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SCUTTLEBUTT #384 - August 25, 1999

GUEST EDITORIAL -- By Glenn T. McCarthy
Do you have a Junior program that is funded by a 501(c)3 that needs to be jumped started? Do you have a need to get a community sailing program up and running and wish to fund it through donations? Or are you like us and wish to help fund your local sailors get to national, international championships and Olympics through donations?

On October 28, 1999 from 4:00-5:30 at the US SAILING Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Baltimore, MD, I will run a seminar on how to set up a 501(c)3 and how my sailing charity has put over $250,000 in the bank in 5 years. Before you show up, go to and check the AGM schedule for refinements.

A guest speaker will explain the "how to become a 501(c)3" and I will be lecturing on "How to bring the boats & money in". For participants there, I will go over brochures to entice donations, contracts used in our program, tips of traps to be aware of, tips on relationships with the IRS and tips on working with boat dealers (a major resource), responsibilities of owning a donated boat and systems Lake Michigan Sail Racing Federation (LMSRF) has set up that allows the program to operate smoothly. If it sounds complicated, it really isn't, heck a simple sailor like me is doing it.

LMSRF (pronounced L. M. SuRF) was set up 19 years ago as an IRS 501(c)3 (Tax Deductible Charitable Organization). Money was raised primarily through life memberships, those sailors got a tax break and we got $1,000 a piece. After 14 years in business, we had $50,000 in what we call the Endowment Fund, giving away the interest earned off of that each year in grants to "Sailors in Need". Don't bother calling for one of these folks, we are extremely myopic.

Grants are given to college kids who need to be US SAILING certified to teach sailing school. We give them the scratch for transportation to the seminar, seminar fees, housing and meals. Others are given to kids who need scratch to make it to the next regatta away from the Lake Michigan region. With the Bemis and Smythe out in Hawaii this year, we expect to give generously to get our areas representatives out there and back. Up until now, we have given partial expenses for grants. I hope we can generate enough money, that our sailors can be fully funded, which hopefully will attract greater local competition for those spots in national championships. A fascinating thing about grants is that to the receiver of the grant, it is not taxable income. We hope we are funding the new blood.

We would like to see other programs invigorated around the country to make those first steps in sailing an enjoyable and affordable one. Think big, some universities are doing Billion dollar fundraisers, it's time sailing gets into the act.

Come to Baltimore, MD at the end of October, get your donation program up on wheels and rolling and while there, enjoy learning the in's and out's of US SAILING! To register, go to

Kingston, Ontario - Two races were scored Tuesday in the Laser Gold, Laser Radial Gold and Laser II fleets, with one counted in the Byte and Laser Radial Silver while the Olympic class Tornadoes, 49ers and 470s remained on shore. Winds blew up to a maximum of five knots from the southeast, as an incoming storm system kept the usual thermal away.

The conditions didn't have much effect on the Olympic class Laser Gold fleet as leader Mark Mendelblatt of St.Petersburg, FL won the second race and posted a ninth in the first, to leave him with 10 points after one drop in the seven races held to date. He's got a comfortable lead over Mike Simms of Halifax, NS who scored a first and 11th today and stands with 36 points overall. Chris Cook of Whitby, Ontario is in third with 42 points. There are 69 boats in the fleet. -- Julie White

Complete standings:

Issued August 24, 1999, Men's rankings: 1. Peter GILMOUR JPN, 2 Bertrand PACE 3 Gavin BRADY, NZL, 4 Jesper BANK, DEN, 5 Dean BARKER, NZL, 6 Markus WIESER, GER, 7 Jes GRAM-HANSEN, DEN, 8 Sten MOHR, DEN, 9 Magnus HOLMBERG, SWE, 10 Morten HENRIKSEN, DEN, 11 Peter HOLMBERG, ISV, 12 Chris LAW, GBR.

Women's rankings: 1. Shirley Robertson, Great Britain, 2. Paula Lewin, Bermuda, 3. Klaartje Zuiderbaan, Netherlands, 4. Dorte Jensen, Denmark, 5. Cordelia Eglin, Great Britain, 6. Betsy Alison U.S.A. 7. Malin Hulten, Sweden, 8. Marie Klok, Denmark.

Complete list:

If you do coastal cruising or offshore sailing, you must take a look at Gill's new Key West foul weather jacket and trousers. This "02" gear is hydrophilic, waterproof and most importantly - it's breathable. You'll like the high fleece-lined collar, self-draining cargo pockets, the fleece-lined handwarmers and there is even an internal harness channel. The gear is really comfortable and carries a lifetime warranty. Don't even consider buying new offshore foul weather gear until you check this out:

* The first of the New York Yacht Club/Young America Challenge's two new America's Cup racing boats, USA 53, arrived safely in New Zealand last Friday where it is now being fitted out at the team's Auckland base camp. The team plans to sail USA 53 for the first time ever within the week. The Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Races for the America's Cup begin October 18 in Auckland.

The Young America shore team, headed by NYYC/Young America Vice President of Operations Bob Campbell and Shore Team Manager Stewart Wiley, received the boats in Auckland and immediately began the boat's final assembly. The racing yacht will be tuned-up on the Hauraki Gulf. NYYC/Young America skipper Ed Baird arrives in New Zealand later this week.

The team's second new IACC racing boat, USA 58, is being completed at Goetz Custom Sailboats in Bristol, RI. The boat will be shipped to New Zealand and is expected to be sailing by the end of September. The balance of the NYYC/Young America sailing team arrives in New Zealand mid-September. The team will test and train on the America's Cup race course with the two Bruce Farr designed boats. -- Jane Eagleson

Syndicate website:

* Abracadabra 2000's IACC yacht, USA54, was painted by internationally renowned environmental marine artist Wyland last week, and is currently being prepared for transport to Auckland, New Zealand for competition in America's Cup XXX. Unlike the team's first Wyland painted yacht, USA50, that has been sail training all summer in the waters off Ko Olina, Hawaii, USA54's inaugural sail will take place in Auckland next month.

Hull #1 grabbed the sailing world's attention with its bold Wyland marine life graphics, when it was unveiled in Honolulu last June. With the painting of hull #2, Wyland has taken on an even greater challenge to realistically depict the marine life indigenous to the waters of Hawaii and New Zealand. "I wanted to create the experience of sailing alongside a forty-seven foot, forty-ton humpback whale. It's forty-seven feet alright... we measured!" In addition to the life-size humpback whale, swordfish, dolphins and flying fish are also depicted on the high-tech carbon fiber hull. Dolphins occupy the entire starboard side. We need to think about protecting our world's oceans," notes Wyland.

"I wanted to paint a good omen...", "a whole pod of dolphins accompanying Abracadabra 2000 on its quest to win the Cup." Since the 1970s Wyland has been presenting his unique style of marine life art. The preservation of sea life is an issue dear to his heart. "Art is a powerful medium. It really inspires people. And I have a very clear message in my art. In 1981 the artist declared he would paint 100 Whaling Wall murals before the year 2011, to promote the protection of marine life. Last June, Wyland officially announced Abracadabra 2000 USA50 as his 83rd Whaling Wall. "USA 50 is the first Whaling Wall that will be travelling across the ocean, and the first one that will be literally encountering the marine life painted." Wyland feels both Abracadabra 2000 boats will provide a mirror in the ocean for the sea life within. "The walls on land are for the people to see, but for the whales to see themselves depicted is a fantastic concept." Wyland's Whaling Wall murals appear throughout North America, and in Japan, Australia, Mexico and France. His art depicts marine creatures in vibrant and lively settings designed to raise awareness of the oceans and the multitude of life within. Representing the Waikiki Yacht Club, Abracadabra 2000 yachts USA50 and USA54 are slated to compete in the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series for the America's Cup, in Auckland, New Zealand beginning this October. -- DJ Cathcart

Syndicate website:

* America's Cup history was made when veteran challenger Syd Fischer announced the youngest ever crew to challenge for the "Auld Mug", sailing his yacht Young Australia 2000. For Fischer, this will be his fifth tilt at the America's Cup, for his crew of 16 athletic young sailors aged between 18-25 it will be their first but not their last.

Skipper of Young Australia 2000 will be 20-year-old Sydney sailor James Spithill, the junior world match-racing champion, with his crew from throughout Australia selected after a month of trials on Sydney Harbour.

Fischer does not expect to win the Cup in 2000, but he does see his concept of the Young Australia 2000 campaign, using his 1995 International America's Cup Class yacht, as an exercise in experience and training towards a full-on challenge three or four years down the track.

"This is the first time a team like this has put been together," Fischer said at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia through which he has challenged. "We are aiming to not only launch a challenge this year, but to create a pool of talent from which Australian sailing can draw for future challenges. "The enthusiasm and skills of these young sailors gives me every confidence in the future of yacht racing in Australia, and our chances of one day regaining the Cup.

In addition to Spithill, who hails from Newport on Sydney's Northern Beaches, the young crew comprises: Nick Bice, North Haven, SA, Chris Carroll, Como, WA, Ben Durham, Claremont, WA, Andy Fethers, Claremont, WA, Phil Harmer, Mosman, NSW,Adam Hawkins, Williamstown, Vic, Brad Kellett, Terrey Hills, NSW. Paul Montague, Mosman, NSW, Wade Morgan, Jewells, NSW, David Morris, Airlie Beach, Qld, Ben Morrison-Jack, Melbourne, Vic, Joe Newton, Manly, Qld, Mal Parker, Bellerive, Tas, Nick Partridge, Black Rock, Vic, Paul Spencer, Mt Lawley, WA, Josh Whittaker, Mona Vale, NSW

Four experienced mentors will guide and support the young crew - Andrew Crowe, Mosman, NSW; Greg Kay, Dolls Point, NSW; Campbell Knox, Mona Vale, NSW; and Greg Johnstone, North Bondi, NSW. Coach, and likely to be part of the afterguard, is Rob Brown, who was part of the winning Australia II crew in 1983.

After a refurbishing and hull painting, Young Australia 2000 will be shipped to Auckland on September 17 with the crew starting sailing on September 23 in a near month-long preparation to the opening round robin of the Louis Vuitton Cup. -- Peter Campbell

NEW YORK, August 17, 1999 -- George M. Isdale Jr., commodore of the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), announced that nine teams have been awarded entries for the fourth annual NYYC Interclub Team Race. To the victor goes the Glencairn Trophy - the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound's team-racing championship. The trophy was first dedicated in 1964, and the NYYC has presented the event since 1996. The regatta will be staged September 17-19, 1999, on western Long Island Sound near Larchmont, New York.

Competitors in this year's event include the New York Yacht Club, which as last year's winner holds the Glencairn Trophy; Indian Harbor Yacht Club of Greenwich, CT, the 1998 runner-up, and Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, NY, this year's host club. Other participating clubs are American Yacht Club of Rye, NY; Pequot Yacht Club of Southport, CT; Noroton Yacht Club of Noroton, CT; Riverside Yacht Club from Riverside, CT; Sea Cliff Yacht Club of Sea Cliff, NY, and Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club of Center Island, NY.

The largest event of its kind in the U.S., it is a unique sailing competition in that each of the nine entries represents not a single boat but a yacht-club team. Team-racing is a growing aspect of competitive sailing. It pits teams of four identical boats against each other in a format where combined scores, of which there are many possible winning combinations, determine the outcome. The racing is strategic, combining boatspeed, tactics, boat-handling and team coordination in an on-the-water choreography unlike fleet racing or match racing.

The regatta, to be sailed in Ideal 18s, will feature three days of racing between the nine teams. Each team consists of four boats with a crew of two. "Over 150 sailors and 25 race committee and jury members will participate," said Peter Benedetto, event chair.

Unique to the format of the NYYC Interclub Team Race is that the regatta consists of three distinct stages. On the first day, clubs sail four-boat Masters teams in a round-robin format of up to 28 races. Each two-person crew must include a skipper over 50 years of age and must have a combined age of over 100. The second day is a Varsity, or open, round, again with up to 28 races, with clubs fielding their top teams regardless of age. Scores from the Masters and Varsity rounds are combined. Then, the two top-scoring teams sail a best two-out-of-three series on the final day to decide the winner of the Glencairn Trophy. Remaining teams compete in a consolation round to determine their respective places. -- Michael Levitt

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

Well over 100 messages poured into my email box yesterday from 'Buttheads who had some very flattering things to say about my new association with Team Dennis Conner's America's Cup campaign. While it would be inappropriate to print any of them, and I simply can not reply to all of them ... I certainly do appreciate them.

The 1999 Southern California PHRF Championship Regatta was sailed off Newport Beach Pier August 14 & 15. Hosted by Balboa Yacht Club, there were 54 boats entered. The event drew boats from as far away as Ventura and San Diego. Winds remained light and shifty for the event, reaching nearly 7 Knots on Saturday and 10 Kts. on Sunday. Seas were calm with some wind chop in the afternoon. There were five PHRF Classes racing on windward/leeward courses and one Random Leg Class racing one long course each day.

The winning Yacht Club Team was led by MAX Q a Melges 30 that was last in the first race, 3rd in the 2nd race, 2nd in the 3rd race and bulleted the last two races! She won on a tiebreaker with Invicible, a N/M 29. Amorous, a Capo 26 had two firsts and was a member of the winning BCYC Team. -- Jerry Kaye

Final results: Class A: 1. Cantata (10) 2. Flyer (13) 3. Bravura (14) Class B: 1. Max Q (16) 2. Invincible (16) 3. Defiance (18) Class C: 1.Intense (11) 2. Sorcerer (18) 3. (19) Class D: 1. Amorous (12) 2. Whippet (15) 3. Scooter (18) Class E: 1. Sinister Smile (6) 2. Krytonite (14) 3. Babe (16) RLC: 1. Altheris (5) 2. XS (5) 3. Snoopy (6)

Blue skies, strong winds and the possibility of record times greeted the 115 boats in the Sydney to Hobart Race fleet on December 26, 1998. Only 40 of those boats would make it to Hobart. What began as a battle of tactics and speed, quickly became a race for survival -- a race six men would ultimately lose. With exclusive footage from cameras on board the boats, the OFFICIAL RACE VIDEOTAPE documents the bravery, the terror and the extraordinary rescue efforts. You've got to see it to believe it -- 80-foot seas and 80-knot winds. This impressive videotape is now available online:

A fleet of ten boats will be ready on the starting line of the "Majorica One Ton Cup", one of the most important trophies ever awarded in a sailing race. The regata will be held at Puerto Portals (Mallorca), from the 6th to the 11th of September. In the year of its 100th birthday and four years after the last edition raced with the modern one tonners, the silver trophy will be awarded to the winner of the Corel 45 World Championship.

Six nations will be represented in a series of races that will be sailed on the waters of the Bay of Palma de Mallorca: the event seems to be one of the most interesting of the summer with teams including the most famous sailors and skippers from the Grand Prix Circuits around the world such as CMAC, Farr 40s, America's Cup.

In this event Spain will be represented by SAR Felipe de Borbon helming "Aifos" the Spanish Navy boat , by "La Casera" owned by Eugenio Jaudenes, with Javier Jaudenes at the helm and by the yacht "Mallorca Yaching".

Among the fleet three yachts will represent Great Britain: "Babbalaas" owned by David McLean owner of David McLean Group,which was founded in 1972 and has grown to be the largest privately owned construction, civil engineering, commercial development and private housing group in the country. The skipper will be Eddie Warden-Owen. The other two British teams will be "Bounder" owned by Chris Little and helmed by Jeremy Robinson (505 world champion) with Mike Richards calling tactics and "Indulgence" of Graham Walker skippered by Tony Buckingham (owner driver of Farr 40 Class) and includes Peter Morton (tactics, 7 times at CMAC and 3/4 ton world champion), Oz Stewart (Olympic bronze medallist, Mumm 30 world champion), Neil McDonald (Whitbread on "Silk Cut", CMAC), Kensall Law (trimmer, CMAC), Mark Lamy (trimmer, 3/4 ton world champion).

The German entry "Faster K-Yote 2" , European champion in 1998, is owned by Ortwin Kandler. This boat finished second at last year's Corel 45 Worlds and for the Centenary Regatta will be helmed by French Bertrand Pace withThierry Peponnet calling tactics. The team has been sailing for three years on the Corel 45 and includes Luc Gellusseau Manager of the French team for the America's Cup Yaka with some members of the same syndicate who will be racing in New Zealand.

The Greek entry "Atlanti XI" , defending the title won last year in Athens, is owned by George Andreadis and the team will include the German olympic gold medallist Jochen Schuemann at the helm and the Italian Star world champion Enrico Chieffi as tactician.

The fleet will as well include the French boat "Cavale Bleu" owned by Michel Duquenne and helmed by Francois Brenac (match racer and 1997 ISAF World Champion) with the assistance of Luc Pillot (gold medallist in the 1988 olympics on a 470 together with Thierry Peponnet at that time )in the position of tactician and a Swedish boat owned and helmed by Thomas Blixt. -- Laura Jelmini


If you enjoy watching a spinnaker round-down, with the pole pounding through the water, the boom crashing across the deck and the foredeck crew being dragged through the ocean you'll love the sequential slide show on Daniel Forster's website:

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