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SCUTTLEBUTT 1381 - July 29, 2003

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Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain - Two further races were sailed in 13-14
knots, a wind increase which benefited the heavier teams such as Poland.
With eight races sailed one discard has now been taken.

Greg Carey (GBR) continued to sail superbly but, in the happy position of
having a low discard, has for the moment slipped one point behind Sebastian
Peri Brusa (ARG). A ten point gap has now opened up between these two and
defending champion Filip Matika (CRO) but the field is then very close with
good days from Jesse Kirkland (BER), Peruvian Brenko Markovinovic and
Tomasz Januszewski (POL) raising them on the leaderboard.

The individual racing is suspended now for two days to allow the team
racing championship and a rest day. Sixteen teams qualify for the team
racing on the basis of results in the first five individual races. Top four
seeds are Italy, 2002 silver medalists Croatia, Japan and Great Britain,
but no one should underestimate the traditional specialists Argentina and
Peru. 2002 bronze medalists China rather surprisingly failed to qualify, as
have regulars such as Netherlands and U.S.A. but the greatest surprise is
Chile who have never qualified before.

Results through Monday:
1. ARG, Sebastian Peri Brusa, 5-2-31-3-3-1-3, 17
2. GBR, Greg Carey, 2-1-1-8-10-4-2, 18
3. JPN, Ryutaro Kawai , 4-10-2-11-6, 33
4. SWE, Nicklas Dackhammar, 18-3-1-2-4-4-43, 32
5. BER, Jesse Kirkland, 11-4-13-2-14-4-1, 35
102. CAN, Evert Mclaughlin, 42-45-10-33-49-29-29, 188
104. USA, Steven Barbano, 40-OCS-31-39-12-23-44, 189

Complete results and team race seeding at

I am flying home from the Yngling Worlds. The "olde guard" was totally
supportive of the "New Olympic Wave," although some were rather aggressive
on the race course and not overly accepting being beaten by the women.
There were ninety-two boats from over twenty countries, more than ever
before, with men's crews plus five past World Champions, mixed crews and
women who have only been in the boat for a year.

It was a great regatta. In fact the best thing was the teams - men and
women together - from the various regions hosted a night on their initiative.

Austria, Swiss and Germany had a Bratwurst, Beer and cheese night
accompanied by traditional après ski music. Scandinavians had a schnapps,
smoked eels, herring and salmon night. Aussies and Kiwis had more beer and
bangers. The mid-Atlantic group including GBR, USA, Bermuda, Canada and
France had a great evening with wine and cheese, pancakes and maple syrup
(Martha's Mom supplied).

There was Paula Lewin's team (BER) serving Dark and Stormy's with Rum and
Ginger beer brought from Bermuda, Cathy Foster's team (GBR) with Shortbread
and Pimms topped with fresh mint carried carefully from the UK. Canadian
crew cooking pancakes with plenty of maple syrup. Hannah Swett (USA),
Melissa Purdy and Joan Touchette paying for and serving the beer. Jody
Swanson's team providing the Oreo's, with Betsy Alison's team playing DJ.
The Dutch served special cheeses with very potent Dutch liqueurs.

The Yngling Class, after some initial growing pains, has come into the
Olympic World with a firm direction and they are to be congratulated. -
Paul Henderson, ISAF President

Complete letter:

Team One Newport has been selected by Musto and Swan to be the official
supplier of the Swan American Regatta this week. Team One is world renown
as the foul weather gear experts and they also create fun and functional
crew uniforms! You can even ask owner and world champion sailor Martha your
gear questions on their website. Or you can call and ask the awesome
customer service department for their advice. Be sure to call 800-VIP-GEAR
or visit

San Francisco, CA, July 28, 2003 - Larry Ellison's Oracle BMW Racing once
again won the Il Moro Trophy regatta in a clean sweep but notwithstanding a
good fight from Peter Stoneberg's USA-49, the yacht formerly America One in
the 2000 America's Cup. In the vintage division, Team Wells Fargo helmed
by John Sweeney took first place after winning race 2 on Sunday in a
tiebreaker against NZL-20 helmed by Karie Thomson and David Thomson.

The Il Moro Trophy regatta was organized by The Challenge Series, the only
organized fleet racing of vintage America's Cup Class yachts, and hosted by
the Sausalito Yacht Club. The two grand prix division yachts shared close
racing throughout the weekend and provided San Francisco spectators with an
awesome display of world class America's Cup Class racing. In the vintage
division, lead changes and a number of spinnaker blowouts made for some
exciting moments for the many guests on board the hospitality boats.
Event website:

Clipper Ventures' fleet of round-the-world yachts will set start Tuesday,
July 29th on the sixth and final crew leg of Clipper 2002 Series. Race 14
of the 16-stage competition starts from Salvador, Brazil, taking the eight
yachts on a 4,200 nautical mile pursuit to New York. Following a nine-day
stopover in New York city, the Clipper crews will set sail on the final
transatlantic dash to the Channel Island of Jersey on August 31st. The
fleet will then sprint to the grand race finish via Holyhead and the
homecoming celebrations in the city of Liverpool, England, will take place
on Saturday, 27 September 2003.

New York Clipper's win into Salvador has been widely celebrated amongst the
fleet during a weeklong Brazilian stopover and the team is especially keen
to repeat this success into their home port of New York. But it is Bristol
Clipper, skippered by Richard Butler, which currently holds the overall
lead as the crews prepare for the final leg of their 35,000-mile contest.
Race 14 holds much in store for them, as it is not only one of the longest
of the competition but is also the race that passes through the greatest
number of weather patterns.

Clipper 2002 Overall Positions after 13 Races:
1. Bristol, 75 pts.
2. Jersey, 72
3. Liverpool, 54.5
4. Hong Kong, 54
5. London, 49
6. Glasgow, 48
7. New York, 46
8. Cape Town, 22

Event website:

Editor's note: A reminder that this is the race where each boat has one
professional skipper and a crew of fourteen chosen applicants who pay there
own way.

Any time you start getting your gear together to go to a regatta, the first
thing on your mind will be your Camet Padded sailing shorts. You may
already own some, but now is the time to get on the Camet web page and look
at the different models and colors they have. The 3000, Bermuda, Aruba and
Cargo shorts are all made out of the fast drying breathable Supplex (UV
40+) and with the Cordura seat patch to hold the foam pad that will help
you get through those long hours on the rail. Check them out at

Further to your article about the spirit of the riders in Le Tour de
France, and the article about Red Rock Communication hitting a rock on the
East Coast of Australia during the Sydney - Gold Coast race. I would like
to add the following information:

The previous night, Red Rock Communications (31 foot) came to the help of a
50 footer. The 50 footer, of which I was a watch leader, lost her rudder in
30 knots of wind, 2 - 3 metre swell. The boat rounded up, destroying the
headsail and damaging the main sail. A fracture in the rudder post (well,
what was left of the rudder really) let some water come through. We placed
a Pan - Pan call, to which the Coastal Patrol responded. Red Rock
Communications arrived to our position about twenty minutes later, and
stayed there for two hours (bubbling around...) until the lifeboat from the
Coastal Patrol had us in tow. After 8 hours of towing, we made it safely to

The whole crew was quite grateful to have Red Rock nearby in case the flow
of water became too much to handle and are only sorry to hear of their
misfortune. We are only glad they are all OK. - Reynald Neron

Malmö, Sweden- Wolfgang Hunger and Holger Jess of Germany stamped their
authority on the 505 fleet with first place finishes in Races 4 and 5 of
the nine race series. Tuesday presented a different challenge for the fleet
as the wind came from the northwest, completely the opposite direction to
the first two days. However, although the breeze was steadier and more even
across the course, the fleet had to contend with an exceptionally strong
current flowing towards the Baltic through the Oresund.

Results after 5 of 9 races:
1. GER, Wolfgang Hunger/ Holger Jess, 6
2. GBR Ian Pinnell/ Steve Hunt, 23
3. SWE, Krister Bergström/ Johan Barne, 30
4. DEN, Jörgen Riber/ Henrik Buhl, 37
5. USA, Howard Hamlin/ Peter Alarie, 37
7. USA, Daniel Thompson/ Andrew Zinn, 45
11. USA, Andy Beeckman/ Ben Benjamin, 64
12. USA, Alexander Meller/ Jesse Falsone, 68
18. USA, Macy Nelson/ Nick Nelson, 101
Complete results:

* From the Monmouth Boat Club, Red Bank, New Jersey: June Methot passed
away June 21st. She was an active Lightning Sailor starting in the
Mid-Forties. She won many area and district Championships, Culminating in
winning the Adams Cup at the Bay Head Yacht Club in 1968. June trained the
team that won the Sears Cup in Chicago in 1966. She also wrote several
Historical books about the Navesink River and the Jersey Shore. Her request
was that any donations be made to Junior Sailing at MBC for special efforts
or the Historical Societies of Monmouth or Ocean Counties. She was an
inspiration to all who knew her.
Historical Societies of Monmouth County-
Historical Societies of Ocean County-

* Jim Lidgard, of Halsey Lidgard sails, passed away Sunday in Auckland,
NZL. Jim had founded Lidgard Sails in 1973, and decided to partner with
Andy Halsey during the 1995 America's Cup in San Diego. "The more we
explored a joint venture, the clearer it became that this was a win-win
situation for our customers and our lofts" noted Andy Halsey, adding "The
joint venture immediately achieved a wide coverage of major sailing markets."

Jim's sail designs have shown their performance in the full spectrum of the
sailing world, from "Windstar" (440 Ft commercial liner) to the Olympic 470
class, where his jibs were used by both the men's and women's silver
medalist in the 1992 Olympic Games.

Lidgard's interest in the most advanced technology is clearly visible in
the success reached by developing the world recognized top performance 3D
CAD SailMaker™ design program used today by top sailmaking groups all
around the world.

He will be sorely missed

Chris Dickson has announced the appointment of Russell Green as Oracle BMW
Racing's Sailing Manager. New Zealander Russell Green is the latest to join
the Challenger of Record's team for the 2007 America's Cup. Green, formerly
Rules and Legal Advisor for Team New Zealand, will be responsible for
managing the Sailing Team. Working with Dickson and helmsman Gavin Brady he
will select, recruit and develop the sailing squad for the team.

Dickson commented: "I'm really pleased that Russell has decided to join us.
He was part of my TAG Heuer team in 1995 and will have a key role in
ensuring that our sailing team will continue to develop and improve over
the next four years as we build our challenge." Green, who is an
International Umpire, is currently New Zealand Yachting's Team Manager for
the 2004 Athens Olympics, a role he had for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Complete story -

Out on the start line of the 2003 Transpac was the new 22' Raider 665,
which had the distinction of the being the official photo boat for the
event. This new center console boat, complete with motor trailer, even has
an enclosed head and is available with special introductory pricing. With
all the speed and performance of the larger Raider RIBs, this smaller size
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Kingston, Ontario, Canada- The 17th Albacore Internationals saw fifty-nine
boats complete a total of thirteen races over six days. Sailors traveled
from the United States, Canada, and England for this event, which is
conducted every two years. After three days of light to moderate conditions
and one day cancelled due to lack of wind, the final six races were sailed
over two days in 20+ knot classic Kingston Southwesterlies. The next
Albacore International Championships will be held at Lyme Regis in Southern
England in September of 2005.

Final Standings:
1. Barney Harris/ David Byron (West River Sailing Club, USA) 18
2. Ian Brayshaw/ Jeff Beitz (Maidenhead Sailing Club, CAN) 38
3. Chris Gorton/ Henry Pedro (Sarasota Saling Squadron, USA) 42
4. Tim Broughton/ Karen Marshall (Mooredale Sailing Club, CAN) 58
5. Kevin Smith/ John McHutchion (Westwood Sailing Club, CAN) 68

Complete results:

* A huge waterspout nearly hit the fleet during the Splash World
Championships at Stavoren in the Netherlands. Take a look at the amazing
photo of this from Keith Binns:

* Scuttlebutt advertiser Sailing Pro Shop was the victim of a rare bout of
bad service from their website host during their ad yesterday. It is now
safe to check out the new V-1000 Dryshirt and everything else at

* In it's 21st year, Whidbey Island Race Week concluded five days of wind
and sun and nine excellent races last Friday. Claiming to be the original
northwest adult summer camp, the event was open to all PHRF and one-design
keelboats. After breaking a four-way tie for the best overall record, the
winner was Brian Watkins and his team on Declaration of Independence.
Complete results at

* August 1-3: The Columbia Gorge One-Design regatta at Cascade Locks, OR.
Competing classes include Melges 24, J-24, Laser, 505, Tasar and Europe
Dinghy. Saturday night Sail Fest party featuring the band Blue Trick. For
more information go to

* August 3-9: Snipe World Championships in Landskrona, Sweden. Sixty snipes
from twenty countries to compete, including ten boats from the US, Japan-8,
Spain-5 and Brazil, Italy, and Norway will each be bringing four snipes.
Further information at

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shot and don't whine if others disagree.)

* From Bill Crane: Thank you for that insert about the Tour de France and
relating the feeling of sportsmanship that permeates some parts of the
sports world more than others. One of the main reasons I don't race too
often is because the Corinthian Spirit, which was encouraged when I was
learning how to sail, has been co-opted, usurped by a more cutthroat
attitude which has become prevalent throughout the sport of sail racing.
From the America's Cup to Opti's to beer can regattas on Wednesday nights.
Take the J-24 class, for example. Maybe temperaments would change for the
better if every J-24 had a swivel mount gun on deck. Each boat would be
allowed one bullet … except for the committee boat, which would be allowed

Curmudgeon's comment: Thanks to all those that sent their comments
regarding the story last week about the Tour de France, and our apologies
for not being able to print all of them. I think all points have been made,
so it's time we end this thread.

* From Brad: I take exception to your claim that Al Unser, Jr. "...was well
aware of the hazards of Carbon Monoxide poisoning following a lifetime of
Formula I racing….." The fact is that he learned absolutely nothing on any
subject, including Carbon Monoxide, from his Formula I years.

* From Manfred Schreiber: Regarding the very sad story of the death of
Anthony Farr due to CO fumes. Thanks for bringing this up and into our
minds. A tragic accident happened here during last summer when a motor
yacht with an open back cabin had been found driving circles for hours.
When a rescue team entered the boat they found a couple dead inside and
both looked like they had laid down to take a short nap. Investigations
into the matter showed that with wind from behind the exhaust fumes entered
the cabin and could not get out. Obviously when you feel dizziness, it is
almost too late to make the right decision. The same with gas in a camper.
Happens every year. Please be careful and think what you are doing.

BTW, you wouldn't sue any manufacturer in Germany for an accident like this.

* From Jim Ach: I'm afraid Mike Bersch missed the point last week. He says
that he would have finished much higher in the Chicago to Mackinac
standings using PHRF than he did under Americap-II, and uses that fact --
which is undoubtedly true -- to "prove" that Americap-II needs tuning. But
at least one of Mike's competitors had to have finished much better under
Americap-II than he would have under PHRF, thus "proving" that American-II
solves all the problems of PHRF.

No sailboat racing handicap system is perfect. There are so many factors to
take into account -- some unknowable, some unquantifiable -- that any such
system is a best guess that favors some boats/crews/weather over others.

* From Steve Pyatt: With regard to the comments on the Optimist North
American Champs, I attended the event in Mexico and can say that the
Bermudans were truly impressive with 3 of the top 4 and winning the Team
Racing. As to the "first team in competition with the second teams of most
of the other countries" comment, this is true of some countries but not
all. It will be interesting to see how they fair in the different
conditions in Gran Canaria this week!

Curmudgeon's note: Looks like the Bermudans are doing just fine, with their
top sailor currently 5th in the Worlds, and their team seeded 7th for the
team-racing segment.

24 hours in a day. 24 beers in a case. Coincidence?