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SCUTTLEBUTT 2605 - May 28, 2008

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For the first time ever, when the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 starts on October
4th, each boat will be required to have a dedicated on-board crew member
responsible for media as part of its team. PUMA Ocean Racing has selected
Rick Deppe, professional sailor and cinematographer, for the role.
British-born Deppe, 43, has featured in two Whitbread races (in 1993-94
aboard Fortuna and in 1997-98 on Chessie Racing) and has several movie and
TV projects to his credit including The Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch
and Disney's "Morning Light" - released later this October. Deppe explains
his view on this new position:

Q: What attracted you to the job?
A: Because of my experiences as a sailor and subsequently moving into the
world of TV and media, I've always felt that sailing wasn't well-portrayed
and it's always been a dream of mine to take the recording of sailing
adventures as far as it can be taken. And when Volvo announced that this was
how they were going to operate with on-board media crew member, I decided
this was pretty special - a bold idea - it was something that I wanted to be
part of.

Q: Will this be the most extreme media job you have ever done?
A: Yes, in terms of the scope. Volvo and PUMA have set very ambitious goals
and they have put many systems and equipment in place - a lot of
expenditures. It is 37,000 miles of ocean and nine months. That has to be
the most extreme thing you can imagine. Going up the mast, being on the bow,
going over the side to get shots. That's going to be the challenge really.
-- Read on:

Over 18 million American recreational boats could soon be required to comply
with a new permit system if Congress does not pass the Clean Boating Act of
2008 before September 30th. Due to a 2006 U.S. District Court decision, the
federal Environmental Protection Agency is required to design and implement
a discharge permit system for every vessel in the country before September
30, 2008. Current federal legislation, Senate Bill #2766 and House Bill
#5949 "The Clean Boating Act" would reinstate a 35-year permit exemption for
recreational boats.

If legislation does not pass in the next 4 months, all of the boats that you
own or sail will need a special permit, regardless of size or type. This
means boat owners will be required to apply and pay for permits for Sabots,
Lasers, Hobies, Mumm 30s, Cal 40s or TP52s, most likely in every state where
they want to sail a boat. The National Marine Manufacturers Association
(NMMA) and BoatU.S. are spear-heading efforts in Washington D.C. to pass
this legislation, but every boater's voice is critical right now to
successfully pass this bill. "Time is short, Congress is distracted, and we
must get this legislation moved in order to beat the clock," says Margaret
Podlich, Vice President of Government Affairs for BoatU.S. and a US SAILING
member. -- Read on:

The breeze on Narragansett Bay (Newport, R.I.) was a pleasant 12 knots,
gusting to 15, as we hoisted the huge square top, fully battened mainsail
and fell off onto a reach. We rolled out the Solent jib and within seconds
the boat was humming along at 8.5 knots. And I mean humming. The twin
rudders and the high aspect fin keel, with a huge bulb on the bottom,
literally developed a pleasant harmonic that sang the song of true boat
speed. If you have ever got a Laser planning you will know what we were
experiencing. Out behind us the wake was as smooth as glass. We weren't
going through the water; we were skimming on top of it.

Heading up the bay and steering hard on the wind, the boat heeled
dramatically and held the 8-plus knots of boat speed. Brian Harris, the
boat's co-owner, climbed below, deployed the water intake valve to fill the
windward ballast tanks and soon the boat was standing nearly upright and the
speed had increased to over nine knots. Wow. A few miles up the bay, we fell
off the wind to hoist the huge asymmetrical chute and dumped the water
ballast. It was like someone had stomped down on the accelerator. The boat
took off instantly and the GPS showed the speed climbing to nine and then 10
knots - in 12 knots of breeze - as that pleasant hum raised a few cycles in
pitch. -- Mad Mariner, read on:

UK-Halsey's website has posted the latest safety at sea video, which you'll
want to view before you leave for Bermuda or any other distance race. This
eighth video covers fighting onboard fires and was shot during the hands-on
Safety-at-Sea seminar at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy this spring. The
eight videos take only minutes to view but will greatly improve your safety
afloat. There's no cost to view them or to try UK-Halsey's famous rules
quizzes: just log on and learn. UK-Halsey: Fast sails that last are just
part of what we do for sailors. 800-253-2002.

Newport, Rhode Island (May 27, 2008) - With the possibility of afternoon
thunderstorms in the forecast for day two of the 2008 ICSA Women's National
Championship, racing was underway by 10:00 a.m. in a moderate southwest
breeze that allowed both A- and B-Divisions to complete four races each by
the break for lunch. As the morning haze burned off, the 15-20 knot
southwesterly gave the competitors plenty to work with on Narragansett Bay
as four additional races were completed just as a line of clouds threatened
to bring showers to the racecourse. The event has now completed fourteen
races in both A and B Division, with four more planned for the final day of
racing on Wednesday.

For the ladies from Yale University (New Haven, Conn.), their efforts to
extend their lead appeared to be unstoppable through the break after the
10th races in both divisions. Up by 27 points over second-placed Brown, the
resumption of racing saw the B-Division duo of junior Kate Hagemann (Marion,
Mass./Naples, Fla.) and freshman Liz Brim (New York, N.Y.) pick up an OCS
and two additional double-digit finishes that dropped them from first to
fourth in their division. Junior Jane Macky (Auckland, New Zealand), with
sophomore Marla Menninger (Newport Beach, Calif.) and freshman Sarah Lihan
(Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), kept her grip on second place in A-Division to keep
Yale in the overall leader's position with 147 points. Most improved goes to
Boston College (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) who started the day seventh overall
and moved to second overall by the end of the day's fourth race, only seven
points out of first place.

Daily report:

by Tim Jeffery, Telegraphy
Want a snapshot of the relentless march of Olympic sailing into the realms
of intricately organised and well-resourced professional sport? Then look at
the sheer number of coach boats ranged outside the regatta centre in
Medemblick on the western side of the Ijsselmeer. None of them are tired
15-year-old models either. Several of the blue ones are a special
development model of the Slovenian VSR brand of RIBs (rigid inflatable
boats) developed in conjunction with Britain's own Royal Yachting

This is the state we've reached: refining not just the craft themselves but
their support boats too. Coachboats mean coaches too, hence the
proliferation of backroom staff behind the world's Olympic sailors. Ten
years ago they'd have been 15-20 per cent of the coachboats seen today. All
around there are signs of change, encapsulated at the Delta Lloyd Regatta,
which is one of the three major Olympic classes regatta regularly held in
Europe. Seemingly every sailor now comes ashore from racing and gets his or
her laptop out. They're downstairs now, sitting on the stairs and floor,
online, sending emails and Skype-ing their mates, sponsors, local media and
so on. No wonder the broadband in the media centre keeps crashing. Along the
road and a few canals away, Skandia Team GBR has taken over its usual block
of holiday bungalows. Physio, Meteo and cooking support are all installed.
Can't rely on the local food. -- Read on:

* In 1978, Fietje Judel and Rolf Vrolijk founded Judel/Vrolijk Yachdesign &
Engineering, enjoying tremendous success with their international racing
yacht designs, most recently in the TP 52 class. As of June 1st, Judel will
be retiring from the firm, with his shares transferring to Rolf and Torsten
Conradi, who had become a third partner in 1986. --

* The first event of the 2008 iShares Cup Sailing Series will have ten
Extreme 40s lining up on Lake Lugano, on the Swiss-Italian border, over May
30-June 1. Amongst the competitors will be America's Cup winners Alinghi
helmed by Ed Baird, JPMorgan Asset Management helmed by double Olympic gold
medallist Shirley Roberston, and British America's Cup Challengers
TEAMORIGIN helmed by Rob Greenhalgh. Following this event, the iShares Cup
Extreme 40 Sailing Series continues on to France (June 13-15), UK (August
2-4), Germany (August 29-31), and finishes in the Netherlands (September
19-21). --

* The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has purchased the
Liberty Boat Show from Liberty Event Management LLC. The show is held in
Jersey City, New Jersey, across the Hudson River from Manhattan. The show,
which will take place September 25-28, is in its seventh year. NMMA's New
York office will manage the show. NMMA now produces 24 consumer boat shows
in the US and Canada. -- IBI Magazine,

* Submissions for the 2008 ISAF Annual Conference must be received at the
ISAF Secretariat using the Submission template form by 12:00 UTC on 1 August
2008. Being held in Madrid, Spain from 6-16 November, the Annual Conference
brings together the ISAF Council and Committees and representatives from
ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs), ISAF Class Associations, event
organizers, sailors and other key representatives across the sport. One of
the main objectives of the Conference is the consideration and judgement of
Submissions - essentially proposals to change or introduce a policy - which
may be made on any issue affecting the sport. -- Read on:

* Complimentary weather forecasts for the Sperry Top-Sider Detroit NOOD
Regatta and Cal Race Week, both taking place from May 30-June 1, will be
available from Sailing Weather Services. To sign up for these daily detailed
forecasts, log on to North Sails' weather center:

* SailLaser is opening its first North American location in Miami, FL at the
site of the US Sailing Center. Initially opened in Weymouth England, the
Miami Center will replicate many of the same programs, including Summer
Sailing Camps, Adult and Children's Sailing Lessons, Community Sailing
Programs, Racing Clinics and Programs, Corporate Programs and Special
Events. SailLaser is operated by LaserPerformance. --

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Peter Milne, one of Britain's most prodigious designers of small boats,
including the International Fireball, died at his home in Chichester on
Friday 23rd of May. Born in Southport, Lancashire, his parents moved to
Chichester when he was a few months old, where he learned not only to sail,
but the finer points of what makes a boat sail fast at Dell Quay in
Chichester Harbour. Peter inherited many of his innovative skills from his
Father, Cecil, an engineer who bought him his first boat - a Snipe. In 1957,
he built himself a Finn dinghy and later took a keen interest in the
flat-bottomed American scows, soon experimenting with a similar concept
designed to be built from a plywood kit.

The result was the 4.93m Fireball, a 2-man performance scow later equipped
with a trapeze and spinnaker which he completed in 1961. The next year,
Milne took the prototype Fireball to Yachts & Yachting magazine and was
asked to write a feature about the design. Editor Bill Smart was so
impressed with both the boat and the write-up that he asked Milne to join
the magazine as Assistant Editor, replacing John Westall, the designer of
the 505 dinghy. He worked there for 7 years, taking over as Editor when
Smart retired in 1965, as well as continuing with his design work. While
Milne produced more than 40 class dinghies, production cruisers and
powerboat designs, it is the Fireball that he will be best remembered for.
-- Complete report:

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* From John Folting: Once and a great while, if you are very lucky in life,
you meet a man like Fritz Jewett. A very unassuming, nice, great gentleman,
who with his lovely wife Lucy graced us here in San Diego with their class
and style, and knowledge on running an Americas Cup campaign. I had the
distinct pleasure of being a very small part of the 1980, 1983, and 1987
campaigns that Mr. Jewett was deeply involved. His dedication to the sport,
and the cup in particular are, makes me proud to have known him. And for his
gracious wife Lucy, may I offer my sincere condolences, as I am sure she has
lost the great love of her life, and I wish there was something I could do.
There are many people here in San Diego who will feel just as I do. Dennis,
Malin, and the whole campaign group, even though I do not speak for them,
will always remember what a great, kind man he was, of that I am absolutely

* From John Ritter: I've been following the threads on US SAILING membership
and potential changes, and guess I'm of a different view: I know what I've
gotten out of US SAILING, and am quite satisfied. I've taken advantage of
their Race Officer and Judge's certification programs, reap the benefit of
their liability insurance underwriting for the races I run for my club (yes,
even the local beer can ones), and the new policy on accident/injury during
travel to sailing events. Add to that managing the training, ensuring a
functional Appeals program, coordinating the One Design fleets throughout
the country, acting as an advocate to ISAF and keeping Congress off our
backs. and I really do think they do a good job despite myriad challenges.
I've been quite impressed with the training I've received, and I don't think
the dues rate they charge is excessive for what you get. I think it's funny
how folks can drop $thousands on big LWL PHRF boats and slip fees, new
sails, beer and shirts for the crew, yet get mad about a US SAILING
pittance. It's like buying an expensive new boat but not springing for new
dock lines or bumpers...

* From Gregory Scott Kingston: In reading the varied comments relating to US
SAILING: We are all thankful of governing bodies that do their job. Sailors
are all thankful that we have races to sail and organizations to run them.
What holds people back day after day in regard to paying fees is simple
..... We have been "fee'd" into a resistance to pay any more .... We have a
deep rooted resistance and feeling of doubt about ponying up money that we
feel will lead to another over blown bureaucracy. "No Taxation Without
Representation" is a lesson all organizations should consider ...

The current feelings about US Sailing are likely rooted in school boards -
professional organizations - charities etc. many of whom, having over played
the hand they were originally dealt. And people inside those organizations
being seen ( right or wrong) as trying to find ways to justify salaries and
office space. While these comments are not directed at US Sailing, they are
learned from experience. Donald Baxter's words in #2604 are indicative of a
trend and could as easily be applied to many other organizations that rely
on and serve a generous public. There is a lesson here for every one looking
for money. Run your organization lean - Provide friendly service - Don't
make threats - Be totally transparent - and Remember why you originally
signed on.

O'pen BIC has announced launch of the 2008 Energized Sailing Tour, sponsored
by North Sails, Ronstan, The Black Dog, and BIC Sport. The Tour offers kids
the chance to experience the new age of fun sailing, with stops in Indiana,
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ontario, Massachusetts,
Connecticut, and Rhode Island. For info: or

To keep a healthy level of insanity, in the memo field of all your checks
write "for sexual favors".

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