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SCUTTLEBUTT 2640 - Thursday, July 17, 2008

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by Jan Pehrson, Marin Independent Journal
Growing up in Kentfield, CA, 19-year-old Danny Cayard and his 18-year-old
sister Allie were raised on sea stories, not lullabies. Surfing around Cape
Horn, waves sweeping over the decks, dodging freighters in the black of
night - these images were the stuff of their childhood.

Danny and Allie are descended on both sides of their family from famous
sailors. Their mother Icka's father, Swedish ocean racing veteran Pelle
Peterson, was one of the true pioneers of the sport, winning three Olympic
medals before they were born. Their father, Paul Cayard, won the Whitbread
Round the World Race when they were still in grammar school. On Thursday,
the Kentfield teenagers get their chance to try out ocean racing firsthand
when they set sail in the Pacific Cup race from San Francisco to Hawaii on
the Santa Cruz 50 Hula Girl, racing in a crew of eight, composed of two
adults and six young sailors ranging in age from 18-23.

One very experienced adult will be on deck at all times, either their dad
Paul or German-born sailing coach Ralf Steitz, 46. Two of the young crew,
22-year-old Mill Valley residents Cameron McCloskey and Morgan Gutenkunst,
were on the Marin Catholic High sailing club team with Danny and Allie. Mark
Towill, 19, of Hawaii and Robert Kane, 23, of Connecticut are experienced
beyond their years - they sailed in last year's Transpacific Yacht Race to
Hawaii. The idea for the Hula Girl project originated when Paul Cayard
experienced an epiphany, a spiritual flash as he approached his 50th
birthday. -- Read on:

by Kate Piserchia, SAIL
Bertha, the first hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season, jumped
from a Category One storm to Category Three on July 7, then relieved storm
watchers by dropping to Category Two within 24 hours. Bertha's brief threat,
however, reminds us that the summer of '08 could be a rough season.
According to an outlook issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, the Atlantic Basin should expect
an above-normal hurricane season. There is a 25 percent chance that the
region will experience a near-normal incidence of named storms, but
above-normal is more likely, at an estimated probability of 65 percent.

Dr. Gerry Bell, NOAA’s lead seasonal hurricane forecaster, said, "We’re
expecting quite a bit of activity this year.” An average hurricane season
has 11 named storms, 6 of which reach hurricane status, 2 of which become
major hurricanes. This season, there is a 60-70 percent chance that the
Atlantic Basin will have 12 to 16 named storms, including 6-9 hurricanes and
2-5 major hurricanes, according to the Climate Prediction Center outlook.
Predictions about this year’s hurricane season were based primarily on two
factors, according to Bell: the continuing active hurricane era, which
started in 1995, and the possible influence of La Niña in the peak months of
hurricane season. -- Read on:

Setting out from New York 5 days earlier, the French sailor Thomas Coville,
the skipper of the 105-foot trimaran Sodeb’O, beat the legendary solo North
Atlantic record under sail on Tuesday 15th July at 07 hours, 17 minutes and
20 seconds; a record held since 2005 by Francis Joyon on Idec of 6 days 4
hours, 1 minute and 37 seconds. Thomas Coville’s time on Sodeb’O was 5 days,
19 hours, 29 minutes and 20 seconds (to be approved by the WSSRC).

Already the holder of the 24 hour distance record since January 2008, with
619.3 miles at an average of 25.8 knots, this latest victory is clearly not
down to chance. At 40, this multihull specialist is a sailor with one of the
largest number of miles single-handed under his belt, thanks to his racing
background in the 60 foot class with a second place in The Transat 2004 and
a fabulous podium finish in the Route du Rhum in 2006. Since 2005, the young
sailor from La Trinité, father to two children, has been committed to his
loyal sponsor Sodeb’O in a single-handed record programme, which enabled him
to become successively the fastest man around the British Isles, between
Spain and the Bahamas and between Miami and New York. -- Read on:

Because the British pump on my Italian-winched American yacht has packed it
in. Luckily, I'm at Newport Shipyard that not only has showers but has added
Custom Yacht Outfitters to its store, to help me obtain those hard-to-find
parts. Speaking of winches, Custom Yacht Outfitters is also a Harken Service
Agent. The Newport Bucket yachts have "no excuse to lose" being moored at
Newport Shipyard this weekend!

Arhus, Denmark (July 16, 2008) - The top five places in the 29er boys, RS:X
girls, Laser Radials and the SL16 are getting tighter with only two days
left of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships. The strong winds
that marked the beginning of the event were replaced today with a lighter
breeze on the Bay of Arhus, allowing for more of the sailors to excel as the
conditions eased for them. The race committee set three races for each class
today to catch up on those lost on the first day.

In the 29er boy’s fleet, the American’s Judge Ryan and Hans Henken had a
great day with a 1, 2, 3 bringing them to the top of the pile. Henken
explained how they started slow but placed themselves well in the lighter
breeze. “We played the shifts downwind well and getting top three positions
today was a great achievement.” In the Laser, Pavlos Kontides (CYP) had a
rare blip today with a fifth in race eight, but sandwiched between a bullet
and a second place it did nothing to affect his dominant position at the top
of the Laser standings. Luke Lawrence tightened his grip in second place
with a win the day’s final race. For Thursday, two races (three for the
29ers) are scheduled for each event, with just one race remaining for each
fleet on the final day of the championship on Friday. -- Complete report:

Preliminary results (top three plus top North Americans)
Laser (nine races)
1. CYP, Pavlos Kontides, 8
2. USA, Luke Lawrence, 16
3. DEN, Thorbjørn Schierup, 23
7. CAN, Robert Davis, 47

Laser Radial (nine races)
1. AUS, Gabrielle King, 16
2. ESP, Susana Romero, 23
3. CAN, Isabella Bertold, 27
9. USA, Anne Haeger, 48

29er Boys (eleven races)
1. USA, Judge Ryan/ Hans Henken, 22
2. GBR, James Peters/ Edward Fitzgerald, 23
3. AUS, Byron White/ Rhys Mara, 37

29er Girls (eleven races)
1. GBR, Frances Peters/ Claire Lasko, 16
2. NED, Annemiek Bekkering/ Jeske Kisters, 21
3. AUS, Hannah Nattrass/ Michelle Muller, 28
10. USA, Julia Paxton/ Karoline Gurdal, 85

RS:X Boys (nine races)
1. CYP, Michalis Malekkides, 16
2. GRE, Thiseas Kampas, 19
3. GER, Oliver-Tom Schliemann, 25

RS:X Girls (nine races)
1. ITA, Laura Linares, 8
2. POL, Maja Dziarnowska, 15
3. BRA, Patricia Freitas, 17

SL16 multihull (nine races)
1. FRA, Valentin Bellet/ Romain Bellet, 12
2. RSA, Matthew Whitehead/ Michael Ovenstone, 20
3. GBR, James Ellis/ Andrew Glover, 21

Preliminary results:
Daily video highlights:

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Since we are largely a North American publication,
we occasionally miss some of the world news, such as like when the country
of Cyprus became a major player in sailing. While the Youth Worlds isn’t
over yet, sailors from Cyprus are currently positioned to win two of the
seven events, and they are only entered in three events. Can someone please
enlighten us? Post your reports here:

Seventy-five meters is tall. It's just shy of 250 feet. It's a 25-story
building, or a "small" redwood tree in California's Sierra Nevada, or what a
tape measure would read if you held it on the George Washington Bridge and
dropped it to the surface of New York's Hudson River.

It's also now the height of the tallest aluminum mast in the world. The
distinction belongs to the Perini Navi cutter Salute, a newly launched
184-foot sistership to recent stunners Selene and Rosehearty. The Italian
builder designed Salute's mast in collaboration with the department of naval
architecture and marine engineering at the University of Genoa, including
sensors that track the loads on Salute's stays and shrouds. Such sensors
have been used on America's Cup racing yachts, but Salute represents their
first use on a large cruising yacht, according to the builder. -- Read on:

* This weekend ESPNU broadcasts the 2008 Gill College Nationals Sailing
Championship presented by Rolex on Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 11:00pm ET. The
New York Yacht Club was the host club for the 36 race series on Narragansett
Bay June 2 - 4. The program is hosted by Gary Jobson, and includes onboard
cameras and microphones to highlight the action of the 18 teams from across
the United States. -- Full details plus re-air times:

* Resume applications for the 2008 U.S. Singlehanded Championship for the
George O'Day Trophy are being accepted until the deadline of July 18. The
championship is open to both men and women 16 years and older. Hosted by
Sayville Yacht Club of Blue Point, NY and sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A.
and LaserPerformance, the event runs from August 6-10 and will be sailed in
Sunfish on Great South Bay. --

* Three of the most influential OK Dinghy sailors from Australia, Germany
and Poland were honored last week at the championship dinner of the
Bombardier OK Dinghy World Championship in Warnemunde, Germany, by being
welcomed in to the OK Dinghy Hall of Fame. All amateur classes depend to a
large extent on the enthusiasm and dedication of many unpaid individuals,
with honorees Bill Tyler (AUS), Norbert Petrausch (GER) and the late Marian
Jankowski (POL) recognized for their significant contributions to OK Dinghy
sailing in their countries and beyond. -- Complete report:

* Nieuwpoort, Belgium (July 16, 2008) Following the third day of racing at
the Laser European Championship, the completion of six races has allowed
entrants to drop their worst score. Aussie Tom Slingsby continues to
dominate the Full rig division with Michael Leigh (CAN) in fifth, only three
points from second. Sari Multala (FIN) has been equally strong in leading
the Radial Women, with American Paige Railey able to drop her black flag
starting penalty to rise up to eighth. Racing ends on July 19th. --

* Sailing Weather Services will be providing free weather forecasts for the
Chesapeake Bay’s Screwpile Challenge 2008 from July 20-22. To receive the
daily detailed forecasts, log on to the North Sails online weather center:

* Traverse City, MI. (AP) - Hundreds of pounds of household garbage has
washed onto Lake Michigan shores in the past couple of days, leading to an
investigation by the Coast Guard and the temporary closure of a public
beach. Trash that apparently came ashore overnight Sunday was strewn along a
10-mile stretch in Mason and Manistee counties in Michigan's northwestern
Lower Peninsula. Junk piles up to 8 inches high were reported at a beach in
the city of Manistee. -- Read on:

* To advance growth in women’s sailing, Rolex Watch U.S.A. has announced
that it will expand its sponsorship of “Road to Rolex” clinics in 2008 and
2009, and is working with US SAILING to increase the number of clinics
offered. The clinics are known as “Road to Rolex” as they prepare women for
keelboat racing with an eye toward competing in US SAILING’s Rolex
International Women’s Keelboat Championship (Rolex IWKC). The biennial
regatta returns to Houston Yacht Club in La Porte, Texas from October 14-17,
2009. -- Read on:

Ullman Sails customer Alan Field and his crew on Melges 24 “WTF” claimed
first place in the 2008 Coastal Living Newport Regatta in Newport, RI, last
weekend. Competing with partial Ullman Sails inventory, including a main,
jib and spinnaker, “WTF” beat out a fleet of 13 boats, finishing with a
total of 12 points. Field won four of the eight races, dropping a third
place as his worst finish. The competitors sailed a total of eight races
with one discard. Make an investment in your performance - contact a local
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As of July 16, 2008, the following sailor(s) have their ISAF Eligibility
* Anders Steen Gotschalk (DEN) - For two years from 5 October 2007 to 5
October 2009 - Anti Doping violation, Presence of Cocaine metabolites.
* Christine Johnston (GBR) - For two years from 1 June 2007 to 31 May 2009 -
Anti Doping violation, Refusal.
* Shinya Kunieda (JPN) - For two years from 1 November 2007 - 31 October
2009 - Breaking RRS 5 (banned substances and method).
* Stefan Eriksson (SWE) - until 27 September 2008 - Lack of Good Behaviour
and Sportsmanship.
* Brodie L Cobb (USA) - until 31 December 2008 - Gross Breach of good
manners and sportsmanship.

The above mentioned sailors according to ISAF Regulation 19 may not
participate in the following events:
1. The sailing regatta of the Olympic Games;
2. The sailing regattas of Regional Games recognized by the International
Olympic Committee;
3. Events including “ISAF” in their titles;
4. World and continental championships of ISAF classes and world
championships of the IMS, Major Events and other events approved by ISAF as
a World Championship;
5. Any event at which the Organizing Authority, Member National Authority or
ISAF has appointed an International Jury or International Umpires,
International Race Officers, International Measurers or ISAF Technical
Delegates to serve in their capacity for which they hold a Certificate of
Appointment issued by ISAF;
6. Any event approved by a Member National Authority of the ISAF as an
Olympic qualifying event; and any event designated by a Member National
Authority within its jurisdiction as requiring ISAF eligibility.
ISAF website:

The Chinese government is leading the development of its marine and boating
industry by introducing various initiatives aimed at attracting overseas
companies to the country. "Development of water system resources, the
construction of marinas in 17 provinces and cities and the setting up of
yacht clubs have created massive commercial opportunities for overseas
companies," says Yang Xinfa, chairman of the China Boat and Industry Trade
Association (CBITA). The Chinese government has also significantly reduced
taxes on boats sold in China from 30 per cent to 10 per cent. CBITA is
lobbying to completely get rid of the taxes in order to further facilitate
the growth of the industry. -- IBI Magazine,

CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS (Sponsored by West Marine)
Here are a few of the events that are coming up:
July 17-18 - East Coast Jr. Windsurfing Champs - Vineyard Haven, MA, USA
July 18-20 - Finn North American Championship - Shelburne, VT, USA
July 19-20 - High Sierra Regatta - Huntington Lake, CA, USA
July 19 - Lake Ontario 300 - Mississauga/Toronto, Ontario, CAN
View all the events at

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* From Paul Cayard: (regarding Mark Rudiger story in Issue 2639) I am
thinking about you Rudi and remembering how tough you were when we had some
rough times in the Southern Ocean. I remember being on the bow with you one
night struggling to hold onto the number 4 in 40 true and asking each other
how the skipper and navigator got on the bow for this one. I know you are
fighting hard and will overcome. You have a huge number of fans and
admirers; for your skill and your personality. We are all thinking positive
thoughts for you right now. We are with you!

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: We encourage everyone who has crossed paths with
Rudi to post a note to him here:

* From John Riise, Latitude 38: Many of Mark’s friends and fellow sailors
have asked what more they can do. As the family is encountering many
extraordinary expenses, a non-profit emergency fund has been set up by Jim
Swartz, owner of Moneypenny. Donations are tax deductible and 100% of the
funds will be used to pay certain expenses as directed by Mark. Donations
can be made as follows: Christian Center of Park City, P.O. Box 683480, 1100
Iron Horse Drive, Park City, UT 84060 (attn: Emergency Assistance Fund, for
benefit of Mark Rudiger).

* From Joe Sullivan, Coach, Fordham University: In March 2006, the 150-year
old mansion, which served as the clubhouse for Morris Yacht & Beach Club on
City Island, NY was destroyed by fire. All was lost. Since 2001, the folks
at Morris have graciously hosted our team and our team members wanted to
contribute in some small way to the club's rebuilding effort. They elected
to solicit burgees from yacht clubs all over the world to give to the club
for display in the new clubhouse. Groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled
for this September. 118 burgees have been received and six more are pending.
Our goal is to present 150 burgees, one for every year that the former
clubhouse had been in existence.

Receipt of a gift burgee from Ocean County College recently reminded us that
many college and university teams have their own burgees and we haven't
tapped into that resource. We are doing so now and respectfully requesting
your assistance in attaining our goal. If your team has a burgee, would you
please donate one to this worthy cause. While any size is welcome, for
continuity sake, we are seeking size 12" X 18." I realize that school is out
and this message may not be received until September but regardless of when
you read this, a donation of your team's burgee will be most appreciated.
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