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SCUTTLEBUTT 3291 - Friday, March 4, 2011

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Today's sponsors: North U and Morris Yachts.

If you enjoy the racing rules of sailing like some people enjoy a good glass
of Cabernet, then this story is for you. It comes from Matt Knowles, a
self-described rules nerd, and a member of the US SAILING Racing Rules
America's Cup Race Management has released the first draft of the Racing
Rules of Sailing for the America's Cup (RRSAC). I've just taken a quick look
through and jotted down some notes, which are by no means comprehensive.

My first impression is that this document represents a significant change to
the ISAF racing rules. These are major changes not minor tweaks.

Many of the changes, of course, are geared to racing in high performance
catamarans. I wonder whether other high-performance classes will seek
permission to use these rules as well. I'm also not certain that it is good
for the sport to have a parallel set of rules develop, but only time will
tell whether that is a real problem or an illusory one. That said, I think
nearly all of the changes are very well thought out and positive
improvements to the RRS.

I'm curious that the term "yacht" is used throughout rather than "boat." At
the ISAF level, there has been a clear push over the years to use the latter
term. Was this a conscious change, or just the stylistic preference of the
drafters of the RRSAC?

Below are my very rough notes after a quick read through. Please share any
omissions or errors you notice. I've ignored some small changes and focused
on the ones I think are most interesting. Read on here:

* Version 1.0 of the RRS for the 34th America's Cup has 16 pages. Here's the
direct link:

San Diego, CA (March 3, 2011) - The first day of four days of fleet racing
in the ORACLE RC44 Cup San Diego kicked off with clear skies and light
breeze. It was all action off San Diego's Broadway Pier and the view
fantastic with the racecourse leeward gate just off the dock,

Four races were held, with Race 1 starting around 11:45am. Artemis nailed
the start, at pace and flying out the blocks. After a great start the
Swedish team hunkered down for a fast first beat - nice work from Morgan
Larson and his team brought them the first win for this fleet racing series,
with ORACLE in second and Team Aqua in third.

Race 2 got underway just after 1pm. ORACLE lead around the top mark and
continued to consolidate that lead throughout. Ironbound took second and
Katusha third. For the remaining two races, the top four contenders
continued to be Artemis, ORACLE, Katusha and Ironbound, with Ironbound
taking first in Race 3, and Artemis winning Race 4. -- Full scores here:

Standings after Day 1 fleet racing:
1. ORACLE Racing (USA) 10 pts
2. Katusha (RUS) 14 pts
3. Artemis (SWE) 16 pts
4. Team Aqua (GBR) 19pts
5. Team Ceeref (SLO) 20 pts
6. Ironbound (USA) 26 pts
7. Peninsula Petroleum (GBR) 26 pts
8. AEZ (AUT) 29 pts
9. Puerto Calero (ESP) 33 pts
10. Synergy (RUS) 34 pts
11. No Way Back (FRA) 40 pts

EYE SPY: The local Fox news television affiliate is hosting a camera in one
of the downtown high rises that will be fixed on the race course to provide
a live feed of the racing. Here is the link:

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(March 2, 2011) - With just under 12 weeks until the first Trophy regatta of
the season the 2011 Audi MedCup Circuit is taking final shape and is set to
feature no fewer than 11 brand new build boats across the well established
TP52 Series Class and the new Soto 40 class.

Six new build TP52's are expected. Previously announced are Synergy (RUS),
Quantum Racing (USA), Ran (SWE), Container (GER), Audi Sailing Team powered
by ALL4ONE (GER) and a sixth boat which will be sailed by the very
successful Matador (ARG) team, the details of which have not been made
public yet.

"We have a group of owners with new units who are investing in the best
boats they can have, and will similarly be ensuring they have the top talent
available on their programmes. All will be trying to be the best of the
best, and will want the best of the best," commented Nacho Postigo,
Technical Director of the Audi MedCup Circuit.

"We are just delighted with the response that we have had from owners and
potential owners for this coming season. When we set up the Circuit
originally we were aiming to build and keep developing a racing platform
which has longevity, offering exciting close races each year to high level
competitive owners and top crews and this is still being delivered," said
Postigo, co-founder of the Circuit. -- Full story:

(March 3, 2011) - Today was the practice day at the 2nd National Open Snipe
Regatta 2011 in Vilagarcia, Spain. Anna Tunnicliffe reports from her blog:

It was a chilly morning when we got to the boat park this morning around
9:30am to collect our boat and start putting the boat together in time to
make the practice race held this afternoon. Molly and I qualified for this
event after winning the Women's World Championships last November. The
organizers invited sailors to come to this event.

We forced ourselves out of bed at 7:30 this morning to eat breakfast and to
start adjusting to the local time zone (we are 6 hrs ahead of US ET). At the
sailing center we rigged our boat and eventually hit the water. As we were
launching, the wind picked up a little more taking it into the high teens
and we were really put to the test on the race course. We missed the start,
but joined in the practice race just before the top mark. We were fast on
the reaches, but then got a little out of control at the bottom mark and
capsized. -- Full story:

(March 3, 2011: Day 63) - At 1020hrs Thursday morning Jean-Pierre Dick and
Loick Peyron on Virbac-Paprec 3 lead the Barcelona World Race fleet past
Cape Horn only four hours and 20 minutes and 72 miles ahead of Iker Martinez
and Xabi Fernandez. Young rookie Ryan Breymaier, the sole U.S. sailor in the
Barcelona World Race, is giving seasoned sailors a run for their money as he
weaves himself through the pack to a solid fourth with the intention of
moving up to a podium finish.

In his first-ever circumnavigation of the globe aboard Team Neutrogena (with
German co-skipper Boris Herrmann), Breymaier has encountered "many firsts,"
including the crossing of the Equator, sailing in the Southern Ocean, and
the rounding of two famous capes. "Before this, the longest I had ever spent
on a boat was 18 days, and we're on day 61 with about 30 or so more to go,"
said Breymaier.

In a video conference while at sea, Breymaier spoke of his new experiences
with the core group from the All-American Offshore Team (AAOT), which is
currently fund raising to campaign its 2011 Offshore Team to bring young
sailors into ocean racing. "The creation of AAOT is a huge step forward in
giving young U.S. sailors the chance to find out if it is the career for
them," said Breymaier. -- View Breymaier's interview at:

Race Tracker:

Standings (top 5 of 14 as of 20.01.08)
1. Virbac-Paprec 3, Jean Pierre Dick/Loick Peyron (FRA/FRA), 6748 nm DTF
2. Mapfre, Iker Martinez/Xabi Fernandez (ESP/ESP), 93.4 nm DTL
3. Renault, Pachi Rivero/Antonio Piris (ESP/ESP), 533.7 nm DTL
4. Neutrogena, Boris Herrmann/Ryan Breymaier (GER/USA), 605.8 nm DTL
5. Mirabaud, Dominique Wavre & Michele Paret (FRA/SUI), 779.1 nm DTL

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:


Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include a 1000 Optis, an interior being built, a windy day, your March
calendar, your winter winners, a Paralympic revival, and a detailed bow.
Here are this week's photos:

BONUS: Sailing is not your typical sport. How many sports exist where a well
taken action photo would look appropriate on the wall in your home?
Galleries like the Farr 40 Worlds is a nice reminder of the beauty of our

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


The Dillon Yacht Club in Dillon, Colorado annually hosts the Dillon Open
Regatta, the world's highest regatta at 9,017 ft above sea level. But that
is for people who sail in the summer, so to switch gears in the winter, the
2011 Dillon Snowkite Open was held in February with warm sunny skies and a
fresh afternoon breeze every day.

About 40 competitors came from throughout the U.S. as well as Puerto Rico,
Russia, and Canada. The Event included a long distance race, freestyle,
along with freeriding and demos to get the local Dillon Yacht Club members
and public involved. Curious what a snowkite regatta looks like? View it

BONUS 1: Rambler 100 was both the elapsed and corrected time winner of the
RORC Caribbean 600 race. Here is a highlight reel from her victory:

BONUS 2: 2009 International Moth World Champion Bora Gulari shares this
grizzly video of all the crashes that occurred at the 2011 Worlds in
Belmont, AUS:

BONUS 3: Now in its fifth season, the nine event 2011 Extreme Sailing Series
saw 11 international teams competing in the opening event in Oman. With the
America's Cup moving to multihulls, the this Extreme 40 catamaran event 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. There are a number of edited highlight clips from this
recent event here:

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

After a successful event in Florida's Coconut Grove, Team Morris will spend
this month in Maine. Come see the Morris Service and Brokerage team at
Portland's Maine Boatbuilders Show, March 18-20. Meanwhile, the Morris sales
team is prepping for a return to California for Strictly Sail Pacific on
April 14-17th. Morris will be showing the M36. Morris has been delivering
M-Series and Ocean Series yachts steadily to The Bay and the entire West
Coast over the past years and looks forward to catching up with owners and
those who have been encouraging Morris' return! We're California Dreaming!

* Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield has finished the third ocean sprint of
the VELUX 5 OCEANS crossing the finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay, at
5.52pm local time (1952 UTC) to take fourth position. Derek completed the
leg from Wellington in New Zealand to Punta del Este in 25 days, 18 hours
and 22 minutes, just over an hour behind fellow ocean racers Zbigniew Gutek
Gutkowski and Chris Stanmore-Major. -- Full story:

* The Winning Appliances JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship begins Saturday
on Sydney Harbour with a fleet of 29 international teams. Howie Hamlin
(USA), who is a two times winner (2002 and 2003) and John Winning (2000)
will each be striving for another win. Both Hamlin (CST Composites) and
Winning (Yandoo) have new boats built for the championship and have
displayed the type of form in lead up races to make them definite chances.
-- Full story:

* (March 3, 2011; Day 34, 22:00 UTC) - As of Thursday morning, Thomas
Coville (FRA) on the 105-foot trimaran Sodebo was approximately 2,000 miles
off Cape Horn. Conditions have forced him to take a more north-easterly
course to avoid a series of depressions and 35-45 foot seas, all in a
enormous zone of ice. Colville is currently 110 miles behind the solo
singlehanded round the world record set by Francis Joyon (FRA) in 2008 on
the 97-foot trimaran IDEC. --

* (March 2, 2011) - Event organizers from the Chicago Match Race Center
(CMRC), Bayview YC (BYC), Manhasset Bay YC (MBYC) and Oakcliff Sailing
Center (OSC) have announced the inaugural North American Grand Slam Match
Racing Series for 2011. An invitation to the 2012 Congressional Cup at Long
Beach YC, the oldest ISAF Grade 1 prize money event in the US is on offer
for the team with the best combined scores from match racing events raced at
each venue. Events in the Grand Slam Series constitute four out of the five
Open Grade 2 events in the US. -- Full story:

* The California Dreamin' Series continues this weekend with the Butler Cup
hosted by the Long Beach Yacht Club. The two favorites in the event will be
Will Tiller, 21, a successful upstart from New Zealand, and Russ Silvestri,
49, who raced a Finn dinghy for the U.S. in the 2000 Olympics in Australia
and at San Francisco last weekend finished second behind Shawn Bennett, who
is skipping this event. Teams will be increasing the crews of three or four
they used on the J/22s last week to six or seven on the C/37s. -- Info at:

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* From Bill Canfield:
Five years ago I would have agreed with all that Tony Nunes said and I would
have been the last person to defend match racing. Now after becoming
involved in this discipline of sailing as a spectator and race officer has
changed my opinion 100% the other direction. I now find it not only
incredibly exciting but also strategic in a way that you can almost put
yourself in the boat and guess what the next move each skipper will make and
see the instant consequence of his/her actions, and what new challenge that
last move produces.

Recently in the Miami Olympic training event hosted jointly hosted by
Chicago Match Race Center and the US Sailing Center in Sheboygan, in the
Elliot 6 meters, there were any number of races coming down to a finish with
boats literally inches apart. That is exciting no matter what your interest
in sailing. Watching a boat trying to shed a penalty while protecting the
finish line is also something that will surprise you if you haven't seen it
accomplished before. Its all part of the game. -- Read on at Scuttlebutt

* From Ralph Longfellow, Secretary, CISA:
In reference to the article by Joe Morris (The Evolving Olympic Path,
Scuttlebutt 3289), the California International Sailing Association (CISA)
recognized the problem several years ago. When funds became available CISA
purchased nine I-420s. The I-420 is a perfect boat to introduce young
sailors (13 to 17) to the technical aspects of sail tuning. The CISA
Advanced Racing Clinic held in April includes the I-420 class and the 29er
as two of the six class' included therein. The I-420 leads young sailors to
the 470 and the 29er leads them to the 49er, both Olympic class boats that
are not used in college sailing. Check the history on the CISA web site for
the past I-420 sailors.

Last year CISA replaced the original nine I-420s with nine new ones and sold
six of the original nine. There are still three of the original available
for purchase. If anyone out there is interested in three I-420s, contact
Scott Mason at CISA has lost its major financial
supporter, Roy Disney, and could use any funds which may come its way. CISA
is a 501(c)3 foundation and any contributions are tax deductable. If you are
looking for a way to help young sailors get interested in Olympic class
types of boats, a donation to CISA is a good way. Check the web site at

* From Tej Trevor Parekh, President, Canadian 49er Class Association:
The lifejacket problem used to be huge in the 49er class. I also was one of
the ones that never wore a PFD. But after an incident at CORK where I was
penalized in three races, and lost the championship I started wearing one.
This was also around the time that the International 49er Class adopted the
rule that all crews must wear a minimum 50 N PFD.

There was a common misconception that the PFD was more dangerous, that it
would get caught on rigging during a capsize, or provide too much buoyancy
if trapped under a sail. And all those are completely false! Now all 49er
sailors wear a PFD and it no longer sends the message to all the younger
sailors that wearing one isn't cool. I also always wear mine now, since it
would be a breach of the rules AND because not wearing one is just plain
stupid. It will save your life. So be sure to strap it on, even on a keel

PS - the Championships take place July 22 - 24, 2011 at Kingston YC

Confession is good for the soul, but bad for the career.

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