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SCUTTLEBUTT 3747 - Friday, January 4, 2013

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Today's sponsors: North U, Doyle Sailmakers, and International Rolex

When Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun failed a drug test during the
2011 Major League Baseball season, the appeal of his 50-game steroid
suspension didn't challenge the fact that his urine sample revealed the
presence of copious synthetic testosterone in the player's system. No,
instead they challenged the urine sample collection procedure.

This defense tactic ultimately overturned Braun's suspension, and it was
this approach which came to mind when it was reported how Syd Fischer's
Elliott 100 Ragamuffin-Loyal was not found at fault of being over early at
the start of the 628 nm Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. The facts did not dispute
the yacht was OCS, but rather that the race committee did not completely
follow the recall procedure as described in the Sailing Instructions...

20. - Recalls
20.1 - Individual recalls will be signalled in accordance with RRS 29.1
from the relevant race committee signal vessel on the starting line. A
sound signal may be made (amends RRS 29.1).
20.2 - A boat subject to recall will pass on the course side of and around
either of its starting limit marks and start. (In accordance with RRS 30.1)
20.3 - A boat subject to recall will be identified by the relevant race
committee signal vessel by radio on VHF 72 for the northern start line and
VHF 71 for the southern start line. Such radio recall information will be
transmitted approximately five minutes after the start signal.
20.4 - There will be no General Recall.

The facts found revealed that the Race Committee fulfilled their
obligations under the RRS, and there were repeated attempts by the RC to
contact the yacht by VHF beyond the prescribed requirement in the Sailing
Instruction, but the RC did not contact the yacht by VHF at "approximately
five minutes after the signal" per the prescribed requirement in the
Sailing Instruction.

This aerial video shows Ragamuffin-Loyal was OCS at the start of the Rolex
Sydney Hobart Race with no attempt made to restart per SI 20.2:

As the second event of the 2012-13 ISAF Sailing World Cup, the Rolex Miami
OCR (Jan. 26-Feb 2) marks the beginning of the new Olympic quadrennium for
the aspiring North American sailor. Here is a list of the athletes that
competed at the 2012 Olympics for Canada and the USA, and what their plans
are for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:

Star: Richard Clarke, not continuing
Star: Tyler Bjorn, not continuing
Laser: David Wright, continuing at present
Laser Radial: Danielle Dube, to be confirmed - Radial or 49erFX
RS:X Women: Nikola Girke, continuing in Nacra 17 with Luke Ramsay
RS:X Men: Zac Plavsic, continuing
Finn: Greg Douglas, continuing
49er: Gordon Cook, to be confirmed
49er: Hunter Lowden, to be confirmed
470 Men: Mike Leigh, to be confirmed
470 Men: Luke Ramsay, continuing in Nacra with Nikola Girke

United States
Star: Mark Mendelblatt, continue in Nacra 17 or Star if reinstated
Star: Brian Fatih, not known
Laser: Rob Crane, uncertain; possible Laser or Finn
Laser Radial: Paige Railey, continuing - likely in Laser Radial
RS:X Men: Bob Willis, no plans to continue at this time
RS:X Women: Farrah Hall, continuing
Finn: Zach Railey, no plans at this time
49er: Erik Storck, no plans at this time
49er: Trevor Moore, continuing as skipper
470 Men: Stu McNay: no plans to continue at this time
470 Men: Graham Biehl: no plans to continue at this time
470 Women: Amanda Clark, not continuing
470 Women: Sarah Lihan, not known
Women's Match Racing: Anna Tunnicliffe, continue in 49erFX with Molly
Women's Match Racing: Molly Vandemoer, continue in 49erFX with Anna
Women's Match Racing: Debbie Capozzi, not known

Canadian Sailing Team:
US Sailing Team:

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Perry recently hosted an advanced level North U Varsity
Match Racing Clinic in San Diego, with participants including US Sailing
Team member Andrew Campbell (San Diego), national champion high school team
racing coach Steve Hunt (San Diego), US representative to the ISAF Nations
Cup Qualifier Dustin Durant (Long Beach, CA) and several active collegiate
match racers. "I was pleased to have such a high level of sailor in the
clinic," Perry said, "because it allowed for high-level discussions on
shore and intensive training on the water." Details:

(January 3, 2013; Day 55) - Now that Vendee Globe leader Francois Gabart
(Macif) is well clear of Cape Horn and heading north in the Atlantic, he
reflects on his current position:
* After passing Cape Horn, you chose to go through the Strait of Le Maire,
can you explain why?

FRANCOIS GABART: After the Cape Horn route optimal routings directed me to
the centre of a cluster of icebergs located in the south-east of the island
states. Either I was going through this area, or turn, lose some ground,
but have the certainty that I would be navigating through safer areas. I
opted for the second solution, but as it was night in France, there was no
ranking. I didn't know if Armel would make the same choice. It was not easy
for me because I was worried for him. Especially if he took the risk of
crossing the area of icebergs but finally, he made the same choice as me.

* Are you surprised by the speed at which you lead this Vendee Globe?

FRANCOIS GABART: No. It is fast, but I'm neither surprised nor impressed. I
do not necessarily feel that these speeds are special. We prepared for this
purpose, the boats evolve, more sailors are trained to go fast, but I am
convinced that in four, and eight years, the race will be even faster.

* How do you live the duel with Armel Le Cleac'h month to month?

FRANCOIS GABART: It is great. We enjoy the battle and there is no reason it
won't continue to Les Sables d'Olonne! If we can see each other in the Bay
of Biscay, it will be a quite exceptional finish! Not necessarily easy for
us to manage as sailors, as it will be nervewracking, but we both love the
contact racing.

Full interview:


Top 5 of 20 - Rankings as of Thursday, January 3, 2013, 20h00 (FR)
1. Francois Gabart (FRA), Macif: 6557.5 nm Distance to Finish
2. Armel Le Cleac'h (FRA), Banque Populaire: 35.5 nm Distance to Lead
3. Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), Virbac Paprec 3: 330.1 nm DTL
4. Alex Thomson (GBR), Hugo Boss: 610.5 nm DTL
5. Jean Le Cam (FRA), SynerCiel: 1894.8 nm DTL
Full rankings:

ROUTING: In the above interview, Francois remarks how the routing software
helped direct his decisions at Cape Horn. In this report by Mike Golding,
currently in sixth position, he explains the technology behind the Vendee
Globe routing that is being used:

BACKGROUND: Twenty skippers began the Vendee Globe, a solo, non-stop around
the world race in the IMOCA Open 60 class. Starting in Les Sables d'Olonne,
France on November 10, the west to east course passes the three major capes
of Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn before returning to Les Sables d'Olonne.
Michel Desjoyeaux (FRA) set the course record of 84 days in the 2008-9
edition. --

"Cape Horn is a magical and symbolic moment. It is well deserved after the
long crossing of the shady regions. You get the feeling that you're
returning to the light. It's as though you've put your indicator on to
signal a turn towards the finishing line. Even if there is some ice, wind
and a swollen sea, you feel something powerful that hits you right inside."
- Jean-Pierre Dick, competing in the 2012-13 Vendee Globe Race, upon
passing Cape Horn for the fourth time.

While the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta on December 27-30
attracted sailors age 8 to 18 from 23 states and 22 countries, it was not
the ONLY Orange Bowl regatta over those same four days in Miami, FL. The
Open Orange Bowl was held just down the street at Coconut Grove Sailing

The 50th annual Open Orange Bowl, with no age restriction, has for the
second year been host to a large International 420 and 29er fleet of mostly
youth sailors (generally in the teens but with a few in the early 20s), and
was also the North American Championship for both classes. The regatta also
has a Laser fleet for sailors over 18 years.

The International 420 fleet of 18 boats was won by Jack Parkin/ Ben Saxon,
while Wade Waddell/ Henry Fernberger were second overall and the top junior
team (under 19), and Casey Klingler/ Fiona Walsh were third overall and the
top girl team. Californians Quinn and Dane Wilson took the top spot in the
22-boat 29er fleet, while Robert Davies (CAN) dominated the 26-boat Laser

Both the International 420 and 29er used the regatta as a tune up for the
U.S. Youth World Championship qualifier which will be held in two weeks
(over MLK weekend) in Clearwater, FL.

Event website:

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The crew at Wight Vodka is proud to announce that the Sint Maarten Yacht
Club has been voted the world's favourite yachting bar!

Together with Scuttlebutt Europe, and now in its fourth year, Wight Vodka
again ran one of the most important contests the world over, again asking
the yachting fraternity to vote for their favourite bar. The sheer volume
of online voting far exceeded last year's competition, demonstrating the
passion we all have for a great watering hole.

This year's contest was again extremely tight between the winning bar and
the runners up, which included the Navi Bar in Glucksburg, Germany; The
King & Queen in Hamble, GB; the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club; the Royal
Bermuda Yacht Club; the Bitter End Yacht Club in the BVI; the Pierview in
Cowes on the Isle of Wight; the Candy Store in Newport, Rhode Island;
Gladstone's in Long Beach, California; and the Sailor's Inn in Gocek,
Turkey. -- Read on:

EDITOR'S NOTE: Props to Scuttlebutt advertiser Gladstone's Long Beach as a
contest runner-up. Their signature drink is the Queen Mary - its namesake
resides within view - and is loaded with vegetable infused vodka and their
special Bloody Mary mixer, complemented with a shrimp, salami and cheese
skewer (for those of you inclined to drink your dinner):

Events listed at

* When Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast over a month ago, over 100 sailing
organizations sustained damaging effects to their property. To aid in the
recovery, US Sailing has established an online resource center to provide
useful information to the organizations that have experienced significant
damage to their facilities, equipment, and boats. The rebuilding resource
website can be visited at

* The fifth edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 kicks off on February 18th
2013, with 30 confirmed entries at the end of 2012 - twice as many entries
as the previous year. Antigua Yacht Club hosts the 600 mile race which
navigates 11 Caribbean islands. -- Full report:

* In the culmination of an inaugural campaign to recognize individuals who
make significant contributions to their local sailing community, Old
Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky and US Sailing announce the winner of
the 2012 Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award. Donald Backe of Annapolis,
Maryland, one of six "unsung hero" finalists considered for the top honor,
received the most votes in an online public vote. Backe will be honored at
an award ceremony in January during US Sailing's 2013 National Sailing
Programs Symposium in Clearwater, Florida. -- Read on:

* Georgetown University of Washington D.C. and Point Loma High School of
San Diego will lead 30 collegiate teams from every corner of the U.S. and
60 high school teams from throughout California into the 28th annual Rose
Bowl Regatta at Long Beach, CA on January 5-6. Sailed in Club Flying
Juniors, the event is hosted by the USC Sailing Team and organized by the
US Sailing Center of Long Beach. -- Full report:

Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include Irish plane, daycare, foxy fifteen, kid cadet, 75 years, backflip,
spying, tough gig but someone has to sail there, and bucket seats. 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:

We don't know how these people got themselves into such a mess, but this
week's video clearly shows people and boats in the wrong place at the wrong
time. One sailboat is destroyed by a wave, a rescue powerboat is destroyed
by another wave, and without the heroics of a rescue helicopter and the
Coast Guard, the people involved might have been destroyed too. A news
helicopter provides the footage while dramatic music and voiceover tell the
tale. Click here for this week's video:

Bonus Videos:
* A video on the life of 2011 U.S. National Sail Hall of Fame inductee
Hobie Alter begins during his teen years making surfboards and extends to
present day:

* This week on America's Cup Discovered we take you on a journey through
time and technology. We get an all time exclusive when we got invited to
spend a day on the water with Ted Turner, as he reforms his 1977 victorious
'Courageous' crew to commemorate this win 35 years ago. We then take a leap
into the future to see how some of the technology has evolved in our sport
since those Newport, Rhode Island days. The award winning LiveLine team
bring impressive graphics to our screens and make watching sailing an
enjoyable and understandable experience. Do the competitors like sailing by
lights and being umpired by a computer? Tune in on Saturday January 5
approx 0800 PST 1100 EST:

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

If the winter weather isn't enough to get you headed south for the 40th
International Rolex Regatta in St. Thomas USVI on March 22-24, 2013 -
nothing will. There are still a few days left to take advantage of the
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Thomas Yacht Club - remains the best place in the Caribbean to finish a
race. Your condo, boat, food, music and sandy beach are all right there. As
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* From Bruce Kirby:
Lynn Watters (Eight Bells, Scuttlebutt 3745) jumped into the yacht racing
scene as a young man immediately after World War II by forming the St.
Lawrence Valley Yacht Racing Association with his friend Art Thompson. The
association brought together clubs from Montreal, and along the St.
Lawrence to Kingston, Ont. and up the Ottawa River to the Hudson Y.C. and
Britannia Boating Club in Canada's capital.

The first SLV regatta was held at Pointe Claire Yacht Club west of Montreal
and was a resounding success, bringing back to the sport many war veterans,
and introducing regatta sailing to the younger set.

But Lynn wasn't just a regatta organizer. With two younger friends he led a
Lightning Class campaign for years, scoring high throughout North America,
but never quite winning the continental or World championships. Lynn
directed operations from the middle, with Edward Botterell at the helm
(later to become a prominent sailmaker) and Sicotte Hamilton on the
foredeck. Lynn was the middle man, tactician, sail trimmer for two Olympic
Dragon campaigns, in 1960 in Naples and 1964 in Tokyo.

But his most important time on the world stage was as chairman of the IYRU
Rules Committee, and we are all still sailing under the influence of Lynn
Watters when we hit the starting line.

* From Michael Silverman:
I'm still struggling to understand why the Sydney-Hobart race committee
didn't at least allow Wild Thing to sail the course, and sort out the
paperwork issues afterwards (Scuttlebutt 3746). Now Wild Thing has no
recourse, no appeals.

I get that there was a question around certifications from the original
designer, and therefore safety may be an issue, but Wild Thing says they
got another designer to approve the design and wasn't notified until the
day of the race that it was unacceptable.

If it truly was a safety issue, then the committee was probably right to
not let them race. But at least give the competitors every opportunity to
fix a mistake and get on the starting line. To me, it just does not seem
that this committee did that.

In the bigger context, shouldn't committees as a whole be more
communicative and inclusive than exclusive at a time when we're struggling
to maintain participation in the sport?

* From Bill Sandberg:
On Long Island Sound we have awards to recognize the work of the CYC of
Australia race committee and the international jury for the Sydney-Hobart.
They are called Mooseheads, and they are handed out by the International
Society for Perpetuation of Cruelty to Racing Yachtsmen. Need I say more?

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