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SCUTTLEBUTT 2628 - Monday, June 30, 2008

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Chicago, IL (June 28, 2008) – Bill Hardesty, Erik Shampain, Steve Hunt, and
Jennifer Wilson of San Diego take their first Etchells World Championship
title after ending the regatta with a strong 13th place finish in the sixth
and final race. Hardesty was the pre-event favorite having won both the
Midwinters East and West, and had held the top ranking at the Worlds
following the second day when his team earned two firsts. The lone race
today was run in beautiful conditions with 10-20 knot westerly winds, waves,
and warm sunny weather. Chris Busch and his team of Chad Hough, Chuck Sinks,
and Peter Burton, also of San Diego, took the lead on the first downwind
leg, and from there they proceeded to walk away from the fleet on every leg
and capture first place by a substantial margin. This strong finish and the
drop race now being factored helped Busch’s team move up to second overall.

The next Etchells World Championship will be held in March 2009 on Port
Philip Bay, Melbourne with the host club being Royal Brighton Yacht Club. --

Final results (top ten of 83 entrants)
1. USA, Bill Hardesty/E. Shampain/S. Hunt/J. Wilson, 7-1-1-(39)-8-13, 30
2. USA, Chris Busch/Chad Hough/Chuck Sinks/Peter Burton,(49)-2-4-19-12-1,38
3. USA, Judson Smith/Henry Frazer/James Poter, 15-9-(41)-2-1-14, 41
4. USA, Peter Duncan/Thomas Blackwell/William Barton, 17-22-10-5-(51)-2, 56
5. IRL, Dave Dwyer/Andy Beadsworth/Simon Fry, (40)-24-22-4-3-3, 56
6. GBR, Graham Bailey/Stephen Bailey/David Heritage, 24-7-3-(64)-7-18, 59
7. USA, Artie Means/Will Stout/Chuck Skewes, 13-3-(84\OCS)-13-17-16, 62
8. CAN, Hank Lammens/Dirk Kneulman/Dwayne Smithers, 35-27-(43)-11-2-11, 86
9. USA, Vincent Brun/Ben Mitchell/Jeff Pape, 4-5-5-(51)-25-47, 86
10. USA, Robert Wray/Scott Nixon/Mike Wolfs, 37-4-9-34-6-(50), 90
Photos by Tim Wilkes:

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Bill’s accomplishments thus far in 2008 should
secure him a spot on the short list of nominees vying for the US Rolex
Yachtsman of the Year award. Any other standout performances for men or
women to recognize at the half-way point of 2008? Post your comments here:

* (June 29, 2008) The complete range of winds at Kieler Woche 2008 joined
with occasional rain showers for the final few race days. Amongst the North
American contingent, with each entrant to be competing for their country in
the Olympics, it was Canadian Michael Leigh working his way up to 3rd in the
Lasers while Tania Elias Calles (MEX) finished 5th in the Laser Radial class
(top ranked American Anna Tunnicliffe earned two black flag starting
penalties to drop her to 14th). Zach Railey (USA) was 5th in the Finn with
RS:X windsurfer Zac Plavsic (CAN) in 6th. -- Race website:

* The hot topic in Qingdao is the proliferation of algae. Statistics showed
that as of Saturday the algae had affected a total sea area of 13,000 square
kilometers, four hundred out of which was covered by the foreign stuff. To
make it worse, more than 32 percent, or 15.86 square kilometers of the
guarded sea area for Olympic sailing competition, was also covered up. In
order to assure the smooth going to the Olympic sailing events, Qingdao had
mobilized more than 10,000 labor forces and over a thousand vessels to clean
up the algae in the sea. Up till now more than 100,000 tons of algae has
been weeded out. Wang said besides just cleaning, more methods, such as
blocking the further inflow of the algae, would also be adopted to
accelerate the speed. -- Complete story:

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* Alinghi, Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup, has been able to arrange a
two-boat training session with the ORMA 60s Foncia and Banque Populaire IV
in Lorient, France, from June 30 until July 5. This marks the return of
Foncia, which the team had capsized last March and broke its mast. Stepping
up to the 60-foot trimarans should nicely augment the training occurring
with the Extreme40s and the Décision35s respectively in the iShares Cup and
in the Lake Geneva. --

* Last week the BMW ORACLE Racing team let it be known that their sail
design and production team were now well underway in developing the huge new
sails required for the 33rd America's Cup. While one would expect the team
would be focusing on all areas of development – including sails – the
telling comment in their announcement seemed to have another purpose: “As
required by the America's Cup Deed of Gift, the sails and other components
of the boat must be built in the country the team represents.” This topic
has come up before, and is based on language in the Deed of Gift. The
question has to do with interpretation, which is whether all parts of the
boat must be built in the team’s country, or that the boat merely needs to
be assembled in the country, and that parts of the boat may be imported from
outside of the country. --

* (June 27, 2008) As a consequence of the continued uncertainty around the
33rd America's Cup caused by the Golden Gate Yacht Club's legal manoeuvres,
AC Management and the Spanish institutions (Central State, Valencia Region
and Valencia Municipality) have been left with no option but to revise the
terms of their relationship, ending the contract signed in July 2007 that
named Valencia the Host City for a multi-challenge 33rd America's Cup in
2009. -- For comments and complete story:

The first ISAF Sailing World Cup is set to launch at the end of 2008,
bringing a new annual series of sailing to the international sports
calendar. The World Cup will be open to the sailing events chosen for the
2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions. Incorporating existing
major events, the series will kick off with Sail Melbourne, Australia in
December 2008, followed in 2009 by the Rolex Miami OCR, USA (January); the
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, Palma, Spain (March); Semaine Olympique
Francaise, Hyeres, France (April); the Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, the
Netherlands (May); Kiel Week, Germany (June); and Skandia Sail for Gold,
Weymouth, Great Britain (September). Additional events may join the series
in future years. The Notice of Series for the ISAF Sailing World Cup,
including details of the scoring system, will be posted on 21 July 2008. --

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(June 29, 2008) There's a lot of angst around when winners in three of 19
classes are settled on tiebreakers and three others by one point, but that's
the way it usually is when Acura presents Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week,
co-hosted by the neighboring Long Beach and Alamitos Bay Yacht Clubs. A
second day of big wind meant a rousing windup to the West's largest keelboat
regatta that brought out 138 boats. After seven races on three courses over
three days concluding Sunday, Laura Schlessinger, the national syndicated
call-in radio hostess from Santa Barbara, not only won the Sportboat class
on her J/100, Perfect, but PHRF Boat of the Week honors for winning the most
competitive class.

Jim Murrell's Mumm 30 class winner, Huckleberry2, was picked as One Design
Boat of the Week in a small but tight class where the top three boats
finished within one point. Schlessinger's win was even closer. She managed a
pair of fourth places Sunday on her black J/100, Perfect, to tie Aaron Feves
and John O'Connor's 1D35, Lucky, with 15 points and get the nod on the basis
of two first places to their none. Other tiebreak winners were father-son
Philip and Payson Infelise of Long Beach in Flying Tiger 10s, and Dick
Velthoen and Paul Defrietas of Ventura Rival on their J/35, Rival, in
PHRF-4. -- For full reports from all three days:

The Etchells class is known for racing hard on the water and then continuing
the fun ashore. Chicago YC made this a regatta to remember with great
parties, bands, food, drink, prizes and plenty of good friends on hand.
Congratulations to Bill Hardesty and crew for their big win, and to Team
McLube’s new Hullkote Speed Polish. McLube Hullkoted boats dominated the top
ten as the Hullkoted boats went in the water looking great, feeling fast
through the water, and staying noticeably cleaner than others throughout the
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* There is being in Porto Cervo, then there is sailing in Porto Cervo, and
then there is sailing on superyachts in Porto Cervo. This stunning site in
Sardinia was home last week to the Boat International Superyacht Regatta,
and photographer Rick Tomlinson was in the air and on the water to capture
the spectacle:

* Thomas Coville flew to New York this past weekend in anticipation of a
good weather forecast to attempt to break the single-handed transatlantic
record onboard his 105-foot maxi trimaran Sodeb’O. Last winter, Coville
attempted to beat the solo round the world record and, twenty days after the
start, the skipper broke the 24 hour speed record with an average of 25.8
knots, sailing 619.3 miles in the space of 24 hours. A few minutes later,
the maxi Sodeb’O lost one of its bows and the skipper was forced to retire
from his round the world record attempt. --

* (June 27, 2008) Possibly the coolest powerboat on the planet, the space
age, wave piercing trimaran Earthrace today took bio-fuel into history as
the 78 foot, (24 metre) boat crossed the 'Round the World' finish line in
Sagunto, Spain. In just 60 days Earthrace has powered almost 24,000 nautical
miles around the world. Earthrace left Spain on Sunday April 27th at 14:35
local time (1325 GMT) and headed west on the long voyage around the world.
The previous record for a powerboat to circumnavigate the globe was 74 days
20 hours 58 minutes 30 seconds, set by the UK boat ‘Cable & Wireless
Adventurer’ in 1998. -- Sail World, read on:

* Hamilton, Bermuda (June 28, 2008) - Randall Baldwin’s Taylor 42 Cabady
from Ridgefield, CT took first place in the Onion Patch Series following the
final event, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Anniversary Regatta sailed
yesterday. The Series is scored under IRC ratings and includes the New York
Yacht Club Regatta, Newport Bermuda Race, and the Anniversary Regatta. In
the team competition, the winning US Sailing Team was comprised of George
David of Hartford Connecticut and his Reichel Pugh 90 Rambler, David Askew/
Ken Comerford of Annapolis in their J122 Flying Jenny VI and Hap Fauth’s new
Reichel Pugh 69 Bella Mente from Jamestown Rhode Island. -- Full story:

* The 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean entrant The Green Team has officially been
re-named after securing title sponsorship from a syndicate of Chinese
companies. The team will now be officially known as The Green Dragon Team
for the 2008-09 race. The team livery will be unveiled over the coming
weeks. The team already holds strong Chinese links with construction of the
boat taking place at McConaghy Boats in Zhuhai. It is the first Volvo Open
70 boat to be built in China. --

* (June 27, 2008) One hundred twenty Lightning boats are pre-registered and
more are expected as the International Lightning Class celebrates its’ 70th
Anniversary with a celebration regatta to be held over the July 4th weekend
in Skaneateles, New York, the birthplace of the Lightning. The first
Lightning, designed by Olin Stephens, was built at the Skaneateles Boat
Company in 1938. There will be a large contingent of restored wooden boats
(including Fisk Hayden’s #2) as well as fleet and world class racing boats.
The Lightning family will have representatives from around the world
participating including many World and North American champions. -- For
comments and full report:

* All ten of the internationally-backed yachts competing in the Clipper
07-08 Round the World Yacht Race are now berthed at the Royal Cork Yacht
Club in Crosshaven, Ireland, following their transatlantic crossing. This is
the first time the Clipper Race, now in its sixth edition, has visited
Ireland. The ten teams are now preparing for the start on July 3rd for the
final sprint of the 35,000-mile circumnavigation from Cork to Liverpool,
where the fleet will arrive on Saturday 5 July at the height of the city’s
celebrations of its status as European Capital of Culture 2008. --

* Correction: In Issue 2626, there was a reference on the number of
allotments each country was allowed for the Youth Olympic Games. We have now
learned that each country is allotted two positions that could be both in
the single handed or both in the board OR one in each discipline. However,
if there are two entries, one MUST be female and one MUST be male.

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* From Gregory Scott: (edited to the 250-word limit) The position expressed
by Jeff Butzer in Butt 2626 is quite true. But where did it all go wrong?
Finding volunteers is becoming more difficult across the nation. And sailing
is only a tip of the iceberg!! The generosity of people's time is wearing
thin. I see it as the convergence of a cultural shift and fatigue arriving
at the mark at the same time. In all areas of our day, more is being asked
of "us" to shore up support systems. Taxation (in all forms) can't keep pace
with need. So, more people are working at hospitals, school libraries and US
Sailing - and those people are of a generation that are post war, "put your
shoulder to the wheel and carry on" types. (as in people 80 - 70 - 60 -50)

At the same time, we have an over burdened dual income generation swimming
like mad to get upstream. These people aren't the frugal post-war work/
save/ pay off the house. They are the work/ work/ spend/ buy generation who
have very little energy, time or interest in volunteering. (partly because
they have the kids swimming Monday - tennis Tuesday - Kumon Wednesday -
soccer Thursday - add in parent night at school >>) At the end of their
week, bobbing up and down on a race committee boat isn't on. Yes, Jeff
Butzer is right. When this group who have been carrying the load, walk out
the door, we all will be wondering where it all went wrong.

* From Mark Weinheimer: (edited to the 250-word limit) I think there are a
couple of factors contributing to the prevalence of W-L courses. If you are
racing in a top flight regatta with lots of mark boats and a good committee
that calls for mark resets with every major shift, then the W-L course does
provide for a wide range of tactical options. However, too often RCs are
under-manned, marks are not adjusted with wind shifts, and the W-L becomes a
parade both up and down wind that limits tactical options. The W-L is also
easier for a short-handed committee to set; in a pinch all you need is a
starting line and a windward mark, which could be a government mark upwind
of the line. Use the pin for your leeward mark and you’re done. Tough to
make course changes…see above.

For handicap racing, the Gold Cup course is a better choice as the PHRF
handicap is based on boats sailing on all points of sail, not just up and
down wind. I completely agree with George Sechrist (in #2627) about the
reaches – they present their own tactical options – too close for a kite or
not, reach up early then set the kite with a better angle, close up with the
boat ahead so you can attack on the next beat. Reaches are the best place to
take advantage of “you and him go fight” boats ahead taking each other up to
protect their position leaving a place for the trailing boat to sail in to
leeward and pass. I also like the idea of the trapezoidal course or a bowtie
style…anything to make it more interesting.

* From Owen Muyt: All this past week I have not been over excited by the
poor performance of the Newport/Bermuda race Web Site. It leaves a lot to be
desired. Maybe I'm biased in this regard, as we Australians are spoilt with
the great job the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia does with its Sydney to
Hobart Race website.

The Newport to Bermuda's was hard to operate with the race tracker, and had
no up-to-date news bulletins on the front page to click on and opened. And
what was really sad was the whole time the race was on, the same old photos
of the start and pre-race were played over and over again. And this still
hasn't changed with the race now over. No marketing imagination here.

With all these entrants and participants, this race needs to give more to
both their sponsors and competitor’s families, plus all us die-hard yachties
in general. This race is classified as the one of five must-do events. But
that website is one of the all time worst when it comes to information/news
in a yachting event. Maybe they need to contact the CYCA and see how they do
it. This way you might even pick up a great sponsor like Rolex. The ball is
in your court.

* From Paul Heineken, Chair, StFYC Junior Program: (edited to the 250-word
limit) The St. FYC recently purchased a new fleet of Techno 293 windsurfers
for our junior sailing program. So far kids have been thrilled with the
boards. Due to recent advances in windsurfing that promotes teaching on wide
boards and small sails, our juniors are all learning how to windsurf as part
of our learn to sail camps. Even experienced dinghy sailors are gaining a
new feel for the wind and the water due to windsurfing’s direct access and
feel for the elements. The fact that windsurfers are so close to the water
also removes much of the fear of capsizing. This has the added benefit of
relaxing juniors in boats when a boat capsize occurs--a regular event on the
Bay. Our club is working to have the first ever 2010 combined junior world
windsurfing championship for both the Techno 293 (for the younger kids) and
the Olympic RSX.

Southern California was the birth place of windsurfing and the site of the
first Olympic games that included windsurfing (1984 LA games where the
American Scott Steele won the Silver Medal). While many believe the hottest
junior sailors come from Southern California, it’s unfortunate that this
region trails the rest of the nation (if not the world) in developing
windsurfers. It would be tremendous if we could encourage some of the greats
from the sport of windsurfing (Olympian Peter Wells, John Jackman, Annie
Nelson, Eric Krebs) to rally and create a CISA junior clinic similar to what
Pete Melvin has done with multihulls.

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