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SCUTTLEBUTT 1377 - July 23, 2003

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(Remember the terrible story about the New Zealand Yngling Olympic team
getting their boat stolen last winter in an Italian hotel parking lot?
Emanuele Cecchini and Luigi Ciccarone from Harken Italy found their boat!
We've posted the whole, wonderfully colorful story by NZ skipper Sharon
Ferris on the Scuttlebutt website. Here's an excerpt.)

On Monday 14th July Emanuele Cecchini and Luigi Ciccarone were walking down
the dock in Angera, Italy when they saw a yacht with a blue cover and four
stars that were in the shape of the Southern Cross. They asked each other
"do you know what kind of boat that is?" "no?", "an Yngling?" And did you
hear the story of the stolen Yngling from the Kiwi team in Lake Como last
year? After some early morning research on the Internet, making a few
inquiring phone calls and Luigi taking some photos of the boat, their sent
me the email that we have been hoping for, for the last 11 months.

Sure enough it was our Inspiration. I could tell immediately it was our
boat by the up-lines on the venturies, the small traveler and all our
Donaghys ropes on it. The batten on the backstay and the extra inspection
port in the floor close to the Harken mainsheet block were both unique to
our boat. I read the email 6 times to check what I read was true. I
immediately rang Emanuele to find his English was perfect and realized how
lucky I was to have Emanuele and Luigi working on the recovery of our Yngling.

Emanuele gave me a list of things he needed me to do. The first was to get
a copy of the police report that we filed with the Carabinieri on 8th
August 2002. Fortunately, Andy Stonelake was able to find it in the storage
boxes at home in New Zealand and I had the ownership papers and the
measurement certificate with me. These were faxed to Emanuele and Thursday
morning he went to the Carabinieri with the info. Meanwhile none of our
team slept we started dreaming of "air castles" as our team manager
Veruschka Krafft would say.

The Carabinieri took the For Sale sign down and the boat was padlocked to
the dock. The police made some connections and were able to find the
trailer in a town nearby called Castelletto Ticino. Emanuele spent four
hours with the police going over the boat and recovering some of our gear,
most of it still had NZL 4 written on it. They renamed the boat Bond 2 and
painted the mainsail where the Yngling Logo used to be. The spinnakers were
gone. The Carabinieri did a fantastic job to make things as easy as
possible for me, within hours they had obtained the boat and found the
trailer. They also knew who stole our boat!

Curmudgeon's Comment: Only after the boat was hauled out of the water did
the New Zealand crew learn how badly abused their Yngling was. But they are
nonetheless optimistic: "We still hope to use this Yngling at the Olympic
Games, she needs a new keel and has a lot of work to be done, but she is
worth it! We are determined to have her up and racing within 4 months." -
Sharon Ferris, NZL 4

Complete story:

An interesting development for the annual Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
Sydney to Gold Coast Race has Sean Langman donating three new trophies for
the race, for first to finish in the 40, 50 and 60ft and under categories.
These trophies are in addition to another new trophy for this and other
CYCA races for the first 'small' yacht to finish. For this trophy 'small'
is yet to be defined, however these initiatives clearly display interest in
the box rule concept.

This gesture by Langman is intriguing. He is the owner/skipper of the well
known over grown skiff 'Grundig'. Grundig was originally constructed as an
Open 60, but subsequently converted by Langman to a no limits fully crewed
60 which has collected a cabinet full of trophies in all type of races
contested out of Sydney. Grundig's length was subsequently increased to
66ft to further enhance her astounding performance but the question now
hangs-----with this new trophy will Grundig appear on the race track minus
her 6ft addition, in an attempt to win the new under 60ft trophy. The
Sydney to Gold Coast Race starts on Saturday July 26th. - Rob Drury

Event website:

No reports filed - nothing on the website?
Event website:

Sail Newport Regatta, held July 12th & 13th on Long Island Sound, found
stiff competition in the J/105 class. Ullman Sails customers captured the
top three slots and finished 7 boats in the top 10. Only eight points
separated 1st through 6th. 1st-Savasana, Brian Keane; 2nd- Wet Leopard,
James Sorensen; 3rd-Wet Paint, Donald Priesty; 4th- Hoss, Hillard /Darden.
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It was at 2318 hrs 51 seconds BST that PRB crossed the finish line of the
first edition of this Calais Round Britain Race taking 9 days 9 hours 48
minutes and 51 seconds, covering the 1850 miles at an average speed of 8.19
knots with skipper Vincent Riou, and a crew comprised of Jérémie Beyou,
Jean Marc Failler, François Laurent and Nicolas de Castro. The former
winner of the Vendée Globe skippered by Michel Desjoyeaux was under full
mainsail and solent.

PRB was followed at 01 hours 01 minute and 41 seconds later by Roland
Jourdain on Sill. He crossed the finish line in second place in 9 days 10
hours 31 minutes and 41 seconds at an average speed of 8.16 knots. Ecover,
the 60 foot monohull of Mike Golding, finished third in this Calais Round
Britain Race. They crossed the finish line at 01 hours 49 minutes and 23
seconds BST covering the course in 9 days 12 hours 19 minutes and 23
seconds at an average speed of 8.10 knots.

Finally Bobst Group Armor Lux was the last arrival for tonight sailing into
Calais under gennaker. Bernard Stamm and his crew arrived in 4th position
at 02 hours, 48 minutes and 18 seconds completing the course around the
British Isles in 9 days and 13 hours 18 minutes and 18 seconds at an
average speed of 8.07 knots. Five boats are still racing at 0400 BST this
morning : Team 888 who is 43.2miles from Calais, VMI is 54.4 miles from the
finish and the final trio of Arcelor Dunkerque, Garnier and Objectif 3
should pass the line later today.

Event website:

The participation of Wild Oats in the Admiral's Cup is the first occasion a
boat with CBTF (canting ballast-twin foil) technology has been raced in
anger in Europe. This will have made some impression on the racing
establishment and this can only increase once the new generation maxZ86
maxis for Roy Disney and Hasso Plattner hit the water later this year, for
they too will have fore and aft rudders and a canting keel - the biggest
boats to date to have this system. There is also a distinct possibility
that the system will be allowed under the new Volvo Ocean 70 rule. Both the
new maxZ86s are Reichel-Pugh designs and the result of CBTF Co (originally
known as DynaYacht, the company that developed and patented the system) to
open their product out to other designers.

Despite it only starting to take off with the success of Wild Oats and the
maxZ86s, CTBF has been in development for some 15 years now. The system was
originally developed by Alberto Calderon, who had been involved with Tom
Blackaller's tandem keel 12m used in the 1987 Cup. Driving force behind the
technology is now Chuck Robinson whose company CBTF Co now develops and
promotes CBTF technology. The first attempts with the system were carried
out retrofitting the appendages to a Soling, then a stretched Hobie 33 and
standard production Catalina 30. These were followed by Red Hornet - the
first purpose-built CBTF boat. She was the test bed for the first
production CBTF boat, Schock 40. - The Daily Sail, there is much more to
this story:

* Adrienne Cahalan, the world's premier high-speed multihull navigator
and weather router, was crowned the Female Sailor of the Year by the
Australian Yachting Federation, now to be known as Yachting Australia.
Tornado sailors Darren Bundock and John Forbes took the Male Sailor of the
Year Award for the second time in a row. The pair was named the Australian
Institute of Sport (AIS) Team of the Year earlier this year.

* Renault UK announced they have joined the Offshore Challenges
Performance Partner team as 'Official Vehicle Supplier' making the leading
car manufacturer the twenty-first official partner to Ellen MacArthur's
Sailing Team. Renault is already a leading player in the world of Formula 1
motorsport and an association with the Offshore Challenges Sailing Team
brings together two sports that run at the leading edge of technology. -

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* BIG - More than 3000 sailors from 25 nations are sailing in the 114th
Travemuende Week which began 18 July and runs through until July 27 in
Travemuende, Germany.

* A source close to the (America's Cup site) selection process said very
high standards were being set. The next venue will be far better than
Auckland, San Diego and Fremantle, which hosted recent America's Cups, with
the winning city instituting building works of near-Olympic proportions. -
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Columbia River Gorge - Twenty crews from the west coast of the US and
Canada descended upon the Columbia River Gorge for this year's 29er North
American Championships hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association at
Cascade Locks, Oregon. For those sailors looking for big breeze, the first
day of racing on Friday was no disappointment. With winds building to 24
mph and some peak gusts to 30, three races proved to be enough and crews
headed for the beach to repair themselves and their boats.

An earlier start on Saturday proved helpful to completing three races
before the "nuclear" midday wind of 27+ showed up. After a two-hour break,
the breeze lightened up and competitors were back on the water for three
more close races in the picturesque late afternoon of the Gorge. With a
more typical wind speed of 17 -20 mph, Sunday proved to be a decisive day
for the regatta, with the top 5 teams in close contention and well within
reach of the Championship. - Jarvis Brecker

Final Results:
1. Dan Brandt & Trevor Bozina, Tiburon, CA, 25
2. Morgan Gutenkunst & Cameron McCloskey, Mill Valley, CA, 25
3. John Heineken & Paul Heineken, Larkspur, CA, 39
4. Cameron Biehl & Marc Basra, San Diego CA, 44
5. Brian Neufeld & Brad Neufeld, West Vancouver, BC, 53

Full results and photos are posted at

Malmö, Sweden- Results after two races of the International 505 Swedish
Championship and Pre-World Championship Regatta (43-boats)
1. USA, Howard Hamlin/ Peter Alarie, 2
2. SWE, Ebbe Rosen/ Olle Wenrup, 9
3. USA, Daniel Thompson/ Andrew Zinn, 9
4. DEN, Per Larsen/ Martin Friderichsen, 13
5. GER, Lutz Stengel/ Frank Feller, 16

Complete results:

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Janet Sharp passed away on July 18, 2003 after a battle with Lou Gehrigs
disease. Janet was a familiar face among the Sled and Turbosled days.
Having completed 4 Trans Pacs, winning in "95 aboard Cheval, a Vic Maui
Race and too many races down the Mexican coast to count aboard Cheval. She
spent more time in the winners circle than most sailors can attest to.
Janet did not give into her disease. As her body slowly gave up on her she
managed to spend a good part of the winter in Aspen in a sit ski, a last
trip to the Amazon and was planning her annual pilgrimage to France this
fall at the time of her death. Janet leaves behind many people she has
touched through the years. We will miss her. She is relieved from the pain
she has endured so courageously these past few years. My big sister Janet
will always be with me now. Where ever the wind may take me. A memorial is
being held at American Martyrs Catholic Church, 640 15th St. Manhattan
Beach, July 25, 11 a.m. - Big Mike Howard

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* From Tom Coleman: With all due respect to Mr. Kempe's take (Scuttlebutt
1376) on IODA President, Robert Wilkes' comments about Bermuda's
performance at the Optimist NA Champs, I think he's got Wilkes all wrong. I
thought he gave Bermuda a well deserved pat on the back. When he uses
phrases like "impeccable win" and "total domination" to describe the
Bermuda effort, I just fail to see the "unwarranted swipe" that Mr. Kempe
refers to.

I have to give Wilkes the benefit of the doubt when he says that it was
Bermuda's "first team in competition with the second teams of most of the
other countries". I take that as a nod to the less fortunate teams rather
than a put down of the Bermuda team.

Wilkes' closing statement seems to sum up his feelings for Bermuda and
their state of youth sailing, "a fantastic performance for a fleet which
numbers just 75 boats and maybe half that number competing in the national
trials. Bermuda only started to compete internationally in 1998 but an
open-house policy giving access to all, 12- month a year sailing and good
sponsorship of their programme have led quickly to the highest levels".

At least in "Opti circles" sailors and their families know that "Bermuda
rules the waves!" … and they are some of the nicest young sailors you will
ever hope to meet. I know Mr. Wilkes and Mr. Kempe would both agree on that!

* From Mark Wyatt: Wireless instruments are a wonderful advancement! They
should be faster, as long runs of wire up the mast (weight aloft) aren't
required, and the naviguesser can participate in the rail-meat game. And
802-11.b signals are easily encrypted if you're worried about eavesdroppers.

* From Brit Chance Sr.: The 100' range makes wireless intercept chancey.

Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.