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SCUTTLEBUTT 3451 - Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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Peter Isler, two-time America's Cup winner, has sailed in and won hundreds
of races over the last forty years. In his latest book - Peter Isler's
Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets - he shares lessons and stories that
have helped him succeed and enjoy the sport.

This excerpt, titled In Their Own Words, was written by four-time Olympic
medalist Ben Ainslie of Great Britain. In it Ben describes how a petty
squabble eight years previously very nearly derailed his Olympic Games in
2004. As he says, "You never know when you might need a friend." Read on:
Learn to respect and get on with your peers.

As a young, aggressive Laser sailor I would push hard on the water and end
up in countless arguments and shouting matches. I was younger than the guys
I was racing against, racing in the 1996 Olympic Games at nineteen, and I
felt I had to make it clear to the older, more experienced sailors that
they couldn't intimidate me.

There was one French sailor in particular who was a problem for me, and for
whatever reason we would always be in the same patch of water pushing for
mark room or whatever. In a warm-up regatta to the Olympics we were both on
the final run to the finish; he was leading and I was second. I was fast
downwind and I began reeling him in and was about to pass when he began
screaming at me for cheating and breaking rule 42. At this point the
"on-water judge" came up to us both and gave the Frenchman the penalty for
too much rocking.

As he was doing his penalty turn I sailed past and made some sly remark to
wind the guy up, but he lost it, and I mean really lost it. It died down
and all was seemingly forgotten until we began racing in the Olympics a
fortnight later and the same guy protested me in race two. The protest was
a complete fabrication, but I was fortunate that the TV coverage of the
race had picked up the incident and proved that I was in fact on starboard
tack, not port tack, as was being claimed. The protest was dismissed and I
put it behind me as a bit of bad blood and gamesmanship.

Eight years later we were both sailing in the Finn class for the 2004
Olympics. Again, in the second race we were both sailing on the extreme
left of the first beat with few other boats around, and I thought I could
easily cross the Frenchman. As I crossed on port tack he pulled his bow
away and claimed an incident even though nothing had happened. We had
words; he then took back his claim and apologized. -- Read on:
Ben was too polite to mention his advisory by name, but it was Guillaume
Florent who represented France in the Finn event at the 2004 Olympic Games:

If you're in the San Diego area, Peter will be signing his new book at the
Shelter Island West Marine (1250 Rosecrans) on October 20th from 5:30 to
7:30 pm. Here's additional information about the book:

The sailing events for the XVI Pan American Games are being held at the
Vallarta Yacht Club in Puerto Vallarta, with racing scheduled for October
17-23. Laser (Men), Laser Radial (Women) and RS:X (Men and Women) - and
five non-Olympic, open classes - Hobie 16, J/24, Lightning, Snipe and

Light winds, oppressive heat and spotty internet connections are limiting
the news flow, but American Clay Johnson was able to find a hot spot to
provide this update from the Laser course:
(October 18, 2011) - Today was the second day of the Pan Am Games, and once
again we headed out for two more races at 1 PM. In the first race, the
breeze started out at a light 4 knots but built to about 6 knots. I had a
good start below the fleet and headed to the left for more pressure. I was
able to tack and sail on top of the fleet out towards the right.

At the first mark, I rounded in 2nd behind the Columbian guy, but Cy
Thompson (ISV), Julio Alsogaray (ARG), and Bruno Fontes (BRA) were right
behind me. I stayed in 2nd on the reach, and on the run, I was able to get
around the Columbian guy. Julio just edged in front of me at the leeward
mark. I rounded in 2nd and headed back to the left for more pressure.

Most of the fleet started heading to the right, so Julio tacked over and
went with them. I saw a little more breeze just past him, so I sailed about
10 more boat lengths and tacked in some nice pressure. The breeze kept
going left and I was able to lift off of Julio and into the lead.

We rode all the way across the course and then I tacked in front of him on
the way back to extend my lead. Raul Aguayo (DOM) was pretty deep and went
all the way to the left corner by himself and was able to sneak in front of
Julio at the weather mark. I had a good lead and maintained it to the
finish! -- Read on:
As the event site results tool is a nightmare, the USA team sent in their
standings after day two: Laser - 2; Radial - 4; J/24 - 2; Lightning - 1;
Snipe - 1; Hobie 16 - 5; RSX Men - 7; RSX Women - 3; and Sunfish - 2.

Canada team:
USA team:
Event website:

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When sailor Paul Foerster recalls his first Olympics -- the Seoul games of
1988 -- the first thing he remembers is the weather: cold, windy and a lot
of big waves.

"The conditions there were the worst I've ever dealt with in my life,"
Foerster said with a laugh. But what really stuck with the Heath, Texas,
native about Seoul was how he felt when the games were over. Then just a
24-year-old, he finished 11th in the mixed two person heavyweight dinghy
(Flying Dutchman) and he wanted more.

"It was pretty exciting to be there, and I had dreamed of it my whole life,
" Foerster said. "But not winning a medal made me want to try more to come
back and do it again." So Foerster did just that -- three more times.

He is one of four, four-time Olympians competing for Team USA at the Pan Am
Games. Foerster is competing in the Sunfish event.

After his debut in 1988, he won a silver in Barcelona in 1992 (Flying
Dutchman), another silver in Sydney in 2000 (470 Men) and capped off his
Olympic career with a gold medal at the 2004 Games in Athens (470 Men).
While he still competes at certain events, Foerster retired as an Olympian
after the 2004 Games, citing wanting to spend more time with his family.

Yet when all is said and done, Foerster will always be an Olympic champion.

"That means a lot to me," Foerster said. "The main thing is that you end
your season -- or your career -- on a high note. Because even if you get a
silver or bronze, you still lost the last competition. So it's nice to win
the last competition." -- Source:

The ten teams competing in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race are
currently midway on the 4750 nm leg from Cape Town, South Africa to
Geraldton, Western Australia, and the Southern Ocean is living up to its
reputation as one of Mother Nature's toughest environments.

"The last 24 hours we have not really been racing, more a case of being
taken for a very wild ride by one of the most extreme parts of the world in
which to go sailing," reveals Singapore skipper, Ben Bowley.

"For most of Monday we were seeing winds in excess of 40 knots and the
occasional gust up to 60 knots. This was before our instruments decided to
give up and not tell us what we were experiencing! We tried several sail
combinations to find one that suited the conditions and finally settled on
three reefs with a staysail."

"Sail too slow and there was not enough steerage to control the boat
against the mountainous, steep, breaking seas or carry too much sail and
face the terrible prospect of broaching beam to the sea when the wind
gusted up and the helm lost concentration for a split second," warns

"Although there were lots of very wide eyes looking aft and upwards as a
breaking crest threatened to poop us," explains Bowley, "these were
balanced out by the broad grins of the helmsman feeling the thrill of a
40-ton yacht surfing over three waves at a time in excess of 20 knots for
up to 20 seconds at a time!"

"This Southern Ocean is definitely one place that you must see and
experience... but not necessarily come back to," shares Derry-Londonderry
skipper Mark Light.

"The bitter cold sifts through layers of thermals, mid-layers and shell to
bite away at the skin causing crew to get terribly cold. When one gets cold
your ability to think and concentrate is depleted leading to small mistakes
that unfortunately sometimes can compound to larger mistakes. Daylight
brings confidence back as people can see again and the problems seem to
dissolve into the night." explains Gold Coast Australia skipper Richard

"Sometimes a wave hit the side of New York and it must be what is like to
be hit by a bus at 40mph; the whole yacht would stop in the water and crew
were thrown around like dolls from one side of the yacht to the other. You
can try and hang on but you just got ripped from where you were to where
you got put by the sea. Most of the time it was more like racing a sub than
a racing yacht," reports New York skipper Gareth Glover.

BACKGROUND: The Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race started on July
31st from Southampton on the UK's south coast and will return to the Solent
in July 2012 after 40,000 miles of ocean racing. Over 500 people signed up
to crew on the 10 equally matched 68-foot masthead for at least one of
eight legs.

Its nightlife is as good as anywhere in the country, the 15 miles of
beaches are crammed with all manner of flamboyant souls, and for two weeks
in May, Miami, Florida will be the host of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race.

The six competing teams are now in Alicante, Spain preparing for the first
In-Port Race on October 29. The 6,500 nm race from Alicante through the
Atlantic to Cape Town, South Africa on November 5th is the first of the
nine offshore legs.

It will be the 4,800 nm leg from Itaja¨ª in Brazil that is expected to
deliver the Volvo Open 70 racing yachts to Miami by May 6th. And until the
fleet departs again on May 20th, look for the Race Village to be the place
to be.

Like something from a Formula 1 grand prix, this venue will be dedicated to
entertainment with a program brimming with concerts, shows, exhibitions,
sailing clinics, rides, fireworks and restaurants.

It is also home to the Volvo Ocean Race Experience, an interactive
attraction designed to suck landlubbers into the world of a Volvo Ocean
Race sailor through its 3D cinema, simulator and winch grinding challenge.

The centerpiece of the Race Village will be the stars of the Volvo Ocean
Race - the six VO 70s. And for the first time ever the team zones will be
open to the public, allowing fans to watch master boat builders and design
experts do their thing.

It is estimated that four million people will visit the race villages in
the ten Volvo Ocean Race Host Ports around the world. Details on the race
schedule here:

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* Professional yacht racing photographers from around the world are invited
to submit their best yacht racing image from 2011 to enter the 'Yacht
Racing Image of the Year 2011' organised by the World Yacht Racing Forum
and presented by WYRF Gold Partner Mirabaud & Cie, banquiers priv¨¦s. The
entry deadline is October 31. Details here:

* The Rena, a 775-foot cargo ship, remains aground on the reef off the
North Islands of New Zealand. It has already spilled over 330 tonnes of
heavy fuel oil, with another 1,300 tons on board. Crews are working to
develop a way to heat the heavy oil in order to pump it onto a waiting
tanker. In addition, over 100 containers have already been lost, and the
ship is expected to break up over the next weeks. -- NA Sailor, read on:

* Italian company O-range and Swedish company Sail Racing have developed a
state-of-the-art series of technical bags with integrated solar panels
designed to charge iPhones and iPads. -- Read on:

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* From Fred Roswold:
Many, many, more sailors don't spend freely on sails, or boats, or
equipment, or anything else. As much as we'd like to, we just don't have
it. The advice to hire a coach (in Scuttlebutt 3450), because it is a good
idea and all the other sports have them, regardless of the expense, is a
case of being out of touch with reality and another example of how costs of
sailing are being pushed upwards, the fun is left behind, and more sailing
families are being pushed out.

It seems like a comment made after spending too much time with a wealthier
crowd. Let's hear some ideas about how to reduce costs instead of increase
them and how to make sailing more inclusive instead of exclusive.

* From Pete Thomas:
After reading Jobson's coaching article in Scuttlebutt 3450, I fear he has
been swallowed up by the 'need to succeed' mandate that has immersed our
society. When did our recreation become so complicated?

The presence of coaches on the water is the presence of professionalism.
If you limit coaching during regattas, the coaches will then become onboard
crew. If classes want to restrict coaching, they must completely restrict
professionalism in the class.

What's whacky to me is how ISAF allows all this to happen. Odds are if
people are getting event coaching, then it's a competitive class that has
international status from ISAF. That means that ISAF must approve the class
rules and its event rules.

If ISAF was really in charge of the sport, they would determine which
classes should be protected from professionalism. ISAF should allow it in
the Olympic event and a few other premier one design classes, but then shut
it down everywhere else.

Hate to say it, but sailing was a lot more fun before we all got so damn
serious about it. And when it was fun, there were more people doing it. Am
I the only one seeing the forest through the trees?

* From John Tormey:
Concerning your report in Scuttlebutt 3450 about how Oracle Racing has four
AC45s compared to only one for each of the challengers, Artemis Racing CEO
Paul Cayard commented that even his wealthy team is already lagging in this
arms race.

"... we would also like to have two more AC45¡äs but right now our budget
won't allow us to do that. We do have the sailors, we have 13 sailors in
our team and we could easily race two AC45¡äs but that would be another
cost. The bottom line is that if you can afford what Oracle is doing, then
it is an advantage."

So much for encouraging competition and presenting cost containment

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