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SCUTTLEBUTT 2689 - Thursday, September 25, 2008

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* The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012 (RRS) has been made available to
download online ahead of the worldwide date of implementation on 1 January
2009. The RRS are the definitive rules which govern sailing races around the
world. They are revised and published every four years by ISAF. The new
edition of the RRS includes marginal markings to indicate important changes
to the rules in Parts 1–7 and the Definitions. -- Full details:

* Few people are more familiar with The Racing Rules of Sailing than US
rules expert Dick Rose. Dick has been a member of ISAF Racing Rules
Committee and the Racing Rules Committee Working Party for almost 20 years.
He is also the chairman of the ISAF Case Book Working Party, has been a
member of US SAILING’s Racing Rules Committee for well over 20 years and was
rules advisor to the US Olympic Team from 1984-1992. Since the publication
of the 2005-2008 edition of The Racing Rules of Sailing, Dick has been a
central figure in the evolution of the 2009-2012 edition of the RRS.

Regarding the new edition of the RRS, Rose comments, “By far the most
significant changes for sailors will be the major revision in the rules that
govern boats at marks and obstructions (and some related definitions). These
rules are in Section C of the Part 2 rules. The old Section C rules,
particularly old rule 18, were by far the most complicated rules in The
Racing Rules of Sailing for 2005-2008. While competitors generally liked the
‘game’ they produced, many, including the last two ISAF Presidents, called
for simplification.

“In 2005 and 2006 the US SAILING Racing Rules Committee and the Royal
Yachting Association Racing Rules Committee developed several drafts of
possible revisions of Section C, and two preliminary US drafts were tested
on the water by various fleets during the summer of 2006.

“The new Section C rules (and related definitions) are the result of a
process that was described to and approved by the ISAF Racing Rules
Committee in November 2006. Using the US and RYA drafts and feedback from
competitors and race officials as initial input, a special working party
drafted the new Section C rules. Its members were Chris Atkins and Richard
Thompson, from the UK, and Ben Altman, Rob Overton and the author, from the

“There are other changes in the new edition of the rules, but they are not
as extensive as the changes that have been made in past revisions and for
the most part, when compared to the changes in the rules for marks and
obstructions, not critical to how the ‘game’ is played.” -- Complete report:

While the America’s Cup community awaits it’s next chapter, America’s Cup
veteran and Alinghi tactician Brad Butterworth shares his views about the
current state of the sport of sailing.

* What do you consider as the key issues the sport of sailing faces at the
BB: There are too many conflicts with the race calendar. Many yachtsmen
would like to compete more, but they can’t because the regattas take place
at the same time. The sport of sailing is also far too complicated and it
just can’t be properly televised and understood. It definitely needs a good
shake up in order to become more user-friendly.

* Where do you think the complications are specifically?
BB: Well, there are many reasons but to start with, the rules are far too
complex. The problem behind this is that sailing’s governing body, ISAF, has
a long history of making rules. Every time we want to change something, it
ends up in a Committee. The sport is not run by the sportsmen, but by

* What about other issues?
BB: Sailing is not a TV friendly sport and a good example is the last
Olympic Games, where it was just impossible to properly follow a regatta.
There are also far too many classes and this is diluting the sport. Finally,
there is a serious problem with the racing calendar. In order to avoid
overlaps, there should be an independent governing body. The ISAF could do
this, but it is very difficult to find a body of truly independent people.

Complete interview:

ISAF and Rolex have announced the Nominees for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor
of the Year Awards 2008, but rather than wait until the winners are
announced on Tuesday 11 November 2008 in Madrid, Spain, the ‘buttheads have
cast their vote on who they believe to be most deserving. The final tally
met some expectations, and also provided some surprises. While each
candidate is very deserving, likely the biggest surprise was the high
ranking of boardsailors considering their minority status in the sport.
Also, as has been exhibited in previous polls, Scuttlebutt readers
maintained their undying admiration for American Anna Tunnicliffe. -- Read
poll results:

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California dreaming could turn to America's Cup reality this weekend as the
warring factions of Swiss holder Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi and would-be
challenger BMW Oracle's Larry Ellison meet face to face after circling each
other for over 12 months. Bertarelli is in the golden state on business,
Ellison is addressing 40,000 delegates to an Oracle jamboree, but they are
expected to sit down and try to thrash out a resolution to a dispute which
is imprisoned in the New York legal system.

Unusually, this will not be a rubber stamp meeting of number ones. The
officials further down the line have not drawn up a blueprint which is
already largely agreed. "There has been no contact between the teams and
there is nothing new on the table from them," said Alinghi skipper Brad
Butterworth. -- by Stuart Alexander, The Independent, full story:

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Despite Ernesto’s meeting with Larry in San
Francisco this weekend, the Swiss team’s lawyer Lucien Masmejan has already
denounced the latest offer by the American team, which was included in
Scuttlebutt 2687 earlier this week. As quoted in the La Tribune De Geneve
(and translated), Lucien states, “Why has it beat for a year to finally
abandon a new protocol that was signed by all challengers except Oracle.
Unthinkable! It is mocking the world. We were dragged before the courts,
challenged in multihulls, and now they want to stop. This is not serious.”
-- Complete story:

* For the 2009 MedCup season, Team New Zealand will have a TP52 in their own
colours. A Botin Carkeek design is already under way at Cookson’s in
Auckland– who built the 2007 Circuit winning Artemis (SWE) – while the sail
package is from North New Zealand and Southern Spars will do the mast. The
plan is to have the boat in the water around the time of the Louis Vuitton
Pacific Series (31 January to 14th February) before shipping it to Europe.
The core of the team includes Ray Davies, Dean Barker, Kevin Hall, Adam
Beashel, Jeremy Lomas, and James Dagg. -- Complete story:

*America’s Cup Team French Spirit has retained the use of the 93-foot Hugh
Welbourn design, now called FRENCH SPIRIT ONE, to carry on its training
programme. Philippe Presti, Bertrand Pacé and Mathieu Richard - currently No
1 of the ISAF World Match Race ranking - are going to set up various
training sessions in Saint-Tropez during the winter 2008-2009 to recruit and
test new talents, select grinders and get everyone more acquainted with a 30
meter mono-hull yacht. Team French Spirit intends also to compete in the
Louis Vuitton Pacific Series.

Early this year in April, the team had announced an innovative strategy to
develop design ideas for the AC90 rule, and thus invited the main French and
international naval architect firms to participate in the “Designer
Competition”. On September 18th in Marseille, seven design teams submitted
their files to public notary (to protect their identities during the first
stage of evaluation), and will now have their work reviewed by a judging
panel. --

When the French team connected with this Welbourn maxi, it reminded us of an
impressive video that was produced for the initial launch of this boat in
March 2002. Originally named Bols, the maxi was the creation of sports
marketing firm SYS. Working with designer Hugh Welbourn, SYS presented to
Remy Cointreau a project to launch the Bols brand of alcoholic beverages to
a wider audience. Remy went for it, and this video provides insight in how
the cart can come before the horse, and a company can get involved in a
project from the start, much like PUMA’s Volvo Ocean Race team. Very flashy
presentation, and while the boat never lived up to its record-breaking
expectations, it is a testament of how a video can create excitement and
interest for a project that was an integral part of a company’s corporate
strategy. 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

(September 24, 2008) - Kenneth Andreasen (Tampa, FL) has been named the new
High Performance Director of the Olympic Sailing Program, US SAILING,
announced today. His responsibilities will include managing all on-the-water
elements of the Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Programs and enabling sailors
to reach the highest level of competition for the next Olympic and
Paralympic quadrenniums. Andreasen joins Chairman Dean Brenner (Wallingford,
CT) and Olympic Director Katie Kelly (Barrington, RI) on the executive team.

Andreasen replaces Gary Bodie (Hampton, VA), who is retiring this fall after
serving as the program's first High Performance Director for the last
decade. Bodie has been instrumental in transforming the Olympic Sailing
Program from an amateur sport to a year-round, full-time, professional
sport. When Bodie first took on the challenge, most sailors only sailed
three major, international regattas: the World Championship in their
respective class, US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR and the Olympic Games. "We
needed to enable, encourage and incentivize the sailors to train year round
and to compete against major international athletes," said Bodie. "You can't
get to the elite level competing in your own backyard." -- Read on:

Flip Wehrheim, Jimmy Barnash, and Scott Kinsella piloted their J/22 “Team
Traffic” to a win over 37 other boats at the J/22 Northeast District
Championships as part of the 2008 Lake George Open last weekend in Diamond
Point, New York. Wehrheim, who placed third overall at the recent 2008 J/22
World Championships, conquered a very competitive fleet in windy conditions
Saturday, followed by lighter breezes Sunday. The team used 100% Ullman
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Troia, Portugal (September 24, 2008) - Mathew Richard from the French Match
Racing Team/Team French Spirit, the number one ISAF ranked sailor in the
world, continued his excellent form after winning the recent World Tour
event in Switzerland with a storming day at the Troia Portugal Match Cup,
winning four of his five matches on the opening day. After a loss to
Richard, Aussie star Torvar Mirsky, finalist in Match Cup Sweden, rolled to
an equally impressive 4-1 score.

Racing started mid-afternoon after a misty, breathless morning, but allowed
the second group only one flight before both the wind and the light faded,
with reigning World Match Racing Tour Champion and current leader, Ian
Williams from the UK, winning the battle of the Brits, taking down newcomer
Nick Cherry in his very first Tour race. -- Complete report:

* Fawcett Boat Supplies, a prominent marine business in Annapolis, emerged
from bankruptcy this month with a plan its owners said will repay more than
100 creditors and fuel growth. The company’s reorganization plan was
approved by bankruptcy court Sept. 10. The plan addresses 38 classes of
creditors holding $5.6 million in claims against the company, said Fawcett
President Steve Ripley. The majority of creditors will be paid back 10 cents
on the dollar, he said. -- The Capital, full story:

* Oyster Bay, NY - Twelve teams comprised of the country’s foremost sailors
will gather at Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club for US SAILING's 2008 U.S.
Match Racing Championship (USMRC) for the Prince of Wales Bowl. Racing in
Sonars on Long Island Sound September 25 -28, the entrant list is topped by
2005 and 2007 USMR Champion and 2008 Ficker Cup winner Brian Angel
(Manhattan Beach, Calif.). -- Complete story:

* The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is supporting the European
Boating Association (EBA) in their commitment to complete the ISO standard
for keel and rig attachments in small craft construction. Following the
finalization of the ISO-12215-9 small craft construction standard for
scantlings earlier this year, urgent steps are now being taken by the ISO
Working Group responsible for structures to complete the further part of the
standard dealing with the all important keel and rig attachment. -- Read on:

* Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Raw sewage floating in the harbour and on
the beaches of the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (DOSC), which annually hosts
sailing regattas for its 3,000-strong members, has put a stop to any
swimming or sailing. Beaches in the Jumeirah area have also been affected.
According to the management at the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club (DOSC) sewage
and faeces has been a problem at the club for the last three months. -- Read

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Reader commentary is encouraged, with letters to be submitted to the
Scuttlebutt editor, aka, ‘The Curmudgeon’. Letters selected for publication
must include the writer's name, and be no longer than 250 words (letter
might be edited for clarity or simplicity). You only get one letter per
subject, and save your bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere. As an
alternative, a more open environment for discussion is available on the
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* From Bruce Bates, Durham NH: Why is it that terrible collisions (with
serious injuries) happen with alarming frequency at classic boat regattas?
Is it:
A) Lack of familiarity with the racing rules?
B) Lack of boat handling skills in close quarters?
C) Lack of familiarity with the handling characteristics of heavy deep
keeled vessels?
D) All of the above.

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Great question! Rather than send us all your emails
on the subject, we created a Scuttlebutt Poll for you to place your vote and
post your comments. Click on this link:

* From John Dunn, New York: Were Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page (2008
Olympic Gold, 1st 2008 European Championship, 1st 2008 Australian Worlds)
left off the ISAF Sailor of the Year short list because they foiled the ISAF
grand scoring scheme by clinching Olympic Gold before the Medal Race?

* From Bob Fisher: What a pity David Tabor (letter in #2688) is so devoid of
patience, when on the very day he writes there is an olive branch extended
by Golden Gate YC to the SNG to bring about a cessation of the seemingly
interminable court battle and restore the America's Cup to a
multi-challenger event on EXACTLY the same terms as those that produced the
greatest Cup event to date - that in Valencia last year. The only proviso
that GGYC requests is that the rules from 2007 are not changed - which means
the dropping of the draconian protocol that SNG imposed for the 33rd Cup.
Not exactly a big deal if it produces racing like that which everyone
enjoyed last year.

Like David Tabor, in the meantime: " I've been enjoying actually SAILING,
and talking sailing, and working on the boat, and thinking about skipping
work." That's what we mortals should do, and hope that the AC world sees the
sense of the GGYC's offer.

* From Jim Fulton: (re, letters in ‘butt 2688) I, for one, still care about
the America's Cup and I applaud Scuttlebutt for following the ins and outs
of the ongoing disputes. Larry Ellison may never be thought of as a hero but
in light of Ernesto Bertarelli's machinations... ? GGYC has to be on firm
ground in its challenge to CNEV, the sham "yacht club" that was set up as
the COR. After its first defeat in court, CNEV cancelled its first "annual"
regatta, thereby abandoned any pretense to legitimacy.

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Since the NY Supreme Court Appellate Division,
First Department, re-established CNEV as the Challenger of Record, the club
has now launched a website, and has their Annual regatta back on the
calendar for November 8-9, 2008. --

* From Manfred C. Schreiber: One can only second Andrew Hurst with his
initiative to bring sailing to more nations or to an easier access entry
level (in Issue 2686). An issue which had been brought up here many years
ago but with a heavyweight like Andrew throwing his opinion (and I am sure,
it is not him alone) in, the ISAF selection committee should get into action
now. There is a social responsibility even by our international sailing
government, to help all the countries, not listed in the G8 group, to
develop skilled workforce and to raise its gross national product by giving
them a chance to produce. Please ISAF wake up. Members go out into the
field. Have a look what is possible to be built nearly everywhere. There are
some clever design out already. Stitch and glue isn´t bad either. The end
result can be a lightweight Skiff and be built on a beach somewhere remote.
Let them all come and play. Help the "third" worlds (boatbuilding wise)

* From Chris Ericksen: How in tarnation did an article about introducing a
lower-cost boat into the Olympics (Andrew Hurst in 'Butt 2686) lead to a
promotional piece on the Optimist dinghy (Sally Burnett in 'Butt 2688)?

My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS: "Shut your mouth and eat
your supper."

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