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SCUTTLEBUTT 3603 - Friday, June 1, 2012

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(May 31, 2012; Day 12) - Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing shrugged off seven months
of frustration to secure their first leg victory on Thursday, narrowly
crossing the Lisbon finish line ahead of Groupama sailing team who has now
claimed the overall race lead.

Ian Walker's men crossed the finish line at 21:23:54 UTC, just six minutes
ahead of Groupama, after 12 days racing more than 3,500 nautical miles from
Miami, across the Atlantic to Portugal. PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG
rounded out the podium, finishing third at 23:26:22 UTC.

"Do you think you can make the last 10 miles of a race any harder than
that,'' Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker said. "It's a massive relief it was
such a tough race. Everyone knows we're not as quick as some of the other
boats so we just had to make up for it in other ways.

For finishing in second, Groupama has edged to the top of the overall
leaderboard past Telefonica, who have held the lead since the first leg
finish in November. But overall, the top four remain close.

"This is a great result, this could have been first or last about a million
different times,'' PUMA skipper Ken Read said. "This is a leg to survive.
There are still a lot of points on the board. To be on the podium is a big
deal for us. We've come a long way."

Once PUMA finished, the conditions approaching the finish in the River
Tagus got ugly for the remaining finishers. Light air and adverse current
dragged out the final distance, with Telefonica barely edging Camper out in
the drift-fest. -- Event media

Final Results - Leg 7
Miami, USA to Lisbon, Portugal (3,590 nm)
1. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (UAE),Ian Walker(GBR), May 31, 011d 04h 23m 53s
2. Groupama 4 (FRA), Frank Cammas (FRA), May 31, 011d 04h 29m 20s
3. PUMA Ocean Racing (USA), Ken Read (USA), May 31, 011d 06h 26m 51s
4. Telefonica (ESP), Iker Martinez (ESP), N/A
5. CAMPER (NZL), Chris Nicholson (AUS), N/A
6. Team Sanya (CHN), Mike Sanderson (NZL), N/A

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. -

The focus for Olympic sailing competition is in Weymouth and Portland, U.K.
preparing for Sail for Gold, the next event on the European calendar. Held
June 4-9 at the location selected for the Olympic Sailing competition, the
annual regatta is an important milestone for athletes preparing for the
Games. This will be the last time that athletes will have a chance to
compete at the venue before the start of the 2012 Olympic Games, scheduled
for July 29-August 11.

"We're closing in on 50 days until the start of the Games," said U.S.
Olympic Sailing Committee Chairman Dean Brenner. "In addition to this being
our last chance at competition on the Olympic course area, this regatta
will also serve as a dry run for the Games in a number of ways. Our
athletes and coaches will continue to keep ticking things off the to-do
list. For example, Olympic equipment has been chosen, final sail selections
have been made, and with our support staff and performance enhancement team
on site we are making sure everyone stays focused and healthy."

Both American and Canadian Olympic full squads will be competing at Sail
for Gold. Here are the Canadian Olympic team members that will be competing
next week:

Laser Radial - Danielle Dube
Laser - David Wright
Star - Richard Clarke/Tyler Bjorn
RS:X Men - Zachary Plavsic
RS:X Women - Nikola Girke
Women's Match Race - Not qualified
470 Men - Luke Ramsay and Michael Leigh
470 Women - Not qualified
Finn - Greg Douglas

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Austin, Texas (May 31, 2012) - Racing continued at the Austin Yacht Club
venue on Lake Travis today wrapping up the Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women's
Semi-Final Championships and beginning the Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women's
National Championships. The teams, which represent the seven collegiate
sailing districts in the nation, are competing for the Gerald C. Miller
Trophy, named for the coach in the late 1960s at Boston University, who was
one of the originators of the first women's nationals.

Four races were completed this morning in the Semi-Finals series, one in
A-division and three in B-division. The nine teams that qualified from the
Semi-Finals series, listed in order, include: Connecticut College, College
of Charleston, Brown University, University of Rhode Island, Dartmouth
College, Harvard University, University of Hawaii, St. Mary's College of
Maryland and Eckerd College.

The National Championships got underway just after 2 p.m. Four races were
completed in A-division and two races were completed in B-division today in
the final series for the Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women's National
Championship. There are two more days of competition scheduled for the
women's regatta. -- Full report:

Current results - Top 5 of 18
1. Boston College, 21
2. Harvard University, 28
3. University of South Florida, 36
4. Connecticut College, 39
5. Georgetown University, 42
Full results:

Prior to slipping Initiatives' (GBR 30) dock lines and the start of The
Atlantic Cup 2012, American shorthanded skipper Emma Creighton (27) set a
simple-but-lofty goal: to finish Top Five in the regatta's final standings.

Now, 905 miles of offshore racing and five inshore races later, Creighton
and co-skipper Rob Windsor (USA) have accomplished their goal - proud,
given the deep list of seasoned European and American sailors who were
competing aboard much newer Class 40 raceboats.

More impressive still is the fact that the Atlantic Cup 2012 was
Creighton's debut Class 40 event, as well as her first time partnering with
Windsor. "I'm working hard to prove that shorthanded sailing doesn't have
to be a French game, or a men's-only game," said Creighton.

While great sailing skills and Creighton's diligent pre-race preparations
were critical to the team's success, interestingly, it was Creighton's
singlehanded experience in the 2011 Mini Transat - becoming only the third
American female skipper to finish this grueling racecourse - that made the
biggest impact.

"My Classe Mini was drawn by the same designer, so I kind of 'get' what
Initiatives needs," said Creighton. "For example, I understood where to
stack sails and extra equipment to get the right boat trim. It's nice to
see that my time in the Mini paid off!" -- Read on:

BACKGROUND: The Atlantic Cup is the United States' premier Class40 sailing
race. The 2012 race began in Charleston, South Carolina on May 11, where 15
teams raced double-handed to New York City. The race restarted in NYC on
May 19 for an overnight sprint to Newport, Rhode Island, where the teams
raced an inshore series on May 26-27 with a crew of six. --

Point Loma High (San Diego, CA) has won national sailing championships in
the past. In fact, the Pointers had won a total of eight national titles in
the two divisions of high school sailing over the past nine years heading
into this year's Mallory Cup (fleet racing) and Baker Cup (team racing)

But the deep Point Loma team out-did itself this season. Not only did the
Pointers sweep the Mallory and Baker cups for the first time since their
three straight doubles from 2003-2005, Pointer senior skippers Olin Paine
(A Fleet) and Jake Reynolds (B) both won their class championships in the
Mallory Cup, which was sailed in Seattle two weeks ago.

They were joined by third skipper Scott Sinks in a romp through the Baker
team racing event sailed last weekend in Massachusetts. "This team is so
deep," Reynolds said after returning from the Baker Cup. "We had 25 on this
year's team and 11 were freshmen and there will be nine more freshmen next

"The sailing team is well known on campus," said Reynolds. "It's not a CIF
(California Interscholastic Federation) sport, but at Point Loma it's a
pretty big thing because of what the team has done over the years. Other
students recognize what we do. And that brings people out for the team." --
Union-Tribune, full story:

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Gyeonggi, South Korea (May 31, 2012) - Current Tour Champion Ian Williams
looks set to progress to the knockout rounds after taking pole position
after the second day of the Qualifying Session at the Korea Match Cup 2012,
recording 6 wins and 1 loss so far.

Williams took a confidence-boosting victory over Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR
Racing, whose record four World Championships he is chasing down this
season. "We always have an exciting race against Peter! Sometimes he
doesn't feel that he's been in the race unless he's had a couple contacts
between the boats. He used the new rules well by forcing a collision and
managing to wipe his penalty straight away.

His only loss of the event came against Laurie Jury (NZL) Kiwi Match in
controversial circumstances, Williams claiming that the starting boat had
dragged its anchor and skewed the line. The subsequent request for redress
was unsuccessful and Williams, said: "We were disappointed with the loss
against Laurie [Jury]. When the race committee boat drifts like that and
moves the line, it's frustrating not to get a redress but that's how it

"Today's results should take us to the Quarter Finals, which was the first
challenge. We're sailing well and we're getting used to the new rules."

The final Qualifying Session takes place on Friday at 1000 local time
(Thur., 1800 PDT). Live TV will be broadcast 1400-1600 local time on
Saturday and Sunday. -- Full report:

Day 2 video highlight:

CHANGES: Several changes to the racing rules of sailing were made for the
2012 Alpari World Match Racing Tour. "Nothing major has changed in the past
few years and we are enthusiastic in our responsibility to keep developing
the rules to challenge our world class athletes and create the best
possible spectacle we can," explained Craig Mitchell, Tour Director of the
Alpari World Match Racing Tour. Details here:

BACKGROUND: The nine event World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) is the leading
professional sailing series, and is sanctioned by the International Sailing
Federation (ISAF) with "Special Event" status. Prize money is awarded for
each event, with event points culminating in the crowning of the "ISAF
Match Racing World Champion". --

* Stadium sailing returns for the 2012 season at Chicago's Navy Pier on
Friday with the start of the Chicago Match Race Center's June Grade 2
Invitational presented by Eurex. This event held over June 1-3 will be the
first of two match race events coming to Navy Pier this year, and will
feature competition amongst ten teams from 5 nations to compete for ISAF
Grade 2 points and an invitation to the largest of these events, the
Chicago Match Cup (July 10-15), the only US stop on the Alpari World Match
Racing Tour. -- Full report:

* With Hurricane season officially beginning June 1, forecasters are
predicting a "near normal" year of storm activity, which means there's a
good chance that tropical storms will strike the US coastline. However,
BoatUS has found a new tactic for preparing for incoming storms - using tie
downs with boats stored ashore - that has proven to significantly lessen
the impact of storm damage. -- Read on:

* (May 31, 2012) - Lake Traunsee, Austria threw everything at the RC44
fleet today for the first day of fleet racing at the RC44 Austria Cup. The
day started with a glassy lake that delayed proceeding. A light westerly
breeze emerged and the 12 competing boats were sent afloat, only for the
breeze to shut off just as the fleet arrived. After a drift in the sun the
skies suddenly darkened and 25 knots of breeze filled the lake with white
horses. AEZ RC 44 Sailing Team leads the 12-boat field with a 6-1. Racing
continues Friday at 11.30 (CET) through to Sunday. -- Full report:

* Some of the most prominent leaders in sports, entertainment and business
are bringing a wealth of experience to the 34th America's Cup through their
appointment to its Advisory Board. Joining the advisory board are L. Jay
Cross, Geoffrey Mason, Harvey Schiller, Peter Ueberroth, and Casey
Wasserman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wasserman Media Group.
-- Full report:

* California State Sen. Christine Kehoe has shelved her hard-fought
legislation aimed at forcing boat owners to stop using copper-based paints
believed to be a troubling source of pollution in congested marinas all
along California's coast. The San Diego Democrat cited a number of new
developments in explaining why she decided to drop the measure, which had
been pushed by the Port of San Diego and San Diego Coastkeeper. --
Union-Tribune, read on:

Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include planking, storm watch, big winner, stare down, reaching, toughness,
June, and red kicks. Here are this week's photos:

* It's the summer winds that give San Francisco Bay its notorious
reputation, and they were in force last Thursday for the bi-weekly kite
course racing series hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club. Photographer Chris
Ray shares the action here:

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

The first decade of the 21st century saw the TP52 class grow to become the
most prominent professional keelboat circuit in the sport. But its peak was
2008, after which excessive costs to compete severely dwindled
participation... ultimately leading to the collapse of its MedCup Cicuit in

But the boats remain extremely cool, and new efforts prompted the birth of
the 52 Super Series in 2012. Four teams attended the inaugural event in
Spain, Trofeo Conde de Godo de Vela regatta, which saw 2011 MedCup champion
Quantum Racing continue their dominance to take the title.

The performance of Quantum Racing on the race course is matched (or
exceeded) by the mad skills of their videographer Keith Brash. If you have
ever wondered about this team, or what it's like to be onboard a TP52, this
week we profile two of his training videos:

Bonus Videos:
* This week on America's Cup Uncovered Episode 41, we revisit the America's
Cup World Series Match Racing Championship in Venice before looking ahead
to the next, final, event on the 2011-12 AC World Series circuit in
Newport, Rhode Island June 26 - July 1. The America's Cup uses pioneering
technology to create an umpiring system like no other in the sport of
sailing. We take a seat with the Umpires behind a bank of computer screens
inside a customised shipping container in Venice to see how AC sailors are
governed by flashing lights (commonly dubbed as "Christmas trees") onboard
the AC45. Tune in on Saturday June 2 at approx 0800 PDT 1600 BST:

* In the June 1st "World on Water" we feature the Vendee Globe practice
event the Europa Warm-up Leg 1, how the Kiwi's took over the Alpari World
Match Race Tour finals, the World Festival of the Beach, the TP 52 Super
Series, Delta Lloyd Regatta and in "Fresh to Frightening" we show the
official video footage of the United States Coast Guard yacht crew
heli-rescue during hurricane "Gordon" in 1994. See it on London 1000 BST, New York 0500 EDT, Sydney 1900 EST.

* It was last week during the inaugural event of the TP52 summer circuit in
Spain when Ran's navigator Steve Hayles took a nasty spill while helping on
the handles during a gybe. And, of course, the video camera caught the

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 Bill Gladstone:
Another great story out of the '84 Games (along with Buchan father and son
gold medals) was Paul Elvstrom sailing with his daughter, Inge, to 4th in
the Tornado class.

* From Steve Gregory:
I applaud the discontinuation of Stealth Play, which was in complete
conflict with the desires of the online audience (in Scuttlebutt 3602). We
are following the race to follow it, not to not follow it. Maybe the
sailors liked it, but clearly it was a gimmick, and gimmicks are okay for
board games, but not so great for real games.

* From Pete Thomas:
I had heard that US Sailing was pursuing the "Who is the Greatest American
Sailor?" contest, and now I see they announced it in Scuttlebutt 3602. Will
this really tell us more than who was the most popular sailor? How do we
compare such diverse people like Michael Gebhardt and Allison Jolly? Maybe
it would work if the early brackets kept people within their specialty, and
then allow the best of the best to battle it out against divergent

* From Alex Arnold:
I'd have thought that Charles Francis Adams III, Hank Haff and Harold
Vanderbilt would have been on US Sailing's top 64 list candidates for
Greatest American Sailor.

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