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SCUTTLEBUTT 3424 - Monday, September 12, 2011

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By Chris Caswell, SAILING Magazine
We were slogging along in the middle of the fleet, which was our usual
position and one that was quite comfortable, because we knew all the other
middle-of-the-fleeters around us. The hotshots were out in front, of
course, and we only saw them when we were launching and hauling out. The
rest of the time they sailed their own race.

But occasionally the gods need a good laugh.

We had just peeled away from the rest of the fleet because one of the
hotshots had tacked on our wind out of what I can only attribute to pure
spite and meanness, because there was no way that we could match him for
boat speed.

And then it happened.

Out of nowhere, there was first a darker spot on the water ahead and then,
there it was: our own private breeze. It was a lift.

A big lift. A strong lift.

Suddenly, my crew and I were hiking as hard as we could, and we were laying
the weather mark easily. And no one (no one!) else in the fleet had our
lift. Tee hee.

We rounded the weather mark eons ahead, and after the chute was up and
drawing, the first thing I did was check the course chart to make sure I
wasn’t doing something colossally stupid, which wouldn’t exactly have been
surprising. But, no, we were just out in front.

Way. Out. Front.

I looked at the bulky back of my crew and asked rhetorically, “What the
heck was that all about?”

“That,” he said with the voice of Moses handing down the tablet, “was a
Gift Shift.”

So it was. Somewhere the gods were laughing.

And thus I came to recognize that every so often, especially for those of
us who sail in that Never-Never Land between DFL and somewhere up toward
the front, the gods toss down the occasional rosebud to keep us interested.
To keep us believing that we really can beat the hotshot sailors.

We call it Never-Never Land because we are never going to get a trophy and
we are never going to get back to the dock before there is a long waiting
line for the hoist. We really ought to call it Never-Never-Never Land,
because we’re never going to get to the showers while there is still hot
water, either. So be it.

I would like to claim that we won that particular race through sheer boat
speed combined with tactical brilliance, but I’m happy to just say that we
won the race. The hotshots were carving our lead down at a great rate, but
luckily for us, there was a mathematical absolute at work. The rate at
which they were diminishing our lead did not equal the distance to the
finish line. And so we won.

Not only did we win, but we were first to the hoist, first to the showers,
and were awarded a daily first trophy, which quite clearly amazed everyone.
Us included.

More important than any of those things, however, is that I learned a very
important rule of sailing that isn’t in any of the official rule books. In
fact, it’s actually a Rule of Life as well.

Don’t give up too soon.... read on:

What is the International Sailing Federation’s longest running event?

Plymouth, UK (September 11, 2011) - After the inaugural event of the
America’s Cup World Series in Cascais, Portugal (Aug. 6-14) introduced the
world to AC45 racing, nine teams met in Plymouth, UK this weekend to
showcase their talents in the second edition of the ACWS, which will
continue on to September 18th.

With the race course set up in the Sound, just meters offshore from the
Plymouth Hoe, the AC Plymouth Open offered ‘stadium sailing’ for the
thousands that lined the shores. "It was pretty awesome to see a crowd like
that supporting the sport,” said Artemis Racing skipper Terry Hutchinson.
“I don’t think anyone expected something like that. Imagine what could
happen with a sunny day.”

After the opening races on Saturday demonstrated manageable racing with
winds peaking at 20 knots, it was the show on Sunday that will be replayed
on the Internet again and again for viewers worldwide. With winds gusting
close to 30 knots, three capsizes tell the story as the blustery conditions
pushed the crews and the boats to their limits, and in some cases beyond.

The swim club this day included the French Aleph, Team Korea and Spain’s
Green Comm Racing. In each case, the crews escaped unscathed, the boats,
with minor damage to their wings. The attrition was compounded when Artemis
Racing damaged their wing when the runner hit the trailing edge and were
forced to retire. For the sporting fan that seeks out the extreme moments,
here is a video compilation of the wipeouts:

Holding the top three positions for the series were Dean Baker/ Emirates
Team New Zealand (NZL), Jimmy Spithill/ ORACLE Racing Spithill (USA), and
Terry Hutchinson/ Artemis Racing (SWE). Monday and Tuesday are off days at
the America’s Cup World Series Plymouth allowing the teams a chance to rest
and repair both man and machine. Racing resumes on Wednesday with
qualifying races for the Plymouth AC Match Race Championship.

Event website:
Race schedule:

Saturday video highlights:
Sunday video highlights:
Complete video index:

MONEY: The America's Cup is costing Plymouth City Council up to 200,000
pounds (317,636.77 USD) in support costs, a Freedom of Information request
by BBC News has revealed. The council said the money had paid for
facilities which included pontoons, stages and toilets. It said it could
not reveal how much, if anything, it had paid to organisers to secure the
event in the first place. --

Excited about the fall boat show season? Anxious to see the latest
sailboats from around the world? Well start this week with the Newport
International Boat Show, and as far as the latest and best, check out the
2011 Summit 35. This Mark Mills designed racer/cruiser will impress with
its large, comfortable interior, and huge cockpit, and built in the US
quality. It already has an impressive race record, and doubles as a fast
family cruiser as well. Stop in and see George and Barry at the Newport
Show, and check out all of our models at

The Star is turning 100! Since the first Star sailed on Long Island Sound
in 1911 over 8400 boats have been built, the venerable one design continues
to attract the best sailors in the world! To celebrate this milestone the
International Star Class Yacht Racing Association is holding a Centennial
Celebration at the Larchmont Yacht Club (Larchmont, NY) on September 12-18,

Larchmont has been the site of many Star regattas since the beginning and
was chosen for their enthusiasm and ability to host an event of this
magnitude. This event will focus on the people who love Star boats. It will
feature racing for vintage and modern Stars, as well as a display of Star
history. There will be a Gala Celebration with a gathering of Star
luminaries and notable characters.

Some of the notables include Bill and Carl Buchan sailing together, Colin
Beashel and David Giles are back on Star 7828, the boat which they won the
1998 Worlds. Mark Reynolds and Hal Haenel are together, and are rumored to
be using their gold medal boat (7592) from the 1992 Olympics.

The Star has been an Olympic Class since 1932 and is sailed throughout the
World. With many active fleets in Europe, there is a similar event being
planned for late October 2011 in St. Tropez. Many fleets are also planning
100th events of their own. To mark the occasion the Star Class also
designed a special 100th logo for use by all Star fleets for their
celebrations. --

San Francisco, CA (September 11, 2011) - After enduring Saturday’s high
wind survival conditions, the hundreds of sailors on 81 teams at the 47th
annual Rolex Big Boat Series would no doubt agree that handling today’s
14-17 knots on San Francisco Bay was a piece of cake. And rich was the
cake’s icing: sunshine unobstructed by fog, with temperatures that had
warmed by double digits to 68 degrees.

A single “Bay Tour” distance race showed seven classes (IRC A, B, C, D
J/105, J/120, Express 37) the four corners of San Francisco Bay, visually
anchored by the Golden Gate Bridge to the west, Alacatraz Island in the
middle, and Treasure Island and Bay Bridge to the East, while an eighth
class (Farr 30) topped off its world championship with four feisty races on
the “North Course” that was their racing home for the regatta’s entire four

Spectators, too, were treated to the true beauty, emotion and power of sail
when, before racing, all boats paraded in honor of 9/11 victims, and for
the finish, a colorful lineup of spinnakers roared past the stretch of land
closest to Crissy Field, triggering cannon fire from the uppermost decks of
nearby St. Francis Yacht Club where later six perpetual trophies as well as
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Stainless Steel Submariners would be awarded to
winners in six of the classes.

Full report:

Events listed at

* Chicago, IL (September 10, 2011) - With conditions a far cry from
yesterday's chop and varying winds, today's final day of the CMRC Autumn
Open A event was a nail-biting day of comebacks and fallouts, with the Hong
Kong-Kiwi team led by skipper Seah Chin Yew emerging on top of the field of
10 teams from 5 nations in this Grade 3 event. Seah raced with Laurie Jury
Logan Fraser and Michael Edmonds, who themselves are on a winning streak
after capturing last week's 4-event US Grand Slam Series title. -- Full

* Toronto, Ont (September 11, 2011) - Twenty-nine teams competed at the
2011 Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championship, hosted by National
Yacht Club on September 8-11. With ten races completed, the title would be
decided in the final race between defending champion Gary Tisdale from
Youngston, NY and local Richard Reid. Tisdale left no doubt by winning the
final race to take both the open title and the Corinthian award. -- Event

* Long Beach, CA (September 11, 2011) - The 2011 Finn U.S. Nationals saw 30
boats compete in the three day event hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.
2008 Olympic silver medalist Zach Railey conducted a clinic through the
nine race event, completing a perfect score of all first place finishes to
take the title. Also dominating the field was Caleb Paine, finishing second
and clear by 21 points of third place finisher Henry Sprague. -- Full

* Newport, RI (September 11, 2011) - One of the most anticipated sailing
events of the year - the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by
Rolex - starts Monday for the 22 yacht clubs representing 16 nations from
six different continents. Swan 42s will be used in the competition, and the
event site will provide live updates, tracking, video, etc. at

* Co. Dublin, Ireland (September 9, 2011) - Another first place in the
penultimate race for Italians Diego Negri and Enrico Voltolini sealed their
series-long domination and overall victory at the Star European
Championship. Canadians Richard Clarke/Tyler Bjorn charge up the standings
landed them in third place in the 27-boat fleet from 18 nations. -- Event

* Porto Cervo, Italy (September 10, 2011) - The 2011 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
concluded in dramatic style with the completion of the scheduled programme
for all classes. This year’s class victors are: Mini Maxi Rolex World
Championship: Niklas Zennström’s Rán 2 (GBR); Maxi Racing: Sir Irvine
Laidlaw’s Highland Fling (MON); Maxi Racing/Cruising division: Danilo
Salsi’s DSK Pioneer Investments (ITA); Supermaxi: Filip Balcaen’s Nilaya
(GBR); Wally: Claus-Peter Offen’s Y3K (GER). -- Full report:

* The Natalie J, owned by Dr. Philip D. O’Niel III of Bloomfield Hills, MI,
is the winner of the 2011 Clark DeRoy Trophy. The Trophy is awarded to the
yacht with the lowest combined corrected time for the Chicago Yacht Club
Race to Mackinac and the Bayview Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. Dr. O’Niel, a
member of the Bayview Yacht Club, also won the Point Betsie Trophy, given
to the winner of the 2011 Yacht Club Challenge for club teams with 5+ boats
sailing under its name. In second was St. Joseph River Yacht Club and
Macatawa Bay Yacht Club in third.

* A well-known Nassau sailing enthusiast who had been missing for some time
has died after falling eight floors from the balcony of his hotel in Puerto
Rico. Jack Donald, 53, died of his injuries in hospital. Police confirmed
the tragedy took place last Friday. Mr Donald's death has been categorised
as a suicide, according to detectives who discovered a note inside his room
at the Radisson Ambassador Plaza Hotel & Casino, in San Juan. -- Read on:

* The World Sailing Speed Record Council announced the ratification of a
new Singlehanded Around Australia record by Bruce Arms (AUS) onboard the 46
ft catamaran Big Wave Rider. Completed on August 8th, Arms completed the
6536 nm route in 38 days 21 hours 41 minutes and 42 seconds (avg speed 7
kts). --

A trip this week to the Newport International Boat Show is not only a
chance to indulge your passion for all things boating: it is also an
opportunity to learn if the industry holds a professional future for you.
IYRS will be at the boat show (September 15-18) and staff will be on hand
to talk about IYRS programs in Boatbuilding & Restoration, Marine Systems,
and Composites Technology - programs that have launched many marine
careers. Combine an IYRS boat show visit with a tour of the school’s main
campus, only a short walk from the show.

The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship is the International Sailing
Federation’s longest running event, having taken place every year since the
first championships hosted by Sweden in 1971. The event has been held in 24
countries over the past 41 years. In 2012 the Youth Worlds heads to Dublin
Bay in Ireland, followed by Limassol, Cyprus in 2013 and Tavira in Portugal
2014. ISAF is now inviting bids to host the ISAF Youth Sailing World
Championships from 2015 onwards. -- Full report:

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* From Bill Canfield, St. Thomas, VI:
Gary Bodie has given some excellent advice (in Scuttlebutt 3423) for US
Olympic sailors who hope to compete in Rio in 2016, but when you examine
his words you wonder how small a percentage of our elite junior sailors to
whom they really pertain.

Gary admits that many body types and sizes are eliminated immediately as
they don't fit the Olympic boats. He further suggests that to be successful
it is necessary to forgo possibly the most fun sailing you will ever do
racing against your peers for eight years in HS and college. Rather you
must jump into a single boat type for at least 6 - 8 years. He points out
how fickle the IOC is by eliminating one class before it was tested and
another that was possible the showcase of the sport and was the one class
the host country, Brazil, really wanted. He then admits the format for 2016
is still unknown. Who knows if your class will be there when you peak out.

If you look at the situation with a sensible mind, it tells you Olympic
sailing has gone off the tracks as far as American sailors are concerned
and like most things ISAF is involved with decisions are driven by a small
group of European countries. The Olympics is very important to ISAF and it
provides a major percent of their funding but I question how long it will
remain an Olympic sport. In the days of media coverage and especially TV
the class that offered spectators and TV has been eliminated without a test
and the class that brought familiar sailing names to the sport has also
been dropped. Again sensible minds should question both those decisions.

I think elite junior sailors that have Olympic aspirations should follow
their dreams and Gary's advice but should expect disappointments. To the
99.5 other US elite sailors enjoy the sport of sailing!

COMMENT: I contend that Gary’s advice - which I agree with - is a partly
due to the changes that have occurred in U.S. youth sailing. In many cases,
the type of boats sailed by the current USSTAG team members during their
teen years are not the same boats that were used by the U.S. teams in the
80’s. Today’s boats are simplified, and teach a fraction of the lessons
needed to be successful at the Olympic level. Before American John Shadden
won the bronze medal in the 470 at the 1988 Olympics, he spent his teen
years racing Snipes. The lessons he learned in the Snipe made for a much
easier transition into the 470 than if he had raced only FJs and Club 420s.
- Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt

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