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SCUTTLEBUTT 2642 - Monday, July 21, 2008

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We are extremely saddened to note the passing of Mark Rudiger Thursday
afternoon. Mark had been battling lymphoma for the last four years and
had been doing well until a few months ago. Since then, he had been
undergoing a treatment regimen at home. He took a turn for the worse
last Monday and was rushed to the hospital, where doctors gave him only
one more day. He toughed out three more. He was 53.

Rudiger has navigated 14 Transpacs and two Volvo Ocean Races, the
premier around-the-world race. On short notice, he guided Paul Cayard's
EF Language to victory in 1997-98 and Assa Abloy to second place as
co-skipper n 2001-02, and in 2005-06 he was called in again to work Legs
6 and 7 for a struggling Ericsson team. His resume also includes five
Barn Door first-to-finish Transpacs, two Sydney-Hobart first-to-finish
boats, and last year he was first to finish on the inaugural
Daimler-Chrysler Transatlantic race. He also has sailed regularly on
various ocean racers, including Sayonara, Pegasus and Genuine Risk.

Mark's wife Lori sent out the following message to the many hundreds of
friends Mark had in the sailing community:

Dear beloved sailing family,
Thank you all for your good thoughts and well wishes. After a very tough
battle, Mark chose to trade in his defective body for a beautiful new
form and left us this afternoon. At his son Zayle’s suggestion, we are
going to light candles tonight to remember him and his amazing life
energy. If you can, please join us by lighting a candle for Mark. Mark
and I were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and healing energy from
all of you around the world. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, we
love you all.
Zayle and Lori Rudiger

Courtesy of Latitude 38:

Swiss America's Cup holder Alinghi is to lose its CEO Michel Hodara, the
man in charge of organizing not just the up-coming one-on-one defense
against Larry Ellison's San Francisco-based BMW Oracle but in charge of
the long-term planning of the next multi-challenge America's Cup in the
event of Alinghi being successful. No replacement has been named for
Hodara, who leaves to take up an offer he found too good to turn down.
-- Stuart Alexander, The Independent,

The U.S. Olympic sailing venue made world headlines this past month -
primarily because of a pesky algae problem that covered 30-percent of
the race course at the satellite Olympic venue in Qingdao, 342-miles
southeast of Beijing. However, local fishermen, the Chinese army and
teams of volunteers cleared the spreading algae from the race course
giving sailors time to re-focus and learn the ebb and flow of the tides
of Pusan Bay as they get closer to competing in one of the oldest sports
at the Olympic Games. -- Excerpts from a story by Laurie Fullerton
posted on the U.S. Olympic Team’s website,

* According to US Sailing weather forecasters, there's a 90% chance of
"light air" for the event. The Chinese have added extra "reserve days"
to the event's time window, in case the wind is so mild that they can't
hold the race at all. There's a good chance the boats in Qingdao
(pronounced ching-dow). will be moving very, very slowly during the
races -- or be stopped completely, which happened in an informal
training race there. What does all this mean for sailors on the U.S.
Olympic team? A strict diet. Lighter sailors fare better in conditions
where there is barely enough wind to propel the boats. In such cases,
every tiny reduction of drag helps, and that includes extra body fat. "A
lot of people are referring to their Qingdao weight," says team
spokeswoman Derby Anderson. That includes Andrew Campbell, a 24-year-old
racing in the Laser class. He's shed 10 pounds for the event, and is now
a lean 175 -- lighter than he's ever been for sailing. Many of his
Olympic teammates have shed even more, he says. "A lot of the guys look
pretty emaciated." - Reed Albergotti, The Wall Steet Journal, full

*Know the limits of your equipment is essential at an important regatta
like the Olympics. To that end, US Star representatives John Dane and
Austin Sperry had $10,000 training exercise this past weekend on China’s
Yellow Sea. They learned that one of their brand new, never-used-before
spars will break in 20 knots of breeze with gust to 25. “You might say
wow that's bad, but I say that's good because we will never know if it
was a fast or slow mast,” Sperry explained. ($10,000 is the cost of a
new Star mast and a set of sails.) --

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 have spoken. The most important tool and piece of
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Almost a week into the 15th Pacific Cup, some of the earliest starters
are preparing to hold their traditional halfway parties as they pass the
1035-miles-to-Hawaii mark. Following Sunday's standings, Paul Cayard's
family performance on Hula Girl (San Francisco), moved them into first
place overall. The crew sailed almost 300 miles in a single day, putting
them on track to win several awards, such as the overall Pacific Cup
trophy, the Division E trophy, and the Blue Water Sailing Family Trophy
for "Fastest Family Afloat."

Competition has grown for the Storm Trysail Club's Team Trophy, awarded
to the yacht club team of three boats performing best in their divisions
and overall. Currently, a team from the Richmond Yacht Club (Richmond,
Calif.) leads the scoring, consisting of Mark A. Moore's Moore Havoc,
Joshua Grass;' Summer Moon and Dean Treadway's Sweet Okole, all of which
are doing very well in their divisions.

Aboard perennial victor Cal 40 California Girl (Richmond, Calif.), a
memorial will be held at the halfway party, with other boats joining in
via SSB radio, for Davey Glander. Glander was an avid racer and friend
to many Pacific Cup racers who passed away after the 2006 race. Glander
participated in 2006 on California Girl and returned on Valis
(Sausalito, Calif.). He passed away on November 17, 2007 at the age of
49. He was planning to participate this year on Valis. -- Updated
official standings at, which also has links to
time-delayed satellite reports.

Great Britain topped the medal table as the podium positions were
decided on the final day of racing at the 2008 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF
World Championship in Århus, Denmark. While the Volvo Trophy went to
Britain, the fight for second place was a close fought one with New
Zealand pipping Australia to the post with only two points separating

On the final day of the 38th championship all the medal positions, bar
the Boy’s 29er fleet, remained unchanged. In the 29er Class, Argentines
Germán Billoch and Gastón Cheb Terrab won the last race of the series
pushing American’s Judge Ryan and Hans Hensen down into the bronze
position by a single point. Running in a close second place for most of
the event, Ryan and Henken incurred a disqualification Thursday. The
USA’s Luke Lawrence (Palm City, Fla.), racing in the Laser Boys’ class,
had solidified second place on the second-to-last day of the event.
Without a possibility of moving up or down in the 45-boat Laser fleet,
Lawrence did not sail the final race.

Over 250 sailors from 60 countries competed in the championship. Team
Cyprus has only three competitors in the championships, making their two
gold medals, one by Pavlos Kontides in the Laser and the other in the
Boy’s RS:X fleet by Michalis Malekkides, even more impressive. Final

Laser (12 races- 2 discards)
1. CYP, Pavlos Kontides, 13
2. USA, Luke Lawrence, 32
3. NZL, Sam Meech, 40
5. CAN, Robert Davis, 64

Laser Radial (12 races - 2 discards)
1. AUS, Gabrielle King, 19
2. ESP, Susana Romero, 36
3. NZL, Cushla Hume-Merry, 44
4. CAN, Isabella Bertold, 49
9. USA, Anne Haeger, 69

29er Boys (14 races - 2 discards)
1. GBR, James Peters/ Edward Fitzgerald, 39
2. ARG, Germán Billoch/ Gastón Cheb Terrab, 50
3. USA, Judge Ryan/ Hans Henken, 51

29er Girls (14 races - 2 discards)
1. GBR, Frances Peters/ Claire Lasko, 24
2. NED, Annemiek Bekkering/ Jeske Kisters, 27
3. AUS, Hannah Nattrass/ Michelle Muller, 41
10. USA, Julia Paxton/ Karoline Gurdal, 129

RS:X Boys (11 races - 2 discards)
1. CYP, Michalis Malekkides, 26
2. GRE, Thiseas Kampas, 30
3. GER, Oliver-Tom Schliemann, 34

RS:X Girls (11 races - 2 discards)
1. ITA, Laura Linares, 14
2. POL, Maja Dziarnowska, 21
3. BRA, Patricia Freitas, 16

SL16 multihull (11 races - 2 discards)
1. FRA, Valentin Bellet/ Romain Bellet, 21
2. RSA, Matthew Whitehead/ Michael Ovenstone, 35
3. GBR, James Ellis/ Andrew Glover, 39

Final results:
Daily video highlights:

Racing concluded Sunday for the first half of the New York Yacht Club's
(NYYC) Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex. For 53 classic yachts it
was the culmination of a colorful tribute to the Golden Era of yachting
that included a 100th birthday party for one of yachting's greatest and
most prolific designers, Olin J. Stephens (who attended the celebration
at the New York Yacht Club last night). While a fleet of historic 12
Metres raced north of the Newport Bridge, one-design classes for S Boats
and 6 Metres took up some of the real estate south of the bridge for
around-the-buoys racing. Four more classes of mixed designs headed off
on a circumnavigation of Conanicut Island, a course famous for showing
off the scenic shores of both the East and West Passages of Narragansett
Bay. The sum total was spirited racing in a variety of conditions for
each fleet. Joe Loughborough (Newport, R.I.) said his yacht Belle saw a
good 20-22 knots at one point. -- Media Pro Int’l, full report and

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* Nieuwpoort, Belgium (July 20, 2008) - Big wind forced cancellation of
the final day of racing at the Laser Europeans Championship. In the
final results, Tom Slingsby (AUS) topped Great Britian’s Paul Goodison
by eight points to win the European Laser Standard Senior Trophy while
Goodison became the European Laser Standard Senior Champion. Canada’s
Michael Leigh finishing eighth in the competition. In the European Laser
Radial Women's Trophy Regatta, the USA’s Paige Railey finished seventh
behind winner Sari Multala (FIN). --

* Columbia River, Cascade Locks, Oregon - Mike Martin and Jeffery Nelson
have won the 30-boat 505 NAs -- scoring a six point win over Nick
Adamson and crew Stephen Bourdow. Howard Hamlin and Peter Alarie took
third, just three points further back. Website:

* Thunderstorms and variable wind conditions welcomed sailors on over
430 boats to the start of 100th running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race
to Mackinac, presented by Lands’ End. A large portion of the fleet was
able to pick up 8-12 knots of breeze as they made their way out of
Chicago. At our distribution time, Windquest held a four-mile lead over
Genuine Risk. To track the fleet, go to
and click on “Track the Race to Mackinac.”

* With just over 3 knots of SE’ly breeze, it was the dreaded current of
the Saint Lawrence River which set the tone amongst the 18 Class 40s
setting out at 1500 hrs UT and the six Open 50’ trimarans and four FICOs
released by the starting gun for the start of the 7th Transat Quebec
Saint Malo. Setting out 30 minutes after the Class 40s, the multihulls
and the FICO Classes saw themselves subjected to the same pattern.
Gennakers for the multis and asymmetric spinnakers for the monohulls
enabled them to contend with the current and from the outset the
favorites took the lead. --

* Doug Kaukeinen’s perfect final day of three bullets gave him a 10
point margin of victory over Derek Jackson in second place at the
Sunfish North American Championship hosted by Erie Yacht Club. . Bill
Brangiforte stayed consistent and remained in 3rd overall. Donnie
Martinburough’s first day of not being called over the line multiple
times produced 11-2-2 results. That allowed him to sneak past Brian
McGinnis by one point to end the 52-boat regatta fourth and fifth places
respectively. --

* The Newport Harbor Yacht Club has won 42nd Governor's Cup
international junior match racing series hosted by the Balboa YC in
California. The next four places went to international entries -- 2.
Cruising Yacht Club of Australia; 3. Royal Yachting Association; 4 Royal
New Zealand Yacht Squadron -- with the Southern Yacht Club taking fifth
of the 12 entries. -

* Starting this past weekend and continuing through mid-August, nearly
30 young sailors and their support groups from all over the US have
qualified to compete in the I-420 World Championships in Athens, Greece.
Two weeks later another group will race at the Junior European
Championships in Croatia. With the support of the Newport-Balboa Sailing
& Seamanship Association (NBSSA), in conjunction with the California
International Sailing Association (CISA) and the US I-420 Class
Association, these sailors were chosen by their performance in
qualifying events. Another young group will be able to compete in the UK
National Championships later this summer,

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* From David DeLo: Kirk Elliott's comments on Thad Jones passing bespeak
all of our thoughts for those who were shipmates, friends and patients
of Thad. Dr. Baja was a true unique curmudgeon who as a doctor treating
me for strange reactions from rosarito lobster, rendered the following
medical advice, "dumb Shit". My thoughts are he still has the record for
most transpacs.

* From Hans Ueli Liniger, Switzerland (re Eric Sharp’s story in ‘Butt
2641): Ease up a bit on the Swiss or we will inform the FED's about all
(and I mean all) your accounts in our banks. How about that?
And,whatever might go on in the courts we won the cup twice whether you
like it or not.

* From Tom Hart (Re comments in ‘Butt 2641): As an avid sailor and
bicyclist who has sadly witnessed the effects of doping on cycling's
premier event, the Tour de France, I applaud Scuttlebutt's publication
of recent suspensions. Doping is a problem that will only grow unless
the consequences are clearly publicized.

* From Jack G. Clayton: For those that think the public outing of ISAF
suspensions is bad form, I draw attention to the good ol' days of
capital punishment -- a time when miscreants were punished in the public
square. The motive was clear: education and deterrence. I applaud
Scuttlebutt and others for shining a spotlight on those that have chosen
to flagrantly ignore the rules.

* From Mike Esposito (re: birthplace of the Navy -- ‘Butt 2641): The
Continental Navy, which the U.S. Navy counts in its history, was
established by the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia, on Oct.
13, 1775. From about the "Father of the Navy": "The
importance of the sea as a highway, a source of food or a battlefield,
if necessary, was well understood by the American colonists. When the
Revolution came, it was a natural impulse, therefore, that many men in
numerous locations would play prominent roles in the founding of a
national navy. Thus, the Navy recognizes no one individual as 'Father'
to the exclusion of all others.

As it was the Continental Congress, convoked in Philadelphia, that
created the Navy in their resolution of 13 October 1775, the members of
Congress must collectively receive credit for the creation of the
Continental Navy, the forerunner of the United States Navy. The various
attempts to credit individual naval officers with this act are
misguided, for those officers received their commissions from the very
body that created the Navy in the first place. None of this, of course,
detracts from the great contributions to our struggle at sea for
independence made by General Washington, John Barry, John Paul Jones,
John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and others." With so many "fathers," it's
just as impossible to name the birthplace.

* From Stephen C. Kratovil: Driving around New England, New York etc; I
have also noticed and wondered about the birth of the US Navy. As they
say 'Success has a thousand fathers but failure is an orphan'; so I
guess it's a good sign so many take credit for birth of the US Navy. I'd
like to recommend to those with an interest in the US Navy an excellent
book by Ian W. Toll, 'Six Frigates'; which tells the story of the
founding and funding of the US Navy by Congress. Why the Barbary pirates
were instrumental in this decision; the innovative design and scantlings
of the ships (the use of Live Oak, which proved so integral to the
reputation of 'Old Ironsides'); the politics of the decision and
construction process and why these ships and the US Navy were critical
in the War of 1812, which ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent.

* From Dave Rustigian: On the three days of Long Beach Race Week I was
assigned to the leeward gate on Charlie circle with Martyn Bookwalter.
Martyn had with him a fishing net and a trash bag and we picked up trash
whenever we had time. Without a lot of wind shifts we had a lot of time.
You can get all kinds of stuff out there but the biggest offenders are
the plastic store shopping bags that float just below the surface of the
water looking for a water intake to get sucked up into or the plastic
six pack things that wind up around the necks of some of our wild life.
There is also no shortage of plastic plates and styrofoam cups either.
This takes no time and you're out there anyway. All Race committee
whalers and mark-set boats should be so equipped. Good-on-ya Martyn and
Bruce. I don't know of a single race management person that wouldn't
applaud this as a great idea.

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