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SCUTTLEBUTT 2714 - Thursday, October 30, 2008

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(Oct. 29, 2008; Day 19) - Ericsson 4 broke through the 600-mile barrier as
their historic run continued with the log reaching 602.66 nautical miles at
18:54 GMT (not yet ratified). The team had actually eclipsed the previous
best 24-hour run for a racing monohull of 562.96 miles earlier in the day -
set by Sebastian Josse and the crew of ABN AMRO TWO on the second leg of the
2005-06 race from Cape Town to Melbourne - and then continued to push the
bar higher as they opened their lead on the fleet. The new mark established
by Torben Grael's men translates into an average speed of 25.11 knots.

Race performance expert Mark Chisnell comments on the forecast ahead:
"Barring a breakdown or crash - the leaders should stay with the front until
about 500nm from Cape Town, by then the breeze will be dropping fast on the
evening of the 31st October. That's a couple of days away, so it's all a bit
speculative, but there is still time for another squeeze of the accordion as
the leading trio run into the protective wall of light air that's entrenched
around the finish."

The length of Leg One is 6500nm, with the leader expected to finish by
November 2nd. Current standings (as of Oct. 30, 1:00am GMT):
1. Ericsson 4, Torben Grael, 1411 nm Distance to Finish
2. Puma, Ken Read, 56 nm Distance to Lead
3. Ericsson 3, Anders Lewander, 147 nm DTL
4. Green Dragon, Ian Walker, 160 nm DTL
5. Telefonica Blue, Bouwe Bekking, 244 nm DTL
6. Telefonica Black, Fernando Echavarri, 290 nm DTL
7. Delta Lloyd, Ger O'Rourke, 395 nm DTL
8. Team Russia, Andreas Hanakamp, 412 nm DTL
Race website:

* Anyone who has raced against Torben Grael in Snipes or Stars knows how
dominant he is off the wind, and on Wednesday his team demonstrated the same
flash, simply sailing away from the fleet all day long. Here is an audio
interview with Torben after setting the record:

By Gustav Morin, media crew, Ericsson 3
"The worst watch of my life." It takes quite a lot to hear those words from
a guy like Richard Mason who has done two Volvo Ocean Races before and a
huge amount of other yachting. But this morning, when he stumbled down the
hatch at eight, he said it. "We were in a squall for four hours and it was
pitch black, absolutely no visibility at all. I couldn't see the waves and
no horizon and we had everything from 19 to 46 knots of wind, he says,
catches his breath and continues:

"Going with the chute up in that much breeze on one of these boats, when you
can't see a thing, is as terrifying as it gets. It is usually pretty easy
when the breeze is steady but it just doesn't get any harder than it was
tonight. The guys did a great job to get the boat and ourselves through it
in one piece."

Was there an option to take the gennaker down? "To be honest we were caught
with our pants down. There was never a chance to get the damn thing off! It
was pretty much survive or die! And, we survived." -

The nation's top one-design sailing experts will convene at US SAILING's
One-Design Sailing Symposium (ODSS) at Atlanta Yacht Club in Acworth,
Georgia on November 15-16. With presenting sponsor Gowrie, Barden & Brett,
the Symposium facilitates the exchange of information between one-design
experts and sailors; creating a dialogue for keeping one-design sailing
healthy and growing in the United States. The ODSS covers a wide range of
topics for all types of one-design sailors, from the latest developments in
one-design sailing and learning how to run a successful clinic or regatta,
to promoting a class or event, securing sponsorships and reviewing the
basics of insurance.

Symposium participants will learn directly from leading experts about
strategy, tips and techniques to help grown one-design sailing and to
improve their own sailing skills. Event highlights of the weekend include a
Mount Gay Rum Speaker Series presentation and party; US SAILING Racing Rules
Seminar presented by North U with racing rules expert Dave Perry; Go Fast
Workshops with Skip Dieball of Quantum Sails and multiple one-design
champion Greg Fisher of North Sails; and an Event Communication Seminar with
Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck. US SAILING will also be presenting its
annual National One-Design Awards. Additionally, a Basic Race Management
Seminar will be held on the previous evening, Friday, November 14th. -- Full
details and to post comments:

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Annapolis, MD (Oct. 29, 2008) - For the first day at the 2008 Melges 24
North American Championship, the air temperature barely broke into the 50's,
but the sun was shining and most importantly the wind was a near perfect
eighteen to twenty knots. With the breeze in the right phase for much of the
first beat, it was the boats who had started at the committee boat end who
got the early jump. 2007 World Champion Dave Ullman made the best of this to
round the first mark comfortably ahead of the pack, holding on for the win.
In race two Terry Hutchinson led around mark one, but Kristen Lane took the
fight to Hutchinson downwind and by the first leeward mark she had managed
to take the lead, and ultimately, the win.

With the temperature dropping further, the crews were happy to get race
three underway quickly and accordingly played their part with a clean start.
Gabrio Zandona won the start at the committee boat end and looked to be a
comfortable leader halfway up the first beat. However it was Flavio Favini
who was able to tack underneath him at the top mark to round first. For the
rest of the race these two teams were in a league of their own, with Favini
demonstrating rocket ship speed upwind on the final beat to eke out a five
length lead at the finish. Racing continues Thursday with three more races
scheduled, with more on Friday and Saturday to complete the twelve race
series. -- Complete report

Current results (Top 10 of 49; three races)
1.) Dave Ullman, Pegasus 505 - 1, 3, 3 = 7
2.) Flavio Favini/Franco Rossini, Blu Moon - 2, 7, 1 = 10
3.) Terry Hutchinson, Quantum Racing - 4, 2, 4 = 10
4.) Gabrio Zandona/Giovanni Maspero, Joe Fly - 9, 6, 2 = 17
5.) Bruce Ayres, Monsoon - 5, 9, 8 = 22
6.) Brian Porter, Full Throttle - 6, 10, 6 = 22
7.) Chris Larson, West Marine Rigging/NE Ropes - 8, 8, 7 = 23
8.) Morgan Reeser/Neil Sullivan - 10, 4, 17 = 31
9.) Kristen Lane - Brickhouse 623 - 12, 1, 19 = 32
10.) Vincent Porter, USA-576 - 3, 17, 12 = 32
Complete results:

While younger, nippier boats may have come onto the scene, few have stolen
the hearts of so many top sailors as the 505 has done. Two weeks ago the 505
World Championships took place in Palermo, Italy. The regatta was won by
British sailmaker Ian Pinnell - who has been trying to win the event for
more than 18 years, having attended the worlds on 15 different occasions -
and his crew Carl Gibbon - the 27 year old is a new crew to Pinnell with the
pair only having teamed up at the end of the last World Championships in
Adelaide (AUS).

Well known throughout the sailing community, Pinnell started sailing in
Mirrors and Enterprises. He has since sailed all manner of classes including
the N12, 420, 470, Miracle, Enterprise, Fireball, 505, Soling, Mumm 30,
Melges 24 and International 14. Impressively Pinnell has won 36 World,
European and National championships and won the 1989 Endeavour (Champion of
Champions) Trophy. However, up until this year the 505 World Championships
crown had always eluded him. Partly due to this and partly due to his love
of the boat, the 505 class has become his main focus over the last five
years or so.

So passionate is Pinnell about the 505 and particularly the calibre of
sailor it attracts that he believes winning the event is materially harder
than winning the Olympic Games. "When you look at the number of boats - 122
this year - along with the skill of the sailors and the fact that more than
one boat is allowed to enter from each country, I think it is fair to say it
is harder to win than the Games."-- Daily Sail, read on:

Following the Canadian Yachting Association 2008 Rolex Annual Awards Banquet
held at the Kingston Yacht Club, Kingston Ontario on October 25, 2008, the
Canadian Yachting Association has announced their 2008 Award recipients:

> Rolex Sailor of the Year Award: Paul Tingley (Halifax, NC).
> CYA Female Athlete of the Year: Stacie Louttit (Victoria, BC).
> CYA Male Athlete of the Year: Oskar Johansson (Oakville ON)/Kevin Stittle
(Orangeville, ON).
> CYA Coach of the Year: Steve McBride (Victoria, BC).
> Nathan R. Cowan Memorial Award for Developing Sailors: Lee Parkhill
(Oakville, ON).
> CYA Volunteer of the Year: Tracy Terry (Victoria, BC).
> Bill Burk Memorial Youth Elite Award (Male): Robert Davis (Kingston, ON).
> Bill Burk Memorial Youth Elite Award (Female): Isabella Bertold (Surrey,
> Marvin McDill Memorial Award: Isabella Bertold (Surrey, BC).
> CYA City of Kingston Regatta of the Year: Mobility Cup, Pointe Claire
Yacht Club.
> William Abbott Senior Trophy/Sail Training Program of the Year: Nepean
Sailing School (Nepean, ON).
> Recreation Event Award: Ontario Sailing BOOM Program.
> Chisholm Trophy/Excellence in Race Management: Lunenburg Yacht Club for
the Canadian Optimist Championships.

Complete description of each award and recipient is at

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into 200 plus categories.

If you have the time and desire (and a good credit card), there is no
shortage of sailing available in the U.S. Some of the best adventures
involve hooking up the trailer to the back of the car, heading cross
country, and catching up with mid-America. Ever driven through the sierras?
How about enjoyed a Waffle House in the south? A water park in the midwest?
Good times!

For a couple 52-footers, they have lately been traveling like dinghies -
though likely without the diversions. Last month, the TP52 Mayhem owned by
Ashley Wolfe (Calgary, CAN) and Jim Mitchell's IRC 52 Vincitore (Zurich,
SUI) were racing at the Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco, CA. This
weekend, they will be part of the 37-boat fleet for the IRC East Coast
Championship in Annapolis, MD. Said Wolfe, "We plan on participating in Key
West Race Week and Miami SORC again next year so Annapolis seemed to make
sense. Originally we planned to race the Newport to Cabo race on the West
Coast, however some of our competition decided to head east. In efforts to
keep the field competitive we decided to follow suit." --

(Oct. 29, 2008) - America's Cup teams will cut their budgets by up to 80
percent under plans for sailing's richest event in 2010 as financial turmoil
makes it harder to find sponsors, defender Alinghi team owner Ernesto
Bertarelli said. ``We need to adapt to the times,'' the Swiss billionaire
said in a phone interview from Geneva yesterday. Under plans to be discussed
by about a dozen prospective teams Thursday, syndicates will be able to be
competitive on a budget of 10 million to 20 million euros ($12.5 million to
$25 million), Bertarelli said. Teams spent as much as 100 million euros to
build and race boats in the past.

Teams will build only one boat, which will be about 10 feet (3 meters)
shorter, and could use less equipment and fewer sailors than at the last
event, Bertarelli said. He said he was confident sponsors can still be
secured in the current financial climate. ``Companies still need to run
businesses, they need to have a public image,'' Bertarelli said, adding that
Alinghi sponsor UBS AG hasn't said it will withdraw. UBS was forced into a
$59.2 billion bailout by the Swiss government this month. -- Read on:

* IN THE NEWS: The investment firm UBS is taking heat for helping affluent
Americans cheat the US Treasury out of some $2 billion. The Boston-bred
Bradley Birkenfeld was a banker for UBS, a Swiss financial behemoth with
major US operations. His specialty: devising tax shelters in the form of
offshore shell companies and peddling them to the superrich. According to
court documents, 85 to 90 bankers in UBS's wealth-management divisions
drummed up business at high-roller events like the America's Cup yacht race
and Miami's prestigious Art Basel exhibition. -- Read on:

* An updated list of theatre locations for October 31st is now available for
the Morning Light film, the true-life documentary about a group of fifteen
young adults who were recruited and trained to race a high-tech,
high-performance 52-foot boat in the event from L.A. to Hawaii. --

* WikiSailing has adapted the Google Earth browser plug-in to create virtual
tours for a number of coastal sites. In these virtual tours a plane flies
along the area, with the viewer able to control the speed of the flight and
adjust the viewpoint to look left, right or straight ahead. You can ever
change from a plane to a helicopter or boat. So far the wiki has tours of
Saint-Tropez Saint-Raphael (FRA), Cannes (FRA), Isole Toscane (ITA),
Mauritius Island (Republic of Mauritius), St Martin Island (FRA), and Sydney
(AUS). --

* US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR is preparing for its 2009 debut as the second
stop on the inaugural International Sailing Federation's (ISAF) Sailing
World Cup 2008-2009 circuit. Already a long-time ISAF Grade 1 world ranking
event as well as a US SAILING Team AlphaGraphics qualifier and preferred
winter training regatta for the world's elite Olympic and Paralympic
hopefuls, the Rolex Miami OCR also will celebrate its 20th Anniversary when
it returns to Coconut Grove, Fla., from January 25-31, 2009. The Notice of
Race is now available online at the newly-launched event web site:

CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS (Sponsored by West Marine)
Here are a few of the events that are coming up:
Oct 31-Nov 2 - 2008 IOM U.S. National Championship Regatta - Milford, MI
Oct 31-Nov 2 - Storm Trysail Club IRC East Coast Championship - Annapolis,
Nov 1-2 - Bloody Mary Regatta (SEFS, CS) - Anderson, SC
Nov 1-8 - Pro Am Regatta -Virgin Gorda, B.V.I.
View all the events at

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* From David Foscarini, Toronto, Canada: I was just running thru and
cleaning up some old emails and I re-noticed this piece in Butt 2710. I
would like to support Sarasota Sailing Squadron in their efforts to keep the
city from raising their rent. The SSS has hosted the 29er Midwinter the last
couple of years. They are a very low key and welcoming club. Open to hosting
regattas, open to teams arriving a little early for some training, open to
hosting training camps for us northern sailors looking for a little sun.
Hoping to be back there this winter for some training and racing. This is a
place for sailors looking to keep sailing. (Here is the story posted in the
Herald Tribune:

* From Vicky Low: If readers are getting frustrated with the Volvo Ocean
Race website, they could always go to, which has
all the onboard information, images and video from Ericsson 3 (Anders
Lewander) and Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael). As well as some great blogs from
the crews on both boats and team meteorologist Chris Bedford.

* From Eric Sorenson: Thanks for your efforts to get the V70 site to behave.
Even with the quirks this is WAY the best coverage of a race I have ever
seen around the world. The sailing game that echos it virtually is a kick! I
cannot believe there are 31,000 or more boats racing out there from around
the world.

I was back in 24,898 to start with after my random start three days late and
got and sent messages to the boats around me. One from Portugal and one from
Sweden plus a bunch of others. We three are now in 10,000 -14,000 place.
Moving up. Do you know if we restart with real fleet when they do out of
Cape Town? We will find out.

High school math classes are thinking this is real cool stuff too. They have
class boats sailing against other classes in the school and many kids got
their own boats launched. This may do more for sailing participation than
any regatta could! Let the Volvo guys know they have done good. Do we get to
virtual race in the buoy banging races?

Comparing the stock market crash to divorce, the crash takes half of your
net worth and lets you keep your spouse.

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