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SCUTTLEBUTT 3585 - Monday, May 7, 2012

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Stresa, IT (May 5, 2012) - The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has
confirmed the final event and equipment selections for the Rio 2016 Olympic
Sailing Competition. The ISAF Council voted that Kiteboarding will replace
windsurfing for the men's and women's board events and confirmed the
equipment that will be used for the Women's Skiff and Mixed Multihull

The Mackay FX, referred to as the 49er FX, was selected yesterday as the two
person women's skiff and today the Nacra 17 joins the Olympic equipment
family after being selected for the two person mixed multihull event.

The 49er FX received the majority of votes from the ISAF Council in the
first round after the six evaluation trial entries were narrowed down to
just three; the 29erXX, the RS900 and the 49er FX.

After discussing the recommendations from the Evaluation Panel, the
Equipment Committee and the Events Committee, Council voted between the
Nacra 17 and the Viper, with the Nacra 17 securing the majority for the
mixed multihull event.

The final discussion on the events and equipment for the 2016 Olympic
Sailing Competition was about the men's and women's board events with
Council voting in favour or kiteboarding.

In November 2011 an evaluation group was appointed to examine kiteboarding
formats with the board events for Rio 2016 defined as 'windsurfing and/or
kiteboarding'. The Evaluation Group recommended that kiteboarding be
included in the ISAF Event family including the ISAF Sailing World Cup and
the ISAF Sailing World Championships but Council went one step further and
selected Kiteboarding for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition as well.

The ISAF Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Committee will consider and make
further recommendations to Council on the implementation of the inclusion of
kiteboarding at their meeting in November 2012 at the ISAF Annual

The sailing events to be contested at the 2016 Olympic Games are confirmed

Men's Kiteboarding
Women's Kiteboarding
Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser
Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Men's One Person Dinghy (heavy) - Finn
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Men's Skiff - 49er
Women's skiff - 49er FX
Mixed Two Person Multihull - Nacra 17

Full report at:

Scuttlebutt spoke to Bay Area-based Kristen Lane about the significance of
the selection of the 49erFX as the women’s skiff for Rio 2016. Lane, one of
the top female sailors in the US, recently sailed her Team Brickhouse to
second place at the 2012 Melges 24 Gold Cup and has been a champion of the
29XX class for the past few years.

“I’m excited about this on a couple of levels,” Lane said. “First, this
means women will be sailing the same equipment as men, which I think is a
great statement for our sport. I’m excited to get hold of one and see how it
sails. Plus, it’s an entirely new class that’s being created by ISAF’s
selection, born of course from the original 49er with Mackay developing a
new rig and sail so it’s suitable for a women’s team.”

When we’ll see boats available is a good question, as Lane explained that
it’s entirely dependent on how quickly Southern Spas and Mackay can deliver
a rig and sail. According to Lane, ISAF is going to require Mackay deliver
the first 50 or so rigs to member nations of ISAF on a schedule. Joe sailor
wanting to buy a 49erFX will be looking at the time that rig #51 comes

Lane’s acquired a 49er and is doing, “whatever she can” to get hold of an FX
rig. “I’ve taken up sailing on the standard 49er rig until I can get hold of
the actual equipment but assume there are many sailors in the same situation
as me who want to participate so they’ll start now to take the steps now to
acquire the equipment - there are lots of hulls around.”

Meanwhile, the international windsurfing community is not happy at being
dumped by the ISAF selection committee and this is surely not the last we’ll
hear of the battle that this well established class will fight in defense of
its place in Olympic competition, as sailing journalist Stuart Alexander

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By Rob Nye, nearly 50 years old
I believe that to understand the recent tragedies in California, we need to
look at the entire sport of sailing and how the competitive side is managed
and promoted.

As harsh as it may sound, both events are the result of a lack of good
seamanship. Webster's defines Seamanship as: the art or skill of handling,
working, and navigating a ship. In modern times it appears that it is
possible to be a professional sailor and not be a good seaman; it used to be
that seamanship was a requirement to get invited in the first place. Now
it's what do you weigh, or how hard you can you hike. To navigate, it is to
have superior computer skills.

Following these accidents, Gary Jobson, president of the U.S. Sailing, has
said "we need to take a step back and take a deep breath with what we're
doing. Something is going wrong here."

On one hand, I take offense at Gary's use of "we" as if all sailors bear
some responsibility for a boat being caught inside the breaking surf or
another apparently running into an island while motoring at night. Yet on
the other, speaking as President of the governing body of our sport, perhaps
US Sailing does share some blame for the lack of basic seamanship exhibited
today. I hope the "what we're doing" he refers to isn't simply holding
races; as if the event itself is to blame. It isn't.

When I was growing up, the summer calendar was full of short, medium and
long distance races that included sailing to fixed marks. Even day races
used fixed marks, and once in a while, we'd put the kite up to get to the
windward mark after drifting off the starting line. Once in a while, we even
anchored. Navigation was more than "putting the pin in the box" and entering
a range and bearing to the windward mark. On any given leg we might drift,
beat to windward, reach, change sails and if we were lucky, even broach or
at least enjoy a good knockdown.

It was during this era we learned to use harnesses, sail in the fog, keep an
eye on each other and stay sharp when drifting around at 3am on Long Island
Sound. Day races were sometimes another opportunity to practice seamanship
as the decision to race was left with the skipper, not some government

I remember leaving the dock for a fall series race with two reefs, the #4
jib and harnesses on for a "casual" race. Now race committees postpone if
the line isn't perfectly square, or the inflatable mark isn't directly to
windward, or they cancel the race if it's blowing over 25 at the dock or
worse, forecast to blow later in the day. Why get a crew that's seen heavy
weather when we don't sail when it blows, and if we do all we're going to do
is sausages? -- Read on:

(May 6, 2012, Day 15) - The North Atlantic’s flat seas are creating a wealth
of opportunities and risks that CAMPER skipper Chris Nicholson is hoping to
play to his advantage to win valuable points from overall race leaders Team

At 1900 UTC Nicholson’s CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand team were
making ground on Leg 6 leaders PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG and holding
firm on Telefónica’s advances from third place.

As predicted, the entire fleet are making gains and closing in on PUMA as
the longstanding leaders stall in the face of a high-pressure system that is
blocking the course to the finish.

“With a bit over 600 miles, it’s still going to be over three days, so it’s
quite slow going and there’s a lot of single figure wind strengths,’’
Nicholson said. “There are pretty significant light zones ahead, up to 100
miles across, so they’re going to take a while to navigate.”

Meanwhile, Amory Ross, aboard PUMA Racing, commented in his blog on last
night’s SuperMoon phenomena, “The so-called SuperMoon is, in fact, super.
Man was it big and bright coming up over the horizon! Blinding. Sailing last
night was no different than sailing during the day: you could see waves and
wind on the water, and the sails were lit well enough for strobe-free
trimming. We wondered what affect, good or bad, it might have on the tides
and currents through the countless Caribbean and Bahamian islands we’ll be
passing over the next couple of days.”

The latest ETA for the fleet’s arrival at the Downtown Miami Race Village is
May 9. -- Full report:

Leg 6 - Itajai, Brazil to Miami, USA (4,800 nm)
Standings as of Sunday, 06 May 2012, 22:04 UTC
1. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), 539.1 nm Distance to Finish
2. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 27.7 nm Distance to Lead
3. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), 40.5 nm DTL
4. Groupama 4 (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), 113.1 nm DTL
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), 135.6 nm DTL
6. Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), Did not start

Video reports:

BACKGROUND: During the nine months of the Volvo Ocean Race, which started in
Alicante, Spain (Oct. 29) and concludes in Galway, Ireland during early July
2012, six professional teams will sail over 39,000 nautical miles around the
world via Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, around Cape Horn to Itajai,
Miami, Lisbon, and Lorient. Teams accumulate points through nine distance
legs and ten In-Port races. -

Events listed at

There will be racing for ALL levels of competition in New York Yacht Club’s
two major regattas this summer in Newport, RI - the 158th Annual Regatta on
June 8-10 and NYYC Race Week on July 14-22, both presented by Rolex. In
addition to hard core racing in IRC and One-Design classes, each will hold
an Around-the-Island Race, Classics racing and low-key “Navigators” Races.
Navigators Races - using government marks, one race per day, later start,
and no crew limitations - will be offered in PHRF and IRC-NS classes. Great
racing, great parties, open to all…come be a part! Details and entry:

* (May 6, 2012) - Racing in the Final Round of the U.S. Olympic Team
Qualifying Regatta began today with five flights competed. Anna
Tunnicliffe’s “Team Maclaren” with Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi took
an early lead over Sally Barkow’s team of Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham and
Alana O’Reilly. Current standings are Tunnicliffe with four wins, Barkow
with one. The format is a “first-to-win-six” match-up where the winner will
qualify to represent the USA at the 2012 Olympic Games this summer. -- Full

* Hyeres, France (May 6, 2012) - The Star World Championship 2012 - probably
the last as an Olympic class - began on Friday with a practice race in the
Bay of Hyeres, with 78 teams from 31 nations competing. The usual favorites
lined up for the prestigious title include: Scheidt/Prada BRA, Percy/Simpson
GBR, Loof/Salminen SWE, Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL and Rohart/Ponsot FRA, all
former World Champions. The battle for the remaining four Olympic berths
will be exciting. After two days of racing, Peter O’Leary (IRL) is in first
place with 7 points. -- Full report:

* Falmouth Harbor, Antigua (May 6, 2012) - At the Final Awards Ceremony in
Nelson's Dockyard, Richard Wesslund's J/120 El Ocaso was awarded the Lord
Nelson Trophy for the best overall performance of any yacht during Antigua
Sailing Week 2012. El Ocaso scored seven straight wins in CSA 4 but it was
far from easy. Most of the races were decided by less than a minute and on
several occasions just a few seconds. El Ocaso is based in Florida but the
crew comes from all over the United States. -- Antigua Sailing Week reports
and results:

* (May 6, 2012) - The 49er class has returned to Zadar, Croatia to dispute
the SEIKO 2012 World Championship. 78 teams representing 32 nations will
compete, not only to claim the remaining 5 country slots for the 2012
Olympics but to test their skills for the upcoming Games against the best
sailors as well as claim the title of 49er World Champion. Australians
Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen who sit atop the ISAF rankings are
competing, with Outteridge attempting to win his 4th title as skipper, the
first in the 49er class. -- Report at:

* Lake Geneva, Switzerland (May 6, 2012) - On the final day of the Grand
Prix - Les Ambassadeurs Vulcain Trophy, with winds again at 10-12 knots
gusting to 16, Alinghi and Realstone tied for first. Alinghi won the tie
breaker with more first place finishes. Paul Cayard and Artemis Racing
finished third. Cayard said, “Catamarans are fast and fun but also a lot of
work. Sailing a D35 with six gives one a good appreciation for the AC45
which is sailed with just five, and the AC72 with its 40 meter wing which
will be sailed with just 11.” -- Read on:

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* From Cleve Hardaker, President, Recreational Boaters of California:
Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC) works closely with BoatUS on
Legislative issues.
Both Organizations consider that the California Department of Boating and
Waterways is a critical resource for Boaters in the State. To this end,
BoatUS has distributed an alert to their California members. RBOC invites
all interested Boaters in California to utilize the link to contact the Governor, your own Legislators and
the Little Hoover Commission to express your opinion.

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* From Donald Street:
Reading of the Volvo Ocean Race in Scuttlebutt 3584, and the fact that they
are 200 miles east of Barbados and are heading for Miami, I say the
navigators are NUTS.

At about 1200 on Friday, Dave Reed of Sailing World showed me that they were
north of St Martin/Anguilla area, heading almost due west, dead downwind!!!
He pulled up the course description which shows they must use... the NE-NW
providence channel at the end of the leg.
I still say they are nuts!!!

My views are based on 55 years sailing in the Caribbean on Iolaire and L'll
Iolaire, both engineless, and talking to sailors who have sailed up the
Guiana coast coming from South Africa and other points south.

That I know something about the Caribbean is illustrated by the following
story. About eight years ago, I wrote "Hitchhiking in the Caribbean" for
Sailing World. I sailed the Antigua Classic and Antigua Week - a different
boat each day. One day I sailed on Tom Hill's Titan with Peter Isler as

After the race we were all having sandwiches and beer on the mother ship
when Campbell Field arrived onboard, saying to Peter: "I have raced almost a
dozen Antigua weeks and there has always been a westerly set to the current
but today I discovered an almost 1 kt easterly set." Peter stated he found
the same situation and also had never before encountered it. I pointed out
that while having coffee at 0700 I figured out that there would be a fairly
strong easterly set to the current while we were racing. This took Peter and
Campbell by surprise. -- Read on:

From Jim Gardiner, Washington, NC
I remember quite clearly when hurricane Paul drove many yachts ashore at
Cabo San Lucas in 1982. The debris field sounded all too similar to the most
recent accident on North Coronado Island, even though it was a more sandy
beach there.

Only two boats were re floated. Most famously Bernard Moitessier's Steel
vessel Joshua. Joshua was well battered and then given away to some young
people. The other sailing Yacht re floated was a Cabot 35 built in Canada.
My friends bought one of the few sister ships and I surveyed it for them.
The hull was 3/8 inch fiberglass, over 3/4" Airex linear foam core, then an
inner skin of 3/8" fiberglass. From photos, the Cabot in Mexico only looked
slightly worse for wear and was dragged back into the sea. They don't build
them like that anymore.

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