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SCUTTLEBUTT 2599 - May 19, 2008

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AVOIDING THE PITFALLS OF THE CLASSIFICATION CODE
The ISAF Sailor Classification Code exists as a service to provide Events
and Classes with an international system of classification for sailors.
While Events and Classes are not under any obligation to use a
classification system, many do (such as the J/105, Melges 32, Farr 40, etc),
and the ISAF Code is the only system that can be used. In simple terms, the
Code is broken into three groups: Group 1 are the amateurs, Group 3 are the
pros, and Group 2 is like an AA meeting for those trying to become Group 1
again. When the code is used, it is typically used as a means to minimize
the influence of Group 3 sailors, either by limiting their numbers or
responsibilities onboard.

But did you know that a Group 1 sailor could easily lose his amateur status
by something as simple as advocating the sails he or she uses? It is not
unusual for the top sailors in a class to get a discount on their sails, but
they better be careful in how that discount gets explained, as a Group 3
sailor is, among other things, someone who “has been paid for allowing his
or her name or likeness to be used in connection with his or her sailing
performance, sail racing results or sailing reputation, for the advertising
or promotion of any product or service…” The definition of paid is critical,
which the rule considers “…the acceptance by a sailor of … any financial
benefit … or compensation in any form …” -- Scuttleblog, read on:
http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/blog/2008/05/isaf-sailor-code.html

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Almost a decade has passed since Dr. Jim Andrews tried to win the America's
Cup, sailing's most prestigious trophy. The Birmingham, AL orthopedic
surgeon and longtime sailor was chairman of the Aloha Racing Foundation, the
Honolulu-based syndicate that competed in the 2000 America's Cup challenge
off Auckland, New Zealand. Folks in land-locked Birmingham cheered when its
$15 million, 80-foot, carbon-fiber vessel Abracadabra defeated America's Cup
veteran Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes early in the contest, with Andrews
on board. The boat's name was the doctor's nod to the Magic City of
Birmingham, where much of the fundraising took place.

HealthSouth, Andrews' former employer (he's now affiliated with St.
Vincent's Hospital), contributed enough money to have its logo displayed on
the blue main sail. And Abracadabra's bulb was made at Mayfield
Manufacturing in Birmingham. After Abracadabra was eliminated in preliminary
competition, Andrews retired from competitive sailing, mostly because his
long-suffering wife, Jenelle, finally gave him an ultimatum. But what
happened to the boat? -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/6mn7xe

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: If you follow American sports, Dr. Andrews is
frequently referred to in stories of injured professional athletes. A story
this past weekend discussed how Mark Prior, who previously was a dominant
baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, had traveled to Birmingham to seek
advice on his shoulder, which Dr Andrews had operated on thirteen months
ago.

MIX OF OLD AND NEW AT TOP OF TP52 MEDCUP CIRCUIT OPENER
Alicante, Spain (May 17, 2008) – The first stop on the six event 2008 Audi
MedCup Circuit for the highly professional ranks of TP52 teams - the City of
Alicante Trophy – was secured by 2006 MedCup Champion Peter de Ridder (NED)
and his Mean Machine's crew as fluky winds allowed for only one buoy race
for each of the final two days of competition. Sailing their new
Judel/Vrolijk design, and after rolling through five straight firsts, the MM
pattern of starting at the committee boat and sprinting right finally failed
them on the final day, but they showed the fleet that their new boat was
well prepared and ready for thesummer circuit in the Med. The top five
placings were a mix of old and new boat, with 2007 models Bribon
(Judel/Vrolijk) and TAU Ceramica Andalucía (Judel/Vrolijk) competing
admirably against the 2008 built Quantum (Botin/Carkeek ) and Platoon
(Judel/Vrolijk).

Final results
1. Mean Machine, MON (7, 16, 5, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 8) 41
2. Bribón, ESP (3, 3, 1, 4, 4, 12, 9, 5, 1) 42
3. Quantum, USA (4, 5, 9, 3, 2, 4, 6, 6, 7) 46
4. TAU Ceramica Andalucía, ESP (11, 1, 6, 9, 9, 3, 5, 9, 12) 55
5. Platoon by Team Germany, GER (5, 9, 2, 5, 14, 8, 8, 4, 3) 58
6. Artemis, SWE (12, 11, 4, 10, 7, 2, 2, 2, 10) 60
7. Mutua Madrileña, ESP (2, 4, 8, 8, 3, 6, 12, 13, 9) 65
8. El Desafío, ESP (9, 6, 7, 11, 5, 11, 7, 3, 6) 65
9. Matador, ARG (10, 14, 3, 2, 10, 5, 10, 8, 5) 67
10. Cristabella, GBR (11, 2, 15, 7, 12, 10, 4, 11, 13) 85
Event site: http://2008.medcup.org/home

* Winner of the last Volvo Ocean Race and now Director of the British
America’s Cup Challenge TeamOrigin, MikeSanderson’s private 37-foot launch
Windward is serving in the fleet of Media Boats at the Alicante Audi MedCup
Regatta. Said Mike, “We at TeamOrigin, now need to look at the smart thing
to do for 2009 at least. The Audi MedCup Circuit is certainly high up on our
options list. We are going to look at the possibility of putting a boat in
here next year. I’m very fortunate that Marcus Hutchinson, Communications
Director for the Audi MedCup has the same role in both projects. He
suggested to me that by taking a few media guests out on my boat everyday I
could be in the middle of the course! It’s worked out really well, I’ve been
able to get onto the race track, have a look at what people are doing, and
at the same time the press and cameras have been out on our boat, up close
to the action on the water.”-- http://2008.medcup.org/blog

MCLUBE HULLKOTE FEEDBACK FROM THE FRONT OF THE FLEET
Here’s a sample of some of the feedback we’ve been receiving from those
testing Hullkote on the open ocean as well as on the short track: Ken R’s
VOR PUMA Ocean Race Team likes that it applies so quickly and easily and
looks so good. Mark M says it’s the very best speed polish to help shed
weeds and kelp from his Star boat keel and rudder. Team Tybee's Trey B says
thanks to Hullkote his cat looks great, feels fast, even smells nice, and
surely contributed to their dominance last week at the Tybee 500 race from
Key Largo, FL to Tybee Island, GA. Coming soon to a store near you. Learn
more at http://www.mclubemarine.com/hullkote

VOLVO OPEN 70 BUILD VISIT
By Chris Cochran, Design Engineer, Farr Yacht Design
Working at Farr Yacht Design is truly a unique experience and an amazing
opportunity to see projects become reality. As a structural engineer and a
sailor, working as part of the design team and communicating daily with the
boat builders, project managers, sailing teams, and shore support teams you
gain a perspective of the endeavor and efforts required to compete in an
event like the Volvo Ocean Race.

Farr Yacht Design utilizes a “Team Approach” in our design process; all
design team members are involved with every project, contributing in their
area of specialty. Hull shape and design, foils and appendage design,
structural engineering, deck geometry and layout, performance analysis and
rating optimization specialists all working together on every project; it is
impressive to be involved in the design meetings and hear everyone
contribute. But the most interesting aspect is being on-site with the
project and interacting with the sailing team. -- Read on:
http://farryachtdesign.blogspot.com/2008/05/volvo-open-70-build-visit.html

* FYD is the exclusive design firm for the two-boat Team Alicante.

PARALYMPIC TEST EVENT
(May 15, 2008) Going into the last race of the International Disabled
Sailing Federation (IFDS) Qingdao International Regatta, Scott Whitman/Julia
Dorsett (USA) were tied for the overall win in the SKUD 18 class. After five
days of racing in Qingdao, China, where these sailors will race again in the
Paralympic Regatta in September, Whitman and Dorsett had to beat team GBR’s
Nikki Birrell and Alex Rickham for the gold. Unfortunately for the American
team, a premature start foiled their bid, but they still ended up second
overall. In the 2.4mR class, Canadian Paul Tingley finished second to the
French, while the Sonar class was won by the British with top North American
finisher Rick Doerr/Tim Angle/Bill Donohue (USA) in fifth place.
Event site: http://www.2008ifdsqdregatta.com/en
American report:
http://www.ussailing.org/pressreleases/2008/ifds_qingdao.asp
Canadian report:
http://www.sailing.ca/feature/2008/05/qingdaoparalympic.html

FINN WORLD MASTERS
Medemblik, The Netherlands (May 16, 2008) -- The 229 boat fleet that
attended the Finn World Masters Championship was the largest ever assembled
Finn fleet in the 59 year history of the class, and underlines the
popularity of the boat outside the Olympic circuit. Entrants represented 29
nations, and included 11 previous Olympic contenders and countless sailors
who had campaigned at that level, all ranging in age from the newly
qualified Masters at age 40, up to 82 year old Didier Poissant (FRA), who
had competed against the likes of Paul Elvström (DEN) in the 1956 Olympics.
The Dutch sailors had prepared well and took nine out of the top 20 places,
but they couldn't stop defending World Champion Andre Budzien (GER) winning
the event with a day to spare, plus lone North American entrants Conrad
Brown (USA) and Phil Ramming (USA) from finishing in 8th and 9th
respectively. -- Event site: http://www.finn-masters.nl

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SAILING SHORTS
* Two days after Puma Ocean Racing christened its new boat in Boston Harbor
last Monday, Ken Read and his crew headed out to sea to complete its
2000-mile qualifier for entry into the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009. Said
Read, prior to Il Mostro and Puma Ocean Racing's other boat, Avanti, leaving
Boston, "We're pretty much heading out and just seeing where the wind will
take us. "The qualifier is probably something we could have done later in
the summer, but we wanted to start checking off the boxes early on the
things we needed to do before we get closer to the race." -- Complete story:
http://yachte.com.au/news/story.asp?story=12944

*(May 18, 2008) Following the 36-hour blackout of The Artemis Transat at
0600GMT on Sunday morning - a unique race feature that denied entrants with
position information of their competitors - it was learned that Open 60 race
leader BT skipper Sébastien Josse was forced to retire due to a broken
mainsail headcar, and was returning to Europe. Now leading was Vincent Riou
aboard PRB, 31nm ahead of Loick Peyron's Gitana Eighty. In the Class 40
fleet, Giovanni Soldini’s Telecom Italia had stretched his lead to 50nm over
Boris Herrmann/ Beluga Racer, but within the next ten miles back were
positions 3rd through 6th. -- Race site: http://www.theartemistransat.com

* (May 16, 2008) Of the ten catamaran teams competing in the six leg Tybee
500 race from Key Largo, FL to Tybee Island, GA, only seven were able to
compete in the final leg from Fernandina Beach, FL, to the Tybee Island, GA.
After winning 4 of the 5 legs, Team Tybee sailors Kenny Pierce and Jamie
Livingston dominated the final leg after catching a nice squall about 30
miles into the race to win by an hour. Overall, their winning margin was
1:18:04 over the second place Marley Yellow team of Steve Loymayer and Jay
Sonnenklar. -- Event site: http://www.tybee500.com

* (May 17, 2008) Sailing World's College Conference Rankings determined by a
panel in each conference along with Sailing World's coaches' panel Michael
Callahan, Georgetown; Ken Legler, Tufts; and Mike Segerblom, USC are now
posted online: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/08/0517

* (May 18, 2008) The 105th year of the Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup and
the 95th challenge occurred this past weekend, where San Diego Yacht Club
hosted the event as the three-time defending champion. Sailed in J/105’s
amongst four other challenging clubs from Southern California, it was
neighboring Southwestern Yacht Club that won the fleet race event, with
skipper Kenny Manzoni reclaiming the trophy that the club last won in 2003.
-- https://www.sdyc.org/liptoncup/index.htm

* l’Hydroptère team is finishing the assembly of the flying trimaran in La
Seyne sur Mer, near Toulon, and should be back in the water on May 22nd. She
will first sail in the harbour of Toulon before proceeding to Marseille, her
base for the record campaign. Port Saint Louis du Rhône, near Marseille,
offers a flat sea and a steady wind and it is in front of Napoleon Beach
that l’Hydroptère will attempt the record, aiming to break the mythical
50-knot speed barrier. --
http://www.hydroptere.com/_en/actu_detail.php?id_actu=44

WHERE, WHEN, WHY
The Scuttlebutt editors try to field some of the reader questions, and
sometime we bounce them to the ‘buttheads for advice. For this one, we are
doing both:

From Paul France - NZ: Can anyone explain clearly why we carry masts down
through the cabin to the keel. I look at my 1970 IOR One-Tonner and don't
understand it. To my mind for that boat, the shorter the length of alloy
extrusion you have to keep in column the better, but there's this mast going
all the way down to the keel. So why don't we step the mast on the deck and
have a strut below?

From Scuttlebutt: While we weren't there that day when they decided that
keel-stepped was a better idea, we believe that the issues mostly have to do
with deck compression. There is a lot of load on the rigs, and rather than
dealing with the structure needed to keep the decks from sagging (and thus
loosening rig tension), the simpler solution was to run the mast down to the
bottom. Also, there are boats that have hydraulic rams at the butt to
tighten the rig by raising the mast up. Other advantages have to do with
mast bend, as you can either induce bend or restrict it by either moving the
mast butt fore and after or by adjusting the mast chalks. We suspect the
mast butt is also better mounted down low with only vertical loading rather
than at the deck with more varied loading demands.

* Add additional comments here:
http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/blog/2008/05/mast-steps.html

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LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
Letters selected for publication must include the writer's name, and may be
edited for clarity or simplicity (letters shall be no longer than 250
words). You only get one letter per subject, so give it your best shot,
don't whine if others disagree, and save your bashing and personal attacks
for elsewhere. As an alternative, a more open environment for discussion is
available on the Scuttlebutt Forum.

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* From Peter R. Szasz: Regarding the story “KEEPING UP WITH THE RISING
STAKES” in Issue 2598, be forewarned concerning the following bulletin:

In view of recent trends in the world of Yacht Racing, the following timely
advertisement is slated to appear in most sailing and financial
publications:
> Thrown out of a race just because you came in on the port tack at the
weather mark, hit two boats and the mark?
> Disqualified just because you forced a late inside overlap at the leeward
mark and t-boned the boat ahead?
> Been DQ’d just because you were I little bit over the line at a black flag
start?

Sorace and Shyster LLP with offices worldwide, near every major sailing
center, with experienced legal teams and dodgy expert witnesses, is ready to
help you to get that trophy you could not win by racing. Take sailboat
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* From Garret Cameron: (re, story in Butt 2590) As the CBYRA Board member
who is responsible for the CORUM Cup Sponsorship, my only criticism of Tom
Price’s statements is that he reacted solely on a press release without
investigating the facts further. A simple local phone call could have eased
many of his concerns.

The Scholarships to be awarded are only for the 420s and Laser Radials whose
vast majority are well over the age of 12. There are few exceptions. This
age group is well within all acceptable Adolescent Psychological standards
for participating in results based activities. I agree that children in
their pediatric years need time to develop. These scholarships are being
structured so that they will not interfere with collegiate eligibility
rules, and with the assistance of Mitchell Brindley, President,
Intercollegiate Sailing Association, will be administered through the ICSA.

As for pushy parents, that is completely a separate issue which should be
addressed personally at the club level. It is unfortunate but I saw this
type of behavior from parents when I was in sports as a youth and competed
formally in swimming, skiing, and a number of other sports including sailing
since 6 years of age. It made me all the more appreciative of my parents who
supported me, Win or Lose. As the recipient of multiple scholarship awards,
upon graduation from my undergraduate degree I was ever so thankful for that
support and could leave school without the burden of student loans.

* From Jim Champs: (re, letter in 2598 about the concerns of collision with
unmanned sailboats) Compared to the challenges of getting the damn things
across the ocean at all plumbing the radar into the steering system so that
it obeys col regs ought not to be a significant problem. It might even be
better at doing so than a lot of manned ships. At least the electronics will
be "looking" at the radar... Same applies to reduced visibility. It’s not
hard to measure...

CURMUDGEON’S OBSERVATION
You can have peace or you can have freedom, but don't ever count on having
both at once.

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