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SCUTTLEBUTT #273 - February 5, 1999

At the end of day three of the Sun Microsystems Australia Cup, Peter Gilmour representing Japan's Nippon America's Cup Challenge has taken the lead, while Swede Magnus Holmberg is $10,000 richer.

Gilmour, originally from Perth, and his all Japanese crew, had a very good day, winning six out of the seven races they sailed, to move to the top of the leaderboard. Swedish skipper Magnus Holmberg and his Stora Team have collected the second of the cash bonuses at the Sun Microsystems Australia Cup, chalking up ten straight wins, to pick up $10,000. The overnight leader, Holmberg had seven consecutive wins on the scoreboard when he went afloat today, however the Swedish crew had to wait for their go at the money, with light winds delaying the start of racing for two hours.

The boys from snowy Gothenburg kept their cool in the Perth heat, and when the first of the seabreeze, came in at 10 to 12 knots, they beat Denmark's Morten Henriksen by 35 seconds. Next it was local skipper Sebastien Destremau, and with the legendary Fremantle Doctor up around 25 knots, these two who had trained together last week, put on a great display of match racing, with the Swede taking the gun by 17 seconds. Then it was the turn of Italy's Nicola Celon, with the boats reefed and Perth's Swan River kicked into a frenzy by gusts of up to 30 knots, the battle was intense, but Holmberg clung to his advantage to bank the cash by 6 seconds.

Gilmour's day was steady, chalking up victories over Celon, Holmberg (after he'd won his cash), Destremau, Sydney skipper Neville Wittey, Henriksen and Frenchman Luc Pillot, his only loss to Tomislav Basic of Croatia. After winning his bonus Magnus Holmberg lost his edge, losing to Gilmour, England's Chris Law, and Kiwi Gavin Brady, to end the day in equal second place.

With three more round robin flights to be sailed, any one of the top six on the leaderboard can still make the semi-finals, Peter Gilmour being the only skipper to have secured his place. - John Roberson

1. Peter Gilmour Japan 12 wins - 4 losses
2= Magnus Holmberg Sweden 10 - 5
2= Gavin Brady New Zealand 10 - 5
2= Tomislav Basic Croatia 10 - 5
5. Sebastien Destremau Australia 9 - 8
6. Neville Wittey Australia 8 - 7
7. Chris Law Britain 6 - 9
8. Luc Pillot France 5 - 10
9. Nicola Celon Italy 4 - 12
10. Morten Henriksen Denmark 3 - 12
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Pete Goss today launched a unique search for undiscovered ocean racers by making a public appeal to find the final four candidates for the crew of his trail-blazing catamaran. Goss, already committed to expanding the boundaries of technical expertise, has issued an open invitation for ambitious sailors to apply for a place on the giant craft, which is currently under construction in Totnes, Devon.

He intends to spend the next three months assessing the merits of a new generation of racers, who are more likely to have extensive dinghy sailing experience than a background in the highly specialised environment of round the world racing. Pete Goss : "I'm looking for young, ambitious people, who are natural team players. We are building a highly technical boat that will require a champion's mentality and a technician's brain. We must understand the huge loads we are going to impose on the structure".

The four candidates selected will then compete for the final two berths on the Adrian Thompson-designed catamaran, which will be launched early next year. They will begin an intense training programme in September. Two will be chosen for the final crew in November. The other pair will become reserves, and continue to play an active role in the project.

The initial target is the Jules Verne record, for non-stop circumnavigation. An attempt is being planned for the spring of 2000. The ultimate aim is victory in The Race, the no-holds barred round the world race which begins at the stroke of midnight on December 31, 2000.

Goss said: "This boat is so radical, that we need to look at the crew from an entirely different perspective. It may well be that our ideal candidate does not even realise that he, or she, is perfect for the job. The boat defines the crew. "I am looking for world class sailors, the type of people who have the instinct to react, without conscious thought, when we fall off a wave at 40 knots in the pitch darkness of the Southern Ocean. They do not necessarily need to have extensive offshore experience. The nature of the boat demands a special type of character who, ideally, will have exceptional single or twin-hulled dinghy experience.

"Of course, the obvious option is to investigate the possibility of recruiting from recent Whitbread crews. I have huge respect for their professionalism, and their experience. "But to make the best use of what will essentially be a giant dinghy we have to widen our search. "Someone with that sort of background must be able to complement the other skills contained in what is a small, highly motivated team. We want to work together to make a winning entry.

All applicants for this 17-month appointment must write to Pete Goss, enclosing a CV, at Goss Challenges, Baltic Wharf, St Peter's Quay, Totnes, TQ9 5EW, England.

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** After a week of finally racing AmericaOne, I can definitely say that both teams have benefited a good deal from the practice. After numerous practice starts and windward-leewards, both teams were able to better the other at different times. This practice proves valuable when we are reminded that we are both in the long haul together trying to topple Team New Zealand. -- America True crewmember Tucker Thompson

** Dawn Riley, CEO and Captain of America True, The San Francisco Yacht Club challenge for America's Cup 2000, will speak at Sail Expo Atlantic City in New Jersey this weekend. America True will also have an information booth and grinder on hand for visitors to enjoy. Riley will speak on Saturday, February 6, at 1:30 p.m. in the central area of the New Atlantic City Convention - Grace Kim

There is much more on the America True website:

We read all of our e-mail, but simply can't publish every submission. Those that are published are routinely edited for clarity, space (250 words max) or to exclude personal attacks.

-- From Bill Faude -Tom, you may end up getting tired of publishing these fleet growth stories, but I doubt 'buttheads get tired of reading them. The Vanguard 15 Fleet at Chicago Yacht Club has grown from an original fleet of three boats in spring '96 to 33 boats as of 1/'99! Growth here is attributable to the energy of some key one design sailing evangelists at the CYC who also had the great idea to make it possible for non-members to race in many of their events too. Maybe easing up on the commandment "Thou Shalt Be A Member To Go Racing" may be a key.

There's frostbiting in spring and fall, and sailing at least three days a week during the summer. The V-15 is a first boat for some--a second or third for others and it's a great way to get new people into the sport. Chicago's V-15 fleet is hosting the 1999 V-15 Nationals this October. All from those first three boats...I'm tired of hearing people don't have enough time to invest in sailing.

From my viewpoint, as immediate Past President of the International Lightning Class Association as well as a new V-15 sailor, sailing has long since rebounded. The sooner we all start thinking that way, the sooner it will be true everywhere.

-- From Ray Wulff -- One design is more competitive than IMS!!!!!! IMS is more competitive than One Design!!!!! PHRF is the fairest!!!!!!!! One Design is stifling to development!!!!!!

I'm curious what all the hub-bub is about. It's just a different style of racing. Last year I competed in IMS 1 and this year sailed in the 1D35 class. I found both classes competitive for different reasons. Many IMS owners / crews are interested in chasing the bouncing ball while others like plug-and -play boats such as the MUMM 30 or 1D35.

One fair comparison can be two events found in the Olympics. In downhill skiing the fastest to the bottom wins ( One-Design). In bobsledding, it's the driver, the brakeman, the middle man, and the sled's designer. ( IMS ) If you choose to bobsled, there are only a few tracks in the world ( IMS ), however there are plenty of mountains to ski down.(One Design) Is this going to change anytime soon? No. Are they both valid events? Yes. So please let's stop this, "We're a more competitive division than this other one." It would be better to start a land war in Asia. (You'll have the same result.)

-- From Meagan Van Liew -- Mission Accomplished! Team Balance Bar has a new mainsail, and it has everything to do with the California Yacht Club (CYC), California Corinthian Foundation and the support of sailing enthusiasts across the US. We accomplished our goal of raising $10,000 for a new mainsail. This success will enable CYC member Brad Van Liew to continue his quest to compete and win Around Alone 1998-99. This fundraising effort was a true struggle, and a test of time. We appreciate the enormous amount of support, encouragement and spirit bestowed upon the campaign.

-- From David McCreary (In response to Chip Evaul) -- Perhaps I wasn't clear on my reference to Luddites. It was in reference to sailing organisation committee members who don't have email or website access. NOT to all sailors. I was trying to specifically state an example of how ISAF saves a great deal of money and time, by putting committee agendas only online prior to their annual and mid year meetings. These are of real import only to the committee members. The final approved minutes of ISAF meetings are put both online (to get them up quick) and in print (for easy later reference) in their yearbooks. For a committee member to not have email and website access is inexcusable, and they should be told "get online or get out" to save printing and post cost of hundreds of pages of agendas.

I'm keenly aware of the elitist perception of our sport, I own a sailing school, we teach well over 1500 people a year, including youth programs. We've always provided free lessons to any kid whose parents could not afford the sailing program fees -- and if they can't afford $60 they sure can't afford a computer. I'm a firm believer that the internet will never replace magazines, newspapers or books. Ever try stretching out in a hammock with a laptop? They hurt like hell when you fall asleep and drop them on your face.

(The following is an excerpt from DEFENCE 2000, which is available from -- US $48 per year.)

-- Syd Fischer's (who heads the Australian challenge) latest attack "The last time I leased space was at San Diego and you wouldn't get a bigger rip-off place than that, but Auckland leaves them for dead." Defence 2000 also learns that Fischer will not name a skipper and crew for the Australian challenge until much later in the year. Definitely a slow starter.

Fischer, which is his right, has refused to pay a deposit for a base in the Basin. He expects to find something more reasonably priced. We wish him well! "Something will come up nearer the day," he says. "People renting space will quickly learn that it's not going to be the bonanza they expected and someone will have some common sense." Do you get the impression that Syd is somewhat bitter about something?

-- Many New Zealand companies are open to sponsorship deals with foreign America's Cup syndicates. And the consensus of opinion is that there is little stigma attached for being involved with any of Team New Zealand 's potential challengers. The San Francisco Yacht Club has been in negotiations with several New Zealand companies for some time now, whilst Douglas Reid, a local director for Team Conner, says they are not finding any anti-challenger feelings regarding their New Zealand company negotiations. In other words, according to Professor Rod Brodie of Auckland University, you are not a traitor to the cause if you support a Team New Zealand rival. If you are a New Zealand company trying to break into the American market, you should be forming links with overseas teams. - John Roake

New Zealand now tops the world sailing nations in the number of Olympic yachting entries gained for Sydney 2000 said Peter Lester, Yachting New Zealands High Performance Manager today. New Zealand has now achieved Olympic entry in nine of the eleven Olympic yachting classes following the recent combined Sailing World Championships in Melbourne. Only Germany can equal this statistic, also with 9 entries confirmed. Spain and Italy have 8 entries apiece. Australia as host nation gains automatic entry in all classes. -- Virgina Stracey-Clitherow, Yachting New Zealand

Countries listed below are in order of qualification except Australia. As host nation, Australia gains automatic entry.

LASER (Olympic fleet = 41)
1998: Australia, Great Britain, Sweden, Germany, Brazil, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Finland, New Zealand, Greece, USA, Portugal, Canada, Croatia, Ireland, Korea, Spain, Belgium, Estonia, Slovenia, Israel
1999: Poland, France, Norway, Austria, Russia, Argentina, LTU, Malawi

EUROPE (Olympic fleet = 26)
1998: Australia, Netherlands, Great Britain, Denmark, New Zealand, Poland, Germany, Spain
1999: Finland, Canada, Belgium, Ireland, Sweden, Czechoslovakia, USA, France

FINN (Olympic fleet = 28)
1998 Australia, Poland, Sweden, France, Belgium, Greece, Croatia, Great Britain, Czechoslovakia
1999: Canada, Germany, Holland, South Africa, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland

49er (Olympic fleet = 19)
1998: Australia, Great Britain, USA, France, Denmark, Portugal, Netherlands
1999: Italy, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, Ukraine

470 MEN (Olympic fleet = 30)
1998: Australia, France, Slovenia, Sweden, Finland, Portugal, Ukraine, Greece, Russia, USA
1999: Poland, Israel, Great Britain, Japan, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Germany

470 WOMEN (Olympic fleet = 19)
1998: Australia, Ukraine, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Greece, Argentina
1999: Italy, Israel, New Zealand, United States, Holland

SOLING (Olympic fleet = 15)
1998: Australia, Russia, Ukraine, Italy, USA, Spain
1999: Sweden, Netherlands, New Zealand, Denmark, Germany


MISTRAL MEN (Olympic fleet = 36)
1998: Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Portugal, Greece, Argentina , Austria, Poland, France, Fiji, Italy, Great Britain

MISTRAL WOMEN (Olympic fleet = 28)
1998: Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, France, Italy, China, Poland, Germany, United States

TORNADO (Olympic fleet = 15)
1998: Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Austria

STAR (Olympic fleet = 15)
Australia, Brazil, Germany, Sweden, Spain (NB No NZL entries expected in this class)

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[Hans Bouscholte and Gerard Navarin are attempting to set a speed record for crossing the Atlantic Ocean (without assistance) in an open 19' Inter catamaran.]

The team is experiencing heavy weather right now. They have 12-foot waves and wind force 6 to 7. But due to the waves coming in from abeam the situation is getting even more difficult. Since the last "sched" the team traveled 14 miles. The situation right now is that the weather doesn't get any better in the near future altough the waves do get lower. due to the weather communication with the team was impossible so at the time it remains a mistery how they are. But no EPIRB signals have been received so they are still sailing. ETA still is: Noon February 6 -- three days under the record.


St Francis Yacht Club is currently taking resumes for the positions of Junior Sailing Program Director Junior Sailing Program Administrator. The program presently focuses on coaching advanced sailors between the ages of 14 and 20 years of age on a regional, national, and international level. There are also some exciting new ideas for developing the program into a well rounded, top notch Internationally Competitive Youth Sailing Program.

St. Francis Yacht Club is also looking for two top racing instructors to coach the Summer Racing Program on the City Front, one for 420's and one for Lasers. There may also be opportunities for coaching Laser, 420, and Optimist Dinghy Clinics. Contact for more information, or fax a resume to 415-563-8670.

St. Francis Yacht Club is also looking for a race coordinator. Contact for more information, or fax a resume to 415-563-8670.

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