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SCUTTLEBUTT 1311 - April 18, 2003

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(Bruno Peyron talked with The Daily Sail about his new multihull one
design. Here are two excerpts.)

Bruno Peyron, creator of The Race and the man responsible for the latest
generation of maxi-multihulls known as the G-class, has released details of
the new one design offshore racing catamaran destined for The Race Tour in
2006. "I wanted this boat to be one design but to last 10-15 years with a
very high level of identity," Peyron told The Daily Sail. "It is a very
fast catamaran, able to reach more than 600 miles per day, but very simple,
safe and strong and the look is very innovative."

* The boat will be 80ft long by 45ft wide and will weigh 8 tonnes.
Looking at the boat we are reminded of the racing catamaran, VSD, which
Derek Kelsall designed for Manx multihull sailor Nick Keig back in the
early 1980s where the concept was more or less a trimaran with the central
hull clear of the water. The new OD80 has a similar central pod that Peyron
says is long, very strong, but very light in design. The idea is an
exceptionally good one - one advantage trimarans have over catamarans is
that it is possible to get better forestay tension because the chainplate
attaches to hull rather than crossbeam. The flying central hull
configuration neatly solves this.

Unlike the present G-class catamarans where there is a cockpit in each hull
to which sail controls are duplicated, the new OD80 will have a single
cockpit, similar to a monohull. "This central pod way of sailing is aimed
in the direction of newcomers, very good sailors coming from monohulls, so
it is very easy to understand," explains Peyron. - The Daily Sail, full

The course of Great American II, the 53-foot trimaran sailing from Hong
Kong to New York to challenge a 154-year-old passage record, has mirrored
that of her nemesis Sea Witch this week. Although Sea Witch sailed this
passage well over a century ago, the wake of the clipper ship is very
present to modern adventurers Rich Wilson (Rockport, Mass.) and Rich du
Moulin (Larchmont, N.Y.) on Great American II.

"GAII and Sea Witch have been winding through each others' wakes the past
two weeks," said crewmember du Moulin. "Imagine if we were here at the same
time: we probably would have sighted each other. It's a real race to the Cape!"

The path these two vessels have cut across the Indian Ocean is the only
thing they have in common: 32 days out of Hong Kong, Great American II is
reporting sea conditions unlike anything Sea Witch had encountered thus
far. For much of the week, GAII has been sailing in large, confused
seas--and this boat and her crew have been getting thrashed. "How can a
boat survive such a beating?" queried Wilson in a satellite email.

In stark contrast, in Sea Witch's logs of January 1849, Captain Robert
"Bully" Waterman recounted a string of pleasant days at this point in the
journey, with lighter winds and clear weather. The trimaran's course is
north of the clipper ship's, but both vessels are neck-and-neck. The logged
positions for day 32 are approximately equidistant from the Cape of Good Hope.

This week's reports from the GAII crew don't focus as much on the horse
race taking place over the span of thousands of ocean miles: Wilson and du
Moulin are pushing as hard as they dare, trying to preserve their boat, and
reporting on the rigors of daily life inside what Wilson has dubbed "a
washing machine." - Keith Taylor,

Pacific Sail Expo, April 23-27, is the official launch of Micronet in the
US. Layline is the US importer of Tacktick, and we will be in beautiful
Oakland displaying real live Micronet Wireless systems in booth 250-252. We
will also be there with Seatrack Software, Wireless Screens and, of course,
Looplocks. Come one, come all… Cruisers, Racers, Dealers, Boat Builders,
gadget heads… This week on our site, check out a downloadable video of our
Digital Analog Display in action.

The 5 Class 1 Open 60's in Around Alone are within 3 degrees of the Equator
line and from tonight will one by one cross back over to the Northern
Hemisphere for the first time since the end of October 2002. However it is
the skippers themselves now who are being put to the extreme physical test,
as temperatures soar to 97 F and the breeze comes and goes from whatever
direction it pleases. For the skippers this means constant maneuvers - and
constant rehydration - on the boat in unforgiving heat with no opportunity
or comfort to sleep.

Current Leg and overall leader, Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm on Bobst Group
- Armor Lux, is being hotly pursued still by Italian skipper Simone
Bianchetti on Tiscali over to the West. Both boats are now slowing up as
they hit the ITCZ (Inter Tropical Convergence Zone). Stamm said before the
start that the Doldrums would be the biggest obstacle and so his strategy
was to gain as much mileage over the others beforehand.

In Class 2, leader Brad Van Liew on Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America took the
inside track on the left hand bend around Brazil and has overtaken Pindar
at the back of the Class 1 fleet.

There has been some drama, however, as two skippers have needed to call
upon medical services in the last 24 hours. Firstly, Alan Paris on BTC
Velocity reported in 48 hours after his collision with the whales that one
of his ribs gave him a sharp pain, and he was suddenly very nauseous and
close to passing out in a cold sweat: "After speaking with the Around Alone
medical referral system, it seems I have one fractured rib, maybe two;
however, it is not in danger of puncturing a lung as if this was too occur
the symptoms would have already shown themselves.

Tim Kent has also reported in with "an ominous ache" in one of his lower
left molars "Within an hour I could tell that it was clearly going to cause
a problem. This is one of the few medical emergencies that I feared the
most; a dental problem at sea." He was advised to take an antibiotic called
zithromax, along with a strong painkiller. "I am glad I took this advice as
I am told it is harder to kill pain in the lower jaw. We'll see what
happens in a couple of days when the antibiotics take effect." - Mary

STANDINGS: 2200 UTC April 17 ­ CLASS 1. Bobst Group-Armor Lux, Bernard
Stamm, 3062 miles from finish; 2. Tiscali, Simone Bianchetti, 37 miles from
leader; 3. Ocean Planet, Bruce Schwab, 183 mfl. 4. Solidaires, Thierry
Dubois, 263 mfl; 5. Pindar, Emma Richards, 265 mfl;

CLASS 2: 1. Tommy Hilfiger, Brad Van Liew, 3263 miles from finish; 2.
Everest Horizontal, Tim Kent, 35 mfl; 3. Spirit of yukoh, Kojiro Shiraishi,
147 mfl; 4. BTC Velocity, Alan Paris, 210 mfl. - Spirit of Canada, Derek
Hatfield, still sailing leg 4.

* April 26: 1st Annual Sailor's Ball to benefit the San Francisco Bay
area's Treasure Island Community Sailing Center.

* May 31-June 1: Cal Race Week, California YC, Marina del Rey, CA.
One-Design and PHRF classes.

* The 86-foot Zephyrus V, owned by Californian Bob McNeil is the latest
entry in the DaimlerChrysler North Atlantic Challenge, a 3,600-mile
offshore sailing race from Newport to Cuxhaven, GER, and then on to
Hamburg. As of the April 1 entry deadline, 62 boats had officially entered
in what promises to be the largest transatlantic race for fully crewed,
monohulled yachts. The majority of the fleet will start on June 14, while
the faster, larger yachts will start one week later on June 21. - Dana

* North Sails now features an on-line Regatta Calendar on their USA home
page. Anyone is invited to add a local regatta or sailing event to this
calendar by visiting the site and clicking on "Submit Your Event." Users
have the option to add dates, location, host yacht club, links for Notice
of Race, Sailing Instructions, event contacts, results and more! - Veronica

* Thursday's three races in the Lightning World Championship were held in
typical sea breeze conditions on Biscayne Bay - around 12 knots with a
sturdy chop - which was a relief for competitors and RC alike as the post.
A cold front calm has made for very long races in light air. The racing
will end on Friday with a single race. Standing after 8 races: 1. Jim
Crane, 49; 2. Larry MacDonald Jr, 52; 3. Tito Gonzalez, 56; 4. Steve
Hayden, 60; 5. Bill Healy, 71. - Amy Smith Linton, complete results:

* As a part of the Annapolis NOOD Regatta (May 2-4) there will be 12
Meter match racing with Ted Turner skippering Courageous against Freedom.
Courageous is one of only three contenders to successfully defend the
America's Cup two times. Media mogul Turner won the America's Cup in 1977
on Courageous as he and his tactician, Gary Jobson, swept the Australians
in a dramatic series. Freedom, skippered by Dennis Conner, won the Cup in
1980. - Dean Turcol,

* The race is on! Over 900 respondents have chimed in for this week's
Scuttlebutt survey asking which region claims to be the center of the
Butthead universe. Currently it is a dead heat between the Southwest and
Northeast US. The international contingent is led by Europe, with Canada
and East Asia/Pacific (incl. Australia, New Zealand, etc.) not far behind.
Go to the Scuttlebutt website to vote for your region. -

* The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, which precedes Antigua Race Week,
attracts some of the world's most beautiful and impressive classic yachts.
The emphasis is on sailing together rather than on racing, as well as on
the enjoyment of the ideal conditions of the Caribbean Sea. Racing starts
Friday 18 April, through until Tuesday 22 April, with other events taking
place including the "Concours d'Elegance" and "Classic Yacht Parade".
Racing will be held for the Tall Ships on Saturday 19 April and Sunday 20
April, with two races scheduled. Curmudgeon's comment: Walking the docks in
Antigua during this regatta may be the best boat show in the world. -

* Correction: Last weekend's Jackson Cup Regatta reported in 'Butt 1310 was
run by the Boston YC.

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A stalled low pressure system to the west provided the sailors in Palma de
Mallorca with breezy conditions on the second full day of racing. Team
Challenge US (Betsy Alison, Lee Icyda and Suzy Leech) posted some great
finished to launch the only US team at the event into second place. This
Grade 2 ISAF event is the first major event of the spring season, and many
of the European teams are using it a part of their Olympic qualifying
system. Winds mounted to 20-24 knots on the course located just off the
city of Palma, not quite windy enough to blow "dogs off chains" but enough
to make the sailing rough on gear and tough on bodies.

The Ynglings sailed trapezoid courses where the reaches proved to be
difficult for some of the sailors. Dorte Jensen and her team from Denmark,
leads the Yngling fleet after six races with all top ten finishes ­
2,1,3,7,(9),1 for 14 points. Team Challenge US is only seven points behind
after posting a One-Two punch on day two. They now sit with 21 points and
finishes of 3,(13),4,1,11,2. Shirley Robertson from Great Britain, a proven
heavy air sailor, moved up into third with two German teams Stegenwalner
and Schuman rounding out the top five. - /

US Sailing sadly notes the passing of Patricia Applegate on Saturday, April
12, in Island Heights, New Jersey. Patricia Applegate loved sailing
whenever she could and was a long-time volunteer for US Sailing's training
department as a regional training coordinator for Area C. Patricia was the
first woman commodore of the Barnegat Bay Yachts Racing Association
(BBYRA), where she coordinated US Sailing events and Summer Youth Sailing
Races. She was an active member of the Lavallette Yacht Club where she was
a sailing instructor and she also served as the treasurer of the Toms River
Yacht Club. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26,
at the United Methodist Church in Island Heights, New Jersey. In lieu of
flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fox Chase Cancer Center,
7701 Burholme Avenue, Room C-223, Philadelphia, PA 19111. -

(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 Chris Ericksen: Thanks for printing ISAF President Paul
Henderson's letter in 'Butt 1309. It is apparent to me that he does not get
it--or that I don't. All classes, from Optis to 70's, decide themselves how
they will run their World Championship. Some classes want to be Olympic
Classes, and that designation includes qualification rules. As I understand
it, these are two entirely separate issues. Why is President Henderson
attempting to link these two separate issues?

The Star Class decided to participate in the ISAF World Championships of
Olympic Classes but not declare it as their World Championship; as I
understand the rules, both Star Class rules and ISAF rules, such is their
right. What is the problem? The Star Class is following the rules; why is
President Henderson, a racing sailor accustomed to following the rules,
complaining about it now? I don't get it.

* From Tets Sakai: Whales, as human beings, sleep. While they sleep, they
do not transmit echoing noise as you hear on TV. Most of sailboats hit
whales while they are asleep on the surface.

* From Bob Kiernan (re Branislav Kecman's comments about whales): Sailing
back to Hawaii from Tahiti we were blasting along for days each evening it
seemed we were the point of rendezvous. It started with clicking and then
we could see them; lots of them. Pilot whales were gathering every night at
our position and we were not running anything that made real noise. They
knew we were there. And, I think they bumped the boat a time or two just to
be friendly.

In the case of a boat racing along with a blade and bulb below at speeds we
call fast the contact may just be a miscalculation on they're part as to
what might happen when they cross the bow or lower appendages
unsuccessfully. Pulling you finger out of a closed hatch is more damaging
than leaving it there until you or someone else aboard gathers the
composure to reopen it; in comparison the whale was surprised and bolted
thus hurting themselves more. I've watched whales watch me! They know more
than they're saying as to what's going on. Oh yeah, sonar is damaging to
all in the area so it's bad luck to the one who goes bump; and they might.

* From J. Joseph Bainton (Re Paul Henderson's letter in 'Butt 1309): Once
again, President Henderson confuses (a) the World Championship of a
one-design class ("WC") with (b) Olympic Qualification Events ( "OQ's").
Muddling the two seems like an attempt to leverage ISAF's indisputable
right to regulate OQ's into complete and absolute domination of Olympic
Classes. This usurpation of power diminishes the quality of both events.

Fleet size and course length at the Olympic Regatta are both small. OQ's
should obviously try to replicate the Olympic Regatta. One or at most two
boats per country sailing short courses is patently best for OQ's. The
Rules of the Star Class contemplate a WC with 10+ mile courses and fleets
of 100+ boats. The Star Class could easily run at its own expense whatever
style OQ ISAF dictates immediately prior to each of its World and
Continental Championships. That would provide ISAF with no less than six
annual Star OQ's at absolutely no expense to it. If it wanted to allocate
some of its budget, these OQ specific events could easily be multi-class.

The principled belief of many in the Star Class that Mr. Henderson
contentiously characterizes as a "negative assault on ISAF" is that by
accepting selection as Olympic Equipment a one-design class does not -- as
did Dr. Faustus -- sell its soul. Mr. Henderson's suggestion that this is a
uniquely American belief is demonstrably false.

* From: "Robin Wallace: Stugeron is now manufactured in the UK by Johnson
& Johnson. How about a writing campaign to them here in the U.S.A. to
persuade them to get F.D.A. approval for its use over here?

Why is it that rain drops but snow falls?