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SCUTTLEBUTT 1342 - June 3, 2003

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(In Scuttlebutt 1341 we directed readers to ISAF President Paul Henderson's
lengthy open letter about match racing posted on the federation's website.
Swedish Match Tour Director Scott MacLeod took that advice, read the story
and sent us this response.)

I read the open letter that the ISAF President wrote on the ISAF website
this morning. I am not going to try and counter the numerous factual and
historical errors. Obviously, the President is trying to use his office and
control of the ISAF website to air his side of a private discussion in an
open forum which is unnecessary. This is obviously in response to a letter
that I sent to the sailors on the Swedish Match Tour about ISAF sending
invoices to our events charging a 10% fee on the prize money that was
published in scuttlebutt.

Let me set the record straight: The Swedish Match Tour and Swedish Match
Tour events have paid fees and supported ISAF programs to well over
$200,000 in the last three years. We are not aware of any unpaid amounts
owed to ISAF and have asked them to please provide the proper documentation
with regards to these amounts they are purporting we owe. We have received
nothing in response and we do not have any outstanding invoices form 2002,
or prior, on our books. We would like to continue working with members of
ISAF on the programs that we have mutually developed over the last three
years including the payment to umpires to attend events, supporting the
development of the umpire discipline and the assistance of travel for
international umpires.

We are very aware that ISAF has expenses in providing these services to
sailing and the Swedish Match Tour has always agreed to support the
reasonable expenses associated with these services. We look forward to
having positive discussions with VP's Bolin, Schoonmaker and Ryan to move
the discipline of match racing and sport of sailing forward. - Scott MacLeod

It's finally all over. The 2002/03 Around Alone has officially come to an
end with the arrival of Derek Hatfield on Spirit of Canada. The whole fleet
is now safely back in port. The event website will remain active for the
foreseeable future so that you will be able to return as often as you want
to relive some of the highlights from the past year.

I have been watching the numerous TV shows about Mount Everest now that
it's the 50th anniversary of Hillary and Norgay's amazing ascent, and I am
struck that more than 10 times more people have stood atop the highest peak
on the planet than have sailed around the world single-handed.
Approximately 125 people have completed a solo circumnavigation and
returned to talk about it.

The next race is scheduled for 2006 and will be called 5-Oceans rather than
Around Alone. The new name has more appeal for corporate sponsors. The
future of this event will rely heavily on corporate support. This time
around, without a title sponsor, race organizers estimate that they
subsidized each competitor to the tune of around $100,000 dollars.
Obviously that can't be repeated and have the company hope to stay in
business. - Brian Hancock

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(James Boyd did an extensive interview with Russell Coutts for The Daily
Sail website. This brief excerpt gives some insight about what Coutts has
been up to lately.)

"I've been busy trying to sign sponsors. So I've been working on that and
signing up personnel." He says that this is both in the design and sailing
teams. "I think we've hired 55% of our total staff. We've pretty much got
all of our design team and we've got 23 sailors."

Currently both Alinghi's race boats are in Cherbourg having been shipped
back from Auckland. 64 is soon to be sent across to San Francisco for their
match with Oracle later this year. This will be followed by the first of
'seed' events to be held on the east coast of the US in May next year. "The
Cup is a long way way and I think the sponsors need continuity," says
Coutts. "They need some extra events. You can't have one event and these
other events will be good racing. We've got these boats, so we may as well
use them." - The Daily Sail website, full story:

For the first time ever, US Sailing is conducting an Olympic Development
Regatta. Scheduled for June 17-21 at Sail Newport in Newport, RI, the event
is specifically for sailors between the ages of 19 and 25 who are
interested in starting an Olympic campaign or learning more about an
Olympic class.

During the first three days of the event, participants will attend an
advanced racing clinic coordinated by U.S. Sailing Team (USST) coaches Gary
Bodie, Luther Carpenter and Skip Whyte. The clinic will be followed by a
two-day regatta. The following classes can participate in the event: 470
(men and women), Mistral (men and women), Finn, Europe, 49er, Tornado and

Housing, transportation and meals are the responsibility of the sailors. -
Marlieke de Lange Eaton

Looking into my crystal ball, I see a (Volvo Ocean) race where there are
more and more mixed teams of 10. I see a race that continues to adapt to
the changing environment. I see a race that recaptures the imagination of
the world. But don't assume that all of the teams of 10 will be 50% female.
You might see an otherwise all-woman's team elect to sail with 10 so they
can have a male cook! Here's a message to all of those smart-asses who
yelled out to Maiden or Heineken: "Hey chicks - you need a cook?" Well, the
all the right qualifications we might just take you up on it. - Dawn Riley,
Volvo Ocean Race website, full story:

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* Cox Business Services will provide media services to the accredited
on-site media for DaimlerChrysler North Atlantic Challenge. .The Cox
Business Services Media Center will be located at Harbour Court - New York
Yacht Club's on-the-water clubhouse in Newport, R.I. The media center will
provide Internet, phone and video services to the more than 50 print and
broadcast journalists from overseas who are expected in Newport to cover
the world's largest transatlantic race for monohull, fully crewed yachts,
set to start on June 14. -

* US Sailing's new Judges Manual is now available. To order call 1-800
877-2451 or visit:

* The new marinamap website provides worldwide comprehensive information
about marinas and other services necessary for every skipper - such as sail
makers, engine services, yacht shops or boat fuel docks. The website
enables the user to search based on a geographic position. Some of the
marinamap boating information is input by the users. Registered marinas may
publish dates of sailing races or newsletters free of charge.

* Fresh from finishing the ACI HT Mobile Cup last week-end, the America's
Cuppers will contest the third BluRimini Match Race (an ISAF Grade 2
regatta) in Italy, from Wednesday to Saturday this week. On board of the
BLUSails '24 Sport, it's an occasion to see some of the world famous
participants in the America's Cup, such as Paolo Cian of Mascalzone Latino,
James Spithill and Kelvin Harrap of One World Challenge, Andy Green of GBR
Challenge, Sebastien Col of le Défi Areva and many other match-race
specialists. - Cup in Europe website, full story:

* Looking for a new cruising boat? A big one? We found a listing on the
internet for a nice 673-foot, steel cruising boat built by Swan Hunter &
Wigham Richardson Limited, England in 1945. This 17,500 ton boat has plenty
of power - 36,000 SHP. It has a cruising range of 12,000 miles at 14 knots
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Bristol Clipper, skippered by Richard Butler, crossed the finish line of
Race 11 to Mauritius at 23:31 GMT on Thursday, 29 May to clinch their third
victory of the eleven-month Clipper 2002 series. On the overall
leaderboard, this closes the gap between first placed Jersey Clipper and
the chasing Bristolians to a thrilling 3 points after some 22,500 miles of
racing so far.Clipper 2002 Provisional Overall Results after Race 11:
1. Jersey, 63
2. Bristol, 60
3. Hong Kong, 50
4. Liverpool, 47.5
5. Glasgow, 42
6. London, 41
7. New York, 33
8. Cape Town, 15

Event website:

Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan - Tufts University (Medford, Mass.) jumped
to a 17-point lead during the first day of the 2003 Inter-Collegiate
Sailing Association (ICSA) Women's North American Championship.
Seventy-degree air and partly cloudy skies greeted the sailors at Grosse
Pointe Yacht Club, near Detroit. The wind direction shifted from southeast
to east over the day, but remained a relatively calm 5-8 knots.

Racing took place on Lake St. Clair in new Vanguard 420s provided by
Vanguard Sailboats (Portsmouth, R.I.), a partner in the ICSA Growth and
Development Project. Spectators were able to watch all the action from
shore at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. The University of Michigan and the
Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association are the hosts of record. Today's
conditions were so favorable that racing continued until past 6pm in the
evening. The series continues Tuesday and Wednesday, with 18 races planned
in each division. - Derek Webster

Overall Results after 6 races in A-division and 4 races in B-division
(A + B = Total Points)
1. Tufts University 21 + 8 = 29
2. Dartmouth College 34 + 12 = 46
3. St. Mary's Coll. MD 36 + 17 = 53
4. Harvard University 23 + 35 = 58
5. Old Dominion Univ. 41 + 28 = 69
6. University of Hawaii 39 + 31 = 70
7. Brown University 49 + 25 = 74
8. Coll of Charleston 51 + 27 = 78
9. Yale University 56 + 27 = 83
10. Tulane University 38 + 62 = 100

Complete results:

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* June 3-11: ISAF International One Metre World Championships, Royal
Vancouver YC. 82 skippers from 16 countries have registered, including 18
from the USA.

* June 7-8: J/120 East Coast Championships, Stamford YC, Stamford,

* July 20-23: Screwpile Challenge, Southern Maryland Sailing Association.
13 divisions, 4 courses, for PHRF, PHRF non-spin, MORC and One-Design.
Entries will be cut off at 170 boats because of limited dockage.

* July 20-26: Albacore International Championships, Portsmouth Olympic
Harbor, Kingston, Ontario.

The Watts Trophy Regatta at the Los Angeles YC was the third stop on the
Southern California Farr 40 circuit. After the three races on Saturday, Non
Sequitur, Dick Watts, StFYC, was tied with Crocodile Rock, Alexandra
Geremia/ Scott Harris, SBYC, each having 8 points. On Sunday, if the final
race had finished at the last windward mark there would have been a three
way tie for first place in the regatta. At the finish Non Sequitur held on
to a one point lead to place her name on the Kenneth Watts Perpetual
Trophy, while John Kilroy's Samba Pa Ti squeaked into second place tied
with Crocodile Rock in third. - Dave Cort, complete results:

(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 Dan Tucker (edited to our 250-word limit): The recent letter from
Ginny Lovell and reply from Fred Hagerdorn almost passed me by, unnoticed,
as I am in Cowes with US Disabled Sailing Team members Rick Doerr, Tim
Angle and Maureen McKinnon-Tucker where we placed 2nd, just 3 points behind
Paralympic Gold medalist Andy Cassell in the UK Two-Sail National
Championship. Tomorrow we depart for Sweden in a 13 year old minivan we
shipped from the states along with our Sonar.

I've spent a lot of time on the coach boat taking pictures to post on the
team's website every night, as I work till 1 AM every night to keep our
supporters apprised of the team's progress. All in the name of fundraising.
As the second ranked team on the US Disabled Sailing Team, Team Odyssey
received a paltry $3000 from US Sailing. While every dollar certainly
counts, that doesn't even cover airfare and lodging for the team at this
one event, never mind covering expenses for our coach, rental of a
coach-boat, sails, food, ground transportation, or $30,000 for a Sonar.
We've worked hard to raise about $18,000 from our local sailing
communities, friends and families. It's a tremendous distraction. Our
initial budget for 2 years of the campaign approached $80,000. That's with
all of the sailing team employed to pay their living expenses, not living
off the donors.

* From Paul Andersen (Re Jan Visser's urgings to support Olympic
aspirants): I have been sailing and racing for 44 years and I too, when
young had a desire to sail in the Olympics. The reason I won't support a
young aspirant, is that for the most part, the true spirit of the Olympics
are gone. The Olympics, like college athletics, have become the farm system
for professional sports. It's not that I'm against pros, it's just that I'm
not going to subsidize someone so that they can get a high paying job. I
had to pay my way to get my training/education. If you want to embark on
this career path get a job and save money.

* From Bill Artuzzi: The Chair of US Sailing's Offshore Committee
asserted that Transpac numbered among the events "using Americap II". Well,
the NOR for Transpac 2003 clearly states "The race is open to monohull and
multihull yachts with an IMS or Americap II certificate ...". However, the
use of Americap II and IMS ratings is solely to provide speed predictions
so that the Transpacific Yacht Club can "assign each yacht a TPYC rating,
primarily from IMS and Americap II certificate data." Since Americap II,
and IMS, is a rating and scoring system, and the TPYC is doing their own
thing (and doing it well), it seems a stretch to proclaim this Transpac to
be an Americap II event. And, we'll find those WMD's real soon.

* Craig Montrose: When will the US join the rest of the world? Americans
drink by the ounce while the rest of the world drinks by the pint. American
boats are measured in feet while all other boats are measured in meters. I
guess it makes sense that the U.S. has to have Americap while the rest of
the planet is enjoying the IRC system.

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