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SCUTTLEBUTT 1541 - March 17, 2004

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A 24 hour record claim of 467 nm for a singlehanded monohull was lodged by
Alex Thomson with the WSSR in December 2003. On examining the
documentation, the World Sailing Speed Record (WSSR) Council was unable to
agree, and thus ratify, this distance. It was therefore necessary to
examine carefully all the position reports together with the relevant
calculations. As a result the WSSR can now announce that the new 24 hour
record is 468.72 nm, an increased distance of 1.72 nm over that which was
claimed. The details are: Alex Thomson, GBR; AT Racing; Open 60; North
Atlantic; 11th - 12th December 2003; 468.72 nautical miles; 19.53 knots. -
John Reed, Secretary to the WSSR Council. -

The start of the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens, Greece is drawing
ever closer, and today ISAF launched a microsite dedicated to delivering
the latest information and news up to and including the Sailing event at
Athens 2004. A specific news section, which links from the front page of, will bring users the latest general Olympic news from the
Greek Capital, as well as all the hot news on Olympic Qualification, IOC
news and National selection and Olympic Trials news from around the globe.

Once the Olympic Sailing Competition starts, with the Laser boat draw on
Tuesday 3 August, right up until the final day of racing on Saturday 28
August, and the Closing Ceremony on Sunday 29 August, ISAF will bring you
up to the minute mark roundings, weather information, results and photos -
right from inside the Agios Kosmas Sailing Centre.

Apart from almost real time news and results, the microsite contains all
the information you could want about the Olympic Games. From a detailed
history of Sailing at the Olympics, details about the host city and
country, the sailing venue, the field of play, classes, equipment,
officials, qualification, and documentation; all is available on the Athens
2004 microsite. - ISAF Website,

ISAF Athens 2004 Microsite:
Athens 2004:
IOC Website:

Gary Jobson will be almost a year late for a date at the Long Beach Yacht
Club, but his role as a longtime competitor and TV commentator at the
Congressional Cup will be recognized with the presentation of an honorary
Crimson Blazer on the eve of the 40th annual match race sailing classic.
The Crimson Blazer is customarily awarded to the winning skipper. Former
winners Peter Gilmour of Australia (1988), Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis
('92) and Gavin Brady of New Zealand ('96, '97) are competing this year,
but there also is an illustrious list of honorary winners.

The Meet the Skippers Dinner on Monday, April 19, the night before five
days of racing commence, will be three days shy of the date last year when
Jobson received a diagnosis of lymphoma---the day he was scheduled for a
speaking appearance at the club. Since then Jobson, 53, has received
intensive chemotherapy and, late last year, a stem cell transplant that he
described as "the hardest thing I have ever endured in my life."

The Congressional Cup resumes the 2003-04 Swedish Match Tour after a
winter's hiatus since the Nippon Cup in Japan last November. Gilmour, the
2001-02 champion, currently leads the standings, with Brady seventh. Other
competitors include Ed Baird, St. Petersburg, Fla., ranked third in the
International Sailing Federation (ISAF) match race rankings; Scott Dickson,
Long Beach; Allan Coutts, Cameron Appleton and Kelvin Harrap of New
Zealand; Jes Gram-Hansen, Denmark, and Mattias Rahm, Sweden. - Rich

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The Board of Trustees of the Herreshoff Marine Museum (Bristol, R.I.), has
announced the addition of four new members to the Selection Committee for
its America's Cup Hall of Fame, which meets annually to choose the new
inductees to the America's Cup Hall of Fame:

- William Collier (United Kingdom) is a leading yachting historian and
has written widely about designers and boatbuilders who have produced boats
for the America's Cup. His books include Charles E. Nicholson and His
Yachts, The Beken Album, and William Fife, Master of the Classic Yacht.

- William H. Dyer Jones (United States) crewed on a 12 Metre in the 1967
America's Cup defender trials and went on to chair the New York Yacht Club
Race Committee for the 1983 match (won by Australia II). Jones later served
as Commodore of the New York Yacht Club as well as a member of the
America's Cup Arbitration Committee for the 1992 and 1995 Matches. He
served as Regatta Director of the Challenger Series for the Louis Vuitton
Cup in Auckland, New Zealand, in both 1999-2000 and 2002-2003. He is
Regatta Director for the 2007 America's Cup regatta in Valencia, Spain.
Jones is co-author of The 12 Metre Class, the definitive history of the
yachts that raced for the Cup from 1958 through 1987.

- Peter Montgomery (New Zealand) is one of the world's best known
yachting journalists. For many years Montgomery has provided national and
international radio, television, and print coverage of many grand prix
sailing events, including the America's Cup.

- Bruno Troublé (France) raced aboard the French entries in the 1977, '80
and '83 contender series for the America's Cup. In 1983 he created the
Challenger Series for the Louis Vuitton Cup, which he has managed for many
years with special attention to the media. Troublé and Louis Vuitton will
play a prominent role in the 2007 America's Cup regatta in Valencia. As the
skipper of the 1980 challenger France 3, he becomes the third member of the
Selection Committee who commanded a boat in Cup competition, joining F. E.
(Ted) Hood and Robert W. McCullough.

The full America's Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee is as follows: B.
Devereux Barker, III (Chairman), John S. Burnham (Vice Chairman). Henry H.
Anderson, Jr. (former Chairman), Bruno Bich, Dr. William Collier, Edward I.
du Moulin (former Chairman), Halsey C. Herreshoff, N. G. Herreshoff, III,
Frederick E. Hood, George F. Jewett, Jr., William H. Dyer Jones, Bruce
Kirby. Stanley Livingston, Jr., Robert W. McCullough, Elizabeth E. Meyer,
Peter Montgomery, David M. Philips, John Rousmaniere (former Chairman),
Olin J. Stephens, II, Bruno Troublé, David B. Vietor, William G. Winterer.
- Media Pro Int'l

* Although the West wind has returned and Cheyenne is again making speed in
the 15-19 kt range heading straight for the Cape, the news this afternoon
is not all good. Another piece of Cheyenne's mainsail track, this time up
near the top of the 143' mast, has parted company. The latest breakage of
the rail that holds the mainsail to the mast occurred early on Tuesday, the
39th day of Cheyenne's Round The World Sailing record attempt, and
represents one more hurdle for Steve Fossett and his crew of 12 to overcome
after Sunday's repair to Saturday's similar damage at the first reef point.
This time the full repair will await the first slowdown in waters after
Cape Horn and the Falkland Islands. -

* Day 19 - 48 hours of sailing with one eye on the instruments and the
other on the radar screen. The Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran
is hammering along in fog so thick you could cut it with a knife, near two
large icebergs and doubtless many smaller ones as well. The 11-man crew's
19th day ended with over 540 nautical miles covered at an average speed of
22 knots point-to-point. Their lead over the current record has now risen
to 770 nautical miles. In the first half of Day 20, Geronimo covered 252
sea miles in the fog at a reduced and more prudent average speed of 21
knots. Better visibility would allow the crew to increase speed again,
since growlers are detectable only by eye with binoculars. -

Steve Fossett, skipper of the 125' maxicat Cheyenne, has chosen Musto
foul-weather gear to protect himself and his crew during their Round The
World record-breaking attempt. Cheyenne watch captain Brian Thompson: "Its
been brilliant how dry we have remained, even in the rough conditions....
our smock tops with latex dry suit seals have really worked perfectly,
normally I might have had to change base layers because they have got damp,
but nothing has got past the seals yet thanks to Musto!" You don't need to
sail a maxi catamaran to experience Musto. Give it a try next time:

Challenge Business has announced that Science Applications International
Corporation (SAIC) headquartered in San Diego, California has signed on as
the latest corporate sponsor in the upcoming Global Challenge
round-the-world yacht race. The SAIC-sponsored yacht will compete against
12 other teams in the 10-month race that starts on October 3, 2004 from
Portsmouth, UK. This is the fourth Global Challenge Race since its
inauguration in 1992. Skipper, Eero Lehtinen of Finland and his 17 Crew
Volunteers will sail the SAIC yacht.

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Telcordia Technologies, have more than 43,000 employees at offices in more
than 150 cities worldwide.

"We're delighted that a company of SAIC's calibre and worldwide reputation
has agreed to become one of our sponsors and participate in the event,"
said Sir Chay Blyth, executive chairman of Challenge Business. "I'm sure
that their involvement will add a new dimension to this exciting race." - /

* The GBR (America's Cup) Challenge confirmed that they have reserved space
at the Real Club Nautica Valencia and have appointed Michael ten Bokum to
manage logistics on behalf of GBR Challenge in Spain. The team is working
closely with Real Club Nautica to progress the development of the site and
are currently finalizing layout plans and aim to have a presence in
Valencia from this summer onwards.

* Team Kan-Do, the Chesapeake Bay entry in the Volvo Ocean Race Round the
World 2005 - 2006, announced the selection of Farr Yacht Design, Ltd. and
North Sails as their supplier partners for the boat design and sail
development of their Volvo Ocean 70. Based in Annapolis, Team Kan-Do is
America's only announced entry in the VOR. Syndicate founders John Alden
and Patrick Bischoff made the decision to work with the local boat design
and sail making teams after fielding proposals from other groups around the
world. -

* Between the BVI Spring Regatta and Antigua Sailing Week, Nautor's Swan
has scheduled the ClubSwan Caribbean Rendez-vous in the British Virgin
Islands. The Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda will be at the heart of
the April 12 - 17 event, with Jost van Dyke and Cooper Island among the
cruising destinations. For those with a more competitive spirit, there will
be a fun race 'Round Virgin Gorda Island.'

* Correction: We printed an error in 'Butt 1539 concerning the final
results of the recently completed Bacardi Cup. The top five should have
read: 1. Afonso Domingos & Bernardo Santos, POR, 24; 2. Ross Macdonald &
Mike Wolfs, CAN, 37; 3. Colin Beashel & David Giles, AUS, 47.5; 4. Howie
Shiebler & Will Stout, USA, 49; 5. Peter Bromby & Lee White, BER, 52.
Complete results:

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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 Mark Rasmussen, Hobart Tasmania: Ben Lexcen not in the hall of
fame??? How can this be? Surely his influence is still being felt in AC
design. (Do any AC boats get built without some type of appendage on the
keel?) Surely he and John Bertrand showed the world that the "un-winnable"
was in fact very winnable. As a result, the AC has become a multi nation
event of global status. How can he not be one of the greats?

Here in Australia, his name is still synonymous with the sport and with the
pursuit of excellence and innovation. "Winged Keel" has become part of the
nation's vernacular. My mum once bemoaned her lack of grandchildren thus.
"Son, the right girl for you is going to have to have a wet suit and a
winged keel!" Make of that comment what you will!

* From Rob Mundle: You don't have to be a rocket scientist to work out why
Ben Lexcen isn't in the America's Cup Hall of Fame. Obviously it has to do
with one particular person who's blocking Ben's entry because he still
can't get over the fact that the Cup was lost to the very innovative
Australia II in 1983. Ben's absence actually makes a mockery of the title
'America's Cup Hall of Fame'. I'm sure if those who have been elected to
the HoF cast their own vote then Ben would be included. Maybe that's what
should happen. Let's put politics and bad sportsmanship aside and make the
HoF worthy of its name.

* From Brian Hancock: Leaving Ben Lexcen out of the Americas Cup Hall of
Fame cheapens the efforts and accomplishments of all those that have
already been inducted.

* From Stewart Sumpton: Although one-design sailing is on the rise, dinghy
sailing in the States is on the decline. The "sportboat" phenomenon has
decimated dinghy participation. Is this because we are becoming a plumper
less physical country? It could explain the low turnout at many of the
Olympic Trials events.

* From Doug Pope (re Peter Fredricks' letter about coverage of "the boring
Round the World record attempts"): The beauty of the sport/ pastime of
sailing is that it can appeal to such a wide variety of interests. I potter
about the lake on my Sunfish, race my T-10 in PHRF, cruise the occasional
long weekend, and race one-design when the opportunity presents it's self.
Personally I have no interest in the AC but devoir all news about open 60
mono's and multi's. The beauty of Scuttlebutt is that we all get a bit of
what we want. Lighten up Mr. Fredricks. There's room for everyone.

* From Michael Leneman (re Peter Fredricks' letter): Gee, it depends on who
you sail and hang with. My group of friends could care less about Cayard
gossip (yet we don't complain). We were all talking about the repairs to
Cheyenne and love the coverage of these attempts. Mr. Fredricks shows his
prejudice by calling these boats under-designed. The attempts are certainly
not poorly planned and since when was 500 miles/day poor performance. It's
a big world with all types of sailing - enjoy what you wish and scroll past
the rest.

* From Glenn McCarthy: The Star Class weight rule does not discriminate. It
has not prevented any sailor from participating. Some butthead's are
blowing this out of proportion. The weight rule applies only at a few
championships (fleet qualifications, districts, continental, worlds &
Olympics). There are no weight limits at any other regattas or club events,
not even at the recently completed Bacardi Cup. In the case of the few
championships where the weight rule does apply, a 275-pound Skipper can
sail with a crew that weighs a maximum of 192-pounds. A 275-pound Crew can
sail with a skipper that weighs a maximum of 110 pounds. The formula is a
sliding scale (not a simple summation of skipper and crew's weight) because
another rule allows the crew to have a hiking harness (skippers can not
have a hiking harness) and a crew's weight provides more leverage for
keeping the boat upright, which is known to be faster. Everything here
indicates that a 275-pound person is fully eligible to compete in all Star
Class racing. 69.6% of the class membership approved this rule. The class
is open to all shapes and sizes at all times.

What this rule accomplished on the water is very positive. The distance
from the 1st place boat to the last place boat on the racecourse has
compressed noticeably. Everyone feels like they have a much better chance
at placing on these championship courses that are required to be no less
than 10 n.m. long.

* From John Sherwood: Nine nations represented in the top ten of the Star
Bacardi Cup! Speaks to the balance in the class and portends a most
interesting Olympics.

* From Talbot Wilson (edited to our 250-word limit): As a member of the
National Offshore Council and the Offshore Committee and a participant at
US Sailing's Spring meeting in committee discussions about IRC in the USA,
I came away believing that the US Sailing Executive Committee now has the
authority to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the RORC, the yacht
club that owns and operates the Musto IRC Rule through their 'for profit'
company Seahorse Rating Ltd. The actual contract must still be negotiated.

The Executive Committee of US Sailing agreed to sign the MOU and enter into
contract negotiations which would call for US Sailing to simply administer
the rule in the US, US Sailing would act, according to a US Sailing
representative who had been active in the negotiation, "only as a pipeline"
through which applications, fees and certificates would pass.

The actual content of the Memorandum of Understanding, already signed by
RORC, was kept secret from committee members and apparently kept secret
from all but executives and staff of US Sailing. The Offshore Committee
only passed a resolution authorizing US Sailing to investigate "processing
(IRC) certificate information and collecting fees for IRC in the US and for
review of (IRC) versus existing programs." The Offshore committee neither
endorsed nor condemned the proposal for US Sailing to administer the Musto
IRC Rule, but wanted the board to do more extensive research on the impact
of this rule on major events in the USA and on existing handicap or rating
rule fleets.

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