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SCUTTLEBUTT 2699 - Thursday, October 9, 2008

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(Excerpt from a story posted on The Daily Sail subscription website)

Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad has instigated a gathering of the clans this
coming Sunday, the day after the teams set sail for Cape Town, in order to
brainstorm the future of the event as well as to engender interest and dialogue.
Those attending are primarily sailors or team representatives from all walks of
the professional sailing community - existing Volvo teams, America's Cup teams,
the French Open 60 and former ORMA teams along with industry heavyweights such
as OC boss Mark Turner.

Interestingly the conference is focusing on sailors and their input. "We need to
listen to the sailors," Frostad tells us. "The sponsors are very important, no
doubt about it, and we have brought a lot of sponsors, who are not in the race,
down to Alicante already just to showcase the race to them, because sailing
needs to be showcased and there are certain CEOs out there from big corporations
who have never heard about it, they have barely know about the sport."

Frostad believes that one of the keys to the success of his event is ensuring
that all the top sailing heroes - the Coutts, Cayards, Daltons, Spithills,
Kosteckis, etc - are clamoring to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race and a
principle aim of his is finding out how to make this happen. "It's the same with
all events - 'if he is there and he is there, then I have to be there'. We want
to find out what it takes to create that effect so that most people are
interested in being here." --

* PUMA Sailing has partnered with Bladerider International to showcase a duo of
fully PUMA-branded foiling Moths at all 11 Volvo Ocean Race Stopover cities.
Crewed by world class Moth sailors, the mini 'il mostros' will provide
entertainment for spectators as they blast around the harbour each day in every
port. Lifting out of the water on their hydrofoils in just five knots of winds
the moths can achieve speeds of over 25 knots in 20 knots of breeze. --

* Team Delta Lloyd is back on the water and sailing four days after their yacht's
hull was damaged during the in-port race on Saturday. Ger O'Rourke's
preparations for Saturday's first leg start were dealt an untimely blow on
Alicante Bay when Team Russia speared bow-first into Delta Lloyd during the
start of the second race. It left a sizeable puncture hole towards the back end
of the hull on the starboard side, but, after an intensive repair operation, the
boat returned to the water at 0930 this morning for a two-hour sail.

The Louis Vuitton Pacific Series has doubled in size, with the addition of two
race boats loaned by the BMW Oracle Racing team permitting an entry of 12 teams.
Eleven teams have already entered the international match racing event and all
but two have already paid entry fees. There is only one racing slot remaining.
"Thanks to the kind offer of BMW Oracle to lend two fully-equipped race boats we
are able to expand the entry list to 12 boats," said Louis Vuitton spokesman
Bruno Troublé.

The two yachts, USA 87 and USA 89 will be shipped from Valencia, Spain to
Auckland, New Zealand where the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series will take place
from January 31 to February 14, 2009. The American boats will join the Emirates
Team New Zealand yachts NZL 92 and NZL 84 to provide two pairs of boats for
match racing. Troublé said that the Italian team Mascalzone Latino had also
spontaneously offered its boats for the series but the organizers had chosen the
American boats because of similarities in their design.

"Given the widespread support for the race, we think the LV Pacific Series will
be an 'instant classic' and an important new date on the sailing calendar," said
Russell Coutts, BMW Oracle Racing's CEO/Skipper. "We thank event sponsor Louis
Vuitton and Bruno Troublé, and Emirates Team New Zealand for their vision and
support, and we look forward to seeing all of the great racing teams on the
water early next year."

The following teams have officially entered:
. Emirates Team New Zealand
. K Challenge (France)
. Mascalzone Latino (Italy)
. BMW Oracle Racing (USA)
. China Team (China)
. Team French Spirit (France)
. Australia First (Australia)
. Team Shosholoza (Republic of South Africa)

Three more teams have entered, but will announce their participation at a later

BMW Oracle Racing got a picture-postcard day and a nice breeze on Tuesday as it
began the second phase of testing aboard the massive trimaran that might be used
in the next America's Cup. "It was a really nice day for sailing in San Diego,"
tactician John Kostecki said after the triple-hulled boat, which measures 90
feet by 90 feet, returned to its berth around sunset. "We had like 16 to 18
knots of wind, which is pretty unusual for around here." Kostecki said the boat
reached speeds of 22 to 23 knots. "We weren't even pushing it," he said. "We
weren't really full-on, then, either. I think normally in that condition we
could get it up a lot faster, up to 28 or 30 knots."

It's such a high-performance boat that the sailors wear helmets and life vests,
which aren't normally part of the apparel for America's Cup crews. "It makes me
feel a lot more comfortable," said Kostecki, who likens the crew to test pilots.
"I thought about it a couple of times today, 'Well, I'm glad I've got this gear
on.' "

Even with all the time, effort and an estimated $10 million that have gone into
it, the trimaran might not get the chance to sail for the oldest trophy in
international sports. -- Excerpt from an Associated Press story by Bernie
Wilson. Full story:

Please come join us at J World San Diego's Grand Opening of our new location and
20th Anniversary Celebration! On Saturday, October 11, 2008 from 12:00pm to
5:00pm, special events will include: Tour of the new office, the J/80, J/105 &
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to sign up for classes at our discounted rate! Stop by 2240 Shelter Island
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With only one match remaining in the Round Robin, Ben Ainslie's (GBR) Team
Origin, Ian Williams' (GBR) Team Pindar, and Johnie Berntsson's (SWE) Berntsson
Sailing Team are the only three teams of 24 which have definitely qualified for
the next Quarter-Final stage at the King Edward VII Gold Cup presented by Argo

The top two teams from each group move on to the Quarter finals and the third
and fourth place finishers in each group sail off in a 'Repechage' round robin
on Thursday afternoon for their second chance to win one of the last two Quarter
final slots. Following the Quarter-finals on Friday, winners move into the
Semi-Finals on Saturday and the top two go to the Finals on Sunday.

Among those in contention are the three French teams - Mathieu Richard's French
Match Racing Team/Team French Spirit, Sebastien Col's French Match Racing Team/K
Challenge, and Damien Iehl's French Match Racing Team - as well as Andrew Horton
(USA), Keith Swinton (AUS), and Adam Minoprio (NZL) and his Emirates Team New
Zealand/BlackMatch Racing Team. And if they win in their final matches, other
contenders in the Repechage include Torvar Mirsky (AUS) and his Mirsky Racing
Team, David Perry (USA), and Mattias Rahm (SWE) and his Stena Bulk Sailing
Team. - Sail- World website: full story:

Official websites: and

The curmudgeon got lucky last night. Somehow, my seats at the world premiere of
Disney's Morning Light movie were right across the aisle from the young crew who
sailed the TP52 on the Transpac Race. What a hoot! It was no surprise that the
500 invited guests at the premiere -- many of whom have logged many hundreds of
offshore miles -- absolutely loved this film. But it was the upbeat, spontaneous
reactions from the members of the Morning Light crew that left me with the
evening's most indelible impression.

Talking with Morning Light coaches Robbie Haines, Stan Honey and big Mike Howard
during the reception prior to the screening left no doubt that they all held
very high opinions of each of these young men and women. Watching the reactions
of these team members during the film gave me a far better understanding why
their coaches feel that way. What a great bunch of kids they seem to be, and
Disney's masterfully edited documentary certainly captured the full gamut of
their emotions during this life-altering adventure.

Did I like the film? You bet I did! And I'm also very sure that Scuttlebutt
readers will enjoy it every bit as much as I did. Will the film have 'legs'
outside of the sailing community? I have no idea, but Roy Disney certainly has a
very positive outlook on that subject.

One thing I am sure about -- Roy and Leslie Disney have presented the sailing
community with a true treasure. -- The Curmudgeon

* To read Craig Leweck's film review of Morning Light published in Scuttlebutt

* TiVo Time: If you missed Wednesday evening's 60-minute ESPN2 special that
dealt with Morning Light crew selection, it's on again Thursday at 9 PM Pacific

Last Saturday there was a collision between the Nordic 40 Stand By and Maltese
Falcon on San Francisco Bay. The smaller boat plowed into the 289-ft yacht's
starboard beam, damaging a bit of the hull and rail. The top of the mast also
punched a hole in one of Falcon's sails. As for the smaller boat, a big chunk
was taken out of her bow. We haven't been able to locate the skipper of Stand By
for comment, but (owner Tom) Perkins posted his version of what happened on
photographer Peter Lyons' website to accompany the many photos Lyons captured of
the incident. It reads as follows:

"A few minutes before this photo sequence was taken, the Falcon had turned to
port, to give the right of way to the smaller yacht, which was to leeward on the
starboard tack. The Stand By was originally on a roughly reciprocal course to
that of the Falcon. Prior to the photos shown here, Stand By was bearing away,
and the two yachts were on safe courses to pass roughly with a distance of 200
feet separation. After Stand By had sailed past the Falcon's bow, the smaller
vessel suddenly rounded up, possibly to tack in order to follow the Falcon, when
she lost control. With her main sheeted hard in, the smaller boat was unable to
bear away to avoid a collision. A San Francisco Bay Pilot was on the Falcon's
bridge overseeing the Falcon's course at all times. The pilot is also an
experienced sailor and sailboat owner. Because of the Falcon's tonnage, a
licensed pilot is required whenever the yacht is underway, approaching, or
inside the Bay. The Stand By did not stop after the collision. The Falcon furled
her sails and pursued the 40-footer under power, in order to determine her name
and registration number. The pilot radioed the U.S. Coast Guard, which
intercepted Stand By and boarded her. The accident was caused by Stand By's
sudden change of course, which was much too quick to permit the Falcon to
respond. The Falcon sustained damage to hull, capping rail, superstructure and
main lower topsail, but fortunately there were no injuries to persons aboard
either vessel."

"We spoke to others who were aboard Falcon, such as Tad Lacey, who has been
sailing and racing the Bay for more than 50 years, and they were dumbfounded at
what happened. Lacey and the others said the boats were passing with no problem
until Stand By suddenly luffed up.

"We sailed aboard Falcon the next day, and can confirm that many small boat
skippers seemed intent on getting as close as possible to Falcon -- even if it
meant crossing a short distance in front of her bow with a backwinded genoa or
sailing on a reciprocal course. Please folks, give a little room. Besides, the
view is even better from several hundred feet away." -- Excerpt from a story by
Richard Spindler posted with pictures on the Latitude 38 website:

In Southwestern Yacht Club's 2008 Little Ensenada Race, 93 competitors headed
south Saturday from San Diego to go racing and maybe enjoy a taco south of the
border. Ullman Sails customers claimed top spots in several divisions, including
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PHRF-1. John Laun's "Caper" finished first in the J/120 one-design fleet. P.K.
and Vance Edwards' "Wind Dancer" won PHRF-4, and David Baer's Catalina 30
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* Heavy medal in Annapolis "I'll bring myself and my medal," says Zach Railey,
America's best Finn sailor and Olympic silver medalist who will roll into
Annapolis, Md., this weekend for an exclusive presentation at the U.S. Sailboat
Show. The public is invited to come and hear how this Olympic star emerged from
the cauldron of tricky winds and currents off Qingdao with a medal in hand.
Attendance is free and boat show entry is not required. Location: Annapolis
Marriot Waterfront Hotel, Sunday, Oct. 12, at 12:00 p.m.

* Only four spots remain open to fill the limit of 40 boats for the Del Rey
Yacht Club's International Race Series to Puerto Vallarta next January 31. And
those who sign up by October 31 for the 20th biennial event, presented by Corum
Swiss Timepieces, will get a $200 discount on their entry fees. In the event's
new format of four races in one, the object is to provide serious racers an
opportunity to compete between layovers at Turtle Bay, Magdalena Bay and Cabo
San Lucas for as many legs as they choose to sail. --

* Ethanol-laden gasoline, dubbed "E-10" for its 10% ethanol content, is now
commonplace at marina fuel docks. The Boat Owners Association of The United
States (BoatU.S.) recommendations that boat owners stop at the fuel dock and top
off the tank before hauling out, leaving it nearly full with just a little room
for expansion to ensure that spring commissioning will go smoothly. That's
because E-10 can phase separate, or form two separate solutions in the gas
tank - water and fuel - over a long winter storage period. Once this happens,
the engine may not run and internal damage can occur. --

* The RC 44's managed to complete two more flights in the Friuli Venezia Giulia
RC44 Cup on Wednesday. BMW Oracle Racing (Larry Ellison) Cro-A-Sail, Ceeref and
Artemis are the winners of the day. However, with only three flights completed
the contest is not valid. The fleet regatta starts tomorrow. --

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* From Scott Ridgeway: I don't envy the task of the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year
judges -- there were a lot of outstanding performances in 2008. First, there was
the incredible Etchells campaign that Bill Hardesty launched in 2007 which
culminated in a 2008 Etchells World Championship in Chicago last June. That was
followed by Zack Railey's rise for relative obscurity on the international Finn
circuit to winning a Silver Medal for Team USA in Qingdao. And then there is the
sentimental favorite, Nick Scandone, who not only defeated the best of the SKUD
18 sailors at the Paralympics -- he fought off an even tougher battle with ALS
to bring home a Gold Medal. And you can't forget Paul Foerster who won both US
Sailing's O'Day Championship and then the 2008 Sunfish World Championship.

But there is one other player who can't be overlooked by the judges - Terry
Hutchinson. With no America's Cup activity taking place this year, the best of
the World's professional sailors were all gathered in the Mediterranean for the
TP52 MedCup circuit. Hutchinson had the daunting task of putting together a new
boat, a new crew and directing the never-ending sail development program as he
functioned as both skipper and helmsman of Quantum Racing. This team got better
with each regatta and won the 2008 MedCup with unprecedented ease . against the
best sailors in the world. I think this may be the year that US Sailing finally
gives Terry a new watch.

* From David Foscarini, Scarborough, ON, Canada: I was lucky enough to see the
Morning Light movie Saturday Oct 4. I highly recommend the movie to anyone who
knows anything about sailing or has any aspirations to big boat sailing. I think
if we get enough sailors to see the movie they will tell their non-sailing
friends to see the movie, then the movie will be a success and sailing in
general benefits. So see it and tell your friends!

I got a lot of exercise in the last few years . . . just getting over the hill.

Special thanks to at J World San Diego and Ullman Sails.

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