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SCUTTLEBUTT 2596 - May 14, 2008

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by Ernie Bain, Jr., Senior Judge and Umpire
I believe US SAILING Judge's/Umpires are in a professional category, just
like any other professional classification. These other professional
classifications are required to take a test to qualify for certification
when they start their profession, and then each year thereafter are required
so many units annually, depending on their profession, to keep their
certification. They can receive these units by attending seminars and/or
through home study courses by mail or the Internet. If they do not obtain
these units in a given year, they lose their certification and to be
re-certified must re-take the test. The main intent is to upgrade the
knowledge of their profession, i.e., keeping them abreast of any changes in
their field.

Currently, US SAILING only requires a test every 4 years, wherein the
individual "crams" the rule book every 4 years to pass the test. Of course,
that individual must have been active in regattas, both locally and out of
their area, and is required to have been a Chief Judge/Umpire for some of
these regattas. My suggestion is to follow the certification for other
professions, i.e., annual participation in seminars/ round tables and home
study courses through the mail and or the Internet, to be filled out and
sent to a certified organization, for unit certification. I know many
Judge's/ Umpire's are in agreement with this concept, and it would seem to
be a better model for maintaining the skills needed for the position.

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Boston, MA (May 12, 2008) -- Five months before the start of the Volvo Ocean
Race 2008-2009, PUMA Ocean Racing had its new racing boat christened "il
mostro" by Oscar-nominated actress Salma Hayek in a waterfront ceremony at
the Institute of Contemporary Art/ Boston at Fan Pier on Monday, May 12th.
The evening included the ceremonial breaking of a bottle of champagne across
the Volvo Open 70's bow by Hayek, the boat's 'godmother' and short speeches
by Chairman and CEO of PUMA, Jochen Zeitz, Chief Marketing Officer Antonio
Bertone and PUMA Ocean Racing Skipper Ken Read.

Il mostro was designed by the team of Botin Carkeek and built at Goetz
Custom Boats in Bristol, Rhode Island in conjunction with Customline Yachts,
before being launched at the Newport Shipyard in Newport, RI, in late April.
PUMA Ocean Racing's training base will be in Newport throughout the next
four months, as the team prepares for the 10-month, 37,000 mile race around
the globe. The new boat design is one of the new cutting-edge,
second-generation Volvo Open 70s that are the world's fastest monohulls. Its
graphic details include a unique PUMA twist with il mostro resembling a
virtual 3-D "flying shoe," inspired by PUMA's popular style of the same

* Look for the new boat to be on the start line next month for the Newport
to Bermuda Race. The team also has its website up and running, with a pretty
slick video on the boat's construction and an interactive tool for viewing
the race course. Unfortunately there is not a news index feature yet on the
site, but at least there are 29 ways in the Puma store to tell the "suits"
that yacht sponsorship was a brilliant move:

by Cory Friedman, Scuttlebutt Legal Analyst
(May 13, 2008) By now most 'Buttheads know that Justice Cahn ordered that
the DoG Match commence "ten calendar months from the date of service of a
copy of this order, with notice of entry, upon the attorneys who have
appeared herein." Indeed, Societe Nautique de Geneve (SNG) managed to get
the clerk to enter the order and perfected an appeal of the May 12, 2008
Order on May 13, 2008. The Appellate Division ordered the two appeals
consolidated, with an extra week's briefing, to be heard on June 5, 2008, so
SNG has succeeded on two fronts. It has avoided a 2008 DoG Match and it has
cured all the potentially fatal procedural infirmities of the original

However, it is not home free, as it faces a Southern Hemisphere defense in
10 months (because the deed states that "no race shall be sailed in the days
intervening between November first and May first if the races are to be
conducted in the Northern Hemisphere"), with no infrastructure in place -
except in New Zealand (which will never happen because of all the bad blood)
and possibly Australia. Even worse, there is no sponsorship or TV in place
and the Match could give new meaning to the term financial black hole. CDO's
on steroids.

Lawyers often sloppily talk about cutting the baby in half when the
plaintiff is awarded half of the demand. A really Solomonic decision is what
we saw Justice Cahn hand down on May 12, 2008 -- a decision that forces the
litigants to make difficult choices and has the potential to force a
resolution by the parties themselves. Anyone who thinks that Justice Cahn
made a careless mistake is dreaming. He knew exactly what he was doing. --
Read on:

Goetz Custom Boats is pleased to announce its support of the 2008 Leukemia
Cup Regatta, to be held September 12 and 13 at the New York Yacht Club. This
year's event will feature IRC racing, in addition to PHRF, as well as
attendance by Gary Jobson, national chair for the event. For more
information about the weekend's activities, and how to become a participant
or a sponsor, please contact Jill Jessup at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
at or visit the event site at
For the latest from Goetz, please visit

A few years ago, Severn School made a conscious decision to upgrade its club
sailing program.
Administrators at the private school in Severna Park hired a full-time head
coach and approved a plan to have the team practice out of its own facility
using its own fleet of boats. Those efforts paid off handsomely this past
weekend when Severn School captured the Interscholastic Sailing Association
Fleet Racing National Championship.

Senior skipper Joe Morris placed first in A Division to lead the Admirals,
who mounted an amazing comeback to overtake defending champ Newport Harbor
and runner-up Point Loma on the final day of competition. Severn becomes the
first Chesapeake Bay school to capture the prestigious Clifford D. Mallory
Trophy, which has been awarded since 1930. The Admirals had placed third
each of the past three years, which made the title even sweeter. -- The
Capital, read on:

Alicante, Spain (May 13, 2008) -- Sixteen TP52 starters, two races but just
one winner on the first day of the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit. The mainly
amateur crewed Tau Ceramica Andalucia, with 2007 J/80 World Champion with
Jose Maria Torcida (ESP) driving, put aside their modest budget and lack of
practice to win both of the first two races. Spanish boats hold top three
places with Mutua Madrilena, helmed by Flavio Favini in second, and the Dean
Barker riven Bribon in third. For a crew which have only two full-time paid
professionals on board and a budget which committed mainly to buying the
2007 MedCup champion boat Artemis to which they only added two new sails and
practised only three days prior to coming to Alicante, today was a fairytale
start to the season for the newcomers. -- Read on:

by John Riise, Latitude 38
It's not like it's ever going to happen, but I've long felt the world - at
least the sailing world - would be a better place without all the salty
lingo of days gone by... especially when it comes to drawing new people into
the sport. On top of wind angles, heeling, sail trim and everything else
that newbies have to soak up, why further confuse them with a blizzard of
outdated words to explain what can much more easily be passed on with
'regular' English?

Doesn't 'downstairs' convey the idea more accurately than 'down below'
(which is redundant anyway)? And 'port' can mean either a direction - or
that glass thing in the side of the cabin that you look through. So how
about 'left' and 'window'? Is it 'anchors aweigh' (up) or 'anchors away'
(down)? And 'knots' . . . would that be a measurement of speed, or do you
want me to attach a rope to something? And WHY knots? Why not miles per
hour? Easy to understand for both terrestrial or maritime drivers (not

Front, back, middle, right, left, - all in common usage and readily
understandable. Forward, aft, athwartships, starboard, port - a bit
ambiguous, open to interpretation (how FAR forward? Athwart-what?) or
requiring some little ditty to remember (lessee, 'port' has four letters and
'left' has four, so...) You don't have to learn a whole new language to
drive a car or learn to swim, so why do it with sailing? Sure, every sport
requires that you learn a few new words, so we'd have to keep 'mast',
'rudder', 'keel' and a few others. But otherwise, let's put pointless
nautical lingo out to pasture with Latin and use it only when necessary for
historical purposes or pirate movies.

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Sir Francis Chichester, Robin Knox-Johnston, Dame Ellen McArthur and other
great names from the history of sailing could be joined this year by Pinta
the robot. The unmanned boat is undergoing final preparations before setting
sail in the hope of becoming the first robot to cross an ocean using the
power of wind. By sailing non-stop and unassisted for an estimated three
months it will prove the potential for robotic craft to undertake vital
research in roles in dangerous and far-off waters.

Pinta has been designed by scientists at Aberystwyth University and will
join seven other robotic craft in October in a race across the Atlantic. The
race is intended to test the endurance and reliability of robots away from
battery chargers and the predictable environment of a laboratory. Mark Neal,
of Aberystwyth University, said: "This is the first time anybody has
attempted to sail across any ocean with an automated boat. The big issue in
robotics at the moment is longevity and flexibility in a complicated
environment. Something that can survive for two to three months completely
unassisted while doing something interesting is a major challenge. If it
does get there I will be seriously cheerful. It will open up all the oceans
to environmental monitoring by robots." -- Times Online, complete story:

* Carol Cronin and Kim Couranz won the 2008 Snipe Women's National
Championship sailed on Puget Sound and hosted by the Corinthian Yacht Club
this past weekend. Going into the eighth and final race, there were five
teams separated by only four points. Starting in a 12 knot northerly on a
cool and crisp Mother's Day, the top teams were close throughout with the
overall winner not being decided until the last leg. Jen Glass and Kati
Belden finished one point back to take second, followed by the daughter /
mother team of Lindsey Bergan and Carol Buchan in third. -- Results:

* The launch in January this year of the World Yacht Racing Forum has
received an extraordinarily positive reaction from almost every sector of
the Yacht Racing industry world-wide in a clear demonstration that Yacht
Racing deserves its own forum to debate the issues affecting the business of
the sport. The Forum is modeled closely on the successful Motorsports
Business Forum (, now in its fourth year, and
the two events will co-locate and share the Grimaldi Forum facilities in
Monaco in December. -- Read on:

* (May 13, 2008) Tough night during the solo Artemis Transat for the IMOCA
Open 60 fleet, caught under spinnaker by gusts up to 30 knots, while the
Class40 leaders were 220 miles back with more moderate offwind conditions.
Current leaders heading for the finish line in Boston, MA are Yann Elies'
Generali (Open 60) and Giovanni Soldini's Telecom Italia (Class40). -- Race

* The teams that have qualified to attend the Inter-Collegiate Sailing
Association/ APS Team Race National Championship on May 30-June 1 in
Newport, RI are: MAISA: Georgetown University, St. Mary's College of
Maryland, U.S. Naval Academy; MCSA: Notre Dame University, University of
Wisconsin; NEISA: Boston College, Brown University, Harvard University;
NWICSA: University of Washington; PCCSC: Stanford University; University of
Southern California; SAISA: College of Charleston, University of South
Florida; SEISA: University of Texas. --

* (May 13, 2008) The ten catamaran teams competing in the six leg 500-mile
race from Key Largo, FL to Tybee Island, GA have completed their third leg
from Jupiter, FL to Cocoa Beach, FL, with Team Velocity winning, but Team
Tybee and Marleys Yellow second and third respective finishes maintains their overall
elapsed time positions at the top. -- Event site:

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* From Craig Fletcher: (re, the Earthrace story in #2595) For all the people
who think the biodiesel race is highlighting some great environmental good,
I suggest they research biodiesel and ethanol fuels, and then draw their own
conclusions. I will say you will be surprised how environmentally and
economically mislead the public has been.

* From Scott MacLeod, President, Force10 Marketing, Ltd.: (re, World Match
Racing Tour prize money info in #2595) Deducting tax from prize money or any
other payment for services for foreigners is very common. In fact, any prize
money or payment for services issued in the US would be taxed at about the
same rate and should be deducted. The sailor can claim it back on their own
personal return.

* From Steven B. Levy: (re, Detroit Cup story in #2595) "20 to 30 knot winds
with moderate rains. forced the cancellation of further racing." I don't
really understand this. On Puget Sound - a notorious "light-wind" venue - no
one even thinks about canceling when winds hit 30 knots. Moderate rain, of
course, is our middle name. They were racing Ultimate 20s . if you like
weather, they ought to be a hoot in 20-30 knots.

* From Robert Johnston, New York City: (re, letter in #2595) William Reed is
onto something when he notes the technological bent in the Deed of Gift but
he overlooks the political subtext of the 1851 London Exhibition. It was as
much a celebration of the British and their empire as it was of new
technology. The empire, after all, was designed to feed the industrial
development of Britain. Its new technologies, while brilliant, could hardly
have found the large-scale practical applications they did without it.
British shipbuilding was always reliant on overseas sourcing for the
construction and maintenance of its great fleets but indeed was perhaps
still living in the age of Lord Nelson in its organization and technology.
Then as now, sailing was multinational and even in the history of the Cup,
the "American" Charlie Barr and the "Englishman" Sir Thomas Lipton, were
both imported from Scotland. Bertarelli, like many Swiss entrepreneurs, has
understood the organization of technology, people and money better than
anyone in the Cup's history and knows as well as anyone that the era of
truly "national" teams in the traditional sense is long past, if it ever
really existed.

* From Rich Roberts: Well said by my pal Chris Ericksen in 'butt #2595. Have
faith. The America's Cup is too strong to die, even from the cancers of
billionaires' egos and their battalions of lawyers, which will soon run
their courses at the expense of the sport. Eventually the AC will come back
around to a degree of nationality and rationality -- say, a minimum of half
the crew must be from the country the boat represents, and once again we'll
all have someone to root for. But first the sport must suffer through the
disintegration of credibility currently in process . . . which means, one
supposes, multihulls in the America's Cup but not in the Olympics? The
sailing gods must be crazy.

* From Alfred Poor: (edited to the 250-word limit) I agree with Ken Guyer
(in #2594) completely on the principle of keeping things simple, and not
making legal interpretations more complicated than they need to be, but he's
off course when he insists that the AC Deed of Gift means "not assembling
parts from far off lands". If Ken thinks that any country is an economic
island - or even was in the days of the original America sloop - then I
think he's mistaken. I would challenge anyone to create a competitive
America's Cup contender using just the resources from the United States.
This means you cannot use rubber from the Philippines, or copper from South
America, or gold from South Africa, or electronic components from Asia, or
aluminum from Australia.

It is unreasonable to expect that a boat will be made solely from raw
materials of a single nation. If you accept that you cannot do it without
materials from other countries, then were do you draw the line on processing
them? Iron ore is okay, but not metallic iron? Or do you allow iron, but not
steel? Or do you allow steel, but not processed into bars or sheets? Or can
you permit castings? Can these be machined elsewhere? My point is that there
is no clear place to draw the line, whether you're building your hull from
Canadian cedar or Middle Eastern petrochemicals.

The global economy genie got out of the bottle in the days of the clipper
ships. He's not going back into the bottle just for a boat race.

I don't make jokes. I just follow the America's Cup and report the facts.

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