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SCUTTLEBUTT 3289 - Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Scuttlebutt is published each weekday with the support of its sponsors,
providing a digest of major sailing news, commentary, opinions, features
and dock talk . . . with a North American focus.


Today's sponsors: North Sails, Melges Performance Sailboats, and Lewmar.

By Joe Morris, Yale University student
The correct path for the nation's top youth sailors after their junior
sailing days are over has recently come to be a hotly contested debate. In
the past, the youth sailing circuit in the United States provided an
organized, linear path, but most often ending as the sailors graduate from
high school. Many of course then go on to college sailing, but lose touch
with any guided framework for competing outside of the strict bubble of
college-style sailing.

Fortunately, over the last few years US Sailing has recognized this
disconnect in international racing experience and worked hard to bridge the
gap. Teams have been created like the US Sailing Developmental Team (USSDT)
to aide sailors onto the US Sailing Team Alphagraphics. However, from these
efforts the debate between college sailing and Olympic sailing has grown
larger, and begs the question: is it possible to be successful at both?

Youth yachtsmen and women would graduate from the Optimist or Sabot classes
and move on to the three most favored junior classes of the 420, 29er, or
laser. For those fortunate enough to have a team, short course high school
sailing would supplement the longer course racing featured in most youth

By the end of this four-year junior circuit, many sailors crave the next
step of intensely competitive collegiate sailing, often leaving their
hikers and trapeze harnesses behind. The repetition, competition, and
organization of college sailing undeniably leads to a steep learning curve
for almost all sailors, yet quite often collegiate all-stars, graduating
with Olympic aspirations, were left without the speed, experience, and
technical skills of the rest of the Olympic sailing world. -- Airwaves,
read on:

EDITORIAL: In U.S. sailing regions with highly developed youth sailing
programs, there are incremental steps from youth boats to high school
competition and then to collegiate racing. But most of the boats are low
tech, the path is highly structured, and there is a lot of support along
the way. Many of the participants don't even need to own boats. Therefore,
if the next step after college is to Olympic competition, it is an enormous

Expecting collegiate success to readily transfer to Olympic success is
naive. Most people simply do not yet have all the tools. Depending on the
Olympic event, there can be a huge difference between short course boat
rotation regattas and long course racing in technical boats. If someone has
Olympic aspirations, the sooner you fill your tool box with the needed
skills, the sooner you will reach your goals. - Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt

- Ken Legler comments:
- Peter Isler comments:

The 15 1/2 foot, 2-person Snipe class, now 80 years young, remains a
popular, tactical racing dinghy with fleets around the world. But like most
corners of the sport, the class is struggling with growth issues. But a new
initiative hopes to change that.

At the Winter Meeting of the USA Snipe Class the Board of Directors
approved a new Class development program designed to bring the Snipe
sailboat into contact with people previously not exposed to the boat. The
Class will be acquiring a group of newer, competitive Snipes and related
equipment which will travel around the USA demonstrating the one design
Snipe sailboat to interested groups and sailing clubs.

"The motivation for the program is to try to stem the slowly declining
Membership and boat ownership of the Snipe Class in the USA and the aging
membership of the Class," explained class officer Don Hackbarth. "As the
Class membership is aging we are not replacing exiting members with younger
sailors. They are largely being exposed only to product provided to them by
high schools and colleges and manufacturer classes.

"The program will be used to expose the Snipe sailboat product and
organization to a larger portion of the sailing market, particularly the
young adult market, increase the 'touches' in the market, follow up with
those who have a positive experience, help and keep them involved and
hopefully, when they are established and able, they will be able to acquire
a boat.

"We will hopefully be presenting the product at Clubs, Sailing Centers,
College programs that currently have no Snipe Fleet contact, as well as
help the Fleets conduct clinics which can reach out to the young adults in
their market area. Identified sailors who are not currently Members will
also be invited to participate in regattas. As an example, the Atlanta
Snipe Fleet will be having a college weekend introducing the Snipe to the
college teams in our area. For that group we will provide three with a
'scholarship' to attend and sail in the Halloween Regatta (paying their
fees etc.)

"We discussed the idea of committing product to one or more teams for an
extended period of time, say a year, but came to the conclusion that we
would be better served to expose the product during the year to multiple
parties and then follow up with those that show a continued interest." --
Additional information:

CHANGE: It's interesting to note how the growth of (and youth sailing
boats) has affected the broader scope of sailing. I'm now 48 years old, and
when my generation graduated from college, there wasn't a question of what
kind of boat we would sail. In Southern California, the Snipe was the
popular class, we were sailing in the class as teens, and we continued to
sail in the class when we graduated. For today's generation, my fear is
that young sailors are so committed to organized youth sailing that once
they graduate from school, they might not have a connection to options that
they can continue on in. - Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt editor

Congratulations to the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 Champion 'Transfusion' powered by
100% North sails! 'Transfusion' won the Worlds last weekend in Australia
and edged out 2nd place boat (also North-powered) 'Nerone' by just two
points. Nine of the top 10 boats raced with North Class Sail Development
(CSD) inventories including 'Struntje Light' which placed 1st in the
Corinthian Division. North Sails-powered boats have won 12 of the last 13
Farr 40 World Championships. When performance counts, you can't imitate

SEMINAR: The iconic 125.5 nm Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race
in southern California doesn't begin until April 15th, but preparation
begins now. Here is information on a series of free "Sail to Win" pre-race
seminars sponsored by North Sails:

The Annual 18' Skiff World Championships are coming up quick. You just
can't call them that. It's an ISAF thing, and without their certification,
nothing can be the World Championship. Hardly deterred, the Aussie's
decided to rename it the J.J. Giltinans or J.J's for short. Named after
James Joseph Giltinan, the Aussie businessman, entrepreneur, fleet
secretary and founder of the 18' Worlds in 1938.

It's the 3rd oldest sailing class trophy in the world, falling right behind
the Snipes and Star class for longevity.

Sydney Harbor is the birthplace of the 18s, which dates back to 1892.
Initiated by a local sailing enthusiast named Mark Foy, to literally give
the local sailing scene a kick in the pants and bring the sport into the
collective minds and souls of the general populace's lexicon. A visionary,
Mark decided that's racing must be more exciting, faster and with more
color and flair than number on white cotton sails.

18' long and 8' wide were the only design limitations. "Make em fast and
colorful" and add some gaming and uncertainly and the betting crazy
Aussie's will come. And they have in droves. 18' racing is big business in
Sydney, with a season that runs from October through March. The Aussie 18's
League has over 4,000 members, never mind that only 117 of them are listed
as sailing members. Collectively, it works..

Invited to join the fun by none other than Iain Murray during 1996 505
World Championships, Howie Hamlin jumped at the chance later that year. The
result? "We got creamed," says Howie, and for several years after Howie and
teammates never even broke the top 10. "It's like heroin, you get hooked
and you can't stop coming back for more."

Howie's addiction got so bad he had to bring some boats back home to play
with, and over the years has imported 4-5 hulls from Australia, and is
currently getting used to his newest Van Munster hull which debut a few
weeks ago during the Australian Championships. Weekends and evening
training with Mike Martin, Andy Zinn and Kurt Gooding finally paid off, and
by 2002 Howie, along with Trevor Baylis and Mike Martin hit pay dirt,
flying the Star Spangled General Electric spinnaker to victory, becoming
the first American crew to do so. The following year Hamlin and Martin
brought along Rod Howell and repeated.

It's been a long dry spell ever since; last year Howie, Matt Noble and
Fritz Lanzinger only managed a 16th out of the fleet of 30 boats, his aging
former CST Composites not quite up to the task. This year he's returning
with Fritz Lanzinger and Paul Allen and driving a brand new hull and
rigging; Team Howie looks good to go.

As an ambassador of sorts, Howie has been almost solely responsible for
planting the seed for 18's on US soil. Read on:

NOTE: Details on the JJ Giltinan Trophy, which will be held March 5-13, can
be found here:

(March 1, 2011: Day 61) - From the leading duo counting down their final
750 or 800 miles to Cape Horn to those nearly 5000 miles behind fighting to
make it across the Tasman to the Cook Strait, the vast majority of the
Barcelona World Race fleet today are either racing in strong winds, or
expecting them imminently.

Virbac-Paprec 3 and MAPFRE are trying to outrun the approach of a fast
moving low pressure system, the regenerated, reinvigorated Atu (Atu v2.0?)
and escape around Cape Horn into the Atlantic. MAPRE has been on a slant
slightly south of their adversary, but lighter winds and lost miles has
seen them return north to better cover V-P 3 from behind.

The third dismasting occurred Tuesday evening as the IMOCA Open 60 Central
Lechera Asturiana was approximately 160 miles west of Cape Farewell,
heading for the Cook Strait and lying in 11th place. No injuries reported,
with the co-skippers now heading for Wellington which was 290 miles from
their reported position.

Race Tracker:

Standings (top 5 of 14 as of 20.01.08)
1. Virbac-Paprec 3, Jean Pierre Dick/Loick Peyron (FRA/FRA), 7591 nm DTF
2. Mapfre, Iker Martinez/Xabi Fernandez (ESP/ESP), 67.2nm DTL
3. Renault, Pachi Rivero/Antonio Piris (ESP/ESP), 1357.2nm DTL
4. Neutrogena, Boris Herrmann/Ryan Breymaier (GER/USA), 1377.3nm DTL
5. Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre & Michele Paret (FRA/SUI), 1574.9nm 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:

Professional sailor Ryan Breymaier is the lone American in the Barcelona
World Race, and is currently in fourth along on Neutrogena with co-skipper
Boris Herrmann (GER). The 35-year-old Maryland native recently talked with
Outside from the Southern Ocean via satellite phone:

* How did you get into sailing?

I went to university at a place called St. Mary's College of Maryland,
which had a very nice sailing team. When I arrived there I wasn't involved
in sailing at all. I was a lacrosse player at the time. I saw an
advertisement that said, "Come check out the sailing team. Beginners
welcome." I said, hell, that might be something fun to do on the weekends.
So I walked on and went sailing a few times and was hooked. I never went
back to lacrosse after that. After school I started sailing professionally
straight away and never stopped.

* Why do you think people involved in sailing exhibit such passion?

Sailing is something that captures people's hearts in the same way that any
big sport does. Plus all the stories associated with sailing, the man
against nature story. The idea of what we do is just so huge that everybody
who gets into it becomes passionate about it very quickly. The idea of
sailing a boat with two people on it 27,000 miles through areas where no
one goes is pretty appealing to people who have the adventure spirit.

* How have you been received as being the only American in the race?

The European community who's involved in this type of ocean and who puts
these races on are super happy to have other nationalities involved. In
order to have a small sport like sailing grow, you need people from all
over the world to be doing it. If Formula 1 was only people from England,
or if rugby was only from South Africa, they would be very, very small
sports. For me to be here as an American competing in this sport, they
welcome it, they're very happy for it, and they see it as a very positive
growth mechanism and way of getting more exposure. They welcome us with
open arms.

Full interview:

The Melges 32 class wraps up the official Melges 32 Winter Series this
weekend in Miami where nearly 25 M32's will be on the start line. Then the
class prepares for the 2011 racing which will feature the World
Championship in Spain. The 2012 Melges 32 Nationals will be in Newport, RI.
New boats are available. Check out the class site at and

* (March 1, 2011; Day 24) - Brad Van Liew added yet another notch to his
belt today to claim victory in the third sprint of the VELUX 5 OCEANS. The
43-year-old American crossed the finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay, in
his Eco 60 Le Pingouin at 5.16pm local time (1916 UTC) to make it three
wins out of three legs so far in the 30,000-mile circumnavigation. Just
over 300 nm away is Derek Hatfield (CAN), who holds a narrow 5 mile
advantage over Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski (POL) in third. --

* Windsurfing New Zealand, a non-profit organization to promote
boardsailing in New Zealand, is appealing for donations to help affected
windsurfers following the Christchurch earthquake. There are reportedly
many windsurfers that have lost their entire homes, businesses and
tragically even some that have lost their loved ones. Additional details

* The 2011 J/24 East Coast Championship is experiencing a renaissance, with
plans to celebrate the history of the event from its inception to present.
They are looking for photographs, videos, articles, interviews, results or
trivia from past years. Details at

* Heavy snowfall caused an estimated $40 million in damage to marinas and
boats at Oklahoma's Grand Lake, according to reports. As much as 4 feet of
snow fell in the area during the first two weeks of the month, the Tulsa
World newspaper reported. -- Soundings, full story:

* (March 1, 2011; Day 32, 22:00 UTC) - The southern course by Thomas
Coville (FRA) on the 105-foot trimaran Sodebo has helped reduce his deficit
to 954.3 nm behind the solo singlehanded round the world record set by
Francis Joyon (FRA) set in 2008 on the 97-foot trimaran IDEC. But with six
days remaining in his approach to Cape Horn, his southern position of 55
degrees south latitude has put him in an iceberg zone that he now must
navigate around. Coville is currently angling to the north which may cost
him some miles but it will keep him alive. --

* In an effort to absorb the large waiting list for the Rolex Fastnet Race,
the Royal Ocean Racing Club have decided to increase the number of places
available to IRC yachts by removing the 'professionally' sailed classes
from the 300 entry limit. The race reached its entry limit 10 days after
opening on January 9th and over 130 boats were on the waiting list. The
Volvo Ocean 70s, IMOCA 60s, Class 40s and Multihulls, who will race under
their own class rules, will be counted over and above the previous 300
entry limit. This revision adds about 50 more places to the total. -- Full

* With the first Act of the Extreme Sailing Series 2011 finishing last week
in Oman, the organisers have opened the next round of Host Venue selection
process for prospective cities and regions that wish to host an event in
2012 and beyond. The award-winning and innovative circuit provides Host
Venues with an outstanding value-for-money destination marketing package,
alongside direct economic benefits. -- Details:

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edition of the Scuttlebutt newsletter. Here is the link to post Industry
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* From Les Valmadre:
I read with interest the article in Scuttlebutt 3288 regarding the steep
climb of North American sailors to the WMRT program. In Perth, Western
Australia we had for many years the Australia Cup and three years ago with
the sponsorship of Royal Perth Yacht Club the cup was reinstated on the
calendar and is now a grade one event with an auto qualifying slot into the
last and most lucrative of the WMRT races the Monsoon Cup. Royal Perth
Yacht Club alternating with Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club also host the
Warren Jones International Youth Regatta which is for sailors (Skipper and
Crew) 25 years of age or under with the winner gaining slots in grade 1
European match racing events as well as travel money and to help defray

Both these series are raced in a matched fleet of Foundation 36 owned by
Swan River Sailing a not for profit organisation that "charters" the boats
to the individual series. Both series attract sailors from all over the
world with this year our first Japanese sailor competing in the WJR. Over
the past few years the Australia Cup has had the best of the world's match
racing sailors competing including Ben Ainslie (current world champ),
Torvar Mirsky (currently sailing with an AC2013 challenger), Adam Minoprio
(previous world champion)and many others whose names read like a
championship list of sailors. The competition in both regattas is extremely
high and the racing is fierce. Past winners include James Spithill, John
Bertrand and a virtual whos who of international match and AC racing.

I am therefore writing to the Scuttlebutt forum to let your North American
readers know that in order to reach the levels required to win at the upper
levels of the WMRT you need to start young, get out of your comfort zone,
race where the racing is the best and compete against the best you can
find. We know Perth, Western Australia is long way from North America but
it is also a long way from Europe and yet European sailors make the trip
regularly to compete at the best levels available in their attempts to gain
an entry into the WMRT. --- Scuttlebutt Forum, read on:

* From Howard Bentley: (re, letter in Scuttlebutt 3288)
Here, here, Lawrence Zeitlin! Unfortunately some in this world ignorantly
believe these actions (of piracy) should be prosecuted as simple crimes.
Some of those same people are the leaders of supposedly powerful countries
that have the means and ability to do more. When you have weak leaders with
no stomach to do the dirty work, then the world stays dirty. Cowardice
comes in many forms but inaction in the face of terror, bribery, and
kidnapping only begets more of the same. Fancy speeches and international
apologies only placate the weak minded, not the heavy handed, and
especially not the armed and dangerous.

* From Nancy Graver: (re, Sail to Prevail event in St Petersburg, FL)
The event which took place this weekend in St Petersburg was top notch!
What was most interesting was that the event was pulled together in a very
short time period on a minimal budget. Instead of dinners at the yacht club
or fancy prizes, racing was stressed. With a small race committee and
coaches who were available to help everyone, we had great racing. Kudos and
thanks to all who made this regatta happen! This really should be a model
for future events. Thank you Gene Hinkle, Betsy Allison and Paul Callahan!

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