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SCUTTLEBUTT 3344 - Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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Today's sponsors: North Sails, APS, and LaserPerformance.

While the marine industry has long existed, it is the emergence of paid
sailors and coaches in amateur events that has changed the landscape. There
is nothing in the rules of the sport that prevents a person from asking
for, say, $1000 a day to crew on a boat. It is purely up to the event
organizers or class administrators to determine whether they want to
maintain an amateur atmosphere or not.

The challenge of the ISAF Classification system 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. During the past week, Scuttlebutt has provided many of the
employment scenarios that exist and how they are classified. But we have
yet to provide the Group 3 rule... until now:

A Group 3 competitor is a competitor who, within the Qualification Period
(A) Has been paid for work that includes:
(i) Competing in a race; and/or
(ii) Managing, training, practising, tuning, testing, maintaining or
otherwise preparing a boat, its crew, sails or performance enhancing
equipment for racing, and then competed on that boat, or in a team
competition, in a boat of the same team; or

(B) Has been paid:
(i) To provide a boat or its sails; or
(ii) For services in connection with providing a boat or its sails; and
(iii) Then raced on that boat, or in a team competition, in a boat of the
same team.
However a Group 1 competitor who, as an owner of a boat, is occasionally
paid a charter fee to provide that boat for a racing competition shall
remain a Group 1 competitor if he/she does not steer that boat in the
competition. If the competition is a team event this dispensation shall
only apply if he/she does not steer any boat in the same team as the boat
chartered; or

(C) Has been paid for work (except coaching), in a marine business or
organisation, which requires knowledge or skill:
(i) That is capable of enhancing the performance of a boat in a race; and
(ii) Which can be utilised by the competitor whilst on board a boat when
racing; or

(D) Has been paid for work that includes the coaching of
(i) Any competitor, crew or team to prepare for or compete in any of the
- The Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions and Qualifying Events;
- Regional Games;
- America's Cup Match, Acts and Series;
- Grade WC or Grade 1 Match Racing Events;
- World and Continental Championships of ISAF Classes;
- ISAF Events;
- Global and Trans Oceanic Races; or
(ii) A National, State or Provincial Team; or
(iii) A Collegiate or University Team where the work is the principal paid
activity of the competitor; or

(E) Has been paid for allowing his or her name or likeness to be used in
connection with his or her sailing performance, sail racing results or
sailing reputation, for the advertising or promotion of any product or
service; or

(F) Has publicly identified himself or herself as a Group 3 competitor or
as a professional racing sailor.

Complete resource for the ISAF Sailor Classification Code:

By Len Bose, Yacht Broker
I should be flattered that ISAF has a Sailor Classification system that
believes I have the skill level of a Group 3 professional sailor. But I am
not. Everyone who knows me can attest to how on my best day ten years ago,
I might have been able to hang with the top of Group 1 (amateurs). Instead,
ISAF doesn't recognize me as a professional sailor for my sailing skills,
but because I introduce and promote novices into the world of yacht racing.

For example, I have a business executive who has always wanted to go
sailboat racing and has never stepped on a race boat. I find the right
boat, yacht club and recruit some local sailors, etc. At this point if I
wanted to remain Group 1, I would have to push my customer off the dock and
say good luck. I trust we all understand that the novice keelboat racers
need further support to keep their interest up.

My advanced skilled customers do not need the same attention as the novice
sailor. They have a skipper and an established crew and have raced the
local circuit for years.

In an effort to encourage ISAF to base their Classification more on skill
rather than job description, let me present one more example. Let's say
that same business executive wants to compete in a Fishing Tournament, and
if we use the same classification system, overnight I have become a
professional sports fisherman. Wow, and I have no intention of ever
cleaning a fish.

Under this system I am penalized, discouraged to participate in and promote
the sport I love. At the age of 51, I really do not see myself being
invited onboard any TP 52's anytime soon? I just want to go sailboat racing
with my friends.

North Sails would like to congratulate the Lauderdale Yacht Club Opti Team
- representing the USA - for winning this past weekend's Venice Optimist
Europe Cup! Wade Waddell, who also won the U.S. Optimist Team Trials a week
ago, raced with North's CZero5 crosscut sail while teammates Alie Toppa
raced with a North DZero6 crosscut sail and Liza Toppa opted for the North
P-5 radial sail. Mack Fox and Sophia Reineke rounded out the five-person
team to beat the Italian National Team in the finals. The CZero5, DZero6
and P-5 sails are the cornerstone of the North Optimist sail family of
designs and are the product of a year-long testing session headed by North
One Design expert Garth Reynolds. When performance counts, the choice is

(May 17, 2011) - The Royal Swedish Yacht Club (Kungliga Svenska Segel
Sallskapet, KSSS), represented by Artemis Racing, has become the Challenger
of Record (COR) for the 34th America's Cup. This follows the announcement
last week that the Italian Mascalzone Latino team had withdrawn, which had
entered under the Club Nautico di Roma (CNR) burgee. CNR had been selected
by the Golden Gate Yacht Club to be the Challenger of Record, but CNR
announced today that they were also declining the COR role.

The traditional role of the COR is for the first entered challenge to work
with the Defender in establishing the rules for the next event. As the Deed
of Gift for the America's Cup states, "The Club challenging for the Cup and
the Club holding the same may by mutual consent make any arrangement
satisfactory to both as to the dates, courses, number of trials, rules and
sailing regulations, and any and all other conditions of the match,...."

For the 1970 America's Cup, interest in challenging was so high that the
New York Yacht Club allowed the Challenger of Record (the original yacht
club presenting the challenge accepted for the match) to organize a regatta
among multiple challengers with the winner being substituted as challenger
and going on to the actual America's Cup match. This innovation has been
used ever since, except for the default Deed of Gift matches in 1988 and

But what the COR has never been able to do is win the America's Cup. Did
Artemis Racing, seen as one of the strongest challengers, just accept the
'kiss of death'?

KSSS announcement:

TRANSPORTATION: Known as the "People Plan", Peter Albert has been tasked
with the job of figuring out how to move people around the San Francisco
city during the next few years of America's Cup events. In his position
with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Urban Planning
Initiatives), he seeks to not only provide solutions for the event but also
provide a legacy effect that will continue to benefit the City long after
the Cup. Scuttlebutt colleague Michelle Slade, who published her
conversation with Peter, notes that the "one thing that continues to
impress me is the integrity and smarts behind those whom the City has put
in place to make AC34 happen. Peter Albert is no exception." Read on:

Corpus Christi, TX (May 17, 2011) - After light winds yesterday opened the
racing for the 2011 Melges 24 World Championship, the second day saw
crystal clear skies and a building breeze of 15 up to around 19 knots to
set the tempo. And if these conditions continue, the rest of the fleet
might be watching a two horse rodeo between the Americans and Italians.

Reveling in the windier conditions, Brian Porter on USA 749 Full Throttle
and Lorenzo Bressani on ITA 817 Uka Uka Racing spent both of today's races
engaged in their own private battle at the front of the fleet. Bressani led
the first race of the day from start to finish, with Porter chasing hard
throughout in second. But it was the second race that was less decided.
While Porter led at the windward mark ahead, Bressani needed some passing
lanes on the first run to round the leeward mark just behind Porter.
Holding positions on the second beat, it was all on for the final run to
the finish.

Bressani had reduced Porter's lead to just a few lengths, and the Italian
appeared to be gaining with every gust. In the last few feet to the finish,
Porter was coming in at pace from the right, and rolled into a gybe in
front Bressani coming in from the left. With Bressani at full speed on
layline to the finish, Porter was just able to complete his gybe in time
enough to surf home, with only a few feet to spare.

Holding an 11 point lead, reigning World Champion Uka Uka Racing tactician
Jonathan McKee likes their chances. "We are obviously very happy with the
way things went today," said McKee. "We managed to get off the line quickly
and we felt we had good boatspeed in those conditions. The wind was pretty
steady and there wasn't a consistent side of the racecourse which seemed to
pay. It was more about finding the best pressure downwind and avoiding the
bad sets of waves upwind."

With the normal weather system in Corpus Christi now appearing to have
re-established itself, local opinion suggests that Wednesday may bring
windier conditions still. Racing continues through until Saturday May 21,
with two races per day scheduled. -- Full report:

Day 2 Standings - Top ten of 32
1. Lorenzo Bressani (ITA), UkaUka Racing, 6-2-1-2, 11
2. Kristen Lane (USA), Brickhouse 812, 8-1-10-3, 22
3. Flavio Favini (SUI), Blu Moon, 3-6-8-5, 22
4. Andrea Racchelli (ITA), ALTEA, 4 -7-7-4, 22
5. Conor Clarke (IRL), Embarr, 2-5-5-11, 23
6. Alec Cutler (BER), hedgehog, 9-8-3-7, 27
7. Brian Porter (USA), Full Throttle, 16-9-2-1, 28
8. Alan Field (USA), WTF, 1-11-11-8, 31
9. Riccardo Simoneschi (ITA), AUDI, 7-12-4-9, 32
10. Eiichiro Hamazaki (JPN), Esprit, 11-4-9-15, 39
Full results:

LIVE UPDATES: Here are two sources that will keep you close to the

As teams prepared at the venue for the 2011 Melges 24 Worlds, it was
quickly apparent that the shallow race course kicked up a steep chop
whenever the wind blew hard... which was often. Commenting on what this
means are two of the event's top tacticians, Richard Clarke (Alec Cutler,
Hedgehog) and Steve Hunt (Alan Field, WTF):

Richard Clarke (CAN):
The waves build into some of the steepest and nastiest I've seen. They come
in sets of four and can drop a Melges 24 boat speed to under 5kts. The
frustrating thing is that a boat two boat lengths away can miss the set
completely and can gain up to a boat length. It can affect your boat speed
so dramatically that tactically it's better to start on the up wave end of
the line so you spend less time on the wavy tack.

Hiking hard on a 24 is physical; we sail with four so there is added
emphasis to push it. When my 205 pounds comes off the rail to adjust the
jib sheet, our boat speed suffers. I wish that I had eyes on the top of my
head as it's hard to see the pressure and shifts while folded in half. I
have no issues with the boat being physical, it's a sport after all and we
can all compare bruises at the end of the day.

Steve Hunt (USA):
With the chop being so steep it is easy to plow into a wave as you blast
downwind doing between 15-20 knots (top speed for us 20.2 so far with 18.9
sustained for 10 seconds), and rather than plow into the waves you want to
head up to avoid submarining. The issue when you head up in a big puff is
that you get overpowered and wipe out so therein lies the challenge. Plow
into the wave, or head up and hope you don't wipe out. Some teams are
experimenting with flatter and twistier kites to allow them to head up
without wiping out. The driver has to make many quick decisions to keep the
boat going fast.

Hiking in big chop is not the most fun thing to do. When the bow slams into
a wave your hips rub fore and aft on the life line and after a few days it
gets painful. Usually hiking in the Melges 24 is tough, here it is tougher.
Hiking pads are a must. I think you need a strong kite trimmer and your
team should be max weight, but beyond that you can finesse your way
through. I remember getting beaten badly in big breeze and chop in the 470
by scrawny skippers who looked like they had not eaten or lifted a weight
in years. So steering technique and proper sail trim are the most important

It's that time of year again - a battle for the Glory! Top college team
racers are headed the way of the beautiful Pacific Northwest on May 27. The
promising wind of the Columbia River Gorge at Cascade Locks, OR along with
some heavy competition make this year's Team Race Championships top notch.
Who will be the fastest in the breeze? We'll soon find out. As the "World
Leader in Outfitting Performance Sailors," we outfit the best of the best.
That is why APS is proud to be the title sponsor of the ICSA Team Race
Nationals. Good luck, Sailors! --

By Max Bulger, Tufts '13
(May 17, 2011) - With college sailing's spring championships at the Gorge a
little over a week away, every qualifying team is well into their
post-season training. Classes have ended, final exams are over, textbooks
have been thrown from third-story windows and everyone's minds are on
Cascade Locks, OR.

Sailing in the Gorge is far removed from conditions us Jumbos usually see
on Mystic Lake. And, if you've sailed our boats in the last year, you know
Larks with square-head mains and tapered carbon rigs are NOT like the CFJs
that will be used in Oregon (they're way more fun). So, until Nationals are
in Larks, the Tufts team is displaced every year for post-season sailing,
looking to the generosity of our New England region to find alternate
venues and equipment. This year, as in many years past, we owe Brad
Churchill and the rest of the Boston University sailing team a huge amount
for letting us borrow their boats.

We showed up at the BU boathouse on a 50 degree, drizzly morning yesterday
(Monday), and removed the masts from eight of their boats. With the rigs
and sails in Brad's coach boat, we set off in tow down the Charles River. A
handful of bridges and confused spectators later, we were in the locks. If
you've never been sealed into the Charles River locks in a dismasted FJ on
a towline before, you should try it. -- Read on:

CALENDAR: Here are the dates for the three National Championships that will
be sailed on the Gorge...
Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women's National Championship, May 23-26
ICSA APS Team Race National Championship, May 27-29
ICSA Gill Co-ed National Championship, May 30-June 1
Full details:

* Corona del Mar, CA (May 15, 2011) - Eight teams came to the second annual
Youth Match Race Clinic & Regatta, hosted by Balboa Yacht Club. The event
was won by San Diego Yacht Club, with the team of Nevin Snow, Jake LaDow
and Jake Reynolds going undefeated. By virtue of winning, they will advance
to compete in their third Governor's Cup Challenge in July. The Nick
Scandone Sportsmanship/Leadership Memorial Trophy was presented by Nick's
wife, Mary Kate Scandone, to the Annapolis Yacht Club team, as the racers
that most epitomizes Nick's memory. In 2010, they were also honored with
the prestigious award. -- Full report:

* Charleston, SC (May 17, 2011; Day 4) - Overall leader Brad Van Liew
(USA), who has won all four legs of the VELUX 5 OCEANS, need only finish
the final 3,600-mile fifth leg from Charleston, USA, to La Rochelle, France
to claim top honors. However, Van Liew does not appear to be throttling
back, and has now opened a 27 nm lead on Chris Stanmore-Major (GBR) with
2670 nm to the finish. --

* The International 420 Class Association has announced the launch of a
free online Training Video to provide coaching and training tips for both
the beginner and experienced 420 sailors. This is the first specific
training video produced by the International 420 Class Association and
introduces a range of specific techniques, and demonstrates how to master
them in different wind and sea conditions and what to consider when
undertaking a range of manoeuvres. The video was developed by the class in
partnership with Nick Drougas and Icarus:

Dick Jennings, one of my oldest and dearest sailing friends, died this
morning, May 17, 2011 at 10:30am. He passed peacefully, on his own terms,
and surrounded by people who loved him dearly.

I met Dick when we were racing in the 1968 Chicago's Yachting One-of-a-Kind
Regatta. I worked for North Sails, and Dick had a Soveral 24. I made some
sails, he won some races, and our life-long friendship began.

Dick's first one tonner Pied Piper, an aluminum Housemann, dominated the
Mac races in his class. He partnered his next Pied Piper Peterson one
tonner with Lowell North to win the One Ton World Championship. Dick
competed in 35 years of Mac Races. Next came the Peterson two tonners from
New Orleans, winning the SORC and Great Lakes Races.

A meeting with Bill Lee led to the building of the Santa Cruz 70 Pied Piper
in 1986 and the start of the GL70 Class. He won many Mac races and in 1987
he broke the 78-year old record. With his SC 70 Blondie, he won numerous
races in the Caribbean circuit.

What a ride we had and the best thing of all was his crews and the way he
was able to find, train and befriend some of the most wonderful guys and
girls to be great crews, some working on his boats, some in his business
and some like me just being part of the ride. Thanks, Dick. -- John Rumsey

NOTE: A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held in Chicago, date to be

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* From Bill Mais:
In response to CLASSIFYING SAILMAKERS in Scuttlebutt 3342, where it said
that a sailmaker that makes a sail for himself for his own boat is a Group
3, why pick on the sailmaker? What about someone who studied meteorology?
What about a surfer? What about someone who just sails a lot? And don't
forget the chess player with that whole strategy thing.

From guessing the next wind shift, to the four move checkmate, each of them
brings knowledge and skill that is utilized to improve the performance of
the boat. Shouldn't they all be Group 3? Oh, and please don't leave out the
rich owner - talk about an unfair advantage.

The other loophole I don't understand is time. You are considered a
professional on your first day of sailmaking. But two years after an entire
career of sailmaking you can be reclassified to being an amateur? Fletcher
is right (in SBUTT 3342) - if you get paid to sail you are a professional.

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