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SCUTTLEBUTT 1312 - April 21, 2003

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(Following are two excerpts from Richard Hazelton's editorial in 48 Degrees

I would hazard a guess that most people racing sailboats, whether it's on a
lake, a river, or Puget Sound, aren't getting paid for it. They aren't
practicing more than one day a week, if that, and not always with the same
crew. They work on their boats themselves and get the new sails and
equipment every couple years when the budget allows. One-design sailors
tend to be more involved in their fleets and their sailing, but most
PHRFers race once a week with the occasional weekend series. Does this mean
that sailors who aren't Pros are less competitive? Yes and no.

Yes - in the sense that they aren't as prepared. They don't spend the time
working on their tactics, their crew work, tuning the boats and equipment,
and in general just constantly working to improve their sailing. No - in
that, when the gun goes off, their competitive juices are flowing, they
want to win.

* How much enjoyment you get from racing is directly linked to your
expectations. If those expectations are unrealistic, so are the chances of
having much fun. If you and your team are out practicing, the boat is ready
and your teamwork is a thing of beauty, you should expect to do well.
However, most everyone I know is not quite so dedicated-the word
"recreational" comes to mind. If you mostly sail the boat only during
races, with many of the crew introducing themselves to each other as you
motor out, you need to realistically look at where you're at and why you're
out there. Sailing is your pastime, relax and enjoy the time on the water,
the camaraderie and the fun of competition. Who knows, you might just pull
one off, but even if you don't, you've had a good time, and isn't that the
whole point? So, cross the start line with realistic expectations and you
can expect to have a lot more fun. - Richard Hazelton, full editorial:

Coral Reef & Biscayne Bay YCs - Tito Gonzalez is the new World Champion of
the Lightning class -- for the fourth time. An ostrich farmer in his native
Chile, Gonzalez won his first Worlds in 1987 with his brother in Columbia,
then later in Finland and then in Ecuador in 1999. Sailing with Gonzalez
was usual fore deck crew Claus Engell from Chile and former World Champ Jay
Lutz of the U.S.

Steve Hayden of Florida came in second by one point. Fresh from winning the
International Masters regatta last week in Miami, Jim Crane of CT, came in
third after leading the regatta earlier in the week. Canadian Larry
MacDonald Jr. took fourth place and Bill Healy was fifth. The next
Lightning Worlds is scheduled for 2005 in South America. - Amy Smith

Trapezing is a blast, particularly for kids. However, the chance of getting
tangled by a trapeze hook while in the water is a real concern. But now
there is a safer alternative to the traditional harness hook. The Bethwaite
Safety Harness works without any hook, exposed bars or buckles that can
snag. Learn more about the harness and how you can purchase it at the
PS2000 or Annapolis Performance Sailing websites. - /

The wind gods have dealt some unkind hands this leg. They have also been
very kind to others and Bernard Stamm and Simone Bianchetti must be smiling
to themselves as the scoot north in the northeast trades. They barely
slowed down for the doldrums and now have fair winds all the way to New
England. One other skipper who has enjoyed fine conditions and is turning
in a stellar performance is Brad Van Liew on Tommy Hilfiger Freedom
America. Brad is not only leading Class 2, he is ahead on Pindar and
Solidaires and nipping at the heels of Ocean Planet. At last poll Tommy
Hilfiger Freedom America was only 47 miles behind Ocean Planet and 124
ahead of Solidaires. In fact both Brad and his closest rival Tim Kent on
Everest Horizontal are leaving the Class 1 back markers in the dirt.

As Brad returns to the Northern Hemisphere his thoughts are turning towards
home and the end of the race. "After the many months and many thousand
miles I have finally returned to the Northern Hemisphere," he wrote. "I
feel like home is just ahead now. I know that for the rest of my life I
will yearn to remember and re-live the experiences of the last few months
so I continue to tell myself to enjoy the moment, however I am still
anxious to complete this odyssey and see Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America
gently tugging at her docking lines in Newport." - Brian Hancock,

STANDINGS: 2200 UTC April 20 ­ CLASS 1. Bobst Group-Armor Lux, Bernard
Stamm, 2184 miles from finish; 2. Tiscali, Simone Bianchetti, 78 miles from
leader; 3. Ocean Planet, Bruce Schwab, 350 mfl. 4. Solidaires, Thierry
Dubois, 512 mfl; 5. Pindar, Emma Richards, 547 mfl;

CLASS 2: 1. Tommy Hilfiger, Brad Van Liew, 2590 miles from finish; 2.
Everest Horizontal, Tim Kent, 124 mfl; 3. Spirit of yukoh, Kojiro
Shiraishi, 389 mfl; 4. BTC Velocity, Alan Paris, 532 mfl. - Spirit of
Canada, Derek Hatfield, still sailing leg 4.

There has been a lot of discussion on these pages in recent weeks about the
reportedly superior seasick remedy, Sturgeon - a product that is not
available in the US. Last Friday, the Curmudgeon got an email from an
anonymous skipper from Lake Ontario who wrote, "After a very quick search
of the Internet I ordered Sturgeon from in England.
I ordered two packages (30 tablets) of Stugeron. Cost was $18 including
shipping. I got the pills in two weeks. Very easy. Hope they work (for my

Curmudgeon's Comment: This is not an ad or an endorsement. We are just
passing along the information.

* May 2: Eighth Annual Sailors Ball, New York Harbor Sailing Foundation,
New York city.

* May 3-4: Vallejo Race, YRA/Vallejo YC. More than 300 boats will
participate. -

There has been some conjecture about the plans for the International 49er
Class to organise the 49er World Cup 2003. As I am sure you all appreciate,
2002/3 has not been the easiest of years to go out looking for sponsorship
and, because of this, we were reluctant to make any announcement about a
series which we subsequently might not be able to deliver.

However we have received commitments from our promoters that the following
events will take place and, as a result, are able to make the preliminary
announcement that the title of 49er World Cup Winner 2003 will be awarded
by the Class to the leader on points accumulated from the following events:
1. Cannes 8th - 11th May
2. Riva del Garda 15th - 18th May
3. Grimstad, Norway 6th -8th June
4. Helsinki, Finland 12th - 14th June
5. Rungsted, Denmark 19th - 21st June
6. Hunstanton, UK 31st July - 3rd August
7. Taiwan 29th September - 5th October

John Reed, 49er Executive Secretary,

Ockam systems have always been easy to update, and Ockam has far greater
flexibility with specialized sensors and technologies - Gyro compasses,
second/aft depth sensors, sonic wind and speed devices are a few examples.
Taking advantage of new product developments is possible in older systems,
and adding extra capabilities to a basic system is encouraged without
product or price "tier" limits. For more information, or to discuss
updating your current system, contact Tom Davis ( -

* The 'Site of the Month' on US Sailing's website focuses on Training, with
an on-line primer course for a newbie to get their feet wet before taking a
hands-on commercial training course, to a searchable database for
commercial sailing courses for everyone, when in need of a rental sailboat
use another searchable database, take a targeted powerboat course for race
committee and patrol boat operators, use the job bank to find an instructor
for your school (or an instructor place your job needed ad!), get your
instructor certified, training awards, publications, and a whole bunch more
to get all sailors up to speed:

* 163 sailors from 15 countries participated in the Optimist South
American Championship regatta. Pampero winds of up to 36 knots prevented
further sailing on Saturday, the final day, to leave the championship
decided on the basis of just six races. Argentina's Tomás Agrimbau took the
title ahead of Sebastian Peri Brusa also from Argentina. Third place went
to Eric Brockman from Mexico. Nick Voss in 17th place was the top USA
finisher. In the unofficial Copa de Naciones, open to teams from outside
South America the ranking order finished as: 1. Bermuda, 2. Mexico, 3.
U.S.A. -

* The Olympic ranking Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta in Palma Mallorca had
a massive entry of 721 Olympic class boats from 40 nations. North Americans
stayed away in droves, but in the Yngling class, Bermuda's Paula Lewis took
fifth place and Betsy Alison was seventh. Tim Wadlow/ Pete Spaulding took
10th in the 49ers followed by Andy Mack /Adam Lowry three places back.
Tania Elias Calles from Mexico was 9th in the Europe with Meg Gaillard in

* We are in the last day of the latest Scuttlebutt survey where the exact
center of the 'Butthead universe is being determined. An absolute dogfight
continues between the Northeast US and the Southwest US for ultimate
supremacy. Europe has legged out a nice lead in the international race,
though Canada and East Asia/ Pacific still could comeback on what will be
the final beat to the finish. Today is your last day to cast your ballot in
support of your region. -

The Keane 2003 US Snipe Nationals will be sailed this year in Buzzards Bay
out of Beverly Yacht Club. The schedule includes the Women's Nationals and
Junior Nationals to be sailed July 12-13, then the Crosby, Wells and
Heinzerling series to be sailed July 14-18. This is going to be a great
regatta; plan on being there. Check the official website for information:, and go to the US Snipe webpage for a
calendar of US Snipe events, with reports and photos of all of the recent

(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 Ted Jones (Re: Alan Paris broken ribs and edited to our 250-word
limit): Two years ago I broke two ribs in a boating accident. While I had
no outward signs of any lung damage, review of my x-rays prompted the
hospital to call my family physician to further evaluate a suspicious
anomaly in my right lung. My doctor (who sails an Olson 30, an E-scow, and
an ice boat) cautioned me to be very careful for the next week or so and to
take any change in breathing or chest pain very seriously and immediately
seek medical attention. A week later I suddenly became short of breath and
very nearly passed out. I barely had enough lung power to call out to my
wife to call 911. I spent three days in our local hospital in ICU and was
then discharged as my condition improved sufficiently. I was again
cautioned to take it easy. A week later I again felt "strange" and my
doctor sent me to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where they drained two
liters of fluid from my right lung. Three days later I underwent surgery to
scrape away the remaining clotted blood. I'm now fully recovered.

I am not qualified to provide a medical opinion but offer my experience as
a caution that Alan Paris should be extremely careful. I felt fine between
my two episodes, and I wasn't doing anything strenuous. I am thankful that
my doctor is a sailor and understands a sailor's penchant to work passed
pain, which in my case could have been a fatal miscalculation.

* From Tony Lush: Twice while crossing the Atlantic in lighter wind
conditions I have come across whales on a collision course, apparently
snoozing on the surface. In each case they were much longer and larger than
my boat. Only when I tacked or gybed did the boat make enough commotion to
wake them.

* From Bob Merrick: I think that ISAF President Paul Henderson has done a
great thing to combine the Olympic class world championships with Olympic
qualifying events and as an added bonus to host them all in the same place
at the same time. ISAF has created a true World Championship of Sailing.

* From Nelson Stephenson: Mr. Henderson's recent letter to One Design
Class leadership was simply amazing, especially for many US Sailors and
Women in Sailing. Perhaps his approach is consistent with the "reality
based, in your face" style of entertainment popular today. Frankly, as a
result, I am sailing a lot more and watching TV a lot less.

Mr. Henderson stated: "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 Presidency of ISAF is a leadership position capable of promoting the
Sport of Sailing. Divisive and controversial comments ultimately do little
to benefit Sailing. Is there a reaction from Women in Sailing to the
comments about "interaction"? Historically, comments of this nature have
created a World of Trouble for many men, including the likes of Ben Wright,
the former CBS Golf Analyst.

I believe we can all quickly agree that the past 18 months has been a very
difficult time in the United States. The weaker Economy and serious
concerns about National Security have affected Sailing much more than lack
of a "multi-class regatta circuit" in the United States.

Mr. Henderson's ongoing style of creating controversy with letters and
public comments continually challenges all of us to think seriously about
the issues at hand. Yet, along with each such challenge comes an
increasingly uncomfortable feeling about ISAF.

* From Richard Endean (re Olympic classes): After reading Paul
Henderson's remarks in yesterdays Scuttlebutt it seems that there still
remains some misunderstanding of the ISAF role with the IOC which trickles
down, and has done for some time, to the MNA relationship with their own
Olympic Committees. The sooner the "blessed" class powers of influence
within ISAF and the MNA's realize that they are not each others worst enemy
but in fact recognize that they and ISAF are competing with other sports
for participation in sailing at all levels then we will be in a position to
make some real forward progress.

To overcome the historic and current controversy there needs to be an
apolitical process that determines the factors required to fulfil sailings
obligations to the IOC. At the same time presenting our sport attractively
to the Olympic audience and, yes take full advantage of the television
opportunity. We are in a new millennium after all so TV is really the best
form of communication we have at the moment. Let's try to find a way of
using it better.

* From Gordon Ettie: I just returned this afternoon from watching the
last race of the Lightning World Championships in my Swan 40, and feel that
I must comment on what our sailing sport has become. I have raced
Lightning's for many years and was always appreciative of the great fair
racing and it was a great Jr. boat in LI sound. However somehow this world
championship was tainted. An OCS was overruled and hence an award was made
that I think should really be questioned.

Last year I raced Etchells and did fairly well but was very discouraged
about hearing what was happening with crew with payment in an amateur
class. I subsequently sold my Etchells. I am just concentrating now on
racing my Swan 40 but still have battles with PHRF. Hopefully a more
equitable handicap will evolve.

I think that more people have to speak out, such as what has been happening
in the Star Class with ISAF. We need to make our sport more Corinthian and
less about winning with how much money you can spend or how much politics
you can play or how much you can intimidate.

Sailing is much more an amateur sport than a professional sport and I think
that we need to keep it this way. We also need to make sure that fairness
is maintained in the sport.

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