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SCUTTLEBUTT 3139 - Thursday, July 22, 2010

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They accused each other of cheating. They took each other to court. They
turned a nice little race, an international model of teamwork and
sportsmanship, into a sordid little soap opera that we soon tired of. Tour
de France? Nope.

Once, back when ESPN was a cute, little baby network, this country became
obsessed with an international yacht race that had a long and gentlemanly
history. It's called the America's Cup. My 19-year-old son never heard of
it. The last one was raced in April, after 3 years of wrangling in court.
The U.S. boat won. Not many watched. Or cared.

Once, this race captured our attention the way the Tour de France more
recently has, the way the World Cup did for a week or so in June. The United
States had a 132-year winning streak going, mostly because we made all the
rules and because no one really cared that much. Then we lost. And all hell
broke loose.

There was this guy, Dennis Conner, not nearly as rich as most of the other
sailing dudes, and he was beaten four races-to-three by an Australian yacht
headed by a guy named Bond, Alan Bond. That was in 1983, and by the time
Conner had a chance to go to Australia and win it back 4 years later, this
country was in a nationalistic frenzy over getting it back, about reclaiming
our rightful place as the world's best boaters.

Newspapers sent reporters Down Under. ESPN cleared the schedule to air all
the Cup races - 70 hours of sailboats maneuvering around buoys on the high

We cared then, as deeply as we once cared whether Lance Armstrong and his
U.S. Postal Team were in the lead. Most of you have heard that Lance
unretired and is racing in the Tour de France again and is in something like
50-zillionth place and has taken a few ugly spills since he returned to

Most of you don't seem to care. That's because Armstrong's inspiring story
isn't so inspiring anymore. Whether you believe there is fire where there is
smoke, or that a slew of jealous people are out to get him, Armstrong is no
longer Superman.

The French believe their vials caught him red-handed. Floyd Landis, the 2006
Tour winner who tested positive for performance-enhancers, has, in a book,
described Armstrong's elaborate strategies to avoid detection. A federal
investigation headed by the same man who exposed Marion Jones is in its
early stages. Greg LeMond, who has long contended that Armstrong raced
dirty, said this week that, "For him, it's the beginning of the end."

You know when they talk about athletes helping to grow their sport? This is
the opposite. And you only need a quick glance at America's Cup to figure
out where it leads. We were willing to give baseball, as much a part of our
fabric as the Constitution, a second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth chance to
clean up its act. But these sports? -- Philadelphia Daily news, full story:

COMMENT: Hmm… so with all the interest expressed by the defender BMW Oracle
Racing for the next America’s Cup to grip the public’s attention, their best
efforts may fall short unless there is a protagonist to cheer for. After
watching the FIFA World Cup, it would seem that the easiest way to attract
the public’s attention is through nationalism. Hey Russell, are we ready to
revisit this variable yet?

EVALUATION: The America’s Cup television evaluation kicks off Thursday with
a small army on hand to carry out a water-borne lab experiment the likes of
which the “Auld Mug” has never seen. The trials are geared specifically to
examine every aspect of Cup racing including the type of boat (monohull or
multihull) the format of the racecourse (upwind, downwind or reaching
starts) and, importantly, the video output for television. Daily rushes will
be available to view on the new blog on the official America’s Cup web site,
with a section for viewers to post feedback and comments. -- Details:

Are youth sailing programs so focused on making great racing sailors that
they fail to make great sailors? Is their programming so focused on the top
10% that the remaining 90% are forgotten? Alexander Kovell thinks this might
be the case…read on:
Why do young racers leave sailing as they grow up? Why do young soccer
players stop playing as they get older? In short, competition and racing are
not the answer!

I learned to love boats and sailing through Sea Scouts. We didn't race much,
maybe five races in six years (including a phenomenal run in Swiftsure!).
But we sailed one to three nights a week, we broke things, we learned to fix
things and diagnose problems. We learned leadership, seamanship, and how to
work in a team. We learned life skills, not sailing skills.

And how does this set our program apart from many youth racing programs? The
level of commitment is comparable, multiple nights a week, one to three
weekends a month. However, in my opinion, the amount of personal investment
is far greater. And this accounts for continued involvement long after one
is no longer a youth scout.

What is the personal investment? Personal investment isn't just about time
or money. As was said (in Scuttlebutt 3138 - THE EVOLUTION OF YOUTH RACERS),
the entry fee for students in many youth racing is a life jacket. A boat,
sails, and even gas money are provided. Though any other fees would likely
be coming out of the parents' pockets regardless. A scout boat does not
float because of the adults running the program. A scout boat floats because
the scouts make it float, through hard work. It is what ties them to boats
and ties them to sailing for life.

When a student goes sailing on a boat that is provided to them, it is merely
a piece of equipment, like a basketball, or a hockey puck. But when a
student, has cleaned the bilge with Soft Scrub and a Brillo pad, sewn a
patch into a batten pocket, or refinished the brightwork with spar varnish
and teak oil, they are forever both tied to the work they have done as well
as to their dedication to the sport.

Saving sailing isn't about more or continued racing, and I do love racing
more than anything short of my wife and son. It’s about creating a
dedication and love of the sport that can last a lifetime. -- Scuttlebutt

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The Storm Trysail Foundation, in partnership with the Larchmont Yacht Club
and Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound, held its 14th Annual
Junior Safety at Sea Seminar on Friday July 16 at the end of Larchmont
Junior Race Week. Two hundred ten junior sailors from 20 clubs attended.

During these 14 years, over 2800 juniors and their instructors have received
training at Larchmont, and another 1000 in Newport, Annapolis, and Raritan
Bay (N.J.). Storm Trysail Safety at Sea Chairman Richard du Moulin
explained: “The Storm Trysail Foundation was created by the Storm Trysail
Club to support and expand the Junior Safety-at-Sea Program and the
Intercollegiate Offshore Regatta. We believe that big boat sailing provides
juniors an exciting challenge and the opportunity for a lifetime for
adventures and great friendships. But we want them to do it safely.”

The morning classroom sessions included presentations by Kings Point
Merchant Marine Academy’s Offshore Director Chris Gasciorek (Crew
Organization), Ed Cesare (Bermuda Race Navigation), Adam Loory (Man
Overboard), Kerry Klingler (Preparation for Squalls), Rich du Moulin
(Dockside Demo), and Larchmont Fireman John Caparelli (First Aid and AED).

Twenty-one generous owners loaned their boats for the afternoon on-the-water
session. Over thirty volunteer coaches joined the owners to help instruct
the junior sailors. For the first time, a more rigorous agenda was set and
the perfect 15-18 knot southerly enabled all the boats to accomplish the key
maneuvers. Upon boarding the boats, the owners briefed the juniors on the
location of safety equipment, thru-hull fittings, fire extinguishers, fuel
shutoffs, and the VHF radio.

After getting underway, juniors assumed all the crew positions and first
sailed upwind, practicing tacks and upwind Man Overboard (MOB) Quick-Stops,
recovering a floating cushion or small buoy (no swimming allowed!). Then
with spinnakers set, the crew practiced gybes and downwind Quick-Stops. Each
boat also practiced reefing and unreefing. -- Complete report:

Sail22 is a company geared toward providing a sailing concierge service for
sailboat owners, and have been in full out mode supporting clients in the
Port Huron Mackinac race last weekend and the upcoming Chicago Mackinac race
this weekend. Here is an excerpt from the Sail22 list of things to take into
consideration when preparing for offshore racing:

If you are looking for hot meals, pasta works really well. Make it at home
or buy take out from your favorite Italian restaurant. Vacuum bag individual
portions (or you can do servings for two or three) and freeze them. Now, all
you need is boiling water and you have a hot, tasty meal during the race.
Some teams like freeze dried instead and it’s actually come a long way.
Mountain House has some good ones (Beef Stroganoff with Noodles, Chicken
Teriyaki with Rice, Lasagna) and you can buy them individually packed or by
the large can and vacuum bag what you need. This can be a huge weight
savings for teams looking to save in that area…especially important for
light air racing. Freeze dried can also be a good option for a back-up meal
in case the race runs long.

Figure out how much drinking water you need for your team and emergency
water. Three quarts of water per day per person is a good guideline. In
addition to drinking water, plan for cooking water and coffee water (gallons
or 3L containers work great to save on garbage waste) for boiling or to add
to freeze dried. Other than water, it’s important to have something with
flavor and electrolytes, etc. Little packets to add to water bottles of
sports drinks work well and also keep weight down. Energy drinks are great
for when you need that boost. Starbucks Via’s make a great coffee (try the
extra-bold). They are well worth having. Use the individual packets of
powdered creamer, they even come flavored now. And don’t forget sugar
packets for coffee too. Consider having hot chocolate packets as well. With
any of the packets for drinks, take them out of their boxes and put in
plastic storage bags to stay organized and keep the cardboard of the boat.

Complete list:

* Deltaville, VA (July 21, 2010) - Despite light winds and multiple restarts
due to a pushing current, the first day of the 2010 U.S. Optimist Fleet
National Championship completed three races for the 260 competitors. Having
won all their qualifying races are early leaders Ian MacDiarmid (Delray
Beach, FL), Nic Muller (Ft. Pierce, FL), and Duncan Williford (Fort
Lauderdale, FL). The qualifying round will continue on Thursday, with the
Friday and Saturday slated for the Championship Series. -- Full results:

* Largs, Scotland (July 21, 2010) - After a day and a half sitting waiting
for the wind, a steady, building northerly breeze trickled down the Clyde
this afternoon allowing racing to commence for the 320 competitors at the
Laser Radial World Youth Championship. Tied for the lead in the Girls
division is Erika Reineke (USA) with a 2-2, while Matthew Mollerus (USA) is
tied at the top of the Boys division after winning the lone race of the day.
Racing concludes July 25th. --

* Miami, FL (July 21, 2010) - Racing began this morning in Laser Radials on
Biscayne Bay for the 46 sailors competing at the U.S. Junior Women’s
Singlehanded Championship, hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club. In winds of
12-16 knots with 90 to 95 degree temperatures, the 2009 champion, Molly
McKinney (Sarasota, Fla.), and 2008 champion, Arielle deLisser (Miami,
Fla.), currently are in first and second place, respectively. Racing resumes
Thursday and concludes on Friday. -- Full report:

* Newport, RI (July 21 2010) - The second half of New York Yacht Club (NYYC)
Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex began as many New England summer
days do with fog, humidity and light wind. By the 11am starting time, the
NYYC Race Committee reported 6-8 knots of wind, which held steady for
today’s two races. This half of the regatta is doubling as the Rolex US-IRC
National Championship, which has the 35 boat divided in five fleets. Early
leaders in four of the fleets won both their races. -- Full report:

* This year's Cal 20 Class Championships were sailed in San Pedro, CA at
Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club from Thursday through Sunday, July 15-18. After
winning the elimination series, Jib Kelly with Randy Smith and Doug McLean
continued their winning ways to take the championship title. Full report:

* Barcelona, Spain (July 21, 2010) - The third event of the TP52 2010 Audi
MedCup circuit - Conde de Godó City of Barcelona Trophy - failed to see
suitable conditions on the first scheduled day of racing. The 11 strong TP52
Series fleet representing 10 different nations, were left waiting, poised
and ready for their first ever points racing off Barcelona, but the light
breezes proved insufficient to get competition under way. The fleet will try
again on Thursday; racing concludes on July 25th. --

* Kirsty Bertarelli became Britain's richest woman when she married Swiss
bio-tech billionaire and America’s Cup winner Ernesto Bertarelli in 2000.
But after ten years of wedded bliss and three children, the 39-year-old has
returned to her first love - music. The Staffordshire-born beauty made her
UK stage debut this week when she supported Mick Hucknall and Simply Red at
Edinburgh Castle, adding some glamour to the evening in a one-shoulder
studded mini dress and matching boots. -- Read on:

* Nordic Mast and Southern Spars have announced a merger to better serve the
world market, combining two highly regarded mast companies that have
operated in different geographic and market sectors. Southern Spars is based
in Auckland, New Zealand while Nordic Mast is based in 6230 Rødekro,
Denmark. -- Details:

* (July 21, 2010) - The leaders of the current ISAF World Match Race
Rankings remain unchanged but the chasing pack are applying pressure and
closing the gap. Current Open World Match Race Champion Adam Minoprio (NZL)
has had his lead narrowed as has Lucy Macgregor (GBR) in the Women's
Rankings. Top ranked North American Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) has moved up from
6th to 3rd in the Women’s Rankings. -- Details:

Congratulations to Jack Taylor & his crew aboard Santa Cruz 50 “Horizon” who
accomplished an impressive feat at the 2010 Pacific Cup with a clean sweep,
including first boat to finish, first boat in class, and first boat overall.
Fully powered by Ullman Sails inventory, the “Horizon” team also broke the
record for the fastest Santa Cruz 50 to ever sail the 2070-nm distance race
from San Francisco to Oahu, Hawaii. Taylor and his crew crossed the finish
line in Kaneohe Bay Friday night after 8 days, 11 hours, 46 minutes. Ullman
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* From Craig Fletcher: (re, story in Scuttlebutt 3138)
Is offshore sailing becoming less fun? Depends on what boat, what class, and
whether the racing is for business or pleasure?

There were 159 fully crewed boats in the recent Bermuda Race: 103 non-pro
boats, 38 non-pro cruiser/racers, and only 18 pro boats. In the recent
Newport to Ensenada race, of the 210 fully crewed monohulls there were 126
(the majority of which are 100% non-pro) that were in the racing class and
84 in the cruising class.

My conclusion is simple; the numbers don't lie. If the governing body of
sailing wants to see more boats on the race course, ask the rule makers to
promote boats with interiors to a standard the owners wives will find
comfortable, and offer all-amateur or open-pro classes in all regattas.

* From Larry A. Whipple, Past CGSC Commodore:
Regarding the 10 BEST PLACES TO LIVE AND BOAT in Scuttlebutt 3138, none of
these meet the conditions of Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida, and
specifically the Coconut Grove Sailing Club!

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: It was in 2004 when Scuttlebutt posed the question
to a panel of experts as to what sailing venues provided the best racing
conditions. And, as Larry states above, Miami was among a list of our elite
seven sites. Here is the report:

* From Tom Keogh: (re, story in Scuttlebutt 3138)
Stories about Bizzy's Dad would fill volumes, and he was far more than a
world-class prankster. He encouraged generations of sailors at Larchmont and
was one of the nicest people you could ever meet.

Many sailors who've raced at Larchmont know the delights of a Montesano
Cooler (or two or three) after racing. Not all are aware that the first, and
the only genuine versions of this ambrosial rum mix originated from a wooden
keg which he kept on his lobster boat. The keg was named "The Queen, God
bless Her" and anyone who used less than the full name was quickly
corrected. Every time a new batch was prepared, Commodore Montesano would
pull out a special teak stick to stir the mix. Although the stick was never
used for anything else, it still had a large, clear marking on the top which
said "Diesel". It was always fun to see the reaction of anyone experiencing
this for the first time. He'd explain that it was the secret ingredient for
the special flavor.

* From Richard Feeny: (re, story in Scuttlebutt 3137)
Sailboat racing and bicycle racing are sports that value and promote
sportsmanship as an equal goal to winning the race. I believe the reason is
that both sports have elements of real danger. Competitors can be seriously
injured or killed if they make poor decisions. The danger element teaches
respect for the racecourse, and promotes strong camaraderie between the

A better analogy than a long Laser regatta might be a distance race in which
a competitor loses a keel and capsizes. Our rules explicitly forbid passing
this other vessel.

Bill Maher’s New Rules: “Ladies, leave your eyebrows alone. Here's how much
men care about your eyebrows: do you have two of them? Okay, we're done.”

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