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SCUTTLEBUTT 1443 - October 24, 2003

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Farr Yacht Design has confirmed its commitment to Oracle BMW Racing for the
2007 America's Cup, and will once again play an integral role in the Oracle
BMW Racing design team. The Farr Yacht Design team will continue to build
on its strong relationship with Oracle BMW Racing, forged in their
successful affiliation in the 2003 America's Cup.

Oracle BMW Racing CEO Chris Dickson says he and the team are looking
forward to working with the Farr Yacht Design team once again, recognized
as one of the best and most experienced groups of boat designers in the
world. Dickson stated, "Larry Ellison, Oracle BMW Racing and I have had a
long term great relationship with Farr Yacht Design and we are delighted
that this will continue. Farr Yacht Design did a fantastic job for us last
time with our America's Cup yachts USA71 and USA76, and we are all keen to
continue to develop them to their fullest potential as we head towards the
next America's Cup in 2007."

* In 2003, USA71 and USA76 were acknowledged as being among the fastest
boats in the Louis Vuitton Cup. Oracle BMW Racing raced in the final of the
Louis Vuitton Cup against eventual America's Cup winners Alinghi, and
recently defeated Alinghi in the Moet Cup in San Francisco.

The continued working relationship between Oracle BMW Racing and Farr Yacht
Design will be a major asset to the Oracle BMW Racing campaign. "Success in
the America's Cup is dependant on continuous improvement," Dickson said.
"It is imperative that we build on our knowledge and foundations from 2003
to lift to another level. We have a talented group of experienced sailors
and designers to draw on and Farr Yacht Design is an example of this
talent. They add considerable strength to the Oracle BMW Racing design
team." - website, Full story:

The new 30m (98.4 Feet) long Brett Bakewell-White designed maxi, Zana, was
launched in Wellington recently for a Kiwi owner, who wishes to remain
unnamed. Brett Bakewell-White gives his perspective on this new project:

As ever with designing monohulls of this size, the main problem is
establishing which events the boat is going to do. This is made all the
more difficult by the current situation with rating rules and no consensus
on where these are headed in the near future. IMS is on the decline in most
parts of the world and IRC has limited use outside the UK, Australia, and
South East Asia. In this case the owner is not particularly interested in
corrected time results and has a belief that the general community can only
relate to who finishes first over the line, so this means that speed is the
number one objective in this exercise.

Other stated objectives from the owner were the desire to win the Rolex
Sydney Hobart race, and a chance to break some of the coastal and offshore
race records in the Pacific and then possibly on to Europe. The only one of
these events that places any rating limits on the boat is the Rolex Sydney
Hobart and an IRC 1.61 limit maxi is always going to be faster than an IMS
maxi, so the decision was made. - This is just a tiny excerpt from a long
and interesting story, photos and drawings on The Daily Sail website:

(Three-time Round the world veteran Steve Hayles - Dolphin and Youth, Silk
Cut and Team Tyco - did a very candid interview with the Bang the Corner
website. Here are two of excerpts where Hayles talks about the next edition
of the Volvo Ocean Race on the new VO70s.)

From a sailor's point of view, my own opinion is that the crew number
change will make the biggest difference. There were points in the last race
(the leg from NZ to Brazil - where we had a week almost of really bad ice)
where it would have been extremely difficult to sail with any less than
twelve. Monitoring the radar full time takes up people. The cold, wet and
windy conditions really put a strain on everyone. With 25% less crew we
would definitely have had to back off at times to keep things manageable. I
hear the argument about sail handling hardware changes but the bottom line
remains that the maximum crew number is often dictated by the most
difficult manoeuvre. We might have roller furling sails and easy reefing
systems but the chutes still need pulling down by hand and you still need
to gybe in 40 knots. Techniques will, of course, be developed to solve
these problems but I still think it will feel very different on board.

Personally, I am not sure what to think about these new pit stops. You are
right that there are a lot of legs but half the stopovers are only for a
short period (probably 24-48 hours). In my own preparation this adds a huge
amount of work as starts and finishes are a big deal but I would still tend
to think of the course as a small number of legs with pit-stops rather than
a lot of short legs. The overall balance of the course is still good and I
am absolutely delighted that it's still fundamentally a race around the
world, which largely follows the traditional route. There are huge
pressures on an organization like the Volvo team that the rest of us don't
really understand and therefore we don't always understand the reasoning
behind some of their decisions; however I applaud them 100% for keeping the
race true to its history. - Steve Hayles, Bang the Corner website, full

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US Sailing has named Zodiac of North America (ZNA) as an official sponsor.
The partnership gives Zodiac of North America official sponsor rights as
the "Official Rigid Inflatable Supplier of US Sailing," a Presenting
Sponsor of the organization's Safety At Sea program and the "Official Rigid
Inflatable Supplier of the US Sailing Team." Under the terms of the
agreement, US Sailing will work with the Recreational Division of ZNA to:

- Develop a special US Sailing Support Boat designed specifically for use
by US Sailing's member yacht clubs and sailing associations. Three or four
configurations of a rigid inflatable boat (RIB) will be developed and
offered at a special price to US Sailing members.

- Develop a life raft program for US Sailing's membership. This program
will include various communications to members about the importance of, and
appropriate uses for various types of life rafts. ZNA will provide members
with a special coupon offering a $50 discount off the purchase of a new
Zodiac or Avon brand life raft, as well as an incentive to encourage proper
service and inspection of life rafts.

- Provide support boats for the US Sailing Teams for use in training and
competition, including the 2004 Olympic Games. These boats will be similar
to those developed for use by US Sailing member yacht clubs and sailing

- Implement ZNA sponsorship of US Sailing's annual National Sailing
Programs Symposium, ZNA sponsorship of the "Safety At Sea" seminar program,
and ZNA sponsorship of the "Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal" program. -

Ben Ainslie is taking a rare breather from his bid for a third Olympic
medal, having won the Finn class world championships in Cadiz two weeks
ago. "All I can say from my side is that I haven't made any decisions about
what I'll be doing after the Games yet," said Ainslie. He harbours a desire
to lead a British America's Cup bid, but has already spent a year with the
Seattle-based OneWorld team in the last Cup to boost his experience.

"Obviously, if GBR Challenge ever gets it together and someone puts some
serious money behind it, that would be great, but perhaps joining another
team is an option," admitted Ainslie. "Definitely the America's Cup remains
a major objective. Whether I get involved in the next one remains unknown
at this stage. Another Olympic campaign or the Volvo Ocean Race remain
options. I'm seeing how things pan out, but the focus remains very much on
next year." - Tim Jeffery, The Daily Telegraph, full story:

* The second day of racing for US Sailing's men's and women's championship
at the Lake Norman YC saw 6 to 12 mph shifty winds. Six races have been
completed for the women's Adams Cup competition, with the team of Joni
Palmer, Meredith Dodd and Carrie Carpenter from Maryland holding a one
point lead over Molly O'Brien from Hawaii. The men were able to complete
seven races, with Zak Fanberg, Eugene Shmitt and Kippy Chamberlain from
Louisiana opening an eight point lead over Keith Taboada for the Mallory
Cup trophy. -

* All prospective entrants to the 5-Oceans 2006/07 - the new Around Alone
Race - will be able to benefit from a specialist workshop to assist them
finding sponsors. The first Sponsorship Workshop will be held on Monday
27th October, in Le Harve, during the run up to the Transat Jacque Vabres.
The Sponsorship Workshop aims to help increase the opportunities for
potential 5 Oceans sailors to find sponsors. The workshop will be
interactive in nature and everyone will be encouraged to participate. -

* Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in
waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the
frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses
and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid
deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

QUOTE / UNQUOTE - Bruno Peyron
"Obviously it's a bit difficult to say what's going to happen in the future
of The Race and The Race Tour. I think what will happen will be a legal
decision. The partners we had secured for the long-term process have also
been a bit shocked about what happened. We are sitting around the table
together to see what we can do, from where we are coming after 15 years of
work. It's a bit delicate and too early to decide what will happen, except
that we are not leaving things like that. Just the fact that things like
that can happen puts a lot of different questions on the table. One of them
is, is it still the spirit of what we have been trying to create? In that
case I would probably change my job. I'm not interested to promote this
kind of spirit any more." - From a long and informative interview of The
Race organizer, Bruno Peyron, by Elaine Bunting on the Yachting World
website. We recommend that you read the whole story:

The Wednesday evening press conference at the Bermuda Gold Cup yielded some
very interesting information about the 2007 America's Cup which we
carried in'Butt 1442. There is undoubtedly more where that came from.

If you have a question you'd like to ask Dean Barker, Russell Coutts, Chris
Dickson, Peter Gilmour, Jes Gram-Hansen, Jesper Radich, Paula Lewin or Bill
Hardesty - Shawn McBride at the Gold Cup has provided an avenue for
Scuttlebutt readers to get the answers. Just send your queries to Shawn.
He'll pick the most interesting ones and feed them to Peter Montgomery
who's moderating the press conferences. Shawn promised to send me the
answers for publication in Monday's 'Butt. His email address is:

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Most New York Yacht Club members are resigned to the idea that they
probably won't get another shot at the (America's) Cup after their three
(recent) disappointments. The new Cup is so costly, with budgets pushing
$80 million, that (former Commodore Charles) Dana and others in the club
leadership are certain the membership would not financially support another
challenge. "We couldn't raise that kind of money from sponsorship," he
said. "We've had some meetings about [the next Cup], but we won't be in it
the next time around. Maybe we'll be looking at the Cup after this one." -
Tony Chamberlain, Boston Globe

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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 Tim Dick: Personal commitment is the one area which the Shark
attacks have seem to have missed. Shark is a 14 year old boy and while the
fun of playing with rock stars and Dad can last for a few weeks, it doesn't
win a World Championship.

I was on dock duty at Kaneohe Bay YC at last year's Pacific Cup when
Pegasus arrived with Shark & Dad at the wheel. He's done three.

Weekly, I would watch Shark and Dad match race every Friday afternoon (and
many other evenings) out of Waikiki YC, first in Melges 24s and then in
470s or 505 instead of participating in the Friday Night series. And whose
was the only Melges 24 out sawing fast windward-leeward sausages during the
Moet Cup while everyone else was out enjoying the big party? You got it:
Shark Kahn.

* From Lance Berc: I sailed the Melges 24 Worlds on a meticulously prepared
boat with brand new sails and an experienced crew that was within 10 lbs of
the class weight limit. Some of us had been practicing for two years for
this regatta. Yet Shark just sailed away from us, some America's Cup
skippers, a few world champions, some Olympians, and a couple guys named
Melges. You can't buy that for any amount of money.

Afterwards he and his team pulled their boats and Philippe hopped a ride up
to the club, but Shark continued washing the boats, folding the sails, and
getting the covers on for the trip back to Santa Cruz. Not until everything
was tied off and hooked up did Shark and his crew get on the other boat for
the awards ceremony. That's what you should do when your 14, even when the
crew is hired and you're the new king.

I've sailed against the Kahns in a number of local regattas and it's been a
pleasure to have them in our fleet. I only hope that they maintain interest
in this class and continue to keep our level of racing high. There's
nothing my 74-year-old father likes more than when I beat him on the race
course - except when he beats me. Shark and Philippe have many years of
that pleasure ahead of them.

Curmudgeon's Comment: Yes, I know that I closed the "Shark bought the
Melges crown" thread a few days ago, but I feel the two letters above have
a very differently theme.

* From John Glynn: In response to Pam Leigh's letter of today regarding the
Gold Cup: Better still Pam, why not call your travel agent and book a trip
to the Dry Creek Vineyard Pro Am at the Bitter End Yacht Club (Virgin
Gorda, BVI), where you can not only watch Russell Coutts, Ed Baird, and
Peter Holmberg race, you can actually crew for them (where else can you do
that). But if you prefer spectating, try the Mount Gay Rum punches and
Pusser's Painkillers while following the racing around on a large spectator
barge, or while lounging on the beach, or sitting by the pool!

Curmudgeon's Comment: Normally a blatant ad like this would quickly wind up
in the trash, but John's a friend and what are friends for? And besides -
it's a wonderful way to take a vacation. (I understand that 'Buttheads can
still get a discount on BEYC accommodations.)

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