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SCUTTLEBUTT 1309 - April 16, 2003

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always welcome, but save your bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere.

(Although ISAF President Henderson did not send a copy of this letter
directly to the curmudgeon, it's now 'making the rounds' via e-mail.)

If you read Scuttlebutt you will find that some of the USA Star Class
leaders are continuing their negative assault on Cadiz and ISAF. Their
latest concept is that the World Championships of Olympic Classes which are
Olympic Qualifiers should allow only 2 entries maximum for all nations. In
fact the FD WC used to only allow 1 per nation. Is that what you all want
for your World Championships? Should ISAF put that into the new Olympic
Classes contract which impacts all your 2007 and 2008 World Championships
and 2006 if the wealthy nations get their way?

Remember as far as ISAF is concerned the OQ's only qualify nations not
sailors. ISAF only qualifies the top countries by nation so the 20th
country could be the 50th sailor in the regatta as it is only the top
sailor from each country that matters. The number of entries per country
does not impact at all the ability of the country to qualify by ISAF
standards. MNA's use the Worlds to get their NOC's to send sailors but that
is up to each MNA how they select their sailors. Most NOC's are only
interested in how you rank by country or once ISAF Qualified have their own
trials as does the UK and USSA. How the country selects their sailors is no
concern of ISAF.

My word from everyone else but these Star Sailors is that Melbourne was
great and they can all hardly wait for the interaction of sailors from
other classes in Cadiz. Finn and Laser sailors look forward to when they
are old enough to sail a Star and Europe and 470 sailors when age dictates
graduate to the Yngling. In fact all classes want as many entries as they
can get at Cadiz. The success of the multi-class regatta circuit in Europe
is the reason, in my opinion, why Europe has become the centre of sailing
and North America has deteriorated. The sailors love the interaction
especially the Men with the Women.

The media is focusing on this ISAF World Cup and Spain is doing a great
job. Finally maybe Olympic Sailing will get some publicity as it will be on
Eurosport for 1/2 and hr. every night during the regatta with a free feed
to all countries. Hopefully it will put a sailing media focus on Sailing
like only the America's Cup achieves.

I fully understand the inability of those who believe in the supremacy of
their beloved Class and have lived by a successful structure to accept the
now responsibility of their Olympic Obligations. This means that the MNA's
are now partners as decreed by the IOC regulations. They must accept that
ISAF is not autonomous and must live with the IOC Regulations which puts
the technical aspects plus the integrity of sailing into the hands of ISAF
and the athletes in the hands of the NOC and their agents the MNA's who are
also ISAF members. Olympic Classes and those who defend class autonomy must
face the reality that Olympic Obligations brings with it partners. The
alternative is to ask to be removed for consideration as an Olympic Class.
That is the choice of the members of the class as ISAF forces no class to
apply to be Olympic. - Paul Henderson, ISAF President

* May 23: Spinnaker Cup, San Francisco and Monterey Peninsula YCs. 90
mile offshore race from San Francisco to Monterey. /

* June 7: Women's Sailing Conference, Corinthian Yacht Club in
Marblehead, MA. A series of workshops and on-the-water coaching. Dawn Riley
will be featured speaker.

Over the last few days in Long Beach, Kenny Read and Terry Hutchinson won
the Congressional Cup wearing the Kore from Kaenon Polarized. Concurrently,
the best American youth sailors were tutored and tested in the same waters
at the CISA Advanced Racing Clinic. Congratulations Zach Brown, Melanie
Roberts, Martin Sterling, Brooks Reed, Parker Mitchell, Kaitlin Hall,
Lauren Bernsen, Cameron Biehl, Ryan Lorence, Emery Wagner, Matthew
Pies…you're the next generation! Kaenon Polarized is proud to support CISA
and serious sailing. Available at TeamOne Newport, Boat Locker, Annapolis
Performance Sailing, Sailing Supply San Diego, and West Marine.

The Olympic Sailing Committee of US Sailing has announced the dates of the
Olympic Team Trials - Sailing in the nine Olympic classes (eleven
divisions) which have been selected for the 2004 Olympic Regatta. The
winner of each will be named to the USA's 2004 Olympic Sailing Team. Those
athletes, upon approval from the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) will compete
in the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad scheduled for August 13-29, 2004, in
Athens, Greece.

The U.S. Olympic Sailing Trials, open only to athletes eligible to
represent the USA at the 2004 Olympic Games, will be held:
November 6-16, 2003: Mistrals - US Sailing Center, Stuart, FL
November 6-16, 2003: 470 and Lasers - Houston YC
February 12-22, 2004: Europe and Finns -Lauderdale YC
February 12-22, 2004: Yngling and 49ers - at Key Biscayne YC
February 12-22, 2004: Tornados - Miami YC
March 18-28, 2004: Stars - US Sailing Center and Coral Reef YC
(Miami, Fla.)

For the Laser class only, a qualification system will be employed to
determine the 32 sailors who will compete in the Laser Trials. Qualified to
date are the top-eight sailors from the 2003 US Sailing Team rankings. Also
receiving an entry to the Trials will be: the winner of the 2003 U.S. Men's
Singlehanded Championship for the O'Day Trophy (scheduled for August 6-10
at the Oklahoma City Boat Club, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma); the top-five
finishers, not previously qualified, at the Laser Gulf Coast Championships
(June 13-15 at Texas Corinthian Yacht Club in Kemah, Texas); and the top 10
finishers, not previously qualified, from the Laser North Americans (June
27-July 1 at the Corpus Christi Yacht Club in Corpus Christi, Texas).

The Last Chance Regatta, scheduled for October 23-26 at Rush Creek Yacht
Club in Heath, Texas, will qualify eight finishers, not previously
qualified, plus any Laser Trials entry that had previously qualified and
was then declined. An athlete who qualifies for the Trials from the Last
Chance Regatta will have 24 hours from the end of Protest Time to decide if
he will attend the Laser Olympic Team Trials. Any slot declined within that
24-hour period will be offered to the next finisher in line from the Last
Chance Regatta during the subsequent 24 hours. The responsibility for
remaining in contact with the OSC Representative during that 48-hour period
by those athletes next in line at the Last Chance Regatta rests with those
same athletes. Any Trials entry that is unclaimed within 48 hours after the
Last Chance Regatta will remain unfilled. - Jan Harley

Additional information:

While it might be a little early in the sailing season to think about
seasickness, it is always nice to know what others use to ward off this
demon. The Scuttlebutt survey last week posted various remedies that were
contributed by our readers. For those that battle Mal de Mer, we have both
good news and bad news. The bad news is that 45% of our respondents say
they have never been seasick. However, the good news is that there are a
few remedies that the 'buttheads have used with success. The most popular
was Transderm Scop, with Bonine not far behind. Next was Stugeron, which
may be the best of the bunch but is unavailable to purchase in the U.S.
(but seemingly available everywhere else). Regardless of what you use,
administering the medicine early is clearly better than once you begin
feeling ill.

The temperatures are rising on the racecourse as the Around Alone fleet
skirt the coastline past Recife with a light easterly breeze and at 7
degrees south are nearing the brutal heat of the Equator. The Class 1 boats
averaging 10 knots boatspeed and yet again the leaderboard has been shaken up.

At dawn, Italian skipper Simone Bianchetti on Tiscali held the lead as the
boat furthest inshore. Thierry Dubois on Solidaires has opted to stay
further offshore and so has dropped back in the latest positions. With
these two boats on either side, current leg leader Bernard Stamm seems to
be displaying his usual tactic of 'if you push, I push harder', as Bobst
Group - Armor Lux yo-yo's back up to first place.

Alan Paris as his Open 40 BTC Velocity collided with two whales as 7.5
knots boatspeed: "The boat came to an abrupt stop, I got up from the Nav
station and again the boat was shaken by the whale moving away, I fell
against the nav station on my ribs, but am OK. There was much blood in the
water and I clearly saw two whales on the port side. One then followed me
as BTC Velocity started moving again, but luckily did not attack the boat."
Thankfully, no visible damage has occurred, although Alan will check this

Derek Hatfield on Spirit of Canada has just cleared the top tip of the
Falkland Islands and Salvador, Brazil is just under 2500 miles away. - Mary

STANDINGS: 2200 UTC April 15 ­ CLASS 1. Bobst Group-Armor Lux, Bernard
Stamm, 3498 miles from finish; 2. Tiscali, Simone Bianchetti, 23 miles from
leader; 3. Ocean Planet, Bruce Schwab, 42 mfl. 4. Solidaires, Thierry
Dubois, 59 mfl; 5. Pindar, Emma Richards, 67 mfl;

CLASS 2: 1. Tommy Hilfiger, Brad Van Liew, 3558 miles from finish; 2.
Everest Horizontal, Tim Kent, 49 mfl; 32. Spirit of yukoh, Kojiro
Shiraishi, 118 mfl; 4. BTC Velocity, Alan Paris, 136 mfl; 5. Spirit of
Canada, Derek Hatfield, still sailing leg 4. -

"Our team is red hot, your team ain't diddly squat." Any team pride out
there, or how about regional pride? Simple question: What part of the world
has the most Scuttlebutt readers? Right now are you sailing or shoveling
snow? This week's survey is dedicated to our readers, and where they call
home. Take a moment to let us know where you are from, and we will honor
the area(s) with the most 'buttheads with a little extra love in the
newsletter. Vote now at

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race such as the Bermuda Race or the Trans-Pac? Offshore Passage
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Typhoon Kujira, currently located South of Guam and moving at 280 degrees
and 15 knots. has impacted the cruising division boats in the Melbourne to
Osaka race. George Shore and Robyn Brooks on Boots and Colin Smith and Adam
Manders on Louise anchored near Ulul Atoll to avoid crossing the path of
the developing system.

Two days ago Tropical storm Kujira (the Japanese word for whale) was
generating winds of 30-40 knots, today as it continues westwards at 15
knots now upgraded to a Typhoon it is generating sustained surface winds
estimated at 125 knots to 150 knots.

Sheltering at Ulul, its just south of typhoon alley, has not always been a
good option. In 1971 it was hit by Typhoon Truk and Typhoon Amy only a few
weeks apart. It received another heavy blast only a few years ago. - Rob
Kothe, Sail-World website, full story:

* Devoti Sailing, the new official European Builder for the Melges 24
will unveil the first of its Poland-built Melges 24s at the SNIM Regatta in
Marseille over the Easter Weekend (18-21 April). Devoti Sailing expects to
build up to two Melges 24s per month, with deliveries to customers starting
within a few weeks. - Fiona Brown

* The Transpac 52 Class is currently planning its own Hawaiian Island
Series after the conclusion of the Pacific Cup in Oahu, Hawaii. It's
possible there could be Eight Transpac 52s on the starting line for the
2004 Pacific Cup followed up by an exciting Race Week in Tropical Paradise.
It seems mainlanders miss the excitement of racing in the strong trade
winds of Hawaii.

* Lovers of the traditional who are in the Cape Cod area on 26-27 April may
wish to drop by the Woods Hole Model Boat Show, which benefits the Woods
Hole Small Boat Museum. The focus this year is on sailing yachts built to
the Universal Rule, which includes R, S, M, and of course the incomparable
J Class. Seven-foot radio control models of J boats will be on display and
will sail on Eel Pond both days, weather permitting.

* A Trans Tasman Properties associate has applied to build a vast $30
million office block in Auckland's Viaduct Basin and spread the commercial
zone across to an area near the harbour bridge. With the America's Cup
gone, developers are focusing on new uses for the land between the Viaduct
Basin and the harbour bridge and Trans Tasman's proposal is the first of
many expected this year. - Anne Gibson, NZ Herald,

* Increasing concern about SARS has forced the eleventh hour cancellation
of the San Fernando Race from Hong Kong to the Philippines. At the same
time permission has withdrawn for any boat from Hong Kong to land at San
Fernando. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is in the process of finalizing a
replacement race of around 200nm to start at Junk bay on 17-April, but the
race will not finish in the sun, sand and palm trees of the Philippines. - /

Held annually on the Chesapeake Bay, the previous year's high point fleet
champions compete head to head for top sailing honors. This year's event
was held in J/105s; of the nine J/105s selected, only two carried full
inventories of Ullman Sails and a third boat had a partial inventory.
However, Ullman Sails finished 1st, 2nd and 4th. Of the nine teams
competing, all helmsmen were new to J/105s. Are you looking for proven
performance? The "Fastest Sails on the Planet" are only a phone call away.
Give your local Ullman Sails loft a call or visit us at

After waiting on the water nearly five hours on Monday, the Princess Sofia
Trophy RC abandoned racing. So how did the Yngling team of Betsy Alison,
Lee Icyda and Suzy Leech use the remainder of the day? They went to the gym
for a workout, took care of some mundane tasks like going to the grocery
store, and worked on logistics for transporting the Yngling to France for
the next event. This is one of the major issues of the week as the shipping
of their Ford Explorer to Europe prior to our departure was fraught with
problems and delays. The vehicle is expected in Genoa, Italy around April
25 in the middle of Race Week in Hyeres, but means that they have to find a
car to tow the boat from Spain to France on Easter weekend. For all the
latest information on Team Challenge US [Alison, Icyda and Leech]:

Curmudgeon's Comment: The Yngling racing started Tuesday and Team Challenge
US recorded 3-13-4 finishes and is in fifth place in a strong 27-boat

Those attending the Pacific Sail Expo on Thursday April 24 will be among
the first to learn about the new boats to be used for the Musto Scuttlebutt
Sailing Club Championship Regatta this coming November. The announcement
will be made at the Dry Creek Vineyard Pro Am Regatta party at the Bitter
End Yacht Club's booth (#208). Enjoy the show, but join the curmudgeon at
the BEYC's booth around 5:00 PM for some complimentary Dry Creek wine.
There will also be an opportunity to win a four day/ three night vacation
for two at the Bitter End that can be used during the event. -

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* From Thomas Newcomb: Thank you Scuttlebutt and Mitch Brindley of the
ICSA for stepping up and providing the collegiate side of the Rule 42
issue. Rather than putting collegiate sailing on the defensive, the sailing
community should be concentrating on doing a better job of marketing the
"rest of the sport" to these great sailors. Prior to being embedded for 4+
years in college programs, these sailors likely enjoyed the luxury of
junior yacht club programs. Once they graduate from college, many are
boat-less for the first time in their lives. Rather than beat them up for
their collegiate style of racing, we need to focus more on encouraging them
to continue in the sport.

* From T.L.Lewis: The interview with Gavin Brady was heart wrenching. "It
just felt like work, every day was such a grind and everything was so
difficult." That situation seems all too familiar to me. Mate, you're
pulling down what I'm sure was a pretty decent pay packet to go sailing,
while the rest of us have to actually go to a job to make money to spend on
going sailing. Spend a couple of years in the real world and see if those
years with Prada don't look pretty good in retrospect. I hate to quote a
bumper sticker, but I know it says "A bad day of sailing is better than a
good day of work"

* From Alan Montrose: From Gavin Brady's comments on much he enjoyed
sailing with his mates at the Congressional Cup and how much he didn't
enjoy sailing with his Italian Prada teammates in previous Swedish Match
events, perhaps it is a good thing he has decided for now to forgo the
European events on the this year's tour. Hark, is that a bridge burning in
the background?

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