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SCUTTLEBUTT 2680 - Friday, September 12, 2008

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Qingdao, China (September 11, 2008) - Light and variable air forced
extremely tight racing today in the Paralympic Regatta, but Nick Scandone
(Newport Beach, Calif.) and Maureen McKinnon-Tucker (Marblehead, Mass.) and
John Ruf (Pewaukee, Wis.) sailed well and ended the day leading the SKUD-18
and 2.4 mR classes, respectively. After three hour postponements, sailors
were finally able to get in one out of three scheduled races today, but it
was more like a crawl than a race.

The SKUD-18s and 2.4 mRs endured challenging conditions today on their
shared course, including low pressure and 3-5 knots of wind in a
transitional current. “The conditions were the stuff they promised we
wouldn’t have and it turned out that we did,” said McKinnon-Tucker. “It
turns into a crap shoot because one little cat paw breeze or two waves crush
you and you’re done. It is so difficult to get speed.” The 2.4 mR started
racing after the SKUDs on their shared course, but experienced even lighter
breeze than the first fleet, which forced another tight race. Fortunately
for Ruf, he grew up sailing on inland Pewaukee Lake in Wisconsin, where the
air is typically light. “It came in handy today,” he said. -- Complete

Current Results
One-person keelboat (2.4MR - 16 boats)
1. USA, John Ruf, 2-6-1-(9)-1-7, 17pts
2. CAN, Paul Tingley, 1-1-5-2-(9)-9, 18
3. NED, Thierry Schmiter, 5-3-2-(10)-7-1, 18

Two-Person Keelboat (SKUD18 - 11 boats)
1. USA, Nick Scandone/Maureen McKinnon Tucker, 2-1-1-1-(3)-2, 7pts
2. AUS, Daniel Fitzbibbon/Rachael Cox, (4)-2-2-2-2-4, 12
3. CAN John Scott McRoberts/Stacie Louttit, (3)-3-3-3-1-3, 13

Three-Person Keelboat (Sonar – 14 boats)
1. FRA, Bruno Jourdren/Larhant/Vimont-Vicary, 4-1-1-2-(7),-1 9pts
2. AUS, Colin Harrison/Boaden/ Martin, (8)-4-2-3-3-3, 15
3. GER, Jens Kroker/Prem/Mainka, 5-6-3-1-4-11, 19
8. USA, Rick Doerr/Tim Angle/Bill Donohue, 1-9-10-6-(11)-10, 36
10. CAN, Ken Kelly/Don Terlson/Marc Shaw, 10-11-(14)-10-9-4, 44

Racing concludes on Saturday. Results:

When the BMW Oracle Racing (BOR) team opened its base in Anacortes, WA to
the media this week, it was the first time they had opened their doors to
any scrutiny. While they were gracious hosts, they had no intention of
revealing any specific details about their boat. However, what did become
abundantly clear is that for the design of this boat, and now the sailing of
it, there were and still remain many unknowns. Much like when Apollo 11
landed on the moon in 1969, the team is seemingly repeating Neil Armstrong’s
famous saying each day: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for

Here are some of the more notable replies we did receive:
* Team owner Larry Ellison has not yet sailed the boat, and it is looking
like that won’t happen before the team relocates to San Diego.
* There are two masts, and we were told they are identical. They are hollow
and approximately 5 feet from front to back, and it appears possible for a
person to transit from end to end on the inside. The masts were built from a
female mould (two piece construction), and due to their size, it was more
like building a boat than a mast.
* The trimaran is viewed to be more versatile than a catamaran and a little
lighter. The 90-foot width of the boat is deemed suitable for moderate
conditions, though less beam might be preferred in very light or very strong
* Top speed is expected to be in the mid 40 knot range, and it is
conceivable that the boat could break the absolute speed record (49.09 kts).
Downwind apparent wind angle is approximately 30 degrees.
* The hulls and beams are glued together (not bolted), which is why the boat
is being barged to San Diego. -- Complete report:

During the course of litigation, dating back to when Golden Gate Yacht Club
(BOR’s club) initially filed suit on August 22, 2008, there have been three
significant disputes regarding the Deed of Gift boats: the BOR boat
description, where the boats are constructed, and the certification of the
BOR boat. These now appear to be non-issues based on the following:

* In the GGYC challenge dated July 11, 2007, the document describes that
they will be constructing a “keel yacht.” The Deed states that “Centreboard
or sliding keel vessels shall always be allowed to compete in any race for
this Cup, and no restriction nor limitation whatever shall be placed upon
the use of such centreboard or sliding keel, nor shall the centre-board or
sliding keel be considered a part of the vessel for any purposes of
measurement.” The BOR trimaran main hull has a very heavy, very deep
daggerboard (at least 15 feet below the boat) that can be raised and
lowered. The construction team also refers to the keel as the structural
element of the boat, which as Wikipedia states, “is a large beam around
which the hull of a ship is built. The keel runs in the middle of the ship,
from the bow to the stern, and serves as the foundation or spine of the
structure, providing the major source of structural strength of the hull.”
-- Read on:

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The largest racing multihull yacht ever built started testing on the waters
in Lorient, France this week. Rather than taking it easy, and sailing her
slow on the maiden voyage under sail, the crew of Banque Populaire V just
couldn't help themselves from seeing what the new boat could do, and flying
a hull in the ideal sailing conditions. Built to smash ocean sailing
records, this yacht is made to test the limits. Just how large can a racing
trimaran get? At 131 feet (40 meters), this giant boat is answering that

Skipper Pascal Bidégorry took the helm of Banque Populaire V on Tuesday, for
the first sailing of the new trimaran. Bidégorry and his team could not
imagine better conditions for the long awaited event. For five hours, under
superb conditions, the 21 member crew tacked and jybed the massive
multihull, just to get a feel for the yacht under sail. A gorgeous indian
summer day, 14 knots of wind, the thrill of being the first to test a new
racing yacht while gliding on the water under the clear blue sky - the
smiles radiated from the crew at the sheer pleasure of it all. -- YachtPals,
read on:

(September 12, 2008) Storm clouds were gathering yesterday over the
participation of the two leading contenders backed by the Swedish
communications company Ericsson. A long-standing row over the interpretation
of the design rules, which could blow a major hole in the race, is coming to
a head as the first inshore contest of a race that takes the fleet round the
world on a new route, is due to be staged off Alicante four weeks tomorrow.

The stand-off is between the Ericsson design team, headed by Britain's
America's Cup challenge designer Juan Kouyoumdjian, and the rule management
group appointed by the Fareham-based Volvo Ocean Race. It concerns the
construction of the keel and whether hollows in the fin can still meet the
description of solid. The rules managers, headed by James Dadd, have so far
refused to sanction the Ericsson design for its latest boat. -- Stuart
Alexander, The Independent, full story:

* (September 11, 2008) It was confirmed today that the Dutch yacht Team
Delta Lloyd will be the eighth entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, which starts
in Alicante, Spain on 4 October. The team will be sailing the winning boat
from the 2005-06 event and will sail under the Dutch flag with sail number
NED -1. The international crew will be skippered by Ireland’s Ger O’Rourke,
and the team will be made up from a mix of Dutch sailors and Ger O’Rourke’s
current Chieftain Racing Team, which won the Fastnet Race. -- Complete

* Clear Lake, IA (September 11, 2008) Day four of the Hobie 16 North
Americans saw winds in the 20's and warmer weather. After a short on shore
postponement due to potential thunderstorms, things got under way and five
races were held over the day. Conditions were very difficult with strong
gusts leading to lots of attrition as the day went on. Francisco Figueroa
and Julliam Berrios from Puerto Rico (aka team Heineken) retained their lead
with 57 points after 14 races. Their nearest competitors, Bob Merrick and
Eliza Cleveland from Connecticut are 21 points behind. Racing concludes on
Friday. -- Full report and results:

* Lake Minnetonka, MN (September 11, 2008) With three of four days of racing
completed at the J/24 North American Championship Regatta, Tim Healy is
leading after seven races, and can finish no worse than second overall with
only one race left on Friday. Currently in second is John Mollicone’s team,
who must win the final race to win the event. -- Results:

* Harbor Springs MI (September 11, 2008) After the light winds cancelled the
first day of the Star North Americans, conditions today permitted three
races in just over 4 hours. Star Class veteran John MacCausland and crew
Kevin Murphy put together strong finishes of 3-1-4 to build a eight point
lead over Rick Merriman and crew Phil Trinter, who had two firsts and a
fourteenth. Three more are planned tomorrow and two on Saturday to complete
the championship. -- Complete report:

* Annapolis, MD (September 11, 2008) – Thirty boats at the Etchells North
American Championships endured a light air day to begin the championship.
With wind that rarely reached even 10 knots, it was all about the pressure.
Early leader is Jud Smith sailing with Mark Johnson and Nik Burfoot ahead of
local Allan Terhune, Jr in second. -- Full report:

* San Francisco, CA (September 11, 2008) - The 44th annual Rolex Big Boat
Series kicked off with classic San Francisco Bay conditions of early fog and
building breeze. Over 1,000 sailors on 111 boats completed the first of four
days of racing in nine classes -- four for IRC-rated boats and six
one-designs, Express 37, 1D35, Beneteau 36.7, J/105, J/120 and Melges 32.
Highlighting a number of regatta improvements, regatta host St. Francis
Yacht Club unveiled a new web cam where fans around the world can go to view
racing live.
Daily report:

* Porto Cervo, Sardinia (September 11, 2008) – Light winds on day three of
the Rolex Swan Cup led to the abandonment of racing for the day. The
scheduled lay day on Friday will now be used to get back on schedule. The
overall leaders of the four competing divisions are Hendrik Brandis’
Earlybird (FIN) for the Swan 45s, Enrico Scerni’s Kora 4 (ITA) for the Club
Swan 42s, Roel Pieper’s Swan 80 Favonius (BVI) among the Maxis and John
Bainbridge’s Swan 48 Zen (GBR) in the Classic division.
Daily report:

* Russ Robinson, a long-time San Francisco Bay sailor who has tackled many
challenges facing recreational boating and the environment, has been named
winner of the BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leadership Award for 2008. The
award, along with a $1,000 prize, is given annually by the Foundation to a
volunteer group, government organization, company or individual to recognize
dedication and hard work in protecting the marine environment and promoting
clean boating. -- Read on:

The Volvo 70 Il Mostro, sponsored by PUMA and built by Goetz Custom Boats,
arrived in Alicante on September 5th following a successful transatlantic
crossing from Newport. The crew now continues their preparation for the
start of next month’s VOR in Spain. Elsewhere in Europe, Dan Meyers’
Numbers, chartered by Alinghi’s Ernesto Bertarelli, has won the Mini Maxi
Division in the 2008 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia, and Harm
Mueller-Spreer’s TP52 Platoon continues sailing well with one regatta left
in the MedCup series. For more information on these boats and other news,
please visit

Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include PUMA’s arrival in Spain, Paralympic racing in China, Moore 24
Nationals in San Francisco, Ragtime cruising in Tahiti, Extreme 40 glamour
photos, Rosebud ‘trucking’ on the ocean highway, and cardboard racing in New
Jersey. If you have images you would like to share, send them to the
Scuttlebutt editor. Here are this week’s photos:

The Volvo Ocean Race begins October 4th, where the fleet of eight boats will
complete a race course that takes them around the world. Past races have
utilized onboard crew to provide stories and imagery from each entrant, but
for this event it is required of each boat to have a dedicated media member
handling the duties, where it will be their sole responsibility to film and
photograph all the action as it occurs. They are not crew, they are imbedded

To prepare us for this heightened level of communication, this week we have
two videos provided by the PUMA Racing Team, with one discussing their
recent preparation prior to the team's Atlantic Ocean crossing this past
week, while the other video utilizes footage from the 2005-2006 race to get
us ready for the dramatic footage we should expect when the race begins next
month. Enjoy:

* If you have a video you like, please send your suggestion for next week’s
Video of the Week to

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* From Ian Charles: In addition to racing NY 42’s and J 105’s with Team Lotz
out of the NYYC, I am the Chairman for the 2008 Leukemia Cup Regatta at the
San Francisco Yacht Club on Oct 4-5. I participated in the event last year
and was one of the top fund raisers (raising over $30K). As a result, the
committee asked me to chair this year’s event. I hesitated to accept due to
the fact that I did not have a personal connection to cancer as the event’s
prior chairman had (his son was battling Leukemia). I did accept the role
and ironically I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in April. Myeloma is an
incurable blood cancer that is treatable with chemotherapy and stem cell
transplants, but my future is filled with uncertainty.

Nevertheless, I set a $100,000 goal for my personal fund raising efforts
this year and I’m happy to report that I have achieved and surpassed that
goal. Although this has become personal for me, I am committed to helping
others and raising the funds needed to find better and more effective
treatments for blood cancers. Since my diagnosis I have been taking 4
chemotherapy drugs, 2 of which were directly funded and developed out of LLS
funding (Valcade & Revimid). Those drugs are keeping me alive today and
helping to battle the cancer. The funds we raise today will go towards the
development of future treatments that will be need by patients who relapse
or are newly diagnosed in the future. Please help me continue to raise money
for the Leukemia Cup Regatta and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by going to
my webpage at:

* From Larry Chamberlain, Friday Harbor, WA: Sitting out on South beach on
San Juan island where I live - beer in hand - watching Oracle's big tri tack
up and down the strait of Juan De Fuca, I have to wonder: Could it be
possible that two billionaires are intentionally setting up the greatest
sailing spectacle ever to be staged? Remember Evil Knievel and the Snake
River jump?

* From Benjamin D Tice: (Regarding Mr Morgan's letter in #2679) At first
appearance it does seem that BMW Oracle is trying to get an unfair advantage
in the deed of gift challenge. However, when you consider that the Americas
Cup is always based on designing a boat to the rule, it is always the case
that the designers will try to make a boat with a secret advantage. This is
apparent any time the boats are shrouded when hauled from the water. In this
case, however, the boat is practically being showcased for all to see its
design features well in advance of any possible race. It almost seems that
the BMW Oracle team is going out of their way to allow the Alinghi team to
build a competitive boat. In fact, the boat's design features are being
explained in detail on the Scuttlebutt website. The BMW Oracle team has no
choice but to exploit every possible advantage found in the design rule. If
they don't, the Alinghi team might do it to them.

* From Tony Newberry: Adrian Morgan ("Oracle is trying to pull a fast
one..." - 'Butt 2679) appears to have conveniently forgotten that every boat
designed with a hull overhang is trying to acquire a sailing waterline that
is longer than its static waterline (when heeled). As far as I can
ascertain, this applies to every J-Class, every 12-metre and every IACC

When we are in the grocery store and someone rams our ankle with a shopping
cart and then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, “It’s all right”?
Well, it isn't all right, so why don't we say, “That hurt, you idiot”?

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