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SCUTTLEBUTT 2584 – April 28 2008

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Hyeres, France (April 25, 2008) The 40th Semaine Olympique Française was
completed on Friday with light and shifty winds providing for marginal
sailing, but all Olympic classes were able to complete their final,
double-point, non-discard race. As Carrie Howe of the American Yngling team
stated, “The best way to describe this regatta was ‘extremely challenging’.
It started out with strong Mistral winds and massive rough seas, we lost a
day of racing due to too much wind and almost missed another because of no
wind, and we finished up in fickle breezes that replicated ‘Qingdao-like’
conditions we all expect to find at the Olympics.” For many teams, this was
their final event, and will be spending the next three months training in
China or elsewhere to best prepare for the Olympics.

Final results (Top 3 plus top North Americans)
Laser (156 entrants; 9 races, 1 discard)
1. Michael Leigh (Canada) 40 points
2. Andrew Murdoch (New Zealand) 52 points
3. Andreas Geritzer (Austria) 64 points
9. David Wright (Canada) 79 points

Laser Radial (78 entrants; 9 races, 1 discard)
1. Sarah Blanck (Australia) 20 points
2. Anna Tunnicliffe (United States) 46 points
3. Evi Van Acker (Belgium) 47 points
9. Paige Railey (United States) 87 points

49er (42 entrants; 11 races, 1 discard)
1. Xabier Fernandez / Iker de Martinez (Spain) 50 points
2. Tim Wadlow / Chris Rast (United States) 50 points
3. Federico Alonso / Arturo Nest Alonso (Spain) 58 points

Yngling (20 entrants; 11 races. 2 discards)
1. Siren Sundby/Lise Birgit FredriksenAlexandra Koefoed (Norway) 44 points
2. Sally Barkow /Debbie Cappozzi/Carrie Howe (United States) 51 points
3. Sarah Ayton/Pippa Wilson/Sarah Webb (Great Britain) 51 points

Finn (56 entrants; 9 races, 1 discard)
1. Jonas Hogh Christ (Denmark) 42 points
2. Edward Wright (Great Britain) 45 points
3. Gasper Vincec (Slovenia) 46 points
8. Christopher Cook (Canada) 78 points
9. Zach Railey (United States) 90 points

Tornado (21 entrants; 9 races, 1 discard)
1. Darren Bundock / Glenn Ashby (Australia) 37 points
2. Francesco Marcolini / Edoardo Bianchi (Italy) 43 points
3. Mitch Booth / Pim Nieuwenhuis (The Netherlands) 48 points
11. Oskar Johansson / Kevin Stittle (Canada)

470 Men (75 entrants; 9 races, 1 discard)
1. Nick Rogers / Joe Glanfield (Great Britain) 39 points
2. Sven Coster / Kalle Coster (The Netherlands) 43 points
3. Carl Evans / Peter Burling (New Zealand) 56 points
15. Stuart McNay / Graham Biehl (United States)

470 Women (37 entrants; 9 races, 1 discard)
1. Ai Kondo / Naoko Kamata (Japan) 46 points
2. Stefanie Rothweiler / Vivien Kussatz (Germany) 51 points
3. Giulia Conti / Giovanna Micol (Italy) 62 points
14. Amanda Clark / Sarah Mergenthaler (United States)

RS:X Men (92 entrants; 8 races, 1 discard)
1. Ricardo Santos (Brazil) 22 points
2. Julien Bontemps (A S P T T Nantes) 27 points
3. Przemyslaw Miarczynski (Poland) 30 points
21. David Mier Y Tera (Mexico)

RS:X Women (61 entrants; 8 races, 1 discard)
1. Zofia Klepacka (Poland) 25 points
2. Olga Maslivets (Ukraine) 43 points
3. Jannicke Stalstrom (Norway) 48 points
22. Nikola Girke (Canada)
Regatta website:

* Cagliari, Sardinia (April 27, 2008) -- With two bullets in the last two
races, Armando Giulietti, Sébastien Col and their crew on board Team Hiroshi
– Città di Milano confirm their leadership over the RC 44 Class. After their
victory in the match race event, Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts (BMW
ORACLE Racing) conclude the fleet race event on the second spot, just ahead
of Patrick de Barros and Ben Ainslie’s Banco Espirito Santo. -- Full report:

* Vitoria, Espirito Santos, Brazil (April 26, 2008) -- In an anticlimactic
fifth and final match where a dying breeze found rival Bjorn Hansen (SWE) on
the wrong side of a huge shift, Italian Paolo Cian (ITA) and his Team
Shosholoza managed to navigate through the zephyrs and win the 2008 Brasil
Sailing Cup. Coming back from a 2-0 deficit, Cian’s team won the top prize
of US$36,000 of the $150,000 total purse in this first event of the 2008
World Match Racing Tour. Leading into the Semi-Finals, World Match Racing
Tour veterans Ian Williams (GBR), Magnus Holmberg (SWE), Cian, and Hansen
dominated the Quarter-Final stage, staying undefeated on a course area set
up in the narrow strait overlooked from above by the Hotel Ilha Do Bol and
fanned by a brisk easterly sea breeze. To reach the Finals, Cian and Hansen
both bested their respective rivals, Williams and Holmberg, by a 2-1 match
score. In the Petit-Final to determine third place, Williams beat Holmberg
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For the first year, the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is
hosting Semi-Final eliminations for the Coed Dinghy Nationals. This past
weekend, thirty-six teams that had qualified through their region were
competing in either New York or California to determine the top nine from
each qualifier, with those teams gaining one of the eighteen slots allotted
at the Dinghy Nationals to be held in Newport, RI on June 2-4, 2008. Here
are the top nine teams from each semi Semi-Final event:

Eastern ICSA National Semi-Final Coed Dinghies
Geneva, NY (Hobart/WmSmith), 420s
1. Boston College, 69 points
2. St. Mary's, 82
3. Vermont, 91
4. Conn College, 97
5. U/Penn, 100
6. Stanford,107
7. Harvard, 112
8. Hobart/WmSmith, 126
9. Wisconsin,144

Western ICSA National Semi-Final Coed Dinghies
Long Beach, CA (USC), FJs
1. Georgetown, 112 points
2. Yale, 132
3. Brown, 178
4. College of Charleston, 184
5. MIT, 200
6. Roger Williams, 202
7. USMMA - Kings Point, 226
8. South Florida, 237
9. NY Maritime, 240

Over the years, the Scuttlebutt editors have discovered some of the hot
buttons for the ‘buttheads. When the topics wander toward racism, sexism,
religion, and politics, the tide of incoming email rises quickly. From the
rate of email last Friday, a new hot button was discovered, which was all in
response to the open letter in Issue 2583 by Giovanni Maspero, owner of Joe
Fly, following their disqualification at the recent Farr 40 World
Championship in Miami (USA). Maspero was critical of a number of things from
the event, and the ‘buttheads were seemingly unanimous in their contempt for
his criticism. Here is a sampling:

* From Morten Lorenzen, DEN 2900 "Backbone": As a participant in the Farr 40
Worlds in Miami, and a participant who easily could have protested Joe Fly
out of contest on the third day of racing, I feel that Scuttlebutt readers
should learn another side of the Joe Fly story.

Reality is, that Joe Fly showed great arrogance and sailed a highly risky
regatta. In race eight at the start, Joe Fly made a very risky move, which
could have ended in a crash with our boat "Backbone" or the committee boat,
had we not given room. The jury on the water saw the incident and whistled
to let them know that they had made a mistake, which should have made them
to correct this by making a 360 turn.

Even though we hailed protest and informed them loud and clear about the
Jury´s whistle - which was heard by all others in the area, Joe Fly
arrogantly continued leaving us behind with a terrible start and with a
gesture which no one could misunderstand. And Joe Fly ended up second in
that race. At the dock we realized that Joe Fly was second in the regatta,
only one point behind Mascalzone Latino, and basically we could have decided
the Worlds by going through with our protest - which we would have won, with
the jury as witness.

We decided, after serious considerations NOT to file the protest, as we did
not want to be the decider at the Worlds. We did have a serious talk with
Joe Fly´s owner and tactician about their arrogance and risky strategy, and
while the owner seemed to understand, their tactician continued to play the
arrogance style, not understanding what on earth he had done wrong. I can
only comment, that Joe Fly should find another class to play in, if they do
not want to play by the rules - sailing is still a gentleman sport, even at
this level, and the kind of risky game and arrogant attitude Joe Fly showed
in Miami we will not miss them in the class, nor in any class.

* From Tom Thayer: I have never understood the concept that someone who
manages to cross the finish line first while fouling another boat "won it on
the water". It seems to me that they lost it on the water when they
committed the foul, especially one as obvious and egregious as it sounds
like Joe Fly committed at the Farr 40 Worlds. They could have done their
penalty turn, but then they wouldn't have crossed the line first and they
couldn't claim that they'd won it on the water.

* From Barry Ault: Anyone who thinks Tom Ehman or any other certified race
official, be they a judge or a PRO, would be influenced by relationships
with the competitors or their employers really doesn’t understand why they
are there or the Corinthian ethic that they and the those of us who love the
sport still believe in.

=> A statement by Vincenzo Onorato, 2008 Farr 40 World Champion:

On April 4, 2007, the team onboard l’Hydroptère beat two world speed records
ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC): An average of
44.81 knots over 500 meters, speed record in category D; An average of 41.69
knots over one nautical mile (Outright Nautical Mile) in all categories .
Both those records were set in an open ocean setting, and now with the
team’s goal being to break the all-time sailing speed record and mythical
barrier of 50 knots , the hydrofoil trimaran has been undergoing
modifications that will increase speed and better adapt to an ideal, smooth
water course. The boat has just arrived in Toulon (South of France) to begin
this campaign. --

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The Optimist stagecoach seems to have crossed the western sierras, and looks
to have successfully corralled the kids in Northern California. Compared to
Sabots and El Toros, the Opti is smaller and quite manageable for the
younger sailors, and well suited for the strong winds that San Francisco Bay
is noted for.

On April 19-20, there was an Optimist regatta hosted by San Francisco Yacht
Club that had 61 entrants, making it the largest Optimist regatta ever held
in California. Ten year old Alex Moody wrote a report on the event, and
while it would be unrealistic to think that every young sailor came away
with such a positive feeling, he did a nice job of providing the hope that
they all did. Here is an excerpt:

“The second day of the regatta started with no wind once again. As soon as
the wind picked up it started to gust over 20. It was another exciting day
sailing Optis on the Bay! Most of the kids were more prepared for the wind
so everyone handled the wind better (than the first day) and there were
fewer capsizes. The reaching legs were really fun because it was windy
enough we could surf on the white caps. By the end of the second day it was
even windier than the first. We all had a wild sail back to the yacht club.
I’m looking forward to the next Harken regatta!” – Complete report:

* (April 26, 2008) Teased by winds as strong as 15 knots along the way,
Magnitude 80 repeated its first-to-finish performance in the Newport Ocean
Sailing Association’s 61st International Yacht Race to Ensenada Saturday but
was denied another record for its résumé as the wind shut down in Todos
Santos Bay. Among the 380 starters, the lead boats enjoyed a little reaching
and lots of running in medium breeze for the first 100 miles, but only very
light winds for the final 25 miles. There were 307 boats that completed the
annual event. -- Complete story:

* Annapolis, MD (April 27, 2008) There were 268 entrants from Annapolis to
Australia that competed in the Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design
(NOOD) Regatta in Annapolis, with the J/22 (38 boats) and J/105 (31 boats)
hosting the largest fleets among the 17 classes. However, it was the Melges
32 class winner that was named the overall winner of the regatta. Hailing
from the United Kingdom , Joe Woods and his team onboard Red will receive a
trip to Sunsail in the British Virgin Islands in November to compete at the
championship event against the winners from each of the additional eight
stops on the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta series.
Final results:
Audio reports:

* Gulfport, FL (April 26, 2008) - Nigel Pitt (Hartwell, GA) and Alex Shafer
(Clermont, FL) won the U.S. Multihull Championship over 19 other teams
racing on Capricorn F18s. The newly crowned champions jumped into the lead
on day three of the five day regatta, with last year's champions, John Casey
and John Williams (Longwood, FL) finishing second overall, just two points
behind the winners. -- Event website:

* The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court has set a date of
June 5, 2008 at 2:00 pm to hear oral arguments following the submission of
briefings by America’s Cup Defender Société Nautique de Genève’s (SNG) on
April 21, 2008 and Challenger Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) on April 22,

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* From Bob Webbon: As Rumsey suggests (in 2579), maybe we would all be
better off without the Olympics. Indeed, a World Championship is maybe much
harder to negotiate a win, but the intrigue of the Olympics is omnipresent.
It also captures the imagination of so many young sailors it cannot be swept

It is interesting to note that the Tornado was designed for one purpose. In
the early 70s, the Olympic organizers came to the multihull discipline and
asked the multihull community to create a new design for showcasing their
most talented sailors for the Olympic Regatta. The boat was never designed
for the masses. As for popularity, look to the F-18 class, which had 128
boats at their 2007 Europeans last summer.

As for heroes, even monohull sailors would recognize some of the entrants at
the 100+ boat 2007 A Cat Worlds last November in Floriday: Howard Hamblin,
Cam Lewis, Pease Glaser, Randy Smyth, Mitch Booth. As in all disciplines of
sailing, heroes are present. Rightfully so. The names of Herreshoff,
Elvstrom, Marstrom, Hall, McArthur, Joyon all come to mind in the multihull

The Olympic debate is about a sailing discipline wanting just one seat at
the table, along with boards, dinghies, and keelboats. It's about providing
the future youth a means to express their competitive expertise in the
diverse options provided by the sport.

* From Chris Boome, San Francisco: I grew up sailing in the 60's and 70's at
the Palo Alto Yacht Club near San Francisco. We had an awesome fleet of
505's with great world class racing (Dennis Surtees & Dave Vickland, etc.)
AND the most fun racing ever. We used to laugh every 4 years when 4 or 5
Flying Dutchmen would show up, apparently because it was an "Olympic Year".

In the end, the good boats and good classes don't need the Olympics and are
probably better off WITHOUT the Olympics. I wonder how much a new Laser
would cost if it was not an Olympic class?

* From Dyer Jones: I noted with interest the announcement by Alinghi on
their Website that it would take 15 months to design and build their
defending yacht for a match against the BMW Oracle Challenge of Golden Gate
Yacht Club; as well as the subsequent discussion as reported in Scuttlebutt
2853 that either the 10 months notice of challenge as provided in the Deed
of Gift for America's Cup needs to be extended, or the design and
construction process made simpler.

Perhaps we should remember the timeline for the 12th America's Cup Match in
1903 (RELIANCE vs. SHAMROCK III). It was 6 months vs. 15 months.

>> October 7, 1902 - 3rd Challenge of Sir Thomas Lipton of Royal Ulster Y.C.
received by New York Y.C. Formation of Reliance Syndicate (C. Oliver Iselin,
et al) and negotiation of contract with Herreshoff Manufacturing Co.
>> April 12, 1903 - Launching of Reliance.
>> Early September 1903 - 12th Match.

RELIANCE is the largest yacht built (to date) for America's Cup competition
(Length of Hull 149' / LWL of 89.6' / Overall Length from end of bowsprit to
end of main boom 201' 9") with a sail area of 16,160 square feet and a crew
of 64. She was principally designed by N.G. Herreshoff who was assisted by 4
draftsmen in preparing the drawings. According to his son, Mr. Herreshoff
cut the model for RELIANCE in two evenings working at home. (Remember, NGH
first cut a 1/2 model of each yacht. Measurements were then taken from this
model and drawings prepared.) He incorporated significant innovation into
her design and construction. Amazing - just over 6 months to design and
build this enormous yacht and then 5 months of racing trials in preparetion
for the match.

By this comparison, 10 months seems quite reasonable.

* From Adrian Morgan: Nary a word of criticism anywhere to date of Oracle,
Ellison or Golden Gate. What a splendid PR job they're pulling. That Tom
Ehman, Oracle's eminence grise, is a clever fellow; pops up everywhere,
especially when there's a sniff of controversy. Sounds like a critical
imbalance to one who watches from a far, far sideline. Amidst all the
rancour directed at Ernesto Bertarelli, are we sure the alternative is any
better? Was he wrong, for example, in suggesting Louis Vuitton pitch for the
challenger series afresh? Does Larry Ellison truly have the good of the Cup
at heart, or simply the burning desire of the mega-wealthy to win at any
costs? Maybe he thinks the two are synonymous. Which makes two billionaires
with delusions of grandeur. The Cup, as someone recently wrote in
Scuttlebutt, belongs to a nation not an individual.

A single fact can spoil a good argument.

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