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SCUTTLEBUTT 3600 - Tuesday, May 9, 2012

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Manhattan Sailing Club re-introduced recreational sailing to New York
Harbor in 1987. One of the club's first major programs was a corporate
racing series called the "Blue Chip Challenge." Today, Manhattan Sailing
Club is based at Dennis Conner's North Cove, located on the Hudson River in
front of the World Financial Center in Battery Park City.

The club is one of the largest community sailing organizations in the
country with 750 members and a fleet of more than 35 J/24 sailboats. It is
the largest sailing school in the country, teaching more than 70 adults
every weekend, with sailing opportunities from the prestigious America's
Cup 12 Meter "America II" all the way down to Optimists dinghies in the
junior program.

In 2011, the club re-introduced the Corporate Sailing League. If you are
part of a company, you can enter a team and start sailing in the harbor.
And it is back again in 2012.

The Corporate Sailing League is an amateur program designed to build
teamwork and camaraderie among employees. Fan support is hosted on the
"Honorable William Wall," Manhattan Sailing Club's floating clubhouse, a
two-story barge that offers co-workers, customers and clients the venue to
watch the action and cheer for their team.

The upper deck of the clubhouse features an open-air bar, varnished rails
and stylish furniture. The main deck features the luxurious "Champagne Bar"
with historical pictures and trophies. During the sailing season, the
Honorable William Wall is anchored in the harbor just north of Ellis
Island. Transportation to and from North Cove is provided by "Admiral's
Launch" or "Big Toot." Both are former US-Navy vessels and now operate as
USCG-certi¬fied launches. -- Full details:

Which college team had the most All America's named in the 2010-11 season?
(Answer below)

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Austin, Texas (May 27, 2012) - The Intercollegiate Sailing Association's
(ICSA) three national championships, Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women's National
Semi-Final and Final Championship, ICSA/APS Team Race National
Championship, and the ICSA/Gill Dinghy National Championship commence
Wednesday, May 30 with the Women's event, which will last for four days
immediately followed by the Team Race Championship on June 3 and the Dinghy
Championship on June 6, each lasting for three days. All of the events will
be sailed in Club Flying Juniors (CFJs). These exciting events are the
highest caliber regattas in the collegiate sailing year and are the
culmination of two seasons of intense competition.

The racing will take place in Austin, Texas on Lake Travis hosted by the
University of Texas Sailing Team and the Austin Yacht. Lake Travis is
technically a dammed river surrounded by a hilly and mountainous landscape.
The two organizations hosted the National Championships last in 2005 where
the competitors enjoyed shifty, but consistent wind speeds around 12-15 mph
on clear water for nearly ten days straight. The conditions this year are
expected to be similar; although a drought this year has dropped the water
level quite a bit. Luckily the lake is deep and it will not affect the
sailing. -- Read on:

HONORED: The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) recently honored
five individuals for their contributions to the sport of college sailing by
inducting them into the ICSA Hall of Fame. William 'Luke' Cragin (Flower
Mound, Texas) was recognized with the James Rousmaniere Award for student
leadership and Ryan Sanduleak Lee (San Diego, Calif.) received honorable
mention for the student leadership award; Gary A. Jobson (Annapolis, Md.)
was honored with the Lifetime Service Award; Gerard T. Coleman, Commander
USN Ret., P.E. (Galveston, Texas) and Andrew Johnson (Kaneohe, Hawaii) were
both awarded the Graham Hall Award for Outstanding Service by a college
sailing professional; and Peter Johns (Osterville, Mass.) was awarded
Outstanding Service by a volunteer. -- Full report:

San Diego based navigator/electronics expert Artie Means has nearly 20
years offshore experience. With the prevalence of commercial traffic along
the California and Mexico, routing a fast course includes avoiding
obstacles. Here are some tips he shares:
As a most basic parameter, we should be flying radar reflectors in busy
shipping areas. When they are required by a race organizing authority,
boats rarely put them up the rig. Unfortunately they don't work well in the
bilge. But, even with a good lookout and radar reflector, I think it's
crazy to race a boat offshore without an AIS (Automatic Identification
System) receiver.

The AIS is inexpensive, easy to integrate into software such as Expedition,
and provides a heap of valuable information. All commercial ships are
required to transmit AIS info, so speed, heading, vessel name and closest
intersection point are all displayed on the navigation personal computer or
chart plotter. This obviously is much better than trying to radio to "some
merchant vessel off my port bow".

Going one step further, an AIS transmitter is another good safety device.
They are rare in racing, as everyone can see your position, but great for
deliveries. These have toggle switches, so you can quickly change from
stealth mode and RX only to transmit mode. If you are on a collision course
and can't radio the other vessel, turning the AIS transmitter on will
probably set off an alarm on his bridge and wake up their lookout.

(May 28, 2012; Day 9) - "This could only be described as bizarroworld,"
said PUMA skipper Ken Read, as he attempts to analyze the current leg of
the Volvo Ocean Race. "Lead changes all over the place. Way behind to way
ahead to way behind again. More weather features than you can shake a stick
at. Typically this time of year you head north to a low, get in front of it
and haul the mail to Europe. Not the case this time, it appears.

"So what gives? Why isn't it more straightforward? I wish I knew. Seems to
me that everyone has lead at one stage or another on this leg except for
maybe Sanya and us. This is the wind gods trying to make this regatta close
in order to drive us all crazy and keep you on the edge of your seats. I
think it is working."

While the U.S. celebrated their Memorial holiday weekend, it had been
anything but a picnic in the North Atlantic. "It's uncomfortable and cold,
and we're stuck bashing into a big seaway while looking for an escape
around the top of this high," reported Puma media crew Amory Ross.
"Everyone's criss-crossing around out here and the first boat free will
likely have a large advantage as forecasts are calling for fast downwind

It was Abu Dhabi that caught the first train, pointed their bow at Lisbon,
and rocketed away at speeds more than three knots quicker than their
nearest rivals. One significant obstacle remains - a band of high pressure
blocking the European coast. The Emirati leader will be the first to
encounter these calm conditions, offering the advantage to their pursuers
to witness how this first transition is panning out before they too have to
tackle it.

Beyond these calm conditions, the wind will shift round to the NNE along
the Spanish coast, building in a Portuguese tradewind system to reach a
lively twenty knots: the first to escape the high pressure trap will stand
a good chance of making their mark in Lisbon. -- Event media

Leg 7 - Miami, USA to Lisbon, Portugal (3,590 nm)
Standings as of Monday, 28 May 2012, 22:04:25 UTC
1. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE), Ian Walker (GBR), 1125.6 nm Distance to
2. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), 42.0 nm Distance to Lead
3. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), 66.9 nm DTL
4. Groupama 4 (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), 72.5 nm DTL
5. Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), 76.1 nm DTL
6. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), 80.8 nm DTL

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. -

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* Annapolis, MD (May 27, 2012) - Annapolis, MD (May 27, 2012) - The finale
of the Farr 40 East Coast Championships saw John Demourkas score his first
victory since joining the Farr 40 class in 2004. The California skipper and
his crew aboard Groovederci put forth a consistent performance over four
days of racing on the Chesapeake Bay to top the 12-boat fleet. Listed as
crew for Demourkas was Cameron Appleton (NZL), Michael Bradley (USA), Peter
Crawford (USA), Andy Estcourt (USA), Patrick Gavin-Brynes (USA), Simon
Johnson (USA), Christian Kamp (USA), and Brian Pistay (USA). -- Daily

* Newport, RI (May 27, 2012) - #115 Mare (GER), skippered by Jorg Riechers,
Ryan Breymaier (offshore) and Charles Euvrete (inshore), continued its
Atlantic Cup dominance by winning three of the five inshore races,
finishing second in the other two heats, en route to claiming The Atlantic
Cup over a field of 15 Class40s. Mare had won the first offshore leg
(Charleston, SC to New York), and came in second in the leg from NY to
Newport. With the victory Mare claims the champion's share, $15,000, of the
$30,000 overall prize purse, one of the largest in sailing in the United
States. -- Full report:

* Cambridge, MA (May 27, 2012) - After completing the qualifying round of
the Interscholastic Sailing Association Team Racing Championship in second
position behind defending champion Tabor Academy (Marion, MA), 2010 champs
Point Loma High School (San Diego, CA) went 5-1 in the double elimination
championship round to overtake Tabor and claim the Baker Trophy. Skippering
for Point Loma was Olin Paine, Jake Reynolds, and Scott Sinks. Cathedral
Catholic HS (San Diego, CA) and Antilles HS (St. Thomas, USVI) were third
and fourth, respectively. The championship was sailed in FJs and Fireflies
at the MIT Sailing Pavilion on the Charles River. Details:

* Langenargen, Germany (May 28, 2012) - Phil Robertson's WAKA Racing team
has won Match Race Germany, the opening stop on the nine event 2012 Alpari
World Match Racing Tour after taking victory against Laurie Jury in an
all-Kiwi final. The race for the 2012 ISAF Match Racing World Championship
continues at the Korea Match Cup in Gyeonggi, South Korea from May 29-June
3, which will feature eight of the nine Tour Card Holders - including
defending champion Ian Williams (GBR). -- Full report:

* Five prominent European events have created a new series, commencing in
2013, to be known as the EUROSAF European Sailing Cup. It is designed to
complement the ISAF Sailing World Cup events in Europe and to develop a
strong, competitive series, with top class racing for all Olympic and
aspiring Olympic sailors. The series has been harmonised with the ISAF
Sailing World Cup events in Europe, in order that sailors visiting from
other continents can compete in a European summer of racing, in a series of
well run and established regattas, enjoying top class competition, with a
minimum amount of travelling in between events. -- Full report:

* The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) has predicted the
atmosphere and the ocean favor a near-normal hurricane season in the
Atlantic Basin this season. For the entire six-month season, which begins
June 1, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center says there's a 70 percent chance
of nine to 15 named storms (with top winds of 39 mph or higher), of which
four to eight will strengthen to a hurricane (with top winds of 74 mph or
higher) and of those one to three will become major hurricanes (with top
winds of 111 mph or higher, ranking Category 3, 4 or 5). -- Full report:

* Barcelona, Spain (May 27, 2012) - The closing chapter of the TP52 MedCup
Cicuit in 2011 prompted the birth of the 52 Super Series, a series of five
events this summer in Spain and Italy. Four teams attended the inaugural
event, Trofeo Conde de Godo de Vela regatta, which saw 2011 MedCup champion
Quantum Racing continue their dominance to take the title. -- Full report:

In the 2010-11 college season, Boston College had the most All-American's
named to their team out of any other school. They had three members named
as All-American crews, two co-ed skippers named, one Honorable Mention
Women's skipper, one All-American Women's skipper and Annie Haeger won
Quantum Women's Sailor of the Year. --

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* From Paul Heineken:
I love windsurfing and kitesurfing. My personal opinion is that both should
be in the Olympics. However, with all the discussion about kitesurfing
safety, I think it's important to report on fact, not opinion.

Last Thursday (5/24/2012) was set up for epic SF City Front conditions.
High pressure at sea, low pressure to the east, and a thermal to
develop--an enormous gradient that led the iWindsurf forecaster to warn
folks to hang onto their cars in the parking lot. Plus there was a NW ocean
swell coming into the Gate and a 2 knot ebb tide pushing against it.

It was the night of the every-other-week Cabrinha StFYC evening kitesurfing
races. The fleet is heterogeneous in experience and talent, varying from
world class to those sailing their first ever race, both men and women.

Kitesurfers, of all levels, eagerly anticipated this evening's competition,
especially because the top 3 racers were away at the Gold Games in France.
However, the race committee looked out with looked like
the Columbia Gorge, just as windy and with the same 8-10 foot steep waves,
but the Bay is much bigger than the Gorge. Windsurfers were flying by on
tiny boards with 3.5 to 4.0 sq m sails. -- Read on:

Editor's note: The above letter was originally and incorrectly attributed to Robbie Dean, Director of Race Operations - St Francis YC

* From Paul Warren, Redington Beach, FL:
In response to Dan Knox's perspective (in Scuttlebutt 3599) about Olympic
sailing which seems to diminish Olympic sailing competition and its
television broadcasts, my thoughts are:

- I've just come off a six-month effort to raise supporting funds for
(Americans) Zach & Paige Railey for their current Olympic campaigns (Finn
and Laser Radial classes, respectively.) During that time, I came to
understand much better the grueling path that it takes to be an Olympic

An Olympic sailing campaign includes multiple local, national and
international regattas each year for four years (I'm guessing the total is
probably 20+ regattas a year.) There's substantial training involving
conditioning/endurance, strength-training, sailing techniques and
mental/psych/motivational training. Add to that, there are
hundreds/thousands of hours on the water in a wide variety of wind & sea

Then, there's the "administrative/business" side of an Olympic campaign,
replete with fundraising, sponsorship development/commitments, travel &
logistical arrangements, equipment development.

I can certainly tell Mr. Knox that the sailors are NOT the beneficiaries of
any 'big money' that may accrue to Olympic sailing. They scratch and beg
for just enough funds to support their Olympic dreams. If 'big money' was
available, there wouldn't be a need for grass-roots efforts like the one
I've just completed. -- Read on:

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You are a group of incredibly dedicated, driven and upstanding individuals,
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it's been a ton of fun for us to follow your exploits and cheer you on as
you travel the globe working hard to hone your already formidable talents
and raise your games.

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thing we truly appreciate because, while we know your closets are full of
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religiously and represented the Atlantis brand so well means a lot to us.

From the youngest newbie on the team on up to Dean and the coaches, we
stand in awe of the sacrifices you've made pursuing your Olympic dreams and
the class you've demonstrated in both victory and defeat. While medals may
be a bit harder to come by than they used to be, there's no question that
our team is among the most respected and admired the world over, and you
make us proud to be American sailors. -- Read on:

2012 Olympic Schedule
July 27 - Opening Ceremony
July 28-Aug 12 - Competition
Aug 12 - Closing Ceremony

My mind works like lightning. One brilliant flash and it's gone.

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