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SCUTTLEBUTT 2644 - Wednesday, July 23, 2008

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In a remarkable display of bipartisan support for recreational boating,
both the United States House and Senate passed S. 2766 on Tuesday, "The
Clean Boating Act of 2008", which will permanently restore a
long-standing exemption for recreational boats from permitting
requirements under the Clean Water Act. The legislation now goes to the
White House for the President's signature.

Congressional action was spawned by a U.S. District Court decision in
September 2006 under which an estimated 17 million recreational boats
would have fallen under Clean Water Act permit requirements effective
September 30, 2008. The permit would have dictated maintenance and
operation procedures and potentially subjected boaters to citizen
lawsuits as well as a penalty system designed for industrial polluters.

"This is a fabulous victory for common sense and it just goes to show
what can be done when the boating public, the marine industry and its
representatives in Congress row together in a bipartisan way," said
BoatU.S. President Nancy Michelman.

"I had awakened in the morning with a great sense of well-being. I'm
good with the sound of a rushing bow wave. But as we flowed on through
the mist I fell to remembering that I'd just the night before had word
from a friend out West that Mark Rudiger had lost his fight with
lymphoma, and I remembered Paul Cayard now at sea with his family on the
Pacific Cup and how fine it is that this giant of grand prix racing has
seized the opportunity to sail with family and friends at a special,
unrepeatable time in their lives and I have so many other friends also
on the high Pacific right now, some of them alone in the solo Transpac
but not alone because they yak it up every day on the SSB so they are
"family" too, and all these miles pass under so many keels—and Rudiger
navigated Cayard's round-the-world win—and there are so many friends
from all over that I'm running into here on the streets and last night
the rain was bitter cold on Mackinac Island and most of the fleet was
still out on the course and g'bless'em and now it's morning and I'm
writing and boats are still coming in and time slips away from us and
there is a sad beauty to that which seems to come directly out of this
ephemeral, lovely thing that we do with water and boats and wakes that
appear and disappear and there is no way to finish this sentence or as
Kenneth Patchen would say, no way to begin. The sailing life is a good
life. Thanks, Mark. Damn." -- Kimball Livingston,

WASHINGTON DC– San Diego sailor Andrew Campbell anticipated many
challenges on the road to the Beijing Olympics, but probably not this
one: Find a suit, fast. Shortly before appearing at the White House with
other U.S. Olympic Team members for a dinner with President Bush,
Campbell yesterday dashed over to a Brooks Brothers a few blocks away to
pick up a suit he'd been measured for just the day before. “I don't own
a suit,” the 2006 graduate of Georgetown University said with a laugh.
He explained that he hasn't needed one over the past couple of years,
when almost all of his time has been focused on training and fundraising
for his Olympic bid. -- Paul M. Krawzak, read on:

* From US Olympic Laser sailor Andrew Campbell (July 21): After shaking
Mr. Bush’s hand and discussing the fact that I’ve been living just up
the road at Georgetown while he’s been in the White House and was
surprised we didn’t bump into each other more often, he replied: “Well,
I guess I don’t get out enough these days!,” with a smile and a laugh.
We were invited into the Oval Office for a photo with Mr. Bush and some
brief comments about his commitment to showing how important the Olympic
movement is to him and Laura by hosting us at the White House before the
Games (instead of the executive standard of hosting medallists after the
Games), and by attending the Opening Ceremonies August 8th in Beijing.
-- Read on:

=> Note: 23 Olympians joined the President and his wife for two events
specially organized to recognize the Olympic Team to a higher regard
than ever before. The 2008 Games will be the first time a U.S. President
travels out of the country to the Opening Ceremonies, and the White
House has never hosted an official pre-Olympic honorary event such as
this one. There are 600 athletes attending the 2008 Olympic Games, and
only a select number were invited to the White House, so it was a
distinct honor that four of those athletes were members of the US
Olympic Team for Sailing. Early in his Rose Garden speech, the President
mentioned sailing twice (once for the whole US Olympic Team's oldest
athlete: John Dane). Go to the White House site for speech text, audio
and pictures:

The O’pen BIC Demo Tour heads for New England leaving new fleets at
junior programs in Lake Minnetonka, Lake Geneva, Fond du Lac, Buffalo
Canoe Club, and many more. Kids are excited to sail the modern
self-bailing skiff design. Charters available for the U.S. O’pen
“Un-Regatta” in New Bedford at For more

July 22, 2008 (Mackinac Island) -- Following are the four overall
results for the 100th Running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac
representing top honors in each of the four divisions: Chicago-Mackinac
Trophy Division, Mackinac Cup Division, Multihull Division, and the
Cruising Division.

Chicago-Mackinac Trophy
1. Velero VII - USA 15044, John S. Barbour, Grosse Point, Mich., North
American 40, 47:49:41
2. Smokum Too – USA 15044, Pete Mather, Thornbury, Ont., Beneteau 42s7
LWshoal, 48:00:08
3. Karma – USA 55367, Lou Sandoval, Martin Sandoval, Jack Buoscio,
Chicago , Ill. , Beneteau 36.7, 48:18:18

Mackinac Cup
1.Stripes – USA 25168, Bill Martin, Ann Arbor, Mich., GL 70, 48:17:10
2. Evolution – USA 70, Terry Kohler and Pete Reichelsdorfer, Sheboygan,
Wisc., GL 70, 48:46:45
3. Zeitgeist – USA 242, Robert T and Dr. Cornelia Zerban, Kenosha ,
Wisc., J109 Deep Keel, 48:59:29

Multihull Division
1, Gamera – USA 28, Matt Scharl, Chicago , Ill. , F-25C, 51:01:36
2. Nice Pair – USA 333, Bruce Geffen, Ann Arbor , Mich. , ***SSO,
3. Exodus – CAN 89, Larry Woods, Norval, Ont., Farrier F82R, 52:40:46

Cruising Division
1. Mirage – USA 32611, John Boyle, Aurora , Ill. , Beneteau 42, 51:35:55
2. Windara – USA 25472, Glenn and Elsa Gustafson, Sawyer, Mich. , J46,
3. Free at Last – USA 255, Allen Smith, Wilmette , Ill. , Brewer 12.8,

For the latest results, photos, and updates, please visit

Steadily gaining on the fleet, Joby Easton’s double-handed Cascade 36
Raindrop (Portland, Ore.) has pushed into first place overall, recalling
Skip Allen's double-handed victory aboard Wildflower in 2002. Employing
a similar strategy of a sharp southern starting course, combined with
superior boathandling, Easton and Huseby on Raindrop are now the ones to
beat. With some superbly well-equipped and crewed boats chasing them
from a more favorable Saturday start – more wind always being good –
Raindrop will have quite a job holding on to her #1 spot. Following
close in second and third place are Dean Daniels' Sleeping Dragon (Hobie
33) and Paul Cayard's Hula Girl (SC 50M). -- Updated official standings
and links to time-delayed satellite reports at:

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment. The Pacific Cup race has produced a number of
interesting blogs. I’m particularly enjoying the postings of Philippe
Kahn, sailing double-handed with Richard Clarke aboard the Open 50
Pegasus. Here’s an excerpt:

After roll call this morning (the HF radio daily safety mandatory
check-in with the Pacific Cup race org), Richard told me that I fell
asleep with the mike in my hand, only to wake up 2 hours later. That
felt great. We’ve accumulated total sleep deficit between steering all
the time, constant sail changes, and fixing messed up things. We’re
still licking our wounds. The total is a bruised ankle, a bruised knee,
three cuts, a bloody nose and a big bump on the forehead. That’s the
legacy of a wild 18 hours. Now it’s all gone, we feel great and the big
kite is up. Double handed we don’t see much of each other: One goes to
sleep when the other wakes up. We meet by the munchies bag. That is
until the conditions are such that we both need to be there and then
nobody gets to sleep. --

Winners of the first regatta of the Audi MedCup Circuit 2008, Peter de
Ridder´s Mean Machine (MON) leads the Breitling Regatta after the first
three races on the Bay of Palma off Puerto Portals. At times the sea
breeze was fitful as the oppressive, clammy heat and cloud cover stifled
any increase in wind strength and with big wind shifts in direction, and
variations in pressure it was not an easy day for the tacticians to
decipher. With the wind peaking at 11 knots and at times as low as six
or seven knots, the ability to change gears and adapt for best boat
speed was equally important over what has been a day of the lightest
average wind speeds since the opening regatta, back in May in Alicante.

Terry Hutchinson (USA), Helmsman -skipper of Quantum Racing (USA), said:
“In that first race - every time we did something well, someone would
tack on us and send us back which I guess is a complement! It is good to
see that the boat and changes with the sails and stuff have all been
good steps forward- plenty of racing to go!”

Standings after 3 races.
1 Mean Machine MON (1,5,1) 7 pts
2 Matador ARG (3,1,3) 7 pts
3 Quantum Racing USA (11,2,2) 15 pts
4 Platoon powered by Team Germany GER (7,4,6) 17 pts
5 Bribón ESP (5,10,4) 19 pts
6 Artemis SWE (4,11,5) 20 pts
7 Mutua Madrileña ESP (2,12,8) 22 pts
8 Cristabella GBR (8,6,9) 23 pts
9 Tau Cerámica Andalucía ESP (6,8,12) 26 pts
10 Rusal Synergy RUS (12,3,13) 28 pts

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all comers. For the regatta organizers that want to “speak” to the
online community, the Sailing Event Reports section of the Scuttlebutt
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The Houston Chronicle has done a comprehensive story about the two
groundings of Texas A&M-Galveston’s racing sailboat Cynthia Woods, which
subsequently lost it’s keel, flipped over and tossed the crew into the
water – resulting in the drowning of Roger Stone. -

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* CEO Challenges, the world leader in sport competitions for CEOs, has
partnered with Bitter End Yacht Club, to create a CEO Sailing Challenge
for business executives who love sailing and competition. The three-day
competition will be held on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands
on Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. This Challenge will be run concurrently with
the Drake’s Challenge Cup, and include a pre-race pep talk from Dawn
Riley, the first female CEO of an America’s Cup Challenge and former
president of the Women’s Sports Foundation. – Details:

* Tyler Sinks (San Diego, CA) and Myles Gutenkunst (Mill Valley, CA)
captured the 2008 Club 420 National Championship hosted by Stanford
University Sailing, Redwood City, CA. 43 teams competed in the Open
Division of the three day, 10 race regatta. Sailors grappled with the
anticipated strong current and big breeze in South San Francisco Bay.
Louis Padnos and Ben Spector finished second in the Open with Shone
Bowman and Cooper Scott in third. Bowman/Scott won the Junior Division
with the Female title going to Eliza Richartz and Rebecca King --

* Snipe Fleet 554 and the Jubilee Yacht Club hosted the Snipe New
England Championships this weekend off the waters of Beverly,
Massachusetts. The event was won on a three way tie break by reigning
world champion Tomas Hornos. Winchester sailors Jim Bowers, and John
Macrae, rounded out the top three finishers in the 20 boat fleet. The
sailors enjoyed a wide range of conditions of the six race series
featuring a 12-15 knot westerly “harbor hurricane” with choppy waters on
Saturday. Sunday proved equally challenging, but in a different way,
with a 3-5 knot easterly and limited visibility. -- Full report and

* Southern Yacht Club defended their 2007 victory against 12 challengers
in the 2008 Gulf Yachting Association Junior Lipton Challenge this past
weekend in New Orleans, winning for the 6th time in the past 8 years.
Pensacola YC took second place with Bay-Waveland YC finishing thirds in
the predominately light-air series. This event allows each team member
to sail no more than twice and to skipper no more than once in the
Flying Scots used for the event. SYC was represented by skippers Ben
Herman, Kohl Killeen and James Pottharst with Neil Gahagan, Reed Kirk,
Jon Nunn and Mason Ryan crewing. -- Photos and results:

* A scholarship fund for underprivileged youth to take sailing lessons
has been established as a suitable memorial and tribute to Helen
Johnstone's outreach goals and love of the sport. A goal of the fund is
to encourage community sailing programs and clubs to initiate such a
scholarship program nationally, starting with Sail Newport as the pilot
project. Support for this worthy cause is most welcome. Donations (tax
deductible) may be sent to the Helen C. Johnstone Memorial Fund, Sail
Newport, 60 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840. Phone: 401-846-1983.

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* From Gustavo Arcia: Three small countries, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and
the US Virgin Islands topped the world in team racing. Someone commented
on the advantage that small countries have in concentrating their talent
in one or two teams. This is a paradox. Small countries have a smaller
talent pool than big countries. The opportunities for competition at the
green fleet level are of lower quality than in big countries. It is not
clear how one or two clubs can gain a high degree of competitiveness vs.
large countries. However,
a.) You only need a small group of dedicated families to make a
difference in a sport that requires enormous amounts of parent

b.) It is easier for a small country to have a plan and a strategy. They
are not tied to the typical ho-hum yacht club in large countries,
waiting for one star to emerge from their average program. Assembling
those stars in large countries requires a good national sailing
organization. If the organization is deficient, the country will produce
only mediocre national teams.

c.) A small country can hire young, aggressive, and dedicated foreign
coaches with less trouble than a large country.

d.) Sailors in small countries are usually wealthy and they can spend
large amounts of money traveling to every international regatta; these
kids are battle hardened at an early age. Youth sailing in large
countries is a middle class port. Ironically, large countries have less
money, and money makes the difference.

* From Vicky Low: Yacht racing occasionally has a great individual who
is able to communicate what comes as second nature to an audience
outside of the world of sailing. Rudi was such a person and I was
fortunate to work with him on Team EF in the 97/98 Whitbread. As one of
the campaign's Press Officers we were blessed with a great orator and
writer, who never once flinched from helping us to communicate our
complicated sport, whether in the depths of the Southern Ocean, or once
ashore patiently explaining the upcoming leg. Thank you Rudi, for your
help, guidance and good humour.

* From Bill Menninger: I had the pleasure of sailing with Mark Rudiger
for a couple of seasons with the Santa Cruz 70 Silver Bullet. Mark was
inspiring. He devoted a few days before the race to gather weather data
and he integrated weather grids to the course before most knew what this
even meant. I remember him telling stories of racing catamarans
singlehanded across the Atlantic wearing a motorcycle helmet to lessen
the constant pelting of the spray. Dodging buoys in the fog at 23 knots.

I remember the kind and gentle manner he had with everyone, and the
sense of urgency he had about making a good decision. One Mexorc race we
went through an unexpected squall and Mark was the first to help with a
sail change to the #4 jib. He put his mates first and I know he did the
same with Lori. I think they had met around that time frame. He was so
excited to have someone in his life he could share his love of sailing.
The best to the Rudiger family! And fond memories of a sailing genius, a
sailing role model and a great guy!

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