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SCUTTLEBUTT 2611 – June 5, 2008

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by Jos M Spijkerman , International Judge
Chris Atkins is one of the members of the Rule 18 working party. Together
with three other persons, he worked on the changes we will all find in our
rule books next year. I asked him specifically about the background for
changing the two boat-length zone into three and the choice the Organizing
Authority or Race Committee could make, to decrease this back to two or
increase to four. Wouldn't this create confusion for sailors encountering
different zones at different regattas?

First of all he explained to me the reason for the increase to three-length
zone. In the new rule, the current "about to round" part of rule 18.1 is
deleted. That part has always been a source for discussion and confusion. No
longer! Only when you enter the zone, rule 18 will begin to apply.

The working party concluded - as we all do with the current rule - that two
lengths was a too small an area for that. Spinnakers are lowered and course
is adjusted before entering the two lengths zone. Most boats are already
busy with the rounding well before. Without the "about to round" part of the
rule, the zone could not stay two lengths. He stressed that in most classes,
three lengths should work on the water the same as the current rule, with
the added bonus that the 'border' for rule 18 was now fixed. -- Read on:

Although he's had generous offers to charter offshore-race-ready boats from
caring sailing friends, after watching his 44-foot Beneteau Making Waves
sink 15 miles off the Hamptons, NY last weekend, Jim Praley's going to take
a pass on this year's Newport to Bermuda Race and give himself time to
process the formidable event.

The crew was delivering the boat to Newport, RI for the start of the
biennial Newport to Bermuda Race in 5-7 foot waves and 20-25 knots of breeze
under sail. They heard a bang and lost steerage. The rudder tube had broken
just above the hull joint, and they were taking in water. Unable to control
the flooding, the crew called the US Coast Guard, who acknowledged receipt
of the VHF distress call and the EPIRB signal and arrived in a timely,
efficient fashion.

Time was on the side of the crew, and they thankfully had plenty of it--a
couple of hours from the call to the actual sinking--to gather cell phones
and wallets in plastic bags before boarding the USCG vessel (in 7-9 foot
waves, weather too hairy for a helicopter!) and watching Making Waves go
under in 165 feet of water. -- Floatline, read on:

by Elaine Bunting, Yachting World
So Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard has just claimed the transatlantic record. Well
done to him and his crew, but I'm bothered by the small print, which
explains that this is the powered record, allowing the use of electric
winches, etc. I'm told that Leopard needs to run her generator or engine
almost continuously when racing and was aptly described to me last week by
David Schmidt of SAIL Magazine as "a sail-powered motorboat".

A powered transatlantic record seems a very odd thing to boast about for a
couple of reasons. First, the use of power seems out of kilter with
sentiments (and technology) these days. Secondly, what's the big deal about
a time of 7d 19h by a crew aided by powered gear, when Mari Cha IV's did it
over a day quicker with no such assistance and one man under sail alone
(Francis Joyon in IDEC) was a day faster than either? Now this is a very
interesting subject, and I think we do have to look very closely in future
at the use of power in records and races. Francis Joyon proved during his
solo round the world record last year that it is possible to circumnavigate
at speed using nothing more than wind power, solar power and a fuel cell. --
Read on:

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Newport, RI (June 4, 2008) - Evidently the idea of finishing runner-up to
Boston College (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) for the second time in less than a
week did not sit well with the Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.)
sailing team. Last Sunday (June 1), Boston College won the ICSA/APS Team
Race Championship with a final score of 11-3, as Georgetown finished second
with a 9-5 win-loss record. In pouring rain and with the most coveted title
in college sailing – the ICSA/Gill National Championship – within reach,
Georgetown turned a 17-point deficit at the start of today’s final six races
for both A- and B-Divisions, into a 31-point lead to win.

The Hoyas senior skipper, Chris Behm (Hampton, Va.), alternating crew
between junior Carly Chamberlain (Newport Beach, Calif.) and sophomore Marco
Teixidor (Guayanabo, Puerto Rico), had posted finishes on Wednesday of
4-12-8-1-2-2 to finish fourth overall in A-Division. It was their finish in
the last race that mathematically secured Georgetown the championship with
233 points – to BC’s then 266 points – prior to B-Division sailing its final
race. Freshman skipper Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) and
sophomore crew Alexandra “Alex” Taylor (Hobe Sound, Fla.) finished 8-1-15-8
before their fifth-place finish in race 17B moved them into the top spot in
B-Division. Another fifth-place finish in the last race (18B) merely sealed
the deal to earn Georgetown its first-ever win of the ICSA/Gill National

Final report:

Marseille, France (June 4, 2008) If the opening day of the City of Marseille
Trophy regatta offered a modest introduction to ‘Mistral-lite’ conditions,
15-19 knots, Wednesday’s two windward-leeward contests met with conditions
much closer to the upper racing limit for the fleet of TP52’s during the
second event of the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit. After an initial postponement,
waiting for the wind to drop enough, there were still 22 knots blowing from
the Mistral’s hallmark North West direction, and with the windward mark set
under the cliffs of the Isle du Frioul, the breeze may have been strong but
it was erratic at times on the approach to the top turn.

The first race was a showdown between the two BMW Oracle Racing crewed boats
by team designer Reichel/Pugh. Both the 2007 circuit winner Artemis, with
tactician John Kostecki (USA) helping owner-helm Torbjorn Tornqvist (SWE),
along with the USA-17 team of Larry Ellison, Russell Coutts, and Jim
Spithill, found the conditions to their liking, with the later getting a
close win while both running away from the fleet in the opener. For the
second race, Artemis turned in another steady score of third, but it was
starting line confusion for USA-17 that would result in a protest against
the race committee.

Deemed to have started prematurely, USA-17 restarted, but then successfully
proved that it was neighboring Cristabella (GBR) that was the offending
boat, which has both similar hull color and bow number. USA-17 has received
for race 5 average points from races 1 through 4, with the average also to
include Friday’s inshore score(s), but will not include the distance race on
Thursday or the final inshore schedule on Saturday. -- Event website:

Provisional Results after five races (top 10 of 14)
1. USA-17, 6, 5, 1, 1, 3 - 16pts)
2. Artemis, SWE (12, 1, 2, 2, 3 - 20)
3. Bribón, ESP (4, 4, 4, 5, 5 - 22)
4. Quantum USA (3, 6, 12, 6, 1 - 28)
5. Matador, ARG (2, 2, 7, 7, 12 - 30)
6. Platoon by Team Germany, GER (7, 9, 5, 3, 6 - 30)
7. Mean Machine, MON (1, 14, 3, 9, 4 - 31)
8. CxG Caixa Galicia, ESP (9, 11, 6, 4, 2 - 32)
9. Audi by Q8, ITA (8, 7, 8, 13, 9 - 45)
10. El Desafío ESP (11, 10, 9, 8, 8 - 46)
Complete results:

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Porto Cervo, Italy (June 4,2008) - The final qualifying race was held for
the 114-boat fleet on the fourth day of the Volvo Melges 24 World
Championship 2008, with winds increasing from mid teens to gusts of 30
knots, preventing further racing in the afternoon. The Gold and Silver
fleets have been decided with the first 57 places overall assigned to the
Gold division and places 58 through 114 assigned to the Silver division.
With six of the possible twelve races now completed and the discard in play,
it’s all changed at the top of the leader board with just ten points
separating the top four boats. The series continues through Friday. -- Event

Gold Division Standings (6 races, 1 throwout)
1. ALINA HELLY HANSEN, Maurizio Abba, ITA,1,30,1,2,3,1, 8.00
2. PILOT ITALIA, Gianni Catalogna, ITA,2,1,3,1,7,4, 11.00
3. UKA UKA RACING, Lorenzo Santini, ITA,10,6,1,2,2,1, 12.00
4. BLU MOON, Franco Rossini, SUI,11,5,6,3,1,3, 18.00
5. SAETTA, Nose Sailing Team Ass. Sport, ITA,27,1,11,6,4,2, 24.00
6. MARCHINGENIO, Giorgio Marchi, ITA,7,50,7,1,3,6, 24.00
7. FULL THROTTLE, Brian Porter, USA,5,3,2,13,8,6, 24.00

Ullman Sails Inshore Championship series regatta at California YC (May
31-June 1) saw Ullman customers win 6 of 11 classes. Full Ullman inventories
were on top five J/105’s with Gary Mozer’s “Current Obsession” finishing
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the Martin 242 winner was Mike George’s “All In”; Krinsky/Redman won the
Fast 50’s on 1D48 “Chayah”*; and Ray Godwin’s “Temptress”* took honors in
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* America's Cup skipper Dean Barker has taken up a significant shareholding
in Auckland marine products company Kiwi Yachting Consultants. Barker, son
of retail chain millionaire Ray Barker of menswear company Barkers,
approached the company familiar with its products. He takes a seat on the
company's board of directors and expects to be an active participant in the
business. -- NZ Herald, read on:

* Olin J. Stephens II has been elected to the Bermuda Race Roll of Honour on
the 80th anniversary of the first of his many races to “the Onion Patch.” No
yacht designer has produced more prize-winners over the race’s 102-year,
45-race history. – Read on:

* Surf City, NJ -- The 37th Annual Jack Elfman Orange Coffee Pot Laser
Regatta was held last Saturday with 19 boats braving the 18-25 mph strong
winds on Manahawkin Bay. This event is best known as the first Laser class
event every held, which was won by USA Olympic Coach Skip Whyte back in
1972. It only took Whyte 36 years back to defend his title, which he nearly
did, coming up short by two points to Eric Reitinger. -- Results:

* The deaths of six people in a boating accident last month has prompted
Australia's New South Wales government to propose a dramatic tightening of
boating safety regulations in that state. The state minister proposing the
legislation said that it would ensure that "skippers put safety first." --
IBI Magazine, read on:

* Minutes from the meetings of the ISAF Council and ISAF Executive Committee
at the 2008 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting in Qingdao, China are now available
online. The ISAF Mid-Year Meetings took place in the host city for this
year’s Olympic Sailing Competition on May 8-12. --

* The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court will hear oral
arguments on June 5, 2008 at 2:00 pm by America’s Cup Defender Société
Nautique de Genève’s (SNG) and Challenger Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC), in
regard to the appeal filed by SNG concerning the conditions of the 33rd
America’s Cup.

* The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has selected the City of Chicago
as a Candidate City to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. With the
announcement, Chicago officially becomes a Candidate City and enters the
next stage of the bid campaign. Madrid, Spain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and
Tokyo, Japan, were also named Candidate Cities. A delegation from Chicago
will attend the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in August to
meet with leaders of international sport and to observe the Games in an
official capacity, which will help to formulate their detailed plan to be
submitted in February 2009 for hosting the Games. --

In order to draw attention to the other masses of recyclables now floating
in the pacific, Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Joel Paschal departed Sunday, June 1,
2008 from Long Beach, California on a raft made mostly of plastic bottles -
15,000 plastic bottles - topped by the fuselage of an old private airplane.
Marcus and Joel hope to sail their raft all the way to Hawaii in order to
help call attention to the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans. The
raft is 30 feet by 20 feet, consisting of thousands of plastic bottles bound
together with fishing net into "pontoons," and then set in a deck/framework
of old aluminum spars. The "cockpit" of the raft, which will provide shelter
for the two man crew, is an old airplane fuselage, which the team overhauled
and "made waterproof." They expect to make landfall in six weeks, but are
carrying provisions for three months.

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* From Ian Duff: (re, "Dave Perry is one of the good guys" from #2610) No
kidding. It's stunts like Dave's online Appeals that will make me want to
keep paying my US Sailing dues, and not Jim Capron's cranial rectal
insertion. Keep offering value like this, and it's a no- brainer. Keep
mandating, and the only outcome is a fight.

* From Greg Felton, Lake Tahoe, NV: Three (more) cheers for Dave Perry! He's
added to the quality and consistency of our sport for years. His latest
success, making the Appeals easily accessible, will surely further this
effort. While on protest committees over the years, I've found that the
review of past appeals has highlighted the key elements which must be
considered and well-documented to ensure a correct and lasting ruling. I
hope this tool will encourage other sailors to volunteer to serve on protest
committees. There's no better way (and motivation) to learn the rules than
the intensive review associated with fairly judging our peers.

* From Paul Gingras, Palm Beach, FL: I read with interest the account (
Scuttlebutt # 2610) of a sea lion flying out of the water and striking a
29er crewmember, David Liebenberg, while practicing on the waters off Santa
Cruz. The good news is that David will recover within a few weeks. During
the recent Transat Race numerous collisions with sea life -sharks and
whales- were reported. One boat was abandoned after cutting a basking shark
in half. After the 29er incident do you think that now the marine animals
are going on the offensive? Are they fighting back after being struck by so
many fast sailboats?

Seriously, how about developing a device that would transmit a warning
signal to alert marine life of an approaching fast sailboat? This could be a
requirement for the long offshore races with high speed boats. An electronic
or audible signal could be broadcast underwater and certainly whales and
dolphins could pick up the message. The US Navy may already have something
on the shelf which could be use d. Any ideas?

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: For those following the transatlantic record set
this week by the 100-foot maxi ICAP Leopard, it was on their fourth day when
they hit a large sunfish which then became wrapped around the rudder.
Fortunately the rudder was undamaged, but the crew had to stop the boat,
take down the sails and remove the sunfish before they could continue. No
report on the condition of the fish. --

"Ignorance is never out of style. It was in fashion yesterday, it is the
rage today, and it will set the pace tomorrow." - Franklin K. Dane

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