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SCUTTLEBUTT 2835 - Friday, May 1, 2009

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Today's sponsors are Team One Newport and New England Ropes.

Among the highly professional European race circuits is the RC 44 class tour,
now in its third season. The RC 44 is a light displacement high performance
one design boat designed by three-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts,
together with naval architect Andrej Justin. On the international sailing
e-Magazine ‘A BRUSH WITH SAIL’, Justin described what it was like to work with
Russell on the project:

“A guy that knew both Russell and I, told me approximately 5 years ago that RC
wanted to design/build a new OD 40 footer and asked me if I would be
interested to participate in the project. You can imagine what my answer to
the “lifetime opportunity” was, so he gave me some design parameters and asked
me to prepare a preliminary to discuss it with Russell in approximately three
months time.

“As I didn’t have any specific input, I was quite conservative and the
preliminary was for an up to date F40. I spent a lot of time working on a
presentation with a lot of nice pictures of the 3D model in all possible
perspectives from inside and outside.

“We then travelled to the Milano Malpensa airport to meet RC between two
flights. I was quite nervous at the beginning, but when RC didn’t show
practically any interest in the coloured pictures, I started to get very
nervous. At the end I unrolled a sheet of mylar with the boat hull lines in
upright and heeled condition with a spreadsheet of hydrostatic data and
performance parameters printed on the side. Well, just then RC showed some

“He asked me what do I think about the hull shape, so I started with the
volume distribution, balance of lines and areas, performance parameters etc.
etc. At the end RC said, I want my boat to be – this and this - and gave me
the basic “no compromise” RC44 design parameters.

“So we started to develop the boat. First we did a lot of CFD and VPP to get
the basics right (very interesting part) and then continued with the deck
layout, FEA, propulsion and, extremely important, the transport system (the
boat can be packed on a 40" container for road transport or shipping).

“Working with Russell on a racing boat project can be compared to mastering a
Phd. in engineering in one year! With his engineering background and a huge
data bank on top racing boats, he is definitely the best possible design input
and decision maker.” -- Complete interview (Page 11):

Pete Levesque and his Silver Panda team has won the past two team racing world
championships, so when past J/24 world champ Chris Larson said in Scuttlebutt
that he considered Pete as one of the sleepers to win next week’s J/24 Worlds
in Annapolis (May 4-8), we checked in with Pete for an update:

* When did you get the idea to do the Worlds, and what has been the path since

PETE LEVESQUE: “The desire to compete at the J/24 Worlds started when Caroline
(wife) and I moved to Rhode Island, (Tiverton) in March 2008 and began working
at Hall Spars. The local Newport J/24 fleet is very active and strong so we
thought that if we could compete locally then we would probably be competitive
at any J/24 regatta. We've been in the boat for almost a year and so far that
has proved to be the case. The path to the worlds has been a calendar full of
events. Nationals, Newport Regatta, Noroton, Mid-winters, East Coasts,
Annapolis NOOD and every summertime Thursday night in Newport. It's been a
great experience and I can understand why this boat is still popular after 30+

* You nearly won the Annapolis NOOD, widely used as the final tune-up event
for the J/24 Worlds. What did you learn from that event that will help you in
the Worlds?

LEVESQUE: “At the NOOD we were able to verify the results of the work we put
in this winter. We wanted to make sure we were fast, that we had picked the
correct genoa for ourselves and that our rig was doing what we had expected.
But, most of all we wanted to know what else we needed to work on to get
better. As we cross things off of the J/24 boat-specific learning curve list,
we find that we need to improve ourselves the most.

* Do you find your team racing experience to be an asset on the course? --
Read on:

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(Apr. 20, 2009) For a team that was born just weeks before the start of the
race in October, it's not surprising that Delta Lloyd suffered some teething
pains in the first half of the race. But arriving in Boston, the renewed team
was on top of the world. "I am extremely happy with where we are," said
Roberto Bermudez. "This is a very good team."

A quick look at Delta Lloyd's position on the leaderboard might make that
comment seem a little bizarre. The figures say Bermudez's team have 21 points,
a tally superior only to that of the inactive Team Russia crew. They also tell
of an eight-point margin separating Delta Lloyd from sixth place, a situation
not helped by their failure to manage better than sixth in an offshore leg.

In fact, they have been seventh or eighth (when there are eight boats racing)
seven times, failed to finish a leg once, and been unable to race at four
other scoring stations. In other words, that leaves just four occasions where
they have ranked sixth or higher.

All very predictable for the last team to enter. Not to mention the only
campaign using a second generation boat. But the words on the dock after leg
six were more important when assessing the current status of this particular
campaign. "I must say Delta Lloyd sailed very, very well," said Telefonica
Black navigator Roger Nilson, whose team snatched fifth from Bermudez. "There
were situations where she was faster than we were." Ericsson 4's Torben Grael
added: "Delta Lloyd sailed a fantastic leg."

How did we get here? The answer seems to be on a container ship. -- Read on:

* VOLVO OCEAN RACE: Began Oct. 4, 2008, crewed around the world race in VO
70’s, with ten distance legs and seven In-Port races. The next event is the
Boston In-Port race on May 9th, followed by the 2,550 nm transatlantic Leg 7
from Boston to Galway, Ireland that starts May 16th and is expected to finish
by May 23rd. Seven of the eight teams are expected to compete (Team Russia
will not compete).

Event website:
Race tracking:
Overall scores:

How many people had their first sailing experiences in the bilge of a boat?
Your parents thought it would be neat to bring you sailing at a young age, but
pretty soon you were down below by the bilge, leaving you to wonder why they
hadn’t just left you at home. Do you have a memory like this (and have worked
through therapy)? Everyone that submits their “The Bilge Was My Babysitter”
story is entered in a raffle sponsored by McLube and could win some of their
Hullkote speed polish. Raffle to occur May 4, 2009 at 9am PT. Post your story

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) now has two ranking lists for
Olympic athletes, both of which were updated this week. Here is an

* ISAF World Sailing Rankings: A complex formula that allows each competitor
to count his or her best seven results over the previous two years,
accumulating event points based on various factors. Permitted events generally
include Olympic, World, Continental, and National championships, along with
selected top Olympic Classes events. A high ranking is helped by having two
solid years of good results. Here are the latest rankings:

* ISAF Sailing World Cup: New this year is the ISAF Sailing World Cup, a seven
event series of top Olympic Classes events (one in Australia, one in the U.S.,
and five in Europe). In each event, the 20 highest ranked boats in each class
receive weighted points. Attending all events, and doing well in them, is key.
Here are the latest rankings:

Among the North Americans currently ranked high in both standings are:
Laser Radial - Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), 1st in both
470 Men - Stu McNay/Graham Biehl (USA) - Sailing (4th), World Cup (1st).

Both rankings will be updated on 3 June 2009 following the Delta Lloyd
Regatta, event five of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, on May 27-31 in Medemblik,

Chris Larson and his team will be partnering with New England Ropes at the
2009 J24 World Championships in Annapolis, Maryland. New England Ropes, the
leading marine performance cordage manufacturer in North America, will have a
broad selection of products in action for the upcoming event. Endura Braid,
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* Alinghi, 33rd America's Cup Defender, has started its 2009-2010 multihull
campaign in Switzerland launching the two Décision 35 catamarans that will be
used as training platforms towards a multihull America's Cup in May 2010. The
sailing team will be dedicated to multihull training, racing the Challenge
Julius Baer on Lake Geneva for the rest of the season and withdrawing from
other monohull commitments. -- Read on:

* Alinghi has cancelled their commitment to compete in the 2009 World Match
Racing Tour. Said Alinghi press officer Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,"The WMRT
(World Match Racing Tour) is the most competitive match racing event in the
world and provides excellent training for a conventional America's Cup in
monohulls. As we have been forced to an America's Cup Match in multihulls, our
focus must be on training and racing these. So yes we have withdrawn from our
monohull commitments this summer." -- SailRaceWin, read on:

* The World Sailing Speed Record Council announced the ratification of a new
World C Class Record, which is for craft carrying between 234-298 sq ft of
sail (22-28 mtr sq). Setting the new 500 meter speed record of 50.07 knots was
Simon McKeon aboard Macquarie Innovation at Sandy Point (AUS) on March 26,
2009. The previous record of 48.14 knots was set in 2008 by the same team. --

* A special Rhode Island Screening of Walt Disney Pictures Movie "Morning
Light" will be on Sunday, May 3rd at 4:00 p.m. in the new CBLS building on the
University of Rhode Island's Kingston campus. There will also be a special
opportunity to meet local cast members and URI sailors Jesse Fielding and
Robbie Kane following the movie. All proceeds from the event will benefit the
URI Sailing Team and its efforts to secure funding to compete in the 2009
World Collegiate Championship in Marseille, France from October 24-31, 2009.
For further information, please contact Sharon Pavignano in the URI Foundation
at 401-874-5124 or

* Pewaukee, WI, (Apr. 30, 2009) - Harken announced a reorganization of its
Global and U.S. sales team to better serve its market. This reorganization
sees three internal promotions and one staff reduction. Promoted into new
roles are Mark Wiss (Global Sales Manager), Jim Andersen (U.S. Sales Manager),
and Charlotte Taylor (U.S. Aftermarket Leader). As part of this
reorganization, Tim Kent, former U.S. Sales Manager, is leaving Harken. --
Read on:

* Twelve owners of IRC-rated boats have formed a new group called Sound IRC.
The group is seeking to improve both the quality of IRC racing on Long Island
Sound and also to increase participation. Rich DuMoulin, Chairman of the
National Owners Association, said "IRC is founded on the principle that it is
an owners rule administered by professionals. With Sound IRC we are taking
this to the local level where owners directly work with yacht clubs and race
committees to make the racing more fun and attract more competitors." -- Read

* Free live internet broadcast of the 36-team Intercollegiate Sailing
Association (ICSA) National Eastern and Western Semifinals regatta this
weekend, May 2-3 will be provided by SailGroove. Each Semi-Final event will be
sailed in FJs, with the top nine from the West and the top nine from the East
to advance to the ICSA/Gill National Coed Dinghy Championship at St. Francis
YC/Stanford on June 1-3. Event details:

* West Marine today reported sales of US$101.0m for its quarter ended April 4,
2009, a drop of 10.9 per cent compared to the same period a year ago. It also
reported a net loss of US$14.8m compared to a net loss of US$17.6m a year ago.
Same store sales dropped by 6.8 per cent. The company said in a statement that
this represents the best first-quarter "pre-tax" results since 2005. -- IBI
Magazine, read on:

* US SAILING and the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) have
partnered to develop a program that provides college sailors with an
opportunity to become US SAILING members at a special discount rate. -- Read

* One of the UK's leading superyacht designers has had to have his foot
amputated after it was crushed by a hydraulic winch during a yacht race in
Slovenia. Jonathan Rhoades of the Rhoades Young Design Group was a guest on
board a 70ft sailing yacht taking part in the Shipman Regatta last weekend
when the accident happened. -- Read on:

Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include an old school Swan, a demolished schooner, a big mast in transit, the
Boston skyline welcoming the Ericsson 4, carbon booms with a faux wood finish,
Olympic racing, and a sequence of images from the construction of a Rogers 82
at Goetz Custom Technologies. If you have images you would like to share, send
them to the Scuttlebutt editor. Here are this week’s photos:

* Photographer Carlo Borlenghi shares some of his beautiful work, this time
from Santa Margherita, Italy where he is shooting an International Maxi
Association event. Very grand! -

On Thursday, April 30, 2009, the Volvo Ocean Race and the PUMA team earned
some U.S. television network time when they were hosted by the Today Show. In
studio with Today Show hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford was skipper Ken
Read along with Jerry Kirby, Casey Smith, and Shannon Falcone. Click here for
this week’s video:

* The April update from Sailing TV includes the Bacardi Cup, the Rolex Women’s
Match Race, Snipe Don Q, etc. -

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* From Leslie Valmadre, Western Australia: I suppose the Deed of Gift that SNG
are now so rightously prepared to defend against the evil machinations of the
GGYC is the one they resurrected from the dusty bottom of their waste bin
after the NY Court determined it was in fact the only deed that counted. I am
also certain that the SNG management and particularly Brad Butterworth and
their PR advisers are all graduates of the same school of public relations as
the late Iraqi Minister for Propaganda who was last seen declaring Iraqi
victory to be imminent while clevely dodging the incoming mortar rounds. Wake
up SNG you will have to abide by the rules or forfeit the Cup. Frankly I am
hoping for the latter result as sailing is a sport for sportsmen and
sportswomen not for those who wish to manipulate the rules to suit their own

* From Justin Scott, Royal Thames Yacht Club Member and Viper 640 Class Prez:
I have never taken sides in the complex dispute between GGYC/BMW Oracle and
SNG/Allinghi, but this news item in BYM News has pushed me over the edge.
After the court victory, GGYC offered a choice between a Deed of Gift
challenge in two multihulls or the opportunity to go back to a conventional
multi-challenger regatta in AC monohulls. That seemed fairly magnanimous in
victory to me. Then SNG has come back with this absurd suggestion of a
multi-challenger regatta in multihulls. For goodness sake, Brad and Ernesto,
if you want to keep pissing around, please go to the leeward side!

* From Ed Botterell: (re, letter in Scuttlebutt 2834) Thank God for the
Smithies of this world. That was the most essential and heartwarming story
ever to find its way into 'butt. If there is anyone out there who went through
the URL without crying a bit, I suggest you line up a good psychiatrist. I
don't need the Doctor; and I'll wager Corey doesn't, either. -- Photos:

“Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is
something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.” - Albert Einstein

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