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SCUTTLEBUTT 2698 - Wednesday, October 8, 2008

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The docks in the Volvo Ocean Race villages are always secretive as shore crews
look to hide their creations, but now, with the launch of a StealthPlay
initiative, the cloak and dagger feel will spread to the open ocean. Under the
device, crews will have one opportunity on each of the longer legs to activate
the play and have their location hidden from position reports and the public for
12 hours.

It is designed to add an intriguing tactical dimension to the race, whereby a
team might opt to make a tactical break from the fleet without the rest of
competitors knowing what they are doing and where they are on the race track.
Otherwise, position reporting times will be every three hours throughout the
duration of each offshore leg of the race, with reports circulated among the
fleet as well as being published on the event website.

Commented Green Dragon's Damian Foxall, "It can be used as a bluff or to hide
what you are doing. It could be useful when you are close to a finish. I think
offshore the players will be fairly clear as to what everyone is doing, maybe
with a couple of opportunities where there are several options to follow, but
when you have several good options it could be a good time to turn off the

When a boat in play passes a scoring gate - there are seven gates around the
course - her rounding time and points scored will be made public. Her position
will also be made public when the team is within 50 nautical miles of the
finish. Race Headquarters in the UK will continue to monitor each boat's
progress every 15 minutes for safety reasons, but this information is never made
public. -- Complete report:

The first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race starts on October 11th, taking the fleet
from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa, with many "make or break"
moments along the route. The distance is 6,500 nm, it is estimated to take 23
days, with an estimated arrival in Cape Town on November 3rd.

The first test for the crews on Leg 1 will be the Straits of Gibraltar. This
stretch of water is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, and the
Straits will provide plenty of challenges for the eight boat fleet. The winds
funnel through the Straits between the high land either side, as a result the
local effects can mean shifty conditions. There is great the potential for the
first leg to be won or lost right here.

After the west coast of Spain and Portugal which can produce a range of weather
at this time of year, the crew will need to negotiate the various weather
systems on the way. On this route the boat will pass in range of the Canary
Islands, where lighters winds will be encountered, especially at night. The crew
will be hoping to pass through the archipelago during daylight hours and hook
into the Trade Winds. The next major hurdle ahead is the Doldrums. -- Green
Dragon Ocean Racing team website, read on:

Walt Disney Pictures could have selected Jesse Fielding for a starring role in
their soon-to-be-released documentary Morning Light on his looks alone, but this
affable Wickford, RI native also brought a strong work ethic and abundant
ambition to the project. Morning Light, which premieres October 17, is the story
of 15 young sailors who raced a TP 52 in the 2,225-mile Transpac Race in 2007.

"I grew up sailing prams on Narragansett Bay," says Jesse. "In my first summer
of sailing, I got a scholarship to go to Wickford Yacht Club. I've played
competitive athletics my whole life, and I knew right away that I wanted to be
racing with the older kids. I followed the dinghy path - Optis, 420s and
Lasers - when I was younger. The Laser is the class that put me around a lot of
adult sailors. That changed how I looked at sailing, and I took to that

Jesse had an outstanding mentor during those years. "My high school sailing
coach, Scott Ferguson, is a great Laser sailor and a mast designer who has
designed rigs all over the world," he says. "Reading the magazines and seeing
the big boat technology made me want to be a part of that, so whenever I got an
opportunity to sail on a bigger boat I took it. When I was 17 and 18, it tended
to be a different boat every weekend. The main thing that got me into big boat
sailing was that I needed a summer job other than teaching sailing. I'd done
that for two years, and saw that there's another life across the bay in Newport.
The only way I knew how to get to that world was to just show up at Atlantic
Yacht Services and work ten hours a day. I'd known about New England Boatworks
in Portsmouth because all the big, cool race boats are there. I showed up there
one day, and started opening and cleaning the seacocks on a boat with one of the
partners in the company." -- WindCheck, read on:

* The Morning Light film opens nationwide on October 17th, with special
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MD; Reno, NV; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; San Diego, CA; Newport Beach, CA;
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Ben Ainslie (GBR) took his Olympic Gold Medal skills to the King Edward VII Gold
Cup presented by Argo Group. The British skipper of Team Origin was a perfect
three for three in Group One matches on the event's first day. Ainslie defeated
reigning champion Mathieu Richard (FRA), French Match Racing Team/French Spirit,
in a hot battle in the second flight of the day. In other Group One racing
Mattias Rahm (SWE), Stena Bulk Sailing Team, also stands 3-0. Winless Brian
Angel (USA) and Damien Lehl (2-1) were involved in a head-on collision at the
start of their third flight match.

As the winds picked up during the afternoon, there was more damage. Two booms
were broken and Ian Willliams' opponent in his third race had a breakdown before
the start. That race will be sailed first thing on Wednesday. Williams (GBR)
Team Pindar, the leader on the World Match Racing Tour, is the only skipper in
the group with a chance to go 3-0 in the first three flights. With all the
mayhem in Group Two, Williams is 2-0, Adam Minoprio (NZL), Emirates Team New
Zealand/BlackMatch Racing, is 2-0, Keith Swinton (AUS) Black Swan Racing and
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) of Alandia Sailing is also 2-0.

Of the 24 teams sailing the International One Design (IOD) class boats, the top
two from each of the three groups move on to the Quarter finals and the third
and fourth place finishers in each group sail off in a "repecharge" round robin
on Thursday afternoon for their second chance to win one of the last two Quarter
final slots.

Results are on both and

By Harry Legum, Annapolis Sailing Fitness
Many times in the gym I hear a reason or two as why "I just can't make it for
the workout". After twenty years of being a trainer, I have heard them all. I
had one mother who used her kids. Little Tommy is sick, class project, field
trip, runny nose etc. I had sympathy until I started keeping track and found
that she was recycling old excuses. Either train or don't.

Training should be as high of a priority as eating, using the restroom and
sleeping. Unfortunately we won't put it in the calendar, use how we feel as a
gauge and generally fall into a trap of inconsistency. The athletes who have the
greatest results, losing 5 lbs to a total body transformation, keep exercise as
a priority rain or shine. Most times, if we would simply "show up", we tend to
feel much better. As my Grandmother used to say; 90% of success is showing up!

It does take time to get into the routine. I read that it takes three weeks to
create a habit and a year before it's yours. Being an avid athlete should be
your patient yet stay excited, be consistent and realize that the pain
is temporary. The results that you will see will far out way the inconvenience
involved. --

About seven years ago, Jock West, a marine marketing consultant based in
Portsmouth, R.I., hatched an idea to put a new twist on traditional boat show
booths. He reasoned that if buyers could see products installed and working on a
boat, the real-life presentation would serve as a much better showcase than a
static display on a showroom floor. West, 64, went looking for the right boat,
and he found it in Showtime, a 63-foot Trumpy that has gone through a major

It may have taken seven years for West to turn his vision into reality, but it's
finally happening, as Showtime cruises to major boat shows this season to bring
products, appliances, paint, electronics and other items from more than 30
sponsors before the boating public. "It's like being in a classic old boat, but
with state-of-the-art everything," West says, noting that the inception of the
idea to use a boat to highlight products occurred when he "got sick of trying to
figure out how to showcase paint in a 10-by-10 booth. "No matter how much money
you spend to make a cool experience for customers, when push comes to shove, you're
still showing them a can of paint," he says, until you properly apply paint to a
boat to show how great it looks. -- Soundings Trade Only, read on:

* It is boat show season, and this week Jock will be at the US Sailboat Show in
Annapolis. If you are coming to the show on Friday, Scuttlebutt editor Craig
Leweck will be at the Bitter End Yacht Club's booth at 5pm. Join Craig at the
BEYC booth 53 in Tent D on Friday to hear more about Bitter End's 2008 Pro Am
Regatta (and Scuttlebutt Sailing Club Championship) for November, and the
January 2009 Medicine for Mariners seminar. Or of course, you can also just come
by the BEYC booth for the snacks and adult beverages, and to offer the
"Curmudgeon" your gripes, opinions, complements, or observations. To make an
appointment in advance, email at

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* The BMW Oracle trimaran docked out at around noon on Tuesday from their
temporary base in San Diego for their first test sail there. Photos are posted
on the Valencia Sailing website:

* The Canadian Laser/ Radial National Qualifier Regatta was held last weekend at
St. Margaret Bay Sailing Club in Nova Scotia, where it was Bernard Luttmer
(RCYC) that won in the Laser with 20 points, Abe Torchinsky (RVYC) was second
with 27 points and Dave Wright from RCYC was third with 33 points. In the
Radial, Jen Spalding (RVYC) continued her winning ways and took 1st place
overall with 17 points. Second went to Danielle Dube (RNSYS) with 20 points and
Keamia Rasa from (RVYC) was 3rd with 27 points. -- Full report:

* The 505 World Championship will be held October 11-17 in Palermo, Italy, with
16 US entrants and one Canadian on the competitor's list. A total of 124 boats
from 12 countries are signed up, and many are competing this week in Palermo for
the European Championship. --

* Trieste, Italy (October 7, 2008) - Following many practice days with perfect
sailing conditions, the RC 44's involved in the Friuli Venezia Giulia RC 44 Cup
spent most of the afternoon waiting for the breeze. Race Officer Peter Reggio
held the fleet out appropriately, and managed to initiate a first starting
session at 3:45 PM, and with one flight of match racing completed, Ceeref,
Organika, Team Aqua and, BMW ORACLE Racing (with Larry Ellison steering and
Russell Coutts calling tactics) each earned a precious point in a fluky three
knot breeze. -- Complete report:

* On Columbus Day weekend (October 11 -12, 2008) high performance dinghy sailors
from all over the East Coast will be gathering at American Yacht Club in Rye,
NY. The Heineken High Performance Dinghy Open is the only gathering of its kind
in the region, hosting classes including the 505, Flying Dutchman, RSK6, and the
Viper. Additionally, a fleet of over 20 A-Class Catamarans and a fleet of
Foiling Moths are expected. A PY Handicap division will also be available. --

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* From Derek Bouwer: I was reading the Interview with Ernesto Bertarelli where
he states that both he and Larry Ellison have a passion for Sailing. This being
the case, how could they have brought the Americas Cup into such a predicament?
Surely this passion for sailing should have been bigger than their personal
ambitions for and in the sport?

Once again I firmly believe that the Sailing community should take the
prestigious cup back to sailing, Apply the Deed of Gift as it stands, invite
tenders to host the next AC, and then invite these two protagonist to compete,
if they so desire or even wish to? Surely the sport is always greater than the
sum of its parts! (Ernesto's interview can be found here on Valencia Sailing:

Editor's Note: Yes -- we're publishing a bit early tonight, but we know our
readers would not want us to be late for the reception at the world premiere of
Disney's Morning Light. More on this later.

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