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SCUTTLEBUTT 2595 - May 13, 2008

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(May 12, 2008) When Justice Cahn of the New York Supreme Court decided last
November that the America’s Cup defender Alinghi had enlisted an invalid
Challenger of Record by partnering with the Spanish Club Nautico Espanol de
Vela (CNEV), and that Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) was the new Challenger
of Record, it was a step toward getting the America’s Cup back onto the
water, but the decision still required Cahn’s final order to confirm the
details. That finally came today, but just when it appeared that the sun
would shine again, clouds quickly moved in when the details of his order
were revealed. Here are some tidbits:

* The racing will begin ten months from when the order is served, which had
not been done yet. In all likelihood, ten months would put the racing
sometime in March 2009.

* The location of the match is to be in Valencia, Spain or any other
location selected by Societe Nautique Geneve (SNG), provided they notify
GGYC in writing not less than six months in advance of the race. However,
the Deed of Gift (DoG) states that racing can only occur in the Northern
Hemisphere from May 1 to November 1. Either the date must change or the

* The order permits GGYC and SNG to engage in a mutual consent process to
make adjustments to the dates or other matters in the Deed, but so far the
teams have a history of only “mutual dissent”.

Getting the event scheduled for March 2009 (or later) is a victory for the
Swiss team, providing them with enough time to complete their boat, but
their comments following the release of the order revealed that they
continue to contend some issues. They still have an appeal pending a
condition of GGYC’s challenge (ie, that GGYC must sail a “keel-yacht”), they
contend the racing must be in May 2009, and that new litigation might be
brought regarding GGYC’s refusal to submit a yacht certificate as required
by the DoG. As for the Americans, their comments were brief and subdued,
noting that they will review the order to determine their next course of
action. -- The Curmudgeon

> Cahn Decision and Order:
> Alinghi comments:
> GGYC comments:

Detroit, MI (May 12, 2008) Skipper Simon Minoprio of New Zealand and crew
won the inaugural "Detroit Cup" besting nine other international teams in
the sailing regatta that was cancelled on the third day of racing Sunday due
to weather conditions. After running one round robin series on Friday and
Saturday, the organizers attempted began the semi-final and consolation
races late Saturday, but by Sunday morning 20 to 30 knot winds with moderate
rains and heavy cloud cover forced the cancellation of further racing. The
26th ranked Minoprio won based on the round robin results, with Brian Angel
of Manhattan Beach, California finishing second, Andrew Arbuzov of Russia in
third and the fourth slot went to skipper Dave Perry and crew. -- Event

Langenargen, Germany (May 12, 2008) -- An estimated 40,000 people have come
to see the sights and sounds of Langenargen this week as the town played
host to second stage of the World Match Racing Tour. Match Race Germany
ended today with Damien Iehl’s French Match Racing Team taking first place
in a best of three final against Jes Gram Hansen’s Trifork Racing of
Denmark. Iehl had fought hard the whole way through this regatta, as he was
the final team to qualify for both the quarterfinals and semifinals, but got
to the finals by beating out the #1 ISAF ranked match racer, fellow
countryman Mathieu Richard, in the semis. The petit-final results were one
all between Ian Williams (GBR) and Richard before the wind died away, giving
Richard the match based on the quarterfinal round robin results. -- Complete

Match Race Germany Final Results
1. Damien Iehl (FRA) Team Sinbad
2. Jes Gram Hansen (DEN) Trifork Racing
3. Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team
4. Ian Williams (GBR) Team Pindar
5. Markus Wieser (GER) Team Sea Dubai
6. Sebastien Col (FRA) K Challenge/French Match Racing Team
7. Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Alandia Sailing Team
8. Peter Wibroe (DEN) Wibroe Sailing Team
9. Adam Minoprio (NZL) BlackMatch Racing/Emirates Team New Zealand
10. Staffan Lindberg (FIN) Alandia Sailing Team
11. Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Shosholoza
12. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team
Final results:

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Curious about prize money, we saw in the NOR that
one third of the prize awards would be deducted due to the German Tax Law
for competitors with no residence in Germany. Gulp! Here are the prize
amounts in Euros: first place - 4800, second place - 2800, third place -
2400, etc. (approx. USD 7500, 4400, and 3700).

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As the IMOCA Open 60s head west to Boston in the Artemis Transat Race,
patiently awaiting enough wind to really open the throttle, they leave
behind unresolved a great debate about how to choke off the power of these
designs. The class is facing some of the most radical proposals since its
inception. The solo skippers who form the IMOCA class association have
become so concerned about the increase in power and loads, and the
spiralling build costs, that they are talking about making some major
restrictions to what has been quite an open rule.

To take just one of the more conservative examples, Mike Golding's Ecover 3,
I was told last week by designer Merfyn Owen that she is 20% cent more
powerful than the previous Ecover, despite being the same weight and having
an extra 400kg in the keel bulb. The solutions being proposed are to cap
mast height at a certain size, to reduce ballast or to limit keel bulb
weight, so that the current generation of boats are fixed as 'highest
potential' boats. But which option(s) the class chooses will have a huge
bearing on the future development of the class, and skippers and designers
are wary about about creating limitations that might activate the law of
unintended consequences. -- Elaine Bunting, Yachting World, read on:

* (May 12, 2008) Light winds requiring constant attention on deck, thick fog
and heavy traffic making for a stressful ride marked the first day of The
Artemis Transat! As the front of the fleet has now crossed the longitude of
the Fastnet rock, the skippers - led by Sébastien Josse's BT (Open 60) and
Giovanni Soldini’s Telecom Italia (Class40) - are facing a new challenge,
expecting a shift, and as Jean-Luc Nélias (strategy consultant for the race)
puts it, "The race looks complex with many possible changes of leader." --
Race site:

During his speech at the Detroit Cup match race event awards presentation,
Russian Andrei Arbuzov said, “I'm really happy to be here. I also want to
thank your President Ronald Reagan. He helped bring an end to the old USSR.
Now we have the possibility to come to America. We loved Los Angeles, New
York City and being here in Detroit. This is the best country ... " -- Event

* The choices of boats being considered for the 2012 Olympic Games were
finalized at the ISAF Mid-Year meeting over the weekend, and it is from this
list that the equipment will be chosen at the November Annual Meeting in
Madrid, Spain. Among the options includes multihull equipment for the dinghy
events, but the ISAF Council added the proviso that “the selection of
equipment for dinghy events for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition will
not be open to multihulls”. --

* This year's winners of the U.S. Match Race Championship and the U.S.
Women's Match Race Championship will represent the United States in the ISAF
Nations Cup North American Regional Championship to be hosted by Carolina
Yacht Club in Charleston, SC, in the fall. The ISAF Nations Cup is a global
competition to uncover the world's top match racing nations in both open and
women's events and to develop a worldwide match racing infrastructure. The
top teams from the eight Regional Championships around the world will
qualify for the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final in Porto Alegre, Brazil, March
23-28, 2009. --

* The Wot Rocket project team will tomorrow assemble the half sail boat/sail
plane at Kurnell in Sydney, Australia’s south before testing for the world
speed sailing record attempt commences on Botany Bay. With light autumn
NE/NW winds forecast for rest of the week however, there may be few, if any,
windows with enough grunt to get Wot Rocket rocketing. The current world
speed sailing record of 49.09 knots (90.9 kilometres per hour) was set by
French sail boarder Antoine Albeau in France in March this year. – Complete

* (May 12, 2008) At 02h14’56’’ UT this morning, Lionel Lemonchois and his
seven crew crossed the finish line of the 1,215 mile Yokohama to Dalian
record. In so doing, the maxi-catamaran Gitana 13 and her men have
established a new reference time by making the Chinese port in 3 days 20
hours 19 minutes and 11 seconds. Ellen MacArthur’s reference time in 2006 (7
days 3 hours 8 minutes) has thus been improved upon by 3 days. Gitana 13
will spend a few days in Dalian prior to taking to the high seas again,
bound for Qingdao, China. --

* Free weather forecasts for the Sperry Top-Sider Seattle NOOD Regatta on
May 16-18, 2008 are available from Sailing Weather Services by subscribing
to their service at the North Sails' online weather center:

* (May 12, 2008) The ten catamaran teams competing in the six leg 500-mile
race from Key Largo, FL to Tybee Island, GA have completed their second leg
from Hollywood, FL to Jupiter, FL, enduring winds gusting to 30 that dealt
some damage to the fleet. Team Tybee and Marleys Yellow battled right up to
the finish, with Tybee taking their second win of the event. The forecast
for the third leg to Cocoa Beach, FL is calling for upwind angles. -- Event

* The 78 foot biodiesel fuelled Earthrace, aiming to break the 75 day round
the world record, is now speeding up the Central American isthmus in perfect
Pacific Ocean conditions, and is beginning to make up time lost during her
slow transition of the Panama Canal. When Earthrace powered into Colon
Panama last Thursday, she was a 1100 miles ahead of the 1998 World
circumnavigation world record, but then had to wait two days before getting
a transit slot through the Canal and then spent another night waiting to
refuel in daylight hours in Panama City. -- Powerboat World, read on:

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* From Bill Gibbs: In 1876, the first modern catamaran, Nathanael
Herreshoff's Amaryllis, was banned from racing by the New York Yacht Club
for her superior performance. Since that time, all modern multihulls have
carried the stigma of being different and largely unaccepted by the rest of
the sail racing world. Multihull sailors do not see the Tornado as simply
another 'class' of sailboat, but rather as the sole representive for all
multihulls to be recognized by the ISAF in the most prestigious sail event,
the Olympics. The exclusion of the Tornado from the Olympics to make room
for one more keel boat event or for one more dingy event, sends a clear
message to all multihull racers. That the ISAF (and US Sailing) have no
interest in representing multihull sailors. That national interests in medal
counts are a higher priority. Nothing Corinthian about that. Actions do
speak louder than words.

* From Brian Raney: Gotta say it, "told ya so". The revote process was
designed to dead-end. There had to be a consensus on which event, and
therefore a men's or women's event, to axe. There wasn't. Sad. What a sham!

* From William D. Reed: Apparently overlooked by many is the context in
which the yacht America sailed to England and eventually won the 100 Guinea
Trophy, given to the NYYC under the Deed of Gift now being discussed The
context was the Victoria and Albert Exposition where England was essentially
holding an industrial expo to show off their technology. An example was the
Crystal Palace, a fabulous cast iron and glass expo hall, designed to sell
English technology to folks all over the world. The yacht America was
basically an industrial exhibit, designed to challenge the English boat
building heritage and as we all know, it succeeded.

The point about being constructed in the country of defense or challenge was
very plain – the America’s Cup was to be a venue to test the technological
prowess of the various countries racing against each other. The idea that
the donor of the trophy placed it in competition to provide a sailing
competition is incomplete. The Cup really was intended to be a contest of
people and machines. The possibility of a match of high tech catamarans
probably more closely resembles the intent of the DofG than the previous
match. The point being the DofG is really quite plain and really does make
the America’s Cup a contest between nations, not teams of great sailors or
whatever it has been lately.

* From Chris Ericksen: Ken Guyer's letter in 'Butt 2594 paraphrased the part
of the America's Cup Deed of Gift that suggests everything on a country's
boat must be made in that country when he wrote, "build the boat, the entire
boat, in your country and come on over here and race the boat we built in
our country." Yet in the same edition Alexander Kovell called "ludicrous"
that very part of the Deed of Gift. "If parts are to be sourced from the
country of the boat," he wrote, "why not the sailors and designers as well?"

Why not, indeed? The point of all this is this: absent "mutual agreement" to
the contrary--and none seems to be unavailable--the regatta must be sailed
under the NIneteenth Century Deed of Gift. The Deed of Gift is neither
ludicrous nor insane; it is the situation that is ludicrous, and I leave it
to others to judge the sanity of the parties involved.

* From Stevan Johnson: In response to Chip Pitcairn (in #2594), I don't
think I’ve heard anyone refer to the person with the tiller in hand as a
"helmsman" in a decade or more. Nautical terminology is really just codified
sailor's slang, and it continues to evolve at all levels of the sport,
usually led by the grand prix programs. Now we have the crew positions of
"pit", "sewer", "grinder", "mast", "mid bow" and, of course, "driver". Along
with relatively new words like "pressure", "pushpit", "mexican", and
"floater" that have come into the argot among many others. It's a sign that
the sport is alive. Unlike the rules of bridge, the sailing language didn't
get locked down by Commodore Vanderbilt in 1920.

And in any event, wouldn't you really rather have the word "driver" on that
list than "helmsperson"? Which is the only viable alternative these days,
thanks to Ellen, Dee, Paige, and many other women sailors who can drive way
better than me.

* From Gregory Scott: (re, comments in #2594) With the recent poll exposed
it is no longer an issue of doubt... the whole Alinghi thing is a "toxic"
mess. Too bad! As far as you guys are concerned, I know you have big
shoulders but it's never fun be accused of something even when it's complete
BS. So, on behalf of the sailing world who read Butt (likely half the
world), I apologize. We all appreciate the fun and good spirit of Butt.
Along with the best way to get our daily sailing fix. Also, I don't recall
the last time I was on a big boat when we didn't call the "helmsman" the
driver.... as in who's driving today.

There might not be a fountain of youth, but maybe we should have listened to
our parents when they said that if we don't eat our vegetables, we’ll never
grow up.

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