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SCUTTLEBUTT 1407 - September 4, 2003

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For most of its history, the 152-year-old yacht race has been anything but
a profit center. Snooty traditionalists banned most forms of advertising
until 1988. Since then a variety of sponsors, including Cadillac and
Motorola, have poured millions of dollars into the event only to walk away,
frustrated by disorganization, erratic television coverage and the constant
threat that the boat they back won't even survive the semifinals of a race
that is held every four years or so.

This time it will be different. As a sponsorship vehicle, Cup racing
already has big advantages over many sports: Companies can use the boats as
floating billboards--technology and teamwork are the main messages--but
they can also take customers and employees out for spins. The prestige and
drama of the event make for good television, especially with new digital
aids (news - web sites) that help viewers understand what the sailors are

When the next Cup match is held, most likely in 2007 (the final schedule is
still being decided), races will be no more than two hours long, the better
to appeal to attention-challenged television viewers. The venue will be a
European city chosen for steady winds (the five finalists, including Lisbon
and Marseilles, have a ten-year record of at least 90% wind reliability) so
TV coverage can be promoted without fear of canceled races. On shore,
tourists will be drawn to a yachting center styled after an Olympic
Village, with sponsors and the host government paying most of the bills.

Most important, all the details, from television contracts to license fees
for America's Cup logo T shirts, will be handled by AC Management, a
company Bertarelli formed to manage the Cup. With the combination of Swiss
efficiency and entrepreneurial creativity that drove him to the top of the
biotechnology industry, Bertarelli has also rammed through sweeping rules
changes designed to make it easier for teams to buy boats, recruit crews
and sell sponsorships to finance campaigns that can cost $100 million or more.

* The key difference this time is an unprecedented agreement between
Bertarelli, chief executive of Serono S.A., the Geneva-based biotechnology
company, and fellow billionaire Larry Ellison, whose Team Oracle is the
so-called Challenger of Record. Since either man can write a check for the
$100 million or so it can take to float an America's Cup campaign, they
didn't squabble over details like how to handle television revenue.

"Neither of them has to run the event to fund their own program," says
Thomas Ehman, Oracle's rules adviser and a Cup participant since 1980, when
he was a rules adviser for the New York Yacht Club defense. The result,
ironically, will be more money for everybody. With AC Management handling
the sale of combined TV rights this time--and the live television audience
much bigger than in remote New Zealand--the price could double the $10
million the race has garnered in the past. - Daniel Fisher, Forbes
magazine, full story:

Triple Olympic gold medallist Jochen Schuemann will be the skipper of
Alinghi for the Mot Cup, scheduled to take place between 15th and 20th
September in San Francisco, whilst Brad Butterworth will act as tactician.
Jochen Schuemann has been Coutts sparring partner since the start of the
Alinghi campaign, in the year 2000. A formidable match-race helmsman, he
has helped Russell to raise his game and carry off the Americas' Cup
competing against Team New Zealand. Now he is taking command. Coutts will
be in San Francisco by the end of the event, supporting his team from a
follow boat.

The Mot Cup is divided into two events: a professional regatta and an
owners/founders match. This means that Ernesto Bertarelli and Larry Ellison
will compete with each other before handing over the helm to Jochen
Schuemann and Gavin Brady. The two teams will take this opportunity to test
new crew and to present their program for the coming years. Both Alinghi
and Oracle BMW Racing have indicated that they intend to modernise the
Americas' Cup to allow the general public to get closer to the event. Many
regattas are scheduled each year and the Mot Cup is being used to kick off
the series. -

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A bizarre situation has developed in this year's Mini Transat Race which
sees Chris Sayer, a third place getter in the 1999 event, refused entry for
the race to start on 7 September. Last January the event organisers
informed Chris Sayer, as a Southern Hemisphere entrant, that he would need
to do a 1,000 n.m. qualifier in New Zealand to qualify for the Mini
Transat. Chris sailed from Auckland to Tauranga, to Noumea, to Sydney and
return, a total distance of 3,500 miles.

In February the organisers changed the rules, requiring entrants to qualify
in a 500 mile event in Europe. By then it was too late for Chris Sayer to
get his boat to Europe to qualify under the changed rules. Despite many
attempts to persuade the organisers otherwise, they still refuse to accept
his entry, stating that the Maritime Authorities in France have limited the
entries to 70 and no more will be accepted. Chris Sayer is the only entrant
who has brought a boat from the Southern Hemisphere.

In all sports, not least yachting, traditions are valued, especially those
where we appreciate the support that competitors have given our events in
past years. Chris Sayer has done 24,000 offshore miles in Mini class boats
- surely the organisers should be bound to their original requirement for
Chris Sayer to undertake a Southern Hemisphere qualification rather than
newly imposed rules to qualify for a much shorter distance in Europe? Chris
Sayer now finds himself in the most unfortunate situation of sailing a top
competitive boat "unofficially" alongside the accepted entries. Is it not
too late for the organisers to accept Chris Sayer's entry and avoid a
possible embarrassment to them should he perform to his expectations in
this event. - Bill Endean, Commodore, Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

The Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron wants to lead a $150 million challenge
to win back the America's Cup in 2007. A Sydney syndicate of business
high-flyers is behind the plan, with Royal Melbourne confirming it is in
talks to be the campaign flagbearer.

Royal Melbourne chief commodore Alan Saunders said yesterday a successful
challenge against the Swiss titleholders would mean the 2011 America's Cup
would likely be held outside Port Phillip Bay. Mr. Saunders confirmed the
squadron was negotiating with the Sydney group to run the campaign from his
St Kilda pier headquarters. "We are in discussions with a syndicate to
launch an America's Cup challenge. We are extremely optimistic about the
outcome," he said.

* Government sources doubted any taxpayer money would go into the bid.
Kristine Condell, chief operating officer for the as yet unnamed syndicate,
said it was about four days away from formally announcing the bid. Its
budget would be $150 million and $10 million had already been pledged by a
sponsor. The bulk of the bid's money would come from corporate sponsors,
including overseas sources. Ms Condell said the squadron would not be
required to contribute money but provide professional advice and the
location for trials. - Cup in Europe website, full story:

* Anyone interested in collegiate sailing will want to read the
comprehensive summary of preseason predictions published on the Sailing
World magazine website. SW has also gone out on a limb and published
preseason rankings. Here are their top five coed schools: 1. Harvard, 2.
Hobart/Wm. Smith, 3. Hawaii, 4. Dartmouth, 5. Stanford.

* Farr International has joined forces with Rolex Watch U.S.A. and the
Storm Trysail Club to organize the Rolex Farr One Design Invitational. This
event combines class starts for the Rolex Mumm 30 and the Rolex Farr 40
North American Championships with a new handicap-racing event, the Rolex
Farr One-Design Open Championship, in which the Mumm 36, Farr 36, Farr 395,
IC 45, Farr 52 and CM 60 classes will race under a handicap formula devised
by Farr Yacht Design, Inc. An 11-race series is scheduled for November
19-22, off Miami, Florida. Class winners will be awarded specially engraved
Rolex watches. -

* "Boatox" used their home advantage to win the 3rd annual Euro Gay Cup
by one point from team "Gust Do It", the winners in 2002. The regatta was
hosted by the Island Sailing Club on the Solent at Cowes, Isle of Wight in
Sonars, and attracted 32 competitors from the UK, Germany, France,
Switzerland and Australia. The Euro Gay Cup is part of a trio of
international gay sailing events in Europe, the USA and Australia endorsed
by the international gay sailing organisation, GLORY (Gay and Lesbian
Organisation for Racing and Yachting) which represents over 2000 members of
gay sailing organisations worldwide.

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The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (RBYC) has announced the eight seeded skippers
who will compete for the 2003 Investors Guaranty presentation of the King
Edward VII Gold Cup:
* Russell Coutts
* Peter Gilmour
* Chris Dickson,
* Peter Holmberg
* Dennis Conner
* Dean Barker
* Jes Gram-Hansen
* Jesper Radich

Prior to the Championship Round of the King Edward VII Gold Cup sixteen
unseeded skippers will compete in a three-day round robin qualifier. The
top six skippers, as well as the top two finishers from the Bermuda Women's
Match Racing Championship - held concurrently with the unseeded round -
advance to the Championship Round. The regatta, the second event on Swedish
Match Tour 2003/2004, will be held October 18-26 and will offer a record
$100,000 prize purse. - Shawn McBride,

The French K-Challenge America's Cup team sailed Wednesday on the San
Francisco Bay on USA 49, ex-AmericaOne from Paul Cayard's 2000 campaign.
This is the first official training session for the team.

The syndicate had originally planned to sail in the Golden Gate Cup for ACC
boats, but that event has been cancelled by the organizers. However,
according to a posting on the K-Challenge website, " the Oracle BMW Racing
team has maintained the invitation for this non-official competition with 2
races per day on September 5 and 6. The Alinghi team will also join this

Familiar names on the published K-Challenge crew include, John Cutler
(Helm) Hartwell Jordan (Main), Thierry Peponnet (Tactics), Katie Pettibone
(Strategist/ Runner) and Dawn Riley (Pit/ runner). -

J/World is seeking coaches for our San Diego location. Applicants must have
excellent keelboat handling and spinnaker skills, along with a strong
racing background and good communication skills. Teaching experience and US
Sailing Instructor certification is a plus. E-mail your employment and
sailing resumes, as well as references to

(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 Craig Fletcher: The worlds championships in Spain are being build as
the "largest ever". This is simply not true. By limiting the number of
entries this regatta is not a world's championship, but simply another
invitational. The winners will only be the best of those invited, not the
whole world.

* From R. C. Keefe: Olympic Yachting - It doesn't exist. There are no
yachts in Olympic Yachting; only boats that seem to be just an extension of

* From Peter Nash, Editor, Boating Business, UK: I have been astonished
to read in Scuttlebutt that the British Olympic sailing programme is funded
to the tune of $millions each year. Indeed, Fred Hagedorn stated
confidently in 'Butt 1340 that the annual GBR budget is $10,000,000. In
'Butt 1405 Paul Cayard noted of the British Olympic effort that: 'their
Star team alone has a $1m budget for the quadrennium'.

To set the record straight, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) gets $2.4m
a year from the UK Sports Council for the entire GBR Olympic sailing
programme. This figure is in the public domain and published in their
annual accounts. The results GBR sailors get are not due to fantasy
funding: it's a team effort that involves good coaches, good management and
a talent spotting and support system developed over 20 years. And did I
mention sheer talent?

* From David Redfern, Bristol England: I wouldn't like US sailors to
think that money is the only answer to success. Funding from the lottery is
only a recent development. The success of GB sailors is also due to intense
dedication on behalf of the entrants and a commitment to high standards. I
remember a young Ben Ainslie sailing in Falmouth at the tiny Restronguet
Sailing Club, that is one of several clubs in the town. Restronguet
specialised in traiing sailors for Optimists. Young Ben and two others from
Restronguet made it to the world championships through good (unfunded)
training and dedication. His father Roddie, a former Whitbread round the
world sailor upped his roots in Falmouth to move to the Southampton area,
where he thought the young Ben would get better training for the next stage
of his life. Ben and his family made many personal sacrifices before
getting to the top. Ben is typical of many young people here who are making
the most of the facilities available, which are very recent. Dedicated
coaches, families and individuals make sacrifices that eventually create

* From Jan Visser: Paul Cayard's comment on funding our Olympic hopefuls
brought instant joy to the nearby sailing enthusiasts. "Look at this,
perhaps folks will listen" resounded around the office. I have seen so many
talented youngesters that fall into the category of talented but not
wealthy, their dreams never get realized. Yes Europe is where it's at, the
place to measure your talent. This summer youngsters from my area went to
Europe for a good part of the summer. The letters that I received said it
all. "I have learned so much" Paul is so right on, fund our young athletes
give them the opportunity to train and and compete on an equal footing.
Thank you Paul Cayard, your comments are deeply appreciated, now lets hope
those who can make a difference will listen.

* From E. Eric Matus (edited to our 250-word limit): It's too bad that
America identifies sailing as a "rich man's sport." If we had the kind of
grass roots support that Australia, England and France have we'd be
swimming (or maybe sailing) in medals and trophies. The talent is there but
the support and the uniquely American concepts of a classless society are
sadly missing. It runs counter to common sense demonstrated so often in the
sport. Who helped fill the ranks of the America's Cup boats? Football
players! We needed muscle and enthusiasm as much as we needed elite sailing

I've seen kids do extraordinary things in boats just having fun. I also saw
many "Bourgeois" acting club members just squash the heck out of these kids
with their restrictive rules, one-upmanship and superior attitudes. The
beneficiaries of many boating environments are bored people who lack
appreciation for the joy that boating provides while the kids who really
appreciate the opportunity to "mess around in boats" are pushed out and
never get a chance to excel. US Sailing could help if they took all their
youth racing agenda and aggressively extended it to YMCA, BSA, Campfire
Girls and any other organization they can bridge to and begin to draw the
rest of america's potential into the sport. Then we could shed this "rich
man sport" aura that surrounds sailing in the country.

While we're at it clubs should open the doors to kids that can't afford the
$120 to $450 a week that is charged?

* From John McCarthy: I have read with disbelief some of the ideas
regarding radio communication. No doubt the use of the radio has evolved
for the better. Information regarding how long before a sequence, how long
a postponement might last, and similar items are not only helpful but
vital. However, information should not be provided that can and should be
taken from the S.I. and/or the flags and signals. It's a far cry from
announcing that the course is being posted to telling folks what the course
posting actually says. The ability to translate courses, flags, and signals
into a sound race plan is part of the game. Ditto the responsibility of
each skipper to determine wind direction and current information.

The most outrageous thought, however, is that the RC should provide a
"running commentary" during the starting sequence. "Whoa, Joe, you're
gettin' close to the line". Or "Oops, Fred, you're lookin' close to being
over". And what about Sam who sticks his nose up three seconds early and
goes over while Joe and Fred are OK? I guess the Protest Committee can sort
that one out.

Radio notification of OCS is a good thing. However, to pervert that concept
into the Race Committee coaching the competitors into a good start sounds a
bit much to me. Next will be coaching them up the first leg when they seem
to have the first shift wrong. Let the racers race without the PRO trying
to be the show rather than run a good show.

* From Jim Linville: Regarding the excellent dialog on calling OCS boats
via VHF, I am surprised that no one has pointed out that those who have
started properly but have an OCS boat sitting on their face are the ones
who are most prejudiced and who would benefit most by having the OCS'ers
alerted. Notifying the OCS boats within the one minute before that start
(when the I flag - around the ends - is flown) may give them a head start
on getting around the ends, but it clears them out early and prevents them
from messing up all of those who are on the way to starting properly. You
could say is that the first OCS boat that is called (within one minute)
gives all of the others close to him a pretty good idea of exactly where
the line is and you could assert that that would be an advantage - for
example preventing them from being OCS themselves - but for me getting the
offender out of the way and increasing the likelihood that the start will
be fair is more than worth the price.

And one nice side benefit of providing good information via VHF is that it
encourages competitors to have working radios on board which in case of an
emergency - like a man overboard or a squall - can easily save a life.

Being ahead of one's time, is simply bad timing.