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SCUTTLEBUTT 3474 - Monday, November 21, 2011

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(November 20, 2011) - San Diego saved the best for last, testing the
America’s Cup World Series fleet with the strongest winds of the week, the
gusts approaching 20 knots on Sunday afternoon. The race was full of
intrigue, with plenty of lead changes on the race course, and lots of near
misses and thrills and spills from start to finish.

ORACLE Racing Spithill, winners on Saturday of the Match Racing
Championship, came from behind to win the Fleet Racing Championship,
becoming the first team to secure a double win at the AC World Series.

Emirates Team New Zealand exploded off the starting line to lead the fleet
of nine AC45s into a tense, action-packed turn at the first mark. While the
Kiwi team led early, the next, long leg upwind allowed several teams to
shine, none more so than Artemis Racing who worked their way up to the front
of a very tight pack by the top gate. But ORACLE Racing Spithill chose the
favored mark at the top and was soon leading the fleet downwind at speeds
near 25 knots.

Earlier, in the AC500 Speed Trial, the fastest runs came on the teams’
second attempt down the course. First it was Emirates Team New Zealand
setting the pace. But then came the ORACLE Racing juggernaut. First Spithill
and then Darren Bundock, skippering ORACLE Racing Coutts, broke the record,
with Bundock’s speed of 26.87 knots standing up as the winning speed. --
Full story:

Results - San Diego Fleet Racing Championship
1. ORACLE Racing Spithill
2. Emirates Team New Zealand
3. Energy Team
4. Aleph
5. Team Korea
6. Artemis Racing
7. China Team
8. Green Comm Racing
9. ORACLE Racing Coutts

Results - AC500 Speed Trial
ORACLE Racing - Coutts - 26.87 knots
ORACLE Racing - Spithill - 26.79 knots
Emirates Team New Zealand - 26.56 knots
Artemis Racing - 25.98 knots
Energy Team - 25.96 knots
China Team - 25.67 knots
ALEPH - 25.19 knots
Green Comm Racing - 24.74 knots
Team Korea - 24.30 knots

PHOTOS: While the weather varied in San Diego during the America's Cup World
Series event, the quality of photos did not. Thanks to shooters Guilain
Grenier, Chris Cameron, Christophe Favreau, Sander van der Borch, and Steve
Lapkin for contributing to the Scuttlebutt photo gallery:

Some updates from the America's Cup World Series event in San Diego:

* The next America's Cup World Series event is not until April 7-15, 2012 in
Naples, Italy, which will offer teams their first opportunity to train on
the AC45s outside of a scheduled event. Five or six boats will be based
during the break in Valencia, while Emirates Team New Zealand will be taking
their boat home to train with the Luna Rossa team once they receive their
boat. Oracle Racing has not yet declared where they are taking their boats
after San Diego.

* A rig extension has been introduced to the AC45 for the purpose of light
air sailing venues. It is a four meter extension to the mast which will be
adding 8.4 square meters to the wing sail. The goal is to be lifting the
windward hull earlier, which will be aided by a program to reduce hull
weight. Consideration is also being given to reduce the crew from five
sailors to four for light air races. The target is for the hull to lift in
five knots, which will help next year for the light air anticipated at the
Italian venues of Naples and Venice. The option of using the current rig or
the larger rig will now be determined during events.

* A Code of Conduct has been introduced to ensure a standard of ethics is
maintained amongst the teams entered in the America's Cup. The five man jury
will consider any issues that fall under the code. The code is in part to
protect the interests that are sponsoring the America's Cup World Series and
34th America's Cup.

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American Terry Hutchinson is making the not-so-American transition into
grand prix multihull racing, courtesy of the new format for the 34th
America’s Cup and his role as skipper of the Challenger of Record, Artemis
Racing. Here he shares some of the realities of this new reality:
Since we’ve been sailing the catamarans, there’s been plenty of times you
sit there and go, “Wow, how this did go so bad.” It‘s not hard to go from
hero to zero, but it doesn’t take much for it go the other way for you too.
If you get some separation, and then get a bit more pressure than the fleet,
it’s not hard to post upwind speeds of over double the pace of the others.
Keep that up and you can make some serious gains.

Quite simply, you have to keep the pressure on to always sail well. In the
IACC Version 5 boats we sailed in the 32nd America’s Cup, you could make a
mistake, but if you were 35 seconds ahead it didn’t really matter. You might
cough up 10 seconds, but you could hold the lead. However, in the AC45 for
example, you make a mistake and you pay for it instantly.

And in dealing with these enclosed World Series event venues, it’s not
always about being smart. We can’t control or anticipate all the variances.
And some of those variances in wind are costly. But if you sail a long
enough series, you got to hope that these ups and downs even out. You just
have to control what you can control, and hope that fate treats everyone

If you look at other sports, most deal with some variance you can’t control.
Get bumped in car racing and your car gets ruined against the wall. In
basketball, someone lands on your foot and you turn an ankle. You can pick
apart all the sports to find that aspect for which you can’t control, and in
sailing it is Mother Nature.

So with the unstable wind environment, and sailing these new boats with
their significant performance differences through the wind range, it has
made the racing really hard. But that is part of the challenge, and that is
what I like most about it. We have seen races where we just get completely
annihilated in a 30 second period, but then we get a little bit back, keep
fighting along, keep talking, keep doing our thing, and by not waving the
white flag, it is possible to battle your way back into the race.

If you ever wonder what it is that sets the best sailors apart, it is not
that they are just tactically sound, but that they see things sooner and act
on them decisively. Onboard Artemis Racing with Terry and his double gold
medalist tactician Iain Percy (GBR), there was never a moment where they did
not have an absolute assessment of the course and their options. The active
commentary between the two was a rare insight into the difference between
good and great. - Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt

(November 20, 2011, Day 16) - Two days after Telefonica snatched the lead
from PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, the crew led by Spanish Olympic gold
medalist Iker Martínez commanded a narrow 29 nautical mile lead over their
rivals on Sunday.
With a wet and wild ride across the bottom of the South Atlantic forecast to
rocket them towards the finish line in Cape Town at speeds of 25 knots,
Telefonica were making the most of the last of the stable 15-20-knot trade
winds, conducting last-minute checks of their Volvo Open 70 before they pick
up a cold front later in the week.

Having led the fleet for much of the first leg, PUMA slipped back to second
on Friday and were then left to watch Telefonica clocking consistently
higher speeds in better weather conditions on a more easterly route through
the South Atlantic.

“We got our butts handed to us by Telefonica and by Mother Nature,” the
straight-talking Read said. “They put on their left blinker at Fernando (de
Noronha) and never looked back. They committed to the high lane and by the
time we wanted to start to lean in that direction as well we were headed and
we simply could never get there.” -- Reports at:

Standings as of Sunday November 20, 2011, 22.02.08 UTC

1. Team Telefonica, 2265.8 nm Distance to Finish
2. PUMA Ocean Racing by BERG, 17.40 nm Distance to Lead
3. CAMPER with Emirates Team NZ, 136.20 nm DTL
4. Groupama, 422.20 nm DTL
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing - Retired from Leg 1
6. Team Sanya - Retired from Leg 1

Video reports:

BACKGROUND: During the nine months of the Volvo Ocean Race, which started 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. -

Lanzarote, Spain (November 20, 2011) - The 2011 RC44 World Championships
came down to the eleventh and final race of the event to be decided. Katusha
made a late comeback, Artemis Racing held their nerve and two new teams made
it onto the podium for the first time this season.

It was Katusha (RUS), steered by Steve Howe this week with Francesco Bruni
calling the shots, who relished the windier conditions in Puerto Calero,
Lanzarote. The team did not put a foot wrong, as the wind touched 23 knots
at times, storming to victory in every race. But even three wins was not
enough to get close to the leaders Artemis Racing (SWE).

The Swedish team slotted in a fourth and then a second giving themselves a
six point lead going into the final race of the Championships, to be assured
victory they needed to finish in the top seven in the final race of the day.

The RC44 World Championships also doubled up as the final event of the RC44
Championship Tour. With Team Aqua already securing the 2011 Championship
Tour title, Artemis Racing needed to win in Lanzarote to secure second. So
Puerto Calero ended up as a double celebration for the Swedish team, World
Champions and second in the 2011 Championship Tour. Third place went to
ORACLE Racing, even though the team were not in Lanzarote, their consistent
season was enough to give them the final podium position. -- Full story:

Buenos Aires, Argentina (November 20, 2011) - Argentina’s Alejo Rigoni is
the 2011 J/24 World Champion after securing the victory on the final day of
racing. The RC tried to get something started in the morning and actually
did start a race on the first try under black flag with the current running
away from the line. The wind quickly died, as everyone expected, forcing the
race to be abandoned. At 1430 the wind had finally filled enough to race and
the event’s ninth race, which was again started on the first try under the
black flag.

Mike Ingham of the USA lead at the first mark, and wound up third at the end
to move up to third overall in the standings. Francisco van Avermaete of
Argentina won the last race to secure the 4th place overall.

While all of the early focus was on Tim Healy and crew and the great lead
they were building, Alejo Rigoni of Argentina and his team on Luca were
quietly doing a pretty good job of mostly top-ten finishes. Healy, who lead
through the first three days of racing, suffered a DSQ on day-four from
which he was unable to recover. Luis Olcese of Peru finished the regatta in
second place and was only two points back off the lead heading into the
final race. But Rigoni was able to get in front of Olcese on the first leg
and managed to stay in front to clinch the regatta win and become the new
J/24 World Champions. -- Full results:

The following sailors have their ISAF Eligibility suspended:

Etienne van Zyl, South Africa
Anti doping violation; Nov. 23, 2009 - Nov. 22, 2011

Alberto Campos Perez, Mexico
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; May 7, 2011 - May 6, 2013

Maria del Mar Campos Perez, Mexico
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; May 7, 2011 - May 6, 2013

Franck Ivaldi, France
Anti doping violation; July 12, 2011 - Dec. 11, 2011

Andrejs Buls, Latvia
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; Aug. 1, 2011 - Dec. 1, 2012

Alexia Torres, Peru
Breaches of good manners and sportsmanship; Aug. 26, 2011 - Nov. 23, 2011

The above mentioned sailor(s) according to ISAF Regulation 19 may not
participate in the following events:

1. The sailing regatta of the Olympic Sailing Competition;
2. The sailing events of Regional Games recognized by the International
Olympic Committee;
3. Events including "ISAF" in their titles;
4. World and continental championships of ISAF classes and world
championships of the IMS, Major Events and other events approved by ISAF as
a World Championship;
5. Any event at which the Organizing Authority, Member National Authority or
ISAF has appointed an International Jury or International Umpires,
International Race Officers, International Measurers or ISAF Technical
Delegates to serve in their capacity for which they hold a Certificate of
Appointment issued by ISAF;
6. Any event approved by a Member National Authority of the ISAF as an
Olympic qualifying event; and
7. Any event designated by a Member National Authority within its
jurisdiction as requiring ISAF eligibility.


Events listed at

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* San Francisco, CA (November 20, 2011) - US Naval Academy won the 2011 ISCA
Match Race Nationals which took place November 18 - 20, co-hosted by
California Maritime Academy and St. Francis Yacht Club. Roger Williams took
second place, and Stanford placed third overall. Racing took place in front
of the Golden Gate Bridge under a range of weather conditions including
light wind, rain and strong current. Ten teams representing all seven ICSA
conferences sailed in J22s; each team had one skipper and two crewmembers
aboard. -- Full story:

* Results/Photos:

* (November 20, 2011) - The Multi 50 of Yves Le Blevec and Samuel Manuard
Actual crossed the finish line of the Transat Jacques Vabre to win the Multi
50 class on Sunday at 07h 07mn 43sec UTC/GMT. That sets an elapsed time for
the theoretical course of 5323 miles from Le Havre to Puerto Limon, Costa
Rica of 17 days, 17 hours, 07 minutes and 43 seconds, sailing at an average
speed 12.52 knots. Mike Golding and Bruno Dubois on board the IMOCA Open 60
Gamesa also finished Sunday in ninth place, at 11h 42mn 10sec UTC/GMT. --
Event website:

* Walvis Bay, Namibia (November 18, 2011) - The radical speed sailing craft,
VESTAS Sailrocket 2, commenced its first 28 day world record period today
aiming to break the outright world speed sailing record which involves
setting the best average time over a 500 meter course. The World Sailing
Speed Record Council (the sports ratifying body) is on site to watch the
attempts. The team has a 28 day period where they will remain on standby
waiting for ideal weather conditions. Wind was light over the weekend with
Monday looking like the best chance. -- Report at:

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* From Rob McNeal, Hobie Fleet 5, Bradenton, FL:
I must say that I am both amused and entertained by the current hubub
regarding catamarans and stadium racing. The huge Hobie fleets of 20 years
ago (300 boats plus) have been both practicing catamaran speed and tactics
and stadium racing (of a sort) for a long time. I can remember a National
Championship held off of Jacksonville Beach where the leeward mark was
literally set in the surf to bring the boats close to spectators on the
beach and in the Hotels on the beach. Hey they ARE Beach cats after all.

I also remember a ProSail event in the Mid 80's where the fleet was routed
behind the St Pete Pier on a relatively windy day. Yes there were lulls and
huge shifts but it was fun and awesome for specatators on the Pier. And by
some amazing coincidence, all the best sailors seemed to figure out the wind
best just like on the open courses. In those days the Hobie crowd was
considered the ruffians of sailing groups and Yacht Clubs. And in those days
it was both about the party AND about the sailing. So I salute the big boat
sailors for finally seeing the light and crossing over to what used to be
the "dark" side! Welcome Aboard.

* From Alex Arnold (re Scuttlebutt 3473):
The Thistle film was fantastic and sure brought back memories of racing my
Lightning[1621] in a regatta in Milford back in the day.

Famous Last Words... "This doesn't taste right."

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