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SCUTTLEBUTT 1291 - March 21, 2003

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US Sailing has announced the selection process for the Cadiz Worlds 2003:
1. Any berths that are awarded by ISAF or the International Class
Association to specifically named sailors, such as former World Champions
in the Star Class, are awarded to the respective named sailors.

2. The first four berths that are granted to US Sailing are awarded to the
top four ranked boats of the 2003 US Sailing Team (USST). If any of the top
four ranked boats of the 2003 USST are either named in the paragraph above
or subsequently decline entry to the 2003 World Championship, then those
berths do not trickle down to the next ranked boat on the USST, but are
awarded by the next paragraph.

3. Any berths that are not awarded in the paragraphs above, will be awarded
at the discretion of the Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) of US Sailing with
input from the OSC staff coaches and OSC class representatives based on
past performance in the following categories; (These categories are not
necessarily listed in any priority order)
- World Championships 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999

- US Olympic Trials for Sailing 2000

- 2003 USST Rankings including 2003 Rolex Miami OCR and 2002-03 Pre

- Other significant 2002 and 2003 results prior to 1 April 2003.

- Historic class system for determining US entries to World

4. The awarding of berths is subject to ISAF confirming the number of
berths assigned to US Sailing.

5. The awarded berths will be announced by the OSC on or before 14 April 2003.

6. Any additional berths that may be awarded to US SAILING by ISAF or the
International Class Association after the initial allocation, will be
awarded based on paragraphs 1 and 3 above. -

The new ISAF World Match Race Rankings shows no change at the top with the
forerunners in both the Open and the Women's holding on tight to their
number one world ranking. Karol Jablonski remains in the number 1 spot
which he has held since 27 November 2002. Not far behind however is Jesper
Radich (DEN) ­ only 16 points behind Jablonski ­ and Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN)
at number who is only 20 points behind Radich. Peter Holmberg (4) and Ed
Baird (8) are the only US sailors in the top twenty.

Marie Bjorling (SWE) continues to exert her dominance in the women's
rankings, having retained her place as the world's number 1 since 2001. Her
margin of more than 2000 points, will ensure her position for a while yet.
The top ranked US women's match racers are Liz Baylis (8) and Betsy Alison
(9) -

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* With the arrival of Ocean Planet at 13:13:50 GMT on Thursday, all of
the Class 1 boats are now in Salvador, Brazil. Class 2 leader Brad Van Liew
has been in Brazil since March 16, and Tim Kent's Everest Horizontal is now
less than 200 miles from the finish line. -

* Direct merchant Lands'End® will outfit sailors from the US national
teams during the 2003 season.. The 150 athletes of the U.S. Sailing Team,
U.S. Disabled Sailing Team, Pan Am Games Team, and U.S. Youth World Team,
will receive a variety of Land's End classic apparel, including chinos,
Drifter™ sweaters, podium caps, and Oxford shirts. Much of the apparel will
feature the U.S. Sailing Team logos and the Lands' End signature logo.

* Keane, Inc. will be the Title Sponsor of the 2003 US Snipe National
Championships. Headquartered in Boston, Keane, Inc partners with Global
2000 companies and government agencies to plan, build, and manage
application software to enable their business strategies.

* April 5-6: IC Dinghy National Championship Regatta, Larchmont YC. - /

* May 24-26: Oyster Bay Advanced Racing Clinic, United States Merchant
Marine Academy in Kings Point. -

* August 2-9: Skandia Cowes Week, Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK. Over 1,000
boats are anticipated, with an influx of international entries due to the
Admiral's Cup and Fastnet. -

* September 2-6: 18-foot skiffs will be racing at St. Francis YC on the
San Francisco Bay. This should be great sailing and even better 'spectating.'

Olivier De Kersauson's attempt to break the non-stop round the world record
in the Jules Verne Trophy ended in failure yesterday when his yacht
Geronimo crossed the finish line off Ushant, a rock off the coast of
Brittany, after 68 days 1hr 58min 2sec at sea. Geronimo's failure means the
record - set by Bruno Peyron last year - still stands at 64 days 8hr 37min.

Britain's Ellen MacArthur, who had to withdraw from the record attempt when
the mast on Kingfisher 2 snapped in the Southern Ocean last month,
expressed sympathy for Kersauson. "I'm gutted for Olivier, it's an
incredible journey," she said. "I cannot imagine what it must feel like to
have made it round, a feat in itself, but to have not broken the record."

It had been a harsh time in the last few days for Kersauson and his crew to
come to terms with missing out. It was his sixth attempt on the Jules Verne
record since 1993. He was successful in 1997, setting a new record of 71
days 14hr 22min on board Sport Elec. - Lucy Markham, The Independent, UK,

After three days at sea, Great American II, the 53-foot trimaran aiming to
break a clipper ship record from Hong Kong to New York, is positioned some
500 miles south of Hong Kong. For American sailing adventurers Rich Wilson
(Rockport, Mass.) and Rich du Moulin (Larchmont, NY), who set out from Hong
Kong on Sunday, March 16, the first days of their offshore campaign have
been marked by light, variable winds. The duo is sailing 15,000 miles
non-stop to New York to chase a 154-year-old sailing record and bring a
live adventure to thousands of school children through a unique educational
program called sitesALIVE. If they can break Sea Witch's record of 74 days
14 hours, the two sailors are expected to arrive in New York the week of
May 26. - Cynthia Goss,

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(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.)

* Jamie Horner, Vancouver, Canada: John Berry's comments against allowing
the Americas Cup to take place in France appear to be in anger at France's
lack of support for the War against Iraq. While politics and military
options were an essential part of sailing several hundred years ago, with
the likes of the Battle of Trafalgar, the sailing I know today is a sport
that I value for the very reason that it is above politics, and protest
hearings are a little more civilized. I think a country's right to stage a
international yacht regatta should be judged on its sailing merits, not
because its foreign policy decisions and opinions differ from your own.

* From Ann Brunskill: Sailing should and does transcend many barriers and
prejudices to the benefit of all Any attempt to influence the venue for the
next Americas Cup because one country does not agree with another country's
activities to my mind brings Politics with a capital P into an area where
it should not intrude. Controversy is one thing but prejudice is another
and I am saddened that Scuttlebutt should permit such prejudice onto its
otherwise excellent and pages.

CURMUDGEON'S COMMENT: You are absolutely correct - this political thread
should never have been given room on these pages, and it certainly will not
get any more space.

* From David Redfern (Re comments of Tom Donlan -Butt 1290): Advertising
and sponsorship for AC boats does not necessarily mean painting the boats
and sails with lurid logos. Alan Bond deliberately went the way of having
lots of sponsors, but no names on the boat. That remained pure and simple
on screen and in camera as the infamous Australia II. He always argued
fervently that it was a fairer way of doing things without having to have a
sponsorship hierarchy.

* From Tim Prophit (Re comments of Tom Donlan): I'm not a professional
sailor by any means, but I sure do enjoy all the sponsored events I have
the opportunity to participate in because someone sponsored them. If you
don't like advertising and sponsorship of regattas, go run your own, on
your own funding. I bet that will get old real fast.

* From Malcolm McKeag: Tom Dolan writes: "Nuts to advertising, nuts to
sponsorship of regattas and nuts to professional sailboat racing" Good on
ya, Tom. To these agents of degeneration one should add nuts to all those
who try to 'promote' our sport and bring into it people who cannot sail
(for goodness sakes!!!). Do these desecrators not realize that the more
people who come into the sport, the less there is for us? The more they try
to change it, the worse they make it compared to what it was?

Our rivers and creeks fill with moorings and marinas, so there is nowhere
left to cruise to. Our race courses become crowded with refugees from
squash courts and golf courses who appear to think they should have as much
say in what goes on as those of who have spent a life on the foreshore.
They want expensive committee boat starts and marks that get moved to suit
the wind (who ever heard of the ball park being turned around because the
sun was in the pitcher's eyes?). They call a proper reaching start, off a
fixed line close to the rocks unfair. They want safety boats They want...
they want... I could go on - but I must already be near my 250 words. I'm
with Tom. Time for regime change.

* From David Sligh: Mr. Stephens is right. We work every day for the bottom
line so we can spend precious few moments on wonderful traditions. It would
be a shame for the AC to turn into a commercial event. I can see bumper
stickers on the AC boats now . . . "If you can read this the 17th man fell

* From Bill Trenkle: As a great fan of Olin Stephens it is hard for me to
take issue with his comments, but with all due respect I would like to
offer my opinion. I have had the pleasure of being involved in the good old
traditional days and the new modern sponsored days and I can tell you Olin
that most contemporary America's Cup team members care as much about the
traditions of the America's Cup as they did before corporate sponsorships.
Yes we have to put logos on our sails but that is so we can be involved in
a sport that brings so much pleasure to us.

The drive to win, the excitement of being on a Cup team is not diminished
because we now use corporate money to pay the bills, rather than private
donations like the pre-sponsorship days, it has just evolved out of
necessity. The bottom line to most people in the Cup these days is still
the same one you fought for and won many times, it is still about success
on the water and enjoying that challenge.

* From Paul Henderson, ISAF President: The Advertising Code was not
forced on anyone by ISAF. We responded to the needs of the sailor and
provided a choice. There are two options: Cat "C" classes choose to what
level their sailors want advertising. Cat "A" White boats no advertising.
Except for Olympic Classes the sailor chooses and can sail a white boat if
they wish.

Personally I have never and will never sail with advertising on my boat and
nobody can force me to do so. But I do understand others who are not
"plumbers" who want to do so. Their choice and ISAF has provided the
necessary regulations to opt in or out. It is the same with the Nationality
Code. The rule is there if a jurisdiction wants to use it or not except for
the Olympic Classes where the IOC demands it. (I am one of the few sailors
in the World who when you say he sails like a "plumber" it is a compliment.)

* From Murray Spence (edited to our 250-word limit): I am disappointed
that the CYCA is restricting the entry of exciting yachts for it's premier
offshore event the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. In maintaining an
antiquated rating cap the CYCA is needlessly limiting the field of bigger,
faster, newer boats that are able to enter the race. Alfa Romeo was sailed
in our "slow" configuration with a heavy bulb and no water ballast to meet
the Sydney Hobart IRC rating limit. That race out of the way, we have
changed to the originally intended design using a lighter bulb and water
ballast for a dramatic increase in performance.

Under the new 2003 race rules we are no longer eligible to enter. We have
no desire to return to the "slow" Hobart configuration despite a wish to
compete again in the Sydney to Hobart race. I know of at least one of the
exciting new Z86 class yachts that would be very keen to enter the race and
there are several 90ft plus boats currently being built that would be
tempted to enter the race if the rating limit allowed. These are the type
of boats that the media love to follow and should be actively encouraged to
participate in the event. Let the designers and builders come up with the
fastest most exhilarating boats possible without rating encumbrances. The
Line Honours race was never meant for the faint hearted!

* From Andrew Burton (Re Peter Commette and Robbie Doyle's comments): I
must respectfully disagree with my talented and sportsmanlike competitors.
I believe that they are missing the point of the attacks on kinetics in
sailing. Yes, a well done roll tack is a thing of beauty but roll tacking
your way up the weather leg requires far less skill than making your boat
sail in 2-4 knots of air.

As a judge at a college regatta one winter, I had the misfortune to witness
an example of the behavior that so irritates some of the previous
correspondents. A talented sailor rounded the weather mark in a 420 in 14th
place on a day when the breeze was about 8 knots. I watched as he rocked
and pumped his main at intervals of about 6 seconds all the way down both
short reaching legs until he had passed all but one of the boats who had
been ahead of him.

We must not allow our sport to degenerate into an "air rowing" or rocking
or ooching contest. I didn't think allowing unlimited kinetics was a good
idea when I sailed OK's, Lasers, Fireballs, 420's, 470's or 505's and I
still don't now that I sail 110's, Shields and Swans. The sport of sailing
should remain a contest of virtuosity rather than becoming a trial of pure

* From coach Jon Rogers: Coronado Yacht Club Juniors are stoked that
Jerelyn Biehl was recognized for the US Youth Championship Regatta. The
kids who applied, got accepted and sailed in that event experienced an
event that was as close to a world championship as they could get. Most
importantly, Jerelyn's idea of a cool regatta is perfect for all sailors.
As her Snipe class says, "Serious Sailing, Serious Fun." Watching those
kids sail all day and then sumo wrestle or flip upside down onto the velcro
wall made my week.

* From Ralph Taylor: Hear, hear for Rob Drury's suggestion that a box
rule makes more sense for Grand Prix racing than a handicap rule. Why, when
the boats are custom-built, would you think first to handicap them rather
than establish design parameters which allow them to race boat for boat?

Handicapping is necessary for production boats of differing design, but
it's never the ideal racing. It introduces complexities of scoring and
knowing where one stands on the course. Worse, for one-offs, it inevitably
results in boats that are slow but look slower to the rule.

* From Peter Harken: William Mavrogiannis - there was a man of our
country! What an amazing individual! It is indeed an honor for all of us in
the U.S. to have had him designing and working in our sailing world! I hope
one of our sailing magazines tells his courageous gut filled story. It's
important for all of us. I'm awe struck! Thanks much Bill, have a great flight!

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