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SCUTTLEBUTT 1441 - October 22, 2003

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Tracy Edwards has hit back at criticism from French yachting impresario
Bruno Peyron, who claimed her £38 million deal with Qatar for two new
round-the-world races was tantamount to hijacking his own plans for The
Race and The Race Tour. "I am aware of the vitriolic accusations that one
individual has made against me," Edwards said yesterday. "But you cannot
lay international claim to the concept of a race round the world or claim
ownership of a whole class."

Edwards says she will meet the owners of the giant multihulls - Americans
Steve Fossett and Cam Lewis, Frenchman Olivier de Kersauson and Briton
Ellen MacArthur - later this month to discuss her non-stop 2005 Oryx Cup
and the multi-stage 2006 Qatar Sports Global Challenge. The same group,
plus Edwards herself, were Peyron's targeted entrants for The Race which
was due to start in February 2004 before he cancelled it two weeks ago due
to lack of interest. - Tim Jeffery, The Daily Telegraph, full story:

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced Monday that Kenny
Pierce of Miami, Fla., an athlete in the sport of sailing, accepted a
two-year suspension for refusing to take part in a USADA out-of-competition
test on Aug. 9, 2003 in Miami. Pierce, 35, accepted a two-year suspension
from all sanctioned competition under the rules of International Sailing
Federation (ISAF), the sport's international federation beginning on Oct.
8, 2003, the date of his acceptance of the sanction.

US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport in the United States,
will carry out the sanction. Prior to the attempted test, Pierce intended
to retire from the sport of sailing but had not provided proper written
notice of his retirement. Subsequent to the attempted test, Pierce did
properly retire from the sport of sailing. This is the 21st announcement
issued by USADA in 2003. USADA became the independent anti-doping agency
for U.S. Olympic, Pan Am and Paralympic athletes in October 2000.

USADA is the independent anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the
United States, and is responsible for managing the testing and adjudication
process for U.S. Olympic, Pan Am and Paralympic athletes. USADA is equally
dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives
and educational programs. - US Sailing website,

The replica of the J Class Ranger - 1937 America's Cup defender - has been
undergoing sea trials and was due to be officially launched in mid October.
Built by Danish Yachts, at Skagen in Denmark, to the lines originally drawn
by Starling Burgess, Ranger will form part of the new breed of big-class
classic yachts which make such a spectacle when racing together. She was
due to complete sea trials in the Solent before her new owner, American
John Williams, takes her over and heads to the US East Coast. Meanwhile
Peter Mandin the skipper of Cambria (CB160) also tells CB that the 23-Metre
could be re-registered as a J-Class, with hardly any alterations, but
depending on the Association's approval. As we went to press a meeting was
due to take place in St Tropez, France and Cambria was hoped to join
Velsheda, Endeavour and Shamrock (in the Pacific until 2005), and Ranger,
as part of the expanding J Class. - Classic Boat magazine,

We've posted a bunch of photos on the Scuttlebutt website:

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around the corner. So are Thanksgiving and the holidays (Christmas is 65
days from today).

San Francisco, CA - Report from the new North American Champion, Paul
Cayard: Today, we were greeted with more typical San Francisco Bay
conditions. Windy, cold, foggy and big current. Both races today were
decided by a big move on the first run. In the first race of the day, Howie
Shiebler and his crew Will Stout hung it out into the middle of the bay and
got that last of the flood to win the race. We finished fourth in that one
and with Freddy Loof finishing third we went into the last race tied with
Shiebler and 2 points ahead of Loof/Eckstrom.

We had a good start in the last race just to leeward of Shiebler/ Stout. We
could not pinch them off so we drag raced out to the left side. We had to
tack first and duck Shiebler and this put him in control of the race and
the regatta. However, he got caught up in some traffic and we sprung free
of him to round the first mark right on his heels. He gybed out to the
middle, a move which won him the first race, and we continued straight
along the city front. It was a regatta-winning move for us this time as
Shiebler and all those who gybed immediately lost several hundred yards
when we converged down at the leeward mark off Alcatraz. Once we rounded
the leeward mark it is a matter of not making any big mistakes for the rest
of the race.

We finished second and won the regatta with 12 points. Both Loof and
Shiebler sailed their worst races of the regatta and that meant that Loof/
Eckstrom beat Sheibler/ Stout by one point, 20 to 21. Mark Reynolds and
Magnus Lijedahl moved up to 4th overall with a 6, 4 for the day and Eric
Doyle and Rodrigo Meireles finished fifth.

Event website:

The ports of call for the Global Challenge Race were announced by
organizers of the, Challenge Business. "There have been two major changes
for the Global Challenge 2004/ 05," said Simon Walker, managing director
for Challenge Business comments. "Primarily we are taking the yachts to
Buenos Aires for the first port of call, a decision we've made mainly as a
result of safety issues. Having monitored the typical weather conditions
over the past few years the pattern has shown an increasing risk of
hurricanes, in the North Atlantic, in the autumn months when the race
starts. The other change has been the decision to visit Boston as one of
the final ports of call. This will make the route back to Europe much more
predictable and aids the planning and success of the final stopovers for
all concerned."

Following is the schedule for the fleet of 12 identical 72' race yachts,
each carrying 17 paying crew members and one professional skipper:

Leg 1: 3rd October 2004 - Portsmouth to Buenos Aires (6200nm - 31 to 35
Leg 2: 28th November 2004 - Buenos Aires to Wellington (6100nm -36 to
41 days)
Leg 3: 6th February 2005 - Wellington to Sydney (1250nm - approx. 7 days)
Leg 4: 27th February 2005 - Sydney to Cape Town (6200nm - 35 to 41)
Leg 5: 1st May 2005 - Cape Town to Boston (6775nm 34 to 38 days)
Leg 6: 19th June 2005 - Boston to northern European city (3000 nm -13
to 17 days)
Leg 7: 12th July 2005 - northern European city (300nm - approx. 4 days)

The race organizers will announce the skippers on November 12.

In front of a large spectator crowd on Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda's own
Paula Lewin/ Team ACE claimed victory over Sweden's Jenny Axhede/Team
Panorama in a thrilling five-match series in the Bermuda International
Women's Match Racing Championship that no one will soon forget. For the win
Lewin was awarded $5,000 and the 4th Squadron Cruiser Bowl. In addition,
she advances to the first round of the Investors Guaranty Presentation of
the King Edward VII Gold Cup, the second event of the Swedish Match Tour
2003/04, where 16 teams will compete for a record $100,000 in prize money.
In the petit-final, Elizabeth Kratzig/Team Kaenon (USA) won over Sally
Barkow/Team Seven (USA) 2-1. Racing took place in International One Design
class sailboats in this ISAF Grade 1 event hosted by the Royal Bermuda
Yacht Club.

In tomorrow's round one of the Investors Guaranty™ Presentation of the King
Edward VII Gold Cup, eight match-ups will be sailed and the skipper that is
the first to three points advances to the quarter-final round. Those who do
not advance are 'knocked out' of the regatta. The pairings are:

1. Paolo Cian vs. #1 seed Jesper Radich (defending champion)
2. Paula Lewin/ vs. #8 seed Dennis Conner
3. Cameron Dunn vs. #5 seed Russell Coutts
4. Staffan Lindberg vs. #4 seed Peter Gilmour
5. Bill Hardesty vs. #3 seed Peter Holmberg
6. Ed Baird vs. #6 seed Dean Barker/
7. Jenny Axhede vs. #7 seed Chris Dickson/
8. Peter Bromby vs. #2 seed Jes Gram-Hansen

From Media Pro Int'l, event website:

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It was like a trip down memory lane for the 300-plus America's Cup devotees
who attended the Rolex America's Cup Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for
Alan Bond and Gary Jobson last Saturday. There was the reflection into the
past, which - at least for one evening - made the fast track of the modern
day America's Cup competition seem like a smooth country lane on which
close-knit neighbors lived. To read the complete story and see the photos
of the event:

The junior/master pairings for the 2003 Dry Creek Vineyard Pro Am Regatta
at the Bitter End Yacht Club have been set. This year, rather than random
pairings, BEYC instead chose to re-pair the winners (junior/master) from
each of the past three years:
2000 - Peter Holmberg/Rod Johnstone
2001 - Ed Baird/Tom Leweck
2002 - Andy Burdick/Butch Ulmer

The other two pairings were random:
Russell Coutts/Keith Musto
Dawn Riley/Lowell North

As in years past, masters will race in the mornings (aboard Freedom 30s)
and the juniors will race in the afternoons (aboard Hunter 216s). There
will be individual divisional winners, and the overall team winners. With
Peter Holmberg having now joined Alinghi, it will be interesting to watch
the former Oracle helmsman line up against his new leader, Russell Coutts.
Pro Am racing takes place on November 4, 6 and 7.

Interest in the Musto Scuttlebutt Sailing Club Championships (run
concurrently with the Pro Am) continues to run high - both outgoing US
Sailing President Dave Rosekrans, and the incoming US Sailing President
Janet Baxter have already signed up. Individual classes (Laser, Hobie Wave,
and Hunter 216) are beginning to fill up in advance of the November 2
preliminaries. The finals for this year's SSC championship will be held in
Hunter 216s.

Event website:

Curmudgeon's Comment: Last weekend, Mike Priest and Kellie Fennessy (who
met at the 2001 Pro-Am Regatta) were married in the California Wine Country
surrounded by lots of friends. They will spend a portion of their honeymoon
at BEYC, sailing in both the Pro-Am and the SSC championship regatta …
surrounded by lots of friends.

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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 Morgan Larson: Adrian Morgan may be bitter with current events in
sailing but he/she owes Samuel Kahn a huge apology. I crossed tacks (many
astern of young Kahn) all week on San Francisco bay and by no means did his
father "buy" him a world championship. Anyone who has spent time
campaigning a Melges 24 at this level would agree. Samuel and his team won
their world title the hard way by: practicing more hours than anyone, doing
more tune-up regatta's, starting better, hiking harder and sailing more
consistent. I'm sure if you asked Harry Melges, Vince Brun, Morgan Reeser,
Dave Ullman, Jeff Madragali, James Spithill, Adam Beashel or any other of
the crews in the 68 boat fleet that Shark schooled - they would agree.

* From Michael Moore: (In Response to Adrian Morgan: "Rich American kid's
Dad buys him a world title."): Come on Adrian, give some credit where it is
due. Credit is clearly due to Philippe Kahn for providing the opportunity
and the resources to do it well. And give credit to a very talented crew.
If I could pick anyone to talk me around a course, Dickie Clarke would be
on a very short list; and if anyone understands Melges 24 boat handling
better than Brian Hutchinson, let him stand up now. And of course, we all
know the boat won't get around at all with out the crew. But by stating
that the title was purchased, you demean not only the efforts of Shark, but
also those of his crew; and perhaps even worse, you take a shot at the
efforts of Harry Melges and his crew, and indeed, the rest of the fleet.

Yes, money can buy the boat and the sails, and some might argue even the
crew. What it can't buy is the ability to start a boat on a crowded line,
or the ability to keep a boat going fast, or the ability to handle a boat
at a close mark rounding, or any number of other intangibles. Scanning the
list of entrants, I see a host of world class sailors, and I suggest that
Samuel "Shark" Kahn has added himself to that list. Give him the credit he
is due. He did it with talent, hard work and a love of the sport. Without
those, the money means nothing.

* From Jesse Falsone: Anyone who thinks that a major one-design
championship like the Melges 24 Worlds can simply be purchased hasn't
competed at this level in sailing. There is no doubt that the opportunity
and resources afforded Shark Kahn are unique, and that they enabled him.
However, I do not think that money and time account for the more important
elements of desire and determination. After maximizing all available
resources, Shark obviously found something in himself that elevated his
game under extreme pressure. As a 505 sailor, I would welcome him to the
arena of "adult" high-performance dinghy sailing. Keep it up kid.

* From Andrew Besheer: Shark Kahn - congratulations, you are amazing.
Anyone who thinks that you can "buy" a championship at that level is just
plain clueless. I don't care how much you invest in the preparation of the
boat, sails, etc. you still have to go out and do it on the water and that
comes down to the proverbial "nut" on the end of the tiller. Keep on
following your dreams and don't let anyone steer you away.

* From Mike Martin: Congratulations to Shark Kahn. To win any World
Championship is a Huge accomplishment. To do it at 14 is even more
impressive. As for what is next. I was delighted to see that you plan on
sailing the 505 worlds next August. Let me be the first to welcome you to
the fleet, we all look forward to sailing against someone of your caliber.

* From Stirling Ross: After years of watching rich people's money getting
thrown at the problem of not winning sail boat races it is nice to see the
money finally getting thrown in the proper direction - a 14 year old kid.
Congratulations to the shark and his father.

* From Antoine Huggler: In response to several letters re Samuel Kahn: The
youngster is a very talented sailor, no doubt. Congratulations! But let us
agree, without the kind of financial support his Father is able to provide,
he couldn't have done it.

Curmudgeon's Comment: Rather than print another pile of letters pointing
out the flaws in Mr. Huggler's comments, I'm going to kill this thread
right now. Hold your head high, Shark - real high - you're a World
Champion! There are veeeeery few sailors who can make that claim.

* From Cliff Crowley: Your item about Mirabella stated, "Other vital stats
include the fact that she has a wider beam then a Type-42 Destroyer
measuring in at 14.80m (48.5 ft) wide. She cannot fit in the Panama Canal."
Well - the official Panama canal beam restriction is 105.5', or 32.2m.
That's why those funny looking WWII aircraft carriers were so skinny at the
bottom and fat up at the flight deck. Mirabella should have no problem
transiting due to beam or air draft, or water draft. (Pan Canal depth is
about 39'6 feet tropical fresh water). I am not 100 percent certain, but I
believe the USS New Jersey with a beam of 108'1" has gone through as the
widest ship ever to do so.

Curmudgeon's Comment: We have been told that it's the 295 foot rig of
Mirabella V - not the beam or draft - that prevents her from going through
the Panama Canal. BTW - The Daily Sail website has pictures and drawings of
Mirabella V. It's worth the cost of a subscription to that website just to
examine this amazing project.

* From Win Fowler: Have to pass along this comment on Bruno Peyron's
reaction to Tracy Edwards' coupe: "Sour grapes make bad French whine."

Life isn't like a box of chocolates- it's more like a jar of jalapenos.
What you do today, might burn your butt tomorrow.