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SCUTTLEBUTT 2684 - Thursday, September 18, 2008

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Southport, CT (September 17, 2008) - The Southport Sailing Foundation, based
in Southport, Conn., today announced the launch of a new web site designed
to help young American sailors plan more successful racing campaigns. The
new site is designed for any sailor who wants to take the next step in their
sailing career, whether he or she is a veteran racer aiming toward the
Olympics or a young sailor preparing for their first national regatta.

According to Dave Perry, a Foundation director, “When sailors want to
organize a campaign or simply raise the level of their game, there is so
much to do beyond just racing their boat fast. The idea behind
is to provide a resource for ‘one-stop shopping.’ Hopefully it will give
sailors most of the information they need to be successful off the water as
well as on the race course.”

The web site brings together a wide range of resources and
tools for everything from fundraising to coaching. Sailors will be able to
create their own campaign web page, calendar, resume and budget. They can
apply for grants, search for coaches and get local knowledge about regatta
venues. They’ll find resources on one-design classes and regattas, sample
materials from previous campaigns, plus extensive lists of campaign FAQs and
links. -- Read on:

by Dave Reed , Sailing World
Imagine living in a town with a thriving sailing scene, a place where
weeknights and weekends have but one purpose. We found five of them, and we
didn't have to look too hard. The question was tabled after one evening's
race. "What if you had to relocate?" Someone asked. "And it could be some
place where there was a ton of racing and a cool, laid-back scene?" The
group instantly dismissed the talent-laden havens of San Diego, Newport, and
Annapolis as high quality sailing spots, but just too known. This had to be
something off the radar, the sort of place where nearly everyone on the
racecourse knows your name.

Someone's road atlas, dog-eared and tattered, was soon splayed out and the
search for small-town sailing bliss was underway. There was possibility with
each blue blotch—lakes, harbors, bays, and open oceans—the options were
overwhelming. But we caught wind of their plight and picked up the task,
gathering opinions and experiences far and wide to narrow the search to a
mere handful amongst thousands of underrated sailing towns. We had our
demands: we had to have weeknight beer can racing—that would be our "in."
There had to be a community sailing program from which we could poach new
and eager crew. Sailing conditions had to be reliable, there had to be a
walk-in fleet so we wouldn't have to start anew. And, of course, there had
to be one good watering hole. With all due respect for the natives of the
following towns and cities, we apologize for spot burning, but thanks for
putting out the welcome mat at the county line. -- Read on:

by The Daily Sail (subscription website)
Rumours have been circulating for a while about the Tornado possibly being
put back into the Olympic line-up for 2012. For the most part these rumours
are still more or less just that, but recently we have learned there is some
truth to them. After asking around a number of Olympic sailors recently we
hear the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are now debating the
possibility or re-introducing the 11th medal for sailing at the 2012 Olympic
Games. Of course all that is known at the moment is that the IOC is debating
the possibility but this is encouraging news all the same.

As many might remember there is already a precedent here as the IOC has
previously removed one medal from the Olympic sailing competition back in
2000 before re-instating it. Back then it was the Star class that was
removed and then re-instated. -- Read on:

* In Scuttlebutt 2594 (May 12, 2008), a letter by past ISAF President Paul
Henderson explains where there a legitimate reason for IOC to provide
sailing 11 events for the 2012 Games:

“The reason that sailing added events to the Olympic program was to change
our sport to include women in the Olympic Sailing Regatta, which was a
decree of the IOC. In 1984 there were NO women's events and only two women
competitors, Cathy Foster, who won the last race in the 470, and Trine
Elvstrom, who crewed with her dad Paul in the Tornado. There were seven
so-called "Open Events", but they were really best suited for men. Sailing
was still the worse dual gender sport in the 1996 Games, with only 19%
women. In Athens 2004, there were 4 of 11 events for women, with women's
participation up to 35% of the total participants, an admirable
accomplishment for the ISAF Council.

“The cutting back of sailing events by the IOC from 11 to 10 events has
nothing to do with stopping some uncontrolled ISAF expansion, but rather
having to do with the IOC wanting new sports while at the same time keeping
the total sports at the Games to 28, the events at 300, and athletes at

“So sailing and other sports were asked to cut back, with sailing being
reduced to 10 events and 380 sailors (from 11 events and 400), which is the
reason for the angst at the ISAF Council. When one discipline or event has
to go, it is not something done lightly and always the disenfranchised are
disturbed. However, due to the IOC voting procedure, there will be only 26
sports in London 2012 with the dropping of Baseball and Softball . No other
sport got enough support for inclusion, which is why it is not necessary, at
least for the 2012 Games, for Sailing to reduce from 11 to 10 events.” --

It was time for a change this year. So on September 13th, the Flying Tiger
10 fleet in San Diego started the 2008 Around the Coronados Race as a
one-design class with their own start. At the end of the 32.5 nautical-mile
race, Paul McPherson and team on “Niuhi” sealed their victory in the
six-boat fleet with over two minutes ahead of second place. “Niuhi”
competed with 100% Ullman Sails and was a recent participant in the latest
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Portimao, Portugal (September 17, 2008) - The Quantum Racing team entered
the 2008 Audi MedCup circuit with a simple purpose: put together the most
complete, comprehensive program, and see how they can measure up against the
fleet of North Sails supplied boat. With the team now on the verge of
winning the overall circuit trophy, and having built up a manageable points
lead, the final event this week is as much about closing strong as it is not
throwing it all away.

After taking the lead following the first day of racing the Portugal Trophy
Regatta, the second day wasn’t quite as neat for the Quantum team. “The
boathandling was great and the speed was pretty good,” commented Quantum’s
tactician Morgan Larson. “I think we have been better speed wise before
against the fleet but it wasn’t anything about speed today, it was about
strategic and tactical decisions, about communication and we just did not

In light and shifty winds, between five and eight knots, the steady
improvement by Desafio during the circuit earned them their first time as
the overall leader of a MedCup regatta. Going in to the season’s final
double points coastal race on Thursday, Quantum Racing has an overall lead
of 45.2 points on Bribón, who are currently in 6th in the Portugal Trophy
regatta standings. -- Daily report:

Current standings (Top 5 of 15)
1. El Desafio, ESP, (10,2,3,7,3) 25
2. Matador, ESP, (8,5,10,1,2) 26
3. Quantum, USA, (4,8,1,6,10) 29
4. Platoon powered by Team Germany, GER, (11,10,8,2,1) 32
5. Synergy, RUS, (9,1,4,14,5) 33
Complete results:

Mathieu Richard and Claire Leroy maintain French control at the top of the
Open and Women's ISAF World Match Racing Rankings in their latest release on
September 17, 2008. Claire Leroy (FRA) continues to look formidable at the
top of the Women's Rankings, with nobody looking set to challenge the world
#1 standing of the French skipper for some time yet. In contrast, Mathieu
Richard (FRA) leads the Open Rankings by a very narrow margin, with Ian
Williams (GBR), the reigning ISAF Match Racing World Champion, snapping at
his heels. The focus of the match racing world is set to shift to a
national perspective over the coming weeks, with the first of the Regional
Finals for the ISAF Nations Cup. -- Full report:

* San Francisco, CA - Luiz Kahl, Executive Director of the US-IRC
Foundation, and Norman Davant, Regatta Chairman of the Rolex Big Boat
Series, have announced that the 2009 Rolex Big Boat Series will also be the
2009 Rolex US-IRC National Championship. The first Rolex US-IRC National
Championship was held in 2007 on the East coast in conjunction with the
Storm Trysail Club Block Island Race Week, while the 2008 National
Championship was held with the Little Traverse YC's Annual Regatta in Harbor
Springs, MI. -- Complete report:

* The Stamford Yacht Club is celebrating next year's 75th anniversary of the
Vineyard Race by forming The Buzzards Society for those who have raced 10 or
more Vineyards. A special trophy will be unveiled at the 75th running of the
Vineyard Race, which will be awarded to the boat skippered by a Buzzard with
the fastest corrected time. Prospective Buzzards must apply for admission
before the dinner in the spring. They must supply a list of boats they
sailed on, years of participation, total years participated as well as their
mailing address. Sailors can apply by sending an email to

* Westport, CT (9/17/08) - First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff announced
Tuesday the town has completed a review of safety procedures at the
privately owned Longshore Sailing School, which operates under a town lease.
Joseloff ordered the review after the Aug. 26 death of Alexandra Vitale, 3,
who was in a Hobie Cat near Cockenoe Island when it was overturned by a gust
of wind. Two cousins and an instructor were rescued. Joseloff said that
although the school has had an excellent safety record in its more than 30
years of operation at Longshore, the review had identified a number of areas
of operation where the town was making recommendations for improvements. --
The Advocate, read on:

* Sailing World's College Rankings as of September 17, 2008 find Boston
College and College of Charleston start out atop, respectively, in the Coed
and Women's divisions as determined by SW's coaches panel. -- Complete list:

* (September 17, 2008) Team Delta Lloyd arrived in Alicante today with a
message for its Volvo Ocean Race rivals: “Underestimate us at your peril.”
The syndicate, which used the six-day crossing from Cork as its 2,000-mile
qualifier, is the last of the eight teams to reach the start port. Only
three weeks ago the team had not concluded deals with its Dutch backer, but
Ger O’Rourke, who will skipper the boat formerly known as ABN AMRO ONE, is
adamant his team can raise some eyebrows. – Full story:

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working boat. --

* Belvedere, CA - The San Francisco Yacht Club will be the host for the U.S.
Sailing’s Mallory Cup, September 17-20, where eleven teams representing each
of U.S. Sailing’s nationwide districts will be fleet racing on J/24 class
boats. Eleven races spanning four days, with skippers including Scott Young
(Austin, TX) who has won the title five times, twice as crew and three times
as skipper, and placed third in 2007, and David Klatt (Oxnard, CA), who
placed second at the 2007 J/24 North Americans and first at the 2004 U.S.
J/24 Championship. -- Event site:

* Oklahoma City, OK - The U.S. Women’s Sailing Championship for US Sailing's
Mrs. Charles Francis Adams Cup and the Mrs. Willis D. Wood Trophy will be
held at the Oklahoma City Boat Club this week, September 18-20. The event
was originated by William Upham Swan in 1924 and is widely believed to be
the first women’s championship ever held in the world. This year’s
competition, raced in J/22s on Lake Hefner, will feature eleven teams that
include 2006 and 2002 U.S. Women's Champion Vicki Sodaro (Tiburon, CA), plus
the youngest skipper in the regatta, 19-year-old Shelby Aughtry (Edmond,
Okla.) who will be enjoying the local knowledge advantage. Complete results,
daily reports, and photos from the event will be posted on the event website

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* From Gram Schweikert: The crew of Rumours/Unplugged had a successful
Leukemia Cup Regatta, winning their class, and an even more successful
fundraising week in honor of our skipper Tim Woodhouse who is now home from
his second round of Chemo. By Sunday afternoon, we had raised $55,000 in
ONE WEEK. This is more than double the previous record for a boat in Rhode
Island, and helped the Rhode Island Leukemia Cup increase donations from
$115,000 last year to nearly $200,000 in 2008. The outpouring of support is
more than we could have ever imagined, and we would like to thank all our
generous donors as well as the Scuttlebutt Newsletter for posting our call
to action. Tim and Kim Woodhouse as well as all the Rumours Crew are truly

* From Rory Ramsden, COO, International RS:X Class Association: (re,
commentary in Scuttlebutt 2683) Whilst I admire Svein's zeal for promoting
Olympic windsurfing, I have 16 years of experience in managing both the
International Mistral Class Organization (IMCO) and now the RS:X classes.
This has lead me to the following conclusions

a) IMCO was selected for the Olympics in 1992 so when we staged the 1993
IMCO Europeans there were more than 250 entries made up of a mixture of the
best recreational sailors already in the pre-existing large class and the
Olympic athletes transferring from the Lechner class. The recreational
sailors pretty soon found out that they were neither fit enough or with
enough spare time off work to compete against the ex-Lechner Olympic class
athletes. They quit to race something else where they could have fun with
their circle of friends. Numbers have remained stable ever since.

b) To be an Olympian requires a very special dedication. To get onto and
stay on the Olympic pathway requires an equal amount of determination. Only
very few possess such drive and focus.

c) Windsurfing is a global sport. Windsurfing in the Olympics is supported
by ISAF national authorities in every continent. Many do not have the
beautiful sea breezes that every windsurfer likes to enjoy. The ISAF had a
six knot minimum windspeed at the recent Olympic Regatta in Quingdao, China.
Everyone believed that it was going to be a light wind event. In fact it
turned out to be the windiest Olympic Regatta since Seoul 1988. Weymouth
2012 is predicted to be 'windy' but history tells us that there is no
guarantee that it will be. -- Read on, and post comments here:

* From Russ Saunders, San Francisco, CA: From the story in Scuttlebutt 2683,
WILL PIRATES ATTACK VOLVO OCEAN RACE FLEET?, it states that a “French tuna
fishing boat came under rocket attack some 700 kilometers 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 Law of the Sea, which has, to my knowledge, never been repealed has
stated that piracy is crime against mankind. During the American Revolution,
given the nature of our belief in the Judicial System, when American Naval
ships captured a known pirate crew, the United States commanders gave them
over to British captains where they were promptly hung from a yard arm. It
is time for each of the United Nations naval powers to act in concert and go
in to rescue those people captured by these people. Once rescued, every
boat on the Somali coast which is much too powerful (read fast) for fishing
should be destroyed, and capture with extreme prejudice anyone not able to
explain how they made a living. This is not for the squeamish or the faint
of heart but must be done to protect the sailing and commercial shipping

Then a United Nations member warship needs to pass by the coast on a regular
basis to insure that no one else dares challenge the world’s shipping. There
is no recognized government in Somalia so there can be no complaints.

* From Maxwell Rosenberg, Santa Barbara, CA: I remember Bruce Goldsmith. I
was a pimple faced 15 year old and needed a new sail for my Lightning.
Bruce was winning lots of races and I called him and ordered a jib. Bruce
was cool, calm, and collected. Got the jib and won many races with it. Met
Bruce several years later at a post race party at Block Island Race week.
Same thing…nice and mellow. The keg gets tapped and 30 minutes later…Bruce
is upside down bobbing for apples in a tub filled with beer. Best part? $
girls were holding him upside down and he was chugging the beer!

Based on the feedback regarding the story titled “WELCOME TO HOUSTON YC” in
Scuttlebutt 2684, we realize our presentation did not take into account the
dire straits that some find themselves in as a result of the storm. We do
regret any hard feelings that our story might have caused, and thanks again
to those readers who took the time to share their opinions with us. Photos
of the club and harbor can be viewed here:

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