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SCUTTLEBUTT 1341 - June 2, 2003

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It's well known that the International Sailing Federation is in dispute
with those managing Swedish Match Tour. ISAF President Paul Henderson has
written a lengthy position paper about this dispute, and that paper is now
posted on the ISAF website:

Split, Croatia - The final day of the Swedish Match Tour's ACI HTmobile Cup
was another difficult day for the race committee with the sea breeze
failing to behave in the expected manner. Principal Race Officer Alen Kusic
had set a deadline of 1500 (local time) to complete the semi-finals, but in
this time only one flight had been run. This proved disastrous for Polish
competitor Karol Jablonski who going into today was clear leader of the
rankings. Jablonski lined up against fourth placed skipper Jesper Radich
and following an OCS at the start, lost to the young Dane. The wind died
and with the 1500 deadline passed, Jablonski was unable to rectify this
situation and found himself lining up in the petite-finals against former
Swedish Match Tour winner Magnus Holmberg.

In the Finals, three races were held between 24-year-old Australian James
Spithill and Jesper Radich. Spithill won the first race while the Dane took
the second and third races. With the wind once again failing, the race
committee opted to call it a day, leaving the win to a delighted Radich.
For James Spithill it has been the second time in consecutive events on the
Swedish Match Tour that he has claimed the runner-up spot. However The 20
points he has scored in each of the last two events is enough to make the
former OneWorld helm the new leader in the Swedish Match Tour. - Shawn

ACI HTmobile Cup Final Standing:
1. Jesper Radich (DEN/Team Radich)
2. James Spithill (AUS/Team Spithill)
3. Magnus Holmberg, (SWE/Team Holmberg)
4. Karol Jablonski, (POL/Jablonski Sailing Team)
5. Chris Law (GBR/"The Outlaws")
6. Paolo Cian (ITA/Riviera di Rimini Sailing Team)
7. Mattias Rahm (SWE/Team Stena Bulk)
8. Jes Gram Hanson (DEN/Team Victory Lane)
9. Johnie Berntsson (SWE)
10. Allan Coutts (NZ/Alinghi Team)
11. Frane Brate (CRO).

Swedish Match Tour Rankings:
1. James Spithill, AUS/Team Spithill, 86
2. Jes Gram-Hansen, DEN/Team Victory Lane, 84
3. Jesper Radich, DEN/Team Radich, 78
4. Chris Law, GBR/"The Outlaws", 51
5. Magnus Holmberg, SWE/Team Holmberg, 50
6. Paolo Cian, ITA/Riviera di Rimini Sailing Team, 47
7. Karol Jablonski, POL/Jablonski Sailing Team, 46
8. Ed Baird, USA/Team Musto, 42

David and Susan Odell of San Francisco bested a fleet of fifteen Snipes in
the District 7 Championship held on Whiskeytown Lake in Oregon. Snipe
participation has been growing in the Pacific Northwest in anticipation of
the 2003 North American Championships which will be held August 22-24 on
the Colombia River Gorge. There's still time to find a boat and make
arrangements to join in the fun. Look for contact names and regatta
information, plus the latest results and photos from the District 7 Champs,
the Colonial Cup, the Southerns and other events around the U.S. at

Annapolis, MD - Fresh and forceful southerly and southwesterly breezes sent
the sailors flying around the courses for the final day of the 2003
BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup women's international match racing regatta, and
allowed for the final two flights of the double round-robin to be completed
in the morning before the semi-final and final rounds were sailed.

At the end of the round-robin phase of the competition, Liz Baylis had
emerged as the clear leader, with Paula Lewin in second, Giulia Conti in
third, and Betsy Alison fourth. In the best-two-of-three semi-final round,
Baylis defeated Alison in straight sets, while Lewin bested Conti in a
similarly efficient fashion.

Using a best-two-of-three format, the finals were sailed between Baylis and
Lewin, with the victory going to Baylis in two straight races, while the
petit finals were contested between Conti and Alison. Alison beat Conti in
their two races, moving herself up to third overall in the process. Sailing
with Baylis on Team San Francisco were fellow Californians Aimee Hess and
Karina Shelton, and Annapolitan Nancy Haberland. -

Final Standings:
1. Liz Baylis
2. Paula Lewin
3. Betsy Alison
4. Giulia Conti
5. Klaartje Zuiderbaan
6. Carol Cronin
7. Deborah Willits
8. Malin Kallstrom
9. Marie Faure
10. Arabella Denvir.

* Norfolk, VA - With the wind blowing at just over 21 kts and coming from
just west of south, skipper Steve Fossett and crew sailing aboard the 125
foot catamaran PlayStation began their attempt to regain the 24 Hour Record
Saturday at 1800 EDT. "We've been waiting a month for the right weather,"
Fossett said. "This is potentially the best system of the season - an
intense low-pressure system with a fast-moving front, hopefully at up to
30-35 kts."

However just a little more than seven hours later, Fossett reported that
the weather had won this round. "We are turning back," Fossett reported.
"After a fast start, the winds shifted 15 degrees and dropped from 26 knots
to 20 knots. This greatly slowed our progress and a 24 Hour Record is not
feasible this time. We are turning south and bracing ourselves for a
pasting by the storm front following closely behind us. It will take at
least two days to get back to Norfolk Virginia."

On Friday, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) released the latest
world ranking of the sailors racing in Olympic classes. Following are the
rankings of the North Americans who broke into the top 20 in their
respective classes:

- Yngling: 1. Betsy Alison/ Suzy Leech/ Lee Icyda, USA; 5. Hannah Swett/
Melissa Purdy/ Joun Touchett, USA; 7. Carol Cronin. Liz Filter/ Bridget
Hallawell, USA; 9. Paula Lewin/ Carola Cooper/ Leatrice Roman, BER; 14.
Jody Swnson/ Cory Sertl/ Elizabeth Kratzig, USA

- Star: 2. Mark Reynolds/ Magnus Liljdahl, USA; 5. Peter Bromby/ Martin
Siese, BER; 19. George Szabo/ Brad Nichol, USA; 20. John MacCausland/ Phil
Trinter. USA

- 49er: 12. Tim Wadlow /Pete Spauling, USA;

- Europe: 16. Meg Gaillard, USA; 18. Tania Elias-Calles, MEX

- 470 Women: 15. Jennifer Provan/ Nikola Girke, CAN 17. Katie McDowell /
Isabelle Kinsolving, USA

- Tornado: 19 John Lovell/ Charlie Ogletree, USA

No one from North America made the top 20 in the Mistral Men; Mistral
Women; 470 - Men; Laser or the Finn classes.

Complete rankings:

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* The 2002-03 Around Alone Race officially ended when Derek Hatfield on
board Open 40 Spirit of Canada crossed the finish line off 10:56:25 local
time Saturday in Newport RI. Hatfield hopes to build upon this success and
field a Class 1 entry in the next event. "I'd like to blow up my boat into
a 60, it was right on target for this race, but I would change a few
things. It can be better and given time on the water and the right budget I
could be very competitive, perhaps even win the next race."

* Frenchman Bruno Trouble, Louis Vuitton's representative in the America's
Cup for the past 20 years, is about to become an honorary officer of the
New Zealand Order of Merit. Trouble received the Queen's Birthday honour
for enhancing relations between New Zealand and France. This is not
Trouble's only honour this year. After the America's Cup, he returned home
to receive la Legion d'Honneur (the Legion of Honour) for his services to
sailing during a career which included two Olympics, three America's Cups
and a handful of world titles. - From a story by Suzane McFadden in the NZ

* Nine classes raced on two separate courses at the California YC's Cal
Race week in 7-10 knots of breeze under bright sun. Doing well generally
meant picking the proper side of the course, but that was never easy.
Sometimes boats would get 'rich' on the left, but other times it was the
right side that produced the class winners. Scott Birnberg never did win a
race in the 20-boat J/105 class, but his 3-3-5-3-3 series was enough to win
in the regatta's biggest class by a single point. -

* Some 70 keelboats are expected to take part in the June 6-8 Chartering
International IRC Championship - an inshore series organized by the Royal
Ocean Racing at Cowes. The series of eight inshore races has attracted a
large number of top racing yachts from around the UK, including three
Admiral's Cup challengers who will be using the series as part of their
training programme.

* Correction: The top three places in the 505 Pacific Coast Championships
went to 1. Howie Hamlin and Peter Alarie, 16pts; 2. Doug Hagan and Stuart
Park, 23; 3. Nick Adamson and Alan Norman, 32.

The 2003 Sailing World Detroit NOOD regatta ended on a high note Sunday,
with more than 180 sailboats in 17 classes making up for a day lost due to
big breeze on Saturday by racing either two or three races under a
cloudless Michigan sky. A northwesterly wind of 15 knots greeted sailors as
they arrived at the three race circles, and never dropped below 9 knots,
despite a right shift in the early afternoon. The largest class at the
Detroit NOOD, the Tartan Ten class, with 24 boats on the line, was topped
by Dixie Normous, owned by Jeff Sampson.

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(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 Mike McKissick: Regarding John Rumseys' comments on the Great
American II record: If they forgot the 400 tons of tea, they must have
forgotten the extra 139' of boat length and God knows how many sq. ft. of
extra sail area. Not to mention the second watch that would allow them to
get a little uninterrupted sleep.

* From Roger Widmann (Re John Rumsey's letter about Great American II):
Right, they forgot 400 tons of tea, but they also "forgot" about 140' of
LOA. The two Richards should not have to defend an adventure which had at
its heart an educational mission. Performance against the tea clipper was a
terrific hook to inspire interest lasting throughout the voyage. There
would have been no event at all if they had to build a replica, of course.

* From Tom Farquhar: The story excerpted in Butt 1340 about the Mini
Pavois perpetuates a common misunderstanding of a race committee's
authority. If a boat fails to sail the course as required by RRS 28.1 (the
"string" rule), the race committee does not ordinarily have the authority
to disqualify or otherwise penalize her. The RC may protest her for
breaking the rule, but only the protest committee can penalize her.

* From Russ Lenarz (In response to Richard Johnson's letter about
unplugging the life support system for Americap - and edited to our
250-word limit): First, US Sailing and many Regatta orgainizers have tried
to use the Americap system for both local and regional events, but in many
cases it has been the sailors themselves who have not embraced the system
and therefore the sparse distribution of use for this system. The Americap
system could provide an option for rating boats as compared to PHRF. With
virtually no IMS fleet here in the US there in reality only exits two types
of racing. One - Design and PHRF.

I think that the current title of the June issue of Seahorse International
and the editorial by Andrew Hurst should be read by all. Mr. Hurst talks
about how numbers in participation continue to grow in events that cover a
much greater spectrum of our sport. The use of IRC has fostered greater
numbers in both new development in design and greater numbers in event

I would tend to agree with Mr. Johnson in that the time might have come and
gone for putting Americap into motion as we would be the only country to
use this system since IRC is currently being used as the premiere system
everywhere else, but what it really comes down to is, if people are
unsatisfied with what is being offered to them in our sport here in the US
in the form of lack of diversity, then it is up to the sailors themselves
to make the difference.

* From Bruce A. Eissner Chairman, Offshore Committee (Re. Richard
Johnson's comments on Americap II): The number of boats with valid
certificates continues to increase, from only 100 in 2000 to more than 500
in 2003. The number of events using Americap II also continues to increase.
They include Big Boat Series, Chicago-Mackinac, Marion-Bermuda,
Newport-Bermuda, NYYC Cruise, NYYC Regatta, Transpac, and Liberty Cup. The
Americap II rating technology is getting better and better. We are grateful
for the events that were early adopters of the much-revised Americap
system, as they have been proving grounds for those improvements. Johnson
is right in saying that there's no interest in using Americap for local
week-night racing. Yet. But his statement about Americap's death simply
doesn't reflect the facts.

* From Jan Visser (edited to our 250-word limit): Regarding Ginny
Lovell's comment on our young Olympic Aspirants, she could not have hit the
nail on the head any better. Being a member of a Foundation that has
assisted a number of aspiring young sailors in the past I see a lack of
enthusiasm for the present day sailor. My son is on an Olympic Campaign and
when the brochures went out that I created on my home computer the response
was what I would call poor.

Our Canadian friends to the north enjoy a level of commitment from their
government and other entities that I would love to see for our young folks.
Thinking about becoming a landed immigrant has crossed our minds. Wherever
you are in the country, what ever club you belong to, if you have a future
Olympian within 500 miles, support that sailor generously. The competition
in the European arena just makes them better and better. Being able to sail
continually without worrying where your next meal is coming from or
sleeping in you truck to conserve funds so you can continue the campaign
can be a bit hard on one. Pick someone off the US Sailing Team and support
their efforts, give until it hurts and then give a little more, the rewards
will be immense. Remember you don't have to be a rich kid to be an
Olympian, good sailors come from all walks of life and the beginning for
these youngsters can be found in Junior Programs all over the country.

* From Ross Cameron: In 'Butt 1340, Zane Murdock expressed a long time
reality for North American sailors and regatta organizers. CORK was
established in 1969 to be a regatta where Canadian and North American
sailors could 'rub shoulders' with Europeans in Canadian waters. We've done
pretty well at meeting that objective but it continues to be very hard to
get Europeans to North America and it continues to be hard to explain the
huge sizes of the countries on this continent. Maybe some geography classes?

* From Brian Hill: As the director of a large sailing program I could not
disagree more with the negative comments regarding U.S. Sailing getting
into the Powerboat Business. In the world of small boats and junior sailing
proper operation of a safety boat is critical. I have come across far too
many superb sailors who could not operate a R.I.B. and, thus, their
performance as an instructor was reduced and safety of a class was compromised.

I need sailing instructors who know how to approach and right a capsized
dinghy. I need sailing instructors who know how to tow eight novice Opti
sailors. Now who do you want teaching these things, sailors who are also
excellent power boaters (i.e. U.S. Sailing) or the U.S. Power Squadron? To
me the answer was simple and that is why I'm now one of U.S. Sailing's
newest Powerboat Instructors and my school now offers powerboat
certification (in addition to U.S. Sailing Keelboat and Small boat

The motivation behind U.S. Sailing offering Powerboat Instruction is to
make better and safer sailing instructors, plain and simple. If I had a
child out on the water, I would want to know that the instructors operating
the powerboats knew what they were doing.

* From Scott Diamond: All I can say about US Sailing's Power Boat Course
is, it is about time. I have been racing dinghies and doing RC work for
years and cannot count how many incompetent power boat operators I have
seen who are responsible for the safety of others. It is all part of the
big picture.

Curmudgeon's Comment: And on this note, we declare this thread officially dead.

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something called labor.