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SCUTTLEBUTT 1388 - August 7, 2003

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic- After two races today, sailors at the
Pan Am Games reached the regatta halfway mark and were allowed to discard
their worst race in a six-race scoreline. A third day of large swells
topped by chop proved to be the undoing of some and the ride to greater
gains for others. Tomorrow is a scheduled lay day. Racing will resume
Friday and continue through Sunday, with a minimum of two races planned for
each day. If twelve races are completed, scoring rules allow an additional

US Team Quotes:
Assistant Coach Geoff Becker (Annapolis, Md.), "This is a pure boat speed
regatta. The sailors who know how to deal with the waves are making huge
gains downwind. Our dinghy classes are certainly struggling with it,
because the sailors are more used to the kind of waves you might see in a
Bay. These are real ocean waves: steeper, more of them and sometimes more

Mistral sailor Peter Wells (Newport Beach, Calif.), "In the first race, I
rounded the top mark in second. That's the key--getting ahead to the first
mark. It's a real advantage because the next leg is downwind, and you can
get a huge jump on the fleet by accelerating on the big waves."

Laser Radial sailor Sally Barkow (Pine Lake, Wisc.) also maintained a
fifth-place position with scores of 3-4 today. Overall, she felt better
about her performance, but admitted her improvements in downwind speed were
only minimal. "I'm still getting used to the swells, which I'd say are
anywhere from two to four feet."

Mistral sailor Lanee Butler (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), "Now Argentina, Canada
and Brazil are so close in scores that they'll be more worried about each
other than me."

Snipe sailor Lisa Griffith (San Diego, Calif./Phillipsburg, N.J.), "It's a
drag race out to the left side of the course," said Griffith. "We have good
speed now and we're communicating well, but there are a lot of world-class
sailors in our fleet."

Complete report:

Results through Wednesday- Top-Three and U.S.
Hobie 16 Open (9 boats)
1. E. Figueroa, PUR, (2)-2-1-1-1-1; 6
2. A. Noriega, MEX, (7)-1-4-2-2-3; 12
3. B. Arndt, BRA, 1-4-(5)-4-3-2; 14
5. Paul/Mary Ann Hess, USA, 5-(6)-3-6-5-4; 23

J/24 Open (11 boats)
1. M. Santa Cruz, BRA, 2-1-2-1-1-(7); 7
2. Tim Healy/ Crocker/ Borges/ Judson, USA, 1-2-1-3-(6)-1; 8
3. A. Gonzalez, CHI, 7-3-(11)-4-4-2; 20

Laser Male (15 boats)
1. Robert Scheidt, BRA, (1)-1-1-1-1-1; 5
2. D.E. Romero, ARG, 2-2-3-(4)-4-2; 13
3. B. Luttmer, CAN, 3-(5)-2-3-3-3; 14
5. Ben Richardson, USA, 5-3-5-6-5-(11); 24

Laser Radial Female (11 boats)
1. T.E. Calles, MEX, 1-1-(3)-1-1-2; 6
2. C. Bejar, BRA, (5)-2-5-2-5-1; 15
3. K. Rasa, CAN, 2-3-1-(6)-4-5; 15
5. Sally Barkow, USA, 4-4-(6)-4-3-4; 19

Mistral Male (10 boats)
1. M. Galvan, ARG, (2)-1-1-1-2-1; 6
2. R. Santos, BRA, (3)-3-2-2-1-2; 10
3. K. Stittle, CAN, 1-2-3-(6)-4-3; 13
5. Peter Wells, USA, (7)-6-5-4-3-6; 24

Mistral Female (7 boats)
1. Lanee Butler, USA, 2-1-1-1-1-(3); 6
2. C. Walther, ARG, (5)-2-5-2-3-1; 13
3. D. Vallee, CAN, 1-3-3-3-4-(5); 14

Snipe Open (8 boats)
1. B. Amorim, BRA, 1-(3)-1-3-1-1; 7
2. N. Manso, CUB, 3-1-2-2-2-(7); 10
3. S. Silveira, URU, 2-4-3-1-(6)-4; 14
6. Henry Filter/Lisa Griffith, USA, 6-6-(7)-4-4-6; 26

Sunfish Open (11 boats)
1. E. Cordero, VEN, 1-(5)-1-1-1-3; 7
2. R. Aguayo, DOM, 5-(6)--5-2-1; 16
3. D. Zimmermann, PER, 8-1-(9)-3-3-2; 17
7. Jeff Linton, USA, 3-(8)-7-6-7-8; 31

Alan Bond of Fremantle, Australia and Gary Jobson of Annapolis, MD have
been named as the 2003 inductees to the Herreshoff Marine Museum's (HMM)
America's Cup Hall of Fame. The two remarkable yachtsmen, whose
contributions to the America's Cup competition have been outstanding over
the years, will be honored at an official Induction Ceremony on Thursday,
October 16 in New York, NY.

Gary Jobson, accomplished sailor and beloved television commentator, has
done more to popularize the sport of sailing than any other individual. He
combines his thorough knowledge of sailing with a rare ability to describe
competition, interpret strategy and convey the excitement of the sport. He
has done more in his lifetime to dispel the stereotype that sailing and
yacht racing is the exclusive domain of the wealthy and make it accessible
and enjoyable to an international audience.

Alan Bond, an adventure-seeking entrepreneur, turned his sights on the
America's Cup in 1974 with the 12-Meter Southern Cross. This boat, designed
by Ben Lexcen, lost to Courageous 0-4, but Bond was undeterred and returned
again in 1977 and 1980 with the next generation of Lexcen designs. For the
1983 Cup, Bond challenged with the breakthrough Lexcen designed 12-Meter
Australia ll. The combination of a radical "winged keel," a well organized
syndicate and superb crew set the stage for the "race of the century."
Australia II had a win-loss record of 44-5 before her final series with
Dennis Conner's Liberty. Australia ll, skippered by John Bertrand, won 4-3
over Liberty, and the America's Cup left America for the first time in 132
years. -

CBTF's™ revolutionary technology continues to earn accolades on the
racecourse with the Royal Prince Alfred's victory in the 2003 Admiral's
Cup. 'Wild Oats,' a 60-foot Reichel-Pugh design featuring CBTF (Canting
Ballast Twin Foil) technology, won the IRC Endorsed Class, leading the
Australian Team to its first Admiral's Cup victory in 24 years.

This innovative appendage design incorporates the significant advantages of
movable ballast into racing sailboat designs. A canting strut with a bulb
of ballast at its tip provides righting moment quickly and easily. Because
of the advantageous position of the ballast, a CBTF™ design needs only
about half of the ballast required for a conventional keelboat and can be
achieved at the touch of a button rather than the efforts of a large crew.
This results in a lighter and therefore faster boat. Maneuverability is
simplified through CBTF™'s two turning foils located forward and aft
instead of the conventional rudder system. Complete report:

This team is on a roll! The 470 team Erin Maxwell and Jen Morgan took part
in the recent Travemunde Race Week in Germany and placed first in the 470
division for both men and women. In addition, they received the perpetual
trophy as the top female competitors! Follow their path to Olympic Gold
(and to lend your support) by visiting Not
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Chicago, IL, August 6th - Light winds left just under three hundred sailors
ages 7-15 on shore until noon on the second day of racing of the Optimist
("Opti") Dinghy National Championship Regatta hosted by the Chicago Yacht
Club. The race committee decided to call it a day at 4 p.m. amidst heavy
rain with lightning predicted. The Championship fleet completed only one
race and the Green fleet completed three.

Conditions may start to improve Thursday and Friday as the winds are
expected to pick up, but racers may be faced with further weather related
interruptions. "The forecast is calling for winds blowing 10 to 15 knots,
which will be an exciting change for the kids," said John Vandemoer,
Chicago Yacht Club Sailing School instructor and head coach. "On the other
hand, the increased winds might also bring scattered thunderstorms with
lightning, so we'll just have to race in between them." Racing continues
through Friday. - Haley Pingree, PCI

Results after two days of racing*:
Green Fleet (55 entrants):
1st - Andrew Pate, Naples, FL
2nd - Peter Rugo, Chicago, IL
3rd - Will Dennis, Saratoga, CA

Championship Fleet (208 entrants):
1st - Kiel Killeen, New Orleans, LA
2nd - Alex Bunt, Fair Haven, NJ
3rd - Graham Todd, Royersford, PA

* The Green fleet compete on its own course, while more experienced racers
will compete together in the Championship fleet circle.

Event website:

Borstahusen, Landskrona, Sweden- One race was slated for the day, which for
many was over before it started. Numerous recalls plagued the start, with a
flurry of penalties distributed. Once started, a new current pattern helped
provide advantage to both sides of the course on the first beat, but
thereafter the benefit came to those who played the shifts to the right.
After a double windward-leeward course, it looked like the Russian team of
Skornyakov/ Skoudina was going to wrest away the American's grasp on race
wins. However, their OCS opened the door for Americans Szabo/ Janney to
take the win. As predicted, the results have shuffled with the drop race,
bringing 2002 Western Hemisphere Champions Diaz/ Rogers into the overall
lead. The fleet has a layday on Thursday, with racing continuing through
Saturday. - SB

Results through Wednesday:
1. USA- Augie Diaz/ Jon Rogers, 1-(34)-7-2-2, 11.75 pts.
2. ESP- Francisco Sanchez/ Marina Sánchez, 3-2-9-(11)-3, 17
3. USA- George Szabo/ Brian Janney, 5-6-(13)-8-1, 19.75
4. BRA- Carlos Henrique Wanderley/ Richard Zietemann, 7-10-3-1-(35),
5. ARG- Adrián Marcatelli/ Fernando Zapatoski, 2-(33)-11-3-15, 31

Event report by U.S Team:

Event website:

Before the year's end, a team of civilians united by a passion for space
travel will launch a spacecraft into orbit to test a new space-traveling
technology. The mission, which will use a solar sail to carry a spacecraft
ever farther from Earth, is the first use of a propulsion technology that
may pave the way for interstellar flights.

"Our job is just to prove this technology," project director Louis Friedman
told "If our craft goes just 10 kilometers on the solar sail,
then it's a success." Friedman is also executive director of the
Pasadena-based Planetary Society.

The spacecraft, called Cosmos 1, is the product of three years of
cooperation between the Planetary Society, the American media company
Cosmos Studios and Russia's Babakin Space Center in Moscow. A launch is
expected sometime this fall, despite the failed test of a suborbital
version two years ago.

The Cosmos 1 rocket will be loaded into the Russian nuclear submarine,
transported out to the Barents Sea, where and launched into a 497-mile
(800-kilometer) Earth orbit. After a few days of spacecraft checkout time,
the eight-bladed solar sail will open up like a giant space flower.

Each of the sail's petals is 47 feet (about 14 meters) long, composed of
thin mylar and rolled into a space the size of a coffee can before launch.
Cosmos 1 ground controllers plan to open the sail, four blades at a time,
by inflating hollow tubes that run along the sides each blade with nitrogen
gas. Each blade can also be rotated to present either its full face or just
an edge toward the Sun, allowing researchers to control the amount of force
striking the sail.

"So when you're in Earth orbit, it's kind of like you're tacking in a
harbor," said Jim Cantrell, a consultant for the Cosmos 1 mission.

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Newport Beach, CA, August 6th - One hundred ninety-five entrants were
paired down on Monday through a qualification series to reach the final one
hundred twenty boats that the class rules allow to compete in the
Nationals. A flight selection series on Tuesday then divided this fleet
into four groups for the finals, with the top flight (gold) competing for
the championship. After Wednesday, Charlie Buckingham of Newport Harbor YC
is currently in the lead. Racing continues through Friday - SB. Complete

* On the 12th of July, AC Management announced that after extensive
consideration, they had reduced the original list of 8 potential host
cities to 5 who were asked 80 questions concerning differents subjects
(local weather, outline plans for the hosting arrangements and
infrastructure, logistical facilities...). All five candidate cities have
submitted their answer file at time. The official deadline for the ACM to
receive all the documents was Thursday 31 July. Now, a series of hearings
to be organized for August 20th in Geneva will give all five applicant
cities the opportunity to meet with the ACM administration and give
additional information. -

* Sales of marine accessories in the US were up four per cent in the first
quarter of 2003, according to the NMMA's new quarterly accessory sales
report. Results of the survey are based on recreational marine accessory
sales from 92 manufacturers in key accessory and equipment categories. -

* The ISAF world sailing rankings were released 6 August 2003, providing a
current scorecard for those competing in the eleven Olympic classes. North
American teams were absent in the top ten placings for all categories
except the Yngling and the Star. Americans Alison /Leech/ Icyda hold the
number one spot in the Yngling, with Bermudians Lewin/ Zuiderban/ Lewin in
fifth and Swett/ Purdy/ Touchette of the US in eighth. For the Star, in
third is Americans Reynolds/ Liljedahl with Bermudians Bromby/ Siese in
fifth. - SB. Complete rankings at

Some of this week's postings on the Scuttlebutt Sailing Club's ad board
include a Huckins 50 and a whole slew of employment opportunities. Looking
to sell your Open 50 from the last Around Alone race? We have your shopper.
Boats listings from Maxi's to a snipe and everything in between. Check out
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edited for clarity or space - 250 words max. This is not a chat room or a
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shot and don't whine if others disagree.)

* From Marty Browne: Am I being naive or do crews on the Farr 40's get paid?

* From Sandy Killian, Farr International: It has come to our attention that
there was an error in the Seahorse interview with Jim Richardson that was
posted on the Farr 40 web site (and included in part in Scuttlebutt).
Regarding sail development within the Farr 40 class, and those sailmakers
that are of prominence, we regret that the Farr website omitted Jim's final
statement which said, "In Australia and the US for that matter, Fraser
Doyle and Doyle are also doing well with D4." Farr International apologizes
for this oversight.

* From Judy Clagett McLennan: I wish to thank James H. Stevralia for his
comment in #1383 where he associated Leiter Cup racing with Corinthian
sailing. My late mother, Nancy Leiter Clagett, whom The Leiter Cup is named
after, would be very proud that those associated with a race that bares her
name are practicing Corinthian sailing. She lived on and off the water by
Corinthian standards. This helped her be the best at everything she did.

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