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SCUTTLEBUTT 1328 - May 13, 2003

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Once again, the entries for the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) have
eclipsed the previous year. The ARC2003 entry list closed after the 225th
yacht ­ the maximum number - was accepted Friday, 9 May, two weeks earlier
than last year's record breaker. Hopeful entries in this annual migration
across the Atlantic are now being placed onto a waiting list, and will only
be accepted as yachts already entered withdraw during the build up to the
start of the eighteenth ARC from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on 23 November.

The Port Authority of Las Palmas continue to improve facilities for yachts
with ambitious plans to double the marina capacity over the next three
years. We are also expanding the programme of social activities in St.
Lucia this year, with the help of a new local committee that has been
established with representatives from key organizations on the island. In
addition, the Las Palmas programme has been further refined following
feedback from previous years' participants to include a double-handed
workshop, a Children's Optimist Regatta and a number of other social events."

Oyster is back up to top spot as predominant maker in the fleet with a
total of 19 Oysters entered. Hallberg Rassy come a close second with 17
yachts, but Nautor Swan has dropped from their spot as most popular make
last year with 13 yachts, topped by Beneteau with a very healthy turn out
of 15 entries.

With two Volvo 60's, a Sydney 60 and four Farr 65's entered, the racing
division looks to be the one to watch this year. Several key players in the
world of yacht racing have also entered their own boats, including Peter
Harrison with his brand new 115ft cruising ketch and Vincenzo Onorato, part
of the Americas Cup Prada Syndicate, with his Swan 65, Mascalzone Latino XIV.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the ARC has attracted well in
excess of 200 yachts, and more than 20 different nations. The largest
nation, making up just over half the fleet is Great Britain, followed by
Germany and the USA. The ARC has also attracted entries from Russia and
Japan and two boats from Israel.

Swedish Match Tour leader Jes Gram-Hansen posted a 5-0 record on the
opening day of the Toscsana Elba Cup - Trofeo Locman on Italy's Isle of
Elba. "We had a good game plan going into today," said Gram-Hansen. "Steve
(Flam) was looking for wind pressure down the course and Rasmus (Kostner)
and I were calling tactics. It's great to be working together with them."

Posting four wins on the day, and also advancing to the quarterfinals, was
Sweden's Magnus Holmberg, helmsman for the Victory Challenge. Back with
Holmberg this week is his long-time tactician Stefan Rahm, who was absent
from the Congressional Cup as he recuperated from knee surgery.

The light air, which peaked at six knots, contributed to a quiet first day
for the umpires as well. There were no penalties assessed today, but chief
umpire Gerard Bosse is certain that the action, as well as the wind will
increase. "The breeze will be a bit stronger tomorrow and continue to build
throughout the week," said Bosse. "The clouds we had today affected the sea
breeze, but we're going to see more wind, and more action, as the crews get
more comfortable in the boats."

The 2003 Toscana Elba Cup - Trofeo Locman operates under a repechage format
and features a single round robin followed by quarterfinals, semifinals and
finals. The event has a total prize purse of 206,500 Euros with 77,500
Euros, as well as the specially designed event trophy, being awarded to the
winner. - Shawn McBride,

Group A Standings:
1.Jes Gram-Hansen, DEN/Team Victory Lane 5 -0
2.Magnus Holmberg, SWE/Team Holmberg 4 - 1
3.James Spithill, AUS/Team Spithill 3 - 2
4.Sebastien Destremau, Le Defi Areva 2 - 3
5.Jesper Radich, DEN/Team Radich 1 - 4
6.Andy Beadsworth, GBR/United Airlines Sailing Team 0 - 5

It's the middle of a regatta or distance race, and your masthead unit's
printed circuit board just packed it in, or you damaged the boatspeed
paddlewheel running over a crab pot, or the old display with dim lighting
just went dark, or the mast cable that might have been (probably was)
damaged during haulout last Fall has begun to act up. No problem. Why?
Because you contacted Ockam and put together a sensible spares kit for your
boat. Smart. Email Tom Davis ( or see the Ockam website for
your local dealer.

Last weekend 40 top skippers from around the world will be put through
their paces in the second major skipper selection stage for Challenge
Business' Global Challenge, which starts in September 2004. Calshot
Activity Centre, in Southampton, UK, was the setting for the weekend's
activities but, surprisingly, none of the assessment took place on the
water. Instead candidates will be tested on their personal, management and
leadership skills using a mix of mental and physical activities throughout
the intensive 2 days.

"This might all sound a bit strange," explains Simon Walker Challenge
Business' managing director, "but having the right credentials to skipper a
yacht in the Global Challenge is much more than being able to safely race a
yacht around the world. "It's also about personal, management and
leadership skills and managing the conflicting demands and expectations of
the crews, sponsors, Challenge Business and their own individual objectives."

It must rate as one of the most difficult jobs in the world, yet almost 350
people wanted to take up the Challenge. With the group already down to 40
men and women, they are competing for just twelve coveted places plus two
reserves. This final selected group of skippers will then race around the
world, sailing against prevailing winds and currents, with 17 crew, made up
of men and women from all walks of life. But the skippers will have no say
in the selection of their crew ­ that is all organized by Challenge
Business. -

In November 2002, ISAF Council approved a new Regulation 19.2(c)(ii), which
requires competitors participating in the:
- Olympic Regatta
- Regional Games approved by the IOC
- Events with `ISAF' in their title
- Olympic qualification events, and
- Graded Match Racing Events
to sign the Court of Arbitration for Sport waiver.

At the present time, the actual implementation of this Regulation is being
finalized. Therefore, unless otherwise stated in the Notice of Race or
Sailing Instructions, Regulation 19.2(c)(ii) is currently deferred. With
effect from 1 September 2003, all competitors will be required to comply
with Regulation 19.2(c)(ii).

ISAF will distribute full information on the requirement to sign the waiver
from the Court for Arbitration in Sport to Member National Authorities and
the Organising Committees of events subject to the Regulation. Full
information will also be published on the ISAF website.

Jay Sonnenklar and John Casey's Castrol came in well ahead of the 27-boat
fleet in the Tybee 500 - a 500 mile race for small multihulls from
Islamorada, FL to Tybee Island, GA. Tommy Bahama, Key Sailing and
Alexander's were running alongside of Castrol when Castrol decided to cut
back to shore in the light and dying southerly breeze. The other three
continued out toward the Gulf Stream, near Key Largo. By the time the trio
saw the breeze fill in by the shore, they were way back in mid-pack. The
second boat to the finish was Halsey Lidgard with Paul VanDyke and Brad
Cavanaugh. Fully Involved, skippered by Linda Bauman, with husband Les
crewing, finished in third spot. - Catamaran Sailor website,

Event website:

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Team racing's most storied trophy was claimed by the New Forest Pirates
over the weekend. Sailing as GBR 2 in the February's ISAF World
Championships in Auckland, the team was precluded from competing in the
final four because GBR 1 had a better overall record and the regatta rules
stated only one team per country could make the semifinals. This time
around, however, no such rule applied-four British and four American teams
made the quarterfinal round-and the New Forest Pirates won the Wilson
Trophy for the second straight year. The team they beat 3-0 in the finals
was none other than the reigning ISAF World Champions, the American
Whishbone team. - Grand Prix Sailor,

Event website:

* The 80-foot ketch Tempest - designed by Sparkman & Stephens, originally
built by Palmer Johnson in 1974 and rebuilt in 2000/01 - has joined the
fleet registered for this June's DaimlerChrysler North Atlantic Challenge,
a 3,600 nautical mile offshore race from Newport, R.I. to Cuxhaven, Germany
and on to Hamburg. It has been chartered by a syndicate of three partners:
Arthur Bugs Baer of Madison, Conn.; Dr. F. Karl Van Devender of Nashville,
Tenn.; and Dr. William A. Dunn of Stuart, Fla. -

* DynaYacht, the company that developed and patented the Canting Ballast
- Twin Foil (CBTF) technology has changed its name to CBTF Co. With two new
CBTF equipped maxZ86 class sloops under construction, President Chuck
Robinson said interest has exploded, which prompted the name change. "This
will allow us to more rapidly expand CBTF into the production cruising boat
and mega-yacht market," he said. In addition to movable ballast, CBTF
features two moveable foils - positioned fore and aft at the optimum point
of a moving hull's wave form - which provide the steering and anti-leeway

Next week, from 21-25 May 2003, the Mid-Year Meetings of the International
Sailing Federation (ISAF) will take place in Oslo, Norway. Key discussion
items at Council will include submissions deferred from previous meetings,
including, ISAF Relationship with Continental Sailing Associations and
consideration of bid from Great Britain to host the 2006 ISAF Youth Sailing
World Championship; approval of the new Anti-Doping Code which will be
effective 1 January 2004; consideration of the Court of Arbitration for
Sport Waiver; revised Olympic Classes Contract; participation at World
Championships; approval of the 2002 Accounts and finalization of the 2003
Budget, amongst many other issues.

The Events Committee will focus on reports on current ISAF events including
the ISAF Sailing World Championships, Team Racing World Championship and
Youth Sailing World Championship, a report from the Olympic Equipment
Selection Working Party who have undertaken an objective appraisal on how
the event and equipment used for each event at the Olympic Regatta have met
the ISAF criteria for the selection of Olympic Events and Equipment, a
presentation on a electronic system for detection of OCS (on course side),
a report from the working party on the selection of events for the 2008
Olympic Regatta (note: the selection of events for the 2008 Olympics will
take place in November 2003, with the equipment selected in November 2004),
an update on the development of Ice Sailing, amongst many other issues.

All agenda papers are available on the ISAF website at -

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As earlier reported in Scuttlebutt (Issue 1316), internationally known
sailor, author and television commentator Gary Jobson has been recently
diagnosed with lymphoma. Since that time, nearly five hundred notes had
been posted on a get-well card that had been on the Scuttlebutt website. On
behalf of Gary and his family, we here at Scuttlebutt headquarters want to
thank all our readers who contributed their incredible stories of hope and
encouragement. We have removed the get-well card off the website to provide
Gary a chance to get caught up, and will provide you an update on his
condition when it becomes available. If you missed Rich Robert's original
article on Gary's health, it's at

(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 Bob Merrick (Re: Carl Schellback's question): US teams qualified
for the Athens test event (aka: Pre-Olympics) by wining the Pre-Trials
regatta. This is a process that mimics the actual US Olympic qualification.
You will be hard pressed to find a US Olympic class sailor that doesn't
think the American qualification process is the best and most fair in the
world. With regards to the fact that Alison/ Leech/ Icyda are already in
Europe, other Yngling teams would also be there if it were not for shipping
problems. I'm sure we will see more US Yngling teams racing in Europe later
this spring. Sailing Medallist has write ups from all of the Pre-Trials

Curmudgeon's Comment: It should be noted that Bob Merrick is a US Olympic
Silver Medallist.

* From Jeff Tompkins: According to their sponsor list, Gull Lake YC has
raised over $100,000 in sponsorship fees for the Star Western Hemisphere
regatta. How in the world could you possibly spend that much on a regatta?
I want to be invited to the regatta committee wrap-up party! More power to

* From Alistair Cowen: Very disappointed that you chose to print Greg
Christie's letter with regard to the capsize of the Yacht "Excalibur" and
the subsequent tragic loss of life. Not only did his letter show a lack of
understanding of Australian east coast conditions, but was factually
inaccurate and insulting to the families of those who perished. Mr Christie
should perhaps wait until the coroners report is published. I would also
direct him to an article written by one of the survivors in a recent
edition of Australian Sailing. There are a lot of factors involved in any
tragedy. Blaming the victim in this case is both incorrect and inappropriate.

* From Phil Coveny: I'm a Kiwi and probably reflect the position of a lot
of my countrymen as I cringe when I see our "dirty washing" discussed
seemingly endlessly around the world. In reply though to the posting of
Mike Titgemeyer in 'Butt 1326 remember that the TNZ challenge had a large
proportion of public money invested in it so there is a duty to explain to
the investors where things went wrong. Off course, as it was also said in
the same 'Butt issue, such (public) explanations are newsworthy and so they
are splashed about for all to see.

As far as I know this was the only campaign so funded. No doubt Oracle and
the other losing syndicates have had similar moratoria, possibly equally
negative but no-one outside the syndicate gets to read anything. As to
other NZ sources dealing out rough statements to ex and current team
members they are often very parochial comments from, largely, non-yachties.
There is still a large section of the NZ yachting community who are very
proud of our sailors whoever they sail for.

* From Bill MacNeill: I am so sick of the "Loyal" NZers who keep
insisting that TNZ's "secrets" were stolen or their former crews were
bought. Other than Coutts, Butterworth ,et al., I did not think that the
Alinghi syndicate stole anything. I thought that One World was accused of

Coutts served NZ well prior to 2003 and only left because they
thought they could do it better than everyone else, which they proved. They
should be honored by the people of New Zealand. If not for them, the cup
would not have been there in the first place!

* From Mike Blecher, (re: Jeremy Pape's letter relating how tired he was
of reading about this past Americas Cup and TNZ's 'issues'): See? See,
Curmudgy? I'm not the only one who feels this way! There's a bunch of us
out here that are just plain done with this subject, even if it does happen
to be "Sailing's Premeir Spectacle!" I say, let's move on. Summer's almost
here, there's a whole lot of other sailing going on, and we should let
these crybabies deal with their disappointments (as well as their next
career moves) in private.

If Scuttlebutt, with its huge sailing readership doesn't give this subject
a rest, that same sailing audience might end up burned out on the subject
in time for the next go 'round. It would certainly be a shame if ESPN and
OLN also felt that America's Cup coverage could be saturated. We might end
up watching re runs of county championship basketball, or turkey hunting
shows, or (for heaven's sake) more powerboat racing.

Curmudgeon's Comment: Judging by the e-mail I'm receiving, Mike and Jeremy
definitely seem to be in the minority on this issue. But Mike (and others)
should remember that Scuttlebutt is like a buffet table - it's OK to skip
over the things that don't interest you.

* From Alan Blunt: In the progress report on Great America II, 'Butt
1327, Rich Wilson mentioned the problem of inspecting a cotter pin that had
been coated in silicon to prevent chafe. Not only is it difficult to
inspect, it's almost impossible to remove. Silicon gets between the legs so
they cannot be closed sufficiently for extraction. (This is a problem with
overbent cotter pins as well.) Make your boat safe in case of a dismasting
and only spread cotter pins 15º. If chafe is a problem cover the pin with
easily removed tape.

Also, re the Curmudgeon's Observation, in Butt 1326 - the only way I know
of to nail Jello to a tree is to freeze it first. Can I do this to a teenager?

Why do they call the boats that push barges, 'tug' boats?