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SCUTTLEBUTT 3376 - Tuesday, July 5, 2011

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Newport, R.I. USA (July 4, 2011) - The final start on July 3rd of the
Transatlantic Race 2011 saw six of the giant yachts among the 24 entrants
set their course from Newport to The Lizard off the southeast coast of
England. Among the fleet is PUMA's 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race team skippered
by Ken Read on 'mar mostro', who are using this race to continue their

Once the PUMA Ocean Racing team completes the 2,975 nautical mile race,
they will take a quick turn south for their new training base in Lanazrote,
Canary Islands. This is all part of their program to be prepared for the
start on October 29th of the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race from
Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa.

"Back in the saddle again," remarks Ken Read. "It's unreal, actually. I
wish I could say all was great, but to be honest, it was pretty hard
leaving home yesterday knowing that your goal is to sail around the world.
It's quite daunting when you are reading the paper and having your last cup
of coffee the morning before departing.

"But we have put together a team, designed and built a boat, trained,
tested, built and re-built a program that everyone involved should be very
proud of. Step No. 1 is complete. Now, it's on to step two, and we are
currently in the thick of it. Rambler 100 (the monster) is showing everyone
the way. But to be honest, we are pleasantly surprised that we are well
ahead of the other 100-footer, Leopard, at this stage.

"Right after the fantastic send off that Newport gave us, Leopard snuck by
when we were on the wind. But as soon as we cracked to a reach, we were
actually able to hold our own, and about a half hour later we got around
them and sailed away. We were all really surprised, and it certainly gives
us some extra incentive to push the boat hard. For sure, the 100-footer
will have conditions where they are quite a bit faster, but for now our
little 70-footer is doing just fine."

Transatlantic Race:

Los Angeles, CA (July 4, 2011) - The first wave of Transpac starters left
Point Fermin today, bound for Honolulu with a seabreeze in the low teens to
get them "off the beach" and many a quiet prayer for the breeze to hold
through the night. There is ample wind offshore for a fast passage, "if we
can just get to it," as Celerity crewman Kelson Elam put it.

Elam is one of two lake-sailing Texans aboard Harry Zanville's Santa Cruz
37, a crew of five, Transpac first-timers all, who looked very good at the
start as they ignored the jam-up at the committee boat-end of the line.
Instead, they opted for elbow room and clear air near the pin. And a
nose-ahead start.

Ten racing boats in Division 6, a wide-vision grouping from 32 feet to 43
feet, were mixed at the start with the Aloha Division, eight cruising boats
or cruisey-type skippers in cruiser-racers. A lone catamaran, Santiago
Becerra's 47-foot Espiritu Santi, received her own starting cannon five
minutes later.

Another 34 boats, including the likely first-finishers, start on Friday,
July 8 at 1 p.m. off Point Fermin. In the meantime, the storyline runs
along that question of holding wind through the night - Celerity's crew is
imagining a 10-day passage, but only if all the ducks line up and quack
smartly and the probability that the Pacific High Pressure Zone, now nicely
formed and pumping gangbuster tradewinds toward Hawaii, will keep on
keeping on. Transpac meteorologist Lee Chesneau is bullish on that.

As the bigger boats moved to the front, and true cruisers such as Eric
Gray's Morris 46, Gracie, were left behind, we thought of the prospect of
trades in the twenties and Elam's parting comments and a question: "We have
two A2's, one A3 and an A4. Know where we could get an A5?" Celerity hails
from the Lake City Yacht Club, Minnesota. Doublehanders Greg Constable and
Doug Backhouse from Nanaimo, British Columbia, made up the international
component of this start with the 40-foot Narrow Escape. -- Kimball

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Boston, MA (July 4, 2011) - Dean Barker's Emirates Team New Zealand
clinched victory at Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series in an epic showdown
as the circuit made a very successful USA debut. As the country celebrated
Independence Day, American Terry Hutchinson on board Artemis Racing went in
to the final race with an 8 point lead after heading the leaderboard for
most of the past 5 days - but lost in the final leg of the final race of
the final day.

An enthralled US non-sailing public turned out in spades to watch up close
what was probably one of the biggest ever on-site American audiences for a
sailing event, estimated at 55,000 over the five days. The stadium concept
developed for the Extreme Sailing Series certainly engaged a largely
non-sailing audience in Boston.

In a finale that could have been written by a Hollywood scriptwriter (but
wasn't!), Emirates Team New Zealand had a blinding start, taking the lead
once from Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, only to lose it after painfully
stalling in a tack on the final beat. Until this point, despite having to
duck most of the fleet on the start line, Hutchinson had managed to stay
inside the crucial four places behind Barker which were necessary to take
overall victory.

On the final beat, however, just one tactical choice decided it, with the
right-hand side of the course for once not paying for the American, and as
they approached the final top mark they were passed by four boats and
scored an 8th place. A rare occurrence for Hutchinson, destroying his dream
of winning on his home turf with Emirates Team New Zealand taking overall
victory by four points after 37 races. -- Read on:

BACKGROUND: The Extreme Sailing Season is embarking on its fifth season,
with Boston as the fourth stop for the nine event tour that will travel
through Asia, Europe, and North America this year. The platform used is the
one design Extreme 40 catamaran with 'stadium' short-course racing in front
of the public. The 2011 ESS has grown in part due to the multihull format
planned for the 34th America's Cup in 2013. --

* The first competition of the new multihull America's Cup era begins with
the inaugural America's Cup World Series in Cascais, Portugal, on August 6.
For the first time, all nine teams entered in the 34th America's Cup will
compete together, racing identical AC45 wing-sailed catamarans. Both fleet
and match racing will be a part of each event, with additional 2011 ACWS
events in Plymouth, England, (September 10-18) and San Diego, USA (November
12-20). -- Full details:

* A new website for the America's Cup is now online. An organic and growing
entity, the team running the site will be adding new features, more
languages and additional sections over the next three years, and even in
the weeks leading up to the first America's Cup World Series event in
Cascais, Portugal in August. The nine teams entered in the America's Cup
have, for the first time, been fully integrated into the event website. As
of July 1st, pages within are the sole online presence
permitted for competitors. --

* The dates and format for the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America's Cup
Challenger Series, have been confirmed. To take place in 2013, the
objective of the challenger series is to both build and identify the
strongest possible challenger to meet the defender in the America's Cup
Finals. The next Louis Vuitton Cup will consist of three stages for all of
the challengers, with the top four teams advancing to the semi-final round
to determine the two teams to compete in the final round. The series will
extend from July 4 to September 1. -- Full story:

It's a mad dash at San Francisco City Hall to put all the pieces together
in preparation for the America's Cup, the prestigious regatta that will
culminate in the summer of 2013 along the city's northern waterfront. But
once that spectacle is over, the biggest impact of the event will be a
massive, lasting, and quite lucrative transformation of the city's
waterfront by a few powerful players, a deal that has been modified
significantly since it was approved by the Board of Supervisors.

As negotiations on the fine terms of the development agreements continue to
unfold, the future landscape of a huge section of the San Francisco
waterfront is in play. If the America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA) - the
race management team controlled by billionaire Oracle CEO Larry Ellison -
aims high in its investments into port-owned infrastructure, it has the
potential to lock-in leases and long-term development rights for up to nine
piers for 66 years, with properties ranging from as far south as Pier 80 at
Islais Creek to as far north as Pier 29, home of the popular dinner theater
Teatro ZinZanni.

The possibility of securing long-term leases and development rights to
Piers 19, 23, and 29 - provided race organizers sink more money into
infrastructure improvements - was added to the deal in the last two weeks
of 2010, just before San Francisco won its bid to host the world-famous
sailing match. The possibility of obtaining rights to portions of two
additional piers, 27 and 80, were also added at the last minute. Race
organizers and city officials negotiated the final modifications after the
Board of Supervisors signed off on the Host City Agreement on Dec. 14,

Not all board members knew that three additional city-owned piers were
being added as possible extensions of the land deal, and those properties
weren't mentioned in any of the earlier documents that went through a
public review process in the months leading up to the approval of the
agreement. Yet Board President David Chiu was evidently apprised of how the
last-minute negotiations were unfolding and he quietly offered his support.
-- SF Bay Guardian, read on:

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Weymouth, UK (July 4, 2011) - Australian SKUD crew Liesl Tesch hopes she
and Dan Fitzgibbon's performance at the IFDS Disabled Sailing Combined
World Championships 2011 this week will help towards her completing a
unique Paralympic medal set, having already won three Paralympic medals in
wheelchair basketball!

The 42-year-old high school teacher from New South Wales, and helmsman
Fitzgibbon moved to within two points of overnight leaders, Britain's
Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell on day two of the IFDS Worlds at the
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, atoning for a disappointing
day one display yesterday with two race wins today.

Tesch only started Paralympic sailing in January, having made her name in
her home country as part of the Australian women's wheelchair basketball
team that won Paralympic silver medals at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 and
bronze at Beijing 2008. But since taking up sailing and teaming up with
Fitzgibbon earlier this year, the pair have won the Rolex Miami Olympic
Classes Regatta, in their first ever event together, as well as Skandia
Sail for Gold last month.

Now Tesch, who also competed at Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996, has just
one ambition; to win the Paralympic gold that's missing from her
collection. She hopes a switch in sport and a medal at the IFDS Worlds this
week will go a long way to helping her cause. -- Full story:

* The North American contingent is led by the Americans who are fairing
well in all three events. After four races, Mark LeBlanc is second in the
2.4Mr, Scott Whitman/ Julia Dorsett are third in the Skud, and Rick Doerr/
Brad Kendell/ Hugh Freund are fourth in the Sonar. Racing continues to July
8th. Results:

Events listed at

* Sylt, Germany (July 3, 2011) - After 12 races and 3 discards in more than
challenging conditions, with winds up to 25 knots and breaking seas of 3+
meters, John Heineken (USA) and Steph Bridge (GBR) are the new world
champions in kite course racing. Both riders did it in great fashion,
resulting in a perfect score of all first place finishes! -- Full story:

* The Gill National College Sailing Championship airs on ESPNU on
Wednesday, July 6 at 7:00pm ET. Host Gary Jobson takes an in-depth look at
the top 18 college sailing teams vying for the Collegiate Championship that
was held in Cascade Locks, Oregon on May 23-June 1. A special feature is
exclusive onboard footage along with interviews of the sailors. This
production is produced in High Definition, and is sponsored by Sperry
Top-Sider, Rolex and Gill.

* Cagliari, Sardinia (July 3, 2011) - The seasoned team of Chris Bake (CAN)
and professional skipper Cameron Appleton (NZL) on Team Aqua took top
honors among the fifteen teams competing at the RC44 Cagliari Cup, the
third event of the 2011 RC44 Championship Tour. The fourth event will be
held in Marstrand, Sweden from August 17-21 where the teams will race for
the RC44 Sweden Cup, a venue the class has never visited before. -- Class

* Cabrillo Beach, CA (July 4, 2011) - The Optimist North American
Championship is hosting a fleet of 187 sailors from 21 countries. After two
days of fleet racing, Peter Janezic (SLO) leads the field followed by
Felipe Diniz (ARG) in second and Russell Clarida (USA) in third. The Team
Racing championship was held Sunday with first and third won by USA with
Puerto Rico taking the silver. The fleet had a layday today but will resume
fleet racing on Tuesday and conclude on Wednesday. -- Event website:

* Sponsored by South Shore Yacht Club, the 73rd sailing of the storied
Queen's Cup race provided 149 boats with an overnight 67 mile sprint across
Lake Michigan from Milwaukee (WI) to Muskegon (MI). Conditions at the start
on July 1 at 6pm were about 20 knots, with the fleet ranging from Dick &
Doug DeVos' MaxZ 86 Windquest to Matt Petter's Corsair F-24 Tres Fast.
After about 10 hrs all boats had finished with the Pearson 530 from
Muskegon, owned by Rob Rafson, emerging as the overall winner. The winning
crew reported using five sails while grilling shrimp and steak off the back
and drinking nice wine along the way. Event website:

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* From Taylor Michie:
After Olivia Constants' death, there is no doubt in my mind that the Severn
Sailing Association junior program will only grow stronger and closer.

As a sailor at SSA, I know firsthand the caliber of sailors that SSA has is
of the highest shelf, and that Olivia Constants was no exception to that
rule. While I was not close friends with her, I interacted with her at
practices and can say that she was one or the most genuinely friendly
people that I know; someone that would always say hi ask you how your day
was going.

It is sobering to think that the sport that so much of us love and
participate in can also have such a dark side, but it is not something that
I believe SSA sailors will let stop them.

The tragedy of Olivia's death is not something that will or that should be
forgotten. If anything, it should inspire us to sail harder and faster,
because we know Olivia will be watching.

* From Guy Buchanan: (re, Olivia Constants thread)
When I sailed and raced dinghies, we very rarely capsized to leeward, and
if we did, we never went in the water. So the "death roll" constituted
nearly 100% of our water entries. I can remember finding myself hooked-in
to various pieces of hardware inconveniently under water and having to
carefully struggle to extricate myself. As such, I never wanted to wear a
life jacket.

Instead we wore wet-suits, which gave us enough positive buoyancy to float,
but not so much as to encumber us under water. They were also much easier
to swim in and kept you warm to boot. Too bad they aren't "Coast Guard
approved". --

* From Bob Hofmann:
Another alternative to the time delay for the transponder updates on the
Transpac might be to leave them real time with one or two "dark periods"
where a competitor can turn the transponder off for a set number of hours
after which the real time tracking comes back on. This gives the boats the
opportunity to escape everyone's sight for awhile and allows them to do
something that may mess with the 'follow the leader' mentality of some of
the others. Seems to work with some of the round the world races.

* From Keith Taylor, Auckland, NZ:
Regarding John Baker's letter in Scuttlebutt 3375 about Brad van Liew, I
must comment about Baker's constricted and narrow view of the world!
There's nothing new about sponsoring adventurers. Just one example. The
great Antarctic explorers Scott, Amundsen, Shackleton and Byrd would never
have trudged into the pages of history without sponsorship.

It's an honorable tradeoff. The adventurer strives almightily, puts his
life on the line and gets a shot at his goal, the backer reaps his reward,
whether it's personal satisfaction or commercial gain. Recognition of that
simple equation is lost on American business with its relentless focus on
short term bottom-line results.

Brad's story is an inspiring one, his performances and results speak for
themselves. How truly sad that there isn't an American corporation that is
willing to learn from European sponsors and demonstrate the foresight,
imagination and courage to back this guy.

* From John Casey: (re, John Baker's letter in Scuttlebutt 3375)
John Baker makes two assumptions in his reply regarding Brad Van Liew and
solo ocean racing in America: 1) that anyone can do what Brad has done in
the sport if they so choose; and 2) that Brad has not already had "real
jobs" and sponsored others.

I'm just going to leave the first one alone, as I think after 120,000 miles
of racing solo and winning two major races around the world, we can all
assume there is serious talent there. On the latter, you may not be aware
that Brad spent six years spearheading a sail training program in South
Carolina, raising several million dollars and serving more than 4000
students with sailing experiences. Please do some homework before judging

Professional sailing is business and does require tangible ROI for
sponsors. Guys like Brad pave the way for us American racers who have the
passion but aren't blessed with the silver spoon.

Ability is a good thing but stability is even better.

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