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SCUTTLEBUTT 2730 - Friday, November 21, 2008

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Since 1999, American Dina Kowalyshyn has been assisting on committees for the
International Sailing Federation (ISAF). Leading into the recently held ISAF
Annual Meeting, which was determining the direction for the 2012 Olympics, her
involvement helped to shape the direction of the Women’s Olympic Two Person
Dinghy and Match Racing events for 2012 (and beyond), and her comments shed some
light on the process:

* On why ISAF Committee appointment is worth the effort, even if the decisions
do not all go your way:
“Twice during the week I was ready to walk out and never return, and twice I was
asked sincerely by US SAILING representatives to stay the course. It is
extremely hard to sit through these debates, but if you do not, who will take
your place? It has taken me nine years to get to a place where I can be
effective at this level, internationally. It is really hard for people to
understand the whole of ISAF when all they see is the voting results…just like
government. So, you ask me why I am happy to be put forward by my country to
work on ISAF committees. Because I think by being there I am making the
situation better for women’s sailing in the US and in the world, regardless of
the political maneuverings at ISAF. I was 50-50 this past meeting…not really
that bad.”

* On how the ISAF Council disregards committee recommendations:
“Countries are represented on Council and their perspective is different than
those of the committees. Many members of committees are put there for their
expertise in that one area and often times their recommendations is topic
driven, like the Equipment Committee backing the skiff by a large margin, but
the Events Committee and the Women’s Committee votes on the subject were much
closer, even though the skiff prevailed. In the past two years we have seen
where very close votes in the expert committees have been overturned at Council
by these different points of view. The 470/skiff vote was 19 to 16 at Council.
The take away is that more work is needed but that its time is coming.”

Read on for Dina’s comments regarding the selection of the 470 over the 29er XX,
and the choice of the Elliott 6m for women’s match racing at the 2012 Olympics:

(Nov. 20, 2008; Day 6) - Ericsson Racing Team made it a one/two this morning
when Torben Grael/BRA and his team racing Ericsson 4 cruised through the scoring
gate on leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race at 0340 GMT, with Anders Lewander/SWE
and his Nordic team racing Ericsson 3 crossing at 0651. The complete standings
at the scoring gate were: Ericsson 4, Ericsson 3, Green Dragon, Russia Team,
Telefónica Blue, Telefónica Black, PUMA, and Delta Lloyd.

Current Points Total
1. Ericsson 4 (SWE), Torben Grael/BRA, 18 pts
2. PUMA (USA), Ken Read/USA, 14
3. Green Dragon (IRL/CHN), Ian Walker/GBR, 14
4. Telefónica Blue (ESP), Bouwe Bekking/NED, 12
5. Telefonica Black (ESP), Fernando Echavarri/ESP, 8.5
6. Ericsson 3 (SWE), Anders Lewander/SWE, 8.5
7. Team Russia (RUS), Andreas Hanakamp/AUT, 6.5
8. Delta Lloyd (IRL), Roberto Bermudez/ESP, 4.5
Overall scores:

The wind has eased into the high teens and now the race focus shifts north
towards the finish. Teams have now all gybed to port, and with the breeze now
veered to 300 degrees, their course of 45 degrees to Cochin, India is offering
them beam reaching conditions. Tactics for the second half of leg two will be
influenced by high pressure, which has been building slowly to the south of
Madagascar since Tuesday, and which the fleet must skirt. The position of the
high will make for at least 12 hours of light winds along the rhumb-line course
between the boats’ current positions and Cochin, but then the teams can look
forward to a few days of trade wind sailing.

* Ian Walker, Green Dragon skipper: “We are thrilled to get 3rd place and 3
points at the Mauritius scoring gate. This has been our sole focus since
breaking the boom two days ago. We seem to be able to sail downwind with
spinnakers quite well, and even now reaching with one reef seems OK. It’s upwind
sailing that we must hope to avoid. We hope to start the repair when conditions
improve and when the temperature rises a bit for the glue and resin we have
onboard to cure. I am not wildly optimistic, but I think the lads are looking
forward to the challenge. I just have to stop them cutting the boat up in the

* Ken Read, PUMA skipper: (re, serious structural damage incurred on Wednesday)
“I know that the interior of these boats and the lack of amenities has been well
documented. The lack of much hygiene, the noises the boat makes, and the lack of
sleep are all part of the game. Mix in a nice layer of carbon fiber dust on your
clothes, foul weather gear, sleeping bag and food, and you have a pretty good
idea of what it has been like on the fine yacht for the last few days. Sounds
lovely doesn't it? It really isn't.

“We have a new lease on life and in the race as well. We got the boat going
again and made some gains to the north, enough to feel like we are back with
most of the pack. Not out of the woods yet but at least we feel like we are back
racing with the main part of the fleet. A huge relief. Believe me, there was a
point in time when I was wondering if we could even make it into port within a
few days of the fleet, never mind feel like we were racing. It is a huge
testament to the entire PUMA team who all took our situation on quickly and

The length of Leg Two from Cape Town to Cochin, India is 4,450 nm, with the
leader expected to finish by November 30th. Current positions (as of Nov. 20,
1:00am GMT):
1. Ericsson 3 (SWE), Anders Lewander/SWE, 2764 nm Distance to Finish
2. Ericsson 4 (SWE), Torben Grael/BRA, 32 nm Distance to Leader
3. PUMA (USA), Ken Read/USA, 42 nm DTL
4. Green Dragon (IRL/CHN), Ian Walker/GBR, 56 nm DTL
5. Telefónica Blue (ESP), Bouwe Bekking/NED, 62 nm Distance to Leader
6. Telefonica Black (ESP), Fernando Echavarri/ESP, 90 nm DTL
7. Team Russia (RUS), Andreas Hanakamp/AUT, 97 nm DTL
8. Delta Lloyd (IRL), Roberto Bermudez/ESP, 105 nm DTL
Race website:

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(Nov. 20, 2008) - With some 330 miles to the Equator, Loïck Peyron has scarcely
made a wrong move in the Vendee Globe, but the threat, such as it is, may come
from Jean-Pierre Dick in third, who has a more westerly position, by 45 miles,
and has been making the best gains. Indeed as the fleet emerge into the SE’ly
breezes it is those to the west who seem to have made the best initial impact.
Mike Golding (GBR) has nearly halved his deficit on the lead today, lying
seventh at 55.1 miles behind Peyron.

Commenting amid the light and variable conditions of the Doldrums, Seb Josse
notes: “It is a mess on board BT because I have done so many sail changes and so
there has been no time to tidy up at all. The wind has been up and down,
sometimes nothing, sometimes two knots, sometimes five. But I think with Loïck
so far we have made a good race and will find best exit from the Doldrums,
hopefully that will be soon. But we know how it is, this is part of the game, we
can gain or we can lose in this part.” -- Event website:

Solo, non-stop, around the world race in Open 60s.
Standings as of 18:30 UTC (Top 5 plus of 30 entrants):
1. Loïck Peyron (FRA), Gitana Eighty, 20987.1 nm Distance to finish
2. Sébastien Josse (FRA), BT, 20.3 nm Distance to leader
3. Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), Paprec-Virbac 2, 24.3 nm DTL
4. Vincent Riou (FRA), PRB, 33.9 nm DTL
5. Armel Le Cléac´h (FRA), Brit Air, 46.3 nm DTL
13. Samantha Davies (GBR), Roxy, 198.9 nm DTL
15. Dee Caffari (GBR), Aviva, 279.2 nm DTL
21. Rich Wilson (USA), Great American III, 490.6 nm DTL
25. Derek Hatfield (CAN), Algimouss Spirit of Canada, 1438 nm DTL
Complete standings:

Mike Golding, on climbing his Open 60 mast during the Vendee Globe:
“I’ve spent the last four years preparing myself not to have to go up the mast.
A lot of focus has gone into the preparation and design of the rig, so it was a
bit of shock to the system to find myself 28m aloft so soon into the race.
Basically, it was the last place on earth I wanted to be!”

“It doesn’t matter how calm the conditions are, I still don’t like it. In fact I
like it less and less as time goes on. There was a time when I’d go up willingly
to do a rig inspection and take photos and video but that time is long past. The
reason why? I know things can go seriously wrong. I’m thinking of times when
I’ve gone up and, for one reason or other, my gear’s got stuck and I’ve had to
detach myself from it, re-organise it, and get back into it. It’s all pretty
dodgy stuff, suspended by sail ties and goodness knows what, at the top of the
rig. Now, if I have to do it, I certainly don’t waste any time up there.” --

For the first time in history, the 2009 kiteboarding world championship title
will be sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). This became
possible by approving the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) as
official class association during the quadrenual ISAF general meeting in Madrid
last week.

To Markus Schwendtner, executive secretary of the IKA, this is an important step
towards the positive development of this young sport: "Giving the world
championship rights to the IKA clarifies the structures in international
kiteboarding and ensures same reglementation for national and international
kiteboarding competitions. It has now become possible to compete under
consistent and recognized rules. Thereby the sport becomes more attractive and
transparent to athletes, spectators and the media". In the past, international
kiteboarding competition took mainly place within two private world tours. Thus
there have been two world champions, elected by different sets of rules.

“St Francis is very interested in hosting the course racing world championship
and have a place holder on our 2009 schedule for a major kite event." says John
Craig, race manager of the renowned St. Francis Yacht Clubs of San Francisco. --
Complete story:

* The International Melges 32 Class Association has also been awarded ISAF
Recognized Class status. -- Full announcement:

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by Lake Ontario Sailing blog
This is a difficult time for most sailors. Our boats are out of the water,
sitting on the hard, and the weather is turning colder. Most of the leaves are
off the trees, and we are waiting for the first snowfall of the season. The
Buffalo snow belt already has been hit by Lake Effect snow, and the
south-eastern area of Lake Ontario has also tasted it's first lake effect snow.

I am a fair-weather-friend. I would rather sit in the nice warm house then to
venture outdoors in the cold damp breeze. I wore my winter coat and gloves
yesterday just to take our dog Ernie for a short walk. I know what is ahead of
us, and I'm not liking it. We try to get away to the south for a short break
from the winter every year, but this year the economy is heavy on my mind. I
have seen my 401K lose 1/3 of its value, so just like many Americans, I feel I
cannot afford a winter vacation this year.

Is this you? How do you plan to get through the winter? Comment here:

Tortola, British Virgin Islands—For the 2008 Caribbean NOOD, the team led by San
Diego Etchells sailors Will Stout and Artie Means made sure to pack key
essentials including an extra winch handle, kiteboarding gear, a 12-volt
blender, 5 pounds of bacon, and a pair of inflatable rafts from Wal-Mart.

It's hardly an ordinary regatta prep list. But then the Caribbean NOOD is
anything but an ordinary regatta. The participants are invited based upon their
superior performances at the nine stops of the 2008 Sperry Top-Sider NOOD
Regatta series. At each regatta, an overall winner is selected from the class
champions and invited to spend 5 days racing and cruising the British Virgin
Islands courtesy of Sunsail. The boats are identical Sunsail 39s, but the racing
is jib-and-main, the mood is laid back, and the focus is as much on having a
good time as it is winning.

The San Diego team nailed it in both respects. The three couples—Will and Maria
Stout, Artie and Nicole Means, and Bill and Lisa Carey—packed about as much fun
into five days as possible. When the gun sounded they were serious enough to win
two of five Sunsail 39 races and finish second in three others, in addition to
winning the Laser racing at the Bitter End YC, which accounted for 10 percent of
the overall score. When the racing was over, however, they were the first team
to throw the inflatable raft over the side, fire up the blender, mix up a few
adult beverages, and start laughing. -- Sailing World, read on:

The 2008 iShares Cup Series this year brought together more high powered teams
than ever before, taking the Extreme 40 catamaran racing to places not yet seen.
With all the footage filmed, this week’s video is a shameless collection of
capsizes and collisions, with excited levels of commentary to magnify the

“There is going to be a huge collision here…”
“Holmatro just crashed into Origin…”
“There is no steerage; it’s like a missile coming down to the bottom mark…”
“Look at that, just suspended in mid-air…”
"Man, you can't get closer than that..."
"That gust has come from nowhere; it is Alinghi that's going to go over..."

Click here for this week’s video:
If you have a video you like, please send your suggestion for next week’s Video
of the Week to

Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include a sweet aerial of the BMW Oracle Racing trimaran, a women’s regatta boat
boy, an orca whale having right of way, an 18-foot skiff about to eat the
photographer, small boats carrying high profile in Germany, winter storage odd
couple, and a slide show with Frenchman Thomas Coville and his 105-foot
maxi-trimaran Sodeb’O. 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 By Baldridge: (re, calendar of events) Houston Yacht Club is hosting our
Annual Turkey Day Regatta, November 23. This will be the first regatta since
Hurricane Ike. Normally a 2-day regatta open to all classes, this year it will
be a one day event due to our limited harbor facilities. Houston Yacht Club is
open and our harbor reconstruction is underway.

* From Ceri Williams, International Windsurfing Association: (re, International
Sailing Federation use of the word ‘equipment’): Equipment is the most suitable
term as it is not just "boats" selected for Olympic regatta events, as two of
the events involve "boards".

* From the Forum: Can anyone in this extremely knowledgeable sailing community
provide me with tangible reasons for not considering a 1981-1984 Hunter 54 as a
family cruising boat? I'm looking for actual feet-on-the-deck-plate knowledge
here, not generalities. I've combed through the Hunter Owners site already but
want to make sure I have all the facts before proceeding. Comment here:

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