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SCUTTLEBUTT 2613 – June 9, 2008

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by Jim Capron, US SAILING President
Over the last two months, the US SAILING President and Board of Directors
have received many comments and questions from sailors and volunteers all
over the country. I have replied to many directly, but I also promised to
collate the questions into a Q&A on the US SAILING website. Here is the link
to the website that provides answers to those questions. Most of the
questions concern the proposed US SAILING Prescription to rule 46 (i.e.,
Mandatory Membership), but there are also questions about US SAILING in
general. This page also contains the draft wording of the proposed new rule,
as of May 23, 2008. This draft WILL change in the coming weeks, and we will
update the web page accordingly. --

Please also see the following link to answer the often asked question "what
does US SAILING do for me and the sport of sailing?" For all those who said
that US SAILING does not add enough value for you (or sailors in general), I
would appreciate comments on what we can add to the list in this second link
to provide that value. --

* The Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation (LMSRF), one of 36 regional
sailing associations in the United States, is the latest to denounce the US
SAILING Mandatory Membership proposal. A recent poll of its members finds
that 70% of the respondents believe the proposal will decrease participation
at their club, and 85% of the respondents do no support then current
proposal. --

Marseille, France (June 7, 2008) I came, I saw, I conquered - then I left.
USA-17, the American boat owned by Larry Ellison and skippered by three
times America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts (NZL), the current MedCup Circuit
champion skipper, won on her first and only outing planned for the 2008
series. The brand new all white TP52 missed the opening regatta of the
season three weeks ago in Alicante and will take no further part in the six
regatta international Audi MedCup Circuit as the BMW Oracle race crew focus
on their main goal, winning the 33rd America’s Cup. The boat is now reported
to be for sale to the highest bidder.

The City of Marseille Trophy Regatta came to a premature end on Saturday
afternoon with the famous Mistral wind still blowing strong. At more than 28
knots on the Rade Sud race area, racing was abandoned without anyone even
leaving the Vieux Port of Marseille, and USA-17, the overnight leaders,
ended their one and only regatta Audi MedCup Circuit with a win. Just behind
them was the Swedish boat Artemis with BMW Oracle Racing team-mates on the
identical Reichel/Pugh-designed hull. Artemis was six points adrift of the
lead after eight races including one 40-miles coastal race. -- Read on:

Final Results (top 10 of 14)
1. USA-17 (6, 5, 1, 1, 3*, 3, 2, 4, 1 - 26)
2. Artemis, SWE (12, 1, 2, 2, 3, 2, 3, 2, 5 - 32)
3. Bribón, ESP (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 4, 5, 4.2*, 3 - 38.2)
4. Platoon by Team Germany, GER (7, 9, 5, 3, 6, 1, 1, 5, 4 - 41)
5. Quantum Racing, USA (3, 6, 12, 6, 1, 11, 8, 1, 2 - 46)
6. Matador, ARG (2, 2, 7, 7, 12, 4*, 4*, 6*, 6* - 50)
7. CxG Caixa Galicia, ESP (9, 11, 6, 4, 2, 6.4*, 6.4*, 6.4*, 6.4* - 57.6)
8. El Desafío, ESP (11, 10, 9, 8, 8, 5, 4, 6, 9 - 70)
9. Audi by Q8, ITA (8, 7, 8, 13, 9, 6, 7, 9, 6 - 73)
10. Cristabella, GBR (15, 3, 13, 12, 7, 7, 8, 3, 10 - 78)
* - Redress Given
Complete results:
>> Following the first two Audi MedCup Circuit events, the new leader is
Jose Cusi’s Bribón, steered by Dean Barker (NZL) with double Olympic
medallist Ross MacDonald (CAN) on tactics, who holds a seven point lead over
the 2007 circuit champion Torbjorn Tornqvist, with tactician John Kostecki
onboard Artemis.

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Porto Cervo, Italy (June 6, 2008) - The final day of racing at the Volvo
Melges 24 World Championship brought high drama and great celebration as the
Italian Uka Uka Racing team claimed victory over the 114 strong, 16 nation
fleet in one of the most hotly contested events in the sailing calendar.
Lorzeno Bressani, whose six world championships include a J24 title and is a
veteran of world class campaigns in Mumm 30, Farr 40 and many other classes,
teamed up with owner and Mumm 30 World Champion Lorenzo Santini and trimmer
and team manager Federico Michetti, already a Melges 24 European Champion in
his own right, last year specifically to challenge for this event. Adding
America’s Cup veteran, Italian Olympic 49er and highly experienced Melges 24
sailor Francesco Bruni as tactician and Women’s World and UFO22 European
Champion Francesca Prina as bow completed this formidable team.

In the Volvo Melges 24 Corinthian World Championship, for the all amateur
crews, competition was equally fierce with Oyvind Peder Jahre, helming
NOR554 Terra Eindomsmeglng and crewed by owner Stian Briseid, Sivert
Denneche, Marius Falch Orvin and Taja Zaikova, ultimately taking the title
by 14 points from reigning Melges 24 Corinthian North American Champion
Bruce Ayres of Newport Beach, CA, sailing USA637 Monsoon. Looking ahead, the
2008 Melges 24 North American Championship (Oct 26-Nov 2) and the 2009
Melges 24 World Championship (Oct 27-Nov 7) will be hosted by the Eastport
Yacht Club, Annapolis, Maryland, USA.

Final report:
Full results:
Paul Todd photos:

In Issue 2514 it was reported that after 50 plus years of operation,
Maddie's in Marblehead, MA closed their doors on January 18, 2008. Famous
for providing a hub for the local yachties (and for their super-sized
cocktails), the demise of the establishment was era-ending stuff. However,
as is now being reported in The Salem News, Maddies will be reopening June
16th under new ownership. Read on:

The way Loretta Lang describes it, it sounds like love at first sight. The
daughter of a restaurateur, sister of two brothers who both operate their
own bars, she had been working in Boston as an accountant in the bar
business when she decided to buy a place of her own. But this establishment
had to be perfect. "My father looked for (a place for) me in Michigan," she
said. She'd grown up in Michigan, but since coming to Boston nine years ago
she had fallen in love with this area and wanted to stay. Thus, the search
went on for six years until a former boss gave her a tip about a bar called
Maddie's Sail Loft which had come on the block in Marblehead. -- More:

(June 8, 2008) The U.S. Coast Guard was searching Saturday for six regatta
competitors in the Gulf of Mexico after the boat they were sailing was found
capsized. The emergency contact person for the Cynthia Woods, a Cape Fear
38R, called the Coast Guard after communication with the boat was lost
around midnight Friday and the boat missed an 8 a.m. radio check,
authorities said. The boat was competing in the 40th annual Regata de
Amigos. The race, which covers 610 nautical miles from Galveston to
Veracruz, Mexico, started Friday and continues into next week.

Coast Guard officials said the keel of the overturned vessel was ripped off,
indicating the sailboat may have hit something in the water, according to
the school. The boat went missing 11 miles south of Matagorda, which is
about 110 miles down the coast from Galveston. -- Full story:

* At approximately 2:00 a.m., Sunday, June 08, 2008, the U.S. Coast Guard
located five of the six missing crew members of the Cynthia Woods sailboat
from Texas A&M University at Galveston. Those five are students Joe Savana,
Steven Guy, Ross Busby, and Travis Wright and safety officer Steven Conway.
At this time, the U.S. Coast Guard is continuing to search for the sixth
member of the Cynthia Woods crew, Roger Stone, the vessel’s second safety
officer. After being taking to University of Texas Medical Branch in
Galveston, the rescued crew had no apparent major health problems, though
they were dehydrated and hypothermia had set in and they were found. --

* The U.S. Coast Guard continued Sunday morning to search for Webster
resident Roger Stone, 53, believed to have been below deck on the Cynthia
Woods when its keel snapped and the 38-foot sailboat capsized in seconds.
Stone’s five other crewmates clung to four life vests for 26 hours until
rescue crews in a helicopter spotted signals from their flashlight about 1
a.m. today about 23 miles south of Freeport. The crewmates were about five
miles from the sailboat, which has sunk. The Cynthia Woods is named for the
wife of island native, billionaire and philanthropist George Mitchell’s
wife. Mitchell, a graduate and longtime supporter of the Texas A&M
University system, donated the Cynthia Woods and another sailboat, the
George Phydias, to the island campus in 2006. --

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* The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association announced their year-end awards,
wherein 53 skippers and crews were recognized for achieving either
All-American or Honorable Mention status. Among the top award winners was
Chris Behm '08, Georgetown, earning the Everett B. Morris Trophy (Sailor of
the Year); Kaitlin Storck '08, Tufts University, for winning the Quantum
Women's Sailor of the Year; Paul Kleinschrodt '08, University of South
Alabama, honored with the Robert H. Hobbs Trophy (Sportsman of the Year);
and Boston College for the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy (Team of the Year). The
school with the most recognized sailors was St. Mary's College with nine
honorees. --

* The huge Antonov 124 touched down safely at Alicante’s international
airport last week, carrying the hopes of the Spanish bid to win the Volvo
Ocean Race for the first time. After a three-day odyssey from New Zealand,
one of the world’s largest planes, with its very special cargo, the
Farr-designed hull of Telefonica Black emerged from its Antonov cocoon to be
carefully lifted on to a truck for the nine km journey to the Telefonica
base at the harbour in Alicante, host for the start of the 2008-09 race on 4
October. -- Images:

* The 2nd annual U.S. Kiteboard Racing Championship will be held at Crissy
Field in San Francisco, California from Tuesday, June 10 through Sunday,
June 15, 2008. The St. Francis Yacht Club will be the organizing authority
for the free family-friendly event. -- Details:

* The World Sailing Speed Record Council announced the ratification of a new
outright world record from Taipei to Hong Kong by skipper Lionel Lemonchois
(FRA) on the full crewed maxi catamaran Gitana 13. Traveling the distance of
465 nm on May 30-31, 2008, the team covered the distance in 24 hours 45
minutes 59 seconds for an average speed of 18.8 kts. The previous record,
which will remain as the Monohull record was "Johan II" Philippe Grelon,
FRA, Dec 06, 2d 15h 40m 42s. --

* Split, Croatia -The 2008 Star Eastern European Championships last week was
a final battle of the Titans, as current and former world champions dueled
amid the thirty-six competitors. Likely to be one of the final events
leading into the 2008 Summer Olympics, it was Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada
(BRA) that won a close event over Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) in
second and Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Dominik Zycki (POL) in third. -- Event

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Helen C. Johnstone, 47, a Scuttlebutt contributor and an outgoing, caring
and much loved member of the J Boats sailing family from Newport RI, died
during an outing on the Potomac River the morning of June 4, 2008 in
Washington DC where she resided. Helen was born in Cali, Colombia on
September 7, 1960 and was a graduate of Choate and URI. She served as
instructor at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School and J World. Sailing
accomplishments included 1st in the 1976 Interscholastics, 3rd in 470s at
the 1975 US Youth Champs and a 6th in the 1985 International Women's
Keelboat Championships. In 2007, she was a key member of the winning J/105
in the Newport Regatta and on her dad's J/100 in winning the Maine Retired
Skipper's Race. "Heli" will be greatly missed by her friends and family
which include parents, the Rev. Mary and Bob Johnstone; brothers Stuart,
Drake and Peter; plus 4 Opti and 29er sailing nephews and niece, Nick,
India, Hunter & Ford of whom she was very fond. A memorial service is
scheduled for Trinity Church, Newport RI at 2 PM, Monday, June 16, 2008.

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* From Steve Pyatt: Are you sure about the first answer to your starting
rule quiz? I think the answer to part B is "depends" (whether flag 'I' was
displayed or not). The rule (29.1) says "...on the course side of the
starting line or she must comply with rule 30.1, the race committee shall
promptly display flag X" and as 30.1 applies from 1 minute before the start
it can be either!

* From John Fox Melbourne Yacht Club: Unfortunately, the answer given to
question 1 of your rules quiz is not correct if the race is starting under
the I flag. The rule 29.1 includes the phrase, "or when she must comply with
rule 30.1 the race committee shall promptly display flag X with one sound."
The X flag should be displayed if a boat is on the course side of the
extensions on an I-flag start. At least that's what we were taught at US
Sailing's advanced race management seminar.

I do personally agree that a more simple set of rules would be better. How
about eliminating both the I flag and the black flag? With a big fleet and a
long line, the I flag is counterproductive as it discourages the fleet from
spreading out along the entire line. The black flag is unfair to competitors
and often windward boats will not respond to hails from leeward boats. A 720
keeps you in the race and a luff to keep clear gets you thrown out. Not a
good situation. The Z-flag is a good deterrent if you can keep the fleet
aware of where the line is and is an equal penalty regardless of where on
the line you start. It also keeps people racing. I think that's important
when people are taking their vacation time and spending a good deal of money
to attend a big regatta.

At the Laser Masters Midwinter's East, with 66 boats on a 900+ foot line, we
used a 3 boat starting system with signals and horns coming from a moving
boat to windward of the line center. We used a mid-line guide ball and also
used the V-flag to signal that a boat was over the line in the two minutes
before the starting gun. Competitors knew where the line was and could
always see the flags. We only had 2 general recalls in the entire series in
spite of very shifty winds. We went to the Z-flag after the general recalls
and never flew the I or Black flags.

* From Eric Gonzalez: (re, Butch Ulmer's response in #2612 to rule 18 change
story in #2610) The fact that racing sailors don't often know the most
current rules is as much their fault (the individual sailors) as it is the
national authorities'. More effort should be put forth in disseminating
changes to the rules immediately as these come out every four years. This
can be done, for starters, with a more aggressive campaign of seminars. This
should perhaps be the most important task of every national authority, the
same way education should be for any government.

Extending the time between rules changes to accommodate sailor's laziness or
national authorities' deficiencies is the wrong approach and undermines the
work for simplifying the rules. This suggestion is simply appalling.
Ultimately, sailors need to take responsibility and find what works best for
them to get up to date on the rules quickly. The resources are out there if
you take the time to look. It just does not take 6 to 8 years for this.

* From Paul Hewitt: (re, story in #2611) With regard to the sinking of
Making Waves, Jim Praley's Beneteau 40.7, which sank quickly off the
Hamptons after the rudder shaft broke cleanly off - In the linked article
Jim said that a lesson learned was that he would think of ways to block the
rudder pipe if it were to happen again. I attended this year's Safety at Sea
seminar at Newport, given by US Sailing, and this potential catastrophe was
specifically addressed. Those miniature sized toy nerf footballs work well
for this task. You can stuff them down a shaft and they will compress and
effectively seal a pipe that is gushing water. Keep a couple on your boat.

* From George Sechrist: (re, photo of cartopped Yngling) What’s up with this
very fuel inefficient rig? I’m searching my mind for a reason why someone
would cartop a boat and trailer, with the inherent loss of fuel economy,
versus trailing it. Please enlighten us as to the reasoning behind this
setup. -- Photo:

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: The Yngling belonged to Team Seven, which will be
representing the US at the Summer Olympics. We emailed team member Carrie
Howe, who explained the reason for the car topping. “Thankfully, Rick Peters
was able to take our Yngling cross country at such short notice,” said
Carrie. “He organized to pull a Star behind as well as the Yngling on top to
split the cost between two teams. Both boats needed the identical transport
from Miami to LA. This also gave him time to work on our trailer bearings
and axle to get it ready for the flight and trucking on ground from Beijing
to Qingdao. Two boats at once, splitting the gas and excellent services . .
. pretty good!! Thanks Rick, Air China, Schenker, US SAILING . . . the boat
made it to Yinhai Yacht Club in Qingdao on time!”

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