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SCUTTLEBUTT 2576 – April 16 2008

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(April 15, 2008) US SAILING announced today that the jury for the U.S.
Olympic Team Trials for Sailing in the RS:X Women’s event rendered its final
decision in requests for redress brought by Nancy Rios (USA 323) and Farrah
Hall (USA 3), which were heard last week in Newport, RI. As a result of
these decisions, Nancy Rios (Miami, Fla.) will be nominated to the United
States Olympic Committee to represent the United States at the 2008 Olympic

At issue in both hearings were a tear in Ms. Rios’ sail and time Ms. Rios
lost recovering from a collision at the start of the 16th and final race of
the U. S. Olympic Trials in October 2007. Ms. Hall argued, however, that Ms.
Rios’ fourth place finish in the 16th race was not affected by the tear or
the time Ms. Rios lost recovering her sail. The jury heard nearly nine hours
of testimony on April 8, 2008 on Ms. Rios’ request for redress. After
considering all of the testimony, and 414 photos and other written evidence
presented by Ms. Hall, the jury determined that Ms. Rios was entitled to

Ms. Hall then filed her own request for redress, claiming that the jury was
wrong. The hearing on Ms. Hall’s request for redress commenced at 9 AM on
April 9, 2008 and concluded at 10 PM the same evening. On April 14, 2008 the
jury issued its decision on Ms. Hall’s request for redress. The jury
concluded that Ms. Hall was not entitled to redress and confirmed its
decision that Ms. Rios’ finishing place in Race 16 was made significantly
worse through no fault of Ms. Rios by the tear in her sail and the time lost
recovering her sail. The redress awarded was Ms. Rios’ average finishing
place in the preceding 15 races. -- Complete statement from US SAILING,
along with the jury findings and filings:

Here are the final results from the October 2007 US Olympic trials:
RS:X Women (6 entrants; after sixteen races)
1. Nancy Rios, 2-(4)-1-3-2-2-4-4-1-1-1-1-1-1-2-2, 28
2. Farrah Hall, (4)-1-4-1-3-3-1-1-2-2-2-2-3-2-1-1, 29
3. Monica Wilson, 3-3-3-2-1-4-3-3-3-3-4-4-2-3-4-(5), 45

* Curmudgeon’s Comment: While this is closure in the realm of US SAILING,
the Hall camp now will be taking their case to the United States Olympic
Committee. They have filed Article 8 and 9 grievances, with the former going
to the USOC Review Board to demonstrate that US SAILING’s rules do not meet
the minimum due process standard guaranteed by the USOC and federal law, and
the later going to the American Arbitration Association to prove that the
Jury decision was wrong. The AAA date is already scheduled for May 21-23,
with the USOC Review Board to consider the case later this week.

It seems that with each legal maneuver that is made to resolve the terms of
the 33rd America’s Cup, the possible scenarios get ever more convoluted.
Fortunately, legal consultant Cory Friedman is here again to walk us through
the quagmire, but we suggest you get a good grip on his hand for this
arduous stroll. Here is Cory’s report:

(April 15, 2008) Societe Nautique de Geneve (SNG) went to the Appellate
Division, First Department, of the Supreme Court of the State of New York on
April 15, 2008, seeking a stay of Justice Cahn’s March 17, 2008 Orders
pending resolution of its appeal of those Orders. SNG went away empty
handed. It did succeed in getting an expedited appeal, but that was
something Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) wanted just as much as SNG did and
immediately agreed to. Thus, as it now stands, the Deed of Gift (DoG) Match
will go forward on the date to be set by Justice Cahn when he enters an
order on the summary judgment motions decided on November 27, 2007. SNG does
get a second shot at a stay in a formal motion, but is likely that that
motion will not be decided until the main appeal is decided in June – unless
the appeal is dismissed, which is entirely possible. This is a game changing
event. If SNG does not prepare for the DoG Match, it does so at its peril.
-- Read on:

SNG’s statement:
GGYC’s statement:

The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, has sent out a press release "urging" Canadian boaters to
obtain a "proof of competency" before the boating season starts. "Our
government wants Canada's several million recreational boaters to enjoy
increased safety on the water," said Minister Cannon. "We believe that
requiring proof of competency will help reduce the number of incidents and
deaths that occur on our waterways every year."

The statement was more than just a friendly public relations move. The
Canadian government already requires any boater born after April 1, 1983 to
have proof of competency - either in the forms of a Pleasure Craft Operator
Card; proof that one passed a boating safety course in Canada before April
1, 1999; or a Completed Rental Boat Safety Checklist. But by September 15,
2009, approximately all six million boaters in Canada will be required by
law to show proof of competency. -- IBI Magazine, read on:

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Miami, FL (April 15, 2008) -- It was a wild and windy day on Biscayne Bay
for the 102 boats racing the fourth of a six race series in the 2008 Star
World Championships at Coral Reef Yacht Club. The race start was delayed
almost an hour and three boats were black flagged at the start after a
postponement and a general recall. Some 27 boats did not finish, more than
eight masts were lost, one boat capsized, and one of the top three finishers
fell out of his boat just seconds before the finish line. What a day!

Defending World Champion Robert Scheidt/Bruno Prada grabbed the lead and
crossed the finish line five boat lengths ahead of everyone else. Second
place Hamish Pepper/Carl Williams (NZL) and third place Mateusz
Kusznierewicz/Domink Zycki (POL) were neck and neck to the finish. According
to Kusznierewicz, who had been in the lead since the first weather mark, “We
made a very tight tack behind the Committee boat and I missed my hiking
strap. Dominik’s reflexes were brilliant; he grabbed me and we only lost a
few seconds.” -- Event website:

Preliminary results (Top ten of 104)
1. ITA, Diego Negri / Luigi Viale, 3-3-25-9, 40 pts
2. POL, Mateusz Kusznierewicz / Dominik Zycki, 1-1-44-3, 49
3. SWE, Fredrik Loof / Anders Ekstrom, 27-8-9-5, 49
4. AUS, Iain Murray/ Andrew Palfrey, 11-11-5-24, 51
5. BRA, Robert Scheidt/ Bruno Prada, 37-12-2-1, 52
6. FRA, Xavier Rohart/ Pascal Rambeau, 26-21-1-4, 52
7. USA, John MacCausland / Kevin Murphy, 15- 4- 8-28, 55 points
8. USA, Mark Mendelblatt / Mark Strube, 2-6-32-17, 57
9. USA, Carl Buchan/ Jamie Buchan, 31-7-12-16, 66
10. JPN, Kunio Suzuki / Daichi Wada, 9-15-10-33, 67
* Correction: It was reported in Issue 2574 that a drop race would occur
with four races; in fact, it will be with the completion of the fifth race.

For many US youth sailors, they work hard perfecting their pram skills, then
move up to either Lasers or doublehanded boats, perhaps do some high school
sailing, and then off to the university and four years of collegiate
sailing. However, when they graduate from college, what do they do? What
boats do they sail then, or can even afford to sail? Big props to the 5o5
class for pursuing these prospects. Read on...

“Dear College Sailors: If anyone has an interest in pursuing their sailing
after college on an international level, there is no better time to get into
the 505 class. The 2008 and 2009 schedule of events in the United States is
loaded with top quality events on both the East and West Coast.

“There has been a recent influx of younger sailors at many regattas in the
past year. The biggest deterrent currently is the lack of quality used boats
and the high exchange rates making new boats expensive. Keep in mind that
quality 505's do not get soft and wear out like the boats we normally sail.
It is not rare to see boats 20+ years old in the top 10 at a World
Championship. The purchase price of a used boat may seem high, but the
re-sale value of boats does not decline, resulting in minimal financial
risk. Also the class is unique in the fact that the senior members are eager
and willing to help younger sailors improve. There are now two unique
opportunities to get into a boat in time to compete in these upcoming
events.” -- Read on:

* The New York Yacht Club Race Week Classics Weekend this year will honor
centenarian Olin Stephens on July 19-20, 2008. The weekend will include a
Birthday Celebration for Olin on Saturday, July 19, 2008 at Harbor Court
(NYYC, Newport, RI). Additionally, the Marblehead to Castine Race and the
Castine Classic Yacht Race will include a party celebrating Olin’s 100th
birthday at Eastern Yacht Club of Marblehead, Massachusetts on Saturday,
July 26, 2008. Details at

* To celebrate Olin Stephens’ 100th birthday, is re-airing their
interview with him. --

* An 11:04 minute audio pre-game show is available for the Farr 40 Worlds,
which begins in Miami, FL on Wednesday for the 33 entered teams that
represent 10 countries. Matt Ciesicki and Dave Scott (North Sails Farr 40
One Design Manager) discuss what they expect to see prior to the start of
the event. Racing will continue through Saturday. -- Listen here:

* The world’s top professional sailors and many America’s Cup skippers are
preparing for another season of the World Match Racing Tour. The first event
will begin on April 22nd in Vitória, Brazil with the Brasil Sailing Cup. The
nine event series takes place in nine different countries, in four
continents, and with seven different types of yachts. It culminates in the
crowning of the ISAF World Match Racing Champion at the Monsoon Cup in
Terenganu, Malaysia this December. This year marks the beginning of a new
season schedule that remains in a calendar year, wherein previous tour
seasons had begun and ended during the European summer. --

* St. Petersburg, Fla. (April 15, 2008) -- Sandy Hayes (Scituate, Mass.) and
her team won the 2008 Rolex Women’s Match, hosted by the St. Petersburg
Yacht Club from April 10-13. A total of 10 teams competed in the
International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade 3 match-racing regatta, which
was created in 2002 to improve opportunities for women sailors specifically
interested in match racing. With the win, #25 world-ranked Hayes, along with
second-place finisher Katy Lovell (New Orleans, La.), gained an automatic
invitation into the Rolex Osprey Cup, an ISAF Grade 1 regatta, to be held
October 21-25, at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. -- Complete report and

* A new format has been established for Del Ray Yacht Club's 2009 Marina del
Rey to Puerto Vallarta Race, to start January 31st. There will now be four
separate and complete races for spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions to PV:
from MDR to Cedros Island; Turtle Bay to Santa Maria; Mag Bay to Cabo; and
finally, across the Gulf to Puerto Vallarta. There will be parties and
trophy presentations after each race, with the grand trophies--Corum
Admiral's Cup Watches-- awarded to overall winners of the entire series.
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* From Rick Best: While much has been said about the survival rate of the
different classes on the Titanic, what is rarely discussed is the chivalry
shown in the survival rates of men, women, and children. When the iceberg
was struck, onboard there were 1,690 men (885 of whom were crew), 425 women
(23 were crew), and 109 children. The survivors were 338 men or 20% of the
men onboard; 316 women or 74%; and 57 children or 52%. Let's break it down
by class. Of the men saved: first class 33% of 175; second class 8% of 168;
third class 16% of 462; and crew 22% of 885. For the women saved: first
class 97% of 144; second class 86% of 93; third class 46% of 165; and crew
87% of 23. As for the children saved: first class 100% of 6; second class
100% of 24; and third class 34% of 79.

There has been much written about the fate of the third class passengers,
many of whom were trapped below and never reached the decks. The second
class women survived at about the same rate as first class and crew women,
and all the first and second class children were saved. But it would appear
that the second class men stepped back from the life boats, as their
survival rate was only 8% or 13 of 168.

Let's raise a glass to those brave souls who actually did let the women and
children go first.

* From Bruce Munro, San Francisco: (re, story in Issue 2575) The oil spill
incident on San Francisco Bay is one of those stories that gets badly
reported in the press because of the need to understand navigation in the
fog by use of a GPS chart plotter. For clarification, I suggest that all
buttheads who are interested in this subject and have a GPS chart plotter,
to zero it in on the San Francisco Bay bridge. It shows a series of markers
of different colors and shapes across the bridge. One color and one shape
denote the bridge towers. The other color and the other shape denote the
center of the span between the towers. Do you think the pilot and/ or the
captain got confused over which shape showed the towers and which shape
showed the center of the spans? Of course, a radar would just show the
towers, but it appears that the radar may not have been working that day.

* From Tania Mckenzie: With regards to Tom Hulme’s comment (butt 2575), he
has his facts wrong. The “Olympic Committee” did not vote out the Multihull,
it was the “ISAF Council”. It is not only the multihull community that is
upset but many National Authorities. This is evident as the ISAF Executive
has put this on the agenda for the Mid Year M06-08 due to the degree of
correspondence since the Council decision in November 2007 plus the
submissions lodged by 15 MNA and 2 Class Associations. When you read some of
the submissions sent to ISAF, it is clear who is responsible for the voting.

That the decision recorded at item 13(d), Selection of Events for the 2012
Olympic Sailing Competition, of the Minutes of the ISAF Council Meeting held
on 8/9 November 2008 in Estoril, Portugal, based on a motion from the floor
by Charley Cook (USA), be reconsidered by a meeting of the ISAF Council at
the earliest available opportunity. If, in reconsidering this motion, the
ISAF Council decides that a revote is appropriate, there should be either a
runoff vote between: a) Multihull (Open) and the Keelboat (Men) b) Two
Person Dinghy High Performance (Women) and Keelboat Match (Women) or the
list of Events for the 2012 Olympic Regatta, as decided in Estoril in
November 2007, should be set aside and a new vote taken, using the voting
process as recommended by the Events Committee without the change that
resulted from the motion made by Charley Cook.

This is not a multihull versus keelboat question but an issue on what is
best for the Olympics and future of sailing.

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Along with her letter above, Tania sent a detailed
report from Yachting Australia on the process that was used to select the
2012 events. What was interesting to learn in their report was how the
Events Committee started in May 2007 to devise the most suitable voting
process for determining the 2012 Events, and provided it to the ISAF Council
prior to their November meeting. So, not only did the ISAF Council stray
from the Events Committee’s recommendation on what events to select for the
2012 Olympics, they revised their plan on how to select them. It all reminds
of a Curmudgeon’s Observation from the past: “Meetings: Dark alleys into
which good ideas are led and strangled.” Here is the Yachting Australia

* From Rick Dominique: Regarding Olympic events, how about cutting the
redundancy of the 47 athletic events and/ or the 34 swimming events?! I have
some running experience, and the differences between sailing singlehanded,
doublehanded, dinghy, keelboat, catamaran, sailboard, team racing and match
racing are all far more varied than the differences between running 100m,
200m, 400m and 800m. Likewise with the swimming events of 50m, 100m, 200m,
400m, 800m in each style!!! The mere fact that one runner or one swimmer can
win gold medals in three to four of these disciplines, illustrates VERY
CLEARLY the redundancy of these events. How many sailors can you imagine
that could win a gold medal in three or four of the existing sailing
classes...or in this proposed fleet (only men's for illustration purposes):
Laser, 49er, Melges 24 (fleet, then match racing), Tornado, and team racing
in Vanguard 15's?

* From Bob Webbon: Concerning the Olympics. I wish you guys would ask US
SAILING how they intend to vote in the upcoming re-look in May. With so many
countries now accepting they made a mistake, will the US follow suit?

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: We asked, and they said that it will be the same US
contingent attending the ISAF Mid-Year meeting in May that voted at the
annual meeting last November. They weren’t, however, as forthcoming on
whether they would vote to reaffirm the current 2012 event list, and if
needed, whether they would vote to change the mens or womens events.

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