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SCUTTLEBUTT 1327 - May 12, 2003

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September 12 - Auckland may not have seen the last of the America's Cup
billionaires. Oracle BMW Racing chief executive Chris Dickson last night
confirmed that a feasibility study is being conducted into basing American
software magnate Larry Ellison's new team in Auckland, even though the next
cup will be sailed in Europe.

Dickson told the Herald last night that he would love the syndicate to set
up camp here. "As a New Zealander I would much rather Larry Ellison spent
his millions in New Zealand than in Europe - or some of them. "It's one of
the possibilities that I'm exploring. My task is to plan the campaign for
Larry Ellison and put options to him."

* One advantage of being based in Auckland rather than the United States
or Europe may be cost. A team would be able to sail on the Hauraki Gulf for
much of the year, only traveling to the eventual European venue for
training during the Northern Hemisphere summer.

Dickson, who was Ellison's skipper for most of the last regatta, said he
had no idea yet if Oracle would be able to keep a base at the Viaduct. The
future of the publicly owned land that housed some of the syndicates has
yet to be finalized. "The advantage from my point of view is I'm a Kiwi and
I live here," said Dickson. "We have to weigh up all the pros and cons ...
to see if we can make sense for him." - Helen Tunnah. NZ Herald, full

Following the completion of the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Francaise
(Hyeres Week) the latest ISAF World Sailing Rankings for Olympic Classes
have been issued. The top ranked North American sailors include:

- Yngling: 1. Betsy Allison/Suzy Leech/ Lee Icyda, USA; 5. Hannah Swett/
Melissa Purdy/ Joan Touchette, USA; 14. Carol Cronin/ Liz Filter/ Bridget
Hallawell, USA; 18 Jody Swanson/ Cory Sertl/ Elizabeth Kratzig, USA.
- 470 Woman: 13. Jennifer Provan/ Nikola Girke, CAN, 15. Katie McDowell/
Isabelle Kinsolving, USA.
- 49er: 17. Tim Wadlow/ Pete Spaulding, USA; 20. Andy Mack/ Adam Lowry, USA.
- Europe: 16. Meg Gaillard, USA.
- Star: 2. Mark Reynolds/ Maagnus Liljedahl, USA; 18. George Szabo/
Austin Sperry, USA.

Complete rankings:

May 11, 2003 - The 2003 Mallory Trophy was won by Point Loma High School.
Hosted at Dartmouth College, the team from San Diego won the event by 86
points over their home town rivals the University of San Diego High School.
Point Loma Sailors won both divisions of the 28 race regatta.

The Dartmouth College venue offered 20 Flying Junior Sailboats for the 20
High School Teams to compete on Lake Mascoma. Teams qualified for the
Mallory Trophy, the Interscholastic Sailing Association National Dinghy
Championship, by district. There are seven districts in the country that
make up the ISSA. Each district is awarded berths based on membership.
There are more than 300 schools and more than 3000 sailors that compete in
high school sailing annually.

Final results: 1. Point Loma HS, 113; 2. University of San Diego HS, 199;
3. Toms River HS, 203; 4. Newport Harbor HS, 222; 5. St. George HS, 225.-

Apart from being three of the fastest boats in the World, what have
Playstation (Steve Fossett), Geronimo (Olivier de Kersauson) and
Kingfisher2 (Ellen MacArthur) got in common? All have chosen Musto Clothing
to keep them warm and dry, and have all done so for many years. Why do they
stay with Musto? Because it works: whether trying to stay cool in the
Doldrums or hammering along at 35 knots in the Southern Ocean. It will work
for you too (you don't have to have a giant multihull to qualify!).

The Etchells North American Championship finished Saturday with only one
race competed in the last day of racing, for a total of three races for the
series (four are required to make a championship). The regatta was
dominated by an unstable air mass over the eastern US which brought
thunderstorms, showers, and random wind directions throughout the four
scheduled race days. Fifty eight boats from the US, Canada, Great Britain
and Hong Kong competed.

Final results:
1. Paul Sustronk/Robbie Kidd, Oakville, ON - 6, 4, 10 - 20 pts.
2. Steve Girling, Westport, CT - 13, 1, 7 - 21 pts.
3. Bruce/Glenn Burton, Detroit, MI - 12, 2, 9 - 23 pts.
4. Marvin Beckmann, Houston, TX - 3, 23, 5 - 31 pts.
5. Mark Thornburrow/Tim Parsons, Hong Kong - 7, 24, 1 - 32 pts.
6. Jud Smith, Marblehead, MA - 1, 21, 12 - 34 pts.
7. Hans Fogh, Toronto, CA - 9, 3, 24 - 36 pts.
8. Dennis Connor, San Diego, CA - 20, 13, 3 - 36 pts.
9. Larry Creaser/Erik Kopper, Halifax, NS - 28, 7, 2 - 37 pts.
10. Peter Duncan, Rye, NY - 23, 14, 4 - 41 pts.

Complete standings for the three races are at:

Around Alone skipper Alan Paris on Open 40 BTC Velocity reached across the
finish line Sunday in a rising 20 knot breeze at 20:22:08 GMT (16:22:08
local time) after 202 days, 11 hours, 9 minutes and 52 seconds racing, of
which 196 days were spent at sea. Paris becomes the first Bermudian to
achieve a solo circumnavigation. He also takes fifth place overall in Class
2 of Around Alone 2002-03.

The last skipper left out on the race course is Canadian Derek Hatfield on
Spirit of Canada, who has literally skirted around the 'bump of Brazil' and
is now finally in the trades. His ETA is for the end of May, some weeks
after the Around Alone prizegiving at the Museum of Yachting on May 17. -
Mary Amber,

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* Sam Davies' 2003 Figaro Campaign will be sponsored by Skandia, the long
term sponsors of Cowes Week. A new 32 foot Figaro Beneteau race boat was
officially named 'Skandia' by Ellen MacArthur in Cherbourg. Twenty eight
year old Sam is the rising star of the Offshore Challenges Sailing Team,
following hot on the heels of Nick Moloney and Ellen MacArthur. Her big aim
is the French dominated Figaro circuit, a series of 6 two-up and solo
events that culminate with the Solitaire du Figaro - 2000 single-handed
miles between France, Ireland and Spain. Sam will be the first British
female to compete on the Figaro circuit since 1976.

* Dublin Bay, Ireland - The Hamble River Sailing Club won the Chubb
Insurance Team Racing Challenge, beating the Storm Trisail team (USA) into
second place with two races to spare. The top Irish sailor Tim Goodbody
sailing with the Sigma Class Association took third place ahead of the New
York YC team. -

* Any remaining Scuttlebutt readers who have not tired of the Kiwis press
beating up on TNZ will undoubtedly enjoy Gordon McLauchlan's editorial in
the NZ Herald.

The trimaran Great American II has crossed the equator and is was inching
north in the doldrums looking for the north-easterly tradewinds that will
speed her on her way to New York On Sunday skipper Rich Wilson reported his
vessel at 2 deg 38 min north, 27 deg 52 min west, and averaging just four
knots. In the previous 24 hours, the record-seekers had only covered 81
miles. Wilson said there were frequent changes in wind direction.
"Yesterday we had no wind in the afternoon and later west wind in the
bottom half of the mainsail and east wind in the top half. We rolled up the
jib to reduce wear and tear."

Wilson and his crew Rich du Moulin are also remaining vigilant for wear and
tear during their 15,000 mile voyage. A broken piece of a cotter pin they
found near the foot of the mast, sent Wilson up the rig for a
fitting-by-fitting inspection. "I went aloft to inspect everything, taking
several replacements of the same size. Each pin is covered with silicone
goo to guard against chafe so it was hard to see if all of each pin was
there. To the best of what I could see, there are no missing pieces of
cotter pins up there. I will cross my fingers, and hold my breath, until
New York."

To beat the Sea Witch record of 74 days 14 hours, Great American II must
finish off New York's Ambrose Light Tower before 2:00 PM, on May 29 - Keith

Final results after five races and one throwout (65 boats):
1. IRL, Mark Mansfield / Killian Collins, 8
2. SWE, Fredrik Lööf / Anders Ekstrom, 13
3. FRA, Philippe Presti / Jean-Philippe Saliou, 25
4. GER, Michael Koch / Markus Koy, 25
5. ESP. José Maria van der Ploeg / Pablo Arrarte Elorza, 28
13. CAN, Ross Macdonald / Kai Bjorn, 48
Event website:

What began as J Boats' family-friendly entry model for its sprit boat range
(26'-53') is now ISAF recognized with 600 boats in 12 countries. The 2003
Worlds are in Fort Worth, TX Oct 11-17, and a special package is currently
available from J Boats. -

The USA's Morgan Larson is back in the 49er after a three year layoff.
Larson teamed up with a new crew, Adam Koch, to win the first leg of the
five leg 49er Grand Prix in Cannes, France. The overall conditions tested
the light weather skills of 11 crews from 7 different nations. Larson/ Koch
sailed a very consistent series, with a worst placing of 3rd after
throw-outs. Second was won on a countback by Michael Hestbek/ Dennis
Andersen (DEN), from Dalton Bergan/Zack Maxam (USA). The next leg of the
circuit will see sailors travel to the European skiff dream location of
Lake Garda in Italy from 15-18 May. -

(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 Carl Schellbach: Not to belittle Hannah Swett & crew's
accomplishments and the congratulations due for them getting the invite to
sail the Athens regatta, but I'm a bit confused. Betsy Allison & crew are
now ranked #1 by ISAF and US Sailing, with Hannah and crew ranked #5 by
ISAF (as of yesterday - #4 previously) and #4 by US Sailing. One would
think that with these rankings and with Betsy and crew in Europe already,
it would make a lot of sense to send them to this regatta. How are these
teams selected?

* From Brian Hancock (Re: Great American II): I invite Ken Brooke to look
beyond the comparison between hemp and Kevlar, between the sextant and GPS.
Through my offshore experience, singlehanded and crewed, I know what a
truly difficult task Rich Wilson and Rich du Moulin have set themselves.
But aside from that, remember that the record is merely the peg that Wilson
hangs his education hat on. This guy has brought the sailing experience and
its attendant life lessons to more people in the US than anyone I can think
of. His own web site ( takes his message to millions and has
done over the years including his last two record attempts and for PACT 95.
This former math teacher has pioneered a unique way to bring his real-world
adventures to the classroom while getting in some serious sea-time. More
power to him.

* From Paul V. Monaci: I completely agree with the comments regarding the
Saturday abandonment of races in San Diego. While it was rough out there,
it was not reported to be much worse than we might see when the Gulch is
really working in Long Beach. And of course to make matters worse, by 1:00
pm the scattered front broke to a steady wind around 15 knots and enough
sun for many crew to be hanging in the pool and jacuzzi at the hotel. Not
exactly how we wanted to spend the day when we had come to race!

* From Jeff Johnson, Race Administrator, San Diego Yacht Club (In
response to John McBrearty in Butt 1326) Re: the PHRF 4 boat at the
Yachting Cup: A couple of factual corrections - 1. The PHRF 4 boat
referenced was actually a Beneteau 40.7 sailing in their own one design
fleet. 2. This particular 40.7 was over a leg behind the next 40.7 and was
the last boat on the course. The other 63 boats from that circle were
sailing in. At the weather mark, they were 1.5 nm upwind and closer to the
harbor than the finish line. The idea was to extend a courtesy to the
competitor. 3. They chose to sail the course and the markset boat was on
station to take their finish time and give them a horn. 4. We applauded
their effort and they thanked us for giving them a finish.

RE: The cancellation of racing on Saturday: .These sort of things are like
politics - everyone has an opinion, and the debate over this issue could go
on and on. The PRO in charge did what he thought was prudent. We worked to
make it up on shore that afternoon with extended party hours and the
following day we squeezed in an extra race. We have reviewed the weather
issues and would approach the same situation differently next time, but
this is not to say the outcome would be any different.

* From Troy A. Sears: I was event chairman for Yachting Cup this year and
can announce that we are reviewing very closely the events from last
Saturday. SDYC will be holding internal meetings to discuss and improve the
process in which races will be postponed or abandoned. SDYC has one of the
finest RC's in the world and we will learn from last Saturday's events. We
will be discussing the results of these meetings with all the participants
via e-mail and realize that we owe the sailors who came a full report. We
also realize that we disappointed hundreds that came to the regatta and
will need to enhance the event next year to maintain Yachting Cup's status.

* From Wallace Tobin: The recent emphasis on sponsorship might have a
bearing on the moaning and groaning in your columns from those castigating
TNZ. New Zealand has not lost its honor, a war, or any citizens' lives in
the America's Cup although the furor is appropriate for such calamities. It
was a sailboat race! Too late to go back, but this fuss would not have
erupted in the amateur 12-meter era.

* From Rob Hahn: I'm confused by this "investigation" of TNZ. Did the
Kiwi public demand it? Did they demand it for any of the earlier Kiwi teams
that failed to win the AC? Is building one of the two fastest boats in the
AC fleet a crime in New Zealand? This all seems a bit overdone. Maybe my
memory fails me, but I don't recall any past team having to undergo this
sort of public witch-hunt following the loss of the Cup. No one owns this
trophy, and it's very hard to keep - ask Dennis Conner. We should remind
New Zealand that in order to lose the America's Cup, you must first have
won it.

* From Dean Hubbard: I had to read John Kostecki's words twice: "It's
going to make it a lot harder on the crew. It's a bigger boat and will be
harder to handle. The bigger boat will be a lot more demanding. It was a
tough race before and I think the next will be tougher." Having followed
Emma Richards "Around Alone" race I think the best tip I can give John is
to get a crew of thirteen girls for the VO 60 race.

* From Greg Christie: I would like to make a couple of observations with
regard to the capsize of the Yacht "Excalibur" and the subsequent tragic
loss of life. 1) The keel foil failure approximately 600 mm beneath the
hull indicates poor casting and tempering quality. The yacht was built not
by qualified boatbuilders but by a company whose expertise rests in
building brickworks and meatworks' machinery.

2) The yacht was being delivered southwards at a time of year when
conditions are never particularly "user-friendly", and being close inshore
with the ability to "duck into port" and hide from passing vicious fronts
can only be seen to be prudent, why then was Excalibur sailing 40 miles

3) Given the pressures that the most experienced delivery crews receive
from owners, and that they had to push on regardless into atrocious
conditions for a timeframe of possibly 2 days, why were all members of the
crew on deck when the yacht capsized, when a double tethered crew of 2 on
deck with the others below getting rested and warm, should have been the
approach?. How did they expect to last out the conditions with everyone

I hate to make this conclusion, but I believe that incompetent seamanship
is more the reason for these tragedies, rather than lack of adequate safety
equipment, drills and systems. Accidents do happen, but we can do
everything possible to avoid these before recklessly relying upon our
safety systems. Surely a sound decision is the safest system of all.

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