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SCUTTLEBUTT 2629 - Tuesday, July 1, 2008

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A team of researchers at the Ocean University in Qingdao, China has
developed and tested a mobile lidar (light detection and ranging) station
that can accurately measure wind speed and direction over large areas in
real time -- an application useful for aviation safety, weather forecasting
and sports. The mobile lidar station can measure wind fields more
accurately, and this technique is being tested in conjunction with the
sailing competitions of the XXIX Olympic Games and the Beijing 2008
Paralympic Games,

In the Qingdao sailing area, where this summer's competitions will take
place, only four buoys, one boat and one tower are available to measure sea
surface winds within a competition area of approximately 10 square
kilometers. Professor Zhi-Shen Liu and his lidar group, composed of research
scientists and graduate students, have been working with an optical remote
sensing technology called Doppler lidar, which they are applying for weather
and environmental research. Lidar works by scattering laser beams off
atmospheric aerosols or molecules. Doppler lidar takes advantage of the fact
that when these aerosols or molecules are moving in the wind, the scattered
laser light changes frequency -- the same way an approaching car has a
higher pitched sound than a car driving away.

The advantage of Doppler lidar, says Liu, is that it can quickly sample a
large area, providing a much finer map of winds than buoys alone. He and his
group have developed a lidar bus, which can move equipment to the experiment
field conveniently. Last year, they successfully tested their new bus at the
2007 Qingdao International Regatta sailing event. They moved the bus to the
seashore near the sailing field, and made a horizontal scan over the sea
surface, making the measurement in real time and then uploading the data to
the local meteorological station every 10 minutes. They envision a similar
effort in the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic games. -- Science Daily,
complete story:

In High School, a Jersey Girl named Sarah Mergenthaler lettered in five
varsity sports, none of which were sailing. Sarah has been working toward
her goal of becoming a world class sailor for most of her life, but that
didn't get in the way of all the other sports at which she excelled. These
include soccer, track, basketball, cross-country, and (American) football,
where this first-string record-setter was the only girl on the varsity team.
Clearly Sarah is a true athlete, and her great love is sailing - in just
over a month, she'll be putting that love to the test in the 2008 Olympic
Games when she and teammate Amanda Clark will be racing the 470 class.

On playing other sports, Sarah comments, “When I was in High School, I was
actually really focusing on soccer. Somewhere around 8th grade, my coach
talked to me and said ‘have you ever thought about playing in college?’ And
I said ‘no, actually I hadn't thought of that, you know I'm only 14 years
old.’ So in in High School I focused mainly on soccer, and that also meant
that sailing fell a little by the wayside. I just did local regattas, and I
was coaching some kids in the Summer to make some money, but really I was
just playing lots and lots of soccer. All the other sports I did in high
school almost happened by default, because I wanted to make sure I stayed in
shape and stayed good on the soccer field. Really, though, I'll play any
sport I can get my hands on. I love competing, I actually love practice as
much as the game. It's all so much fun for me, and it's carried over into
sailing also.” -- Yacht Pals, read on:

(June 30, 2008) At 21:19 (EDT) on Sunday, June 29th, Mike Sanderson and 20
crew members on board the 100-foot maxi yacht 'SPEEDBOAT' departed from
Ambrose Lighthouse, New York in the direction of Lizard Point off the South
West coast of England in an attempt to break the transatlantic record. The
record they are vying for was set by Sanderson when he skippered the
140-foot twin masted Mari Cha IV for a time of 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes
and 39 seconds.

Unfortunately at approx 3:30 am Monday morning while roaring along at 25
knots, Speedboat broke their port daggerboard, forcing their retirement. At
the time they had decided to bear away and raise the board due to the speeds
starting to get to the point where the boat didn't need them, and the board
broke just as they were half way to downwind. The team has returned to
Newport where they have a spare board, and seek to determine the cause as
they wait for a suitable weather window to re-attempt their record assault.

There is no question that when performance counts, the top Etchells teams in
the world choose North Sails. Congratulations to 2008 World Champions Bill
Hardesty, Erik Shampain, Steve Hunt & Jennifer Wilson! Six of the top ten
boats flew North sails including 1st and 2nd overall! For more details on
Etchells sails or any one of North's 100+ one design classes, visit:

by Tim Jeffery, Telegraph
To Stockholm to see the second of the Ericsson boats for this winter's Volvo
Ocean Race. In novel fashion she was built by Killian Bushe in Kista, a
Scandinavian Silicon Valley suburb of the Swedish capital and bang next door
to Ericsson's world HQ. Not only have 7,000 visitors looked in to see the
boat under construction but so too have 10,000 employees. Nice idea for a
race that starts in Spain in October and won't been seen again in Europe
until early next summer.

This is a company that works its sponsorship hard. In the last race Ericsson
had client meetings around the world and the revised course through India,
Singapore and China means three billion new consumers to try and make a
connection with. Back to the boat. The striking thing about Ericsson 4, as
the team call her, is her flat bottom. There's nothing new in this in terms
of race boat design but, boy, does it put a premium on how the helmsman
‘lands' the boat when driving at speed. -- Read on:

* The Valencia Sailing website has some images of the Farr-designed
“Telefonica Blue" VOR70 boat as it left the boatyard in Valencia on its way
to the team's base in Alicante, Spain. If you want to see angular, and some
seriously pronounced powerboat style bow strakes intended to produce dynamic
lift for high speed reaching and running, visit here:

* Alexandria, VA (June 30, 2008) - Underscoring that volunteer race managers
are the backbone of competitive sailing, Patricia Harvey Seidenspinner of
St. Petersburg, FL, was honored with the annual Leadership in Women's
Sailing Award at ceremonies capping the day-long Women's Sailing Conference
held earlier this month at Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA. Both the
award and the conference are sponsored by BoatU.S. and the National Women's
Sailing Association (NWSA). The award honors a male or female who has a
record of achievement in giving something back to the sport of sailing as
well as inspiring and educating women. -- For comments and full report:

* Patrick Whitmarsh, Kevin Richards and Joe Penrod won the inaugural
American Sailing League Championship off Pier 39, and with it a check for
$10,000. The trio sailed Team Harken to a convincing win that saw them take
the last five qualifying races leading up to the one championship race
sailed for all the marbles Sunday afternoon in strengthening breeze into the
low 20s. The event featured the 18-footers, as well as an exhibition event
for junior sailors in 29ers picking their way through all the traffic in
that busy part of the Bay. -- Latitude 38, read on:

* (June 30, 2008) The pain is past and life is beautiful in the Transpacific
Yacht Club’s 13th Tahiti Race---at least for Doug Baker and his crew on
Magnitude 80. The race leaders from Long Beach, Calif. broke out of the
Doldrums Sunday and by the ninth day on Monday, with 1,233 miles to go, Mag
80 was on schedule to break the record of 14 days 21 hours 15 minutes 26
seconds set by Fred Kirschner’s Kathmandu in the last Tahiti Race in 1994 by
about two days. --

* (June 30, 2008) It is the ninth day of the Victoria to Maui International
Yacht Race, and the fleet was reduced to eight boats when Kevin Reath’s
Beneteau First 40.7 Something Wicked representing Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
was forced to retire due to a steering gear failure and was heading to San
Francisco, CA. Currently leading on corrected time is Seeker, a Pretorian
35/Wauquiez owned by Kenneth Greff of Mukilteo, WA. --

* San Francisco, CA (June 30, 2008) The second day of racing at the US
SAILING Youth Championships brought out classic Bay area summer conditions
for the 13 to 19 years old entrants, with a building seabreeze reaching
18-20 knots with higher gusts. Racing concludes on Tuesday, and the current
results finds Judge Ryan/Hans Henken with a six point lead over Max
Fraser/David Liebenberg in the 29er, Tyler Sinks/Briana Provancha holding a
one point lead over Joseph Morris/Justin Doane in the Club 420, Chris
Barnard with a five point lead over Colin Smith and Philip Crain in the
Laser Radial, and Luke Lawrence with a one point lead over Cam Cullman in
the Laser.
Event site:
Shoreside photos:

* The MedCup Circuit returns to Italy for the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit’s
third event, the Region of Sardinia Trophy that begins Tuesday. After the
strong Mistral winds at the last event in early June in Marseille, France,
this event is expecting steady light to moderate winds and smooth seas.
Thirteen entrants are expected, and of the four boats damaged in Marseille’s
coastal race, Mutua Madrieña (CHI) and Matador (ARG) have returned fully
repaired. CXG Caixa Galicia will sail Tau-Ceramica Andalucia (ex 2006 Mean
Machine), while Rusal Synergy has purchased USA-17, which the BMW Oracle
team sold following their win in France. -- Full story:

* Twelve of the world’s best match race skippers are confirmed to do battle
in Match Cup Sweden, the fourth stage of the World Match Racing Tour.
Included among these are the first seven currently topping the Tour
leaderboard, with racing scheduled to commence for the Open division on July
1 and end on Sunday, July 6 in Marstrand. At stake are valuable points
towards the World Championship, not to mention a piece of the US$200,000
prize money purse. --

* The International Optimist Dinghy Association has both their European and
North American championships this week with around 440 sailors from 57
countries to be competing in these continental events. The Europeans in Riva
del Garda, Italy has 239 sailors from 39 countries entered while around 200
sailors from 25 countries will participate in the North American in Curaçao.
Only seven countries have entered teams for the two events. --

* Franck Proffit, well-known 45 year-old Frenchman with over 100,000nm of
multi-hull racing to his name, joins Alinghi, the Defender of the 33rd
America’s Cup, to assist towards a possible multi-hull Deed of Gift Match.
The Swiss team, while drawing from its current team members, is also
applying the knowledge of several multi-hull specialists consulting to both
the design and sailing team in preparation for the next Cup. Nigel Irens and
Benoit Cabaret are involved with the former while Alain Gautier sails
regularly with Alinghi crew on the ORMA60 Foncia in Lorient. -- Full report:

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

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* From Iain Smith: Total agreement with Owen Muyt's letter (Issue 2628) in
regard to the Newport Bermuda website and yacht tracker. The Rolex Sydney to
Hobart web site and yacht tracker is amazing. So fast and accurate and heaps
of information. Newport Bermuda tracker was a joke. Inaccurate, delayed, and
the whole site was pedestrian. Urgent fix required or you risk driving
interested people away in droves. Do as Owen says and call the CYCA fast.

* From Frank Lenox, Vice Commodore, Saunderstown Yacht Club (Saunderstown,
RI): The Point Judith YC situation (cancellation of their Jr. Sailing
program) is unfortunate for all of the sailing programs on Narragansett Bay
since it diminishes both the competition in NBYA (Narr. Bay Yachting Assoc.)
regattas, and makes it that much more difficult for children in our area to
learn to sail and do so competitively. To help mitigate this situation,
Saunderstown YC has increased the size of their program and increased their
sailing staff to accommodate many of the displaced students. We are hopeful
that PJYC is able to resolve their situation, but the new students are
improving the quality of instruction and the competitiveness of our program,
as well as our club races. Most importantly, we are educating students who
will become, in later stages of life, protectors of the natural resources of
our bay.

* From Dennis Palmer: (re, story in #2628) While it was quite an achievement
for Earthrace, the bio-diesel powered, wave-piercing trimaran to set a new
record for powerboat circumnavigation in 60 days, it is noteworthy that
sailboats do it faster and non-stop! In 2005, Bruno Peyron set the
fully-crewed sailboat circumnavigation record of 50 days at an average speed
of 17.89 knots, and in 2008, Francis Joyon aboard IDEC set the single-handed
sailboat circumnavigation record of 57 days at an average of 15.84 knots.
Sail on!

* From Eric A Sorensen: The developer and captain of Earthrace has the soul
of a sailor! His way cool boat was a shoestring operation and this was his
'last' effort and he pulled it off in spite of all kinds of issues in the
voyage. I hope his efforts have some effect on boat design, the captain's
pocket book, and the greening of the world. It was an incredible effort and
I salute him!

* From Brian Raney: Regarding the announcement by ISAF for the Sailing World
Cup, this is a great idea, but how does this relate to the efforts of the
non-European nations to level the playing field of ISAF-graded events, which
is biased towards European nations? This doesn't seem like much of a "World
Cup" when 5 of 7 events are in Europe, none are in South America, Asia, or

Looks like the Europeans have simply found a way to trump up events that had
been downgraded from Grade 1 status by previous efforts to make certain the
Grade 1 events were spread geographically. Something smells rotten in this,
and the US SAILING and CYA ISAF contingents should've been on top of this.
In particular, CORK should be in the World Cup.

* From Mary Longpre: A quick and good fix to the algae problem in China
is…FOOD COLORING. It would take a lot for that large area, but it works fast
and keeps algae away for a long time. Colored water blocks the sun from the
algae buds and keeps them from growing. We use this method in our lake in
Sedona, AZ.

* From Matthew Lindblad, Head Coach, MIT Varsity Sailing: On the subject of
volunteerism driving the sport, MIT Sailing would like very publically to
thank the loyal and longstanding group of volunteers who once again
dedicated their weekend to making the 12th annual Charles River Open team
race a huge success. This year our crack volunteer squad was joined by last
year’s winners of the CRO (and Rolex nominees) Silver Panda as well as the
MIT Sailing Pavilion staff to run 363 races for 33 teams this past weekend
with MIT’s fleet and boats borrowed from Harvard and Boston University. In
addition, every one of the 198 competitors is either a student/coach or has
volunteered for 2 days of RC or judging at college or high school events in
the last year. The few that hadn’t volunteered have already committed to an
upcoming fall event and will join everyone else who wants to sail in next
year’s CRO in giving back to the sport in the upcoming year.

Our volunteers this year were John and Ellen Pratt, Alvar Saenz-Otero, Eric
Gibber, Sue Ostrowski, Carl Zimba, Peter Johns, Charley Cook, Reid Van
Gorder, Susan Dellenbaugh, JT Lendon, Jeff Dusek, Sondi Springmann, Pete
Levesque, Clay Bichoff, Lisa Keith, and Amanda Callahan and the MIT Sailing
staff consisted of Wally Corwin, Greg Dolan, Conan Hom, Eddie Grinnel,
Patrick Joyce, Jillian Reddy, Mark Amara, and Samantha Lewenberg.

The regatta winners were team Larchbone who defeated IC-BDCCC in a best of 3
finals. Panda, who got an automatic bye into the semis, defeated the
Snapdragons for 3rd and 4th, respectively. Larchbone is already excited to
help with next year’s event. Complete regatta results can be found at

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