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SCUTTLEBUTT 2743 - Friday, December 12, 2008

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When you sail a hydrofoil moth boat, you get used to being the oddest thing on
the water. First, there are the quizzical looks on the dock or beach as
onlookers size up the narrow craft with windsurfer-like sail and T-shaped keels
extending from the hull and rudder. "You see people kind of circling around.
They furrow their brows and they're trying to figure out what it is," said Bates

Then there are the looks of amazement as the craft lifts out of the water like a
hydrofoil -- with only the thin rods of the keels penetrating the surface -- and
whizzes above the waves, faster than the wind and quiet as a ghost. "They try to
figure out how it fits into their reality," McKee said, "and it doesn't fit very

For McKee and about a dozen other expert sailors in Seattle, hydrofoil moths
offer an experience not possible in any other kind of sailing. "It's very pure
sailing," said Bates' brother, Jonathan, a two-time Olympic medalist in sailing
who bought his moth boat as a way to relax while he was in Spain, crewing a
contender in the America's Cup. -- Seattle P.I., read on:

In what is regarded as a world first for the sport of yachting, the Cruising
Yacht Club of Australia is pleased to announce that the Seven Network and
Yahoo!7, will provide a live 90 minute webcast of the start of the 64th Rolex
Sydney Hobart Yacht Race to a global audience. This means that in addition to
Seven Network's live television broadcast in Australia, anyone, in any country
around the world will be able to watch the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart
Yacht Race provided they have a computer and broadband internet access from
12.30pm AEST until 2:00pm AEST on December 26th (or December 25th from 8:30pm to
10:00pm ET).

With spectator numbers on Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour foreshore
expected to reach around 500,000 people, together with Seven Network’s Australia
wide television audience of 500,000 viewers, and the addition of Yahoo!7’s
national and international audience reach, it is predicted that the start of the
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be one of the most viewed sporting events in
the world in the month of December. -- Details:

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(Dec, 11, 2008; Day 32) - Speeds of 18.7, 18.3 and 18.1 knots displayed by the
top three boats over the hour before this afternoon’s poll confirm that few
concessions are made among the Vendée Globe vanguard since the dismasting of
third placed Loïck Peyron early yesterday, nor indeed the report from Michel
Desjoyeaux (Foncia) that he had spotted a large ice floe less than half a mile
away today.

The northern and southern sides of the course are converging, being channeled
through the gap between the Kerguelen Islands and Heard Island. It is about 230
miles wide but this hostile channel, where the seabed shelves quite sharply has
led to the difficult, confused seas which several skippers reported .

Noted Mike Golding, aboard Ecover, “The conditions over the last 24-48 hours
have really been quite difficult because we are sailing in between 22-35 knots
and sailing in an enormous seas which are coming up from the North west and the
seas are out of kilter with the wind angle, which means that the boat is really
having to work very hard, or the pilot in particular is having to work very hard
to avoid a crash gybe, and when you overpower the boat the risk is even greater
and so it is pretty stressful. And so I have not been in my bunk for two days. I
have been sleeping at the nav station because it is so on the wire.” -- Race

Solo, non-stop, around the world race in Open 60s.
Standings as of 18:30 UTC (Top 5 plus of 30 entrants):
1. Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), Paprec-Virbac 2, 15533.7 nm Distance to finish
2. Roland Jourdain (FRA), Veolia Environnement, 30.8 nm Distance to leader
3. Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA), Foncia, 31.6 DTL
4. Mike Golding (GBR), Ecover, 34.4 nm DTL
5. Sébastien Josse (FRA), BT, 56.8 nm DTL
15. Samantha Davies (GBR), Roxy, 664.6 nm DTL
16. Dee Caffari (GBR), Aviva, 848.2 nm DTL
20. Rich Wilson (USA), Great American III, 1475.2 nm DTL
22. Derek Hatfield (CAN), Algimouss Spirit of Canada, 1999.3 nm DTL
Complete standings:
Event website:

Gabriele Olivo, the media crew member (MCM) aboard ‘Telefonica Blue’ was
presented with the Inmarsat Media Prize for the best broadcast material on the
second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Cape Town to Cochin, India. Said Chris
McLaughlin, Vice President External Affairs at Inmarsat, “On Leg 2 Gabriele
Olivo gave the world an at times deeply touching account of conditions -
devastation at the boat damage, frustration with the weather and strong crew
morale. His filming brought home to the millions of us who follow the boats from
the warmth of our dry offices, just how tough this race really is.” Telefonica
Blue crew's daggerboard broke eight days into the leg when they were reaching in
15 knots of breeze. They also blew out two spinnakers and tore the mainsail.

View nominated material and winning material here:

If Leg 1 was the old friend that you don’t initially recognise, and Leg 2 the
glamorous, dark-eyed stranger casting seductive gazes in your direction at a
party, then Leg 3 is the alien that turned up at the end of the latest Indiana
Jones movie - this really is a place we haven’t been before (and now I’ve
thrashed that metaphor to death, I promise not to use it again).

As we saw at the end of Leg 2, Cochin and the west coast are in an area of
predominantly light wind at this time of year. Once again, the fleet will be
relying on the daytime sea breeze, the night-time land breeze, and any helpful
clouds that come their way. So, we can expect plenty of action in the mornings
and evenings (local time) as the boats have to transit between the land and sea
breezes. Whoever works the local breezes best, and moves south fastest, is going
to get a serious jump on the rest of the fleet once they get out of the massive
wind shadow of India. -- Excerpt from Mark Chisnell report:

Leg Three from Cochin to Singapore is 1,950 nm, begins December 13th with the
finish estimated on December 23rd. Current standings after Leg Two of the ten
leg event:
1. Ericsson 4 (SWE), Torben Grael/BRA, 26 points
2. Telefónica Blue (ESP), Bouwe Bekking/NED, 19 points
3. PUMA (USA), Ken Read/USA, 18 points
4. Green Dragon (IRL/CHN), Ian Walker/GBR, 16 points
5. Ericsson 3 (SWE), Anders Lewander/SWE, 14.5 points
6. Telefonica Black (ESP), F. Echavarri/ESP, 13.5 points
7. Delta Lloyd (IRL), Roberto Bermudez/ESP, 7.5 points
8. Team Russia (RUS), Andreas Hanakamp/AUT, 7.5 points
Overall scores:
Race tracking:
Race website:

* Great audio interview with PUMA General Manager Kimo Worthington as he
describes the carnival atmosphere of Cochin and some of the challenges they have
faced thus far in the Volvo Ocean Race:

* Video of Race Director Jack Lloyd discussing the challenges of Leg 3, which
include avoiding the mass of fishing boats and their nets:,,12573~1484976,00.html

* Team Delta Lloyd will have a new mast from Southern Spars following Leg 4 from
Singapore to Qingdao, stepped in time for the Qingdao in-port race on February
7. -- Full report:

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Miami, FL (December 11, 2008) - Rigs are rattling their way up on gin poles, and
the buffers are whining as the competitors prepare to splash their Etchells for
the first of four weekends in the 7th annual Jaguar Cup Series. One of the most
well attended keel boat regattas in North America, regularly attracting some of
the best amateur and professional sailors, the regatta weekend is shaping up to
be a good one. The weather on Biscayne Bay is forecast to be stormy with 15-17
kts Saturday and more of the same on Sunday. Fifteen knots is truly a sweet spot
for this elegant, yet tweaky 30' boat. To highlight a few of the sailing
professionals, reigning North American champion Jud Smith is joining forces with
his winning Mooloolaba Worlds crew and Etchells builder Dirk Kneulman; they will
sail four up with Jud's daughter among the team. -- Paige Brooks, read on:

* US SAILING’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) seeks nominations for the 2008
Coach of the Year Awards. The awards are a part of the United States Olympic
Committee’s (USOC) Coach Recognition Program which highlights the
accomplishments and contributions of coaches who train athletes at all levels of
sailing. The OSC will nominate sailing coaches in four categories: National
Coach of the Year, Developmental Coach of the Year, Volunteer Coach of the Year
and the “Doc” Counsilman Science Award. -- Read on:

* Lanzarote (Dec. 11, 2008) - More wind and more drama on the Atlantic race
course for the concluding day of match racing at the Puerto Calero RC44 Gold
Cup. Before the start of racing, BMW ORACLE Racing broke the gooseneck fitting
on their mast, preventing owner Larry Ellison from competing in today’s five
heats. However, it may not have matted as James Spithill delivered a match
racing clinic, winning all five of his matches for the second day running. This
means that Igor Lah’s Team Ceeref wins the 2008 Match Race Series, with the
fleet racing segment to begin Friday with three races scheduled. -- Full story:

* The Southeaster, Cape Town’s notorious summer wind that whips up and over
Table Mountain and howls along city streets, has been blowing for three straight
days. It usually has a three day cycle but this particular show of force by the
wind gods is forecast to continue for another two days, at least. With this in
mind and the fact that the breezy conditions have made it very difficult to
prepare the Portimão Global Ocean Race boats for the gruelling leg to
Wellington, Race Officials have decided to postpone the Cape Town start by 24
hours, with the new start date to be December 14th. -- Complete story:

Team Delta Lloyd has compiled footage from their first two legs of the 2008-2009
Volvo Ocean Race, providing an 'MTV style' compilation to bring the feel of the
race through the computer monitor to send a shiver up your spine. For the human
side of the race, PUMA crew Jerry Kirby, Chris Nicholson, and Rick Deppe
describe what it is like to be racing on the boat, and the toll it takes on
family left behind. Click here for this week’s videos:

* 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 boats and churches, boats and city streets, boats and volcanic
mountains, boats and ice, boats and illusions, boats and India, plus the winners
of the World Match Race champs, and the convergence of high speed kites and

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 Jon Rogers: An update to the Sydney International Regatta. In the Moth
Class, Hans Henken, Coronado High School Sophomore, Age 16, placed 4th and is on
the adventure of a lifetime. Hans is traveling with Charlie McKee and trained
last week with Rohan Veal. Last year, Hans added Moths to his very busy schedule
that includes 29er’s, Coronado High School (CHS) Sailing Team, and Sabot and
29er Coach at CorYC. Hans has another week in Australia to race in Melbourne and
his travels this year have made him an expert in the CHS Independent Study

* From Tamra Henken: Charlie's McKee's commitment towards excellence in whatever
he does, is outstanding! Thank you for all that you are, Charlie, what an
inspiration for all of us. The US Moth Fleet thanks you!

* From Frank Whitton: Back in my youth and iceboating days there was the
following belief about a speed record: The number was 143 miles per hour. That
was accomplished by a 55 foot iceboat called the Deuce. It was a stern steerer
(turning runner in the back) and in the 1950's was located on Anchor Bay outside
of Detroit. I saw it just once and believe it was kept in a shed owned by Claire
Jacobs, a then prominent Detroit sailor. This record was said to be made
sometime before the year 1929 because it was said that that was the fastest a
human being had been up until that time. I believe this boat was sold to someone
by the name of Buddy and moved to Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. This may be fact or
myth. Anyone care to comment further about this and correct me on my

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: We asked Harry Melges III to clarify, who commented,
“The Deuce is now owned by Rick Henning from Southern Wisconsin. Before that the
Perrigo family owned the Deuce from Pewaukee, WI.” Here is a link showing
Henning’s makeover of the Deuce, which suffered irreparable damage to her then
75 year-old hull during the 2005 Northwest Regatta at Oshkosh. --

The validity of Deuce’s record is widely disputed, which was discussed in
Scuttlebutt 2742:

* From William Tuthill, Jamestown, R.I.: In the ‘for what it is worth’ column,
on the subject of ice and snow speed sailing records, The World Ice and Snow
Sailing Association ( has run speed trials as part of Ice &
Snow Sailing World Championship for many years. Speeds are measured by radar gun
over a set course with entry and exit gates. It is a well known fact that the
weather rarely cooperates with planned events, so we have yet to see results as
high as those posted on

The speeds posted on the Stormboarding site are peak speeds as measured by GPS.
How accurate and official is any of this? Did I ever tell you about my
grandfather doing a measured mile in his 40 foot gaff rigged stern steering
iceboat in just 32 seconds?

* From Peter Johnstone: Great list of Nominees for Sailor of the Year. That is
the best list of nominees in some time.

* From Larry Glickman: In reading ‘butt 2742, it occurred to me that something
was backwards, inverted, insanely insensitive and out of touch with who we are
as competitors today. Bear with me, I do have a suggestion. Maybe two. Please
look back at the Rolex piece and the way the news is reported. Don’t get me
wrong, I admire Buddy Melges. He is brilliant, a credit to the sport and has
taught thousands life lessons on and off the water. But that is not what I am
getting at.

Suggestion #1: Look how backwards we are. It appears that since 1961 we have
listed the men first and the women second? Why? Why should it continue? Let’s
wake up……….Let’s reverse it for the next 47 years and then give it a look see?

Suggestion # 2: It would also be highly appropriate to rename these Trophies:
The Gloria Melges/Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Trophy; and
The Buddy Melges/Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Trophy.

* From Paul Cayard: I don’t know if you can do this for us but we thought that
the “Black Pearl” books might make for nice gifts during the holidays. We only
have 150 left of the original printing of 7000, which was the only publishing
run of my memoirs from the Pirates of the Caribbean team's momentous race in the
2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race. All proceeds go in support of youth sailing in the
San Francisco Bay Area. Details here:

When you fall down, consider what else you can do while you're down there.

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