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SCUTTLEBUTT 2616 - Thursday, June 12, 2008

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It seems like it’s time to ask this question: Should American sailors who
actively compete be joining US SAILING? There has been plenty of information
in Scuttlebutt about the current proposal to require a tier of U.S.
competitor to be a member of the organization. US SAILING has presented
their position, and as is typical amid controversy, the most avid opponents
have presented their position. The cost to join is $60 a year, with benefits
and tax breaks that might lower that fee.

Maybe there will be unrest and damage to the sport, or maybe there is a
silent majority that believes active American sailors should be supporting
their national sailing authority. What do the ‘Buttheads think? Click on
this link to vote:

by Tony Bessinger, Sailing World
(June 11, 2008) It's only 9 days until Bermuda Race starts, and 2 until the
Onion Patch series, also known as the New York Y.C. Annual Regatta begins.
There are 110 boats registered in the Annual Regatta, and 224 registered in
the Bermuda Race. Since the annual regatta starts off with a petite distance
race around R.I.'s Narragansett Bay, (which is not part of the Onion Patch
Series) and ends with two days of buoy racing (which is), it's a great
practice session for the Bermuda Race teams.

The Annual Regatta will also serve as a first introduction for many to some
of the hottest new monohulls to hit the water this year. Hap Fauth's Bella
Mente, a Reichel/Pugh 69, Speedboat, Alex Jackson's Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed
99-foot canting keeler, Jim Swartz's STP 65 Moneypenny, and Dan Meyers'
Judel/Vrolijk 66 Numbers, will be some of the newcomers. They'll be joined
by some of the most heavily and successfully campaigned big boats in the
world: George David's R/P 90 Rambler, Bob and Farley Touse's R/P Blue
Yankee, the winner of the Block Island Race in late May (another tune-up for
Bermuda), the STP 65 Rosebud, skippered by Roger Sturgeon. The IRC 0 and IRC
Super Zero classes will be a lot of fun to see race.

Another group well worth watching will be the rapidly growing class of NYYC
42s, 14 of which will be racing in this weekend's series, 6 of which will be
heading for Bermuda. It will be the first big offshore outing for this
class, and it will be interesting to see how well they stack up against
their big sisters, the Swan 45s, and the other 40-somethings entered in the
event. -- Read on:

* Frank Bohlen, a Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Marine
Sciences at the University of Connecticut, has published an updated Gulf
Stream Tutorial for this spring and it is now available on the Newport
Bermuda website. The Gulf Stream in the vicinity of the race rhumb line has
over the past month continued to display active development with an
associated complex pattern of sea surface temperature gradients. -- Details:

The deepest secrets in San Francisco were lying on the beach Tuesday at
Crissy Field, covered with sand and guarded from prying eyes. No peeking was
allowed. Keep away. This means you. In the world of big-time kiteboarding,
the designs of the boards and the fins for this year's U.S. championships
being held in San Francisco are not something that a big-time kiteboarder
wants to share with his foe. Five dozen kiteboarders are in the city to
compete in the five-day event. Kiteboarding is a young sport, which means
the winner gets only a trophy, the athletes gleefully sign autographs,
admission is free and nobody knows what, exactly, the best kiteboard looks

Nonetheless, the racers were keeping their boards and their top-secret fin
designs hidden from one another. Some of the fins, it turned out, were made
of fiberglass. Others were resin or carbon fiber. Some were a foot long and
skinny, some were 4 inches long and squat. Some boards had four fins, some
only two. Hiding a top-secret kiteboard from the enemy is easier than hiding
a top-secret America's Cup yacht. You don't need a warehouse, only some
strategically placed sand or, perhaps, a beach towel. "We're not out here to
have a trade show," said world-class boarder Chip Wasson of San Francisco.
"You don't want to have a big conversation about your board before the race.
Some things you keep to yourself." -- SF Chronicle, read on:

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(June 11, 2008) Fishermen and truck drivers protesting at rocketing fuel
prices have targeted marinas around France, Italy and Spain, in some cases
barricading pleasure ports and in others finding solidarity among boaters.
Yesterday Spanish ports came to a standstill as truckers and fishermen
formed barricades around the coast. The action came as unions rejected a
package of measures proposed by the Ministry of Development to help deal
with record fuel prices.

In the town of Denia on the Spain's Costa Blanca, the fishing fleet has
jammed the harbour since May 30 protesting higher fuel costs. Yesterday
hundreds of smaller boats joined the protest. Pleasure craft have not been
directly blocked, but many have remained in the marina in solidarity with
the fishermen. At the weekend 100 fishermen in Bari, southeast Italy,
attempted to prevent leisure boaters from accessing the sea at Bisceglie.
Police had to intervene as discussions between protesters and boat owners
degenerated. -- IBI Magazine,

The Korea Match Cup, Stage 3 of the 2008 World Match Racing Tour, got off
with a bang at a star-studded opening ceremony featuring the Prime Minister
of Korea, his Excellency the Honourable Seoung Soo Han. The Prime Minster
was on hand to open both the Korea International Boat Show and the Korea
Match Cup here in Hwaseong City, Gyeonggi Province on the West Coast of
Korea. The event and boat show are part of a new economic development plan
for the region that includes 4 new marinas and a 15,000 square meter
industrial park dedicated to boat building and the marine industry. They are
expecting over 100,000 spectators over the next five days of the event.

The event is using the newly built KM36’s designed especially for the event
by Blakewell-White. The twelve teams will race a full round robin followed
by a quarter final, semi-final and the finals on Sunday. Five flights were
sailed with Jesper Radich (DEN) leading the day with a score of 4-1. Racing
continues Thursday with Ian Williams, Paolo Cian, Magnus Holmberg, Torvar
Mirsky, Peter Gilmour, and Wataru Sakamoto on first to try their hand in the
tricky conditions of Jeongok Marina. -- Full report and standings:

* Riva del Garda, Italy (June 11, 2008) - The 86 men and 33 women teams at
the 2008 ISAF Grade C1 470 Europeans on Lake Garda are having to adapt and
remain consistent in the shifty conditions presented by the surrounding
mountain region. After completing 8 of 12 races in the championship series
(allowing one discard), Americans Amanda Clark and Sarah Mergenthaler remain
on top of the women’s division, with Team Japan just one point behind, and
the Austrians 8 points back. The forecast over the next two days looks
questionable with lots of rain and possible thunderstorms, with the final
Medal Race scheduled for Saturday. -- Results:
Clark/Mergenthaler website:

* Heat and humidity rather than air quality will challenge athletes at the
Beijing Olympics, says a New Zealand-based meteorologist working for the
Canadian Olympic team. Doug Charko monitored weather and air quality in
Beijing last August to produce a model which anticipates conditions athletes
may encounter during this year's games. Charko, who was the meteorologist
for sailing's Luna Rossa team at the last America's Cup, found heat,
humidity and solar radiation in Beijing were regularly higher than limits
specified by the International Amateur Athletics Federation for safe
participation in sport. His studies showed temperatures regularly exceeded
27 or 28 degrees Celsius (80 to 82 Fahrenheit) in August, with high
humidity. "If it exceeds 26, 27 degrees, by the international athletics
federation handbook you cannot compete," he said. "And yet we saw that
condition in Beijing everyday." -- International Herald Tribune, read on:

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* Cannigione, Sardinia (June 11, 2008) - Light winds allowed for only one
race on the third day of the J/24 World Championship, with the top three
teams in the standings all finishing out of the top ten on the day. Five
races are now completed and a throw-out permitted, with only two points
separating the top four teams. New leader is now Andrea Casale (ITA),
followed by Milev Rossi (GBR), Mark Hillman (USA), with defending champion
Maurico Santa Cruz (BRA) in fourth. -- Daily report and results:

* The following notice has been issued by RORC/IRC regarding a clarification
of the IRC Rule 26.1.6: "Please note that except in special and defined
cases, a boat shall not adjust the forestay and/or shrouds while racing –
see IRC Rule 26.1.6. This rule must also be read in conjunction with IRC
Notice 2008/01
Adjustment of Shrouds and Forestay While Racing. This again is crystal clear
and explicit: moving the mast step fore or aft or adjusting mast jack
pressure will change shroud tension. Therefore, unless permitted by either
Rule 26.1.6 a) or b), neither is permitted." --

* Los Angeles, CA – After a decision was made to replace his engine, Zac
Sunderland's departure to be the youngest American sailor to attempt a solo
global circumnavigation was delayed from May 31st to June 14th at 1:00pm.
The 16 year-old from Thousand Oaks, California will be leaving from Burton
Chace Park in Marina del Rey, which coincides with the Marina del Rey Boat
Show on June 12-15. --

* The San Diego-based yacht design firm of Reichel/Pugh is BMW Oracle
Racing’s principal monohull designer, the team confirmed today. The team’s
TP 52 USA 17 is a Reichel/Pugh design, which took first place at the
Marseille regatta of the MedCup Circuit last week. When at the team’s base
in Valencia, lead designer John Reichel works closely with the team’s other
principal monohull designer, Manolo Ruiz de Elvira. Ruiz de Elvira leads the
team’s tank testing and was part of Alinghi’s design team in the last two
America’s Cups. -- Full report:

* The second event of the 2008 iShares Cup for the Extreme 40 class will be
in Hyères, France this week, where the 11 entrants will compete June 13-15.
A brand new entry, the French home team 'Twins' , will be joining the fleet,
as will be the American team Tommy Hilfiger with Olympian Randy Smyth at the
helm. Britain's double Olympic Gold medalist Shirley Robertson returns after
winning the first event, as does the America's Cup defender Alinghi team,
who will be looking to get back in the game after their dramatic capsize at
the first iShares Cup event in Lugano, Switzerland. --

* (June 10, 2008) Initially reported last fall in Issue 2460, William H.
“Howe” Constable, former assistant coach of the Nantucket High School
sailing team (MA), has been sentenced to a 25-year prison term on seven
counts of sexual exploitation of children and one count of possession of
child pornography. U.S. District Court Judge George O’Toole Jr. also ordered
54-year-old William H. Constable to serve a life term of supervised release,
pay a $50,000 fine, and forfeit property used in his crimes. -- Full report:

* The Case Book, which details interpretations of The Racing Rules of
Sailing, has been updated to include all 2008 Cases and published on the
ISAF website. --

* Correction: The story in Issue 2615 regarding the High School sailing team
took place in Yarmouth, MA and not in Yarmouth, ME as stated.

The 2007 J/24 World Championship in Vallarta, Mexico was said to be an epic
event, with the folks at Vallarta Yacht Club going above and beyond to show
the entrants a good time. Seventy boats from 14 countries attended, and were
treated with great conditions both on and off the water. The pacing of this
video is exactly like a typical event - starts serious in the beginning and
gradually becomes a huge party.

If you have a video you like, please send us your suggestions for next
week’s Video of the Week. Click here for this week’s video:

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* From Bruce Bates, Durham, NH: In my opinion one of the reasons for the
decline in sailing besides the obvious cost is the continued, ever
increasing professionalism in the sport. Recently the Press praised Larry
Ellison for his win in TP52 MedCup regatta in France. Of course, he had
Russell Coutts aboard just to make sandwiches for the rail meat. The boat is
now for sale after the regatta is over. Few can compete at that level. Here
in New England, checkbook sailing is in high gear with sailmakers and racing
pros aboard the top boats in even the most regional events. No wonder the
casual “race your boat with the family” type opts out.

* From Reynald Neron: Forget the news about America’s Cup politics, you know
sailing is a great sport when you read the following:

“AMERICAN 49er reps Tim Wadlow and Chris Rast are back in Qingdao, China
training everyday in preparation for the Olympic Games. Despite their boats
being stuck in customs, they have been able to borrow the CANADIANS boat and
the GERMAN'S mast, and have been on the water working closely with their
training partners from GERMANY.”

I cannot think of any other sport where that would happen.

* From Jim Durden: In regards to US SAILING mandatory membership, as a
member for 30 years, I whole-heartedly agree with all who question the
proposal, for all the logical reason stated. As a small businessman, I still
don't understand why USSA mails out countless renewal notices, even after I
have re-upped for the year. It's apparent the right hand doesn't know what
the left hand has done, and unfortunately, probably doesn't care. They do
the same with their Christmas card promo every year, at great expense to the
membership. I'm no accountant, but these are two of the obvious leaks in the
system. How many more are there?

* From John Wade: I am a member of US SAILING, and have been for many years.
My problem with the new proposed fee requirement is that most of my crew do
not belong to a yacht club, do not have their own boats, and probably would
not sail with me if they had to pony up $60. That leaves me with the cost.
At any given moment, anyone of my crew might be on the helm. So, with a crew
base of 12 -14 people (we sail with as many as 5), I'll have to provide the
membership fees for all of them. I already support the sailing program on my
boat 100%. I feed 'em, transport them, house them. That's the way I grew up.
The skipper provides the necessities of racing the boat, and the crew
provides…the CREW! Some of you may say well, you provide the other stuff
they ought to at least pay for US SAILING. I say NO. It is not their
responsibility to support MY boat, or My sailing addiction. They're out
there to have fun, me too; but I am the responsible party here, and I'm not
too keen on US SAILING hijacking me, for these additional fees that DO NOT
provide any benefit to my crew. What happens if my yacht club, says my crew
can't come aboard my boat unless they are club members? I'm sorry US SAILING
needs more money, I just don't think my crew is a fair target for their

* From Ian Latham: The Galveston, TX story regarding the Texas A&M race team
is a very sad event. Fortunately, thanks to good fortune and the United
States Coast Guard, lives were saved. But someone in a position of
responsibility needs to think seriously about this event. We have students
from an American college that presumably knows sailing. An ocean race of 610
miles. Two safety officers aboard. But no EPIRB? It boggles the mind. I know
families that won’t let their sons and daughters take a RIB on the
intercoastal waterway (!) without one. Lives are more precious than a few
hundred EPIRB dollars.

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