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SCUTTLEBUTT 3507 - Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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American Mark Rudiger died too early. Mark had been battling lymphoma for
four years before he lost his battle on July 17, 2008. He was 53 years old.

Mark's reputation as a premier sailing navigator was legendary. He had
navigated 14 Transpacs, but it was the 'Mt. Everest' of long distance
racing, the Volvo Ocean Race, where he indelibly made his mark. "He was one
of the heroes of the race and meant a lot to all of us," noted CEO Knut

On short notice, he guided Paul Cayard's EF Language to victory in 1997-98
and Assa Abloy to second place as co-skipper in 2001-02, and in 2005-06 he
was called in again to work Legs 6 and 7 for a struggling Ericsson team.

"I remember how tough he was when we had some rough times in the Southern
Ocean," recalled Paul Cayard. "I remember being on the bow with him one
night struggling to hold onto the number 4 in 40 true and asking each other
how the skipper and navigator got on the bow for this one."

During Mark's illness, the economic and personal stress on him and his
family was immense, but in the midst of all that pressure came the
outstretched hands and hearts of the beloved sailing community. People from
all over the world stepped forward, providing emotional, practical and
monetary support.

The assistance he received had a significant impact on Mark, and with his
wife Lori, they made the decision how they would someday pay it forward.
This was the genesis of Rudi's Mates: The Mark Rudiger Sailing Family Fund.
Here Lori explains:
* What was the motivation to create this fund?

LORI RUDIGER: Throughout our struggle we had incredibly generous support
from people from within the sailing community; the love we experienced from
the sport's people was truly awe inspiring, and Mark and I would have
conversations on how we could repay the sailing community at large for
their unyielding care and assistance, but we just didn't know how at the

Having lived through it and having time to reflect, the perfect way to pay
it forward was to establish a standing fund to help all those working in
the sailing industry, worldwide, who come up against trying times so
friends and colleagues don't have to scramble to setup donation vehicles
when a crisis hits.

We must also remember Mark was very well known around the sailing world so
word spread easily and the support came in quickly, yet the vast majority
of working people within the sport who labor behind the scenes - the
seamstress, boatyard worker, rigger, delivery crew, etc. - do not have the
connections Mark was fortunate to have, but need the same kind of
assistance Mark received.

Rudi's Mates, as an established fund provides that financial assistance
access. Mark's greatest legacy to the sport of sailing was not his
navigating prowess, but his willingness to share his expertise with anybody
who asked for it, and the integrity in which he carried himself with to all
he came across within the sport. That legacy is embodied in Rudi's Mates

Complete interview:

Rudi's Mates:

As with Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Leg 3 from Abu Dhabi (UAE) to Sanya
(CHN) is split into two stages to prevent the boats from sailing through
dangerous waters off the coast of Africa. The 106 nm first stage from Abu
Dhabi to Sharjah started and finished on Jan. 14th, after which the fleet
was loaded onto a ship in Sharjah and began transport to a safe haven port
in the Indian Ocean. Once the boats are unloaded, racing to the finish port
of Sanya will resume around January 23, and the first boats could reach
Sanya by February 4.

Video reports:
Course details:
Race schedule:

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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(January 16, 2012) - Quantum Key West 2012 got off to a roaring start as
strong breeze and sunny skies greeted the fleet of 112 boats in 12 classes.
Northeast winds that started off at 15 knots and built to 20-plus
challenged crews on the opening day of the 25th anniversary regatta,
organized by Premiere Racing.

"It was a classic Key West day - beautiful weather with breeze on," said
John Kilroy, skipper of the Melges 32 Samba Pa Ti. "These are the type of
sailing conditions we all come down here for. We'd love to have a few more
days like this."

That's because Kilroy and the Samba Pa Ti team performed extremely well in
the heavy air, winning both races in the talent-laden 19-boat fleet. The
California entry got a great start and led wire-to-wire in Race 1 then won
a great battle with Hedgehog and Pisces in Race 2.

"We seem to have real good speed and our crew is sailing the boat well,"
said Kilroy, who has Italian Lorenzo Bressani aboard as tactician. "The
second race was a real fight and we had a kite wrap that cost us some
boats, but we were able to use our speed to come back."

Samba Pa Ti was among eight boats that posted a pair of bullets on Monday.
Quantum Racing began the regatta in impressive fashion by topping the
eight-boat IRC class, comprised entirely of state-of-the-art 52-foot racing
machines. Skipper Doug DeVos did a superb job of driving the Botin Partners
design while veteran professional Terry Hutchinson called tactics.

"You can't win the regatta on the first day, but you can certainly lose it.
We're happy to have put up some good results to start off," Hutchinson
said. "We have a great group of guys sailing the boat and they were spot-on
today. We sailed really well in both races."

Quantum beat Vesper in Race 1 and PowerPlay in Race 2. Vesper, which won
the 2009 Audi Med Cup while owned by Quantum Racing, has been optimized to
the IRC rule by owner Jim Swartz and tactician Gavin Brady and showed great
downwind speed. However, Vesper was unable to hoist a genoa in Race 2 and
finished sixth.

"We've got a huge advantage on Quantum downwind so hopefully we can
maximize that moving forward," said Brady, adding that shore crew had
already fixed the headsail issue.

Breakages were common in the 52-foot class as Interlodge did not start the
second race while Highland Fling did not finish it. -- Read on:

Here are some links to help follow the event:
Event website:

Quantum Sails:
Sailing World:

"The other day we were talking about the health of the sport and what can
be done to grow it. Well for me, I've been convinced for many years that
sailboat racing's greatest asset (after the beautiful experience of getting
out on the water on a wind powered craft) is the social side of the sport.
Sailing is more fun when you can hang out with family, good friends, and
interesting new acquaintances on shore before and after the racing. The
competitive side of it is not the main draw." - Peter Isler, Sailing World:

We have more time to get fit as we get older, but Andrew Verdon warns that
balance is the key.

From our late twenties up to our late thirties, we spend most of our time
on our careers, partners and the responsibilities and priorities that come
with them. But as we reach our 50's and beyond, we generally have fewer
work responsibilities, the kids leave home and we may find we have more
time for exercise. But our bodies are not the same as they were when we
turned 30.

The main areas that people find deteriorate as they age are a loss of
strength, poor balance and reduced flexibility and stamina.

Everyone can maximise their health and fitness as they mature by taking
time for age-appropriate exercises - on top of adapting a healthier diet.
(Remember, a walk around the golf course twice a week is activity, not

Pleasingly, the Laser class sees more and more entries each year in its
Great Grand Master division (65 year plus) at major championships and my
clients often find they are much fitter when they turn 50 than when they
were 40.

So my focus here when I develop a program for over-50s is "bang for your
buck" - maximum results for minimum time spent to help slow the aging
process. -, read on:

MORE: Andrew Verdon explains the importance of "eating to recover" after
every sail or gym session:

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* (January 16, 2012) - The Italian America's Cup team Luna Rossa Challenge
2013 launched and sailed its AC45 for the first time in Auckland on Monday.
Max Sirena, the skipper of the team, introduced Chris Draper (previously
with Team Korea), Francesco Bruni (a Luna Rossa stalwart), Matteo Plazzi
(with Luna Rossa for three campaigns as well as with BMW ORACLE Racing for
the last Cup on the giant trimaran) and Paul Campbell-James who has been
with the team during its winning season on the Extreme Sailing Series. --
SF Chronicle, full story:

* The definition within ISAF Offshore Special Regulations of Heavy Weather
Jib has changed for 2012 by deletion of the final phrase and without reef
points. By omission, these words have not been deleted from the IRC
definition. The IRC definition of Heavy Weather Jib is therefore amended
with immediate effect to "A headsail of area not greater than 13.5%
foretriangle height squared." --

* The entry process for the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race is now open, with
applications for entry accepted online through April 15. The Cruising Club
of America Newport Bermuda Race Safety at Sea Seminar will be held at
Newport on March 16-17 with a new curriculum option, a new schedule, and a
new seminar attendance rule, plus special hotel room rates for attendees.
Details also online to assist first time skippers. The race starts on June
15. --

* The second of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas, the Rolex Miami OCR
(Jan. 22-28), will bring together some of the world's best sailors in all
of the Olympic events for the first time since the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing
World Championships. -- Read on:

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* From Molly Winans, SpinSheet Magazine:
It was a pleasure interviewing Jahn Tihansky, head coach of the U.S. Naval
Academy offshore sailing team, for the article you featured in Scuttlebutt
3506 (SpinSheet December 2011 via the APS Stern Scoop). I wish I had had
more space to fit in all of his intriguing tidbits about life at USNA. The
Midshipmen must train onboard intensively and rapidly enough to make mere
mortals' heads spin. Coach T told me that among the five or six USNA boats
that will compete in the Newport to Bermuda Race, 40 of those Mids on the
crews will have only been sailing for nine months of their lives. During
serious preparation for such offshore events - USNA is serious about
serious - he tells them: "You're not in the backseat going to Grandma's
house. You're navigating. You need to figure out how to get there." Thank
you for featuring the interview.

* From Keith Taylor, Auckland, NZ:
Mike Brown (Scuttlebutt 3506) does sailing a disservice with his view,
presumably oft expressed, that the bleeding edge of sailing is too
expensive, too exotic, too beyond-reach. He's wrong!

Millions of golfers cheerfully hack around the local municipal links, with
no hope or expectation of partnering Tiger at Greenbriar. Tennis players
marvel at the Williams sisters at Wimbledon and it doesn't stop them
knocking a few balls over the net at the nearest available court, be damned
about its playing surface. Knowing full well that a Ferrari is beyond
reach, motoring fans follow the exploits of Filipe Massa and then drive to
work the next day in the family minivan.

Sailing is no different. Bank Populaire V, the America's Cup boats, Volvo
70s or Olympic 49ers are all testament to the magic of sailing. We can
celebrate their accomplishments while going down to the local beach or
sailing club to get under sail on a Sunfish, Soling or Hobie Cat.

* From Skip Weston:
Reynald Neron (Scutt 3505) has obviously missed the points made by Elaine
Bunting, John Harwood-Bee etc regarding the FACTS surrounding the Fossett
RTW record and the Jules Verne trophy.

As I read it, Harwood-Bee accepts that the trophy WAS at one time a
prestigious marketing tool. It WAS originally to be awarded for the fastest
circumnavigation. It lost its lustre when it was awarded to a significantly
slower vessel captained by one the originators of the trophy in what many
viewed as a fit of pique. The minute that happened it could no longer be
regarded as the ultimate trophy for the RTW record. It would have been much
better had the trophy not been awarded at all.

As for the comment "someone's word against someone else's," It is my
understanding that Harwood-Bee worked with Steve Fossett on his sailing
sponsorships and record programmes. Elaine Bunting is a highly respected
journalist who interviewed Fossett on more than one occasion. It is highly
unlikely that they would get the facts wrong.

COMMENT: With the Jules Verne Trophy deeply rooted in French culture, it is
my understanding there was resistance for a wealthy American and his
Kiwi-built boat to take this Franco prize. While Fossett could clearly
afford the JV entry fee regardless the amount, he was not willing to be
treated unfairly. -- Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt

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