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SCUTTLEBUTT 2675 - Friday, September 5, 2008

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As reported in Scuttlebutt 2673, Skip Allan, who was on his way home from Hawaii
after handily winning the Singlehanded TransPac aboard his custom Wylie 27
Wildflower, had to abandon his boat amid extreme weather, and was picked up by a
freighter 250 miles west of San Francisco. Here is an excerpt from his log:

"During the long night, my third in this particular gale, breaking crests would
poop the boat about every five minutes, filling the cockpit and surging against
the companionway hatch boards. Even though I had gone to lengths for many years
to insure fire hose watertight integrity of the companionway hatch, I found the
power of the breaking wave crests slamming the boat would cause water to
forcefully spray around the edges of the hatchboards and into the cabin.

"During the long wait for daylight, I had more than enough time to ponder what
might happen if the autopilot was damaged or was washed off its mount. I had two
spare tiller pilots. But it would take several minutes, exposed in the cockpit,
on my knees, to hook up a replacement in the cockpit, on a dark night, when the
boat was being periodically knocked down and the cockpit swept.

"In addition, I pondered the fate of the DAISY that was lost in the spring's
Lightship Race, when presumably a large breaking wave crushed and sank DAISY. I
also reminded myself I was responsible for not only my own life, but was also a
family care giver at home.

"There was no doubt that if WILDFLOWER's tiller pilot was lost that we would
round up and be at the mercy of these breaking waves, some of which I estimate
to be in the vicinity of 25-35 feet, and as big as I hadn't seen since the '79
Fastnet Race storm on IMP.

"The anxiety and stress of this night, with the whine of the wind in the
rigging, the wave crests slamming into the hatch boards, and the 70 degree
knockdowns that would launch me across the cabin, created serious doubts that we
could continue this for another night, much less the 3-4 days the conditions
were expected to continue. "
Complete log report:
Part 1:
Part 2:

There are so many different ways to enjoy the sport, from types of boats to the
various jobs on each boat. Different types of racing too, from long distance to
short course, team racing to model racing. Among all the choices are the events
used in the Olympics, and while Olympic sailing is not the end all, it is a part
of the sport where the cream can rise to. One of the prominent classes
throughout the world for youth sailors to compete in, and what has proven to be
a handy stepping stone for those on the Olympic path, is the International 420

The I-420 is hardly on the radar in North America. To suit the needs of
institutional sailing, the sturdier Club 420 was developed and is nearly the
standard for youth, high school, and college events. The Club 420 is a
dumbed-down version of the I-420, and while it does a great job of fulfilling
its intended purpose, it should come as no surprise that when top North American
youths travel overseas to compete against their peers in I-420 events, they get

There are no I-420 events in the states, but one group that has worked for years
to improve the situation of youth development is the California International
Sailing Association (CISA). The organization owns nine I-420s (soon to be 10),
annually extends grants to train youth in the boats, and provides financial
support for their overseas travel. The problem is that with so little
expertise in the I-420, the training is without proper guidance.

To address the situation, the United States I-420 One Design Class Association
is seeking applications from coaches to be invited to its ADVANCED COACHES
SEMINAR from 5th to 8th of December 2008 to be held at the United States Sailing
Center, Long Beach, California. -- Read on:

* The Daily Sailing media website has published their form guide for the
Paralympic Games, and the contenders they see in the SKUD 18 (11 entrants) are
Nick Scandone and Maureen Tucker (USA), Niki Birrell and Alexandra Rickham
(GBR), and John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit (CAN). In the 2.4Mr (16 entrants),
they believe that Damien Seguin (FRA), Helena Lucas (GBR), and Paul Tingley
(CAN) are the strongest, while they find in the Sonar (14 entrants) the best to
be John Robertson, Stephen Thomas and Hannah Stodel (GBR), Dror Cohen, Benny
Vexter and Arnon Efrati (ISR), and Jens Kroker, Siegmund Mainka and Tobias
Schuetz (GER). -- Complete report:

* A record 80 athletes sailing in 41 boats from 25 nations will compete for the
medals in Qingdao, in what is sailing's third appearance at a Paralympics. Two
races are scheduled to take place on Monday's opening day with 11 races
scheduled in total for all three classes before the end of the regatta and medal
ceremonies on Saturday, September 13th. There are no medal races for the
Paralympics, with four races needed to constitute a series. There will be one
drop race if 5 to 8 races are completed, and two drop races if 9 to 11 races are
completed. --

* Background information on the U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team can be found here:

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St Moritz, Switzerland (September 4, 2008) - Torrential rain all night did
nothing to deter the competitors of St Moritz Match Race as they prepared for
day two of the sixth event of the World Match Racing Tour. While the Round Robin
schedule for Group A was completed on Wednesday, there remained two flights
today in Round Robin B, and all six teams still had a chance to qualify directly
for the Quarterfinals without having to sail in the repechage. In an 8-12 knot
breeze, it was Adam Minoprio (4-1), Jes Gram Hansen (3-2), and Ian Williams
(3-2) who succeeded in their must-win Group B matches, and now they will join
Sebastien Col, Eric Monnin, and Mathieu Richard from Group A in the
Quarterfinals. A dying breeze precluded further racing, so it will be on Friday
when the remaining six teams proceed to the Repechage series to compete in one
Round Robin series where the top two teams will fill the final spots in the
Daily recap:

Porto Cervo, Italy (September 4, 2008) After three days of racing, the
leaderboard at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup has changed for the Racing and Wally
divisions which now see Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo (NZL) and Jean Charles
Decaux's J One (FRA) leading respectively. Ernesto Bertarelli's Numbers (USA)
retains his overall lead in the Mini Maxi Division as does George David's
Rambler (USA) in the Racing division. After a one hour postponement to allow the
wind to build, the mini-maxis completed two windward-leeward races while the
remaining three divisions sailed 30 nautical miles through the islands of the La
Maddalena archipelago in winds that reached 25 knots. The day was not without
serious problems, as reported by Paul Cayard, "The sad news of the day was that
a crew member was seriously injured on Alegra, a Mills 68 from Great Britain. It
seems that he got a halyard around his leg just as the jammer that was holding
the halyard broke. He is in surgery at the moment se we are all saying a prayer
for him." Racing continues through Saturday, September 6th.
Daily report:
Audio interviews:
Cayard Sailing:

* Olympic sailing medalists Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) and Zach Railey
(Clearwater, Fla.) are scheduled to appear on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on
Monday, September 8. The show's 23rd season premiere will feature more than 150
Olympic medal athletes of Team USA. Tunnicliffe, 25, brought home a gold medal
in the Laser Radial class and entered the history books as the first American
female sailor in 20 years to win gold at the Olympic Games. Railey, 24, won a
silver medal in the Finn class, which was Team USA's first Finn medal since
1992. Local listings for air times of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" are posted at

* The leaders from the sailing industry are once again convening to network and
share ideas for promoting participation in sailing. After eight previous
successful Summits, held all around the world, this is the first visit to Paris.
This 9th ISS will be hosted by FIN, the French nautical federation and will be
held on 4th December, 2008 as a lead-in to the Paris International Boat Show.
Recently added to the speaker program is an America's Cup update by Bruno
Troublé. -- Event site:

* San Diego, CA -- San Diego's Challenged America program will hoist its sails
for 100 recently injured veterans at the National Summer Sports Clinic hosted by
the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Sept. 28 to Oct. 3, 2008, from the
San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina. Program includes sailing, kayaking,
surfing, Track & Field, and cycling. -- Complete details:

September 4, 2008 -- BoatUS says high winds, heavy rain, and rising water levels
from Hanna have the potential to cause widespread damage as it crosses the
Chesapeake Bay sometime this Saturday, then moves up the Atlantic coast to Long
Island Sound and New England on Sunday. "Even though Hanna is likely to be
downgraded to a tropical storm after its first landfall in the Carolinas,
boaters further north along its path need to prepare their boats, or possibly
face expensive repairs or an early end to the fall boating season," said BoatUS
Technical Director Bob Adriance. BoatUS suggests that boaters make the following
preparations. -- Read on:

* Newport, R.I. - Visions of Newport's sailing golden age will return to
Narragansett Bay in September when a fleet of 12 Metre yachts vie for the title
rights to the 2008 12 Metre North American Championship by Division. The three
day weekend of racing will begin with a revival of the "Candy Store Cup", a
"full fleet" 12 Metre distance race on Friday, September 19, followed by two
days of racing for the North American Championship trophy. In all, more than a
dozen boats will be competing. -- Full story:

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The fourth annual Nanny Cay Nations Cup will take place the weekend of November
15/16 off Nanny Cay Marina in the British Virgin Islands. The US Virgin Islands
team of Peter and John Holmberg, winners of last year's event, will be returning
to defend their title. The event uses the Tortola-based fleet of IC24s in a
round-robin format. Teams representing any country, gathered from anywhere in
the world, are welcome to compete as long as each team member satisfies ISAF
nationality guidelines. Ideally the all-up crew weight should total around
800lbs with 850lbs being the upper limit. The entry fee of only $500 includes
the charter of the IC24s equipped with evenly-matched custom event sails. The
event will be capped at 20 teams. -- Complete details:

The Paralympic Games live in the long shadow of the Olympics, but when the
racing begins on Monday, the heightened interest in the event will be largely
due 2005 US Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Nick Scandone. Nick's courageous battle
with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, has uncommonly gripped the
sailing community, and while his health continues to deteriorate, his
determination to fulfill a lifelong dream of representing his country remains
strong. Nick, who along with Maureen McKinnon-Tucker, are among the favorites in
the new SKUD 18 class. This week's video is a profile of Nick produced by MSNBC.

Also, if you have a video you like, please send us your suggestions for next
week's Video of the Week. Click here for this week's video:

Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include aerial TP52 windward mark action in Spain, Nick Scandone in China,
Melges 20s and Express 27s in San Francisco, a wet cat in the Atlantic,
spectators in Germany, a new Morris model in Maine, and... of course. the BMW
Oracle Racing trimaran in Anacortes. If you have images you would like to share,
send them to the Scuttlebutt editor. Here are this week's photos:

=> Curmudgeon's Comment: A reminder that Scuttlebutt will be in Anacortes on
Monday, September 8th, so if you have any questions for the BMW Oracle Racing
team regarding their 90-foot triamaran (or anything else), post them here:

Carl (Bunky) Helfrich (1937-2008) died on Wednesday in the afternoon, with
family and friends present for the last few days after a long bout with
leukemia. Trained as an architect with a love of sailing, Bunky grew up sailing
in the Savannah area against the likes of the McIntoshes and Ted Turner, and
designed many houses and buildings in the Low Country, later becoming the head
of Turner Broadcasting Building projects for 25 years. He sailed with his father
aboard the "Geechee" winning the Miami Nassau Race, sailed with Ted Turner on
his many winning boats including American Eagle, Tenacious, and the Courageous,
winning the 1977 Americas Cup. Bunky was the navigator aboard the Windward
Passage when they won the 1982 SORC. Truly a great guy and dear friend to those
that knew him. Sail on! - John Rumsey

In Joe Jackson's 1979 debut album 'Look Sharp' was the song 'Sunday Papers',
which had the classic line, "They wouldn't print it if it wasn't true." In
fairness to Jackson, he couldn't have anticipated the Internet. In editing
Scuttlebutt 2674, we came across two ambushes, one that we narrowly avoided and
one that we bit on hard.

ISAF distributed their new Olympic event rankings update (dated Sept. 3rd), and
as we were seeking to round out their story with some additional information, we
went to the complete ranking list to see where some of the athletes now stood.
Nearly done with our story, we suddenly discovered that ISAF had not updated the
list, and all the standings were still two months old. What! Kind of like a
regatta sending out a press release saying who the winners were after Thursday,
but the results were still as of Wednesday.

The trap we fell into had to do with this week's event on the World Match Racing
Tour. After getting their update from the first day, we wanted to add some of
the unique venue facts to our story, knowing that St. Moritz Match Race had in
the past used trapeze boats and the venue is in the Swiss Alps. The information
was available on the event summary page of the WMRT website. except that the
information was wrong. We noted that event used the Streamline 7.15, a 24-foot,
three-person, trapeze keelboat, except the event now uses a newly designed four
person keelboat called the Blu26.

Both the ISAF and WMRT websites are now updated, as is the information in Issue
2674 on the Scuttlebutt website.

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