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SCUTTLEBUTT 1421 - September 24, 2003

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The race to reach the 50 knot barrier has become the equivalent of going
supersonic in an aircraft. It is a milestone that many sailors and
windsurfers have tried to reach, but so far all have fallen just short.
SailRocket could be about to change all this with a totally new design and
way of thinking about speed sailing design.

Designed by Southampton engineer Malcolm Barnsley who has been involved in
speed sailing for 25 years and piloted by Paul Larsen who already has five
speed sailing records to his name, the team have the credentials to be
taken very seriously indeed. They are supported by a talented team and
companies including N.E.G. Micon, SP Systems, Compotech, Design Craft & Harken.

Previous record attempts have used weight to counterbalance the force of
the rig, so much of the driving force is used to counteract this drag.
SailRocket has equalized the forces creating a perfect balance between the
rig and foils. There is no heeling moment, so all of the drawing power is
converted into speed. Over the last two years this theory has been tested
and proved to work using a scale model and hours of tank and wind tunnel

The rig is very efficient through the air and will be capable of driving
the design to above 50 knots. The team have identified that the limiting
factor will be the foils. At very high speeds conventional foils have a
tendency to cavitate or ventilate when the vapor point of the water is
reached. Overcoming this will result in the record being broken.

Various designs of foil are being considered and built ready for the team
to test. Due to SailRocket only needing to run in one direction for a
record attempt the foils are asymmetric and angled inwards to keep the hull
in the water. The angle is adjustable easily as this is one of the most
critical components of the design. In fact the entire planning area of the
windward hull is interchangeable to get the hull form just right. - Mark
Jardine, Yacht and Yachting website, full story:

Greenwich, Connecticut, USA - Kenny Read's 2-1-1-1 series in the 93 -boat
fleet has propelled him to a 25-point lead in the nine race Etchells World
Championship regatta. Standings after four races:

1. Ken Read, K. Anderson & S. Norris, USA, 5
2. Dennis Conner, P. Burton & T. Rey, USA, 30
3. C. Miles, P. Smidmore & J. Mayjor, AUS, 45
4. Jud Smith, H. Frazer & A. Wills, USA, 58
5. D. Kneulman, D. Smithers & H. Lammens. CAN, 68

Event website:

The US team (representing Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club) defeated the
British team (representing the Royal Yacht Squadron and the Royal Thames
Yacht Club) in the British-American Cup, the oldest and one of the most
prestigious team racing events in the world. This year's event was held in
Cowes and was raced in Sonars. The regatta was decided in the final race,
won convincingly by the Americans with a combination of 1-2-3-6.

The BA Cup is a 4 on 4 event, with 12 sailors per team. The members of the
US Team were: Karl Ziegler (helm) with Colin Gordon and Mike Welch crewing;
Ramsay Key (helm) with Peter Johnson and Andy Herlihy crewing; Tim Fallon
(helm) with Andrew Buttner and Kyle Welch crewing; and Josh Adams (helm)
with Randy Shore and team captain Dean Brenner crewing.

Why is the region at about 30 in both northern and southern hemispheres
called the horse latitudes? (Answer below)

At 247 feet, Mirabella V is the largest single-masted yacht in the world.
"Mirabella V has been an exciting and challenging project for Custom
Engineering," explains their engineering manager Steve Orlebeke. "Because
her rig is the largest ever built, the loads were higher than any we had
ever dealt with and required safe working loads up to 60 tons! For example,
the mainsail headboard car is strong enough to hold up two fully rigged
IACC yachts. Read about this gargantuan engineering challenge at:

Cadiz, Spain - A cascade of gold and silver medals was pouring out of the
Spanish sky yesterday on a rainbow day for British sailing in the World
Championships of Olympic Sailing. Team GBR won two gold medals through Ben
Ainslie (Finn) and the pairing of Chris Draper and Simon Hiscocks (49er),
added a bronze by Andrew Simpson (Finn), and is lying in silver medal
position in two other events. Iain Percy and Steve Mitchell have already
bagged a bronze in the Star class. - Stuart Alexander, The Independent, UK,
Full story:

The Finn championship is now concluded, and racing in the other classes is
scheduled to conclude today. Standings:

FINN - Final Results (82 entrants): 1. GBR, Ben Ainslie, 44; 2. ESP, Rafael
Trujillo, 48; 3. GBR, Andrew Simpson, 75; 18. CAN, Richard Clarke, 192; 27.
USA, Kevin Hall, 264.

TORNADO (9 races; 72 entrants): 1. AUS, Bundock/ Forbes, 33; 2. GBR,
McMillan/ Bulkeley, 37; 3. ARG, Lange/ Espinola 51; 10. USA, Lovell/
Ogletree, 85; 26. CAN, Johansson/ Curtis 203.

470-MEN (10 races; 98 entrants): 1. ITA, Zandona/ Trani, 42; 2 ESP,
Martinez Doreste/ Wood 42; 3. AUS Wilmot/ Page 47; 13. USA, Foerster/
Burnham, 83; 63. CAN, Russell/ Macdonald, 168.

470-WOMEN (10 races; 55 entrants): 1. GRE, Bekatorou/ Tsoulfa, 21; 2.
Petitjean/ Douroux, 50; 3. Armstrong/ Stowell 51; 30. USA, Mcdowell/
Kinsolving, 107; 33. CAN, Provan / Girke, 118.

LASER (8 races; 174 entrants): 1. BRA, Robert Scheidt, 22; 2. POR, Gustavo
Lima, 24; 3 AUS, Michael Blackburn 49; 7. USA, Mark Mendelblatt, 65; 27.
CAN, Bernard Luttmer, 125; 112. BER, Alexander Kirkland, 217; 140. MEX,
Julian Fernandez, 205.

49ER (14 races; 89 entrants): 1. GBR, Draper/ Hiscocks, 29; 2. GER, Baur/
Groy, 55.2; 3. GER, Baur/ Groy 61; 8. USA, Wadlow / Spaulding, 74; 63. MEX,
Goeters / Goeters, 185; 66. CAN, Cunningham/ Paterson 202.

Complete results: Event website,

* Special guest on board SUI-64 during the Mot Cup, Loick Peyron - a
world-class French sailor who is organizing a new French challenger team
with Bertrand Pac called Team France - confirmed that he was in talks with
corporations to fund the 2007 Campaign. After he admitted "we've still got
a lot of money to find", the French skipper said "since a few days, I'm
more optimistic about our chances for funding a budget". - Cup in Europe

* Following a six week refit at her base in Brest, Olivier de Kersauson's
giant Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Schneider Electric-sponsored trimaran
Geronimo was put back in the water. De Kersauson and his team will now
carry out further sea trials that will culminate in an attempt on the Route
of Discovery east to west transatlantic record - from Cadiz to the Bahamian
island of Salvador. The exact departure date for the record will depend
upon the weather conditions but it is expected to be sometime mid-October.
- The Daily Sail website, full story:

* The export group for the New Zealand marine industry has adopted new
branding to take their marketing initiative into the future. Formerly known
as New Zealand Marine Export Group, the group is now called New Zealand
Marine. Information is available on their new website. -

* Forty teams came to Pensacola Beach, FL for the combined Hobie 20/
Hobie Tiger Continental Championship. In the Hobie 20 class it was a battle
to see who could keep from getting another big score after the top four
boats got an early OCS. Kirk Newkirk with crew Glen Holmes were the most
consistent to take the Hobie 20 title. In the Hobie Tiger class, defending
continental class champions Greg Thomas/ Jacques Bernier were consistent
from the beginning which allowed them to cover their way home to another
victory. -

* The inaugural Senator's Cup Charity Regatta will bring world class match
race to Annapolis during the US Sailboat Show. Two top-level teams led by
America's Cup veterans Gavin Brady and Terry Hutchinson will compete in
Nautor Swan 45s on October 10-11 in the Severn River over courses set near
the US Naval Academy. A raffle will be held to give the winner a unique
opportunity to sail on board. The proceeds from both the raffle and the
event's Final Awards Party fundraiser will benefit the Annapolis Community
Foundation and the Box of Rain Foundation. -

British yachtswoman Emma Richards has been signed as an Ambassador for the
HSBC Education Trust for the next three years. The partnership has been
agreed following Emma's successful involvement with HSBC earlier this year
during her Around Alone campaign when she became the youngest competitor
and first British woman to ever complete the world's longest solo yacht
race. Richards' HSBC involvement will work in tandem with her on-going
title sponsorship with Pindar who have sponsored Emma for the past four
years and have recently acquired the Open 60 Hexagon for a series of
high-profile ocean races over the next three years, starting with the
Transat Jacques Vabre in November.

The Trust, funded by HSBC, aims to raise standards in education by
providing school children with inspirational experiences beyond the
classroom. In her role as an Ambassador Emma will host an annual sailing
school for children from all over the UK.

Why are Ullman Sails the fastest sails on the planet? Simple, fast designs
demand fast cloth! At Ullman Sails we choose only the best sail cloth from
Contender, Dimension / Polyant and Bainbridge International. What good is a
fast sail design if the cloth can't hold the shape? Our fast designs
combined with superior sailcloth continue collecting trophies for our
customers across the country. If you and your crew are ready, let Ullman
Sails bring our speed technology to your sails. Call your nearest Ullman
Sails loft or visit us at

Tradition states that sailors gave the region of the subtropical high the
name "horse latitudes" because ships relying on wind power stalled; fearful
of running out of food and water, sailors threw their horses overboard to
save on provisions.

(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 Gary Bruner: Last weekend a local channel here in in Portland, OR
ran the story on the Saturday night news about 40 boats sailing laps around
a very short course for two hours. It wasn't really a race, although the
number of laps were being tallied by the RC. The prize winners were those
who spelled a number of nautical words from the single letters flying from
backstays, handed out by the RC.

Why the publicity? Because we weren't "racing" for a pickle dish, but
supporting breast cancer research. The event was called the "Sail For the
Cure". Maybe those who bemoan the dearth of media coverage might consider
some way to "serve" the community, instead of waiting to be "served".
Remember, the NFL players got great publicity in years past, and much of it
was public service announcements and ads for the United Way and similar
organizations. Think it over.

* From Marcos Weinstein: As a fan of sailing and the promotion of it, I
could not agree more with Commodore Curmudgeon and his succinct summary of
the Moet Cup in San Francisco. I drove up Friday from Long Beach just to
watch the one day of racing, knowing that no matter where I was, I could
see first hand the awesome sight of the AC boats up close. I was so
impressed with the Golden Gate Yacht Club and the management of the Oracle
Hospitality Center by Karen Brody that I hope this sets a standard for the
event wherever it will be held next. Cheers Larry Ellison - Good on ya mate!

* From Laurence F. Hopper (edited to our 250-word limit): As the Vice
President Business Development for the Sailing Channel, my job is to get
cable and satellite platforms to pay and carry our 24/7 sailing and boating
network. We are literally the only ones in the world increasing media
coverage of Sailing and at the same time making it a successful business
model. We dedicate about seventy percent of our programming to sailing.
Normally dedicated sports networks grow out of prevalent public general
interest media coverage. We are taking the opposite tack, launching Sailing
Channel before the "general" interest media pays much to Sailing.

In two years we have signed carriage agreements with over twenty cable and
satellite platforms across Europe who have over eighteen million
subscribers and we are talking to several interested cable and satellite
operators in the US. We believe that Sailing Channel has a well defined
audience and enjoys broad appeal since it is a sport and lifestyle channel
for anyone who likes boats and the sea. At first pay TV platforms were
reluctant to sign us on because they felt that sailing is too niche but
once they saw the way we present the program, they understood the value
Sailing channel can bring to all their viewers. We try to make the sailing
genre as fun as possible for the largest group of people who want to
experience the nautical world. We obviously can't cover every sailing event
out there but we can provide more coverage than any other network in the world.

* From George W. Carmany: Re: Adam Loory's comments on the cancellation
of last Saturday's racing at the Greenwich Cup: On the day in question it
was gusting 28-30 (not 24). An easterly, which had the full fetch of Long
Island Sound, had set up seven foot seas on a flooding tide, which would
have gotten much bigger when it turned shortly after the scheduled starting
time. While race committees may be hardier on the Solent, the gentlemen
conducting these races have to use the equipment they have, which in this
case was not exactly tug boat stout, and their chances of staying on
station in the prevailing conditions were marginal at best. And while we
may hate it, there are also liability issues which we didn't have to worry
about in the good old days.

One can always question this type of decision, but on this occasion the
committee was certainly operating in the realm of reasonableness. Several
competitors came up on VHF and criticized them on the spot. It would have
been more thoughtful to consider for a moment the effort people put in to
conduct these events for us, and to be supportive of them on the occasions
when they have to make hard calls.

* From Jack Thoms: I read with interest the views of Thomas S Griffin,
Jr. in Issue 1418. As Solent based sailor, with a history racing and
sailing on the West Coast of Scotland I have experienced a number of days
of heavy weather racing (25-40 knots). These are not only challenging but
are in the main enjoyable; especially afterwards in the post race social!

The point, which Mr. Griffin has missed is that it is the responsibility of
a yacht's skipper to assess the weather, the yacht, its equipment and its
crew and make the decision whether to leave the dock or not. This is a
responsibility that falls on the skipper every time a day on the water is
contemplated, whether racing or not. It is not for the Race Committee to
make that judgment and absolve skippers of their responsibility; unless the
weather is so wild that they cannot hold station in the start vessel or lay
marks to allow racing.

If Mr. Griffin races a boat that does not have a Code 4 or a 1.5oz kite
then he should decide not to race that day. Let those on the water with
prepared boats and prepared crew go out and enjoy the challenge of a heavy day.

* From Michael W. Fortenbaugh: From a business perspective, the America's
Cup has always been a bit puzzling. Is there another sport in the world in
which multiple people spend up to $100 million each in pursuit of a prize
with no expectation of any financial return?

* From Brent Foxall (Re. Canadian Olympic Sailing Team): It looks like
the Canadian Sailing Team is having a shocker over in Europe. Is it budget
cuts or are the kids focusing on hockey and soccer and not getting out on
the water anymore? The year for our team would've been 1980 and Canada had
all bases covered quite nicely, but we know what didn't happen that year.
The Soling and FD crews were world champions then. 470 class had several
runners up in the worlds during the Ullman era. Two Canadian Finn sailors
were right at the front as was one Tornado team. Even the Star class had a
pleasant surprise when a guy named Paul Louie read Buddy Melges book and
went out and won Kiel week.

The team did well in LA 84, but medals have been scarce since . No question
the bar has been raised if the British Team is the best example. Let us
hope that veteran Terry McLaughlin and his mob can successfully defend the
Canada's Cup and put a bit of fire in the bellies of Canadian sailors.

Have you noticed that since our children have been forbidden to read the
Bible in school, that an ever increasing number of them are encouraged to
read it in prison?