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SCUTTLEBUTT 3760 - Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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(January 22, 2013) - Biscayne Bay in Miami, USA is about to come alive with
the sights and sounds of Olympic sailing as ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami
gets underway on Monday January 28 through to the medal races that bring the
regatta to a close on Saturday February 2. Held at US Sailing Center Miami,
Coconut Grove Sailing Club, Miami Rowing Club and Shake-A-Leg, hundreds of
sailors will kick start their Rio 2016 Olympic ambitions.

While strong entry lists prevail in the Laser, Laser Radial, 49er, 49erFX
and Finn, there’s plenty of interest in the Nacra 17, which will make its
first international appearance at a major regatta. Seven teams have
registered to sail the new mixed multihull.

The Nacra 17 entrants feature some exciting young talent coming through the
ranks as well as experienced campaigners. Puerto Rican multihull legend
Enrique Figueroa is the most experienced sailor in the fleet with an Olympic
career that goes back to Seoul 1988 where he finished 13th. Further Olympic
appearances came at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 and now, he's back.

Other Nacra 17 sailors include Canada's Luke Ramsey, who sailed in the Men's
470 at London 2012, and young Americans Taylor Reiss and Matthew Whitehead
sailed the SL16 together at the 2011 ISAF Youth Worlds in Zadar, Croatia
finishing sixth and have made the jump up to the Nacra 17. Reiss will be
sailing with Sarah Lihan who represented USA in the Women's 470 at London
2012 whilst Whitehead will sail with 17-year-old Sarah Streater.

Other teams include former Women's Match Racer Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham who
joins Jonathan Farrar (USA), Sarah Newberry and John Casey (USA), and
Lindsay and Dalton Bergan (USA) -- Full story:

The pendulum has swung back. Interest in multihull sailing is on the rise.
Heck, even ISAF decided a new catamaran design - the Nacra 17 - was Olympic
worthy. So for the next four years, the race is on to see who can become the
very best by the 2016 Games.

A leading contender is the team of Sarah Newberry (24) and John Casey (38).
Both have made their mark in the U.S. multihull scene and are primed to take
this next step. With the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami next week, Scuttlebutt
checked in with Sarah regarding their campaign:
* What has, up to this point in your sailing, given you the confidence to
take this step?

SARAH NEWBERRY: I think that the Olympic path is one I have always wanted to
be on. I spent a long time trying to understand the way a campaign works
from the outside, and asking questions because I was too shy to take action
instead. A lot of experienced friends, like Jay and Pease Glaser, were very
patient about this.

Then, after sailing very well for several days at the 2011 US Multihull
Championship, I lost first place in the event because I was unprepared. I
had only practiced once or twice in six months, and honestly, I didn’t even
really understand how to sail the F16 Viper. I learned what lack of
discipline and dedication could feel like, and it shocked me into changing
the way I looked at sailing - I decided to re-approach my sport. I realized
I had to treat myself like a real athlete or I would never be happy racing.

Last fall I gave a presentation which was live streamed to a global
audience. I shared how my passion for the sport had grown over time, and how
it had led me to decide to pursue a path to the 2016 Games. Having to
announce this goal to folks around the world was a pretty big step. Saying
it out loud really directed my approach.

When the Nacra 17 was announced this past spring as the multihull for the
Games, I made the phone call and put my name on the list to purchase a boat.
Afterward, in a panic, I called my mother and said: “Mom, I think I just did
something really crazy.” I wasn’t sure how I was going to accomplish it, but
I knew committing to the boat was the next step and that my conviction was
really all I needed to make everything work out.

So the answer is: it wasn’t so much the confidence as much as blind
determination that has gotten me this far. Now I have started to develop the
kind of true confidence that one needs to keep taking intelligent steps

* Has the uncertainty of multihulls in the Olympics since 2008 had any
impact on how you approach sailing?

SARAH NEWBERRY: This is a great question. I think it really has impacted the
way I approached the idea of becoming involved in Olympic sailing. I
certainly do not take for granted the fact that the multihull has
representation now, and I feel that ensuring that it continues to be
represented is a responsibility that we share as racers and enthusiasts.

Multihull sailors know what it feels like to not have an Olympic path. The
uncertainty, at least in my case, has created quite a sense of urgency to
participate - and especially a sense of urgency to participate in a way that
can help to develop multihull sailing from the ground up in the United
States. I don’t want to see the path disappear again. I think it’s lent me a
very community-oriented sensibility. I want to share my experiences and
processes to help raise the level and build the sport.

Read on:

You can follow Sarah and John at…
Website and blog:

As the 2012/13 Vendee Globe fleet are on the home stretch, over a third have
been forced to retire. Four of the current top seven Open 60's in the race
are sporting full or partial EC6 carbon continuous rigging packages supplied
by Southern Spars and from all reports their rigging has been 100% reliable.
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Key West, FL, (January 22, 2013) - Competitors in the Melges 24, Melges 32
and J/70 classes were all hopeful of having a 12-race series and Division 2
principal race officer Dave Brennan is trying his best to comply. With
northerly winds in the 12-16 knot range, Tuesday provided a perfect
opportunity to complete an extra race, for three races on the second day of
the 26th annual regatta.
“It was a great day of sailing. The wind was fantastic and the race
committee did a superb job of giving us some quality racing,” Melges 24
skipper Brian Porter said.
Porter and the Full Throttle team are engaged in a good battle with Alec
Cutler and his crew on Hedgehog at the top of the Melges 24 class,
second-largest of the regatta with 23 boats. Porter posted a solid line of
2-3-1 on Tuesday, but has not been able to completely overcome a seventh
suffered in Race 1 that resulted from a poor start.
Cutler, a resident of Pembroke, Bermuda, won Tuesday’s first race and has
also posted three seconds in totaling 10 points - four better than Porter.
 J/70 is the largest class in the regatta with a whopping 38 boats. The
Allsopp brothers Cole and James aboard Moxie grew up sailing together before
heading off to College of Charleston and the Naval Academy, respectively.
Cole is driving while James is handling the bow and the team closed with a
fourth and third on Tuesday to overtake Ullman, the Day 1 leader.
Bombarda holds a narrow one-point lead over Mascalzone Latino in the Melges
32 class after both Italian entries won races on Tuesday.
There has been considerable trading of places in Farr 40 class, which has
six well-sailed boats. Jim Richardson steered Barking Mad to a second and
third on Tuesday to take the lead away from John Demourkas and Groovederci.

“Our fleet may be small in numbers, but the boats that are here are high,
high quality,” Barking Mad tactician Terry Hutchinson said. -- Full story:
Full Results:
Tune into the Live Coverage at:
Event Website:

“What we have learned over the years, and especially last year, is that
winning in this fleet is very hard. And so this time we have really
concentrated in coming into 2013 just a little bit stronger in every area.
One particular area is our strength and physical training, making sure we
are all stronger and fitter. Otherwise the changes are sails and minor
improvements.” -- Guillermo Parada (ARG), helm of TP52 Azzurra, winner of
the 2012 52 Super Series,

A fleet competing at Key West Race Week for the first time is the High
Performance Class. The plan for the class, which will use the new High
Performance Rule (HPR), was to gather light displacement boats ranging from
approximately 26-45 feet and an approximate PHRF handicap range of -10 to
-70. HPR Communications Director Dobbs Davis provides this report:
We are seeing a lot of forward progress: we will have 10 boats who have
measured HPR certificates, in contrast to the handful in 2012 that were done
with some guessing on measurements on a preliminary version of the rule. At
this stage the rule calculator has evolved to a Version 4D, just released
this month, so hopefully we're now locked in now for ratings for the event.

There have been two burning issues:
(1) How to manage crew weight - it is a measured parameter in HPR, but the
Farr 400's do not yet have a weight in their rule. So we've compromised by
having everyone declare their own weight (because it is calculated into the
rating formula), and they get one guest on board for free to allow for
media, sponsors, juniors, prospective new owners, etc.

(2) A thorough re-examination of the rule formulation on Beam, which was
perhaps too punitive to wide boats (eg, Ker 40) and too lenient on narrow
boats. This was vetted by Jim Teeters and Bill Lee with help from Jason Ker
and Alessandro Nazareth of the ORC's ITC. We hope this will help keep the
racing a bit closer, but this is still a development rule and refinements
are possible in order to make the racing closer and more fair, yet still
encourage new designs.

So, HPR is turning out to be a nice home for those that want light fast
boats and are not too bothered by having to rally together a minimum number
of their own kind for a one-design class. I think Key West will be fun, and
this will be one of the more competitive classes at the event.
HPR website:

(January 22, 2013; Day 74) - Despite losing his keel a little before
midnight with 2,000 miles to the finish line in Les Sables d’Olonne,
Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac-Paprec 3) has not abandoned and is working out what
to do next.

“There were already noises in the boat, rather strong and quite screeching,"
Jean-Pierre explained. "I thought it was the sound of keel jack but in fact
the head of keel was already damaged. All of a sudden there was a popping
noise. The boat was lying on its side in a second I realised that the keel
had broken. There was certainly a moment of doubt about the boat, luckily it
did not flip over. The boat was safe enough to put in more ballast and take
a risk and further reduce the canvas.”

Dick was still making good speed in the third place and continuing on his
normal route in 16-18 northeasterlies, 200 miles ahead of Alex Thomson (Hugo
Boss). But the challenge will come if he is faced with bigger winds and
particularly rougher, cross seas, that he could face, especially in the Bay
of Biscay.

“A fabricated keel has the life span of one Vendée Globe, period,” said
Mike Golding, currently in sixth on Gamesa. “If it makes the finish it is a
design success, if it breaks it is a design failure. Unfortunately we have
seen far too many design failures with fabricated steel keels. For me I
chose to switch to a carbon keel, so I’m on a carbon keel, theoretically if
the carbon keel is good, it is good for the life of the boat, theoretically
[laughs].” -- Full story:

Top 5 of 20 - Rankings as of Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 20h00 (FR)
1. Francois Gabart (FRA), Macif: 1595.1 nm Distance to Finish
2. Armel Le Cleac'h (FRA), Banque Populaire: 96.7 nm Distance to Lead
3. Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), Virbac Paprec 3: 472.3 nm DTL
4. Alex Thomson (GBR), Hugo Boss: 667.1 nm DTL
5. Jean Le Cam (FRA), SynerCiel: 2273.8 nm DTL
Full rankings:

BACKGROUND: Twenty skippers began the 24,000-nm 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. --

The APS Annual January Rigging & Cordage Sale is in its last few days. It's
time to replace those halyards, sheets, shrouds, and lifelines. With
discounts up to 25% off normal retail prices, it's a practical opportunity
to do some excellent upgrades as well as the preventative maintenance that
will keep you on the water all season long. More info here:

* Twelve youth sailors have qualified for US Sailing’s 2013 Youth World Team
to represent the United States at the International Sailing Federation
(ISAF) Youth World Championship in Limassol, Cyprus from July 11-20. The
sailors named to US Sailing’s 2013 Youth World Team: Addison Hackstaff
(Laser Radial boy), Haddon Hughes (Laser Radial girl), Wade Waddell/ Henry
Fernberger (I-420 boy), Casey Kinglier/ Fiona Walsh (I-420 girl), Quinn and
Dane Wilson (29er), Maximo Nores (RS:X boy), Marion Lepert (RS:X girl), and
Ravi Parent/ Sam Armington (multihull). -- Full report:

* (January 22, 2013) - Itajai, Brazil will once again be a Host Port for the
Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15 following the huge success of the stopover there
in the last edition. Brazil will have two stops along the route for the 12th
edition of sailing’s most prestigious round-the-world race after Recife was
named as a Host Port last week. The race route is expected to take the fleet
from Itajai to a U.S. port that has yet to be named. -- Details:

* San Francisco, CA (January 22, 2013) - The America’s Cup and Live Nation
have announced that Sting, the multi-Grammy award-winning musician will be
the first headline act to play at the America's Cup Concert Series at the
America’s Cup Pavilion, located between Piers 27/29. The America’s Cup
Pavilion will host multiple events in the summer of 2013 in San Francisco's
first outdoor, waterfront concert venue. -- Story:

* The awards of this year’s European Yacht of the Year contest were
determined after thoroughly inspecting and testing the 25 nominated boats in
Southampton and La Spezia. Leading the winners in five categories was the
J/70. Details here:

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With great sadness we announce the sudden passing of long time Water Rat
Sailing Club (Toronto, Ont) member and club executive Heinz Gebauer
(1932-2013). Heinz suffered a massive heart attack on the evening of
Thursday January 17th, 2013. Those that know Heinz remember him as a
wonderful man who never hesitated to help out, give sailing tips and also as
a sailor extraordinaire winning the World Laser Masters Championship as well
as placing in the top 5 numerous times throughout his sailing career.

Heinz was an active member of the Water Rats Sailing Club both in
participating in racing, pleasure sailing and running the sailing club as he
held several positions on the executive. This is a shock to all of us and
will be hard not to see his smiling face down at the sailing club. The
funeral will be held on Sunday January 20th at 3pm, visitation will be at
2pm. All those that knew Heinz are welcome to attend. Directions:

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* From Bruce Brown, Costa Mesa, CA:
I had the opportunity to work with and for Dr. Bob Foresman for many years.
He was a great inventor with a real eye for equipment that made boating fun,
safer and easier. His whisker poles, tiller extensions and spinnaker poles
became the standard across the sailing industry. The Marelon valves and thru
hulls are standards for OEMs and aftermarket installers and are found on
boats around the world.

More than the President of Forespar, he had a real passion for boating.
Bob's eyes lit up whenever he talked about a day or a week on board. He
enjoyed sailing and later, his powerboat. One great element of Bob
Foresman's legacy is his willingness to share his passion with all of us. I
will miss his wit and his creative spirit.

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