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SCUTTLEBUTT 2603 - May 23, 2008

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Within the United Sates, the administration of sailing beyond the parking
lot of US SAILING headquarters in Newport, RI is sliced up several ways. US
SAILING has divided the country into 11 separate areas, and within these
areas are "Regional Sailing Associations," of which there are 36 in all.
Each RSA is made up of yacht clubs, and if there is a group of clubs in a
small geographic area, they might form their own local association to help
administer their racing calendar, etc.

One of these local associations, the Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht
Clubs, represents 17 clubs in the area of Los Angeles, CA, and they recently
met with US SAILING President Jim Capron to discuss the Mandatory Membership
policy and proposed rule change, which will be voted on by US SAILING at
their June 2008 Board Meeting. Following those discussions, the organization
voted at its May meeting to oppose this initiative, and has compiled a list
of Frequently Asked Questions". Here is a couple:

Q: What is US SAILING’s current proposal?
A: US SAILING’s board is considering a proposal to add a prescription
(addendum) to Rule 46 of the 2009-2012 Racing Rules of Sailing (“RRS”)
promulgated by the International Sailing Federation (IASF). The latest draft
proposal (as of May 15, 2008) is as follows: “US SAILING prescribes that the
person in charge and each person who steers the boat shall be members of US
SAILING or their own national authority. However, any person may steer the
boat for reasons of safety. This prescription does not apply to races that
are primarily intended to teach racing or bring new sailors into the sport,
or to races for which US SAILING has granted a written waiver.”

Q: Can I just “write out” this Rule in my Club’s Sailing Instructions?
A: No. As part of the proposal, US SAILING will add this Prescription to
Rule 46 to the list of prescriptions which, per Rule 87 (to be re-numbered
as Rule 88 in 2009) cannot be changed by Sailing Instructions. So
“mandatory” means just that – mandatory.

Complete list of FAQs:

By Elaine Bunting, Yachting World
Talk about tales of the unexpected. During The Artemis Transat race from
Plymouth (GBR) to Boston (USA), Vincent Riou, who was rescued from his Open
60 PRB in the North Atlantic after the keel was badly damaged, says he
collided with a basking shark and cut it in two. "I saw two portions emerge
at the back of the boat," Riou commented, with forensic accuracy. I find
myself craving more information. Did he cut in half crossways or lengthwise?
What did the 'portions' look like?

These boats are so fast they are increasingly sneaking up unawares on whales
and sharks - there have been four collisions and at least 10 other whale
sightings on the Artemis Transat. But that's not quite as amazing as the
leading edge of a canting keel chopping a 40ft shark in half. You can't
class these incidents as normal marine collisions anymore; this is roadkill.
Here are a coule other reports:

* From Thiery Bouchard on the Class 40 Mistral Loisirs - Pole Sante ELIOR:
“I have just run into a whale. The collision took place while I was down
below eating. The bulb was embedded in the side of the whale. I went on deck
immediately to see what was happening and I saw it in the middle of a pool
of blood.”

* A collision with a whale aboard Sam Davies's Open 60 Roxy today caused
damage to the starboard daggerboard.

Noted Dee Caffari on the Open 60 Aviva, "There has been absolutely loads of
marine life. I've seen loads of Portuguese Man o' War [jellyfish], turtles,
dolphins. I haven't seen any whales, though. I don't know if it's the mix of
warm and cold currents that means food is in abundance, but there's been a
lot. Yesterday when we were crossing through the ice gate [at 40°N],
wherever you looked you saw something in the ocean. It was bizarre. A
Portuguese Man o' War came by that was massive, a real big beauty and I
thought 'Bloody hell!' There were dolphins as well." --

Race website:

(May 22, 2008) US SAILING announced today that an independent arbitrator has
dismissed Farrah Hall’s complaint concerning the protest committee’s
decision to grant redress to Nancy Rios at the 2007 Olympic Trials in the
RS:X Women’s event. Under the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Bylaws
and the rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the
arbitrator’s decision is final. As a result, Nancy Rios’ victory is

The arbitrator, C. Mark Baker, heard two days of testimony from Farrah Hall
and her witnesses. After Ms. Hall’s legal team rested, attorneys for US
SAILING and Nancy Rios moved to dismiss Ms. Hall’s complaint, arguing that
Ms. Hall made no showing that the protest committee’s actions and the
procedures in the Racing Rules of Sailing that the protest committee
followed. Mr. Baker granted the motion and declared the matter closed before
US SAILING and Ms. Rios presented their witnesses and evidence.

Dean Brenner, Chairman of the US SAILING Olympic Committee, said “This
decision brings to an end any uncertainty concerning the US representative
in the Women’s RS:X event. My heart goes out to Farrah Hall, who put her
heart and soul into making the Olympic Team. She has a bright future in our
sport.” Commented Nancy Rios, “I am honored to be representing the United
States in the Olympic Games, and relieved to be able to resume my training
full time.”

This month we see the launch of both Saudade - the 148’ Wally, and the 77’
Black Pearl at Baltic. They share in common advanced composites, lift keels,
and easy/fast sail plans for Café Racing and off-road sailing. Saudade
debuts in Sardinia at the Maxi Rolex Worlds. Also, we are lucky to be joined
by two Davids. Young David Fogg, is a Naval Architect/ Engineer Webb
graduate, with 5 years sailing design experience in Sydney and the US. Dave
Hulse brings skills honed during 30 years with spar manufacturing and
design, plus Americas Cup 1998-2008 experience as performance analyst.

(May 22, 2008) -- Fair skies and a 7-8 knot easterly breeze greeted sailors
this morning on the Ijsselmeer in Medemblik, Holland during the second day
of the Delta Lloyd Regatta 2008. The breeze faded as the day wore on so that
some of the fleets that started their sets later in the day had a difficult
time finishing their races within the time limit and had to wait for the
breeze to fill later in the afternoon, as was the case with the Tornados or
were challenged in very light conditions. Some of the fleets experienced big
enough shifts so that there were course changes, but today’s winners bested
everybody by finding pressure and staying in it once they found it.

In those classes that are well attended by the North American Olympic
representatives, it was another productive day. Anna Tunnicliffe (USA)
remains near the top of the Laser Radial (2nd), Andrew Campbell (USA) is now
5th in the Laser, Stu McNay/Graham Biehl (USA) moved up to 6th in the 470
Men, and Oskar Johansson/ Kevin Stittle (CAN) charged up to 7th in the
Tornado. Hard luck notable for the event so far is likely Michael Leigh
(CAN), who after winning the Laser event in Hyeres, France last month, had a
rough first day in the 117 boat fleet, and then stumbled on day two with an
OCS before rolling a 3-3. Leigh is currently in 18th place. Fleet racing
continues for Friday and Saturday with the top ten competing in the Medal
race on Sunday. -- Lynn Fitzpatrick, read on:

If you pay a visit to Detroit either in the evening or on the weekend, you
are more than likely to find a lone boat foiling around in circles again and
again in the cold waters of the USA’s far north. For almost exactly one
year, 32 year old Bora Gulari, has been learning the art of foiling – he
bought his first ever Moth mid-May 2007. Since then he has gone from being
an American sailor who was getting to grips with the class by buying a
Bladerider, to one of the top contenders for a World Championship win this
July in Weymouth.

So who is this new threat to the world title? Gulari was actually a fairly
latecomer to sailing. Early on he could be found out on the water
windsurfing and spent a lot of time course racing those. When the short
board revolution kicked off he spent less time course racing and a lot more
time short board sailing. After spending time in California and Hawaii he
was then due to head to Michigan to study for his Aerospace Engineering
Degree. “Going to school in Michigan and being a short board sailor does not
quite work. There is not really enough breeze, he explains. “I stumbled
across club sailing at college and off we went from there.” -- Daily Sail
(subscription site), read on:

Helicopters were circling Beacon Hill on Wednesday. Politics in America had
reached the highest level of public interest in years. In the midst of this
furor and a great personal tragedy, Ted Kennedy told the world that the one
thing he wanted to do was go sailing. The indominatable spirit of this man
to hound his wife and doctors to let him out of Mass General to get out on
the water and then race in the FIGAWI to Nantucket on Saturday... and the
brain tumor and tests be damned! .. deserves our thunderous applause. The
helicopters must have all flown to Hyannis to watch his schooner set sail.
Great sailing shots of Ted and Jack were all over the network news. Thanks,
Ted, you have done more for promoting the sport we all love than you
possibly could have imagined. -- Bob Johnstone

* Additional details:

* Clipper Ventures Plc has announced that the next edition of its biennial
event, the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race, will start and finish
in the Humber on the east coast of England. The seventh edition of the
ten-boat race will start on September 13, 2009 and return on July 3, 2010.
The current edition of the event has just finished its 6th leg from Santa
Cruz, CA to Jamaica, and will begin its final leg to Liverpool, England on
May 24th, with the fleet passing through New York, Nova Scotia, and Cork en
route to their final finish line. --

* The RC 44 Austria Cup will take place on the beautiful Lake Traun, between
May 28-June 1, which will be the third event of the six stop RC 44
Championship Tour. Following the first two events held on the sea, with
waves and fairly strong winds, this regatta may well reshuffle the cards.
Once again, the lineup is exceptional with Class leaders Armando Giulietti
and his pro skipper Sébastien Col sailing against Larry Ellison, John
Kostecki, James Spithill, Cameron Appleton, Mateusz Kusznierewicz, Russell
Coutts and many more. -- Read on:

* Eight of the events in 2007 from the World Match Racing Tour are now being
shown online at T2P.TV. --

* Correction: As one ‘butthead astutely pointed out in our information
regarding the Summer Solstice event on June 21-22 in Issue 2602, we wrongly
sated that this was a “world-wide” sailing celebration to encourage boating
on the longest day of the year. For the June date, it is a Northern
Hemisphere event only, though event organizer John Arndt noted that one year
someone did sign up from Oz with the quote, “down here it's the shortest day
of the year but it's the longest night to party!” Additional event
information is at

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Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include l’Hydroptère getting launched in France prior to her 50 knot speed
record assault, the restoration of the P Class yawl BERNICE (1916), BMW
Oracle Racing’s Extreme 40’s before the capsize, winning Clipper 07-08 Round
the World Yacht Race crew celebrating in Jamaica, a raffle for a sailing
board game developed by S&S, and a sequence of a Star boat wiping out during
a regatta on Gull Lake (MI). If you have images you would like to share,
send them to the Scuttlebutt editor. Here are this week’s photos:

* If you are into extreme engineering, you will want to view this slideshow.
Imagine an elevation difference of 35 meters between two rivers, and what
you might design to move ferries between the upper river and the lower
river. If you thought of ramps, cranes, rope tows, think again. This design
is epic, and it completes the function in fifteen minutes. --

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* From Mike Esposito: (re, thread in Issues 2600-2) I like the yellow jersey
idea. It would work well in one of those credit card commercials: "New sail,
$20,000; a pro calling tactics, $5,000; wearing a yellow jersey after the
awards ceremony, priceless." Of course, it would also work well as a tourist
novelty shirt: "My skipper spent $50,000 to sail this regatta, and all I got
was this lousy yellow T-shirt."

* From Andrew Bray, Editor, Yachting World: A far older tradition than
breaking bottles over bows when christening yachts, or ships come to that,
is to pour a libation to the gods over the bow from a silver goblet and then
throw it over the side. I always take the precaution of tying a length of
fine fishing line to the goblet, much to the chagrin of the diver who went
looking for treasure on one occasion. It also means that there is plenty
left in the bottle to perform the full and proper christening celebration.

* From Cressida Robson: I followed your link from this story (in Issue 2602)
… “ISAF is currently accepting nominations for members of the Committees,
Sub-Committees and Commissions of the International Sailing Federation for
November 2008-November 2012..... --

.....and I just loved the photo and caption...nothing to me says more about
why we have ended up with the classes and events we have at the Olympics.
Diverse? Three white shirt and tie, grey haired men? I don't think so.

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: We posted her note and photos on Scuttleblog… you
be the judge, and post your comments there:

* From Jeremy McGeary: There was no luck involved in Loick Peyron having a
video camera in hand when he rescued Vincent Riou in the Artemis Transat
(Scuttlebutt 2602). Peyron has a record of this behaviour. In the inaugural
Vendee Globe (non-stop around the world, singlehanded) in 1989, he performed
a similar favor to Philippe Poupon who, somewhere west of Cape Town, was
scratching his head aboard his capsized Fleury Michon, wondering why it
didn't a) roll right over or b) return upright.

Peyron arrives on scene in his Lada Poch to help Poupon right the boat. As
he sails up to Fleury Michon his camera, attached aft, is running. With
Fleury Michon clearly visible in the background, Poupon leaves the helm of
Lada Poch, walks aft to the camera, and polishes the lens with a cloth --
watching it, you feel like he's wiping your face. We then see him catch a
line thrown by Poupon, quickly make it fast, and proceed to tow Fleury
Michon head to wind. This, mind you, in the Roaring Forties, not Long Island
Sound in August.

Any wonder that, after that demonstration of media savvy, Peyron was
sponsored for years by Fujicolor?

* From Chip Pitcairn: (re, Video of the Week in #2602) Did anyone else
notice that Vincent Riou and Loick Peyron didn't sink the liferaft after
abandoning PRB? I thought this was standard practice to avoid would-be
rescuers chasing empty liferafts all over the ocean.

* From Derek Bouwer: (re, story in #2602) I understand the problem of
mistaking the fishing rod holder for the fuel port, but 1) Talking on his
mobile while pumping gas is a real no-no, and 2) He's lucky that the bilge
pump didn't set the fuel off and blow his boat to bits, an expensive lesson
well learned I hope.

* From Eric A Sorensen: (re, story in #2602) The boat fueling diesel into
his bilge must be a common story. A bit worse was the dude in a 24' fish
boat that filled up with 150 gallons of gas in the same manner up here in
Anacortes WA. He had to be towed, VERY carefully to the hoist and taken
ashore for his cleanup which must have ruined the boat. Again, the fishing
pole holder was mistaken for the fuel inlet. As he was going past my boat en
route to the hoist, I was hoping his batteries were under the fluid or dead.
Odd that he didn't notice the amount since he only had an 80 gallon tank.
Must be a powerboat thing. I wonder if insurance pays off in this sort of
situation. It must, but the rates go up and up.

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and those who, with time on their hands, wonder what happened.

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