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SCUTTLEBUTT 2633 - Tuesday, July 8, 2008

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by Ken Legler, Tufts University Sailing Coach
When I took over the excellent sailing program at Wianno Yacht Club on Cape
Cod I was reminded repeatedly that the program is above all about having
fun. I think they were afraid that having a college coach run the program
would mean nails for breakfast. I agreed it should be fun but, I had to
wonder, if they were all having so much fun, how come there was only one kid
enrolled over the age of thirteen. The fun they were having was appropriate
for the younger age groups but not for teens looking for more than sponge
tag or sailing to a beach.

How many times haves you heard the question, "If only we could keep the kids
from leaving the sailing program before they turn 14?" The answer is to
increase the prominence of the sailing program junior racing team. The
biggest benefits of a prominent junior racing team are two-fold; to provide
role models for the pre-teens and to build a base of future sailing
instructors. The benefit to the race team kids themselves is more obvious
but, they usually represent a minority of the total program population. They
also might take up more than their share of the program resources. They are,
however, your programs greatest assets. Here's why. -- Read on:

by Jos M. Spijkerman, Netherlands - International Judge/Umpire
Appeals are the second layer provided in the rules, in case parties do not
agree with the decision of the protest-committee. Only a party to the
hearing can "appeal" that decision to the National Authority. In the
Netherlands our MNA has formed "de Zeilraad" (translates as: Sailing
Counsel) to handle those appeals. Most PC's are done by more knowledgeable
sailors or persons who have studied the rules, like me. But still we are
amateurs. And we do make mistakes or don't know everything. Therefore it's
not something to feel ashamed of if your decision is appealed. Unless a PC
has been very sloppy or made procedural mistakes, it should welcome the help
of experts.

Appeal committees have a couple of options: (rule 71.2 RRS):
> They can uphold, change or reverse the decision of the PC.
> They can declare the protest or request for redress invalid.
> They can send the protest or request back for another hearing to the
original or different protest-committee. -- Complete article:

* China says it will deploy unmanned aircraft or drones over its Olympic
sailing venue in the coastal city of Qingdao during the Beijing Games to
watch for suspicious activities. The state-run Xinhua news agency says
police tested one of the drones Friday during a drill in the Shandong
provincial capital of Jinan, not far from Qingdao. Reports say it is the
first time that China has used the unmanned, low-flying reconnaissance
aircraft. Xinhua says the drones will scout out suspicious activity and
transmit photos and video back to a command station. It did not say what
threats the sailing event could face. China has said terrorism is the
biggest threat to the Beijing games and already claims to have foiled
terrorist plots targeting athletes and foreigners during the Olympics. --

* (July 7, 2008) Thousands of Chinese troops and volunteers should clear
unsightly algae from competition areas at the Qingdao Olympic sailing venue
by Thursday, an official said. The picturesque seaside resort in northern
China has been embarrassed by a massive algae bloom that has left swathes of
offshore waters green and disrupted training for a number of Olympic sailing
teams ahead of next month's Games. Qingdao, which has dispatched 6,000
troops and thousands more volunteers to scoop up the green muck off beaches
and offshore, was initially ordered by the Chinese government to remove all
algae by July 15.

"There's clearly no shortage of effort ... There's still small clumps rather
than large islands like before," Morgan Reeser, a coach with the British
team said. Authorities said by Monday they would complete the placement of
50 km (30 miles) of offshore fencing, designed to block more algae from
seeping into the sailing areas. The July 15 deadline does not include the
miles of spoiled beaches where troops and volunteers are toiling to remove a
seemingly endless supply of the weed. Tourists expressed gloom at being
confined to crowded sections of beach, but some also pitched in with local
relief efforts. - Complete story:

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Canadian coach Dave Hughes, regarding the Olympic sailing site in Qingdao,
China: "You have two schools of people: those who complain about it --
because it really is a terrible venue in terms of sailing, it's horrendous
-- or those who just say it is what it is and you approach it as best you
can." Adding Australian coach Euan McNicol, a former skiff world champion,
"You don't really want to go sailing around in pollution, and I've never
sailed in a place that's more polluted than this." -

by Richard Spindler, Latitude 38
Since the early 1990s, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has been
handling drunken boating convictions - aka BUIs - like drunken driving
convictions in the sense that they've suspended the driver's licenses of the
offenders. There is just one problem with that practice - in early June, the
Court of Appeal Second Appellate District Division ruled they didn't have
the right to do so. Such an action would have required a law passed by the
California Legislature - which will probably be forthcoming.

As we understand it, those license suspensions will now be set aside, and
the 'victims' may be entitled to sue the DMV. About 150 to 200 people have
been affected each year since the early '90s. We're not in favor of people
'boating under the influence', but neither are we in favor of government
agencies exceeding the authority granted them under the law. --

(July 7, 2008) Ragtime the wooden wonder boat added to its legend Monday
when, undeterred by a disabled engine, a torn main sail and broken
gooseneck, it finished the Transpacific Yacht Club's Tahiti Race not only
faster than the old record already beaten by two other boats but in strong
position to claim overall victory on corrected handicap time. Without proper
power---not for propulsion but to run its instruments and electrical
systems---Ragtime finished the 3,571 nautical miles from Los Angeles off the
Pointe Venus lighthouse at 5:24 a.m. PDT Monday (2:24 a.m. local time).

Ragtime not only beat by five hours the former race record of 14:21:15:26
set by Kathmandu in the previous race in 1994---beaten this past week first
by Doug Baker's Magnitude 80 in 11:10:13:18 and just Sunday by Bob Lane's
Medicine Man in 13:08:35:23---but also looks like a strong contender for the
handicap win. But this race is only the first leg of a nostalgic return to
Ragtime's origins Down Under, where in the mid-60s the late John Spencer
created the sleek, black, hard-chined, low-freeboard (and wet) one of a kind
boat that by many accounts became the single most influential offshore racer
of the last half-century. -- Complete story:

by Steve Hunt
This tip comes from professional sailor and newly crowned Etchells World
Champ skipper Bill Hardesty. Bill is a previous Hinman Champion, 5-time
Collegiate All American, and College Sailor of the year, and involves
starting and first beat strategy. It is very powerful for your team to win
both ends of the start, which allows you to protect both sides of the race

In most sailboat races, one side of the race course pays more than the
other, and if you have a teammate winning each side, you will always have
someone winning the race, which is VERY powerful. So how do you accomplish
winning both ends of the start? The teammates on each end, (Pin and Boat
starters) should start in a way so they can LEAD their opponents toward
their side of the course. The pin starter should start close to leeward of
their opponent and sail left. The boat starter should start to the right of
their opponent having the option to tack first and lead to the right. Often
the boat starters tack shortly after the start, so if your boat starter is
above their opponent, to their right, they will be the leeward boat after
the tack. With both teammates tight to leeward of their opponents heading
toward the edges of the course, one teammate will most likely gain on the
first shift or puff and be in first place. --

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* Weymouth, UK (July 7, 2008) The second day of the CST Composites 2008 Moth
World Championships has been cancelled due to too much wind with gusts
between 30 and 40 knots continuing. For the 99 entries from 18 countries,
the original schedule was to divide the fleet for three day qualifying
series, with two final days to sail for the Gold and Silver fleets, but now
only four days remain with the final day slated for Friday. During the
postponement, the Moth manufacturers were corralled together for an
impromptu sales pitch for their products and future plans. Details here:

* Kenichi Horie is a sailor, environmentalist and an adventurer, setting his
first world record at age 23. Now, at a more seasoned, retirement aged 69,
his latest accomplishment - a first - was to sail from Hawaii to Japan on a
wave powered boat, arriving last Friday. Additionally, the boat was made out
of recycled aluminum and equipped with eight solar panels for lights,
computer and phone. The trip on the 3-ton, 31-foot catamaran, Suntory
Mermaid II, took 110 day and covered almost 4,000 miles from the Hawaii
Yacht Club's Aloha dock to the Japanese islands of Honshu and Shinkoku. --
Orlando Sentinel, full story:

* Annapolis, MD - Lorie Stout, Chairman of the Board of the newly-formed
Annapolis Community Boating (ACB) organization, has announced a cooperative
program with the Annapolis Sailing School and the Boys and Girls Club of
Annapolis that will introduce sailing to children of ages 5-18 years. Mrs.
Stout explained. "The intention is to start small, using existing local
institutions, like Annapolis Sailing School, and over time build a network
of programs that can be combined at a public waterfront facility. -- Full

* Traverse City, MI - Traverse Area Community Sailing (TACS) officially
broke ground today at Hull Park for work that will bring a new, accessible
boathouse, boardwalk and a dock with a lift system to their site. TACS is a
project partner in the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation Access
to Recreation at Boardman Lake Project, which received a W.K. Kellogg
Foundation grant totaling $440,000 in October 2006. As part of the project,
TACS was eligible for $100,000 in matching dollars to support building an
accessible boathouse and dock. -- Complete report with photos:

* The date for the 47th Newport Bermuda Race will be June 18, 2010, and will
be administered by new race chairman Richard Shulman from Barrington, Rhode
Island. --

* The crew of A. Findlay Gibbons' Custom 42-1 Zulu from Victoria, BC has
withdrawn from the 2008 Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race due to
light winds. From the race start on June 22nd, the Zulu team predicted their
ETA would not be until July 20th. They are continuing to Maui under power.
-- Race website:

* A record of number 12 countries are fielding 64 teams that will be
competing at the Tutima 2008 J/80 World Championship in Kiel, Germany on
July 8-13. Among the top teams in attendance from last year's worlds are
Ignacio Camino (Spain), Uli Muenker (Germany), Kevin Sproul (UK) and Patrick
Bot (France). Event website:

* Heather Ambrose, from Mallet's Bay Boat Club in Colchester, VT bested
Carol Cronin from Sail Newport, RI by one point in a tight, seven race
series at the 2008 J/24 International Women's Open, hosted by Beverly Yacht
Club in Marion, MA. As the first and second place finishers, both helmswoman
earned a berth in the J/24 World's Championship to be held in Annapolis, MD
in 2009. -- Complete report:

* Marine biologist Fabian Ritter, working for the non-profit organisation
MEER is investigating reports of collisions and near miss events between
sailing vessels and cetaceans. As part of this research - the
global website for cruising sailors - and MEER are inviting all sailors
around the world to provide information on any whale/dolphin collisions or
near misses during their sailing careers. All reports can be logged on with
the objective of gathering statistical information on actual collisions and
near misses, to help understand the reasons for the collisions and to help
reduce the risk both for sailors and for cetaceans. -- Full details:

* Given the current weather forecast, Thomas Coville's latest attempt to
break the single-handed Northern Atlantic record onboard his 105-foot maxi
trimaran Sodeb'O may set off from New York between late Tuesday night and
midday Wednesday (UT). A cyclone/hurricane is currently forming in the
Southern Atlantic, but so far it is not believed to be tracking towards the
US and New York in particular. --

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* From Pat Nolan: (re: John Rousmaniere's comment in #2631 Photos of the
Week: "To my knowledge this is the top finish in any major ocean race by a
crew with such a large proportion of women.") Sigh. How quickly they
forget..... He must not have read the results of the 2006 Newport to Bermuda
Race very carefully. With a crew consisting entirely of Caribbean women
racers, Lea van Hass in her Frers 49 "Synergy" made history, being the first
women's team to ever win any division of the 100th anniversary Newport
Bermuda race. They received the inaugural Carleton Mitchell Finesterre
trophy for winning the cruising division. Their Navigator, Val Doan, proudly
sailed away with the Navigator's Trophy as well. I think this qualifies as a
top finish in a major ocean race.

* From John Rousmaniere: (re, letter in #2632) Congratulations to Nicole
Weaver, Jeff Riedle, and their shipmates in the mostly female crew of Euro
Trash Girl for winning PHRF in the 2005 Annapolis-Newport Race! When I wrote
my report from the Newport Bermuda Race on, I hoped to
stir up stories of other successful egalitarian crews. The Bermuda Race has
a long tradition of women sailors dating back to its inaugural in 1906, when
Thora Lund Robinson raced down through a Gulf Stream gale in the 28-foot
sloop Gauntlet. In 2006 the race's first Carleton Mitchell Finisterre Trophy
for top boat in the Cruising Division was won by the all-woman crew of
Synergy, skippered by Eleanora van Haas. Are there other similar accounts
out there?

* From David Redfern, Kent, England: (edited to the 250-word limit) Twenty
five years ago, 36 year old Peter de Savary launched a massive attack on the
New York Yacht Club to win the America's Cup. In what may have been the
first truly modern challenge, with a squad of over a hundred, with rotating
team positions and a quartet of skippers, de Savary's Victor '83 challenge
fought its way through the Challengers' Series finally meeting Australia II
in the Challengers' Finals. The first race saw Victory defeat Australia II,
then the next two races were defeats and Alan Bond's Australia II went on to
make history.

This was Alan Bond's fourth attempt at the Cup, and for the Victory team, to
get so far in their first challenge meant they did remarkably well. After
Australia II went on to beat Liberty in the Twenty-Fifth America's Cup, the
New York Yacht Club protested the winged keel of Australia II and may have
had the protest upheld but for the fact that de Savary, with designer Ian
Howlett had also experimented with a winged keel and a year earlier had
obtained a confidential ruling that the keel was legitimate. Passing this
letter of confirmation on to Alan Bond swung the decision in favour of
Australia II, a fact recognised by Ben Lexen in his book. This past weekend,
the team enjoyed a twenty five year reunion at the Royal Yacht Squadron on
Thursday July 3rd. A great occasion in a great setting and a wonderful
atmosphere made it a memorable occasion.

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch
excellence." - Vince Lombardi

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