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SCUTTLEBUTT 2604 - May 27, 2008

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(May 25, 2008) -- Anna Tunnicliffe sailed a stellar week at the ISAF Grade 1
Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, Holland. Going into the final medal race,
she knew she was guaranteed gold or silver; all she had to do was stay no
farther than five boats behind her closest competition, Gintare
Volungeviciute of Lithuania. By finishing five boats ahead of
Volungeviciute, Tunnicliffe confirmed her gold medal and won the 71-boat
fleet by 21 points. Over the course of the chilly week the winds and chop
grew, though Tunnicliffe remained strong and extended her lead as the
conditions changed. Tunnicliffe finished the regatta with six first-place
finishes out of 14 races, while the second-place finisher only managed two
race wins.

Nearly all the North American Olympic representatives in attendance landed
positions in the top ten. In the Laser, Michael Leigh (CAN) was 7th with
Andrew Campbell (USA) in 8th. Tornado sailors Oskar Johansson/ Kevin Stittle
(CAN) finished 4th with John Lovell and Charlie Ogletree in 10th. In the 470
Men, Stu McNay/Graham Biehl (USA) finished in 6th. -- Event website:

* Next up on the European Olympic circuit is the 470 Open European
Championship at Riva del Garda, ITA (June 5-14) and Kiel Week at Kiel, GER
(June 21-29). Already training in Kiel are American Star sailors John Dane
and Austin Sperry; here is an excerpt from a recent report from Austin:
I love this place, but I could definitely live without the cold. John Dane
and I are in Kiel, training with Marc Pickel and Ingo Borkowski. We have our
coaches Rodney Hagebols and Hans Wallen, along with Anthony Kotoun with us.
For anybody who has not been to Kiel before, here are some things about the
city you should know before your trip:

1) It’s cold - bring ALL your warm foul weather gear, if you think you
brought enough, pack more.
2) It never gets dark, so to sleep bring your sunglasses.
3) Don’t forget rule number 1.

Sailing in Europe is huge! Much much bigger than in North America! The Pinta
racing team (Marc and Ingo’s sponsor) has their own press team and they
organized a media day. Well, I expected there might be a few reporters
asking us a few questions here and there. However, there were more than 25
media reporters on hand; we spent about 2 hours with the TV, newspaper and
other invited journalists. After the questions, three tenders full of press
followed the two boats out on the water to film us in action. -- Complete

Loick Peyron on board Gitany Eighty crossed the finish line of The Artemis
Transat at 03:15:35 GMT on Saturday, 24th May (00:15:35 local time). His
arrival in Boston, USA, marks an historic achievement for this legendary
French sailor. He is now the only sailor in history to have won this race
three times (1992/1996/2008), exceeding the two-time record he shared with
another French sailing legend, Eric Tabarly. Beginning in Plymouth, England
on May 11th, Gitana Eighty finished the 2,982-mile course of The Artemis
Transat in a time of 12 days, 11 hours, 45 minutes, 35 seconds (based on
corrected time including the deduction of the 2.5 hour time allowance
awarded by the jury for his rescue of Vincent Riou). In doing so, he has
beaten the existing monohull record of 12 days, 15 hours, 18 mins and 8 secs
set by Mike Golding onboard Ecover in 2004, by 3 hours, 32 mins and 33 secs.

As for the recovery of Riou’s boat, a tug boat left Halifax, Nova Scotia on
May 22nd and by May 25th they had PRB under tow back to Halifax, with
initial inspection showing no further damage. The top five for the race in
the Open 60 class will be Peyron, Armel Le Cléach, Brit Air (2nd), Generali,
Yann Elies (3rd), Safran, Marc Guillemot (4th), and Roxy, Sam Davies (5th).
In the Class40 fleet, Giovanni Soldini's Telecom Italia maintains a 42 mile
lead with 400 miles to the finish. -- Event site:

Finish photos:
Finish video:

Newport, Rhode Island (May 26, 2008) - Folks enjoying their Memorial Day
parades and picnics could hardly have a complaint with the weatherman’s
efforts today. But when the opening round of the 2008 ICSA Women’s National
Championship got underway at noon, the blustery conditions that greeted
racers were just a hint of what was in store for rest of their day out on
Narragansett Bay. Facing water temps in the upper 50s, air temps in the
mid-60s, and a southerly breeze around 10 knots, the racers quickly added
foul weather protection and layers for warmth as conditions built over the
afternoon to a gusty 25-knot southwesterly that triggered the issuance of a
NOAA small craft advisory.

After six races for both A and B Divisions, the Lady Bulldogs of Yale
University (New Haven, Conn.) emerged as the day’s leader, largely courtesy
of junior Kate Hagemann (Marion, Mass.) and freshman Liz Brim (New York,
N.Y.) who won three of their six races to lead B-Division with 14 points.
Junior Jane Macky (Auckland, New Zealand) rotated crew between sophomore
Marla Menninger (Newport Beach, Calif.) and freshman Sarah Lihan (Ft.
Lauderdale, Fla.) over the course of the afternoon and stands second in
A-Division with 28 points. Brown University (Providence, R.I.) resides in
second overall with both their A and B divisions finishing in third
position, while Tufts University (Medford, Mass.) stands third overall, with
seniors Kaity Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Lyndsey Gibbons-Neff (Rosemont,
Penn.) winning three races to lead in A-Division with 15 points. Racing
continues through May 28th.
Daily report:

Catamarans are hotter than ever right now and Gunboats are popping up all
over the Caribbean and around the world. John and Sue Kwitek, owners of the
Gunboat 62 'Lickety Split 2' collected silver at the 1st Annual Caribbean
Gunboat Shootout, which was part of the Heineken Regatta and Antigua Sailing
Week. Equipped with a full North Sails inventory, North's Mark Sadler from
South Africa sailed onboard with the Kwitek's, "I expected it to be a
cruising catamaran, but it sails really well upwind and it is a lot of fun

By Tim Jeffery, Telegraph
One of them is the most successful skipper in America's Cup history, a Kiwi
aged 46 and with an Olympic gold medal to his name. The other is a
35-year-old Frenchman, a dominant force in the 60ft trimaran circuit,
multiple record breaker and an unwanted star of the television news
bulletins at the start of the year when his crew was rescued from their
105ft trimaran Groupama 3 in the Southern Ocean off New Zealand during a
round the world record attempt. And still Russell Coutts and Franck Cammas
are trying to teach each other how to sail. We're on Extreme 40 catamarans.
It doesn't go too well. We have a big capsize, a slow-motion heel from
gentle to steep angle and then ultimately beyond the vertical as the whole
boat rotates and comes down on our heads in the Mediterranean off Valencia.
-- Read on, plus view a photo sequence of the capsize:

Larchmont, NY (May 26, 2008) – In order to take advantage of the northerly
direction of the wind, the Storm Trysail Club's Block Island Race was run
counter-clockwise around Block Island for the first time in decades.
However, according to overall IRC and IRC Super Zero class winner Roger
Sturgeon (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), having to leave Block Island to port rather
than starboard wasn't the only atypical thing about the race. "As far as I
can figure, nothing is typical here," he said, explaining that this was his
team's first time sailing on Long Island Sound and Block Island Sound.
"We've done a lot of sailing on San Francisco Bay, where the tricky currents
might compare, but the wind changes here are way more complicated." The 186
nautical mile race, in its 63rd running, began late Friday afternoon (May
23) and sent Sturgeon's STP65 Rosebud/Team DYT and 108 other IRC- and
PHRF-rated boats off on a course from Stamford, Conn., down Long Island
Sound, around Block Island (R.I.), and back. A Northwest breeze of 16-18
knots got the boats off to a quick downwind start and stayed consistent
until the fleet got to Plum Gut. -- Full report with results:

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* Photographer Carlo Borlenghi takes us to Rolex Capri Sailing Week,
situated on the small Italian resort isle of Capri off the Gulf of Naples.
The simple fact that one must take a ferry or a helicopter to get to the
island makes the destination seem like an exclusive adventure, and Carlo
does his typically magnificent job of providing us with the smell, sounds,
and splashes from the event. --

* The Midwest Interscholastic Sailing Association hosted the 2008 ISSA Team
Racing National Championship (Baker Trophy), where 12 high school teams from
across the United States competed last weekend on Lake Minnetonka, hosted by
Lake Minnetonka Sailing School/Minnetonka Yacht Club. Final results in the
Championship group were: 1. St Georges School (Newport, RI), 2. Tabor
Academy (Marion, MA), 3. Point Loma HS (San Diego, CA), and 4. Newport
Harbor HS (Newport Beach, CA). Event website:

* The World Sailing Speed Record Council announced a new "Performance
Certificate" for the Antarctica Cup course inaugural record from Albany to
Albany, Australia. The record was set by solo sailor Fedor Konyukhov (RUS)
onboard an 85 ft monohull from January 26, 2008 to May 7, 2008, setting an
elapsed time of 102 days 1 hour 35 minutes 50 seconds. --

* The 65th annual Swiftsure International Yacht Race had 102 racers complete
the event, which started off Victoria’s waterfront on May 24th. Four
individual race courses were utilized, including the 140-mile Swiftsure
Lightship Classic, the 100-mile Cape Flattery Race, the 75- mile Juan de
Fuca course, as well as the increasingly popular Saturday-only inshore
races. -- Event website:

* The 37th Annual Figawi Race last weekend kicked off the Cape Cod and
Nantucket summer seasons, with over 200 entrants competing in the pursuit
race. -- Event website:

* Thirty-five teams attended the 2008 Star Western Hemisphere Championship,
hosted by Seneca Yacht Club at Geneva, New York, USA on May 20-23. Winning
the event was Rick Merriman/ Phil Trinter (USA), beating out Peter
McChesney/ Shane Zwingelberg (USA) on a tiebreaker. -- Complete results:

* On Monday May 26, 2008 at 15:00, ICAP Leopard, the Farr designed 100-foot
super maxi yacht owned by Mike Slade, crossed the start line at Ambrose
Light, New York, intent on entering the record books by breaking the West to
East transatlantic speed record currently held by the 246-foot luxury yacht
Phocea of 8d 3h 29m that was set in July 1988. This record is a special
sub-category for vessels that utilize powered sailing systems. The outright
monohull record is held by the 140-foot "MariCha IV"of 6d 17h 52m 39s set in
October 2003. --

* All ten of the 68-foot yachts of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht
Race began the final leg on May 24th that will take them from Jamaica to
Liverpool, England passing through New York, Nova Scotia, and Cork en route
to their final finish line. However, within a few hours after the start, the
fleet stopped racing and began heading towards a rendezvous point in the
Windward Passage, midway between the islands of Haiti and Cuba, some 200
nautical miles from the start line. The decision was taken due to extreme
light winds, with a better forecast for a restart on Monday, May 25th. --

* May 26, 2008 -- Team Russia’s new Volvo Open 70 yacht made a spectacular
entrance into the world today, appearing in public for the first time
hovering high over the boat sheds of builder’s Green Marine Lymington (UK).
On a day that started extremely wet and blustery, a break in the weather
around high water enabled the hull to be safely lowered by a massive 200
Tonnes crane into the Lymington River. -- Read on:

The Melges 24 World Championship begins this week. The 120+ Melges 24 fleet
hits Porto Cervo, Italy for this year’s Worlds! The Melges 24 is the most
exciting sportboat overseas too. Back in the US, Melges has many new Melges
24's being prepped for the upcoming US Nationals in Charleston, SC. and then
the North Americans in Annapolis, MD. for late October. The 2009 World
Championship is in Annapolis - get geared up! Race to

George Frederick "Fritz" Jewett Jr., a prominent San Francisco businessman,
philanthropist and sailing buff whose support of the sport led to his
induction into the America's Cup Hall of Fame in 2005, died in San Francisco
Friday of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 81.Mr. Jewett had a long career in
the forest products industry as a director of the Potlatch Corp. He retired
as vice chairman of the board in 1999. He was also renowned in sailing
circles for chairing five America's Cup syndicates for three yacht clubs
from 1973 through 2000.

The campaigns were no small feats - some had budgets that reached into the
tens of millions of dollars. Of the boats whose syndicates he chaired,
Freedom won the cup in 1980, but lost in 1983, and Stars & Stripes won the
cup in 1987, a victory that was celebrated with ticker tape parades in New
York as well as San Diego, where the team was based. He was also invited to
the White House by President Ronald Reagan after that victory. -- San
Francisco Chronicle, read on:

The building itself was never much to look at. In fact, its only significant
architectural feature was the masts on the roof until the early 1990s. “We
heard a lot of jokes about sailing a building,” said Lowell North, the man
who launched an empire from the unimposing structure between Shelter Island
Drive and the boat storage yard of San Diego Yacht Club. But the little
building with its hard-to-find entrance tucked around the corner became
something of a mecca in the world of sailing – and one of the more important
structures on the San Diego waterfront.

The building was the soul of North Sails – until operations of what is now
an international consortium officially shifted last week after 48 years at
the landmark at 1111 Anchorage Lane to a new headquarters in Liberty
Station. “When we built this building, it was exactly 50 feet by 50 feet,”
North recalled recently. “The first sails I made were cut on the floor of
our (Lowell's and ex-wife Kay's) apartment. I'd take them to be stitched by
Martha Baker, who owned a flag shop. Then I had a small loft on the B Street
Pier. “When we decided we needed a bigger place, we picked this site.” --
Union-Tribune, read on:

* While it is sad to see the original North loft moving off the waterfront,
it should be noted that their new home remains convenient for another
activity: it is only .2 miles from a newly renovated 9-hole golf course. --

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* From Larry Pierce: Sailing World Editor Dave Reed makes a good point about
the value received when one does 60 events a year
( What about those of
us that do 1 or 2 events? Rather than the $5 discount members usually
received on the race application, perhaps a more equitable solution would be
to forward that discount towards US Sailing? If I'm lucky my personal
situation will allow me to do one overnight race this year. That's $60 for
US Sailing and $30 for the PHRF certificate before I send in my race
application. Mr Reed suggests that if “we want a quality race, regatta, and
party afterwards then contribute to the cause". Since when does US Sailing
pay for the Mount Gay?

After years of racing there are many who prefer to get back to their
families than attend the tent parties. When I actively raced I never
hesitated to pay my dues and received Sailing World for my contribution. Now
it's mandatory and I must pay for the magazine. The whole thing smacks of RI
politics. When our legislators decide how to increase revenue in a soft
economy the best they can come up with is a tax hike. ie: business is lousy
so let's raise prices. If you make membership mandatory, it's quite possible
that your membership and revenues won't increase.

* From Donald Baxter: US SAILING believes it will no longer have enough
funds to perform its core functions. As near as I can tell, its core
function consists of taking the vast majority of its dues from people who
sail PHRF or IRC and using them to fund trips to the annual ISAF meeting for
people who get to stay in a fancy hotel, dine with European royalty, and sit
for a few hours in a room and talk about the Olympics. As an added feature,
they get to decide that nobody thinks catamarans are real raceboats but that
we've all been pining away for the chance to find out who the world's best
Yngling sailor might be. Perhaps the reason for their sinking revenues is
that they spend too much time and money on the Olympics while relying on
only a couple of underpaid guys to actually serve their dues-paying members,
all the while treating weekend and beer-can sailors as if their chosen style
of racing was a cost center.

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Regarding funding for the US Olympic Sailing
program, we called Dean Brenner, Chairman of the US SAILING Olympic
Committee, for clarification, and he stated that his budget derives no
funding from either US SAILING membership dues or any other revenue streams
from US SAILING. Rather, his budget is completely dependent on US Olympic
Committee funding and corporate and private sponsorship.

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