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SCUTTLEBUTT 3671 - Friday, September 7, 2012

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Albert Wenger graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in economics
and computer science and holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from MIT.
He also occasionally sails, and based on his comparison of boating and
business, we might all want to tune up our resume.
Last Friday to Saturday I had the good fortune of being invited to crew on
my friend Mark Hansen's boat Sweet Lorraine (a beautiful J-145) in the 2012
Vineyard race. The course starts near the Stamford Harbor, goes up to the
Buzzard's Bay Light Tower and then returns south of Block Island all the
way to Stamford for a total length of about 238 nautical miles.

The crew consisted of extremely experienced and successful sailors
including several national/world champions in their respective boat
classes. I on the other hand have very little race experience and even my
total sailing experience was a tiny fraction of that of the rest of the
crew. Everyone on board was super generous explaining things to me and
being patient when I took a bit longer to get the hang of something or
outright screwed up (e.g., overtrimming the spinnaker). As a result I
learned a ton! I also really came to appreciate the many lessons about team
work from sailing with such a great group.

First, it is tremendously useful to check your ego at the gate (the opening
in the lifelines for getting aboard). Despite their tremendous individual
accomplishments everyone did whatever was needed at the moment to help move
the boat forward. On a boat that often includes cleanup, such as coiling
lines so that they don't obstruct movement and also can run out easily when
needed. High performing teams at work take a similar approach where every
team member takes responsibility for the quality of the operation (and
isn't above picking up trash in the office when that's needed).

Second, a clear division of labor makes everyone on the team effective. On
a crew everyone has a position at any one time (positions may rotate). The
responsibilities for each position are well defined. I have encountered
many teams in the workplace where people were not sure what they should be
working on which results either in duplication or in gaps with work that
doesn't get done.

Third, communication is the lifeblood of a team. There is a nearly constant
flow of information on the boat that enables team members to make the right
local decisions. For instance at one point the wind was quite gusty and one
team member announced incoming gusts letting both the helm and the sail
trimmers adjust accordingly. I think too often in work teams there is an
assumption that others have the information already when that's not in fact
the case. -- Read on:

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Weymouth, UK (September 6, 2012) - With the forecast on the final day of
the 2012 Paralympic Sailing Regatta offering little chance for suitable
winds, the lack of breeze in Portland Harbour ultimately scuppered racing
for the day. All three events completed 10 of the 11 scheduled races.

The only change in the overnight standings occurred in the Three-Person
Keelboat, where the Norwegian team moved up to the bronze medal after a
measurement protest against the British team was upheld, dropping them from
third to fifth.

The protest dealt with an incident wherein the British team was granted
permission to haul their Sonar for keel repairs, but their repairs were
found to have gone beyond the limited provisions that were granted. The
jury's discretionary scoring penalty to the team was 30% of boats, i.e. 4
points in race 7, the race closest in time to the incident.

Final Results

Single-Person Keelboat (2.4mR) - Top 5 of 16
1. Helena Lucas (GBR) - 26pts
2. Heiko Kroger (GER) - 35pts
3. Thierry Schmitter (NED) - 37pts
4. Damien Seguin (FRA) - 44pts
5. Paul Tingley (CAN) - 47pts

Two-Person Keelboat (SKUD18) - Top 5 of 11
1. Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch (AUS) - 14pts
2. Jen French and JP Creignou (USA) - 20pts
3. Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell (GBR) - 22pts
4. John McRoberts and Stacie Louttit (CAN) - 34pts
5. Marco Gualandris and Marta Zanetti (ITA) - 46pts

Three-Person Keelboat (Sonar) - Top 5 of 14
1. Udo Hessels, Marcel van de Veen & Mischa Rossen (NED) - 20pts
2. Jens Kroker, Siegmund Mainka & Robert Prem (GER) - 40pts
3. Aleksander Wang-Hansen, Marie Solberg and Per Eugen Kristiansen (NOR) -
4. Bruno Jourdren, Nicolas Vimont-Vicary & Eric Flageul (FRA) - 42pts
5. John Robertson, Hannah Stodel & Stephen Thomas (GBR) - 45pts

Event details:
Canada report:
USA report:

BOOK RELEASE: American Nick Scandone died soon after winning the gold medal
at the 2008 Paralympic Games. Remarkably, Nick's diagnosis for ALS had him
dying much earlier, but his will to live proved to be a formidable foe. His
victory at the Games was not only a triumph over his competitors, but also
a demonstration of how powerful it can be to purse a goal. And now his
wife, Mary Kate Scandone, tells the story of this journey in a book titled
'Nick of Time: The Nick Scandone Story'. Details here:

By Stuart Streuli, Sailing World
With seven years as a member of US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee, and
double that as an industry insider, many see former Olympic hopeful Josh
Adams as ideally qualified to take over leadership of the U.S. Olympic
Sailing program. Others feel his appointment will perpetuate the
philosophies that left the U.S. Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider without a
medal in the 2012 Olympics.

On the surface, it may look like Josh Adams is walking into a hornet's
nest. The incoming managing director of U.S. Olympic Sailing inherits a
team that, for the first time since 1936, returned home from an Olympic
regatta without a single medal. The performance has made the team - and
Adams' hiring - the subject of significant scrutiny on the home front.

But a deeper look reveals the situation to be much less perilous for Adams,
a former All-American sailor at Tufts University who comes to the team
after a career at Sail magazine, including the last seven as publisher.
Title sponsor Sperry Top-Sider, which signed on last spring, is committed
through the next four years. Top athletes such as Paige Railey and Anna
Tunnicliffe are already looking toward the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and the
likely lineup for that regatta features four new classes, including
kiteboard racing, a sport where the United States has proven to be quite
competitive on the world circuit, albeit in a sport very much in its
infancy. And with no medals in 2012, there's nowhere for the team to go but
up. -- Read on:

Newport, RI (September 6, 2012) - The story of day two at the U.S.
Qualifying Series was not the dominant performances put in by The Florida
Yacht Club and Seattle Yacht Club but more the way the last Championship
series qualifiers clawed their way back from poor starts and bad breaks to
maintain a chance at attending the 2013 Invitational Cup, an elite
international amateur competition hosted by New York Yacht Club and raced
in NYYC Swan 42s.

Today's results split the teams into a Championship and Consolation series,
and the name of the game for the 24 teams was to finish in the top six of
their 12-boat fleet to advance. With the championship fleet now confirmed,
they all start even again on points, and will sail in the J/70s for the
final two days to determine the top three teams to advance to the 2013
Invitational Cup.

Top Six in each fleet (after 11 races and one throw-out):

Red Fleet
1. Seattle Yacht Club, 27 pts
2. San Francisco Yacht Club, 32 pts
3. Newport Harbor Yacht Club, 46 pts
4. California Yacht Club, 55 pts
5. Texas Corinthian Yacht Club, 55 pts
6. Larchmont Yacht Club, 57 pts

Blue Fleet
1. The Florida Yacht Club, 32 pts
2. Eastern Yacht Club, 36 pts
3. Carolina Yacht Club, 41 pts
4. Ft. Worth Boat Club, 52 pts
5. Indian Harbor Yacht Club, 54 pts
6. Saint Francis Yacht Club, 54 pts

Event details:

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San Francisco, CA (September 6, 2012) - Traffic was heavy today on San
Francisco Bay, with the usual suspects--cargo ships, kite surfers and AC
45s - joined by 66 boats taking on their first day of competition at the
Rolex Big Boat Series. The 48th edition of the annual four-day tradition
kicked off in conditions that blended sunshine and 60-degree temperatures
with chilly winds of 16-20 knots, and as well blended its new class for
catamaran racing with its traditional classes for monohulls.

"Everyone should be very happy with what they got," said Event Chair Kevin
Reeds about the two hour-and-a-half long races held for each of the event's
eight classes (four IRC, three one-design and one for the catamarans).
"There was plenty for them to work with." And for spectators, the sight of
a half dozen catamarans slicing through the water was especially gratifying
at the end of the day when all classes converged at a finish line within 50
feet of the upper Race Deck at St. Francis Yacht Club.

Winning the cat class for the day with finishes of 1-2 was St. Francis
Yacht Club Commodore Peter Stoneberg's (Tiburon, Calif.) ProSail 40 Shadow,
while Tom Sieble's (Felton, Calif.) Sig 45 Vamonos, with a crew made up of
Tom Blackaller's 1988 ProSail Series team, took second place with a 4-1.

"I just wanted to have a blast today, and our expectations were exceeded in
every way," said Sieble, explaining that Vamonos was launched this spring
and the Rolex Big Boat Series is the first serious race that the catamaran
has done. -- Read on:

* Bermudian residents were urged to "prepare for the worst" as Hurricane
Leslie headed toward the British territory, bringing with it powerful winds
and heavy rain.Meanwhile, the Category 1 storm's effects were already being
felt as far away as the U.S. East Coast, where forecasters issued warnings
for life-threatening rip currents spawned by the distant storm. The agency
said the storm is expected to pass close by the island early Sunday, though
its path was uncertain. The territory's weather service expects Leslie's
winds to exceed 90 mph at that point. -- Full report:

* Cleveland, OH (September 6, 2012) - The first day of the 2012 Beneteau
First 36.7 North American Championship completed three races for the
19-boat fleet. Quick to gain control of the event was Charles Bayer's team
from Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, posting all bullets to hold an early nine
point lead. Details:

* Marblehead, MA (September 6, 2012) - After an early postponement, the 44
teams at the Viper 640 North American Championship completed two races on
the opening day of the event. Tied at the top of the standings with a 1-2
is Pieter Taselaar of Newport, RI along with the overseas team of Glyn
Locke, David Chapman, Ian Nicholson from the UK. Racing continues through
Sunday. Details:

* Porto Cervo, Italy (September 6, 2012) - Sunshine, blue skies and a fresh
mistral breeze provided near perfect sailing conditions for the 34 maxi
sailing boats competing in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia. With two
more race days remaining, at the conclusion of racing today Bella Mente
(Mini Maxi), Magic Carpet 2 (Wally), Aegir (Racing), Velsheda
(Racing/Cruising) and Nilaya (Super Maxi) hold the top spots in their
respective groups. -- Full report:

* Nice, France (September 6, 2012) - After three days of competition at the
ISAF Grade 3 World University Match Racing Championship, the pecking order
is being defined. In female competition, both Brazilian crews continue to
dominate the competition and occupy at present the first two places at the
end of the first round-robin. In the male competition, the British and
Australian teams lead the field into the quarterfinals. -- Full report:

Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include poor people, kite is king, September calendar, road kill, fleet
growth, good year, and scow sightings. Here are this week's photos:

Bonus Photos:
* The synergy of Maxi boats, Rolex, and photographer Carlo Borlenghi makes
life worth living. Photos from the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup:

* The 18ft Skiff International Regatta on San Francisco Bay is the ideal
mix of rocket and fuel, and photographers Christophe Favreau and Erik
Simonson were there to capture the combustion. Be sure to check out the
pitchpole sequence on page two:

* From photographer Christophe Launay "Like a wild animal circling the
territory waiting to pounce on its prey, l'Hydroptere DCNS is in San
Francisco training on the Bay while they wait for the ideal weather window
to attack the Transpac record from Los Angeles to Honolulu. These Northern
California sessions have been extremely beneficial for the team and allowed
Alain Thebault to share his incredible magic carpet with colleagues, media
representatives, and members of the SF sailing community." And Scuttlebutt

SEND US YOUR PHOTOS: If you have images to share for the Photos of the
Week, send them to the Scuttlebutt editor:

Popular in the 1930's, the J Class Association has seen a rebirth over the
past decade. This video shows the build of the new Frank C Paine 'A' design
yacht named "ATLANTIS". This yacht has been commissioned for a Dutch owner
from original lines plans for a 'Super J', designed by Frank C Paine in the
1930's. Click here for this week's video:

Bonus Videos:
* Renowned yachting commentators Martin Tasker and Peter Lester were given
a prime view of the Emirates Team New Zealand AC72 in full action. Very
rarely are they lost for words, but they were this time though liked what
they saw. You should too:

* This week on America's Cup Discovered unearth the rivalry between young
gun Jimmy Spithill and America's Cup legend Russell Coutts as the 'Coutts
Crash' from AC World Series San Francisco gets re-examined this week by the
AC Discovered team. Determined to get the true uncensored version of events
from the sailors perspective, we learn that although teammates and friends
on shore - all niceties between the pair disappear once on the water.
Tension in the team or potential trouble in the camp? Tune in on Saturday
September 8 at approx 0800 PDT 1600 BSTand draw your own conclusions:

* The Omani team wins the ExSS Act 5 in Cardiff in the Sept 7.12 World on
Water Global Sailing Weekly News Show. Also the world's fastest boat is
stes a record in San Francisco, Foncia wins the MOD70 inshore races in
Kiel, Another Aussie wins the AWMRT St Moritz Match Cup, the Flying 15's
battle in Italy and the magnificent Moths dance and crash on Lake Garda in
the moth worlds in "Fresh to Frightening". See it only here

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

It's too early to predict the final scratch sheet, but it's a sure bet
there will be top-tier competition and plenty of grand-prix action at
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* From Scott Mason:
Continuing a theme directed towards keeping kids in the sport ("Always
leave them wanting more") earlier in edition #3670, I advocate handing out
awards at the earliest opportunity. The winners want to be recognized while
their peers are still around, well-mannered sailors want to support their
buddies on the podium, but the drive home always lurks. Hand out all the
awards you can as soon as you can. If a class or two is help up by protest,
let them wait but don't punish the rest. Vann is one of the classiest
sailors I know and raises a very valid point (in #3670). Keep it fun!

* From George Morris:
I agree 100% with the Vann Wilson's sentiments concerning prize givings (in
Scuttlebutt 3670). You wait around for hours, the usual people win, and the
same platitudes are spoken. Sometimes you return to the regatta venue after
taking your boat home only to find that the person who understands the
results program has had to go to the hospital and there are no results -
tomorrow perhaps.

I have a similar dislike of regatta briefings, which are usually scheduled
for one hour before the first start of the day - just when you should be
staring at the course, thinking, getting into race mode, getting dressed
etc. "I am the rear commodore and I'd like to welcome you to (fill in the
blank). Please do come to the barbeque after the event. In a minute I'll
hand you over to the Race Officer but please bear with me for a few moments
while I describe the social programme for the week."

I don't attend regatta briefings and will only wait after the regatta for
the length of time it takes to put the boat on its trailer, get changed and
have a cup of tea and a sandwich and a short chat with my fellow

A particularly pernicious practice is for the race committee to withhold
the results until the prizegiving so that you have to attend to find out
how well you did. I don't think that you have any moral obligation to stay
for the prizegiving if it occurs more than an hour and a half after the
last race of the day.

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Today I will look reality straight in the eye and deny it.

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