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SCUTTLEBUTT 1340 - May 30, 2003

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Ginny Lovell and others have recently highlighted the disparity in funding
of our USA Sailors who are campaigning for the Olympic and Paralympic Games
and the sailors of other countries, most notably the GBR. US Sailing, and
its Olympic Sailing Committee, is painfully aware of this disparity, and
has teamed up with the US Sailing Foundation to initiate a campaign to
raise funds to assist the sailors.

These solicitation letters will be going out over the next month and our
goal this year is to raise in excess of $250,000. Next year the goal will
be to raise $500,000. This is a drop in the bucket compared with the
$10,000,000 annual budget of the GBR, but it is a 20% increase for 2003 and
a 40% increase over our current dollars for 2004. We don't get government
subsidies in the USA, so we must turn to the sailors of the USA and ask for
their assistance and commitment to our country's sailors!

If you want more information on how to help us raise these funds, please
contact Hortensia S. Hacker, Treasurer of the USSF at We recognize that fundraising is a drain on our
athletes, we want to ease that burden as quickly as possible, but we will
only be able to do so with the direct support and assistance of the US
sailing community. - Fred Hagedorn, Chairman of the US Olympic Sailing

Sailors who to support this effort may make a tax-deductible donation

Jonathan McKee and four of the leaders from the first leg were penalised
for missing a mark at the opening stage of the leg north from La Rochelle.
"There was bad visibility. It wasn't a turning mark, it was more of a
channel mark," commented McKee. While the race committee were threatening
to throw out those who had missed in the mark, in the event McKee was given
a time penalty of four hours - so he is still the winner of leg one of the
Mini Pavois. (On Leg Two, McKee's Team McLube crossed the finish line in
the Breton port of Douarnanez early Wednesday morning - three hours ahead
of the second placed boat ASNQ of Spanish competitor Pascal Doin.)

From here McKee is now en route back home to Seattle to consolidate with
his family. He will not be taking part in the Mini Fastnet race but will be
back in mid-July to compete in the Open Demi Cle from Locmiquélic to Port
Bourgenay and in the final major event of the season prior to the
transatlantic race, the Transgascoigne from Port Bourgenay to Gijon and
back. - From an in-depth interview with McKee posted on the Daily Sail
website. Full interview:

In any form of racing, having your gear in "racing trim" before the start
is key. Before competing, athletes warm-up/stretch, race cars "scuff" their
tires, and Layline recommends that sailors "dock load" their halyards every
day before hitting the racecourse. If you've had a chance to study our line
elongation graphs, you should have an appreciation for how modern lines
perform and understand the benefits of pre-loading your halyards before
hoisting your sails. Pre-stress your lines at the dock so they don't
stretch while you're racing. Check out the details at

Split, Croatia - It was another day, or afternoon at least, of frustration
on the waters off the ACI Marina in Split, Croatia, for day three of the
Swedish Match Tour's ACI HTmobile Cup. With a northeasterly breeze blowing
off the land early this morning, the racing got underway at 9:30am local
time with the final flights from round robin one taking place in a solid
breeze that fluctuated from 15 to 25 knots. Progress was made through to
the final race in the second flight of round robin two. This was abandoned
when the wind died completely. With no breeze on the race course coinciding
with lunchtime, the boats returned to ACI Marina only to leave again
mid-afternoon to await a sea breeze that only partially materialized.

A cheer went up from local spectators when in the first flight of the
second round robin local Split sailor Frane Brate managed to dispatch
Swedish Match Tour leader Jes Gram-Hansen of Denmark. This is Brate's only
win in the competition to date. Losing to the novice Croatian was just one
of a catalogue of disasters for Jes Gram-Hansen, the present Swedish Match
Tour leader, who today dropped matches to Paolo Cian - the Mascalzone
Latino America's Cup team skipper also not on form - and to fellow Swede
Mattias Rahm. Gram-Hansen is now lying eighth in the overall results after
three days of racing.

Meanwhile Chris Law staged a come back with his band of Outlaws, who aside
from Law comprise tactician Dobbs Davis and three local sailors, Ante
Vanjaka, Ivan Kljakovic-Gaspic and Darko Supuk. Law today beat Magnus
Holmberg, Allan Coutts and Paolo Cian, only losing to James Spithill. -
Shawn McBride,

James Spithill, 10-3
Karol Jablonski, 9-2
Magnus Holmberg, 8-4
Jesper Radich, 8-4
Chris Law, 7-5
Mattias Rahm, 6-6
Jes Gram-Hansen, 5-7
Paolo Cian, 5-7
Johnie Berntsson, 4-8
Allan Coutts, 3-9
Frane Brate, 1-11

Annapolis, MD - Day Two of the BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup Grade 1
international women's match racing regatta brought light, fickle breeze and
produced only two more flights in the first round-robin series of a double
round-robin planned for the event, bringing the total flights sailed in the
first two days to eight of a planned 18 sailed out of Eastport Yacht Club
in J/22 sloops.

Californian Liz Baylis, reigning Women's World Match Racing Champion,
remains undefeated after another pair of victories today. Sailing with
Baylis on Team San Francisco are fellow Californians Aimee Hess and Karina
Shelton, and Annapolitan Nancy Haberland. Baylis' victory this afternoon
over 17-year-old Italian Olympic hopeful Giulia Conti, while Netherlander
Klaartje Zuiderbaan posted wins in both of her contests today, brought
Zuiderbaan into second place in the series and dropped Conti to third.

Racing will continue through Saturday.

Liz Baylis, 8-0
Klaartje Zuiderbaan, 6-2
Giulia Conti, 5-3
Betsy Alison, 4-4
Paula Lewin, 4-4
Malin Kallstrom, 4 wins, 4 losses, ½-point penalty
Marie Faure, 3-5
Carol Cronin, 3-5
Deborah Willits, 3-5
Arabella Denvir, 0-8

* Howie Hamlin and Peter Alarie teamed up to win the 505 Pacific Coast
Championships hosted by Mission Bay Yacht Club, but with only three firsts
it was no blow-out. The trophy was up for grabs until the last race. The
first two days saw generally light air but the wind finally picked up on
Day 3 to allow trapezing and planing upwind and downwind for the last two
races. Doug Hagan and Stuart Park finished the regatta in second place,
seven points back, with Doug Hagan and Stuart Park taking third. -

* 'Fighting Finish', the official story of the Volvo Ocean Race, has been
voted Best Sports Book of 2002 at the Independent Publisher Book Awards in
America. This is an annual competition dedicated to recognising and
honouring books published by presses not owned by publicly traded
corporations, ranging in size from small publishers to major university
presses. Nine hundred and fifty two publishers entered more than 1,500
titles in 52 categories in this year's Independent Publisher Book Awards. -

* The last Around Alone boat is almost home. Strong headwinds have been
impeding the progress of the Spirit of Canada across the Gulf Stream.
However, there now less than 200 miles to go and Canadian skipper Derek
Hatfield he is reaching in Southwesterlies on a bee line to the finish line
Newport. -

* Here's your chance to race Dean Barker and Ellen MacArthur. The
Manhattan Sailing Club is making available 20 identical J/24s (is that an
oxymoron?) for a charity event - the Omega Fantasy Regatta - to support a
program designed inspire kids, get them outdoors, show them the best of
Manhattan. For a donation of $1,000 or more you can bring your crew and
test your skills against these champions. For a copy of a PowerPoint
presentation which provides more details and an entry form, contact Michael

* Pindar, a leading British-based international print and electronic
media company, has purchased Graham Dalton's Open 60, Hexagon, to continue
its sponsorship with Emma Richards. Richards who has just completed an
Around Alone 2002 - 2003 campaign, and who has been sponsored Pindar for
the past four years, will now have the opportunity to compete at the front
of the fleet in a selection of high profile short-handed and crewed
offshore races. - Yachting World

* New Zealand's newly-formed Mana Youth Sailing Trust hopes to unearth
the next big name in America's Cup yachting after being gifted Team New
Zealand's four Etchells. The former America's Cup holders sailed the 9.2m
(30ft) boats in a series of regional regattas to boost public support and
for in-house match-racing and rules sessions before this year's doomed
defence on the Hauraki Gulf.,2106,2504987a6033,00.html

* Don't miss Roger Vaughan's story on Olin Stephens in the June issue of
Sail magazine now finding its way onto the news stands.

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On the weekend of June 7-8, representatives from the nine Swedish Match
Tour events, potential future events and other leading ISAF Grade 1 match
racing events, will meet for the Swedish Match Tour's and Match Racing
Association's Annual General Meetings at Match Race Germany in Langenargen,
Germany, on the shores of Lake Constance. The Saturday session will include
discussions about the issues affecting organizers of match race events and
the growth and future of the Swedish Match Tour. Additionally, the Swedish
Match Tour will finalize its event schedule for the 2003/2004 season and
discuss plans for the new Swedish Match Tour fleet.

On Sunday, June 8, the Match Racing Association will hold their own
meetings with the election of directors and officers for the coming year.
In addition, each event in attendance will be offering presentations and

All ISAF Grade 1 & 2 match racing events, as well as anyone interested in
learning about the match racing scene, are invited to attend the meeting.
For more information, contact Melissa Duhaime, Swedish Match Tour Manager
at +1 203 352 5225 or

Knowledgeable insiders insist that the Harvard educated Aga Khan, who has
an elegant residence on Lake Geneva, is about to make the committee
responsible for designating the next America's Cup venue "an offer they
can't refuse" to host the event in Sardinia.

(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 Bill Caldwell: Add my applause to the efforts of the two Great
American II adventurers to put anything worthwhile into the heads of the
Nation's schoolchildren. In my 80 years, I've watched readin' and writin'
and 'rithmatic go down the toilet along with schoolroom discipline, prayer
and family values. My 45 years of sailing my 16 foot scow on the local mud
hole leaves my imagination far short of the excitement that 72 days of blue
water sailing must have put in the minds of those lucky school kids. I just
hope their teachers stayed awake.

* From John Rumsey: It was a great adventure but I would hardly rate the
Great American sailing time from Hong Kong a record relating to the Sea
Witch voyage. They forgot the 400 tons of tea.

* From Richard Johnson: In 'Butt 1339, US Sailing's Bruce Eissner stated,
"Americap is growing…" Huh? If there are any yacht clubs left that
routinely offer an Americap class in their regular weekend or week night
regatta schedules, I'd be very interested in learning where those lonely
holdouts are located. It's truly time for US Sailing to unplug the Americap
'life support system,' and let it die peacefully.

* From Zane Murdoch: Regarding US (North American) performance in the
Olympic classes... Money is important, sure, especially at top levels, but
in developing the rank and file to a very high level the Brits have an
important advantage. In many dinghy classes in Great Britain sailors can go
to a different regatta every weekend a short way from home (relative to
N.A. distances!) and compete against a very good field. Their weekend
sailor can rise a lot farther a lot faster than those of us in many parts
of this continent that have to drive a day or days to reach the
competition. Density and numbers, not just money, is the issue. The result:
an overall stronger small-boat sailing culture.

* From Charles Allen: The British RYA that several of your correspondents
wish US Sailing would emulate also represents powerboaters, windsurfers and
users of personal watercraft (jetskis). The RYA provides a world class
training system for all these groups and yes, publishes excellent books and
videos. The only shame is that just a small proportion of water users take
advantage of the Association and become members.

* From Murphy Graham:I thought it was pretty impressive that the American
women listed in Scuttlebutt accounted for 20% of the top 20 in the latest
ISAF match racing rankings. And that number increases to 25% when you count
all of the Americans - Debby Willits (#12) was inadvertently left off your

* From Richard Jepsen: I have read many provocative letters from Peter
Huston. From those I have gained respect for him as someone who tackles
issues without an axe to grind. As regards the powerboat book, what seems
crystal clear to him is not clear to me . Many racing sailors who volunteer
their time at US Sailing believe it has helped fulfill US Sailing's
commitment to the sport in this country.

Training is a national priority for the health of the sport. B y comparison
to many sailing organizations around the world, US Sailing has a smaller,
younger effort. I t is much more robust than in its infancy 20 years ago.
Training's positive impact on youth and adult sailing in the US has been
matched by its contribution to US Sailing's economic health.

A Powerboat Training book appearing out of nowhere might raise the hackles
of many a sailor. But its creation is rooted in safe sailing events. We
must improve power boat safety and boat handling skills of race support
personnel and those in safety and rescue boats.

US Sailing did that with this program, a natural extension of which
included texts. And, those texts found a market and provided US Sailing
with more revenue to support its budget. Powerboats are a necessary part of
sailboat racing and training. Having them operated safely is a US Sailing

* From Jim Lyle: As a graduate of US Sailing's Small Powerboat Training
class, I have to comment on Peter Huston's letter in 'butt 1338. Perhaps
Mr. Huston has failed to notice the number of powerboats required to run a
regatta or to teach our kids how to sail. The powerboat class specifically
focuses on training sailing coaches, race committees, and rescue boat
operators. While basic boat handling is covered, so is rescue, towing
techniques, safety considerations, and many other topics required to
operate a powerboat in support of sailing events.

By providing the course, US Sailing enables clubs and sailing organizations
a means to objectively certify, in a sailing context, their powerboat
operators. This is especially important when powerboats are used to support
junior sailors. By publishing this information US Sailing is beginning to
share best practices and standardized procedures which are essential to
future improvement. This is one effort on the part of US Sailing that
deserves kudos and encouragement.

* From Larry Law (re Powerboat training): It may come as a shock to some,
but I suggest that re-inventing the wheel again (we humans are real good at
this) is not necessary here. Contact your local Coast Guard or Coast Guard
Auxiliary, they have small boat training courses and materials (and big
boat courses as well) perfect for instructors and others - especially for
the guy that plunks down the cash, buys the boat, the gas and hits the
throttle. Look out!

My suggestion is that US Sailing call the Coast Guard, thank them for
handling this and then include the Coast Guard contact information for
these courses in the US Sailing information material under "Powerboats -
See Coast Guard". It's called networking. It makes for better utilization
of resources. Then maybe the Coast Guard will return the favor and list US
Sailing as a contact for folks that want to help develop youth and Olympic

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.