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SCUTTLEBUTT 1457 - November 13, 2003

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Russell Coutts (SUI) and Siren Sundby (NOR) are the winners of the ISAF
Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2003, in recognition of outstanding
sailing achievement during the period September 2002 through to September 2003.

Coutts was honoured in respect of his victory as skipper of Alinghi in the
2003 America's Cup. With the victory, Russell became the all time winning
skipper in the America's Cup Match. He won 14 races without a loss, adding
the five wins of 2003 to the nine he earned with Team New Zealand in the
1995 and 2000 campaigns, surpassing Dennis Conner for total victories and
Charlie Barr for most without a loss. His third consecutive America's Cup
victory ties him with Harold Vanderbilt and Charlie Barr.

Sundby of Norway was awarded the female trophy for the ISAF Rolex World
Sailor of the Year Awards 2003 in recognition of her successes in the
Europe Class. At just 20 years of age, Siren has reached the top of her
discipline, surpassing the rest of the fleet to claim many Championship
titles over the past twelve months. The pinnacle being the 2003 ISAF World
Championship in Cadiz, which she won with a race to spare having sat in a
medal position from the outset.

The other nominees for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year awards were:

MALE: Darren Bundock and John Forbes (AUS); Neville Crichton (NZL); Augie
Diaz (USA); Chris Draper and Simon Hiscocks (GBR); Gal Fridman (ISR);
Torben Grael (BRA); Gustavo Lima (POR); Przemyslaw Miarczynski (POL);
Xavier Rohart and Pascal Rambeau (FRA); Gabrio Zandona and Andrea Trani (ITA).

FEMALE: Betsy Alison, Suzy Leech and Lee Icyda (USA); Adrienne Cahalan
(AUS); Lee Korsiz (ISR); Malin Millbourn, Linda Yström, Åsa Aronsson and
Kim Kulstad (SWE); Hannah Swett, Joan Touchette and Melissa Purdy (USA);

Vigo Spain, in the northwest region of Galicia, has been chosen to host the
start of the Volvo Ocean Race on November 12, 2005. But it continues
tradition by also confirming that it will take part in the event by
entering a team in the race, headed by Pedro Campos. The major sponsor of
the syndicate is Telefónica, the leading Spanish telecoms company, with
additional funding coming from other companies and the Galician Government.

Telefónica is not new to the sailing world and, by providing funding, the
company moves up to a new level in sailing sponsorship. In addition to its
other sponsorships including Formula 1, Telefónica has been supporting
former America's Cup skipper Pedro Campos with his IMS race boat campaigns
for several seasons.

This is the first time that the round the world race, first staged in 1973,
has started outside Britain, although a stopover in the UK is planned in
the spring of 2006. The fleet will be challenged immediately by racing
straight out into the Atlantic Ocean, which will provide an exciting first
leg towards the first scoring gate at Ilha de Noronha on the Brazilian
coast before finishing in Cape Town, South Africa in early December. -
Lizzie Green,

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The mileage between the top three monohull 60s - Virbac, Sill and Ecover -
fluctuates a little, but there are no major gains among these leaders.
There is a 120m West-East difference between the top monohull and
multihull, as they both begin to anticipate the fickle conditions of the
ITCZ up ahead.

Roland Jourdain on Sill said, "It looks like the multi's will cross through
the Doldrums more easily than us. And looking at certain weather models
there could be some 'snack-stops' for some of the monohulls. The forecast
gets slightly less favorable the nearer we get … only when we're in it will
we see what the effects will really be. We should experience the effects of
a tropical system just before the Doldrums this afternoon coming from the
East which will generate 25/30 knots, even 40 at points, and of course lots
of rain. We're going to need to be on our toes as it will be a bit of a
roller coaster ride and a critical area to get through safely!"

Standings - 0300 GMT on November 13:
Open 60 Monohulls: 1. Virbac, Jean-Pierre Dick & Nicolas Abiven, 1445 miles
to finish; 2. Sill, Roland Jourdain & Alex Thomson, 165 miles from leader;
3. Ecover, Mike Golding & Brian Thompson, 196 mfl.

Open 60 Multihulls: 1. Groupama, Franck Cammas & Franck Proffit, 1318 miles
from finish; 2. Belgacom, Jean-Luc Nélias & Loick Peyron, 139 mfl; 3.
Geant, Michel Desjoyeaux & Hervé Jan, 140 mfl. -

* Challenge Business has announced the names of the 12 skippers chosen to
skipper the boats in the Global Challenge round-the-world yacht race
2004/5. The 11 men and one woman were selected from nearly 400 who
originally applied - a process, which has taken over a year to complete:
James Allen, UK, 28; Denise Caffari, UK, 30: Clive Cosby, UK, 28; Andrew
Forbes, Australian, 36; Duggie Gillespie, UK, 36; Stuart Jackson, UK, 27;
Paul Kelly, UK, 27; Eero Lehtinen, Finnish, 39; Laurence Marriott, UK, 29;
David Melville, UK, 40; Matthew Riddell, Australian, 29; Amedeo Sorrentino,
Italian, 49. -

* New Zealand's Wayne Boberg has been awarded the first annual Colorcraft
Umpire Recognition Award which recognizes the top umpire on the Swedish
Match Tour, based upon the criteria of fairness, respect, and congeniality.
Over the past year, skippers, crew and event organizers had been asked to
nominate one umpire for this honor, with the winner ultimately determined
by representatives from Colorcraft and the Swedish Match Tour. -

* Last Saturday, while running the annual Snow and Satisfaction regatta at
Yale Corinthian YC, YCYC Commodore Dana Worth and Regatta Chairman Erik
Hayward noticed something looking not quite right a little way off the
course. Going over for closer inspection, they found two sailors hanging
onto their capsized Albacore. Wind speeds were gusting into the twenties;
temps were in the low 40s. The capsized sailors were not wearing life
jackets or any protective gear, and had been in the water for some time by
the time Erik and Dana rescued them. - Dave Kirkpatrick,

* The classified ads section of the Scuttlebutt website provides
complimentary job postings for yacht clubs that are beginning their search
for next season's sailing instructors. Ad categories also include boats for
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The Tybee Island Sailing Association, organizers of the successful Tybee
500 that debuted last May, has teamed up with the Outer Banks Catamaran
Club to produce two back-to-back five-hundred-mile races starting next
year. The contests will form a new 1000-mile annual challenge called the
Atlantic 1000. According to race organizers, these two events the Tybee 500
and the Outer Banks 500 will culminate in a third award honoring the
sailors with the best combined time for both.

Race registration will begin on January 1, 2004, with surf sailors given
the choice of entering either or both events. The Tybee 500 will run the
same course as last year from Islamorada, Florida, to Tybee Island,
Georgia, May 10-15. The Outer Banks 500 will start on May 17th where the
Tybee leaves off, ending at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, on May 22nd.
Each race will have five mandatory checkpoints between start and finish

Classes will consist of 18- and 20-foot production catamarans, factory
spinnaker-rigged with beams of no more than 8.5 feet, including Inter 20,
Nacra 6.0, Hobie 20, and the NAF 18. Website addresses are:,, - Diana Prentice

In co-operation with the City of Baltimore, USA, the towns of Baltimore and
Schull, Ireland, Failte Ireland-The National Tourist Development Authority
and The Storm Trysail Club, Ocean Race Chesapeake announced the St.
Brendan's Cup Challenge for May 2004 and a date in 2007 to coincide with
the America's Cup in Europe. The St. Brendan's Cup will leave from
Baltimore, USA and finish in Baltimore, Ireland.

The St. Brendan's Cup is open to racing and cruising yachts in excess of 45

The yachts will rendezvous in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, in conjunction with
a celebration of Sail & Irish Culture, as guests of the City of Baltimore
and Ocean Race Chesapeake. The start will be off Ft. McHenry (home of the
Star Spangled Banner) on May 30. The fleet will be welcomed as guests by
the towns of Baltimore and Schull in southwest Ireland. Participants can
then compete in Cork Week-the biennial international sailing event which
takes place along the Irish coast from July 10th to 16th. A Dublin Bucket
will be organized for fleet participants and local yachts.

"We are building an event for 2004 and 2007 that will promote ocean racing
and off shore cruising for those wintering in the Caribbean and wishing to
join a fleet on their return to Europe as well as those interested in the
challenge of an Atlantic crossing" indicated Jim Muldoon, Co-Chair of the
St. Brendan's Cup Committee. The entry fee will benefit the Chesapeake Bay
Foundation and The Royal National Lifeboat Station-Baltimore. - Lee Tawney,

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* From Charles "Butch" Ulmer: I read the Curmudgeon's comments about the
Bitter End Pro-Am yesterday and liked what he had to say. I've been a
"guest" skipper there for a number of years and besides making a lot of
friends, I think I passed on some good tips and helped "hype" our sport. As
Tom said, that's what the event is all about!

Regarding J.D. Stone's comments, he's right that a Bitter End vacation
isn't cheap but neither is it prohibitively expensive. He's way off base
when he lumps all those in attendance as the "idle rich". Last year my crew
for the whole event (Mom's Racing Team from Richmond, CA) consisted of hard
working, middle class folks. They planned their vacation together, had a
great time and I'm sure would tell Mr. Stone it was worth every penny!

Regarding Tom Donlan's question, I think those of us in the sailing
industry would support such events "pro bono" no matter where they were
held. My guess is that the real "pro's" would do the same.

* From Wayne Bruce: If J.D. Stone ever scheduled a vacation around the
Bitter End YC's Pro-Am Regatta, he'd be surprised to find that most of the
guests are not the 'idle rich,' but working people on budgets who are
having the time of their lives experiencing all the water sports activities
they can handle.

* From Cory E. Friedman: Low turnout for our trials results from the fact
that US Sailing only recognizes (US Youths, Bemis/ Smyth) un-tunable Club
420s and Standard Lasers. (Girls also get the Leiter in Radials.)
Competitive 420 crews must sail at 220-250 lbs. Average size male teenagers
need not apply, unless paired with tiny females. Very fit boys (no girls
need apply) below 6'/170 lbs. can be competitive in Jr. Lasers, but are in
trouble if it blows, when the big boys take over. Boys in the middle 50% of
the size range are out of luck. Fit through the eye of this needle and sail
15 minute college races in un-tunable boats without chutes - usually in
light air venues.

Those that want to sail an Olympic class other than Lasers or Stars (for
jumbo sailors with jumbo wallets) find no significant regattas in North
America and must virtually become Europeans for competition. Competitive
Olympic boats are not cheap, but moving to Europe is another order of
magnitude of expense. Buying boats for sailors is a red herring. To quote
Larry Summers, "no one has ever washed a rented car." US Sailing should
sponsor -- and significantly recognize -- a major series of Jr./college
events in the Olympic classes. The Olympic Development Regatta was a start.
Show the kids that the investment in an Olympic boat gives them the
potential for recognition. Invite the college coaches to coach/scout them.
Stop whining about money and develop what we have that will work.

* From Eric Hall: I liked Wiz Deas' ideas on ballast. They really got me
thinking. The idea of a movable out-of-water bulb filled with water makes a
lot of sense. I also liked the idea that in lighter air you could let the
water out, lightening the boat. Then if you had to crash tack the boat, why
its empty tank buoyancy would even keep the boat upright. No worries with
the 10 degree rule here either! Here's an even wackier thought: Why not
stick it out to leeward empty ALL the time then you'd never have to fill
it. Since it's light, you could afford to have one just like it on the
other side so you wouldn't have to move it when you tacked. It might even
look good because symmetry, after all, is the very essence of elegance. Is
this just a dog of a different gender or am I on to something?

* From Mike Zuilhof: Spare us the bashing, name-calling rants.
Incomprehensible as it is to some, there are those who care about and work
for causes for no personal gain. Far from wanting to keep Baja "for
themselves," many people with environmental concerns never have, nor never
will benefit personally from protecting the world's last Great Places. Yes,
sometimes intelligent growth is possible, but not when environmental
considerations are ridiculed, dismissed and ignored. Perhaps it will be
found that some development is desirable, but that does not validate a
reckless, economically wasteful, subsidized approach.

As for the Gray Whales, there are two other distinct populations of the
same species to contemplate. The Atlantic population is extinct. The
Western Pacific population may soon see the same fate. Yes, after 60 years
of protection the Eastern Pacific Gray Whale population is doing fine and
survive migration along the West coast. But the Baja lagoons are their
primary breed and calving place. If these are polluted and disrupted by
unmitigated development their fate could change.

* From Tom Willson: It's interesting to watch the 'Butt writers attempt to
export their environmental wisdom to Mexico. San Pedro, Long Beach, Newport
Beach, San Diego and Mission Bay certainly were easy on the coastlines. No
environmental impact there! And for the delicate desert environments we can
show them our shining examples of Las Vegas and Palm Springs.

* From Wylie Nisbet, Los Barriles, BCS, Mexico: The Mexican government
thinks that it will attract 50,000 boats a year to their proposed new
Marinas along the Baja. To get that many boats they would have to empty all
the Marinas along the west coast, twice. There is one new breakwater/marina
at Santa Rosalillita. It is so far off the route north or south I doubt
that it will see much use. It would be really nice if the Gov would improve
the facilities at Turtle Bay and Santa Rosalia (on the East Coast) and
maybe put some new facilities on the East Cape south of La Paz. You do not
need a marina every fifty/hundred miles to enjoy the Baja. If you think
that you do you shouldn't be out there.

* From Brooks Benjamin: I argue that characterizing sailing as a "rich mans
sport" is a misconception. In my opinion the vast majority of those who
participate in this wonderful sport are club racers, a.k.a. weekend
warriors. Guys and gals who put together a low budget campaign solely to
enjoy a day on the water. It's true that the big buck owners, mega yachts,
AC boats and rock star Olympic teams spend lots of money, they grab all the
press and deservedly so. That's eye candy to the club racer and that's what
gets us to the starting line. But I'm sure the numbers would speak for
themselves. Sorry if I shock anyone but the "majority" of those who race
sailboats may not actually be "rich" or "men" for that matter.

* From David Howie: Anyone who cannot observe for themselves that the vast
majority of participants in sailboat races are light skinned, male, and
have either a net worth or annual income well in excess of the national
average, must have their masthead stuck in the sand.

* From Georges Bonello DuPuis, Malta: Is it just me or what? All I read
about is Lisbon and Naples having problems with the locals protesting
hosting the America's Cup. On the other hand, Valencia has the King pushing
in the right direction and the Spaniards are all sailing crazy. Can't stop
wondering were the cup is going ...

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