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SCUTTLEBUTT 3303 - Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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American Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar is bright and articulate, and has been
juggling a lot during her 470 Olympic campaign. She has been attending to
law school, while her teammate Erin Maxwell was burning vacation days with
her employer to keep up with their training and competition. They admit to
shortchanging everything, but had to live this balance for the past three
years. They never planned on training for the 2012 Olympics. But that all
changed when they won the 2008 470 World Championship.

To back up a little, Isabelle and Erin had just put everything they had
into their 2008 Olympic campaign, but finished second in the 2007 U.S.
Olympic Trials. Translation... they finished last. The loss left them
wondering how good they were, and with the 2008 Worlds being held in
Australia, only a few months away in January, it would give them an
opportunity for closure. So they decided to go.

"We were so disappointed to get second in the Trials because we thought we
had gotten so much better with all of our preparation leading up to the
Trials," said Isabelle. "And we wanted one last chance to prove to
ourselves that we had in fact improved." And then they won the Worlds,
something an American hadn't done in 17 years.

"It was one of those magical situations where we had nothing to lose and
everything to gain," said Isabelle. "We had already disappointed ourselves
and all of our supporters by finishing second in the Trials, so there was
really nothing to lose by going down there (to the Worlds). Either we
finished not well, allowing people to think that we weren't meant to go to
the Games, or we had a chance to redeem ourselves. So we went down there
and went for it. We had about two and a half months between the Trials and
the Worlds, providing us a chance to reflect on the racing decisions that
we made, the mistakes that we made and how to improve on them."

With no plans to continue, they both realized that maybe this was not the
right time to stop. "After doing so well at the Worlds," said Isabelle, "it
got us to thinking how we could have done it, we could have done really
well, and that it was worth doing it again." And so they did, but the past
three years have had a lot of sacrifices.

With the U.S. team being selected this year, it was time for them to
heighten their focus. Erin has now taken a leave of absence from work and
Isabelle having finished school, so they are now in full time mode. "This
is the moment we have been training for, and we are excited to get it done.
But this is our last campaign. After this, it is on to success in other
areas, and in other areas of sailing. This is such a tremendous sport. I am
looking forward to racing F18s and cruising on my dad's 36-foot wooden
sailboat, frostbiting... all the stuff that I haven't had time to do that I
love about the sport."

VIDEO: Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck videotaped his interview with
Isabelle. If you have a young daughter who is enjoying the sport, you might
share this with her. This link includes the above story and the complete
video (7:11 minutes):

Long Beach, CA (March 21, 2011) - A morning buffet of lightning, thunder,
rain and sunshine welcomed some of the world's best sailors to the Long
Beach Yacht Club's 47th Congressional Cup Monday. That was the weather
preview for the week of the most prestigious Grade 1 match racing event in
the United States that starts Tuesday with the first of two round robins
leading to Saturday's championship sailoffs. Racing will start daily at
11:30 a.m. or later, as conditions permit.

Francesco Bruni of Italy, ranked No. 8 in the world, is the defending
champion, and he'll be going against three former winners---Dave Perry of
the U.S. (1983, 1984), No. 36; Mathieu Richard of France (2007), No. 3, and
Johnie Berntsson of Sweden (2009), No. 17---along with No. 5 Ian Williams
of Great Britain, who won the 2007 ISAF Match Racing World Championship.

Williams hasn't won the Congressional Cup but brings in a strong resume,
mostly built after he shelved his law career. Second in a previous
appearance, he said, "The fact that we're here is significant. I've been
trying to come back for the last five or six years. It's a great regatta,
and coming in second I feel like it's unfinished business. It's also a
great start to the get the team together, we get in a lot racing
to jump-start our year."

Williams' tactician this week is an American, Bill Hardesty, a San Diego
native who is involved with building the program at the Chicago Match
Racing Center. "We won a world championship together [in 2007] and three
World [Match Racing] Tour regattas together," Williams said.

Williams and Hardesty each noted the Congressional Cup's hospitable appeal
to competitors. "This is kind of on an upper scale, with all the [club
member] volunteers," Hardesty said. Perry added, "Instead of one person
holding the door for you, there's a bunch of people holding the door."
Also, crews don't need to share boats. The sturdy Catalina 37s they race
are 21 years old but there is one for everybody, plus a spare. "That's one
of the great things about the event," Williams said. "You get a lot of
sailing." -- Full report:

LIVE UPDATES: Audio commentary of the races will be available on the race
website, with racing expected from 12:00 pm until 4:30 pm PST (-7 Hrs UTC).
Video will be available at the end of each day. Details:

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By Elaine Bunting, Yachting World
I think it's great news that the Argo Challenge America's Cup team is
planning a campaign combining sailors and athletes with physical
disabilities. But the idea that professional sailing is progressive or
doffs its cap in any meaningful way to equality is an absolute fantasy.

On the contrary, pro yacht racing is light years behind almost every other
business you could think of. It's one of the last remaining corners of the
western world where dinosaurs still roam the earth. If disabled sailors get
to race in the America's Cup, fantastic. They'll have done a sight better
than women.

No-one seems to think it strange or wrong that there are hardly any
openings at the top level for women sailors. Indeed, eyes roll if you even
raise the issue. Those who think 'so what?' may forget that we are talking
about professional careers here, an area where normal employment practices
and laws ought to apply.

Yet opportunities for women to progress in sailing are in scandalously
short supply. Only a talented handful can make a name and a living in the
specially ring-fenced area of Olympic sailing.

With individual sponsorship an even smaller number have managed to do a
solo race such as the Vendee Globe. In this toughest of events women have
proved themselves the equal - or better - of male rivals.

But afterwards are they invited to be a part of a top echelon team, a Volvo
Ocean Race crew, say, or an America's Cup crew? Not a chance. Even an
Olympic Gold Medallist wouldn't get a look in. This isn't a glass ceiling,
it's a huge, super-strength carbon flbre watertight bulkhead. -- Read on:

By John Burnham,
For yacht-racing history buffs, this new book, The Twelve Metre Class, is a
feast that won't stop feeding. It takes longer to review a two-book set
than a single publication, especially one as packed with detail as The
Twelve Metre Class. I've proven that, since it was November when I borrowed
the set from Jan Slee, president of the International Twelve Metre

Luigi Lang and Jan were the prime motivators in producing this epic history
of a sailboat-racing class that is unlike any other. Not only has the class
survived - and revived - more than once over its 100-plus years, but 12s
have also been a racing class in the Olympics, a key part of the solution
to early ineffective rating rules, and the pivotal player in the reshaping
of the modern America's Cup.

Somebody has to be a driver to pull off a book project that has exhaustive
and yet never-quite-complete detail. I can appreciate what the Luigi, Jan,
and co-author Dyer Jones have produced: these books are pretty special if
you're any kind of a student of sailing's past. -- Read on:

(March 21, 2011, Day 79) - Working hard to maintain pressure on race
leaders Virbac-Paprec 3, MAPFRE co-skipper Iker Martinez (ESP) is pleased
with their Doldrums crossing and now needs to wait patiently for any
opportunities. One such opportunity may come in the form of a high pressure
system set to form off the Azores which could raise tactical questions for
the lead duo of whether, and when, to make a break for the African shore.
For Martinez and Xabi Fernandez the race home cannot come quickly enough:
the pair admitted that they are running low on both fuel and diesel, but
took solace in a Spanish proverb that hunger is said to make you make
cleverer decisions! -- Event website:

Race Tracker:

Standings (top 5 of 14 as of 20:01:03)
1. Virbac-Paprec 3, Jean Pierre Dick/Loick Peyron (FRA/FRA), 2518 nm DTF
2. Mapfre, Iker Martinez/Xabi Fernandez (ESP/ESP), 204.7 nm DTL
3. Renault, Pachi Rivero/Antonio Piris (ESP/ESP), 889.6 nm DTL
4. Estrella Damm Sailing Team,Alex Pella/Pepe Rives (ESP/ESP),1161.6 nm DTL
5. Neutrogena, Boris Herrmann/Ryan Breymaier (GER/USA), 1174.9 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 the following North Sails-powered boats for winning
their respective classes at the Sperry Top-Sider San Diego NOOD Regatta
this past weekend: 'Aimant de Fille' (Beneteau 36.7); Dennis Martinelli
(Bucaneer 18); Brad Ruetenik (I-14); Pat Toole (J/24); Jeff Coppens
(Lightning); Kjeld Hestehave (Etchells) and Ian Wareham (Soling). 'Aimant
de Fille', owned by Steven Ernest, was also the overall regatta winner and
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* (March 21, 2011) - The confluence of 8-12 foot swells and 30-knot
headwinds for the 29-boat fleet heading south in the 800-mile Newport
Harbor Yacht Club Cabo Race 2011 is far from what the travel agent had
promised. With the illusion of surfing down sunny swells completely
shattered, nine entrants have now dropped out, many doing so before getting
too far south of San Diego. The least willing among the group was Hap
Fauth's IRC 69 Bella Mente which broke its mast. Ed Feo's Andrews 45
Locomotion is the current boat for boat leader, with 211.3 nm to the finish
as of 17:01 PDT. --

* (March 20, 2011) - The second stop for the 2011 Snipe Winter Circuit took
the flock south in Florida from the Midwinters in Clearwater to Miami for
the 45th Don Q Rum Regatta. After Argentineans Luis Soubie and Diego
Lipszyc stumbled at the first event with two OCS scores (but still
finishing fifth), they sailed a much cleaner series (2,1,1,1,6) to beat out
Midwinters winner Augie Diaz and Kathleen Tocke who finished in 2nd
(6,3,2,4,7). Forty-nine teams from eight countries competed in the event.
The migration now takes off for Nassau in the beautiful Bahamas for a week
of sailing and relaxation with eight races in two regattas. --

* (March 20, 2011) - The San Diego Sperry Top-Sider NOOD hosted 19 classes
over three course locations, with 175 boats competing at either Mission
Bay, Coronado, or San Diego ocean course. Winter storms tilted the
typically consistent Southern California coastal conditions, providing
rain, calms, and 20+ knot busters. Judges deemed the crew of Steve Ernest's
Beneteau 36.7 Aimant de Fille, who dominated the eight boat class with five
firsts and two seconds, as the overall event winner. Full results:

* New Orleans, LA (March 20, 2011) - Southern Yacht Club hosted the 2011
Southern Nichols Cup, a masters 3 on 3 team racing event in Flying Scots
for skippers over 45 and crew over 40. Southern Yacht Club won the event,
defeating six other teams including Buccaneer Yacht Club of Mobile Alabama
in second and New York Yacht Club in third. Other teams participating were
Bay Waveland Yacht Club, Boston Yacht Club, American Yacht Club, and Royal
Thames Yacht Club. Light winds prevailed for the first two days, however,
perfect conditions prevailed on Sunday. Details:

* (March 21, 2011; Day 52; 23:00 UTC) - While Thomas Coville is finding
good speed in the North Atlantic, his longer route to avoid a light air
bubble has him losing distance on the solo round the world record that he
is seeking. Coville is now 590 nm behind the pace set by record holder
Francis Joyon, and with 2952 nm to the finish, must arrive at Ushant,
France by March 28th to establish a new standard. --

* (March 21, 2011) - J&D Acquisitions said it filed a lawsuit against the website, alleging that the use of its contractual and
proprietary pricing information "will damage our brands and our dealers and
we will not stand for it." The site, which launched last
week, lists many builders by name. Of the J&D Acquisition brands, only
Larson has its own link on the site. -- Soundings, full story:

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* From David P. Bishop:
I have not noticed the trend noted in Peter Wilson's article (in
Scuttlebutt 3302) to the extent that he has, but my sailing is limited to
adult, primarily amateur events, where it is not as much a trend as an
ongoing situation. Of the possible causes he noted the primary one is the

Why miss the party to protest someone when the outcome doesn't affect your
standings? In the San Diego NOOD this weekend, the boat I was crewing on
was fouled twice, once with minor contact, but the owner chose not to
protest as it was not worth the hassle, and would not affect our abysmal

The problem with this approach is that in many cases, the protest room is
the only way some people learn the rules. In both of our cases, the
protested boat believed, or at least claimed they believed, they had rights
that they did not.

One possible solution to this problem would be a second category of
protest, the Educational Protest. This would be a protest hearing without
penalty conducted in public as part of the party, with visual aids on a
large screen if available and raucous commentary from the public invited.
The rules could be explained, the offending party gently pilloried, and no
one would have to miss out on the social activities.

* From Rob Britton:
Peter Wilson may not remember that 40 years ago many of us became yacht
racers because it was such an "elitist" sport that the players enforced
their own rules. The reality then was that only a complete fool would
invest so much time and money, and then cheat to win a pickle dish. Of
course nobody got paid in those days and the penalty for breaking a rule
was to sail directly home. Gentlemen and ladies of the time were humiliated
to be seen as cheaters, and would err on the side of caution, lest they
lose the respect of their competitors.

In the time of USYRU and "Corinthian" Yacht Racing, I do not remember rule
compliance as an issue. Attempts to expand the market by dummying down the
rules and penalties have not been helpful. The values that made yacht
racing great are not "common", they are Nobel, and we should return to them
before we must arm umpires with cameras and Yacht Club guards with

* From Howard Paul:
I must disagree with Mr Twohy's remarks (in Scuttlebutt 3302) as in my
opinion he really doesn't get golf or sailing as it relates to selling the
product. I live in the Bay Area and have raced for decades and am a golfer.
The two sports are actually very similar.

The technology in golf is immense. The balls, irons, wedges, putters, and
of course the driver. What professional golf has been successful in is
selling that and what Golfers can do with that technology. They talk in
great detail about every shot and have taught the sport to people who in
many cases don't play. They put faces and stories to the players. During
Tiger Wood's heyday the ratings went through the roof when he played!

Sailing on the other hand is just as technical and just as compelling. The
powers that be just haven't been able to sell it to the public. Perhaps it
is because a lot of what we hear is about the America's Cup which has so
much money involved that there are so few players. I have watched the
America's Cup because I understand what is going on. I understand the
technology. But if I didn't all I would see is two boats going through the
water and at the beginning trying to go backwards no less. Talk about paint

When the perception is this is more about a business then about the sport
you have already lost the battle.

=> Curmudgeon's Comment: In fairness to Patrick Twohy, he writes for a
business publication, and has noticed that his audience is very interested
in the America's Cup. He also agrees that limiting the story to people who
already like sailing would be a mistake, and that leveraging the technology
and the personalities in the America's Cup are key to broadening the
event's interest. He also suggested dropping the arcane language that
sailors use to describe what they do. Recalling what Steve Martin once said
about the French, "They have a different word for everything." --

Creativity is no substitute for knowing what you're doing.

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