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SCUTTLEBUTT 2593 - May 9, 2008

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Following the ISAF Annual Meeting last November, there was a contention that
the multihull contingent was asleep at the wheel, and did not ably protect
their position in the 2012 Olympic event selection process. Since then,
however, they have been busy. Very, very busy. Shortly after the vote they
distributed an e-petition to gain support, exceeding 6000 signatures within
six months. Now, on the eve of ISAF revisiting the issue at their mid-year
meeting this week, the multihull group has distributed a final appeal, and
also shed some light on what might happen if the multihull event remains
excluded from the 2012 games. Here is an excerpt:

1. We ask IOC remind ISAF of its 2002 Recommendations to sporting
authorities on how to select Events. Our research indicates that ISAF was so
used to operating as an old boys club, deciding issues by political deals,
that it failed to appreciate its role as guardians of our sport, making
decisions on objective strategic grounds, in this case as recommended by
IOC. Table 5 on page 38 of our Report best shows how ISAF really operated,
starting as a keelboat club as late as 1972, then haphazardly adding Events
for every new sailing fashion until IOC said stop. Hopefully the spot-light
of public exposure in this age of global communication will persuade enough
Councillors to do the decent thing and include us at the May meeting. That
is why we are sending copies to all 100+ IOC members. Representatives of our
international class associations will also be there to lobby in person for
our cause, as will Paul Pascoe, President of our newly formed International
Multihull Council, which plans to affiliate with ISAF.

2. Should that fail, we ask IOC to extend the 11th Event another round, to
give ISAF time to get its act together with a logical strategic plan to
execute the IOC Recommendations, as suggested by past ISAF President, Paul
Henderson. There are two lines of thought on this. The pragmatic approach
led by the RYA is to correct the worst excess i.e. keelboats out -
high-performance in. The logical start-afresh approach, represented by the
French submission, is 5 x 2 i.e. five disciplines by two sexes (Windsurfing,
Single-Handed + Double-Handed Dinghies, Multihull, Keelboat). -- Read on:

* A report compiled by the multihull group notes the events used since 1960,
breaking down the type of boats that were included in each Olympics, and how
the events were distributed amongst the five sailing disciplines:

by Peter Hinrichsen, Yngling Class Chief Measurer
In response to your article about the choice of equipment for Women's match
racing in Scuttlebutt 2590, I would like to say that both the Yngling and
the WIMRA proposals have very constructive elements, and demonstrate that
women's match racing at the Olympics will be an exciting event with wide
public appeal. WIMRA and ISAF have the experience to run match racing
regattas and the WIMRA proposal for the organization of such events is in my
opinion very well thought out and practical.

However, there are a number of points I would like to make. The idea of
having a purpose designed boat is at first glance intriguing, but also has
major drawbacks. It is rare that any design is ready to race off the drawing
board, or that it is produced at the estimated cost. Going for a proven
design with a known worldwide distribution of quality builders avoids many
headaches, as the technical department of ISAF will I am sure confirm. The
idea that this design will be kept secret, so that no team has an advantage,
is an unrealistic dream. Clearly the boat will have to be tested, and then
the paparazzi will have it in all the sailing magazines. Even in the 1930s
Endeavour could not keep its quadrilateral jibs hidden! Alternatively the
rich nations will launch clandestine efforts to gain information, let us not
forget the lengths that nations will go to gain an advantage in Olympic
competition. It also seems to me a waste of recourses to have a fleet of
keelboats used only for one regatta every four years. The pressure to use
them for other events, and hence give some sailors an advantage, will be
irresistible. This use would be far from attractive for any sponsor. -- Read

=> Curmudgeon's Comment: This is a good read, and further into it Peter
brings up a salient point regarding the three person crew for the Yngling as
opposed to the ISAF recommendation of a four person crew. He refers to the
quota of sailors permitted by the IOC, and how there could be 15 three
person teams versus 12 four person teams, and that a three person team would
be easier to fund for smaller nations.

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Boston, MA (May 8, 2008) -- Ken Read, skipper of PUMA Ocean Racing,
officially announced his crew and management for the upcoming Volvo Ocean
Race 2008-2009, as the team gathered for official training in Newport, Rhode
Island and prepared for the christening of its new boat on May 12 in Boston
Harbor. Among the crew, PUMA Ocean Racing represents six countries and has
21 past Volvo Ocean Race participations to its credit.

The sailing team members are: Andrew Cape, Navigator; Rick Deppe, Media
Specialist; Justin Ferris, Trimmer/Driver; Sidney Gavignet, Watch Captain;
Jerry Kirby, Bowman; Jonathan McKee, Trimmer/Driver; Michael Mueller,
Bowman/Trimmer; Chris Nicholson, Watch Captain; Rob Salthouse,
Trimmer/Driver and Casey Smith, Bowman. On the shore-team key management
includes: Kimo Worthington, General Manager, and Neil Cox, Shore Team

The race will begin October 2008 in Alicante, Spain and will end in June
2009 in St. Petersburg. By joining the race, PUMA has entered a new premium
category and is the first Sportslifestyle company to participate in a
venture of this kind. PUMA Ocean Racing and the PUMA Sailing collection will
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PUMA sailors updated throughout the summer. -- Complete details on the crew:

Scarlino, Italy (May 8, 2008) -- Following Day four at the Finn Europeans,
North American favorite Finn sailors remain in the top five after seven
races, with Canadian Chris Cook in third and American Zach Railey in fifth.
However, neither sailor exited the day without some dirt on the hands.
Protests between provisional scoreboard leader Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Cook
saw both sailors disqualified. The protest concerned two incidents in the
pre-start phase of race 7. Ainslie was disqualified when he established an
overlap too close to allow Cook to respond. In a second incident the
Canadian failed to keep clear of Ainslie who was to leeward. In a separate
protest between Gasper Vincec (SLO) and Railey, the Slovenian was
disqualified for an incident at the first mark, and now sits seventh
overall. After 7 races, Guillaume Florent (FRA) leads with 20 points
followed by Ainslie at 32 and Cook at 34. Race 8 will get underway tomorrow
and the Medal Race is scheduled for Saturday (double points). -- Event site:

(May 8, 2008) The first day of Match Race Germany in Langenargen on Lake
Constance saw a picture perfect landscape with only one slight problem.the
wind, or lack of it. It seemed that finding wind was the biggest challenge
of the day. Eight of the top 10 ISAF Ranked sailors were at second event of
the 2008 World Match Racing Tour, with the teams split into Group A and
Group B for the first stage of the competition. Two races remain for all six
teams of Group A, with only one race remaining for two of the teams in Group
B. The scores thus far for Group B have Ian Williams, Peter Wibroe and
Markus Wieser moving on to the Quarter Finals, with the rest of the field
decided Friday when the first stage is finished and with a little luck the
repechage completed.

Group A Results
Staffan Lindberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team 3-0
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Alandia Sailing Team 2-1
Sebastien Col (FRA) K Challenge/Freanch Match Racing Team 2-1
Eric Monnin (SUI) Team 1-2
Jes Gram Hansen (DEN) Trifork Racing 1-2
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 0-3

Group B Results
Peter Wibroe (DEN) Wibroe Sailing Team 4-1
Ian Williams (GBR) Team Pindar 4-0
Markus Wieser (GER) Team Sea Dubai 2-2
Adam Minoprio (NZL) BlackMatch Racing 2-3
Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Shosholoza 1-4
Damien Iehl (FRA) Team Sinbad 1-4
Full report:

* (May 8, 2008) The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court today
rejected the America's Cup defender's request to stay the proceedings
pending its upcoming appeal. Last month, the defender unsuccessfully sought
an interim stay, when it lodged an appeal against Justice Cahn's order
declaring GGYC the Challenger of Record. A full panel of four justices of
the Appellate court today again rejected this bid and confirmed the earlier
court decision of Justice Andrias on April 15.
GGYC statement:
Court order:

* The Swiss and American clubs have been exchanging "love notes" on the
subject of the custom house registry documentation that the challenger is
required to supply the defender. This information is to verify the veracity
of the challenger's boat, but the Americans claim they cannot provide the
documentation until the US Coast Guard issues it to them, which doesn't
happen until the boat is done. The latest note from the Swiss dated May 6th
effectively threatens litigation if the Americans don't provide it. --

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* (May 8, 2008) Having already racked up two fine records - La Route de
l'Or, between New York and San Francisco via Cape Horn, and the North
Pacific Crossing, between San Francisco and Yokohama - the crew of the
maxi-catamaran Gitana 13 have begun today a five leg tour of Asia: on the
programme are over 2,500 miles between Yokohama (Japan), Dalian, Qingdao
(China), Taipei (Taiwan), Hong Kong and Macao, with a few days sailing on
zone in each city. In 2006, the English navigator, Ellen MacArthur, and her
crew sailed this same course aboard their trimaran B&Q (23 metres) in a
little over 7 days. --

* The new Botin Carkeek-designed TP 52 Quantum Racing will be on the start
line in Alicante when the six-race 2008 Audi Med-Cup Circuit begins May
12th. The Quantum Racing project was started by Quantum Sails Design Group
nine months ago with the objective of showcasing a new generation of Quantum
sails, using the new TP52 as a platform. Owned and campaigned by partners
Fred Howe and Doug DeVos, the boat was built by Longitude Zero, uses a Hall
Spars, and will be skippered by Terry Hutchinson (USA) with Morgan Larson
(USA) as tactician, and Ian Moore (IRL) as navigator. -- Full details:

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don't whine if others disagree, and save your bashing and personal attacks
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* From Ian Duff: (re, this week's poll question) Something smells fishy:
"...After the first day of voting, about 40% of the respondents felt that
the Swiss could go shopping at Harken and Hall Spars like last time, and 60%
effectively said they were in deep chocolate. However, on day two of voting,
the numbers swung drastically the other way..."

If the voting had been consistently bad for one party, then drastically
swung the other way, sounds like voting in Chicago, or Zimbabwe. Can you be
sure the voters swinging things were not bots voting on behalf of SNG?

=> Curmudgeon's Comment: We heard a rumor that there was an email campaign
to recruit voters to influence the results of the Scuttlebutt Poll this
week. We have yet to see a copy of this email, so if anyone would like to
anonymously forward it to me, they can send it to

* From Jude Ho: Just a reply to John Harwood-Bee's letter (in 2592),
sometimes when you look too hard at the the tree you can't see the forest.
AC yachts aren't manufactured, they are constructed, custom designed and
fabricated. There is no AC cup yacht factory with a production line. The
parts for yachts in the next AC DoG challenge won't be found on a dealer
shelf. They will also have to be designed and constructed.

Time for a history lesson: The original race America won was between vessels
constructed in different countries. The race was more than just about
sailing prowess; it was also about technological and boat-building
superiority. I believe the intention of the Deed of Gift was for a race
between nations, sailors of that nationality in yachts constructed in those

A lot has changed since then; we have a defender who won the cup using
sailors from a different country, in a yacht built of parts constructed in a
different, in a race sailed in a country other than that of the defending
yacht club. How good is that! No wonder Alinghi and EB think they can get
away with anything. Why bend rules when you can just not use them at all.

* From Ryan Hamm Charleston, SC: It amazes me every time I hear someone
complain when someone does something that gets any funds in sailing. No
wonder sponsorship is so hard to find when you have people involved in our
sport putting the sponsors and the people obtaining sponsors down. In no
other sport have I heard the words more "No good deed goes unpunished". I
hope Mr. Price and others who feel this way find a way to get sponsorship
into our junior programs to help get people into our sport but please don't
pooh pooh those that are successful in seeking funds in our fantastic sport.

Colleges and universities are not allowed to give scholarships for sailing
in the US. I think that is a huge problem that we should talk about later.
Thanks to Corum for their contributions. And please know that most of us
sailors appreciate your contribution to our sport. I sailed a great Melges
24 World Championship that you also supported and it helped make that a
fantastic event. By the way I have not received any financial benefit for
this "plug", but if anyone wants to sponsor my 2008 Wednesday night beer
races in my J/24 "Squid", there are plenty of spots available.

* From Phillip Lyon: Interesting how a junior sailor winning a college
scholarship in the Corum Cup could make them in-eligible for intercollegiate
sailing while we incessantly debate why field sports successfully compete
for our youth. Maybe the children are smarter in their choices than adults.

* From Roy Cundiff: (edited to the 250-word limit) While working at the
Dencho Marine boat-building shop in Long Beach, around 1988, Mr. Choate said
that "tomorrow" he wanted me to take his famous Soaring Pilot and Surfing
Buddy from Hawaii, SOARING the next day. We were building a 65 foot
Kumulae/Choy catamaran for Mike Miller, and Woody was coming to critique
and see the progress! I thought that I knew most every famous soaring pilot,
but I had never met or heard of Woody Brown.

In the morning Woody and I drove to Hemet (CA) and rented a 2 place "glass
slipper," Grob sailplane .... then aero-towed towards the local lift. As we
approached close to the "S" ridge to catch the up-drafts, Woody grabbed the
controls, pressed even deeper into the lower part of the slope .... real
close, a wingspan away, and Bingo, there was the lift (just as I knew it
would be). He proceeded to Carve nice "S" turns to safely work this lift,
higher and higher, We flew for over two and a-half hours. Woody was around
76 at that time and he was still an expert sailplane driver.

In 1998, the SSA (Soaring Society of America) honored the achievements of
Woody and other soaring pilots who flew the updrafts (and
recently-discovered thermals) from 1939 thru 1941. Woody had set a National
and World record for a flight of nearly 300 miles beyond Palm Springs.
Woody's skill, ability, and achievements cannot surpass his "Love of Life".

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Robert De Niro

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