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SCUTTLEBUTT #200 -- October 13, 1998

THE RACE

(Following is a brief excerpt of Bob Fisher's story in the current issue of Grand Prix Sailor about the plans of British sailing hero Pete Goss's program for The Race, the no-holds-barred circumnavigation contest slated to start December 31, 2000)

Goss's campaign for The Race is well advanced, both financially and physically. Last week, he officially opened the visitors center, an area designated to promote the technology and innovation of his craft to an expected half million visitors, in the former timber yard shed where his boat will be constructed. The plans are for all of the 120-foot catamaran mold tools to be completed first. The two female half-molds of the symmetrical wave- piercing hulls are completed, and tooling has commenced for the central nacelle, the size of which is arresting. Each hull will carry an unstayed, carbon- fiber mast 35 meters tall, and Goss says this will give him ultimate control.

In terms of the $7.2 million budget, Goss declared that he had turned the corner a month ago. "We have generated half and the cash is growing by the day. We have enough to know that it's going to happen," he said. -- Bob Fisher, excerpted from Grand Prix Sailor

To read the whole story, go to the Sailing World website: http://sailingworld.com

MISTRAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Total of four races have been sailed so far in Brest France in rainy and windy conditions. The forecast for the next few days calls for temperatures increasing to 20c with partly cloudy skies becoming sunny by the end of the week.

Top ten women after 4 races, one throwout:
1. Barbara Kendall, NZL, 5 points
2. Lee Lai Shan, HKG, 7
3. Chujun Zhang, CHN, 9
4. Faustine Merret, FRA, 14
5. Justine Gardahaut, FRA, 20
6. Ying Huang, CHN, 23
7. Jessica Crisp, AUS, 23
8. Sandrine Numolone, FRA, 26
9. Lanee Butler, USA, 26
10. Perrine Vangilve, FRA, 30

Top ten men after 4 races, one throwout:
1. Nikolas Kaklamanakis, GRE, 6 points
2. Alexandre Guyader, FRA, 10
3. Mingdong Li, CHN, 11
4. Amit Inbar, ISR, 11
5. Miroslaw Malek, POL, 12
6. Przemek Miarczynski, POL, 14
7. Aaron McIntosh, NZL, 14
8. Joao Rodrigues, POR, 15
9. Bruce Kendall, NZL, 16
10. Stephane Jaouen, FRA, 17

Event website: http://www.ffv.fr/gradian/MONDIAL/gb_p1m.htm

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LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON

>> From Roy P. Disney -- In response to Ms. Susan Woodrum and Ms. Jennifer Golison, yes many wives and girlfriends were invited, including Sally and Stan Honey. Because the race was on a Friday and because of a long list of other unfortunate circumstances, only the boys ended up going this time.

>> John Arndt, Latitude 38 -- From In response to Peter Huston's ISAF/New Rule suggestion. The suggestion is that all the sports professionals' should be locked in the room together to design a rule. This includes everyone except the owners who will be asked to pay for the results of the meeting. It would seem best to start with marketing surveys of customers. In fact the rules have become so complex and the price so high you could probably call all the potential owners in a day.

If the rules and parameters are designed by those who will actually spend the money to enjoy the sport then the 'those who make the money from this activity' might actually do so.

>> From Alan Johnson -- Reply to letter form Peter Huston: Why does measurement handicap racing have to be "a big dollar game for serious professionals" It would benefit all of us big or small to have a usable, stable, widely acceptable rule so that we can race locally around the buoys or long distance under something better than an arbitrary system.

>> From Jack Mallinckrodt -- In 'Butt #199 you quoted ISAF President Paul Henderson "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."

Anyone who is using EITHER time-on-time or time-on-distance (i.e. single number scoring) to score IMS is throwing away most of the accuracy potential of IMS.

IMS has only two scoring options which take full advantage of the accuracy potential of its VPP data: 1) Performance-curve scoring, developed by Alan McIlhenny and used for years for most IMS scoring in US, but quite complicated, or 2) Performance Line Scoring (PLS ) developed by me in 1992 and now incorporated in AMERICAP. PLS is neither time-on-time or time-on distance, but may be regarded as a hybrid combination of both. It turns out that by appropriate choice of the two rating numbers Rt and Rd, based on the VPP data, the corrected time results calculated this way are for all purposes equivalent to IMS Performance Curve Scoring, PCS, but with a much simpler formulation that can be easily understood, and can be calculated by competitors.

PLS scoring has been used for most IMS racing in Southern California since 1994 and is now incorporated in AMERICAP. AMERICAP is a simple, inexpensive rule that combines the acccuracy advantages of IMS with the certification and scoring simplicity of PHRF. It is now the standard for all measurement handicap racing in Southern California.

(Curmudgeon's note: Space limitations do not allows us to print the technical explanations of the scoring equations that Jack provided with his letter. However the Scuttlebutt staff will forward this information to interested parties on request.)

AMERICA'S CUP

(The following is an excerpt from New Zealand's DEFENCE 2000 - ISSUE NO. 73) New Zealand's private enterprise sponsorship funding has fallen significantly short of what was expected to be an easily attainable target. This, from Infrastructure, Auckland, the successors to the Auckland Regional Services Trust, the body that put their neck on the line to fund the Viaduct Basin development. The projected NZ $12 million shortfall will probably see a further NZ $4 million added to the total before the financial year is out. Project costs have risen from NZ $58 million to NZ $80million, although the increase is mainly due to the provision of 80 berths for the super yacht fleet scheduled to arrive in New Zealand for the cup. However, the yacht fleet is expected to bridge that financial gap. (There have already been 40 non-refundable deposits paid on these berths, with another 70 expected to front in the medium term future). -- John Roake

MATCH RACING

Following the extremely successful debut in 1997 of the first and only Grade One international match race to be held in the Caribbean region, the Marriott Frenchman's Reef Resort announced it has renewed the title sponsorship for the 1998 event to be held in Charlotte Amalie Harbour from December 9 to 13.

This year's match race will be hosted by Team Caribbean, the U.S. Virgin Islands America's Cup Challenge. And like last year, the event will be a prelude to America's Cup competition as the teams invited represent challenges from Japan, Australia, the United States, France and from current Cup defender New Zealand. The regatta will feature four top-ranked skippers on the World Match Race Rankings in Australian Peter Gilmour (1), Chris Law (2) of Great Britain, local favorite Peter Holmberg (3) from St. Thomas, and Frenchman Bertrand Pace (5). Paul Cayard, the winner of the Whitbread Round the World Race and skipper for the AmericaOne America's Cup challenge, will be racing as well.

The racing action will be the subject of a television program to be broadcast on ESPN. Additionally, feature action from the regatta will be seen on commentator Gary Jobson's "The Year in Sailing" and on his "Road to the America's Cup" programs.

Of the several hundred match races that are held each year throughout the world, less than 20 are designated as Grade One events by the International Sailing Federation in England, the governing body of the sport. Grade One is the highest accreditation a match race can receive. It also means that in addition to the $25,000 prize money at stake, the skippers will be vying for important rankings points that can translate into invitations to other events where cash prizes are awarded. -- Paul Larsen

For additional information Larsenmedia@compuserve.com

MORE MATCH RACING

It may come as no surprise that the 1998 World Match Race circuit has been dominated by three sailors who happen to be ranked numbers 1, 2 and 3 out of more than 1,300 skippers. Of the 11 Grade 1 match races (not including several women only events) that have been held to date, eight have been won by one of the top three. These victories have both solidified their rankings and established them as the favorites in this year's highly competitive Bermuda Gold Cup. Australian Peter Gilmour (1), Briton Chris Law (2), and Peter Holmberg of the U.S. Virgin. -- Paul Larsen

For the full story: http://www.sailingsource.com/features/matchrace.html

INDUSTRY AWARD

US SAILING, governing body for the sport, announced today that Jerry Wood (Annapolis, Md.) is the first recipient of the US SAILING President's Industry Award. The new award recognizes an individual's unique contribution to sailing. US SAILING President Jim Muldoon (Washington, D.C.) presented the award to Wood during a press luncheon at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis. Wood, 74, founded the show, the largest of its kind in the country, as well as the Annapolis Sailing School, which has introduced over 140,000 people to sailing since 1959.

"From the first week of April to the last weekend in October, sailing is the centerpiece of activities in Annapolis," said Muldoon. "Jerry Wood is largely responsible for this, but more important, he has reached beyond the physical boundaries of this city, drawing people from across the country into sailing and taking sailing to the people in the country's farthest corners."

Wood grew up in Mamaroneck, N.Y., where he participated in the Larchmont Yacht Club's junior program. Today, Wood is an active member of the Annapolis Yacht Club where he started the club's frostbite series. The Annapolis Sailing School has branches in St. Petersburg and the Virgin Islands. In 1970, Wood introduced the Annapolis Boat Show to the city's waterfront. An instant success, the show soon evolved into separate shows for sail and power. -- Barby MacGowan, Media Pro Int'l

US Sailing website: http://www.ussailing.org

SHADDEN SERIES #2
California YC -- 42 CFJs.
1. Scott Hogan NHYC 11.
2. Colin Campbell KHYC 15.
3. Brian Angel KHYC 21.
4. Jennifer Warnock SDYC 21.
5. Matt Megla SDYC 32.
6. Ryan Benson CYC 42.
7. Harrison Turner CYC 45.
8. Marin Diskant CYC 45.001
9. David Hochart MBYC 57.
10. Bryan Lake SDYC 68.

Complete results: http://www.calyachtclub.com/RaceResults/

TIP O' THE WEEK

Here comes the leeward mark and we are stacked up three boats across all overlapped. Bad news is I'm on the outside. Good news is my bow is forward and I have a bit of clear air and speed because I am reaching just a touch more than the other two boats. Perfect set-up for the end around. If I slow down and take everyone's transom I am going upwind in bad air and have to tack. If going left is a good thing then maybe this is okay, unless the two boats in front of me also decide that left is good. However, if the beat is neutral or right favored, then I can come out of this leeward mark in a safe leeward position going fast to the right. The trick is to keep my bow poked out in front of the other two boats as they make a fairly hairpin turn around the leeward mark. If I can use my speed to smoothly turn upwind, keep my bow clear ahead and rely on their slowing as they turn sharply I can pull this off. This is a bold move and the key to making it work is to stay confident and only give the room the inside boats absolutely need. Usually they are yelling so much you can focus on speed and position while they are yelling and slowing. When the end around works you look goldentake a bad position and turn it into a good one. --
The Coach at Sailweb.net

AROUND ALONE

At the 0940 GMT position update this morning, Class I and overall leader Thiercelin was struggling to work free of the dreaded doldrums. His zig-zagging course track for the last 24 hours tells the tale. Thiercelin, who entered the doldrums well to the west of the leading pack, has steered east, then northeast, and finally south in his hunt for consistent wind. In the last Around Alone race, Isabelle Autissier blazed through the doldrums well to the east--her path followed a southbound route down latitude 27W, while Thiercelin this morning was located at 36W. The trick is to cross them at their narrowest point, and fleet meterologists Commanders' Weather confirms that the doldrums are "quite narrow between 30-40W." The problem with this scenario is that, once through the doldrums, the leaders will have to beat into the southeast trades to make it around the bulge of Brazil. And crashing to windward on a Finot Open 60-design is never a joyous occasion.

Back in the fleet, of course, all eyes are on Thiercelin to see if his path through the doldrums was, in fact, the correct one. Mike Garside, holding second in Class II behind J.P. Mouligne, filed this optimistic report: "I'm closing on the doldrums and looking for the narrowest part for the crossing. [Thiercelin] is almost through this area of fickle winds and has taken a course much further to the west than his close competitors. This gives me hope that the waypoint selected [for] the crossing by routing expert [and Whitbread veteran] Vincent Geake, before the race started, is going to be the right one. It is close to where Thiercelin entered the doldrums." -- Herb McCormick

CLASS I (Distance to Finish)
1. Thiercelin 3805
2. Hall 3869
3. Golding 3870
4. Autissier 3899
5. Soldini 4008x

CLASS II
1. Mouligne 4145
2. Garside 4184
3. Van Liew 4194
4. Davie 4621
5. Petersen 4673

Event website: http://www.aroundalone.com

CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATION

Two wrongs are only the beginning.