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SCUTTLEBUTT 1494 - January 12, 2004

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Paul Larsen, who was at the London Boat Show at Excel today, was bubbling
with enthusiasm about his C Class catamaran one of two British boats that
are currently in-build for the (Little America's) Cup in September in
Newport Rhode Island. Larsen is working closely with a team of aerospace
engineers known as Invictus from Filton in Bristol who are using their
aircraft wing designing skills, and materials and facilities provided by
their employer, Airbus to build the boats. Norman Eijker and Mark Bishop
are heading the design and build team, while John Downey, who was the last
British challenger for the Cup in 1987 sailing Hinge, is heading the
two-boat sailing team.

The wing spar, not surprisingly looks just like the wing of a plane and is
every bit as intricate. Built of carbonfibre and birch, there are over 70
pulleys inside to control the flap mechanism and twist of the rig. Needless
to say, capsizing is not really an option! Larsen is hoping the two cats
will be completed by the end of March, which gives him and his crewmate
Helena Darvelid plenty of work-up time before the September showdown.
Although there won't be a vast fleet on the start line for the Challenge,
Larsen hopes to see at least four boats there including possible entries of
some of the older boats. - Excerpts from a story by Sue Pelling of Yachting
World. Full story:

The UK 18ft Skiff RMW Marine team became the new world champions when they
won the J.J. Giltinan International Championship on Sydney Harbour. The RMW
team of Rob Greenhalgh, Dan Johnson and Peter Greenhalgh simply dominated
the 22-boat regatta with four wins and two seconds for a final total of
eight points - winning the championship with a day to spare. Australia's
Yandoo (John Winning) finished in second place on 24 points followed by
another Australian team Asko Appliances, skippered by Hugh Stodart, on 30
points. Defending champion, Howard Hamlin's West Marine Team from the US,
finished the series in ninth place with 43 points.

John Kostecki's victory list includes winning ten world championship
events. What event was his first? (Answer below)

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Record breaking British round-the-world yachtswoman, Emma Richards, today
announced plans for her next major sailing challenge, the Volvo Ocean Race
2005-06. Richards, 29, is teaming up with America's Cup star Mike
Sanderson, and at the launch of their campaign in London, they announced an
unexpected addition to their team in golfing legend, Colin Montgomerie.
Montgomerie, star of Europe's victorious 2002 Ryder Cup team, is a keen
follower of sailing and will join Richards and Sanderson's crew for one of
the legs of the 30,000 nautical mile race. The 40-year old Scot, who headed
the PGA European Tour's Volvo Order of Merit for seven years in a row, will
also be lending his support to the team's search for sponsorship.

Pindar, the international print and electronic media company, will provide
initial financial backing for Richards and Sanderson to develop their team
and to allow them to begin negotiations with potential companies interested
in becoming the title sponsor of the campaign. The sponsorship is available
for £12 million over a three year period.

Richards' co-skipper and joint project leader is Mike Sanderson. Sanderson,
32, from New Zealand, will be the driving force behind the development and
building of the boat for the campaign. The Volvo Ocean Race starts on
November 5, 2005 from Vigo, Galicia on the northwest coast of Spain. -
Lizzie Green,

Melbourne, Australia - Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page (AUS) today clearly
won the 420 World Championship 2004 hosted by Mornington Yacht Club as part
of the Sail Melbourne Regatta. Their win was not unexpected; the Sydney
pair are ranked No. 1 in the World in the 470 class and will arrive in
Sandringham tonight to prepare for the final Australian team selection
series to represent at the Olympic Games in Athens.

Final results 64-boats (10 races with 2 discards):
1. Nathan Wilmot /Malcolm Page (AUS) 17
2. Mathew Belcher/ Rike Ziegelmayer (AUS) 39
3. Nathan Outteridge/ Ayden Menzies (AUS) 42
4. Thomas Rahier/ Matthieu Rahier (FRA) 45
5. Mikee Anderson-Mitterling /Graham Biehl (USA) 46

"I am not just motivated by racing. I have always been someone to say when
I start a race I'm not there just because I want to win. I'm there because
I love it. That is really important to me. When I'm out there I give it my
best and you know you're always going learn. So the motivation is not going
out there to win. The motivation is going out there because I love being
out there and if you love being out there then you can give more." - The
Daily Sail,

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After consulting with his meteorological team, Steve Fossett advised his
crew Sunday morning that there would be no Round the World departure this
week. "The weather for a potential start about 15 January has failed,"
Fossett said. "This is disappointing because that start date looked good on
all the long term forecasts for the past week. But now a low is forming
southwest of Ireland. This will push the center of the High Pressure into
the coast of Portugal, resulting in virtually no wind.

"We had completed all preparations - even to the point of loading the food
onto the boat. Now we will unpack and resume training, with a combination
of day-sailing and physical conditioning on shore. The next departure date
being considered is 26 January. However, on such a long range forecast, we
will be prepared for the possibility for a favorable weather change in the
week preceding 26 January." -

Final results of the Levin Memorial Regatta for Star boats at the Coral
Reef YC - three races, 52 boats: 1. Howie Shiebler & Will Stout, 5; 2. Iain
Percy & Steve Mitchell, 6; 3. Fredrik Loof & Anders Ekstrom, 15; 4. Mark
Mansfield & Killian Collins, 18; 5. Peter Bromby & Lee White, 20. Complete

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* Lewmar has become the Official Deck Equipment Supplier of the 2004
Timberland Euro Prix yacht race. Lewmar's commitment to the event will
include shore-based servicing and technical support. The Timberland Euro
Prix will be raced in One Design Euro Prix 45s. It starts in Italy on 1st
May 2004 and finishes in Oslo on 21st June. The stopovers include Sitges
(Spain), Cascais (Portugal), La Rochelle (France), Portsmouth (UK), Rostock
Warnemunde (Germany) and Oslo.

John Kostecki's first world championship victory was in 1982, when at the
age of 17 years old, the Sunfish Worlds came to his hometown of San
Francisco and John took advantage of the occasion to jump into the class
and win the event.

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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 Terry McLaughlin (edited to our 250-word limit): I have sailed
against and been a friend of Augie Diaz since the mid-1970s. He was, and
continues to be, one of the truly great sailors and sportsman the U.S. has
ever produced. My Flying Dutchman and Star crew Evert Bastet and I
regularly stayed with Augie and his family on our many trips south while we
worked towards the 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympics. I don't know if
Augie still does it, but I will always fondly remember how Augie used to
sail his Flying Dutchman with a picture of his daughter, whom he called
Sunshine, taped in the cockpit. He often named his boats after his children.

Augie's children are somewhat older than my own and while Evert and I were
still competing to make it to the Games, I was astounded to see Augie
basically drop out of sailing for several years in order to spend more time
with his growing family, This included countless hours coaching baseball
and soccer. At the time I didn't understand how he could do it. Years later
I had a good chuckle when I found myself doing very little sailing and
spending many hours coaching my sons in hockey and soccer. Along with
others like Carl Buchan, Augie was one of my favourite sailors to compete
against. You always knew you would have to have a very good day to beat
him. Like so many of us, I think Augie got the passion for sailing from his
"Old Man".

* From Hannah Swett deserves another (and in my opinion greater)
recognition than Yachtswoman of the Year. In life, personal achievement is
only the tip of the iceberg. It is how you leverage your abilities by
inspiring other people that creates the most lasting benefit to our
society. Among the many people I have known, Hannah is a great standout in
the unselfish way she contributes and helps. We are just a small sailing
club but in the two years before Hannah's current Olympic campaign, when
she was racing at our club, it was a magical time, created by her presence
and how she inspired the other sailors around her. Yachtswoman of the Year
is the crowning achievement for any sailing career. But I hope that Hannah
will someday win something else, the W. Van Alan Clark National
Sportsmanship Award.

* From Philip Gage: In their November deliberations the ISAF council voted
to change the advertising regulations and outlaw the practice of charging
extra entry fees for category C. While this may have some merit for the
dinghy classes it will make significant impact on major keelboat events.

A quick poll of some of the larger events in the Solent indicates that the
Category A entry fee will need to be raised around 10% above inflation next
year to compensate. Key West race week will also be affected if their $500
category C fee is outlawed. In effect the big megabuck sponsored
professional entry will gain, while the Corinthian covering his sailing out
of tax paid income loses. Unless ISAF have another of their second thoughts
that is.

* From Bob Zwissler: I took Jan Vissar's advice and read the USCG report
for 2002. It is fascinating reading. However I came away with a different
conclusion. If you read the report carefully you will find out that 84% of
the fatalities involved open motorboats, PWCs, and cabin motorboats. You
also discover that 60% of the child fatalities involved children who WERE
wearing PFDs, 80% of all fatalities involved operators that had no
training, and 40% involved alcohol. One could argue, that based on the
statistics, that in order to greatly reduce fatalities in boating that
operators of open motorboats, PWCs, and cabin motorboats should not be
allowed on the water without training. No amount of PFD legislation is
going to stop untrained operators of motorized craft from having accidents.
It is also suspicious to me that the forum on PFD legislation mentioned
several issues ago was being co-sponsored by the PFD marketing organization.

By the way, I do wear a lifejacket most of the time when out on the water.
I just don't see how legislating use is going stop the root cause of the
accidents that kill people.

* From Blake Middleton: I live and work on the single busiest boating lake
in the state known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes". The Sheriff's Water
Patrol has to deal with boating fatalities every single year on this lake,
and some years, sadly, many of them. I have been told by a deputy that to
his knowledge, they have never pulled a body out of the lake wearing a PFD.
That statistic should be sobering even for those who would rather die than
give up their right to choose whether (or when) to wear a PFD.

* From Paul Henderson, ISAF President (re USCG and PFDs): After many
years of trying, ISAF is now recognized by the International Maritme
Organization which is the European based policing body for ships that go to
sea. The IMO tried to implement many policies which would impact
recreational sailing. ISAF demanded representation so as to have input on
and influence the draconian legislation which was about to be enacted
against pleasure craft. Judge Michael Devonshire has represented ISAF at
all IMO meetings with great success. He gives freely of his time but ISAF
does fund all expenses, membership fees and all legal work which is another
service ISAF provides to recreational sailors.

ISAF can do nothing about the USCG as that is a national problem and USSA's
jurisdiction. I trust that sailors especially those who are respected and
revered professionals will realize that it is an onerous task endeavoring
to keep our sport for the sailors and that hopefully they will try and
understand all that ISAF endeavors to do and will continue to do for their

* From Dulaney Nickerson Collins (edited to our 250-word limit): As the
Mount Gay girl in the US and British Virgin Islands from 1997-2000, I can
assure you that while I received some terrific offers, bribes and damn good
proposals no Mount Gay hats were ever sold. One of the best offers to me
for a Mount Gay hat was from a man who promised to make mad passionate love
to me, "it'll be the best sex you will ever have". He made the offer while
on his cell phone, holding for his wife. He didn't get the hat, I'm still
waiting for the best sex ever and I am not sure he's still married.

The pure joy I witnessed from so many international sailing faces as I
distributed Mount Gay hats at various regattas was pure pleasure. Truly, it
really is better to give than to receive! Indeed the hats have built the
brand and the brand has certainly supported sailing and sailors worldwide,
may the commitment continue as your hat collection continues. After all,
what's a day of sailing without a sunset drink of Mount Gay with crew? Life
doesn't get any better than that!

* From Emmon Thomas: For people who go afloat, isn't melanoma a much
greater threat than drowning? How about a law requiring all boaters to wear
a hat and sunscreen? Maybe require shirts to be worn at all times, too?

* From Graeme Hayward: There has been recent correspondence in Scuttlebutt
about which authority applies to racing boats - the Racing Rules of Sailing
(RRS) or the International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea (IRPCAS
or COLREGS). Leo Reise wrote a short letter in Scuttlebutt 1493 referring
to the ruling of Charles Jordain vs. Endeavour case which is the seminal
case defining that, in an officially organized race, the laws that apply
between the racing boats are the RRS - not the IRPCAS (COLREGS).

I believe that the text of this finding by the US Court of Appeal is of
such importance that your readers would benefit greatly from reading the
review that the late Mary Pera made and that was circulated by IYRU to all
International Judges in August 1995.

Curmudgeon's Comment: We agree and have posted it on our website:

* From Cory E. Friedman: The assertion that an allegedly decreased number
of protests proves that the 01-04 RRS are working is boggling. At every
clinic I attend, the message, usually delivered by noteworthy coaches, is
"stay out of the room at all cost," because, thanks to, among other things,
Rule 14(b) and the fact that contact almost presumptively results in a
scratch (damage), the odds are at least 50/50 that the innocent boat will
be the one disqualified. Experience indicates that even those odds may be
optimistic, even without factoring in the often openly acknowledged
willingness of many to lie in the room when necessary to win.

I recently heard a very august judge heatedly argue that a right-of-way
boat should be disqualified for unforeseeable contact that resulted in de
minimus damage, which only could have been prevented by instantly
levitating the right-of-way boat . Drawing the conclusion that the 01-04
RRS are working from decreased protests is akin to concluding that the
former Soviet Union's legal code worked well because no one ever
voluntarily went to court. A more reasonable inference is that the pre-97
RRS resulted in more protests because boats that were in the right had
justifiable faith that they would prevail in the room -- a faith that now
seems quaint.

There's a difference between participation and commitment. At breakfast,
for example, the chicken participates, but the pig commits.