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SCUTTLEBUTT 1308 - April 15, 2003

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GUEST EDITORIAL - Mitch Brindley, President, ICSA
In recent months there has been much discussion of Rule 42, in particular
its application in college sailing. A very informal, and unofficial survey
was conducted and distributed. Some of the resulting dialog has suggested
that college sailors learn or are taught how to break the rules. Such
statements are vast generalizations that are incorrect and entirely out of
order.

The sport of college sailing is governed by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing
Association of North America (ICSA), a council of US Sailing. Since it's
founding in 1931, ICSA has charted it's own course with regard to the
conduct and administration of ICSA regattas, including the development of
our own Procedural Rules. Some of our Procedural Rules amend or alter the
corresponding Racing Rules of Sailing, which is fully legal. These few
differences between the Racing Rules of Sailing and the ICSA Procedural
Rules have been developed by college sailing as a whole to enhance and
support sailing competition among college students. Consequently, when
sailors compete at sanctioned ICSA events under our Procedural Rules, they
are not "cheating."

One element of the Procedural Rules is the modification of the prohibitions
against kinetics. The ICSA philosophy behind this change was to recognize
the athletic abilities of our sailors, enhance the dynamic performance of
the boats sailed, and to develop a style of competition that was unique to
our constituents. This style of competition may not be for all sailors, but
again, it is certainly not "cheating" when a sailor competes in a regatta
or class of vessel where the rules of competition have been legally altered
as permitted by both the international and national authority. There are
few sports were the rules and enforcement remain unaltered at all levels
from beginner through expert and youth leagues through professionals.

There are many issues to address in the debate on kinetics in sailing. ICSA
has discussed many of these issues within it's Board of Directors, the ICSA
Rules Committee, coaches, and the ICSA membership. ICSA remains open to
rules changes and amendments via the ICSA Rules Committee. - Mitch
Brindley, mbrindley@collegesailing.org

LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD
ISAF has issued a number of interpretations of Racing Rule of Sailing (RRS)
42 (Propulsion) that will clarify the rule and make it easier for judges to
enforce RRS 42 with consistency around the world. For some time ISAF has
been very concerned about the varied interpretations and enforcement of RRS
42. There were a number of submissions to the 2002 ISAF Annual Conference
to address various aspects of the rule; the rule itself, class rules,
sailing instructions and judges. At the ISAF Annual Conference in Cyprus,
the ISAF Council appointed a working party with representation from the
Classes, Officials and Racing Rules Committee to identify a way forward.

After the ISAF International Judges Conference held in Southampton, England
from 21-23 March, the working party recommended that the first step is to
level the playing field based on the current rule and the introduction of
RRS 42 interpretations was determined.

Issued 14 April 2003, these RRS 42 interpretations will come into effect
worldwide from 26 April 2003. However, any event may adopt the
interpretations prior to that date, provided the judges brief the
competitors. The RRS 42 Interpretations and are fully supported and
approved by the ISAF Racing Rules Committee. In due course they will be
supported by video demonstration clearly identifying permitted and
prohibited actions.

The ISAF RRS 42 Interpretations Booklet has been sent by email to all
delegates at the ISAF International Judges Conference, MNA's, Classes,
Judges and Umpires and the booklet is also available on the ISAF website:
www.sailing.org/rrs2001/42interpretations.pdf

THEY JUST KEEP GOING AND GOING
At all the regattas around the world, just look at what the crews are
wearing. It is no surprise, the Camet Padded Shorts, Bermuda Shorts, Cargo
Shorts and Pants are everywhere, from Opti sailors to the Farr 40's, Maxi's
and cruisers. The comfort of the pads, the reinforced Cordura seat and the
quick drying breathable Supplex fabrics and the 97.5% UV protection is the
solution for hours on the water. Check out the Shorts, Coolmax shirts,
Neoprene Hiking pants, Bubble Tops, Rash Guards and Mylar bags on the Camet
web site: http://www.camet.com

HANDICAP RACING
The International Grand Prix Rule Working Party (RWP) has created a
questionnaire to obtain feedback from potential owners, designers, boat
builders, sail makers, and sailors regarding a Grand Prix rule. The RWP has
been constituted under the auspices of three stakeholders: US Sailing, the
Offshore Racing Council (ORC), and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC).

The RWP recently held its first meeting in which they discussed initial
views regarding the perceived needs and desires of the international
offshore racing community and the feasibility or requirement for a new
international rule to meet those needs.

The completed questionnaires will be reviewed at the next RWP meeting,
which is scheduled to be held in late May. The questionnaire is available
at US Sailing's website until Monday, May 5. - Marlieke de Lange Eaton,
www.ussailing.org/offshore/grand_prix_rule_questionnaire.asp

AROUND ALONE
The first 24 hours of Around Alone's fifth and final leg has been more of a
regatta than a long distance offshore race, as the Class 1 leaderboard has
been changing and all 5 boats are racing within 11 miles and in sight of
each other. As the fleet squeeze round the 'bulge of Brazil' in moderate
upwind conditions on a smooth sea, each skipper is starting to carve out
their own routes.

Finally, it settled into a familiar pattern with Bobst Group - Armor Lux at
the top of the chart, as Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm covers both Tiscali to
the west and Solidaires to the east by taking the middle route up the South
Atlantic. American skipper Bruce Schwab admits to having his work cut out
if he wants to achieve a top 3 finish on this leg, although he has been
driving his boat well in these optimum close reaching conditions for his
slim Tom Wylie designed boat: "Ocean Planet is an innovative boat and most
of our ideas have worked brilliantly, but the bottom line is that we came
to the Around Alone unfinished and untested. So it has been a struggle all
the way to fix, repair, refine, and learn as we go."

In Class 2, current leader Brad Van Liew on Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America
is being pursued by Tim Kent on Everest Horizontal, with just 27 miles
separating them. After his longest stop-over in the race so far, Kent
started Leg 5 the most well prepared he has been, which could make for a
closer and more exciting race between these two American Open 50 skippers.
Also, the two Open 40's Spirit of yukoh and BTC Velocity are having an
excellent duel just three miles apart.

Derek Hatfield on Spirit of Canada is currently making good progress up the
coast of Argentina. It has been a frustrating week for Hatfield with his
departure stalled from the Beagle Channel by a week due to extreme weather
and a badly charted coastline to complicate his navigation. His second
attempt was successful, although it took him 2 days to get out of Beagle
Channel with prevailing headwinds. "I have rejoined the race, albeit a long
way back. The race for me is one to get to Salvador as fast as possible and
finish Leg 4 and then sail to Newport before the 17th of May, the day of
the prize giving. It's an almost impossible time frame, but I will give it
my best. Thank you for all your support." - Mary Ambler

STANDINGS: 2200 UTC April 14 CLASS 1. Bobst Group-Armor Lux, Bernard
Stamm, 3767 miles from finish; 2.Solidaires, Thierry Dubois, 1.5 miles from
leader; 3. Tiscali, Simone Bianchetti, 6 mfl; 4. Ocean Planet, Bruce
Schwab, 13.5 mfl. 5. Pindar, Emma Richards, 14.2 mfl;

CLASS 2: 1. Tommy Hilfiger, Brad Van Liew, 3791miles from finish; 2.
Everest Horizontal, Tim Kent, 27 mfl; 32. Spirit of yukoh, Kojiro
Shiraishi, 58 mfl; 4. BTC Velocity, Alan Paris, 61 mfl; 5. Spirit of
Canada, Derek Hatfield, still sailing leg 4. - www.aroundalone.com

NEWS BRIEFS
* Elliott/Pattison Sailmakers, Newport Beach, CA has an immediate opening
for Production Manager. Excellent pay and benefits for the right
individual. Contact Harry Pattison at (949) 645-6697 or hp@epsails.com.-
http//www.epsails.com

* Lightning Worlds - Day 2: light shifty, oddly puffy, variable. The good
news was that we had only a little powerboat chop to sail through. Two
races today. There were moments when you alone of the upwind boats would be
headed. Then you tack and get headed again. Or downwind, the guy next to
you is pole on the headstay, going fast in the same direction as you are,
dead downwind, wallowing in no air. Lay day tomorrow, back at it on
Wednesday. - Amy Smith Linton, Standings (60 boats): 1. B. Faude, E.
Dieball & J. Drake, USA, 18; 2. G. Fisher, G. Fisher & R. Bernstein, USA,
19; 3. S. Hayden, B. Batzer & J. Rabbitt, USA, 20; 4. T. Gonzalez, J. Lutz
& C. Engel, CHI, 34; 5. G. Cuccio, L. Colantuono & B. Taboada. USA, 37.
www.lightningworlds.org

* Melbourne to Osaka Race: The Elliott 14 metre racer, Maverick crossed the
finish line in Osaka Bay at 6:57:15 AEST (5:57:15 JST) Tuesday morning. Her
elapsed time for the 4941 mile passage was 29 days 16hs 57m 59s. Brian
Petersen and Jon Bankart found last night one of the toughest of the entire
race, with the high marine traffic volumes in Osaka Bay. At 8am Peter and
Simon Blake aboard Kontrol were 164 miles south east of Muroto Saki and is
expected to finish Wenesday morning. Jon Sayer and Joel Berg are now only
100 miles behind Kontrol, sailing Team FGI hard into third place and is
looking good for a strong Racer C division win. - Sail-World website, full
story: www.sail-world.com/

* It appears that June 21st will be the date of the biggest catamaran
race in the world will be held - the SwissLife Round Texel Race. This year
about 700 boats are expected. The entries started April 1st and during the
first two weeks 300 catamarans have been entered. Participants from all
over the world will come to Texel to participate in this unique race about
60 miles round the island Texel. www.roundtexel.com

* The Newport Bermuda Race has launched a new web site for their 2004 race.
The site offers information, photographs and historical results. The site
has links to resources on the Internet providing weather, navigation and
Gulf Stream data of interest to racers. Sailors can also sign up for the
"Newport Bermuda Newswire," an email service that provides periodic updates
on race information leading up to the event and race results after the
event. www.bermudarace.com/

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GERONIMO
As the crew continues to dissect every item on board Geronimo, the
project's suppliers are minutely examining potential improvements to the
boat's fittings. The report on the diagnostic work carried on the hull and
floats has already been received and it seems that all is well with
Geronimo's basic structure.

The beams are still being inspected and around 50% of the fittings still
have to be examined in detail. "We haven't lowered the mast as we'd planned
to do, because there's currently a cargo vessel moored in the harbour just
where we need to be. But we should be able to get alongside in about 10
days" explains Didier Ragot.

"Our hunt for wear and tear continues, and it's a much bigger job than it
looks. At the moment, it's the sails that we're focusing most of our
attention on. There are two tears that are difficult to explain. We've even
gone back to the fabric manufacturer and we're examining every detail of
our round-the-world course: how much time we spent on one tack and how much
on another, in which conditions, with what settings, etc. The aim is always
the same though: to understand" concludes Didier Ragot. Geronimo should
have revealed the last of her secrets by the end of this month and will be
refitted in May. www.grandsrecords.com

GAVIN BRADY
(Following are two excerpts from an interview Fiona McIlroy did with Gavin
Brady for the nzoom.com website)

Gavin Brady has put his miserable America's Cup campaign with Prada behind
him and is savouring the opportunity to helm again. After spending the last
three years working in the background of the Italian syndicate, the New
Zealand sailor is making the most of his time in limbo between America's
Cup regattas and loving every minute of it.

"I'm enjoying not doing the America's Cup," Brady told nzoom.com. "Every
Cup I've been involved in, I've gone into it a better sailor than I've come
out of it. There's just so much testing and so many monotonous days. Myself
and a lot of the guys I sail with, we're enjoying going sailing together
after a three years of not really doing what we wanted to do."

Brady was part of Prada for the recently completed Louis Vuitton Cup
series, but as the back-up helmsman did not get to sail as much as he would
have liked and was not on-board for any of the official races.

However, his return to the match racing circuit has been very impressive.
He finished second at Long Beach's Congressional Cup last weekend, to Team
Dennis Conner's helmsman Ken Read, after coming through the round robin
series unbeaten. "We were disappointed with the end result itself but we
were very happy with the way we sailed," said Brady.

* The 29-year-old competed in the regatta with long-term sidekick Sean
Clarkson, fellow Kiwis James Baxter, Jon Gunderson and Brad Webb and
Americans' tactician Chris Larson and Theresa DiRocco, and enjoyed sailing
with his mates again, rather than just Italians. "Sailing with Prada was
probably some of the worst sailing I've ever done in my career," said
Brady. "And apart from that it just felt like work, everyday was just a
grind and everything was so difficult."

Despite their early success, the Congressional Cup will be the only Swedish
Match Tour event for Brady's crew this year. "We did that one because it
was quite easy, being in LA." However, the rest of the event sees the
sailors competing in events all over Europe. "We don't have a big sponsor,
it takes a lot of money to do and it's very time consuming at a point in
all of our lives when we don't know what the future is or what it's got in
store for us in terms of the America's Cup," said Brady. "Next time we go
do the match race circuit we'll hopefully be affiliated with an America's
Cup team." - Fiona McIlroy, nzoom.com website, full story:
http://onesport.nzoom.com/sport_subcategory/0,1274,2-124,00.html

BLACK TIE REGATTA
Rush Creek YC, TX, MC Scows, Final Results ( (41 boats): 1. Gust, Greg,
RCYC/TX, 15 2. Kern, Jack, RCYC/TX, 15; 3. Slocum, Scott, RCYC/TX, 16; 4.
Kern, Doug, Austin YC/TX, 17; 5. Conger, Lewis, SYC/LA, 21. -
http://www.mcscow.org/fleet05/2003/blacktie/2003_bt_mc.htm


LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (editor@sailingscuttlebutt.com)
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* From Ross Cameron: Clark Chapin forgot that there are other significant
Sailing Associations west of the prime meridian. The Canadian Yachting
Association issues Prescriptions as well. Canada has been a leader in rules
development for a very long time. Lynn Watters and the late Livius Sherwood
are key to our sport's rules.

* From James Sears, MD: regarding the Curmudgeon's Conundrum about what
pediatricians do on Wednesdays. I usually work a little later on Wednesdays
so that I can leave early on Thursday for the Beer Can Races!

THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATIONS
Adam and Eve had an ideal marriage. He didn't have to hear about all the
men she could have married, and she didn't have to hear about the way his
mother cooked.