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SCUTTLEBUTT 1257 - February 7, 2003

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(Richard Hazelton, editor of 48 Degrees North, did a long interview with
OneWorld skipper Peter Gilmour that is now posted on the magazine's
website. Here's an excerpt in which Gilmour discusses the America's Cup
Regatta format.)

"I think the running of the Cup should still stay with the defender. It's
part of the long history of the event which is its greatest drawing card.
They do need to take a look at the original deed of gift and remove all the
interpretive resolutions that have been added. All these "band aids" that
were supposed to be improvements have just provided new avenues for
exploitation and change. Remove resolutions like "sailing on her own
bottom", and clarify "designed and built". They can put country
restrictions on technology, but sailors should be able to sail for who they
chose. There are lots of good sailors from countries who will never have an
America's Cup campaign. They should get their chance, just like athletes in
other sports.

"Here's a bit of radical thought; I'd like to see the America's Cup become
an annual event. A regular event on everyone's yearly calendar, like the
Super Bowl. That would make it much better property for TV and the media,
rather than following one event for years, each year it would be a new thing.

"I think it would also get people's thinking away from all the money spent
on development and testing. The more time you have, the more time you have
to pour in effort and money. A yearly event would totally change the focus
of each campaign with more emphasis on speed than development.

"I also think it's up to the "senior" sailors to get the "money people" in
check, the people that are pushing the lawyers into all the litigation.
People are hired now just to be litigious and annoying. I'd like to see the
element of sportsmanship return to the America's Cup." - Peter Gilmour,
full interview:

* GERONIMO: The Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran set a new record
for the passage from Ushant (start line) to Cape Leeuwin this morning,
after 26 days, 4 hours, 53 minutes and 13 seconds at sea. Geronimo passed
the second cape of the course - the south-east tip of Australia - 3 days, 2
hours and 29 minutes ahead of the time set by Bruno Peyron and his crew on
Orange last year.

Nevertheless, skipper Olivier de Kersauson and his 10-man crew continue to
struggle against extremely difficult conditions. Forced to return a long
way north to avoid the "worst of it", Geronimo continues to make headway in
"an enormous and terrible beam sea. Added to that, we've got Tropical
fronts sweeping through the area we're sailing in. The result is an
appalling Indian Ocean with no chance of the boat gliding as she should.
Even as far north as 45 degrees, there are still 7- or 8-metre waves. If
you're happy to make 10 knots, that's okay, but going any faster under
these conditions is almost impossible", explained Olivier de Kersauson. -

* KINGFISHER2: The final miles to the Equator are proving to be painstaking
- Kingfisher2 is making slow progress in a breeze just averaging 3 knots in
the last hour. Temperatures on board are high - frustrated by the lack of
wind and the 29 degree water temperature. At this speed it will take Ellen
and her crew another 15 hours before crossing into the Southern Hemisphere.

Weather router Meeno Schrader explains the weather dilemma facing
KINGFISHER2 once they cross the Equator: "The Trade Winds are expected to
fill in from the SE between 15-17 knots and hold steady down to about 20
degrees south giving the guys a good, fast run. But it is at around 20
degrees south that they will have to deal with the St Helena high pressure
zone and it is not going to be easy to pass through. The high will be
separated into two different 'bubbles.' The second bubble prevents
Kingfisher2 from cutting the corner by taking a more direct course south of
South Africa and also is at threat from a developing frontal system from
the SW which will weaken the winds and further complicate the situation for

Kingfisher2 Day 7 Summary (
- 0 hours, 29 minutes ahead of Orange
- 14 hours behind pace of Geronimon
- Day 7 24 hour run: Kingfisher2-418 nm, Orange-401 nm, Geronimo-419 nm
- End Day 7 distance to go: KF2-21760 nm, Orange-21768 nm, Geronimo-21538 nm

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As his 125' racing catamaran rides at dock in Cadiz awaiting a powerful
weather system to propel him and his crew on their planned East-West
TransAtlantic sailing record attempt, American adventurer and aviator Steve
Fossett twice took to the skies Wednesday - to achieve an extraordinary
double record success, shattering the speed marks for U.S. TransContinental
passages for both non-military jet and for unlimited turbo-prop aircraft.

Leaving San Diego, California early Wednesday at the controls of his
Citation X twin-engined jet, Fossett and regular co-pilot Doug Travis (USA)
took advantage of winter westerly winds to achieve a new fastest-ever
continental crossing by any non-military jet - reaching Charleston, South
Carolina in just 2 hrs 56 mins 20 seconds - an average speed of 726.83 mph
(1169.73 kph) - breaking Steve's own 3 year-old mark of 693.14 mph (1115.51

Without waiting to avail themselves of Charleston's famous southern
hospitality, Steve and Doug streaked back to San Diego, where Steve joined
his old friend Joe Ritchie (USA) in the cockpit of Ritchie's Piaggio Avanti
twin turbo-prop. With Ritchie as pilot and Fossett as co-pilot, the pair
flew the same course, reaching Charleston before midnight - in just 3 hrs
51min 52 secs - an average speed of 546.44 miles per hour (879.46 kph)- and
a huge improvement over the previous record set in 1986 by General Chuck
Yeager and Renald Davenport on a course from Los Angeles to New York at
454.79 mph/731.92 kph.

In addition to the new coast-to-coast marks, Wednesday's flights set new
segment records from Dallas to Atlanta - 733 mph in the Citation X, and 577
mph in the Piaggio. (All records pending ratification by the National
Aeronautics Association) -

Auckland, NZ - With an unorthodox strategy and help from an America's Cup
navigator, the United States finally broke its run of silver medals to
clinch gold at the Team Racing World Championships in Auckland today. The
American team, coached by OneWorld afterguard member Kevin Hall, beat
traditional rival Great Britain 3-0 in the final on a sparkling Waitemata

Before it got there, the US team had to overcome defending champion and
home team New Zealand in the semifinal, breaking an historic pattern on the
way. The pair has finished 1-2 in the last two world championships with the
United States team from New England always the bridesmaid. A disappointed
New Zealand team managed to win the bronze medal beating Ireland 3-0 in the

US team captain Tim Fallon said his team was thrilled and relieved to
finally break its unwanted streak. "Even in the national team racing
championships, my team-mate Graham Woodworth and I have won five silver
medals but never a gold.

Fallon, aged 27, put his team's success down to three reasons having Hall
as coach for the first time, a good team "karma" built over five years
together, and a regatta strategy involving little team racing. "Our biggest
asset is our speed around the race course. Our crews are all really fast,"
he said. "Our strategy was to not do too much team racing we've done so
much of it in our lives it's ingrained in our heads, so we just
concentrated on getting around the track fast." It was a strategy which
paid big dividends for the lightweight US team, who clinched the gold with
three come-from-behind wins in the final against the strong British line-up.

1. USA 2, (Tim Fallon, Karen, Renzulli, Graeme, Woodworth, Leigh,
Woodworth, Ery Largay) 2. Great Britian 2 (Steve Tylecote, Mel Hughes, Pete
Barton, Sally Cuthbert, Rob Sherringham, Richard Guy) 3 New Zealand 1
(Andrew Ardern, Karen Lambert, Andrew Murdoch, Rebecca Murdoch, Hamish
Murdoch, Josh Galbraith) 4. Ireland 1; 5.Great Britain 1.

The California sailing community lost one of its staunchest supporters and
successful skippers Jan. 23 when Coronado Yacht Club's Staff Commodore Fred
Kirschner, 73, died of heart failure at his home. Kirschner was an active
member of CYC for almost 50 years. He was named commodore in 1965. In 1975,
he was elected commodore of the San Diego Association of Yacht Clubs.

He also brought honors to the club - from a second-place finish in the PC
Nationals one year to returning the revered Lipton Cup to CYC in 2001, when
a home-team crew led by Willem Van Waay sailed Fred's Schock 35 Kathmandu
II to victory over San Diego Yacht Club.

Kirschner competed in numerous point-to-point races, including three
Transpacs, but the accomplishment that gave him the most gratificationwas
the record he set for the Newport-to-Tahiti race in 1994 as skipper of his
first Kathmandu, a Santa Cruz 70.

Kirschner was not only well-known for his racing triumphs, but also for his
support of junior sailing on the bay. In 1996, Mr. Kirschner was awarded
the Alonzo de Jessop Award by the San Diego Association of Yacht Clubs in
recognition of the contributions he made to boating. - The Log, full story:

* Economic pressures on EDS have forced them withdrawn support for the
forthcoming EDS Round Britain and Ireland Race for the Open 60s. Challenge
Business, the race organizers said, "We are well advanced with the race
preparations and are reluctant to cancel the event. And, as reluctant (as)
we are to announce this information, we feel it is only fair for the
competitors to be made aware of the situation." Challenge Business reports
they are "actively seeking an alternative solution." -

* The Yacht Racing website has posted an interesting 'Test Drive / Boat
Review' of the new Tom 28 sportboat:

* Nearly 100 members of the Scuttlebutt Sailing Club turned out at the
Bitter End YC booth at the Strictly Sail Chicago Boat Show to hear about
the Musto Scuttlebutt Sailing Club Championships, and Dry Creek Vineyard
Pro Am Regatta. A drawing was held for a 4 day/ 3 night stay for two during
the SSC/Pro Am events this coming November 1-8, and the winner was Al
Grigalunas from Chicago. BEYC will be holding a similar party at the
Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show, on February 13th, from 5-7 pm, dockside
(Bayside Marina) aboard the M/V Oystercatcher. A 4 day/ 3 night package to
the SSC/Pro Am events will be given out there as well. SSC members can
enjoy a day at the show, finish off with some refreshments and snacks. -

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* From Peter Huston: If we changed a couple of the names and
circumstances in the Affair de Coutts/ Butterworth, we'd basically have the
script for a cheap daytime soap opera. Seems like the short version of this
psychodrama is very simple. Russell and Brad just went with the biggest
wallet. And in this day and age, who can blame them. Obviously, they
learned the lesson early on of "if you can't figure out who's the chump in
the deal, it's you".

He said, she said. So what. A simple business dispute. And both sides end
up winning basically. Where would Dean Barker be today if Russell had stuck
around TNZ? But what confuses me about all of this is the absence of the
Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. Why did the RNZYS let this get out of
control in the first place? Doesn't the Deed essentially say something
about "friendly competition between nations via yacht clubs"? With all the
noise about "returning" to pure nationality requirements of the crew, maybe
we ought to also get back to the notion that clubs run the teams of their
entry. And for anyone who believes in that, here's a newsflash, J.Lo will
replace Farr as Ellison's designer, and Britney will be calling tactics for
Dicko in the next Cup. Can't we put aside this money nonsense and get on
with the racing? Doesn't sound like anyone ended up in the poorhouse, in
fact, it's the opposite. Let the racing, and the inevitable protest over
the Hula, begin!

* From Barry Auger: What's Rick Hatch talking about? No entertainment for
a month between LVC and AC? Just pay some attention to the peeing match
between Russell, Brad and the boys in Black. It's just like a soap opera:
if they didn't have the month interlude, they wouldn't have the time to
dump all over each other.

Is this part of the America's Cup? You bet it is! The only player in this
game I know is Tom Schnackenberg who used to live in Vancouver and sailed
with us when he was learning what end of the scissors to hold, making his
sails with Howard Macken. He was a gentlemen then and as far as I'm
concerned still is. And probably so are the others. So one can only
conclude all this posturing is merely psych out, which is what the hula is
going to turn out to be too.

Miss all this? Not on your life Rick.

* From Russ Lenarz: I agree with Mr. Rick Hatch 100% in Butt 1256. The
break between the LV Cup final and the sailing of the first race for the
Americas Cup has been way too long. Personally I could care less why
Russell C. and Brad B. left Team NZ or all the speculation on who is going
to win. The only way we are all going to find out is for them to start racing.

I feel that the long break has taken the focus away from the actual race
and given far too much time to he said, they said that, and those that only
can wish they were in the position that Team NZ and Alinghi are facing in
the upcoming race. Even the NFL figured out that two weeks was too long
between the playoff finals and the big game. People lose interest after a
long break.

* From Sean Jeffery: Certainly Martin Balch could not have seriously
believed that Alinghi ever considered holding the next AC in Auckland if by
chance they might win. One must consider these points:
*Berterelli would love to be the first man to bring the AC back to Europe.
*The financial gains for both Bertarelli and the hosting country/ club
would be huge to hold it in Europe.
*Both Bertarelli and Trouble have already stated that the AC will not be
a truly big event until it is held in Europe.
*The opportunity to defend in your known home waters is a definite
advantage. Just because NZ has a infrastructure in place would not even
interest Bertarelli.

All would agree that some of the antics of Blackheart have damaged NZ's
image, but isn't this the perfect excuse to say you aren't going to hold
the AC in NZ because of them. How about concentrating on what is going to
happen when TNZ wins the cup. This might be more appropriate talk form a kiwi.

* From Judy Cook: There are lots of illustrations on Tim Kent's website
of what grass-roots effort can do to keep this program running. I heartily
agree with the comments in today's issue that this campaign is the bright
spot in our sport that has taken a lot of flak over recent events and shows
just how much impact even a small contribution can make. -

* From David DeHorn (In response to David Tabor's comments regarding the
generosity of Brad Van Liew and others helping out a fellow sailor Tim
Kent): It does happen in other sports. If you followed the 2001 Tour De
France, during stage 13, Jan Ullrich, Lance Armstrong's main rival that
year, crashed into a 20' ravine. With the opportunity to blow the race wide
open, Lance waited for Ullrich to catch back up to him, and also asked him
if he was ok.

I'm glad to see that we are good sports in sailing, but we are not alone.
It is just unfortunate that we don't hear about these types of "feel-good"
stories as much as they really happen in sailing as well as many other
sports venues.

* From Dave Cramb (Regarding Laurie Davidson's comment in 48North ('butt
1256) "the NZ boats are plainly illegal (with the Hula) under (IACC) Rule
26B"): Rule 26B reads: "Devices on the surface of the hull whose purpose is
to alter the water flow of the boundary layer are prohibited" (sic). With
all due respect to the great yacht designer, surely it is not the boundary
layer that the Hula aims to modify for performance purposes, but rather the
entire flow by altering the hull's form. The effect on boundary layer
appears in fact to be negative due to the transition.

I don't see the Hula contravening the intent of rule 26 or any other rule,
as I'm sure the measurers have already considered. Yes, "The Hula clearly
gives extra effective length from a device that's not technically part of
the hull but acts as part of the hull". But which rule says you can't do
that? It'll be interesting to see if TNZ actually use the Hula or whether
it's just been a ruse to keep the competition, and us, occupied. Go Hula!

You know it's 2003 when your reason for not staying in touch with family is
because they do not have e-mail.