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SCUTTLEBUTT 1530 - March 2, 2004

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March 1, 2004, San Francisco, CA. - The Sausalito Challenge for the
America's Cup in Valencia 2007 today (Monday) announced it's plans to make
its exclusive sponsorship available for bidding on eBay Motors April 2-9,
2004. eBay Motors is a specialty site on where people buy and sell
boats, cars, motorcycles, other vehicles, and parts & accessories for these
items. eBay Motors is visited by nearly 10 million people every month.

The Exclusive Sponsorship is a comprehensive marketing package offered by
the Sausalito Challenge team, which will provide brand exposure not only in
Europe but also in the U.S., starting in June 2004. The minimum bid will be
$30 million USD with a Buy it Now price of $45 million USD. The sponsorship
will be listed in the "Boats & Watercraft" category on eBay Motors where
currently more than 1,000 boats are available for sale. Details and terms
and conditions applicable to the package will be included in the eBay
listing and made available as of March 1, 2004 to qualifying prospects.

Syndicate co-chairpersons Tina Kleinjan and John Sweeney lead the Sausalito
Challenge. "Our team was designed specifically from the sponsor's point of
view," said Kleinjan. "We just think differently. Our team philosophy is to
look at the entire America's Cup from a different perspective. From
marketing to sailing we will be the team to watch from day one."

eBay was chosen based on its worldwide reach and global image. "The bidding
will be eagerly watched by the sailing world and Madison Avenue," says
Sweeney. "This is the fastest way to reach CEOs and decision makers
worldwide. The fact that eBay brings together buyers and sellers in an open
environment to trade goods at the market price has been the basis of
countless trades for everything from collectible antiques to autos.
However, to the best of our knowledge, this is one of the first times that
the eBay model is being applied to a major sports sponsorship package. We
could spend months trying to reach potential sponsors, but on eBay,
everyone can instantly see what we have to offer."

Auction dates are April 2-9 on eBay Motors (keyword: sailboats). Auction
package preview can be viewed on

Carol, along with teammates Liz Filter and Nancy Haberland, recently won
the US Trials for the Yngling class. Here are some excerpts from an
interview she provided North Sails)

NS: The trials is a long event...8 days and 16 races. You started out well
the first couple days but not at the top of the fleet. Later in the week,
especially after the lay day, you came on very strong. How did you and your
team pace yourselves and "pour it on" as this grueling series wore on?

Carol: It was actually great to not be in the lead early on since it took a
lot of the pressure off. I had predicted months ago that the leader of the
regatta after the first day and maybe after the first half would not be the
eventual winner, and that turned out to be true. Our plan all along was to
focus on racing, and on improving every day on the basics of boat handling,
communication, and tactics. That kept us from getting too wrapped up in the

NS: How did you prepare differently for the actual Trials vs. any other
major championship?

Carol: The biggest difference was the amount of time and effort we poured
in for the Trials. For the final two months before the event, we never left
the dock without a coach, never practiced with tired sails, and made the
regatta our complete focus. It is hard to do that for any other event.

NS: You worked with some of the very best coaches before and during the
trials. How did you utilize them and what do they do to help such a
talented team as yourselves?

Carol: We were very fortunate to work with Greg Fisher, Ed Adams, and Ben
Cesare in our final preparations for the event. Each of these three
talented sailors brings a different approach to helping us and we tried to
absorb everything they told us. The coaching talent we had definitely made
the difference in our final preparations. Everyone can benefit from
coaching since there are always things that are more obvious from off the boat.

NS: What's coming next, and how are you planning to prepare your self to
the Olympics?

Carol: We head to Europe on March 31 and will spend more time there than
home through the Games. We plan to race as much as we can against the teams
we will be competing against at the Games. It was very helpful to know our
competition so well at the Trials, so we could predict what each team was
likely to do in a given situation.

Complete interview at

February was a big month for the Club Library, with eighteen new books
getting added to the shelves. For those frequent library goers, the books
from February are profiled at the top this week, with March submissions
taking over next week. If you are looking for a good read, or would like to
share one with the 'Buttheads, head to the Scuttlebutt Sailing Club Library

Deckman for Windows tactical & routing software and North U "Weather for
Sailors" present back-to-back seminars in Newport, RI. What a great way to
spend a weekend learning how to interpret weather and incorporate optimum
routing and performance of your racing yacht! Graeme Winn, originator of
DfW, and Bill Biewenga, author of North U's "Weather for Sailors" will
present their respective seminars on March 20th and 21st. For further
details or to sign up online visit
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* 444 nm E of Heard Island (Aus): Although a respectable distance of 207 nm
has been covered during the past 12 hours, lighter winds are now the order
of the day as the small ridge of high pressure separating 2 weather systems
overtakes Cheyenne. Speeds averaging 10 kts are predicted through the night
and into Tuesday, when the approaching large Low pressure system will pick
them up, accompanied by winds of 25 kts+.

Commanders Weather Ken Campbell advised this afternoon: "I talked to
(navigator) Adrienne at 1430z and the wind had dropped right down to 6 kts.
They'll be waiting until tomorrow (Tues) for winds to pick up significantly
- meanwhile they'll be working back North to 50 - 51 degrees, setting up
for the much stronger winds to come, when they'll be trying to stay ahead
of the front. Look for big breeze until next weekend. Lots and lots of
wind." -

* All continues to go very well on board the Cap Gemini and Schneider
Electric trimaran. It's true that the number of sea miles covered
point-to-point is not spectacular at the moment, but their progress towards
the Equator is regular and very fast. Under one-reefed main and gennaker,
the trimaran was making an effortless 25 knots plus this morning as she
headed just east of south.

"We don't want to keep on moving west" says the skipper, who goes on to
explain that since the Doldrums are not clearly established to the east,
there is no longer any reason to go for the longitude option to cross the
Equator. "Heading dead south, Geronimo is making very reasonable progress
in the right direction. We're occasionally hitting 30 knots, but not all
the time. Racing before the wind at these speeds beneath the moon on a
silver sea is absolutely wonderful- really something!"

* Since yesterday, the Orange maxi-catamaran has been picking up speed and
covered more than 500 miles over the past 24 hours, which is the giant
cat's best performance since the start. 502.2 miles at 20,9 knots of
average speed for the 4th day at sea. Orange has cleverly dealt with the
trap of the high-pressure zone by sliding along the Moroccan coast before
sneaking between Lanzarote (Canary) and the coast of Mauritania. "True,
this route is not what one would call academic, yet it was justified by the
position of the high," said Bruno Peyron today. "Now we're back in the
west, and we've just done 20 straight hours at 21 knots of average speed.
We're currently sailing in 20 knots of north-easterly wind, with gusts at
25. We now have to take a look at how to manage the passage of Cape Verde,
and tomorrow we'll take a closer look at the Doldrums.

"The sea is rather predictable, and we sent up all the canvass the boat can
hold - which means we're under full main and gennaker. There's no way we
can hoist more sail surface," says Bruno, who confirms this already
represents 1100 square metres! "We had to take everything down during the
night as we felt a slight impact, which caused the boat to stop quite
sensibly. We checked around and discovered we had hit a big shark, maybe 2
or 3 metres long!"-

The relative positions given this morning for Geronimo and Orange II
require some clarification in terms of how far the two multihulls are from
the Equator. The Jules Verne Trophy route is marked by a number of
theoretical waypoints, although none of them is compulsory. One of these
waypoints is at the point where the Equator (0 latitude) crosses 25W.
This is agreed between Jules Verne Trophy competitors as being the average
longitude used by previous attempts. This waypoint is one way of allowing
competitors to measure their performance against that of others and provide
a common reference point when calculating their own "Distance from the

On Day 4
- Distance to the Equator for Geronimo: 1,382 nautical miles
- Distance to the Equator for Orange II: 1,484 nautical miles
- 2002 Record set by Orange: 1.298.6 nautical miles
Geronimo is 102 nautical miles ahead of Orange II and 83 behind the 2002
record. -

* Entries are now being accepted for the 2004 U.S. Youth Championships to
be held in Lasers, Radials, and Club 420s at Carolina Yacht Club and
College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. Application deadline is April 1st,
with applications available at

* 161 boats competed in the Laser Midwinters East hosted by Clearwater
Yacht Club and sailed from the Clearwater Community Sailing Center in
Clearwater, FL. Canadian Michael Leigh and Americans Paige Railey and Emily
Billing won the Laser, Laser Radial and the Laser 4.7 classes,
respectively. Complete results at

* The increasing number of very large record setting utilizing powered
sailing systems has caused the World Speed Sailing Record Council to create
a separate category. Rule 21c states, "Vessels with powered sailing systems
can apply for ratification of any record but will be listed as a separate
category. A vessel is so categorized if any of the sail-setting, reefing,
furling or sheeting functions employ mechanical power. Natural forces must
always remain the sole means of propulsion." The first entry in this
separate category was the October 2003 Monaco to Porto Cervo record by the
105 foot Nariida of Sweden.

* Bids were due Monday to the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) for
cities desiring to host a combined World Championships, similar to the 2003
ISAF World Championship in Cadiz, Spain, which brought all the Olympic
Class World Championships to three venues at the same time. The next event
will be held in 2007, with a possible increased frequency thereafter. Bids
will be revealed Tuesday, with an evaluation panel appointed to make a
recommendation on the 2007 venue to the ISAF Council at the 2004 ISAF
Mid-Year Meetings, 5-6 June 2004. - ISAF,

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* From Dave Curtis: The long awaited decision (two years- thank you Paul
Henderson) of George Iverson vs. the Star class weight limit has finally
arrived. I want to congratulate the Star class and ISAF for deciding that
275 lb. crews are bad for the sport, but 275 lb. skippers are worth their
weight in gold (as in gold medal???). So now the heavy crews are on the
sidelines with no possible Olympic sailing event. But joining them are the
170-210 lb. skippers who can no longer compete on an equal competitive
basis with heavier skippers. People like John Kostecki come to mind. If
it's fair for the majority of the Star class to vote out the minority, then
I guess the basketball players should vote out anyone over 7 ft. tall since
they have an unfair advantage. I don't see any difference.
If you want a weight limit, pick a number, add up the skipper and crew
weights, and then people like me (175 lb.) can sail with guys like George
Iverson. Skippers like Peter Bromby will still outweigh us by 40 lbs.

* From Steve Brownsea: Hey big guys, come sail an International Soling with
no weight limit (I agree all basketball players should be under six foot).

* From: Anton Huggler: In past and renewed "Scuttlebutt" discussions re
Olympics, among numerous comments, these issues stand out:

- Cost of campaign: The limited financial support available to our top
sailors and aspiring youngsters is widely recognized. It obviously keeps
many from launching Olympic campaigns. There certainly is as much
sailing-talent in the US as in Britain, or anywhere else.

- Youth-Programs: A coherent dinghy sailing/racing program appears
nonexistent in the US. While the ISSA (Inter Scholastic Sailing
Association) is working hard to promote high school racing, most collegiate
programs are poorly funded, voluntary and using antiquated non-Olympic boats.

I do not believe American youngsters are drawn to big boats; for many there
is no attractive alternative. Besides Lasers, yacht clubs have Club 420's
or Vanguard 15's. Non-tuneable and sailed only in the US. They are not
suitable to train motivated and advanced young sailors. US Sailing and
yacht clubs should promote Junior, High School and Collegiate sailing in
international class dinghies and make a well-funded effort to raise the
programs to a higher level. A goal must be to retain more young sailors
after their initial experience in Optimists. Currently, the follow-on
programs in the US are just too fragmented to produce a broad base of
internationally competitive dinghy sailors. Youth racing programs need to
add tuneable class boats to their fleets: International 420, Europe's and
the 29er's, a physically demanding and excitingly fast boat, excellent for
the thrill seeking adolescents to keep them sailing.

* From Mark Lammens: The Olympic Games happen only every 4 years but the
preparation and work to prepare for it is continuous. Sailors and teams are
working for 4, 8 and sometimes (as with Kevin Hall) 12 years. The media
needs to develop relationships with our sailing stars (in Olympic Classes)
so there is a chance to get sponsors some exposure. Why would they sponsor
something that gives them very little or nothing back in
advertising, National sailing federations (Canada/US) need
to address issues to get sailors to this level, recruiting the very best
young sailors/athletes to Olympic classes, give them skills and knowledge
with high level camps, get more of them doing it and develop a good
national racing circuit. The issues that we are talking about today are the
same as 2000 and 1996.

* From Peter Buzzini: In defense of Fred Applegate's comments in Scuttlebut
1524, it appears to me that Mr. Applegate's comment points directly at the
US Olympic trials, the selection process, rather than the ability of the
team or individuals who won to represent the USA in the Olympic games.
Shouldn't we focus on the heart of the matter, analyzing and debating the
process and whether it best serves the goals of USA's participation in the
Olympic Games?

Also, if our goal is to best simulate Olympic racing pressure isn't
allowing a throw-out race contradictory to that goal? If we're going to
create the pressure-cooker environment, shouldn't each individual or each
team survive on the merits of each and every race within that one regatta
selection window, regardless of whether the throw-out race rule is allowed
at the Olympics or not? If we are going to agree to the merits and concept
of a throw-out race, shouldn't there be a throw-out regatta?

* From Liz Cabrall: During an Olympic Trial in the '80's, my then
twenty-something son had dreams of Olympic glory in the Star class. With
almost no money and a less than perfect crew, he headed off to Long Beach.
He finished DFL in all 10 races and was sorely disappointed and you
couldn't even say the word "Olympics." Several years later he was
recounting his one perfect upwind leg when everything was wonderful and he
felt like he owned the world. Surprised, I asked him how he felt about the
experience. I hadn't dared to ask before. He said, "Mom, you know that even
if I had had a brand new boat, new sails, a motor home on that beach, a
great meal every night, I would have lost."

Twenty some years later he is still sailing. Has a Lightning now - "A
better family boat." Still goes to the Nationals, although his performance
is only somewhat better. He is at peace with himself, a productive member
of society, and still loves the thrill of competition. I hope that today's
Olympic hopefuls had as great an opportunity that open trials gave him.

It is easier to walk through doors that open, than to break down locked ones.