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SCUTTLEBUTT 1414 - September 15, 2003

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Yachting Monthly is proposing an ambitious plan to restore Sir Francis
Chichester's world-famous 53ft ketch Gipsy Moth IV and sail her around the
world in 2005. The yacht is currently rotting away through lack of funds in
a dry dock in Greenwich, and a detailed survey commissioned by Yachting
Monthly has revealed that she needs urgent work, which could cost at least
£100,000. The plan would be to return her to sailing commission and
celebrate the 40th anniversary of Chichester's circumnavigation by taking
her round the world again.

"Gipsy Moth IV is a potent symbol of our sailing heritage and it would be a
tragedy if she was left to rot away," says Paul Gelder, Editor. 'The 40th
anniversary of Chichester setting off from Plymouth on his historic, solo
voyage coincides with Yachting Monthly's 100th anniversary in 2006. I can't
think of a better way of celebrating our 100th birthday and Chichester's
heroic voyage than to see Gipsy Moth IV out of dry dock and refitted for a
second circumnavigation - via the Trade Winds route.'

Yachting Monthly will be maintaining a separate section of its website
dedicated to the project. Here you can read about Gipsy Moth IV in more
detail, learn about her glory days, see what she is looking like now to
understand the implications if she remains unrestored, register your
support for the project by subscribing to a dedicated e-mail newsletter and
ask or answer questions or leave messages on a dedicated forum. - Yachting
Monthly website, full story:

On the third and final day of the Rolex Laser Masters North American
Championships, local sailor Andy Pimental (Newport, R.I.) claimed victory
over an impressive 132-boat fleet and locked up his Masters Class for ages
45-54 as well. His closest competition on Narragansett Bay, where the event
was held and hosted by the New York Yacht Club, came from another local
sailor, Scott Ferguson (Jamestown, RI), who topped the younger Apprentice
Masters Class (ages 35-44) and finished second overall in fleet. Pimental
won the Gay Lynn Memorial Trophy and was awarded an engraved Rolex
timepiece. Pimental regularly sails Snipes and recently won the Snipe

The top Apprentice Woman, which was Frances Flam (Philadelphia, Penn.) and
top Master Woman, which was Sally Sharp (Enfield, N.H.). According to
Steven Wolff (Fairfield, Conn.), who co-chaired the event with Susan Daly
(Newport) and Gary Jobson (Annapolis, Md.), the combined age of the fleet
was 6388 years. "The oldest sailor was 77-year-old Bob Saltmarsh of
Mattapoissett, Mass. - Media Pro Int'l, complete results:

Winners in three Americap and seven one-design classes were named at the
St. Francis Yacht Club's Big Boat Series presented by Rolex. John Kilroy of
Los Angeles, Calif. won the Atlantic Perpetual Trophy, for his victory in
the 15 boat Farr 40 class. Roger Sturgeon's TP 52 Rosebud won the Americap
A class and the St. Francis Perpetual Trophy, while Martin Braun of Los
Altos Hills, Calif. won the City of San Francisco Trophy for his victory in
the Santa Cruz 52 class with his Winnetou. Tim Russell's Aquavit, won the
biggest class in the regatta - the 35-boat J/105 class - on a tie-breaker
over Peter Wagner's Nantucket Sleighride. - Media Pro Int'l,

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Sunday was the first qualification day for the Yngling fleet. Racing took
place on both courses after a slight delay to wait for some breeze. It was
only blowing 6 knots for the start of the first race. Standings:
1. USA, Jody Swanson/Cory Sertl/Elizabeth Kratzig, 4
2. DEN, Dorte O. Jensen/Helle Jespersen/Rachel Kiel, 6
3. RUS, Ekaterina Skudina/Krutskikh Diana/Tatiana Lartseva, 11
4. FRA, Anne Le Helley/Emmanuelle Duby/Elodie Lesaffre, 14
5. USA, Carol Cronin/Elizabeth Filter/Nancy Haberland, 16
6. USA, Sally Barkow/Carrie Howe/Deborah Capozzi, 16
13. BER, Paula Lewin/Peta Lewin/Maria Lopez, 27
14. USA, Hannah Swett/Joan Touchette/Melissa Purdy, 28
18. USA, Elizabeth Alison/Lee Icyda/Susanne Leech, 35
22. CAN, Felicity Clarke/Martha Henderson/Kari Mackay, 43

Sunday was the final day of qualification for the Europe class before the
fleet is split into Gold and silver for the final three days of racing. In
the overall standings, all the race results excluding discards, including
those in qualification, count towards the final result. Standings:
1. NOR, Siren Sundby, 10
2. NZL, Sarah Macky, 19
3. CZE, Lenka Smidova, 22
4. DEN, Trine Julie Abrahamsen, 26
5. USA, Mary Gaillard, 27
25. CAN, Magalie Bonneau-Marcil, 70
27. MEX, Tania Elias Calles, 74
54. CAN, Victoria Crowder, 122
56. USA, Christin Feldman, 125

Tuesday, qualification continues for the Yngling class, and starts for the
Mistral and Star fleets. The Europe class has a lay day before the finals
start on Tuesday. Full results for the classes are available on the event

* Farr International, Inc. announced production will resume of its latest
offshore one-design class yacht, the Farr 36 One Design. Custom boat
builder James Betts Enterprises, Inc. of Verdi, NV will be the sole North
American builder of this 36-foot high-performance carbon fiber yacht, and
expects two new boats to be ready for Key West Race Week in January. Thus
far five Farr 36 ODs have been built by dk Composites and Carroll Marine.
Betts' experience has been in building sophisticated custom composite
designs since 1970 - including the IACC yacht America True for the 2000
America's Cup. -

* You can take a three month racing vacation during the summer of 2005 on
one of 15 evenly matched Beneteau 47.7 yachts that will race around Europe
on 11 separate legs, calling at 13 ports in 11 different countries. The
race will start in Poland, visit Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, the UK,
France, Portugal, Spain, and Italy, before finishing in Monte Carlo. The
schedule includes Skandia Cowes Week and the Rolex Fastnet Race. Each crew
will be made up of one professional skipper and nine crew. The race
welcomes both experienced sailors and complete beginners. A crew berth
costs £9,950:

* As a result of his win at the ISAF Match Racing World Championship, the
USA's Ed Baird has moved up to the number three spot behind Karol Jablonski
(POL) and Jesper Radich (DEN) on the latest ISAF World Match Race Rankings.
And because of his sixth place at the same regatta, Russell Coutts move up
from 228th to rank 105. Marie Bjorling (SWE) remains on top of the women's
rankings, with the USA's Liz Baylis in sixth and Betsy Alison in seventh

* We just got two awesome sailing photos of the new 140-foot Mari Cha IV
race boat that we've loaded on our website. You gotta see these:

* Seven first-place finishes earned Paul Callahan, Keith Burhans and
Roger Cleworth the title at the recently held fourth annual Millenium
Regatta hosted by Shake-A-Leg-Newport. Racing in Sonars, the trio finished
second in race four of the eight-race series for a near-perfect scoreline.
Finishing second, six points back, was the Newport team of Robie Pierce
with crew Al Pierce and Paul Mello. Callahan, Burhans and Cleworth are
campaigning with an eye toward the 2004 Paralympic Games.

* The American yacht Zaraffa, winner of this year's TransAtlantic Race,
will contest the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2003. The Cruising Yacht
Club of Australia today received an Application for Entry from Zaraffa's
owner, Dr Huntington ("Skip") Sheldon. Zaraffa is a Reichel/Pugh 65, built
of carbon fibre and launched in 2000

* Early morning dull skies over Narragansett Bay cleared to give the
12-Metre Class an excellent final day of racing for the North American
Championships. Edgar Cato's KZ-5 Hissar won the Grand Prix division overall
trophy, while the top spot in the Modern division went to Craig Millard
sailing the Museum of Yachting's flagship, US-26, Courageous. George Hill's
US-17 Weatherly claimed first place in the Classic Traditional division and
Earl McMillen's US-6 Onawa took first place honors in the Classic Vintage

* The TV coverage of the Moet Cup between Alinghi and Oracle BMW Racing
begins on Tuesday at 7:00pm ET/ 4:00pm PT with a reair at 2:00am ET/
11:00pm PT. Tuesday's program will feature the racing that was done on

Kaenon Polarized lens technology will be the only common denominator on the
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Porto Cervo, Sardinia - After several days of big breeze, the last day of
the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup was sailed in bright sunshine and 6-8 knots of
wind from the North East. Organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda the
coastal race held on Saturday confirmed all division leaders, with no real
changes occurring in the overall positions since yesterday. In the Wally
Class Luca Bassani's Wallyño made it four out of five wins to take the
largest class. Neville Crichton's New Zealand-registered Super Maxi Alfa
Romeo won again in the IRC Class and Raffaele Raiola's Idea SAI took top
honours in the IMS Class.

Since the collision on Wednesday between Alberto Roemmers' IMS Maxi Alexia
and Mike Slade's IRC boat Leopard a series of redress hearings have been
going on to try and sort out the lot of the Argentinean Maxi Alexia that
was denied the opportunity to continue racing when her topmast was broken.
The issue was confused somewhat because the day in question featured two
windward leeward courses, the combined results counting for one set of race
day points. This morning Alexia, with average points from the first three
races, was declared the overall leader, in spite of having missed two
races. With today's race the issue was confused further still when a
discard came into the equation, meaning that for Alexia to win the regatta
Idea SAI had to finish worse than second in the final race.

Lindsay Owen-Jones' Wally 94 Magic Carpet2 cut the last corner of the
course a little too close and hit the rocks, decelerating from 10 to 3
knots and throwing the foredeck crew over the side in the process. Little
damage was done except to the pride of this crew that have always been at
the front of the fleet and even sailed to within less than a minute of the
elapsed time of the mighty Alfa Romeo yesterday. Morten Bergesen's giant
105-foot Wally ketch Nariida hit the same rocks as Magic Carpet2 and lost
the daggerboard extension of her keel in the process. - Media Pro Int'l,

The Mini Transat fleet is still floundering in virtually no wind as it
heads down the coast of Portugal to Lanzarote. But although there is little
change expected imminently, crews are focusing on depression forecast over
the Canary Islands in the next few days. American Jonathan McKee sailing a
Rogers-designed prototype has taken over the leading position and is
currently in a close battle with the initial race leader Sam Manuard
sailing his owned-designed prototype. Armel Tripon in a Finot/Conq
98-designed prototype is also keeping the pressure on in the light, testing
conditions. - Sue Pelling, Yachting World website, full story:

Standings on September 14 @ 1500 UT: 1. Jonathan Mc Kee, Team McLube, 638.1
miles from finish; 2. Samuel Manuardm, Tip Top Two 646.0 mff; 3. Armel
Tripon, Moulin ROTY, 651.8 mff. -

Sailing events:
Photo gallery:

What began as J Boats' family-friendly entry model for its sprit boat range
(26'-53') is now ISAF recognized with 600+ boats in twelve countries. The
2003 Worlds are in Fort Worth, TX, October 11-17, and a special package is
currently available from J Boats. -

(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 Kimball Livingston: My friend Bruce Munro is correct that sailing
is under-reported in Northern California. Unfortunately, until we have
crossover celebrities (and I don't mean movie stars in boats) that won't
change. But I'd like to correct one point: Bruce says that I "continue to
freelance for various magazines" when in fact I am now on staff at SAIL.
Since SAIL is the only national sailing magazine that has ever committed to
having a full-time editor on the Left Coast, I think the decision makers in
Boston deserve credit.

* From Brooks Magruder (Singapore): I have one word response to Monro's
complaint of poor print coverage in SF Bay-- that is "Latitude38" which is
the best print coverage of sailing, cruising, racing, chartering, sailing
culture in the world. It's free in every local marina & marine store, so
why would anyone look to SF Chronicle for layman's coverage?? Also has
daily updates on that I read religiously from Singapore
along with my 'Butt.

* From Mark Green (Regarding newspaper coverage of sailing): Who needs a
newspaper to bury a few column inches deep in the sports section when we
have Scuttlebutt with more than 17,000 of our peers reading it daily? Not
many will see the newspaper coverage, especially outside of its circulation
area, but those that are interested in the sport will see the sailing news
in the 'Butt worldwide...even at sea.

Time to wake up to the internet age with its many narrow micro media
outlets for special interests. Yes...we are a special interest. But it's
better this way. Wouldn't you rather have the deeper daily coverage with
links to the sites of interest, reader discussion and feedback than the
feeble excuse for sailing coverage that is (was) in most newspapers? OK,
true, you can't show your name in the paper to your buddies at the water
cooler on Monday morning....but if you need that you can print out the
'Butt and leave it in the men's room!

* From Ralph Taylor (edited to our 250-word limt): The item on the Mari
Cha IV stirs some thoughts in my muddled brain. First, is that this boat is
as big as a commercial jetliner, almost half a football field. I started to
ask "Who's she going to race against?" then remembered that she will be
going for records, racing against ships of the past, not the present. It's
sort of a contest between wood and cotton versus carbon fiber, Kevlar & resins.

Then I began wondering where we were going with this trend. And, it is a
trend: The Volvo Open 60s, used for the last round-the-world race, are
becoming the Volvo Open 70s -- growing by ten feet. Mari Cha IV is only the
latest of the "mega-yachts"; several have already been built. I suppose the
article hints at the upper limits when it refers to keeping the sails'
weights within limits manageable by people using simple machines. But is
there a limit to the number of masts on a boat? Add more masts, add more
sail area.

I also wonder if greater size automatically means a faster boat. Perhaps a
greater theoretical hull speed - but Neptune presents his challenges and
winds and currents still have more to say about outcomes than our feeble

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a
good idea to put wheels on luggage?