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SCUTTLEBUTT 2711 - Monday, October 27, 2008

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Today's sponsors are Samson, Team One Newport, and Seitech racks.

The headline is a little harsh, but the topic here involves advertising on
boats. The ISAF Advertising Code allows for races to be run under either
Category A (no advertising) or Category C (advertising permitted with some
restriction). The most prevalent examples have been in the Americas’ Cup or
the around the world races, but boat sponsorship can trickle down as far as
a one design class or an event permits.

Lately, various race results include teams named Quantum Racing, with the
boats being branded after the sailmaker they receive support from. Amid the
TP 52 circuit in Europe, and the Melges 24 racing in the U.S., you will find
successful teams named Quantum Racing. The question is whether there is any
difference between a boat being branded after a sailmaker and a boat being
branded after a non-marine entity.

Will PUMA have demonstrated they have better shoes if Ken Read’s team wins
the Volvo Ocean Race? Not likely, but PUMA certainly hopes to leverage the
marketing opportunities of the race to better expose their brand. Now
exchange PUMA with Quantum Racing, and shoes with sails. Much like the old
line about chickens and pigs, and their respective relationships with
ham-and-egg breakfasts; it's a parable on the differences between
involvement and commitment. The chicken, of course, is involved, but the
pig? He's committed.

The history of all sailmakers supporting racing teams is long, most notably
in one design classes. Sometimes it is the company’s boat, and sometimes it
is not. Either way, the purpose, at least in part, is to demonstrate the
effectiveness of the sails. Good results don’t always equate to selling
sails, but bad results make for a rocky sales pitch.

This week at the Melges 24 North Americans, if you didn’t know that Terry
Hutchinson’s team was supported by Quantum Sails, the Quantum Racing boat
name will dispatch any doubt. For those following the event online, the
team’s sponsor will be quickly evident. So how do you feel about a sponsored
sailmaking team’s boat also being fully branded? Vote here:

* From the Notice of Race for Acura Key West 2009: “Those One Design classes
that have chosen to race under Category A will sail under Category A for
this regatta. Those One Design classes that have chosen to race under
Category C and those boats sailing under the handicap rules (PHRF & IRC),
will sail under Category C.” --

(Oct. 26, 2008; Day 16) - The story for the fleet is all about how fast and
how far south you can get, to catch a ride on the low pressure system that’s
due to depart Brazil, headed for Cape Town, and will provide record runs for
the fleet. To illustrate this determination, on Friday the fleet was
headsail reaching on port at about a 200 degree heading with a true wind of
130 degrees. On Saturday, despite the wind backing to 80 degrees, despite
the spinnakers being set, the fleet was still hugging the Brazilian coast on
a 200 degree heading… and the bearing to Cape Town was 120 degrees then. If
they wanted to, they could sheet in as they were now on layline to the
finish, but the riches that lay further south were historically worthy of
this detour. Finally on Sunday, the course of the fleet beagan bending
toward Cape Town. They are still crabbing south, with the leaders on port
aiming about 25 degrees low of the finish, but the wind is fully backed to
10 degrees, the kites are up, and the wet gear is poised for potent weather
system that is expected by Tuesday to launch the fleet across the Atlantic.

The length of Leg One is 6500nm, with teams expected to finish by the first
week in November. Current standings (as of Oct. 27, 1:00am GMT):
1. Ericsson 4, Torben Grael, 2849 nm Distance to Finish
2. Puma, Ken Read, 6 nm Distance to Lead
3. Green Dragon, Ian Walker, 28 nm DTL
4. Telefonica Black, Fernando Echavarri, 35 nm DTL
5. Telefonica Blue, Bouwe Bekking, 41 nm DTL
6. Ericsson 3, Anders Lewander, 79 nm DTL
7. Delta Lloyd, Ger O'Rourke, 105 nm DTL
8. Team Russia, Andreas Hanakamp, 206 nm DTL
Race website:

* For the past few days, the standings and the Distance to Lead information
has not been too helpful as the fleet sailed nearly right angles to the
finish. If someone wanted to have their day in the sun, they could have
aimed at Cape Town after the Fernando de Noronha scoring gate and quickly
climbed in the standings (and then fell as quickly after slamming into the
South Atlantic High). The standings information should become more relevant
now that the fleet is beginning to aim at the finish line.

Samson rigging lines WarpSpeed and Flavored Ice made their film debut in the
Disney production Morning Light, which opened in select theaters on October
17. The journey of 15 young sailors from 18 to 23 years old is documented in
the film as they race Roy Disney’s state-of-the-art 52' yacht Morning Light
against professional sailors in the Transpac 2007. Chief rigger for the
yacht, Scott Easom said, “I was given the responsibility of helping those
kids safely to Hawaii. Since I couldn’t be on board with them, I sent them
out there with the best: Samson.” For more information visit and

* Ian Walker, Green Dragon skipper: “The router suggests we will do the
final 3400 miles in 7 days which is nearly 500 miles per day. Considering we
are in light winds all day today that can only mean some big days ahead. In
24 hours time it will be hard to do anything onboard. I have prepared my dry
suit, boots and safety kit and caught up on a lot of sleep.” --

* Guy Salter, Ericsson 4 media crew: “There has been a lot of activity
onboard today with everyone triple checking their areas ready for the mighty
kicking we are about to receive. In the old Volvo 60s, 40 kts would be
towards upper end of racing mode; in these boats 40kts is a lot more like
survival mode. It will be bumpy, wet and bloody uncomfortable but hopefully
fast.” --

Which of the following movements is illegal according to the rules:
* Sticking a foot in the water to slow the boat next to a mark.
* Pulling the main to accelerate down the leeward side of a wave.
* Pushing down the centerboard in the mud in a shallow area just before the
starting line to stay still in a current against the boat.
* Repeatedly moving the tiller to turn the boat from head to wind to a
close-hauled course.
* Using the propeller (by turning on the engine) to get clear of another
boat after a collision.
* Pulling in the anchor and let the momentum carry the boat over the
starting line.
See Answers Below…

(Oct. 24, 2008) - Sir Richard Branson and the TeamOrigin crew aboard Virgin
Money have been forced to abandon their transatlantic monohull speed record
attempt. Just two days after setting sail from New York, USA, they
experienced substantial damage to their mainsail and spinnaker caused by a
large wave striking them from behind and washing one of the life rafts
overboard. With the world record now out of their grasp, Virgin Money is
diverting to St George, Bermuda, where it is expected to arrive at
approximately 21:00 GMT this evening.

Said Sir Richard Branson: “We have had an eventful trip with waves up to 40
feet, gale force winds between force 7 and 9. We got taken by one massive
monster wave, which approached us from behind and took one of our life
rafts. Fortunately all the crew were harnessed in, so everybody was safe.
The storm blew out a spinnaker and it ripped the mainsail. We have tried to
repair the mainsail, and managed to mend one bit, but the bottom of the sail
was too badly ripped.” -- Complete report:

Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Oct. 25, 2008) - After being crowned MedCup
champions last month, the American boat Quantum Racing helmed by Terry
Hutchinson won the world title with a race to spare. The Americans decided
to convert themselves to spectators in the last race of the series, in order
to avoid influencing the tough three-way battle for 2nd and 3rd overall,
taking place between Mutua Madrileña, Platoon and Artemis as any of these
three boats could finish the championship in any of the two podium places.
Artemis led from the start until the leeward gate when Desafío overtook them
after picking the right shift and staging a great recovery through the
fleet. With Artemis 2nd and Platoon 6th at the bottom mark, the Swedish boat
was guaranteed 3rd overall in the Championship. It proved too early to rule
out Jochen Schuemann’s Platoon as they passed Cristabella and Bribón, and in
the final leg it was Matador’s turn to surrender to the German attacks.
Platoon crossed the finish line in the wake of Artemis and grabbed the
bronze medal by the slimmest possible margin, 0.25 points.

Final standings (top 5 of 14)
1. Quantum (USA), Terry Hutchinson, 2-6-1-4-6-2.50-2.50, 24.00 points
2. Mutua Madrileña (CHI), Vasco Vascotto, 3-1-6-1-1-8.75-10, 32.00 points
3. Artemis (SWE), Torbjorn Tornqvist, 1-2-2-11-13-1.25-10, 40.25 points
4. Desafío (ESP), Paul Cayard, 5-7-11-12-2-5-1.25, 43.25 points
5. Platoon (GER), Jochen Schuemann, 8-9-12-3-3-6.25-3.75, 45.00 points
Complete report and standings:

* Great photos from Amory Ross and Nico Martinez:

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Following last week’s announcement by Alinghi of their intention to try and
push forward with the 33rd America’s Cup, BMW Oracle Racing owner Larry
Ellison issued a letter to Alinghi owner Ernesto Bertarelli, who then issued
his response.

* From Larry: It is unfortunate we did not meet as planned while I was in
Trieste last week. I still hope we can meet again soon, and stand ready to
do so at a mutually agreeable time and place. As you know from our
discussions in Auckland during the 2003 Cup, I support modernizing the Cup
to the extent possible under the current Deed of Gift. I think we made good
progress with AC32, and we can do more. And, as you know from our meeting in
San Francisco two weeks ago, I think some of your re-structuring ideas have
merit. But those will take time to develop and implement, and in the
meantime we need to focus on solutions to get the America’s Cup back on the
water as soon as possible. We also should not attempt to change 157 years of
history and tradition overnight, without carefully considering all the
ramifications of such changes and consulting with the important
stakeholders.” -- Read on:

* From Ernesto: “I am disappointed that we were not able to meet in Europe
the first week of October, as it was agreed last time I came to visit you in
San Francisco. I am not surprised thus, that after your meeting in Trieste
you have decided to communicate by mail rather than face-to-face. I was
hoping that we would avoid unnecessary interference to our discussions and
work hand-in-hand toward a resolution to the current standstill. I feel it
is very appropriate that in your letter, you mention the 157-year history of
the America’s Cup and the Deed of Gift, as reference to the conduct of the
current event. Alinghi, by winning the America’s Cup twice on the water in
2003 and then again in 2007, is its legitimate Defender and has earned the
right to organize the event.” - Read on:

* Ithaca, NY - The 2008-2009 ICSA/Laser Performance Men’s and Women's
Singlehanded Championship were hosted by Cornell University on October
24-26, with 18 of the finest entrants in each division competing in winter
conditions. While Anne Haeger of Boston College went on to build a 50 point
winning margin in the women’s fleet, the men’s division was not decided
until the final run to the finish, when Cy Thompson of Roger Williams
University rallied to finish right on the heels of Kyle Rogachenko of Old
Dominion University for the tie and the win. -- Results and photos from
Glennon Stratton:

* St. Petersburg, FL - The 2008 Rolex Osprey Cup hosted by St. Petersburg
Yacht Club, an ISAF Grade 1 women’s match racing regatta, also hosted Claire
Leroy (FRA), the world’s #1 ranked match racer and ISAF Rolex Sailor of the
Year in 2007 amongst its ten entrants. However, the hospitality ended there
as Leroy got eliminated in the semi-finals by American Deborah Capozzi.
Giulia Conti (ITA) went on to beat Capozzi in the finals for the win. Racing
was held in Sonar class keelboats from October 22-25 on Tampa Bay. --

* (Oct. 24, 2008) - The overall winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race 2008 was
determined at 20.49CET yesterday evening when, Ricomincio da tre (ITA), the
last remaining boat on the course with a prospect of winning, failed to
cross the finish line. Thierry Bouchard and the Beneteau 40.7 Spirit of Ad
Hoc (FRA) were duly declared the victors, the first time since 2002 that a
yacht under fifty-foot has won the race. Bouchard has previously competed in
the double-handed Transat Jacques Vabre in 2007 and the single-handed
Transat from Plymouth to Boston in 2008. Sixty-seven boats started, with 52
finishers. --

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* Harry W. Walker of Vero Beach, Florida passed away peacefully at home on
October 23rd. He was a lifetime sailor who was involved in all levels of the
sport. He was best known for his service to the International Star Class. He
served as Secretary for the organization for a number of years and continued
to compete right up until this past Spring. The only thing that stopped him
then was a broken wrist. He was awarded his Silver Star during competition
in the South American World's with Dave Perry serving as his crew. He sailed
many different boats in his lifetime, but the Star was his true love.

Harry was an outstanding member of the class serving as mentor, teacher and
friend to those coming up in the sport. He had the honor of working on
several Olympic committees all dealing with sailing. This past Spring he was
Race Chairman Emeritus for the Star Worlds held in Miami, Florida. His
greatest legacy is the love of sailing he instilled in several generations
including his grandchildren. There was no such thing as an age barrier for
Harry. As long as you truly had a drive to learn, he was there for you. He
helped untold numbers of people with Olympic campaigns, training, and
introductions to the right people. Harry did so much more than what I have
mentioned here that it is hard to fit it all in. He will be dearly missed by
his wife Thea, children, grandchildren and friends. -- Patricia Walker

* George H. Kiefer Jr. member #2 of Wisconsin's Lake Geneva Yacht Club,
passed away October 23rd. George joined the club in 1938 and was commodore
in 1978-79. Over the years George raced iceboats (Skeeters and DNs) and just
about every type of sailboat you could imagine. He was a many-time M-20 scow
national champion with faithful crew Terry Leahy. His adeptness on the race
course earned him the nickname "The Fox." His boats were named Gee Kay, and
often people thought his wife's name must be Kay. So finally they named the
family motorboat Gee Betty Ann, after the real name of George's beloved
wife. Betty Ann had to put up with George storing, and even building, boats
inside their homes on Lake Geneva and in the Wildwood neighborhood of
Chicago. George is survived by his wife; children Martha, Marianne, George
and John; and four grand-daughters. He will be sorely missed by the Lake
Geneva sailing and iceboating communities. -- Susie Pegel

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* STICKING a foot in the water to slow the boat next to a mark. ILLEGAL
It's the same as if you would stick a paddle into the water: Rule 42 does
not only prohibits gaining speed in that way, but also loosing speed.
* PULLING the main to accelerate down the leeward side of a wave. LEGAL
This is specifically allowed in rule 42.3(c), but only once for each wave or
gust of wind and not on a beat to windward. The latter looks a little
redundant because, how can you surf down the leeward side of a way going
upwind. But there are also other waves on the racecourse. A wake of a
passing boat for instance.
* PUSHING down the centerboard in the mud in a shallow area just before the
starting line to stay still in a current against the boat. LEGAL
This is the same as anchoring, which is allowed in RRS 45. You may also
stand on the bottom and hold your boat.

Still curious whether these are illegal:
* Repeatedly moving the tiller to turn the boat from head to wind to a
close-hauled course.
* Using the propeller (by turning on the engine) to get clear of another
boat after a collision.
* Pulling in the anchor and let the momentum carry the boat over the
starting line.
Complete answers at the Racing Rules of Sailing blog:

Some of the random photos from the sport received last week at Scuttlebutt
include Hugo Boss repairing, Virgin Money spending, Johnstone celebrating,
stormy crossing, J/29 launching, Disney waving, women racing, and King
Neptune punishing. 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 Herb McCormick: Thanks for running my story on Jeffrey Dingle and his
M65 Mini-Transat boat in Scuttlebutt 2709. However, I made an egregious
error in the story regarding the talented McKee brothers. It was Jonathan,
not Charlie, who almost won the 2003 Mini-Transat before his dismasting with
less than a thousand miles to go. Sometimes it's hard to keep those boys
straight. Anyway, I apologize for the mistake and appreciate the opportunity
to set the record straight.

“Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” -- John

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