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SCUTTLEBUTT 2673 - Wednesday, September 3, 2008

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While America barbecued, America's Paralympic teams flew to China over Labor
Day weekend and settled into their quarters on a mission brightly vivid,
highly emotional, long-sought. SKUD 18 crew Maureen McKinnon-Tucker, waiting
on Friday morning to board United 889, San Francisco to Beijing, said, "I've
been in tears more than once over the last 48 hours, just thinking about the
opportunity and the responsibility." Team USA first gathered in Colorado
Springs for "processing," or as one-armed Sonar crew Tim Angle put it, "to
receive official team gear, learn how to be a good ambassador of our
country, and sign a ton of flags." He couldn't avoid the thought, "Michael
Phelps slept here." The team then flew via Denver to San Francisco for an
overnight stop and morning boarding to Beijing and a connection to Qingdao.

The signs at Counter 29, Aisle 3 of SFO's international terminal read,
Counter Closed. Meaning, in effect, reserved for Team USA. When Sonar crew
Tim Angle said hi but quickly excused himself, "It seems I don't have a
ticket to Qingdao," this looked to me to be some hassle. But Tim (with the
one hand he has left, he could hurt you) later said no to that: "With this
many people and 28 bags, United has been doing a great job for us. They're a
sponsor, and everything gets worked out in a hurry." Thanks to a benefactor
in Boston, there were upgrades to first class. Tim: "I've never sat upstairs
in a 747." Maureen: "If we arrive rested, that's an extra day on the water."
-- Kimball Livingston, Sail Magazine, full story:

(September 2, 2008) Skip Allan, who was on his way home from Hawaii after
handily winning the Singlehanded TransPac aboard his custom Wylie 27
Wildflower, was picked up by a freighter yesterday afternoon after scuttling
his boat 250 miles west of San Francisco.

Wildflower had made good time on the return trip, and Skip had been looking
at a Monday or Tuesday arrival in Santa Cruz. But the gale force conditions
he was experiencing on Sunday morning grew worse throughout the day. By
Sunday afternoon, the Coast Guard received a pan pan from Wildflower,
informing them of his position and status. Skip reported that he was running
under bare poles in 30- to 40-knot winds and 10- to 15-ft seas, but he did
not plan to abandon ship. The Coast Guard put him on a two-hour comm
schedule through the night.

By yesterday morning, the seas had built to 18 to 20 feet and the winds were
upwards of 50 knots. According to USCG Petty Officer Kevin Neff, unspecified
damage to Wildflower and the worsening sea state prompted Skip to request
assistance around 11 a.m. As he was about 250 miles offshore and it would
take some time to get assets to his location, the Coast Guard put out an
alert to all vessels in his area. The Liberian-flagged freighter MSC Toronto
was nearby and made it to Wildflower's position by early afternoon. They
were slated to arrive in L.A. sometime today. -- Latitude 38, read on:

Two Melges 20's were testing and sailing in San Francisco Bay this past
weekend. The new boats were based out of the San Francisco Yacht Club. The
new Melges 20 is a fantastic boat! A special boat in a word! For a modern
and Melges looking sportboat - this is it! The Melges 20! The boats travel
from San Francisco to the Newport Show in Newport RI and then to the
Annapolis Show - you better see this boat! --

Could be a catchy headline for the mass of American teenage boys who
endlessly practice their roll tacks drills. The boardsailing results from
the Olympics were dismal for the North Americans, but are not a fair
reflection on the athletes that earned them. David Mier y Teran and Demita
Vega of Mexico, Zachary Plavsic and Nikola Girke of Canada, and Ben Barger
and Nancy Rios of the USA left it all on the water, but were held back by
the deficiencies in their continent – largely a lack of competitive numbers.
These six athletes are building blocks, nothing less.

Getting youth to leave their dinghy roots and cross over to the dark side is
the challenge, and opportunities by the RS:X class to compete in their Youth
Worlds might be the hook that catches the fish. If you are under the age of
19 years (on December 31 2008), and want to charter equipment and fly to
Thailand – and what teenager wouldn’t – this link is for you:

* Also, if you want to see what a totally ripped boardsailor looks like, get
a glimpse of Bryony Shaw (GBR):

Windsurfing has a special section of the rule book - Appendix B - where
their racing rules have been modified. Can you list five of the big rule
modifications for windsurfing? (Answer below)

The STP65 fleet is building in numbers, with a third boat soon to be
launched and three additional campaigns having signed on to create their own
versions of the much heralded 65’ “Box Rule” racing yacht. At the end of
this month, Udo Schütz (Selters, Germany) will launch his
Judel/Vrolijk-designed Container, built at Germany’s Knierim Boatyard. Three
additional owners have begun the process of designing and building STP65s.
They are: Patrizio Bertelli (Arezzo, Italy), with his Judel/Vrolijk-designed
Luna Rossa; Dario Ferrari (Milan, Italy), with his Reichel/Pugh-designed
Cannonball; and Carlo Puri Negri, with his Umberto Felci-designed Atalanta
III. Luna Rossa is being built by Richard Gillies of 3DM Composite and has a
scheduled launch date of November, 2008, while Cannonball, to be built by
Cookson Boats in New Zealand, follows with a launch date sometime in March.
Atalanta III is scheduled for launch in the summer of 2009.

Already sailing are the Farr-designed Rosebud/Team DYT, owned by Roger
Sturgeon (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), and the Reichel/Pugh-designed Moneypenny,
owned by Jim Swartz (Edgartown, Mass.). Rosebud/Team DYT was built by
California’s Westerly Marine and launched in June 2007, while Moneypenny was
built by Australia’s McConaghy's Boat Yard and launched in April of this
year. --

This headline is often heard when we tour a rare or special place, with the
idea of preserving it so others can enjoy it in the future. However, the
concept seems to go out the window when we get back to our normal lives,
with cigarette smokers flicking butts out the car window, food wrappers
flying about public parks, and sailors – yes sailors – tossing their
aluminum cans in the ocean to make “hermit crab homes.” Of course, this is
all miniscule when compared to industrial waste, but it is interesting to
notice the habits among us.

While the debate regarding global warming rages on, what has been gained (so
far) is an increasing awareness of our habits. We have gotten pretty comfy
relying on the earth to take care of us, without much reciprocating going
on. Nothing lasts forever, and efforts are increasing to make us aware of
our habits and their effect on the environment. One group that has recently
contacted Scuttlebutt is Sailors for the Sea.

In 2004, David Rockefeller, Jr. founded Sailors for the Sea, a Boston,
Massachusetts-based non-profit organization, to collaborate with many
organizations and individuals – marinas, yacht clubs, harbor masters, and
more – and to increase individuals’ effectiveness in creating change. A few
of the projects and programs designed by Sailors for the Sea include:

* Clean Regattas program – certifies yacht clubs and regatta organizers as
providing clean events that minimize impact upon our oceans.
* Blue Marinas – focuses on dockside and shoreside facilities by offering
yacht clubs and marinas opportunities to protect and thereby restore their
local waters using Best Management Practices.
* The Rainy Day Kits program – offers youth sailing instructors the
opportunity to download fun, engaging, and easy to use environmental lessons
for young sailors.
* The Ocean Watch program – provides ocean conservation essays to the
sailing community and is a major resource through which boaters can find
opportunities to take positive environmental action.

A full report on this group is on the Scuttlebutt Forum, with their website
address available to follow-up for further information and links:

Comfort leads to success, and sadly, your favorite regatta t-shirts are your
enemy on the water. Here is the lesson: cotton retains 28% of its weight in
water. When you perspire, the cotton clothing against your skin absorbs the
moisture and stays damp, and when you stop moving and the temperature drops,
the moist cotton chills your body (and could cause hypothermia). The easy
fix is to get some great Patagonia Capilene underwear from Team One Newport
and wick all of that dangerous moisture away from your body. Questions?
Visit and go to “Ask Martha or call 800-VIP-GEAR

* Porto Cervo, Italy (September 2, 2008) - After the first days racing in
the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo the leaders of the forty-strong
fleet, divided into four divisions, are Neville Crichton’s Alfa Romeo (NZL)
for the Racing division; Ernesto Bertarelli’s Numbers (USA) for the Mini
Maxi division; John Williams’ Ranger (CAY.ISL) for the Cruising Division and
Magic Carpet2 (FRA), owned by Lindsay Owen Jones, for the Wally division.
The day's single race was a Coastal Race, with buoy races on schedule for
Wednesday. Racing continues through Saturday, September 6th.
Daily report:

* With the selection of women’s match racing among the events to be sailed
at the 2012 Olympics, look for events already serving this entree to become
increasingly competitive. From September 10th through 14th, a preview of the
top U.S. talent will be attending the U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship
(USWMRC) in Rochester, NY. This International Sailing Federation (ISAF)
Grade 3 event will feature twelve teams in Sonars, hosted by Rochester Yacht
Club. Skippers joining defending champion Liz Baylis are Anna Tunnicliffe,
Deborah Capozzi, Katy Pilley-Lovell, Molly Carapiet, Elizabeth Hjorth, Anne
Gardner Nelson, Maegan Ruhlman, JoAnn Fisher, Killian Corbishley, Andrea
Cabito , and Ginny Tulloch. – Full report:

* Grow Boating Australia Ltd, the industry body established to promote
boating in Australia, has been placed into administration. The company said
in a statement that Melbourne chartered accountants Dye & Co Pty Ltd were
appointed as administrators. The announcement last week took place several
weeks after five members of the board abruptly resigned. -- IBI Magazine,
read on:

* The 50-member San Francisco International One Design (IOD) Fleet will
welcome 12 world-class teams from 5 countries on September 28th – October
3rd 2008 for the IOD World Championship Regatta. Current World Champion,
Charlie Van Voorhis from Fishers Island, NY, has won the event twice in the
past five years including last year’s event in Nantucket. Nine-time World
Champion, William S. Widnall from Marblehead, MA and six-time World Champion
Eugene “Penny” Simmons from Bermuda will also be in attendance. – Complete

* Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (September 2, 2008) - Dates for two of the United
States’ offshore distance races were announced by SORC (Southern Ocean
Racing Conference) Management, which is made up of members from the Storm
Trysail Club and Lauderdale Yacht Club. While both races begin in Fort
Lauderdale, Fla., one races south in January against the Gulf Stream to
tropical Key West to deliver the fleet in time for Acura Key West Race Week,
and the other is an April sleigh ride North in the Gulf Stream to the
historic city of Charleston, S.C. in time for Charleston Race Week. --
Complete report:

* The deadline to nominate a candidate for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of
the Year Awards 2008 is 10.00hrs (UTC) on Friday 5 September 2008.
Nominations can be made by anyone and the only criteria are that sailors
must have performed an “outstanding achievement in the sport” during the
qualifying period of 1 September 2007 to 31 August 2008. Details at

* The ISAF In-House Certification (IHC) programme passed a major milestone
in Qingdao with the first set of self-certified sails used at the Olympic
Sailing Competition. The IHC programme is being developed so competitors can
buy self-certified equipment which is race-legal at the point of purchase.
ISAF is implementing an international system of IHC, with the aim to give
sailors worldwide the benefits of self-certificated equipment - principally
savings in time and cost. Sails used by competitors in the 470, Finn and
Yngling fleets, self certified by North Sails OD in Gosport, were measured
in Qingdao and passed the equipment inspection with no problems. -- Full

Peter Duff’s long and uneasy dance with Parkinson’s Disease ended at home on
Saturday 30 August, 2008; he is busily now re-engineering Fiddler’s Green.
Peter was born in 1936 and grew up in the western suburbs of Boston, MA. A
1958 graduate of Tufts University with a degree in nuclear physics, Peter
co-founded Edey & Duff, Inc. in Mattapoisett, MA in 1968. Edey & Duff was to
provide the bully pulpit for Peter’s maritime expression, producing such
gems as the Stone Horse, Doughdish, Dovekie and Shearwater. Edey & Duff also
provided an opportunity to explore the geography and demography of this
country, leading to visiting most, if not all, of the 50 states, having a
gam with people everywhere, afloat or ashore, and finding many life-long
friends. There will be a memorial service later this fall. In lieu of
flowers or other thoughtful remembrances, please feel free to make a
donation in Peter’s name to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 135
Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY, 10305,, (800)
223-2732 or (718) 981-8001. – Complete obituary:

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Windsurfing events are governed by the rules as defined in the 2005-2008
Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), as modified by Apendix B. For racing,
windsurfers are allowed to pump their sail (no restriction), where water
bottles (1 litre), complete only one 360-degree turn for an alternative
penalty (no requirement for tacks and gybes), hit marks, and must always
give room at marks (no two boat length restriction).

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* From John Harwood-Bee: That a thorough professional such as Ed Gorman
(Scutt 2672) should be surprised at the lack of Americas Cup evidence at the
recent F1 race in Valencia is strange.
Why would Bernie Ecclestone, in control of the most professional if
sometimes boring sporting circus on the planet, wish to be remotely
associated with what amounts to little more than a cowboy outfit. Ecclestone
took Grand Prix racing and made it the success it is today by bringing
together teams, sponsors, broadcasters and circuits. He then melded them
into a viable sporting extravaganza.

Whatever his methods, he ensured that everybody had a chance and all
involved benefitted from the financial success, not least himself. Whenever
a team appeared to be too far ahead of the competition, thereby numbing the
excitement, he leveled the playing field to give other teams a chance.

Contrast this with the childish, self-serving attempts to control the AC,
the constant bickering and the 'spoilt brat' behaviour now associated with
it and it is no wonder that Bernie ensured that the Valencia Grand Prix was
not hijacked by this apology for a sporting event. It is just possible that
a sailing version of Mr Ecclestone could salvage something from the wreckage
of the AC but to do so would take a man of vision who could command the
respect of those who wish to participate. On current standings that
definitely means an outsider.

* From Toby Reiley, Marblehead: I want to share what a great job the people
at the Hyannis Yacht Club do hosting their Hyannis Regatta, a One-Design and
PHRF classes is held annually the last weekend in July in the waters of
Nantucket Sound, and fun daily parties. While Cape Cod Bay is an exciting
place to sail, it is the people running the regatta who make this a special
place. After my 15 year old son ran aground on the Laser course while
approaching the leeward mark in 22 knots of breeze, the committee 1)
acknowledged their mistake, 2) moved the course, 3) granted redress and 4)
replaced the damaged centerboard. All without fanfare or fuss, without any
“attitude”, and with very welcome candor. We’ll be back for years to come!
Well done!

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