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SCUTTLEBUTT No. 1116 - July 17, 2002

Scuttlebutt is a digest of yacht racing news of major significance; commentary, opinions, features and dock talk . . . with a North American emphasis. Corrections, contributions, press releases, constructive criticism and contrasting viewpoints are always welcome, but save your bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.

OLYMPICS
One of the biggest challenges likely to face the Olympic Movement - that of reducing the cost and complexity of the Olympic Games - has been addressed at a two day meeting (12th and 13th July) at the International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausann

With the operating cost of hosting the Olympics now in the region of $2billion (Summer Games) and $1.5billion (Winter Games), and the number of accredited participants totaling over 200,000, IOC President Dr Jacques Rogge set up the Olympic Games Study Commission to undertake a comprehensive review of all aspects of the Games and to propose changes that will make the world's greatest sporting event more manageable for future host cities and countries.

Chaired by Canadian IOC Member Mr. Richard Pound, the Commission began its review of data relating to such matters as accredited participants, finance, technology, marketing, sports venues and facilities, press and broadcasting, which had been studied over the past months since the Commission first met earlier this year in Salt Lake City, prior to the Olympic Winter Games. Particular attention was given to the suggestions received via the IOC web site www.olympic.org where, since May, ideas have been submitted by, amongst others, athletes, sports fans, sports officials and scholars.

A full report from the Olympic Games Study Commission will be concluded in time for the 115th IOC Session in Prague, July 2003, with an interim report to be presented at the IOC Executive Board meeting in August this year. Structural and Olympic Charter issues will be discussed at the 114th IOC Session in Mexico in November. Whilst it is possible that some service level ideas could be implemented as early as the Games of the XXVIIIth Olympiad in Athens 2004, most of the Commission's recommendations will take effect starting with the Winter Games of Turin 2006, and beyond. - ISAF website, full story: www.sailing.org

VIRTUAL SPECTATOR
Like so many dotcoms, faces the great unanswered question of the internet - how the hell do you get users to pay? And like so many that have come and gone before, Virtual Spectator believes it had the magic formula to make the impossible happen.

But at the last America's Cup hardly anyone subscribed to its net coverage. Ditto for other sailing events such as the Volvo Ocean Race. Ditto again for the World Rally. Even the most zealous of sports fans just aren't prepared to pay for sport via the net.

Why? Because everyone expects net content to be free. And because the ardent fan wants an experience as close as possible to being there - to almost taste the salt spray as a yacht's bow breaks a wave, and to almost smell the dust of rally cars as their screaming engines tear up the track.

Sadly, Virtual Spectator despite its name doesn't come close. It's a fantastic analytic tool to describe the action and tell the background story. But for fans who can't be there, that's a third choice after TV - a medium that delivers sports events much better than the net. - Chris Barton, NZ Herald, full story: www.nzherald.co.nz

POST RACE ANALYSIS
(The following analysis of the Newport to Bermuda Race was excerpted from the Local Knowledge website.)

The 2002 Edition of the Newport to Bermuda Race presented a great opportunity for record times - and a major challenge to competitors. Normally, racers cross the Gulf Stream at right angles, and spend perhaps a few hours in the central flow. This year, a huge "meander" in the normally eastward-flowing Stream turned it first south, for more than 150 nm, then sharply east for just a bit, and then back north again before resuming eastward flow. The southerly portion offered a 4-5 knot boost in the right direction, but was almost directly opposed to strong southwest winds. When a boat is going with the Stream, but against the wind, big waves pile up and the boats take a pounding. This is fairly common in races up from Miami along the coast, but extremely rare, if not unheard of, in the Bermuda Race. This made for very rough, if fast, sailing and, with strong winds almost all the way, record times.

 From a routing standpoint, the Race presented two major issues: (1) how to handle the low pressure zone moving from the Chesapeake eastward across the rhumbline; and (2) how to take maximum advantage of the Gulf Stream (both the meander and a large warm eddy just north of it), while dodging cold eddies to the south. One needed to route well west of the rhumbline to work the current, but too far west could get one into the very light air associated with the center of the low. The trick was to stay east enough to avoid all but a touch of the low, but end up west enough to head south at the northeast edge of the warm eddy.

Full report: www.goflow.com/nb02race.htm

AMERICA'S CUP 2003 OFFICIAL PRODUCT
Capture the spirit of the 2003 America's Cup with official America's Cup product from the online America's Cup Store, including the official Mens and Womens America's Cup clothing ranges from Line 7 and America's Cup Silverware from New Zealand Mint Ltd and Talbot Silver. Perfect for gifts, promotions, and staff rewards. We ship worldwide at very low freight rates. Our US Freephone is 1-800 - 840 3932. Note being in Auckland, New Zealand we are five hours behind California time and 8 hours behind New York. store.line7.com

INDUSTRY NEWS
Terry Snow, CEO of World Publications, announced that his company has finalized the purchase of Cruising World and Sailing World magazines from Miller Publishing Group. All editorial, sales and marketing staffs of Cruising World and Sailing World, including publisher Sally Helme, Cruising World editor Herb McCormick and Sailing World editor John Burnham, will remain with the magazines, which will continue to be headquartered in Newport, Rhode Island. Back-office operations, including accounting and circulation, will be integrated into World's corporate operations in Winter Park, Florida.

Cruising World is published monthly with a circulation of 155,000. Sailing World, published 10 times a year, has a circulation of 55,000. Included in the transaction are the rights to the sports marketing events the magazines produce, including the National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regattas. - Sailing World website, www.sailingworld.com

NEWS BRIEFS
* Later this year (J-Boats) Shamrock V and Endeavour will be shipped to New Zealand to partake in the festivities surrounding the 2003 America's Cup and to compete in the 2003 International Classic Yacht Regatta and the 2003 Millennium Cup Regatta, both of which will take place prior to the America's Cup. - Cup Views website, full story: cupviews.com

* Almost 400 hundred sailboats in 36 US states, four countries, including the US, New Zealand, the US Virgin Islands, and Canada, and representing 96 yacht clubs and sailing organizations participated in Summer Sailstice 2002 on June 21. While the majority of Sailstice 2002 registrants sailed in Californian waters, sailors from all over the US took advantage of sailing on the longest day of the year.

LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON
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* From Richard Clark: I am grateful that you published the piece on Negative reporting out of NZ, it shines a much needed light on many things New Zealand. In NZ Sport reigns supreme and is taken very, very seriously. The Sporting journalists live in a crystal world, they can get away with murder and do so, often.

Nothing seems to be simply a 'Game', it is a life or death battle and the microscope is turned to the most feverish pitch regarding Rugby, Sailing or any of the major sports Kiwi's excel in. Have a bad day as a National coach, drop a ball as a player, let your rankings slip as a competitor and you are toast on the National stage that is the Media. They say you can tell an Aussie from a Kiwi by the single chip on the Aussie's shoulder whereas Kiwis, yes, you guessed it, have one on each.

CHERYL'S CORNER
Reporting in the forum section of the 2003AC website, Cheryl found a photo on the GBR website of the bows of the three GBR Challenge boats. She reported that "the boat on the far left is GBR-44 with the conventional 2000AC rig, GBR-52 (unrigged) with its modified bow is in the centre. GBR-70 on the right. Viewed from side-on the knuckle bow of GBR-70 is much longer than portrayed by photo. It appears very similar to the OneWorld Challenge bows." www.gbrchallenge.com/siteimages/large/e00607Base_GB.JPG

Cheryl also found a web photo showing the location of a new superyacht marina being constructed at the Viaduct Harbour adjacent to the Prada base. The marina will provide facilities for 14 vessels of 40m to 70m in length. www.nzcupvillage.co.nz/events/news.htm

2003AC website: www.2003ac.com

A DAY SAIL WITH TEAM DENNIS CONNER
Team Dennis Conner will wrap up six months of training and testing from their base on Terminal Island in Los Angeles Harbor late this month and ship their two new Stars & Stripes boats, USA 66 and USA 77, to New Zealand for the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger trials for the America's Cup on Oct. 1. Rich Roberts from YachtRacing.com spent part of a recent day sailing with TDC in the San Pedro Channel. The website has 14 of Roberts' photos posted, that we categorize as "must see." - www.yachtracing.com/richroberts/stars-stripes-pictures.html

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RACE WEEK AT NEWPORT
Over 600 sailors concluded their participation in the first half of the New York Yacht Club's Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex. Winners in nine handicap-racing classes received awards on the lawn at Harbour Court, the New York Yacht Club's Newport clubhouse, while the best performing overall skippers in the IMS and PHRF divisions were awarded Rolex timepieces. Those skippers, respectively, were Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Chris Larson of Annapolis, Md., and Peter Brinckerhoff of Fishers Island, N.Y. Larson skippered the Farr 60 Carrera to victory in White Fleet's IMS Class 1, while Brinckerhoff finished victoriously in White Fleet's PHRF Class 4, steering his Evelyn 42 Hooligan.

Race Week's unique split format, which accommodated nine classes of handicap-rated boats for four days of racing on the front end, will switch to its one-design mode this Friday and continue through Sunday. Another several hundred racers will descend on Harbour Court for this second part of the regatta, while 53 boats will participate in a distance race Wednesday.

Complete results: www.nyyc.org

WEST MARINE PACIFIC CUP
It's halfway home to Kaneohe on a record pace for Hawaii-based yachts as well as the rest of the West Marine Pacific Cup fleet. This is the time when new computer programs, calculators and abacuses come out to predict Estimated Times of Arrival (ETAs) for scores of yachts soon to arrive in Kaneohe. When will they arrive? By today's figuring, the first three yachts could cross the finish line off Kaneohe Marine Base early Friday morning. The three are the 147-foot Mari-Cha III, 86 foot Zephyrus V and Pegasus 77. They are aiming to get in by 4:02 and 20 seconds on Friday morning. That is the time required to meet and/or beat the 1998 record set by Roy Disney's Pyewacket. The ETAs currently indicate that it will be close but an increase in winds over the next two days and following seas to surf up yacht velocity could do the trick. At roll call on Tuesday, Mari Cha III was four miles ahead of Zephrus V with Pegasus 32 miles further back.

The 26 foot double handed entry Moonshine - smallest in the fleet - lost her mast which has been jury rigged. R.B. Ward and Mike Robinson report that they are still in the hunt.

Division leaders on handicap as of July 16:
Double handers: Wildflower, Wylie 27
Division A: Spirit, S&C 34
Division B: Cayenne, Passport 40
Division C: NaughtyHotty, Wylie 38C
Division D: E.T., Antrim 27
Division E: Octavia, Santa Cruz 50
Division F: Azul, Santa Cruz 52
Division G: J-Bird III, Transpac 52

LASER RADIAL YOUTH WORLDS
Buffalo Canoe Club, Ontario, Canada - The wave specialists were in their element on Day 2 of the Laser Radial Youth World Championships, as 15 to 20 knot winds kicked up steep waves on Lake Erie. A number of the previous day's leaders suffered, including overnight leader Jeffery Cruise, who could only manage a 28th and a 37th place in the stronger winds. British sailor Gile Scott had the best day, posting 2 firsts to move into second overall behind Kuzmanic of Croatia. Scott's performance was impressive considering he has only just turned 15.

STANDINGS:
1. CRO Tonko Kuzmanic, 12
2. GBR Giles Scott, 15
3. IRL Ross McDonald, 19
4. CAN Conner Higgins, 25
5. FRA Max Bulley, 25
10 USA John Garth Fasano, 34
www.laserchampionships.org/laser_radial/index.htm

VIC-MAUI RACE
The Victoria to Maui Transpacific Race has officially ended. It's been an unusual race this year due to the early, severe gale lasting 30-odd hours (causing some retirements), the unusual weather pattern in the North Pacific (which affected the shape and location of the High), and the light winds which dogged the fleet (unless you were able to get out in front and dig into the Tradewinds early on). Boats lacking the speed of the faster Division A yachts had to tangle with shifty, sometimes absent, winds in areas where they would normally expect faster sailing.

And the long trip down to Maui affected more than the crews working continuously to keep their boats moving. Local arrangement committees, greeting parties, friends and relatives have all had to cool their heels, and in some cases rearrange travel plans, while waiting for the finishers.

Final Results: Overall: 1.Mystic 2. Icon, 3. Atalanta. Class winners - A: Mystic, B: Mojo Riding (7th overall); C: Greyhound (8th overall). www.vicmaui.org

THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATIONS
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