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SCUTTLEBUTT 2598 - May 16, 2008

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“Is she here yet?” In the headsets around the Institute of Contemporary Art
in Boston, the airwaves were crackling with just one question. Yes, the
world’s third biggest sportswear and lifestyle company was about to unveil
‘il mostro’ - the Volvo 70 beast designed to look like a trainer and looking
cooler than the fridge in Alaska, but ‘was she here yet?’ was the thought on
everyone’s minds. The ‘she’ in question? Hollywood goddess Salma Hayek. And
she is officially a goddess – just ask the Mexican film critics, who awarded
her the Special Silver Goddess award in 2003.

And then she was. Having braved the gale force winds in her private jet that
had caused flights to be cancelled at Boston’s Logan Airport, the pint-sized
siren arrived at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art and prepared for
her latest role – that of Godmother to the Puma boat. As she recovered from
the journey flunkies flustered and bodyguards blustered. The waiting crowds
chomped on their canapés and sipped their champagne. In the end, it took a
Volvo Ocean Race veteran to cut through the Hollywood hullaballoo and ask
the question “Are you a leftie or a righty?”

It was an act of genius to give the role of Salma’s minder to Jerry Kirby.
The only sailor cooler than the boat, Jerry decided to cut to the chase and
just talk to the stunning star of ‘Desperado’, ‘Till Dusk to Dawn’ and the
Oscar-nominated ‘Frieda’. And Salma responded in kind. Apparently, she
shoots arrows with her left hand and writes with her right. She could crack
champagne on a boat any which way. So the videos rolled, the guests braved
the bitter cold and 50 mph wind, and the scene was set. With hair done and
designer clothes in place, the star took to the catwalk down to the boat.
Jerry was ready. -- Read on:

by David Schmidt, SAIL
“Ooohhh, is that a Rambler shirt?” It was a female sailor cooing to the rest
of her all-female crew at Antigua Sailing Week as I walked past their
charter boat at Jolley Harbor. Tempting but - I glued my eyes to the dock
and kept right on walking, pretending that I hadn’t heard her comment. Not
only am I happily married, I’m also a sailing journalist and, sadly, not a
legit crew member of George David’s masterfully sailed Reichel/ Pugh 90,

Ten minutes later, I’m standing at the dinghy-landing zone waiting for a
water taxi to take me back to SAIL’s charter boat, a cold beer in hand,
happily reliving my day’s experiences aboard Rambler. My mind drifts back to
perfect A-sail sets and gybes, and the sheer thrill of rolling past mere
70-footers like they were standing still. I’m approached by a cute,
30-something female.

“Excuse me,” she asks, a bit star struck. “Do you sail on Rambler? “Er,
well, no,” I fess up. “I’m a sailing writer, and they were kind enough to
have me aboard for the day. And they gave me the shirt.” “So you’re not part
of the crew?” she asks, obviously dejected. “No,” I reply, “I’m just a
journalist.” “Oh,” my new friend offhandedly says as she walks off, looking
for the real McCoy.

The shirt, which had felt fine before, suddenly starts burning against my
chest, particularly beneath the section that displays the boat’s name and
sail number. I sip my beer and hope the taxi will get here soon. Instead, a
group of three “racer chasers” (yes, lads, they do exist) approach,
staggering a bit from their night’s fun. -- Read on:

At the 2008 Farr 40 Worlds, a top competitor believed that a conflict of
interest within the jury led to his disqualification. This week, a Senior US
Judge and Umpire questioned whether the standard of training was sufficient.
Both of these topics were covered by John Doerr, Chairman of the ISAF Race
Officials Committee, in a recent letter distributed to Race Officials. Here
are some of his paraphrased comments:

Regarding Training:
At major Olympic and World championship events, the strength in depth of
every fleet is amazing, with virtually all competitors having coaches. As
the stakes for the sailors and their professionalism continues to grow, we
have to find ways to match their demands. I do not think these developments
are solely confined to Olympic classes. I am convinced this will be our
major challenge in the next four-year cycle.

Regarding Conflict of Interests:
Recent articles have raised the issue of conflicts of interest. This is an
issue that we are working on and plan to bring the fruits of our work to the
November conference. It is a thorny subject as we are more often than not
dealing with perception rather than reality, but we must tackle the problem
none the less.
Complete letter:

* A recent high-profile event in the US questioning the decisions of race
officials would be the US Olympic Trials, where women’s windsurfing entrant
Farrah Hall is disputing a redress hearing that effectively awarded Nancy
Rios the US Olympic slot. Hall brings her case in front of an arbitrator
appointed by the US Olympic Committee on May 21-23.

Now that the only US entrant for the Volvo Ocean Race is christened; they
are off, running and looking cool in their PUMA gear. Team One Newport has
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The 2008 International Moth Worlds Championship isn’t until July in
Weymouth, England, but among the 40+ entrants vying for the foiling crown, a
new continent is fielding a top-ranked representative that will be lining up
in an event deep with Euro and Down Under history: North America. The class
is gaining traction in the US, and while critical mass is mostly out west,
Bora Gulari isn’t letting his station in Detroit, MI hold him back. He has
winter trained in Australia, got third in their nationals, and now is
breaking ice back home to keep up the pace. The class aficionados have taken
notice, with at least one noted blogger providing evaluations on all the top
contenders, and has predicted that Bora will win. Here are his comments:

“One of the new breed of semi-pro Mothists, who has put in years worth of
sailing in the last 12 months. His handling looks like the best I have seen,
if not better. Again, as the US face of Bladerider, he’ll have first dibs on
the box of tricks and spares. The same new KA sails as most contenders, the
new foam-cored foils, and probably one of the only takers on the pro-model
lightweight Bladerider hulls, Bora will be a very serious contender for the
win. And that’s what he’s there to do.” --

Alicante, Spain (May 15, 2008) -- A long day on the water for the 16 TP52’s
at the City of Alicante Trophy, the first regatta of the 2008 Audi MedCup
Circuit as they took part in the 30 mile long coastal race around Tabarca
Island. The ultimate reward was for 2006 MedCup Champion Peter de Ridder
(NED) and his Mean Machine's crew - which include tactical duo Ray Davies
(NZL) and Tom Dodson (NZL) - who collected the best points, after leading
through the mid race scoring gate and taking the winning gun by a
comfortable margin (to earn two first place finishes for the day).

In a repeat of last year's coastal race conditions biggest reshuffle came in
the final 40 minutes of the four and a half hour race, when the fleet closed
up as the breeze faded and shifted through up to 60 degrees and rose and
fell between five and eight knots. Vicente Tirado's CXG Ciaxa Galicia gained
four places to finish third, just ahead of Cristabella who took six places
between the scoring gate and the finish. Racing continues Friday and
Saturday with at least three buoy races planned.

Preliminary results
1. Mean Machine, MON (7, 16, 5, 1, 1, 1, 1) 32
2. Quantum, USA (4, 5, 9, 3, 2, 4, 6) 33
3. TAU Ceramica Andalucía, ESP (1, 1, 6, 9, 9, 3, 5) 34
4. Bribón, ESP (3, 3, 1, 4, 4, 12, 9) 36
5. Mutua Madrileña, ESP (2, 4, 8, 8, 3, 6, 12) 43
6. Artemis, SWE (12, 11, 4, 10, 7, 2, 2) 48
7. Platoon by Team Germany, GER (5, 9, 2, 5, 14, 8, 8) 51
8. Matador, ARG (10, 14, 3, 2, 10, 5, 10) 54
9. El Desafío, ESP (9, 6, 7, 11, 5, 11, 7) 56
10. Cristabella, GBR (11, 2, 15, 7, 12, 10, 4) 61
Event site:

In what may be the final chapter following the mystery of his disappearance,
Steve Fossett was remembered recently at a gathering in Chicago, IL.
Friends, family and close associates of the renowned adventurer attended a
private memorial to him entitled 'A Celebration of a Life of Adventure.'
Over 100 people from across the globe met at Chicago's Adler Planetarium to
honour and pay tribute to the man and his many achievements. The specially
invited guests viewed an audio visual presentation recalling Fossett's life
of adventure since his early years as an Eagle Scout in California.

Eulogies from close friends and from his niece Geneva gave an insight into
what motivated the quiet unassuming man who at one time held 116 world
records (over 20 of them in sailing) in five different disciplines, At the
time of his disappearance over Nevada in September 2007 he still held 70 of
them. The guests numbered many who had shared some of those triumphs with
him and included unar astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and British
entrepreneur Richard Branson. Also attending were representatives from the
the worlds of gliding, flight,ballooning and mountaineering including from
sailing, Brian Thompson. Peter Hogg, Ben Wright and Mark Featherstone all of
whom had shared in record setting voyages with Steve aboard his Maxi Cat

The presentation was followed by a reception hosted by Mrs Peggy Fossett.
Guest John Harwood-Bee commenting on the moving and often amusing tribute
said, " It gave those of us who knew Steve an opportunity to pay tribute to
a man the like of whom we are unlikely to see again for many years if ever.
He was an inspiration to us all." At the time of his disappearance Fossett
was in the final stages of an assault on the world land speed record and was
rumoured to be planning an extreme underwater project.

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* The National Safe Boating Council, with the support of West Marine, Inc.,
is reminding students to submit entries for the 2008 Boating Safety
Sidekicks Contest "I'm a Safe Boater, Are You?" as the deadline for entries
approaches June 1, 2008. The third annual Boating Safety Sidekicks Contest
asks for children between the ages of 4 and 15 to submit stories, posters,
or videos that describe how they stay safe on the water. Full details at

*(May 15, 2008) In the Open 60 class of The Artemis Transat, Sébastien Josse
was convinced he had made the right choice in the South, and the first
position update indicates he was right - taking over the lead from Loick
Peyron's Gitana Eighty just 30 minutes after the last position update. In
the Class 40 fleet, overnight, Boris Herrmann on Beluga Racer overtook Yvan
Noblet's Appart' City to clinch second place. The German skipper trails
Telecom Italia by 17 miles and Noblet has dropped back to 31 miles behind
the race leader and holds third place. -- Yachting World, full story:

* (May 15, 2008) The ten catamaran teams competing in the six leg 500-mile
race from Key Largo, FL to Tybee Island, GA have completed their fifth leg
from Daytona Beach, FL to Fernandina Beach, FL, with Team Tybee continuing
their dominance on the leaderboard. This leg’s tough luck awards go to Team
Seacats that flipped just before their jibe to the finish, and Team Cat in
the Hat that also flipped near the finish and were dismasted. -- Event site:

* Almost 20 Formula 18 catamaran teams from nine countries have already
signed up for the 8th edition of the Archipelago Raid on June 13-18, a six
day event that has the fleet navigating through the 100,000 islands that
make up the Swedish, Aland, and Finnish Archipelagos. Joining the Raid this
year will be Dame Ellen McArthur with Greg Homann from Australia crewing.
This will be McArthur’s second try at the Raid, with her first in 2003
getting cut short due to a leg injury. --

Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include The 2008 World Submarine Racing Championship, a pot of gold at the
end of rainbow, TP 52 racing in the Med, solo racing in the Atlantic, new
boat launching in Newport, big breeze racing in Long Island, and the next
step beyond water ballast and canting keels. If you have images you would
like to share, send them to the Scuttlebutt editor. Here are this week’s

* One of our favorite shooters is Carlo Borlenghi, and when he sends us
images, we come up with any excuse to post them. Apparently he is working
with the owners of the Orion, and while we don’t know too much about this
boat, you will surely agree that it is one of the sweetest cruising
sailboats that you have ever seen. Borlenghi catches up with Orion while
they are cruising around the Mediterranean Islands, and with so many
brilliant photos, we created a video and added the famous Artie Shaw playing
… what else… “Scuttlebutt”:

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* From Mar Brueggemann: To all of the readers out there that think that
Biodiesel and ethanol are the same thing or that they should be abandoned
because the only thing that they can be made from is corn taken from
starving babies mouths, I have to say; Stop reading articles written by the
esteemed think tanks in Colorado with names like “Concerned Scientists for
the stock values of Exxon/Mobil”. Yes, making biofuels from corn is not
efficient but developmentally we’re already past that. We are now developing
fuels from plant waste and even algae that have 2 and 3 times the energy
yield of corn and that are not far from the energyin/ energy out” ratio of
petroleum. Even George Bush knows that now and has spoken about it. To
suggest that we should stop developing alternate fuels because during the
process we are finding things that work and things that don’t is like saying
we should stop learning about sailboats and racing because sometimes we lose
and sometimes we crash. I doubt that any Buttheads would agree with that

* From R. G. Newbury Regarding Cory Friedman’s analysis of the ACUP lawsuit,
he is correct to call for mediation as the exact terms of Judge Cahn's Order
can only be met by both sides if there is some compromise. I suggest that
the parties request mediation by His Honor Justice Juan Torruella of the US
Federal First Circuit Court of Appeals, who also is an ISAF IJ (and author
of the Decision in Charles Jourdain v Enterprise).

* From Bill McNaughton, Toronto: Interesting to read Ben Ainslie's somewhat
snide comment about Florient in Scuttlebutt's item (in #2597) from the Times
and his somewhat self righteous comments in the article itself about his
earlier DSQ by a competitor "who was in contention to win himself", with the
actual regatta race reports. Seems Ben was "hunting" (race report
description) Florient before the start of the last race, fouled him and then
cleared himself and went on to win. It appears that Ben is in the habit of
"hunting" before the start but learned from his DSQ to clear himself. The
race report seems clear that in the earlier race there were two separate
incidents and Ben won his protest of the second incident. Still, regardless
of what he says with regard to his DSQ, it must be a bit encouraging that
the best Finn sailor in the world feels you are a serious enough threat to
have him "hunt" you in the latter races of a regatta.

* From Captain Michael J Dailey: (re, story in #2596) What happens when my
crewed vessel comes across one of these robot vessels in a meeting,
crossing, or worse yet close quarters situation? How does it meet the
“proper lookout” rule? Let’s assume that it is even lit accordingly at
night, for a manned vessel anyway. How does it know when it is operating in
reduced visibility? For that matter, what signal does it sound in reduced
visibility? I could go on but you get the point I’m sure!

First you forget names, then you forget faces. Then you forget to pull up
your zipper, but it's really bad when you forget to pull it down.

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