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SCUTTLEBUTT #199 -- October 12, 1998

ETCHELLS NAs -- San Francisco YC

October 8-11, 1998 (29 boats) -- Final Results:
3. JUD SMITH 18.8

For compete results:


Sailed at the St. Francis Yacht Club. 19 competitors from 6 nations. Stefan Winberg and his crew managed to catch up enough on the last beat of the last race to finish right behind Ben Wells' Team Kodak driven by Seadon Wijsen. This tied Stefan and Seadon for the championship but Stefan's three firsts broke the tie breaker. -- Seadon Wijsen

Final standings after 8 races:
1. Stefan Winberg, SWE, 30
2. Ben Wells, USA, 30
3. Jeff Madrigali, USA, 40
4. Hans Wallen, SWE, 45
5. Tim Wells, USA, 45
6. Dag Usterud, NOR, 46
7. Arne Sjoberg, SWE, 80
8. Johan Olesen, SWE, 84
9. Mike Ratiani, USA, 89
10. John Sweeney, USA, 90


>> FICKER CUP -- Scott Dickson & Father Roy finished with a perfect record in the Long Ficker Cup (sailed at Long Beach YC in Catalina 37s). Third time in a row for Dickson (Sorry, but complete results were not available on the LBYC web site this morning -- This report came from Dickson's trimmer Greg Weeger.

>> Hampshire's Chris Law and his Nautica Match Racing Team of Julian Salter, James Stagg and Andy Hemmings added the title of 1998 BT RYA NATIONAL MATCH RACING CHAMPIONS to their list of achievements this afternoon, beating the 1997 champion, 21 year old Ian Williams, from Exmouth in Devon, 'three nil' in the finals off Port Pendennis in Falmouth.

London's Andy Green, who started the day undefeated in any of his matches so far in the regatta wasn't able to continue his winning streak, losing five races in a row; three to Law and then two to Sydenham in the third and fourth play off.

1. Chris Law (Hampshire)
2. Ian Williams (Devon)
3. Richard Sydenham (Devon)
4. Andy Green (London)

NMRC Website:

>> It was a real battle between the generations in the final of the FRENCH INTERNATIONAL MATCH RACING today. The 25 year old New-Zelander Gavin BRADY beat the German Jochen SCHUMANN in three straight races. Classed fourth in the world, the young BRADY became the 1998 winner of this French championship on the International circuit of match racing. For the second consecutive year, Jochen SCHUMANN had to accept second place on the podium, having been beaten last year by the Frenchman Philippe PRESTI.

1- Gavin BRADY New Zealand
2- Jochen SCHUMANN Germany
3- Luc PILLOT France
4- Magnus HOLMBERG Sweden
5- Philippe PRESTI France
6- Morten HENRIKSEN Denmark
7- Bertrand PACE France
8- Nicolas CELON Italy
9- Newille WITTEY Australia
9- ex Francois BRENAC France
11-Sebastien COL France
12- Damien IEHL France

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The 145-foot Philippe Briand-designed Mari Cha III sits at Chelsea Piers on New York City's Hudson River, completing final preparations for a crack at the west-to-east transatlantic record. Although Mari Cha is a monohull, its enormity gives it the speed potential to break the unofficial outright mark of 6 and a half days (18.62-knot average) set by Serge Madec's Jet Services V in 1990.

Mari Cha, reputedly the world's largest carbon-fiber boat, successfully combines stunning beauty with raw power. The mainmast of the white-hulled, blue-bootstriped ketch stands 159 feet off the deck, 37 feet taller than the mizzen. Its asymmetrical spinnaker measures 900 square meters. Mari Cha also has 7-ton capacity water ballast tanks for added stability. --Sean McNeill, excerpted from Grand Prix Sailor

To read the whole story, go to the Sailing World website:


Some excitement Friday when a bolt of lightning struck the boat, knocking out virtually all the onboard electronics. A very long day for crew, they now have all systems reinstalled and are on standby mode waiting for the go ahead from their weather router.

Follow their progress at:


Last month when Nick Trotman and Mike Mills were winning the 505 Worlds on the East Coast the ULDB 70 Taxi Dancer owned by Don Hughes and RP Richards was posting straight bullets in the Sled Class at the Big Boat Series in San Francisco. There is a lot of difference between a Reichel-Pugh 70 and a 505but there was one common thread. Both boats had a full inventory of Ullman Sails. This is a great time for you to improve the performance of your boat--the Fall discounts now apply:


MAJOR TYPO -- Those damn gremlins are at it again. ISAF President Paul Henderson's letter in 'Butt #198 stated, "In talking with designers and owners the dissatisfaction does appear to be with the IMS rule but the different ideas about scoring as the Brits like time on time and the Yanks time on distance and as usual the French and Aussies are somewhere in between."

Obviously, what President Henderson intended to say was, "In talking with designers and owners the dissatisfaction does NOT appear to be with the IMS rule but the different ideas about scoring as the Brits like time on time and the Yanks time on distance and as usual the French and Aussies are somewhere in between.

>> From Peter Huston -- It seems to me that perhaps there might be too much of an unreasonable expectation placed on ISAF and other sailing "governments" to create a "perfect" universally accepted measurement handicap system. There can be little question that measurement handicap racing is a big dollar game played only by serious professionals. Why would we invite the "government to design the parameters for a business? Therefore, why not have the marine industry create their own forum, which will result in a rule that will satisfy what they know the market to be.

Lock into a room for two days the designers like Andrews, Nelson and Farr; sailmakers like Ullman, Haines and Doyle; add a couple of events guys like Ehman and van der Aat; media types like Fisher, Hurst and Jobson; and sailors like Cayard, Gilmour, and Smith and see if they can't come up an equation which fully considers not only boat measurement, but the components of competition such as sail limitations, crew composition, and venue, then determining if this is an activity for which there is truly a market.

ISAF can then administer the rules according to the parameters established by those who will make the money from this activity, adding a quality of checks and balances which gives integrity to this aspect of the game.

>> From Curt Barnes -- Why don't we take a cue from the cycle racers and give yellow lifejackets to the leading boat after the first days (round the bouys) racing. Add a little visual interest for participants and spectators, set a good example, provide a measure of protection for the lead boat from the wankers during the prestart. In a one design class, these life jackets could get sent from one regatta chairman to another, with people signing the jacket at each regatta, until the end of the season, when they're awarded to somebody most deserving.

>> From Chris Welsh -- I love the "I am not a feminist, but" responses to the Pyewacket trip. Give it up women - There does not have to be something wrong or dastardly in every single sex event that takes place. I am sure the dads involved spend equal amounts of time with their daughters doing what they enjoy - they don't need you carping from the sidelines.

P.S. I am not a chauvinist - I just believe political correctness can go too far and is doing that here.

>> From Shipwreck Shupak -- Suzy Woodrum may proclaim herself as the oldest Moore 24 foredeck but she's one of the best too.I'd like to say that my wife Anne has been sailing and racing with her parents since she was 3 weeks old, her mother Jane is still actively sailing, and her grandmother Betty is still actively boating. Though we recently had a son, (who by the way has been racing since he was racing since he was five months old), is passively actively sailing, if he had turned out to be a girl she would have been brought along as often as Riley has been.

I regularly see many children at our yacht club out sailing and powerboating. The point should be to include them all (whichever gender) to help build their enthusiasm and desire to be a part of our activities and lifestyle. Otherwise the sport will die.

>> From Tim Prophit -- Re: Taking daughters sailing: My daughter Maren, who will turn 2 on Oct. 10, has already helmed a Mumm 36 (She say's "uh-oh" when she gets hit with a puff and the boat starts to wind up), and she has been for a "beer can" race on the SC 70, Equation. Trying to do my part...


North Sails held off Quantum's well-orchestrated challenge and went on to win the fifth annual DuPont Sailmaker Challenge Cup. Right up to the end of the last day's racing the outcome was anything but a sure thing.. What had begun as main stream fleet racing with five viable contenders, eventually turned into a match race between the two biggest sail lofts and a three-way battle for third place that was eventually captured by Banks Sails.

Minutes before the start of the second outside race Chris Larson, and his North crew Scott Nixon, Ralph Fisher and Steve Inman found themselves hung up on the anchor rode of the race committee boat. Time was running out and the other four competitors were jockeying for the start in a last minute do-or-die effort to move ahead in the competition. Slipping free just before the gun went off, the North crew scrambled into action. Picking shifts wisely on the windward legs and finding a strong puff blowing out of the Severn River, Larson and crew were able to protect their lead. Ashore, they weathered a lead upsetting protest and went on to capture the series from Quantum's Terry Hutchinson, the two-time reigning champion. -- Diane McGee Chase

1. North Chris Larson 121
2. Quantum Terry Hutchison 139
3. Banks Steve Benjamin 189
4. Nuclear Scott Allan' ???
5. UK Mark Mendleblatt 224


It was a case of the early bird catching the wormagain. In fact we had two dozen entries in the first hour of last Friday's contest to identify what OFR stands for. Some were close, some were X-Rated, and some were way off the wall -- Officer's Fitness Report, On Further Review, Offshore Flounder Roundup & Over Flipper's Realm just did not quite make it. As far as the curmudgeon is concerned, OFR means Old Fart's Regatta. Geoff Brieden, in Harper Woods, MI USA sent the first contest entry with that answer at 07:46:51 PSTso he's the official winner. However, Bill Faude, Sailing Network Producer at Quokka Sports in San Fracisco, submitted "Old Fart Racing" seven minutes earlier -- at 07:39:36 -- and that seems close enough to also give him an official 'Butt-head tee shirt from Pacific Embroidery.

BTW--We got more tha 60 entries to the contest -- happily I think they've finally stopped coming in.


Because of the enthusiasm for last week's contest, we've got a new one for you this week. The winner will be the person who can come closest to picking the order of the top five skippers at the StFYC OFR (aka Masters Invitational Regatta). He or she will get a much sought-after official 'Butt-head tee shirts from Pacific Embroidery. The regatta will be sailed in J/105s -- a very competitive fleet in the San Francisco Bay area that has more than doubled in the past year. The skippers are:

Tak Takamara (JPN)
Roy Dickson (NZ)
Peter Hyslop (CAN)
Dave Wyman
Pelle Petterson (SWE)
Don Trask
Malin Burnham
The Curmudgeon
Dick Deaver
John Rumsey
Bruce Munro
John Scarborough
Lowell North
John Jennings
Rod Johnstone
Chas. Dole
Hank Easom
Dick Deaver

To be eligible, entries must be submitted before noon on Friday, October 16 and the decision of the judges will be sort of final.

Email the Curmudgeon:


Optimists are just really skilled at self-delusion.