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SCUTTLEBUTT 1307 - April 14, 2003

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SWEDISH MATCH TOUR - Congressional Cup
American Ken Read overcame a slow start earlier in the week, and the
regatta's hottest skipper, to win the famed "Crimson Blazer" at the 2003
Congressional Cup, the Swedish Match Tour's first event following the
America's Cup, in an exciting, penalty-filled and momentum-fueled final on
Long Beach's Outer Harbor.

Read, returning to competition following a brief hiatus after leading Team
Dennis Conner's challenge for America's Cup 2003, frequently refers to the
racing on the Swedish Match Tour as "hand-to-hand combat" and he proved
himself to be the heavyweight champion today, out-punching and outlasting
his opponent, New Zealand's Gavin Brady of Team Beau Geste, who was part of
the Prada Challenge's afterguard. Brady entered the championship round as
the favorite, having won 18 of his 20 matches this week.

The 2-1 victory was Read's first in an International Sailing Federation
(ISAF) Grade 1 event and first on the Swedish Match Tour. It came at the
end of a week that started with him jumping the gun in the first race and
losing four of five on opening day. Even on Saturday, he lost his last
round robin match to Sweden's Magnus Holmberg before dispatching
Australia's James Spithill, 2-0, in the semifinals and winning the first
and third races against Brady - dramatically, after being black-flagged
from the Race 2 for fouling Brady three times during a leeward mark
rounding right out of a Demolition Derby.

Five of those Stars & Stripes sailors - tactician Terry Hutchinson, bowman
Jerry Kirby, mainsail trimmer Moose McClintock, trimmer Morgan Trubovich
and pitman Andrew Scott---were with Read this week, sailing as Team
Saucony. - Shawn McBride and Rich Roberts, - /

Final Round Robin Standings (18 flights): 1. Brady, 16-2; 2. Spithill,
13-5; 3. tie between Cian and Read, 10-8; 5. Holmberg, 8-10; 6.
Gram-Hansen, 8-10; 7. Law, 7-11; 8. Dickson, 7-11; 9. Radich, 6-12; 10.
Pillot, 5-13.

Final Standings:
1. Ken Read, USA/Saucony Racing Team, $6,000
2. Gavin Brady, NZ/Team Beau Geste, $4,500
3. James Spithill, AUS/Team Spithill, $3,000
4. Paolo Cian, ITA/Riviera di Rimini Sailing Team, $2,500
5. Magnus Holmberg, SWE/Team Holmberg, $2,000
6. Jes Gram-Hansen, DEN/Team Victory Lane, $1,800
7. Scott Dickson, USA/Dickson Racing Team, $1,600
8. Chris Law, GBR/ "The Outlaws," $1,400
9. Jesper Radich, DEN/Team Radich, $1,200
10. Luc Pillot, FRA/Team Luc Pillot, $1,000

Swedish Match Tour Standings:
1 .Jes Gram-Hansen, DEN/Team Victory Lane,72
2. Jesper Radich, DEN/Team Radich, 53
3. James Spithill, OneWorld Challenge, 45
4. Chris Law, GBR/"The Outlaws," 35
Ken Read, USA/Saucony Racing, 35
6. Ed Baird, USA/Team Musto, 30
7. Gavin Brady, NZ/Team Beau Geste, 28
8. Karol Jablonski, POL/Team MK Café, 24
Paolo Cian, ITA/Riviera di Rimini Sailing Team, 24

CURMUDGEON'S COMMENT: Action photos of Ken Read and Team Saucony are posted
on the Scuttlebutt website. -

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The Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) of US Sailing has named the members of
its 2003 US Sailing Team. Membership on the US Sailing Team identifies
sailors as strong contenders for an Olympic berth and provides them with
coaching, training opportunities and financial assistance in addition to
national recognition.

Europe class: 2000 Europe World Bronze Medallist Meg Gaillard (Pelham,
N.Y./Jamestown, R.I.); '01 US Coast Guard Athlete of the Year Krysia Pohl
(Alameda, Calif.); ICSA All-American Christin Feldman (Grosse Pointe,
Mich.); Lauren Maxam (Coronado, Calif.); and Tanya Haddad (Portland, Ore.).

Finn class: Mo Hart (Santa Cruz, Calif./S. Portland, Maine); ICSA
All-American Geoff Ewenson (Annapolis, Md./Newport, R.I.); '98 Finn
National Champion Darrell Peck (Gresham, Ore.); Greg Skidmore (Riverside,
Conn.); and Bryan Boyd (Edgewater, Md.).

470 men's class (skipper and crew): Olympic Pre-Trials Champions Steven
Hunt (Poquoson, Va.) and Michael Miller (Fairport, N.Y.); Olympic
Medallists Paul Foerster (Rockwall, Texas) and Kevin Burnham (Miami, Fla.);
'99 ICSA College Sailor of the Year Mark Ivey (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
and ICSA All-American Howard Cromwell (New Orleans, La.); Thomas Hall
(Scarborough, Maine) and Dave Hughes (S. Portland, Maine); and David Dabney
and Brock Schmidt (both Mount Pleasant, S.C.).

470 women's class (skipper and crew): Olympic Pre-Trials Champions Katie
McDowell (Barrington, R.I.) and Isabelle Kinsolving (New York, N.Y.); '02
470 National Champions Erin Maxwell (Stonington, Conn.) and Jen Morgan
(Shoreline, Wash.); ICSA All-American Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.)
and Sarah Mergenthaler (Colt's Neck, N.J.); '88 Olympic Gold Medallists
Allison Jolly (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Lynne Shore (Newport, R.I.); and
ICSA All-Americans Molly O'Bryan (San Diego, Calif./Kaneohe, Hawaii) and
Annelise Moore (Monterey, Calif./Kaneohe, Hawaii).

49er class (skipper and crew): '97 ICSA College Sailor of the Year Tim
Wadlow (San Diego, Calif ) and ICSA All-American Pete Spaulding (Coral
Gables, Fla.); Andy Mack (Seattle, Wash.) and ICSA All-American Adam Lowry
(San Francisco, Calif.); '00 ICSA College Sailor of the Year Dalton Bergan
(Seattle, Wash.) and Zach Maxam (Coronado, Calif.); ICSA All-American David
Fagen (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.); and Mike
Karas (Kirkland, Wash.) and Anthony Boscolo (Seattle, Wash.).

Laser class: 2002 ISAF Youth Sailing World Champion Andrew Campbell (San
Diego, Calif.); Andrew Lewis (Honolulu, Hawaii); '03 Laser Midwinters West
Champion Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.); ICSA All-American Brad Funk
(Largo, Fla.); and ICSA All-American Brett Davis (Largo, Fla.).

Mistral men's class: Olympic Pre-Trials Champion Peter Wells (La Canada,
Calif.); Ben Barger (St. Petersburg, Fla.); ICSA All-American Kevin Jewett
(Deephaven, Minn.); Phillip Muller (Ft. Pierce, Fla.); and Steve Bodner
(Toledo, Ohio/San Francisco, Calif.).

Mistral women's class: four-time Olympian Lanee Butler (Aliso Viejo,
Calif.); Beth Winkler (Cocoa Beach, Fla.); Taylor Duch (Savannah, Ga.);
Laura Chambers Lewandowski (Indialantic, Fla.); and Farrah Hall (Annapolis,

Star class (skipper and crew): '98 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Paul Cayard
(Kentfield, Calif.) and '93 Star World Champion Phil Trinter (Lorain,
Ohio); two-time ICSA College Sailor of the Year ('89, '90) Terry Hutchinson
and Andrew Scott (both Annapolis, Md.); '91 ICSA College Sailor of the Year
Andy Lovell (New Orleans, La.) and '94 Goodwill Games Finn Silver Medallist
Eric Oetgen (Savannah, Ga.); Howie Shiebler (San Francisco, Calif.) and
Rick Peters (Venice Beach, Calif.); '98 ICSA College Sailor of the Year
Bill Hardesty (San Diego, Calif.) and ICSA All-American Will Stout
(Houston, Texas).

Tornado class (skipper and crew): Olympic Pre-Trials Champions Robbie
Daniel and Eric Jacobsen (Clearwater, Fla./Annapolis, Md.); two-time
Olympians ('00, '96) John Lovell (New Orleans, La.) and Charlie Ogletree
(Houston, Texas); "01 Tornado National Champions Lars Guck (Bristol, R.I.)
and Jonathan Farrar (Miami, Fla.); ICSA All-American Stan Schreyer
(Newport, R.I.) and Forbes Durdin (Houston, Texas); and Doug Camp (Boerne,
Texas), and Kenny Pierce (Miami, Fla.).

Yngling class (skipper and two crew): 2002 Yngling World Bronze Medallists
Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I.), Suzy Leech (Avon, Conn./Annapolis, Md.) and
Lee Icyda (Stuart, Fla.); ICSA All-American Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wisc.),
Carrie Howe (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.);
Carol Cronin (Jamestown, R.I.), Liz Filter (Stevensville, Md.) and Bridget
Hallawell (Coronado, Calif.); Olympic Pre-Trials Champions Hannah Swett
(Jamestown, R.I.), Joan Touchette (Newport, R.I.) and Melissa Purdy
(Tiburon, Calif.); and '89 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Jody Swanson
(Buffalo, N.Y.), two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year ('95, '01) Cory
Sertl (Rochester, N.Y.) and Elizabeth Kratzig (Corpus Christi, Texas). -
Jan Harley,

* The J/24 Silver Anniversary Regatta is raffling off Hull #5300 to benefit
this special reunion, the J/24 Class and Sail Newport. The biggest J/24
event ever will be July 15-19, 2003 in Newport, RI, with three classes of
racing, giant raft-up, parties and great family activities. More
information at:

* Entries for the 2003 ISAF World Sailing Championship in Cadiz are
already approaching 1000 boats from 75 countries. - ISAF website,

* Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson's Perlan Project glider flight
Saturday was intended to target the 17 year old glider world altitude
record, but a lack of lift forced the pair to abandon the attempt after 2
hours and land at Inyokern airport. The weather models over the past
several days had predicted great 'mountain wave' conditions here in the
California high desert in the Sierra Nevada range - but this time the
models were wrong.

Matt Struble and WF Oliver have been crowned U.S. Multihull Champions and
awarded the coveted Alter Cup Trophy. The event was hosted by the
Clearwater Community Sailing Center and the Clearwater Yacht Club and
sailed on Bimare Javelin 2s. As defending champion, Struble, with crew
Oliver, dominated the event, winning all of his races, except for race 16
when his boat was holed and one hull submerged. The redress from that
incident added another bullet to his total.

"This was another good year," said Matt Struble. "I think downwind we had a
clear advantage, and tactically upwind we sailed real well. The biggest
advantage we had was I had a fair amount of time on the boat and it's very
similar to the 'A' upwind and the Inter-20 downwind, both of which I sail

Final results: 1. Matt Struble & WF Oliver, 8; 2. Brian Lambert & Jamie
Livingston, 16; 3. Bob Hodges & Jason Sneed, 18; 4. Nigel Pitt & Alex
Shafer, 21; 5. Tom Korzeniewski & Kevin Smith, 28. -

After 24,000 miles of solo ocean racing around the globe, only two points
and a matter of 10 hours and 50 minutes on elapsed time separates the
leading two contenders for overall Class 1 victory in Around Alone 2002-03
before the restart of the fifth and final 4,000 mile leg from Salvador da
Bahia, Brazil to Newport, RI.

Current Class 1 leader Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm on Open 60 Bobst
Group-Armor Lux is psyched up for the 'ultimate fight', two words his
closest rival Frenchman Thierry Dubois has written on the cabin wall of
Solidaires. Stamm is nothing but totally focused:

Leg 5 of Around Alone got underway at 13:00hrs local time (17:00 GMT)
Sunday and after a long and restful stop over in Salvador, Brazil the nine
skippers have finally set sail for Newport, RI some 4,000 miles away. The
weather was warm and muggy with a 15-knot easterly wind blowing and
slightly overcast skies kept the temperature from being scorching hot. A
large spectator fleet turned out to send the sailors on their way and they
were treated to a spectacular sight. The only boat missing from the line-up
was Derek Hatfield on Spirit of Canada, who started his own race at 01:52
GMT Sunday morning, rejoining Leg 4 in a race to complete Leg 4.

With fireworks marking the occasion, Bernard Stamm sailed through the final
gateway of the inshore course with a good 8 boat length lead over
Solidaires. Not long after all the Class 1 boats rounded, Brad Van Liew on
Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America rounded the turning mark off the Farol da
Barra lighthouse and he too headed out to sea. - Mary Ambler,

STANDINGS: 2200 UTC April 13 ­ CLASS 1. Bobst Group-Armor Lux, Bernard
Stamm, 3998 miles from finish; 2.Solidaires, Thierry Dubois, 1 mile from
leader; 3. Pindar, Emma Richards, 2.5 mfl; 4. Tiscali, Simone Bianchetti,
5.5 mfl; 5. Ocean Planet, Bruce Schwab, 6.2 mfl.

CLASS 2: 1. Tommy Hilfiger, Brad Van Liew, 4007 miles from finish; 2.
Spirit of yukoh, Kojiro Shiraishi, .7 mfl; 3. Everest Horizontal, Tim Kent,
1.5 mfl; 4. BTC Velocity, Alan Paris, 5 mfl; 5. Spirit of Canada, Derek
Hatfield, still sailing leg 4.

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Biscayne Bay YC and Coral Reef C, Miami, Florida -- Master Skipper Jim
Crane of Connecticut won the 2003 Lightning International Masters with crew
Larry Bone and Kip Hamblet. His finishes of 2,1,2,2 gave him a 13 point
lead over Bill Mauk of Miami. Jack Elfman of New Jersey in third.

Sixty 60 boats from eleven countries, the Lightning World Championship
regatta started Sunday in light air. A number of protests kept the results
from being posted until the wee hours of Sunday evening. Racing continues

Standings: 1. T. Gonzalez, J. Lutz & C. Engel, CHI; 2. B. Healy, J. Jones &
N. Mercier, USA; 3, D. Starck, J. Starck & H. Thoma, USA; 4. L. Lebreiro,
M. Maia & B. Lebriero, BRA, 5. G. Fisher, G. Fisher & R. Bernstein USA. -
Amy Smith Linton,

St. Petersburg YC - The RC ran a complete round-robin of 9 flights in
challenging NW winds, which varied from 4 to 14 knots. It was a
picture-perfect sunny Florida day, One flight of round-robin 2 was sailed
on Sunday morning, and then the shifty Northwesterly died. The RC waited
for the sea breeze to fill in, but it did not. All racing was abandoned at
approximately 1345. - Tom Farquhar. -

Final results: 1. Elizabeth Kratzig, 2. Sarah Buckley, 3. Rachael
Silversteen, 4. Nancy Zangerle.

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* From Geoffrey Emanuel: I am encouraged by the progress being made to
develop a globally acceptable grand prix racing rule. My one observation
about any handicap system is that intrinsically handicaps serve as alibis
for poor performance. Sailors who choose not to accept personal
responsibility for poor results have only one tangible alibi where they
themselves can be held blameless- their handicap. Or, they can rationalize
defeat by accusing the victors of sailing with preferential handicaps. I
have confidence that the powers that be will recognize that pleasing such
people is an impossible task.

Successful handicap systems such as PHRF have appeal processes that allow
thoughtful people to reassess particular handicaps that for whatever reason
prove to be ineffective. Despite the advancements in technology, any new
rule should build in an appeal process to allow human judgment to prevail
when technology occasionally lets the system down.

CURMUDGEON'S COMMENT: Just because we printed this letter does not mean we
have opened the door for another discussion of the relative merits of PHRF.

* From Clark Chapin: Although the ISAF website provides all of the Racing
Rules of Sailing, including the changes since 2001, downloading the "rules"
from that site will not include the US Sailing Prescriptions, which can be
pretty important on this side of the big pond. Similarly, the rules
interpretation books by folks who have longitudes east of the prime
meridian usually don't include the US Sailing Prescriptions.

* From Chris Freeman: Having done the Transpac once, albeit on the Alaska
Eagle, I long for those days again. Unfortunately now I am confined to a
wheelchair and cannot enjoy "Adventureland" on the bow will surfing down at
20 plus knots, only to have freeze-dried food waiting below. Hats off to
the Challenged America group who is doing the race with a bunch of sailors
with disabilities! Members of Transpac Anonymous should consider the
benefits of the Transpac - a break from cell phones, fax machines, the
office, and other such distractions. Enjoy what you can.

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