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SCUTTLEBUTT 3462 - Thursday, November 3, 2011

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Milan, Italy (November 2, 2011) - The Circolo della Vela Sicilia of Palermo
and the team Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 today announced that their Notice of
Challenge for the 34th America's Cup, which will be held at San Francisco in
September 2013, has been accepted by the Golden Gate Yacht Club.

Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 and Emirates Team New Zealand have signed a
cooperation agreement until 31st December 2012 which includes full access to
all ETNZ design and performance data for this period. The hulls for the Luna
Rossa AC72 will be built in Italy and all other elements will be built in
New Zealand in close cooperation with Emirates Team New Zealand.

Luna Rossa's 2012 programme includes the opening of a base in Auckland (New
Zealand) for the joint training, the participation in all events of the
America's Cup World Series (ACWS) with the AC 45 wing catamarans and the
launch of the AC 72' wing catamaran for the America's Cup. From March 2013
the team Luna Rossa will continue its sporting preparation and technical
development of the AC 72' in San Francisco and will participate to all
events scheduled for the 34th America's Cup.

Patrizio Bertelli, Team Principal of Luna Rossa Challenge 2013, said: "I am
certain that the co-operation of Luna Rossa with Emirates Team New Zealand
will produce excellent results, giving to both teams a faster and more
effective development both in the technical and in the sporting fields. The
choice of the Circolo della Vela Sicilia as challenging yacht club is also
significant: I think it is important, in a moment like this, to underline
the unity of our country also in the field of culture and sports."

The team Luna Rossa was established in 1997 by Patrizio Bertelli with the
original name of "Prada Challenge for the America's Cup 2000". At its first
attempt the team won the Louis Vuitton Cup - the challengers' selection
series - in 2000, with a record of 38 victories over 49 races. Luna Rossa
participated also in 2003, and in 2007 it reached the Louis Vuitton Cup
final. Luna Rossa is currently participating in the Extreme Sailing Series,
the Extreme 40' catamaran circuit, where it is leading the overall
standings. -- Full story:

SailBlast followed today's announcement in a media call with America's Cup
Regatta Director Iain Murray and CEO Craig Thompson who commented on the
exciting confirmation that indeed, long time Cup favorite Prada/Luna Rossa
is back in the Cup, this time collaborating on boats and such with Emirates
Team New Zealand (ETNZ).
Murray said, "For those with a keen eye who spotted Luna Rossa in and out of
the ETNZ team base in Plymouth and who have been adding two and two to get
four, the answer is obvious today and presents a very strong group of people
who I think will have enhanced chances in the America's Cup going forward.
It seems like a positive, strong move for the America's Cup.

Luna Rossa will take delivery of their AC45 in early December subject to
branding and hull painting etc. The destination of it is unknown at this
stage and where they'll actually sail it the first time. They will be
competing in events for 2012 and sure, they won't be scored for the AC World
Series round 1 which concludes in Newport, RI, next June but I don't think
that's their highest priority. I think they're keen to get their boat and
get out there and start to learn about sailing wing-sailed catamarans."

Murray also confirmed that there're no limits on where Prada can take its
AC45 to train, however the team will be seriously considering where it'll
get the best bang for buck, "Probably the biggest thing with taking an AC45
for any AC team anywhere is generally in most countries you will incur
taxes. NZ presents an opportunity for them but there's taxes to pay when you
go to train for certain periods of time which is a discussion Luna Rossa
will have to have with the various authorities of that country. Other than
the taxes, they can go wherever they like until the first event."

Thompson added that today's news from Italy may not be the last with regards
to more teams joining. -- Read on:

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In his blog, Mark Covell, Olympic medalist and round-the-world yachtsman
comments on the action from the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. With only a few
days to go until the start it's time to pack the boats ready for Leg one.
The teams have had some downtime since the in-port racing at the weekend,
but now it's time to regain focus. All the training and major preparation is
over - it's all about ocean racing now. Teams ideally want their boats
packed and loaded 24 hours before the start day. Some skippers even put the
boats on lockdown, saying if it's not on before then it's not coming.

Team Base
An area is laid out in the team's base. They then pile up everything going
on the boat, as if packing for a summer holiday. But for these holiday
makers there'll be no Hawaiian shirts and glossy magazines to read by the
pool, just three sets of underwear, a base layer and a fleece or two. Weight
is the major concern. The lighter a team can pack, the faster the boat will

Stacked and Racked
There is a sail limitation too, so the navigators are busily looking at the
wind predictions for the leg. A quiver of sails will then be carefully
packed, stacked and racked ready to set in a second. The teams set sail on 5
November and are expected to arrive in Cape Town on 25 November. So, 20 bags
of dehydrated food have been prepared and sealed ready for loading.

An advanced first aid kit has been expertly packed by the medics into a
large yellow Peli case, ready for the unexpected. -- Full story:

VIEWING: The start on November 5th of the 6,500 nm Leg 1 from Spain to Cape
Town, South Africa will be shown live online. Broadcast begins 1345 CET
(Spanish time). Note recent changes from daylight savings time when
determining the time in your local area. --

GAMERS: The official briefing for LEG 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race Game is now
online. Leg 1 starts November 5 at 14:00 CET and will close December 7 at
14:00 CET. Courses can be set 24 hours in advance of the start. Are you
ready to take on the elements of the Atlantic Ocean from your couch,
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Le Havre, France (November 2, 2011) - After being held in the docks of Le
Havre's Paul Vatine Basin for an extra three days or so, at 1500hrs today
the 35 duos of the Transat Jacques Vabre transatlantic race to Puerto Limon,
Costa Rica were unleashed for a fast and furious ride west out of the
Channel, ready to encounter the remainder of the malicious low pressure
system which delayed Sunday's schedule start.

With nearly 30kts of SE'ly wind blowing on the start line, memories of the
bonus rest period in Le Havre - or at home for some - were blown immediately
away. A notable change to the weather had the chill of winter's onset in the
air but the heat of competition was ignited by the start gun.

A rapid transit of the Channel is expected after a fast, wet first night at
sea. Indeed the sun was already low as the fleet passed the General
Metzinger mark, four miles offshore, downwind from the start line and the
excitement of the start was all but gone. It promises to be a long, dark
night as the weeks and months of anticipation and preparation give way to
the intensity of keeping tabs on the competition in each of the classes on
the drag race speed test which will offer little in the way of big strategic
choices before the weekend.

Tonight passing the Cherbourg peninsula there will be a front to deal with
giving winds of around 35/40 knots, heavy rain and big seas, when the
challenge really comes to maintain maximum speed without jeopardising craft
or equipment.

"It will be just a straight boat speed race for the first bit, the first 36
hours, then a light winds patch, so it will be important to be near the
front," said Alex Thomson, Hugo Boss skipper. -- Full story:

The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) hosts six major
championships in each school year. The Coed Dinghy National Championship,
Team Race National Championship, and Women's Dinghy National Championship
are held in the spring, and the Men's and Women's Singlehanded National
Championship and the Match Race National Championship are held in the fall.

Here is the list of sailors from each of the seven districts who have
qualified to compete in the ICSA/Laser Performance Singlehanded National
Championship at Chicago Yacht Club on November 4-6:

Women's Nationals (Laser Radial) -

Middle Atlantic
Arielle DeLisser '14, Hobart & William Smith
Marissa Lihan '14, U.S. Naval Academy
Giuditta Di Laghi '16, Hampton University
Mary Hall '15, U.S. Naval Academy

Lauren-Alyssa Knoles '11, Michigan State University
Ellen Dubois '14, University of Michigan
Natalie Sinn '12, University of Minnesota

New England
Anne Hager '12, Boston College
Claire Dennis '13, Yale University
Emily Billings '13, Yale University
Sky Adams '14, Brown University
Jessica Claflin '13, Brown University

Erika Vranizan '12, Western Washington University

Pacific Coast
Molly McKinney '14, Stanford University
Kaitlyn Baab '15, Stanford University

South Atlantic
Corey Hall '12, College of Charleston
Dominique Wright '15, University of South Florida

Rebekka Urbina '12, Texas A&M University Galveston

Men's Nationals (Laser Full Rig) -

Middle Atlantic
John Wallace '14, St. Mary's College of Maryland
Chris Barnard '13, Georgetown University
Samuel Blouin '12, Hobart & Williams Smith
Philip Alley '12, Cornell University

Andrew Fox '13, University of Wisconsin
Joseph Kutschenreuter '12, University of Wisconsin
Harrison Burton '14, University of Minnesota

New England
Cam Cullman '13, Yale University
Colin Smith '13, Brown University
Lucas Adams '15, Brown University
Michael Zonnenberg '15, University of Vermont

Elliot Drake '12, University of Oregon

Pacific Coast
Mateo Vargas '14, Stanford University
Kieran Chung '15, Stanford University

South Atlantic
Zeke Horowitz '12, College of Charleston
Christopher Stocke '15, University of South Florida
David Hernandez '12, University of Miami

Trey Hartman '15, Texas A&M Galveston

Event website:

Virgin Gorda, BVI (November 2, 2011) - The normally reliable North Sound
trade winds took the day off on Tuesday for the first eight races of the
Maclaren Pro-Am Regatta at the Bitter End Yacht Club - replaced by
"lake-sailing" conditions with 40, 50, and 60 degree wind shifts. "We
quickly learned how to execute a smooth auto-tack," explained BEYC guest
Robin Stout who crewed for Ed Baird on his IC24 for several of those races.

Auto-tacking wind shifts was obviously a successful strategy - Baird won
four of the eight races to take a four point lead over Andrew Campbell, a
Pro-Am first timer. Campbell seemed very patient and completely comfortable
in the fluky conditions, taking two bullets and top three finishes in half
of the races. Olympic medallists Zach Railey and Anna Tunnicliffe, in third
and fourth place respectively, are also very much in the hunt.

Event participants on Wednesday enjoyed a layday trip to Anegada to do a
little beachcombing and snorkeling, but will return to the race course on
Thursday for more fleet racing before the match racing championship on

1. Ed Baird, 20
2. Andrew Campbell, 24
3. Zach Railey, 32
4. Anna Tunnicliffe, 34
5. David Ullman, 42
6. Peter Holmberg, 43
7. Matt Burge, 43
8. Tom Lee, 50

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* (November 2, 2011) - After 38 days and 6,000 miles, the double-handed,
Class40 Global Ocean Race teams are on the final push for the Leg 1 finish.
Leg 1 winners, Ross and Campbell Field with BSL and second placed Halvard
Mabire and Miranda Merron with Campagne de France have arrived in Cape Town
while the four Class40s in the fleet's main pack are hammering across the
final 1,000 miles of the South Atlantic. At 09:00 GMT on Wednesday, the four
boats were spread over 240 miles with the pack compressing to 100 miles
north-south. -- Read on:

* Palermo, Italy (November 2, 2011) - After 31 years an Italian team is back
in another Cup game. Today Challenge Italia unveiled the details of its
challenge for the prestigious International C Class Catamaran Trophy also
known as the "Little America's Cup" that will be held in August 2013 in
Falmouth, UK. Challenge Italia will compete for Club Canottieri "Roggero di
Lauria", the prestigious Palermo-based sailing club. -- Read on:

* The Walter Cronkite Collection is available at the Tom Morris Library
which is now officially online as a Virtual Library. The Library will exist
in physical form at the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame Building when
it is built on the Annapolis waterfront adjacent to the U.S. Naval Academy.
Made possible through generous donations by family and friends of Tom
Morris, the founder of Morris Yachts, on the electronic shelves of the
Virtual Library are references to books on sailing and related subjects
donated to NSHOF. -- Info at:

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* From Dave Ellis:
Concerning Craig's comments in Scuttlebutt 3461, any course sailed will test
the skill of skipper and crew. I think sailors may become one dimensional
with a steady diet of W/L courses. It lacks navigation skill, has less
chance of various tidal effect, and is the same every time.
Snipes, Windmills, Contenders, Raiders, Albacores and others love reaches,
especially in a breeze. But the only time we get to do it is on the way back
to the club.

* From Chris Welsh, Ragtime:
Regarding the report findings surrounding the capsize of Rambler 100 (in
Scuttlebutt 3459), I am wary of statements like "all vessels, especially
canting keeled, should have access to life rafts in an inverted position".

Let's be real about this - the features that make a life raft accessible
when inverted also make it difficult to keep secure in most other
conditions, and likely will lead to some really silly design constraints
like life rafts only in compartments that open through the stern.

Let's step back one step and analyze a different thought - canting keels. I
think they are great, but I can think of a very small handful of fixed keels
that have been lost in the last 30 years. And maybe triple that number of
canters lost? Do whatever you want with rules for canters, but recognize
they are different beasts.

And in the spirit of being objective, the implicit endorsement of life
jackets in the discussion of Olivia's accident overlooks the question - had
she not been wearing a life jacket, would escape have been easier? There is
a rote belief that life jacket = safety and I don't think that is a given.
In my sailing experience, I am not aware of a drowning in any junior sailing
event from my youth when life jackets were aboard but not worn, although I
am sure there is one out there. There are two harness entanglement deaths
that come to mind right away for juniors, and I question the role of life
jackets in each.

Once you get on a boat, some of the societal expectations change. For
example, nobody expects you to sail with the same partner for the rest of
your life.

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