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SCUTTLEBUTT 1459 - November 17, 2003

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US OLYMPIC/ PARALYMPICS TRIALS
Of the seven athletes to emerge as winners of the Olympic Team Trials in
their respective events, three have one thing in common. They have been
there before. Lanee Butler Beashel (Dana Point, Calif.) in the Mistral
Women's event, along with Paul Foerster (Rockwall, Texas) and Kevin Burnham
(Miami, Fla.) in the 470 Men's event were all members of the U.S.A.'s 1992
Olympic Team that competed in Barcelona. They will return to the
Mediterranean next summer for the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, which will
be held August 13-29, 2004, in Athens, Greece. Joining them will be
first-time Olympians Mark Mendelblatt (St. Petersburg, Fla.) in the Laser,
Peter Wells (La Canada/Newport Beach, Calif.) in the Mistral Men's event,
and Katie McDowell (Barrington, R.I.) and Isabelle Kinsolving (New York,
N.Y.) in the 470 Women's event.

In the 470 Men's fleet, Foerster and Burnham were able to take a pass on
the last three races of their series after they notched a string of
first-place finishes marred only once - with a eighth when the pair had
equipment failure. Mendelblatt was able to sit out the last two races of
the 15-race Laser series and still post a whopping 16 points on runner-up
John Myrdal (Kailua, Hawaii), to whom he had lost the 2000 Trials.

Tom Brown (Northeast Harbor, Maine) has succeeded in securing his second
opportunity to represent the U.S.A. at the Paralympics Games in the 2.4
Metre. In the Sonar class John Ross-Duggan (Newport Beach, Calif.), J.P.
Creignou and Brad Johnson (both St. Petersburg, Fla.) won seven of the 12
races in the five boat trials to win the Paralympics berth with a race to
spare.

Final results:
470 Men (9 boats): 1. Paul Foerster/ Kevin Burnham, 31; 2. Mikee
Anderson-Mitterling/ Graham Biehl, 47; 3. Mark Ivey/ Howard Cromwell, 48.

470 Women (7 boats): 1. Katie McDowell/ Isabelle Kinsolving, 26; 2. Amanda
Clark/ Sarah Mergenthaler, 29; 3. Erin Maxwell/ Jen Morgan, 37.

Laser (32 boats) 1. Mark Mendelblatt, 33; 2. John Myrdal, 49; 3. Brad Funk, 55.

Mistral Men (11 boats): 1. Peter Wells, 15; 2. Ben Barger, 24; 3. Kevin
Jewett, 34.

Mistal Women (7 boats): 1. Lanee Beashel, 12; 2. Beth Winkle, 28; 3. Taylor
Duch, 30.

2.4 Metre (5 boats): 1. Tom Brown, 12; 2. Tom Franklin, 20; 3. John Ruf, 23;

Sonar (5 boats): 1. Ross-Duggan/Creignou/Johnson, 15; 2.
Callahan/Burhans/Cleworth, 18; 3. Doerr/Angle/McKinnon-Tucker, 23.

Official website: http://www.ussailing.org/Olympics/OlympicTrials/2004/

ISAF ANNUAL MEETING
The final meeting of the ISAF Council on Saturday saw a significant change
to the race format for the 2004 Olympic Regatta in the interests of putting
increased emphasis on the results of the final race of the series. After
considerable debate, the Council decided that at the 2004 Olympic Regatta
there will be no drop races in any of the events.

There was also extensive discussion of RRS 16.2 - Changing Course. Some had
favored the removal of RRS 16.2, otherwise known as the "Anti-Hunting
Rule", the Council considered a submission to clarify the wording, which
was approved amended as follows: "In addition, when after the starting
signal a port-tack boat is keeping clear by sailing to pass astern of a
starboard-tack boat, the starboard-tack boat shall not change course if as
a result the port-tack boat would immediately need to change course to
continue keeping clear."

Additionally, the Offshore Committees' position statement on single-handed
sailing was adopted: "ISAF recognizes the importance of the contribution
made by the sport of Oceanic Single-Handed Sailing; it does not have the
power or the desire to prevent Oceanic Single-Handed Sailing.

"ISAF believes that all yachts however manned should comply with the best
standards of safety and efficiency in equipment, training and event
organization and that the organizers of all races should communicate with
and encourage mutual understanding between sailors, organizers and official
bodies. ISAF would continue to promote these principles.

"ISAF recognizes the responsibility of every yacht to comply with all
relevant legislation and rules. ISAF should never be an organizing
authority for a single-handed offshore sailing event.

For an updated report detailing the other key: www.sailing.org/meetings

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SHOCKED
Ben Ainslie reacted strongly yesterday to a controversial decision taken
here that marks a major change to the way in which the Olympic regatta will
be run in Athens next year. The 1996 and 2000 gold medallist, who is also
the current world champion in the Finn single-hander, the class in which he
will represent Britain next August, heard that the annual general meeting
of the sport's world governing body, the International Sailing Federation,
had unexpectedly voted to veto the practice of allowing competitors to
discard their worst result in what is normally an 11-race schedule.

"I am very shocked to hear that," Ainslie said. "I am not sure where they
are coming from. I hope they have thought long and hard about it. That
means someone may not make it to the podium because of breakage. It's just
stunning. I don't think you would find many of the sailors in favour of
that decision." The discard procedure is in general use and the move
applies only to the 2004 Olympics. "That," Ainslie said, "only makes it
more ridiculous." - Stuart Alexander, The Independent,
http://sport.independent.co.uk/general/story.jsp?story=464423

AMERICA'S CUP VENUE
For those who like to plan that southern European trip well ahead, Naples
or Marseilles should be good destination choices for the summer of 2007
because everybody else will be in Lisbon or Valencia. Valencia, most
likely. The site of the next America's Cup is scheduled to be announced
Nov. 26.

* Conventional wisdom worldwide gives Valencia the inside track. The
Spanish have the money and a nice site on the Mediterranean Sea, but the
clincher may be their king. Juan Carlos I, 65, is an enthusiastic sailor
himself.

Spain's adjoining neighbor Portugal is close behind, but that bid involves
two locales: Lisbon, the host city some eight miles up an estuary, and
Cascais, the village resort that would be the actual venue 15 miles to the
west on the Atlantic Ocean. Geographically and logistically, that
arrangement would be similar to Perth's relationship to the madeover but
delightful village of Fremantle in 1986-87 where Dennis Conner made
history. It worked OK then, but having it all in one place is a plus for
Valencia.

For whatever reasons, the French and Italians appear to be out of the hunt.
- Rich Roberts, The Log, full story: http://tinyurl.com/v9mb

TRANSAT JACQUES VABRE
Groupama, the 'green flash' trimaran skippered by Franck Cammas and Franck
Proffit, scored a convincing victory in the 6th edition of the Transat
Jacques Vabre. They crossed the finish line in Salvador da Bahia on Sunday
16th November at 0810hrs and 41s GMT, or 0510hrs 41s local time. For the
second year running Groupama has taken the crown, covering an actual
distance 4,624m in 10 days, 23 hours, 10 minutes, 41 seconds at an average
speed of 17.57 knots on the water. For Franck Proffit it is his second
victory as he was co-skipper with Loick Peyron on Fujicolour which won in 1999.

At 0922hrs and 42s GMT Belgacom helmed by Jean-Luc NÚlias and Loick Peyron
slid across the finish line to finish second, just 1 hour, 12 minutes and 1
second behind Groupama. The turquoise tri covered an actual distance of
4,675m in 11 days, 00 hours, 22 minutes, 42 seconds at an average speed of
17.68 knots on the water. Karine Fauconnier, the first lady in the race,
and Irishman Damian Foxall on Sergio Tacchini finished third, arriving at 4
hours, 9 minutes and 47s after Groupama. Sergio Tacchini covered an actual
distance of 4,700m in 11 days, 03 hours, 20 minutes, 28 seconds at an
average speed of 17.58 knots on the water.

Standings - 0300 GMT on November 17: Open 60 Monohulls: 1. Virbac,
Jean-Pierre Dick & Nicolas Abiven, 282 miles to finish; 2. Sill, Roland
Jourdain & Alex Thomson, 134 miles from leader; 3. Ecover, Mike Golding &
Brian Thompson, 139 mfl. - www.jacques-vabre.com

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NEWS BRIEF
* A record 39 boats attended the A-Class North American Championship in
Mandeville, LA at the Pontchartrain Yacht Club. Competitors came from
California, Texas, Canada, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Virginia,
Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and New Zealand! The regatta was won by Pease
Glaser of Newport Beach, CA who showed excellent speed and sailing smarts
by dominating the event on the last day in light and shifty winds. Johnny
Lovell finished second with Pete Melvin in third place. Jay Glaser won
Masters title, with forth place finisher Woody Cope becoming the top Grand
Master.

* After a long wait for the wind to fill in, Liz Baylis defeated Carol
Cronin's Team Atkins 2-0 in the light air finals of the US Women's Match
Racing Championship at the Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans. However,
because Baylis had already qualified for the Women's Match Racing Worlds in
Annapolis in early June, Team Atkins was awarded that spot. In the
Petit-finals of this ISAF Grade 3 event, Hannah Swett bested Sally Barkow.
- http://www.ussailing.org/championships/womens/

* Final results of the Interscholastic Sailing Association Cressy National
Championship hosted by Eckerd College - Full Rig: 1. Chris Banning, Pine
View, 51; 2. Parker Shinn, Point Loma, 63; 3. Andrew Perry, Pine View, 72.
Radial Rig: 1. Paige Railey, Clearwater, 45; 2. Adam Roberts, Point Loma,
46; 3. Royce Weber, Southern Regional, 56. - Full results:
http://www.highschoolsailingusa.org/

2008 OLYMPICS
With a two-step process in determining the events and equipment (classes)
that will be used at the 2008 Olympic Games, Saturday afternoon the ISAF
Council determined the following events that will be contested. Next year
Council will decide the equipment to be used.

- Men's windsurfing
- Women's windsurfing
- Men's single-handed dinghy
- Open single-handed dinghy
- Women's single-handed dinghy
- Men's double-handed dinghy
- Open double-handed dinghy
- Women's double-handed dinghy
- Men's keelboat
- Women's keelboat
- Open Multihull

There had been some questioning as to whether ISAF should determine the
inclusion of the two windsurfing events this November, when as yet there is
no suitable equipment identified. However, as noted by the Events
Committee, it was felt important to give windsurfing a platform for the
future, and it is now up to the windsurfing classes and industry to
demonstrate that appropriate equipment is available. Following on from the
Presentation Event in Cadiz, Spain, ISAF will hold formal Equipment Trials
in March 2004 in Torbole, Italy, at the same venue where the 1996 Trials
were held from which the 49er was selected for Olympic competition.

Whatever the equipment (class) that is selected for the windsurfing events,
ISAF will undertake the administration for the first few years to support
the class and ensure it can respond to the demands of Olympic selection.

Following the lead of the women, and responding to the requests from the
Star sailors, it was agreed that for the 2004 Olympic Regatta the Star
Class will adopt the weight limit measurement procedure as already
implemented for the Yngling Class. - ISAF website,
http://www.sailing.org/Article_content.asp?ArticleID=5778

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LETTERS TO THE CURMUDGEON (editor@sailingscuttlebutt.com)
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 Gregory Scott: It must be a sure sign of declining temperatures in
the Northern hemisphere when fellows such as Eric Hall have time to be
witty and share their insight with us in Butt. Only when the frost is on
the nose, can clever bits such as the vessel developed in Eric's mind, come
to life. I can see a day when these new craft really catch on. It could
create a whole new thread line for ideologues to report to Butt on the
virtues of such vessels.

And on the point of sailing being a rich man's sport ... it is. But so is
skiing and for that matter, so is walking. It simply comes down to where it
is that you choose to walk. If you want to walk on the moon it may be very
expensive. But a walk around the block or down to your local yacht club for
some fun in a PHRF boat may be quite reasonably priced.

* From David Bishop: David Howie overlooks the fact that the vast majority
(between 2 and 20 per boat) of people who participate in yacht racing are
crew, with incomes averaging well below the idle rich; in some cases below
the poverty level. Thank heavens that there are people economically
successful enough to buy and maintain boats for the rest of us to play on.
There are few sports that are cheaper to participate in for the non-owner
than sailing. And if you think owning a yacht is expensive, try sport-car
or horse racing some time.

* From Enrico Alfredo Ferrari (edited to our 250-word limit): Sailing as a
rich man's sport... Not true in my experience up here in Seattle. My
father, a school teacher, managed to buy a Columbia 36 and we raced that
boat in buoy race after buoy race with other people who earned the same or
less as my father. I migrated to other boats (when he was off cruising)
that had more tricks and more size all the way up the ladder to the latest
and fastest boat in the Puget Sound Basin, Icon (a custom Perry 65).

I too am a school teacher, but one who does not own his own keel boat. I
have three dinghies in my garage and race on other people's boats. This is
path of riding other's boats is one among many that sailors take in order
to quench their passion for wind and waves. There are way more crew out
there than owners and if not for them the fast boats wouldn't be so fast!

* From Michael H. Koster: If anyone thinks the AC class is the Formula 1 of
sailing with regards to technology, this simply is not true. Having
procured materials for masts for 2 AC campaigns, I can attest that the AC
rules severely limit the types of materials that can be used as well as the
techniques that can be applied to those materials during the construction
process. While the rules are well intended (level the playing field, keep
costs down, etc.), this is not what I would consider cutting edge or
"Formula 1". I suspect the "A" Class catamaran folks have more latitude
with pushing the envelope than the AC Class.

* From Matt Baldwin: I've really enjoyed some great shots in the photo
contest. It is definitely worth a look. Not to open an old thread but take
a look at photo #68. It shows an awesome picture of a coach boat at an Opti
regatta going full speed in mid air on a breezy day. This just about sums
it up. It is not the number of coach and spectator boats around the course,
It's the number of boats around the course going like this that make it
dangerous. By the way, no Jet Drive system will help when this guy lands on
an 11 year old.

* From Giles R. Anderson (re development in Mexico): As sailors we usually
like to think of ourselves as "greens," if not guardians of our marine
environment, at least friendly with it. The piece on the proposed
development in Baja is an interesting example of how we can be so
protective of an unspoiled area but ignorant of our own spoiled
surroundings. I suspect that many of those weighing in with opinions on the
Baja are from southern California, an area where LA dumps thousands of tons
of sewage into the ocean each and every day, where development has
proceeded nearly unrestrained and continues to ruin a similarly fragile
environment to that in Baja.

So wake up and take a look around you, as well as policing someone else's
back yard, clean up your own. Write your local politicians or participate
in community cleanups, there are dozens of ways to help the lakes and
oceans we sail on. If you need a place to start there are plenty of worthy
groups out there looking for help - www.oceana.org and
www.oceanconservancy.org to name just two. Both groups offer ways for you
to get involved locally - so do your part.

* From Barry Ault: Having surfed and sailed most of the Baja coast I can
attest to the beauty and frailty of the environment. While there are some
examples of industry cohabitating with nature in Baja (Scammon's), they are
rare. Just take the drive from the bull ring to Ensenada and you will
realize that Mexican authorities have absolutely zero respect for the land.
And if you have seen the nightmare that Cabo has become, you know where
this plan will end up if it is successful.

If there are groups of Mexican locals waiting to benefit from this
ridiculous plan, they are dressed like cactus. The predictions are absurd.
It is hard to imagine that this plan would even double the boat traffic in
the area which means it will go bankrupt in about two months instead of one.

CURMUDGEON'S CONUNDRUM
Why do they call it getting your dog 'fixed,' if afterwards it doesn't work
anymore?