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Blast from the past

April 1st, 2013

From Mark Weinheimer: With all the talk about big cats racing in San Francisco Bay, I thought I’d share this blast from the past. This Geri Conser photo is from August of 1988, when the Pro40 circuit was running the same weekend as the Big Boat Series on San Francisco. While the foreshortening makes this


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Thinking about the big picture

March 12th, 2013

From Peter Schwarz: I couldn’t agree more with your comments about one-design racing (in Scuttlebutt 3793), reprinted from Bacardi Race Week. However, after 20 years of racing S2 7.9’s, I have seen a number of incidents where your comments on “class equipment and rules being equal” have been pushed beyond reasonable interpretation, and/or largely ignored.


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Costly volunteerism

March 12th, 2013

From Brian Morris: I noticed in Scuttlebutt 3793 that ISAF has reduced the time of their November Annual Conference in Muscat, Oman ‘In order for delegates and Member National Authorities (MNAs) to save costs the Executive Committee decided to reduce the length of the ISAF Annual Conference to seven days.’ Yet when you go to


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The fascination of sin

March 11th, 2013

From Iain McAllister, Peggy Bawn Press: As Adrian Morgan suggests (Scuttlebutt 3792), bring it on! Charles Paine Burgess, son of America’s Cup defender designer, Edward Burgess, brother of the J-Class Ranger’s designer, Starling Burgess – and himself an aeronautics engineer, rig designer and naval architect – wrote in 1935: “In the charter of the New


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Olympic regatta format

March 11th, 2013

From John McNeill: As ISAF observes the performance of the new regatta format at the ISAF Sailing World Cup (as mentioned in Scuttlebutt 3792), I sincerely hope that they keep an eye on the potential dominance of the starting position on the end results. Too often, in short races, success on the starting line provides


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Playing by the rules

March 11th, 2013

From John Rumsey: Regarding Craig Fletcher’s comments in Scuttlebutt 3792, I remember when personal integrity was the norm in sailing. In the Star Class, when I sailed in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, there were seldom protests. If someone broke a rule they withdrew from the race. In the 1963 Star Class World Championship in


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A view on the America’s Cup

March 10th, 2013

From Adrian Morgan: From the remote fastnesses of the Scottish Highlands, one can see for miles, both backwards and forwards, and from my perspective, 1000s of miles from San Francisco it looks like the America’s Cup is shaping up to be just like those contests in the early 1900s. It was during that era when


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We don’t do it for the comfort

March 10th, 2013

From John Rumsey: As a follow-up to Chris Caswell in Scuttlebutt 3790-91, I always thought the definition of sailing was what Bob Johnson once told me as we thrashed up wind aboard “Big TI” in a Transatlantic Race: “Sailing is the most expensive way to go last class!&#


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Sailing versus golf

March 10th, 2013

From Craig Fletcher: I both golf and sailing, and recently got to thinking about the culture of sailing vs. golf in respect to the use of the rules. In sailing we are taught from a young age to use the rules to obtain an advantage over our competition. Golf is just the opposite. One does



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