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SCUTTLEBUTT #386 - August 27, 1999

The roster for US SAILING's 1999 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship, scheduled for September 19-25, in Newport, R.I., boasts an impressive list of foreign and national competitors alike, including France's Christine Briand, Canada's Felicity Clarke and USA's Vicki Sodaro.

Renowned French sailor Christine Briand, who will skipper an entry for her first ever appearance in the Rolex Women's, gained sailing notoriety in the 1980s as a French national sailing team member and 470 class World Champion. More recently she has proven her prowess in keelboats and offshore sailing. The 1994 ISAF World Women's Keelboat Champion, Briand was 4th at the '98 event and sails on the international women's match racing circuit (currently ranked 12th out of 105) with hopes of representing France at the 2004 Olympics.

Canada's Felicity Clarke, who placed seventh in '97 to claim honors as top-finishing foreign team, returns with three of her crew: Martha Henderson, Heather Jones and Storey Holt Wilkins (all of Toronto). Also sailing with Clarke will be fellow Toronto sailors Kathy Pask, who has skippered an entry for the last two Rolex Women's events, and Kari MacKay.

The teams will find tough competition from the California team led by skipper Vicki Sodaro (Tiburon), who finished fourth at the '97 Rolex Women's event. She returns with California crew members Stephanie Wondolleck (San Rafael) and Karina Vogen (Oakland). With Wondolleck as skipper, the trio won the '98 U.S. Women's Sailing Championship for the Adams Trophy. Also sailing with Sodaro will be Molly McCloud (Long Beach), Judy Yamaguchi (Albany) and Shana Rosenfeld (Santa Cruz). Newcomers to this year's regatta include teams from Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and South Carolina.

Alison Due to an intense coaching and match racing schedule, Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I.) will be unable to defend her title in this year's Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship

The eighth biennial running of the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship, hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and headquartered at Sail Newport, consists of ten races over five days. - Shannon Weisleder

Over Labor Day weekend, many West Coast residents will spend three days celebrating the last phase of summer. But for a group of West Coast sailors, any weekend celebrating they do during the holiday will be done for a reason other than a seasonal passage.

Racing sailors hailing from Oregon down to Southern California will meet on San Francisco Bay over the Labor Day weekend to engage in intense battles for sailing honors at the GMC Yukon/Sailing World NOOD Regatta. The celebrations at this two-day regatta will be all about sailing victories, and they won't start until Sunday afternoon-when the last boats cross the finish line and winners on this national sailing circuit are crowned.

Hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, the San Francisco NOOD will take place September 4-5. This regatta--which features close boat-for-boat competition, without time-handicap adjustments--is part of a national circuit of races sponsored by GMC Yukon and organized by Sailing World magazine (Newport, R.I.). A total of 13 classes and some 150 boats are expected to compete.

Three classes will use the NOOD regatta to run national and regional championships. Santa Cruz 27s will compete for their National Championships; at press time, a fleet of 18 boats were entered. The Antrim 27s will hold their first Nationals at the San Francisco NOOD. The J/29 class will vie for their Pacific Coast Championships.

The West Coast is a hotbed of racing action for the Melges 24 class, and some of the world's top Melges sailors call California home. In 1998, this class drew 30 boats to the San Francisco NOOD. To date, this class had drawn the largest number of entries for the '99 running of this regatta. Last year's top finishers returning this year include California skippers Argyle Campbell, class winner in '98, and Bruce Ayres and his crew on MONSOON, who finished third.

The Farr 40 class will join the San Francisco NOOD for the first time. At presstime, a fleet of 11 boats were registered to compete. Farr 40s will be tuning up in Northern California conditions for their '99 world championships, which take place the weekend following the NOOD, on San Francisco Bay.

The Farr 40s have added an additional day of racing on Friday, September 3. All other classes begin racing on Saturday, September 4 and conclude Sunday, September 5. Awards will be presented at the St. Francis YC, following the conclusion of Sunday's races.

The National Offshore One-Design (NOOD) series was created by Sailing World Magazine of Newport (R.I.). In 1999, the GMC Yukon/Sailing World NOOD includes nine stops in: St. Petersburg (FL), San Diego (CA), Annapolis (MD), Detroit (MI), Chicago (IL), Marblehead (MA), San Francisco (CA), Larchmont (NY), Houston (TX). Title sponsor GMC Yukon is joined by presenting sponsor Mount Gay Rum and support sponsors Sebago, Hall Spars, Hall Rigging, High Sierra Sport Company, Sunsail, Interlux, Lewmar, North Sails, and Samuel Adams. - Cynthia Flanagan Goss

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In 'Butt #385, Matt Jones asked: Which two US sailors have both won the Americas Cup and both won the Whitbread/Volvo race? And the answer he gave Kimo Worthington and Josh Belsky.
There are however others outside the US, and Peter Montgomery was nice enough to write in and point out other members of this exclusive club:
Brad Butterworth Steinlager2 89/90 & Black Magic NZL 32 '95
Dean Phipps Steinlager2 89/90 & Black Magic NZL 32 '95
Robbie Naismith Yamaha 93/94 & Black Magic NZL32 '95
Joey Allen Yamaha 93/94 & Black Magic NZL 32 '95
.Peter Blake Steinlager2 & Black Magic NZL 32 '95

Montgomery also started a list of those who are in another exclusive club -- sailors who have won an Olympic medal and an America's Cup winners medal. He came with six for sure and a couple of questions: Dennis Conner, John Bertrand, Buddy Melges, Russell Coutts, Craig Monk & Colin Beashel
  • Did 1977 Courageous crew member Con Finlay also win an Olympic Rowing medal?
  • Australia 2 grinder Brian Richardson stroked the Australian eight at the 1980 Olympics but did he win a medal?


Ullman sails dominated the 1999 Melges 24 U.S. National Championships for the third year in a row! This year Ullman sails were on all of the top five boats -- three of those boats used Ullman sails exclusively:

1st Ullman Spinnakers
2nd All Ullman Sails
3rd Ullman Spinnakers
4th All Ullman Sails
5th All Ullman Sails
And at the other end of the performance spectrum, Ullman Sails also won the Lido 14 Nationals and they also took second and fourth place at that regatta. Whether you sail a hot boat, or not so hot, Ullman Sails will move your performance up a couple of clicks:

* Skipper Russell Coutts believes Team New Zealand's first new boat to defend the America's Cup is unlike anything in the challenger fleet so far. Coutts reckons NZL57 is "significantly different" from the other new generation cup boats he has seen.

It may be gamesmanship. He may be spot on. But trained eyes will be able to make that call on September 9 when NZL57 is christened. Whether the difference, if any, is for better or worse won't be known for certain until February next year, when TNZ finally get to race. And you can bet that their second yacht, NZL60, will be different again.

Team New Zealand are doing their homework on the challengers, studying photos and film - and making personal observations - of new boats launched around the world. Some syndicates aren't hiding from inquisitive eyes. Dennis Conner's Stars and Stripes arrived last weekend wearing a figure-hugging plastic wrap which left little to the imagination. And true to his word, Conner has left the skirts off the boat, and she is on display in her open-ended shed on her village base. USA55 should be in the water by next weekend.

In contrast, Young America's first boat, USA53, tried to sneak into town without attention - but it's not easy to disguise an America's Cup yacht. The boat is now locked away in the shed on their base, having her appendages attached before she makes her debut dip into the sea some time next week. Skipper Ed Baird arrived in Auckland yesterday. New York's second boat, USA58, will be here in three weeks' time. -- Suzanne McFadden, NZ Herald

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* Winding down. Somehow that term does not accurately describe the procedures taking place here at our compound on Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA. However, winding down, or up as the case may be, is what is going on here. I am out of here this Saturday, heading down to New Zealand. The rest of our shoreteam will follow shortly after.

The break down of a camp the size of AmericaOne compares to moving a small housing estate. There is a sail loft and timber floor to be carefully taken up and then reassembled in Auckland in three weeks time. In addition we have 15 containers to ship everything including three rubber boats, a 60 ft motor yacht, sails, materials and machinery for maintaining the boat, electronics and rigging workshops, spare parts and spare parts - and of course, the two boats. The list is endless and all this has to be listed and then catalogued for customs in New Zealand. On a much more personal level we are also transporting all the "boys toys" for the sail and shore team (when they will get to use them I don't know - I think it is the eternal optimism in us all,never wanting to miss a opportunity if and when it arises). We have mountain bikes, surf boats and climbing gear to name a few, all of which must been cleaned boxed for as New Zealand agriculture are very strict on what comes into the country. Last, but by no means least, there are our AmericaOne families and all that they need to set-up home in Auckland for the next six months. I don't think I have ever seen so many strollers or play pens ("Jails" as one of our "new" Dads calls them) and all these are going into an America's Cup container. It must be a reflection on the fact that none of us are getting any younger!

Needless to say "we have a bit on" and it is imperative that this all happens in an orderly, almost regimented fashion because when those containers hit New Zealand there will be no time for hold ups. So to our daily report: today was packing, listing, phoning, more packing, picking things up, dropping things off and closing out accounts. The list is endless and getting longer by the moment while I am sitting here writing to you, so for now that's it. Counting down! - Sarah O'Kane, Housing & Logistics Manager, AmericaOne

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If you've tried the VirtualCup computer racing game, you already know how addictive it can be. If you haven't -- just do it. It's great funand you can download it free from the Stars & Stripes website.

Right now I'm sure some of you are thinking that I'm hyping this because I happen to be PR guy for Team Dennis Conner. Trust me -- that has nothing to do with it. I'm putting my stamp of approval on it because of the great fun I've had playing the game for the last few days. And I'm getting pretty good at it. The other boat NEVER beats me anymore.

My best time is 11:43 and I'd be interested in hearing from other 'Buttheads who have better times than that. And for those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, check it out:

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

Thirteen yacht clubs from eight countries completed their Notices of Entry for the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger races by the August 1 deadline. The America's Cup Challenge Association (ACCA), organising authority for the Louis Vuitton Cup, is delighted with the strong response." "With 13 entrants we match the record number of challengers that competed in the 1987 Louis Vuitton Cup held in Fremantle." stated Dyer Jones, president of ACCA.

The next date of importance is September 18, just 30 days before the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup. All yachts that do not have a valid measurement certificate must be in Auckland for measurement. Boats with measurement certificates need to be in Auckland by October 4 to compete in the first Round Robin. The Louis Vuitton Cup starts on October 18, 1999.

Since May 14, 1997 (the original closing date for entries), four clubs - Societe Nautique Rolloise (Switzerland), St. Thomas Yacht Club (US Virgin Islands) Royal Dorset Yacht Club (United Kingdom) and Aberdeen Boat Club (Hong Kong) have fallen by the wayside. Societe Nautique Rolloise missed the performance bond deadline of 31 January 1998. St. Thomas Yacht Club officially withdrew in January 1999 and the remaining two did not submit Notices of Entry. Two clubs, Yacht Club de Cannes and Societe Nautique du Grau du Roi Port Camargue combined forces to form one of the two French challenges, Le defi Sud.


  • Club Nautique Morgien/F.A.S.T. 2000 (Morges, Switzerland) - One boat
  • Cortez Racing Association/Team Dennis Conner (San Diego, USA) - One boat
  • Cruising Yacht Club of Australia/Young Australia (Sydney, Australia) - One boat
  • Monte Real Club Yates de Bayona/ Real Club Nautico de Valencia/ The Spanish Challenge (Madrid, Spain) - Two boats
  • New York Yacht Club/Young America Challenge (New York, USA.) - Two boats
  • Nippon Yacht Club/Nippon Challenge (Tokyo, Japan) - Two boats
  • St. Francis Yacht Club/AmericaOne Challenge (San Francisco,USA) - Two boats
  • St. Petersburg Yacht Club/Age of Russia Challenge (St. Petersburg, Russia) - One boat
  • San Francisco Yacht Club/America True Challenge (San Francisco) - One boat
  • Union Nationale Pour la Course au Large/Le defi Bouygues Telecom Transiciel (Paris, France) - One boat
  • Waikiki Yacht Club/Aloha Racing Team (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA) - Two boats
  • Yacht Club de Cannes/Societe Nautique Grau-du-Roi Port Camargue/Le defi Sud (France) - One boat
  • Yacht Club Punta Ala/Prada Challenge 2000 (Milan, Italy) - Two boats

It is now 12 years since Britain challenged for the Cup in 12-Metres in Fremantle, Australia, 1987. And although they were the nation that helped to start all this business, they have now slipped even further out of contention. Press reports from England state that the Brits spent some NZ$14million getting their challenge to what they thought was a viable position, but then everything came to a grinding halt as they failed to get enough backing to continue. But those same reports say that the start up money will not be lost. Most of it has been spent on research and development with Britain's Olympic games yachting team and the Volvo round the world race, both likely to get the benefits from the funds spent (read invested).

US$30,000 REWARD
The 40' racing sloop, PRONTO, has been missing from its anchorage in Simpson Bay, St Maarten, since early April 1999 and is presumed stolen by persons unknown. Underwriters have now raised the reward to US$30,000 (thirty thousand dollars) for information leading to the apprehension of the possible thieves and return of the vessel PRONTO.

This 1990, Nelson/Marek racing sloop shows a nearly plumb bow, triple spreaders on the painted white aluminum mast, 9 foot draft with "L" shaped bulb keel, aluminum tiller steering and an open, reverse transom. The sail number is US 32050, the registration is DL 5506 U and the H.I.N. is ZBV040001900.

Please reply in confidence to William Howe:

Final results for the 1999 GL70 Season Championship were Dick Jennings' Pied Piper - first, Terry Kohler/Peter Riechelsdorfer's Cynosure - second and Paul Sammann's Blondie - third with John Nedeau's Windancer 2 points and Bert D'Ottavio's Thirsty Tiger 5 ? points out of third. The year 2000 looks to be another exciting year for the Great Lakes 70's. Currently 11 boats strong - two to three additional boats are expected to compete. - Courtesy of the Torresen Sailing Site,

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what do you suppose the OFFICIAL videotape of the Sydney-Hobart Race is worth? Of the 115 starters in this race, only 40 made it to Hobart. After a pleasant start, the race quickly became a battle for survival -- a battle six men would ultimately lose. 80-foot seas and 80-knot winds -- something you never want to see in person. The footage from cameras on board the boats documents the bravery, the terror and the extraordinary rescue efforts. This impressive videotape is now available online, and it's only $29.95 plus postage and handling:

Macatawa, MI - Twenty-three 1D35's have assembled at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club for the class' second annual National Championship Regatta. Racing will start Friday, August 27, and run daily through Sunday, August 29, with eight races scheduled on windward-leeward courses set in Lake Michigan.

Defending National Champion Kip Meadows from Rocky Mount, NC will compete on his 'roXanne' with most of the members from his 1998 championship-winning team. Meadows is also the current leader in this year's Season Championship series, for which this will be a bonus point regatta among the six scheduled this year. 'roXanne's' tactician at the Nationals will be two-time Champagne Mumm Admiral's Cup winner Dee Smith from Petaluma, CA. - Dobbs Davis

Class website:

The rat race stressing you out? Well, the rats may have found an answer -- orange juice. An Alabama researcher has found that stressed-out rats given vitamin C showed fewer physiological signs of angst than their cage-mates who didn't get the extra nutrient.

While the work is preliminary and might not apply to humans, it does hold out hope that vitamin C may prevent some of the damage of stress, including a weakened immune system. -- HealthSCOUT

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