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SCUTTLEBUTT 1249 - January 28, 2003

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Oracle tactician John Cutler believes the challengers have seriously
weakened Alinghi's chances of beating Team New Zealand by agreeing to such
restrictive wind limits in the challenger series.

Russell Coutts' Swiss syndicate Alinghi line up against Team New Zealand
for the America's Cup in the best-of-nine series starting on February 15.
But unlike the challenger series, which had wind limits, the America's Cup
match has no such restrictions. It will be up to the principal race
officer, Harold Bennett, to make the call whether to start and quit racing
for the safety of the crews.

For racing to start in the Louis Vuitton challenger series the wind had to
average between seven and 19 knots over a five-minute period. If it
exceeded an average of 23 knots over a five-minute period during racing,
the yachts went back to base. Nineteen of 55 race days were abandoned
because of the weather. On several of those days, racing could have gone
ahead had the upper limit been extended by just two or three knots.

"The wind limits we agreed to were way to low," Cutler said. They were
significantly lower to what we raced in last time. I think if it does
become windy, just as it is likely to in February, then the challengers
might be found wanting." - Julie Ash, NZ Herald, full story:

* GERONIMO: The Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran has crossed
the virtual line of Cape Good Hope today at 17 hours 35 minutes, 37 seconds
TU. That is 16 days 14 hours 35 minutes 26 seconds since the departure.
That is 2 days 4 hours 4 minutes 34 seconds better than the present record.

* KINGFISHER2 slipped her mooring lines and left her base in Lorient,
(north west France) at 1420 GMT to sail to the Jules Verne start line off
of the island of Ushant (northern western tip of France) and to begin their
assault on the non-stop round the world record. This passage could take
between 10 and 14 hours. Once Kingfisher2 has reached the start area they
will review the weather situation for the exact start time. Gaining a few
hours by choosing the best moment to leave could of course make the
difference in the end. -

NOTE: Just prior to departure, Ellen gave herself a haircut not unlike
those worn by the players in the NBA. Ellen was quoted in The Telegraph as
saying, "It's to save weight."

In Key West this past week, it was very obvious that Scuttlebutt's glowing
descriptions of the Camet products have not fallen on deaf ears. Camet
Shorts were everywhere. The Camet padded shorts are available in a variety
of colors and different models. For men, in the 3000, the Cargo, and
Bermuda style. For women, in the 3000 and the new Ocean shorts. See them
and their high tech gear at

More than 470 athletes representing over 30 countries will be competing
this week on Biscayne Bay as the Rolex Miami OCR gets underway. In its
14th year, the Rolex Miami OCR has not seen a turnout like this since the
two years leading up to the '96 Savannah Olympic Regatta, when foreign
sailors targeted the event for testing themselves on U.S.
waters. Registration ends next Tuesday, before racing begins on Wednesday,
January 29.

In the 470 Men's class, 2000 470 Men's Olympic Silver Medallist Paul
Foerster (Rockwall, Texas) will team up with Miami's Kevin Burnham, a 470
Olympic Silver Medallist (crew) from 1992. Considered yachting's elite
"elders" at ages 38 and 45, respectively, Foerster and Burnham are
considerable threats on the international circuit after a second-place
finish at last fall's U.S. Olympic Pre-Trials, only their second regatta as
a team.

On the women's side of this class, another intriguing duo, Allison Jolly
(St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Lynne Shore (Newport, R.I.), has made a comeback
after a long sailing hiatus. The winners of the first-ever Olympic gold
medals in the 470 Women's class when the event debuted in 1988. Jolly and
Shore are 45 and 42 year old, respectively.

Now that all the U.S. teams have been eliminated from the America's Cup,
U.S. sailors returning from New Zealand are turning their focus to the
Rolex Miami OCR -- especially in the Star class. Entries so far include
skippers Paul Cayard (Kentfield, Calif.) from Oracle Racing, and Vince Brun
(San Diego, Calif.), Tony Rey (Newport, R.I.) and Terry Hutchinson
(Harwood, Md.), all from Stars & Stripes.

The teams will face stiff competition from two skippers--Bill Hardesty (San
Diego, Calif.) and Andy Lovell (New Orleans, La.)--who are both College
Sailors of the Year, as well as from John Kostecki (Fairfax, Calif.),
winning skipper of the most recent Volvo Around the World race. 2000 Star
Olympic Gold Medallists and World Champions Mark Reynolds (San Diego,
Calif.) and Magnus Liljedahl (Miami, Fla.) are back with intentions of
winning the Rolex Miami OCR a second time. (The team won in '99 and
finished second in '98 and 2001.)

On the foreign front, defending Rolex Miami OCR skipper and 2000 Olympian
Marc Pickel (GER) will make an assault along with Great Britain's Iain
Percy and crew Steve Mitchell, who are the 2002 Nautica Star World
Champions. 2000 Olympians Peter Bromby/Martin Siese (BER), Bill Abbott
(CAN) and Ross MacDonald (CAN) round out a field that has already climbed
to 61 entries. - Media Pro Int'l, OCR/

* January 31: How to Read the Weather Seminar, by Bill Biewenga, Strictly
Sail, Chicago. A two-hour, interactive workshop that covers how to use
weather charts and takes your understanding of weather to a higher level. -

* March 10-17: IMCO North American Championship, Asociacion Mexicana de
Tabla Vela A.C & Mexican Sailing Federation, Mirada, Yucatan, Mexico. -

"There's been a lot of talk about all the technical things, but I think
eventually it always comes down to a yacht race. You have to start, you
have to go the right way and you have to sail fast. That doesn't change."
Francesco de Angelis, 2000Louis Vuitton Cup winner. - LVC website,

"It is possible a faster boat will give one team the edge. From 1967-2003
there's always been an edge and the boat with the edge has won." - Dennis
Conner, Yachting World website:

The Brazilian catamaran Adrenalina Pura, skippered by Georg Ehrensperger,
finished the gruelling SAP Cape to Rio 2003 late Sunday evening - the
race's second finisher. The next finisher in Rio de Janeiro will be the
first mono-hull, the German 81-foot maxi Morning Glory. Skipper Hasso
Plattner reported Monday that they are still 101 miles away, and moving
slowly. -

Skipper Dean Barker has pledged his long-term loyalty to Team New Zealand,
saying he will not quit the America's Cup holders for an overseas team.
Barker, 29, said he had already told his crew and Team New Zealand's board
of directors that he would stay with them if they won the America's Cup
against Team Alinghi next month.

Barker said that while he did not want to think about losing, if that
happened Team New Zealand might try to overcome stiff financial odds to put
together another challenge. He could not imagine sailing for another team. -

* Team New Zealand's management have confidential plans under way to fend
off poaching raids after the cup. Although it is not known when team
members' contracts end, with most syndicates it is just days or weeks after
their campaigns finish. Chief executive Ross Blackman said the team would
not sit by and watch their talent leave. "Most definitely the management of
Team New Zealand will be doing everything they possibly can to ensure that
continuity is in place for next time." - Helen Tunnah, NZ Herald, full

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* There is an interesting confidential survey being taken on the E-Scow
class website concerning kinetics. Those of you with opinions - including
skippers, crews, one-design officers and judges - will undoubtedly want to
look it over:

* Star Class champion Mark Reynolds was inducted a sailor into the San
Diego Hall of Champions - the first sailor so honored in 18 years. Reynolds
was the Star Class World champion in both 1995 and 2000 and has won two
Olympic Gold Medals (2000 and 1992) and a Silver (1988). Reynolds joins
fellow San Diego yachtsmen Lowell North, Gerry Driscoll, Dennis Connor, and
Malin Burnham on the roster of Hall of Fame members

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* The last testing session at sea in the Hauraki Gulf is over for Team
Prada. Since being eliminated from the Louis Vuitton Cup on December 17,
the design team and crew have been working on a series of modifications to
the yachts Luna Rossa ITA 74 and ITA 80 that had been planned many months
ago. The Prada's shore team will work on the demobilization of the boats
and various equipment. A small group of team members will continue working
in Auckland throughout the America's Cup. -

* Those attending the Strictly Sail Chicago Boat Show on Friday will be the
first one to learn the details of the Musto Scuttlebutt Sailing Club's
Championship Regatta. It will all happen at the Dry Creek Vineyard Pro Am
Regatta party at the booth of the Bitter End Yacht Club (#182). Enjoy the
show, but stop by the BEYC's booth around 5:00 PM for some refreshment.
There also will be an opportunity to enter to win a four day/ three night
vacation for two that can be used during the event.

* Alinghi resumed preparations Tuesday, following a short layoff, for
next month's America's Cup final against Team New Zealand. The reappearance
of the Alinghi yachts, SUI-64 and 75, has led to speculation that the Swiss
syndicate has been working on a version of Team New Zealand's hull
appendage. The appendages on New Zealand's yacht leave characteristic wakes
but as SUI-64 and 75 towed to sea Tuesday, from the Viaduct Basin onto
Auckland's Waitemata Harbor, it was unclear whether either had a hull
addition. - Steve McMorran, AP as posted on the Fox Sports website,

Swiss billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli believes the reaction of New
Zealanders to Alinghi will be vital to the future of the America's Cup. He
said a campaign against his team, which included threats against crew and
their families, had been "unfortunate at times".

"I think the defining moment is coming. What happens in the next three to
four weeks is going to define what this sport is all about and I think
everyone has a role to play in what we can make out of the America's Cup.
"The next three weeks will tell us a lot about what all of us think about
sailing, and what all of us want to do about this sport." - Helen Tunnah
and Ainsley Thompson, NZ Herald, full story:

(Letters selected for publication must include the writer's name and may be
edited for clarity or space - 250 words max. This is not a chat room or a
bulletin board - you only get one letter per subject, so give it your best
shot and don't whine if others disagree.)

* From Peter Harken (Re Phillip Sanderson and his questioning how the
laws of NZ allow restrictions on a public body of water, the Hauraki Gulf
as compared to the US): Simple: Because they can! New Zealand as a
sovereign nation makes its own laws as does our country, some different and
some the same. But when it comes to protecting the land and its waters for
the general population they do a better job than us.

On that note, I hope that visiting Americans in whatever country stop
comparing the US and the country they are in which is too often a trait of
our peoples. We are a guest in another country same as a guest in another's
house and should behave as such. Admire, respect, meld in with the culture
and population, drink it all in and forget the criticism and comparisons
and really enjoy this different country you're visiting, that's why you
came, right?

Because of our nation's constant threats of war, I plead to all of us
traveling Americans to be extra polite, friendly and non critical. I'm a
proud American and love this country dearly, and our best defense and
pro-activeness for our nation's reputation overseas now more than ever is,
be a super gracious guest!

* From Frieda K. Wildey (re Phillip Sanderson's letter about exclusive
sailing areas): We do have the same thing in the US - any time there is a
marine event with the possibility of major spectator boat traffic and
safety issues, the US Coast Guard, State Natural Resources Police and local
marine police {city and county in our instance} have jurisdiction to
restrict marine traffic in any areas they see fit. Witness what happened
with the Chesapeake Bay 1998 Whitbread, OpSail 2000 and 2002 Volvo Race
stopovers. Many times the boats involved in an event will themselves have
moving restricted areas around them to prevent spectator craft from coming
too close as they transit.

* From Matthew L. Thomas: While often prtrayed as a nation against nation
event, the America's Cup has always been a boat against boat race, funded
by private individuals or sponsorships - no national money here - thank
heaven, can you imagine a government trying to put together a program in 4

The Blackheart campaign seems to have conveniently forgotten the fact that
the "hula" has been designed by an American naval architect.... With
everyone crying fouland traitor on the exodus of NZ sailors it seems that
they are quite happy to have a foreigner's designs on there boat. This
becomes a huge deal if TNZ keeps the Cup and credits the hula with the
extra boatspeed. Makes you wonder, doesn't it?

* From George Brooks, Auckland, New Zealand: Let's not forget that New
Zealand's last defence was not "private enterprise" only and significant
funding was provided by New Zealand as a nation -government funding via
Television New Zealand and Lotto and the nation via fundraising activities
such as the red socks. Obviously this funding paid these gentlemen. We are
probably the first country or holder of the cup to "nationalise" it ...
right or wrong ... and it has become more than significant to our economy
and international exposure as a tourist destination and business incubator.
Coutts and Butterworth are not simple men. They know, so don't look on New
Zealand as a typical holder or challenger - if there is such a beast -but a
Nation competing. We do hope that these gentlemen enjoy the challenge they
sought - that of taking the cup, its economic value, the eyes of the world,
and jobs from New Zealand!

* From Brad Russell: In response to Chris Laidlaw's article, I must
ask: How many of the original TNZ crew from the last defense are now
sailing with TNZ? He makes it sound as if Coutts and Butterworth are the
only ones who jumped ship. I think this is grossly understated especially
after reading Butterworth's interview.

The America's Cup is not the Olympics where national athletes are unpaid
amateurs representing their own country. Athlete's that choose to make
their sport a profession must seek opportunities that progress their
profession and maintain employment. I do not see NZ offering such
opportunities to keep them nor do I see the difference in the NZ
professional athlete's that leave to play Rugby in and for other countries
as Chris tries to keep distinctly separate.

I am an American. And while I adamantly hope to see the cup return, I do
not speak such words as betrayment when I admire the designs coming from
and American boat designer ... working for Team New Zealand. Get over it
and let the best team win, regardless of what country they were born in.

* From Vincent Delany, Dublin, <vdelany@RKD.IE>: We the Water Wag Club
have in our possession a book called 'The Lawson History of the Americas
Cup' written by Winfield M. Thompson and Thomas W. Lawson and published in
Boston in 1902. The book describes the history of the event up to and
including Mr. Lawson's own challenge to defend the cup. The book was never
commercially published but was distributed privately. Our book is No. 2952
of 3000?. I wonder does anybody know the location of the the copies of the

Since everyone has a camcorder these days, people don't talk about seeing
UFOs like they use to.