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SCUTTLEBUTT 3329 - Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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Today's sponsors: North Sails, Morris Yachts, and LaserPerformance.

Certain one design classes include a maximum crew weight rule. The intent
of such a rule is to help boat owners keep the same crew together
regardless of the wind strength. And typically, it is best to be at the
maximum crew weight.

Interestingly, this issue of crew weight for a class is not limited to the
realm of their one design racing. When using IRC ratings, this rule states
that “boats rated as one-designs shall conform with their one-design class
rules in respect of crew number/weight limitations unless freed from this
requirement by notice of race.” For boats other than one designs, IRC has
crew number/weight rules as well. But for PHRF, this stipulation appears to

US SAILING lists PHRF of Lake Ontario as its largest fleet, and their rules
only refer to boat and sail dimensions. However, the second largest fleet
is PHRF of Southern California, and their rules state that “when a boat is
rated with the One-Design configuration, ...the boat shall comply with all
its One-Design class rules (including sail buttons, crew weight, etc.) Any
modification to the One-Design class rules which might modify the boat’s
PHRF One-Design rating shall be furnished to “the PHRF Regional Board
immediately after the rule change becomes effective.”

Here is a partial list of keelboat OD classes with a crew weight rule:

Class - Crew Weight
Beneteau First 36.7- 1,550 lbs
Etchells - 628 lbs
Express 37 (NorCal) - 1,850 lbs or 8 crew
Farr 30 - 1,155 lbs
Farr 40 - 1,672 lbs
Flying Tiger 10M - 1,155 lbs
J/24 - 880 lbs
J/105 - 1,045 lbs
Melges 24 - 792 lbs
Melges 32 - 1,383 lbs
New York Yacht Club Swan 42 - 1,870 lbs
S2 7.9 - 1,100 lbs
Schock 35 - 1,750 lbs

One event that includes a crew weight rule is Key West Race Week, where
regatta organizer Premiere Racing administers the Key West Performance
Handicap Racing Fleet. The objective of the organization is to establish
and maintain an equitable system of performance-based handicaps for boats
participating at Key West, and one of the tools they use to level the
playing field is to rate all the boats within their published Base Crew
Weight Limitations. -- Scuttleblog,

By Matt Knowles
When is it appropriate for a jury to consider redress? Must the jury wait
until a boat has suffered some alleged harm, or may it consider (and grant)
redress merely because of the possibility that a boat will suffer harm in
the future?

Rule 62.1 states:
A request for redress or a protest committee’s decision to consider redress
shall be based on a claim or possibility that a boat’s score in a race or
series has, through no fault of her own, been made significantly worse...
[emphasis added]

This rule would seem to make it clear that a boat is not eligible for
redress until there is a possibility that she has suffered harm, rather
than a possibility that she may suffer harm in the future.

This question was a central challenge for the International Jury appointed
for the 33rd America's Cup last spring. When BMW Oracle filed for redress
before racing based on provisions inserted into the Notice of Race and
Sailing Instructions, the jury was forced to confront this problem.

The Alinghi/SNG representative argued that "the Requests were not valid, as
all the requirements of the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 62.1(a) had not
been met. RRS 62.1(a) did not permit a Request to be made before a boat’s
score had been affected."

However, nonetheless, the jury found that "the words ‘possibility that a
boat’s score’ used in RRS 62.1 permit the Jury to consider a Request for
Redress before the race." The jury focused on the word "possibility" but
seemed to ignore the past-tense use of the word "has".

Now, clearly the IJ at the 33rd AC was under enormous political and
logistical pressure. The New York Supreme Court had passed to them a number
of thorny issues to resolve. Were the jury to find that it was not
permitted to do so, all manner of chaos would ensue. So should we look at
this jury decision as simply a product of the extraordinary circumstances
and pressure the jury faced, or is it a correct decision that should be
applied across the board? -- Read on:

CV: Matt Knowles is a Team racer, Moth sailor, Member of the US SAILING
Racing Rules Committee, and self-proclaimed rules nerd.

If you’re headed to Annapolis, look for the North Sails tent (manned each
evening with sales & sail care reps) and our van, which will be located at
the Annapolis YC annex, for overnight sail repair at this weekend’s Sperry
Top-Sider Annapolis NOOD Regatta. In partnership with Southern Spars and
Sailing Weather Service, we are also offering free weather forecasts for
the 3-day event. Log on to our Web site to sign up & we hope to see you

Which country holds the most Olympic sailing medals but never has won a
gold medal? (Answer below)

Hyeres, France (April 26, 2011) - For the third day of the Semaine
Olympique Française, racing started late due to warm temperatures hastening
the building breeze. For the larger fleets that needed to conclude their
qualification series today, the prospects looked grim but finally by 8PM
the last boats came back to the dock after a long day of wait and sail.

Both the men’s and women’s 2010 ISAF Sailor of the Year recipients lead
their respective events. Blanca Manchon (ESP) is going into the RX:X Gold
group with a nine points lead, equal to that of the margin held by Laser
World Champion Tom Slingsby (AUS).

Leading the American armada in the men’s keelboat event, which holds three
of the top 10 positions in the Star class, is George Szabo and Mark Strube
in fourth. “Prior to today we were pretty consistent with all top 10
finishes,” explained Strube. “Today saw what seemed to be many boats over
and only one called (back). We dipped below the start at about 10 seconds
because we felt we were over. The rest of the boats just kept going. We
started close to the pin and got ping-ponged up the first beat and got
caught outside of a big shift which put us pretty far back. We fought our
way back to around 14th by the top of the last weather mark but lost a few
right at the finish which put us at 18th for the day. The next few days we
need to be on the line and let our boat speed and tactics do the work.”

Racing continues each day this week and concludes on April 29. Daily


Sailing has its traditions, and for better or worse, the adult beverages is
one of them. At some yacht clubs, this tradition includes a designated
house drink. Using the all powerful Facebook to gather information on apres
sailing aperitif, here are the drinks that can be found at the following

American YC (Rye, NY) - Planter's Punch,
Bay Head YC (Bay Head, NJ) - Steak Knife
Bayview YC (Detroit, MI) - Hummer
Eastport YC (Annapolis, MD) - Juanita's Margarita
Indian Harbor YC (Greenwich, CT) - Black Top
Larchmont YC (Larchmont, NY) - Montesano Cooler
Madison Beach Club (Madison, CT) - Lightning
Monterey Peninsula YC (Monterey, CA) - MOP (Myers OJ and Pineapple)
Rochester YC (Rochester, NY) - Wedge
Royal Burnham YC (Essex, UK) - Max's Special
Scuttlebutt Sailing Club - Cadillac Margarita
Seawanhaka Corinthian YC (Oyster Bay, NY) - Southside
Southern YC (New Orleans, LA) - Red Drink (aka Planter’s Punch)
St. Francis YC (San Francisco, CA) - Sloe Gin Fizz
YC’s along the Gulf Coast - Bushwacker

Any others? Please email your ‘knowledge’ to the Scuttlebutt editor:

Choosing a marine battery that will be right for your boat can be a tough
undertaking today due to the numerous types and wide variety of design
duties of batteries on the marine market.

Two basic types of marine battery perform two distinctly different jobs. A
starting battery is built to crank the starter on your boat's engine by
delivering a high number of amps in short bursts of 5 to 15 seconds. Once
the engine starts the onboard alternator quickly recharges the battery.

Marine electrical experts recommend that boat owners have a dedicated
starting battery for each engine. The starting battery should be
independent of other systems requiring electricity.

The marine cranking amp (MCA) or cranking amp (CA) rating on the battery
indicates its starting power. Your engine manual should tell you the
recommended MCA/CA for your engine. Get a battery that meets or exceeds
that rating.

A house battery or house battery bank supplies power to all the components
and systems that run on DC electricity on your boat. Deep-cycle batteries
are used for house power. This type of battery is designed to supply a
steady flow of power over a long period of time. -- Read on:

Come see the largest group of Morris yachts ever assembled on the West
Coast Friday, May 13-Sunday, May 15 at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in
Newport Beach, CA. From 10am to 5pm, the Sparkman & Stephens designed M29,
M36, M42 and a Chuck Paine designed Morris 48 will be on view. Because we
rely on the generosity of owners to borrow their boats, this is truly an
exceptional gathering of Morris yachts. To make an appointment, please call
207-244-5509 or email us at For more information on
Morris Yachts go to

As for which country has yet to stand upon the top step of the Olympic
sailing podium, Canada holds the most medals (9) by any nation never to win
a gold medal.

By Aaron Freeman, APS
A new way to stop chafe on board has now arrived! Ice Bear sailing powder
is specifically made to alleviate chafe on the undercarriages of male
racing sailors. The powder incorporates 100% organic ingredients all
formulated for the extreme conditions that sailors subject their valuables
to. The powder includes cornstarch and arrowroot to control moisture,
kaolin clay to give the powder a dry feel, and the secret ingredient zinc
to add some lubricity and reduce chafe.

At the Charleston Race Week, I was able to try this product, and I must say
I’m a fan. This powder does not clump like Gold BondTM or baby powder, and
does not have the strong medicine or “old guy” smell like some other
undercarriage maintenance products.

Another nice thing about the Ice Bear is the convenient 3oz container. It
can easily fit in your sailing bag and allow you to “freshen up” after
racing before hitting the club for your rum drink. While I haven’t had the
opportunity to try the powder offshore, you better believe this is going to
be in my bag for the Annapolis-Newport race. -- Full report:

* The Reichel Pugh 75 Titan Powerplay, which had been competing this week
at Antigua Sailing Week, was badly damaged by an onboard fire in Falmouth
Marina Monday evening. The boat, owned by Tom and Dot Hill, was chartered
to Peter Cunningham for the regatta. --

* Peter Reichelsdorfer, known for his work on the ORR, with Sailing Yacht
Research Foundation, has been elected to the Lake Michigan Sailing Hall Of
Fame. His induction will occur at Sheboygan Yacht Club on May 11th at 6:30

* (April 26, 2011) - During the first day of a test event in New Zealand
for the AC45s, five teams trialed several race course configurations as
well as the new Umpire system in conditions that ranged up to 25 knots.
Getting their first taste of ‘crossing the line’ and capsizing was Oracle
Racing. No one was injured and the boat suffered minor damage to the wing
that should be repairable overnight. -- Full report/video:

* (April 26, 2011) - With 186 days to go until the Volvo Ocean Race
2011-2012 kicks off in Alicante, the new Spanish Volvo Open 70 “Telefónica”
has left the King Marine shipyard this morning, where it was built over
approximately 40,000 hours with a team of over 28 builders and 19 designers
in the region of Valencia in Spain. The Juan Yacht Design studio, based in
Valencia and lead by Argentina's Juan Kouyoumdjian, were in charge of the
design of the new boat for the Spanish team directed by Pedro Campos. --
Full report:

* All respondents to a recent survey by the National Marine Bankers
Association said the dollar volume of loans booked in the first quarter of
2011 was up from the same period last year. The survey, conducted earlier
this month, was done to gauge changes in the lending environment and
identify trends that could be used for business planning. Thirty percent of
association lender members responded, including loan originators/brokers,
financial services firms and banks, with the majority having a national
presence. -- Soundings, read on:

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forms of email press releases about marine industry updates. While there is
often Most go in the trash.

The Marine Industry News category of the Scuttlebutt Forum was created so
companies could get guaranteed exposure by posting their own personnel,
product and service updates online. In addition to website traffic,
Scuttlebutt editors randomly select updates each week to include in the
Thursday edition of the Scuttlebutt newsletter.

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* From John Harwood-Bee:
It is interesting to read the negative responses to the news that the NZ
government (i.e. the taxpayer) is to underwrite an AC campaign to the tune
of $36million. Martin Devlin even claims that the majority of ‘Kiwis’
oppose such a move. What a fuss over a comparatively small sum. They should
consider themselves VERY fortunate that, unlike us poor Brits, they are not
bidding for the Olympics.

When a bunch of fools decided it would be a good idea to challenge for the
so called ‘honour’ of hosting the 2012 event, LONDONERS were told it would
‘ONLY’ cost them 2.5 BILLION pounds ($4BILLION) to stage it. Then LONDON
won the bid and we BRITISH taxpayers discovered that it would not be London
but ALL of us who would have to underwrite the 12 BILLION pounds (around
$20 BILLION) to stage the farce.

Considering that it took Montreal over 30 years to pay off the costs and it
is estimated that Athens will never finish paying the bill, New Zealanders
should count themselves fortunate that their leaders having only committed
a relatively small amount to a campaign that should at least bring them the
same amount in publicity benefits.

* From Ken Womack:
I am avid Corinthian (non-pro) Etchells sailor. I cannot think of a more
fun way to spend my sailing dollars. The fun and rewards I get from sailing
in the Etchells fleet are not derived in small part from those
"professional crew and coaches". These professionals guarantee that I am
measuring up against the best of the best. They also serve to attract the
very best of the Corinthian sailors as well.

When I arrived at SDYC last June for the Etchells North American
Championship, I found that I would be competing against skippers like Bruce
Golison, Chris Bush, Bruce Nelson, Bill Hardesty, Brian Camet, Dave Ulman,
Vice Brun, Dennis Conner, and Chris Snow, just to mention a handful.
Amongst their crew were dozens of class champions, Olympians and AC guys.
Almost without exception any one of these sailors were more than willing to
give me a few moments of conversation, coaching and advice. Not just before
the regatta, but also during the cocktail hour following the races each
day. Advice ranged from sail trim, steering and starting, to course
management and weather forecasting. -- Forum, read on:

* From Glenn Selvin:
To my friend Chris Ericksen (in Scuttlebutt 3328)...thanks for putting the
coaching issue in perspective! I sail a Finn. I can't afford a new sail
every year, and I wish I could afford that new HIT mast I keep drooling
over. And I damned sure can't afford a coach. I guess money's just too
tight in an economy that only the politicians say is improving. But still,
me and the rest of the old guys still go Finn sailing, and do the best that
we can with our bad backs and weak knees. Finns4ever.

* From Mike Moore:
It's been a long, long time since I've sailed Etchells (the 1991 Worlds on
SF Bay comes to mind). But I've been somewhat active as a crew in the Star
Class since about 1997 and have seen a pretty significant shift regarding
coaching over the years. I absolutely agree that coaches can provide a
great deal of help to sailors of all calibers. But the reality I've
experienced is that coaching during regattas has developed to the point
where those with coaches have a significant advantage on race day, not just
in the training period leading up to it, or in the debrief session after
the day is over. Here are a few reasons why:

1) The tow out. Let’s face it, that's really nice when the fleet is facing
a long sail to the course in light air. And for the record, as long as
there is breeze, I always prefer to sail over a tow, even home after the
day is over.

2) On-the-water supplies. Having no coach, we've always had to choose our
sails before leaving the dock, and then live with them for the day. The
coached sailor has 2 more mains and 2 more jibs on the coach boat. Lighter
breeze on the course than at the dock, or wind picks up in between races?
No problem, just change the sails. And perhaps even more unfair, spare
parts are also available. Not sure that fitting will hold up? No worries,
your worst case scenario is losing one race if it's a multi-race day, as
you've got spares on the coach boat. The un-coached sailor either makes it
through the day without a breakdown, or he's out for the rest of the day
following one. -- Forum, read on:

COMMENT: Depending on the one design class and/or the event, some of the
benefits of regatta coaches may be limited by class rules and/or event
sailing instructions. - Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt editor

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