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SCUTTLEBUTT 2692 - Tuesday, September 30, 2008

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The much anticipated “Morning Light” film has been making headlines since
the call for applications was made in the spring of 1996, and the plan was
hatched to document a team of young sailors in their quest to compete in the
Los Angeles to Hawaii 2007 Transpac Race. The movie is readying to be
released nationwide on October 17, but Scuttlebutt was fortunate to see it
this past weekend at the very first theatre showing during the San Diego
Film Festival (yea, how many other ‘buttheads went to a film festival this

For the avid Scuttlebutt readers, this film has two strikes against it.
First, we have heard a lot about it, and hype is a double edged sword.
Second, we know how it ends. Also, this is not a movie… it is a documentary.
If you are expecting the next “WIND” (which made the ‘womper’ famous in
1987), forget it. The good news is that none of these issues matter, because
they have nothing to do with the focus of the movie.

When Producer Roy Disney was asked about the movie’s concept, he replied,
“It’s about the journey. We’re not making a film about sailboat racing and
we’re not making a film about a boat. It’s a story about a group of young
adults sailing across an ocean, the obstacles they encounter and the bonds
they form. It’s a story about becoming more than the sum of the parts.” And
for the viewer, the movie succeeds in bringing us along. -- Read on:

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Interestingly, the onboard cameraman for Morning
Light was Rick Deppe, who will hold a similar position onboard PUMA Racing
Team’s VO 70 for the Volvo Ocean Race. This is a new addition for the VOR
08/09, where each boat will have onboard a Media Crew Member (MCM) - an
embedded reporters - who will be providing video footage to help tell each
entrant’s story. It is still not clear what the exact plan is for the video,
but we are hopeful that well-produced shows will be available online on a
set a schedule, and not random clips that irregularly get posted during the
nearly nine months long race. The in-port race in Alicante, Spain will start
October 4th, with the leg from Alicante to Cape Town, South Africa beginning
October 11th. -- Race website:

by Amory Ross, photographer
The risk of getting burnt out doing what you love runs very high, as it does
with any full time profession. Things get repetitive, you become
disinterested and lose motivation, and this in turn impacts your enthusiasm
and subsequently your success. Fortunately sailing is incredibly diverse and
I can honestly say Cannes, the classics, and the Regatés Royales have been

Classic yachts demand an entirely different kind of photography, mostly due
to the sheer beauty of the boats. With modern raceboats we tend to focus on
the areas of action. The deck, the bow, the people hanging over the windward
side. The action at the marks, the starting sequences... It is all extremely
predictable and somewhat monotonous. Classic yachts on the other hand don't
require anything more than an appreciative eye and attention to detail. --
Read on:

Melges Performance Sailboats will be on full display at this year’s
Annapolis Boat Show on October 9-13. Melges will be featuring the Melges 20,
which will be on display and also available for test drives through the
show. The Melges 32 and Melges 24 will be in the water as well. Stop by the
show and check out the latest from Melges. –

In September 1938, a powerful hurricane struck the east coast with no
warning. Now, on the 70th anniversary of the storm, sailing superstar Carol
Newman Cronin has published "Oliver's Surprise" (September 2008,
GemmaMedia), a story about a young boy who transcends time in her native
Jamestown, Rhode Island. Member of the elite US Sailing Team from 2001-2007,
Cronin has used her sailing passion to paint a picture of Jamestown just
days before the Storm of '38 slammed New England.

"It's interesting how strong people's memories are. They have their own
stories or family stories passed down," says Olympian and national sailing
champion Cronin. "It's a very powerful story today, and certainly in
Jamestown that's true. Living here led me in this direction. I had to work
as a race official to get experience for the book, and then I had to go to
the Olympics to finish it," she says, laughing. -- Read on:

* Link to book:

(September 29, 2008) - The Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) submitted its
appeal brief today to the New York State Court of Appeals in a case that may
decide the future of yachting’s America’s Cup. Specifically, GGYC is asking
the court to declare it the legitimate Challenger of Record to Société
Nautique de Genève (SNG), the Swiss club that holds the Cup, and rule that
the challenge that SNG accepted from Club Náutico Español de Vela (CNEV) in
2007 is invalid under the 19th century “Deed of Gift” that governs the
oldest trophy in international sport.

GGYC spokesperson Tom Ehman said, “At their meeting this weekend, Larry
Ellison and Ernesto Bertarelli agreed to continue discussions that could
bring an end to this legal battle. However, no dates for further meetings
have been set, and we do not expect an immediate resolution. Today, we filed
our appeal brief with the New York State Court of Appeals to meet the
Court’s deadline. “Our offer still stands: we will withdraw our appeal to
the New York Court of Appeals if Mr. Bertarelli agrees to return to a
multi-challenger event for the 33rd America’s Cup with fair and competitive
rules similar to those used for AC32.” – Link to Brief:

As the 25th anniversary of the 1983 America's Cup victory passes, the full
story of one of Australia's finest sporting moments may be lost to the past.
An academic and sailing obsessive, Peter Edwards, has spent four years
trying to track down the footage of the seventh race of the 1983 America's
Cup and, sadly, he believes it no longer exists. The 25th anniversary of the
race was last Friday, September 26th.

Down three races to one, Australia II, funded by tycoon Alan Bond, came from
behind to end the Americans' 132-year defence of the trophy. In a Sydney
Morning Herald survey, the race was voted by readers as the most significant
sporting event in Australia's history. Mr Edwards was 14 when the Ben
Lexcen-designed 12-metre yacht famous for its controversial winged keel won
off Newport, Rhode Island, and he credits the event as engendering his
lifelong love of sailing.

Now the vice-commodore of the Royal Australian Navy Sailing Association, he
said that after an exhaustive four-year hunt for the footage of the race
from start to finish, he has come up empty-handed. -- The Age, read on:

* From Dr. Karl Urtz: September 26, 1983 was the day where the 12-m
“wing-keeled “ Australia II won the America’s Cup against US 40 Liberty and
finished a successful American defending period for 132 years. What happened
after with the boats? Australia II is in a museum, and Liberty was sold
around 1989 to Japanese brokers but is now reported to be lost, confirmed to
me by Bill Trenkle. Searching for her I file a lot of not-answered E-mails
but got some interesting info. She was repainted from ruby-red to white,
documented by two images in the book ‘America’s Cup XXVII, The Official
Record’ published by Dennis Conner. Bad news came from Mr.Hiroko Kato of the
Japanese Yachting Magazine KAZI:
“ …… For the boat, Dennis Conner's ‘Liberty’, we do not know about what she
is doing now. However, she had been in Japan certainly. We know some sailors
who had sailed Liberty. Since she has been lost, many people looked for her,
and we received a lot of inquiries about it. May be someone who didn’t know
about her history sold or let her die (rusting away).”

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Hmm, no footage, no Liberty. Who’s next…Dennis?

Brad Copper and crew aboard his Tripp 43 'TNT' won IRC B at Rolex Big Boat
Series after buying the boat just ten months ago and equipping it with a
brand-new set of North sails. "North is a solid company with great products.
The North sales and service teams have been very accommodating and have
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* North Sails has expanded its presence in the Midwestern region of the
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* North Sails and Sailing Weather Services have partnered to provide
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* Sayville, N.Y. (September 28, 2008) - It all came down to the final race
of sailing's U.S. Championship of Champions to find out who would take home
the crown in this battle of the best in one-design racing. Sailed in Sunfish
on Great South Bay out of host club Sayville Yacht Club (N.Y.), the battle
was on between Sunfish North American Champion Doug Kaukeinen (Rochester,
N.Y.) and Thistle National Champion and 2005 Champion of Champions Mike
Ingham (also from Rochester, N.Y.), both sailing out of Rochester Canoe
Club. Going into the final race, Kaukeinen was one point ahead of Ingham. In
the first leg of the final race, Ingham was ahead of Kaukeinen but Kaukeinen
passed him at the gate at the leeward mark. Ingham nearly caught up with the
Sunfish champion when the wind lightened but Kaukeinen managed to stay ahead
and finished second in the final race, securing his win, while Ingham
finished fifth. -- Full report:

* Chicago, Ill. (September 29, 2008) - Racing on the final day of the U.S.
Offshore Championship on Tartan 10s out of Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club was
tight and exciting in winds of 9 to 14 knots on Sunday afternoon. The battle
for the National Championship title and the Lloyd Phoenix Trophy was between
Rick Strilky (Chicago, Ill.) and his team representing Chicago Corinthian
Yacht Club and the defending champion Chuck Nichols (San Diego, Calif.) and
his team from San Diego Yacht Club. Going into the final day of racing,
Nichols' team was within striking distance of Strilky's team, just three
points separated the two teams. The race committee put on three races on the
final day. In the end, it was the team of hometown favorite Rick Strilky
that had stronger finishes: two race wins versus Nichols' one race win. --
Full report:

* Oyster Bay, N.Y. (September 29, 2008) - The U.S. Match Racing Championship
wrapped up on Sunday after four days of racing with the title and the Prince
of Wales Bowl going to Pequot Yacht Club (Southport, Conn.) for a fourth
time in the history of the Championship. Pequot Yacht Club's team was led by
Dave Perry (Southport, Conn.) who was joined by crew David Moffet
(Jamestown, R.I.), and Chris Museler (Portsmouth, R.I.). The Championship
was sailed in Sonars and hosted by Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in
Oyster Bay, N.Y. Weather conditions on Long Island Sound were not ideal for
sailing the last day of the Championship and the semi-finals were cut short
and finals cancelled due to lack of breeze (the first three days of the
regatta had seen heavy to moderate wind). -- Full report:

* With a win in Sunday's distance race and a little help from the
second-place boat, Seattle's Kris Bundy and Jamie Hanseler won their fourth
International 14 Nationals hosted by Richmond YC. The 25-boat fleet got
solid breeze into the mid-20s over the weekend's six races, which proved a
worthy adversary for much of the fleet - every boat below seventh place had
at least one letter score. -- Latitude 38, read on:

* 2008 Paralympic Gold Medalist Nick Scandone will be at Balboa Yacht Club
in Corona Del Mar, CA on Sunday, October 5th from 5-7pm for a celebration
event. On display will be the photos and videos taken by the team during
their time in Qingdao and Beijing. RSVP to Gracie at 949-673-3515 by October

* Danny de Cardenas of Nassau, Bahamas won the Bahamas Optimist National
Championship this past weekend in the two day event hosted by Nassau Yacht
Club and the Royal Nassau Sailing Club. The championship began four years
ago with just 12 boats, and has now grown to 81 competitors who traveled
from Abaco, Eleuthera, Long Island, Grand Bahama and New Providence. --
Championship fleet results:

* The 2008 12-Metre North American Championships hosted by the International
12 Metre Association and the New York Yacht Club attracted 11 yachts for
three days of racing Sept. 19-21. In Division A Grand Prix, Hissar (a 1987
America’s Cup contender), skippered by Edgar Cato, placed first, Courageous
(the America’s Cup winner in 1974 and 1977), skippered by Steve Glascock,
won four races in taking Division B Modern. In Division C Traditional,
Weatherly (the America’s Cup winner in 1962), with Clay Deutsch at the helm,
was victorious. -- Complete report:

* Sea, America’s Western Boating Magazine, is celebrating its 100th year of
publication by releasing a historic commemorative issue in October 2008,
containing 216 pages of vintage photos, Western boating history, stories of
landmark marine businesses and a timeline covering the changing world over
the past century. -- Full report:

* Four J Class yachts, including the new Huisman-built Hanuman, have
communicated their intention to participate in The Superyacht Cup 2009 in
Palma, June 24-27. It will be the first time the four J's, Ranger, Velsheda,
Shamrock V and Hanuman will race against each other. 2009 will be the 13th
year for The Superyacht Cup and 11 yachts have already registered. The fleet
of yachts will be berthed in the new central location in the heart of Palma
at Muelle Viejo, directly in front of the cathedral and the historic old
town district of the city. -- Complete report:

* Pursuant to the Canadian Yachting Association Bylaws, section 12.4 (d), a
listing of the people who are nominated to the Board of Directors is now

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* From Adrian Morgan: Call me shallow, but there must be a deeper, more
personal reason why the America's Cup has been brought to its knees. It
can't be about the small print in the Deed of Gift; or high-minded
objections, voiced by weasely lawyers, posing as 'defenders of the Holy
Grail'. No, there has to be a better explanation for why Mr Larry Ellison
has taken it so hard. It's got to be all about plain, simple jealousy. Larry
may be richer, and own a bigger yacht, but he's 64, and Ernesto Bertarelli's
42. Ernesto's won two America's Cups, Larry has yet to get to the finals.
Oh, and, (according to my girlfriend), Ernesto's much prettier... OK, OK,
trivial, I know, but it can't simply be about a yacht race?

* From Stephen Lobsinger: “This Cup is donated upon the condition that it
shall be preserved as a perpetual Challenge Cup for friendly competition
between foreign countries.” -Deed of Gift

As I sit back and ponder what the America's Cup would be like if it were to
be sailed in monstrous 90 foot multi's I can't help but wonder when (and if)
we will see an end to the courtroom drama. As a long time Cup observer it
isn't unusual for It to be surrounded in bitter battles both on and off the
water. The Cup has always inspired, and brought out the best and worst in
people, as only competition can. There isn't a single sailor out there who
hasn't dreamed of holding the oldest sports trophy in history high above
their heads.

There is a lot of negative talk surrounding the legal case between BMW
Oracle and Alinghi. Not only have these legal issues affected just about
every syndicate from the 32nd America's Cup, it is also reasonable to assume
that it has affected those of us that are passionate about yachting in one
way or another. Many will develop a grudge. Some will dislike Alinghi for
attempting to change the Regatta rules, introduce a new yacht class, and
alter the way the Cup has been run successfully for over a century and a
half. Others will dislike BMW Oracle for beginning what has seemed to be a
never ending legal charade. -- Read on:

* From Mark Powell, Tallahassee, FL: Congratulations to Robert Douglas on
setting the outright world speed record. I checked out the link to the SAIL
magazine article and photos and was shocked to see that Robert was not
wearing a helmet! Having lost two windsurfing buddies to kitesurfing head
injuries (Peter Nordby in Corpus Christi and Alex Caviglia in Miami), I
recommend that Robert invest in a good helmet ASAP!

* From John D Keogh, Newport RI: (re, classic yacht collisions) Based on my
witnessing of the handling of SUMURUN's elder owner last summer, and its
collision into two (2) classic NY 30's ALERA, and the subsequent sinking of
AMORITA, the only explanation was negligence! After last week’s tragic event
in Europe, SUMURUN's owner was very fortunate that no one was injured or
worse, perished last year.

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