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SCUTTLEBUTT 1283 - March 11, 2003

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It was a shock to learn of the proposal to hold the next ICCT event in
eighteen foot One Design beach catamarans. I have been involved in C Class
development since the very beginning, starting with the first match at the
Seacliff YC in 1962 and most recently at the McCrae YC in Australia in 1996
, I feel betrayed. Having spent considerable time and effort designing,
researching , building and campaigning C Class Catamarans and, among
others, bringing their performance to their unequaled high level I feel
betrayed by the lowering of the standards of the event.

Those dedicated to Class C have, through international competition and
through many design and testing iterations, have produced a type of craft
that is fast, exciting to sail and interesting to watch . Port-starboard
tack closing rates are well above 30 knots. Their efficiency and light
weight makes the boats very responsive . The wind shadows are too small to
be used as a serious tactical tool thus making for more open racing.

Little America's Cup campaigns involve most of the elements of the full
size America's Cup ones at a small fraction of the cost. (and with fewer
legal acrimonies) . The design constraints are minimal and the rules are
easy to interpret and there is still room for performance increases.
Winning a Challenge is the recognition of a successful combination of the
ingredients of design, construction, campaigning and sailing over a two to
three year period . Seacliff YC's decision reduces the magnitude of the
trophy to a one week event for sailors barely indistinguishable from any
other regatta. Dumbing down is indeed an appropriate word for it.

I am heartened that there is an Australian Class C Challenge to be sailed
in Newport in 2004. May the yachting world of sailors and journalists
recognize it for what it is and give it the continued support as it has in
the past. - David Hubbard

(John Dawson, Jr., Chairman of the Trustees for the International Catamaran
Challenge Trophy has posted an open letter on their website. Following are
some excerpts.)

The Trustees decided that in the best interest of international match
racing competition they would select another class of catamaran. This
decision was not reached in a vacuum, but after much open discussion with
Steve Clark and Duncan MacLane, and in addition, with representatives from
a potential challenger from Britain and from Australia. It was not a snap
decision but the culmination and consideration of all the input and issues
raised for more than two years. In fact, about four years ago, I met with
Steve Clark, Dave Hubbard (a long-time affiliation with C-Class catamarans
and designer of the Patient Lady series of cats owned by Tony Mauro), and a
representative from the Yellow Pages Edge team from Australia, at Dave's
home, to see if we could come up with ideas to generate interest in another
event. Duncan may have been present also. We were unable to reach any

Again, after four years had elapsed from the last event, we renewed our
meetings with more urgency. Steve and Duncan were invited to attend and did
so, although their remoteness from Sea Cliff prevented their presence at
each meeting. The discussions were far ranging, including a change of
class, either one design or open, from the Formula 40's to the round the
world catamarans like Team Adventure. We even talked about the open
trimaran 60's and the type of events that were being successfully held in
Europe. I had telephone conversations and exchanged emails with
representatives from both Australia and Britain and hosted a dinner for
Steve, Duncan, John Downey, a representative from Britain (and the skipper
of the 1987 British challenge) and the Trustees as recently as last
September, to discuss the status of the Trophy. At that time, as well as
beforehand, we talked about a need for change. Permit two trapezes; remove
sail area limitations; set a minimum weight, etc. More than a year ago we
responded to an inquiry about our acceptance of a challenge even though the
four- year period had expired a year earlier. We indicated that we would
consider such a challenge if it were received prior to September 1, 2002,
for a Race in September of 2003. Such a challenge was not received.

We have revised the Deed of Gift and selected the F-18HT Class as the class
in which the event will be held starting September 27, 2003 and concluding
October 2, 2003. That class will be the class for the following event as
well, in order to maintain continuity. The Trustees retain the right to
select other classes in the future, including the C-Class, if it should
become viable. - John Dawson, Jr., full text:

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UBS has discontinued their support of the UBS Challenge, which has caused
cancellation of this match racing series. "Obviously, we are very
disappointed," said Scott MacLeod, senior vice president of Octagon, which
organized the event. "The inaugural UBS Challenge was a huge breakthrough
in sailing in the United States and a great platform for match racing and
the competitors."

The UBS Challenge was a multi-tiered match racing series featuring both
professional and amateur sailors. In 2002, regional qualifying regattas
took place in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Detroit and Houston,
with the U.S. Championships held in Newport RI. Over the past several
months, the event had received the President's Award from U.S. Sailing, and
recognized in several other awards programs. Given the success of the
event, Octagon will continue to pursue new sponsorship opportunities on its
behalf, with the goal of resurrecting the event in the future.

To the Curmudgeon - Here is a transcript of my speech, delivered extempore
at the America's Cup closing ceremony. I leave it for your readers to
decide whether the aspersions cast by Mr. Roberts are justified. - Bill
Endean, Commodore, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

"Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, on behalf of the Royal New
Zealand Yacht Squadron I offer my sincerest congratulations to Ernesto
Berterelli and his team for an outstanding performance. As the Herald
newspaper said this morning, from zero to hero in three years is an
incredibly outstanding performance and our congratulations to you and your
team for making America's Cup history by achieving such a huge milestone in
such a short period of time.

"I also would like to thank Harold Bennett and his team for the pressure
that they withstood during the contest. To Peter Carr and his team of
volunteers who looked after the course marshal and spectator fleet. I also
would like to say it was almost another precedent set in America's Cup
history with the Defender not having a team to represent it and in that
regard I would like to make a special thanks and recognition to the boys in
black who made the sacrifices, who turned down what might have been the
more attractive offer, to stay with their Team, to stay with their Club and
to stay with their Country. My appreciation to you all for the sacrifices
that you made.

"The Squadron has had a magnificent partnership with Team New Zealand. It
goes back 10 years now, back to 1993 when we first signed our agreement
with the Team right through to this day and it gives us at the Squadron
enormous pleasure to be involved with an outstanding team, thank you. You
fought hard, you fought fair but your best was not good enough. We have to
acknowledge that the better team won on the day.

"As a yachtsman it gave me great pleasure to see how expertly both teams
sailed their boats. Faultless performances and crew work on both boats and
as I said, as a yachtsman's perspective it could not have been better.
Thank you very much to both teams for your competition.

"The Squadron has enjoyed its place in the sun. We hope to revisit this
place again in terms of the America's Cup and we look forward to a further
partnership with Team New Zealand. In the meantime, to Societe Nautique de
Geneve our congratulations to you and we hope that you will be as worthy
custodians of the Cup as we believe we have been."

With a total of 59 entries already signed up, the 42nd biennial
Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii will have its largest fleet since the
mid-80s when the ULDB 70 "sleds" held sway. The current list, representing
five countries, three continents and home ports from Honolulu to Florida,
includes 35 boats in the four racing divisions and 10 in the Aloha class,
along with five doublehanders and nine Cal 40s celebrating the 40th
anniversary of the class and their dominance of the race in the 60s.
Transpac entries hit a peak with 80 in 1979, but had totaled only 33 in
each of the last two races.

This year's race, scheduled to start July 1, 4 and 6 off the Palos Verdes
Peninsula south of Los Angeles, includes six foreign entries---two each
from Australia and Canada, one from New Zealand and Karl Kwok's new
Transpac 52, Beau Geste, from Hong Kong, with Gavin Brady on board. - Rich
Roberts, list of entries:

In the 24 hours to 03:00 GMT today, the Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric
trimaran covered 340 nautical miles at an average speed of 14.18 knots.
Geronimo retains a lead of 91 nautical miles over Orange, but as they
approach the Tropic of Cancer, Olivier de Kersauson and his 10-man crew
have run into the slack winds characteristic of the tail end of the trade
winds. Worse still, forecasts of the weather now awaiting the crew are not
hugely encouraging either.

Here's what the skipper had to say on the subject: "There's no way through.
We're in the calms and in front of us we have an anticyclone and a
depression. If we skirt around the first, we'll find ourselves in the head
winds of the depression. Instead of helping us, it'll block our way. If we
leave the anticyclone to port to find the best route to the depression, the
whole of it will be against us. Today, there's been no feasible opening to
the north-east. It's impossible to leave it to port by heading for Spain.
The only other option is to leave it to starboard, even though we know that
that's not much good either." -

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Despite a stop in Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands to repair a badly
damaged keel, Bernard Stamm has taken line honors in Class 1 arriving in
Salvador, Brazil at 09:39:07 local time (12:39:07 GMT). It was another
spectacular performance by a skipper who has constantly amazed everyone
that has followed this race. It seems as if he unstoppable; even a serious
problem with his keel caused by some particularly violent weather at Cape
Horn did not take away another stunning victory. If the 48-hour penalty he
faces for stopping bothered him, the broad smile on his tired looking face
disguised any negative sentiment.

Just under four hours after Bernard Stamm crossed the finish line in
Salvador, 13:23:30 local time (16:23:30 GMT) to be exact, Thierry Dubois
sailed into port on Solidaires to take first place for the leg. It was a
bittersweet victory for the French skipper who had led on the water until
yesterday morning, but a final push by Stamm thwarted his chances of taking
line honors. He does however take overall honors for the leg because Stamm
will be assessed a 48-hour penalty,

For the next two days, Stamm will be watching the progress of Simone
Bianchetti on Tiscali and Emma Richards on Pindar. If they finish outside
of 48 hours, Bernard will take second for the leg and will go into the
final leg of the race with a 2 point lead over Solidaires. Should Tiscali
finish within the 48 hour period it will bump Stamm back into third
narrowing the point spread between Bobst Group Armor lux and Solidaires. -
Excerpts from stories by Brian Hancock. Full report:

STANDINGS: 2200 UTC March 11 ­ CLASS 1. Bobst Group-Armor Lux, Bernard
Stamm Solidaires, finished; 2. Thierry Dubois, finished; 14; 3. Tiscali,
Simone Bianchetti, 397 miles from finish; 4. Pindar, Emma Richards, 529 mff
5. Ocean Planet, Bruce Schwab, 1608 mff; Hexagon, Graham Dalton, dismasted.

CLASS 2: 1. Tommy Hilfiger, Brad Van Liew, 661 miles from finish; 2.
Everest Horizontal, Tim Kent, 1637 mff; 3. Spirit of yukoh, Kojiro
Shiraishi, 1692 mff; 4. BTC Velocity, Alan Paris, 2363 mff; Spirit of
Canada, Derek Hatfield, dismasted.

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* From Wiz Deas (edited to our 250-word limit): Thanks to Steve Clark for
reminding us which are the fastest boats around a course. Bring on the new
Little Americas Cup soon - before I die of boredom reading of boats with 25
ton lumps of lead hanging off them and how advanced they are. The racing
needs to be close, with thrills and spills. In this sense, the current AC
boats are OK but in every other sense they are a joke. If TNZ had won would
we all have had to tie a bucket to the back of our boats to call them
technically advanced?

Sailing is the last "free" pursuit we have to fire our imagination without
bounds and restriction, except for the natural elements of wind and wave.
What a fantastic challenge it is to dream of ways over and through these 2
very different media. Adrian Thompson (succinctly) pointed out to me once,
at Weymouth Speedweek in the UK, that one is still allowed to dream up the
ultimate sailing machine, bung it in the water - and then watch it fail. No
one is allowed to do that with such freedom in the confines of motorsport
or architecture. Cast our minds back to the ingenious trimaran "Adrenalin"
with it's vertically articulating amas, to "Rozierre", the giant proa, to
"Hydroptere" and countless others. Talk about a steep learning curve. I
love it!

* From Max Cumming: When I was a kid in Aussie I watched a wing masted C
- Class cat called Miss Nylex do 30 knots before pitchpoling along Port
Phillip Bay .. Now I live in Kiwiland and I have been watching the high end
of monohull technology strive to gain a second at each mark . Both are
incredible craft but to do away with the premier event for the multihulls
would be like saying to Orville and Wilbur ( or Richard Pearce) "Don't put
a motor in that thing, mate - you may create some thing efficient and
exciting!". How would the Ernesto and the Swiss have got that big drinking
vessel home to Switzealand in under a day if we had stifled airplane

* From Jim Gardiner: I shall never forget the thrill that I experienced
when a young boatbuilder, (Me), started his first day working for the
Gougeon Brothers in Bay City Michigan 30 years ago and I saw the Little
Americas Cup C-class cat Patient Lady III under construction on the shop
floor. How sad to read about the catalyst for this magnificent class of
boat fade away.

* From Kris Anderson: As an American of Danish descent, I can only hope
that the proximity of the up-coming (2007?) A.C. will generate an interest
from the home country. With guys like Jesper Radich and Jes Gram-Hansen
nearly dominating the Swedish Match Tour, you'd think the home support
would be overwhelming. Denmark has never mounted a challenge which is odd
considering it has more sailboats per capita than almost any other country.
It also has the second highest per capita income in the world not to
mention that it's designers have greatly influenced modern design since the
middle of the last century in everything from furniture to aircraft.
Unleash this kind of talent on the Cup and it will go north for a very long

* From Dick Johnson: I suspect that professional sailors are hoping that
the predictions of 12 or more syndicates for the next America's Cup are
accurate, because there seems to be a lot of 'free agents' available. The
short list of available helmsmen undoubtedly includes, Paul Cayard, Peter
Holmberg, Peter Gilmour, James Spithill, Andy Green, Francesco de Angelis,
Rod Davis, Gavin Brady, Kenny Read and perhaps Bretrand Pace and John
Kostecki. It also appears that there is no shortage of experienced
designers. It looks like Doug Peterson, Bruce Nelson, Laurie Davidson, Mani
Frers, Juan Kouyoumdjian and Reichel/Pugh are still unsigned. With all of
this talent available, it's possible that the AC contracts might be a bit
more modest this time around.

* From Tom Donlan: Is there anyone out there who could do something about
creating a friendly sailing competition among nations? How about a
tournament of team races in identical one-design keel boats, such as
Etchells or Farr 40s? It would be the Davis Cup of sailing. National teams
could be selected by national sailing authorities, and composed entirely of
passport-holding citizens. I'd prefer them to be amateurs, too, but I
suppose the pursuit of excellence at all cost has gone too far for that.

Why are there no beds in the restrooms?