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SCUTTLEBUTT 3497 - Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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By Chris Caswell, SAILING Magazine
I've been following the efforts of various groups to foster interest in
sailing and, while I certainly applaud and support their efforts, I wonder
if what we really need are more sailors who are willing to say, "Hey, wanna
go sailing?"

After all, sailing is what the marketing people would label an
"equipment-intensive sport". Without a boat, you're nowhere. It's not like
sports such as basketball or football where a few bucks will get you on the
playing field. Youngsters in the ghettos may be able to parlay a well-worn
basketball into a scholarship, and kids from the coal mining towns are able
to turn their brawn into tickets to the majors, but sailing has always been
controlled by those who own the boats.

As a youngster, I was fortunate enough to have a father who had been a
sailor from his youth, and I was racing dinghies long before I could drive
a car. But, like those kids from the barrios and steel towns, I wanted to
break into the "majors" and sail big boats. On weekends, I used to hang
around the docks, shagging docklines for returning ocean racers and talking
eagerly to the crews, all in the hopes of hearing the golden "Hey, kid,
wanna go sailing?".

But today, our boats are protected by yacht club walls or hidden in
gate-keyed marinas, so the opportunities have dwindled for newcomers to
participate. And that simply has to change. Let me tell you about a couple
of incidents so you'll see how you might be able to help with that change.

My first crewing slot on anything bigger than a Snipe came through the
kindness of a man who was basically uneducated and who belonged to that
class once derogatorily called "blue collar workers". But he did have a
Six-Meter that he cherished, and Charlie also understood about the dreams
of youngsters. When that first invitation, that "wanna go sailing?" was
offered, I was ecstatic. My position was nothing particularly demanding
(setting the running backstays on each tack) and it didn't draw on what I
considered to be my extensive knowledge of racing tactics (no one asked me
anything), but I was part of a crew! The entire time, I was treated as an
equal, although they had the wisdom not to offer a teenager one of their
beers between races and, when we returned to the dock, I was taken to the
club as part of the team.

It wasn't until years later when I realized that Charlie had bumped one of
his many regular crew to give me my shot at the "majors". He was handing
something back to the sport that meant so much to him. And the mere fact
that I had sailed aboard his boat even once added immensely to my sailing
resume, and it wasn't long before I was in demand on a variety of ocean

Another example of giving something back to the sport took place many years
ago at a Star World Championship. -- Read on:

Shortly after jibing around a reaching mark, Boat Z's crew accidentally
falls overboard. During the time it takes the helmsman to lower the
spinnaker and turn back to recover his crew, Boat T picks the crew up and
returns him to Z. The crew is not injured. With her crew back aboard she
continues in the race and finishes, but is protested under rule 41, Outside
Help, for receiving outside help. You are on the protest committee; how
would you decide this? See answer below.

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The 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race was notable for an unexpected
winner of the coveted line honours trophy, a worthy overall winner and a
slow passage home for the smaller boats.

The Boxing Day start of the 628 mile race south to Hobart was spectacular,
with the 88-strong international fleet setting off from the heart of Sydney
Harbour. Weather-wise the start of the race was fairly conventional with
some fast running conditions for the afternoon, but with a dramatic 180
degree wind shift into the south forecast for the first evening. A swell
from the north generated by the ex-tropical cyclone Fina, combined with
this wind shift, created a horrific confused sea on the opening night, as
the 30 knots southerly wind kicked in with a punch, gusting up to 40 knots.

After sail damage forced the retirement of Grant Wharington's Wild Thing,
line honors became a battle between the Mark Richards-skippered Wild Oats
XI and Anthony Bell's maxi Investec Loyal. After 2 days 6 hours 14 minutes
and 8 seconds at sea, Investec Loyal crossed the finish line at 19:14:18
local time (Dec. 28), just 3 minutes and 8 seconds ahead of Wild Oats XI.
This was the fourth closest finish in the 67 year history of the Rolex
Sydney Hobart.

Celebrations were dampened when the line honours winner was protested by
the race committee concerning a conversation between Investec Loyal
tactician Michael Coxon and a helicopter pilot. But after a three hour long
protest hearing, the International Jury disallowed the protest (details

As the slower boats were becalmed in Storm Bay and up the Derwent River, it
became evident that this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart would be one for the
smaller large boats, including the competitive 50ft fleet. However the
stand-out boat in this size range was Stephen Ainsworth's Reichel Pugh 63,

Over the last 18 months this has proved to be one of the most successful
campaigns in on the Australian circuit. Under IRC, Loki's corrected time
was 50 minutes faster than that of Michael Hyatt's Farr 55 Living Doll,
with 84 year old Syd Fischer's modified TP52 Ragamuffin third and the
Cookson 50 Jazz of Britain's Chris Bull, fourth.

Complete report:
More protest info:
Final results:

(January 2, 2012) - The Volvo Ocean Race was amid its bizarre Leg 2 when
Scuttlebutt Sailing News went on its holiday break last week. Due to the
spread of piracy, the route from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi had a mystery
finish location in the Indian Ocean, wherein the fleet would be transported
by ship to another mystery location, and then have a final sprint to the
finish. Like we said... bizarre.

The last Scuttlebutt report in 2011 was Day 12 on December 22nd, which saw
Groupama (FRA) holding a significant lead as they entered the doldrums. But
like life, the doldrums are not fair. Worse yet, with the mystery finish
location just beyond the doldrums, any mistake getting through this zone
would prove to be permanent.

And mistakes were made. Groupama and PUMA (USA) in second position chose a
westerly approach, but it was the easterly route of CAMPER (NZL) and
Telefonica (ESP) that proved better to transition the zone. In this era of
three hour position reports, the leaders stuck to their weather analysis
rather than covering the fleet. With over a hundred miles of lateral
separation, the easterly advantage turned the fleet inside out.

The Kiwis and Spanish then fought for the lead over the final three days,
with Telefonica snatching victory from CAMPER to win the first stage of Leg
2 on Monday (Dec. 26) by one minute and 57 seconds. Both teams crossed the
finish line with the intent to protest each other over a luffing incident
that occurred within an hour of the finish line, but had mutually decided
to withdraw their plans to protest after reviewing the tracker data.

Leg 2 - Stage 1 Finish order
1. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP)
2. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS)
3. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA)
4. Groupama (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA)
5. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR)
Suspended - Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL)

Following the shipment of the five Volvo Open 70s to the mystery start
location for Stage 2, the plan is for them to be offloaded on Tuesday (Jan.
3) in preparation for the restart on Wednesday (Jan. 4). This final stage
is a 98 nautical mile sprint and an estimated arrival time at Abu Dhabi's
Destination Village of around 1600 local time (1200 UTC). Weather forecasts
predict a strong Shamal desert wind which could mean challenging conditions
for the crews.

An update from Team Sanya is that after their rigging failure on December
19 forced an emergency stop at a port in south east Madagascar, their
supplier Future Fibres will be installing an entire new set of replacement
rigging. Once installed, the team will tune and sea-trial the re-built rig
in Madagascar before resuming racing on or around the January 6 to complete
Stage 1 of Leg 2. However, they will not be competing in Stage 2 of Leg 2,
nor will they be competing in the Stage 1 of Leg 3 from UAE to China. But
under race rules they will be able to re-join the race for the second stage
of Leg 3 to their home port of Sanya.

Like we said... bizarre.

Course details:
Video reports:

WHOOPS: When Leg 2 was first announced March 2010, the threat of piracy was
sufficient enough to question the decision. And when race organizers
announced in August 2011 that the route for Legs 2 and 3 would be re-drawn,
they publically admitted it too. In December 2011 they clarified their plan
of having two stages with the boats getting shipped through the most
dangerous zone. Now all they have to do is update the official Race
Schedule which makes no mention of any of these changes:

BACKGROUND: During the nine months of the Volvo Ocean Race, which started
in Alicante, Spain and concludes in Galway, Ireland during early July 2012,
six professional teams will sail over 39,000 nautical miles of the world's
most treacherous seas 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. -

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These notices were recently posted on the America's Cup website:

* When it was first announced that the 2013 America's Cup would be raced on
San Francisco Bay, the vision was for the whole bay to be used, and that
spectating would occur from all surrounding headlands. However, the course
description announcement on December 31st now calls for more traditional
windward-leeward races of either 30 or 60 minute lengths. -- Details here:

* Emirates Team New Zealand sought clarification from the America's Cup
Jury that the length of their SL33 training boats were compliant with the
America's Cup protocol. Any training catamaran boats must not exceed 10
meters after January 1, 2012. The jury, which agreed the boats were
compliant, charged Euros 5000 for the decision. Full Decision:

* Green Comm, which was found liable by the America's Cup Jury for Euros
73,099.95 related to damage caused to Artemis Racing and Aleph in an
incident at the America's Cup World Series event in Plymouth, sought to
re-open the case. After reviewing the case, the America's Cup Jury found
there was no cause to re-open the case, and charged Euros 6500 for the
decision. -- Full Decision:

* Oracle Racing had submitted an Application to the America's Cup Jury,
advising that they are considering making an agreement with a Challenger or
another Defender Candidate, and seeking an interpretation of the Protocol
to ensure any such agreement is compliant with the Rules that govern the
Event. This application closely followed the announcement that challengers
Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa had entered into a cooperation
agreement to help advance their respective campaigns. The Oracle Racing
Application included 8 questions which the jury has now responded to. The
cost of the jury response has not yet been decided. Full Decision:

* Napier, New Zealand (January 2, 2012) - After two days of racing at the
Optimist World Championship, the 209 competitors have now completed five of
the 15 scheduled races. The Netherlands hold the early lead, with Bart
Lambriex and Philip Meijer in first and third respectively. The United
States also looks strong with Wade Waddell in second and Williman Marshall
in fifth. Ryan Lo of Singapore is in fourth. Racing continues to January
9th. -- Event website:

* (January 2, 2012; Day 41 - 23:00:00 UTC) - Loick Peyron (FRA) and his
team on the 131-foot maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V continue on course to
lower the non-stop circumnavigation Jules Verne Trophy record (48 days 7
hours 44 minutes 52 seconds). They are in the north Atlantic, currently
forced far west to skirt a big, windless High Pressure area, but expect to
be curving their course toward the finish by Wednesday. They're ahead of
the record by 842.5 nm with 2,498 nm remaining. Tracking:

* A prominent Bulgarian yachtsman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison
for attempting to smuggle nearly half a ton of cocaine. He was arrested in
April this year on the Martinique island in the eastern Caribbean Sea, an
overseas region of France. Dimitar Topalov, who vied last year for the most
prestigious yachtsmen award in Bulgaria "Golden globe", and his partner
Plamen Vassilev were detained after their Class 40 yacht was followed
closely by the French. Officially, the two Bulgarians were taking part in
the La Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale regatta. -- Full report:

* The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) announced its 2012 rules are now
available for download online. These rules include the International
Measurement System (IMS), the ORC Rating Rules (ORC International and ORC
Club), the "Green Book" of ORC Championship Rules, GP Class Rules, the ORC
Speed Guide, and ORC Stability and Hydrostatic Datasheet. -- Full report:

* OVERSIGHT: The 2011 Scuttlebutt holiday card rekindled many memories. How
often does one go Laser sailing on their high school playing field? But
when we released the card, we failed to give credit to Chip Pitcairn who
had taken the image. Shame on us. If you missed the card and photo, here it
is again:

Boat Z is penalized for breaking rule 41, Outside help. Though rule 1.1 ,
Safety: Helping Those in Danger, requires that every boat give all possible
help to any person or vessel in danger, rule 41 makes no specific exception
for receiving outside help unless the crew is ill or injured.

Dave Perry, author of Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012,
100 Best Racing Rules Quizzes 2009-2012, and Winning in One-Designs offers
US SAILING these racing tips... read on:

COMMENT: I hope the description for this rules question was not too
confusing. When it began by explaining the incident occurred 'after jibing
around a reaching mark', I was worried that there would be some readers
that would say, "What's a reaching mark?" - Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt

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* From Eric Sorensen:
A new concept for our area to get people into sailing was published in the
December issue of 48N. The Port of Seattle agreed to paint a big yellow
circle on 'X' dock, located at the North end of Shilshole Marina, which is
designated for crew needing a ride. Most boats exit out here.

It means if one is short handed maybe there will be someone who can help
out waiting to be a permanent part of your crew. It was pointed out in the
article that potential crew should have a PFD, other sailing wear and maybe
some cold drinks.

I hope to get the same thing going up in Anacortes too. Seems like a good
idea to get people out racing. I know that racing intimidates many, but one
hour of racing is worth weeks of cruising for learning to make a boat go
with the wind!

* From Bob Brenac, Sydney Australia:
As a daily reader of 'Butt, I can't help but comment on the many opinions
posted regarding the public perception of sailing in general. May I suggest
that readers keep an eye out for what could be described as one of the
world's biggest LIVE audiences of ANY individual sporting event.

More people take a day out to watch this sailing event than go to the Super
Bowl, US Masters, Grand Slam Tennis match, Indi 500 or whatever! Last week
more than 350,000 people crowded the foreshore of Sydney Harbour, a natural
'stadium' perfect for just such an event, or on the water in every
conceivable type of watercraft, to watch the start of the Rolex Sydney
Hobart Yacht Race. And it happens every year!!

BUT....does this translate to a growing interest in sailing? While December
26 in Sydney, Oz may be a showcase of offshore sailing boats, but to the
vast majority of people watching, it is really just a picnic day with a
free show thrown in. Spectacular as it may be - and on a fine, warm summer
day it is truly a magnificent spectacle - once the yachts clear the harbor
entrance and head south for the next 600 miles, the show is over and the
masses return to their chardonnays & left over Christmas lunches.

Sailing, as a sport, is forgotten for all but the handful of enthusiasts.
From here on, it's back to the day long TV broadcasts of tennis and
cricket. So to those concerned about any adverse effects of holding the
America's Cup in San Fran, such as traffic, crowds etc. - don't be!
Sailboat racing in any dress is still sailboat racing, a participant sport
that never has been and, to my mind never will be, a spectator sport.

New Year Resolutions for 2012: I will answer my snail mail with the same
enthusiasm I answer e-mail.

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