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SCUTTLEBUTT 1294 - March 26, 2003

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If you get car sick, you'll probably be seasick too. If you can read in a
car without feeling queasy, chances are you won't get seasick. Seasickness
happens when the body, inner ear, and eyes all send different signals to
the brain, resulting in confusion and queasiness.

Hints on how to avoid seasickness
--The evening prior to boarding avoid alcohol, fatty and spicy foods and
get a good sleep.
--Read medication directions - you are advised to take most seasickness
medication before boarding.
--Find the part of the boat with the least motion - usually in the center
at the back of the boat on the lower deck.
--Stay in fresh air and take a few deep breaths.
--Look at the horizon.
--Keep away from engine fumes.
--Don't do any close work, look through binoculars, read a book or magazine.
--Avoid cramped spaces.
--Avoid anxiety and fatigue.
--Occupy your mind, focusing on something other than being seasick.
--When you first start feeling queasy eat a snack of dry savoury biscuits,
ginger biscuits, bread or non acidic fruit. Ginger and honey may help.
Avoid fatty or salty foods.
--Drink plenty of water or ginger ale. A small beer may help you relax.
--If really ill, lie on your back and close your eyes. Sip water to avoid
--Seasickness may disappear without treatment when the brain learns to
compensate for the swaying and pitching.

Remedies, including herbal, drugs and bands are discussed on the following
--Seasickness -
--Worried about seasickness? Some Suggestions
--Gusto Charters -
--What is seasickness?

Story by Kathy McKenzie, Boating OZ Editor,

Auckland City Council has the jump on developers to keep Syndicate Row at
the Viaduct Harbour in public hands. The council wants to secure the Halsey
St land used for six America's Cup bases, with the idea of creating more
open space and a marine stadium. The marine stadium would be an on- and
off-water facility for entertainment, yachting and other events. The idea
is not linked to secret plans for a memorial to Sir Peter Blake.

The six bases are publicly owned by the funding agency Infrastructure
Auckland through a subsidiary, America's Cup Village Ltd (ACVL). Now that
the cup has left Auckland, Infrastructure has no need for the land.
Developers are already turning the "log farm" at the southwestern end of
the Viaduct, which was home to four syndicates, into apartments. The log
farm is privately owned by Viaduct Harbour Holdings.

Auckland City recreation and events committee chairman Scott Milne said the
council was talking with ACVL about the Halsey St land but it was too early
to say how a deal would be structured. Story by Bernard Orsman, NZ Herald,
full story:

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Junior women sailors, 13 to 19 years old are invited to participate in the
Rolex Next Step Program, September 26-28 in Annapolis, Md. The event will
be held in conjunction with the Rolex IWKC, part of US Sailing's adult
championship series, to be held September 27-October 3 at the Annapolis
Yacht Club (AYC).

The Rolex Next Step Program was established in 1997 to expose juniors to
international women's sailing in a mentoring atmosphere. This year's
program begins on Friday, September 26 with a welcome party and workshop at
J Port Annapolis, featuring asymmetrical spinnaker sailing with Rolex IWKC
competitors aboard J/80s provided by J Port Sailing Club and J World Annapolis.

Saturday, September 27 features a keelboat clinic with America's Cup
campaign veteran Tucker Thompson and US Sailing Instructor Trainer Nan
Leute Walker, director of J Port Sailing Club. A barbecue and informal
conversation with elite-level women sailors at AYC will follow. On Sunday
morning, September 28, there will be a breakfast for the Next Step juniors
with a talk by sports psychologist Jessica Mohler.

Applicants should write, in 250 words or less, what they enjoy about
sailing, their sailing experiences, and what they think they will gain from
spending a weekend at the opening of the Rolex IWKC. The deadline for
entries is August 1, 2003. Entries should include a letter of
recommendation from a sailing coach or instructor. Junior women can also
apply online at

* Neville Crichton's New Zealand Reichel/Pugh-designed super-maxi Shockwave
will compete in her first Rolex Fastnet Race. Shockwave (as Alfa Romeo)
achieved line honours at the most recent Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.
Shockwave was launched in August 2002. For the Fastnet, free of any rating
restriction, she will be configured with water ballast and a lighter keel,
and is expected to rate 1.708 (from the 1.600 cap in Australia). - Event

* The notice of race for the Athens 2003 Regatta is now available in
English, French and Greek on the Athens 2004 Website. Sailed from the Agios
Kosmas Olympic Sailing Centre in Hellinikon, Athens, from 10 - 28 August,
the event will be a final opportunity for organizers and sailors alike to
test the venue and sailing waters of the 2004 Olympic Games in a
competitive environment. The event is held in all eleven Olympic
disciplines. - ISAF website, full story:

* With the unveiling of Liguria and Lombardy's joint bid to host the
America's Cup 2007, a stronger candidate was born in Italy. Sandro Biasotti
et Roberto Formigoni, respectively President of Liguria and Lombardy
Region, presented a new project during a press conference. "Unity is
strength", said Sandro Biasotti. Ernesto Bertarelli said earlier this year
that city of Savona (on Liguria Cost) is a possible venue but there are
many ports and coastal towns in Europe who want to bid for the privilege of
hosting the 32nd America's Cup. - Cup In Europe website,

* Light air continues to plague the attempt of the trimaran Great America
II to break the Hong Kong to New York speed record set in 1849 by the
schooner Sea Witch. Today, skipper Rich Wilson wrote, "We are becalmed as
Sea Witch sails away. Only made 105 nm in the last 24 hours. Midnight to 4 covered seven miles. 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. covered 12 nm. Have sailed
two full circles for lack of steerage way. Ultimate in frustration." -

Have you ever wondered what kind of dedication it takes to do an Around
Alone campaign? Let me give you a few examples starting with Alan Paris
aboard BTC Velocity who is currently just under 600 miles from the finish
in Salvador sailing is light headwinds. Since this race started on
September 15 last year, Alan has been at sea for 170 days. He has been on
land for 19 days. For every day spent on land, Alan has spent nine at sea.
On top of that he sailed a qualifying voyage from Bermuda to the Canary
Islands and then back to Bermuda before sailing to Newport for the start.
Which ever way you cut it, that's a lot of time away from home, yet Alan's
story is bettered, if that's the right word, by Kojiro Shiraishi.

In order to get to the start of the race Kojiro had to sail half way around
the world. He started from Japan and sailed across the Pacific Ocean to San
Francisco, then to Panama before crossing the Caribbean Sea and sailing up
the eastern seaboard of the US to New England, a voyage of around 10,000
miles, Kojiro left this morning with some friends for two days vacation.
Tomorrow will be the first day off he's had since leaving Japan - Brian
Hancock, Around Alone website, full story:

Yet another new maxi hit the water recently in Auckland: the new Bols,
brainchild of skipper/manager Gordon Kay and designer Hugh Welbourn. Unlike
maxis such as the new Wild Thing and Alfa Romeo, Bols looks like it is
going to be much too fast to take part in the Sydney-Hobart race. The
CYCA's annual Boxing Day race south is limited to boats with an IRC rating
of less than 1.6 (this was recently increased to 1.61) but in her present
configuration the new Bols weighs in at a pacey 1.745.

Gordon Kay explains their reasoning: "The rating was of no importance
whatsoever. IRC will rate anything. The reality is that the only race there
is with a rating limit is the Hobart. So why would you build a one race
boat? You can do the Reichel Pugh - turbo the boat up but it was clear if
they had had bad weather with that bulb on the boat [Shockwave/Alfa Romeo]
they would have struggled, because the boat was seriously nose down. But
credit to them and Neville [Crichton] got exactly what he wanted and he'll
probably move it on. Our philosophy is different. We have got a 93ft
sportsboat and they have a 90ft Soling. Theirs is a long thin IMS
derivative and ours is not. Shockwave is a lovely boat, but they are apples
and pears." Another significant difference between Bols and her other maxi
brothers is that she is built as an out-and-out offshore racer with round
the world potential. And it has trim tabs. - From a comprehensive story on
The Daily Sail website, full story:

Join the Ullman Sails team for an on the water speed seminar. Owners and
crews are invited to tune up and maximize their J/105's performance in
Newport Beach, CA on Friday, April 11, 2003. The seminar will include the
new J/105 tuning guide, an open classroom forum followed by lunch and then
an on the water racing clinic. Ullman Sails and Sail California are hosting
this seminar and encourage all J/105 owners and crews to attend. To reserve
seating for both you and your crew, please call Ullman Sails Newport Beach
at (949) 675-6970 or visit us at

(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.)

* From Jeremy G. Walker: I saw with dismay your announcement in 'Butt
1293 of US Sailing's night-time harnesses and PFD prescription for Cat 0 &
1. Well, this looks like yet another encroachment into good sense and
seamanship decisions, where we must be forced to help ourselves, rather
than choose to do so for our own survival. What next? Mandatory helmets,
because that boom is oh so dangerous, isn't it? And no spinnakers at night,
because they are such a handful, aren't they? And standard lifelines are
really too low, as an average person can easily topple over the top wire,
even with a harness attached. So let's mandate that they must be shoulder
height. We could go on and on, and sadly, we probably will.

There's another nasty issue hidden here. How does USSA propose to ensure
such a rule is controlled and enforced? Written declarations of compliance
from all hands? Night sights on roaming rules compliance chase boats? How
about this scenario - a race boat drifting at night to the light-air finish
line of the Bermuda Race, whose owner or cook happens to come on deck
harness-less to witness the great event, and gets spotted by the Chief
Compliance Officer lurking in St. David's Head Lighthouse with a night
scope. Instant DSQ?

* From Geoff Newbury (Re: Steve Greene's comment to Malcolm McKeag):
Maybe Steve should read the html version of 'Butt,
( since it was clear to me that Malcolm's
comment was printed in the font 'Sarcastics'...

* From Andrew "Besheer: Ouch, somebody might want to point out to Steve
Greene the definition of satire. If he resolves his issues with subtle
humor he might save a lot of wasted time ranting at the keyboard and be
able to focus more of his efforts on his "small sailing business.

* From Tina Blaise: Oh dear. Steve Greene really doesn't understand
irony, does he? I commend his efforts to increase participation in sailing,
and so I will give him the benefit of the doubt by assuming that he has
never heard of the esteemed Mr. McKeag and knows nothing of the great work
he has done over many years to promote our beloved sport.

* From Wells Pile: I can't imagine that anyone thinks Sir Thomas Lipton
kept challenging for the AC unless he knew that his Shamrocks were giant
floating billboards boosting sales of Lipton Tea in the US. Yes, the boats
carried no written advertising on them, they didn't have to because the
publicity generated by them and Sir Thomas ensured Lipton Tea's
predominance in the US mass market.

* From Gregory Switlik, Jr.: In the early 90's at the College Nationals
in Charleston, SC one of the sponsors was Piggly Wiggly, and we were very
happy for the free water they supplied. Sponsorship is more than big logos.

* From Frank Betz: George Bailey's comments on "wind rowing" score a
resounding bulls eye with me. My (sometimes fuzzy) recollections go back 30
years to when Peter Commette was probably the best Laser sailor on the
planet. I was an obsessed weekend one-design competitor in a couple of
other classes when interpretation of the propulsion rules suddenly emerged
and became, as they remain, contentious.

What's wrong with encouraging each class to determine its own standards,
and let the competitors choose in which they wish to compete? Making the
sport "more exciting"? Baloney! There were lots of times when my adrenaline
raced as hard in close "drifters" as in over 25 knots.

Does anyone else out there recall when ice hockey (amateur and
professional) was an elegant game based on skating skill and finesse? Then
the "Let's make it more exciting for the spectators" advocates turned the
sport into little more than organized gang warfare on skates. That was
about the time I quit playing hockey (and buying tickets to NHL games) in
favor of involving myself in competitive sailing.

* From Ted Germann: "Rock Stars", and sponsorship. Sailboat racing is not
a cheap sport. Many Olympic champions have not had fully funded campaigns.
You have heard here about some of them living out of vans and spending food
money on equipment. Many people sacrifice careers, family and goals to
pursue the dream. Sponsorship is a necessity to fill the void in any
serious campaigns check book. Pros are pro's because they have devoted many
hours to sailing, Like a golf or tennis pro has.

Sailing is a popular sport and will always have people complaining about
compositeness and pros and sponsorship. I haven't checked, but I'm sure you
don't see this kind of stuff on the curling web pages, Is there one? Please
don't knock sponsorships, pro's, and the investors who keep this kind of
thing going.

Marathon runners with bad footwear suffer the agony of defeat.