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SCUTTLEBUTT 1365 - July 7, 2003

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Roy E. Disney's Pyewacket led Philippe Kahn's Pegasus 77 past the West End
of Santa Catalina Island and into open ocean as the great match race of the
42nd Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii unfolded Sunday. "We're about a mile
ahead of Pegasus, which is dead astern," Peter Isler, Pyewacket's
navigator, reported by phone. "I can't see anybody else right now in the
haze." The two lead boats passed the island 23 miles off the Pacific Coast
a bit more than 2 1/2 hours after the start.

Meanwhile, two smaller boats that started Friday dropped out. Lucky Dog, a
J/125 being sailed doublehanded by Peter Putnam and Len Bose of Newport
Beach, Calif., returned to its home port at noon Sunday because of a leak
in the steering column of its rudder. The Cone of Silence, a Super 30 from
Australia and the smallest boat in the race at 31 feet, withdrew reporting
"structural damage." Skipper James Neill said he did not require
assistance. Putnam said, "We got out 150 miles and found Saturday afternoon
that the rudder was letting water into the boat. We thought it would be
better to withdraw. We're OK but disapppointed."

Another boat transmitted an automatic distress signal early Sunday
morning---apparently accidentally. A Coast Guard C-130 responded to an
EPIRB (emergency position indicator radio beacon) alarm sent by Nick
Martin's Schock 40, On Point, from Wilmington, Calif. On Point reported
later that it had taken a wave over the side that activated the alarm but
caused no damage.

The last 12 of 57 boats to start (now numbering 55) were surrounded by a
sun-splashed spectator fleet at the end of the Independence Day holiday
weekend in the U.S. They started in light wind off the cliffs of the Palos
Verdes Peninsula. Their destination is the landmark Diamond Head finish
line 2,225 nautical miles away.

Daily position reports, charts, news summaries, photos will be posted at

The fourth (and final) day of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship saw
Massimo Mezzaroma crowned as the new world champion after another
impressive performance. Three races were run on the last day of the event,
and Mezzaroma's team, which includes tactician Vasco Vascotto, had
effectively won the regatta with a race to spare after posting a 2nd and a
1st in the first two races.

The second race of the day proved pivotal for Richardson's Barking Mad. On
their port approach to the top mark, they just got across the bow of
Crocodile Rock before throwing in a tack to windward. Crocodile Rock could
only watch as Barking Mad eased the mainsheet to accelerate, promptly
removing all their stanchions and lifelines to the mast. Crocodile Rock
retired, Barking Mad flew an 'I' flag accepting a 20% penalty, but was
later disqualified.

By now the battle was for second place overall. Illbruck's Nela, with John
Kostecki calling the shots, had started the regatta slowly but had had
nothing but a string of single digit results from the second day.
Ultimately it was John Coumantaris' Bambakou that collected third overall,
followed by Ernesto Bertarelli's Alinghi in fourth.

About winning, Massimo Mezzaroma says, "There are no words to describe how
happy we feel as a crew right now. We have traveled all over the world for
the last three years sailing Farr 40 regattas, but it was here at home with
an all Italian crew that we became world champions with the biggest ever
fleet. This is a 100% crew victory. For the last three years we have spent
10-12 weeks together as a crew, racing, training, traveling. It has all
been worth it."

The next Rolex Farr 40 Worlds will be in San Francisco in September 2004.

Final Results: (Yacht Owner/Tactician) 1. Nerone, Massimo Mezzaroma/ Vasco
Vascotto , 51 pts; 2. Nela, Michael Illbruck/ John Kostecki 74 pts; 3.
Bambakou, John Coumantaros/ Chris Larson, 92 pts; 4. Alinghi, Ernesto
Bertarelli/ Russell Coutts, 99.5 pts; 5. Southern Star, John Calvert-Jones/
Grant Simmer, 100 pts; 6. Barking Mad, Jim Richardson/ Terry Hutchinson,
101.5 pts; 7. Morning Glory, Hasso Plattner/ Dee Smith, 102 pts; 8.
Crocodile Rock, Harris/Geremia/ Vince Brun, 109 pts; 9. Struntje Light,
Wolfgang Schaefer/ Michael Coxon, 110 pts; 10. Seven, Alberto Signorini/
Tommaso Chieffi, 126 pts.

Complete results:
Great photos:

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Marstrand, Sweden (July 6, 2003) - Great Britain's Chris Law of "The
Outlaws" used a brilliant pre-start in the fifth and decisive match of the
Swedish Match Cup finals to claim the championship of the last event on
Swedish Match Tour 2002/2003.

After winning the first two matches of the first-to-three points final, Law
lost the third match after a penalty in the pre-start and then allowed that
miscue to get him off-track in the fourth as well. "You gotta keep cool
when a final stretches to five matches. This is a very tricky place to sail
and we've sailed our own game this week, but in the last match we went back
to basic match racing tactics," explained Law. This is Law's second win on
Swedish Match Tour 2002/2003 to go along with the 2002 UBS Challenge in
Newport, RI, USA.

"I was actually surprised how well Chris maneuvered in the pre-start of
the fifth match, staying behind us the whole time," said Jablonski. "Chris
was the better sailor in the fifth race and the better sailor won."
Jablonski's runner-up finish here catapulted him up the Swedish Match Tour
Final Rankings from eighth place overall pre-event to fifth place, paying
out an $US18,000 share of the US$200,000 prize purse, while Law moved up
from fifth to fourth overall.

In the petit finals, US Virgin Islander Peter Holmberg of Team Pelle
Petterson Yachting defeated Denmark's Jesper Bank, a double Olympic gold
medallist and former helmsman for the Victory Challenge 2-1 to finish
third. Swedish Match Tour 2003/2004 begins next month with the Danish Open
2003, August 12-16. An announcement will be made shortly regarding the full
schedule for Swedish Match Tour 2003/2004.

Swedish Match Cup Final Standings-Top Ten
1.Chris Law, Great Britain/"The Outlaws"
2.Karol Jablonski, POL/Jablonski Sailing Team
3.Peter Holmberg, USVI/Team Pelle Petterson Yachting
4.Jesper Bank, Denmark
5.James Spithill, AUS/Team Spithill
6.Jesper Radich, Denmark
7.Peter Gilmour, AUS/Team Pizza-La
8.Mattias Rahm, SWE/Team Stena Bulk
9.Staffan Lindberg, Finland
10.Andy Beadsworth, GBR/Team Henri Lloyd

Swedish Match Tour Final Standings
1.Jesper Radich, Denmark, 109 pts, US$60,000
2.James Spithill, AUS/Team Spithill, 96 pts, US$40,000
3.Jes Gram-Hansen, DEN/Team Victory Lane, 84 pts, US$25,000
4.Chris Law, GBR/"The Outlaws", 76 pts, US$20,000
5.Karol Jablonski, POL/Jablonski Sailing Team, 66 pts, US$18,000
6.Ed Baird, USA/Team Musto, 57 pts, US$15,000
7.Magnus Holmberg, SWE/Team StoraEnso, 50 pts, US$12,000
8.Paolo Cian, ITA/Riviera di Rimini Sailing Team, 47 pts, US$10,000

- Shawn McBride,

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* Sweden's Marie Bjorling won an all-Swedish final to claim her second
consecutive Swedish Match Cup Women's Class title in a thrilling five-match
affair over countrywoman Mallin Kallstrom. After dropping the first match,
Bjorling won the second with Kallstrom then moving to championship point in
the third. Bjorling then demonstrated why she is the world's top ranked
women's match racer by leading her crew to two straight victories, while
defending her title in this premier women's match racing regatta. As winner
of the Swedish Match Cup Bjorling receives an automatic entry into the
Bermuda International Women's Match Racing Championship, scheduled to take
place October 18-21 at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. -

* The 2nd tour stop of the 2003 Volvo Champions Race concluded this past
weekend in Schwerin, Germany, where the world's top fifteen Tornado and
49er crews competed in this four day event on the Lake of Schwerin. Racing
took place directly in front of the beach with the rounding marks not more
than 20 metres away from the spectators, who also enjoyed live commentary
during this fan-friendly event. Three time World Champion Chris Nicholson
and his crew Gary Boyd from Australia dominated the 49er class while
Americans Robbie Daniels and Andreas Straume won the last race to win the
Tornado class. Complete story (in German) and results at

* Twenty-eight of the sixty-three entries in the Daimlerchrysler North
Atlantic Challenge have finished as of Sunday evening. Zaraffa, which was
first to finish on June 28th, also still retains handicap honors. -

* The latest ISAF World Sailing Rankings for the Olympic Classes have been
released. North American sailors landing in the top twenty include: Star-
3. Mark Reynolds/MagnusLiljedahl (USA), 5. Peter Bromby/Martin Siese (BER);
Europe- 16. Meg Gaillard (USA); 49er- Tim Wadlow/Pete Spaulding (USA); 470
Women- 13. Jennifer Provan/Nikola Girke (CAN), 15. Katie McDowell/Isabelle
Kinsolving (USA); Tornado- 15. John Lovell/Charlie Ogletree (USA), 16.
Enrique Suarez Figueroa/Jorge Hernandez (PR), 19. Robbie Daniel/Tjiddo
Veenstra (USA); Yngling- 1. Betsy Alison/Suzy Leech/Lee Icyda (USA), 3.
Hannah Swett/Melissa Purdy/Joan Touchette (USA), 5. Jody Swanson/Cory
Sertl/Elizabeth Katzig (USA), 6. Carol Cronin/Liz Filter/Bridgett
Hallawell. Complete rankings at

The top three teams in the upcoming US Snipe Nationals will earn the right
to represent the USA at the 2004 Western Hemisphere Championships in Bahia,
Brazil. The nationals already has fifty teams registered for a week of
serious sailing and serious fun in Marion, MA. Whether you're looking for
tough national or international competition or friendly family sailing,
you'll find it in the Snipe class. For regatta results, calendar info or
helpful articles, go to

* July 17-26: Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Portugal
Event website:

* August 15-17: Cal 20 Nationals in Long Beach, CA. Information available

Our mention of democracy being born in the US when the Declaration of
Independence was signed on July 4, 1776 brought in a slew of mail. Our
apologies go out to all readers, and particularly those of Greek descent,
as we understand it was in Greece that this concept was first born.

(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 Richard Hazelton, Editor 48 North Sailing Magazine: I think it's
interesting that making the America's Cup being more viewer friendly, both
in person and for TV, is considered crucial to it's survival, yet here we
have yet another ocean race (Antarctica Cup International Yacht Race 2005)
which has the money to offer millions in prize money without continuous TV
coverage (no doubt there will be some documentaries) and, except for the
start and finish, a spectator fleet that consists mostly of whales, seals
and penguins.

* From Henry (Harry) H. Anderson, Jr. (edited to our 250 word limit): The
tributes to Briggs S. Cunningham have been heavily oriented towards his
sports and vintage car career thereby overlooking many of his successes and
contributions in yachting. Those of us who sailed as juniors on Long Island
Sound will always remember the support that he provided with his power
yacht Chaperone, aptly named for its role towing us to regattas, carrying
regatta officials, rescuing capsized juniors and especially assisting the
junior sailing program at the Pequot Yacht Club in his home port of
Southport, CT.

His interest in providing opportunities for young sailors included the
donation by himself and his first wife, Lucie (Bedford), to Yale University
of the property at Short Beach, Branford to accommodate the Yale Sailing

When the venerable Atlantic Class was virtually on its last garboards, it
was Briggs who had a mold made so that the wooden hulls could be replaced
in grp. It was also by reason of Brigg's sponsorship of the prototype of
the Raven that the class became popular in parts of the east and the

After the 1958 America's Cup Match Briggs became a member of the AC
Selection Committee. It was characteristic of him, when during the trials
the day was waning and the Committee was discussing whether or not to hold
one more race, to comment in the vein "They came here to sail, not to go to
social events; let's start them right away."

* From Stephen A. Van Dyck (on the loss of Briggs Cunningham): In the
summer of 1959, after skippering Columbia in the '58 AC defense, Briggs was
back as usual at our home club, Pequot, in Southport, CT. Like he had done
for so many summers before, and did for so many summers afterward, he
quietly supported our junior program. His role? He watched our races,
quietly offered advice when asked and took us as crew on his Atlantic. And
believe it or not, he patiently towed us in and out and often to far away
regattas. He and his gorgeous 40' launch Escort were a fixture to all who
sailed the junior regattas.

As more Americas Cup summers came along Briggs was invariably found in
Newport, RI. His role? Helping NYYC teams. He contributed money, watched
every race and only offered advice when asked. It was an after-race ritual
to check in with Briggs. But you had to ask if you wanted his valuable
thoughts. In the '70 A-Cup when I made a fatal tactical error he was on the
dock to help me get things back in focus. When we won he was still quietly
in the background, soaking up our victory.

Briggs was the quintessential Corinthian sportsman and gentleman. He did it
because he loved it. I doubt that a bigger man with a smaller ego ever held
a tiller. Those who were blessed to know him know how true this is.

* From Ward Detwiler: (edited to our 250 word limit) In response to the
statement in Midwest Wake Up Call that "it appears that a few states have a
little work to do in the area of junior sailing development," I would like
to concur that Midwest sailors do have some work to do to produce the
number of top-level sailors that the coasts produce. However, a few
obstacles hamper Midwest juniors. One such obstacle is the great distances
between midwestern cities themselves, and the distance between the Midwest
and the east coast, which makes travel to big regattas difficult. We can't
just throw the boats on the trailers and drive forty minutes to a regatta
with a hundred boats. Most Midwest sailors can only make it to one big
regatta a year. Another big obstacle is the two and a half month sailing
season. Unlike the Californians and southeastern sailors, Midwest juniors
can't sail all year. While Midwest sailors might not finish as well as
sailors from other regions, we have to work twice as hard to get there
Lastly, as a member of Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, MI, and a product of
the junior program there, I have to point out that our junior program
consistently produces all-american, Olympic, and America's Cup sailors.
Just this year Lauren Padilla and Nathan Hollerbach were named to the
Collegiate All-American list. While it may be true that Midwest sailors
don't always post top results at national regattas, a number of us do quite

* From Scott Diamond, Chicago Yacht Club Jr. Activities Committee: Get the
facts straight, there were 5 sailors from Chicago Yacht Club alone and at
least 2 from Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago at last weeks Jr. Sailing Event
in Milwaukee. Last time I checked, Chicago was in the Midwest. Jr. Sailing
in the Midwest is on the rise. Rumors have it to keep a look out for a
Midwest Jr. Sailing symposium sometime in the late fall.

* From Mike Kurzawa: To suggest, as the July 3rd Scuttlebutt does, that the
Midwest states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin (don't forget Illinois
and Iowa) are somehow deficient in junior sailing development is totally
unfounded and a mistaken suggestion. Instead there is great strength, great
enthusiasm, great participation and great support for junior sailing and
racing.....perhaps even to the point of being a bit overwhelming. Within
the scow-world of the Inland Lakes Yachting Association and her many home
lakes - places like Minnetonka, Pewaukee, Geneva, Beulah, Cedar, Pine,
North, Delavan, Okoboji and so on - the development of junior sailing
receives the utmost attention. Usually this is in the Opti and the Inland's
traditional "X" boat which continues to be fully modernized by Melges Boat
Works into one slick little racing craft. Lasers and 420's are there
too....but as only part of the overall program. You might care to visit and
see what you appear to be missing.

Curmudgeon's comment: Looks like I am eating a little crow here. Keep up
the good work!

Don't cry because the weekend is over; smile because it happened.