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SCUTTLEBUTT 1500 - January 20, 2004

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KEY WEST, Fla. - Maspero Giovanni and his Joe Fly crew from Lecco, Italy,
won the first Farr 40 race they ever sailed Monday and smoked that tough
crowd with first and fourth-place finishes in the opening day of Terra Nova
Trading Key West 2004, presented by Nautica. At the same time, Philippe
Kahn and his 14-year-old world champion son Samuel (a.k.a. Shark) from
Santa Cruz, Calif. and Hawaii are first and third among 58 Melges 24s. They
are separated by Britain's unheralded John Pollard in second.

The Joe Fly guys also sail a mean Melges 24 (fourth here a year ago) and a
Mumm 30 on the European circuit, but they hadn't seen their new Farr 40
until last week. They got in four days of practice, then went out Monday
for real. "The difference with the Farr 40 is that it's easy," said
Giovanni, who was at the wheel in the owner-driver class, with Luca
Santella matching tactical wits with a flock of superstars.

In the second race, with the wind building to 15 knots, they were 15th at
the first mark but picked off enough boats to put four points between
themselves and three-time Key West winner George Andreadis' Atalanti XII
(Robbie Haines), followed by Jim Richardson's Barking Mad (Terry
Hutchinson) and defending champion Alexandra Geremia's and helmsman Scott
Harris' Crocodile Rock (Vince Brun).

For sheer elegance, the Swan 45s stepped out in style for the first time
with an eight-boat fleet and, appropriately, the Nautor's Swan brothers
swapped wins as the elder Leonardo emerged atop the fleet on the day, while
Massimo stood fourth. San Francisco's Dee Smith, tactician for Craig
Speck's second-place VIM from Newport, R.I., liked the ride. "All the boats
seem to go the same speed," he said, "although it's too early to tell after
two races. They're great boats to race against other Swans."

Four boats, including both Corsair trimaran leaders, had perfect days. Bob
Harkrider, Augusta, Ga., sailed his Corsair 28R Bad Boys to a pair of
firsts, as did Robert Remmers, Des Moines, Iowa, on Breaking Wind. Mike
Rose's J/133, Raincloud, from Kemah, Tex. and Jim Hightower's Farr 37, Hot
Ticket, Houston, Tex. also was unbeatable in PHRF 3 and 8, respectively. -
Rich Roberts.
Complete results:
Check out the great photos:

* According to the last edition of the Italian newspaper "Gazzetta dello
Sport", the change of position for Patrizio Bertelli is now finalized and,
in its second incarnation estimates about €80 million, a new Prada
Challenge will be there in 2007. Currently, active negotiations are in
place with potential new members and "a victorious puzzle" will be
assembled in the next few weeks said Antonio Marrai, Logistics and Services
Manager for the new challenge. From April-May, with the summer season
approaching in the northern hemisphere, the team's activities will relocate
to Spain where they will start to build a new base in Valencia in March or
April 2004. - Cup in Europe website,

* "I have personally decided that this Cup will be my last America's Cup
as sailor", Russell Coutts said in December in an interview with the
Spanish Website After his victory as skipper of Alinghi in the
2003 America's Cup, Russell Coutts is now the most successful skipper in
the 152-year history of the America's Cup. 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. - Cup in
Europe website,

One of the best proving grounds for all the cool new gear is at the Terra
Nova Trading Key West regatta. Team One Newport has their base station at
the A & B Marina parking lot alongside Aramid Rigging, where staffers are
available before and after racing to provide gear advice or replacement
items. During the day, however, they will be on the water testing the best
gear for 2004. If you are not at Key West but looking toward Acura SORC in
February, contact them for crew uniforms or your technical gear needs at
800-VIP-GEAR or

The hottest seats in London Sunday night were at the Schroders London
International Boat Show, UKWA versus PWA indoor windsurfing championship.
The sold out show was 'The' place to be in London and those fortunate
enough to have tickets were treated to a sensational evening of extreme
windsurfing. With 25 fans sending 30 knots of wind screaming across the
pool, action was fast and furious throughout with slalom, freestyle and
jump ramp competitions sending the crowds wild in appreciation at the
spectacular display.

Against the deafening noise of the 25 huge fans, the non-stop extreme
action continued with hot freestyle. Each sailor was given four chances to
speed down the pool and pull off a move, with their best two maneuvers
counting towards the overall score. The jump ramp show in the evening was
the one everybody had been waiting for, with the level literally going
through the roof since the first session on Thursday night. Each of the
fourteen sailors were given two attempts at the jump ramp with their best
jump counting and the top six advancing through to the grand final.

After a tense wait while the judges totted up the scores from all three
disciplines Kauli Seadi (AHD, Naish of Brazil emerged as the overall winner
and walked away with a winners check and a brand new motorbike presented by
Honda. The Indoor windsurfing at the London Boat Show has proved to be a
huge success and sponsors have already indicated that they want it back
bigger and better for next year! ISAF website,

Full results:

* A Maryland sailor had a fatal heart attack Sunday while his boat was
returning to the harbor after practicing for Terra Nova Trading Key West
2004. Marty Dwinell, 45, of Edgewater, Md., was a foredeck crew member on
the J/24 Rumblefisch, which skipper Chuck Collins of Deale, Md. had
chartered for the event. Dwinell died despite a heroic effort by an
unidentified paramedic who jumped off another boat and swam to Rumblefisch
to give Dwinell CPR. The incident occurred on a day of sailing in turbulent
seas with winds to 18 knots and shortly before a heavy rainstorm blew
through the area.

* Jaguar /Land Rover of Annapolis has signed on as title sponsor of the
2004 J/22 Worlds hosted by the Annapolis YC. World class sailor, television
commentator and author Gary Jobson is the event's honorary chairman.

* After more than three years of hard work and anticipation more than 200
Crew Volunteers gathered together on Saturday (17th January) to learn who
they will be racing around the world with in the Global Challenge 2004/05.
At 18.00 Sir Chay Blyth, executive chairman of race organizer, Challenge
Business revealed the composition of the 12 teams. Now the hard work of
building the team, developing winning strategies and sailing the yacht as a
race crew begins. -

* The Notice of Race for the Southern California Yachting Association's
75th Annual Midwinter Regatta is now on-line. The regatta, scheduled for
Saturday and Sunday, February 14-15, regularly draws in excess of 600
boats. Twenty-eight SCYA clubs and associations run races on 29 different
racing venues stretching from Santa Barbara to San Diego and including
Arizona. Competition is held for one-design classes, both monohull and
multihull, as well as PHRF, Portsmouth and ORCA handicap classes; racing
for predicted-log racers, landsailors and radio-controlled sailboats is
also included. -

The ideal crew gear is one of the new Camet High Tech Breathable Polo
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Following an excellent weekend of overnight testing and sail training in
which Cheyenne's crew put the 125' maxi-cat through all her paces
(including helicopter-borne film cameras and still photos), the team
arrived back at dock at Plymouth Yacht Haven Sunday afternoon to find that
the weather prognosis has now improved, and a possible RTW start as early
as Saturday 24th January is on the cards.

"Fantastic sail," said watch captain David Scully. "Wind strengths from
flat to 40 knots made it a great weekend for practicing catamaran
manoeuvres. Every sail in the inventory got an airing, and although temps
were low, spirits were high. It was a pleasure to see this expert crew
mesh, and confront the challenges that sailing this monster machine poses.
No breakages, and no accidents, and a relatively short list of tweaks,
which is good, as we hope to be leaving on the record next weekend."

Skipper Steve Fossett added, "With the passage of a Cold Front, High
Pressure will build this weekend. That will give us the Northwest winds we
want to launch our Round the World record attempt. If the start proves to
be Saturday instead of Sunday, we would leave the dock in Plymouth late on
Friday afternoon to allow time for a leisurely overnight sail to the start
line off of Ouessant Island, France." -

Last week the first ISAF World Match Racing Rankings were released and
posted on the ISAF website. With this latest rankings release, there is not
much ostensible movement, although in the short term, Jesper Radich (DEN)
has regained second place behind Karol Jablonski (POL), long-time leader of
the rankings. Ed Baird (USA) has dropped to third.

The rankings are based on a rolling 365-day cycle, with events either
placed in the most recent 365-days (year) or the second 365 days, depending
on when they happened. There is a higher points weighting on events in the
first 365 days. A skipper's ranking score is calculated as the best four
events from each year. But James Spithill (ranked #5) and Peter Gilmour
(#17) had some time off from the match racing circuit in 2002 to compete in
the America's Cup, so they both only carry two events in the second year of
their score, a situation that is likely to change over the next few months.

Spithill returned to the circuit early in the summer of 2003 and had a
fantastic run of results from ISAF Grade 1 events - winning the Cento Cup,
second in the ACI HT Mobile Cup, and third in the Congressional Cup. All
three of these events will move into his second year score by the rankings
released on 24 June. Gilmour came back to the circuit late last year, but
with victories in both the Nippon Cup, and the King Edward VI Presentation
of the Bermuda Gold Cup, he has a strong basis for a good move.

Gavin Brady (#20) is another big mover at the beginning of 2004, making a
first appearance in the top twenty since March 2003. He will need to pull
off some good performances in 2004 if he is to continue to climb.

This rankings release is important for the Women's circuit, as it
determines who are likely to be the 16 skippers who will battle Malin
Millbourn (SWE) for the title of 2004 ISAF Women's Match Racing World
Champion to be held in J/22s in Annapolis in June.
For complete rankings:

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Letters selected for publication must include the writer's name and may be
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shot and don't whine if others disagree.)

* From William F. Cook: With all due respect to John Riise, I don't find
anything silly about 'Live Free or Die', as it is a way of life that drove
the founders of this country. And to answer his later question, children
under 12 are not qualified to make life or death choices. I thought that
was obvious.

I wear a PFD on small boats. I often do not on larger boats. The simple
fact is that on the Chesapeake Bay in August when it is 96 degrees out with
90% humidity and we are racing in conditions with winds so light that
cigarette smoke goes straight up and there is still a remarkable washing
machine of choppy seas out there, wearing a PFD is incredibly uncomfortable
and arguably unnecessary (a cynic could say the same thing about the
racing, but that's not the point). That choice should be left up to me.

* From Dieter Loibner (In response to John Riise and Live Free or Die):
John's assessment is very accurate and reflects an observation made by many
boating journalists. But pitching machismo against the law is always
tricky. Therefore, let me propose a commercial idea, inspired by the
reluctance of Italian drivers to wear seat belts. That country's more
inventive street vendors capitalized on this vice by selling white T-shirts
with a black diagonal stripe (choose driver or passenger model). You know
where I'm headed. Life is about illusion and a PFD T-shirt is just what a
die-hard (or die-dumb) PFD opponent needs. If it works for the Carabinieri
it might also work for the Coasties. Just practice your excuse in case you
get boarded.

* From Dustin Romey: "...sailing is an inherently risky activity..." Let's
be real here. I take a much greater risk everyday when I get in my car and
drive to work, or walk across a busy intersection. I haven't looked at the
statistics in a year or two; however, I clearly remember that the number of
deaths that occur on sailboats and could have been prevented by a PFD is
very small. Yet the numbers of deaths that occur on powerboats and could
have been prevented by a PFD is quite large. Our job as sailors should be
to educate the USCG, and the public, on how safe our sport really is and
show them how we currently govern our own safety (ORC Regs, Class Rules,
SI's). We've already regulated ourselves and are quite safe, now we just
need to make sure the Coast Guard and our state Marine Police understand
that. And then we need to stay out of their way as they regulate power
boating where the real problem

* From Craig Coulsen: In respect to the comments by Tucker Strasser, it is
time either the RRS Basic principle is rewritten or National Authorities
start banning people who breach it. When was the last time some body
retired after an infringement when you requested them to? Likewise when was
the last time you saw someone retire of their own accord? Why shouldn't a
person who clearly infringes or causes serious damage and refuses to retire
when requested yet loses the subsequent protest cop 30 days in the "sin
bin" so to speak for their misconduct and breach of the Basic Principle.
The whole point is there is far too much needless boat damage occurring
because people are not taking their obligations seriously enough while at
the same time ignoring basis rules.

* From John M. Diggins: I agree with ISAF Opinion that Appendix A 5 does
not limit when or how the Race Committee can score without a hearing, but I
cannot accept the conclusion reached. The Race Committee knew that there
were three boats O.C.S. at the start, but could identify only two of the
three, both of which corrected their error. Ashore,( after the results were
posted ?) two boats filed a protest against the third O.C.S.boat in
accordance with RRS 61.3. At this point in time, the Race Committee had no
jurisdiction over the document. The Protest information was the property of
the Protest Committee and was subject to RRS 63. I believe that a hearing
was mandated, and the Scorer could not be directed to change the posted
results without a Hearing and Decision of the Protest Committee.

It appears that the Principal Race Officer was also the Chairperson of the
Protest Committee, and simply forgot to change hats at the appropriate
moment. ISAF seems to have overlooked this element when writing their
Opinion. The result is, in my view, that the competitors wind up in the
dark as to how the system should operate, and gives the appearance of
arbitrary and capricious race management. These incidents lead to the
gripes which Scuttlebutt publishes ad nauseum regarding the R.R.S. and
their application.

* From J. D. Stone: Not to take anything away from Augie on winning the
Rolex, and the comment that he did it alone, without a pro on board, but
over my 30 some years of sail boat raceing, I've benefited tremendously
from the advice, assistance, explanations and willingness to help of
professionals in this wonderful sport of sailing. My first lesson came from
a guy named Perry Lewis - a North rep who taught me the finer points of
main sail trimming on a gusty day - what to do in the puffs and lulls and
why it worked.

As a member of the Etchells class, I've also benefited greatly from the
assistance of both Ched Proctor, and Jud Smith who, even if I'm using the
other guys sails have offered tons of advice on mast tuning, sail trim and
weather predictions. Yes there is some pride to "do it yourself" with no
pro on board, but without the pros, I think our sport would not have
advanced as far as it has in the last 30 years. Thank you to all who have
made this sport their livelihood, keep up the good work!

* From Big Mike Howard: A toast to Dick Pennington. The only man in the
world who could go to meetings, run his business and end up at the Jolly
Roger wearing two totally different pairs of shoes for the day. When called
on the carpet by a group of his mates come up with the answer, "I can't
believe it - they don't even look a like. Bartender - a round for the boys."

That was Dick. One of the great owners and helmsmen I have sailed with.
Great starter and finisher. He will be missed by all of us who were blessed
to share the oceans with him over the years. I am not sure that God is
ready for our good mates who have passed on over the past year. Heaven I am
sure is out of control. Dick, Goose, Fang and the rest of you, keep it down
up there. We mortals are trying to sleep. Bless you all.

If you are getting run out of town - run to the front of the crowd. Make it
look like you're leading a parade.