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SCUTTLEBUTT #369 - July 30, 1999

John Fracisco found the following on the website of the International 505 class:

As alert 505 class readers may recall, the International 505 Class voted several years ago at an AGM and subsequent postal ballot, to adopt ISAF Category B Advertising (we voted in 1998 to reduce the Advertising surcharge to 100 UK pounds). Subsequent to our vote, ISAF proposed changes in the Advertising Code. The exact wording of the new Advertising Code is still being worked on, but two key changes are that Category B no longer exists (so the 505 Class Rule Wording has to change), and that the decision as to what Category of Advertising is allowed has been taken away from event organizers and given to class associations. We can get the same advertising rules that Category B provided, by specifying Category C, and limiting advertising sizes, locations, types, etc. as we - as a class - see fit.

The International 505 Class was fortunate to have ISAF President Paul Henderson visit our recent 1999 World Championship in Quiberon. While there, Mr. Henderson met with the 505 Class Governor's Committee and during that meeting, explained the proposed ISAF Advertising Code, and why ISAF is making these changes.

The International 505 Class Yacht Racing Association, at the 1999 AGM, voted to give the Executive Committee the ability to alter the 505 Class Rules regarding ISAF Advertising Code, so that once the wording of the ISAF Proposal is final, we can immediately modify our rule text and submit it to ISAF for approval. So we as a class are ready to go with the change.

The US Sailing Association has very recently raised some objections to the proposed ISAF Advertising Code, and this has sparked a debate.

The position of the International 505 Class is that the proposed ISAF Advertising Code is a good thing, and we disagree with the viewpoint expressed by US Sailing on some key issues. -- Updated 29 July, 1999

Class website:

GIMLI, MANITOBA, CANADA (July 29, 1999)-Lightning sailors Andy Horton (Shelburne, Vt.), Bill Fastiggi (Burlington, Vt.) and Heather Rowe (Peru, N.Y.) today nailed a gold medal for the USA at the Pan Am Games sailing event, even though there is one race to go in their 11-race series. In overall scoring after five days of racing, the trio is mathematically impossible to catch. Their closest competitor going into today's two races was the Brazilian team, skippered by Claudio Biekarck, which finished 6-3 to USA's 2-1 and currently sits in third place.

Laser sailor Mark Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Finn sailor Russ Silvestri (Tiburon, Calif.) have both secured the silver medal in their respective classes. Again, ten races were all the two needed in order to lock in. Mendelblatt finished 1-3 in today's two races, locking in his silver after the first race. Mendelblatt battled Brazil's '96 Olympic Gold Medalist Robert Scheidt constantly throughout the series but could not put big enough dents in the Brazilian's string of eight race victories. Mendelblatt finished eighth at the '99 Laser Worlds and is the US Sailing Team's #1 ranked candidate for the Olympic Laser competition, scheduled for 2000 in Sydney, Australia.

Silvestri also said he would have been disappointed had he not been in contention for the gold and at least picked up the silver. Edging him out by six points overall was Canada's Richard Clarke, who posted a 1-5 today to Silvestri's 5-1. Silvestri, a three-time Finn North American ranked #2 on the US Sailing Team, called the regatta a true contest of skills in variable wind conditions, which ranged from 20-25 knots on the first two days and slowly diminished into today's light 4-6 knot breezes.

Sunfish representative David Van Cleef (Newport, R.I.) owned the bronze medal today after he finished 4-1 in the light air that favors him. The Hobie 16 team of Wally Myers (Marmora, N.J.) and Mark Santorelli (Barnegat, N.J.) turned in a 4-4 today to remain in fourth place overall, with no chance of climbing up to a medal position. As well, Europe sailor Lynn Olinger (Westminster/San Francisco, Calif.) finished 1-2 today to remain in fourth overall. Laser Radial sailor Jane Codman (Boston, Mass.) moved back up to fifth place after posting a 7-4 and using the seventh as a her second of two throwouts. Snipe sailors Henry Filter (Annapolis, Md.) and Lorie Stout (Annapolis, Md.) remain in fifth place after posting a 7-5 today. -- Barby MacGowan

For the full story and results:

Mission Bay YC, 90 boats. Championship Trophy standings after four of six races: 1. Dave & Barbie Tillson (32) 2. Craig & Lisa Leweck (33) 3. George Szabo / Eric Wilcox (35.75) 4. Michael Lenkeit / Brian Janney (38) 5. Augie Diaz / Pam Kelly (39) Well Trophy standings 1. Keith & Kaley Dodson (23.75) 2. Pedro Lorson /Walt Duffy (24.75) 3. John Tagliamonte / Debbie Bennett (27) 4. Brian Haines / Lauren Maxam (32.75) 5. Rick Arneson / Chris Wright (35)

Complete standing:

It is rumored that a noted sailmaker was caught dismantling a spinnaker design embroidered on a crew shirt supplied by Pacific Yacht Embroidery. Could it be that the authenticity of the design is to such a level of detail that something could be gained by this? It is clearly apparent the design in question was a triradial asymmetrical reaching chute somewhat on the flat side. You too can have a custom design of your boat under full sail. Call Frank Whitton at Pacific Yacht Embroidery (619-226-8033) for more details and a quote.

* America's Cup veteran sailors David Calverly, Peter Fennelly, and Chad Vande Zande have joined the NYYC/Young America Challenge Sailing Team, NYYC/Young America President John K. Marshall and skipper Ed Baird announced today. The three sailors will be grinders on the racing team.

Calverly of Austin, TX, is a native of Galveston, TX and a graduate of the University of St. Thomas in 1991. Calverly, who grew up sailing on Galveston Bay, was a member of the 1987 America II America's Cup team and the winning Key West Race Week Lobo crew in 1991 and is a steady crew member on the One Design 48 Windquest.

Fennelly, a native of Colonia, NJ, and currently residing in San Diego, CA, where he is a competitive triathlete, was a crewmember aboard the 1987 Heart of America Challenge and the winning 1992 America's Cup defender America3. A Maxi World Championship winner in 1990 and 1991 with the Matador2 team, Fennelly has competed in world championship regattas in the International 48's, 50's and Star classes.

Vande Zande, a native of Oconomowoc, WI, was a grinder with the victorious America3 America's Cup team in 1992. A 1991 Maxi World champion with Matador2, Vande Zande more recently has been sailing on the One Design 48 Starlight. Vande Zande graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989 where he was a four-year letter winner and starter on the UW football team.

"Dave, Pete, and Chad are a powerhouse of talent," said skipper Ed Baird. "All three are America's Cup veterans and both Pete and Chad have won the Cup. Their experience will add even more depth to our sailing team which now has 11 America's Cup winners. -- Jane Eagleson

Syndicate website:

* The British aren't coming and the Russians are still thinking about it. However, the 1999-2000 America's Cup will be one of the biggest regattas in 148 years. Twelve syndicates have now posted their final entry for the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series in October. A question mark hangs over the Age of Russia syndicate which has until 4 PM on Sunday to fax or e-mail its notice of entry to the America's Cup Challenger Association. Last night, the Russians finally received a sail number - RUS62 - for the old 1992 cup boat they have rejuvenated, but they have yet to officially enter the regatta. If they do turn up in Auckland, they will have the oldest boat with the newest sail number.

Sixteen yacht clubs paid their performance bonds by February last year. Since then Team Caribbean has withdrawn and the Spirit of Hong Kong has become defunct. Now the Spirit of Britain has folded, through a lack of funding. There are no refunds for those challenging syndicates eliminated from the fleet this weekend - all have paid at least a $US100,000 entry fee and a $US250,000 bond.

The notice of entry must include the sail number of at least one boat that a syndicate intends to sail in Auckland. Sail numbers are issued at an early stage of a boat's construction. This does not mean, however, that everyone will show up for the first race - round robin one, on October 18.

Meanwhile, there could still be a question of eligibility raised over the yellow boat owned by the little-known French syndicate from Yacht Club de Cannes. A debate is sure to rise over the nationality of the boat, FRA40, originally built in France for the 1995 cup, but added to by the Swiss Fast2000 syndicate which chartered it for testing on Lake Geneva and the Hauraki Gulf.

The next deadline the challengers must meet is 30 days before the first race, when boats that have not been officially measured must be in Auckland to go under the ruler. Those measured at home have to be in New Zealand 14 days before race one. -- Suzanne McFadden, New Zealand Herald

For the full story:

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

-- From Chris Bouzaid -- I have not read anything about how the very narrow foils affected the various yachts ability to "Heave Too" or keep sailing under storm canvas. Most of the photos I have seen show the yachts making a huge amount of leeway, 45 to 60 degrees. It would appear that this is because the foils are stalled because the yacht is not moving forward fast enough. I would be interested to hear others views.

-- From Anna Stockel -- August 21 - 22 is the GPS week number rollover (EOW) where the week number transmitted in the satellite navigation message will be changing from 1023 to 0 (their version of the Y2K issue). This could cause some GPS's to calculate inaccurate position fixes, generate erroneous dates, have difficulty acquiring satellite signals, or need to 'autolocate' when ever they are turned on for several weeks after this date and thus be slower to report their positions. This also happens to be the weekend of the SSS LongPac (it starts on August 18 from San Francisco).

I have posted more information on my web sites including lists of compliant and non-compliant GPS's and links to manufacturer's Y2K pages:

-- From Ted Everingham -- (regarding Matt Jones' Trivia Question in #368) -- One "t" in Flying Scot, please.

-- From Rick Hatch Vancouver, BC-- "Multo bene" to Giampaolo Fabris for his refreshing article on Italian corporate sponsorship, and "grazie" to Fila for its highly successful sponsorship of Giovanni Soldini. No wonder Italy is the most enjoyable country in Europe to visit - the Italians make the difference. Would that there were more people involved our sport with such positive attitudes.

Eighty sailboats continued a 110-year-old tradition today by competing in the opening races of the GMC Yukon/Sailing World NOOD at Marblehead Race Week, a four-day sailing regatta. The first Marblehead Race Week was held in 1889. Racing opened on a light-air note, which-as local sailors say-is also somewhat of a tradition for this classic summertime event. Five classes each completed two races in light 4- to 8-knot Easterly breezes. Most sailors struggled today on the racecourse, hunting for the most wind velocity in this fragile breeze. But there were two sailors who took the light easterlies and turned them into gold.

Marblehead sailors William Douglass and Charles Quigley were untouchable today in the Etchells class. In a fleet that attracts world-class sailors, where skippers fight hard to merely stay in the lead pack of boats, Douglass and Quigley sailed away with a flawless record of two first-place finishes. In the second race, "They lead the class around the entire course," said a crewmember on second-place finisher PEACE. "We trailed them, in second place. But we could never catch them."

Bill and Renee Heffernan of Dover (Mass.) are already looking like the boat to beat in the 31-boat Rhodes 19 class, the largest class in this regatta. The Heffernans finished third in this class in 1998; with a 1-2 record today, they already have a healthy lead after the first day of racing.

This Race Week has drawn a mix of current boats with older designs that have been racing for decades. Some boats have been passed down through families, such as Matt and Chris Manlove's Town Class, SWANEY. These brothers from Attleboro (Mass.) took two years to rebuild the wooden Town Class that once belonged to their grandfather. "He taught us to sail," said Matt Manlove, who skippers the boat, "and we started rebuilding his boat when he was still alive. . . There isn't much on the boat that is original-except the transom and the hull planks." The refurbished SWANEY performed well in today's light air: The Manlove brothers are in fourth place in the Town Class. This class is being lead by Jim Cooke of Marblehead.

Only a portion of the fleet competed today. Five more classes of one-design boats join the competition on Friday, July 30. A total fleet of some 180 entries from 10 States, Canada, and England are competing. The NOOD (National Offshore One-Design) at Marblehead Race Week is hosted by the Boston, Corinthian, and Eastern yacht clubs. -- Cynthia Flanagan Goss

Complete results:

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

AMEX Cup Village have announced the names of two more super yachts that will be based at the Village during the Cup regatta. They are Spirit, a 24-metre catamaran, which is being built at Astral Marine in Whangarei, and another Kiwi built boat called Charlatan a 110 footer built by Alloy Yachts in Auckland - all the staterooms feature marble en-suite bathrooms.

Of the 65 booked berths for super yachts at the Amex Village, a recent survey indicates that 30 per cent of the owners and their guests will arrive in New Zealand by private jet, with a further 56 per cent declaring they will be arriving in Auckland on scheduled airlines. The survey also shows that more than a third of the yachts will visit the Bay of Islands. Spokeswoman for the Cup Village, Sue Foley, reports that there is interest from a further 100 owners planning a New Zealand visit.

Babcock New Zealand Ltd have revised downwards. the number of super yachts they expect to host at Devonport Cove during the America's Cup regatta. Previously expecting to cater for 18 super yachts, the number is now down to 12. Most of the infrastructure is already in place, with the complex expected to be completed by October 1. All resource consents have been confirmed.

Ken Kieding is running another of his user friendly all-woman's J/24 regattas in Santa Barbara, CA on August 21. There will be five races with no throw outs. If any team does not have their own boat, Ken can supply one for them. There is no entry fee, and Ken can arrange for housing if needed. They will have a keg of beer and excellent horderves after the race. Trophys have been donated by Maui Jim sunglasses, The Chandlery, Sebago, and others. So far Kieding has teams coming from San Francisco and San Diego and every where in between. For more information:

LORIENT, FRANCE-With another commanding victory in the final race, Le Defi Bouygues Telecom - Transiciel, skippered by Bertrand Pace, won the French Grand Prix, the fifth event in the Adecco World Championship of the Maxi-One-Design class, in a convincing manner. Le Defi's record, after a second in the opening race, has been four consecutive wins, this last one by more than two minutes.

It has been the performance which should have been expected of an in-practice America's Cup crew, one which displayed considerable talent both in the boat handling and in the tactical ability. Bertrand Pace is an excellent helmsman and at this regatta he showed he was not lacking in any department. His starting has been as near perfect as can be imagined and he proved this again in the final race by shouldering his way down the line towards the pin end with a confident swagger and holding off his opponents as he hit his maximum speed in the six knot breeze and then sailed away from the other seven boats. It was masterly.

With a second place in the French Grand Prix, Ludde Ingvall's Skandia is the series leader, but behind him there is still a chance for Ross Field to overtake the man and his crew who have led from the outset. 'It was important for us that they (the Kiwis) didn't win this one,' said Ingvall, who has his eyes on the SF600,000 first prize for the championship. 'He can still beat us, but I am trying to make that very difficult,' he added.

Jeff Scott, who shares the steering of Skandia, said that it had been a hard regatta for the European entry. 'It is hard to sail defensively. We wanted to win, but after our bad first race, we knew we had to work hard to get back in front of Ross.' That they did promises a battle royal in the Solent and on the long haul to the Fastnet Rock and back to Plymouth. -- Bob Fisher

French Grand Prix overall: 1. FRA 40 points; 2. EUR 27.5; 3. NZL 26; 4. RSA 21.5; 5. SWE 18; 6. BEL 16.5; 7. SUI 14; 8. ITA 11.

Adecco World Championship after five events with one discard: 1. EUR 50 points; 2. NZL 38.5; 3. FRA 31; 4. RSA 27; 5. BEL 20; 6. SUI 20; 7. SWE 19; 8. ITA 7.

Event website:

At the age of 72, Syd Fischer, a Sydney hotelier and businessman, America's Cup challenger and arguably Australia's most successful ocean racing yachtsman, is setting sail from Sydney again tomorrow with his sights set on yet another major offshore racing victory. Fischer will skipper his Farr 50, Ragamuffin, in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's 14th annual Sydney - Gold Coast Race, a 386 nautical mile, rock-hopping (to avoid the south-running current) dash up the Australian east coast.

It's a race that Fischer has never won, but significantly it is the first race in the CYCA's prestigious Blue Water Pointscore for 1999-2000, the long ocean series that Ragamuffin has won three years in a row. This probably will be Fischer's last ocean race until the Telstra Sydney to Hobart in late December because of his America's Cup commitments with Young Australia 2000 in Auckland, but Ragamuffin will continue to be campaigned throughout the summer.

The Gold Coast Race has attracted a near Sydney to Hobart quality fleet of 82 yachts, four up on last year, boosted by a strong entry in the IRC 2000 handicap category which replaces the old CHS (Channel Handicap) system The IRC2000 category includes three new Farr 40 OD's and the group of fiercely competitive Super 30s.

The Gold Coast Race is the CYCA's first major ocean race since the tragic 1998 Sydney to Hohart and the support it has received, with a fleet just four boats short of the record, is most encouraging for the club in the light of that event. In the aftermath of the Sydney to Hobart, the CYCA is strictly enforcing safety requirements which include all competing yachts having to hoist storm sails before the start at 1300 hours tomorrow.

Line honours in the 386 nautical mile will be a renewal of the clash between CYCA yachtsman George Snow with his Jutson 76, Brindabella, and Grant Wharington with his Dovell-designed 70-footer, Wild Thing, from Melbourne's Mornington Yacht Club.

Australian Bureau of Meteorology's Ken Batt has predicted south-south-westerly winds in the 15-20 knot range for the start and continuing throughout Saturday night, giving the fleet a spinnaker run for the start on Sydney Harbour, continuing north after a gybe once they clear Heads.. Only showers may hamper what should be an otherwise perfect day. Conditions for the top half of the fleet will not change much, with winds expected to lighten to 10-15 knots on Sunday and veering round to south-east, with a land breeze from south-west expected after 9.30pm.

Monday will almost be a carbon copy of Sunday, with a change to land breezes from east-south-east at 15-18 knots expected around 10.00pm on Monday night, with much the same expected on Tuesday. If the maxis can take the breeze with them, there is every chance of breaking the race record of 31 hours 12 minutes 18 seconds, set by Foxtel Amazon in the 1997 race. -- Peter Campbell

During the last month, we received another registration fee from a syndicate who, at this stage, wishes to remain confidential. This brings the tally to 15 syndicates - 9 declared and 6 confidential ones. -- Lizzie Green

Yess Syndicate Belgium
Nokia Sailing Team Denmark
Danish Challenge Denmark
D-VOR France
Illbruck Challenge Germany
Team Lawrie Smith Great Britain
Team Heiner BV Holland
Professional Yachting Ltd New Zealand
Team Dennis Conner USA

Even website:

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