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SCUTTLEBUTT 3764 - Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Miami, FL (January 28, 2013) - The 311 sailors representing 37 countries
were greeted with spectacular, yet challenging conditions for the first of
six days of racing at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami. Sailors from five
racecourses on Biscayne Bay welcomed sunny skies with temperatures in the
mid-70s and moderate to strong winds. All ten Olympic classes and two of
the three Paralympic classes will compete this week.

Making their second appearance on the ISAF World Cup series is the 49er FX
women's skiff event. Olympians Giulia Conti and Francesca Clapcich of Italy
teamed up in the 49er FX and were rejuvenated to be on the racecourse today
with a new challenge. Conti is making the switch from the 470 and Clapcich
is transitioning from the Laser Radial.

"We've been training on Lake Garda in this type of wind and probably
stronger," said Conti. They finished first, fifth and second in today's
three races. They have a narrow lead over Brazilians Martine Grael and
Kahena Kunze in the eight boat fleet.

"After two Olympic campaigns in the 470 we wanted to try something else,"
explained Conti. "Francesca and I feel reborn in this class. "We couldn't
get off to a good start in the second race, but we maneuvered well around
the course today in general."

Swedish 470 Olympian Sebastian Ostling, who is now making a shift to the
49er men's skiff, has teamed with Kalle Torlen this week and the duo are in
first place through three races. They posted first, third and second
results to take a slight lead over Canadians John Ladha and Daniel Inkpen.
Americans Fred Strammer and Zach Brown are surging into the 49er scene as
well. They sailed well on Monday and are in third place. The 49er FX and
49er fleets sailed in 9 to 12 knots for most of the day.

The Nacra 17, a mixed multihull event, made their official ISAF Sailing
World Cup debut this afternoon with seven competitive teams looking to make
their mark on the new Olympic class. Two American teams comprised of Sarah
Newberry and John Casey are tied atop the leaderboard with Sarah Streater
and Matthew Whitehead. -- Read on:


Canada team report:
USA team report:

SUPERVISION: There are 75 coaches registered for the 240 boats competing at
the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami. That's one coach for every 3.2 boats. --

BACKGROUND: The six-day ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami (Jan 28-Feb 2) is the
second event on the 2012-13 ISAF Sailing World Cup season. The season began
in Melbourne, Australia (Dec 2-8) and will move next to Palma Spain (Mar
30-Apr 6). The ISAF Sailing World Cup is open to the sailing classes
(equipment) chosen for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing
Competitions. --

Dave Perry, Peter Isler and David Dellenbaugh are featured instructors on
the 2013 Seminar and Webinar Tour. US Sailing Racing Rules & Tactics
Seminars are underway, and Rules Webinars and Expedition Webinars are
coming up soon. Presented by North U, the seminars and webinars will
improve your racing. Check the schedule and sign up by visiting
or by calling North U at 800-347-2457 or 203-245-0727.

When two-time Olympic medalist Charlie McKee (Coronado, CA) was appointed
High Performance Director of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Program, it was a
significant hire that followed the team's medal-less performance at the
2012 Games.

Last week Scuttlebutt publisher Craig Leweck rode with Charlie on the water
as he interacted with the athletes. Beyond Charlie's personal knowledge
having sailed in the classes, his enthusiasm and attentive eye translated
into effective communication and learning. He is a motivator, but we
suspect he could make this quad fun too. Here are his goals for this week
in Miami:
Primary among our goals right now is to understand the sailors, what it is
that they want to achieve, and start off on a track where we can do that
together. We need to determine what the team can do to be most helpful for
them. Also, we are seeking to foster a cooperative effort within each class
as much as possible and recognize that different classes have different
needs and that there is no one right way to do things.

We strongly believe is that it is no one thing that you need to do to
succeed; it's fifty tiny things to get a little better.

While we are called the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, this remains an
individual sport. Everyone's campaign is going to be different depending on
where they are in life, whether they are in school, etc. We need to
identify each person's specific goals and needs and embrace the
individuality within each campaign. This puts people in a positive state of
mind knowing that there is a systematic approach to insure they can take
steps toward improvement.

There is a lot positive energy right now. There has been a lot of good work
done from the previous quad, and I am seeing a lot of enthusiasm and
confidence that we are on the right track for this next quad. I am sure we
are going to make some mistakes, and there are a lot of long term ideas and
complicated questions where there is no one solution or easy answers. But
where we are and what we are doing right now feels good.

"I think the mixed experience helped me be selected. Sailing dinghies
teaches you fundamental points in sailing and also tactics. Skiff sailing
was a fresh breath for me as it's a lot more about boat speed and going
fast so that kept me interested. The bigger boats, particularly the Melges
24s and then J/125s, taught me about the importance of teamwork." - Tommy
Pastalka, 22, of Belvedere, CA, member of the American Youth Sailing Force
team which will compete in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup on September
1-4. --

Ohio University student Abby Freeman took off from school last week and
headed for South Florida and Quantum Key West Race Week. Abby teamed up
with Melges 24 US National Champion Bora Gulari and crew Jeremy Wilmot,
George Peet, and Mike Rehe to claim third overall. Here she reports:
Sitting on my plane heading back to school, I find myself making extensive
to do lists and mentally preparing myself for the inevitable all-nighter I
will need to catch up on the course work I missed. At this point, any sane
person would start questioning whether taking a week off school was all
worth it. Before I started to get too negative about this particular life
decision, I decided to think back on all the experiences, big and small,
that made Key West Race Week 2013 worth it:

- The best sailing conditions we could've possibly asked for.
- Sailing on a M24, which always provides for some heart-pounding fun.
- Being around the top names of the sport.
- Our friends on Full Throttle being named Boat of the Week.
- The "Top Gun" theme song being played at the awards ceremony.
- Feeding the Tarpon right off the dock.
- Hopefully getting a new Facebook profile picture.
- Attempting the Lewmar Grinding Pedestal's co-ed division and only getting
spun off once.
- Making new friends and seeing old ones.
- Getting the best tan I could manage.
- Not being frozen up north.
- Racing some of the most intense and tight races I have in a while.
- Hearing the national anthem every morning at 8 a.m.
- Learning more each and every time I got on the boat.

Those are just a few of the many experiences that helped make Key West Race
Week worth it for me. My team has a habit of asking, "Are you living this
right now?" as if to bring every situation back to its very essence. Now
that I am on my way back to Ohio, I can finally appreciate that little
reminder to slow down and take it all in. I can say with confidence that I
lived this year's Key West Race Week. -- Sailing World,

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Whoever thought of mixing great weather, great race management, and a great
party town with a "what happens here, stays here" vibe should have a drink
named after them. Pure brilliance! Once again Quantum Key West Race Week
checked off all the boxes last week. Heck, it was so good that
photographers even splurged on a helicopter rental. Thanks to shooters
Sharon Green, Ingrid Abery, Leighton O'Connor,, and Steve
Lapkin for providing this epic gallery:

Additional photos on Facebook:

(January 28, 2013; Day 80) - While Francois Gabart (MACIF) and Armel Le
Cleac'h (Banque Populaire) bath in the glow of world media attention
following their finish on Sunday just three hour apart, the race for Alex
Thomson (Hugo Boss) is far from over as he faces conditions ranging from 35
knots of wind gusting up to 45 knots.

"I just want to finish the race as safely as possible," admitted Thomson.
"My foot is off the pedal. I am taking it easy. I don't really care when I
finish as long as I finish. 45 knots of wind in a IMOCA Open 60 is not
enjoyable at all."

The last days of Thomson's race don't look like they are going to be easy.
He will face heavy weather in the busy shipping lanes of the Bay of Biscay.
It's the equivalent of leaving the open road and sailing blind and fast
into a three-dimensional congested super highway.

"At the beginning the Organisation were talking about 77 days and I thought
that was ridiculous. How wrong I was. To finish in third place would be
absolutely awesome, especially in the (older generation) boat that I have
got and that is what I aiming for. It's highly unlikely that I'll finish
after 83 days but if I do it means I have a serious problem. I just want to
get the boat to the finish. I am going to nurse her to the finish and look
forward to my cheeseburger at the end."

Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) sails at the latitude of Lisbon
continuing his journey without a keel to the Portuguese coast. He will make
a decision within about 2 days, whether it is safe for him to continue to
Les Sables d'Olonne. He admitted that 40 knots of wind in the Bay of Biscay
would not be safe for him. Pragmatically, he surmised that although
completing the course was important for both him and the team it was not
worth risking his life.


Top 5 of 20 - Rankings as of Monday, January 28, 2013, 20h00 (FR)
1. Francois Gabart (FRA), Macif: Jan 27, 14:18:40UTC, 78:02:16:40
2. Armel Le Cleac'h(FRA),Banque Populaire: Jan 27, 17:35:52UTC, 78:05:33:52
3. Alex Thomson (GBR), Hugo Boss: 599.5 nm Distance to Finish
4. Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), Virbac Paprec 3: 821.6 nm DTF
5. Jean Le Cam (FRA), SynerCiel: 2212.8 nm DTF
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 new edition of The Racing Rules of Sailing went into effect on January
1, 2013. These rules are locked in through 2016, the year of the next
Summer Olympic Games. Rules authority Dave Perry helps explain some of the
significant changes.

Dave is chairman of the US Sailing Appeals Committee, Rules Advisor to the
US Olympic Sailing Team and Artemis Racing, the Challenger for the
America's Cup, co-author of the North U Rules & Tactics seminar, and author
of two books on the subject. Here Dave discusses the new 'Trash' rule:
Consider two boats approaching a leeward mark with A clear ahead of B at
the zone. B must give A "mark-room." If A swings extra wide and B tries to
sneak in between A and the mark, the question is:

How far and fast can A turn to "shut the door" on B?

New rule 18.2(c)(2) answers this question. As long as A is still taking the
mark-room to which she is entitled, if B sticks her bow inside of A, she
must give A room to sail her (A's) proper course. And as long as A is
sailing her "proper course," she will be exonerated (freed from blame)
under rule 21, Exoneration, if she breaks one of the right-of-way rules in
Part 2, Section A (port-starboard, windward-leeward, etc.), or rules 15
(Acquiring Right of Way) or 16 (Changing Course) in the process.

However, if A sails *above* her "proper course," she will not be exonerated
if she breaks one of the rules listed above. For instance, rounding a
leeward mark onto a windward leg, a boat's proper course is typically to go
from a downwind course up to close-hauled. A is allowed to luff up to
close-hauled and if B cannot keep clear or is forced to hit the mark, then
A has broken rule 16.1, but she will be exonerated under rule 21, and B
will be penalized. But if A were to sail *above* close-hauled to shut the
door, and B was unable to avoid hitting her or the mark, then A has broken
rule 16.1, and will not be exonerated under rule 21. Note: this is not a
game change from the 2009-2012 rules.

Important in this discussion is to remember that rule 14 (Avoiding Contact)
always applies to all boats whether entitled to room or not. And if a
right-of-way boat or one entitled to room or mark-room fails to avoid
contact, she will be penalized as well unless the contact does not cause
damage or injury.

Rule 18.2(c)(2), Giving Mark-Room
(c) When a boat is required to give mark-room by rule 18.2(b),
(2) if she becomes overlapped inside the boat entitled to mark-room, she
shall also give that boat room to sail her proper course while they remain
For more on the rules, get Dave Perry's two books Understanding the Racing
Rules of Sailing through 2016 (which includes the complete rule book) and
Dave Perry's 100 Best Racing Rules Quizzes available at US Sailing, 800 US
SAIL-1, or; and attend a North U Rules & Tactics
Seminar led by Dave and others (go to

Register for the U.S. Sailing sanctioned Safety at Sea seminar, March
23-24, 2013 at U. Mass/Boston campus. Moderated once again by John
Rousmaniere, a very experienced group of speakers will address a series of
topics of vital interest to all serious offshore sailors and racers.
Details & Registration:

* Applications are due February 1 for the 2013 CISA Advanced Racing Clinic
on April 13-16 in Long Beach, CA. This prominent youth training program
will focus training for the Club FJ, Club 420, International 420, 29er,
Laser, and Laser Radial. The confirmed coaches so far are Andrew Campbell,
Leandro Spina, Harry Legum, Ryan Minth, Cy Thompson, Nigel Cochrane, Stu
McNay, Dave Wright, and Alice Leonard. Evening speakers will include US
Sailing Team High Performance Director Charlie McKee. -- Details:

* (January 28, 2013) - It was announced that Auckland, New Zealand will be
a stopover port for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. Auckland
is the fourth port announced for the 2014-15 edition so far, and will begin
the leg across the Pacific Ocean to Itajai, Brazil. The other two ports are
for the first leg of the race from Alicante, Spain to Recife, Brazil. The
rest of the route for 2014-15 will be revealed over the coming weeks. --
Full report:

* Thirteen teams have confirmed they will compete in the opening
Championship Tour event, the RC44 Oman Cup on January Jan 30-Feb 3 in
Muscat, Oman. After dominating the fleet racing leaderboard throughout
2011-2012, Chris Bake's Team Aqua (GBR) with tactician Cameron Appleton
(NZL) will once again start the season as the defending Tour Champions.
There's no change to the afterguard on last year's Match Race Champions, Ed
Baird will be back supporting Valentin Zavadnikov and his Synergy Russian
Sailing Team. Newcomer Brian Benjamin's Aegir Racing (GBR) will be joined
for the season's opener by class founder Russell Coutts. -- Full report:

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* From Fritz Mueller:
Happy that Francois Gabart won the Vendee Globe with such a huge victory.
But I have to say that the Frenchmen have long mastered open ocean racing
in an expert way, and for such a long time, that it is truly out of this
world. They manage to organize, design, build, and have the personal
fortitude that escapes the rest of the modern racing world in such
venues...and it is not without drama. They push the limit, with huge
sacrifice, without any doubt! Congratulations Francois! Against the meager
percentage of us to challenge, and anyone else, the story continues to be
almost insurmountable against them.

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