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SCUTTLEBUTT 3298 - Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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By Lynn Fitzpatrick
The Olympic Star class team of Richard Clarke and Tyler Bjorn exemplify
Canada's Own the Podium program, which was implemented following the 2006
Winter Olympics. They have been on the podium in five back-to-back regattas
(Levin Memorial, Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race, Key West Race Week,
Rolex Miami OCR and Pineapple Cup) over the past 40 days.

During the 2010 Winter Games, Canada had its largest medal haul ever and
broke a record for the most gold medals won by a country at the Winter
Olympics. Canada's medal count at the Summer Games rebounded in 2008 also.

Clarke and Bjorn had their start independently by earning their way on to
Canada's national team in 2009. The Canadian Yachting Association (CYA)
supported their effort to sail in the 2009 Star North American
Championship, where the fledgling team finished second overall. Convinced
of their medal potential, CYA signaled the Canadian Olympic Committee, and
Clarke and Bjorn joined the rarified list of Canadian medal contenders in
the Own the Podium program.

Said Bjorn, "Providing us with Steve Mitchell (past Star World Champion and
Olympian) as a coach has been the biggest assistance. He is making a huge
impact on the entire program. We feel blessed to have him because we don't
know of anybody who could do such a great job. He's always there for us and
no job is too small."

The Clarke/Bjorn Sailing Team's string of superb results during 2010
included wining the Star Western Hemispheres and taking the bronze at the
Star Europeans. "We keep getting results and we keep getting more support
in every way. It's a good feeling, and we have happy sponsors," said Bjorn
who just added Reebok to his list of plumb sponsors, which include Kaenon
Polarized, Yale Cordage, Magic Marine, CYA and Wind Athletes Canada.

The team's commitments don't start and end with their performance in the
Olympic Star class. Both Clarke and Bjorn are married and have families,
mortgages and other obligations. They'd be living large if they were single
and in their early 20's. Instead, they are professional sailors and make
ends meet by being involved with multiple campaigns. While other Olympic
Star sailors will approach 300 days of Star sailing, the Clarke/Bjorn
Sailing Team will be lucky to spend slightly over 100 days in the Star. The
balance will be in their four other big boat programs.

"There's a lot of pressure to do things traditionally," said Clarke. "We
have bills to pay and can't sacrifice our lifestyles. We have a different
plan and we're following the plan." -- Read on:

In the definition Mark-Room, the phrase "room to sail to the mark" means
space to sail in a seamanlike way to a position close to, and on the
required side of, the mark. When the mark is abeam of the boat's bow and
she is close to it, she has arrived "at" it. While "at" the mark, the boat
is entitled to room to sail her proper course. Here is a recent appeal from

Facts and Decision of the Protest Committee
UM8 and UM10, overlapped on port tack with UM8 inside, approached a leeward
mark to be left to port and subsequently rounded it as shown in the diagram
(see diagram in link below). UM8 protested UM10 under rule 18.2(b) for not
giving her enough room to sail to the mark and round it. The protest
committee decided that UM10 did give UM8 the room she was entitled to, both
while she was sailing to the mark and while she was at the mark, and denied
the protest. UM8 appealed.

Read on for diagram and appeal decision:

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The Atlantic Cup, a new, professional Class40 race showcasing the top
short-handed sailors in the U.S., will start from New York Harbor on May
7th, 2011. From there, competitors will sprint double-handed the 240
nautical mile course to Newport, Rhode Island. Once in Newport, skippers
will race a two-day, inshore series with a crew of six on May 14 and 15.
The combined overall winner of both stages becomes the first Atlantic Cup
Champion and receives the $15,000 prize purse.

Three teams are currently entered, but that number is expected to grow. "We
are expecting at least one more team to enter the race and we plan to
announce their entry within the next couple of weeks," noted Julianna
Barbieri of Manuka Sports Event Management. "There's a lot of talking
amongst the US Class40 fleet, so the total amount of boats could be set at
four, but it could also be as many as six."

One of the teams entered is led by Joe Harris, a newcomer to the Class40
fleet who recently sold his Open 50 'Gryphon Solo' to a Hollywood producer
for it to star in a film called 'Charlie St. Cloud'. "I began looking at
used, Generation One Class40 designs, and sailed a number of Owen-Clark,
Akilaria, Pogo and other designs to get a feel for the boats and the
class," explained Joe. "However, after seeing the third generation of
Class40 designs come out last year, I felt that buying a Gen One boat would
achieve only planned obsolescence and the re-sale value in five years would
be rock bottom, so I decided to buck-up my courage and go for a new boat.

"I looked very hard at the Farr-Cookson Kiwi 40 and was close to pulling
the trigger, but the price tag was slightly higher and the New Zealand
location a long delivery home. The other two mainstream Gen-3 production
builds were the Pogo S2 and the Akilaria RC2 and while they are both great
boats for sure, I thought the Akilaria was a potentially better all-around

"What put me over the top was a competitive price from Akilaria builder
MC-TEC and an immediate spot in their build schedule for a fall start and
spring completion. Their factory location in low-labor-cost Tunisia sounded
exotic and I honestly couldn't place it on the map, but when I went to my
globe and found it, it was really not too far from the South of Italy and
France across the Med. Part of getting a good price from MC-TEC was
agreeing to commission the boat in Tunisia instead of France or the U.S.

"However, I had no idea when I signed the purchase contract in September
that Tunisia would soon the lead the Arab world into rebellion and armed
revolution against its long-time despotic dictator. When the revolution
began in early December and there was rioting and violence in the streets,
it soon became apparent that commissioning in Tunisia was just not going to
be safe. In fact, the resort village of Hammamet, where we were going to
commission the boat, was the home of President Ben-Ali's opulent summer
homes, which were burned and looted by the angry mobs. Not the best place
to commission your race boat!" -- Read on:

No pressure, no brooding about last year, no doubts about the skipper's
injured foot . the California Maritime Academy Keelhaulers from Vallejo won
the fourth annual Port of Los Angeles Harbor Cup/Cal Maritime Invitational
Intercollegiate Regatta on March 11-13.

Nine teams competed in the three day, ten race event held in Catalina 37s
chartered from the Long Beach Sailing Foundation - the same boats to be
match-raced by 10 professional world-class teams in the Congressional Cup
March 21-26.

A scoreline of all top five scores clinched the title for the Keelhaulers
with a race to spare, but they sailed the last race as well to close out
the event. "It seemed like the right thing to do," skipper John Gray said.
Coach Charlie Arms, who followed the racing in a tiny chase boat, said the
seniors like Gray wanted to make the most of their sailing before they
graduate into the maritime industry. "You don't go to a maritime school to
sail [sailboats] the rest of your life," she said.

Navy, led by Emily Frost, the only female skipper in the fleet, finished
second ahead of upstart longshot Cal State Channel Islands from Camarillo
in third place, followed by first-time participant Hawaii and defending
champion USC in fourth and fifth respectively. "This is the first time
we've come here [for the Harbor Cup]," said Fizz Foster of Hawaii. "I like
big boats a lot more [than dinghies], and to be able to sail big boats in
college is sweet!" -- Full report:

(March 14, 2011; Day 45, 22:00 UTC) - While Thomas Coville is pleased to
have finally surpassed the record pace on Sunday, he is not pleased at low
ceilings, dark clouds, and growing seas of the depression storm that he
must now negotiate off the Brazilian coastline. "I do not feel very well to
be honest. I'm amazed that the sea is already so formed."

The depression has emerged at the tip of Cabo Frio, in the east of Rio. "It
is fast approaching and the sky darkened," said Coville. "I admit this is a
term I fear for several days. For the first time since the beginning that
we are somewhat in limbo level weather. The models are not calibrated so
we'll do it the old way, improvising on area and doing the best with what
we have."

Coville has been sailing upwind in challenging conditions since Cape Horn,
and the situation behind this depression remains uncertain as is often in
the tropics. The heat tends to disrupt the patterns and, for now, the trade
wind is difficult to predict from the northern tip of Brazil and the
expected passage of the equator this weekend. --

Current position as of March 14, 2011 (22:00 UTC):
Ahead/behind record: 189.3 nm
Speed over past 24 hours: 15.4 knots
Distance over past 24 hours: 369.8 nm
Distance remaining: 4629 nm

BACKGROUND: Thomas Coville (FRA) and the 105-foot trimaran Sodebo is
seeking to set a new solo round the world record under sail. Coville began
the attempt Jan. 29th and must cross the finish line off Ushant, France by
March 28, 2011 at 00:40:34 (UTC) to break the record (57:13:34:06) set by
Francis Joyon in 2008 on the 97-foot trimaran IDEC.

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(March 14, 2011, Day 72) - Even with their comfortable lead and closing
distance to the finish, Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron are focused on
the fundamentals as they near the eastern tip of Brazil.

"I am very proud of having all our sails intact and will hopefully still
have the full inventory when we reach Barcelona," noted Jean-Pierre. "We
still have a few days up to the Doldrums and should pick up speed to 17
knots rather than 10-11 we have been doing. Five minutes ago I was looking
at the meteo for the Doldrums and the bad news is that they are quite
active, which is not good, but we will do our best to manage it and but of
course there is always a luck factor which is unfortunately inevitable, and
even if we are very careful, you can't control everything." -- Event

Race Tracker:

Standings (top 5 of 14 as of 20:01:03)
1. Virbac-Paprec 3, Jean Pierre Dick/Loick Peyron (FRA/FRA), 3664 nm DTF
2. Mapfre, Iker Martinez/Xabi Fernandez (ESP/ESP), 368.8 nm DTL
3. Renault, Pachi Rivero/Antonio Piris (ESP/ESP), 1507.4 nm DTL
4. Neutrogena, Boris Herrmann/Ryan Breymaier (GER/USA), 1763.3 nm DTL
5. Estrella Damm Sailing Team,Alex Pella/Pepe Rives (ESP/ESP),1857.3 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 St. Francis Yacht Club has announced the creation of a new four-regatta
series for the TP52 IRC Class and 40 footer IRC class. The series will
consist of four regattas in proximate date range, designed to coincide with
the Rolex Big Boat Series, and provide an opportunity for East Coast boats
to compete with their West Coast rivals.

"Earlier in the year, we learned that some of the East Coast TP52s were
interested in coming to San Francisco to sail against their West Coast
peers in the Rolex Big Boat Series," said Rolex Big Boat Series regatta
Chairman, Norman Davant. "It seems that with the America's Cup now coming
to San Francisco, there are a lot of people wanting to sail in the same
venue as the Cup. The new series will be a great season capper to the East
Coast racing calendar, while giving the fleet an opportunity to experience
a variety of San Francisco race formats."

The St. Francis Yacht Club worked with the TP52 fleet to devise the series
that will include the Aldo Alessio Ocean Race on August 26-28, followed two
weeks later by the Rolex Big Boat Series on September 8-11, and then two
weeks later, by a newly created event, the "West Coast Shootout", to take
place on September 24-25, with the final race in the series to include the
Great Pumpkin Regatta- one of San Francisco's classic races - on October
29-30. -- Read on:

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* The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the
education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their
families, has announced its first annual sailboat race, the Coast Guard
Foundation Cup. Established to raise funds for Foundation programs for
enlisted Coast Guard members, provide financial support for college to
families of Coast Guard members lost in the line of duty, and offer relief
for Coast Guard families who have lost possessions in natural disasters,
the first annual Coast Guard Foundation Cup will be hosted by the Annapolis
Yacht Club (AYC) in Annapolis, Maryland on Saturday, May 14, 2011. Details:

* The single-handed leg of the 2011 Bermuda One-Two, a biennial offshore
yacht race for monohulls, will start Friday, June 3, from Newport, RI The
double-handed return from St. George's, Bermuda, to Newport, will start
Thursday, June 16. First raced in 1977, the Bermuda One-Two is organized by
the Newport Yacht Club and the Goat Island Yacht Club (R.I.) with St.
George's Dinghy & Sports Club as the host club in Bermuda. Notice of race,
application, and other information can be downloaded from

* The Storm Trysail Club's (STC) 24th biennial Block Island Race Week
presented by Rolex is scheduled on June 20-24, and will serve as both the
2011 IRC East Coast Championship (held for the previous six years in
Annapolis, Md.) and the J/122 National Championship. The event has revised
previous PHRF restrictions to now allow all boats with PHRF Certificates of
175 and less to enter, and will alsofeature the debut of a new J/111 class.
The five day race format includes the around-the-island race in conjunction
with buoy racing. A 10% early entry discount deadline is March 31st and the
final deadline is June 1st. Details:

* The Finn North American Championship was hosted by Texas Corinthian YC on
March 10-12, 2011 in Kemah, Texas. Eighteen competitors completed eight
races on Galveston Bay, with Darryl Peck winning the event with a race to
spare. Gordon Lamphere and Forrest Gay finished second and third
respectively. Full results:

* CORRECTION: Scuttlebutt 3297 stated that an estimated 100 million euros
would be needed to be competitive in the 34th America's Cup. The conversion
to dollars was listed as US$1.38 million, which mistakenly included a
decimal point. And now, a day later, the dollar conversion is up to US$140

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* From Doran Cushing, Sarasota, FL: (re, Tsunami on West Coast)
Watching the video of the destruction of marinas and boats in California
caused by the tsunami reminded me of what we see in Florida every hurricane
season - careless owners who truly couldn't care less if their boat is
destroyed. In the case of the tsunami, the West Coast owners had about 12
hours to take action. That action would simply have been to go to sea for a
few hours, then come back. Yes, the marina might be gone but the boats
would still be floating and could be anchored or moved to another location.
Can someone please explain why a boat owner would NOT try to save the boat?

=> Curmudgeon's Comment: The harbor in Santa Cruz, CA got hit particularly
hard. Here is a report and videos from Chuck Hawley of West Marine:

* From Neil Pryde, Managing Director of Neil Pryde Limited:
I have been acting as an Ambassador for the IKA (International Kiteboarding
Association) in order to assist Kitesurfing in its objective to attain
Olympic Event status.

I have now withdrawn my endorsement of the IKA Campaign because it is my
view that Kitesurfing has not yet developed the rules of competition and
disciplines that must be demonstrated to qualify Kitesurfing as an Olympic

As the Managing Director of Neil Pryde Limited, the owner of Cabrinha, a
world leader in Kitesurfing I remain a strong supporter of Kitesurfing and
I believe that the sport will continue to grow and develop as a lifestyle /
adventure sport. Kitesurfing offers tremendous opportunities to combine
sport and travel and there is no doubt that it is an exciting action sport
that ultimately could obtain Olympic status.

However it is important to look at Kitesurfing today and understand the
limitations of the sport within the requirements of an Olympic Event.

I would support the inclusion of Kitesurfing as a Demonstration Event at
the 2016 Olympic Games if this is feasible. --

Conscious is being aware of something; conscience is wishing you weren't.

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