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SCUTTLEBUTT 2683 - Wednesday, September 17, 2008

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French commandos stormed a sailboat to free two French tourists who were
being held hostage by heavily-armed Somali pirates, President Nicolas
Sarkozy has said. A French tuna fishing boat came under rocket attack some
700 kilometres off the Somali coast on Saturday. Pirates are becoming
increasingly emboldened, with approximately 50 ships, mainly merchant
vessels, having been attacked by pirates off Somalia's 2,300 miles of
coastline since the beginning of the year. According to Mr Sarkozy, Somali
pirates are currently holding 150 people and at least 15 ships.

The simple advice would be to avoid this area. That might be the suggestion
of the Volvo Ocean Race navigators when they begin the 4,450 nm second leg
of the race on November 15th, which takes the eight boat fleet from Cape
Town, South Africa up the Indian Ocean to Kochi, India. Pre-race analysis
notes that the goal on this leg is to seek out the south-east trades, but
even if there is any inclination to stay left and work the coast line of the
African continent, that option should still keep the fleet far enough
offshore to avoid what has become the most dangerous section of ocean in the
world. It is, however, concerning to think what would have happened if Leg 2
had gone to the Middle East, as originally planned…

Alicante In-Port Race, October 4, 2008
Leg 1: Alicante - Cape Town, October 11, 2008 - 6,500Nm
Leg 2: Cape Town – Kochi, November 15, 2008 - 4,450Nm
Leg 3: Kochi – Singapore, December 13, 2008 - 1,950Nm
Singapore In-Port Race, January 10, 2009
Leg 4: Singapore – Qingdao, January 18, 2009 - 2,500Nm
Qingdao In-Port Race, February 7, 2009
Leg 5: Qingdao - Rio de Janeiro, February 14, 2009 - 12,300Nm
Rio de Janeiro In-Port Race, April 4, 2009
Leg 6: Rio de Janeiro – Boston, April 11, 2009 - 4,900Nm
Boston In-Port Race, May 9, 2009
Leg 7: Boston – Galway, May 16, 2009 - 2,550Nm
Galway In-Port Race, May 30, 2009
Leg 8: Galway – Marstrand, June 6, 2009 - 950Nm
Leg 9: Marstrand – Stockholm, June 14, 2009 - 525Nm
Stockholm In-Port Race, June 21, 2009
Leg 10: Stockholm - St Petersburg, June 25, 2009 - 400Nm
Race Schedule:
Pirate story:

by Svein Rasmussen, President, Starboard
When the Formula windsurfing class asked us to work with them on a Formula
One design concept for the 2012 Olympics, I had to think about it long and
hard as I was believing that we needed a light wind alternative, a set of
equipment that could also work in 2– 5 knots, thus energize all the light
wind areas in the world. Then my mind turned to the International Mistral
Class Organization (IMCO) class.

This class had equipment that worked great in light winds. The IMCO class
was very much marketed and heavily supported by the national federations for
12 years, yet the day it no longer had an Olympic medal, it was proved that
the class was "artificial", as no one continued to participate in it. That
proved to me that at this stage in time, the majority of windsurfers that
wish to compete on an Olympic style course, are mainly interested in
competing in planing conditions.

The RSX was "artificially" born, the equipment style selected for the 2008
Olympics was never raced in large fleets, medals were made available, the
national support was made available and a limited amount of sailors will
participate until the class will be taken off the Olympic program and then
most likely disappear just like IMCO did. This "artificial" participation is
what we want to avoid, to stop the decline of participation in Olympic
windsurfing classes. We want to propose racing on a style of equipment that
has drawn more competitors than RSX or IMCO over the last 8 years, and still
does. That would be the FW class. -- Read on:

For threesomes to work, everyone needs to get along… which we suspect is
easier in concept than in reality. For the three America’s Cup teams
currently paying New York legal firms to pitch their positions – Alinghi,
BMW ORACLE Racing, and Emirates Team New Zealand – their threesome in the
recently announced Louis Vuitton Pacific Series is tentatively on hold.
Certainly ETNZ will be there, and Russell Coutts has said that BOR will be
there, but Alinghi has stated that they will only compete if the New Zealand
team drops its legal action against them.

Considering that there aren’t too many active teams remaining, with most
having been reduced to a box of stationary and a few administrators, it will
be interesting to see who actually attends this event. Perhaps the smart
money will be on the apparel outfitters who will be needed to create the
sailing uniforms for the quickly assembled crews. If you are interested in
participating, you can post your information on the crew board in the
Scuttlebutt Event Calendar:

* If you missed the Ernesto Bertarelli and Larry Ellison trivia quiz that
was posted last week in the Wall Street Journal Magazine, with questions
like who had Apple CEO Steve Jobs as his wedding photographer, you can take
the challenge here:

New at the UK-Halsey website is the latest rules quiz. Quiz 25 poses an
animated question involving Rule 16 (changing course). Our quiz series is a
great tool that helps you see animated situations develop to make the
applicable rules easy to understand and learn. Start/stop the action; read
the hot linked rules. Stay tuned to our site to learn about the big changes
to the rules in the next quadrennial. All our quizzes are free: just log on
and it’s yours. UK-Halsey: Fast sails that last plus help that goes beyond
winning. 800-253-2002.

Hurricane Ike made U.S. landfall at Galveston, Texas, on September 13, 2008
at 2:10am CDT (07:10 UTC), as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 110 mph.
Among the sailing clubs based in Galveston Bay is Houston Yacht Club, where
both the facility and local boaters are now cleaning up. Needless to say,
the club might want to rethink the information currently on its home page:

Welcome to Houston Yacht Club…what will you do this weekend?
- Put your sails up just 50 yards from your slip?
- Spend the evening at anchor in a protected cove with friends and family?
- Snuggle into your berth after an evening of dining and dancing?
- Visit with friends after a day of first-class racing?
- Watch your children play in the pool and sail dinghies in the harbor?
View photos here:

* Due to damage caused by Hurricane Ike, the 2008 Sperry Top-Sider Houston
NOOD, scheduled for September 19-21, has been canceled. --

(September 16, 2008) Thirty solo skippers who will be setting out from Les
Sables d’Olonne (FRA) on 9th November for the sixth edition of the Vendée
Globe, representing seven nationalities ( 17 French, 7 British, 1 American,
2 Swiss, 1 Canadian, 1 Spaniard and 1 Austrian). The growth in participation
is notable. Thirteen lined up at the start of the first edition of the
Vendée Globe in 1989, while there were twenty in 2004. Looking beyond the
simple number, it is the quality of the contenders that impresses most. Two
former winners (Vincent Riou and Michel Desjoyeaux), five skippers who have
already been on the podium in previous editions (Jean Le Cam, Mike Golding,
Roland Jourdain, Loïck Peyron, Marc Thiercelin), and two round the world
champions from other races (Jean-Pierre Dick in the Barcelona World Race and
Bernard Stamm). Among the entrants, no fewer than 32 round the world voyages
and 21 Vendée Globes have been completed.

The latest race marks an unprecedented technological challenge, as 20 Open
60 boats have been specially designed and built for the 2008 Vendée Globe,
which some estimate could improve on the record set by Vincent Riou (87
days, 10h and 47 mins) by five days of sailing. Other race features include
course gates to avoid the ice, where the most southerly section of the
course (the passage through the southern seas) has been moved north with the
establishment of compulsory waypoints. The position of these gates will
ensure that the competitors do not take any extreme options in the far
south. Moreover, some of these gates are in place to allow boats to remain
within reach of Australian and New Zealand rescue services, if they need to

List of entries in the Vendée Globe 2009-2008:
Norbert Sedlacek (AUT) / Nauticsport-Kapsch
Derek Hatfield (CAN) / Spirit of Canada
Unai Basurko (ESP) / Pakea Bizkaia
Yannick Bestaven (FRA) / Energies Autour du Monde
Jérémie Beyou (FRA) / Delta Dore
Arnaud Boissieres (FRA) / Akena Verandas
Jean-Baptiste Dejeanty (FRA) / Maisonneuve
Kito De Pavant (FRA) / Groupe Bel
Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) / Foncia
Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) / Paprec-Virbac
Raphaël Dinelli (FRA) / Fondation Ocean Vital
Yann Elies (FRA) / Generali
Marc Guillemot (FRA) / Safran
Sébastien Josse (FRA) / BT
Roland Jourdain (FRA) / Veolia Environnement
Jean Le Cam (FRA) / VM Matériaux
Armel Le Cleac'h (FRA) / Brit Air
Jonny Malbon (FRA) / Artemis
Loïck Peyron (FRA) / Gitana Eighty
Vincent Riou (FRA) / PRB
Marc Thiercelin (FRA) / DCNS
Bernard Stamm (SUI) / Cheminées Poujoulat
Dominique Wavre (SUI) / Temenos II
Dee Caffari (UK) / Aviva
Samantha Davies (UK) / Roxy
Mike Golding (UK) / Ecover
Brian Thompson (UK) / Pindar
Alex Thomson (UK) / Hugo Boss
Steve White (UK) / Spirit of Weymouth
Rich Wilson (USA) / Great American III
Full report:

* For a refresher course on Open 60 sailing, here is a video of Mike Golding
and Ecover:

Newport, R.I. -- After announcing in July its intention to build a Tall Ship
for Rhode Island, the non-profit organization Tall Ships Rhode Island
(TSRI), Inc., closed September 2 on the purchase of a steel hull that gives
it a substantial leg up on its mission. It will see through to completion
the building of the Oliver Hazard Perry, a 207 ft., three-masted,
full-rigged 19th Century warship replica with ties to Rhode Island's famous
naval war hero of the same name. TSRI, a non-profit organization that has
brought several magnificent Tall Ships events to Rhode Island over the past
decade and a half, will then operate the Oliver Hazard Perry as a working
sail training vessel out of historic Newport.

According to Bart Dunbar, TSRI's Chairman who is also president of Bowen's
Wharf Company in Newport, a Toronto-based tugboat has begun towing the hull
across Lake Erie toward the New York State Barge Canal System. The hull is
expected to arrive in Newport around mid-October and berth at Bowen’s Wharf,
in the historic waterfront shopping district. -- Read on:

Softshell jackets have taken the mountain world by storm, and they’re coming
to a sailing store near you. But don’t settle for a glorified fleece – just
because it says “softshell” doesn’t mean it’s the real deal. Real softshells
are made from rugged waterproof/breathable laminates with stretch, providing
freedom of movement, making them the ultimate sailing gear. Ask the Numbers,
Rambler or Speedboat crews about their Atlantis softshells. We think you’ll
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Portimao, Portugal (September 16, 2008) - After the first three races of the
Portugal Trophy off Portimao, the final regatta of the TP52 Audi MedCup
Circuit, there may be a pair of new names making a late season challenge,
lying in second and third, but leading the regatta it is the American boat
Quantum Racing whose stock is still rising as they extend their overall hold
on the overall title to more than 50 points with just four days left of the
2008 season’s competition.

The Russian crew on Synergy became the 12th different team to take a winning
gun on the Circuit this season, triumphing in Race 2 in fine style, and now
sailing the fourth event with the boat they bought after Larry Ellison’s
USA-17 won the only event it sailed this season, and after the Russians had
severely damaged their own boat in the same event. Also Riccardo
Simoneschi’s Audi Sailing Team powered by Q8 (ITA) came good with their best
day yet, a possible result of keel bulb modifications, and an afterguard
change to use double Olympic medallist Charlie McKee (USA) as tactician -
who sailed with many of the core crew on the Luna Rossa America’s Cup
programme. -- Daily report:

Current standings (Top 5 of 15)
Place, Boat name, Nationality, R1 R2 R3, Points
1. Quantum, USA (4,8,1) 13
2. Audi Q8, ITA(2,9,2) 13
3. Synergy, RUS (9,1,4) 14
4. El Desafio, ESP (10,2,3) 15
5. CXG Corporación Caixa Galicia, ESP (7,3,9) 19
Complete results:

CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS (Sponsored by West Marine)
Here are a few of the events that are coming up:
Sept 18-21 - Melges 24 U.S. National Championship - Charleston, SC, USA
Sept 19-21 - Canadian Albacore Championship - Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Sept 19-21 - J 30 North American Championship - Bristol, RI, USA
Sept 20-21 - American Yacht Club Fall Series - Milton Point, Rye, NY, USA
View all the events at

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Also, ‘butthead Douglass “Bloody Roger Flint” Sisk
reminds us that International Talk Like a Pirate Day is this Friday,
September 19th. Said Sisk, “I think it’s a tossup between International Talk
Like a Pirate Day and the founding of the Mount Gay distillery (1703) as the
most important events in our beloved sport. Ok, maybe that yacht race back
in 1851 makes the list… Arrrrr!”

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* From Craig Dymock: Can it be true about the Daily Telegraph stopping its
coverage of sailing? I feel there will be a huge number of people in the UK
and elsewhere who would like to express their dissatisfaction with this
decision. Could I suggest that your readers start writing to the editor to
get the decision reversed. His address is The Editor, The Daily Telegraph,
Telegraph Media Group, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0DT. Or email If they don't know the sailing coverage is
important to us and more importantly that it is being read, we are unlikely
to get it back. Let us at least try.

* From Skip Dieball: (re, story in Issue 2682) As host for the 1st Annual
Bruce Goldsmith Memorial Regatta last weekend, the folks at Devil’s Lake
Yacht Club (Bruce’s home) went above and beyond to celebrate the life of one
of the most decorated (and colorful!) sailors. Bruce’s legacy includes
World, Continental and National Championships in so many One Design Classes!
All the accomplishments and championships didn’t measure to Bruce’s
fun-loving attitude. He won the race and easily won the party!

The memorial regatta wasn’t about the racing…though it was fun and very
tough, just the way Bruce would have wanted it. No, it was about the
camaraderie. Larry MacDonald summed it up best at the prize-giving when he
said, “Bruce had the most fun at regattas. I approach every event the same
way he did…to have as much fun as possible!” I sailed past Jeff Schmahl from
Indiana. Jeff was sailing with his two sons and smiling every minute. I
caught Jeff cracking open a beer between races and he shouted, “To Bruce!”!

Unfortunately our sport is losing more heroes than we are gaining. Bruin,
George Fisher, Olin Stephens, among many others. Their legacy helped mold
the sport that we all love. I hope we all can continue their work and
dedication to sportsmanship and fun for the next generation of racers.

* From Reynald Neron: The America' Cup is dead. The self-interest of its
lead participants has killed it. It is good to see that someone realized
that the spot was available for such an event, and I am glad they made the
move to do it. I am not exactly the target market for a Louis Vuitton bag,
but if I was, I would get one just to show my support.

* From Dave Poole: Anyone know what that black rubberised filler is that
they put between the gaps in the wood on a teak deck? It has started
crumbling on mine, so will need to be replaced. Also, any tips about said
repair would be much appreciated! Please post your comments here:

* From W. Bostwick, St. Thomas, VI: (re, story in ‘butt 2682) I am so proud
of your restraint in not putting the Transatlantic record attempt in the
3'10" boat under "Sailing Shorts".

* From Tom Piper, Chairman, International Etchells Class Association:
Congratulations to Jud Smith for returning, once again, the Etchells NA
trophy to Marblehead. Jud, with Aussie based crew Mark Johnson and Nik
Burfoot, did an admirable job in a regatta that had some fantastic talent.
In addition, and thanks to a donation from Pat Stadel, the class began a
Corinthian Cup in 2005 for the top all-amateur boat. This year it went to
the 5th place team also from Marblehead, Wade Edwards, Justin Muller and Tim
Platt. As I look through the crew list in the fleet for the NAs in
Annapolis, I know these were hard won battles.

Every time I start thinking too much about how I look, I just find a Happy
Hour and by the time I leave, I look just fine.

Special thanks to UK-Halsey and Atlantis WeatherGear.

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