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SCUTTLEBUTT 1555 - April 6, 2004

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American Steve Fossett and his multinational 12-man crew have become the
first sailors to circumnavigate the globe in less than 60 days, beating the
previous record by almost six days. Take a bow: Steve Fossett shaved five
days off the previous record The third round-the-world record to tumble
since February was achieved by his 125ft catamaran, Cheyenne, yesterday
when it became the fastest sailing vessel to circle the planet. Cheyenne
was timed at the Le Stiff lighthouse on Ushant, north-west France, at 14.43
GMT yesterday, exactly 58 days 9 hr 32 min 45 sec after setting off from
there on Feb 9. This slashes 5 days 23 hr 4 min off the 2002 record set by
Bruno Peyron's Orange for the swiftest dash around the world.

"I don't think you will see the record reduced by the same margins with the
current generation of boats," said Cheyenne's co-designer, Gino Morrelli.
"It will take new concepts, perfect weather and a high degree of
reliability to reduce this record."

On Day 16 Cheyenne was a hair's breadth from dismasting with forestay
failure. On Day 36 the mast track pulled out, and on 52, across the
equator, the front cross beam fastening again threatened to send the mast
tumbling. Each time the crew improvised repairs in the toughest of
conditions. "This is simply the most important record in sailing and why
Cheyenne was built," Fossett, the Chicago securities trader, added.
"Despite all the world and race records set since 1993, my career in
sailing would not be complete without this." - Tim Jeffery, Daily
Telegraph, full story:

QUOTE / UNQUOTE - Steve Fossett
"When we started out I thought the chance was 50/50 that we would get
around. Then I wondered that the boat might not be fast enough. ¦The past
24 hours were slow at first, but improving winds became very strong by the
time we crossed the line with 2 reefs and staysail ­ it was very dramatic ­
we had our hands full - around this island the tides were whirling.
Everyone is just so happy ­ we are all emotionally drained. It's quite a
celebration. Everybody on this crew is absolutely delighted; this is a
satisfying moment for all of us."

QUOTE / UNQUOTE - Bruno Peyron
I congratulate all the crew of Cheyenne on their sporting achievement
having sailed around the world. I can see that this boat has clearly once
again shown her great potential, adding again today to an impressive number
of ocean racing records. All the crew of Orange join with me to express our
sincere admiration of the talent, courage and determination that such an
exploit entails. I regret that this new record circumnavigation time was
not placed within the reference of the Jules Verne Trophy. It is a pity
that individualism and various personal concerns lead to situations that
are harmful to the public interest and lead to a certain amount of
confusion for the general public. As for the purely sporting element, we
know full well that a record is made to be beaten and that our giant cat
Orange II has got what it takes and certainly has once again the full
potential to pick up the gauntlet. We are ready and are definitely not the
sort of people to give in that easily." - Bruno Peyron, two-time holder of
the Jules Verne Trophy, (1993 aboard Commodore Explorer in 79 days, then in
May 2002 aboard Orange I in 64 days).

QUOTE / UNQUOTE - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
Steve Fossett and his crew are to be congratulated on a fantastic
achievement. To take 6 days out of an already very fast record time is a
phenomenal achievement. It cannot be said that they were lucky all the way
round with the weather, but they weren't, they have had to cope with some
bad days as well. 312 days 35 years ago, under 80 days 11 years ago, and
now just over 58 days, shows the incredible development in wind powered
boats in a very short space of time. What next? To reduce this record now
with the boats we have will require greater luck with the weather
conditions all the way around the world, and a crew as tough, competent,
capable and dedicated as Cheyenne's.

See the photos taken by Thierry Martinez as Cheyenne crossed the finish

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The Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran is now tacking towards the
Drake Strait trying to keep as far south as possible before taking the
great leap northwards. In temperatures just above freezing, she is sailing
close-hauled at very nearly 60°South. "Tacking to reach the Horn ..., it's
like a bad dream. It's no good, there's no sense to it. It's no longer
competition. It'll all end in us taking another beating, under three reefs
and the storm jib. The reality is that being anywhere is better than being
on Geronimo today!", said Olivier de Kersauson this morning. The wind is
forecast to back southerly, then south-westerly from tomorrow evening or
Wednesday morning, enabling Geronimo to race north as fast as possible.
Geronimo covered 385 nautical miles in the last 24 hours at an average
speed of 16.05 knots. -

Michel Bonnefous, the CEO of AC Management, and Rita Barberá, the Mayor of
Valencia, welcomed representatives from 18 America's Cup teams to the
Spanish city on Monday. Representatives from the Defender of the America's
Cup, Team Alinghi; the Challenger of Record, the Oracle BMW Racing Team;
and the Clan Des Team, the newest Italian challenger, along with delegates
from 15 other potential teams are in Valencia this week for three days of
meetings, hosted by AC Management, the organizer of the 32nd America's Cup.

On Monday, the delegates took a detailed tour of the Port of Valencia, to
learn full details of the plans to transform the inner Port into a home
base for this premiere sporting event. The agenda for Tuesday and Wednesday
will occupy the Teams with closed-door, working meetings on a variety of
topics relating to the sport, marketing, and logistical aspects of the 32nd
America's Cup. The Team Meetings conclude on Wednesday, 7th April, with a
17:30 Press Conference at the Palacio de Congresos in Valencia. - Marcus

* On Thursday, April 8, the OzBoyz Challenge - Australian Syndicate for the
2007 America's Cup - will announce a sailing team and a skipper. According
to the media advisory, the OzBoyz Challenge skipper is in the category of
'Talented Young Helmsman'. Fitting perfectly with the OzBoyz project model,
he is one of the faces in Australia's yachting future," said OzBoyz
Challenge spokesperson Phil Edmiston.

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* 132 boats representing 15 countries competed in the 33rd annual BVI
Spring Regatta presented by Nanny Cay Marina and held April 2-4. Sixty
boats entered the second annual BVI Sailing Festival, the low-pressure,
three-day warm up for the regatta. During what became a two-day regatta,
the race committee squeezed in seven races for the Cooper Area
participants, four races for the Norman Area racers, 11 for the beach cats
and 12 for the IC-24s. Until they eventually died for the last day, winds
hovered around the 8-12 knot range for the regatta. Complete results and

* ISAF launched a microsite dedicated to delivering all the latest
information about the Paralympic Sailing Competition. Sailing first took
place at the Paralympic Games as a demonstration sport in 1996 before
becoming a full medal sport in 2000. Once again the 2004 Paralympic Games
will focus on the athlete and not the disability. The site will be
regularly updated as more information is made available and contains links
to external websites such as the International Paralympic Committee and the
IFDS webpages.

* The Nautor's Swan Website address has changed. Log on to find out about
Nautor's new model range and learn about ClubSwan and the calendar of
events. The new address is:

* The Annapolis Yacht Club Foundation is requesting applications for its
spring grant-making session. The AYC Foundation and its donors are
committed to supporting the development of sailing and maritime activities.
Applications are being accepted in two areas: amateur Annapolis-area
sailors seeking support for participation in or development toward national
and international racing competition and organizations registered under
section 501(C)(3) in the mid-Chesapeake Bay area involved in
maritime-related charitable and educational activities. - Molly Hughes

Oracle BMW Racing's helmsman Gavin Brady and Peter Gilmour, the runaway
leader of the Swedish Match Tour Rankings, headline a competitive field of
10 skippers who have accepted invitations to compete at the 40th annual
Congressional Cup, hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club, April 19-24. With a
prize purse of $25,000 up for grabs at the Congressional Cup, and $6,000
slated for the winner, there are two Americans with the credentials to be
considered a favorite. Ed Baird (St. Petersburg, Fla.) is the reigning
World Match Racing Champion, and Terry Hutchinson (Annapolis, Md.) won the
Congressional Cup in 1992.

The field also includes veteran match-racers Kelvin Harrap (NZL), an
afterguard member with the OneWorld Challenge in Louis Vuitton Cup 2003,
former Alinghi team member Allan Coutts (NZL), Long Beach Yacht Club local
Scott Dickson (Long Beach, Calif.), Jes Gram-Hansen (DEN), Mattias Rahm
(DEN) and former Team New Zealand sailor Cameron Appleton (NZL). - Sean
McNeill, -

Yachting New Zealand may find itself about $100,000 out of pocket after its
appearance before the Sports Disputes Tribunal and the Court of Arbitration
for Sport. Chief executive Simon Wickham said the tribunal process and
decision had cost Yachting NZ $50,000 in legal fees. The final cost of the
arbitration court appeal had still to be worked out, but he estimated it
would also be about $50,000. "That doesn't account for any of the time
involved by the staff," Wickham said.

"The selectors have taken numerous hours out of their personal lives, at a
personal cost, to prove themselves right." Most disappointing was the cost
incurred by the sailors originally nominated, he said. "For example, Hamish
Pepper had to get himself up to Europe at very short notice. Because he is
not an appellant - he was an interested party - they don't have the ability
to seek costs." The court had yet to rule on the matter of costs. - Julie
Ash, NZ Herald, full story:

* Yachting Australia nominated eighteen athletes to the Australian Olympic
Committee (AOC) for selection into the 2004 Australian Olympic Team. The
nominated athletes are:
- Single-Handed Dinghy Men: Anthony Nossiter
- Double-Handed Dinghy Men: Nathan Wilmot and Malcolm Page
- Single-Handed Dinghy Men: Michael Blackburn
- Windsurfer Men: Lars Kleppich
- Keelboat Men: Colin Beashel and David Giles
- Single-Handed Dinghy Women: Sarah Blanck
- Double-Handed Dinghy Women: Jenny Armstrong and Belinda Stowell
- Keelboat Women: Nicky Bethwaite, Karyn Gojnich, Kristen Kosmala
- Windsurfer Women: Jessica Crisp
- Double-Handed Dinghy Open: Chris Nicholson and Gary Boyd
- Multihull Open: Darren Bundock and John Forbes

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in use on many world-class racers. Automatically sounding the alarm, it can
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miniature transmitter has a patented electroluminescent lanyard-antenna
that greatly enhances nighttime contact. Chip Barber at,

(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 J. Joseph Bainton: Handicapping Sailors Performance -- More than 10
and less than 20 years ago the "Cox/Sprague" scoring system was adopted to
address issues of relative performance. This system scored each regatta
twice. First, conventionally so that the person with the lowest score won.
The second system took account of relative performance over time; awarded
trophies based upon historic relative performance and thereby encouraged
participation by the less skilled. Someone who recalls more of the
specifics about Cox/Sprague (or some other similar system) should chime in,
but the point is that "handicapping" sailors is topic that our sport has
already addressed with some success.

* From Chuck Sherfey: In 'Butt 1553 Alan Blair asks, "Is anyone aware of
another team (like baseball or football) sport that uses competitor
handicapping?" I believe both these sports (on the professional level in
North America) use competitor handicapping -- not by a sailboat type
handicap adjustment but by limiting the overall skill level of teams.

The NFL has the purest form of competitor handicapping. Players skills
determine their compensation. The league establishes a salary
(compensation) cap which teams may not exceed. Teams with too many skilled
players are unable to pay all of them at market rates and, thus, lose them
to other teams through trades, free agency or just cutting them from the
roster. The objective is to improve the competitive balance in the NFL. The
system seems to work.

MLB's system is similar but allows a wealthy team to buy back its skilled
players by paying a luxury tax. Also, the NCAA's college football (and
other sports) scholarship limitations are also a form of competitor

* From James Stevralia: I think the crew handicap idea could have really
interesting results. It would seem that crew rating would have to be
adjusted depending on assigned position. For instance, would Russell Coutts
or Paul Cayad be as valuable as a bowman or mastman as they are as skipper?
How about the type of boat. ie, put DC on an Etchells then on an IC. It
would also be interesting to see (certainly a made for TV event) the
tryouts where the handicaps are assigned. With that said, a variety of
handicap schemes seem to be the way of giving sailors the most options, so
long as we can respect the volunteers who are charged with administering
them. Of course strict one design works too, so long as all agree that the
better sailors deserve to win!

Dr. McCoy's comments really hit home, having hung on a Melges 24 lifeline
for several years. The one advantage we found is there was never a need to
pressure any crew to wear life jackets! It was the best way to distribute
the pain.

* From Jesse Deupree (edited to our 250-word limit): Dr. Joe McCoy's
analysis of "lifeline assisted hiking" recognizes the medical problems
created by using lower lifelines as hiking aids, but the real issue is
safety. It remains one of the absurdities of "offshore" racing that we
allow a clearly unsafe practice and even specify just how slack lower
lifelines can be to further this style of hiking that completely defeats
the safety purpose of having lifelines in the first place. A look at photos
from any regatta will also make obvious the fact that regulations on how
slack the lower lifeline can be are routinely ignored, increasing the risk
and damage. Dr. McCoy is far too generous when he suggests that athleticism
or fitness is associated with this practice- pain tolerance is all that is
really rewarded.

Let me see if I've got this straight. By setting a generous weight or crew
number limit we allow a dangerous and painful activity for more people in
the name of "sport'? As well this practice increases the cost of
participation in any regatta not near our homes when we carry more crew
than can sleep on our boats. Why not simply set a reasonable limit of crew
needed for boat handling, which will increase the athleticism and fitness
necessary for success, and bring this crew inside both lifelines to provide
the safety intended. If someone wants to sail with extra crew, simply rate
their weight accordingly.

* From Nick Ryley: Dr Joe Mcoy raises a very important area of concern. In
general non-dinghy sailing is a very benign sport in terms of damage to the
body except where it comes to backs. Yacht designers would be praised for
taking this on board rather than leaving it to the inevitable court case.
In addition the rule makers could also have a hand in improving the
situation. Disposable income would feed back into sailing rather than
Physios, Osteos, Chiros and the like.

* Jack D. Tallman (Regarding comments by Michael H. Koster and Jim Marta):
The intrusion of politics, difficulty of measuring, impossibility of
maintaining, and composite ratings for the weekly crew; reasonably rating
sailors does not seem achievable. I've raced IOR; very scientific. The rule
created a formula that the designers would beat by designing a boat that
would sail faster than it's rating. My first boat was an IOR boat; with
sailing qualities that left something to be desired. It was awkward
down-wind. Also, IOR had a habit of changing the rule so us modest budget
guys soon got left behind.

My experience sailing PHRF was one of either frustration or elation. It had
less to do with my skill than with the wind. Mainly it was those darned
semi-planning J boats. I'd like to amplify Mr. Marta's suggestion. My
proposal is for three "classes" of monohulls - fully displaced, semi
displaced and planning/sport. This approach could be extended to its
illogical extreme but to stay somewhat reasonable - just three classes.
This should provide a reasonable grouping of like design concepts to give
one a sense of having a chance to compete under all the wind conditions.
With respect to Mr. Koster, PHRF gives the clubs a means of comparing boats
as a basis to constructing classes. I think PHRF does have the
responsibility to provide the three tier rating system; the clubs for using it.

Wouldn't it be nice if whenever we messed up our life we could simply press
'Ctrl Alt Delete' and start all over?