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SCUTTLEBUTT 3420 - Tuesday, September 6, 2011

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Holland, MI (September 4, 2011) - The hotly contested Canada's Cup match
race sailing competition concluded today with Team Vincere of the Royal
Canadian Yacht Club of Toronto, Canada, winning by an overall score of five
wins and three losses over Team Heritage of Macatawa Bay Yacht Club of
Holland, Michigan. The Canada's Cup trophy returns to the Royal Canadian
Yacht Club awaiting a future challenge from US sailors.

Teams headed out to the race course knowing the contest would be decided on
the last and final day. After three days of competition, Team Vincere had a
slim one race lead going into the final day with an overall score of three
wins and two losses. The first team to win five races would take home the
sterling silver trophy created by Tiffany's.

In rough seas and good breeze, the teams split the first two races, and the
third race began with a clean start. The competitors tacked upwind on
mostly opposite tacks, with Vincere taking a slight lead at the first mark.
Heritage sailed to left side of the course, with Vincere choosing the right
side of the course for the downwind leg. Both boats were still close
together at the downwind mark. Vincere had a strong upwind leg, leading by
approximately 30 seconds at the third mark, which proved to be too big of a
lead for Heritage to make up. Vincere won the final race by 24 seconds to
win the Canada's Cup championship by an overall score of five wins and
three losses.

Vincere will take the Canada's Cup home to the Royal Canadian Yacht Club
(RCYC) in Toronto, Canada. In approximately two years, the RCYC will issue
a challenge to defend the Cup on their home waters of the northern shores
of Lake Ontario.

Winning team: Vincere - Royal Canadian Yacht Club
Oskar Johansson, 34, Helm, Toronto, ON
Andy Horton, 36, Tactician, Burlington, VT
Geoff Moore, 50, Main Trimmer, Toronto, ON
Mike Wolf, 40, Trimmer, Port Credit, ON
Jeff Brock, 43, Jib Trimmer, Nova Scotia
Tony Bowman, 41, Pit, Toronto, ON
Ian Hogan, 27, Mast, Toronto, ON
Ian "Pedro" Nowell, 40, Mid bow, Oakville, ON
Max Bulger, 21, Bowman, Boston, MA

Daily reports:
Event website:

St. Moritz, Switzerland (September 4, 2011) - Torvar Mirsky is the new
'King of the Mountain' after beating Pierre-Antoine Morvan in the final of
the 2011 St. Moritz Match Race. Ian Williams finished in third place to
move up into first position in the overall Championship standings going
into stage 7 of the World Match Racing Tour.

In the end, a count back decided both the final and petit final on Lake St.
Moritz. The Maloja breeze had arrived like clockwork all week however on
the final day, heavy cloud cover and light rain created much lighter
conditions and continual wind shifts that made racing impossible. After a
series of race abandonments, the Race Committee decided to end racing with
no races completed in either the final or petit final.

New Tour leader Williams looked in imperious form during the round robin
series only to fall 3-0 against Morvan in the semi-finals. "We're pretty
consistent having finished on the podium in the past 3 events that we've
competed in and will try and do the same in Bermuda," said Williams. "The
pressure is really on the likes of Hansen, Mirsky and Bruni now."

Mirsky's win is his first since the Portimao Portugal Match Cup in 2009 and
gives his 2011 Championship quest a timely boost to third place overall.
The race for the 2011 ISAF Match Racing World Championship continues at the
Argo group Gold Cup which takes place in Bermuda on October 3-9. -- Full

Final Standings
1. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat, 45,801.83 USD
2. Pierre-Antoine Morvan (FRA) Extreme Team Morbihan, 31,806.83 USD
3. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, 25,448.26 USD
4. Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team, 20,358.61 USD
5. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team, 16,538.42 USD
6. Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 13,994.05 USD
7. Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 11,449.68 USD
8. Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing, 7,631.51 USD
9. Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing, 6,359.59 USD
10. Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners, 5,087.88 USD
11. Eric Monnin (SUI) Oklays Corum Sailing Team, 3,815.91 USD
12. Jerome Clerc (SUI) Team CER, 2,543.94 USD
Note: Prize money converted from Swiss Francs on Sept. 5, 2011

BACKGROUND: The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the leading professional
sailing series, with St. Moritz Match Race as the sixth stage of the eight
event circuit 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". --

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By Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
We all have our soap box moments, when we're passionate enough about
something ... our emotions just can't be contained. These moments are
tolerated as long as they are brief. So I will try to be brief.

In the report 'Online Expectations' in Scuttlebutt 3414, it warned event
organizers to avoid purchasing custom website addresses to use for their
event. A case in point is the 2009 Snipe World Championship. When I went to
look for some details from that event, I found their domain address
( had not been renewed and all the
information that was posted there was no longer available.

I have since learned that the entire website for the 2009 Snipe Worlds was
moved, and is now an extension of the San Diego Yacht Club website
( While it was good to hear that the
information has been retained, it still did not change how every media
report regarding the event was directed to the original site. And now those
links are broken. Whether it is on the ISAF website or the Scuttlebutt
website, stories about the 2009 Snipe Worlds link back to an event site
that no longer exists.

But what really moved me to climb up on the soap box was a press release
announcing that the Notice of Race for the 2012 Etchells World Championship
was now available online at

Anybody want to take a guess what is going to happen to this domain address
in two years?

Anybody want to guess what has already happened to the event website from
the 2009 Etchells World Championship (

Tips to help event organizers with their event communication can be found


Can you imagine approaching the leeward mark in a pack of boats before
there was a rule stating when an inside overlap had to be established to
entitle a boat to water? Hard to imagine such a civilized society existed
to allow for the orderly rounding of such a mark. What year do you think it
was when a mark room rule was introduced?

Landing in one of England's most historic and celebrated maritime ports,
Plymouth, the America's Cup World Series will run September 10-18 in front
of crowds on the world-famous Plymouth Hoe. The nine crews representing
seven countries arrive in Plymouth ready to renew rivalries in the new AC45
wing-sailed catamarans.

This is the second stage in the America's Cup World Series. In the
inaugural event in Cascais, Portugal, last month, ORACLE Racing Spithill
won the match racing title, while Emirates Team New Zealand came out on top
in the first 'Super Sunday' fleet race to grab the overall win.

Here's the current leaderboard for the 2011-2012 AC World Series:
- Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL), skipper Dean Barker (NZL)
- Artemis Racing (SWE), skipper Terry Hutchinson (USA)
- ORACLE Racing Spithill (USA), skipper James Spithill (AUS)
- ORACLE Racing Coutts (USA), skipper Russell Coutts (NZL)
- Green Comm Racing (ESP), skipper Vasilij Zbogar (RUS)
- Aleph (FRA), skipper Bertrand Pace (FRA)
- Team Korea (KOR), skipper Chris Draper (GBR)
- Energy Team (FRA), skipper Loick Peyron (FRA)
- China Team (CHN), skipper Charlie Ogletree (usa)

The opening weekend will see the Plymouth AC Preliminaries, consisting of
four fleet races spread across both Saturday (1410 start) and Sunday (1500
start), as well as the AC 500 Speed Trial, also scheduled for Saturday

Monday and Tuesday are off days before the Plymouth AC Match Race
Championship begins on Wednesday. The teams sail a combination of fleet and
match races over three days to qualify for Saturday's match racing finals.
The event culminates with the AC World Series Plymouth Championship, one
winner-takes-all fleet race for the title on September 18.

To follow the live action, viewers can tune in to the America's Cup YouTube
channel. Featuring a multi-screen player, viewers can choose from live
onboard footage, a graphical overview or an eagle's eye view, as well as
from expert sailing or standard sports commentary as part of the daily
livestreaming. The racing is also available on demand at

The America's Cup World Series Plymouth is the second stop in the series.
Following Plymouth, the teams will next race in San Diego, California from
November 12-20, 2011. -- Full report:

TOILETS: Sausalito is worried about mega yachts dropping anchor along its
shoreline and blocking views. Belvedere is concerned about television
helicopters buzzing its tony hilltop homes. In Tiburon, it's much simpler:
there could be a run on a limited number of public potties. The communities
all expressed their concerns in response to a preliminary environmental
impact report addressing the America's Cup, which will land in San
Francisco Bay in 2013. -- Full report:

SCHEDULE: An update to the America's Cup World Series schedule now includes
two stops in Venice, Italy. The city will play host the AC45 wing-sailed
catamarans twice, with AC World Series stops May 12-20, 2012, and dates to
be determined in April 2013. The current ACWS schedule also includes San
Diego (November 12-20, 2011) and Newport, RI (June 23-July 1, 2012). --
Full report:

SAN DIEGO: A raffle has been launched to award 4 VIP Experience tickets to
the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) San Diego (Nov. 12-20). These 4 VIP
tickets grant the winner and 3 friends to an unrivalled hospitality
experience. Entry deadline is October 15th. Details here:

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Schull, West Cork, Ireland (September 4, 2011) - British teams took all the
titles at the ISAF World Team Racing Championships. Sailing teams from
Australia, Japan, United States, Thailand, Italy, Spain and Ireland
competed, with twelve teams participating in the Open World Championship
and eight in the Youth Worlds. After West Kirby Youth (GBR3) defeated the
host team for the youth title, the West Kirby Hawks (GBR 1) took the open
title by beating NYYC Team Extreme (USA1) 3-1. -- Full report:

Coming into the Worlds, the title favourites were the United States,
winners of the last four consecutive World Championships. Their number one
team - NYYC Team Extreme (USA 1) - included Pete Levesque, who has won two
Team Race World Championships, two Wilson Trophy Championships and five
Hinman Trophy Championships. The team also included Stu McNay, Michael
Hession, Marla Menninger, Zach Brown and Emmet Smith. Here is a final
report by Zach:
The ISAF Team Race Worlds came to a close one day earlier than anticipated
due to a forecasted weather system for Sunday that called for 30 plus knots
of wind. We were expecting to get in some extra sleep and have ourselves a
leisurely morning while the Youth portion of the regatta completed their
semifinals and finals, but the regatta organizers pushed forward the
regatta and racing began at 9:30. Instead of the standard quarterfinals
knock out format, we raced a single round robin against the top 5 Open
teams and the top 3 Youth teams to determine the final four for the

Just like the two previous days, we raced against GBR 1 first thing. With
light and fluky winds in the early morning, we trumped them off the line
and rounded in a 1, 3, 4 at the first mark but failed to convert into a
more stable team combination. After getting picked apart downwind, we
rounded the final mark heading to the finish in a losing combination of 1,
5, 6, but we managed to break them apart and win with a 1, 2.

After winning our hardest race of the quarterfinals round robin, we ended
up losing two races due to poor starting which would plague us later in the
finals. The losses to GBR 2 and USA 2 seeded us third for the semifinals,
which meant we raced USA 2 in a best of 5 series while GBR 1 and GBR 2
matched up. At this point the clouds opened up, the breeze increased, and
wind became streaky and shifty. It felt like racing on the Charles River
with 8-15 knots of wind. We won our first two races against USA 2 and broke
up their 1, 2, 5 combination in the third race to sweep our way to the
finals. Team GBR 1 also swept their countrymen GBR 2 to face us in the
finals. -- Read on:

* Oyster Bay, NY (September 3, 2011) - Laurie Jury and Team Koke Kiwimatch
(NZL) were nearly perfect this week in the Oakcliff Grade 2 Invitational.
They went 15-3 in the double round-robin and were perfect in the semifinals
and finals, with 2-0 wins in each. Along with second place finishes in the
Chicago Match Cup and the Detroit Cup, and a win at the Knickerbocker Cup,
Jury is the overall winner of the inaugural North American Grand Slam Match
Racing Series, and will be given an invitation to the Grade 1 Congressional
Cup in Long Beach, CA in March 2012. -- Full report:

* After gales delayed the start of the Star European Championship (2nd-10th
September) at Dun Laoghaire (Co. Dublin, Ireland) on Sunday, a lull allowed
two races to be sailed today (Monday 5th September) that saw Italians Diego
Negri and Enrico Voltolini deliver two consistent results of a race win and
a second place in the 27-boat fleet from 17 nations. A return to stormy
conditions is expected for Tuesday with 40 knots forecast for the morning.
Top North American team is Richard Clarke/Tyler Bjorn in fifth overall with
a 9-1. -- Full report:

* Racing begins in Porto Cervo, Italy on Tuesday at the 2011 Maxi Yacht
Rolex Cup (Sept. 6-10), with the 47-strong multinational fleet as the
second largest in the event's history. The Mini Maxis (yachts from
18.29-24.08 metres) make up 17 of this year's fleet and will compete in the
second running of the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship. Twenty-one Maxi
yachts (those from 24.09-30.5m) and nine Supermaxis (yachts in excess of
30.5m) will also compete, which include an array of 14 Wally yachts. Both
fleets will compete on windward/leeward and coastal courses. -- Full

* As Britain's most successful Olympic sailor, the 34-year-old Ben Ainslie
will skipper Oman Sail's 'Oman Air' Extreme 40 in the next three Acts of
the Extreme Sailing Series in Trapani (Sicily), Nice (France) and Almeria
(Spain). The first event for the four-time Olympic medalist will be Act 7
of the 2011 Extreme Sailing Series in Trapani on the island of Sicily
starting on the September 14 with Stadium racing staged over the September
16-18. -- Full report:

* The World Sailing Speed Record Council announced the ratification of a
new Outright Around Britain and Ireland record. The 131-foot trimaran
Banque Populaire 5, skippered by Loick Peyron (FRA) and a crew of 12,
completed the 1773 nm route on July 8th in a time of 3 days 3 hours 49
minutes and 14 seconds (23.38 kts speed average). The previous record was
held by "Oman Air Majan" when Sidney Gavignet (FRA) singlehanded the route
on August 10th in a time of 4d 15h 9m 27s. Gavignet still retains the
singlehanded world record for this course. --

Events listed at

It was in 1963 when the two-boat length zone was introduced as the point at
which an inside overlap had to be established to entitle a boat to water.
Yet another idea originally proposed by Vanderbilt, it is suggested that
this incarnation came as a result of a discussion between Paul Elvstrom, on
the way to his 4th Olympic gold medal, and Niels Benzon.

More rules history here:

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* From Tyler Carder:
Over in the America's Cup world, a whole lot of people bemoan (among other
things) the loss of a national identity for the various teams: China Team,
the team from Korea, even the US defender's two AC 45s are filled with
sailors from other nations than the one the team presumably represents. Are
ANY of the current nine teams' AC 45 crews all citizens of their team's
home countries? Even the Kiwis, who seem to be very much in favor of
re-instituting stricter rules on team nationality, don't currently practice
what they preach, with the great multihull expert from Oz, Glenn Ashby,
playing such a crucial role on the Kiwi crew.

So it was interesting to note that in the Canada's Cup currently being
contested, a similar situation exists, with two Yanks on the Canadian boat,
and a Kiwi and an Aussie aboard the US team's boat. Apparently there are no
team nationality rules in the Canada's Cup, either? One wonders if we will
see a similar squawking about this loss of homogenous team identity in the
Canada's Cup, same as we have seen in the AC over this issue. Somehow, that
seems unlikely - Canada's Cup traditions appear to have been slipping away
for some time.

Once upon a glorious time, the Canada's Cup was contested in purpose-built,
custom-designed and highly lake-specialized yachts. It wasn't simply a
one-design event in Farr 40s - a fine design but one that is getting a
little long in the tooth these days. Perhaps the old days are just not
economically feasible anymore, but it's a pity; some great designs came out
of the Canada's Cup.

Still, no doubt the current Canada's Cup was a closely-fought battle, and
some long-standing traditions do still exist- no one likes to lose!

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