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SCUTTLEBUTT 1429- October 6, 2003

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Annapolis, MD - Sally Barkow of Nashotah, Wis., and her crew of Debbie
Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.), Carrie Howe (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) and Annie Lush
(Bournemouth, England), have won US Sailing's 2003 Rolex International
Women's Keelboat Championship. Going into the final races, Barkow's team
held a 20-point lead over the 66 teams competing. In light 8-10 knot
breezes, the foursome once again showed command of their boat-handling
skills and the scoreboard. With finishes of 3-8, they maintained a healthy
lead on the fleet and became champions in what has become one of the
world's most prestigious women's sailing regattas.

"It feels awesome to have won," said the 23-year-old Barkow, a two-time
college All American from Old Dominion University (class of '02) who only
started sailing keelboats one and a half years ago. "We approached today
with confidence just like we approached every other day. We didn't worry
about the more mature teams, because they can make mistakes just as easily
as us. We have learned a ton here, from communications, to boat handling to
mentally focusing for five days. They were big lessons. We'll take those
with us. It was a big step for our campaign." Barkow, Capozzi and Howe are
on the US Sailing Team and hope to be the USA's representatives in the
Yngling class at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. - Media Pro Int'l,

1. Sally Barkow/Team Seven, 44
2. Paula Lewin/Team ACE Group, 58
3. Carol Cronin/Team Atkins, 60
4. Mary Brigden/Team San Diego, 71
5. Nancy Haberland/Team VC Performance Rigging, 80
6. Karleen Dixon/The Lion Foundation, NZL, 84
7. Dominique Provoyeur/Team Orion, RSA, 100
8. Betsy Alison, Newport, R.I., 101
9. Lorie Stout/Team Stoutgear, 113
10. Phebe King/Team Legal Source, 116

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The 140-foot monster boat, Mari Cha IV is currently on course to smash the
west to east transatlantic record. At 0038 UTC Monday, (79 hours after the
official start) their speed over the ground was 18.6 knots and their
average speed for the trip so far has been 17.62 knots. Mari Char IV has
already covered 1567 of the 2925 miles of the course.

Report by owner/skipper Robert Miller:" The boat is performing beautifully.
She is very very fast, sensitive and quick on the helm. Below deck she is
spartan and at speeds of over 20 knots her carbon hull resonates like a
drum making sounds like a racing locomotive. Awesome at first, but you soon
get use to it. We have now passed (hopefully) the trickiest part of the
weather and will soon be able to increase our speed and try for the 24 hour
world record. Fingers crossed! Food? Well hard to believe that a 3oz packet
of freeze dry food when hydrated and heated can provide a meal for three
men. Our best meal so far was last night - Beef Stroganoff."

"One of the yachts who will challenge Alinghi in the next Cup will be
Spanish", said Agustín Zulueta, a former member of the Desafio Español and
now Sports Director for Team Spirito Santo. "Our project is ambitious. We
started to work in november 2002, a long time before Alinghi won the Cup",
he said.

"Our goal is to reach a €50 million budget, some is the next venue". For
this campaign the new Desafio was successful in attracting several
partners, "including a famous sport clothing company" but is still looking
for the main sponsor who would be ready to invest 30 or 40 million in the

To develop a new Team, the new Desafio Español wants to recruit the best of
Spanish sailors, including the Doreste brothers (Luis and José Luis).
Members signed up to date include José Luis Doreste, Laureano Wizner and
Dimanche Manrique. José Luis Doreste seems to hesitate, affirming that
"many issues still remain to be negotiated". - Cup in Europe website, full

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The Royal Ocean Racing Club has announced the details for the 2004 Rolex
Commodores' Cup to be held in Cowes, Isle of Wight from July 25 - August 1,
and will consist of the usual mixture of inshore and offshore races. The
IRC rating system will be used and each teams must consist of three boats -
one from each of the following rating bands:

Class 3 0.995 - 1.059
Class 2 1.060 - 1.149
Class 1 1.150 - 1.325

Another significant change for 2004 is that only National Authorities may
lodge Challenges. Each National Authority may enter up to four teams, which
should allow sufficient scope for NAs to pick from recognized regions, if
appropriate. Also, the crew of each boat entered needs to be made up of at
least 50% nationals or residents, and must have a minimum 50% Group 1
sailors under the ISAF Competitor Classification Code. A Group 1 sailor
will be required to helm throughout the inshore series and at the start of
the offshore race.

The Notice of Race will be available in November.

In the September 26 Offshore column of Yachts and Yachting magazine, Andi
Robertson stated, "unless RORC build IRM into a major event in the near
future it will simply wither away next year, which would be a tragic
waste". The hope from the IRM class association was that the Rolex
Commodores' Cup would include the rule, but three IRC classes have been
chosen. :-(
Yachts and Yachting website:

* St. Francis YC, San Francisco, CA - Masters Regatta, final results: 1.
Malin Burnham, 22; 2. Bill Buchan, 23; 3. John Scarborough, 4. Bruce Munro,
28; 5. Keith Musto, 31.

* The Notice of Race for the USA's 2004 Paralympic Team Trials-Sailing, as
well as competitor registration, is now online. The US Disabled Sailing
Team, created in 1998 to develop athletes for Paralympic competition,
annually recognizes the top-three ranked sailors in the two Paralympic
disciplines -- 2.4 Metre and Sonar. The 2004 Paralympic Regatta is
scheduled for late August, in Athens, Greece, following the conclusion of
the the 2004 Olympic Games.

* Challenged America, a San Diego-based nonprofit providing free sailing
education and rehabilitation programs, recently received the California
"Catalyst of the Year" award for service to the disabled community. The
annual Catalyst of the Year Award honors people and/or organizations that
go above and beyond what is necessary to help people with disabilities.
With hundreds of volunteers assisting more than 500 people with
disabilities learn-to-sail yearly, the Challenged America program includes
small and big boat, family and youth programs, as well as therapeutic and
recreational rehabilitation instruction for professionals in healthcare.

Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association, Dewey Beach Delaware - Paul and Mary Ann
Hess (Napa, CA) posted more three single-digit finishes in the final day of
racing at the Hobie 16 Continental Championship, to win the event with a
comfortable 28 point margin. The Hesses were the only team in the 69-boat
fleet to score all single-digit finishes in the 13 races that were sailed
in a wide variety of conditions. American pre-qualification spots for the
coming World Championship in Mexico went to the top 13 US finishers.

1) Paul Hess and Mary Ann Hess, 61pts.
2) Armando Noriega Jr. and Rodrigo Achach, 89pts.
3) Wally Myers and Tyler Myers, 96pts.
4) Bob Merrick and Eliza Cleveland, 129pts.
5) Rich McVeigh and Diane Fisher, 146pts.

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Jonathan McKee's 50+ mile lead in leg two of the Mini Transat has been
whittled down to just 3. Over night McKee and chasing Frenchman Armel
Tripon have crossed gybes and McKee is now heading for the Doldrums on a
course further west. Over the last 24 hours McKee has covered 180 miles to
Tripons 220 miles. Both boats are close to the great circle route to the
finish in Salvador de Bahia.

Also in the running are third placed Pierre Rolland, well out to the west
and Spaniard Alex Pella, whose flier on the extreme right of the race track
seems to have paid off - he's now rocketed up to seventh place. This sudden
catch-up one can only assume is due to McKee's Team McLube not liking the
conditions as much as the Frenchman's Mini. - The Daily Sail website, full

Standings at 1500 GMT Sunday:
1. Jonathan McKee, Team McLube, 1499 miles to finish.
2. Armel Tripon Moulin Roty, 1502 mtf
3. Pierre Rolland, Extrado, 1534 mtf
4. Samuel Manuard Tip Top Too, 1552 mtf
5. Willy Garcia, Ceylan Diamantes, 1559 mtf

Event website:

Newport RI - For the first time since 1976, the International Catamaran
Challenge Trophy series would come down to the final match in this best
four-out-of-seven finals before the champagne could be uncorked and "The
Little America's Cup" awarded. In that race, defenders John Lovell and
Charlie Ogletree won the start and then 'hung on' to squeeze out a
nail-biting, five second victory over the challenging Italian team of
Daniele Saragoni and Teo Di Battista, representing Club Nautico Rimini.

"Saragoni definitely had an edge with the boat," Lovell said. "This is only
my third time in an F-18HT, which is much narrower than a Tornado, making
it harder to gybe downwind and less stable in general." Comparing the
differences between the F-18HTs used for the Little America's Cup, and the
Tornado that the two-time Olympians spend most of their time racing, Lovell
also noted the difference in their teamwork required by match racing in
catamarans. "The crew does most of the work, I mostly steer while Charlie
drags me around the course." - Media Pro Int'l

Complete scores and background on the International Catamaran Challenge
Trophy, better known as "The Little America's Cup," can be found online at or

Be sure to check the great action photos at:

Centro Nautico Elcano, Cadiz, Spain - US and Canadian sailors had a great
showing at the 2003 Masters Worlds: APPRENTICE: Rudolph Ratsep - 13th;
Calum Semple - 29th; Nigel Clarke - 50th; MASTERS; Chris Raab - 2nd; Augie
Diaz - 6th; Tracy Usher - 8th; Had Brick - 9th; Barry Tee - 25th; Ken Brown
- 30th; Gary Orkney - 43rd; Robert Hodson - 44th; Alain Vincey - 56th; ;
GRAND MASTERS; William Symes - 5th; John Dawson-Edwards - 12th; John
Bentley - 23rd; Derek Stow - 32nd; ; GREAT GRAND MASTER; Peter Seidenberg -
1st; Heinz Gebauer - 4th; Robert Spillman - 19th; ; RADIAL GRAND MASTER;
Alden Shattuck - 1st; ; RADIAL MASTERS; Bruce Martinson - 2nd; Stephen
Reichenfeld - 20th. - North American Laser website:

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(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 Bob Zwissler: ISAFs inclusion of pot on the anti-doping list is
nothing short of political correctness at its worst. Nobody would ever
claim that pot is performance enhancing. The list was originally created (I
believe) to prevent some atheletes from having a chemical enhanced
competitive edge. Including pot on the list has nothing to do with sport
and everything to do with political correctness. If the issue really is
impaired performance, then we better include alcohol on the list. Let's
leave law enforcement to the proper authorities and concentrate on our
sport and keeping it fair.

* From Jeff Spicoli (re ban on Cannabinoids): Dude, this is a total bummer.

* From Ed Price: As one follows the activity concerning the planning for
next America's Cup Defense one has to wonder if the America's Cup isn't
degenerating into a for money Media and Spectator event rather than a
serious competition between Nations.

* From Michael Panosh: Ever wonder why Americans enjoy Olympic track and
field but not professional track and field? Pretty simple, the Olympics
attract the lure of nation versus nation competition, whereas professional
track and field does not. The elimination of nationality rules will only
further the demise of the America's Cup, as it simply is not as exciting as
when it was a nation versus nation competition. Just as I could care less
who wins the next professional track and field event, I find myself glued
to the television during the Olympics.

* From Robert D. "Dan" O'Brien: As I recall there as a very large law suit
involving the Sydney Hobart Race Committee where so many lives were lost.
The suit was brought by the family of one of the persons lost. The claim
involved the balance of the persons life income that was lost. Basically
the family was suing everyone in sight. The allegation was the Race
Committee was at fault when it knew of a potentially life threatening storm
was going to cross the race course, and did not postpone the start.

I don't know what the disposition was or who was involved, but the story
was certainly in all the magazines a year or two back. It is the sort of
thing that makes you very nervous if you have more than three nickels to
rub together and are involved in race management.

* From Ed Furry: It's interesting how the Canada's Cup was Terry vs. Bob
and not Defiant vs. Heartbreaker or even Canada vs. USA. I may be wrong but
it takes one boat from Canada and one from the US to compete. And I am
pretty sure the Farr 40 takes more than just one person to sail. In fact
there were a lot of big names on both boats including John Kostecki, Andy
Horton, Dave Scott, Bill Bennett, Geoff Moore and Wally Cross. In fact
there were two yacht clubs involved too in Royal Canadian YC and Macatawa
Bay YC. If I was on one of the teams I think I would want a little more
respect thrown my way. No disrespect to either sailors but sailing is a
team sport and getting funding is half the battle. It is a regatta between
two nations and for it to grow it should be treated that way.

* From Mary DeVries, PMP, Project Manager for Team Heartbreaker. I'm sorry
W.C. Rugg was disappointed by the media coverage of the Canada's Cup 2003.
From the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club side, we had been informed by the major
newspapers and TV stations, that if it didn't have a bat and ball, they
weren't interested. I can tell you that the coverage from was
excellent and up to the minute. I received many phone calls and emails from
people thanking us for a job well done. There were over 140,000 hits to the

* From D.A Sligh: I must respond to W.C. Rugg's letter re Canada's Cup
coverage. While I cannot speak for the Defiant (Canada) website, I almost
lost my job because I was so entranced by I spent 4 days
straight waiting patiently, sometimes not so patiently, for the "Live
Update" to reload itself. It was fantastic having sailors on the water
reporting in so that we in our office's could get up to the minute
information as to what our friends and competitors were doing. Tough
coverage to beat for any regatta. I found and
coverage to be excellent.

"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on
it's shoes." -
Mark Twain