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SCUTTLEBUTT 1380 - July 28, 2003

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Madeira, Portugal- This year's ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship has
already been described as one of, if not the best championship for a number
of years. It cannot be denied that it has also been one of the closest
fought in many of the classes.

Going into today's racing there were already three Gold medals decided, and
today, after the final race of the regatta, three more were fought over in
conditions that started as boisterous as yesterday, but became lighter as
the morning progressed.

Complete story at

Final Results:
Girls Single-Handed - Laser: 1. USA, Paige Railey, 26; 2. AUS, Krystal
Weir, 27; 3. FRA, Sarah Steayert, 38; 16. CAN, Nicole Bastet, 108.

Boys Single-Handed - Laser: 1. AUS, Ricky Ironmonger, 27; 2. POL, Norbert
Wilandt, 44; 3. CRO, Tonci Stipanovic, 57; 8. CAN, Alex Steele, 71; 19.
USA, Christopher Branning, 125.

Girls Double-handed - 420: 1. AUS, Elise Rechichi & Rayshele Martin, 20; 2.
FRA, Camille Lecointre & Gwendolyn Lemaitre, 22; 3. GBR, Alison Martin &
Bethan Carden, 38; 8. USA, Caroline Young & Shannon Heausler, 77; 20. CAN,
Brooke Campbell & Anna Millar, 163.

Boys Double Handed - 420: 1. AUS, Natha Outteridge & Ayden Menzies, 12; 2.
FRA, Loic Le Bacquer & Yannick Peduzzi, 37; 3. ARG, Lucas Calabrese &
Damian Saponara 59; 4. USA, Zachary Brown & Graham Biehl, 66; 18. CAN,
Andrew Costa & Robert Date, 124.

Girls Mistral: 1. POL, Zofia Klepacka, 11; 2. ITA, Flavia Tartaglini, 27;
3. ESP, Blanca Manchon, 33; 12. USA, Nancy Rios, 112.

Boys Mistral: 1. HKG, Wing Ho Yu, 25; 2. ARG, Mariano Benitez, 25; 3. GRE,
Biron Kokalanis, 29; 17. USA, Philip Muller, 148; 20. CAN, Hugo
Vallee-Poliot, 176.

Complete results at

Major changes have been announced at Team New Zealand with the resignation
of the entire board and the appointment of two new directors. Managing
director Grant Dalton has welcomed the changes, which he says, needed to be
made to attract would-be sponsors and crew.

As soon as the America's Cup began its journey to Switzerland a change of
guard at Team New Zealand was inevitable and once the report on what went
wrong was out heads were going to roll. Heading out is the old guard of
Ralph Norris, the current Air NZ boss, businessman Peter Menzies, and
Saatchi's head Kevin Roberts and Canadian entrepreneur and yachtsman John

Replacing them are high profile Auckland lawyer Jim Farmer QC and Gary
Paykel of Fisher and Paykel. "It is impossible to raise the money without
change and the outgoing directors recognized that to their credit and they
showed solidarity around me as M.D. But they also showed change and they
bring business acumen to the job of raising money," said Dalton. -,1278,208774-2-124,00.html

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Warnemunde, Germany - The final day of the 2003 Yngling Open World
Championship dawned cool and clear, but once again, light winds dominated
the race area. The Race Committee set a long course (three windward/leeward
loops) for the 10:30 start, and got the fleet off on the third start
attempt under the black flag. Russia #7, Ekaterina Skudina led the fleet
around the course from the top mark on followed by Paula Lewin of Bermuda.
Both those teams made a big jump in the overall final standings. The racing
was close with shifts gracing the course. Sharon Ferris from New Zealand
took third in the race, with Hannah Swett fourth, Nadine Stegenwalner (GER)
fifth and Team Challenge US sixth across the line.

The final race, if held, would be a contest primarily between Alison and
Swett (Alison holding a 6 point advantage), with Ferris within striking
distance. The first race of the day was completed just after 1PM with the
wind shifting big to the right. The RC had to realign the course because of
shipping channels, and by the time this was completed, they were close to
the deadline for starting another race. With the breeze continually
shifting and time running out, the RC decided to abandon any further racing
securing victory for Betsy Alison, Lee Icyda and Suzy Leech. It was the
first time in the history of the Yngling World Championship that an all
female crew won the Championship. The next Open Worlds will be held in
Sydney, Australia in January 2004. - Team Challenge US,

Final Results:
1. USA, Betsy Alison/ Suzy Leech/ Lee Icyda, 39
2. USA, Hannah Swett/ Joan Touchette/ Melissa Purdy, 45
3. NZL Sharon Ferris/ Joanna White/ Sara Winther, 55
4. DEN, Trine Palludan/ Christina Otzen/ Ida Hartvig, 63
5. GBR, Ulrike Schümann / Wibke Buelle/ Winnie Lippert, 65
7. BER, Paula Lewin/ Carola Cooper/ Peta Lewin, 71
10. USA, Carol Cronin/ Elisabeth Filter/ Bridget Hallawell 84
11. USA, Jody Swanson/ Elizabeth Kratzig/Cory Sertl, 87
15. USA, Sally Barkow/ Carrie Howe/ Debbie Capozzi, 98
19. CAN, Lisa Ross/ Chantal Leger/ Deirdre Crampton, 125

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Malmö, Sweden- Day 2 of the 505 World Championship at Malmo brought more
exciting conditions and close racing. With only one race scheduled the Race
Committee set a longer course that involved crossing the shipping lane on
the first beat, which brought some extra excitement when the late running
Malmo - Travemunde Ferry came across the fleet during the starting sequence.

The race started in a 20 knot southeasterly which set a stiff test for
competitors and their gear alike. The USA team of Ali Meller and Jesse
Falsone made the most of their role as pathfinder to lead the fleet around
mark 1. However, multiple world champion Krister Bergstrom, crewed by Johan
Barne both of Sweden, soon broke through to head the 85 boat fleet on the
second lap. The wind was beginning to moderate and there was considerable
place changing amongst the leading group. At the start of the last upwind
leg, Kellner and Stammerjohann held pole position, but lost out to both
Bergstom and the early championship leaders Wolfgang Hunger and Holger
Jess, who correctly picked a shift to finish first and second respectively.
Racing continues through Friday.

Results after 3 of 9 races:
1. GER, Wolfgang Hunger/ Holger Jess, 2
2. GER, Claas Lehmann/ Martin Schöler, 6
3. USA, Howard Hamlin/ Peter Alarie, 10
4. DEN, Jörgen Riber/ Henrik Buhl, 11
5. GBR Ian Pinnell/ Steve Hunt, 12
8. USA, Daniel Thompson/ Andrew Zinn, 23
12. USA, Alexander Meller/ Jesse Falsone, 29
18. USA, Andy Beeckman/ Ben Benjamin, 39
21. USA, Macy Nelson/ Nick Nelson, 44
Complete results:

Marblehead, MA (July 27, 2003) - Over two hundred forty boats and some of
the area's top sailors came to Marblehead's Eastern Yacht Club to compete
in this fourteen-class event. There was plenty of hardware given out on the
day, most notably the Leonard Munn Fowle Trophy and the Norman E. Cressy
Trophy, given out each year at Race Week.

This year's Munn Fowle Trophy was awarded to Mark Toso who won the J/24
class. The Munn Fowle Trophy recognizes excellence on and off the water,
and Toso was awarded the trophy for his contribution to Race Week as a
whole, along with his performance. The Cressy Trophy is awarded to the
sailor who wins the largest class of the event. This year the Rhodes 19
class was the largest with 45 boats competing, and Kim Pandapas took home
top honors and received the Cressy Trophy. Complete results at

Fifty countries are entered for the 33rd. IODA Worlds Sailing Championship
in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain where racing started on Saturday. Teams
are limited to five sailors per country and the total number of
participants is 221, of which 35 are girls. The number of entries is the
second highest on record (58 were present at the exceptional "Millennium
Worlds" when many countries received free entry).

Two races were held in 10-12 knots on Saturday. Nine different nations
figure in the top ten, which is a mixture of the expected and unexpected.
Defending champion Filip Matika (CRO) has started well with 3 and 9 points
to rank 7th. Last year's girls silver medalist Hannah Mills (GBR) is two
better at 5th. and leads the three girls in the top ten.

On Sunday, three races were sailed, the first in around 8 knots and the
other two in 10-12 knots. The "unknown" Greg Carey (GBR) proved that his
first day lead was not due to chance with placings of 1-8-10. Defending
champion Filip Matika (CRO) registered two wins, slipped up in the third
race to score 23 but nevertheless improved his overall ranking to 4th. Best
results of the day came from Swede Nicklas Dackhammar who now lies in
second place.

1. GBR, Greg Carey, 2-1-1-8-10, 22
2. SWE, Nicklas Dackhammar, 18-3-1-2-4, 28
3. JPN, Ryutaro Kawai , 4-10-2-11-6, 33
4. CRO, Matika Filip, 3-9-1-1-23, 37
5. ITA, Fercich Alessandra, 3-13-6-2-15, 39
6. NZL, Paul Snow Hansen, 15-6-5-5-10, 41
7. ARG, Sebastian Peri Brusa, 5-2-31-3-3, 44
8. BER, Jesse Kirkland, 11-4-13-2-14, 44
9. ITA, Paolo Cattaneo, 1-12-2-1-31, 47
10. MEX, Erik Brockman, 1-20-12-12-2, 47
79. CAN, Mathew Archibald, 38-39-58-9- 9, 153
110. USA, Scott Furnary, 37-13-24-48-54, 176

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* It has been confirmed that Chris Bowling's Hick 31 Redrock
Communications, one of the entries in the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race,
sank Monday morning soon after hitting Black Rock near Coffs Harbour,
forcing the crew to take to their life raft. The crew was picked up by a
Coffs Harbour Water Police vessel at 4:30am and have since arrived safely
in Coffs Harbour.
Chris Bowling has reported the six crewmembers that were rescued from the
liferaft are all okay, but very tired. Black Rock stands three metres out
of the water and when the boat hit, the rig became entangled in the rock
and came crashing down while underneath, a hole had been punched through
the hull and water was pouring in.

* 146 boats competed in the 420 World Championships at Hayling Island
Sailing Club, Hayling Island, Hampshire, England, which concluded July 25th
with ten races for the men and eleven for the ladies. Complete results at

* The United Kingdom Sailing Academy (UKSA) has completed its GBP 1.2
million extension, Lister House. Ellen MacArthur MBE performed the official
opening ceremony for the new building, which provides 728sq m of extra
space for the sailing academy. Over three floors, the new site houses two
large lecture rooms, a wet lecture room and 22 en-suite bedrooms, providing
residential accommodation for 34 students. Over the last two years UKSA
says it has experienced a 20 per cent increase in demand for its range of
sail, motorboat and watersports courses.

* July 31-Aug 3: US Sailing, Independence Cup, Chicago YC. Sailed in
Freedom 20s and the 2.4mR for sailors with disabilities.

* August 2-9: Skandia Cowes Week, with more than 900 entries, 36 classes
and as many as 8,000 sailors on the water each day. -

* August 20-21: US Sailing Umpire Seminar, St. Francis YC, San Francisco,
CA. The Seminar precedes the US Team Racing Championship for the Hinman
Trophy. Register online

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* From David Carter, BoatU.S. Foundation: (Re: Other Water Sports in
Scuttlebutt 1378 - July 24th) Over the past few years, outdoor CO poisoning
has taken the boating community by surprise. The victims' circumstances
range widely, from more blatant teak surfing behind a moving motorboat, to
sleeping in your cabin with a generator on, to Al Unser, Sr, who was
freeing his anchor and came up in the void under his houseboat's swim
platform. Within seconds Mr. Unser was overcome by carbon monoxide. He was
well aware of the hazards of Carbon Monoxide poisoning following a lifetime
of Formula I racing, but, as he says, he never thought it could happen to
him on a boat.

The BoatU.S. Foundation, a national nonprofit, is working to increase
awareness of CO Poisoning to the boating public. As part of this work, we
have more information on Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Boating, along with
other links on the subject, available for all at

* From Tim Dick: Mac racers who are still working out which ratings they
could have won under... Tuning boats to rating rules is the second oldest
profession in sailing. One design fixes that but it has to be real 1D. San
Francisco's J/105 fleet has become a lead mine this year. It seems that
newer boats tend to be a bit heavier than old boats because of denser hulls
due to TPI's SCRIMP process. And then there are options like the 20-gallon
water tank.

So the committee measures each boat's actual float lines and weighs it
(using the same crane for all) and then (lead) "pigs it out" to hit its
target. And the pigs have to reside in very precise locations.

* From Kitty Norton: Thanks for the Winning with Honor story; particularly,
the quote - "If I would have won this race by taking advantage of someone's
bad luck, then the race was not worth winning." Imagine - racing in a five
or fifty boat fleet in where all the skippers and crew were thinking along
these lines. Then - indeed - it would be the perfect sport!

* From Suzi Beatie: Unfortunately the readers who don't understand why
you, "… ran a story that has nothing to do with yacht racing," probably
never will!

* From Ken Quant: Thank you for pointing out the extraordinary example of
sportsmanship involving the Tour de France. My fear is that those who won't
get it are the ones that should.

* From Larry Pierce: Sportsmanship, camaraderie and Corinthian spirit can
be witnessed in the single-handed community where sailors turn around in
the Southern Ocean to save each other's lives.

* From Tim Kent: As a competitor in the last Around Alone race, I was
delighted to see your short piece on the chivalry extended to Lance
Armstrong in the Tour de France. The competitors in Around Alone were of a
similar mindset, extending help on land in the form of advice, work and
parts, extending help at sea in the form of voice and e-mail communication
in hard times. However, when the time came to compete, everyone competed,
and tried hard to win, as Lance and Jan have done. I have found sailors
everywhere to be helpful to a fault, as witness the incredible amount of
help sailors in Bermuda have extended to me as I sought and found Everest
Horizontal after her capsize. There may be rarified parts of sailing where
such Corinthian values are not found, but I have been fortunate not to
experience them.

* From Ed Cesare: A hearty well done for running the Tour de France story.
In a related vein, I was fortunate enough to sail in Snow Lion in the
recent Daimler Chrysler Transatlantic race. I can't say enough about the
graciousness and enthusiasm of our welcome into Cuxhaven and up the Elbe
River. It was replete with waving and cheering spectators and complete with
the Star Spangled Banner over loudspeaker from a riverside cafe. If the
hometown fans were disappointed by Yanks arriving first, second and third
you would never know it. Many thanks from one sailor to the all the
organizing authorities, sponsors and the people of Hamburg for a great event.

* Frank Fellenz: I too find the sportsmanship of the Tour inspirational,
but I'd like to point out that New Zealand's breakages are not the
equivalent of Lance Armstrongs being fouled by a fans bag. If Lance's frame
had snapped in half, Jan Ulrich would have had a hearty chuckle and
continued up the climb. My point is that those breakages have nothing to do
with sportsmanship, rather, it's cheeky engineers getting too close to a
safety factor of 1.

* Chris Johannessen: The circumstances of Ullrich waiting for Armstrong are
quite different from the match race between Alinghi and New Zealand.
Armstong had his handlebars caught by a spectator's bag; it came out from a
kid standing amidst the line of spectators lining the side of the road. It
swung out and caught on Lance's handlebars, twisting them to the right and
dumping Lance down onto the pavement. Ullrich was right behind Armstrong at
that moment and undoubtedly saw it all happen.

In contrast, NZ's misfortunes were at least somewhat of their own making.
In a race that is technologically fought, where margins are pared down to
save weight, failure is a possibility that is accepted to obtain the
highest level of performance from the boats and gear. The price for
equipment failure was, and rightly should have been, loss of the race. I
expect you might have seen a different reaction from Coutts and Butterworth
had, for example, a spectator boat caused a breakdown on NZ.

Don't take life too seriously. Nobody gets out alive, anyway.