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SCUTTLEBUTT 1346 - June 9, 2003

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(Gary Jobson's column in the June issue of Sailing World truly merits
attention. Here are two brief excerpts.)

A growing culture of demanding pay and expecting every expense to be
covered has taken root in some areas of racing. It's pushing many owners
away from big-boat sailing: While there are larger economic factors, it's
one reason that very few big boats are being built or even campaigned. If
owners and crew agree on a healthier formula of who should pay for what,
this could be different.

* In a recent interview with Olin Stephens, I asked him, based on his
experience with J-boats, 12-Meters, and modern America's Cup boats, which
crews were the best? His response was: "The 12-Meter crews!" Why? I asked.
"Because they sailed for passion. Their priority was winning." I pressed
further. What about today's professional Cup sailor? "All they think about
is money," Stephens said.

Should sailing be about money or having fun? For nearly everyone, the
answer is clear, and in my view it would be more fun for owners if crews
shared some of the cost. Sailing has long been called a rich man's sport.
In fact, there's usually only one rich guy and then there's everyone else
sailing on his boat. Many owners write endless checks because they believe
it's the only way to recruit a crew. Wrong. There are always people willing
to race. Given a few regattas, the skill level of the enthusiastic amateur
sailor will often match that of the more demanding semi-professional, and
the tone on the boat will almost always be better. - Gary Jobson, Sailing
World, full story:

A Hauraki Gulf island is a better way to honour Sir Peter Blake than a $10
million glass-case memorial, says former world champion sailor Tony
Bouzaid. Mr Bouzaid, two-time world titleholder in the half-tonne yacht
class and the man who gave Sir Peter his first job out of university, said
Sir Peter deserved a "living memorial"

"It's a shame. I knew Peter well and I just know that with everything he
did and was doing for the environment, he would have wanted a living
legacy," the 61-year-old Great Barrier Island resident said. Support has
continued to mount for the Hauraki Gulf's Kaikoura Island to be bought as a
tribute to Sir Peter's environmental work rather than the planned
glass-case exhibit.

The exhibit project is being led by Te Papa, which was given America's
Cup-winner NZL32. The museum is raising $5 million to house the yacht next
to the Maritime Museum on Auckland's waterfront. - Anne Beston, NZ Herald,
full story:

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Supporters of a waterfront memorial to Sir Peter Blake are staunchly
defending the project, saying supporters of buying an island instead had no
interest in the world-famous sailor. Auckland City Councillor Scott Milne
said Aucklanders would still be interested in Sir Peter's life even if New
Zealand never again won the America's Cup.

Mr Milne said the danger that Sir Peter's yachting exploits might not be a
big drawcard in 25 years' time was a "valid question" that had been
addressed "from day one". "I think there's no doubt it's a challenge
because he's dead," Mr Milne said. "But we think there's a far better
chance with this than a bronze statue or a stretch of land." Mr Milne said
the exhibit could be "refreshed" so it did not become "old and stale".

The Herald has been swamped by reader support for an idea to buy the
Hauraki Gulf's Kaikoura Island for $10 million. Mr Milne said such a
tribute had "merit" but was not accessible to the vast majority of city
residents. "This is not just a boat in a box, this is Auckland City's
tribute to one of the great Aucklanders," he said. - Anne Beston, NZ
Herald, full story:

(In a story on the Daily Sail website, Vanguard Sailboats Chairman Steve
Clark gives a wide reaching perspective on the dinghy world. Here's a brief

Because of the pre-dominance of Portsmouth Yardstick-style racing in
England," says Clark. "The possibilities for new boats are very different
from what they are in the States. In the small cruising boat world we have
very active PHRF racing, which is what you see on Narraggansett Bay in the
summer time. But you don't see it in dinghies. It is not something that
happens particularly here."

Because dinghy sailing happens less it also makes it hard to introduce new
designs. "In England, they structure the economics of new boats to be paid
off in 100 units and you can sell 100 boats at the Boat Show just because
it is new and different and one guy in 100 clubs is going to buy one and
still think he achieved the full value. Whereas in the States, you have the
feeling that if you don't have 100 boats on the start line it isn't a real
class. The guy who owns the only XXX in the club feels pretty lonely. So
the sport consolidates around the largest classes." - The Daily Sail

Langenargen, Germany - Jochen Schumann of America's Cup-holder Alinghi
found the perfect way to celebrate his 49th birthday by advancing into the
semifinals of the Swedish Match Tour's Match Race Germany at the top of the
leaderboard. It was a long, hot windless day on the shores of Lake
Constance as the sailors began to curse the race committee for holding them
until late evening, in the hope of catching sufficient breeze to complete
the quarterfinals. A surprise birthday party for Schumann broke up the
boredom of the afternoon, and not long after, the race officer's
persistence was rewarded with a Force 2 westerly breeze. - Shawn McBride

1. Jochen Schumann (Alinghi Team) 6-1
2. Jesper Radich (DEN/Team Radich) 5-2
3. Ed Baird (USA/Team Musto) 5-2
4. Luc Pillot (FRA/Team Pillot) 5-2

5. Mikael Lindquist (SWE) 3-4
6. Markus Wieser (GER) 2-5
7. Henrik Jensen (DEN) 2-5
8. Jes Gram Hansen (DEN/Team Victory Lane) 0-7
The top four boats advance to the semifinals:

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Crescent Sail YC - Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.) defended their
Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association American Team Race title. Wind on the
final day of racing was spotty and ultimately prevented all scheduled races
from being completed. By virtue of their 5 wins and 2 loss record in the
races that counted, Harvard won their second Team Racing Championship in
school history. Harvard won last year's event in Hawaii with an undefeated
record, but this year's contest was far closer. Coach Mike O'Connor
(Foxboro, Mass.) said that the "wind was so light the whole time that it
was all about boathandling" and felt that "in one-on-one situations, our
guys had a slight edge."

Harvard's skippers were seniors Clay Bischoff (Miami, Fla.) and Dan
Litchfield (Wayland, Mass.), junior Cardwell Potts (New Orleans, La.), and
freshman Vincent Porter (Geneva, Wis.). The Crimson's crews were seniors
Lema Kikuchi (Bethesda, Md.) and Michelle Yu (Mountain View, Calif.),
sophomore David Darst (Greenwich, Ct.) and freshman Ruth Schlitz (Falmouth,
Mass.). Bischoff, Potts and Yu are returning All-Americans. - Derek Webster

Championship Round:
1. Harvard (5 wins - 2 losses)
2. St. Mary's (4-3)
3. University of Southern California (4-3)
4. Hobart / William Smith (4-3)
5. Tufts (3-4)
6. Dartmouth (3-4)
7. Georgetown (3-4)
8. U/Hawaii (2-5)

Event website:

* The Challenge Series has begun operations at the new America's Cup
Class Yachting Center on Pier One at Treasure Island in the heart of San
Francisco Bay. The compound will provide a base for the boats that will be
racing in an annual regatta series. Boats currently stored at the new
compound include Stars and Stripes, New Zealand Challenge, Il Moro di
Venezia, NZL-20, Le Defi Areva, and K-Challenge. Under the agreement with
the Treasure Island Development Authority, The Challenge Series will
conduct regular tours of the compound to disadvantaged youth, with an
incentive program in place for selected kids to sail aboard an America's
Cup yacht.

* The contrary New England spring didn't deter yachts from competing in
the New York Yacht Club's Annual Regatta presented by Rolex. Nearly 100
yachts from New York, New England, San Francisco and Europe crossed the
starting line for this the 149th edition of this regatta, now a two-day
three-race event. On Saturday in a light southerly wind complete with rain,
one race was sailed. On Sunday, in a light northeasterly breeze, but with a
suggestion of sun, two races were completed. Complete results and Daniel
Forster and Dan Nerney photos can be found at:

* With five races completed in the Finn Europeans in Marstrand, Ben
Ainslie (GBR) leads the 72 boat fleet by two points from Mateusz
Kusznierewicz. (POL). The USA's Mo Hart is presently in seventh place. -

What did four out of the ten boats in the Louis Vuitton Cup and the
America's Cup have in common? They all chose Musto Performance Clothing in
their plight to win sailing's most prestigious trophy. Why did they choose
Musto? Because the combination of lightweight and stretch fabrics with
exceptional breathability and durability put Musto at the front of the
fleet. And unlike most AC technology, the Hula for example, it's available
to you, today, at your nearest Musto stockist (you don't have to have an
IACC boat to qualify!).

Karol Jablonski from Poland scored a convincing 3-0 sweep over Englishman
Ian Williams to win the Blurimini Match Race in Rimini, Italy. In the
Petite Finals, Australian James Spithill was on the short end of a 2-1
series which gave third place in the series to Paolo Cian from Italy. The
regatta was sailed in the new Blue Sail 24 in light wind of 6-8 knots.
Final standings:
1. Karol Jablonski (POL)
2. Ian Williams (GBR)
3. Paolo Cian (ITA)
4. James Spithill (AUS)
5. Mathieu Richard (FRA)
6. Lars Nordbjaerg (DEN)
7. Kelvin Harrap (NZL)
8. Sebastien Col (FRA)
9. Andy Green (GBR)
10. Bjorn Hansen (SWE)

The widely circulated rumor that John Kostecki has joined Team New Zealand
is apparently true.

(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 Donal McClement, Cork, Ireland: I feel I have to comment on the
letter from Hugh Wainman-Wood regarding the IRC Rule (SB 1345) as it is
inaccurate and misleading. A 30 foot boat is less than 9 meters so the cost
is $ 100 not $ 170 as he suggested. The need to weigh a boat is only when
you want an endorsed Certificate which is a requirement for most major
Regattas but not for Club and Local racing.

The Sports Boat Rule is used when different types of Sportsboats are racing
against each other in an effort to use a system that has been designed
specifically for this type of craft. There is nothing to stop Sportsboats
from getting an IRC Certificate.

Finally as a user of IRC (previously Channel Handicap) since its inception
in the middle '80's for both Club and International Events like Ford Cork
Week I can assure everyone that it is a first class system that has been
well and truly tried and tested. There is no doubt that it is the simplest
and best system available in the World today for all types of handicap
racing from the local Club scene to Major Regattas. Try it and you will be
pleasantly surprised.

* From James Dadd, Chief Measurer, RORC Rating Office: To clarify on
several of the comments Hugh made. The costs of IRC certificates are kept
as low as possible, still ensuring that the RORC Rating Office and our
equivalent at UNCL in Paris can maintain a professional full time staff to
provide support to sailors and race organisers around the World. We are not
a profit-making organisation.

As Hugh points out, we also, in partnership with the RYA, administer the
SportsBoat Rule (SBR), this is however a separate entity. Melges 24s and
other sportsboats can and do hold IRC certificates for competing in the IRC

As far as the 'soft' information required for IRC is concerned, so as to
keep the application form simple and ensure that new developments are not
overlooked, we do not provide a tick box for every eventuality, rather we
ask you to provide the actual information, this avoids features falling
between the cracks. Each feature is then technically assessed and included
in the rating calculation using the same formulae for all.

As with most rating rules and many restricted class rules, there is the
option of appeal to the rule authority, as well as the option for the rule
authority to amend rules when necessary. I am pleased to say that, to my
knowledge, neither has resulted in any changes, other than annual review,
in IRC, nor its predecessor CHS, for as long as I have been in the Rating
Office. Put simply, there are no subjective elements to the IRC rating

* From Matthew Sessions: Transporting CO2 cartridges? Dinghy sailors know
the best solution - wear your Type III PFD on the plane! No hassles in the
security line and a great way to lead by example during the safety

* From Tom Richardson: If you have the time, mail your inflatable PFD to
yourself c/o the host yacht club or at wherever you are staying. Although
it costs more than a rearming kit, it'll save you the time and hassle of
having to deal with the TSA and/or going to West Marine at your destination.

* From Chick Pyle (Re. commercial flights with PFD's containing CO2
cartridges): Thank you Curmudgeon and U.S. Sailing for posting the regs on
the website. I had already printed them and put a copy in the bag that
contained the PFD and CO2, and had another copy with my tickets. When
confronted by TSA screeners, having shown them the regs, it actually saved
the day. Given the level of education and training of most TSA screeners I
encourage all sailors who travel by commercial flight to do the same.

Curmudgeon's Comment: This seems like a good place to end this thread. It's

* From Peter O. Allen, Sr., If not for bad race management, there would
be fewer of us who would be motivated to involve ourselves in helping to
run races. I agree with the idea that if you rag on the race committee,
your name should move to the top of the list of volunteers who will be
named to run the next race. And if you do complain while on the course, you
shouldn't wonder how they called you OCS when you were sure you were in
your traditional position, 30 seconds behind the line at the starting
signal. If you have a complaint with the race management of the day, please
take it to the club's race committee chair - - after the race (like they
didn't know that the first weather leg was a fetch). Bitching on the water
may only compound the confusion on the signal boat.

* From Nancy Noyes: Having been on the course as a racer (crew) for many
years, and also having been involved in race management/race committee work
for nearly as long, I often fondly recall the comment of PRO Steve Podlich
in a J/24 East Coast regatta probably at least a decade ago. Although
nothing was wrong at the time (Steve gives pretty good RC), he told me that
one of the most valuable things he had ever heard from his father-in-law
(Capt. John Bonds, USN, Ret.) was, "The only acceptable thing to say to a
volunteer is something to the effect of, 'Thank you very much for your time
and service.'"

This particular maxim has stood me in good stead for a very long time, on
and off the water. Right on, Steve! Right on John! Long live volunteer Race
Committees (and shame on those of you who think it's up to somebody else to
do the work for you all the time - you'd be surprised how much better a
racer you will become - how much you will learn - if you put in a few days
on the committee!).

* From Peter Huston:There are only two words a racing sailor can say to a
member of a volunteer Race Committee - Thank You.

Curmudgeon's Comment: We're going to let Peter have the final words on this
one - this thread is now officially dead. (With two volatile threads
terminated, it should be interesting to see what the readers will complain
about tomorrow?)

Adult - A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in
the middle.