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SCUTTLEBUTT 3292 - Monday, March 7, 2011

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San Diego, CA (March 6, 2011) - The Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego ended with a
fabulous victory by the Russian team Katusha, after five days of feverishly
competitive sailing off Broadway Pier. Bob Little was on the wheel, with
Paul Cayard calling the shots to almost close out the overall win in the
first two races of the day. It left them sailing defensively for the final
race, watching others wrestle it out for the remaining places on the podium.

Things didn’t look too good first thing this morning with heavy and ominous
cloud over San Diego Bay, but the sun quickly broke through and the crews
were sent out on time. The westerly built in the warm sunshine to around ten
knots. Paul Cayard had said earlier in the week that it was all about
getting in a position to win the regatta on the final day. A strong
performance yesterday maintained a two-point lead over Team Aqua into the
home straight. Now they just had to close the deal.

They got a big helping hand early on - Team Aqua picked up two penalties in
the first race and could only recover to a seventh. Meanwhile, Katusha were
battling Larry Ellison’s ORACLE Racing for the race win. Katusha had to
settle for second, but it was still enough to move out to a six point lead,
as ORACLE Racing’s win leap-frogged them over Team Aqua to take second
overall by a single point. Artemis had been fourth going into the day, but
they also struggled, scoring a sixth and dropping eight points behind Team
Aqua. -- Event website:

Overall results after 14 races:

1. Katusha (RUS) 47
2. ORACLE Racing (USA) 54
3. Team Aqua (GBR) 55
4. Artemis (SWE) 56
5. Team Ceeref (SLO) 80
6. Puerto Calero (ESP) 87
7. Ironbound (USA) 95
8. Synergy (RUS) 104
9. AEZ (AUT) 113
10. Peninsula Petroleum (GBR) 117
11. No Way Back (FRA) 120

Miami, FL (March 6, 2011) - All eight races scheduled for the 2011 Melges 32
Miami Championship, hosted by Coconut Grove Sailing Club, sponsored by
Melges Performance Sailboats have completed leaving John Kilroy on his
famous Samba Pa Ti as champion.

Kilroy's team consisted of tactician Nathan Wilmot and crew members Morgan
Reeser, Federico Michetti, Martino Tortarolo, Justin Smart, Luca Faravelli
and Dean Curtis. He won by an impressive 11 points. Reigning Melges 32 U.S.
National Champion, 20-year-old Ryan DeVos on Volpe (Ed Baird, tactician) was
second, and Jason Carroll on Argo (Charlie Ogletree, tactician) was third.

The first race of the day took place under, what was considered, more
civilized conditions than days past. The seas were still pretty lumpy, yet
the breeze was absolutely perfect. Sunshine and 15-18 knots at the start
allowed Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino (Francesco Bruni, tactician) to
get into a winning groove. He rounded the top mark in the lead and extended
throughout the race. By the final run, on his way to the finished, his
Melges 32 was launched by a mile. Onorato won, Dalton DeVos on Delta found
some success taking second, while Kilroy maintained a solid third place

The 2011 Melges 32 Midwinter Series concluded with the Miami event.
Lanfranco Cirillo on Fantastica is the winner, second overall is Joel
Ronning on Catapult and Newport's Phil Lotz on Arethusa takes third. The
Melges 32 Class moves onward to Rye, N.Y. for the U.S. National
Championship, hosted by the American Yacht Club on June 10-12, and the North
American Championship takes place in Newport, R.I. on July 29-31. -- Full

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Miami, FL (March 4, 2011) - With more than 95 boats registered, the 84th
edition of the iconic BACARDI Cup is set to see one of the fiercest title
battles in recent years as some of the most recognizable athletes in the
sport return to the waters of Biscayne Bay March 7 to 12, for the headline
event of BACARDI Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank. Competitors from
25 countries are entered to race in one of five classes: Melges 20, Melges
24, J/24, Star and Viper 640.

“We are all looking forward to a great week,” said Bill Allen, President of
the International Star Class Association. “The BACARDI Cup is one of the
premier events on our racing calendar; only the world championship has a
more talented field.”

The Olympics being little more than a year away is sure to be a factor
driving these elite sailors, as Allen counted off 15 teams with the
potential to end up on the podium. “We will have at least five world
champions and 10 to 15 continental champions. At least 10 of the top-20 in
the world rankings will be competing, and picking the medal winners among
these outstanding sailors would be impossible.”

Among the elite field is Mark Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.), often referred
to as the “Star of the Star Class,” in arguably the world’s most competitive
one-design class; Mateusz Kusznierewicz (Poland) who won Olympic gold and
bronze in the Finn class (1996 and 2004) before switching to the Star for
the 2008 Beijing Olympics; New Zealand’s three-time Olympian (1996, 2004,
2008) Hamish Pepper, and Ireland’s 2008 Olympian Peter O’Leary. -- Event

Sydney, Australia (March 6, 2011) - Australian 18ft Skiff champions Michael
Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas fought back strongly today aboard
Thurlow Fisher Lawyers to score an impressive win in Race 2 of the Winning
Appliances JJ Giltinan Championship on Sydney Harbour.

The race was another light day with an easterly breeze which fluctuated
between 5-12 knots. From the start, the fleet was spread across the harbor
on the windward beat to the Rose Bay mark. Thurlow Fisher Lawyers took the
lead from the first windward leg of the course and put on a wonderful
display of light wind sailing to defeat Race 1 winner, Gotta Love It 7, by

Yesterday’s place-getters Smeg (Nick Press) and CST Composites (Howie
Hamlin) were buried back in the fleet at 11th and 12th respectively. Smeg
and CST Composites had made up four placings over today’s lap but were still
7th and 8th respectively.

After two light wind days, most crews are hoping for more breeze on Tuesday
for Race 3 of the seven race championship. Early predictions are for 15-18
knot north east winds, which would be ideal conditions for great skiff
action. -- Full story:

(March 4, 2011) - The submission deadline for the all-deciding ISAF mid-year
conference beginning of May in St. Petersburg is approaching fast - in fact
it will be 12:00 UTC on Monday, March 10. Here are some quotes from well
know members of the Sailing Community that highlight why Kiteboarding should
become a part of the future Olympic Sailing Programme.

Sir Richard Branson (Chairman of Virgin Group):“Kiteboarding is a fun and
spectacular sport that I think would make a tremendously exciting addition
to the Olympic Games.”

Neil Pryde (Managing Director of Neil Pryde Ltd.): "Kiteboarding today
represents the cutting edge of sailing. The Olympic Games stand at the
pinnacle of sailing and it is therefore logical and natural that
Kiteboarding has a place in Olympic Yachting."

Michael Gebhardt (Two time windsurfing Olympic Medallist): "Kiteboarding,
the newest discipline of modern high performance sailing, is perfectly
positioned to launch the future of Olympic Sailing into the 21st century.
The future is here and now. Kiteboarding is the future of Olympic sailing."

Ben McNabb (Sports Lawyers Association): "The future of Olympic Sailing
rests with Kiteboarding. It's fast, exciting and visually stunning.
Kiteboarding at the Olympics is inevitable, and our goal is to see it to
fruition at the 2016 games."

Jerome Pels (ISAF Secretary General): "Foiling Moths with wing masts and
kiteboards are the answer" (in response to a statement from Pierre Ducrey,
Head of Sports Operations at IOC, regarding "added value" that sailing needs
to provide to the Olympic Games).

We invite all MNAs that are planning to put in a submission for a slate of
events for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to discuss combinations
with us to achieve our common goal, to make sailing in the Olympic Games
more attractive and to secure sailing a place in the Olympic Games long
term. -- Full story:

* From the RS:X Olympic Windsurfing Class in support of kiteboarding in the

(March 6, 2011: Day 66) - Not for the first time in this Barcelona World
Race the contrast in fortunes between the pacemakers and the backmarkers of
the fleet is vast. The only thing that Loick Peyron and Jean-Pierre Dick
seem to be struggling with on their ascent of the south Atlantic on
Virbac-Paprec 3 this Sunday afternoon is deciding if their nearest rivals
MAPFRE are indeed following in their wake, or whether Iker Martinez and Xabi
Fernandez will break to the west of the high pressure system.

Pachi Rivero and Toño Piris on Renault Z.E. Sailing Team have been
accelerating rapidly towards Cape Horn which the third placed duo should
pass Monday evening. As the leading duo engage with their anticyclone in
front of them, Rivero and Piris have been fastest in the fleet this
afternoon making 18.1 kts and an average VMG of 18.7kts.

Meanwhile, sitting at the back of the fleet in 11th, in Wellington, New
Zealand, Juan Merediz and Fran Palacio (Central Lechura Asturiana) are
desperately trying to convert their huge motivation and desire to finish
their Barcelona World Race into a solid, workable plan: a means and
methodology to successfully re-join the two broken halves of the mast they
broke in the Tasman.

Race Tracker:

Standings (top 5 of 14 as of 20.01.08)
1. Virbac-Paprec 3, Jean Pierre Dick/Loick Peyron (FRA/FRA), 5785 nm DTF
2. Mapfre, Iker Martinez/Xabi Fernandez (ESP/ESP), 264 nm DTL
3. Renault, Pachi Rivero/Antonio Piris (ESP/ESP), 589.1 nm DTL
4. Neutrogena, Boris Herrmann/Ryan Breymaier (GER/USA), 738.8 nm DTL
5. Groupe Bel, Kito De Pavant/Sebastien Audigane (FRA) 878.5 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:

(March 6, 2011) - On the final day of racing at the Open National Snipe
Regatta 2011 in Vilagarcia de Arousa, Spain, Team Tunnicliffe finished the
top Women's Team and 12th overall, out of 79 boats. Anna Tunnicliffe reports
from her blog:

We had a reasonable day finishing with a 26, 11, 20. We are quite happy with
our overall place, but know we made plenty of mistakes on which we want/need
to work. To our surprise, it was quite breezy and we ended up dropping our
pins (adjusting the rigging) once we got out to the course area, since it
was blowing about 13kts.

We had an alright first start, but couldn't get ourselves out of trouble and
struggled to pull into the top 20 to finish in 26th. The second race, we had
a great start. We played the middle right up the beat and rounded the top
mark in 2nd. It felt very good to be in the top five but then we struggled a
bit with our downwind speed and dropped a couple boats by gybing too early.
-- Full story:

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* (March 6, 2011) - Long Beach, CA, was the midway venue of the California
Dreamin' Series over the weekend at the Butler Cup match racing competition.
8 teams fought it out, with Will Tiller, 21, of New Zealand defeating Chris
Nesbitt, 33, from Balboa Yacht Club 2-0 in the finals on Sunday in a wild
finish and flurry of penalties against Nesbitt. -- Results posted at:

* (March 6, 2011; Day 37, 22:00 UTC) - Averaging 21 knot and relieved to
have ice behind him, French solo skipper Thomas Coville is approximately
900 miles from Cape Horn and hopes to round on Tuesday morning. He passed
within an estimated 3 miles of Estrella Damm (Barcelona World Race) today,
making clear visual contact with the IMOCA Open 60. He’s currently 1019
miles behind the solo singlehanded round the world record set by Francis
Joyon (FRA) in 2008 on the 97-foot trimaran IDEC. --

* (March 4, 2011) - The 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships to be held in
Perth later this year is on track to be the biggest yet, with 661 entries
comprising 941 sailors from 72 countries registered so far for the December
competition. ISAF events manager Alastair Fox said they’re on track to reach
their expected number of 1400 athletes/850 boats from at least 80 nations.
The championship runs December 3 to 18, and is a key event in the world
sailing calendar second only to the Olympic sailing competition.
Applications for the event close on June 30. -- Full story:

* The St. Thomas Yacht Club, US Virgin Islands, will play host to a full
week of some of the best Optimist dinghy training, team and fleet racing in
the Caribbean. Registration is now open for the Sea Star Clinic, June 20-22,
the Sea Star Team Race, June 23, and Scotiabank International Optimist
Regatta, June 24-26. -- Info at:

* Sailing World is bringing back the Guide to College Sailing for the first
time in some years and they’re looking for an 800 to 1,000-word essay on how
to make the most of your first year of college and college sailing. The
winning entry will be published in Sailing World and receive a cash prize of
$800. Is there a catch? Of course. The deadline in March 14. -- Info at:

The venerable Moore 24 Fleet lost class patriarch when Joel Verutti died on
February 5th at age 56. Joel was the long-time owner/skipper of hull 55
Mercedes. He was devoted to the Moore 24 and served as Class President and
Fleet Captain several times. Recently he'd been focusing on Class Historian
duties. Joel struggled with an illness for 13 months but that didn't stop
him from participating in class events when his endurance permitted. He
skippered Mercedes in the Great Pumpkin regatta last Fall, but, despite
wanting to, wasn't able to be there for this year's Three Bridge
Fiasco.Whether it was Lake Tahoe, Hood River, Cascade Locks, Whiskeytown, or
Huntington Lake, no one can recall his missing a Roadmaster event. Joel is
survived by his wife Tina and daughter Jocelyn. A service will take place at
the Santa Cruz Yacht Club at 1100 on March 12th, followed by many Moore 24s
participating in an on-the-water ceremony. -- John Siegel,
Secretary/Treasurer of the Moore 24 National Association

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*From Andy Rice, (re, Scuttlebutt 3291):
I'm a former 49er sailor, who then moved to crewing International 14s and
now steering the singlehanded Musto Skiff. My preference would be not to
wear a buoyancy aid for the reasons that Tej dismisses as false. I don't
agree with Tej that buoyancy aids make you safer in a skiff, but we can
argue that until the cows come home.

A far more important contributor to safety would be for skiff sailors to be
obliged to carry a safety knife on board. This is a class rule in the 18
foot skiff that other classes would be well advised to emulate. It probably
would have saved the life of the Tornado sailor who drowned underneath the
trampoline of his upturned boat at Palma some years ago, and I'm sure there
are many other entrapment examples besides. Buoyancy aids, I could take them
or leave them, but as for knives, I take two with me in the Musto Skiff. One
in my buoyancy aid (yes, it does have a useful pocket!) and one in the boat.

* From John Cole, Portland, OR (re, Scuttlebutt 3291):
I had a colleague from Austria die because his PDF trapped him under the
boat when it flipped during a race in Spain. The boat was a Tornado – his
name was Johannes Haupel. I wear a PDF but it is not a misconception that I
can’t get caught under a boat.

Confidence is the feeling you have before you understand the situation.

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