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SCUTTLEBUTT 2637 - Monday, July 14, 2008

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If you were a lifelong sailboat racer, it's a little hard to explain why
you'd trade life in San Diego (a year-round sailing paradise) for life in
Boston. The answer is simple, said Tim Wadlow, the 34-year-old Boston
University alumnus who will represent the United States at the Olympics next
month as skipper in the 49er Class. "Skiing," Wadlow said. "When I got here
a lot of my friends were into it, and I found out there's a whole new season
with other sports. I came here when I was around 18 and never left." But San
Diego, home waters of the 1992 and 1995 America's Cups, was good practice
for Wadlow as he prepares for the Chinese venue of Qingdao, on the coast of
the Yellow Sea, where conditions are similar.

Just back from his second practice session in Qingdao with crew Chris
Rast, Wadlow spoke of quiet but very challenging waters to sail.
"China's a real unique and different place to sail," he said. "The average
winds are very light. But that is a minor challenge compared to the current,
which is huge - 1.2 knots or something. And it's also pretty wavy, with a
combination of off-axis swells from aside or behind you, and then there can
be a lot of surface chop from a different direction. So you end up with a
pretty confused racecourse with lots of waves and current."

To make matters more challenging as he and Rast tried to keep a perfect
balance in the lightweight dinghy, the humidity can wreak havoc. "It might
not seem like a big deal but it's so hazy all the time that you can't really
see the difference between the horizon and the water. It just makes the
place very disorienting, especially when the sky and water are the same
color, and you can't really see wind shifts that well, or see anything to
reference on. "It's not pollution," said Wadlow, who saw none of the green
algae that has been making headlines recently. "If you look at the weather
buoys, the humidity is pegged at 100 percent every day. Some days it's hazy,
some it's foggy. Only about one day in a week does it burn off enough so you
see the sun." -- Boston Globe, read on:

(July 13, 2008 – 22:00 UT) Thomas Coville and his 105-foot maxi trimaran
Sodeb’O remain on a record pace to break the single-handed North Atlantic
record. Since leaving Wednesday, July 9th at 0747 hours local time (11:47
UT), Coville has built a lead of 340 miles, which is between 15 and 20 hours
ahead of current record holder Francis Joyon’s time. In order to beat the
solo North Atlantic record held by Joyon since 2005, Coville must round
Lizard Point (SW tip of England) before Tuesday 17:47 UT.

With nearly 44 hours to go, Coville must cover the final 504 miles, and is
currently at a pace of 440 miles per 24 hour period. The sailing conditions
will be very light at the finish with a zone of high pressure building. For
this reason, Coville had gybed tonight and is hooking to the north in order
to remain in a stronger current of wind, this time blowing due west, which
for a time kept him at right angles to the direct course. As a result,
Coville is likely to lose some of his lead as Joyon enjoyed a direct course
with good pace for the final stretch. However, Coville’s choice is enabling
him to maintain a good speed (25.5 knots) and should enable him a better
angle in relation to the wind and therefore more speed over the final miles.
-- Team website:

* Mike Sanderson and his team aboard the Juan Kouyoumdjian designed 100 foot
'SPEEDBOAT' are currently on standby in Newport, RI for their attempt to
beat the current crewed monohull transatlantic record set by Mari Cha IV
that stands at 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes and 39 seconds. They first
attempted the record on June 29th, but were forced to return during the
first day when one of their daggerboards broke. The team is now seeking a
suitable weather forecast to begin their attempt again, which likely won’t
be until after July 17th or so, unless Hurricane Bertha decides to start
rumbling up the Atlantic Coast. -- Updates:

Following her inaugural Newport-Bermuda race, the Goetz-built Judel-Vrolijk
IRC 66’ Numbers is in Ireland for ACC Bank’s Cork Week, competing in a tight
IRC 0 class along with Formidable, a Lutra 56’ also from the GCB shed.
Meanwhile, the new German TP52 Platoon is enjoying its first season on the
MedCup circuit, heading to Majorca at the end of the month for the Breitling
Regatta. Visit for race results, as well as
information on the ongoing builds of an 82 foot European racer by
Reichel-Pugh and an 82-foot fast cruiser from Rogers Yacht Design.

Detroit, MI (July 13, 2008) - The Chrysler Jeep Superstores Bayview Mackinac
Race had a stormy beginning Saturday, with most of the 234 entrants starting
the 214-mile race in a driving rainstorm and 25 knots of wind. "You couldn't
see both ends of the" starting line, said Brian Geraghty of Grosse Pointe
Shores, owner of the C&C 35 Siochail. But the storm moved through quickly
and by midafternoon, most crews were settling in for a fast spinnaker run in
about 15 knots of wind. Stars and Stripes, the catamaran build for the 1988
America's Cup defense, lost its mast less than 50 miles and 2 hours from
Mackinac Island at 1 a.m. today. A carbon fiber strut failed and in less
than 30 seconds, the entire rig fell off the stern of the boat. The crew was
able to attach a buoy before the $700,000 rig sank in 475 feet of water.
Fortunately, the buoy will enable the rig to be salvaged, but not in time
for the 100th sailing of the Chicago to Mackinac race next weekend.
Seventy-one boats had finished as of Sunday, July 13th @ 09:17pm, with six
retirees among them. -- Detroit Free Press, full story:
Race website:

Arhus, Denmark (July 13, 2008) - The first day of the Volvo Youth Sailing
ISAF World Championship on Saturday, July 12th saw lots of action on the
water, with capsizes and breakages as afternoon rain squalls brought gusts
of wind up to 30 knots. Strong winds continued for the second day of racing
today, with the 29ers now having completed five races with all other fleets
finishing four. While the North Americans are seemingly off the pace in the
RS:X windsurfer and SL16 multihull, the other classes are doing well. Laser
Radial: 2. Isabella Bertold (CAN); 9. Anne Haeger (USA). Laser: 2. Luke
Lawrence (USA); 6. Robert Davis (CAN). 29er Men: 3. Judge Ryan/ Hans Henken
(USA). 29er Women: 10. Julia Paxton/ Karoline Gurdal (USA). -- Story and

* The Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2008 is utilizing the
services of the Sportcasting 2.0 system which allows viewers to watch online
in real time all seven fleets race around the track. There are GPS units on
every competitor’s boat which link to the site where visitors can view and
replay the races, and comments can be made on an online chat as the races
progress. --

* Daily video highlights from the 38th Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World
Championship are available at

* Detroit, MI - America's Cup sailor Dawn Riley will present a women's
sailing clinic Friday, August 1 at Bayview Yacht Club (BYC). The clinic,
part of the 5th Annual BYC Women's Invitational Regatta, is designed to
maximize the time on the water with intensive 'real time coaching' during
drills, practice and racing. Along with Riley, clinic instructors include
two-time Key West Race Week winner Deneen Demourkas, owner of the Mumm30
Groovederci, successful J120 owner Nicole Weaver of Annapolis, MD, as well
as Michigan sailors Cynthia Best of Beverly Hills, World Match Racing Tour
participant Lynn Kotwicki of Royal Oak, and international sailing umpire
Debi Schoenherr of Grosse Pointe Park. One-design racing will take place
Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 - 3 and Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF)
racing will take place on Sunday, Aug. 3. -- Full details:

* Annapolis, MD - Women who sail--skippers or crew--may register now for the
2008 Chesapeake Bay Women's Challenge Regatta July 26. Classes of 22-feet or
greater LOA may participate in One Design or PHRF and PHRF non-spinnaker. A
minimum of four entries are required for a One Design start. Boats will be
crewed by all women skippers and crew. The regatta will benefit CASA (Court
Appointed Special Advocates), a private, non-profit program that recruits,
screens, trains, and supervises community volunteers as they become
advocates for victims of child abuse and neglect. -- Full details:

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Morris Yachts will host the fourth annual Morris Boat Show at their
Northeast Harbor yard, July 18-20. This year’s fleet includes the M36, M42
plus Morris 28s, Justine 36s, Morris 38s, a Hinckley 43, Alden 45, a Morris
46RS and more. Morris Service reps will also be on hand to answer any
questions about a service projects. This weekend is a unique opportunity to
board the largest variety of Morris Yachts. Please check the website for
more details Show hours:
Friday and Saturday 10-6pm; Sunday 10-4pm. For more information, please call
James Allen at 207-276-5344.

Weymouth, UK (July 11, 2008) - Australian John Harris has sailed away with
the 2008 title as World Champion in the Moth Class with one race to spare.
With third being his worst result, he has come away the clear winner. After
having a go on fellow skiff crew member Scott Babbage's Foiler Moth 18
months ago, he decided he had to take it on. Thirteen months after
purchasing his own boat, and competing at the 2007 Moth World Championships
at Lake Garda, Italy, he has made it to the top of the foiling game. John
Harris is a past 18 Foot Skiff World Champion, and has secured numerous
Australian Championships on Sydney Harbour. Fellow Australians Andrew
McDougall and Mathew Belcher finished second and third respectively, with
top North American and pre-event favorite Bora Gulari (USA) unable to
complete the series due to other sailing commitments, finishing in 20th
spot. -- Results:

* Photog and Moth fanatic Thierry Martinez was onsite to provide the
‘buttheads with images:

* The 2009 Moth Worlds will be held at The Gorge in Portland, OR, USA on
August 5-14. This is bound to be another heavy air event, with John Payne
providing some wild images from the 2nd Annual Gorge Freestyle Frenzy, a
windsurfing event that was held at the site last week:

Long Beach, CA (July 13, 2008) - Liz Baylis, San Rafael, Calif., became the
first undefeated and first two-time winner Saturday in the 2008 Mayor’s Cup
presented by St. Mary Medical Center and part of the 2008 City of Long Beach
Sea Festival presented by Charter Communications. Eight skippers
representing the United States, New Zealand, Brasil and Sweden sailed the
ISAF Grade 2 match race in identically prepared Catalina 37s owned and
managed by the Long Beach Yacht Club Sailing Foundation, which performed
perfectly under sunny skies and a consistent breeze of 10-12 knots. Baylis
dominated the three days of double round-robins, semi-finals and finals… a
total of 18 races in which rarely was there a chink in their armor. -- Read

Sausalito, CA (July 13, 2008) - Sydney Bolger (Long Beach, Calif.) and her
crew Caitlin Beavers (Santa Ana, Calif.) dominated US SAILING's 33-boat U.S.
Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship for the Ida Lewis Trophy, which
wrapped up Saturday evening at host club Sausalito Yacht Club, Calif. The
two 18-year-olds came out of the gates strong on the first day of racing,
winning all three races that day. They continued their dominance throughout
the regatta, finishing 30 points ahead of the second-place team of Eliza
Richartz (Old Lyme, Conn.) and Morgan Russom (Springfield, Penn.).

For Bolger, this was her third consecutive year competing in the event, each
year improving her final standing (finishing third in the event last year
and 14th in 2006). This year was the first time she teamed up with Beavers
for the U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship. For both sailors,
this was their last time competing in this national Championship, as they
will age out to compete in the event again next year (the event is open to
female sailors between the ages of 13 and 18). -- Complete results:

* Kiel, Germany (July 12, 2008) Spanish sailor Ignacio Camino Rodriguez and
his "Nextel engineering" crew beat out 62 other teams to win the J/80 World
Championship despite being black flagged in the last race. The Spanish team
led the rankings from the beginning, but American Jeff Johnstone
substantially narrowed the gap, finishing only two points back in second. –
Final report:

* Malcesine, Italy (July 13, 2008) - The famous Lake Garda thermal breeze
didn’t show up today, forcing Race Director Peter Reggio to put an end to
the RC 44 Malcesine SLAM Cup at 2:45 PM. The fleet regatta is however valid,
with four races completed including Saturday’s long distance DHL Trophy.
Giulietti’s Team Hiroshi – Città di Milano conquers the title of Continental
Champion and increases its lead in the RC 44 Championship Tour. Two more
events will take place before the end of the Championship Tour: the Trieste
Cup, on October 7-11 and the Puerto Calero RC 44 Gold Cup, in Lanzarote, on
December 10-14. -- Complete report:

* Valencia, Spain (July 13, 2008) - The TP52 CAM quickly sank while racing
in the Trofeo de la Reina Rolex Cup, reportedly when the boat incurred a
structural failure in the bow area while racing on an upwind leg. A
significantly sized hole extending below the waterline made rescue efforts
futile, and within ten minutes the bow was sinking. The boat now rests on
the sea floor, with only the top section of its mast breaking the water
surface. Incredible photos at Valencia Sailing:

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Long Beach, CA (July 13, 2008) - Any competent sailor can make a hot boat go
fast, but Mark Gaudio's affinity for old, slow boats is becoming the stuff
of West Coast legend. The 51-year-old Newport Beach institutional bonds
trader completed a triple crown of sorts Sunday with a strong finish in big
winds to win the 47th Cal 20 Class Championship, hosted by Alamitos Bay
Yacht Club. It was his third class title in the past year following similar
successes in Lido 14s and Naples Sabots---neither known for speed---and now
he is the Cal 20s' first four-time champion, all four in the last eight
years. "I feel pretty good about that," he said. "This is a tough class."

He felt especially good about winning in winds 12 knots building to 16
through the afternoon. He didn't relish sailing with a combined crew weight
of a mere 450 pounds to ballast the boat among himself, crew Erik Heim, 27,
and the hastily recruited Brian Bissel, 28. "We're very light," he said.
"The other top guys are [a total of] 550 or more. We sailed well for a windy
regatta." Bissel, it turns out, is no slouch. He's a former J/24 world
champion who grew up in Newport Beach and just returned home this summer
after living in Annapolis for 10 years. Gaudio grabbed him off the dock
before casting off Saturday morning. -- For complete reports from all three

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* From John Lambert: The July 11, 2008 Scuttlebutt story on the US team to
the ISAF Youth World Championship included the information from US SAILING
that in prior years, the selection of team members was based on results of
class regattas, but that in 2008 US SAILING held its own event in January
that “attracted 82 sailors from around the Country.” The implication of
substantial participation by youth sailors in this new event is incorrect.
In 2005 and 2006, the women’s and men’s double-handed teams were chosen at
the C420 Midwinters. In contrast to the 82 sailors at this year’s regatta
for the five youth world events, there were 84 boats (168 sailors) in 2005
and 98 boats (196 sailors) in 2006 for just the 2 youth world double-handed
events (men and women).

Despite the substantial number of children who competed at these 2005 and
2006 class selection events for just the 2 double-handed youth world spots,
US SAILING dropped class events as the selection regattas in favor of its
own event. The implication of success at this year’s selection regatta
cannot be reconciled with the facts. This year only nine Laser Radials
sailed; 23 Lasers, 10 multihulls and 16 29ers for the 2 double-handed youth
world berths. The choice to create this new regatta was a step backward in
the effort to attract and involve kids in chasing high end sailing goals.

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