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SCUTTLEBUTT 3297 - Monday, March 14, 2011

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The entry deadline for the 34th America’s Cup is March 31st, after which a
team would pay a late fee of US$200,000 if their entry is accepted. Thus
far, the list of entries for the 2013 event includes six declared teams and
two that have not wanted to announce themselves. Here is the payment
schedule to enter the event:

By March 31, 2011, a notice of challenge and US$25,000.
By April 30, 2011, a performance bond of US$200,000.
By June 1, 2011, an entry fee of US$100,000.
By December 31, 2011 (or earlier if required by protocol), an additional
performance bond of US$800,000.

Additionally, each team is required to compete in the America’s Cup World
Series (ACWS) that will begin this year. The schedule of events is to be
announced by March 31st, and there is a financial penalty for any team not
competing in the ACWS.

To compete in the 2011 ACWS, each team will need to buy at least one AC45
from America’s Cup Race Management, which is the entity established to
provide independent, professional, and neutral race management. A 50%
deposit to purchase the 675,000 euro (US$940k) AC45 is needed by March 31st
to guarantee timely delivery, with the balance due upon receipt.

Entering the 34th America’s Cup includes many conflicts. Those teams that
have entered either have the funding or hope to gain it. Declaring their
entry should help to establish teams but it is done without knowing the
race schedule. And they have many financial hurdles ahead of them.

The fees listed are only some of the entry requirements. There is a long
road from the initial US$25,000 entry fee and the estimated 100 million
euros (US$1.38mil) needed to be competitive. As one group who is seeking to
enter told Scuttlebutt, “Good luck to those teams that have ‘entered’ so
far, but all I am saying is that at this stage, talk is cheap.” --

At a late January America's Cup press conference, newly elected Lieutenant
Governor Gavin Newsom said something a bit odd regarding the city's
dramatically hammered-out deal to host the race: "We made a lot of
promises. A lot of them have been reported. Candidly, a lot of them have

In fact, a full 16 pages of the compact had been crossed out and rewritten
per then- San Francisco Mayor Newsom between the Board of Supervisors
signing off on the deal in mid-December and the deal's official acceptance
on the final day of the year. Altering large sections of what is, in
essence, a multi-million dollar real estate deal can have some financial
consequences. Now we have an idea what they are.

An audit of the changes to the America's Cup deal by budget analyst Harvey
Rose was released early this evening. While he hesitates to attach a dollar
figure to the consequences of the altered deal, Rose notes "the cost could
be very significant." Under certain circumstances, it appears the city
could be out hundreds of thousands if not several million dollars a year --
over the course of a 66-year agreement.

Newsom was entitled to make changes to the Board of Supervisors-approved
bid, so long as the "modifications did not materially increase the
obligations or liabilities of the City." Reviewing the long list of
alterations made to the agreement, however, Rose tells SF Weekly, "If
that's not material, I don't know what is!" -- SF Weekly, read on:

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It was widely suspected that the 2011 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting in St
Petersburg, Russia on May 4-8 would grant final approval on the provisional
list of events for the 2016 Olympic Games that was tentatively established
at the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference held last November in Greece. Now this
seems less likely to occur.

Sailing is allocated ten events, and it is up to the ISAF member nations
and ISAF committees to determine both the type of event, and the equipment
(ie, boat type) that will be used in each event. The challenge of this
assignment is in the process: what is good for the sport versus what is
good for each country. Here is the provisional list:

Event - Equipment
Men’s board or kite board - To Be Determined
Women’s board or kite board - TBD
Men’s one person dinghy - Laser
Women’s one person dinghy - Laser Radial
Men’s 2nd one person dinghy - Finn
Men’s skiff - 49er
Women’s skiff - TBD
Women’s keelboat - Elliott 6m
Mixed multihull - To be determined
Mixed two person dinghy (spinnaker) - 470

The next six weeks should be interesting as nations begin to disclose their
positions, and then work behind the scenes to seek votes for their
preferences. New Zealand is the first to distribute their position. “We
don’t believe that the provisional slate proposed by ISAF last November was
in the best interests of the sport, and so we’ve chosen to promote what we
feel is best for yachting, by making this submission to ISAF and publishing
it for others to consider,” says Terry Nicholas, Chairman of the YNZ
Olympic Committee. Here is the New Zealand list:

Event - Equipment
Men’s board - RS:X
Women’s’ board - RS:X
Men’s one person dinghy - Laser
Women’s one person dinghy - Laser Radial
Men’s high performance two person dinghy - 49er
Women’s High Performance two person dinghy - TBD
Open multihull - TBD
Men’s high performance one person dinghy - TBD (85kg+ sailor weight range)
Men’s two person dinghy - 470
Women’s two person dinghy - 470

Full report

Having won back-to-back Match Racing World Championships in 2007 and 2008,
Britain’s Ian Williams of Team GAC Pindar has since had a comparatively
disappointing run of form on the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) however, as
his team’s preparations get underway for the 2011 world series Williams is
looking to learn from past lessons to scoop a third title.

Williams plays his cards close to his chest when asked about previous
mistakes however, he pinpoints a lack of training as perhaps the main
reason why his team underperformed in 2010.

“We’d love to go out and win our third title so we’re closely evaluating
how things went in 2010. We are certainly going to do a lot more match
racing this year - last year our training was very limited and I think that
proved pretty costly. We plan to have a greater focus on team consistency
and training this year which will hopefully benefit our results.”

“I will also be racing with a slightly different team this year. It’s
changing due to a variety of reasons and getting the right balance will be
critical. Our strength is the team that we employ. Some teams are very
helmsman lead whereas we are very integrated and involve everyone in
decision making and I think that approach gets us better result.” -- Read

REUNION: Joining Williams for the 2011 season will be American Bill
Hardesty, who was Williams’ tactician during 2007 World Championship
campaign team. Hardesty is currently the highest ranked U.S. match racer
(27th in the world), fitting match racing events in around his professional
sailing calendar.

(March 13, 2011; Day 44, 22:00 UTC) - Thomas Coville (FRA) is sailing a
faster boat, so it is conceivable that his 105-foot trimaran Sodebo should
have no problem erasing the solo singlehanded round the world record set by
Francis Joyon (FRA) in 2008 on the 97-foot trimaran IDEC. But like they
say, “that is why they play the game.”

After struggling with unfavorable weather patterns during his descent down
the Atlantic Ocean, and holding a deficit of up to 1300 miles behind when
entering the Indian, Coville has finally evened up the score. Now 59.4 nm
ahead of Joyon’s pace as he heads north along the coast of Brazil, Coville
notes that "mentally, it was an incredible challenge."

But the challenge is far from over. With 4990 nm remaining to the finish,
the rise of the South Atlantic still seems endless and terribly tactical.
“When you come around there after the Indian and the Pacific, we think it's
nice and warm,” commented Coville. “But the pressure is not over. The heat
exchanges are terrible and brutal break weather systems.”

Coville must cross the finish line off Ushant, France by March 28, 2011 at
00:40:34 (UTC) to break Joyon’s record (57:13:34:06). --

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Miami, FL (March 12, 2011) - For the 472 sailors from 25 countries,
conditions on Biscayne Bay were ideal as temperatures in the low 70s and
sunny weather combined with shifty breeze to challenge them on the final
day of racing at BACARDI Miami Sailing Week presented by EFG Bank where
champions were decided in five one-design classes.

In the 89-boat Star class, racing for the 84th BACARDI Cup over six days,
today’s sixth and final race opened with the top-two teams separated by
just one point. 2008 Olympian Peter O’Leary and David Burrows (Ireland)
were leading the 89-boat fleet followed by Guillaume Florent and Pascal
Rambeau (France), and, just five points back, Frederik Loof with Max
Salmiren (Sweden) and Eivind Melleby with Petter Morland Pedersen (Norway)
were third and fourth, respectively, but tied on points.

With a 12 knot breeze at the start of the race, the Stars were off on a
course covering 11 nautical miles. When all was said and done, 2007 BACARDI
Cup winner Hamish Pepper and crew Craig Monk (both New Zealand) were the
race winners, followed across the line by Eivind Melleby and Petter Morland
Pedersen (Norway) who had led the series early in the week before picking
up penalty points in race four. The French team was fourth across the line,
and with O’Leary and Burrows crossing sixth, the BACARDI Cup went to
Florent and Rambeau with 23 points - edging out the Irish by just one

Other event winners were Lorenzo Bressani (Milan, Italy) in the Melges 24,
Mary Anne Ward (Cocoa Beach, FL.) in the Melges 20, Glyn Locke (Isle of
Wight, Great Britain) in the
Viper 640, and Brian Kamilar (Miami, FL) in the J/24. Complete report:



(March 13, 2011, Day 71) - Fourteen double-handed teams began the Barcelona
World Race on December 31st, with one dismasting in the Atlantic Ocean and
another in the Indian Ocean bringing the fleet down to twelve teams. But
the attrition continued this past weekend for two entries that had rounded
Cape Horn, and were on the final stretch north up the Atlantic to the
finish line in Spain.

After arriving in Ushuaia, Argentina on Wednesday evening, it was announced
on Friday that the keel damage on Groupe Bel was too great for the French
team of Kito de Pavant and Sebastien Audigane to continue. Then on
Saturday, the sixth place Mirabaud was dismasted while sailing in difficult
conditions with very rough seas. The yacht skippered by Dominque Wavre
(SUI) and Michèle Paret (FRA) were 650 nautical miles east of Argentina and
450 miles north of the Falkland Isles.

There appears to be little drama for the leaders on Virbac-Paprec 3. “We
are under a bit of a squall with about 20 knots of breeze,” reports
co-skipper Loick Peyron (FRA). “Under these conditions we reduce a bit of
sail to avoid being overpowered and then we will increase the sail area
again. Out ascent up the Atlantic is not so exciting, with some variations
of wind pressure and sail changes and so we are making fair progress.
Within three to four days we will be back in the Doldrums.” -- Event

Race Tracker:

Standings (top 5 of 14 as of 20:01:03)
1. Virbac-Paprec 3, Jean Pierre Dick/Loick Peyron (FRA/FRA), 3899 nm DTF
2. Mapfre, Iker Martinez/Xabi Fernandez (ESP/ESP), 347.5 nm DTL
3. Renault, Pachi Rivero/Antonio Piris (ESP/ESP), 1529.0 nm DTL
4. Neutrogena, Boris Herrmann/Ryan Breymaier (GER/USA), 1808.8 nm DTL
5. Estrella Damm Sailing Team,Alex Pella/Pepe Rives (ESP/ESP),1829.8 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:

The Warning flag is up and the shotgun is fired. It is time to prepare for
the April Fools edition of Scuttlebutt. This edition for April 1st is
completely written by Scuttlebutt readers who are empowered to seek out all
sectors of the sport... and have a little fun with it. Don’t go for the low
hanging fruit - there are only so many America’s Cup stories that can be
included. The more unique, the better chance the story will be selected.
Story deadline is March 30th. Send stories to

* This weekend the annual Lightning Southern Circuit was launched at the
Deep South Regatta in Savannah, GA, with the procession now continuing
south for two more events in Miami and St. Petersburg. Forty boats competed
from as far as Colorado, Wisconsin, Chile, Mexico, Canada, Argentina and
Australia to see who could master the Skiddaway and Willington Rivers
during the day, and the oysters and shamrock-themed adult bevies during the
night. Taking the first crown of the circuit was Jody Lutz, Jay Lutz and
Derek Gauger (Metedeconk River YC). -- Details:

* Sydney, AU (March 13, 2011) - After a controversial morning before
today’s race 7 of the Winning Appliances JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff
Championship, the Gotta Love It 7 crew of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Scott
Babbage took the title with an impressive win on Sydney Harbour. Gotta Love
It 7 was disqualified after yesterday’s Race 6 win and now trailed Thurlow
Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas) by three
points. The final race win tied the teams on final points with the
tiebreaker in favor of Jarvin’s team. CST Composites sailed by Americans
Howie Hamlin, Fritz Lanzinger and Paul Allen finished 5th. --

* Sarasota, FL (March 11, 2011) - Strong winds at the 63-boat Flying Scot
Midwinters cancelled racing for the final two days on Thursday and Friday,
allowing Andrew Egan to take the title and join his father, brother, and
uncle in placing his name on the Mary Meno trophy as the winner of the
championship division. -- Event website:

* Sailing World released its latest college rankings last week, which finds
Boston College remaining as the top team in the country, leading the coed
rankings and coming second in the women's poll. But Georgetown is close
behind, second in the coed and third in the women's. St. Mary's also has
both teams ranked in the top 5 as the spring season gathers steam. Full

Events listed at

John Gerald Driscoll III, Gerry, passed away Saturday evening (March 12th)
in his sleep at his apartment in La Jolla, CA. He was 87 years old.

His sailing career highlights include winning the Star Class World
Championship in 1944 and winning the Congressional Cup match racing
championship in 1965 and 1966 with an 18-0 record those years. Gerry’s
involvement with the America’s Cup began as tactician for New York Yacht
Club Commodore Robert McCullough on the twelve meter Vim12-US-15, which was
the trial horse to Columbia 12-US-16 in the 1964 America's Cup trials. He
then went on to sail the twelve meter Columbia in 1967 in the America's Cup
trials and was skipper of the twelve meter Intrepid 12-US-22 in the 1974

Gerry was instrumental in the organization and fund raising for Rod Davis
and the twelve meter Eagle 12-US-60 syndicate in 1987, and in 1992 he was
San Diego Yacht Club's liaison to the challengers for the 1992 America's

The Driscoll name is prominent in the San Diego marine industry. Gerry
founded the family’s first boat yard in 1947, and now there are multiple
repair and maintenance facilities, marinas, and brokerage services
throughout San Diego and Mission Bay.

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* From Rory Paton: (re, Olympic boats)
I sail an XOD because it's mentally taxing both and it's our local boat, I
aspire to sailing a Moth (I'm going to have a go, this year's resolution).

I think to make it (the Olympics) worth watching/winning you need a
combination of technical difficulty and big names. The International Moth
has both. Whilst bizarrely I'm a fan of the Finn and Star, it's mainly
because of the sailors not the boats. The 470 was a good boat 20 years ago
perhaps but not that inspirational now.

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: Scuttlebutt 3295 and 3296 had comments from Larry
Suter and Andy Rice that debated the virtues of the monopoly classes,
specifically the 49er. Andy had called out Larry on his facts, and while
the Letters section of Scuttlebutt is not well suited for this kind of
commentary, Larry has posted his rebuttal in Scuttleblog where all the
Letters have been posted as well:

Sailing Is Not The Answer.
Sailing Is The Question.
“Yes” Is The Answer.
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