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SCUTTLEBUTT 3615 - Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Summer officially begins this year on the summer solstice: June 21st. In
the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year and the shortest night
of the year is when the Sun is farthest north, marking the beginning of

The Summer Sailstice event was founded in February 2001 by John Arndt, as
the global, annual celebration of sailing held on the summer solstice. The
2012 edition will be on June 23.

The annual sailing celebration is free to all participants and has grown
from 200 boats signed up in 2001 to well over 2,000 boats today. It is
believed the actual number of Summer Sailstice sailors participating is
estimated at almost 10,000 annually.

Here are ten great reasons for you to participate:

1. Just by signing up and going sailing on the solstice you're eligible to
win over 400 prizes from our sponsors FOR FREE.
2. The summer solstice weekend has the longest sailing days of the year,
you should be planning to go sailing anyway, RIGHT?
3. Post your plans and invite your friends - by letting everyone know
where, when and how you're celebrating sailing you'll help create new
sailing holiday traditions.
4. Schools out for summer. Best if you're a student or a teacher but either
way it's not just the summer season, it's the sailing season!
5. You don't have to bake a turkey, wrap presents, dress in green, hide
eggs OR march in a parade - but since Summer Sailstice is your holiday,
you're free to develop your own creative "sailing on the Sailstice"
6. Because 20 years from now when Summer Sailstice becomes a three day
holiday weekend with Monday off you'll remember how you helped get it all
7. Because all the clouds and rain will be in the Southern Hemisphere that
day and sailors in the Northern Hemisphere will have 24 hours of sunshine!
Conversely, the opposite will happen on December 21st .
8. Let's face it ...everyone needs a deadline. If you don't have your boat
ready for summer sailing by the solstice you've already missed too much of
the sailing season
9. They say 'the meek shall inherit the earth, the brave get the oceans'.
Be brave, sign up and go sailing.
10. Did we mention sailing, friends, parties, prizes - do you really need
an excuse to go sailing on the longest day of the year?
11. Extra: 70% of the earth is covered in water - you should spend 70% of
your time there.

Event website:

(June 18, 2012) - As was predicted prior to the Friday start of the 635 nm
Newport to Bermuda Race, it would be a fast boat year as powerful reaching
conditions were expected to ease. Today was the 'ease day', which could
dash the hopes of slower boats seeking to leverage their handicap for some
silver at the awards ceremony.

While the high performance designs offer little dryness above or comfort
below deck, the crew on the 69-foot McCurdy and Rhodes 'Gracie' barely got
wet. The solid sloop sailed by father and son Steve and Simon Frank and a
family crew still hold a provisional first in Class 7 with an elapsed time
of 63:59:33 and a corrected time of 47:55:41.

"At about 10PM on Friday night we were sailing under a 3A spinnaker when it
blew to pieces," Steven Frank said. "We went to a double headed rig with
our new high-clewed reacher on the outside and sailed very fast for 39
hours on port tack."

"We hoisted a 2A spinnaker about 40 miles out as the wind got a little
lighter. We were headed directly for North Rock Beacon, Bermuda. Near the
finish we hoisted our #3 jib to head up to the finish. It was a fantastic
race," he added. "We've won our class two times in a row and we'll be back
in 2014."

Llwyd Ecclestone's 'Kodiak', the Reichel/Pugh 66 (ex 'Blue Yankee'), still
holds on to the lead in Class 8, and is the current front-runner for the
St. David's Lighthouse for first in the amateur division on corrected time.

"In this race the wind never let up," Ecclestone said. "We were all out and
it was difficult to eat, sleep or do anything else down below. One member
of the crew just ate nuts and I had a hot dog on the last before we
finished. Our lowest speed for a short time was 10kts and the most I saw
was 22kts. We stopped once, hitting a shark that then wrapped around our
rudder until it broke apart."

'Kodiak' had an elapsed time of 46:53:12 with a corrected time of 46:53:12.
Her Lighthouse lead will still face a challenge as only three boats in
Class 6 and one boat in Class 5 had finished as of 5:00PM. No boats in
classes 1-4 had finished at that time either. -- Race website:

* Among the list of retired starters was Meanie, a R/P 52 owned by Thomas
Akin, which was forced out of the race due to a failed charging system.

Congratulations to the crew onboard the 90-foot maxi Rambler for breaking
the 635-mile Newport-Bermuda Race record previously set ten years ago by
Roy Disney's Pyewacket. Rambler, powered by a 100% North Sails inventory,
finished the race in 39 hours, 39 minutes, 18 seconds and sailed with an
average speed of 16 knots. "I'm so pleased with our performance," said
Rambler owner George David. When performance counts, the choice is clear -

By Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt
I got a chuckle the other day when an IRC Rule Notice was distributed
regarding how several sailmakers had "intentionally attempted to
circumvent" certain rules in how they designed the foot curvature of the
headsail. The rules were:

2.4 - IRC discourages unnecessary expense at all levels.
2.5 - The spirit of IRC requires that owners and designers shall not seek
means of artificially reducing the rating of a boat, e.g. increasing
performance without a corresponding increase in rating.

These are good rules, but I am curious how this door was ever opened. I had
10+ years in one design sailmaking, where you lived and died by your
ability to maximize a sail's performance within the measurement rules. Near
as I could tell, these sailmakers weren't accused of building sails that
did not fit within the measurement rules. They were accused of trying too

However, what these sailmakers should possibly have been accused of was in
identifying a problematic loophole, and not bringing it to the attention of
the people who administer the rules. There were plenty of bad rules in the
classes I worked in. If measurement rules couldn't accurately be measured,
or if rules weren't good for all class members, I spoke up.

Dennis Conner once told me a story of how he worked with a certain
sailmaker to help him prepare for the Etchells North American Championship.
It was a light air venue, and since the class didn't have a minimum cloth
weight, he made some super light weight sails and won. Guess what? People
weren't happy, and soon the class initiated a minimum cloth weight. How was
this not anticipated?

If sailmakers and rules administers work in concert for the good of all
participants, our sport can avoid these moments that harm it.

IRC Notice:

(July 18, 2012) - Under the rules of the Volvo Ocean Race, the teams are
prohibited from craning their boats ashore during the Lorient stopover,
meaning any repairs must be carried out afloat. Nevertheless, Telefonica
and Abu Dhabi have made formal requests for permission to take their boats
out of the water for repairs and Groupama have requested permission to
unstep their mast to work on it.

Team Telefonica shore operations boss Horacio Carabelli said the Spanish
team were waiting for the jury to decide if they will be allowed to crane
their boat ashore to replace their broken rudders from Leg 8.

"We are still trying to work out why the rudders failed," he said. "We are
looking at the data from the boat, the speeds and the rudder angles, to try
to establish what happened. But right now we are waiting for the jury to
answer our request to haul the boat out to replace the rudders. Once we
have their answer we will know what options we have."

For Leg 8 winner Groupama, they need to resolve a problem with the main
sail system at the top of the mast. "The jury must decide if we can take
the mast down to work on it," said shore team boss Ben Wright. "We are now
looking at the repair options." Wright said the mast could be a bigger
issue depending on whether the jury grants permission to crane it out of
the boat. -- Full story:

POINTS: Groupama now holds a 23 point lead, and for any other team to now
win, they will need the French to take a serious tumble. For PUMA to win,
they will need to win the final offshore leg to Galway and the two
remaining In-Port Races. If they are to do this, Groupama must not finish
better than fourth in the offshore leg and no better than fifth in the
In-Port Races. If Groupama finishes fifth in the offshore leg, PUMA wins if
the French finish no better than third in the In-Port Races.

SCHEDULE: Competition resumes again on Friday, June 29 for the Pro-Am Race,
the In-Port Race on Saturday, June 30, and the final offshore leg from
Lorient to Galway, Ireland (485nm) on Sunday, July 1. Schedule:

Overall Standings (after Leg 8)
1. Groupama 4 (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), 219 pts
2. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), 196
3. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 191
4. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), 191
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), 122
6. Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), 39

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. -

One is white and the offspring of a South African yachting great. The other
is black and hails from a shantytown set up by the defunct apartheid regime
as a ghetto.

Together, Roger Hudson and Asenathi Jim are the South African entry for the
two-man 470 sailing event at the London Olympics. They see themselves as
symbols of the multi-racial country former President Nelson Mandela was
trying to forge.

"We are going to be a light in South Africa - a good combination in and out
of the water," Jim told Reuters.

The two are long shots for medals, having only been together for about 18
months in an event where the world's top pairs have usually been sailing
partners for at least a decade.

The two are the unlikeliest of shipmates. Hudson, now in his early 30s,
grew up in the world of sailing, long associated with affluence. Jim, 20,
comes from the Red Hill township overlooking the waters near Cape Town, a
place whose streets of broken asphalt are a world away from the pristine
yacht clubs dotting the coast.

As a teen, Jim joined the Izivungu Sailing School, aimed at building
self-esteem and sailing skills among the legions of poor black youth whose
lives have improved little since white-minority apartheid rule ended in

Jim, who goes by the nickname "squirrel", took to the water like a duck,
moving into the crew assembled by RaceAhead, set up by Roger Hudson and his
father David Hudson, who represented South Africa at the 1992 Barcelona
Olympics and managed the country's team at the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Their RaceAhead foundation brings together promising sailors from diverse
economic backgrounds in a nation where the scars of apartheid still run
deep, and deep inequalities persist. -- Read on:

The 2012 hurricane and tropical storm season is upon us, and runs through
November 1st. We invite you to take advantage of the interactive and
helpful resources that Gowrie Group, the leading marine insurance agency,
offers on their Hurricane and Severe Storm Information Center. Materials
include check lists, guidelines, and videos on how to proactively protect
your boats, homes, business, and family. Visit Gowrie's Severe Storm

* Spanish teams continue to hold the upper hand in the J/80 class, sweeping
the top three positions at the World Championship last week in England.
Photos from the 76-boat event by Tim Wright:

* It would prove to be a fast race for the 164 boats that began the 635nm
Newport Bermuda Race on Friday. Starting photos by Leighton O'Connor:

* Photographer Onne van der Wal reports: "We had a beautiful Round The
Island Race here in Newport, RI. Not very often that we have such great
conditions and so many racing, cruising and wooden classic boats in town
preparing for the Newport-Bermuda race. It was a treat to be on the water
with such fine boats as big Rambler and as small as the Herreshoff S
boats." Enjoy:

Deciding the greatest American sailor is no easy task. But US Sailing and a
panel of sailing journalists determined a list of 64 American sailing
living legends and built a tournament-style bracket, similar to the NCAA's
March Madness format.

After two rounds of 'competition', only 16 sailors remain in the "Greatest
American Sailor" Tournament and Sweepstakes. This week's Third Round
matches are a lock to be extremely competitive.

There were two incredibly close matches last week. The #3 seed Terry
Hutchinson edged #6 seed Peter Isler by just one vote! The #4 seed Jud
Smith tallied just three votes more than #5 seed Tom Whidden. Here is a
rundown of this week's Third Round matches:

Red Division:
#1 Buddy Melges, Jr. vs. #4 Ted Turner
#6 Anna Tunnicliffe vs. #2 John Kostecki

White Division:
#1 Lowell North vs. #5 Jonathan McKee
#3 Ken Read vs. #2 Paul Cayard

Blue Division:
#1 Dennis Conner vs. #4 Dave Curtis
#3 Terry Hutchinson vs. #2 Paul Foerster

Gold Division:
#1 Mark Reynolds vs. #4 Jud Smith
#3 Betsy Alison vs. #2 Ed Baird

Vote/enter here:

* Joseph Sampson, 63, of Revere, MA reportedly passed away after falling
overboard during a race off of Marblehead on Saturday. While it appeared
Sampson suffered a heart attack, it remains unclear what caused him to fall
into the water. Boston Yacht Club's Race Committee boat was able to
retrieve him from the water and take him to a waiting ambulance. Sampson
was a "great, highly-experienced sailor," according to friend Marty Brown.
Sampson, Brown said, recently began sailboat racing again following the
passing of his wife. -- Full story:

* Miami, FL (June 17, 2012) - The 2012 U.S. Snipe Junior National
Championship, hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club on June 16-17, was won by
19-year-old Puerto Rican Raul Rios and crew Manuel Inserni after they
closed strong with a 1-2 to take the title by four points over San Diego's
18-year-old Nevin Snow and Claire Reidman. With Saturday's consistent
15-knot wind and Sunday's breezes gusting up to 21 knots, the 21 teams
completed five races. -- Full report:

* Miami, FL (June 18, 2012) - A fleet of 46 entrants lined up for the
opening day of the 2012 U.S. Snipe National Championship. Despite the venue
being home to many of the top U.S. sailors, it was local Ernesto Rodriguez
and Cate Gundlach that owned the day with two first place finishes to lead
the series. The two-time champion is followed closely by Bruno Bethlem de
Amorim and Daniel Seixas Claro who posted two second place finishes. --

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* From the Forum (Mystiko):
I am the "Male" spouse of the "Official" member. My wife was available that
day and I was not; she knew many on the membership committee and I did not.
As a husband of the member of the CRYC, a sailboat owner and new racer, I
feel very strongly that spouses must have equal membership rights at our
club. It appears to me that our club has a rapidly aging membership and one
way to attract some younger "middle aged" couples that can afford a boat,
no less club membership, is to have equal membership rights. But that is
not the only reason.

Generally the rules were set up many years ago to keep women, the wives of
the members, out of the club's hierarchy as most if not all members were
men "back then". Well, things have changed in society, and clubs like CRYC
need to change for the better to keep up with the way the world is now.

I do not want to run the club, I do not want to take over the club. I only
want to be an "equal" member with an equal voice, which currently I do not
have. My vote is for equal rights for that is the American way.

* From Pete Kramer:
I feel badly that some ethnic races prove to be statistically
disadvantaged. But is the solution to lower the standard for some races
while keeping it high for others? Because my kids are white, for them to be
accepted at our state colleges, their grades need to be exceptional to
overcome the advantages given to other races. And now I hear that Charles
Kithcart (in Scuttlebutt 3614), who is black, wants a lower standard to
allow him to enter the America's Cup. Near as I can tell, the only color
that Golden Gate Yacht Club should be interested in is the color of Mr.
Kithcart's money. And it's hard for GGYC to determine the color of his
money when they can't see it.

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