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SCUTTLEBUTT 3493 - Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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By Chris Gill, WindCheck editor
When I was a kid, I remember sailing classes were as fun and relaxed, or as
serious and focused as we, the kids in the boats, wanted them to be. During
the beginning of the season, skippers and crews found themselves either
settling into a rhythm, switching boats or mixing things up in search of
the best balance of both.

I was a middle-of-the-course sort of sailor when it came to my approach to
sailing class. I enjoyed the seamanship side of sailing; learning the
proper ways to tie knots and knowing which knots should be used where;
navigation; sail trim and ship care; and I loved to race. I also liked to
just go out and sail...not worrying too much about trim, crew weight or
anything else. We'd sail my boat on the edge of capsizing (and sometimes
past), use my bailer as a water cannon, 'pirate' other Blue Jays and jump
overboard on the balmiest of days. The point is, the choice was up to us.

My sailing partner in crime back in the day was my friend Mike Andre. He
and I were generally on the same page when it came time to focus or fool
around. When it was regatta time, we made all the preparations necessary to
make the boat 'go-fast' and when there was little breeze - or little
attention span - we'd sink my beloved Blue Jay, just for the heck of it. We
were kids acting like kids. I think it was the combination of fun and focus
that kept both of us interested in sailing.

Now that we're in our late thirties, I see no reason that either of us
would ever stop sailing. Mike has his own boat these days, and I have mine.
We have both competed on the local, national and international level,
cruised and daysailed - and it's still fun, no matter what. On occasion,
when we sail together, most recently in Ideal 18s, it's right back to
normal - and there is a certain ease of operation when it comes to sailing
together. It's fun and it's easy.

Having strolled down memory lane in my own head, I sent Mike an email
asking him to recollect what he could from our junior sailing days. With no
other guidelines that might have influenced his response, I was pleased to
read the following:

This is an installment by International Umpire/Judge Jos M. Spijkerman
(NED) in a series of blogposts about the ISAF Call book 2009-2012 with
amendments for 2010. All calls are official interpretations by the ISAF
committees on how the Racing Rules of Sailing should be used or
As the sixth and final race of a championship series began, A's accumulated
score was such that the only way she could lose the prize was for B to
finish ahead of her and among the first three of the 48 competitors. A
crossed the line early and was recalled by loud hailer.

About 70 to 100 metres beyond the starting line, she turned back, but she
had sailed only some 20 to 30 metres towards the line when she met B, which
had started correctly. Instead of continuing towards the pre-start side of
the line, A turned and began to hinder B by covering her closely.

The race committee hailed A again that she was still above the line and
received a wave of acknowledgement in return, but A continued to sail the
course, hindering B throughout the windward leg. When A and B reached the
windward mark, they were last but one and last respectively, whereupon A
retired. B ultimately finished in 22nd place.

Since it was obvious to the race committee that A continued to race solely
for the purpose of hindering B, it protested A under rule 2. A, which had
been scored OCS, was then disqualified for breaking rule 2. She appealed,
asserting that she believed she had returned and started correctly.

A's appeal is dismissed. It is clear from the facts found that A knew she
had not started as required by rule 28.1, and that she chose not to do so.
Facts are not subject to appeal. The disqualification of A for breaking
rule 2 was appropriate.

A would not have broken rule 2 if she had returned to the pre-start side of
the starting line and started and, after having done so and without
intentionally breaking any rule, she had managed to overtake and pass B and
then closely covered her.

B could have requested redress and was entitled to receive it under rule
62.1(d). The facts show a gross breach of sportsmanship and, therefore, of
rule 2.

Such a deliberate attempt to win by unfair means should be dealt with
severely. The protest committee could also have called a hearing under rule
69.1, as a result of which it could have disqualified A from the entire

Read on:

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(December 19, 2011; Day 9) - Fast boats can make people look smart. And
slow boats can make people look...less smart

By his own accord, Team Sanya skipper Mike Sanderson doesn't have the
fastest boat in the Volvo Ocean Race. It's the only boat from the previous
race, and strong winds were never its strength. So if speed won't win you
the race, tactics better.

When Sanya broke away from the six-boat Volvo Ocean Race fleet on Saturday
and headed north towards a tropical depression containing brutal headwinds,
it was a moment of big risk, big reward.

A day later, the reward was a 200+ mile lead on the fleet. But two days
later the risk was rig damage. Risk won.

With their D2 shroud separated from the spreader terminal, Sanya is now
heading to a port in southern Madagascar in order to assess the damage and
make a repair plan. "We were just out of the major breeze and changing
sails from the J4 to the fractional zero and were in wind speeds of around
12-14 knots when we noticed a vital piece of rigging loose from the mast
(D2)," said Sanderson.

Because of the anti-piracy plans drawn up by organisers for Legs 2 and 3,
the fleet is currently heading towards an undisclosed 'safe haven' port in
the Indian Ocean. The boats are due to be loaded onto a ship at that port
and transported to a point off the Sharjah coast to resume racing with a
sprint into Abu Dhabi.

Race rules mean that Sanya will still score points for Leg 2, the In-Port
Race in Abu Dhabi and the first stage of Leg 3 if they cross the finish
line at the safe haven port under racing conditions at some point.

Sanya's goal will be to repair the boat, complete the first stage of Leg 2
and then rejoin the fleet when they return by ship after the first stage of
Leg 3, which will take the fleet on to the team's home port of Sanya.

Sanya was also forced to retire from Leg 1 with hull damage but the shore
crew performed heroics to get the boat repaired in time for the Cape Town
In-Port Race and the start of Leg 2 earlier this month.

For the remaining five boats, they are on an all out drag race. Tight
reaching to the north, with Telefonica on the low road and the Groupama on
the high road, 128 miles apart. - Event media

Course details:

Leg 2 - Cape Town, SA to Abu Dhabi, UAE
Standings as of Tuesday, 20 December 2011, 1:03:23 UTC
1. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP)
2. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), 3.2 nm Distance to Lead
3. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 8.1 nm DTL
4. Groupama (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), 24.0 nm DTL
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), 108.1 nm DTL
6. Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), 199.0 nm DTL

Video reports:
Race Schedule:

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 19, 2011; Day 27 - 23:00:00 UTC) - Maybe it's the holiday spirit.
You know, 'tis the season to give, give, give. And lately for Loick Peyron
(FRA) and his team on the 131-foot maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V, they
have been doing a lot of giving.

Their mission to lower 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 had been going so well. They had built a lead
of 2300nm, but Peyron's team has now seen their margin drop to 917 nm.

To bleed 1400 miles in 10 days, when sailing on what may be the fastest
ocean multihull, there has to be a good reason. Helmsman/trimmer Brian
Thompson describes their situation, now 1700 nm from Cape Horn:
We are still sailing upwind in the Southern Ocean - has nobody mentioned,
that the brochure clearly stated that this part of the world cruise, was
supposed to be a downwind sleigh ride!

There is 25 to 30 knots of wind now, and a 'bumpy' seastate. The boat is
crashing over the waves at 22 knots. We have just changed from one reef and
staysail, to two reefs and staysail, as the vespertine light faded for our
short night.

Late this afternoon we passed about 4 miles to leeward of one iceberg, and
saw ten growlers, between 5 and 1m high. The iceberg we saw from 12 miles
out on the radar, (before we saw it visually), but the growlers did not
show up at all well on radar.

Fortunately the water temp is 8 or 9C, so the growlers should not get too
far from the mother berg before melting. It's night now, so a careful
lookout for us. --


* Top-of-the-line IRC 52 racing is alive and well and headed for Quantum
Key West 2012 on January 15-20. A strong fleet of eight 52-footers will
compete in the 25th anniversary edition of the renowned midwinter regatta
held off the southernmost tip of the continental United States. Included in
the class are brand new IRC 52 designs from Reichel-Pugh and Judel-Vrolijk.
Among the strong presence of one design competition will be the debut of
the Farr 400, McConaghy 38 and Carkeek HPR 40 that will make their
inaugural appearance at Key West. -- Full report:

* (December 19, 2011) - Morris Yachts announced the hiring of Doug Metchick
as the company's first Chief Executive Officer. In his new role, Metchick
will lead and direct business operations and financial practices. Cuyler
Morris continues in the role of President as well as a newly titled
position of Chief Development Officer. Having Doug aboard will allow Cuyler
to focus on product development, customer relations and key strategic
initiatives. Cuyler will also maintain his position on the company's Board.
-- Full report:

* The recreational boating segment of the marine industry saw 672 deaths in
2010, compared with 736 in 2009, according to a report issued by the
National Transportation Safety Board. -- Trade Only Today, read on:

* CLARIFICATION: In Scuttlebutt 3492, the story titled 'You Ain't Seen
Nothing Yet' was wrongly attributed to the Royal Ocean Racing Club Rating
Office in London. In fact, it was written by Seahorse editor Andrew Hurst
for the recent edition of Seahorse magazine. Information for this fine
magazine can be found here:

The Orange Bowl Youth Regatta is the largest youth regatta in the United
States and South America, with sailors ages 8 to 18 sailing in Optimists,
Club 420's and Lasers Full, Radial and 4.7. Five hundred and thirty-three
sailors from 23 states and 22 countries will be competing December 27 to
30. New England Ropes is a silver level sponsor sending rigging and other
items for the gear bags. New England Ropes is proud to be a part of such a
worthwhile event that is centered around the youth sailing community. --

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* From Fritz Mueller:
Competitive sailing has gotten way to complicated administratively and also
too expensive to make interesting for the masses. There was a time
when.....anyone could get in the a given level.

* From Laurence Mead:
Well said Ian Williams with regards to the contribution of the crew (in
Scuttlebutt 3492). In anything more than a singlehander, winning is a team
effort and if we did more to reflect that reality then maybe we would have
a better shot at getting rid of the old stereotype of sailing as "Captain
and less worthy crew" which is still the view of the vast majority of
non-sailors (and worryingly some sailors as well......!!!!!)

* From Doug McLean:
Ian Williams is spot on, I second everything he says. Matt Cassidy should
be on that list. Bowmen never get any credit.

* From Michael T. Reagan, Ottawa, IL:
I've watched Matt Cassidy for years, both in Harbor Springs, MI and now at
the Chicago Match Race Center. I've read about his being on the winning
teams in the RC44 Tour, the World Match Racing Tour, and the Audi MedCup,
as well as in many other high profile venues. He seems a natural to be a
candidate for US Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, yet he is not among the

Except for a small number of singlehanders, every boat's success depends
greatly on a strong crew. And the person on the bow can make or break just
about every race. Matt's accomplishments this year could not be more varied
nor in more pressure-filled situations.

There is no finer representative of our sport. His modesty and helpful
personality are unequalled. There are many more crew members than skippers,
most of them unsung. Recognizing Matt as the Yachtsman of the year would be
a strong statement recognizing the indispensable role of crew, encouraging
crew to keep after it, and endorsing a generous and admirable sailor who
conducts himself in the finest manner, reflecting well on all of us.

* From William H Gammell:
I am dismayed to find so short a mention of the Olympic qualifiers in your
newsletter this evening (Scuttlebutt 3492). As the culmination of years and
possibly decades of work, I believe these person's stories deserve more
than a passing mention from the leading daily sailing publication. May I
propose a weekly profile of each person who has qualified which gives equal
weight to both skipper and crew?

Furthermore, this week's races, in the Laser class alone, have provided an
amazing story. Rob Crane, a dark horse candidate for qualification, came
through in the final two races with a 1, 2 to qualify; in doing so he
erased a 37 point deficit and provided a dramatic finish to a great
regatta. This is Mr. Crane's first Olympic campaign and he will be joining
fellow Hobart alum Trevor Moore in London this summer. Hobart and Scott
Ikle are definitely doing something right up in the Finger Lakes.

* From Jim Champ:
In Scuttlebutt 3492, in regard to sailing boats like the AC 45, David Munge
asks, " many of us normal people will ever get that buzz?"

You know, pretty much it's available to everyone. In the high performance
Catamarans like the F18s and Tornado, the true skiffs like the 12s and the
18s, high end dinghies like the 49er, from the end of the plank on my
International Canoe with a fire hose of water over my ankles, above the
water in an International Moth.

All these boats deliver those kinds of sensations, and given the commitment
and maybe doing without a few luxuries, pretty much anyone can get to sail
in one. And yes, in pretty much all of those boats you'll find people
sailing them into their 60s;, they're not just for youngsters.

You know it's easy. Just put down the lead and walk away...

Did you know that Thomas Edison did electrical work in the bathroom of a
ferry boat owned by a Native American tribe? He was the first man to wire
ahead for reservations.

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