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SCUTTLEBUTT 1417 - September 18, 2003

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The 2003 Bermuda International Women's Match Racing Championship is
scheduled for October 18-21, where sailors from the U.S., Denmark and
Sweden will compete for $15,000 in prize money. The winner and runner-up of
the Bermuda International Women's Match Racing Championship will advance to
Round One of the Investors Guaranty Presentation of the King Edward VII
Gold Cup (October 22-26), the second event of the Swedish Match Tour
2003/04, where they will compete for another $100,000 in prize money.

Defending champion Paula Lewin, ranked 17th in the world in match racing
will be joined by Sweden's Jenny Axhede (crew of current #1 world-ranked
skipper Marie Bjorling), and Klaartje Zuiderbaan of the Netherlands, who is
ranked #12 in the world and placed third in last year's event. American
Betsy Alison, who is ranked #8 and a past world match racing champion, will
make her debut in Bermuda with this event, along with Americans Deborah
Willits (# 16), Elizabeth Kratzig (#25), Sandy Hayes (#21) and Sally
Barkow, who competed as an unseeded skipper in 2002.

The Bermuda International Women's Match Racing Championship is in its
second year of offering women sailors elite-level competition and a
significant prize purse. Additional information is available at

What four countries won their first Olympic yachting medals in the 1996
Olympics in Savannah, Georgia, USA? (Answer below)

Day Seven ended with the first confirmed Gold medal of the ISAF World
Championship, as Siren Sundby of Norway won the Europe division with a day
to spare. There are still silver and bronze medals to be decided so
Thursday is the final day of racing for the Europe class.

The first day of racing in the Finn Class saw a few upsets with several new
sailors showing their faces at the front of the fleet and several sailors
normally at the front, picking up some large scores. Race one got underway
in 8 to 12 knot easterly with small waves, with race two starting under a
black flag in an increased breeze of around 15 to 18 knots. Overnight
leader is Belgiun Sebastien Godefroid while defending champion, Ben
Ainslie, is perched just behind in fourth. Racing continues for the Finns

The Tornado, 49er, Laser and 470 (M & W) will begin their racing on
Thursday, which will be a lay-day for the Mistral before the men's fleet is
split into Gold and Silver for the final three days of racing, and the
women continue with races seven and eight of their series. For the Star
fleet, which were scheduled to have their reserve day, they will use
Thursday to conclude their qualification series to split into Gold and
Silver fleets.

Editor's note- Some classes use their early event scores to split the
entrants into Gold and Silver. Other classes remain undivided throughout
their series. For those classes that are split, only the Gold fleet
competes for the championship.

Results (top three plus top NA entrants)
Europe (10 races - 1 drop): 1. NOR, Siren Sundby, 31 pts; 2. CZE, Lenka
Smidova, 54; 3. FIN, Sari Multala, 61; 4. USA, Mary Gaillard, 71; 23. MEX,
Tania Elias Calles, 168; 27. CAN, Magalie Bonneau-Marcil, 182.

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 (6 races - 1 drop): 1. ISR, Lee Korsitz, 15 pts; 2. AUS,
Jessica Crisp, 23; 3. FRA, Faustine Merret, 26; 20. USA, Lanee Beashel, 95;
46. CAN, Dominique Vallee, 202.

Mistral-Men (6 races - 1 drop): 1. POL, Przemek Miarczynski, 5 pts; 2. FRA,
Julien Bontemps, 15; 3. POR, Joao Rodrigues, 15; 44. USA, Pete Wells, 104;
47. CAN, Alain Bolduc, 108; 86. MEX, David Mie y Teran, 192.

Star (5 races - 1 drop): 1. GBR, Percy/ Mitchell, 5 pts; 2. FRA, Rohart/
Rambeau, 8;
3. ITA, Bruni/ Vigna, 10; 8. BER, Bromby/ Siese, 20; 9. CAN, Macdonald/
Bjorn, 23; 12. USA, Cayard / Trinter, 25; 53. BAH, Lowe/ Higgs, 89.

Finn (2 races): 1. BEL; Sebastien Godefroid, 3 pts; 2. IRL, David Burrows,
7; 3. DEN, Jonas Hoegh-christensen, 7; 14. USA, Kevin Hall, 41; 15. CAN,
Richard Clarke 42.

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

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Larry Ellison, the Oracle BMW Racing team owner, showed that his practice
sessions over the past month were well worth the time as he sailed a very
strong race on Wednesday, to beat Alinghi, and take a 2-0 lead in the
Owner-Driver series at the Moët Cup.

The America's Cup winning Alinghi team found no relief in the Pro-Driver
race either, as Oracle BMW won its third consecutive race to take a 3-1
lead in the seven-race series.

The weather conditions were spectacular once again on San Francisco Bay,
with 15-20 knots across the bay. The local sailing fans responded with a
70-boat strong spectator fleet, and big crowds lining the sea wall and
breakwaters along the race course.

Quotes of the day:
Chris Dickson (Oracle BMW Racing) on the action close to the shoreline:
We were sailing up the city front in one of the races today…and I think we
may have scraped two or three people off the pier! There were some big eyes
and some people taking steps back. I think we went about 10-feet from the
pier and then Alinghi went about 10-inches from the pier. So my suggestion
for people would be, if they're on the city front, be careful. They don't
need to come to us, we're coming to them!

Warwick Fleury (Alinghi) on why his team has lost four races this week:
It's probably a little bit of everything. Oracle BMW have done a great job
of preparation and that just shows that yacht racing is all about
preparation. I wouldn't say that our crew changes are any part of it. We've
been sailing with a few new people and that's working out really well. The
racing is close, and in some of the races it's a one-way track where if you
get behind, it's very hard to get back. But we're battling out there, and
in the next couple of days I'm sure we'll win some races.

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

The dual between Sam Manuard and Jonathan McKee remains close as they near
the finish of Porto Calero on the south side of Lanzarote. Tuesday
afternoon Manuard had taken back the lead from McKee, which he has slowly
increased. At their current rate of 6.5 knots average, a Thursday finish
for the leaders remains eminent.

Standings on September 17 at 15:00 (TU): Protos- 1. Samuel Manuard, Tip Top
Too, 130.3 miles from finish; 2. Jonathan McKee, Team Mc Lube, 139.9 mff;
3. Armel Tripon, Moulin Roty, 159.4 mff. - Event website,

A fleet of sixteen double-handed teams are entered in The Woodvale Atlantic
Rowing Race, which will start from La Gomera, Canary Islands on October
19th and will row 2,900 miles across the Atlantic to Port St Charles in
Barbados. Now in its third generation, a total of 111 people have
successfully rowed across the Atlantic as part of Challenge Business's
Atlantic Rowing Race, the 111th being Debra Veal, who, in 2001, rowed into
the hearts of people around the world when she successfully completed the
crossing alone after her husband was taken off the boat early on in the
Race, due to illness. New Zealanders Rob Hamill and Phil Stubbs currently
hold the record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic of 41 days, set in
1997. - Event website,

Job postings for sailing instructors, sailmakers, mast builders, riggers,
etc. are now up on the Scuttlebutt website. Companies like Hall Spars,
North Sails, Quantum Sails, Doyle Sails, J-World, Yale University, etc. are
looking for exceptional people:

* The Antarctica Cup will offer an opportunity for competitors,
participating countries and a global audience to experience the event
through an on-line educational program that will build a wider
understanding of the environment, the wildlife, scientific research and the
history of exploration. The program will allow teachers and students to
follow the whole journey or select components relevant to other lessons
being learned. The program duration will be between 8-10 weeks and will
feature numerous on-line and off-line exercises and 'edutainment' modules
aimed at children aged 8-12. For information contact or the event website:

* Racing begins September 27th in Toronto for the XX Canada's Cup, a
match racing series that pits Canada against the United States. The Cup was
first contested for in 1896 and has crossed the border on a regular basis
since then. This year as in 2001 the series is being raced in Farr 40's
with Bob Hughes' Heartbreaker (Macatawa Bay Yacht Club) challenging Terry
McLaughlin's Team Defiant from the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. This will be
a rematch of the last Cup, which Terry won by a 7-5 margin. - RCYC website,

A record 436 sailors representing 77 countries participated in the 1996
Olympic Regatta, where Hong Kong, Japan, Poland and the Ukraine won their
first-ever yachting medals

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* From Merritt Palm: Lesson learned from Hurricane Andrew: tie your boat
down securely to the trailer. I remember helping out at the US Sailing
Center in Miami right after the hurricane. The 13 ft. surge picked up and
moved almost every boat. The boats tied to their trailers landed safely
while those that floated off their trailers were pretty badly damaged.

* From Bill Goggins: Good article on preparation for Hurricane Izzy. Just
an extra little tip for those pulling out their trailerable keelboats: I
was sailing the 210 Nationals in Marblehead in the early 90's when we were
hit by Hurricane Bob. The entire fleet pulled our boats and kept the
bailers closed. The added weight of the water inside the boats really
helped keep the boats upright & stable on the trailers during the peak
winds. Try & park the trailer away from trees too!!

* From Adam Loory: Race committees on Long Island Sound are fostering
poor seamanship by not running races in winds over 20 knots. Last weekend
was one more example of good sailing wasted: the Greenwich Cup race
committee abandoned racing because of a stiff easterly blow (steady 20
knots with gusts to 24). Two years ago Manhasset Bay YC canceled a day of
racing in similar conditions and last year the American YC did the same for
a day during their fall series. These three events are major regattas on
the YRA schedule, not informal beer can races. As a result, boats on Long
Island Sound are evolving into lightly built, over canvassed hybrids that
don't carry heavy weather sails.

In two of the three abandoned days I went out to sail anyway. On both
occasions the winds were never above 30; we sailed with a No. 4 genoa and
small 1.5 oz. spinnaker to get some practice in winds stronger than Long
Island Sound's normal drifting conditions. Learning to handle a boat in
heavy air is a safety issue -- as well as fun for those who are prepared.
Sooner or later everyone gets caught in a blow and when it happens, those
with experience and confidence will weather storms better. By sailing in
heavy air my crew learned a lot about surfing waves, jibing the chute, and
we found a problem with the spinnaker pole where the jaw under high loads
releases the afterguy.

I heard that the Greenwich Cup race committee was concerned about the waves
and chop and about being able to anchor in the wind and waves. Many
committees in windier parts of the world would have considered the
conditions routine. Fellow Express 37 owner Richard duMoulin told me about
a team race he did on the Solent in borrowed Sigma 33s where one day it
blew 35-40 with gusts up to 50. Everyone sailed with triple reefed mains
and storm jibs. According to Rich, "It was a wonderful day of sailing."
It's all what you are used to. I think sailors would be better seaman if
they sail in a wider range of conditions.

* From John C. Wade: Why is it important to have lots of media coverage?
Why is it important to have "spectators"? Why should any sailor care
whether or not someone on shore can see him sail? It is totally irrelevant
to the activity and its enjoyment.

As a youngster I found that sailing was a mystical activity that few people
knew anything about, and that was one of its intangible attractions. I have
never understood why anyone would want more and more people sailing. What
advantage is it to sailors or sailing? None!! It's only advantageous to
those who have something to sell to sailors. More sailors mean more crowed
marinas, more crowed anchorages, more crowed parking lots, more cars, more
restrictions, more regulations, higher costs. What sailor needs that?

The sponsors of such "advances" are trying to create a baseball mentality
in our sport, so they can sell tickets to someone. If that's what they
want, let 'em play baseball, but leave sailing alone.

* From Michael Silverman: In my mind, the best way to promote the sport
of sailing is not through the press... it's through yourself. Tell fun
stories to those who know nothing about the sport, then bring them out as
'rail-meat' when you can. Hopefully, when they see your enthusiasm for the
sport, it'll rub off on them!

* From Steve Orosz: Magnus Clarke, in 'Butt 1416 has a good idea to
increase TV viewership of sailing, but I can go one better. The penchant
for reality shows should work perfectly for getting sailing to a wide TV
audience. All I need is a wealthy sponsor, a cast of the usual
appealing/disfunctional reality contestants, a camera crew and a nice big
boat. Send them out to sea and imagine the mix of Fear Factor, Survivor, et al.

If the sailing alone doesn't provide enough drama, the clash of
personalities trapped on a small boat will. Imagine how the accusations and
recriminations will fly when someone comes on deck and announces that
"someone" has clogged the head! Again! Picture the crew facing their first
nighttime squall. Be repelled as the crew discovers their reefer has failed
and they have to choose between eating spoiled food and emergency rations
of stale twinkies. Revel in the teamwork or the total breakdown of all
civility as the crew works together (or doesn't) to make it back to port.
Join in the frustration of sharing night watches with an inveterate
whistler. Watch as the crew, in the middle of the ocean, finally votes off
the boat the person who used up the last of the fresh water washing their
socks. Oh, the possibilities are endless. . .

That would be gripping TV! Oh, and if there are any wealthy sponsors out
there who want to take me up on this project, I get to keep the boat!

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars
to look at things on the ground?