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SCUTTLEBUTT 1536 - March 10, 2004

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After 122 days 14 hours 3 minutes and 49 seconds at sea, Jean Luc Van den
Heede's 84-foot aluminum Adrien crossed the finishing line off the Island
of Ushant in NW Brittany to complete his East to West (backwards)
circumnavigation. This broke the previous single-handed, non-stop, round
the world against the winds and currents record set on the November 7, 2003
by Phillippe Monnet by 29 days, 5 hours, 50 minutes and 47 seconds -
subject to ratification by the World Speed Sailing Record Council. This was
Van Den Heede's fourth attempt at this record. VDH is now sailing to his
home port of Les Sables d'Olonne in Western France, and plans to arrive on
Thursday 11 March at 5 p.m. CET. -

The South African Challenge has as one of its goals the expression of that
nation's ethnic diversity in its make-up and there are hopes that five or
six of its race crew will be black sailors. The syndicate enjoys official
backing from the South African government in the form of Ngconde Balfour,
the minister of sport, and it is actively recruiting young black sailors
through a youth foundation in Cape Town sponsored by one of the team's
founders, Salvatore Sarno.

Sarno, an Italian-born South African resident of 14 years standing, is the
chairman of the Mediterranean Shipping Company in South Africa and is the
Managing Director of the challenge. He will work alongside Cape Town
yachtsman Geoff Meek who will lead the sailing team and Britain's Paul
Standbridge who is sailing manager, a role he fulfilled in the last Cup for
the GBR Challenge. Another key player is the talented young British
designer, Jason Ker, who is de-camping from Southampton to Cape Town next
week to begin work on the lines of his first attempt at an America's Cup
Class. The syndicate has money for its first year and is aiming for a total
budget ranging at the bottom end of around E25 million and E100 million at
the top. Meek believes the money will be found in the resurgent South
African economy and says the early indications are encouraging.

* While no one is expecting anything spectacular, there is serious intent
as evidenced by the team's purchase of one of Prada's 2000 generation Luna
Rossa yachts, ITA48. - Excerpts from a major story by Ed Gorman on The
Daily Sail website, full story:

"People won't take us very seriously overseas, but I think we have a great
chance." - Geoff Meeks, who will skipper the South African America's Cup
entry. - BBC Sport,

* Yesterday's 557-mile entry in the log marked a seventh consecutive day's
run of more than 500nm for skipper Steve Fossett and the 125ft
maxi-catamaran Cheyenne on their Round The World record attempt. Yesterday
they continued their streak across the south-west Pacific Ocean - and
extended their lead over the 2002 RTW record holder's position to 2,222
miles - an advantage of five days. They are currently 3,139 nm west of Cape
Horn. With threatening weather building to the south later this week,
Fossett and navigator Adrienne Cahalan plotted a course slightly to the
north-east, sacrificing a little of the advantage of a shorter, more
southerly passage east for the potential option of being able to quickly
move back to the 'roaring forties' from the 'furious fifties'. In addition
to being over 2,200 miles ahead of Orange's 2002 record track, Cheyenne and
crew are also over 1,100 miles ahead of the 2003 RTW position of Geronimo
after 31 days - at the time considered a very fast passage. - Excerpt from
the Yachting World website,
Cheyenne website:

* The Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran completed Day 12 with 517
nautical miles on the clock after averaging 21.55 knots, making this the
second day of covering over 500 miles on her dash to the Southern Ocean.
This performance put the 11-man crew around 90 nautical miles ahead of the
current record at 23:18 last night. The unusual weather configuration in
the south Atlantic is still proving very costly in terms of distance to be
covered by giving the French crew no choice but to skirt a very large high
pressure region around its western edge. There is also the threat of a new
unusual weather pattern in the shape of a depression centered over
Madagascar. This is forecast to move southwards, seriously disrupting
weather systems that have been well-established until now and - worse still
- threatening Geronimo with poorer sea conditions. -

* From the Polish VO 60 Bank BPH attempting a fully-crewed monohull round
the world record (there is no existing record): The wind is slowly
beginning to weaken, but that doesn't change the fact that that we only
sailed 246 nautical miles today. This is driving us crazy. We have one or
two days of light winds in front of us, so we will take the opportunity to
inspect the yacht, especially the mast, since it hasn't worked right since
the very start. After these two days, according to what our routier tells
us, we will beging our attack on the "forties." The weather remains nice,
but these are surely the last days we will enjoy for a while to come. Daily
progress: 246 miles -

Prior to the introduction of Ockam's 007 Matryx display, "trend"
information was restricted to systems running outboard computer programs.
Stripchart data is a powerful tool on the racecourse - the Matryx display
provides wind and current speed/direction graphs at the push of a button.
Ockam's new wireless PDA software package "EYE" provides stripcharting of
multiple functions across a wide range of time periods. Predict the future
(more) accurately with EYE and Matryx - Contact Tom Davis (
or visit; contact Campbell Field (
or visit

Miami, FL - It didn't look or feel like a sailing regatta today as the 93-
boat Bacardi Cup fleet went searching for wind on Biscayne Bay. Despite the
shifty light breeze, the race was won with a long lead by the Portuguese
duo of Alfonso Domingos and crew Bernardo Santos. With half the races
completed, they are now in first place overall at the Bacardi Cup. Second
place went to Austrians Hans Spitzauer and crew Andreas Hanakamp, followed
by Americans George Szabo and crew Mark Staube in third place. Most of
yesterday's leaders were caught in the back of the pack with no wind. The
Austrians were in ninth position after the first and second marks and as
crew Hanakamp put it, "we were on a good tack after rounding the second
mark and just kept going. We had more luck today."

It was a big disappointment for six-time Bacardi Cup Champion Mark Reynolds
who was among the four teams disqualified for an early start after waiting
more than an hour to start the race. The Irish team of Maxwell Treacy and
crew Anthony Shanks were also disqualified for an early start for the
second day in a row, thus ending the race for them.

Americans Howie Shiebler and crew Will Stout finished in fourth place and
move up to fourth place overall behind Bermudans Peter Bromby and crew Lee
White who finished in 13th place and are now third overall. Canadian
Olympian Ross Macdonald and crew Mike Wolfs finished in fifth place today
and move up to second overall. "It was a tough race today with incredibly
shifty wind, so shifty that nothing was for certain. We were extremely
conservative as anything could get thrown at you and holding to a fifth
place through the race was the best part of the day," said Macdonald.

Marc Pickel the skipper of the German team best expressed the day. "It was
very shifty wind and basically we didn't get it right. We went right up the
middle and passed a few boats and then got stuck there," he said. Pickel
and crew Ingo Borkowski placed 61st today. - Janet Maizner

1. Afonso Domingos & Bernardo Santos, POR, 15
2. Ross Macdonald & Mike Wolfs, CAN, 21
3. Peter Bromby & Lee White, BER, 32
4. Howie Shiebler & Will Stout, USA, 35
5. Flavio Marazzi & Enrico De Maria, SUI, 37
6. Colin Beashel & David Giles, AUS, 41
7. Marko Dahlberg & Ville Kurki, FIN, 57
8. Andy Lovell & Magnus Liljedahl, USA, 60
9. Hans Spitzauer & Andreas Hanakamp, AUT, 61
10. John Dane III & Henry Sprague, USA, 64

Full results:

The wind finally filled in around 1300 from 130 at 7-8 knots. It looked
promising. In this wind direction the left side is usually favored. We
started near the middle of the line and headed left. Unfortunately as we
got towards the port layline, the wind kept lifting us. Our port tack
heading was terrible and the boats in the middle of the course had a great
shift. We rounded the first mark about 80th. There were not many people
behind us.

* For the final run to the finish the race committee changed the course
with code flag "C" and indicated a heading of 310. However they actually
positioned the finish line at 280…off by 30 degrees. That caught a few
people by surprise like Vince Brun and Rick Merriman who had expected the
finish line to be where it was indicated and headed down the right side of
the run only to over stand and come back to the "downwind" finish with pole
down and on a tight reach. Freddy Loof got so fed up with the race he just

* Tomorrow will be our last day of training for this week. I am going home
to San Francisco to visit my family and Phil is going to New York to see
his wife. We are back next week for a couple days of practice before the
Olympic Trials start on Saturday the 20th. -

* The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) will support the
Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) on marine equipment recently signed
between the United States and the European Union. The agreement will allow
for standards-qualifying equipment from one market to be sold in the other
without additional testing or certification. It includes 30 types of marine
equipment such as navigational, fire protection, and life saving devices,
the NMMA said. The agreement is expected to provide an economic boost in
the marine equipment sector while minimizing regulatory constraints and
facilitate better marine safety on both sides of the Atlantic. - Boating

* Challenge Business announced that it would further its commitment to the
official race charity - Save the Children - by assembling a consortium of
eight leading organizations to support a "Team Save the Children" yacht in
the Global Challenge 2004/05 round-the-world yacht race. Basilica Computing
- a leading UK based IT solutions provider, is to be the first consortium
member and will take a lead in attracting other companies to join. -

* Loved for her exuberance, loving and wonderful spirit, Kelly O'Neil
Henson was memorialized last weekend at the Seattle Yacht Club and their
Opening Day race where sailors threw daffodils (Kelly's favorite flower)
into her photo boat "Smile". A celebration of her life will also take place
at Santa Barbara Yacht Club on this Saturday at 5 pm. All friends are
encouraged to attend. Wear a Hawaiian shirt and a smile. - Jane Watkins

* Twenty-four - That's the number of new books that have been added to
Scuttlebutt's Club Library this month, including (finally) the 20 volumes
of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin Series from which the movie 'Master and
Commander' was made. Enjoy these new additions and the other 100+ titles at

By winning his third consecutive Finn Gold Cup on top of two Laser world
championships and two Olympic medals (1996 silver, 2000 gold), Ben Ainslie
is becoming a single-handed sailing legend. At Henri Lloyd we're proud that
Ben races with Henri Lloyd's TP2 One-Design wear. Ben was instrumental in
developing our next-generation technical One-Design wear. Ben's invaluable
input has also helped us develop the reduced weight and profile fit of the
new HL Innovations range, which we'll unveil this month. See our technical
One-Design wear at:

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* From Peter Huston: Carl Eichenlaub is one of the living legends of the
sport. While a great sailor, boatbuilder, and story teller, he's better
defined by all the people he has helped to become better sailors, and human
beings. The boat that he is building for his daughter is so much more than
that, it's really a statement about what makes this sport so wonderful:
family, and respect for tradition. Sailing World should honor the man who
has done so much for so many without ever asking for anything but
friendship in return by putting him in the Hall of Fame this year.

* From Janet Baxter, President, US Sailing: What a delightful story about
our friend Carl Eichenlaub! I can't think of that fellow without smiling
and without deep appreciation for all he's done for sailing.

* From Doug Schickler: Mr. Browning, makes the tacit implication on that IRC is a box rule. Not so! IRC is subjective rating, in
my opinion not suited to Grand Prix events. Box rules have their place, as
do VPP based rules. The true core of a VPP rule is the attempt to account
for varying wind speeds in predicting performance, where previous methods
simply used boat/rig/sail dimensions. Designers working in any future
racing (handicap) systems will be using VPP's to get an edge. Will, as was
the case with IMS, the designers' ingenuity, political savvy, and in-house
VPP's outpace the rule's development?

* Ralph Taylor: Let's keep sailing a participation sport and not let the
spectator tail wag the participation dog. When someone starts saying
everyone else should spend big bucks (bucks that many community, college &
youth sailing programs don't have) for the sake of a few Olympic medals,
we've lost sight of what attracts young & old to sailing.

* From Fred Schroth: Over the last 45 years, my racing weight has ranged
from under 100 pounds to over 225 pounds. I have been the right size for
everything from Optimist prams to the Finn. I am not yet a Star Crew, but I
have been warned about turning into one. Star crews are the only big
competitive guys left in the small boat sailing world.

It is one thing to be forced to leave my friends in a class behind because
I fed myself to an uncompetitive size. It is unacceptable to be forced out
by a newly imposed and arbitrary weight limit. The imposition of legislated
weight limits serves only to eliminate sailors and further shrink the
sport. In basketball, guards find centers and build a team. Football
linemen find scrappy guys to play defensive back. Rather than befriend
different sized sailors and assemble a true team, the smaller majority has
decided to eliminate "Star Crew" from the sailing dictionary. Look out Finn
sailors. You are next!

* From Clark Chapin: Regarding Allan Terhune Jr.'s comments in #1531, the
Interlake Sailing Class Association faced a similar dilemma in the early
seventies and considered changing from a crew limit of two or three to add
an additional requirement for sanctioned events (then as now, only the
Nationals). Rather than require that the same people be aboard for each
race, the ISCA requires that the crew for each race be named prior to the
close of registration with exceptions for "illness or other unforeseen
circumstances" with the written approval of the Race Committee prior to any
race where a substitute is used. Basically, we figure that if you can
successfully predict the weather in the Midwest three days in advance,
you're welcome to try. This allows families to rotate between kids as crew
or someone who doesn't have enough vacation for the entire event to
participate. It seemed more user-friendly than the alternatives.

* From Kim Couranz:-While the Star class is a large, international class
with a strong class management and a long history, it is not the "only"
such class, as Harrison Hine wrote in Scuttlebutt 1534. Classes including
the Snipe, Lightning, Etchells, and yes, Stars, are older designs that have
lasted with great success - in large part thanks to strong class organizations.

I primarily sail Snipes, so I write from that perspective. The Snipe was
designed in 1931 - 73 years ago - and the Snipe class was incorporated with
a constitution and by-laws in 1932. The first Snipe World Championship was
held in 1934. The Snipe Class International Racing Association (SCIRA)
includes 872 fleets in 27 countries. There are now 30,300 Snipes floating
about - in a non-manufacturer's class. The Snipe class's motto is "Serious
Sailing, Serious Fun" - so you know there's as much fun ashore during
regattas as there is during the great racing!

That "classic" boats including Snipes, Stars, Lightnings, and Etchells
continue to be sailed at incredibly competitive levels around the world
today (just take a peek at the lists of these classes' national and world
champions - they are impressive!) is a testament not only to the boats'
timeless and beautiful designs, but also to strong class organizations - a
characteristic not unique to the Star class.

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