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SCUTTLEBUTT #341 - June 10, 1999

GUEST EDITORIAL - Neil W. Humphrey
I've been following with great interest the recurring theme in Scuttlebutt of Sponsorship, Professionalism and Amateurism in our great sport. It seems like a topic that will not have an easy solution for all of us but is the problem really the defining and redefining of Sponsorship, Professionalism and Amateurism. I think not and believe it has more to do with our sport's athletes and it's authorities not being able to get together and form a long term plan and structure for the sport to attract growth and sponsorship. Paul Henderson summed it up by saying "if ISAF could find a circuit that was attractive for those who wish to make their living sailing it would help and ISAF will endeavor to address it." In our sport this is a familiar statement which sadly has been around for over 30+ years of my sailing life.

I believe it's time we took a very serious look at why our sport has not progressed like other sports in the areas of growth and sponsorship. Some sports like snowboarding, volleyball and mountain biking to name but a few have just blown by us like we are standing still. One only has to look at any of the of these sports and other major sports to see that they do have a long term plan and structure for the sport to attract growth and sponsorship. Here are some of my thoughts on what we need to do:

1. ISAF, National Authorities, amateur sailors, professional sailors, industry media/marketing gurus and industry business meet to form a long term plan and structure for a International Professional Sailing League (IPSL) that dovetails into the aspects of ISAF and NAs. Could find many examples in other major sports on how to do this but we need to have started yesterday.

2. Select a class of one-design boats (non Olympic, Volvo, AC & etc) that can be easily transported to anywhere in the world. Each boat can be sponsored by a large national business which is interested in seeing their boat travel the world. We have to provide top level exposure for the dollars they invest.

3. Recreate the sport for the IPSL to attract an audience. Look at how snowboarding has recreated itself so it can be sold to spectators, TV and sponsors. Look at how they market the clothing and equipment too! Sailing is a spectator sport but we haven't figured it out yet as we are still holding on to our Corinthian ways. We've got to evolve as a sport.

4. Have the creative marketing arm of the IPSL create a new spectator and media friendly racing circuit that gives sponsors a opportunity to advertise their businesses on and off the water. Also, find a way to draw spectators into the sport. Hey, our local TV station only focuses on professional sports now.

5. Create an international amateur farm system within each NA so it is clearly defined for aspiring amateurs what they have to do to progress to being a profession. Presently there is no system for moving our better sailors up the ladder to professional ranks. It's more like a who you know and a small group of insiders who are many the money. All other sports have some sort of structure that helps an athlete progress from amateur to professional. Why don't we? Well at 17 years old after I finished with the junior system in Canada which is local, national, North America youth events and YOTS (Youth Olympic Training Semiars) I moved to England to work in the industry and race.

6. Create a professional image of our sport equal to other professional sports. Hey, people want to relate to the individual athlete or heroes in the sport not the politicking going on in events like America's Cup and the likes of. When was the last time you heard anyone refer to Paul Elvstrom in the same sentence as Pele, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan or Babe Ruth? Comes down to how well we market ourselves doesn't it.

7. Believe that as a international group, we all will benefit in our sport by recreating the sport with a "specific" Professional Level within our sport that has a long term plan and structure for the sport, sponsors and spectators a like.

Finally, I believe the sailing community like any other sport can demonstrate that growth and access to sponsorship comes through having a long term plan and structure where amateurs, professionals and sponsors coexist interdependently for the long term benefit of the sport, sponsors and it's audience. Let's get on with it

* Team New Zealand has recently been testing a new mast in one of their 1995-generation Black Magic yachts. The trials of the new mast have sparked a rash of media speculation about rig development for the America's Cup 2000 series in general. Rotating wing masts, masts with articulating trailing edges and masts supported by deck spreaders that extend way beyond the hull as seen in the recent Around Alone race are among the theories being promoted. Rotating masts are not allowed under the IACC rule. The rule also stipulates that the mast section will be a "continuous, single surface" with no slats or similar devices to "enhance the aerodynamic performance," which appears to outlaw any articulating sections. Deck spreaders do not appear to be against the rules, although their use would change the fundamentals of match racing, especially during pre-starts. -- Ivor Wilkins, Grand Prix Sailor

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* Team New Zealand want New Zealanders to know just how much they are paying for the 2000 America's Cup. Not a cent, says Sir Peter Blake, unless you buy a pair of his designer red socks. He believes there is a public misconception that the cup defence is being funded by government money. And he wants to put the record straight.

Guestimates on the Team New Zealand challenge budget in San Diego four years ago were around $US20 million. Sir Peter said the defence would cost more. He said the syndicate was broke at the end of 1995 and would be broke again by March 2000. This time Team New Zealand have a bigger team and, he reckons, a harder job to do. The bulk of funding to run the cup event comes from the corporate world. Both Team New Zealand and the match organisers, AC2000, now have their sponsors in place. Computer corporation Compaq yesterday completed AC2000's "family of five." AC2000 say 90 per cent of the costs to run the match in February and March next year come from the sponsors. The other 10 per cent is from merchandise and the television rights.

Team New Zealand say they still need help from the public's wallets and purses. The red socks sales drive will kick in again before Christmas. Proceeds will go to Team New Zealand to help them to buy things for the boats, like sails, a keel and a few more back-up sailors. -- Suzanne McFadden, New Zealand Herald

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* Kimo Worthington, New York Yacht Club/Young America Sailing Team Manager, will present "Destination New Zealand" at Block Island Race Week June 24 at the Narragansett Inn on Block Island. Race Week sailors are invited to attend Worthington's update on the team's plans for winning the America's Cup.

Worthington will show images from the team's recent training and testing on the America's Cup race course in Auckland, New Zealand. Worthington will describe the exciting action that visitors to New Zealand can expect when Cup racing begins October 18 in Auckland with the Louis Vuitton Cup, Challenger Races for the America's Cup. Worthington and the NYYC/Young America team will race against 14 Challengers from around the world in that series. The winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup will face New Zealand in the final America's Cup Match beginning February 19, 2000.

A four-time America's Cup veteran and Whitbread Round The World Race sailor, Worthington is a member of the NYYC/Young America Challenge sailing team for America's Cup 2000. In addition to serving as sailing team manager and as a member of the racing team afterguard, Worthington's responsibilities include serving as sailing coach and trial horse helmsman as required, liaison to design team, and rules coordinator for the sailing team.

Worthington's talk is from 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Space is limited. Please call for to reserve tickets. Tickets to the event are $20 and will be available either in advance or at Race Week on June 23 at the Race Week awards tent. For information, please call Rand Milton at the NYYC/Young America office at (207) 774-7880, ext. 227. - Jane Eagleson, Young America

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Durability counts -- particularly when you're sailing around the world by yourself. Just ask Giovanni Soldini, the winner of the Around Alone Race. His boat Fila was the only boat to finish the Around Alone race without major sail problems. Of course winning sails have to be more than just durable -- they must be fast. Soldini had plenty of speed -- he knocked more than five days off the previous record for the 27,000-mile course. Giovanni Soldini had a full inventory of Ullman Sails. Isn't it time you learned more about Ullman Sails?

The Inter-Collegiate Yacht Racing Association of North America (ICYRA) has announced the members of its 1999 All-America Sailing Team sponsored by Ronstan. Members are named to the team as All-Americans, Women's All-Americans and/or All-American Crews. In all, 60 athletes were recognized. The names of 1999 honorees will be added to the permanent ICYRA Hall of Fame display located in the Robert Crown Center at the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, Md.). -- Barby MacGowan, Media Pro Int'l

COLLEGE SAILOR OF THE YEAR (Everett B. Morris Trophy) Mark Ivey, (Huntington Beach, Calif.) St. Mary's College; SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR (Robert H. Hobbs Trophy) Stan Schreyer (Woodbury, N.J.) Boston University; TEAM OF THE YEAR (Leonard M. Fowle Memorial Trophy) Tufts Universtiy, Medford, Mass.

ALL-AMERICANS: Jon Baker, San Diego, Calif. Tufts University '99; Dalton Bergan, Seattle, Wash. University of Southern California '00; Adam Burns, Youngstown, N.Y. Old Dominion University '01; David Dabney, Mobile, Ala. College of Charleston '99; Dan Herliky, S. Dartmouth, Mass. Dartmouth College '00; Mark Ivey, Huntington Beach, Calif. St. Mary's College '99; Anthony Kotoun, St. Thomas, USVI St. Mary's College '00; Daniel Meade, New Orleans, La. University of Southern California '00; Colin Merrick, Portsmouth, R.I. Hobart/William Smith '01; Ty Reed, San Diego, Calif. St. Mary's College '00; Eugene Schmitt, Pass Christian, Miss. U.S. Naval Academy '99; Stan Schreyer, Woodbury, N.J. Boston University '99; Kyle Shattuck, Annapolis, Md. Tufts University '99 Brian Stanford, San Diego, Calif. Boston University '99; Peter Strothman, Excelsior, Minn. Harvard University '99; Christian Taubman, Nedlands, Australia Harvard University '00; Kevin Teborek, Winnetka, Ill. Hobart/William Smith College '00; Mark Zagol, Plymouth, Mass. Old Dominion University '99.

Honorable Mention All-Americans: Grant Garcia, Annapolis, Md. U.S. Naval Academy '00; Andrew Herlihy, S. Dartmouth, Mass. Georgetown University '99; Casey Hogan, Newport Harbor, Calif. Dartmouth University '99; Talbott Ingram, Fairhaven, Conn. Hobart/William Smith College '00; Charlie Siegal, S. Dartmouth, Mass. Tufts University '99; Wade Tornyos, New Orleans, La. U.S. Naval Academy '00; Gerret Van Duyne, Hutchinson, Kansas College of Charleston '00.

WOMEN'S ALL-AMERICANS: Liz Bent, Gloucester, Mass. Georgetown University '99; Margaret Gill, Weston, Mass. Harvard University '02 Kaya Haig, Honalulu, Hawaii Boston University '01; Casey Hogan, Newport Beach, Calif. Dartmouth College '99; Caitlin MacAllister, Barnstable, Mass. Tufts University '99; Erin Maxwell, Stonington, Conn. Dartmouth College '01; Jen Provan, Toronto, Canada Tufts University '01.

Honorable Mention Women's All-Americans: Sarah Giambra, Rochester, N.Y. College of Charleston '99; Jessica Lackey, Houston, Texas Mass. Institute of Technology '00; Ery Largay, Osterville, Mass. Connecticut College '99; Anika Leerssen, Newport, R.I. Stanford University '00; Jen Morgan, Seattle, Wash. Dartmouth College '02; Heather Porter, Newport Beach, Calif. Stanford University '01; Katie Prigmore, Tustin, Calif. St. Mary's College '00; Liz Willis, Chicago, Ill. Boston University '99.

ALL-AMERICAN CREW: Joanna Adamczak, Santa Barbara, Calif. Univ. of Calif. (Santa Barbara) '99; Maria Alsina, New Brunswick, N.J. U.S. Naval Academy '99; Katie Behan, Rochester, N.Y. Hobart/William Smith '01; Richard Bell, Hingham, Mass. Boston University '99; Allison Bessette, Dartmouth, Mass. Hobart/William Smith '00; Meghan Boardman, Marblehead, Mass. Tufts University '99; Kim Creager, Suffolk, Va. St. Mary's College '99; Molly Curtiss, Lake Forest, Calif. St. Mary's College '00; Jessi Dimock, Brookline, Mass. Tufts University '99; Megan Edwards, Marion, Mass. Tufts University '00; Brian Fox, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. Harvard University '99; Katie Lyndon, Greenwich, Conn. Dartmouth College '01; Amanda McClelland, Barrington, R.I. College of Charleston '00; Erin Myers, Norwood, Mass. Dartmouth College '00; Lana Oh, Columbia, Md. St. Mary's College '00; Heather Pescatello, Westerly, R.I. Univ. of Rhode Island/Old Dominion '00; Lora Saunders, Richmond, Va. Old Dominion University '00; Samantha Taylor, Barrington, Ill. College of Charleston '00; Lauren Toretta, Greenwich, Conn. Harvard University '00; Leah Williams, Dartmouth, Mass. Georgetown University '02.

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-- From Kip Meadows -- I agree with John Sweeny's comments regarding owner driver rules in general. Given the problems with the Category 1,2,3 system as it sits, as soon as owners start having `substitute' drivers, the whole system will start to collapse.

The Farr 40 and 1D35 classes both have got the proper system, after seeing some trial and error in other classes result in big mistakes. The best way to improve your sailing is to have a coach like Terry Hutchinson, John Bertrand, Larry Leonard or Brad Read standing behind you calling tactics and critiquing your steering. The resulting improvements by all owner/helmsmen in the 1D35 has been noticeable, not only with sailing performance but also with the smiles seen on the dock.

-- From Craig Leweck -- Even though Craig Fletcher still can not steer in the Farr 40 class, he should take some solace in seeing the Newport Gold Regatta results. With all the accomplishments Augie Diaz has achieved in the Snipe, Star, J-24, etc., and in that he was allowed to steer Edgar Cato's Farr 40 to a class victory, Craig's stock must be sky high.

-- From Peter Huston -- Fletcher's revenge - he sells some of his internet investments and buys his own Farr 40. Now, Farr owners, would you rather have Fletcher gain a full vote at your table, or just be an occassional driver? Beware the persistent man...

--From Dobbs Davis -- Another thought to add on the J/120's viability for the Lipton Cup (or any other competitive event for that matter): The curmudgeon will recall how we struggled in St Thomas at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef match race event last December with those huge asymmetrical spinnakers. Often the outcomes of the matches were determined by how the pro-level crews at this Grade 1 match race event could set, gybe, and douse these things. The myth that they are "easy" to handle was shredded, like the sails were under the keels of the competing boats.

-- From ISAF President Paul Henderson (re Roberts Eger's comments in 'Butt #340) -- I specifically stated MAJOR Regattas not just racing 30 days a year. Major means World or Continental Championships or equivalent. As I travel around the World I find fewer and fewer sailors are travelling out of their own region and therefore local racing out of clubs is becoming more significant again like it was when we had no $$$ in the 60's.

The classes which appear to be growing locally are multi-crewed keelboats which last and where women are encouraged to participate. Good used boats are a key and there are many such classes like Sonars, J-24, Dragons, Etchells, Ynglings, Ensigns, Shocks, Scows, IOD's, Bullseyes etc. (etc means I am sorry I forgot your class) The result is that the "Grand Prix Racing" is getting more rarefied with the same faces competing.

I find the club racing growth healthy which means the growth of sailing is more focused on participation and the local Clubs which has always been the foundation on which Sailing is built. Hopefully we can address constructively the positive challenges now evolving. This in my opinion why some are trying to limit the Pros and why we must also find a comfortable niche for those who want to derive their income from Sailing.

The maxi-catamaran Explorer, co-skippered by Bruno Peyron and the American Skip Novak is in the grip of the storm under reduced sail. The speed is still high and the router Pierre Lasnier, when consulted this morning confirmed that the conditions should not ease, and could even reach gale force tonight. Even if the crew were tempted to lift off a bit, there won't be too many chances, because they would soon be caught up by the front of the low and would no longer have a fair wind.

Elena Caputo: "It's like riding a wild horse. At full speed, Explorer is bucking all over the place, as if she were trying to escape. Steering demands a lot of concentration. If you point the boat a bit too high into the wind, she tends to shoot off at uncontrollable speed. This is exactly what happened at the last change of watch, when Frederic Le Peutrec replaced Skip Novak at the helm. I was down below and was literally thrown out of my berth. The night is very black and waves are submerging the hulls."

"While the route is a little anachronistic (not far from the Azores), it is not far off what we planned, just a bit further south. However Explorer will continue to notch up more than 500 miles per 24 hours for the next three days to come and could be climbing up Jet's transoms after 5 days racing." Pierre Lasnier said

Explorer is attempting to break the speed record for an Atlantic Crossing between New York and the Lizard (south westerly point of England).

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Fair winds and three nights of parties with the Hooters and Corona girls--sailors will think they all died and went to Long Beach. It's the 20th annual Long Beach Race Week June 18-20, hosted by the user-friendly Long Beach YC, now hailing OCS starters. Sponsors Mount Gay Rum, Ullman Sails, Corona, Iridium, Hooters, Patagonia, West Marine, PacBell and Farr International assure all a good time. Marina Shipyard is providing a $1,000 gift certificate for the Leukemia Cup Regatta boat of the week. Entry forms and other info:

The Inter-Collegiate Yacht Racing Association (ICYRA) of North America, the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada, has inducted Matthew Gregory of Farmington Hills, Mich., and Captain William Hurst, USNA ret., of Hanover, N.H., into the ICYRA Hall of Fame. Gregory was cited for his student leadership, while Hurst was recognized for his outstanding service to ICYRA. Both names will be added to the permanent ICYRA Hall of Fame display located in the Robert Crown Center at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Matthew Gregory, a 1999 graduate from the University of Michigan, is the first collegiate sailor to receive the newly established ICYRA Student Leadership Award, which recognizes an undergraduate for outstanding leadership achievement at the district or national level. "The award was established specifically because undergraduates, in most cases, still are the motivating force behind the success of college programs," said ICYRA Executive Director Mike Horn of Cobalt, Conn. In his freshman year, Gregory began building a small group of UM club racers into a distinguished racing team. Committed to development, he created funding sources for team travel and guidelines for team selection and Board administration. As team captain in his junior year, he helped create a high school recruiting regatta and a program for publicizing this and his team to UM sailing team alumni, Great Lakes region yacht clubs and area businesses. He has personally sailed in almost 60 collegiate regattas since his freshman year and competed this year in the ICYRA Coed Singlehanded, Sloop and Team Race Championships. "Before Matt came," said teammate Kathleen Clark, "there were only 10 part-time sailors on the team. There were no organized practices, and the treasury consisted of a shoebox with crumpled up money. Now there are 40 active members, 12 boats at practice twice a week, and formal recruiting, fund raising and communication plans. It should be evident by our progress that Matt has been a great leader."

Captain William Hurst, USNA ret., was chosen for 23 years of service to the Dartmouth College sailing program. He first came to Dartmouth in 1969 to run the Navy ROTC program. The student body of Dartmouth was in a rage over the country's involvement in Vietnam and faced Captain Hurst with much opposition. When the ROTC program failed three years later, Captain Hurst remained at Dartmouth to help the sailing team on a volunteer basis. He cleaned up the sailing facility, which was in total disarray, organized the team, began raising money and managed to get the team recognized by the school. The endowment he created enables the team to continue building on its success. "As Captain Hurst guided the Dartmouth team, giving 100% of his time, it enabled other sailing teams in northern New England to grow and develop as well," said Dartmouth Head Sailing Coach Pete Spaulding. "He showed many teams that anything was possible. All it took was a lot of work, dedication and some alumni support." In 1992, Captain Hurst's last year at the helm, the Dartmouth sailing team won the National Women's Dinghy and the National Coed Dinghy Championships. The team now competes in over 90 regattas a year, hosts an average of eight regattas a year and provides a practice site for many teams. -- Barby MacGowan, Media Pro Int'l

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