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SCUTTLEBUTT 1424 - September 29, 2003

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The sweetest victories in life are those hardest won. There are some days
when the challenges of building a C Class catamaran for the Little
America's cup seem a bit daunting. To be honest if I had known what I was
getting into when Ian Jenkins and I first met in a yacht club bar and the
conversation turned to the Little America's Cup, I might of considered
changing the topic, well only for a second.

Growing up in Australia when I was boy, the Cats of Lindsay Cunningham and
before that Miss Nylex were the on water Ferraris of the day, these boats
were and are intoxicating. While the Little America's Cup may be at the
fringes of main stream sailing, it is also at the limits of our materials
and construction, at the edge of our ability to design and create, and
firmly in the dreams of many sailors throughout the world.

C Class Catamaran's and difficult to design, build, sail and maintain. This
seems to have been one of the reasons to return our challenge. This misses
the point. It is because it is difficult that we continue. If the mountain
is too hard to climb you continue until you find a way to the top. Giving
up and looking for a hill diminishes the achievement.

The opportunity to design and create an award-winning piece of piece of
sailing technology as we have done, is a rare privilege that I am proud to
be a part of. Australian Catamaran Challenge understands this is the kind
of inspirational project that dreams are made of. We want to thank the
sailing public for their support. and put Steve Clark and Duncan Maclean on

Better watch out, the bloke's from the land down under are coming and you'd
better be ready for a good blue! - Damien Smith, Project Naval Architect,
Australian Catamaran Challenge

Newport skipper Ken Read aced six out of eight races, leaving 95 other
boats in his wake, to win the MasterCard International Etchells World
Championship in Greenwich, Connecticut (USA) last week. University of Rhode
Island sailing coach Scott Norris and Karl Anderson of Massachusetts were
his crew.

"We just had one of those weeks where everything we touched turned to
gold," Read said. "Every shift that we anticipated worked in our favor. We
got good starts, really good starts, and we were just plain old fast. We
really worked hard on the boat this summer, and we worked hard on getting
the sails and the rig right."

The largest one-design championship fleet faced shifty and variable breezes
throughout the regatta. "In every kind of condition, we were never slower
than equal to the best boats, and when the breeze came on, we were quite
fast," Read said. "When you're fast, you sail smarter and sail better
because you're not worried about your boat speed and you tend to look
outside the boat more." - Tom Meade,,

Final results:
1. Ken Read, Karl Anderson & Scott Norris, USA, 8
2. Jud Smith, H. Frazer & A. Wills, USA, 57
3. Cameron Miles, P. Smidmore & J. Mayjor, AUS, 93
4. Cameron Appleton, P. Merrington & P. Gudmunson, NZL, 104
5. Bill Lynn, T. Erskine & D. Sabin, USA, 112
6. Stuart Childerley, S. Russell & R. Marino GBR, 118
7. Dennis. Conner, P. Burton & T. Rey, USA, 118
8. Dirk Kneulman, D. Smithers & H. Lammens CAN, 122
9. Hans Fogh, R. Cheer & T. Fogh, CAN, 97
10. Ched Proctor, B. Kinney & G. Stevens, USA, 130

Event website:

"This boat has been my way of relaxing after finishing the America's Cup,"
- NY Times,

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As a result of the performance in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in
Cadiz, Spain, the USA has now qualified teams for all classes in the 2004
Olympic Games in Athens with the single exception of the 470 Women. The
last chance to gain that qualification will be at the 2004 world
championship regatta at Zadar, Croatia on May 7-16 - six months after the
US 470 Olympic trials.

The athletes who qualified the U.S.A. for the Olympics may not be the
country's ultimate representatives to the 2004 Games as the U.S. Olympic
Team Trials-Sailing are a "winner takes all" competition. Only the
first-place finisher in each event earns a spot on the U.S.A.'s 2004
Olympic Sailing Team. - Media Pro Int'l

For information on the US Olympic Trials:

* Lightning National Champion Allen Terhune has won US Sailing's 10-race
Championship of Champions regatta for the Jack Brown Trophy held in Melges
MC scows at the Lake Geneva YC in Fontana, Wisconsin. MC Scow champion
Justin Hood finished second, nine points back, with Snipe champion Andrew
Pimental in third place. -

* Will the Newport-based New York Yacht Club mount an America's Cup
challenge for 2007? "We don't know," said Lawrence S. Huntington, new
commodore of the NYYC. "The answer is, if a member came to us and said, 'I
really want to do this and I'm ready to fund it,' we would very seriously
contemplate such a thing. But the emphasis is on the "I". - Newport Daily News,

* On Saturday, 67 boats started 2700-mile leg of the Mini Transat Race from
Lanzarotte to Bahia, Brazil in 15 knots of wind that built to 30 knots
during the night. Overnight there were several dismastings, a broken rudder
and two broken booms. On Sunday at 1500 GMT, Jonathan McKee's Team McLube
was in sixth place, 20 miles behind the leader, Armel Tripon's Moulin Roty,
who finished fourth on the first leg of the race. Leg one winner, Samuel
Manuard is in 13th place, 31 miles behind the leader.

* During the last Cup, Areva's €15m support for Le Défi Areva has angered
activists in France and in the Pacific but Jacques-Emmanuel Saulnier,
director of communication and spokesman for the Areva Group, said he is
convinced that the Areva Group's involvement in yachting was very
successful. "Our expectations concerning our commitment to this campaign
have been exceeded by far", he explained. "According to the French
financial newspaper Les Echos, the Group is currently in the process of
negotiating a new support with Loïck Peyron's syndicate." - The Cup in
Europe website,

* Toronto Canada - Terry McLaughlin's Team Defiant from the Royal Canadian
YC's holds a 3-1 lead in the Canada's Cup match race series in Farr 40s
against Bob Hughes' Macatawa Bay YC Team Heartbreaker from Michigan. There
is still a lot of racing ahead for these two teams.

* Over twenty people have used the "sign-up to crew" feature on the
Scuttlebutt event calendar to help themselves get crew jobs for Key West
Race Week. Click on any calendar event to access the sign-up list or to
find out who is available for regattas on your schedule:

* The Clipper 2002 Round the World Yacht has finished Saturday in
Liverpool's River Mersey. In stark contrast to the gale stricken race start
eleven months ago, the final sprint of the 16-race series from Holyhead to
Liverpool was shortened due to a total lack of wind. Final overall
standings: 1. Jersey, Simon Rowell, 97.5; 2. Bristol, Richard Butler, 95.5;
3. Liverpool, Adam Kyffin, 74; 4. Hong Kong, Justin Taylor, 71; 5. Glasgow,
Rupert Parkhouse, 65; 6. London, Rory Gillard, 57.5; 7. New York, Ross
Daniel, 55; 8. Cape Town, Roger Steven-Jennings, 30.

* Safety at Sea (Australasia) Ltd is recalling all the BFA Liferafts that
they have sold since January 1999 as they have a major concern about the
potential to prematurely inflate. Many of these rafts are now scatterred
around the world. The BFA brand of liferafts was bought by Zodiac in 1999
and Zodiac is not in support of the recall. However, SAS believes their is
a high risk of premature inflation if in hot climatic conditions +30C
(86F). - L.K. Klee, For more information:

The Mari Cha team has once again chosen Musto to supply the crew protection
for Mari Cha IV. Musto also supplied the technical clothing to Mari Cha
III, which has done some real damage to the record book over the past few
years. Teams like this only come back to a supplier if the product has done
its job well the first time around. At Musto it is a compliment we are very
used to. You don't need to attempt to break transatlantic records to
experience Musto. Give it a try next time.

Hurricane Marty, the most destructive storm to ever hit the cruising fleet
in Mexico, traveled the 700-mile length of the Sea of Cortez September
21-24 with winds reportedly as strong as 120 knots. She left dinged,
damaged, and destroyed boats on both the east and west shores of the Sea,
as well as on the islands in the middle

It's impossible to come up with hard numbers of the damage, but it seems
that about 35 boats were sunk or driven ashore, a dozen were dismasted, and
more than 100 suffered over $10,000 in damages. In most cases, the damage
was to cosmetics, bow rollers, unfurled jibs and dodgers. The Sea is
popular with retired cruisers, and for many their boat is their most
valuable possession. And probably half of these boats are not insured.

The greatest and most concentrated destruction took place at Mac and Mary
Shroyer's Marina de La Paz, and the adjacent Marina Abaroa. Both, according
to Neil Shroyer, are 95% destroyed. Virtually all of the 100 boats in the
former, and 40 boats in the latter, suffered somewhere between extensive
cosmetic damage and complete destruction. Another spot with concentrated
destruction was Puerto Escondido, 115 miles north of La Paz. The almost
entirely enclosed one mile by three-quarter mile bay is a popular place for
cruisers to leave their boats unattended during the hot summer months.
Steady 65-knot winds, with reported gusts to 85, combined with six-foot
chop, causing boats to drag left and right. Seventeen boats were sunk,
driven ashore, or blown out into the Sea. - Excerpts from stories posted on
the 'Lectronic Latitude website. There is much more, plus photo posted:

The Hobie 14, Hobie 16 Women's, and Hobie 16 Jr. North American Continental
Championships took place last weekend at the Rehoboth Bay Sailing
Association in Dewey Beach, Delaware. Eleven races were sailed in the 14's
and the 16 Women's and seven in the Jr's.

After a neck and neck series Jim Sajdak from California took the Hobie 14
Championship by three points after winning the last two races of the
regatta. In second was Sandy Takacs from Rhode Island with last years
champion, Bill Jeffers, from New York in third.

After the first two days of racing in 15 to 20 knots, Rosarito Martinez and
Kamil Berrios, from Puerto Rico, established a big lead in the women's
championship. Last year's Women's Champion, Susan Korzeniewski sailing with
Diane Bisesi, from New York, closed the gap on the final day in lighter
breeze, but it was not enough to beat the Puerto Ricans. In third were Lynn
Myers and Beth Andrews from New Jersey.

The Hobie 16 Jr. Continentals was also won by Puerto Ricans.Francisco
Figueroa and Martin Roldan won the event followed by Jorge Murrieta and
Kelly Wood from Mexico. Jake Sailer and Clifton Neff form California were

The Hobie 16 North American Continental Championship begins on Monday
September 29th, with racing through Friday October 3rd. at the same venue.
Fifty-nine teams have pre-registered for the event and the final number is
expected to be in the seventies by the end of registration on Monday. Full

Not surprisingly, the Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gordo in the BVI is
nearly sold out for its Dry Creek Vineyard Pro-Am Regatta during the first
week of November. Having the opportunity to crew for Russell Coutts, Ed
Baird, Andy Burdick, Dawn Riley, Peter Holmberg, Kenny Read, Lowell North,
Keith Musto, Rod Johnstone, Butch Ullmer or even the curmudgeon could have
been the incentive - or was it was the opportunity to skipper a boat in the
Musto Scuttlebutt Sailing Club Championship Regatta which runs concurrently
at Caribbean paradise? Although there are only a few rooms left, special
rates still apply for SSC members (that's you), and further discounts for
team bookings of three rooms or more. -

(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 Suzanne McFadden: Congratulations on Scuttlebutt's sixth
anniversary! But there's one lot of people you forgot to thank - your

Curmudgeon's Comment: Suzanne is spot-on. I cannot think of any news medium
with a larger or more talented (or less well compensated) staff. As many of
you know, Suzanne is a journalist from Auckland, who has certainly written
more copy for Scuttlebutt than I have, and was a major contributor during
the huge growth Scuttlebutt experienced during the 1999-2000 Louis Vuitton
and America's Cup series.

* From Dick Rose, Chair, US Sailing Racing Rules Committee (In response to
Bruce Thompson and his questions about proposed changes in the racing
rules): The International Sailing Federation will consider proposed changes
to the racing rules at its annual meeting in early November in Barcelona.
All the proposed changes (called "submissions") are available for anyone to
read and study on the ISAF web site ( Simply click on
'Meetings', then under 'November 2003 ' click on 'Submissions'. Be warned,
there are lots of proposed changes so working through them will take some time.

The US Sailing Racing Rules Committee will be reviewing the proposed
changes to the racing rules, as well as the existing US Sailing
prescriptions to the racing rules, during US Sailing's Annual Meeting in
St. Louis on Friday, October 17th. Comments will be welcomed from anyone
attending that meeting. If you are not attending and would like to comment,
please e-mail your thoughts to prior to October 31st.

* From John McBrearty: I see that you have declared the heavy weather
racing thread "dead" however, all the 'litigation" talk prompts me to
write. When have any of you heard, first hand, of a successful lawsuit
against a race committee/ yacht club concerning the conduct of a race in
blustery conditions? I know in California, and I would be surprised if it
was different in any other jurisdiction in the USA, that such actions are
barred by a legal maxim called "assumption of risk". Simply stated, "you go
out there, you take your chances". It's your choice-kinda like climbing

Why do you think US Sailing's insurance for regatta organizers is so cheap?
Maybe someone from US sailing could tell us how many claims they have paid
under that coverage. My educated guess would be none!

Curmudgeon's Comment: John appears to have successfully figured out a way
to start a new thread.

* From Dean Hubbard: I could not help but notice that it will take Mari Cha
IV more than twice the waterline and twenty-five times the manpower to
wrest the West to East transatlantic title from Bernard Stamm's Around
Alone effort. It would seem only fair that Mari Cha IV be required to claim
Stamm's record only if they make it in half the time and with forty-eight
hands tied behind their backs

* From George Backhus: It occurred to me today that if one is standing on
the North Pole, the wind is always a southerly.

* Peter Huston: How many more "coaches" are going to run over other coaches
or sailors in Olympic class regattas before ISAF does something about this
trend? While I prefer a minimum of regulation in the sport, clearly, there
are too many "coaches" who obviously can't properly operate a motorboat on
the race course. One questions the sailing capabilities of these who can't
safely operate a coach boat.

Maybe the time has come that there should be no coaches allowed on the
water in any Olympic class event. Or if there must be coaches afloat,
perhaps ISAF should mandate the type of boat and propulsion that is used. I
suggest that ISAF allow only one type of coach boat, an Opti powered by one
small paddle.

Curmudgeon's Comment: We've been down this path much too recently to start
the thread so soon again. This thread is officially put back to sleep - again.

* From Wayne Bruce: As yacht clubs and organizing bodies make proposals to
host their major events, like North American and World Championships
regattas, shouldn't they have to commit to provide prompt and complete
website information as a part of the package?

Only rarely do you find a not a complete idiot - most have some parts missing.