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SCUTTLEBUTT 3434 - Monday, September 26, 2011

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain (September 24, 2011) - The fourth day of racing at
the 2011 Melges 32 World Championship on Friday shuffled the scores, with
William Douglass' Goombay Smash and tactician Chris Larson overtaking event
leader John Kilroy on Samba Pa Ti with tactician Vasco Vascotto. With the
three top teams now within one point, the final day of races on Saturday
would prove pivotal.

But after a long, nerve-racking, rainy on-land postponement, around two
o'clock a short trip out to the race course left the 29-strong fleet
waiting for the wind. Unfortunately, it never arrived and no racing was
able to take place leaving Douglass and his team of Chris Larson, Marco
Constant, Andy Escourt, Stu Pollard, Mark Towill, Chris Welch and Alan
Nakanishi as the 2011 World Champions. -- Final report:

Final Results - top 10 of 29 (After 8 Races, 1 Discard
1. William Douglass/Chris Larson, Goombay Smash; [28]-3-12-6-1-7-10-2, 41
2. John Kilroy/Vasco Vascotto, Samba Pa Ti; 5-1-10-1-13-2-[28]-10, 42
3. Lanfranco Cirillo/Michele Paoletti, Fantastica; 10-9-3-2-2-[23]-3-13, 42
4. Yukihiro Ishida/Hamish Pepper, Yasha Samurai; 1-[24]-2-13-7-4-7-18, 52
5. Edoardo Lupi/Branko Brcin, Torpyone; [18]-18-6-3-18-1-6-4, 56
6. Vincenzo Onorato/F. Bruni, Mascalzone Latino; 2-5-20-12-[21]-1-1, 59
7. Jason Carroll/Cameron Appleton, ARGO; 3-12-13-4-[22]-3-21-6, 62
8. Joe Woods/ Paul Goodison, Red; [15]-10-15-8-12-14-5-5, 69
9. Filippo Pacinotti/D. Cassinari, Brontolo HH; 13-11-1-[17]-17-9-4-16, 71
10. John Porter/Jonathan McKee, Full Throttle; 7-[15]-5-15-15-8-13-8, 71
Full results:

It was 1971 when Canadian Bruce Kirby set loose his Laser design, and the
world has never been the same. With over 250,000 boats built, the class has
been the gateway for nearly every prominent racer in our sport.

The Laser became a men's Olympic-class boat at the 1996 Summer Olympics in
Atlanta, the Laser Radial was first sailed as a women's Olympic-class boat
at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

The years have not affected Kirby's affection for the Laser. He loves it,
and had remained connected to it. But like any aging parent, Kirby was
preparing for retirement.

Two and a half years ago Kirby sold his rights to the design to one of the
three International Laser Class Association (ILCA) builders, but sometime
after that drama ensured with one of the other builders, and then the

When Kirby saw his grown child in trouble, his thoughts of carefree days
were replaced with his desire to right the ship. So much for retirement.

"With the legal work now well behind us and the Laser design rights back in
my hands," explained Kirby, "I am looking forward to working with the ILCA,
the builders and ISAF to get the mechanics of producing and marketing
Lasers back to where it was three years ago.

"There were a lot of mistakes and misunderstandings surrounding my attempt
to transfer the 40-year-old design rights to Global Sailing in New Zealand
(one of three ILCA builders), and it became obvious that the best way to
solve the dilemma was for me to resume ownership of these design rights and
builder contracts.

"With the cooperation of all parties, the class should be able to continue
its long history as the premier sailboat racing organization and mainstay
of Olympic sailing."

At 82 years old, Kirby's return to the class should bring new life to the
class's long time slogan: 'Cheat the nursing home, die on your Laser'.

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* Hyannis, MA (September 24, 2011) - The 2011 F-18 North American
Championship Series hosted by the Hyannis Yacht Club has been won today by
Skipper Robbie Daniel and Crew Hunter Stunzi from Clearwater Florida. In 13
races held over four days of racing, they bested a fleet of 55 competitors
from seven countries with a combined score of 19 points which included
seven first place finishes. Their worst finish, a fourth place in race 9,
was their single throw-out as permitted by the racing rules for this event.
-- Full report:

* The Royal Canadian Yacht Club hosted 54 teams at the International
Albacore Championships in Toronto, ONT on September 16 - 23. Consistency
was king for Barney Harris and David Byron (of Potomac River Sailing
Assn.), who won the championship as the lone team to post all top eight
scores through the twelve race series. Results:

* Larchmont, NY (September 25, 2011) - While insufficient wind on Long
Island Sound prevented the four fleets at the U.S. Disabled Championship
from competing on Sunday's final round of racing, each fleet completed at
least three races. Winners included Rick Doerr/ Brad Kendall/ Hugh Freund
in the Sonar; Scott Whitman/ Julia Dorsett (Boca in the SKUD-18; Charles
Rosenfield in the 2.4 mR; and Edward King/ Bill Sandberg/ Jim Scott in the
Ideal 18. -- Full report:

* Annapolis, MD (September 25, 2011) - The Lloyd Phoenix Trophy was decided
in dramatic fashion on Sunday at the U.S. Offshore Championship, hosted by
the U.S. Naval Academy Squadron on Chesapeake Bay. Defending champion Bruce
Kuryla (Milford, Conn.) of the New York Yacht Club and Milford Yacht Club
and his team edged skipper Steve Travis (Mercer Island, Wash.) and his crew
from the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle by a boat length in today's final
distance race to win the Championship. -- Full report:

* Marsala, Sicily (September 25, 2011) - The first ever European Youth Open
Match Racing Championship hosted teams from Italy, Denmark, Great Britain,
Sweden, Russia, Switzerland, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, France and the
United States of America. In the final Valerio Galati (ITA) beat Joachim
Aschenbrenner (DEN) 2-0 and in the Petit Final Mark Lees (GBR) beat Gorazd
Rajar (SLO) 2-0, making Valerio Galati from Italy the EUROSAF Match Racing,
European Youth Open Champion. -- Full report:

* (September 25, 2011) - At 14:00 local time (12:00 GMT), the six
double-handed Class40's in the Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) fleet
crossed the start line in Palma, Mallorca for the 7,000 nm Leg 1 to Cape
Town. There are five legs to the 30,000 nm course, which will then take the
fleet from Cape Town to stops in Wellington, New Zealand; Punta del Este,
Uruguay and Charleston, USA before finishing back in Mallorca by May 2012.
-- Full report:

* (September 23, 2011) - The Australian Sailing Team today officially
opened its new National Training Centre at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in
Sydney. It is designed to provide Australian sailors with all the necessary
resources as they continue their quest for Gold at the London 2012 Olympic
Games and beyond. -- MySailing, read on:

* Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday making it easier for San
Francisco to create financing districts to pay for improvements tied to the
America's Cup. "The Port of San Francisco is a beautiful urban coastline,"
Brown said, "but its infrastructure needs a lot of work." Indeed, some
rickety piers are at risk of being condemned because the port does not have
the money to fix them. The city expects to set up infrastructure finance
districts once it completes the state-mandated environmental review by the
end of this year. -- SF Business Times, full story:

Events listed at

Renowned catamaran designer Rudy Choy passed away on September 13 in
Honolulu. He was 88 years old.

In 1947, Choy, along with mentor Alfred Kumalee and Woody Brown, created
the first modern catamaran in Hawaii. A decade later, Choy and Kumalee
joined forces with Warren Seaman to form Southern California's C/S/K
Catamarans, one of the best known cat builders of the era. The firm saw
great success during the '60s, building such well-known racing cats as
Aikane, Pattycat II, Seasmoke, and Aikane X5, which smashed the TransPac
speed record in '89 when she arrived in Honolulu in just 6 days, 22 hours.

Thanks to Choy's vision and determination, his name will be forever linked
with the modern catamaran movement. He is survived by his son Barry, who
took the helm from his dad by creating Choydesign, a luxury catamaran
design firm. -- Latitude 38,

Since no one is standing at the door with a clicker, an accounting for all
the solo circumnavigators is likely to be incomplete. However, Robin
Knox-Johnston, who is known to be the first person to complete a solo
non-stop circumnavigation (1968-69), is giving it a try. His list includes
186 people that have accomplished this feat from American Joshua Slocum
(1895-98) to May 2011. Here is the list:

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* From Urban Miyares, Challenged America:
The 4th annual National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic for recently injured
veterans just ended in San Diego. With more than 100 men and women who were
recently injured (a number being disabled due to combat), it was an
emotional event for not only the dozens of Challenged America volunteers,
but also the families of the vets, personnel from the Department of
Veterans Affairs, and on-lookers at the Marriott marina, as these veterans
experienced sailing for the first time.

When talking about "advancing the sport of sailing," those in the boating
industry should have been at the dock when these veterans returned from
their first sail, and race, in a small keel boat. The smiles and enthusiasm
generated about the thrill of sailing and their want to continue in the
sport was overwhelming. There is a population of new sailors waiting for
the opportunity to sail. All they need is the invite to come aboard.

If anyone out there would like more information on how to make their vessel
accessible for someone with a disability or how to start their own sailing
program for veterans, kids and adults with disabilities, and their loved
ones, we invite them to contact us at Challenged America -- which was
founded by disabled veterans 34 years ago. -- Forum,

* From Scott Mason:
Commenting on 'Why Kids Don't Want to Sail' from Scuttlebutt 3433, many
parents have much higher expectations than their offspring. We often coach
(as amateurs) their swing, pitch, shot or line exit. How about stepping
back and cheering their successes while letting coaches deal with areas for
improvement. Trust me, your time to impact will end, and your time as a
friend will not. Let them enjoy their youth, look forward to that lifetime

* From Matthew Fortune Reid:
I am so happy I am not a kid in sailing or soccer, or in the back of a
soccer mom's SUV, etc. I see these kids and moms driving around, with the
mom managing cell phone, food, control of the kids, etc. Horn blaring, eyes
glaring, finger pointed to the heavens.

I was lucky enough to get into sailing in my early 40s, far beyond the days
when I was concerned about what sunglasses I wear. The addiction of our
country is the one-upsmanship of beating the Jones next door. No matter
what the cost. You can blame TV and other media, but what it comes down to
is parenting.

We are now at least two generations removed from the parents who understood
that they were not our friends, they were our caretakers and molders. Their
obligation was to raise a self-sufficient and socially conscious child. I
had many resentments against my parents until my early 20s, when I realized
that all the chores I did, dishes I washed, lawns I cut, made my life so
easy on my own. I always had clean clothes, plenty of food and love, extra
schooling at home and...discipline.

We are too fat, too proud and too entitled. And, from what I see on a daily
basis, miserable. Bill reminisces about the days of yore. They are gone
forever. His most important point is almost unspoken, but there
nevertheless. Experiences, not possessions, at the end of the day, are what
life is all about. I still believe that kids have the best time just
messing about in boats, or the woods, etc.

The Opti conundrum is just a microcosm of how our society has evolved. I am
not sure there is a way to go back, but I will read with great interest all
the positive replies to his gauntlet thrown down.

* From Derek Paterson:
Regarding wind strength at different temperatures, without being scientific
it is the density of the air, not the speed that makes the difference.
Compare being hit by a marshmallow at 20 knots with being hit by a same
size piece of solid chocolate at 20 knots. The marshmallow would be a
surprise - the chocolate would hurt.

* From George Morris:
Regarding the finish line rules quiz (in Scuttlebutt 3430), there is no
actual requirement, as far as I know, for the Race Committee to give a toot
when a boat crosses the finishing line but we do this because it's fun. The
fact that a toot has been given does not necessarily mean the boat has
finished correctly, including the bit about clearing all marks.

The RO does not have to record a finishing time just because he has given a
toot. If he observes a boat crossing the finishing line he notes the
finishing time but if the boat subsequently hits the mark he rubs it out
again, doesn't he? Inevitably the boat would claim that he heard a toot and
that meant he was no longer racing but the boat would be wrong. The toot
will always be given before the boat clears the mark and can surely be
revoked if the marks are not subsequently cleared. The score in this case
is DNF.

* From Shannon Bush:
Adding to the comments about hitting a finishing line mark, if a competitor
finishes (by definition: pierce the finish line with all sails, etc in
place) and then hits the finish mark, he has broken a rule and needs to
exonerate himself. If the competitor is savvy, he would immediately bear
off, gybe around the finish mark, then tack back around the finish mark and
re-finish. He will have exonerated himself by completing the "one-turn
penalty." IF NOT, then the competitor is am at the whim of the RC whether
or not he will be protested. A competitor can take the one-turn penalty
anywhere as long as he returns to the course side of the finish line and

If the RC sees a boat properly finish, then hit the finish mark, the RC
finishes the boat IN PLACE and notes that the boat hit the finish mark, and
does NOT score her DNF. IF the RC intends to protest the boat hitting the
finish mark, the RC shall inform the boat ashore, within the time limit,
its intention to protest. IF the RC sees the boat exonerate herself, the RC
shall score the boat in the position she crosses the line for the second
time, making notes all the while.

* From Art Karpf:
Apparently I started a thread about reaches vs windward/leewards when I
wrote regarding "Navigator's" courses in PHRF races. That was not my
intent, since I grew up racing (non-spinnaker) Snipes from 1948 to 1963 and
reveled in short-course triangle races, especially when alternated with

A one-design race is a different animal from an assortment of PHRF boats.
No question, a reach can be a challenging leg in a one-design, offering
opportunities to pass and be passed and mark roundings that often spell the
difference between winning and losing. I loved reaches in one-design

I even like reaches in short-course, multiple-lap PHRF racing with or
without a spinnaker. What I railed against was the tendency for regatta
committees to use one-race-a-day long "navigator's" courses to get
non-spinnaker classes, by their very nature composed of very different
designs, sent off out of the way while they run multi-race windward/leeward
regattas for the apparently more-favored PHRF spinnaker boats.

* From Jim Champ:
When the discussion turns to race course selection, I'm reminded of this
wonderful xkcd cartoon:

You'd think all us supposedly bright sailors would be able to recognise
that opinion varies, and accept that. But no, and every time it comes up
the parties seem to get more agitated and seem to think that if only they
rehearse the same arguments *yet again* the other side will finally see

Give up guys, it ain't going to happen! Human nature I guess: even writing
this I feel tempted to advance one argument or another, but I am strong.
I... shall...resist.

An object at rest will always be in the wrong place.

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