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SCUTTLEBUTT 3314 - Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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Since the disclosure that the 34th America’s Cup would be raced in
catamarans, there has been a lot of concern that the 2013 Match would be
all hype and no substance. But this summer the new vision will be revealed
when the America’s Cup World Series begins in Cascais, Portugal (Aug.
6-14). Scuttlebutt colleague Michelle Slade of SailBlast caught up with
John Kostecki, ORACLE Racing tactician, to gather some insight into what we
might see:

* What will the different locations present in terms of challenge in the

JOHN KOSTECKI: That’s a good question (LOL)! Out of the three venues I’ve
only ever sailed in San Diego. I’ve heard that Cascais can be kind of
windy, I’ve spent a little bit of time in Portsmouth (UK) during Fastnet
races. To me it looks like three pretty different race tracks and I know
that America’s Cup Race Management (ACRM) is trying to learn from the AC45
sailing that we’re doing down here in NZ on different race courses, so I
think we’ll be experimenting with different race courses down here to set
up the first World Series events.

I think it all depends on exactly where we sail in those three different
venues. I would imagine San Diego we’re going to be sailing inside the Bay
which will be great - a tighter race course with some boundaries which
obviously we’re trying to set up for the next America’s Cup in San
Francisco as well. If we’re close to shore it could be quite shifty and
puffy and some smoother water but good tight racing and hopefully good for
the spectators.

* What are you finding out about match racing the AC45?

JOHN KOSTECKI: It’s pretty good - very exciting actually - but not too
different than what we were doing in the last Cup. We just started
two-boating a couple of weeks ago, we haven’t done too much racing but
we’re started to get ramped up into the racing side. It looks encouraging;
starting is a little bit different than with the monohulls - fewer
maneouvers but still quite exciting. I think the final 30 seconds to a
minute is not too different to monohull match race starts. We’ve had some
good close racing in the racing we’ve had so far. It’s encouraging.

* What is ORACLE considering for crew on the World Series?

JOHN KOSTECKI: At the moment we’re planning on having two teams on the
circuit, with five crew and a media guest. We’re working on that now and
hoping that after this (training) session to slide straight into the World
Series with the two teams that we have racing right now. It’s a mixed group
and we’re rotating people around so I don’t think we have any final
decisions on who will be on which boat but we try to and keep things as
even as possible because that’s how we can leapfrog and improve. The boats
are initially very physical and challenging to sail, particularly in the
breeze. I think it’s going to be quite exciting for the media guests (LOL).

Full report:

CONDITIONAL: French Sports Minister Chantal Jouanno said Tuesday she
supported the three French teams who have entered the 34th America's Cup in
San Francisco in 2013, but stressed that their financing was not assured.
Jouanno "supports the initiative of these different French challenges ...
(and) in the event that the participation of one or several teams flying
the French flag is confirmed, the sports ministry will be by their sides to
accompany them in their adventure," the ministry said in a statement. --
AFP, full story:

Barcelona, Spain (April 5, 2011, Day 95) - Spaniards Iker Martinez and Xabi
Fernadez crossed the finish line of the Barcelona World Race at 0917hrs
(UTC) today in second place, having completed the 25,200 miles course in an
elapsed time of 94 days, 21 hours, 17 minutes and 35 seconds. They finished
22 hours, 56 minutes and 59 seconds behind winners Virbac-Paprec 3 to a
tremendous reception in a sun-drenched Barcelona.

But the two-time Olympic medalists and three-time World Champions in the
49er class are the first to finish the race without stops. “That is the
spirit with which we went into this race,” explained Martinez. “We didn’t
participate to win - of course if we had the opportunity we would, we’d
love to win - but what we wanted to do is finish the round the world race.
Both Xabi and myself wanted to go around the world, we’ve been in the Volvo
(Ocean Race).

"For Xabi and myself who’ve been sailing together in the 49er, it’s always
the same, so to be able to do this together is a real treat. Imagine that
they ask Raphael Nadal in 10 years time if there’s something different
related to the sport he’s playing, we’re very lucky! So we wanted to do it
without any stopover, and for us this was very important. So that’s what we
did. And we’re very glad, very happy. For us this is like having won the
race. To finish second is wonderful.” --

Standings (top 5 of 14 as of 23:01:03)
1. Virbac-Paprec 3, Jean Pierre Dick/Loick Peyron (FRA/FRA), 93:22:20:36
2. Mapfre, Iker Martinez/Xabi Fernandez (ESP/ESP), 94:21:17:35
3. Renault, Pachi Rivero/Antonio Piris (ESP/ESP), 390 nm DTF
4. Estrella Damm Sailing Team,Alex Pella/Pepe Rives (ESP/ESP),545 nm DTF
5. Neutrogena, Boris Herrmann/Ryan Breymaier (GER/USA), 949 nm DTF

BACKGROUND: The Barcelona World Race is the only double-handed race around
the world. Fourteen teams competing on Open 60s started December 31st, with
the 25,000 nautical mile course extending from Barcelona to Barcelona via
three capes: Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn, Cook Strait, putting Antarctica
to starboard.

North Sails would like to congratulate the ‘Virbac-Paprec 3’ and ‘Mapfre’
teams for finishing 1st and 2nd respectively in the 29,000 nm Barcelona
World Race. Both boats raced with North sails and ‘Virbac-Paprec 3’ had a
mast and rigging built by Southern Spars. Co-skippers Jean-Pierre Dick and
Loick Peyron onboard ‘Virbac-Paprec 3’, who raced with North 3Di upwind
sails and North V-Series spinnakers, now have accomplished back-to-back
victories in the double-handed around-the-world race. When performance
counts, the choice is clear:

Palma de Mallorca, Spain (April 5, 2011) - The second day of the 42 Trofeo
Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, third event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup, started
off promising with 8-12 knots from the NE, but the forecasters were saying
all sorts of things about dying breeze, building sea-breeze and a mirage of
other potential scenarios. As it all turned out there were two distinctive
halfs to the day. The first half had 12 to 6 knots, slowly diminishing
towards the finish. Then everything shut down, and the second half enjoyed
a revitalised sea-breeze. Most events got a race in each half of the day.

The Brits that are currently ruling the waves, with 17 entrants in the top
ten among eight of the nine fleet race Olympic events. After a meager first
day, the North American contingent has slid up the board, led by
singlehanders Paige Railey (USA) and Tania Elias Calles (MEX) in 1st and
5th, respectively. Keelboater Andrew Campbell/ Ian Coleman (USA) remain in
sixth, while singlehander Rob Crane (USA) has risen to 8th and 2008 470
World Champions Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar are now in
10th. American Match Racers Anna Tunnicliffe and Sally Barkow were both
undefeated in their opening groups to advance to the next round.

Racing concludes with the medal race on Saturday, April 9 in nine of the 10
Olympic Classes. The final matches for the Women’s Match Racing are
scheduled on Saturday, April 9. -- Full report:¬i=202

Canadian team report:
USA team report:

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Where the Wild West meets salt water - on San Francisco Bay - a 2011 grand
gathering of Laser class sailors affords an opportunity too good to pass
up. We're going to revive a classic.

The Laser Slalom is back.

Colin Dibb, now of Fremantle, Australia but originally from South Africa,
tells us, "When I first started sailing Lasers I saw a movie of the very
first Slalom in San Francisco, and I've wanted to do it ever since."

A typical reaction. The Laser Slalom has returned before, from time to
time, sailed close under the windows of the St. Francis Yacht Club. But the
heyday was the early years of the Laser class, when the fleet was building
and the world was new. Unlike a rodeo, the rider didn't get extra points
for a rougher ride. But the bigger the breeze and the steeper the chop and
the nastier the whitecaps (both sailors down at once, now, that's a good
look), the closer we came to a bronc-buster's notion of what is "classic."

The 2011 Slalom runs August 3-4, between the Laser 4.7 World Championship
and the Laser Masters World Championship. In that prospect lies plenty of
fresh meat for a fleet limited to 32 entries, with ample slots still open.
Slalom courses are laid close to the beach, and the course is configured to
force hurry-up maneuvers. Under pressure, good people go bad in conditions
that would never otherwise trip them up. The splashier the crash, the
heartier the audience appreciation. Where else while racing do you get to
hear your best friends howling in glee when you take a dose of saltwater up
the nose? -- Read on:

VIDEO: This clip provides some insight into the event:

Following almost a year of intense planning and secrecy, the New Zealand
duo of Ross Field and his son, Campbell, have officially entered the
double-handed, round the world, Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR).
The duo represents a combined offshore racing background unrivalled in the
GOR fleet and has successfully purchased the Guillaume Verdier Design
Class40, Desafio Cabo de Hornos: the yacht sailed to second place in the
double-handed class of the inaugural 2008-09 GOR by the Chilean duo of
Felipe Cubillos and Jose Muñoz.

The offshore racing experience held by the New Zealand team is formidable.
Ross Field has logged five circumnavigation races with three consecutive
Whitbread Round the World Race entries. When not engaged in racing around
the world, Ross has raced and skippered in nearly all major international
offshore events including Round Europe Races, Sydney-Hobart Races,
Melbourne-Osaka Races, Bermuda Races, Fastnet Races - holding the Fastnet
record for nine years - and numerous other events.

The offshore racing DNA dominates the Field genes. From 1994 to 2000,
Campbell managed racing yachts and competed in all the major events across
the Caribbean, USA, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Most recently,
he was the Shore Manager during the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race for the
Telefonica team; an enormously complex and responsible position that
included overseeing the build of the campaign’s two Volvo Ocean 70 race

For Ross, racing again with his son is an exciting prospect: “I have raced
with Campbell a lot and I believe that we complement each other very well,”
he explains. “Campbell is an extremely talented navigator, sailor and
manager - he is a great asset to the campaign.” However, Campbell is aware
that converting to shorthanded sailing on an unfamiliar class of boat will
be a challenge: “The Class40 two-handed presents an early and steep
learning curve for us both,” he admits. “We have a very good relationship,
complementary skills and backgrounds and have raced together before, so I
know we make a pretty strong team. I can’t wait to get underway and have
fun racing in what is shaping up to be a great event.” -- Full story:

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* (April 5, 2011; Day 10; 18:12 UTC) - VELUX 5 Oceans leader Brad Van Liew
(USA) has reached the first major milestone of ocean sprint four to
Charleston, USA, today passing Recife in Brazil, the most easterly point of
South America. Van Liew can now start his turn to the northwest that will
provide for broader angles from the prevailing winds. His Eco 60 Le
Pingouin is now 3,488 nm from the finish and 72 nm in front of second place
Derek Hatfield (CAN). --

* St Barths, French W.I. (April 5, 2011) - The first day of racing at the
2nd edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth dawned with 25 knots of tropical
tradewind breeze and showers sweeping over the picturesque French island
located midway down the Caribbean chain. The regatta’s fleet of maxis,
racing and cruising yachts, multi- hulls and classics ­ 48 confirmed on
race day ­ set off on a race course around the nearby archipelago, and met
with plenty of wind and bumpy seas, especially on the islands’ exposed
eastern side. Course length varied from 16 to 30 miles to provide about
three hours of racing for all classes. -- Event website:

* New Orleans, LA (April 3, 2011) - The annual Leukemia Cup Regatta was
co-hosted this weekend by Southern Yacht Club and New Orleans Yacht Club,
setting a new fundraising record of over $212,000 for the Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society of LA & MS, a 190% increase from last year. Approximately
250 sailors participated. Winning both the Leukemia Cup Trophy for the
regatta as well as the fundraising challenge was Burt Benrud & Andy Lovell
on the Melges 32 "Rougarou". -- Full report:

* The National Women’s Sailing Association (NWSA) will hold the 10th Annual
Women’s Sailing Conference Saturday, June 4 at the Corinthian Yacht Club in
Marblehead, Massachusetts. Women can learn or enhance their skills in
recreational sailing through seminars on the water, on the dock and in the
classroom. Topics include introduction to sailing, sail trim, spinnakers,
crew overboard, operating a motorboat, knots, charting, suddenly
single-handed, diesel engine troubleshooting, introduction to weather,
understanding wind, marine medicine, emergency seamanship and more.

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* From Adrian Morgan:
No one would dispute the skill, courage, tenacity, determination, sheer
stamina and brilliance of the winners of the Barcelona World Race. Those
French short-handed sailors have been heroes of mine ever since I covered
the wonderfully named Titouan Lamazou's Vendee Globe victory.

But a non-stop race should be non-stop; or at least the crew that finish
without stopping should be given a much bigger bonus. As I said in an
earlier post, these so-called non-stop races could turn into tactical
two-stop races, Formula One-style. That is, anyone foolish enough to
contemplate a circumnavigation without stopping will be at a disadvantage
over those who plan to "refresh" their boats en route, knowing that the
time lost will be more than made up by the speed gained..

* From Scott Boye, Friday Harbor: (re, lead story in SBUTT 3313)
Here in the Upper Left corner of America we refer to “random leg”
racecourses as distance racing. Not that it has to be that long of a
distance, but it is around set marks, either navigation marks or islands.

- Seattle Yacht Club has its Tri-island series of Protection Island, Vashon
Island and Blake Island.
- Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle has their Center Sound series - Blakely
Rocks, Scatchet Head & Three Tree Point races, ranging up and down Puget
Sound in March.
- Anacortes Yacht Club holds their Northern Century Race, a 100-mile trek
around the San Juan Islands with a few other marks thrown in to get the
hundred miles.
- Orcas Island Yacht Club, in conjunction with Friday Harbor Sailing Club,
holds the Round the County race every November. The course alternates
clockwise and counter-clockwise every other year so the course instructions
read ‘leave San Juan County to port (or starboard)’. Talk about a geography
- San Juan Island Yacht Club hosts the Shaw Island Classic. You can go
either clockwise or counter. Figure out your tides and what the wind will
do in Wasp Passage and commit to your direction in the first few minutes of
the race. Smart sailors can be confounded by the choice!

These distance races range from overnight category 2 races such as
Protection Island and Northern Century to day races such as Shaw Island
Classic. All of these clubs run buoy races, too. Racing around the
Windward/ Leeward keeps the boat handling skills sharp. Keep the racing
interesting and the racers will show up.

* From Vernon Brickey: (re, AC34 story in SBUTT 3312)
First it was "Flintstone generation" now it's "plodding sloops." Nothing
like giving the middle finger to 98 percent of the sailing public and then
expect them to support the Cup.

* From Casey Robert Baldwin: (re, Dennis Toothe letter in S'Butt 3313)
Even if Oracle is the only defending syndicate and there is no competitive
racing to decide a defender for the next America's Cup, comparing Oracle's
choice of the Golden Gate Yacht Club to former Swiss defender Alinghi’s
Societe Nautique de Geneve’s choice of a newly-formed Valencia Club that
had never held a regatta, is ludicrous.

For SNG to choose a new club that seemed expressly created to be its
'Defender of Record', along with a lengthy litigious battle against Oracle,
is a gross comparison with the current defender and its club of choice. To
suggest it is similar, unfairly vilifies both Oracle and the excellent
traditional merits of the GGYC.

=> Curmudgeon’s Comment: To back up to 2007, there was widespread concern
about SNG’s protocol for the 33rd America’s Cup, but it was only
Oracle/GGYC that sought to revise the plan by leveraging SNG’s faulty
Challenger of Record (COR). Fast forward to now, we have GGYC that has
partnered with Club Nautico di Roma as the COR, and again there was a lot
of concern about the event’s protocol. To date, I can’t recall if I’ve read
about any influence the COR has had on the AC34 plan. In fact, there is a
very real chance the Italian club will be unable to compete due to
insufficient funds. So while the reality may be different, the appearance
does have some similarities.

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