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SCUTTLEBUTT 1452 - November 6, 2003

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Virgin Gorda, BVI - J.J. and Peter Isler won the Scuttlebutt Offshore
Championships at the Bitter End YC's annual Defiance Day Race. Sailing the
Express 37 Cosmic Warlord in fresh breeze and bright sun, the Islers won
both legs of two-stage event from the BVI's North Sound down to The Baths
and return. Nigel Musto won the Freedom 30 division, while Dawn Riley and
Rod Johnstone teamed up for win the Benneteau 403 division.

The BEYC's Pro-Am Regatta began the following day in pleasant trade winds
with each of the Junior and Masters skippers that are teamed together got
off two races in their separate divisions. The event uses a Triple Racing
format, which is a three-boat match race with only the winner scoring a
point - the second and third place boats get zip. Team standings:
- Ed Baird/Tom Leweck, 3
- Russell Coutts/Keith Musto, 1
- Peter Holmberg/Rod Johnstone, 1
- Dawn Riley/Lowell North, 1
- Andy Burdick/Butch Ulmer, 0

The finals of the Musto Scuttlebutt Sailing Club Championship Regatta take
place on Thursday in the BEYC's new fleet of Hunter 216s, while the Pro-Am
regatta concludes on Friday. -

Currently there is a lot of wrong news regarding the Toscana Challenge. I
am in charge of recruiting sailors and what was written in Scuttlebutt 1451
is partially wrong and could create some diplomatic problems. Karol
Jablonsky is one of the people contacted to be part of the afterguard.
Jablonsky, number one in the match race ranking, could potentially be one
of the helmsmen. For sure at the moment we don't have a skipper because we
are working really hard to optimize our project. The chief Gualtiero
Pantani (the president) and Stefano Ghelli (commercial administrator) have
been working many months and Saturday, November 8th, we will have our first
meeting with all the team (Terry Hutchinson and Mike Toppa are coming from
the States and Jablonsky is coming from Poland). After that we will have
the first official press conference on November 22nd. I hope you understand
that for us it is embarrassing to read that we already have a skipper. Of
course all will be clear after the press conference and I will send to you
a complete report. - Roberto Ferrarese, Toscana Challenge

Curmudgeon's Comment: The report in question (in Scuttlebutt 1451) came
from Yacht magazine. Says Yacht editor Jochen Rieker, "We did an interview
with Karol Tuesday in which he - for the first time - officially confirmed
his plans.":,id,2338,nodeid,33.html

If you didn't make it to the British Virgin Islands to hang out with your
fellow Scuttlebutt Sailing Club members during the Club Championships,
don't worry as all you have to do is wear your SSC schwag around the marina
and all sorts of fellow SSC members will hail at you to commiserate over a
cold beverage. Check out the SSC merchandise and membership cards at

Le Havre, France- On Wednesday at 10 o'clock French time exactly, the canon
was fired at last for the 14 Open 60 Multihulls which have been tied to the
pontoons in the Paul Vatine basin for an extra 3 days. The sea was
beautifully flat, the sun already up and the wind breezing from the South
East at 20-22 knots with gusts of 25 knots. All the trimarans had one reef
in the mainsail, which they should soon take out when they round Cherbourg
and then head out of the English Channel. It was a magnificent sight as all
14 multihulls opened their wings and took off at a rate of 18 knots towards
the turning mark. With the wind behind them, these Formula 1 carbon racing
machines flew across the line, it was Foncia first, skippered by
Anglo-French duo Alain Gautier and Ellen MacArthur, followed by Groupama
(Cammas/Proffit) and then Bayer (Le Peutrec/Cressant). - Event website for
full story and current standings:

PHOTOS - If you were wondering about these multihull machines, the
Scuttlebutt website has a photo gallery courtesy of photographer Carlo

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(Seahorse magazine interviewed Jim Pugh of Reichel Pugh Yacht Design about
the current America's Cup Rule. Here are a couple of excerpts.)

Seahorse: In terms of monohull design is the Cup class in danger of being
left behind?

Jim Pugh: Yes, for sure. There's been a lot of development in offshore
boats and the America's Cup-class boats are pretty much dinosaurs. The
class dates back to the 1992 Cup - with technology moving so fast you can't
expect it to last as long as the 12-metres managed.

SH: What's achievable within the existing rule?

JP: Well, you could reduce displacement, which would need the formulae to
be reconfigured so that you'd have the same sail area. At the moment sail
area is adequate. If you reduce displacement by cutting down on bulb sizes
you'd have to come up with another way of achieving similar righting
moment, such as canting ballast.

SH: How much lighter displacement?

JP: It could be as much as 10 tons. All the bulbs weigh over 20 tons, which
is why the current boats are upwind machines. They are good in the middle
and upper range because they have enormous stability, but they suffer
downwind because of that weight and because of wave drag. They are pretty
hopeless downwind, frankly.

SH: But wouldn't such change favour the rich teams because it would
perpetuate the design process as a resource contest?

JP: No. By and large it would open the game up. Original thinking would
have a higher value than presently, where the game is more about expensive

Reprinted with permission from Seahorse magazine. The story is not
available on-line, so run off to West Marine and buy the November issue.

* Officials from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia advise that entries
for the 2003 Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race close tomorrow (Friday,
November 7). To compliment the race which starts on Boxing Day, December
26, the CYCA, with sponsorship from Rolex, will hold a lead-up regatta to
be called the Rolex Trophy Series, to be sailed off Sydney Heads and on
Harbour over three days in mid December in divisions for IMS, IRC and One
Design yachts. For enquires and further information, call the CYCA on (02)
9363 9731. - Boating Online,

* An America's Cup searchable database on the Herreshoff Marine
Museum/America's Cup Hall of Fame website gives access to 5600 participants
in the America's Cup from 1851 to the present, including names of crew,
boat name, syndicate, year, countries etc. The direct link to the query
page is:

* This coming Sunday the New England Sports Network weekly show, "Let's Go
Boating," will feature an interview with Ben and Nan Hall of Hall Spars &
Rigging and a tour of their high-performance carbon spars and rigging
factory. The show will air Sunday, November 9th, at 10:00pm. Check your
cable or satellite schedule for NESN to confirm.

* Newport Beach CA- 2003 Jean Schenck Memorial Team Race last weekend at
Newport Harbor YC saw wisdom prevail over youth in this well attended team
race event held in CFJs. Ten teams competed in 85 races for the title in
5-10 knots in Newport Harbor. Resutls:
1. NHYC: Jon Pinckney, Jaime Malm, Adam Deermount
2. SDYC: Bill Hardesty, Tyler Pruett, Will Stout
3. TISC: Nick Adamson, Scott Sellers, Adam Lowry
Report by Ned Jones, complete results:

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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 Richard Hazelton, Editor, 48 ° North Sailing Magazine: I couldn't
agree more with the fellow that said "there's a lot to be said for just
showing up." Every year we do a Top 20 Keel boats on Puget Sound, based on
the results of five series of races. Now, with the likes of Bill and Carl
Buchan, the McKees, and other world class sailors in our Seattle area,
you'd think they'd dominate this list, which they usually do if they race
enough races to qualify. They race a few but are usually involved in other
national or world projects, so, they don't make the list. Our list, like
those world rankings, reflects and rewards those actively participating in
this particular group of races. Without all these "no name" guys showing up
every weekend there wouldn't be any races.

* From Chip Taternick: In the 90's mountain bike racing exploded on the
scene due to the labor of unknown 23 to 40 year old Sport and Expert racers
who trained while working full time jobs and raising families. Pro ranks
swelled, salaries and perks grew as big dollar advertising and TV coverage
arrived. An endless list of A-level sponsors wanted to be associated with
the sport that was growing in both participation and TV viewer-ship. These
were the boom years.

In time pros lobbied that the venues were too crowded and the courses were
becoming less groomed for them. US Cycling told the weekend racers that
they could no longer be scored nationally or compete on the same day with
the pros and almost instantly things went dark. Rider participation crashed
and fans left the sport.

The governing body and press never realized the fans were the same people
that were racing every weekend. Bye Bye TV contract and big name sponsors.
Bye Bye racing every weekend at a top-notch venue. Bye Bye big buck race
team and contract. Hello no sponsorship and living in the back of a van
wrenching your own equipment.

Mountain biking and sailing are participation sports and governing bodies
and the media such as Rich Roberts should never forget that. Traveling,
competing and being scored at regattas such as national, regional and
district championships grows the sport and in turn will benefit sailing.

* From Dave Wilhite: (Subject: Rich Robert's comment) Rich Roberts does
make a good point. Every American would think it absurd for the Florida
Marlins to miss the regular season yet compete for and win the world
series, taking with them rings, trophies and the coveted place in history
as the number one team in baseball. However Mr Roberts neglects one of the
fun aspects of sailboat racing. With a little perseverance, skill and money
just about anyone can show up on the starting line of the Etchells worlds.
Although the fleet is filled with good sailors Roberts has never heard of,
there they were, the very fabric of our sport sailing among the greats,
without who's participation the quality of the event might have been
minimized. Isn't the whole point of this sport to go sailing whenever you
can, wherever you can, be your best and simply smile. Besides, I doubt Ken
Read suffers from extreme insomnia trying to figure out how to be rated
number one Etchells sailor of the world. In his own way he already is.

* From Ken Read, 2003 Etchells World Champion: (Regarding the Etchells
ranking system) Thanks for creating such a lively debate on something that
quite honestly I know nothing about. Etchells sailing for me is fun because
it is a great class and we have a terrific local fleet here in Newport, RI.
Karl Anderson and I bought a boat while I was in New Zealand last year,
rigged it ourselves in the Spring and sailed it in the events we wanted to
sail in. This included the local Tuesday night beer can racing here in
Newport with my six year old daughter Tory. And, we made a goal early on
that we wanted to qualify for and win the Etchells Worlds.

Mission accomplished on all counts. Especially with regard to having fun on
the water again, something I was told repeatedly that I needed to do.

My personal opinion is that anyone who is sailing Etchells for their
"ranking" is doing it for all the wrong reasons - but that is their
prerogative. To me it is the little things that matter. Like Tory having
fun and her Dad being competitive enough to accomplish his goals and bring
home a few trophies. One design sailing is all about sailing with friends,
christening a new boat, tweaking the layout, playing with different rig
tunes, sharpening skills and winning some races. As far as I am concerned I
can be ranked 1,829,044 in the world - or whatever it is. It isn't
important as long as I am accomplishing the goals I create for myself.

Curmudgeon's Comment: Thanks Ken! On that note, I officially close the
Etchells ranking system thread.

* From Scott Fox: Regarding the 470 Olympic Trials, how can the US expect
to be competitive at the Olympic Games when there are a total of 12 boats
at the trials further broken down to seven men and six women teams?
Assuming the Olympics have highly competitive 40 to 45 +/-boat fleets, how
can a victory in a six or seven boat fleet truly choose our best
representatives (not to take anything away from the extremely hard working
group of 12 teams)? I am sure small fleets will also exist in the Europe
and Tornado classes as well. The US Olympic Committee (US Sailing) should
either, A) put in the resources ($$$) to build competitive US Olympic
fleets by purchasing 15-20 470s (Tornados and Europes as well) and make
them available to competitors at US Sailing events nationwide, or B)
abandon the whole "winner take all" trials format and use a ranking system
based on five or six world wide regattas during the year of the games.

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