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SCUTTLEBUTT 3293 - Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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It’s more than a bonus that Mike Martin is tech savvy because in his new
role as Director of Umpiring and Rules Administration for AC34, a job he
officially starts Monday, he says his big push over in the next few months
will be working with Stan Honey to get the new technology we’ve all been
hearing about up and running for the next America’s Cup umpires to use.

“The big change in AC34 is the integration of the technology system,” said
Iain Murray, America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) Regatta Director and
Martin’s new boss. “That's where Mike's background as an engineer is

Martin’s near term priorities also include figuring out all the hardware,
boats and communication equipment that his team will need for the rules
testing that ACRM will be running late April/early May in Auckland in the
AC45s (it’s expected that three or four additional AC45s will come on line
this month).

The ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing AC34 edition published last week so it’s
now the responsibility of ACRM - and specifically Martin - to hold those
rules, maintain them and to recommend any desirable changes to competitors.

“With any set of new rules we are going to trial them and make sure they
work - probably some modifications will have to be made,” Martin explained.
“We have a radically different format than in the past with catamarans doing
35 knots, all on different configured race courses as well as shorter races,
so the rules need to be different to address the characteristics of those
boats.” -- Read on:

* The phrase “that’s money” is used as an expression of liking something
greatly. Kind of like sailing Melges 32s this time of year in Miami. Now,
that’s money! These photos by John Payne of the Melges 32 Miami Championship
show how 20 teams enjoyed their sailing this past weekend:

* The cityfront of San Diego is not normally a sailing venue, but when a new
cruise ship terminal presented the infrastructure, the RC44 class trucked 11
boats for a week of high caliber competition within the confines of the bay.
“The racing is just fast and furious on the tight race track inside the Bay
here,” noted event winner Paul Cayard. “Lead changes and gains and losses of
five places in three minutes are common in the fleet.” Photographers Sharon
Green, Fried Elliott, and Sara Proctor provide the evidence:

* The Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego was won by Katusha, a Russian entry led by
American Paul Cayard. Scuttlebutt was onboard Katusha prior to the start of
the event when Paul revealed details on how John Kilroy influenced his
selection of Bob ‘Peaches’ Little for his fleet racing helm, and why Paul
shaved his iconic mustache. Here is the video interview:

* Sailing correspondent Diane Swintal was also fortunate to get a guest spot
onboard Katusha, Saturday, and filed the following report:
Let me establish one fact: there is no graceful way to enter a racing
sailboat. I fancy myself a sailor, but I have never mastered the art of
entering and exiting a rib, much less crossing to a tossing racing sailboat.
Add in 14 knots of breeze and bouncing seas and you have a recipe for
disaster - thus I played my entry onto the RC44 regatta leader Katusha for
Race Three on Saturday with some degree of caution.

Cayard grabs his spot between helmsman Bob “Peaches” Little and the runners
(thus blocking my last non-carbon fiber handhold) and checks the breeze. He
smiles briefly, and offers a quick “Hey, how you doing?” before the race
begins. The 10-minute start sequence commences with Cayard keeping a
constant cadence of instructions to Little and the tension onboard quickly
ramps up. Everyone seems to want the pin end, as Katusha fights with Oracle
and Artemis for position on a starting line that appears to be pin-biased.

Fast off the line, Katusha stays left, with Cayard contemplating the
building breeze on the right side of the course. Except for Cayard’s remarks
and his steady flow of words with Little, it’s a very quiet boat. The silent
intensity remains, with everyone handling their positions with ballet-like
grace and speed. -- Full report:

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Miami, FL (March 7, 2011) - The Norwegian Star team of Eivind Melleby and
Petter Morland Pedersen have won the opening race of the 84th BACARDI Cup,
the first event of the 2011 BACARDI Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG
Bank. After an hour delay due to light air, the 89-strong Star fleet got
down to business as temperatures in the low 70s combined with elite-level
competition to make Biscayne Bay the place to be.

Melleby and Pedersen have been here before - they also finished first in the
opening race of the BACARDI Cup in 2008. And while today’s result is surely
déjà vu, hopefully it is also not a curse - no team winning the opening race
has gone on to claim the title in at least the last 10 years. The duo are
making their fourth run at the BACARDI Cup, having achieved, to date, their
best finish of seventh overall in 2010.

Third overall after day one is the French team of Guillaume Florent and
Pascal Rambeau, followed by George Szabo with Caleb Paine (both San Diego,
Calif.). Mark Reynolds (San Diego, Calif.) and Rick Peters (Venice, Calif.)
round out the top-five. Racing for the BACARDI Cup resumes Tuesday, March 8,
and continues through Saturday, March 12. -- Event website:

Etchells Worlds 2011, hosted by San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC) and the San
Diego Etchells Fleet 13, have announced the current world qualifiers who
will race the Etchells Worlds June 2-11, 2011. The Championship includes a
"Corinthian" class, racing sailors who are considered non-professionals by
ISAF. The La Dow-Dorgan-La Dow team is the reigning Corinthian 2010 Champion
of Etchells Fleet 13 and is considered a strong candidate to trophy in the
Corinthian class of the Etchells Worlds.

Rounding out the top ten of the Etchells Fleet 13 world qualifiers are: (1st
- 26 pts) Brian Camet on Ashley; (2nd - 38 pt) 2010 North American Champion
Bruce Golison Midlife Crisis sailing with former Etchells World Champion and
Rolex Yachtsman Judd Smith; (3rd - 38 pts) Chris Busch on Happy Ending;
(4th- 39 pts), 2000 Etchells World Champion Vince Brun on Menace; (5th - 46
pts), former J-24 North American Champion Chris Snow on Avalanche; (6th - 54
pts) Australian transplant Andrew Whittome on Down Under; (7th - 54 pts)
2010 Fleet 13 Champion Will Stout on Mappa Tassi; (8th - 55 pts) Geoff Davis
and John Rogers on Lola; (9th - 55 pts) Andy La Dow on Second Wind, and
(10th - 61 pts) Bruce Nelson on Rhino. -- Full story:

(March 7, 2011: Day 67) - At the head of the fleet the two leaders’
strategies for the south Atlantic high pressure system are now lined up,
with both MAPFRE and Virbac-Paprec 3 opting east. But the winner of the
first edition of the race still confirms that this stage of the 25,000 miles
course can be one of the keys to overall victory:

“It is not easy because there are always pros and cons. MAPFRE has some
options the way they are coming, but if they had gone the other way then it
would have been more uncomfortable. The South Atlantic is usually a place to
make gains, but then of course there is always the Mediterranean, but I
think the South Atlantic is an important component in winning this race.”

Of the five who are due to pass Cape Horn with around 28 hours between
Renault Z.E. Sailing Team and their Barcelona sister-ship Estrella Damm, due
on Wednesday evening, only really Renault Z.E. Sailing Team and Groupe Bel,
which stopped in Wellington, have been approaching Cape Horn at close to
their optimum. Neutrogena have had technical issues, Mirabaud are also
sailing conservatively as are Pepe Ribes and Alex Pella on Estrella Damm.

Race Tracker:

Standings (top 5 of 14 as of 20.01.08)
1. Virbac-Paprec 3, Jean Pierre Dick/Loick Peyron (FRA/FRA), 5450 nm DTF
2. Mapfre, Iker Martinez/Xabi Fernandez (ESP/ESP), 214.7 nm DTL
3. Renault, Pachi Rivero/Antonio Piris (ESP/ESP), 1444.7 nm DTL
4. Neutrogena, Boris Herrmann/Ryan Breymaier (GER/USA), 1631.4 nm DTL
5. Groupe Bel, Kito De Pavant/Sebastien Audigane (FRA) 1746.2 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:

Congratulations to John Kilroy and his team onboard ‘Samba Pa Ti’ for
winning the 2011 Melges 32 Miami Championship this past weekend. ‘Samba Pa
Ti’ dominated the 20-boat fleet scoring two bullets and never worse than
fourth (their throw-out) in the 8-race regatta. Congratulations also to
Jason Carroll and crew on ‘Argo’ with a second place finish. Both ‘Samba Pa
Ti’ and ‘Argo’* raced with North sails. (* = partial inventory). When
performance counts, the choice is clear:

Eric Storck and Trevor Moore, working hard at their 49er Olympic campaign,
have just returned from a successful training camp in Cadiz, Spain. Eric
reports from the team’s blog:
We made some huge strides in our first Europeans trip of 2011. We went
earlier than ever before, capitalizing on a deep international field of
talent assembled at the Atlantic venue of Cadiz, Spain. Aside from doing a
great deal of tuning and sail testing with our German, Finnish, and Swedish
training partners, we got the chance to races against lots of very talented
teams from across Europe. Overall, it was a great way to get jumpstart the
spring season after a successful Sail Melbourne and Miami OCR.

The focus of the training camp in Cadiz was to begin the process of
equipment evaluation and selection leading into the Olympic Trials, now less
than four months away. We are happy to say we are well on our way to
deciding on the mast and sails we will use at the Sail for Gold Regatta in
Weymouth in June. On top of that, we made some solid discoveries in our rig
tuning that will certainly pay dividends. -- Read on:

At the Miami Melges 32, which concluded over the weekend, Jason Carroll on
Argo (Charlie Ogletree, tactician) placed placed second while reigning
Melges 32 U.S. National Champion, 20-year-old Ryan DeVos on Volpe (Ed Baird,
tactician) was third. -- Corrected story:

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*(March 6, 2011) - The 31st edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta will
be remembered as a largely light air affair but nonetheless one that
provided great racing across multiple classes. In CSA 1R, Peter Peake’s
well-sailed Peake Yacht Services Storm nipped the impressive Australian
Cookson 50, Jazz, to win the division by the narrowest of margins by virtue
of her win in the fourth and final race, even though both boats finished
with identical scores (two firsts and two seconds). In CSA 1C, Wendy
Schmidt’s Swan 80, Team Selene, easily took top honors in the 8-boat class.
-- Full report:

* Recreational boat owners who paid state sales taxes on a boat purchase, or
those who secured a loan to finance a boat, may have some tax deductions
coming to them when filing their 2010 federal income tax return, says a
national boat owners group, BoatUS. For boat owners who paid substantial
state sales taxes on a new or used boat purchase last year, the Tax
Extenders Act of 2008 continues to offer a federal tax deduction for state
sales taxes. Boaters must choose either the state sales tax deduction or
state income tax deduction on their federal tax return. -- Full story:

* The organizers of the Transatlantic Race 2011 (TR 2011), the Royal Yacht
Squadron, New York Yacht Club, Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail
Club have extended the deadline to enter the Race to March 31, 2011. With
the Transatlantic fleet now over 30 entries and many new inquiries following
the success of the RORC Caribbean 600 - part of the companion Atlantic Ocean
Racing Series - the organizers encourage those interested to enter the TR
2011 as soon as possible to secure a spot since the Notice of Race notes a
maximum of 50 yachts for the Race. -- Website:

* Fort Lauderdale, FL (March 7, 2011) - On Saturday, more than 1,180
volunteers came by land and in 60 boats to participate in the 34th Annual
Waterway Cleanup presented by the Florida Inland Navigation District.
According to the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, which
organized the event, volunteers at 24 sites successfully removed 18.6 tons
of trash from Broward's waterways, rivers and canals. --

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* From Mack Montgomery, Palo Alto, CA (re, Scuttlebutt 3292):
While I agree that all steps should be taken to save sailing in the
Olympics, I think it would be a shame to pander completely to the television
audience by adding kiteboarding and Moths as Jerome Pels suggests. I enjoy
watching kiteboarding and Moths as much as the next guy, but I think
marketing these as our premiere classes would hurt the sport as a whole.
While the Olympics are not as important to sailing as they are to some other
sports, they are still recognized as the pinnacle of sport by the lay public
and it would marginalize sailing and those sailors that have devoted their
careers to more traditional (I’m tempted to say “true” but that is too
strong and controversial of a word) sailing if the prestige of the event
were limited to or focused on niche classes.

Sailing is complex, magnificent, awe-inspiring, and beautiful. Surely we can
find a way to combat the stigma associated with it and draw an audience
without having to change the entire essence of the event. I suggest a
marketing blitz, more match racing, larger fleets and courses that promote
closer fleet racing, and high wind Olympic venues. Even small rule tweaks to
promote harder, faster, closer, and even slightly destructive racing could
be made without diluting the sport too much just for the Olympics and giving
viewers a totally skewed perspective of what sailing is. Or heck, perhaps
the ISAF should contract Melges, Vanguard, and other premiere manufacturers
to create new classes that promote exciting racing specifically for the
Olympics. Anything to keep 12 year old Midwestern boys from thinking sailing
is just foils and kites.

*From Thomas Hubbell, Vice President US Sailing:
Nice coverage of the PFD issue in Scuttlebutt 3290. US SAILING's
effectiveness in making PFDs "normal" gear is why the Coast Guard has come
to us for strategies to improve general boating safety as well as PFD
WEARING. Jo Mogle, Jim Muldoon, and a few thousand US SAILING-trained
sailing instructors over the last 20 years are to thank for rising normalcy
of wearing the PFD and untold lives saved.

* From Jim Fulton (re, Scuttlebutt 3191 Photos of the Week):
I believe that a dragon at the forward end of the cove stripe was
characteristic of Fife designs. Miquette's cove stripe, including the
dragon, was painted over in the picture. Here is a link to a restoration
that shows a Fife dragon in its full glory:

* From Tom Donlan:
In Scuttlebutt 3290, Dean Brenner, chairman of the US Olympic Sailing
Program, discussed the difficulties young sailors have in meeting the
demands of college and Olympic preparation. While I was glad to see him
speak in favor of pursuing Olympic and college goals at the same time, I was
dismayed to realize that he was only talking about college sailing. He never
mentioned the demands of a college education program. Most sailors, even the
most talented, would be best advised to put their education first, giving
the highest priority to a rigorous liberal arts, science or engineering
program that will prepare them for life in a real world that won't have
sailing jobs for most of them.

Brenner's advice makes me think of the tens of thousands of high-school and
college football and basketball players who focus too much time and effort
on their sports, pursuing the dream of the NFL and the NBA as a substitute
for a career. Sailing leaders should not encourage a few hundred more
student athletes to misdirect their efforts.

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