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SCUTTLEBUTT 3569 - Friday, April 13, 2012

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American Ronnie Simpson is a wounded veteran of the Iraq war. The 27-year
old was wounded in combat in 2004 and eventually medically retired. Now an
aspiring solo ocean racer, he's completed one Single Handed Transpac, and
this summer he's doing the race again - on his Moore 24.

Simpson claims that sailing has pretty much saved his life, a life that at
19 years of age he wasn't sure he wanted after returning severely injured
from Iraq.

Hit by a rocket propelled grenade, his injuries were mostly concussive
related to the explosion. Both of his retinas were detached - his right
retina has a large tear in it and both cataracts were replaced. He took
burns to his face and upper body. He was in a medically induced coma for 18
days. He broke every rib on his left side, and had to have half of his left
lung removed with surgery. He suffered ruptured intestines and spleen, and
if that wasn't enough, sustained temporary brain damage.

His discovery of sailing came literally at a moment when he'd reached an
all-time low in 2008, long after his return to civilian life. His brother
called and suggested that they buy a boat to sail around the world. For
whatever reason the vision set with Ronnie and he instantly began
researching sailboats. He'd previously never set foot on a sailboat.

Today Simpson lives on a cruising boat in Alameda, California, with his
Moore 24 tied up on the same dock. His sailboat racing is sponsored by Hope
For The Warriors (HFTW), an east-coast based nonprofit that aids veterans
returning to civilian life. It's the first time the organization has been
involved with sailing.

Simpson's working not only to raise awareness for HFTW, but also for the
bigger cause that he's championing - introducing wounded veterans to

The benefits? Sailing is inspirational and that's what returning vets need,
Simpson said.

"I'm passionate about sailing and I want to use this tool to inspire these
guys," he said. "I don't care if they ever take to it but my goal is to
inspire these individuals through sailing to not give up and that they can
lead fulfilling, rich lives."--- Full story:
Simpson is holding the first clinic teaching wounded veterans how to sail,
in San Francisco on April 18-20. He's recruited ten wounded veterans from
around the country and will use a fleet of six ACCESS dinghies that belong
to the Bay Area Association for Disabled Sailors (BAADS), as well as some
smaller keel boats from Spinnaker Sailing. Over three days he'll introduce
these guys to the sport of sailing culminating with the South Beach Yacht
Club's Friday night race.

Simpson needs help to cover expenses for the San Francisco clinic, and
would appreciate any help with fundraising. He plans to hold a clinic in
Seattle in September, and again in San Francisco in October. He'd like to
see these become an annual event. If you can help out, please contact
Simpson at

Simpson will be speaking at the Strictly Sail Pacific boat show at Jack
London Square on Saturday April 14, 11:45am. Scuttlebutt readers save $5.00
by purchasing tickets here:

Naples, Italy (April 12, 2012) - Milder conditions were a relief today at
the AC World Series, as the lights stayed on late Wednesday night to repair
boats from the beating they took in the strong winds on day one.

America's Cup World Series leading skipper Dean Barker showed his Emirates
Team New Zealand remains the class of the fleet by winning both fleet races
on Thursday. In scoring two victories, Barker now sits clear ahead of his
rival James Spithill by a whopping 9 points on the Naples leaderboard.

The sailors appreciated a respite from the strong winds too. "With
conditions sharply different from yesterday - 8 to 12 knots and flat water
- life on board was much easier and we made the most of it," noted Barker.

"The people of Naples are really turning out in force to support us,"
Barker said, as he and his crew saluted the crowd after finishing. "If this
is what happens on Thursday, I can only imagine what we'll see on the

Before the fleet races today, three matches were sailed, one of which
pitted the two ORACLE Racing teams against each other. The teams also
completed the 'spare' race on Thursday afternoon. This fleet race will only
be scored if there is no racing on Sunday. In that case, the race will be
broadcast on Sunday afternoon and reported on at that time.

Fleet Racing Championship - Provisional Standings (after four races):
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (Skipper: Dean Barker); 38 points
2. ORACLE Racing - Spithill (Skipper: James Spithill); 29 points
3. Luna Rossa - Piranha (Helmsman: Chris Draper); 27 points
4. Team Korea (Skipper: Nathan Outteridge); 27 points
5. Energy Team (Skipper: Yann Guichard); 25 points
6. Luna Rossa - Swordfish (Helmsman: Paul Campbell-James); 24 points
7. ORACLE Racing - Bundock (Skipper: Darren Bundock); 16 points
8. Artemis Racing (Skipper: Terry Hutchinson); 12 points
9. China Team (Skipper: Fred Le Peutrec); 4 points

Match Racing Championship - Provisional Results:
Q1 - Artemis Racing beat China Team
QF1 - ORACLE Racing Bundock beat ORACLE Racing Spithill
QF2 - Luna Rossa Piranha beat Team Korea

Full report:

Race schedule:
Sailing instructions:

Television viewing:

Wednesday online replay:
Thursday online replay:

BROADCAST: The event broadcast is only covering the fleet races. The
program for Friday starts with Match Racing at 1330 CEST (0430 PDT),
followed by two Fleet Races beginning at 1415 CEST (0515 PDT). Watch online

COSTLY: After the explosive opening races in Naples, race director Iain
Murray estimated the total cost of damage among the fleet to be around
100,000 Euros. -- Yachting World, read on:

RULES: One of the changes the event has made to the racing rules often
occurs at the weather mark, where a starboard boat must give room to an
incoming port boat. Jack Griffin provides an excellent video explanation of
this America's Cup rule:

FORECAST: According to, the three day forecast has winds in
the 20s for Friday and Saturday, dropping to the teens on Sunday. --

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By Michelle Slade, SailBlast
Steve Erickson (USA) is Sailing Team Coordinator for Luna Rossa, the
Italian team making its debut at the America's Cup World Series in Naples
this week. Erickson has a long time relationship with the Italians, having
sailed with former Luna Rossa skipper Francesco De Angelis back in the 80s
and 90s. As we chatted Ericson noted that he was looking across to a castle
where he and De Angelis celebrated after winning the One Ton Cup together
in 1989.

During the 1998 stopover of the Whitbread Race in Auckland while Luna Rossa
was training there, De Angelis asked Erickson if he would coach them when
the Whitbread ended. He's done every Luna Rossa campaign since -2000, 2003,
2007, and now AC34. His role has shifted some - in his first campaign with
the team he was sailing team coach while Rod David did the afterguard. In
the second campaign he sailed as a member of the afterguard and for the
third campaign he was Operations Manager, essentially the same job he holds

* Let's talk about Luna Rossa's performance over the past few days here?
SE: The first day (Wednesday) for us was survival - it was real rough and
real windy and we really didn't want to capsize like Artemis and be up all
night fixing stuff for not really a lot of points for the overall event. If
you look into how the event works, you really have to be on your game come
Saturday/Sunday. It was the roughest day we've been in the 45s and not that
we took it easy but the guys did a nice job of just getting the boats
around the course with the wing still in the air.

* You did a lot better today (Thursday)?
SE: We did - today was a really nice day of sailing. When we came to Naples
and the time we spent an hour north of here, that was the kind of
conditions that we've been sailing in - just a nice 10-knots in relatively
flat water - kind of what you expected when you come here. It's spring time
so it can be anything and there's more coming so there'll be some
excitement this weekend.

Read on:

(April 12, 2012; Day 26) - Since Abu Dhabi left Puerto Montt, Chile by ship
on Tuesday, they now estimate their arrival to be the evening of April 18,
just two days before the Itajai In-Port Race.

Upon arrival, the team needs to chop out 4m x 1m sections on each side of
the boat, which will be replaced by new core foam pieces. As it is
estimated the repair will take 72 hours, it is now questionable whether Abu
Dhabi will be ready for the In-Port Race on April 21.

For CAMPER, they are still feeling the wrath of a major low pressure system
chasing them from the south. While the conditions onboard are anything but
comfortable, skipper Chris Nicholson said they were a good test for the
structural repairs carried out by the shore crew at the Chilean port of
Puerto Montt earlier this month.

"Pretty hard on the boat, almost similar to when we left Auckland, so a
good test for all of the new structure in the boat and everything looks all

Race meteorologist Gonzalo Infante said the team could expect conditions to
ease slightly over the next 24 hours. The most recent estimated time of
their arrival for CAMPER at Itajai is April 16. -- Event media

SCHEDULE: Racing will commence in Itajai with the Pro-Am Race on April 20,
the In-Port Race on April 21, and the start of the 4800 nm Leg 6 to Miami
on April 22. --

Leg 5 - Auckland, NZL to Itajai, Brazil (6,705 nm)
Standings as of Thursday, 12 April 2012, 22:02:34 UTC
1. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), Apr 6, 019d 18h 09m 50s
2. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), Apr 6, 019d 18h 22m 28s
3. Groupama 4 (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), Apr 10, 023d 12h 58m 44s
4. Camper (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 1298.6 nm Distance to Finish
- Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), Retired
- Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), Retired

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. -

* Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week prepares to welcome 258 entered
boats to Charleston (SC) next week on April 19-22. Three inshore circles
and three offshore circles are planned for the 17 divisions. The largest
fleet is the Viper 640 with 42 teams planning to compete. -- Full report:

* The Sail1Design College Sailing Team Race Rankings as of April 12, 2012
has the Yale Bulldogs atop the standings, with Hobart and William Smith,
Charleston, Boston College, and Georgetown rounding out the top five.
Rankings are determined by panelists Ken Legler (Tufts), Bill Healy (Yale),
John Vandemoer (Stanford), Ward Cromwell (Charleston), and Brendan Healy
(Navy). -- Full report:

* Act 2 of the 2012 Extreme Sailing Series is less than one week, with the
iconic city of Qingdao, China hosting the nine competing international
teams. The Extreme 40 fleet will go head-to-head from the 17 to 20 April as
the Series returns to the 2008 Olympic venue for the second consecutive
year, a venue that lends itself perfectly to the stadium style racing.
Winners of Act 1, American Morgan Larson and his Omanr Air team return to
defend their ranking. -- Full report:

* Forty five community sailing centers, yacht clubs, maritime museums,
schools, business and tall ships from the East, West and South coasts of
North America have partnered with the Rozalia Project to host the Trash
Tour 2012, and provide locations where the local communities can get
involved in hands-on clean up, marine debris education programs and
scientific research. -- Full report:

* The fleet of 68-foot long masthead cutters competing in the Clipper 11-12
Round the World Yacht Race is currently berthed at Jack London Square
following their leg from China. Recruitment Manager David Cusworth will be
hosting presentations to anyone interested in signing up for the Clipper
13-14 Race and beyond during the Strictly Sail Pacific boat show on April
12-14. -- Details:

Whether you are still sailing in a warm breeze, or waiting for the spring
sunshine to take full effect, you can stay connected with your fellow
sailors at Mount Gay Rum's Sailing Spoken Here, and NOW you can connect in
person . Two lucky US members of Sailing Spoken Here can win a free trip to
the 2012 Mount Gay Rum Regatta in Barbados next month. So, if you haven't
already entered for a chance to win, luckily today's a new day. Also, we
now have Gary Jobson on board to provide instrumental sailing content,
which reason in itself to get started. Good luck, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include paradise found, ultimate Asian offshore event, clean set, training,
peaceful, redneck, and getting launched. Here are this week's photos:

SEND US YOUR PHOTOS: If you have images to share for the Photos of the
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One of the magic events next year in the U.S. will be the Star World
Championship 2013, hosted by San Diego Yacht Club in September. This event
will be the perfect storm of goodness.

First you have September in San Diego, possibly the best weather of the
summer and all the Zonies have gone home. Then you have the Star class, an
elite group now in its second century. Combine these two elements with San
Diego Yacht Club, hallowed ground for Star World and Olympic champions, and
you have... a perfect storm of goodness.

It's never too early to get a good buzz on, and this week's video starts
the party. Courtesy of Star sailor and video guru Isao Toyama. Click here
for this week's video:

Bonus Video:
* In the April edition of CNN Mainsail, Shirley Roberston spends time with
multihull key players, America's Cup winner Ernesto Bertarelli and Loick

* In this week's edition of US Sailing's Chalk Talk, we review the first
round of College Nationals Qualifiers with great video highlights from
Miami. Then, gear up for Coed Championships galore! After this weekend, 30
of the 36 Semifinals berths will be decided. Who is headed to Annapolis
this spring? Who will make it to Austin in June? Jane Macky and Chris Love
try to guess:

* This week on Episode 34 of 'America's Cup Uncovered' we are in Italy for
the America's Cup World Series Naples where we catch up with Team Korea's
new skipper Nathan Outteridge and tactician Giles Scott. For both sailors
Naples will be their first time sailing an AC45, and we join them for their
first training session. Energy Team's Loick Peyron shares a secret with us
about the future of the French team in the America's Cup and local favorite
Luna Rossa Challenge receives a very warm welcome from the Italian public
at the Opening Ceremony in Naples on Easter Sunday. Tune in to on Saturday
April 14 at approx 0800 PDT 1600 BST:

* In the April 13th episode of the "World on Water" Global Weekly Saling
News Report we feature the Les Voiles de St Barth regatta, the BVI Gill
Match Race Cup, the start of the Global Ocean Race Leg 4, the dramatic
finish of the California leg of the Clipper Round the World Race, the Rolex
China Sea Race in Hong Kong, the ISAF World Cup Trofeo Princess Sofia
Regatta In Palma and in our "Fresh to Frightening" segment we look at all
the drama and damage done to the yachts in Leg 5 of the Volvo from New
Zealand to Brazil. Broken masts, delaminated hulls, broken rudders etc. 5
out of 6 yachts had to stop racing for repairs leaving only PUMA recing.
See it on 1000 BST, 0500 EDT.

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* From Paul Warren:
I'm moved to tears with the news of Jack King's demise (in Scuttlebutt
3568). The Chesapeake and sailing have lost a "good one!"

I didn't know Jack King personally. However, in the 80's and 90's, I
competed on boats that sailed against "Merrythought" (regardless of which
iteration.) Jack was always a fierce competitor, but also a sportsman who
had an obvious passion for sailing and racing. His crew was always
first-class and won regularly.

Hopefully, there are a multitude of up-and-coming young sailors who will
exhibit the same business acumen, the same love of competition and the same
passion for sailing that Jack showed us. Hopefully, the lessons Jack taught
all of us who "sailed with him" will be picked up by the next generation of
"Jack Kings."

He will be missed.

* From Todd R. Berman:
I would like to applaud Juan K's letter (in Scuttlebutt 3568). He was in a
tricky spot with this. Because many feel the overall Volvo Ocean Race has
become a train wreck for lack of boats finishing legs, he saw the
generalizations were getting too broad.

It's fair for a designer, sail maker, builder or team to stand up and say .
. . . ."ours didn't break". The letter sticks to the facts without
specifically disparaging anyone. It's an honest communication by someone
who has the right to defend the work of his firm.

NOTE: Here is a list of the VOR entrants and their designer. Team Sanya is
the only boat built for the 2008-9 VOR; all other boats were built for the
2011-12 edition:

CAMPER, Marcelino Botin design
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Farr Yacht Design
Team Sanya, Farr Yacht Design
Groupama, Juan Kouyoumdjian design
PUMA Ocean Racing, Juan Kouyoumdjian design
Team Telefonica, Juan Kouyoumdjian design

* From Rick Van Mell:
Having dipped a toe (and more) into both frostbiting and a touch in AC
stuff, I recalled two phrases that apply equally to these reports in
Scuttlebutt 3568: Bill Sandberg's great frostbite article about "Putting
The Fun Back Into Sailing" and the "Full On" update from the Naples AC
World Series. The first is, "Winning is sailing that fine line between
winning and sinking," and the second -- repeated many times in the
frostbite waters of Belmont Harbor in Chicago -- "Upside down is slow."

Boldly going forward because we cannot find reverse.

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