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SCUTTLEBUTT 2938 - Monday, September 28, 2009

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Today's sponsors are Summit Yachts and Team One Newport.

Porto Cervo, Italy (September 27, 2009) - Pieter Taselaar's Bliksem (USA) has
taken victory in the Audi Melges 32 World Championship 2009, the first edition
of the Worlds for the class organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in
Porto Cervo. Taselaar's Team includes Jeremy Wilmot on tactics and brother
Nathan (Olympic Gold, 470 class, 2008). Bliksem's victory became a reality
late Saturday evening when their protest against Claudio Recchi's Team 93
(ITA), then sitting in second place, was accepted leaving them untouchable at
the head of the overall classification. With only one final race to be held on
Sunday, the Bliksem team did not sail.

Regarding the protest, Taselaar offered, "During race number nine on the first
leg, 93 tacked inside three boat lengths (of the weather mark) and forced us
above close hauled and then hit us so we had no choice but to protest because
of contact. The jury found those facts too. That gave us an extra six point
lead, resulting in a 17 points lead so we didn't need to sail the last race."
It was then a fight for second and third place on the final day, with Giovanni
Maspero's Joe Fly (ITA) just managing to steal into second place ahead of, but
on equal points with, Uka Uka Racing (ITA) owned by Lorenzo Santini and
Alessio Marinelli with Armando Giulietti at the helm. Team 93, which had
dominated the overall classification for the first three days of racing,
finished fourth overall, one point behind. --

Final results (top 5 of 29; 10 races)
Top Ten Results (After 10 Races)
1. Pieter Taselaar, Bliksem (USA); 6-2-11-14-8-4-5-2-[DNC], 43
2. Giovanni Maspero, Joe Fly (ITA); 3-12-[20]-5-2-9-14-7-1-5, 54
3. Armando Guilietti/Lorenzo Santini, (ITA); 4-11-[19]-6-9-3-2-2-10-7, 54
4. Claudio Recchi, Team 93 (ITA); 2-1-2-3-1-11-17-9-[DSQ]-9, 55
5. Jason Carroll, Argo (USA); 10-10-6-17-6-15-3-[19]-3-5, 75

Complete results:

=> Curmudgeon's Comment: Pieter's win will likely add his name to the growing
list for the 2009 U.S. Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award. American world
champion skippers this year also include Jim Richardson (Farr 40), George
Szabo (Star), Bora Gulari (Moth), Mike Martin (505), and Matt Fisher

By Matthew Gregory
I've decided to kick off a multi-part series of posts on the
'Commercialization and Business of Professional Sailing' as a bit of a change
from my typical 'Life from the Nav. Station' pieces. This has been a personal
interest of mine for some time, but seems particularly timely given where we
are with the VOR and America's Cup timelines. In this first part I will
establish a baseline for where 'we' are in the global sponsorship market

Let's dig in...
With the start of next Volvo Ocean Race two years away and the America's
Cup/Louis Vuitton Series, ostensibly, returning to life, we sailors are
asking: "Who's going to be on the starting line". While some of the teams will
be underwritten by wealthy 'hobbyists', both the Volvo Ocean Race and the
America's Cup have their eye on the commercialized sports level where F1 and
NASCAR currently reside.

What does this mean? Read on:

One-design class champions will put their titles on the line next month in
Lightning class sailboats at the 2009 Championship of Champions Regatta. This
US SAILING event is invitation only, and will be held October 14-17 on Lake
Carlyle, IL. Among the exceedingly talented fleet is Paul Cayard participating
as the event's mystery guest (so much for secrecy):

OD Class - Skipper
505 - Mike Martin
Thistle - Greg Fisher
Highlander - Skip Dieball
Day Sailer - Ted Dickson
Mercury - Chris Raab
Lightning - Jeff Linton
Lightning - Allan Terhune, Jr.
Snipe - Augie Diaz
Lightning - Olin Paine
Comet - Talbott Ingram
Geary 18 - Oscar Barney
Finn - Darrell Peck
Lido 14 - Stuart Robertson
Cornado 15 - David Rumbaugh
Buccaneer 18 - David Spira
San Juan 21 - Jeff Thomas
Laser Radial - Mateo Vargas
Y-Flyer - Paul White
Optimist - Christopher Williford

Event website:

The new Summit 35, by Summit Yachts won Best Sailboat in the Newport For New
Products competition at the Newport International Boat Show. This was the
introduction of the newest boat in the Summit line of racer/cruisers designed
by Mark Mills. Show attendees loved the boat for its open cockpit, and
spacious interior. Come and see the Summit 35 at the U.S. Sailboat Show in
Annapolis, October 8-12.

Teenage sailor Jessica Watson and her parents have been given a clear warning
by Australian authorities to call off the 16-year-old's solo trip around the
world after a damning assessment of her skills.

The Courier-Mail has obtained a copy of the report a collision between
Jessica's yacht and a Chinese bulk carrier on September 9th which shows basic
problems led her to a potentially fatal crash off southeast Queensland.
Maritime Safety Queensland inspectors concluded the Sunshine Coast teenager:

* Most probably dozed off before her vessel hit and was dragged alongside the
63,000-tonne cargo ship.
* Did not turn on a device that would have warned her of a potential
* Could not produce a clear, plotted plan for her journey.
* Had not developed a fatigue management plan.
* Kept a log with "irregular latitude and longitude entries".

Full story:,27574,26127059-1248,00.html
Watson's website:

Newport, RI (September 26, 2009; Day 4) - While history didn't quite repeat
itself today, it came pretty close. The final races of the 2009 12 Metre World
Championships were sailed on a sparkling Rhode Island Sound as helicopters
buzzed and spectator boats jockeyed for front row seats to the action -
evoking memories of 26 years ago to the day when the longest winning streak
(132 years) in sporting history ended with the loss of the "Auld Mug" to
Australia. On this day, however, instead of just two Twelves there were 17
making their way around the old America's Cup stomping grounds off Brenton
Point and with many of the same spectators there to pay homage as the
helicopters droned above.

Notable for traveling the furthest to be part of this largest gathering of
Twelves since the Cup left Newport: Challenge 12, which William Borel (Paris,
France) had shipped from Europe early in the summer, and Australian Skip
Lissiman who was onboard the Cup-winning Australia II in 1983. "It's fantastic
to be back in Newport," he said. "I wanted to be back in particular for the
anniversary and [to celebrate] I will be going down to O'Brien's Pub where
they have the original boxing kangaroo flag. We're going to exchange it with
one that the entire crew signed last year when we celebrated the 25th and take
the original flag back to the museum in Australia." -- Read on:

Final Standings - Division winners
Division I - Grand Prix
Kiwi Magic-KZ7, Bill Koch (Palm Beach, Fla./Osterville, Mass.)

Division 2 - Modern
Victory 83-K22, Dennis Williams (Hobe Sound, Fla./Mashpee, Mass.)

Division 3 - Traditional
American Eagle-US21, Charlie Millikin/Carol Swift (both Newport, R.I.)

Division 4 - Vintage
Gleam-US11, Einar Sissener (Oslo, NOR)

Photos provided by Daniel Forster, Amory Ross, Leighton O'Connor, John Payne,
and George Bekris:

The Newport International Boat Show, held September 17-20, is traditionally
the first show of the new boating season. As one of the five largest in-water
boat shows in the country, it hosted more than 650 exhibitors with over 500
boats ranging in size from 16 to 92 feet. Here is a quick update on how it

* Bright sun and a light at the end of the (economic) tunnel are thought to be
some of the reasons for a boost in attendance by over 12% at this year's show.
Exhibitors indicated that there was a lot of interest in all areas of boating
powerboats, sailboats and boating products of all kinds -- and a good number
of boats were sold! Gate sales alone were back to levels seen two and three
years ago. --

* The Summit 35 was named Best New Sailboat, the C.W. Hood 43 captured honors
as the Best New Powerboat, and the EFOY Smart Fuel Cell was judged Best New
Boating Product from among the North American debuts appearing at the show.
The selections were made as part of the Shows Newport For New Products program
sponsored by Cruising World, Sailing World and MotorBoating magazines and
recognize the best boats and the best product being introduced at the Show for
the coming model year. --

Bay St. Louis, MS (September 26, 2009) - For the fourth and final day of the
U.S. Men's and Women's Sailing Championships, all efforts for racing were
foiled due to rain and lack of wind, with the standings from Friday now final.
The event was held in Flying Scots at the Bay-Waveland Yacht Club.

In the men's division, the Charles D. Mallory Trophy was won by Andrew Eagan
(Metairie, La. / Bay-Waveland YC) and the crew of brother, Marcus Eagan and
Charlotte Santa Cruz. In the women's division, Amy Kleinschrodt (Mobile, Ala.
/ Buccaneer YC) and her crew of Sara Hall and Ashley Hall won the Mrs. Charles
Francis Adams Trophy.

Eagan will also receive a Sperry Top-Sider grant toward the entry fee of a
NOOD regatta of his choice. The Royal Victoria Yacht Club Seamanship Trophy
was awarded to Claude Danemann (Bay- Waveland Yacht Club) and his team for his
service in preparing and maintaining the borrowed boat fleet prior to and
during the regatta. The Staton J. Peele Jr. Sportsmanship Trophy was awarded
to David Rousseau (Canton, Mass.) and his crew Blake Suddath and Dennis Foley.
-- Final report:

Men's Division (top 3 of 10)
1. Andrew Eagan, Bay- Waveland Yacht Club, 1-3-1-2-2-1-1-4; 15
2. Ken Kleinschrodt, Buccaneer Yacht Club, 3-1-2-1-1-6-3-6; 23
3. Jackson Benvenutti, Charleston Ocean Racing Association, 5-4-4-3-3-2-2-1;

Women's Division (top 3 of 9)
1. Amy Kleinschrodt, Buccaneer Yacht Club, 3-2-3-1-1-3-2-1; 16
2. Natalie Coleman-Fuller, Chatham Y.C., 1-3-1-7-2-1-5-2; 22
3. Katy Pilley-Lovell, Southern YC, 4-1-2-6-3-2-9-4; 31

Team One Newport would like to thank all of its customers that made the 6
Metre Worlds, NY Invitational Cup, and Newport Boat Show a huge success! And
thank you to the wonderful Team One Newport staff for doing what you do best:
educating the client and making sure that he/she is in the proper gear! You
can still order the official merchandise from both events by visiting and be sure to browse the
site to get the best gear for your sailing. You can buy the old fashioned way
and call 800-VIP-GEAR (800-847-4327) and speak to a gear specialist.

* Annapolis, MD (September 27, 2009) - Bruce Kuryla and his crew representing
the New York Yacht Club posted a pair of second place finishes today to pull
out a victory at US SAILING's 2009 U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship.
Saturday's leader, Mike Gable, and his Davis Island Yacht Club team slipped
out of first by dropping a pair of sixth place finishes on Sunday. A race 6
protest propelled Kuryla into first place at the end of the day. -- Read on:

* Chicago, IL (September 27, 2009) - The four day Rolex Farr 40 North American
Championship was hosted by Chicago Yacht Club (CYC) in conjunction with the
Farr 40 Class Association. Winning the nine-boat event was Helmut Jahn's Flash
Gordon team, with Bob Hughes/ Heartbreaker in second, and Don Wilson/
Convexity in third. --

* The Class40 President Jacques Fournier and Class Board Directors have
confirmed that the Global Ocean Race 2011-12 is the only round the world race
to be officially endorsed by the Class40 Association. The Global Ocean Race
will be the second running of the event that Josh Hall and Joe Harris
originally launched as the 2008-09 Portimao Global Ocean Race. -- Full story:

* An effort is afloat to form a team to represent the USA in the 2010 Rolex
Commodore's Cup next August. US Sailing is able to help with organization and
team support. The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC), together with Rolex,
announced details for the 2010 Rolex Commodores' Cup. It will be in Cowes,
Isle of Wight between Sunday and Saturday August 15-21, 2010. The USA has won
the event twice, 1992 and 1994. -- Full report:

* (September 27, 2009) - The nine-boat Extreme 40 fleet entertained the 10,000
strong crowd lining the IJ-Haven canal in Amsterdam during the iShares Cup
Amsterdam for the penultimate round of the six-stage European iShares Cup
series. Winning was Gitana Extreme (Yann Guichard), with Oman Sail Renaissance
(Loick Peyron) in second and Groupama (Franck Camma) in third. Overall series
leaders, Oman Sail Masirah (Pete Cumming), put their day one collision behind
them, finishing 5th to retain their overall lead. The final round of the 2009
iShares Cup takes place in the Andalucian city of Almeria October 10-12. --

CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS (Sponsored by West Marine)
Events listed at

There appears to be different versions of history regarding the ISAF fee for
the 30th America's Cup in 2000. A recent letter published in Sail-World by
former ISAF President Paul Henderson prompted this exchange:

From Alan Sefton, Executive Director, Team New Zealand, 1995-2000:
"The Pope (the one who lives in Rome, that is) might not be fallible, but the
memory of his Canadian namesake - Paul Henderson - obviously is. The October
1998 meeting to which he refers in his note in fact took place at the behest
of the Defender (Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron), the Challenger of Record
(New York Yacht Club) and their respective event organizations (AC2000 Ltd and
ACCA Ltd).

"It was necessitated by ISAF threatening to not sanction the 2000 America's
Cup and its attendant Louis Vuitton Cup challenger eliminations unless we
handed over an event fee of $US900,000. We travelled to Southampton with some
urgency to make it clear to ISAF that it had no jurisdiction over the
America's Cup, including the Challenger selection series (the Louis Vuitton
Cup)." -- Read on:

To which Paul Henderson replied:
He and his Kiwis lawyers were very difficult to deal with but thanks to the
Commodore James of the NYYC a sensible discussion and resolve of the issues
took place. It started rather tense and ended up in a very acceptable
solution. ISAF had worked amicably with the NYYC on the AC for decades.

The AC in 1988 led by the Kiwis, Aussies and Danes, offered 10% of all
advertising on all boats if ISAF would allow on the boat advertising. It was
the AC initiative and a formal agreement reached. (For 2000), ISAF asked for
$2 million (Not $900,000), much below 10%, in hopes of settling for 50%. RNZYS
offered $10,000 Kiwi. A rather large gap in fact an insult. I have kept the
original letter from RNZYS if required. -- Read on:

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* From Bill Goggins, President, Sail America:
Thanks for posting your review of Nick Hayes' book Saving Sailing (in
Scuttlebutt 2937). Sail America (our sailing industry association) is very
enthusiastic about Nick's message. For everyone in the industry, you're going
to have a chance to hear directly from Nick the nuts & bolts facts about
trends at the Sail America general members meeting at the US Sailboat Show in
Annapolis on Friday, October 9 at 8am. (NOTE! Phillips Restaurant is closed,
so our meeting is at the Fleet Reserve Club.)

* From Mike Hobson,
Regarding the thread stemming from the man overboard incident at the 2009 Star
Class North American Championship, apart from all the whose fault issues and
cell phones, lifejackets, etc, I think the most important point has been
missed, and is missed every time in a MOB situation.

Here is his quote "I only saw Mike trying to sail back upwind to me and he did
reach me, but I could not hang on or get into the boat." Because he could not
hang on, he is now dependant on outside assistance

Had he had some way of hanging on and getting back on board he would have
saved himself. Try climbing a Star or any other small keelboat like a J/24
from the water. It's almost impossible especially if you're exhausted. There
is nothing to hang onto and no ladder.

I have long though it would be prudent for the USCG and other organizations to
ask skippers to prove they can get back into their boat if they fall
overboard. This would be a very simple safety procedure. Small dinghies are
easy because of the lack of freeboard, larger yachts tend to have a swim
platforms, but the small keelboats have too much freeboard.

I wrote this article a while ago and describes various boarding ladders. This
is an important topic which needs addressing:

* MOB thread:

* From Tom Hart, Silver Lake, OH:
I can still visualize the 1962 LIFE magazine images of Weatherly and Gretel
that captured my 14-year old imagination and led me to a lifetime of sailing
enjoyment. One can only wonder how the current America's Cup Circus will
influence today's youth. Progress? I think not.

* From Eric Sorenson:
The Newport 12 meter series is bringing me a total surprise with Weatherly in
first place after two days. I had the opportunity to sail it on Lake Union for
a test sail back in the '80s and it was in pretty rough shape. There was 6" of
salt on the inboard engine, which is nonexistent now, most likely. It is nice
that someone took the successful Defender and put it back to racing condition.
Hats off to all who are racing these lead sleds. Everyone is having fun and
not in court. It is all about preparation and skills again. Well done!

Birthdays are good for you: the more you have the longer you live.

Special thanks to Summit Yachts and Team One Newport.

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