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SCUTTLEBUTT 1416 - September 17, 2003

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Skippers and crews in the 2005 Transpac Race will sail under a full moon,
as race officials approved moving the traditional July 4 Transpac start
date ten days later to capture the light of the full moon. "The full moon
was so popular with skippers and crews this year that we felt tradition
should give way here," said 2005 Transpac Commodore Jerry Montgomery. The
move also increases the chances of better winds, where historical data
shows stronger trade winds circulating the Pacific High later in July.

The TPYC Board also approved a new rating limit open to racing monohulls
around 90 feet overall, up to the new Bermuda race limit of 30 meters. The
new rating limit is intended to include boats with speed potential up to
that of a canting keel maxZ86 on the Transpac course. Previously, Transpac
had invited a minimum of three MaxZ86 yachts to compete in 2005 for the
famous Barn Door trophy. Currently one MaxZ86 sloop, Zephyrus, is sailing.
Two nearly identical MaxZ86's, both with canting keels, are under
construction for Hasso Platner and Roy Disney. All three boats are expected
to enter Transpac 2005. Along with existing boats and those under
construction, the new limit also allows for new builds. - Full story,

It was a reversal of fortunes on day two of the Pro-Driver series at the
Mot Cup on Tuesday. Larry Ellison's Oracle BMW Racing team won both of the
races on San Francisco Bay and jumped to a 2 -1 lead in the seven-race series.

With 20 knots at the start, skipper Chris Dickson's squad took full
advantage of its local knowledge to win the first race of the day and give
new recruit Gavin Brady his first win at the wheel for the American team.
Brady, with local sailors John Kostecki and Larry Ellison among the
afterguard on USA-76, kept pushing Alinghi skipper Jochen Schuemann further
to the left side of the race course, forcing SUI-64 to sail in damaging
current, while Oracle BMW Racing picked up a nice boost just off Alcatraz
Island. From there, Brady and skipper Chris Dickson were able to protect
their lead, to finish with a 27-second margin.

For the next race, Alinghi skipper Jochen Schuemann squandered his
starboard tack advantage during the pre-start of race three, when his late
entry into the start box allowed Gavin Brady to cross ahead and avoid the
dial up. At the start, both boats were a fraction of a second early for the
start gun and had to return and re-start. The American boat immediately
dove back to the line, and gybed, barely maintaining control to restart.
Alinghi was slower to return and found itself re-starting nearly
four-lengths back of Oracle BMW Racing. Despite Alinghi closing the gap on
both runs, the American team was able to extend on the beats and win by a
24-secomd margin.

Quotes of the day:
Gavin Brady (Oracle BMW Racing) on helming in the pre-start in 25 knots of
One of the things that has helped a lot is that the technology in the sail
battens has come a long way. In these sorts of conditions, we would almost
certainly have broken every batten in the mainsail in the gybe that we
pulled off (to re-start). We've got a slightly smaller mainsail, which
helps as well, so there's less load on the battens. So a lot of that is
coming from the technology, which is letting us push the boats a lot
harder. But that was about as aggressive as you could get away with.

Josh Belsky (Alinghi) on why Russell Coutts isn't sailing this week:
What you have to do is to look towards the future a bit. We are not, as a
team, going to have the benefit of racing against eight, nine or ten teams
in a Louis Vuitton Challenger Series. We have to develop, in-house, two
incredibly strong 'A' teams, so that you could pick any one guy, and rotate
him onto either boat, with either helmsman, and still be successful. We've
got to try and generate the best possible in-house match racing that we
can. So we're trying to bring our whole group to that level. There are
going to be quite a few of these regattas in the future and there's no
guarantee that you're going to see Russell Coutts driving.

Racing for the Mot Cup continues on Wednesday afternoon, with two races
scheduled, one in each of the Pro-Driver and Owner Driver series. - Peter
Rusch, Golden Gate YC website, full story:

Correction: The Moet Cup will be awarded to the winner of the Pro Series
alone, rather than the combined scores of the Pro Series and Owner/Driver
Series as previously reported .

San Diego, California: Dave Voss and his team on "Piranha" win the title of
2003 Schock 35 National Champions using Ullman Sails proven MDT sail
Mission Bay, California: John Andrew and his crew on "Cinderella Story"
captured the title of 2003 Ultimate 20 National Champions. If you are ready
for the "Fastest Sails on the Planet" contact your local Ullman Sails loft
or representative nearest you or visit us on line at

For the 5th day of the Olympic Sailing World Championships, 10-15 knot
easterlies, with as much as 18 on the Mistral course epitomized racing
today for the five classes that sailed on the Bay of Cadiz today. Lighter
than yesterday but enough to produce some close, hard racing.

The Finn starts tomorrow for the first time, while the Tornado, 49er, Laser
and 470 (M-W) will start on Thursday. Yngling will have their reserve day
Wednesday and the rest will have their practice races.

Results (top three plus top NA entrants)
Europe (8 races - 1 drop): 1. NOR, Siren Sundby, 16 pts; 2. CZE, Lenka
Smidova, 37; 3. DEN, Trine Julie Abrahamsen, 44; 7. USA, Mary Gaillard, 59;
23. CAN, Magalie Bonneau-Marcil, 109; 25. MEX, Tania Elias Calles, 116.

Yngling (6 races - 1 drop): 1. GER, Schuemann/ Buelle/ Lippert, 32 pts; 2.
USA, Swett/ Touchette/ Purdy, 32; 3. USA, Swanson/ Sertl/ Kratzig, 33; 8.
BER, Lewin/ Lewin/ Lopez, 48; 28. CAN, Ross/ Crampton/ Leger, 118.

Mistral-Women (4 races): 1. ISR, Lee Korsitz, 14 pts; 2. NZL, Barbara
Kendall, 20; 3. AUS, Jessica Crisp, 25; 22. USA, Lanee Beashel, 98; 45.
CAN, Dominique Vallee, 167.

Mistral-Men (4 races): 1. POL, Przemek Miarczynski, 11 pts; 2. POR, Joao
Rodrigues, 11; 3. FRA, Julien Bontemps, 13; 45. USA, Pete Wells, 98; 47.
CAN, Alain Bolduc, 99; 81. MEX, David Mie y Teran, 158.

Star (3 races): 1. ITA, Bruni/ Vigna, 7 pts; 2. FRA, Rohart/ Rambeau, 8; 3.
SWE, Lf/ Ekstrm, 11; 12. USA, Cayard / Trinter, 22; 8. BER, Bromby/
Siese, 18; 33. CAN, Macdonald/ Bjorn, 56; 49. BAH, Lowe/ Higgs, 71.

Full story: ISAF website,
Complete results: Event website,

With Hurricane Isabel expecting to make landfall in the United States on
Thursday, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) has a few
last minute tips for boaters to prepare.

The real threat is storm surge, not wind, say BoatU.S. Technical Services
Director Bob Adriance. "Wind driven storm surges of ten feet or more are
possible with a storm the size of Isabel. In areas like the upper
Chesapeake, which may or may not experience hurricane force winds, there
could still be a significant surge," says Adriance.

Try to Haul Out: A study by MIT after Hurricane Gloria found that boats are
safest on land. Even if a boat is blown off its jack stands, the damage is
likely to be less severe that if it were skewered by a piling or bashed
against a dock for several hours. Small open boats are especially
vulnerable and should be placed on trailers and taken inland.

Staying in the water: Most marinas aren't equipped to pull all of their
boats. Many boats in the mid-Atlantic states are at fixed docks and most
will likely still be in the water when Isabel comes ashore. A study by the
BoatU.S. Hurricane Catastrophe Response Team found that as many as half the
boats at docks that were damaged in Hurricane Fran could have been saved by
using better docklines -- lines that were longer, larger, arranged better,
and/or better protected against chafing. - BoatU.S. website, complete story:

They now have wind, with a well established northeasterly of 20 knots. The
sea is like mountains sometimes, and the sailors have been under spinnaker
for close to 24 hours. They are averaging 8-9 knots, and should arrive in
Lanzarote, if these conditions continue, on Thursday at the beginning of

The positions, on the other hand, have changed very little. Samuel Manuard
had resumed the lead, at the last report, just ahead of Jonathan McKee by
one tenth of a mile. The two boats are practically even. The finish will
play themselves on the nerves and fatigue. This fight pushes the two
sailors to give the maximum effort and to pull the most out of their boats.
They have pulled away on the 3rd place boat, Armel Tripon who is now 20
miles behind the leaders.

Standings on September 16 at 15:00 (TU): Protos- 1. Samuel Manuard, Tip Top
Too, 298.5 miles from finish; 2. Jonathan McKee, Team Mc Lube, 298.6 mff;
3. Armel Tripon, Moulin Roty, 317.7 mff. - Event website,

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The formation of the Mini Class US was announced today, which will act as
the governing body of 6.5 meter sailing in the United States.

The Mini boat is an offshore racing sloop of 21.25 feet. The boat which
looks like an Open 60, has a thirty-nine foot mast a weighs approximately
two thousand pounds. Because of its wide beam, almost ten feet, and its
large sail area, the vessel is often compared to an offshore skiff for her
speeds are remarkable. The French sailors refer to the boats as an offshore
racing school. Many of todays most well-known and successful solo sailors
have raced and learned their sailing skills aboard Mini boats.

This year over ten Mini racing events were held in Europe. The US class
hopes to see a fleet of American and Canadian Mini boats racing in the
waters off of New England and California by the summer of 2004. Full story,

Editor's note: American Jonathan McKee's Team McLube Mini is currently for
sale on the Scuttlebutt Bulletin Board:

* Portsmouth, UK has been chosen as the start and finish port for the
Global Challenge 2004/5, round-the-world yacht race. The twelve 72' race
yachts will be berthed at Gunwharf Quays Marina for the start and finish of
the fourth Global Challenge. The race starts September 12, 2004. Event

* The eighth annual New York Yacht Club Glencarin Interclub Team Race was
hosted this year by Noroton Yacht Club, which competed along with American
Yacht Club, Larchmont Yacht Club, New York Yacht Club, Pequot Yacht Club,
Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, and Stamford Yacht Club. Advancing to the
semi-final round was Pequot, Larchmont, American and Noroton, where Pequot
and Larchmont advanced to the final for a repeat of the 2002 Glencarin
final. After three races and numerous protests in the last race Larchmont
was victorious 2-1, claiming the 2003 Glencarin Trophy for the second year
in a row. - New York YC website,

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* From Gail M. Turluck: Responding to Matthew Reid's "let 'em know, they
will come," in 'Butt 1415, I have to raise the question: How do we deal
with the clubs that don't want the masses to know it's happening or to show
up? I'm one of those advocates who spend endless time promoting events,
preparing and sending news releases and racing reports. I've worked with
many who don't want pre-event publicity, are afraid of "who" or "what" they
might attract to their doors, etc. It's sad, but many of our venues simply
aren't equipped to deal with a sudden swell of 1,000 or 10,000 folks
wanting to "get in on it" at pre- and post-racing activities. If we can
improve the current situation with lack of space at our water access
venues, or have more organizers be willing to utilize away-from-the-club
venues for their feature social events (so the sites are physically big
enough and have adequate parking), then this kind of approach could be
advanced successfully. There is the issue of security, too, which raised
its ugly head back in the 70's when events went from 100 boats to 300
boats--trophies and decorations started to walk out of clubhouses and the
flow has not been stemmed since. Boorish behavior seems to tag along with
large crowds. Keep in mind, I'm all for having more people get involved and
be aware!

* From Magnus Clarke: In response to Matthew Reid's assertion that there
is far more coverage of bowling, cooking, golfing and poker might I suggest
we as a sport attack the issue of inadequate coverage from another angle.

Perhaps Larry Ellison could host a round of bowling for the bowling channel
on the lido deck of Katana. I would nominate Richard Clarke of Illbruck
fame to host an episode of off-shore Volvo cooking (Richard during a
training run, lost the only pot suitable for boiling water overboard while
cleaning it, days away from the nearest port of call). My, oh my, wouldn't
Martha be impressed with what can be fashioned from duck tape in ten
minutes or less?

Finally I have to imagine there are innumerable skilled poker
players/sailors who have racked up thousands of hours of practice while
drifting from Chicago to Mackinac Island. What better setting could there
be for a long distance poker special, next to Manitoulin island as the sun
comes up with nearly zero breeze.

So instead of bringing Mohammed to the mountain, bring the model boats to
the 9th hole pond at the Masters.

* From Big Mike Howard: Regarding multihulls, monohulls, maxi-turbo's,
etc. Having been blessed to sail and compete on various types of yachts
around the world, most recently the new Mari Cha IV, I see no reason to
make a distinction between the reasoning for building these incredible
sailing machines. More to the point, I applaud the owners and sponsors who
go to great expense to put these thoroughbreds on the water. We as sailors
need to applaud those who provide us the opportunities to push ourselves as
well as these boats to the limits. It's not just the monetary reward we
get. It's the thrill of blasting down a wave at 30 plus knots and the
opportunity to share that with your crewmates. There are great friendships
made on the water that last your whole life. My thanks to all the owners,
sponsors and Yacht Clubs that give us these oppurtunities year after year.

* From Dieter Loibner: During my years on the European dinghy circuit I
have agonized and griped about the ignorance of the media in my country and
their stubborn refusal to cover this great sport. Then I picked up a pen,
even sat in an editor's chair and I learned about the correlation between
popular interest (and the number of active participants in any given sport)
and column inches or minutes of airtime. There is no baseball, basketball
or football coverage where I come from (Austria), because nobody there
gives a fiddler's fart. Soccer and skiing is what people grow up with, do
and love. They drive too, which makes them addicted to Formula 1 racing.
And that's what the sports media cover ad nauseam.

To me, the best way to increase "general" media interest in a sport is
encouraging people to participate. And not just on a competitive level. To
be successful, the process ought to happen from the bottom up. Many
programs literally pick up kids from the hood and introduce them to
sailing, no matter what age, gender, religion or ethnicity. I can testify
how much the children love it but once sold on the concept, where do they
go? Back to playing ball. Or worse. Do your part and bring new faces to the
sport and keep them there so future generations can see as much sailing on
TV as I saw scoreless soccer games, soporific car races and guys schussing
down a snowy hill all by themselves.

Where there's a will, there's a relative.