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SCUTTLEBUTT 1543 - March 19, 2004

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Mark Reynolds has three Olympic medals---two golds and a silver, a rare feat
in the sport of sailing. He is the only person who has won two Olympic gold
medals in the Star class. But over two decades Paul Cayard has become better
known and probably made more money because of his success in sailing's
marquee events. He was the first American to lead a team to victory in the
Whitbread Round the World Race (now the Volvo Ocean Race) and has been a
major player in the world's premier sailing event, the America's Cup. Twice
he has led teams into the challenger finals, once into the final match.

Would Mark Reynolds trade places with Paul Cayard? Would Cayard swap with
Reynolds? Reynolds notes, "I read what Paul said once: 'Everything else I
sail I get paid. In Stars I pay, which shows how much I enjoy doing it.' "

The separate sailing worlds of these two Californians are about to collide
again in the U.S. Olympic Trials for the Star class at Miami starting
Saturday. Only the winning boat will sail at Athens in August. It could be
either or neither of them, the class is so strong.

* Both grew up in sailing locales---Reynolds in San Diego, the cradle of
great Star sailors, and Cayard in San Francisco---but charted separate
courses. Reynolds has sailed mostly Stars and made his living selling sails.
He runs the Quantum Sails loft in San Diego. Most of his rivals, including
Cayard, are customers. Cayard went from Stars to make a good living sailing
big, high-profile boats, but he keeps coming back to the Star, to his
sailing roots. At 44, he is experiencing an unfulfilled mid-life crisis.

"I'm not making any money off this," he said. "In fact, it's costing me
quite a bit. When you get to be 44 you're not young anymore, and you're not
old. You're in that transition zone, and it's nice to be able to step back
into the past. There's a lot of ways you can do that. You can buy a Ferrari,
get a new wife. This little thing I'm trying is to go to the Olympics."

Reynolds, 48, has been to the last four from 1988. In context, that's a
remarkable achievement for a sport that allows only one entry per country in
each class and for a country where the competition in his class is so keen.
Cayard would settle for one time. This time. He is giving it his absolute
best shot. "On the pure sports side, winning a gold medal is something I'd
still love to attain," Cayard said. "It's unique in awards because it needs
no explanation. In sailing you can be a five-time world champion, but there
are a hundred world championships a year. But you tell somebody that you won
a gold medal at the Olympics . . . that's why I've put in so much effort." -
Rich Roberts, The Log, full story:

Curmudgeon's Comment: The US Olympic Trials officially began yesterday at
the US Sailing Center in Coconut Grove with hull and rig measurements for
twenty-two teams of Star sailors. The planned 16-race series begins
Saturday, March 20, and will continue until Sunday, March 28, with a
mandatory layday on Wednesday, March 24. The format for the U.S. Trials,
with two races scheduled each day, is designed to replicate the Olympic
Games as closely as possible. At the conclusion of racing, the winners will
be named to the 2004 Olympic Team that will represent the U.S.A. in Athens,
Greece, next August at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad. -

Former world No 1 Hamish Pepper fears New Zealand's hopes of an Olympic
medal have been dealt a blow by a decision to make him sail off for the
Laser spot in Athens. Pepper was nominated for the New Zealand team after
winning his class in the national trials off Auckland in January. However,
the new Sports Disputes Tribunal on Wednesday upheld an appeal by fellow
Olympic hopeful Andrew Murdoch against Pepper's nomination.

The tribunal agreed that Pepper's results last year did not meet one of
Yachting New Zealand's nomination criteria - that sailors had to prove they
were capable of achieving a top-10 finish at Athens. It cancelled Pepper's
nomination and directed that the top three place-getters at the trials -
Pepper, runner-up Murdoch and former world champion Nik Burfoot - should
sail at the world championships in May in Turkey. YNZ should reconsider the
Laser nomination after that regatta.

Pepper said he was "totally surprised" by the decision and believed that it
called into question the need for selectors. "It would have been better to
name someone, either me or Andrew," he added. "That way, New Zealand's
chances of a medal would have been a lot higher. Right now, what's happened
is detrimental to both of us." Pepper said he would need to revise his
preparation, which previously had been geared towards peaking for the
Olympics. - NZ Herald,

"The Olympic Trials were long. It was more mentally tiring than any other
regatta I've ever raced in before. I expected the Trials to be close racing
where we would have to win quite a few races and not make major mistakes,
this turned out to be the case." - Pete Spaulding, who will represent the
United States in the Olympics sailing with 49er skipper Tim Wadlow.

What's the difference between a hurricane and a typhoon? (Answer below)

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To the victor belongs the spoils." If true, perpetual trophies in the Rolex
Transatlantic Challenge 2005 yacht race, from New York to England to begin
May 21, 2005, may well spoil the victors. The Rolex Transatlantic Challenge,
hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) with the cooperation of England's
Royal Yacht Squadron, is for monohull yachts of at least 70 feet (LOD),
attempting to break the world's oldest yacht-racing record.

The Commodore's Cup, left, donated by Commodore Elbridge T. Gerry in 1892,
will symbolize the west-to-east transatlantic race record for monohull
yachts on the traditional course between Ambrose Tower and Lizard Point.
This will be the first time this trophy has been placed in competition since
1892. The Commodore's Cup stands 28 inches in height and is a classic ewer
with a maiden sitting beneath the pouring spout. It was crafted by the
silversmiths of the Whiting Co. for Commodore Gerry.

Commodore James Gordon Bennett Jr. donated three magnificent silver trophies
to the club in 1872. The trophy selected as the elapsed time (line-honors)
trophy for the Classic Division from New York to the Needles is the
Commodore's Challenge Cup for Schooners. This trophy is approximately two
feet in height and, along with its two companions, was crafted by Tiffany's
in New York. It is an amphora crowned with a sea nymph holding the reins of
two wild horses emerging from a roiled sea.

The second Bennett trophy, the Brenton Reef Challenge Cup shows a statue of
Columbus standing beside a globe. It's for the elapsed-time trophy for the
Performance Cruising Division. The third Bennett trophy, the Cape May
Challenge Cup is the elapsed-time trophy for the Grand Prix Division. This
piece is a striking example of a more modern design concept at the threshold
of American artistic experimentation in the 1870s. Tiffany & Co. has cited
the Cape May Challenge Cup as a groundbreaking example of its silver work
during this time.

These trophies and other perpetual trophies from the club's collection,
including the Sayre Cup, awarded to the yacht to set the Fastest Elapsed
time from New York to the Needles, will be presented at a prize-giving on
the Royal Yacht Squadron grounds following the race. The winners' names and
yachts will be suitably engraved on the perpetual trophies, and they will be
on permanent display in the New York Yacht Club. The winners will receive
Rolex timepieces as well as keeper trophies that will represent the
perpetual trophies on display. - Media Pro Int'l,

* Cheyenne skipper Steve Fossett and his RTW sailing record attempt crew are
making their way along the East coast of the Falkland Islands (Islas
Malvinas) Thursday afternoon, maintaining a steady NE course in their drive
back through the South Atlantic - and a 2-1/2 day lead (about 1200 miles)
over the 2002 RTW record track of Orange. -

* The Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran completed Day 21 having
covered a total of 542 nautical miles in the previous 24 hours at an average
speed of 22.58 knots - her seventh day of over 500 sea miles since the
start. Her average point-to-point speed since the stopwatch was triggered on
the start line is 18.41 knots for a total distance covered of 9,280.63
nautical miles. In the last 7 days, Geronimo has covered 3,530 nautical
miles (adding all the point-to-point distances together), which equates to
an average of 504 sea miles a day for the week, at an average speed of 21.01
Geronimo's lead over the current record is 927 nautical miles. -

* It may be over for the crew of the Polish VO 60 Bank BPH trying to
establish a fully crewed, non-stop round the world record. According to a
report on This afternoon the steering mechanism broke causing
a momentary loss of control over the yacht. The mainsail boom broke as a
result. "We are heading to Capestead where we will estimate our losses and
decide what to do further. We're all OK, and that's what's most important.
It won't be easy, as the weather forecast isn't the best," said Captain
Roman Paszke. -

Yesterday International Yachtsman and Adventurer Dom Mee joined the delivery
crew aboard Tracey Edwards's World Record Breaking yacht Maiden II (Formerly
Club Med) taking the maxi-catamaran to theGulf state of Qatar. Maiden II is
to arrive in Doha as part of a massive PR drive to promote two new events in
the sailing calendar: The Oryx Cup in 2005 and The Qatar Sports
International Challenge in 2006. In January 2005, The Oryx Cup, a new
non-stop global race for giant multihulls will start from the UK and end in
the UK. The prize for first place in this race will be the biggest cash
prize in sailing history - US$1 million. - Bang the Corner website, full

* Seeking to bring the excitement of college sailing competition to
broadcast television, Windtopia and T2Productions, in partnership with the
Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA), announced its first regatta to
be produced for cable broadcast and video-on-demand distribution the weekend
of March 20-21 at Navy. Competing teams in 420's, FJ's and Lasers from Navy,
St. Mary's, Georgetown, Hobart/WmSmith, KP, ODU, Queen's University,
Maryland, Michigan, Wisconsin, Harvard, Tufts, Dartmouth, Brown, Boston
College, USC, UC/Santa Barbara, South Florida, College of Charleston and
Texas A&M Galveston are to be hosted at the United States Naval Academy in
Annapolis, Maryland. -

* US sailor Kip Stone leaves the Falkand Islands on 6000 mile single handed
qualifier, bound for Plymouth England and the Transat Race. After arriving
in Port Stanley from Auckland NZ at the weekend, Kip Stone has left his crew
from the last leg, Australian Alan Nebauer behind. He now carries on alone
on his Owen Clarke designed fifty footer in order to gain singlehanded
experience and qualify for this year's Transat Race. For daily reports:

* The Games in Athens will set a record for the number of participating
NOCs, with 202 planning on being in the Greek capital this summer.
Previously, Sydney 2000 held the record with 199 NOCs, as well as athletes
from East Timor participating under the Olympic flag. The number of NOCs
fell to 92 in 1976 in Montreal and to 80 in 1980 in Moscow - partially due
to a political boycott. Since Moscow, the number of participating NOCs has
risen continually to reach today's record figure. - ISAF website,

* Photographer Carlo Borlenghi captures the action and essence of Olympic
sailing in this Scuttlebutt photo gallery from Lake Garda, Italy, where more
than 40 nations are competing during a recent event of the Eurolymp circuit:

Hurricanes and typhoons are alike in origin, structure, and features. The
only difference is the area of the world they occur in. Hurricanes occur in
the waters adjacent to North America; in the North Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of
Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and southeastern North Pacific Ocean. On the other
hand, typhoons occur in waters of the western North Pacific Ocean. Due to
the unlimited amount of warm water in the Western Pacific Ocean, typhoons
occur more often than hurricanes and are often larger and more intense.

Roy Disney's next-generation Reichel/Pugh-designed MaxZ86 Pyewacket will
compete on a global racing circuit in the new Super Maxi Class. Designed to
the MaxZ86 rule, this groundbreaker has a number of interesting features not
allowed under normal IMS or IRC rating regulations-for example, a
water-ballasted canting keel. Check out the Harken website for the Mark Wiss
article on hardware and winches developed for Pyewacket and for some great
photos from Outside Images:

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bulletin board - you only get one letter per subject, so give it your best
shot and don't whine if others disagree.)

* From Les Smith: Congratulations to those nominated to the AC Hall of Fame,
their fine efforts have received the recognition they deserve. However, I
don't see the Hall of Fame having any real credibility with Bob Lexcen
(Miller) being continually omitted. Maybe the selection panel should be
confirmed into the AC Hall of Infamy, along with the other AC scoundrels.

* From Damien Goddard: I believe that the US boycott of the Moscow Olympics
was one of the worst decisions ever made in US sporting history for a
multitude of reasons. However, I do believe that economic boycotts are an
effective retaliation for foreign governments that make decisions that are
not in the best interests of the citizens of the US. For that reason, I
think that if Spain does not support the foreign policy of the United States
in the upcoming year, the US teams should consider pulling out of the next
America's Cup and US residents should not attend the festivities. Just my

* From Eric E Johnson: Let the boat's design determine the weight limit. I
frostbite a Laser and weight over 240 pounds suited up, I am not in first
place for the series. A friend fully suited up barely makes 150 pounds, she
is not in first either. I would prefer to be racing in Finns, she would
prefer a Europe, but we race in Lasers. We have fun and the boats sail well.
Let everyone sail and compete in whatever they choose. Sit on those who
would set weight limits in order to protect their skinny egos. Record
attempts, it is sailing and it is interesting, especially since I am not the
one using icebergs as turning marks. If you don't find it interesting, this
is a large newsletter, read something else. Olympic selections, any method
that does not automatically give me a berth is fundamentally flawed. These
are the rules, live with them. If you don't like them, volunteer to work on
changing them. You will be cured of your madness within a couple of General

* From Keith Brown: Reasons that seem to have escaped George Sutherland
(Scuttlebutt 1542 - March 18, 2004) and others at the StFYC include: the
last two years the Big Boat Series was sailed under Americap 2 (cost to have
boats re-rated), this year they want us to sail under IRC (cost to have
boats re-rated), next year???

The fact is some of us are perfectly content to compete under the admittedly
imperfect, but absolutely serviceable PHRF. Not all of us sail modern, super
light, carbon hull whiz-bangs. A group of us have formed our own class on SF
Bay for our old IOR "Warhorses". Fairly tight PHRF rating band, very close
racing and have been given our own start by SFYC, CYC and YRA, racing under
our PHRF numbers (even though some of the regattas have been basically
Americap 2 regattas). One shoe doesn't fit all and no single rating system
yet developed really does an effective job of fairly rating a 25 year old
hull design and a modern hull design. We spend a lot of money on these fun
old boats, why should we also have to add the expense to get our boats
re-measured and re-rated every couple years in order to compete with boats
that we can't compete with regardless?

Come-on race committees, please recognize that sometimes a narrow rating
band in another rating system, in similar boats is a perfectly reasonable
way to let boats have fun with some really close racing.

* From Clifford Bradford: IMHO, Yachting NZ dipped their own wicks into the
hot wax if part of their selection criteria is "one of its new criteria for
Olympic selection - their ability to finish in the top 10". Clearly that
criteria is open to debate regardless of any trials results. For example if
Team A is ranked #2 in the world in class but is beaten by Team B, ranked
35th in the trials. Team A can still say they are more likely to finish in
the top 10 based on recent results or rankings etc and they only had a bad
regatta or whatever.

In general for New Zealand to have a tribunal that can overturn team
selections can only lead to problems. Such tribunals can be valid if there's
corruption or cheating involved but that doesn't seem to be the case here.
In sailing there's no reason not to have a clear and unambiguous way of
choosing athletes to national teams.

* From Jack Dreyfuss (Regarding Hamish Pepper): 'Insufficient evidence' that
Hamish could finish in the top ten? Now Olympic fundraising will have a new
line fees! The real evidence is that Hamish is one of the few
sailors in the world who has beaten Scheidt or Ainslie in their prime. Talk
about a breach of sportsmanship...

Why is there never time to do the job right, but always time to do it over?