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SCUTTLEBUTT 1384 - August 1, 2003

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Sailing's wizard of boat repair, Carl Eichenlaub (San Diego, Calif.), will
have a prominent role in the opening ceremonies of the XIV Pan American
Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Eichenlaub was elected to
represent the entire U.S. delegation -- 640 athletes competing in 36 sports
-- and will carry the U.S. flag into Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Stadium on
Friday evening, August 1, 2003.

The 73-year young boat builder, who has been a mainstay of the U.S. Olympic
Sailing program for 27 years, made his first trip to the Pan Am Games in
1979 as the team's Official Boatwright. While the trip to Santo Domingo
marks the seventh time he has accompanied sailors to the Pan Am Games,
Eichenlaub has also supported the U.S.A.'s Olympic Team-Sailing onsite at
six Olympic Regattas ('76, '84, '88, '92, '96 and 2000).

His dedication to the athletes was never more apparent than in 2000 when he
suffered a broken hip at the Athlete's Village in Sydney and maintained his
duties while on crutches. After a week of R&R at home in California, he
returned to Sydney to assist the athletes of the U.S.A.'s 2000 Paralympic
Sailing Team. Recognizing Eichenlaub's outstanding contributions, US
SAILING, national governing body for the sport, awarded him its most
prestigious award, the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy, in 2000.

Eichenlaub typically travels to each event with a specially outfitted 40'
container that holds, among other things, a swedging machine, drill press,
compressors, as well as a microwave for curing resin. Frequently approached
by foreign athletes with damaged equipment, Eichenlaub seldom refuses a
request for assistance once his work for the U.S. team is complete. -Jan
Harley, Media Pro,

Last May, Loďck Peyron and Bertrand Pacé presented the project "Team
France" for the next America's Cup. At the time, they stated that it would
be necessary for them to have 50% of their budget in hand by July. While
acknowledging that nothing has been signed to date, Peyron believes that
things are advancing in the right direction. While he would not name his
prospective partner, he said "I hope to have good news during the Figaro."

For Peyron, the urgency is in contracting the right people: "Some are being
queried by other syndicates, if I don't find the money, I will lose men.
For the Cup, it is necessary to decide early on one's team."

The total proposed budget for Team France is 75 million Euros, "at a rate
of 10 million Euros each year over four years. Ten million Euros, that's
what it costs to maintain a large cyclist team..." (Sail-World Editor: yes,
I know that doesn't really add up, but one has to presume that he's
calculating ongoing expenses, leaving 35 million for design and build).

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain- Thursday had three races sailed in a great
15-18 knot breeze. With ten of the scheduled fifteen races now completed,
everything is to play for, especially with a second discard to be taken
after race eleven. Creeping up in the rankings is Hannah Mills (GBR), who
claimed two firsts today. Having to still count one of her two over-early
penalties (BFD and OCS), she is currently in 19th but will move up to the
top five with the inclusion of the second discard (but can not survive
there with a poor race or penalty).

Results through Thursday:
1. ARG, Sebastian Peri Brusa, 17 pts
2. GBR, Greg Carey, 18
3. CRO, Matika Filip, 41
4. JPN, Ryutaro Kawai , 33
5. POL, Tomasz Januszewski, 57
6. BER, Jesse Kirkland, 62
7. SWE, Nicklas Dackhammar, 63
8. ITA, Paolo Cattaneo, 85
9. GRE, Spanomanolis Jason, 90
10. ESP, Joaquin Blanco, 91
Top Canadian: 102. CAN, Evert Mclaughlin, 288
Top American: 111. USA, Steven Barbano, 310

Complete reports and results at

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When the Hawaiian Department of Agriculture announced new and shortened
quarantine requirements for pets coming to Hawaii, offshore sailors with
companion pets rejoiced at the improvement. A closer look at the new
regulations reveals a detailed procedure of documentation and exact timing.
Basic requirements include 1) a minimum of two rabies vaccinations in the
pet's lifetime, 2) a vaccination as recent as 12-months for one-year or
18-months for three-year vaccine, 3) and vaccination not less than 90-days
prior to arrival.

In addition, the pet must have a microchip implanted before the rabies
blood test is performed. This provides secure identification for the pet.
The chip must be a standard US issue that can be read by an AVIDR scanner.
A pet without a microchip will automatically be assigned to 120-day
quarantine. A rabies blood test must be performed by one of two approved
laboratories, Kansas State University or the Food Analysis and Diagnostic
Laboratory in Texas, not more than 18 months and not less than 120 days
prior to the date of arrival in Hawaii. Your pet's microchip number must
identify the blood test. The waiting period begins on the day after the
laboratory receives the blood sample for the test. The test must have a
result >0.5 IU/ml.

Finally, and most difficult for cruising sailors, is tick treatment with a
product containing Fipronil or an equivalent long-acting product
(RevolutionR is not acceptable) within 14 days of arrival and the product
name and date of treatment is recorded on the pet's health certificate.

Information on how to qualify a pet for the 5-day-or-less quarantine option
is available on the department's website. - Diana Jessie,"

Newport, RI- In a change of fortunes, Class B dominated the ClubSwan Race
Day by taking seven of the top placings in the overall fleet results for
the day. It was Martin Jacobson's Swan 44 Crescendo that eventually won the
day by winning a solid ten minutes ahead of his next competitor, Swan 44
Lightwave, owned by David Ford.

Today saw the fifty strong Swan fleet test their skills on the long race
day. All three classes were given a different course ranging from 51.7 nm
for Class A to 25 nm for Class C, taking them from Newport Harbour out to
the Rhode Island Sound and into the Atlantic Ocean. With variable
conditions ranging from 14 knots at the start to light and fluky winds
after a full day's racing, the fleet was exposed to a completely different
format compared to the standard windward/leeward of the past two days.

Results-Total Points After Thursday
Racing- A
1. VIM, Craig Speck (Swan 45) 11 pts
2. Lolita, Frank Savage (Swan 56) 19
3. Goombay Smash, Doug Douglas (Swan 45) 23

Racing- B
1. Crescendo, Martin Jacobson (Swan 44 MKII) 9 pts
2. Lightwave, David Ford (Swan 44) 11
3. Vixen, John & Bunny Wayt (Swan 44) 13

Cruising- C
1. Ciao Bella, Robert Jellen (Swan 60) 15 pts
2. Alianza, Bruce and Robin Cleveland (Swan 56) 18
3. Ariel, Jaffery Associates (Swan 36) 19

1. VIM, Craig Speck (Swan 45) 19 pts
2. Lolita, Frank Savage (Swan 56) 30
3. Strabo, Martin Fisher (Swan 70) 35

Complete report and results at

Team New Zealand sailors and boats missed out on three months of crucial
on-water training because they wanted to keep their boats' technology
secret. Departing board member Ralph Norris tonight said the team was
"under-cooked" when it was thrashed by Swiss challenger Alinghi. He
admitted a wrong decision was made to keep the boats squirreled away to
hide their technology from rivals. Neither the boats nor the crew were
fully tuned when they met Alinghi.

"With the benefit of hindsight, two to three months earlier would have made
a difference," he said. "We probably got a little too clever with
technology and the fact that we held off so as not to give them a sniff of
it. We needed to be in the water earlier. I think the boats were quick
boats but not tuned to their potential."

Norris resigned from the board last Friday, as did fellow members Peter
Menzies, Kevin Roberts and John Risley, but they will help the new board
settle accounts.

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Malmö, Sweden- Beautiful weather and a steady breeze allowed Hunger/ Jess
to post two well-performed races, helping them win the World Championship
title without needing to compete in the final race on Friday. Also, the
Swedish team of Bergström /Barne will finish second overall regardless of
Friday's race. However, points are close thereafter, and '99 World Champion
Hamlin/Alarie will need to sail well to retain their current third place

Results after 8 of 9 races:
1. GER, Wolfgang Hunger/ Holger Jess, 8 pts
2. SWE, Krister Bergström/ Johan Barne, 14
3. USA, Howard Hamlin/ Peter Alarie, 29
4. GBR Ian Pinnell/ Steve Hunt, 30
5. DEN, Jörgen Riber/ Henrik Buhl, 32
8. USA, Daniel Thompson/ Andrew Zinn, 45
11. USA, Andy Beeckman/ Ben Benjamin, 57
10. USA, Alexander Meller/ Jesse Falsone, 53
21. USA, Macy Nelson/ Nick Nelson, 129

Complete results:

A new record course has been recognized:
"Around the Big Island of Hawaii" - a distance of 251 nm.

Subject to ratification the inaugural record has been claimed as follows:
"Fast Company" - an Olson 30' monohull, skipper Mitch Green USA and a crew
of four.
Elapsed time - 2 days, 7 hours, 10 minutes, 58 seconds.

We have had several queries whether the recent time set up in the Round
Britain and Ireland race has set a new WSSR record. The answer,
regretfully, is no, as the start and finish line were not the same. As
there was only a few miles difference, we suggested to the organisers that
they arrange for the winning boat to sail on the short distance to the
finish line to establish a time which we could recognise. However this
proved impossible for various reasons including a night time finish.- John
Reed, Secretary to the WSSR Council,

Split, Croatia - No report from Thursday. Racing continues through Saturday

Results after Thursday:
1. GBR, Paul Goodison, 18 pts
2. CRO, Mate Arapov, 24
3. SLO, Vasilij ZBOGAR, 24
4. SWE, Karl SUNESON, 25
5. AUS, Michael BLACKBURN, 25
20. USA, Andrew Campbell, 78
30. USA, Mark Mendelblatt, 100
34. CAN, Andrew Childs, 109
35. USA, Zachary Railey, 110

Complete results:

Salvador, Brasil to New York, USA (14th of 16 races)- Southeasterly winds,
up and down but mostly around the force 4 to 5 mark, are providing fairly
straightforward reaching conditions as the Clipper 2002 fleet sail up the
Brazilian coast towards Recife. With no tactical alternatives, the first
few days of the race are a bit of a drag race with all the teams white sail
reaching as fast as they can. For the new leg 6 crews who joined in
Salvador this is a useful settling in period as they re-find their sea legs
and push through any initial sea sickness.

The Glasgow Clipper crew certainly seem to have found their groove. With
the highest day's run they have slowly extended their lead since yesterday
morning and are already looking ahead to the point at Recife and their
eventual strategy for heading up towards New York. This will bring them all
back into contact with their old friend the ITCZ (the doldrums) and the
trick, as always, will be to find the point where this band of fickle wind
is narrowest.

Race 14 Positions (03:00, 31 July 2003)
1. Glasgow- 3,725 distance to finish (nautical miles)
2. Jersey- 3,727
3. New York- 3,728
4. London- 3,730
5. Bristol- 3,734
6. Hong Kong- 3,735
7. Liverpool- 3,743
8. Cape Town- 3,751

Event website:

* The 2003 Trans-Atlantic Arctic Expedition departs from Halifax, Nova
Scotia, Canada, today (July 31st) on its quest to cross the North Atlantic.
Expedition leader, Bear Grylls, famous for being the youngest Briton ever
to scale and reach the summit of Everest, will be joined by a crew of four
to spend thirty days crossing the icy waters of the North Atlantic in an
open, purpose built Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB).

* 31 July 2003 - Ely, Nevada, USA - On a good but less than perfect Nevada
day, the record-smashing duo of Terry Delore and Steve Fossett have beaten
the old record set by Hans Werner Grosse for the 1250 km triangle speed.
They have just landed, clocking in at 146.1 kph, beating the old record of
143.46 kph.-

* The Moore 24 National Championships were held last week at California's
7,000-foot Huntington Lake in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains. The
majority of the fleet was from the San Francisco and Monterey Bays, but
some traveled from Washington, Nevada and Idaho to enjoy the splendid
beauty and shifty alpine lake conditions. In the end, Point Richmond's Bart
Hackworth prevailed. For complete results see:

(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 Robbie Doyle: I would like to reply to John Doerr's comment in
regards to protesting. I have sailed many regattas in many countries and it
is my experience that even if one is dead right, if they go into the
protest room they can lose. And regardless of the facts, if there is a
collision the chances are 50/50. Thus, the safest path is to avoid the
protest room at all cost, even if one knows they are right. This perhaps
sounds cynical, but I feel there is substance to it.

As John is referring to a fleet of 200+ boats the chances are its young
people involved and their understanding or experience with the rules is
minimal so they are probably exercising good judgment. It is most likely
somewhat better at the front of the pack where the experience is higher and
the consequences for a foul greater.

I do not feel more judge involvement in such events is the solution. Most
likely the kids are enjoying it as is and it should be left alone (think
about how much fun an NBA or NHL game would be if every foul or penalty was

* From Joern Richter: I can only support John Doerr's thoughts (I am the
chairman for the Kieler Woche and also for the Pfingstbusch in Germany; I
sail OK-Dinghy and others). The judges are there to ensure fair sailing.
Having the judge hat on, when I see the big infringements (and they are
there), I always felt the judges should have a tool to use other than to
lodge a protest. The protest hearing is usually with two parties way after
the incident. But acting on the water will be seen by all of those who are
sailing there. It will give a strong sign. It will definitely change the
jury habits, but that's already changing by showing the yellow flag. And
the yellow flag has helped a lot. Let's take the next step forward. The
jury belongs on the water, not in a room. At least that's my personal view
from sunny, hot Hamburg, Germany.

* From Steve Foster: Interesting concept for the Clipper Race. Build
eight one-design offshore boats, fill them with people who care enough that
they would pay their own way, provide them with sufficient crew training to
insure a good competition, and then set them loose around the world. I am
sure that most of the Volvo Ocean Race competitors are mocking such an
amateur arrangement, but since I am no joe-pro sailor, it's nice to have a
global race that I can relate to.

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