite tight and hooked, and pulling on
a touch of cunningham helped add a bit of twist into the sail, allowing a
bit wider groove.

"Fortunately for a fatty like myself, we had good breeze all week, with the
breeze dropping below 10 knots in only one race. The conditions were
absolutely perfect with waves that were ideal for downwind surfing. We spent
all week catching amazing rides - I wish every event I sail has conditions
as great as we had in Takapuna (Auckland, NZL)." -- Read on:

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* Curmudgeon's Comment: The Strictly Sail Pacific is a great boat show held
again at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA on April 16-20, 2008, and
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by Mark W Reid
I wanted to drop you a quick note thanking you for your infinite patience
in your ongoing hearings involving the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC)
representing BMW Oracle and Alinghi's Societe' Nautique de Geneva (SNG).
Whoever thought the Swiss could be so contentious? Oh, that's right Alinghi
chief Ernesto Bertarelli is Italian, hence the dichotomy. Your thoughtful
introspection into the divisive litigation over the 33rd America's Cup has
proved once again that the Deed of Gift stands on its own merits as a
brilliant, timeless document that has proved resolute against all takers and

The New York Supreme Court has shown once again that they are the true and
rightful arbitrators of yacht racing's "Holy Grail". Juxtaposition aside, it
is time to close the door on the silver spooning between BMW Oracle's Larry
Ellison and Bertarelli. As the Deed implores; the America's Cup "is donated
upon the condition that it shall be presented as a perpetual Challenge Cup
for friendly competition between foreign countries."

In this case, with all the time and effort that you dear sir have spent on
the continuing litigation, combined with the New York Court of Appeals
providing a definitive America's Cup roadmap in their ruling on the Mercury
Bay Boating Club vs. San Diego Yacht Club in 1990. The time has come to
close the door, in lieu of mutual agreement and order the parties to proceed
with next America's Cup or to revoke the charitable trust on the grounds
that SNG/Alinghi has not upheld its obligation as current trustee. -- Read

(April 3, 2008 - 09:27) Since leaving San Francisco last Saturday at
22h45'45'' UT, Lionel Lemonchois and his crew have been racking up the miles
at a steady pace - an average of over 21 knots - as they jump from one
weather system to another. This strategy has paid off as, after just four
days of racing, the 33 metres maxi-catamaran has a good lead of 379 miles at
the 0830 position report. "Conditions are now ideal. We have been
experiencing periods of sailing which have been considerably more pleasant
over the past 24 hours. We have brilliant sunshine, increasingly calm seas
and a twenty knot NE'ly breeze, which are currently enabling us to belt
along at between 27 and 34 knots" confided Cyril Dardashti shortly after
2300 hours Wednesday night. --

* Auckland, NZL (April 3, 2008) With 14 out of 19 Flights raced on Waitemata
Harbour, Finland's Silja Lehtinen is tied with Australian Nicky Souter for
top place after Day Two of the BSPORT ISAF Women's Match Racing World
Championships. Lehtinen and Souter both have nine wins and only two losses
to their credit and are closely tailed by defending champion and world
number one Claire Leroy of France, with American Liz Baylis in fifth. Boat
speed is the main reason for her early success, says Lehtinen, who is
greatly enjoying having a keen edge over her rivals. "Tactics are easier
when you have boat speed," she says. -- Full report:

* Blanes, Spain (April 3, 2008) The results following the third day of
racing at the Yngling Europeans finds longtime rivals Sarah Ayton/ Sarah
Webb/ Pippa Wilson (GBR) and Sally Barkow/ Debbie Capozzi/ Carrie Howe (USA)
only two points apart at the top of the fleet. The schedule concludes
Saturday with the medal race. -- Event website:

* Long Beach, CA -- The Finn Masters North American Championship attracted
thirty-five Finn sailors from across the nation, Canada and Great Britain to
compete last weekend at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club for the three day event.
First place went to Finn Veteran Darrell Peck followed by Long Beach local
and new Finn sailor Vann Wilson in 2nd place, and third place went to
another Finn Veteran Andrew Kern. -- Complete report and results:

* The ISAF Offshore Committee has highlighted the safety concerns relating
to the growing number of keel failures and is investigating amendments to
the ISAF Offshore Special Regulations to help improve safety standards. At
the 2007 ISAF Annual Conference last November, in response to recent design
and build failures, the ISAF Offshore Committee appointed a working party,
and after their review, it has agreed that only the International Standard
ISO 12215 shall be used for evaluating structure in the ISAF Offshore
Special Regulations and is currently considering the implementation of a
building plan review scheme to begin mid-2009 at the earliest. -- Full

Winners at Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week presented by Acura last year
came from San Diego to Santa Barbara, plus Dana Point, Balboa, Huntington
Harbor, King Harbor, Marina del Rey, and Ventura in between, and they were
able to concentrate on racing because they had no worries about parking
their boats at night. Same deal for this year June 27-29. The City of Long
Beach is waiving mooring fees for out-of-town competitors all weekend. But
it's important to file online entry forms (including fees and mooring
requests) early because transient slips and end ties are limited.

Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include sucker fish latching onto boats at the Star Worlds, winter kiting
air and a 63.9 mph speed record on skiis, the old and new keels for Ragtime,
the big winner in the Cabo San Lucas race, Optimist training in the Canary
Islands, and the latest thinking in foiling catamarans. 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 Beau Vrolyk: (regarding comments in 'butt 2563 about hosting social
functions in sailing centers) Hey, I don't think you get it. For centuries,
or at least for a long, long time, all sorts of sailing centers and Yacht
Clubs have been renting out their facilities to hold weddings, wakes,
company launch parties, you name it, so long as the check doesn't bounce.
Years ago, when I first began to understand what it took to keep a Yacht
Club going, I learned that it's the Bar and the Parties that pay the
freight. The sailing is ALWAYS supported by "other stuff". That way, we get
to sail for free.

So, rather than moan and whine about the guys in Florida using their
precious Sailing Center for other things, view it as an opportunity to
recruit folks to go sailing. After all, what could be better than stealing
the bride's maids for a sail in those crazy dresses they wear!

* From Dave Ellis: Like Gary Edelman (in Issue 2566), I have been involved
in community sailing for decades. The St. Petersburg Sailing Center, run by
the St. Petersburg Yacht Club for the City of St. Petersburg introduces
great numbers of kids and adults to the sport. They have no wedding
receptions, etc.

Clearwater Community Sailing Center, however, has had these other activities
since its inception. The neighbors on the beach were part of the original
board and had great influence. For some time the social activities
overshadowed the sailing group. No longer. Through reorganization by the
City of Clearwater this is a very active sailing center. As long as it keeps
strong leadership such as Al Humphers the present manager, having other
functions can only help expose more people to the sport of sailing.

* From the Forum: (by Anne Newton, Alameda, CA, on comments in 'butt 2566) I
am a woman, a boat owner, a dinghy sailor, and a keelboat racer but not a
multihull sailor. I had very mixed feelings when I heard that women's match
racing was chosen for the next Olympics. Probably because as active as a
racer I am I have never competed in a match race.

The reality is that the boats that are chosen for the Olympics drive the
interest in some of the classes. Would people still be racing 470's as much
as they do if it was not in the olympics? The Yingling was chosen for women
as the keelboat for what reason? What women would even race that boat if it
wasn't in the Olympics? Why not a J22 which is what is used for the Rolex
International Women's Keelboat Championships? If we are going for numbers
that is the boat to choose.

I don't dismiss the interest in match racing - but I feel as though it would
lessen the chances for more women to get active in the Olympic Campaign. --

* From Gail M. Turluck, United States Sunfish Class Association Secretary:
Kudos to "Tillerman" for the pickup of Sir Paul McCartney's latest foray
with the Sunfish (in 'butt 2567). The Class is actually hard at work on its
plan to draw more participants. The Sunfish is an inexpensive,
easy-to-maintain, long-lasting racing platform that is competitively
adaptable in all conditions to sailors from 5'-6'4" and 120-220 pounds. This
makes the Sunfish a unique single-handed platform. The first Junior
International Championship will be held September 5-7, 2008, at Lake Bluff
Yacht Club, Illinois, on Lake Michigan. The 2008 O'Day Trophy is being held
in the Sunfish August 6-10. The 2008 Championship of Champions is in the
Sunfish, September 24-27 (why both in 1 year? The same boats will be used
for both events--reducing cost). The ladder events for the latter two are
being scheduled across the US. Organizers may contact the US Sunfish Class
Regional Representative in their US Sailing Area to possibly arrange loaner
boats for non-owners for ladder events and/or to contact Dealers to arrange
charters. For these regattas and for sanctioned regattas (Regional,
National, Continental and World Championships) visit the Class' web site and
use links to each event web site and NOR for eligibility and participation
requirements. There's the "Sunfish Bible" that will school you on the
basics; it's available from dealers and the Class web site.

* From John Siegel, Class Secretary, Moore 24 National Association:
(regarding Sunfish commentary in Scuttlebutt 2567) There's another
alternative in identifying what enables a class to endure. The original
Santa Cruz ultralight - the Moore 24 - continues to enjoy tremendous one
design success. With 30+ boats on the line at the Three Bridge Fiasco in San
Francisco, surfing in 35 knots at the Hood River Gorge, and finishing 1-2-3
in the Doublehanded Farallones, Moores continue to amaze all knowledgeable
observers. It's not necessarily cool or sexy, and it may be a cult boat, but
the real reason for its success is its sailing characteristics. Anyone who
has steered a Moore downwind in 20+ knots understands what I'm getting at.
Those who haven't can only wonder!

* From Bruce McPherson: I do hope that the powers behind the Moosehead
Awards at the International Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Racing
Yachtsmen of western Long Island Sound are taking note of the writings by
the incomparable Cory Friedman on the subject of the America's Cup. He
should be made a Most Exalted Exemplar of Expository Legal Purview with an
Advanced Degree in Vernacular for his continuing efforts to enlighten
Scuttlebutters and others in the proceedings before Judge Cahn. His prompt
follow up on each court day is ever so much appreciated!

* From Kris Kristiansen, Marblehead, MA: Dear Oracle, why the hell isn't
Cory Friedman one of your lawyers!? It seems that there isn't one sailor or
lawyer with enough ballast on your staff to stand up to SNG's blowhards. I
see Mr. Friedman making it short and sweet - "Your Excellency, there never
was any tolling agreement - we'll race July 2008 or SNG will be forced to
FEDEX the Cup back to New Zealand (the last owners) as stated in the Deed."
Bang! Case closed...Mr Friedman - please forward your resume' to Oracle's
legal team. That ought to induce the scurvy rats aboard Alinghi's barge to
get back to work.

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