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SCUTTLEBUTT 1425- September 30, 2003

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CADIZ REPORT CARD - Paul Henderson
Cadiz was a great success!! The ISAF World Championship of Olympic Classes
met and exceeded all expectations. The Bay of Cadiz lived up to its
reputation and provided excellent sailing conditions, onshore facilities
and Andalusian hospitality.

When the sailors arrived they were overwhelmed by the facilities and the
ability to meet and interact with the top sailors in other classes from so
many countries. Many of them came to ISAF and said how happy they were to
be there. The media started by saying that this event had already become
the most important International Sailing Event in the Sailing Calendar.
They then demanded that it be held every two years and by the end of the
Championship were saying it should happen every year. What a great
compliment to ISAF!

Many sailors were saying that it would be difficult to go back to isolated,
individual Class World Championships after the exposure they and Sailing
received in Cadiz. The sailors specifically demanded that ISAF appoint top
level ISAF Race Officers for all major events as ISAF did in Cadiz. The
Star sailors enjoyed themselves, demanding that on the boat park, the boats
must be lined up alternating Yngling, Star, Yngling, Star. The ageing Finn
sailors were inspecting the Stars as they look to move up next year. The
Windsurfers were looking to the Tornado for their future. The 49ers enjoyed
a great central spot in the boat park and fantastic sailing. The Europe
sailors were everywhere and very popular.

The Lasers complained that although their facility was the best that in the
future the Europes and Windsurfers must be at the same venue. A similar
expression from both the men's and women's 470 fleets over in Rota. Each
class had their own night at the "Bodega" hosted by Mundo Vela. Whilst
enjoying the evening, again the response was that in future they did not
want to be segregated by class but wanted to socially mix with the others.
This was the general tone throughout the event. The sailors wanted to meet
other sailors from other countries and other classes and other genders.
That is what the future of sailing is all about - Sailors meeting Sailors!
- Paul Henderson, ISAF President, full report:

NEWPORT, R.I. Not even a slightly late sea breeze could detract from the
spectacular fall day that greeted the three Italian and four American teams
who are competing in the elimination series for the International Catamaran
Challenge Trophy (ICCT) being sailed on Narragansett Bay. The 23rd running
of "The Little America's Cup" got underway Sunday with the completion of
four flights in the elimination series. Monday's acrobatic action, courtesy
of the 18+ knots of breeze that filled in mid-afternoon, took place off
Goat Island which provided a prime vantage point for spectators gathered
along the seawall.

Alberto Sonino and Edward Canepa hold the lead in the Challenger's
elimination series, based on standings that are one race shy of three
complete round-robins. Sonino and Canepa have a win-loss record of 4-1,
with Daniele Saragoni and crew Teo Di Battista at 3-2. Both teams are
sailing for Club Nautico Rimini. Massimiliano "Max" Sirena and Paolo
Bassani, representing Vela Club Marano Riccione, have a 1-5 record.

Part way through the second round robin in the Defender's elimination
series the results are:
John Lovell/ Charlie Ogletree, (Southern YC) 3-0
Mark Murray/ Charles Barmonde, (Team 1/Sail Newport) 2-2
Chris Brown/ WF Oliver, (Seawanhaka Corinthian YC), 2-2
Barry Moore/ Eric Anderson (Sea Cliff YC), 1-4

Racing in the elimination series continues tomorrow, with a planned lay day
on Wednesday, October 1. The Defender and Challenger 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

For more information: /

When did Lowell North first begin making his own sails? (Answer below)

The approaching weather will affect your sailing! Accomplished sailor and
weather router Bill Biewenga will present Weather Seminar for Sailors in
Long Beach, CA on October 4, 2003. The fact-filled interactive class will
cover global climatology, real-time meteorology, and the affect of local
conditions on weather patterns. Distance racers, cruisers and day-sailors
alike will benefit from this seminar by learning how to interpret weather
data to form a game plan enabling them to prepare confidently and avoid
problems while sailing more efficiently and competitively. Contact Bill at or go to the website for details and online

(The Daily Sail website took a look at the modifications made to the
recently christened Pindar of Scarborough - Emma Richards' new Open 60
(formally Graham Dalton's Hexagon.) Here's a brief excerpt from that story)

The main modification has been her new rig. She now sports a new Southern
Spars mast - the same section as a VO60 - and one of the more surprising
aspects of the new Pindar is that she now has a conventional boom
arrangement. Traditionally Open 60 booms attach to the deck just aft of the
mast. This has a number of advantages such as removing boom compression
from the mast, creating a more angled boom that prevents the crew from
being wiped over the side during manoeuvres and which in the event of a
dismasting can be hoisted rapidly to act as a jury rig.

The downside of this arrangement is an inadequate vang. Deck stepped booms
have a vang comprising a line running along the bottom of the boom. This is
then hauled down to various points on the deck depending upon the point of
sail. "Everytime you ease the boom, basically your vang is down to the
deck," explains Richards of the problems associated with deck-stepped
booms. "So if you ease a little mainsheet the boom is always going to come
up. You're never going to keep the boom at the same height - so you are not
just easing mainsheet you are easing vang as well. If you have a
conventional vang you can continue to trim it properly and play it all the
time, particularly if you are doublehanded." - The Daily Sail,

* 113 qualification slots for the 2004 Olympic Regatta across the eleven
events were up for contention at the 2003 ISAF World Championships. After
the qualification from the separate 2002 Class World Championships, a total
of 36 different nations had qualified to be in Athens. On the conclusion of
the 2003 ISAF World Championship, a further 13 nations had qualified in
different events, bringing the total figure to 49 nations. With the final
51 qualification slots available next year, the number of nations in Athens
is certain to increase. To view the complete breakdown of nations

* The International Laser Class Association - North American Region, with
approximately 3000 members, is currently seeking proposals from individuals
or organizations to supply management services for class operations.
Although in the past the management of the Laser class in North America has
been executed by a single individual, acting as Executive Director, and
although that formula that might still serve the class very well, the class
welcomes other proposals that could include splitting the responsibilities
between two or more individuals. For a more complete description of the
responsibilities, contact Tim Landt,

* Nagawicka Lake, WI - Eric Wilson and and Josh Smith won the last race of
the Inland 20 Scow championships and the subsequent tie-breaker with Emily
Green/ Dan Zarnstorff to claim the class' national championship. Stefan
Schmidt/ Timofey Milovanov finished third in the event that was shortened
to just three races because of fickle winds.

* Bob Hughes' Team Heartbreaker won two races on Monday to even the score
in the Canada's Cup match race series against Terry McLaughlin Team
Defiant, 3-3. The races were sailed in 13-18 knots of breeze in Toronto,
Canada. and

* 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:

* Leigh McMillan from the Isle of Wight and Mark Bulkeley from Essex have
been confirmed as the Tornado class sailors who will represent Great
Britain at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. On top of taking silver at the
recent world championships, this young British pairing have had a
successful season, winning SPA Olympic classes regatta and finishing fifth
at the Pre-Olympics last month. - website,

Dewey Beach, Delaware - Rehoboth Bay delivered five to fifteen knots out of
the North with large wind shifts and extreme variations in velocity to
challenge the seventy-boat fleet of Hobie 16s. Of the seventy boats, six
countries are represented: America, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Germany, Brazil,
and Canada. Racing will continue through Friday October 3rd. Standings
after four races with one discard:
1) Wally Myers and Tyler Myers (NJ) - 7pts.
2) Armando Noriega Jr. and Rodrigo Achach (MEX) - 12pts.
3) Paul Hess and Mary Ann Hess (CA) - 12pts.
4) Dan Kulkoski and Mary Beth Villa (NJ) - 16pts.
5) Enrique Figueroa and Gabriel Vazquez (PUR) 25pts.

Full results:

American Jonathan McKee's Team McLube has moved up to third place in the 67
boat Mini Transat fleet. With more than 2400 miles remaining in the second
stage from Lanzarotte to Bahia, Brazil, McKee trailed the leader, Armel
Tripon's Moulin Roty, by less than seven miles at 1500 GMT Monday. The
following report by Sue Pelling on the Yachting World website looks at
what's happening elsewhere in the fleet.

The initial leader of the production fleet, David Raison (Liquid 440-Ray)
has broken boom and torn his small spinnaker, leaving Erwan Tymen (426-Pogo
2 Navy Lest) at the top of the production fleet in eighth position overall.
Raison hopes to carry out repairs during the race. Other competitors with
problems include Barnabe Chivot (335- FTH Thirard) and Jean-baptiste
Dejeanty (321- Artech-Caen Sea) who has torn his large spinnaker. Cian
McCarthy (393- The Tom Crean) who finished fifth on the first leg has a
problem with a main stay, although reports are still unclear as to how he
intends to carry out repairs. - Sue Pelling, Yachting World website, full

Annapolis, MD - Monday's big-wind action at US Sailing's Rolex
International Women's Keelboat Championship offered thrills and spills for
the 67 teams entered. Five-time regatta champion and five-time Rolex
Yachtswoman of the Year Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I.) won the first two of
three opening races, seemingly at ease in the 18-20 knot wind that had some
teams struggling for control of their boats. In race three, however, three
general recalls and a black-flag elimination of Alison along with other top
competitors stirred the results and emotions of the nearly 300 women
competing. What was misfortune for some was a windfall for others,
especially Karleen Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand), whose solid finishes of
2-6-4 propelled her into the overall lead with 12 points. Mary Brigden (San
Diego, Calif.) followed in second overall with 22 points on finishes of
15-4-3, while Paula Lewin (Paget, Bermuda) landed in third place with a
4-23-2. - Media Pro Int'l,

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Tim Kent's Open 50 Everest Horizontal is once again floating on a mooring
in Bermuda, but it wasn't easy. Prior to that happening, gashes in the
carbon skin of the boat had to be patched. Then it took three solid days of
using levers, ramps, jacks and muscle to slowly move the boat closer to the

With the aid of the boat's designer, Jim Antirm, who had flown from
California to help, Kent and other volunteers used two long heavy planks
and then jacked the keel onto a steel I-beam. The team also used small
bottle jacks to move her the twenty feet or so that she needed to travel to
get back into the water. She hung up on rocks, blocks and old piles of
steel, but was levered and jacked over every obstacle. Last Saturday night
an army of neighbors, family and friends joined in the darkness as the tide
came in for the final push into St. Georges harbor.

Kent is now back in Milwaukee, Wisconsin gathering the parts and funds
needed for the next step - sailing her under jury rig back to Charleston
Boatworks in South Carolina. That will have to wait until November - after
the hurricane season ends.

North began making sails in 1957. "My first sail had elastic and
cunninghams in both the luff and the foot. The sail looked like a spinnaker
on a reach or a run, and then you could pull the cunninghams and almost
make it look like a sail upwind. We went up to the Los Angeles Midwinters
and just beat the *&%#@ out of everybody, including Bill Ficker. We were
lucky the courses were more reaching than upwind. That caused a rule to be
passed against cunninghams." - Lowell North

(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 Blake Middleton (edited to our 250-word limit): As PRO this
Saturday, I flew Flag Y for a race which was sailed in cold, blustery fall
conditions on Lake Minnetonka, MN. Average winds were 16-22 knots, with
gusts to about 26.

A J/24 had a wild knockdown under spinnaker. The mast never came back off
the water, and that eventually led to the entire crew being dumped into the
lake. All crew members were recovered promptly (and safely) due to two
things. 1) Every sailor had a PFD on. 2) Quick action was taken by four
other race yachts who immediately quit racing to assist. (Major kudos to
them!) The J/24 wasn't so lucky. It's currently located on the lake bottom,
in 74' of water.

Before the race, in the shadow of the clubhouse (behind a windward shore),
two members had teased me about my announcement that Flag Y would be
flying, asking what I was so worried about? After the race, the discussions
were a bit different! If I had not flown Flag Y, my guess is that a
majority of the sailors would have worn PFDs anyway. I am 100% certain,
however, that many others would not have made that choice. I now wonder if
there has been a successful lawsuit against a race committee or yacht club
concerning Race Committee's use (or lack thereof) of Flag Y requiring
wearing PFDs while racing?

* From Ryan Werner: "Assumption of the risk" is not as simple as "you go
out there, you take your chances." It's impossible to explain fully in 250
words, but under California law there are three kinds of AOR. "Primary" AOR
applies when you participate in an activity so inherently risky that the
law says participants have no duty of care toward each other. "Secondary"
AOR applies in non-inherently risky activities, and is just another name
for apportionment of blame. "Express" AOR is when you agree beforehand you
won't sue.

Under California law, sailing is inherently risky. Even without an express
waiver, primary AOL applies. If the skipper doesn't call "tacking" and you
get whacked by the boom, no claim under CA law absent intent to injure or
reckless disregard for the likelihood of injury.

Federal maritime law does not recognize AOR, only apportionment of blame
(except maybe in collision cases and then maybe only with express waivers).
Maritime law applies to purely recreational boats on navigable waters when
the general nature of the incident is likely to disrupt commercial activity
and there is a substantial relationship between the incident and
"traditional maritime activity." Not simple to apply, but if a dockline
takes off your finger when the skipper backs out without warning, you can
sue under maritime law. Anyway, court = crapshoot, so express waivers are a
good idea.

P.S. - The day of Sgt Schultz's wild ride, the anemometer at the Richmond
YC gusted to 55 every time another squirrel blew off the wire.

* From Glenn McCarthy: Myers-Briggs and Co, Inc. invented Regatta Liability
Insurance 25 years ago, continuing to provide this coverage to more sailing
organizations than all others combined, now on the direct basis. There have
been nine events across the country, where settlements have been made.
There have been even more events where only legal costs were provided by
the insurance company, each time saving the sailing organizations assets.
The largest settlement was $600,000 for a single loss of life over 10 years
ago. As a result of this, we recommend to sailing organizers that
$1,000,000 of coverage is now insufficient and that they purchase higher.
The Assumption of Risk Doctrine is not applicable for the defense of
sailing organizations, the RRS is a contract between the race organizer and
competitor, and the focus is placed on contract clause RRS 4 (Decision to

Is a gross ignoramus 144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus?