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SCUTTLEBUTT 1319 - April 30, 2003

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Disappointed by Prada's loss in December to American syndicate OneWorld in
the Louis Vuitton Cup, Patrizio Bertelli said he would not mount another
challenge. Rumors began to fly around that Alinghi's 2007 America's Cup
defense in Europe have finally encouraged the syndicate head of the former
challenger champion to resume Italian's assault on the Auld Mug. According
to the Italian press, Luna Rossa Campaign should become a
consortium-directed activity, rather than a program under the Prada single
umbrella and the activities should be directed by Francesco de Angelis. -
Cup in Europe website,

Broken masts, ripped sails, abandoned races, sailors in difficulty …
today's racing proved once again difficult for some classes in the third
day in the Semaine Olympique Française.

The Easterly started with a moderate speed of 15 knots to increase
gradually to 25 knots by mid-afternoon. More than the wind, it is the size
of the waves that created havoc, especially in the 49ers forced to abandon
their first race. "We were the last boat still standing", declared with
regret the Norwegians crew of Sundby/ Bovim, after the Race Committee was
forced to cancel racing. Twenty on the starting line, the first group to
sail in the 49er, suffered casualties with boats capsizing at an alarming
rate to end up with 5 boats after the 2nd leg. The Norwegians who had
already proved their ease in the heavy conditions after winning Sunday
races were the only survivors on the second upwind when racing was finally

Other accident occurred in the Tornado race. The Spanish team of Echavarri
/ Paz, leaders of the score board were a few meters from winning their 2nd
race when a huge rolling wave sent the crew flying. Hit by the boom in the
face, Anton Paz only managed to cross the line behind Dutch team of Booth /
Dercksen. With a large cut in his face and forehead, he was directly rushed
to shore and hospital where he is undergoing surgery. Still leading the
regatta, the Spanish favourites have not given up. "I will wait and see how
I feel tomorrow, but I hope I will be able to keep racing." confided Anton
Paz after receiving treatment (30 stitches).

In the Yngling class, Melanie Dennison and Shirley Robertson showed again
their preference for the breeze after winning a race each today and
regaining the lead of the scoreboard. "It was fun today" said Robertson.
"We are fast downwind and Melanie Dennison is better on the upwind legs. It
was perfect conditions for us." The British team is learning a lot with
their new coach, GBR Challenge skipper, Ian Walker. - Emmanuel Marty,
Sail-World website, full story:

Event website:

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The majority of the Around Alone fleet has come together to the East of
Bermuda, but the wind gods have thrown them all an unwelcome curve-ball as
a small area of high pressure has developed to the west of the island.
Impatient to finish, Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm could only coax an average
of 6.6 knots out of Bobst Group Armor - Lux overnight when the winds died
away. "For an hour I drifted backwards and I had no idea when it would be

A weak front is due to pass over Bobst Group Armor - Lux during this
evening bringing a light northerly wind. That wind will slowly move into
the southeast by tomorrow, but without any real teeth. At that rate he will
only see the skyline of Newport sometime early on Thursday May 1st.

The skipper that is reeling from the effects of the small high is Bruce
Schwab on Ocean Planet. Schwab and Class 2 leader Brad Van Liew on Tommy
Hilfiger Freedom America have stalled overnight and Ocean Planet was
sailing at a shade under 4 knots. While Schwab watches his sails slat back
and forth Thierry Dubois on Solidaires is positioned to the west of Ocean
Planet further away from the High, and in a touch more breeze.

Derek Hatfield on Spirit of Canada is still sailing Leg four. Hatfield will
probably finish in Salvador Thursday or Friday of this week, just as the
first boats finish Leg 5 in Newport, Rhode Island - more than 4000 miles
away. - Mary Ambler,

STANDINGS: 2200 UTC April 29
1. Bobst Group-Armor Lux, Bernard Stamm, 300 miles from finish
2. Tiscali, Simone Bianchetti, 291 miles from leader
3. Ocean Planet, Bruce Schwab, 363 mfl
4. Solidaires, Thierry Dubois, 422 mfl
5. Pindar, Emma Richards, 550 mfl;

1. Tommy Hilfiger, Brad Van Liew, 794 miles from finish
2. Everest Horizontal, Tim Kent, 193 mfl
3. Spirit of yukoh, Kojiro Shiraishi, 553 mfl
4. BTC Velocity, Alan Paris, 812 mfl
- Spirit of Canada, Derek Hatfield, still sailing leg 4.

Jolly Harbour, April 28, 2003 - Day two of the 36th annual Antigua Sailing
Week dawned with more glorious Caribbean sailing conditions. Periodic
overcast skies accompanied 15-18 knot winds in the morning but the clouds
gave way to sunshine in the afternoon and the winds held. Racers from
division A came ashore late afternoon looking a little wrung out after the
two races of 15 miles each ­ as the crow flies.

Division A tackled a three-loop windward/leeward course in the morning
followed by an Olympic course in the afternoon. Division B's course had the
fleet wending its way to Jolly Harbour, party central and overnight stop
for day two. Arien van Vemde's Sotto Voce ended the day top of big boat
racing while Swan 56 Lolita leads racing B and fleet after two wins today.
Sotto Voce and Equation went to arbitration after Sotto Voce's spinnaker
brushed Equation's backstay as they were jibing their way to the finish and
received a 40 per cent penalty putting her at the bottom of the class in
race one. However she bounced back in the second race with a first place.

The fleet heads back to English Harbour tomorrow in an 'uphill' race; good
news for the grinders. While sailing a predominantly similar course,
division A's course is 25 miles and division B's is 20 miles. - Alastair

Denmark's Jes Gram-Hansen and Team Victory Lane have opened up a 19 point
lead on fellow countryman Jesper Radich in the Swedish Match Tour 2002/2003
Rankings following a sixth place finish at the Congressional Cup, the fifth
of nine events on the Swedish Match Tour. Disappointingly for Radich, he
and his crew finished ninth overall at the Congressional Cup and failed to
add any points to their Swedish Match Tour Rankings total.

Australia's James Spithill posted a third place finish in his return to the
Swedish Match Tour, following his turn as helmsman for the OneWorld
Challenge at last fall's Louis Vuitton Cup. The 15 points Spithill received
put him solely in third place, ahead of Great Britian's Chris Law and "The
Outlaws," with whom he had been tied entering the regatta.

American Ken Read and his Saucony Racing team, winners of the Congressional
Cup, reentered the Rankings in fifth place, two points behind Law and five
points ahead of the sixth place skipper, and fellow American, Ed Baird of
Team Musto, who spent the last several months in Auckland, NZ, as a
television commentator at the America's Cup. In seventh place is New
Zealand's Gavin Brady of Team Beau Geste, runner-up at the Congressional
Cup, while Sweden's Mattias Rahm of Team Stena Bulk hangs on to the eighth

The Swedish Match Tour awards points to the top eight finishers at each
event, counting the accumulated best seven-of-nine finishes to determine
the final Swedish Match Tour Rankings. In addition to more than US$800,000
in individual event prize money, the Swedish Match Tour awards US$200,000
to the top eight sailors on the Swedish Match Tour, with the first-place
skipper netting US$60,000.

The next event on Swedish Match Tour 2002/2003 is the Toscana Elba Cup -
Trofeo Locman, May 10-18. -
1. Jes Gram-Hansen, DEN/Team Victory Lane 72
2. Jesper Radich, DEN/Team Radich 53
3. James Spithill, OneWorld Challenge 46
4. Chris Law, GBR/"The Outlaws" 37
5. Ken Read, USA/Saucony Racing 35
6. Ed Baird, USA/Team Musto 30
7. Gavin Brady, NZ/Team Beau Geste 28
8. Mattias Rahm, SWE/Team Stena Bulk 26

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* Jeff Linton won the US Pan American Games trials in the Sunfish class
with a 12 point lead over second place finisher Marcus Eagan. Hank Saurage
was an additional eight points back to take third place in the 35-boat
fleet racing at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, in Sarasota, Florida. Full

* For better or worse, Scuttlebutt viewers responded to the latest
Scuttlebutt survey in favor of event commercialism. When asked how they
felt about a sponsor's name being included in the regatta title, 81% said
they were fine with it while 19% stated that they didn't like it. So there
you have it. Oh by the way, Scuttlebutt surveys are sponsored by SAIC. -

Early details of how the next Americas' Cup challenge is shaping up will be
revealed to Team New Zealand's sponsors when they meet next Monday. The
sponsors will hear about what went wrong with the disastrous 2003 defence
and meet the new managing director Grant Dalton.

Team New Zealand is already canvassing a wide field of prospective business
sponsors to back their next campaign. Team New Zealand's family of sponsors
are weighing up their future with the America's Cup challenger amid talk
that the 2007 campaign could cost more than $140 million. Sponsorship
specialists say that at least half the money will come from offshore.

Bob Gill, the area director for international sponsor broker Carat has
worked on previous Team New Zealand campaigns. He doubts the so called
family of five will remain intact. Without the live atmosphere of the
America's Cup village and the participation of spectator boats on the
course, Gill says it will be a lot tougher attracting domestic sponsors .
But high on sponsors' check list is local television coverage.

Lion Nathan says it wants to see a tangible plan from Team New Zealand
before it decides its future but says there are limited benefits to
flashing the Steinlager brand around in places where you can't buy the beer.

Telecom is saying little about a new deal but its target market is
Australia and New Zealand. However, Gill points out that Telecom also has a
position to protect as the local leader in telecommunications. He believes
it's the global brands that are mostly likely to lead the charge from New

Team New Zealand executive director Tony Thomas is already out talking to
multinational companies like previous backers SAP, Omega and American
Express. No new deals have been signed but he's hopeful. Thomas is also
talking to Tourism and Trade and Industry New Zealand bosses about what
public money they will contribute, in what sponsorship experts see as
crucial to keeping the campaign afloat. - Cup in Europe website, full

Just when you thought being named the Rolex Yachtsman or Yachtswoman of the
Year meant something, here we come with the Scuttlebutt awards. Each month
we will determine who is worthy to be included, and then let you determine
the Scuttlebutt Sailor of the Month. At the end of the year, we will put
the monthly winners to a vote to see who deserves the coveted title of
Scuttlebutt Sailor of the Year.

Here are our picks for the month of April: Augie Diaz, for his triumphant
run at the Snipe Winter Circuit (1st-Midwinters, 1st-Don Q, 1st-Gamblin,
2nd-Bacardi); Ken Read, for his thrilling victory at the Grade 1 match race
event, the Congressional Cup; Matt Struble, for his complete domination at
the US Sailing Multihull Championship (aka, The Alter Cup); and Tito
Gonzalez for defeating fifty-nine boats to claim the Lightning World
Championship. Cast your vote at

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At a time when containers are being loaded with boats for the Pan Am Games,
it was announced over the weekend that, "…only the Olympic Classes i.e.,
Mistral Boards Masculine, Mistral Boards Feminine and Laser Masculine, will
be able to compete in the Sailing Event of the Pan American Games." This
has lead to some very strong language by some very angry people.

(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 Tom Farquhar: The quote from Mr. Schaumberg expresses a widely
held misconception about the tie-breaking system in the Racing Rules of
Sailing. Rule A8.1 does not permit the use of "excluded" scores for
breaking ties. However, rule A8.2 (formerly A8.3) does permit the use of an
excluded score if it happens to be in the last race of a series, or even
one of the prior races if the series tie cannot be broken by using the
scores from the last race.

* From Pat Healy: Jeff Progelhof's question about College Rankings and
Ken Legler's next day answer is an example of how the Intercollegiate
Sailing Association can improve the system by making the process more
transparent. Publish a short explanation from each panelist on the ICSA
website. As Ken showed, stating which regattas are used and how results
from different parts of the country were folded into the final list, goes a
long way to make the ranking more interesting, help uncoached college teams
identify the importing regattas and give high school sailors a handle on
the sometimes bewildering process. Hopefully this will be adopted at the
ICSA's Annual Meeting on June 1st in Detroit.

* From Chuck Barrett, Cal Sailing Team, 1987 (In response to Jeff
Progelhof): I don't know the precise criteria for the ranking, but one of
the major factors is that most of those high ranking teams have coaches.
There are a lot of college programs out there that are completely student
run. Many of them are not Varsity sports and are scraping by to keep 2-4
boats in racing form. You hoped that the people loaning you the launch
didn't start charging you for anything more than gas, or you wouldn't have
enough for new sails this year. We did manage some high national rankings
some years, but that is largely due to the efforts of a few talented
sailors who are willing to share their expertise with the rest of the team.
Travel was another major expense as there are only a few intersectionals
west of the Mississippi. It's a long way to go for most West Coast schools
to even get looked at by all those Eastern Coaches. Most College sailors
are definitely doing it for the love of the sport. Give 'em your support,
they could sure use it.

* From Charlie Shaw: Without attempting to minimize the fine performance
of the catamaran Afterburner in the recent Newport to Ensenada Race, it
should be noted that they were nearly three hours slower than the multihull
record of in 6 hours 46 minutes 40 seconds set by Steve Fossett sailing the
Stars & Strips soft-sail cat (non-AC version) in 1998 - the only time any
boat has finished before sundown. Afterburner's elapsed time was 9:40:21.

* From Bruce Thompson: I have been involved in running major races for
over a decade and can see the value in both Corinthian and hybrid sponsored
events. But I do not see much of a future for paid race committees. I can
testify that the Chicago NOOD regatta (approximately 300 offshore boats)
would not have grown to three separate circles without the support of other
yacht clubs besides the named sponsor, the Chicago Yacht Club. They receive
significant support from their neighboring yachts clubs, such as mine,
Chicago Corinthian. And it has been gratis! But our own regattas are
totally Corinthian. Volunteer PRO's and crews are the rule.

We run Wednesday night racing for about 50 boats in both JAM and spinnaker
classes. We get enough good marks for race management from the competitors
that our program continues to grow and attract people to the sport. A newby
can start racing JAM with a minimal investment, which opens the door to the
future. A paid RC would drive the cost through the roof and be the
beginning of the end. As to whether an amateur can handle a mark set boat,
I'm reminded of the decision by my friend Vlad Kobal to supervise the NOOD
regatta from a mark set boat. Good drivers are worth their weight in gold!

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