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SCUTTLEBUTT 1401 - August 26, 2003

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ATHENS 2003 REGATTA
The weather's gone berserk! At a time when the Agios Kosmas Olympic Sailing
Centre was in the doldrums, with hardly any wind blowing and the
competitors in the Athens 2003 Regatta praying in vain for a little wind,
suddenly there were flashes of lightning and bolts of thunder tearing the
sky, with a storm approaching threatening. But the summer downpour passed
further to the North, however, the muggy heat and relative calm at Agios
Kosmas was enough to put everything and everyone into disarray, especially
the sailors.

The organisers eventually managed to run one race for each of the Star and
Tornado classes, but in the Men's and Women's Europe, Laser, Mistral and
49er classes the races had to be cancelled. The Athens 2003 Regatta will
continue tomorrow for the 7th day with races scheduled in the Europe,
Laser, Mistral (Men and Women), Tornado, 470 (Men and Women), Finn and
Yngling classes. It was also decided to run races in the 49er class,
instead of having the day off as originally planned. -
http://www.athens2004.com/

STANDINGS:
Yngling (7 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 (9 races/ 1 discard): 1. Torbin Grael/ Ferreira, BRA, 35; 2. Peter
Bromby/ L.C. White, BER, 39; 3. Pickel / Kolb, GER, 39; 4. Paul Cayard/
Phil Trinter, USA 40; 6. Ross MacDonald/ K. Bjorn, CAN, 54.

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 (7 races - 1 discard): 1. Bundock/ Forbes, AUS, 12; 2. Lange/
Espinola, ARG, 23; 3. Hagara/ Steinacher, AUT, 31; 11. Daniel/ Jacobsen,
USA, 57; 14. Holden/ Coakley, CAN, 63

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.

Full results: http://www.athens2004.com/page/default.asp?la=2&id=16915

LASER, RADIAL AND LASER 4.7 US CHAMPIONSHIPS
This year's Laser, Radial and Laser 4.7 US Championships were hosted by the
Sayville Yacht Club with sailing on Long Island's Great South Bay. The
three day event drew 114 Lasers, 80 Radials and, for their first US Champs,
9 Laser 4.7's, making it the largest US Champs in recent memory. Conditions
ranged from a building southwesterly seabreeze on the first day, peaking
near 20 knots, to a puffy (from lows under 10 knots to puffs over 20), and
very shifty, northwesterly breeze on the final two days.

The competition was fierce in all the fleets, particularly in the Laser
fleet with many North American Olympic Hopefuls present as well as top
talent from Australia and New Zealand. At the end of the day, Andrew
Childs, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, sailed an incredibly consistent series
in the very difficult conditions, never winning a race but still carding
mostly top 3 finishes. Clay Johnson took second for top US finish, Brendan
Casey from Australia rounded out the top three. Todd Hawkins took first in
the Radial Fleet, followed by Patrick Curran and Ryan Minth. Finally, John
Moulthrop took the first ever Laser 4.7 US Championship.

Full Laser Results: http://cerebus.winsite.com/archives/2001/msg06227.html
Full Radial Results: http://cerebus.winsite.com/archives/2001/msg06228.html
Full Laser 4.7 Results: http://cerebus.winsite.com/archives/2001/msg06229.html

RECOGNIZING REVOLUTION
It's official: The revolutionary Dryshirt is a smash hit in every
industry it has been introduced to. The sport of sailing probably has the
most to gain from this unique product and we are hard at work with the
manufacturer and are meeting demand after our initial order sold out in
just three days! While other sailing shirts now available provide only
breathability, this revolutionary material also repels water from the
outside like a smock while being both lightweight and breathable. The
Dryshirt is ideal in hot conditions and perfect for a base layer in cold.
http://www.sailingproshop.com/dryshirt.htm

ISAF MATCH RACING WORLDS
The ISAF Match Racing World Championship begins today in Riva del Garda,
Italy: The skippers are: 1. Russell Coutts, New Zealand - 161st in the ISAF
ranking list.; 2. Karol Jablonski, Poland - ranked 1st; 3. Jesper Radich,
Denmark - 2nd; 4. Jes Gram-Hansen, Denmark - 3rd; 5. Ed Baird, USA - 4th;
6. James Spithill, Australia - 5th; 7. Bjorn Hansen, Sweden - 7th; 8.
Mathieu Richard, France - 8th; 9. Staffan Lindberg, Finland - 9th; 10.
Mikael Lindqvist, Sweden - 10th; 11. Ian Williams, UK - 11th; 12. Paolo
Cian, Italy - 12th.

The event will run with the following format:
- Double round robin, where all skippers sail each other twice.

- Semifinal, where the top four skippers from the round robins race
against each other in a best-of-three knock out series.

- Petite final, where the two losers of the semifinal race against
each other in a best-of-three series, in order to determine third and
fourth placing.

- Final, where the two winning skippers of the semifinal race againts
each other in a best-of-three series to determine the world champion.

The competitors will rotate on 10 BLUSail 24 Sport, the one design chosen
as official boat for this event, designed and built in Italy.
http://worldchampionship.g2k.it

HINMAN TROPHY - TEAM RACING
After six previous attempts to win the U.S. Team Racing Championship, Cape
Cod WHishbone is finally taking home US Sailing's Hinman Trophy. WHishbone
clinched the title after a victory against the defending champions, the
Boston Silver Pandas. WHishbone hails from Cape Cod, Mass., with skippers
Timothy Fallon, Graeme Woodworth, and Mason Woodworth and crews Karen
Renzulli, Matt Lindblad, and Erin Largay. The team won the World Team
Racing Championship earlier this year.

The second place team, the Silver Pandas from Boston, Mass., was skippered
by Patrick Hogan, Peter Levesque and Colin Merrick with crews Carlos Lenz,
John Cline and Amanda Callahan. The event was hosted by St. Francis Yacht
Club in San Francisco, Calif. Sixteen teams participated in the event; each
team was selected based on sailing resumes with an emphasis on team racing
experience. StFYC ran over 200 races on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Marlieke de Lange Eaton, www.ussailing.org/hinman/2003/

NEWS BRIEFS
* Kenwood Cup revisited? We've just learned about the Waikiki YC's
'Waikiki Offshore Championship Regatta' in August, 2004. Six windward -
Leeward races, a 180-miler to Maui and back, plus a 60 miler for IMS-rated
boats, Transpac 52s, Americap and J/105s. While there is no mention of
international teams, the event has a familiar ring . . .

* The organizing committee for the 2004 International Optimist Dinghy
Australian Championships is keen to have sailors from other countries
attend the regatta and they have a number of charter boats available for
overseas competitors. The event is being held as part of the Sail Melbourne
2004 international regatta, and the Notice of Race, which includes charter
information and entry form, can be downloaded from the Sail Melbourne web
site. http://www.sailmelbourne.com.au/default.php

* The International 14 World Championship got under way at the excellent
Japanese venue of Wakayama with the customary two days of team racing over
the weekend. Teams drawn from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, USA and
Japan sailed two series of round robins in fairly light breezes, which
brought together the USA 'A' team and the Great Britain 'A' team to contest
the best of three final, sailed on Sunday afternoon. The Brits won two of
the three races. Things have now moved on to the individual World
Championship. - http://www.i14.jp/wakayama/

* The Antarctica Cup International Yacht Race organisation today
announced the signing of the first committed entrant for the inaugural race
scheduled to start in Auckland, New Zealand, in February 2005. Team
Challenge Australia are the first to take up a Antarctica Cup Country
Franchise license and in so doing will hold exclusive rights to represent
Australia. Team Challenge Australia spokesperson Jeremy Pearce commented,
"The purity of the Antarctica Cup event model is brilliant and the
potential return on investment to our backers is very attractive.
www.antarcticacup.com

CAMET PADDED SAILING SHORTS
The Camet 3000 Shorts come in seven different colors. The two newest
designs are the Aruba Shorts that come with an extra big pocket to store
more of those things you always wish you could have while sitting on the
rail, and the longer Bermuda style and women's Ocean Shorts. Coolmax shirts
in Long and Short sleeves. Take a look at the Camet web site, where you'll
find the shorts and all your performance gear. - http://www.camet.com


LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (editor@sailingscuttlebutt.com)
(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 Peter Carr: With reference to the Harken/ Henderson comments on
Race Officers "talking to or with" competitors pre-start this is hard to
achieve with a large fleet and a long line if the RO is to be fair with
everyone. And we invariably do not have the luxury of a boat at the pin end
to assist. Keelers with VHF invariably have them "down below" and cannot
hear them in the cockpit. However we do have a firm practise of calling OCS
boats individually over the VHF in addition to the appropriate signals.
Likewise non radio fitted dinghies low in the water at the far end of the
line have a predicament with any communication.

On multi-race days we find it extremely useful to verbally advise boats
milling around the committee boat why we have postponed the next race - a
signal invariably caused by indifferent wind. Sailors very much appreciate
the rapport with the committee boat. I totally agree that grim faced RO's
merely pointing at flags is no way to conduct "fair and friendly" sailing -
provided that such additional communication is fair to all. Sailors hate
hanging around between races and the earlier we can give them an
opportunity to understand our predicament the friendlier the atmosphere in
the bar post-race.

Our competing sailors are our customers - just as in commerce if there are
no customers retained there is no worth while activity.

* From Donal McClement: It amused me to read about lack of communication
between the R O and the Fleet. At Cork Week in 1990 I introduced the use of
an open VHF R/T Channel for ALL Race Management and this meant that all
competitors were able to listen to everything that was going on at all times.

I was recently talking with one of the RO's for our event and his
recollection over the past 4 events was that he had to have a General
Recall just once on over 100 starts with Class sizes up to 50 boats. It is
incumbent on the R O to give a first class service to the Competitors and
any means to achieve this aim must be applauded. VHF Radio is certainly one
of the simplest.
Mid Line RIBS are another method used successfully by us.

* From Peter Huston: How about a linked loud hailer and VHF? I just
bought a Hummingbird handheld VHF, $70 at BoatUS - if the thing craps out,
so what, toss it and get another. People spend that much on a crappy set of
box lunches for the crew each weekend....

In any boat other than a Laser, there is no reason to not have a VHF
aboard. Classes would be very smart to allow handheld to be weighed in as
part of minimum boat weight limit. One of these days there be a death where
if someone had a simple VHF handheld the accident either wouldn't have
occurred, or help could have been obtained sooner. Lawyers will have a
field day because simple and readily available technology was "not
required" as part of safety equip (remember when LORAN was legalized for
offshore...).

I'll never suggest that a VHF should be required, only that someone
shouldn't be penalized for carrying one, and that there should be every
incentive to have them aboard. And if I was racing a Laser I'd have one
aboard anyway. Especially for a hack like me, another pound of equipment
isn't going to make a damn bit of difference in my finish position.

* From Sean Downey: As an Editor for YachtRacing.com I would like to
share that presenting coverage for a sailing event is a team effort. There
is not one media group with the budget to send reporters/photographers to
all events, or even all of the large events. They rely heavily on the
organizer's ability to assign a "press officer" or such to the event who
handles writing press releases, distribution of such, and registration of
journalist for onsite as well as offsite coverage.

Sometimes the event assigns a wonderful group to do these tasks such as
Rich Roberts (Key West, NSRW, Transpac, etc.), Media Pro International
(Rolex Regattas and US Sailing), and Octagon(Swedish Match Tour, SORC).
Sometimes the coverage is standard and then even sub standard at other
events. The key, however is that they have taken that step towards getting
their event in front of the yacht racing community.

On our publication, we encourage our readers to submit their own stories
and any photos they may have to be published. Sure, this makes some
coverage extremely localized, but if that is what our reader want to see,
that is what they get.

We still carry coverage for all of the large events, but I admit sometimes
we miss some. We are very proactive in searching out information for events
we know are coming up, but sometimes that information is just not available.

* From Stephen Van Dyck; On the subject of press coverage of sailing
events. While advertisers and professional sailors are interested in print
and TV coverage, those of us who are interested in participating and
following the sport are interested in Web coverage. Newspapers and
magazines are late with what little coverage there is and yet professional
sailing needs it to get paid. Enthusiasts following the sport have never
had it better now that we have the web. We can get the latest on regatas
all over the world, get up-to-date photos of all kinds of events and boats,
follow the latest "scuttlebutt", and best of all, get emails from the
southern ocean, all from the nearest on-line computer. Enthusiasts have
never had it better, we are getting what we could only dream of ten years
ago for nearly free.

* From Bob Campbell: As a young sailor I was given an incredible
opportunity through Jim Kilroy and Bruce Kendell to sail onboard Kialoa III
in the early "ketch rig" days. I started at the bottom of the pile and at
the time little did I know where it would take me! But across many miles
and the oceans of the world I learned a lot about ocean sailing, teamwork,
adventure and myself through the very firm but fair tutelage of Bruce and
the oversight of Jim. That guidance and trust led to the hand-off,
completion and ongoing campaign of Kialoa IV to me at the age of 23 as
Bruce moved full time into Kilroy Industries.

I have had a rich and rewarding sailing career of which I owe a tremendous
amount to Jim Kilroy, all the Kialoa Crews, and in particular Bruce
Kendell. Bruce taught me well, believed in me and was a major influence on
my early life and sailing career. The memories are rich and never will be
forgotten - as Bruce used to say "the stories will be told in the bars for
years". He will be sadly missed!

* From Andy Rose: It seems like most of my posts on Scuttlebutt these
days are eulogies but here we go again. I also was fortunate to sail with
Bruce Kendell on the Kialoas and on John Kilroy Jr.'s one tonner many years
ago. While I have sailed with a lot of outstanding sailors and seamen, if I
had to pick one person I would want on board a boat facing a major crisis
at sea, it would be Bruce. He gave me and the rest of the crew such
confidence that I think he made us all better. The relationship between Jim
Kilroy, Bruce and incredibly capable crew members made my time on Kialoa
unforgettable. I will miss Bruce greatly and thank him and Jim for letting
me be a small part of their outstanding sailing careers.

CURMUDGEON'S QUOTATIONS
The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in
the morning and does not stop until you get into the office. - Robert Frost