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SCUTTLEBUTT 3290 - Thursday, March 3, 2011

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PROFESSIONAL TOUR EMBRACES SAN DIEGO STADIUM
By Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
(March 2, 2011) - The launch of the RC44 Championship Tour is in San Diego
this week, with racing today welcoming the fleet of eleven international
teams to the stadium setting of San Diego Bay. With the start line within a
winch handle throw of Broadway Pier, spectators crowding the wharf end were
engaged by commentator Annie Gardner during a day that saw 30 matches
completed.

“We have raced in a couple of similarly sized venues, but this is about as
small a venue as we have raced it,” noted skipper Paul Cayard (USA) of
Katusha. “Sailing in a venue like this, in front of the San Diego downtown
district, it’s really what we need to be doing with sailing. This is about
as close as you can get to putting it in a stadium. Racing this size of boat
inside San Diego Bay is great.”

The event format for the tour in 2010 typically had two days of match racing
with a professional at the helm, three days of fleet racing with the owner
at the helm, and one practice day in between. But that has been revised this
year. “What tended to happen was that it was hard to complete the match race
schedule,” said Cayard. “To do so, we either would have to shorten the
schedule, or use the fleet race practice day, or both.”

This year’s format has just one day of match, with the scores from the six
tour events to be combined for a season ranking. The schedule then rolls
into four days of fleet racing, where the race scores will celebrate winners
at each event, and then also be included toward the season championship.
Teams continue to be comprised of an equal balance of professional and
amateur sailors, with a crew weight limit keeping everyone on an equal
footing.

Topping the match race segment with 4-1 scores were Artemis Racing (Morgan
Larson, USA), Team Katusha (Paul Cayard, USA), and Team Aqua (Cameron
Appleton, NZL). Full scores here:
http://www.rc44.com/news/view/oracle_rc44_cup_san_diego_match_racing_results

DETERMINING THE BEST ROAD FOR AMERICAN OLYMPIC SUCCESS
By Dean Brenner, US Olympic Sailing Program Chairman
I really enjoyed Joe Morris’s comments in Scuttlebutt 3289 about Olympic
Development. It’s an important issue and one that the leadership of US
Olympic Sailing takes very seriously. Joe is correct that as of only a few
years ago there was no formal development program as part of the US Olympic
effort. We are now in our fifth year of this program, and we have made some
adjustments each year in an effort to get the program where we want it and
need it to be.

Joe brings up some important questions, the most fundamental of which is
“can a sailor pursue Olympic and college goals at the same time?” We think
the answer is yes, but it requires collaboration among the college coach,
the Olympic program and the athlete. Some athletes will make college sailing
their priority, and that’s great. Other athletes will make Olympic sailing
their priority, and that’s also a great choice. It’s really up to the
athlete to decide what their own goals are, and then it’s up to the Olympic
program and the college coach to help facilitate those goals. Some college
programs are clearly willing to help interested athletes pursue both sets of
goals, and we’ve partnered with several of them. It’s not always easy, but
with good communication and collaboration we usually get to a great place
for everyone.

One point we feel strongly about, however, is that if a sailor wants to
achieve college goals AND Olympic goals, then the wrong way to pursue their
Olympic goals is to put them completely on hold for four years. That may
help them with their college goals, but ignoring Olympic sailing for that
length of time will put the sailor years and years behind their
international peers. The best model, we think, is to find a college program
where the coach is open to parallel goals, and then create an annual plan
that allows for both college sailing and some Olympic sailing. It likely
means that neither set of goals gets 100% of the sailor’s attention, but
from an Olympic perspective, we would rather have a talented athlete at
least partially focused on Olympic sailing for four years, so that when they
graduate and focus exclusively on the Games, they are at least part way up
the learning curve and not starting from square one.

But ultimately, the path needs to start with what the sailor wants, and what
he or she (and their family) thinks is best. Good coaches (college and
Olympic) will then collaborate in the best interest of the athlete.

College sailing and Olympic sailing require different skill sets, as Joe
correctly points out. And if the athlete wants both, then both sets of
skills need to be developed in a parallel fashion. Will it be easy? No way.
But if it were everyone would be a national champion, an All-American and an
Olympic medalist.

NOTE: The original article by Joe Morris can be found on Airwaves: http://tinyurl.com/S1D-030111

SHARING TIME ABOARD A SUMMIT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Summer 2011 will have the usual mix of great competitive events, from Block
Island Race Week to the Big Boat Series, and many in between. But there will
also be an endless number of picturesque harbors and quiet coves that your
family can experience aboard the Summit 35 and Summit 40. There is more than
silver to be won when sharing time aboard a Summit with family and friends.
Check out the details on these great dual purpose boats at
http://www.summit-yachts.com

WEARING LIFEJACKETS MUCH MORE THE NORM
A story in Scuttlebutt 3284 reported on the near-drowning of a competitor in
the North American Windsurfing Championship in Cozumel, Mexico. The incident
involved a rescue at sea by a 13 year old American Techno sailor of an 18
year old Mexican girl in the RS:X class. The girl had lost her board and
rigging, and was left swimming alone in a strong offshore current, and was
wearing no life jacket. She was quoted as saying, "I thought I was going to
die. I'm never going on the water without a life jacket again."

The report got the attention of JoAnn Mogle, who is Vice Chair of the US
SAILING Training Committee. She was curious if this event had been
sanctioned or held under the auspices of US SAILING, would the participants
have been required to wear life jackets? Given that the Techno 293 World
Championship is going to be held at St. Francis YC in July (where over 200
kids are expected to participate), US SAILING's policy regarding life
jackets could take on added importance.

JoAnn inquired with US SAILING Race Administration Director Chris Petracco,
who offered this reply: “The short answer is that U.S. Coast Guard approved
life jackets are required to be worn at all US SAILING championships. As for
events when US SAILING is not the Organizing Authority, we have influence
from the prescription to rule 40 and also the US prescriptions to the ISAF
Offshore Special Regulations.

“What I have seen is the great effort that has gone into teaching to wear
jackets from youth programs and college sailing and today it has become much
more the norm,” added Petracco. “Also for adults most of the keelboat team
racing requires adults to wear lifejackets, which further provides a good
role model.”

Regarding the trickle down of wearing lifejacket, JoAnn Mogle said, “Since
the beginning of US SAILING's Training Program back in the mid Eighties,
life jackets have been required at our training courses, the result being
that the vast majority of learn-to-sail programs in the US now require them
as well. As do a great many racing events -- especially small boats, but
increasingly in keelboats as well.”

The prescription for US SAILING championships can be found on page 13 of the
US SAILING REGULATIONS:
http://about.ussailing.org/Assets/Bylaws/US+SAILING+Regs08.pdf

APPROACHING THE HORN
(March 2, 2011: Day 62) - Cape Horn is the round the world racer’s ultimate
milestone. It is the time that the bow is finally directed in a northerly
direction, what feels like homewards. In theory the wind ravaged Cape puts
behind them the wild challenges of the southern oceans and starts the final
long 10000 miles ascent of the Atlantic.

For the leading Barcelona World Race pair aboard Virbac-Paprec 3, it will be
their respective third racing passages of Cape Horn. Jean Pierre Dick passed
in his first Vendée Globe in 2005 and subsequently en route to winning the
first Barcelona World Race, whilst Loic Peyron passed whilst en route to
second in the first ever edition of the Vendée Globe. For the MAPFRE duo it
will be Iker Martinez’s second but Xabi Fernandez’s third, having rounded
twice in successive Volvo Ocean races.

Both have been spearing east towards the Horn at between 18 and 21 knots
with the full expectation of a passage of the promontory in breezes which
will vary between just plain windy and very windy. They are still expecting
the race’s final encounter with ex cyclone Atu, with MAPFRE expecting worse
conditions, due to arrive at the Cape some five hours after Virbac-Paprec 3.

Race Tracker: http://tracking.barcelonaworldrace.org

Standings (top 5 of 14 as of 20.01.08)
1. Virbac-Paprec 3, Jean Pierre Dick/Loick Peyron (FRA/FRA), 7177 nm DTF
2. Mapfre, Iker Martinez/Xabi Fernandez (ESP/ESP), 70 nm DTL
3. Renault, Pachi Rivero/Antonio Piris (ESP/ESP), 383.5 nm DTL
4. Neutrogena, Boris Herrmann/Ryan Breymaier (GER/USA), 431.2 nm DTL
5. Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre & Michele Paret (FRA/SUI), 641.9 nm DTL

Full rankings: http://www.barcelonaworldrace.org/en/ranking/

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: http://www.barcelonaworldrace.org

MELGES 20 CLASS SEEKS TO EARN ‘GOLD’ CLEAN REGATTA STATUS
Miami, FL (February 28, 2011) - In an effort to reduce waste at regattas and
preserve our lakes and oceans, the U.S. Audi Melges 20 Class will be teaming
up with Melges Performance Sailboats, Coconut Grove Sailing Club and Eco
Sports Bottles to earn 'Gold Level, Clean Regatta' status with Sailors for
the Sea. To complete the task of cleaning up regattas and earn Gold status,
the Audi Melges 20 Class must complete 15 or more of the items listed on the
best practices list provided by Sailors for the Sea. While a few of these
are very simple to achieve, some are more complex, like ridding regattas of
trash and eliminating the biggest culprit of ocean destruction, plastic
water bottles.

In a typical 25 boat, 3-day event, over 600 plastic water bottles will be
disposed of at the end of the regatta, and if lucky, they will all find
their way to the recycling bin. Unfortunately, most end up in our landfills,
and even worse, floating in our oceans. Melges Performance Sailboats has
teamed up with Eco Sports Bottles to provide each Audi Melges 20 competitor
at BACARDI Miami Sailing Week, with a 30 oz, reusable aluminum water bottle
to be used throughout the event, and at future events. By competitors making
the extra effort to fill up these bottles at the beginning and throughout
the day, this will reduce a massive amount of plastic at the end of an
event. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/4u77css

ULLMAN SAILS WELCOMES A LOFT IN TURKEY
Ullman Sails announces the addition of Ullman Sails Turkey to our
international group of sailmakers! Previously Yelkenbicer Sailmakers, the
sail loft in Izmir has a distinguished history as a leader in the Turkish
marine industry for over 120 years. Owned and operated by M.Ali Yelkenbicer
(fourth generation), the loft offers complete service and sails to both
cruisers and racers on the Aegean, Mediterranean, and Black Seas. The Ullman
group is proud to welcome M.Ali onboard to continue a tradition of
exceptional customer service and a high standard of sailmaking. Ullman Sails
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CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS (Sponsored by West Marine)
Is your event listed on the Scuttlebutt Event Calendar? This free,
self-serve tool is the easiest way to communicate to both sailors and
sailing media. These are some of the events listed on the calendar for this
weekend:

Mar 3-6 - Flying Tiger FT10 North Americans - Pensacola, FL, USA
Mar 3-6 - St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
Mar 5-11 - Thistle Midwinters East - St Petersburg, FL, USA
Mar 7-11 - 2011 Flying Scot Midwinters - Sarasota, FL, USA
Mar 7-12 - BACARDI Miami Sailing Week - Miami, FL, USA
View all the events at http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/calendar

INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATES
The Industry News category of the Scuttlebutt Forum provides an opportunity
for companies to announce new products and services. Here are some of recent
postings:

* New Halyard Clip from SOAK prevents upwind shrimping
* Schaefer Marine announces US Distribution agreement w/ Sea Sure Products
* Cruising World receives wave of awards
View and/or post Industry News updates here:
http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/forum/industry_news

EIGHT BELLS
Captain Amos W. “Wild Bill” Billings, crossed the bar to meet his pilot on
February 27, 2011 at the age of 86, at his home in Fort Lauderdale. Capt.
Bill grew up in the family schooner business out of Deer Isle, Maine. As a
boy he drove draft horses through the snowy woods, dragging logs down to the
shore. Hand loading pulp wood aboard the family’s schooner, The Mercantile,
built his arms into mighty tree trunks. Sailing commercial schooners
prepared him for running small boats during WWII, and later skippering both
sail and motor yachts of all sizes and types. From the fast sleek
“commuters,” delivering millionaire executives from their Long Island
estates to their Manhattan offices to large offshore sailing vessels,
cruising between New England and the West Indies, Captain Billings was the
consummate old school yacht captain. -- Read on: http://tinyurl.com/4evtcag

SAILING SHORTS
* (March 2, 2011) - In response to a request by the U.S. Coast Guard, the
National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) is working to ensure that
radio distress signals sent by mariners contain GPS information that will
enable search and rescue (SAR) teams to locate vessels quickly and
efficiently. Rear Admiral R.E. Day explained, “Of the roughly 100 digital
selective calling distress alerts we are now receiving each month,
approximately nine out of 10 do not have position information and
approximately six out of 10 have not registered their MMSI. -- Full story:
http://www.boating-industry.com/output.cfm?id=2727433

* (March 2, 2011) - The Racing Rules for the 34th America’s Cup have been
issued today following months of consultation with the entered teams to
ensure spectacular racing in the next edition of sailing’s pinnacle event.
The rules have been simplified to take into account the significant
investment in technology that will improve the experience of watching
America’s Cup racing. -- View Racing Rules: http://tinyurl.com/4rgtrb2

* (March 2, 2011) - US SAILING has entered a multi-year partnership
agreement with Gill North America, the North American importer and
distributor of the Gill brand, as the official technical apparel sponsor of
US SAILING. The sponsorship agreement includes direct financial support for
the organization, including support for US SAILING National Championship
events and Junior Olympic Festivals. Members of US SAILING will have
opportunities to purchase Gill products at a discounted price.

JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING TWO GREAT CAUSES
By Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt editor
When breast cancer entered my home, I was reminded of how fragile life was,
and how prevalent breast cancer is. During my education, I also learned that
early detection remains a key component in the battle against breast cancer.
We were fortunate to have caught our occurrence early, and it is through
heightened awareness that I hope others will be as fortunate.

Scuttlebutt has launched a new T-Shirt that promotes sailing with one of the
Curmudgeon’s Observations, but also proudly displays the pink ribbon symbol
that is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness. Please join me
in supporting two great causes, with all the proceeds going to breast cancer
research.

All Scuttlebutt gear can be purchased at the Scuttlebutt Store:
http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/store

GUEST COMMENTARY
Scuttlebutt strongly encourages feedback from the Scuttlebutt community.
Either submit comments by email or post them on the Forum. Submitted
comments chosen to be published in the newsletter may be limited to 250
words. Authors may have one published submission per subject, and should
save their bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.

Email: editor@sailingscuttlebutt.com
Forum: http://sailingscuttlebutt.com/forum

*From John Faus, Secretary International Lightning Class Association:
I have been reading the different comments/ideas regarding ‘life after
college sailing’. The Lightning Class took a hard look at this over 5 years
ago, and thanks to Allan Terhune and Bill Fastiggi we developed the
Lightning Boat Grant program.

It seems that there is a sailing ‘burn out’ factor that occurs after
college. Many of the higher level sailors have been in regimented sailing
programs since Opti days - and some are pushed beyond belief with the Soccer
Mom/Dad approach. In order to retain post grad sailors, racing classes and
organized sailing must consider adding the ‘fun’ factor back in. This can
be done while also being competitive. An Olympic campaign is entirely
different! Some sailors who I have spoken to and who have chosen the Olympic
path feel that the initial Olympic campaign is your training ground.

ILCA Boat Grant Program information:
http://www.lightningclass.org/racing/boatGrant/about.asp

*From Cory Friedman:
The present response to piracy in the Indian Ocean seems to be remarkably
ineffective. That would indicate that the present cost of piracy is one the
world community is willing to accept and pass on to consumers. Alternatives
are obvious. One would be a short, sharp punitive action against the
pirates’ shore bases like the raids President Jefferson authorized on the
“shores of Tripoli” against the Barbary Pirates in the 19th Century.

We seem to have lost sight of the option of hitting hard and leaving,
instead of sticking around for an endless quagmire of nation building and
hearts and minds winning, which are not necessary. In any event, as one
military thinker once noted: “When you have them by the balls, their hearts
and minds are sure to follow.” This does not have to be Black Hawk Down
Redux. Hit hard, leave, and come back again if they do not get the message
the first time. This is about teaching a lesson, not arresting “criminals.”
It may not be PC, but neither is piracy. -- Read on at Scuttlebutt Forum:
http://tinyurl.com/4zft9sd

* From Tony Nunes, Houston, TX (re, Scuttlebutt 3287):
I refer to your lead article in Monday's Scuttlebutt about getting North
America back on the map and match racing being on the rise. I have one
comment that may get me in a lot of trouble with the purists of our sport.
My comment is that, except for the start of a match race (which is over very
quickly), match racing is very boring for spectators. It is a great
challenge for the participants and a lot of fun for the winner, but for
spectators, in my view, fleet racing or team racing, is far more
interesting.

As the article states, I think it is fantastic that there has been a rapid
rise in our youth getting involved in match racing, because any increase in
involvement by the youth is good for the sport generally. But in my humble
view if the goal is to get more of the public involved in our sport and thus
attract more young talent, match racing is hardly likely to be the future of
our sport. But I could be wrong and I invite comments.

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