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SCUTTLEBUTT 2685 - Friday, September 19, 2008

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In anticipation of the start of the Volvo Ocean Race on October 4th, the
2008-09 event has now launched a newly redesigned website aimed at taking
visitors closer to the heart of the action. Among the biggest advances with
the new site is the Race Data Centre, where for the first time race
organisers will share insider information from the fleet’s on-board
telemetry. During racing, the Race Data Centre’s unique features include
predicted positions based on weather routing, a form guide that builds
performance tables for the boats as the race progresses and historical data

Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad has been the driving force behind the Data
Centre in conjunction with author and professional navigator Mark Chisnell,
who will provide tactical analysis and commentary throughout the race. “I
was keen for the web audience to experience the race as the sailors do – at
least as much as possible. With that in mind, we’ve shifted the focus more
towards ‘what happens next’, with predicted positions, and on tactics, as
well as developing an understanding of which boat is faster. The Race Data
Centre is a big step towards that,” Frostad said.

Volvo Ocean Race TV (, launched earlier this year,
will show video content including news, features, on-board footage and
interviews when the boats are at sea. Volvo Ocean Race TV will also show
live coverage of all in-port races. Frostad adds, “And now, with the Media
Crew Member on board, our ‘embedded reporters’, we now have the ability to
play to our strengths in capturing every ounce of the action, the sheer
speed of the Volvo Open 70s, as well as the emotional highs and lows endured
by the guys on board.” -- Complete report:

BoatUS catastrophe team coordinator surveying the damage caused by Hurricane
Ike believes that "many hundreds, if not thousands," of boats were sunk by
the winds and tidal surge. Ike roared ashore near Galveston, Texas, last
Saturday, and left a path of devastation in marinas along the entire coast.

Mike McCook, head of 15 members of the BoatUS catastrophe team on the ground
in Texas, comments, "The damage to boats and marinas is very broad, spread
out about 400 miles along the coast.” McCook says that, beyond Galveston,
boating-intensive areas along the coast were also heavily damaged. "I spoke
to the manager of the Watergate Marina (Kemah, TX) and he said that of the
1,200 boats in his marina, 300 were sunk," said McCook. "I've also heard
that dozens of boats in the Houston Yacht Club in La Porte were badly
damaged." -- IBI Magazine, full report:

* International charity, Heart of Sailing, is coordinating a relief and
salvage mission for the residents of Bayland Marina in Baytown, Texas, who
have been affected by Hurricane Ike. Heart of Sailing is a non-profit
organization that teaches sailing as a form of recreational therapy for
children with developmental disabilities such as autism and Down Syndrome.
Bayland Marina, located on the Houston Ship Channel, was in the heart of
Ike’s destructive path suffering the brunt of damaging winds and the storm
surge. -- Full report with photos:

A couple of years ago our crew was sitting around after a race and lamenting
the lack of competition in Yacht Racing. We decided that what Yacht Racing
needed was more interaction between the racers. So, we dreamed up a regatta
that would be just crazy wild fun with the idea that if we created stronger
bonds between the sailors on land that it would translate into more racing
on the water. Last year was the inaugural event and it was a smashing
success. We had over seventy boats competing in our three race series, and
it attracted a lot of new people. Here is our formula for this fall:

> The races start at 3 PM not 11:00 or noon. You get the entire Saturday
morning to do chores or go to the kid’s soccer events. Then when the wind is
best our modified version of a beer can race starts.
> The entry fee is ten bucks but we will give you ten dollars worth of free
tickets to use on t-shirts, drinks or dinner. No entry fee for juniors or
college students.
> Live protest sessions with the audience voting on the winning protest.
> Buy a nice meal for $7.50 and a beer for $2.50. We have Beer and Rum
sponsors who will also be giving away a lot of stuff.
> Several side events during the after party (Flip Cup competition, Goldfish
Races, and Rain Gutter regatta). -- Complete report:

* Last month, the 2008 Delta Lloyd 24-Hour Yacht Race received 724
pre-entries for their annual sailing spectacle for yachts, multihulls and
Dutch flatbottems. What’s unique about the race is that the winners are
determined by which competitor completes the most nautical miles within 24
hours. The area of the IJsselmeer, Markermeer, Wadden Sea and North Sea is
divided into laps, of which each may be sailed twice. Competitors calculate
their route to work in the most reaching according to the weather forecast.
The strategy they come up with is also decisive for the start location. They
have a choice out of sixteen places, whereas the massive finish will be off
the coast of Medemblik. -- (sorry, only Dutch)

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Orange County, CA (September 18, 2008) - United Airlines delivered precious
cargo to Orange County's John Wayne Airport this afternoon. Over 100 Balboa
Yacht Club members, friends and family welcomed home Paralympic Gold
Medallist, Nick Scandone; his wife, Mary Kate; his loyal friend and coach,
Mike Pinckney and his devoted brother, Vince (Rock).

The elevator door to the baggage claim area opened and Nick Scandone was met
with cheers, smiles, banners, balloons, American flags and flashes from lots
of cameras. Many of the crowd wore BYC T-shirts emblazoned with the navy and
orange Balboa Yacht Club burgee and the saying "Way to Go Nick" on the front
and a wire drawing of a SKUD 18 with "Scandone & McKinnon-Tucker, US Olympic
Gold Medal across the back.

It's a long flight from Beijing to LA and a short hop from LA to Orange
County and no matter what your health, it takes it toll on you. The
exhausted Gold Medal SKUD 18 crew got an energy boost from all of their fans
and showed off the Gold and Jade Medal to all. -- Complete story with

Portimao, Portugal (September 18, 2008) - Without leaving the dock in Marina
Portimao, Quantum Racing took a big step closer to winning the overall Audi
MedCup Circuit 2008, when the double points Coastal Race today at the
Portugal Trophy regatta was cancelled due to the lack of wind. Basic
arithmetic, conventional logic and the wind as per current forecast for the
final two days of the season points to a maximum of 75 points to be scored,
completing each of a possible five races left this season, as things stand.
Quantum Racing (USA) have 45.2 points in hand over second placed Bribón
(ESP). Local forecasters promise 10-12 knots of wind for the
windward/leeward races that will continue Friday and conclude on Saturday.
-- 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:

(Greeley, CO) If there was a popularity contest at St. Mary's Catholic
School, it probably wouldn't be a student's award to win. The prize likely
would go to Bernie Kendall, a science teacher for the parochial school who
has made a career out of going above and beyond and taking teaching outside
the classroom. "Yeah, he would definitely win," said Wyatt Schwartz, a
student in Kendall's science class.

Wyatt was one of the students Kendall took Tuesday to the lake to learn how
to sail, a longtime passion for the teacher. Kendall was showing his
students the ins and outs of navigating a sailboat in a combined lesson
involving science, history and physical education. The students had to learn
how to make the boats go the way they wanted regardless of the wind, Kendall
said, and also have been learning the history and culture of sailing, along
with the science behind it. -- Full story:

Huntersville, NC (Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2008) - Cornelius Town commissioners
unanimously approved a permit late Monday for a community sailing and rowing
center to open at Blythe Landing Park on Lake Norman. The nonprofit group
N.C. Community Sailing will offer group and private sailing lessons at the
center and host weekday high school and college racing events, said Luke
Largess, a member of the center's board. Sailing for persons with
disabilities also will be offered, as well as youth summer camps and rowing
instruction and competitions, he said. The center is expected to have 30
small and medium-sized boats for public use. -- Charlotte Observer, read on:

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* Belvedere, CA (September 18, 2008) - After two days and six races, Scott
Young (Austin, TX) is holding a narrow three point lead at the U.S.
Sailing’s Mallory Cup over Ken Kleinschrodt (Mobile, AL). Eleven teams are
representing each of U.S. Sailing’s nationwide districts in the four day,
eleven race, round robin series in J/24 class boats. Racing concludes
September 20th. -- Event site:

* Oklahoma City, OK (September 18, 2008) - The U.S. Women’s Sailing
Championship completed four races on the first day of the event, where eleven
teams are competing in J/22 class boats. Jennifer Gervais (Charleston, SC)
holds a three point edge over Whitney Loufek (Costa Mesa, CA), with three teams
no more than 7 points off the lead. The regatta is being conducted using a
round-robin format, with the goal being for each team to race in each boat
one time for a total of eleven races. Racing concludes September 21st. --
Event website:

* Fifty-one Melges 24’s are in Charleston, SC for their U.S. National
Championship, with three days of racing to begin on Friday, September 19th.
Among the entrants is Brian Porter, who won the 2007 US Nationals in
Detroit, MI. Only one race is required to be completed to constitute a
series, with a drop race included after the sixth race has been completed.
-- Event website:

* The 2008 ISAF Annual Conference takes place in Madrid, Spain on November
6-16 and will bring together the ISAF Council, Committees and Commissions
along with other leading figures from the sailing world to debate, discuss
and decide upon the key issues in the sailing world. The meeting papers for
Conference are published online to give ISAF Member National Authorities,
ISAF Classes and sailors all over the world an advanced preview of the
issues up for debate this November. -- Full report:

* The Troia Portugal Match Cup, the 7th event of the nine stage World Match
Racing Tour, will be held September 23-28 2008 in Troia, Portugal. The 12
team field includes 7 of the top 8 from the current Tour leader board, the
current World Tour leader (Ian Williams, GBR), the current ISAF No 1 ranked
skipper (Mathieu Richard, FRA), and five teams representing America’s Cup
syndicates. The SM40 will be used, with teams vying for the $125,000.00
prize purse. -- Full report:

* A fleet of 10 Extreme 40s is in Amsterdam, Netherland’s for the final
event of the 2008 iShares Cup series, with racing to be held September 19-21
in the IJ-Haven canal, a narrow strip of water just a few minutes away from
Amsterdam city centre, off Java Island. The event will decide the overall
series winner as both TEAMORIGIN and Alinghi enter the event currently tied
on points. Earlier events were held in Switzerland, France, UK, and Germany.
-- Full report with video:

* Summerside, Prince Edward Isl (September 18, 2008) - Last weekend’s
inaugural MBS Race Around the Island sent five participating schooners on a
roughly 270 mile transit around Prince Edward Island and served up a wide
variety of conditions for those who took on the challenge. Organized by
Downtown Summerside, Inc., the event had a prize purse of $97,000. The
Spirit of Bermuda not only took line honors, but also the first place bounty
of $40,000. Pride of Baltimore went home with $26,000 for placing second
overall, and the Schooner Virginia received $13,000 for third place. PaPa 1
and Mist of Avalon each received $9,000. Full story at

* CORRECTION: In Issue 2682, it was noted that the UK paper The Daily
Telegraph had ended their 19 years of sailing coverage. However, Mark
Skipworth, Executive Editor (Sport) provides the following clarification:
“Having re-assessed our editorial budgets, we can no longer use (long time
writer) Tim Jeffery. Kate Laven will be covering sailing for both the daily
and Sunday telegraph as well as online.”

The Optimist might be the overwhelming choice for junior sailing around the
world, but you cannot fault the folks at BIC for trying to show that there
is another road for kids to travel on. Their U.S. O’pen Cup “Un-Regatta”
hosted by New Bedford Community Boating Center (MA) did just that, where
kids experienced unorthodox slalom courses, freestyle, and …capsizing. The
kids are clearly having fun, and this video also demonstrates how BIC is
connecting with the burgeoning “YouTube” generation. Additionally, this
video was shot in HD… nice! Click here for this week’s video:

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

Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include Paralympic Games celebration, Olin Stephens tribute, schooner racing
in Nova Scotia, on board TP 52 Artemis in Portugal, and the launching of a
53-foot historic replica of an 18th century colonial trading vessel designed
by the late William Baker. If you have images you would like to share, send
them to the Scuttlebutt editor. Here are this week’s photos:

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* From Randy Tankoos, Darien, CT: The note from Russ Saunders in Scuttlebutt
2684 and previous notes about piracy along the VOR route gets me to thinking
that no pirate in his right mind would attack these guys. I am not sure of
the geography but it seems just looking at the blokes doing this race would
scare away any pirates. Never mind that the VOR boats are probably faster
than most pirate boats anyway.

* From Duncan Wood: In Response to the comments of Russ Saunders in Butt
2684: Great idea. Unfortunately, the United Nations is little more than a
debating society, and not very good at that. They have neither the courage
nor resolve to rescue a rubber ducky from a bath tub.

* From Gregory Scott: I rarely believe heavy handed - draconian type
solutions are appropriate .... However, I do agree with the comments of Russ
Saunders in Butt 2684... Allowing a bunch of two bit pirates to carry on as
they seem to be doing is foolish. It is this type of thin end of the wedge
issue that leads to much higher costs for everyone. Insurance as an
example... The cost to everyone to try and protect from irrational crime is
in the billions. A punk breaks into a house - takes a TV and $100.00 cash -
that has a cost to everyone on that street as they buy new locks, window
bars and alarm systems. The court sees the crime as small - society pays a
price in the combined cost of everyone trying to prevent it. The real theft
was in the billions - not in TVs but in the theft of our discretionary
budgets diverted to "feel" safe. Horse thieves and pirates cost everyone way
more than you think.

PS... With all that's going on, it won't be long before sailing insurance is
unavailable for extended cruising outside of coastal waters.

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: On a lighter note, International Talk Like a Pirate
Day is Friday, September 19th. If you are curious as to the length at which
some will take this “holiday”, a Scuttleblog posting will give you an idea:

I pray for Wisdom to understand my man; Love to forgive him; And Patience
for his moods. However, I don’t pray for Strength as I might beat him to

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