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SCUTTLEBUTT 3416 - Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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Today's sponsors: North Sails, Melges Performance Sailing, and US Sailing.

If your plans for 2012 include championship sailing, either as an organizer
or competitor, then this debrief from the 2011 Etchells World Championship
by Bill Pascoe is a must read:
The 2011 Etchells World Championship had many factors that contributed to
its success. As a starting point, San Diego is a great venue, and
additionally, the weather cooperated nicely for the 83 competing teams. Put
another way, it would be difficult to have a poor event in San Diego.

Aside from the weather and the venue, there are several lessons that we
learned from managing the San Diego Worlds, which was begun and headed by
Chuck Driscoll in late May/early June, 2010. I had served as Fleet Captain
for the 18 months prior to the regatta and also helped to fill in the
blanks. Here are some thoughts as to what worked.

One - The competitors come first. The event is for the benefit of the
competitors, who are guests of the Fleet and the yacht club. As hosts, our
mission was to provide the best possible on the water experience (Race
Management) and to make the regatta fun for all competitors. Having
initially built Etchells in the early days, Chuck Driscoll is still in
touch with and follows the class. I have attended several Worlds and so
have a genuine understanding for knowing what the average competitor wants
to experience. Also, from the Race Committee to the SDYC staff, the shared
mission statement was to create a first class event from the competitors'

Two - Less is more. Develop a small management organisation with a trusted
team. With only a year to prepare, we were required to focus on the big
picture. As a result, Chairman Chuck Driscoll's management style was
minimal with a small team of people, whose help was assured. After several
large meetings with a myriad of opinions, the administrative tasks were
assigned to smaller teams with weekly or bi-weekly meetings. Registration,
Marketing, Social, Merchandising, Financial, Trophies and Measurement were
all smaller committees that met quite frequently but with shorter agendas
and more focus. In addition, as in any volunteer organisation,
accountability is a challenge. As a result, we were required to re-delegate
tasks if things were not being accomplished.

Three - Be flexible. With a management team consisting of a shipyard
manager and a lawyer, it was apparent that we were inexperienced at running
a multi-faceted event with so many moving parts. Making a wrong decision in
various areas was inevitable. Recognising those errors and correcting them
were important skills in keeping the preparation moving forward.

There are five more bullet points... read on:

Raising kids empowers you to do things you never imagined. During this
time, double Olympic medalist JJ Fetter Isler added High School Coach to
her list of achievements. And just like all parents, she wanted to see her
stable of sailors succeed. Through her observations, she wrote a guide,
'Getting the most out of High School sailing', to provide advice for
sailors who want to maximize their high school sailing experience.

And for those sailors that take their game to collegiate competition,
Brooke Thompson sought to help them make the transition. While competing on
the St. Mary's College of Maryland sailing team, Thompson had one of those
"if I only knew then what I know now" moments, and decided to write a
manual, 'High School to College Crewing Guide', to help crews make the
transition to college sailing. Said Thompson:

"In my opinion, high school sailing teaches crews most of the skills they
need to know, but college sailing fine-tunes and expands on those things.
College crews come from a huge range of experience levels and backgrounds,
but what they have in common is that everyone makes changes along the way
to adapt. This guide is an attempt to pinpoint some of the bigger reasons
that contribute to this transition and list all the little details that go
a long with it."

With the fall season to commence for High School and College sailing, these
two guides may prove invaluable:

High School guide:
College guide:

Recycle your old sail and SAVE. From July 1st to September 3rd, 2011, you
can save 20% on a new North Sail. Register on our Web site to return your
old sail and download our 'Blue is Green' trade-in voucher*. Present this
voucher to your sails representative by September 3rd to receive savings.
Once your old sail is received, we will also send you a free recycled sail
cloth tote bag from Sea Bags, Inc. If you're looking to elevate your
sailing, now is the time to buy a new North sail and save 20%! *Some restrictions

* Esteemed yachting photographer Bob Grieser stopped by Scuttlebutt HQ with
a folder full of AC45 images from his assignment in Cascais during the
inaugural America's Cup World Series event. If you are wondering what the
action will look like when the ACWS circus comes to San Diego November
12-20, it will look something like this:

* We don't care what event they're shooting, Carlo Borlenghi and his studio
photographers Stefano Gattini and Gudio Trombetta make it look hot. And
when you give these guys a fleet of TP52s, the photos sizzle. Here is their
work from Spain... love the underwater opener:

* When the multihull event was removed from the Olympics, the Tornado class
was left scrambling to find its new identity. It is not a cheap boat, and
it is too refined to endure the rigors of beach launchings. But it does
remain one of the nicest sailing catamarans afloat, and the class attraced
35 boats at its recent World Championship at Lake Biel, Switzerland:

Remember the guy who sued McDonalds because his coffee was too hot? Well
the litigious nature of California seems to have hit the surfing community
with a Los Angeles surfer suing his board maker because his too sharp fin
cut him. Here is an excerpt from the LA Times...
Surfboard manufacturers have a number of concerns -- heavy competition,
expensive shipping and employees who occasionally like to slip out early
when there's a good break. Product-liability lawsuits typically aren't one
of their worries.

That's what makes a lawsuit that recreational surfer Tom Gregg filed
against Channel Islands Surfboards a little unusual.

Gregg contends that a fin on his Channel Islands board cut a "deep gash" on
his right leg when he wiped out off the coast of France in 2009. He said
the fin severed muscles in his leg and caused injuries so severe that he
will never regain full muscle strength in the injured leg.

"The surfboard, fins and their component parts were unsafe for their
intended use," Gregg said in the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles
County Superior Court. -- Waterhound, read on:
Can we sue the cordage companies when we get a rope burn? Or the spar
companies when we hit our head on the boom? Makes you wonder about the
liability forms the America's Cup teams must be having their crew sign as a
condition of employment. Here we see defender Oracle Racing capsizing its
AC45 on San Francisco Bay, pitching CEO Russell Coutts for a head first
dive threw the wing sail:

During the 5th Commodores' Forum of the International Council of Yacht
Clubs (ICOYC) held last year at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in
Perth, the attendees discussed sponsorship from the point of view of Yacht
Clubs as event organisers.

The following is taken from the ICOYC newsletter published in July: 'Five
lessons learned' when dealing with sponsors.

John McNeill, Staff Commodore of the St Francis Yacht Club
- Understanding that sponsors want eyeballs, reaching people through our
activities to sell their products or services.
- Work to the sponsors schedule and their marketing goals.
- Set up a press room with a view of the starting line.
- Help fulfill their goals without compromising the culture of your own
- Sell the long term - your best sponsors should become your good friends., full report:

Melges Fall Savings is in full swing. Big savings on all new boats and
Melges Gear. Check out for updates, saving options and new boat
pricing. Get geared up for the Audi Melges 20, Melges 24 or Melges 32
Winter Series. New boats can be organized for participation still and at a
great big savings! New scows are on sale. Check out

Rochester, NY (August 29, 2011) - An almost total lack of breeze today
prevented the 36 teams who traveled to Rochester Yacht Club for the 14th
biennial edition of US SAILING's Rolex International Women's Keelboat
Championship (Rolex IWKC) from starting their assault on the championship

In stark contrast to Sunday's conditions which forced the cancellation of
the practice race due to too much wind, the usual thermal breeze needed for
racing was impeded because the water temperature matched the air
temperature. The wait for the elusive breeze on Lake Ontario was utilized
by the Race Committee who ran several practice starts to make the time
productive. Ultimately, however, the decision was made to bring the
competitors ashore for the day.

Of the 36 teams competing here this week, at least three include crew fresh
from the Next Step to Rolex program which attracted 26 participants from
eight states, including Hawaii. The two-day clinic precedes the
championship and was held at the same venue, Rochester Yacht Club, on
August 25-25. It focused on advanced keelboat racing skills and techniques
using the same J/22s that are being sailed in the championship races.

Since being established in 1997 as an outreach program of the Rolex IWKC,
the Next Step to Rolex program has exposed junior women sailors, ages 13 to
17, to successful women sailors who have gone on to sail at the college
level or pursue Olympic dreams. -- Read on:

This is an installment by International Umpire/Judge Jos M. Spijkerman
(NED) in a series of blogposts about the ISAF Call book 2009-2012 with
amendments for 2010. All calls are official interpretations by the ISAF
committees on how the Racing Rules of Sailing should be used or
interpreted. The calls are copied from the Call book; only the comments are
written by Jos:

Case 47 (Rule 2, Fair Sailing)
A boat that deliberately hails 'Starboard' when she knows she is on port
tack has not acted fairly, and has broken rule 2.

Assumed Facts:
An experienced helmsman of a port-tack boat hails 'Starboard' to a beginner
who, although on starboard tack, not being sure of himself and probably
being scared of having his boat holed, tacks to port to avoid a collision.
No protest is lodged.

One school of thought argues that it is fair game, because if a helmsman
does not know the rules, that is his own hard luck. The other school
rejects this argument, on the grounds that it is quite contrary to the
spirit of the rules to deceive a competitor in that way. It is known that
such a trick is often played, particularly when novices are involved.

In such a case, has the port-tack boat broken rule 2?

A boat that deliberately hails 'Starboard' when she knows she is on port
tack has not acted fairly and has broken rule 2. The protest committee
might also consider taking action under rule 69. -- Read on:

COMMENT: Here is the exact phrasing of Rule 2: "A boat and her owner shall
compete in compliance with recognized principles of sportsmanship and fair
play. A boat may be penalized under this rule only if it is clearly
established that these principles have been violated. A disqualification
under this rule shall not be excluded from the boat's series score." --

* Conditions for the 2011 Canadian Optimist Championships (Aug. 21-26)
challenged the 85 sailors that came to compete in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
from across Canada, the US and Bermuda. Twelve races were completed,
ranging from 20-25 knots on Monday to a peaceful 6-10 knots on Friday. The
overall winner was Justin Vittecoq (Blue Fleet - 11 and 12 year olds) from
Hudson Yacht Club/RCYC with consistent top ten finishes to finish twp
points ahead of Jared Collinson (Red Fleet - 13, 14 and 15) from the Royal
Canadian Yacht Club. -- Full report:

* Michael George from the hosting California YC in Marina del Rey,
California staged a dramatic come from behind victory to win the 22-boat
2011 Martin 242 North American Championship (Aug. 26-28). George was
trailing Paul Zambriski's Pau Hana by six points going into the final race.
However, that final race was sailed in white caps and a building breeze,
which obviously suited George and his crew. They won that race decisively
while Zambriski finished 10th - his only double digit finish of the
eight-race, three-day regatta - which gave George's All In a two point
victory. Trolley Car sailed by Peter Stazicker and Bill Petersen finished
the eight race event in third place. --

* With Hurricane Irene forcing the cancellation of the 30-boat Audi Melges
20 U.S. National Championship, originally scheduled for August 26-28 in
Newport, RI, the 2011 championship has been rescheduled for November 11-13
in Miami, FL. Details at

The US SAILING Annual Meeting, One-Design Symposium and National Sailing
Programs Symposium present opportunities for every type of sailor. Join us
for one or all three upcoming events! For more information and registration
- Annual Meeting:
- One-Design Symposium:
- National Sailing Programs Symposium:

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The success of the sport, particularly one design classes, relies on
energetic volunteers and supportive industry partners. In Southern
California, when a one design dinghy needs some work, the chorus sings
'Bring it to Tony'. That's what parents and coaches have been telling young
sailors for more than 30 years.

Tony Burica repairs Naples sabots, the popular eight-foot boats that can be
seen skimming across the water in places like Newport Harbor. As the summer
racing season winds up, Burica, 83, begins another year of patching,
sanding and painting.

And this may be his last. As soon as he can find someone to take over his
Victoria Street shop, which Burica built, he plans to retire to spend more
time with his wife, Tereza. But local sailors suggest that nobody can
replace him.

"He's like an Old World craftsman, and that's very difficult to find these
days," said 54-year-old Mark Gaudio, a competitive sailor who brought his
sabot to Burica when he was young and whose son now does the same.

Burica immigrated to the U.S. in a five-year odyssey from Croatia, his
homeland. Burica said he and a friend eventually sailed across the Atlantic
in an 18-foot wooden boat they built.

It was those skills that made Burica so valuable to William "Bill" Shock, a
noted boat builder who operated out of Newport Beach's Cannery Village for

After soaking up enough knowledge of fiberglass repair from Shock, Burica
set out on his own. In 1979, he opened Tony's Boat Shop in a building near
the Santa Ana River in Costa Mesa. -- LA Times, read on:

A child's greatest period of growth is the month after you've purchased new
school uniforms.

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