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SCUTTLEBUTT 2755 - Thursday, January 8, 2009

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(Jan. 7, 2009) - TP52 World Champion Terry Hutchinson and Laser Radial Olympic
Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe today were named US SAILING’s 2008 Rolex
Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. A shortlist of nine male and five female
sailors – determined from nominations submitted by members of US SAILING – was
evaluated by a panel of sailing journalists who selected these two sailors for
the noteworthy distinction. Members of the panel agreed that it had been “quite
a year” for American sailors.

* Rolex Yachtsman of the Year – Terry Hutchinson (Annapolis, Md.) has been named
the 2008 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, earning the coveted award on the fourth
time he was shortlisted for the honor. Members of the selection panel remarked
that in 2008 Hutchinson had “redefined himself” after he “emerged from the
America’s Cup to be an awesome fleet racer.” Hutchinson got the year rolling as
tactician aboard Jim Richardson’s Farr 40 Barking Mad, which won Acura Key West
and Acura Miami Grand Prix. Switching to the TP52 and moving into the skipper’s
position, Hutchinson racked up four major victories in Europe to win the Audi
MedCup series, followed a month later by winning the TP52 World Championship and
Melges 24 North Americans.

* Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year – Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) has been
named the 2008 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. Nominated to the award’s shortlist
for the fourth consecutive year, she was the unanimous choice of the panel, all
of whom ranked her first in the voting that determines the honoree. Cited by one
panelist for “an unbelievable year” culminating with victory in China,
Tunnicliffe rose in the world rankings in the Laser Radial class as she worked
toward fulfilling her goal of winning a gold medal at the Olympic Games.

Complete report:

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: As a Rolex judge, I believe we got it right this year,
but that does not take away from the tremendous accomplishments by Paralympic
Champion Nick Scandone. What Nick overcame in 2008 went far beyond the limited
scope of the Rolex award, and his story will not soon be forgotten.

by Paige Brooks, Etchells class correspondent
(January 7, 2009) - In the Etchells class, the North American rules recently
changed to limit coaching at all US events to before the warning signal through
the end of the last race of the day. The first test of this rule happened at the
Piana Cup in December, the first of four regattas in the Jaguar Cup Series on
Biscayne Bay. The reaction of the competitors was mild, of the coaches, nearly
vitriolic. This is not new to one design sailing, the Farr 40 rules do not allow
contact with coaches after the boat leaves the dock. The Star class also
recently decided to limit coaching in a similar fashion.

At some point in their career, most sailors seek out coaches to work with their
team to help them sail faster, trim their sails properly, more nimbly shift
gears; essentially help them move from the so-called B-Fleet to the A-Fleet. We
see the coaches motoring around the pre-start area, following the fleet up the
course, recording the mark roundings, waiting at the finish, and eventually
towing their clients in to the club. What we often don’t see are the pre-race
huddles, the hour-long debriefs, the photos and video, and time and research the
coaches put into making each race and regatta a good or better one for their

The genesis of the rule change was the permission of coaches to work with their
clients between races at the Annapolis YC hosted Etchells North Americans this
past fall -- Read on:

On January 1, 2009, the new edition of The Racing Rules of Sailing go into
effect. Dave Perry, Chairman of the US SAILING Appeals Committee, explains some
of the game changes that the new rules will create:

* Rule 17.2 (On the Same Tack; Proper Course) has been deleted. This means that
a windward boat or a boat clear ahead no longer has a proper course limitation
when sailing near other boats. She can sail below her proper course if she
wishes, for instance to make it more difficult for a boat astern to pass or
establish an inside overlap nearing a mark. Windward boats must still keep clear
of leeward boats under rule 11 (On the Same Tack, Overlapped).

For a complete explanation of the racing rules, get Dave’s classic book
Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing available from US SAILING’s on-line
store at

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(Jan. 7, 2009) - Telefonica Blue has withdrawn its protest against Ericsson 3,
with agreement from the International Jury. "We lodged the protest because
Ericsson 3 fouled us but we withdrew it because it could effectively mean losing
a point against Ericsson 4," said Telefonica Blue skipper Bouwe Bekking. The
protest was one of three due to be heard on Thursday January 8th. Ericsson 3
will still face the Jury to answer a protest from the Race Committee regarding
whether the team obeyed all the waypoints in sailing the course for leg three.
In the afternoon, Ericsson 4 will answer charges brought by the Rule Management
Group (the measurers) regarding a replacement 'false bow' that was fitted before
the start.

Current standings after Leg Three
1. Ericsson 4 (SWE), Torben Grael/BRA, 35 points
2. Telefónica Blue (ESP), Bouwe Bekking/NED, 30.5 points
3. PUMA (USA), Ken Read/USA, 27.5 points
4. Ericsson 3 (SWE), Anders Lewander/SWE, 23.5 points
5. Green Dragon (IRL/CHN), Ian Walker/GBR, 20.5 points
6. Telefonica Black (ESP), F. Echavarri/ESP, 19.5 points
7. Team Russia (RUS), Andreas Hanakamp/AUT, 10.5 points
8. Delta Lloyd (IRL), Roberto Bermudez/ESP, 9 points
Race website:
Overall scores:
Race replay and tracking:

(Jan. 7, 2009; Day 59) -- With lead boats Michel Desjoyeaux and Roland Jourdain
having made the left turn at Cape Horn, they are now working northward in the
Atlantic Ocean toward the finish at Les Sables d'Olonne, France, presently on
the point of leaving the Furious Fifties, but they still have the Roaring
Forties to deal with. Conditions are still not that different from being in the
Big South, with two 45 knot squalls blowing Jourdain’s boat on its side and
throwing him out of his bunk onto the chart table. With the help of some
opportune gybing, Desjoyeaux shifted slightly to the East overnight and
according to the routing, signs so far are that he did the right thing.

Following the dramatic rescue of Jean Le Cam on January 6th just 200 miles west
of Cape Horn, here is an account of the events that found Le Cam inside the
upturned VM Matériaux for more than 10 hours:

Le Cam was almost his back to his typical nonplussed self as he explained that
he knew that had ‘only one bullet in the chamber’ – only one chance when he
finally expelled himself out of the upturned hull. He explained that he had been
on the phone to none other than Riou immediately before he hit something, what
he said he believed to be possibly a container which caused him to lose the bulb
off his keel and capsize.

Le Cam said his reflex actions were to recover warm clothes, his survival suit
but was trapped near the front of his boat, the only dry area with an airspace,
while the stern sections of the boat were under water, presenting a very
difficult and potentially dangerous escape route. Le Cam said he worried about
his reserves of air, particularly on the principle he would not leave the boat
unless he knew there was help there. -- Read on:

Solo, non-stop, around the world race in Open 60s.
Standings as of 18:30 UTC (Top 5 plus of 30 entrants; 13 now competing):
1. Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA), Foncia, 6254.9 nm Distance to finish
2. Roland Jourdain (FRA), Veolia Environnement, 116.7 nm Distance to leader
3. Armel Le Cléac´h (FRA), Brit Air, 686.3 nm DTL
4. Vincent Riou (FRA), PRB, 764.8 nm DTL
5. Samantha Davies (GBR), Roxy, 1861.0 nm DTL
9. Dee Caffari (GBR), Aviva, 3116.8 nm DTL
11. Rich Wilson (USA), Great American III, 4874.6 nm DTL
Event website:
Complete standings:
Race tracking:

Bristol, RI - Eric Goetz Custom Sailboats, Inc. has been petitioned into
Receivership, effective 1/06/09. The Receivership was the result of ongoing cash
flow problems caused by the company’s inability to obtain refinancing and by the
termination of a construction contract by one of the company’s international
customers. The company is hopeful that this project will be restarted, however,
in order to preserve its assets and to protect its workforce, the company laid
off workers on 12/31/08 after having met its payroll and health insurance

The company continues to work on ongoing projects while Eric Goetz is working
with several lenders and investors to put together a group and obtain funding to
purchase the assets of Eric Goetz Custom Sailboats, Inc. and/or to create a new
company to continue in the custom boat market, and to develop other marine
related semi-custom projects and high end commercial composite products. --

* Goetz was the builder for the Volvo Ocean Race entry, PUMA.

Morris Yachts is happy to announce that Hull 1 of the new M29 was delivered out
of the mold on December 12th. Chief Engineer Peter Smith reported that the resin
infused hull even came in a little under weight at 709lbs 12oz. Since then, the
M29 team has completed her interior, the deck is on and she will be handed off
to Paint on Jan 12. After seatrials in Northeast Harbor she will be hitched to
our tow vehicle and head to Miami. She will debut at Miami Strictly Sail,
February 12-16. For more information: or call

* On January 1, 2009, Jeff Brown and his San Diego based company JK3 Nautical
Enterprises, Inc. acquired Sail California Newport Beach from Jeff Trask, thus
expanding JK3’s new boat offerings and territory to include 3 new lines of
boats, with exclusive coverage in Southern California. In addition to its
current line up of J Boats, Rivolta, Delphia and Hunt yachts, JK3 will now be
offering Santa Cruz, Back Cove, and Sabre sailboats. JK3 will be launching their
expanded business at the San Diego Boat Show is January 8-11th. --

* The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is inviting Member National
Authorities (MNAs) to place orders for the Elliott 6m, the boat chosen as
equipment for the Women's Match Racing event at the 2012 Olympic Sailing
Competition. ISAF will be controlling distribution of the Elliott 6m for the
first 80 boats or until 1 January 2010. Elliott Marine Ltd. will not be taking
orders directly before this time. -- Read on:

(Jan. 7, 2009) - Team Origin and Royal Thames YS, the club Origin represents,
have filed a late Amici Curiae brief (the apparent deadline was several days
ago). Origin argues that, by virtue of not being a submitted challenger under
the protocol, Golden Gate YC has no basis to judge whether the protocol or the
management of the regatta are fair, and suggests certain historically accepted
candidates for challenger were not valid under the Deed, either, when they
submitted their notices of entry. --

* Royal Thames Yacht Club, the challenging yacht club for the first America’s
Cup in 1870, and Team Origin have filed a Amicus Brief in New York State Court
of Appeal in support to Société Nautique de Gèneve/Alinghi arguments. --

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* From Paul Henderson: I must be getting old or maybe senile but I agree totally
with the new Star Class rules. The coach’s involvement and influence on sailing
must be reigned in. Coaches are totally out of control and have escalated the
cost of the sport.

When Andy Kostanecki and I wrote the original Rule 42 it was meant to keep the
integrity of the sport and stop "Air Rowing" in light winds and not stop the joy
we all have in good winds planning down waves. We did incorporate in the first
rule allowing this but the Rule Gurus took over. The new Star Rule is excellent.
This is another reason why ISAF must keep strong keelboat classes in the
Olympics, as they are strong enough with the "Stars of Sailing" confident enough
to provide leadership.

Media likes heroes and the keelboats are where the dinghy sailors gravitate.
Putting a women's keelboat in the Games with no strong class association or
tried format is fraught with danger and against which has served sailing so well
for decades. Paul Elvstrom once said, "It is easier to design a new boat then to
build a strong class organization."

I also agree with the NYYC trying to put some sense back into the America's
Cup.Go back to Valencia with the same boats and format building on what was such
a great success including Louis Vuitton and the ACTS.

* From Jamie Leopold: Regarding Chris Caswell's column (SBUTT 2743) about Brodie
Cobb and Nick Scandone, I'd like to offer the following anonymous quote:
"Everything you do says something about you." Thanks to Chris for his column,
and to Nick for being who and what he was. I wish I had enjoyed the honor and
pleasure of Nick's acquaintance.

* From David Brayshaw: A client informed me about the comment by Arne Ruse (in
#2753) describing the (Advantage Racing) special routing program for the VORG
Game, and the response by Pascal Desmarets (in 2754). As the author of the
Advantage software (the latest culmination of some 12 years of development), I
want to correct a misleading statement by Pascal. Our regular program, like DFW
and all routing software, uses predicted wind data in the most realistic way
possible, so that wind at a given point varies slowly and continuously over
time, and there are no sudden jumps at a certain hour or when you move a very
short distance.

The VORG Game, like all of the "virtual regatta" sites of which I am aware,
modifies "wind" in a way that makes it discontinuous, to simplify their Game.
Our "Special Edition" for the VORG Game "dumbs down" our standard software so
that it computes wind and possible routes by exactly the same rules as the VORG
Game. Applying standard routing software will produce poor results, and could
confuse the user about the true merits of these programs, which are in universal
use among actual ocean racers. Aside from this change to adopt it to the VORG
Game, the operation of our Special Edition is the same as the regular edition,
so the user gets the feel of how a routing program works in practice. We have
tried to clarify this by updating our announcement on

* From Tom Whitmore, Stockholm, Sweden: I read Arne Ruse's comments regarding
weather routing and the virtual VOR and Vendee Globe races with interest. For
those interested in trying out weather routing at a good price I can recommend
and even less expensive alternative. Go to and download
the program for free with polars for VOR 70s and IMOCA 60s. There are also a
number of other standard polars to try out.

* From the Forum (San-Juan): In reference to the pro an cons of each system I
would like to put in my two cents (US currency). PHRF is based on OBSERVED
performance - not measurements - and the course being windward leeward in
aproximately 10 kts of air with NO current. Under those conditions either ToD or
ToT will work relatively well (assuming the PHRF spreads are limited to around
20 secs/mile). When those conditions are NOT sailed then ToT will give more
accurate results. What happens is when you are sailing in a current, the length
of the course sailed OVER the water is NOT = to the distance between the bouys
therefore the results will be skewed. If you are sailing against a 1 kt current
and your boat is doing 4 kts., then you are really going 3kts ( a 25% decrease)
where a boat doing 5 kts. would go 4 kts or a 20% decrease.

I have made a web page with a lot of information.

Look at it this way. Five miles between bouys with a current running parallel to
the line between the bouys:
1) You could be tacking against the current and running with the current.
2) Or, Tacking with the current and running against it.

ToD would treat these races as the same, when in reality they are two totally
different races! All things being equal, race 1 would take longer since you
would be tacking against the current. --

It's scary when you start making the same noises as your coffeemaker.

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