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SCUTTLEBUTT 3486 - Friday, December 9, 2011

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By Jennifer Mitchell, Sailing World
For many sailors who live in cooler climes, when the temperature drops, we
put our boats away and take a hiatus from sailing until the spring thaw.
The winter can be a welcome break from a competitive summer, but come
springtime, we find ourselves shaking off the rust and trying to get minds
and bodies into sailing shape.

The best sailors avoid this cycle. In the offseason, they keep their minds
and bodies strong so they're always ready to hit the water. To find out how
they do it, I consulted Olympic medalist Anna Tunnicliffe, Artemis Racing
skipper Terry Hutchinson, and sailing fitness guru Harry Legum.

"I'm currently into CrossFit," explains Anna. "It's such a good workout,
and I always wake up with new sore muscles the next morning. I find that
the variation and intensity is a fun, yet amazing, way to stay fit and
sharp. It mixes all different skill sets that fit into sailing, so it's
great cross training. I started at CrossFit 847 in Chicago and now train at
CrossFit Gables in Miami. When I'm in town, I work with the coaches, but
when I travel, I do the CrossFit travel WOD (workout of the day), or if I
can get to a gym, I do the assigned WOD, both of which are very hard and
kick my butt. In addition, I love to run, so I run for cardio, too."

Read on:

Perth, Australia (December 8, 2011) - The first Gold fleet races at the
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships started with a moderate sea
breeze providing almost perfect sailing conditions off Fremantle on
Thursday. With three additional races held Thursday in the Laser Radial and
the Women's RS:X, those events will have a rest day on Friday. The Men's
470 and Finn classes completed one race today and will return to the course
on Friday. All fleets will complete their open round on Saturday before the
top 10 advance on Sunday to the Medal Race.

Leading the charge for North America in fleet racing are Americans Paige
Railey (3rd-Laser Radial), Stuart McNay/ Graham Biehl (9th-470 M), and Zach
Railey (11th-Finn), and Canadian Nikola Girke (22nd - RS:X W).

Group A in the Women's Match Race completed their opening round robin
series, with Americans Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi
finishing on top (12-3) and advancing straight to the quarterfinals. The
teams in Group B will complete their round robin series on Friday.

The Star, Men's RS:X, Laser, Women's 470 and 49er, race during the second
week of this event. Here is the racing schedule:

Women's Match Racing (Elliott 6m), December 3-16
Women's Windsurfer (RS:X W), December 5-11
Women's One Person Dinghy (Laser Radial), December 5-11
Men's One Person Dinghy Heavy (Finn), December 5-11
Men's Two Person Dinghy (470 M), December 5-11
Men's Keelboat (Star), December 11-17
Men's Windsurfer (RS:X W), December 12-18
Men's One Person Dinghy (Laser), December 12-18
Women's Two Person Dinghy (470 W), December 12-18
Men's Skiff (49er), December 12-18

BACKGROUND: The ISAF Sailing World Championships are held every four years,
bringing together the Olympic class organization to host their most
prestigious event. The 2011 edition will see over 1,100 sailors from 78
nations coming to Perth, Australia to compete in their class World titles
and to qualify their nations for the London 2012 Olympic Sailing
Competition. -- Event website:

Before an athlete can earn the right to compete in the London 2012 Olympic
Sailing Competition, the country must first qualify for entry, and the 2011
ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth Australia on December 3-18 is the
first qualification regatta.

Seventy-nine nations are at the Worlds, where ¾ of the available Olympic
entries in each of the ten events have been made available. Below are the
allotments for the events competing this week at the Worlds. Any country
finishing within that allotment has qualified to compete at the 2012 Games:

Women's Match Rach - top 8 countries
Finn - top 18 countries
470 Men - top 19 countries
RS:X Women - top 20 countries
Laser Radial - top 29 countries

The 2011 Worlds is also being used by many countries to determine their
Olympic representatives. "Our goals here are so multi-faceted," admitted
U.S. Olympic Chairman Dean Brenner. "The Trials have to be our first
priority, and for the sailors also. The first goal is to secure selection
for the Games. The second goal is a strong finish at the Worlds. Those two
goals may be in line with each other, but they may not be. We'll see how it
plays out.

"But it is important to realize that with Olympic sailing there are often
goals that go beyond the event you are competing in at that moment. This is
really a major differentiating factor for Olympic sailing versus most other
kinds of sailing. It is so much about the long haul, taking the long view
and preparing for the Games. And since this is the Trials, you can't
succeed at the Games unless you earn the right to GO to the Games."

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Cape Town, SA (December 8, 2011) - The Volvo Ocean Race has revealed its
anti-piracy plan, which will see the fleet transported by armed heavy lift
ship from an undisclosed Safe Haven Port in the Indian Ocean and resume
racing from a set-down point along the Sharjah coastline in the northern
Emirates, within a day's sailing of the Leg 2 finish in Abu Dhabi.

Race organisers announced in August that the route for Legs 2 and 3 would
be re-drawn because of the increased threat of piracy in the Indian Ocean.
With the fleet set to depart Cape Town for the start of Leg 2 on Sunday,
Race Director Jack Lloyd has made parts of the plan public for the first

Following the In-Port Race on Saturday, the six boats will leave Cape Town
as scheduled for Leg 2 on Sunday, December 11 and continue to be tracked as
normal until they reach a point in the Indian Ocean. From there, details
about the boats' location will be switched off to the public as they sail
on to a Safe Haven Port. At that port, the boats will be loaded on to a
ship protected by armed guards and featuring other security measures and
transported to the northern Emirates.

Once unloaded, Race Management will decide where exactly to re-start the
race for a short competitive sprint into Abu Dhabi, which is hosting the
event from December 31 to January 14. The sailors will not be on board the

"This solution means we still have the exciting race finish into Abu Dhabi
as always planned, while steering clear of the most dangerous waters off
the Eastern African corridor," explains Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad.
-- Full report:

* Race meteorologist Gonzalo Infante says the fleet could be in for a
five-hour battering immediately after the start of Leg 2, with 25 to 30
knot headwinds producing conditions reminiscent of those that caused such
damage on the first night of Leg 1. The winds are expected to moderate to
10-15 knots as the boats pass the Agulhas Cape but the biggest factor will
be the size of the ocean swells while sailing into the wind. -- Full

* Following their dismasting and delayed recovery, PUMA skipper Ken Read
discusses how difficult it may be to now remain competitive on Leg 2:

* Live coverage of the Cape Town In-Port Race on Saturday, December 10 is
at 0800 EST and the start of Leg 2 to Abu Dhabi is the following day at the
same time. Follow the action at

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. -

(December 8, 2011) - US Sailing has released its shortlist of nominees for
the 2011 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards. Those making
the 2011 shortlist represent the diversity of the sport and include
round-the-world racers, kite boarders, one-design champions and Olympic

Nominees for US Sailing's 2011 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award:
Melges 32 World Champion William Douglass (Southport, CT)
Etchells World Champion Bill Hardesty (San Diego, CA)
IKA Kite Course Racing World Champion Johnny Heineken (Larkspur, CA)
Laser North American Champion Clay Johnson (Toms River, NJ)
Allstate Sugar Bowl J/22 World Champion Rob Johnston (Heath, TX)
Finn U.S. National Champion Zach Railey (Clearwater, FL)
Star North American Champion George Szabo (San Diego, CA)
Velux 5 Oceans Winner Brad Van Liew (Charleston, SC)

Nominees for US Sailing's 2011 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award:
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Eliott 6m Champion Sally Barkow (Nashotah, WI)
Farr 30 World Champion Deneen Demourkas (Santa Barbara, CA)
29erXX North American Champion Kristen Lane (Tiburon, CA)
Kieler Woche 470 Women Champion Erin Maxwell (Stonington, CT)
Kieler Woche Laser Radial Champion Paige Railey (Clearwater, FL)
Rolex International Women's Keelboat Champion Cory Sertl (Rochester, NY)
Skandia Sail for Gold Champion Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, FL)

A panel of sailing journalists will vote to determine US Sailing's 2011
Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year. The winners will be announced
in mid-January and honored on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, during a
luncheon at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. -- Full report:

San Diego, CA (December 8, 2011) - Moving is never easy. But while couches
and mattresses can be unwieldy, a boat is an entirely different story.

The Hall of Champions Sports Museum has starting putting together its new
4,500 square foot sailing exhibit. Set to open in 2012, the exhibit will
feature a fully rigged Star Boat, an America's Cup room with scale models
of boats that have raced in San Diego, interactive sailing simulators, and
other hands-on exhibits. It will also include displays on the history of
sailing in San Diego, bringing together world champions, youth sailors,
yacht clubs and Naval architects in a dedicated space.

San Diego hosted the America's Cup in 1988, 1992, and 1995, and recently
served as the third stop in the inaugural America's Cup World Series. In
addition to serving as a venue for competition, the city has a rich history
of sailing innovation because of the Navy presence and the many boat
builders and ship designers who call San Diego home.

To celebrate the city's sailing history, the Hall launched a campaign to
raise $1 million for the new exhibit, more than $700,000 of which has
already been raised, prompting the exhibit team to move ahead with

One of the first steps of building the exhibit involved bringing the Star
Boat from the loading dock, through the center court, and down to the lower
level—the future home of the sailing exhibit. -- Photos:

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* Singapore (December 8, 2011) - With the overall standing for the 2011
Extreme Sailing Series on the line, the 10 Extreme 40s dealt with light
winds that shifted through the entire compass. After four races today,
Roman Hagara's team on Red Bull Extreme Sailing remained in first while
Dean Barker's Emirates Team New Zealand climbed from fourth to second
position. America's Cup helms complete the rankings from third to sixth
position. -- Full report:

* (December 8, 2011; Day 16 - 23:45:00 UTC) - Loick Peyron (FRA) and his
team on the 131-foot maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V have built a 2160.8
nm advantage over the non-stop circumnavigation Jules Verne Trophy record
of 48 days 7 hours 44 minutes 52 seconds set by Franck Cammas on the
103-foot Groupama 3 in 2010. They now have 13908 nm to the finish. --

* With the recent announcement that the 2012 MedCup has been suspended,
2011 TP52 season and World champion Quantum Racing is headed to the U.S. to
compete in the 25th edition of Key West Race Week. Owner Doug Devos is
planning to drive the boat with Terry Hutchinson, Don Cowie, and Shawn
Clarkson onboard. Among their competition will be two, new custom IRC 52s -
Highland Fling XII (Irvine Laidlaw, Monaco) and Interlodge (Austin
Fragomen, Newport) - both of which are making their racing debuts in Key
West. -- Full report:

Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include camo sailing, December sailing, wine sailing, umbrella sailing, wet
sailing, down under sailing, lumberyard sailing, and gentleman club
sailing. Here are this week's photos:

SEND US YOUR PHOTOS: If you have images to share for the Photos of the
Week, send them to the Scuttlebutt editor:

Flashback to when sailing was popular in the 80's, and popular for
commercial marketing. Are there any recent examples of boats in TV ads...
or do we all now fast forward through the commercials? Click here for this
week's video:

BONUS: Mrs. Curmudgeon has the flannel sheets on the bed, which means it's
time for the first iceboating video of the season:

BONUS: This week on Episode 20 of 'America's Cup Uncovered' resumes the
story of the inaugural year of the America's Cup World Series with a look
back to Plymouth where we witnessed stadium sailing in all its glory from
The Hoe overlooking Plymouth Sound. Extreme conditions bookended the week
making stop two on the tour a regatta to remember with plenty of capsizes
and crashes. Tune in on Saturday December 10 approx 0800 PDT 1600 BST:

BONUS: "World on Water" Dec 9, Week 49 features the recent China Cup
Regatta in Shenzhen, China, the start of Leg 2 of the Global Ocean Race in
Cape Town, South Africa, the sensational PWA Supremesurf Big Days
Windsurfing Contest in Germany, the record breaking Jules Verne Trophy
attempt by Banque Populaire V in the Indian Ocean, the frantic repairs to
the yachts in the Volvo Ocean Race in Cape Town, South Africa, and in
"Fresh to Frightening" we show a hapless catamaran sailor being blasted off
the water by Banque Populaire V as it races past in the middle of the ocean
at 35 knots plus. See it on at approx 1200 GMT, 0700 EST.

SEND US YOUR VIDEOS: If you have clips to share for the Video of the Week,
send them to the Scuttlebutt editor:

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* From Chip Johns:
Wow, I was surprised to read a letter I wrote 12 years ago when I opened my
'Butt (#3485)! It just reminds you that whatever we write can be
re-published anytime, so be careful. The amazing thing was that I had the
same discussion with a friend who has been involved with the AC for many
years just a few hours prior to re-reading my letter in 'Butt- Twilight
Zone moment?

Think about it for a minute, how much has been spent on the AC since 1999?
If a fraction of those sums were spent to build an infrastructure to
introduce people to our sport in a meaningful way, could the AC event
organizers sell real sponsorship today? Didn't I just read that the AC
management is planning on downsizing the "test events" so that expenses are
closer to revenue? Have they really spent $150MM plus so far on this event?
I still think the cart is positioned before the horse. Larry and team...
are you listening?

* From John Riise:
Why do sailors - or at least the ones who write letters and editorials
about it - constantly bemoan the dearth of ways to drag more people into
the sport? Last I checked, almost anywhere there is enough water to float a
dinghy there are sailing schools, clubs and community programs geared
toward showing people the sailing ropes. Not to mention friends, uncles and
just nice acquaintances who would be thrilled to give a newbie his first

Yes, golf is more instantly 'accessible', but anyone with the desire and
half a brain can make the extra effort to learn to sail - or skydive,
spelunk, surf or scuba, to name a few other non-immediate-gratification
pursuits - if they want to.

To complete playing devil's advocate, slips are hard enough to come by in
many areas. Why would any sailor possibly want to generate more competition
for them? Plus at least part of the attraction to sailing is the serenity
of escaping the hoards, not embracing them.

Sailing isn't broke, so stop trying to fix it. It's self regulating and
there's nothing wrong with that. It will never be golf and be thankful for
that. Let's all stop acting like Jehovah's Witnesses about this whole

* From Eric Sorensen:
Regarding the comment in Scuttlebutt 3485 about how the ACWS in SD was
lacking information on how to get started in sailing, Anacortes YC
(Anacortes, WA) does a ride weekend every year during the city's Waterfront

The port gives room in the marina, and our fellow YC members take sign ups
from the crowd and escort them to the various vessels. I am guessing we had
12-15 boats active for both days last year, some power and some sail, some
big (Catalina 42) and some small (Ranger 21).

My wife and I love giving the rides. The best passenger was a fellow who
was 89 and had never expected to get on a sailboat again. We had a great
sail about the bay and there were tears of gratitude on his face!

Another family comes back each year and requests our boat. Now their son is
racing with me and is my most faithful crew member.

There are rewards of all kinds in sharing one's boat with others.

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