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SCUTTLEBUTT 1422 - September 25, 2003

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Cadiz, Spain - The Racing has finished and the final medals presented, and
with it the 2003 ISAF World Championship has closed. With only one race to
complete the Laser World Championships it was down to a battle between
Robert Scheidt (BRA) the overnight leader and Gustavo Lima (POR) who was
only two points behind. To win Lima had to finish fourth or better with
Scheidt behind. Like the Sydney Olympics the Laser class championship being
decided in the last 300 metres to the finish. Lima rounded the final
leeward mark in tenth place, but picked up seven places to finish third and
claim the world championship by a single point.

* Two golds, a silver and two bronzes from 11 events: that is how
dominant British competitors have been over 70 other countries at the
Olympic Sailing World Championships in Cadiz. "Other nations are saying,
'How can we compete against this machine'," said a delighted Olympic
manager Stephen Park. "That's a nice position to be in." Britain took the
IOC President's Cup as top nation, have now qualified in all 11 Olympic
classes and have selected the sailors for the Athens team in four classes.
- Tim Jeffery, The Daily Telegraph, full story:

Final Standings:
LASER (11 races; 174 entrants): 1. POR, Gustavo Lima, 27; 2. BRA, Robert
Scheidt, 28; 23 AUS, Michael Blackburn 62; 6. USA, Mark Mendelblatt, 76;
25. CAN, Bernard Luttmer, 141; 108. BER, Alexander Kirkland, 224; 142. MEX,
Julian Fernandez, 227.

TORNADO (10 races; 72 entrants): 1. AUS, Bundock/ Forbes, 34; 2. GBR,
McMillan/ Bulkeley, 39; 3. ARG, Lange/ Espinola 66; 9. USA, Lovell/
Ogletree, 109; 28. CAN, Johansson/ Curtis 238.

470-MEN (11 races; 98 entrants): 1. ITA, Zandona/ Trani, 51; 2. AUS Wilmot/
Page 59; 3 ESP, Martinez Doreste/ Wood 61; 15. USA, Foerster/ Burnham, 99;
58. CAN, Russell/ Macdonald, 173.

470-WOMEN (11 races; 55 entrants): 1. GRE, Bekatorou/ Tsoulfa, 47; 2.
Petitjean/ Douroux, 61; 3. RUS, Ilienko/ Gaponovich, 62; 28. USA, Mcdowell/
Kinsolving, 113; 34. CAN, Provan / Girke, 125.

49ER (14 races; 89 entrants): 1. GBR, Draper/ Hiscocks, 42; 2. NOR, Sundby/
Bovim, 70; 3. UKR Luka/ Leonchuk, 72; 8. USA, Wadlow / Spaulding, 94; 64.
MEX, Goeters / Goeters, 201; 70. CAN, Cunningham/ Paterson 228.

Complete results:

Cadiz, Spain - As stated above, Great Britain easily won the 'President of
the International Olympic Committee Cup' as the best performing nation at
the just concluded ISAF World Championship Regatta. Here's what the score
board looked like:

Nation Gold-Silver-Bronze
1. Great Britain 2 1 2
2. Australia 1 1 1
2. France 1 1 1
4. Greece 1 1 0
4. Norway 1 1 0
6. USA 1 0 1
6. Israel 1 0 1
8. Italy 1 0 0
8. Portugal 1 0 0
8. Poland 1 0 0
11. Spain 0 1 1
12. Brazil 0 1 0
12. Finland 0 1 0
12. Germany 0 1 0
12. N. Zealand 0 1 0
12. Sweden 0 1 0
17. Argentina 0 0 1
17. Denmark 0 0 1
17. Russia 0 0 1
17. Ukraine 0 0 1

Ben Ainslie, GBR, Finn. Hanna Swett, USA, Yngling. Siren Sundby, Norway,
Europe. Podium: Freddy Loof, Iain Percy, Star. Nathan Wilmot, 470. Meg
Gaillard, Europe. Ulrike Schuemann, Yngling. Christoffer Sundby, 49er.
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Wednesday's race was sailed in 6 to 10 knots of breeze mostly from the
southwest. Regatta leader Ken Read crossed the finish line in third place
only to find out he was on the 'course side' at the start. He was not
alone. In fact three of the top five boats in the standings were OCS -
Read, Dennis Conner and Cameron Miles. Jud Smith finished second in the
race, which gave him the opportunity to discard a 22 he picked up earlier
in the regatta and move up to third place in the standings.

Standings (5 races with one discard - 93 boats):
1. Ken Read, K. Anderson & S. Norris, USA, 5
2. Dennis Conner, P. Burton & T. Rey, USA, 30
3. Jud Smith, H. Frazer & A. Wills, USA, 38
4. Cameron Miles, P. Smidmore & J. Mayjor, AUS, 45
5. Dirk Kneulman, D. Smithers & H. Lammens. CAN, 53

Event website:

* Robert Miller's 140ft schooner Mari Cha IV is set to leave the Newport
Shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island tonight, bound for New York where she
will remain on standby awaiting the right weather window to leave on an
attempt to win back 'her' west to east monohull transatlantic record,
between New York and the Lizard. "We're standing by as we speak," racing
skipper Mike Sanderson told The Daily Sail last night. "The boat is ready
to go, the sails are all back on, we've loaded food, the boat is in great
shape." - The Daily Sail, full story:

* Three new Bruce Farr designed TransPac 52s will be built this winter at
Goetz Custom Boats in Bristol RI. All three boats - Esmeralda then Bright
Star with Sjamboc to follow - are for well known East Coast teams. Two of
the new boats plan to participate in the 2004 Bermuda Race. This brings the
total number of TP52s built to ten. The owners are planning a West Coast
summer schedule followed by a class start at Key West in 2005.

* Frequently, one of the most challenging parts of any sailor's campaign is
finding sponsorship, to get themselves to the start line. In recognition of
this, Clipper Ventures & Fast Track Events have commissioned an independent
sponsorship consultant to provide a comprehensive workshop to short circuit
the process of finding sponsorship for all prospective race entrants to the
5-Oceans 2006/07, the new Around Alone Race. The first Sponsorship Workshop
will be held on Monday 27th October, in Le Harve, during the run up to the
Transat Jacques Vabres. Sara Morland,

* Scott Dickson, representing the host Long Beach Yacht Club, won the
Ficker Cup match race series for the seventh time, with a convincing 11 - 1
record. The victory in this ISAF Grade 2 event provides Dickson with an
invitation to the LBYC Congressional Cup, scheduled for April 19 to 24,
2004. His crew was Tim Lidgard, Dave Ridley, Tony Stuart, Ian Vickers and
Matt Wachowicz. Bill Hardesty's Team Ayres Hotel finished second with an
8-2 record, and third place went to Jon Pinkney with 7 wins and 5 losses. -

* Yesterday Scuttlebutt ran a letter about the Sailing Channel. A number of
readers have asked for more information - so here's the website:

* The Clipper 2002 fleet departure from Jersey took place early Wednesday
morning because of the tidal streams and the requirement to make progress
along the track to Holyhead and Liverpool; it therefore didn't provide much
opportunity for nursing sore heads after the crew party. The wind has
remained light, so the actual start of Race 16 has been delayed. At present
the wind is between 5 and 8 knots. The forecast is for the wind to increase
though, so it is now thought that the yachts will be able to start their
race Wednesday evening.

* Scuttlebutt readers who read Italian might enjoy reviewing the full
dossier of the Naples bid for the 2007 America's Cup at:

* Boardsailor Barbara Kendall is the first New Zealand sailor to book a
ticket to the Athens Olympics after winning silver at the world
championships in Spain. She qualified New Zealand for an Olympic spot in
the women's Mistral class when she won the world championships in Thailand
in December. To confirm a place in the Olympic team, she had to finish in
the top five in Spain and hope no other New Zealander finished in the top
10. - Sail-World website, full story:

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Organizers of the International Catamaran Challenge Trophy (ICCT) have
announced the event's competitors, which makes its return with a new format
after a hiatus of more than seven years. The event, better known as "The
Little America's Cup," will take place September 28-October 3, 2003, from
Sail Newport's facility at Fort Adams. This match racing competition is
being sailed in F-18HT catamarans - mutihulls that go three times the speed
of monohulls.

There are confirmed challenges from four foreign teams ­ three of whom hail
from the Adriatic resort of Rimini in northeastern Italy. Representing Club
Nautico Rimini will be Alberto Sonino with crew Edward Canepa, and Daniele
Saragoni with crew Teo Di Battista. Massimiliano Sirena, with crew Paolo
Bassani, will represent Vela Club Marano Riccione. Hoping to unseat the
"Rimini Challenge to the Little Americas Cup" are John Pierce and Suze
Davis. The pair represent Mumbles Yacht Club in Swansea, South Wales,
United Kingdom.

Four American teams have hopes of becoming the ultimate Defender at the
conclusion of the elimination series. John Lovell (New Orleans, La.) with
crew Charlie Ogletree (Houston, Texas) representing Southern Yacht Club;
Lars Guck (Bristol, R.I.) with crew Jonathan Farrar (Miami, Fla.)
representing Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club; Mark Murray (Newport,
R.I./Pensacola, Fla.) and crew Charles Barmonde (Newport, R.I.)
representing Team 1/Sail Newport; and Barry Moore (Beverly, Mass.) with
crew Eric Anderson (Andover, Conn.) representing Sea Cliff Yacht Club.

Last sailed in 1996 when the U.S.A. was victorious over Australia, the
International Catamaran Challenge Trophy was donated in 1961 by the Sea
Cliff Yacht Club, located on the north shore of Long Island (N.Y.), to
promote catamaran match-racing between nations. Previously sailed in "C"
Class catamarans, the revamped series will feature the F-18HT catamaran for
the first time. New, fully equipped Bimare F-18HTs will be provided to all
teams. Much like the America's Cup, the winner will bring the trophy back
to their yacht club to host the 2004 event, which will also feature
provided Bimare F-18HTs to ensure consistency.

On September 28-30, the four foreign "challenger" teams and the four
American "defender" teams will each sail an elimination round robin
match-racing series. After a layday on Wednesday, October 1, the winners of
the respective Defender and Challenger eliminations will compete
head-to-head in a best four out of seven series for the Trophy on Thursday
and Friday, October 2-3. - Media Pro Int'l

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* From Jamie Bendelius: The opening line in the lead story in Scuttlebutt
1421 caught me a wee bit off guard - "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." In an iceboat that number is often seen when
accelerating or decelerating through it. As an aside the world speed record
for an iceboat is in excess of 120 knots. I know, I know, but hard water
sailors are often if not always forgotten about and ignored.

* From Douglass Sisk: Don't you think it's time to kill the media coverage
thread? Even with the interesting drift into "yacht club exclusivity"? It's
clear that some news outlets will devote space to yacht racing and some
won't ... just like some papers cover Formula 1 racing/ thoroughbreds/
boxing/ squash/ tennis more than others. Although we'd all like to see our
sport featured more, I suspect it's not in the cards except for the
America's Cup and perhaps an around-the-world race. And if you're
frustrated about the lack of coverage of sailing, then go talk to the top
tier competition acrobatic pilots. Even with sponsorship they fly in the
middle of nowhere in front of maybe 100 people, 40 of them judges and the
rest pilots waiting their turn to fly...

Curmudgeon's Comment: Once again Douglass, we agree. This thread is now
officially dead.

* From Marc Fountain: Some of your readers live and sail in the San
Francisco bay area and we don't understand this Long Island sailing in
heavy breeze' discussion at all. Practice makes perfect; we generally have
a steady 20-30 knot breeze every afternoon from April to October. Put any
Long Island sailor in 25 knots every day for a summer and they will
probably figure out how to enjoy it, prepare for it, and race in it just
like we do.

I bet no Long Island sailor has sailed circles around the RC (as I have)
while they were announcing a 'not-enough-wind' postponement when it was
blowing over 10 knots....

I fondly remember 'Sergeant Schultz' (an accomplished yet non-pro J24)
putting the kite up in excess of 50 knots on the bay (1990?) on a winter
race day - they acknowledged later that it was extreme but they stayed
upright and didn't think it dramatically more difficult to handle than
typical summer conditions. If they can do it, so can you. The key is that
they had years of weekends past in 20-30 knots.

Number 4 jibs and harnesses - yes we carry those items. Many of us are
prepared for 0-50 on any given Sunday. Please kill this thread! It doesn't
make any more sense to debate the RC's obligation to hold a race in certain
conditions or not (clearly no, they volunteer) than it does to debate the
skippers' primary obligation to decide whether it's safe enough to sail or
not (clearly yes).

* From Ron Hopkins: Race committee's and race officers generally take their
guidance from the Organizing Authority as well as the competitors for the
types of racing to provide, as well as the range of conditions to sail in.
As a Race Officer, I have a simple guide which I follow to help make those
sometimes difficult decisions..."Safe, Fair, Fun", in that order. "Safe"
for the folks that work with me and to the competitors in general, as
"fair" as I can possible make the race.. and "fun", cause without fun, why
be there. Fun also counts for the volunteers as well, because without them,
well, I hope its obvious that without them, there would be no racing. That
said, there will always be some who don't agree with the R/C's decision to
sail or not.

At a dingy event that I ran, a huge squall came thou the race area, we
abandoned and told the competitors to drop sails, raft together and hunker
down. Most did, but a few decided to continue to sail, "nuking" around
under spinnaker in near zero visibility. One such boat was found 2 1/2
miles away from the race circle after the squall passed.

* From Scott H. Dinhofer: The argument that has been presented by Adam
Loory is one we have been discussing on our boat for two years. The simple
fact is that there is an old cliché "experience, there is no substitute"
There are too many crews and skippers not learning how to handle their
boats in a seaman like manner because of the RCs failure to hold races in
blustery conditions. How many of these boats will be able to handle a front
when they sail a coastal distance race, or in a Bermuda race?

* From Michael H. Koster: Reference heavy air vs light air sailing: Race
organizers should publish in the Notice of Race, the wind ranges that
competitors can expect races to be run in. That way, owners can decide for
themselves whether or not they want to invest time and money to participate
in a particular regatta.

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