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SCUTTLEBUTT 3466 - Wednesday, November 9, 2011

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Today's sponsors: Camet, JK3 Nautical Enterprises, and LaserPerformance.

In the 2008-9 Volvo Ocean Race, once the fleet escaped the Med and headed
south in the Atlantic toward the equator, the bunched fleet of ocean going
70-footers was not unlike so many J/24 races that PUMA skipper Ken Read had
dominated. They jibed on every shift, working the offwind corridor toward
the Canary Islands. The wind was up and the competition was close.

Funny what a difference three years can make. With the fleet on the first
leg of the 2011-12 VOR from Alicante to Cape Town, here is a report from
PUMA skipper Ken Read as he again leads the shoe company in this round the
world adventure:
(November 8, 2011; Day 4) - If you had told me that one third of the fleet
would be at the dock, one third of the fleet would take a left and head
down the African coast, and one third of the fleet would head due west in
search of frontal breeze to get south on, I would have looked at you like
you had six heads.

Unreal. Exactly what I didn't think would happen. My guess was that six
boats were going to sail around the world in a bunch.

Then CAMPER decided to come our way so the French are the lonely warriors
heading the traditional trade route. Still pretty amazing. A split in the
fleet with 39,500 miles to go!

I have to admit I like our spot but there is a long way to go to the
Doldrums. In essence that is where we are all targeting - a spot to try and
get through with the least light and crappy wind. That's the key to the
success of this leg.

Fortunately life on board is pretty much back to normal. Finally some much
needed sleep and a little mending and the troops are good to go. Newcomers
Rome Kirby and Amory Ross are both wondering if we will be going upwind all
the way around the world. At this point the answer would have to be yes.

We are glued to the hip of our buddies on Telefonica. Heading west as quick
as we can in a crummy sea state and ever changing breeze strengths. Not
great sailing but at least we are moving today. --

Standings as of Wednesday, 09 November 2011, 01:02 UTC
1. Team Telefonica, 5884.6 nm Distance to Finish
2. Groupama Sailing Team, 1.1 nm Distance to Lead
3. PUMA Ocean Racing by BERG, 3.4 nm DTL
4. CAMPER with Emirates Team NZ, 18.3 nm DTL
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - Suspended Racing
Team Sanya - Retired, hull damage

Video report:

PIT ROW: Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing is ahead of schedule in a race against time
to replace its broken mast and return to racing Leg 1 of the 2011-12 Volvo
Ocean Race. The team hopes to have hull repairs completed and their new
mast stepped in time to restart on Wednesday. Under the rules, Abu Dhabi
will be able to motor to the spot where they suspended racing. The light
winds in the Atlantic combined with a promising forecast in the Med are
expected to help the team close the gap on the fleet. -- Full story:

CONGRATULATIONS: Not only is Team Telefonica leading the race, but onboard
skipper Iker Martinez and Xabier Fernandez are currently celebrating a
major award announcement. See below.

BACKGROUND: During the nine months of the Volvo Ocean Race, which starts in
Alicante, Spain and concludes in Galway, Ireland, during early July 2012,
six professional teams will sail over 39,000 nautical miles of the world's
most treacherous seas via Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, around
Cape Horn to Itajai, Miami, Lisbon, and Lorient. Teams accumulate points
through nine distance legs and ten In-Port races. -

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The 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards to honor the best
sailing talent in the world were presented Tuesday (Nov. 8) evening during
the ISAF Annual Meeting this week in Puerto Rico.

This year there were four female and five male nominees who have been
shortlisted for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year award based on
their achievements during the qualifying period of 1 September 2010 to 31
August 2011.

The 2011 nominees were:

Dee Caffari (GBR) - Record Breaking Round The World Yachtswoman
Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU) - Double Professional Windsurfing World Champion
Alexandra Rickham (GBR) - ISAF Sailing World Cup & IFDS World Champion
Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) - ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion

Ben Ainslie (GBR) - ISAF Sailing World Cup & Match Racing World Champion
Lorenzo Bressani (ITA) - Melges 24 & 32 World Champion
Rob Douglas (USA) - Outright World Speed Record Holder
Iker Martinez & Xabier Fernandez (ESP) - Open 60 & 49er success
Nathan Outteridge (AUS) - International Moth World Champion

The winners were announced as Scuttlebutt went to press. Congrats to Anna
Tunnicliffe (USA) and Iker Martinez & Xabier Fernandez (ESP), winners of
the 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards:

Attending sporting events is risky business. When to get there? Where to
park? Where to sit? So what do you do with an event that has never been
held before? You wing it, which is what spectators will be doing in San
Diego for the third stop in the inaugural America's Cup World Series (ACWS)
on November 12-20, 2011.

Here are some tips to help enjoy the experience:

The first weekend has mandatory practice races. No races are scheduled for
Monday and Tuesday, but expect the teams to either be on the bay for
practice or in the pit for prep. The planned competition is Wednesday
through Sunday, so expect bigger crowds those days too. Details here:

For car parking, a pay lot is a block away from the Event Village and there
are coin meter spaces on the adjacent street. However, get there early to
avoid getting shut out. Safer options could be to use bikes, pedicabs or
taxis, or drive to a San Diego Trolley station and take the train to the
downtown station a couple of blocks away. Details here:

Watching the races by boat will be limited due to course boundaries and the
speed of the AC45s. Watching the races from the Midway Museum, Navy and
Broadway piers are closest to the course, but there may not be bleachers so
prepare to stand in crowds (or buy a VIP package). The ends of the race
course are adjacent to G Street Marina and Harbor Island, which both have
limited parking and space to sit. Hot tip is to have lunch at The Fish
Market (nice) and Top of the Market (nicer) at the leeward marks (SE of
Navy Pier), or at C Level (nice) and Island Prime (nicer) near the windward
marks on Harbor Island. Details here:

The AC Village has closed Harbor Drive at Broadway and Navy Piers, and will
be hosting live music, DJ's and local California cuisine and shops and
specialty stands. The village will have a large screen for race viewing,
plus host interactive entertainment such as the America's Cup Experience, a
racing simulator that offers a taste of what it's like to sail on a
high-speed catamaran. Prize giving and team interviews will be on the
village stage. Hours are 10a-6p on Nov. 12-15 and 10a-10p on Nov. 16-20. To
enter the AC Village, there is a requested $10 donation to support the AC
Healthy Ocean Project. Details here:

Despite the propaganda from San Diego Convention and Tourism Bureau, it
does begin to get colder and wetter in November. And winter winds are hit
or miss. The forecast currently calls for rain and big breeze on the first
weekend, with clearing skies and calmer winds expected through the week.

The AC YouTube channel will be streaming the event live online Nov. 16-20.
Look for the broadcast schedule to begin 30 minutes before racing begins
each day (see schedule above). Also, a recap of the event will be broadcast
on the Versus cable channel on November 22 at 5:00 P.M. ET. Streaming live

Teams began training on Tuesday, and the America's Cup World Series Event
Village will be open to the public on Wednesday, Nov 9th. Get an insider's
look of the village after 3:30 pm and you'll also get to see the AMERICA'S
CUP TROPHY. Unveiling the trophy will be Tom Ehman, Vice Commodore of
Golden Gate Yacht Club, who will be joined by Ian Murray, Bruno Trouble,
and Terry Hutchinson for 'Cupdates' at 4:00 pm (youth sailors) and 5:30 pm
(open). No RSVP necessary.

Melbourne, Australia (November 8, 2011) - Racing at the first round of the
2011-12 ISAF World Cup at Sail Melbourne got off to a late start today, as
light winds bedeviled the race committee's best efforts. Eventually a full
program was possible on the second day of the event for the 49er, 470,
Laser and Finn classes, but there was no action for the RS:X windsurfers or
the paralympic classes.

Top North Americans from the USA are Stu McNay/ Graham Biehl (3rd - Mens
470) and Erin Maxwell/ Isabelle Farrar (3rd - Womens 470) and Canadians Zac
Plavsic (3rd - RS:X Men) and Lee Parkhill (4th - Laser Men). Day three may
test the crews even further if the threatened thunderstorms and 20 to 30
knot winds eventuate. -- Full report:

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(November 8, 2011) - The World Match Racing Tour has today announced a new
Tour Invite Policy for the 2012 season which is designed to ensure the
world's leading professional sailing series continues to attract the best
sailors and teams to its World Championship events.

A key part of the Tour's blueprint is for the series to provide its event
promoters with access to a consistent pool of the world's top match racers
to ensure high quality racing at their events. The new Tour Invite Policy
will therefore adopt a selection model that reflects a combination of
performance and marketability. For 2012, the nine Tour Cards will be
allocated on three key selection criteria: performance in previous year;
rankings; and, an analysis of the team's ability to add value and
consistency to the Tour as a Championship, sports property, media vehicle
and as a business.

The fee for a 2012 Tour Card is based on past performance and market
availability. The current World Champion will pay $25,000 while everyone
else pays a minimum of $45,000. To insure that Tour Card holders represent
the international sport, there will be a maximum of two teams per market
(ie, country). For markets with more than two bidders, the fee for the Tour
Card may increase.

To help Card Holders demonstrate the level of return on investment each
season to their sponsors, each Card Holder is also presented with their own
team valuation report created by the Tour's independent valuation agency.
Based on the level of exposure that teams receive across the Tour's
multimedia platform, the individual reports provide not only a team
valuation figure but also a valuation breakdown for each of their sponsors.
In 2010, the average team value for the Tour's nine Tour Card Holders
across the season was over US$770,000.

The Tour requires all applications and confirmation of preferred event
options to be submitted by 31 December 2011. Tour Cards for the 2012 season
will be allocated on 13 January 2012. -- Full report:

BLING: The World Match Racing Tour this week unveiled its new ISAF Match
Racing World Championship trophy at jeweller Garrard's flagship store in
Mayfair, London. The new Tour trophy is made from sterling silver with
partial gilt and enamel, and adopts a nautical theme complete with
spiralling waves, nautical rope detail and the Tour's famous double sails
symbol which sits at the top of the trophy. -- Full report:

BACKGROUND: The eight event World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the leading
professional sailing series, and is 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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* Ft. Walton Beach, FL (November 8, 2011) - The gulf delivered some
sporting conditions for day 2 of the Hobie 16 & Hobie 20 North American
Championships. Winds in the 10-14 knots most of the day with very large
waves, making upwind a struggle to keep moving through the waves while
downwind was all about surfing. Four races were completed. In the Hobie 16
class past champions, Francisco Figueroa/Jolliam Berrios (PUR) now lead
followed by Greg Thomas/Karen Sikora (USA). In the Hobie 20 class Kevin
Smith/Rundell Curtis (USA) continue to hold the lead over Phil Collins/Bev
Collins (USA). Full results:

* St. Thomas, USVI (November 8, 2011) - Watch match-racing at its best in
scenic Charlotte Amalie harbor when over a dozen of the world's best men
and women's skippers will duel in Inter-Club (IC)-24s in the 4th Annual
Carlos Aguilar Match Race (CAMR), presented by Ulysse Nardin/Trident Jewels
& Time, December 1 to 4. There will be waterfront viewing plus a live
webcast of this International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade Two Official
World Tour Qualifier (WTQ) for the 2012 World Match Racing Tour (WMRT). --
Full report:

* US Sailing has published a list of frequently asked questions and answers
for competitors, race officials or clubs/organizations who are filing or
contemplating filing an appeal under rule 70.1, requesting confirmation or
correction of a decision under rule 70.2, or requesting an interpretation
under rule 70.4. The answers given are merely advice intended to be
helpful. The actual rules governing these matters are rules 70 and 71, and
the rules in Appendix F in the US Sailing edition of The Racing Rules of
Sailing. Read the FAQ here:

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* From Paul Ludgate:
It makes me want to throw up seeing comments like this in Scuttlebutt 3465:

"The commercial existence of such a system gives Olivia's family a
substantial leg up in a defective design products liability/wrongful death
suit against the harness manufacturer, boat builder, vendors, etc., as it
proves a safer system is practical, an element of a products liability
case. It also bears on the potential negligence of any junior program that
continues with existing hook and ring systems."

Most certainly it was a tragedy to take the girl's life, but all that will
come of this type of action is that some lawyers will line their pockets
and our "nanny state" will try to ensure there is one less thing that may
harm us. Perhaps we should not be on the water at all. After all, drowning
is a distinct possibility whenever we venture off terra firma

COMMENT: I received several calls and emails today, all critical of Cory's
comments and my decision to publish them. The purpose of this report was
not to drum up business or dismantle youth programs, but rather give
thought to insure today's standard equipment remains the best solution, and
for sailing programs to review the tools they believe will protect them in
the event of an accident. My apologies to anyone who was offended by this
intent. - Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt

* From John McNeill:
The debate regarding a requirement for mandatory PFDs, posted for many
races, brings up valid pro and con arguments, but they do not necessarily
solve the dilemma. After decades of sailing, and seeing or reading of the
huge variety of situations, I have become convinced that the only correct
solution today is the inflatable (NOT self-inflating) PFD. It may not serve
in the case of unconsciousness, but will provide the individual with
control over use in case of rigging entanglements or a full turtling.

One issue with these PFDs however, is maintenance, and it is time for some
forward-thinking producer to come out with a program that provides the
necessary replacement cartridge and instruction on a timely basis for
users. In that manner, we may once again defeat Darwin, and survive.

* From Mary-Ann Sharwood:
I suspect that the breakages in the Volvo Ocean Race are more to do with
the sea state than the winds. The waves in the Med would have been steep
and short compared to the long swells found in the open ocean in 30 knots.

* From Jesse Fradkin:
I know that I wouldn't want to be sailing around the world in a boat in
which I had any doubt about its ability to take a pounding from a mere 30
knots going upwind. It certainly means I do not think it wise to attempt to
race around the world in a similarly under-built boat built for speed way
over safety or structural integrity in a decent sea state.

When these lightweight super sleds or cats start to break up in 25 to 30
knots of wind in a race, I truly think it's past time to rethink exactly
what we're doing here for speed at any cost. So far, thankfully, only the
race has been lost in these unfortunate incidents.

COMMENT: The VO 70 rule has evolved to improve safety and durability, but
the race organizers must now be wondering what more needs to be done. Risk
must exist to foster interest in the race, but the business of the race
requires boats to be on the water and not on the hard. Luckily, the four
remaining boats are all legitimate contenders, and the video production is
light years better than the 2008-9 edition
( - Craig Leweck,

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