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SCUTTLEBUTT 2610 – June 4, 2008

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Dave Perry is one of the good guys. His long list of sailing accomplishments
is worthy of sufficient cred, but it is his rules knowledge that really
leaves the competition behind. Every four years there is a new ISAF Rule
Book, which is then followed by one of many books that Dave has authored,
“Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing”. It should come as no surprise
then that Dave is an advocate for making the information surrounding rules
more available, and one area that he feels has come up short in the past is
in the Appeals department.

But not anymore. Dave is the chairman of the US SAILING Appeals Committee,
and for the past couple years, one of the things he’s been trying to do
(with much support) is get the Appeals Book out of the dark corners and into
broad daylight (read free on-line), so people (competitors and officials)
can read the appeals and learn from them, and so everyone is even more on
the same page for the betterment of the sport.

That time has come. No longer a deep dark secret, the Appeals Book is now
readable online (free for US SAILING members). The Appeals are decisions of
the US SAILING Appeals Committee, and the Cases are decisions of national
authorities from around the world published by ISAF. Typically, protest
committees conform their decisions to the Appeals and Cases when the facts
are similar, which makes them invaluable to know and use. -- Link:

Porto Cervo, Italy (June 3,2008) -- The third day of the Volvo Melges 24
World Championship 2008 was an absolute stunner for the 114-boat fleet with
clear skies, hot sunshine, crystal clear blue waters and a north-westerly
breeze which built from around 16 knots at the start of racing to well into
the 20s by the end of the afternoon. The conditions allowed for three more
qualifying races to be completed, so with five now on the scorecard, there
is one more race scheduled on Wednesday before the fleet is to be divided
into Gold and Silver groups for the final six races of the championship.

Italy’s Alberto Bolzan, helming ITA727 Pilot Italia for Gianni Catalogna,
continues to lead the regatta after having added 3, 1, 7 to his existing 2,
1, making this the only team with an all top ten score. Chicago’s Brian
Porter and his USA649 Full Throttle team got the day off to a good start
with a second in race three but a 13th in race four and an eighth in race
five saw them slipping down from third to fourth overall. In the Corinthian
Division, for the all amateur crews who are also scored in the Open
Division, Norway’s Oyvind Peder Jahre, sailing NOR554 Terra Eindomsmeglng
for Stian Briseid, continues to lead the regatta having won the first two of
today’s races and come fourth in race five. Bruce Ayres of Newport Beach,
CA, in USA637 Monsoon is currently tied for fifth.

1. PILOT ITALIA Alberto Bolzan Gianni Catalogna, ITA,2,1,3,1,7, 14.00
2. UKA UKA RACING Lorenzo Bressani Lorenzo Santini, ITA,10,6,1,2,2, 21.00
3. BLU MOON Flavio Favini Franco Rossini, SUI,11,5,6,3,1, 26.00
4. FULL THROTTLE Brian Porter Brian Porter, USA,5,3,2,13,8, 31.00
5. POIZON ROUGE Jean Jean-Marc Monnard, SUI,3,5,10,9,5, 32.00
Event website:

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When the Melges 24 class got launched, they wrote the rules without any
restriction placed on the classification of the sailors. Bring on the
sailmakers, the stockbrokers… no barriers to entry was the formula to bring
out the best and the brightest. The profile of the class quickly rose as the
quality sailors came to play, and with names like Dave Ullman, Vince Brun,
Terry Hutchinson, James Spithill, Russell Coutts, etc, all having spent time
on the rail, the class is now well known for providing an elite level of
racing. However, with this type of racing comes heightened professionalism,
and this week there is no shortage of sailor fees and support at the class
world championship.

Addressing the issue in the event’s Notice of Race, there are numerous
restrictions being placed on the coaches and support boats to help manage
the situation. Here are some examples:
* No Coach boat or Support boat shall pass information in any way to a boat
that is racing.
* Coach and Support Boats shall communicate only with the boats they are
registered to, and only by means of voice between races. Closed VHF or
mobile telephone communication is prohibited.
* Coach and Supporter boats shall display a flag, or other identification
symbol, as may be required by the Race Committee.
* All Melges 24 boats shall proceed to the Racing area under their own
* There shall be no transfer of any goods or equipment until after the
finish of the last race of the day between Melges 24’s and their coach or
support boats.
* Coach and support boats shall not go alongside their Melges 24’s until
after the finish of the last race of the day.

Read on for the complete list, wherein any action inconsistent with the
rules is protestable, with the penalty applied to the overall score and
therefore not discarded. --

Newport, RI (June 3, 2008) - In the 41 years that college sailors have
fought to win the three national championships held every spring under the
umbrella of the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association, only one college has
dominated to win all three events as the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, Md.)
did in 1991. The Boston College Eagles (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) are the series
leaders heading into the final day of the ICSA/Gill National Championship,
and on Wednesday, should they turn their 17 point lead into a win, they
would not only join the Middies in managing a rare feat, they will have done
so on possibly the most famous sailing waters in the world - those of
Newport, R.I.

By the time four sets of races had been completed, the Eagles had made their
move and held a slim two point lead over St. Mary’s College. With four more
races counted for A-Division, Georgetown edged ahead of BC in the standings
while tied on points at 128. Racing wrapped up after the 12th race was
completed in both divisions as BC, with 150 points, increased the spread to
17 over Georgetown. St. Mary’s is in third with 182 points, followed by
Roger Williams University with 202, and Connecticut College with 205. The
final six races for A- and B-Division will complete the championship on
Wednesday, June 4. A storm is predicted to move into the area overnight
bringing heavy downpours and SSE breeze.

Daily report:

Marseille, France (June 3, 2008) The MedCup in France carries memories the
international crew of the Argentine TP52 Matador were happy to bury today.
In Hyeres last year they broke their mast during the final regatta of the
season and had to consign to the deep their hopes of a top three finish
overall. But today in the opener of the City of Marseille Trophy, the second
regatta of the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit, the international crew mastered the
20 knot Mistral and used the awkward swell to best effect and emerged from
the three excellent races leading the regattas by just one point.

With multiple Star world champion Vince Brun (USA) calling tactics, Matador
earned two second places and a seventh place to hold off the advances of the
new USA 17. With owner Larry Ellison sharing the steering with James
Spithill (AUS), and Russell Coutts (NZL) on tactics, USA 17 improved as the
crew learned their new boat in the testing conditions, rising from sixth in
the first race, to fifth in the second before winning the third, just
getting the better of their sister-ship Artemis on the finish line. -- Read

Provisional Results after three races (top 10 of 14)
1. Matador, ARG (2, 2, 7 - 11)
2. USA-17, (6, 5, 1 - 12)
3. Bribón, ESP (4, 4, 4 - 12)
4. Artemis, SWE (12, 1, 2 - 15)
5. Mean Machine, MON (1, 14, 3 - 18)
6. Quantum USA (3, 6, 12 - 21)
7. Platoon by Team Germany, GER (7, 9, 5 - 21)
8. Audi by Q8, ITA (8, 7, 8 - 23)
9. CxG Caixa Galicia, ESP (9, 11, 6 - 26)
10. Mutua Madrileña, ESP (5, 8, 14 - 27)

*Correction: Scuttlebutt 2609 stated there were only ten boats competing,
rather than the actual count of 14 entrants.

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BMW Oracle Racing announced that the brand new Reichel/Pugh TP 52 that they
just constructed, just launched, and are racing this week for the first time
at the Marseille, France stop of this year’s MedCup Circuit will be the only
time that they currently plan to sail the boat. Team skipper Russell Coutts
said that “we have decided to now put our focus very firmly on getting ready
for the America’s Cup.” The team will be stepping up its multihull training,
including more time on its two X-40 catamarans and with the 60-foot trimaran
Groupama 2 in Lorient.

The reasoning does make sense, though it is easy to get lost in the
extravagance of building the boat in the first place. With an approximate
cost of up to $2 million before even swinging the champagne bottle to the
bow, the desire to calc the cost of each race at the City of Marseille
Trophy regatta comes to mind. Of course this all pales in comparison to the
money spent in pro sports, like when the New York Yankees signed Roger
Clemons last year, which amounted to $18.7 million or about $1 million per
game started. But then again, there is a revenue stream there to balance out
the costs.

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Santa Cruz, CA (June 3, 2008) It began as a training session last Friday
afternoon (May 30th) for US National 29er Champions Max Fraser and David
Liebenberg , who were taking advantage of a 25 knot day off of Santa Cruz
harbor. They soon set their kite and headed back to the mile buoy, quickly
lifting their hull speed to the low 20 knot range, when out of nowhere leapt
a large sea lion into their path. Coming from just forward of their bow, the
sea lion crashed into the fully trapped out Liebenberg, whose knee gave way
upon impact as he then hurtled aft into Fraser, who was able to grab him and
pull him back onto the deck. The injured Liebenberg helped to get the kite
down as Fraser waved in their nearby safety boat, which then quickly picked
Liebenberg up and proceeded at flank speed back to the Santa Cruz Harbor.
While en route, cell calls went out for medical attention to be at the
launch ramp along with plenty of ice from the Santa Cruz Yacht Club bar.
Thanks to the fast actions of all involved, Liebenberg expects to fully
recover within 4 to 6 weeks.

* (June 3, 2008) ICAP Leopard, the 100 foot super maxi yacht owned by Mike
Slade, this evening broke the Transatlantic speed record held by the
246-foot luxury yacht Phocea. Finishing the 2,925 nautical mile crossing
from New York to the Lizard, Cornwall, UK, in seven days, 19 hours and 21
minutes, reducing the existing record for a monohull yacht with
power-assisted winches by eight hours (still to be ratified by the World
Sailing Speed Record Council). The outright monohull record is held by the
140-foot "MariCha IV"of 6d 17h 52m 39s set in October 2003. --

* New Zealand Skipper Pete Bethune's quest to smash the round the world
powerboat record with the 78 foot biodiesel powered trimaran Earthrace has
certainly taken a sombre turn for the worst. After a good run from the
Marshall Islands disaster struck after the pit stop in Palau in the Western
Pacific. After another smooth refuelling, on a moonless night Earthrace was
just two miles from the port when she hit something rather solid, which
caused almost complete destruction of the port drive shaft, propeller, and
possibly even the P bracket and gearbox, and some degree of hull damage as
yet undetermined. -- Sail World, read on:

* On June 21-28, Chicago’s lakefront is the venue for the 2008 Etchells
World Championship Regatta, which is being organized by World Sport Chicago
(WSC), the “living legacy” of Chicago 2016’s Olympic Games bid, and the
Chicago Yacht Club. This prestigious international sailing event, which will
start at Belmont Harbor, is part of a continuing effort by World Sport
Chicago to bring world-class Olympic and amateur sporting events to Chicago.
Other recent World Sport Chicago events include the 2008 Chicago Cup, an
international Olympic wrestling event, the 2007 AIBA World Boxing
Championships and the 2007 Junior Olympic Skills Competition. --

* First launched on May the 15th, 1934, the William Starling Burgess
designed J-Class Rainbow defended the America’s Cup against Endeavour in
1934, but when Ranger was chosen to defend in 1937, Rainbow was sold for
scrap. Now 70+ years later, Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects have been
tasked with the design and build of the 40-meter J-Class Rainbow, adding to
their J-Class involvement that includes Shamrock V, Velsheda, Endeavour,
refit of Ranger and the new build Endeavour II. Rainbow will be the second
new J-Class in order for the Dykstra team. -- CupInfo, read on:

* Six nations and 15 teams will compete in the 2008 Rolex Commodores' Cup
when the weeklong competition commences on June 29th, hosted by the Royal
Ocean Racing Club in Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK. Following a review of the
2006 event, RORC has instituted some changes to the racing format,
introducing a round the Isle of Wight course as part of the offshore
component and making a double-points inshore course the last race of the
series. The challenging teams are France (4 teams), Hong Kong (1 team),
Ireland (2 teams), Spain (1 team), The Netherlands (3 teams), and United
Kingdom (4 teams). --

* An affordable housing option for Block Island Race Week entrants is
available, as long as they are also participating in the Newport to Bermuda
Race. -- Scuttleblog, read on:

* The Rhode Island Team Racing Association (RITRA) has launched a new
website that currently hosts information on upcoming events and local boat
charters. --

With fleets hitting the water in Annapolis and Seattle, the SB3 is on North
American starting lines in 2008. There will be a class start at the Coastal
Living Regatta in Newport RI in July. Look for more events to be added soon.
Get in the action.

Q: How does the US Olympic Team program/support compare to other countries?
A: There are a number of other National Teams in other countries that
benefit from some significant support from either their government or some
sort of other of government agency. Their funding tends to come in larger
chucks and that is a good thing for them. Teams like GBR and other countries
have really benefited from it and they have done a really nice job
leveraging that support. If you had to pick a program that is at the top of
the heap you would definitely point to team GBR. They are very well funded
and they are very well organized. When we took over 3 ½ years ago, by our
estimation we were out spent by the top countries by about a 10 to 1 ratio.
Now I would say we are being out spent by a 3 to1 ratio. We have closed the
gap pretty significantly, but we still have a ways to go. Not only do we
have less funding, but we have to work harder for the funding we do have. We
don’t have these huge chunks coming from the government or from the lottery
system. We get our funding from many different sources. We have to keep
hustling all the time and working for it. The good news is that we are being
out spent by much less than we used to be, but the bad news is that we have
to keep working really hard to keep that momentum going.

Q: Do you foresee any changes for 2012 in the US Olympic Selection Process?
A: Read on:

‘Experience’ is the name that has been given to label our mistakes.

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