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SCUTTLEBUTT 2652 - Monday, August 4, 2008

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(August 1, 2008) - Golden Gate Yacht Club on Friday appealed a New York
court's decision stripping it of the role of Challenger of Record for the
next America's Cup. On Tuesday, the New York Supreme Court's Appellate
Division ruled 3-2 that Spain's Club Nautico Espanol de Vela, not San
Francisco's GGYC, should be the Challenger of Record, giving it the right to
negotiate terms of the next competition with the current America's Cup
holder, Alinghi of Switzerland.

It was a reversal of a lower-court ruling that had given the right to the
GGYC. The San Francisco club backs BMW Oracle Racing, a syndicate headed by
Silicon Valley maverick Larry Ellison. GGYC had contended in a yearlong
court case that the Spanish club was a sham and that the Swiss were trying
to tilt the rules for the next regatta in their favor. The appeals court

"We believe the Challenger of Record has to be a real yacht club," GGYC
spokesman Tom Ehman said. "It cannot be something that is manufactured with
a defender to set up a one-sided event. This decision would set an absurd
precedent. We believe we have an excellent case for winning on appeal."
Until Tuesday's ruling, BMW Oracle Racing and Alinghi had been preparing for
a rare one-on-one showdown in giant multihull boats for the oldest trophy in
sports. -- Associated Press, read on:

* Team New Zealand yachting chief Grant Dalton calls for Alinghi and Oracle
to negotiate a settlement:

* Sir Keith Mills, the head of TeamOrigin, the British Challengers for the
Americas Cup, warned last Saturday that the syndicate was within weeks of
collapse, due to the continuing court battle between Alinghi and BMW Oracle
Racing. -- The Valencia Life Network,

* These are confusing times for the America’s Cup. Following the Alinghi
team’s successful defense of the 32nd Match last summer, they had aligned
themselves with the Desafío team to be the Challenger of Record (COR), which
in turn had created an alliance with the newly formed Club Nautico Español
de Vela (CNEV). However, when the New York Supreme Court initially declared
that CNEV did not fulfill the terms of the Deed of Gift, Desafio broke ties
with CNEV and are now with another club (meaning that Desafio was never the
COR, the CNEV was/is, but now they don’t have a team). Despite the drama
last week with the Appellate Division’s decision, the Desafío team enjoyed a
huge win in Palma de Majorca at the 27th Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre, where
they became the first team ever in the 27 years of the Med’s top event that
gets the title in two classes: GP42 and TP52. -- Regatta report:

“I’m disappointed that given the opportunity for a multi-challenger
competition as a result of the Appellate Court decision, BMW Oracle has
chosen to further delay the 33rd America’s Cup.” --
Brad Butterworth, Alinghi skipper. -- Brad Butterworth, Alinghi skipper,

"If Alinghi gets away with this, it probably will signal the end of the
America's Cup as we know it." -- Russell Coutts, BMW Oracle Racing skipper,

Salt Lake City, UT - AlphaGraphics, a leading print, graphics and marketing
communications franchisor, recently signed a multi-year partnership
agreement with US SAILING to be the first-ever title sponsor of the US
Sailing Team, which is now known as US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. While the
Salt Lake City-based company isn't the first to try a sports sponsorship, an
inevitable question arises: Who really benefits from such a partnership? In
AlphaGraphics' case, everyone does.

According to AlphaGraphics' CEO Kevin K. Cushing, the company carefully
selected US SAILING because they wanted to be sure that the organization
they chose shared AlphaGraphics' goals and values. Andrew Pindar, chairman
of AlphaGraphics' parent company Pindar Group and an avid sailor himself,
was already heavily involved in sports sponsorships through sailing and felt
the sport's values mirrored AlphaGraphics' corporate values of high
achievement, teamwork, environmental sustainability and excellence. -- Read

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Sail America have
restructured their affiliation agreement. The newly-restructured
partnership, which has the unanimous support of both organizations’ Board of
Directors, capitalizes on each organization’s strengths and concentrates
Sail America’s resources to aggressively market sailing to the general
public and create a stronger sailing presence at boat shows, according to
the release.

Under the new affiliation, Sail America will continue to function as a
separate legal entity and will maintain its own dedicated staff, board of
directors, and committees. Sail America will be responsible for endorsing
and promoting sail-focused boat shows, developing outreach programs to
promote the sailing lifestyle, running seminar programs at all Strictly Sail
shows and SailFests, providing content and support for Discover Boating, and
helping to develop funding models to increase sailing’s contribution to the
industry’s Grow Boating Initiative.

Sail America will also continue to own Strictly Sail Pacific but all boat
show operations will be managed by NMMA’s boat show team, reducing overhead
for Sail America and allowing NMMA to do one of the things it does best:
Organize and operate boat shows. NMMA will be responsible for managing and
producing Strictly Sail Chicago, Strictly Sail Miami, Strictly Sail Pacific,
and SailFest events at the Virginia In-Water Boat Show, the Liberty Boat
Show, and the Baltimore Boat Show, all of which will be endorsed and
promoted by Sail America. -- Boating Industry, read on:

Chicago, IL (July 31, 2008) - The Chubb U.S. Junior Championships wrapped up
this afternoon with the 93 sailors safely returning to shore just before a
thunderstorm rolled in over Lake Michigan. After three days of racing in
light wind conditions, the winners were confirmed in the Smythe Trophy
(singlehanded - sailed in Lasers), the Bemis Trophy (doublehanded - sailed
in Club 420s), and Sears Cup (triplehanded - sailed in Lightnings). History
was written in the doublehanded Club 420 fleet when Korbin and Haley Kirk
(Long Beach, CA) became the first siblings to win the event in its 34-year

Singlehanded champion E.J. O'Mara (Burton, Mich.) said the light winds that
dominated the event were what he was used to, and helped him be the only
sailor of the 20-boat fleet to stay in the top 10 throughout the regatta.
The winners of the triplehanded fleet were decided a little later in the day
after a protest hearing disqualified Nevin Snow (San Diego, CA) in the last
two races of the regatta, which propelled the Perrysburg, Ohio team of Andy
Gunkler, Nick Gilmore, Sydney Rush to a silver medal. Will Stocke, Max
Famiglietti, and Matt Dowd from Sarasota, Fla. won the fleet and the famed
Sears Cup, finishing a comfortable nine points ahead of the team from Ohio.
-- Complete report:

1. EJ O'Mara, 37
2. Timothy Sacher , 43
3. Drew Shea, 44

1. Korbin Kirk/ Haley Kirk18
2. Kaye Siemers/ Hilary Kenyon32
3. Brady Stagg/ Courtney Alexander57

1. Will Stocke/ Max Famiglietti/ Matt Dowd27
2. Andy Gunkler/ Nick Gilmore/ Sydney Rush36
3. Luke Adams/ Dylan Vogel/ Sam Hallowell 27
Final results:

* Cosmopolitan magazine set out to uncover the hottest American male
athletes, and as they say regarding their top ten list, “Not only does each
guy have the will to win, but every sports star on this list also looks damn
good while competing.” Guess who made the list? American Laser
representative Andrew Campbell. See the list here:

* The US Olympic Sailing Team has set up a dedicated email address to enable
the ‘buttheads to send messages to the whole team or anyone within the team.
Emails can be sent here:

* Being an Olympic athlete is very big deal, but when you are Sally Barkow
and your home is in Nashotah, WI (population was 1,266 at the 2000 census),
we suspect that you elevate to celebrity status. Here is a television
interview with Sally from the local NBC affiliate:

* Olympic sailing events could face disruption from typhoons, the Beijing
Meteorological Bureau has warned. Typhoon Fung Wong destroyed 110 homes last
week and forced 390,000 people to be evacuated, and further cyclones could
hit the sailing venues of Qingdao, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Bureau deputy
director Wang Jianjie said: "We are likely to have two or three typhoons in
our coastal areas." --

* From 2006 Star World Champion Carl Williams (NZL): “(On Saturday)… we were
treated to the best day of sailing yet here in Qingdao. There was not a
cloud in the sky, not a piece of algae and a really nice 7knt onshore
breeze. There was even a major geological discovery made today as there was
a small group of islands seen just 5 miles off shore. Im not even sure the
locals knew the exist! We have been sailing here for months and never
knew??!! With the clear day Qingdao as a city with its huge bordering
mountains were exposed for the first time and it truly is quite a beautiful
city.” --

* The “news” website CAP (acronym for Crystal Air Productions), which is
known for their parody and satire of current events, has taken a hard swipe
at the sailing site for the Olympics with a story titled: “Olympic Sailing
Site Cleared Of Dead Bodies”. The story begins by stating that, “According
to Chinese officials, the site that will play host to the Olympic sailing
events this summer is "basically" free of dead bodies that had been
littering the sea off the city of Qingdao… and that the bodies that are left
will be pushed down below rudder-level to ensure no boats bump into them
while racing.” All of it is not true… and very harsh. --

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* (August 3, 2008) - Bruno Pasquinelli from the Fort Worth Boat Club in
Texas won the first two races of the J/80 North American Championships, and
from that point forward his well-polished team just kept extending their
lead. Pasquinelli won the crown with a race to spare. Light air predominated
the three-day, eight-race event hosted by the California Yacht Club in
Marina del Rey, CA. Finding the pressure was frequently as important as
being in phase with the shifts. Defending champion Kerry Klinger from
Larchmont, New York finished second after winning a tie-breaker with Curt
Johnson from the host club. -- Full report and results:

* (August 3, 2008) The 36th Annual Buzzards Bay Regatta, hosted by the
Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, MA, culminated today with an early afternoon
surge of near perfect wind and weather. Taking place over three days, the
Buzzards Bay Regatta is one of the largest multi-class regattas in the US
with approximately 450 boats and 1200 sailors across fifteen different
classes. Boats and sailors come to Buzzards Bay off of Cape Cod from all
across the Northeast and the country as they look to enjoy the renowned
sailing conditions, competition and race management.
Full report:
Complete results:

* The Team Trophy and Family Prize winners for the 2008 Pacific Cup race
from San Francisco to Hawaii were Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda, CA (with
Music, Azure and Shaman) and Sapphire (including Rasumssen father and son,
with the best overall corrected time) respectively. Second in the team
standings were San Diego Yacht Club, while those competing for the Family
Prize included Velos with three father/ daughter pairs, Green Buffalo with a
family of four, and the Cayard family aboard Hula Girl. -- Complete report:

* Lysekil, Sweden (August 2, 2008) - Reigning world champion Claire Leroy
performed excellent through the Match, but in the final against defending
champion Swede Linda Rahm, the French woman wasn’t good enough. Linda
started with two victories, Claire broke back taking two matches, and then
Linda in the fifth match secured her second straight title. Lysekil Women’s
Match is the world’s largest women match racing event, awarding Rahm’s
winning team with SEK 100 000 (16,413.6 USD). -- For daily reports:

* (August 3, 2008) - Three 50-foot trimarans and two 40-foot monohulls are
now moored at the foot of the ramparts in Saint-Malo following their finish
of the seventh Transat Quebec-Saint Malo (Canada to France). In the
multihulls, following on from Crêpes Whaou! the runners-up in order were
Imagine (Pierre Antoine) and Prince de Bretagne (Hervé Cléris), who crossed
the finish line within three hours of each other. Shortly afterwards, it was
time for the winning Class 40 boat, which arrived on the scene at daybreak.
Halvard Mabire and his crew took line honours on board their Pogo
Structures. -- Complete report:

* (August 3, 2008) - The four America's Cup teams present have so far
dominated this UK leg of the Extreme 40 iShares Cup, with Alinghi, Team
Origin, and BMW Oracle Racing’s two teams filling four of the top five
slots. However, it is only the Ed Baird driven Alinghi and catamaran
specialist Andreas Hagara on Holmatro that have averted the capsizes and
collisions that have plagued the other team’s scores, allowing these two
teams to currently hold the top two positions. Racing concludes on August
4th. -- Complete report:

* The Mean Machine Team have announced their decision to terminate their
TP52 campaign for this season. After launching a new boat for this season,
the team amassed finishes of 1st, 11th, 2nd, and 5th in the first four
events of the Audi MedCup season championship, with two events remaining.
The team was also known to be seeking sponsorship support, but it is not
known if this was a factor in their decision to halt their program. The team
won the season championship in 2006 and was fifth in 2007. They are
currently in fourth, 63 point behind the leader. -- Complete team

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* From John A. Glynn: With regards to the thread on weather gates, we have
used them at the Bitter End Yacht Club Pro Am and Drakes Challenge Regattas
(small fleets, world-class skippers) very successfully for the last 10+
years, first with Freedom 30s, and now with IC 24s. We find that it keeps
the boats evenly spread out across the course, while at the same time
creating interesting tactical situations, rather than simple parades. For
those who want “tactically engaging and mentally challenging” racing,
windward gates make all the sense in the world. In the past, it took huge
leaps of faith to go from simple triangles to more interesting
windward-leewards, and then from single mark set ups to gates at the leeward
end and offsets at the top. Properly executed, windward gates are a logical
next step for certain types of fleets and skill sets. Sailing always needs
to be looking for innovation to keep things fresh.

* From Dave Perry: The concept behind the windward gate is a good one. Get
more boats onto the run more quickly, keeping the fleet more compressed
which makes for more fun and challenging racing. This is not a new idea. The
legendary Paul Elvstrom advocated the use of a windward gate and a leeward
gate in his book, Expert Dinghy and Keelboat Racing, published in 1967! It
took us until the mid-80’s to sincerely try and accept the leeward gate; and
at first there were a lot of complaints: it was confusing to the sailors, it
required more mark setting, it was not fair if it wasn’t square. But now
most one-design sailors would be surprised to sail a course without a
leeward gate.

With a single windward mark, if you are not in the lead group, you are
relegated to overstanding more and more on starboard or take the high risk
of approaching the starboard-tack parade on port (often leading to
disastrous results), as the leaders extend their lead. And because of the
wall of boats on the offset leg, rarely does it pay to gybe at the offset
mark, making the boats sail higher on starboard on the run to defend their
wind, again as the leaders further extend away.

One-design sailing seems to be growing again, especially in the area of
one-design keelboats, and many innovations have accompanied, or helped
spawn, this growth. Windward/leeward race tracks (eliminating the boring
follow-the-leader, rich-get-richer reaching legs), shorter races and more of
them a day, leeward gates, three-boat starting lines, and more. The windward
gate is worth more experimentation. Yes there will be growing pains. -- Read

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: This topic surfaced earlier this year after PRO
Dave Brennan used windward gates at the Etchells Midwinters in Miami. Is
this idea gaining momentum? Add your thoughts here on the Forum:

* From Stephen Roffey, Nyon, Switzerland: In reply to Adrian Morgan (letter
in Scuttlebutt No. 2651) and any others who accuse Larry Ellison of trying
to win the Cup in court because he "can't win it on the water", I have this
to say: Do you really think a man with Ellison's class and style would
attempt such a thing? If Golden Gate appeal and win the case, Ellison will
indeed be the "saviour" of the Cup - and not for the U.S., Adrian, but for
the whole America's Cup community, the majority of whom, remember, have
condemned what Bertarelli tried to do with his Protocol.

Be grateful that Ellison has been prepared to spend his time and money
pursuing this litigation. I have long expected that, if Ellison does win the
court case, and the Deed of Gift match, he will find a way of handing the
Cup back to New Zealand so that a fair competition, in which BMW-Oracle
would be a challenger like any other, can be organized. Larry Ellison
wouldn't want to win anything by "cheating".

* From Peter Gooch, Publisher, The Valencia Life Network: From the European
standpoint, these judicial goings on that validated the CNEV claim as
Challenger of Record could not have come at a more confusing time,
especially since ACM has now cancelled (or postponed) the contract with
Valencia Town Hall. The only thing is the King Juan Carlos - himself a
considerable sailing enthusiast - was apparently furious that Ernesto
Bertarelli had accepted the challenge from the CNEV. The question now is,
will this get the competition back onto the water? The reaction from Europe:
not this year at any rate as it will all take too long to prepare. Whilst
the bases in Valencia remain, the competing syndicates now have to wake up
their financiers, and this in the current atmosphere of crisis may prove to
be harder than it was when they first hinted at creating a syndicate. No,
all in all it's a real shame that the oldest and most prestigious Cup on the
yachting calendar has been dragged down like this.

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