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SCUTTLEBUTT 3341 - Friday, May 13, 2011

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(May 12, 2011) - It was revealed today that the team representing the
Challenger of Record (COR) for the 34th America's Cup has quit. Italian
Vincenzo Onorato and his Mascalzone Latino team, which was designated to
compete for Club Nautico di Roma (CNR), announced that they were unable to
reach a budget that would allow them to field a competitive team.

"In our sport, men in blazer have overcome by now those in oilskins," said
Onorato. "I'm a man in oilskin and when I go in the sea, I want to win. I'm
not interested in a hopeless challenge, I would lie to the sponsors, to our
fans and last but not least also to myself."

Just over a year ago, when the space-age trimaran BMW Oracle completed a
two-race sweep on February 14, 2010 to win the 33rd America's Cup from
two-time defending champion Alinghi of Switzerland, team owner Larry
Ellison's Club - Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) - announced that a challenge
had been accepted from CNR to be the Challenger of Record for the next

In the Deed of Gift for the America's Cup, entries are submitted by Clubs,
not teams. However, in the modern era of the America's Cup, the Club is
often forgotten, with the team taking the leadership role. And since the
challenge was accepted, Onorato's stewardship as COR had been questioned.
With so many changes occurring with the format of the next event, many
arguably in favor of the Russell Coutts (NZL) led Oracle Racing defender,
it was felt that the interests of the challengers were not being
sufficiently upheld.

Onorato had said this past February that the role of the COR was in part,
"to try to keep the Defender (which is a very rich team) sensitive to the
problems of the others teams in search of sponsor and consequently to keep
the costs low." For Onorato, who had competed as a challenger for both the
2003 and 2007 America's Cup, the challenge for funding was real. At the
time he admitted that "If, in the next few months, I won't be able to find
the economic resources to make my team competitive, then I'll quit." And
today he made it official.

What happens next is not clear, as no announcement has come yet from the
GGYC or CNR. If desired, CNR can continue as COR without a team, as had
occurred in three prior America's Cup events (1970, 1992, and 1995). If CNR
declines the role, it would be offered to the next Club that had entered,
which would be Kungliga Svenska Segal Sallskapet (SWE), represented by the
Paul Cayard (USA) led Artemis Racing team.

If KSSS accepts the role of COR, the situation would seem eerily similar to
when Coutts and Cayard announced in February 2007 that they were launching
the World Sailing League (WSL). The plan, which failed to gain traction,
was to launch a global series at venues in the Mediterranean, Northern
Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North America and South America, and that
teams would compete in ... state-of-the-art 70ft catamarans.

Feb. 9, 2007 - WSL announcement:
June 15, 2009 - Cayard interview:
Feb. 3, 2011 - Onorato interview:
May 12, 2011 - Onorato announcement:

ENTRIES: With entrants required to post a $200,000 Performance Bond on
April 30th, it is expected that more teams will drop out. It has not yet
been announced what teams failed to submit the bond, so the current count
is now one defense entry and 12 challenge entries.

LOCAL NEWS: While it is unclear if Oracle Racing's winning trimaran from
the 33rd America's Cup will ever splash in San Francisco Bay, locals will
get an early look at the AC45. The team will be on the bay sailing the new
catamaran, which will be the platform for the first season of the America's
Cup World Series, probably by the second week of June. --

For the 32 boats preparing for the Melges 24 World Championship next week,
the chatter has been less about who will win and more about who won't
survive. The focus has been on the venue - Corpus Christi, Texas - and the
extreme conditions that are expected.

Situated along the Gulf of Mexico, Corpus Christi is nearly as far south in
Texas as Miami is to Florida. So it's warm. This time of year temperatures
reach the mid 80's, which might be why the Worlds are in May and not summer
when the mercury (and humidity) climbs higher.

But it's the sailing conditions that have people talking. Perhaps there is
cause for the Latin translation of the city's name to be "Body of Christ'.
To succeed at this venue, you may have to be a believer. Here are some
comments from the race course:

* From 2-time Olympic medalist Charlie McKee (USA), tactician for Kristan
Lane (USA), winners at the 2011 Charleston Race Week:

"Imagine sailing in 25 knots on the Berkeley Circle (in SF) if the water
were 80 degrees? Or picture "The Gorge" with big chop and no current. Or in
Southern California, the Long Beach/Cabrillo consistent summer seabreeze
with 5-8 more knots and a more tactically interesting racecourse? That is
what sailing in Corpus Christi is like. Now mix in some of the worlds top
sailors (and others of us who appreciate the opportunity to race against
the best), fantastic boats that are both fast and highly tactical, great
hospitality, and you have the making of one fun regatta!"

* From 2-time US SAILINGs Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Ed Adams, coach for
Alec Cutler and his Hedgehog team:

"Corpus is one of the most reliably windy venues in this country. The wind
can either be a gradient SE breeze driven by the typical thermal low over
west Texas, or be a pure seabreeze that forms in an offshore gradient.
Either way, it's often windy when you wake up and nearly always windy by
late afternoon. A weak seabreeze day still sees winds in the teens, and on
a good day it is in the 20s. On some days it touches 30.

"The conditions feel like Biscayne Bay (Miami) in a strong southerly. The
Bay is shallow and the fetch is about 15 miles. There is a tremendous
amount of space at Corpus Christi Yacht Club. And there are plenty of
hotels within walking distance. Corpus isn't glamorous like Miami or San
Francisco, but if you want wind, it's a good venue."

The race schedule is Monday through Saturday (May 16-21). Look for more
comments from the race course next week. Event website:

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The ISAF Classification system is a service to classes and events who want
to define who they want to sail. If there is a limit on the number
professional sailors that can participate on a boat, the Classification
Code is the system that must be used.

The challenge of the Code is to fairly determine what types of activity
warrant a sailor to be classified as Group 3 (professional), and what is
permitted within the Group 1 (amateur) classification. One of the tools of
the Code is a list of over 120 frequently asked questions (FAQs), with
their answers helping to define Group 1 and 3.

Here are the FAQs for Paid Crew and Employees:

Q. Can a sailor who is paid to work by the owner of a boat on which he
races be a Group 1 sailor?
A. No, he is Group 3 unless there is no connection between his work and the
boat on which he races.

Q. Is a paid crew on large sailing boats that never race or on motor boats
Group 1?
A. Yes, provided that his work on the sailing boat or motor boat is not
connected to a boat on which he races.

Q. May a crew working on a sailing boat as part of the crew and very
occasionally racing for 'fun' on that boat in a 'fun regatta' remain Group
A. Yes. Provided the racing has not been organised in accordance with RRS

Q. May a sailor who is paid to maintain his friend's boat but is not paid
when racing on it be Group 1?
A. No. He is Group 3. Maintenance is included in the activities in
Regulation 22.2.2(a)(ii).

Q. A sailor works on a boat that races. The sailor is not involved in the
handling of the boat and only looks after the guests. Can that sailor be
Group 1?
A. Yes, provided the duties do not include any racing role.

Q. Can a sailor who gets paid for the delivery of a boat be a Group 1?
A. Yes, unless he races on that boat, in which case he would be Group 3.

ISAF Sailor Classification Code:
ISAF Sailor Classification Code FAQS:

Marseille, France (May 12, 2011) - A steely performance in the second
Qualifying Session from Torvar Mirsky (AUS) now leaves him one win away
from topping the field in the first stage of Match Race France, the opening
event of the 2011 World Match Racing Tour. Despite an early defeat today at
the hands of four-time World Champion Peter Gilmour, Mirsky's team went on
an undefeated run of five matches including notable wins against Damien
Iehl (FRA) French and Jesper Radich (DEN), two of the five teams to have
secured their places in the Quarter-Finals.

One team who are far from certain to reach the Quarter-Finals despite being
widely tipped as favourites to win here is Ian Williams' Team GAC Pindar. A
run of defeats today meant the two-time World Champion had the sizeable
challenge to win his final three races of the round to enter a tie-break.
Phil Robertson (NZL) and Francesco Bruni (ITA) were duly dispatched, but
light winds will delay the final match against Bjorn Hansen (SWE) to

Each team gets 11 qualifying races, and a win would put Williams and four
other teams at 5-6, with tie breaking rules advancing only three of the
teams into the Quarter-Final stage. -- Full story:

Stage 1 - Qualifying (current standings)
Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 7-3
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat, 7-3
Bertrand Pace (FRA) Aleph Sailing Team, 6-5
Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners, 6-5
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Mascalzone Latino, 5-5
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing Team, 5-5
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, 5-6
Alvaro Marinho (POR) Seth Sailing Team, 5-6
Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Extreme Team Morbihan, 5-6
Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, 4-6
Alexis Littoz-Baritel (FRA) Savoie Mont Blanc, 4-7
Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team, 2-7


UPDATES: Live text updates and streaming video are on the WMRT website:

AWARDS: Winners of the 2010 World Match Racing Tour Awards were unveiled
today (May 12) with The Monsoon Cup in Malaysia taking the coveted title
for the Best Overall Event, while Ben Ainslie and his TEAMORIGIN were
recognised as the Best Team. The awards, which were voted for by the
sailors and media, saw winners selected in 7 further categories which
included the best overall management; marketing; media operations; audience
engagement initiative; TV innovation and most improved event. -- Full

* Gmunden, Austria (May 12, 2011) - On a day that started with blue skies
and light winds, and ended with the fleet of RC44's sheltering in a corner
of Lake Traunsee on storm moorings, the random conditions challenged
consistency among the thirteen teams at RC44 Austria Cup. However, rolling
a 2-2-3 was 2010 circuit winner Oracle Racing, with American Steve Howe
steering in the absence of owner Larry Ellison. With Russell Coutts calling
the shots, Oracle Racing finished the day with a six point lead over second
placed Katusha. -- Full story:

* With the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Team Race National
Championship on May 27-29 in Cascade Locks, Oregon, the form guide is now
out on who is expected to vie for the Walter C. Wood Trophy. The
Sail1Design ICSA Team Race rankings have Georgetown, who finished third in
the 2010 event, as the leading contender. Full list:

* Madeira, a Portuguese archipelago less than 400 km north of the Canary
Islands in the north Atlantic Ocean, has secured a visit by the ten-strong
fleet competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race which, at
40,000 miles, is the world's longest race. A popular year-round resort,
Madeira will be the first port of call after the 68-foot Clipper yachts
depart the UK on 31 July during the first leg from the UK to Brazil. The
fleet is expected to arrive in Madeira between 8 and 10 August this year.
-- Full report:

* The inshore series for the Atlantic Cup, a new professional event for
Class40 teams, takes place May 14-15 on Narragansett Bay in Newport, RI.
The points accumulated in the offshore stage last weekend will be combined
with the inshore races to determine the overall event winner and recipient
of $7,000 from the $15,000 prize purse. Currently the standings are led by
Mike Hennessy and Rob Windsor sailing the Owen Clarke designed Team Dragon.

* The entry list for the 2011 Etchells World Championship in San Diego, CA
is now at 80 boats from 10 countries: USA, Australia, New Zealand, Great
Britain, France, Italy, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Greece and Bermuda.
Nine races are scheduled on June 6-11. Former World champions who have
entered include former America's Cup winner Dennis Conner, who has two
titles (1991, 1994), John Savage, AUS (1979, 1988), Stuart Childerly, GBR
(2001, 2002), Bill Hardesty, USA (2008), Jud Smith, USA (2006), Vince Brun,
USA (2000), and Etchells builder Dirk Kneulman, CAN (1998). -- Full report:

* Competitors are gearing up for the Storm Trysail Club's (STC) 24th Block
Island Race Week presented by Rolex, which has been returning biennially to
one of New England's most beloved island getaways since 1965. The five-day
regatta, scheduled for June 20-24, has just announced that it will be
hosting the J/109 East Coast Championship along with the previously
announced 2011 IRC East Coast Championship and the J/122 National
Championship. Along with these high-caliber featured competitions, the
regatta will also include the debut of the new J/111 class and some serious
racing for a large PHRF fleet. -- Read on:

For sailors around the globe like you, Mount Gay Rum has launched Sailing
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Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include wings and foils, damage deposits, island fever, kids and lifelines,
May calendar, next 100 years, trimaran nationals, and high water. Here are
this week's photos:

SEND US YOUR PHOTOS: If you have images to share for the Photos of the
Week, send them to the Scuttlebutt editor:

With so many Optimist sailors in the U.S., the United States Optimist
Dinghy Association each year must host a Team Trials to help in the
selection of who can attend the international events on behalf of the

The 2011 trials were held on San Francisco Bay May 4-7, in full view of the
Golden Gate Bridge... and the wind gods. The four day regatta provided the
172 sailors with 12 races of spring conditions on the Bay. While it was a
bit early for the nuking winds typically found in the summer, it looks as
if there is plenty on in this video.

Click here for this week's video:

BONUS 1: When the Paralympic Games added the doublehanded sailing event,
their choice of the Skud 18 was brilliant. This boat is pure fun, whether
you are disabled or not. This video shows the Skud 18 flying along in big
wind, on a broad reach, with the spinnaker up:

BONUS 2: If your roots are deep in the keelboat side of the sport, but you
have long wondered what dinghy sailing was like, this video is for you.
Come onboard this Vanguard 15 to see what it takes:

BONUS 3: The America's Cup organizers are following the "try it, you'll
like it" strategy concerning the switch to multihulls. Watch at your own

BONUS 4: To recognize the danger that lurks whenever the 13th day of any
month falls on a Friday (like on May 13, 2011), this video provides the top
13 moments from the Friday the 13th movies. This video contains content
that some people may find offensive, but the clip was really easy to find
when we searched for it. You've been warned:

SEND US YOUR VIDEOS: If you have clips to share for the Video of the Week,
send them to the Scuttlebutt editor:

Scuttlebutt strongly encourages feedback from the Scuttlebutt community.
Either submit comments by email or post them on the Forum. Submitted
comments chosen to be published in the newsletter may be limited to 250
words. Authors may have one published submission per subject, and should
save their bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.


* From Clark Chapin: (re, 2016 Olympic events)
Why focus on the elimination of keelboats vs. "skiffs" or "dinghies" and
ignore the question of why the Laser and Finn are both still included?

* From Bill Croughwell:
Using the logic of the sailing experts who eliminated the Star from the
2016 Olympics, can we also expect to see the Track and Field experts
eliminate the Discus in favor of the Frisbee?

* From Casey Robert Baldwin (re: S'Butt 3340 Olympic Sailing Circus)
Completely agree with Olympian Carol Cronin that ISAF decision dropping
keel-boats is a travesty that should have been avoided. Amongst the many
complex and partially political decisions the ISAF execs in St. Pete
ignored, was a simple conservative choice.

Eliminate the beloved and heavy ancient 'Finn Class' to make room for a
mixed-gender crewed hi-tech keel-boat. The Finn has been in every Olympics
for 60 years (incl. 2012), weighs near 3X the Laser at a hefty 320 pounds
with roughly the same length. In a decent breeze, this class requires
serious muscle power and weight for the skipper to be competitive, limiting
those who wish to compete in the Finn. The older 'Star Class' (designed
1910) was less limited and better qualified to be retained than the Finn.

If both these excellent traditional boats had been dropped, ISAF would have
no problem including a modern keel-boat class.

That aside and to push Cronin's point, to eliminate the expensive
investment in time and money spent on the Elliot 6 after only a few years
(over 2 dozen already sold to Olympic hopefuls), is a confused and
illogical decision. The Elliot 6 could have easily been retained, even if
they altered that class event from Women's Match Racing to mixed-gender
crew racing (any combination) in fleet, for this excellent and small modern

Human beings tend to traditional and ritualistic behaviour, including
ISAF's exec committee. They have bowed to some modern changes whilst
ignoring the obvious, even conservative changes, in eliminating keel-boats
for 2016.

* From Richard Clark, Aotearoa New Zealand:
After years of living with a professional painting father who fired his red
lead paint pots at the end of the day and years of painting my own hulls
with high copper/lead content anti foul paints, I am dealing with a huge
level of toxins in my body. Lead, Mercury, Arsenic & more. I was shocked
when, a couple of weeks ago, the tests came back from the Lab and I got to
see the effects of such exposure. I was very cavalier; yes I wore a mask, I
wore gloves and overalls but these toxins are far more powerful and
invasive. I hope all sailors pay attention to cause and effect.

* From Eric Sorensen:
I love John Beale's use of the term 'front porch' for the foredeck (in
Scuttlebutt 3340). That was my haunt during my 3+ decades of big boat
racing. The use of the slightly off terms on boats, that is not using
'correct' nautical terms, is great fun. For example, below deck turns into
downstairs, the lazerrette is the garage, the swim step is the back porch,

Are there other terms to add to this naughty dictionary?

It is bad luck to fall out of a thirteenth story window on Friday.

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