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SCUTTLEBUTT #393 - September 9, 1999

The fourth day of racing at Star World Championships at Punta Ala in Italy produced a mixed set of results for Ian Walker and Mark Covell after they finished twentieth across the line but watched some of their main contenders for the podium and country qualification be disqualified under the black flag starting rule.

1992 Olympic Bronze medallist Ross Macdonald (Canada) and 1996 Olympic Champion Torben Grael (Brazil), who were second and fourth overall respectively yesterday, have both used their single discard for the series having been over the start line early.

They were amongst a pack of up to twenty boats that there were caught out. Included in the pack were Alexander Hagen (Germany), and Howard Shiebler (USA) who were ninth and tenth overall before today's fourth race. RYA Team GBR's Ian Walker and Mark Covell, sailing United Airlines, held back at the start and had to fight their way through the pack in the moderate conditions from fourteenth at the top mark to around twentieth at the finish. - Nigel Cherie, RYA

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The 2000 Organizing Committee met in Newport in May and finalized the Draft NOR for the 2000 Race. This Draft is available on the Race Web Site or mail by calling or writing to the Organizing Committee. It should be used for planning purposes only, since some changes are still possible. The Final NOR will be available by October and will be mailed to everyone receiving these Newsletters by mail.

An announcement has been made that the 2000 Race will include a Classics Division for yachts over 30 years old having specialized rigs or situations. This Non-Spinnaker Division will use the AMERICAP Rating and Scoring System. All stability, safety and inspection requirements of the Notice of Race will apply. The Committee will attempt to screen entries into this division to provide well matched competition.

One of the changes since 1998 is that 25 % of the racing crew, including two people from the afterguard, should attend a Sanctioned Safety at Sea Seminar before the 2000 Race. An ideal opportunity to meet this requirement will be offered in Newport during the weekend of 11-12 March, 2000. A Sanctioned Seminar will be offered on Saturday, 11 March, and an Offshore Medical Preparations Seminar and a Race Preparation Briefing by the Race Committee will be held on Sunday, 12 March.

A new 1000 foot seawall has been built at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club enclosing an area to the south of the old dock. Floating docks have been installed inside the area and to the north of the old dock. The facility should be able to accommodate approximately 150 boats following the 2000 Race.

The 2000 Race Committee will screen the professional status of all crewmembers. Crew Lists submitted by Captains must include the eligibility group status of each person as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing, Appendix R. These lists will be published for peer review and possible protest. Captains should consider having anyone on the margins of the amateur definition obtain a US SAILING Competitor Eligibility Determination well before the Race. Any IMS yacht whose Crew List does not appear in the published list will not be eligible to race for the Lighthouse Trophy. Applications for a US SAILING eligibility group status review can be obtained by fax at 1-888-USSAIL6 (Document #1504) or from the US SAILING Web Site:
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The penultimate day of racing at the World Disabled Sailing Championships on the Bay of Cadiz in Spain saw Great Britain's Andy Cassell (from the Isle of Wight), Andrew Millband (Isle of Wight) and Brian Harding (Southampton) cement their position in the medal zone with a clear win over the twenty three strong Sonar fleet.

While temperatures continued to hover around the 28 - 30 degree mark, the large windshifts, which came with no indication, continued to cause problems for the race committee. After both classes started their first race in a steady 6-9 knot breeze and were well into their first downwind leg, the breeze shifted through a full one hundred and thirty degrees. With not a single cloud in the sky, there was nothing in the land of the gods to suggest what was coming, nor a change in wind strength, leaving the race committee no choice but to abandon the race.

The abandonment came as a blow for Mike Browne (London) who had all 26 boats in the 2.4mR class behind him at the time. "I had quite a healthy lead which is a shame," said Mike. While he wasn't able to reproduce that level of pace for race two, his fifth place is enough to move him up to fourth overall, within striking distance of a medal. - Nigel Cherie, RYA

Standings - Sonar: 1, Cassell / Millband / Harding, GBR, 14 points; 1(tie), Kroker / Munter / Reichi, GER, 14; 3, Hessels / Ruesink / Russn, NED, 15 ; 4, Efrati / Cohen / Spector, ISR, 30; 5, Fresk / Bagge / Jan Edbom, SWE, 33; 6, Callahan / Huges / Burhans, USA, 40; 7, Robertson / Suckling / Long, GBR, 42; 8, Ross-Duggan / Esparza / Aucreman, USA, 43; 9, Robins / Martin / Dunross, AUS, 44; 10, Garcia / Emerteri / Mastra, CAN, 51.

International 2.4 Metre Class: 1, Heiko Kroger, GER, 6 points; 2, Jens Als Andersen, DEN, 25; 3, Philippe Balle, FRA, 31; 4, Mike Browne, GBR, 33; 5, Marco Turbiglio, ITA, 34; 6, Jostein Stordahl, NOR, 46; 7, Dan McCoy, CAN, 47; 8, Claes Hultling, SWE, 50; 9, David Schroeder, USA, 53; 10, Ian Harrison, GBR, 56.

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Very close racing in the first race of the Majorica One Ton Cup, in Puerto Portals (Palma de Mallorca, Spain): the ten boat fleet of Corel 45s taking part in the event sailed a windward/leeward course 5.4 nm long. The first boat to cross the finishing line was German Faster K-Yote 2 helmed by French Bertrand Pace who engaged a true "match race" with British entry Indulgence during last leg. As a matter of fact The British boat helmed by Tony Buckingham took the lead since the beginning, but the German team on the boat owned by Ortwin Kandler sailed an almost perfect race after a very good start.

At the start the 1998 world champion Atalanti X came back to cross the starting line assuming a premature start, but it was not true (the individual X recall flag hadn't been lowered) so German helmsman Jochen Schuemann could only finish fifth. - Laura Jelmini

Majorica One Ton Cup, Corel 45 World Championship - Provisional results after one race: 1 RACE 1. Faster K-Yote 2, Germany, O. Kandler/B. Pace (France), 1 p. 2. Indulgence, Great Britain, T.Buckingham, 2 p. 3. Investor, Sweden, T. Blixt, 3 p. 4. Aifos, Spain, Armada Espagnola, SAR Felipe de Borbon, 4 p. 5. Atalanti X, Greece, G. Andreadis/J. Schuemann (Germany), 5 p. 6. Cavale Bleu, France, M. Duquenne/F. Brenac, 6 p. 7. Babbalaas, Great Britain, D. McLean/E.Warden-Owen, 7 p. 8. Mallorca Yachting, Spain, J. Jaudenes, 8 p. 9. Bounder, Great Britain, Chris Little/J. Robinson, 9 p. 10. La Casera, Spain, E. Jaudenes/G. Weisman (USA), DSQ/ 11 p.


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* NZL-57, Team New Zealand's latest IACC yacht came out of the TNZ shed today at the Cup Harbour, and is having the mast fitted. Not much can be seen of the yacht as she is clothed in a white shroud from the deckline to the keel for the full length of the boat.

The shroud sets a new high/low in security with framing around the keel area and the shroud is more of a structure (maybe to allow the boat to be completed outside), than a skirt. Even though the shroud fabric is clinging to the sides of NZL-57 like in a wet T-shirt contest, it is difficult to glean details of the hull shape, however the bow does look a little different.

The mast is conventional and is not the same wing mast dimensions as NZL-32 which is alongside on the hard-stand. Both are a lot smaller in chord width than Young America - which is also on the hard-stand, a couple of sites to the north.

Today in Auckland is a bit miserable with low cloud and steady drizzle. Not a good day for working outside on boats. Stars and Stripes and America True are out sailing, with Young America having a day onshore.

Launching for NZL-57 is on Thursday afternoon - hopefully more will be revealed at that point. - Richard Gladwell

* In all the excitement and drama of the build-up to America's Cup 2000, it is sometimes easy to lose sight of all the attractions of sailing in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. But Liz Baylis of the America True syndicate has put out a nice reminder that there is, in fact, life outside of the America's Cup.

Describing a day of testing near the Great Barrier Island, she says they first encountered a pod of porpoises, which had a great time playing under the bow and around the keel bulbs of both America True and NZL39. Later the same day, they had to tack in a hurry to avoid a whale and its calf. As she said, "Exciting stuff." - Murray Taylor, America's Cup 2000

Which of the following boats were designed by C Raymond Hunt?
A, 12 Meter Easterner
B. Bertram 31 power boat
C. Concordia 41
D. 110 one-design
E. Original Boston Whalers

Answer at the end of this issue of 'Butt

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

-- From Eric Steinberg -- Consider this... As far as I can tell, the technical logistics of Grand Prix yacht racing are unparalleled in modern sports. Name another sport that involves more players on a single team, on the playing field at one time, than sailing at the Americas Cup level (or maxi classes, etc). I don't think there is one!

No report yesterday, but provisional results after 5 races were posted. No racing today as Thursday is a reserve day and one race a day is planned for Firday and Saturday. A drop race will be included with the completion of 6 races. -- Alex Pline



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It sounds like a bad joke - a Kiwi, an American-Kiwi and an Australian-Kiwi decide to sail a boat for New Zealand in the Olympics. Then along comes a rich Italian, hires them to work for his America's Cup team, and pays for their Olympic campaign. The punchline? They help Italy win the cup off New Zealand, then win Olympic gold wearing the silver fern.

Okay, so the punchline hasn't been delivered yet. But it leaves Rod Davis, Don Cowie and Alan Smith facing a peculiar scenario. In the space of six months, the New Zealand Soling crew could win the America's Cup and the Olympics for different countries.

Next week Davis, Cowie and Smith will sail in the pre-Olympics on Sydney Harbour to get an idea of where they stand a year out from the games. Davis doesn't expect to win the dress rehearsal - after all, his crew have been totally immersed in the build-up to the America's Cup, living in Italy and coaching the Prada crew.

Life will be crazy in the next 12 months. "But what else would you want to be doing? An America's Cup and an Olympics in the same year - that's amazing," says Davis.

It's especially good when you're working for Mr Prada, Patrizio Bertelli. When the trio decided to have a go at the three-man Soling for the Sydney Olympics, American-born, Auckland-based Davis dipped into his own pocket to buy the $60,000 boat. Then the three guys went to work for the Prada camp, and their Olympic money worries were eased.

Prada have virtually had the undivided attention of Davis, Cowie and Smith. The coaches won't be here next weekend when the Italian boats arrive in Auckland, but Bertelli, head of the European fashion house, understands. "Bertelli is a pretty clever guy. He realised that if he helped pay for our Olympic campaign, then we would work for him completely, and not be running around trying to raise money," Davis said.

The Soling crew have also received a special grant from the NZ Sports Foundation after proving themselves medal contenders by finishing fourth at this year's world championships.

Davis confidently believes his crew can win an Olympic medal in Sydney next September. He should have a fair idea - he won gold in the Soling for the US in 1984. Davis - who has worked for American, New Zealand and Australian cup campaigns - joined forces with Cowie to win silver for New Zealand in the smaller Star boat at the 1992 games. Now they have taken on Smith, a Kiwi who has been living in Perth. The three have sailed together before, on the world match racing circuit.

But Davis, now 43, admits they are "longer in the tooth" these days, so they have had to take a different approach to this campaign. "Our age haunts us - we can't get away with what we used to. We can't stay up all night and still race the Olympics in the morning," he said. So now they go to the gym every day of the week, and Davis has had to give up his favourite soft drink, of which he was drinking four litres a day. -- Suzanne McFadden, NZ Herald,

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Doug Smith passed away quite suddenly early Tuesday morning. He had been treated the previous week for viral pneumonia, and it was eventually determined that the lining of his heart had been affected, however he was out of the hospital - in fact, he came down to the club for early morning coffee on Monday. He complained of pain in his chest and arm about 1:00 a.m. Tuesday, and called his doc, who advised his wife to get him in the car and go straight to the hospital. They made it as far as the 7-11 on Rosecrans, when Doug had a seizure; his wife spotted a police car in the 7-11 parking lot and pulled in, and paramedics were summoned. Within 10 minutes after eventually arriving at the hospital, the surgeon came out and said that efforts to revive Doug had not been successful. It's assumed that no plans of any kind will be made until his son in England returns. - James Nichols

Sid Blinder, longtime Marina Del Rey sailor, boat builder (Sidney Sabot), racer, mentor to many young sailors passed away Tuesday evening. He had a long and colorful sailing career and will be missed by many. - Tucker Strasser

Curmudgeon's comment: Sid was much more than just my friend - he was truly special and unique. It seemed like he was the friend of everyone he met. A wise and gentle person, Sid led by example. A one-of-a-kind human being who was so much more human than most. It's a huge understatement to say he will be missed. Sid was one of those unique people who helped so many people and brought happiness into every life he touched. And he touched a lot of us -- deeply. He certainly touched me in a very personal and permanent way. There will never be another like Sid Blinder. Rest in peace my friend!

All of the classic boats listed were designed by the versatile C Raymond Hunt.

I've seen it all, heard it all, and done it all. Unfortunately, I can't remember it all.