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SCUTTLEBUTT 1288 - March 18, 2003

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Leg 4 of Around Alone has claimed two masts and two booms. It has damaged
two keels and forced Kiwi Graham Dalton to elect to retire.

Leg 4 has frustrated Thierry Dubois, who won the leg in the Open 60
division, but only because first-finisher Bernard Stamm was penalized 48
hours for making a repair stop.

And Leg 4 is threatening Alan Paris, whose BTC Velocity suffered rigging
damage and is now being carefully nursed toward the Salvador, Brazil finish
line some 1,600 miles ahead. Having jury-rigged a replacement item (for the
diagonal 8 millimeter rod that runs from the chainplates to the inboard
base of the lower spreader), Paris said, "I trust what I have done but not
enough so that I can sleep at night. During the day I will sail on
starboard and keep an eye on the mast. This means it will take me longer to
get to Salvador, but my main goal is getting there safely."

Leg 4 even frustrated Brad Van Liew-with intense heat and slow going up the
American coast, after the rounding of Cape Horn-and that's including his
fourth win in four legs over six months of sailing. As the only competitor
in this Around alone to win four legs, Van Liew matches a record set in
1991 by Frenchman Yves Dupasquier. "Fortunately Clipper Ventures added
another leg to this race, so I have a chance to set a new record," Van Liew
quipped after arriving in Salvador over the weekend. - Sail Magazine
website, full story:

* The four Around Alone Race boats still sailing towards Salvador, Brazil
are enjoying very different conditions with Bruce Schwab and Tim Kent
closest to the finish beating into short steep seas, Kojiro Shiraishi
finding the ocean calm enough for a swim, and Alan Paris finding the
conditions somewhere in-between. - Brian Hancock,

STANDINGS: 2200 UTC March 17 ­ CLASS 1. Bobst Group-Armor Lux, Bernard
Stamm Solidaires, finished; 2. Thierry Dubois, finished; 14; 3. Tiscali,
Simone Bianchetti, finished; 4. Pindar, Emma Richards, finished; 5. Ocean
Planet, Bruce Schwab, 532 miles from finish; Hexagon, Graham Dalton,
dismasted, withdrew from race.

CLASS 2: 1. Tommy Hilfiger, Brad Van Liew, finished; 2. Everest Horizontal,
Tim Kent, 556 miles from finish; 3. Spirit of yukoh, Kojiro Shiraishi, 702
mff; 4. BTC Velocity, Alan Paris, 1351 mff; Spirit of Canada, Derek
Hatfield, 2351 mff - dismasted.

* Dennis Conner is not ruling out the possibility of sailing for a future
Team New Zealand America's Cup bid. Conner says he was disappointed with
the performance of the black boats during the America's Cup and wonders why
no-one has been held accountable. He says he wants to help. Conner has
bought some land in New Zealand and there is a possibility he may be
interested in racing for a kiwi syndicate. - Hauraki News, full story:

* BMW regards its sailing commitment (with Oracle BMW Racing) as a complete
success. According to Karl-Heinz Kalbfell, Senior Vice President BMW Group
Marketing, the exceptional cooperation of the German-American partners in
particular had a very positive influence. "The investment in professional
sailing has paid off and will subsequently strengthen our brand. At the
moment we are reviewing the national and international options for
additional sailing activities." - Hauraki News,

* The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia announced a slight increase in the
IRC upper limit, from 1.6 to 1.61, and the incorporation of an absolute
size limit of 30 metres LOA, effective for this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart
Yacht Race. The CYCA decision follows a process of consultation with its
owners and a review of the impact on boats in last year's race of changes
to the IRC Rule effective from 1 July 2003 in Australia. The decision means
that a boat such as Alfa Romeo, which won line honours in 2002, will remain
eligible to compete in 2003 despite its rating having increased to 1.607. -
Peter Campbell

* The 2003 Case Book Supplement for the Racing Rules of Sailing has now
been published and is available to download online:

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* Henry Maxwell, Jr. is the winner of US Sailing's W. Van Alan Clark, Jr.
National Sportsmanship Trophy. During the New England School Sailing
Association (NESSA) Team Racing Championship in May 2002, Henry Maxwell
demonstrated exceptional character and dedication to the success of the
sport of sailing. Maxwell sailed with his team from the Williams School, at
that time the defending champions of the event. The Williams School was in
a very close race against Tabor Academy. The race would determine which New
England team qualified for the Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA)
Team Racing Nationals. Although the Williams School won the race on the
water, the judges lodged a protest against Maxwell, who had entered another
protest himself. After Maxwell realized he had indeed committed a foul and
that his own protest was inappropriate, he retracted his protest and
withdrew from the race. As a result of this decision, the Williams School
lost the race, sending Tabor Academy to the Nationals.

This award honors those people who are outstanding examples of dedication
and graciousness in the sport of sailing, and for sharing these talents
with others. Nominees include sailors who have performed a single exemplary
act or who have consistently exemplified the finest tradition of the sport
both on and off the water, through instruction and encouragement of others.

* Clark Chapin has been named the recipient of C.R.E.W. Award. which
recognizes US Sailing staff and volunteers who effectively set clear
expectations, show mutual respect, and are committed to collaboration
within the organization. Chapin is a long-time volunteer of US Sailing from
Plymouth, Mich, who joined the ODCC executive committee in 1989. Nominated
by his peers, Chapin was cited as follows: "He doesn't exemplify one or two
of the C.R.E.W. values, but all of them, and he truly lives by them-and
began doing so long before we wrote down these values and put them on a
card." Another nomination read: "He's one of those rare type A
personalities who is also genuinely thoughtful of others." -

* March 21-23 Star Olympic Pre-Trials at the US Sailing Center / Coral Reef
Yacht Club. -

* March 21-23 Snipe Pan Am Team Trials, Clearwater YC, FL. -

* March 22: Marion to Berumda Race Symposium, "Preparing for an Offshore
Passage" M.I.T. Cambridge, MA.

* March 28-30: Olympic Classes Regatta, Alamitos Bay YC, Long Beach, CA.

* March 28-30: Disabled Midwinters (Sonar & 2.4 Metre), St. Petersburg
YC, FL -

* April 25: Tommy Bahama Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race, Newport Ocean
Sailing Association. -

* August 1-3: Buzzards Bay Regatta, New Bedford YC. Approximately 400 boats
PHRF boats, multi-hulls and one-designs will be participating in at least
14 classes. -

Mission Bay YC - 45 Lasers and 58 Radials sailed 6 races in breeze ranging
from 8-18 knots. Sunday's racing was cancelled due to huge surf closing out
the Mission Bay entrance.
Final Results - Laser: 1. Zach Railey, 5 points; 2. Matt McQueen, 11; 3.
Ben Richardson, 16; 4. Clay Johnson, 18; 5. Kevin Taugher, 30; Laser
Radial: 1. Ryan Minth, 9; 2. Doug Hart, 17; 3. Parker Shinn, 17; 4. Adam
Deermont, 28; 5. Bob Falk, 31. - Complete results:

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"The battle of the Baltic" promises to be one of this summer's major
sailing events. Just two weeks after the announcement of the race there has
already been positive responses from top V.O. 60 sailors and syndicates.
"We think that the combination of three classic regattas will bring a lot
of attention to our event and that is one of the key factors for success",
says Patrik Mehks Project Manager at Viamare, the Swedish yacht and hotel
conglomerate and organiser of the event. "That we have four strong
syndicates today, just two weeks after the announcing the race, is very
encouraging. We have contacts with some really strong syndicates that are
just about to put the ink on paper, so there will be more to come."

The two-week sprint version of Volvo Ocean Race, starts on June 21 when the
fleet will participate in the opening race of the Kieler Woche; Eckenförde
Race. After a windward/ leeward race in Kiel, the boats will race to
Sandhamn finishing on June 25. The boats will then go to Stockholm for a
24-hour stopover with a parade of sail and plenty of public activities. The
boats will be berthed at Skeppsbron, within sight of the royal castle, on
June 27 and racing will start again with the Accenture Round Gotland Race
on the June 29. Following that, they will race to Marstrand, on the Swedish
west coast, arriving Saturday July 5, during the Swedish Match Cup. -
Lizzie Green,

There will be a celebration of the life of Neil Baker on Wednesday, March
26 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, 7201 East Ocean
Blvd. Long Beach, California. Baker, 40, was found dead in his Garden Grove
apartment March 12. He leaves his parents, Mike and Sherry Baker, of Long
Beach, and wife Louise and children Madeleine, 3 1/2, and Michael, 2, of

Donations in Baker's name to yacht club junior programs or similar causes
may be sent to: Louise Baker, 923 Monte Vista, Irvine, CA 92602. The Cal 20
Class Association has announced that its 2003 national championship regatta
at the Long Beach Yacht Club will be dedicated to Baker.

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* From Mike Weir: Thank goodness that people like Rich Hazleton have the
common sense to write how we the judges think the rules should be
interpreted. The promotion of cheating by US college coaches makes it a lot
harder to enforce the RRS at open regattas in North America as the
competitors from their programs don't seem to understand the real rule 42.
I think that it is time we all thanked Rich for his perceptive insight into
this problem.

* From Craig Fletcher: Norman Davant is 100% correct - the world needs a
universal measurement rule - now. Memo to the rule makers: Write the rule
in stone, disband your committee with resolution to never meet again and
sit back and watch your rule work. History shows multiple changes in past
rules over taxed the owners check books and ultimately killed the rule.

* From Chris Ericksen: Now it is clear to me! My old friend, Barton Beek,
said in 'Butt 1286 that no Gold Star would be awarded in 2003, which
puzzled me: why would the Star Class do such a thing? The answer was in the
letter from ISAF President Paul Henderson's letter in 'Butt 1287: the Star
Class chose not to designate their participation in the Cadiz Joint Worlds
Championship of Olympic Classes as their Worlds and withheld sanction.

Hurrah for the Star Class! Well done! Apparently the Star Class felt it
could conform only so much to the dictates of the IOC and ISAF; they felt
holding no Star Worlds would be better than holding one over which the
class did not have control.

President Henderson says that he believes "the positives of Olympic Status
far outweigh the few erosions of class autonomy that designation brings." I
guess that depends on where you're standing. And he "respectfully submits"
that "the best sailors come into the Star because of the (chance to win)
Olympic Gold." I respectfully submit that the best sailors come to the Star
Class because the best sailors are in the Star Class, Olympics or no
Olympics. Perhaps the turnout at the Cadiz regatta will decide which of us
is right.

* From Dick Rose, Chair, US Sailing Racing Rules Committee: Senet
Bischoff wrote, "Now all we need is to have US Sailing and ISAF seek our
feedback to other ISAF rules that don't work well in the real world." The
US Sailing Racing Rules Committee has, for many years, sought out
suggestions for improving the racing rules from all US Sailing members. The
invitation is in the Foreword to the rulebook. Most of the changes that US
Sailing proposes to ISAF begin life as a suggestion from a US Sailing
member. If Senet or anyone else has suggestions for improving the rules,
they should e-mail them to Please state the problem or
ambiguity that you have spotted and suggest, if possible, how the rules
should be changed to fix it. Scuttlebutt readers will be interested to hear
that the US Racing Rules Committee is currently working on a proposal
suggested by an intercollegiate coach and a team racing umpire for
improving those parts of the Propulsion rule (Rule 42) that deal with roll
tacking and sculling.

* From Clark Chapin: Congratulations to Chicago Yacht Club's Janet Baxter
on her nomination to be the first female President of US Sailing. Janet's
direct approach and no-nonsense manner (well, maybe a little nonsense) will
serve her well as she steps up to her new position.

Since cats always land on their feet and jelly bread always lands
jelly-side down, what happens if you tie jelly bread to the back of a cat?