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SCUTTLEBUTT 3477 - Monday, November 28, 2011

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Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia (November 27, 2011) - Ian Williams has added the
Monsoon Cup to his third ISAF Match Racing World Champion crown after the
British sailor defeated Johnie Berntsson 3-1 in the final of the World
Match Racing Tour's finale event in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.

Williams secured the Worlds crown after defeating Italian Francesco Bruni
in the quarter-final of the Monsoon Cup, the final event on the World Match
Racing Tour. The double is a feat Williams first achieved in 2007 and is
the second consecutive year a British sailor has won both the Monsoon Cup
and the World Championship after Ben Ainslie in 2010.

Williams noted how the Foundation 36, which is used in the Monsoon Cup,
proved to be an advantage for his team of Bill Hardesty, Gerard Mitchell,
Malcolm Parker and Matt Cassidy. "We struggled a little (this season) in
the four man boats, but when the whole team is together we perform really
well. We won all three regattas on five man boats so I think that just
shows the strength of the team." -- Full report:

Final Monsoon Cup Standings
1. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, 96,950.86 USD
2. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team, 67,240.11 USD
3. Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners, 48,475.38 USD
4. Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing, 43,784.22 USD
5. Will Tiller (NZL) Full Metal Jacket Racing, 39,093.04 USD
6. Phil Robertson (NZL) Team China powered by WAKA Racing, 34,401.88 USD
7. Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team, 28,146.99 USD
8. Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing, 26,583.27 USD
9. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat, 23,455.82 USD
10. Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 20,328.38 USD
11. Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team, 17,200.94 USD
12. Jeremy Koo (MAS) Abdullah Chan / KRT, 15,637.22 USD
Note: Prize money was converted from the Malaysian Ringgit on Nov. 27, 2011

Final World Championship Standings
1. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar - 144pts
2. Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing - 112pts
3. Johnie Berntsson (SWE) Berntsson Sailing Team - 106.2pts
4. Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat - 105.8pts
5. Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing - 102.8pts
6. Jesper Radich (DEN) Adrian Lee & Partners - 99.2pts
7. Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team - 90pts
8. Phil Robertson (NZL) Team China powered by WAKA Racing - 74.4pts
9. Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team - 74pts
10. Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team - 72.6pts

Borrowing from the motor sports world, where the driver is in constant
contact with his crew via radio comms, real-time coaching has made its
debut beginning in the Quarter-Finals of the Monsoon Cup. Rule 41 of the
Racing Rules of Sailing which normally prohibits 'outside assistance' has
been amended here, so that coaches have been allowed to give advice and
insight to their team via radio.

Positioned on the third-floor balcony of the Ri-Yaz Heritage pavilion
adjacent to the race course area, the coaches have an elevated view of the
current and the wind, and can provide, when prompted, their insight on
which side of the course to favour in each match.

Having been out on the water themselves and felt the pressure of having to
read the course while under fire, the natural choices of coaches were from
among skippers and crew who did not make the cut to the Quarter-Final
round. When these choices were revealed on the evening prior to racing, it
provided great entertainment, as erstwhile enemies now became allies in the
fight that lie ahead.

Williams Team GAC Pindar had previously signed up 49er Olympic Silver
Medallist Ian Barker to help them read the course, an area strewn with
tricky current eddies and wind shifts. Perhaps ironically, the teams with
skippers as coaches did not fare so well: Mirsky's Bruni went down 1-3 to
Williams, and Richard's Gilmour lost 1-3 to Johnnie Berntsson. But not
having a coach had its perils as well: both Will Tiller and Phil Robertson
eschewed their option to take on a coach, and both lost to their rivals by
close scores of 2-3. -- Full report:

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(November 27, 2011) - Team Telefonica, which announced only in April their
intent to participate in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, screamed into Cape
Town in 40 knot winds as they clinched victory in the 6500nm Leg 1 on
Saturday. Led by Iker Martinez, double Olympic medalist and 2011 ISAF Rolex
World Sailor of the Year, the team's faultless performance during the three
week leg atones for their last in the In-Port race in Alicante (Spain) last

CAMPER skipper Chris Nicholson (AUS) nursed his boat through heinous sea
conditions overnight and into Table Bay to clinch second place on Sunday.
"That's the roughest conditions I've been in a Volvo Open 70," the skipper
said. "We were three reefs and a storm jib ... we were starting to run out
of options other than to turn around and run with it. And that is the last

Team Telefonica now leads the overall standings with CAMPER two points back
in second. Groupama is expected to finish on Tuesday. The three boats
forced to retire from Leg 1 will be shipped to Cape Town, but all are
hopeful of making the start line for the second in-port race on December

Standings as of Monday, 28 November 2011, 1:01:56 UTC
1. Team Telefonica, Iker Martinez (ESP), Finished Nov. 26, 21:05:14:25 GMT
2. CAMPER, Chris Nicholson (AUS), Finished Nov. 27, 21:21:48:04 GMT
3. Groupama, Frank Cammas (FRA), 333.9 nm Distance to Finish
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Ian Walker (GBR) - Retired from Leg 1
PUMA Ocean Racing, Ken Read (USA) - Retired from Leg 1
Team Sanya, Mike Sanderson (NZL) - Retired from Leg 1

Video reports:

UPDATE: PUMA Ocean Racing, which broke its mast on Nov. 21st while in
second position trailing Team Telefonica by 31nm, arrived to Tristan da
Cunha on Saturday. This volcanic island is seven miles wide and Cape Town,
the nearest city, is over 1,750 miles away. The island population is 262.
The crew is expected to spend around four days on the island waiting for a
container ship from Durban to arrive, which will then transport the
stricken Mar Mostro to Cape Town. -- Full report:

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. -

Team Telefonica's Leg 1 win would make them a shoo-in for overall victory
in any other edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. This time? Don't be so sure.

Since the Volvo Ocean Race became a single class event in 1997-98,
following the success of the Volvo Ocean 60, the winner of Leg 1 in every
edition has claimed the Volvo Ocean Race trophy eight months or so later.

This edition was tipped before the start as likely to be the closest ever
so no one, least of all Telefonica, will put too much trust in the
longstanding trend continuing.

Minutes after finishing in second position CAMPER skipper Chris Nicholson
said it was obvious that the overall race victory was anyone's, especially
having watched three competitors ousted with breakage: Abu Dhabi Ocean
Racing, PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG and Team Sanya.

"The fact that it has happened to them means that it could happen to anyone
at anytime. If I was in their shoes, I would know that this race is still
wide open."

Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker agreed, saying that the fleet was certainly
one of the most competitive ever and the tradition would not necessarily

"Leg 1 really gives a bit of everything, which is probably why the boat
that's won this leg has always gone on to win the race,'' he said. "But if
ever there was a race where that might not be the case this might well be
it.'' -- Read on:

Events listed at

* The National Marine Manufacturers Association released findings from
preliminary evaluations of isobutanol-gasoline blends supplied by Gevo,
which the association said could be a "promising biofuel alternative to
E15." The tests were conducted by the NMMA and the American Boat and Yacht
Council as the recreational boating industry explores alternative biofuels
in response to the U.S. introduction of gasoline containing 15 percent
ethanol. The Environmental Protection Agency recently approved E15 for
model-year 2001 and newer cars and trucks. However, the marine industry has
found that fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol causes severe
damage to boat engines. -- Trade Only Today, read on:

* Sailing World's College Rankings as of November 23, 2011 finds Roger
Williams wrapping up the fall season at the top of the coed rankings with
Dartmouth and Yale rounding out the top three. Yale has been the clear
leader in the women's rankings throughout all six polls this season. This
week, they're trailed by URI and Dartmouth. Full rankings here:

* (November 27, 2011; 00:45:00 UTC) - The 131-foot maxi trimaran Banque
Populaire V began on November 22nd their second attempt of the Jules Verne
Trophy, emblematic of the fastest circumnavigation of the world by any type
of yacht with no restrictions on the size of the crew. Led by Frenchman
Loick Peyron, the team is ascending the Atlantic ocean toward Cape Town,
and is currently 54.4nm ahead of the current record of 48 days 7 hours 44
minutes 52 seconds set by Franck Cammas on the 103-foot Groupama 3 in 2010.

* The 34th America's Cup final environmental impact report will be
published December 1 and go to the San Francisco Planning Commission on
Dec. 15. Dozens of permit applications and special requests needed for the
event and its related development projects can't move forward until the
Planning Commission certifies that environmental review. Assuming the
commission certifies that report, community members may appeal any such
decision to the Board of Supervisors. If that body denies the appeal,
opponents can take the issue to state court, which could take a while to
resolve. Read more at the San Francisco Examiner:

* The America's Cup Event Authority has extended the role of Richard Worth
to include Chief Executive Officer along with Chairman. In this expanded
role, Richard will be responsible for the commercial interests of the 34th
America's Cup, adding marketing and partnerships to his purview. Overall
management of the events will move to America's Cup Race Management, led by
CEO and Regatta Director Iain Murray, who will now lead both the on- and
off-the-water components of the events, as well as serve as liaison to the
teams. Craig Thompson, who had been CEO, has decided to leave the Event
Authority. -- Full report:

* On Episode 18 of 'America's Cup Uncovered', the show goes onsite at the
America's Cup World Series is in San Diego for the third stop, of the first
season, on the inaugural America's Cup world tour. Profiles include ORACLE
Racing's new skipper Darren Bundock, China Team's boat blessing ceremony,
and America's Cup Healthy Ocean Project day. Watch here:

* The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) postponed Sunday's Leg 2 start in
Cape Town to Wellington, New Zealand due to a forecast of strong headwinds.
The start was delayed until Tuesday, which was welcome news for Nico and
Frans Budel who were repairing failed keel-head bolts on their three
year-old, first generation Class40 Akilaria, Sec. Hayai. -- Full report:

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* From R. G. Newbury:
Great idea in Scuttlebutt 3477:

"So what if we used green and red? Could the lexicon of sailing be changed
to colors?"

I'm going to use it. Killing the mis-communications about which gate buoy
is the one we want to round is reason enough!

* From George Morris:
Regarding the article in Scuttlebutt 3476 (Changing the Lexicon of Sailing)
and the notion of using'Green' and 'red' sides for ease of commentary at
the ACWS? - quite brilliant! Dumbing down with a purpose! But there are
still pitfalls "How do you see it on the water, Geordie" " I'm liking the
Red side right now but there's a big rightie coming down the course -
Energy Team over on the red side have got it". Now is that good or bad for
Energy Team?

COMMENT: To be on the red side for a rightie would be....BAD!

* From Frank Gazzano:
Overall I would think the America's Cup race village, venue, and event were
consistent with the goals of introducing the ACWS to a more broader
audience. I parked my boat on the course one day and felt the stake boats
did a good job of managing the small spectator fleet, but that was probably
a unique view for those watching the event. The race village was the
epicenter and for a $10 donation the access to the boats, crew, viewing
areas, beer garden, video screen, bands, and ocean awareness display was a
tremendous value and extremely well done. If you've ever been to a Formula
One race you know how bad you can be fleeced at such international events.

My only two complaints about where the organizers fell short are:
Communications - there was a lack of information in advance on where you
could view from the water, the race village attractions, and even on Friday
before the event the information booth didn't have a clue as to what would
be going on and said the organizers hadn't told them anything.

Team Marketing - having not been fleeced with an exorbitant entry fee or
$16 slice of pizza (only $4.50), I had cash in my wallet and was ready to
buy memorabilia. There was a trailer with some America's Cup products like
towels, coffee cups, etc. but the only team products were from Oracle and
Artemis. At an international event, the organizer needs to insure the teams
promote themselves to draw fans, create favorites, establish rivalries, and
have someone to cheer for. You don't go to a sporting event and be
indifferent about who wins or loses. And with some reluctance I say
this...if you want to attract American fans the announcer shouldn't have a
British accent. It felt more like down under than San Diego.

* From Paul Warren, Redington Beach, FL:
I agree completely with your readers Vince Casalaina and Mal Emerson,
Scuttlebutt 3476, re the San Diego ACWS regatta. Like the other Scuttlebutt
observers, I spent eight days in San Diego watching the event, both
landside and on-the-water.

The racing was exciting: there was lots of action - packed mark roundings,
near collisions, and several substantial lead changes. But, it was
understandable only if you were/are an experienced sailboat racer who
understood all the intricacies of catamarans, wing sails, fleet racing,
match racing, and race course layouts. Otherwise, the novice, I think, is
left bewildered.

"Stadium sailing" is all well and good if you were a knowledgeable viewer.
For the neophyte, there was no real explanatory description of the action,
no introduction to the art of sailing (windward/leeward, upwind/downwind,
match racing tactics, etc.). I agree completely that the audio-visual
component of the landside spectator experience needs to be UPGRADED!
Site-specific commentators, describing the racing for each location, might
be a good solution. Or, more simply, just install "jumbo-tron" style TVs
with the live commentary feed at all the landside viewing locations. (Other
events do this on a regular basis. Why not the AC?)

Another observation: landside viewing was not optimized to make spectators
comfortable and, thus, keep them on-the-scene for longer times. Spectators
were forced to stand in crowds for the duration, unless they brought their
own chairs and got front-row locations. -- Read on:

* From Lindsay Foster:
Last year, right around this time, I wrote an article about how the
America's Cup could actually succeed in engaging the Facebook generation -
and judging from what I've seen, they are doing a great job. The boats are
fast, the crashes spectacular. You can view the racing live on one of the
most recognized video websites in the world, with easy accessibility to
share links and feeds with friends via social media networks that increase
the possibility of the content going viral.

They even have a 'magazine/reality' show uncovering the America's Cup, and
while the content is fairly mild when you consider the debaucheries that
most major TV networks air to appeal to my generation, it's a good start.
There are, however, still some things I take issue with - mainly the
pervasive lack of confidence the organization exudes in an overall sense
about the success of the new format and product.

Whenever I go on the website and read new articles or press releases, or
see the America's Cup asking for viewer input, I get the feeling they do
not believe yet that they have created an event that is the best thing to
happen to extreme sports since the snowboard was invented.

They are constantly asking for opinions, advice, talking about test runs
and trials, what worked, what didn't. No one actually seems 100% sure that
they know what they are doing. The videos titled "What is the America's
Cup?" and many of the other promotional videos give an aura of diffidence
and completely lack assuredness. -- Read on:

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