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SCUTTLEBUTT 2647 - Monday, July 28, 2008

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The news of Michel Hodara leaving AC Management took the America's Cup
community and the sailing world by surprise. Following last weekend’s
announcement, Sébastien Destremau conducted an interview with America's
Cup Management’s CEO Michel Hodara and the event’s Marketing and
Communication's Director Paco Latorre. Here are two excerpts and a link
to the full interview:

Destremau: Michel Hodara, you have a reputation of being very secretive
however can you enlighten us the reason of your departure?

Michel Hodara: There is not one but multiple reasons actually. The most
important one is very personal and probably a bit selfish. Somebody
offered me a job that I really wanted to accept. This is a complete
change in my career as I am moving out of the sport and event management
to move into the Television Entertainment Business. This is something I
am very interested in and I look forward to the challenge ahead of me.

Destremau: Alinghi/ACM's reputation has been tainted since the end of
the 32nd America's Cup, why? And do you think you played a role in this?
This question is also directed to Paco.

Hodara: The bucks stops with the CEO, so you can assume that I am
ultimately responsible for it. There is no doubts that we've made some
PR mistakes after July 2007 but the problem is much older than that. Our
philosophy since 2003 was always deliver the best possible event with
the best facilities. Sometimes we had to make rules for the better
running of the event that were not always very popular and we didn’t
take the time to explain them properly to the community.

Paco Latorre: In the case of the media, one would agree that we put a
big effort in providing good technical services and always worked hard
on being efficient; however we too often didn’t do very well in the
relationships with the journalists and the rest of the AC community. So
long as we were producing an impeccable event, basically applauded by
everybody, everything was fine. But what a price we paid as soon as some
mistakes were made after the event! I must say that in the transition
after the 32nd AC, Michel and myself were very conscious about this
insufficient care of the relationship with the people within the
America's Cup community (the local people in Valencia, the teams and the
media) and there were things that we wanted to do differently. It’s
still an objective to improve this area. -- Full story:

Double-handed sailors Joby Easton and Bill Huseby aboard the Cascade 36
Raindrop were the first boat to finish the Pacific Cup race from San
Francisco to Hawaii, getting the gun in the early afternoon on Saturday.
Less than 20 minutes later Paul Cayard and family finished on their
modified Santa Cruz 50, Hula Girl. “My hat is off to Bill Lee, the
designer of the Santa Cruz 50,” Cayard said. “She is a great performer
in the ocean, comfortable inside (it is the Four Seasons compared to
what I am used to) and she is 28 years old to boot. Way ahead of her

Raindrop had started three days before Hula Girl, but with the boats now
pouring into Kaneohe Bay, she appears, to be the overall winner of this
61-boat race. --

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Diabolical winds made for plenty of exciting stories back at the dock
after the New York Yacht Club's (NYYC) sixth biennial Race Week at
Newport presented by Rolex concluded Sunday. The four-day competition
had started much the same wet, windy way on opening day, but
fortunately, sunshine and fair winds followed for two days to dry things
out. Sunday, the race committee managed a race in each of four classes
(NYYC Club Swan 42, Melges 32, J/109 and J/105) that were competing on
Rhode Island Sound but had to abandon a second race when a storm swept
through, wreaking havoc with 48-knot winds. All told, 120 boats were
competing. Another six classes (IRC 1 and 2, PHRF 1 and 2, J/122 and
Beneteau First 36.7) had taken off on a middle-distance race around
Conanicut Island and felt top winds of a more reasonable 28 knots.

"You know it's windy when everything is going sideways -- the wind, the
rain, the boat," said Damian Emery (Shoreham, N.Y.), who won the J/105
East Coast Championship with his overall victory here and was already
the class's Southern Circuit champion. In the J/109 class, which is
sailing its North American Championship, victory went to Ted Herlihy
(South Dartmouth, Mass.) aboard Gut Feeling.

In IRC 1, Robert and Farley Towse's (Stamford, Conn.) Blue Yankee made
an attempt to replace Roger Sturgeon's (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Rosebud/Team DYT at the top of the scoreboard but was unsuccessful in
its bid, finishing third to Rosebud's first in the around-the-island
race. "We improved on our game tremendously here," said Sturgeon,
"because of the competition, and specifically because of Blue Yankee. It
went down to the last race; we felt the pressure the whole time."

Mark Watson (San Antonio, Texas/Newport, R.I.) is now the NYYC Club Swan
42 class U.S. National Champion after he finished fourth today in
Tiburon. And Jeff Ecklund (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), sailing Star, became
the new Melges 32 National Champion, a title which he adds to his 2006
title. -- Media Pro Int’l, on-demand video by is available at, where complete results also can be found.

Bill Martin (Ann Arbor, MI) steered his Great Lakes 70 Stripes to three
first place finishes in three races in IRC Class 1 on Sunday to grab
first place in the Rolex US-IRC National Championship. Martin wins the
second annual championship trophy and much more, a specially engraved
Rolex Steel and Platinum Yacht-Master timepiece. Alice Martin, no kin to
Bill, came second to the 68 foot Stripes by only 3 corrected
seconds-per-mile. She sailed her little Sydney 38, Painkiller 4,
valiantly with a pair of second places and a first place in IRC Class 4
on the last day. She needed just a little less time on the course
through the week.

Stripes also won IRC Class 1, Rampage won IRC Class 2, Chewbacca a N/M50
sailed by William Peterson (Bayfield, WI) won IRC Class 3 and Painkiller
4 won IRC Class 4. The regatta started in Little Traverse Bay off Harbor
Springs, Michigan on Friday and concluded seven races later on Sunday.
Six of the races were windward leeward and the race on Saturday was a
seven-leg 'Tour of the Bay.' -- Media Pro Int’l, results are posted at:

The Botin Carkeek TP52 Quantum Racing dominated competition at the
Breitling Regatta in Puerto Portals this week, cementing her second
consecutive regatta victory and tightening her grasp on the prestigious
Audi MedCup circuit championship. The final day of racing was abandoned
Saturday for lack of wind. However, competing on the Bay of Palma for
the previous four days, Quantum Racing built a commanding lead of 14
points over second-placed Matador. Terry Hutchinson (USA) and the crew
became the first team since 2006 to win back-to-back MedCup regattas
“We’ve been working for this result ever since we put the boat in the
water at the beginning of the summer,” said Hutchinson. “We continue to
get more out of the boat and the sails as we focus on the fine points of
our crew work and communication. --

Final Results -- 14th Breitling Regatta, Puerto Portals, Mallorca
1. Quantum Racing, USA, 11-2-2-8-2-2-1-1-2-1, 32
2. Matador, ARG, 3-1-3- 9- 7- 1-9-9-1-3, 46
3. Platoon powered by Team Germany, GER, 7-4-6-7-6-6-2-2-7-5, 52
4. Artemis, SWE, 4-11-5-5-10-3-3-3-8-2, 54
5. Mean Machine, MON, 1-5-1- 2-1-7-15-14-14-6, 66

Audi MedCup Circuit 2008
1. Quantum Racing, USA, 161
2. Artemis, SWE, 191
3. Bribón, ESP, 209.2
4. Mean Machine, MON, 224
5. Matador, ARG, 238

While the 7th Transat Quebec-Saint Malo was changing both the rhythm and
the setting as the fleet made it into the Atlantic, the trimaran
Laiterie de Saint Malo, sailing at 20 knots hit a whale and broke its
only rudder. Victorien Erussard and his crew have installed an emergency
rudder to traverse the Atlantic by their own means. Amongst the
multihulls this transatlantic, still led by Crêpes Whaou!, has changed
tone in light of the number of collisions with sea creatures. In the
Class 40 category, the pace has picked up in the downwind conditions
supplied by 20 knots of breeze. A high intensity drag race is the order
of the day now, as the fierce duel at the front of the fleet between
Télécom Italia (Giovanni Soldini) and Pogo Structures (Halvard Mabire)
testifies. --

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In the upcoming week, the US America's Cup Challenger will come up
against the Defender, Alinghi in the third round of the iShares Cup to
be sailed off Cowes, Isle of Wight, England. This will in fact be the
first time the two teams have really come up against each other in a
multihull regatta apart from a minor joust in Switzerland two months

The two teams are taking quite a different approach to the event, sailed
in Extreme 40's with Ed Baird (USA) the skipper of Alinghi in the 2007
America's Cup helming Alinghi's steed, while BMW Oracle racing have
elected to use a multihull specialist Franck Cammas (FRA) as skipper of
one of their boats (Team Cammas) and James Spithill, helmsman of Prada
in the 32nd America's Cup as their second skipper (Team Spithill).

So the iShares Cup will become a test of strategies - whether a
specialist multihull skipper will come out ahead of the cross-trained
America's Cup regulars. BMW Oracle Racing skipper and CEO (Russell
Coutts) is not skippering either entry, but is hoping to be selected in
the crew! -- Richard Gladwell,, full story:

* Allan Terhune topped a 69-boat fleet at the 50th Flying Scot North
American Championship sailed at Toms River Yacht Club, Toms River, NJ --
and it wasn’t even close. With just 17 points in the six race series,
Terhune had less than half as many points as his nearest rival, David
Neff (35 pts) who finished the championship in second place, one point
ahead of Scott Mauney. --

* Four different innovative race formats were used at BIC O’pen World
Cup that recently brought 65 competitors from eight countries to
Brittany, France. The formats were inspired from the pro windsurfing
scene -- downwind slalom, crosswind slalom, adventure racing and O’pen
Cross (including freestyle moves). And there was another interesting
variation - no protests were accepted, but an on the water jury could
require a competitor to do a 360 when they saw a rules violation. Kids
raced and had a lot of fun at the same time.

* The East Coast Junior Windsurfing Championships - a US Sailing Junior
Olympic Regatta -brought kids from all around the nation to the Vineyard
Haven Yacht Club in Martha’s Vineyard. The fleet at enjoyed a variety of
wind conditions and race courses including some slalom downwind legs.
After nine races and one throwout, first place overall was decisively
won by a local girl Solvig Sayre (10 points) with second going to Austin
Emer from Clearwater Florida (18 pts). -- Complete results:

* On May 28, the National Sailing Hall of Fame videotaped a panel
discussion called "Racing: Business Leadership & Management held at the
Annapolis Yacht Club. Sponsored by the World Presidents Organization,
this 1 hour and 12 minute panel discussion features leaders in both
business and yacht racing as they talk about the commonalities that make
for a successful business and a winning race team. Moderated by Gary
Jobson, the panel includes business leaders Bob James and Terry Kohler.
To watch the video, go to and click on "Film Library"

* The Splash World Championships ended last Friday in Tavira, Portugal.
And Ben Lutze (NZL) is the 2008 World Champion, with George Lane (NZL)
taking the Bronze medal. Gilles Cleeren (BEL) was second. 100 top youth
sailors from seven countries competed. It was a dramatic final day of
racing with many boats OCS in the last race including early favorite
Cleeren (BEL). New Zealand claimed the top country trophy with six
Zealanders finishing in the top ten overall. Once a European-dominated
class, under the guidance of coach John Morgan New Zealand sailors have
now claimed 3 of the last 6 world titles.
Final results:
Event website:

* Green Dragon, the Irish entry in the forthcoming Volvo Ocean Race,
will arrive in its home port of Galway for the first time today as its
crew increases their attempts to hit their funding target. Green Dragon
needs about €12 million (Approx US$19M) in overall sponsorship to take
part in the race and has secured 80 per cent of this to date. A private
syndicate of Irish businessmen contributed €5 million for the
construction of the boat’s hull, and several Chinese construction
companies are also sponsors. --

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* From Henry L. Menin, International Umpire: Recently I had the
opportunity to umpire the Area E-K Semi-Finals for the Prince of Wales
US Match Racing Championships in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. It was a great
event but what impressed me the most was the facility in Sheboygan. The
‘Sail Sheboygan,' foundation operates as a non-profit organization in
conjunction with the Sheboygan Yacht club and the next door Sheboygan
Youth Sailing Center. They have recently been designated status as a US
Sailing ‘Sailing Center,' -- the only one that is focused on match

They have eight evenly matched Sonars that are available, plus four of
the best umpire boats I have ever seen. They are 17’ Edgewater boats
that have been specifically equipped and perfectly suited for the unique
requirements of umpiring match races. The facility has a dedicated RC
signal boat, plus several other RC "RIB" boats for setting and moving
marks as well as on the water crew transfer. Best of all, they have
wonderfully trained race officers with many decades of personal racing
experience to run the signal boat, and to set and move marks.

This facility on Sheboygan is a great place for training for match
racing teams and for clubs that want to ‘drop in’ and run a regatta of
their own. With the tremendous increase in participation in match racing
in the USA, and with the advent of Women’s Match Racing in the 2012
Olympics, Sheboygan would be an ideal place to train and for clubs to
run regattas for their sailors.

* From Hugh Evan (re ISAF rankings discussion in ‘Butt 2646) ISAF Finn
ratings, Surely the point of the rankings is to inform, any rating
system that fails to recognize the realistic finishing positions will be
considered in that light, if the system does not show where the
competitors may reasonably finish it is of little real use. You would be
a little upset if you used this logic were stock picking or betting on a
horse race, why not here? It is important to make users aware of
anomalies. Journalism seems to be doing its job here.

* From Owen Muyt (edited to our 250-word limit): A few weeks ago I had
ago at the organizing committee of the Newport to Bermuda Race and how
poor their whole coverage of the race was from the lead up, to the
actual race itself and then post race information. I asked them to
approach the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and get some tips on how
they market and run an event like the Sydney to Hobart. And also how
they get up to date, live information out to the public on the progress
of the fleet itself. But also individual boats so family and friends can
follow from home.

Well over this weekend and possibly Monday and Tuesday as well as the
weather goods aren't doing their thing. The club is currently running
their 380NM race to Queensland with over 70 boats competing. This is a
great time for all yacht clubs world wide to have a look on how well a
race can be followed from the comfort of a lounge chair. So all you race
organizers and committees -- have a look and see for your self. The race
tracker is very simple to use and (live to the second). Not six hrs old
like the Bermuda race. To log in try Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race
or go thru the yacht clubs site with just Google CYCA. And remember this
is not a Cat 1 race like the Sydney/ Hobart. This is only a Cat 2 race.

Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it
doesn’t matter.

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