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SCUTTLEBUTT 2624 - Tuesday, June 24, 2008

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American Zac Sunderland is now in the second week of his quest to be the
youngest sailor to attempt a solo global circumnavigation, having departed
from Marina del Rey in Los Angeles, CA aboard his Islander 36 on June 14th.
Among his updates he responds to the following question: How did you make
your dream come true and how do you endure even under criticism?

"When I first came to my parents with the idea of sailing around the world
we just discussed if it was even possible. They thought it was and we set
about trying to find a boat. No body was going to sponsor a boat for me as a
young unknown so I went to and began to search for a boat.
The type of boat I needed was way out of my price range. My dad was asking
around the marina about boats for sale and heard of my current boat which
was then called Nantucket Sleigh Ride. I was able to buy the boat with money
I had saved repairing and selling sailing dinghies in the summers. I sent
out about 100 Sponsorship Proposals to marine companies and received a
pretty poor repsonse. I just kept sending letters and calling people and
working with my dad. Pretty soon I had a lot of equipment sponsors and
people from all over the marina were getting involved with the project. I
guess the point is to have a dream, pursue it and don't give up. It helps to
have your parents behind you like I do. If you really believe in what you
are doing, you just accept that people will criticise you. Answer your
critics but then keep going." --

(June 23, 2008) Alex Jackson's inaugural race of his just launched 99-foot
Speedboat crossed the finish line today at St. David's light in Bermuda at
09:12:56 (Atlantic time) to take line honors and the "First to Finish Prize"
for the 2008 Newport-Bermuda race. Said skipper Mike Sanderson, "The boat
has been faultless, a full credit to the big team back in Spain at Juan
Yacht design that designed her, as well as the many thousands of hours that
where put into her by the team here on Speedboat." Noted navigator Stan
Honey regarding the Gulf Stream,"It was quicker to foot and let the boat go
fast rather than to go hard on the wind and try to get to the warm eddy.
With a big boat, you are just not in the Gulf Stream as long as the smaller
boats." Rambler was the next boat to finish after Speedboat at 12:45:27.
Owned by George David, the 90' ILC maxi takes line honours in the Gibbs Hill
Lighthouse division for professionally sailed boats with fixed keels. --
Race website:

=> Curmudgeon's Comment: As we were following the race Monday afternoon
(PT), maybe someone can explain to me why the boat tracking feature on the
race website had Speedboat still 8.4nm from the finish, 11 hours after they
supposedly had finished.

Chicago, IL (June 23, 2008) - It was a good first day for the locals as
Chicago boats claimed first and third in today's first race of the Etchells
World Championships. The lone race started in an 8-12 knot breeze, with a
large right shift in the first beat proving to be the race determining
factor for many of the boats locked out to the left side after the start.
The wind gradually lightened during the race, continuing to veer right over
85 degrees, and eventually dying shortly after the finish of the first race.
With no hope of fresh wind in the forecast, the race committee cancelled the
second race of the day and the fleet was towed back to the harbor.

It was a rough start for the 2007 World Champion Andy Beadsworth and Dave
Dwyer of the U.K, having to grind back from deep in the fleet to a 40th
place finish. Nine races are scheduled, with six races required to
constitute a series. Racing continues through Saturday, with Sunday held as
a reserve day.

Preliminary results (top ten of 83 entrants)
1. USA, Justin Palm, John Erik Garr & Hans Pusch
2. USA, Kurt Winkelmann, Larry Ledgerwood & Brad Boston
3. USA, Aaron Housten, Daniel Somers & John Harford
4. USA, Vincent Brun, Ben Mitchell & Jeff Pape
5. NZL, Gavin Gerrard, Richard Bouzaid & John Baxter
6. AUS, Terence Steele, Jameson Buxton & Bradley Moore
7. USA, Bill Hardesty, Erik Shampain, Steve Hunt & Jennifer Wilson
8. USA, Senet Bischoff, Colin Gordon & Ben Kinney
9. USA, Argyle Campbell, Jack Jakosky & Dwight Belden
10. USA, Fred Joosten, David Williams & Niels Heemskerk
Race website:

The Melges 32 National Championship is coming up in July and the turnout at
the Newport, RI based event looks to be big! The boat is equally hyped over
in Europe right now as the Melges 32 Audi Series is active and growing with
some very high profile teams getting involved. Here in the USA, people are
buying boats already for the Melges 32 Winter Series. Time to get geared up
- get a Melges 32 and join the growing excitement! Race to

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has announced the Bic Techno 293
windsurfer and the Byte CII dinghy have been chosen as equipment for the
four sailing events at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. In
response to the launch of the equipment bidding process in March 2008, ISAF
received bids from ten manufacturers to supply equipment to the 2010 Youth
Olympic Games. The bids were thoroughly evaluated by the Youth Olympic Games
Working Party, who unanimously recommended the Byte CII as the equipment for
the One person dinghy boys and One person dinghy girls events and the Bic
Techno 293 as equipment for the Windsurfing boys and Windsurfing girls
events. The ISAF Executive Committee made the final decision on the
equipment for the Youth Olympic Games events, based on the recommendation of
the Youth Olympic Games Working Party.

Youth Olympic Games Events and Equipment
One person dinghy boys - Byte CII
One person dinghy girls - Byte CII
Windsurfing boys - Bic Techno 293
Windsurfing girls - Bic Techno 293

The qualification system for the sailing events at the Youth Olympic Games,
featuring six continental qualifiers and one World Championship, has also
been approved. -- Complete report:

=> Curmudgeon's Comment: This announcement brought two things to mind.
First, it was a turn to see the ISAF Executive Committee endorse the
decision of the Working Party, after discarding a similar committee's
opinion when deciding on the events for the 2012 Olympics. Also, the
Curmudgeon has not heard of these classes, which could be either a
continental issue or pathetic ignorance, and would welcome email providing
and information on the Bic Techno 293 windsurfer and the Byte CII dinghy.

When a newspaper sportswriter for the city of San Diego, CA took on the task
of listing the 10 biggest sports events in the city's history, none of the
three America's Cups sailed in San Diego (1988, '92, '95) made the cut. Said
author Bill Center, "The America's Cups played out over time, like a Padres
season or a Chargers season. Yes, they drew worldwide attention to San Diego
and were a boost to the tourism economy. But in terms of firing up the
general populace at any given time, I don't think the America's Cup did. The
farther you moved away from Point Loma, the less you heard about San Diego's
America's Cups.

"The middle-of-the-night television ratings from Australia in 1987 were
better locally than the ratings for the races off Point Loma. That makes
sense, since Dennis Conner was on a mission in Australia to win back the
America's Cup. There was no such drama in San Diego's three defenses, which
began with the controversial catamaran defense. Conner wasn't even a party
to '92 America's Cup. The New Zealand steamroller of 1995 had flattened much
of the anticipation even before Conner had to sail a borrowed boat in the
anticlimactic finals.

"Were the three America's Cups great events? Absolutely. Did they leave a
lasting footprint on the memory of the average San Diego sports fan? I don't
get that vibe. " --

* Here is Bill Center's top ten list:

From June 26 to July 1, the top U.S. youth sailors are slated to compete in
the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship hosted by the San Francisco Yacht Club,
sponsored nationally by Nautica and LaserPerformance. The young sailors
ranging from 13 to 19 years old will race Lasers, Laser Radials, 29ers, and
Club 420s in the challenging conditions of San Francisco Bay. National event
organizer US SAILING has selected a field of 150 sailors hailing from 16
states plus the U.S. Virgin Islands based on their sailing resumes and
performance at regional, national and international competitions; they
represent some of the most talented young athletes in the sport.

In the singlehanded events, among those to watch in the Laser class will be
Luke Lawrence (Palm City, Fla.), Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.),
and Teddy Himler (Manhasset, N.Y.). In the Laser Radials, Anne Haeger (Lake
Forest, Ill.) will be one to watch along with Ian Heausler (Tampa, Fla.),
Claire Dennis (Sarasota, Calif.) and Emily Billing (Clearwater, Fla.). In
the doublehanded classes, San Diegans Briana Provancha and Tyler Sinks could
be the favorites in the Club 420 fleet, likely to be challenged by Stephanie
Hudson of Winnetka, Ill., / Laura McKenna of Palo Alto, Calif. The 29er team
of Oliver Toole and Willie McBride (both of Santa Barbara, Calif.), last
year's second-place finishers in the Youth Championship, will be pushed by
sailors such as Max Fraser (Capitola, Calif.)/ David Liebenberg (Livermore,
Calif.) who finished first in the recent 29er National Championship. --
Complete report and entry list:

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The start times and division breakdowns have been decided for the 61 entries
of the biennial Pacific Cup race from San Francisco to Hawaii. Here are some

* Entrants will begin starting July 14 and conclude July 19th. Early
starters include Moore 24's, topping out with Kjeld Hestehave's Tanton 73
Velos. The smaller boats will be handicapped under PHRF with the biggest
boats using ORR. A preliminary starting list is posted on the race website,
with the plan to finalize the plan by Friday, June 27. -- Race website:

* One of the prominent stories from the 2006 race was the delivery back to
the West Coast of Nick Barran's ILC 40 Mureadritta's XL, which struck a
whale and forced the crew to their liferaft as the boat sank. Among the crew
on that trip was Nathalie Criou, who a couple months later was diagnosed
with sarcoma, a form of cancer that primarily affects children and young
adults. Nat has since founded a nonprofit called BeatSarcoma, has organized
regatta in San Francisco on June 28-29, and will be racing in the Pac Cup on
her Express 27 'Elise' to raise awareness and funds for Sarcoma. For details
on the Sarcoma Cup:

* Beijing will follow international practice to enact traffic control during
the Olympic and Paralympic Games with an aim of cutting the number of
vehicles on the roads, improving air quality and facilitating public
transport. From July 1 to September 20 this year, Beijing-registered
automobiles will hit the roads on an alternate-day basis; vehicles with
license plates ending in odd numbers will be banned from the roads on
even-numbered calendar days, and those with plates ending in even numbers
will be banned from the roads on odd-numbered days. -- Complete story:

* The Australian Sailing Team website has been updated to include sailor &
coach profiles, information about the boats and events, links to key sites,
a diary, gallery, and calendar with links to results and regatta websites.

* San Rafael, CA (June 23, 2008) - An early-morning two-alarm fire Monday at
the San Rafael Yacht Club caused moderate damage to the building. San Rafael
firefighters were called at 2:49 a.m. with a report of smoke from nearby
Yacht Club Drive. Firefighters arrived at the club at 405 E. Francisco Blvd.
to find flames on the back deck and inside the back of the club. The fire
was extinguished by 3:30 a.m., San Rafael fire Battalion Chief Jeff Buscher
said. He estimated $100,000 in damage to the building. No one was injured.
-- Marin Independent Journal, full story:

* Acura Key West 2009 once again takes place in Key West, Florida on January
19-23, 2009 with competition for One-Design, PHRF & IRC classes. The invited
one design classes include: Corsair 28R, Farr 40, J/105, J/109, J/120, J/80,
Melges 24, Melges 32, M 30, RC 44, Swan 42, T-10, and TP52. Details at

* First launched in the fall of 1997, niche sailing magazine Good Old Boat
printed the first issue of 5,000 copies in June 1998, and are pleased to now
announce their ten year anniversary. -- Full story:

* Team Spain was crowned ISAF Offshore Team World Champion for the second
time, lifting the Rolex Offshore Team World Championship Trophy following
victory at the Sardinia Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo. The Spanish team -
comprised of Massimo Mezzaroma's Farr 40 San Miguel telefonica Nerone helmed
by Antonio Sodo Migliori with Vasco Vascotto on tactics; Marco Salvi's Swan
45 Telefonica Vertigo with Francesco Bruni on tactics; and Jose Cusi's
Bribon Telefonica with Pedro Campos at the helm and tactician Ray Davies -
took four victories over eight races. There were five three-boat teams
competing in the event. --

* Block Island Race Week hosts Duck Island Yacht Club and Zuse, Inc. ran 11
races over 5 days last week, including the classic Round the Island Race
midweek. With the Newport Bermuda Race drawing away most of the larger
boats, the tightest action was found in the J/105 and J/109 divisions, where
in each case the eventual runner-up ran off a streak of 4 bullets over the
final two days to make things very interesting. -- Final results:

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* From Marc Hollerbach: (re, story in Issue 2622) I nominate the Point
Judith Sailing Club board (in South Kingstown, RI) for the Darwin Awards.
Those are the awards handed out "Honoring those who improve the
accidentally removing themselves from it "( All the
Lasik technology in the world can't seem to save my baby boomer generation
from their self-centered short sightedness. Let's see, a wealth of
entertainment options to choose from, a down economy, how can we attract new
members & improve our operation? Ah ha! Let's get rid of junior sailing and
add parking!

What a coincidence! As I was finishing that last paragraph I received a call
from the father of a new sailor in our junior learn-to-sail program (full
disclosure: I am chairman). A non-sailing family, their 14 year old wanted
to give it a try so he signed up for the 2 week session that started last
week. It turns out that he loves it and wants to stay in for the rest of the
season. Will this young man go on to join the sailing community, maybe even
join our club? Who knows?

The only thing we know for certain is that he will not be joining Point
Judith Sailing Club. At least, not until he can drive.

* From Ray Tostado: I recall some decades ago when regatta race courses were
at times formatted into three mark legs: windward; reach; downwind. I do not
clearly recall the reasons to abandon such a configuration, but now all we
have are up and back races. Frankly, I am tired of this dull road to
nowhere. Is there a national rule limiting any such courses?

Since that change, designs have also changed, things are different, just not
like they were decades ago. The advent of the sprit has reduced the DDW
ability to many designs. I don't see any new boats getting the 28 degrees to
weather beats common in the good 'ol IOR days. I liked the IOR! But maybe
too many of these IOR learning experiences for designers tended to round up
a bit often, so, "let's get rid of reaches and make it just up and down?".
There, see how stable they are now?

=> Curmudgeon's Comment: In Scuttlebutt 2321, Puma Racing Team skipper Ken
Read noted that among the reasons he was taking on the challenge of the
2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race, "There are only so many windward-leewards you
can do before it gets a little tiring, and I've been doing a lot of
windward-leeward race courses for the last 25-30 years." --

From George Carlin: "If you're going to insist on making movies based on
crappy old television shows, then you have to give everyone in the Cineplex
a remote so we can see what's playing on the other screens. Let's remember
the reason something was a television show in the first place is that the
idea wasn't good enough to be a movie."

* George Carlin (May 12, 1937 - June 22, 2008), a frequent contributor to
the 'Curmudgeon's Observations', died of heart failure Sunday in Los Angeles
at 5:55 p.m. PT. He was 71 years old. -- Complete story:

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