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SCUTTLEBUTT 1372 - July 16, 2003

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Bill Turpin's Transpac 52, Alta Vita, finished early Tuesday to claim the
King Kalakaua and Governor of Hawaii trophies with the best overall
corrected handicap time. It's meaningful recognition of the crew that raced
its boat nearest to its rated potential, and none worked harder than Alta
Vita's team of Californians and Hawaiians.

"We've been preparing for this since the first of the year," Turpin said.
Their campaign was a compact version of a Volvo Ocean Race or an America's
Cup, including sail testing, rig tuning and all the competition they could
find, from Key West in January to Ensenada, Mexico in April.

Finally, in the pre-dawn darkness Tuesday morning Jay Crum, a lei around his
neck and a Polynesian cocktail in his hand, recalled how an old-time
competitor told him early on, "Y'know, kid, when you've done this 12 times
you're going to be pretty good at it." In his 12th Transpac, Crum, the
navigator, and his mates were virtually perfect. Their closest competition
for ratings honors was another Transpac 52, Karl Kwok's Beau Geste, which
actually finished 48 minutes ahead of them off Diamond Head at 2:14 a.m.
local time, completing the 2,225 nautical miles in 8 days 16 hours 13
minutes 49 seconds.

But the Hong Kong entry, with Gavin Brady and other world-class New
Zealanders, owed Alta Vita about seven seconds per mile in handicap time
because of its stronger configuration for Transpac's downwind
emphasis---foremost, a hull design by Farr that gave it the effect of a
longer waterline than Alta Vita. Measured from the scratch boats Pegasus 77
and Pyewacket, Alta Vita and Beau Geste were allowed 46.407 and 39.318
seconds per mile, respectively. That computed to corrected times of
7:12:20:29 for Alta Vita and 7:15:56:42 for Beau Geste.

Besides Turpin, who lives in Los Gatos, and Crum, Santa Cruz, the crew
included Pete Heck, Long Beach; Fuzz Foster and Ty Pryne, Honolulu; Ernie
Richau, Huntington Beach; Jim Slaughter, San Diego, and Ian Klitza, Santa
Cruz. Foster, a North Sails agent, was the team's sailmaker. "They're all
pros except for me," Turpin, 42, said, "and I'm retired." - Rich Roberts

Division Leaders:
Div 1: Pegasus 77, Philippe Kahn, R/P 77
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
Div 7. Between the Sheets, Ross Pearlman, Sun Odyssey 52
Div 8. Barking Spider, David Kory, Catalina 38

Photo of Alta Vita's winning crew:
Transpac website:

Light winds that challenged most racers over the weekend and much of the day
Monday picked up speed early Tuesday to bring the remainder of the boats
participating in the 2003 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by
Lands' End Business Outfitters to the finish line. Overnight, winds at the
finish line picked up to about 8 knots, increasing to 15 knots by morning.
As of Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. CDT, all but one boat had crossed the finish line
at Mackinac Island, Mich., 333 miles north of the race's starting point in

Chicago-Mackinac Trophy Division
1. Retriever, Alden 51, David Verdie
2. Bacchant, 75 Square Meter, Jerome D. Sullivan
3. Wooton 2, Sabre 40, W. Harris Smith
First-to-Finish Honors - Rosebud, TransPac52, Roger Sturgeon

Mackinac Cup Division
1. Bantu, Block Island 40, Thomas J. Kuber
2. Cheep N Deep, C&C 39, Randall B. Kuhn
3. Nana, Ericson 39, William McCaffrey and Alan Baske
First-to-Finish Honors - Cheep N Deep

Multihull Division
1. Cathexis, Crowther 10.6, Irving DeRoeck
2. Gamera, F25C, Matthew Scharl
3. Nice Pair, Crowther Super Shockwave, Bruce Geffen
First-to-Finish Honors - Caliente, a Criswhite44 Michael Steck

Open Division
1. Lightning, Schock 40, Krzysztof Kaminski
2. Alchemy, Andrews77, Richard and Mary Compton
Overall and Division First-to-Finish Honors - Alchemy

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technology and comfort. They are made out of a breathable, fast drying
Supplex (r) with a UV rating of 40+ (blocks 97.5% of UV rays) and reinforced
with a Cordura (r) seat patch to insert an optional foam pad. Camet has a
variety of men's and women's shorts, pants and colors. Coolmax shirts,
Neoprene Hiking pants, Mylar bags etc. Ask your dealers for the Camet
products or visit the Camet website at

Brest France - As the temperature reached into the mid 90's competitors were
torn between the shade and readying their boats for one last possible start.
But as the early afternoon dragged on with no breeze other than the odd
zepher, the spirits of overnight leaders started to rise. The final day's
race was ultimately abandoned leaving the overnight results unchanged.

Final Results - Men's Gold Fleet (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 (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:

With Bob Oatley's Wild Oats scoring an emphatic win in the big boat class,
and Aftershock owned by Colin O'Neil taking third place in the small boat
fleet, Australia have increased their points lead in the Admiral's Cup, at
the end of the fifth heat. Wild Oats finished the 182 nautical mile race
around the English Channel at 07:32:24 this morning, and with the tide
turning against the chasing pack, it was two and a quarter hours before
Spain's Bribon Telefonica Movistar crossed the line, a gap large enough for
the Australian boat to win on handicap by nearly half an hour.

However, the Spanish got their revenge, with a win in the small boat class
for Telefonica Movistar, skippered by America's Cup sailor Pedro Campos,
ahead of Britain's Chernikeeff 4, steered by double Olympic medallist Ben
Ainslie, with Aftershock third. The smaller boats sailed a shorter course of
146 miles, and were closer together at the finish, with the top half of the
fleet coming home before the tide turned.

The Spanish team, which is led by King Juan Carlos, are now five points
behind the Australians, with England's Sailability Royal Ocean Racing Club
team in third place, a further five points back.

Wednesday, the fleet returns to competition within the Solent, with a long
inshore race, expected to take between 10 and 12 hours, followed by two
short inshore races on Thursday. The final race of the event, the Wolf Rock
race, a long offshore race, of about 48 hours, starts on Saturday. - ISAF
website, full story:

Event Website:

After leaving Auckland at the end of March, the three Alinghi America's Cup
Class yachts were stored in a shed in Cherbourg. What is their program for
the next couple of months?

While the team members went about their plans for vacations, or participated
in regattas on the International Match Racing circuit, the three America's
Cup Class boats (SUI 59, SUI 64 and SUI 75) of Alinghi sat neatly wrapped up
in Cherbourg, their storage place for the months to come.

The easy to access port of Manche facilitated the comings and goings of the
boats. Starting with SUI 64, which left the port at the beginning of July in
order to make the journey to San Francisco to participate in the regattas
that have been organised by Oracle BMW Racing from the 14th to the 20th of

But the boat will not go it alone. All of her equipment must follow, and
this represents the modest volume of 160 square meters - that is, four 40
foot containers, some of which are cooled between 10 and 14 degrees
centigrade. Is it chocolate? Cheese? No, none of these things! Refrigeration
ensures that the right temperature level that was best adapted to preserve
the glue that has been used on the sails since their inception is constantly
maintained. This also ensures the longevity of the sails. Two large zodiacs
will also take part in the voyage.

After about 30 days at sea, the boats and the materials will be welcomed on
the west coast of the United States by the members of the Shore Team as well
as the sailors - about a dozen people who, in just two weeks, will put the
boat back in the water in configuration for racing. In effect, the hulls
will travel nude.

Once everything arrives, the team members will have to install the deck
fittings, step the mast, re-fit the rigging, and bolt on the keel. They will
adjust the shrouds, lube the winches, check the sails and calibrate the
electronics. And, as you can imagine, there is a plethora of small details
to go over in order to ensure that the boat becomes, once again, the rocket
it was on the Hauraki Gulf.

Next, SUI 64 will participate in the Newport, Rhode Island regattas in May
2004. It is therefore a strong possibility that the boat will remain in the
United States during the interim. - Alinghi website, full story:

* The Optimist North American Championship opened Monday in Valle de Bravo,
Mexico with 121 sailors from 13 countries. Two races were completed on Day
1. The lead at this early stage is held by two 12-year olds, Sean Bouchard
(Bermuda) and Baepi Lacativa (Brasil). Marc Salvisberg, the lone entrant
from Venezuela, is in third place. Reigning champion Jesse Kirkland (BER)
who was fourth in last year's Worlds, is comfortably placed in fifth. The
top North Americas are John McGlynn, (7) Mike Reynolds, (9) Anne Haeger,
(11) & Graham Todd, (12). - Robert Wilkes,

* A team comprised of Cleveland and Newport corporate executives won
Shake-A-Leg's 12th annual Wall Street and Corporate Challenge Cup (WSCCC),
held July 11-12 in Newport, R.I. and presented by Hyatt Regency Newport.
Parker Hannifin Corporation of Ohio and Vectrix, Inc. of Rhode Island joined
forces for two day's worth of competition aboard the historic America's Cup
12-Meter yachts American Eagle, Columbia, Intrepid and Courageous. Proceeds
from the event - each of four teams raised $30,000 for the opportunity to
participate - support Shake-A-Leg-Newport's various programs for people with
spinal cord injuries and nervous system dysfunctions. -

* Scuttlebutt Sailing Club's new Bulletin Board is filling up with
classified ad listings for boats, equipment, and jobs. Boats include a Farr
40, Hobie 33, J/33, Corsair 31, Folkboat, etc. Are you selling an older
J/24? There's a posting from a group in the BVI looking to buy your boat. An
assortment of "stuff for sale" is listed too. And if you have always wanted
to be a sailmaker, there are plenty of jobs listings at various North Sails
lofts. Check it all out at

* Club 420 US National Championship, Youngstown YC, Final results
(65-boats): 1. Martin Sterling & Sean Doyle, 9; 2. Charlie Modica & Patrick
Bordner, 10; 3. W. Andrew III Loe & Mallory Fontuot, 16; 4. TJ Tullo & Randy
Hartranft, 17; 5. Mike Wilde & Meg Callahan, 36. -

* launched this month with a mail order system to buy new
sails over the Internet. Based in Australasia, their 10,000 sq ft facility
is focused on the cruising market and guarantees delivery worldwide within
14 days. Founded by Roger Hall with 17 years of experience in the sail
making business, including designing and building sails for all yachts from
dinghies to super yachts, racing and cruising, and three Americas Cups. -

No one has more selection, better service and product knowledge than Team
One Newport. If you are looking for foul weather gear, layering pieces or
active wear from Musto, Henri-Lloyd, Gill, Patagonia, Columbia, Woolrich,
Camet, Horny Toad, Kavu, Kaenon or other cool vendors, then you should be
calling Team One Newport. They are known as the "Nordstrom's" and "Sharper
Image" of the sailing community. The specialist at Team One will get you in
the correct gear the first time! They also make the coolest crew uniforms!
Call them at 800-VIP-GEAR or go on line at

With participation in weekend regattas declining around Long Island Sound, a
new event is gaining in popularity. Nineteen boats sailing in two divisions
had a great weekend of sailing and socializing in the second annual
Expressly For Fun regatta. The purpose of Expressly For Fun is to focus on
the social and family aspects of sailing.

The Huguenot Yacht Club race organizers believe the 37% growth over last
year's fleet is because they have tapped into the huge pool of cruising
sailors who usually don't race. To keep the racing easy for families with
young kids and shorthanded crews, the courses were from harbor to harbor
minimize sail-handling tasks. A pursuit start kept the starting line
uncrowded for less experienced racers sailing production cruisers like
O'Days, Cape Dorys, Catalinas, Tartans, Pearsons and C&Cs.

More than half the fleet was made up of husband and wife or family crews and
all the boats were sailed shorthanded since one of the rules of the event
was that the whole crew had to sleep on their boat. The intent of this rule
is to keep the shorthanded crews competitive. Besides, we think that a lot
of racers have forgotten how nice it is to sleep aboard.

The regatta initially got the name "Expressly For Fun" when Express 37
sailors Adam Loory and Mort Weintraub came up with the idea for an event to
draw on a new pool of sailors. More than half of this year's fleet never
race in any other YRA event. The event is so popular at HYC that seven
powerboats joined the regatta to be part of the party. - Adam Loory,

2002 CBYRA Mobjack Class Champion Meg Roberts, 16, and Tyler Mickley,17,
both of West Point High, won the national DuckTape@ contest for creative
uses of duct tape. Meg and Tyler fashioned their prom outfits out of duct
tape. Their sticktoitiviness won each of them a $2,500 college scholarship,
and a planned spot on the "Today" TV show. It's worth taking a look at the
incredible outfits the contestants came up with. I'll never think of duct
tape the same again:

(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: Tom Keogh: Please don't give Mike Zuilhof the last word on the
important subject of product liability. Sailing encompasses a lot, but
central to all of it are the ideas of personal responsibility, safety and
informed management of risk. His argument ignores market economics and
espouses a Marxist view of redistribution. It is just plain wrong.

The cost of risk provides for the possibility that a product will fail to
function as intended. If it becomes necessary to insure against the
possibility that products will work as intended, why would anyone make
anything? Build a better mousetrap and the trial lawyers will beat a path to
your door. If liability is not tied to guilt, and Deep Pockets are a valid
criteria for extortion, then watch out. We'll all be at the mercy of people
who can't tell the difference between a tort and a torte. If you want to
take stupid risks with products that you don't know how to use, buy your own
insurance - Don't ask manufacturers and consumers to underwrite your

Curmudgeon's Comment: I think we have now provided the proper balance to say
without reservation that this thread is now truly dead.

* From J. Dirk Schwenk: As far as measurement and one design goes -- it
would be interesting to measure a whole fleet of one designs, say the J24s
at Nationals next week, and see if there is any correlation between
predicted advantage and finish position. I'm not sure if you would learn
more about the rule, the boats, or the quality of the crews, but I'm pretty
sure you would learn something.

* From Brian Raney: John Sweeney wrote "If you want to sharpen your skills
as a skipper, buy a Farr 40." I would suggest you really want to buy a Laser
to sharpen your skippering skills. Or a whole fleet of them for you and your
friends (if you can afford a Farr 40, that is).

Old is when your sweetie says, "Let's go upstairs and make love," and you
answer, "Pick one, I can't do both!"