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SCUTTLEBUTT 1499 - January 19, 2004

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Key West Florida - More than 3,000 sailors have come from 18 countries and
32 states to this quaint little island town that is the southernmost point
in the continental United States for Terra Nova Trading Key West 2004. The
schedule calls for nine races in each of the 10 one-design and 11 PHRF
handicap classes. Four race courses are spread out over 10 miles along the
south side of the island between the beach and a reef five miles offshore
that minimizes the influence of the Gulf Stream flowing west to east. The
water temperature is 70 degrees.

The quick read on the weather for the first races on Monday is Wind 15,
gusts to 20; possible showers/ squalls morning through early afternoon,
then lulls to 10. At the North Sails weather briefing for Terra Nova
Trading Key West 2004, meteorologist Chris Bedford offered this week-long
synopsis: "The cold front marching east across the Gulf of Mexico Sunday
night is forecast to move through during the day on Monday. After an
unsettled day with multiple shifts and an increase in pressure from the NW
on Monday, conditions should settle with high pressure moving north of
Florida Tuesday through Wednesday. After moderate winds continue through
Tuesday, lighter conditions are forecast for Wednesday and most of Thursday
before the next front arrives and brings potentially strong NW winds on

This year's event, will mark the debuts of the Swan 45s and C&C 99s, who
have massed enough boats to rate as classes of their own. As in the Farr 40
and some other one-design classes, owners must drive. The crew lists of the
nine Nautor-built luxury racers are sprinkled with talent such as Ed Baird,
Brad Read, Murray Jones, Dee Smith, Howie Shiebler, Butch Ulmer, Steve
Benjamin, Kevin Burnham and Leonardo Ferragamo, the Nautor Swan chief who
is skipper of Courdileone.

That world-class name-dropping rivals the lineup of tacticians in the Farr
40s, which includes, besides Brun, Robbie Haines, Terry Hutchinson, Adrian
Stead, Chris Larson, Kimo Worthington, Eric Doyle, Tom Whidden and John
Cutler. Hutchinson will be working with his right arm in a sling after
suffering an elbow injury in his Star boat last weekend.

Also, two America's Cup principals---Alinghi tactician Brad Butterworth and
Oracle helmsman Peter Holmberg, now with Alinghi---are tacticians for
Daniel Meyers' Taylor 49, Numbers 97, in PHRF 2 and Tom Hill's R/P 75,
Titan 12, in PHRF 1, respectively.

With 58 entries from 10 nations the Melges 24 fleet will once again be the
largest competing at Terra Nova Trading Key West 2004. Alongside the
overseas entries boats are traveling from all over North America. Among the
hot favourites for the 2004 Key West Melges 24 title are reigning World
Champion Shark Kahn, 2002 World Champion Harry Melges who is helming for
Jeff Ecklund, 2001 World Champion Flavio Favini with Switzerland's Franco
Rossini, Silvio Santoni with Franco Maria Rao's crew from Italy, France's
Sebastian Col with the P&P Racing Team and Norway's Kristian Nergaard. -

(David Scully, watch captain aboard Steve Fossett's 125ft super-cat
Cheyenne, has filed the first of his regular news stories
as the team prepares for the imminent Jules Verne Challenge. Here's an

The weather picture we have been watching with such confidence started to
lose its allure on Thursday night. The idea was to shoot down the coast of
Portugal while the Azores High had its back turned, get into the Trades,
and on to the Equator. It now looks like the high will not shift to the
west as planned, but stand sentry over the route south with all its normal
vigilance. There is still wind to reel off 600 miles or so on the first
day, but we will grind to a 24-hour halt opposite Lisbon. If we miss this
one, we will be stuck for at least a fortnight. And then what? At the end
of January we will be half way through the 2004 circumnavigating season.
Will February bring the ideal pattern, or is this as good as it gets? -
Yachting World, full story:

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In one of the most entertaining presentations at Schroders London Boat
Show, Chay Blyth announced his plans for Challenge Business' Corinthian
Challenge. If the Global Challenge was Challenge Business' recreation of
Blyth's westabout singlehanded non-stop around the world record passage,
then the Corinthian Challenge is attempting to recreate the first Whitbread
Round the World Race in which Blyth campaigned Great Britain II.

* Blyth summed up his concept for the Corinthian Challenge. "What we are
trying to do is go back in time and have a race where the fellow who has
got a boat can go off and sail around the world and take part in it, as
opposed to having to be in one of these hi-tech, very very expensive races.
I would expect exactly the same to happen this time as it did last time.
They will come from private owners. Grand Louis was a classic example. The
chap there [Andre Viant] was about 58 and took early retirement. He had all
his family crew, the husbands or wives of his sons and daughters and they
would do various legs all around the world on his cruising boat."

Blyth also expects yacht club team and other groups. Among the first
entries expected of this type is Girls for Sail who will charter a boat
their crew paying their own way. There will also be sponsored yachts
although Blyth expects the money to come from smaller companies with more
limited means than one would find in professional races. - The Daily Sail,
full story:

After seven years of campaigning and racing in the Around Alone circuit,
American Brad Van Liew has announced plans to retire from solo racing in
the Southern Ocean. Logging nearly 100,000 miles on the water and more than
327 days alone at sea since setting his sights on the Around Alone race,
Van Liew has achieved his goal of victory. The 2002 Around Alone class II
champion has satisfied all his goals in this arena of the sport. He now
wishes to employ the valuable lessons learned offshore and onshore with the
launch of Van Liew Ventures, a new full service marketing company.

"Van Liew Ventures is an exciting new project that will allow me to blend
my knowledge of the competitive sports world with my wife Meaghan's
expertise in event sponsorship and PR," Van Liew said. "Meaghan and I will
use our collective experience to help others achieve their dreams."

Located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Van Liew Ventures and subsidiary
Van Liew Communications will focus on assisting companies, race organizers
and teams with a variety of tasks - including product development &
marketing, sponsorship, public relations, race management, training, and
non-profit fundraising. Among Van Liew Venture's clients are the South
Carolina Maritime Heritage Foundation, Raymarine Gryphon Solo Campaign -
5-Oceans entrant of 2006-7.

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" It's hard for us because the Australians and the Europeans race all the
time, and we check in with the fleet a few times a year-in Europe, in San
Francisco, in Australia. The weird thing is that we've never been good at
starting before, but this year we were getting good starts, and if our
finish positions had been as good as our first-mark positions, we would
have been second for the regatta." - Howard Hamlin discusses his
disappointing 2004 J.J. Giltinan skiff championship regatta in an interview
on the Sail magazine website, full story:

* Two retired America's Cup boats have recently resurfaced on the U.S.
cable channel MTV's Real World San Diego show. This is the fourteenth
edition of the reality show, where the producers corral seven college-aged
strangers to live and work together, and film their every move. This
season's work assignment finds them crewing on Stars & Stripes (USA-34) and
Abracadaba (USA-54), which are used for day charters on San Diego bay. You
may have to tolerate some show content suitable for mature audiences before
seeing the sailing footage. The show airs Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT,
9:00 p.m. CT.

* Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page (AUS) would be feeling quite confident
right now. The pair today won the 470 Olympic class at the Sail Melbourne
Regatta. Coming straight from their 420 World title win just short of one
week ago. The pair finished this regatta with two first places, five
seconds and other top placings to finish the 11 race series with 18 points,
seven in front of the second placed Nick Rogers/Joe Glanfield (GBR), the
latter pair will represent Great Britain in Athens in August this year. Six
of the top ten sailors in the world were in the fleet.,

* North Sails UK has announced the appointment of Ian Simkins as One Design
Production Manager where he will be responsible for all aspects of the
manufacture of a wide range of dinghy and one design sails, as well as
after sales service and customer support. Ian brings with him some 16 years
of sail making experience. Prior to joining North, Ian was based at the
recently closed Hyde Sails Keelboat loft in Hamble. Ian started at Hyde
after the company brought the UK assets of Ullman Sails, which he both ran
and co-owned for 14 years.

* At a prestigious evening ceremony at the Dusseldorf Boat Show on the
opening night, the Shipman 50 won the European Yacht of the Year award. The
50 foot performance cruiser also won the award for the most innovative boat
of the year. - Matthew Sheahan, Yachting World,

* Funeral Services for Dick Pennington who passed away Wednesday night at
his home in Huntington Beach will be held Monday at 1:00 PM at Inglewood
Cemetery/ Mortuary, 3801 West Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90305, (310)

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* From Craig Fletcher: We should all be saddened by the passing of Dick
Pennington. He was a great and most of all generous person. He never
hesitated to help a young sailor with a dollar or pull out his wad of
$100's and shout a round. The stories of Dick are to numerous or over the
top to tell in the Butt. I'm confidant heaven has a track, sailboat race
and most importantly a few beautiful girls to keep Mr. Pennington
comfortable for eternity.

* From Ray Tostado: Here's to you Dick Pennington. May your next voyage be
as glorious as this one past. Thank you for the hundreds of smiles you cast
my way. Never a bad start, never a bad race, never a bad finish. Always a
great smile. Cheers, mate.

* From John Riise, Managing Editor, Latitude 38: Soon or later, arguments
over things like motorcycle helmets and lifejackets always degenerate into
the same old cliches: "The Man" is "Taking Our Freedom Away." I enjoy word
games as much as the next guy, but I hope the reality of choosing whether
or not to wear a PFD doesn't get lost in the silly "live free or die" banter.

In 20 years in the sailing magazine industry, I have interviewed people who
watched husbands, children and best friends drown in front of their eyes
because they weren't wearing lifejackets. Some were so traumatized they
told me they might never sail again. I've also written about recoveries of
people who survived because they did choose to wear PFDs, or require
someone else to - often times at the expense of being laughed at or made
fun of. No one whines anymore about the "dangerous precedent" of requiring
us all to wear seat belts. And we all know people who survived because that
decision was made for them.

The Man also requires lifejackets for kids under 12 and I don't hear too
many complaints there, either. What's that? Kids aren't qualified to make
that choice? Stuff happens and they could fall off the boat? Well, guess
what, folks: so could you - every one of you. If you're too stubborn to see
that or too manly to be bothered, you just keep talking the talk. Maybe
this summer it'll be your grieving relatives I interview about what a tough
individualist you were.

* From Chris Ericksen; John Sherwood's letter in 'Butt 1496 referred to the
letter written by ISAF President Paul Henderson that was excerpted in 'Butt
1490. He pointed out the sentence that appeared in that letter: "The latest
debates have shown how important the Olympic Regatta is to the World of
Sailing." I can't imagine how Mr. Henderson came to that conclusion: the
latest debates about Olympic sailing - notably the no-discard decision that
was revoke - mostly riled up the world of sailing. And, as Mr. Henderson
said in a somewhat petulant letter in another issue of 'Butt, the rest of
the world didn't understand that this did not affect them but affected only
Olympic sailing.

Mr. Sherwood is right when he said, "The Olympics are important to ISAF,
but most sailors could care less. This is one reason why the average sailor
with his/her typical boat has difficulty relating to ISAF." I'll carry that
further: I think ISAF's involvement in Olympic sailing is ultimately
damaging to the sport of sailing. I can't help notice that the majority of
paragraphs in Mr. Henderson's letter that appeared in 'Butt 1490 was about
Olympic sailing, as is in fact most of what Mr. Henderson seems to discuss
in these pages. I fear that Olympic sailing has become the tail of our
sport that is wagging the dog.

* From Bill Crane: Though an individual can place advertisement on the side
of his boat or applied to the sails can claim to have not received any
payment for the 'advertisement,' any sea-going-lawyer could lead the
interested parties to the conclusion that with the advertisement reaching
out to the general public spreading news of the existence of the business
venture the logo represents will generate some business & therefore
increase the income of the owner of the boat making the 'payment' for the
'advertisement.' Also, one could presume that the boat owner could also be
getting consideration for use of the boat as an advertising expense making
it easier still to link the boat to a 'payment' for the use of space for an

* From Bruce Thompson: The Rules Quiz in 'Butt 1497 highlights a problem
with inconsistent judging and rules. Readers may have been surprised by the
answer because juries have adopted the position that miscreants must be
presented with an equal opportunity to exonerate themselves. Clearly, this
was not the original intent of the rulemakers. How else could they have
provided Rules 60.4 & 61.1 (c) for example, protest by the protest
committee? If the committee does not even convene until after the racing is
finished, there can be no exoneration.

The current protest form and juries have established a distinction between
a valid protest and a legitimate protest. A valid protest requires that the
perpetrator had immediate notice and opportunity to exonerate. You must
make sure all the boxes have been checked. It surely is simpler to dismiss
a protest than to resolve it. A legitimate protest would be where the facts
will establish that the protestee violated the rules and was accorded due
process (written notification of the charge and a hearing to defend himself
against the charge). We ought to go back to this original intent. If he did
it, throw him out. The demands of justice are to protect the innocent, not
the guilty.

* From Don Bedford: One note on Peter Harken's kind words, "Augie Diaz, the
best - and he did it all himself!" I'll add that he did it all with his
wonderful family right beside him. Father Gonzalo (aka "Old Man"), mother
Carmen and brother Gonzo have brought their energy to Snipe and junior
sailing in Miami for decades. Their love and support for each other and the
rest of us Snipe sailors has truly been an inspiration.

* From Augie Diaz: I just have to respond to Peter Harken's guest
editorial. Peter's account of my disastrous iceboating adventure is mostly
true, but he failed to include a minor detail. Turns out that the good
iceboaters like Peter have a knot on their mainsheet so that you cannot let
it out more than a foot or so. This is because the good sailors keep their
apparent wind so far forward that they don't need to ease their mainsheets
at all. Needless to say this did not work very well for a turkey like me
and this is why I crashed and totaled Peter's iceboat; sorry about that
Peter! I think Peter was just happy that I was alive when they came and got
me- I was too.

* From Tucker Strasser: Possibly I read more into Jerry Kaye's letter than
there is, but It appears that in recent years the tone of sailing has
changed from a friendly self regulating honest sport to where many suspect
and vocalize that there are many, many cheaters on and off the water. If
someone does well they must have cheated on the course or they are sailing
on an illegal boat.

The "Basic Principle" of the RRS are Sportsmanship and the rules
--Competitors in the sport of sailing are governed by a body of rules that
they are expected to follow and enforce. A fundamental principle of
sportsmanship is that when competitors bread a rule they will promptly take
a penalty or retire.

Nowhere do I read that everyone must be cheating and there must be a
vigilant monitoring of everyone on and off the water. Maybe it is time to
rewrite the "basic Principle" reflecting this new attitude. I hope not and
I hope this attitude changes. Call me simple but I still believe in my
fellow man/ woman (most of the time)

"A good wife always forgives her husband when she's wrong." - Milton Berle