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SCUTTLEBUTT 3286 - Friday, February 25, 2011

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In the vast waters around the Gulf of Aden, roughly 1 million square miles
of sea, finding pirates and rescuing their victims is something even
today's sophisticated, nuclear-power Navy can't always do.

After Tuesday's killing of four Americans aboard their hijacked yacht off
the coast of Oman, U.S. Navy officials remained silent about whether the
American deaths will prompt a change in tactics. Meanwhile piracy experts
say bulking up the U.S. military presence or even attacking pirate dens in
Somalia isn't necessarily the long-term answer. Any solution must change
what turns people into high-seas criminals, they said.

For the Navy ships steaming out San Diego, they are increasingly listing
anti-piracy as one of their top deployment missions. But they are finding
themselves operating in a part of the world where the brigands are not
ideology-driven terrorists or warriors, but desperate youths being
controlled by businessmen hungry for multimillion-dollar ransoms.

"Everybody's going to say now we've got to go in there guns blazing," said
retired Rear Adm. Terry McKnight, who commanded the Navy's anti-piracy task
force when it was launched in early 2009.

"But, first of all, nobody wants to go after the pirates ashore in Somalia.
And the other thing is, it's a criminal event. You have to fall under the
guidelines of international justice," McKnight said. "If we had a 1,000
ship Navy to go out there, we'd make a major dent in piracy . but the
problem is the area is so vast you can't be everywhere."

Last year was the worst on record for mayhem on the seas. Pirates captured
1,181 mariners and killed eight, hijacking more than 50 ships, according to
the International Chamber of Commerce's International Maritime Bureau. The
situation is most bleak off Somalia, which accounted for 92 percent of all
ship seizures in 2010.

International attention, including the Navy's now 2-year-old Combined Task
Force 151 and two European task forces, has decreased attacks in the Gulf
of Aden. Navy officials said there are 34 warships, under 15 different
national flags, now patrolling the gulf area.

But the pirates are pushing farther out. Tuesday's killings were an example
of the new pattern: Somali pirates used a "mother ship," a larger vessel
they'd hijacked earlier, as a base to extend their skiff attacks northward
into the Arabian Sea. -- Read on:

NO GO ZONE: Yachting World Features Editor Elaine Bunting has posted a
recap of the events that occurred this week off the coast of Oman, with a
map which accounts for all the pirate attacks from October 2010 through
January 2011. The area of these attacks is the entire upper Indian Ocean, a
region for which the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race will be sailing through on
their leg this December from Cape Town, SA to Abu Dhabi, UAE. --

It's not very often that a guy sinks his boat and still wins a regatta, but
that's what happened this past weekend when the Mercury class, an 18-foot
keelboat of about 1200 pounds, competed in San Pedro, CA for the Southern
California Midwinters.

With breezes 5-10 knots on Saturday, the Mercs had four races planned for
the day, but after the third race a random forty knot plus puff with a
little hail chaser hit the fleet. The storm burst lasted about 8-10
minutes, but was significant enough to sink the boat of regatta leaders Hal
and Anne McCormack, and conclude racing for the day.

On Sunday at 6:30 am, a diver went out and pulled the boat up and towed it
to the dock, where it was quickly cleaned and readied for the final races
that day. Without missing a beat, the McCormacks rolled through the four
races with scores of 2-2-2-5 to win the regatta by five points over second
place Don Whelan and Alan Johnson, who may have had second thoughts about
rescuing Hal the day before. -- Pat Bradley, results:

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Over the past two days, the Competitors in the 34th America's Cup have been
attending a Competitors Forum in Auckland, NZL.

A lot of ground was covered in the sessions ranging from clarification of
the measurement process and AC72 class rule; the direction of the AC45 one
design class rule; the draft racing rules for the America's Cup, including
an electronic umpiring system; dates and possibilities of venues for the
World Series; progress in San Francisco - including team bases and on the
water activities.

The Racing Rules have been simplified and electronic umpiring introduced
after trials in San Francisco. Murray says that the accuracy is now down to
20mm and the Umpires for the 34th America's Cup and Louis Vuitton Cups will
now operate from a booth ashore and communicate to the competitors

It would seem that the days of penalty turns have also gone, which were
always going to be very interesting at the top end of the wind range.
Instead the Umpires will assess a penalty for the infringing boat and will
drop them back so their advantage is lost and a punitive penalty applied.

Murray says the intention is to use only live TV images with lines overlaid
over the screen. -- Sail-World, full report and video interview with

NEW HIRE: Mike Martin (USA) has been appointed Director of Umpiring and
Rules Administration of the 34th America's Cup by America's Cup Race
Management (ACRM). A California resident, Martin will be responsible for
defining the approach and philosophy for umpiring and rules administration
for the AC World Series and the 34th America's Cup.

Martin made history when he became the only person to win the 5o5 world
championships as both a skipper (2009) and crew (1999), and has also
captured multiple titles in the 18 Foot Skiff where he won the class'
premier event - the JJ Gilitinan - twice and was a member of the first
American team to ever win this regatta in its 60+ year history. -- Full

(February 24, 2011; Day 2) Top of the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds pancake pile is
now Guido Belgiorno-Nettis' Transfusion (AUS) after posting a 1-7-4
scoreline to move up from second. Transfusion finished bridesmaid to Nerone
at last year's Worlds staged in the Dominican Republic and this year the
new duo of Belgiorno-Nettis and American tactician John Kostecki are
clicking well.

Kostecki is a two-time winner, with Mascalzone Latino in 2008 when he
stepped into Adrian Stead's shoes after he returned home for the birth of
his first child. Kostecki's initial achievement was also early on, in San
Francisco in 1999 with Jim Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti. "It's a lot more
competitive these days," observed Kostecki. "If you get back in the pack it
is hard to come back. The standard of sailors is very high."

After postponing for an hour for the wind to increase, Principal Race
Officer Peter "Luigi" Reggio was kept busy as the breeze built to 12-15
knots and swung through 35 degrees. It was a long day and a late finish
with crews arriving back at the host club, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron,
after 7pm in the evening. -- Full report:

Results after second day - top 5 of 20
1. Transfusion, AUS, Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, 4-4-2-1-7-4, 22
2. Nerone , ITA, Antonio Sodo Migliori/ Massimo Mezzaroma, 2-1-10-10-1-1,
3. Estate Master, AUS, Lisa & Martin Hill, 1-8-1-7-9-10, 36
4. Flash Gordon, USA, Helmut & Evan Jahn, 11-2-9-2-8-5, 37
5. Struntje Light, GER, Wolfgang & Angela Schaefer, 3-13-3-3-4-13, 39

Crew list:
Live reporting:

Muscat, Oman (February 24, 2011) - The all-French team of Groupe Edmond de
Rothschild, led by 2000 Tornado Olympian Pierre Pennec, clinched victory in
the final double points race to take the opening event of the 2011 Extreme
Sailing Series.

With two races from the end, the top seven teams could in theory still win
the event. And coming into the final race, both Artemis Racing and Red Bull
Extreme Sailing still had a shot at the title. But in the end Terry
Hutchinson's Artemis Racing finished in 4th place, one place ahead of
Pennec's men who had therefore done enough.

Terry commented: "It's good to see that all our hard work since the end of
2010 has paid off but there is still much room for us to improve. We're
having a little bit of a crew rotation for Act 2 in Qingdao, so there will
be lots of work to do". Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series will be staged
between the 15th to 17th April in Qingdao, China, preceded by two
open-water racing days.

Final results after 5 days and 32 races; Top 5 of 11 (team name, helm,
1. Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, Pierre Pennec (FRA), 253 points
2. Artemis Racing, Terry Hutchinson (USA), 243 points
3. Red Bull Extreme Sailing, Roman Hagara (AUT), 239 points
4. Team New Zealand, Dean Barker (NZL), 236 points
5. Luna Rossa, Max Sirena/ Paul Campbell-James (ITA/GBR), 234 points

Daily report:
Full results:

Scuttlebutt photos gallery:

BACKGROUND: Now in its fifth season, the nine event 2011 Extreme Sailing
Series has 11 international teams that will be competing in the Extreme 40
catamaran. With the America's Cup moving to multihulls, the ESS has
attracted America's Cup skippers Terry Hutchinson (USA) Artemis Racing and
Dean Barker (NZL) Team New Zealand, along with top World Match Racing Tour
skippers Torvar Mirsky (AUS) and Ian Williams (GBR). The 2011 ESS will
travel to three continents, with its North American stop in Boston, USA on
June 30-July 4. --

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(February 24, 2011: Day 56) - They have become increasingly tight over the
past 24 hours but it was only today that Virbac-Paprec 3's French
co-skipper Loick Peyron acknowledged that the speed race between the long
time race leaders and their Spanish Olympic medal winning adversaries Iker
Martinez and Xabi Fernandez would be an even one over coming days.

Mapfre have closed down nearly 150 miles on Virbac-Paprec 3 since the
French duo restarted out of Wellington last Friday, but Peyron has pointed
to an inherent advantage granted to the Mapfre speedsters who, as the
chasing boat, have had stronger wind pressure.

"The high was relatively simple to manage," said Peyron. "But it did tend
to favour the advance of our Spanish friends who were always able to
attack. Now we will be in a more even wind and see who does, finally we
will have a gauge."

With a lead of over 1000 miles on the fleet, the next 2800 miles to Cape
Horn will be telling. It was Jean-Pierre Dick with Damian Foxall that won
the first edition of the Barcelona World Race, and now Dick with Peyron
have the latest generation VPLP/Verdier design Open 60. And they are being
hunted by the Spanish 49er skiff aces who are on their first ever nonstop
around the world race armed with the highly optimized, well proven former

Race Tracker:

Standings (top 5 of 14 as of 20.01.07)
1. Virbac-Paprec 3, Jean Pierre Dick/Loick Peyron (FRA/FRA), 9,548 nm DTF
2. Mapfre, Iker Martinez/Xabi Fernandez (ESP/ESP), 15.4nm DTL
3. Renault, Pachi Rivero/Antonio Piris (ESP/ESP), 1078.9nm DTL
4. Neutrogena, Boris Herrmann/Ryan Breymaier (GER/USA), 1197.6nm DTL
5. Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre & Michele Paret (FRA/SUI), 1297.9nm DTF

Full rankings:

BACKGROUND: This is the second edition of the non-stop Barcelona World
Race, the only double-handed race around the world. Fourteen teams are
competing on Open 60s which started December 31st and is expected to finish
by late March. The 25,000 nautical mile course is from Barcelona to
Barcelona via three capes: Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn, Cook Strait,
putting Antarctica to starboard. Race website:

The 2011 IRC North American Championship will take place August 11-14, 2011
at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto. This is the first time this
prestigious event will be held outside of the United States and has the
dual sanctioning of the Canadian Yachting Association and US-IRC. Last
year, the event was held at the New York Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode
Island and the year prior to that, in San Francisco at the St. Francis
Yacht Club.

Over the past few years, Lake Ontario has experienced extraordinary growth
in the IRC fleet, bringing the total to over 70 active IRC boats with over
50 of those in Canadian ports. The regional fleet unites boats from both
the Canadian and US sides of Lake Ontario and there is a growing contingent
of IRC boats based in Rochester, New York and spread all along the US shore
of Lake Ontario. With the addition of out-of-region boats travelling to the
event, and continued growth around the lake, it is expected that the 2011
North American Championship fleet will swell to well over 70 boats.

Entry/additional details:

* (February 24, 2011; Day 4) - While George David's Juan Kouyoumdjian
designed Rambler 100 was the elapsed winner of the RORC Caribbean 600 when
they crossed thefinish line in Antigua in the early hours of Wednesday
morning, they also now have taken top overall honors in IRC as well.
Finishing second overall was Richard Oland's Southern Cross 52. --

* (February 24, 2011; Day 19) - All four solo skippers competing in the
VELUX 5 OCEANS are now around Cape Horn, with the remaining distance of leg
3 now northward in the Atlantic to Punta del Este, Uruguay. Leader Brad Van
Liew (USA) has only 961 nm to the finish, with second place Zbigniew
'Gutek' Gutkowski (POL) now 127nm behind. --

* (February 24, 2011; Day 27, 22:00 UTC) - Trailing the current solo round
the world record by Francis Joyon (FRA) set in 2008 on the 97-foot trimaran
IDEC by 1237.3 nm, Thomas Coville (FRA) on the 105-foot trimaran Sodebo
believes his best chance to make up the deficit will be during his northern
climb up the Atlantic after he rounds Cape Horn. But he would like the
deficit to be down to 1000 nm at the Horn, and with 5000nm to go, he has
about 10 days to reduce the deficit. --

* Tampa, FL (February 24, 2011) - Benz Faget from Metairie, LA dominated
the first day of the Layline J/22 Midwinter Championship at Davis Island
Yacht Club. With scores of 2 and 1, Faget's team Fats ended the day seven
points ahead of Scott Young and Chris Doyle who are tied with 10 points.
Two races were completed in winds from 6-10 knots, warm temperatures and
bright sunshine. Twenty-five teams are competing on Tampa Bay, and racing
continues through Saturday. Nine total races are planned. -- Full report:

* Following the significant interest in the double-handed, Class40 Global
Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR), the GOR Race Organisation have announced the
Global Solo Race 2013-14 (GSR), a single-handed circumnavigation for
Category Zero compliant Class40s. The GSR will start from a European port
on November 10, 2013 and will include three legs with stopover ports in
Cape Town, South Africa and Punta del Este, Uruguay. -- Details:

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Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include 18s in Sydney, Maxis in Antigua, RC44s in San Diego, biggest in the
Southern Hemisphere, cold in Boston, overpacked in Coronado, sensational in
Co.Cork, effort in Annapolis, and rules in diagram. Here are this week's

SEND US YOUR PHOTOS: If you have images to share for the Photos of the
Week, send them to the Scuttlebutt editor:

The 2011 North American Windsurfing Championship was held February 17-20 in
beautiful Cozumel, Mexico, with the Techno 293 (U15 and U17), Formula
Experience, RS:X Men, and RS:X Women classes participating. The event will
long be remembered for the local hospitality, breathtaking venue, and
camaraderie amongst the young sailors.

And when it comes to providing daily videos for an event, why not partner
with the tourism bureau to help fund the project. If Cozumel is half as
amazing as is presented in the videos, it's a strong candidate for the
vacation bucket list. Here are daily videos from the event.

BONUS 1: One of the Video of the Weeks in January was the first part of an
interview with Buddy Melges, Jr., considered to be among the greatest
sailors ever to compete in the sport of sailing. Here is chapter two, with
more chapters soon to come:

BONUS 2: There has been a lot of excitement in San Diego lately as the RC44
fleet gets ready for the first event of their 2011 international tour, the
Oracle RC44 San Diego Cup on March 2-6. These boats are thoroughbred
one-design racing machines, and the crew lists read like a who's who of
sailing's greatest achievers. Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck took a walk
this week of the venue and to see the boats getting assembled. Here is a
video of his outing:

SEND US YOUR VIDEOS: If you have clips to share for the Video of the Week,
send them to the Scuttlebutt editor:

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* From Wetabix0947: (re, story in Scuttlebutt 3284)
An excellent 'rescue' and brilliant performance by those involved... but.
It is hard enough to get enough rescue crews and race officers as it is, I
think it is unreasonable to say that rescue crews 'ought' to include a
qualified nurse and team members who have done a CPR course. Sure, it's a
good thing to do as part of the club's training program but I don't think
it's fair on the race team to say they have to be prepared for someone with
a quadruple cardiac blockage to have a heart attack several miles from

We had a similar incident with an asthma attack some years ago and for a
while we crippled ourselves with over-prescriptive rescue qualifications
such that we could hardly organize a race. It is up to the person with the
medical condition to provide a chase boat with the necessary medical back
up - or to take the risk; it's his choice. -- Forum:

Nothing is as frustrating as arguing with someone that knows what they are
talking about.

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