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SCUTTLEBUTT 1371 - July 15, 2003

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TRANSPAC
A full moon lighted the way past the Diamond Head finish line for Philippe
Kahn's Pegasus 77 and a second consecutive Barn Door victory in the 42nd
Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles early Monday. Kahn's archrival
later described the path laid by the lunar reflection on the water as "like
sailing down the moon river," but Roy E. Disney and his crew aboard
Pyewacket were nearly five hours behind in a match of equally powerful
sailing machines.

The Barn Door is a 3 -by-4-foot slab of carved Hawaiian koa wood that goes
to the boat with the fastest elapsed time for the 2,225 nautical miles.
Four Aloha boats that started five days earlier finished ahead of Pegasus
77 by as much as 15 hours, but their ETs were days slower.
Finishing at 3:15 a.m. local time, Pegasus 77's time was 7 days 16 hours 31
minutes 17 seconds, the fourth fastest ever for the race but nearly five
hours over Pyewacket's record of 7:11:41:27 in a windier 1999 race.
Pyewacket's time was 7:21:18:01, the eighth fastest ever.

But, ironically, a 40-year-old Cal 40 whose crew included Pyewacket's usual
navigator, Stan Honey, finished in time late the same morning to correct
out on Pegasus 77 by about half an hour. However, Bill Turpin's Transpac
52, Alta Vita of San Francisco, has the inside track on the honor with
about a two-hour edge and needs to finish before 7:12 a.m. local time
Tuesday to clinch it. If the trade winds hold, that is well within its reach.

The outcome of the Pegasus 77-Pyewacket contest was determined early on,
not by boat speed but by strategic differences of opinion. "We led them
past [Santa] Catalina [Island] by a mile, but then we went right and they
went left, and they were right and we were wrong," Disney said.

The Pyewacket crew was stunned by the second day's morning roll call and
position report that showed Pegasus 77 100 miles south of them. "We were
surprised how low [south] they went the second day," said Peter Isler, who
replaced Stan Honey as Pyewacket's navigator for this race. Then, when the
shift they were expecting failed to produce a lively breeze, they had to
eat their mistake and give up a lot of miles to find better wind south.
That's when Pegasus 77 came slightly north to drop into a controlling
position directly in front.

Mark Rudiger, Pegasus 77's navigator, said, "It was [wind strength]
pressure versus angle, and I've learned the hard way over the years that
the first half of this race you have to go for the pressure and the second
half you can start working on angle. So I just tell the guys, 'Send the
boat the fastest way it can go.' Speed rules. - Rich Roberts

Division Leaders:
Div 1: Pegasus 77, Philippe Kahn, R/P 77 (finished)
Div 2. Alta Vita, Bill Turpin, Transpac 52
Div 3. Reinrag 2, Tom Garnier, J/125
Div 4. Wild Thing, Chris & Kara Busch, ID35
Div 5. Wind Dancer, Paul Edwards, Catalina 42
Div 6. Illusion, Stan Honey & Sally Lindsay Honey, Cal 40 (finished)
Div 7. Between the Sheets, Ross Pearlman, Sun Odyssey 52
Div 8. Barking Spider, David Kory, Catalina 38

The Scuttlebutt website has a Rich Roberts photo of Stan and Sally Honey's
Cal 40 Illusion surfing across the Transpac finish line at 16 knots in 30
knots of breeze:
http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/

Transpac website: www.transpacificyc.org

CHICAGO MAC
Monday at 3PM CDT - Approximately 100 of the 280 boats have crossed the
finish line in the 2003 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by
Lands' End Business Outfitters. First-to finish honors went to Alchemy, the
fast new 77-foot Alan Andrews-designed boat owned by Richard and Mary
Compton of Santa Barbara, Calif., which finished the race in 35:25:17.

* Chicago-Mackinac Trophy Division: Rosebud, a TransPac52 out of San
Francisco owned by Roger Sturgeon finished the race in 36:44:40.

* Multihull Division: Caliente, a Criswhite 44 Trimaran owned by Michael
Steck of Naperville, Ill., finished the race in 41:38:32.
http://www.chicagoyachtclub.org/racetomackinac/index.html

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470 EUROPEANS
After yet another long postponement wind finally returned to Brest, but in
a fickle way. First a westerly, then a northerly with some wiggle along the
way: the breeze was challenging, but the race committee managed two fair
races for both men's and women's fleets. On the men's side. Both American
teams had great starts and took turns leading the first race to eventually
finish third and fourth with Hunt/ Russell third. The rest of the top
contenders had poor results and Foerster/ Burnham, took the series lead.
One the women's side, McDowell/Kinsolving lead for the first lap, but were
caught outside a big lift the second time up and slipped to eighth.
Tomorrow's forecast is less than promising, but everyone is praying for
some decent wind. - Rollin "Skip" Whyte, US 470 Coach

Men's Gold Fleet results after seven races with one throwout (38-boats):
1. Paul Foerster/ Kevin Burnham, USA, 19
2. Gildas Philippe/ Nicolas LeBerre, FRA, 32
3. Johan Molund/ Martin Andersson, SWE, 32
19. Steve Hunt/ Eben Russell, USA 65

Women's Gold Fleet after eight races with one throwout (22-boats):
1. Natalia Via Dufresne/Sandra Azon, ESP, 36
2. Vesna Dekleva/ Klara Maucec, SLO, 36
3. Therese Torgersson/ Vendela Zachrisson, SWE, 36
14. Katherine McDowell/ Isabelle Kinsolving, USA 62

Event website: http://www.europe470.com/

NEWPORT REGATTA
Picture perfect conditions greeted 292 boats from 14 states, USVI, Canada,
Japan and the UK in the 2003 version of the Newport Regatta, presented by
Volkswagen. 948 sailors raced on four circles in 19 classes of boats. In
the 42-boat Etchells class, Ken Read won big without sailing the final
race. Scott Ferguson was similarly impressive in the 44-boat Laser class
with a 32 point win. Results:
http://www.sailnewport.org/npt/m/_general/regattas.asp
Regatta photos: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com

LASER PCCs
Four countries were represented at this year's Laser Pacific Coast
Championships hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association at Cascade
Locks, Oregon. The first day of racing on Friday was no let down for the
heavy air Laser sailing gorillas, with winds averaging 23 mph and some peak
gusts to 30. Saturday lightened up to a more typical wind speed of 17 mph,
and Sunday gave the lighter sailors a welcomed relief of 12 mph. Mark
Mendelblatt from Mosier, OR showed great speed in all conditions winning
the PCCs seven points ahead of Andrew Lewis from Honolulu, Hawaii. The top
guys legged out on the rest of the fleet when they turned their Lasers into
surfboards and surfed down the leeward legs. Tracy Usher from Palo Alto, CA
was 8th overall and 1st for the overall Master class. Jim Christopher of
Eureka, CA finished 1st in the Radial Masters division. The Pacific Coast
Radial champion is Jonathan Goldsberry from Corte Madera, CA. Kerry Poe,
full results: http://www.cgra.org/

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ADMIRAL'S CUP
As the Admiral's Cup fleet set off on the fifth heat of the series, the
short offshore race, it was the Australian team that were making the early
running when they left the Solent, through the Hurst narrows, at the
western end of the Isle of Wight. The Australian boats Wild Oats and
Aftershock, which represent the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Sydney,
had clear leads in the big and small boat fleets respectively.

The Australian team took a four point lead into this double scoring race,
having leapt into the lead after Sunday's fourth race, when the Spanish
boat Telefonica Movistar was disqualified from race three following by
protest by the British boat Dickies Yacht Sales. In second place are
Britain's Sailability Royal Ocean Racing Club team, which is led by Peter
Harrison, who funded England's recent America's Cup challenge. -
http://www.sailing.org/Article_content.asp?ArticleID=4921

Event Website: www.rorc.org

COMMENTARY
Given its much-publicized troubles and the confused handicap background
against which this year's Admiral's Cup is being held, it hardly comes as a
surprise that the racing we have seen so far on the Solent has had a pretty
weird flavour to it. For starters the fleet is painfully small with just 16
boats taking part and the impact on the eye is made even less impressive by
the race officer's decision not to start the two classes together. This had
one unintended consequence on Sunday in particular when cruising yachts of
all shapes and sizes invaded the race course, completely unaware that a
once-great racing regatta was underway.

In the big boat class the disparity in performance is massive with Robert
Oatley's swing-keeled Reichel/Pugh 60, Wild Oats, sailing in a different
weather system to the rest of the fleet as she ploughs on in the distance,
just like Roy Disney's Pyewacket did at Cork Week a few years ago. But even
her huge margins on the water were not enough to save her from the
purpose-built IRC cruiser-racer, Bribon Movistar, from Jason Ker's board,
which has scored four bullets in a row by coming second on the water each
time, comfortably ahead of the Farr 52s despite its recent modifications.
There is precious little boat-on-boat racing in the class, the racing is
dull to watch and it is hard to escape the feeling that the IRC handicap is
facing an impossible task, trying to meet the challenge of such diversity
in form. - Excerpt from a comprehensive story by Ed Gorman posted on the
Daily Sail website: http://thedailysail.com/

CALENDAR OF MAJOR EVENTS
* July 26-27: Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championship, Youngstown
YC, Youngstown, NY. www.yyc.org

* August 1-3: J-24 U.S. National Championship, Milwaukee YC, Milwaukee, WI.
http://www.j24class.org/usa/nor/2003USNat.htm

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LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (editor@sailingscuttlebutt.com)
(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 John Sweeney (Response to Kimball Livingston's article and others
re IACC Wells Fargo Challenge-Series): I just wanted to clear up a
misconception floated around via some journalists who seem to miss the
point of the Challenge Series. First off, the events are not designed to
offer competitive racing, rather enjoyment of sailing America's Cup Yachts
in San Francisco Bay. Much like vintage car racing, these yachts are
expensive and just the fun of sailing them with other similar yachts is
sufficient to get the adrenaline pumping. If you want to sharpen your
skills as a skipper, buy a Farr 40. If you want to skipper your own
America's Cup Yacht in a friendly and safe environment join the Challenge
Series.

The second missed point is the reliability of these yachts. Last year we
had many races were yachts didn't finish due to torn sails or broken
halyards. This years Sausalito Cup featured five America's Cup Yachts
sailing in all sorts of Bay conditions. Each and every yacht finished each
and every race (4 fleet races total). Now that's newsworthy. Yes, we blew
up a bunch of old Asymmetricals, which will always happen due to the loads
on theses yachts. But nothing else broke which kept a yacht from racing or
finishing. It's a tribute to the guys who run the yachts and the
responsible owners and charters who understand the intent of the fleet.

Its all happening again July 25-27 at the Il Moro Trophy. There are now six
yachts in the fleet with more coming. Come out and see for yourself.

* From Mike Zuilhof (response to Andrew Troup's letter- significantly
edited to our 250-word limit): The U.S. does not impose upon the world its
system of torte liability. Somewhat conversely, it is my understanding that
it has its roots in English common law. Liability is not apportioned solely
according to guilt -- the harm to each responsible party is also
considered, and that's why "deep pockets" pay more. Thus with wealth comes
responsibility.

There is a risk cost built into every manufactured product. Would I rather
insulate manufacturers from liability so I could pay a little less?
Tempting, but no, thank you. Torte liability "reform" results in a lower
market price but a shift of risk to the consumer. The score at the end of
the game?: - consumer - higher risk cost, probably higher total cost, small
win if you're lucky, big loss if you're not. - Irresponsible manufacturer -
big win - responsible manufacturer - big loss

The argument that justice should be withheld from victims so that consumers
may pay less for bad products is fallacious and tired. For each
high-profile coffee-in-lap case widely publicized by special interests with
a stake in public perception, there thousands of cases settled fairly, if
not expeditiously. The American torte system is under-appreciated. To
lambaste it in this way is to demonstrate either lack of understanding or a
narrow perspective. Our system of civil justice is a bit like Democracy in
general -- it might be imperfect but the alternatives are worse.

Curmudgeon's Comment: This case is far more complicated than we were led to
believe. Readers who want to know more about it should read:
http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/021001/6/pazo.html.
This thread is now officially dead.

* From Bruce Eissner, US Sailing Offshore Chairman (Re. Richard Collins
remarks about one-design offshore racing): It's not either-or -- one design
or handicapping. It's the ability to have and take advantage of the
options. One-design classes can certainly race enjoyably and successfully
as such, and each class can decide on the levels of tolerances or
differences it will allow among its boats. In mixed fleets, where there may
not be a sufficient number of "one design" participants to make up a class,
or where the differences among the "one-design" boats are greater than
allowed by the class, handicap ratings can be useful. At US Sailing, we are
happy to support both.

As to the "old" IMS, I think you will find that for many boats, the ratings
now provided through measurement rules -- Americap or IMS -- are much
improved. Even so, as Collins points out, whether class compliance or
rating, that's only one part of the formula for success.

* From J. Joseph Bainton (Re IMS rating variance among "one-design" boats
with beds): It would be interesting to see what rating variances, if any,
would be applied under the IMS rule to more traditional one design classes
such as Stars, Etchells, Dragons, etc. All of those classes have small
tolerances in their rules which exist conceptually to allow for inevitable
construction deviations but which in fact have generally be exploited to
produce faster one design boats.

* From Emory Heisler (re Scuttlebutt 1370, "Are we having fun yet?"):
While you are writing about hypothermia, we are worrying about heat
exhaustion! In near-record-breaking heat this weekend the Arizona Yacht
Club held race 8 of 16 in our Tempe Town Lake Portsmouth Series. How hot
does it get? Well, as the mercury approaches 120 degrees like it did
yesterday, leather work gloves replace sailing gloves while stepping masts,
start/finish markers are floating coolers filled with ice and various
hydrating beverages, and the "committee boat" is an umbrella and cooling
station.

Fortunately, with the heat we also get steady summer winds running 8-12 mph
and spinning into wonderfully confusing gusts, lulls and direction changes
as they run over Tempe Butte, under Mill avenue bridge, and spin off the
freeway that borders the north side of the lake. Feeling chilly? Maybe you
should try some hot sailing! http://www.arizonayachtclub.org/
http://www.tempe.gov/rio/

* From K-K-K-K-Kenny Harvey (re "Are We Having Fun Yet?"): Yes I will
fully admit that was me ... young and stupid at age 18. I think I remember
only bring a backpack or something. I must still be young and stupid since
I've done Halifax a couple more times. Those statements about the "alleged
incident" might have been skewed slightly by a whole lotta free rum. I
think I only spent a few hours downstairs recovering, but I'll tell you
waking up to a grown man rubbing your skin is something that I'll never forget.

* From Gary M. Swain: I just would like to correct the name of the
Beneteau 50 in the article about the Marblehead to Halifax Race by Angus
Phillips. He incorrectly states the name of the boat as "Summer Dream." The
owner who is the Commodore of the BYC had a fit when the article came out
in the Washington Post. The correct name of the boat is "Southern Dream"

CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATION
Only in America do we leave cars worth tens of thousands of dollars in the
driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.