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SCUTTLEBUTT 1562 - April 15, 2004

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The thing that got to (American) Phil Trinter was not hearing the national
anthem. Last August, he and Paul Cayard, sailing in the Star class,
finished second to a boat from Brazil during a pre-Olympic regatta in
Athens, Greece. "Paul and I were happy with second place," said Trinter,
35, who grew up in Lorain, OH. "But that evening, when they had the medal
ceremony, it was a little bitter not hearing our national anthem."

The two focused their efforts, and this summer, Cayard, 44, of Kentfield,
Calif., and Trinter will have a chance to hear the national anthem played
in the real Olympics after qualifying for the U.S. team earlier this month
in Coconut Grove, Fla. It was the fourth attempt at making the Olympic team
for Cayard, who served as an alternate in 1984. It was the third try for

The two have been sailing together for the past two years after meeting
during the 2000 America's Cup. "Paul is kind of the Michael Jordan of
sailing," Trinter, who currently lives in Long Island, N.Y., said. "He is a
very, very accomplished sailor." Of course, Trinter is no slouch. He won
the 1993 Star World Championship, quite a surprise for the former football
player who graduated from Indiana University in December 1991. - Mary
Schmitt Boyer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, full story:

* Looks like the ball is rolling for hopeful America's Cup team the
Sausalito Challenge and their efforts to attain sponsorship via live
auction on the eBay Motors site. Their revised package began on Tuesday
with the bidding starting this time at $18 million. While they do not
disclose their reserve price (a minimum price for which they agree to
accept), their first bidder did open at the $18 million mark. - eBay

* One of three unidentified companies says it's willing to spend $18
million to sponsor a San Francisco Bay yacht to compete for a bid to
represent the United States in the 2007 America's Cup. John Sweeney,
co-founder of the Sausalito Challenge, which will begin sailing trials for
the Cup campaign this year on San Francisco Bay, says three companies, two
of them "household names" and the third a worldwide company that would like
to raise its marketing profile, have prequalified to bid in the auction.
The bidding will continue through April 23 and could include more bidders
if they are pre-qualified, he says. "EBay has told us this is their
highest-priced auction ever and we had our minimum bid in the first 12
hours," he says. Mr. Sweeney says the winning bidder will need to ante up a
lot more than the $18 million now on the table. He declined to say how much
but the eBay "buy it now" price is $35 million. - San Jose Business

The Cap Gemini and Schneider Electric trimaran continues her laborious
return through the Atlantic close-hauled. Her inability to hug the coast of
Brazil too closely because of a counter current is also losing her precious
sea miles every day. She must also make headway to the East at all costs if
she is to release her full potential in the trade winds under gennaker. As
they wait, the gennakers are still in the sail locker, like skis slung over
a skier's shoulder, as the crew uses the staysail like a pair of crampons
to climb the slope. Everyone is looking forward to the descent. It still
seems likely that the Doldrums will shrink dramatically towards the end of
this week, which would be good news. At the moment, the Doldrums cover an
area larger than France. -

Ullman Sails congratulates John Lovell and Charlie Ogletree as they
continue to string together victories. These talented Olympians won the
Tornado class at the Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta in the Bay of Palma in
Spain. They took the lead early and remained on top throughout the week. In
a fleet of 53 Tornado's, it is impossible to ignore the outstanding
performance of this team. Ullman Sails is proud to bring the fastest sails
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Terry Hutchinson is one of three former winners competing in the Long Beach
Yacht Club's 40th Congressional Cup next Tuesday through Saturday, along
with Australia's Peter Gilmour and New Zealand's Gavin Brady. All three
have found a good living in sailboat racing and, Hutchinson says, they can
thank Gary Jobson for that.

Jobson, the sport's most respected international TV commentator and author,
won't be in Long Beach, as planned. For his contributions to the sport, he
was scheduled to receive an honorary Crimson Blazer emblematic of victory
in the prestigious match-racing event but was forced to cancel because of
recurring health problems in his year-old battle with lymphoma.

Jobson wrote in an e-mail, "You can't imagine how disappointed I am to miss
the Long Beach event. I was really touched that LBYC thought of me. This
most recent setback has been the toughest of the past year because it was
unexpected. I'm now working with a physical therapist to get walking again.
What a tough road. But I fully intend to recover."

"We're feeling the benefits now of the impact he has had on our sport,"
Hutchinson said of Jobson. "He's always been a mentor for me. Every
professional sailor has him to thank in some way . . . paving the way to be
a professional sailor, to put it on TV and to show ESPN that this was a
viable sport to market." - Rich Roberts

Porto Azzurro, Italy - The most decorated skipper in the history of the
America's Cup, Russell Coutts (NZL) of Switzerland's Team Alinghi,
highlights a dazzling array of Swedish Match Tour veterans and America's
Cup Class sailors who have accepted invitations to compete in the third
annual Toscana Elba Cup Trofeo Locman, scheduled May 3-9.

Joining Coutts in Elba are Swedish Match Tour aces Peter Gilmour (AUS) and
his Pizza-La Sailing Team, Magnus Holmberg (SWE) and his SeaLife Rangers
crew, and Jesper Radich (DEN) of Team Denmark. Gilmour heads the Swedish
Match Tour Championship Leaderboard with the high score of 65 points.
Holmberg, second on the leaderboard and 20 points behind Gilmour, is the
defending champion of the Toscana Elba Cup Trofeo Locman. Holmberg
defeated Australia's James Spithill 3-2 in last year's final after he
rallied from a 2-1 deficit. Radich is the reigning champion of the Swedish
Match Tour. He won the 2002-'03 Tour with a 15-point cushion, and is placed
third on the 2003-'04 leaderboard with 35 points.

The third annual Toscana Elba Cup Trofeo Locman is event No. 5 of the
Swedish Match Tour. With sponsorship from Locman watches and the Toscana
Region of Italy, the week-long regatta features a prize purse of Euro
100,000 (approximately $120,000), with Euro 35,000 (approximately $42,000)
slated for the winner. The Toscana Elba Cup features one of the biggest
boats on the Swedish Match Tour, the IMX 40 from X-Yachts of Denmark. The
40-foot, masthead-rigged sloop requires a crew of seven.

Before the Toscana Elba Cup Trofeo Locman the Swedish Match Tour will
visit Long Beach, Calif., for event No. 4 on the 2003-'04 Tour, the 40th
annual Congressional Cup, Apr. 19-24. -

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* Tornado Worlds (Palma de Mallorca, Spain): Day 2 of the Tornado Worlds
started with shifty conditions on the water. The 2 races were very
difficult and the boats had to wait for more than1 hour before the wind
direction was stable enough to start racing. Southeast to east - 14 knots
and gusty. The Dutch team Mitch Booth/Herbert Dercksen had a very good day
with a second and a first. British McMillan/Bulkeley had 2 thirds and are
currently the leaders. "The races today weren't easy. Really shifty and we
tacked and jibed at least 10 to 12 times on each leg", says Mitch. The boat
park and the Jury Room were busy the previous night. While the competitors
were repairing their boats, the Jury had 7 protests to hear. Out of the 7
four were dismissed and one was considered invalid. "The sailors do not
seem to understand the requirement to fly the red flag when protesting and
that's why some protests were not heard", explains International Jury
Chairman Pat Healy. Results after four races:

1. GBR, Leigh McMillan/Mark Bulkeley 22 pts
2. ARG, Santiago Lange/Carlos Espinola 24 pts
3. USA, John Lovell/Charlie Ogletree 30 pts
4. AUT, Roman Hagara/Hans Peter Steinacher 30 pts
5. FRA, Xavier Revil/Laurent Guillemette 38 pts
16. CAN, Oskar Johansson/John Curtis 69 pts
Event website:

* 49er Worlds (Athens, Greece): First racing day saw carnage after the wind
increased from 15knots to 25-30 knots, sending the fleet in after the first
race. After this day, Iker Martinez (Esp 890) is leading. He had stopped
for knee problems but now it seems that this Spanish team is back on fight!
Results after first race:

1. ESP, Iker Martinez/Xabier Fernandez
2. GBR, Chris Draper/Simon Hiscocks
3. NOR, Christoffer Sundby/Frode Bovim
4. GER, Markus Baur/Max Groy
5. SUI, Christopher Rast/Christian Steiger
13. USA, Tim Wadlow/Pete Spaulding
Event website:

The editors of Yachts and Yachting, one of the UK's popular sailing
magazines, had the courage to initiate a Top Totty competition (American
translation: attractive person). The competition, run as a fun poll,
attracted a host of nominations, and votes flooded in for the final
shortlist of 20, 10 male and 10 female sailors. No surprise that 80 per
cent of the votes went to the girls. For the full story (with pictures):

* Record breaking solo round the world yachtswoman, Emma Richards, today
(Wednesday) announced Sophie Luther as the winner of the Pindar Sailing
Scholarship. Sophie, 23, from London was selected from over 500 entries
worldwide. Sophie will get to sail alongside Emma Richards learning and
competing on the world stage and participating in some of the leading ocean
races as part of an intensive three-year sailing programme. The judging
panel also announced three further candidates from the final 10 that it
recognised as highly commendable: James Bird (UK), Jeffrey Lamont (US) and
Sean McCarter (UK). - Pindar,

* If you're going to Pacific Sail Expo today you really should set aside
some time to attend the reception at the Bitter End Yacht Club's booth
(#208) to enjoy some Dry Creek Wine and learn the details of the Musto
Scuttlebutt Sailing Club Championship Regatta. The SSC Championship runs
concurrently with the BEYC's Pro-Am Regatta - November 30 to November 6 -
where once again the 'Buttheads will have a chance to crew for some of our
sport's biggest names. The Curmudgeon is speaking in Area A at 6:00 PM and
the reception follows immediately thereafter. -

* A new magazine, BoatWorks, produced by the editors of SAIL, is written
for the hands-on sailor, and it's packed with expert insight on everything
from structural repairs to servicing winches to finding the right boat. -

Samson, the "Line of Choice" for every sailor ranging from the high tech
racer to the club cruiser, can be seen this week at Pacific Sail Expo, the
West Coast's largest sailboat show. The show is held at Jack London Square
in Oakland, CA April 14-18, 2004. You can view Samson's entire line all in
one place. Catch a sneak preview of new products like "XLS Extra T" and
other Samson products that you'll have to have. Join us in Tent B - Booth
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* From Clipper Ventures, Southampton (Re: the suggested confusion
surrounding round-the-world racing): Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's Clipper
05-06 Race differs greatly from record attempts like the Jules Verne or the
ultimate fastest circumnavigation, which are crewed by professionals. The
next Clipper race takes a circuitous route, down the Atlantic, across to
Australia, then up to Asia, across the Pacific, through Panama and back to
the UK with a likely US stop on the way. As Knox-Johnston has said, sailing
has given him so much that he wanted to make the ultimate sailing
experience, a circumnavigation, available to everyone - including amateur
competitors. A new fleet of ten 68ft yachts is being built at Shanghai
Double Happiness Yachts in China for the next race, which starts from
Liverpool on 18th September 2005. Just back from Shanghai, Knox-Johnston
commented that the first impression is of the Dubois 68s' sheer size. These
are big boats and their shape gives the promise of some spectacular speeds.
Whilst the race won't break any of the records currently under discussion,
it will certainly widen the achievement horizons of all who take part. -

* From Dave Kirkpatrick, Performance Product Manager, Vanguard Sailboats
(edited to our 250 word limit): Regarding the item on Safety and 420 masts
in Scuttlebutt #1561, Vanguard has often been asked by institutional
customers to supply some sort of foam in Club 420 masts, similar to what
CCYC has done ( We
recommend against doing this, particularly on boats built in the last 8
years. A design change in mast hardware in 1996 produced a sealed mast top
cap. Older Club 420s may have an open mast head top, which is easily
retrofit to the newer style mast top cap. From the pictures on the CCYC web
page, it is unclear whether their boats were built prior to the
introduction of the closed mast top or not. If they have an open mast cap,
I would recommend that they replace their mast caps with the new style and
thus seal their masts.

Due to the external halyards on the Club 420 and the closed mast top cap,
the intrusion of water into the mast is, at worst, very slow indeed. In
most capsizes, the mast does not collect water at all. Since air is more
buoyant than any available resource (more buoyant than foam, for certain),
it is best to keep as much air in the mast as possible. The CCYC web page
does identify the greater cause of repeated capsizes, which is failure to
uncleat the sheets prior to recovery.

* From Jeff Stall (edited to our 250 word limit): My recollection about
"winged keels" is that the first one, in the modern era, was conceived and
drawn by the late and great Lars Bergstrom and possibly with the help of
his lifelong design engineer partner Sven Ritter, both of Sweden and
Sarasota, FL. This was said to have occurred sometime in the 1960s and
possibly while Lars was schooling or working in Wisconsin. Maybe the Harken
brothers know something about the details. Lars died tragically flying one
of his powered gliders several years ago and unfortunately only about a
month after he had been invited by Halsey Herreshoff to mount a
retrospective of his naval architect/engineering ideas and designs to be
hosted by the Herreshoff Museum in Bristol.

There are many America's Cup veterans and designers who feel that if you
tilt or heel Australia II, that she, because of the new depth of the
leeward wing on the keel, would not have measured in as a "12". It should
also be noted that the NYYC had the right, under the rules, to inspect the
challenger of record for '83 at the time of her measurement and
certification and despite the "skirt" hiding the keel and all the secrecy
that Jones and Bond promoted, the NYYC didn't even bother to appear.

Ben Lexcen deserves nomination and election to the Am. Cup Hall of Fame.

Does 2000 pounds of Chinese soup equal won ton?