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SCUTTLEBUTT 3673 - Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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Steve Hunt was tactician for the winning effort at the 2011 Etchells World
Championship, during which time Steve wrote a nine-part series for Sailing
World on the essentials to sail smart and fast around the racecourse. Here
are the highlights from each article:

1. Start Before the Start: Top sailors know that time well spent before the
day's first start will go a long way toward good finishes. Here's an
easy-to-follow formula to ensure you're up to speed and ready to race.
2. Plan to Plan: Steve Hunt applies what he learns during his pre-start
workup, and makes a case for the importance of having a good plan - or at
least having a plan.
3. Starting Made Simple: With the prestart work done and a gameplan in
hand, Steve Hunt simplifies the starting game in his third installment of
Around the Racecourse.
4. Take a Low-Risk Beat: In his fourth installment, Steve Hunt gives us the
guide to a conservative first leg.
5. Clean Roundings, Every Time: After sailing a smart beat, it's time to
get around the weather mark without any drama.
6. A Low-Risk Run: In the sixth installment of his Around the Racecourse
series, Steve Hunt helps us keep the downwind leg simple.
7. Gain at the Gate: A crowded leeward-gate rounding is a perfect
opportunity to pass boats, and more often than not, the best solution is
the path of least resistance.
8. Closing Strong: In the eighth installment of his Around the Racecourse
series, Steve Hunt keeps us pointed towards the finish line.
9. Ready for the Next: What you do immediately after a race can sometimes
be just as important as what you did before the race.

Click here to read the entire series:

Founded by David Rockefeller, Jr., Sailors for the Sea educates and engages
the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans. Among
their core programs is Clean Regattas, which assists and certifies yacht
clubs and regatta organizers to host clean events that minimize impacts
upon the oceans.

Sailors for the Sea is working with the America's Cup Event Authority
toward a zero waste and carbon neutral commitment for the racing next year.
While this would seem to be a challenge given the event's need for support
boats and helicopters, progress is occurring. Here were some of the
highlights during the AC World Series event in August:

- The Healthy Ocean Project beach cleanup held on August 19 had 180
volunteers. With 360 hours volunteered, more than 75 bags of trash and
recyclable items were picked up from Fort Baker. That is approximately
2,250 pounds of trash and recyclables removed; that is the same weight as
17 Laser class boats.
- All sailing teams were required to and used reusable water bottles.
- The America's Cup Event Authority distributed 2,725 gallons of water on
site, which prevented the use of 20,640 single-use plastic bottles.
- Renewable energies were used for the first time at an ACWS event. Audio
on the main stage was powered by solar panels and a Biodiesel blend (B20)
was used in generators to reduce fossil fuel consumption.
- Collecting the plastic film that breaks off the wings when a boat
capsizes. If possible, it is recycled.


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By Darrell Nicholson, Practical Sailor
Should boaters who travel more than three miles offshore in the U.S. or
Great Lakes be required to carry an EPIRB, a personal locator beacon, some
other form of emergency locator beacon? That is the question that West
Marine Vice President Chuck Hawley, vice-chairman of a task force set up by
the National Boating Safety Advisory Council, asked recently in the West
Marine newsletter. According to Hawley, the U.S. Coast Guard is
contemplating such a carriage requirement, and the task force, along with
other representatives of the search and rescue community, marine equipment
manufacturers, and boating groups, are working to come up with their own

Currently, boating safety laws in Australia require recreational boaters
who travel more than two miles offshore to carry 406 MHz EPIRBs. While the
Coast Guard has proposed tighter carriage requirements for U.S.
recreational boaters in the past, these have generally been opposed by
boating advocate groups like BoatUS. According to a recent article in Power
and Motoryacht, BoatUS is taking no position on mandatory emergency
beacons, awaiting the Coast Guard's cost-benefit analysis. According to the
article, the Washington, D.C., consulting firm BayFirst Solutions has drawn
up a cost-to-benefit analysis for the Coast Guard that makes a strong case
for mandatory beacons.

But what "emergency locator beacons" to use? The Coast Guard has poured
about $1 billion into its new Rescue 21 distress-calling network aimed at
providing direction-finding and filling gaps in coverage for DSC VHF
distress calls. Could not a DSC distress call qualify as a "emergency
locator beacon"? What about the current trend toward satellite emergency
notification devices (SENDs), such as the SPOT locator, Cerberus, or the
DeLorme InReach? The versatility of these newer devices have already led
some to question the value of EPIRBs for the majority of boaters. Should a
SPOT locator qualify as an "emergency locator beacon?" -- Read on:

American Skip Novak has sailed into his sixties, forgetting more about
sailing than most of us will ever know. A 4-time competitor of the (now)
Volvo Ocean Race, he is better known today for the sailing expeditions he
leads to the arctic ends of the planet. Needless to say, Skip came along in
sailing before the net of safety was fully sound. Back then, you had to
rely on your skills, skills that some say have gotten lost today. Here Skip
I take my kids sailing on my Laser. They steer and do the main sheet in
light airs - no PFD's are needed. When it blows I take over, they provide
some ballast and for sure I have them wear PFD's. But I am continually
searching for ways to get them on the water (kayaks, dinghies, anything
that floats) without PFD's not only for the sense of freedom and self
reliance, but also to avoid what I call 'life jacket dependency.' It is a
tragedy to sometimes overhear, "Hey kid, want to go for a ride?" Kid's
answer, "I can't, not without a lifejacket . . . . "

The reason sailing is so compelling as a sport and a life skill is because
the variation of events can be enormous, even on a single day out, never
mind a long offshore passage. The success of the venture is the ability to
continually make judgment calls. Rules and cook book methods are great
background material, but they will never replace raw feel and intuition
which only comes from experience of course. Granted, you have to pass A to
get to B. May I make the bold statement that overuse of PFD's actually
promotes a sense of fear of the water, and lead to what can be a false
sense of security, in effect creating a mental block to achieve the B.

Due to electronic navigation methods, which were inevitable, we have
already lost various 'seat of the pants' skills, and many fundamental
techniques - call it the art of sailing. Ditto with the ultra efficient and
all pervasive means of communications (cell and sat phones now de rigueur)
we have also lost in part a sense of freedom and certainly a large share of
privacy in 'going to sea.' This is the unstoppable march of technological
evolution, but we need not go down this route being forced to wear PFD's at
times when they are not warranted. To legislate or not the obligatory use
of PFD's and other safety devices is a judgment call, and it is a biggey.

Full report:

Every four years, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) updates the
Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS), releasing the latest edition after the
summer Olympics. The 2013-2016 edition of the RRS go into effect January 1,
2013, but they are already available on the ISAF website and as an iOS
application on the iTunes App Store.

Within the next couple of weeks, ISAF intends to publish explanations of
the changes. In the meantime, the new rule book does have marginal markings
to indicate important changes to Parts 1-7 and the Definitions of the
2009-2012 edition. Also, look for the blogosphere to provide comments. Here
are two recent posts:

* Matt Knowles, Unruly: "I am going to focus on an area of the rule book
that was heavily overhauled and, in my biased opinion, much improved:
Appendix D (Team Racing). A small ISAF working group invested a lot of time
in improving Appendix D." Read on:

* Ryan Scott, West Marine Rigging - Newport: "Well, the ISAF 2013-2016
Racing Rules of Sailing are out, and as promised, Dyneema lifelines are
fully legal, and allowed to be hiked off of. They removed the wording "of
wire". This is good news for our equipment, wallets, and safety!" Read on:

2013-2016 RRS:

The New England Boatworks built Mini-Maxi Bella Mente has won a hard fought
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Fauth and crew! Congratulations also to NEB-built third place finisher Caol
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* Effective September 1, 2012, the Hobie Cat Company, based out of
Oceanside, California acquired Hobie Cat's business in Europe. The
agreement will give the sailboat and kayak company worldwide trademark
rights and make the operation Hobie Cat's business in Europe directly under
the control of Hobie Cat Company. Together with Hobie Cat Australasia, a
subsidiary for the past twelve years, the joining of international forces
will unify the brand image, accelerate market expansion, focus the product
offerings and enhance Hobie's strong position in the global sailing,
kayaking and fishing markets. -- Read on:

* Chautauqua, NY (September 9, 2012) - Fifty teams competed at the 6-race
U.S. National E-Scow Championship (Sept. 7-9), hosted by Chautauqua Lake
Yacht Club. While Andy Burdick's team of Toby Sutherland, Jim Gluek, and
Deb Ziegler didn't win any races, they avoided the deep score or Z flag
penalties to win the title with sailing in the final race. Final results:

* Mustang Survival is notifying the public of an "urgent advisory" for
hydrostatic inflatable PFDs made during April and May. A portion of these
PFDs could be subject to delayed or non-inflations, according to the
manufacturer. -- Soundings, read on:

* East Tawas, MI (September, 10, 2012) - Lee Sackett of Edgewater Yacht
Club in Cleveland, OH holds the lead over 30 other teams at the J/22 North
American Championship. Three races were completed on the first day of
racing at the Tawas Bay Yacht Club. Lee Sackett scored a consistent line of
2,3,5 for 10 points, and Allan Terhune of Arnold, MD and Terry Flynn of
League City, TX are tied for second with 12 points. Winds started light and
shifty, increasing to 12 knots. Details:

* Changes in Canadian law require the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA)
to make changes to the organization's governance structure in order to be
in compliance. During the CYA's Annual General Meeting in October 2012, the
CYA membership will be asked to approve three fundamental changes to its
current articles of incorporation and by-laws. Member feedback is need on
or before September 30, 2012. Details here:

* Ottawa, ONT (September 10, 2012) - Nepean Sailing Club is gearing up to
host the 2012 Mobility Cup on September 11-14. With 40 teams from across
Canada and the United States, the Mobility Cup is Canada's biggest regatta
for sailors with physical challenges and disabilities. Teams will race in
Martin 16's, an all-Canadian design by Vancouver yacht designer Don Martin.
-- Full report:

* Sales of brokerage boats in the United States fell 1 percent in August,
to 2,731, from 2,745 in the same month a year earlier and the value of
those sales declined by 7 percent from $259 million to $240 million.
Powerboat sales were up 1 percent, from 2,220 boats to 2,237 boats, but the
pricing of those boats was down from $220 million to $202 million. Sailboat
sales were off 6 percent, with 494 boats sold, but the total value of those
sales was down less than $1 million, from $38.4 million to $37.8 million.
-- Soundings, full report:

J/97 is the first 'J' in 25 years under 32' to combine full accommodations
in a high performance, easily driven hull. Here's a boat that sleeps more
people than it takes to sail her, and was named 2011 IRC Boat of the Year
in France. No need for hotel rooms at the next regatta! See us at Newport
and Annapolis.

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* From Scott Lawson:
It was interesting to ponder Glenn McCarthy's commentary in Scuttlebutt
3672 about how regatta rules vary from event to event. It would seem his
comparison of sailing to other sports is missing a vital point. Other
sports have strong leadership while sailing has a few employees that follow
the whim of special interest groups that have no big picture grasp. Of
course, the playing field for sailing varies from event to event, but there
are certain standards that could be consistent if needed.

* From Michelle Silvers:
Was I mistaken or did I read (in Scuttlebutt 3672) that a major U.S.
regatta used something other than a sausage course? What is this "bay tour
distance race"? I know that San Francisco is liberal minded, but have they
gone crazy? Don't they know the only way to determine a winner is to see
who can count how many times they go around a windward-leeward course?

* From Stephanie Haskin:
When it comes to the America's Cup, some things just can't be made up. I
wonder what the day at work was like when it was discovered that the plan
for the AC World Series and AC34 in San Francisco would be violating
federal airspace laws (as reported in Scuttlebutt 3672)? No helicopters
over the race course during home games for the San Francisco Giants? Was it
dumb luck that the Giants were on the road during the AC World Series event
in August? As for the October event, is the AC Event Authority secretly
hoping the Giants tank it so they are not hosting the start of the National
League playoffs during the ACWS? Oh, to be a fly on the wall!

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