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SCUTTLEBUTT 2583 – April 25 2008

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Open letter from Giovanni Maspero, owner of Joe Fly, following their
disqualification at the recent Farr 40 World Championship in Miami (USA):

“The Farr 40 Worlds finished just a few days ago. The winners, as everyone
knows, were Mascalzone Latino, who won the competition for the third time in
a row, a unique achievement reflecting the qualities of a team of yachtsmen.
Their victory came not at the finish line, on the water, but following a
protest that the Mascalzone Latino Team made against us, the Joe Fly Team: a
protest by a 3rd party that sees another boat, Joe Fly, allegedly commit an
infringement against yet another boat, Barking Mad. This is all part of the
game I think. The anomaly is that the Jury called upon to decide has
manifest conflicts of interest in respect of one of the teams involved.

“Everyone knows that Tom Ehman, chairman of the adjudicatory committee,
works for the American BMW Oracle team. Likewise Richard Slater, another
member of the 2008 Farr 40 Worlds jury. Another judge present, Henry Menin,
worked for the Oracle Team in 2000. And John Kostecki, Mascalzone Latino’s
tactician in Miami, the person who formally lodged and argued the case
against Joe Fly, is also an employee of the BMW Oracle Racing. The close
links between Mascalzone Latino and BMW Oracle Racing are common knowledge.

“All this is too serious to pass over in silence. An analogy would be if
Adriano Galliani, CEO of A.C. Milan (an Italian professional football club),
were also to chair a board of adjudicators in a case involving one of his
own players against a player in another team. This is what makes the whole
game something of a farce.” -- Read on:

=> Also posted on the Joe Fly website: The options Joe Fly is looking at
include abandoning the Farr 40 Class. This would be drastic but perhaps
inevitable given how the Class itself accepted without the least reservation
a verdict which shows it’s possible to win a regatta despite what happens on
the water. -- Complete statement:

There’s the definition of Cattle Call, which considers it to be an audition
in which a large number of often inexperienced actors or performers try out.
There’s also the popular 1950’s song by Eddie Arnold named Cattle Call. And
then there was the movie, National Lampoon's Cattle Call, where three guys
cook up a scheme to meet women by putting advertisements in the paper and
creating a fake casting call for a movie that really doesn't exist (see
trailer in Scuttleblog).

In the spirit of the circus otherwise known as the America’s Cup, there is
now a new variation of the Cattle Call, this coming from Team FRENCH SPIRIT
to help them find a designer for their America’s Cup effort. Here are their

“It is in order to build up that ideal team, to identify talent, tools and
means, that Team FRENCH SPIRIT decided to develop an innovative strategy and
has thus invited the main French and international naval architect firms to
participate in the ‘Designer Competition’ under the presidency of Phillipe
Gouard, technical director of the French sailing federation.”

The target for the contest is the new AC 90 rule that is expected to be used
for the 34th America’s Cup (though we still need to survive the 33rd Deed of
Gift ACUP match). The French team plans to invite eight architectural firms
to participate in the contest, and they have a host of rules that will be
implemented during the six month process. At some point the jury will send
half of them home with compensation, while the other half will be asked to
continue. Further along there will be another cut, where two will be excused
with compensation, and the final two will submit their finalized projects.

It all seems so surreal, and perhaps the publicity from the contest will be
as rewarding as their innovative efforts to gather a broad spectrum of
design ideas at what one would believe to be affordable pricing. -- For
complete announcement, contest rules, and funny videos, go to Scuttlblog:

The song ‘No Time’ by The Guess Who came to mind when considering some of
the information provided by the Alinghi team on Thursday when they welcomed
the media into their compound and announced that Ernesto Bertarelli had
committed to building a multihull for the 33rd America’s Cup, according to
Brad Butterworth, team skipper and tactician, “as long as we can get the
pending issues resolved by the New York courts – including a race date in
2009.” What is interesting to note is that the team also published a
timeline on the process to build a maxi-multihull, which stated that their
plan required fifteen months.

The question that comes to mind is that if the Deed of Gift gives each team
ten months from date of challenge, and that their design and construction
plan takes fifteen months, it would seem that there is a problem. To solve
the problem, it would seem that either there needs to be more time than ten
months or a simpler design and construction plan. What is not known is how
far into their fifteen month plan they are, and whether their legal
maneuvers in the NY courts are to defend their position, or to just provide
them the extra time needed to complete their multihull. -- To see the
timeline, and the video/lyrics for ‘No Time’, go to

* In Scuttlebutt 2582, there was a report that UBS stockholders were
seriously mad about the bank's $37.4 billion (23.65 billion euros) losses in
recent months, and had specifically asked for the removal of Ernesto
Bertarelli from the Board of Directors. Since then, the editor of the
publication has notified Scuttlebutt of a correction on their site which
states that Bertarelli has in fact not been asked to step down. -- Link:

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Time was in the early days of the Congressional Cup when a competitor from
out of the country was a novelty. No foreign-born sailor had claimed the
traditional Crimson Blazer until Ireland’s Harold Cudmore won the 22nd
edition in 1986. Now they’ve won 13 of the last 22 – plus Coronado,
Calif.-born Rod Davis’ last three of four since he moved to New Zealand.

Meet Chris VanTol from Detroit’s Bayview Yacht Club who joins the lineup for
the 44th Congressional Cup next week, Tuesday through Saturday. There will
be only one other American, Dave Perry, who won the Congressional twice just
before Cudmore broke the foreign ice. Triple winner Gavin Brady and local
resident Scott Dickson have lived in the U.S. since the 90s but are still
officially Kiwi.

VanTol, 26, is currently the top-ranked American match racer at No. 38
(Perry is No. 48), but significant ISAF ranking points are hard to come by
for Americans when there’s only one Grade 1 match racing event in the U.S. -
the Congressional Cup - and Europeans can find a Grade 2 or 3 event close to
home almost any week of the sailing season. “They do it a lot more than we
do,” VanTol said, “so we’re just trying to catch up to them and sail as much
we as we can. Most of those guys are doing it for a living, and they’re very
professional on and off the water. We’ve had some good races against them.”
-- Complete story:

Hyeres, France (April 24, 2008) A light sea breeze appeared late allowing
minimum racing for all classes on the final day of fleet racing. Reported
49er team Tim Wadlow/ Chris Rast (USA), “The day began with a lengthy delay
on shore, and then a further delay on the water. The first race we attempted
to start in 3 knots of wind was cancelled because of a massive wind shift.
Finally after 3pm, a Southerly filled, and we completed two races in a
fickle 5-7 knots of wind.” The conditions suited sailors who have started
their preparation for Qingdao (read: being patient), and it is expected for
these conditions to continue for Friday when the top ten now move on for the
final non-discardable medal race. Here is the list that qualified:

49er, 1st - Tim Wadlow/Chris Rast (USA)
Laser, 1st - Michael Leigh (CAN)
Laser, 7th - David Wright (CAN)
Laser Radial, 2nd - Anna Tunnicliffe (USA)
Laser Radial, 10th - Paige Railey (USA)
Finn, 8th - Chris Cook (CAN)
Finn, 10th - Zach Railey (USA)
Yngling, 5th - Sally Barkow/Debbie Capozzi/Carrie Howe (USA)

Canadians Oskar Johansson/ Kevin Stittle, lacking the consistency that
helped them win the Tornado class in this event last year, won their final
race but missed out on making it to the medal race by a single point. --
Regatta website:

* Cagliari, Sardinia (April 24, 2008) -- The winner of the match racing
event of the Cagliari RC 44 Cup is Larry Ellison, the only non professional
helmsman involved in this event. Ellison won the event with 8 wins and one
defeat over a field that included James Spithill and Ben Ainslie, who
finished second and third respectively, along with Cameron Appleton, Morten
Henrikson / Miroslav Reljanovic, Sébastien Col, Markus Wieser, Jesper
Radich, Jes Gram Hansen, and Mateusz Kusznierewicz. The typical format is
for the professionals to steer the match racing segment, and the owners
steer the fleet racing portion that will be held Friday through Sunday. --
Full report:

* Vitoria, Espirito Santos, Brazil (April 24, 2008) -- A light southeasterly
sea breeze stayed long enough through the late morning and afternoon to
provide suitable conditions for the finish of Round Robin action here at the
Brasil Sailing Cup, the first event on the 2008 World Match Racing Tour. The
top six have been decided, but two more will come from the Repechage stage
on Friday before the Quarterfinals can start later that day. The top teams
presently are: Group A- Ian Williams (5-0), Magnus Holmberg (4-1), and
Torvar Mirsky (3-2); Group B- Bjorn Hansen (4-1), Paolo Cian (4-1), and
Mattias Rahm (2-3). --

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At one point in this nation’s segregated past, black colleges were
essentially the only institutions of higher learning to admit black
students. Being aware of that, people from the northwest corridor and
elsewhere who are graduates of black colleges have a special appreciation of
their role. And when they meet at social or business events and discover
that others there are graduates of these colleges, bonds of kinship can
arise. But so can boasting. That is especially so if the conversation turns
to years-old or recent athletic matchups and rivalries.

However, one historically black institution can boast of a sports
achievement that no other black university can. Indeed, as colleges have
transitioned into spring sports, Hampton University in Virginia has fielded
yet another scrappy team that is raising eyebrows in the rarefied, and
mostly white, world of competitive collegiate sailing. Hampton is the only
historically black college to have a sailing team, and two Hampton students
from Maryland, Jason Major-Henson and Nicole Clark, have been part of the
team’s success. -- Community Times, read on:

* Curmudgeon’s Comment: While Hampton University did not qualify for the
Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Coed Dinghy Semi-Finals,
thirty-six other schools from around the United States will be facing off in
the Eastern and Western eliminations this weekend. Hosted by Hobart/WmSmith
(Geneva, NY) in 420s and USC (Long Beach, CA) in Flying Juniors, the top
nine from each event will move on to the Nationals to be held in Newport, RI
on June 2-4, 2008.

* Complimentary weather forecasts are available for the Sperry Top-Sider
Annapolis NOOD Regatta from April 25-27. Provided by Sailing Weather
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* Sailing World's College Rankings as of April 22, 2008 find St. Mary's
still atop the Coed rankings but has ceded the Women's to College of
Charleston. -- Complete list:

* The fleet of ten identical 68-foot teams in the Clipper 07-08 Round the
World Yacht Race started their next leg on Thursday, leaving Santa Cruz, CA
to aim for the Panama Canal and the finish line in Jamaica. --

Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include a view before Antigua Sailing Week, the prized 169-foot ‘Meteor’,
vertical mainsail battens by UK-Halsey, the car-boat of Southern California
photographer Dennis St. Onge, Jim Swartz’s Reichel/Pugh designed STP65,
Moneypenny, naked British Olympic sailors (again), San Francisco sailing,
Ellison and Coutts winning with the RC 44, and a photo sequence of a
capsized Star from their Worlds last week. 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 Charles J. Doane: (re, lead story in #2582) Kudos to John
Rousmaniere… he is exactly right! It is our Cup, much more than
Bertarelli's. He is indeed a mere trustee, and we, those who follow and
enjoy the competition, are the beneficiaries whose interests he is charged
with protecting. He did a very good job of it last time and gave us the best
competition in years. What the heck happened this time????

* From Jessica Lord: (re, IT'S OUR CUP TOO by John Rousmaniere) BRAVO! I am
happy to hear another voice from one who understands that the only thing
this b.s. litigious squabbling is doing is putting a tarnish on The Cup that
will be nearly impossible to remove. Look how many friendships it has
ruined... alliances it has broken... "national pride" it has destroyed...
for what? Holy moly! If you can't play by the rules - as John R. points out
have been working for 130 years - step aside and let others play... those
who respect the deed of gift and the very foundation on which The America's
Cup sits. Hasn’t it earned at least that?

* From Bruce T Craven, lifelong cup admirer: Thank you John Rousmaniere, I
will say my prayers a few minutes a day we can return to the original spirit
of the Cup as Stevens and Schuyler defined it. I have admired the Deed of
Gift since picking it apart myself during the winged keel thing in 1983.

* From Bob Black: Three cheers and a tiger to John Rousmaniere for his
well-chosen words on the America's Cup. As a former wire service and
free-lance writer covering the Twelve Meter races from 1967 to 1983, I have
the fondest memories of the Cup and its participants in those days. As I
have for John, with whom I shared a bus one fateful night at the 1976

* From John Harwood-Bee: What is it about sailing that has, in recent years,
attracted those prepared to sacrifice the very best of sailing on the altar
of greed, arrogance, and ego? The latest about-turn by Mr 'we won't appeal'
Bertarelli must surely result in the final demise of the America's Cup as a
credible sailing competition for sportsman. I am in no doubt that the
behavior now associated with the Cup will appeal to those who watch gutter
'gladiatorial' TV shows. I do, however, regret that the AC will now join the
list of once respectable events that have suffered at the hands of the

The self interested politics that currently surround Olympic sailing are a
disgrace with total disregard for the true opinions of sailors. In 2004, the
awarding of the Jules Verne Trophy to an 'also ran' destroyed its
credibility as THE trophy for the fastest circumnavigation (Olivier de
Kersauson, Geronimo). The RACE was lost because of wrangling, arrogance, and
the high demand on entry fees. Even the lesser, though potentially
successful Oryx Cup, was destroyed by greed and arrogance, incompetence, and
possibly fraud.

In every case, this could have been avoided had it not been for the actions
of individuals seemingly hell bent on destruction. These events, whatever
spin you try to put on them, are dead and buried. I am not alone in wishing
that we could divert the multi-million dollars, once invested in them,
towards The Volvo, The Clipper races, the Artemis Transat, and other well
run events where sportsmanship is still of paramount importance and ego's
are left on the dock.

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