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SCUTTLEBUTT 3360 - Friday, June 10, 2011

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By Brad Van Liew
Life on land following my finish of the Velux 5 Oceans solo race around the
world has been hectic. It seems weird to say that after everything I faced
offshore for the last 8 months and 30,000 miles! I am not faced with 40-plus
knots of wind or fierce competitors trying to hunt me down to take the lead.
However, the transition to life on land and the reality that this race is
over presents new challenges.

Crossing the finish line was a relief and the entire fleet was treated to
the warm hospitality of La Rochelle, France, and their enthusiasm for
sailing. When I was approaching the dock and hoisted all the flags I had
onboard, it was a proud moment to see the victory flags from each ocean
sprint of the race.

The official prize ceremony was emotional. It was great to have everyone
together, which included not only the racers, but each competitor's shore
crew, race organizers, media team, family, friends and sponsors. We have
become a family over the course of the race, sharing time in each port and
the ups and downs of joyous arrivals and intense goodbyes. It is strange to
now say our final goodbyes and see each person head in a new direction.

I had the very odd experience this morning of waving off my race boat, Le
Pingouin, as she left La Rochelle Harbor without me onboard. My good friend
and project manager Jeffrey Wargo was at the helm, along with two other
competent sailors who will sail across the Atlantic to South Carolina. --
Read more:

Weymouth, U.K. (June 9, 2011) - Today was the traditional "moving day" for
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics on day four of Skandia Sail for Gold. As the
saying goes, you either move up in the overall standings and increase your
chances to get into the top-10 group who advances to Saturday's medal race,
or you don't. With calmer seas and steady wind, athletes gained points in
Women's 470, Star, 2.4mR, 49er, Men's RS:X and Women's Match Racing.

Bob Willis (Chicago, Ill.) took two wins in the Men's RS:X silver fleet, his
best performance at an ISAF Sailing World Cup event. Sitting in first
overall Willis stated, "It felt really good in 15-20 and I've been training
in these types of conditions with really fast guys. I was really
disappointed when I didn't make Gold fleet, the best way to justify that is
to make a statement in the silver fleet."

Erik Storck (Huntington, N.Y.) and Trevor Moore (Naples, Fla./North Pomfret,
Vt.) were back on form in the 49er today. They scored a win in the day's
first race and then went on to score 13-13-14. They stand in 14th overall
and in the hunt for the medal race cutoff tomorrow.

With a 6th, a first and another 6th, Mark LeBlanc (New Orleans, La.) moved
up the 2.4mR standings to 5th overall. LeBlanc is the lone American 2.4mR
sailor in the 35-boat fleet. -- Full report:

Event website:
U.S. reports:
Canadian reports:

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Gyeonggi Province, Korea (June 9, 2011) - A controversial umpiring decision
saw Ian Williams snatch victory from Peter Gilmour in the most exciting duel
of Qualifying Session Two at the Korea Match Cup. The victory put Williams
safely into third place just one point behind joint leaders Mathieu Richard
(FRA) French Match Racing Team and Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing.

Four times match racing world champion Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing led off
the line, managing to stave off the attacks from Williams (GBR) Team GAC
Pindar as the two went head to head in what turned out to be the race of the

Williams picked up a penalty during a luffing match rounding mark two when
he didn't keep clear having been given plenty of room but edged past
Gilmour, extending his lead to 27 seconds by the penultimate mark. Williams
waited until the very last moment to offload his penalty on the finishing
line, tangling with Gilmour just metres from the finish line. Williams
finished his penalty on starboard, having opted not to take it around the
mark itself, but Gilmour was owed room at the finish mark.

Calls that Williams had caused contact flew from Gilmour's camp but their
protest was dismissed by the on-the-water umpires and Williams snuck across
the line to take the win. The victory put Williams safely into third place
just one point behind joint leaders Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match
Racing Team and Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing. -- Event website:

Standings After Second Qualifying Session:

Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team 6-2
Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing 6-2
Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar 5-1
Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat 5-3
Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing 4-2
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing 4-4
Paul Campbell-James (GBR) Dream Team 3-3
Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team 3-3
Bjorn Hansen (DEN) Mekonomen Sailing Team 3-3
Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team 1-5
Reuben Corbett (NZL) AON Racing Team 1-7
Sung Wook Kim (KOR) Busan Match Team 1-7

BACKGROUND: The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the leading professional
sailing series, featuring 9 events across the globe, sanctioned by the
International Sailing Federation (ISAF) with "Special Event" status. Prize
money is awarded for each event, with event points culminating in the
crowning of the "ISAF Match Racing World Champion".

The US SAILING Appeals Committee has published four new appeals in 2011 that
will be useful to racing competitors and officials. These appeals have been
added to the on-line edition of The Appeals Book 2009-2012, available on the
US SAILING Appeals Committee Web site. PDF's of each appeal can also be read
and downloaded at that site.

Appeal 103 describes a situation where the sailing instructions did not
state whether marks were "rounding" marks or not; and makes the point that
in that case competitors do not need to round each mark as long as they pass
the marks on the required side.

Appeal 104 involves a situation where a boat's PHRF rating was changed after
a race was completed and the race committee retroactively rescored the race
using the boat's new rating. The decision states that the race committee
does not have the authority to do that, and reinstated the boat to its
original finishing place.

Appeal 105 is an interpretation of the definition Mark-Room; and
specifically describes the amount of room to which an inside boat is
entitled when sailing "to" the mark, and while she is "at" the mark. It also
discusses how to determine when a boat has arrived "at" the mark.

New, Appeal 106 is also an interpretation of the definition Mark-Room; and
specifically addresses the question: when is a boat no longer "at" the mark?
After this point, an inside keep-clear boat is no longer entitled to sail
her proper course, nor will she be exonerated for breaking a rule of Part 2,
Section A. -- View at:

(June 9, 2011) - US SAILING's Team Alphagraphics squad member Erika Reineke
has been sailing full time with the senior squad since January 2011 after
making the jump up from youth sailing. The American won a bronze medal at
the 2010 Volvo ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey
before winning gold at Laser Radial Youth Worlds shorltly after in Largs,
Scotland. And as a 17 year old still eligible to sail at the 2011 ISAF Youth
Worlds in Zadar, Croatia, she has high hopes.

"I plan to bring home the gold medal for the United States," Reinke said.
"Last year I brought home the bronze and this time I want to go all the

The step up from youth to senior sailing is a big jump for any individual,
but the ISAF Youth Worlds provides a solid platform for young sailors to
gain first-hand experience of a large sailing regatta. Reineke said, "The
ISAF Youth Worlds taught me that consistency is rewarded in the end. In
youth competition a lot of kids are up and down in results but in the ISAF
Sailing World Cup events you need to be more consistent and that will give
you the gold." -- Read on:

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Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include 18s in Europe, extreme graphics, IODs in Marblehead, great memories,
classic sailing, innovative, billboard, and lake sailing. Here are this
week's photos:

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send them to the Scuttlebutt editor:

Eighty-one teams are competing this week in San Diego, CA for the 37th
Etchells World Championship. The first day of the regatta brought out some
of the finest conditions that could be expected for early summer, with clear
skies and wind in the mid teens greeting the fleet. It also brought out San
Diego Yacht Club member Bill McKenna who took his helicopter to the race
course, and along with Mark Burge, they put together a compilation of the
experience. Click here for this week's video:

BONUS: The "World on Water" Global Sailing News Report Week 22 June 10 looks
at the World Match Racing Tour Germany Cup on Lake Constance, the French
Volvo 70 goes for their first sail offshore prior to the 2010-11 Volvo Ocean
Race, we show all the photos of Ian Oatley's radical Reichel/Pugh 42 foot
day sailor capsized on Sydney Harbour, the second and third finish in this
year's Velux 5 Oceans race, the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championships
and in our top action series "Fresh to Frightening" heart stopping action of
ships at sea in Gale Force, "Perfect Storm" conditions. See it at

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send them to the Scuttlebutt editor:

* (June 9, 2011) - 25-year old Australian Torvar Mirsky has signed on to
helm Venezia Challenge in the 34th America's Cup's. Mirsky, a regular on the
World Match Racing Series, is 5th in the ISAF world ranking (2nd in 2010).
Also announced by Venezia Challenge, 37-year old Ganga Bruni will be Team
Coach. From Palermo, Italy, Bruni was a member of the Italian Olympic team
in Sydney 2000, strategist in +39 America's Cup Team and Azzurra Team. This
will be Bruni's first time training an America's Cup challenge. -- Full

* (June 9, 2011) - Not much change at the top of the leaderboard for the
Etchells Worlds in San Diego, CA, with Bill Hardesty and crew on "Line
Honors" taking a 4th bullet for the series on Day 4 to remain in first place
with 17 points. Vince Brun is in second place with 29 points, and Australian
Noel Drennan is in third with 35 points. Friday and Saturday will be - race
days to complete the 9-race series. The fleet is docked around the SDYC
guest dock and docks D & E. To make it out for the noon start each day, the
fleet leaves on the 4 mile tow around 9:30 AM. - - Event website:

* (June 7, 2011) - The 157th New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta presented by
Rolex is scheduled for Newport, R.I., June 10-12, with 135 entrants. The
oldest regatta in the county will host handicap racing in divisions for IRC
(in six classes), PHRF (in spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes) and Classic
and 1-D racing for J/105, Herreshoff S, 12 Metre, 6 Metre and Swan 42. Among
the larger boats competing are Dan Meyers's JV 66 Numbers; Puma Ocean
Racing's Volvo Open 70 mar mostro; George Sakellaris's mini maxi (72')
Shockwave and the Oakcliff All American Offshore Team's R/P 65 Vanquish. --
Full report:

* (June 8, 2011) - Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, Calif. will host
the U.S. Youth Multihull Championship for the Arthur J. Stevens Trophy on
June 10-12, followed by the U.S. Multihull Championship for the Hobie Alter
Trophy on June 15-18. Competition in Viper F16s will take place on the
waters of San Pedro Bay, either in the Long Beach outer harbor or off the
Seal Beach Pier. Twenty elite multihull teams will compete for this year's
U.S. Multihull Championship next week, beginning. -- Full story:

* (Jun 8, 2011) - Challenged America is throwing first-timers and novice
sailors onto the firing line, with experienced racers, at the West Marine
Challenged America Regatta in San Diego this Saturday, June 11, in the
Martin 16 division of eight sixteen-foot sailboats. The division will be the
last start in the WMCA Regatta, and sail its own course, independent of the
dozens of others, racing in larger sailboats." -- Full story:

* (June 7, 2011) - Just released, the current top ten ranked U.S. match
racing skippers based on the May 18, 2011, ISAF Ranking List: Top 3 Women
U.S. Match Racers 1. Sally Barkow, 2. Anna Tunnicliffe, and 3. Genny
Tulloch. Open U.S. Match Racers: 1. Bill Hardesty, 2. Dave Perry, and 3.
Christopher Vantol. -- View list:

* On the solo leg of the 2011 Bermuda One-Two yacht race from Newport to
Bermuda, Rhode Island skipper Murray Danforth on his Beneteau Figaro II was
the first of 29 boats in five classes to reach Bermuda, arriving June 7, at
02.33 EDT. The trip took Danforth 87 hrs and 33 minutes. The fleet of
monohulls roared out of Narragansett Bay Friday morning (June 3) on an
outgoing tide and a northwest breeze of 20 to 25 knots. The double-handed
return from St. Georges to Newport will start Thursday, June 16. -- Event

* On 20th June British Adventurer and Blue Ambassador Dave Cornthwaite (31),
will begin a 2,400 Blue mile journey from source to sea along the
Mississippi River, by Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP). The journey, which if
successful will break the Guinness World Record for distance travelled by
Stand Up Paddleboard, will raise charitable funds for the AV Foundation and
CoppaFeel charities.This isn't the first endurance adventure for
Cornthwaite, who crossed Australia on a skateboard in 2006, breaking the
world record for the longest distance ever skated. -- Full story:

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* From John Wade (re, Scuttlebutt 3359):
Mr. Simms is not completely correct. Only some copper bottom paints are
designed to slough off. Others are designed to stay on the boat (hard coat),
but provide an undesirable surface for marine growth. No copper gets into
the water with these paints. They therefore present less hazards than
"approved" ablating paints with other toxins.

* From Paul P. Nardone Jr., Elmont, NY:
May be there is so much copper in San Diego is the fact the Navy has many
ships there. Oh and by the way the legislation doesn't include commercial or
military vessels, and do the legislators that are voting for the bill have
boats that need to stay in the water? Sounds like a little grandstanding for
"green" that won't affect their lives at all. Some of us are already paying
through the nose for paints that are so ineffective that we have to have
someone dive and clean our hulls two or three times a month !!!

* From Jack Clayton, Virginia Beach, VA:
As a former NOAA cartographer and current boater in the Chesapeake, I take
issue with both Mark Eustis (Scuttlebutt 3358) and Skip Allen (Scuttlebutt
3357). NOAA is the only gov't cartographer that legally stands behind their
charts. All depths are indicated as "least representative depth." In an
area of debris or rocky boulders, the shallowest feature is carefully picked
out and placed on the chart.

But it's important to note that Donnybrook grounded on a man-made feature, a
tunnel entrance island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The chart
clearly indicates that the area around the island contains rip-rap that can
shift and mariners are advised to keep clear (it's not a dumping ground).
Despite the danger, I've known quite a few racers that have cut too close,
either to cut distance or avoid current, and suffered significant damage as
a result. Donnybrook won't be the last.

* From Bruce Thompson (re, Scuttlebutt 3359):
William Sandberg is right about that cover picture from Southern Boating.
Just another group of three BFFs having fun together. That is what our 420s
look like too. And our Vanguard Prams (rather than Optis) with two kids each
because there is more room in front for the second kid. This is living proof
of the wisdom of Abraham Lincoln, "The best part of one's life consists of
his friendships".

Little boys whine because they are practicing to be men.

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