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SCUTTLEBUTT 2594 - May 12, 2008

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During the ISAF Mid-Year meeting this past weekend in Qingdao, China, the
Council reaffirmed the 2012 Olympic events that were voted on during their
November 2007 Annual Meeting. The event list was under review, with the
evaluation process first requireing the Council to seek a simple majority
vote on whether to reaffirm the events that were selected. After that
majority was received - which meant the event list was now being questioned
- the Council then required a two-thirds majority to seek any changes to the
event list, which they did not achieve.

While the vote was sealed to protect the Council members, David Brookes,
Executive Director of the International Hobie Class Association, reports
that the voting occurred as follows to reaffirm the list (fifty percent
needed): No - 20; Yes - 17; Abstain - 1. The voting pattern remained similar
for the next round, with 21 votes seeking change to the men’s list, with 26
votes needed to meet the required two-thirds threshold. Therefore, the
Council decision taken in November 2007 remains and the events on the
Olympic programme for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition are:

Men's Events
1 person dinghy
2 person dinghy (high performance)
2 person dinghy
1 person dinghy (heavy)

Women's Events
1 person dinghy
2 person dinghy
Keelboat (match racing)

The equipment (ie, boats) for the 2012 Olympic sailing events will be
decided at the 2008 ISAF Annual Conference on November 6-16 in Madrid,
Spain. Other news included that the ISAF World Cup is now firmly on course
to become a reality, with all event organizers have signed the memorandum of
intent and that a management company has partnered with ISAF. Set to launch
in 2009, the ISAF World Cup will include the following existing events,
together with an event in the country to hold the next Olympic Games: Sail
Melbourne, Rolex Miami OCR, Princess Sofia Trophy, Semaine Olympique
Française, Holland Regatta, and Kiel Week. Additionally, the ISAF World
Sailing Championship will now be held every two years, with effect from the
earliest in 2013. -- Complete ISAF report:

Founded in 1826, Skandia Cowes Week in the UK has become the largest sailing
regatta in the World, with some 1,000 boats competing in 32 classes. All the
focus on the event opened the door for LaserPerformance (Europe) Ltd and
Volkswagen to partner now for the second year in hosting a championship of
champions concept event called the Volkswagen Touareg King of Cowes, which
is held on the Friday (August 1st) prior to the exceedingly popular race

The 32 previous year’s class winners race in identical Laser SB3s off Cowes
in a one-day, three race regatta, vying for the top prizes of a Volkswagen
Touareg, Laser XD and Laser BUG. To lure the SB3 fleet to donate their boats
for this event, they include the owner as crew, and award prizes of a family
holiday, a new main, and a new jib to the top three boat owners. The boat’s
are heavily branded with logo marks, and based on the renewal of the event,
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(May 11, 2008) If match racing can’t hold your attention for the whole day,
the entertainment on the shores of Lake Constance certainly could. The live
band during Match Race Germany started in the big tent at lunchtime, and
with over 15,000 people soaking up the atmosphere and sun here in
Langenargen, it was hard to tell who’s actually here to watch the racing and
who’s here just to enjoy the party happening on the shore. The single round
robin and the repechage of the second event on the World Match Racing Tour
had determined the eight teams to advance to the single round robin
quarterfinal round. Of those teams, moving on to the best of three
semifinals were Mathieu Richard (FRA) to verse Damien Iehl (FRA), and Ian
Williams (GBR) to verse Jes Gram Hansen (DEN). Each team held one win apiece
before a storm warning was issued for Lake Constance, with the schedule to
continue through to the finals on Monday. -- Event results:

Scarlino, Italy (May 10, 2008) -- An unforgettable race took place today in
Maremma’s crystal blue waters: the decisive Medal Race for the European Finn
Championship. Ben Ainslie (GBR) dominated from start to finish, winning by
over a minute on his opponents on a 30 minute course. The prestart was a
nailbiter with Ainslie hunting down Guillaume Florent (FRA) from the get go,
needing to gain eight points on the leader. Ainslie managed to corner the
Frenchman into the left hand corner during the prestart and in the last
minute was able to have a penalty inflicted on his opponent, though
collecting one himself at the same time. Having offloaded the penalty,
Ainslie started at the centre of the line with good speed and in control,
whereas Florent’s eighth place finish dropped him to third overall. Life was
equally unpleasant for Chris Cook (CAN) and Zach Railey (USA) in the final
medal race, where their respective race finishes of ninth and tenth dropped
their final overall position to sixth and ninth place. -- Event site:

* Joao Rodgriguez (POR) and Marina Alabau (ESP) have won the RS:X Olympic
windsurfing class European Championship, held last week in Brest, France. --
Event site:

The following updates provide the latest commentary from the legal front,
which includes a prediction that Justice Cahn will soon set the date for the
match, plus some PR bungling and good deeds from the Swiss team:

* From Cory Friedman, Scuttlebutt legal analyst: After a period of relative
calm, the litigation front has been very busy. In roughly chronological
order, the first development was Societe Nautique de Geneve (SNG) filing its
reply on its motion in the Appellate Division for a stay and response to
Golden Gate Yacht Club’s (GGYC) motion to dismiss the appeal. In an effort
to evade GGYC’s well founded motion to dismiss, SNG made a highly
formalistic argument that the only thing on appeal was the motion to
disqualify GGYC based upon the “keel yacht” kerfuffle. That had the side
effect of making it plain that the appeal is not really about anything at
all, because Justice Cahn’s November 27, 2007 opinion is not on appeal, as
no order has been entered, due to SNG derailing the order settlement
process. In its reply, SNG complains that the case has become a “procedural
morass.” SNG is being unduly modest. Thanks to its maneuvers, FUBAR would be
a better way to describe its appeal. -- Read on:

* The America’s Cup defender Alinghi team has launched its Performance
Programme, a collaboration with the Swiss Sailing Team, the body that
manages the participation of Swiss sailors in international competition,
including the Olympic Games and it will develop as a long term commitment of
support. The teams that have been selected to represent Switzerland in
Beijing will be the first ones to benefit from Alinghi’s assistance in
different areas of their campaigns, with the Alinghi base in Valencia being
made available for training sessions. -- Complete report:

* Apparently the America’s Cup defender Alinghi felt sufficiently threatened
by last week’s Scuttlebutt poll regarding a Deed of Gift interpretation,
that they initiated an email campaign to skew the results in their favor.
Surely, they are not the first to influence a survey, however, it was gutsy
for the source of the email to be Alinghi’s club, the Societe Nautique de
Geneve, and for them to use misleading information to get their membership
to drink the Kool-Aid. Read their email and additional facts here:

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Speaking after the Council decision to reaffirm the 2012 Olympic events,
Olympic athlete and President of the International Tornado Association,
Carolijn Brouwer (NED) commented, “The multihull sailors had lost some faith
in ISAFs direction on the Olympic events, but after their decision where
more than 50% of the Council did not reaffirm the November decision, it
feels a little bit like an apology. There is a glimmer of hope. Listening to
the debate, we are confident the multihull event will be back on the Olympic
programme in the future and the multihull community will work with ISAF to
achieve that objective.”--

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* (May 11, 2008) Light winds permitted a clean start for the 13 Open 60’s
and 11 Class 40’s that started The Artemis Transat on Sunday from Plymouth,
England to begin the 2982-mile long course to Boston, MA, USA. The race
length got slightly longer late last week when race organizers added an ice
gate to help the fleet avoid the ice movement, and the early weather
forecast calls for a big part of the Atlantic crossing to be under spinnaker
in moderate winds, but for the last 900 miles to expect strong rain,
variations of temperature, local gusts (sometimes exceeding 30 knots) and
temporary light patches. -- Event site:

* The British Open Team Racing Championship for the Wilson Trophy, hosted by
the West Kirby Sailing Club in England, was won over the weekend by the NYYC
Silver Panda team (USA). Thirty-two teams competed through the first round,
with the Sliver Pandas eventually meeting the Larchmont Yacht Club (USA)
team in the finals, beating them 3-0. Representing the Silver Pandas was
Clay Bischoff/ Mandi Markee, Pete Levesque/ Martha Carleton, and Colin
Merrick/ Amanda Callahan. -- Event site:

* Annapolis, MD (May 11, 2008) -- The Clifford D. Mallory Trophy, High
School Sailing’s Fleet Dinghy Racing National Championship, was hosted this
past weekend by the Naval Academy. Twenty teams sailed 420s and FJs, and
after forty races with final day protests shuffling the results, it was
Severn High School (Severna park, MD) winning, Point Loma HS (San Diego, CA)
in second, and Newport Harbor HS (Newport Beach, CA) in third. -- Event

* (May 11, 2008) Ten teams began the first leg of the 500-mile race from Key
Largo, FL to Tybee Island, GA for 2-person, production catamarans (either
the Inter 20 or Formula 18). Starting the first of six consecutive day races
for the fleet, the course took the fleet up through the Biscayne Bay before
they can pop out into the Atlantic. They will pass Key Biscayne, South Beach
Miami, and finish up in Hollywood Beach, FL. -- Event site:

* The teams now qualified for the ICSA Women’s National Championship, to be
sailed in 420’s on May 26-28 in Newport, RI, are: MAISA: Georgetown
University, Hobart/WmSmith Colleges, St. Mary's College of Maryland; U.S.
Naval Academy; MCSA: Northwestern University; University of Wisconsin;
NEISA: Boston College; Boston University; Brown University; Tufts
University; Yale University; NWICSA: Western Washington University; PCCSC:
Stanford University; University of Hawaii; SAISA: College of Charleston;
Eckerd College; University of South Florida; SEISA: Texas A&M Galveston. --

* The Afterguard Regatta, the annual gathering of college sailing alumni,
will be held on May 29, 2008 prior to the College Nationals in Newport, RI.
-- Additional details:

* Sailing World's College Rankings as of May 9, 2008 finds Boston College
replacing St. Mary's atop the Coed rankings, with College of Charleston
retaining its lead in the Women's. -- Full rankings:

* Ericsson Racing Team has recruited 59-year old veteran Magnus "Mange"
Olsson as a crewmember on the Nordic crew in the next Volvo Ocean Race. For
Olsson it will be the sixth time he sails around the world. Mange Olsson
sailed his first yacht race round the world in 1985, when the race was still
known as the Whitbread. He won with EF in 1997-98, and placed second with
Assa Abloy in 2001-2002. In the most recent Volvo Ocean Race in 2005-2006,
he was technical director for Ericsson Racing Team, but did not take part on
board. --

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* From Paul Henderson, Past ISAF President: The reason that sailing added
events to the Olympic program was to change our sport to include women in
the Olympic Sailing Regatta, which was a decree of the IOC. In 1984 there
were NO women's events and only two women competitors, Cathy Foster, who won
the last race in the 470, and Trine Elvstrom, who crewed with her dad Paul
in the Tornado. There were seven so-called "Open Events", but they were
really best suited for men. Sailing was still the worse dual gender sport in
the 1996 Games, with only 19% women. In Athens 2004, there were 4 of 11
events for women, with women's participation up to 35% of the total
participants, an admirable accomplishment for the ISAF Council.

The cutting back of sailing events by the IOC from 11 to 10 events has
nothing to do with stopping some uncontrolled ISAF expansion, but rather
having to do with the IOC wanting new sports while at the same time keeping
the total sports at the Games to 28, the events at 300, and athletes at

So sailing and other sports were asked to cut back, with sailing being
reduced to 10 events and 380 sailors (from 11 events and 400), which is the
reason for the angst at the ISAF Council. When one discipline or event has
to go, it is not something done lightly and always the disenfranchised are
disturbed. However, due to the IOC voting procedure, there will be only 26
sports in London 2012 with the dropping of Baseball and Softball . No other
sport got enough support for inclusion, which is why it is not necessary, at
least for the 2012 Games, for Sailing to reduce from 11 to 10 events.

* From Roy L Miller, Lakewood, CO, USA: If SNG would have agreed to the nine
points of compromise and had a protocol similar to the 32nd AC, they likely
would be the favorite for the 33rd AC, because they had a much faster boat
than BMW Oracle or the NZL contender. Now, they will probably have to defend
the Cup in a catamaran with no more experience or prospects than any other
boat. Why?

* From Ken Guyer, San Diego: I get a kick out of all the interpretations of
what the DoG “means” when it says the boat much be constructed in the
country of challenge and defense. It is no wonder we had a President who
could not define the word “is”!

All the self interpretation aside, the deed is very simple in its intent and
its language. The originators of the deed intentionally wrote it that way.
Simply put there is no doubt it means the boat must be constructed in the
country of challenge and defense. Not manufactured, not put together, not
assembling parts from far off lands. In the day and age when the deed was
written, “build the boat, the entire boat, in your country and come on over
here and race the boat we built in our country”. It is just that simple.

* From Alexander Kovell: With regard to the Deed of Gift, the statement that
everything must be made in the country of the team is ludicrous at best and
insane at the worst. Does anyone think a small nation can produce everything
to outfit an AC boat? If parts are to be sourced from the country of the
boat, why not the sailors and designers as well?

* From Chip Pitcairn: (re, story in #2593) Would someone please ask Puma
Ocean Racing what duties a "driver" performs. Do they mean helmsman? If they
wish to ignore proper nautical terminology why not call the Watch Captain a
shift supervisor, or make the Bowman/ Trimmer the front rope puller? Someone
tell Puma Ocean Racing that a driver is the guy behind the wheel of the Limo
your sponsor pulls up in.

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

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