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SCUTTLEBUTT 2579 – April 21 2008

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Miami, FL (April 19, 2008) -- Miami Beach, Fla. USA - Vincenzo Onorato and
his Mascalzone Latino are the 2008 Rolex Farr 40 World Champions, achieving
a first in the sailing world - three back-to-back victories in this
ultra-competitive one design class. What makes this accomplishment even more
remarkable is that Onorato had not one, but two substitutes for regular
tactician Adrian Stead in Morgan Larson (on Wed.) and John Kostecki (on

The final day lined up as an all-Italian battle pitting defending champion
Mascalzone Latino (ITA), the leader of the series since the first race,
against Joe Fly (ITA), the second-place, well-sailed boat. The pivotal
moment came early, with the first weather mark rounding on race 9 between
Joe Fly and Barking Mad (USA) looming large in the end. Barking Mad
tactician Terry Hutchinson explained, "From my perspective, we were fouled
by Joe Fly at the top mark. We did not protest them because we did not want
to be... It is tough racing, It's hard enough. You get into these situations
and I think Mascalzone and Joe Fly were having a good regatta against each
other. Mascalzone Latino witnessed the infringement (against Barking Mad)
and they were within their rights to file a third party against them in the
situation. That leaves the umpires to decide the decision."

Rather than play it safe and exonerate themselves with a 720 penalty, Joe
Fly took their chance in the protest room, where the international jury -
chaired by Tom Ehman - decided in Mascalzone's favor and disqualified Joe
Fly, giving the win to Mascalzone, and dropping Joe Fly to second overall
for the championship. Next year, the Class will travel to Europe to Porto
Cervo, Sardinia for the 2009 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship. -- Complete
wrap-up report:

Final results (Top ten of 33; no discards permitted)
1. ITA, Mascalzone, Vincenzo Onorato, 3-12-1-14-3-5-6-3-7-9, 63 points
2. ITA, Joe Fly, Giovanni Maspero, 9-1-8-15-6-2-5-2-34(dsq)-5, 87
3. MON, Mean Machine, Peter de Ridder, 24-3-9-9-14-1-14-9-2-17, 102
4. DEN, Nanoq, HRH Crown Prince Frederik, 13-15-16-20-17-9-4-13(scp)-3-4,
5. ITA, Calvi Network, Carlo Alberni, 6-9-12-33-26-14-7-7-4-2, 120
6. SUI, Alinghi, Ernesto Bertarelli, 8-14-6-6-7-20-9-4(scp)-32-15, 121
7. USA, Ramrod, Rodrick Jabin, 22-8-17-3-10-21-10-19(scp)-1-11, 122
8. USA, Barking Mad, Jim Richardson, 23-5-3-2-16-6-2-24-23-22, 126
9. GER, Opus One, Wolfgang Stolz, 15-16-21-1-5-23-22-15-12-1, 131
10. ITA, Nerone, Mezzaroma/Migliori 19-19-2-29-1-25-13-21(scp)-5-6, 140

* By all witness accounts, Joe Fly seriously overplayed their hand at the
weather mark situation. They were on the port tack layline, with Barking Mad
ahead and to leeward, also on port. Barking Mad tacked to starboard on
layline, with Mascalzone near but slightly overstanding the mark on
starboard. As Joe Fly approached Barking Mad, the Italians delayed their
tack to make sure they were on layline, but ended up tacking too close to
the Americans, who then luffed hard to avoid collision. Barking Mad didn’t
want their protest to decide the Worlds, but offered to witness when
Mascalzone did file a protest. The Pro Sight Sailing website has a great
audio explanation of the situation by commentator Matt Ciesicki:
Complete event audio archive:

* Thanks to photographers Daniel Forster, Kurt Arrigo, and Thierry Martinez
for contributing to the Scuttlebutt photo gallery:

* Defending champion Mike Golding (GBR) has pulled out of The Artemis
Transat, a race from Plymouth to Boston that is to start on the May 11,
2008. This is due to his Owen Clarke designed Open 60 ECOVER 3's replacement
carbon keel blade not being ready sufficiently early to safely allow the
team to compete in this tough transatlantic event without compromising the
campaign's goals. The double IMOCA world champion continues to focus his
attention on the Vendée Globe, the single-handed, non-stop round the world
race which starts in November 2008. -- Full story:

* The Juan Kouyoumdjian designed Open 60 Pindar announced its withdrawal
from the Artemis Transat, with skipper Brian Thompson (GBR) stating that the
team’s preparations have been severely hampered following delays in the
design and build of the new mast. With the mast installation set back until
later this week, it leaves only a matter of days for Thompson to undertake
the 1,000-mile qualifier and make it to Plymouth for the May race start.
Thus far, the boat remains unproven in competition since it was launched in
July last year, with a dismasting during Cowes Week and again ahead of the
start of the Transat Jacques Vabre. Additionally, the team says their
commitment to the Vendée Globe is dependant to them securing additional
funding to participate. -- Full report:

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(April 20, 2008) The 40th Semaine Olympique Francaise got underway Sunday
with a total of 920 boats from 58 countries on the starting line. This is
the first ISAF Grade 1 sailing event in the European calendar for the 10
Olympic classes and two Paralympics events (no Star and SKUD 18), which will
compete in the six day regatta using the Olympic format. With the Olympic
Games only four months away, the top teams are all eager for light air
“Qingdao-like” conditions. However, the fleet was greeted with 25 knots and
deep short waves that focused on survival over finesse, and prevented all
classes from completing both races.

The heavy conditions caused casualties amongst Americans, with Tornado crew
Charlie Ogletree suffering an arm injury during a radical pitch-pole, and
470 Mens skipper Stu McNay getting pulled out of the boat in a big wave.
There was also some good news within the North American contingent. In the
Finn, Christopher Cook (CAN) is winning; Laser, Michael Leigh (CAN) is in
3rd; Yngling team Sally Barkow/ Debbie Capozzi/ Carrie Howe (USA) is in 4th;
and Tornado, Oskar Johansson/ Kevin Stittle(CAN) is in 9th. The online
results are not completed, but they do report that 470 Women Amanda Clark/
Sarah Mergenthaler (USA) won the first race, and 49er teams Gordon Cook/ Ben
Remocker (CAN) and Tim Wadlow/ Chris Rast (USA) were in the top five for the
first race too. -- Regatta website:

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Charleston, SC (April 20, 2008) – For the third straight day, weather gods
smiled on a fleet of nearly 150 racing sailboats on 70-degree water in and
around Charleston. Sailors basked in the sun for a short postponement this
morning as they waited for the sea breeze to fill – and fill it did, just
like clockwork. Both the offshore and harbor courses raced their final race
in 10-14 knots of cool ocean air, and unpredictable shifts forced the
overall winners of this marquis event to earn every hard-fought point.

Travis Wiesleder and his all-pro crew on won the coveted
Charleston Race Week Cup Perpetual Trophy for winning the most competitive
One-Design class – this year, an easy choice for the 27-boat Melges 24
division. started off this morning in a tie with Kristen Lane's
Out House, from Marin, California. “We needed one good start today, and we
got it,” said Carloan tactician and top OD sailor Scott Nixon. This
talent-laden class is always competitive, and at a big event like
Charleston, it's doubly so. Even with a crew that included Nixon, Justin
Chambers, and the Skip Dieball, Wiesleder was “just one piece of sea breeze
away from 2nd place,” but they took that sea breeze and turned it into the
top prize at the event, which included a Raymarine electronics package worth
over three thousand dollars. -- Complete wrap-up report:

* Curmudgeon’s Comment: Morgan Larson had a busy weekend. Besides helping
Kristen Lane's Melges 24 crew earn second place at CRW, he was in Miami on
Wednesday, filling in as tactician for eventual winner Mascalzone at the
Farr 40 Worlds.

Competing is more fun when we are prepared, and with the season soon to go
into high gear, here are some quick exercises to best prepare yourself:

* Sit on a bench with large metal fixtures cutting into your legs, stare
straight up into the sun for 2 hours. For a more robust workout: invite 4
friends to come over and yell at you the whole time.
* Go out and get very drunk, sleep 4 hours, then stand on a rocking chair
for 6 hours.
* Go to bank and withdraw as much cash as you can - then set it on fire.
* Sit in front of a commercial fan and have someone throw large buckets of
salt water on you.
* Cut limb off nearby tree, tie ropes to it, stand on rocking chair with
tree limb and ropes - hold them over your head for 3 5 minute
intervals drop on your head - more robust version: have friends yell at you
in 6 minute intervals.
* Pour cold water in your lap and give yourself a wedgie, now alternate
between sitting and running around bent over.
* Tie ropes between 2 trees and sit on a hard barstool tipping yourself into
the ropes and balance - push your body against them as hard as you can for 6
consecutive hours - don't stop for pain or bruising until the pins and
needles in your feet make it impossible for you to walk. -- Scuttleblog,
read on:

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Word around the docks is that Hullkote is easy to apply, stays cleaner
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* Actress Salma Hayek will be in Boston, MA on May 12 to christen the Puma
Volvo 70, skipper Ken Read’s ride for the Volvo Ocean Race. Why Hayek? Her
fiance, Francois-Henri Pinault, is CEO of the French luxury goods and
fashion conglomerate PPR, which is Puma's parent company. -- Boston Globe,

* Ellen MacArthur has been awarded the Legion d'Honneur by French president
Nicolas Sarkozy. The award, a French order established by Napoléon Bonaparte
in 1802, is the highest decoration anyone can receive in France. MacArthur
is a founding patron of The Ellen MacArthur Trust, which takes young people
aged between 8-18 sailing to help them regain their confidence, on their way
to recovery from cancer, leukemia and other serious illness. -- Full report:

* The biennial double-handed Figaro class race, the Transat AG2R, began on
Sunday, April 20, 2008, and will take the 25-boat fleet of 33 footers from
the start in Brittany, France across the Atlantic to St Barts in the
Caribbean. -- Event website:

* The final two teams in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race are
expected to arrive at the finish in Santa Cruz, CA on Tuesday, where all ten
of the identical 68-foot entries will prepare for the start of the next leg,
tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 24. The next leg takes the fleet
through the Panama Canal and finishes in Jamaica. --

* The Storm Trysail Club (STC) has announced the establishment of a new
perpetual trophy, the Paul Hoffman Trophy, which will be awarded to the
winner of the organization’s annual fall intercollegiate regatta. The trophy
will be presented for the first time at the STC’s 2008 Intercollegiate
Offshore Regatta presented by Prestige Toyota, which is scheduled for
Columbus Day weekend (October 11-12, 2008) and hosted at Larchmont Yacht
Club (Larchmont, N.Y.). -- Full announcement:

* World ARC, the flagship event in the global portfolio of World Cruising
Club (WCC) rallies, is building on the success of the 2008 Rally with the
announcement that the entry list has opened for a second edition, the 2010
World ARC Rally. Billed as an adventure of a lifetime, World ARC 2010 will
leave the Caribbean in January 2010, cruising across the World's great
oceans on a circumnavigation of the globe, returning to the Caribbean 14
months later. -- Event website:

* The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has announced a
bipartisan, geographically diverse group of 17 U.S. Senators has
co-sponsored The Clean Boating Act of 2008. The legislation, first
introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Senate Environment and Public
Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), ensures recreational boaters and
anglers will not need a federal permit to operate their boats, and restores
a longstanding, commonsense regulation that excludes recreational boaters
and anglers from the federal and state permitting requirements under the
Clean Water Act designed for land-based industrial facilities and
ocean-going commercial ships. -- Complete update:

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* Curmudgeon’s Comment: The Bug is among a new line of boats now available,
with this video profiling the boat with designer Jo Richards explaining all
its unique features:

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* From Paul Warren Redington Beach, FL: First, US SAILING wants to make
membership mandatory for anyone wanting to race -- an elitist position if I
ever heard one. Now, Southern California Yachting Association (SCYA) wants
to exclude would-be racers from SCYA-sanctioned events because they don't
pay yacht club dues. Message: you can't play in "their" sport, if you can't
afford to play by their rules. These two "policies" work wonders to
reinforce our sport's continuing image as being "only for the elite and the
rich." No wonder sailboat racing is declining! Is it time for a "sailors'
revolt" that brings "power to the people" and more people back to our sport?

* From John Tormey: Name another sport where to compete, you have to be a
member of a club? And when the Curmudgeon creates Scuttlebutt Sailing Club
back in 2001, and pays the $$$ to US SAILING every year, a regional sailing
authority and a race organizer are in cahoots to block its members from
competing. Are we all pulling the same way?

* From Craig Fletcher: Paper clubs should be welcomed by SCYA and their
members should be able to race in SCYA regattas. Should paper club members
have reciprocity with larger dues paying Yacht Clubs? This is another
question. Paper club members must understand you have to pay to play. I
spend a lot of time in Hawaii. There is a very prominent club on the beach
which has reciprocity with a YC which I am a member. They grant me a weekly
membership for a fee and greater prices for food, etc. for the privilege of
a great sunset. I do not believe it should be mandatory for a full service
SCYA club to grant reciprocity to a PC member. The full service clubs may at
their discretion grant limited membership to paper club members for a fee.

* From David Redfern, Kent, England: (re, story 'More F1' in #2578) How
about contacting Geoff Willis? Geoff was with the Peter de Savary team that
I was associated with for the controversial Michael Fay/ DC America’s Cup
match in San Diego. Here is a mini biog of Geoff posted on the Formula 1

“Red Bull confirmed on Tuesday (July 2007) that former Honda technical chief
Geoffrey Willis is to join the company as technical director. Willis, who
will take up his post with Red Bull Technology on July 23, will report
directly to chief technical officer Adrian Newey. Willis's first sporting
role was with the British America's Cup yacht team back in 1987, when he
developed hull and keel designs using computational fluid dynamics. He moved
into Formula One racing soon after, joining the Leyton House team, before a
five-year stint with Williams, where he worked for a period with Newey and
eventually rose through the ranks to become chief aerodynamicist.” --

* From Mark Reynolds: (re, letter and comments in Issue 2576) Why does Bob
Webbon (and apparently the Curmudgeon) feel the US vote on the Olympic
events should be any different than last time? Was it the huge Tornado
turnout for the US trials (6 boats) or the huge international turnout at
their World Championships (consistently the lowest of Open and Men classes)?
Take a look at the ISAF ranking list as well and you’ll find that there are
less than 100 Tornado’s racing in a great deal fewer countries than any
other class. In fact there are more Star sailors and countries represented
last week at the Star World Championship.

Unfortunately, one event has to go, and it’s pretty hard to argue which
event/ class clearly should go. Certainly the keelboat/Star would be a huge
mistake if keeping the top sailors in the world in the Olympics is
important. Like Henderson said the other day (in the full version of his
letter), the Star is where the “Hero’s” are. After past problems the events
were required to be chosen last November, an agreed upon procedure was
followed, and a decision was made. I didn’t vote for Bush and strongly
disagreed with the decision of the voters, but I didn’t get a revote the
next day. Like Henderson also said, we all have a bias, and as a Star
sailor, this one is mine!

* From Jim Champ: (re, letter in #2578 on the importance of Olympic medals
vs World championships) I don't think an Olympic gold medal is worth very
many more than 10 to 12 Star, Snipe, or E22 World Championship first places.
There's absolutely no comparison, mate. Two events with very limited
geographic distribution and one Champs where everyone is mainly concerned
that they shouldn't peak at the wrong time for the main event...

* From John Rumsey: Right on, Craig Fletcher! Sailing would be much better
off without the Olympics and the political intrigue. The classes would live
or die on their own merit and the championships would be sailed at the best
venues. Perhaps there could be a lay day where the contestants could enjoy
the local attractions and sailing could be fun again.

* From Cliff Bradford: (re, Artemis Transat story in #2577) What I'd like to
see one of the ocean races do is prevent the sailors from knowing where the
other boats are for the whole race. It seems to me the satellite
communication systems the boats use could be configured so that the only
information the sailors receive would be weather information from restricted
sources and vetted communications from their support teams, but they
wouldn't know where another competitor was unless they could see them or be
within VHF range. As it is now, the races have a strong aspect of covering
that tends to cluster the fleet rather than encouraging the wild flyers that
used to make the races more interesting.

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