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SCUTTLEBUTT 2570 – April 8, 2008

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Former ISAF President and current International Olympic Committee (IOC)
member, Paul Henderson makes a number of interesting points in regard to the
current 2012 Olympic Event and Classes 'discussion'. Here are some excerpts:

“Having been involved in the selection of the Olympic Classes for 30 years
at ISAF, it is interesting to see that nothing has changed. Personal bias
always prevails. If the vote goes your way, the ISAF Council is brilliant.
If your personnel or those of your country's medal chances are not served,
the ISAF Council is dysfunctional. Here goes on my bias. Deja Vu!

“No matter what sailing does, we will never get much live Olympic TV. The
feed is there but the individual country broadcasters usually do not pick it
up as Athletics, Football, Basketball, etc. fills their broadcasts. Sailing
gets very high niche market internet hits, especially live mark-by-mark
roundings. The print media loves heroes and human interest stories. The
equipment is secondary.

“Keelboats must be kept both for Men and Women (because it has the most
heroes). It also provides the infrastructure for the Paralympics (ie, hoists
and docks). The singlehanders are the essence of the Olympics and the five
now should be kept (Finn, Laser, Laser Radial, RS:X Men and RS:X Women).
That leaves three events of 10 to decide. I like Cats and Skiffs because
they must be sailed - and not Air-Rowed - around the course with kinetics.
The problem then arises as to what to do with the 470.

“It is sad that the IOC is holding Sailing to an agreement made to reduce
from 11 as the reasons originally invoked 4 years ago are no longer valid.
Hopefully someone with influence will get to Jacques Rogge to delay the
erosion till 2016.” -- Complete submission in Sail World:

* The vote on the Scuttlebutt poll is holding firm that changes should be
made to the Mens and Womens event lists for the 2012 Olympic Games. The poll
will close Tuesday morning PT, where after Scuttlebutt – with the help of
the ‘buttheads – will take the next step at determining what would be a
better mix of events. To place your vote and comments, and to check on those
of others, go to

With the clock ticking down to the Beijing Olympic Games, the start of 2008
has brought with it a rapid succession of World Championship events in the
Olympic Classes, and the resulting list of World Champions presents a
remarkable illustration of talent fostered at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF
World Championship (this year in Denmark, July 10-19). The world’s premier
youth sailing event has always been looked upon as a breeding-ground for the
sailing stars of the future and with a quick analysis of current trends it’s
clear to see this is a reputation well earned.

Of the ten teams that have so far claimed World Championship victory in
2008, only one fails to count an ISAF Youth World appearance on their
sailing resume. Between them, these ten crews boost an incredible Youth
World Championship haul of eight gold, two silver and three bronze medals.
If you include the 2007 Star Worlds Champions on the list (the 2008 Star
World Championship has not yet taken place) the tally increases to nine
gold’s thanks to Robert Scheidt’s (BRA) contribution.

“Time and time again we’ve seen the top performers from the Volvo Youth
Sailing ISAF World Championship go on to reach the very highest levels of
achievement in the sailing world, whether it is the Olympic Games, the Volvo
Ocean Race or the America’s Cup,” said Fiona Kidd, chair of the ISAF Youth
World Championship Sub-Committee. “What’s really encouraging is that in
recent years we’ve seen several new nations - for example Guatemala,
Singapore and most recently Cyprus - step onto the Youth World podium for
the first time.”-- Read on:

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by Gary Jobson
Like hundreds of other like-minded crews, our team was heading south from
all corners of the United States. Our anticipation was running high. Would
the conditions be perfect—blue water, big winds, and waves? Would we get in
10 races? Would all of our pre-regatta planning come to fruition? When we
all finally arrived on the eve of the regatta we assembled for our
traditional crew meeting. But this wasn't your typical racing crew; we had a
much different agenda. As the ESPN sailing team covering Acura Key West Race
Week, we had to deliver the excitement, which is no easy task.

The logistics involved are every bit as challenging as entering a boat. But
once the regatta gets rolling, the hours for us are much longer. Key West
Race Week is a big event to wrap your hands (or in our case, cameras)
around. There are helicopters to book, onboard cameras to mount and
dismount, interviews to hunt down, and of course, a lot of aggressive
editing to create nightly Internet reports. As producer, it took me three
months to prepare all the logistics, but like any television crew, we were
on a mission to capture the essence of the event, report its highlights, and
make even the most casual ESPN viewer appreciate the incredible sport of
sailboat racing. -- Sailing World, read on:

* Highlights from Acura Key West Race Week 2008 will be on ESPN2, scheduled
for April 13 at 12:30 pm eastern. --

by Andrew Campbell, US Laser 2008 Olympic representative
It’s Monday again and this past week has provided its fair share of
head-scratching incidents that have sent me to the rulebook for a little
clarification. We’ve been in Hyeres, along the south coast of France between
Nice and Marseille for the last ten days enjoying the improving spring
temperatures and varying breeze common to the area during this time of the
year. I was able to hook in with a small training group made up of the top
Swedes, Norwegians, and an Austrian sailor who descended upon the Base
Nautique for a week-long camp. We had one rules incident in particular this
week to review, which involves two boats traveling around a windward mark.

The boat ahead having pinched to get around the mark is going decidedly
slower than an oncoming boat behind also trying to bear away around the
mark. As the boat ahead heels to windward very tight to the mark and then
gets his bow down leaving a space between him and the mark, the boat behind
is having a stellar mark rounding, wide and looking to leave the mark tight
to his port side. As the boat ahead rolls into a gybe, he realizes that all
of a sudden a starboard tack, leeward boat has appeared in between him and
the mark preventing him from completing his gybe onto port (or in many
cases, prevents the Laser from making a full 180 from close-hauled on
starboard to by-the-lee on starboard). Where did this guy come from? He
didn’t have room at the mark when the first boat entered the two boat-length
circle… but now he’s yelling “Hey, I’m the leeward boat and I’m on
starboard. Now get out of my way!” And the boat ahead must crash-turn out of
his maneuver and veer off in the other direction yielding the left side of
the racecourse (looking downwind) to the other boat’s control. -- Read on:

Days away from port and thousands of miles offshore, a sailor in the Volvo
Ocean Race decides whether to eat chicken à la king, beef stroganoff, or
three-cheese lasagna for dinner. But the teams in the round-the-world race
are not airlifting in home-cooked entrées, and they have not hired chefs.
The sailors’ hot meals come from freeze-dried and dehydrated food. It’s the
same stuff backpackers and soldiers eat—lightweight but high-energy grub
packed in plastic pouches. To prepare it, boiling water is poured into the
bag, the contents are stirred, and the zipper top is sealed. In about ten
minutes, the hot meal is ready to serve.

It might not seem appealing to eat a meal out of a pouch every night, but
these prepared foods provide vital fuel for sailors. “[Food] is very
important as this race is a marathon,” said Dirk De Ridder, the watch leader
and operations manager of the Mean Machine team. “You get a bit bored with
the meals after day 15, but that's part of being on a boat for such a long

Many cruisers keep a few of these products around so they have an easy meal
when rough conditions make it too difficult to cook. They don’t roll around
in the cabin or rust as cans do, and they can have shelf lives of up to 7
years from the date of manufacture. Plus, many can be prepared with cold
water, an attribute that could come in handy in an emergency.

Manufacturers offer many instant-food options, From the exotic pesto salmon
pasta to traditional spaghetti in meat sauce. Some will at least fill you up
if you're hungry, but, as SAIL staffers learned from sampling more than 20
dishes, you wouldn’t want to be stuck in the middle of the ocean with
others. -- SAIL Magazine, here are the top picks:

Impressive! Bill Hardesty wins (again) the Etchells Midwinters in San Diego.
In fact, the top 12 boats featured North sails! Whether you are gearing up
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* North Sails has partnered with Sailing Weather Services to provide
complimentary standard weather forecasts for the Rolex Farr 40 Pre-Worlds
from April 11-12 and the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds from April 16-19 with an event
overview on April 15. To receive these daily forecasts, visit North Sails'
online weather center:

* A Timberland international advertising campaign is recruiting sailors from
the west coast of America/ Vancouver. They are not looking for Olympians or
America's Cup level, more the keen sailor, 18-35, with a good story. The
photo shoot will be in Vancouver at the end of April. Interested individuals
need to respond by April 8th. Full details at

* The World Sailing Speed Record Council has ratified a new outright world
speed record by Antoine Albeau (FRA), who reached 49.09 knots on March 5,
2008 at Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, France on custom windsurf equipment.
Additionally, at the same day/site, national records were set by Albeau,
49.09 kts (FRA); Farrel O'Shea, 44.34 kts (GBR); and Patrik Diethelm, 46.57
kts (ITA). --

* A posting in the Valencia Sailing blog states that Ernesto Bertarelli is
believed to be meeting with the city of Valencia regarding the possibility
of holding the 33rd America's Cup match there in 2009. The estimated terms
include the city paying approximately 50 million euros (est. 78.8 million
USD) to host the catamaran race. -- Full report:

* (April 7, 2008 - 09:34) The passage of the cold front was already shaping
up to be a little tricky for Lionel Lemonchois and his ten men to negotiate,
but storms then stepped in to further complicate matters, leaving Gitana 13
temporarily becalmed. However, the wind has now returned, and as of the 0830
position report, the 110-foot maxi-catamaran was making over 25 knots of
boat speed, downwind on starboard tack, on a course of 250-degrees, with a
differential over the current record at now over 600 miles. --

* The Swedish government has published its views on rules for a mandatory
driver's license for boaters in Sweden. The country has never before had any
mandatory license for driving a motorboat or sailing a yacht. The license
will be mandatory from April 1, 2011, according to the proposal. Some 85 per
cent of Swedish boat club members already have voluntarily licenses, which
can probably be exchanged or migrated according to the new rules during
2009. -- IBI Magazine, full report:

* Police say a boat packed with wedding revelers taking a bride to her new
husband capsized on a river in Kano, Nigeria, killing 26 passengers. Kano
State police spokesman Baba Mohammed said three people survived the accident
late Monday and about a dozen other passengers remain missing, including the
bride. Townspeople said the boat hit a tree submerged in the river. Many
Africans rely on water travel to get to destinations unreachable by road.
Boats are often packed beyond capacity by captains seeking to maximize
profits, and accidents are common. -- Fox News,,2933,344449,00.html

* Tortola, British Virgin Islands (April 6, 2008) Winds hovering at 20 knots
on Sunday proved to be the lightest wind seen for the 128-boat during the
final day of the BVI Spring Regatta. Seventeen classes competed, including
dinghy, multihull, charter fleets, and all-out racing machines. -- Event

* A French luxury yacht seized by pirates last week in the Gulf of Aden has
arrived in the northern Somali town of Eyl with a reported 30 crew members
aboard as hostages. The French Foreign Ministry said it was in close contact
with the hostage's families and that attempts were being made to establish
contact with the hostage-takers. About 10 pirates stormed the 88-metre Le
Ponant on Friday as it was returning, without passengers, from the
Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. The pirates then guided the vessel down
Somalia's eastern coast. The hostages included 22 French citizens, six of
them women, as well as Ukrainian citizens, authorities said. -- Full story:

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by Elaine Bunting, Yachting World
These Open 60 boats are getting stranger and uglier with every refit. The
new shape of Vincent Riou's Open 60 PRB, which emerged last week from an
overhaul prior to The Transat next month. The most startling difference is
the addition of this motorboat style strake from the bow running a third of
the way aft.

Riou comments that the strakes were laminated on to the hull sides on the
advice of designer Bruce Farr. I guess the intention is that when the boat
is hard reaching they will work in the same way as the lifting strakes of a
motorboat, which keep the bow up, reduce planing resistance and act like
spray rails to divert water away from the deck. JP Dick's Paprec-Virbac,
another Farr design (and winner of the doublehanded Barcelona World Race),
already has trim tabs on the rudders - maybe PRB's will, too? -- Complete
post with photo:

* With a little more than one month to go before the start of The Artemis
Transat, 26 singlehanded entries (16 Open 60s and 10 Class 40s) are focusing
in on the May 11th race start in Plymouth, England for the 2,800-mile dash
to Boston, MA (U.S.A.). -- Race website:

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* From Peter Johnstone: (re, 2012 Olympic events) If tasked with choosing
medal prospects (an inexact science at best) versus creating excitement for
the future of sailing, shouldn't we ALWAYS pick the future of sailing? Hope
our US Olympic Sailing Committee takes a less myopic position on Olympic
Class selection at the next ISAF meeting. This is a note of encouragement to
our US SAILING politicos that make up our ISAF delegation and
direction…please get it right this time. Tornados and women's skiff!!
Excitement. Future of sailing. Charlie Cook and Cory Sertl, we'll all be
watching your vote at that next ISAF Meeting a lot more closely!

* From Jim Champ: (re, letter in #2569 by Alfred Poor concerning
sportsmanship) Bearing in mind that Lord Arnold/ Donald/ Arlen, as an
aristocrat would have been a trained swordsman, and a peasant like young
Matty Groves would probably never have picked up a sword before, I agree
that the level of sportsmanship concerned was in the best (ie most typical)
traditions of the America's Cup.

* From Tim Patterson: (re, Transpac’s revised rules for 2009) Powered
winches, but no autopilots…how strange.

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