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SCUTTLEBUTT #382 - August 23, 1999

Jesper Bank of Denmark won the Cottonfield ISAF Match Racing World Championships, defeating Frenchman Bertrand Pace 1 - 0 in the final. Bank, a double Olympic medallist had defeated the defending champion, and world number one, Peter Gilmour of Australia, 3 - 0 in the semi-final. Bertrand Pace, who will skipper one of the French challenges at the America's Cup in Auckland, had a similarly convincing victory over another Dane, Sten Mohr in the other semi-final.

Both Bank and Pace had held 2 - 0 leads overnight, and in the 5 to 8 knot breeze this morning, had little trouble in completing their demolition of the opposition. As a huge crowd gathered on the seawall at Skovshoved Harbour, to cheer on their local hero, the already light breeze faded, causing delay after delay. Thousands of Danes, who had come by every conceivable form of transport, including boat, car, bicycle and rollerblade, were amazingly patient and good natured as they waited for the final. Even brief showers during a mostly sunny day did not dampen their enthusiasm.

With a time limit of 4 pm set as the latest for a start, the French were hoping the wind would stay away, as if the final could not be sailed, they would win on a countback. Eventually, after several false attempts to set a course, the race officer managed to get a start with just two minutes to spare before the deadline.

Despite the light winds, the pre-start jousting was aggressive, with the Dane managing to force the Frenchman into an infringement. Pace eventually got a marginally better start, but Bank picked up his own private breeze, and sailed around the outside of his rival, until he could tack and cross ahead. By the first mark the home team had an eleven-second advantage, and the French still had a penalty to do, while the crowds ashore were getting revved up.

When Jesper Bank and his crew eventually took the winning gun and the title, the excitement on the seawall was at fever pitch, Danes love their sport, especially when their team is winning. Although the final was severely curtailed from the scheduled best of five race series, to a one race shoot-out, the crowds were happy, and the long frustrating wait was forgotten. - John Roberson

RESULTS: 1. Jesper Bank (Denmark) 2. Bertrand Pace (France) 3. Peter Gilmour (Australia) 4. Sten Mohr (Denmark) 5. Magnus Holmberg (Sweden) 6. Marcus Wieser (Germany) 7. Dean Barker (New Zealand) 8. Chris Law (Britain) 9. Morten Henriksen (Denmark) 10. Jochen Schumann (Germany)

Who said lightening doesn't strike in the same place twice? For the second year in a row, Alex Benson's Ricochet went into the last race of the Schock 35 Nationals leading the regatta and for the second year in a row Ricochet came out the 'bridesmaid.' This time was even closer than last year. This time Benson tied for the crown, but lost the tiebreaker to Dennis and Sharon's Case's Wings from San Diego YC.

A request for redress in the third race of the seven race, no throwout series proved to be a key to the Case's win. Wings claimed prejudice for a procedural race committee error, and was awarded 'average points'. So instead of eating a sixth place they scored in that race, Wings was awarded their average points for the other six races -- which worked out to be four points. And that gave Sharon and Dennis Case their second Schock 35 championship.

Benson has now finished second in the Schock 35 championship three times without winning it. This ties him with the late Jimmie Morris for that dubious distinction.

Dick Schmidt and Gwen Gordon's Outlier lead the California YC hosted regatta for the first two days of the event. These three-time class champions reveled in the 9-16 knots of breeze on Friday and Saturday. But the wind turned light on Sunday and Outlier stumbled to a pair of double digit finished in the 19-boat fleet. This dropped them into fourth place behind Carolyn Hardy's Mischief, steered by Mike Pinckney.

Final Results: 1. Wings, Sharon and Dennis Case (27) 2. Ricochet, Alex Benson (27) 3. Mischief, Carolyn Hardy / Nike Pinckney (35) 4. Outlier, Dick Schmidt & Gwen Gordon (36) %. Piranha, Dave Voss (41) 6. Whistler, Claudia Wainer / Pete Johnstone (42) 7. White Fang, Don Adams (57) 8. Absolute, Ray and Susan Beckett (60).

Compete results:

Kaneohe Yacht Club, Kaneohe, O'ahu, Hawaii -- FINAL RESULTS, Symthe Trophy: 1. Area H, Lewis, Andrew (11) 2. Areas J, Brown, Steve (18) 3. Area C, Johnson, Clay (31) 4. Area J, Lake, Bryan (37) 5. Area B, Baranaskas, B (61); Bemis Trophy: 1. Area K, hompson, Evan /Hitchins, Pat (17 points) 2. Area J, Hogan, Scott /Halvorsen, Amy (20) 3. Area H, Kerr, Jack /Leede, Nicholas (41.6) 4. Area G, Schmidt, Andy /Clausen, Katie (49) 5. Area H, Cervantes, Mike /Creps, Ethan (63)

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The deeper we get into the summer the more class winners emerge with Ullman Sails. The latest is Dennis Case's win in the competitive Schock 35 class. And the top two boats in the Lido 14 class championship had complete inventories of Ullman Sails -- three of the top four. Big boats / small boat, keelboats / dinghies -- it doesn't seem to make much difference. Ullman Sails are kicking butt on the West Coast's ULDB 70 circuit and won the Around Alone Race. Maybe it's time you too found out why:

NEWPORT, RI, AUGUST 21, 1999--Herbert Schwartz skippered his Swan 44 MK II Wenden to first in Division G in the final race of Swan American Race Week here today. The Riverside, CT skipper clinched an overall division victory and won the Asprey and Garrard Perpetual Trophy for the overall event winner. Wenden took the gun in the division for boats under 45 feet on a cold, gray afternoon in Newport Harbor as the fleet of 42 Swans completed a fast 17.5- mile circumnavigation of Conanicut Island.

The perpetual trophy went to the boat with the lowest point score for the week. Edward Asprey, a director of the 218-year-old London firm of jewellers, goldsmiths and silversmiths, was on hand to present the $14,000 sterling silver claret jug to Schwartz.

Second place overall in fleet went to Graham Smith, from Seattle, WA, sailing his Swan 48 Vellamo. Smith was leading on points after three days of racing, only to see Schwartz move into a narrow lead on Day Four after the fleet completed six races and were permitted to discard their worst-scoring race. Wenden moved up from third to first after discarding a 12th place to lead Vellamo by just two points going into the final race. -- Keith Taylor

Final Results: F DIVISION (Boats over 45-feet) -- 1. Vellamo, W. Graham Smith, Swan 48, Seattle, WA (2-1-4-[8]-3-1-3), 14; 2. Odyssey, David Brodsky, Swan 55, Newport, RI (1-3-[15]-2-10-5-2), 23; 3. Nefertiti, Bob Schwager, Swan 46, New York, NY (4-4-8-1-[9]-6-1), 24; 4. Neva, Robert C. Watson, Swan 56, New York, NY (6.5-7-2-[12]-2-2-12), 31.5; 5. Mensae, Erling Kristiansen, Swan 56, Huntington, NY (3-[22]-5-11-4-4-10), 37

G DIVISION (boats under 45 feet) -- 1. Wenden, Herbert Schwartz, Swan 44 Mk II, Riverside, CT (3-2-1-[12]-1-2-1) 10; 2. Crescendo, Martin D. Jacobson, Swan 44 Mk II, Jamestown, RI (4-1-3-4-2-1-[5]), 15; 3. Carpe Diem, Michael Fracchia, Swan 391, Miller Place, NY (1-4.5-5-2-3-3-[6]), 18.5 4. The Ugly Duckling, Frederic Joyce, Swan S&S 44, Utica, NY (6-3-[9]-1-6-9-3) 28; 5. Alibi, Bill Breck, Greenwich, CT (2-6-[10]-9-5-8-2)

Providence, R.I. (August 19)-Team Dennis Conner of San Diego, Calif., today unveiled its cutting edge Cyber-Compound for Stars & Stripes' America's Cup Challenge 2000. The Web site showcases the state of the art real-time 3D sailing simulator game VirtualCupTM, which simulates a real-time America's Cup match race with all of the America's Cup rules, including weather and environmental changes that will require strategic sailing to beat one's opponent. In addition, the VirtualCup game features multi-player capability that allows competitors to match race against anyone who logs on from the Internet.

"The VirtualCup sailing simulator game allows sailors and non-sailors the opportunity to sail on an International America's Cup Class (IACC) yacht without leaving their PC. Experienced sailors will be excited about the technical aspects of the game while novices can learn and experience sailing from a unique perspective," said Jonathan Brown, president of Temple Games, Inc., the Providence, R.I., firm that developed VirtualCup and has licensed its proprietary game technology to Team Dennis Conner.

Team Dennis Conner's Web site also features intriguing stories and photos, an online official team gear store, up-to-date news and press releases and historical overviews about Team Dennis Conner and the 148-year-old America's Cup. After racing gets underway in October, the Web site will be updated daily with official race results, photographs and videos. -- Shannon Weisleder

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-- From John Roberson -- It seems that Paul Elvstrom's idea of allowing competitors to hit marks isn't quite as new as it may appear, we have heard from both Bob Fisher and Eddie Warden Owen about England's Ultra 30 circuit. Eddie Warden Owen, who now runs this circuit said, "I am surprised you are not aware that the high profile Ultra 30 fleet, whose racing is shown on BBC TV and on satellite channels all over the world, have allowed the hitting of marks for the last ten years. The skippers are also aware that hitting the marks puts them perilously close to catching the anchor warp and this is very slow!!"

Of course both Bob Fisher and Harold Cudmore have experienced the ultimate penalty for hitting a mark, they have sunk boats after hitting the Isle of Wight when it has been a mark of the course.

-- From Dan Phelps - Viper 640 Class Secretary- (Regarding 'Butt #381) - It is an interesting idea that Paul Elvstrom has about being able to come in contact with marks at roundings. When they first did it with skiing, using now common break-a-way gates, a whole host of innovations followed. Of course, in skiing, there is only one person flattening the gates, while in sailing, a group of boats could make the "bid for the inside line" more aggressive than ever. The other quandry would be the advantage of asymmetricals to use their poles to "bat" down the marks. Ain't the 'Butt just grand for stirring things up!

-- From Brad Kellett -- I agree with Chris Welch in 'Butt 381. I am a 23-year old who did my first three Sydney to Hobart's with my father starting age 16. This was the best ocean racing thing of my now short short career. The 18-year old cut off for the Hobart race is fair enough, but if you are under 18 and your father/mother is onboard, well I say let the kid go. I am currently trying out for the Young Australia 2000 America's Cup crew. I would not be in the position I am in at the moment if it was not for the years of ocean racing experience (when I was young), I gained through sailing with my father and his very experienced maxi boat crew.

The winds may have been light and fluky, but that suited 15-year-old Andrew Campbell just fine today, as he won both of the day's races in the Laser fleet at Youthfestival. When added to a win in yesterday's only race, he accepted the first place trophy for the 63-boat Olympic-class fleet. It's his second year sailing at the Canadian Olympic-training Regatta at Kingston (CORK). "It was a little light out there, but it started to pick up," he says of the northeast winds that blew to eight knots. He says experience was key to his success. He's sailed many races against second-place finisher Zach Railey of Clearwater, Florida and David Wright of Oakville, Ontario and Campbell says they are usually close together.

In the 81-boat Laser Radial fleet, Matt Stine of San Diego, CA, was the top finisher in their two-race regatta. He won both races to claim the victory. In second was Andrew Driscoll, also of San Diego and Harrison Turner of Los Angelos, CA was third.

Gearing up for the Laser II world championships, Brian Haines, 15, and Lauren Maxim, 16, of Coronado, CA walked away with first place, after winning two of the three races and placing third in the other. Haines says "good crew work," made a difference on the water. " We've been sailing together a year and a half." At home Haines and Maxim sail a Flying Junior, but decided to bring their Laser II to CORK where they plan to participate in the World Championships Aug. 21-28, where their goal is to be the top junior boat. Their other sailing goal is to win the Flying Junior national championships for Coronado High School.

They came to Youthfestival not knowing where they would place in the fleet. "We didn't know what to expect, we only sailed in regattas in California. "We had some good [spinnaker] sets and good downwind speed," Haines notes of the win. There were 96 boats in the fleet. Michael Anderson-Mitterling and Jimmer Montgomery of Corondo were in second. Adam Mis and Charles MacPhail of Burlington, Ontario was third.

Blair Hamilton, 17, of Easton, Maryland won the only two races of the day to win the Byte fleet championship, against 44 others. Halifax, Nova Scotia's Bruce Beveridge was second, with Sam Bussin of Toronto, Ontario in third. Hamilton is sailing her fourth year at CORK and attributes her win to good boat speed and concentration. She wasn't in Kingston when it played host to the world championships in July but says she will stay to sail her Byte during Series I.

Series 1 gets underway tomorrow, along with a practice race for the Laser II World Championships. Series 1 features the Olympic-class Tornado, Olympic-class Laser, Laser Radial, Byte, Olympic-class 49er and Olympic-class 470. It runs through Aug. 25. -- Julie White

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Participating in the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Coaching Recognition Program, US SAILING has recognized its Coaches of the Year for 1999. Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I.) is the National Coach of the Year, and Adam Werblow (St. Mary's, Md.) is the Developmental Coach of the Year. In its fourth year, the USOC Coaching Recognition Program aims to draw attention to the status of coaching as a profession, as well as give recognition to the best coaches in the United States.

NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR -- The past 12 months have been significant for Alison. As a competitor she bested a record set by yachting legend Ted Turner when she received an unprecedented fifth Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Award for her on-the-water achievements in calendar 1998. As a coach, Alison launched a mission to assist U.S. disabled sailors training for the 2000 Paralympics and continued her work with US SAILING as an Instructor Trainer. Last August, Alison coached both U.S. entries in The Hartford 1998 World Disabled Sailing Championship sailed in the three-person Sonar. Under her tutelage the Americans finished 1-2 in the 17-boat fleet and secured the U.S. its Sonar berth for Sydney, where paralympic sailing makes its debut as a full-medal sport. Earlier this year at the 1999 Sonar Midwinters, where able-bodied and disabled sailors competed in an open fleet, Alison coached the athletes who ultimately were the top-finishing U.S. disabled team. Since then Alison has been preparing U.S. Disabled Sailing Team members for the 1999 World Championships, which take place September 3-10 in Spain. An intense coaching plan is aimed at enabling the U.S. to defend its world title in the Sonar event as well as ensuring 2.4 Metre sailors will have the necessary support in their only remaining opportunity to qualify in that event for the 2000 Paralympics. Additionally, Alison will coach U.S. disabled athletes at regional training clinics through 1999 and into 2000, in preparation for the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials and the Paralympic Games. Her work included coaching some of the brightest young sailors in the U.S. at advanced racing clinics and Junior Olympic Festivals, and conducting a session for inner city kids in connection with the Wayzata Yacht Club Foundation. In conjunction with her goal of motivating sailors to set and reach higher competitive goals, Alison has produced a fitness video aimed at sailors and contributes regularly to national sailing publications.

DEVELOPMENTAL COACH OF THE YEAR -- A graduate of Connecticut College ('88), Werblow is head coach at St. Mary's College (St. Mary's, Md.), a position he has held since the fall of 1988. In 11 years of coaching he has accompanied five teams to the International Sailing Federation Youth World Championships; coached over 50 Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association (ICYRA) All-Americans, including the 1994 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year; and led St. Mary's to six intercollegiate national titles. During the 1999 season St. Mary's dominated the intercollegiate sailing ranking polls in all but two of the ranking periods. St. Mary's won the ICYRA Team Race Championship and had its top athlete selected College Sailor of the Year. The St. Mary's team also was runner-up at the ICYRA National Dinghy Championships and finished third at the singlehanded national championship. With a coaching strategy focused on making vulnerabilities become strengths and then refining those strengths, Werblow has led St. Mary's to become a national sailing powerhouse. Werblow acknowledges the daily triumphs and emphasizes the fact that individual accomplishments are wrapped up in a program that strives to create the atmosphere of an extended family. "There is nothing more satisfying than knowing you have helped turn someone on to the game of sailing for life," said Werblow in summing up his motivation.

As the winners from Sailing, Alison and Werblow will attend the USOC Coach of the Year Recognition Weekend to be held September 16-19, 1999, in Washington, D.C, honoring the winning coaches in 41 Olympic and Pan American sports. An overall USOC National Coach of the Year and Developmental Coach of the Year will be selected at the USOC Coach of the Year Awards Banquet. -- Jan Harley

Colin Campbell and crew from King Harbor Yacht Club, returned to Balboa Yacht Club where he had won the Governor's Cup Junior Match racing championship just a month earlier and again went home with a victory in the Sears Cup. It is unclear whether it was the light shifty winds off Newport Beach or the new upgraded Santana 20's, but the combination certainly seems to his liking. Despite arriving with a severe case of tonsillitis Campbell started the regatta off with a 1-3-1 the first day. Although he would only win one more race, consistency would pay off. Only one of the ten races found him in the bottom half of the fleet. - Mike Wathen

1 Area J - King Harbor YC . C. Campbell (28) 2 Area A - Newport YC C. Brady (37) (Judges' Trophy) 3 Area B - Mystic River . J.R. Maxwell (48) 4 Area K - Lake Geneva YC . V. Porter (50) (Faye Bennet Trophy) 5 Area G - Richmond YC . R. Canada (54) 6 Area D - Lake Lanier SC . W. Morang (56) 7 Area E - Bayview YC . C. VanTol (58) 8 Area C - Severn SA . S. Weller (64) 9 Area HE - Anacortes YC . A. Brackett (71) 10 Area HW - Hawaii YC . J. Winterbotto (85) (F. Gardner Fox Sportsmanship Trophy).

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Twenty one Etchells teams from fleets ranging from Seattle to San Diego sailed the 1999 Etchells Pacific Coast Championships Aug. 20-22 at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, Long Beach, California. Conditions ranged from light airs to 16-18 knots on a course outside the Long Beach Breakwater on Saturday that ended in big waves and great surfing conditions to light to moderate breezes and mostly flat water (except for powerboat wakes) inside the breakwater on Sunday.

Co-skippers henry Fischer and Doug Morss of San Francisco Etchells Fleet 12 dominated in all conditions to take the title to the Bay Area. Second place went to Craig Fletcher of Newport Beach Etchells Fleet 6, with Keith Kelpatrick and Doug McLean, sailing his first major Etchells event in a newly-acquired boat. Sherwood Kelly, with regular crew Alan Egleston and sailmaker and past class champion Jud Smith as crew, was third overall out of the Newport Beach fleet, while Seattle sailors Michael Goldfarb, Mark Brink and Michael Lenkeit was fourth and represented San Diego Fleet 13. -- Chris Ericksen

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The shifty conditions of yesterday continued to test this high standard fleet with close exciting racing. The Gold fleet races 5 and 6 were held in about 12 knots of with so all the fleet were able to sail at maximum power, but there was also the danger of capsizing. Chris Nicholson and Daniel Phillips sailed concistently scoring a 3,3,2 to secure the regatta.

In the series to date Chris Nicholson and Daniel Phillips take the lead overall from fellow Australians Adam Beashal and Teaque Czislowski who could only manage to finish 15th overall. Sardina winners Jonathon and Charlie McKee are second overall, finding their form again after a disappointing French leg in Bandol. -- Edward Stevens

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