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SCUTTLEBUTT 1400 - August 25, 2003

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Sunday's relative calm in the sea area of the Agios Kosmas Olympic Sailing
Centre caused delays in the competition schedule of the Athens 2003
Regatta. The races began on time for the 470 (men's and women's) and Star
classes, but it was not the same for the Finn and Yngling classes, as
Aiolos was …lazy and was barely breathing, let alone blowing strongly to
fill the athletes' sails with wind. The craft in the Finn and Yngling
classes returned to the hospitable marina of the Olympic Centre, hoping
that a fair wind would blow at any moment and the races would finally take
place. Indeed, after quite some time, they sailed out of the marina and
headed for the race course. where the starting signal was finally given
and, thus, one of the two races scheduled in each class took place.

Nevertheless, in both the 470 and Star classes the relative calm made
things difficult for athletes: proof for this is the fact that the two
races finished late in the afternoon instead of much earlier, which would
have been the case had the wind been more compliant. Both races in the 470
and Star classes, and one each (instead of two) in the Finn and Yngling
classes, were run after a great deal of difficulty. -

Yngling (8 races- 1 discard): 1. Hannah Swett, USA, 19; 2 Wagner, GER, 26.
3. Shirley Robertson,GBR, 26; 10: Paula Lewin, BER, 42; 13. Clarke, CAN, 65

Star (8 races/ 1 discard): 1. Torbin Grael/ Ferreira, BRA, 28; 2. Peter
Bromby/ L.C. White, BER, 30; 3. Pickel / Kolb, GER, 35; 4. Paul Cayard/
Phil Trinter, USA 37; 7. Ross MacDonald/ K. Bjorn, CAN, 51.

470 Men (8 races): 1. Molund/ Andersson, SWE, 49, GRE, 33; 2. Paul
Foerster/ Kevin Burnam, USA, 53; 3. Rogers/ Glanfield, GBR, 55; 27. Russel/
MacDonald, CAN, 169

470 Women (8 races - 1 discard): 1. Bekatorou/ Tsoulfa, GRE, 30; Petitjean/
Douroux, FRA, 40; 3. Ward/ Ward, DEN, 46; 6. McDowell/ Kinsolving, USA, 66.

Europe (6 races - 1 discard):1. Macky, NZL, 14; 2. Sundby, NOR, 17; 3.
Smidova, CZE, 20; 4; Meg Gillard, USA, 33; 21. Marcil Bonneau, CAN, 82

49er (9 races - 1 discard): 1. Sibelo/ Sibelo, ITA, 42; 2. Martinez/
Fernandez, ESP, 45; 3. Nicholson/ Boyd, AUS, 48; 5. Wadkiw/Spaulding, USA, 60.

Mistral Men (6 races-1 discard): 1.Kaklamanakis, GRE, 16; 2. Fridman, ISR,
17; 3. Zhou, CHN, 25; 21. Bolduc, CAN, 93; 23. Barger, USA, 99.

Mistral Women, (6 races - 1 discard): 1. Senini, ITA, 5; 2. Lee, HKG;31;
3.Merret, FRA, 22. 14. Lanee Butler, 61; 19. Valee, CAN, 80.

Laser (6 races - 1 discard): 1.Scheidt, BRA, 11; 2. Arapov, CRO, 25; 3.
Geritzer, AUT, 30; 14. Luttmer, CAN, 61; 21. Richardson, USA, 86.

Tornado (6 races - 1 discard): 1. Bundock/ Forbes, AUS, 11; 2. Lange/
Espinola, ARG, 20; 3. Booth/ Dercksen, NED, 26; 12. Holden/ Coakley, CAN,
47; 15. Daniel/ Jacobsen, USA, 55.

Finn (7 races- 1 discard): 1. Ben Ainslie, GBR, 18; 2. Godefroid, BEL, 32;
3. Kusznierewicz, POL;34;17. Cook, CAN, 82; 24. Peck, USA 121.


What father and son were both gold medal winners in different classes in
the 1984 Olympics? (Answer below)

The 2004 Snipe US Masters Championship will be held September 4-7 on
beautiful Lake Quassipaug in Connecticut, a Snipe racing venue for over 50
years. The regatta is open to skippers who are 45 years old or older in the
year of the regatta (2003), and whose age, combined with that of the crew,
must equal at least 80 by the end of 2003. The Masters is legendary for
both on and off the water fun. There are already more than 30 entrants
pre-registered. For more information on how you can become part of the
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(The Daily Sail cornered Volvo Ocean Race CEO Glenn Bourke and Race
Director Andy Hindley to get the latest from the round the world race.
Here's an excerpt that discusses the new boats that will be used for the
next race.)

"It's going to be 70ft long, with a canting keel, relatively high sail area
for its displacement, aft Venturi-filled ballast tanks on the centreline
for downwind in heavy airs, carbon ABS specification scantlings and rudders
and unlimited with what you can do on foils," Glenn Bourke recaps the
concept for the new beast. As mentioned previously, the foils will only be
allowed one degree of movement - they can rotate, lift or cants - hence
with a swing keel, they are likely to end up with one rudder, a canting
keel and one or two daggerboards.

"There will be a bulb restriction," says Hindley. "And a maximum angle for
the keel canting but it will be nothing to do with boat heel. It will be
about how much you can cant it from one side to the other. We took that
steer from talking to a myriad of designers who work in the Open 60 class."
The main type-forming part of the Open 60 rule is limiting the static heel
angle to +/- 10degrees with all movable ballast deployed, thus huge hull
form stability is required to 'beat' the rule, resulting in the typically
beamy Open 60 hull shape.

The carbon fibre mast for the new boat will be of the same proportions as
an America's Cup boat rig so that the existing plugs and moulds can be
used, says Bourke. -

Simon Rowell and his victorious Jersey crew today crossed the finish line
of the fourteenth race of the Clipper 2002 Series at Ambrose Light House at
15:45 GMT, Saturday. This 4,078 nautical mile race from Salvador to New
York has been dominated by the Jersey Clipper team, who have led the
eight-strong fleet since August 6.

Nearly 24 hours later the next boat across the finish line was the Hong
Kong Clipper, which had to beat into strong 30 knot headwinds to the
Ambrose Light-tower finish line in New York. That leaves only three boats
still racing because London, New York and Cape Town have all retired.
Bristol seems cued to take the final podium position for this leg.

Medemblik, the Netherlands - Final results of the J/24 World Championship
(nine races with one discard - 66 boats):
1. Lorenzo Bressani, ITA, 29
2. Andy Horton/ Rudi Wolfs, USA, 43
3. Gabriele Benussi, ITA, 44
4. Albert Kooijman, NED, 47
5. Mauricio Santa Cruz, BRA, 47


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* Twenty three boats completed eight races in Melges 24 Gold Cup Regatta
this past weekend in Traverse City, MI, in conditions ranging from light
North winds on Saturday to medium to strong South winds on Sunday. The
final race saw 20+ knots on the last leg with lots of wild surfing and
plenty of wipeouts. 1. Tom Freytag; Lake Geneva, WI, 31 pts; 2. Buddy
Melges; Fontana, WI, 34 pts; 3. Mike Dow; Traverse City, MI, 36 pts; 4.
John Bertrand; Annapolis, MD, 49 pts; 5. Bob Clark; Traverse City, MI, 64

* Corrie Clement, a three-time ICSA All-American (2001-2003) from Old
Dominion University and recently named ICSA's Quantum Female College Sailor
of the Year, has accepted a special invitation to compete in the Rolex
International Women's Keelboat Championship (Rolex IWKC) this September.
The invitation, reserved for the country's top female college sailor,
includes the waiving of the regatta's entry fee and assistance in securing
a J/22 and housing for the regatta. Rolex IWKC is part of US Sailing's
national championship series.

* Fickle northerly winds and intermittent showers of rain greeted the
semi-finalists of the Whirlpool Match Racing European Championships in
Helsinki, Finland. The northerly wind trickling through the Helsinki
skyline was full of holes. Outguessing the wind was just as important as
outfoxing the competition. Final Results: - 1) Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen -
Caroline Clausen - Anne Mörup - Mia Nielsen - Sille Christensen, Skovshoved
YC, Denmark. 2) Malin Millbourn, KSSS, Sweden. 3) Marie Björling, GKSS,
Sweden. 4) Malin Källström, Sweden. 5) Marie Faure, France.

* The Sonar Class' Team Racing Championship, The Kirby Cup, was sailed for
in Oyster Bay, NY on August 23rd. Participating teams were from; Houston,
Texas, Manhasset Bay, NY, Noroton, CT, Oyster Bay, NY and Rhu, Scotland. 29
races were run virtually back-to-back by in a double round robin won by
Noroton. In the best of five finals the wind ran up from 8 to 20 knots and
Oyster Bay bested Noroton 3-2 to win the regatta. Full results:

* George Szabo with Shelly Suarez as crew won a heavy air Snipe North
Americans sailed on the Columbia River Gorge - a natural wind tunnel that
extends about 100 miles from the cool Pacific Ocean at Portland Oregon,
through the Cascade Mountains. Second place went to Henry Filter & Kim
Couranz with David Tillson & John Fretwell finishing third. -

In the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Americans Bill and Carl Buchan shared
similar podium results. Father Bill Buchan skippered his Star to victory
with Steve Erickson crewing, while son Carl Buchan crewed for Jonathan
McKee to win the gold in the Flying Dutchman.

How does GORE-TEX know to keep water out while letting air in and out? How
do I care for my beloved foulies? Why are there ceramic particles imbedded
in the Pulse waterproof coating of my Horizon jacket? You've got questions.
Henri Lloyd has the answers at

(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 nor a
bulletin board - you only get one letter per subject, so give it your best
shot and don't whine if others disagree.)

* From Paul Henderson, ISAF President: I totally agree with Peter Harken.
I have been trying to get Race Officers to talk to the sailors especially
with regard to keeping them back at the start so as to stop OCS and General
Recalls. To tell a sailor at that end of a race they are OCS is ridiculous.
They should start warning sailors with 1 minute to go. They also should use
the communications to relay mark changes.

I am at Athens for the Olympic Test Event and they are using a small horn
and writing on a chalk board that you cannot see. We want sailors to have
fun with good as possible racing. With modern cheap technology it can be
done. I am not sure I will live long enough to see the "olde" mentality
replaced. I am sure Harken will not.

* From Simon Walker, Managing Director, Challenge Business (In response
to Jamie Sterns letter, about his concern of a 'conflict of interests' with
Offshore Challenges management of the STAR): Challenge Business, as one of
the world leading marine event organisers has been successfully managing
major events such as the Global Challenge, where we own the yachts, employ
the skippers, secure over $30m of sponsorship and deliver extensive
benefits to those sponsors without any conflict of interest.

In fact we find that to meet the needs of all these stake holders that we
work especially hard to provide a transparent and level playing field for
all. The standards of independence are of the highest possible order with
any disputes settled by a full ISAF International Jury. We have no
influence whatsoever on their rulings, nor should we. I feel Jamie's
concerns are unfounded and that fair play will only be enhanced by good
event management which I am sure Offshore Challenges will bring to this
classic event.

* From Ted Jones: For the record, it was not Commodore Vanderbuilt, but
Ring Lardner, a sportswriter more interested in boxing and resenting the
fact that he was sent to cover a sport in which he had no background or
interest, who made the "watching grass grow" analogy.

* From: Johnny Starr, Sydney Australia (edited to our 250-word limit): I
was astonished to read Peter Campbell's comments "we pride ourselves on our
media coverage here in Australia". The fact is, Australian coverage of our
sport is far more pathetic than any country I know of. Granted the Coverage
of the Sydney to Hobart race is good at the start with a two hour broadcast
live on T.V. and then it is about a 10 sec slot at the end of the sport
news until the first boat has reached Hobart then that's the end of it for
another 12 months.

What about the Americas Cup? Only the biggest event on a yachties calender!
Yet sadly there was nothing heard this side of the Tasman. Just because
there was no Australian boat doesn't mean there is no interest in Sailings
greatest prize. There were plenty of Aussies scattered amongst the teams
but little if not nothing was heard about these guys.

Australian Sailing magazine is a monthly magazine but somehow they are four
months off the pace. Also, it seems the editor and journalists haven't
updated there little black books for the past 10 years, as it seems to be
the same people interviewed and talked about each month - kind of boring!

As for the website he mentioned it is far from interesting, don`t waste
your time. Sorry Peter but I can't agree that Yachting Coverage in
Australia is something to be proud of. If it is so good, then why do you
need to read scuttlebutt every day?

* From Keith Wheatley [no relation to Magnus]: Magnus Wheatley has
identified a problem but I'm afraid his solution won't fly. Paul Cayard
proved to be an excellent and instinctive communicator during the VOR - but
he was a skipper not a journalist. He had an extraordinary freedom to write
or not write, tell the truth or the part of it that suited the campaign
that day (Paul admits this himself) and it was very much part of his
leadership role.

No journalist crew-member could expect the same latitude, be it Fastnet or
VOR. Everyone in the this role follows the basic human instinct and becomes
a team player. This is hopelessly at odds with the reporter's need to be an
"outsider". All campaigns demand a loyalty that subverts good journalism.
Even shore-based reporters get sucked into the "come aboard" syndrome
during an America's Cup - ask the Italians who covered the two Prada
campaigns in Auckland. I'm afraid Magnus has skillfully described a
difficulty but not an answer. Crews are partisan, journalists aren't crew.

* From Ed Reed: Even before I reached the Curmudgon's comment at the end
of the Athens pre-Olympic regatta info, I was wondering why I was reading
about Iain Percy's problems and not Hannah Swett's lead in the Ynglings.
Why don't Warren St. John and Angus Phillips cover these events?

This week's thread hit the nail on the head - the interest starts on the
bottom and works its way up. Once junior results from the local regatta,
and pictures from events such as North Sails Race Week make the papers, the
stick & ball editors will take notice.

* From Paul V. Raposa: I've been reading all the chat about how poorly
sailboat racing is being covered and how this will somehow lead to the
demise of our sport. Instead of finding ways of making sailboat racing more
"interesting" and media friendly, we should be concentrating on getting
people into boats and showing them the joys of sailing and racing. The
problem with sailboat racing isn't poor coverage, (in fact, there's
probably more media coverage now than ever before) it's accessibility.

* From Big Mike Howard: It comes with great sadness to hear of the death
of Bruce Kendell. I was blessed to be part of the Kialoa Family when Bruce
was Captain of Kialoa lll for Jim Kilroy. Bruce was an inspiration to me
and taught me much about what it took to be not only a racing sailor but a
seaman. Through Bruce and my association with the Kialoa family I have
gained many friendships that I will always cherish. We have lost a very
special part of that family and the sailing community as a whole.

Definition of Insanity - Repeating the same actions over and over while
expecting different results.