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SCUTTLEBUTT 2630 - Wednesday, July 2, 2008

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Alexandria, VA, July 1, 2008 -- In response to a federal court order, the US
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a draft permit for millions
of recreational vessels for “normal operational discharges” that could open
a Pandora’s box of compliance problems and unfairly subject recreational
boaters – including those who own canoes and kayaks - to potential nuisance

The EPA draft puts boaters and anglers squarely under new Clean Water Act
regulations that go into effect September 30, 2008. Boat Owners Association
of The United States (BoatUS) is urging all boaters and anglers to contact
their federal lawmakers to bring corrective legislation to the Senate and
House floor for a full vote as soon as possible to restore the federal
exemption for recreational vessels for “normal operational discharges” that
has been in existence for the past 35 years until the federal courts
recently determined otherwise.

Regarding the draft permit, BoatUS Vice President of Government Affairs
Margaret Podlich notes, “What may appear quite simple on the surface will be
anything but in reality,” said Podlich. “What happens if a neighbor – who
perhaps may not appreciate boats – decides that you use too much
biodegradable soap to wash your boat, witnesses an accidentally spilled
orange juice draining out of the scuppers, or sees you wipe algae off the
scum line? Under the present draft permit guidelines, all of these instances
may be deemed a violation of the Clean Water Act,” added Podlich. “Even
topping off a fuel tank, which is recommended for winter storage of today’s
ethanol-laden gasoline, could be considered a violation,” she added. -- Full

(July 1, 2008) Magnitude 80, closing in on the record in the Transpacific
Yacht Club’s 13th Tahiti Race, crossed the equator Monday afternoon---always
a memorable experience, especially for Pollywogs. A Pollywog is a sailor who
has never sailed (airplanes don’t count) from the Northern Hemisphere to the
Southern Hemisphere, or the reverse. A Shellback is one who has, and there
is a traditional ceremony emphasizing the distinction between the two. Doug
Baker’s Magnitude 80 crossed the line between 2 and 3 p.m. PDT Monday, with
navigator Ernie Richau providing this account from the ceremony:

“This morning I awoke to see our watch captains Keith Kilpatrick and Jeff
Scott in the galley with a bucket, mixing up more gruel for our equator
crossing. A quick look at the GPS showed us we were just a few minutes from
Latitude 00. After they finished with the gruel they began making their
clothes. Keith was King Neptune while Jeff played the part of his mistress,
Queen Codfish. I went on deck with the other crew and waited for our

“At Latitude 00 Jeff and Keith appeared on deck. King Neptune wore a plastic
trash bag with holes cut for his arms and head. His hair was gorilla tape
with yards of red and white yarn stuck to it. Finally, he sported a
triton---our spare jib batten with three forks taped to the end. Queen
Codfish was a hysterical site. She wore a matching trash bag as a skirt.
Under her skirt and taped to her leg was a full water bottle that also
holstered a pair of scissors. She had no shirt but covered her chest with
more gorilla tape tightly applied to make a sort of 'tube top.' Long flowing
yarn made up her hair.” -- Read on:

It was great to see a Swan 601, powered by her new Doyle main and
spinnakers, win Class 11 in the professional division. Sam Fleet and crew on
Aquarius beat a fleet of hot boats with professional talent: Blue Yankee,
Numbers, Moneypenny, Rambler, and Bella Mente. It was just as rewarding to
have Bandera win Class 14 in the cruising division. John Watts won the
easier way: powered by a new StackPack! Bandera also competed with a new
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Marstrand, Sweden (July 1, 2008) - Under sunny skies and a perfect 12-15
knot westerly breeze, Mattias Rahm and his Stena Bulk Racing Team got the
jump on a highly-competitive 12-team field here in Day One of Match Cup
Sweden, winning all of their first three matches in this fourth stage of the
World Match Racing Tour. Exhibiting smooth crew work and a familiar mastery
of the DS37’s used at this event, in his first match he met last year's
winner of Match Cup Sweden and number four in the world championship series,
Björn Hansen, who he left behind already in the start, and kept a good
distance all the way to the finish line. The next two scalps to take were
Sébastien Col, France, and Paolo Cian, Italy, who is number two and three in
the World Match Racing Tour.

Being based locally, Rahm has had much experience in the DS37’s which have
been used here and in other events in Sweden and Denmark for over a decade.
Because of tomorrow’s lighter wind forecast, Rahm admitted they “may have an
edge when the conditions change,” but that “there are no weak teams at all,
so we will be glad for every point.” Round robin racing continues Wednesday
in Day Two of Match Cup Sweden, with four flights scheduled for the morning
and three for the afternoon. Sunny skies, warm temperatures, and lighter
winds are forecast, which should tempt more spectators to line the natural
amphitheatre here at the Marstrand fjord. -- Complete report:

Day one results:
1. Mattias Rahm (SWE), Stena Bulk Racing Team 3 - 0
2. Bjorn Hansen (SWE), Alandia Sailing Team 2 - 1
3. Torvar Mirsky (AUS), Mirsky Racing Team 2 - 1
4. Sebastian Col (FRA), French Match Racing Team/K-Challenge 2 - 1
5. Peter Gilmour (AUS), PST Team 2 - 1
6. Magnus Holmberg (SWE), Victory Challenge 2 - 1
7. Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN), Trifork Racing Team 2 - 1
8. Ben Ainslie (GBR), Team Origin 1 - 0
9. Paolo Cian (ITA), Team Shosholoza 0 - 3
10. Damien Iehl (FRA), French Match Racing Team 0 - 3

Not yet raced:
Ian Williams (GBR), Team Pindar
Mathieu Richard (FRA), French Match Racing Team

* (July 1, 2008) All three Swedish ladies secured their spots in the semi
finals of eight team Match Cup Sweden, Women class. Jenny Axhede showed her
unbeatable class winning all her seven matches, while 23 years young Anna
Kjellberg made a sensational breakthrough in the international sailing
world, winning five matches. Linda Rahm and Claire Leroy (FRA) each won six
matches which secured their semi final spots. --

Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy (July 1, 2008) - The MedCup Circuit’s return to
Italy for the first time since 2006 in Punta Ala, Tuscany when Mean Machine
(MON) won overall, was rewarded with a great opening day of solid, building
sea breezes which remained solid until early evening to allow the target of
three races to be met with relative ease. After winning the first MedCup
event in Alicante, Spain, Peter de Ridder and his Mean Machine team stumbled
hard to finish 11th in Marseille, France. However, the team appears to have
rebounded in Italy to produce something a little closer to a virtuoso
performance on Sardinia’s Gulf of Cagliari today when they won two of the
first three races of the Audi Region of Sardinia Trophy regatta. Added to a
fourth place from Race 2 today, the 2006 MedCup Champions lead the regatta
standings by four points.

Next in the standings is Quantum Racing (USA), with tactician Morgan Larson
(USA) commenting on the day: “There are so many good teams out there and so
many good people here that you just have to keep your head down and work
harder and work to do a better job and that is what we try to do. Overall it
felt good, we tend to work on how we feel we sailed, we had a few
disappointing parts, but overall we had a good day. The main thing for us
was that we really started well in each race which was good because that is
something that we have been working hard on leading up to here. Generally it
was the right which was paying but in the first race in particular I think
the race committee did a good job in setting the bias to the line to even it
up a little which made it a tough decision but I think we did a pretty good
job picking the side of the course over the end of the line, but you have to
say Mean Machine did a pretty good job today and they are going to be pretty
hard to beat if they carry on like that.” -- Complete report:

* From Paul Cayard, El Desafio skipper: “One thing I have noticed so far in
the three days we have been training is that the sea is extremely flat and
the wind is very steady. When you have conditions like this, the fleet
usually gets to the windward mark all at the same time. Inches and feet will
make the difference between 1st and 7th at the first mark. The regatta ends
on Saturday, July 5th with nine inshore races scheduled as they missed one
race in Marseille earlier this month. Thursday will be the offshore race,
which has two scoring positions; one at the half way point and one at the
finish.” --

The Olympics coming to China has provided the country’s heavily controlled
media with the opportunity to sugarcoat and sell the place like used car
salesmen. However, the recent algae outbreak in China has challenged even
their savviest wordsmiths. They are now pitching that the outbreak was not a
result of pollution and poor water quality but rather due to increased
rainfall and warmer waters in the Yellow. They claim that it will be cleaned
up by July 15th, and that the government would try to block algae from
floating into the Olympic sailing area by installing in the sea a fenced
perimeter more than 30 miles long. Perhaps the most reassuring statement
coming from Big Red is this: “We will make all our efforts to finish this
job,” said a propaganda official in Qingdao, who asked not to be named
because of the political delicacy of the issue. “Now, forces from the entire
province have become involved.” Oh good, the Propaganda officials are now
onsite providing us information. Very reassuring! -- Scuttleblog,

Marblehead, birthplace of the American Navy, is also the home of Atlantis
WeatherGear, the authentic American sailing gear company. So, each year at
this time, we invite our fellow sailors and boaters to join us and free
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When sailing at Dillon Reservoir in Colorado, which sit at 9,017 feet above
sea level with adjacent 14,000-foot peaks overhead, local Terry Schertz
said, “The game changes up here. It's very hard to be tactical. You could
never take what you learned about tactics on the coast and do anything with
that here. On Dillon, it's random wind-condition changes, boat speed,
unpredictable weather patterns, and you've also got very cold water. It's
not a place for beginners." -- Denver Post, full story:

Belvedere, CA (July 1, 2008) - The third and final day at the 2008 U.S.
Youth Sailing Championships was one of upsets and victories. For Tyler
Sinks, defending champion in the C420 class, this was his and his crew,
Briana Provancha's last U.S. Youth Sailing Championship. A veteran of a
number of U.S. Youth Championships, this one may rank as one of his
favorites. As Tyler said, "The only problem with this championship was too
much wind - but we'll take it." In the Laser fleet, Cam Cullman pulled off
an upset victory against Luke Lawrence, who had led the entire series but
had an OCS on the final race and dropped to fourth. In the Radial division,
Philip Crain's second and third place on the final day put him on top of the
podium. Judge Ryan and Hans Henken, who are off to the ISAF Youth Worlds in
Denmark in just a few weeks, took top honors in the 29er class.
Complete report:
Onshore photos:
Racing photos:

* A scholarship fund for underprivileged youth to take sailing lessons has
been established as a suitable memorial and tribute to Helen Johnstone's
outreach goals and love of the sport. A goal of the fund is to encourage
community sailing programs and clubs to initiate such a scholarship program
nationally, starting with Sail Newport as the pilot project. Support for
this worthy cause is most welcome. Donations (tax deductible) may be sent to
the Helen C. Johnstone Memorial Fund, Sail Newport, 60 Fort Adams Drive,
Newport, RI 02840. Phone: 401-846-1983.

* With the next America’s Cup using multihulls, the five event iShares Cup
for Extreme 40s has had increased attention as both the Cup defender Alinghi
team and their challenger BMW Oracle Racing have used the class for their
training. The Alinghi team competed in the first two events last month in
Lugano, Switzerland and Hyères, France and will be entered in the third
event that coincides with Skandia Cowes Week (August 2-4). The BMW
ORACLE Racing team will be using the Cowes event for their first iShares Cup
racing, having entered two of their boats. -- Full details:

* Southern Spars announced the acquisition of Southern Spars Cape Town and
Sparcraft Cape Town, manufacturers of carbon fibre and aluminum masts in
South Africa. Four years ago, Southern Spars initiated a licensing agreement
with the enterprise to manufacture carbon fibre masts for the production
market under for Southern Spars, and this acquisition will now further
improve their production capabilities. Rigs currently produced by Southern
Spars Cape Town include those for the Melges 24, Mumm 30, and Farr 40
one-design classes, plus rigs for GP42 and Open 40 boats. -- Complete

* US SAILING and North U have teamed up to offer Racing Rules Seminars in
2009, coinciding with the release of the new Racing Rules of Sailing for
2009-2012 that take effect January 1, 2009. The Racing Rules Seminar will be
an intensive full-day program taught by top experts in the field: Betsy
Alison, Brad Dellenbaugh, David Dellenbaugh, Bill Gladstone, Peter Isler,
Dave Perry, and others. US SAILING members will receive a $40.00 discount to
attend a Racing Rules Seminar. – Additional details:

Samson wishes fair winds to all the athletes participating in the 2008
Summer Olympic Games. Especially noteworthy are the US Men’s 470 Team Graham
Biehl and Stu McNay, Canadian 49er Team Ben Remocker and Gordon Cook,
Canadian Tornado Team Oscar Johansson and Kevin Stittle, and the Canadian
Paralympic Skud 18 Team John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit. Samson is the
rope of choice for these Olympic sailors. Follow their progress and see why
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This week marks the one year anniversary of the defender Alinghi’s stunning
comeback victory over Emirates Team New Zealand in the 32nd America’s Cup.
The racing began June 23, 2007, with the Swiss defender soon finding
themselves losing the Cup, down 2-1 in the best of nine series. However, by
July 3, 2007, the Alinghi team had rolled off four straight wins to successfully
defend the match. Seven edited videos relive the moments of each race, and remind us what a spectacular event it was.

Also, 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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* Bill Sandberg: Congratulations to BoatU.S. and NWSA for recognizing the
accomplishments of Pat Seidenspinner. I consider Pat a good friend and one
of the finest race officers I've had the pleasure of working with. She's
also been a great motivator for women sailors around the world. Per the
recent thread of "what are we going to do when the current generation of
volunteers retires", Pat will indeed be a hard act to follow. But if I know
Pat, she is working on her replacement as we speak.

* From John Gross: The last few years it seems sailboats designers having
been pushing the envelope more and more for speed with radical designs. You
see a lot of boats with the canting keels and other keels just break or fall
off the boat. Masts are breaking too. What happened to boats that were
designed to take the sea? The Cal 40s, the Swans, Frers, that seem to go
fast without losing a keel or possibly a life. I know those who can afford
it will get the designer/ architects to push that envelope, but hopefully
they will consider the safety aspect of racing too.

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: On the subject of breaking masts, we received a
report from Dobbs Davis of Seahorse International Sailing that on Monday
afternoon, Hasso Plattner's maxZ R/P 86 Morning Glory had retired from
Eurocard Gotland Runt (in Sweden) when their 40-meter high carbon fibre mast
failed under the third spreader. No one was hurt and the broken mast piece
was secured immediately to avoid further damage to the boat and the rig.
Morning Glory then proceeded by engine directly to Sandhamn where the yacht
arrived early Tuesday morning. --

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A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five
and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to 'Honor thy father and
thy mother,' she asked, 'Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat
our brothers and sisters?' Without missing a beat, one little boy answered,
'Thou shall not kill.'

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