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SCUTTLEBUTT 2632 - Monday, July 7, 2008

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Following a very popular New England team race event, Ken Legler (college
coach, event PRO, etc.) offers the following commentary on the issues that
face the advancement of Team Racing, of which an edited version is provided
below, and the complete version posted on the Forum for further discussion:

“I had the pleasure of watching and commentating on the finals of the
Charles River Open Team Race. As expected, the level of competition was
incredible. With an ESE wind, and a race committee squeezing a good course
in right next to the dock, the view was fabulous. After the event, I
followed the results link in Scuttlebutt, but due to the random team names,
the results were almost totally meaningless. In order to see how well the
players did, and I know most of them, I had to go to the entry page and
write down my own short hand version of what I would call the teams such
that I could go back to the results and figure out who did what.

“There are a couple of team names that are familiar not only to those in
attendance, but to the world of team racing. We all know the reigning World
Champs Silver Panda and the former champs WHishbone. However, at the CRO, it
seems every team except Panda made up a cute name just for the event. When I
asked a player why they didn't keep their old name, they said they couldn't
because they had a new player. Of course they had a new player; no team is
going to use the same six sailors in every event, every year. But where's
your marketing power, or the marketing power of the sport in general, when
no one has any idea who is racing?” -- Read on, and post comments here:

The premiere singlehanded event is shaping up to be the 2008 Vendée Globe,
the non-stop race in Open 60’s that begins and ends in Les Sables d’Olonne,
France. The 30 places planned in the race notice have now been filled for
the start on November 9th. An exceptional line-up, an unprecedented
competitive level, this edition of the race deserves all the superlatives.

The Vendée Globe has never been so popular. There were 13 sailors that took
part in the 1989 edition, 14 in 1992, 16 in 1996, 24 in 2000 and 20 in 2004.
There will be 28 men and 2 women (Dee Caffari and Samantha Davies), seven
nationalities, which is another record for the race: 17 French skippers will
be lining up, followed by 6 British skippers and 2 from Switzerland. Canada,
the United States, Spain and Austria are each represented by one skipper.

Twenty new boats, or in other words two thirds of the fleet, have been
specially built for this race, while the other ten from the 2004 generation
have been completely refitted. Never has a fleet of solo yachtsmen brought
together so much experience in one race: the skippers taking part in the
2008-2009 Vendée Globe have completed 32 circumnavigations and 21 Vendée
Globe races, which represents a total of 1.5 million miles raced around the
world’s oceans. Added to that, there is the presence of two previous
winners, Michel Desjoyeaux (2000-2001) and Vincent Riou (2004-2005), so
there will be a record-breaking champion line-up at the start in Les Sables
d’Olonne. -- Full report:

Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy (July 5, 2008) - One year ago this week, Terry
Hutchinson (USA) was a key member of the Emirates Team New Zealand crew
which had only just narrowly lost the 32nd America’s Cup match against
Alinghi. Today off the Sardinian capital of Cagliari, Hutchinson, and his
team aboard Quantum Racing (USA), with an afterguard that included tactician
Morgan Larson and strategist Mark Mendelblatt, won the third of six events
of the 2008 Audi MedCup Circuit, lifting the Audi Region of Sardinia Trophy.
Quantum finished third in Alicante in May and fifth in Marseille last month
and now, at the theoretical mid-point of the six regatta season, the
American boat tops the Audi MedCup Circuit 2008 overall standings.
Final report:

* Thanks to photogs Ian Roman, Thierry Martinez, and Ingrid Abery for the
outstanding images posted on the Scuttlebutt website from this event:

Morris Yachts will host the fourth annual Morris Boat Show at their service
yard in Northeast Harbor, Maine, July 18-20. Open to the public, this event
will showcase dozens of Morris Yachts on the docks and in the sheds. Do not
miss this once a year opportunity to board the widest selection of Morris
Yachts plus meet with vendors from Awlgrip, North Sails, Mack Boring, and
others. Have a service question about your boat? Our Morris Service reps
will also be on hand. Show hours 10-6 Friday and Saturday; 10-4 on Sunday.
For more information: or
call 1-207-244-5509.

Marstrand, Sweden (July 6, 2008) - Despite the first cloudy day in a week of
otherwise beautiful sunny weather, thousands of spectators still braved the
chill to watch local favourite Mattias Rahm (SWE) beat Torvar Mirsky (AUS)
3-0 to win his first Match Cup Sweden finale, the fourth of nine events that
comprise the World Match Racing Tour. He and his Stena Bulk Racing Team of
Oscar Angervall, Johan Barne, Daniel Bjorndal, and Fredrik Aurell put on an
exciting display of match race sailing action in both the Semi-Final and
Final rounds of today’s competition. Magnus Holmberg (SWE) beat Mathieu
Richard (FRA) 2-0 in the Petit Finals.

Rahm’s path to the Finals included a 6-5 record in the Round Robin, a 3-2
win over Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN) in the Quarter Finals, and a 3-2 win in the
Semi Finals versus Magnus Holmberg (SWE). Mirsky’s path to the Finals
included a 6-5 record in the Round Robin, a 3-2 win over Peter Gilmour (AUS)
in the Quarter Finals, and a 3-2 win in the Semi Finals versus Mathieu
Richard (FRA). The next tour event is the Troia Portugal Match Cup in Troia,
Portugal on July 15-20, 2008. -- Full report:

Match Cup Sweden Final Results:
1. Mattias Rahm (SWE), Stena Bulk Racing Team $50,000
2. Torvar Mirsky (AUS), Mirsky Racing Team $34,000
3. Magnus Holmberg (SWE), Victory Challenge $28,000
4. Mathieu Richard (FRA), French Match Racing Team $20,000
5. Peter Gilmour (AUS) PST $16,000
6. Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Alandia Sailing Team $14,000
7. Jes Gram Hansen (DEN) Trifork Racing Team $12,000
8. Sébastien Col (FRA) French Match Racing Team/K Challenge $10,000
9. Ian Williams (GBR) Team Pindar $7,000
10. Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team $4,000
11. Paolo Cian (ITA) Shosholoza Team $3,000
12. Ben Ainslie (GBR) Team Origin $2,000

The 965-foot cruise ship Norwegian Dawn, while sailing off the coast of
Massachusetts and New York last week on its way to Bermuda, answered two
separate distress calls within twelve hours, rescuing two injured sailors
from different boats in rough seas as they returned following the Newport
Bermuda Race.

The first rescue was 210 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass., where the
J/122 Patriot 's crew member, Andrew Paul Giglia, 42, of Wilton, Conn., was
suffering from shock-like symptoms and needed to be evacuated immediately.
Norwegian Dawn was contacted by the United States Coast Guard since it was
the closest ship to the sailboat, approximately 52 miles away. Within twelve
hours of rescuing the first sailor, Captain Vorren was notified of another,
potentially more serious, injury on the J/40 Misty approximately 260 miles
south of Montauk, NY. Hillary Bercovici, 55, of Greenwich, Conn., a male
crew member aboard the Misty sustained a head injury and was losing
consciousness. Both rescues occurred in winds over 30 knots and 15-20 foot
seas. -- Complete story:

> Coast Guard approaching Patriot:
> Fox News Report:

* From Bill Sandberg: The owner of Patriot was in his office when he got the
call from the US Coast Guard that his EPIRB was going off. He told them the
boat was returning from Bermuda, where then the CG said they'd call him back
in 42 minutes. Exactly 42 minutes later he received a call from the CG
saying they were over the boat. Speaks well for our often maligned, and
unfairly so, USCG.

by John Reed, Secretary to the WSSR Council
The World Speed Sailing Record Council’s new rule on minimum water depth (50
cm) for speed record attempts has seemingly caused a great deal of
excitement among the kite sailing community with strong opinions being
expressed both for and against. Some people have sent several pages of
requests for technical explanations of the most detailed kind while others
have demanded that the new rule be cancelled or delayed. We really cannot be
expected to give a detailed reply to hundreds of questions so the following
is an attempt to give a general explanation of the new rule and what led to

Every individual record attempt or observed speed event generates a report
from the supervising WSSRC Observer. Last year it became clear from these
that kite sailors were sometimes running in very shallow water - for
instance in the lee of a mud-bank or sand-bar. Their objective was to find
water as smooth as possible but it also rang alarm bells with members of
WSSRC who wondered if there was some other benefit of running in shallow
water which could give an unfair advantage to a particular type of craft. --
Read on and post comments here:

Little or no wind. Pea soup air pollution. Trash bags lurking just under the
surface. Oil slicks. Algae blooms. Heaps of money spent. Years of training.
And your life’s work is to get on the podium. A new Reality Show obstacle
course? No. The Olympic sailing competition in Qingdao, China. The sailors
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* Curacao , Netherlands Antilles (July 5, 2008) - Reigning champion Raul
Rios of Puerto Rico retained his title by the narrowest of margins in the
final race of the IODA North American Optimist Championship, besting 204
competitors. If he had not won the race or Rachel Lee (SIN) had registered
another bullet, their positions would have been reversed. In the girls'
ranking it was a different story. South American sailors Lucia Falasca (ARG)
and Kamilla Sabogal (ECU) took open silver and bronze, while the closed
North American prizes went to Morgan Kiss (USA), Nikki Barnes (ISV) and
Christina Lewis (USA). -- Full report:

* The Fox Sports Channel is showing a feature called "Amazing Sports
Stories" that profiles Canadian Finn sailor Lawrence Lemieux. The show on
Larry Lemieux that was filmed this spring, and it's about his rescue of 470
sailors in Korea during a race in the 1988 Olympics. The show is scheduled
for Monday, July 7, 2008 at 4:30 pm, and is repeated during this week.
Confirm show times here:

* (July 6, 2008) Doug Baker’s high-tech, four-year-old Magnitude 80 sailed
out of the dark into a French Polynesian welcome Thursday night to finish
the 3,571 nautical mile Tahiti Race at 8:13 p.m. local time and break the
record by almost 3 ½ days. Starting from Los Angeles, the Alan Andrews
design completed the course in 11 days 10 hours 13 minutes 18 seconds, an
average speed of 13.02 knots. Next to finish was Bob Lane’s Andrews 63
Medicine Man, arriving today at 6:35 p.m. local time for an elapsed time of
13 days 8 hours 35 minutes 23 seconds. --

* Weymouth, UK (July 6, 2008) With 99 entries from 18 countries, the largest
ever fleet of foiling moths have assembled for the CST Composites 2008 Moth
World Championships at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy. The boats
are split into two groups for the first three days of the qualifying series
to divide the Gold and Silver fleets. The final two days will be a sail-off
to determine the event champion. High winds cancelled the first day of
racing on Sunday, with conditions for Monday are forecast to be more
conducive to foiling with 15 to 20 knots, with conditions further easing
later in the week. -- Full report:

* Chautauqua, New York -- The Chautauqua Yacht Club went all out to make the
50th Anniversary E-Scow Championship regatta a memorable event. Andy Burdick
with crew Peter Keck, Coye Harrett, and Lindsey Bartel, were dominant over
the three day schedule as they handedly won the 2008 event. Mr. Consistency,
Tom Burton was second and last year’s winner Sam Rogers was third. This was
the first championship since the class adopted the asymmetrical spinnaker,
and crew work was a premium throughout the event as teams strived to master
the new tuning and techniques needed. -- Full report:

* The crew of Wink Vogel’s Riptide 50 Strum sailed over the finish line on
July 4th at 1822.26HST under spinnaker at +10 knots, as the first to
complete the 2008 Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race. Enduring more
of the uncertain winds that have characterized the race, in the last 24
hours of racing the Vancouver, BC team experienced everything from screaming
downwind sleigh rides of over 20 knots to beating into light headwinds. --
Race website:

* (July 5, 2008) A spectacular welcome greeted the crews of the ten 68-foot
ocean racing yachts in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race as they
arrived back in Liverpool at the end of their 35,000-mile circumnavigation.
Crossing the finish line overnight at the end of the 14th and final stage
that began in Cork, Ireland, the US entry, New York, claimed their sixth
first place finish to finalize their overall win of the race. --

* Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK (July 6, 2008) - While the GBR Red team started
the final day of the Rolex Commodores' Cup with a comfortable lead, a double
points scoring final race combined with a front passing over the Solent
bringing with it solid 30 knot winds, even stronger gusts, rain and terrible
visibility maintained the tension until the very last moments of the
competition. The team survived the race win the 2008 Rolex Commodores' Cup
comfortably, on 122 points with the two Irish teams White and Green on 144
and 161 respectively, pulling ahead of France Blue today, the defending
champions dropping to fourth on 166.5. -- Full story:

* Correction: Here is a submission from the Newport Bermuda Race organizers
to clarify information that was published in Issue 2631. “The St David's
Lighthouse Trophy is awarded to the ORR corrected time winner of that single
division. Under IRC, Sinn Fein won the new trophy donated by the Royal
Bermuda Yacht Club, the North Rock Beacon Trophy, as the corrected time
winner out of all 127 IRC boats sailing in the combined St. David's
Lighthouse Division and Gibb's Hill Lighthouse Division. Thus, Sinn Fein
beat all 15 of the fully professional Gibb's Hill boats and all 112 of the
amateur driven St David's boats combined.”

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Sonoma, CA - Businessman and sportsman Jay Brown died suddenly and
unexpectedly on Sunday, June 29, 2008. Jay was born in Baltimore, Maryland,
in 1958. He had an early passion for golf, sailing, and photography. In 1987
Jay was part of the crew that won the America's Cup for the United States in
races held in Perth, Australia. It was in Australia at that time that Jay
met Karen, his wife of 20 years. Working on the 1992 film Wind, which
documented the victory, Jay renewed his interest in photography. He studied
at the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockland, ME, where he later taught.
Jay and Karen made Sonoma their home in 1998. Together they founded and grew
the highly successful Sonoma based business, Brindisiamo, specializing in
importing fine furniture from Italy. In connection with that, they were
frequent travelers to Italy and students of the Italian language. He was
also an active and popular member of Sonoma Golf Club. Jay was a devoted and
loving husband and a loyal and generous friend. He will be greatly missed by
all. --

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* From Ari Barshi, Cabarete, Dominican Republic: Our dream to get sailing to
mainstream media has come true. Hundreds of marketing ideas were sent by
buttheads through the years, none matured. The Chinese finally did it (with
algae). Now what can we learn from this experience?

* From Colin Mann (from the Forum; edited to the 250-word limit) A number of
years ago we took our J/92 from Nova Scotia to Newport for the J/92 North
Americans. At the end of the regatta (tired, happy) we motored up from Ida
Lewis to Wickford where the boat was to be hauled on the tide the next
morning. As we motored up past Goat Island and Rose Island, we were careful
to watch the channel markers to stay off Gull Rocks. However ......... just
at the point that we were looking up, saying 'isn't it weird how those
bridges always look so much lower than they really are ... always look like
they're going to hit the mast' ...... we hit the mast!! Well actually, the
windex and wind instrument wand hit the understructure of the old Jamestown

Anyway, just the other day I came across half a windex which has been in my
toolbox all these years! What I would like to do is mount it on a board,
along with a good picture (or series of pictures) of the demolition of the
bridge. I would add a suitable plaque to commemorate the event. What I need
is a hi-res (suitable for printing) copy (or series of pics) of the
demolition. I can find low-res versions on the web, but nothing that would
print reasonably. If anyone can help me out ....please PM me. --

* From Derek Bouwer: I read with interest Jan Pehrson’s article (in Issue
2631, WANTED: RAIL MEAT), and while yes this is the way to get into sailing,
a smart boat owner or skipper will start by getting them interested in the
act of sailing the boat by getting them involved in the sailing of the boat.
I spent 5 years as rail beef where suggestion made by myself where ignored,
but only proved to be correct. It was only when I moved to another boat
where the skipper listened to the railbeef that sailing really became
interesting as only then where you part of the team. I now run a vdStadt 34
and new crew are never just rail beef but shown, explained and used from day

*From Jeff Riedle, Crew, Euro Trash Girl: In your photos from July 3rd when
John Rousmaniere wrote "To my knowledge this is the top finish in any major
ocean race by a crew with such a large proportion of women.", it made me
wonder. Is the Annapolis to Newport Race not a "major ocean race"? When
Nicole Weaver lead a majority female crew (5 women to 3 men) on her J-120
Euro Trash Girl to win her class and PHRF overall in 2005, does that not
count somehow? -- Photo:

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