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SCUTTLEBUTT 3332 - Monday, May 2, 2011

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By Brian Gleason, Charlotte Sun
In 1980, at the age of 21, Paul Callahan slipped on a wet floor. His neck
was broken and the prognosis was a lifetime in bed. More than 32 years
later, the 53-year-old husband and father has represented the United States
in the 2000 Paralympic Games, runs his own business and travels more than
200 days a year training and competing in elite-level sailing events.

In spring 2010, when the International Association for Disabled Sailing was
looking for a South Florida site to hold its 2012 world championships,
Callahan, who has a home in Cape Coral, Fla., told IFDS President Linda
Merkle about a group in Charlotte County that might be game. He had read
and heard about the Charlotte Harbor Regatta, held in February 2010. Before
the year was out, Callahan would become a member of Charlotte Harbor Yacht
Club, take an advisory role with the IFDS to help shepherd the event and
begin training for the Jan. 7-15, 2012 IFDS Worlds on Charlotte Harbor and
his second Paralympic Games in Weymouth, England.

Callahan, who skippers a Sonar as a Paralympic member of the US Sailing
Team AlphaGraphics 2011, shares his story, his motivations and some
reflections on life and what the Charlotte County community can expect as
the 2012 IFDS Worlds approach.

* You represented the U.S. in the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney. How does that
experience compare with other accomplishments in your sailing and
non-sailing career?

CALLAHAN: As the skipper of the USA team and representing our country, it
was one of the proudest moments in my life. I was overcome with euphoric
emotion and pride to enter this massive stadium with 110,000 people of all
nationalities chanting, ‘’USA!, USA!, USA!’’ At that moment, I realized how
fortunate I was to be from America. Racing sailboats is about winning or
losing, representing your whole country is more of a massive responsibility
to do your best.

* You are chairman of US Sailing’s Council for Sailors With Disabilities
and work with the International Association for Disabled Sailing as an
adviser for event organizers. How do sailing opportunities (racing and
cruising) for disabled people compare to when you first started sailing
after your injury?

CALLAHAN: There is no comparison. We were barely a blip on anyone’s radar
screen 15 years ago. Now, after competing on three different continents and
13 countries, as well as numerous cities across America, disabled sailors
have become folk heroes in communities and in the media, because we
represent living proof that anyone can overcome their own adversities.

It is gratifying to know that you have not only changed the lives of
individuals, but also the soul and fabric of a community by having trained
and competed in a city, town or region. After watching 100 disabled sailors
conquer a sport originally intended for fully able-bodied people,
individuals, neighbors, communities and cities ultimately realize their
lives can be just what they always imagined.

Read on:

When the 2011 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting in St Petersburg, Russia commences on
May 4-8, among the issues to be confirmed is the list of ten sailing events
for the 2016 Olympic Games. A provisional list was established at the 2010
ISAF Annual Conference held last November in Greece, and at the time it
seemed like this list would remain unchanged at the May meeting. Now it
seems less likely.

Thirty-five proposals for change have been submitted by Member Nations or
class organizations. Chief among them comes from the men’s keelboat event
which had gotten excluded from the provisional list. With the Olympics
rooted in keelboat competition since its inception, this was viewed as a
game changer.

The Star class will be in St. Petersburg to make its pitch supporting the
Men's Keelboat event for the 2016 Olympic Games. Olympian Mark Reynolds
(USA) will be leading the contingent, with their talking points and
position recently released. They are:

- The Olympic Men’s Keelboat is Sailing’s Pinnacle Event
- The Best Sailors in the World Compete in the Olympic Men’s Keelboat
- Highest Media & Audience Interest
- Most Diverse: Weight, Age & Skills
- High Popularity, High Value

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

Star class position paper:
Submission list:

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Hyeres, France (April 29, 2011) - The final day of the Semaine Olympique
Française, fourth event on the Sailing World Cup circuit, endured fickle
conditions to close the events on the Olympic and Paralympic courses. For
the nine Olympic fleet races, the top ten positions competed in the no
drop, double points ‘Medal race’. The finals for the Olympic Women’s Match
Race pitted the top two teams in a best of five series while the Paralympic
classes completed their final fleet races.

Among the 788 Olympic entrants, fourteen countries saw teams stand on the
podium to receive medals. Host country France was the strongest with seven
recipients, with four additional countries claiming multiple winners. Top
of the North American contingent was USA with three medals.

While American Paige Railey had an uncharacteristically poor showing in the
Laser Radial (13th), brother Zach completed a steady climb up the standings
in the Finn event to finish second. “After the first day of racing with a
26th it put me in a really tough spot,” explained Zach. “I knew I had to
sail consistent and conservative all week to be in a spot to win a medal at
the end of the week.”

Despite American Sally Barkow getting blanked 3-0 to lose in the Women’s
Match Race finals, Barkow’s crew of Alana O’Reilly and Elizabeth Kratzig
remain the only team to medal at each World Cup event and lead the overall
ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings in Women's Match racing.

The next event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit (5th of 9 events), the
Delta Lloyd regatta, will start in Medemblik, Holland on May 24.


Final Results (top three plus top North America)
RS:X Men - 90 entrants
1. POL, Piotr Myszka, 34.00
2. FRA, Julien Bontemps, 36.00
3. ISR , Shahar Zubari, 37.00
41. USA, Ben Barger, 216.00

RX:X Women - 75 entrants
1. ESP, Blanca Manchon, 22.00
2. FRA, Charline Picon, 33.00
3. GBR, Bryony Shaw, 53.
31. MEX, Vega de Lille Demita, 174.00

Laser - 155 entrants
1. ESP, Javier Hernandez, 54.00
2. CRO, Tonci Stipanovic, 77.00
3. AUS, Tom Slingsby, 79.00
11. USA, Clay Johnson, 99.00

Laser Radial - 98 entrants
1. NZL, Sara Winther, 60.00
2. FRA, Sarah Steyaert, 61.00
3. LTU, Gintare Scheidt, 80.00
11. MEX, Tania Elias Calles, 94.00

Finn - 80 entrants
1. GBR, Ben Ainslie, 17.00
2. USA, Zach Railey, 57.00
3. NED, Pieter-Jan Postma, 58.00

49er - 67 entrants
1. ITA, Pietro Sibello/ Gianfranco Sibello, 80.00
2. FRA, Julien D'ortoli / Noe Delpech, 100.00
3. DEN, Jonas Warrer/ Soren Hansen, 113.00
19. USA, Erik Storck/ Trevor Moore, 170.00

470 Men - 106 entrants
1. FRA, Pierre Leboucher/ Vincent Garos, 41.00
2. FRA, Nicolas Charbonnier/ Jeremie Mion, 62.00
3. ESP, Onan Barreiros/ Aaron Sarmiento, 67.00
14. USA, Stuart McNay/ Graham Biehl, 122.00

470 Women - 56 entrants
1. ESP, Tara Pacheco/ Berta Betanzos, 49.00
2. GBR, Hannah Mills/ Saskia Clark, 91.20
3. GBR, Penny Clark/ Katrina Hughes, 95.00
7. USA, Erin Maxwell/ Isabelle Farrar, 132.00

Star - 37 entrants
1. BRA, Robert Scheidt/ Bruno Prada, 39.00
2. FRA, Xavier Rohart/ Pierre Alexis Ponsot, 72.00
3. USA, George Szabo/ Mark Strube, 73.00

Women’s Match Racing - 24 entrants (invitation only)
1. GBR, Lucy Macgregor/ Annie Lush/ Kate Macgregor
2. USA, Sally Barkow/ Alana O’Reilly/ Elizabeth Kratzig
3. NED, Renee Groeneveld/ Mandy Mulder/ Merel Witteveen

2.4mR - 21 entrants
1. FRA, Damien Seguin, 16.00
2. GBR, Megan Pascoe, 48.00
3. GBR, Helena Lucas, 60.00
5. CAN, Paul Tingley, 71.00

Skud 18 - 6 entrants
1. GBR, Alexandra Rickham/ Niki Birrell, 11.00
2. GBR, Alex Hovden/ Kate Mannerings, 20.00
3. ISR, Shimon Ben Yahov/ Zehavi Hagar, 36.00

Sonar - 7 entrants
1. FRA, Bruno Jourdren/ Eric Flageul/ Nicolas Vimont Vicary, 17.00
2. NOR, Aleksander Wang-Hansen/ Per Eugen Kristiansen/Marie Solberg, 30.00
3. USA, Rick Doerr/ Brad Kendell/ Hugh Freund, 34.00

Event website:
ISAF microsite:

“At a Farr 40 worlds in Miami, he rounded the weather mark just in front of
us. We're going down the run, and the main trimmer's standing in the back,
pumping the main. He drops his shorts, and is hanging a BA at us all down
the run. Nobody on his boat knew this was going on except the main trimmer.
My whole boat was in stitches.” Who is telling this story? Answer below.

* Two of the most anticipated reports for San Francisco to host the
America’s Cup in 2013 are on pace to be made public in July. Both the draft
of the America’s Cup environmental impact report and the city’s People Plan
documenting how it will handle throngs as large as 350,000 people a day
will be available for review. -- SF Business Times, full story:

* Sail-World's NZ Editor Richard Gladwell spoke with Stan Honey, one of the
key players behind the development of the remote umpiring systems and
television systems intended for the America's Cup World Series and then the
America's Cup itself. In this video interview Honey explains how the
graphics being developed for the AC45's and 72's will differ from those
that have gone previously:

* With the first America's Cup World Series event in August in Cascais,
Portugal, there is wide range of work being done to prepare the teams, race
managers, and broadcast partners. A video update following last week’s test
sessions in Auckland sheds light on how different this next America’s Cup
will be:

* Chiemsee, Germany (April 29, 2011) - Fifty teams competed at the 2011
Audi Soling World Championship, where Canadians Peter Hall, Paul Davis and
Phillip Kerrigan rolled through two bullets and an 8th on the final day to
take the title. The 2012 World Championship will be held in Milwaukee, WI.
-- Full report:

The top 36 Open Dinghy colleges travelled to US Sailing Center - Long Beach
in hopes of finishing in the top half of the Eastern and Western
Semifinals, thus getting to advance to Cascade Locks in Oregon for the
Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association / Gill Dinghy National Championship on
May 30-June 1.

Warm weather welcomed the field, but the theme of Santa Ana winds fighting
the sea breeze tested both competitors and race management. Ultimately
twelve races total were completed on trapezoid courses in both divisions in
the Eastern Semifinal and eleven total races for both divisions in the
Western Semifinal.

Results - Eastern Semifinals
1. Georgetown
2. Harvard
3. Navy
4. College of Charleston
5. Stanford University
6. Brown University
7. Tufts University
8. Connecticut College
9. Old Dominion University

Results - Western Semifinals
1. Boston College
2. Yale University
3. Roger Williams University
4. South Florida University
5. St. Mary’s College of Maryland
6. University of Miami
7. Hobart and William Smith College
8. Eckerd
9. University of Rhode Island

Full report/results:

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* San Diego, CA (May 1, 2011) - The 39th year of San Diego Yacht Club's
signature regatta, the Yachting Cup, brought together 89 teams divided in
12 one design and handicap fleets. Winning the J/105 class was Rick
Goebel’s Sanity, topping the largest class of 16 boats. The tightest fleet,
PHRF 1, was won by the Tres Gordo syndicate on the Andrews 50 It's OK,
where only four points separated the top four. Results:

* Annapolis, MD (May 1, 2011) - The third stop of the nine event Sperry
Top-Sider NOOD series attracted 222 entries among the 16 one design fleets.
Dominating the largest fleet, Allan Terhune, Jr won by an 18 point margin
in the 38-boat J/22 class. While not big in numbers, the nine Farr 40s had
close racing, with only five points separating the top four teams. Local
Rodrick Jabin’s RAMROD won the seven race series. Results:

* An opportunity to sail with the PUMA Ocean Racing team in Newport on
their newly debuted boat “mar mostro” is being auctioned, with the winner
and a guest to spend a day training with the Newport-based sailing team
that will circumnavigate the globe in the upcoming 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean
Race. The prize also includes two-night stay in Newport’s Jailhouse Inn.
Additional auction opportunities are available on Sail Newport’s online
“Totally Shipwrecked in the 80s” auction until 9 am on Friday, May 6. All
funds benefit Sail Newport’s public access sailing programs. Visit:

* Ninety-four entrants were divided into 13 classes for five days of racing
(April 24-29) at Antigua Sailing Week in the West Indies, among the Leeward
Islands of the Caribbean region. This year’s event was blessed with
outstanding racing conditions and beautiful weather, and saw a range of
boats from Peter Harrison’s Farr 115 down to the local bareboat fleets.
Event website:

* Last Saturday morning, Groupama 4 left the Multiplast yard in Vannes, SW
Brittany. After a delivery by road, Franck Cammas' new Volvo Open 70
arrived at Groupama Sailing Team's base in nearby Lorient to finish the
yacht before the scheduled launch on May 10th. This is the third boat
recently completed by designer Juan Kouyoumdjian’s office for the 2011-12
Volvo Ocean Race. -- Full story:

In an interview during the Sperry Top-Sider Annapolis NOOD this past
weekend, Deneen Demourkas shared the trivia story plus several others from
the years of competition against her husband John in the Farr 30 and 40
classes. --

Events listed at

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* From Brian Hutchinson: (re, story in Scuttlebutt 3331)
Yes, I am one of the 160 people who signed-up to sail the heavy-air Corpus
Christi Melges 24 Worlds in two weeks. I sailed in last year's test event
and was hooked on the reliable strong breeze, warm water, dolphins and
great hosts.

As Bora Gulari’s videos show, the exhilarating 20-knot runs include lots of
face-shots, and lots of grins and hollerin', but unlike the Snipe, E22 or
most other boats, the M24 is especially suited for romping in the heavy air
and big waves.

The 127 boat 2006 Melges 24 Worlds in Hyeres, France featured races started
in 30-knot wind and continuing in 39-knot wind. No one was hurt and there
were lots of smiles. The sailors in Hyeres came ready for breeze and
appeared quite comfortable. They picked the best ride, too. Could it be
that the French and Italians are just more into the out of doors than

Stay tuned for the continuation of the Melges 24 Big-Air Series: Lake
Garda, Columbia River Gorge, and San Francisco.

* From Dennis Palmer: (re, copper paint thread from Sbutt 330)
I have been using Epaint for three years and it works much better than
copper paint to inhibit growth. The Northwest Marine Trade Association
sponsored a bill to prohibit copper paint. California, get a clue.
Scuttlebutt, please do what is right.

* From Manfred C. Schreiber:
Thanks for the quick report from Leighton O'Connor of his observations from
the AC45 test period press conference, but OMG, Jetskis for the umpires?
Jetskis are the most hated and politically not correct vehicles on the
water in many areas around the world. It is fully understood that they
might be better suited for the job, and hopefully with all the power behind
the all new AC34, they will be able to engineer silent jets engines.

* From Tom Kirwan:
The 'ePaint' referred to by Renata Goodridge (in Scuttlebutt 3331) was one
of many alternatives to copper studied by the Port of San Diego. They have
the results on their website. You may note that it contains two kinds of
zinc which is ten times as toxic as copper. The goal is safer alternatives.
We keep looking but it is inappropriate to legislate until an acceptable
alternative is found.

The report dated January 2011, “Safer Alternatives to Copper Antifouling
Paints for Marine Vessels”, can be found here:

* From John McNeill:
The kneejerk replies to this issue are not surprising, but disappointing
nonetheless. Before exposing one's lack of homework, it is worthwhile to do
some independent reading of both the bill itself (in Scuttlebutt 330), and
of some readily available works on the web.

The industry is actively working on solutions, but states clearly that it
is "years away" from a full market product. By forcing this extreme
position of prohibition on only recreational boaters, the State says it
wishes to 'promote' development by the industry. That suggests unsurprising
ignorance by our politicians of the ongoing work, and the possibility that
this is all no more than political grandstanding .

There are many better ways to encourage continued development that are
short of coercion. A simple tax on copper content, or even biocide content,
might be more effective, but, sadly, not nearly as dramatic.

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