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SCUTTLEBUTT 3346 - Friday, May 20, 2011

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During the past twenty four years, Key West Race Week had grown to become
the elite international keelboat competition in the United States. But the
down economy had not been good for the event, and it was uncertain whether
this classic would reach its 25th anniversary.

Event organizer Peter Craig, when asked last January about the plan for Key
West Race Week 2012, he was hopeful but not confident. "The honest answer
is that we must start with a blank sheet of paper and some creativity."
Well, in the past four months, Peter now likes what's on the paper enough
to commit to the 2012 regatta on January 16-20.

Here he shares the story on the decision:

* What was the initial reaction from the industry and the sailors when you
announced in January that KWRW 2012 might not occur?

PETER CRAIG: Boat owners, sailors, industry representatives and some of the
one design classes expressed real concern at the prospects of no Key West
racing next January. Others called or emailed to encourage us and some to
offer suggestions on a way forward. The most memorable was from Bouwe
Bekking. Not only did I get a great pep talk, but also some well thought
out input on the way forward, along with an offer to help with sponsorship
including an introduction to a company he felt matched up with the event.
Bouwe's always giving back - the sport could use more like him.

* You had talked in January about shortening the five day schedule. What
changed your mind?

PETER CRAIG: It just goes to show you that Event Organizers don't have all
the answers! After a concerted effort reaching out to individual boat
owners and classes, it was interesting to find out that a surprising
majority favored staying with the 5-day format. The most repeated reason
was 'bang for your buck'. Regatta costs would not be reduced significantly
by shortening 1 day and when committing their resources, they would rather
get the value that 5 days of racing delivers. It's also a big plus for
overseas players and those coming from the west coast. All that being said,
we will look hard at a 4-day racing option on a class by class basis in
2013 - perhaps starting the racing on Saturday instead of the holiday

* What were the primary elements that gave you confidence to commit to the
2012 event?

PETER CRAIG: There were a number of factors that came into play - none
bigger than the commitment made by Quantum Sails and their investment
group. Filling the title sponsor void in 2012 is huge. For our Boston
company to manage and execute an annual event of this magnitude 1,400 miles
away with no yacht club infrastructure takes more than a few elements
coming together. For our business model to work and attain the ultimate
goal of sustainability - it will take a title sponsor, continued
participation from the other sponsors, a successful Industry Partner
Program and local support in the form of a meaningful tourism grant. We're
not where we need to be yet - but Quantum Key West Race Week sure has a
nice ring to it.

Read on:

When it comes to the planning for the 34th America's Cup, there are a lot
of 'pots bubbling on the cooktop'. Among the many big pushes is to
drastically improve the tools used to broadcast the races. But sports
marketing professional David Fuller, who publishes the
website, is concerned that the focus is heavy on technology and short on
incentive for fans to be engaged with the sporting competition. Here is an
excerpt from a recent editorial:
Richard Worth, Chairman, America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) claims:
"Extreme sport lovers will flock to this new America's Cup because of the
broadcast, from heart-pounding manoeuvres at breakneck speeds to capsizes
that result in two-story falls for the athletes, viewers will not just see
the action, they will feel like they are in it."

Using the definition of an extreme sport as one that can kill you - rather
than the collective noun for sports that are enjoyed by an energy drink
consuming, bike riding, board riding sub-culture - the next America's Cup
will indeed be extreme. Tuning in to see a sailor fall 2 stories seems a
bit macabre, and it's not the kind of thing you'd think a sponsor would
want to be associated with, but perhaps sports fans aren't interested in
the sporting challenge. Perhaps all they want to see is the big wreck.

It seems a strange juxtaposition for Louis Vuitton to be the title sponsor
of an 'extreme sport' - though their website description for SEO purposes
is 'Always leading the avant-garde of fashion.' Perhaps the extreme
America's Cup can do for luxury fashion and luggage what Rap did for

There are a lot of people who love to get geeky about technology, whether
it be the materials to construct a wingsail or 'augmented reality', but at
some point, fans have to get passionate about the athletes, otherwise you
might as well sail the boats by remote control and create a great
video-game-like coverage to push it out to the wider world.

This is going to be tough in the current approach where the sailors play a
supporting role to the platform. The skippers and crew are nameless,
described as "Some of the world's top athletes", or "America's Cup

Jimmy Spithill plays his part as Oracle Racing's tame racing sailor well,
but he has a long way to go before he can match extreme sport legend Tony
Hawk's 2.3 million Twitter followers or even Kelly Slater's 50 thousand
Twitter fans.

We're still waiting for the 'ghost in the machine' - somewhere amongst all
this world beating, innovative technology there has to be a soul. -- Full

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There is a lot of correspondence that occurs each day at Scuttlebutt World
Headquarters. We thought we would share this recent exchange to see if
others want to comment too.

In Scuttlebutt 3345, there was a regatta report that noted how fifteen
boats from the entire length of the western U.S. came to Santa Barbara, CA
for the third regatta of the 2011 29er Pacific Coast Championship Series.
And it was to this that a reader wrote, "Only 15 boats from Seattle, WA to
Coronado, CA? It does not bode well for a class that's been around for more
than a decade..."

This was the reply of Scuttlebutt editor Craig Leweck...

"I think it's more complicated than that, at least in the U.S.

"Speaking in general terms, the youth structure in the U.S. has moved the
responsibility of boat ownership from individuals to yacht clubs. Then
youth organizations created a sailing structure around non-technical Club
FJs and Club 420s. For the majority of youth sailors, this path can extend
from pre-teen through college.

"It is only recently that there has been enough people to split from this
youth path, spend their own money on more technical boats (or some clubs
have), and sail in events like the 29er PCC's. The 29er has been competing
with the International 420 as this alternative. Some of the motivation for
this movement came from how U.S. kids were unprepared at doublehanded
international events after having been trained in club style boats.

"It does make you think back to when youth sailors in the U.S. moved up
from prams to Snipes, Blue Jays, Lightnings, Flying Scots, etc, and got
involved at an earlier age with more advanced boats, and sailed in an
atmosphere with both young and old people. Times have changed, and there
are pros and cons that come with it."

Additional comments are welcome. Please post them on the forum:

The following sailors have their ISAF Eligibility suspended:

Alberto Campos Perez, Mexico
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; May 7, 2011 - May 6, 2013

Maria del Mar Campos Perez, Mexico
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; May 7, 2011 - May 6, 2013

Etienne van Zyl, South Africa
Anti doping violation; November 23, 2009 - November 22, 2011

The above mentioned sailor(s) according to ISAF Regulation 19 may not
participate in the following events:
1. The sailing regatta of the Olympic Sailing Competition;
2. The sailing events of Regional Games recognized by the International
Olympic Committee;
3. Events including "ISAF" in their titles;
4. World and continental championships of ISAF classes and world
championships of the IMS, Major Events and other events approved by ISAF as
a World Championship;
5. any event at which the Organizing Authority, Member National Authority
or ISAF has appointed an International Jury or International Umpires,
International Race Officers, International Measurers or ISAF Technical
Delegates to serve in their capacity for which they hold a Certificate of
Appointment issued by ISAF;
6. Any event approved by a Member National Authority of the ISAF as an
Olympic qualifying event; and
7. Any event designated by a Member National Authority within its
jurisdiction as requiring ISAF eligibility.


Corpus Christi, TX (May 19, 2011) - More windy and overcast conditions
prevailed on day four of the 2011 Melges 24 World Championship in Corpus
Christi, Texas, with winds peaking at 18 knots during the two race day. For
the second day in succession, regatta leader Lorenzo Bressani on ITA 817
Uka Uka Racing turned in a perfect scoreline, winning both races in some
style and stepping inexorably closer to retaining the world title that he
won last year in Tallinn, Estonia.

With five wins from the eight races sailed so far, Bressani is looking
increasingly unstoppable and now leads the regatta by 22 points. Grinding
his way back from a poor opening day, Brian Porter on USA 749 Full Throttle
turned in a 6-4 scoreline today, which was good enough to move him into
second place overall. Alec Cutler on BER 655 hedgehog, rolling a 4-2 for
the second best day, slides up into third tonight, tied on points with

Racing continues through until Saturday May 21, with two races per day
scheduled. -- Full story:

Day 4 Standings - Top ten of 32
1. Lorenzo Bressani (ITA), UkaUka Racing, (6)-2-1-2-1-1-1-1, 9
2. Brian Porter (USA), Full Throttle, (16)-9-2-1-7-4-6-4, 33
3. Alec Cutler (BER), hedgehog, (9)-8-3-7-4-5-4-2, 33
4. Kristen Lane (USA), Brickhouse 812, 8-1-(10)-3-3-7-5-7, 34
5. Conor Clarke (IRL), Embarr, 2-5-5-(11)-9-2-8-3, 34
6. Flavio Favini (SUI), Blu Moon, 3-6-8-5-5-3-10-(11), 40
7. Alan Field (USA), WTF, 1-11-11-8-2-9-9-(14), 51
8. Andrea Racchelli (ITA), ALTEA, 4-7-7-4-10-13-7-(15), 52
9. Riccardo Simoneschi (ITA), AUDI, 7-(12)-4-9-12-10-2-12, 56
10. Peter Lane (USA), Brickhouse 623, (18)-18-6-10-6-12-3-5, 60
Full results:

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(May 19, 2011) - The nation's top meteorologists issued their 2011
hurricane-season forecast Thursday, predicting a serious and above-average
season -- though not one as tumultuous as the violent 2010 season.

Hurricane season for the western Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico begins
June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30. That's when about 90 percent of the
storms make themselves present. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) warned that this year's season will be above average,
with as many as 10 hurricanes blasting their 110 mile per hour winds across
the area.

"We could see activity comparable to some of the active seasons since
1995," said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's
Climate Prediction Center. 2011 will be above average -- even severe, the
agency said -- but probably not as dramatic as last year.

"This year, we are unlikely to see a repeat of last year," said Jane
Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans & atmosphere and
NOAA administrator. The 2010 hurricane season was predicted to be
devastating, with as many as 14 hurricanes; it ended up as the third most
active on record.

Despite the above average 2010 hurricane season, the country did not have
significant damage last year, Lubchenko said. But she urged caution
nonetheless. "We cannot count on having the same luck this year," she said.

NOAA's forecast for 2011 predicts 12 to 18 named storms with winds 39 mph
or greater. Of those, NOAA expects 6 to 10 hurricanes with winds of at
least 75 miles per hour. And of those, the meteorologists expect 3 to 6
could be major storms, with winds of 110 mph or greater.

The outlook does not forecast when or where these storms will hit,
Lubchenco cautioned. -- Read on:

* (May 19, 2011; Day 6) - British solo sailor Chris Stanmore-Major set the
24-hour speed record for the current edition of the VELUX 5 OCEANS solo
round the world yacht race onboard his Eco 60 yacht Spartan. CSM set the
mark of 385.8 nautical miles in the 24 hours leading up to the 1800 UTC
position report on May 16, in which time he averaged 16.1 knots and at
points was travelling at speeds of more than 30 knots. CSM has drawn even
with Brad Van Liew (USA) for the lead, with both skippers now 2385 nm from
the finish in La Rochelle, France. -- Full report:

* Cascais, Portugal (May 19, 2011) - The second day of the Cascais Trophy
at the TP52 Audi MedCup Circuit offered 14-20 knots along with bright
sunshine and a moderate swell rolling in from the Atlantic. Consistency was
king today as the pair of second places for Audi Azzurra Sailing Team was
enough to scale the leaderboard to top the seven boat fleet, one point
ahead of Germany's Container. Quantum Racing rolled a 5-1 to put them a
point further back in third. Full report:

* CORRECTION: In Scuttlebutt 3345, it said that Ian Barrows had won the
Laser full rig division of the High School Single Handed Championship, and
that Nevin Snow had won the Laser radial rig division. Actually, it was the
other way around. Also, the entry from the Northwest district for the Baker
Trophy to be held this weekend has been changed. Orcas HS, which won the
qualifier, declined the bid. Bainbridge HS will attend in their place.
Event details:

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Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include pretty in pink, the next Olympic keelboat, fun and boats, mountain
sailing, chicks dig it, sunset, and Charleston send off. 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:

American multi-time windsurfing world champion Kevin Pritchard is eager to
share his sport with the universe. This year he returned not only as a
master sailor still active in the American Windsurfing Tour but also as a
videographer with a unique and distinct style which is already turning
heads and gaining recognition.

Kevin's splitting his time between sailing and shooting and editing. His
company, Maui Nerd Productions that he founded with Johannes Nuemann, has
made great strides in early existence and is setting a high bar when it
comes to laying down some tape in a quick fashion with impact and style.

Here are daily highlights from the first stop of the 2011 tour, the Santa
Cruz Classic held May 5-8:

BONUS 1: When teams and America's Cup organizers convened in Auckland near
the end of April, it was an unprecedented opportunity to define and refine
the racing that will take place later this year in the America's Cup World
Series. In this slide show, photographer Gilles Martin-Raget trains his
lens on all the America's Cup activity in New Zealand - both on and off the

BONUS 2: The Camper team for the Volvo Ocean Race is completing their 2000
mile qualifying sail, which is giving their media guy an opportunity to
sort all his equipment. So far he is setting a high standard for engaging
video. Here is the latest:

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 John Rousmaniere:
The May 11th incident on Lake Michigan that Joe Hummel describes so vividly
in Scuttlebutt 3345 has already earned an Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal for
Mary Kovats, Jacob Karlin and Dave Stix of the Chicago Corinthian Yacht

The Hanson Rescue Medal is awarded by the Safety at Sea Committee of US
SAILING. Concerned that a Rhodes 19 had not returned to harbor according to
the float plan, they went out in a small powerboat and found three sailors
(in life jackets) in the cold water near the swamped boat. As Joe points
out, lessons can always be learned, and there are many important lessons in
accounts of Hanson incidents at

* From Dean Dietrich:
I sympathize with Ian Brown's lament (in Scuttlebutt 3345) that though he
is a "humble sailmaker", he is grouped as a Group 3 pro with the likes of
Cayard and Coutts. However, there are many pros, whether humble or not,
that make their living outfitting boats they crew on with their employer's
sails. This is a standard practice in the industry and, without commenting
on Mr. Brown's skills, many of these sailmakers are very good sailors
indeed and are often critical to the boat's success. In Mr. Brown's case,
this may be unfair, but is it fair to allow one to buy talent through
extravagant sail purchases?

* From Paul Newell, Isle of Wight:
It had been said in a Scuttlebutt letter that "if you are paid in any form
to race sailboats (including prize money), you are a professional
sailor.... If you're not paid to race sailboats you are an amateur."

Why can't people see this as being the truth? I race my own boat having
made my own sails. I have fun doing both and regularly get beaten by people
who sail a better course. That doesn't make me a professional even though
people come to me for advice on how to make their boat go faster. I freely
give advice to anyone who asks. It's up to them to take it or ignore it.

Ian Brown's letter in Scuttlebutt 3345 hits a key point

Coutts and co. get paid to RACE. I don't.
Coutts and co. are EXPECTED to win. I'm not.
Coutts and co. earn a lot of money from racing. I don't get paid to race.

So why do I have to suffer the penalty of Group 3 with all its stigma and
limitations. If we are going to have to have these groups then why can't
they create a group that we (the guys who make most of the sailing world
happen - the unsung heroes) can be put into and still be able to race with
the rest of the world.

Our rule makers have made our sport one of the most complicated sports to
participate in. I'm sure that one more category of sailor won't make any
difference but would make so many people who work in the marine industry
with no expectation of reward, other than the monthly paycheck, happy.

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