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SCUTTLEBUTT 3618 - Friday, June 22, 2012

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Today's sponsors: Hall Spars & Rigging and Doyle Sailmakers.

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet now waits in Lorient, France for its final leg
next week to Galway, Ireland. The Groupama team, led by French skipper
Franck Cammas, sits on top of the rankings, with nearly a lock on the

For Groupama to lose, it will require another team to win out in the two
remaining In-Port Races and probably the final 485nm dash to Galway too.
The most likely candidate is American Ken Read's PUMA team, which sits
second overall and is the leader of the In-Port Series. Ken shares a few
comments here...
* To what do you attribute your In-Port Race success?

KEN READ: I'm not sure. Definitely we spent a bit of time racing around the
buoys with the boys but our Hanuman, Rambler, Mar Mostro experience in
closed course racing was as much a team building exercise as anything. We
have had our ups and downs around the buoys and I know we are driving our
sponsors and fans nuts by not winning one yet. But with that said, we are
the most consistent to date and that is all you can really ask for. There
are two big ones left, though, and we have to nail these last two in order
to have any chance at winning this thing.

* Groupama got away from you on Leg 8 (Lisbon to Lorient) when you really
needed to beat them. Were you too conservative when the conditions got

KEN READ: We simply had two bad scheds (note: a sched is 3 hours) with the
wrong sail combination up. Once you go with a combination, you are pretty
stuck with it in 40 to 50 knots of breeze. We went with all our furling
sails as we did in the Southern Ocean. Roller furling FRO (fractional
reacher) on the end of the sprit, roller furling #4, and a roller furling
staysail. We furled and unfurled depending on the conditions. When the
breeze was at its windiest, we chose to go with less reefs and the #4, and
didn't get as deep as the others. We had similar speeds, but were just too
high with that combination. We saw the problem and got the FRO out and put
reefs back in and gained a good chunk back, but it was too late to catch
Groupama and Camper.

* When you announced your intention to skipper the PUMA team in the 2008-9
Volvo Ocean Race, you noted how you had done a lifetime of buoy racing and
were looking for some diversity. How do you feel about it now?

KEN READ: After two laps of the planet...bring on Windward-Leeward racing
again! Seriously, I think variety is the key to sailing. Around the Island
racing, short point to point racing, Triangles, Windward-Leewards, etc. We
need to stay fresh and diversify always. Block Island Race Week has the
Around the Island Race to break up the week. There is no reason any regatta
can't throw in some new twists. And most likely it would bring another set
of winners to the podium when you do that. Spreading around trophies is

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. -

As part of an effort to make the 238-mile Vineyard Race in Long Island
Sound more inclusive, the organizers have announced the formation of the
Corinthian Challenge open to high school and college sailors.

"We've made great strides in recent years restoring the Vineyard Race to
its former glory," said Diane McKeever, chairman of the 2012 Vinyard Race,
hosted by the Stamford Yacht Club. "The Corinthian Challenge is the latest
change to help grow the number of entries and make the race the pre-eminent
distance race on Long Island Sound."

The Challenge, created in partnership with David White, head sailing coach
at Sacred Heart University, is open to all high school and collegiate
sailors between the ages of 14 and 24. At least two thirds of the crew for
each entry in the Corinthian Challenge must fit in the age range. In
addition, each boat will be required to have two advisers, 25 or older,

There will be separate scoring for eligible boats, details to be announced
in the Sailing Instructions.

"This is a great opportunity to grow interest in offshore racing for high
school and collegiate sailors," White said. "The Vineyard Race, which takes
place at the start of the school year for most students provides an early
season opportunity for team building and bonding."

The 2012 Vineyard Race starts at noon August 31 off Stamford Harbor. --
Full report:

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The ACO Musto Skiff World Championship will be held June 26-30, and will be
the largest ever gathering of single-handed spinnaker dinghies in the
history of the sport.

There are currently 108 entries from 11 countries for the event at the
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the venue for the sailing
competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

Previous championships have seen strong turn outs in the 70's and 80's but
this fleet will be the first time the class has achieved the "ton up".

The class, by sailing standards, is relatively young having been designed
in 1999 in response to ISAF's call for new designs of dinghies for
consideration as equipment at the games. Although the Musto Skiff dominated
the ISAF trials in 2000, it was the 49er that was selected for the games.

However, the class has gone on to become very popular. As a lightweight one
person trapeze dinghy with wings, trapeze and asymmetric spinnaker, the
class is sailed in 22 countries and achieved full ISAF status in 2007.

"A successful class requires a great boat but the sailors and the
association are also important factors," said Rick Perkins of the class
association. "The class association has always been open and progressive
with communications. We have fostered a culture of openness and sharing
amongst the sailors which means that at events the atmosphere is always
friendly and sailors are always helping each other to improve"

Worlds website:
Class website:

* Miami, FL (June 21, 2012) - After extreme conditions cancelled racing on
Wednesday at the U.S. Snipe National Championship, the 44-boat fleet was
able to complete three races today. With only one day remaining, ten points
separates the top four teams, with Brazilians Bruno Bethlem de Amorim and
Daniel Seixas Claro holding a six point margin over second place Ernesto
Rodriguez and crew Cate Gundlach of South Florida. -- Full story:

* St. Petersburg, FL (June 21, 2012) - The opening day of the 2012 Rose
Cup, a national youth match racing event to be held on June 21-24, saw Will
Holz of Chicago Yacht Club remain undefeated after 8 matches. Racing is in
Sonars with teams of four aged 16 to 20 years. The winning skipper of the
Rose Cup receives an invitation to the prestigious 2012 Governor's Cup in
Newport Beach, California on July 17-22, as well as the Royal New Zealand
Yacht Squadron Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships on
February 20-24, 2013. Details:

* America's Cup defender Oracle Team USA owner Larry Ellison has reached a
deal to buy 98 percent of the Hawaiian island of Lanai. The sale price for
the property, which comprises the vast majority of the island's 141 square
miles, was not immediately clear. The Maui News previously reported the
asking price was between $500 million and $600 million. Ellison plans to
pay cash. The deal involves 88,000 acres of land, plus two resorts, two
golf courses, a stable and various residential and commercial buildings. --
Huffington Post, full story:

* SAIL Magazine announced that Robert Rich of Round Rock, Texas won SAIL's
Crew for a Day contest. This earns Rich a spot as a guest racer on board an
AC45 during the America's Cup World Series on June 28 in Newport, Rhode
Island. SAIL's Crew for a Day contest, which is sponsored by West Marine
and Harken, had over 1,000 entries. Contest entrants were asked to describe
in 50 words or less their greatest personal moment in sailing. -- Soundings
Trade Only, full report:

* The four-alarm blaze that ripped through San Francisco's Pier 29 on
Wednesday caused more than $2 million in damage, the fire department said.
The site is part of a triangular-shaped pier that will play a central role
during the America's Cup in 2013. America's Cup officials said they did not
think the damage would "impact our plans for the site and we look forward
to moving ahead with the future construction of the America's Cup Village
at Pier 27/29." -- SF Business Times, read on:

Jim Drake, the co-inventor of the "Windsurfer" and father of modern
windsurfing, has passed away at the age of 83. Drake, a North American
aeronautics engineer, had improved an earlier design by Peter Chilvers and
Newman Darby.

In the 1970s, Jim Drake and his partner Hoyle Schweitzer submitted the
patent for their "Windsurfer" design, based on the Newman Darby's
techniques. They credited him for their version of the sailboard.

Jim Drake learned from Darby's developments and upgraded the board and rig
layout, as well as the universal joint which stands modern and used all
over the world.

Drake was born in California in 1929. Thirty five years later, he was
trying to develop a kite powered surfboard that would allow him to sail
down the Potomac River.

Later, he meets Hoyle Schweitzer - a keen surfer - and they decide to build
and test their first models in Marina del Rey. After falling several times,
he knew he had to introduce the uphaul. Watch an historical video
documenting these water tests, here:

By 1967, they had already named it "Baja Board" but, interestingly, it was
a Public Relations professional who found the perfect word for their
sailing concept. "I have the perfect name for it! The Windsurfer!", the PR
yelled. Name accepted.

In 1973, Jim Drake sells his half of the patent to Windsurfing
International, owned by Hoyle Schweitzer, for $36,000. The windsurfing
business grows and is very popular in Europe during the 1980s.

The US courts decide that the "Windsurfer" is strongly inspired in Peter
Chilvers and Newman Darby's prototypes and Schweitzer closes his
Windsurfing International. Jim Drake's contribution to the sport of
windsurfing is decisive.

"I have an optimistic view about the sport (...) The one that's brought on
by the media is the picture of the sport as being this athletic circus
trick of jumping waves and whirling around this great wide ocean", Drake
once told.

"Well, that's simply not what the sport is. Just not at all. It has much
more broad application and pleasures to it. Because people who are
athletically inclined but not as superbly coordinated as Robby [Naish] can
enjoy the sport in many regards without having to ever get airborne". --
Surfer Today,

Congratulations to George Sakellaris and Team Shockwave for winning overall
in the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division under both ORR and IRC scoring and
claiming the combined Gibbs Hill and St David's IRC North Rock Trophy in
the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race. Shockwave was powered by a full Doyle
inventory including a new secret weapon - an ultra-lightweight,
high-performance, Stratis Code O on an innovative furling system. This
powerful Code 0 carried Shockwave for about 40% of the miles covered and to
speeds as high as 24.9 knots! To learn more about the science behind the
sails, visit

Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include kelp check, Hobie Day, sprit fight, celebration, hangover cure,
guest pass, recreation, and uninvited visitor. Here are this week's photos:

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

CNN's Mainsail show looks at the origins of kiteboarding, and reviews how
it has become selected as an Olympic event for the 2016 Games. Host Shirley
Robertson travels to San Francisco to visit where kiteboard course racing
was born, and to observe the close friendship and rivalry of kiteboarding's
top three competitors. Shirley also takes a look at whether the sailing
world can learn something about speed from Kitesurfing. Click here for this
week's videos:

Bonus Videos:
* This week on America's Cup Uncovered Episode 44, we are going to be
looking at a skipper who is on his way up. We meet Nathan Outteridge, the
skipper of Team Korea, as we go behind the scenes with the team and learn
more about the first challenge from Korea. Then it's all eyes on Newport,
the final stop of the 2011-12 AC World Series, where ORACLE TEAM USA
SPITHILL is in pole position, with a 4 point lead over Emirates Team NZ
heading into racing next week. Tune in on Saturday June 23 at approx 0800
PDT 1600 BST:

* The magnificent yachts in the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta lead the June
22 "World on Water" Global boating News Show then more "eye candy" in the
Giraglia Rolex Cup in Saint-Tropez, then more in the Audi Sardinia Cup, the
ORC Mediterranean Championships in Cres, Croatia, the finish of Leg 8 of
the Volvo in Lorient, France and in "Fresh to Frightening" the Dutch yacht
Tonnerre de Breskens wipes out in the RORC IRC National Championships. See
it on or download it free onto your "smart"
phone/tablet for viewing anywhere anytime.

* With the 2012 Olympic Games now just over one month away, this video
provides a peak at the sailing events that will be held in England:

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

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* From Jeffry Matzdorff:
Regarding SPOT (in Scuttlebutt 3617), I have the tracking feature which
does report my position every 10 minutes. Additionally, when I'm offshore,
both my 'Help' and '911' buttons are programmed to send a text message to
the cell phone of two land based friends who have agreed to leave their
cell phones on at all times and agreed to the below procedures.

1) 'Help' button is pushed notifying my contacts to stand by, we may have a

2) '911' is a message to both contacts to call Search and Rescue and give
them my Lat/Lon AND the USCG Search and Rescue telephone number is part of
that 911 text message. VERY important

* From Markus Schwendtner, International Kiteboarding Association:
After Kiteboarding has been chosen as an event for the 2016 Olympic Games
in Rio de Janeiro at the ISAF mid-year meeting in Stresa, Italy earlier
this year, the new sailing discipline made its first appearance at an ISAF
Sailing World Cup - Kieler-Woche - in Kiel, Germany last week.

While including Kiteboarding as a full event was not possible due to ISAF
regulations that allowed only 2012 Olympic classes, the local Kiteboarding
fleet was invited to hold two demonstration races on the Olympic class
medal race day.

The fleet of five kiteboarders were sent out before the start of the first
medal race and completed two 15 minute races on exactly the same course as
the Olympic class fleets would be competing on. The focus of the Race
Management and Jury/Umpire teams were on using exactly the same procedures
as they would apply to the medal races of the other classes, including
course setting, starting systems, and especially umpiring under RRS
addendum Q.

The age of the local fleet ranged from late teens to mid fifties including
one women who fought her way around the course together with the man. All
racing was competitive in winds ranging from 7 to 10 knots. The organizers
and ISAF officials found there were no issues and no additional
requirements needed to conduct the kite races during a standard sailboat

Kiel Week is to be complemented for taking the initiative to conduct this
demonstration for media, TV, spectators, judges, race managers and sailing
enthusiasts around the world.

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