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SCUTTLEBUTT 1296 - March 28, 2003

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Geneva, March 27 - To date, more than sixty sites from around the world
have expressed their interest in hosting the next America's Cup regatta to
the Société Nautique de Genève (SNG).

Under the terms of the newly issued Protocol for the 32nd America's Cup, AC
Management Ltd will assist the SNG with the organization of the event. One
of its responsibilities is to select the host site for the America's Cup.
To ensure the success of this process, ACM has brought in experts
specialized in the organization of sporting events on an international scale.

The person in charge of the selection process, Michel Bonnefous, explains:
"We have identified eight sites and sent them a request for additional
technical information concerning meteorology, facilities and
infrastructure." Those sites are Barcelona, Lisbon, Marseille, Naples,
Palma de Mallorca, Sardinia - Porto Cervo, Tuscany - Elba, and Valencia

The selection committee will use the data provided by those eight sites to
help them select the four finalists for hosting the 32nd America's Cup. The
announcement of those four candidate sites will be made in the month of
May. Those four sites will then have to provide a complete application
dossier. The choice of the site for the next America's Cup regatta will be
communicated before 15 December 2003.

As Michel Bonnefous explains: "After having carried off the America's Cup,
we are getting ready for a new challenge. For the first time, the America's
Cup will take place in Europe. This is the beginning of a great adventure
and I am happy to be building the foundations of this historic event." - AC
Management Ltd

Twenty teams have qualified to race for the Alter Cup at US Sailing's
Multihull Championship held April 5-11 in Clearwater, Florida, hosted by
the Clearwater Community Sailing Center and the Clearwater Yacht Club. This
year's event will be sailed in ten brand-new, factory-supplied Bimare
Javelin 2 F18HT catamarans. Among the racers are defending champion Matt
Struble, sailing with W.F. Oliver, Worrell 1000 Champions Brian Lambert and
Jamie Livingston, Hobie 18 National Champion Ken Marshack, and Tommy Bahama
Sailing Team Nigel Pitt and Alex Shafer.

Ten of the U.S. Multihull Championship teams have been selected by
competition in their US Sailing's Area qualification events. Six more teams
are attending as national champions in the top catamaran classes including
the Olympic catamaran. The defending national champion along with three
teams chosen based on resume round out the field of 20.

Originally, the selection of teams was based on open Area eliminations, the
committee decided to reinvigorate the championship by allocating spots to
the major Multihull classes in addition to the Area entries. Randy Smyth
has won the event four times, while Carlton Tucker is a three-time winner.
- Marlieke de Lange Eaton,, and

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Ocean Race will make their way to your boat? Wonder no more. Now's your
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The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron committee voted unanimously to retain
Russell Coutts and Brad Butterworth as members. Life member John Street had
asked that they be expelled for joining Swiss syndicate Alinghi. - NZ

At midday Friday, Salvador time, Alan Paris on BTC Velocity was 260 miles
from the finish sailing with light winds from behind. For the only Around
Alone competitor still at sea, it's frustratingly slow, but Paris is not
one to complain. He knows he will get to Brazil eventually and when he does
he can look forward to his longest stretch on land since the race started.
Unless the wind gods are particularly unkind, he should have over two weeks
to spend with his wife and young son. "We will just wait until he gets
here," Becky Paris said, "and when he does we will have a great time until
he leaves again." It has been like that since the start and Becky and son
Tucker have learned to take it in stride.

Missing from the line-up this stopover is Chloe Stamm. She is home with her
very pregnant mother, and her father who has taken a brief vacation to
before the last leg. In the other stopovers Chloe has become a fixture on
board all the boats swinging from the rigging and taking showers from any
available hose. Also missing is Tate Van Liew who thinks of all the
skippers as kindly uncles (and aunt!). Dad Brad is back in the US and the
whole gang will return to Brazil in time for the start of Leg 5. Only Tim
Kent will miss seeing his kids this stopover. "It's about money, as in we
don't have enough to pay for air tickets as well as food for the last leg,"
Tim said. Children have become integral to this event and they are quickly
learning about life on the road. - Excerpts from a story by Brian Hancock
on the Around Alone website. Full story:

* The Alinghi team will be in Zurich for the weekend on the third leg of
its Swiss tour, according to Alinghi's Web site. Fans will be able to
admire the coveted America's Cup trophy and try their hand on the famous
Match Race simulator -- an electronic game that allows the public to test
drive an America's Cup Class yacht on a match racing course. The team will
also hold autograph sessions Friday through Sunday. -
Sailing website, full story:

* More than 90 boats have entered the 30th International Rolex Regatta in
St. Thomas, USVI that starts today. Its catamaran roster has been
dramatically expanded by 8-10 U.S. teams that will be competing in the
event for the first time. The teams have impressive credentials and are led
by the husband-and-wife team of Jay and Pease Glaser (Long Beach, Calif.),
who will be sailing a Nacra F 18. The bulk of the fleet will be comprised
of mid-size boats ranging from 24 to 45 feet, with large contingent IC-24s
rounding things out. Winners in each of the classes will be awarded a Rolex
timepiece. -

* Over the past seven years, Pacific Sail Expo®, which comes to Oakland
from April 23 to April 27. has grown to become the largest all-sail boat
show on the West Coast. This year, the show will have more than 300
exhibitors coming from Asia, Europe, and 30 U.S. states. Two replica
sail-training vessels will add an historic element to the fleet of new
boats. They are the 103' Hawaiian Chieftain--a 1988-launched replica of a
1790s northern European trading ship--and the recently launched 110'
brigantine Irving Johnson. - Cynthia Goss,

(Here's the latest report from Great America II attempting to set a record
for the Hong Kong to New York run.)

The equatorial sun high above was causing the formation of big dark squall
clouds that just grew and sat there. By early afternoon, none of the
squalls were moving and neither was Great American II. It was time for Rich
Wilson to go swimming and complete the cleaning of the bottom of the two
outer pontoon hulls.

Rich was scrubbing away at the bow of the starboard pontoon with me
standing above holding his safety tether, when I saw a three foot long
golden brown colored sea snake swimming rapidly out from under the main
hull to see what's happening. I yelled "sea snake" and Rich Wilson swam
like Tarzan dragging me along until he reached the stern where he quickly
boarded. The sea snake wandered off, probably for fatter prey. In some
regions these animals are poisonous; we are not sure about this one, but
didn't want to experiment. - Rich du Moulin,

As usual, "Crazy Walt" let curiosity get the better of him and wasted some
more days playing - ahem, working - on the stressing bench quantifying what
he has been seeing on the water. Click, and come on down
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Scuttlebutt readers have never been short of opinions, and it is always a
struggle to determine which letters deserve to be published. Beginning next
week, the Scuttlebutt website will introduce a new survey tool so that we
can find out exactly how the 'Buttheads feel. Each week we will raise a
question in the newsletter, and provide a link to the website for you to
cast your vote. Results are updated automatically, and we will announce the
final count the following week. If you have any survey question ideas,
please send them to

(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 Olin Stephens: Because Bill Mavrogiannis was such an important
player on the old S&S team and gave me so many reasons for thanks, I hope I
can say now, publicly and with sincere appreciation. "Thank you, Bill for
your friendship and for all you did to make S&S boats what they were. So
long, Olin"

* From Dean Hubbard I don't have kids but I pass along all the
educational related sailing websites that appear in Scuttlebutt to one of
the guys here in the office whose wife home-schools their two boys. We live
in Florida where the parents tell me the education system is glorified day
care so the SitesAlive! news as well as the other sailing related
webucational events (Volvo Ocean Race, etc.) are well worth the little time
it takes to click on the link. You never know to what a kid will suddenly,
and forever, take an interest.

I hope other 'Buttheads will pass on to their acquaintances with school-age
children the occasional sailing weblinks that offer first rate fun
curriculum for the small sailors, marine biologists, navigators,
historians, meteorologists, and hula designers-to-be.

* From Rand Milton: One excellent remedy to combat sea sickness is the
Scopolamine patch. I always wear one for long distance racing and have
never felt ill even in the worst of conditions. And this comes from someone
who gets motion sickness reading a book in a moving car! We had a "newbie"
on my watch in the last Bermuda Race who claimed he never got sea sick and
refused to wear the patch. He was useless for the first 48 hours until he
finally had one placed on, and then he started to feel better a few hours
later. Needless to say, he boarded a plane home shortly after arriving in
Bermuda claiming he'll never ocean race again. Since the patch affects
people differently, I suggest that it be tried before to make sure there
aren't adverse reactions.

* From Andrew Burton: During the ten years I had a business doing
offshore sail training I had the opportunity to do some research on
seasickness. The most telling demonstration of how to beat it occurred one
November as I was taking 54 people on 9 different boats offshore from
Newport. We were delayed by bad weather for 3 days. Every night we thought
we'd have a window to leave the next day so everyone was assiduous about
taking their medication of choice each day.

On doing the skipper's debriefing in Bermuda 5 days later, it turned out
that only one of the nearly 40 crewmembers who went offshore for the first
time ever was sick. Experience tells me that normally at least half would
have been down for the count for minimum of a day or two.

Getting the medication into their system well before departure stopped the
majority from getting sick on a rather rough passage. Also it didn't matter
whether the medication was the Trans -Derm patch, Dramamine, Bonine, or
Stugeron --- all were effective when they were taken well in advance of

* From Paul Swanson: In regards to the sea sickness topic I have found
that eating sweet foods like dried Apricots come up as well as they go
down. You are not left with the horrible taste in your mouth as well so
it's a pleasure to throw up. Could be worthwhile if you can feel
seasickness coming on.

* From C. D. Coulsen: The PFD debate never ceases to amaze me. Once when
working as a labourer on a building site I was told that the only way you
get better at digging holes was digging holes. It is funny how people don't
think that rule applies to sailing boats. Nowdays people turn up for long
races without having sailed any more than around the cans in the previous
year. It is not an accident that the delivery crews or those who sail heaps
always move around the boat more freely especially at night. So if you
don't regularly sail longer passages and just turn out for the "big event"
ask yourself the question "do you feel lucky or will someone want the body
back" This issue has very little to do with giving in to authority and
everything to do with individual responsibility and doing the right thing
by the owner of the boat who at the end of the day who carries great
responsibility and accountability.

CURMUDGEON'S COMMENT: Just because we published this letter does not mean
the PFD thread has been reopened - it's still officially dead.

* From James F. Stone Jr.: I have been following with great interest the
thread of conversation over the last few days on the topic of corporate
sponsorship in sailing. I can understand the Corinthian attitude of wanting
to keep branding off the boats, but this is a "necessary evil" to be able
to fund campaigns at the highest level. Our firm is actively seeking
corporate partnership to field a team for the next VOR. At that level,
campaign costs are estimated to be anywhere from $10- 15 million, and this
cost could easily rise. Finding these dollars is quite difficult, and as
our contemporaries in the world of the AC know, finding an individual with
the ability to do it on their own is even more difficult. Even those guys
had to have help from the corporate world.

Our sport has an international following, and this following grows every
day. The accessibility of the Internet and other media avenues is creating
the ability for a corporate partner to gain a substantial Return on
Investment through this medium. The pictures we see and the stories we
read, influence sailors on every level. From the club racer, who aspires to
greater sailing projects, to the professional sailor in the VOR, all
benefit as a result of corporate sponsorship and the opportunities it
affords. Without sponsorship and the ability to move our sport and its
technology forward, we all lose.

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