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SCUTTLEBUTT #368 - July 29, 1999

Jeff Johnstone sent the curmudgeon the following article by Giampaolo Fabris, Professor of Consumer Sociology at IULM University in Milan, Italy. This story appeared in the June issue of the Italian publication, 'Yacht Capital.' It offers a different perspective on a familiar Scuttlebutt theme:

SAILING- WHAT A BUSINESS. Why is it that a growing number of companies are investing in sailing? The answer is very simple; it's an investment that pays off. I used to sit on Fila's Board of Directors and I did my fair share to point the company in the direction of this type of sponsorship. The company decided to invest a significant amount of money from its advertising budget in Giovanni Soldini's boat. I don't think money has ever been better spent. It won Fila a high media profile, associated them with traditional yet modern values and it was a tam tam that was perfectly in tune with the company's desire for globalization. The whole affair worked out much better than anyone could have predicted. The company was even able to introduce a new line of clothing with an eye to the nautical market and I am certain that Soldini's other sponsors (Telecom, Tim, Iridium, etc.) have had an equally good return on their investment.

Then of course, there are suppliers involved in the building and rigging of the boat (Antel winches, Lombardini engines, etc.). These too have gained a level of prestige that would have been hard to come by elsewhere. And, albeit indirectly, an extraordinary sense of good will towards the whole of the Italian boat building industry has been generated. However, increased sales and better image alone cannot suffice to justify company investment in this sector. Montedison, during Gardini and Moro di Venezia's heyday, and now Prada, with Bertelli's America's Cup challenge, do recover their investments. Nonetheless, it was the maritime vocation of these two great entrepreneurs, which was the deciding factor in the go ahead of the sponsorship.

What is it about sailing and boats that touches the emotions and the wallets of the great captains of industry? A closeness and respect for nature, the central position of man, a love of adventure, a sense of challenge, courage, physical well-being, professionalism and the ability to deal with complexity and the unpredictable."

The 153 race epic round one of the Indigo ISAF World Team Racing Championship ended this morning (Thursday) on Dun Laoghaire Harbour (Dublin, Ireland) with the ten best teams now selected for the Gold fleet and making progress towards the finals series. Josh Adams' USA1 team continued their perfect record by winning all 17 of their races in the round robin series.

However, shortly after mid-day, in one of the opening races of the new Gold fleet round robin, the New Zealand squad produced the first shock result by defeating USA1 and ending their reign. The result effectively leaves all predictions for the finals wide open and the ten teams have all to sail for ahead of the next elimination of two further teams from the Gold fleet. -- David Branigan

Races won out of 17 sailed: USA1 - 17; GBR1 - 15; USA2 - 14; GBR2 - 14; NZL - 13; IRL1 - 10; CAN - 10; AUS1 - 9; NED - 9; AUS2 - 8.

GIMLI, MANITOBA, CANADA (July 28, 1999)-It's crunch time for Team USA at the Pan Am Games sailing event on Lake Winnipeg, where 111 athletes from 20 nations are competing. Tomorrow is a two-race day, weather permitting, with a lay day (no racing) scheduled for Friday and a single final race set for Saturday. "We're definitely doing our math to see where we need to go," said Team Leader Hal Haenel (Los Angeles, Calif.). With eight of 11 races completed, U.S. athletes hold medal positions in half of the 10 classes and remain "in the hunt" in three more.

Under today's sunny skies, two races in each class were held. Winds ranged from 15-20 knots. Mistral sailor Lanee Butler (Dana Point, Calif.) finally broke her first-place tie with Canada's Caroll-Ann Alie as well as her three-day streak of finishing 1-2 by beating Alie on the water in both races today. An altercation with Butler in race two led Alie, who crossed the finish line in third, to file a protest after returning to shore. The jury ruled against Butler, disqualifying her from the race. Nevertheless, Butler used the DSQ, worth six points, as her allowed throwout race and secured a one-point lead over Alie in overall standings. After scoring adjustments, Alie's third-place finish became a second.

The Canadian finished second in the first race. Lightning sailors Andy Horton (Shelburne, Vt.), Bill Fastiggi (Burlington, Vt.) and Heather Rowe (Peru, N.Y.) moved into the gold-medal position today with a 7-1. They are tied in overall points (14) with the Brazilian team, skippered by Claudio Biekarck; however, the tie-breaking system of counting greater numbers of first-place finishes gives them the edge.

Laser sailor Mark Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg, Fla.) thought he started prematurely in his first race, so he backtracked to correct his error as did Argentina's Diego Romero, who indeed jumped the gun. After restarting, Mendelblatt diligently worked his way up through the fleet to a fourth-place finish while Argentina struggled to ninth. "It seems I keep finding ways to start off way back in the pack," said Mendelblatt, laughing after the race, "but I manage to recover each time." In his second race, Mendelblatt finished second to Diego's sixth, chalking up a total point score of 16. With an eight-point margin separating them, USA and Argentina are in silver- and bronze-medal positions, respectively, while Brazil's Robert Scheidt has a firm grip on the gold with a string of victories and an overall score of seven.

Finn sailor Russ Silvestri (Tiburon, Calif.) finished 3-2 to post 13 total points, stretching his lead over Brazil's third-place skipper Bruno Prada to five points. Canada's Richard Clarke won both races and leads with an overall score of eight. Sunfish representative David Van Cleef (Newport, R.I.) held on to his bronze-medal position with a 4-5 today. "

Mistral Men's entrant Mike Gebhardt (Ft. Pierce/Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) finished 4-4 today, dropping back to fourth overall after climbing to the bronze-medal position yesterday. "As I see it, there's still a quarter of the regatta left," said Gebhardt, who trails Canada's Alain Bolduc by two points. "I'm not far behind the bronze. It can still happen." The Hobie 16 team of Wally Myers (Marmora, N.J.) and Mark Santorelli (Barnegat, N.J.) turned in a 7-3 today--not exactly what they had hoped to do, but keeping them in fourth place overall. Snipe sailors Henry Filter (Annapolis, Md.) and Lorie Stout (Annapolis, Md.) remain in fifth place after posting a 3-6 today. Seven points now stand between USA and the Snipe bronze.

Lynn Olinger (Westminster/San Francisco, Calif.) remains in fourth in Europe class, after sailing to a 5-5 today, while Laser Radial sailor Jane Codman (Boston, Mass.) is in sixth after posting a 4-7. -- Barby MacGowan

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Nothing wins regattas like blazing boatspeed. And boatspeed played a big role when Chuck Queen's Barnstormer won the Olson 30 National Championship at the recent Whidbey Island Race Week. Barnstormer was so fast that they had the championship wrapped up before the last race. I doubt that any regular 'Butt readers will be surprised to learn that Barnstormer had a full inventory of Ullman Sails. Isn't it time you moved up a few clicks on the performance ladder? To find out how affordable it will be:

The final hurdle to the 2000 America's Cup has to be cleared on Sunday when formal intentions to enter must be lodged. Britain's Spirit challenge, made via the Royal Dorset YC, will not be among them, so confirming what has been anticipated since the new year. "It is just so frustrating," says Spirit's managing director Angus Melrose of the failure to find cash while watching overseas syndicates bring out the concepts that Melrose claims Spirit's designer Ian Howlett had drawn years ago. -- Tim Jeffery, Electronic Telegraph, UK

Match the designer with the boat.

a. Uffa van Essen
b. John Westell
c. Don Clark
d. Gordon Douglas
e. Gary Mull

Flying Scott
Flying Junior
Santana 22
Flying Scott

Answer at the end of this issue of 'Butt

LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON Letters selected to be printed are routinely edited for clarity, space (250 words max) or to exclude personal attacks.

CORRECTION -- Yesterday we published a letter from Mark Sims that suggested the Sterns inflatable life vest was NOT USCG approved. We've subsequently learned that this PFD is indeed USCG approved, and has been for about a year and a half.

-- From Keith Taylor -- There's nothing like sending out a news release about a web site on the same day that the URL goes off the air! For Virtual Spectator described in 'Butt #367 yesterday, the proper address is but there is currently a technical problem with its DNS listing. Our apologies to all those who tried to access it. The alternate address is Many thanks to Luis Kahl for pointing this out.

-- From Chris Bouzaid -- Seth A Radow makes some interesting points however until there is a measurement rule that worka and is within reach of the average racing sailor there are only two logical choices. For Grand Prix racing : One Design, for Recreational racing : Performance based handicap system, PHRF. It should be every Recreational Sailors goal to help improve this system with constructive suggestions and help. Only then will it go from "Good to Great"

Mission Bay YC, 90 boats: Crosby Elimination Series - Final results: 1. Craig & Lisa Leweck (11) 2. Doug Hart / Gus Wirth (14.5) 3. Robin Gales / Kevin Kelley (17.5) 4. Augie Diaz / Pam Kelly (18.75)5. Chuck Sinks / Andrea Nilsen (23)

Heinzerling Championship Series - After two races: 1. Craig & Lisa Leweck (11) 2. Randy Lake & Jennifer Warnock (13.75) 3. Michael Lenkeit / Brain Janney (14) 4. Doug Hart /Gus Wirth (18) 5. Augie Diaz / Pam Kelly (18) Wells Trophy -After two races: 1. John Tagliamonte / Debbie Bennett (7) 2. Keith Dodson / Kaley Dodson (9) 3. Brian Haines / Lauren Maxam (11.75) 4. Sean Biehl / Jerelyn Biehl (12) 5. Rick Arneson / Chris Wright (15)

Women's National Championship - Final results: 1 Carol Newman-Cronin / Sherry Eldridge (11.5) 2. Pam Kelly / Michele Bustamante (23) 3. Joni Palmer / Joyce (24) 4. Aine McLean / Lynn Sinks (26) 5. Bridget Shear / Lisa Harrison (27.5)

Snipe Junior Nationals - Final results: 1. Brian Haines / Lauren Maxam (10.5) 2. Chris Wright / Ian Schinder (18) 3. Dustin Kays / Sean Adams (21) 4. Matt Melga / Jonathan Boyd 4. (31.5) 5. Brian Lake / Jennifer Warnock (31.75)

Junior/Senior Championships - Final results: 1. Piet VanOs / Doug Hart (5) 2. Tyler Sinks / Rick Merriman (10.75) 3. Cameron Biehl / George Szabo (14) 4. Graham Biehl / Sean Biehl (22) 5. Melanie Roberts / Packie Davis (30)

Event website:

Get into the Rhythm -- The dynamics on the starting line are quite unique: Lots of information feeding into your decisions, lots of positioning, slowing and going, etc.. These are all things most sailors do not warm up with when milling about the starting area. We all go upwind and check the shifts and get tuned, however, rarely do sailors do stop and go's, or circles, just prior to starting. Doing these moves creates a rhythm that can really affect one's timing on the line. Try it the next race you are in. Set up right on the line and go through the motions of the last minute of a sequence. It's a little like a skier doing mental imagery, if you get the rhythm just before the real deal your timing will be improved and so will your start. -- The Coach @

(Reprinted with permission from DEFENCE 2000, which is available for US $48 per year from

* Auckland bumper sticker -- "Toot if you are on the America's Cup pitch list," is appearing on many cars in Auckland. But meantime, city residents are having a laugh at themselves with the release of the promotional JAFA campaign. Jafa stands for (a) Just another Aucklander or (b) Just a foolish Aucklander, or (c) Just an amazing fun-filled Auckland. Take your pick. But laughing at ourselves, three questions are being bandied about - What is the difference between an Aucklander and Yoghurt? The yogurt's the one with culture. What do you call two consecutive rainy days in Auckland? A week-end. Why wasn't Jesus born in Auckland? Because God couldn't find three wise men or a virgin.

* The French Team will sail Sixth Sense intensively in July and August in Lorient, France, with no sparring partner. The crew and designers can only compare the new boat's performance with the polar speed of the previous generation of IACC boats. Sixth Sense will be shipped to Auckland in late August.

The Independence Cup - US Sailing's National Championship of Disabled Sailing - will take place from Saturday July 31 through Monday August 2. -- Hugh Elliot Event website:

In 1999, 100 years later and four years after the last edition raced with the modern one tonners, one of the smartest trophy awarded to a yachting event is back on the scene. For the next three years the silver trophy will be awarded to Corel 45 class World Championship. The first edition will be called "Majorica One Ton Cup" and will be held in Puerto Portals, Palma de Mallorca (Spain) from 6 to 11 September.

Eleven boats have already entered the event coming from six countries: Great Britain, Spain, France, Greece, Australia and Sweden. The most famous world top sailors have confirmed their participation including British Eddie Warden-Owen at the helm of "Babbalaas", The Prince of Spain Felipe de Borbon on "Aifos",Thierry Peponnet who will be helming the French entry "Faster K-Yote 2", Luc Pillot on "Cavale Bleu", Enrico Chieffi on "Atalanti X", Jeremy Robinson on "Bounder." -- Laura Jelmini

PRO SAILING - a Scuttlebutt report by Dee Smith
I was able to break from my duties of setting up the 50' Innovision and join Luc deWulf on Katie for the first 10 days of the French Tour, sailed in Mumm 30's. I believe this was the first time pro crews were allowed to sail the Mumm. Team NZ with Russel Coutes came out on fire with 2 wins the first day. We held on second with a 4,3. Then the first offshore, 75 miles up wind in 20-35 knots. None had much fun hiking out and bouncing around. We play the shoals better on the way to Ostead for the win. The first 9 races should these two pro teams won all the races in the thirty boat fleet.

I left after the Grandville leg to rejoin the Innovision and the Dutch CMAC team with Katie having a 30 point lead over the NZ group. Katie did hold on and took the Tour with a 20-point win over the Kiwi's after another 20 races.

Innovision was the big boat on the Dutch CMAC team. Just 2 months old, she was ready to be tested. This years CMAC was much more competitive than the last. We used a similar blue print that we used last time on the American team to set up the Dutch. We looked hard at our weak point through out the team and made adjustments. Results were, all 3 boats ended up second in there class for a convincing win. We never won a days racing as a team till the finnal 3.5 counting Wolf Rock race. We didn't lead the regatta until just before the last race. But still, we were always close.

You have heard many reports on some teams having a bad go. The fact is the competition is so good the pressure was on. Six teams had a chance to win going into the final. This year's sailing was in very good conditions, hardly any sailing in under 10 knots of wind, this made it even harder to break away.

I am very proud to be part of the winning Dutch Team, just as I was 2 years ago being part of the winning American team. It has be a long 4 months over here in Europe sailing. One more regatta, Cowes Week and Fastnet on Alexia.

Pete Goss and his team have just assembled the first hull of their 120-foot wave-piercing catamaran, on an Adrian Thompson design. In Totnes (Devon, UK), their construction centre already houses the half hulls that will form the second float, as well as the completed central pod (except for its fittings) and three half masts. All elements are made of carbon. The five-man crew so far includes Pete Goss, sailor Andy Hindley and sports journalist Mike Calvin. They have started training in Benetton's formula-one centre, in Oxford.

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It was a day of complete triumph for Le Defi Bouygues Telecom Transiciel, steered by Bertrand Pace on the waters where he normally practices with his America's Cup challenger. He was unbeatable in both races of the French Grand Prix at Lorient. In the generally light breezes of Les Correaux de Groix, Pace showed the other sailors he was master of the eight boat fleet competing in the fifth event of the Adecco World Championship for the Maxi-One-Design class.

He won as he pleased, leading both races from the first mark and never looked in any danger of being passed. It was the performance of a top sportsman in form, and on this form Pace looks set to take the overall prize at the French Grand Prix. He is 13 points clear of the two who are his rivals, series leader Ludde Ingvall (EUR) with Skandia and Ross Field (NZL) with RF Yachting. His first race victory was a stunning performance which was heralded when Pace aimed his boat at the pin end of the starting line and sailed out from under the lee of the rest, simply because he was up to full speed when the gun fired.

The eight boats sailed a triple windward/leeward course with legs of two miles. The wind was veering slowly but constantly and necessitated a 20 degree change in the windward leg the third time. By then, the French boat was well ahead, and by the last turning mark was two minutes clear of the pursuing pack. -- Bob Fisher

Finishing order: Race three: 1. FRA Le Defi Bouygues Telecom - Transiciel Bertrand Pace 2. SUI Alinghimax Ernesto Bertarelli 3. EUR Skandia Ludde Ingvall 4. RSA Rainbow Magic Geoff Meek 5. ITA Seac Banche Guido Maisto 6. BEL Synphony Hans Bouscholte 7. NZL RF Yachting Ross Field 8. SWE Team Henri-Lloyd Gunnar Krantz

Race four: 1. FRA 2. EUR 3. BEL 4. NZL 5. RSA 6. SUI 7. ITA 8. SWE

Overall points without discard: 1. FRA 38 2. NZL 25 3. EUR 25 4. RSA 20.5 5. BEL 15.5 6. SUI 13 7. SWE 11 8. ITA 10

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A team of Youth Match Racers from King Harbor Yacht Club in Redondo Beach, CA has traveled to Wakayama, Japan (near Osaka) to compete in the Royal Pines Cup International Youth Match Race. All competitors must not have reached their 20th Birthday by July 31, 1999. We are sailing in identical Elliot 5.9 Meter Yachts (common in Australia and New Zealand for Youth Match Racing). The competitors are: King Harbor Yacht Club (KHYC) (Colin Campbell, Ryan Huston, Steve Brown, Coach Mike Segerblom) Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYC) Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) Wakayama Marina City Yacht Club (WMCYC) Wakayama Sailing Federation (WSAF) Japan Sailing Federation (Red) (JSAF-R) Japan Sailing Federation (Blue) (JSAF-B)

Today (2nd day of the regatta) we completed the first round of competition. The standings are as follows: Semi Final Competitors RPAYC - 6 Points; RNZYS - 5 Points; KHYC - 4 Points; CYCA - 4 Points. -- Mike Segerblom

a. Uffa van Essen Flying Junior
b. John Westell 505
c. Don Clark C-Lark
d. Gordon Douglas Flying Scott
e. Gary Mull Santana 22

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