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SCUTTLEBUTT 2619 - Tuesday, June 17, 2008

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by Kimball Livingston, SAIL magazine
It's always a kick to be around kite racing. Lots of youthful high energy,
and more than that, it's a game that's still being invented. Going into the
second-ever US Kiteboarding Nationals, the organizers at St. Francis Yacht
Club, San Francisco, pow-wowed with leading rules experts such as Dick Rose
to work toward some specialty rules for racing kites. Here's one new rule
put on the track in the regatta completed June 14: “In crossing upwind,
starboard tack shall generally fly the kite as high as possible while port
tack shall fly the kite as low as possible.” That word "generally" sounds

To put this more clearly, it sounds like the beginning of a lot of
sub-clauses. I hope not, because this kiting thing is totally cool. It's an
example of where ISAF ought to be sniffing around for one face of future
Olympic sailing competition. Along with looking for a way to assure, as far
as possible, that the Olympic sailing venue always has wind. Now there's a
concept. At the first national course-racing title event, the top riders
were San Francisco Bay sailors who had invented and experimented with course
racing with kites for a year or so. The pro riders dropped in, liked the
scene, and caught on. -- Read on, and listen to podcast with winner Damien

* Chinese officials have unveiled an official cheer for spectators at this
summer's Olympic Games. The four-part cheer will be promoted on television,
in schools and through a print advertising campaign. And as if it could not
get more Orwellian, an official announcement of the official cheer states
that "the cheer is a joint product of the Party Office of Spiritual
Civilization Development and Guidance (GODPP), (and) the Ministry of
Education..." among others. -- Read on:

* Vancouver, BC -- Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for.
Nikola Girke wanted another challenge after finishing 13th in two-person
dingy sailing at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Her desire was fulfilled when she
switched back to her first love, windsurfing. The 30-year-old Vancouver
native heads to this summer's Games in Beijing ranked 29th in the world and
knows she'll be in a fight to finish on the podium. "I would say I'm the
underdog," said Girke, the top North American in the ISAF windsurfing
rankings. "I love it. I can only surprise people. I know what I can do and I
believe in myself." -- Read on:

On February 18, 2008, whilst sailing with a day's lead over Orange's record,
the 105 foot maxi trimaran Groupama 3 fell victim to serious damage to her
port float. In a matter of seconds, the multihull skippered by Franck Cammas
flipped over south of New Zealand. Promptly recovered, and now back at the
Multiplast yard in Vannes, France, the architects and engineers have not yet
decided with any degree of certainty about the precise cause of the damage.
Experts and members of Groupama team's design office have a host of
hypotheses: "Fatigue of the materials where there has been impact with a
floating object may be the source of the damage. What we are sure about is
that the construction is not in question," details team manager, Stéphane

The current plan is to alter the two floats by replacing the
honeycomb-carbon sandwich with monolithic carbon. Team manager Stéphane
Guilbaud explains the repercussions of this: "To alter the two floats will
extend the duration of the work by nearly two months. Rather than being
relaunched at the start of November, Groupama 3 won't be able to leave the
Multiplast yard prior to January. Suffice to say this will be too late to
attempt to contest the Jules Verne Trophy again in 2009." The Jules Verne
Trophy is a prize for the fastest circumnavigation of the world by any type
of yacht with no restrictions on the size of the crew. -- Complete report:

The NYYC Annual Regatta, which is the first of three regattas that comprise
the 'Onion Patch Series' was won by Clay Deutsch and his crew aboard his
68-foot Swan, 'Chippewa.' "We're well prepared for the Bermuda Race and
we're duly humble. We'll sail the boat the best we can and hope for the
best," said Deutsch. 'Chippewa' sails with 100% North sails. "I'm pretty
true-blue North," Deutsch says of his sail selection. "A good friend of mine
recently bought a boat and I highly recommended North Sails." When
performance, speed and durability matter, head North.

by Harry Legum, Annapolis Sailing Fitness
One of the keys in having a successful workout begins before you ever step
foot in the gym. The night before is important regarding what you eat and
especially what you drink. Over the years I have had many brave souls try to
workout with me after drinking a few too many Dark and Stormy’s, downing the
Rum and believing that they can not only fake their way that all is well,
but survive more than 15 minutes. Trust me, if I find that you are hung-over
for a scheduled training session, the experience will be painful. That’s the
drama of it. As far as a simple workout is concerned, you will be sluggish,
low on energy and basically begging to go home if you even made it to the
gym in the first place. Maybe we should plan ahead? -- Read on:

Remember when Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal won those championships for
the Lakers, and then bitterness led to O'Neal going to the Miami Heat? The
basketball league marketers heavily promoted the first game the two would
verse each other, creating the intrigue on what they would say, what they
would do? How about the football saga of ‘videogate’ with the New England
Patriots and Bill Belichick, starting last fall against the NY Jets and
rising to a crescendo in December 2007, with the promotional hype drawing
as much interest in the game as whether the two coaches would shake hands at
the end of the game. Now it would seem that sailing is breathing this rare
air, with the next America’s Cup positioned to have its own moment… whenever
the match occurs.

There is so little love between defender Alinghi and rival challenger BMW
Oracle Racing (BOR) and the respective team owners, Ernesto Bertarelli and
Larry Ellison, that when these two do meet for the event, it will be
must-see TV. If the event organizers are on the ball, all the crapola that
has occurred in the courts, all the lost momentum to grow the event, all the
general disinterest in the America’s Cup could be gone in the instant that
these two individual meet. Will they shake hands, will their faces show
contempt, will they make a smug remark (remember the famous Dennis Conner
quote about the Kiwis, “Why else would you build a fiberglass 12 Meter,
unless you were going to cheat?").

To fester this love-less marriage, BOR noted a recent posting by Alinghi on
their website discussing the issues surrounding the court case leading up to
the next America’s Cup, and as they felt the document contained numerous
inaccuracies and omissions, BOR has now published a summation of corrections
and clarifications. Don’t you love the dirty laundry? But let’s take this to
the next level, and since they are calling mixed martial arts (or MMA) as
one of the fastest-growing sports in America, what if it was Bertarelli and
Ellison in the ring? Three words come to mind: “Pay Per View”.

Alinghi’s backgrounder:
BOR’s response:
Mixed Martial Arts video:

The following individuals are posted on the ISAF website as of June 16, 2008
for having their eligibility suspended:
* Mr Justin Noble (CAN) - until 1 May 2008.
* Mr Anders Steen Gotschalk (DEN) - For two years from 5 October 2007 - 5
October 2009 - (Anti Doping) violation.
* Christine Johnston (GBR) - For two years from 1 June 2007 - 31 May 2009 -
(Anti Doping) violation.
* Mr Shinya Kunieda (JPN) - For two years from 1 November 2007 - 31 October
2009 - Breaking RRS 5 (banned substances and method).
* Stefan Eriksson (SWE) - until 27 September 2008 - Lack of good behavior
and sportsmanship.
* Brodie L Cobb (USA) - until 31 December 2008 - Gross Breach of good
manners and sportsmanship.
Full details:

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by Marcy Finnas
It all started with an email in the fall of 2007 from the boss asking if I
was “Up for an Adventure”. He desired to bring his J/46 “SWING” by ship
across the Atlantic to cruise for the summer in Scandinavian waters. “Yes,
absolutely” was my reply. I was given the choice to travel with the ship or
to have some time off and meet the ship in Denmark. As I always long to be
at sea I chose to travel with the ship. My friends and family all said, “Why
do you want to do that?” Well, I haven't an answer; it is simply one of
those things that I just couldn't explain.

We put in the request for my passage with the shipping company and then
waited for months to find out if there would be space available. When I
learned that I had been accepted for passage in the only cabin available for
“riders” I couldn't help but wonder why no one else wanted to travel with
the ship. All of these yachts and I’m the only one who wants to go. Am I
making a mistake? I would likely be the only female onboard, would I share a
cabin, a head, would I be relegated to my cabin, would anybody speak
English, would I have access to SWING while underway, were some of the
questions that were swimming around in my head. -- Read on:

* Larchmont, NY (June 15, 2008) For the 114 boats planning to compete on
June 14-15 in the Nautica Vanguard 15 National Championship, it was one of
those amazingly frustrating Western Long Island Sound weekends where there
never was sufficient wind to race on either day. The class has scheduled a
“do-over” on July 18-20 (coinciding with Larchmont Race Week) to give it
another try – with fees already paid for entry and charters to roll over to
the new date. --

* US SAILING announced that the yacht charter company The Moorings has
donated $5,000 to the U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team, which is the prize money
The Moorings had received after winning the 2007 John Southam Award for
Excellence in Media Communications. A donation check was presented to US
SAILING’s Olympic Sailing Committee Chair Dean Brenner by The Moorings'
David Rohr on Thursday, June 12 at the GE Capital Solutions and Sail America
Industry Conference in Newport, R.I. -- Full report:

* Corona del Mar, CA (June 13, 2008) - Twelve teams from the United States,
Brazil, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom have been selected by
the Balboa Yacht Club to compete in the 42nd annual Governor’s Cup
International Junior Match Racing Championship, July 16-20, 2008. The
Governor’s Cup is the oldest junior international match racing regatta in
the world, with 2008 marking the first entrant from South America in Cup
history. Entry is by invitation only for sailors under twenty years old, and
is sailed in Alan Andrews designed Governor’s Cup 21 boats that are owned by
the host organization. -- Complete report with entry list:

* Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta is celebrating its 16th year and
is hailed as the regatta that launched the current wave of interest in
Optimist sailing in the Caribbean. The St. Thomas Yacht Club and Virgin
Island Sailing Association-hosted regatta is set to sail June 19-22, 2008.
Junior sailors from 8 to 15 years of age are expected from destinations such
as all three U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico,
Venezuela, Anguilla, Argentina, Canada, Germany and the U.S. mainland. The
pre-regatta activities begin Monday, June 16th and run through Wednesday,
June 18th, when top international coaches will teach a three-day
instructional clinic. --

* With more boaters having a hard time gaining access to the water,
nominations for the second annual BoatU.S. Recreational Boating Access Award
are now being accepted. The award recognizes those who have succeeded in
preserving or improving public waterway access. Waterfront development,
regulatory red tape, poor planning and restrictive covenants are just some
of the factors contributing to the decline of waterway access for
recreational boats.Applications are being accepted from June 15 through
October 1, 2008 and winners will be announced by October 31. Previous
entrants are asked not to reapply. For more information or a look at last
year's winners, go to

* Based on the number of competing high schools as of June 1, 2008 in each
of the seven districts, the number of schools from each district that will
be permitted to compete for the three national championships (singlehanded,
doublehanded, and team race) have been determined for the 2008-2009 season.

William Ziegler III, a long-time resident of Darien, CT, and the third
generation of Darien Ziegler's, died on June 13 after a long illness. He was
born in New York City, received his undergraduate degree at Harvard
University and an MBA from Columbia University. Bill was an avid Long Island
Sound sailor in addition to travelling the world competing in ocean races
with his boat, GEM. He was a strong advocate of ecology of Long Island
Sound. He was a founding Trustee of the Stamford Sailing Foundation and a
member of the New York and Noroton Yacht Clubs. Bill was predeceased by his
wife who passed away March 29, 2006.

Calling hours will be held at the Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Rd.,
Darien on Tuesday June 17, 2008 from 5PM to 8PM. A private Luncheon will be
held at his home on Hay Island in Darien on Wednesday June 18th 2008. In
lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Darien EMS- Post 53, Box
2066, Darien, CT 06820, or Norwalk Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water St.,
South Norwalk, CT 06854. -- Complete notice:

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* From Amy Linton: If you want to see the NBC program about 470 sailors
Sarah Merganthaler and Amanda Clark, you better have a Windows platform.
Because, surprise surprise, the "Tech Preview" for Mac is not yet
functional...I wonder if all of the network's internet coverage will be
likewise Windowfied. Yet another reason to watch the CBC (Canadian)
coverage. NBC link:

* From Marc Jacobi, Bridgeport, CT: (re, Ted Cremer's comment in Scuttlebutt
2618) Laser sails have always been luck of the draw. When doing my Olympic
efforts I had brand new sails that, upon first hoisting, revealed themselves
to be only "good" for practice. As one of the lighter competitors,
everything had (and has) to be just right or I was out of luck in anything
over 12 knots. Spars are a similar problem.

With the Laser class now being Olympic, I think it's more than past time for
the builders to tighten tolerances of both the spars and sails. Of course,
the builder’s manual isn't available even to the highest-ranked class
officers, so there is little way for effective changes to be proposed, much
less made. Ah, monopolies...

* From Pete Reichelsdorfer: As a long time US SAILING offshore volunteer, I
was most distressed to read the criticism of the Offshore office in
Scuttlebutt 2618. I have worked closely with the these folks for over 20
years and I know they are the most dedicated hard working group you will
find any where in spite of having to work in an under funded and
understaffed environment. Somehow they always manage to get out all data
needed to run races prior the race start during crunch time in the spring. I
say "Kudos to em". It is just too bad that we live in a world where is
always "What's in it for me", not "what can I do for the sport of sailing".

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Like it or not, as a result of the US membership
proposal that has been discussed for the past three months (but was not
approved by the USSA Board of Directors), US SAILING has initiated an era of
customer service scrutiny. We might not all appreciate the value of their
products the same way, but we all appreciate the value of good customer
service. As an aside, the person who wrote the letter that Pete is referring
- that had been waiting since April for the required ORR certificate for the
Chicago-Mackinac race - finally did hear back from US SAILING, and was told
that he would have a certificate in hand before the race starts on July
19th, and that his entry in the race would not be impacted by the lack of a

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