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SCUTTLEBUTT 1373 - July 17, 2003

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Chris Busch from San Diego, won Division 4 on his 1D35, Wild Thing, which
some might consider a dubious boat of choice for a 2,225-nautical mile
race. I knew what I was getting into," he said. "The hard part was talking
four other guys into it."

David Kory, who runs Tradewinds Sailing in Point Richmond, Calif., led a
crew that the sailing magazine Latitude 38 called "the jolly band of
Transpac virgins." They sailed a Catalina 38 called Barking Spider.
"Everybody was a rookie," Kory, 40, said. "Our goal was just to cross the
finish line." They not only accomplished that but won the Aloha B class,
and now his racer-cruiser sits on Transpac Row amid the higher-tech crowd
of Pegasus 77, Pyewacket and Alta Vita

There are different kinds of winners in the Transpacific Yacht Race, some
measured by their boats' performances, others by triumphs of the human
spirit and a few by a combination of those qualities. The men on B'Quest, a
Tripp 40 sailed by Transpac's first team of disabled sailors, also had
earned their thrills by the time they finished Monday afternoon. They were
met at the Hawaii Yacht Club by video teams and reporters from four local
TV stations, one of which also did a live remote telecast---a possible
first for Transpac.

"The end was pretty heavy," said Sam Gloor, a paraplegic who plays rugby.
"We blew out our three-quarter-ounce spinnaker, and Sunday night we blew
our topping lift when it was blowing 25 knots steady, with gusts." Would he
do it again? "Absolutely," Gloor said. "Doublehanded next time. It's
revived my bluewater dream."

Skipper Joshua Ross, the only able-bodied member of the six-man crew, said,
"In one word, we rocked. When we blew out the chute we didn't miss a beat.
We were surfing at 11 knots coming in here." As for hardships, Ross said,
"All they complained about was the food---and I'm responsible for that."

Paraplegic Bob Hettiger, co-founder of Challenged America with Urban
Miyares, a blind watch captain, said, "We were 100 yards from the finish
line and Urban said, 'Twelve years.' How short that distance was from the
dream we had 12 years ago."

B'Quest finished last in the four-boat racing Division 5, won by Paul
Edwards' Catalina 42, Wind , from Wilmington, Del., but was competitive at
only eight hours behind third-place Masquerade, Timothy Coker's Choate 40
from San Diego. "We tried our hardest," Hettiger said. "We didn't slough
off. When things started to hurt we just fought through it." - Rich Roberts

Transpac website:

Another safe performance by the Australian team has kept them at the top of
the Admiral's Cup leaderboard, with their big boat Wild Oats taking second
place in the IRC big boat class while Aftershock won the IMS 600 small boat
class. Mark Richards, the helmsman of Wild Oats, brought the boat home some
40 minutes ahead of closest rival Spain's Bribon Telefonica Movistar, but
this was still close enough for the King of Spain's boat to beat the
Australians by nearly three minutes on corrected time.

It was a long and tedious day on the water for the crews, sailing under a
leaden grey sky, that spilt over onto them from time to time, driven by an
unexciting wind that fluctuated between 6 and 12 knots, and clocked from
south east, through south, and on towards south west. - Susan McKeag

1. Royal Price Alfred Team, AUS, 27 points
2. Telefonica Movistar Sailing Team, ESP, 33
3. Sailability RORC Team, GBR, 46
4. Team Royal Southern, GBR, 64
5. Team Paprec Recyclage - UNCL, FRA, 79
6. Team Bear - RTYC, GBR, 82
7. Sailability CCYC Team, GBR, 85
8. Estrella Galicia Sailing Team, ESP, 90

Event Website:

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2000. That June, Zaraffa won the St. David's Lighthouse Trophy in the
Newport to Bermuda Race. And they did it again in 2002. In between, they
won the Fastnet Race Super Zero class. In 2003, they were first-to-finish
in the DaimlerChrysler Transatlantic Race. With a Hall Spars & Rigging
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Gavin Brady is relishing the chance to work alongside his old skipper Chris
Dickson and Oracle BMW Racing head Larry Ellison in the next America's Cup.
The 29-year-old New Zealand-born helmsman said the team would not only be
based on yachting talent, but also team spirit, drawing on the successful
experiences of Oracle BMW Racing's 2003 effort.

"The chemistry needs to be right, for the whole team," Brady stressed.
"It's something we will seriously consider when we're selecting people for
this campaign. There's a lot of work to do from here - our 'to do' list is
pretty big."

Brady, who has been involved in three America's Cup campaigns until now,
says he's thrilled at the chance to steer for a team of Oracle BMW Racing's
calibre. "This is a huge step in my career," he says. Brady sailed as a
tactician for Dickson in his 1995 America's Cup campaign, TAG Heuer
Challenge, which made the semi-finals of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger
series. He hasn't forgotten the chance that Dickson gave him as an
enthusiastic 21-year-old, an opportunity that launched his professional
yachting career.

"If it wasn't for that chance, I certainly wouldn't be Oracle BMW Racing's
helmsman today," Brady says. "We'll work well together - we know each other
well, especially our strengths and weaknesses. - Excerpts from a story on
the Oracle BMW website, full story:

Brad Read, a two-time winner of the J/24 World Championship, won the J/24
Legends Regatta today. The four-race series kicked off the week-long J/24
Silver Anniversary Regatta. Read (Middletown, RI), sailing with crewmembers
Randy Borges, Moose McClintock, John Mollicone and Gordon Borges, finished
3-1-2-2 for the low score of 8 points. Read, who won the Worlds in 2000
(Kingston, Ontario) and 2002 (Newport, RI), defeated Chris Larson
(Annapolis, MD), the 1996 Worlds winner, by 5 points. Read's older brother,
Ken Read (Newport, RI), a six-time world champion, finished third with 15

The open regatta started on Wednesday with a building 12-knot southerly
combined with an offshore swell and heavy current kept J/24 competitors
guessing. A group of young guns from Canada and some old friends who raced
J/24 Class events competitively 20 years ago were the big winners in the
first race of the J/24 Silver Anniversary Regatta. Thomas Barbeau's from Quebec City, Canada, won the first race in the Silver
Fleet, for competitors with valid J/24 rating certificates and whose crew
has weighed in. Barbeau, a 26-year-old designer of commercial ferries,
outfoxed Brad Read and Tim Healy to claim the victory.

In the Regatta Fleet, for competitors who didn't have to meet the crew
weight requirements, Chris and Vicki Field (Noank, CT) found their old
touch aboard Maybe to defeat Harry Lane's Fast Lane (Jamestown, RI). In the
Anniversary Fleet, a non-spinnaker division, Robert Iriye (Middletown, RI)
and Rich Haaku (Seawaren, NJ) guided their boats Tenacious and Peddler,
respectively, around a six-mile course around buoys. - Sean McNeill

Event website:

"There's two kinds of people who own wooden boats. Crazy people with a lot
of money and crazy people without any money." - Doug Shumpert

Tucked away in a fold of Ventura Harbor (California), a school of wooden
hulks lies beneath gray tarps, waiting for Doug Shumpert to bring them to
life again. A shipwright, Shumpert has spent the past 36 years gutting
rotted ghosts of the sea and rebuilding them to sail again.

Today, wooden boats have become collectible antiques of sorts. And interest
in fixing the old boats is intensifying, according to Bill Curry, managing
director of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Townsend,
Wash. At least one wooden boat school has opened every year for the past
seven in North America, Curry said. There are five on the West Coast alone.

And boat buyers aren't the only ones returning to the ways of old.
Second-career and retired woodworkers are among those taking courses at the
Port Townsend school. "There's a group of 30- or 40-year-olds that are
changing careers and want to work with their hands and with wood," said
Curry, whose school has about 50 students enrolled in its two-year program.
"They make up the bulk of our students." Of the 250 students he estimated
will graduate from such programs around the country this year, only a
fraction were under 25, Curry said.

As for Shumpert, he has enough business to keep him busy for years. -
Excerpts from a story by Andy Olsen in the Los Angeles Times. Full story:,1,775054.story

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* Ten US teams arrived on Hayling Island, England to compete in the
International 420 Open Worlds, the Women's Worlds, and possibly the Worlds
Team Racing. Seven men's/mixed teams and three women's teams are assembling
and tuning their new charter boats. Qualification races for gold and silver
fleet begin Saturday July 19. The Open Worlds begins July 22 with four days
of racing scheduled. Zachary Leonard is leading the coaching effort. Larry
Law and Jill Roberts are providing team support.

* Novis Composites, Ltd., a newly formed manufacturer of carbon-fiber spars
and components for the sailing market, has opened a 40,000-square-foot
manufacturing facility in Conneaut, Ohio. Headed by veteran spar-builder
David Hulse, the facility will house a 120-foot autoclave for pressure cure
of over 100psi; custom CNC-controlled, automated fiber deployment
equipment; a full machine shop with an automated machining center for all
custom and production requirements; and all-female tooling with integrated
luff groove. Novis Composites, Ltd. has purchased the assets of the former
Hi-Tech Composites of North Carolina and will continue to provide component
support for Hi-Tech and Sparcraft products.

* Falmouth YC, Falmouth, Mass - Sixteen teams competed in a total of 232
races .the US Team Racing Associtation (USTRA) Mid-Summa's this past
weekend. On Saturday a 16 team round robin was completed in 15-20 knot
southwester. On Sunday the fleet was split into Gold and Silver and a
double round robin was sailed in a 10 knot southwester. Gold Fleet Final
Results: 1. Silver Panda, 27-2, (Pat Hogan, Carlos Lenz, Pete Levesque,
John Cline, Colin Merrick, Amanda Callahan); 2. NYYC, 23-6, (Josh Adams,
Brandon Prior, Mike Zani, Rich Feeney, Carl Ziegler, Chris Meussler); 3.
Longfellows, 20-9 (Key, Bell, Baker, Dimmock, Doyle, Bonney)

* Correction: The correct URL for is:

The second race of the Wells Fargo Challenge Series for International
America's Cup Class (IACC) yachts will take place July 25-27 on San
Francisco Bay. Six boats will race on a spectator-friendly racecourse for
the Il Moro Trophy in an event hosted by the Sausalito Yacht Club:
1. ITA 1 Team Paul & Shark - Tom Thayer and Dick Watts
2. USA-11 Team Wells Fargo - John Sweeney and Tina Kleinjan
3. NZL 14 Team Archipel Wines - Mary Coleman
4. NZL 20 New Zealand - Karie and David Thomson
5. USA 61 ex-America One - Peter Stoneberg
6. USA 76 - ORACLE BMW Racing - Larry Ellison

Event website:

* August 30-31: Martin 242 North Americans, Royal Vancouver YC,
Vancouver, British Columbia. -

* July 18-20: Class A Scow ILYA Invitational Championship Regatta,
Minnetonka YC, Minneapolis, Minn. -

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There have been subtle but significant changes in the format for the Musto
Scuttlebutt Sailing Club Championship Regatta at the Bitter End Yacht Club.
The small boat qualifications begins on Sunday, November 2 in Lasers (up to
12 skippers), and Hobies Waves (up to 6 skippers). On Sunday afternoon
there will also be qualifications in Hunter 216s (up to
8 skippers/crews). Because the spots are limited, those wanting to race in
the SSC Championship are advised to register when they check into the
resort. Top placers in the preliminaries move on to Thursday's Finals,
sailed in the Bitter End's new fleet of Hunter 216 Sportboats.

On Monday, November 3, there is the Scuttlebutt Sailing Club Offshore
Championships, as part of the Annual Defiance Day Race from the North Sound
up to The Baths.

Both of these SSC events are woven into the schedule of the BEYC's annual
Pro-Am regatta where the guests of the resort get a chance to sail with Ed
Baird, Paul Cayard, Russell Coutts, Dawn Riley, Lowell North, Keith Musto,
Roy E Disney or even with the curmudgeon. To secure a spot in this year's
event, call 800-872-2392. Special rates apply for SSC members (that's you),
and further discounts for Team bookings of three rooms or more. -

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* Chuck Riley: Kimball Livingston really missed the point of San
Francisco Bay IACC Challenge Series. Those who participated, spectated and
at least one sponsor I had dinner with, were absolutely thrilled with the
event. On Sunday, the final day of the Sausalito Cup, the town of Sausalito
saw perhaps more visitors than any day in history. Hats off to John Sweeney.

* From Bob Afflerbach: I've been very interested in the discussion on
rating class boats for racing and I'm reminded back when I was one of a
group of Comet sailors at Island Heights YC in New Jersey quite a while
ago, before Sputnick, and we wondered the same thing. But instead of
offering to measure our boat, we decided to measure our boats, sails and
skippers independently. So we set up a round of races where we rotated
boats, sails and skippers each race and kept records accordingly. When all
the data came in, we knew what the difference was and it was not the
boats. I suggest that more of that attitude take place today and not stick
it to the boats and the sails, at least in the class boat sailing.

God must love stupid people; he made so many.