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SCUTTLEBUTT 1522 - February 19, 2004

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ESTABLISHING THE GROUND RULES
ISAF will perform very intense measurement at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
ISAF will make rulings and interpretations of class rules. These may be in
conflict with what has been the custom at Class Championships and in most
classes will be more comprehensive than procedures at World Championships.
ISAF intends to ensure the One-Design concepts of the Olympic classes. The
ISAF Olympic Measurement Committee shall have the sole and final
responsibility of interpreting the class rules for the Olympic Regatta.

It is ISAF's intention to inform all Olympic sailors of what they can
expect at the Olympic Regatta and not spring something unknown when they
arrive in Athens. To this end ISAF will publish the Measurement Regulations
on the ISAF website and will publish all class rule interpretations. ISAF
will be involved in the measurement at several of the final Olympic
Qualifiers, so as to ensure the sailors understand the Measurement
Procedures which will be used at the 2004 Olympic Regatta. These 2004
Olympic Regatta Measurement Regulations will be published on the ISAF
Website and in Making Waves. - Paul Henderson, ISAF website:
http://www.sailing.org/Article_content.asp?ArticleID=6442

FOR THE RECORD
* After waiting six hours for 'optimal' conditions, the Orange II
maxi-catamaran had crossed the Jules Verne Trophy starting line at 07:41
GMT as Bruno Peyron and his crew of 14 will try and break the current
round-the-world record, held since May 2002 by Orange I (64d, 8h, 37m).
When the line was crossed this morning, the weather conditions were good.
The seas were calm, and the boat was sailing with one reef in the main and
staysail, in 21-23 knots of easterly wind. Several hours later, Peyron
reported the boat is sailing at 25-30 knots. For the coming 24 hours, the
wind is expected to increase. - http://www.orange.fr

* Steve Fossett and Cheyenne's crew of 12 continued to post strong averages
during Wednesday as they progressed South, covering 405 miles at an average
of nearly 17 kts for the past 24 hours They should cross the Tropic of
Capricorn Wednesday tonight. Weather router Ken Campbell commented that
Cheyenne's prognosis for the next 24 hours looks positive, but challenges
lie ahead, "Friday and Saturday will become tricky as they attempt to avoid
having the wind shift take them towards the High." -
http://www.fossettchallenge.com/

* The weather for the next few days seems to be very good for Jean Luc van
den Heede's 84-foot aluminum cutter Adrien. VDH may well be getting the
Doldrums reduced to a minimum presence, if things develop as forecast.
Having covered 239 miles in the last 24 hours he is now 26 days and 13
hours ahead of the 'westabout' singlehanded global record held by Philippe
Monnet. - http://www.vdh.fr/gb/

* At exactly 8:45 am BPH Volvo 60 with Captain Roman Paszke and his nine
crew crossed the virtual line of the round the world record attempt.
Starting in 7 knots of northwest breeze and calm seas Paszke will try to
establish fully crewed monohull circumnavigation record. However, as there
is no trace of this kind of record with World Sailing Council, Bank BPH
yacht would be the first yacht to attempt this. After purchasing two old
Assa Abloy yachts last December from Swedish Volvo team, Paszke and the
crew have been training in the south of France in preparation for round the
world record attempt. As Volvo 60 yachts have been designed with maximum of
30 days on the water in mind, Bank BPH had undergone major refit in order
to accommodate all sails, equipment and food necessary for the round the
world trip. - Sailhead.com, full story: www.sailhead.com/

TURNING PRO
Ecover and Mike Golding Yacht Racing have joined forces to set up an Ecover
Ocean Sailing Academy (EOSA) aimed principally at helping young sailors who
aim to make the difficult transition from amateur to professional status.
EOSA has sought applications from sailors who have already clearly
demonstrated their commitment to engaging in professional sailing. The aim
is to provide assistance to sailors who are already on the road to becoming
professional. In most cases this means sailors who are currently engaged in
arenas such as Open Class, Figaro or Mini Transat.

EOSA Modules will include expert input in the fields of Boat Design, Health
& Physical Care, Media and Sponsor Communication, Mini Transat Campaigns,
Nutrition, Project Definition & Management, Sails, Sleep Management,
Sponsorship and Weather and Navigation. Each scholarship candidate has
signed the Ecover Clean Sea Charter, which provides common sense guidance
designed to protect the fragile environment through which we sail. Ecover,
producers of ecological washing and cleaning products, is totally dedicated
to raising environmental awareness in the yachting community. - info@ecover.com

S.C.Y.A. MIDWINTERS
Ullman Sails congratulates our customers for their outstanding performances
at this year's Southern California Midwinters Regatta. The following is
only a partial list; more winners to appear next week in Scuttlebutt:
Schock 35- 1. Ray Godwin; Santana 30/30- 1. Dennis Godfirnon; Cal 25- 1.
Steve & Jane Horst; J/29- 1. Eric McClure; Capri 22- 1. Steve Ross; Holder
20- 1. Jim Rosaschi; A-Cat- 1. Pete Melvin; F/18- 1. Jay & Pease Glaser;
505- 1. Mike Martin; Etchells- 1. Ed Feo; PHRF A- 1. Oscar Krinsky; PHRF B-
1. Scott Taylor; Cruising- 1. Tom LeBus. Visit us at http://www.ullmansails.com

NEWS BRIEFS
* The Finn Gold Cup in Rio de Janeiro saw two more races today in superb
conditions in Guanabara Bay with fresh winds and great waves. A win in race
5 and a 12th in race 6 saw Ben Ainslie (GBR) move into a 7 point lead over
Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) with just three races to go. David Burrows
(IRL) moved up to 3rd after some consistent races. - www.atividade.com.br/finn

* San Diego resident, Joshua Ross (director of Challenged America), is
recipient of the 2004 National "Outstanding Director of a Year-Round
Program" Award, by the Community Service Council of U.S. Sailing. The
announcement cited Ross's use of innovations in technology and an inclusive
teaching style to overcome , physical limitations such as paraplegia,
quadriplegia, amputation, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, multiple
sclerosis, and blindness. Ross was also the guiding force in the
development of modifications made to the Challenged America Tripp 40
sailboat (B'Quest) - making the Transpac Race possible for his crew of six,
which included those with significant disabilities. - www.ussailing.org

* "The World of Model Yachts," is a new exhibit that will be on display
from May 15- October 31 at the Museum of Yachting in Newport, RI -
approximately 50 models from the 1800's to the present, with boats and
material from the United States, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand.
Also, in collaboration the American Model Yachting Association and US
Vintage Model Yacht Group, the Museum is presenting a series of model
yachting events including radio-controlled racing and youth events. -
www.museumofyachting.org.

* Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Alexander Wolff whose two-page feature
entitled "Mast Appeal" addressed the development of 'Sail Newport' has
received the $5000 Sail America John Southam Award for Excellence in
Sailing Communications. In the newspaper categories, Claudia L. Bayliss of
the South Bend Tribune took home the $1000 prize in the 'Newspapers over
100,000 circulation' category for her article, "Borne By the Wind." Jo
Donaldson's story in the Cumberland Times-News, "Sailing Away," edged out
76 other entries in the 'Newspapers under 100,000 circulation' category.' -
www.southamaward.com

* Meg Galliard, Zach Lenoard, Bob Merrick, Brad Read, Sam Macky, Mike
Kalin, Bern Noack, Peter Alarie, Peter Levesque and John Mollicone are just
a few of the faculty members at the third annual Sail Newport Advanced
Racing Clinic to be held Friday-Sunday, June 11-13, - just before the Youth
Championships. Patterned, after the successful CISA Clinic in Southern
California, the program will be held in Club 420s (spinnaker and trapeze),
Laser Full-rigs, and Laser Radials for sailors ages 14 to 19. Participation
is limited to a select number of sailors so applications should be e-mailed
early. www.sailnewport.org

* Having received five entries for the 50-foot multihull division and six
entries for the 50-foot monohull division, Offshore Challenges organizers
of The Transat, can confirm the participation of the 50-foot class. The
50ft class often acts as a 'feeder' class for up and coming sailors who go
on to compete at a professional level on the IMOCA and ORMA 60ft circuits.
This single-handed transatlantic race will start on May 31 from Plymouth,
UK racing nearly 3,000 miles across the North Atlantic to Boston,
Massachusetts. - www.thetransat.com

DECKMAN FOR WINDOWS USA SEMINAR
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SPEED TIPS
It's not often that you hear "comfort" as one of the key reasons for
winning a competitive regatta. But the British Virgin Islands' Kevin
Rowlette, skipper of his Olson 30, Willy T, claimed just that after
stepping on the scales and taking away his weight in Cruzan rum at the 11th
annual St. Croix International Regatta, held February 14 to 16 out of St.
Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Taking his inspiration from the IC-24, a
redesign of a J/24 innovated by St. Thomas sailors Chris Rosenberg and
Morgan Avery, Rowlette worked over three weeks to cut back the cabin top
and extend the cockpit of his Olson forward to create more room. "The crew
had much more maneuvering room, and that, along with ideal conditions
blowing 15 to 20 knots was our key to success," Rowlette says. - For more
on the St. Croix International Regatta: www.caribbeanracing.com or
www.stcroixyc.com/sailing/

INDUSTRY NEWS
* The 63rd Miami International Boat Show wrapped up on Tuesday with about
the same number of visitors as last year but more buoyant sales. ''We're
running dead even with last year - about 138,000 - in attendance, but the
quality of customer seems to be really good,'' said Cathy Johnston,
southern regional manager of the National Marine Manufacturers Association,
which puts on the show. Show organizers had hoped to reel in 150,000
visitors to the show, said to be one of the world's largest nautical fairs
with more than 2,300 exhibitors. Miami Herald, http://tinyurl.com/2mumw
(For reference, The Schroders London Boat reported attendance of 210,300
visitors.)

* Multihull sail specialist Calvert Sails of Islamorada, Florida has formed
a partnership with Halsey-Lidgard Sailmakers which has 18 lofts world wide.

HALBERG AWARD
The presence of controversial finalist Russell Coutts in Christchurch has
added spice and intrigue to the Halberg Awards. Seldom in its 55-year
history have the sports awards been so keenly anticipated as during the
lead-up to tonight's black-tie dinner at the Christchurch Convention
Centre. Coutts arrived from Sydney tonight in the middle of a brewing storm
surrounding his eligibility for the awards. The organizers have taken the
"appropriate security measures", but Halberg chief executive officer Dave
Currie is not anticipating any difficulties. "We will certainly not have
the police surrounding the convention centre," Currie said.

Coutts, who will be accompanied by his mother, Beverly, can only be
considered for the supreme Halberg Award if he first wins the Sportsman of
the Year award. He will have strong competition from world champion
canoeist Ben Fouhy, Indycar champion Scott Dixon and world kart champion
Wade Cunningham for the Sportsman of the Year award. - NZPA, full story:
http://tinyurl.com/22qty

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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 Jef d'Etiveaud: I am somewhat troubled by the fact that some people
feel aggressed by record breaking attempt. Having spent a great deal of
energy leading racing and record attempt campaigns, I must say that I did
so (Up to now) without the least suspicion that I would generate such
hatred from fellow sailors. We prepare our boats, kiss our wives and kids
and go out there enjoying life and trying to better ourselves in the
process. If you are going to throw stones at this kind of exercise you
better have a nice pile behind you... I can find worse things to blame.

* From Jim Champ: Magnus Wheatley may not be alone thinking that that the
current round the world record-breaking attempts are utterly boring, but
certainly exaggerated. Among the key arguments for the against the clock
thing are:

1. Fastest to do X has a long tradition in human endeavour, and folk find
it easy to understand. In athletics etc the world record holder is as big a
name as the world champion. Listen to the big extra cheers at Athens when
the records go down in races.

2. If there are two of you in the race and one drops out just after the
start, say with sail damage, the whole endeavour is left looking pretty
pointless. If you're going against the clock you have interest for the
sponsor until the clock target finally looks unreachable.

3. World records tend to stay in the history books a bit longer than race
results.

I agree that the element of luck with the weather is a big factor in long
distance racing, but it's also part of the challenge in getting it right.
You could argue that to get a "proper" race there should be waypoints set
every 50 miles so that competitors sail the same route, so the fastest boat
wins, but that would take something out of it too.

* From Mark Zaranski: I find these giant multihull globe gallops mildly
interesting (how fast can they go? will they explode?) , and they give me
hope. The Race was about throttling back and holding the pieces together.
Chasing the Jules Verne Trophy gives these crews reason to keep pushing
rather than just staying between the competition and the finish line. The
hope I have is that these "jaunts" will result in a better designed/better
tested/better prepared fleet for the upcoming round the world races for
these titans. Personally, I am so bored with AC hype that I can't even get
interested in Sausalito's quixotic thoughts of a challenge.

* Tom R. Garner: Hopefully Magnus Wheatley is alone in his thinking. If he
is so bored with sailing news, maybe he would be better off watching the
weather channel.

* From Peter Commette: Dierk Polzin's letter in Butt 1520 made a great
point. For the Finn, grass roots development is one of the many reasons
that it is experiencing one of the best turnouts for the Olympic Trials.
Finn sailors look out for their own and develop their own. They put in
intensive, unselfish work recruiting and helping new talent and bringing
the older talent back up to speed when they return to the class, although
they never really seem to leave! The nonprofit US Finn Foundation started
by Finn greats Gus Miller, Dave Branch, Ding Schoonmaker, Harry Anderson,
Art Diefendorf, and Pat Healy has put on clinics for the Finn's Olympic
aspirants over the past five months importing top world ranked Finn talent
to teach.

It's no coincidence that the top guys right now at the Trials look like any
of them could push for a medal, while others are pushing them hard. A
veteran from eight years ago, John Porter, has won a race. Henry Sprague
and Lou Nady, alternates from the '64 and '72 Olympics, and Andy Kern (a
young "old timer") have been fighting for the lead in races. At the other
end of the age spectrum, young Finn sailors who have benefited greatly from
the Foundation's clinics, and who are doing well at the trials are Brian
Boyd in fourth, Jeremy Pape, first in a race, Brad Nieuwstat, second in a
race, and Phil Tate, sixth in a race. Hats off to the Finn Class!

* From Kyle Henehan (In reference to the Finn and Star being two of the
boats that have been on the Olympic chopping block): I think that the top
end of the system always thinks that they know what is best for the sport.
But I think sometimes they could do more good by taking a step back and
either looking at and/or listen to the people in the sport more. It seems
like they want to change things to how THEY want them and not to what would
be better.

* From Richard Hazelton, Editor 48 North Sailing Magazine: A question for
Buttheads. We're thinking of running a "sailing competition" at one of our
boat shows using a computer sail racing simulator game. Which ones have you
found to be the best?

* From Paolo Sheaffer (Re: Scott Dixon's Stuff award): Is Chip Ganassi a
Kiwi? Team Target Racing is a New Zealand operation? Get over it Kiwis!
Your problem was Green, and I mean the person, not the money. Monsieur
Coutts organized, recruited and drove a winning team. I say that counts for
more than steering a car for a well-funded team around some oval tracks,
but maybe I'm missing something. And now these Olympic selection protests!
Hamish Pepper lost the A-cup, so he can't be worthy? Come on!

* From Bob Davie: I am getting depressed by seeing the Russell Coutts saga
arise again. It will particularly strident today if he wins the Halberg
award. I like many New Zealand sailors was disappointed that he chose to
sail for another Team in the AC. As a professional yachtsman it must have
been hard to resist the cash. However, what I really wanted was for him to
find a way to make it work with Team New Zealand. That didn't happen and
the rest is history. He is still the best sailor to come out of New
Zealand. Let's just get over it and enjoy the sailing that our wonderful
country has to offer.

* From Justin Farr: It's people like you Greg Landon that make me and most
other kiwi's embarrassed and ashamed to be known as a proud New Zealander
get off your high horse, and get over it. Furthermore, how can you or
anyone, ever place a sportsman (good or bad) in the same sentence as Saddam
Hussein maybe you should leave the country!

* From Kitty James: I for one find Greg Langdon's comments on Russell
Coutts in 'butt 1521 clearly exceed Scuttlebutt's directive to "save your
bashing and personal attacks for elsewhere."

Curmudgeon's Comment: Justin and Kitty both make valid points.

CURMUDGEON'S OBSERVATIONS
Generally the right thing to say comes to mind immediately after you've
said the wrong thing.