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SCUTTLEBUTT 1254 - February 4, 2003

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America's Cup skippers and sailors are signing up for the New Zealand
Millennium Cup Superyacht Regatta 2003 which starts on 10 February. Fifty
sailing and motoryachts have now confirmed their entry for the second
running of the regatta, inaugurated three years ago on the eve of New
Zealand's successful defense of the America's Cup. Organizers are
anticipating up to ten late entries from overseas superyachts visiting
Auckland, and from last minute charterers.

Dennis Conner will take the helm of the Ed Dubois-designed 134-foot
Destination Fox Harb'r. San Francisco's Paul Cayard will steer the 97-foot
yacht Canon Leopard owned by Briton Mike Slade. Francesco de Anglis will be
the helmsman of the 105-foot Italian fast cruising sloop Ulisse, while
British skipper Ian Walkerwill take the helm of the oldest yacht in the
Millennium Cup, 100-foot marconi gaff cutter Moonbeam, designed and built
in 1914 by William Fife. Britain's Peter Harrison, founder and chairman of
the British challenge for the America's Cup, chartered the visiting yacht
for the Millennium Cup.

America's Cup sailors are spread throughout the fleet, including Prada's
Gavin Brady, steering the 80-foot sloop Innovision and Prada's Brazilian
tactician Torben Grael aboard the 112-foot aluminium performance sloop
Ipanema. Kiwi sailors Kelvin Harrap and Matthew Mason, who sailed this time
for OneWorld, and Robbie Naismith who sailed with Oracle, will join
together in crewing the 111-foot high performance cruiser Silvertip. Other
Kiwi Cup sailors, including Richard Dodson and Kevin Shoebridge, will be
aboard the 108-foot Imagine while veteran American Stars & Stripes
afterguard Tom Whidden will sail with Kiwi owner Neville Crichton on the
90-foot Sydney Hobart race winner Alfa Romeo. - Keith Taylor,

Don't expect to see significant changes to Alinghi's race boat, SUI64, when
it is unveiled next week. That's the advice of Oracle's New Zealand
tactician, John Cutler.

SUI64 spent a week in the boat shed immediately after Alinghi beat Cutler's
Oracle BMW Racing 5-1 to win the Louis Vuitton Cup and the right to
challenge Team New Zealand for the America's Cup. It was put back in the
water last week and, although it is not known whether Alinghi have attached
a hull appendage, it is understood the Swiss team have made some subtle
adjustments to the boat's bow.

"They are in a tough situation," said Cutler. "There probably isn't enough
time to try a hull appendage - and take it off if they don't like it -
between now and the America's Cup." The hull appendage, which Team New
Zealand has on both the black boats, adds volume and length to the hull,
and therefore potential speed. Alinghi's modifications are probably aimed
at increasing their boat's length to try to combat Team New Zealand's
possible speed advantage.

Alinghi would not comment on exact modifications yesterday but said they
had made "a few adjustments everywhere" and "all would be revealed on
unveiling day" when Team New Zealand and Alinghi drop their skirts next
Tuesday. While adding a hull appendage is still an option for the Swiss,
who have tested it extensively on their second boat SUI75, Cutler - whose
syndicate also experimented with it - can't see them pursuing it.

"It is not a small task. There are several levels you can go to. One is the
full level that Team New Zealand has done, where the whole boat is built
with this thing in mind. "I think any time you put it on a boat that hasn't
been fully developed for the concept it is going to be a compromise," said
Cutler. - Julie Ash, NZ Herald, full story:

The America's Cup racing begins on Valentines Day in the US - which is
February 15 in Auckland. The racing will be covered live on ESPN2, and the
network has also scheduled a bunch of other sailing programs to set the
stage. Here's their schedule:
- February 10, 7:00 PM (ET): America's Cup Jubilee (ESPN Classic)
- February 11, 2:00 AM (ET): America's Cup Jubilee (ESPN Classic)
- February 13, 11:00 PM (ET): America's Cup Preview (ESPN2)
- February 14, 5:00 PM (ET): America's Cup Preview re-air (ESPN Classic)
- February 14, 7:00 PM (ET): Race #1 (ESPN2)
- February 15, 7:00 PM (ET): Race #2 (ESPN2)
- February 17, 7:00 PM (ET): Race #3 (ESPN2)

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* The breeze has continued to elude Ellen MacArthur and the crew on board
Kingfisher2 today: "There is basically a light patch of air approx 300
square miles that we had no choice but to sail through it," said Ellen. "We
hope to get to the other side soon and find more breeze but right now we
are only making 9-10 knots of boat speed and it is very frustrating."

The wind is expected to strengthen overnight to 17 knots from the NE which
will give Kingfisher2 about 20 knots of boat speed. The only strategy is to
keep sailing south and hope the breeze fills in. Based on the current
forecast and boat speed it is not expected that Kingfisher2 can better
Ushant (start) to Equator record of 6 days, 11 hours, 26 minutes, 21
seconds set by Geronimo. For Kingfisher2 to beat the existing record, she
must cross the Equator 1 second before 18:15:09 GMT on Wednesday 5.2.03.

- Comparison to record: 9 hours 25 minutes behind Orange's pace
- Day 4 24 hour run (point to point): Kingfisher2 374 nm, Orange 501 nm,
Geronimo 472 nm
- End Day 4 distance to go: KF 23094nm, Orange 22947nm, Geronimo 22852nm.

* Geronimo has just had her best day at sea since beginning her Jules Verne
Trophy attempt. The Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran covered 550
nautical miles over the last 24 hours, at an average speed of nearly 23
knots. Some time within the next 15 hours, Geronimo will be caught by an
extremely fast-moving front traveling at around 50 knots, which could bring
some very difficult and turbulent seas with it. "This front could create
such a sea that we might not be able to hold our current heading. The very
direct route that we've been able to take since we passed south of the
Kerguelen Islands has helped us to gain a three day advantage over Bruno
Peyron's record time," saidOlivier de Kersauson. -

Auckland's notorious sou'westers swept through the Team Racing World
Championships today and turned the leading nations on their heads. The two
teams who have dominated world Team Racing for the last four years - New
Zealand and the United States - struggled to get wins on the board as the
winds gusted to 30 knots on the Waitemata Harbour.

When racing was abandoned early this afternoon, defending champions New
Zealand 1, from the Kerikeri Yacht Club, had scored three wins from five
races. The day turned out worse for their archrivals, United States 2, who
had been unbeaten in the first two days of the regatta, but today slumped
to a 2 win-3 loss record.

None of the eight teams in the gold league got through the windy morning
session unscathed, but the best performer of the day was the USA 1 team,
led by Patrick Hogan, one of America's top college sailors. The team from
New England notched up four wins and one loss. The experienced Great
Britain 1 is also near the top of the leaderboard with four victories and
two losses.

Racing began in a tricky 18 knot breeze, but when sails began to tear in
the 30 knot gusts, the race committee called it a day. Regatta organizers
were not too concerned - they had managed to squeeze in 35 races during the
short day and are well ahead of schedule. The world championship final will
be raced on Friday (NZ time).

GOLD FLEET ROUND ROBIN: USA 1, 4 wins 1 loss; Great Britain 1, 4-2; New
Zealand 1, 3-2; USA 2, 2-3; Australia 1, 2-3; Great Britain 2, 2-1;
Netherlands, 1-3; Ireland 1, 1-4.

SILVER FLEET ROUND ROBIN: New Zealand 2, 4-0; India 1, 4-0; Czech Republic,
4-1; Japan 2, 2-2; Australia 2, 1-3; Japan 1, 1-3; Ireland 2, 0-3; India 2,
0-4. -

(Julie Ash of the NZ Herald discussed the match up between Alinghi and Team
New Zealand with Australian John Bertrand, winner of the 1983 America's
Cup. Here are some of Bertrand quotes from her story.)

"Alinghi have done a very good job. Technically, they are sailing their
boat well and they are very tough competitors. They have always looked very
good on paper with the team that Russell Coutts assembled both on and off
the water. "They have got some good technical people involved, such as
Grant Simmer, who was with Australia II, strategist Jochen Schuemann, who
is probably the most successful modern-day Olympic racer, with three
Olympic gold medals, and Russell and Brad [Butterworth]. They have
performed accordingly"

"I think Dean Barker and Co have put together a very strong team -
world-class. I think their boat is very innovative. The design team have
thought outside the box. The hula [hull appendage] is a creative solution
to the rule. It has created a lot of controversy from various challengers
primarily because, one would assume, they didn't think about that
themselves. But that is the America's Cup."

"Nobody knows (who will win) - which is a wonderful aspect of the America's
Cup. The challenger and the defender have never gone head-to-head. That
will only be the case on February 15. It gets down to: is there a
difference in speed in the two boats? If there is, then the crew with the
faster boat will have a strong advantage. If the boats are similar it is
going to be one great contest. But in sailing on the Hauraki Gulf the wind
conditions are extremely unstable and that makes many opportunities for a
slower boat to win the regatta - unlike most other places in the world."

Full story:

* March 14-16: Sailing World National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta,
San Diego YC. Upwards of 15 different classes of sailboats, ranging in size
from the Martin 16 to boats greater than 36 feet in length. -

* June 30-July 4: Thunderbird International Regatta, Corinthian YC,
Seattle, Washington.

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obvious that the Camet Neoprene Hiking Pants and Camet shorts are
everywhere. Everyone loves the advantages of the fast drying Supplex and
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Leg Four of the Around Alone Race starts on February 9. At 7,850 nm, this
is the longest and perhaps the hardest leg of the entire race. On leaving
New Zealand, the sailors head straight toward the 50th parallel and into
the Southern Ocean to round Cape Horn on the southern tip of South America.
The first boats are expected to finish in Salvador, Brazil about a month
after the start.

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* All eight Clipper 2002 crews have now finished the three week leg from
the Galapagos to Hawaii. The overall standings are for this round the world
race are: 1. Jersey 34; 2. London 28; 3. Bristol 27; 4. Liverpool 22.5; 5.
New York 21; 6. Hong Kong 20; 7. Glasgow 19; 8. Cape Town 7. -

* With only four days remaining to the official cut-off time, it seems
highly unlikely that any of the remaining yachts still to finish could pose
a serious threat to Baleka's handicap victory in the Cape to Rio Race. -

* Explaining where the money goes in an America's Cup campaign is a
tricky business, but totting it up is easy. Even a conservative guess would
put the total amount of money spent on this season's America's Cup
campaigns at a staggering US$550million. - Matthew Sheahan,

* The number of pirate attacks rose to 370 last year, up from 335 in 2001
according to the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB). Indonesia
continues to record the highest number of attacks with 103 reported
incidents in 2002. Piracy attacks in Bangladesh ranked second highest with
32 attacks and India is third with 18 attacks. Nigeria and Malaysia
recorded 14 attacks each. Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and
Guyana have shown a marked increase in attacks. It appears that piracy is
on the increase in South America. -

* Alan Sefton, who has taken over Blakexpeditions following the murder of
his friend on the Amazon, told the Sunday Star-Times he found the attacks
on Blake "unseemly". The two men were trying to shift the blame, he said.
Sefton said Butterworth and Coutts should take responsibility for leaving
the team, rather than blaming people in the team for forcing them out. -
Tony Potter, Sunday Star Times,,2106,2234146a6444,00.html

* CORRECTION: The 18-foot Skiff Class Association corrected the world
ranking list they sent to the media yesterday. Here are the corrected top
five: 1 Rob Greenhalgh, GBR; 2 Howie Hamlin, USA; 3 Tony Hannan, AUS, 4
John Winning, AUS; 5 Andy Richards, GBR. -

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* From James H Stevralia; It is a little unfair for John Diggins to
compare the NYYC dress code in 1975 with that of the RNZYS in 1999! John's
experience would be similar in the NYC business world as well as the club
world. 1975 walk into any investment bank, law firm, accounting firm (even
Arthur Andersen) or corporate headquarters dressed "inappropriately" and -
guess what! Do it in 1999 - can't tell the professionals from the support

* From Ken Wallingford: In reference to the story reported in Scuttlebutt
#1251 "Fine Tuning." Presuming the nationality rules are the same (or
equivalent) for the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America's Cup regattas, how
would it be possibly for Rod Davis to meet them as an Italian in one
regatta and a New Zealander in the other? Will we be seeing other talented
sailors lining up to reinforce the ranks of Alinghi & Team New Zealand?

* From Mark Green: Is it only me or does Coutts' and Butterworth's sudden
"tell-all" seem suspect? They had three years to leak this story out, plus
the last six months of time in NZ and they choose now, two weeks before the
Cup to go public? Seems like a tactic designed more to mess with the heads
of the TNZ than to suddenly set the record straight. It will be very
interesting to see what the alledged irrational tyrant, Richard Green has
to say.

Why is it that one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a
whole box to start a campfire?