SCUTTLEBUTT 1334 - May 21, 2003
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Following a strong lobby from sailing officials, the President of the Pan
American Sports Organizations has confirmed that the Sailing has received a
one-time exemption that will allow events with a "technical equivalent" to
those disciplines scheduled for the 2004 Olympic Regatta to remain. Pending
approval from the U.S. Olympic Committee, all of the sailing events that
were initially planned for the 2003 Pan Am Games will continue to be held
with the exception of the Lightning Class.
A letter from US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee chair Fred Hagedorn
stated, "I am sure that all of you share our disappointment in the loss of
the Lightning at the 2003 Pan Am Games. Though we are delighted that all of
our efforts to fight the initial decision of the PASO were, for the most
part successful, we are still saddened that the PASO would take such a
draconian action in eliminating the Lightning with less than 3 months to go
before the event.
"We will continue to fight for the Lightning, though the likelihood of
success is very low at this point. Regardless of our success in reinstating
the Lightning in the 2003 Pan Am Games.
Full letter: http://snipeus.org/snipedroppings/sd051903.htm
Listed below by are the members of the USA's 2003 Pan Am Games
Team-Sailing, who will compete August 1-17, 2003, in Santo Domingo,
- Hobie 16 (open doublehanded catamaran) Paul Hess and Mary Ann Hess
- Laser (men's singlehanded dinghy) Benjamin Richardson
- Laser Radial (women's singlehanded dinghy) - Sally Barkow
- Mistral Men (men's windsurfer) - Peter Wells
- Mistral Women (women's windsurfer) - Lanee Butler
- Snipe (substituting for 49er) Henry Filter /Lisa Griffith
- Sunfish (open singlehanded dinghy) Jeff Linton
- J/24 (substituting for Star) Tim Healy / Nick Judson / Gordon Borges
/ Davenport Crocker
All of the sailors who qualified for the 2003 Pan Am Games Team-Sailing,
including Lightning sailors Brian Taboada (Island Heights, N.J.), Theresa
Parker Colantuono (Portsmouth, R.I.) and Ryan Dunn (Brick, N.J.), become
members of the 2003 US Sailing Team. - Jan Harley, www.ussailing.org/Olympics/
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WITH RESPECT TO SQUARE RIGGER - Bill Biewenga
Although not aboard for this record attempt, I sailed on Great American II
with Rich Wilson on his San Francisco to Boston and New York to Melbourne
record passages. One element that has been overlooked is the fact that the
G A II records are designed as multidisciplinary education programs. The
primary mission is to bring K - 12 education alive.
A unique aspect of the Great American II voyage is its Newspaper in
Education program. Rich and his office produce a 1/4 page weekly piece that
is distributed to contracted newspapers which publish it in the full run of
their paper. On the day of publication each week, a classroom set of 25
papers is distributed to teachers who have signed up. Thus, reaching both
schoolchildren and the general readership is guaranteed.
This time, the following newspapers are publishing the 11 part weekly
series. The numbers represent some of the teachers guaranteed to receive
the classroom sets. LA Times (680), SF Chronicle (170), Seattle Times
(529), Baltimore Sun (100), NY Newsday (50), Hartford Courant (150), Boston
Herald (150), Eagle Tribune (165). The total readership of these papers is
about 9 million. Through this mechanism (used on such programs as PACT95
for the America's Cup, over 2,000 teachers, 19 million weekly readers),
Rich has raised awareness of sailing while bringing education alive. When
the public is educated about the mariners who preceded us, it only raises
our respect for the efforts of those who have gone before. - Bill Biewenga
TEAM NEW ZEALAND
The (New Zealand) Government's offer of up to $34 million for another
America's Cup challenge has received a decisive thumbs-down in an opinion
poll taken in the past week. The greatest number, 43 per cent of those
polled, believed no public money should be provided for another challenge.
A further 25 per cent of the New Zealand Herald -DigiPoll survey would
prefer the Government to contribute a lower amount. Only 11 per cent would
like to see a larger grant.
Following the cup loss this summer Sports Minister Trevor Mallard said up
to $34 million could be provided to support Team New Zealand's fund-raising
if it decided to mount another challenge. The decision is expected by the
end of the year.
The survey of 802 eligible voters nationwide found opposition to investment
of public money in the cup increased markedly with age. Of voters under 40
years of age, 38.8 per cent were opposed. In the 40-60 age bracket, 41.4
per cent were against the idea and 55.9 per cent of over 60s wanted no
taxpayers' money given to the challenge.
Opinion was more sharply divided among men than women. More men than women
supported a larger grant, but more men were also opposed to public money
going to the cup. A larger number of women would be happy to see the team
given something less than the $34 million offered. Nearly 20 per cent would
be content to see a challenge given the same amount as previously. - New
Zealand Herald, full story:
Buddy Melges sailing with Tony Jewett, Katie Jewett and Chris Andert won
the 2003 Lake Geneva Spring E-Scow Regatta in decisive fashion, being the
only boat to stay in the top ten every race during the five race event.
Fleets from as far as Colorado, New Jersey, Michigan, Indiana joined the
locals from Wisconsin and Minnesota. Winds were moderate to heavy from the
East with brilliant sunny skies and temperatures were in the 60's and 70's
- ideal spring racing conditions.
Tony Jewett commented on sailing with Buddy Melges, "He was completely calm
and cool, Buddy was pulling off amazing moves and saying "Did ya see that,
did you see how I did that!". Tony asked him on the second day what he was
thinking about going into the last day with a seven point lead, "I am
thinking about getting home this afternoon and taking a nap".
Final results (41 boats): 1. Buddy Melges, 17, 2. Gordy Bowers, 24, 3. Jim
Gluek, 30, 4. Art Brereton, 34, 5. Brian Porter, 34. -
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Fine sunny weather has returned to Newport after two weeks of chilly, damp
conditions, but the warm sunshine is having a hard time keeping the gloom
out of the air. The Around Alone fleet is disbanding and moving on.
Solidaires has left for France, Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America for New
York. Bobst Group Armor lux is already half way across the Atlantic. In the
next few days Pindar will leave for Europe under new management. The boat
has been chartered to a French sailor for two years that will include
another solo circumnavigation. Only the Tiscali crew remain hard at work
getting the mast repaired and the boat ready for their trip across the pond
Out on the water Derek Hatfield has now passed the halfway stage of Leg 5
and is making great progress towards Newport. "I have passed the halfway
point and now have less than 2000 miles to go to the finish," he wrote.
"For the past four days the trade winds have really helped us along."
Unfortunately for Hatfield the fine sailing will not last all the way to
Newport. He too will have to face the transitions zone between the trade
winds of the Caribbean and the frontal systems that come off the eastern
seaboard of the United States. - Brian Hancock, Around Alone website, full
For Spirit of Canada updates: www.spiritofcanada.net
G'day, mates, and no worries, say three Australian entries already signed
up for the 2,225-nautical mile romp from Los Angeles to Honolulu. The
turnout from Down Under features William Rawson's Helsal II, an Adams 60
from Melbourne; Rod Skellet's Krakatoa, a Young 32 from Sydney, and James
and Jenny Neill's The Cone of Silence, an Australian Super 30 from Newport,
New South Wales. All have extensive ocean racing records, including the
Additionally, from Hong Kong, Karl Kwok's new Farr-designed Transpac 52,
Beau Geste, is on a ship from New Zealand bound for California. The crew
includes Gavin Brady and several other world-class Kiwi sailors. Entries
currently total 60, which would be the most since 64 boats sailed in 1985.
- Sail-world website, full story: http://www.sail-world.com/
Event website: http://www.transpacificyc.org/
VANGUARD 15 MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP
Severn Sailing Association, Annapolis, MD - Final results after ten races
with one discard (40 boats):
1. Mike Buckley, 33.00 pts
2. Chris Ashley, 36.00
3. John Mollicone, 67.00
4. Ryan Costello, 68.00
5. Geoff Becker, 71.00
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* Today the 19th SPA Regatta begins in Medemblik, the Netherlands. 864
boats and 1,200 competitors representing 60 nations, including 16 world
champions, will compete in the eleven Olympic classes. In the Star class,
the Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists from the Sydney Olympic came to the
Netherlands to compete.- www.sparegatta.org/2003
* IMS appears to be alive and well … in Europe. Right now there are
presently 63 boats racing in the IMS Rolex World Championship in the
Mediterranean. - http://www.yccs.it/index.asp
* The third biennial Charleston to Bermuda Race was supposed to field a
record 20 starters, according to pre-race publicity, but only six boats
made the start from the South Carolina port on Saturday for the 777-mile
Gulf Stream crossing. - Sail Magazine website, full story:
Event website: http://www.charlestontobermuda.com/
CHALLENGE MONDIAL ASSISTANCE
Standings at 0400 GMT on May 21:
1. Groupama, 10.2 miles from finish
2. Banque Populaire, 32.8 mff
3. Bonduelle, 71.4 mff
4. Géant 74.9 mff
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* From Peter Epstein: I was rather disappointed with the publication of
the letter sent by Scott McLeod to the sailors on the match racing tour.
Should Scutlebutt stoop to fuelling this disagreement publicly before a
resolution is negotiated? Letters and arguments posed by Mr. McLeod are
inflammatory and may contain inaccuracies that aid his argument yet tarnish
those of the ISAF and its hard working executive. While often there are
issues within any bureaucracy, there are often reasonable explanations for
the positions taken. Please continue Scuttlebutt's excellent reporting of
situations, events, and developments in sailing but do not get involved in
disagreements by only publishing one side of the argument! It is balance in
journalism that readers anticipate; the stories behind the controversy, not
the petty "He said, She said."
* From Grady Foster: Tell you what, let's reduce this thing to the
basics. All you hot shots, get on a Sunfish, class rules, and duke it out.
Sometimes, we are so wrapped up in PHRF ratings, IOR, etc, we forget what
it is we were seeking. After years of this, someone finagled me back to a
basic fish. I'm 6 inches off the water, taking waves over the bow, hiking
my 67 yr old butt over the edge, aching in every joint, and screaming
ooooooweeeeee! It costs the price of a halyard for a Mumm 30, and in this
time of instant pleasure, gives all of it. Sunfish Rule!
* From Alon Finkelstein: It's pretty clear that Mr Tyrrel and most likely
Mr Champ have never been to a team racing event. I suggest that they do
before passing judgment on the merits of this format of racing. It's
without question the most fun you can have in a boat, and until you have
sailed in one of the events or watched from the grand-stand, you simply
Most team racers that I know are not motivated by marketing, the media or
turning pro. They do it because it represents the pinnacle of tactical
sailing, skillful boat handling, camaraderie and friendship between
competitors and most of all the enjoyment they derive from close,
hard-fought and fair racing. Get to an event and see for yourself!
* From Pete Levesque: The 54th Wilson Trophy marked only my second trip
to the storied event. As is the case with almost anyone on their first trip
to the Wilson, I was completely blown away by the excitement that overtook
the town. Once my team was eliminated I went to the seawall and eventually
the grandstands to join in the spectating and some heckling. When I arrived
in the crowd of onlookers, I was pleasantly surprised to hear an elderly
woman calling for a sailor on the local team to trap a Yankee at the
windward mark. Similarly, I overheard young children cheering their mothers
and fathers in a close race.
As a sailor you have the excitement of the crowd roaring with disapproval
when they feel an umpire call has gone the wrong way. You can also hear the
regatta commentator (Legler) getting the crowd going with cheers and jeers
at and for the competitors' expense.
Team racing in small, slow boats, colored from waterline to mast head in
team colors, close to shore with a commentator makes for extremely easy
viewing and understanding (at the Wilson eliminated competitors do so over
a beer or two).
A semi-controlled sailing environment at the Wilson makes for anything but
artificial conditions. Team racing is more of a sailing game where tactics
often rule out over strategy. It is like chess where all the pieces have a
mind of their own.
* From Mike Martin (edited to our 250-word limit): Many people complain
that sailing is more successful as a spectator sport. There are a couple of
reason for this. First, sailboats are not that fast, they are simply not
that not that exciting to watch. Secondly, Sailing has been developed over
the years with the competitor in mind. We would rather sail on courses in
open water away from headlands. From a sailors point of view these are
great conditions, from a spectator's point of view they are not.
A successful shot at spectator sailing are the 18 foot skiffs, which
provide both the excitement of speed and spectator friendly venues. The 18s
are exciting to watch not only because they are fast, but because they look
like they are going fast. An 18 foot boat going 25mph looks like it is
going faster that a 80 footer going 25mph just as a private jet looks like
it is going faster than 747 at the same speed. Not to mention that most of
the boat is out of the water the majority of the time. The racing is easy
to follow since the boats are all logo covered and the courses are very
close to shore. Oh yea ,and for the NASCAR in all of us they tend to crash
a lot. So if you want to see some exciting sailing check out some of the
sailing that is intended to be spectated.
* From Rick Nelson: I for one would like to donate to the kiwi Blue Water
Black Magic memorial, as I was thrilled when Black Magic won the cup.
Please post any information as to where I might send a check. Americans
love to root for the underdog, and Sir Peter Blake and crew did not
disappoint. Sir Peter provided a true Corinthian atmosphere, on the water
and off, and I would hope most sailors feel proud about their sport and
their actions on the water in part because of him.
Curmudgeon's Comment: We hope to have information about private donations
to the Blue Water Black Magic memorial in tomorrow's issue.
THE CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATION
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