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SCUTTLEBUTT 1304 - April 9, 2003

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SWEDISH MATCH TOUR - Congressional Cup
Two-time Congressional Cup winner (1996, 1997) and 2002 runner-up Gavin
Brady and his Team Beau Geste recorded five wins on the opening day of the
Swedish Match Tour's Congressional Cup to take the early lead in round
robin racing. Brady and his Kiwi mates wasted little time in serving notice
that he is seriously bidding for his third "Crimson Blazer" - the
ceremonial jacket awarded to the winner of the Congressional Cup.

Brady also cited the importance of recognizing some of the subtleties of
racing in Long Beach, "Prestarts at the Congressional Cup are all about the
first shift off the line and not always about winning the right side like
at some other regattas."

Additionally, umpiring, as key a component to match racing as any sport,
must be taken into consideration according to the pace-setting Kiwi.
"Umpires at the Congressional Cup are very concerned about people not
getting hurt and not damaging the equipment; they'll penalize you even if
you don't make contact here, unlike at events in Europe.

When the event joined the Swedish Match Tour last year, Brady was runner-up
to Peter Holmberg with a mostly Italian crew that included his longtime
sidekick, Sean Clarkson. "Now," he said with a relaxed smile, "I'm back
sailing with my old mates from New Zealand."

Those would be Clarkson, James Baxter, Jon Gunderson and Brad Webb, as well
as a couple of new hands this week: American tactician Chris Larson and
Theresa DiRocco of Annapolis, the only female sailing this week. DiRocco's
106 pounds brought the team up the 1,200-pound crew limit, and Larson's
presence refined the dynamics.

"This is the first time in a long time that we've sailed with a fulltime
tactician," Brady said. "Chris made all the decisions on which way to go.
All I did was drive the boat."

Larson said, "[Brady] trusts everybody, and it's a really good group. His
four guys are really good." - Sean McBride and Rich Roberts

STANDINGS (after 5 of 18 flights): 1. Brady, 5-0; 2. tie between Spithill
and Cian, 4-1; 4. Holmberg, 3-2; 5. tie among Gram-Hansen, Dickson and
Radich, 2-3; 8. tie among Pillot, Law and Read, 1-4. - /

Refugees from the not-happening 2003 Worrell 1000 are being welcomed at the
Tybee 500, which runs (maybe not the right word) from Islamorada, Florida
to Tybee Island, Georgia on May 12-17. At least some of the displaced,
would-be Worrell competitors have indicated they'll compete, including Gale
Browning and Carl Roberts of Team Antieau Art. Registration is open until
April 15. The boats are 18- to 20-foot production catamarans with beams of
8.5 feet or less and factory-rigged spinnakers. According to the notice of
race, that means the boats include but are not limited to:
Inter 20 - factory spinnaker
Nacra 6.0 - New England 6.0 spinnaker
Hobie 20 - factory spinnaker
NAF 18 - factory spinnaker
Open - factory spinnaker rigged, Portsmouth .6300 or below.

A class requires eight or more boats, with a limit of 40 entries total for
the race.

Excerpt from a story on the Sail magazine website, full story:

Event website:

Ever notice how Star and Etchells sailors have storage boxes mounted to
their trailers? The convenience of the boat trailer box keeps their tools,
sails, spares, etc. where they need it - with their boat. Mr. Wax has these
boxes in stock and they are affordable to ship anywhere in America. Sturdy
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The K-Challenge for the America's Cup has signed one of the better-known
and successful naval architects and designers in the field, Phil Kaiko. He
was a principal designer of the 2003 challenger, OneWorld that was a
semi-finalist in the Louis Vuitton Cup, the precursor event to the
America's Cup.

Kaiko has been involved in the design of America's Cup class boats since
1987. Kaiko designed America True in 2000 and the victorious America3 in
1992. Kaiko will be K-Challenge's principal designer and will be joined
shortly by a co-designer.

The signing of Kaiko is a strategic step in the process K-Challenge began
15 months ago of putting into position the key people, technical partners
(including MCube which provides design and validation tools), and know-how
to make K-Challenge a powerful French challenge. Next to join the design
team will be a technical director (whose name is being withheld until he is
released from his contractual obligations from the last America's Cup).
Along with Kaiko, this addition reunites with Dawn Riley many of the key
members of the America True team of 2000.

The response to the K-Challenge's call for technical, sailing team, and
afterguard has been overwhelming with more key individuals of this
multi-national team to be announced soon. A first test for the K-Challenge
sailing team may be its participation in the IACC Golden Gate Series and
the IACC Worlds to be held in San Francisco September and October of this
year where K-Challenge would have the opportunity to act as a "sparring
partner" to Oracle Racing. - Nadin Stephanie,

Derek Hatfield has experienced problems after getting caught in an
unforecast storm at the mouth of the Beagle Channel late yesterday. The
storm is passing over the area between the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn and
has winds reaching 60 knots. This storm is expected to abate by Thursday
this week. Derek Hatfield has taken a prudent decision not to resume
racing. "The most important thing right now after all that has happened in
the last month is to finish the race," he wrote. "It would be unwise to
sail out from land into the teeth of this storm without sufficient sea room."

Therefore Hatfield has decided that it is better for him to make port again
in order to sit out the storm and Spirit of Canada is currently heading to
Puerto Williams, a small town on the south side of the Beagle Channel. He
intends to set out again on Thursday. We will keep you posted and his
position on the positions page will resume as soon as Derek has passed the
point where he was dismasted and resumes racing. Brian Hancock,

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why Harken developed the first Captive Ball Bearing Travelers. Stop playing
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* The Lightning Masters World Championship starts today in Miami. To
qualify, skippers must be at least 55 years old and the combined age of the
three person crew must total at least 130. Thirty one entries have been
received. The Lightning Worlds itself begins on April 13 and it is
restricted to just 62 boats. Teams from Finland, Switzerland, Italy,
Belgium, US, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, and Venezuela are
expected. - Amy Smith Linton,

* Sundance Cup Women's Match Racing Clinic and Regatta, Fort Worth Boat
Club, Final Results: 1, Deborah Willits, La Porte, Texas, 2. Sandy Hayes,
Scituate, Massachusetts, 3. Sarah Buckley, Chicago, Illinois.

* 568 voters chimed in on last week's survey on the Scuttlebutt website
which asked whether wearing a PFD in competition should be by choice or
dictated by race organizers. Freedom of choice won out this time, with
nearly two-thirds voting for it to be a personal decision. This week we are
asking what seasickness remedy works best for you. Do you have an opinion?
If so, cast your vote at the Scuttlebutt survey and we'll announce the
results next week:

* Clearwater, FL - Defending champion Matt Struble and crew W.F. Oliver
have taken a commanding lead in the U.S. Multihull Championship for the
Alter Cup by taking bullets in the first six races. Brian Lambert & Jamie
Livingston are in second place with 11 points followed by Nigel Pitt & Alex
Shafer with 15 points.

2003 is the second year ISAF has committed to provide funding to support
the attendance of sailors at ISAF Events, with funding towards travel and
entry fees provided for sailors from 12 countries at the 2003 ISAF Youth
Worlds in Madeira, Portugal. The funding is aimed at sailors from those
countries who have not previously participated in ISAF events, sailors from
developing sailing countries and those where the financial costs make
participation prohibitive.

At the close of applications on 26 March 2003, 59 applications from 22
countries had been received at the ISAF Secretariat. ISAF was overwhelmed
by the response, and as result had to apply a strict criteria in order to
consider the applications and filter those which would receive funding.
Of first priority were those nations who had not previously participated at
the ISAF Youth Worlds, and ISAF is delighted to be funding the travel and
entry fee for one sailor from each of the Cook Islands, Cyprus, Pakistan,
Puerto Rico and Samoa - ensuring the inaugural appearance of these countries.

Second priority of funding went to those countries who may otherwise have
been prevented from sending sailors for financial reasons, and this
selection was based on the ISAF subscription category of the respective
country. Applying this criteria, ISAF was pleased to confirm funding to
cover 50% of the travel and entry costs of one sailor from each of Algeria,
Bulgaria, Croatia, Cuba, Estonia, Guam and Tahiti.

It was ISAF's wish that the funding provided be meaningful and a
significant amount be given to a few countries, rather than a small amount
being given to many, hence only 12 of the 22 countries that applied
received funding. However, for those countries that were granted funding,
but had made multiple applications to the programme, the decision as to
whether the funding provided by the Athlete Participation Programme 2003 be
allocated to an individual sailor or spread across the applications made
remains with the respective Member National Authority (MNA). - ISAF,

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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.)

* From Marty Rijkuris: After all the Hula and underwater appendage
arguments and rulings I would like to see the underbodies becoming
unrestricted as per a modified Deed of Gift which was raised by none other
than Hamish Ross a member of Team Alinghi back in the March 2002

As Ernesto Bertarelli and Larry Ellison share the same vision and values
for modernizing the Cup and go forward with planning the next event perhaps
canting keels and canting rigs should also be considered along with
unlimited canards and hula's so the millions spent on design and technology
will advance monohull racing to the next level and directly benefit the
world over. It may also stop all the squabbling that goes on and the huge
legal costs that competing teams could well do with out.

* From Stephen O Connor, Cork, Ireland (re bikinis on the rail): It's
hard enough to keep the crew concentrating on the tell tales not to mind
the tails on the rail - it's a good job the sailing conditions in Ireland
ensure no such distractions. Bloody weather!

* From Alex Haworth: In yesterday's 'Butt (1303) Tom Ehman "expects the
ban against centerboards and sliding keels will remain, unless Alinghi and
Oracle BMW are otherwise persuaded." Indeed under the protocol released by
both it seems they already may be so persuaded:
SNG and the Challenger of Record have mutually agreed, in accordance with
the terms of the Deed of Gift as follows:
(a) all racing in the Regatta shall be undertaken in yachts that comply
with the ACC Rules and this Protocol;
(b) centre-board or sliding keel vessels are permitted provided they meet
the requirements of the ACC Rules;

* From J. Joseph Bainton (Reply to Andy Besheer): Larchmont Yacht Club
predictably ran a very successful Interclub Nationals of 65 boats last
weekend for less than US$20,000. There is a rumor - which perhaps ISAF can
confirm or deny - that the budget for the Cadiz ISAF Olympic Classes Worlds
is Six Million Euros, i.e. US$6 Million+. If that rumor is true, where is
so much money coming from; how is it being spent; and why on a single event?

While we are on the subject of qualifying counties for the Olympics, at the
ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship why not limit each country to two
or possibly three entrants and thereby (a) come much closer to replicating
the Olympic Regatta, (b) level the playing field for smaller countries and
(c) save money? Given the number of very talented Italian, German and
American star sailors (to name three countries with big star fleets), pause
for a moment and think how daunting a task it is for the one star from
Bermuda or the two or so stars from Canada and Nassau to qualify their
countries in a 100+ boat fleet and meet the country's "standard" of
finishing sufficiently high in a world championship in order to be able to
go to the Olympic, even if their country is qualified.

* From Doug Pope: There is a 1" nylon webbing product, available through
sailmakers, that fits the bill for jacklines. It comes in white or blue and
has a breaking strength of 6000lbs. I would suggest the blue. It's easier
to see against light colored decks and it will fade over time, giving an
indication of its condition from exposure to UV.

* From Bob Bonney: The tavern came first. The Sloop Tavern Yacht Club
(STYC) was founded 25 years ago by Seattle racing sailors seeking a kinder,
gentler way of enjoying racing with their significant others, non-racing
sailors, friends, kids and neighbors. The Sloop Tavern served as their
informal clubhouse.

For simplicity, spinnakers were forbidden, rules were limited to basic
right of way, no protests were heard and club membership costs were kept
very low. There was a 100% volunteer race committee, no race entry fees and
liberal handicapping that allowed for "fast", "furniture 40", and regular
PHRF-rated boats. STYC quickly gained a reputation as an anti-establishment
yacht club drawing accomplished racing sailors as well as novices to the
starting line.

Over time, STYC adopted some traditional features. STYC is a US Sailing
member and all racing is conducted under the Racing Rules of Sailing.
Protests (though rare) are heard, and there is growing list of reciprocal
moorage arrangements. The club maintains large number of active members in

STYC has been an innovator in the Pacific Northwest. STYC established the
first Jack & Jill to Hawaii, a PHRF-NW-adopted multihull handicapping
system and the annual Blakley Rock Benefit Regatta. Some recent local
beneficiaries have included a high school library, Footloose Sailing (for
handicapped sailors) and the Ballard Family Center. All proceeds are
presented to the beneficiary at a post-race party - held at the Sloop
Tavern of course!

* From John Cole: I (like Arthur Jones) am offended by your 'Preseason
Refresher Course.' Not all of us get the joy of Warm Water Racing. I have
adjusted your first two lines for those of us in the Pacific Northwest (and
colder wetter climates): 1. Buy a case of beer, sit with it in the cold
shower for a few hours, then drink it. 2. Stand in the cooler for 2 hours
and have a buddy throw buckets of cold water on you every 2 mins. Make sure
the water flows down your neck while you look towards the ceiling.

* From Richard Clark: The image of icy cold bubbles of Steinlager
scraping and dissolving the salt from my lips and throat is one of the
great pleasures of sailing. The next best thing is standing in a hot shower
after a week at sea with vertigo and the taste of salt competing, to see
who can stay with me the longest. Being hammered in an East Coast Storm by
bullets of rain, spray and what ever else is floating around out there is
reason enough for the 1st Pint, after that it is either drowning the memory
and the misery of hanging over the lee rail or bullsh**ting ourselves into
signing up for the next offshore adventure.

I was living in Sydney, a member of the Middle Harbour Yacht Club, when
Alan Bond won the Americas Cup in '83. The quiet little drink, I always
thought QLD was an abbreviation for Queensland, that followed saw the
Police bar entrance or exit to the Club, I believe we were allowed to
legally drink the place dry. Alcohol and sailing are inseparable, except
when I am at the helm and others entrust their lives to me, but once
docked, well, as Cole Porter so beautifully wrote, "anything goes."

Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter since nobody listens.